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Post-Wedding Daze

Guess what? I’m married!! Huzzah!

I never thought I would be taking a break from blogging for two full weeks, but the week leading up to the wedding got so crazy hectic that posting just didn’t happen. I spent this week walking around in a total daze after returning from our little honeymoon weekend on Monday night. It took me way too long to unpack and respond to all the nice e-mails, and then there were the pictures. Between my dad’s 300 hundred plus snapshots, facebook galleries of friend’s pictures and hundreds of others from various family and friends, I’ve spent most of the week clicking through sideshows. Just when I would sit down to be productive again, I ended up going back to look—just one more time, at the best night of my life so far.

I definitely suffered from some post wedding let-down, how can you not? Our culture forces this idea in to your mind:

“this is the BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE—ever! No seriously, you will not have as good a day for the rest of your life, it’s all down hill from here. You won’t get to have fun or be pretty again, not like this.”

Obviously that’s not true, and it runs in direct contradiction to the whole point of marriage, but that is the bill we’re sold from the beginning. Then you spend months planning every detail, and by the last few weeks everything has become saturated with wedding preparations. Finally the anticipation reaches fever pitch and you can forget about sleeping or relaxing. Once the day actually comes, it passes by faster than any other day in your entire life.

People told me it would go by fast, and I kept telling myself  “enjoy this, remember this”, but no matter how hard I tried, the whole thing ended up a beautiful, joyous, magical blur that was over in the blink of an eye leaving me with memories that feel like nothing more than the best dream I’ve ever had. All those smiling people, the people I love, the people I wish I could see more often, they were all there with me. There is definitely something heaven-like about your own wedding, it feels like a fantasy. Not only do you get to marry the person you love and commit to stay with them forever, but you get to be surrounded by all your favorite people, and wear a really nice outfit too, what more could you ask for?


You pretty much get to feel like the luckiest person in the world on your wedding day, and then it’s over and you go from being a fianceé, to a bride, to a wife in one day, and all the while you feel like exactly the same person. In some ways that’s the strangest part, all this hubbub and joy, all this talk of “crossing a threshold” and transcending, but when you get home from your honeymoon your cat is vomiting, and there is dirty laundry where you left it, and you and your new husband still dance around the kitchen singing in funny voices like idiots and you realize that you’re both the same people you always were. The only difference now is the affirmation that you have amazing, wonderful, generous, kind people all around you and that you’ve made the promise to be a goofball with your best friend for the rest of your life—and those are both truly things to be grateful for.

Forgive me for my recent lack of posts, and for not getting it together to do Beauty in the Movies this week, it will be back next week—scouts honor. I’ll share more pictures once they come back and do a more in-depth wedding post soon too!

*Special thanks to David Shazar for the great photos!!

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Beauty in the movies: Hocus Pocus

I’m sorry to say this is a sort of budget Beauty in the Movies post. I thought it would be fun to celebrate Halloween with one of the best Halloween movies ever—Hocus Pocus, but there is a “long wait” for the film on Netflix so I wasn’t able to take my own screen-shots, thankfully I kind of have it memorized and it was on the ABC Family channel so I was able to watch it again.

Hocus Pocus is the story of Max Denison (Omri Katz) the new kid in Salem, Massachusetts who loves wearing tie dyed T-shirts and doesn’t believe in witches, especially not the local tale of the three Sanderson sisters Winifred ‘Winnie’ Sanderson, (Bette Midler) Sarah Sanderson, (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Mary Sanderson (Kathy Najimy) who were put to their deaths on Halloween night in 1693 for sucking the lives out of little children.

In his effort to woo the cute girl in his class with “big yabos”, Allison (Vinessa Shaw), Max drags his little sister, Dani (Thora Birch), along to check out the Sanderson house on Halloween night. Once there, he foolishly lights the ‘black flamed candle’ which legend tells will bring the witches back from the dead if lit by a virgin on Halloween night—can you guess what happens? Yeah, Max brilliantly not only brings three evil witches back from the dead, but also outs himself as a virgin to the girl he is trying to impress, smooth move Hollywood.

