Friday, December 27, 2013

The Best of 2013: Music

I can't believe how much music I listened to this year. Some years go by and I barely scratch the surface of anything new but this year was very different. The "Blogged 50" playlist on Songza got a lot of play in my house and helped me search out a lot of new stuff. A surprising gift from writing The Lost Girl is that to avoid the same things over and over again, I need to actively look for new stuff to share which exposes me to new stuff. Mutually beneficial!

Well, this was a fun year as far as my musical tastes were concerned. I've always loved pop music, and I feel like it really took an interesting turn this year with the further inclusion of electronic sounds. Some interesting bands like The Antlers and Alt-J popped up on my radar this year too. Nevermind the return of Quebecoise-darlings Arcade Fire. Read on for more!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Best of 2013: Films

A big reason that these best of list were so hard to complete was based solely on this first category. I spent this year on Netflix and as a result I haven't seen too many movies this year (save for some summer blockbusters, but only one of them made this list). But as I type, my wishlist is long. Between 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club, Her, Inside Llewyn Davis, Saving Mr Banks, Fruitvale Station, I have a serious climb toward awards season ahead of me. But that said, the few films on this list were worth the effort of making it to the movie theatre.

Monday, December 23, 2013

HEAR THIS: Soulful Acoustic Cover of "I Want You Back" by Jackson 5

It's really unbelievably beautiful how these two were able to transform this pop hit into such a heartachingly woeful ballad. Just goes to show that perspective and interpretation is everything. Enjoy loves.



Your girl,
N.

PS - Hoping to get my "Best of 2013" lists out by the end of the week! Stay tuned.

Monday, November 25, 2013

"Single Ladies" Berry Crumble

You'll need
Butter
Oats
Sugar
Frozen berries
Cinnamon

Equip yourself with
Microwave safe ramekin
Microwave safe bowl
Spoon

First things first
Please do yourself a favour and click here. This shall be your theme song while you get your crumble on.


Cream the butter and sugar together. If your butter is not already at room temp, melt it in the microwave for ten second intervals. Once it's manageable, cream it together with about 1.5 teaspoons of sugar.

Add the oats. Just kinda eyeball this. Consider the circumference of the ramekin you're using and how much you love the crumble part of berry crumble. Now's the time to add a pinch of cinnamon.


Defrost the berries. Add enough berries to line the ramekin and then just zap 'em in the microwave for about a minute.

Cover the berries with the oat mixture. By now the berries should be just defrosted enough to be squishy. I like to hack 'em up just a little bit if they're pretty large. Then spoon on the oat mixture.

Cook it! Give it about a minute in the microwave.

Don't eat it right away! Because microwaves can be a little sketch with heat distribution, test your patience by letting it sit for a minute or so.

Now eat it! And enjoy it.




Let me know if you have any success or have any changes you'd make to this simple recipe!

Your girl,
N.


WATCH THIS: Franco & Rogen parody Kanye's "Bound 2"

Presented without comment.



I need help.

Your girl,
N.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

4 Reasons Why 2003 Ruined My Life

I met Seth Cohen.
I remember hearing about The OC before it aired. Probably in a teen magazine or something. Anyway, I fully expected to fall in love with the bad boy lead character but ah, the blissful ignorance of a young teen. Why, you ask? Because on a fateful August in 2003 evening, I met Seth Cohen. Nothing has been the same. My love of Chrismukkah, Death Cab for Cutie, and wishing that I could be Summer Roberts. His loyalty to his friends was only exceeded by his loyalty to Captain Oats. But perhaps the worst thing about Seth Cohen is that despite any of his social ineptitude, he's still perfectly capable of a huge, sweeping, romantic gesture. The kiss on the coffee cart alone is just cause to blame him for my broken reality radar. Apparently Adam Brody is now marrying Leighton Meester which is weird on so many cross-fandom levels, but I say go for it. Be happy. I'll just be here in the corner eating my feelings.
Verdict: One skipped heartbeat away from killing me. After all, "It's always been you."

To be that video game controller...
The video "This Love" came out.
Right, so by now you know that People magazine has named Adam Levine as their Sexiest Man Alive this year. But when your girl was fourteen-years-old, the video for "This Love" came out and I was...gulp...changed. Nevermind the witty use of "coming" in the second verse, this guy with his bandana wristband, fitted-but-still-somehow-baggy pants, disheveled raven locks, and that cocky attitude wormed his way into my soul. And how? Well he can't help how erratic he behaves! At the end of the day he's just had his little heart broken too many times. I've never been able to be a huge Maroon 5 fan simply because I can't really handle Adam Levine. Too. Much. Sigh. 
Verdict: Guilty of looking too good in a red, ripped hoodie.


