Happy Friday

I am sitting here eating a mini frozen Twix. I need to get this Halloween candy out of the house. We asked P if he wanted “The candy witch” to visit (he puts all of his Halloween candy under his bed and the “witch” takes the candy and leaves him a present) and he thought about it for a long time, and then said no. This morning he asked where his candy was and said, “I just want to play with it” when I told him he needed to eat breakfast first. It was great seeing him super excited last night. He couldn’t get enough and it was fun to see it finally click with him. My favorite was he told our 5 year old neighbor Ella, who was dressed as a witch, that “her face looked beautiful.” I melted.

So Straw and I want to plan a little trip somewhere together but not sure where to go #WhitePeopleProblems.  I really want to go to South Carolina, but as we head into winter, I’m not sure I’m down with freezing cold.  I’m always up for NYC, but he doesn’t like it there.  He suggested Hawaii which would be lovely, but I kind of want to go somewhere I’ve never been.  The Caribbean is too far.   I don’t like Mexico.   I would love to do an East Coast trip and do Maine or road trip it and do a bunch of little East Coast towns.  Ideas?

This is my new favorite purchase and it’s nice and cozy (and I need to move away from stripes)

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Double zip sweater by J.Crew ($98)

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Cutie pie Blaire Eadie of Atlantic – Pacific collaborated with Bauble Bar on some pretty fabulous pieces.  I love the Birds of Paradise bib for $48.  If you’ve never seen Blaire’s blog, you definitely need to check it out!

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I’m putting Jeffrey Alan Mark’s “The Meaning of Home” new coffee table book on my Christmas wish list.

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This Halloween costume was pretty incredible.  Hard to believe it’s Heidi Klum!

Saturday Night Live’s take on a Wes Anderson horror movie is pretty genius.

Tonight I’m going to a wine and cheese party and then have photo shoots all weekend which I’m looking forward to.  Christmas card photos are in full swing!  P and Straw are going on an “adventure” to go camping and duck hunting.  Hope you have a great weekend!

C

What Lurks in the Trees

I was almost murdered Saturday night.

Well, not murdered. Maybe bound and gagged.

Or stabbed.

Well, not bound, gagged or stabbed.

But very, very scared.

I was completely asleep when a loud bang shot me straight up in bed.  Heart pounding, I listened and heard what sounded like 2 to 3 large adults (men, I’m sure in masks carrying machetes) stomping through the underbrush on the other side of our fence (our property backs up to a creek).  I listened and the noises were getting closer and louder.

I opened the slider and hung in the doorway for a minute or so.  “THEY’RE RIGHT THERE!” I said to myself.  I closed and locked the door, grabbed my cell phone, and with the rush of blood in my ears, called police dispatch.

At this point I’m rattling off my address, telling the woman on the phone that I heard “these people” signaling to each other that sounded like some kind of fake bird call.  They’re RIGHT THERE and I’m here by myself with my son.  Of course Straw was gone.

“Ok, we’ll send someone out.”

My adrenaline was pumping so badly at this point that I was practically hyperventilating. I stood in our bathroom which faces the street and saw the cruisers pull up (thank God.)  They had the lights blazing and were searching the area around the creek.  I wanted to run out “THERE ARE MURDERERS BACK THERE! WITH LARGE KNIVES!!!!”

They rang the doorbell.  When I opened the door, I told them in a rushed voice what was going on.  “There were definitely people back there, making some fake bird noise to signal to each other.”

“Can we go in your yard to check it out?”

I escort them in the back and we’re all standing in the dark, listening.  At this point, it’s 4:15 am. I heard the bird call, the men signaling that the police have arrived.

The cops hear it too.  “No, that’s definitely some kind of animal.”

Cop 1 to me:  “So you heard them talking to each other?”

Me: “Um…no.  Just the crunching of leaves.  I know it was a person!”

Cop 1 to me: “Have you noticed any property damage?”

Me: “Ummmmmmmm………..no.” (Silence.  2 cops staring at me, waiting)

Cop 1: “Well, we’ll take a look around and let you know if we find anything.”

