breakfast at tiffany’s

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“Well, when I get it the only thing that does any good is to jump in a cab and go to Tiffany’s. Calms me down right away. The quietness and the proud look of it; nothing very bad could happen to you there. If I could find a real-life place that’d make me feel like Tiffany’s, then – then I’d buy some furniture and give the cat a name!”

– Holly Golightly

On June 6, 2015, Geoffrey and I will be celebrating our fifth wedding anniversary. I’m not sure if there’s a conventional way of getting engaged or married, but if there is such a thing, then we probably went against it. Yet, it was completely fitting for us as a couple, and for that, I cherish it.

Breakfast at Tiffany's 7I grew up, as many girls do, an Audrey Hepburn fan. You may have clued into that fact, given that our two dogs are named Holly Golightly and Truman Capote. In my first year of university, I would watch Audrey’s films over and over again. Breakfast at Tiffany’s became my favourite. I idolized Holly Golightly, and thought to myself, ‘if she can struggle and still make it in New York, I can do the same in Toronto’. That one film helped me get through many nights of homesickness.

Breakfast at Tiffany's 12Breakfast at Tiffany's 13swiss6-1After graduating university, I moved to Gossau, Switzerland. One of the reasons why I chose that country was because of the fact that Audrey herself lived and died there. After living there for a few weeks, my new friends and I took a day trip to see her house, her grave, and the museum that her son had built in her memory. Being at her grave in Tolochenaz, CH was so impacting. This was the first time in my life that I was able to visit the resting place of someone that I had greatly admired. That entire day subsequently became my favourite experience in Switzerland.

Why am I discussing Audrey Hepburn when this post is supposed to be about my wedding anniversary? I’m getting there.

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“You could always tell what kind of a person a man thinks you are by the earrings he gives you. I must say, the mind reels.”

I won’t go into great detail regarding our engagement and elopement, but I will say that it happened quickly. In my mind, the swiftness of it all was so romantic, and almost felt like a we were living out our own movie. I always knew that when I got married, it would be with a ring from Tiffany’s, just as Holly would have done. Yet, that didn’t happen.

Breakfast at Tiffany's 16Five years ago, we did the best with what little time and money we could afford. When I discovered that I wasn’t going to be getting a ring from Tiffany’s, I told my then soon-to-be husband that it was alright, but it was also something that I wanted for our fifth wedding anniversary. Fast-forward to today, and baby, it is finally time for my dreams to come true.

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“I’ll tell you one thing, Fred, darling … I’d marry you for your money in a minute. Would you marry me for my money?”

“In a minute.”

I think that perhaps Geoffrey forgot about our agreement, because when I told him that I wanted to make a stop at Tiffany & Co. in Denver, Colorado, he seemed surprised. We had went to that very store for our first wedding anniversary to buy one other anniversary gifts. It only seemed fitting that on our most recent trip to the United States, that we stop there once again. We drove to Cherry Creek Shopping Center, and I ran in while he waited in the vehicle with the dogs. I told him that I would hurry, and would be back in twenty minutes. Five years later, in true Emory and Geoffrey fashion, we’re still rushing. This is the story of how I picked out my ring.

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“You musn’t give your heart to a wild thing. The more you do, the stronger they get, until they’re strong enough to run into the woods or fly into a tree. And then to a higher tree and then to the sky.”

I walked into Tiffany’s with butterflies in my stomach. Immediately, the first ring in a glass case by the door stood out. However, it wasn’t the one that I had come to try on. One clerk spotted me, and asked if he could be of assistance. I had told him that I was there to pick out a new wedding ring. He looked a little taken aback, but proceeded to ask me if I had anything in mind. I told him about one ring that I had seen online. He knew the precise one I was talking about, and brought me over to the case. It was the Elsa Peretti Wedding Band Ring:

Breakfast at Tiffany's 2After trying it on, I was in love with the shape, but disappointed in how small the sole diamond actually was. Seeing the look of disappointment on my face, the clerk asked me what I was looking for. I told him something very simple, that could embody both an engagement and wedding ring. My hopes are to only wear one, as I dislike wearing jewelry and wanted a fresh start with a new ring. I also told him my price point. We went through the next few cases in the store, and eventually, my eyes had found another. It was the Tiffany Harmony Ring:

Breakfast at Tiffany's 3He pulled the ring out, and I tried it on. I liked it very much, but wasn’t yet certain that it would be the one. We spent the next ten minutes circling the store twice, and looking at every ring in Tiffany’s. However, I didn’t see another one that I felt compelled to try on. Suddenly, I asked him about the yellow diamond ring at the front of the store. He said, “well, it’s a little out of your price range, but let’s go take a look.” We went to the case, and it was even more beautiful than what I first imagined. I thought, this is the ring. As he was taking it out, I asked him how much it actually was. He replied, “$10,000.” I told him thank you, and to put it back. Given that it was $7,000 above our limit, I didn’t want to tempt myself and try it on. Would you like to see it? It was this ring, the Tiffany Bezet Yellow Diamond Ring:

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“You know what’s wrong with you, Miss Whoever-You-Are? You’re chicken, you’ve got no guts. You’re afraid to stick out your chin and say, “Okay, life’s a fact, people do fall in love, people do belong to each other, because that’s the only chance anybody’s got for real happiness.” You call yourself a free spirit, a wild thing, and you’re terrified somebody’s going to stick you in a cage. Well, baby, you’re already in that cage. You built it yourself. And it’s not bounded in the west by Tulip, Texas, or in the east by Somaliland. It’s wherever you go. Because no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself.”

