Monday, December 21, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
I'm late starting my shopping this year and yesterday should have been my first Christmas themed Music Monday and I am late for that as well!
The Little Drummer Boy duet between Bing Crosby and David Bowie is a favourite at our house, and we affectionately refer to it as "Bing and Bulge" (Sorry David, but those costumes in Labyrinth are hard to forget.)
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
It is not a disease of the past. It is happening now.
In 2007 AIDS killed 2.1 million people, including 330,000 children.
AIDS doesn't discriminate. It doesn't care if you're male or female, rich or poor, gay or straight.
AIDS doesn't care how many or how few people you've had sex with.
There is no vaccine and there is no cure.
But there is always hope.
Every year World AIDS Day is a great opportunity to raise awareness, but the fight against AIDS doesn't take 24 hours.
There are simple ways to join the fight all year long.
5. Get tested.
For the sake of protecting others as well as yourself, if you may have been exposed to HIV get tested as soon as possible. The sooner you know, the sooner you can get the help you need.
There are many amazing charities doing some amazing things to fight AIDS. Some of my favourites are: The Mercury Phoenix Trust, CANFAR and The Global Fund.
3. Buy things.
Want to donate but kind of want something in return? It's okay, I won't tell. There are lots of companies who are donating money for the sale of certain items. Check out Aldo, MAC, and all the awesome companies that take part in the (Red) campaign (including Starbucks, Gap, Apple, Dell and Hallmark.) Chances are, there is something you already need to purchase that can be bought from a company supporting an AIDS charity.
2. Wear a ribbon.
Wear a ribbon on your shirt. Post one on Twitter or Facebook. Just talking about HIV and AIDS can do a world of good in helping end the stigma.
1. Wear a condom.
Remember, HIV is asymptomatic so your partner may not even know they are infected. As my mother likes to say "Some gifts are meant to stay wrapped."
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I am in love with this shade of lipstick. It doesn't come off nearly as well in a webcam photo. It is truly the most flattering shade of red I have ever seen, and it works on so many people!
Want to know what makes this lipstick even better? It is from M·A·C's Viva Glam collection.
When you buy a Viva Glam product EVERY CENT is donated to the M·A·C Aids Fund. How cool is that?
What else am I wearing today? Well my wristband from the Mercury Phoenix Trust (which I spoke about in yesterday's post) came in the mail today! It has the words 'Let Me Live' inscribed on it, referring to the song of the same name from the album Made In Heaven, and inside the band is the url for the Trust's website.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
November 24, 1991 Freddie Mercury died of bronchial pneumonia resulting from AIDS, just one day after publicly announcing he had the disease in the following statement to the press:
Following the enormous conjecture in the press over the last two weeks, I wish to confirm that I have been tested HIV positive and have AIDS. I felt it correct to keep this information private to date to protect the privacy of those around me. However, the time has come now for my friends and fans around the world to know the truth and I hope that everyone will join with me, my doctors, and all those worldwide in the fight against this terrible disease. My privacy has always been very special to me and I am famous for my lack of interviews. Please understand this policy will continue.
The last music video filmed with Freddie was for the song These Are The Days of Our Lives. The words "I still love you" at the end of the video were Freddie's last words ever recorded on camera.
The Mercury Phoenix Trust has been active ever since, raising millions of dollars for AIDS related charities all over the world.
RIP Freddie Mercury
September 5, 1946 - November 24, 1991
Monday, November 23, 2009
Or the future.
Time Lords are confusing like that.
In honour of the 46 years, 57 companions and 10 doctors of Doctor Who, this Music Monday is featuring my favourite rendition of the Who theme tune.
I bring you the amazingly geektastic Twin Tesla Coil cover of the Doctor Who theme!
Happy TARDIS Day!
Monday, November 9, 2009
It was actually a substantial part of a much longer really creepy and very bizarre dream.
It may have something to do with the fact that I listen to this song daily (and probably fell asleep to it).
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Here I am, looking a little disheveled as the Queen of Hearts:
And here's my scaryiest costume yet!
A crazed Twilight Fan!
I STILL CAN'T GET ALL THE GLITTER OFF!!
Monday, November 2, 2009
How is it November already?
I did not get one lousy blog post in at all last month.
In better news, I cannot stop listening to Gossip's new album Music for Men. It is super.
So today's Music Monday post is my favourite from that album.
And how freaking fantastic does Beth Ditto look?
Love her and I want all her clothes. And makeup. And voice.
Monday, September 28, 2009
And so draws to a close my month of cover songs.
In honour of the quickly approaching month of October, I bring you a spooky little cover by the amazing Puppini Sisters.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Somewhere deep down inside of me I know that All You Can Eat doesn't mean eat all you possibly can until you are in pain. I know this, yet every time we go I feel I haven't gotten my money's worth until I've eaten so much spider maki I have to be rolled from the establishment.
