- Pushing Daisies (currently watching season 1, courtesy of Netflix). The aesthetics of this show alone inspire me. It’s like a perfectly delightful and creativity bursting 60 minutes of Amelie meets Tim Burton, meets Scooby Doo, with Dr. Seuss like narration. With a cast of talented theatre veterans, including the original Wicked’s Kristin Chenoweth, and vibrant, theatrical-like sets and settings, and colorful, quirky costumes (predominately on the female characters), watching this show is almost like watching a play. Creator, Bryan Fuller has crafted a whimsical show that knows no boundaries as far as reality is concerned, in fact, he’s created his own reality and you can’t help but want to be in it. He’s even created somewhat of a fictional time period. We assume the time is the present, but the clothes, cars, houses, furniture and even the fictional towns all seem to periodically contradict this, leaving us to decide for ourselves and maybe it is simply more fun not to care. This show is unique, witty, sentimental, suspenseful and somewhat campy but all too enjoyable nonetheless and I haven’t seen a show with such quick-paced, witty banter and chemistry since Gilmore Girls. Plus, I totally want all of Anna Friel’s outfits. It’s a shame it was only given 2 seasons, as it was canceled by ABC in early 2009. It ended all too abruptly, with a life span almost as brief as the amount of time it takes for its characters to come back to life and then die again, with the magic touch of the pie maker. Watch it, it will make you want to bake pies and share kisses through saran wrap. ; )
- Duffy. She is a blonde British import who bears a little resemblance to Brigitte Bardot and a voice that sounds reminiscent of 60’s motown. In my opinion, her style is somewhat like that of Amy Winehouse’s, but better. Not to mention, I don’t believe she’s ever had so much as one stint in rehab. My favorite songs of hers are “Warwick Avenue,” “Syrup and Honey,” “Mercy” and her most recent, written and produced especially for the film An Education, “Smoke Without Fire.” She’s catchy, sexy, has a keen sense of fashion and delivers the kind of music we need more of these days – what soul should sound like. I highly recommend her.
- The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook, which I was given recently for my birthday (thank you mom)! There are so many things in this book that I cannot wait to tackle, specifically, lemon bars, frosted brownies and blueberry cake. I had the serendipitous opportunity of visiting this lovely American inspired bakery in England (the one on Portobello Road, in London), when I was over there in 2007. It provided the perfect moment of comfort and bliss for me (in brownie and cupcake format), just after an upsetting incident of wandering all over Notting Hill, trying to find the Police Station and filling out a report after I became a sudden victim of debit card/wallet/ipod/mobile phone theft. Somehow, with the first bite of that brownie, all of my frets seemed to dissolve. I’m all for any bakery that is capable of accomplishing such a magnificent feat. http://hummingbirdbakery.com/flash.html
- Anthropologie. This entire store inspires me. I would graciously empty it in a heartbeat…(if only my pocket allowed). I’m really excited, because when I was there just the other day, I discovered a perfume that was practically a clone of Closer, which was my absolute favorite and was only a seasonal perfume, discontinued by The Gap about six of seven years ago. It’s called “Darling Blue,” and is made by Oiseau. Hello Christmas present.
Now, for the films I am eagerly awaiting seeing, and the play list I recommend for your listening pleasure:
- Up in the Air
- Fantastic Mr. Fox
- The Lovely Bones
- It’s Complicated
- Goin’ Home – Dan Auerbach
- Smoke Without Fire – Duffy
- Santa Baby – Eartha Kitt
- Whispered Words (pretty lies) – Dan Auerbach
- Hero Song – Regina Spektor
- Shame – The Avett Brothers
- You Really Got a Hold On Me – Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward
- Choux Pastry Heart – Corinne Bailey Rae
- Baby it’s Cold Outside – Leon Redbone and Zooey Deschanel
- No Other Way – Paolo Nutini
With that, the newly 23 year-old typed her last sentences of the evening (err…morning rather), as she prepared to retire for bed and happily greet Friday morning in just a matter of hours. She let out a satisfied yawn, shut down her laptop, turned off her red lamp and poured herself into bed.