Tuesday, April 7, 2015

May Giveaway Details For Participating Bloggers


Blogger Signup Details
Welcome to the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog. I'm Kris and I own Laughing Vixen Lounge on Etsy where I make and sell Jewelry and Accessories. Each year my blog hosts 3 big giveaways - October, December and February - that include a great group of shops. This year we are adding a Spring Giveaway. Our giveaways can have anywhere from 7 - 20+ shops participating by donating prizes to the big Prize Pack. Depending on the number of shops the value of the Prize Pack usually ranges from $200 to $400+.

Blogs that join in will only need to post once during the giveaway (May 4th). The post will be provided for you and will include photos and the Rafflecopter widget. In exchange each blog will have their choice of link on the Rafflecopter. Make the post a little more you by adding the giveaway "theme" to it. See details on this below.

A lot of hard work goes into these giveaways and we would love for them to be seen by a larger crowd. The response to them in the past has been great and people seem to really enjoy them and their events. We realize the importance of having strong blog support for these giveaways and as a big "Thank You" each participating blogger can enter our Blogger Only Giveaway. See details below.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask. You may contact me at dizzykmk at msn dot com or leave a comment below.

Book Bloggers


For those of you who have book specific blogs - Many of our shops have Book/Literary designs that we think would be a great fit with your readers. The provided post for your blogs will feature book related designs so it will fit with your blog. This giveaway can be a fun offering for your followers that still keeps with the theme of your blog.

 
Giveaway Theme
Our original 3 giveaways have their own themes and events attached to them. For example, October has a month long Spooky Movie Marathon and a Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt. December features Holiday Recipes and February has a Valentine Movie Marathon. They are big events that people enjoy coming back for each time. Take a look at some of our previous giveaways to get a feel for how they work.
October 2013 Giveaway Post here.
October 2013 Sample Daily Post here.
February 2015 Giveaway Post here.
February 2015 Sample Daily Post here.


The May giveaway will start with a simple theme this year - Vacation Memories. Each participating shop will share a favorite vacation photo as part of their Shop Feature. We invite participating blogs to do the same. Make the provided giveaway post a little more you by adding a vacation photo. Any one will do - vintage or new. Caption the photo with a sentence or two letting your followers know where and when it was and any memories that go along with it.


The Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog has Fear Fridays each Friday. Movie reviews of all films spooky. During the giveaways the movies reviewed fit the theme of the giveaway. For the May giveaway they will all have a Road Trip theme. What spookier setting for a movie than your car breaking done in the wrong place!

Participating Shops
Take a moment and visit the shops that will be joining the giveaway. Most all of our shops offer handmade or handcrafted designs along with a couple of great Vintage shops. You'll find a wide assortment of items from Jewelry, Perfume, Makeup, Vintage and much more.


Laughing Vixen Lounge
Miss Bohemia
Deep Midnight Perfumes
Junkmill
Junkmill Relics
Trinkets By Dana
Some Kind of Pretty
Calluna Muse
Hell in a Handbag
Kitsch Bitch Vintage
Alluring Antiques
Eternal Girl
*Please note that this list may change prior to giveaway*

Blogger Only Giveaway
As a big "Thank You" to all the blogs that help promote our giveaway we are giving away a Blogger Prize Pack. One lucky blog will win all the goodies listed below donated from some of our participating shops.

Laughing Vixen Lounge - $32 Gift Certificate
Deep Midnight Perfumes - $15 Gift Certificate
Miss Bohemia - Pride and Prejudice Compact Mirror ($14 value)
Alluring Antiques - $10 Gift Certificate
Hell in a Handbag - $15 Gift Certificate
Kitsch Bitch Vintage - $15 Gift Certificate
Calluna Muse - Decorative Butterfly Hair Pins ($8 value)
Junkmill and Junkmill Relics - 5 Digital Collage Sheets of choice and custom assortment of Vintage Reproduction Labels ($26 value)

Please Read
1. To be eligible for this giveaway you must have signed up through one of the 2 blogs that are sponsoring our signups and do what is required.

Herding Cats and Burning Soup
Mama's Baby Cupcakes

2. You will find the Rafflecopter for this giveaway on this post starting at Midnight (PDT) May 4th and ending at Midnight (PDT) May 19th.

3. To to entered simply take the first entry on the Rafflecopter. You can also receive extra entries for adding our giveaway button and daily entries for promoting the giveaway on your choice of social media.

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Happy Friday the 13th

Here's hoping that you all have a purrrrrfectly fabulous Friday the 13th.

 
 Don't forget the basic rules.


 Keep it classic.


 It's always worth the wait.


 Don't let anyone pop your balloon!


 Make sure to call your Mother.


Keep it cool hep cats and we will do it all again in November.


