JULY: What to Binge Watch on Netflix

In honor of Comic-Con going on right now in San Diego, CA these two Binge Watch suggestions have a science fiction theme. The plots almost always have a real life counterpart and the science fiction element is a way to hold up a mirror, or show what disasters will happen if we persist in pursuing some course of action. One suggestion is a TV series and the other one is a movie. It looks like a season 2 for the TV Series has not been announced yet.

1) Sense 8 – 12 episodes

There are 8 people scattered across the planet in America, England, Russia, India who are magically connected. The audience knows they are connected somehow because Daryl Hannah appears as a vision to each of them in the first episode. The 8 people slowly find out they are connected because they can mentally access each other’s skills, abilities, knowledge, language and emotions. They can ‘visit’ each other at will and talk to each other and help each other even though they are not physically in the same place. But they can be mentally in the same place. There’s lots of sex: gay sex, group sex and straight sex. There’s a conspiracy of course, a sinister organization wants to weaponize the genetic connection these people have. But the sinister conspiracy plot is never really made clear. The only familiar face is Sayid from ‘Lost’ and Daryl Hannah, everyone else is relatively unknown. The series was created by the Wachowski siblings, who were responsible for ‘The Matrix’ trilogy.

2) Safety Not Guaranteed – 2012

This is a really cute movie with a simple premise and it ends in really cool way. It stars Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, and Aubrey Plaza. Mark Duplass plays a guy who seriously places a classified print ad asking for a volunteer to go time traveling with him and says that their ‘Safety is Not Guaranteed’. The classified ad sparks the interest of some young journalists who befriend the man who placed the ad to find out if he’s serious. He’s very serious. Or is he crazy. The skeptics start to become believers, and its very funny.

Why Luxury Brands are Worth the Investment

Chanel, Christian Dior, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Burberry, Valentino, Gucci, Pucci, Armani, Versace, Tory Burch, Kate Spade, Carolina Herrera, Diane Von Furstenberg…….

These are the world’s most famous luxury brands and they are within your reach! Do you know about the various consignment web sites where you can buy gently used luxury brand items like dresses, shoes and handbags? Vintage and present day pieces for a fraction of the cost that they were brand new. As a sexy spinster you have disposable income that you can invest on luxury items. There are certain brands that are smarter investments than others; they hold their value or have high resale value.

Fendi Baguette

Fendi Baguette

Fortune wrote an article about luxury brand consignment website The Real Real. The article went on to say which labels hold their value the best and the worst based on information provided by The Luxury Institute. According to the article these are the labels that hold their value best: Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Christian Louboutin, Cartier, David Yurman, Alaïa, Van Cleef & Arpels, Goyard. Click through to read complete lists of brands that lose their value the fastest (including Versace), which has surprisingly high resale value (including Victoria Beckham) and brands with surprisingly low resale value (Marni).

One of the luxury brand items I decided to invest in was a Fendi Baguette. The Fendi Baguette is an iconic fashion accessory introduced to the world in 1997. If you really love purses there’s a coffee table size book “Fendi Baguette” written by Achille Bonito Oliva, Paola Antonelli, Sarah Jessica Parker (yes, Carrie Bradshaw), and Banana Yoshimoto. According to the book, there have been over 700 versions of the baguette. I chose a Fendi Baguette in a neutral color with a splash of color on the buckle, so it goes with everything in every season. My other significant investment is two Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dresses. Those wrap dresses flatter everybody’s figure!

 

Luxury Brand Consignment Websites

The Real Real

Poshmark

Etsy

The Luxury Closet

Protero Luxury

Luxury Exchange

Do you have any luxury brand consignment web sites to suggest?

Another DVD Workout Suggestion

Here’s what I would call a medium level difficulty DVD workout. This is one you take on after getting your muscles warmed up with Pilates and Yoga. This DVD definitely has more strenuous activity and more muscle strengthening. You can mix and match the four 10 minute routines or go through all four in one session. You need two hand weights. I started with three lb., then five  lb., now I use eight lbs. for certain intervals.

denise dvd#1 Kickboxing: throwing punches and kicking. You will feel it in your upper back, helps with back fat around your bra.

