Fangirl Friday for the Week of December 19th, 2014

GAH I MISSED A WEEK! Horrendous behaviour, just abhorrent. Oh well.

We must move on.

Here's what's awesome this week!

Movie of the Week

The Corner Gas Movie

I work for a TV festival and we were lucky enough to have the cast and crew of Corner Gas come and talk to us (and fans) about the return to Dog River. This movie was hilarious, it was good ol' Canadian fun, full of the laughs and goodheartedness that we've come to expect from Brent Butt and his gang. Definitely recommend for a night in with lots of popcorn.

Album of the Week

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Strange Desire - Bleachers

I'm going to see Bleachers in concert tonight (!) so Strange Desire kind of has to be my album pick of the week. This is actually one of the strongest albums I've listened to in awhile, from start to finish. His electro-pop, Springsteen-inspired, guitar-riffy jams are all over the place and are kind of impeccable. AND I GET TO GO SEE IT ALL PERFORMED LIVE. Thank God I live in a place people actually want to perform in. But, seriously, can bands stop touring Canada in the winter? No one wins at this game. Sigh.

Hair Tutorial of the Week

This braid tutorial that I have failed at multiple times and have essentially given up on for today but that looks really cool on this girl.

TV Show of the Week

Jane the Virgin

I admit to being wary of watching a show with my name in its title but after seeing this show essentially explode on Tumblr I decided to give in. I've only watched the first two episodes but I'm already completely hooked. I love the telenovela style, how overly insanely dramatic everything is, it has one of the best narrators I've heard in a very long time and it's just super adorable. The acting is fantastic and CW totally wins for allowing Spanish subtitles in a mainstream show (yay, realism!). Go watch this now!

And that's it! I'm slowly gearing up for my move but I've allowed myself a bit of a break this week. Next week, back to the job hunt and a massive closet overhaul. Wish me luck. 

I will also be doing the Pop Sugar 2015 Book Challenge for this site. I only want to write about female written books, so if you have any recommendations, please leave them in the comments!

Later days! 

 

Fangirl Friday for the Week of December 5th, 2014

Here's what has me excited this week.

Music of the Week

Four - One Direction

I feel as if I have to completely re-evaluate my review from last week because I have not been able to stop listening to this freaking album. I may be going a little 1D crazy. I'm okay with this.

Song of the Week 

The luck you got - the high strung

Believe it or not, my song of the week is not by 1D but in fact by The High Strung. If you watch Shameless (the American version), you will know this song. It's fun, it's upbeat and it's currently going in the number one slot on my running list that I'm totally going to use next week. Maybe. Hopefully.

Makeup Applicators of the Week

Sephora Pro Brushes

The one good thing about having acne-prone skin is that I've become very knowledgeable about makeup and it's application. I learn something new everyday and I'm very open to trying new things. I decided that instead of continuing on with my crappy old brushes for blush and powder, and using my fingers for concealer and foundation, I would try to go a much more hygienic route and get all new professional brushes (and a cleanser to clean them after every individual use). The makeup goes on so smoothly and I love the way my skin feels after application. If you're interested (and I know you are), I'm currently using SEPHORA COLLECTION Pro Precision Concealer Brush #45 for concealer, SEPHORA COLLECTION Pro Foundation Brush #47 for foundation, SEPHORA COLLECTION Pro Angled Blush Brush #49 for blush and SEPHORA COLLECTION Pro Flawless Powder Brush #40 for powder. The cleanser is SEPHORA COLLECTION The Natural: Citrus Brush Cleaner. It makes everything smell like oranges which is super delightful. Unfortunately, it's not exactly inexpensive but I'm viewing it as an investment. I love makeup and cosmetics and I want my face to be healthy. Sadly, it comes at a bit of a cost. 

Video Game of the Week

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I started playing Dragon Age because Felicia Day loved it and she was also in it so I figured it had to be amazing.

It is.

I was psyched about Dragon Age Inquisition coming out but I promised myself I would wait til I got paid from my internship to buy it.

I couldn't.

I've barely even begun this game and already I'm completely in love. The graphics are great, the storyline is great, the characters are great (though I'm sad about the voice I picked for my avatar, it's kind of driving me crazy) and gahhhhh I LOVE BEING ABLE TO PLAY A FREAKING ELF MAGE! ELF! MAGE! TOO MUCH AMAZINGNESS! I WANT TO DROP EVERYTHING AND PLAY IT FOREVER DASLKJDSALKFDSA;FLDASDFA *flails*

Fangirl Friday for the Week of November 28th, 2014

Here's what's been turning my crank this week. 

