Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Movie(s)Rave; 'Amelie'/'Breakfast With Scot'/'Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind'

Movie wise, I had a busy weekend; my favourite film I saw?

I knew about this movie since it's a famous French movie, and the big HMV on Robson has this poster on it's wall, so I see it every time I go in, but my friend recommending it to me finally made me see it.

I adored it.
It was the best movie I'd seen in awhile. Well, since I'd seen 'Once'.
The plot's a bit tricky; Amelie, a waitress in a café in Paris, finds the childhood belongings of her apartment's previous tenant. She decides to find him so she can see the look on his face when he sees his old childhood toys. once she does this, she's so moves that she decides to dedicate her life to helping others, but she beings to forget that she herself deserves to be happy herself.

The movie's art direction is perfect; I guarantee that you'll never see another film like it.
I also loved the narration of the characters; when each is introduced, their likes and dislikes are included with their life story.
Overall, it's a a charming and quirky film; it made me want to chop my hair into a short bob, and take photos in picture booths.

The true test to any movie, especially one with a female heroine, as they can be whiny and dependant on the leading man, is whether or not we can sympathize with the protagonist. I loved Amelie; she's stuck in her head. She fantasized about happiness, but never takes the steps herself to seizing her dream. Anyone can relate to that.

Plus it's in French, so everything sounds more sophisticated and romantic.

The second film I've been trying to PVR forever, and it was finally on last Sunday morning.

'Breakfast With Scot' is a Canadian dramaedy about a gay couple, Eric and Sam, who have to temporarily adopt an eleven year old boy (Sam's nephew) when his mother dies and his father flees (It's similar to the plot of the Swedish movie 'Patrik 1,5', if that helps). The boy, Scot, is extremely flamboyant, which makes Erik, an ex Toronto Maple Leaf and current sports show host uncomfortable, because he is not publicly out.

What I loved about this film was that the protagonist, Eric, was not portrayed as the stereotypical gay man, as he's pretty much the typical guy's guy. He hates shopping, eats pretzels while watching hockey, and was known in the rink as a fighter.

My two gripes with this film are that Scot character may have been made a bit too flamboyant (No eleven year old can figure skate like that), though you could argue that that is what would happen if a child was left to completely be himself, and that Sam, Eric's partner, wasn't featured enough, though I get that the director wanted to focus on the relationship between Eric and Scot.

The movie's predictable, but it's heartwarming, and it dashes the views of what an 'ordinary', 'conventional' family is.

I know, I know. I'd never seen 'Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind'.
I'm a horrible person.

Anyway, you probably all know what goes down in this movie, but I'll explain for those who don't:
Joel and Clementine meet, fall in love, then break up and hate each other. Clementine goes to a doctor to have her memories of Joel erased in a surgical procedure. Finding this out, Joel goes and has the same procedure, only to realize during that he doesn't want to forget Clementine.

It's a film about love, plain and simple.
It's bleak, yet hopeful at the same time.
I can't describe it any better than that.

Just go see it, it's a classic.
And 'Montauk' by Bayside will make more sense to you.


Thursday, October 22, 2009

OOTD; Long Lost Friends And Unfortunate Surgeries

_ Striped top from H&M
_ Black dress shorts from H&M

_ Leather jacket from New Look (not shown)
_ Fingerless gloves from Urban Outfitters (not shown, but seen below)
_ Black tights from H&M
_ Jade eye necklace
_ Gold charm necklace from Accessorize
_ Black studded ankle boots from Spring
_ 'An Affair In Red Square' nail polish by OPI

I went downtown with two friends today after many a missed buses (OK, one. And it wasn't my fault this time).
Many things were discussed, such as the impact the Twilight Saga was having on young girls (Was I the only one who found Edward controlling to the point of abuse? He was defiantly nowhere near my ideal man), long lost friends from elementary school (One of the girls I'd known since Kindergarten, and another Kindergarten friend who'd moved away contacted us both on Facebook recently), and ass surgery (A friend of ours has had it. Yep).

