Thursday, August 30, 2012

Delightfully Dark Style

Carolyn Jones will always be my sentimental favourite in the role of Morticia Addams, but that doesn't mean that I don't appreciate Anjelica Huston's darkly delightful interpretation of the character in the movies, The Addams Family (1991), and Addams Family Values (1993).

While I loved the black tentacled dress that Carolyn Jones wore in The Addams Family television series (1964 - 1966), Angelica Huston's much expanded movie wardrobe did result in plenty of sartorial Gothic eye candy.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Grimly Goodies

When my husband asked me what I would like for my birthday, I (without hesitation) pointed him in the direction of my ridiculously long Amazon Wish List. I am a fan of the work of Gris Grimly, and for a while now, I have been wanting to own a book illustrated by him. He's a prolific artist, so there were a lot of choices, but in the end, I narrowed it down to four birthday treat books.

Tales of Mystery and Madness

Tales of Death and Dementia

I couldn't possibly resist Gris Grimly's pictures combined with the words of Edgar Allan Poe in the books, Tales of Mystery and Madness and Tales of Death and Dementia.

I also got The Legend of Sleepy Hollow illustrated by Gris Grimly. I'm a fan of Tim Burton's, Sleepy Hollow, but I've never actually read the Washington Irving story that it is based upon, and I'm aware that the movie deviates somewhat from the original tale.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Finally, I received Boris and Bella, a charming picture book about Bella Legrossi and Boris Kleanitoff, written by Carolyn Crimi and illustrated by Gris Grimly. Boris, a neat freak, and Bella, a slob, are feuding neighbours from Booville. The illustrations are gorgeous and it is actually a really sweet story about tolerance and acceptance.

Boris and Bella

You can see more of Gris Grimly's books on Amazon (here).

But wait... there's more! Some of you may remember the Skeleton Lady Cameo Necklace giveaway I held recently (here). Well, creator of the necklace, Candy, of Etsy shop, My Sweet November, surprised me with one of her necklaces as a gift, and it just happened to arrive on my birthday. It's absolutely delightful! Thank you so much, Candy!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Delightfully Dark Style

I'm sure it will come as no surprise that Morticia Addams, played by Carolyn Jones, from The Addams Family television series (1964 - 1966), is one of my all-time favourite style icons. Morticia almost always wore the same iconic black dress with tentacled hemline, but her dark elegance transcended the lack of variety in her wardrobe.

Occasionally, we saw her in a negligee (black, of course), which served to further inflame the passions of her always enamoured and ever-attentive husband, Gomez. Also, in one episode, Morticia posed as a maid (this too proved irresistible to her husband) in a ruse intended to trick Lurch's mother into believing that Lurch was the master of the house, and that she and Gomez were the servants. She also had a special outfit for a brief foray into sculpting.

Mostly however, Morticia just accessorized with flair. She had sunglasses for evenings of moonbathing, wore lace head scarves when out visiting, and naturally, she always protected her delightfully deathly pallor with a black parasol.