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Les Bons Mots de la Mode

“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”

— Coco Chanel


Superhero Saturdays

I’ve thought up a little project for myself. I’ve a million other things I should be doing, but I feel like I deserve a little escapism during these turbulent and troubling times. What better way to do it than with some of my favorite characters? Whether you spell superhero as one word like DC or prefer the two-word phrase “super hero” as you’ll find in Marvel, they are all heroes and they are definitely super.

I’m limiting myself to the current incarnations of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and DC Extended Universe (DCEU) to start. Some of these films I’ve already seen and some of them I’ll be watching for the first time. Some films on the list haven’t been released yet, but are already  planned. I’ll probably do a bit of jumping back and forth between MCU and DCEU, but I’m going to do my best to watch the films in release order.

This post will serve as the master list and index for my reviews. New reviews will appear each Saturday, so this little project will take me well into next year. Please watch along with me if you like!

Marvel Studios


  • Iron Man
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • Iron Man 2
  • Thor
  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Marvel’s The Avengers
  • Iron Man 3
  • Thor: The Dark World
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Ant-Man
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Doctor Strange
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Black Panther
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • Captain Marvel
  • Untitled Avengers Film
  • Untitled Spider-Man Film
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

DC Films


  • Man of Steel
  • Batman v Superman
  • Suicide Squad
  • Wonder Woman
  • Justice League
  • Aquaman
  • Shazam
  • Wonder Woman 2
  • Cyborg
  • Green Lantern Corps

It’s Valentine’s Day! Treat Yourself!

Maybe you have a Valentine and maybe you don’t. It doesn’t really matter. Friends, partners and lovers come and go, but self-love is forever. There’s no better day of the year to buy yourself a little something than today.


Here’s a fun Self-Gifting Guide for every price point based on your budget! Continue reading “It’s Valentine’s Day! Treat Yourself!”

No Spend November Update

I’m half-way through my No Spend November Challenge. How’s it going?


I was doing great. Really great. And then a significant number of US voters (but slightly less than the majority) decided that Donald J. Trump would make a good President and I did some stress shopping. And some more stress shopping. And then just a bit more stress shopping.

I realize blaming stress is just an excuse, but hand to God, I did not buy anything outside of my rules until Florida started looking like it was going for Trump. My email confirmation of my first online order is time stamped Nov 8, 2016, 9:13 PM. That’s Eastern Time. Considering what was happening at that moment, I don’t feel as if you can blame me for a moment of weakness. Continue reading “No Spend November Update”

Les Bons Mots de la Mode

“Always dress like you’re going to see your worst enemy.”

— Kimora Lee

No-Spend November 2016

I like stuff. I like buying stuff even more. Clothes, makeup, weird little (mostly cat-shaped) tchotchkes to keep on my desk – I love it all! But I’ve realized lately that I have entirely too much stuff. Stuff that I don’t use. And even though I have all of that stuff that I’m not using, I’m still buying new stuff. The madness has to stop!

That’s where the No-Spend November Challenge comes in. I’m starting a teensy, tiny bit early because I want to be able to shop after Thanksgiving. (I’m only human!) I’m also not going to be quite as strict with myself as some other folks. If I get too restrictive with myself, much like a crash diet, I’ll just end up going on a huge shopping binge by day four and giving up completely. I’m trying to seriously reduce my discretionary spending – not go cold turkey.

Continue reading “No-Spend November 2016”

Les Bons Mots de la Mode

“I think there is beauty in everything. What ‘normal’ people would perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it.”

— Alexander McQueen

Review: Complete Unknown

Complete Unknown, starring Rachel Weisz and Michael Shannon, is directed by Joshua Marston and distributed by Amazon Studios and IFC Films. I received a screening link from IFC.


Continue reading “Review: Complete Unknown”

Les Bons Mots de la Mode

“I loathe narcissism, but I approve of vanity.”

— Diana Vreeland

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