Emily Does the Disney Tag!


Me and my boy, Petey

If you know me, or have been following me for any amount of time, you know that saying I’m a massive Disney fan is the understatement of the century. Everything about it just makes me feel… at home. That’s why I’ve taken this random tag from the interwebs (credit to whoever thought ‘er up) and answered some questions. Forgive any errors, it’s 3am.

1) Favorite Character
Peter Pan, I’ve read the book so many times I’ve lost count, nearly worn out the VHS, and used to leave notes for Peter at my window as a child.
2) Favorite Princess
Mulan! But I do love Tiana, Jasmine, and Ariel as well!
3) Favorite Heroine
I love, love, love Elizabeth Swann from the Pirates franchise. What a badass. Kida from Atlantis is up there as well.
4) Favorite Prince
Aladdin, all the way. But Eric is a total babe too.
5) Favorite Hero
I’m gonna go with Hercules on this one.
6) Favorite Animal
All of the Aristocats, Simba, and Lady. Oh shit, and Mr. Big from Zootopia.
7) Favorite Sidekick
Only number 7 and the questions are already killing me. Probably Pascal because I love chameleons (lizards in general), and he’s freakin’ adorable. Honorable mentions go to Genie, Mushu, and the dynamic duo that is Timon & Pumbaa.
8) Favorite Villain
Probably Hades — I’ve never really felt a connection to any of the villains (that’s a good thing, right?), but the god of the underworld got jokes. How about my least favourite villain though, huh? Nobody’s asking, but that would Madam Mim. I know she’s only in the movie for, like, 5 minutes, but to this day she still scares the shit out of me.
9) Favorite Original Character (Minnie, Mickey, Goofy, etc)
I guess Mickey, because he’s the lil dude that started it all.
10) Favorite Love Song
“A Whole New World”. I’m. Obsessed.
11) Favorite Song
Um, how dare you? There are so, so many, but I can’t help but sing along AND feel inspired to work out when “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” comes on, so for the sake of giving a solid answer, there ya go.
12) Favorite Villain Song
“Mother Knows Best” or “Poor Unfortunate Souls”.
13) Least Favorite Song
Honestly, I’m not a fan of any of the songs from The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
14) Favorite Kiss
Maybe Tiana and Prince Naveen, but I don’t think I have a favourite.
15) The First Movie You Saw
Not a clue, but if I were to take an educated guess I would assume my mom showed them to be in chronological order, so likely Snow White. If not, then probably The Artistocats.
16) Favorite Classic
If we’re talkin’ animated then obviously Peter Pan, if we’re talkin’ live action then Swiss Family Robinson.
17) Song that always gets stuck in your head
“How Far I’ll Go” and “You’re Welcome”. Every. Single. Time.
18) Favorite Pixar Film
A Bug’s Life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was the weird kid who had a crush on Flik.
19) Least Favorite Pixar Film
Wall-E. He’s a cutie, but I couldn’t finish it.
20) Favorite Sequel
The Lion King: Simba’s Pride hands down.
21) Overrated Movie
I know I should say Frozen, but I’m saying Alice in Wonderland.
22) Underrated Movie
For this one, I was trying to think of films that it’s impossible to find merch for, and I’ve noticed that they’ve started putting some of these characters on shirts, but I’d love to see more stuff with The Fox and the Hound.
23) Movie That Makes You Laugh
All of them?
24) Movie That Makes You Cry
Also all of them?
25) The Saddest Scene From Your Favorite Movie
The ending.
26) Saddest Death
Mufasa and Ray!
27) Favorite Quote
I’m not so much a fan of the movie (though I do love the actual place) but in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Quasimodo says, “Today is a good day to try,” and I think that’s an excellent motto for anyone battling a mental illness.
28) Favorite Theme Park
I’ve only ever been to the OG Disneyland, but I honestly don’t think any others could compare. It’s where the magic all began.
29) Favorite Theme Attraction
Indiana Jones, Pirates, the Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain, or Splash Mountain! In DCA, I love Grizzly River Run, Tower of Terror (RIP), and California Screamin’.
30) Favorite Theme Park Show
I love both the Paint the Night Parade and the Soundsational Parade. When my friend and I were in Disney for 2 weeks straight, we watched Paint the Night every. single. day. Still not sick of it. It also has my favourite Owl City song.

By Emily, on September 12th, 2017, under Personal // Comments Off on Emily Does the Disney Tag!


MY TRAVEL BUCKET LIST: The Top 5

When I started writing down my bucket list, I realized that it primarily consisted of places I wanted to experience. That’s right, experience. There are so many things I want to do, and almost no country that I don’t want to visit. Here is a list of things I’m insistent that I must do before my day comes.

