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Thursday, November 20, 2014

How to Archer: The Ultimate Guide to Espionage, Style, Women, and Cocktails Ever Written

It took me soooo long to finish this kindle read. I definitely got it because I was going through some Archer withdrawal. Archer on FX is one of my FAVORITE shows.

Since episode one, I was hooked. Its not so much of a funny show (really the only shows I find funny are Bob's Burgers and Modern Family) but I am so entertained because I think its a smart show.

That's why I had such high hopes for this book. Warning, this is not really a novelization of the entire show. It is more focused on Archer the character.

It is literally a how to be archer. It was entertaining during the first half then after that, it just droned on and on. it went from his opinions to which country has the most beautiful women to drink recipes.

All in all, I seriously say past on this.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Declarations of love, instagram to marriage

I don't know if this is a 'girl' thing but social media relationship declaration are SUPER serious for me. Since the day the term "Facebook official' became a thing, social media has been another step in the dating process.

For ME, its like
1. Exchange numbers/text (explanatory)

2. Call just to say hi (yes, that's, like, intimate enough that its on a level for me. Phone calls are reserved for guy I REALLY like)

3. Meet the friends (when you put other people in the equation, that's definitely serious mode. Your'e introducing people to this person... letting them know who you are dealing with. That person then becomes a reflection of you. If my home girl introduces Boo Boo the clown as her man... that makes me look at her a certain way.)


4. Social media (This is like the 'friend' level times hundred. You are now introducing your new bae to the interwebs. its almost solidified in public records. You are not just letting your intimate friends who you are dating, you are introducing this person to your distant friends, nosey co-worker, and yes, those thristy exes. It's a big deal! Call me a commitment-phobe but I don't take dates in my instagram bio or relationship statuses on my Facebook lightly)



Of course, other steps include meeting the parents, moving in(optional) getting married, having babies (I've heard of people willing to get married but not ready for babies... the two actions are not as intertwined as people think.)

Welcome to the new age of dating.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Why I don't watch rap videos anymore

I feel everyday I'm becoming more and more into a feminist.

WHY is it that the rap genre is hell-bent on objectifying women? It's almost like a requirement to be half naked and shaking every part of your body that can jiggle. It's totally disgusting to me anymore. Don't get me wrong, I still looooove trap music. I just don't want to watch the videos anymore. All this is becoming basic to me.






Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Hourglass Ambient Powder (Pictures and Application)

If you haven't been pounded by the incessant hype surrounding these Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders, there is a slight chance you have been living under a rock (that or you're just not that into makeup and you've stumbled on to the post by accident)
I was so excited when I got mine from Sephora earlier on in the year- yeah the blog post is YEARS late... at least you know it will be a through review. I love the sleek packaging but with the $45 price tag, I wouldn't be surprised if it was dipped in gold
The appeal of these setting powders is that they are supposed to diffuse a light onto your skin, giving you a gorgeous airbrushed finish.
I got mine in Radiant Light. I figured it was a nice way to dip my toe in it because I wasn't 100% sure how it would look on dark skin. If the tone was too harsh, I would just use it as a highlight.
Believe it or not but there are actually TWO swatches on my hand. On the top is a heavy concentrated swatch, unblended. On the bottom, I blended it in with my skin, it melts into my deep skin tone. On my face, I do like that highlight it gives me (I keep in concentrated on the center of my face) because it does give it a natural radiant glow. But as far as actually SETTING my makeup, it kind of fails. I have to layer it on top of another powder, especially when it comes to setting creamy concealers.

All in all, I don't think it was a fail... I HAVE had better though.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Queen movie review

So, if you know me, you may be familiar with my slight obsession with English monarchs. I ordered The Queen off of my Netflix DVD queue because it is a movie about Queen Elizabeth. Played by Helen Mirren, the movie showcases the Queen dealing with the nation after the death of Princess Diana.

I was absolutely fascinated by the idea of that the movie because Princess Di's death did not only affect the U.K., it threw the entire Western world in a tizzy.
I vaguely remembered the news coverage as a child and now, as an adult, the this movie offered a glimpse into the household that might had to deal with an immense amount of grief while still being in the public eye.

Too bad it was boring as all hell.

Well, 'boring' isn't the right word. I appreciated Mirren's performance but the story arc itself was just super understated and slow. And I can enjoy a good understated film (Lars and the Real Girl anyone?). I guess I just hyped myself up thinking there was going to be a bit more drama and female empowering monologues/speeches (I mean it is about the queen of England).

All in all, I know this isn't a super in-depth review... I just wanted to come on here and rant about my disappointment. It was a fair movie though. It wasn't horrible... just underwhelming. 
  

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Red Queen Book Review

So I just finished reading The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory. I'm a sucker for a good Gregory novel because I have this weird fascination with English monarchs. I would blame Game of Thrones but I think I became entranced when I saw The Other Boleyn Girl (a movie based on a novel by Gregory.)

If you've read The White Queen, you'll already be familiar to the traitorous and cold-hearted Margret Tudor.  The Red Queen tells her side of the cousins war (which is actually inspired Games of Thrones) and you surprisingly start to side with her claim to the throne- well, at least I did.


The pious child bride bore her first and only son Henry Tudor when she was just 13. You start to understand that her piety is the one thing that makes her realize her self worth in a society that deems her 'less than' because of her gender, regardless of her high born status. Her estranged mother convinces her the one thing she can do for the family is to continue the name by bear children.

Gregory does an excellent job spinning what seems to be a back-stabbing friend in The White Queen into a tormented young mother determined to get her son on the throne. Even with all that said, Margret is still a less likable person than Elizabeth, but i guess that is no fault of her own when you see the childhood (or lack thereof) she experienced.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The sexualization of young girls

Rashida Jones had a point. I mean, I don't consider myself a full-fledged feminist (I love my demeaning and offensive rap music too much for that) but the amount of semi-pornographic images of young women harass us on the daily is bothersome to say the least. It's to the point that I feel we have become desensitized to it.



Why is it normal for us to turn on Disney Channel channel shows and see 'teenagers' that resemble 20 year old women, complete with full faces of makeup and push up bras? Do you know what that sends to our young girls?  It makes them feel that their self worth is dependent on their looks. So they use the formative years of their adolescence to scrutinize mirror reflections and how many likes their selfies get instead of discovering who they are as a person, finding their individuality. Do you know how many grown women don't know what their likes and interest are but I bet you those same women know exactly what pose to do when someone wants to 'snap a pic for the 'gram.'



I don't know if this is necessarily a problem that plagues just our generation. This has probably been an issue for women for years (centuries, generations, whatever) but that doesn't mean we should stay blind to it.



I'm not trying to be "Old Miss Hannigan" wagging her finger and prefacing everything I say with "In my day..." I just need to stress the importance of letting young girls be that... girls. They need to learn love themselves regardless of what the media tells them they should look like at the that age. Leave the insecurities and vanity to the grown women battling wrinkles!