This is where I’m standing there, twisting the sleeve of my sweatshirt, feeling like Kristin Wiig with an awkward expression on her face.

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So yeah………

I avoided disaster.  Getting murdered.  Had the cops come to my rescue.  And they left thinking I was  shrooming.   Did I dream the crash noise that woke me up? Probably.  The crunching of leaves? Large deer is my guess.  But they may have been wearing masks and wielding machetes.   Bucks can be very unpredictable.

Nothing like nearly shitting your pants in your own hallway at 4 am. And you’re alone.  And you’re sober.  And you have definitely seen your share of scary movies, like “The Strangers” starring a very naive Liv Tyler.

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Well, I’m happy to report that I’m alive and well.  And the police were super excited they rushed over here.

When Straw got home the next morning I told him we were almost held hostage.  He tried to stifle a laugh.  “Yeah, it’s mating season for deer right now.  That’s what you heard.  They can make a lot of noise in the ivy.”

Great.  Thanks “Adventure-man Straw” – the almighty powerful outdoorsman and expert on deer fornication.

“Well, I’m sure they were doing it with the intent to KILL!”

Lovelace

It’s been kind of a ho hum summer, movie wise which is why I’m looking forward to seeing this.

“Lovelace,” starring Amanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgaard (love him!), follows the rocky life of porn star Linda Lovelace, who is used and abused by the porn industry as well as her husband.  James Franco, Sharon Stone, Chris Noth, Adam Brody, and Chloe Sevigny round out the stellar cast.

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And now that “The Killing” is over, I’ve heard this is great.  And love that the episodes are available on Netflix on Demand

“Orange is the New Black”

From the creators of “Weeds,” “Orange is the New Black” follows Piper Chapman, a thirty something woman serving 15 months in prison for a decade old crime of moving money for her drug dealing girlfriend.

Are you watching anything great? The press is already humming about Season 4 of “Downton Abbey” which will premiere January 2014, but that’s too far out for me right now.  Why they don’t bump up the date here in the states (sigh) and how will we watch it without Matthew?

Last night our carbon monoxide alarm beeped once (my guess was low battery) but one of my first thoughts was, “can I really call the fire department at 11pm looking as terrible as I do?”  This is coming from being brought up by a woman who said “never run to Walgreen’s late at night for milk without makeup on.  You never know who you’ll run into.” I looked like hell.  Frizzy, chlorine dried hair in a knot.  Bad roots.  No makeup.  A few zits.  Fat sweats. Not that you should greet firemen at the door with a perfect blowout and lip gloss on but c’mon.   I looked worse than bad.  The last time they were here, it looked like the cast of “Magic Mike” walked through the door.  And I was makeup free then too.  No bueno.   I’m happy to note that I didn’t call them and we luckily made it.

The wild man gets home today from being in the wilds Africa.  He’s already caught me up on being charged by a buffalo.  Awesome.  He shot a buffalo the last day he was there.  I told him it’s not ending up in my living room.

Enjoy your Wednesday! C

Tues Chic: Charlotte Rampling

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Last season, I thought the serial killer drama “Dexter” had “jumped the shark” and I was wondering what kind of story they could possibly come up with for the 8th and final installment.  British actress Charlotte Rampling starring as Dr. Evelyn Vogel has been a refreshing and a powerful counterbalance to Dexter’s conflicted life.

Rampling was a model before making her first film, Richard Lester’s “The Knack….and How to Get It” in 1965 and has gone on to star along side such movie heavyweights as Sean Connery, Robert Mitchum and Woody Allen.  If you haven’t seen “Swimming Pool” (2003), it’s a good one to add to your Netflix queue.

Her Bond-girl-esque 60s bombshell look from her modeling days makes her the perfect pick for Tuesday chic.

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On the Couch

Just got back from the Children’s Discovery Museum and I’m wiped.  I need a nap! Instead, I’m hangin’ on the couch writing this and about to jump into the shower to head out for dinner later with Straw.  Last week felt like a marathon.  I’m glad the 4th is over but not thrilled that it’s still 101 degrees here.  Now I remember why I don’t like summer….

