The Style Haul, Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again

If you’re anything like me, you walked out of Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again with (1) a very strong desire to go to Greece, and (2) an immediate need to go shopping and recreate all of Lily James’ looks from the movie.

Lucky for you, I’ve done the leg work to find ways to recreate six of the best outfits.

  1. Nasty Gal’s “If the Stripe is Right Jumpsuit” is a modern take on the 70’s look from the movie. AND it’s on sale for $35!

2. My personal favorite look: the orange maxi skirt and tote bag. The skirt is from Forever 21 ($24) and the cream bag is from Urban Outfitters ($14). Finish the look with a knotted charcoal t-shirt and you’re good to go!

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Does The Actor From Ready Player One Look Familiar? It May Be The Visor

If you’ve seen any of the promo for the upcoming Ready Player One movie, then the visor-wearing protagonist, Wade Watts/Parzival, might seem familiar.

That’s because actor Tye Sheridan also brought iconic visor-wearing Scott Summers/Cyclops to the big screen in X-Men: Apocalypse.

Tye Sheridan as Scott Summers/Cyclops:

Tye Sheridan as Wade Watts/Parzival:

People are already making the connection between the two movies:

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Highly Suspect: The Two-Time Grammy-Losing Band Bringing Back 90s Rock

The past few years have seen a resurgence of the 90’s. From fashion to politics to TV show revivals, there’s no shortage of nostalgia and influence from the decade, and music is no exception.

The Brooklyn-based rock trio with Cape Cod roots, Highly Suspect, comprises lead singer and guitarist, Johnny Stevens (center), and twin brothers, bassist Rich Meyer (left), and drummer Ryan Meyer (right).


From left: Rich Meyer, Johnny Stevens, and Ryan Meyer

Highly Suspect’s Instagram bio states: “Double Grammy Loserzz.”

It may seem counterintuitive to advertise a loss, rather than celebrate a nomination, but for Stevens and the Meyer twins, just being nominated was a complete shock, not only to those in the industry, but to themselves as well.

Highly Suspect started performing covers in Cape Cod in 2009, released a few EPs, and moved to Brooklyn. Even though they had been playing together for eight years, it seemed as if the band achieved instant success when their debut album, Mister Asylum, landed two 2016 Grammy nominations for Best Rock Album and Best Rock Song, “Lydia.”

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17 Books to Read in 2017 (Before They Become Movies)

1. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

Hidden-Figures-Margot-Lee-Shetterly.jpgMovie Release Date: January 6, 2017


Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race, Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan  Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson  and Christine Darden, four African American women who participated in some of NASA’s greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades they faced challenges, forged alliances and used their intellect to change their own lives, and their country’s future. (Amazon)



Read it, and read it fast. The film, starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe, hits theaters January 6th.

2. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket


Show Release Date: January 13, 2017

The Netflix Original Series will be off to a bad beginning with eight episodes. Due to the popularity of the books, and Netflix’s success with original content, expect more episodes in the future.

Neil Patrick Harris stars as Count Olaf.


A very unfortunate tale of miserable orphans that you, dear reader, should not read. It would behoove you to do something more pleasant with your time, such as frolicking in a field of flowers. However, if you do not heed this advice and read anyway, you will discover the story of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny, three siblings who were left orphans after a tragic fire killed both their parents. The series of thirteen unlucky books follows the children’s misfortunes and their attempts to avoid Count Olaf as he calculates various ways to steal the fortune they inherited.

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November 9th, 2016

Today, my heart breaks for the 96+ year-old women, born before they had the right to vote, who cast their ballots for a woman who they thought would finally break through the highest and hardest glass ceiling. My heart breaks for the young girls who could not yet vote, but looked forward to Hillary’s presidency, eyes wide with inspiration for their own dreams, only to see half the country slam the door in her face in favor of a man wholly unqualified for the job. My heart breaks for [underrepresented groups] who feel the “whitelash” of this country’s reaction to our first Black president, and for the LGBTQA+ community who feels threatened by our new Vice President’s promotion of conversion therapy.

Donald Trump ran on hate. Hillary Clinton ran on unity. Yesterday, hate rose to the White House, to the highest office in the world, but hate will not prevail. Because hate can never fully win when there are people willing to fight against it, and rise above it. Hate did not win the popular vote.

And if you don’t think that Donald Trump ran on a campaign of hate, talk to women, members of the LGBTQA+ community, to Latino, Black, Muslim, and Undocumented people. Listen to them and their stories. Then listen to the hate-filled words of people celebrating Trump’s win. Listen to the cheers of the KKK. Then you might understand.

Now, fellow white people, looking at the breakdown of voters, white Americans decided this election. White men AND white women. Allies of marginalized groups have to recognize this and step up. Recognize that this outcome won’t affect us as much as it will our friends. Use your privileges to amplify the voices of others who are too often dismissed and ignored.

If you aren’t concerned, remember that the Republicans who endorsed Trump, and made him their candidate, control Congress. Remember that it is the sole responsibility of the president to nominate justices of the Supreme Court. Remember that Trump repeatedly asked if we have nuclear weapons, why can’t we use them? And that his campaign staff did not trust him with his own Twitter account. Remember that he chastised and banned journalists with whom he disagreed, and denied saying things that were on tape and heard around the world.

