When the love of your life turns out not to be the love of your life …

For the past 7 years I have love someone that I have moved emotional and physical mountains for. There were times when I mistook his silence as a need of space, his bitter comments about others as him confiding in me. The countless trips that I would have to sell my some of processions for as a sign that he love me as love. But I came to learned something that will stick with me, he didn’t care about what I did to show him I love him. He didn’t care how scared I was last year when I got my first major surgery. He never offer help when I was out of the job even though he offered to pay for his friends mortgage. I never got a birthday or holiday card or gift when I would scrimped, work overtime, sell things for to get him something for every birthday, or holiday. Everything that I give up freely to him he seemed bother. The last time I went to visit him was for two weeks, I love every minute I was with him. I was shattered when I had to go back. It took me weeks to stop crying. After I got back I told him that I wanted a family with him, he said he was too old. I said I didn’t think so. He felt like home and I wanted to create a family, a home. Something for him to come home too. Instead he stop talking to me, he would treat me like a stranger. I tried to reach out saying I love you please don’t forget me or treat me like a stranger. But he said nothing. I knew right there and then my soul mate wouldn’t treat me so badly. I have love him so freely and did everything my heart could until it worn itself out. My heart hurts so much it is tired and exhausted to see him freely give love, attention, gifts and money to his friends. I felt like a bother, a person who would love him regardless and with open arms. My heart is trying to heal from the past 7 years. It looks at things differently, through a cautionary lens. But it will never treat them the way I was treated by him.

Great Small Businesses: @adelemildred!

This week I interviewed: @adelemildred !

  1. What made you interested in making eyewear?

“I fell into it actually; I didn’t set out to be an eyewear designer… 

I studied fashion and dressmaking and translated that into millinery 15 years ago. Back then I didn’t really think about accessories beyond headwear until I got my hands on a vintage pair of Safilo Peggy Guggenheim tribute sunglasses, they were great and ticked a few boxes but something wasn’t quite right with them. The glasses had a sad turned down look so I decided to redesign them and make them better…and my ‘PEGGY’ shape was born. I found an artisan in the UK to make me a prototype pair, which was as far as I was planning on taking it, until I posted a photo on Instagram and was urged to take them into production. Since then, I’ve had great fun dreaming up new styles. I currently have a lovely family factory in Canada that help me with eco friendly production. I really believe in buying smarter, less and good quality. My Eco-warrior lifestyle is at odds with mass manufacturing which is why I have kept this venture small and Mother Earth friendly.”

“the photo that launched 100 sunglasses.”

2. Who are your three top pop culture icons and why?

I am obsessed with eccentric woman that eschew trends and societal constraints. There are so many I could name, but let’s just randomly narrow them down to:
Beatrice Wood the Potter: lover of hunks and chocolate,  

Marchesa Luisa Casati: A flaming red haired muse and heiress who is still idolized and inspires designers even after her death. 

and the The Lava Lady: The less said about her the better, an LA icon you might have been lucky enough to spot around Melrose 20 or more years ago. (I was lucky a few times!) 

“Mimicking another wonderful eccentric Diane Pernet

3. What is your most popular item and style in your store and why do you think it’s so popular? 

“Peggy for sure! My first design still is the most popular, but I’ve recently made a 70’s ‘boozy aunt’ version I’ve named ‘GUGGENHEIM’ that is following closely in popularity. It takes a bold lady (or lad) to wear either but you will be rewarded with so many compliments.”

“The Guggenheim Style”

4. Do you have a favorite fashion decade? If so: what decade is it and why? 

“There are some many wonderful parts of each decade but what I adore most is the whimsy of the 40’s, fashion really hit a high then, especially in accessories.”

5.  What is your go to spring accessory and why? 

“Sunglasses and hats, of course, both are so easy to toss on but can make such a huge impact on your look. (Or not, if you are boring and wear Oakleys and baseball caps with no irony) “

“My newest sunglasses design coming next month: the Luisa.”

6. Do you have any exciting news or events that you would like to share?

“Next month I will be merging my sunglasses into my millinery company @hood_london  

I’m looking forward to making my work seamless and easier to access. It will all be in one place at https://www.hoodlondon.com/ I have two new styles landing that are really gorgeous, an ornate Rococo pair and a new Snake cat eye shape that I currently wear the most.”

