the week, in my brain (june 22-28)

Channeling my inner Yogi.

Yoga is very new to me, and like most things I'm just starting, I'm not very good at it. This is where I get stuck when I start new things, if I'm not instantly good at something then I'm very likely to quit. That being said I'm really starting to enjoy exercising. Re-reading that makes me chuckle - enjoy exercising?? But yes, I'm starting to feel changes in my body and for a long time I've wanted to increase my strength, especially to help with things like my posture and back pain. Yoga seems a good way to help with this. I've eased myself in with the help of Adriene of Yoga with Adriene. It's super helpful to be able to do Yoga in the comfort of your home (nowhere near confident enough yet to pop into a class) and regardless of the fact she can't see me doing the Yoga, she is very non-judgemental and has a very do-what-feels-good, you're-on-a-journey attitude. This is crucial to me if I'm going to keep up with something I'm not great at, so thank you, Adriene. See you this afternoon for class, okay?

New Judy Blume.

Are you there God? It's Me, Margaret was pretty pinnacle for me when I was a young girl. I, like Margaret, had a pretty strong desire to grow some damn breasts already and was pretty confused about a lot of things. I don't think I realised at the time that the book was already about 20 years old which just speaks to the timeless struggle of girlhood. I'd love to re-read the book sometime - I'm sure I didn't quite squeeze all I could from it at that young age. Luckily Judy Blume has a new book out, In the Unlikely Event. Pan Macmillan kindly sent this my way with a slew of 1950's-themed goodies. The book follows Miri Ammerman among three generations of families, friends and strangers whose lives are shaped by unexpected events. I believe these unexpected events include plane crashes so that may rule out this book as the one to read on one of the few flights I am taking next month, but I am looking forward to tucking into this over the summer. 

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Mary - A Video by Claire Marshall.

I honestly try to avoid watching too many beauty videos these days, I find they often tend to inspire some serious greed/envy/insecurity in myself, which I know is my own issue and isn't something to be blamed on the creators of those videos. But when Hey Claire's new video was being shared around this week it was pretty obvious this was something different. Claire's video introduces us to Mary, her adoptive mother who is now going through dementia. Dementia is something that has touched my family, and something that has likely touched yours too. It's hard to see someone you love, forget. I don't need to explain anything else about the video, just that it moved me and I am grateful that Claire shared that bit of her life with the internet.

Getting my drink on. 

Water that is. Yes, I've long since retired my party-girl activities and my drinking habits are pretty scaled back these days. But lately I've been trying to drink a lot more water. The initial springboard was a few weeks ago when I switched medications and suddenly my entire body was just constantly parched. Dry skin, dry eyes, desperately thirsty. I started trying to drink about 2 litres of water a day - popped it on my to do list and everything. Low and behold I feel effing fantastic for it. Skin feels plump and clear, I'm rarely battling a headache which was something I was having to regularly medicate myself for. I generally feel more alert, focused, and in a good mood. Is water the only contributing factor? Who knows man, there are a lot of variables at play here. But there are much more expensive solutions to the above problems, so I'm hoping I can just ward them off with a bit of water for now and save my pennies.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders.

These little powders have long since piqued my curiosity. They apparently use something fancy called Photoluminescent Technology which improves the appearance of the complexion by filtering out harsh light, creating kind of a soft-focus effect. As a film person this just gives me the visual of a very talented gaffer chasing me around ensuring that all light hitting my face is diffused and filtered through a complexion enhancing gel. Wouldn't mind that. I was a bit sceptical though as I haven't heard of any kind of competing products and this seems to be in it's own column on it's own. I'm still not totally sure how these are meant to be used (guidance greatly appreciated) but I've been kind of experimenting with which shade I use and where. In general I give myself a very light overall dusting of Dim Light, and then use Radiant Light and Incandescent Light as a bronzer and highlighter respectively. And all these shades some in a slick little palate, although you can buy these shades (and others) separately as well. Without really being able to put my finger on it, it has a pretty noticeable effect. It makes me look healthier, like I've had oodles of sleep and have the spent last week rotating between spa treatments and beach time. Total witchcraft.

 This is the ambient lighting palette and includes the shades (left to right) Dim Light, Incandescent Light and Radiant Light. Yes it's very pretty. 

This is the ambient lighting palette and includes the shades (left to right) Dim Light, Incandescent Light and Radiant Light. Yes it's very pretty. 

Looking for Alaska lands a female Director.

I think it really says something about the state of the film industry when I cry actual tears over a female Director being tapped to be at the helm of an important movie. Looking for Alaska will be the third film in the series of John Green page-to-screen adaptations, and it carries big expectations from fans of the books, and I imagine big financial expectations from the studio producing it. That's why a big fist pump is in order that Rebecca Thomas will be sitting in the directors chair this time around. Thomas' debut feature film was Electrick Children, a film that I basically watched in awe and then quietly coveted for months, listening religiously to the soundtrack and being haunted by the visuals and the story. I imagine that having Thomas in the drivers seat might mean a slightly different treatment in terms of tone and visual storytelling that we've seen from TFioS and Paper Towns, which I hope is the case because I think Alaska sort of demands it. But we'll see which direction they go in! Really excited for this project to come to life and, Hey Rebecca if you need a hype girl on set then I'll shoot you my CV because dammit, I am the girl for the job. 

That's all for now folks!