Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Village Halloween Parade

I went to my first Village Halloween Parade tonight and it was a doozey. I love New York.


















Saturday, October 30, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Just call me the Demon Cleaner of Fleet Street.

Don't you just love New York in the fall?

I spent the day in Central Park, enjoying the perfect fall weather, listening to Owl City (it's what I love to listen to in the fall) and living a real life You've Got Mail morning. 



 Yes. That's a giant bug. And those children want to touch it. Clearly, they're demon possessed.



So for you who don't know, during the first two seasons of Gossip Girl, the girls met on the Met steps each day and so this group of girls runs off of this bus and were squealing "That's where Blair sits!" I kinda loved it.





 It was a gorgeous day. I love my city. So much.

Gloria Steinem would be so proud

Oh my gosh! Did you hear?! Miss USA won the Miss World pageant! Has anything ever mattered less than this?!
I don't understand pageanting anymore these days. I just don't. It used to be something that was a big deal in pop culture but now, it's really not. More than just plummeting ratings for the TV programs, the whole concept of a woman prancing around and being judged on basis of their posture or swimsuit. And yes, if Miss Congeniality taught us nothing its that its a scholarship thing, about finding real women who want to make a difference in the world. But at the core of it, that's all crap. It's about flaunting pretty women on television and we've grown tired of that. It's not interesting anymore. We want people to be more than just a pretty face.Or at least that's what we tell people. I actually don't think anything's really changed and we are fine with just a pretty face. But the pageant circuit flaunts it so openly that we need to believe it's wrong in order to keep feminists off our backs.
So it's wrong. And we don't watch them anymore. Of course we're fine with looking at other women who are pointless and ultimately setting feminism back fifty years like Megan Fox and Kim Kardashian.
But congrats to Miss USA. She...uh...deserves it?

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

RIP

I love a friend yesterday.
Yes.
I did.
Somewhere between my apartment and the train station, my beloved and absolutely fabulous trench coat fell out of my bag. Though I backtracked to try to find it, I couldn't. It was gone.
But can I tell you, as much as that jacket was the best thing in my entire closet, my first thought wasn't about missing my beloved jacket or being upset about it's untimely departure from my life. My first thought was "Well, it's just a thing."
Sure, it sucks. It sucks a lot. I loved that coat. And no. You can't find them anymore. But it was just a jacket. It wasn't my camera or my laptop. It wasn't my arm. It was a jacket. And it's been immortalized in pictures.
But this is my testament. My love letter to my jacket that was. While you were only just a thing, you were a damn sexy thing.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

One mark hit, one Mark missed

I'm very excited to be able to write this. I'm going on vacation! Kinda.
I'm taking a vacation from being an intern in the city, taking a break from working more than all the other interns combined, taking a break from not getting paid a dime and flying to Texas to defend my final Masters paper and go to Homecoming with my best friends.
I need the break. Badly.
It's not the job that's wearing me down really. I like what I'm doing. It's more of the not-getting-paid thing that I'm tired of. But what can you do? Means to an end right?
So I probably won't be blogging while I'm away...probably...but don't worry. I'll be back Sunday with an arsenal of new things to write about I'm sure.

Before that happens though, can we talk for a minute about how terrible this is?
Mark Salling, one of the dudes from Glee is releasing a solo album (as I'm sure they all will be so they can cash in on this fad before the bubble pops) and it sounds awful. The novelty of the fact that he can (kinda) sing has worn off and now he's doing this indie album that's actually not all that cool at all. It all sounds like one big song, everything is the same. And he can't really sing like this.
He needs to leave the beige and boring pop music to Kris Allen, someone who can really sing. Can you imagine how much better this music would be had it been done by Kris? So much better.
So sorry Mark. Being hot doesn't mean an indie record will work out for you. You aren't Sheryl Crow.

Oh my gosh

You know how much I love magazines and you know how much I love a good photo shoot. So for Empire magazine's 20th anniversary issue, they had the stars revisit their huge roles and the results are a film lover's dream, not to mention the photos are exquisite.










A whole new world

I know I've posted some of these before but since I'm currently being inspired by photographers that I admire, I decided that it was only fitting that Annie Leibovitz be featured. Couple that with the fact that I've spent the last 6 months of my life writing about Disney animated movies and well, this is a natural biproduct of those two things. I've always thought these were stunning and I go back to them all the time in how to recreate something on the page. 













I actually found some behind the scenes photos that I also thought were kinda awesome. Again, along the lines of feeling inspired and such. I just love photoshoots so much.








I want to feed a deer while dressed as a Disney character. Not Snow White obviously. But maybe Prince Eric. Or Aladdin. But Aladdin wouldn't so much feed the deer as he would steal it and eat it. Sorry Bambi.