30 years ago I saw The  Pe ople Under the Stairs at the movies . (Yeah, I know, I just dated myself.) I probably only saw it because it had...

30 years ago I saw The People Under the Stairs at the movies. (Yeah, I know, I just dated myself.) I probably only saw it because it had Wes Craven's name attached and I'm a Nightmare on Elm Street fan. After talking with a friend about rewatching it he said, "all I remember is powdery white kids living in walls". He's not wrong. All I remembered was a man in a leather gimp suit, but I knew there had to be more to the story. I was so young I didn't understand the subtext, and I recently decided to watch it again. Oh boy is it timely!


*WARNING SPOILERS*

Written like an urban fairy tale it follows the story of Poindexter aka Fool. He's a young poor black kid living in the Los Angeles ghetto with his sister Ruby, her kids, and their mom that has cancer. (Side note Ruby is played by Kelly Jo Minter, who I recognized from one of my favorite movies growing up, Summer School (1987). Summer School had the first representation of horror fans I ever remember seeing in a movie. Chainsaw and Dave were like me! I digress...) 

Their wealthy racist landlord wants to evict them for not paying rent and bulldoze their building over to make condos for "clean people". Ruby's friend Leroy finds out where the landlord lives and that they are hoarding money and rare gold coins. Leroy and his friend recruit Fool to help them break into the property owners house and steal the goods, but little do they know about the crazies that live there! 

You are meant to believe it's a husband and wife, played by Everett McGill and Wendy Robie both of whom played a married couple on Twin Peaks too. (I completely forgot they were in this movie.) As a couple they are paranoid gun-toting 1940s styled weirdos and drive home the comedic aspects of the movie with overacting and oddball delivery. They have a captive "daughter" named Alice, not to mention the many throwaway and mutilated boys that are in a pen in the basement. Don't worry the story has a happy ending.


Twin Peaks.

The People Under the Stairs.

I'm not going to give the whole movie away, but what I took from watching it as an adult was how relevant the theme is to today's society. It covers gentrification and the wealthy becoming obscenely rich and greedy, which leads them to doing insane things. (Can I just mention Elon Musk's son has the name of a robot?) It also covers what it means to be masculine and class divisions. It's no wonder Jordan Peele has jumped on doing a remake

Overall, this movie seems a little confused and covers a lot of territory. It's horror, black comedy, and political satire all rolled into one. Does it work? Honestly, I'm not sure. I guess it depends what your background is and what you bring to it. I thought it was less comedy and the story needs a little smoothing out? This is one movie I'm actually looking forward to as a remake. Sorry Craven, I give it a three out of five skull rings.

Here's the trailer...


A couple of trigger warnings. 1. They say the "n" word. It's said once in the beginning and I cringed and it's awful. 2. A dog dies. It happens quick and you don't see too much, but you do see his little dead face. 3. Alice is physically abused. 



 

Well I have to say I like the product variety but the quality needs a little help in the Pusheen Box ...actually the Winter Pusheen Box nee...

Well I have to say I like the product variety but the quality needs a little help in the Pusheen Box...actually the Winter Pusheen Box needed some help too. If I get another defect in the next box, I'll probably cancel my subscription! (Said while shaking fist in the air!)

Without further ado, here's the Spring 2021 Box...


As always there's the vinyl figure. This one has an umbrella. I miss the plush dolls.

Baseball cap that says "Breathe". I'm not a baseball cap wearer, but this one is cute. I can use it on my really bad hair days and when I'm working outside. 


Two Pusheen bookmarks. These seem kind of lame/ cheap. I just use random receipts and pieces of paper for bookmarks, but now I can be fancy. 


Compact mirror ~ this mirror is huge and doesn't fit in the side pockets inside my purse. It's a little weird. Definitely NOT "compact"!



Cute metal candle holder. I will def use this, and the Pusheen depicted on the front is adorable.


Floor Mat that has a picture of Pusheen and says "takin it easy". The background ~ I think ~ is supposed to be clouds? but it just looks dirty. I'm going to use this at work in front of the bathroom sink.




Pusheen Tissue Box holder. Now this is a super weird item. I'll have to get a square tissue box to fit it.



A wonderfully practical Pusheen umbrella! Vicktor started chewing on it the minute I set it down! He must smell the fish



Lastly a Pusheen Raincoat. (If you'll notice I'm wearing my Hello Kitty jumper.) Ok this is super cute. The plastic is pretty thin, but I can look past that. The problem is it has snaps at the wrist to make it tighter and the one wrist is missing a snap. Um quality control fail. If you recall in the last box my salt & pepper shakers had two Ps. Not good Pusheen, not good at all. I'm getting disenchanted by this box. Anyway thanks for reading!