#2 Athletic training: AKA calisthenics. There are a few exercises that are harder like burpees.

#3 Kettle Bell : This uses one weight. You swing it down to the floor and over your head while keeping your back straight. I started with five lb. weights now I’m using eight lb. weights.

#4 Strength training: This uses two weights. The most effective exercise is the deadlift, it really works the back of your thighs and lifts your butt.

The workout DVD is hosted by Denise Austin, I’ve have always liked her. I started watching her back when she hosted a Weekday 6:30am show on Lifetime Channel. There isn’t a lot of instruction on form with this DVD. It’s important to have your abs and back muscles engaged the whole time so you don’t injure yourself. Buy it on Amazon or download it to your device.

Please don’t mistake me for an expert, I just know what works for me and the results I have seen. Listen to your body when you working out and always use good form. Do you have any DVD or home workouts to recommend?

Channing Tatum AMA and How He Became My New Pretend Boyfriend

Channing Tatum is one of those actors that I was vaguely aware of. Then I noticed he was being hired for good movies or making good decisions about picking movies hard to say which. When did this happen? He became very popular after “Step Up” of course. I figured his career would be all B Action Movies and “Step Up” sequels. Then Director Michael Mann cast him in a small part in “Public Enemies” and Steven Soderbergh cast him in “Haywire”. He started producing movies like “Magic Mike” based on his life story as directed by Steven Soderbergh. And he’s hanging out at George Clooney’s house in Italy.

Did Channing Tatum become more appealing and more effortlessly charming or has he always been this way and we’re just catching up? My point is I became a fan without realizing it. But now Channing Tatum’s historic AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit has pushed me over the edge and I will be devoted to him forever. I’m proud to say he’s my new Pretend Boyfriend.

Highlights from Channing Tatum AMA

Does you penis have a nickname?

Gilbert.

How would you survive a zombie apocalypse?

Oh man. Crossbow straight up, and I’d want an army of ninja chimpanzees that crush people all around me. Or I would go to Sandra Bullock’s house as I’m sure she has all that stuff because she’s dope and kick ass. (Me: What the hell is at HER house? Did you realize they knew each other? Celebrity friendships are so fascinating!)

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re having a bad day?

Oh man I love Pinterest. swear to god. Just to not think about all the shit I have to do or what’s going wrong. I just go and look at Pinterest. Or flipboard.

Have you done anything recently that made you think “I can’t believe I did that”

I just went to Iceland and tried to do an expedition across the glacier and we didn’t make it. We had to be emergency evacuated as there was a white out blizzard which I got to take a poop in. It actually freezes before it hits the ground.

There you go, how can you not fall a little bit in love with that? Time to tell us about YOUR pretend boyfriend.

The Sexy Spinster Summer To Do List

So you’re a Sexy Spinster over 40, single and child free. What are your options for fun summer things to do? You want to be social, active, have fun and maybe find a summer romance (or two, or three). I’m going to throw out my ideas for things to do and I need your suggestions too. There’s a theme to all the list entries, and that theme is big crowds of similar aged like minded people. You’ll probably see good looking men you didn’t realize lived in your city

Top 5 Summer To Do List

1. Summer Festivals

Here in Madison, WI we have Summer Festival Season, and it starts this weekend! Your area probably has ethnic festivals like Italian or Greek. Check out neighborhood festivals too. The benefit of festivals is the sheer volume of people. There’s more eye candy than any bars or your friend’s house parties. Your odds of meeting a like minded person go way up. Go to a festival during the day with your nieces and nephews, go to festivals at night to meet and mingle with people your age.

2. Baseball Game

No I’m not a baseball fan, but I suck it up and go because there are always men of all ages (and sizes) to look at. If you’re sitting close enough you can ogle the baseball players. Some of them are even good looking. If you’re not close to a MLB Team go to your local non-professional team games.

3. Roadtrip to Chicagohancock-center-345415_1280

The best summer city in America period. Go to a Cubs or White Sox game, go to the Art Institute, hang out at Oak Street Beach, see a Second City improv show, Navy Pier boat cruise, dinner and drinks in The Viagra Triangle. Time your trip for Taste of Chicago around Fourth of July. The Viagra Triangle is on Division Street and Rush Street; Gibson’s Bar & Steakhouse is probably the main attraction in that area. Plus : shopping shopping shopping.

