Friday, April 26, 2013

WATCH THIS: Michael Shannon Reads the Insane Delta Gamma Sorority Letter



Last week on BuzzFeed, I read one of the funniest things ever. After some sort of failed social event, the livid president of Delta Gamma at the University of Maryland posted the craziest tirade I've ever seen written. Her turn of phrase and ability to make the most out of a cuss astonished me.

Which brings us to today's addition to the insanity. Michael Shannon (who you may know from the 2008 film Revolutionary Road with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet) gives a stunning reading of the post employing his crazy eyes, impatient speech and general weirdness to make a funny thing even better.




Hahahahahahahhahahahahahahahaha!

Your girl,
N.

Monday, April 22, 2013

HEAR THIS: Full Moon by Bike for Three!

I love Bike for Three! Their album "More Heart Than Brains" still haunts me and the fact that Buck 65 is half of the equation just makes it all that more amazing. Anyway, just moments ago while I was scrolling through Facebook I saw an update that after teasing they might, they indeed released the first song from their new, upcoming album! What good news! I love it. I'm so happy they're back. Enjoy!



Your girl,
N.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Goodnight Loves.

Dear Reader,
Because I love you so much, here is a picture of me snoozing with a puppy in my hoodie. I was inspired by all the cute napping in my last post.


I love you.

Your girl,
N.

This week sucked. Here's some cute stuff.

Naps are good.




This momma squirrel is adorable.


 This racoon was probably tryin' to do a kickflip or somethin'.



Seriously, napping. Especially cute dads with their little ones.





May next week not be an asshole of a week. I believe in us. We got this.

Your girl,
N.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

College Heartbreak

I've had a wonderful year at UBC. I finally dipped my toes into the world of clown and physical theatre. I was able to climb the mountain of Greek tragedy and beat out poetic realism. 

In truth, I couldn't have done any of the things I've done here at UBC if I hadn't already studied at Mount Royal in my hometown of Calgary, Alberta.

Which brings us to today. Today I (and countless other Mount Royal grads and friends) found out that the theatre department is getting cut. Facing budget constraints, Mount Royal was forced to make some serious cuts and rather than asking the whole university to make changes, a select few programs are being offered as a sacrifice to the budget overlords. 

Notable companions on the chopping block are the disability studies program and one third of the spots in the nursing program.

So. Arts and healthcare taking a hit. Wow. Shocking.

Are the athletic programs going to be asked to cool it with spending? Nope.
Will the business school have to cut back on their catering budget? Doubtful.
Will even more kids looking for a theatre education be forced out of city and/or province? Probably.

A fucking shame.

I would not have been ready to pursue my Bachelor of Fine Arts at UBC without the solid base that I earned in my years at Mount Royal. They shook me out of my lazy, high school brain and I came out on the other side a more well-rounded human being. I know the value of hard work, promptness and respect for your fellow collaborator.

As an Alberta transplant living in Vancouver, I find myself trying to defend my hometown of its redneck persona. However, it's days like this that make that a real uphill battle. I hope that Mount Royal can figure things out and work to repair this horrendous decision but it has felt like my beloved program has been pushed into the shadows more and more in the last three years since I graduated.

I'm sad. I'm hurt. I'm disappointed.


Your girl,
N.

PS - Read here for a piece written on the topic by playwright Eugene Stickland. He's a man that has made his life in theatre in my hometown so the guy really knows what he's talking about.

How Much Progress I've Made in Packing for My Move


Your girl,
N.

EYE CANDY: Retro Babes

As a treat to anyone who appreciates the female form. You're welcome.

RAQUEL WELCH

CATHERINE DENEVUE




NATALIE WOOD

BETTIE PAGE



BRIDGITTE BARDOT



JAYNE MANSFIELD





 If you have exams: Happy studying! Otherwise, happy evening!

Your girl,
N.


Monday, April 15, 2013

Summer Style Suggestions

I spent a lot of today thinking about clothes. Probably because I spent a lot of today in stores. I came to a few conclusions about some styles I'm going to try, a new twist & second-chance for a couple old stand-bys, and a mantra.

DISTRESSED JEANS ARE OKAY
My mom was never a huge fan of this look and for that reason I sort of dismissed it. I never worked too hard to be a "rebel" through my clothing because my siblings were usually up to far weirder sartorial choices. (For example, my brother used to wear just the hood part of one of my dad's old parkas around.) But I saw a pair today and decided to give it a try. Pretty happy with the outcome.



THAT GREY HOODIE LOOKS GREAT WITH THAT LEATHER JACKET I GOT AT TARGET
Last spring I lived with my best friend Sarah Bernstein, and she always had Nylon magazines lying around. I remember seeing the cover of this one and digging that such a casual look was being featured. Lucky me, I have a pretty cute leather jacked I got for peanuts at a Target in Great Falls, Montana a few years back and have a classic, grey American Apparel hoodie to make out this look. It does wonders for the Buffy fan in me.


