The World’s End – coming soon!

Last Monday Ispent 11 hours in the Metreon watching the ENTIRE three Cornettos trilogy and seeing a Q & A with director Edgar Wright and stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. A giant thanks to Midnight for Maniacs for making me unreasonably happy all week. I had been feeling bitter about not going to comic con but the reality is that if waiting 5+ hours didn’t get you into the Worlds End panel I probably would never had made it in. Watching the trilogy on the big screen with theater sound you notice many more details and it’s fun to be surrounded by a couple of hundred people who when you mention the Blood and Ice Cream trilogy won’t look at you like you’ve grown another head.

The World’s End is a fitting close to the trilogy, following a group of friends on a quest to finish a pub crawl attempted and abandoned 20 years ago. The trek back their hometown Newton Haven (I keep wanting to type Royston Vasey but that is different) is organized by Gary King, the former coolest guy in school who is still wearing his trench coat and Sisters of Mercy shirt. The friends, Nick Frost as Andrew, Eddie Marsan as Peter, Paddy Considine as Steven, Martin Freeman as Oliver and Rosamunde Pike as Sam, Oliver’s sister, most of whom haven’t seen Gary in years seem to be much more together and successful than him. Even as all manner of things go wrong over the course of the night Gary stubbornly sticks to his quest. It’s hard for me to do a non-spoilerly review but while it’s tremendously funny still the World’s End is a bit more serious and bittersweet than the other two Cornetto films. The movie music takes me back to high school but is used in a way that keeps you from getting too sentimental about it.

The World's End Q & A

The World's End Q & A

World's End Q & A

World's End Q & A SF Metreon - listening

The World's End Q & A SF Metreon

World's End Q & A SF Metreon answering

Pics from the professionals here.

THE IMPORTANT STUFF

To see if they’ll be in your area or for other World’s End news follow the Cornetto Trilogy tumblr.

UPDATE: Regal Cinema is showing the trilogy on August 22nd. Tickets are $20 and go on sale August 9th. Info here.
UPDATE: AMC is now also showing the trilogy on August 22nd. Tickets are $20 and on sale now.
UPDATE: full list of chains here now includes cinemark and Alamo Drafthouse!

The World’s End comes out August 23rd. Take your friends and family! Opening weekend box office numbers are apparently the most important so buy tickets even if you can’t go.

Cleaning Up – go buy a copy!

Cleaning Up Poster

Cleaning Up Poster

Cleaning Up is a lovely short film featuring Mark Gatiss as a hit man. Want to see it as a longer film? Mark Gatiss + gloves + guns? Of course you do. Go and buy a copy here.

If my word isn’t good enough for you here are other reviews:

“Witty, clever, surprising – stylishly executed, great performances, and looks great.” – Chris Chibnall, creator and writer of ITV’s Broadchurch

“Sweetly dark and disturbing. Every frame and every expression delivered by its classy cast echoes with menace and mischief.”
–Samira Ahmed, Journalist and Broadcaster, BBC Night Waves

WINNER: SHORTCUTZ LONDON FILM OF THE YEAR 2012

WINNER: BEST THRILLER: AESTHETICA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2011

The least expensive version is about $3 something and for a $7 something USD you get hitman version which gives you the whole short film plus 9 subfolders of goodies like photos, scripts, wallpapers and commentary. The lovely poster above (minus the watermark) is also from that pack.
Buy a copy of Cleaning Up here

Here’s the trailer:

new shop! Quotidienne

Quotidienne

Quotidienne

Fabulous new shop alert! Quotidienne at shopquotidienne.com is a new online boutique based in Portland.
It specializes in beautiful simple well made clothing and accessories.

bento bags in grey stripe and nordic blue

bento bags in grey stripe and nordic blue

I bought the large bento for packing lunches and snacks. It’s a gorgeous nubby hemp / cotton blend.

bento bag detail

bento bag detail

You just knot the top to close. It’s also good for keeping track of things in your bag.

bento filled

bento filled

Muji part 2

muji recycled cotton bathmat

muji recycled cotton bathmat

This recycled cotton bathmat is small, just the perfect size to step out on after the bathtub. The pile is extra dense and thick and makes wide flat ribs. It’s heavy enough that it doesn’t get bunched up or moved around by the cats.

muji bath pump

muji bath pump

Muji sells a ton of bathroom organizers and containers. I have found similar lighter weight version of this pump container at Ichiban Kan for only a couple of dollars but Muji has more sizes available and colors like this pale green.