Max also really pisses off Thackery Binx, a 300 year old cat who is really a teenage boy (Sean Murray) who was turned into a feline by the witches after they killed his sister Emily. Wild Hi-jinx ensue, and Binx, Dani, Max, and Allison must figure out a way to stop the witches before they suck the life from all the kids in town.

Some kids are obsessed by pop-stars or fairy tales, but for some reason I was obsessed with the Salem Witch Hunts, I’m not sure why, but this movie probably played a part in it. I made my parents take me to Salem, I read the crucible more than five times, gave my Barbies the water test in my old fish bowl, and I actually learned a lot about history and the screwed up things people do to one another—so thanks Disney for representing history so badly I had to go learn it for myself!

Hocus Pocus is what I would call a delightful romp, Bette Midler is fantastic as usual, and I personally think it’s a perfect Halloween movie. There’s singing, zombies, and a freaking talking cat! Plus, look at these 90s bullies, that’s “Ice” (Larry Bagby) on the left, he would later appear on lots of TV shows including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but he has never had more awesome duds than the ones he sports in this film.

If you want to get mushy about it, this movie sets a good model for kids in terms of being nice to your siblings too. When the movie opens Max is a total jerk to his little sister and whines about being too cool to take her trick-or-treating, but after hearing how Binx lost his sister, he realizes just how precious younger siblings can be.

And also, when you’re a virgin who lights a black-flamed-candle bringing three evil witches back from the dead and they’ve put your parents under a spell in song, you really need to learn to stick together, because you’re kind of all you’ve got—now isn’t that an important lesson for siblings to learn?

I have to say I was super annoyed when they showed this on TV the other night and cut out the ending with all the parents walking out of the Halloween party dazed and crazy from being under the witches spell—bad form ABC family, bad form.

Somehow I managed to lose the polyvore collage I made for this post, which really sucks and I have no idea how it happened, so I apologize for that. One week from today I will be getting married, so Beauty in the Movies will be taking a break and returning in November with more beauty and more movies!

Happy Halloween kiddies!!!!!!!!!!!


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Beauty Grab-Bag: Randomness

This post is just a mash-up of pretty and/or cute things for you to look at while I run around and make phone calls, search for a wedding band for my fiancé, and get all my wedding ducks in a row. The next 10 days are going to be light on blog posts, but I’ll try to make up for it after the wedding! If anyone wants to contribute a post, a picture, a haiku, or anything else, please send it along to me at justinezwiebel@gmail.com!

In response to my post last week on my love of homemade Halloween costumes, my wonderful friend Ilana sent me these unbelievably adorable photos of her and her two sisters on Halloween over the course of three years.

First Ilana’s mom made her this sweet Snow White costume:

Then her younger sister Sareena wore it.

And then her youngest sister Arielle got to wear it.

Aren’t they too adorable? It looks like that purple princess dress was passed down too, it’s fun to see siblings in their hand-me-down costumes over the years. Anyone with a mom who can make such a cute costume is very lucky indeed!

Moving right along, in my search for hats last week I came across this awesome old Yardley ad from the 1960s featuring the gorgeous model Jean Shrimpton,  I  just love it and thought it was pretty enough to share.

This is my future mother in law’s cat Nemo, there is no other cat like him!

Um, yeah this post lacks cohesion, but my mind is all over the place right now. Here is a picture of a baby hedgehog to make up for it!

Let me know if you have any post contributions—obviously I need help!

 

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Beauty in the Movies: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

At age 10 a became obsessed with The Rocky Horror Picture Show (I was a strange kid what can I say?), I didn’t understand most of the dirty parts in the film even though I knew they were dirty somehow, but I loved the music, the costumes, and the craziness of the whole thing. So, Rocky Horror holds a special place in my heart forever, and a special place in my DVD player every Halloween.

If I had understood this movie better I might have had reservations about sharing it with the sweet, normal sisters who lived next-door to me, but I think they ended up loving it too (though I’m sure their parents wouldn’t have been too happy about them watching it). When I heard that Glee was doing a Rocky Horror episode I was darn excited and I thought it would be a perfect time to feature it. So what if it just squeaks by the Bedchdel test? A pass is a pass in my book!