SKIRTS ARE WORTH ANOTHER LOOK
I'd banished skirts from my wardrobe until very recently. I added a plain, black tube skirt that I've worn over tights and leggings all winter and it's primed for giving spring skirts another try this year. I don't know if I can really pull this off, but I'm going to try.



PLAIN WHITE SHIRTS ARE CLASSIC FOR A REASON
I used to own dozens of plain, white t-shirts but recently discovered that all of them have suffered some mysterious fate and are noticeably absent in my wardrobe now. I think they make everyone look good. Bringin' it back.



IF ALL ELSE FAILS, WHAT WOULD ZOOEY DO?
Even if it's just the mindset, I'm going to bring a little bit of Zooey Deschanel into my everyday. She's fun, feminine and a a little bit of a freak. I like it. After I got a fringe, my hair stylist said she thought I was pulling off an "Asian Zooey" look. High praise. High praise.


What looks are you planning on giving a shot this season?

Your girl,
N.

HEAR THIS: GENESIS by Grimes

READER RECOMMENDATION ALERT!


Thanks to Allyce for this amazing recommendation. She's an amazing lady in my theatre program that I've been honoured to meet this year. And now she's even more amazing for linking this song to me. Thank you Allyce!


Do you have any music recommendations? Leave 'em in the comments below! 

Your girl,
N.

PLAYLIST: Nineties Love

Now that we're well into the 10's, the 1990's almost feel "retro" already. Songs that I remember hearing for the first time back when MuchMusic still actually played (gasp) music videos, are now ironic. But there was some quality stuff in there. I was a kid in the nineties, and these were songs I really remember making an impression on me.

CLICK HERE to listen to the playlist, and read on for my commentary.

Enjoy!

EVERYBODY COVERING "I Can't Make You Love Me"

So there's this beautiful, sad song by Bonnie Rait that tears the heart of anyone who has felt the sting of unrequited love. It's called "I Can't Make You Love Me".


Anyway, people love covering. And for good reason. Here are some of my favourites.

ADELE  Obviously Adele is a fucking vocal legend in the making so it would make sense that she would slay this song. And she does. This performance from the iTunes Festival in 2011 is beautiful. Unfortunately the sound quality isn't perfect but I still prefer this from the other versions you can find (try her Royal Albert Hall performance for another take at it).



BON IVER  In this version we have the lead dude of Bon Iver, Justin Vernon, singing his falsetto heart out in with only the accompaniment of his piano. He's my king of mournful crooning. There's also a bonus mash-up with another song towards the end, for some added flair.



LADY ANTEBELLUM  I'm not super familiar with this band, but it makes sense that this song would come back to country for a redux in the genre. I think the harmonizing is what makes this version seem unique and different. Gentle and calm. Still breaks my heart.



GEORGE MICHAEL  Namesake of my favourite Michael Cera character and my most contentious feline relationship, George Michael does a pretty decent turn with the song. It's not my favourite by any means but it's just refreshing and peculiar to see him singing anything besides "Faith".


ESTER DEAN  You might recognize Ester as Cythia Rose from Pitch Perfect. Well, turns out that at 26-years-old she's actually a pretty prolific hip hop writer and producer in her own right. She's co-written on songs like "Super Bass",  a slew of Rihanna jams and more. She also does a pretty ballsy, hyped-up cover of "I Can't Make You Love Me" that almost seems sacrilegious, but I'll give her a pass for making it her own. 


Which one is your favourite? Did I miss one? Tell me what you think in the comments below!


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Your girl,
N.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Four Stupid Things I Do

#1 - Try to "water" a headache. Somehow I think that if I just drink enough water it'll flush itself out of my body. It never works. I always end up taking a Motrin.

#2 - Brush my teeth while my coffee is brewing. Just so dumb.

#3 - Paint my nails before bed. Go to bed with manicure, wake up with mess.

#4 - Bump into everything. I'm especially bad at this at my parent's house (where I lived for nearly two decades). I swear to God that my parents move the bathroom doorframe every time I leave.

Ugh.

Your girl,
N.

When People Assume That No Finals Equals No Stress


I don't have finals, I have "tech week".

Your girl,
N.

Friday, April 12, 2013

WATCH & HEAR THIS: Subway Violins

Truth. They're covering a Taylor Swift song. Truth. It's really really really well done.


Love it.


LASTLY  While I have your attention, if you are interested in answering a few questions about gender and sexual health for an upcoming post click here. Or you can email me at yourlostgirl@gmail.com for more information.

Your girl,
N.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Three Life Mysteries

MYSTERY #1
Where are all my bobby pins?
Sorry Ryan, it's not that simple.
MYSTERY #2
Why dost mine headphones tangle thusly?


MYSTERY #3
What was the fate of that other sock? 

Seriously.

Your girl,
N.

Excellent Advice

Click here.

Your girl,
N.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

YOU GIRL HAZ A QUESTION

Would you be willing to participate in a super-short questionnaire about sexual health and gender? Dudes, too!

Yes? Great!

Click here or email yourlostgirl@gmail.com for more information! 

