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five years

one of the really fun things about shooting conversion was the fact that we got to make our beloved city of montreal a sort of omnipresent background character in the film. we selected locations that showed the montreal we know and love- full of hot lighting, gaudy street painting and decrepit but picturesque byways. one thing that i did not think of at the time, however, was that we were actually recording bits of montreal history. however, all cities are in a constant state of flux and while the best known areas tend to remain in place, those that really show off the glory of urban grit tend to be swept aside by the giant backhand of progress.

i'm not saying that to argue against progress. during one of our longest shoots, our lead actor paul ash ended up with a hypodermic needle embedded in his boot courtesy of one of the montreal areas less frequented by tourists. some of our background shots were taken in areas where i didn't even feel comfortable leaving the car unatten…

making faces :: made for me [or you]

all makeup aficionados go through this: there's one colour [or several] that you want, but you just can't quite find. this is how most of us end up with seventeen colours that look close enough to each other: they aren't exactly what we're looking for, nor can we achieve that exact shade by mixing what we have. it's a frivolous but frustrating cross to bear.

luckily, if you're looking for a lipstick, bite beauty can help you out. you can travel to their one of a kind lip lab, where they will work with you to come up with the exact shade you want and will mix it up right before your eyes. of course, if you can't get to the lip lab in new york city, you might be able to get a version of the experience with the bite mobile lip lab, which is currently touring sephora locations in north america. it passed through the downtown flagship store this past weekend and, of course, i took full advantage.

the experience begins with a consultation where you can look at th…

mental health mondays :: belated and brief

i feel like the last week has left me inundated with mhm material, but i haven't had a lot of chances to do any quality research, so i'm going to have to leave this short and sweet, with something that i'd intended to write about, but had my intentions changed as the story continued to unfold. 

as some of you may be aware, henry rollins penned a column about robin williams and about suicide in general recently. it got a lot of reaction, some of it positive, but a lot of it negative. very negative. although i rarely feel compelled to leave comments on pieces i read online [because comment threads are usually where the last vestiges of our humanity are butchered and their carcasses hung in the window], i did leave my own comment on this one. it's buried in there somewhere, but this is what i said: 


I think that your intentions are probably good here, but sir: you just don't get it. What's worse is that you're using your public platform to repeat one of the anci…

like a unicorn pooping rainbows of pure happy

for once, i am starting the week on a positive note.

also known as:
omgifinishedwritingsomethingforthefirsttimeinmonthsandi'msogoddamnedhappyicanbarelystaystill!!!

yeah, i wrote something. *struts mentally*

i mean, obviously, having a blog, i write things all the time. i even [sometimes unwisely] publish them. but recently, i'd been fretting because i'd been unable to just start a fictional piece and work through it until i felt it was complete. [meaning a piece of fiction writing. the things that i started weren't fictional, although since they weren't ever getting finished, they might as well have been.]

what's worse, i found that the few things i had managed to complete showed a rather frightening trend.

i was trying to deal with the concept that i might actually be destined for a life of writing fortune cookies, but instead, i decided to just sit down and try to get myself in the correct frame of mind.

doing this involved basically ignoring everything that w…

making faces :: tripling down

part of me wishes that i'd just been all piggy and grabbed all the hourglass ambient lighting blushes the day they came out, however i take great pains to ensure that that part of me is never allowed near the credit cards.

as a result, i'm reviewing these as i get them, at a measured pace, although i have to say that every new one that i bring home is just making me eager for more. most recently [which i have to admit wasn't all that recently now], i brought home "diffused heat", which is a supposed to be a combination of a warm poppy red with the "diffused light" ambient lighting powder.

some of you might recall that "diffused light" was my favourite of the ambient lighting powders. there is something about it's sainty white, warmed by just a hint of cheery yellow that makes my heart flutter and, more to the point, makes my complexion nearly perfect. it was a deliberate choice on my part to hold off on "diffused heat", because i…

making faces :: purple please!

after i'd written my initial review of armani's new eyes to kill pressed powder eye shadows, i found out that some, but not all, of the shades supposed to be unavailable in north america have actually been made available in north america. most importantly, one of the futuristic purple shades that i so coveted, "moon jelly" [#21] was on the list. my initial experience with the formula was mixed, i really couldn't resist the idea of a proud purple made by armani, so needless to say, i succumbed to the urge to give this one a new home.

i'm happy that i did give the formula another chance, because "moon jelly" was a somewhat more positive experience for me than "écailles". of course, it swatches beautifully, but it also applies really nicely and true to the colour you'd expect both from the pan and the swatches. it's less sparkly and more shimmery than "écailles" and while there is some sheerness to the base, that seems to ma…

what's the racket?

it's been a [very long] while since i posted anything to do with music on here. many moons ago, i used to occasionally do reviews and write about shows and other things. a little more recently, i've posted some playlists, something i keep meaning to do again, but it's on a long list of things i'm planning on doing again.

while music has always been a driving force in my life, i've become less and less adept at speaking about it. years ago, i probably spent at least fifty percent of my conversational time talking about it. it wasn't so much that music was my life [although it had an inordinately large influence], but talking about music was my life. i worked in radio. i talked about music on air. my friends were mostly other radio people, or they were in bands, or both. so we talked about music. i consumed catalogues from overseas music labels like teenaged boys consume porn.

