Best of 2012... Movies

Monday, December 31, 2012

Last but not least, we've got to talk movies, I do love a good cinematic adventure!  This was the list that I had the most trouble with, not only because I tend to love most movies I see, but because there were SO many that I haven't gotten around to seeing yet. Because of that I've not only listed a few of my favorites this year, but those which I'll be trying to see ASAP.  (I also like to see most of the Oscar and Golden Globe nominees, of which I'm totally behind on.)  So many amazing movies this year, but these were my faves...

// Moonrise Kingdom // Okay duh.  Not only am I an unabashed Wes Anderson fangirl, but this movie might as well be MADE FOR ME.  The colors. The vintage. The retro camping.  The Bill Murray.  The music.  I could go on.  (I even got a Moonrise Kingdom throw pillow for Christmas.  You can get it here.) 

// The Queen of Versailles // I loved this documentary so much that I will likely say that it was the best movie of the year.  What started out as a film about the largest home being built in the US unexpectedly turns into a portrait of the financial crisis as it's owners (time-share magnate and human cold sore David Siegil, his wife and their brood of children,) react to their empire crumbling due to the real estate bubble & cheap, easy money.  I found myself (often simultaneously,) horrified, sympathetic, disgusted, and angry throughout the film.  (And it's on Netflix, seriously, go watch it NOW.)

// Pitch Perfect // Yes I was a choir girl. Yes I was in an acapella group. Yes I still pine for the days of belting out perfectly harmonized covers of 90's songs.  Yes this movie is so far in my wheelhouse it's not even funny.  But on top of that, it's got my favorite person in the world, Rebel Wilson, who is HILARIOUS, and I may or may not have had a dream about the male lead singing to me.  Maybe.

// The Hunger Games // Loved the book. Was totally expecting this movie to flop because really, how can you make a PG-13 movie about kids killing other kids.  Was totally wrong in my doubt.  (I know that basically everyone who's reading this has seen the movie, so i'm not even going to say anything else.) I am so excited for #2!

// Magic Mike // I could leave it at the fact that this movie is full of sexy mostly naked men and be totally satisfied.  Because it is.  (That Channing Tatum dance sequence to Pony? MEOW.) But I won't.  I love that Soderbergh has the ability to create films that examine the seedy underbelly of society and somehow make it seem beautiful and ugly at the same time.  (And c'mon Matthew McConaughey is totally going to be nominated for best supporting, he HAS to!) 

Honorable Mentions
The Dark Knight Rises
Django Unchained
Paranormal Activities 4

Movies that I Haven't Seen (but am dying to!)
The Hobbit- The holiday season has wreaked havoc on my movie watching schedule.  I love Tolkein, so I'm probably gonna adore this movie.  (Though I am totally bitter about it being a trilogy. I need them all now!) 
The Perks of Being a Wallflower- This is one of my favorite all time books, but it was only in town for a hot second, so I didn't get to see it.  Can't wait to catch it on DVD. 
Argo- I am fascinated by this story. Looking forward to it. 
Safety Not Guaranteed- Aubree Plaza is my new girl crush. 
Silver Linings Playbook- I've heard from everyone (including my beau,) that this is totally my kind of romantic comedy. 
Lincoln- I love love love historical movies, and Daniel Day Lewis.  (Who really must be addicted to Best Actor awards...)
The Cabin in the Woods- Joss Whedon is A.O.K. in my book.  Isn't this on DVD now? 
Beasts of the Southern Wild- I fell asleep while watching this movie (which has nothing to do with the movie, mostly to do with my exhaustion level,) but I liked what I saw so far!
Bachelorette- Rebel. Wilson.  Period. 

Best of 2012...Books

Monday, December 31, 2012

As a continuation of my 'Best of' lists, I decided to share my top five books of 2012. One of my goals on my 26 in 27 list last year was to read 26 books, which I can totally check off the list! I definitely surpassed that number (I'm only somewhat ashamed to admit to y'all how many of them were Nora Roberts books...) I track my books via the Goodreads Reading Challenge widget, which has me at 28, currently reading two (A Feast for Crowes, which is so good, and No Reservations, which I can't seem to get into,) though again I think it's more than that considering that I finally was shamed out of counting Nora books towards my goal. I definitely had a few favorites...