Book of the Week

The Art of Asking or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help – Amanda Palmer

Some of you may know who Amanda Palmer is. Some of you may know her as a cabaret-punk performer in the band The Dresden Dolls. Some of you may know her from her TED Talk. Some of you may only know her as Neil Gaiman's wife. Amanda Palmer has always been sort of on the periphery for me. Her music, though ingenious, is not really my style and I've never really followed her writing. That being said, I was definitely intrigued by the idea of her book, about not being afraid to ask people for help.

Asking, in Western society at least, is often equivocated with weakness or failure. How come you can't just do it on your own?

Why should I have to do  it on my own? That sure seems lonely.

Though I can't relate to everything in the book, I definitely feel a connection to the idea that I don't deserve to ask for help, or ask for anything at all. What makes me so special that I should voice my demands like that? Well, that's just it. They're not demands, they're requests. I'm asking, not begging, a distinction Palmer brings up a few times. Believing that you deserve what you want is a difficult mountain to climb. Knowing that you can ask others to help you up that mountain can sometimes make the climb a whole lot easier.

I'm not finished the book, but it does have me hooked. Palmer's philosophy is addictive. I'm trying not to second-guess myself too much when I put forth a request to a friend, a family member or a stranger. 

For more daily wisdom, follow Amanda Palmer on Twitter at @amandapalmer

Show of the Week

I don't cook. I know how to cook, and I will if absolutely necessary, but cooking in general has never interested me. If you asked me to clean or cook, I would take clean every time. 

That being said, I can't get enough of Masterchef Junior.

The younger sibling to Masterchef, Masterchef Junior pits 8 to 13 year-olds against each other in the culinary competition of a lifetime. And these kids are good.

However, my favourite part of Masterchef Junior, that you don't see in the adult version, is the support that runs through the group. Each kid sticks up for everyone else. They cheer when another of them triumphs, they console and cry when one of them falls. This camaraderie is so rare to see in competition television, that this show is a breath of fresh air. 

Even the judges are friendlier. They help out when a contestant has made a mistake and hand out hugs as much as criticism. 

There's only a few weeks left until the finale but I highly recommend jumping on board now. The intensity and the loveliness of the food only increases as the show goes on.

Song of the Week

Sal Tlay Ka Siti – Book of Mormon

Every year for my mother's birthday, we try and take in a musical. This year was Book of Mormon, a little bit of a departure from our usual fare. I absolutely adored every moment of the show (and thankfully, so did she) and I haven't been able to get the album off of rotation for the past few weeks. 

Mostly though, I can't stop listening to "Sal Tlay Ka Siti," the power-ballad sung by Nabalungi. It's sweet, it's soulful and it's strong. I've been a fan of Robert Lopez since Avenue Q, especially his female-driven songs. This song stands alongside of "A Fine, Fine Line" for me in terms of powerful female songs and is definitely going into my shower-song repertoire.

For Fun of the Week

DanAndPhilGames – Sims 4

As an introvert, I need to recharge alone. Even if all I'm doing with another person is watching TV and being silent, I still feel 'on.' This week I escaped to my room for some me-time and decided to watch two cute British YouTubers play video games. 

I'm so glad I did.

These videos are absolutely hilarious and totally take the edge off of a long, stressful day. And if you need, you can always switch over to their normal channels (danisnotonfire and AmazingPhil) for more adorableness and hilarity.


And that's it for this week. Monday will have a month in review for the crazy month that has been November. See you there!

If there's anything I should check out vis a vis pop culture, let me know in the comments!

 

Top Four Squee-Worthy Things from the Week of August 15th, 2014

It's been awhile *Scott-Aukerman-Staind-voice* since I did one of these and since it's Friday, and I'm a fangirl, I figured it was time for another Fangirl Friday. Here are the four things that are turning my crank this week.

Battle Scars - Paradise Fears

I recently went to a Paradise Fears concert, a band that I was introduced to by my lovely friend Sam, and I now cannot stop listening to the title track off of their latest album Battle Scars. It's beautiful, catchy, and has an uplifting message. Highly recommend checking them out.

Toronto Weather

Weird but true. I am totally fangirling over the summer that we Torontonians have experienced this year. If this is the reward we get for enduring the hell-on-Earth winter we recently had, then I am all for it. I have never taken as much advantage of a summer than this one, mostly because I'm not sweating through all of my clothing. Good on you, global warming.

Hanx Writer

Hanx Writer is a new app created by Tom Hanks (yes, that Tom Hanks) that allows the look and sound of writing on a typewriter without the pesky business of actually getting a typewriter. (I'm actually writing this post on it now. The clicks and dings are making me very happy.) It's kitschy and adorable and I love it. The one issue is that it only saves as PDF and not as any kind of word document. Still, the fun factor is strong, so I'll let that slide.

