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 to the colorful journal of Marissa Berrini, creative director, artist and curator living in Los Angeles. Launched in 2010, Marissa's online journal tells of adventures with her husband Sam, their fur kids, the occasional cocktail creation and lots of conversations with inspiring people. This blog serves to celebrate tiny victories, inspiration for those times you're stuck in a rut and bring together a community that wants more than a perfectly curated feed of eye candy. Sometimes you just got to throw it out there and see where it goes!

no. 2: angela lansbury

no. 2: angela lansbury

Confession: I adore Angela Lansbury.

Yes, it's true. I am a huge fan of Mrs. Lansbury and yes, Murder, She Wrote is currently on while I write this post.

This admiration for Mrs. Lansbury begin with the magic of Bedknobs and Broomsticks. Like my fear of David Bowie in Labyrinth (it was his tight pants - hey, i was 7 years old!), I was terrified of Miss Price (my younger self was not a fan of discipline). Now, why on earth am I sharing this confession today? Well, there really isn't a reason other than celebrating one amazing woman and you can blame Netflix for that.

You see, thanks to Netflix and the freedom to access all 13 seasons (1984-1996) of Murder, She Wrote this opportunity has allowed me to be transported back to the 80s and early 90s. What can I say? The nostalgia is intoxicating and the perfect excuse for decompressing after a long day. { Sidebar: Pop culture and I are on a break. I can't deal with one more reality show or newsflash that revolves around sensationalism. Now back to Lansbury. } While when I first stumbled across the murder mystery drama in the "suggest for me" a couple of years ago, I thought it would be a fun challenge to watch all 246 episodes. Little did I realize that this bucket list item would take me about a year. Reality check: I didn't sit in front of the TV nonstop...I do have a solid social life. The perks of this challenge resulted in memories of priceless quality time with my Granny and inspiration for one of my favorite birthday bashes to date: the Murder, She Wrote theme brunch. If you haven't seen it, well here you go.

Speaking of parties, let's talk fashion. The wardrobe stylist from the show deserves one hell of an applause. The plethora of awesomeness is pretty outrageous. We're talking 80s power suits WITH shoulder pads, accessories that deserve their own close ups and killer sequins for all those "to die for" cocktail parties. I guarantee you'll be visiting Ebay's and searching for classic threads like a color block mini skirt or 90s fave: man tank. It's kind of crazy to think these 13 seasons could serve an epic resource for all the best and worst of fashion...faux-pas, glamour and more!

Where there's fashion, there's also celebrities. The show provided future stars like Courteney Cox, George Clooney, Andy Gracia (and many more) a notch in their IMDB filmography. The treasure trove of celebrity spotting adds an interesting twist to the game of watching this old school drama. As for my favorite celebrity guest appearance? Jessica Walter, aka Lucille Bluth from Arrested Development. She played not one character but two! Now we know why she was so thirsty on Arrested Development. ;)

In honor of Mrs. Lansbury and her epic career, I created a couple of fun patterns featuring my favorite selects of her found via pinterest and a couple of quotes for the record books. Cheers to one FABULOUS woman!

Angela Lansbury's Dancing Career
“I just stopped playing bitches on wheels and peoples’ mothers. I have only a few more years to kick up my heels!”
— Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury + Murder, She Wrote
There’s just something that doesn’t seem right.
— JB Fletcher
Angela Lansbury: a true lady
week 06.03.16

week 06.03.16

travel: the saguaro

travel: the saguaro