Muji small acrylic box

Muji small acrylic box

Muji large acrylic box

Muji large acrylic box

Muji large acrylic box

Muji large acrylic box

These are my favorite things from Muji, their acrylic cases. They are very well made with heavy acrylic, with tracks for the drawers cut into the acrylic and bevels at the back of the in the back of the drawers so that they slide in easier. The kind I bought are stackable and they have small rubbery feet on the bottom so that they don’t slip and a slight lip around edge to hold the the next oen in place. Another version has lids so that you can access the contents without sliding the drawer out. I also got the soft velvety inserts for jewelry that fit the cases with deeper drawers.

Natasha Durham – MimsMaine Field Messenger

Mims Messenger

Mims Messenger

After much waffling I finally got a waxed canvas bag from Natasha Durham’s etsy store MimsMaine.  All the bags featured are made in Maine.

 

My bag is the ipad sized field messenger. It has become my default everyday bag. It’s one of those bags that feels so well thought out and well made that you know you’ll keep it for a long time.

 

The bags is available in several sizes for different sized laptops as well as different shade of waxed canvas. The bag features a fully adjustable strap and you can pick the size for the strap. The strap is very comfortable and the waxed canvas is weatherproof.

Mims Messenger front pockets

Mims Messenger front pockets

There are two flat pockets on the front. The top edge and all seams are bound with leather trim.

 

Mims Messenger ipad pocket

Mims Messenger ipad pocket

The ipad pocket takes up the whole back panel of the bag and closes with a leather strap and post closure. Pictured here with an ipad mini.

Mims Messenger pockets

Mims Messenger pockets

On the interior of the front panel of the bag are another collection of pockets including a zip pocket with a flat leather pocket inside.

Mims keyfob

Mims keyfob

The bag comes with a key clip that you can attach a key ring to.

Mims key clip

Mims key clip

To ring clips to a key fob clip on the interior of the bag. If I could have made a custom version I think I woud have moved this to the other side of the bag.

Mims Messenger

Mims Messenger

The back has a single zipped pocket.

Mims Messenger

Mims Messenger contents

What fits in the bag.

Mims Market Tote

Mims Market Tote in Navy Waxed Leather

Mims also makes a great shopping tote that had a side pocket big enough for a wine bottle.

The bag is structured and bottom is wide so the bag doesn’t tip when full but the opening is large enough to dig around and find things.
The bags are $44 to two for $78 and come in a number of colors.

MZ Wallace Bettie wallet

MZ Wallace Bettie

MZ Wallace Bettie

My new favorite wallet is the MZ Wallace Bettie. I hate overly bulky and structured wallets that already feel full before you’ve put your things in them. The Bettie is an envelope style and is about 4 x 6 x 0.5 empty. It’s perfect for holding about 10 cards and a little cash and change. This is an older style that has been discontinued but does occasionally pop up on ebay.

MZ Wallace Bettie

MZ Wallace Bettie

The back of the wallet has a zip compartment for change.

MZ Wallace Bettie - interior lining

MZ Wallace Bettie - interior lining

The main interior zip compartment is lined in wine colored logo fabric with a slip pocket. I keep more important cards in that pocket and the rest loose in the bigger compartment.

MZ Wallace Bettie - interior pocket

MZ Wallace Bettie - interior pocket

Behind the zip compartment is a leather lined pocket that is good for cash and receipts.

Nerd Lacquer is back!

Nerd Lacquer Cold & Calculating and I Think You Call Me Sexy

Nerd Lacquer Cold & Calculating and I Think You Call Me Sexy

Like many others I was very sad when Nerd Lacquers disappeared last fall. Her Etsy shop closed, her Google plus page went unupdated and her polishes slowly disappeared from retailers. Her polishes were complex sparkly and amazing and so easy to apply. I thought I might be doomed to have to deal with insane prices on ebay or the headache of swapping if I ever wanted to see another one.

