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Last week I went to the Celebuzz screening of The Host (the new movie from the writer of Twilight)! Thought it was kiiinda cute, don't tell anyone! I ran into my Buzzmaker homegirls Dani Vitale and Hanna Beth there, and we took some pictures after watching the Q&A with the actors. Check 'em out!
Are you going to see The Host in theatres?
It's almost Valentine's Day, so what better time to try on some sexy (and comfortable) items from Blackheart Lingerie? I had the most fabulous time picking out my favorite things at their shop. Watch me try on outfits and see what my picks were in this video below!
On my road trip last week, I slept and took photos in some awesome allegedly haunted places in Arizona, and although we didn't come across any ghosts, my craving for spooky isn't going anywhere. Which brings me to the best giveaway EVER, in celebration of The Possession coming out on DVD: A trip to LA and some scary fun to go with it! See sweepstakes information at the bottom of this blog. And on your way down, check out some of the scariest places in Los Angeles!
1.) The Queen Mary, Long Beach
This historical ship docked in Long Beach has seen the deaths of just under 50 people. Serving as both a World War II transport ship and a luxury liner, one of the ship's famous ghosts is John Henry, who was crushed to death while trying to flee a fire. Ever since, strange knocks and lights have been noticed around engine room 13 where he died. Many also see the ghost of a young third-class girl who broke her neck while sliding down the banister. She is said to wander through the pool area along with two other mysterious female apparitions. A haunted LA classic.
2.) Paul Bern House, Beverly Hills
I love this story. MGM Producer Paul Bern lived in this house on Easton Drive with his new wife, starlet Jean Harlow, in 1932. Just several months after their marriage, Bern was found shot to death in Jean's bedroom, naked and covered in her perfume. (In part because the butler called studio executives to the house two hours before calling the police, many speculated about a murder cover-up.)
Years later, celebrity hairstylist Jay Sebring, who would later become a victim of the Manson family murders along with his then-girlfriend Sharon Tate, was living in the very same house. One night in 1966, Sharon was sleeping alone in the house and couldn't shake an uneasy feeling. While she was lying in bed with the lights on, a "creepy little man" whom she recognized as Paul Bern suddenly came into the bedroom, looking around for something. She left the bedroom in a hurry, starting down the stairs, and froze when she saw a figure tied to the staircase with his or her throat cut - not far off from the way her own life would end three years later. It then vanished. Sharon, looking for a drink, tore a piece of wallpaper without thinking. The next morning, she was convinced the whole thing had been a nightmare - until she saw where she had torn the wallpaper.
3.) The Perelson Murder Mansion, Los Feliz
In December 1959, Dr. Harold Perelson, a heart specialist, beat his wife to death with a hammer, then severely beating his 18-year-old daughter Judye while his two other children were asleep. Judye survived and ran to a neighbor's house to call for help, and when the younger children woke up and asked about the screaming, Harold told them it had only been a nightmare and that they should go back to sleep. He then drank acid, killing himself instantly. After the horrible incident, the children were sent to live with relatives and the mansion was locked up. Scary, yes? But then, a year later, a couple purchased the mansion, and though they occasionally visited and stored some possessions there, they never moved in - nor did they move the Perelson's things out. Rumor has it that the house is still in almost exactly the same state as it was that evening - including the family's Christmas gifts still on the table, and the Christmas tree in the living room. The current owner refuses to sell the home, but doesn't move in. Very mysterious.
4.) The Hollywood Sign, Hollywood
Broadway actress Peg Entwistle moved to Los Angeles in the 1930s to make a name for herself in film. She finally got a contract to act in a film called Thirteen Women, but the film did poorly and most of her scenes got cut out of the edit. When auditions were fruitless for the next few months, finally, in September 1932, the 24-year-old climbed to the top of the "H" in what was then the Hollywoodland sign and threw herself to her death, her body soon to be discovered with a suicide note in her purse. People now catch glimpses of the figure of a woman in white '30s attire lingering around the area, looking distraught.
5.) The Vogue Theater (Supperclub), Hollywood
The Vogue Theater was built on the playground of Prospect Elementary School, which burned down in 1901, killing 21 children and their teacher. It was turned into a factory before burning down again, finally becoming the Vogue Theater in 1936. From 1997 to 2001 a paranormal research society took over, using the theater as a research site and hosting psychic performances. They claimed to have cleared the theater of seven ghosts, including an projectionist named Fritz who'd died in the theater. Now a club called Supperclub, people still have ghostly encounters with the children.
6.) "Suicide" Bridge, Pasadena
The Colorado Street Bridge, nicknamed Suicide Bridge, was built in 1912 and is a gold mine of hauntings, most famous for hosting nearly 50 suicides during the Great Depression. The total is now over 100 (still about ten every year). Suicides aside, a worker who fell into the wet concrete while the bridge was first being built was supposedly left there, frozen in the cement - and, they say, calling out to potential jumpers to join him. And in 1937, when a woman threw her baby off the bridge before jumping herself, she met her end but the baby landed in a nearby tree and survived. They say she still haunts the bridge, searching for her child. Various ghosts are seen here, including a female figure in a long flowing robe who stands on the edge of the bridge and throws herself off before vanishing. Spooky.
OKAY SWEEPSTAKES INFORMATION!!!!
In celebration of The Possession DVD coming out, Buzznet is hosting a sweepstakes giveaway for (1) grand prize trip for two (2) to Los Angeles, CA including roundtrip airfare, two (2) nights hotel accommodation, two (2) tickets to a Hollywood Ghost Tour (i.e. Dearly Departed), two (2) DVD's of The Possession and $700 to be used for ground transportation and incidentals.