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Last Day To Enter The 14 Nights Of Valentine's Day Giveaway



We hope you have all enjoyed this year's 14 Nights of Valentine's Day Giveaway. You have one more day to enter the giveaway and finish your comments for the Valentine Movie Marathon to receive the bonus 20 entries. You can see full details below. You will also find a few new entries on the Rafflecopter that can get you a couple last entries. Enter now on the main Giveaway Post. Thanks for following along with us and we hope you enjoyed the giveaway fun. Keep an eye out as we will be announcing a new group giveaway for this Spring!

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14 Nights of Valentine's Day Movie Marathon
Follow along with us for 2 weeks full of classic and modern love story movies. On each daily post  there will be a review of the next movie in our marathon. Leave a comment on the post, with your opinion of the movie, and you can receive 1 entry in the giveaway. Each day you comment you can receive 1 entry. You will find the daily entries on the Rafflecopter on the main Giveaway Post.
*You may start following the marathon at any time and comment on past posts to catch up.

Plus, if you comment on all 14 movies you can receive a bonus 20 entries. On the last day of the giveaway you will find the magic phrase you can use to unlock the bonus entries on the Rafflecopter.
*You must comment on each movie to qualify for the bonus entries.

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Have you been following the Valentine Move Marathon? Did you comment on each daily movie post? If not you still have until tomorrow, February 15th, at Midnight PST to do so. Once you have you may take this magic phrase and use it to unlock the 4 entries on the Rafflecopter on the main Giveaway Post to receive your extra 20 entries!!! But please, you may only take these 4 entries if you have left comments on all 14 movies.

Magic Phrase ~ I made it through the 14 Nights of Valentine's Day Movie Marathon with my heart intact!
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Shop Laughing Vixen Lounge and receive 10% off your order through February 28th. Use code FEBRUARY10 at checkout.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Night 14 of the 14 Nights of Valentine's Day Giveaway


Welcome to night 14 of the 5th annual 14 Nights of Valentine's Day Giveaway. Stop by the main Giveaway Post and enter to win a $200 Prize Pack full of decadent treats from 8 fabulous shops! Tonight we have the last movie in the Valentine Movie Marathon. If you have been follow along you can now receive your 20 extra entries. See full details below. This year we are extending the giveaway an extra day to give you the chance to get all your entries in on time. Enjoy and have fun!


Shop Laughing Vixen Lounge and receive 10% off your order through February 28th. Use code FEBRUARY10 at checkout.


14 Nights of Valentine's Day Movie Marathon
Follow along with us for 2 weeks full of classic and modern love story movies. On each daily post  there will be a review of the next movie in our marathon. Leave a comment on the post, with your opinion of the movie, and you can receive 1 entry in the giveaway. Each day you comment you can receive 1 entry. You will find the daily entries on the Rafflecopter on the main Giveaway Post.
*You may start following the marathon at any time and comment on past posts to catch up.

Plus, if you comment on all 14 movies you can receive a bonus 20 entries. On the last day of the giveaway you will find the magic phrase you can use to unlock the bonus entries on the Rafflecopter.
*You must comment on each movie to qualify for the bonus entries.

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Have you been following the Valentine Move Marathon? Did you comment on each daily movie post? If not you still have until tomorrow, February 15th, at Midnight PST to do so. Once you have you may take this magic phrase and use it to unlock the 4 entries on the Rafflecopter on the main Giveaway Post to receive your extra 20 entries!!! But please, you may only take these 4 entries if you have left comments on all 14 movies.

Magic Phrase ~ I made it through the 14 Nights of Valentine's Day Movie Marathon with my heart intact!
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Stop by tomorrow for a wrap up and a chance for a few last entries!!!


Night 14 ~ Say Anything



Tagline - She's got every thing going for her.
             He's going for her with every thing he's got.



Directed by Cameron Crow (Almost Famous) on released on April 14, 1989 by Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation (Rated PG-13). Lloyd (John Cusack) and Diane (Ione Skye) fall in love the summer after graduation. When Diane gets a scholarship to study in England she has a choice to make. Listen to her father and dump Lloyd or listen to her heart and stay?

I love this movie. It doesn't get much better than this. This movie came out the same year I graduated from High School and it was Seattle before it was trendy to set everything in Seattle. Lloyd is charming and sweet. Diane is beautiful and warm. The movie is funny, sweet and even a little heart breaking. It is love at it's most simple and "basic". Ha!

Best line - "I gave her my heart and she gave me a... pen." - Lloyd

Go watch it now!!!

Say Anything is available to rent or stream from most DVD services.


Take a look at the original trailer.