Love Actually is released.
This movie spans a few genres. At the heart, it's about Christmas. But it's also a romantic comedy, with a hint of drama, a dash of music, and some Colin Firth in a lake (which always makes for good cinema). But ultimately, this movie is just another reason I have unrealistic expectations. No, not all characters get a happy resolution (some get just the opposite) but even little Sam is able to bypass Heathrow security to get a goodbye kiss from Joanna the Singing Tart. There's just too much "love conquers all" in this movie to be healthy.
Verdict: One feel giftwrapped by Rowan Atkinson out of ten.


Justin Timberlake breaks everything.
I mean...

'Scuze me while I go adjust my priorities.

Your girl,
N.

Friday, November 22, 2013

HEAR THIS: "Say Something" by A Great Big World feat. Christina Aguilera

I've never heard A Great Big World before but after being introduced to this duet with Christina Aguilera on BuzzFeed today I'm thinking they might be on to something here. Gotta love a the bespecaled, nerdy look à la Seth Cohen. In addition to being a pretty delightful track, Aguilera's vocal is also incredible. Free from the bravado she usually enlists, this performance is simple and clean. 

The video is a little hit-ya-in-the-feels so prepare yourself. Especially the scene that reminds me of the old couple in The Notebook. You'll see what I mean.


I'm not crying, there's just a lot of dust in here...

Your girl,
N.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Cover Up

I love Live Lounge (a show on BBC Radio 1) covers. They range from big arrangements to small, intimate acoustic covers. Either way, hearing these artists lend their voices and talents to songs they like is really refreshing and I hope you enjoy 'em!

FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE performing "Take Care" by Drake
The first time I heard this cover was actually part of a mashup with the original Drake track and substituting Rihanna's vocal for the one here. I can easily see why they picked this song: the lyric and arrangement don't feel that far out of the Florence and the Machine repertoire.

PARAMORE performing "Use Somebody" by Kings of Leon
I love this song. I haven't heard a cover of it I hated. I saw Paramore when they opened for No Doubt back in '09 and was really impressed with them and especially their lead singer Hayley Williams. This is a gentle, cosy cover which I hope you enjoy.

KINGS OF LEON performing "Dancing on my Own" by Robyn
"Dancing on my Own," is probably one of my most played songs on my iTunes. I think Robyn has such a great perspective in her songs and this one tells a fucking story. Hearing Caleb Followill belt this one out is a serious treat. Get ready to melt.

KELLY CLARKSON performing "Princess of China" by Coldplay
Yep, I love Coldplay. Even if that makes me gay. I fucking love them. So I was pretty suspicious when Miss American Idol (or I guess she's a Mrs now...) covered it. But thank our stars, it's good.

COLDPLAY performing "We Found Love by Rihanna
I said I love Coldplay, right? Well, I also love Rihanna. My roommate can attest to that. This cover actually illuminates for me why Rihanna is such a successful artist. That hook is catchier than an STI during spring break. Add a dash of Chris Martin and you got a fucking gem.

ARCTIC MONKEYS performing "Hold On, We're Going Home" by Drake
And finally the video that inspired this whole post. I'm stuuuuupid in love with the new Arctic Monkeys album AM and this cover is just getting added to the lovefest. The awkward, stumbly, two-steppin' lead singer Alex Turner commits to in this video is also kinda adorable.


And in case you were wondering, I missed you.

Your girl,
N.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

HEAR THIS: A Cappella Bests

This is yet another post that comes with a major WARNING: If you click through these videos on to YouTube itself, you will lose hours of your life. But they'll be beautifully sounding hours. You've been warned...

EVOLUTION OF MUSIC  Pentatonix (favourite of my friend Geoff J.) goes through pop music from what sounds like a Gregorian chant to "Call Me Maybe". It's pretty damn good and honestly when they hit the 2000s it's gonna make you yearn for the pre-Bieber days.


HARRY POTTER IN 60 SECONDS  Under the name of Paint, this Texan takes us through the main plot points of the entire Harry Potter series using the melodies from the different scores for the films. It's clever, it's accurate, it's great.



