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BURLESQUE movie review

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By dottywine · November 23, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

*note, my new blog is still at www.peaceudo.wordpress.com but until I figure out how to make it google-able, I am posting new entries from there onto here.

What's good, people? First of all, welcome to my new blog which is typically about being "fresh, green & fabulous". But, time to blog about something completely different.

I had the pleasure of watching this movie on my birthday, Nov. 17th! I was quite excited. I was with a good friend and surrounded by fabulously talented Cher dopple-gangers.

Let me be honest and real, because it seems other reviews are not. This movie is not really a good movie. What saved this movie were the headliners (Xtina & Cher) and the musical numbers. Remove any or both of those factors, and this movie is a DUD. "Uh, the movie is called Burlesque! You can't remove the musical numbers." That may be true. The point I'm trying to get across is that this story's plot is old, tired, beaten and boring. I'll give it some props -- nothing quite too terrible happened to the main character (as what usually happens in stories like this) nor did she make any "bad" decisions. Kind of too perfect, but I admire her drive.

Cher's role came naturally. Stanley Tucci played his typical role (which I love, love, love. I don't care this guy always plays the same character. I love the character!) so he was a natural. Kristen Bell was annoying, as usual.

Christina's acting performance was good. Just good. Nothing else. Nothing memorable. Nothing that would make me think of her as an "Singer/Actress". She's still just an amazing singer and on-stage performer to me. Christina looked GORGEOUS in this film. She still looks as crisp, fresh, and young as "Genie in a Bottle". It was hard for me to find any moment of the movie boring when I was staring at eye-candy the whole time. The whole 2-hours... long movie.

Not much else to say about this movie. Unlike my The Social Network review, this movie just does not have much depth or intrigue. *kanye shrug* Ok, yah, I can talk about the musical pieces, but do I really need to? They were fantastic! I don't need to say much else.  Characters were quirky/funny, but had no depth and no development. At all. Sorry!

BOTTOM LINE:
If you're looking for a great show, watch this movie at a discount if you can or wait for DVD. I don't think seeing it on the big screen added much for the movie (unlike Avatar that NEEDS to be seen on the big screen, ya dig?). If you're looking for a movie to watch, you might want to pass on this unless you're bored. If you're a lover of Cher or Xtina, this is a must-see.

P.S.
On a personal note, the movie was particularly inspiring for me. If I had a different family, I could imagine myself in the exact place the main character was in. I am mesmerized by beautiful dancers on the stage and I "want to be up there". The main character's incredible hunger & lust for performance was just very juicy for me and I thoroughly appreciated it.

MOVED!!!

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By dottywine · November 22, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

I'm moving my blog to
www.peaceudo.wordpress.com

See you there!! :)

Why I'm Natural

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By dottywine · November 8, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

Hey, love-babies!

I just uploaded a new video to my youtube channel. A simple "What's in My Purse" video, however, I feature a lot of all-natural brands and basically make it obvious that I'm a bit of a health-nut/chem-free type of person.

The reason I prefer natural products is very simple and practical. Firstly, they tend to work better. They're made with higher quality ingredients that are more effective than the chemical counterparts. Sure, I could pay top dollar for a chemical product that might actually work, but why do that when there is a cheap, natural alternative? A lot of products, I can "DIY" (make it myself). I haven't paid for a toner in years. My aloe-vera + witch-hazel toner mix has given me the best results I've never seen.

Companies making all-natural products tend to be ethically conscious. I also don't have to worry about untested chemicals piling up in my lymphatic system. It all started when I learned aluminum found in deodorant can cause breast cancer. I learned more about skin, how it absorbs chemicals, how we end up eating chemicals, and the lymphatic system.

To sum it up:
- They are more effective
- I know exactly what is in a product so I could even make my own
- They reduce health risks
- They support ethically-conscious and small businesses

I didn't need to get too deep into research. It was just very apparent. The fact that they work better and I could save money making my own was a good enough reason! I'm not totally "natural", obviously. I still get my hair relaxed. Listen, I am too done arguing about why and why not one should have natural hair. I barely have time to get my life together, let alone spending an hour each night to twist or style my natural hair not just so it looks good, but so it doesn't break off!

