Monday, October 20, 2014

Dog Eared Page: Dracula

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She still advanced, however, and with a languorous, voluptuous grace, said:—“Come to me, Arthur. Leave these others and come to me. My arms are hungry for you. Come, and we can rest together. Come, my husband, come!”

There was something diabolically sweet in her tones—something of the tingling of glass when struck-which rang through the brains even of us who heard the words addressed to another. As for Arthur, he seemed under a spell; moving his hands from his face, he opened wide his arms.

-Dracula by Bram Stoker

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

(Even More) Subscription Boxes

It's that time again- another list of great subscription box options! I'm especially excited for these for their truly unique ideas, and ability to customize to best help their customers. So without further ado...!

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Doesn't diving into a new hobby sound fun? But it takes time, effort and money to figure out what you want to try and get the things you need to do it. This is a box to make it easier. For twenty three dollars a month, they will send you a box with surprise items and information designed to get you started learning a new skill. Past boxes have included juggling kit, china painting and more! They currently ship to anywhere in the United States and Canada (there is a slight shipping fee for Canadian addresses), and the box comes one a month.

 This tasty box is bi-monthly and sets out to deliver gourmet products to your doorstep. Priced at forty five dollars, each box is themed around a different major city, such as Paris, Tokyo or Rio. All items are sourced from local (to the city the box is themed around) producers; you can read up on each producer at their website. All products are USFDA approved; they are just items that are hard to purchase in the states. Getting hungry yet?
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This is a clothing subscription with a twist! Its' forty nine dollars a month for a clothing tote membership, and eighteen for a jewelry tote membership. However, you aren't purchasing a set amount of boxes- or rather totes- to get sent out each month. In each tote you get an item you've picked out from Le Tote's available stock and a few items picked by your "personal stylist." How do they know what you want? When you join up, you are asked to start creating your "closet," a sort of running list of items you might like to have in your closet, which is where they will pick one of items of your choice from, but it also acts an an inspiration board for the stylists. Here's where the twist comes in- you aren't purchasing these items. You're essentially renting them. You can keep the items for as long as you want and then send them back in a prepaid postal bag. If you decide you really do want to keep an item; that's fine too. You simple send back the rest of the items from that tote, and they will charge you for the item you kept. It will then be purchased and yours forever! How often you get a tote depends on you and how long you want to keep the current items you have. You could get several totes a month, or one ever few months.

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Now I love the Barkbox subscription service. But it doesn't have an equivalent for my cat loving friends out there- at least, not till know. Pet Box is a monthly subscription that is twenty-nine dollars a box. You tell them about your pet- whether it is a cat or a dog, it's size, its' gender, its name. Then you can choose to be surprised and them curate a box for you based on the provided information, or you can choose yourself. If you choose this option, they will show you items in their stock that are relevant to your pet. All the items are assigned different points. You can get any combination you choose, so long as it adds up to a certain total of points. This is an especially great option if your pet has allergies or (like mine) shouldn't be getting too may extra treats! Even more impressive is that they guarantee you will get a minimum of fifty dollars worth of items when you're paying less than thirty! Plus, they've teamed up with charities to feed a rescue animal for each box sold. Help another pet by helping your pet, right?

I-Ella List Gift Bag
Feeling a little...Luxe? Then getting a gift bag from I-Ella List might be for you. They offer three different choices of gift bags- the Starter, the Soho, and the St. Bartha. Each bag will feature 3 - 5 (or more!) items with 1 - 2 being featured designer pieces along with free products. You can expect items to be a mix of clothing, jewelry and accessories, bags, shoes, and beauty products! Your bag is tailored just for you, which makes this a great choice for a woman of any age. When you sign up, you fill out a comprehensive (but not tedious) style profile that includes sharing sizes, and answering style questions using a mix of text and visual aides.  The Starter, Soho and St. Bartha differ based on the value of the different items in the bag. Because all items are from the current or upcoming fashion season, I-Ella List works directly with the designers. And because they need to have a good idea of the number of products needed, you can required to sign up for a minimum of a three-month subscription. After three months has passed, you get an email each month to see if you want to continue your subscription month to month. I-Ella List Gift bags are not cheap, ranging from fifty-nine to over three hundred dollars a month, depending on the gift bag option you choose. However, since the items are designer, you can almost always getting more bang for your buck. Would you take the dive with this subscription?