Feeling a little disenchanted and out of time, I decided on that moment to go with the Tiffany Harmony Ring. I asked the nice clerk to write down the information, and that my husband would order it in Canada. When I got back to the vehicle, I told Geoffrey that I had picked out a ring, but I wasn’t crazy about it. I said that the ring that I fell in love with was too pricey, but I did find a substitute. Nearly one month later, I changed my mind.

After coming back to Canada and not being able to get the yellow diamond ring out of my mind, I began to wonder if I could find a different ring with yellow diamonds that I would love just as much. It took me a little while to figure it out, but when I finally did, the long-awaited result was this:

Breakfast at Tiffany's 5This is my ring. The Elsa Peretti Wedding Band in Tiffany Yellow Diamonds. It has the shape of the first ring that I tried on, with the beauty of the yellow diamonds that I so loved. I find it to be so gorgeous. Although I am a little apprehensive about not having tried on this very ring, I also feel as if this is a very befitting conclusion. To me, this ring is perfect.

“Holly, I’m in love with you.”

“So what?”

“So what? So plenty! I love you. You belong to me.”

“No. People don’t belong to people.”

“Of course they do.”

“I’m not going to let anyone put me in a cage.”

“I don’t want to put you in a cage. I want to love you.”

“It’s the same thing.”

“No it’s not.”

swiss5-1After five years, I will finally be able to bring our own love story to its rightful place. The only way to do that, is with a ring from Tiffany’s.

<3

Emory

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helter skelter – one year later

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Ever since I first read this article yesterday morning, I have been back and forth as to whether or not I should publish this post. One reason that I am so hesitant is because it follows topics that I normally don’t try to associate with my blog. Another is because I am not supposed to be blogging for a few days! But, just because I want to get away doesn’t mean that the world also stops around me. So here I am.

About a year ago, I posted my review of Helter Skelter after having read the book for the first time. Now I was nowhere near being able to witness the Manson murders unfolding in the news, nor the immediate aftermath. In fact, the book itself was published 11 years before I was born. However, it is one that my mum told me time and time again to read, and so last year, I finally did.

Two nights ago, my mum had made a completely unrelated comment to me regarding Charles Manson. Then yesterday morning, when I logged onto the Us Magazine website of all places, the first article that came up was entitled, “Charles Manson, Mass Murderer, to Marry 26-Year-Old Prison Visitor.” Eerie, I thought, given that we were just talking about him. However, my mum and I are strange that way. We often think about people immediately before something significant happens to them. Inevitably, while I found it eerie, I wasn’t at all surprised that Manson was there in the news. I could not help but click on the article.

The article from the celebrity magazine was without a doubt a very short and biased piece. Mockingly referring to Manson’s fiancé as “the lucky lady,” and to Manson himself as her “sweetheart” and “the happy couple,” the writer was obviously against their decision to wed. Whatever happened to journalism being objective? I get that this it Us Magazine, and that there are much more informative pieces out there, but come on.

That is not to say that I am in favour of Manson and Burton getting married. In all honesty, I felt nothing after reading the article except perhaps a little bit of curiosity. The comments were as suspected. Readers were outraged towards this impending union, other readers attacked those readers for their so-called hatred or stupidity, still others who questioned the law, brought up the gay rights movement, Hitler, Polanski and child molestation, you name it. No controversial stone was left unturned.

What did I do after that? Clicked on Burton’s website and began to read her “truths” about the man she loved. If nothing else, she is a fellow blogger, and I wanted to read what she had to say.

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While this post obviously deals with heavier issues than I am used to discussing, I am curious to hear your opinions on this matter, if you have any. If not, have a fantastic Wednesday!

<3

Emory

talkie thursdays.

straw dogs (2011).