A Storm of Swords-George R.R. Martin // I was late getting on the bandwagon for the a Game of Thrones, but after a lot of prodding from a coworker and my boyfriend, (and after watching the first two seasons on HBO and becoming completely engrossed,) I gave them a whirl. Holy Buckets y'all, these books are literally (and figuratively,) EPIC. I chose book three of the series because it's been my favorite thus far. I can't tell y'all how many times I've called or texted someone with a "WTF just happened?" message. They're so good. Jump on the bandwagon, you'll love it.

The Night Circus-Eric Morgenstern // This is a book that you're definitely either going to love or hate, be swept away by it's descriptive prose and imagery or eek through angry at the slower plot, but I have to say, I was IMMERSED in love for this book. The story of two dueling magicians in a competition beyond their control, the night circus is a place that you WISH was real so you could run away and be a part of it. I for one, adored it.

Gone Girl-Gillian Flynn // This book is a funny one, because while I couldn't put the book down (I finished it in two days,) my father simultaneously was trudging through it, eventually giving up entirely on it. I am choosing to believe that he has no taste (sorry bigs. :) Beings as this was definitely THE talked about book of the year I won't go into great detail regarding the plot except to say that I was completely on the edge of my seat trying to figure out what was happening time and time again. If you love a mystery, this book is totally for you.

The Song of Achilles-Madeline Miller // The story of Achilles has become quite familiar through varying books, required readings of the Iliad in high school, and drool-worthy Brad Pitt in Troy, but has never been told from the perspective of he who loved him the most, in this case his best friend, (and presumed lover,) Patroclus. Miller's reimagined tale is simply brilliant, and likely one of the best stories of romance in pages this year. Georgously written,and heartbreaking beautiful, The Song of Achilles was a book that I completely fell in love with.

The Girl Who Chased the Moon- Sarah Addison Allen // I have been a fan of Allen's since the beginning; with her beautifully reminiscent depiction of small southern towns, hints of fairy tales and magic, and descriptions that you can all but taste, what's not to love? Allen's books aren't heavy reads, but refreshing, like a glass of sweet tea on a hot summer day, an instant pick me up. I can't stop recommending her books. Go. Read.

What are y'all reading and what was your favorite? I'd love new suggestions! xoxo Fearsy


Friday, December 28, 2012

I can't believe how quickly this week has flown by. There's always something bittersweet about the holiday season winding down, especially when winter is staring you dead in the face like it is here in Missouri, I can't handle the cold! I'm sort of keeping my fingers crossed for a little dusting of snow, just so I can get it out of my system. (I like one good snow then I'm OVER it y'all.) Lately I've been spending my time giggling over all of the funny people on the internet, wrapped up in a blanket with a dog laying on my feet. (They're like little electric blankets :) Here are a few of the things that have been making me happy... *Oh yes. This will be me.

*Jes shared this video of a Hipster Thanksgiving on her blog recently, it's seriously hilarious (and probably the exact Thanksgiving that a few of my friends had.) You'll die laughing.

*This tattoo is incredible.

* Proof that it does, indeed, get better.

*This is so true.

*James featured this house on her blog recently, and I'm totally smitten, especially with this coffee table. I think I can DIY it, don't you?

*I am obsessed with Dina Goldstein's Fallen Princess Photography Project...and also her In The Dollhouse Project. She's a genius.

*Thought Catalog has a GREAT list of 29 Ways to Make 2013 better.

*PopSugar has compiled a list of 20 books to read before they are made into movies, I'm totally excited for Austenland!!

* I am dying for this T-Rex bust in my future home. It must be mine.

*Hadley asked me to create a playlist of my top albums of the year, so here you go! (And please let me know if for some reason it isn't working for y'all, sometimes I have issues with 8tracks.)

Best Albums of 2012 from Ashley_fears on 8tracks Radio.

Best of 2012...Music

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Y'all know me and my love of listing, so naturally, I REALLY get into all of the end of the year recaps and best of lists that come out on NPR, Vulture, and Slate (to name just a few.) I'm always amazed by the amount of things that have slipped by me during the year, that I hadn't gotten a chance to see/hear/read, but it's also a great way to discover new favorites. I'm pretty obsessive about music, so I decided to start off with my favorite albums and songs of the year.

