Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Three Movies That Lied About College

There are a lot of movies about college. Animal House. Old School. The list goes on... But I think there are three glaring lies being perpetrated by these three college movies. I will not let it stand.


THE MOVIE: Legally Blonde
THE LIE: Not only will your dorm allow pets, but you'll be able to fit a Stairmaster in your room. Oh, and you can install a giant sunset mural on your wall, too.
THE TRUTH: The closest thing to a pet that I've had is when two pigeons took up residence in my room while I was getting sloshed at a Seder dinner with my friend Daniel.





THE MOVIE: Good Will Hunting
THE LIE: If you're looking for a boyfriend, look no further than the custodial staff.
THE TRUTH: If you're looking for a boyfriend, look no further than the prof that teaches the landslides unit in EOSC 114.






THE MOVIE: The Social Network
THE LIE: You've probably seen it. Bunch of kids in a study room, jotting down logarithms (real talk, had no idea how to spell "logarithms" until today) on the windows with dry-erase markers. Lot's of late nights. Lots of caffeine.
THE TRUTH: Instead of coming up with stuff like Facebook, last year at UBC we got Peeked Interest which consisted of people taking creeper shots of people they thought were babe-like in hopes of hooking up with them later. My friend Emma landed on the site. She just thought it was creepy, because it was. They're "re-launching" the site. Allegedly.




Although, maybe I'm really just bitter that Luke Wilson isn't a TA at my school.

Your girl,
N.

WATCH THIS: Disney '46 The Story of Menstruation

This might be the weirdest thing I've ever seen.



You see? Weird. Period. (Pun intended?)

Your girl,
N.

Making It Up

For me, makeup is a spectrum. I can go all out, keep it simple or shun it altogether. But on those days when I want to keep it minimal, there are only a few products that I really need and I can go from blank canvas to ready for my day in under ten minutes. Here's how I do it.

PRIME
You have to start with a clean and moisturized face. Use whatever cleanser works with your face, it'll vary depending on your skin type but I'd highly recommend staying away from anything with too much alcohol or salicylic acid (unless prescribed by a dermatologist) as they can dry out your face losing that precious natural moisture. I've had success with products like Spectro Jel and Olay's Foaming Face Wash for sensitive skin. Follow up with a moisturizer and you're good to go! I've sworn by Nivea Soft for years.

EVEN

I want to de-emphasize that you're going to want to hide anything. If you woke up and there's a huge pimple on your forehead, then there's a huge pimple on your forehead. Slathering on concealer isn't going to change that, in fact it'll probably only highlight it. What you can do is try and even out your skin tone. I love Some Kind-A Gorgeous. It goes on like a concealer, and finishes as a powder. I use a synthetic brush to apply the product to my T-zone and dot along the jaw which I buff out all over with a kabuki brush. For added security, a little powder to set it all never hurt anyone.

EMPHASIS
Most days, the even step is enough. But, if I want a little extra kick, I'll throw some bronzer on the cheekbones and some blush on the apples of my cheeks and call it a day.

BROWS
Did you know Jeremy Renner used to do makeup? He did. And one time when he was on Ellen, he said that the brows frame the face. And so I pass on that advice. I'm not saying you need to look like Brooke Shields, Zosia Mamet or Jennifer Connelly but don't ignore them. You might just need to run a brow brush through them, or like me, do some filling in with a brow pencil. Take it slow at first and work your way to a style that works for you. I just use an Annabelle brow pencil that only set me back a few dollars at Shoppers. Just be warned that a brow pencil and an eye liner are different things. Brow pencils generally have more wax to stay put, whereas a liner tend to rub off easier.

EYES
There are two options that I tend towards for daily eyeliner application.

The first is to tightline. That means applying liner in the water line as opposed to above or along the lashes. You can YouTube a bunch of tutorials on the subject. Just remember to go slow on your first attempts so you don't Equus yourself. I use a Quo Automatic Eyeliner from Shoppers for this task.

