He taught me how to laugh, how to tell a riveting story, how to cook chicken, how to pray, how to dance, he called me mamma, he taught me all about music, Motown, how to sing, how to use electrical tape, how to tie a tie, how to respect myself, used to let me watch him shave and used to sing opera when shaping his mustache, how to fry an egg, the importance of always dressing smart, how real men didn't need to swear or smoke, or drink to be smooth, what a fuse was, and that my horrible pimple was beautiful and I could go to school with pride....
Happy Birthday Daddy
I'm proud to be your daughter and I miss you so...
I feel you today and celebrate you quietly in my heart....
Man, feels like forever since I did a stalk! Its difficult when everyone is running to get out of the rain! But I lucked upon this fabulous lady while brunching with a friend in one of my favoirte greasy dives! I cut out the pics and put them against another back drop cause I didn't think you wanted to see a substantial dude getting his omlette and bacon on!
Behold funky soul sista Luam.
Where: Greasy Dive "Nice Cafe"
Top: On loan from a friend sitting across from her
Skirt: (fabulous, but restaurant was too small
to show you entire length. Maxi.)
Addiction (in Victoria)
Love the waistline of this skirt!
Love a sister looking rough and tough
in her afro puff :)
Luam rocking a lip ring. Fabulous!
Go get you some Luam!!
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Ok, I am officially OBSESSED! I LOOOOOVED THAT MOVIE! Every freaking moment of it. I think I smiled like a lunatic through the whole thing and clapped at many inappropriate times from the sheer joy of it! I was watching moving ART and because of the 3-D glasses, felt part of it! It was - and I have seen thousands of thousands of movies - the most SPECTACULARLY BEAUTIFUL films ever experienced. STUNNING! Stimulated my imagination, moved me to almost tears, and made me fall in love. I would so want to be part of the Na'vi and actually feel part of them. I mean, look at that hair...not to far off don't cha think?
Loved the movie, didn't love some of the performances.
Right off the top, I wasn't impressed with Sigourney Weaver. BORING! I thinks she's a good actor, love her in everything else she did, but she just fell flat on this one. I would almost say that I thought it was lousy casting. She was a bit over the top. Another over the top performance is the amazing Giovanni Ribisi. I say amazing because I know he's a great actor, but plllease! Talk about over acting. I think in a way guy is a bit too good. He is a very particular talent. He has to play in the right film and be cast in the right part or he just seems like overkill. Not very convincing. I didn't buy that he was boss man. I also don't think he had the right look, but..whatever. Hey, maybe I just didn't like his character. The whole "tree monkeys" racist comment I found incredibly offensive, but really, I just don't think he worked. Love him - wanna see him in something else.
But none of this affected my enjoyment of the movie. Those two issues were a mere itch to me. I was transported. The story line was touching and the computer generated - Motion Capture, animated performances were completely believable. Seamless, so freaking realistic, I believe the Na'vi existed and had every being had a beating heart. I can't wait to find out how they did it. I am going to see this again, and I already know what my costume for Halloween is gonna be. But why wait till then? I'm seriously thinking of running around in a thong and painting my body blue. But in the meantime photoshop will have to do.
Hey, Check out my Avi :)
Go get you some! See this movie! You won't regret it!
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LOS ANGELES - Actress Brittany Murphy died Sunday morning in Los Angeles, reports TMZ. She was 32.
The actress known for her roles in such films as "Clueless," "8 Mile" and "Girl Interrupted" suffered full cardiac arrest and could not be revived.
She was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after her husband, Simon Monjack, called emergency services. It was there she was pronounced dead on arrival.
It may be strange for me to comment on such an event, but I did a movie with Britney years ago, and I am truly affected by her passing.
It was a teeny film that went straight to video and at the time, even though I knew who she was, I was not a big fan or anything. But when I met her she was not what I expected. She completely charmed me and the entire cast. Really she was a lovely person and to this date she was one of the most memorable "celebrities" I've ever had the pleasure of meeting and working with. I am saddened that she's gone.
"Hello, I'm Britney Murphy" she smiled. She put out her skinny hand and gave me a firm shake. She had the most beautiful eyes. I had no idea. They sparkled. Like glittered. Really. I was just a day player, I only had around 3 lines in this feature, and she treated me with so much respect. My lines were directed to her, I played an executive that she was giving a Power Point presentation to. She had huge amount of dialogue, a massive speech, and she made a couple of mistakes, but it didn't throw her off, she just was so professional and rehearsed it over and over again in between takes. I would have fallen down the abyss if it were me but she kept giving it her all and finally nailed it. Now and then she would come up to me and we would joke and dance around. She had an INCREDIBLE singing voice. I didn't even know she could sing, but she did an imitation of Billie Holiday that would make your hair stand on end. I told her "girl, you need to make an album! Your freaking GREAT!". She said "Oh, thank you...I think I might, but I don't want it to be an actress going into music thing. I just want to do it right". I was told she made a single once, but I never did get the chance to hear it.
