Hey Guys!

Sorry I haven’t been posting this week! I have had a ridiculously, ridiculously busy week but I’m back and will be updating all weekend. Looking forward to it!! ūüôā

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Thoughts For the Day

“The thought manifests as the word.

The word manifests as the deed.

The deed develops into habit.

Ans habit hardens into character.

So watch the thought and its ways with care.

As the shadow follows the body, As we think, so we become.”

 

Dhammapada.

 

Such a simple set of words, but so profound and true. Words to live by.

Wish List Item!

Fame

Lady Gaga is my absolute favorite popstar of all time and when I found out she was releasing a perfume, I couldn’t wait. The promo ads have been fierce and now that the perfume is out and on sale, I can’t wait to get it! My birthday is just a couple of months away so this item is definitely being added to the wait list. Also, I think it is so cool and original that it’s the first black perfume. That’s why I love Gaga. She takes risks that on paper, sound like they could really go either way, but she makes them work. What do you guys think about Fame?


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Kimye: A Style Evolution or a Style Command?

Kimye. They seem to be everywhere these days. I’ll admit, I absolutely LOVE Kanye and even though I really cannot stand any of the Kardashians (except I can tolerate Khloe and Scott Disick is pretty much flaw free), for some weird, weird reason, Kim bothers me a little less now that she’s with him. However, everyone has pointed out her rapid change in style since they’ve been dating and it is painfully obvious that Kanye is the one responsible for it, at least that has been the sentiment online. Though it was never directly said, it was pretty clear that she began dressing very differently- more boots, more slicked-back ponytails and more leather pants. But, my question is, why? I understand that when you begin dating someone, you tend to adapt yourself to their interests and vice versa, it just happens. But I’ve noticed such a drastic change in her look overnight that this doesn’t seem natural, it seems forced. Take a look at this video of him going through her closet with her.

Did he really refer to a bag as “this joint right here?”

I don’t know, I really wouldn’t be that cool with my boyfriend dictating what I should and shouldn’t keep in my closet. It just comes off as very controlling to me. I know the sentiment in the video is supposed to be cute but I don’t really understand how having someone tell you what needs to go and needs to stay in your closet can help you become an individual. That sentence doesn’t really make much sense to me. If you’re an individual, wouldn’t you be the one to decide what stays and what goes and hold on to whatever style makes you feel good and confident? Besides, I thought she had pretty cute stuff in there! I can’t believe I’m analyzing Kim Kardashian and Kanye West but, I just had to share my take on it. I didn’t see anything wrong with how she used to dress but now whenever I see pictures of them, she looks like his little mini-me and I have to wonder if she’s really happy with it, or doing it to keep him wanting her. If someone likes you, they should like you for you, not try to morph you into what they want you want to be. ¬†What do you think?

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Think Before You Speak

Whenever I wish to move 

Or to speak,

First I shall examine my state of mind,

And firmly act in a suitable way.

Whenever my mind becomes attached

Or angry,

I shall not react, nor shall I speak;

I shall remain unmoved like a tree.

I absolutely love these words by Shantideva.  More than anything in the world, I would love to be a person who follows them implicitly.  I was thinking earlier today about the impact of our actions Рverbal, physical and mental. Their is so much power in what we do and how our words and choices affect not just others but most importantly ourselves. Can you imagine a world where we all kept our negative thoughts to ourselves? Where we approached every situation in a rational, mature and calm way? Where instead of radiating jealousy, regret, anger or insecurity, we radiated strength, love, confidence and compassion? I want to be in that world! And the amazing thing is we can be in that world, if we want it.

