Monday, January 30, 2012

Manic Monday - It could be you!

It's almost time! The Lounge is working feverishly to finish up all the posts and what-nots for our Valentine's Day Giveaway that starts February 1st. If you haven't taken a look at our Valentine Love Story Movie List go now. You'll find some classic, fun and unique choices for movie watching this season. And you'll have a chance to get a couple early entries in the giveaway.

Here's a photo of the winner of our Christmas A Go-Go Giveaway - Kristina. You can take a closer look at everything she won here.

This time it could be you! We'll see you all back here on Wednesday with a great kick-off to the fun.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Fear Friday - Is it time yet???

This week's Fear Friday will be short and sweet as we are working hard on getting everything ready to go for The 14 Nights of Valentine's Day Movie Marathon Giveaway. So here is a little reminder of what is to come this summer with just a little patience. So hard!!!!!

Are you a Sookie and Bill girl?

Or a Sookie and Eric girl?

Or are you like this Vixen and are a proud Sam girl?

Either way I'm sure you're just dying for the new season to start and the withdrawl pains to stop!

Now go and watch a few of your favorite episodes to take the edge off 8)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wayback Wednesday - A little tune from the 80's

Here's a little trip down memory lane. I loved this video and back in 1984 this was a pretty cool video! Still looks pretty good to me 8)

A-Ha "Take On Me"

Monday, January 23, 2012

Manic Monday - Valentine Giveaway Movie List and Early Entries

Giveaway is running now through February 14. Enter on the main giveaway page.

Laughing Vixen Lounge is getting ready for our big "14 Nights of Valentine's Day Giveaway" starting February 1st. As anyone who has seen one of our group giveaways before knows these are worth stopping in for! We've called on some of our favorite "partners in crime" as well as some new shops to help us out. So far we have prizes donated from 13 different amazing shops. One winner will walk away with one heck of a fabulous goodie bag. There will be jewelry, bath and body, perfume, candles, crafting supplies, fashion accessories and even a little something for your favorite kitty. You can see a list of all participating shops over on the sidebar.

Looking for some movies to watch this Valentine's Day season? The Lounge has put together a movie watching list to fill your nights with love, laughs and maybe a few tears. You can follow along on a nightly basis with us or pick and choose a few of your favorites. Each day during our "14 Nights of Valentine's Day Giveaway" we will post a review of that night's movie. Make sure to leave a comment to let us know what you thought of that night's choice. Anyone who leaves a comment for each of the 14 movies, with their opinion on the movie, will get an extra 10 entries in our giveaway. A little reward for giving our movies posts some love. After you finish commenting on all 14 movies you need only leave 1 comment on the main giveaway page that says "I made it through the 14 Nights of Valentine's Day Movie Marathon with my heart intact!" That 1 comment will count for 10 entries.

With so many movie it's hard to pick just 14. I tried to think outside the box on some of these to give a little variety to the list. Many of the movies are just my personal favorites.

Valentine Love Story Movie List

Starting February 1st...
1. Raintree County
2. Dangerous Liaisons
3. King Kong
4. An Affair to Remember
5. Moulin Rouge
6. Truly, Madly, Deeply
7. Wuthering Heights
8. Brokeback Mountain
9. Never Been Kissed
10. The Lake House
11. Indian Summer
12. Waitress
13. A Life Less Ordinary
14. Say Anything

Here's your chance to get a couple extra entries in the giveaway before it starts! Just post the button below on your blog, Facebook or anywhere else you like. Make sure to link it back to this post or copy and paste the code and it will do everything for you. Then leave a comment below with a link to where you posted it and you will get 2 extra entries. And a big Thank You from The Lounge for helping us spread the word.

Laughing Vixen Lounge

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Wayback Wednesday - Who was your first?

So today I present you with the question "Who was your first concert experience?". Were you lucky enough to have seen someone who's still cool or are you like most of us who have to cringe a bit before we answer? Leave a comment below and share with us that great moment in time.