BAD ROMANCE  I've always loved this group from the University of Oregon called "On the Rocks" doing a Lady Gaga cover. It's far from perfect (in fact one guy does a solo that kinda fails, albeit beautifully) but the performance in this grainy video and the screaming ladies makes it a memorable video. I come back to it every now and again. Pour vous...


I KNEW YOU WERE...AWESOME  Walk Off the Earth gained popularity with their inventive one-guitar version of "Somebody That I Used to Know" which I would argue that Gotye owes a huge favour to. Anyway this band has a way of making other people's songs waaay better than the original and they do it again with this Taylor Swift hit. The fact that they can make those drops without a synth (or whatever the fuck it is you use to make dubstep drops with) blows my mind. Stay after the song for further proof of their beat guy's talents.



HOLOCENE  It's no secret that I adore Bon Iver so this cover of Holocene (which incidentally is the geological epoch we are living in) certainly makes the list. Unfortunetly there isn't any footage to accompany the video but hot damn does this smooth cover make up for flashy visuals.


I think that's a pretty crisp place to end this post. Hope your earbuds enjoyed this tasty treat. Until next time...

Your girl,
N.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Your Girl's Favourite iPhone Apps


Pic Stitch  Make photo collages of your recent trip through the wilderness or ya know, your brunch. It also as a cool "Splash" function that with some precision, can isolate a specific colour in your photo.


Over  Once you've made that collage, add some fun text on top, because pictures might say a thousand words but now yours will say a thousand-and-one!

Chrome  Loves, if you're still using Safari then You. Are. Fucking. Up. Help yourselves to Google's far superior browsing app with Google instant fully integrated.

Evernote  I have this app on my phone and my laptop because it syncs in a really lovely way. It's great as a writer because if inspiration strikes me at the bus stop, I can jot down an idea and finish it when I get home.

Unblock Me  Simple brain game/puzzle. Great bus ride time-suck and less motion sickness inducing than Tetris.

iMadeFace  Make a perfect, hipster cartoon version of yourself. Because why not.

Tune Master  I'm far from a seasoned musician which means I can't tune a guitar by ear to save my life. Also includes options for other instruments like ukulele, violin, chromatic, and a bunch of other instruments I've never even heard of.







What are you favourite apps?

Your girl,
N.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

HEAR & WATCH THIS: M83 Music Video Triology

Please put on your headphones and simply click here.

That is all.

Your girl,
N.

Celebrity Cameo Music Videos

While "Our Deal" by Best Coast might be my favourite celebrity music video of all time, there are still plenty of good ones.

My cousin just posted this video of Aubrey Plaza in Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings by Father John Misty on her Facebook which inspired this whole post. (Thanks S!) I haven't ever heard of the band but this video eerily parallels the whole journey of one of the characters in an indie play I was just working on. It's also a new light to see Aubrey Plaza in, which is icing.


I probably saw Alicia Silverstone and Liv Tyler in this video for "Crazy" by Aerosmith much too early in my life. The amount of sexual subtext, the plain weirdness involved in the scene where Liv Tyler essentially pretends to be her dad (aka Steven Tyler) while she's stripping, and the general tomfoolery that goes on probably were inapproriate for me to be watching as a kid. In the years after this video, Clueless and Empire Records were released and my adoration of these two ladies was cemented for most of the late-90's.


Tricia Helfer stars in this video alongside a few other even more random people that I barely recognize as noteworthy (including one of the boring human teenagers from Twilight) but the video is slammin'. Ms Helfer is looking bomb and the video kinda makes me wish it was a real movie trailer for an actual film. I'd probably watch it online...


There are other people in this video for "Giving Up the Gun" by Vampire Weekend, but all you really need to know is that Jake Gyllenhaal plays tennis. 'Nuff said, really.


Jason Bateman, Jason Sudekis,  Ed Helms, and Will Forte in Hopeless Wanderer by Mumford & Sons. I like Mumford & Sons even more after this video because they obviously don't take themselves too seriously, or else I don't think they'd have even thought to approve this satirical video. Plus, seeing Jason Bateman in those skinny jeans and suspenders has me taking a cold shower...


There's a joke amongst Harry Potter fans that in the time when Ron leaves Hermione and Harry in Deathly Hallows that this video chronicles what he goes off to do. As if Ron loses his goddamn mind and takes off to stalk Ed Sheeran around. Anyway, this video for "Lego House" featuring Rupert Grint is pretty cute and creepy, even if the song has been hilariously overplayed on Top 40.


