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BI-WEEKLY FAVES: The 1980s

This Week’s Theme: The 1980s

I firmly believe David Lee Roth said it best: “When I die, sprinkle my ashes over the 80s”. So many people look back on the era and cringe at the bright and bold makeup choices, big hair, shoulder pads, and Olivia Newton-John inspired legwarmers. But me? I embrace it. I embrace it all. Here are some of my favourite 80’s items and 80’s inspired items.

The Goldbergs: I’m ashamed to admit that ABC was already a season and a half into the series when I discovered it, but it’s all good now, fate has brought us together. Here’s the synopsis courteous of the show’s official Facebook page: The Goldbergs are a loving 80s family like any other, just with a lot more yelling. Mom Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey, Bridesmaids) is a classic “smother” while Dad Murray (Jeff Garlin, Curb Your Enthusiasm) is a gruff, hot-tempered father. As the youngest of three kids, Adam is a camera-wielding future director who’s crushing on an older woman and getting schooled in the ways of love by a shameless Don Juan of a grandfather, ‘Pops’ (George Segal, Just Shoot Me). It’s such a fun concept and is based on the creator, Adam Goldberg’s, life while growing up in the 80s. At the end of each episode, an episode-related clip from the real home movies he made as a kid are shown.

Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Backstage Bambi: I probably own more Kat Von D lipsticks than any other brand. She’s paved the way for unique colours and, as a vegan, she is diligent that her products are not tested on animals. I bought the shade “Backstage Bambi” specifically for the most recent Duran Duran concert I attended. I did a full on 80’s look for the show — and received many compliments for my efforts. Anywho, Everlasting is paraben-free and long-wear, which has a great matte finish. So often my skin is already shiny, ergo, I tend to avoid glossy lipsticks. There are so many other beautiful shades in this series, a few favourites are: Nosferatu, Lolita, Brick Red, and L.U.V. Backstage Bambi (or any other) will put you out $24 CAD — but it’s worth it.


I think I’ve got the look down, all I need now is a time machine.

Paper Girls: From Image Comics’ website: SAGA writer BRIAN K. VAUGHAN launches a brand-new ONGOING SERIES with superstar Wonder Woman artist CLIFF CHIANG! In the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Stand By Me meets War of the Worlds in this mysterious young adult adventure. Stand By Me? War of the Worlds? The 1980s? Sign me the fuck up. The first time I read the pitch for this I was 110% sold. Not only that, but I adore Brian K. Vaughan’s work (with the exception of Saga, which for some reason I just can’t get into). This series is a wild ride, so hold onto your Debbie Gibson-inspired bowler hat.

Duran Duran – Seven and the Ragged Tiger: By now, if you haven’t figured it out, I’m a massive Duran Duran fan. I’m not one to associate myself with “fandom names”, but damn, call me a Duranie. I was torn between this album and the Rio album, but since pretty much everyone is familiar with Rio, and the hits that were born from it, I decided to spotlight this underrated (though the band’s first and only #1 UK album) gem. This is one of my favourite records to listen to on vinyl. It adds so much atmosphere to the somewhat theatrical vibe Seven has going on. Three singles were released from the album: the first was “Union of the Snake” in 1983, followed by “New Moon on Monday” and “The Reflex” in 1984. Personally, I think New Moon is one of the band’s best songs, both lyrically and melodically.