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William Beckett

William Beckett and his band The Academy Is... were a big part of my high school experience. I was lucky enough to see them perform way back in 2008 and it was a glorious time. My fanaticism faded over the years, as fanaticism tends to do, but William Beckett just happened to be at that concert I mentioned up above and I saw him again for the first time in 6 years. All those fuzzy feelings came back, especially when I got a chance to meet him and speak face to face about how much I appreciate his music. He also got real good with retweeting my pictures on Twitter, to the point where my Twitter feed got over 5000 hits (and he was very good about giving me credit for my work). Creativity feeds creativity and I'm very grateful for his impact on me this week.

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So that's all for this week. Anything I should be checking out so I can add to my fangirling ways? Comments are love!

The Top Three Squee-Worthy Things From the Week of July 7th


Neverwhere

No one could ever accuse Neil Gaiman of being uninventive. In a novel like no other, that intersperses real life with fantastical elements to the point where you are left wondering whether it could all be true, we're taken on a journey to London Below, a place teeming with life, danger and unbridled excitement.


Vintage Beauty Parlor

If I can't look the way I want, I can at least fake it a little. This book is a total gem, giving easy, awesome make-up and hair tutorials inspired by looks of the past.


Comic-Con Schedule

After months of anticipation, the Comic-Con schedule is officially up and holy crap can I not wait for the 17th of July when the adventure begins. 

Some things I hope to hit up are: Geek and Sundry panel, Game of Thrones panel and Veronica Mars panel.

The Top Four Squee-Worthy Things From the Week of June 28th

Daniel Sharman

Honestly, there's nothing not to love about Daniel Sharman, who plays lovably scarred werewolf Isaac on Teen Wolf.

From his gorgeous eyes to amazing smile (not to mention the fact that he's a Brit), there's not much stopping me from spending entire days just looking at his face.


"Thrift Shop" - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

I know I'm super late to this party but I can't stop listening to this stupid, incredibly catchy song.

It makes me want to move, dance, sing and all that stuff that people will give you funny looks for doing in public. 

This love song to hipsters will be stuck in my head for awhile.


Daughter of Smoke and Bone

This incredibly addictive book by Laini Taylor is just riveting. I haven't read a physical book (in paper format) in the longest time but this book for whatever reason is just so engaging that I can now read on buses and subways, I need to finish it that badly. 

Cannot wait to read the sequel.


The Big C

Though I can't say that I love everything about this show, there is something to be said for living life the way you want to live it.

I binged the first season in about two days and cannot wait to join Cathy on her next adventures.

The Top Four Squee-Worthy Things From the Week of June 21st


This is the End

Why are actors playing themselves so damn funny? This movie nails that question and more, bringing forth the best comedy I've seen in a very long time.

Pop culture references and in-jokes abound, as our favourite Judd Apatow/Paul Feig actors deal with the end of days.


Sports Night

Before he took over the White House and social networking, Aaron Sorkin was the master of a show about a late night sports show called Sports Night.

This show hits all the right notes, comedically and emotionally, with a stellar cast and amazing Sorkin-drenched dialogue. 


Jillian Michaels Work-Outs

I've never been one to haul ass to a gym, as much as I want to be that person. Luckily, Jillian Micahels' vids on YouTube seriously do the trick.

The master of circuit training, her videos get my butt in gear with short, succinct but tough work-outs.


Co-Optitude

Another Geek & Sundry favourite, Co-Optitude brings Felicia Day and her brother Ryon together to play retro video games.

And they are hilarious.

The vids recap the duo attempting to play the old games and bring total hilarity to the table when they inevitably start yelling at their TV screen.

Top Four Squee-Worthy Things From the Week of June 14th


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"Young and Beautiful" - Lana Del Rey

I hate that a Lana Del Rey song has taken over my life, but it has and I won't deny it's power over me.

The flawless song from The Great Gatsbysoundtrack hits all the right notes (literally) and gives the best mixture of hopeful and melancholia that any good song should strive for.


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Teen Wolf

I'm completely back on board the Teen Wolf gravy train and this season is shaping up to be fantastic.

Check out the first recap, and my review of why Teen Wolf shouldn't work but so totally does.


Chicagoland Vampires

I'm always on the hunt for a series of books that are light, funny and quick to get through but are still incredibly intriguing and engrossing. 

Chloe Neill has definitely achieved this with her Chicagoland Vampires series, about Merit, a reluctant new vamp trying to navigate her new life as a supernatural creature of the night.


Dragon Age

Of course I've been keeping up with all the tech conferences that went on this week (none more so that WWDC, the Apple conference where we got introduced to iOS 7. Excuse me while I wipe up my drool.)

In any case, it has completely re-awoken my love for the amazing series Dragon Age and I for one cannot wait until the next adventure.