Anyways, I'll leave you guys with my latest video :3

I'm a bit tired and worn in this video. I still feel this way. Being a young-adult isn't easy. Often times, I wish I can just hit the pause button just to gather up some more courage and confidence, but I can't. Vlogging just helps me release some tension. I'm seriously considering joining a ROLLER DERBY team, though. Maybe knocking someone out will make me feel better. :P

An Exercise in Visualization

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By dottywine · October 19, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

I know I said two posts ago that I would investigate hair vitamins and those shenanigans, but I was taken a-back by this vlog post by a gorgeous new favourite singer of mine, Michelle Shaprow:

She (& youtube.com/BeautyQQ) have inspired me to include more of my daily-life beliefs in my videos.

I'm actually feeling really overwhelmed today. This happens to me frequently because I am trying to juggle school work and my student projects. I often obsess about the projects and forget my school work. As I try to devise a way to focus on school work, but schedule specific times to obsess over my projects, do what needs to be done, and get over it, I'm relaxing with my musical youtube friends & statistics...

Yes, they're my friends... because I said so. >_> *shhhh* :P

Here is my visualization of the perfect day!

Review: Sweet Nature by Eddie (natural hair products)

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By dottywine · October 10, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

I forgot to make a corresponding entry with my latest youtube review video:

The Company: Sweet Nature by Eddie http://www.fabulousblackwoman.com/ This company is run by a really sweet lady named Eddie Simpson. Any beauty store owner that responds personally to my e-mails gets my thumbs up! This means she cares a lot of her customers, so I always want to support business owners like that. All the skin care and hair care products are all natural and designed with natural hair in mind. Recently, she's removed glycerin from her products (which is exciting to me because my skin and hair usually dislikes glycerin). She sells items in different sizes and I think she remodeled the packaging a bit.

The Price? I didn't pay for the products, so I don't have an initial reaction to tell you.

Fave product? I found the products for the most part to be just fine. This website seems to be a good place if you love being a mixtress and want to take a break. However, my favourite product was Dream Cream. The texture is so light and fluffy! I used it for everything. Sealing ends, my skin, make-up remover, etc. The texture felt like a dream and made it easy to manipulate anywhere on my body.

Final Verdict Lovely little business! Like I said, I would expect happy mixtresses to enjoy this site and give themselves a break. As for me, I would only buy the hair spray and the dream cream again, but I recently have found really great alternatives to those products that I can get IRL (instead of online).

Why Michelle Phan is Wrong

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By dottywine · October 10, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

I have finally been going through and cleaning up my blog a bit. I figured out how to look at all of my blog comments at once and I noticed a lot of comments about Michelle Phan.


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If you don't know who she is, she is essentially the most popular beauty/make-up youtuber out there. Because of her youtube success, she is now the (paid) internet face of Lancome. She is represented as a make up artist with Jed Root. She gets magazine and press coverage on what seems like a weekly basis. What irks me the most about Michelle Phan is her lack of research. This is why I made those "Michelle Phan is Wrong" videos. I just felt that she often misinforms her LARGE audience (which she is getting crap for now ala circle lenses), so I decided to make my own videos. At the time, that was my only qualm about MP. I still looked up to her as I want to gain her level of success and popularity (but with a twist --- I want to be transparent & educational). Here's one video I made where I disagree with MP about "fast makeup". Innocent enough, right?

So I'm Not a Hater. I never had a reason to be a "MP hater". I just wished she'd be more thorough with information given she has a skin care line and nearly 1 million subbies. After several failed attempts to contact MP (for an interview), I decided to research her life on my own. I wanted to know what was that "it" factor that made her successful so I could get some, as well! The more I dug up about her, the more saddened I had become. Then, I found a site called guru gossip and then Michellephail. I felt like I had been foolishly treating MP as an idol. She's just a girl. She's not any better than me (or you) no matter how much she gets paid per video or for working with Lancome. She's not any smarter or more experienced. She's just popular on youtube.


