Tuesday, December 29

Buried Life


I just saw the trailer for a new show called "The Buried Life", it's about 4 guys with a list of things to complete before they die & along the way they meet people & try to help them accomplish their bucket list. The picture above is #77. Go to burning man. It looks really incredible! Here's the trailer!

Sunday, December 27

Hiatus.

I'm taking a sort of blogging hiatus for the holidays,
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 16

Chase Hates Drugs Guys.


The Armpit of America


SO a lot of people have been noticing MTVs newest bastard "Jersey Shore", it's like the real world but set in the armpit of America, with self-proclaimed "Guidos" (which is a term i've only recently discovered to be a reference to greasy italian guys with stupid hair & spray on tans... think "My New Haircut") & "Guidettes" (skanky italian girls... with the tranny make up & the bump-its.) I hate how much i love this show, i feel so much more emotionally mature and intelligent when i watch it. My favorite character, Snookers, (oh did i mention there are knicknames involved?!) gets punched right in the face this week, FINALLY. (Video above, watch those hair extensions fly!) Someone's already been kicked off the show, Angela or something "The Kim Kardashian of Staten Island" (because apparently there's only one person with a fat ass in Staten Island) couldn't go to work because she was devastated after breaking up with her married boyfriend, and when her boss came to speak to her she hid in the bathroom (like any other adult), she'll be forever immortalized by the words "I'm a bartender, i do great things". Most of the other characters aren't particularly important. If i were to be a Jersey Shore cast member (though i don't think there's room for anyone remotely educated) my name would be Tammy Mortadella. How do i know this you ask?! The Jersey Shore Name Generator! Anyway, get into this trashy show for me will you?!

Sidenote: Punching women... no. Punching anyone isn't cool. Especially women... especially when they have a poof & a bad knickname . Definitely don't hit those girls.

Cuddle Bunny

"& in the end when life has got you down, you've got someone here that you can wrap your arms around."
Everyone loves a good cuddle (unless they're sadistic and sad) but it turns up a good hug is worth more than just emotional reassurance! Because of something called the "cuddle hormone", the cuddle hormone is oxytocin, it's been linked to maternal affection & the feelings of attachment between couples. It stimulates a deeper parasympathetic nervous relaxation response, creating a sense of calm & ease. Cuddling lowers blood pressure & regulates your breathing. It's proven that children who receive sufficient affection have an overall higher IQ than children who don't. Cuddling increases feelings of safety, security, trust, self worth, belonging & appreciation.


Monday, December 14

Addiction Affliction

The reasons i don't gamble & have made the decision to stop drinking (i can have wine with food, that is all) is because, like many people i have an incredibly addictive personality... for instance, I stayed up all night just so that i could try and beat my high score on Marble Shooter, I spend an unfortunate ammount of money on buttons, I have 3 times the clothing that i can physically facilitate, I've seen every Shirley Temple movie, I've seen every episode of The Office, Criminal Minds & Weeds over 3 times, if i go a day without coffee i get blinding migraines, every time i shower i have to essentially bathe myself in lotion afterward & i watch the news religiously, just so that i can pick out the inverted tenses. I wondered if there were other strange addictions out there & i found some shockingly popular addictions:

Shopping! Old movies! Starbucks!

Tanorexia: Addiction to Tanning
"The name comes because of its similarities to both substance addictions & body image disorders, such as anorexia. There is some evidence that UV tanning dependence may have biological underpinnings like other addictions, such as the production of endorphins."
Side Note: EVERYONE from the cast of the Jersey Shore has this problem.

CrackBerry: Addiction to BlackBerry
"Hearing a "phantom ring" (or experiencing a phantom vibration) and constantly checking e-mail are signs of BlackBerry addiction. Experts say e-mail and text messages may feed the ego because they make people feel important.
Side Note: I have a blackberry! I'm not really THAT enthralled with my phone though, but i do often feel phantom vibrating when it's in my purse.