// Disclaimer // I 100% get that listmaking is totally subjective and really an incredibly personal thing, my list for example, clearly is biased towards folky singer/songwriters with an occasional dance jam in there, but that's just me. As I said before, I love lists for their ability to introduce things that I might have missed, or never heard of, not their ability to recite the Billboard Top 100 lists, (though I'm not knocking on it at all, I will jam to a Beiber song with the rest of 'em.) This list simply consists of those artists that I kept hitting repeat, the ones that I'm forcing you to listen to in the car because of this lyric or this verse, the ones who I'd listen to their entire album, start to finish. These are the people who I love and am dying for you to love too, just so we can sit around and talk about how awesome they are...because that's what music is about, the connection.

That being said, this list comes to you in no particular order, because I've never really figured how we can rate music on a #'s system when they're all so unique. I've attached videos for most of the artists so that you can get a taste for them, (and I know, this makes this post ridiculously long, but hey, it's full of kick ass music, so really, you're welcome :) I'd love to hear about yours, please leave comments, suggestions, or links to your own best of lists below!

Boys and Girls // Alabama Shakes -I've waxed poetic before on this blog about my love for the Shakes, and I'm gonna do it again. I'm a pretty obsessive blues fan, so this band is right in my wheelhouse, with just the right of old-school soul, emotion, and jam sessions to speak to my bluesy heart. (Do yourself a favor and buy this album on vinyl, it's PERFECTION in the form.)
The Lion's Roar // First Aid Kit- I want to grow up and be this band. Not only is their ability to harmonize impeccably, (something that the choir kid inside me dies for,) but they write a beautiful lyric each and every time and then goes out and performs the bejesus out of it. Emmylou might be the most beautiful love song ever. Gah. I don't have enough words. LOVE.
There's No Leaving Now // The Tallest Man on Earth- Between the aforementioned band and Kristian (aka, the Tallest Man On Earth,) Sweden is getting some serious music cred from me. This was probably one of my favorite performances while at Newport Folk Fest, you've gotta really love an artist to stand in the pouring rain while listening, and all I have to say is he's SO worth it. This song makes me cry in the best way.  
The Carpenter // The Avett Brothers- Lyrically, I think that the Avett Brothers may be the most talented band out there right now, and I'm pretty sure that this is my favorite of theirs so far. I love it when you're listening to a song and a lyric reaches out and grabs you, when it rings so true to the moment you're in, when you immediately think, Holy Buckets, I wish I'd written that. This song did that to me... "...if I live the life I'm given, I won't be scared to die..." I want this on a bumper sticker.  
Blunderbuss // Jack White- Okay seriously y'all, I am in love with Jack White. I think he's pretty much a genius, and arguably one of the greatest guitar plays around. (I also really enjoy that he sorta always looks like he stepped out a Tim Burton movie.) Did you watch It Might Get Loud? The man builds an electric guitar out of some string and a plank of wood then plays it with a freaking coke bottle. It's on Netflix. Watch it.) I love this album. A lot. It's somehow immediately recognizable as a Jack White album but incredibly experimental, bluesy rock at it's finest. I love you Jack. Always and Forever.
Magic Hour // Scissor Sisters- I've loved the Scissor Sisters for YEARS, but this had definitely been on of the albums that made me fall in love with them all over again. There is seriously nothing more fun than being out with your boys and having a serious Scissor Sisters Dance Party. This is instant happiness music.Let's Have a Kiki.
Channel Orange // Frank Ocean- I completely owe my knowledge of this album to an afternoon on the beach with my gal Khalilah. She was jamming out and began to tell me Frank Ocean's story, which is amazing, and then I listened to it and was basically BLOWN away. I'm really excited for what Frank has in store for music.
The Heist // Macklemore & Ryan Lewis- I've shared a few of their videos before, but have only recently delved into the entire album, surprise y'all, it's pretty dope. (Yeah I just said dope.) With a mix of witty, heartfelt and thought provoking lyrics there's really something for everyone. I'm loving discovering new and old songs alike from this rapper/producer duo.
The Idler Wheel... // Fiona Apple- I won't even lie that I was sorta shocked that Fiona Apple was still releasing albums when I'd heard about the Idler Wheel, but I am SO glad she did. In no way is this the EASIEST album, it's kind of a tornado of emotions at times, but clearly a labor of intense love on her part. I'm kinda obsessed.
Hurray for the Riff Raff // Look Out Mama- I love love love the New Orleans music scene, from Big Freedia's sissy bounce, to the delta blues, and have completely fallen in love with the New Orleans folk group Hurray for the Riff Raff, best know as the band that plays outside the coffee shop in the HBO series Treme. This is the kind of jam that just makes me so happy. I want them to be famous.  
More Artists I'm Excited to Get to Know (based on other lists)
 Beach House // Bloom
Alt-J // An Awesome Wave
Japandroids // Celebration Rock
Best Coast // The Only Place

