Thursday, January 28, 2010

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Top 10 Songs That (Kinda) Changed My Life

You asked for another top 10 list, so here goes. I can probably add 10 more to this list. Maybe I will someday. God, people love lists. So do I. So fun!

1.Chesterfield King, Jawbreaker: I wrote the lyrics down in my diary. I memorized them. Me, Leslie, Alexis, and Farber bought a pack of Chesterfields (they're awful) and smoked them in a 7-11 parking lot, drank a beer, and felt the chill of Fall. Just kidding, we smoked them in the parking lot of the On Parade diner and played this song over and over and over while we all not-so-secretly wished Blake from Jawbreaker would be our boyfriend. Today, Leslie is married to an old guy, I don't know where Alexis is, and Farber is my homie for life.

2. Double Dare Ya, Bikini Kill: Farber loaned me this album (along with Pussy Whipped) and from the moment I heard the first song, my life would forever be changed. I don't think DDY was the first BK song I ever heard, but it was definitely the one that kicked my ass the hardest. I was alone in my bedroom and read the lyrics on the record sleeve and suddenly felt like I had a new purpose in life. Um, I didn't know what it was, but I was a girl and that counted for something. Corny? Yes. True? Also yes.

3. Carry The Zero, Built To Spill: This song reminds me of when I lived on 11th street and Ave A. Me, Ben, and Emily were all laying on my bed, singing this song, all of us knowing the lyrics by heart even though we hadn't grown up listening to it together. Ben grew up in Cali, Emily in Wisconsin, and me in New York, but it was like we had all grown up living in the same bedroom. In a way I guess we did.

4. Ghetto Bastard, Naughty By Nature: When I was in 7th grade I found my favorite friends in the world. They were wiggers. Sort of. We used to listen to this song on repeat and I didn't feel ashamed or "white" or "privileged" because I was 13 and that stuff didn't matter. We didn't intellectualize the songs we loved, we just loved them. And they loved us right the fuck back. And I love this song.

5. Katy Song, Red House Painters: I like this song, but I also love it because it reminds me of Bill and how much a single person can love a song so much. If you could pull a string on Bill and have a song play, it would be this one. And maybe a John Frusciante song after that. This song reminds me of him and how special he is.

6. Nude As The News, Cat Power: It's true that this is an emo list. What can I say, I'm in an emo mood. I love all of Chan Marshall's music but this song especially because it reminds me of when I went to Paris. I was with Ally in a little hotel room and we ate the best food and listened to music. Then we ran into Chan's boyfriend at the time and we hung out with him and just laughed for days. I told him I loved this song and asked him what it was about and he told me. But it's a secret. I can't tell you. (ps it's not that hard to figure out I'm just thick sometimes). Today Ally is a teacher and Chan lives in LA and I have no idea what happened to her ex boyfriend.

7.Can't Help Falling In Love, Lick The Tins, Elvis, and Dead Moon: This is one of my favorite songs of all time, by all 3 of these artists, but the Lick The Tins one comes at the end of the movie Some Kind Of Wonderful and it just captures the whole tone of the movie perfectly. This is why I miss John Hughes! He really worked music into his films in a way that made them seem even more meaningful than they already were. It reminds me of my friend Bobby because he once told me he liked this song, and then he sang it, and if you knew Bobby you would just think that's super cute. And then it would become one of your favorite songs too.

8. I Wanna Sex U Up, Color Me Badd: This song has taken a different shape for me through the years, but I'll never forget how it worked its way into my heart. Fuck have I become the type of person who can't let go of the past? Anywhozzles, for a long time I couldn't hear this song without having a sense memory attack of Marcie Getleman's basement. We were all sleeping over and we invited some boys over. Everyone was hooking up except for me and Ally so we played this song to "set the mood" for our friends. I remember Ally flipping the cassingle over every time the song ended while Collin felt up Marcie. Marcie died a few years ago from a drug overdose, so this one's for her. RIP.

9.Dreams, The Cranberries: I was sitting in the back of someones car with Marlene when this song came on, and Marlene started singing. I had known Marlene for a little while but we weren't really close friends yet. I had never known she had such a good voice and she was singing so small and quiet but it made a huge impact on me. I asked her "Who sings this song? I really like it" and then she made me a mix tape. This was the first song on the mix. Today Marlene lives in Brooklyn when she's not traveling the world and she's probably reading this right now.

10. Helplessly Hoping, Crosby Stills & Nash: One night I had a band. It was a folk band with Heloise, her husband James, and my ex boyfriend Scott. We were called Double Deuce and we all sang this song together. We never played anywhere and I don't even think the 4 of us hung out again after that night, but fuck if we didn't nail this song. We sounded like birds singing at the gates of heaven! That was a good feeling. Heloise and James are in an awesome band that you should go see live called Heloise And The Savoir Faire, and Scott is an artist who goes out with a famous person.

This was fun! I'll do it again another day!

Monday, January 25, 2010

you're beautiful. i think you are too.

I love the movie Flirting. It came out in 1991 and Nicole Kidman was on the box but she's barely in it. I thought Noah Taylor was such a sweet and dorky fox back then and Thandie Newton, so pretty. As far as adolescent make-out scenes go, this is in my top 5. Watch the first 3 minutes or so, unless you wanna watch the whole movie. It's totally worth it. And I don't care for boring movies so...

Thursday, January 21, 2010


Sorry about my new favorite thing in the world I just bought.

It's called a blue mesh netted hoodie. But it's also called love.

