The Only Team I Need: Flesh Eating Champagne

Rob and I never lived together before we got married, and when we finally did get married and move in together, we had a lot of fun playing Rock Band (the video game). We named our band in the game Flesh Eating Champagne, and the name has stayed with us since. When we need to come up with a team name for trivia or a race, I always suggest Flesh Eating Champagne. It’s only fitting that we have a logo.

Flesh Eating Champagne Logo

And here’s our team on a 5K Glow Scavenger Hunt back in October sporting the logo on day-glo orange t-shirts.
5k-race

Buy Spoleto Tickets Now!

One of the best festivals that South Carolina puts on each year is the Spoleto festival in Charleston, SC. This year the festival is being held May 22 – June 07; tickets are currently on sale. There’s such a variety of things to see and exeprience: The opera Amistad, Musical theater – Monkey: Journey to the West, and the Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve, to name just a few. Rob and I recently bought tickets to see the Dutch Hotel Modern’s production called The Great War. This expedition down to Charleston is additionally exciting for us because it the first event we actually have planned to do as a married couple.

The audience is witness to the reconstruction of the landscapes of the Western Front on a miniature scale using sawdust, potting soil, rusty nails and parsley as trees. It rains from a plant moisturer, it bombardes from a gas-jet. A friendly field gradually mutates in a poisonous wound of mud. The images are filmed with digital- and minicameras, and through a mixer edited live and projected larger than life. The result is staggeringly realistic.

So support the arts in South Carolina and buy tickets to a Spoleto event today!

Wedding Cake Topper: Glass Insects

Some of you may know that I am currently planning my wedding. The big event is going to occur April 19th, a date that is getting closer & closer! You can check everything out at www.suzanneandrob.com. As you can tell from the wedding website, the theme for our wedding is, “Spring.” I am using insects, grass, and the color green to evoke this theme. (Green is also handy as Rob’s birthstone and my birthstone are both green — Emerald & Peridot.) Recently, I purchased our cake toppers from Russia; they’re handmade glass insects. Rob wants to be the spider, so that leaves me to be the ant.
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Weekend Trip to Columbia

This weekend, the entire family went up to Columbia to hear my brother-in-law’s band play at Art Bar.

Mom & Dad
Mom and Dad

Rob & Me
Rob and Me

Eliza & Seth
Seth and Eliza

Cats and Cobras Rocking the Party
Cats and Cobras

Julepstyle Endorses Hillary

I’m not kidding myself, the only people who read Julepstyle.com are my family & friends. That said, I’d like to explain why Julepstyle (me) is endorsing Hillary Clinton in the 2008 presidential primary & election. I agree with Hillary’s policies, ideas, and plans for America (you can read more about them here). I am firmly in agreement with her health care reform plans.

The most important reason I am voting for and endorsing Hillary Clinton is because I admire her and how far she has come as a woman in this country; her work as a champion for women continues today. She has served in many roles–daughter, advocate, successful law partner, mother, first lady, senator; throughout these roles, even under great political attention & strain, she has maintained a grace and dignity that I seek to emulate in my own young professional life. I am a feminist; Hilary Clinton and other strong women of her generation helped pave the way for me and many other women.

Hillary Clinton continues to fight for equal wages for women (who currently make about 77 cents to every dollar earned by man with the exact same qualifications and experience; for women of color the difference is even greater). Until women achieve economic parity, we will always be second-class citizens in a world governed by money. Hillary has consistently supported a woman’s right to make her own decisions about the most personal life choices. She has also supported legislation to make family planning available to women of all economic classes. She has earned the title of, “Champion of Women,” throughout decades of service and support to women’s causes.

The most vocal voices I hear from the people around me are those that dismiss her as shrill woman. As if having opinions & stating them to others is fine for men to do, but when women state their opinion they’re likened to all kinds of awful words. There is also an inordinate amount of attention to her appearance throughout the campaign–discussing her cleavage, makeup, wardrobe choices. I would love the Washington Post to run an article about the size of the male candidate’s “packages.” But the media doesn’t scrutinize the physical features of the male candidates with the same amount of attention that they have given Hillary. This inordinate focus underscores larger problems the women and girls of America have with physical beauty and achieving surgically-created ideals. Hillary Clinton is a role model every girl can look up to, and that is important in a culture whose media is cominated by skinny, pretty girls with zero brain cells.

