Monday, October 26, 2009

Me as Daisy Buchanan

Here's the Gatsby costume I posted about! After scouring a thrift store full of great things from the 60s, 70s and 80s, I was really out of luck for finding anything that matched the 20's era and was still cute enough to go out in. So I bought a pleated skirt, turned it into a strapless dress with a few safety pins and some ribbon in the back, and voila! A Flapper!

I added some long necklaces and rings for baubles, wore silver shoes and turned my hair into a bob. For my hair, I used a curling iron on my entire head (this took at least an hour, I have a lot of hair) and hair sprayed it in place along the way. The I pinned some of the curls underneath my hair (folding it under) and let a few of the shorter pieces hang down (you can tell from the picture.) I also wore a rosette-embellished headband I purchased from Urban Outfitters in Charleston to complete the hairdo.

Silver JCrew heels, my date in a tux, a sparkly shoulder bag and a champagne flute and I was good to go! I've received many compliments on my outfit, even from people who have seen pictures online after the fact... so if you're looking for a creative and not so expensive Halloween costume, I'd recommend this!

Monday, October 19, 2009

So I've blogged about Gatsby before...

And have now decided that the characters are the perfect inspiration for a couples Halloween costume!

Have to attend a function on Wednesday and dress up for it but have so far only purchased an incredibly overprice urban outfitters headband to wear across my forehead in that oh-so twenties way.

Went to Goodwill today to search for a flapper-esque or just plain sparkly dress with no luck. And we have the Goodwill headquarters! It usually fulfills all my costume party needs, but it failed this time.

Tomorrow I'm heading downtown to a special thrift shop, or else I'm resorting to a friend's dress which is basically a forever21 interpretation of Daisy Buchanan, but what's a girl on a budget to do? (probably not buy a $28 dollar headband.)

a meme...

Have you read more than 6 of these books?

The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up?

Instructions: Copy this into your NOTES. Look at the list and put an 'x' after those you have read. Tag 20 other book nerds. Tag me as well so I can see your responses!

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen - have started it multiple times and can't get into it! I know, I should have read it.
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien - (does The Hobbit count?)
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte - X LOVE
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling - x
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee - X
6 The Bible - x (ok, not every page...)
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte - X LOVE
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell - X totally thought provoking. I'm strange and constantly relate this book to my every day experience.
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman - (my roommate is obsessed. no thank you.0
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens -
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott -X
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy -
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller – x (is it weird that I was jealous when my little brother was assigned this for summer reading?)
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare - x (I took this class for my English major requirement... I've read 13 plus some sonnets)
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier -
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien - x (oh, so I guess the Hobbit counts... here, not above)
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk -
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger - X
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger- x (her latest is on deck)
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot -
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell - x
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald - X (twice)
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens -
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy -
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams -
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky - x (ugh)
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck -
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll - x
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame- x
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy -
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens - x
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis - x
34 Emma-Jane Austen -
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen -
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis - x (I guess I don't know the difference between this and The Chronicles of Narnia, listed above)
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini - (mom told me not to)
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres -
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden - X
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne- x
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell - X
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown - X
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez-
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving-
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins -
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery - x
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy -
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood -
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding - x
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan - X
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel - x
52 Dune - Frank Herbert -
53 Cold Comfort Farm -
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen- (no Austen... yes I know a disgrace)
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth -
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon -
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens -
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley -
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night - Mark Haddon -
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez-
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck - X
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov- X (reading NOW!)
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt -
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold - X
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas -
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac - x (this traveled everywhere with me for a few years)
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy -
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding - X
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie –
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville - X (reading next semester)
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens-
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker -
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett - x
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson -
75 Ulysses - James Joyce -
76 The Inferno – Dante -
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome -
78 Germinal - Emile Zola -
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray-
80 Possession - AS Byatt –
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens - X
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell -
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker-
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro -
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert -
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry -
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White - x
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom -
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle x
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton -
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad - X
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery - x (extra credit if read in French?) I did read it in French!!
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks -
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams -
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole -
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute -
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas - x
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare - x (three times)
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl - x
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo X (extra credit if read in French) I've read excerpts of it in French)

I've read roughly 40 give or take a few that I've read partially and adding ones I've read multiple times! How about you?

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Falling in Love

Falling in Love is an 80's romantic drama starring Meryl Streep (fave) and Robery DeNiro. It's not up there with When Harry Met Sally for me (fave film of all time... but that's another post) but it's one that I don't mind watching over and over. It takes place at Christmas time in New York, which is just divine in itself, and there is something about the early 80's that I've always loved. The clothes, the customs, the old fashioned ways mixed with the new. Watching this movie now almost feels like a period piece... the ads for Pan Am, the exaggerated teased bangs on Ms. Streep, the pay phones, etc.

The movie deals with a deep moral question. What do two people who are "happy" in their respective committed relationships do when a chance meeting brings them together and circumstances follow in which they fall in love? It's a pretty unrealistic plot set up, but worth considering nonetheless. Recommend, recommend, recommend! Now back to the movie!