Your answers may be used in an upcoming post, so if you want to retain anonymity, please answer accordingly. Answer only the questions you feel comfortable answering. Use your discretion.

Your girl,
N.

Your Girl's Explains: The Science Behind Selecting the Perfect Passout Movie

I like to fall asleep watching a movie every night. Some people like music, I like movies. But when it comes to picking the night's slumber flick, there are a few things to keep in mind. Such as...

Over-interesting factor. The movie can't be too good or you'll just stay up to watch it.
Train wreck variable. The movie also can't be too bad or you'll just stay up to watch it.
Level of brain engagement. You shouldn't need to use much of your mind to comprehend what is going on. For example, Memento or Fight Club should be avoided.
Familiarity index. A movie you've seen a million times can be useful, as you won't need to track the story as intently as if it were the first viewing. The more familiar, the less consciousness needed.

This could be you.
My favourites are Empire Records, Pride & Prejudice, and Juno. They are all movies I have seen before and have fully digested the story within, which make them perfect candidates. It should be noted, that this doesn't mean the movie needs to be boring, but it will likely be comforting to you. For that reason, I avoid screening American History X or pretty much any Quentin Tarantino film. But the Winnie the Pooh movie (which I highly reccomend actually watching through at some point, because it's the loveliest movie in a long time) works like a charm.

Bonne chance et fais de beaux rèves.

Your girl,
N.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

My Best Friend Saved Beyonce

This is my best friend Sarah.
She's playing a video game.
She also answers the tough questions like, "Do you poop in the morning?" and "Who would you save in a burning building, Oprah or Beyonce?"
She's amazing.


Your girl,
N.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Help


Let's Catch Up

I started this experiment, The Lost Girl, last June and since the New Year, it's really picked up. And man, every day since then I've been so thankful that I started it.

The response has been mostly achieved by personal Facebook messages, texts, and people I know actually talking to me about it face-to-face. That's seriously a magical thing to me. For this solitary, geeky thing I do to have translated into a real-life conversations, with a people I really respect, astounds me. When someone I love tells me they tried a new braid because of a hair tutorial, I get goosebumps. When a friend I mention a post sends me a message of support after reading it, I'm totally heartwarmed*.

I know The Lost Girl still pretty small potatoes in the grand scheme of the entire blogging world. I'm barely a speck on the radar. But the impact writing for you has been totally revolutionary in my life. I'm forcing myself to think about what I'm watching, observe my world more fully, and search for new things to love.

Basically, this blog has actually made my life better and a big part of that is you. So thank you. Let's keep this party going.


You girl,
N.


*Heartwarmed is a phrase that entered my life because of my roommate last year, Emily. She's awesome.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Anatomy of a Reality Show

We live in the golden age of reality television, a medium that blurs the lines between humanity and show business. But there are

Life's a Game
Survivor, Big Brother, The Amazing Race

The cast of Big Brother Canada. I'm kinda addicted. No lie.
These programs have a few very identifiable features. The most annoying is that everyone will be talking about their "alliances". I mean, can't we broaden our vocabularies a bit? Try coalition, pact or union. Although, maybe that last one might be a little too socialist... After sorting out their "alliances", they'll probably also start hooking up. Or, as much as a person can hook up while being followed by cameras 24/7. And lastly, the phrase "it's just a game" will mean about the same as when I say "I'm over it," if you know what I mean.

Talent Shows
American Idol, The Voice, So You Think You Can Dance

Season 4 of So You Think You Can Dance.
These programs all follow a pretty similar pattern of seemingly never-ending auditions, some sort of boot camp in Vegas (or LA) and then rounds of live shows culminating in a finale which is usually about a hundred hours long. The thing with these shows, is that once you watch one episode you feel compelled to watch them all. You want to know how that girl with the sad story about being adopted and the guy from the wrong side of the tracks will do in the competition.





People Be Crazy
Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Real Housewives of Vancouver

The RHOV ladies. All crazier than the next.
These shows generally tend to test the very limits of the term "reality" because they seem so painstakingly staged. The series finale of MTV's hit The Hills was the first of this genre to admit the false nature of the events presented. The argument in favor of understanding the use for these kinds of show is that it really teaches us that money, notoriety, and privilege don't mean that we'll be any happier, smarter or free from a chaotic life. In fact, their problems just seem a little more medicated and harder to understand because...botox. I always feel bad about watching one of these shows. Always.


Real Reality
Intervention, Teen Mom, Hoarders
The original cast of Teen Mom.

I feel really conflicted about these shows. On one hand, they just seem exploitive of people in difficult situations. Tragedy porn. But there is a case to be made that these shows help break stigmas and bring awareness to things like addiction, mental health and teenage pregnancy. I just don't know if these shows do enough to offer help to people watching. Maybe an alcoholic will see an episode of Intervention but not have the resources to go to that fancy rehab center the person on the show went to. So what do they do? I don't know. I'd like to see that beyond these shows offering suggestions and help beyond a phone number at then tail end of the episode for "more info".


What's your favourite reality TV show? Least favourite? Guilty pleasure?

Your girl,
N.