Some trivia about the movie...
1. The Smithereens were commissioned by Cameron Crowe to write the theme song for the movie, and they came up with "A Girl Like You". Crowe thought that the lyrics were too leading (they outline the entire plot), so he rejected it in favor of Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes". "A Girl Like You" went on to be included in The Smithereens' next album, "11", and in the movie Backdraft (1991) by Ron Howard.
2. Director Cameron Crowe couldn't find the love song he wanted until he heard Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes". Gabriel asked to see part of the movie. Crowe had the production company send him an unfinished cut. Gabriel responded by saying he would let them use the song, as he liked the film. He was, however, wary about the part where the lead character overdosed at the end. It was then that Crowe realized that Gabriel had been sent a copy of Wired (1989) instead.
3. When Lloyd (John Cusack) drives along 45th street in Seattle, he passes the Guild 45th Theatre, which is showing Tapeheads (1988), in which Cusack also appeared.
4. Kirk Cameron was nearly cast as Lloyd instead of John Cusack.
5. John Cusack's kick boxing scenes in the ring, including the one where his nose is broken, are done with Don 'The Dragon' Wilson who is a real-life kick boxing champion.
6. Robert Downey Jr. turned down the lead played by John Cusack.
7. Christian Slater auditioned for the role of Lloyd Dobbler but director Cameron Crowe was adamant about getting John Cusack. Also, there was a tie between Ione Skye and actress Jennifer Connelly for the role of Diane Court.
8. Director Cameo: [Cameron Crowe] and wife Nancy Wilson as pedestrians in front of the mall as Lloyd passes by while recalling the site of their first "date".
9. The dojo featured in this movie is the same one that was used in The Karate Kid (1984) as the Cobra Kai dojo.
10. When Lloyd holds up the radio, it is actually playing a song by the group Fishbone. "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel was added post-production.
11. Lloyd makes several references in the movie to "Bell Square" mall, short for Bellevue Square (located in Bellevue, Washington). When Lloyd is driving in the rain and sees the mall, he is actually driving by Westlake Center (located in downtown Seattle).
12. Producer James L. Brooks said what inspired this movie was an incident where Brooks saw a man walking with his daughter. He saw them and wondered what would happen if the father committed a crime. Those thoughts were used to create the story.
13. The original Australian VHS release through CBS Fox features an early Simpsons short.
14. John Cusack put a scar on his right eyebrow for Lloyd's character. He says that the story behind that is that someone threw a rock at Lloyd when he was a kid.
15. The movie's line "I gave her my heart, and she gave me a pen." was voted as the #73 of "The 100 Greatest Movie Lines" by Premiere in 2007.
16. Bebe Neuwirth's film debut.
17. Lloyd and Diane's school appears to be based on The Lakeside School, which is a very prestigious Seattle private school. In the movie, the school is called "Lakewood" (and has a rooster mascot, rather than a lion), but in Lloyd's first phone conversation with Diane, John Cusack mentions that at his annual party, Lloyd "dresses up as the Lakeside rooster."
18. Ione Skye once dated Anthony Kiedis, lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, whose song "Taste the Pain" opens the movie.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Fear Friday ~ Beware Your Valentine or Why You Should Always Be Nice To The Nerdy Kid.



It's Friday and time for another Fear Friday here at the Laughing Vixen Lounge blog. All month long the films share the theme of Valentine's Day and Love. This week's selection is a slasher film from the 2001 that teaches us a very important lesson about being nice to the nerdy kids in school. It may come back to haunt you one Valentine's Day! Enjoy!


Make sure to stop by the 5th annual 14 Nights of Valentine's Day Giveaway for the chance to win a $200 Prize Pack. Leave a comment on this post with your opinion of the movie to get an extra entry. Find full details on the main Giveaway Post.

Every Friday at the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog is Fear Friday. Fear Fridays are a celebration of all films spooky. Horror is a very broad genre and the Lounge loves it all. Each Friday you will find a review of a different film. These can range from Classic Horror (black and white and cheesy), Thrillers (suspense, jumps and a good mystery), outright Horror (chop chop, slash slash, die die) and anything else in between.

So pop some popcorn, kill the lights and enjoy tonight's selection. And please, share your comments on the film. Bad or good let me know what you thought of it. And now, my little ghouls and dolls, the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog is proud to present this week's film.

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While this month is all about Valentine's Day we could not ignore today's date. Here's wishing everyone a happy Friday the 13th! Now go hug someone you love.


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Fear Friday - Valentine



Tagline - Scared to be alone on Valentine's Day? You should be.
             Remember that kid everyone ignored on Valentine's Day? He
             remembers you.


Directed by Jamie Blanks (Urban Legends and The Long Weekend) and released on February 2, 2001 by Warner Brothers (Rated R). When a group of friends start to die off they begin to suspect a former classmate that they wronged. Could it be him or is it someone much closer? Muahahahaha!!!

