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a peony scented candle that actually smells like the flower?!?! I LOVE you paddywax!

Monday, April 9th, 2012

If you enjoy the aroma of peonies, boy have I found the candle for you.  Paddywax makes a peony scented candle and it is so spot on to the actual flower.  That NEVER happens!  Candles always end up smelling like some cheap perfume version of the botanic it’s emulating.  It was a very exciting moment when the scent hit my nose.

That’s all, just wanted to share the tip.  I always have a candle burning, so needless to say, I’ve tried a lot of different kinds.  While I’m on the subject, if you are into vanilla scented candles (one of the more basic aromas but surprisingly seldom done well) Seed makes a great soy vanilla bean scented candle and it’s not that much money (compared to, say, the candles where you’re paying for the box/tissue it comes in more than the candle) and it’s heavenly.   You’ll feel like cupcakes are in the air, but not too heavily.

Both brands make other scents, of course.  For Paddywax, I’ve tried Poppy and Paperwhite.  I wouldn’t get Poppy again (despite some very positive reviews I’ve read) but I’d certainly get Paperwhite again.  It has that clean and fresh scent you can’t put your finger on, but it’s pleasant.  I found the Seed brand by accident at the grocery store of all places.  I’m generally not a big fan of the grocery store candle purchase (Glade just isn’t my thing).  But it looked different.  The only scent offered was Crisp Cotton.  I figured it would offer than clean smell I was just speaking of.  It wasn’t bad …it just smelled like Ivory soap.  No thanks.  However, the candle itself was great and worth trying a different fragrance.  It burned very clean & evenly and the scent was of quality.  I liked the vanilla scent so much I’m contemplating vanilla coffee next (mmm).

You can find the Paddywax candles at Urban Outfitters.  HOWEVER, it should come as no surprise that they will over charge you.  Save about $5. more or less and get yours on Amazon.  Seed is available on good ol’ Amazon as well…with tons of choices.  I’m sure a lot of them are great since it’s a surprisingly high quality candle.  If it sounds good, it probably is.  If I can tear myself away from this exciting new peony discovery, I’m excited to try Paddywax’s Library Collection …I’m most interested in Jane Austen smell-wise ….now there’s something that sounds odd to say.  However, I really liked TokyoMilk’s “Poe’s Tobacco” (you wouldn’t think that’s very pleasant, but low and behold it is!)

Mmm, candles…

mad men countdown begins!

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Ready to rock!

Due to some discrepancies between AMC and the show’s creator Matthew Weiner (in short, the network is greedy and wanted to cut time off the show for more ad space and have more product placement in the show itself and, understandably, this pissed the guy off because his show is one of the the network’s hottest commodities so he should have a little more say as he’s protective of his show …blegh).  ANYWAY, because of that noise, season 5 of Mad Men has been held off for a long time.  Considering it’s one of my favorite shows on the air right now …this has left me with DVDs.

I cannot watch anymore old episodes for a while.  I managed to burn myself out on them.  It has been a long time.

Two months from yesterday and counting!…. (but who’s counting?)

DRINK MORE WATER!!!!

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

The best way to make sure you get your daily water intake …totally practical!

This is an age-old piece of advice, and one that people tend to ignore and then sheepishly chuckle and admit to one of their bad habits as “not drinking enough water …or any …does beer count?”  There are TONS of reasons and benefits to drinking water, but here’s the incentive of the day: Drinking water aids in weight loss.

In fact, a recent study has shown that drinking 16 oz. of water before each meal can help you lose weight AND keep it off.  The study showed that people who drank more water not only lost more weight, but kept it off over the next year, while those who went off the water-drinking regimen gained a little weight back.  By the way, they tested water that was regular ol’ water, not mineral water as I had written about previously (guzzling mineral water is supposed to help plump out wrinkles better than “regular” water).  I wouldn’t stress too much about what kind of water you’re drinking, so long as it’s clean (I run my tap water through a Pur filter).

If you’re finding it difficult to stay hydrated, try carrying around a reusable water bottle and drinking throughout the day.  If you have it around you all the time, you’ll find yourself taking swigs.  On an on-and-off basis (it is really hard to make good habits stick …even if it’s as simple as swigging water) I’m amongst the countless people who don’t drink enough water.  I’ve been keeping a liter bottle around with me and have found that I now drink 2-3 liters a day.  I’ve cut out (almost completely) sugary juices and sodas and have noticed a large difference in my energy, skin …and I have to pee ALL the time (annoying, yes, but clear them toxins, yeah!).

It’s one of my “optimistic goals” I’ve spoken of.  I’m still “on the horse” as of now.  My biggest trick is to not keep tastier drinks easily accessible.  I don’t have a hard time turning down soda …but lemonade (or Arnold Palmers …mmm…) or even juice …those are harder to pass up for water.  It really is nice not feeling dehydrated though.  I don’t think people notice how “blah” dehydration makes them feel …unless they’re beaten over the head with it via hangover.  I don’t know about that weight loss claim as of yet but then, I like to eat.  So …I would always encourage drinking more water.  It’s the most basic primary thing your body wants.

