October 31, 2013

13 Days Of Halloween Movies: Halloween...

A psychotic murderer institutionalized since childhood for the murder of his sister, escapes and stalks a bookish teenage girl and her friends while his doctor chases him through the streets.

Genre: Horror/Thriller
Cast:  Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nancy Kyes, P.J. Soles, Charles Cyphers, Kyle Richards, Brian Andrews, John Michael Graham, Nancy Stephens, Arthur Malet, Mickey Yablans, Brent Le Page, Adam Hollander, Robert Phalen, Tony Moran
Directed by: John Carpenter
Written by: John Carpenter & Debra Hill
Production: Compass International Pictures & Falcon International Productions
Release Date: October 25th, 1978

And this is the last and favorite in my little thirteen days of Halloween movies. Halloween (1978) is one of my favorite movies of all time, anytime of the year. I don't know why but I just love this film and I have ever since I was a child.

Apparently theaters all over the country are playing it tonight. So if you wanna see it on the big screen, which I totally do and am thinking about going to the movies by myself for the first time ever, you can check on ScreenVision to see if it's at a theater near you.

October 30, 2013

Halloween Beauty Look From COVERGIRL & Vidal Sassoon: Warrior Princess...

You've got less than twenty-four hours until Halloween and if you're still looking for a simple last minute costume idea here is another from Erica Whelan and Emily Kate Warren for COVERGIRL & Vidal Sassoon Pro Series...
1) Spritz alternating two-inch sections of hair with Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Boost & Lift Hairspray and loosely curl with a curling iron. Start at mid-strand, leaving the ends out.
2) Apply Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Extreme SMOOTH Combing Crème through waves and brush from mid-strand to end to leave hair full.
3) Starting two-inches from your hairline braid a one-inch section of hair and secure with an elastic band.  Repeat to form two braids on each side of your face. If you’re comfortable with forming braids, add one larger French braid.
4) Join braids at the back of your head with an elastic.
5) Prep skin with moisturizer, then apply COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation with a foundation brush for even coverage. Set with pressed powder. Dust on bronzer for a sun kissed look.

6) Apply COVERGIRL Lipslicks Smoochies Lip Balm in Be Sweet on your lips and the apples of your cheeks for a natural, all-over flush.
7) Define and fill in brows with a brow pencil several shades darker than your natural brow color.

8) Lightly sweep bronzer across eyelids and in the crease for definition and finish with COVERGIRL Clump Crusher by LashBlast Mascara.
How flippin' simple and cute is this?! 
This post was sponsored by COVERGIRL & Vidal Sassoon Pro Series but all opinions are my own.

13 Days Of Halloween Movies: It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown...

The Peanuts gang celebrates Halloween while Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin.

Genre: Animated/Short/Comedy
Cast:  Peter Robbins, Christopher Shea, Sally Dryer, Kathy Steinberg, Ann Altieri, Gail DeFaria, Lisa DeFaria, Bill Melendez, Glenn Mendelson 
Directed by: Bill Melendez
Written by: Charles M. Schulz
Production: Lee Mendelson Film Productions, Bill Melendez Productions, United Feature Syndicate
Release Date: October 27th, 1966

I know, I know... It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966) isn't a movie but c'mon, it's not a holiday without the Peanuts gang!

Here is an article that came out the other day in The Washington Post called ‘It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’: 7 Things You Don’t Know About Thursday’s ‘Peanuts’ Special.

October 29, 2013

Halloween Beauty Look From COVERGIRL & Vidal Sassoon: Gatsby...

Halloween is less than two days away and if you're looking for a couple of simple last minute costume ideas COVERGIRL & Vidal Sassoon Pro Series have got you covered! They've asked top makeup artists Erica Whelan and Emily Kate Warren to create two amazing looks and here is one of them...
1) Spritz a two-inch section of hair with Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Boost & Lift Hairspray.  Using a one-inch barrel curling iron, curl the section away from your face.  

2) Gently slide curl off the iron so it holds the shape of the barrel, and pin. Repeat over entire head. Let curls set for at least 30 minutes.

3) While curls set, prep skin with moisturizer, and then apply COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation with a foundation brush for even coverage. Set with pressed powder.
4) Dust cheekbones with bronzer for definition, then apply rosy-pink blush to the apples of cheeks.