This is a fun little slasher movie. It's your basic chop chop slash slash film with a Valentine's Day theme. A group of girls embarrassed a boy in school. Flash forward to their twenties. It's Valentine's Day and the group starts to die off one by one. While this is nothing new story wise I still found it to be an interesting watch. They do a pretty good job at making you think the killer is one person, then another and so on.

Not that any movie with Denise Richards in it would be high on my list but hey, most people do not last very long in these movies! If you are looking for something bloody this Valentine's Day instead of sappy this is a good choice. Pair it up with My Bloody Valentine and you will have yourself a great anti Valentine's Day double feature.

Valentine is available to rent or stream on most DVD services.



Take a look at the original trailer.



Some trivia about the movie.
1. In one scene, Kat tells Dorothy that her boyfriend, Adam Carr (David Boreanaz), is 'no angel'. This is, of course, referring to Boreanaz's hit TV series, Angel (1999).
2. During the original casting process, Tara Reid played "Dorothy Wheeler' (now played by Jessica Capshaw) and Jennifer Love Hewitt played "Paige Prescott" (now played by Denise Richards).
3. Shot in 42 days.
4. At a cost of $10 million this is the cheapest film to ever have a Superbowl spot.
5. Luke Wilson and Jeremy Sisto were considered for the role of Adam Carr.

Night 13 of the 14 Nights of Valentine's Day Giveaway


Welcome to night 13 of the 5th annual 14 Nights of Valentine's Day Giveaway. Stop by the main Giveaway Post and enter to win a $200 Prize Pack full of decadent treats from 8 fabulous shops! Tonight we have the next movie in the Valentine Movie Marathon. Follow along daily for extra entries and the chance for a bonus 20 entries at the end of the giveaway. Test your movie knowledge and play the Guess the Movie game for even more entries. Enjoy and have fun!


Shop Laughing Vixen Lounge and receive 10% off your order through February 28th. Use code FEBRUARY10 at checkout.


14 Nights of Valentine's Day Movie Marathon
Follow along with us for 2 weeks full of classic and modern love story movies. Each day there will be a review of the next movie in the marathon. Leave a comment on the post, with your opinion of the movie, and you can receive 1 entry in the giveaway. Each day you comment you can receive 1 entry. You will find the daily entries on the Rafflecopter on the main Giveaway Post.
*You may start following the marathon at any time and comment on past posts to catch up.

Comment on all 14 movies and you can receive a bonus 20 entries. On the last day of the giveaway you will find the magic phrase to unlock the bonus entries on the Rafflecopter.
*You must comment on each movie to qualify for the bonus 20 entries.

Guess the Movie Game
Each day there will be a clue to the next night's movie. Leave your guess on the Rafflecopter widget, on the main Giveaway Post, for 1 entry in the giveaway.
*Guesses must be posted the same day as their clue to receive the 1 entry.
*The Rafflecopter widget will reset to a new day 24 hours after you left your last guess.
*Please do not post guesses anywhere else on the blog or they will be deleted and not count.

Tonight's Clue ~ An 80's classic where the good guy gets the girl.


Night 13 ~ Breakfast At Tiffany's



Tagline ~ Audrey Hepburn plays that daring, darling Holly Golightly to a
              new high in entertainment delight!



Based on a novel by Truman Capote and directed by Blake Edwards (The Great Race, The Pink Panther and 10) and released on October 5, 1961 by Paramount Pictures. A young writer Paul (George Peppard) meets Holly (Audrey Hepburn) his quirky neighbor. It doesn't take long before Paul is in love with Holly, like most everyone who meets her. But can Holly return his love or is she looking for something bigger?

This is a classic and for good reason. Audrey Hepburn plays the slightly scattered but completely lovable Holly, an escort longing for love but afraid to have it. George Peppard is the struggling writer and kept man Paul, who has just moved in upstairs. The movie plays on the themes of loss, sadness and loneliness but ultimately love and learning to trust.

While the film does have heavier moments it also have humor and is a gorgeous example of the late 50's/early 60's in film. Audrey is wonderful to watch in her fabulous fashions and bohemian lifestyle. New York makes a beautiful backdrop for this slice of nostalgia. It is also a great throwback to a time were drinking was a very glamorous pass time. My stars, do these people drink!

While I have not read the Truman Capote novel this was based on I know it varies greatly. So greatly that Mr. Capote was far from happy with it. I can imagine as it was loosely based on his own life with the character Paul created around himself. But if you have not read the book, or can separate the two, this is a movie gem that is well worth a watch.

Breakfast At Tiffany's is currently available to stream on Netflix and is available on most DVD rental and streaming services.


Take a look at the original trailer.




