Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Tea for Tuesday #2 - Alice in Wonderland

Over the weekend I finally watched the Disney animated version of 'Alice in Wonderland', mainly because I finally had a break and there was nothing else on at the time. To my surprise I actually enjoyed it and so today's 'Tea for Tuesday' is dedicated to 'Alice in Wonderland'. The Disney animated version.

Alice in Wonderland cake

The Mad Hatter pouring tea for everyone

Happy Unbirthday!

Half a cup, please!

Tea for everyone!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Fashion Friday Photo: Golden Globes 2013

This past Sunday, the 13th, was the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Golden Globe Awards. So here with some slightly snarky remarks and nicely said things and all will be deserved, about the  2013 Golden Globe Awards  fashion. I will say first, that there seemed to be an awful lot of drab colored, mixed in with some red and at least one aubergine, dresses worn. I don't know why but I am just having a terrible problem with the colors this year, for the most part they were just so friggin' boring.

Kelly Osbourne - Bust darts do not belong that high. They go under the bust not on top of the bust.

Miley Cyrus' hair is the only thing that bugs me. I guess it is supposed to look like she is wearing her hair as a bun on the top of her head.

Claire Danes arriving at the Golden Globes in a red Versace dress. It is a very nice dress, but I just have a problem with pleats on the bust...on any dress. It just bugs me to no end. I guess because it makes clothing look untidy. But yes, I do see it would mess up the bottom part of Claire's dress if the top part did not have pleats.

Biased as all get out towards Michelle Dockery, Lady Edith of Downton Abbey, wearing Alexandre Vauthier cream and gold brocade gown.

Until I scrolled all the way down I was in love with Tina Fey's dress by L'wren Scott and then it happened. The dress ends at the calf. No. No, no,no. The dress would look so much better if it was floor length.

Amy Adams was in a mermaid Marchesa dress. A part of me likes the dress and the other part of me, not so much. I think it's the color, or I should say, the lack thereof.Thank goodness for the red carpet or we may not have seen the dress at all because it is so pale.

Okay time for Jennifer Lawerence. What was going on with her bust? Are those supposed to be pockets to catch crumbs when she eats? Are are they faux pockets that are just there to irk us?And are her nipples showing through? Other than that I love her Dior dress.

Bradley Cooper, who kind of has this "I really don't want to do this but I will" look on his face. At least to me. Bradley wore a Tom Ford tuxedo.

Katherine McPhee looks like she has electrical tape covering her breast.The dress was done by Theory who needs to go back to the sketch pad until it can become a Fact.

Jessica Chastaine have you ever heard of saggy boobs? Because that is what your Calvin Klein dress is making you look like you have. But the dress is a lovely color.

Hayden Panettiere wore a Cavalli form fitting mermaid gown in what is said to be pink. The dress looks great on her because she is such a petite woman and it elongates her body, but the color. If it was just a shade darker it would be okay but no where near the Barbie pink clutch purse, which was a great accent piece I just don't want to see a blob of it.

I absolutely love Isla Fisher in her shimmering golden paillette Rema Acra dress. Luckily, it seems she left her gaudy piece of husband, Sacha Baron Cohen at home.

Adele in Burberry. She may not be a fashonista, but really how many of us truly are, but I love that she has her own style and doesn't give a rat's butt what anyone, outside of those close to her, thinks.

Zooey Deschanel has a tiny bit of a retro feel going with the big pearls which I love because pearls are my favorite. Her red Oscar del Renta dress looks as if it could do with a bit more steam to get the rest of the wrinkles out. Other than that I have no problem with her dress. Oh and there are NO darts or little flaps on her bust...Hallelujah! 

Meghan Fox in a Dolce & Gabbana lace dress. Love the detail of the lace but it's another Eh? dress with the lack of color. But then her dark hair does help it stand out a bit more than say...a blonde would. Plus she is slowly getting rid of her Marilyn Monroe tattoo on her right forearm.

What was Sienna Miller thinking wearing this dress? Somebody's stylist needs to have their fashion license revoked.

Taylor Swift looking elegant in this aubergine, some would call plum, Donn Karan dress.

