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90's Movies That Defined My Tween Years

90's Movies That Defined My Tween Years

If I was stranded on a deserted island and I had to pick either movies or music to kill the time before I slowly decompose, it would 1000% be music. Oh wait, this is a blog about movies. Hmm...movies would be runner up for sure! All jokes aside, music is my lifeline. But movies shaped my perception of this crazy life and rocked my imagination to its core.
In no particular order, here are the movies that flipped my world in the mid 90s.

Mira Sorvino


Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion,1997
I loved how this movie portrayed grown women as best friends. As a 12 year old kid , all the relationships I saw were of, well.. kids. Kudrow and Sorvino are brilliant actresses who played ditzy women with a lot of heart. Janeane Garafalo was also a major stand out for me. I’m a sucker for dry humor and she is the master of that. (Side note:I don’t care what anybody says, The Truth About Cats and Dogs with Garafalo is so underrated!) Fun fact: I came to know of Lisa Kudrow through this movie first. Friends seemed a bit mature back then, at least for me it did. Yes, I fucking love Friends now.

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo & Juliet,1996 /Titanic,1997

I'm not ashamed to admit that I was boy crazy and still am. But I am a hair embarrassed that I joined Leo’s official fan club back in 1996. Blame it on Romeo & Juliet. It was the movie that burned romance into my tween heart. I fell hard. The fish tank scene with Des‘rees', ‘Kissing’ You’ playing in the background was breathtakingly orchestrated and the elavator kiss had me in the clouds. Shortly after, Titanic set my world on fire. Leo is amazing in romantic roles. You definitely don't see him doing those kind of roles these days. Don't get me wrong, he’s a spectacular dramatic actor. But 'Romantic Leo' holds a special place in my heart. The closest he came to a "romantic" role nowadays was in Revoltionary Road(2008). Excellent movie but he definitely likes to pick those damn tragic roles.

Clueless Cher Tye


Clueless,1995
I had a really cool adult friend in her mid 20’s who offered to take me and my friend to see Clueless when it was first released in theaters. This was the kind of movie that as you age you come understand certain jokes, references and innuendos. I showed this movie to my boyfriend (who has never seen it) a few months ago. Surprisingly he didn’t hate it. He thought it was clever. I couldn’t agree more!

Don't Be a Menace Wayans Bros

Don’t Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood,1996
I remember correcting people when they messed up the title because I thought it was the funniest thing to say and it’s so memorable to this day. I would have laughing fits during this grandma scene where I thought she was smoking a giant cigar. It was a giant blunt. Again, I was 10 guys. Just like Clueless, this movie has so many satirical Easter eggs, I highly recommend you give it a few watches.

Cruel Intentions Reese Witherspoon

I Know What You Did Last Summer,1997/ Cruel Intentions,1999
Jennifer Love Hewitt was my ultimate 90’s girl crush. Hell, I even bought Neutrogena face wash because of her. My best friend Jamie and I saw her as the Marilyn Monroe of our generation. She had an innocent beauty to her and her proportions were unreal. And just like Marilyn, people really didn’t give Jennifer’s acting a chance, they just saw her as pretty face. I always thought she had amazing screen presence and was easily a scene stealer. I Know What You Did Last Summer had such an awesome cast including Sarah Michelle Gellar, who was my favorite character in the movie. In retrospect, Hewitt’s character was not very likable in this movie but I still adored and rooted for her. I preferred her characters in House Arrest,Trojan War, and Can’t Hardly Wait.
Gellar in Cruel Intentions was so iconic to me. She was so good at being bad, that I ended up rooting for her till the very end. And of course there’s Ryan Phillippe. The role of Sebastian was tailored made for him. His comedic scenes with Cecile (Selma Blair) and Blaine (Joshua Jackson) were some of my favorites.
The movie became a big part of my daily vocabulary. Ask me to recite this movie in my sleep because I could!


Truthfully, I left out tons of movies that should belong on this list (like Spice World and The Craft) but then it would no longer be a blog but a 100 page hardcover book. And who would wanna read that?

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The Bestfriend's Guide To Vegetarian Eating and Thrifting in New York

The Bestfriend's Guide To Vegetarian Eating and Thrifting in New York

As Jamie mentioned in the previous blog, my bestie road-tripped across the country (something I hope to do in this lifetime) to her permanent destination: Arizona. There was no way in hell I was going to let her leave New York without giving it a proper goodbye. We decided to revisit all our favorite places to shop and eat in Queens, Long Island, Brooklyn and Manhattan. 


Manhattan

Pomme Frites
J introduced me to Pomme Frites back in our college years, she raved how these fries were one of the best she ever had. She wasn’t wrong. In fact, they are so good, that’s the only thing they serve and its filling all on its own. You pair these fries with their specialty dips (there’s a lot!), the only and best dip we’ve ever ordered together was the Sweet Mango Chutney sauce.

Pomme Frites NYC

Red Bamboo
I was also introduced to Vegetarian/Vegan cuisine through her. Although I do eat meat, I’m not some kind of meat elitist- any type of food can taste great if prepared correctly. Red Bamboo is one of those restaurants that delivers in both food and atmosphere. Do try the Barbeque Buffalo wings!

