BI-WEEKLY FAVES: Bugs

This Week’s Theme: Bugs

As you read this, I’m quite literally on a flight and off to adventure the wilds of Madagascar! I’m sure while I’m there I’ll be encountering a large number of weird and wacky insects. Which is why I’ve chosen aforementioned subject as this week’s theme. I had four items in mind, and had to stretch a bit for the fifth, but regardless, here are five of my favourite “bug” related things!

ColourPop’s Ultra Matte Lip in Love Bug I adore the mahogany colour of this lipstick. It looks great with so many outfits and it’s super easy on the wallet at $6.

Jake Bugg – Jake Bugg Jake is my favourite singer, so I’m a little bias, but I think his debut and self-titled album is also his best. I don’t think there’s a single bad song on this record. His unique voice and old school folk jams make for the perfect album. Will Hermes of Rolling Stone spills the truth tea in that Bugg “does what countrywomen Adele and Amy Winehouse did with soul: He yokes the spirit and styles of dated genres to the now… vivid storytelling helps keep Bugg out of the nostalgia swamp.” Some of my favourite tracks from the album are “Simple as This” (which one of these days I plan to have some lyrics of tattooed on my body, written of course in his own handwriting), “Lightning Bolt”, “Two Fingers” “Broken”, and “Seen It All”.


My future tattoo courteous of Jake

A Bug’s Life: An unpopular opinion, yes, but A Bug’s Life is my favourite Pixar Film! This is kinda messed up, but I totally had a crush on Flik when I was a kid. I was also obsessed with Dot and wanted to be Princess Atta. To this day, it holds a special place in my heart. That said, I’ve always thought it was kind of weird that Disneyland dedicated an entire “land” to it. Not that I’m complaining, but it just doesn’t seem that it ever reached the popularity or commercial success that, say, Toy Story, did. But will that stop the Bug’s Land bathroom from being my favourite place to pee at Disneyland? Absolutely not.

Y: The Last Man: This one is where I’m reaching a little bit. Technically the story has zip to do with bugs, but when I first read it, my initial guess was that some sort of bug wiped out the entire male population. I’m not going to spoil anything, but you can probably safely assume if I was right or not. This is another Brian K. Vaughan specialty (I talk about him briefly in another post with the mention of Paper Girls). This series is one of a kind in the comic world. They’ve made several unsuccessful attempts to turn it into a show and I’m kinda mad about it. I NEED TO SEE THIS ON SCREEN. I’ve also had the pleasure of meeting the artist, Pia Guerra (who resides in the Vancouver area), a few times and have had some custom art commissioned. She’s amazing. Here’s the plot (credz to the Vertigo Comics website) to get you stoked: This is the saga of Yorick Brown—the only human survivor of a planet-wide plague that instantly kills every mammal possessing a Y chromosome. Accompanied by a mysterious government agent, a brilliant young geneticist and his pet monkey, Ampersand, Yorick travels the world in search of his lost love and the answer to why he’s the last man on earth.

Little Rascals: Everyone knows this movie so I don’t even have to explain it. In fact, I think I quote it on a daily basis. It’s based on the classic 1920’s show Our Gang, which ran all the way through to the 1940s. “So Emily, what does this have to do with bugs?” you ask. Bug Hall! Bug Hall is the actor who starred as “Alfalfa” in the 1994 film — he’s my favourite character, besides Porky who was played by my pal Zac Mabry, of course. (Hi Zac if you’re reading this.) In 2014, the cast (give or a take a couple) reunited for the 20th Anniversary. A photoshoot, videos, and stories from the set ensued.

There we go! Bugs galore! I can’t wait to update you guys about my time in Madagascar (and Paris too!). I would love to post as it happens, but I’ve left all my electronics at home in Canada for both safety and so I won’t be distracted by the computer and can experience every aspect to the fullest.

xoxo

By Emily, on May 15th, 2017, under Bi-Weekly Faves, Personal // Comments Off on BI-WEEKLY FAVES: Bugs


CAUSE: Save the Manatees!