Bruce Willis in pursuit of Gorillaz, what could go wrong with 2D at the wheel?



And what is the best solo celebrity cameo appearance ever? Christopher "More Cowbell" Walken in Weapon of Choice by Fatboy Slim, of course. His dancing is magic.



What are some memorable celebrity music video cameos you love?

Your girl,
N.


Thursday, July 25, 2013

LOCKS: Wavy Summer Hair

  
MORE INFO:
  • If you don't have a wand curling iron, click here for a tutorial that is similar with a traditional curler. Just be sure that you don't curl the ends or "finish it out" like she says in the video for a wavy look.
  • I realize that you might not have a fringe like I do, so just keep using the same technique parting your hair wherever you prefer. Always curling away from the face.
  • Upon review, the story of how I came into possession of this curling iron seems odd. To clarify, my lovely friend Sarah H. lent it to me last month for a special event and then life got crazy and she went on a trip to the UK. She didn't move there. I'm going to return it to her. I don't know, I just thought that part seemed sketchy.
Any questions?

Your girl,
N.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Wrecked Collective presents FEAST DAYS

Wrecked Collective presents
FEAST DAYS

The lives of Addy, June and Patrick were transformed when they met Elle, a magnetic and mysterious young woman. Elle brought them and others together with her provocative and electrifying ideas. But Elle has vanished. Now the three of them must come to terms with who she was—and what it meant to be members of a powerful and dangerous cult.

Created by Naomi Vogt, Anais West, Veronique West and Spence Yarnell

Directed by Veronique West

Featuring Naomi Vogt, Anais West and Spence Yarnell
Costumes, Props, Set, and Stage Management by Kiara Lawson

August 16 – 18
Nightly at 8pm
Afternoon matinee Saturday at 2pm
-Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain.

LITTLE MOUNTAIN GALLERY
195 E 26th Avenue

Ticket information to follow.

Click here to be directed to the Facebook Event to stay notified about this ambitious project.

Your girl,
N.



Sunday, July 21, 2013

Bad-Ass Industry Women

After such a stellar conversation from the Bechdel Test post, I thought I'd throw some love to those women behind the scenes that are making things happen. While Julia Roberts is probably big enough to have quite a lot of say in her projects, it's the women behind the lens that are often more influential. These are the women that are in the production meetings and having conversations with studio execs - in fact, some of them are studio execs. If the industry is going to move towards equality for the sexes, these are just a few of the women who are helping in the movement. For their hard work, achievement and success, these women are fucking bad-ass.

Name? Pamela Fryman
Why is she a bad-ass?  Pamela is notable for directing 172 of 184 episodes of How I Met Your Mother. No small feat!










Name? Jenji Kohan
Why is she a bad-ass? She's the creator of Weeds and the new hit Netflix Original series, Orange is the New Black. Both shows feature strong female leads, something your girl loves.
Name? Nancy Juvonen
Why is she a bad-ass? Runs a production company called Flower Films with friend Drew Barrymore. They're responsible for movies like Donnie Darko, Never Been Kissed, Charlie's Angels, 50 First Dates, and my personal favourite, Whip It, just to name a few. Oh, and Jimmy Fallon is her husband.
Name? Kathleen Kennedy
Why is she a bad-ass? She co-created Amblin Entertainment which is the company behind nearly every movie of your childhood including E.T. the Extra TerrestrialJurrasic Park, and Back to the Future along with recent hits like War Horse and Lincoln. Last year it was announced that she would be the new president of LucasFilm and oversee the new Star Wars instalments.
Name? Shonda Rhimes
Why is she a bad-ass?Creator of the sexy medical procedure soap Grey's Anatomy and spin-off Private Practice as well as the recent hit political drama Scandal.
Name? Marci Klein
Why is she a bad-ass? Credits include producing on both 30 Rock and Saturday Night, the latter of which is known for it's male-dominated workplace. The daughter of Calvin Klein, she was also held hostage for nine hours for a $100,000 ransom in 1978. Bad-ass.
Name? Kathryn Bigelow
Why is she a bad-ass? Probably the most famous person on this list for her historic Oscar win for Best Director in 2010 with The Hurt Locker. Only the fourth female nominee in the category...ever.
Name? Nina Jacobson
Why is she a bad-ass? Nina has held several high-ranking positions with companies like Universal, Dreamworks, and Buena Vista Motion Pictures group (a Disney subsidiary) and is now running her own game with Color Force, the production company behind The Hunger Games movie series.