If you like to learn more about Adele. The following contact information is below:





thank you so much for the interview Adele!!!

until next time! 🙂

“Ain’t nothin’ wrong her. She just loves eggs, s’all.”- Pink Flamingos Movie Facts!

In celebration of the upcoming Criterion Collection release of Pink Flamingos in late June:

I wanted to share from movie facts about the film!

The film debut on March 17,1972 at the Baltimore Film Festival. The movie was gaining a lot of buzz because John Waters previously release another film Multiple Maniacs

The movie has been banned in the following countries: Australia, Switzerland, and some parts of Canada and Norway.

Divine was arrested for shop lifting during the making of the movie but he said it was because he was trying to do method and it was part of his character.

John Waters does the narration of his film. He was trying to mimic a popular local celebrity named “Mr. Ray.”

John Waters wanted to do a sequel to Pink Flamingos called “Flamingoes Forever.” However with the deaths of Edith Massey and Divine he changed his mind.:

The dog poop eating scene at the end of the final was real and Divine’s reaction to it was 100% authentic. After the scene was wrapped he would call John and asked him relentlessly if he could be pensioned by what he ate. John Waters stated that when Divine ate the poop it turned him into a star.

Mink Stole and David Lochary dyed their own hair. Although David Lochary color his hair with a magic marker.

Fun Fact this poster is what sparked my small 7 year old mind into watching Pink Flamingos:

The famous trailer home of Babs Johnson was bought for $50 dollars at a junkyard.

And lastly and I am personally proud of this one!

In 2021 the United States National Film Registry from the Library of Congress selected Pink Flamingos to part of a preservation process and become part of there library. The goal of the Film Registry is to recognize American Films that are “diverse and showcase the range of American Film.”

If you like to learn more about the program the link is here:


Here is a trailer of the movie:

Until next time!!!

Source: IMDB.com and youtube

Welcome to the Insta-hood: @shelleyduvallxo!

this week I interviewed @shelleyduvallxo !

  1. Tell me about yourself:
Me in one of my many Shelley shirts. 

“I’m Sarah, behind the @shelleyduvallxo Instagram and Tik Tok account! I’m currently a senior in college in Boston, MA studying journalism! I’m graduating so soon and I’m clueless about what I want to do post-college, which is slightly exciting, yet nerve-wracking. But running my Shelley fan page has been a fun hobby of mine even if I’m quickly posting from the train or in the middle of class, I love connecting with so many fellow Shelley fans over my posts & stories. Even if I’ve had a bad day, watching anything Shelley is what brings me joy. Aside from my love of Shelley, I am a HUGE Taylor Swift fan / Swiftie and I also dedicate my life to her. I also enjoy reading all day and every day, I love country music and I’m an avid horror music lover. I also grew up with many rabbits and now I have my own pet rabbit, Millie – named after Shelley’s character in 3 Women of course. My personal IG account is @sarlukowski if you ever want to follow me along on there.”

Shelley with a letter I sent and a photo of my tattoo, October 2021

2. What made you interested in creating a Shelley Duvall fan page?

“I originally became a fan of Shelley in 2016 after watching The Shining for the first time. I unfortunately never grew up watching Faerie Tale Theatre or knew of her prior to watching Shining on a random whim, but after watching Shining I immediately became enthralled by her unique looks and her eccentric personality and had to Google search her. From there I had a steady fascination with her life & career and would watch some of her movies from time to time, but it wasn’t until the beautifully done and humanizing 2021 Hollywood Reporter article that I fell even more in love with her. I had it in the back of my mind to make a fan page for Shelley, but that article definitely pushed me to make an account even more, so I did make one in March 2021. 

My main reason for creating @shelleyduvallxo, was so that it would be my own personal, niche hobby to find out more about Shelley while also posting daily pictures and videos beyond harmful rumors and what toxic tabloid articles write about her. A lot of people like to dwell on her mistreatment in The Shining, but she’s so much more than that. Through my fan page, I have learned so much about Shelley’s career, which I didn’t know before. For example, she was a pioneer in children’s cable TV programming and FTT was even the first original show on Showtime and she was an incredibly smart businesswoman overall. Even a year into my fan page, I still discover new things about her and even uncover photoshoots I’ve never seen before!

