Saturday, November 9, 2013

Right Now in Five.

It's that time again.

It's RIGHT NOW.

Count 'em out...

1. Don Jon
 
Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Scarlett Johansson. That should be all I have to type, right?
Actually, no. As we are all aware, an A-list pair does not a hit...er, I mean...a worthwhile film make. Can I get a high five? I'm incredibly bored and almost flabbergasted by the fact that huge film studios continue on throwing in a few typical movie-carrier-kind-of-actors into some cluster with their equals, a few action-packed, Armageddon, then world-saving scenes in front of a green screen. Come on. Yawn. How early 2000. I'm sympathetic; I understand that they need to sell movies. It's can be difficult to create some semblance of original content. I feel your excruciating pain. This girl struggles at times. But, simulataneously, in film, television and most media outlets, for that matter...almost nothing is wholly, one hundred percent, unique. We each pick up, accumulate tidbits from here and there in the world around us, from what we witness, read, hear (and overhear), inhale, breathe in, feel. We then swish these around, process them along with our pre-existing schemata, and spit them back out in a jumble of new and old. This film, Don Jon, solidifies that metaphor of mine. Levitt plays Johnny, also known as "Don Jon" to his buddies, who embodies that stereotypical New Jersey, testosterone-pumping, club-hopping caricature that we've all become familiar with: cars, gym, laundry, babes, tank tops. Johnny finally meets love-obsessed Barbara (played by Johansson), the kind of girl he deems a game-changer. Her high-standards of what real love and romance should be, coupled with Johnny's constant need for stimulation (and out-of-control porn addiction), proves that the wants and needs of men and women may seem to be at odds with one another, but deep down, we're all searching for some ONE, some THING (s), and some WHERE that is both honest and safe. Getting there, though? You're going to experience discomfort and more than your share of awkward moments, just as you will while viewing Don Jon. You'll laugh AND wince.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt wrote, directed and co-starred in this film, and it clearly indicates that he's just beginning. I look forward to his growth and a screenwriter.

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2. Climate Shock
 
 Finally, I address my pocket of plane tickets and car keys. I was originally in Cabo, Mexico, staying at the breathtakingly luxurious One&Only Palmilla, where every single element is TOP NOTCH.
Then, I flew home to New York for a total of about 3 hours. I unpacked my dresses, sandals, and swimsuits. I repacked sweatshirts, boots and scarves. From NYC, I headed to the Connecticut wine trail, then upstate to Lake George to the famous Sagamore Resort, and finally, to the Basin Harbor Club (think Dirty Dancing) on Lake Champlain in Vermont. A week and a half later, I headed south again to Rosemary Beach, Florida for a little pre-Thanksgiving family fun time. I don't quite know where I am, or more importantly, where I will be tomorrow. It's been a whirlwind of travel bags, more layers, less layers, and everything in between.
From tequila and guacamole by the pool to hot apple cider and warm butternut squash soup by the fireplace. Clear blue ocean waves to the dark, rippling lake water of Lake George. From sandals to boots. Suits to sweats. Deep-sea snorkeling to freezing historical boat tours on Lake Champlain, full of European explorers' stories and American Revolution history. From Coronas on the beach to winery-tastings in Connecticut. From lounge chairs on the balcony to Adirondacks, overlooking the lake. I could continue,
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3. Caviar

As a non-stop seafood-consumer and an avid raw food fan, how in the hell have I not tried caviar? Well, I mean, I can name one reason--the ridiculous pricetag that accompanies these little nuggets of salty nirvana. At the Bromberg brothers' original Blue Ribbon, on Sullivan Street, a favorite among my friends and I (They serve REAL food from 4pm-4AM! Chef-driven, real food, yes! Until 4 AM, no joke!), we ordered the infamous raw Blue Ribbon Royale Platter, consisting of lobster, prawns, oysters, and caviar. I'm forever changed. Forget cookies. Caviar-crazy monster has been created.
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4. Mission:  Designer Bag Rescue

I LOOOOOVE a good mission. Seek and destroy. Bing. Bam. Boom.
Well, so, since I am a big--OK, HUGE--and quite certainly, an annoying fan of consignment stores, second-hand shops, and researching/hunting for the best price, bag, style, item, what have you. I clearly enjoy nice things. I appreciate interesting design and quality craftsmanship. But, I don't believe in ignorantly purchasing this, blindly even. In this economy, who can? Well, there are those who can, but more importantly, who should? It's silly and extremely telling to me when someone can walk into a store, grab something off of the designer brand display, and walk out. That's not style. It's a prostitute: quick, easy, although not always a financially sound investment. Maybe you should have put in some leg work beforehand, right?
Once again, I'll share just two--shhhh, I can't reveal alllll of the damage I've done in the past few weeks--of my second-hand finds. I'm patting myself on the back at the moment.
I've emerged from the designer accessory treasure hunt, victorious!

Introducing...
an off-white Marc Jacobs classic, quilted "Stam" bag with gold hardware
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a black/brown checkered Fendi cross/body longer shoulder flap bag

Both of these were found at L train Vintage on 1st Avenue in the East Village, and they own a few other locations within the city and Brooklyn under different names. They offer a huge selection of vintage cardigans, capes, denim jackets, funky hats, and unique costume-type dresses, etcetera. So, I don't usually expect to find any established name-brand or designer items, considering most of their cool items are cool, because they are lesser known or randoms. So shocked, honestly. Both bags were close to defaced status, but at the price of 60 bucks a pop (The "Stam" bag alone, brand new, costs $1,400! Who's winning now?!), I gave them a shot. I took them to one of the best in the business, employed by everyone from Vogue editors to the actual designers themselves, The Leather Spa in Midtown. Two weeks and $200 later, the gruesome twosome resurfaced. Worth it. I now, all toll, have spent $320 on two bags that look wonderful, albeit still not brand new, but I feel even better about my finds, because of that. They're not pristine.
Neither am I. We're a good match.

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5. Go, girl


I'm not claiming to be the first person to hear these bands and go running to share my elitist knowledge with you all. You've probably heard of all of these groups, considering they have all previous albums that have found reasonable success and gained popularity. But, this is my list, honey, and this is what I'm listening to...like now. Legitimately nonstop. I can't stop. I don't want to stop. I have a track record of leaning toward sassy, rebellious and even angry front-women, girl groups, and singer/songwriters. It's cliché, I suppose. But, I don't give a damn....about my bad reputation (duh duh duh). It's easy. Just listen. Belt it out, dance like a crazy person, get into them, or tell me that "I'm an idiot," and turn them off. Worth a shot, though, eh?
As always, you're welcome.


Marina & the Diamonds
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