What movies do you watch over and over again?

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So…my sister and I have watched One Fine Day probably more times than I can count. For some reason it was just irresistible to us: a rainy New York day, Michelle Pfeiffer and George Clooney, adorable kids, hot fudge sundae at Serendipity and to top it off: a great soundtrack. It used to be a perfect cure for boredom whenever we found ourselves stuck indoors because of bad weather.

These days I save You’ve got Mail for those gloomy, rainy days and it really transports me to a magical New York City afternoon; wandering around Central Park, in a world full of infinite possibilities.

So yes, I’m a sucker for 90’s rom coms set in NYC. Sometimes they’re exactly what I’m in the mood for!

Successful Women

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I saw this on Instagram and I just had to share the message! Navigating life in the modern world requires a lot of self discipline. It’s hard to remain true to yourself and your goals when there’s so much external noise telling you who you should be. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of comparing ourselves to others. And then there’s the challenge of dealing with internal pressure and overcoming that critical inner voice that can sabotage and undermine us.

That’s all incredibly amplified on social media. The instant gratification, the illusion of perfection, the unattainable goals. That’s so damaging to our self love. So remember to take time to look into yourself and focus on your own goals. Turn off your phone every once in a while and set yourself free from all that unnecessary pressure. Don’t let that be the foundation of your happiness. You’re too busy becoming who you are.

Artwork by Florence Given

Current Celebrity Crush

Okay, so this is a little bit silly but…on occasions I develop some celebrity crushes. It comes and goes rather quickly, and they’re quite random too, which I happen to find quite funny.

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I recently watched Call Me by Your Name and prior to that I couldn’t understand everyone’s obsession with Timothée Chalamet. But then I saw the movie and BAM it hit me! There’s just something about him, I don’t know what it is. Granted, the movie is a perfect setup to make you fall in love: it’s summer, a picturesque village in Italy, interesting people having intellectual discussions about books, everyone speaks three different languages, everything moves slowly; time seems to stand still and there’s beauty everywhere. And then there’s the fireplace scene. Oh boy, did I cry watching that. So subtle and delicate, and yet so powerful and heartbreaking. Argh, I can’t.

So then it became obvious to me: one cannot help developing a crush on Timothée Chalamet. And yesterday I read this piece on The New Yorker and it’s hilarious. Really, it happens to everyone!

 

Picture by Mika Labrague

Lessons from Pretty in Pink

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It’s funny to see how often fashion cycles and recycles. Look at Andie Walsh: an ‘80s fashion trailblazer. Confident and insecure, confused, intense, angry and frustrated like a proper teenager. Her thrifting, matching, and sewing skills are present in every outfit she puts together. Her style is a representation of her personality and she was rocking the granny chic look long before you and I even heard about it.

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Where do you go when you’re blue?

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Yesterday I was feeling a little bit blue, so in order to cheer myself up I chose the easiest way I could think of: watch something on netflix. If I’m feeling like that I usually go for a walk, but even though I was in no mood to sit through a movie, I put on Monster in law and I have to say…it did the trick! Five minutes into it and I’m already laughing. I was not expecting that reaction.

So bottom line: if you’re feeling blue, just give yourself permission to fully experience it. And if you need a walk, go for a walk. But if you can only muster enough strength to put on a silly movie to entertain you, that might be exactly what you need at that moment.

PS: Ruby is my favorite character. Her brutal honesty cracked me up!

Living on the edge

Dear readers,

I lived life on the edge today and cut my own hair. God bless youtube. Having said that, if I may offer any advice…don’t do it. I mean, just don’t.

To be honest it doesn’t look terrible; but it doesn’t look great either. I guess I went a little too far…? Well, lesson learned! In fact, now I feel empowered and brave *cough cough lying to myself* 

So it went from looking something like this…

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…to some sort of the version of that. Ha! I’ll upload the results once I’m over the grieving process. Thank you for understanding.

Garden State

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Zach Braff wrote the script for Garden State when he was still in college. He described that “When I wrote Garden State, I was completely depressed, waiting tables and lonesome as I’ve ever been in my life. The script was a way for me to articulate what I was feeling; alone, isolated, ‘a dime a dozen’ and homesick for a place that didn’t even exist.”

His character, Andrew Largeman, is based closely upon himself and is really where he was at 26. “I was living in Los Angeles, waiting tables. I really experienced this lost, lonesome feeling in my 20s. I’ve started to think that your teen years are your body’s puberty and your 20s are your mind’s puberty. But no-one really ever tells you that”. He recalls “not feeling like I belonged anywhere and feeling long overdue for the next chapter of my life to start but not knowing what that was”.

That all sounds quite depressing, and it might even be. But Braff managed to turn all those feelings into a beautiful little movie. Garden State is so sincere and sensitive. The soundtrack is really good- and was handpicked by himself, “Essentially, I made a mix CD with all of the music that I felt was scoring my life at the time I was writing the screenplay.”

The movie is from 2004 and became an indie cult classic. I watched it years ago but for some reason it randomly popped in my head. Maybe that means I should watch it again…

Have you watched Garden State? Trust me, you don’t have to be a depressed twenty something to enjoy it!

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