Some of my Shelley collection –mostly bought secondhand such as on eBay.

I’ve been deep into eBay trying to find all things Shelley for my account and to add to my fan page. I will never stop my research even if I’m piled up with homework. There is so much to Shelley and even though life hasn’t treated her too kindly in recent years, I am so glad that I can spread the love and appreciation for her on the internet while still offering her the privacy she needs! And I’ve connected with so many fans that I never thought possible – there IS a thriving fan base for her online and I’m pleased I can facilitate that in my growing fan page.”

3. What are your top 3 favorite movies of hers? Why are they your favorite?

“This question can be difficult because I love them all even the wacky, kid’s movies she was in in the 1990s and early 2000s. But 3 Women, Nashville, and The Shining are my top favorites, although it fluctuates with my mood and with the seasons. 

3 Women– 3 Women is a movie I watched for the first time only about a year ago when I first created my account. But I quickly fell in love with it for the hazy desert atmosphere, dreamy pastels, and effortless yet strange performances by Shelley, Sissy & Janice Rule. So many different ways you can interpret it and I still find new details when each time I watch it. I closely relate to Shelley’s character in this movie as someone who kind of observes everyone from the outside and is very talkative – this movie is relatable too because I also want to be Shelley just like Pinky. Shelley’s yellow fashion is my inspo for this summer. 

Nashville– As a fan of country music and Shelley, Nashville is the perfect movie for me. I don’t watch it too often since it’s lengthy, but Altman perfectly captures this large cast of characters trying to make it in Music City. Shelley is stellar as always, but this time as groupie LA Joan in her short shorts and crop top and that big afro. She’s so mesmerizing. 

The Shining– Of course, I have to mention The Shining, it’s how I first discovered her. I won’t get too into it, but Shelley’s performance as Wendy Torrance is at the emotional, heart of that movie. She’s phenomenal as always in showing her terror. Even if it was difficult for her to film, no one else could have done it better! Her performance should be valued more and held to the same level as Jack Nicholson’s. “

4. What is a random fact that not a lot of people know about you?

My Shelley-inspired tattoo, August 2021.

“I do in fact have a Shelley Duvall tattoo that I got done by NYC tattoo artist Chris Cutthroat in August 2021. I happened to come across Chris’s Shelley flash tattoo on Instagram and had to get it on me forever. The tattoo is inspired by Shelley’s Brewster McCloud photoshoot – with her stringy dark hair and big Twiggy lower lashes. I love having it on me and staring at it all day, even if some people like to comment on it asking if it’s of me or Lady Gaga. But I’m excited for the warmer months because I can show it off again. And Shelley herself even knows about my tattoo and loves it – although I didn’t need that validation it’s nice to have her appreciation in return.”

5. Do you have any exciting news or events that you would like to share?

” I’ve been helping out with the Shelley Duvall podcast, Texas Twiggy, since September 2021, and it has finally been out for a few weeks! There are 11 episodes overall and a new one drops every Wednesday. I did the research for the podcast, but my friend Emma is the creator, producer, and 

narrator and she does such a beautiful job detailing Shelley’s career and also uncovering Shelley’s life, but with the utmost respect and concern for her privacy. When I first started my fan page I never thought I would be working for a podcast dedicated to Shelley, but helping with Texas Twiggy research actually validated my obsession and made me feel sane. Episodes can be streamed on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and anywhere else where you can listen to podcasts. Even if you’re not a Shelley fan, you can start by listening to Texas Twiggy 😉 

The magnet and pin I have for sale on my Etsy.

I’m also selling Shelley pins, magnets, and stickers on my Etsy so you can show off your love for Shelley https://www.etsy.com/shop/sarlukowski?ref=simple-shop-header-name&listing_id=1196267428&load_webview=1&bid=twCCQufGTHS8XoWYGIdYHUXAtMdC

If you like more information about Sarah. The following contact information is below:

Instagram: @shelleyduvallxo


Email: sarlukowski@gmail.com



Artist’s Spotlight: @anti_peptalk_comic !

