• An Outlandish Chat with Photographer Martin Scott Powell

    Earlier this year before I traveled to Scotland, I got a little help from a native Scot named Martin Scott Powell. We met through Ellen Christine a mutual milliner friend (her interview is here). During Outlander‘s Season 2 promotion, I tweeted how beautiful the Departures magazine photos of Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe were. Ellen responded

  • Urban in Scotland Series

      I was surprised and delighted to experience this small country. If you asked me only a few years ago if I’d ever visit, I’d scoff and say “No! What’s there?” Sometimes what you don’t know can keep you from experiencing so much! Say what you will but Outlander on Starz inspired me to visit

  • Jumping Over the Moon: “The Making of Outlander” Book

    When I heard that a book was coming out about the making of the first two seasons of Starz’s Outlander, I was over the moon. No I really jumped over the moon that’s how excited I was!   Tara Bennett’s book, “The Making of Outlander”, hits my sweet spots: Production + Outlander = How my

  • There is No Conspiracy. Just Real People Making A Show.

    Photo courtesy of outlander-online.com Following post inspired by “The Making of Outlander” book by Tara Bennett. You can read a review of it here.   In light of appreciation for the hard work that goes into making this show, I really need to give my two cents about some other hot-button Outlander things that I

  • Dragonfly in Amber: Reflections on the book & the TV adaptation

                So Season 2 ended (with a bang I think!) and “Dragonfly in Amber” (aka DIA) beckoned me from my bookshelf as Droughtlander began. I read DIA for the first time after Season 2 ended. This was a theme I began after seeing Season 1 and then reading the first book “Outlander”. All of this

  • How Jen Had A Conversation With Tobias Menzies

    More like, “How I’m About to Have a Conversation with Jen about Tobias Menzies and How He Continues to Slay Us”   “But Tobias. Oh, Tobias. Here’s the thing about Tobias…the sincerity that cuts through your soul, is present in this performance. Almost like the role was created for him… and it’s a wonderful journey

  • Season 2 – Ep 13 – Dragonfly in Amber

    It’s the last episode of Season 2! I got my box of tissues but I’m groovin’ to the 60s music. There’s so much to talk about! Great performances by Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan but where’s the Bahston accent Brianna? Claire is still chasing Jamie’s ghost and she pulls a Lady Macbeth. Dougal, we’ll miss

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  • How are you gearing up for Season 2 Finale?

    This DIA virgin is so nervous for the impending finale to Season 2! How are you getting ready? I’m speculating! Outlander fandom is full of the book readers but I’ll get to Dragonfly in Amber in good time. What will the Battle of Culloden really be like? It’s about the battle of our hearts. Jamie, stop

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  • Season 2 – Ep 10 – Vengeance is Mine Pt 1

    It’s Ep 11 of Outlander’s Season 2! Diana Gabaldon “Herself” penned this week’s ep and I’m counting a few Gabaldonisms. Surprised? Sam/Jamie and Cait/Claire are all mixed up but that’s cause they’re my friends…in my head. The Duke of Sandringham and m-m-m-marvelous Mary are back but…Wherefore art thou, Alex Randall??

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  • Season 2 – Ep 10 – “Prestonpans” We are Brothers Pt 2 – The Sad Stuff

    It’s “Prestonpans” Ep10 part two! Alright we talked about the happier stuff (Jamie and that bow!) but we gotta get to the sad stuff. We love these characters! Dougal the complex tragic hero, the shameless but still loveable Angus and his demise, the loss of innocence and some great battle sequences! Leave a comment! Battle too

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  • Season 2 – Ep 10 – “Prestonpans” We are Brothers Pt 1

    Let’s just start with the fun stuff before it gets REAL. Jamie, why must you live only in fantasy? So many intense looks and that bow as you say goodbye? I can’t even. Lt.Foster is back but for a moment before Dougal smotes him. And he was so cute… Nurse Beecham tarries a little too

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  • Season 2 – Ep 9 – Pt 2 Claire/Dougal/Dragonflies/Mystery lines

    Did you believe Claire when she claims to have told Jamie about her and Dougal’s previous arrangement? She’s calling Dougal’s bluff! I don’t know who this William Grey is but I guess he’s a big deal. Also what is up with the dragonfly in amber?! I gotta know! There are some mysterious lines in this

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  • Season 2 – Ep 9 – No Turning Back Now!

    It’s Ep 209 – “Je Suis Prest” Are you ready? The Rebellion is coming in strong and so is the sun in my video. Someday I’ll have a studio and someone else can worry about the lighting! In the meantime, I got a new Outlander t-shirt and I’m talking about Claire’s PTSD and the ep’s

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  • Season 2 – Ep 8 – “The Fox’s Lair” and all its foxiness

    We’re back in Scotland in Episode 208 but can we stay a little longer in Lallybroch to see our friends? We’re over the “mid season” hump and the opening titles have some mystery images: 1960s cars and soldiers! Laoghaire returns and I’m wondering if she has really reformed or trying to convince herself? And can

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  • Season 2 – Ep 7 – Close Your Eyes and Think of Scotland

    In this episode title “Faith”, how many tissues did you go through? My face is still puffy from crying. Claire and Jamie are tested once more and their Faith carries them through. Catriona Balfe’s performance is nothing short of a tour de force. I don’t need to see anymore from Black Jack Randall. Let’s just

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  • An Outlandish Hat Chat with Ellen Christine Couture

      Ellen Christine is a very cool lady. She’s a milliner and for those of us who are not familiar with that term (I for one!), it basically means that she makes hats for women. Nestled in a corner of the West Village in New York City, her atelier is a wonderland of fabrics, ribbons,

  • Season 2 – Ep6 – My Least Fave

    Masquerades and Games   I really did not like this episode. Upon first viewing I had no desire to watch it again. Quelle horreur! Right after an episode ends, I always rewatch (again and again) and delight that each one improves upon the last. Episode 5’s “Untimely Resurrection” left me thrilled, exasperated, and eager to

  • Outlander Season 2 – Episode 4 – It’s M-M-Marvelous!

    New Pocket Jamie and a new month so a new calendar pic! “La Dame Blanche” was so exhilarating! We gotta talk about Jame and Claire and their sexual healing. Not sure about le whore but I’m happy that they’re back together…for now. And how about his monologue? Book 1 excerpt below (I just couldn’t help

  • Outlander Season 2 – Ep 3 – Useful Occupations and Deceptions

    I’m still getting used to Season 2 as Claire and Jamie (“Clamie”) voyage on rough waters. No one is to be trusted this episode. Maybe even Master Raymond? Secrets are held but when will they be told? Jamie isn’t always honest (and why did he to go to Maison Elise after their argument?) and neither

  • Outlander Season 2 Episode 2 – Not In Scotland anymore

    Darkness in the bedroom and plotting to stop the Jacobite Rebellion. We meet new friends: Louise, a King, a Prince, and a brother of someone sinister. Oh and who is Mary Hawkins?! Smile! You’ve Met a New Friend    

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  • Exchoes & Speculation – Season 2 Episode 1

    Looking back at Season 2’s Episode 1 “Through A Glass, Darkly”, what are the echoes from Season 1? Fireplaces, Black Jack Randall, and Ghosts! Also, some speculation for Season 2 from a Dragon Fly in Amber Virgin! The Ring, Little Roger Wakefield, pregnancies, and that pesky time travel. (Oh and Tobias Menzies needs an Emmy.)

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