Apr 30, 2012

Cinemanic Monday: The Golden Ticket

   Hello friends! This is a special edition of Cinemanic Monday. My cousin Meghan and I went to the Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Quote- and Sing-Along at the Alamo Drafthouse with special guests Julie Dawn Cole and Paris Themmen. Veruca Salt and Mike Teevee in person!!!
   I've been looking forward to this for weeks and it did not disappoint. We had so much fun! They both came out before the show and talked a little about their experiences with the film and seeing it 40 years later. It was surreal being in the same room as them. Especially Julie. I loved her character so much when I was a kid. Even though Veruca was a terror, the character was so much fun and she did a pretty damn good job for a 13 year old girl. Fun fact! Her 13th birthday actually fell on the day they filmed her infamous Bad Egg scene. 
   Everyone in the audience got goody bags with props and candy to go along with different scenes. We got dryer sheets to wave around and "make the place smell poor" when Charlie's mom is washing clothes. Lol! It did smell pretty nice though. We also got candy dots for the Candy Man song, gum for Violet's demise, bubbles for the Fizzy Lifting Drinks, chocolate to inhale with Charlie, streamers for Veruca's scrreeeeeeeaaaaaammmmm and party poppers and confetti to celebrate the glass elevator shattering the ceiling. Meghan and I were very dedicated to quoting along throughout the entire movie. This dude next to us was like "wooooooow". Haha! They also had a giant gummy bear eating contest with some audience members. Julie was rooting this girl on, "Shove it in there! Shove it in!" LOL omg...
   After the show, Julie and Paris came back out to do a Q&A with the audience. Julie talked about how well her and Denise Nickerson (Violet) got along off camera. They're still the best of friends. "Sadly, she couldn't be here tonight because she's getting surgery" :( Aww get better soon, Denise. They did have a little rivalry over the boy who played Charlie. She came out with a book of letters she sent to her mother back in England while she was on set in Munich for the film. Peter (Charlie) asked her out and she had to wait two weeks for an answer from her mother if it was alright but he already moved onto Violet by that time. LOL! Poor girl. I wanted to ask Paris what he thought of the director and Gene Wilder saying in numerous interviews how difficult he was to work with but he beat me to it. He said he went to a similar kind of event last year with Gene Wilder and when he introduced himself as Mike Teevee, Gene leaned back and let out  a long sigh and said "oh you were such a brat!" Haha! Paris said, well it's been 40 years, I was hoping we could look past that now and Gene signed his poster "to my favorite brat". So cute! They were both super nice and really funny. After the show, everyone was leaving the theater and Julie and Paris were still on the stage. Meghan and I built up the courage and walked up to them, introduced ourselves and got a picture!!! I told Julie, I can't believe I'm talking to you right now. Haha! Not very impressive but still true. I can't believe all that happened! I asked a woman in the audience to take our picture with my phone (why didn't I bring the good camera?!) and I noticed how blurry it was after we already left. :(
My blurry pic with Julie, Paris and Meghan. 
   Oh yea, and everyone got these amazing posters signed by Julie and Paris. I'm getting that shit framed. :D

Apr 27, 2012

Pink Macaroons and a Million Balloons

   I am beyond excited about this Alamo Drafthouse event!!! My cousin Meghan and I were obsessed with this movie when we were kids. Actually, we still are. This will be our second Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory quote and sing-along but this time, Veruca Salt (Julie Dawn Cole) and Mike Teevee (Paris Themmen) will be there in person! How did they know she was my absolute favorite? I remember begging my high school theater teacher to let us do Willy Wonka for the production just so I could be Veruca. It didn't work.  

   I was crafty this week and made us some Veruca inspired tshirts to wear Sunday night. I bought some red shirts from Target, added some lace collars and black buttons down the center and on the sleeves. Veruca's version was modest but we're gonna slut it up with some V necks. Haha! 