We also had awesome food court vegetarian pad thai.
And obviously there was a Starbucks break.

I used to be super into caramel machiatos, but I had one again today and was less than enthralled. Do I need a new drink for winter? I think I might. Maybe chai lattes?
What you're favourite hot drink from Starbucks?

From this blog post it really doesn't sound too exciting, but I had a lot of fun today just talking with some friends who I hadn't seen in awhile.

I watched 'Amelie' yesterday (I absolutely adored it) and was inspired by all the reds to paint my nails. I've always had trouble with red nails; I kind of think of them as an older woman colour, therefore never wore them. I mean, I might as well wear crazy colours when I'm young. But this colour's really pretty; it's 'An Affair In Red Square' from OPI's Russian Collection. It's not a normal red; it's a bit in your face, but that's what I like about it. It elicited many complements today ("You're nails are like, whoa."), so I'm happy with it.

Who was your first best friend? Are you still friends with them?
The friend who contacted me got me thinking about back in the day, AKA elementary school. Today my friends and I reminisced about the kids we used to know, and that got me thinking about this question.
My first best friend was a girl named Lynette in grade one. We were both really shy and introverted, which may not sound like a good combination for friendship, but it worked for us.
She moved away the next year before grade two, and I never saw her again. I can't even remember her last name.
I'd like to find her online one day and see is she remembers me, and I'd like to find out what happened to her.


Thursday, October 15, 2009

FOTD; British Red Chai Latte

Almay Nearly Nude Foundation
MAC Studio Fix Concealer in NC15
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light
MAC Eyeshadow in Phloof! (Highlight)
MAC Powder Blush in Harmony

MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack (Just a thin line this time)
MAC Eyeshadows in Phloof! (Highlight) and Beauty Marked (Eyebrows)
Maybelline Lash Stiletto in Black

MAC Lip Pencil in Redd
L'Oreal Colour Riche Lipstick in British Red

Another professional day; I wore the same outfit as this day, but with black tights, and I wore my glasses.
I added the leopard print scarf when I got home because I was cold; I wanted to wear it out, but I didn't have time because I almost missed my bus. Again.
(I'm getting bad at this...)
When I want to look older and/or smarter, I wear my glasses.
And when I want to look my best, I forgo eyeshadow, and just wear eyeliner and lipstick.

This is my favourite nail polish of all time; OPI's You Don't Know Jacques.
I've made two of my friends buy this nail polish, seriously, and it's already a cult classic.
So You Don't Know Jacques by OPI, French Collection.
Get on it.
In other news, I went to a the Smart Mouth Café on Water Street and had hands down the best chai latte I've ever had.
Get on that as well.

How do you do your make-up when you need to look your best?
Like, what do you think looks best on you? What's your never fail 'hey I need to kick ass' make-up look.


Monday, October 12, 2009

OOTD/FOTD; Family-Approved Thanksgiving Attire

_ Lace dress form Zara (Worn as a blouse)
_ Black skirt from H&M
_ Red cardigan from Zara
_ Black tights from H&M
_ Vintage scarf
_ Belt from Primark

Not the best picture, but I could only take photos in my room yesterday because my parents were cleaning, and if they saw me, they'd make me help.
Priorities, blog vs. manual labour.
You'd do the same.

This is essentially the same outfit I wore the other day, but I classed it up a bit with some more lace and a cardigan. And the belt's different.
I also deviated from my normal cat-eye make-up routine and added (my god) eyeshadow.