After she did her difficult scene, the director told her she could leave the set and take a break, and I would say my lines off camera to the wall. She said "Huh? No way, I'm here for my fellow actor, Suzanne will have the wrong eyeline". And she stayed and made sure I looked good. Asked the director "hows this, is her eyeline ok?" I was so incredibly impressed. She was at the best in my books from then on. A lot of people dissed her as being flighty or on drugs or crazy, but all I saw was a loving, genuine person, who was interested in people and as sweet and authentic as can be. If she lived in Vangrovy, I'd make her Indian food and we would be the best of friends!
Waiting for the bus home after my day on set, I bent down to try and fix my wonky handle on my suitcase when I heard this voice from the street. "Suzanne!!!" It was rainy and cold and I was peeved (as you know I am when its a sucky grey Vancouver day) and was not expecting to hear my name called in the middle of nowhere. Looking up I saw Britney on the passenger side of a car, smiling and waving to me during a red light. "Hey!!!" I yelled happily. "Do you need a drive??" she asked. I saw a bus coming in the distance and for some reason I thought it was easier just to jump on it so I said, "No honey, thanks though, the bus is coming, I'm not far!" I blew her a kiss and she yelled "It was great working with you Suzanne!" I don't know what hit me, but I ran up to the car to shake her hand and she took it and kissed it. So cute! She was lovely, and I wish to God I had taken her up on her offer and got to know her.
We have been having an affair now for about roughly 7 years. It got really intense during my convalescence 7 years ago. When I was recovering, my friend Darryl (a geek) gave me his laptop to amuse myself with. I pushed it away saying I didn't believe in such soulless technology and spiritually I felt that it kept us away from each other. My argument being everyone is on their computers sitting at home alone instead of out in the world touching each other. Darryl insisted (in a lovely passive way) that I give it a go. You know, "don't knock it till you try it". I thought he was nuts, but being at home so much and in bed, I need a distraction and began surfing the internet. I began having fun. A friend turned me onto the Sims and my life changed. What? I could build my own home, decorate it anyway I want. Watch an Avatar I created to look like me live a life full of virtual friends and fancy wardrobes? I could boss her around all I wanted, walk here, turn around there. Dance, eat, do what I say. What a joy! I was obsessed of course, but alas, it wasn't real and after 4 sleepless nights in a row because there was a fire in my virtual swinging pad and my avatar was a nervous wreck, I decided to take a break and only play every other day. Months later I stumbled on real life virtual worlds that had real people attached to them on the other end and that did it too me. "Second Life". What a riot! I began to obsess about "Second Life", and avatars. How would I dress my avatar? What club could I explore? Could I start a business here? Many had. I whiled away most of the boring dark winter rain with "Second Life", and after a weird guy with a pony avatar started chatting me up (don't ask), I decided to call it quits.
My Virtual Self on Second Life
Was I nuts??? Hahaha!
I spend a lot of time on my computer. I love it!! I recently bought a laptop - a Mac, sexy silver thing! I take it with me to coffee shops and such to blog or do work. Such freedom. I actually enjoy going into Mac stores and checking out accessories to go with my beloved Mac. I'm always sliding my hand over the silver frame and think it so smooth and cool. I am currently working on a computer skin to personalize it and make an artistic statement. Oh my God, I'm such a geek! Right now I'm blogging in bed and plan on watching an episode of "The Big Bang Theory" before I go to sleep. I love the "Big Bang Theory". All about geeks, which I have come to realize, I have now become a member of that club. How do I know? Because I saw a guy the other day in the coffee shop with a computer drawing tablet and went ballistic. Also, I have programed my computer to talk and "Alex" now says "Sexy Suzanne, its 10:00" or "Sexy Suzanne, Skype needs your attention". Right now, he suggests I take a break and he's right. Yea, "he" my computer. Ha! Strange how I always say "Thanks Alex". I think I might be going a bit looney.
As promised, here is my interview with the Talented Alicia Grunert!
Alicia was mentioned by Jaclyn A. Smith as one of her favorite designers when she was featured in my "Most Stylish People I Know" week.