I have a feeling I will be able to incorporate this into my outfit every day. I'll probably become known as "the girl who always wears that blue mesh netted hoodie" WHICH IS OKAY WITH ME!

I am going to try and reinvent the fashion wheel with this new hoodie. Photos coming soon...?(Sorry again for the awkward office pix)

PS. *BONUS FUN CORNER VIDEO* (thank you Sophia)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

you know that you are as cold as ice to me

Together is a Swedish movie about a bunch of people who live together. It's called a commune. The name of the commune is "Together."

It's an inspiring fashion source if you wanna look like a cute 70s granola kid in the winter, which sometimes I do. Just to stay warm and comfy.

Side note: These Chinese slippers are always cute but not so much for boys aka DO NOT RAISE YOUR CHILD IN A COMMUNE.

Consider a cat,

corduroy, and a plethora of plaid.

Vintage North Face or

Vintage LL Bean

Monday, January 11, 2010

On Writing

The other day I twittered "I don't like writing anymore" which is true for any writer I'm pretty sure, but I did get a lot of feedback on it.

Of course of love writing but sometimes I feel like there's only a specific kind I actually enjoy doing, which is this bloggy-style writing aka writing about myself and my thoughts and feelings, which is great and everything but it's no big whoop. Everyone likes that writing that kind of stuff.

I used to fantasize when I was younger about being a great fiction writer. While I do enjoy writing fiction from time to time, it's not my biggest strength. Neither is journalism or screenwriting.

Basically, unless what I'm writing about somehow involves ME, I don't ever think it's really that good. It's good enough I suppose, but I never was one to strive for being just "good enough."

So I've found myself in a bit of a pickle career-wise because what I love to write about (more or less myself) isn't exactly the most marketable kind of writing because who really cares, you know?

It's sad in a way but at the same time very liberating to admit this rather than trying to please other people or find some kind of get-rich-writing loophole. I'd rather just do what I like and do it to the best of my ability then try to hustle my way into mediocrity, even though I'm sure that's not even possible anyway.

Cuz see, when I write because other people tell me what I "should be" writing (i.e. a screenplay, advertisements, etc.) the writing is never as good as it is when I'm writing from my own damn heart. Not that anyone is asking me to do advertising work anyway (I'd actually try to kill it in that arena if given the chance).

Basically I'm just airing out my woes because while I do write for a living, I need more work and I don't know how to get it. That's why I'm going to school for my CASAC.

Or maybe I'm just trying to rationalize giving up. I can't tell yet.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Don't Call It A Comeback

Merks said to me the other night "Don't worry Les, you do look like The Wrestler" and even though that sounds like a diss it's not, because IT'S MY WINTER FASHION SOURCE!

Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler had the best style ever. It's what I've been going with every day. Flannels, zip up hoodies, puffy coat. He had bleached blonde hair and a deep tan too. My hair is only half-bleached and I'm scared of getting a fake tan. Marisa Tomei also looked cute. Maybe my style is a combination of the two.

Rocky had a similar style and it's great. And who's cuter then Adrian?

Maybe Marisa Tomei in My Cousin Vinny. FULL CIRCLE!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Winter Wear

It's cold out. Too cold to wear skirts n tights. Too cold to look cute. I am so sick of my clothes and am lacking fashion inspiration. I go out in a flannel shirt, sleep in it, and then wear again the next day. Who cares?

Look how cute these Japanese girls are pulling off winter style. It's not like we're shocked. Japanese people have been living in the future since Year 1.

I feel like this is a very Missbehave look. And she's killing it with those Ugg boots.

Okay so maybe these aren't the sexiest of looks but it's cold. It's hard not to dress like a dump-mare and stay warm. I know these outfits are NOT very J Shore but I have to save those looks for warmer weather. Unless I buy Ugg boots. Pink ones.

DARE I????

[photos via dropsnap]

Monday, January 4, 2010

Dee lovely and Dee licious

I'm re posting this from Tibor's blog because everyone needs to watch it right now. It's dee leechay.


Now that we're entering a new decade, I think we start all admitting what's been on our minds for a while. Fuck high brow. It was cute for a while but I'm sick of it and now it's time for something different. There's something new we all want to embrace. Something that has gone from being ironic to being earnest. Something that has gone from guilty pleasure to just pleasure.

I think you know what I'm tawlking about...

I'm talking about ditching the Balenciaga for Juicy Couture. And then, ditching the Juicy Couture for Mandee. Or Joyce Leslie. I know in the 90s us pasty girls rebelled with pilly sweaters and saddle shoes and then we graduated to wanting to look normal and so we bought Marc Jacobs sweaters that looked just like the ones we had in the 90s but didn't pill as much. RIP TO THAT SHIT SON!

I'm getting a spray tan as I write this.

I mean, JWOWW is a style icon. She is willing to go where not many of us are. It's true that Lady Gaga started the no pants things but she's famous and she has to wear crazy shit to get people to like her. JWOWW is just a regular girl who likes to go clubbing with no pants. BAWLS!

JWOWW is hot. All she wants to do is go home, eat ham, and drink water. That's what I want to do too!!!

On the first episode she wore a bikini top and sweatpants rolled up at the top. SHE KNEW WHAT MY DREAM OUTFIT WAS EVEN BEFORE I DREAMED IT.

Thanks Ladies. More on this to come.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Moo's Favorite Thing

i don't even know what to do with this song

What more can you do with a song? You can listen to it. Dance to it. Sing along to it. Make up new song lyrics and re-invent it. What else?

For Bill and Merks. Happy 2010!