Some trivia about the movie.
1. Audrey Hepburn said the scene where she throws Cat into the rainy street was the most distasteful thing she ever had to do on film.
2. Audrey Hepburn hated Danish pastries, making filming the famous opening scene a bit of a chore for her.
3. Although not visible on camera, hundreds of onlookers watched Audrey Hepburn's window-shopping scene at the start of the film. This made her nervous and she kept making mistakes. It wasn't until a crew member nearly got electrocuted behind the camera that she pulled herself together and finished the scene.
4. Elements of Holly's character in the original novel, such as her flirtation with bisexuality, were omitted to make the part more suitable for Audrey Hepburn.
5. George Peppard was a student of Method acting, a style Hepburn found difficult to work with. Nonetheless, the two actors remained close friends until her death.
6. The song "Moon River" was written especially for Audrey Hepburn, since she had no training as a singer. The vocals were written to be sung in only one octave.
7. At a post-production meeting following a screening of the film, a studio executive, in reference to "Moon River," said, "Well, I think the first thing we can do is get rid of that stupid song." Audrey Hepburn stood up at the table and said, "Over my dead body!" The song stayed in the picture.
8. Steve McQueen was offered the co-starring role. However, he was still under contract for the show "Wanted: Dead or Alive" (1958), which prevented him from appearing. The role eventually went to George Peppard.
9. Audrey Hepburn's salary for the film was $750,000, making her the second highest paid actress (behind Elizabeth Taylor) per film at the time.
10. The story which Paul received the $50 check for is called Roman Caper, a reference to Audrey Hepburn's first starring role, Roman Holiday (1953).
11. The famous black dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in the opening scenes of this movie was sold for $807,000 on December 4, 2006 at Christie's Auction House in London, making it the second most expensive piece of movie memorabilia ever sold. The first is the Best Picture Oscar for Gone with the Wind (1939).
12. Although it's never explained why Holly is wearing a bed sheet at her cocktail party, an earlier scene (cut before release) established she'd been taking a bath and had to improvise a gown on the spur of moment. The cut scene was featured in Life magazine pictorial shortly before film was released.
13. In the famous "it should take you exactly 4 seconds to cross from here to that door. I give you two" scene, it takes Paul exactly 4 seconds from when he starts walking to when he reaches the door.
14. In the film's original trailer (included on the special edition DVD), the announcer mistakenly pronounces Truman Capote's last name as "Capot", without pronouncing the "e" at the end of his name. This mistake was repeated (on purpose) on the "Mary Tyler Moore" show - Ted Baxter (Ted Knight) is demanding better writers and he says they should get "that Truman Capot fellow". Phyllis (Cloris Leachman) tries to correct him by saying just "E". Ted then says "oh yeah, Truman E. Capot".
15. Holly Golightly wears the same dress through the movie, simply changing the accessories to give each outfit a different look. Her black dress is featured at least four times.
16. The perfume Holly is spraying in the apartment hallway during her drunken scenes is Makila by Jean Patou.
17. In Truman Capote's novel Holly was a prostitute, had an abortion, liked to smoke weed, was bisexual and swore like a drunken sailor.
18. In the Book the narrator describes how Holly would wash her hair and sit out on the fire escape thumbing her guitar while waiting for her hair to dry; this is reflected during her "Moonriver" scene, which is why she has a wrap around her hair.
19. Truman Capote was reportedly unhappy with the decision to cast Audrey Hepburn as he'd been in favor of Marilyn Monroe. Hepburn was very self-conscious of her performance while Capote was on set as she felt inadequate as the Holly he had envisioned.
20. Holly Golightly is supposed to be just nineteen years old when she meets with Paul. Audrey Hepburn was thirty-one years old when playing Holly.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Night 12 of the 14 Nights of Valentine's Day Giveaway


Welcome to night 12 of the 5th annual 14 Nights of Valentine's Day Giveaway. Stop by the main Giveaway Post and enter to win a $200 Prize Pack full of decadent treats from 8 fabulous shops! Tonight we have the next movie in the Valentine Movie Marathon. Follow along daily for extra entries and the chance for a bonus 20 entries at the end of the giveaway. Test your movie knowledge and play the Guess the Movie game for even more entries. Then take a look at the last Featured Shop "Laughing Vixen Lounge". Enjoy and have fun!

Magic Potion Compact ~ Love Potion

Shop Laughing Vixen Lounge and receive 10% off your order through February 28th. Use code FEBRUARY10 at checkout.


Featured Shop ~ Laughing Vixen Lounge
Laughing Vixen Lounge is run by Kris from just outside Portland, Oregon. Bangles, Baubles and Other Needful Things for the modern Vixen. Pop Culture, Retro, Horror and Custom Designed Jewelry and Accessories.

Luck of the Irish Charm Bracelet

Laughing Vixen Lounge offers Charm Bracelets, Necklaces, Compacts and Silver Pendants. Pop Culture designs with a flair for Retro, Horror and Custom Designs. The Lounge also specializes in Supernatural inspired designs with lots of "Create Your Own" options. If you're a fan Laughing Vixen Lounge is your "go-to shop" for Supernatural goodies!