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for the majority of my life, i thought that horror movies were my genre of choice. not so much anymore. if i had to choose my most watched and most loved (and invented) genre, it would be disturbing movies. straw dogs definitely fits that bill.

straw dogs is a remake of the 1971 film which was originally based on gordon william’s novel the siege of trencher’s farm. this particular version was made in 2011 and stars james marsden, kate bosworth, james woods, dominic purcell, and my favorite, alexander skarsgård. while all performances were generally good, marsden, woods, and skarsgård did most of the work in regards to moving the story along and captivating in the audience. in all honesty though, skarsgård could just stand there and i would sit through a silent film and still enjoy it. sorry *g*.

the first time that i watched this film, i came away thinking that it was an excellent blend of great storytelling with just enough action and gore. the second time around, i caught on to the double meanings and the distinctive looks that were delivered by the characters, and loved it even more. also, the connection between marsden writing a script on stalingrad and the plot of straw dogs itself was somehow lost on me during the first viewing. it took me seeing the film twice to understand the significance. overall, the build up of the suspense is addicting, and the ending is one of the best that i have seen in awhile.  most of all, i felt a deep connection to the setting of the film, as it and the people reminded me of where i live (though grossly exaggerated).

both the original film and the book are on my list of what to read and watch next, and i could not be more excited. if you are looking for a great movie this weekend, you should consider straw dogs. :-)

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talkie thursdays.

the paperboy (2012).ThePaperBoy_24x40.inddthe-paperboy2the-paperboy3THE PAPERBOY - DAY 4-363_775.nefTHE PAPERBOY - DAY 6-600_194.nef once in awhile i would like to write about a more current film (one after the 1990s) that i feel must be on hello scarlett. not necessarily because it was good, but because it just needs to be discussed. the paperboy is said film. also, it was set in 1965 so it’s kind of like i’m talking about a classic movie, right?

the paperboy is based on the novel by pete dexter. ward jansen and yardley acheman have come to moat county, florida to help clear hillary van wetter of his charges in killing the town’s sheriff. ward employs his young brother jack as their driver. they also enlist in the help of hillary’s fiance, charlotte bless. however, given that this story takes place decades ago in the deep south, with one of the main characters being gay and two characters (yardley and anita/narrator) being black, there are many issues involving race, acceptance, and sexuality.  

the new york times described the book as “eerie and beautiful” and the film does not fall short of that description either. it is also very thrilling. inwardly, ward jansen battles a great number of demons. physically, he strives to help everyone around him regardless of whether they are good or bad people, and goes so far as to putting his life on the line in order to do so. this is such a complex role and yet matthew mcconaughey plays him to perfection.

when i heard that the film was going to come out and saw the list of stars that were in it, i groaned when i heard zac efron’s name. hearing that he was playing jack jansen made it even worse. seeing the movie and realizing that he is a believable actor? priceless.

nicole kidman gives a fair performance as a sexed-up charlotte bless, while john cusack as hillary van wetter is beyond disturbing. beyond!! he remains one of my favorite actors but until i see him in another role, i will continue to be haunted by his performance.
 
i will also be haunted by the ending of the film. although very different from the novel, it is quite an ending at that.
 
this talkie was given mixed reviews, and did not rate highly overall. however, it rated extremely high in my books. 
 
if dark, sexy, or thrilling, well-written scripts with great actors interest you, then you must watch the paperboy.

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joyland.

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they say that you should never judge a book by its cover. although i wholeheartedly agree with this saying, i have always found myself doing just that. joyland by stephen king was another one of my victims.

how wrong i was.

joyland is the sequel to the colorado kid in the hard case crime series. having read that book but not enjoying it, my expectations were low when i heard that joyland was set to be released in the spring of 2013. however, based on the sole fact that it was stephen king, i was not going to pass up on it.

in my mind, king used joyland to fix what did not work with the colorado kid. instead of two old men recounting a local news story that involved a murder during the 1980s to their young and eager intern, king used a middle-aged man as the narrator who  experienced the unbelievable events at joyland firsthand.  joyland immersed the reader in the story and in the past more so than the colorado kid that stayed mostly in the present day. as a whodunnit novel, joyland was more successful hands down.

the novel started out strong, with classic king humor waved into the lines of the pages. both *g* and i burst out laughing when we read:

“what i know now is that gallant young men rarely get pussy. put it on a sampler and hang it in your kitchen”. 

or:

“when you’re twenty-one, life is a roadmap. it’s only when you get to be twenty-five or so that you begin to suspect that you’ve been looking at the map upside down, and not until you’re forty are you entirely sure. by the time you’re sixty, take it from me, you’re fucking lost.”

it also had many ‘king’s sayings for life’ as i like to think of them as. a line that is written in one of his novels that can only be said by an author who has lived life, learned these lessons, and cannot help but pass his infinite wisdom on to his readers.

for instance: 

“when it come to the past, everyone writes fiction.”

however, that is where its success stopped. like the colorado kid, i found that i was not able to relate to any of the characters. i also thought that the novel started out strong, and had an excellent ghostly tale behind it, but was brought down by the sappy love  stories and heroic gestures that became the main focus of the book. overall, joyland felt more like a work of christian fiction than horror fiction.

inevitably, the only aspect i really enjoyed about joyland was the cover image.

if you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, maybe publishing companies should stop putting such great art on their novels.

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