I try not to talk about films over here because I’m very critical on the ones I like but two weeks ago I went to the IFC to watch Upstream Color. Christopher, my partner, had already gone a couple of days earlier and forwarded me just links to get me interested. He knows what I like so the trick worked!
I am not going to do a full review of the movie because you’ll find plenty written by people who do it professionally. I read that this film is written and directed by Shane Carruth, but also produced and edited by the same person. Oh wait! Shane also composed the soundtrack for the picture and, one more thing, he also acts in it.
The perfect combination that lead me to think I was going to assist at a “one man show” kind of film. Well, I was SO wrong.
This film was an emotional experience.
The Sundance Festival program provided a synopsis:
“Kris is derailed from her life when she is drugged by a small-time thief. But something bigger is going on. She is unknowingly drawn into the life cycle of a presence that permeates the microscopic world, moving to nematodes, plant life, livestock, and back again. Along the way, she finds another being—a familiar, who is equally consumed by the larger force. The two search urgently for a place of safety within each other as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of their wrecked lives.”
Despite the synopsis, do not expect to see the classical narrative independent film you’ll find at IFC nor something experimental and psychedelic like Into the Void.
This will be something you have never experienced before.
If you are in New York City, please go to the IFC
while it’s still out there but if you’re somewhere else in the world you can watch Upstream Color online.
This was the most beautiful film I’ve seen this year.
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A couple of days ago I blogged about my favorite summer foundation and I mentioned using an illuminating primer as base for my make up. I got a lot of questions on which one is my favorite so I thought about writing about the ones I love the most and the reasons why.
I’ll have to start saying that I do not wear eye shadow, eyeliner, khol or anything else on the lids (except for rare occasions) so I tent to focus all my attention on the foundation, once the base is good, I’ll pop on mascara, blusher and I’m ready to go. The effect I always try to achieve is of a glowy-dewy skin without looking shimmery or oily so the four illuminating bases above have been my good dear friends.
Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector : Is the most subtle of them all. It works best if mixed with your foundation or by itself if you’re using a very light tinted moisturizer or foundation, unfortunately, if you’re using a heavier one it’ll defeat the purpose of the product. I love it because it gives such a subtle but pretty glow! *I’ll recommend this one only if you have overall good skin.
Becca Shimmering skin perfector: This one is the shiniest of them all, you’ll need the smallest amount otherwise you’ll end up looking like a disco ball – catching every reflection! I used this one either mixed with a regular non shiny primer or mixed with the moisturizer before applying the foundation. I tried it by itself but found out that it was a little bit too much for me. It works amazingly if you’re using a light foundation because it will allow the base to pop out, but it works well also with medium coverage ones for a subtle effect. *I’ll recommend this one only if you have overall good skin.
Laura Mercier Tinted moisturizer – Illuminating : I have never experimented enough with Laura mercier bases but since I’ve tried this one I’ve been loving it. It is a very illuminating base so you can either use it by itself or, if you’re not having a good skin week, you can use it as a primer for your foundation. It will give a glowing effect even if you’re not at your best and it’s also very moisturizing so if you have dry skin it won’t look dull! just pros right? yes.
Origins VitaZing moisturizer : Note that this is a tinted moisturizer. When I first bought it I wanted to return it because I didn’t expect it to be that tinted. As soon as you’ll start working it into the skin it will release colored pigments that will give you a good base coverage. After the first week, that was the only base I’d use! Now… this moisturizer is not listed anywhere under the “illuminating” category but I found it to be pretty good for that purpose. It gives a sheer illuminating effect if used with a light foundation and if you’re extremely pale, like I am, it will add a subtle color to the skin that adds up to the overall pretty/glowing effect.
I hope this was helpful and if you have any other Illuminating primer recommendation, please, send them my way! I am always eager to try new stuff!
When I’m on the lookout for a new foundation I do a ton of research and testing, because sometimes research alone it’s not enough for me. The product might be great on paper but I’ll end up being allergic to it, or it’ll make my skin look dull and I would just end up regretting every dime spent on it. On this matter I have to admit that I’m loving Sephora in New York, they are just great on giving you samples, because let’s be honest, how many times have you purchased a foundation thinking that it was the right match for your skin tone, you went home, applied it again and with regular daylight you noticed that it’s not your match AT ALL? Well, yes, it happened to me as well. What I’ll do is start with internet research for the type of foundation that I’m looking at the moment, and then go to Sephora and get a sample so I’ll have at least a couple of wears to understand if I like it or not or if it’s worth the money.
In this case, for the YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat foundation, I’ve been reading review over review and I just couldn’t understand what was all the hype about. I thought it was going to be just another overpriced hight market foundation. Oh well, I was wrong. I loved it so much from the first application!
I always try to take good care of my skin so I won’t have to apply a TON of foundation, avoiding the “mask” look, so I always go for very light, easy to blend foundations that will allow the healthy glowing effect and I found out that this YSL one is perfect for it. I applied the smallest amount on cheekbones, forehead and chin and blended it with my hands. The texture of the product itself is something I have never tried, creamy but not heavy, I would say silky, it blends in no time and it almost feel like it’s a tinted moisturizer but it gives the coverage of a foundation. I am head over heels!
