I’ve recently fallen in love with the Penguin Christmas Classics collection of books so I wanted to share them with all of you in case you haven’t seen them on the shelves in your local bookstore! The line collects a bunch of classic Christmas stories into these beautiful festive editions. They have red spines with white typography and the covers feature cardinals and are primarily white, gold, green and grey. The collection includes six books in total:
So far I’ve gotten four of the six but I want to complete my set. They seem like the perfect coffee table books to decorate with during the holidays and of course, read from while sitting in a cozy armchair!
Tags: A Christmas Carol, A Merry Christmas, Anthony Trollope, Charles Dickens, Christmas at Thompson Hall, E. T. A. Hoffman, Frank L. Baum, Louis May Alcott, Nikolai Gogol, Penguin, Penguin Christmas Classics, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, The Night Before Christmas, The Nutcracker
Posted in 2015, Books, Christmas | 1 Comment »
I haven’t written any personal updates recently about what I’ve been up to and since I have some extra time I thought it would be fun to catch you up on what’s been going on (mostly through photos because how else would I remember the last few months?) from Christmas to present. I’m finally back to writing consistently for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink with my BFF other Kristin. I really missed the excitement of finding stories and sharing them with all of our readers. Now that I’m back to writing I feel totally refreshed and re-motivated about working on our little blog baby. I spent the winter getting my life back in order after Fangasm ended and spending all of my time with the people who matter most to me, namely my soulmate BFF, Melissa and my favorite little fiery redhead Cassie. I wouldn’t trade my Fangasm experience for anything, but I would lying if I didn’t say that I’m kind of ecstatic it’s finally over (despite missing Molly like crazy). Anyway, here’s what I’ve been doing:
CHRISTMAS (obviously the largest collection of photos)!
I spent December doing the things I always do which include visiting the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center twice a week or more, drinking as many gingerbread lattes I can possibly consume without getting sick from the traditional red holiday cups at Starbucks, and dressing as festively as my wardrobe allows. I saw Neil Gaiman perform Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at the New York Public Library with my brother Bob and friend Rachael, drank the most delicious white hot chocolate topped with gingerbread spice at Rue 57 with my friend Leo, admired the stars hanging from the ceiling in the Columbus Circle mall, ate my cousin Samantha’s delicious sugar cookies, saw a gingerbread version of the Flatiron building at Citarella, traded presents with my besties, and of course, opened the presents under my own tree on Christmas morning from Santa!
My love for Disney’s Frozen intensified. I loved the film so much and I’ve been (im)patiently waiting for March 18th to roll around so I can start watching the blu-ray on loop in my room. I might’ve sang ‘Let it Go’ about a million times in my room/shower/car, etc. In glancing through my Instagram photos I also noticed that Frozen subconsciously began influencing my fashion and food decisions. Many trips to the Disney store in Times Square were made.
One of the most exciting things I did this winter was attend the New York City premiere of American Hustle at the Ziegfeld Theater. I have fond memories of the Ziegfeld seeing as my first experience there was to help with the Star Wars fashion show. As soon as Leo and I arrived at the theater we walked right past Christian Bale and Jeremy Renner, who just so happen to play some of my favorite superheroes. The director David O. Russell gave us a speech before we watched the film and introduced the cast. Unfortunately, Jennifer Lawrence wasn’t in attendance because she had Hunger Games obligations so I guess that’s excusable or whatever. After the film we grabbed a cab to Cipriani and spent the night enjoying the 70’s decor and talking to some of the cast. I might’ve had a major fangirl moment when Jeremy Renner put his arm around my waist. Also in attendance were Louis C.K., Bradley Cooper, and Amy Adams.
2013-2014 has been one giant snowpocalypse of a winter season. I always read a lot but with the 57+ inches of snow we’ve received this winter, I’ve spent much of my time inside hibernating and reading. Some of my favorite things I’ve read recently are 1) Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell which touched upon my Harry Potter addiction and told the most endearing story about a fanfiction writer, 2) The Unbound by Victoria Schwab which is the sequel to The Archived and tells the story of Mackenzie Bishop, a keeper of Histories (dead people), and her relationship with my literary crush Guyliner (Wes), and how she’s dealing with the aftermath of her traumatic experience in the first book, 3) Gotham Central and Daredevil which both fall under my read-all-the-Ed-Brubaker-things kick, 4) The Diviners by Libba Bray which is a supernatural story about a rebellious young girl named Evie O’Neill who moves in with her uncle in NYC during the roaring 20’s and works with him to uncover a serial killer which gave me nightmares, and 5) the last few issues of Young Avengers by Kieron Gillan and Jamie McKelvie which made me want to sob uncontrollably because I was not ready for the series to end. I also FINALLY acquired the new Harry Potter paperback books with the redesigned covers by Kazu Kibuishi which I’ve basically been coveting and visiting in bookstores since they’re been released. I feel a re-read coming on.
I had a very low key New Years Eve this year and it was absolutely wonderful. I rang in 2014 with Melissa and my brother. We drank pink champagne and watched the Akira blu-ray I recently purchased. I couldn’t think of a better way to have spent the holiday.
I’ve been eating and baking a lot of junk food lately so I’ll have to revert back to my rabbit food like vegetarian diet soon if I plan on fitting in my dresses for the summer. Cookie dough Oreos may be the greatest thing I’ve ever tasted. They have a faintly coffee like taste but you can feel the sugar particles in your mouth while you’re devouring them. Macarons have kind of been my jam this winter. I especially love Macaron Parlour in St. Marks which has really creative flavors like Cheetos and Candied Bacon with Maple Cream Cheese. Yeah. I’m also really impressed with the Carrot Cake M&M’s. They’re no Pumpkin Spice, but they really hit the spot.
