Thursday, July 25, 2013

LOCKS: Wavy Summer Hair

  • 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,

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Wrecked Collective presents FEAST DAYS

Wrecked Collective presents

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.

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,

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,

HEAR THIS: One Phone Call by Backstreet Boys

Oh my unbelievable yes.

Thank you baby Buddha on the mountaintop.

Your girl,

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.


Perfection. Dying.

Your girl,

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,

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,

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.