Magic Potion Compact ~ Zombie Hands

The Lounge is also your first choice in Supernatural inspired jewelry. Our SPN designs have gone out all over the world and to many a SPN Convention. They have even been seen in a photo or two with our customers and the boys themselves! Woohoo!!! If you're a fan of the show I'm sure you'll find these designs are the best around.

Shop Supernatural Inspired Designs at LVL


$1 from each item sold and $3 from each item in the Hep Cat Collection will go to help Laughing Vixen Lounge sponsor Tasha the Lynx. This is the fourth cat LVL has sponsored from WildCat Haven. See full details about the fundraiser here.


Keep an eye out for new items this year. There will be lots of new styles and items being listed. Here is a sneak peek at the new Laughing Vixen Lounge Purse Hanger w/Compact Mirror and Pill Box. So cute!

Purse Hangers ~ Coming Soon

You'll have a chance to win a $32 from Laughing Vixen Lounge. Enter now on the main Giveaway Post.

Book Lovers Charmed Necklace ~ Custom Edition

Visit Laughing Vixen Lounge and use coupon code FEBRUARY10 at checkout for 10% off your order.
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"Well, if you have been following along then you have seen quite a few love stories I find worthy of watching. But I did leave one out this year, simply because I had used it so many times, that really is one of my all time favorites. A Life Less Ordinary is a very cleaver and unique love story with a touch of magic. If you have not seen it yet it really is worth the watch."


14 Nights of Valentine's Day Movie Marathon
Follow along with us for 2 weeks full of classic and modern love story movies. Each day there will be a review of the next movie in the marathon. Leave a comment on the post, with your opinion of the movie, and you can receive 1 entry in the giveaway. Each day you comment you can receive 1 entry. You will find the daily entries on the Rafflecopter on the main Giveaway Post.
*You may start following the marathon at any time and comment on past posts to catch up.

Comment on all 14 movies and you can receive a bonus 20 entries. On the last day of the giveaway you will find the magic phrase to unlock the bonus entries on the Rafflecopter.
*You must comment on each movie to qualify for the bonus 20 entries.

Guess the Movie Game
Each day there will be a clue to the next night's movie. Leave your guess on the Rafflecopter widget, on the main Giveaway Post, for 1 entry in the giveaway.
*Guesses must be posted the same day as their clue to receive the 1 entry.
*The Rafflecopter widget will reset to a new day 24 hours after you left your last guess.
*Please do not post guesses anywhere else on the blog or they will be deleted and not count.

Tonight's Clue ~ An escort and a kept man find love when they least expect it.

Night 12 ~ Big Fish



Tagline - An adventure as big as life itself.


Directed by Tim Burton (Batman, Eward Scissorhands and Mars Attacks!) and released on January 9, 2004 by Columbia Pictures (rated PG-13). A son (Billy Crudup) tries to understand his dying father's (Albert Finney) life better as he feels he has only been told "tall tales" of his father's past. But sometimes it takes a tall tale to tell a great story.

Will returns home as his father, Edward, lays close to dying. Feeling his father has always stole the show with his "tall tales", Will tries to get his father to tell him the real story of his life. Through flashbacks we see these tall tales which tell the story of how Will's father Edward (Ewan McGregor) and mother Sandra (Allison Lohman) met and that just maybe some life stories are just too big for a small story.

This movie is a visually impressive movie. Eward's tall tales are told in a fairytale style with lots of color and imagination. While they are not meant to be completely believable stories it is heartwarming to see them tell their magic and to show their reality at the end. The story of Eward and Sandra is one of heartbreak and joy just as any great romantic story should be. The scene with Eward standing in a field of Daffodils proclaiming his love to Sandra not only visually stunning but emotionally stunning. If you are a romantic who likes a little magic in their stories you should love this one. Also, the father-son element of the movie will bring a few tears to your eyes so make sure to have the tissue box handy.

Big Fish is currently available to stream on Netflix and is available to rent or stream on most DVD services.


Take a look at the original trailer.




Some trivia about the movie.
1. Ewan McGregor was cast as Young Ed Bloom when producers noticed the striking similarity between him and pictures of a young Albert Finney, who plays Senior Ed Bloom.
2. The scenes at Auburn were originally supposed to be shot on location on the campus of Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, but the school officials asked for script approval and the production didn't have time to wait so they filmed the scenes at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama instead.
3. When young Edward Bloom is singing in the church and his voice breaks, that single note that we hear is actually Ewan McGregor singing.
4. French actress Marion Cotillard's first American feature film.
5. The town of Ashton, Alabama is actually Wetumpka, Alabama and Prattville, Alabama combined.
6. The author of the original book appears as Sandra's economics professor at Auburn.
7. Tim Burton appears as one of the clowns sitting close to Mr. Calloway's trailer, who flees when the wolf jumps from it.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Night 11 of the 14 Nights of Valentine's Day Giveaway


Welcome to night 11 of the 5th annual 14 Nights of Valentine's Day Giveaway. Stop by the main Giveaway Post and enter to win a $200 Prize Pack full of decadent treats from 8 fabulous shops! Tonight we have the next movie in the Valentine Movie Marathon. Follow along daily for extra entries and the chance for a bonus 20 entries at the end of the giveaway. Test your movie knowledge and play the Guess the Movie game for even more entries. Enjoy and have fun!