   I love this character so much. She wants everything, no matter what it is. She'll even enslave an Oompa Loompa if Wonka would let her. I wonder if she'll be in the audience singing along... 
   I can't wait to stuff my face with candy, dipping everything in the chocolate fountain and blow bubbles along with Charlie and Grandpa Joe. This is going to be spectacular!
Have a great weekend!

Thank You Note

 Happy Friday! I want to formally thank Mrs. Jillian Kirkpatrick from Epic Thread for this super cute crochet knot pillow. It came in yesterday! I was the lucky winner of her latest contest and she was sweet enough to let me pick an item from her Etsy shop! I tested it out and it's so comfy. Perfect size for my face. LOL! Thanks girl! Her blog is one of my very favorites. So creative. I love it. :)
Knotty's current home on my nightstand. 

Apr 25, 2012

Buried Alive

   So excited about tonight! I got James tickets to see Aziz Ansari for his birthday back in February. So it's been a long wait. It's his Buried Alive show for the Moontower Comedy and Oddity Fest and it's SOLD OUT!!! The only sold out show out of all the comics. It's gonna be at the stunning Paramount Theater which makes it so much better. I've only seen films there so I'm really excited about seeing a live show. Also, I've never been to a comedy show before. I have a really loud laugh so I hope I don't get too crazy. Heheh. We'll be in the Mezzanine. Ooo fancy! One of those balcony boxes would have been nicer but WTH? James is meeting me here at work in 30 minutes then we're gonna head over to Lambert's for dinner and drinks first. 

   So much fun! I've spent the last half hour trying to find out the name of his opening act but she was so funny. When Aziz announced her, he mentioned she was a writer on Parks and Recreation. She was talking about uncomfortable it is for strangers to hear your pee flow in public bathrooms and how she always aims for the side of bowl. How she tries to take the dick image out of eating a banana by smashing it in her palm and eating it from between her fingers. She said instead of a rape whistle she'd prefer a rape bass. "I'll probably get raped anyway but at least I'll sound cooler".  And she criticized anyone who bitches about female comics because "they talk about their periods too much" pointing out that if it was the other way around, guys wouldn't be able to shut up about it. "Yo, I'm bleeding out my dick right now. Drip! Drip! Drip!" Hahaha!
   Aziz finally came on (with an awesome suit) and got right to the point of how much he doesn't want to have children right now and how sick he is of his friend's updating every moment of their baby's life. How silly it is when couples are only together for less than two year's before getting married and how surprised he was by not being raped as a child. He was saying how absolutely cute he was a kid, and how he was probably really intimidating to pedophiles who treated him like the hottest girl in the bar. "Aziz wouldn't want me, he could f*ck any old man he wants". He started ragging on today's guys and how bad he feels for the women who receive unwanted camera phone pictures of their dicks. His advice? Just be nice and clean and your odds of getting the girl will be substantially higher. He was talk to a couple in the front about how the husband proposed and when he mentioned it was in Fredericksburg Aziz was like wth is that? Haha! I personally love Fredericksburg and definitely wouldn't mind getting proposed to there. Well, not anymore cause it's already taken. Haha! He was also ragging on MTV for having two shows of depressing extremes; 16 and Pregnant and my Super Sweet 16. Tales of singing Seal songs at a benefit show and meeting President Obama backstage and how funny he was. He actually sang a lot. He was dropping beats and changing lyrics. So cute! I always wondered if comedians did encores. Like concerts, do they come back on and tell a few more jokes? He left he stage real quick and everyone stood up and applauded and then came right back out and stayed for another 20 minutes. Thanks Aziz. 
   Before the show, we had to ditch Lambert's cause it was crazy busy and opted for some sushi at Imperia. I had a yummy coconut margarita and we split some nigiri and salmon skin rolls. We walked a few blocks to the Paramount and there were so many people outside! I think the line was for the wristband holders for the Moontower Festival. I'm not really sure how that worked but we got to skip the line and go right to our seats. We were next to a small flight of stairs and while we were waiting for the show to start I heard this loud banging next to me. This poor lady was tumbling down the stairs. It looked so bad I had to turn away. I looked back and a few people were helping her but she was already on her feet. She sent some guy off to look for her shoes and they found one under the seat of the guy next to us. All the way at the top of the stairs. When she was out of sight I couldn't stop laughing about the shoe. It was so funny. I'm glad she was ok though. In my head I was thinking, this chick better not die and ruin the whole show. 