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is the story of Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon), a wholesome, newly engaged couple on their way to visit their old teacher, Dr. Scott (Jonathan Adams), but they get caught with a flat on a dark and stormy night and end up having to knock on the nearest door (which happens to be a giant gothic castle) for assistance. They are invited into the castle by the butler Riff Raff (Richard O’Brien, who is also the author and creator of the show) and his sister/lover Magenta (Patricia Quinn). They soon learn they are in the home of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry) and find themselves caught up in a celebration for the unveiling of his new monster (and boy toy)—Rocky (Peter Hinwood). This all leads the unknowing pair into a night of debauchery, insanity, and murder, culminating in a swimming pool orgy.

Obviously Tim Curry plays the role of Frank-N-Furter with astonishing ease, it seems he was born to play this role. Between this movie and Legend, he was pretty much my favorite actor. Both Sarandon and Bostwick are perfectly corruptible and enjoyable, plus you will be amazed by Bostwick’s high kicks in heels. There are a lot of other great performances in there too, like Meatloaf as the literally “half-brained” ex-delivery boy Eddie, and Nell Campbell as the adorable tap-dancing groupie Columbia.

Rocky Horror is a send-up of classic B horror and Sci-fi movies, the opening song references the films it parodies; The Day The Earth Stood Still, Forbidden Planet, Doctor X, and others. It pokes fun at the seriousness and the campiness of those films and in doing so became one of the biggest cult movies of all time. It has the longest release of any film, it has never been pulled from theaters by Fox, and after 35 years there are still tons of midnight showings. Funny story—in college I convinced my friend to go to a midnight show at the Waverly in Manhattan because I had never been, we got all dressed up in our Rocky Horror costumes and then it started raining, and then we took the wrong train and people were shouting things at us, and we were scared and wearing uncomfortable shoes, and ended up going back home—we were such crazy wild college kids! Unfortunately I’ve still never been to a midnight showing.

Recently, knowing my love of Rocky Horror my fiancé got me the sequel, Shock Treatment, which I had never seen. It was an odd film to say the least, and not in a good way. It’s also far less coherent than Rocky Horror, but if you’re a fan it’s worth watching just to see some of the same actors in new roles, but the leads just aren’t as interesting and there is no Tim Curry to carry it for them, such a shame.

If you haven’t seen Rocky Horror this is the perfect time to check it out, it’s almost Halloween, and you only have a couple of weeks before the Glee episode, and you’ll want to understand why your favorite teens are running around in fishnets and bustiers (thought somehow I have a feeling this episode is going to be extra sanitized compared to the original). Not a Glee fan? Give it a try anyways. If you are a fan you might want to know that this year marks the 35th anniversary of the film, so they’re putting out a fancy blu-ray edition with all sorts of extras on October 19th—and let me know if you want to check out a midnight showing!

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For the Love of Homemade Halloween Costumes

Yesterday Jezebel posted this Target ad in which a kid is clearly embarrassed by his homemade Iron Man costume made by his proud mom. It’s meant to be cute, and obviously Target is in the business of convincing people they should buy their costumes rather than make them, so you can’t get all that annoyed at them, but it did get me thinking about homemade Halloween costumes and why I always find them so much more interesting.

What a kid wants to be for Halloween is a big deal, it reflects who they want to be, what they’re afraid of, or who their role models are. It also lets them express themselves and can be both a fun bonding experience and a creative challenge for kids and parents alike. While a kid, or an adult, can have just as much fun dressed in a store-bought costume, there is something about homemade costumes that’s uniquely charming. Whether answering the door for trick-or-treaters or attending a party for grown ups, it’s always exciting when you see a one-of-a-kind costume. Obviously, as the Target ad shows, it can be hard to make a costume for a licensed character who looks a very specific way, but plenty of kids want to take on a persona that can be created without buying a package.

For example, my older sister as Cyndi Lauper in the early 1980s at around age three, there was no sewing involved, just stuff we had around the house, some spray-on hair color, creativity, and lots O’ fun, the result—adorable!

Here is my fiancé as Hulk Hogan a few years ago. I’ve gone to the Halloween parade in Manhattan many times and I’ve never seen people as excited by a costume as they were when they saw him that year. People were constantly stopping to take his picture and shout catchphrases at him—and he threw this costume together in a couple of hours. There were other Hulk Hogans in store-bought costumes, and they didn’t get nearly as much attention.