i still have lots of thoughts about music and still have conversations with friends abo…

slave to the algorithm?

as you might have guessed, i spend a lot of time on social media. i don't know if i'd qualify as a full-blown addict [that would be a topic for a future mental health mondays], but i do end up "wasting" a lot of minutes [hours, let's be honest -ed.] hopping from one digital lilypad to another, reading news stories and opinion pieces, doing quizzes that people have warned me compromises my online privacy, engaging in discussions from thoughtful to silly with others and of course, letting people know that i appreciate something they've tossed into the social ether by clicking "like" or "favourite".

i am aware that during that time, clever little bots are collecting, storing and eventually analysing my information in order to figure out how to get me to buy things, or go to an advertiser's site, or enroll in a program that will allow an advertiser direct access to me. unlike a lot of people, i'm not especially put off by this. using m…

mental health mondays :: anyone, anywhere, anytime

since you're on the internet, i'm assuming that you already know that comedian actor consummate performer robin williams died earlier today, apparently from suicide. the reaction has ranged from shocked to astonished, with people who knew him personally or through his work trying to process the idea of someone who made a career out of being packed with highly unstable explosive life could die by his own hand.

it is always sad to lose an artist of any sort whose work has touched you, given you something you could connect to your own life. as it happens, williams did that for me on several occasions and he became one of many people i never met whose presence on earth made my life a little better. from what i've seen among my friends and acquaintances, i'm guessing that was a pretty common sentiment.

the fact that this appears to have been the result of a mental illness makes it that much sadder to me, because it further emphasizes how poorly understood even the most comm…

making faces :: the immortal appetite

when baudelaire wrote of our "immortal appetite for beauty", he was actually making a comment about how humanity seeks to find something beautiful even in the darkest and most miserable times, in a rather desperate and probably naïve attempt to reassure themselves of the good in the world. but whenever i think of that quote, i am reminded only of my lipstick drawer, because never has an appetite for beauty been so immortal. seriously, at the rate i finish these, i'm going to be buried with a quite a lot of them. it'll make for a colourful cremation, though.

in particular, i want to assure all of you that i'm perfectly aware that if i never bought another red lipstick again, i would still have to sprout several extra heads in order to have any hope of running through my current stash. but i just can't help it. the pretty just overwhelms me. there are far worse things i could be doing and believe me, if i'm denied my lipstick outlet, i'd be doing them.

i'm super, thanks for asking

earlier today, i posted [re-posted] a piece on my facebook page called "17 things that women without children are tired of hearing". i was surprised at how popular this became, even with people i know who do have children, because apparently the parents who i know [a pretty incredible lot] are perfectly aware that not everyone is cut out to be a parent. more specifically, they know i'm not cut out to be a parent.

one friend [himself a loving and involved dad] pointed out that men aren't subjected to the same sort of cross-examination. a man who doesn't want kids just doesn't want kids. but a woman who doesn't want kids is somehow an affront to nature. another friend who is perfectly comfortable with her choice shared that she has been subject to some pretty rude questions, which basically boil down to the assertion that a woman who doesn't want children must have something wrong with her. she must be bad or deficient in some way because that's wha…

making faces :: ysl's sahara style

as you may have heard, yves st. laurent has recently revamped their collection of 5-shadow palettes with a new formula and colours. there are eleven permanent palettes, plus a limited one for summer and another limited one [imminent or just arrived, depending on where you live] with the fall collection. it didn't take me long to get my grubby little hands on one of them, either, and the only reason i've delayed in posting this review is because i wanted to give myself the chance to really play around with the shades, to see what i could do with them. after all, if they're sticking around, there's no great rush.

the design of the palettes themselves- the interior- is inspired by st. laurent's famous "mondrian dress", created in 1965 and based on the french designer's interpretations of the dutch painter's work. mondrian, an important part of the de stijl movement, believed in the reduction of art to its elements- straight, clean lines and primary c…

mental health mondays :: lest we forget

in case you've missed it, today is the 100th anniversary of england's declaring war on germany, beginning the terrifying chapter in our history now known as "world war one". they didn't call it that for some time, of course. it was known as "the great war", most likely because many people were hopeful that there was no way that such a wholesale slaughter would ever be repeated. we all know that didn't quite work out.

i've always been fascinated with the great war, far more so than world war two, because its consequences were so far-reaching: probably more than any other event in the twentieth century. in fact, the second world war was really a consequence of the first; you don't get hitler without kaiser wilhelm ii.

another consequence of the first world war was the advent of the first man-made psychiatric disorder. at the time, they called it "shell shock", because doctors guessed that the strange group of symptoms were a result o…

everything is a critic

i have to say that i've been very good the last week about paying attention to writing projects and trying to organise them in such a way that they seem manageable, which makes me feel like there is a purpose to me continuing to write and to live in general. after forcing myself to inspect everything that i had in my writing folder and making discoveries like at least one of the fictional posts i've made on this blog is nowhere to be found in my personal files [where did it come from? where did it go?], i've finally managed to make some plans as to what i want to do with them. some of them.

reading some of these things has been surprisingly difficult, because it has reinforced all those high school girl voices in my head; the ones who look at me strangely and mutter that i'm hopeless, because man, a lot of what i've written really sucks. that isn't a surprise, except that some of the stuff that sucks the most is stuff that i'd previously thought was pretty …