Apr 24, 2012

Feathered Bubble

Photo by Kurt Lawson. Hair by Kari Kennedy. Model: Erica Villarreal. Makeup by me. :)
  I had the pleasure of doing a mini photo shoot this past Sunday at my friend Kurt's house. I love the way he takes photos. I really digging these lovely little light bubbles he added. Erica was super nice to work with. I felt bad because it kinda took some time to apply. Kari did an awesome job on the hair. I'll be requesting this style soon. :)

Apr 23, 2012

Cinemanic Monday: "This monkey's gone to heaven"

   I haven't met too many people that have seen Crime + Punishment in Suburbia (2000). I came across this on a loose VHS is some bargain bin at a book store when I was 16. I thought the title sounded interesting. Turns out, it was the best $2 I ever spent. 
   Vincent Kartheiser is an amazing actor. This was long before he landed the role of everyone's favorite little shit, Pete Campbell, on Mad Men. Did anyone see him get knocked out on the last episode? I loved it! Aww, poor Pete. He was only 21 when he played the alluring role of Vincent. If ever you had a stalker, this is the type you would want. He was quiet, intelligent, very handsome and all kinds of creepy. You can't really blame him though. Roseanne was popular and totally cute, complete with a wardrobe full of corsets. At first, she's just this poor little rich girl with a douche for a boyfriend but her world falls apart after she gets revenge on her sadistic step-father.
   I still don't know if I should be giving too much away on these Cinemanic Monday posts. I just love movies so much and I want to share my favorites with the world and why they're my faves. 
  Another thing definitely worth mentioning is the music. Very very good soundtrack. Violent Femmes, Meat Puppets, Magnapop, the Toadies, the Pixies, Guided by Voices and Modest Mouse. The lead singer of Modest Mouse, Isaac Brock, composed this movie. That alone should be reason enough to check it out. 
  My favorite part is the last scene. Vincent whisks her away with the wind in their and the song "Learning to Hunt" by Guided by Voices is perfection. It's just so sweet and beautiful. Let me know if any of you have seen it and what you think. Lucky for everyone, the entire film is on You Tube in 10 parts. Enjoy!
"Say that you'll never run too far away 
even with all the answers out there
where it's brighter but no one will care
half as much as I care about you

I'm learning to hunt for you"

Have a great week!
All photos and gifs were found on Tumblr.

Apr 22, 2012

Over the weekend...