I am happy to report that she’s back and selling again! These are polishes from the first of my three orders. The Eye and the Ring are new and the others are filling holes in my collection. Want to get a hold of you own Nerds? Check out the Nerd Lacquer google plus page for updates from Amanda. She sells at Nerdlacquer.com (you can sell the colors but they are probably all OOS right now). Harlow and Company in Canada and Ninja Polish in the US will both be stocking polish soon and they have exclusive colors.

On to swatches! Unless I mention it all swatches are 2 regular coats, completely dry with no topcoat.
Above are Cold and Calculating from the Star Trek Collection and I Think You Call Me … Sexy from the Dr Who Set.
Cold is a dusty purple with silver glitter and brighter purple glitters. Mine is a bit more toward the plum red / brown side than some versions I’ve seen. Sexy is a gorgeous intense Tardis blue. There is silver glitter, bright blue and also tiny red ones.

Nerd Lacquer The Eye and The Ring

Nerd Lacquer The Eye and The Ring

Nerd Lacquer The Eye

Nerd Lacquer The Eye

New for her relaunch is the Lord of the Rings collection. There are three colors, The Ring, The Eye and TDBSLWCHSHITD short for THE DWARF BREATHES SO LOUD WE COULD HAVE SHOT HIM IN THE DARK. TDBSLWCHSHITD is still on its way to me so I have the Eye and the Ring swatches for you.

The Ring is soft antique gold with large gold hexes, and small gold and orange glitters and possibly some tiny ones that flash fucshia in certain lights. There is an opalescent sheen to it that flashes reddish that my camera seems to be useless at capturing. The gold base seems almost a touch green and a bit sickly at times which would be appropriate given its namesake.

The Eye is has a glowing orange base with black and gold glitters. I think it is my favorite from this order possibly also because of the eye sticker on the bottle cap. :)

Nerd Lacquer Carbon Allotrope, Home of the Untempered Schism, Exterminate

Nerd Lacquer Carbon Allotrope, Home of the Untempered Schism, Exterminate

Last few! Carbon Allotrope has diamond dust in it and is a grey base with silver glitter. I thought that this one used to be more clear but both bottles I own have this gray base. I should have bought a back up Holy Grail instead or if you want gray with silver go for Don’t Blink.

Schism and Exterminate are also from the Dr Who Series. Schism is in a warm bronzy base with gold, copper black, tiny red and color shifting glitter. I think this is my next manicure. Exterminate is a cooler brown/ bronze base with gold, light blue and black glitters.

Muji part 1 stationery

Muji notebook interior, eraser and envelopes

Muji notebook interior, eraser and envelopes

I’ve finally had a chance to check out Muji now that the San Francisco store has finally opened. While they do have an online store there are many things, especially clothing that don’t appear to be available online. Their products have generally have clean simple lines and a limited color range.

One of the big draws for me was Japanese stationary products. With access to Maido and being close to Jet Pens I’m not lacking for Japanese stationery in general but I feel like I can always use a new pen or notebook. If you’re the sort of person that wants everything to match Muji is a great place for you.

Muji pens

Muji pens

I picked up a few 0.5 mm gel pens for work. They are all made of white frosted plastic and are not too expensive at $1.50. I prefer the feel of the my usual gel pens I get from Maido that are heavy clear plastic with rubber grips but these are nice for the price and come in a wide range of colors. Muji also sells refills for their pens and seem to keep them in stock.

muji notebook

muji notebook

copperplate - interior Muji notebook

copperplate - interior Muji notebook

They have a great selection of notebooks with cardboard kraft paper covers or white frosted plastic covers. My favorites were the extra slim lined notebooks and in the larger size them come in a package of 5 with different colored spines for $3.95. The paper is cream colored with pals fine lines. I tested my my calligraphy pen on it and the ink didn’t bleed. This was done with a Brause 66 nib and Higgins Eternal ink with added gum arabic.