Yesterday I attended the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade. Didn’t know this was a thing until a few days ago, but I’m so glad I went. It was pure chaos, but since my building won’t allow me to get a dog and I’m broke, this filled (temporarily) the void in my lonely heart!
I love my Mom and no one can replace her. Having said that, if my Mom ever wants to go vacation or take some well-deserved “me time,” I would choose Sela Ward as her proxy.
She played Teddy, the cool mom, in Sisters, and then newly divorced mom, Lily Manning, in Once & Again, navigating the single life while raising two daughters and re-entering the workforce. The dreamy, Billy Campbell aka The Rocketeer, played her boyfriend and later, husband. The fact that the third and final season of this show is not available on DVD is a travesty! ABC should expect a strongly worded e-mail from me shortly.
Anywho, I got a last minute invite to attend a TV Guide party celebrating her recent cover, and pounced on the opportunity. Initially, I was hesitant to meet her because I didn’t want to embarrass myself, but my boss was able to introduce us. It was everything I thought it would be and more! She was super nice and engaging, and still has that signature Southern charm and looked flawless!
I would love to see her in more roles, but in the meantime, you can catch her in Graves on EPIX, which has its Season 2 premiere on Sunday, October 22nd at 10pm.
In case you were wondering, I would want Mark Harmon as my Stand-In Dad.
I don’t think I can properly explain my love for The CW’s, Riverdale. I know! Don’t judge me. I am a grown ass woman, yet I can’t stop thinking about fan theories and potential storylines of fictional teenagers? Last season my friend, Kevin and I would text during every single episode dissecting every longing glance between Betty and Archie, or yelling at the screen whenever Miss Grundy appeared. Don’t even get me started on her!
Yet, in my opinion I feel it’s the fashion that ties the show together. The clean lines and tailored looks pay homage to the beloved comics that date back to the 1940’s, while serving as a stark contrast to the seedy underbelly of the town and its people. Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes) is an excellent example of this. The moment she walked into the Chock’lit Shoppe in that hooded cape, I was hooked.
Here are some of Veronica’s signature looks from Season 1:
I want one for each day of the week!
Veronica and Betty in their River Vixen practice uniforms. Yes, I laughed at the name, River Vixens, but I secretly want to be one. If you look closely you can see that Veronica wears her pearls with everything! Love that!
As you know, I love plaid, like a lot. I found out this outfit was from Brooks Brothers, but it had sold out. I still cry about it.
Veronica silently judging her fellow classmates’ taste while looking flawless in this black lace number.
She does tend to wear black a lot, so I like when she adds some color to her wardrobe, like with this magenta fit and flare dress.
Veronica mixing it up again with a patterned skirt, and a different pearl necklace.
I think this is one of my favorite episodes/scene when Veronica comes to terms with her Dad’s criminal past. Again, plaid and those pearls! Yes, please!
I can’t wait for the Riverdale Season 2 premiere on Wednesday, October 11th @ 8p on the CW. If you need to catch up, you can watch all of Season 1 on Netflix.
I love books. My dream job is being paid to read. On the other hand I have such ADD, which seriously inhibits my ability to conquer my To Be Read List.
I’m typically a library gal because of my lack of money and space, so those 3 weeks to finish a book often turns into my very own version of The Amazing Race. The upside to the sad state of affairs in this world, is that I barely watch TV anymore, so this month I plan to make a commitment to read more. Here are my picks for October. .
Jennifer Egan is such a talented writer. She can weave a narrative like nobody’s business. She won the Pulitzer Prize for her last novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad, which is one of the most unique, well-written, and moving books I’ve ever read. Manhattan Beach is more of an historical novel set in Brooklyn during the Depression through World War II, complete with organized crime, sailors, and a young woman trying to find her way in a man’s world.