When I was waiting in line at Rite Aid I came across this Witches Magazine. Honestly when I bought it, I wasn't expecting much and pla...

When I was waiting in line at Rite Aid I came across this Witches Magazine. Honestly when I bought it, I wasn't expecting much and planned for it to be a fluff magazine. I was pleasantly surprised.




Sure it covers a lot of the basics, but it also delves into the history of witches and their political impact, witch fairy tales, pop culture witches, and even what it means to be a modern witch. It covers the book I reviewed last year Waking the Witch and tackles the "fact or fiction" surrounding witches. I learned more about the fairy tale witch myths and I guess I never realized how ingrained they are in the world around us. It was a fun and informative read, and I recommend it even if you think you are well versed in the subject. The cover states that it should be displayed until July 12, so don't miss out!


Ok, so maybe you've been following along, if not let me get you up to speed. My best friend Ginger Rogers Kitty died in February . It...

Ok, so maybe you've been following along, if not let me get you up to speed. My best friend Ginger Rogers Kitty died in February. It's difficult to mourn her loss because I can't find comfort in friends since I'm quarantining with COVID out in the world. All I do is go to work, go food shopping, and go home. The evenings are the worst because that's when she would hang out with me and sit on my lap non-stop. She'd even sit on my lap while I ate dinner. Not because she wanted food, just because she liked it there. I miss her daily. I've read you can find comfort in making a tribute to anyone that has passed. So get ready to see my Ginger Shrine!

It started with four shelves in my front room dedicated to The Teenie Weens aka Ginger. The bottom shelf has a wood box with her ashes inside (they came in a black baggie), and a whisker catcher. We didn't know whisker catchers existed until she passed, otherwise we would have collected them all along. After she was gone we frantically scoured our house for any sign of a Ginger whisker. We even moved around furniture, rugs, and dug a little through the vacuum bag just to keep a tiny piece of her.




The next shelf has my favorite picture of her with an envelope of all the cards we received when she passed. The picture is close to life-size but still a little too big to be her.

The second from the top shelf has her paw print that was given to us by the vet and a picture of her curled up.


The top shelf has a picture of her holding my finger and one of the last pictures of us together.


But it doesn't end there. My mother in law commissioned a local artist to paint Ginger on a rock. We have the rock in her cat bed on the floor near where she used to sit on the couch. I've cried over this rock more than once. Even the rock is bigger than how big Ginger was in real life.


Then unexpectedly Andrew's (the hubs) job sent us another memorial rock. We put it in her other bed by the back sliding door window where she liked to sleep. 



Now on to jewelry. I had a necklace of her made by Lumpy Buttons when she was sick a few years back. It hangs close to my heart. Lumpy Buttons even got her one brown cheek and one orange cheek right!


Then Andrew surprised me with a "WWGD" (What Would Ginger Do?) bracelet with beads in her fur colors. Ginger would be cute and kind, that's what she would do! 


But both of us wanted something that we could carry a piece of her in. Andrew ordered a simple gold necklace that had engravings on all four sides that you could put ashes in through the bottom, but after a couple weeks he decided it was too hard to read and gave it to me. I added a gold chain and he got the same necklace with a different font. Below is the one that's now mine.


In the meantime, before he gave me his necklace, I ordered one for myself with a "G" charm you can put ashes in along with a heart ring where they take some of your ashes and make a stone out of it and I had mine set in sterling silver. It's from Jessica Dennis Designs. I had planned to do this when I thought she was going to pass a few years ago. I'm not going to lie, these things are nice quality but took what seemed like forever to get back. I think it was about eight weeks when I received them in the mail.


At this point ordering these things seems to bring me more comfort than actually getting them in the mail. One thing that sometimes makes me feel crazy is this Ginger pillow we ordered on etsy from aurespaces. Again the pillow is too big to be little Ginger but it feels like her. I move it around throughout the day to where in the house she would be sitting at that time. I talk to it too. It helps me feel her presence even though it's just a pillow. Here she is sitting in her favorite spot on the couch.


Even Vicktor likes Ginger's new size.


Most recently a friend gave me an ornament of Ginger and I. I can't tell you how much it means that a friend knows how much Ginger meant to me.