Running on Empty: You can argue all you want, but River Phoenix was one of the best things to be born from the 80’s entertainment womb. Again, I was torn when choosing a film to feature in this section because there are just so many great 80’s movies. I finally selected Running on Empty because after deciding on Duran Duran’s Seven and the Ragged Tiger, I figured why not keep the underrated theme going? There is so much to say about this film. First of all, it was written by none other than Naomi Foner. Name doesn’t ring a bell? She’s also known as Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal’s mama. Both Foner and Phoenix were robbed of Oscars that year. Though she did take home a Golden Globe. Here’s the plot thanks to Wikipedia: The story revolves around parents Annie and Arthur Pope (Lahti and Hirsch) who in the 1970s were responsible for the anti-war protest bombing of a napalm laboratory. The incident accidentally blinded and paralyzed a janitor who wasn’t supposed to be there. They’ve been on the run ever since, relying on an underground network of supporters who help them financially. At the time of the incident, their son Danny (Phoenix) was two years old. As the film begins, he is in his late teens, and the family (along with younger son Harry) are again relocating and assuming new identities. As always, River captivates and, dare I say, carries the film. RIP, sweet angel.

Happy May! Hope it’s filled with good 80’s tunes and John Hughes marathons!

xoxo

By Emily, on May 1st, 2017, under Bi-Weekly Faves, Personal // Comments Off on BI-WEEKLY FAVES: The 1980s


BI-WEEKLY FAVES: PINK!

This Week’s Theme: Pink

Who doesn’t love the colour pink?! It looks good in all shades, neon, bright, pastel… I don’t think it’s possible to go wrong with it! I had a hard time compiling this list and narrowing it down to just five things… but I managed! Here are some of my all-time favourite things that have to do with pink!

Better Than Sex Mascara: Okay, okay… so the actual product isn’t pink, but the exterior is! I was torn between a pink lipstick and this, but you’ll see in my next “Faves” post why I went with this one. This mascara has a lot of mixed reviews, some people say it clumps, others say it’s flaky or messy, but no one can deny that it adds length and volume! I have naturally long lashes, but I need a dark mascara to make them stand out. Sometimes I use this, sometimes I’ll use Gifted by Tarte, and sometimes I’ll use both at once! It’s a bit on the pricey side if you’re not used to buying “high end” makeup, at $30 CAD.


Here’s a close up of my lashes with Better Than Sex Mascara

Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub: I have a confession: one day when I was lounging around in bed, reading my book, I ate some of this. That’s how good it is. It tastes incredible (kind of like these raspberry candies my mom used to get) and it removes all the unwanted dead skin from your lips! Like I mentioned in a previous post, Lush is one of my favourite brands and I get a lot of stuff from them, but I only started using this product back in February. I haven’t looked back! One of the best things about it is that the main ingredient (other than sugar) is Jojoba oil, which, “moisturizes the lips without leaving any shine or oily feeling behind”. Oh, and the fact you can lick it off once you’re done scrubbin’! Price-wise, it’s $10.95 CAD for 10kg.

Ceres Guava Juice: I first discovered guava juice at a restaurant called The Banana Leaf in downtown Vancouver. According to HealthAmbition.com, the drink is loaded with Vitamin C, has cancer-fighting properties, helps control blood sugar, maintains eye health, and is full of Phytonutrients (which I had to Google, and apparently they’re chemicals that help protect plants from germs, fungi, bugs, and other threats). I’m not sure if this is any different from other juices, but hey, I’m sold! I should probably mention that it does have somewhat of an odd texture and probably isn’t what you’re expecting. My favourite brand is Ceres (none of these are sponsored posts, by the way), because it tastes exactly like what I get at The Banana Leaf — it might even be the same!

Pretty in Pink: This is probably my all-time favourite John Hughes flick. Duckie is one of my favourite (tragically) fictional characters and I would give my left leg (I feel like it’s my less dominant one) for him to be my best friend. In case you’re an uncultured swine and haven’t been introduced to the magic that is Molly Ringwald, John Cryer, and Andrew McCarthy’s love triangle, let Google explain: Andie Walsh is a teenager who lives in the dingy part of town with her terminally underemployed dad. She works at a record store with eccentric Ionia and is considered a misfit at her uppity high school, but somehow she rises above them all. Her oddball best friend, Duckie, is hopelessly in love with her, so he causes trouble for her romantic pursuits. When local rich kid Blaine develops a fascination with her, they go out on a date together. Visiting the home bases of each social clique, they are basically ridiculed for their audacity to date one another. When Blaine eventually asks the delighted Andie to the prom, he is threatened by his rich friend Steff. The romance versus high school social politics finally culminates at the big night of the prom. Sound cliche? It is. But it’s undoubtedly the best take on the underdog-gets-the-hot-popular-dude cliche there is.