The Happiest of Holidays

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Wishing you all the happiest of holidays, however you celebrate this season. I can't tell y'all how much I've appreciated all of your support & comments this past year, you're just the best readers around! Love you all more than hot dogs (and if you know me, you know that's a lot.) xoxo Fearsy

Monthly Mixtape

Monday, December 24, 2012

Hi there you guys, Happy Christmas Eve!  If you're like me, today is a day to spend with friends and family, going to a big Christmas dinner, and avoiding shopping areas like the plague :) I'll be finishing wrapping gifts and drinking copious amounts of the new sipping chocolate from Askinose Chocolates that my grandmother sent me (Thanks Mema, it's SOO good!)  Here is a little playlist for y'all to wrap, hang out, or open presents to....

This is an Ashley Approved Christmas... by Ashley Fears on Grooveshark


Friday, December 21, 2012

What a wild and exciting week! I've been waiting to tell y'all until I signed all the paperwork, but now that it's official... I FINALLY got a job y'all! I will no longer be a Law & Order binging early retiree... I am officially employed. I can't tell you how relieved I am. As most of you know, I moved back to Missouri from Boston, MA following the completion of my Masters' degree, and have been spending the past 4 months looking for a job in my desired field. (I have a B.S. in Environmental Science and a Masters in City Planning.) After months of applying and interviewing with MANY jobs, (jobs that ended up not being the right fit, jobs that I was too qualified/not qualified enough, etc.) I was becoming incredibly discouraged with the entire process. (And becoming incredibly scared that I would have to go on squatting in my parents' house until I actually hit retirement age.) Lo and behond, a few weeks back I stumbled upon what honestly amounted to my dream position with a local environmental non-profit, applied and nearly bit my nails to nubbins while waiting to hear if I was right for the job. Fast forward to me on Monday afternoon receiving a call letting me know that the job was mine if I wanted it.... to which I think I replied "100% YES, when can I come in?!?!" (After I hung up I'm pretty sure I screamed so loud the neighbors heard me.) I can't tell y'all how excited I am to get to work; it was honestly the greatest Christmas present I could get. Obviously, that's TOTALLY what's been making me happy all week (and also why my posting has been so sporadic lately,) but here are a few more for y'all. (Mostly Christmas themed, because duh, I love Christmas and Santa is COMING SOON! Yay!)

* This website is FULL of great Christmas gifs...

* Did you know that Time Magazine had tumblr for all of the photos that they don't use in the magazine? It's pretty awesome.

*Haha yes

*OMG YES. I hate this.

* This is hilarious. (I still love you Santa.)

*I love the girl from My Drunk Kitchen so much.

*The 8 Worst People of the Holiday Season...

*Glamour has some thoughts on the Kardashians new Christmas card...

*Which Wes Anderson character are you? I'm Francis.

*This forgotten subway station in New York is beautiful...

Sponsorship Available!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Well, I explained a little bit about my new sponsorship option yesterday, but I wanted to give you all the full rundown today on partnering up with The Uniqueness of Being for the New Year! (Can you seriously believe that it's about to be 2013?!? Yikes!) I've loved getting to know some seriously awesome bloggers through sponsorship and I'm really looking forward to doing the same with all of you! If you're looking to promote your blog/business/badassery in general with an amazing group of readers then this is definitely for you!