It's been almost three months since her passing and some days are better than others. She will always be my baby and if buying Ginger "stuff" makes me feel better. I'm going to do it.



Let's talk about the past few weeks. I got my first COVID shot, work has been insane with people wanting to sell me vintage items, my ca...

Let's talk about the past few weeks. I got my first COVID shot, work has been insane with people wanting to sell me vintage items, my car got inspected and needs repairs, our garage roof is leaking and will need to be repaired soon, Andrew and I had to go to the dentist, and we had to take Vicktor kitty to the emergency vet. Of course he was sick on a weekend and we had to pay twice as much. He wasn't pooping or peeing for a day and he didn't want to eat. With Vicktor that's an enormous red flag! 

We went to the emergency vet on Friday at 9:30pm and had to sit in our car because they won't let you go in because of COVID restrictions. We sat outside for three hours. We found out he has a bladder infection, his little penis was swollen, and there was a small blockage in his large intestine. Let me back up a little... Vicktor has a history with bladder crystals, so we give him Cosequin daily to maintain his bladder. 

The vet sent us home with liquid antibiotics, an anti-inflammatory, and Cat Lax. (I can't make this name up. It's a cat laxative for hairballs to keep his intestines moving smoothly.) They also told us to feed him pumpkin for digestion. Yep, solid pack plain pumpkin. There's enough fiber in it to help with hairballs. You can feed it to cats in their food twice a day. It's one of the safe human foods to feed cats, and dogs. (About 1 full tsp per meal for an adult cat.) Some cat food even has pumpkin already added. We've been adding warm water to Vicktor's wet food, so he gets enough liquids too.  

We've been keeping an eye on him and so far he's pooping small nuggets and peeing. I never thought I'd be so happy to come home from work to a full litter box. There's a reason we call him "poo kitty" and the pumpkin seems to be helping.


p.s. going for my second covid shot tomorrow, a little nervous.



I have some exciting news, or at least it's exciting to me. I'm a contributor to Auxiliary Magazine ! Auxiliary Magazine sounds fam...

I have some exciting news, or at least it's exciting to me. I'm a contributor to Auxiliary Magazine! Auxiliary Magazine sounds familiar right? That's because I've written about them before! I mention them in the Feline Fancy Palette blog from April 2017, I modeled for them in the Spring 2017 issue as a Cat Lady, and in the Oct/ Nov 2015 issue as pictured below. 

Photo by Jennifer Link.

Now I can say I not only modeled for them, but I write for them! If you want more current movie reviews be sure to pick up the Spring 2021 edition, where I review Antebellum, Saint Maud (highly recommend), encourage you to re-watch Midsommar this spring, and I'm included in a "Contributor Spotlight". 

Where do I find the time? I'm not sure, but if you ask anyone that knows me, they know I haven't slept in years!

Hey look- it's me!

Here's more info. on the latest issue taken from the Auxiliary website....

The Spring 2021 Issue is the fifty ninth issue of Auxiliary, a magazine dedicated to alternative fashion, music, and lifestyle. It is available as a PrintDigital, or Preview Edition. This issue features Gaiapatra on the cover and a Profile feature interview.

It features an interview with makeup artist Roshar, an interview with Black Angel, an interview with 6XT7, an interview with Vesmedinia, a Beauty Spotlight on Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, a Designer Spotlight with It Is Known, an Artist Spotlight on Marion Green, and Emerging interviews with Alice Gift, Bedless Bones, and The Secret French Postcards. It also includes a Unique Homes feature with Lauren Franz-Maurer, a Unique Ingredient feature, a lunar fae Style feature illustrated by Ulorin Vex, a Must fashion feature with Open the Cellar Door, spring beauty picks, our spring Auxiliary List of of all things new and noteworthy, fashion editorials featuring Lip Service and Crisiswear, music reviews, and book and movie reviews. Plus it features photography by Bryce Hall, Jennifer Link Kieffer, Saryn Christina, Wil Foster, Laura Dark Photography, Infinite Imagery by Natasha Sachi, Dani McGraw, and more. And fashions and beauty by Bluebella, Disturbia, Dr. Martens, Fluevog, I Do Declare, Jane Doe Latex, Killstar, LunatiCK Cosmetic Labs, Martha Rotten, Michelle Ɯberreste, Noctex Cosmetics, The Night of the Witch, Rock ‘n Doll, Rogue + Wolf, Sisters Of The Black Moon, Thistle and Spire, T.U.K., Urban Decay, Valley Eyewear, WonderlandMC, and more.