This owl costume was a combined effort, I made the head-piece and the glasses to wear one year, and my lovely future sister-in-law improved on my original costume a few years later with the fur trim, feathers, and orange owl feet—hoot!

My friend Jessica donned this awesome Joan Holloway costume last year, I’m shocked there aren’t packaged Mad Men costumes out there yet, but this shows how you can use stuff from your own closet (plus a few store-bought accessories) to come up with a great costume.

My Grandma made these adorable Campbell Soup kids costumes for my dad and uncle sometime in the mid fifties—simple, creative, and cute!

Me as Courtney Love and My fiancé as Ernest P. Worrell, both fun and easy costumes to make.

This was the first costume I made all by myself. My mom made me wear that stone-wash jacket over it since it was cold out so you can’t see it here, but I found an old satin dress, tore it up, caked on a bunch of face-paint, put baby powder in my hair, and threw on a tiara just for kicks. I called it “bloody Mary” I think I got the idea from an episode of Are you Afraid of the Dark?

Anyway, my point is that sometimes (like if your kid wants to be Iron Man) a store costume is necessary, because moms can be busy and kids are easily embarrassed. But putting together your own costume whether you’re a kid or an adult, can be lots of fun, and usually yields more entertaining and memorable results—plus those packaged costumes can be damn expensive.

If you don’t have anything in your closet that works as a costume, check out a thrift store, or the sale rack at Forever 21, you may even wear it again unlike the flimsy polyester packaged costumes. Get any accessories you may need that you can’t make (horns, wings, wigs) at the bigger stores, and never underestimate the potential of pipe cleaners and a hot glue gun!

On a side note, clicking through the pages on the Party City website has convinced me I need to do a whole post on inappropriate packaged costumes—I’m truly disturbed by some of the stuff out there for both kids and adults.

Send me pictures of your best homemade Halloween costumes—I know you must have some great ones!

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Beauty Grab-Bag: Halloween #1

My back is feeling significantly better, I can sit at the computer again (at least for a little while). I’m now even more grateful for my body because I realize how much it lets me do, I will definitely be taking better care of it. So, in celebration of regaining my mobility, and also after having a hectic and upsetting couple weeks, I decided a fun post was much-needed today.

It’s that time of year again, the super markets are filled with Halloween candy and pumpkins are popping up all over the neighborhood. It’s almost Halloween and I love it, I always have and I hope I always will. October has long been my favorite month, and it’s not just because of the candy—although who doesn’t love free candy? No, Halloween is so much more than just costumes and candy, it’s magical, it’s the one day of the year where you can be anyone and anything can happen, the world loses it’s limits and fantasy reins. When Halloween comes around each year I still get the same hopefulness I did when I was a kid that something exciting and otherworldly might happen, and when it does, it might be scary, it might be creepy, but it will definitely be fun. A new universe might open up, you could meet a cute ghost (yes, I still cry whenever I watch the Christina Ricci Casper movie) or go on an adventure, or you might just run around with your friends eating candy and screaming until you drop from tiredness.

Since I love Halloween so much, and because I’ve been lucky enough to find a partner who loves Halloween (almost) as much as me, we’re getting married Halloween weekend and we’re having a big harvest party where there will be pumpkins, candy, and other fun surprises. When we first started the wedding planning I made my first ever polyvore collage as inspiration:
Harvest party weddingNow with only 22 days left until my wedding I’m both exceptionally nervous and excited, so I’m trying to focus on Halloween (I actually pulled my back out getting decorations out of my closet). This is the first of a few Halloween posts to get you (and me) excited for All Hallows Eve, I want to hear what costumes people are wearing, or what you have worn in the past, and I want everyone in on the fun! Here is another polyvore collage to get you in the spirit:

halloween spiritAlright, so my back actually does still hurt a lot so I have to end this post here and grab my ice pack again, sorry this post wasn’t more in-depth, I lost my mojo half-way through. Send me your Halloween pics, stories, and inspirations! And check in tomorrow for Beauty in the movies: She-Devil!

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