Atom Eve (from Invincible): As many of you know, one of my favourite comic book series is Robert Kirkman’s Invincible (gotta give credz to Cory Walker and Ryan Ottley too). It’s a pretty generic sounding story about a teenager, who after waiting for years and finally losing hope, gets the powers he’s always dreamed of. Then he’s off to fight crime in between classes and trying to get the attention of one of the hottest girls in school: Samantha Eve Wilkins (aka Atom Eve). Eve’s a badass babe who can manipulate atoms in any way she wants. Want a cake? Give this girl 10 seconds and you’ll have your cake. Honestly? The dream. I don’t want to give too much away, as I HIGHLY recommend you check it out. The plot may not be incredibly original, but I promise you it’s unlike most superhero comics out there. They’ve just announced the film adaptation and I am both nervous and excited. I think either Holland Roden or a redheaded Lili Reinhart would make for awesome portrayals. Also, Nick Robinson is the only acceptable candidate for Mark. The only one.

Wow! Another week done. Hope you’re all having a lovely spring!

Until next time.

xoxo

By Emily, on April 24th, 2017, under Bi-Weekly Faves, Personal // Comments Off on BI-WEEKLY FAVES: PINK!


BI-WEEKLY FAVES: The Middle East

This Week’s Theme: The Middle East

Over the past few years, I’ve become increasingly fascinated by the Middle East. In fact, a lot of the characters I write are from Middle Eastern countries or of Middle Eastern descent. The script I’m focusing on at the moment is set in a variety of those different places. Unfortunately, the region gets a bad rap. Yes, there are plenty of miserable things going on there, but countries say, for example, Jordan (one of my personal favourites) is actually a beautiful and safe place for travel.

It’s your lucky day because I’m including a mini geography lesson in today’s post! Bet you weren’t expecting a pop quiz were you? What do Turkey, Cyprus, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Sudan, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Yemen, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates all have in common? If you guessed that they’re Middle Eastern countries, you would be correct!

Anyway, here are five of my favourite things to do with the Middle East!

Rami Malek: Have you been watching Mr. Robot? He’s been watching you. I truly believe Rami Malek is one of the best actors of our generation. We’ve seen him play a Pharaoh, an emotionally vacant hacker, and soon we’ll see him as a rock and roll icon… but Rami is so much more. Not only was he the first Arab-American to win an Emmy (on his first nomination, might I add), but his delightful personality has charmed many-a person over the past couple of years. I absolutely adore this man and everything he stands for. If you haven’t seen any of his work, I highly recommend you take a peek at his extensive filmography. There’s literally something for everyone.

Aladdin: A little known fact about Aladdin is that the earliest version of the character (from before 1700) was actually Chinese! The tale originates from “a collection of Middle Eastern and South Asian stories and folk tales compiled in Arabic during the Islamic Golden Age” entitled One Thousand and One Nights. I’m not familiar with the original, but I’m definitely interested in reading it. I am, however, extremely familiar with the Disney version, and Aladdin happens to be my favourite prince. I love everything about the film, from the voice actors they cast to the songs (“A Whole New World” is one of my all-time favourites) — it all makes for the perfect Disney cartoon.

Pakawra: Up until a few years ago, I wasn’t well acquainted with Middle Eastern dishes, but then my auntie Karen took me to a restaurant in Vancouver called The Afghan Horsemen. It quickly became one of my most frequented places in town. One of my favourite dishes there is called Pakawra, which are basically breaded and fried potato slices. When dipped in hummus… INCREDIBLE. I even went there for my birthday this year (pic will be included below!) We ordered two of their Horsemen Platters and were waddling out afterwards.


