Introducing: Guilty Pleasure of the Month

25 Mar

As a busy (happily busy, I might add) professional, I am a huge fan of routine in some aspects of my life. This blog, is one of those aspects, which is why I was thrilled at the warm welcome of the C List series and last summer’s Scenes from the Weekend. Which is totally returning this Spring – I promise!

Though life is busy, I found an exciting new way to introduce four new monthly series to the blog.

Tonight, I’m kicking off the first!


On the last week of every month, I will share my newest guilty pleasure in the entertainment department. Maybe it’s a movie I saw that I can’t stop thinking about or maybe it’s my latest Netflix obsession.

Tonight, it’s the latter: my latest Netflix obsession.

The show is Bloodline and it’s a Netflix original, which if your up to speed on your Netflix lingo  means the entire season is available and you can binge watch it over the course of 13 hours if your heart desires. I haven’t done that, but in less than a week, I’ve knocked 8 / 13 episodes off my list and even gotten my mother hooked. It’s also available on both Canadian and American Netflix.

The show stars Coach Taylor Kyle Chandler among other bad ass stars and is set in the Florida Keys. You will want to move there. The show is centered around the Rayburn family – Sissy Spacek and Sam Shepard star as the parents and apparent linchpins of the family, with Kyle Chandler, and three other lesser know (read: not Coach Taylor) actors playing his siblings. You will love each in their own way.

All have their own story and their own drama and you only need to watch one episode to discover that together, they have more than one secret swept under the rug of their beautiful bed and breakfast resort on the Islamorada Key.

The show’s tagline? We’re not bad people, but we did a bad thing.

Bloodline has drama, angst, mystery, sex, drugs, and sun & sand.

It also has all the makings of the perfect Netflix binge. So if you feel so inclined, check it out and come back and tell me what you think!

AND make sure to come back over the next three weeks to discover the additional three new monthly posts! To get them while their hot, subscribe to my blog over to the right or follow me on Twitter @crystalcrichard to stay in the know!

Hint: If you’re looking for new beauty products to try, books to read, or recipes to whip up in the kitchen, you’re going to want to come back and often! 


The C List

20 Mar

Fall2014_TheCList_HeaderGood Morning!

And happy, happy Friday!

As many of you may know thanks to my trail of social media bread crumbs, I was out of town for part of this week to attend my first ever East Coast Startup Week. I got to meet the coolest people, be inspired by some amazing talks, and spend a solid 48 hours adding must-do’s to my three and five year plan.

First to do: make a three and five year plan.

Of course last night, I met up with my most-favorite movie partners in crime to take in the first showing of Insurgent. 

My short, spoiler free review: It did not need to be in 3D. I’m really still not OK with the haircut they chose for Tris. But everything is OK because Four is hot.

And now, the C List. Shorter than usual, because holy busy week. 

1. The Paper Towns Trailer (via YouTube) I do love a John Green novel, and while I haven’t forgiven him for the two hours of snot sobbing that The Fault in Our Stars caused — I am excited about Paper Towns’ potential.

2. How to Vacation like Royalty on a Budget (via Levo League) Want to feel like Will and Kate on your next vacation? Here’s how.

3.  25 Things Girls are Actually Doing When They Go to the Bathroom (via Elite Daily) Because #7 “Making awful, regrettable Snapchat stories” is just far too accurate. As is #11.

Have a great weekend!


The C List

13 Mar

Fall2014_TheCList_HeaderHappy Friday friends and followers!

It’s Friday and while I’m excited that it’s Friday because that means lazy Saturday and Sunday mornings in bed, I have to admit that I’m a little sad to see the weekend arrive.

As many of you may already know if you follow me on Instagram, Twitter or we’re Facebook friends – Onboardly moved into our new office downtown this week and I’m probably the happiest publicist on the East Coast.

Honestly, I didn’t think I could love an office as much as this, but I’m truly, madly, deeply, irrevocably in love with this office space.

IMG_7732 True Happiness

Naturally, I’m sad to be saying goodbye to such a perfect, creative space for two days. True story.

So before I go get comfy in the new space for the day and take on the world, here is this week’s C List, featuring some ridiculously cute animals, a sequel announcement, and a little bit of everything else in between.

