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Since many of you are fashion mavens I had to share this fab New Year’s Eve deal from Rent the Runway. Rent the Runway is a very cool service that lets you rent designer dresses/gowns from them for your special events for a fraction of the retail price. For instance, say you love a dress that retails for $400 but you could never just shell that out, well you could rent it for $50 for your birthday.

Right now they are doing an incredible sale. They have dresses at the super low price point of $20.14 per rental for New Year’s Eve (get it, it’s turning from 2013 to 2014, oh my!). They also have special $30.14 and $40.14 deals, which is super low for these styles.

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Okay, included in this post are my favorites. When it comes to designers you have the likes of Nicole Miller, Lela Rose, Kate Spade New York, Lilly Pulitzer, Badgley Mischka and Anna Sui. When it comes to fit you have body hugging or flowy and forgiving. Style wise you can be sexy or sweet. Some picks are more classic than daring, if that’s your bag. I’m a bit partial to the sparkly dresses myself.

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Please be aware that other styles are available these are just my top picks for someone with my style preferences who wears my size dress (10-12). Make sure to browse the whole selection, especially if none of these pop out at you.

To sign up for Rent the Runway, feel free to use my referral link, here. When you do so you will get a $20 rental credit applied to your account (as will I, FYI).

For the best price I’d recommend signing up for their PRO membership first. ($29.99 per year, includes free insurance & shipping on all orders, plus a free birthday dress!). If you are not a PRO member you will still have to pay insurance and shipping on your super sweet $20.14 dress.

Now on to delivery times (for those of us outside of Manhattan). For standard shipping you need to order by 3PM ET Christmas, Wednesday, December 25, 2013. If you are okay with rush shipping fees you can wait until Thursday, December 26th. This is to get an extended rental. You choose 12/27 as your delivery date and 1/2 as your return date. If you are more of a last minute dame you can plan to receive your dress on 12/30 by ordering it by 3PM ET on 12/27 and choosing standard shipping.

Do you already have your NYE outfit picked out? If not, which of these would you go with?

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Frankly, you can never have enough Marilyn Monroe. Or at least I can’t. Recently I’ve been coming across so many photos of Marilyn that are new to me that I just can’t let them disappear.

“I didn’t think of my body as having anything to do with sex. It was more like a friend who had mysteriously appeared in my life, a sort of magic friend.”Marilyn on becoming a siren in school after being unpopular from My Story

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“There must be thousands of girls sitting alone like me dreaming of becoming a movie star. But I’m not going to worry about them. I’m dreaming the hardest.”Marilyn Monroe from My Story

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“She was terrified of meeting people and being judged”Robert Mitchum on Marilyn in The Discovery of Marilyn

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Photos are via: My Beautiful Marilyn Monroe, Lost Pinup, Our Marilyn Monroe, All About Marilyn Monroe, Suicide Blonde, The Nifty Fifties, cyndaquart, Kitty Munster

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2 out of 5

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Ain’t Them Bodies Saints is yet another film that I only discovered through semi-frequent visits to videoeta.com. The main thing that drew me to the film was that it stars both Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara. I’ve been a fan of Affleck since To Die For. Mara made quite the impression on me with her recent portrayals in the US remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and then Side Effects. Shortly after the start of the movie, I also spotted Ben Foster. Score, I thought. He’s never failed to blow me away (in the past).

This romantic crime drama is set in the 1970’s in the West. It’s about a man who wants to be reunited with his family after being imprisoned. That is the sum total of what I knew going in. I didn’t even watch the trailer. If I had viewed it, I’d know everything there is to know about the flick. Affleck somewhat heroically goes to prison and starts serving a long ass sentence. While there he pines for his woman as their child starts to grow up. At an hour and a half this movie drags, painfully. I was so bored. I was ready to give up.

It seems that this movie was sold on the basis of nice cinematography and a decent amount of chemistry between Affleck and Mara. However, cinematography doesn’t make a movie for me if the movie is empty. That’s how this film felt, empty. Chemistry is also not that big of a selling point to me when the leads are spending the majority of the movie apart.

Aw shucks pretty lady, I'm such a good guy, but I'm as dull as paint and about as bright too.

Aw shucks pretty lady, I’m such a good guy, but I’m as dull as paint and about as bright too.

I can’t believe that I’ve now finally seen a movie that has wasted Ben Foster. I mean wasted him. I’ve seen Casey Affleck wasted before (although he usually seems to punch up a flailing movie) but never Foster. I did not watch this alone. I watched it with someone who enjoys movies in this type of genre far more than I do and they felt almost the same amount of boredom. That’s bad news, folks.

So, I can not recommend this unless you are a super huge fan of Affleck, Foster or Mara and must see all of their work. I’d probably give this a lower score if it weren’t for the fact that Affleck really tried to get me to root for him in this.