Love it.

Your girl,
N.

HEAR THIS: One Phone Call by Backstreet Boys

Oh my unbelievable yes.



Thank you baby Buddha on the mountaintop.

Your girl,
N.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

WATCH THIS: The Cast of X-Men Days of Future Past at Comic-Con 2013

Woof, talk about a long post title!

Okay people, I fucking love X-Men. I used to watch the cartoon when I was a kid, and have loved every single movie in the franchise. Truth, never read the comics, but don't let that under-value how much I love this franchise.

Here is the cast in a press conference at Comic-Con. It's amazing. Seriously everyone is there. Seeing young and old Magneto and Xavier on the same stage is just...all sorts of yes.

Enjoy!


Perfection. Dying.

Your girl,
N.

WATCH THIS: This Is How You Die

Delightfully quirky video about mortality. Enjoy!

THIS IS HOW YOU DIE. from Michael Mohan on Vimeo.

Your girl,
N.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Why is the Bechdel Test Important for Everyone?

I had a really eye-opening conversation with a friend yesterday. We ended up talking about our experiences and understanding of gender equality. I think the best part of the conversation was just the fact that it was occurring.

Last winter, I wrote a paper for my Canadian theatre history course about Ann-Marie Macdonald's play Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet). This play is often celebrated for its discussions of feminism, gender and the discovery of self. The argument I made in my paper was that, while this play was not a perfect, it was important in the evolution of Canadian theatre because it served as a teaching tool. That little paper compelled me to dig a little into feminist theory, history and the overall existence of women in all forms of performing art including theatre, film, television and so on.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

WATCH THIS: YouTube Makeup Gurus

Confession bear time: I love makeup tutorials. 

I have literally spent hours and hours of my life watching them. There are thousands of makeup "gurus" (they seem hate being called "experts") to watch online and watching their videos has taken me from following the diagram on the back of my Maybelline pallet to actually being able to make false eyelashes work. Don't get me wrong, I'll still trek out to the grocery store with nothing but chapstick on, but I think having some options when I feel like it is pretty damn enjoyable. We all have our hobbies, this is simply one of mine.

That said, here are some of the best out there covering what I think are some important skills and basics to take your makeup routine to the next level. 

Get ready to lose a few hours of your life. Read on.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Way Way Back

A few questions...

Did you like The Descendants?

Do you think the guy who plays Dean Pelton on Community is funny?

Do you like Steve Carell? Toni Collette? Maya Rudolph? Sam Rockwell?

Nat Faxon, Sam Rockwell, and Liam James

If you answered in the affirmative to any of those questions I'd highly recommend seeing The Way Way Back.

Any quality movie starts with a quality screenplay and luckily this one was penned by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, two-thirds of the team that brought us the Oscar® winning screenplay for The Descendants starring George Clooney. Faxon (of the short-lived but beloved by your girl, Ben and Kate) and Rash (the aforementioned Community star) both make memorable appearances in the movie, which added just another layer of richness to the experience for me.

At the core, this movie is a coming-of-age tale about Duncan who has been dragged to his mom's boyfriend's beach house for the summer. Desperately out of place and withdrawn from his environment, Duncan finds a quirky kinship with the manager of a local water park. The rest of the movie follows Duncan as he navigates his strained home life juxtaposed by a newfound sense of belonging at "Water Wizz". It's gonna be an unforgettable summer for our protagonist.

The "adult" ensemble of the cast is also truly magical. I've always loved Sam Rockwell's work and it's great to see him in this funny, compassionate, and ultimately heroic role. His chemistry with Maya Rudolph is pretty magical, too. Although, I think Maya Rudolph could have chemistry with a rock because she always seems to bring out the best in her scene partners. Steve Carell makes an surprising turn as the antagonistic dirtbag boyfriend of Toni Collette's character.


Confrontation between Steve Carell and Sam Rockwell
But perhaps best of all, is our lethargic protagonist Duncan played by Liam James. I looked up his IMDb and this Canadian-born 17-year-old already has some serious credits banked (2012, Psych, and The Killing) but I suspect that this role is going to bring him some serious attention. Or, at the very least, he deserves some serious attention. His transformation throughout the movie really spoke to me. I was pretty stunned to empathize so much with his character. I'm really interested in seeing where his career takes him.

