Friday, May 29, 2009

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A field full of daffodils

Big Fish is and will always be one of my favorite movies, its a gentle, romantic and whimsical film with a wardrobe beyond compare. Alison Lohman stars a Sandra Templeton, Tim Burton casted her because he loved her silent movie-esque looks and felt that she was able to convey a whole range of emotions even when she was just standing still.
Big fish is full of non stop romantic tear jerking moments that could turn any cold heart warm as whiskey. Tim Burton's movies never cease to amaze me, but this adaption of 1998 novel by Daniel Wallace is so full of color and powerful story telling that is incredibly hard for one to look away. From the moment the movie begins you are forced to believe in Edward Bloom, his character is so brilliant that you immediately care about him and really truly want him to succeed.

Big Fish's plot as described by imbd, "The story revolves around a dying father and his son, who is trying to learn more about his dad by piecing together the stories he has gathered over the years. The son winds up re-creating his father's elusive life in a series of legends and myths inspired by the few facts he knows. Through these tales, the son begins to understand his father's great feats and his great failings."
As senior Edward Bloom begins to tell his stories, we see young Edward Bloom leaving his small home town of Ashton. In Ashton Edward had became a successful sports player but found the town too small for his ambitions. Edward meets a misunderstood giant Karl, and together they set off. Edward takes an abandoned path down a supposedly haunted forest.

Edward discovers the tiny hidden town of Spectre, where he finds the missing poet Norther Winslow (Steve Buscemi) who has settled, a perfect town that no one ever thinks of leaving. In the town of Spectre everyone is always dressed divine and not a soul is caught with shoes on there feet. Edward still feels he does not want to settle anywhere yet and leaves, but promises to the young girl Jenny that he will return.

One of the key moments in Big Fish, is the circus scene where Edward Bloom lays his eyes on Sandra Timpleton for the first time. Surprisingly, Tim Burton hates the circus and is afraid of clowns.

One of my favorite lines is when elderly Ed Bloom is lying in his bed telling the story of how he met Sandra, “They say when you meet the love of your life, time stops, and that's true. What they don't tell you is that when it starts again, it moves extra fast to catch up.” This quote is said during the suspended popcorn scene."

As time resumes and speeds up to compensate for the time lost, she is gone out of sight. He makes a deal with the circus ringleader Amos (Danny DeVito) to work for the circus day and night without pay to learn who the love of his life is. Every month for three years Bloom is told something new about the girl, though its mostly useless information like her favorite flower and kind of music. One night Edward is surprised to discover Amos is a deadly werewolf, due to Edwards quick thinking and calm disposition he is able to calm him down by playing fetch. In thanks for Edward's kindness, Amos tells him the girl's name is Sandra Templeton and she studies at Auburn University.

Edward makes many attempts to show his love for her, including surprising Sandra with a field full of daffodils which he gathered from five states. Don appears shortly and beats up Edward, who refuses to fight back, having given Sandra his word that he wouldn't hit Don. Disgusted by Don's behavior, Sandra gives up her engagement ring and falls for Edward.

During his recovery in the hospital, Edward is conscripted by the army and sent to Korea. Edwards mission leads him behind enemy lines he soon encounters a beautiful lounge singer, who are actually Siamese twins, together Edward and the twins sneak to America.

Since Edward pretty much ran away from his duty in the army, he is unable to notify anyone on his trip home, the army declares him dead. Sandra is delivered a death notice and has to come to the reality that he is gone. Sandra is shocked when Edward later arrives home alive and well.

At the end of the movie, senior Edward Bloom sists from telling his stories only to prove to his son Will that he was actually telling the truth. Will surprisingly sees many of his father's unusual friends, confirming the truth of many of his fathers tales. As you can see this is a wonderfully amusing movie full of bright and brillant costumes.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Secretary deals

1951 complete secretary handbook $5 Cassy1483
1940's blue and white secretary dress $9 callmejasper

1950's copper colored cat eye glasses $25.00 shirorusty

1980's dress with a 1940's flare for only $1 FreestyleVintageCo

1950's blue and white polka dot secretary blouse $12.50 vintagerepeats
Vintage secretary dress with matching belt and peter pan collar $5 RaraeAves

m and s 125 years

Mark and Spencer is celebrating 125 by offering fabulous styles inspired by there clothing archives. The results are mesmerizing, the line is full of stunning 1940's and 1950's inspired dresses as well as gorgeous vintage inspired accessories.
All of these items can be found here.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Elvis' last pill bottle & Marilyn's famous umbrella