1. 33 Extremely Important Questions “The Hills” Needs To Answer Immediately (via Buzzfeed) If you were a fan of the Hills (like myself) this post is a must, but above all – #1 is most important. What DID happen to Heidi’s dog Bella? Who, by the way, is my cat Bella’s namesake.

2. Zoolander 2 is Happening (via Variety) This news absolutely made my week and the delivery of it is one of my favorite cinematic PR moves of the year to date.

3. Definitive Proof that Gossip Girl was a Waffle (via Buzzfeed) Let me say two things: 1) This post is so accurate, it hurts. 2) I would like to be best friends with the person who thought of this post and share creative mind space for a day or two.

4. The Cutest Baby Chameleons You Will Ever See (via Buzzfeed) You’re welcome.

5. 23 Reasons Why You Belong at Green Gables (via Buzzfeed) If you’re a fan of Green Gables or Anne Shirley, this post is for you.

And that is it for today! I swear, this post was in no way sponsored by Buzzfeed. Though the love for them is fierce.

Happy Friday.

Happy Weekend.

Have an awesome day.


The C List

6 Mar

Fall2014_TheCList_HeaderFriday – how lovely it is to see you.

I don’t know about you, but I’m finding it incredibly hard to believe how fast time has been passing lately. I’m pretty sure Monday was only yesterday, so I don’t know where Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday got to.

That said, I kicked the week off more determined than ever to make time to edit my book. Yes, that book I wrote that I’ve mentioned on here once or twice before, but have never seemed to actually edit.

When my horoscopes aren’t telling me that I’m about to find true love in either my friend zone or on Tinder (way to cast a wide net universe) it’s telling me to finally follow my dreams and pursue my passion on the side. And who am I to ignore my horoscopes?

IMG_7526 appropriate

Needless to say, after squeezing in some late night editing jams this week, I’m looking forward to getting cozy in a coffee shop this weekend to spend some time with my favorite fictional characters.

Until then – here is this week’s C List to set your Friday off on the perfect note!

1. Cat. Turtle. An intense game of tag. (via Mashable) I love turtles and I love cats, naturally this made my entire week.

2. The Official San Andreas Trailer (via YouTube) I’m a natural disaster junkie, so I was shocked when I saw this trailer last week before Focus and realized I hadn’t even heard they were making a movie about the San Andreas fault line.  I am so pumped to see this movie when it hits theatres in May. No matter how terrible, cheesy or *hopefully* awesome it is.

3. Weasel Riding a Wood Pecker (and Meme) (via Buzzfeed) Last week it was llamas and dresses, this week it’s weasels riding wood peckers. The internet is a glorious creation.

4. Mumford and Sons – NEW ALBUM YOU GUYS (via Mumford and Sons) No explanation needed. Let’s all be excited together, because Mumford and Sons.

5. Beauty and the Beast’s Beast Revealed (via Refinery29) Any self-respecting book lover (like myself) lost their shit when they found out that Emma Watson was cast as Belle in Disney’s live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. Curious who will play the Beast? The wait is over and while I’m unfamiliar with the actor, the more I look at him — he’s got serious beast potential.

Have a wonderful weekend friends and followers!


Book to Screen: The Next Big Adaptations I Can’t Wait to See

28 Feb


Over the past year, I’ve gone on a couple of first dates and I’ve always noticed how some of the same questions come up every time.

What’s your favorite kind of food? Seafood and Mexican. Shellfish are my life (but save the turtles). 

What kind of music do you listen to? IndieThe Killers, The XX, Mumford and Sons. And yes, I’ve converted to Taylor Swift. 

What kind of movies do you like? Awesome question! I…. Well… Ummm… Shit….

I’ve realized, the more often I get asked this question, that I have absolutely no rhyme or reason to the genres of movies I watch. I love a good horror movie any day. I love a good chick flick or comedy, but I need a certain degree of raunchy or I’ll get bored. I’m not into macho man action movies but give me Zero Dark Thirty or American Sniper any day. I hate movies about cars (you couldn’t pay me to go see a Fast and the Furious movie) but I absolutely loved Aaron Paul’s Need for Speed. Because, well, Aaron Paul. I do love superhero movies but I’m partial to Batman and Spidey. And I’ve got a serious love for weird, obscure movies like Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom.