All My Love Necklace

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14 Nights of Valentine's Day Movie Marathon
Follow along with us for 2 weeks full of classic and modern love story movies. Each day there will be a review of the next movie in the marathon. Leave a comment on the post, with your opinion of the movie, and you can receive 1 entry in the giveaway. Each day you comment you can receive 1 entry. You will find the daily entries on the Rafflecopter on the main Giveaway Post.
*You may start following the marathon at any time and comment on past posts to catch up.

Comment on all 14 movies and you can receive a bonus 20 entries. On the last day of the giveaway you will find the magic phrase to unlock the bonus entries on the Rafflecopter.
*You must comment on each movie to qualify for the bonus 20 entries.

Guess the Movie Game
Each day there will be a clue to the next night's movie. Leave your guess on the Rafflecopter widget, on the main Giveaway Post, for 1 entry in the giveaway.
*Guesses must be posted the same day as their clue to receive the 1 entry.
*The Rafflecopter widget will reset to a new day 24 hours after you left your last guess.
*Please do not post guesses anywhere else on the blog or they will be deleted and not count.

Tonight's Clue ~ A tall tale tells the story of a great love.


Night 11 ~ One Day



Tagline - Twenty years. Two people.


Directed by Lone Scherfig (An Education and The Riot Club) and released on August 19, 2011 by Focus Features (Rated PG-13). After one awkward night after graduation, Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter (Jim Sturgess) spend the next twenty years of their lives fighting the inevitable. 

One Day takes us on the journey of Emma and Dexter. Two people who meet briefly one night but end up making a lasting friendship that ultimately turns to love. It is interesting to watch a story where our character are not instantly in a relationship. Instead a story of a long lasting bond that has more than it's fair share of bumps along the way. While their story may not always be the happiest it will leave you with that great feeling that reminds you that real love does exist. Even if it might make you cry a bit in the process.

This movie is based on a novel by David Nicholls. I have not heard too many people who like the novel that are happy with the movie. This is nothing new. Though it is suppose to be a pretty faithful adaptation. I personally have never read the book and I really liked the movie.

One Day is currently available to stream on Netflix and is available to stream and rent on most DVD services.


Take a look at the original trailer.



Some trivia about the movie.
1. The scene where Dex and Emma go skinny-dipping is the only scene in the film where Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess were not wearing wigs.
2. There were some conversations about why cast an American actress to play Dexter's English mother but Lone Scherfig really liked the sense of experience, worldliness and flirtatiousness that Patricia Clarkson brought to the part.
3. Dexter's father mentions Silent Witness is coming up on the television. Ken Stott, who plays Dexter's father, appeared in Silent Witness (1996).
4. Anne Hathaway was clandestinely given the script as director Lone Scherfig wasn't looking at any American actresses for the part of Emma. Hathaway flew to London for a meeting with Scherfig which she described as "the worst meeting of my life.. I was just inarticulate". However, on leaving the director, she handed her a list of songs that she felt represented how she would interpret the character. It was this list that landed her the part.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Night 10 of the 14 Nights of Valentine's Day Giveaway


Welcome to night 10 of the 5th annual 14 Nights of Valentine's Day Giveaway. Stop by the main Giveaway Post and enter to win a $200 Prize Pack full of decadent treats from 8 fabulous shops! Tonight we have the next movie in the Valentine Movie Marathon. Follow along daily for extra entries and the chance for a bonus 20 entries at the end of the giveaway. Test your movie knowledge and play the Guess the Movie game for even more entries. Then take a look at tonight's Featured Shop "Placefulness". Enjoy and have fun!


Shop Laughing Vixen Lounge and receive 10% off your order through February 28th. Use code FEBRUARY10 at checkout.


Featured Shop ~ Placefulness
Placefulness is run by Dana from Atlanta, GA. Placefulness is filled with her original photography and watercolors.

City Lights Print

How did you choose your shop name?
"Placefulness is something that represents home. It's not just a place but a sense of security, love, comfort, and hope."

Smell the Roses Watercolor

Why did you choose to make/sell what you do?
"I'm an amateur photographer but I am a professional daydreamer. Photography offers so much to people from travel to nature all in the comforts of their home."