Breakout star Liam James
However, no movie is perfect so this is perhaps where my one complaint of this movie fits in: I wasn't very impressed by the portrayal of young, female characters. The portrait of the modern, North American female is becoming clearer and more specific thanks to people like Lena Dunham so my patience for the archetypal "bitchy teen girl" is wearing thin. I know that teenage girls can be bitchy, but I think that's such a lazy route to take. Given that Shailene Woodley's character in The Descendants was so rich and dynamic, I was surprised that Faxon and Rash took so little care with the representation of teenage, girl characters in this movie. I did think AnnaSophia Robb (of The Carrie Diaries on The CW) managed to delve out a pretty compelling love interested for Duncan, while still seeming like a real person though. But some of those auxiliary girls made me cringe.

Overall, this movie is a dark, funny, ensemble comedy that touches on the ideas of individuality, loneliness, and courage.

Let me know if you get the chance to see it and share your thoughts! Trailer below!

Your girl,
N.


The Way Way Back is still in limited runs (bigger cities) but for my Vancouver loves, it's playing at the Cineplex Odeon International Village (aka Tinseltown) right now.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

MAKE THIS: Turn Your Scarf into a Vest

I'm baaack!

Thank you for being so patient and waiting for the last five weeks. I had a great time at the Canada's National Voice Intensive with some truly amazing people, but am happy to be back in the "real world" with time to share more fun things like today's post with you!

A bunch of the ladies at the Voice Intensive (and even some guys, truly) were very interested in this scarf/vest hybrid I wore on our final day. What better way to welcome some new friends to The Lost Girl and reunite with all you lovely, devoted readers than a tutorial about it?! 

Any questions, let me know! Any trends you wanna see me tackle, let me know!

Feels good to be back!

Your girl,
N.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Hey girl, where ya been?

Loves,

I'm currently on a bit of a hiatus while I take part in Canada's National Voice Intensive. Ten days in, I can tell you that the program is aptly named and I have been fully immersed in the world of voice training, Shakespeare, and well..."actor stuff". My plan was to exercise any obligation I felt to blog, while I participate in the program, by only posting when I felt like something was important and essential to share with you. And here we are:


I'm in awe. Professor X is simply the best.

I'll be back to my regular frequency in mid-June! In the meantime, thank you for being patient. And if you're really missing the goods, revisit some of these popular posts:


Your girl,
N.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Right Rights

One of my favourite guest judges on So You Think You Can Dance, Jesse Tyler Ferguson (who you probably know from Modern Family) just posted this retweet from a "fan" and I have some questions about it:


What is it that makes people like @HolmbyHillsWino think that performers shouldn't also be politically vocal? I remember a few years back when the Dixie Chicks ran into some trouble for comments made about George Bush Jr. and frontwoman Natalie Maines was famously told to "shut up and sing". Why is that fair?

I love celebrity culture. I do. I won't deny it, but I think there are some huge problems with the way that we find out information about them. 

As cute as they are, I feel upset seeing pictures of celebrities kids when the parent isn't even in the frame. Shots of people's backyards. Someone trying to go about their daily life. Let the flashbulbs burn at movie premieres, awards shows, and promotional events, but why are we allowing these people we seem to care about be stalked. Imagine walking out your front door and having a camera in your face. 

Now it seems like not only do people want to see celebrities stripped of their privacy, they also want them stripped of their rights to free speech.

If I'm allowed to tweet about the recent British Columbia election, why shouldn't celebrities be allowed the same about their own social and political issues? I just don't get it.

This is yet another reason that when people ask me if I have Hollywood ambitions, I'm very reluctant to even give breath to the idea. If fame means people constantly telling me is and is not within my rights, leave me out of it.

Your girl,
N.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

HEAR THIS: Shelter (BeazyTymes remix by The xx)

I love The xx, I love a good remix, I love this.




Big thank you to Christina Dao for this one! 

Your girl,
N.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

WATCH & HEAR THIS: An Astronaut covers Space Oddity in Space

This makes all other music videos irrelevant. Was it filmed in space? No. Then this one is still cooler. 

Chris Hadfield, a Canadian astronaut on his way home from the International Space Station, released this video today, which marks the change of command of the ISS. I can't think of a more appropriate song to sing from space. You should also check out his YouTube channel and the Canadian Space Agency one for lots of really interesting videos he's taken from space. Everything from space food, to exercising to haircuts. But for now, enjoy this take on a Bowie classic!