5) Use bronzer and pressed powder to create a neutral smoky eye. Sweep pressed powder over the entire lid and blend bronzer in the crease.  
6) Apply COVERGIRL Ink It! By Perfect Point Plus in Black eyeliner to upper and lower lashlines, extending the line slightly beyond the outer corners of eyes. Coat top and bottom lashes generously with mascara.
7) Finish with a red lipstick like COVERGIRL LipPerfection Lip Color in Hot and layer with COVERGIRL Lipslicks Smoochies Lip Balm in Tweet Me for a glossy look.
8) Release curls and brush to create subtle waves. Smooth flyaways with Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Extreme SMOOTH Combing Crème.
I always toy around with the idea of being a flapper, so I absolutely love this last minute look.
This post was sponsored by COVERGIRL & Vidal Sassoon Pro Series but all opinions are my own.

100% Confident To Be Awesome...

During one of the brand experiences at Lucky FABB last week Jen from Life Unrefined (Who is amazing) and I got to share with Secret and the World that we are 100% confident to be awesome.
If you'd like to check out all of the other Secret at Lucky FABB pictures you can check them out here.

Kate Spade Wishlist...

After attending Lucky FABB last week I decided that I needed a structured tote bag because the bags I carried around just weren't cutting it (I had borrowed my sister's Michael Kors bags) in terms of fitting stuff inside of them. And in my search I ended up on the Kate Spade site and saw that she had a bunch of library related prints. Obviously because I'm such a library dork and a Kate Spade lover I need them all, thus my Kate Spade wishlist...
  1. Required Reading Bon Shopper - $ 228.00
  2. Library Card Resin iPhone 5 Case - $40.00
  3. Required Reading Index Organizer - $298.00
  4. Library Illustration Scarf  - $128.00
  5. Required Reading Georgie - $78.00 
I've already hinted to various individuals (My mother, sister & Justin) that I'd love any of the above items for Christmas this year. So lets hope someone actually listened! 

13 Days Of Halloween Movies: Salem's Lot...

Vampires are invading a small New England town. It's up to a novelist and a young horror fan to save it.

Genre: Horror/Mystery/Thriller
Cast: David Soul, James Mason, Lance Kerwin, Bonnie Bedelia, Lew Ayres, Ed Flanders, Fred Willard, Julie Cobb, Kenneth McMillan, Geoffrey Lewis, Barney McFadden, Marie Windsor, Bonnie Bartlett, George Dzundza, Elisha Cook Jr., Clarissa Kaye-Mason, Ned Wilson, Barbara Babcock, Joshua Bryant, James Gallery, Brad Savage, Ronnie Scribner, Reggie Nalder
Directed by: Tobe Hooper
Written by: Stephen King & Paul Monash
Production: Warner Bros. Television
Release Date: November 17th, 1979

What's a list of Halloween/horror/whatever movies without one based off a Stephen King novel?! Salem's Lot (1979) is the first vampire movie that I ever saw, so it is what I base vampires on -- No sparkly vampires for me! If you haven't seen this 70's TV movie, then you need to get on this one.

October 28, 2013

13 Days Of Halloween Movies: Poltergeist...

A family's home is haunted by a host of ghosts.

Genre: Horror
Cast: Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Beatrice Straight, Dominique Dunne, Oliver Robins, Heather O'Rourke, Michael McManus, Virginia Kiser, Martin Casella, Richard Lawson, Zelda Rubinstein, James Karen, Lou Perryman, Clair E. Leucart, Dirk Blocker, Allan Graf
Directed by: Tobe Hooper
Written by: Steven Spielberg, Michael Grais & Mark Victor 
Release Date: June 4th, 1982

This is one of those horror movies that I've loved since I first saw it as a child. I actually make a point of making people watch it if I find out that they haven't seen it -- I think it was last year I made Justin, Phil and another one of our friends watch it. If you like ghost movies this is a must.

October 27, 2013

Sunday Social...

1. What Was Your Favorite Halloween Costume As A Kid? 
As a kid-kid none of my costumes stick out, but as a teenager I had this sweet sorceress costume.
2. If You Could Go Back To Your Childhood & Dress Up As Something, What Would It Be? 
I remember wanting a Southern belle costume as a child that my mother wouldn't buy for me because she refused to pay whatever the cost of it was. So I'd probably be that.

