Katalog

Its like browsing through the mind of Katie!

  • 23rd March
    2014
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Favorite Thing #16: da Vinci’s Demons on Starz.  I was intrigued when I heard about this show last year.  I fast became obsessed with it, and would watch it multiple times throughout the week just to get my fix.  Then they killed my favorite character, and I was sad. This week, I rewatched season one in order to refresh myself for the new season (which began last night) and it was da Vinci mania all over again in my head. 
Set in Florence, Italy, the show follows Artista Leonardo da Vinci’s early life.  His art, his inventions, his relationships are all fascinating to.
Tom Riley’s hair is perfect, sometimes to the point of distraction for me.  More than that, the writing is smart, fast, and keeps you guessing. The costumes are gorgeous; the settings are awesome.  For Walking Dead fans, Scott Gimple wrote for season one, and the same man does the score for both shows.  Its produced, written, and sometimes directed by David S. Goyer (of Dark Knight fame), who does an amazing job on this show. 
I know I’m really giving this show the hard sell, but if none of the above is appealing, there may not be hope for you.  For all others, check out da Vinci’s Demons on demand or online (http://www.starz.com/originals/davincisdemons).

Favorite Thing #16: da Vinci’s Demons on Starz.  I was intrigued when I heard about this show last year.  I fast became obsessed with it, and would watch it multiple times throughout the week just to get my fix.  Then they killed my favorite character, and I was sad. This week, I rewatched season one in order to refresh myself for the new season (which began last night) and it was da Vinci mania all over again in my head. 

Set in Florence, Italy, the show follows Artista Leonardo da Vinci’s early life.  His art, his inventions, his relationships are all fascinating to.

Tom Riley’s hair is perfect, sometimes to the point of distraction for me.  More than that, the writing is smart, fast, and keeps you guessing. The costumes are gorgeous; the settings are awesome.  For Walking Dead fans, Scott Gimple wrote for season one, and the same man does the score for both shows.  Its produced, written, and sometimes directed by David S. Goyer (of Dark Knight fame), who does an amazing job on this show. 

I know I’m really giving this show the hard sell, but if none of the above is appealing, there may not be hope for you.  For all others, check out da Vinci’s Demons on demand or online (http://www.starz.com/originals/davincisdemons).

  • 3rd March
    2014
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Oscar Wrap-up 2014

How ‘bout those Oscars?  I was not excited about Ellen’s hosting going into the show, but she was really funny.  She seemed to make the celebrities relax, and surprise them with her jokes.  I loved when she handed out pizza to the stars- and they actually ate it!  I was not happy with some of the winners, but I am very happy that 12 Years a Slave won Best Picture.  It was an amazing film and deserves every accolade.

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I watched the ceremony with a few of my friends.  We didn’t have a big to-do like last year- just pizza and wings this time.  We did get some cool desserts, though.  We got Magnolia cupcakes with the Best Picture nominees on them, and we each picked an actor cookie, which I got at Eleni’s bakery at the Chelsea market.

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The most fun, though, is the fashion.  Most ladies seemed to play it safe, sticking with black or dark jewel-toned dresses.  I somehow managed to find five that I loved.  So let’s do this.

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  1. Kate Hudson in Versace.  Even with the cape, as she wore on the red carpet, this dress was stunning.  Even her Vanity Fair after-party dress was killer!  Well done for one of my favorite actresses.
  2. Lupita Nyong’o
  3. Cate Blanchett
  4. Charlize Theron
  5. Mindy Kaling, who appeared in Salvatore Perez at the Vanity Fair party.

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It was a late night, and an early morning for me, but it was worth it.  Now I can ease up on the movie-going (for a week or two) and focus on my television.  The Emmy’s are just around the corner!

  • 28th February
    2014
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Oscar Picks 2014

It seems like the Golden Globes were so long ago, but here we are getting ready for the Oscars!  I have been hard at work trying to watch as many nominated films as I can, and it looks like I’ll only be missing Her.  8 of 9 movies- that’s a record for me!  I feel that I am properly prepared to make some decent predictions.  So let’s go!

  • Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave
  • Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio.  It says a lot when I hate the movie, but loved the performances in it.
  • Best Actress: Sandra Bullock
  • Best Supporting Actor: Michael Fassbender.  There were some good performances this year, but Fassbender was amazingly horrible in 12 Years a Slave, and no one else has impacted me like his character this year.
  • Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o
  • Best Animated Feature: Frozen
  • Best Cinematography: Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Best Costume Design: Great Gatsby
  • Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron
  • Best Film Editing: American Hustle
  • Best Documentary: This is Us: One Direction.  Wait, what do you mean its NOT nominated?
  • Best Original Song: Best Song Ever.  Wait, 1D STILL isn’t nominated?!  Fine, Let it Go
  • Best Adapted Screenplay: Philomena.  Honestly, I think this should go to Way Way Back, but it oddly wasn’t nominated.
  • Best Original Screenplay: American Hustle

I am looking forward to all of the awards, fashion, and fun of Oscar night!  Let’s do this!

  • 21st February
    2014
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    2014
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  • 14th January
    2014
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The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

Favorite Thing #15: The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. My good friend Meghan first told me about this web series back in the summer. I finally got around to watching it, and I was immediately addicted. (The end is so good that I watched nearly 30 episodes in one night. I had to finish!) It’s the story of Pride & Prejudice told in a 2013 setting. It’s true to the story while still allowing it to make sense to a modern audience.
The next series is Emma Approved. I’ll be starting it post haste!

  • 13th January
    2014
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Golden Globes Wrap Up

So, how did we enjoy the show?  I thought overall it was a rather boring show, with the exception of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s jokes and skits.  I was also really happy to see Andy Samberg win the Best Actor in a Comedy award!  I have watched Brooklyn 99 from the start, and its actually a funny show.  I was happy to see it win over all of the other comedies nominated.

I did pretty good in my winners picks- better than previous years.  I am still outraged that Michael Fassbender didn’t win for Best Supporting Actor.  His performance in 12 Years a Slave blew me away.

Alright, enough raging.  On to the fashion!  It wasn’t hard to find five looks I liked, because I only liked five on the entire red carpet. 

           

  1. Margot Robbie.  Stunning in Gucci.
  2. Michelle Dockery
  3. Tina Fey- the first dress she wore for her hosting duties.
  4. Emma Thompson
  5. Tatiana Maslany

I have a lot of movies to see before Oscar night.  So I’ll get to work, but check back next week for SAG Awards fashion!

  • 7th January
    2014
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Golden Globes 2014 Preview

Its that time again!  I used to dislike the Golden Globes, because I felt they didn’t reward the right shows and films.  In the past few years, I have come to really appreciate the fact that they recognize works that may not be noticed otherwise by the Oscars or Emmys.  That is very much evident in this years nominations.  So let’s get to it!

Movies

  • Best Drama: 12 Years a Slave
  • Best Actress Drama: Cate Blanchett
  • Best Actor Drama: Chiwetel Ejiofor (believe me, I want to say Idris Elba, but I wasn’t as blown away with Mandela as I was with 12 Years.)
  • Best Comedy/Musical: American Hustle
  • Best Actress Comedy: Julia Louis-Dreyfus
  • Best Actor Comedy: Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Best Animated Feature: Frozen
  • Best Foreign Language: Blue is the Warmest Color
  • Best Supporting Actress: Julia Roberts
  • Best Supporting Actor: Michael Fassbender
  • Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron
  • Best Original Score: Hans Zimmer, 12 Years a Slave
  • Best Original Song: Sweeter than Fiction

Television

  • Best Drama: House of Cards
  • Best Actress Drama: Tatiana Maslany
  • Best Actor Drama: Bryan Cranston
  • Best Comedy: Parks & Recreation
  • Best Actress Comedy: Julia Louis-Dreyfus
  • Best Actor Comedy: Andy Samberg
  • Best TV Movie or Miniseries: Behind the Candelabra
  • Best Actress Miniseries: Elisabeth Moss
  • Best Actor Miniseries: Idris Elba
  • Best Supporting Actress: Hayden Panettiere
  • Best Supporting Actor: Aaron Paul

I haven’t seen as many of these films as I would have liked to by now, but come Oscar time, I should be well-versed in the nominees.  The Golden Globes are sure to be great, if only because Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are back together as hosts.  Enjoy!!