_ Almay Nearly Nude Foundation
_ MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light
_ MAC Powder Blush in Harmony
_ MAC Eyeshadow in Phloof! (Highlight)

_ MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre
_ MAC Eyeshadows in Woodwinked, Beauty Marked (Also used to fill in eyebrows), and Phloof! (Highlight)
_ MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
_ Some drugstore brand mascara that I wouldn't recommend

_ Maybelline Shiny-Licious lipgloss in Caramella (Does Maybelline still sell this stuff? If so, I buy it)

I didn't think Woodwinked and Beauty Marked would work together, what with Woodwinked being so gold, and Beauty Marked being so black and all, but when applied with a light hand, Beauty Marked blended into the gold and looked almost brown.
I bought Woodwinked on the recommendation of every beauty guru on Youtube, and honestly, I don't love it.
It's so pretty, but I don't love it.
What's another way I could wear Woodwinked? make me love it, world.
Make me love it.

Thanksgiving was the average family affair; it was delicious, and my mom made cupcakes!
Just like the pilgrims ate.

After dinner we watched TV. MuchMusic was having a 'Bring It On' marathon for some reason; why not 'Degrassi' Much? Come one.
We almost watched 'Degrassi', making this Youtube video ring true, but settled on 'The Cleveland Show' and 'Family Guy'.

Nails of the day!
Since my outfit was somewhat conservative, I decided to paint my nails 'Pamploma Purple' from OPI's Espana Collection.
You eagle-eyed reader will notice that this is what I wore to my friend's birthday party in the last post.

My outfit and make-up wasn't too exciting in this post, I'm afraid, but keeping it relative-approved on Thanksgiving is important, I think. I don't come from a conservative family, but the peek-a-bra blouse from the birthday party may have been a little too risqué.

How was your Thanksgiving? If you're not Canadian, how was your last big family celebration? What did you wear? Did you change your make-up up? let me know.


P.S. Don't forget to follow if you have a Blogger account! Looking at the no followers thing is getting kind of sad.

Virtual high-fives for anyone who follows, I promise.


Sunday, October 11, 2009

OOTD; The Birthday Party Was Just An Excuse To Get Bubble Tea

_ White top from Zara
_ Black bra from La Senza
_ Leather jacket from New Look
_ Jeans from American Eagle (Cut into shorts; for modesty)
_ Black tights from H&M
_ Black beret from H&M
_ Belt from Primark
_ Assorted rings
_ Black studded ankle boots from Spring
_ Canvas bag from Urban Outfitters
_ 'Pamplona Purple' nail polish by OPI

Firstly, let me preface this by saying Happy Thanksgiving to all the Canadians out there!

Yesterday was my friend's eighteenth birthday party, so obviously we all went out to The Roxy, got wasted, and drunkenly cabbed our way back home.
Just kidding. The drinking age is nineteen. That's next year.
This year we went out to lunch, then decided to see where the day took us. That ended up being Chinatown, but I'm getting ahead of myself.

We went to Browns for lunch; I'd actually never been, even though there are a million (Three) locations all over Vancouver. I had a veggie burger and fries, and I can confidently say their veggie burgers are not disgusting; you know those restaurants that pack the veggie burger patties with vegetables as a filler because they're too cheap for soy?
Well my frustrated, vegetarian friend, Browns was not one of those restaurants.
On the contrary, it's the second best veggie burger I'd ever had. The best are at White Spot, because there's more sauce than burger, and I'm into that.

If you're ever in B.C., go to White Spot. I know the name's racist, but for some reason no one's ever complained to the government. Probably because their milkshakes are amazing.
Seriously, they're the best I've ever had, and I've drank a lot of milkshakes in my day.
That's why was an overweight child.
Anyway, there's one at the Vancouver airport, so get on that.

After a quick debate of what to do for the rest of the day, H&M was quickly chosen as a good idea, and off we bussed. I was tempted by a fuzzy, leopard print beret, and leopard print gloves, but I declined; will I actually wear a fuzzy, leopard print beret? And what's the point of the gloves if they don't match my hat?

At this point, we split into two groups, those who wanted to shop for lingerie, and those who wanted bubble tea. I'll give you one guess which group I was in.
I wish I could say I was in the group who needed sexy lingerie.

But Chinatown and it's bubble tea establishments called to me, and the only men who've been calling out to me lately are the construction workers on Granville.