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I'm SO looking forward to learning more about y'all and your blogs/lives/instagram feeds/etc.  Happy sponsoring! xoxo Fearsy

Weekend Snapshots

Monday, December 17, 2012

I can't believe how quickly the time has gone by lately, the whole holiday season seems to go by quicker and quicker the older I get. Lately, my days have been spent finishing up my Christmas shopping, attending a few holiday parties, working away on the handmade gifts I (crazily) decided to make, and watching far too much ABC Family and Hallmark Christmas movies. It's been pretty hectic at times, but definitely fun. (I LOVE shopping for and wrapping gifts. I'm an anomaly I know.) I also had the chance to visit my favorite local theme park, Silver Dollar City in Branson with the fam. Their holiday lights and decorations are AMAZING, photos can't even really do it justice (though I did try.)  Anyhoo, here are just a few snapshots from my weekend, hope yours was fantastic!

(Disclaimer: I know that I post pictures of my pups all the time and there are some of you who are like, seriously girl, I don't care.  I would apologize for it more if A) they weren't so stinking cute (and hilarious to try and get a decent Christmas photo of,) and B) I wasn't so thankful for each and every one of them.  Our old dog Sugar, (the white lab,) had been very sick for a while and I was just heartbroken to think that we might lose her.  Seriously y'all, I was a hot mess.  Like sobbing at the vet's office hot mess.  She was our Christmas present when Jonah and I were just barely teenagers and is coming on her 16th birthday soon.  We've added a few pups in the meantime, (like my precious little nugget Monty,) but she definitely reigns supreme over the brood.  Thankfully, she's been getting much better after our trip to the vet and many antibiotics later, and I've found myself snapping SO many photos of their sweet faces. I promise to make it up to you with many more photos this week.  It'll be action packed, I promise!) xoxo Fearsy

*I love going around and seeing all of the beautiful Christmas trees and lights at SDC, this one looked like it belonged in a secret garden. *Our little helper Cami got all sorts of tangled. Then tuckered out. It was adorable. Also note: Dogs hate things on their heads. They get embarrassed. I love it. *Merry Christmas ya filthy animal.
♥ On an totally separate but exciting (at least exciting for me :) note, if you click on my sponsor link, you'll see a little additional information, starting Jan 1 I will be accepting sponsors! It's something I've been wanting to do for quite some time now, and I'm totally pumped to be able to meet new people and promote all of your amazing blogs, businesses, etc. The ability to sign up won't go live until Tuesday, but as a special New Years/my birthday treat, all ads will be 100% FREE for January. Woot! ♥


Friday, December 14, 2012

I hope y'all will forgive the absence of regular blog posts this week, I've been spending the majority of my time preparing for the holidays and spending time with friends to celebrate the life of our dear friend's mother whose time ended too soon. She was a beautiful soul who always brought joy to your day and was most definitely someone who was making you happier by the moment. She will be sorely missed. It most definitely gave me pause to remember the important things in life and that there are never too many times you can tell your family that you love them.

This week's list is short and sweet, but I am looking forward to sharing some fun new posts starting Monday. Thanks for all your patience friends. xoxo Fearsy

*I love Miranda July.

*...and I love, I love, I love you. And I never wish to be parted from you from this day on. Swoon.

*I'm thinking I need a pink door at my next home.

* I have been a total Lord of the Rings lover since I was a kid, but even I didn't know all of these 100 Things you didn't know about LOTR. Speaking of, who's going to see the Hobbit this weekend? I'm so stoked.

* 42 life lessons from Mean Girls.

Holiday Gift Guide Pt 2

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Well, I'm back with the second installment of my 2012 holiday gift guide, I hope it's been some help to all of you as you finish up your holiday shopping!  (I won't lie, I think my wishlist got longer by doing this...oops. :)  I'd love to know what you're getting, wishing for, or making for the holiday! xoxo Fearsy


Friday, December 07, 2012

*This photo is magical.

*Have I shared this before? Because I really want it. REALLY.

*The fact that a Parks and Rec Coloring book exists... (there's also a John Hamm, Ryan Gosling, and Voldemort one!)
*I've been working on a gift for my beau using perler beads, but this is waay beyond my skill level. Such a fun video!