America needs a female president. How many more times will I have to hear the joke that a woman president would start World War III as soon as she was moody? How long will America only allow women to be role models for their beauty, talent, or ill-gotten celebrity? We are in dire need of a smart, well-educated, well-spoken, charismatic leader; Hillary Clinton fits all of these qualifications.

Vote for Hillary!

ETA There is a frontline documentary titled Hillary’s Class (you can watch it here).

TMBG on Halloween

Although we had a fabulous Halloween Party on the Saturday before Halloween (click here for pictures), Erin and I were not satisfied. We took our silver and gold costumes down to Charleston on Halloween night, specifically down to the Music Farm. They Might Be Giants, one of our favorite bands ever, was in town to do a show. It was completely awesome and fun. They Might Be Giants (TMBG) like to rock the party.

Far Away
We started out far away.

Close Up
After the mysterious Congo line incident, we were at the stage. We were so close, we could make eye contact with the two Johns for the rest of the evening. It’s hard to miss silver & gold-tinseled hair girls, especially when one of them is 6’5″ in her silver heels.

Halloween Party 2007 at Broadway

This past Saturday was the annual Halloween party at Broadway on the Beach. Erin and I went as gold and silver (respectively); Rob, Adam, and Rich dressed as Cannibal Cooks; Dinah was a Ladybug; Matt and Shannon were a Werewolf and Vampire. We had a great time and got some awesome pictures.

Halloween 2007
(Click on the picture for more picturesl)

Click here for pictures from Halloween of 2006.

Click here for pictures from Halloween of 2005.

Happy Birthday to Me!

Today I turn 29 years old! Woo-hoo! 30 here I come!

Me at 29
Gorgeous 29 year old Suzanne

Cupcakes
The lovely cupcakes my co-worker brought today!

Happy New Year’s!

I want to wish everyone a (belated) super-happy New Year! Rob and I returned from Reykjavik yesterday, and I have many pictures and things I want to share with everyone. We truly had an amazing trip. Iceland was gorgeous!! New Year’s Eve in Iceland was the biggest amateur fireworks show in the world. Stay tuned in the following days as I edit & organize my photos to post about my very cool adventure.
Fireworks in Reykjavik

This year my resolutions are the following:
1) Visit a previously un-visited continent (Africa, Australia, South America, Antartica)
2) Go to the dentist
3) Buy a house
4) Make it through Gravity’s Rainbow…hardest book I’ve ever started 3 times
5) Cut out diet soda (I got a head start on that one in Iceland)
6) Dance a whole lot more
7) Make 2007 even better than 2006 was (is it possible?)

I am in Iceland

After an uneventful, but long journey, Rob and I made it to Reykjavik. Thanks to the high-speed internet at the Hotel Luna, I am able to use Rob’s PSP to blog–very slowly. The city is a beautiful mix of modern technology & old sea village. The weather is cold, but easily bearable. The light of the afternoon sun is low; it’s gray when combined with the so far constant misty clouds that envelope the city. I can’t wait to explore more of this amazing country tomorrow (& blog about it if I can).

Christmas Finally

Now that the successful fiasco known as my sister’s wedding is over & done, I can begin to turn my thoughts to the future. Namely Christmas.

My List of Overpriced Goodies that I have no Business Wanting but Want Anyway Christmas Wish List

1. Some Camper Shoes. I love Camper Twins. They don’t match, and that’s how they like it. Maybe I could afford 1 pair, but then I’d have to choose. AND that’s the hardest part.
Camper Shoes
2. Orla Kiely Things. On my recent trip to NYC, I came across a CHEAP Orla Kiely purse at a thrift store in Brooklyn. Now I just need one with a really long shoulder strap…and a dress…and a wallet….and maybe some of that fancy luggage.
Orla Keily Stuff
3. Louis Vuitton’s Cabas Mezzo You know–the purse Angelina Jolie carries around so much. On second thought, it’s a bad idea. If I carried that purse, people wouldn’t be able to tell us apart.
Cabas Mezzo
4. The Dyson DC-15 Animal Gorgeous vacumn.
Dyson
5. Kitty Cat Accessories Fancy cases for travelling & a filtered water fountain
Cat Things
6. Sexy Books on Design Just because they look cool. They may have useful content. But they definitely look cool.
Books

Travel to Reykjavik

**EDITED TO ADD** Check out the December edition of the Atlantic Monthly for an entire article on why Reykjavik in winter ROCKS!

Why go to Reykjavik in December?

Northern Lights
1. To see The Northern Lights
The Northern Lights (aka Aurora Borealis) are visible only from September through April and can only be seen on a clear, crisp night. If you’re lucky enough, you can catch a sight of the swirling, dancing lights on your winter trip.

Blue Lagoon
2.Visit the Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon is a pool of geothermal seawater (2/3 saltwater and 1/3 freshwater) that has a constant temperature of 100-110°F. The seawater is led directly from its natural source to the Blue Lagoon, where guests enjoy bathing enveloped in the warm blue water. The Blue Lagoon has become one of Iceland’s most visited tourist places and is also very popular among Icelandic people.

Reykjavik
3. To see the Gorgeous city of Reykjavik
Take a VACATION to a very cool place famous for its design, food, people & culture. I’m so excited about my upcoming trip!

Suzy Chillin’ in NYC

I lost my camera (*sob, sob*), but a good friend managed to score some photos from my weekend trip to NYC. (I’m the biggest camera flake ever. I should only be allowed to have a disposable camera.)

Ladies at Pearl River
Girls doing shopping things (at pearl river)

Me and Christine
Where is Mariboo?

At Omen
Fancy pan of dinner people (sans Justine)

Everyone
Everyone at Omen having fun!

My Halloween Mix

It’s no secret to those who know me that Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year. I began planning & scheming months in advance for the festivities. I thought it would be nice to share a sample Halloween Music playlist.

1. Baby did a Bad, Bad Thing – Chris Isaak
2. Bad Moon Rising – CCR
3. Strangers in the Night – Wayne Newton
4. Feed My Frankenstein – Alice Cooper
5. (Don’t Fear) The Reaper – Blue Öyster Cult
6. The Devil Went Down to Georgia – The Charlie Daniels Band
7. Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) – David Bowie
8. People Are Strange – The Doors
9. Spooky – Dusty Springfield
10. I’m A Vampire – Future Bible Heroes
11. Monster – Fred Schneider
12. My Mind Playin’ Tricks on Me – Geto Boys
13. Devil Inside – INXS
14. Swamp Witch – Jim Stafford
15. Do You Believe in Magic – Lovin’ Spoonful
16. Season of the Witch – Luna
17. Thriller – Michael Jackson
18. Firestarter – Prodigy
19. Pet Sematary – The Ramones
20. That Old Black Magic – Rat Pack
21. Bloody Hammer – Roky Erickson
22. Night Of The Vampire – Roky Erickson
23. Sympathy For The Devil – The Rolling Stones
24. Lil’ Red Riding Hood – Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs
25. Rebel Yell – Billy Idol
26. I Put a Spell on You – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
27. The Witch Doctor – Sha Na Na
28. Purple People Eater – Sheb Wooley
29. Superstition – Stevie Wonder
30. Cyclops Rock -They Might Be Giants
31. Ghost Riders In The Sky -The Ventures
32. Werewolves Of London – Warren Zevon
33. They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back From The Dead!! Ahhhh! – Sufjan Stevens

What songs should I add?

Champagne, uh, I mean Ernesto Thursday

It’s heading straight for me! How exciting! Let’s hope it stays a baby & there’s no major damage or anything.
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