1.Tell me a little about yourself:

“I immigrated to the USA from Canada at the age of 12, back in 2003. I was basically born inside a Neil Young song, in a small town in North Ontario. I have an MFA in creative writing from Northern Arizona University and I love to write (obviously), play music (on Spotify under Eric Dovigi!), and do visual art.”

2. .What made you interested in doing a daily comic strip?

“I quit a job teaching Middle School English a few months ago and found myself with lots of time on my hands. Basically, I coped with this by listening to the news way too much and was starting to get really depressed. I spent a lot of time on Instagram and developed a passionate dislike for inspirational and motivational viral posts. I’m interested in language and semiotics and found the text in these posts to be largely inscrutable, comprised mostly of generalities. I can’t understand how anyone can make sense of a phrase like “live your best life.” Maybe my brain is broken, but what does “live your best life” mean to me and the day I’m having? So I decided to try my hand at creating the opposite. I wanted to create expressions of experiences or thoughts I have had that other people might also have, without advice, normative judgment, or stance. Drawing was my first love. So a comic strip seemed like it would be a good outlet. And it has been so fun!”

3.  Do you have any personal favorite comic strips? If so, what are your top 2 and why?

“I love comic strips for sure. Tintin was an influence on me as a child growing up in Canada.

I love the directness and vividness of Herge’s “ligne claire” style.

Another big influence is Nancy by Ernie Bushmiller. For Bushmiller, economy, directness, and authenticity are virtues. If “Anti-Peptalk” could be half as relatable as Nancy, I’d be extremely happy.”

4. Can you talk a little bit about your process in creating your comic strip?

“Here’s an example of how I do a panel. Last week I was in a public restroom. I’d been feeling a little anxious in the coffee shop and went to the bathroom more to escape than to do anything else. Sitting in the single-staller, I thought, “I can’t be the only one who uses bathrooms for this reason.” A picture popped into my head of someone sitting on the toilet fully clothed, with a mischievous expression. And I ended up pairing that image with the caption, “I feel safe here in the single-stall public restroom.”

I have 12″x12″ cardstock paper, a cat-mug full of colored pencils (or “pencil crayons” as we call them in Canada), and some archival ink pens. I measure out a 6″6″ box, sketch the composition out in pencil, then ink over the lines. Next, I fill in the colored parts with colored pencil. Earlier I was coloring the whole panel, but I found that too time-consuming. So I’ve recently just been coloring the central character and leaving the rest b&w, which kind of has a nice effect. Finally, I carefully write the caption (if there is one) at the bottom.”

5. Do you have any exciting news or events that you would like to share?

“I have no events lined up yet! I’d love to get a gallery showing of my panels in the Tucson area someday. “

If you like more info on Eric. The following contact information is below:

Twitter: @DovigiEric

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eric-dovigi-bb482319b/

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3EW4ssXvOf3y1hbzfsixX2

Instagram: @anti_peptalk_comic

Thank you so much for the interview!!!

My spring book list: 2022!

It is no hidden secret that I love to read! I decided to share some of my books I have in my reading pile for the spring.

I just started this:

I got a Monster: The Rise and fall of America’s Most Corrupt Police Squad by Baynard Woods and Brandon Soderberg- The true story of Baltimore Maryland’s Gun Trace Task Force unit. A true crime book that discusses the dishonest and shameful police force of Baltimore Maryland.

Link to buy is here: https://atomicbooks.com/products/i-got-a-monster-the-rise-and-fall-of-americas-most-corrupt-police-squad

Tell Me Everything: The Story of a Private Investigation by Erika Krouse- In 2002 Erikia Krouse is a private investigator and starts a job looking into lawsuits. One of the lawsuits details her to look into a case of a college student who was sexually attacked by a football players and others at a party. This certainly hits a cord with Erika who is also a survivor of sexual assault.

Link to buy is here: https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9781250240309

Woman, Eating: A Literary Vampire Novel by Claire Kohda- As a fan of vampires this newly release book was a definite must read for me.

Link to buy is here: https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9780063140882

I was the President’s Mistress!!: A Novel by Miguel Syjuco- Do you ever see a book cover and are so impressed by the cover art that you buy the book without reading the back of it? Well this was the case with me with this book. The cover art and title alone gave me total Jacqueline Susann vibes! Who happens to be one of my favorite authors. Plus it’s fun to keep books a total mystery until you open it!