Interviewing Alicia was so much fun. She is a really smart woman with a unique perspective on fashion. I love her ideas and her feminine, body loving approach to design. Jax looked wonderful in her designs, but truthfully, girlfriend always looks wonderful. Probably would in a paper bag! Hahaha! I had tons of footage, but had to be brutal and cut it down to under 10 minutes so I could post it on YouTube. Gotta tell ya, with editing you gotta be ruthless! Grrr!
I was happily doing my Christmas Time yearly movie viewing when I came upon, "Holiday Inn" with Bing Crosby and Fred Astire. It was the the original "White Christmas". I coughed on my gingerbread cookie when I saw this lovely lady and exclaimed "Is that Katherine Heigl?"
Ok, I know this is a veeerrry touchy subject. But I can't keep my gob quiet about - "The Jackson's" new reality show.
Let me give a disclaimer right away. Ok?
I grew up with the Jackson's, I love the Jackson's, the Jackson's have been an influential part of my life, the Jackson's have relevence in musical history. The Jackson's are my family. The Jackson's for President. I know how to do the Jackson shuffle. Learned when I was a teeny wee babe and still do it on command.
But, I just think this is weird.
The Jackson's New Reality Show - The Jackson's: A Family Dynasty
To me, its like, Michael died and now they are getting back together again? I didn't even have a thought about them before. They're a bunch of old guys. Not really interested in them today. Are you? I'm sorry, this situation just reeks of, well, dare I say (exploitation). I mean, it hasn't even been 6 months yet. Let the mourners just come to terms with Michael's passing before everyone revises their career and benefits from the family being in the lime light.
Its snowing today in Vangroovy. I'm eating serial at noon, listening to Vince Guaraldi "Christmas Time Is Here" and looking out the window at the fat, lazy white flakes riding gravity. The earth loves it...so does this joyful black chick.
I'm feeling happy, romantic and seriously grateful.
Last night I had a Christmas get together with a few friends. Of course curry was the star of the night, it being a Bollywood Christmas theme (what else!). I started cooking the day before because I didn't want to stress out the day of, as I knew I would, being the kind of woman who wants EVERYONE to be happy and would probably stand on her head to make sure that happens (and I have in the past let me tell you). A ridiculous affliction, but it comes mostly from loving all my friends so much and being thankful for them. Simple decorations, a bit of trashy silver fringe hanging over the door for dramatic entrances and exits and if I must toot my own horn, the best indian food EVER! I made:
For the spicy challenged -
The good old Broccoli Leek Mash
Shrimp 2 ways. 1. Paprika Shrimp with Garlic & Ginger
2. Jerk Shrimp - c/o my beautiful absent friend Robinne, who left town the same day so brought her home made concoction to grateful me the day before during a drive by. (Thank you so much Robinne, the animals were getting restless while we waited for everyone to show so I fried up a batch with your marinade and everyone was satiated and doing backflips from the deliciousness!)
For the real indian food lovers:
Rajma - (a great standby - Rajma is a Red Kidney Beans curry dish that makes you want to cry is so freaking good!)
Raita - (cucumbers in a yogurt dressing, juzhed up with coriander and paprika)
and the star of the show
Indian Spiced baked Salmon (that made your toes curl it was so melt in your mouth and full of flavor)
Special awards go to Funny Guy for his not so funny but freaking delicious Spinach Paneer Dish. No laughter there just grateful grins and a few loud mmmms and ahhhs. He knocked it out!
And the best entrance of the night with Ms. Neena for bringing delicious Basmati riced, with spices and peas - we were over the moon when she arrived!
And even with a full belly we made room for Ilka and Jax for a homemade Tiramisu and Christmas Chocolate Chip Cookies
The Divine (and hungry) Ms. Sarah
While everyone was happily feeding, I stood back and looked at everyone. Believe it or not had no need to partake. I was so filled with happiness seeing everyone enjoying themselves. I love it! It was like time stopped for a moment for me and everyone was kind of in slow motion. Its been about 10 years since I have had a Christmas party. Reasons stemming from finances to having no physical space, but I was determined to participate in Christmas this year. I didn't care. I made it work, Funny Guy brought some plates and lights, two of my friends helped by bringing chairs. And man, I'm so glad I didn't let issues stop me. Those reasons were lame, because all that matters this time of year is - excuse the cheeszyness - Giving. Sounds cliché but its really true. It felt so good. The anticipation before friends arrive, the mumble of voices and laughter while your in the kitchen, the kisses, hugs, soft jazzy Christmas music in the background. People shuffling in and out of the fridge to look for drinks. The "wheres the spoons? Where can I find glasses?" The smells of the spices, finding a place to sit. At the end of the night, a trickle of people left in engrossing conversations or content with the warmth of the evening feeling no need to leave. And me tinkering around in the kitchen, being grateful that someone else did the dishes. All this is magic to me. And Christmas is all about hope, love and magic. Beautiful.