Afterwards, we all met up and took pictures on the grassy area near the Chinatown skytrain station until it was time for us to all bus back up to our respected houses.
Oh, and an awkward moment never came to fruition, thank god; my friend Kelly and I take the same bus home, and while waiting to get on, we realized this guy from high school, was getting on with us. I'm not sure where I stand with him now; we were friends, he developed a huge crush on me, he developed a huge crush on my friend, made some choice comments about her breasts, creeped us out, and everything got awkward.
I have no luck with meeting people on public transportation.

Anyway, I had lots of fun yesterday, and my see-through top was a success, but I knew it would be.
I have pervy friends.
I love that top but I was worried that the exposed bra might get me some creepy attention. I personally don't think there's anything wrong with showing bra, but the stares get old.

Is there anything you love to wear, but hate the stares/comments you get? is there anything you'd love to wear outside, but are afraid about what people might say?
I'm still plucking up the courage to wear black lipstick out. One day.


Thursday, October 8, 2009

OOTD; I Figured Out A Way To Wear A Skirt Without Looking Like A Tool

_ Black high waisted skirt with white lace from H&M
_ White t shirt from American Apparel (My friend painted song lyrics and a heart on it with fabric paint)
_ Navy (I thought they were back; they were named 'Midnight' -_- ) tights from American Apparel
_ Silver belt from Urban Behaviour
_ Vintage scarf
_ Leather jacket from New Look (Not shown)
_ Black ankle boots from Spring
_ 'Russian Navy' nail Polish by OPI

I know I've been absent these past couple days; the honest truth? I had nothing to write about.
I watched some movies, read some books, made some decisions I'd been putting off, and basically recharged.

This post was supposed to be posted yesterday, but my internet timed out as soon as I finished -_-
Oh well, better late than never, and there will be a MixCassette later on today.

Yesterday I went out specifically for an article I'm going to write for his blog; I'll be finished hopefully some time next week.
I almost missed the bus by leaving my coin purse at home (Planning ahead, you elude me sometimes), but I managed to catch it.
On the bus, there was this girl who was just epitomizing the walk of shame. She was wearing a classy black coat, black open toed platforms, chipped black nail polish on said toes, and a messy bun in her hair. When she took off the coat briefly, I saw the strapless champagne coloured number underneath. She wasn't wearing a bra.
She seemed to like my outfit though, or at least I'm going to say that's why she kept staring at me.

Anyway, after I had finished the project, I went to H&M to browse, and saw two friends of mine on the boyfriend couches outside. We had lunch together, which consisted of me trying to eat vegetarian pad thai, despite not knowing how to use chopsticks.

Yes, I never learned how to use chopsticks. I'm not sure what it is; every single friend of mine has tried to teach me at some point in my life, but I just can't grasp the concept. I think it's because I don't hold pencils the regular way. My third grade teacher tried to break me of my habit of holding a pencil wonky, but I was eight by that point and too old to change.

We shopped for a bit, discussed life and whether or not sixty dollars was too much for a faux fur dress (It is not), and then public transited home, but not before I added Marc Jacobs' 'Rain' perfume to my Christmas wishlist.
After, I came home, attempted to post this blog, failed, then met my friend for coffee around eight at a Starbucks.
It's starting to feel like fall in Vancouver; last night my friend and I walked home at around ten at night and it was freezing. I'm into it, obvs, what with my hatred of summery weather and all.

Nails of the day! I'm wearing 'Russian Navy' by OPI. I absolutely adored the Russian Collection; it was the first collection that I bought two bottles of polish from, instead of just sampling one (Aside from 'Russian Navy' I bought 'An Affair In Red Square'). This was my favourite polish for a long time; it's almost black but when you're in the sunlight, the navy shimmer is just POW.
Yeah, you can tell I'm a fan of the dark polishes.

