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making faces :: a new member of the glossy posse

as they go through the process of revamping all of their permanent products, it was to be expected that guerlain would soon get around to their glosses. it's not that there's anything particularly wrong with them- the kiss kiss gloss formula is one that i like, despite it having an uncharacteristic fruity scent that puts me off a little. the colours are softly shimmery and feel very good on the lips, although they don't last particularly well when compared to other high-end brands [chanel and aramani in particular]. but really, the biggest problem with them was that they just didn't seem that exciting when you looked at everything else that guerlain had come out with in the last couple of years.

and so guerlain tried to fix that, batman style.

this spring, guerlain launched their "gloss d'enfer" formula. that literally translates as "gloss from hell", although a more realistic version would be something like "kick ass gloss". which is …

a balanced update

a couple of things:

1. today at lunch a bee flew into my eyeball and appeared to suffer some sort of brain damage from it. this was unpleasant for me both because i like bees and because i dislike things flying into my eyeball.

2. today has seen even more visits on the blog than yesterday's record-setting total, so the delicate balance of the universe remains in tact. i'll just assume that particular bee was an asshole who stung his children a lot.

3. i woke up this morning with the worst attack of vertigo i've had in months. i'm just passing that on so that someone besides me can appreciate the delicious, juicy irony of someone born under the sign synonymous with balance, who wrote a blog post yesterday about balance, having a condition that is characterized by the inability to maintain balance.

thank you again. merci beaucoup. vielen danke.

life is balance

being a libra, i have an inborn sense that things in the world should be balanced. now, that doesn't seem to be true for me on a macro level, in that my years of not killing people who annoy me has yet to be rewarded with me being given trillions of dollars and being made ruler of the universe- which only seems fair- but it does seem to be true for little things.

for instance, last night, dom and i were sitting in bed when the following conversation [sort of] happened:

dom :: stop doing that, it's creepy.

me :: what?

dom :: i mean it, cut it out!

me :: i don't know what i'm doing!

dom :: stop making that face!

me :: i'm not making a face.

cue several minutes of awkwardness while i try to figure out how to make my face not creepy, which essentially involved scrunching over on my side and looking at the wall until i didn't feel awkward anymore [because everyone looks creepy when they feel awkward].

in point of fact, i think i had been trying to look sort of sensu…

guilty. guilty. guilty.

about a year and a half ago, i had this idea to film some people i know talking about the subject of guilt. i didn't give them any further guidance, i just gave them the word and let them think about it for a little while. then i arranged to come over and film them while they did their talk.

of course, no one really wants to have all their guilty rambling out there for the world to see [and hear], so i did this with the caveat that whatever ended up in the final project would be heavily processed enough and edited enough that they need not fear embarrassment.

i shot the pieces on my iphone, since i was excited by what i'd been able to do with "a sense of longing [oblivious]".

then... disaster struck. my computer crashed and a goodly chunk of what was on my hard drive was lost to the ages. [always back up your files, folks.] what's worse is that the files i was able to recover for the project were corrupted, so that they appeared to be there, but registered as 0.0…

instagramification

i'm not sure why, but i've started sharing glimpses of my wardrobe on my instagram feed. i guess it's partly a way of indulging my real first aesthetic love, which is clothing and textiles [assuming you consider footwear part of that]. i'm fascinated by clothing and its ability to act as a form of expression as well as a practical protection against the elements.

most people tell me i have a "distinctive" style, which i think is a polite way of saying that i don't dress like an adult in their mind. dom has pointed out that i have a particular affinity for things that are asymmetrical or draped, which does give me a kind of distinctiveness. i think that there's something to both of those points of view. i simply don't look like most people my age even if i were to try and i like things that hang a bit funny.

i always have a weakness for things that have a patchwork quality to them. i love things that include a lot of different fabrics. [little note…

the movies, mr. lee and me

so i've posted a whole series of comparisons to people who are also writers, or active in fields where i
like to play. normally, the point of this is for me to give myself a pat on the back and reassure myself that i am better than newt gingrich, dick cheney or rob ford. and i believe that. but i can't start this post that way, because i can't just come out and say "i am better than spike lee". because i don't actually believe that, certainly not in the way i believe i'm better than those other doorknobs.

but i do have something i want to say to spike lee and it does come from a rather self-righteous part of my brain. i might not believe i'm better, but in this one particular instance, i think i have a legitimate argument.

