I bought a top hat on Thursday.
Top Hat: TJ Maxx
Glasses: Zenni Optical
Shirt: Not sure, maybe Forever 21
Skirt: American Apparel dress
Shoes: Corso Como
Okay, so I didn't actually wear my Corso Comos out due to the saltiness of the sidewalks, but if I could have, I would have.
Please ignore my weird face. kthx.
"Dearest one, I was about to wish that your every dream for 2009 come true. That you find yourself surrounded by friends, laughter, and good times. I almost wished that your every cup runneth over financially, romantically, spiritually, and creatively. That good health be your faithful companion, peace your guarded ally, and love your perpetual guide. When suddenly, it dawned on me that as an infinite, powerful, fun-loving gladiator of the Universe, with eternity before you and the power of your thoughts to help shape it... it's you who will be granting wishes this year. 10...9...8...7...6... The Universe"Giant panda hugs and I'll see you all next year!
I'm sure I've mentioned it before, but I love Christmas. The chill, the lights, the music, yes the horrible, cheesy music. So, although I usually don't start thinking of what I want until about two weeks before December 25th, this year I'm being proactive by spending too much time on Polyvore creating a Christmas wish list.
- From the top left clockwise (sort of, ha!):
- I found a gorgeous umbrella like this in my alley and would love to refurbish it somehow, but there is a tear in the fabric and some of the ribs are broken. So instead I would love a new one to carry around on snowy days daintily.
- I want a miniature top hat badly. Yes, they're a little silly, but oh so cute!
- Tattoo work 🙂
- An original and fun handbag, preferably in book or vintage doctor's bag form
- New gloves. I have one really nice pair, but they're black and not overly exciting. I want bright colors!
- Pretty lingerie to wear under all the winter layers.
- More vintage typewriters for my collection.
- Tea. I want to try some new blends and flavors.
- Heeled oxfords. I bought some earlier this year and they just did not fit my feet. Tragic, and I wish I could find another that would not kill my feet.
- Colorful yarn. I'm getting into knitting and always feel more inspired to create when surrounded by colorful, quality, materials.
- Big stack of books to cuddle up with. More specifically, my my Amazon Wish List.
- Warm and cute socks.
- Lelo Lily, the beautiful and upscale ladies' pleasure machine. I'm very excited to say that Lelo is actually sending me one of their beauties for review!
- A big poofy dress for New Year's Eve celebrations
- LimeCrime Makeup and brushes. More pretty colors to play with!
- Tickets to the Opera or a show. I love these kinds of gifts the best, where you can share an evening with a friend or a lover.
- Cash monies.
- An iPhone. Hey, a girl needs her dreams.
- More games for my Nintendo DS. I love Tetris and MarioKart, but I'm ready for some new things to play.
THE CALL TO ACTION TV fans of the world, in this time of ongoing international turmoil, economic collapse and environmental wackiness, it is important that we come together to save the last best hope of miraculous broadcast television: Pushing Daisies. TV was once a vast wasteland, but through ingenuity and small-screen spirit it has been turned into a flourishing paradise of awesome. However, if we begin to let go of revelations like Pushing Daisies on ABC, there is a very real threat to quality television as we know it. The wasteland may creep back and overtake all that is gracious and good in our living rooms every night. Join the fight against the scourge of bad TV, won’t you? THE SITUATION ABC has only picked up 13 episodes for the current second season, and show runner Bryan Fuller confirms to me that so far, his team has not received word of a pickup by ABC for a full season. Despite widespread critical acclaim and fan adoration, ratings for season two are down, and Daisies is deep into the “Cancel” zone of TVbytheNumbers’ Renew-Cancel Index (which predicts the TV futures market based on a show’s 18-49 ratings as a proportion of its network’s 18-49 average). If you wanted to freak out now, that would be OK. THE PLAN So what can we, the fans, do to show our support and convince the powers that be at ABC to keep Daisies on the air? * SIGN UP: Sign the Save Daises online petition. * TUNE IN: Wednesdays 8/7 central. WATCH THE SHOW. LIVE. In your house. Look for the glowing box that receives pictures via bunny ears, a satellite or a coaxial cable coming out of the wall. For that matter, email five of your friends right now and tell them to watch, especially if you happen to know anyone who has one of those magical Nielsen boxes. * TURN ON: Go to ABC.com and play old episodes. If you have some spare change, download a few from iTunes. If Daisies brings in enough digital dime, that revenue might offset the on-air losses. * REACH OUT: Contact ABC online or use the quaint ol’ post office to send a letter explaining, in your own passionate but polite words, why and how Daisies is the birdhouse in your soul. The address for ABC is 500 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91521-4551. * PUSH THOSE DAISIES: There are 23,000 species in the daisy family of flowers, including marigolds, coneflowers, sunflowers, chamomile, chrysanthemums, dahlias and zinnias. Send a bunch of your faves to ABC, or better yet, send flower seeds. They’re light and therefore cheap to ship. Seeds last for years and won’t go bad or go to waste, and they could be planted to grow into something beautiful in the spring. Don’t forget to include a note explaining that this is for the love of Daisies! THE CHANCES What are the chances of saving Daisies? I don’t know what ABC programming