Click the photo above to adopt a manatee // Photo: Cora Berchem, savethemanatees.org

The good news is, in 2016, manatees were knocked off the endangered species list and their status changed to “threatened”. That’s a step, but not ideal. The primary causes of their endangerment is due to entanglement in fishing gear, boat collisions, harassment from humans, red tide, and most of all, loss of habitat.

The greatest long-term threat to manatees involves the loss of warm-water habitat that manatees need to survive. At temperatures below 68 degrees Fahrenheit, the stress of the cold can become dangerous, or even fatal. Over the past 10 years, Florida’s manatees have had higher-than-usual numbers of deaths from cold stress. The winter of 2010 saw a total of 766 manatees killed, nearly 300 of them by an extended period of very cold weather.

According to Wikipedia, these creatures spend most of their time eating, sleeping, and traveling — which are the three things that I like to do! Maybe I was a manatee in a past life.

Here are some (happy!) fun facts:

– Florida celebrates Manatee Awareness Month during November!
– A long, long time ago sailors apparently thought these cuties were mermaids from afar.
– Florida has had a law to protect them since 1893.
– If you live in Florida, you can call Call 1-888-404-FWCC (3922) to report an injured manatee.

How can you help?

– Collier County Residents: Give Input on Manatee Protection Rule!
– Sign a petition urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to make Three Sisters Springs a true winter sanctuary for manatees.
– Demand Clean Water For Wildlife & People
– Sign The Now Or Neverglades Declaration
– Florida Residents: Help Manatees By Signing A Petition to Restore the Ocklawaha River at Change.org
– Urge Governor Scott To Lead The Way In Safeguarding Florida’s Aquatic Environment
– Adopt-a-Manatee at savethemanatee.org

Sources: savethemanatee.org, defenders.org, The Winter Dolphin Chronicles

By Emily, on May 11th, 2017, under Causes // Comments Off on CAUSE: Save the Manatees!


INTERVIEW: Kurtis Wiebe


Click the photo to read the interview

Kurtis Wiebe is a Vancouver, Canada based author who’s been established in the world of comic writing since 2009. For his contribution to the critically acclaimed Green Wake, Kurtis was presented with the Outstanding Comic Book Writer Shuster Award.

Never satisfied with a specific style of writing, Kurtis has branched out to novels, videogames and screenplays. He spends his days at home, writing about the mad things that float around his brain, and occasionally escapes to various cities around North America to promote his projects.

He’s best known as the co-creator of the comic book series, “Rat Queens”.

By Emily, on May 4th, 2017, under Interviews, Kurtis Wiebe, Writers // Comments Off on INTERVIEW: Kurtis Wiebe


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


TRAVEL: Madagascar Packing List, Expenses + MORE!

Hello my loves!

As many of you know, I’m heading to Madagascar next month and I’ve admittedly already started packing! I wanted to share a little bit about my trip plans with you. By trial and error, I’ll let you know how things go. I plan to make a post with advice when I get home to (hopefully!) make your trip a tad easier. I’ll also update if I should have/should not have packed a certain item, etc.

May – early November is Madagascar’s dry season which means temperatures will be considerably lower (thank goodness). So I’ve packed accordingly.

PACKING LIST

♢ 4 (100% cotton) t-shirts
♢ 1 long sleeved shirt
♢ 1 pair of flowy elastic cuffed pants
♢ 1 pair of exercise leggings
♢ 1 pair of shorts
♢ 1 long skirt
♢ Bathing suit
♢ Mac in a Sac rain jacket
♢ Sun hat
♢ Hiking shoes
♢ Waterproof shoes
♢ Single pair of earrings

*Will be wearing sweatpants and sweater on all flights because they are the bulkiest items and I am not at all a glamorous flyer.

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By Emily, on April 28th, 2017, under Travel // Comments Off on TRAVEL: Madagascar Packing List, Expenses + MORE!