   My weekends start on Thursday and I love it. I have a chance to get all my errands taken care of on Friday when everyone else is working. James usually works early and by the time I wake up, Ollie has taken his place in bed. For breakfast, I picked up an egg, potato and bacon sandwich at the Noble Pig. Their food is amazing! I feel so lucky that this little gem is super close to my house and the guys that work there are really nice. I go there so often, they know me by name. They're going to be featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives in a few months. So excited for them! But I better get some more visits in before that happens because they're going to get super busy. I actually stopped by Macy's before I even ate breakfast to do a little shopping. I had to pick up some of the Deep Comfort hand and cuticle cream. It's ridiculous how much I use this stuff. I go through about 4 tubes a year. I also picked up some Different Lipstick in Sweet Honey. I got a different color as a sample a few years back and have never forgotten how amazingly cream this formula is. I'm wearing it in the photo above.
Deep Comfort Hand and Cuticle CreamDifferent Lipstick
   The main reason for my visit was to pick up some sunscreen to wear under my makeup. I'm almost out of my Daily Face Shield from Laura Mercier and wanted to try something new. I kinda floated around the different counters but wasn't finding the right consistency. I finally found the perfect product. Clarin's UV Plus SPF 40 Day Screen. 
   This stuff is awesome. It goes on the skin super smooth and soaks right up to a matte finish with no white cast. I even used it around my eyes. The packaging is very simple but I love it because it's compact and the nozzle is small so it's easy to use a tiny amount. And trust me, a little goes a long way. Plus, it was cheaper than the LM stuff. Sorry Laura. It also comes in 3 different shades but I went with the colorless formula so I can use it on clients. 
   I met up with my friend Kurt for lunch and we discussed some ideas for our upcoming photo shoot. I'm actually putting together some feather brows at my desk right now. I can't wait to show you guys the photos. It's up to him but I'm sure I'll have them by the end of the week.
   James and I had a really nice Saturday. The weather was glorious. Not a cloud in the sky, a nice breeze and the temperature was perfect. *sigh* I live for days like that. I got up early to set up some pork carnitas in our slow cooker. We found this recipe online and have used it for years. It's delicious. I doubled up on the tomatoes, onions and cilantro because I like to use them as toppings for the tacos and it makes a ton. Seriously, we have so much leftover, we won't have to make dinner for the next two days. Score! We got a little impatient since it's takes over 6 hours to make so we stopped by a Mexican restaurant for some appetizers and drinks. My margarita was pretty damn good and James got a margarona. I've seen these before but never tried them. It was surprisingly good. :D
   After that we stopped by a bike shop to pick up a new seat for my bike. Long story short, I have a big ass the seat I previously had wasn't cutting it and I could barely sit the day after taking a ride. So I was really excited about getting a huge seat for my mountain bike. I would have bought a mini La-Z-Boy for my bike if possible. I'm all about comfort. I actually grabbed the biggest seat I could find and took a seat to test it out. Haha! So we took a long bike ride around our cute little neighborhood. It was so nice. :) Then we went home and started messing around with our camera in the backyard. We finished the night with some tacos and I watched Midnight Cowboy while James passed out on the sofa. That movie was totally not was I was expecting. I've heard about it many times and when I found out it starred a young Dustin Hoffman I put it at the top of the instant queue. 
    This movie was a trip. Hoffman was great, as usual. And I couldn't get over how much Jon Voight resembled his daughter in this film. I kept getting the title confused with Urban Cowboy and mistakenly thought that this movie was made in 1980 for the first half of it. "Why does this look like the 60's and not the 80's" Haha! Then James pointed out it was actually '69 and suddenly, it all made sense. 

Apr 17, 2012

Short Indies

"Home" by LCD Soundsystem
  I went to the Short Indies and it did not disappoint. This group takes submissions from local and global filmmakers, hand pick their favorites and then screen them every month at the ND venue in downtown Austin. I plan on going to every single one from here on out. Short films? $5 cover? Free beer? Yes please! There's so much to cover but I'll try to keep it short and sweet. Please check out the films and let me know what you think.
My friend Teresa May Nichta is the new co-host for the Short Indies. She's a model/actress/photographer/all around cool hip chick. She and the other host J.J. Castillo made a tribute video from a scene in Wet Hot American Summer as her initiation to the group. So hilarious. It's spot-on.
Big news!!! She'll be going to Cannes this year! A film she was in called Clowns Never Lie was accepted. I'm so excited for everyone involved. That is a huge deal! They're going to throw a fundraising/screening party the day before they leave. I can't wait to see the film. 