This Vixen's first was The Power Station in August of 1985. I was 14 and a huge Duran Duran fan and this was as close to them as you could get at the time. The band was originally made up of John and Andy Taylor from DD and Robert Palmer. Though for the tour Mr. Palmer was replaced with Michael Des Barres. Their hit songs were a cover of T Rex's "Bang A Gong" and "Some Like It Hot". The opening band was OMD (Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark) who's big song was "If You Leave" from Pretty in Pink fame.

Oh that hair! Ha!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Manic Monday - New Designs

Today you'll get a little peak at some new Valentine's Day designs from Laughing Vixen Lounge. You can find all of these and more in the shop now.

You Make My Heart Spin Necklace $18

Valentine Candy Heart Charm Bracelet $45

All My Love Necklace $16

Key To My Heart Necklace $16

We're also working hard on our next big giveaway. It will start the 1st of  February and have a Valentine theme. As always there will be lots of great shops donating fabulous finds for the big goodie bag. Stay tuned! We'll have more info soon 8)

Friday, January 13, 2012

Fear Friday - It's that time again

Before we get to today's Fear Friday here is the update on my last project. I've been working on getting all of my beads put away in their new home on the Wall O' Beads. Here is the before picture of the beads over taking my chair. There are 3 large boxes, 1 medium box and many plastic bags full of beads in that chair (and floor)!

and here is the after picture. Aaaah... I have a chair again.

And here are all of the beads in their nice new home on the Wall O' Beads. All of the overstock that could not fit is nicely put away in organized boxes on the bookshelf.

Next up is to tackle the big bookshelf of jewelry findings and such that has become overgrown. And now for this weeks Fear Friday. To honor today's date here is our tribute to one of the classics.

Fear Friday - The Friday The 13th Collection

May 9th 1980 a low budget slasher film is released and helps shape the face of the horror genre. The setup is simple, a group of kids out in the woods with one shadowy figure out for revenge. Just the right amount of blood with a creepy atmosphere makes for a fun ride and start one of the most successful franchises in horror history. The people behind Friday The 13th, looking to cash in on the success of "Halloween", shopped the movie around strictly on the title alone. They had no story yet just a great title. 12 movies later it's still a favorite of many horror fans.

I remember back in the sixth grade my friend Mary and I begging my mom to let us rent it. We wanted the original because Kevin Bacon was in it and Footloose was all the rage at the time. In those days the local video store rarely had more than one copy of a title so we had to settle for chapter 3. Problem was it had been filmed in 3D, as was the craze at the time, but looked a bit silly on a regular TV. Lots of holding things out close to the camera for extended periods of time. Not that Mary or I would have noticed much as we spent most of the time with our heads hidden behind the afghan. And yes, we made my mom watch it with us. It truly scared me and is why these movies, especially the old ones, still creep me out completely.

Being a teen in the late 80's I remember going to the theater to see many of the later ones. At one point I believe they were going to release one a year until they hit 13. Unfortunately the story was worn thin and the chapters became increasingly silly to the point of unwatchable. I mean really, "Jason Takes Manhattan"? In 1993 "Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday" was released. It's one of the few times I thought about walking out of a movie. A once scary feel had turned into a laughable parody of itself.

Then, in 2002, came a revamp of the series with "Jason X". OK, so Jason in space sounds absurd but I actually quite enjoyed it. It was something different for the series and Jason was back in fine killing form. Long gone was the truly creepy feeling of the originals, but this was a fun slasher film none the less. Then, in 2003, came "Freddy vs. Jason". This made me sad at first but my nephews where old enough to see horror films and they begged me to take them. It was fun. Just a bit sad to see these two franchises go from scary to completely campy.