Link to buy is here: https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9780374174057

Liarmouth: A feel-Bad Romance by John Waters- I had to add this pre-order book (release date is May 3,2022!) because John Waters is one of my all time forever icons. His books are always an adventure to read. Plus if you want a sign copy of his upcoming book the link is below! https://atomicbooks.com/products/liarmouth-a-feel-bad-romance-a-novel?_pos=2&_sid=a00ddffca&_ss=r

These are just some of my books I want to read for the spring. What books are on your list? Comment below!

Until next time! 🙂

Artist’s Spotlight: @lydia__ricci !

This artist’s spotlight is on @lydia__ricci !

  1. Tell me a little about yourself:

“I’m a child of the 70s so I love TV, gameshows, feeling tan, frosty pink lipstick, popsicles, pasta and pizza. I dream about some day owning a hot tub. I grew up in the suburbs less than a mile from one of the largest malls in the country. The King of Prussia Mall was my wilderness. It’s where I went to to wander around and daydream. My father is Italian from South Philly that never throws anything away because one day we might need it or some day he might get around to fixing it. And and my mother was an immigrant from the Ukraine who could improvise anything when we didn’t have what we needed. Which was most of the time. I learned at a very young age the satisfaction of making something from nothing.”

2. What made you want to start creating art from scraps?

“When I was 21 I moved from King of Prussia, PA to San Francisco with two suitcases. I was in a pretty nice sized flat with some strangers and I realized what I missed most was tchotchkes. I was barely making any money (at my graphic design job) but every Friday when I got paid I would stop at the thrift store on the way home and treat myself to an armful of eclectic items I could decorate with. I also made use of a lot of people’s trash. I hung old broken frames and broken sewing machines and dead flowers on my walls and I slowly started to feel like this place was my home. The collecting (hoarding?) never stopped. I’d wander through Chinatown and Dollar stores and safely keep my treasures in a large box in my room. Eventually one box became 3 and then 5 and then when I moved back to the East Coast I started raiding my childhood home. It was like the best Thrift Store ever (not just because I didn’t  have to pay for anything) but the materials had even more sentimental significance. I consider these materials my inheritance! 

And one day to work through my horrible phobia of driving I started to make one of the first cars in my life that had significance. This green dodge. I always made collages but started to use the materials in the boxes at my feet. It was the first time I cut these treasures up. Yes they were just old packages, instruction booklets or tax records but I thought they were beautiful. It was a huge leap to chop them apart. But as I finished the car I realized it was better use of the materials then just having them stored under my desk or nailed to a wall.

The more I think about it: My sweet spot in life has always been making things from scraps. I’d much rather you just pop over and I have to make you a meal out of what I have in my cabinets and fridge. It seems like way too much pressure to plan something a week ahead. There are too many choices. Limiting myself to the scraps I have available offers some perimeters in a positive way.”

3. What is the most sentimental piece you created so far and why does it hold an emotional value for you?

“This is one of the hardest questions I have been asked. At different points I am very sentimentally attached to each sculpture I make.

But off-the-cuff it’s this small cigarette machine I made a few years back. My family rarely went out to dinner growing up but when we did I feel like it typically took about 16 hours for the food to arrive. To pass the time I’d play with the cigarette machine. It was the best video game ever. It was so satisfying to pull the levers and slam them back in. I felt like I was making real progress, accomplishing something with each push and pull (I am extremely goal oriented). 

I also have such vivid memories of my mom sitting at our dinner table after everything had been cleared off or on the couch, relaxing and thoroughly enjoying smoking a cigarette. I wanted this sculpture to capture this happiness and I wasn’t sure how it would be interpreted. But ironically it  is one of the most conversational pieces I have ever made. People in their 80s or a 14 year old want to talk about how happy it makes them. Smoking is bad but apparently cigarette machines are good! “

4. How long does it take you to make your art? What are your preferred tools to create them with?

“So everything I create is from these piles of materials. (I call them scraps.) I have been collecting for over 25 years. Deciding what object I am going to work on can take weeks. I have this conversation with myself and tell myself stories about when the object was significant. I also try and figure out what qualities of the object are significant today too.

Many of my objects are nostalgic but when I bring them to life I use them to tell an anecdote or an observation of something from the present day. 

