I've been stuck on the Alanis Morissette Pandora station for the past three weeks. I just can't stop. I have an inner connection with that bizarre, screechy crooner thing the indie girls do in their music, a la "Zombie" by The Cranberries. (The message and lyrics of that song are hauntingly incredible, by the way.) I attribute it to being raised in the Seattle area in the 90's. It's quite literally in my blood. All that rain, guys. It seeped its way into personality and I will always be a little grungy, a little granola, and a little angsty, no matter how hard I try to make it appear otherwise.
All that being said, I feel it my duty to present to you a fabulous list of the five ultimate 90's chick flicks to watch this weekend on Netflix. (My mother raised me on all of these, and I will forever be grateful to her for her excellent taste in movies... except one of them. I'll let you guess which one!) I won't judge you if you watch all of them in a row — I'll be doing it with you! I am a serious movie junky, but that is no surprise if you've been reading here for awhile. I probably sound like a broken record saying this, but I REALLY need a job in the film industry, preferably as a casting agent because I have an on-screen chemistry matchmaking gift — I swear!
Here is the wonderful list that will have you belting out 90's girl power jams in no time!
1. Sleepless in Seattle. Because, duh. Everything I mentioned above is in this movie, minus the whole grunge thing, which is the goal. (I'm trying to be a responsible grownup, k? It's not easy!) And Nora Ephron was a contemporary of Nancy Meyers, who is my spiritual guide via her movies and doesn't even know it! Anyway, this movie is like... magic. ;)
2. While You Were Sleeping. This is one of those movies which takes place during Christmas but isn't technically a Christmas movie, so it is obviously the perfect choice to watch right now because Christmas is coming up but since it isn't technically a Christmas movie you don't have to feel guilty watching it if you are a firm "NO CHRISTMAS UNTIL AFTER THANKSGIVING!" rule follower. (Best run-on sentence of my life.)
3. Bed of Roses. First things first, whatever happened to Christian Slater? He was such a 90's babe! Also, what gal doesn't love a young Christian Slate as a florist? Sure, the movie doesn't have rave reviews and they are both a couple of sad sacks, but in my opinion, the cheesier the better! And speaking of 90's music, this soundtrack is spot on with the Sarah McLachlan selection. "Youuurrr love is better than ice creeaamm..." But then that reminds me of Jim Gaffigan's Mr. Universe, "I love that animal rescue commercial with Sarah McLachlan. Even the dogs in that commercial are like, ‘that’s a little heavy-handed, Sarah. We are just dogs, after all. There’s still kids starving in Africa, right?'"(I am having a really hard time staying on task tonight! Sorry, guys!)
4. She's All That. Laney Boggs! Easily one of my most favorite characters in movie history. And let's not forget Freddie Prinze Junior! Where is he at as well? Can we have a "Where In The World Are The 90's Heartthrobs?" post next? Supply me a list and I will seriously do it. Also, I just bought Josie and the Pussycats a few weeks ago and am hell-bent on finding some Tony & Tina glitter to start wearing as eyeliner again.
5. You've Got Mail. I saved the best for last. It really doesn't need any explanation, and I am truly rejoicing it is finally on Netflix after four long and sad years of getting my hopes up every time I searched for it, only to find it was available to rent on DVD. I share Kathleen Kelly's exact sentiments for hearing those "three little words" when finding that one of my favorite movies is finally on Netflix. My monologue goes something like this: "I go to stream, and my breath catches in my chest until I see _____ little words: (insert favorite movie here)."
I have some REALLY exciting news I've been waiting to share! And, no, I am not pregnant ;) Remember how I started "The Steal" last year, about a week before Wes was born? I have a knack for doing crazy things when I am pregnant (and I promise I really am not this time around), and it didn't really carry on because life happened and I had two babies to take care of. Well, I am feeling a lot more settled now and I am soooo incredibly excited to breathe life into this idea again, but with a new updated shop!
Allow me to introduce you to Gumption Shop! It is an Instagram shop where I will be selling adorable pieces of clothing at the wholesale price. I will be hand-selecting a couple of items per week that I love and it will be like a flash sale in that they will be listed in very limited amounts and sizes are go quickly. All you do is leave your PayPal email and the size you want in the comments. Once all payments are made within 24 hours, I order the item and ship it out within 48 hours of receiving it. The shipping is a flat rate of $6, which is only within the United States right now (APO included) unless it is a large or bulky item. If the invoice isn't paid within 24 hours, it goes to the next buyer, and if the item is not available from my distributor by the time I go to order, I will let you know.
After briefly opening up my online boutique a couple of years ago, I realized how marked up amazing, must-have clothing really is, and I am obsessed with finding the best deal for quality, cute items. Well, it doesn't really get better than this and I am thrilled to you get to take part in the deals through Gumption Shop!
Please follow along with Gumption Shop on Instagram (@gumptionshop) and tag your friends, sister, mom, grandma and anyone you know who loves a good deal! Also, this is a fabulous time to grab something for the holidays, whether you are treating yourself or the gals in your life. Check out the first sweater up for sale here and an amazing pair of jogger pants here!
Thanks for sharing this new adventure with me and happy shopping, friends!
Here are the directions to whipping up your own cake from scratch!
Spiced Chocolate Bundt Cake
Prep time: 30 minutes
Bake time: 35 minutes
1 3/4 cups of flour, plus some for dusting
2 1/4 cups of sugar
1/2 cup Mexican cocoa
1/4 regular cocoa
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk (regular milk plus 1 tablespoon of vinegar is a good substitute)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the frosting:
1 can of store-bought white frosting
1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and dust your bundt pan with flour, being sure to tap out any excess flour in the pan.
2. Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a medium mixing bowl. Mix until they are thoroughly combined. In a separate bowl, whisk your buttermilk, vegetable oil, eggs and vanilla extract together. Combine the wet and dry ingredients until they are completely mixed.
3. Pour your batter into the bundt pan and bake on 350° for 35-40 minutes.
4. Now comes the delicious frosting! While the cake is baking, melt the chocolate chips on the stove by placing a heat-safe glass bowl on top of a small pot of boiling water. Occasionally stir until all the chocolate chips are melted. Combine the melted chocolate with the white frosting into a small bowl and mix well. Allow it to cool to room temperature.
5. Once the cake is done baking, place it onto a serving plate. Allow it to cool for about 10 minutes and then frost your cake. The sweetness of the frosting is key to balancing out the strong chocolate flavor, so apply it generously! Pour yourself a glass of milk and enjoy a huge, crumbly slice of spiced chocolate bundt cake!