Feb 26, 2016

Fashion Plates, Anyone?

I feel like I've been missing for where have I been all these years?  Why didn't I know that Fashion Plates are still around?

I remember when I was a little girl and had the original plates set. Did you have one of these, too?

How I loved "designing" various outfits using the mix and match templates the kit came with.  Boy, I remember when the crayon it came with wore out and my parents did not know where to get me a replacement (was mail order not a thing for them back then, I wonder?).  So I took out one of my old box of school crayons, peeled off the wrapper from my black crayon, and used it as a replacement tool for my fashion plates kit.

The crayon was not the perfect replacement.  I had to learn not to rub it too hard against the paper because it was too soft and tended to smear across the paper. Once I mastered just the right amount of pressure to use, I was back to creating and coloring more fashions.  It was heaven!

Feb 10, 2016

Introducing Mrs Robinson

Fans of Fifty Shades, have you heard the latest casting confirmation?  Yes, Elena Lincoln, a.k.a. Mrs. Robinson, has been cast.  And guess who accepted the part?

Yes, the famous ex-wife of Alec Baldwin - who is no stranger to playing sexy, seductive roles (remember the film 9 1/2 Weeks from 1986?). 

So far, the feedback I've been getting from various social media site comments show that the majority of fans agree with the selection and look forward to the very problematic challenge this "Mrs. Robinson" will present in Anastasia's relationship with the very controlling, enigmatic Christian Grey.  With her boyfriend having a mature ex-dom who looks as attractive as Kim Basinger, readers can only imagine how much emotional turmoil this will create inside a relatively inexperienced, laid back Ana who lacks in self-confidence.

Feb 6, 2016

A touch of romance for Valentines Day

Who doesn't love a romance novel? What about a romantic movie? And with Valentine's Day coming up, who isn't looking forward to a little romance, whether in real life or in the movies?

While this movie Me Before You doesn't come out until June 3, 2016 in the US, the trailer is out and gives you something to look forward to before summer.

This movie starring Sam Claflin (remember him as Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games and as William in Snow White and the Huntsman?) and Emilia Clarke (best  known as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones), is based off the best-selling romantic novel written by Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Fiction in 2013.

The story follows young Lou Clark whose "ordinary" life is changed after working for Will Traynor, who had become disabled after an accident. As one would guess, after having lived an "extraordinary" life and then being confined to a wheelchair, Will becomes quite a challenge for Lou, especially after she learns that Will did not want to continue living a life that was no longer "extraordinary". 

I have no idea how this movie is going to end. Sometimes movies don't follow the novels they were based on and if it follows the original story...well, I won't spoil it for you. Go read the book and see what you think.