Juliens will be auctioning of personal possessions of Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley, just to name a few. Some of the items up for auction are oh so personal, like Elvis' last prescription pill bottle, Marilyn's make up receipts and personal checks made out to her psychotherapist.
This Evans Sweson frame white umbrella is up for auction, it was used in Marilyn's 1949 photo shoot at Jones Beach, New York with photographer Andre De Dienes. This trip to New York was allegedly Marilyn's first visit to the big apple.Marilyn Monroe's personal script from the film 'Some Like It Hot.'
Marilyn's white terry cloth robe, which is also believed to be the last item she wore before her tragic death.
Deemed inappropriate by the censors this jewel encrusted chiffon costume is believed to be designed by William Travilla and was intended to be worn by Marilyn as she sung 'Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend' in the movie 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.'
Along with these items, Juliens is also auctioning off Marilyn Monroes personal costumes, clothing, belts, hats, signed photographs, stoles, scarfs she wore, personal checks, telephone bills, calendars, luggage, posters, all sorts of her receipts, scrapbooks, movie posters, her personal stationary, her make up, hair pins and rollers, letters, bricks from her brentwood home, furniture, books, all from her own personal collection.
This bottle of Benadryl 50mg was prescribed to Elvis Presley on Aug. 15, 1977, one day before his death. Elvis Presley's diamond ring.
I did not get a chance to skim through all of Elvis' items up for grab, but judging by the Marilyn's amazing artifacts and memorabilia they are auctioning off I bet his items are just as breath taking. Juliens Auctions has an amazing online catalog which you can virtually flip through at

If Cinderella wore pale icy green

she would have worn this dress

Vintage 1950's Gown and Gauntlet & Gloves $75

Every princess needs a crown $15

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Hellos and Goodbyes

Happy belated Memorial day everyone!

The Advent of the Railroad in New York City
Imagine Park Avenue from 45th to 49th Street as a rail yard -- a corridor of smoke and cinders extending uptown from 49th Street. Think of breweries and factories operating where the Waldorf-Astoria, Lever House and the Seagram Building now stand. Picture to the east a district of tenements, warehouses, and slaughterhouses. In place of the United Nations and Tudor City, the squatters' shacks of Dutch Hill, inhabited by paupers, criminal gangs, and a herd of goats. It is hard to conceive that this cityscape ever existed, let alone that it was the environment in which Grand Central Terminal took shape less than one hundred years ago.
While Grand Central Terminal stands today as one of New York City's most famous landmarks, it was by no means the first railroad station in New York City. In fact, the current structure is neither the first to claim the name "Grand Central" or to occupy the present location at 42nd and Park. Yet, the story of Grand Central Terminal allows one to gaze back and observe much of the history of the City of New York, and to witness the growth and expansion of a vibrant metropolis reflected in an unrivaled monument of civic architecture.

The first rail line into New York City -- the New York and Harlem Railroad -- was formed in 1831 and began service to a terminus at Fourth Avenue and 23rd Street the following year. Over the next five years, the railroad constructed a station, offices, and stables along Fourth Avenue, 26th and 27th Streets; through subsequent expansion and reconstruction, the New York and Harlem Railroad Station would come to occupy the entire block bounded by Fourth and Madison Avenues and 26th and 27th Streets. (In 1871, P.T. Barnum purchased the New York and Harlem Railroad Station and converted it into Madison Square Garden -- the first of several structures to bear that historic name).

During the late 1840's, additional railroad service into New York -- notably The New York and New Haven Railroad and The Hudson River Railroad -- precipitated the advent of variety of terminals, depots, freight houses and passenger stations throughout the city. Horse-drawn extensions merged with steam-powered lines in a haphazard network of railways that was plagued by complaints about noise, pollution, traffic, and chronic accidents. By 1858, steam locomotives had been progressively banned from crowded areas and were no longer in service below 42nd Street, giving rise to the need for a new terminal.

These were all taken in 1953 by Boris Klapwald in the Grand Central terminal. Photo credit
Grand Central History found here
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