3. What Was Your Favorite Halloween Costume As An Adult?
Honestly I can't just pick one. I've loved them all.
4. What Is Your Favorite Halloween Candy?
Tootsie Caramel Apple Orchard Pops

5. What Is Your Favorite Halloween Memory?
Spending Halloween in the bars when I was in college, and now...

6. What Is Your Favorite Scary Movie? 
Halloween (1978)

13 Days Of Halloween Movies: Fido...

Timmy Robinson's best friend in the whole wide world is a six-foot tall rotting zombie named Fido. But when Fido eats the next-door neighbor, Mom and Dad hit the roof, and Timmy has to go to the ends of the earth to keep Fido a part of the family. A boy-and-his-dog movie for grown ups, "FIDO" will rip your heart out.

Genre: Comedy/Horror/Drama
Cast:  Jan Skorzewski, Kevin Tyell, Andy Parkin, Lynn Pendleton, Gary Slater, Taylor Petri, Glenn Richards, Raphael Kepinski, Carl-James Kalbfleisch, Tiffany Lyndall-Knight, Kesun Loder, Alexia Fast, Henry Czerny, Aaron Brown, Brandon Olds, Jennifer Clement, Tim Blake Nelson, Sonja Bennett, Mary Black, Bernard Cuffling, Carrie-Anne Moss, Billy Connolly, Dylan Baker, Glen Power, Michael Irwin, Liam Crocker, Lauren Oleksewich, Harold Courchene, Geoff Adams, Michael P. Northey, Adam Scorgie, John B. Lowe, Raymond E. Bailey, Doug Abrahams, Rob LaBelle, Jacob Rupp, Clint Carleton, Lauro Chartrand, Andrew Hedge, Chad Sayn, Rick Pearce, Barbara Moss
Directed by: Andrew Currie
Written by: Robert Chomiak, Andrew Currie & Dennis Heaton
Production: Lions Gate Films, Anagram Pictures, Astral Media, British Columbia Film, CanWest Western Independent Producers Fund, Canadian Television Fund, Chum Television, Movie Central Network, Movie Network, Téléfilm Canada
 Release Date: March 16th, 2007

This is the zombie movie for people who aren't into super gory stuff and want a good laugh. A+ Canada for this sweet little zombie comedy flick.

Library Articles...

Neil Gaiman: Why Our Future Depends On Libraries, Reading & Daydreaming
Budgets Challenge Libraries, A ‘Point of Integration’ For Immigrants
Few Complain About Censorship At Mass. Libraries
The First Bookless Library: BiblioTech Offers Only eBooks
A Library Of Classics, Edited For The Teething Set

October 26, 2013

13 Days Of Halloween Movies: The Worst Witch...

Mildred is one of the young girls at a prestigious witch academy. She can't seem to do anything right and is picked on by classmates and teachers. The headmistress of the school, Miss Cackle, has an evil twin sister who plans to destroy the school. Can Mildred foil the plan before the Grand Wizard comes to the Academy for the Halloween celebration you'll never forget?!!
I couldn't find a trailer for this particular movie, probably because it was a TV movie from 1986 but I did find the full movie on YouTube.

Genre: Comedy/Family/Fantasy
Cast:  Diana Rigg, Charlotte Rae, Tim Curry, Fairuza Balk, Sabina Franklyn, Su Elliot, Danielle Batchelor, Anna Kipling, Leila Marr, Liz May Brice, Katrina Heath, Tara Stevenson, Laura Heath, Sophie Cook, Sophie Millett, Julia Nagle, Kathryn Lacey, Nevena Kaley, Caroline Woolf, Amy Shindler, Pui Fan Lee
Written by: Jill Murphy & Mary Pleshette Willis
Production: Central Independent Television
Release Date: November 1st, 1986

Why should you watch this movie? Because of this right here...

If that wasn't enough for you, I don't know what to tell you...

Overdue: Sunday At Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve...

Here are pictures from another random Sunday outing Justin and I had last month at Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve (Another park here on Long Island)...

October 25, 2013

Lucky FABB Conference...

Back in the beginning of September I had posted that I would be attending Lucky Magazine's Fashion & Beauty Blogger (FABB) Conference in New York City and that just so happened to be these past couple of days (Which is why all you've been seeing on here these past few days have been Halloween movie posts and I'm honestly super sorry about that). And can I tell you, I had the greatest time ever. Like I don't know how to explain how epically awesome the whole conference was, but I shall try.

I think I should just start off by just showing you all the schedule we had because it kinda speaks for itself...