for those of you who might not know [and that's probably a majority who don't follow film like it's a religion], spike lee has turned to kickstarter, the online fundraising site, to raise money for his next film. on th…

huma huma

ok, i just need to get something out of my system...

weiner roast
we have a weiner
everybody loves a weiner

i could go on, especially since i haven't even started to imagine the possibilities of "carlos danger", but really, this guy makes it too easy.

yes, anthony "look at my" weiner is making news again for the exact same reason he last made news, which was by flashing bits of himself at pretty young things over the internet, this time using the aforementioned pseudonym "carlos danger", because, clearly, there was no chance that that could ever be turned into a joke. [actually, there really isn't much need to turn it at all. calling yourself carlos danger is a joke that requires no further embellishment.]

this time, however, more prominence is being given to his wife- his beautiful, smart, successful wife- huma abedin. she remained fairly quiet the last time her husband got caught shaking a tail feather at a 20-something twitterer and was pretty …

making faces :: all eyes on yves

a couple of days ago, i posted the following photo on my instagram, proudly showing that i had bought green lip gloss and pink eye liner.

the green gloss is a subject for another blog post, but today i thought i'd give you my quick thoughts on yves st. laurent's new liquid liner in "rose". there are a number of shades that have been released in this formula, along with the eponymous baby doll mascara [and a bright pink nail polish and one of their "lip varnishes" that i still haven't tried, even though i really, really want to]. the one that caught my eye figuratively and literally [kinda] was this incredible shade of pink. because how often does a girl find a pink eye liner?

i suppose that the inverse question there is "how often does a girl want a pink eye liner?" pinks around the eyes tend to be a little challenging, because "pink eye" isn't a look most people strive for.

but this is a pink of a different colour.

specifically,…

nudge nudge

just a not-so-discreet little reminder that you can now purchase "conversion", a feature film i wrote and starred in, alongside paul ash, one of montreal's hottest comedic talents and which dominic, my long-suffering other half, directed.

it tells the story of two friends trying to make it home through the city in the middle of the night with no money to their name and with a cast of bizarre characters waylaying them at every turn.

a mere $5 will get you streaming access to the film for six months, courtesy of vimeo's "on demand" service. you don't even need a credit card, since the site accepts paypal. every penny goes to supporting the film and its makers, helping us offset some of the costs of making it available and producing it to begin with, as well as to supporting our continued efforts to promote our little 100% indie flick.

in case you haven't noticed "big movie" is having some problems lately and the timing has likely never been …

making faces :: cuckoo for coco!

someone has evidently put something in the water cooler at chanel, because in the last few months, the company has burst forth with too many collections to count [actually, still in single digits, which doesn't say much for your counting skills -ed.]. they've introduced new items to their permanent collections, come out with new and limited items and reformulated existing products. as a chanel fan, it's been an exciting and exhausting time. as someone who doesn't have an income of a million dollars a month, it's been an instructive in the art of making choices and getting annoyed. here's a brief rundown of a few of the chanel developments...

new glosses!

chanel has been expanding their glossimer/ levres scintillantes gloss collection. a few months ago, they launched a half a dozen new shades and this summer, they've done it again. the nice thing about these glosses is that the shades are all being added to the permanently available selection, so you have t…

here in spirit...

things have been a little quiet here lately because, once again, my computer has died. yes, this is the same computer that has twice risen from the grave in its two and a half year life span. you can read my thoughts on this and apple's indifferent customer service here. [and no, i never received any type acknowledgement from apple of my complaint.]

currently, it is unable to start up because of a ram problem. i've found ways to fix this on line, but the only ones that i would feel comfortable attempting require that the computer at least be able to rouse itself to allow me to break into its brain, but it's incapable of getting even that far.

so if i haven't been saying much, it isn't because i haven't had anything to say.

of course, it seems like this doesn't bother my readers, since this has been the busiest week and today the single busiest day in the history of more like space.

so thank you for continuing to check out this space. things should be return…

a sneaky sneak preview

those of you who follow me on instagram (morelikespace) may have enjoyed the photo below for its undeniable cute value, but did you also realise that it's also a sneak preview of something i'm working on?


yup, that's a very surreptitious look at my forthcoming novella "tricky", which will be out soon (assuming lulu lets me finish my editing) in a volume with the script for "conversion". 
i hope this has been intriguing for you, although i suspect you're still caught up in the adorableness that is the lulu. 

stuff that goes together

it's dom's birthday, his big 4-0. and this is a picture of the two of us at a friend's birthday party a few years ago, wearing our party hats as bird beaks, which we both thought of doing at basically the same moment.