Jordan, The Middle East: Over the past, maybe 4 or 5 years, I’ve become increasingly interested in everything about The Middle East; but the country that has excited me most is Jordan. I’m the first person to admit that Indiana Jones is one of my favourite franchises, so it shouldn’t be at all surprising that I dream of following in Dr. Jones’ footsteps. The ancient city of Petra is considered one of the “New7Wonders of the World” (def: a campaign started in 2000 to choose Wonders of the World from a selection of 200 existing monuments), and, in my opinion, it’s one of the most fascinating. To visit would be an absolute dream, but there’s something else that might top even that: a hot air balloon ride to watch the sun rise over Wadi Rum. Wadi Rum is another UNESCO World Heritage Site in Jordan that made my bucket list. That said, as far as this list goes, a hot air balloon ride and a stay at a Bedouin Camp are just the tip of the iceberg.

Romania, Europe: Traveling to what is sometimes called, “The Land Beyond the Forest”, isn’t something on everyone’s bucket list, in fact, the question I get most when I tell people that it’s high on mine is generally, “Why?” I guess the simplest answer is that I love the horror genre, and Romania is home to the historic region of Transylvania, whose villages with fortified churches are 1 out of 7 of the country’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Spending Hallowe’en traveling through the small medieval towns and exploring Bran Castle (rumored to be the inspiration for Dracula’s place of residence) is definitely something I must to do. In fact, my friend Kenzie and I are hoping to make the trip in October 2018.

Botswana, Africa: I’ve thought long and hard about the place I most want to travel in Africa (quite honestly, I’d love to visit them all), and though throughout this series you’ll find plenty more of them, Botswana has taken its place in my Top 5. You’ll mostly find that it’s due to the abundance of wildlife, and the 3 different types of safaris you can enjoy in the area. I recently read an article on Lonely Planet which I believe says it best as, “the enchanting Okavango Delta, the rich habitats of the Chobe River valley and the blistering sands of the Kalahari Desert”, each one unique with its game. I’d love to stay at an eco/wildlife lodge at some point.

The Amazon, South America: As previously mentioned, one of my favourite things to do is see the diversity of wildlife the world has to offer, and an Amazon cruise is an incredible way to make the most of it. I don’t have a preference which section of the river I visit, but I have read that in Peru I could check off seeing both sloths AND manatees in close proximity. Thankfully, I think you can find those funny looking pink dolphins everywhere. Ideally, I’d love to travel the entire length, but I doubt I’ll ever make enough bank for that. I also thought it would be fun to volunteer in the jungle; helping with reforestation and animal inventories, but then I remembered that spiders the size of small puppies live there, and decided I would feel much safer sleeping on the boat and only making daily excursions into the rainforest. Spider-sized puppies? Adorable. Where can I get one? Puppy-sized spiders? Fine as long as I don’t have to look at them or be within eyeshot to see it eat a gecko. The idea of camping out in the jungle is exciting to me, but I’m not sure I would get any sleep. Percy Fawcett I will never be. Last but not least, I think it would be enlightening to visit local indigenous families, as well as experience shamanism firsthand.

Latvia, Europe: Again, not a place on everyone’s gap year travel agenda. The interest stems from an essay I wrote in 6th grade. We had to choose a place and write about what the holidays were like in said country. I’ve always liked to do things differently, so while my classmates chose places like France, Italy, or Spain, I decided on Latvia. Essentially, I think it was because I looked a map of Europe and it was the only country I’d never heard of that I could actually pronounce properly. Who knows! Either way, ever since researching and writing that essay (in French), I’ve always wanted to spend Christmas there. They have a massive evergreen decorated in Riga’s town square, which is (allegedly) where the world’s first Christmas tree originated. The food doesn’t appeal to me too much (neither does that in Romania), but I know they make gingerbread and I could live off of that for a couple of weeks!

So there ya have it. It took me a while to decide how to categorize this series, but I think I’ve finally got a handle on it. Expect a post like this every week for the next month or so. (If I have time! I’ve been working on a ton of different projects, plus I currently have my summer day job.)

By Emily, on September 1st, 2017, under Personal, Travel // Comments Off on MY TRAVEL BUCKET LIST: The Top 5


CAUSE: Homeless Youth

Some of the statistics regarding street youth may surprise you, but a lot of it won’t. Did you know that 70% of the kids who come into Covenant House Vancouver have witnessed family violence? Or that 1 in 3 youth must engage in “survival sex”? How about this: 32% of them have attempted suicide.

To define “street kid” there is this, offered by HomelessHub.ca: Youth homelessness refers to young people between the ages of 13 and 24 who are living independently of parents and/or caregivers, and importantly, lack many of the social supports deemed necessary for the transition from childhood to adulthood. In such circumstances, they do not have a stable or consistent residence or source of income, nor do they necessarily have adequate access to the support networks necessary to foster a safe and nurturing transition into the responsibilities of adulthood.

Now that you have clear idea as to what defines the problem, it seems that the most common question surrounding the homelessness of young people is “why?” The Washington State Department of Commerce mentions in their 2016 annual report that, “Many have run from dysfunctional and sometimes violent homes, been kicked out for their gender identity or sexual orientation, or separated from their family due to poverty, drug and alcohol addiction, or mental health issues.”