4. BOATS

If you don’t have a boat, find a friend with a boat, make new friends with someone who has a boat. Find a place that will rent a boat to you. There’s a whole alternate reality/universe Boat Society going on during the summer that you’re not a part of. You need to get in there and check it out. Bonus: you can act out the “I’M ON A BOAT” video!

5. Day Drinking

Start with a Bloody Mary during brunch and don’t stop. Play a board game or card game outside all day, go shopping, or people watching. You could play volleyball I guess. Here’s the best advice: combine #5 with Summer To Do List items #1-#4.

Best Links in the Whole World This Week

Best Links

These are a few of the blogs I read daily for entertainment, for information, or to laugh. Here’s some the Best Links in the Whole World This Week.

Behold your New Supreme. Jessica Lange’s long lost twin Caitlyn Jenner tells us where she got her name — Vanity Fair

Here’s a magazine article length feature about a new book release. Interview with Wednesday Martin the marketing genius/author of ‘Primates of Park Avenue’ — Jezebel

Have you been keeping up with the Katy Perry vs. Taylor Swift feud? There’s a new chapter unfolding with certain individuals crossing enemy lines — Lainey Gossip

I suppose there are real life relationships between people that have significant age differences. But I don’t want to see it in movies. 10 age appropriate actors Hollywood can pair with Emma Stone — Pajiba

No explanation necessary. ‘Wealthy Teen Nearly Experiences Consequences’ — The Onion

I love looking at pretty clothes. This is the only blog you go to for best dressed & worst dressed opinions. Well Played Diane Kruger in Prabal Gurung — Go Fug Yourself

Ayn Rand, Shirley Jackson, William Styron and more. 8 New Offerings from Dead Authors — Vulture

This guy is on a tear and I don’t know if its real or drugs. Shia LaBeouf Motivational Video — Dlisted

AND to round out the Link List this will make your heart explode in rainbows. Dick Van Dyke 89 years young doing a dance with the Bert Hat from ‘Mary Poppins’. Joy and Happiness (also found on Dlisted)

JUNE: What to Binge Watch on Netflix

There will be crappy weather days even in the summer. There will be days and nights when you don’t have anything better to do. You know it, I know it. That is why you binge watch shows and movies on Netflix. I am only recently getting around to watching PBS Mysteries. “Antiques Roadshow” and “Downton Abbey” were the gateway drug, now I have to binge all the PBS Mysteries too. The show I’m going to recommend to you stars an actual SEXY SPINSTER character. Then there’s a summer comedy set in the 80’s you need to watch again if you’ve watched it before, or watch it for the first time.

1) Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries – 26 episodes


Essie Davis stars as Phryne Fisher living in 1920’s Melbourne Australia. Phryne (pronounced FRY-nee) is your second favorite Sexy Spinster. She’s never been married, never had children, she’s independently wealthy and has lots of affairs and sex and solves murder mysteries. She’s assertive and is the master of her own destiny at a time when women didn’t do that. Of course she has the luxury of choosing that life because she has the money to do it. More power to her. In addition to various lovers, there’s a ‘will they or won’t they’ story line with the local detective in charge. I feel like she has more chemistry with her fly-by-night lovers.

2) Wet Hot American Summer (2001) – Comedy


See if you recognize any of these names: Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Molly Shannon, David Hyde Pierce, Elizabeth Banks. All of them appear in this hilarious comedy set in 1981, the year I think I went to sleepaway Girl Scout Camp. In the movie its the last day before everyone goes home and there’s unfinished business. Love triangles, unrequited love, daring rescues, broke down vans, runaways, a mentally ill mess hall cook, and The Big Talent Show. On July 31, 2015 you can binge watch new episodes of the new Netflix series “Wet Hot American Summer”, all the same people from the movie are back.