To join 'Eye-Spy Sunday' visit bugandpop.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
With the end of September, only one thing is on my mind: HALLOWEEN! I cannot wait.
I love everything about this time of year. The crisp weather, trees turning, dressing up, carving pumpkins, (the bags discounted leftover candy).
I started a search for ideas for this year's costume but I got distracted by all the awesome creepy and macabre things over on Etsy. This weekend's wishlist is everything spooky.
Monday, September 7, 2009
Still, it's a fun little cover.
If you know me then it's no secret that I absolutely love etsy.com.
It's a great community with some seriously amazing artist and I've gotten a lot of unique and beautiful things there. However, there are so many amazing shops on Etsy that I often don't know where to start.
I was recently reading an Etsy Finds article that I found particularly inspiring.
In it, the author, Mike used Etsy's Shop Local function to search for items from places he hopes to travel to in the future. What an awesome idea.
So awesome in fact, that I made my own list and hunted for some fab items around the world.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Easily on of my top movies, perhaps of all time.
The movie stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and, my #1 girl crush, Zooey Deschanel.
Which brings me to this week's Music Monday.
As well as being an actress, Zooey is 1/2 of the band She & Him.
I adore them.
She & Him also do an absolutely amazing cover of Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want by the Smiths for the (500) Days soundtrack. Check it out!
Sunday, August 9, 2009
The Day Zero Project. Beth Ditto. Red Velvet Art. The Smiths. Kristina Werner. Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories. Matthew Gray Gubler. Ghost stories. Sark. Jamie Oliver's recipes. Nigella Lawson's recipes. The Mighty Boosh. Dawn French. Tim Holtz. Russell Brand. Terry Gilliam. Edgar Wright. Operation Nice. Gala Darling. xsparkage. Tres Lola. Classical mythology. Too Fat for Fashion. Petrilude. Robots. David Sedaris. Frocks & Frou Frou. Fatshionista. Lookbook. Desire to Inspire. Poetic Home. Edgar Allan Poe. Ray Bradbury. Cryptozoology.
Monday, August 3, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
That is just shameful!
What have I been doing since then?
and of course crafting.
Speaking of crafting, I'm way behind on posting the cards I've been making!
Here's the card I made for my beautiful Godson's first birthday.
I wish I could remember the company that made that adorable pirate stamp, but I'll edit this post when I find the packaging.
I've made a bunch more cards too but I can't post photos yet as the recipients haven't received them yet ;)
I promise I'll be good and get back on the blog wagon!
Type again soon <3
Monday, June 8, 2009
Director, musician, writer, actor, editor, puppeteer...
Is there anything Liam can't do?
The 3rd compilation album of songs from Lynchland (aptly titled "Songs from Lynchland, Vol. 3") was just released on iTunes, so this week's Music Monday comes from that album.
This song was featured in episode 20.
and just because I love this album so much and I've missed a bunch of weeks, I'll give you a bonus song with (100% less aliens)
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Here are mine:
Favourite song to sing at karaoke:
Favourite song to sing playing SingStar:
Favourite song to sing in the shower:
Favourite song to sing while getting ready in the morning:
Monday, May 18, 2009
I want to know your karaoke song! If you were at a karaoke bar right now and could belt your little heart out to any tune in the world what would it be? Or if singing in public isn't your thing, what is your favourite song to rock out to in the shower, or in your car, or vacuuming the floor?
The one song that when you hear it on the radio you can't help but sing at the top of your lungs (with or without your own choreography.)
For more info on Eye Spy and to get in on the action head on over to Cindy's blog.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Please excuse the webcam photo. I actually put this card together at the beginning of April but for some reason never posted it here.
Isn't this knight absolutely adorable? I coloured him in with some Prisma pencils and gamsol. For the life of me I cannot remember the maker of this awesome knight stamp (I also have a cute little pirate from the same folks) or the sentiment but as soon as I figure it out I'll let you all know.
I embossed some gray cardstock with a Cuttlebug folder to give it a neat, almost metal look. The knight and heat embossed sentiment were cut out with some of Spellbinders' Nestabilities label dies.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
It was AWESOME! What more can I say?
Of course no film is perfect, but I cannot think of anything I disliked about this movie. Even as someone who wasn't a big Star Trek fan going in, I was captivated from beginning to end.
As with all movies created from previous work with an already solid fanbase, there will be nitpicking. I've heard some grumblings from hardcore fans about Simon Pegg's accent being from the "wrong region" (and if you have a problem with it I highly suggest you check out his blog addressing the issue).
I thought the entire cast was amazing. Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto were awesome as expected. I was completely surprised by how great John Cho was and I walked away even more in love with Simon Pegg and Anton Yelchin.
I highly recommend this action packed, fun (and surprisingly funny at times) film!