Places like Covenant House take in homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth between the ages of 16 and 24 and tend to their medical needs, hunger, and offer not only a safe place to sleep, but compassion and support.

Like previously mentioned, homeless and sexual abuse often go hand in hand. Below, please find an infographic to help better understand how the two are related.


Click to enlarge // Credit to the National Sexual Violence Resource Centre

Sources: Covenant House Vancouver, HomelessHub.ca, Washington State Department of Commerce

By Emily, on August 28th, 2017, under Causes // Comments Off on CAUSE: Homeless Youth


JAMES FRANCO SIGNED BOOK WINNER!

Hello, my loves!

It has been such a long time and for that, I apologize. I’ve been working on so many other projects at the moment that I haven’t been able to update you on what’s going on. I’m a little late in posting this, but congratulations to Taylor D. for winning the James Franco signed ‘Actor’s Anonymous’ book giveaway!

Here’s a picture of the lucky winner!

I promise to update ASAP about my trip to Madagascar!

xoxo

By Emily, on July 15th, 2017, under Contests // Comments Off on JAMES FRANCO SIGNED BOOK WINNER!


BI-WEEKLY FAVES: Vampires

This Week’s Theme: Vampires

What comes to mind when you hear the word “vampire”? Are you of the Twilight generation who picture a sexy, sparkling specimen of a man, or do you envision a spooky old plantation house in Louisiana inhabited by Brad Pitt? Either way, vampires are a huge part of popular culture and something that have always intrigued me. I’m even going to admit to you that when I was 14 I traveled to Forks, Washington to experience the Twilight hype first-hand.

Here are some of my vampire favourites!

The Lost Boys: No vampire list would be complete without this 80’s classic. I have two favourite movies, and this is one of them. The film is full of iconic quotes and memorable characters. It’s also the first of many films to star “The Two Coreys”, Corey Haim and Corey Feldman. IMDb’s simple plot description goes as follows: After moving to a new town, two brothers discover that the area is a haven for vampires. “Lost Boys” also stars Kiefer Sutherland, Edward Herrmann, Dianne Wiest, and Jason Patric to name a few. I think I was 12 or 13 when I watched the movie for the first time, and my preteen self wished I had lived through the 80s even more than before. I was head-over-heels in love with Corey Haim. Watching it now, he’s a little young for me, but Jason Patric could get it. When Haim passed away in 2010, I admittedly spent the entire day of school in the counselor’s office. Even though he was old enough to be my dad, I was heartbroken. I’ve since been in touch with both “Frog Brothers” via Twitter — Jamison Newlander even follows me! It killed me and now I’m undead. I don’t know if he remembers but he agreed to be in one of my films and I’m holding him to it. I have the Tweets to prove it!

American Vampire In high school, my friend Jesse lent me the first collection in the “American Vampire” series. Here’s the synopsis (credz to Wikipedia): The series imagines vampires as a population made up of many different secret species, and charts moments of vampire evolution and inter-species conflict throughout history. The focus of the series is a new American bloodline of vampires, born in the American West in the late 19th century. The first of this new species is a notorious outlaw named Skinner Sweet, who wakes from death, after being infected, to find he has become a new kind of vampire, something stronger and faster than what came before, impervious to sunlight, with a new set of strengths and weaknesses. The series goes on to track his movements through various decades of American history—along with the movements of his first and only known progeny: Pearl Jones, a young woman working as a struggling actress in the 1920s silent film industry when she is attacked by a coven of European vampires hiding in Hollywood. Sweet saves her (uncharacteristically) by giving her his blood, thereby turning her into an American vampire like him, at which point she seeks revenge on the classic vampires who attacked her in life. The complicated and charged relationship Jones has with Sweet is another focus of the series.

Vampire Lamp from Amazon: This beauty sits on my night table, right by my coffin bookshelf. It adds a bit of gothic air to my pink, orange, and yellow room. You can pick it up here if your unstaked heart desires.

Romania: Romania is another place I’m dying to visit. I’ve been wanting to go on one of the “Hallowe’en Tours” and spend the holiday in one of the spookiest countries in the world. They have hundreds of incredible castles, medieval villages, and a spellbinding culture. Not only that, but last year I discovered a Romanian boyband which clearly made all of my dreams come true. I’ll bless you by including a music video below. I know it’s not really “vampirey” but trust me, there is always time for boybands. I’m in love with Plaid Boy. I don’t know what they’re saying but I bet it’s romantic!


Kat Von D’s Studded Kiss Lipstick in Vampira: I think I’ve mentioned it before, but there is also a shade called “Nosferatu” in her liquid lip which fits with this week’s theme too. Both are lovely — if you’re into gothic colours, her lipsticks are definitely the way to go. The Studded series have 3 different finishes to choose from (all different colours, mind you): matte, shimmer, and metallic.

Well, I’m still off adventuring in Madagascar, but I’ll be back in a few days. So, so excited to update you all!

xoxo

By Emily, on May 29th, 2017, under Bi-Weekly Faves, Personal // Comments Off on BI-WEEKLY FAVES: Vampires