Thursday, August 27, 2009

Penn Station

On this week's episode of Mad Men, they used the controversy over the old Penn Station as a plot point on the show. I've read a few things about Penn Station's destruction and found out that there really wasn't much coverage by the news concerning it until it was too late. The realization of what was lost led directly to the founding of the New York Landmarks Commission. The New York Times lamented"Until the first blow fell, no one was convinced that Penn Station really would be demolished, or that New York would permit this monumental act of vandalism against one of the largest and finest landmarks of its age of Roman elegance." I never got to see the old Penn Station because it was torn down before I was born, but I did talk to a friend of mine who had been there shortly before it was torn down, and she told me how grand and elegant it was. Makes me wonder how something like this could happen. I've seen photos of the station, and cannot believe that it was torn down in the name of progress. The eagle sculptures by Adolph Weinman were all rescued before the demolition. The new Penn Station has no character and is very bland looking. Can't believe that the current incarnation of the station is what came out of the ashes of the former grand old structure.

Monday, August 24, 2009

A gem of a movie

I've been thinking of one of my all-time favorite movies "Quackser Fortune has a cousin in the Bronx". I absolutely adore this quirky little sleeper of a film from 1970, which stars Gene Wilder and Margot Kidder. It's an odd title, but it is a lovely bittersweet film about a working class family that has been unsuccessful in convincing their son named Quackser Fortune) to get a real job. He prefers his job of scooping up horse dung and selling it to the locals for their gardens, much to his family's dismay. They are concerned because the horses are going to be banned from Dublin and he'll soon be out of a job. Throughout the film they try to tell him about the horses, and his father wants him to work in the local factory, but he continually ignores their warnings, wanting to do his own thing. Gene Wilder does a wonderfully believable job convincing you that he really is Quackser, an eccentric,uneducated humble,fertilizer merchant and Margot Kidder is absolutely stunning in this film as the rich,sophisicated American visitor Zazel Pierce. She becomes fascinated by him when they first connect,their different lifestyles become irrelevant but they later grow tired of each other. Quackser then retreats to his old job of gathering horse manure to sell as fertilizer.When his cousin in the Bronx dies he leaves a small fortune for him that changes his livelihood forever. This is quite an interesting, offbeat comedy/drama with Gene Wilder at his Irish best!!
It is a wonderful little film, and to be honest, when I first heard of it 14 years ago, I was surprised that I was not familiar with it (being the movie buff that I am). I did manage to get a VHS version of the film several years ago. The quality is not the greatest but I still enjoy watching this film every now and again. Below are some of my favorite scenes from the film. Enjoy!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Being Human

This summer I've recently discovered the British TV show 'Being Human'. It is about a group of three people, one is a ghost, one a werewolf and the other a vampire. They all share a house in Bristol and try to live a 'normal' life, hence the title. They took a tired genre and breathed new (after) life into it. The main thrust of its story deals with friendship, love, isolation and many other human emotions and it can be very funny at times. This series is quite original which is something you don't get too often on TV these days. The Brits really know how to create innovative shows that we Americans like to copy, such as The Office and Life on Mars. The quality and innovation of ideas seem to be lacking in American television. It's all about the almighty dollar, not providing good entertainment. It's unfortunate because many good shows are put on the chopping block too soon, and not given enough time to develop a following.

My favorite character on the show has to be George..the werewolf character (check out the video of him below). He brings some of the funniest moments on the show, plus he's adorable to boot. Highly recommend checking out this interesting and original show, and I'm happy to say, that a second season is in the works...Yay!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Favorite Stuff

Etsy has to be one of my favorite sites. You can purchase handmade jewelry, artwork, stationery, hand knit items and much much more. You can even purchase vintage items as well, such a big eyed prints (one of my favorite things) vintage planters, shot glasses and even 8-track tapes. It makes me feel great to support people who make their own crafts, plus you can be sure that your item is unique and one of a kind b/c it is not mass produced.

I recently came across this picture of the sad big eyed boy and his dog on the site. It brought back a lot of memories for me because I had this in my bedroom as a child along with a companion picture of a little girl with a sad looking kitten. I was tempted to purchase it just to relive old memories, but resisted. Just happy to see it again after so many years.

My first Etsy purchase was this fabulous and fun cocktail ring in a gorgeous confetti coral. It looks really great against my summer tan.

I would also like to get this fabulous sparkle ring, but I'm still mulling it over at the moment. It is rather groovy, isn't it? Reminds me of a disco nightclub...but one you wear on your finger.

While searching for earrings on the site, I came across these incredible Charlie Brown Halloween earrings! Such a clever idea! Love em'! I would wear these all year round, not just on Halloween.