Lucy Liu's Carolina Herra ballgown floral pattern looks familiar to me but I'm just having trouble placing it. My favorite part about the dress is that it had pockets. I am a pocket person and on most dresses I wouldn't like them but on this one, I love.

Now from one Sherlock Holmes character to another. Oh Benny. Hi! Sherlock himself, Benedict Cumberbatch looking irresistible in a Spencer Hart suit. Love his eyes.

Love the Stella McCarthy tuxedo jacket style capri pant suit worn by Amy Poehler.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Tea for Tuesday #1

New feature: Tea for Tuesday. Just a photo of a tea related item, sometimes including food, and maybe a comment. So, enjoy your Tea for Tuesday.

George Ohr, Mad Potter of Biloxi, Mississippi, teapot

Friday, January 11, 2013

Fashion Friday Photo #23 - A Little Bit of Sunshine

  It's a rather dreary day today where I live and some of you may be in a dreary mood and maybe even have the cold and the snow, which can also leave one feeling a bit dreary, so this is why I am bringing us all some fashion in the color of sunshine...yellow and orange.

Elie Saab, S/S 2012 Ready to Wear


Yellow on a Swing

Irving Penn for Vogue,1965

Zuhair Murad

Friday, January 4, 2013

Fashion Friday Photo - Muhair Zurad #2

From Zuhair Murad Ready to Wear 2012-2013 Fall line up. The first dress seems a little dingy as compared to the other two but it is still cute.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

The 40th Anniversary of Elvis Presley's 'Aloha Form Hawaii via Satellite"

  Fate has seemed to deem it necessary that I write about Elvis' performance in Hawaii. The thing is I didn't know that this was the 40th anniversary until a few minutes ago. But there are two women, who are no longer with me on Earth, who would most definitely know : my Mother and my Mom (step-mother who raised me). I have a feeling that one or both of them  made it so that I would find the video of the performance.

My Mother, bless her heart, tried everything she could while she was alive to get me to go completely bat crap over Elvis like her. She all but worshiped the ground he walked on, but it wasn't until I got older did I develop a bit of an appreciation of Elvis music other than his gospel. And as it turns out 'Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite' was what could be deemed an early birthday present for her because it was a few days later.

  As for my Mom, well she said she wasn't that big of a fan of Elvis but yet she saw him three times in concert and two of the times were in Hawaii. Plus my Mom got three scarves from Elvis. One from each concert. So all of this leads me to believe that she really liked Elvis more than what she let on and just did not want to admit it.

  So with that bit of background here is my piece on the 40th Anniversary of Elvis ' 'Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite' plus the video that was posted on youtube last year.

  Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite was an Elvis Presley concert that was broadcast from Honolulu, Hawaii January 14,1973 from the Honolulu International Center (now known as the Neil S. Blaisdell Center) and was aired to over 40 countries across Europe and Asia, who saw it the next day, but it was also shown to them in primetime . But despite the satellite innovation, the concert was not aired in the United States until Wednesday April 4, 1973 (Happy Birthday to me ) because the concert took place on the same day as Super Bowl VII. Viewing figures have been estimated to have been over 1 billion viewers worldwide. It was also the most expensive entertainment show at the time, costing $2.5 million.

  Elvis manager Colonel Tom Parker became inspired by President Richard M. Nixon's recent trip to China announced on July 8,1972 that there would be a worldwide satellite broadcast from Hawaii to allow the entire world a chance to see an Elvis Presley concert "since it is impossible for us to play in every major city." It was initially stated that the concert would take place in October or November of 1972 but after MGM studios voiced concern over the possible clashing with the release of their documentary 'Elvis on Tour' the concert date was changed to early 1973. As this show was already planned before this upset, the original shows, now set for November, would still go ahead without being filmed.

  On September 4, 1972 Colonel Parker held another news conference from Las Vegas that the concert, now titled Aloha from Hawaii would be broadcast January 14, 1973. Then the press were told that an audience of 1 billion was expected to watch the "first entertainment special to be broadcast around the world", even though Parker had not taken into consideration that many countries, including parts of America and Europe,would not see the broadcast live because of the time of the broadcast.