  • 7th January
    2014
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Downton Abbey Viewing Party

How did we all enjoy the season premiere of Downton Abbey?  I loved it, of course.  If there’s one good thing to come of Matthew’s death, its that we get to see more of Branson.

As I blogged last week, I threw a birthday/viewing party for the occasion.  I modified even from what I wrote last week, but the party went wonderfully.  I think everyone had a good time.  My friends looked fabulous, of course, and despite the cold outside, the atmosphere inside was very warm.

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The food turned out great, and I had very little left over (which, I suppose means it was tasty, too).  I minimized the menu to mushroom tartlets, fig & apple bruschetta, cheese & crackers, tea sandwiches, roasted veggies, asparagus salad, mini eclairs, and the Victoria sponge.

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The Lady Sybil cocktail was a hit.  I had one, and it was just as described- sweet and strong, like Sybil.

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As for fashion, I may as well mention that my dress is Pisarro Nights from Nordstrom.  I got an awesome up-do from Blow Out in Morristown, NJ.  Earrings by Kate Spade.

Bingo was a success!  Mary Kay won the grand prize of a shower set from the Downton Abbey line at Marks & Spencer.  Check out her blog, which has some Downton-inspired hair, fashion, and jewelry (some of which I have).

I can’t wait to see what the rest of Downton season four brings (hopefully no tragic deaths), and I’m already thinking of what other theme parties we can throw!

  • 2nd January
    2014
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Throwing a Downton Abbey Viewing Party

In case it wasn’t evident from other blog posts, I am a huge Downton Abbey fan. It’s my favorite drama, and I can’t get enough. This year I’m having sort of a big birthday (turning 20-10), and with Downton premiering on PBS just days from my birthday, this would be the perfect time to have a viewing party! I’m blogging my party prep now, in case there are others out there who are planning their own viewing parties.
Let’s start with food. Originally I wanted to do a dinner party like they have on the show, but I soon realized this would not allow me to enjoy my own party. So I simplified. The first place I went to find period-appropriate food was www.downtonabbeycooks.com. This site has wonderful ideas for Edwardian food, and recipes for all skill levels. For appetizers, I am making wild mushroom tartlets that I found on the site. In addition to cheese and crackers and roasted vegetables, I found recipes on Pinterest for cocktails named after each of the Crawley sisters and one for Mr Bates. I will be making the Lady Sybil (as she was my favorite), and my local liquor store had the Downton Abbey wine! I also got some Newcastle brown ale in case the guys fancy something different.
Instead of doing a roast chicken, I will be making chicken tenders. Downton Abbey Cooks has a recipe for asparagus with champagne saffron vinaigrette, something Mrs Patmore made for Edith’s would-be wedding.
I am most excited for dessert. While I love baking, I decided to leave this part to the professionals. Store-bought madeleines and mini eclairs will be on the table, but the star will be the Victoria sponge cake. For me, there was only one option of where to get this- Tea & Sympathy, my favorite restaurant in NYC.
It wouldn’t be a party without games. I wanted to play DA bingo, but I couldn’t find a board for season four that I liked. So I decided to make my own. osric.com/bingo-card-generator/ allows you to put in your own words or phrases, and it generates ten bingo boards! Winner gets an awesome prize- an item from the Downton Abbey beauty line from Marks & Spencer, direct from the UK! My friends are so lucky I’m obsessed.
I am determined to bring back the gift bag. In addition to lip balm from the M&S collection, I found Essie nail polish with names like Tea & Crumpets and Butler Please. The guys get inexpensive bow ties. I found some cute little jars at the craft store, and after gluing on some lacey pearl ribbon, I filled them with tea. Throw in some Cadbury chocolate, and voila!
For more ideas, there is a great Buzzfeed article on how to throw an historically accurate DA party. I welcome any other fun ideas, as well. I hope this helps someone planning their own party. I can’t wait for my friends to enjoy all of my planning, as well as the new season of Downton!