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Get Ready for the Perfect LBD

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“One is never overdressed or underdressed in a Little Black Dress.”

-Karl Lagerfeld

 

Get ready for an LBD adventure with my new novel series, Little Black Dress, set for release in March, 2018. Check back here soon for pre-order links!

Every woman’s secret weapon is her little black dress, but for fashion model-turned covert agent, Evan Tyler, her weaponized wardrobe makes her absolutely deadly.

Infiltrating the Paris couture scene, Tyler and her team level their sights on Anton Hrevic, a rising star designer who, along with his muse-models, seems intent on espionage and world manipulation. Wearing the high-tech and top secret Little Black Dress, Tyler uses both her God-given and government-granted assets to learn the truth behind Hrevic’s celebrity parties and uncover secrets that could unravel the global economy.

Little Black Dress would appeal to anyone who enjoys the pluck and style of Audrey Hepburn with a James Bond twist.

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Three Ways to Make Your Little Black Dress Better

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You finally have that perfect Little Black Dress. It fits like a glove, flatters your figure, and goes everywhere. When you put it on, you feel like Audrey Hepburn. You want to put your hair up and fly to Paris. You want to pair it with a chunky, sparkly necklace or leopard print heels. How can it get any better? Here are my suggestions.

  • First, the Basics: Take care of yourself. While black is slimming, and any size is beautiful, healthy always looks best. Eat to fuel yourself. Move your body. Get the sleep you need. Feed your mind.

  • Wear it everywhere. School, work, church, dinner, business meetings, museums, the park. And remember that every time you wear it is special. A Little Black Dress shouldn’t be reserved for a special occasion. It creates the occasions.

  • Use your imagination. Because an LBD is a fashion staple, it becomes a clean canvas, ready for your creativity. Add a scarf, a necklace, a belt. Experiment with fun shoes and handbags. Play with earrings. Change your hairstyle. One of the best things about a Little Black Dress is you can become anyone while wearing one. The question is, who do you want to be today?

Get ready for an LBD adventure with my new novel series, Little Black Dress, set for release in March, 2018. Check back here soon for pre-order links!

Every woman’s secret weapon is her little black dress, but for fashion model-turned covert agent, Evan Tyler, her weaponized wardrobe makes her absolutely deadly.

Infiltrating the Paris couture scene, Tyler and her team level their sights on Anton Hrevic, a rising star designer who, along with his muse-models, seems intent on espionage and world manipulation. Wearing the high-tech and top secret Little Black Dress, Tyler uses both her God-given and government-granted assets to learn the truth behind Hrevic’s celebrity parties and uncover secrets that could unravel the global economy.

Little Black Dress would appeal to anyone who enjoys the pluck and style of Audrey Hepburn with a James Bond twist.

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Say U.N.C.L.E.

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Me with the waxed James Bond, Daniel Craig, at Madame Tussaud’s in Las Vegas.

I like spies. I like spy novels. I like spy movies. I grew up with James Bond, Jack Ryan, Mission: Impossible, The Saint, and Man from U.N.C.L.E.— not to mention all the TV shows, books and movies that follow individual spy stories, like the classic Our Man in Havana, featuring Alec Guinness and Maureen O’Hara (1959).

I love the conflict that is inherent in these good versus evil tales, because the spies themselves so often are conflicted in their own motivation. James Bond is cold and calculated one minute as he’s defending queen and country, and then warm and charming the next while wooing the curvy Russian assassin sent to end him. The Impossible Missions Force members all know that they will hung out to dry by their own countrymen if they are caught, yet they constantly do the right thing, whatever that may be. Simon Templar is a selfish thief that somehow finds the greater reward in helping good triumph over evil. And Illya Kuryakin and Napoleon Solo (natural enemies) must join forces to save the world. The spies themselves are complex and interesting even without the stormy situations.

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My 1965 Man from UNCLE coloring book. (Okay, this wasn’t originally mine– I found it at a vintage booksellers’ booth.)

