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Enamel lapel pins are so hot right now. Am I using that right? Do people actually say that? I’ve added some great pieces to my own mostly vintage pin collection (which I should definitely write an updated post about), but there are so many awesome pins available right now. Here are twenty of my personal favorites, with links. I’ve tried to limit pop culture (movie/tv/video game) derivative works, but there are some I couldn’t resist. #pingame

It’s a little Monday afternoon snow storm window shopping. Enjoy.

Lapel Pin Envy ::

  1. Urn from Inner Decay
  2. Decline & Fall from Inner Decay
  3. Slower Black Wheat from Explorer’s Press
  4. Poppy from Explorer’s Press
  5. Witch Hat from Sara Lyons
  6. Sad Ghost from Sara Lyons
  7. Hung to Dry from Rambling Hands
  8. Momento Mori set from Cat Coven
  9. I Believe from Last Craft
  10. All Hope is Not Lost from Frolik Studio
  11. Black Lodge Coop from Bunny Miele
  12. Coffin from Yesterdays
  13. Sailor Moon Crisis Heart from Creepy Gals
  14. Cry Baby from Penelope Gazin
  15. Dovahkiin from Jess Hrycyk
  16. Ugh from Night Cheese Lifestyle
  17. D20 from These are Things
  18. Trust No One from Cry Wolf
  19. Retro Record Player by Abby Galloway from Valley Cruise Press
  20. Ouija Board from Punky Pins
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Now that’s it’s February, I can share Valentine’s Day posts without hesitation or shame.

Once upon a time, Tj had me watch Love, Actually. No, seriously, I had never seen it. It was alright. I haven’t seen enough romantic movies to make a fair judgement. The romance genre always takes me back to middle school sleepovers, particularly the ones spanning multiple friend-groups, where I felt a bit out of my element. We screened some terrible romantic movies. Remember Sweet Home Alabama? Yup.  Ten Things I Hate About You? Total sleepover movies. That one where Seth Green wore the goggles? I am old.

These days, I generally prefer a more subdued romantic thread.

Here are five of my favorite movies with stories that manage to tug my heartstrings for one reason or another.


Howl’s Moving Castle 2004

Howl might be my favorite Miyazaki film. It’s a toss up between this and Kiki. Sofi, a rather plain shop girl living in a city caught in the middle of a war, is cursed with an old body by a witch. In looking for a way to lift the curse, she ends up in the ambulatory castle of Howl, and a fire spirit named Calcifer. Howl is a bit self-indulgent and brooding (which obviously makes him dreamy), but Sofi brings out the better in him. The secret to lifting the curse lies in Howl’s heart.


I’m a Cyborg, but That’s Ok 2006

Directed by Chan-wook Park (Old Boy), this movie is one of my favorite movies of all-time, period. Cha Young-goon believes she is a cyborg and checks in to a mental hospital after an accident at work. She meets fellow patient  Park Il-sun (played by Rain), who “steals” personality traits from the people around him. Cha Young-goon refuses to eat the food at the hospital, believing that it will destroy her inner mechanics. Park Il-sun, determined to get her to eat, invents a rice-megatron that enables Young-goon to convert rice into electricity. The two eventually become closer, learning to accept themselves along the way. I realize you may not know who Rain is. He was a big deal. I bought this movie the summer I spent in China; it was the only film I purchased that was not a bootleg.


Snow Cake 2006

I haven’t seen Snow Cake since its theatrical release, and it is still ingrained in my memory.  This film features Alan Rickman and Sigourney Weaver is two phenomenal roles. To quote IMDB, this is “a drama focused on the friendship between a high-functioning autistic woman (Weaver) and a man who is traumatized after a fatal car accident (Rickman).” What it fails to mention is that the accident that brings the two together.  It’s kind of an important plot point. Alex (Rickman) falls for Linda’s (Weaver) neighbor,  but both characters struggle with internal demons, and Alex is still trying to cope with his own grief and guilt following the accident. This movie will break your heart a little, and then heal it a little more.


Get Low 2009

Get Low is part folk tale, part real-life legend. A 1930’s Tennessee hermit plans his own funeral. Sounds romantic, right? This is not so much a love story as a mystery/drama, but it’s a story in which the main character’s actions are all because of love, so I think it counts. I only recently watched this movie, and I wish that I hadn’t waited so long. It’s high up on my favorites list for sure. It features Robert Duvall, Billy Murray, and Sissy Spacek, and they’re all geniuses.


Moonrise Kingdom 2012

This is my second favorite Wes Anderson film. The Life Aquatic will forever own first place. Moonrise Kingdom features sweet, innocent first love, enhanced by the semi-imaginary world  it takes place in (as all of Wes Anderson’s films are). It’s perfect and dreamy. I really don’t know what else to say about this one.


PS. The giveaway winner has been posted and contacted! Congratulations, Alejandra!

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