Nov 1, 2014

Elvis and Me by Priscilla Beaulieu Presley: A Book Review

I'm trying to mentally "digest" this book! I picked up Priscilla's Presley's book Elvis and Me (1985) from the hotel gift shop. It's her personal account of their 18 year relationship, that began when she was only 14. I read it in 2 nights and highly recommend it. She talks about what she experienced with Elvis in vivid detail. You can actually picture what she went through as you read it. Their love story had good times, but the bad times are disturbing and went on for so long. Elvis (according to her) was a philanderer, at times abusive, and controlling. A movie (Elvis and Me) was made in '88 (Part 1 and Part 2), but the movie softens what she wrote in the book.

She mentions in the book: A bruised arm and black eye, in return from hitting Elvis too hard during a pillow fight ... a chair hurled at her and records hitting her in the face, because she didn't like a song ... she was reprimanded for having chipped nail polish on one toe ... she was told what to wear, not to wear and sent upstairs if it was wrong ... she was criticized if dinner was not to his liking ... she nor anyone else said anything when Elvis entered a room, until his mood was revealed ... she was told a woman has her place ... she was given prescription drugs that caused her to pass out for 2 days ... she was nearly raped by one of his employees ... when she questioned him about looking at a woman, his reply was "look one tells me who I can look at and who I can't" ... when she questioned him about another woman, his response was "you're getting a little too aggressive and demanding...took all her clothes out the closet....threw them on the floor...said all right woman...start packing...and yelled out to one of his employees to get her on the next flight out. You need someone to take you right to this point AND PUT YOU IN YOUR PLACE (this was Elvis technique of keeping me (her) under control) Elvis detested aggressive women ... Elvis had her walking around the house with a book on her head, because he felt she had poor posture ... she was constantly informed of her shortcomings, and she would have to PROMISE that he'd never have to tell her of her shortcomings again. Are you exhausted yet? LOL Oh there's MORE! She couldn't talk to any man alone ... He yelled at her if he couldn't find a suit or if it wasn't picked up from the cleaners ...When she got pregnant, she ate only one meal a day and snacked on apples and hard-boiled eggs so she wouldn't gain much weight (she was worried about losing Elvis)...Elvis had the nerve to tell her he wanted a trial separation when she was seventh months pregnant. I'll just stop here. TRUST ME, I haven't told you NEARLY everything in this book. It's a page turner!

Did Priscilla mention anything GOOD about Elvis? HaHaHa Yes! Elvis was amazingly good looking, charming and giving. He was very generous to his family, employees and charities (money and gifts). He was very spiritual! However sometimes he didn't always live a "spiritual" life. They took a lot of trips and went on vacation a lot. He didn't shy away from African-Americans, during a time of extreme racism. He was always for the underdog and was a man of his word.

My overall opinion, after reading the book! Elvis was a gorgeous package on the outside, but there were many problems within (suffered from depression, addicted to prescription drugs, abusive (remember abuse can be mental, physical and/or verbal), controlling, perfectionist to an extreme degree). It was a toxic mix for him and anyone around him to deal with!

"He {Elvis} taught me everything: how to dress, how to walk, how to apply makeup and wear my hair, how to behave, how to return love - HIS WAY. Over the years, he became my father, husband and very nearly God." Priscilla Presley

supersweet(run & buy it) sweet(really good,buy it) bittersweet(ok, issues)not sweet(not good,don't buy this stuff)  
Elvis and Me is Supersweet

Oct 31, 2014

Sincereley, Elvis

There's one thing you HAVE to give The Presley Family credit for...MEMORABILIA! Elvis memorabilia is everywhere! I'm sure fans donated items also. Much of the memorabilia is within Graceland, but there are a number of smaller exhibits. This is where I felt a little lost (Elvis was before my time). HaHaHa Unless you've watched his movies, concerts etc., when you see something you can't say "Ohhhh yeah...he wore this in (insert name of movie)". HaHaHa It was still fun seeing his movie costumes, wedding and concert attire, family photographs and personal items. I must admit, I'm more smitten with the younger Elvis than older one (I couldn't believe he was only 42 when he passed). Those Vegas outfits were crazy, over the top! But I have to keep in mind, he was an entertainer and he was performing in Vegas IN the 70's (jumpsuits, buckles, scarves, heavy sideburns, cape :P). Looking at all of his costumes, he was tall and his Vegas costumes were much sleeker than I expected. I think it was after that he gained a lot of weight. I will say this, Elvis always had nice shoes. LOL Tomorrow, I'll have a BONUS post. It's a book review of Priscilla Presley's book Elvis and Me. It sheds a different light on Elvis.

Oct 30, 2014

Yummy Eats & Treats

Ok, so many of you wanted to know about the food/restaurants near Elvis Presley's Heartbreak Hotel! Well, there are several eating establishments within walking distance and ONE inside the hotel. ALL of them are very casual and forget about your diet, because many are caloric. HaHaHa Elvis' stuff took most of my time this trip (his estate is vast), but the next time I go, I'll be hitting Beale St. There are a LOT of restaurants on Beale Street that I would love to check out. Below are the one's near The Heartbreak Hotel. Enjoy!

Rockabilly's Burger Shop: I love this place! You feel like you've time warped back to the 50's. Old school jukeboxes. Pastel diner tables, seats and chairs. Ice cream section. Old celebrity photos. It's really cute. They offer hot dogs, cheeseburgers, chicken tenders, milkshakes, Elvis' favorite peanut butter and banana sandwich, chicken sandwiches and onion rings. They also use Blue Bell ice cream. It's sooo good! Plentiful seating on the inside and LOTS of outdoor seating with umbrellas. Here are some pics.

Elvis Presley's Chrome Grill: I didn't eat here, but I stepped in to see it (and of course take pics). This place has gorgeous salads! They also serve meatloaf, baked chicken, and sandwiches. It's very small inside, but they do have some outdoor seating. The decor is very cute. I loved the car & traffic theme. I think kids would love this place. Here are some pics.

Shake, Split & Dip: Calling all ice cream lovers!!! This is a really nice ice cream parlor, that serves sundaes, banana splits, milkshakes, waffle cone, regular cone and they have homemade FUDGE. The banana split I ordered wore me out so I didn't get a chance to try the fudge. But it LOOKED really good! Here are some pics.

Jungle Room (IN Elvis Presley's Heartbreak Hotel): This is the restaurant IN Elvis Presley's Heartbreak Hotel. In the MORNING'S, they offer everyone that stays FREE BREAKFAST. I think it begins at 6am and ends at 10am. For the best selection, go there early. They have FRESH fruit (apples, bananas, oranges), assortment of mini muffins, oatmeal, bagels, toast, assortment of juices, coffee and an assortment of coffee mate flavors. What else? Yogurt, homemade biscuits, and cereals w/milk. It's Free! Isn't that nice! In the EVENING'S, they have steaks, cheeseburgers, fish n chips, chicken sandwiches, club sandwiches, salads and COCKTAILS! They also play Elvis concerts and movies in the evening...It's fun. I drank so many cocktails, I nearly stood up to sing one of his song's and do that karate lunge he's famous for! Then I came to my senses and said Kim don't EVEN! End up on America's Funniest Videos or something! :P