Oh jeez it’s that time of year where you can get pumpkin cream cheese vodka shots and Pinterest is one big carved gourd fest. Well, it all gets a bit twee and Fargo for me (do you know what I mean?), but what I seriously love (I mean seriously seriously) is Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos (it’s technically Nov 2 but LA is turning it on this weekend). I first saw these shrines when I moved to LA over 15 years ago and thought it was one of the most amazing, magical ways to celebrate loved ones who have passed on (both humans and pets). This weekend, the Hollywood Forever Cemetery turns into a Mexican marigold, face paint, candle shrine-o-rama. If you live nearby, you won’t regret driving around for half an hour trying to find a parking spot.
Here’s a couple of other things around the interwebs that will tickle your fall, Halloweenie or slightly-sappy heart:
Stay in and shop online: I often fret that I should girl-it-up but I love a good brogue. The Italian brand Marsell is so freaking beat-up chic that I could own one of everything. Boots too. Saving up. It'll take a while.
Stay in and get misty-eyed: Thanks to the Young@Heart documentary, about a senior citizen choir, who sing the likes of The Clash, Sonic Youth and The Ramones, I cry every time I hear “Fix You” by Coldplay. It’s heartbreakingly wonderful. It’s not new, but it has stuck with me for years; the cinematic equivalent of hot chocolate, and makes me love humans, which I need after talking with my mother about the dire refugee situation going on in the world. #niceonesweden
Check out the trailer below!
Stay in and dance around the kitchen: Because the end of Beetlejuice is one of the most epically fun scenes in cinema history, and that Harry Belafonte song "Shake Shake Senora" has been eponymous with it ever since; it’s my homage to Halloween and Winona Ryder also had REALLY good bangs back then.
Have a fab weekend, and please let me know your thoughts on this here blog. I like you.