L-R: My friend Colette, auntie Karen, yours truly, my friends Gig, Mike, and Ryan.

The Arabic Language I’ll admit, I’ve tried (and failed miserably) to learn how to speak Arabic. I love the language and I love listening to native speakers speak the language. I’m planning a trip to Jordan either late this year or early 2018, and would love to be at least a little familiar with it — a friend of mine who lives in Amman has offered to teach me some while I’m there, but do I really want to embarrass myself in front of the locals? I know most places appreciate it when you try, but I even sound like a basic white bitch when I speak French — and that’s generally a predominantly white person language!!

Jordan (and the Lonely Planet Travel Guide): I haven’t decided if I’m going to travel independently or with a tour, but I know that thanks to this book (and my local friend), I’ll be ready for whatever. Out of every country on the planet, I’m most interested in going here. I’m not sure if it’s for the archaeological sites (Petra), for the deserts (Wadi Rum), or simply that I’m intrigued by the Jordanian people, but my urge to go there cannot be denied. Maybe I lived there in a past life? Who knows! But I’m sure as heck excited to visit.

There we go! That wraps up this week’s “Bi-Weekly Faves”. I hope you’re enjoying this as much as I am. I don’t even know if anybody reads my blog! Do you have any favourite Middle Eastern items/traditions/foods/places? Let me know on Twitter @EmilyKoopman!

xoxo

By Emily, on April 10th, 2017, under Bi-Weekly Faves, Personal // Comments Off on BI-WEEKLY FAVES: The Middle East


PERSONAL: Emily does the ‘100 Questions Tag’

Since I’m a little old school and not attractive enough to make the transition to YouTube, I thought it would be fun to do one of the tags. That said, I am planning to start a travel vlog channel in the near future. Without further ado, here are my super uninteresting answers to the 100 Questions Tag:

1. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?
I used to literally sleep in my closet. I have a walk-in at my parents’ house and my bed fit inside. Otherwise, generally closed.

2. Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotels?
Only if they smell good.

3. Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?
Bottom tucked in, sides loose.

4. Have you stolen a street sign before?
Nope, but I did take a production sign from a TV show once. I carried it all through downtown Vancouver and no one said anything. Granted, it was nighttime and they had wrapped and presumably left it there.

5. Do you like to use post-it notes?
I’ll go on post-it binges where I cover everything in them and take a multitude of notes, but then when I run out, I’m too cheap to go buy more… and God knows I don’t need anymore books covered with post-its.

6. Do you cut out coupons but then never use them?
I should be on Extreme Couponing, honestly. I’m the Coupon Queen. I see that they never go unused. In fact, I rarely buy stuff without coupons.

7. Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of bees?
For the sake of the bee population, I’m gonna say be attacked by a bear. #SavetheBees

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By Emily, on April 5th, 2017, under Personal, Tags // Comments Off on PERSONAL: Emily does the ‘100 Questions Tag’


PLEASE VOTE FOR ME IN POST’S ‘SEARCH FOR GOODNESS’ COMPETITION


Click the photo of me and George at We Day to vote!

Hi friends!

First off, I know these kinds of posts are annoying, yet here I am. My lovely best pal Brianna has nominated me for Post’s ‘Search for Goodness’ competition which allows the public to vote for their Top 10 good-doers, who will then be judged by a panel, and the winner receives $10,000 to go towards their efforts in making the world a better place! I would honoured if you could vote for me and/or share this with your friends! It’s a long shot (especially because I’m super late in the game), but worth a try nevertheless. You can vote everyday if your kind heart desires!

By Emily, on April 4th, 2017, under Personal // Comments Off on PLEASE VOTE FOR ME IN POST’S ‘SEARCH FOR GOODNESS’ COMPETITION