Friday Flick – Halloween Style

Today is Halloween and we could all use a good old fashion scare during this holiday. Whether you are prepping yourself and your costume for a traditional Halloween party, staying in and giving out candy and chocolate to tons of Trick or Treaters, or deciding not to celebrate All Hallows’ Eve, this holiday only comes once a year and can be fun and freaky… even from the comforts of your own couch!

Now gather up your popcorn, candy, chocolate and pop, put on those sweats and grab that cozy blanket to put over top. Here are The Domestic Peach’s movie picks for Halloween:

FOR THE CLASSIC HALLOWEEN HORROR MOVIE…

Halloween (1978) – A typical classic for this holiday, hence the name and that the movie’s plot takes place on Halloween. After being institutionalized since childhood for the murder of his sister, Michael Myers escapes years later and stalks a bookish adolescent girl and her friends while his doctor chases him through the streets on Halloween.

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FOR THE FUNKY FREAKY PEOPLE OUT THERE (OR PEOPLE WHO ENJOY MUSICALS)…

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) – For anyone who loves doing the Time Warp at special occasions or in the privacy of their homes, this is a great pick for you. In this dark, twisty, and musical plot, a loving couple, a few lost monsters and a sweet transvestite from transsexual Transylvania sing and dance through a campy, sloppy salute to horror movies and liberation.

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FOR THE VINTAGE, BLACK AND WHITE MOVIE FANS…

Psycho (1960) – No matter how old you are, it is hard for many to not recognize that shivery soundtrack or scream from this classic Alfred Hitchcock horror movie. When a woman goes missing–last seen at the infamous Bates Motel–her sister and boyfriend visit the place only to find it run by a man whose possessed by his dead mother and dresses himself up like her, adopting her personality.

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FOR THE FAMILY FRIENDLY HALLOWEEN NIGHT…

Hocus Pocus (1993) – This was a favourite of mine when I was kid, along with many of my other childhood friends. After three centuries, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it is up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to the witches’ reign of terror once and for all.

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FOR THE LITTLE KIDDIES…

It’s A Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966) – A cute and short classic flick that is little kid friendly and doesn’t go for long, which is great for early bed times. In this adorable movie, The Peanuts gang celebrates Halloween while Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin.

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FOR THE ROMANTIC WITH A TWIST OF DARKNESS…

Edward Scissorhands (1990) – I wouldn’t recommend this for children as the darkness of it could cause nightmares, but for teenagers and adults, this movie is romantic and tugs at the heartstrings in ways you wouldn’t expect. An uncommonly gentle young man, who happens to have scissors for hands, falls in love with a beautiful adolescent girl.

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The Graphic Sweatshirt – A Casual Trend

There is something about this time of year that always makes me want to get all warm and cozy, and nothing works better for this warm feeling then a classic pullover sweatshirt. Since I was a kid, I have loved getting comfy into sweat wear and that hasn’t changed as I have gotten older. One of my favourite things to do after a long day of work is to transform from my business dressed appearance into soft sweats for the casual evening of relaxing, catching up on work or enjoying some of my favourite TV shows and movies.

This season, I am noticing the popular trend of the graphic sweatshirt – a fashion style that seems to never fully leave the clothing scene. As a fan of graphic tees, Junk Food t-shirts and cute novelty clothing, I have become obsessed with cute graphic sweatshirts! Whether you are a pop-culture junkie, a Disney cartoon person, love trendy catch phrases, or 80s/90s TV shows, there is a sweatshirt for everyone.

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 Graphic Sweatshirts featured above in this post are from LULUS.com, Modcloth, 80’s Tees, Forever 21, Urban Outfitters, and SweetnSour Tees.

Friday Flick – Working Girl

What:  Working Girl working-girl-movie-poster

When:  1988

Who:  Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver, Joan Cusack and Alec Baldwin

What’s the story:  Working Girl was one of the first films of the 20th century which showcases the rise of women in the workforce. The film is centered around Tess McGill, a secretary who gained her undergraduate degree through night school classes and is aspiring to rise up the corporate ladder. When her boss, Katharine Parker, attempts to steal Tess’ brilliant idea for a merger and acquisition deal, Tess uses Katharine’s connections while she is away to put forward her original idea for a merger deal.