Wonderful, right?

Your girl,
N.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Gas Station Stars

Of course the one time I actually feel like something from Jay Leno is funny enough to be posted, it has nothing to do with Jay Leno. This couple is amazing. They deserve more than a free tank of gas, seriously. Get your giggle-pants on!


Your girl,
N.

Six Years

When I was eighteen I was sexually assaulted. By someone I knew. In my own home.

When I've shared my story, the first question people ask is usually, "What did you do about it?"

The answer is sad, simple, and worse of all, pretty similar to what most people who've been in my position have done: Nothing.

He wasn't a very highly respected person, but he came from a respected family. He wasn't the brightest student my school had to offer, but he was among the most high-profile pupils. He wasn't in the mafia, but he did a lot of shady things.

Intimidation won and I was too scared to do anything.

One day, I heard a girl he knew call me a slut under her breath as I walked by her in the cafeteria. Was he telling people?

I decided to try to tell people. But all that confessing did was make me more confused. Some people doubted me. They'd questioned that if we'd had sex before, then it couldn't really have been that bad. "If he raped you, then why did you spend the rest of the day with him?" I don't know, but now I was doubting it too.

So, I shut up. Waited. He dropped out of school. I graduated. It was over. Right?

Until he showed up at my work one day. I asked a co-worker to cover for me and thought I'd avoided him until, when I had my back turned stocking a shelf, he came up behind me.

He said, "I don't know what you think I did, but I'm here if you want to talk."

"No thanks," I said and ran off to the back.

Maybe, I thought, if he dosen't even know what happened and I'm doubting it, it'll just go away.

Not true. The events of that May afternoon haunted me for years. After a few breakdowns, several nightmares and a general fear of being emotionally vulnerable, I came out on the other side.

A big part of that was my time at Mount Royal in the theatre department. Sometimes I joke that my two years there were part theatre school and part therapy. But, sadly I think it's more 30/70. I would never have had the courage to face this darkness without the safety, security and love I found at Mount Royal from my peers and professors alike.

I'll never forget it, but I'll never let it silence me again.

***

The last time I ever saw him, he was almost unrecognizable. Wearing overalls, hands covered in dirt, and hunched over some food court cuisine, it wasn't until the very last moment that I realized the person making eye contact with me was him. But as soon as I recognized him, I saw something I didn't expect: he looked scared. In the eyes of the law, he may have gotten away with what he did, but we both know that he was the one who couldn't understand "no". He's lucky.

***

So now when someone asks me, "What did you do about it?" I'm going to point them to this post. Because for me, it's not really about justice. At this point, I just want to help other people. I know the statistics about sexual assault and I know that one of you, my lovely readers, will likely have experienced a similar situation. And  if it's you, I love you. For surviving. It's awful and brutal but you're a warrior to preserving. Your story is unique, but you will always have a champion in me.

Love.

Your girl,
Nicole Yukiko Sekiya.

Friday, May 10, 2013

That moment when...

...you spot something you own on a television show. 


No matter how insignificant, it's still cool.

Your girl,
N.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

MAKE THIS: The Nikko Cristo

Did I just name a sandwich after myself? Yes.

It's a super easy and tasty hybrid of a monte cristo and a grilled cheese with "a little something pesto".

YOU'LL NEED
Two slices of substantial bread (I used whole wheat)
An egg
Milk
Cheese
Butter
Pesto (I'm lazy and use the stuff in a can from the grocery store)




STEP ONE
Make and egg dip by whisking an egg and a splash of milk together. I seasoned it a little, but that's totally optional.



STEP TWO - The first slice of bread.
-Over medium heat, melt some butter in a pan
-Dip one side of one of the slices of bread in the egg dip.
-Arrange some cheese on the bread and cover to help it melt.
-Once the cheese starts to get melty, remove from the pan and rest on a plate.

STEP THREE - The other slice of bread.
-Spread pesto on one side of bread and dip the other in the egg dip.
-Place in pan.

STEP FOUR - Integration.
-Carefully flip the cheesy slice onto the pesto slice.

STEP FIVE - Sizzlin' time!
Let that bread get toasty and golden. It's up to you, just don't let it burn!


ENJOY!
The finished product!
Hope you like it! Happy eating!

Your girl,
N.