Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Night 12 Of The 14 Nights Of Valentine's Day Movie Marathon Giveaway

Welcome to night 12 of the 4th annual 14 Nights of Valentine's Day Movie Marathon Giveaway. Make sure to stop by our main Giveaway Post and enter to win a $400+ Prize Pack full of decadent treats from 16 fabulous shops! Tonight we have the next movie from the Valentine Movie Marathon. Follow along daily for extra entries and the chance for a bonus 20 entries at the end of the giveaway. You can also play the Guess The Movie game for even more entries. But that's not all! Keep reading to find the next feature on one of our participating shops. Enjoy and have fun!

Breakfast At Tiffany's Charm Bracelet ~ Custom Order

Purchase any item(s) from Laughing Vixen Lounge through February 28th and receive 10% off your order. Use code FEBRUARY10 at checkout

Make sure to stop by and enter the Crazy Cupid Giveaway. You could win your choice of Compact Mirror and Necklace or Photo Pendant from Laughing Vixen Lounge. And it will get you extra entries in this giveaway!!! Ends February 15th.

Featured Shop ~ The Howling Boutique
The Howling Boutique is run by Mardi from North Richland Hills, TX. Her shop features jewelry made with sparkling nail polish.

Ruby Red Heart Earrings

How did you choose your shop name?
"I LOVE wolves. Aside from Rihanna and My Little Ponies, they are one of my favorite "things" ever! They are beautiful, magnificent creatures that are extremely misunderstood and madly stereotyped. I love the way each pack has a place for each family member, how the alpha and his female mate for life, how wolves will adopt and raise puppies not even born of their pack.. I could go on and on, but I won't! Haha! So I wanted to include something wolf-y in my shop name. The first name I wanted was, sadly, already taken (so says Google) but my second choice wasn't! So, The Howling Boutique it was."

Teal Glass Earrings

Why did you choose to make/sell what you do?
"I've been making jewelry for over nine years - mainly for myself or as gifts for friends and family. I started making my own accessories due to the frustration of rarely being able to find what size / color / shape / combination / etc. I wanted and I soon discovered that making my own was not only cheaper, but very therapeutic for me (I'm currently on disability). My hope is that other people who are frustrated at the lack of originality and selection out there will be able to find what they want in my store - something truly one of a kind."

Bright Orange Glitter Polish Ring

What inspires the designs/creations you make?
"Oh, various things, really. A lot of the glitter color combinations I've come up with as far as the different shades of certain colors, etc. are inspired by my collection of My Little Ponies. So many colors and combinations of colors!"

Blue Glass Pendant

What new designs/creations would you like to add to your shop in the future?
"I JUST started selling heart and oval earrings and will soon also offer circle and square earrings. Later this year I also hope to start selling some of the nail polish I make and use in my pendants :) Aside from the painted glass jewelry, I plan on also offering other jewelry such as stud earrings, beaded bracelets & necklaces, dangle / drop earrings, and rings."

Light Pink Glitter Polish Pendant

You'll have a chance to win a Bright Pink Glitter Nail Polish Pendant from The Howling Boutique. Enter now on the main Giveaway Post.

Pink Glitter Pendant

Visit The Howling Boutique on Etsy and use coupon code LAUGHINGVIXENLOUNGE at checkout for 15% off your order. The Howling Boutique also has a new home on the web here.

Since it's February, I asked the shops to share their favorite love story movies.
"I honestly don't really like Love Stories or Romantic Comedies.. LOL! Give me some Horror or Suspense or Action! BUT. I really did enjoy the movie He's Just Not That Into You and Love, Actually. Those two seem to be the only two movies stuffed with A-List actors that were any good at all (sorry but all the other ones I have NOT enjoyed). HJNTIY had Scarlett Johansson, first of all, who I LOVE, plus Jennifer Connolly and Bradley Cooper! Yum. I thought it was both funny and pretty accurate. Love, Actually was really amazing but I can't watch it anymore because the part with Keira Knightly and the signs (you know which part I mean if you've seen it) makes me cry!"

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 2 entries in the giveaway. Each day you comment you can receive 2 entries. 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.

Guess The Movie Game
Each daily post will have a clue to the next night's movie. Leave your guess on the Rafflecopter widget, on the main Giveaway Post, for 2 entries in the giveaway.
*Guesses must be posted the same day as their clue to receive the 2 entries.
*The Rafflecopter widget is on the Pacific Time Zone and will reset to a new day at Midnight PST. *Please do not post guesses anywhere else on the blog or they will be deleted and not count.

Tonight's Clue ~ Falling in love on a cruise ship. Is it true love? Meet me in six months and we will see.

Night 12 ~ Breakfast At Tiffany's

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

Songs from the movie playing on the Jukebox...
 *Moon River by Audrey Hepburn.

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 on Netflix and Netflix streaming.  

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.


  1. I love this movie! And whoa trivia 17! I'll have to read this book now for sure

  2. I haven't seen the entire movie only parts of it.

  3. Lots of fun trivia. I love seeing Audrey Hepburn in this movie. Interesting that Truman Capote wanted Marilyn Monroe; it would have made a totally different style movie.

  4. I haven't seen this either. I mean I've seen parts of it but not all of it.

  5. I've enjoyed this movie, and now armed with trivia, I'm going to rewatch it and then read the book!! Spectacular!! Go Holly, forget Lightly!!

  6. One of my favorites! I never liked the "Cat" scene...