I happen to know (from my own secret sources) that the real lives of spies are usually not as exciting or adventurous as the movies depict. And though they may have some pretty cool tech at their disposal, they don’t have all the Q-Branch gadgets or a sporty car that converts into a helicopter or submarine at the touch of a button. But it’s fun to imagine, and that’s why spy movies, books, and television series always seem to be popular.

For true fans, the gadgets, cars, and signature quotes will always be en vogue. We will always treasure our Man from U.N.C.L.E. coloring books. And we will always stand in line to see the movies.

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I’m On Board

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I love board games… and party games, trivia games, word games, card games, puzzles, and even a few video games. Yep, I’m one of those people.

I also love to have friends over to my house. Sometimes we watch  TV, sometimes we enjoy a movie, often we just sit and talk for hours. But I’ve always found that one of the quickest ways to get to know people is through playing games with them.

The other night we had some friends over for dinner, and afterward we played a game. It had been a very long time since we had done this, and we were all feeling a little brain-dead after a long hard week. So let’s try something easy. A movie trivia video game would do it. We pulled out MOVIE Scene It?: 2nd Edition. If you haven’t played before, I highly recommend it.

Click to see and purchase!It’s technically a video game that you play through your DVD player. There are trivia cards, too, where you ask and answer questions about pop culture, movie slogans, and the like, but it mostly plays out on your television screen. There are pictograms, fill-in-the-blanks, still pictures with items removed, and movie-poster identifications—and lots of other little things like that. But my favorite category is the movie clips.

The game plays out a short scene from a film, and you (or yourClick to see and purchase! team) must answer a question following the clip.Now sometimes the question is easy. “What is this movie?” Somewhere in Time. Sometimes it’s more difficult. “Name the actress from this scene.” Jane Seymour. And sometimes the questions are all about paying very close attention to the set or something the characters say. “What is the room number on door behind them?” 116.

It’s just fun. And after a difficult week of work or school, it’s a great way to spend a few hours with friends. Scene It? even has a setting called “Party Play” where you don’t even need a person operating the remote control. It will just spin out question after question for anyone to answer.

Scene it? also has game sets and player packs for classic movies, classic TV, the Star Trek universe, James Bond, and others. If you’re especially adept at Disney movies, there’s a game just for you.

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What are your favorite board games or movie games? I’d love to hear!

That’s a wrap for this Toast to Cinema. Thanks for reading.

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The Tie That Bonds

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November is one of my favorite months, especially a James Bond November, like this one. With all the busyness that comes with the holidays and year-end chores, the chance to escape and enjoy a few fictional explosions is welcome.

Skyfall met all of my expectations, and then some. It was classic Bond, updated only enough to create a sense of realism. Though I saw it weeks ago, I was hesitant to write about it, because I was afraid I would give something away. I’ll be careful; I promise.

This movie was packed with action. It begins with a crazy… nope, I can’t tell you. And then, when Bond is… not that, either. But the best part is… I definitely can’t tell you that.

What can I tell you? Let me remind you that I am a HUGE Bond fan. I love ALL the Bonds. When Daniel Craig stepped into the License, I was skeptical, but he won me over right away. Some of my best friends found him cold and unlikable  but if you’ve ever read Ian Fleming’s Bond novels, you’ll see that Craig is true to tale.

One thing I can tell you about Skyfall is that, in my eyes, it brought the whole “departure” that some felt Craig’s character took all the way back around to the classic Bond films of the 1960’s. It still keeps the story true to present day, but with details like a super-creepy villain, the beautiful Aston Martin, a stylized coat rack and an upholstered door, this movie feels like Bond home. (Oh dear, I almost let a spoiler slip right there.)



If you like the new Bond, or if you’re more a Connery purist, you should see Skyfall. It’s incredibly fun and will keep your heart pounding till the very end!

That’s a wrap for this Toast to Cinema. Thanks for reading.