*This is totally the spiteful comment I would make if we ever broke up... love it.

*I have become totally smitten with Jes' blog The Militant Baker. She has such a witty eye for photographs (I'm in love with this baker of the year photo!) You should also check out her project The Body Images which shows the most beautiful & empowering photos of women in all of their beautiful sizes & shapes. I'm OBSESSED. (Jes, I totally would do this. You're amazing!)

*How to Grow Up When You Don't Really Want To from Thought Catalog is brilliant.

*This is the coolest... a 13 year old girl wrote to Hasboro requesting that they create an EZ Bake Oven in gender neutral colors so that her won't be ashamed of liking it too. You can sign her petition here too!

*If you knew me in high school you knew my mild obsession with Legolas and Lord of the Rings. I'm so happy to see that it's baaaaack...Swoon.

DIY Photo Background and Lightbox

Thursday, December 06, 2012

As a bit of a novice photographer, I'm always searching the internets for new ways to improve my photo-taking abilities, especially when it comes to creating light.  While I've been staying at my parents house, it's become especially difficult, as their decorating scheme generally consists of what I like to refer to as "50 Shades of Brown."  (They're rocking a very outdoorsy log cabin style, which is beautiful, but lends to some seriously yellow photos.)  With the upcoming opening of my new shop, I've know that I wanted to create something that would both address my lighting issues as well as serve as a very generic backdrop for product and blog photos. With natural light normally being out of the question, and the DIY girl (a.k.a. tightwad,) that I am, I just knew that I could whip something up to suit my needs.  With the help of a couple of redneck men and their power tools, I've got a great looking backdrop for my photos that is functional and portable for all of my bloggy needs! Here's how I did it...

What you'll Need...
8 pieces of "craft board." Mine were 3/4" pine craft boards (found at Lowes.)
Wood Glue
3 pieces of foam board
masking or duck tape
paint (I used brown for one side and turquoise for the other. Ask for paint samples, they'll save you lots of $$!)

Step 1:
I wanted to have a sturdier double sided base (so that I could use multiple colors,) using 4 craft boards on each layer, one with all of the boards placed vertically and the other horizontally.  After gluing the boards together, place something heavy, (I just used a couple of boxes,) and allow to dry overnight.  

Step 2:
After placing my boards together, I noticed that I didn't have a perfectly even square, (each side had part of the board that hung over the edge,) so I utilized my redneck brother and father and their circular saw to even up my boards.  If you don't have access to redneck brothers or circular saws, Lowes generally will saw down your boards to the desired size when you purchase them.  Just bat your eyes and say please :)

Step 3:  
I didn't want a really "perfect" surface for my bases, but more of a weathered paint surface, so I chose to dilute each of my paint colors about 50/50 with water. Board by board apply paint mixture with a dry (ish) brush, wiping excess paint from each board individually with a rag (yup, I'm pretty sure my rag is a pair of Spongebob boxer shorts...waste not, want not,) making sure to go with the grain of the wood.  Repeat until desired texture and color is achieved.  (I like to vary the amount of time the paint sits on certain areas and is able to soak into the wood.)  On the turquoise side, I randomly wet parts of the board a tiny bit before applying the paint mix, just to give it even more texture, but didn't on the brown.  (Honestly, I still think the brown surface is a bit too perfect looking, so I may attack it with another shade of brown at a later date.)  Allow to dry for 2-4 hours (depending on amount of paint used.)  

Step 4: 
Measure poster board to fit around three sides of board, and cut excess.  (Think of it as a room with one wall missing.)  Get out your handy duck tape (seriously, I use this for everything) and tape along edges. (Don't tape it super tight so that you can fold it up when not in use.  

Voila!  It's that easy, and I'm loving playing with my little blog stage!  The white poster board "walls" really serve to bounce around the light, but I've also been playing with creating my own lighting scheme using my Lowes gift card... below you can see my little bro helping out with a possible DIY light option.  He's the best... and single ladies.... and will kill me for writing that. Oops.  

Anyhoo, I'd love to hear your photography solutions!  I can generally use all the help I can get :)  xoxo Fearsy