The second method I've been favouring lately is winged liner. It's a little bit retro and makes my eyes pop a little more. I'm feeling very Lily Alen-inspired since I got a fringe a week ago. I've been using a small liner brush and Mac Fluidline in Blacktrack for a few years now and think it's the best gel liner out there. Nearly every YouTube tutorial on the winged eye is going to use Fluidline unless they're sponsored by someone else. While, it's the only Mac product I use and I'd go to war for it.

As far as mascara goes, I've tried fancy $26 versions but I keep coming back to CoverGirl LashBlast. It's just the best.

LIPS
Sometimes a swipe of Vaseline does the trick. Sometimes I go for a subdued pop with Clinique in "Shy". Or lately I throw caution to the wind with a dramatic red like Urban Decay's Super Saturated Lip Gloss Color in F-Bomb. It also just so happens to be the lip colour they've included in their Theodora Palette to coincide with the release of the new Oz movie so you can feel like Mila Kunis when you wear it.


And you're done!

I know it seems like a lot of 'splaining but it's really easy. And it's all about practice. Seriously. Staying in on the weekend? Practice your eyeliner skills. Killing time while doing laundry? Spend it grooming your brows. None of this should take very much time, you're probably busy kicking ass. So just work out a system that you can master and roll with it. Don't get discouraged if a look doesn't turn out perfectly the first time, and don't assume that what works for me will also work for you. We're individuals!

Have fun and let me know if you have questions, stories or want to give me an earful about how ass-backward I am about LashBlast!

Love.

Your girl,
N.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

HEAR THIS: Day Dream by Obey the Crooks

Simon Blitzer (one half of this duo) and I grew up in the same neighbourhood. When I first met him he was a first-grader who needed help using the microwave at lunch. Now he's got his own hip hop video. Mindblown.

Anyway, give it a listen. The video is pretty badass too. Simon is the guy in the tie.


The only thing weirder than growing up, is when other people do it too.

Your girl,
N.

Monday, February 25, 2013

WATCH THIS: Jennifer Lawrence Wins Her Post-Win Press Conference

Maybe you're already sick of talking about how adorable Jennifer Lawrence was at last night's Oscars but in case you weren't...


And she's a year younger than I am. Damn.

Your girl,
N.

Stationary Love

Two essential parts of my life for work, play and life.

MOLESKINE
As aesthetically pleasing as I found the Moleskine I delayed purchasing one, thinking it was just like any other notebook. How wrong I was. There's something satisfying about flicking off that elastic and holding that soft cover in my hands while I jot down notes, lists or the crazy thoughts in my head. It's never far from me. Ever.

I find that most people who have and use a Moleskine on a regular basis can tell you when and where they bought theirs. I actually wrote that date down in mine. It's been two years. In many ways I'm disappointed that I haven't needed a new one yet.

I also use it for a variety of things. It wouldn't be unusual to find rehearsal notes and a grocery list on the same page. On one page I'm ruminating on the intricacies of performing a Tennessee Williams play and the next I'm drafting a physical score for "rhino walks": One freeze-and-look for every "Ahh ahh brr!"

SARASA PEN
You can't find this pen everywhere. They usually have it in Staples, but that's not always true. But, it's worth hunting down. My hands are a little on the small-ish side and I rarely cramp up when using this pen. Just enough of a grip but not so much that it's been welded there. It also comes in some fun colours which make for lovely colour-coded notes.

Perhaps the most mundane post ever? Whatever. Thank me later.

Your girl,
N.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

'Nother Facelift

Much better.

Your girl,
N.

BACK AT IT: A Post-Reading Week Playlist

Don't know 'bout you, but I'm entering the final 24 hours of my reading week. It's gonna be a rough transition back. As always, didn't accomplish half the things I'd planned. But folks, we can do this.

In the meantime, I picked out some songs to help. It's kind of like a breakup mix but instead of a person, it's your freedom.

Click through here for the playlist.

Track list commentary after the jump.

Your Girl's Oscar Predictions

Main categories only. Or I actually care about. I tried to watch as many of the films concerned. This year's themes: racial inequality and water.

NOTE  The number in the brackets indicates how many of the movies/performances I actually saw.

