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just a few recommendations from me to you!

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today is a special day in the comedy world. today, mel brooks accepts the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award. basically, i’ve wanted to marry mel brooks since i was 8. what? you wanted to marry johnny depp when you were 8? fair enough. anyway, mel is amazing. tara and i often speak in movie quotes, and at the top of the list is Young Frankenstein. he’s a genius.

here are some cute mel-inspired prints by Funny Face Art:

Young Frankenstein Poster

The Producers Artistic Poster

Spaceballs artistic postercongrats, mel, you’ve changed an industry.

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Beloved (Christophe Honoré) will be in theaters this Friday, August 17 (my 24th birthday!!).  I can’t say much about it due to the fact that I haven’t actually seen it yet, but I do know the following:  Catherine Deneuve (and her real-life daughter!), the swinging ’60s, Paris, music and love…what more could a girl want in a movie?

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I picked this book up at the airport on a flight delay and finished it before I even boarded the plane.  Advice: do not fly out of JFK on a Friday night (especially if you do not have a good book!)  I remember reading the Traveling Pants series in jr. high and high school and I loved them.  Sisterhood Everlasting (Ann Brashares) revisits the girls of the Traveling Pants 10 years later in a story about true friendship, love, and this ever-changing lives we lead.

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New Alanis Morissette (listen/buy here)–I must be feeling a bit nostalgic today because Alanis Morrissette was the soundtrack to my summers as a lifeguard in high school.  Havoc and Bright Lights adds a little lightness to my old Alanis favorites, which is just what I’m looking for at this point in my life.

Must Watch: Bill Cunningham New York (2010)

       This documentary by Richard Press is an intimate look into the life of the 83-year-old New York Times fashion photographer, Bill Cunningham.  The most fascinating part of this documentary (for me) was the look into the way he chronicles the lives of real people in New York, regardless of age or social status.

     Cunningham lives his life the way he wants in a tiny apartment cluttered with file cabinets of his work and chooses to ride his Schwinn bike around the city to attend fashion shows (front row, of course) and the most exclusive events.  He is not interested in photographing the famous, but looks for the new and individualistic fashion sense everywhere he goes.  He often does not accept pay for his work, rationalizing that, “If you don’t take money, they can’t tell you what to do.”

     I truly fell in love with this man after seeing this documentary.  He is a true inspiration for anyone who dreams of living a life pursuing their creative endeavors.

{You can watch the documentary on Netflix—I promise you will not be disappointed!}

 Enjoy! -T

 “He who seeks beauty will find it.”  –Bill Cunningham

A Super Good, Really Helpful Book

Perhaps it’s ignorant (or lazy) of me, but I’m more of a “wait until the movie comes out” kind of gal.  Now I know why people are always telling me books are better.  Because they are!  I always thought the movie adaptation of “He’s Just Not That Into You” was adorable, but the self-help book written by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo (a consultant and a writer of Sex and the City, respectively) is even better.  The duo are witty, and the anecdotes told are moderately inspiring and extremely entertaining.  Check it out!

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(p.s. I know I missed the boat on this one, but I was 13 when the book was published.  Give me a break!)

Enjoy your weekend!

R

Movies We Want To Live In: The Holiday

It may be June, but I still can’t help but watch The Holiday when I get a chance.  It’s like a warm chocolate chip cookie.  As Tara and I watch movies, we’re always commenting on the interiors and costume design.  So, this is for those movies that make us want to jump right into the screen.

What I wouldn’t give to:

Sleep in this delightfully simple bedroom (with automatic blinds, if you recall from the movie!).

Read a book, poolside.

Watch EVERY ONE of these movies, that I can only assume are classics.

Bake crumpets and drink tea while reading the morning paper in this quaint kitchen.

Light a few candles and play some classical music while bathing in this cozy bathtub.

And who wouldn’t want to dream with Jude Law and his cute daughters in this tent?