Archive for May, 2016

Sunshine Envy? Make It a Summer-Inspired Movie Night

Posted by melissa kandel on May 28, 2016 in entertainment, Film, summer | No Comments

Excuse me Southern California but do you know you’re … Southern California? That means, as stated in the official Mother Nature’s Guide to SoCal Weekends, you must be ceaselessly sunny on Saturdays and also provide as good or better weather than all states along the Eastern coastline. (How can we possibly maintain our reputation as the “Best Coast” if my New York […]

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Red Nose Day: A Celebration of The Seriously Silly

What is it about self-deprecating celebrities that we find so funny? Is it because they’re beautiful and successful and it’s hilarious to watch them admit just how beautiful and successful they really are? The question is wordlessly posed in the mockumentary-style P.S.A. for Red Nose Day, (happening now!), which stars approximately a bajillion famous people […]

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I Finally Did It

Posted by melissa kandel on May 26, 2016 in Fiction, literature, On Writing, Personal | 3 Comments

Dear Friends, Today is kind of epic in the history of little word studio. Why? I published a book. Well, an eBook but it’s there on Amazon.com, alive and well, like a literary embryo floating amid the goop of the Interwebs, ready to breath its first baby-book breath into your tablet, iPhone, Android or Kindle reader. […]

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Beauty and the Beast is Already the Biggest Movie of 2017

Posted by melissa kandel on May 26, 2016 in Film, Hollywood | 2 Comments

When I was six years old, I spent two hours of my one-day trip to Disney World talking to Cogsworth, the clock from Beauty and the Beast. I think after hour one he was legally required to take a break (but I was wrapped around his foam leg so, no) and after hour two the […]

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Try These Unexpected (And Totally Doable) Adventures Today

Posted by melissa kandel on May 21, 2016 in Personal, things to do, travel | 2 Comments

Saturday mornings as a twenty-something can often feel like one of those “Choose Your Own Adventure” books. Turn to page six to go to the gym! Turn to page eighteen to get all your laundry done! Turn to page forty seven to attend a bottomless mimosa brunch with your booziest buddies!  (Editor’s Note: Page forty seven does […]

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This is Meryl Streep’s Best (Sushi) Role Yet

Posted by melissa kandel on May 21, 2016 in art, food, Instagram | 1 Comment

[Photo Credit: @TasteOfStreep] It’s Friday night and I’m bored. Let’s run away together to a world of adventure, where popcorn and cupcakes are basic food groups and Meryl Streep luxuriating inside a tall glass of pink lemonade is considered art. Oh wait, that last one’s already a thing. I refer, (but of course!) to Taste of […]

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Five Ways to Inspire Creativity from a Master Storyteller

Posted by melissa kandel on May 19, 2016 in creativity, On Writing | No Comments

If Isabel Allende was applying for the job of world’s most popular Spanish-language author, she’d totally crush it. Because let’s be real … she probably is. The Chilean-American writer, best known for penning The House of Spirits (La Casa de los Espíritus) and City of the Beasts (La Ciudad de las Bestias), among countless other mega-bestsellers, has […]

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Cannes Film Festival: A Story of Head Over Heels

Posted by melissa kandel on May 18, 2016 in entertainment, fashion, Film, Hollywood | No Comments

Oh to be barefoot and Julia Roberts in the South of France. But of course, if you are Julia Roberts and you do happen to find yourself walking barefoot down the sumptuous red carpet at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival in the French Riviera, then you must either have really, really bad blisters or be […]

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Is There Life After Netflix?

Posted by melissa kandel on May 17, 2016 in entertainment, Hollywood | No Comments

If you’re reading this sentence, congratulations, you may be the only one. Tech website Cord Cutting did the math and Americans officially spend (on average) 1 hour and 40 minutes per day watching Netflix programming. That may not seem like much—in Netflix time, it’s barely a House of Cards and a half—but the figure becomes more significant […]

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Moonlight Serenade

Posted by melissa kandel on May 14, 2016 in Fiction | 2 Comments

There was no way around it: Luna had lost the moon. The revelation was quick but biting and it happened last night around dusk. She had been sitting with her cat, Marama, on the hill overlooking a town fading to pale, evening blue and there assumed her usual moon-watching position: Luna tucked her legs behind […]

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