  Two weeks after the news conference Colonel Parker received a letter from Honolulu Advertiser columnist, Eddie Sherman. Mr. Sherman had read news accounts that admittance to  the concert was to be free and instead a donation for charity was required. He then suggested to Colonel Parker, that as Elvis Presley had recorded and was still performing the song 'I'll Remember You' written by Hawaiian singer-songwriter Kui Lee, the donations should go to the Kui Lee Cancer Fund that had been established in 1966 following his death. Seeing this as another chance to again  publicize Elvis' charitable side, Parker eagerly agreed.

  Producer-director Marty Pasetta had gone to an Elvis concert in Long Beach, California in mid-November, and found it to be "boring" and lacking in physical excitement. He went to Colonel Parker with ideas for the broadcast, including a runway that led out from the stage and into the audience. Parker thought that the idea was ridiculous and that Elvis would agree with him and have no part of it. To Colonel Parker's chagrin Pasetta went to Elvis with the ideas and Elvis agreed with Pasetta, to Mr. Pasetta's surprise. This only proved to be another example in the growing rift between Elvis Presley and Colonel Parker.

On November 17 and 18, Elvis performed in Honolulu as originally planned for the satellite concert. Then on November 20 Elvis gave a press conference to promote the special. He also officially announced that it now be in aid to the Kui Lee Cancer Fund.

  Before arriving to Hawaii on January 9,1972 for rehearsals, Elvis lost 25 pounds ( too bad he couldn't keep it off ) and was confident after news that his record sales were increasing and that Elvis on Tour had been nominated for a Golden Globe. Rehearsals were held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village while the main set was being constructed.

Elvis attending a sound check

  As a fail-safe, Elvis taped the January 12 rehearsal concert just in case anything went wrong with the satellite during the actual broadcast, but of course nothing went wrong with the actual January 14 broadcast. For both of his shows Elvis wore Bill Belew's white "American Eagle" jumpsuit. Marty Pasetta, who by this time was in charge of directing the Oscars, directed the broadcast.

There was no price on audience tickets for both the January 14 concert and the January 12 pre-broadcast rehearsal. Each member of the audience was asked to give whatever they could afford. The concert and its merchandise raised $75,000 for the Kui Lee Cancer Fund in Hawaii.

  Elvis performed a variety of new and old songs including 'Steamroller Blues', CArl Perkins' 'Blue Sued Shoes', ' Suspicious Minds', 'Hound Dog', The Beatles' 'Something','See See Rider', 'Welcome to My World' and others. After the concert was done and the audience left Elvis went back on stage and recorded five songs for the show that was to be aired in America.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

My Sauerkraut Recipe

Actually this is one that my Mom taught me that was taught to her by a friend of hers that was from the Bavarian region of Germany. Truth be told I don't know if it was the lady's family recipe or if the sauerkraut was/is just done this way in the area of Germany that she came from, so here is my sauerkraut recipe. It is very simple.

My Sauerkraut Recipe  
1 can or jar of sauerkraut
brown sugar

Rinse sauerkraut (yes rinse ) under cold water to remove most of the brine.

Put into a pot with enough water at the bottom to essentially steam the sauerkraut

Now I'm don't really measure this out: Put about a handful of brown sugar or so into the sauerkraut

Then put in about a half a tablespoon of cinnamon. maybe a little more, maybe a little less. Just try and not over do it.

Finally, a small pinch of salt or just a quick shake or two from your salt shaker. Again don't over do it. 

Mix together while everything is heating up. The sauerkraut should have a brownish/tan color to it. This is because of the brown sugar and cinnamon.About like this, sausage is optional.

Bring to a boil and then turn down to a low simmer. 

Let cook for about 20 minutes. 

If possible and there is enough time before your finished with cooking the rest of your meal, give the spices time to meld through the sauerkraut. If need be turn it back on to heat up just before you sit down to eat. And it may not taste the same twice in a row and that's okay as long as we can get tasting good more often than not, then we're in business.