Now that “Mad Men” is over, I’ve been scrambling for a new show (thank God “Dexter” is back on for it’s final season.  It’s been surprisingly good and Charlotte Rampling has been a nice addition to the show).  “The Killing” is still hanging in there (I love love love Detective Holder!) and Straw and I checked out “Ray Donovan” last night.

Have you seen this yet? It was surprisingly good and I’m hooked.  I go back and forth on whether or not I’m a fan of Liev Schreiber, but he is great in this. And Jon Voight can play a terrific creep.  Schreiber plays Ray Donovan, originally from South Boston who is a “fixer” for the Hollywood rich and famous.   His past catches up with him when his father (played by Voight) is unexpectedly released from prison.  I think Showtime has another hit on it’s hands.

I’m definitely putting “Clear History” on my list of what to watch because Larry David does his best Lebowski impression and it also stars my BF, Jon Hamm.   Looks hilarious!

One movie I’m looking forward  to seeing is “The Way, Way Back” with Steve Carell, Toni Colette and Allison Janney.  14 year old Duncan goes on vacation with his mom (Colette) and her overbearing new boyfriend (played by Carell).  Shy Duncan befriends Owen, the manager of the Water Wizz water park and has one of his most memorable summers ever.

And on my reading list:

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Dad is Fat” by Jim Gaffigan

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“Lost” by S.J. Bolton.   Her books are fabulous!

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“With or Without You: A Memoir”
by Domenica Ruta

Don’t judge my sloppy write up of my movie/tv reviews.  I’m hot, tired and hungry. C

This & That

Yesterday I spent 4 hours in a salon chair (and no, not getting a weave, that’s next month) for cut and color.  When I walked in to my colorist, she was like, “what happened?” Exactly. Nothing like your hairdresser referring to you as “zipper head” because your roots are that dark, but I have to say, I feel like a new woman.  Something about highlights makes me feel refreshed, like I can take on the world (but I’m doing it in slow motion, tossing my head this way and that, kinda like I’m in Charlie’s Angels or a tampon commercial).

Here’s what’s cool this week (or what I think is cool):

Can’t wait to see “Blue Jasmine,” the latest from Woody Allen.  C’mon.  Cate Blanchett in designer clothes falling apart in San Francisco? What could be better?

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Nadri’s thin crystal bangle from Nordstrom ($65).  They’re thin, beautiful and look great stacked.

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Wilderness Firepan from TyeWorks on Etsy ($175).  A perfect Father’s Day gift and can be used for grilling or for an impromptu bonfire on the beach (and you don’t need tools to assemble it).

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Love the black and white stripes of this outdoor chair from Terrain ($228).  Would look great with the green backdrop of an outdoor space.

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I love how New York socialite Olivia Palermo always looks perfectly polished and put together.

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The honeysuckle soap from Barr-Co. ($8) smells like you’ve been to a tropical island paradise.

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Dig the jute glitter bag ($98) from Jayson Home.  You’ll be feeling very French when toting this to the Farmer’s market.

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Always worth checking out SF interior designer Grant K. Gibson’s Instagram and cool blog.  Would love him to remake my house!

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This photo of Anna Wintour is great.  The camera angle, the detail on the jacket. The stance.  The hair.  It says so much.

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Can’t beat the price ($36) on this mint sun bloom necklace from Bauble Bar.

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I think “make your own” prints from Artifact Uprising are soo cool ($21.99).   They come in packs of 25 and you can have iPhone photos printed.  Great to use for notecards.

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With “The Bling Ring” opening this weekend, writer Amy Ephron talks about the reality of raising kids in L.A.

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Like this color combo from NARS + Pierre Hardy ($29)

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You can never go wrong with a LBD, and I love this one from Victoria Beckham ($795)

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Fun to serve cocktails in mason jars for your next soiree.

(photos courtesy of the sites mentioned above, & Merrick Morton)

Straw still doesn’t have full motion of his neck (poor dude) but brought Master P to his first baseball game today.  Beyonce, Bodie and I are hanging out and enjoying the sunshine and cleaning the house (well, one of us is cleaning).  

Enjoy your day! C