Best Picture (7.5 out of 9)
Amour, Argo, Beast of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Misérables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty

To be clear, I only saw half of Les Misérables. It found it...exhausting. And the version of Amour I got my hands on was without English subtitles. I then had to rely on my limited French vocabulary, which was delightfully challenging. The only movie I skipped entirely was Life of Pi mostly because one of my greatest fears is being lost at sea. Perhaps a poor reasoning, but it's the only reasoning you're getting out of me.

Lincoln feels close, but it did feel slightly reductive in the same "white people solving racism" way some people responded to past nominee The Help with.

Your girl's prediction: I'll be shocked if Argo doesn't take this one. It's a chance for the Academy to do some self-congratulating with this tale of the film industry aiding in the Iran hostage crisis.


Actress in a Leading Role (4 of 5)
Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Emmanuelle Riva, Quvenzhané Wallis, Naomi Watts

This is going to be a battle until the end. Whenever a kid is nominated I hope they win, especially in this instance because from what I've seen about Miss Wallis, I can't imagine what she'd say in her acceptance speech.

That said, I think this is really a race between Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence and Emmanuelle Riva. Sorry Naomi. Riva just won the Ceasar for her role and both Lawrence and Chastain won Golden Globes. I loved all their performances. This one's tough.

Your girl's prediction: Jennifer Lawrence. I just feel it. That's all.


Actor in a Leading Role (3 out of 5)
Bradley Cooper, Daniel Day-Lewis, Hugh Jackman, Joaquin Phoenix, Denzel Washington

This is easy.

Your girl's prediction: Daniel-Day Lewis. The Academy loves biopics. I liked his beard.

Actress in a Supporting Role (3 out of 5)
Amy Adams, Sally Field, Anne Hathaway, Helen Hunt, Jacki Weaver.

I am hoping beyond all hope that tomorrow night the presenter of this award says "Jacki Weaver" and then serves Anne Hathaway some humble pie. David O. Russel has wonderful mother characters and Weaver is no exception. If Melissa Leo deserved an Oscar, Weaver deserves ten.

Your girl's prediction: Anne Hathaway will win this and then I will go vomit off my balcony while she does her acceptance speech. I find her awards show behaviour unbearable. And I'm not alone.

Actor in a Supporting Role (4 out of 5)
Alan Arkin, Robert De Niro, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tommy Lee Jones, Christoph Waltz

This is also easy. But I think De Niro deserves some credit for his heart-breaking performance in Silver Linings Playbook. He was troubled, confused, passionate and - my favourite quality from a good De Niro role - I totally forgot he was Robert De Niro. That said...

Your girl's prediction: Christoph Waltz. And unlike Hathaway, this man knows how to make a speech. He's a god. And I'm not alone.



Well, that's that. Also, this is the hundredth post. Wow. Here's to one hundred more...

Your girl,
N.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Generational Comparisons

With every new generation, the older one finds themselves pining for "the good old days". Is any time period really better than another? Only time can really tell. However, for your education your girl has complied a comparison of folks from days gone by with our relative options nowadays. You tell me which was better.

THE REDHEADS

NOW - Amy Adams and Christina Hendricks



THEN - Ann-Margaret and Rita Hayworth


YOUR GIRL'S VERDICT
Now takes it. Perhaps the fact that it was hard to tell if someone was a redhead in black-and-white films, but I could really only think of Ann-Margaret off the top of my head. Plus, Christina Hendricks kills it on Mad Men in a way that not even the opening of Bye Bye Birdie can top.


THE BRUNETTES 

NOW - Justin Timberlake and Robert Pattinson



THEN - Elvis Presley and Gregory Peck


YOUR GIRL'S VERDICT
Then takes it. I actually tried to think of other combinations to sway it in Now's favor but I just couldn't. I mean. Honestly.



THE BLONDES

NOW - Gwen Stefani and Owen Wilson


THEN - Marilyn Monroe and George Peppard


YOUR GIRL'S VERDICT
This is a tough one and I'll admit that they're weird pairings. Gwen and Marilyn are the most famous blondes I can think of and while Marilyn has legend status Gwen is still relevant and producing new work to this day. The guys. Both awesome. I don't know. It's a draw.