This morning I tried applying a sheer and illuminating base before the foundation and whoa, the overall look is so fresh and summery!
Next step for me is to find the best primer and that’s it, I have chosen my foundation for the summer! Have you tried it? Let me know your thoughts on it, I’m all ears!
I have been loving instagramming photos of Manhattan and Brooklyn in full bloom!
I have been on the hunt for nice coasters for such a long time, I lost track of it. In our apartment we have a white kitchen table, a white side table and a wooden desk and I’m a freak when it comes to stains. I have tried cork, wooden, ceramic coasters but nothing that made me want to keep using them. Then I found these, and I just fell in love, I would carry them in my handbag if I didn’t look like a total psycho because yes, I don’t like stains on others’ people tables as well! Matt is the mind behind Wood & Faulk, as you might know the brand for their amazing handcrafted leather goods (have you seen this camera strap?). He’s creations are just beyond beautiful!
Allright, time to cut short, I love my new coasters.
I have never been a graphic novel reader, most likely because I’m very picky with the images. I risk of sounding a total psycho but if the black drawings are too thick, or the colors “too invasive” I can’t focus and consequentially I loose all the interest in reading. For some reason, not being well informed on the topic, I had the idea that ALL graphic novels were uninteresting. When last year, exactly in April, a dear friend of mine got me interested in this author, Adrian Tomine, my prospective on graphic novels totally changed. I went out and the first one I bought was Shortcomings. Whoa. And after that, I started devouring them, one after another. I read everything Tomine has ever written and drawn because he is that good. My two favorites are Shortcomings and Summer Blonde. The stories and the drawings are not only eye-pleasing but also great narrative little pieces to treasure. After Tomine I started getting interested in other authors, and I’m slowly building my little collection. If this is somehow interesting for you, please let me know, I’d love to post more about the topic! Have you read any of Tomine’s pieces? Do you have recommendations of any other great ones for me? Bring ‘em in!
It’s not a secret that I love big windows, high ceilings and lots of light and this apartment was just IT. These are just some of the outtakes of this beautiful shoot for Rue Magazine I did last week. I had the pleasure to photograph the talented and stunning Gretchen Jones’ beautiful Brooklyn apartment. Isn’t it soooo pretty? I just fell in love with it. More photos and the interview on Rue Daily. Hope you’ll enjoy them.
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We moved into our current apartment a year ago and we still have so much work to do! I feel like it shouldn’t take so long but I realized that renovating such a small space has proven to be very (oh so very) challenging. At some point I should post pictures of the apartment when we moved in so you could understand what I’m talking about. At this point in time there is still furniture to be built and art to be hung and the kitchen, oh the kitchen, that’s a whole new chapter.. And because the apartment it’s so small we have to carefully plan every purchase so I find myself adding items to something that has become something of an endless wish list bookmark on my web bowser. The items below are the ones I’ve been eyeing lately.
Photos by Jennifer Hagler
During this past couple of days i’ve been constantly following Jennifer from A merry Mishap through her instagram photos during her trip to beautiful Scandinavia. I can’t stop! I admit that she put in motion my little travel bug!
Being raised in Europe meant that traveling was part of our lives since I was very little. My parents have always traveled with me, no matter how small I was, and I really have to thank them for it! Everything is so close, taking the plane from Rome you’e pretty much everywhere in a couple of hours within the european union and there’s so many low cost flight options offered from several companies who are specialized in them like Ryanair or Easyjet. From my experience that meant traveling a lot! I remember when living in London I scored a $1.99 roundtrip to Ireland or a $20 to Spain! Isn’t that amazing?
Living in New York instead has made traveling very uneasy. America is huge! To get from a coast to another it takes hours, and hours, and hours and I feel like the prices are so high that you have to plan a trip and save for it so far in advance that it’s not an adventure anymore even though I would love to explore it! There’s so many beautiful places I can only dream of!
When I recently read that Jennifer was traveling to Scandinavia the little traveler in me wanted to go there as well! So many beautiful places and the architecture oh man.. I am ready to pack my case, take my camera, Chris + Andy and go to explore new places! I miss Europe.
How often do you travel? Are there amazing website for deals that I don’t know of? Please, tell me all of your traveling secrets!
.. And due to this Jennifer’s instagrams I decided to put together a little scandinavian inspired window shopping for you! Hope you’ll enjoy.
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Photo by: SÜsk & Banoo
Neighbors. That’s what I want to talk about today.
In New York, if you live in an apartment, it’s pretty standard to expect paper thin walls and somehow, with the years passing by, you’ll eventually get used to it. In our case, we got used to it pretty fast compared to what I would have thought. In the flat where we live at the moment we’re located on the second floor of a three story high building so, inevitably, there’s the case of the “upstairs neighbor”. Now, you might ask, what’s that all about? A couple of months back the new neighbor moved in, and after the first weeks of unpacking and settling down noises the routine started and I must say it’s causing a little trouble, well, not the routine itself but more the loud habits. ( I am sure I’ll end up sounding like a grandma here.. ) We really don’t have anything against weekend fun and all, but during the week? We need a break. I am sure, like in any other circumstance, nobody is conscious of the noise they make or of the loud habits they have and that’s totally understandable but my question to you is: how do you cope with that? Do you let them know or you just get used it?