Where:  New York City

Why it’s amazing:  This movie is inspirational and incredibly timely when it was made, as it shows the shift in the corporate world, when women started to move out of secretarial roles and began moving into the executive suite. Even to watch it in the 21 st century is inspiring. Just look past the 1980s big hair and the shoulder pads in women’s blazers and you will see the light.

What is bad about it:  It may encourage stepping on others to get ahead… but again, the womanly grudge matches make the movie very comical.

Wonderful scene in the movie:  When Tess gets a chance to show Oren Trask how she came up with the idea for the merger and why she feels it would be effective. It is an empowering moment because she proves her intelligence and great skills when it comes to M&As, as well as being the true person behind the deal.

Fun Fact:  Michelle Preiffer, Geena Davis and Carrie Fisher were considered for the role of Tess. Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn, Debra Winger and Shelley Long were considered for the role of Katharine.

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Great Reads for Your Summer Vacation

It may be the middle of July already, but there is still several weeks of summer to go around. With August less than 14 days away, we are almost at the month that is well-known for vacationing. Several people will escape the city for cottages, resorts, or even the last-minute Euro-trip before the Fall hits. Aside from stepping back from technology, one of my favourite things during the month of August is not just vacation, but catching up on some good books and some great reading.

During the year, I find that I don’t make time for pleasure reading as much as I would like. In turn, I take advantage of the quiet times in August when I usually take a trip and will have several hours for reading peace.

For those of you who are heading out-of-town and need some book recommendations, here are some of The Domestic Peach’s faves suited for specific individuals and tastes:

Chick Lit:

Hope in a Jar, By Beth Harbison

Twenty years ago, Allie Denty and Olivia Pelham were inseparable best friends making their way through high school until a vicious rumour about Olivia ended their friendship. Twenty years later, Allie and Olivia come face to face at their high school reunion and deal with their lives as they embark on a new chapter.

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An Empowering Story:

The Power of One, By Bruce Courtenay

Set in South Africa in the 1930s and 1940s, The Power of One follows the story of a boy named Peekay. His childhood is marked by humiliation and abandonment, yet he vows to survive and conceives heroic dreams. He embarks on an epic journey through a land of tribal superstition and modern prejudice where he will learn the power of words, the power to transform lives, and the power of one.

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The Original Self-Help Book (which is actually great!):

How to Win Friends and Influence People, By Dale Carnegie

One of the best-known motivational books in history and has helped countless people succeed in both their business and personal lives. Carnegie’s advice has remained relevant for generations because he addresses timeless questions about the fine art of getting along with people: How can you make people like you instantly? How can you persuade people to agree with you? How can you speak frankly to people without giving offense? The ability to read others and successfully navigate any social situation is critically important to those who want to get a job, keep a job, or simply expand their social network.

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For some solid business advice:

Good to Great, By James C. Collins

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t is a management book that aims to describe how companies transition from being average to great companies and how companies can fail to make the transition.  “Greatness” is defined as financial performance several multiples better than the market average over a sustained period. Collins finds the main factor for achieving the transition to be a narrow focusing of the company’s resources on their field of competence.

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Calling all health nuts:

YOU: The Owners Manual, By Micheal Roizen and Mehmet Oz

Between your full-length mirror and high-school biology class, you probably think you know a lot about the human body. When it comes to your longevity and quality of life, understanding your internal systems gives you the power, authority, and ability to live a healthier, younger, and better life. This book challenges your preconceived notions about how the human body works and ages, then takes you on a tour through all of the highways, back roads, and landmarks inside of you.

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A Romantic tear-jerker:

The Fault in Our Stars, By John Green

Even if you’ve seen the movie this summer, the book is still amazing! Sixteen-year-old cancer patient named Hazel is forced by her parents to attend a support group, where she subsequently meets and falls in love with the seventeen-year-old Augustus Waters, an ex-basketball player and amputee.

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