December 20, 2014

Weekend Links 12.20.2014

This week I finished out my exams! I'm heading back home for holiday festivities soon, and I'm excited to relax for a while and just enjoy life. Final exams represent such a dark time. I'm still not on a proper sleep schedule and my body is protesting the state of tumult it has been in. But still, I'm happy to celebrate the end of my penultimate semester. You also may have noticed a redesign of the blog. I'm gearing up to make 2015 the best year yet on Harper Honey! Please let me know what you want from me in the new year!

A lost Disney film has emerged-- and that might mean we, the public, get to feast our eyes on it!

Poem of the week: "Frats" by Jozer Guerrero

This is a fluffy harp seal with a toy fluffy harp seal.

For those trying to be productive over break, maybe you might need my guide on starting out on LinkedIn.

This dance workshop video is amazing! So much slayage.

"Nobody wanted to live in a world where Bill Cosby was a sexual predator." But he's not the only one. John Lennon, Mike Tyson, Roman Polansky-- the list goes on.

This Draculaura make-up tutorial makes me want more pink make-up immediately.

Why it's best to avoid the word "transgendered" with some helpful discussions on better words and why language matters.

Columbia students fire back against the administration doing little to help stop rape, but happy to deal out fines against anti-rape protestors.

Song for the weekend - stream it on soundcloud and download it free!

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December 16, 2014

Harper's Holiday Wishes

As the holidays approach, I'm dreaming of the goodies that Santa might bring me. I'm a girl of simple pleasures.

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1 - Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 in Grape - The new Polaroid, basically, the Fujifilm Instax cameras are the cutest things and I'm really digging this new color! I'd love to have one of these bad boys for all my projects and get-togethers.

2 - Cute Booties with a Stacked Heel like these from TJ Maxx - I am struggling without a cute pair of boots. I have brown boots for snow, and light brown oxfords-- nothing in between. And it's killing me.

3 - Limecrime Unicorn Lipstick - It's not secret that I'm an opaque lipstick lover. It'd love LimeCrime Unicorn Lipstick in No She Didn't (pictured), Styletto, and D'Lilac.

4 - Over The Garden Wall - Okay, I've not talked about this on the blog yet, but goddamn, did I love this weird, dark, silly mystery series. It's a TV miniseries of about 10 episodes that roughly equate to the length of a feature film. It follows Wirt and Greg, two brothers trying to get home after wandering into the mysterious, dangerous, and creepy region called "The Unknown." A comic book series of OTGW is happening too and I want it really bad.

5 - Monster High Dolls - I have fallen head over heels into this fandom. I love the dolls, I love the webshorts, and the movies are surprisingly good. And of course the characters are to die for. My favorite is Twyla (pictured) but my other faves are Venus McFlytrap, Jinafire Long, Kiyomi Haunterly, Operetta, and Robecca Steam. I'm also 100% serious in saying that the Monster High movies are good-- positive messages, well done characters, and a surprising amount of ground covered, story-wise. I want dolls, DVDs, and also to live in their world. Seriously, cute clothes, magic, no laws of hair consequences to deal with... not to mention the ridiculous amount of monster puns.

What are you hoping Santa brings you this holiday season?

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December 15, 2014

Harper Watched: Girl Most Likely

Welcome to another Harper Watched review! Today I'm talking about the indie flick starring Kristin Wiig and Darren Criss, Girl Most Likely, which you can catch on Netflix.

I was originally drawn to this movie by the fact that Darren Criss is in it-- I've been on this ride since his A Very Potter Musical days, and I'm probably never gonna leave him. He'd posted about it a lot when the film first came out, but living in Williamsburg, Va, I was only able to get my hands on it via Netflix. Admittedly when it did turn up on my Netflix homepage, I didn't touch it for a while. The film cover and synopsis were interesting, but didn't really capture the kind of whimsy or tightness I like to see when I watch movies so I got distracted by other movies. Or maybe there was a part of me that kind of felt like the movie hit a little to close to some part of me I'm disappointed in. More on that later.

Girl Most Likely stars Kristin Wiig as Imogene, a former wunderkind playwright now struggling with her own mediocrity walking amongst the New York City elite. Her long-term boyfriend breaks up with her, sending her into a tail-spin which costs her her job. In a last ditch attempt to get him to show that he really does still care for her, she half-heartedly attempts suicide. This effort sends her to her backwater roots in Atlantic City, far from her upper-crust circle she doesn't quite fit in with, and into the arms of her dysfunctional family: a brother who struggles with social interactions, a gambling-addict mother, the absurd man her mother is sleeping with, and the Backstreet Boy impersonator who has rented out her room in her absence.

It's a comedy that pivots around the acceptance of the absurdity, heartbreak, and freedom that comes with knowing who really cares for you. It's sort of a coming of age story--- granted Imogene is sort of past the age at which that sort of thing typically happens in stories, but that's sort of the point.

This movie is really likable. It's sweet, it's funny, and it's the type of sensibility that feels like reality with a bit of a smirking edge to it. I would recommend it for those who have a sense of humor that hinges more around realizing everything about life is crazy than slapstick moments or physical comedy.

As a story about a past-her-prime playwright I kind of shrunk away from watching this movie for a while, because it's been half a decade since I wrote a half decent play. I used to win competitions and now I worry it's all gone. I think I was kind of worried about what kinds of things it'd make me feel about my own mediocrity as a writer-- would I feel made fun of or judged? Would I feel pressured to give up? Or to have to write again to feel worthwhile? Would it show a me with all of Imogene's failures and none of her successes? I kind of worried about all of he above. But in the end, it really was a great film and the message surrounding Imogene's playwriting seemed to be about knowing who you are, owning it, and then trusting yourself enough to make art again-- and I think that's a really great message.

Harper's Rating: 4.4 / 5

Great cast
Well-written story
Humor is driven more by events than dialogue (it's a pro for some people, but I am not picky in that sense)
Darren Criss as a Backstreet Boys impersonator
Darren Criss wearing eyeliner as a Backstreet Boys impersonator
George Bousche, the spy
There's a sincerity about this movie that I really like
None, really

Check out Girl Most Likely on netflix!

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December 13, 2014

Weekend Links 12.12.2014

It's exam week. I don't want to talk about it. It's been rough.

Screeching in glee over this trailer for The Last 5 Years.

The perils of hipster economics: "Gentrifiers focus on aesthetics, not people. Because people, to them, are aesthetics."

Meowingtons: accessories, apparel, and more, designed by cats for use by humans.

My fave Pope, Pope Francis, gives you 10 tips for living a happy life.

Poem of the week "Your body isn't his ideal his type of body but pathetic has never been your ideal type of personality."

So, the Grammys really don't like POC

Very large person, Shaquille O'Neal uses a very small oven, the Easy-Bake.

The which part of the "Blank Space" video are you quiz on Buzzfeed is a lot of fun.

How to make a zine in 7 easy steps!

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