8:30-9:00AM Registration
9:00-9:05AM Opening Remarks
9:05-9:30AM Behind the Curtain with Eva Chen

9:30-10:15AM Community ROI: Turning Your Readers Into Your Advocates
So you have devoted readers who check your site on the daily, your Instagram photos get hundreds of likes and your Twitter questions get tons of answers—great! But how do you encourage retweets and win new readers? Industry experts will share how they harness their fan base to promote their brand and drive sales. Get ready to learn their secrets and build a larger, more engaged audience—without the extra workload!
10:15-11:00AM Brand Experiences/Break
11:00-11:45AM A style conversation with Eva Mendes
11:45-12:00PM Spotlight On:
12:00-1:00PM Lunch
1:00-1:30PM A conversation with Bryanboy

1:30-2:15PM Five Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make
As a blogger, you're constantly reminded to stay true to your voice and your vision—but what happens when you don’t? Join us as the blogosphere's biggest names share their major media “don’ts” and how you can learn from their missteps.

2:15-2:30PM Spotlight On: The Hunt
2:30-3:00PM Brand Experiences/Break
3:00-3:45PM Blogger’s Choice - Where to Post What: Which Social Media Platforms Are Best for Your Content?
Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, Vine, Pose, and the list goes on! With so many social media platforms and such little time, how do you optimize where to place your content? Industry leaders in the social spaces will share their tips and tricks to get you 1,001 likes on your Instagram photo in no time.
  • Aliza Licht, SVP Global Communications, DKNY
  • Suzanne Schloot, Social Media Manager, Kate Spade New York
  • Stephanie Horton, Chief Marketing Officer, FarFetch
  • Amy Cole, Instagram
  • Moderator: John Jannuzzi, Senior Digital Projects Editor, Lucky

3:45PM-4:30PM A style conversation with Kate Bosworth
4:30PM-4:45PM Closing Remarks
4:45PM-6:00PM Cocktail Reception with Lucky Editors

9:30-10:30AM Registration
10:30-11:30AM Session 1
  • Founders Series: How I Made It
    • 10:30-11:00AM Jess Lee, Polyvore
    • 11:00-11:30AM Tamara Mellon, Entrepreneur
  • Maintaining Editorial Integrity While Monetizing
  • Grow Your Traffic With Our Tried-And-True SEO Checklist (Advanced track)
  • Beauty Scoop: Insider Secrets from the Pros*
11:30-12:30PM Session 2
  • Founders Series: How I Made It*
    • 11:30-12:00PM Katia Beauchamp, Birchbox
    • 12:00-12:30PM Deena Varshavskaya, Wanelo
  • Maintaining Editorial Integrity While Monetizing
  • Grow Your Traffic With Our Tried-And-True SEO Checklist (Advanced track)
  • Beauty Scoop: Insider Secrets from the Pros
12:30-2:00PM Lunch
2:00-3:00PM Session 3
  • Founders Series: How I Made It
  • How to Pitch Yourself as an Expert for a Magazine
  • Street Style Photography brought to you by Canon
    • Adam Katz Sinding, Photographer
  • Quit Your Day Job, It’s Time to be a Pro Blogger*
3:00-3:30PM Break
3:30-4:30PM Session 4
  • Founders Series: How I Made It
    • 3:30-4:00PM Neil Blumenthal, Warby Parker
    • 4:00-4:30PM Michelle Adams
  • Street Style Photography brought to you by Canon*
    • Adam Katz Sinding, Photographer
  • 2014: Planning Your Editorial Content for the Year Ahead
  • Coding Basics: HTML for Fashion and Beauty Bloggers
    • Nathan Bashaw, General Assembly
4:30PM Wrap

On top of that amazing schedule and everything that I learned from the breakout sessions, etc. (And the swag bag, which I'll do a separate post on) I got to meet some pretty incredible bloggers from all over, whom I hope to stay in touch with because I honestly loved all of them.

Here are their links if you wanna check out their blogs...

♥ Niki from Hello Miss Niki ♥ Paulette from Rorschach, Coffee & 1963
 ♥ Sarah from Lady Go Lighyly ♥ Jen from Life Unrefined
♥ Emily from EKH Capital Style ♥ Charlotte from Milk N Honee
♥ Karen from Your Stylist, Karen ♥ Alicia from Bubbles & Ink

So yeah, I've had an amazing past couple of days (With the exception of breaking my 18-55mm lens on my way home, which broke my heart and I still want to cry about) and I really hope that I am able to attend next years conference.

* = Breakout sessions that I chose to attend