Addiction to Cosmetic Surgery
"Patients who do not have an addiction to plastic surgery are satisfied when they leave; addicts think just one more procedure—and then another, and another, and another—will make them look perfect. This addiction can be the result of Body Dysmorphic Disorder, which is an unhealthy preoccupation with physical appearance or a specific body part. A famous addict is millionaire Jocelyn Wildenstein, who spent over $4,000,000 on cosmetic surgery over the years."
Side Note: She paid that much money to look like the deformed housebound brother from the Goonies?! "BABY RUTH!"

Pagophagia: Addiction to Ice
"Refers to the obsessive need to chew on ice. Scientific research shows Pagophagia can be a sign of low iron in the blood. The addition of B vitamins can help increase red blood cell production, and vitamin C can aid in the absorption of iron."
Side Note: I read an article that said people with Pagophagia often chew up to 10 lbs of ice per day

Addiction To Funerals
"This is so unique, it doesn't even have a name. Brazilan man Luis Squarisi suffers what he calls an addiction to funerals. The 42-year-old man from Batatais, has attended every single funeral in his town for the past 20 years and has quit his job to be able to feed his addiction. "What set me off was my father's death in 1983. The first thing I do every morning is to turn on the radio to find out if anyone has died, if I don't hear it on the radio I call the hospitals and the local funeral home", said the man. A spokesperson for local funeral home, São Vicente, said: "We dont want him to go to therapy, everyone expects to see him at the funerals."
Side Note: That's endearing.

Geophagy: Addiction To Dirt
'The extraordinary practice of earth eating is well documented by medical and anthropology journals and classified as "pica" or "geophagy". While not being considered a social norm in Western society, the custom is quite common among primitive or economically depressed peoples, and also animals, to augment a scanty or mineral-deficient diet. However, the practice is most often confined to people suffering from chronic mental illness and commonly labeled as "nutters".
Side Note: When my brother was little we'd convince him to eat dirt all of the time... he's not developmentally challenged.

Teeth Whitening Addiction
"Since bleaching is easy and effective, people can really get hooked. Two possible side effects of this addiction are tooth sensitivity and gum irritation. According to a report, in the US alone, people spent almost $1.4 billion on tooth whitening products and procedures in 2006."
Side Note: ... I think my boyfriend has something like this, he spends 30 -35 minutes brushing his teeth at one time.


Sunday, December 13

The Semester is Officially Over.

Friday, December 11

The Mean Reds


The blues are because you're getting fat & maybe it's been
raining too long, you're just sad that's all. The mean reds
are horrible. Suddenly you're afraid and
you don't know what you're afraid of.
- Breakfast at Tiffany's

I forgot how much i loved this movie, it's on my
"List of Things To Enjoy After Exams"
...
That is all.

Get Your Hur Did.


I only recently found out that buying a hair brush goes far beyond picking up a general black brush when mine becomes completely mangled. Apparently, there's a specific brush to match each specific hair type. Now i pride myself of having incredibly healthy hair. I've never dyed it, every few months i have dead ends snipped off, I always air dry- i never use a hair dryer (because of heat damage), I use the occasional hair mask & i pretty rarely straighten my hair (also because of heat damage). So i figure if i don't know about this maybe other people don't know... OR I'm just stupid. Either one!

Paddle hair brush - Paddle brushes are flat and wide. They help in brushing long hair and for styling them. Brushing your hair with paddle brush also gives you a slight scalp massage. These brushes are used to style layers, as they do not add volume to layers.

Cushion Style - This type of brush is best suited for medium-length hair, which is generally smooth and straight. This brush gives you a massage effect. Styles, which are made out of this brush, are box shaped bob, the classic graduated cut and a disconnected outline.

Sculpting Brushes - This kind of brush is best suited for backcombing and it adds volume to short and textured styles. Such brushes are generally used for short cuts, round layers and textured outlines.