Monday, May 4, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wearing it out tonight to the end of the year screenings of our final films at school.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Not wearing anything too special. I've got a grey pinstriped vest I thrifted from Value Village and my West Ham jersey.
Eye makeup from Rimmel London and lip gloss from Quo.
My glasses are D&G Dolce & Gabbana.
In other news I am really craving Jugo Juice right now.
Monday, April 13, 2009
The song is so damn catchy. Be wary if I am in the car and this number comes on my iPod. Similarly enthusiastic dancing will ensue.
This fun little dance fest was directed by Edgar Wright.
Monday, March 30, 2009
And I've definitely had some near-falls while dancing and singing this in the shower.
It's a real catchy number that always makes me smile.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
After a couple of weeks off I'm back with a new What You Wearing Wednesday.
The yellow cardigan I wore for the first WWW is making another appearance, along with a generic black tank top. Both the scarf and awesome pants come from MXM.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Okay, well, it has still been pretty chilly the past few days but the long range forecast shows it will warm up soon.
And it has been delightfully sunny lately.
No more winter blues for me.
Monday, March 16, 2009
£59,187,065 so far!
(That's approx $105,727,222 Canadian!)
The Red Nose Day program this year was brilliant also.
So, in honour of the event, this week's Music Monday is The Script's cover of Heroes by David Bowie, which they performed on Friday night.
You can still make a donation over at the Comic Relief website.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Simultaneously hilarious, disturbing and actually quite impressive.
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Saturday, March 7, 2009
However, my new blog feature will be my quick and dirty film reviews.
I figured, hey, I try to watch 100 new-to-me movies during the year, why not share some of them?
The Quick and Dirty review simply states my immediate reactions to the film in question. What I enjoyed, what I didn't and whether I liked it or not.
This evening I saw my most anticipated film of the year.
**Warning: May Be Slight Spoilers Ahead**
- The opening blew my freaking mind. That's really all I want to say about it. Just, wow.
- Patrick Wilson can do no wrong in my eyes. I love that man. I saw Lakeview Terrace for that man, and if you'll recall it was the top 5 worst movies I saw last year.
- I loved (almost) the whole cast actually. Special acknowledgment has to go to Jeffrey Dean Morgan as The Comedian and especially Jackie Earl Haley as Rorschach They were perfectly cast. Also Billy Crudup as Dr. Manhattan was way better than I imagined. I have heard that people didn't like his voice but I found it to be perfectly empty and haunting.
- The whole film looked absolutely fantastic. Completely gorgeous.
- With the time constraints of a movie and the depth and complexity of the book, I have to say that all involved did a pretty amazing job. Sure, things were changed, but this is the most true to source material comic book movie I can recall.
- While the music was all awesome and I loved almost every song it was more in a "Hey this song is awesome" way than in regards to it actually fitting the film. The music seemed out of place (with the exception of the opening) and sort of distracting at points. In fact, in my theatre, almost every song that came on during the film caused the audience to laugh.
- I didn't really like Malin Akerman as Laurie Jupiter. I can't quite put my finger on why. Her acting seemed a little teen drama to me.
- Bubastis. For those who haven't read the book I am sure the cat with horns was a little confusing. Why include him at all if you are going to show that little of him and give absolutely no back story.
the verdict: I really really liked this movie. Would watch Watchmen again.
Again, these are just my immediate reactions to the film. I may even change my mind on some things once I sleep on it and once I see it again.
Also, the IMAX Experience is a waste of money unless the film was actually shot on IMAX.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Nothing too exciting today.
I am not sure its true origin, but I bought the hat off of my sister Courtney for $5 because I kept borrowing it and loved it so much.
The awesome Hellboy T is from Silver Snail Comics.
As always, my glasses are D&G Dolce & Gabbana.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Unfortunately, I didn't get any photos of Edgar since I was still feeling out the place and whether or not their "no photography" rule was enforced or not, but I will not rest until I get a photo of (or preferably with) that man.
There's always a fear in meeting one's heroes that they will not live up to your wild expectations of them, but what makes me especially happy is that Edgar is even more awesome in person and I had hoped he'd be.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
In order to finance his independent climate-neutral feature film Casey Walker is letting anyone become a film producer for less than it will cost you to go to the cinema.
By purchasing frames for $10 (Canadian) you get a producing credit and if the film makes any money you have the choice of having your purchase funds returned or donated to an environmental charity of your choice. Producers also get their own page on the site where they can post photos and videos and promote their businesses and blogs. If you purchase more than one frame, you will be eligible for several contests and your name will appear higher on the credit roll.
Even Kevin Smith is getting in on the action! (Check out the story here.)
Imagine, for $10 you could be a producer on the same movie as Kevin Smith... or ERIN KYS!
Check out the blog, the Twitter or the facebook for the latest developments.