In 2009 a new modern "Friday The 13th" was released. Not really a remake since they acknowledged the happenings of the original movie. I like to think of it as the next chapter in the series. Lots of people didn't think much of this one. I went and saw it at a midnight showing and really liked it. It had a creepy atmosphere, classic "stupid pretty people in the woods" setting and was just fun. One thing I really liked was down in Jason's creepy underground dwelling he had mementos of his killings. There are camp councilor's whistles hanging on the wall. A wheelchair is noticeable in one scene which recalls one councilor in chapter 2. It gave an extra creepy feel to the character.

Jason was not even in the first chapter. It was his mother, Mrs. Voorhees, seeking revenge for her son who drowned in Crystal Lake while councilors where not watching him. Jason appears, all grown up, in the second chapter as the killer but does not sport his infamous hockey mask until the end of chapter 3. For the first part of the movie he wears an old gunny sack on this head. Blaaah ick yuck! That was way creepier to me and I was happy when he traded it in for the hockey mask. He is killed in chapter 4 by a machete.
Chapter 5 leads us to believe Jason's back but ends up not really being him (rip off). He is zapped back to life by a bolt of lightening in chapter 6 and is pretty much invincible after that. Just goes to show you can't keep a good man down!

Stars that appeared in the series...
Kevin Bacon (ch 1), Corey Feldman (ch 4), Crispin Glover (ch 4), Tony Goldwyn (ch 6), Steven Williams (ch 9), Erin Gray (ch 9), Jason Ritter (FvsJ) and Jared Padalecki (ch 12).

Some interesting tid bits...
1) Composer Harry Manfredini has said that contrary to popular belief, the famous "chi chi chi, ha ha ha" in the film's score is actually "ki ki kiVoorhees seems to be possessed by Jason and chants "Get her mommy....kill her!" Manfredini created the effect by speaking the syllables "Ki" and "Ma" into a microphone running through a delay effect.
2) The movie was filmed at Camp Nobebosco in New Jersey. The camp is still in operation to date, and they have a wall of Friday the 13th paraphernalia to honor the fact that the movie was set there.

So let us all know what your favorite Friday The 13th memory is. Favorite chapter, favorite scene or favorite memory that goes along with the movies. Leave a comment below and voice your opinion. I'm old school and will go with the original and Kevin Bacon's death scene as favorite kill. Here's a collection of kills to give your Friday a little scare! Enjoy 8)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Wayback Wednesday - The Cherry 7up guy!

For today's Wayback post I offer you a classic little gem from the 80's. In 1987 7Up released Cherry 7Up and this was the commercial that ran on TV. Not only was the colorized pink cool on the black and white print but look at that cute boy! I referred to him for many many years as the Cherry 7Up guy. Long before he finally had a hit show. Take a look and enjoy.

And yes, I'll have photos of my clean up task from last Monday posted on Friday. It's pretty much done. Yay!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Wayback Wednesday - Dig that swing!

So Brian Setzer came to town just before Christmas and it is the first time I have missed his concert since the first time I saw him my senior year in high school (that would be '89). Such a bummer!!! Always my favorite to see in concert.

For today's Wayback Wednesday I have a little video of Mr Setzer and his orchestra singing one of my favorites "Americano". Remember Jude Law singing that in "The Talented Mr. Ripley"? Mmmm... good stuff. Not sure the date on this but pause the Lounge Jukebox on the right sidebar then enjoy this little bit of feel good music.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Manic Monday - I Know There's A Chair Under There!

Well, a new year is here and the mad rush of the holidays has come to an end. The Lounge has decided to take this slowed down time to get a few neglected jobs done. First up is putting away the massive amount of beads that are running wild around the shop.

This is where they have decided to claim as their home... my chair! There are 3 of those large white boxes and a random assortment of plastic bags.

This is where they should be. All nice and neat in their little boxes. So far I'm about half way done putting them in the little boxes. Then all the overstock will go on a couple of bookshelf shelves. By next Monday I'll have the finished pictures to show and I will be a happy camper!!! 8)