For those who may say, “He’s our President, we have to respect him,” I say no. (A lot of those same people said about Obama, “He’s not my president.”) I will recognize that Donald Trump is the President of the United States, but I will never respect him. This isn’t partisan politics. Donald Trump is not Mitt Romney, or George W. Bush. I don’t align with Republican politics, but I also don’t think a normal Republican candidate would put our entire democracy at risk.

I will not normalize Donald Trump’s presidency.

So what do we do now? We organize. We support each other. We keep fighting to move this country forward for our future and the future of the next generation.

We do not throw up our hands in defeat.

We do not become complacent.

We do not let hate win.

Today, cry, hug a friend, and pet a dog, but tomorrow, get up and keep fighting for what is right. Let the sadness and anger morph into a fiery resolve to never give up that fight, because it’s something worth fighting for.


Not to minimize any of this by turning to fiction, but I am reminded of this quote from the Harry Potter series:

“Dark times lie ahead of us and there will be a time when we must choose between what is easy and what is right.” – Albus Dumbledore

From Hillary Rodham Clinton:

“To all the women, and especially the young women, who put their faith in this campaign and in me, I want you to know that nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion. I know that we still have not shattered that highest glass ceiling. But some day someone will—hopefully sooner than we might think right now. And to all the little girls watching right now, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world.”

And finally, from President Obama:

“You have to stay encouraged. Don’t get cynical. Don’t ever think you can’t make a difference.”

Update: changed “minorities” to “underrepresented groups”

Back Through the Wardrobe: ‘Chronicles of Narnia’ Rebooted with ‘Silver Chair’

Originally reported by DeadlineThe Chronicles of Narnia will return to the screen with the next installment: The Silver ChairHowever, according to Collider, the film will be the start of a new Narnia franchise: a reboot, rather than a sequel.

Screenwriter, David Magee is already working on the Silver Chair script. Magee’s previous screenplays include Life of Pi and Finding Neverland, both of which earned him Academy Award nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay. He also earned a Golden Globe nomination for Finding Neverland.

Fun fact: among the producers of The Silver Chair is author C.S. Lewis’ stepson, Douglas Gresham.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader was the latest Narnia film, released in 2011.

The-Chronicles-of-Narnia-Voyage-of-the-Dawn-Treader.jpgIf you’re like me, it’s probably been a while since you read The Chronicles of Narnia. In case you forgot the plot of The Silver Chair, it takes place decades after the events of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in Narnia time, yet less than a year has gone by in our world. King Caspian X is now an old man, and his son and only heir, Prince Rilian, has gone missing. Aslan sends two English children to Narnia on a mission to find the missing prince: Treader’s Eustace Scrubb and his classmate, Jill Pole.


Will Poulter as Eustace Scrubb in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

In The Voyage of the Dawn Treader film, actor Will Poulter portrays Eustace. But don’t get too excited to see Poulter back in Narnia. Collider reported that none of the original cast would appear in the franchise’s reboot.

Who do you want to see portray Eustace and Jill on screen? Let me know in the comments!

10 Ways to Adapt ‘Stranger Things’ into Your Fall Wardrobe

So you’ve binge-watched all eight episodes of Stranger Things on Netflix and you’ve successfully convinced (forced?) your family and friends to do the same. Now that Season 2 is confirmed for 2017, you have a lot of time to kill before reuniting with your new favorite characters.

But you have a problem. You’ve exhausted most ways to convey your new obsession: eating Eggo waffles, listening to The Clash, and hanging Christmas lights in your room. So the next step is obviously incorporating the show’s wardrobe into your own fall style.

Here are ten different ways to portray the ‘Stranger Things’ vibe without looking like you’re prepping for Halloween.

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Who is the “Cursed Child?” We All Are.

We are the children, cursed with this stage play as the end of our beloved series, after asking for more Potter for years.

Be careful what you wish for…

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is our punishment.

“Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.” – J.K. Rowling

Well, home doesn’t feel like home anymore because some of the family that lived there are missing, the rest are shells of what they used to be, the furniture is all rearranged, I don’t know where anything is in the cupboards, and the familiar smell has wafted out the windows.

A book is a contract between reader and writer.Cursed Child breaks that contract many times. Although, a few moments shine through.


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Melania Trump Sure Sounds Like 2008 Michelle Obama

Melania Trump took the stage on the first night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on Monday, July 18th.

As the Republican crowd cheered, they did not know that they were really cheering for the words Michelle Obama spoke at the Democratic National Convention in 2008.

That is pure plagiarism.

While Melania Trump most likely did not write the speech, the speechwriter clearly lifted it directly from Michelle Obama’s 2008 address.

7/18, 10:03pm: Prior to her speech, Melania Trump told NBC’s Matt Lauer, “I wrote [the speech]…with [as] little help as possible.”

7/19, 2:32pm:
Trump speechwriter, Paul Manafort responds to the plagiarism claims: