All posts tagged: Holiday

Summer Mood

Although it’s not technically summer yet, it sure feels like it to me. Last fall I posted a “mood board” here on Catch-all, which visually encapsulated my feelings during that time of year. I forgot to share something for winter and spring, but I’m so excited about this summer (woohoo, school’s out!) that I decided to come back with a summer post. I’m always inspired by the beach and the desert, but this summer I’m also enjoying bright, playful patterns, oranges and pinks, vintage Emilio Pucci, all things Lupita Nyong’o, Twin Peaks (It Is Happening Again), Wet Hot American Summer, fruity cocktails, greasy diner potatoes, purple flowers, and donuts and pies. What visuals (and tastes, smells, and sounds) are stimulating you this summer?

Happy Holidays to You and Yours

Dear Readers, Happy Holidays! I hope you’re relaxing and making time to do the things you love. During this time of year it’s easy to get wrapped up in gifts (wrapped up, get it? Wow I’m cheesy!), financial woes, and a bit of family drama, so it’s important to step back and take a little time for yourself. As with Thanksgiving, it’s also a wonderful opportunity to reflect on what you’re thankful for. I’m thankful to be back in Tucson right now, spending the holiday season with friends and family. With moving and starting graduate school, this has been a whirlwind of a year, and I’m extremely fortunate to have a strong support system of loving people who have guided me every step of the way. It’s also been immensely therapeutic to have this blog and be able to share my thoughts and feelings on any given topic. I’m grateful to have such a space, and I’m certainly appreciative that people even want to read it! So thank you! As always, please be sure to send in feedback, submissions, or professional inquiries to catchallblog@gmail.com. …

What To Stream on Netflix This Christmas

A Very Murray Christmas is Bill Murray’s Netflix Original Christmas Special featuring Amy Poehler, Chris Rock, Michael Cera, Maya Rudolph, George Clooney, Miley Cyrus, and Rashida Jones, among others – need I say more? Dir. Sofia Coppola, 2015 Synopsis: “Bill Murray worries no one will show up to his T.V. show due to a terrible snow-storm in New York City.” Happy Christmas doesn’t have much to do about Christmas other than that it takes place during the holiday season, but that shouldn’t stop you from checking it out. Joe Swanberg’s mumblecore film was one of my favorites from 2014 for a handful of reasons. Not only was the dialogue completely improvised, but the production was filmed in Swanberg’s home and stars both him and is actual baby son. How cool is that?! Baby Swanberg is so entertaining that he’s enough of a reason to see Happy Christmas, but everything else about the film is quite wonderful too. Dir. Joe Swanberg, 2014 Synopsis: “After a break up, Jenny moves in with writer Kelly, her filmmaker husband, and their child. Despite a rocky start, …

My Top Five Favorite Christmas Movies

The Christmas season is in full swing and it’s time to make some hot chocolate and catch up on a few classic holiday films. Here are my five favorite Christmas movies – what are yours? 5. A Christmas Story: Somehow I did not see A Christmas Story until about five years ago, which I still don’t understand considering TBS runs a 24 hour marathon every Christmas Eve. Anyways, this movie is so bizarre and fun that it had to make the list. A Christmas Story is an 80s classic, and Ralphie is the absolute best! 4. The Original Christmas Classics: The claymation Christmas classics make up more than one movie, but I can’t pick a favorite between them so I’m including them all in spot #4. From The Year Without a Santa Claus, to Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer and The Little Drummer Boy, I am sure that these films are going to continue to be popular for decades to come. Although the claymation classics have not aged seamlessly, there is something so timeless about them that makes each generation of children love them as much as the generation before. 3. Christmas Eve on Sesame Street: I may …

Happy Labor Day (But What’s it Really All About?)

Happy Labor Day! But what’s it really all about? Labor Day takes place on the first Monday in September. It’s a celebration of the social and economic achievements of the American labor movement. The first Labor Day was held in New York City in 1882 by the Central Labor Union. Over 10,000 people marched in solidarity as “a day of the people.” Oregon became the first state to officially declare Labor Day a holiday in 1887. Following the deaths of 30 workers and injuries of 57 at the hands of the U.S. military during the Pullman Strike of 1894, Congress unanimously voted to approve legislation that made Labor Day a national holiday. In Canada Labour Day also takes place on September 1st, and in many other countries a similar holiday takes place on May 1st.