Okay, this is a photography/humor book, but I am obsessed with Laura and her daughter, Joey, ever since she dressed her up as Eleven from Stranger Things. This book features all of the characters Laura dressed Joey up as during her naps this past year. I religiously follow her on Instagram @lauraiz, and sadly for me it’s the highlight of my day. I love watching Joey grow up, and look forward to seeing what costumes Laura will come up with next.
It is an understatement to say this past year has been beyond horrific. I never thought I would see a sex offender in the White House, a revival of white supremacy, or have to worry about a nuclear holocaust. The one good thing that came out of this for me and many others has been becoming more politically and socially engaged with what’s happening in our country. I am really interested to see how Coates breaks down the events that led to this point in history, and hopefully this will help us begin to heal as a nation.
Let’s see if I can read them all this month! I am confident I can do it! Happy Reading!
Are you feeling anxious? Adriene has a workout for you. Are you a teacher? Yes, she has a routine for you, too. Whatever your mood, occupation, or skill level, you will definitely find the right workout for you. This year I did her 30 Days of Yoga, and it really helped with my anxiety while making my body stronger.
Cassey Ho is super energetic and her curated workout series are perfect if you are limited on time like with 10 Minutes Obliques, and space with the apartment-friendly, Silent Death Cardio. If there is anyone who will motivate you to exercise, it’s this woman.
I’ve always wanted to be a ballet dancer, but my body and grace keep holding me back. I’ve done other ballet workouts before, but Alessia Lugoboni’s routines are my favorite. Each workout feels like she’s lifting the curtain to reveal the behind-the-scenes training of a ballerina, and completely satisfies my Swan Lake fantasy.
I should probably do one of these now, right? Alright, fine. I’m going.
As I mentioned in my earlier post, I’m big fan of true crime, as are MFM podcast hosts, Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark. These ladies are writers/comedians, so they somehow make light of some serious and dark subject matter. Each episode Karen and Georgia do a deep dive into a murder, and their listeners, aka “murderinos,” e-mail their hometown murders to be read on air. Full episodes drop on Thursdays and their mini-sodes that feature the hometown murders drop on Mondays.
Lovett or Leave It is one of the many political podcasts from Crooked Media. All of them are great, but Jon Lovett, former speechwriter for Hillary Clinton and Obama, is a star. His rants are legendary, his guests are funny and informative, and I can’t wait for him to run for office. New episodes drop on Saturdays.
Josh Horowitz is a pop culture and film junkie, and that passion consistently delivers great interviews with today’s hottest actors and directors. His interviews with Taylor Kitsch aka Tim Riggins of Friday Night Lights, are solid gold and worth every minute of your time. New episodes typically drop on Wednesdays.
I’m always looking for good book recommendations, and this podcast is my favorite. Anne’s voice is so soothing and I want her to be my best friend. Each week she talks books with one listener. They discuss 3 books they loved and 3 books they hated, and then Anne gives them 3 book recommendations based on their choices. Anne’s book, Reading People, came out this past week, and she also runs the popular reading blog, Modern Mrs. Darcy. New episodes drop on Tuesdays.
I’m an extremely anxious person, and I like to be mentally prepared for all situations, and this podcast helps with that. Each episode offers practical advice, and features interviews with researchers, authors, scientists, etc., and they often makes you question what you know to be true. New episodes drop on Mondays and Thursdays.
I love Fall! It’s my favorite season. It means sweater weather, peacoats, obnoxious pumpkin flavored items that should never have seen the light of day, and the start of college basketball. However, my favorite thing about Fall are the clothes. I’m on a tight budget, so here are my J.Crew picks for Fall if I had the money.
I actually screamed when I saw this shirt. I love a good rugby shirt. I don’t know what it is, but I can’t resist them. It’s part of J.Crew’s effort to bring back the beloved staples from the ’80’s. I was late to the game on ordering this shirt, and it was sold out. Good news, you can still order. I pre-ordered mine in navy peruvian pink, and it should ship by mid-December.