Thermal Round Brush - Thermal round brushes are available in different sizes such as jumbo sized, large medium and small. Small round brush acts as a roller to get curls on your hair when used with the heat of a blow dryer. Large round brush smoothen your hair. The length of your hair decides which type of brush to be used so that it can give a different style to your hair.

Thermal Flat Brush - This brush acts like a flat iron, which smoothness and straightens your hair without any kind of bend. Never use brush on wet hair. It is advisable to use wide-toothed comb. When ever you backcomb your hair start combing your hair in small section

Thursday, December 10

Steez Quizzes



01. Best style advice from your parents? Black goes with everything.

02. Style Icons? Barbara Streisand's character in "What's Up Doc?", Agyness Deyn, & Jackie Kennedy.

03. Describe your personal style: This season, I'm quite into this motorcycle chic movement(i feel like i hate that word "chic"), but still feminine and a bit of that "nerdy kid in the 70's" look. I'm very much inspired by my parents high school yearbook.

04. Personal Style quirk: Owl Jewelry.

05. Favorite designers: Alexander Mcqueen.

06. Most underrated item in menswear/ womenswear? The cape.

07. Your next "must have" purchase? Studded bracelets.

08. Favorite Book? The Metropolitan Life by Fran Lebowitz. Always.


Wednesday, December 9

Reading List: Fall Edition

The Fall Reading List!


1. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
"I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. One fig was a husband and a happy home and children, and another fig was a famous poet and another fig was a brilliant professor, and another fig was Ee Gee, the amazing editor, and another fig was Europe and South Africa and South America, and another fig was Constantin and Socrates and Attila and a pack of lovers with queer names and offbeat professions, and another fig was Olympic lady crew champion, and beyond and above these figs were many more figs I couldn't quite make out. I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig tree, starving to death, just because i couldn't make up my mind which of the figs i would choose. I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and, as i sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, the plopped to the ground at my feet."

2. Roughing It In The Bush by Susanna Moodie
"Such acts of heroism are common in the lower walks of life. Thus, the purest gems are often encased in the rudest crust; and the finest feelings of the human heart are fostered in the chilling atmosphere of poverty."

3. The Journals Of Susanna Moodie by Margaret Atwood
"My foot hit rock. The dreamed sails collapsed, ragged. I planted him in this country like a flag."

4. Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
"He does it with a better grace, but i do it more natural" (Act ii, Scene 3)

5. Oedipus Rex by Socrates
"Polybus and Merope are not your parents. You will one day kill a man who will turn out to be your real father. The woman you will eventually marry is your real mother."

Monday, December 7

These Are a Few Of My Favorite Things: Primping Edition

I'm by no means organized, but I have the same bedtime ritual every night, I'm particular about my bath products (& my bedding). I thought i'd share my favorite primping products:
(1) Bliss Lemon & Sage Body Scrub, I've actually been using this for awhile, i bought it on my first little trip to Bliss Spa in New York when i was 16. (2) Tutti Dolce is incredibly difficult to find in Canada, in fact it may even be discontinued, i don't know. I have that moisturizer left, it makes my body smell like a bundt cake. (3) Smith's Rosebud Salve which i picked up this summer, it's really addictive, the peppermint is my favorite!
(4) Brazil Nut hair Moisture Mask, this is the first time I've ever used a moisture mask for my hair so I'm no expert, that said this is the most incredible thing to happen to my head, it makes my hair so soft & it smells brilliant... good job Body Shop. (5) Bath & Body Works is a place of wonder, i recently picked up "Warm Chestnut Cheer" anti-bacterial hand soap. So I'm repelling the H1N1 virus & smelling like nuts! YAY! (6) Winter is hard on my hair, if it weren't for a variety of L'Oreal Play Ball's my hair would be so staticy I'd be like those messy filthy children in a plastic tube slide...

Quotes: Original Thought


Original thought is like original sin:
both happened before you were born
to people you could not have possibly met

-Fran Lebowitz

Sunday, December 6

How To Be a Role Model by Chloe Seviny


Thanks for the update on the status of your drug abuse Chloe.