Click here to order Ain’t Them Bodies Saints from Amazon. (Note: This is an affiliate link. If you make a purchase after clicking through it may yield a small commission for this site.)

*Photos are from the official IFC site

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I’m usually all about putting together my own playlists on 8tracks but when this one was auto suggested to me, I just had to share it with all of you. There is some crossover between this and my recent Christmas mix, but hey great minds this alike. Plus there is enough difference that I think including this is definitely warranted. This playlist is by rynow.

a very punk xmas from rynow on 8tracks Radio.

1. Christmas Wrapping-The Waitresses
2. Don’t Shoot Me Santa-The Killers
3. (Christmas) Baby Please Come Home-Anberlin
4. Blue Christmas-Elvis
5. Making Christmas-Rise Against
6. Merry Christmas, Kiss My Ass-All Time Low
7. Christmastime-Smashing Pumpkins
8. Virginity for Christmas-Future Idiots
9. Yule Shoot Your Eye Out-Fall Out Boy
10. Winter Wonderland-Phantom Planet
11. Xmas-Corey Taylor
12. Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)-The Ramones
13. What’s This-Fall Out Boy
14. Last Christmas-Jimmy Eat World
15. Oi! To The World-The Vandals
16. Father Christmas-The Kinks
17. I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas-The Drifters
18. Sock It To Me, Santa-Bob Seger
19. A Great Big Sled-The Killers featuring Toni Halliday
20. 2000 Miles-The Pretenders
21. Christmas in Hollywood-Hollywood Undead
22. Xmas Eve (She Got Up and Left Me)-Rancid
23. My Christmas List-Simple Plan
24. I Won’t Be Home For Christmas-Blink 182
25. Cold White Christmas-Casiotone for the Painfully Alone
26. Happy Holidays, You Bastard-Blink 182
27. One of Those Christmas Days-Third Eye Blind
28. Happy Christmas (War is Over)-Street Drums Corps featuring Bert McCracken
29. Evergreen-Switchfoot

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** (out of 5)

Archer Farms Gyro Pizza

As a fan of basically pizza flavored anything it’s not at all unusual for me to randomly choose a new frozen pizza to try. I recently picked this one up at Target for about $4. Last week I bought one covered in tomatoes, thinking they were meat in passing (did my eyes get worse?). It’s pizza so it’s usually a safe bet, right? Here, not so much.

I’ve had other Archer Farms pizzas, including the Mediterranean Arugula & Tomato and Spinach and Goat Cheese. They were quite yummy. When I spotted this gyro inspired pizza I was intrigued. My mind immediately went back to the last gyro I ate (over the summer in Philly, delicious) and that cheese steak pizza from Domino’s. Sure this wouldn’t be as great as either of those but a girl can imagine.

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The box boasts the following ingredients, cooked “gyro meat”, tomatoes, onions, a Greek yogurt sauce and feta cheese. As an adventurous pizza goer that sounded just fine to me. The directions recommend cooking it for 13-15 minutes at 425F until the crust is golden brown. It took my oven about 12 minutes to slightly burn it. Yes, my oven is also an overachiever. A “wood-fired” pizza can totally pull off a bit of a burn though.

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A suggested pairing for this pizza is a salad of spinach, kalamata olives, fresh herbs and sliced red onion. I was, um, out of all of that. I still had put together a salad as I always follow the direct orders of a pizza box.So I went with the items pictured above. Salad ingredients or random fridge leftovers? You decide. The recommended serving is 1/3rd of the pizza. I usually cut these into 6 pieces. Then I eat 2 of them, resulting in exactly the serving size! (Nailing it).

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Verdict? I feel somewhat let down about pizza in general at this moment. The cooked “gyro meat” (beef, lamb, water, bread crumbs) was okay. I loved the crust. Thin crusts are my favorite. The rest of it was a mess. I know this is Greek and Greek yogurt is super popular right now (just ask John Stamos), but it’s unfortunately tart on this pizza. How about never put yogurt on a pizza? Thanks. The tomatoes and onion were bland. In fact I just ate this and didn’t realize there were even tomatoes on it. A member of my family chimed in that the onions tasted boiled. Gross. Feta cheese doesn’t lend itself to melting, which looks super odd on a pizza. I could barely taste this feta. It was overwhelmed by the yogurt sauce. Blech.

Pass. That “salad” was tastier.

Nutrition Facts:
(for 1/3 pizza)
250 calories
90 calories from fat
10 grams of fat
3 grams of saturated fat
0 grams of trans fat
10 milligrams of cholesterol
730 milligrams of sodium
32 grams of carbohydrates
2 grams of dietary fiber
3 grams of sugar
10 grams of protein

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