That’s a Wrap!


This week I returned home from a trip overseas, so I’ve been dealing with bit of jet-lag. Strangely enough, I’ve been more productive with jet-lag, so there are no complaints there. I keep forgetting that it’s mid-September, but I am continually reminded by the releases of movies I can’t wait to see and the season premieres of my favorite TV shows. The Mindy Project and New Girl premiered this week, and next week we have Law & Order: SVU, Glee, and Grey’s Anatomy to look forward to! For now, though, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

* Sunday marks the official day of fall! It almost feels like a holiday to me. I’ll celebrate by making hot apple cider and watching the Emmys!

* What you need to know if you want to be Amy Poehler’s BFF.

* Scandal‘s costume designer Lyn Paolo shares her process behind dressing the cast.

* The official Grace of Monaco trailer.

* I’m such a fan of Mindy Kaling. So excited The Mindy Project is back – Season 2 premiered on Tuesday.

* 31 Films You’ll Be Talking About This Awards Season. Still so many great ones to see!

* Hugh Jackman’s Prisoners looks so intense. From what I’ve read and heard so far, it might actually be worth a trip to the theater.

* The Crazy Cat Lady mug says it all.

* Flying over the clouds just before sunrise {photo above}.

Have a great fall weekend!

{Photo by Lauren}


A Reflection in Films

When looking back on 2011, I realize that so much has happened. During the year I am too busy to realize how much I accomplish, but once the year is coming to an end, I reflect on what really did happen. I learn from my mistakes and accomplishments so that I can improve for the new year.

This year, I took my first film history class, and absolutely loved it. I have watched more classic and meaningful movies than ever before, and I learned a great deal about directors, actors, camera techniques, camera movement, and film styles. As I think back on 2011, these are the films that stood out most. Though most of these films were not made in 2011, I watched them this year and they had an impact on me. What were your favorite films of 2011?

{Bonnie and Clyde}

{Citizen Kane}

{Love is a Many-Splendored Thing}



{Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol}

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Date Night

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Planning a date night? While going out to dinner and a movie can be fun, cooking a meal together and watching a movie on the couch can be an even cozier way to spend the evening. Try this recipe for a warm dinner, following it up with an easy dessert you can both make. These are an assortment of movies that are funny, sensitive, and full of romance!

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Let’s Go to the Carnival!

Being within an hour’s commute to the Santa Monica Pier makes it a constant struggle not to hop on the nearest Metrolink so I can ride the ferris wheel all day long and stuff my face with popcorn. To me, carnivals have always had a whimsical allure, whether it is because they are a magical place for a first date, a fun bonding experience with your sister, or just to stand in the center of it all soaking up the colorful lights and sounds like a sponge. Carnivals are an enormous playground for children and adults alike. They are also a goldmine for junk food and sweets, and sometimes you just have to indulge in ice cream, cotton candy, and a hot dog, in that order and all at one time!

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