THE VOICES

NOW - Lady Gaga and Adele



THEN - Billie Holiday and Judy Garland


YOUR GIRL'S VERDICT
Go ahead, send me to the guillotine. Now takes it. This was another instance where I just could barely narrow down who to add to the Now side. I love women in music but I also love modern music.



THE COUPLES

NOW - Beyonce & Jay-Z and Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt



THEN - Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton and June Carter Cash & Johnny Cash



YOUR GIRL'S VERDICT
Both sides come with their share of controversy and drama. Both sides have bad boys. Both sides have divas. Then only takes it for their legend status but I wouldn't be surprised if either on the Now side achieve this through time.


THE BANDS

NOW - Mumford & Sons and One Direction


THEN - The Beatles and The Jackson Five


YOUR GIRL'S VERDICT
I tried to make this as even a fight as possible. But I still think that if I picked One Direction over the Beatles my artistic karma would plummet. I gotta go with Then. With that, I challenge One Direction to outlive their presumed flash-in-the-pan status.



THE POLITICIANS

NOW - Barack Obama and Justin Trudeau


THEN - John F. Kennedy and Pierre Trudeau


YOUR GIRL'S VERDICT
Now wins. I gotta go with progress on this one.


THE DIRECTORS

NOW - Quentin Tarantino and Kathryn Bigelow



THEN - Orson Welles and Billy Wilder


YOUR GIRL'S VERDICT
It's hard to argue that anything could be greater than the mastermind of Citizen Kane, but I'm going with Now on this one again. I just can't wait to see what it next. The greats of Then created a wonderful foundation for the current greats to leap off of.



THE MUSICAL PERFORMERS

NOW - Hugh Jackman and Kristin Chenoweth


THEN - Gene Kelly and Julie Andrews


YOUR GIRL'S VERDICT
Shut your mouth. Then. Duh. Have you seen Singin' in the Rain?



This was a tough post to put together. I left out so many good people. Who do you think is missing from these categories?

And while I've got your attention: Go ahead and like THE LOST GIRL on Facebook for new post updates!

Your girl,
N.

Friday, February 15, 2013

FRIDAY NIGHT FOOD FIGHT: Fresh Guacamole

Okay, it's not really a recipe (besides I've already done the guacamole thing) but this video is ace. Just. Enjoy.


Hmm, I think a trip to the kitchen is in order now...

Your girl,
N.

Sick Day Playlist

It's Friday night at the start of reading week and your girl has sequestered herself in her concrete tower because she's sick. Yep, I made it this far into the academic year without being sick but my time has come. Since I have rehearsal tomorrow morning I'm doing the "smart" thing and forbidding myself from going anywhere further than the library.

That said, YouTube and I have formed a bond and I wanted to share some of my current, favourite sick day songs. I've made a playlist which you can access by clicking here but I've also posted each song individually with a little commentary. The videos themselves are pretty bosscakes, too. Proceed.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Warning

If you're emotionally unstable right now, don't watch the latest episode of GIRLS.

Your girl,
N.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

WATCH THIS: What A Girl's Hair Means with Jenna Marbles

Having a strange night.
And so, Jenna Marbles.


Woof. I'm gonna go watch three episodes of The OC now and then pass out...

Your girl,
N.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

How Being Called Out for Being a Shitty Band Student Changed My Life

In the ninth grade I joined my school band and I did it for one reason, to hang out with my friend Katelyn who was in a different class than I was. Yep, I did it entirely for social reasons. Now, I'm assuming that the teacher figured out my scam because I was very quickly relegated to the "auxiliary percussion" which meant that in a shining moment I blew a train whistle or gave more cowbell. I was pretty fucking useless. But I did my job, had fun shooting the shit with the other students, and best of all got to hangout with Katelyn who I'd been friends with since second grade.

Then, in a blaze of glory, I was promoted to bass drum for the spring recital. Woo freaking hoo. I learned my bit, showed up for the assembly and beat my drum.

Well, apparently the jig was up because moments after the concert ended, as I ran back through the deserted hallways to grab my jacket from my locker before catching the bus home, I ran into another teacher. I can't actually remember what academic class she taught but I remember taking some bogus "tourism" class with her where we went to the Saddledome. Regardless, she took the time to stop me and let me know how big of a disappointment I'd become.