Honorable Mention : JUNE 12 “ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK” SEASON 3 NETFLIX PREMIERE

Amy Schumer: The Universe & You NSFW

All About Amy and The Universe

Here’s the deal; Amy Schumer is telling the truth all over the place about everything. She’s specifically telling the truth about women’s issues and experiences. It’s all happening on her Comedy Central show “Inside Amy Schumer”. So I declare from here on out I’ll find Amy Schumer truth bombs that I find significant & hilarious and share it on a consistent basis.

This clip ‘The Universe’ brings to life one of my huge pet peeves. (Not just) Young Women who declare that The Universe speaks uniquely to them through random coincidences. Whether they want to buy a purse they can’t afford, or feel better about cheating on their boyfriend, all of their choices are justified by The Universe.  They twist themselves into knots interpreting external events and circumstances as significant mystical messages being sent to them.  The truth is that The Universe does NOT exist to justify any individual’s choices. Never has never will. Now, finally, Bill Nye explains this obvious fact to the dumb-dumbs who think this way.

Shamefully, I haven’t seen Amy’s recent movie “Trainwreck”, But I will, and I must! EDIT: “Trainwreck” opens July 17, 2015. we haven’t missed it!

 

Flashback Friday “Fight Club” PSA

Is Flashback Friday a thing?

I don’t care if its a thing or not I needed an excuse to write about “Fight Club” and these glorious PSA’s from Brad Pitt and Edward Norton in character from “Fight Club”. The More You Know.

“And remember, NO ONE has the right to touch you in your bathing suit area.”

I own “Fight Club” DVD and will never tire of watching it. Because you can find new things every time you watch it. My favorite is watching the movie with the DVD commentary turned on. The director David Fincher, Brad Pitt, and Edward Norton all in one room watching the movie and talking about what was happening off screen. Helena Bonham Carter talks too, but her commentary is clearly edited in and she’s not in the room with them. Coincidence or Conspiracy?

The best part in the whole commentary is how excited all of them get about the security guy at the airport who tells Edward Norton they’re holding his suitcase because it was making a noise. Then the guy goes on to say that the things making noises in suitcases are almost always dildos. It’s some non-actor guy that’s related to someone and they just got him to do the scene. Second greatest part is when they talk about being drunk while they were hitting golf balls at the house. I highly recommend watching “Fight Club” again with the DVD commentary turned ON.

Edit: Bonus Flashback

“Cruel Intentions” Reunion Picture! Left to Right: Reese Witherspoon, Selma Blair, Sarah Michelle Gellar. This was taken within the last few days. (“Cruel Intentions” and “Fight Club” were BOTH released in 1999!)

Best girls night of the year!!! #cruelintentions

A photo posted by Reese Witherspoon (@reesewitherspoon) on

Add This To Your Comfort Food Recipe List

Who doesn’t indulge in some comfort food once in a while? Weird people that’s who. What’s on the list of known Comfort Foods : Mac & Cheese, Pizza, Chips, Casseroles, Cake, Cupcake, Cookies, Mashed Potato & Gravy, Burgers & Fries, what else? Comment on what foods you would add. I’d like to submit one of mine that I make at home, White Chicken Enchiladas. It has the main Comfort Food requirements: Cheese & its hot. Probably the only redeeming ingredient is Chicken because it has protein. I found it on Pinterest of course. I have made it so many times. It freezes well, good news if you’re a Sexy Spinster living alone because you can eat some fresh and save the rest for later. This picture is from the last time I made them and I ate four in one sitting.

white-chicken-enchiladas

White Chicken Enchiladas

White Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

Oven 350, grease a 9 x 13 dish. Mix 2 cups cooked chicken, 1 cup Monterrey Jack cheese, 1 minced garlic clove in a bowl for the filling. Spoon a little bit into each of the 8 tortillas roll them up and put them in the 9 x 13 dish.

In a sauce pan on the stove with medium heat melt 3 TB butter, add 3 TB flour whisk for a minute. Add 2 cups chicken broth and whisk until it thickens. Pull it off the heat add 1 cup of sour cream and a 4 oz. can of diced/chopped green chilies. Whisk until smooth, pour it over the 8 tortillas and spread an additional 1 cup of Monterrey Jack cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes, then hit Broil to make the top nice & brown. Recipe on Plain Chicken blog.