Being a hoarder, I’ve added a bunch of new statues, dolls, clothes, etc., to my collection over the past few months. The biggest item I’ve added is the life size Daredevil bust by Sideshow Collectibles which I’ve been told freaks some people out but they’ll just have to get over it because it’s my room, my second favorite Marvel hero and he makes me happy. I’ve also been collecting the DC Bombshell statues which combine my love of superheroes with my love of retro pinup style models. Unfortunately my Supergirl broke into six pieces after falling two feet onto a carpeted surface (I shudder to think what would’ve happened on a tiled or wood floor), but my Dad superglued her together for me and she’s almost as good as new. Sideshow Collectibles also sent me the Mary Jane Watson statue which is the first statue released in their J. Scott Campbell Spider-Man collection and I wrote a rave review of her for both of my websites. Lastly, I’ve been getting into DC Tonner dolls. My most recent addition is Poison Ivy and my instagram photo of her is featured on Comics Alliance this week! I also received my first Sailor Moon preorder from Japan so I’m expecting a flood of new magical girl things in the next few months. Seriously though, I just love these compacts. And the newest anything I’ve gotten is the Target exclusive edition of Thor: The Dark World. Obviously it was worth the trip alone to have my lovely Loki on the cover.
I recently saw Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark on Broadway (right before it closed) with Dan, Marlene and Ali. It was incredibly silly and we all laughed throughout many of the scenes. I had been the only one who hadn’t seen the show yet, and I’m SO thankful Dan thought of me when he got some last minute tickets. Some of the villains had awesome costumes while others were absurd. I was a little bit nervous when Spider-Man and the Green Goblin would fly above our heads after many actor injuries earlier in the show’s run. I also saw Cinderella on Broadway with Leo which I totally loved to pieces! Cinderella was played by Carlie Rae Jeppson (who I hadn’t known sang ‘Call Me Maybe’ until my mother informed me >.<) They took some liberties from the original fairy tale but it worked for the play and I still find myself humming the songs from time to time. The evil step mother was played by Fran Drescher who was perfect for the role. One of her best lines was “I married for love, he died, I cried. I married for money, he died, I got a house.”
For the second year in a row I celebrated Galentine’s Day with Melissa. As per tradition I re-read Mad Love by Paul Dini while I waited for Melissa’s train to bring her to me. We spent the night drinking lots of wine, eating lots of pizza, shopping for books, and having a Twitter battle over who our biggest celebrity crushes are, mine being Michael Cera. You may think the top photo of Paolo Rivera sketches are of Melissa and I and shockingly they’re supposed to be the Baroness and Gwen Stacy but just compare our likeness! We must’ve been used as references.
A few weeks ago, Melissa and I braved the snow and polar vortexes and went to Toy Fair where I MET GRUMPY CAT. Grumpy Cat is tiny, fluffy, adorable, and definitely heavily sedated since she sat in one spot for a few hours. We also met Emmet from the LEGO Movie and everything was awesome. I fell in love with all of the DC Collectibles, especially the Li’l Gotham figures, Pajama Party Harley Quinn, and Bombshell Zatanna. I also loved everything by Funko, from Marvel blind boxes, to a Harley Quinn plush to their new line of Ha Batman and TNMT soft vinyls. Kidrobot finally acquired a DC Comics license so I’m also super psyched for that Joker Labbit. I wrote about Toy Fair extensively for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink.
Next is a collection of friend photos. I played Cards Against Humanity with my high school friends during a mini reunion one night (I was so happy to have gotten the Batman card). I co-hosted an event at Midtown Comics for my friend Eric Smith’s book The Geeks Guide to Dating. We had such a fun time and afterwards we headed to the Red Door with Cassie, Taylor, and Katherine for after book club drinks and chit chat. The gold photo is of Melissa and I drinking cider at Piano’s where we saw Giovanni’s band perform. I also took a day off of work and spent the day shopping and drinking extra large green apple cocktails with Betty, Angelina, Lauren, and Nick. And most recently, I tried on my bridesmaid dress for my friend Amanda’s upcoming wedding in November.
Last and most certainly not least, I impulsively booked a trip to Orlando to see the aforementioned Kristin and my friend Christine. I’m SO SO SO excited to leave for Harry Potter World and Disney and MegaCon in a few weeks and it seems like a bunch of my other friends will also be in town during the same time! I’m going to try not to let as much time pass between posts so I won’t have to write a three month catch up again any time soon. I hope you’ve all been well and I really hope that Spring weather starts happening soon so my upcoming adventures are warmer.
Tags: A Christmas Carol, Akira, American Hustle, Batman, Champagne, Cinderella, Cookies, Daredevil, DC Bombshells, Disney, Elsa, Fangirl, Frozen, Funko, Gotham Central, Grumpy Cat, Harley Quinn, Harry Potter, Jeremy Renner, LEGO, Li'l Gotham, Loki, Louis CK, M&M's, Maracon, Mary Jane Watson, Morning Glories, Neil Gaiman, New York Public Library, Pizza, Poison Ivy, Pokemon, Rainbow Rowell, Sailor Moon, Sideshow Collectibles, Spider-Man, Starbucks, Supergirl, The Unbound, Victoria Schwab, Young Avengers, Ziegfeld Theater
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