In my hometown, junior high school runs from grades 7 to 9. Therefore, I was in my last year at this school. I started as a fresh-faced, nerd with a passion for Irish Dance and glitter eye shadow, but by grade nine I was getting shitty grades, listening to The Strokes, on an eyeliner-only makeup regimen and smoking joints rolled with post-it notes in my parent's basement (sorry mom). Junior high school fucking sucked. Yes, there were fun moments but it was tough. To round up all the pre-pubescent kids and force them to go through puberty in front of each other as if in a vacuum is something I'd pay money to have ripped out of my memory. And puberty made me angry. I was heavier than the other girls, didn't understand how to pluck my eyebrows, and made the mistake of learning how to shit-talk my "friends" behind their backs.

But on that day, in that empty hallway, that teacher pretty much spelled it all out for me. My lack of enthusiasm I had just displayed hadn't gone unnoticed and that all the other teachers thought I wasn't living up to my potential. I was a disgrace. A change of attitude, it seemed, was in order.

And just like that, she was gone. I got to my locker, cried, and then pulled my shit together so I could walk down the front steps of the school (think the fountain scene in Mean Girls) with dignity.

Besides how totally fucked up it was, I had to admit that she had a point. I wasn't living up to my potential. But for her to call me a disgrace hurt. And to say that other teachers had been talking about me, only led me to realize that shit-talking people behind their backs wasn't something that only junior high schoolers do. Even adults do it.

Fast forward nine years to when I commented on a photo featuring two people I'd known from junior high. And then who should comment after? That teacher. And what did she say about me?

"Nikki was always such a nice girl... I'm not surprised that she found it in her heart to mix it up with lower classmen."

What the actual fuck?!

I'll forgive her for using my adolescent nickname (even my family has a hard time calling me Nicole, and it's on my birth certificate) but it's clear that her momentary judgement call on my entire personality has been totally forgotten. Maybe. The use of that ellipsis after "nice girl" has me somewhat puzzled...

My mother has done her best to raise me with a glass half-full mentality and to look for the gift in every life experience. So, I can imagine a scenario where this teacher was frustrated, saw a kid spiralling and decided to use some tough love. But above all the other things I learned from that run-in, the most important one has been that words can hurt.

I can have the best intentions, but I can't control how another person is going to take what I say. I can only control what I say. It goes beyond "if you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything," because people have their own baggage and experiences that you can't always be prepared for.

I don't mean to strike fear into your heart, my dear reader, but just a sense of awareness. I find that my biggest life regrets come from not thinking before speaking. Wishing I could take back some of the things I've said in my life might trump the wish for my hair to hold a curl. You never know what someone is dealing with. Unless you're a mind reader, then...you win.


Your girl,
N.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Five Reasons I Want to Go Back to New York

I love New York. No, really. I love New York. In celebration of my twenty-first birthday, my mother and I made our humble way to New York and I fell madly, deeply in love.

I was raised on TV and movies and no other city is as iconic as New York. Breakfast at Tiffany's wouldn't have been the same without that shot of her taxi down Fifth Avenue, I couldn't imagine King Kong without the Empire States Building, and Sex and the City creator Darren Star often refers to New York as the fifth character.

At this point, I've been twice and yet every time I've returned it only leaves me feeling like there was so much more I could have done. I've surrendered to the idea that I will eventually have to just move there, but right now all I can really do is fantasize about it. Beyond that, dear reader, because I care about you I want to share this thing I love with you.

So, read on for my top Five Reasons I Want to Go Back to New York:

Sunday, February 3, 2013

HEAR THIS: Wildest Moments by Jessie Ware

I have a file on my phone where I write recommendations people give me about books, movies, nail polish colours, or whatever. I looked at it tonight and saw this song on that list. I've realized that I need to start writing who recommended the things. That way when I love something as much as I love this song, I can thank them.

Enjoy.



Your girl,
N.

New Layout

What do you think?

Your girl,
N.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

I Made This Lil Playlist for You


Stay safe this weekend kids. So much love for you all. We far exceeded three thousand readers this week!

Your girl,
N.

Read on for the setlist.