Fashion

Behind the Scenes with Hallmark Costume Designer Jaralin Detienne

One of the biggest surprises since beginning this Hallmark In Real Life journey is how supportive everyone has been. As I shared my journey about Getting “Hallmark Ready” (see previous posts here and here) to create my very own Hallmark wardrobe, Jaralin Detienne, costume designer and personal stylist on over 30 Hallmark films, was kind… Continue reading Behind the Scenes with Hallmark Costume Designer Jaralin Detienne

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The Nine Lives of Christmas… Carlow the Firehouse Cat

We are into week three of The Nine Lives of Christmas…in Real Life (see previous posts here and here to follow along), and this is as close to living out the Hallmark movie in real life without any movie magic as I think I’m going to get. I have located an actual New York City… Continue reading The Nine Lives of Christmas… Carlow the Firehouse Cat

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The Nine Lives of Christmas… Meow Parlour

Last week was the kick-off to a three-post homage to The Nine Lives of Christmas where I visited the Brooklyn Cat Café for a 30-minute snuggle session with adoptable cats (see previous post). This week’s adventure is a stretch . . . a cat stretch. I visited the Meow Parlour, another non-profit that features adoptable… Continue reading The Nine Lives of Christmas… Meow Parlour

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The Nine Lives of Christmas… A Real-Life Cat Café

The Nine Lives of Christmas has been saved on my DVR for four years and counting. It’s the movie that started it all, my thorough enjoyment of all things Hallmark . . . and I suspect I am not alone. So how does one appropriately honor the movie that started it all? How does one… Continue reading The Nine Lives of Christmas… A Real-Life Cat Café

Fashion

Getting “Hallmark Ready”… continued

Last week we established that if I’m going to do this, I might as well go all in and do this right! Which means I need to be Hallmark-movie-moment ready, including dressing the part (see previous post). As discussed, my New York City closet of black, black, and more black needs an infusion of Hallmark,… Continue reading Getting “Hallmark Ready”… continued

Fashion

Getting “Hallmark Ready”

If I’m going to do this, I might as well go all in and do this right! Which means I need to be Hallmark-movie-moment ready, including dressing the part. So what is Hallmark attire, anyway? I think of it as timeless and classic. I also picture Hallmark movie moments: a Hallmark leading lady always has… Continue reading Getting “Hallmark Ready”

Fan Mail

Deck the Hallmark… In Real Life

Dear Hallmark Fans, Have you listened to the Deck the Hallmark podcast yet? In Real Life, I’m OBSESSED! If you’ve not yet had the listening pleasure, I’ll break it down for you: It’s three grown men from South Carolina analyzing Hallmark movies. Bran loves Hallmark movies, Panda likes Hallmark movies, and Dan despises Hallmark movies.… Continue reading Deck the Hallmark… In Real Life

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Bottled with Love… In Real Life

Life really is better with girlfriends. Good girlfriends. The supportive, honest ones, who know you so well that they call you out when you lose your way, cheer you along as you begin to live out Hallmark movies in real life, and will meet you at 7:30 a.m. in the morning to throw bottles into… Continue reading Bottled with Love… In Real Life

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Cherishing the Celebrities of My Youth

  Since Hallmark so brilliantly incorporates the actresses I grew up watching, such as Candace Cameron-Bure (Growing Pains), Danica McKellar (The Wonder Years), Kellie Martin (Life Goes On), Lacey Chabert (Party of Five), and Bethany Joy Lenz (One Tree Hill), Hallmark movies inspire me to share how I keep the celebrities of my youth alive… Continue reading Cherishing the Celebrities of My Youth

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The Mistletoe Inn… in Real Life continued

I’d much prefer to do a real-life riff on Hallmark’s Winter Love Story, where two published authors travel together while promoting their books, as I have a preference for all Hallmark movies starring Jen Lilley, but that would require me to be a published author in real life, which I am not. So Hallmark in… Continue reading The Mistletoe Inn… in Real Life continued