New friends old friends and me in bed wondering why I couldn't fall asleep. After a while I noticed was because I couldn't relax my face I was smiling so hard from real joy.
Can my kitchen be any Smaller?
Now, go get you some.....
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Had a real blast at the Sweat Co. Roaring 20's party on Saturday!! Wall to wall flappers! What could be better?
Now, as you know readers, I'm all about the period costume parties, so I had a riot putting together this look. In the end, my love for photoshop made these photos sing, but the preparation for the festivities was a creative feast for me! I decided to go Josephine Baker, Zigfieldesque for the evening and stuck with good 'ol black and white. My fabulous friend Jaclyn A. Smith came with (along with many a protest) but we had a jazzy good time! Maureen Wilson, the owner, was in full form looking like Rene Zellweger in "Chicago", but sadly I realized I didn't get a photo of her highness. I hope to get hold of some and show you on another post. In the meantime, here were some of my favorite looks. Everyone went all out, but I ended up blabbing to these folks a lot and in between fun, took these shots..
Moi en Flapper
"Hahaha, oh Charles, your such a Cad! Are you going to Monty this season?"
Sweat Co.s Resident Heart Breaker Debbie
Don't know who this guy was, but he looked Fabulous!
Show Gal Deb
Gorgeous Mel - And she was gonna wear pants, pah!
Show Girls - Go head!
Me and The very posh Jaclyn A. Smith -Dahhling, peel me a grape!
Fabulous Duo, right on point!
Wonderful evenings with my peeps. I love my Sweaty family. Sweat Co, you Rock!
Now, go get you some!
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How in the world do you 9-5ers do it? Its MADNESS!!!
Get up early, wolf down a breakfast, run to work with a bunch of other people running, do your job with a good amount of stressful deadlines, have lunch, run back to work to meet more stressful deadlines, finish at 5:00! The day is officially gone and I haven't done anything!! Today I didn't even get lunch, I went to a call back audition and stressed that I wouldn't get back to the straight job on time. This week, my day begins at 5:00 and - I got no juice left. Taping, coaching, interviewing, catching up with friends, cleaning...freaking dishes!
On the other hand, I gotta say, its nice to be part of real society. I even broke out in a smile yesterday thinking about how fabulously normal I was, but its a shame I don't even have enough time to blab to you. And I miss you all so much!
Let me fill you in on some juicy stuff.
The juciest of course; I have been seeing a lot of "Funny Guy". Thank God! Its been freaking GREAT! How wonderfully straight of me. Work nine to five then seeing "the guy I'm dating" afterwards. He rocks!!!
You'll be interested to know that "Funny Guy" and I have gone to a couple of movies, gone out to eat (of course - part of the mating ritual) and he has cooked me an Indian dinner in his wonderful swinging pad (complete with A DISHWASHER - lucky sod). Oh and check this out - he loves doing the dishes! Ha! Nice match huh! Hahaha! Lovely. Dinner sent me straight to Smitten status. The dude is funny, wears nice hats and cooks too! WHATS GONNA HAPPEN, WHATS GONNA HAPPEN! Hope he doesn't have a psycho wife in the attic! Hahahaha!.... (gulp)
Don't worry I haven't forgotten about you my dear readers.
Just for little ol you, I have filmed two interviews, and am preparing that 20's makeup tutorial video I promised you.
One interview is with the very talented local fashion designer Alicia Grunert. Sound familiar huh? Remember Jaclyn A. Smith from my "Most Stylish People I Know" week? Alicia was the designer of two of her outfits featured in that Post.
Funny Guy and I went to see "New Moon", you know too see repressed vampires in angst but most importantly to see my hot friend and student, Charlie Bewley!!!! Charlie plays "Demetri" one of the Volturi Guards in the movie. I was over that New Moon with joy at seeing him. The highlight of the movie if you ask me. Just a cameo but there will be more of Charlie the Fabulous in the next installment of the series! Charlie for President!!!
Charlie was just in town and took time out of his busy schedule to have a chat! Watch for it in the next week.
Charlie Bewley - New Moon
Love you guys!
Now go get you some!
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