i hope that helps you all understand why we're together.

happy birthday baby!



a delicate balance

i'll say it: i missing my spam. since i started writing posts about things i found in my spam filter, it seems that i rarely get anything truly amusing anymore. most days, i'm just rescuing stuff that shouldn't have been snagged or skipping over boring emails that don't even have any hilariously inappropriate typos. what's a girl to do?

fortunately, i still have my spam filter at work, which doesn't see much action, but does occasionally yield a little gem like this:


making faces :: a sliver of silver from nars

i've been so busy trying to keep up with all of the new products that nars has been launching this year, that i've almost forgotten to check in on the actual colour collections they've been launching. shame on me, because some of the shades have been really fun- a slew of bright, energetic shades in shocking combinations that somehow still work. but what's a girl to do when there's been new concealers and finishing powders and a new lipstick formula and super-sizes blushes and pairs of nail polish... whew!

frighteningly enough for my wallet, it appears that there's more to come- a new foundation and a new gel eye liner/ shadow formula and much more. but i did take a moment to catch my breath and grab a single eye shadow from the nars summer collection. ironically, i'm reviewing this as their fall collection is about to hit stores, so i'm clearly a little behind the times, but the good news is that it's been added to the permanent line-up, so we'…

be converted

after the fun of our gala premiere last weekend, i'm pleased to announce that "conversion" is now available for you to watch in the comfort of your own home. we've partnered with vimeo's newly launched "on demand" service to allow viewers from all over the world to access the film from the comfort of their own homes. or wherever they feel comfortable watching movies.

the service is actually quite remarkable and offers a fantastic option for films that don't have backing from a major studio and which don't have the mass appeal to draw audiences to six screenings a day at five thousand multiplex screens. for five dollars [american, which is about equivalent to five dollars in most other places- canada, australia, etc.], you get access to the film for a period of six months. if you decide you really love it, you can renew it. but that's less than half the price of a ticket to a movie theatre to be able to watch the film until you can recite it …

the editor speaks

some of you may have noticed that there are occasionally comments within my blog posts attributed to an editor. [like this. -ed.] of course, "the editor" isn't actually a separate person, just one of the many characters who lives in my imagination and serves as a useful counterpoint to the voice of "kate the writer".  since i've been editing my own writing a fair bit lately, that character has been thrust to the fore and i thought it might be nice to do a little recap of all the bad writing habits she's noticed in the hopes that it will be able to help others. [let's start with you, shall we? -ed.] the truth is, i probably don't edit my stuff enough as a general rule, which is why there are occasional spelling mistakes and grammatical whoopsies [i'm not even going to ask where you came up with that term -ed.] sprinkled throughout this blog. when it comes to things that i plan on publishing, however, i need to be more cautious and make sure t…

more like space greatest hits :: priapus

no, i'm not travelling again, but i was feeling lazy and thinking that i wanted to post something creative/ fictional, because i've been in a very creative frame of mind this last little while, but i don't actually have anything new to show you, because i've also been extremely easy to distract- ooh ladybug!

ahem, therefore, i lay before you "priapus" a story i've published here before, but that i thought might warrant a second look [or for some of you, a first].

warningwarningwarning :: it's nsfw-ish, as there's language and adult situations that might make you uncomfortable. hopefully that doesn't get me reported to the blog police.

enjoy...



I never told my friends what I was thinking about women. They pretty much figured out at some point that I just didn’t seem that interested. They knew that even if something started, it wouldn’t end up going anywhere. And I knew what they thought they knew. What did they know? They’d look at me and, becaus…

making faces :: my red carpet face

ok, there wasn't actually a red carpet at saturday's "conversion" premiere, but how many times does someone get to see their very own movie on a big screen for the first time? so you're damn right i was going to take the opportunity to get camera ready.

i got all dressed up in a summery little number from betsey johnson in black and magenta- quite possibly my favourite colour combination when it comes to clothing, at least on me. [that love of very saturated, bright, cool magenta might indeed lend credence to the idea that my sci/art colour match is bright winter, to return to that theme for a moment.] since the dress was pretty bold and high contrast, i figured the rest of me should fall in line.

to get things started, i really have to sing the praises of giorgio armani's fluidmaster primer, which is my go-to special occasion primer. i've spoken about it before, but it really is like applying good magic to your face. it smoothes, it evens, it reduces unw…