And hey, science says so.

kenneth branagh: record setting diverse trophy guy!

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

I’m aaaaaawesome at eeeeeeverything! rar.

Kenneth Branagh has yet to take home an Oscar, but, he has the bragging right of being nominated five times in his career …in five different categories!  The guy is a cinematic renaissance man.  Before he was just known as simply being really, really good at adapting Shakespeare …and Harry Potter greatness …and screwing over Emma Thompson (but for the sake of today’s point, that will be over looked as not being on topic).

The man’s most recent nomination for Best Supporting Actor in My Week With Marilyn puts in him in the record books as one of the most diversely celebrated actors in cinema history.  Don’t get me started over the drool worthy parallels of Branagh portraying Sir Lawrence Olivier …because I can geek out on that for longer than you’d care to hear about.  ANYWAY, his previous nominations (in chronological order) are:

1992 – Swan Song – Best Live Action Short Film

1989 – Henry V - Best Director AND Best Actor

1996 – Hamlet – Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

2012 – My Week With Marilyn – Best Supporting Actor

Good luck this time around at the Oscars against Jonah Hill (now there’s something I never thought I’d say …though I wouldn’t be too concerned about that)

speaking of Oscar nominations I’m not at all surprised about…

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Take that all you Dawson’s Creek hating nay-sayers

On a less surprising note, Michelle Williams has been nominated for Actress in a Leading Role for her part as Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn.  This pleases me.  The movie itself was …well, I want to call it “so-so” but that’s not fair on the grid of movies out there.  It’s better than average, but it wasn’t great. There was lovely cinematography, costumes, the cast was out of this world good BUT the story itself was (to put it eloquently) BLAH.

It was off to a disadvantage from the start.  It’s based off of some guy’s “memoir” so mediocre writing and seldom factual information is what the film makers had to work with from the beginning.  There was so much wrong information wise with the story.  The dialogue wasn’t strong.  It’s such a shame.  It could have been a fantastic movie given they were telling a story about a very interesting figure during a very interesting time for her.  They should have not based the film off that book and done a better film.  It’s that simple.  But they didn’t and we got what we got.  It’s absolutely worth a viewing and I’m quite certain I will end up owning it because I am a bit of a Marilyn buff and I’m a great fan of Williams.  Which brings me to my main point:  Michelle Williams is reason enough to watch this movie.

Though I think she could have been a little more subdued with her “Marilyn laying low and not being ‘on’” portrayal, that’s not to say she wasn’t brilliant.  I appreciate greatly what a daunting undertaking it would be to portray one of the most famous people in the world.  Marilyn was an icon, and many have played that breathy icon …but Williams played the human being.  Given all the folklore (including the book the film was based on) and taking into account her mental health/drinking and drug abuse …nobody really knows who she was.  Those closest to her with a large intellectual capacity (ie; Arthur Miller) couldn’t begin to understand her.  Take all the issues she came with along with being astronomically famous …unless you’re Elvis or one of the remaining Beatles …we can’t begin to imagine what it felt like to be in that unique and invasive position.

With all of that said, I was left incredibly impressed with Williams’ portrayal.  I didn’t feel like I was watching some cartoon of her, which is always how I’ve been left feeling in the past.  Anyone can do a caricature.  Williams fleshed her out as well as I think anyone could of such a well known, but not known woman.  I would compare watching her to last year’s Natalie Portman in Black Swan.  Do it for nothing but to see the lead performance.  In this case, the supporting cast was up to snuff as well.  Bonus.

I’ve always been a fan of Michelle Williams.  I’ll say it, I watched Dawson’s Creek in high school (and into college…cough…) I watched the shit out of it.  Alright, so her earlier work isn’t necessarily what to go off of.  But I’ve always liked her and enjoyed her personal contribution to projects.  Shutter IslandBlue Valentine.  Need I say more?  (We won’t mention Dick because we’ve already established the earlier years are take what you can get).

Hell, some people only know her as some tragic figure who was Heath Ledger‘s great love who was left to raise their baby after he died way before he should have.  It’s nice to see that she is finally being recognized on her own accord and not “former fiance of …who’s also an actress, you might remember her from Dawson’s Creek.”  I wouldn’t necessarily bank on a win since she took home the Golden Globe in the “comedy/musical” category.  I thought that to be a very odd choice.  It hardly resembled either.  Now she’s getting thrown in the big kid pool of “acting!” against the seasoned likes of Meryl Streep and Glenn Close.  I’m rooting for Michelle.  Those other dames have had more than their share of award recognition.  Regardless, I’m just glad this vehicle has given her the legs to do whatever she chooses.  Opportunities ahoy!

Oh!  And just a suggestion from a movie nerd:  Michelle Williams was in a little known film called The Baxter (another great cast).  I consider it a little gem.  Some might not enjoy the comedic pacing of it, but you can’t please ‘em all.  I think it’s a charming twist of a romantic comedy.