Check out the trailer for The Possession:
GypsyWarrior.com recently sent me a package of fabulous items from their shop, and not only did I style my own outfits from their pieces, but now I get to give a very special item away to one lucky winner!
WIN this spike bib necklace in your choice of silver or gold!:
Amazing, right? Scroll down to see the super simple instructions on how to win this giveaway - and check out the outfits I styled with my items from the website on the way!
Black mesh dress and cross earrings available at GypsyWarrior.com
Now HOW TO WIN (it's easy!):
1.) Like Gypsy Warrior on Facebook at facebook.com/GypsyWarriorVintage
2.) Like me on Facebook at facebook.com/LolaBlanc
3.) Leave a comment on this post about how YOU would rock the spike bib necklace, along with your e-mail address!
International entries welcome. Winner will be announced on Monday, November 19th. Be sure to like both pages in order for your entry to count! Good luck!
Last week I teamed up with Hot Topic for this Halloween-appropriate editorial: me as some of my favorite horror movie villains! Rather less scary, more stylized versions of them, of course. I opted for looks that were inspired by Carrie, Pinhead, and Freddy Krueger. Check out the photos below, and shop the looks for your Halloween costume at www.hottopic.com!
Photography: Tolga Katas
Art direction: Christine Marie Katas
Makeup: Spencer Lopez; Shiran Yamen
Hair: Dottie Vee; Shiran Yamen
Set design: Ron Orr
Styling: Yours truly
Bloody tiara available from hottopic.com
Thanks so much to Hot Topic for making this happen!
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As you may know, I am the face and voice of Lime Crime's "Alchemy" Makeup Collection. In celebration of its release, we are giving away the collection to one lucky gal (or guy)! Win this amazing 4-piece Alchemy Set (retail value $67) by following these easy steps below!
1.) Like me on Facebook at facebook.com/lolablanc
2.) Like Lime Crime on Facebook at facebook.com/limecrime
3.) Comment here (WITH your Facebook link) or on the Facebook giveaway post with your favorite item from the Alchemy collection from www.limecrimemakeup.com, and tell us why!
1.) Follow Lime Crime on Twitter at twitter.com/limecrime
2.) Follow me on Twitter at twitter.com/ohlalola
3.) Tweet at @ohlalola and @limecrime about your favorite item from the Alchemy collection and tell us why!
One lucky winner will be chosen at random and announced October 22nd! International entries are welcome. Good luck!!!
You guys. Lime Crime's new makeup line Alchemy, featuring moi as the face of the campaign, is almost here - check out our spooky, witchy video commercial that just went up! There's smoke and potions and a cat, and best of all (presumably), a new song by me!
I recorded a cover of Love Potion No. 9 for the video! Listen to it below or on my facebook. Plus, in a few days the song will be available for download on iTunes. Yays all around! Check it all out below, and be sure to buy the palette & lipsticks on limecrimemakeup.com on October 13th!
(PS: I will be hosting a makeup giveaway next week. You will faint. Stay tuned!)
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Yes. I'm a little obsessed with horror movies. The fact that so many of them are bad is exactly the point: finding a truly scary movie is like finding the holy grail. There are more out there than one might imagine, though, and these five scenes in particular were truly terrifying to me. Watch them - or, better yet, watch the actual movies - and shiver!!:
5.) The Orphanage (El Orfanato): the game scene
I almost couldn't even watch this part. On the one hand, she's playing a harmless game to get the attention of a bunch of kids, but on the other hand, they're, you know, dead. And they're multiplying! Why would you ever want to conjure up dead multiplying kids?!
4.) The Descent: the claustrophobic scene
Though this scene does not convey the actual horror elements that are in this movie, which happen soon after, ultimately I settled on this gem because the danger here feels very, very real and very, very scary. By the end of the movie, small spaces are the least of their worries, but I found myself hardly able to breathe during this scene. Currently reconsidering my spelunking plans.
3.) Ringu: the TV scene
I must say I find this original Japanese TV scene a lot more effective than the American remake (The Ring). As if a videotape that somehow kills you when you watch it isn't unnerving enough, they then break the comfort and separation of the TV screen with that god-awful hair monster. Kill it!
(On the topic of horror movies about movies, there is one coming out very soon that I'm getting all giddy about. It's called Sinister, and it's about a guy (Ethan Hawke) who finds old footage in his new home that creates a whole lot of terrifying problems. Check out the trailer below!)
Okay back to the list we go.
2.) The Shining: the baseball bat scene
Picture this: You've just discovered evidence that your loving husband has definitely and thoroughly gone batshit crazy, and then he walks in the room. And then he slowly follows you around said room while saying a bunch of scary nutso shit, and then he tells you he's going to bash your head in. No big deal. I chose this instead of the ax scene because, for me, moments of realization are the scariest moments of all.
1.) Funny Games: the realization scene
Speaking of moments of realization! I was actually initially looking for a clip of a scene from the end of this movie, when as a viewer you've begun to construct a framework of hope that is instantly shattered, heart-sinkingly, with the rolling a single golf ball. I couldn't find that one online, but this one rivals it because this is the when the family begins to understand that these guys do NOT plan on leaving, and something very terrible is about to happen. Even though the unwelcome guests just broke Tim Roth's leg, they act like everything is fine, and in this quiet calmness is something far scarier than the shriekiest music and the biggest boo moments. This movie rules.
What movie scenes do you think are the scariest ever??
In honor of the release of the movie Pitch Perfect, which I absolutely adored, Jon Levine and I went over to Buzznet to do a little live performance of 'No Diggity', the 1996 R&B number from the movie! I'm rapping, guys. And using a loop pedal (in six inch Hellbounds, obviously). Check it out!!