Mo' Shave November: "I Wish You Health & More Than Wealth, I Wish You Love"


Novemeber is kind of a nothing month here in the great white north (i like to make it sound as if I'm blogging from an igloo) as our Thanks Giving is in October, so instead the hockey loving beer drinking men of this country mark the nothing month by refusing to shave, i think this has something to do with play-offs OR they're preparing themselves for cold weather.
Anyway, nothing month November ushered me to a few old favorites like Death Cab for Cutie's "Coney Island", "Heartbreaker" the excellent result of a duet between John Legend and MSTRKRFT. Regina Spektor's "One More Time With Feeling" was a lovely song i found on Halyey Mutch's playlist (I know I'm unoriginal but i like that song goddamnit!) Dean Martins "Your Nobody Till Somebody Loves You", this really excellent live version of The Frey's "You Found Me", Lykke Li's "Let It Fall" & by recommendation of my strange poetry prof: "Hurt" by Johnny Cash.





Thursday, December 3

Charles Francis Xavier


My dear boyfriend wants to get an animal companion for his new home, because i have a pug & we adore him, he's thinking about getting a french bulldog, a similar breed. We've already named him Charles Francis Xavier, (& no you can't call him Charley or Charles or X you HAVE to call him Charles Frances Xavier) SO i, being the caring girlfriend i am, did some research, made a little pro's and cons list.

Pro's
Short & Chunkay
Big expressive eyes.
Easy-care coat
Amiable with everyone - LOVES people.
Doesn't need that much exercise
Doesn't bark unless to announce visitors
Cons
Very stubborn
Constant shedding
Snorting, grunting, loud snoring (but i find that endearing)
High cost

(High costs: because they have to be delivered through cesarian sections
& they're not especially sexual, usually artificially inseminated...
however this means you'll had a dog that doesn't hump anything)

I found some links of french bulldogs doing adorable things:





Making Enemies with Every Illiterate and Socially Ostracized 16 Year Old Girl.

I don't get the whole Twilight saga bullshit, the book is poorly written (not that I've read it but i had a composition professor read an excerpt of it in class & everyone laughed at the inverted sentence structures, he claims the entire book is as pathetically written) & the fans are mainly obese 16 year old girls who jump onto this sad little bandwagon of fantasy, seemingly unaware of the fact that they're probably developing deep psychological issues by further removing themselves from reality. How do i know this? www.MyLifeIsTwilight.com, It's the fmylife for twilight.


Examples:

"Today was my 16th birthday I went to see New Moon for the 5th time and took my Edward and Bella doll my friend got me. They both had a seat of their own. I thought it was perfectly reasonable. MLIT"

The saddest part of this situation is not that she was sitting alone at a movie theater on her 16th birthday, it's that she had to lie and say "that my friend bought me" hunny, we know you don't have friends, otherwise you wouldn't be sitting alone in a movie theater with your dolls on your 16th birthday.

"I have a life-sized cardboard cutout of Edward in my room. When i saw New Moon again I bought an extra ticket and had Edward sit next to me. Best date ever. MLIT"

... There's a recession fucktard. You just spent an extra 20-some dollars to look like a complete retard in public. There's a reason you couldn't bring a real person to sit next to you.

"Today i was half naked and getting dressed when my Edward cutout fell on top of me. Instead of pushing it off, I exclaimed, "Oh Edward! Not this early!" Then my mother walked in and took him out of my room saying "it's for your own good" MLIT"

Sure. You were "getting dressed" and your cardboard cut out "fell on you" you definitely weren't masterbating to a life sized picture of an actor... definitely not.

"Today I woke up from a nap on my girlfriends couch only to realize she had covered me in Twilight body glitter while i was asleep. FML MLIT"

OH MY GOD RUN.

Tuesday, December 1

SartoriaLUST. No Vember Oh Nine.

This month on the Sartorialist, no one wore anything practical & everyone died of frost bite.