Once I have  decided an object has “passed the test” it can take days to search though my piles of scraps for the right materials to construct it from. This searching and sifting process can be frustrating. I almost know what I am looking for and I am almost positive it is in my piles but it can take forever to locate just the right scraps materials. They need to look a certain way but they also need to “feel” a certain way too. That’s something I can’t really articulate.

Once I have a pile of materials I plug in my glue gun (I use all sorts of glue and tape) and grab some exacto knives and scissors (I do a lot with scissors: bend metals, cut hard plastic, hammer things down). I do not have fancy tools. Once a pair of scissors has too much glue on it or can’t cut anymore I stop using them (but I have a hard time throwing them away).  I work on the piece for a few weeks until it is completed and then I start to photograph it. I don’t start a new piece until I finish what I am working on. My studio can be a very dangerous mess with sharp scraps of anything all of the floor. No one can enter without shoes. It takes about a day to clean my studio after each piece is completed.”

5. Do you have any exciting news or events that you would like to share?

“I make a lot of stop motions with my sculptures. Most of them are under 10 seconds. But, I just finished my third  (4min) animation. It’s called I Will Always Love You. It has been shown at a couple film festival and some new ones will be announced soon.

Also I am VERY VERY excited about a show I am in (alongside an  amazing painter Sarah McEneaney) called Extra Ordinary. It opens this summer at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.”

If you like to learn more about Lydia and her art. The following contact information is below:

Website: https://www.fromscraps.com/

Instagram: @lydia__ricci

“Leave the gun- take the cannoli”- Interesting facts about the Godfather!

The Godfather is one of my favorite books and movies. Recently the movie just had it’s 50th anniversary so I thought to share some interesting facts about the movie.

-Marlon Brando wanted Don Corleone to have similar features like a bulldog. So he would put tons of cotton in his mouth in addition to wearing a mouthpiece.

-One of my favorite lines in the movie: “Leave the fun, take the cannoli.” was made on the spot by Richard S. Castellano.

The cat the Marlon Brando has in the movie was a random stray that director Francis Ford Coppola found on the Paramount studio lot.

Paramount Studio wanted Laurence Olivier to play the role of Vito Corleone:

However Francis Ford Coppola was so convinced that Marlon Brando was his Vito Corleone that the studio agreed to do a screen test. Marlon was not one to do a screen test however Coppola kind of tricked the method actor thinking it was a makeup test. He turned that into the executives at Paramount and upon reviewing it decided that Marlon Brando was Vito Corleone.

Orson Welles wanted to play the role of Vito Corleone and was even trying to persuade Francis Ford Coppola to cast him. Welles even offer to lose a lot of weight for the role however at that point Francis found his “Vito Corleone” in Marlon Brando and had to decline Welles offer.

Robert De Niro wanted to play the role of Sonny:

The role of Sonny went to James Caan (side note: James Caan had to wear lifts in his shoes to match the height of the other actors). However Francis Ford Coppola did not forget about Robert De Niro and later cast him as young Don Vito Coppola in The Godfather part 2.

Francis Ford Coppola wanted Al Pacino as Michael Corleone:

However the studio wanted to cast either Ryan O’ Neal or Robert Redford as Michael Corleone. James Caan (who was later cast as Sonny Corleone) and Martin Sheen also screen-tested for the role.

The famous wedding scene in the movie was shot over a period of two days and the direction Coppola gave to the actors was to act how they naturally would act.

Director Sergio Leone was asked to direct the film but turned it down. Citing that he felt that book over praised the mafia. However when the movie was super successful he felt that was a bad choice to turn down. Then decided to make the movie “Once upon a time in America” in 1984.(also one of my favorite movies!)

Mario Puzo based his book character of Don Vito Corleone on two New York City bosses named Vito Genovese and Joe Profaci. However he based Corleone’s personality on his mother’s.

These are just some of the facts about this amazing movie. What other interesting facts do you know about “The Godfather”? Comment below!

Source. Internet movie datebase, Mental Floss

Great small businesses: @un.known.passage !

Hello everyone!

this week I interviewed a wonderful small business: @un.known.passage !