  Dr. Breakfast was definitely my favorite of the evening. I love a good animation. Add in some f*ucked up humor and you can't really go wrong. If you didn't watch the film, it's about a man's soul escaping his body through his eye and starts reeking havoc on the universe. But all is well after some forest friends help him out. I love those deer and the blood hungry soul taking bites out of everything. The creator is Stephen Neary and you can check out his blog here

  Powerpoint was a lot of fun. Funny story, cute cast, appropriate clipart and it was written and filmed within 24 hours. That's pretty impressive. I've worked on a lot of short films and each average day of filming equals about 3 minutes of finished product. This one is 7 minutes and they used numerous locations. During the Q&A, the director Keller Davis said they would be en route to the next scene while Kara Mohr (the writer) was typing out the dialogue and making the Powerpoints. Damn girl...

Hello Optimism is hilarious! I was laughing my ass off to their videos. Check out their vimeo page for more fun!

 Sobre Le Estepa was beautiful. A western set in Argentina. Directed by Ty Roberts
Gaia Bonsignore is the writer and director of Love in Five Acts. I couldn't find the video on line but you can check out her other work on Vimeo and IMDB. She was so sweet and really excited to show her film to everyone. I'll definitely be following her work in the future.

Between the featured screenings they showed a bunch of "filler" films. I saw the video for "Home" at the last one and I am now in love with this song. I just downloaded it on my phone and I'll be jamming it wee wee wee all the way home.

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Apr 16, 2012

Cinemanic Monday: "She's so refined. I think I'll kill myself"

   What is left to say about Singin' in the Rain? Just thinking about it makes me smile and I start to sing those catchy tunes. You're every thought, you're everything, you're every song I ever sing. Summer, winter, autumn and spring. Hands down, the best musical of all time. This movie is magic!
 I think I was about 16 when I first saw it with my brother Vince (he was 11) and we fell in love with it instantly. We watched it all of the time and every time was a quote/sing-a-long. It was so much fun. I don't remember us ever bonding over a movie like that before or since.
  I particularly remember us using the "a-b" function on the remote to create a loop of Lina Lamont getting that pie in the kisser. We had to redo it so many times to get it just so. The end result was Kathy seemingly using her hand to magically hit Lina in the face with a pie over and over and over again. We were laughing so hard, I think we kept that loop on for a half hour.
That's pretty close! Good job, Tumblr.
   I am in love with this movie. I'm trying to think of some great scenes to describe but they're all so good! Gene Kelly is a god on the dance floor. He choreographed the film and it is perfection. This movie is the reason I want to learn how to fancy dance. I've been begging James to take ballroom lessons with me. It's so romantic and we'd look killer on any dance floor. When I was living in CA with him, he took me to Hollywood and drove me through the intersection of Camden and Sunset where Kathy and Don meet! I love that part. She says the two names so cute together. After that, we went to Grauman's Chinese Theater. My baby's so sweet to me.
   Isn't it gorgeous? Donald O'Connor's eyes, Gene Kelly's voice/smile/legs/ass, Debbie Reynolds's baby face and you haven't even seen Cyd Charisse's legs!
   Out of all the characters, I enjoyed Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen) the most. She was so so funny. I remember the first time I saw it, I was like "Damn Don! Let the woman talk!" Then she opens the flood gates back stage and you hear that horrible voice for the first time. I'm gonna have to watch this when I get home today.

Ooo! I just remembered today is the Short Indies! I can't wait to tell you guys all about it. Have a happy week!

Apr 12, 2012

Photo Diary

A happy model from a pinup photo shoot I did for Murpho's Rods and Customs. I had so much fun with everyone there. Great place. 
Silly sloth stuffing his face at the Dallas Aquarium
Sunset from James' grandparents' porch in Shaver Lake, CA
Alyssa Taylor and Ashley Spillars on the set of the short film Two Bucks, filmed in Port Aransas, TX last May. Makeup by me. They got pepper sprayed in the film. That scene was so hilarious.  Ashley was definitely the scene-stealer. Very talented woman. 
My makeup mess after a tutorial video. 
Twisted Tuna Nachos from Zen
Self portrait before my photo shoot with Kurt
Lake Travis from the Steiner Ranch Steakhouse
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