execs are thinking right now, but I do know that I wouldn’t be much of a Bryan Fuller fan if I didn’t believe in miracles and magic. Yes, this is show business and not show friends. Yes, multinational corporations tend to favor fat profits over creative indulgences. And yes, the economy is the tank, so if this world ran on logic alone, ABC would surely chop up Daisies and sell the parts for scrap. But there is more to life than filthy lucre. I have to believe that the people at Disney-ABC understand the power of enchantment, and that if magic were easy, everyone would do it. The cast and creators of Daisies are making magic and shutting them down would be a travesty at a time when we need all the hope and happiness we can get. Something as unique, beautiful and truly special as Pushing Daisies deserves a second chance. Speaking of second chances, Charles Charles (Josh Randall) is getting a second shot at life on Pushing Daisies, and I have an exclusive first look at Chuck’s resurrected dad in the vid below. Check it out! THE CHANCES What are the chances of saving Daisies? I don’t know what ABC programming execs are thinking right now, but I do know that I wouldn’t be much of a Bryan Fuller fan if I didn’t believe in miracles and magic. Yes, this is show business and not show friends. Yes, multinational corporations tend to favor fat profits over creative indulgences. And yes, the economy is the tank, so if this world ran on logic alone, ABC would surely chop up Daisies and sell the parts for scrap. But there is more to life than filthy lucre. I have to believe that the people at Disney-ABC understand the power of enchantment, and that if magic were easy, everyone would do it. The cast and creators of Daisies are making magic and shutting them down would be a travesty at a time when we need all the hope and happiness we can get. Something as unique, beautiful and truly special as Pushing Daisies deserves a second chance. Speaking of second chances, Charles Charles (Josh Randall) is getting a second shot at life on Pushing Daisies, and I have an exclusive first look at Chuck’s resurrected dad in the vid below. Check it out! -Kristin Dos Santos
I don't normally post on weekends, it's my downtime, but I did promise pumpkin eating dinosaurs and so here I am keeping my word.
boy and me excited and on our hour and a half journey! (note my awesome mongolfiera earrings)
As you can see, the dinosaur is not a dinosaur, or if he is, he has a serious problem. I think dragon would be a more apropriate title.
The ruins of his lunch
I am told there are several pumpkin eating dragonsaurs, but if you'd like to see the one I did, he's at both locations of Goebbert's farm. I would suggest the Hampshire location. It's not as fancy but much less crowded.
Have a wonderful weekend. I must finish cleaning my house before guests arrive for my Halloween ghoula.
- Pinch a police constable's helmet.
- Answer all phone calls with "What-ho!" instead of hello.
- Take a break in the afternoon to pretend you're British and have tea and scones (or a muffin, or a cupcake, etc), seeing as how Bertie seems to get himself into a lot of trouble during mealtime.
- Give people nicknames like "Barmy Fungy Phipps" and "Bingo Little" and "Gussie Fink-Nottle."
- Have a Drones Club party where you do nothing at all (or do very ridiculous things) but look very stylish while doing it.
- Inform people that while you are not disgruntled, you are far from being gruntled.
"The mystery of life isn't a problem to solve, but a reality to experience."-Frank Herbert (by way of Reverend Mother Mohiam in Dune) It's one of my favorite science fiction authors, Frank Herbert,'s birthday today. He passed away in 1986 but he would be 88 if he were alive today. Herbert was a short story and novel writer most famous for his novel Dune. Dune chronicles the life of the Atreides family, specifically the young Paul Atreides. It is set on a desert planet called Arrakis where water is scarce and the spice melange, even scarcer. it is the only planet that produces the spice melange, which is crucial for space navigation and prized for its longevity and prescient properties it gives the person who consumes it. The most striking thing for me, is that while Dune is a great epic story, complete with monsters, a love story, and secret societies, it is at its core about human relations. Herbert deftly uses dialogue and description to illuminate the ways people interact with each other and examines social mores that are applicable to us in the here and now. There has been a movie made of Dune by film major favorite David Lynch. It's real bad, and I recommend only seeing it if you want to watch a funny-because-it's-bad-and-has-Sting-in-a-codpiece kind of movie. There was also a TV series in 2000, but as previously stated I don't have TV and don't know if it's worth watching either. But IMDB tells me that there's another remake coming out in 2010, so hopefully that one will finally do Dune justice. In the meantime though, it comes highly recommended for fall reading. This is a little late for today, but here are some good ways to celebrate Frank Herbert style tonight and tomorrow:
- Remind yourself and others that "Fear is the mind killer"
- Plant a tree or get a houseplant
- Pay close attention to the non-verbal cues given in your social situations
- Wear bright blue contacts to look like a Fremen
- Have a Dune watching party to ogle Sting
- Make spicy Indian or Eastern food
- Go to the beach or somewhere sandy
- Dream up new ideas about social evolution
- ETA from my old Chicagoist kin Peter Mavrik: Drink several shots of blue curacao (aka the spice essence) and try to say ‘Kwisatz Haderach’ three times fast. Take another shot each time you mess up.