P.S. Don't see a box you like? Then check out my other lists of subscription services to try, and reviews here

Monday, October 13, 2014

Film Flick: Young Frankenstein

Back in Hollywood's golden age, Universal Studios was known was the home of the Monster Movie- and boy, did it know how to crank out some  Frankenstein- the Original, the Bride of, the Son of, probably even the Cousin of! Some were scary, some were honestly a bit more camp, but what the studio execs knew was that they were cheap to produce and brought in the dough! Fast-forward four decades, and remember that everyone loves a good parody. What does that get you? Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein, of course!
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Gene Wilder stars as the grandson of the man who was made famous in Shelley's tale. He's dismissed his grandfather's ideas- and legacy- as mad, even while becoming an eminent doctor in the same field. But where there's a will- there's a will reading. Which is what forces Young Doctor Frankenstein back to the ancestral castle, where strange things are afoot! Greeted by a hunchback, a stern Frau and a lass who just loves a good roll in the hay, he- and we- are in for some madcap adventures, especially after stumbling on some of his grandfather's old journals. The plot is beside the point though. This film's goal is a simple one: make you laugh, and as it  lovingly pokes fun at the old monster movie genre you are sure to do just that.

To add authenticity to it's genre-roots, Young Frankenstein is shot entirely in black and white. It also utilizes many of the same props seen in those original Frankenstein films. Mel Brooks tracked down Ken Strickfaden, the man who had designed Frankenstein's terrifying lab in the original film.  He was still living in Los Angeles, and even had those set pieces gathering dust in the garage. In exchange for use of the pieces, Strickfaden was given the screen credit he'd been denied decades earlier in Frankenstein. Not everything was a slavish devotion to those 1930 flicks though. The gags ran quick and fast, with many ad-libs. Marty Feldman, who played the hunchback Igor, had taken to switching the hump from shoulder to shoulder, and days later, when the cast finally noticed, it was added to the script. It wasn't all fun and games though; the movie originally ran twice the length of the final product, and for every joke that worked there were three that didn't. Luckily,  after a ruthless editing job, the film became one of Brooks' best, even getting several Oscar nominations that year.
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A star-studded cast- including not only Gene Wilder,  and Marty Feldman, but also Peter Boyle, Cloris Leachman, Madeline Kahn, and Teri Garr- keeps the jokes coming fast and furious; they are sure to leave you rolling on the floor- or in the hay as Garr's character would say. So if you like a little comedy mixed in with terror,Young  Frankenstein has the laboratory for you.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

What I Wore: Preppy Looks

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collar, popbasic bracelet, short sleeved sweater,
collar, popbasic bracelet, short sleeved sweater,
What I Wore: Sweater (Similar Here), Pants (Similar Here), Shirt ( Similar Here), Shoes (Old Navy), Bracelet (Popbasic; Similar Here)

Something about autumn just brings out my love for a preppy look. Maybe its that nostalgia for school starting bak up (well, nostalgia for experiencing it as a student, since it is a reality of my job as a teacher). But seriously, pop a collar out from under another top and I'm sold. Maybe that's why I was so taken with this outfit  that I shamelessly recreated it here for you. Maybe the fact that it's Taylor Swift should be embarrassing, but hey- she's got style. And speaks out about why feminism is important. And writes fun songs so... then again, maybe not so embarrassing after all.

Do you ever get inspiration (or, in my case practically rip-off) celebrity styles?
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