Eat Your Heart Out Print

What inspires the designs/creations you make?
"I think I notice a lot of everyday things that people overlook from an artistic perspective and try to capture what I see. We all get busy and overwhelmed with life so sometimes it's nice to just look at a piece of nature or architecture in a different way from how your regularly experience it."

Beach Love Print

What new designs/creations would you like to add to your shop in the future?
"I want to work on getting all my current portfolio up from my study abroad in Ireland a few years ago. It was so lush and beautiful but updating my shop takes a long time. Hopefully, I will work on adding new prints weekly!"

Cotton Candy Print

You'll have a chance to win a set of 3 Fine Art Prints from Placefulness. Enter now on the main Giveaway Post.


Visit Placefulness on the Web and Trinkets by Dana on Etsy.
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Since it's February, I asked the shops to share their favorite love story movies.
"I honestly don't have a favorite love story movie. However, The Notebook was always a well scripted and enjoyable love story in my opinion."

Color Me Love Print



14 Nights of Valentine's Day Movie Marathon
Follow along with us for 2 weeks full of classic and modern love story movies. Each day there will be a review of the next movie in the marathon. Leave a comment on the post, with your opinion of the movie, and you can receive 1 entry in the giveaway. Each day you comment you can receive 1 entry. You will find the daily entries on the Rafflecopter on the main Giveaway Post.
*You may start following the marathon at any time and comment on past posts to catch up.

Comment on all 14 movies and you can receive a bonus 20 entries. On the last day of the giveaway you will find the magic phrase to unlock the bonus entries on the Rafflecopter.
*You must comment on each movie to qualify for the bonus 20 entries.

Guess the Movie Game
Each day there will be a clue to the next night's movie. Leave your guess on the Rafflecopter widget, on the main Giveaway Post, for 1 entry in the giveaway.
*Guesses must be posted the same day as their clue to receive the 1 entry.
*The Rafflecopter widget will reset to a new day 24 hours after you left your last guess.
*Please do not post guesses anywhere else on the blog or they will be deleted and not count.

Tonight's Clue ~ An almost school fling creates a long-time friendship that finally turns to love.


Night 10 ~ Love Actually


Tagline - Love actually is all around.


Directed by Richard Curtis (Pirate Radio and About Time) and released on November 14, 2003 by Universal Pictures (Rated R). Christmas time in England brings love and loss to a group of people randomly connected.

Love Actually is a sweet, funny and sometimes touching romantic comedy. A large cast of mostly British actors and actresses play a randomly connected group of people all experiencing love in one shape or another. We experience love in all it's form. You will laugh and you might even get a little misty-eyed but for the most part this is a feel good movie.

Released just over a year after the attacks on 9/11, you will see the effects reflected in the speech between the Prime Minister and the US President. But you will also see it reflected in a loving way at the end of the movie in the way the airport scene is filmed. Taking the fear and tragedy that was surrounding plane travel and replacing it with the love and happiness of reuniting friends and families. I think this is one of the best elements of this movie.

Love Actually is available to rent or stream from most DVD services.


Take a look at the original trailer.




Some trivia about the movie.
1. The airport greeting footage at the beginning and end of the film is real. Richard Curtis had a team of cameramen film at Heathrow airport for a week, and whenever they saw something that would fit in they asked the people involved for permission to use the footage.
2. According to Richard Curtis they had to put Emma Thompson in a "fat suit" to make her appear heavier because she is actually a very thin woman.
3. When Daniel says "We need Kate and we need Leo and we need them now", a toothpick can be seen in Daniel's left hand as he says "now". Later, Sam has a toothpick in his mouth while he and Daniel are lounging on a couch. What director Richard Curtis describes as "this toothpick business" was a result of Liam Neeson never being without a toothpick after he gave up smoking.
4. All four leading stars of Sense and Sensibility (1995), technically appear in this film, with Grant, Thompson and Rickman playing leading roles, and Kate Winslet appearing in stock footage of James Cameron's Titanic (1997).
5. The word "actually" is spoken twenty-two times by various characters in the film.
6. The video for Billy Mack's "Christmas is All Around" single is a clear reference to a series of memorable, and very popular, videos that Robert Palmer had done - "Addicted to Love", "Simply Irresistible", and "I Didn't Mean to Turn You On" - in which Palmer sings in a good suit, backed up by an all-female band, all dressed alike and dancing in a back-and-forth manner.
7. The school used for the Nativity concert at the end of the film is Elliott School, Putney, South West London and is where Pierce Brosnan went to school until he was fifteen.
8. In Daniel's eulogy he says that one of his wife's (joking) requests was to "bring Claudia Schiffer as my date to the funeral." Claudia Schiffer plays the mother of one of Sam's classmates who Daniel meets and develops an interest in near the end of the film.