I've got a lot to psot about lately; later on today will bethe MixCassette, then it's my friends birthday party, then Canadian Thanksgiving. Family functions are always tricky to dress up for; I think I'm going to wear yesterdays high waisted skirt, just to class it up a bit. I'd love to do crazy eye shadow, but I know I'll be the person the most done up. In fact, I can't think of a single family get together in the past couple years where I wasn't the person the most dolled up.
C'est la vie, we're not a dressy sort of family.

What's your favourite fall clothing and/or make-up trend/look this year? Black lipstick is my favourite look, but I'm not sure what my fall 'uniform' will be yet. I'm kind of into faux fur coats, but I'm not sure if they're fabulous or hideous.
I find myself wondering that a lot.


P.S. All I've been listening to lately is 'The Listening' by Lights.

And 'Crash Love' by AFI.

Buy these albums.
Proper reviews to come soon.

P.P.S. I can't stop listening to the 'No Way' by Lady Gaga; it was leaked to Youtube a couple says ago. I probably shouldn't encourage this, but whatevs, I love it.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

OOTD; New Frames? 'Milk'?

_ Top by Matthew Williamson for H&M
_ Cardigan from Forever 21
_ Jeans from Mavi
_ Belt from Primark
_ Boots from Spring
_ Glasses by Gucci
_ 'Royal Rajah Ruby' nail polish by OPI

It was a 'not looking at the camera' day.

I went to the optometrist for the first time in forever yesterday.
Guess what! I'm a candidate for laser eye surgery!
But oh no! They want me to wait until I've finished two years of university before going under the laser =(
Something about the intense textbook reading being bad for your eyes.

I love my optometrist; he looks like a normal guy, Caucasian, grey hair, kind eyes, but he's so quiet and well mannered.
I hated my first optometrist with a passion; she was this bitch who never listened to me. When I was fourteen and first starting wearing contacts, I always had trouble with my left eye being too sensitive for them. The stupid woman asked me which eye bothered me, and I pointed to my left eye.
She writes down 'right'. Because it was her right.
Being too young to want to tell an adult she's wrong, I concluded that I must have not read her handwriting properly. I go back a few months later and she asks me how my right eye is.
When I tried to tell her it was my left eye that was bothering me, she rolls her eyes at me and tells me that my file says 'right eye' so I just must be stupid, trying to make her job harder, etc.

God, I hated that bitch.
But I love my current optometrist.

Anyway, I'm also going to get new frames soon; I've had these Gucci's since November/December of grade nine, and my mom keeps telling me it's time I get new ones.
I like these glasses though; I'm not sure what I would get to replace them.
I was thinking about maybe something like Dan Levy's?

I wanted white frames for a while, but my mom refused to pay for them. She said they were too ugly.

My current nail polish is 'Royal Rajah Ruby' by OPI, from the India Collection. This is the only India Collection polish I own.

I forgot how brown it is. I like it, but I'd like it more if it were black with an intense red shimmer, instead of burned brown with a bit of red. It's still very pretty, though.

Does anyone know what the next OPI collection is going to be? I haven't heard anything after Spain. I wish they'd redo a Canadian Collection; I think they missed an opportunity with the basic one they did. It was just boring.

I watched 'Milk' last night.

I was really moved by it; it got a bit slow towards the end, but I cried at his "Give them hope!" speech.
I'm not a huge fan of Sean Penn, but I love Emile Hirsch and Josh Brolin.
And James Franco after 'Pineapple Express'.

Was there a movie that completely changed your opinion of an actor, for better or worse?
I never liked Will Ferrel, even refusing to watch his movies. Then my friend made me, and I mean made me, watch 'Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy' with her.
It's one of my all time favourite movies.
Mila Kunis in 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' is another one; I can't stand 'That 70's Show' (and I've given it enough chance; the same friend forced me to watch hours upon hours of the show. I laughed once. The scene where Topher Grace and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are in the car together. But mostly because that one caught me off guard) but Mila Kunis herself is quite funny. When she's not having to deal with Wilmer Valderama.