Metropolis Vintage
Nothing kills our mood more than commuting to the city from Queens, but I’m glad we did one last time. It’s almost impossible to find good vintage band tees in any thrift store but this shop is the MECCA of vintage band tees. The most impressive thing is that they categorize the tees based on year and genre. They even have sections dedicated to movies, shows and video games. We walked out with a Mega Man tee, an Incubus tee and The Cure tee.

Brooklyn

Champs Diner
This amazing Vegan diner has become a staple every time we venture out to Brooklyn. We were so bummed we couldn’t eat there one last time since the pandemic. Her love for their Cuban Sandwich is something she says she will dearly miss when leaving NY. I’m obsessed with their breakfast platter of tofu eggs, soy-sage and hash browns.

Champs Diner Brooklyn NY Breakfast

The Bedford Strip
Not sure if that’s an official title like the Vegas strip but it’s what J and I call Bedford Ave in Williamsburg. It’s the most “happening” street filled with shops, bakeries and restaurants that stretches for 12 blocks. I urge you to check the many shops located on its side streets, like N6 Street, where you can find this adorable gift shop called Adore Brooklyn or Crossroads Trading Co, our go-to thrift store.

Crossroads Trading Co Thrift Store Brooklyn

Long Island

The Witches Brew Coffee House
Themed cafes can either be hit or miss. However, this place is not so much a theme as a lifestyle - a witchy lifestyle. It’s rich with vintage decor and the darkest atmosphere-literally. It’s purposely not well lit which adds to the spookiness. They have a really cool selection of teas/coffee and healthy vegetarians dishes. We usually go there for their raspberry tea and vegan brownie sundae!

The Witches Brew Brownie Sundae

Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices
Here in Queens and Long Island, we have so many locations of this ice cream shop that it never dawned on me that its only unique here in New York. Their selection of cream ices is unreal; Start with Vanilla Reese’s, Coconut Raspberry Tart and Crazy Coconut!

Queens

The White Noise Coffee Co.
This trendy coffee shop does not play when it comes to their coffees. J is really picky about her matcha lattes. So rest assured that you’re going to get the best matcha latte -hot or cold! I recommend you try their dark mocha latte too.

White Noise Coffee Shop Matcha Latte

Bodai Vegetarian
This Chinese vegetarian restaurant is special to my heart, mostly because J has celebrated almost all her adult life birthdays here. I beg you to try their crispy, breaded roast pig appetizer and their Teriyaki Steak.

Bodai Vegetarian Chinese Restaurant


We had plans to turn this into a video for our Youtube Channel, serving as a guide to New York through the eyes of real locals. However due to the current state of the world, my bestie being pregnant and packing all her life in boxes, we were only able to film for 2 days. In the video, we barely scratched the surface of what we wanted to revisit but we did end up seeing new things together and at least trying those God sent fries one last time!




Pomme frites
128 Macdougal Street NY

Red Bamboo
140 West 4 Street NY

Metropolis Vintage
803 Broadway NY

Champs Diner
197 Meserole St, Brooklyn

The Witches Brew Coffee House
311 Hempstead Turnpike, West Hempstead

Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices
531 Franklin Ave, Franklin Square
or Find a location anywhere in NY

The White Noise Coffee Co.
41-02 162nd St, Flushing

Bodai Vegetarian
136-20 Booth Memorial ave, Flushing



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A Serious Halloween Flashback

A Serious Halloween Flashback

The thing I hate about the holidays is that they always have an air of seriousness. Thanksgiving and Christmas are both holidays about giving, appreciating your family and counting your blessings; you know, serious stuff. The 4th of July is about remembering those who were on the frontlines (wait isn’t that memorial day?) and celebrating our declaration of independence. Again, too damn serious. But then there’s halloween.

Some may argue that it’s not technically a holiday, rather a celebration but we always like to twist history in our favor, so yes, it’s a holiday! As a kid, the idea of wearing masks to hide your identity was the coolest thing ever (Whoops, jokes on you kiddo). I was a pretty shy kid but Halloween gave me the release to be the freak I always wanted to be. I’ll forever be a Toys R Us kid and hopefully I’ll never outgrow being a Halloween kid. Jamie, my best friend and co-owner of Moon In Aquarius, is also a Halloween enthusiast. Looking back at our past halloween photos, I’ve come to realize that it's truly a holiday for creative souls. So maybe Halloween is a serious holiday... about saying fuck it: just let loose and be a kid.
Revel in these photos that I dug from deep in my G-Drive.


Demon Costume Subway

 2010 - This year I decided to dress up as your average demon. I named her Kenna.

 

Lydia Halloween Costume
 2011 - J dressing up as Lydia was the ultimate tribute to Winona Ryder. She even made the dress herself! I'm not sure what I was going for but I just wanted an excuse to wear a dope vintage dress.

 

Playboy Bunny Halloween Costume
 2008 - Playboy J

 

Shakira Michael Jackson Halloween Costume

 2018, 2008 - The biggest Shakira and Michael Jackson fans out there.

Sid and Nancy
 2019 , 2010- Me on the left, can't go wrong with a creepy mask. J ,on the right, as Sid's lovely gal pal Nancy.
ICP Insane Clown Posse
 2007 - ICP? Nope, just a Megadeth lovin' clown.

Sad fact: One year I was obsessed with the idea of being Andrew W.K as a zombie. I had everything but the dirty white sneakers. I honestly can’t even remember what happened that halloween, but needless to say my vision wasn’t realized. Who knows, perhaps this year will be the year I will pay homage to the party king himself. He deserves it.

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