One thing I cannot resist are fawns, my home currently has a small collection of them, from vintage planters, to flocked and ceramic versions. Etsy has many vintage Bambi-esque fawns to choose from. Looking at the huge selection on the site, makes me want them all!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

I WANT!!!!

I was checking out a blog called "The Design Files" where there was tour of the home of Shelley and Stephan of Gallery Monmartre. Their home was lovely, filled with many vintage items that I would love to own myself...but what struck me the most was this soon as I saw it I had to have it. It is an old vintage poster from the 50s or 60s for Blizzand, a manufacturer of raincoats. The image is striking in red and blue, and is reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn. For the last hour I've been frantically searching for anyone who is selling a copy of this poster. I know that I cannot afford an original copy, but would love to know if there is any place selling reproductions. If I ever get my hands on one of these posters, I already know where I'll hang it.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

We've come a long way baby??

Hillary Clinton is being criticized on the news for her outburst during a panel discussion in the Congo. They say that she was too harsh claiming that her outburst raises concerns about her diplomatic skills...Seriously? GIVE ME A BREAK! As a woman, I can sympathize and understand her outburst...the question was asking what her husband's view was on a trade deal...granted, this was a mistranslation, and it was later stated that the translater meant to say President Obama, not Bill Clinton, but either way, it was insulting to her because her opinion was deemed unimportant. There was a hint of chauvinism in the question because it implied that it was more important to have a man's point of view on the issue than her's. She is a strong and highly intelligent woman and I believe that her views are just as important as any man's. Let's face it, if a man had reacted to a question in the same manner it would not be news.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Funkengroovin Thursday!

The VW Bus is the height of vintage cool. When/If I retire, I would want to travel the country in one of these. In Cape May this past weekend I saw a tricked out one on the street and just had to take a picture of it. There used to be an old rusty VW bus camped out on the street near my old apartment. It had a for sale sign in the window, but it was easy to see that it needed a lot of work. I had always thought that the bus had a ton of potential, but my boyfriend at the time thought it was just junk and told me that I would be wasting money if I bought it. Never knew if the owner ever sold his bus, since I moved away before that happened, but I always had dreams of customizing it and making it a livable space on wheels.

There seems to be a renewed interest in these retro buses nowadays. Apartment Therapy, one of my favorite blogs, recently had a post about them, showing all the latest ways you can customize them to serve as mini mobile homes. There is also a couple who traveled the world in their VW bus. You can read about their adventure here. Ahhh must be lovely to live the life of a vagabond!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Mad Batter strikes again!

While vacationing in Cape May, NJ this past weekend, Ed took me and my parents to The Mad Batter for breakfast. It is a lovely little restaurant that has great breakfasts. There is seating available outside in the covered patio, but it was a bit too hot out for that, so we opted to eat inside. We walked inside and to the right we saw an old bar, which they tout as being one of the oldest in Cape May. Beyond that was a lovely light filled room with tables. On our right we were greeted by a beautiful mural with a black and white cat.

The setting was lovely, there were windows with colorful panes of glass bringing in lots of color to the room. There was also lovely greenery out towards the back of the room, where wild ivy was climbing the walls. It was nice and serene...until this party of 8 came in. Apparently there was a mis-communication to the hostess about the size of their party. One guy in the party was giving her a hard time, even as she was trying to offer a solution to the problem. His yelling was making all the diners most uncomfortable and he was causing quite a scene. The hostess, who remained calm the entire time, got him the extra table and chairs...and then a few minutes later some more people showed up and he wanted seating for 10 now. Before we finished our meal, they had grown to a party of 12! Not sure why this guy just didn't reserve a table for 12 to begin with. Even with the constant change of the number of their party, he still manages to give the lovely hostess a hard time! What a jerk! Even his wife was telling him to shut up! Anway, with all that aside, we still had a lovely meal. The staff is wonderful there, and my hat goes off to the fabulous hostess who handled a sticky situation with calm and grace.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Fade to Black

I recently dyed my hair jet black, not a natural black, but a blue black...the blackest of the black. At first it was jarring seeing my new hair in the mirror, but after a few weeks, I'm used to it by now. My mom was shocked and dismayed when she saw my hair...all the more reason to like it..hee hee!

My boyfriend has been making jokes, calling me Elvira and Morticia and the like...which I find odd because he was the one who helped me pick out the color in the first place! Anyway, the color is growing on me, and let's face's only hair...not that big of a deal.

Eventually, I would like to go back to a nice dark brown, which is my natural color. This color is pretty intense for me and perhaps a few shades too dark, but for the time being I'll live with it.