The Late Movies: Sweet Valley High

California girls Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield are identical twins with opposite personalities. Jess is popular and a little mischievous, while Liz is intelligent and innocent. They're the main characters in Francine Pascal's Sweet Valley High series, and this year, Pascal released Sweet Valley Confidential, an adult update of the popular teen series. (Has anyone read it?)

In the early '90s, Jess and Liz took to the small screen with a television version of their high school antics. See three full episodes here.

Skin and Bones, Part I

While Elizabeth fights for students rights to express themselves, Jessica weasels her way into posing for painter/school hunk Dakota Dancer.

Skin and Bones, Part II

Things go sour for Jessica when Dakota paints a risqué image of her. But the gang finds away to get revenge.

Working Girl, Part I

Everyone gets internships ... and the Wakefield sisters and their friends learn that the working world is harder than they expected.

Working Girl, Part II

When a fashion designer tries to steal one of Jessica's ideas at her intership, she must come up with a scheme to get credit for her work.

Stolen Diary, Part I

When Liz bails on Jess for her boyfriend, Todd, Jess is angry enough to try to break them up.

Stolen Diary, Part II

When Jess's plan works, Liz dates another guy—with disasterous results.

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Don't Have Space For a Christmas Tree? Decorate a Pineapple Instead

Christmas trees aren't for everyone. Some people can't fit a fir inside their cramped abodes, while others are turned off by the expense, or by the idea of bugs hitchhiking their way inside. Fake trees are always an option, but a new trend sweeping Instagram—pineapples as mini-Christmas "trees"—might convince you to forego the forest vibe for a more tropical aesthetic.

As Thrillist reports, the pineapple-as-Christmas-tree idea appears to have originated on Pinterest before it, uh, ripened into a social media sensation. Transforming a pineapple into a Halloween “pumpkin” requires carving and tea lights, but to make the fruit festive for Christmas all one needs are lights, ornaments, swaths of garland, and any other tiny tchotchkes that remind you of the holidays. The final result is a tabletop decoration that's equal parts Blue Hawaii and Miracle on 34th Street.

In need of some decorating inspiration? Check out a variety of “Christmas tree” pineapples below.

[h/t Thrillist]


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