Posts Written On November 2011

@GossipGirl Recap: Rhodes To Perdition

Oh dear, we have an entire episode dedicated to the Ivy/Charlie (Kaylee DeFer) dilemma. At first, it looks like she’s is getting her way easily enough in convincing CeCe (Caroline Lagerfelt) to lift the limit on her trust fund money within the first three minutes of meeting her. Really? Well, at least ex-boyfriends cause a little more trouble. Max (Brian J. Smith) is determined to get that $500,000, and is using Serena (Blake Lively) as his bait.

This means Serena finally finds out that Ivy and Charlie are one and the same while eavesdropping behind a little Rhodes feud between Carol (Sheila Kelley) and Lily (Kelly Rutherford). She invites Max over and confronts Ivy, demanding an answer. CeCe comes to the rescue by fainting during this whole situation. Everyone stands up for Ivy/Charlie saying it was Carol’s fault and whatever Max says is instantly reprimanded and his over gets blown as the not-so-nice blackmailer. And what’s more? Carol and Ivy get the cash! Looks like this alter ego is done-zo — Charlie’s officially a Rhodes now.

On another note, Blair (Leighton Meester) has this idea that some sort of Freaky Friday scenario just happened between Chuck (Ed Westwick) and Louis. She makes it her top priority to set things right and ‘fix’ Louis so she can continue on with her fairy-tale story. But as she digs deeper, she finds out about Chuck’s too-late proposal and his acceptance for his lost. As a result, she blames herself. “It was me that brought out your dark side. And now that I’m with Louis I’ve done the same to him. I’m sorry.”

Nate (Chace Crawford) is now in charge of the NY Spectator, but it’s significantly less dramatic now that Diana (Elizabeth Hurley) is off the front page. It’s turning into a huge family matter and I’m drowning in the fillers. Same goes with the hate-fest on Dan Humphrey (Penn Bagdley) and his not-so-winning book. Great job in making every other man in town look absolutely terrible so Chuck Bass can look like a saint!

Xoxo, @missamandachen


My Weekend With Marilyn

The burden of being glamorous and sexual

Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful film stars of all time, Marilyn Monroe isn’t exactly what we all know of her. I saw this movie this weekend at BAM Rose Theater and I loved it. Michelle Williams was stunning and the movie told the story about the starlet who was more afraid to be alone, was nervous and had lots of self doubt. She overcompensated her insecurities by being ‘Marilyn’ the character and lived her life like a movie. I can definitely relate to her. A lot of times, people see you in a certain way and you feel the need to play into it. But when the disparity between reality and fantasy gets too big and the gap gets too hard to fill, it becomes really dangerous. Moral of the story? Be who you are, a bit of both and all the time.


Grand Opening of The New @caya_coop Store!!!


Queen West’s sex store Come As You Are is making the move to a bigger and bolder space. The new location of Come As You Are, celebrating 15 years of service in 2012, officially opens at 493 Queen St. W. on Tuesday, November 15.
This will be double the size of the original location, with a greater selection of quality sex toys, books, DVDs and a larger space for educational workshops. The store’s approach to sexuality is one of respect, openness, humour, communication, fun and responsibility. They will make you feel at ease if you are nervous and are always willing to help out.
Come As You Are will have fun sex education workshops. The first series of workshops in the new space celebrates the return of Midori, the world-renowned sex educator and author of the Seductive Art of Japanese Rope Bondage. Midori will present eight exclusive workshops from starting this Saturday, November 26 to Friday, December 2. Topics include Hands-On Rope Bondage, How to Eat a Peach and Aural Seductions by Voice. To register, customers can go online or purchase a ticket in-store. Seems like an interesting workshop, maybe I should look into it. Anyone want to come with?

Come As You Are has some events planned for 2012 including the annual Erotic Arts and Crafts Fair, and workshops including author Susie Bright on Sex Positive Parenting, and Shannon Bell’s infamous Female Ejaculation and the G-spot workshop.

 The public launch of the new Come As You Are store will be Saturday, December 3, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Hope to see you there!!!

xo, Tanya


We did it!

Thanks to resourceful friends, recipes on the internet and food blogs like @laurens_latest – … We had an amazing Thanksgiving meal!

Acorn Squash with Butter and Brown Sugar
Candied Yams with Marshmellows
Mac and Cheese
Corn Bread
Ad Hoc Chicken
Stuffing with Celery

and for brunch we had Pumpkin Cream Cheese Crepes with Walnuts!


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