  1. Tell me a little bit about how you started your business:

“Unknown Passage was born during a recent recovery period from carpal tunnel release surgery. I have suffered from carpal tunnel symptoms for over 15 years and was in severe pain for all of 2021. I finally had surgery in December of 2021 and while I  was relieved to be on the healing side of things, I was out of my mind with boredom. I wasn’t able to work or create and so I made plans and researched how to start and grow a small business.  I knew I wanted to offer phthalate-free candles made with soy wax. Many candle brands give me headaches and when I started doing research, all signs pointed to scents loaded with phthalates. I won’t try to explain what phthalates are, I’ll just say they’re bad news. I wanted to offer candles that were medium to heavily loaded with scent, but wouldn’t be harmful to my customers, their children, or their pets. I’m happy with the outcome and I can now burn multiple candles at once with no headaches and feel confident calling my candles headache-free. 

My product rage grew quickly once I regained strength and dexterity in my hand. I began to develop eclectic earrings, bold accessories, and uncommon home goods. I launched on Groundhog’s Day this year which was just 7 weeks after my surgery. I am still adding new products monthly with no signs of slowing. The first two months have already been a rollercoaster and I can’t wait to see where this business is headed.”

2. How did you come up with your business name?

“The name comes straight from a Dead Moon song and album title, Unknown Passage. I have been greatly influenced by music since I was a kid and it’s still true today. I grew up listening to Green Day, Rancid, and The Ramones. Eventually, I graduated to Black Flag and Minor Threat and started going to local punk rock shows in the early 2000s when I was just a baby punk. That road changed my life forever and for the better. I found my place and my people. When I discovered bands like Gun Club and Dead Moon, I realized punk was a more broad term than my teenage brain could handle. Dead Moon was the ultimate ‘do it yourself’ band and when searching for a business name, I knew it had to be Dead Moon related. Unknown Passage evokes a feeling of being transported and I loved the way that played with the idea of being transported by different scents into past memories and places.”

3. What is your best selling product? Why do you think it’s so popular?

” Unknown Passage is still in its infancy, at only 8 weeks old, and many products are brand new so I don’t have a full grasp on the answer to this question yet.

That being said, Dragon’s Blood is the most popular candle scent for new customers. Sage & Rosemary is the one people keep coming back for. As far as non-candle merch – basically anything Twin Peaks related sells the best! I think that show brings us weirdos together in a really special way. I first bonded with my spouse over his Twin Peaks tattoo, and anytime anyone recognizes mine it’s instantly a warm feeling knowing all of us weirdo kids are connected.”

4. How do you come up with your selection of smells for your candles?

Some great candles

“I think scent is super personal, and most people know exactly what they like. I choose scents based on my preferences and life experiences. I worked in a record store for a few years in my early 20s and the constant incense smell has influenced my scent preferences greatly. I love musky and earthy scents because of this. I have also been a cook since I was a teenager and certainly love all the herbaceous and bright citrus scents thanks to this.  Scent is highly tied to memories, so scents like Vine Ripe Tomato can transport you to your grandmother’s garden or Fresh Cut Grass can remind you of being a kid before the responsibility was yours.”

5. What Twin Peaks character do you mostly relate to the most and why?


“This question is so tough! I think in my early years I was definitely an Audrey. Mischievous, determined to get what I want, and a total sexpot.


Nowadays, I’m more of a Norma in The Return. A business owner that’s happily married to their hunk. One of the great things about Twin Peaks is how much you can find a little of yourself in every character.”

Great Twin Peaks inspired earrings!

6. Do you have any exciting news or events that you would like to share?

“I’ve just launched the wholesale side of my business which is super exciting! It’s been a dream of mine to walk into a shop and see something I’ve made, so to finally get the ball rolling on this feels amazing.

Also, on April 1st I’m releasing the “Movie Time” collection! I selected 30 Horror, Sci-Fi, and Cult Classic movie titles and turned them into miniature VHS. There will be an option for pins, magnets, and earrings. Plus an option for custom titles! I’m also making some popcorn bucket pins to go along with the tapes, because how serious are you about a movie if you don’t have popcorn?”

If you like more information about Angel and the store. The following contact information is below:

Website: https://unknownpassage.com/

Instagram: @un.known.passage

Wholesale Inquires: contactunknownpassage

Thank you so much for the interview!!!

Until next time!