My mission this year is to really do my best to follow these words. The point of this entry is, I’m hopeful for a world where we treat each other with kindness and maintain our self-respect. Anything is possible, it all comes from within. Let’s make it happen!<3

Can’t Wait to Read This

Can’t Wait to Read This One

So, last night my sister and I took a trip to one of our favorite places.. Barnes and Noble! ¬†I absolutely love reading real books (you can keep the kindles and the nooks, sorry) and Barnes and Noble is pretty much my form of paradise. Sidenote: one of my favorite things to do is go to the Children’s section and try to look for all of the books I used to read when I was a kid. It’s a really cool, fun feeling to kind of re-discover your childhood through them. I remember some of them so vividly and it just feels really special. And since I can’t find some of my favorite ones now I am always so tempted to buy a few…. I almost walked out with Angelina Ballerina the last time but put it back. I’m gonna have to get it next time :P.

Anyway, while browsing the new releases section, I stumbled upon a few that really caught my eye! One in particular looked really good to me. I love dramatic period romance stories (just to be clear, I don’t mean cheesy romance novels with Fabio types on the cover) and this one is right up my alley. It’s called The Shoemaker’s Wife. Here is the description from B&N:

“High in the Italian Alps at the turn of the twentieth century, Ciro, a strapping mountain boy, meets Enza, a practical beauty. But when scandal rocks Ciro’s tiny village, unbeknownst to Enza, he is sent to hide in America. When disaster strikes Enza’s family, she, too, is forced to go to America.

Ciro and Enza build fledgling lives‚ÄĒuntil fate intervenes and reunites them. But it is too late: Ciro has volunteered to serve in World War I and Enza finds success in the costume department of the Metropolitan Opera House. Over time, these star-crossed lovers meet and separate, until the power of their love changes both of their lives forever.

Inspired by Trigiani’s own family history,¬†The Shoemaker’s Wife¬†defines an era with operatic scope that will live on in the imagina-tions of readers for years to come.”

Cannot wait to read this!! It sounds like such a sweeping love story and the fact that it’s based around WWI (I am a bit of WWII history buff but I enjoy learning about WWI history as well) intrigues me. Overall, this is def a must read for me. I’ll post a review when I’m done!

What are some books YOU can’t wait to read? (I’m also realllly excited for J.K. Rowling’s new book :))

 

Movies to Watch: The Cabin In The Woods

Joss Whedon obviously hit it prettttty big this year with a small, little movie called THE AVENGERS, but he also directed another great film that didn’t seem to get the recognition it so truly deserved. If you couldn’t already guess from the above trailer, I’m talking about The Cabin In The Woods. While I guess you could put it into the horror genre, it’s just part horror film. The other parts I would say are comedy, drama and thriller. If you’ve seen Drag Me To Hell, it’s very similar only in the sense that it combines slapstick humor with elements of scary films. Drag Me To Hell actually did frighten me while Cabin In The Woods left me with a creepy feeling but got me thinking on a deeper level about society.

I don’t want to give too much of the plot away but like most scary movies, it starts off with a bunch of good looking college students, including one incredibly hysterical stoner played by Fran Kranz to perfection (he is this movie’s heart and soul). They all fit the stereotypical roles you see in scary movies – the brains, the beauty, the good girl, the nerdy yet cute guy, etc. They are embarking on a weekend trip to Chris Hemsworth’s character’s family-owned cabin when of course trouble ensues… in the form of undead, crazy zombies unknowingly brought back from the grave. But, there’s a twist! A twist I won’t give away but one that truly sets this film apart from other scary movies.

The reason I say it’s only partially scary is because it’s not really a horror film. To me the film is more of a study on human instinct and survival. And…well okay, I’ll post the spoiler below:

SPOILER ALERT! YOU’VE BEEN WARNED…

The twist is that the entire cabin and the undead zombies have been set up by a lab which houses gods below the Earth. In order to satisfy these beings, there must be human sacrifices. So the lab creates the perfect situations to ensure these characters are killed. Without the sacrifices, the beings will rise up and destroy the world. But one of the characters discovers the setup and is determined to live. But the interesting point is, is it fair for these people to live but let the whole world collapse? Or is it fair that these innocent human beings have to die to save the world? It’s the kind of movie that really makes you question who is wrong and who is right. Plus, Sigourney Weaver is in it so that’s pure win.

All in all, this is a movie I highly recommend so as soon as it comes out on DVD.. see it!