Auxiliary Magazine Spring 2021 Gaiapatra Teaser
You can purchase it here.

I've been tackling that mountain of books at my bedside, opting for short young adult books to devour at a quickening pace. Last night I...

I've been tackling that mountain of books at my bedside, opting for short young adult books to devour at a quickening pace. Last night I read One Bloody Thing After Another by Joey Comeau. It's a horror book about family ties. (So maybe I DID buy this book for the cover. Don't you dare judge me!)

There's several intertwining stories in this short book. One is about a man and his dog and their daily encounter with a headless ghost, another about two sisters caring for their ravenous mom, and the final story is about a young angry lesbian that pines for her best friend while seeing the ghost of her mom. They all seem to get a happy-ish ending.

I liked the writing style with dry humor and gore in this one, but all of the characters are annoying and have a problem communicating with family and friends. The book is quick because the chapters are VERY small, sometimes only one paragraph. The story is good, but I feel like the stories need more fleshing out (pun intended). At one point near the end, there was a lot of repetition from the beginning of the book, that really could have been condensed a little more. I was left with more questions than answers. *Be warned: a dog and kittens die in this book......oh yeah and a baby. (Almost forgot about that.) One black cat does survive though. Overall it was ok.

I haven't blogged about makeup in a LONG time. The last time was with Winky Lux   in 2019, so after my friend gave me the Kitty Likes to...

I haven't blogged about makeup in a LONG time. The last time was with Winky Lux in 2019, so after my friend gave me the Kitty Likes to Scratch palette from Too Faced, I thought it was time. 

I've never owned a palette from Too Faced before, so I didn't know what to expect. The package says it "smells like a tequila sunrise". I can assure it doesn't smell. If it does, it smells like eye shadow.

The tin is super cute and comes with a mirror inside.

My OCD is going crazy because the first two colors are in a different shaped pan, but after looking at their website all the mini eye shadow palettes are like this on the inside. I guess, it mirrors life ~ be a rectangle among the squares!

The colors look good!

I swatched the colors on my arm without primer. The "Pet Me" color is so light I could use it as concealer (it's the one at the top), but then again I'm pasty.


As usual I tried to do a full makeup look with one palette. What can I say? I like the challenge. Here's the final look in my bathroom.

Of the colors in the palette, three are matte, and five are shimmery. I tend to prefer the shimmery because I find them easier to blend. I used "Pet Me" as a brow highlighter, "Heavy Metal" as a highlighter on my nose and chin, "Groupe" as blush, "Rock of Ages" mixed with chapstick for lips, "Backstage Pass" as a base for my eye shadow, "Hair Band" as my eye crease color, and "Power Ballad" as eyeliner.


Here is everything I used to makeup my face. As you can see I'm not a makeup artist by any means. I decided to get fancy and use some eye lashes I picked up on clearance at Halloween. They are awful, so ignore my eyelashes in the pictures. The band isn't long enough and it's stiff. That's probably why they were on sale. 

I use Bye Bye Foundation from it Cosmetics because of the SPF 50 and they have my color (sometimes it's hard to find a good light match without being too orange, yellow, or dark), NYX eyebrow pencil, and Ulta brow powder (I like the Ulta brand because it doesn't make me break out, but the lids always crack off their packaging), Duo eye lash glue in black for the crappy lashes, some Wet N Wild mascara (this one is my new favorite and it's cheap), a Burt's Bees chapstick that was given to me for Christmas, and two shadow brushes, eye liner brush, and blush brush. That's it. I keep it simple.


Here's a few snaps in natural lighting. Oh BTW this background is my shop Cats Like Us.

Overall Kitty Likes to Scratch is a super neutral palette, unlike the eye shadow names trying to invoke 80s hair metal. I think I'll get the most use out of the color "Hair Band". It's a very shimmery brown. Great for everyday use, but you can also glam it up with a black smoky eye. The colors go on smooth and stay in place. I recommend it.

If you're wondering my pin was also a gift (I have the most generous thoughtful friends), it's from VincaUSA this particular brooch is no longer available, but they have lots of cute cat jewelry!

In past blogs, I've also reviewed The Never Sleep Again Palette from Hot Topic, Sugarpill's Trick or Treat bundle, Sugarpill's Feline Fancy PaletteWet & Wild's Goth-O-Graphic SetLunatik Cosmetics Elvira Palette.

Thanks for reading. Feeling sexy, might delete later.