See? It’s impossible for me to pick a genre.

But here’s a genre I’ll get down with any day: A Good Book to Screen Adaptation 

Books are one of my favorite things in the world.

When you read a really great book you fall in love with the characters and their story. You get to exist in their world for several hundred pages and that world and their story will last a lifetime in your memory. Getting to see a book come to life on a theatre screen is perhaps one of the most thrilling, stressful and magical experiences a book lover like myself can have.

Following the release of Fifty Shades of Grey, a movie I never in a million years imagined I’d experience in a theatre when it was just Twilight fan fiction, a lot of media outlets have been talking about what the next bunch of book to screen adaptations will be.

Here are just a few of the ones I’m dying to see come to life.

1. Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

You’ve heard me rave about this book on here many times before, but did you know, a movie is in the works? As reported most recently by the Hollywood Reporter – ask and you shall receive the gorgeous Bennett Ryan on the big screen. I swore I would never be fussier about casting than I was for Fifty Shades but now that I’ve gotten Jamie Dornan as my Christian – the stress is on for who will be cast as Bennett and Chloe.

Seriously. Someone hold me.

2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus is one of my favorite books. It was one of those ridiculously long ones, that took about a hundred pages for me to really get into it but then I spiralled into this magical world and the rest was history. I was so in love with Celia and Marco’s story and their love for each other. I read the book in 2011 and at the time, it was announced that the film rights had been secured. Rumors starting swirling about Cirque de Soleil getting involved. I was SO excited but unfortunately, we’ve had crickets about production since 2012.

Dear Universe. I’d like this movie back please.

3. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

You may know Gillian Flynn as the woman, the author, and the award-winning screenwriter behind Gone Girl. You may also know how much I loved both the book and the movie. So naturally, I can’t wait to see her book Dark Places on the big screen when it’s finally released. Production is complete and it has a killer cast: Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult (member of my Top 5) and Christina Hendricks to name a few.

So how about that release date Hollywood?

4. On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves

Lastly, On the Island – also mentioned in the Hollywood Reporter’s piece. I read On the Island on the beaches in Florida two years ago and have been dreaming about a film adaptation ever since. Seeing it mentioned in the Hollywood Reporter gave me serious hope and while it’s not going to be the R-rated experience that Fifty Shades or Beautiful Bastard are – it’s definitely going to be a visually stunning, romantic, adventure. And yes – I can’t wait to find out who is cast as TJ and Anna.

So – tell me! What book to movie adaptations are you dying to see?

Leave a note to let me know or send a tweet!


The C List

27 Feb

Fall2014_TheCList_HeaderIf you were around for either llamas on the loose or the mysterious dress this week, the internet proved its worth and the towns people rejoiced.

That dress was totally white and gold for the record.

But seriously, what did we do before the internet?

While I became completely wrapped up in the llama situation (seriously, who wouldn’t?) and ended up on the phone debating the dress situation with one of my bests, believe it or not, there were some remaining links worth clicking on this week.

On this lovely Friday morning, here they are for your reading pleasure.

1. This Insane Fan Theory About “Titanic” Will Blow Your Mind (via Buzzfeed) Seriously. When you’re done being mind blown about a dress, give this a read. You may never look at Titanic the same way again.

2. 10 Things Successful Women Do Every Day (via Refinery29) I absolutely love that Lauren Conrad is an R29 contributor – this piece is by far my favorite so far. My favorite tidbit of advice? Make time for yourself. 

3. The MH370 Theory That Will Blow Your Mind (via NY Mag) This week’s C List theme is obviously following a theme: blow your mind. This is a longer read but it’s one that will haunt you long after you’re done. I still can’t stop thinking about it.

4. Ed Sheeran’s “Dirty” Cover (via Vulture) You’re welcome.

5. Spotting Cute French Guys on the Paris Metro (via MessyNessyChic) This is amazing. Also the first guy, in the suit, is my future husband. He just doesn’t know it yet.

Happy Friday friends!


Oscars 2015: LIVE Blogging

22 Feb


And that is a wrap! Six hours of blogging later – I am diving head first into bed.  A huge thank you to everyone who refreshed, refreshed, refreshed. I love you all and hope you had as much fun as I did! And remember: call your mom and stay weird. xx

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