Let's just say, I'm not a "huge fan" anymore. But I still admire her success and use some of her tips! But now that I know what I know about her, I can stop wasting time gushing over her and spend more time with people I can actually learn from.

Up next! I investigate Hair pills. I think they might be necessary.

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The Social Network (aka "that facebook movie?") Review & Thoughts

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By dottywine · September 29, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

I was able to watch an advanced (free) screening of the new movie The Social Network. Now, I have been dying to see this movie since I heard of its existence. (Watch the trailer below)

Like Justin Timberlake says, "This is our time!" I, personally, feel like a movie like this that defines OUR generation of super fast, I'm-invincible, internet-life-sharing, thinking hipsters should have been made a few years ago. After some thought, I realized that a few years ago older people (and even people my age) didn't quite GRASP the power of the internet. Seeing small (and large) businesses run by 40-somethings laughingly attempt to use twitter and youtube is an indication that this movie is ready to be shown. And shown before it becomes irrelevant!

Is it Good?

So I probably don't need to tell you that this movie "keeps you on your toes" and "defines a generation". The film has a feeling like you're on the internet. Try it out! As your watching the movie, as each scene changes, imagine you're on google clicking links. Sometimes things are out of order and it goes by really fast! The story is good. There's no question that this is a good story. There's no question that it will encourage you to think about things (if you want to). And don't let the beginning of the movie kill your mood. The first 5 minutes is the most awkward, as it should be. It sets your attitude toward Mark, the main character. And I'd be lying if I didn't say I saw a bit of myself in Mark and his CONSTANT blogging, lol. It was so nostalgic to see the open page of LIVEJOURNAL. Yah, before it got owned & dominated by Russians. And you had to actually know something about HTML code. :P So next time my mom gets on to me for always blogging, I can use Mark Zuckerberg as an (invalid) counter-argument. Hah!

What is it About?
This movie is a zeitgeist movie. It captures the essence of this time. This fast-paced, "all about innovation" and the importance of understanding other people. And the reason I wanted to see this movie was because I heard it was Oscar-worthy. Its not a documentary-ish film. It is a dramatic film. Its not /about/ the creation of facebook. It is a drama. That means characters, story, relationships, development, etc.

BTW, any other disney fans out there? I'm sorry, but I was GIDDY over the fact that Brenda Song was in her first big-screen-not-for-kids-not-disney movie! It's seriously about time for her.

Who Should See It?
If you like thinking about business, our "era" or zeitgeist, internet-technology, college movies, success stories, drama, male relationships (friends and enemies), variety of characters -- then I recommend this movie. :) Now, some people are saying "Good movie, but no one over 30 is going to see it." I say this movie isn't necessarily for people over 30. They can't relate to this "off the top of their head". This movie is so obviously a generational one. And I'm glad its finally here.

Now... I've got some spoilers. Are you ready? Here are some things that I'm thinking about AFTER I walk out of the cinema... Click here to read more of my reflections on the movie. SPOILERS xxx

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Getting Through a Career Fair

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By dottywine · September 17, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

First, can I mention that college is great for the fact that there is free food everywhere! Talk about saving your money. :3

Yesterday (and today) was quite the learning experience. I went to the school's Career Fair and went from booth to booth, slightly bewildered, trying to understand how this whole thing works! Everyone expected me to have a resume to just hand to them. Some people were looking for accountants, some for managers, etc. It was just... such a flurry!! I didn't know what to do!

On top of that, I'm not finding much help online about how to handle career fairs, especially when you're first going in. Next time, I'm going to learn from my mistake and come prepared with this:

- Knowing what I'm looking for (a summer and Fall 2011 internship)

- Knowing exactly when I graduate

- Knowing which companies I do not want to work for

- Researching the companies before hand to know which booths to skip (I need to skip financial and consulting companies) and which ones to visit

 

I wish I had printed a couple of resumes so I could hand them to people and companies I liked. Yah, there were PEOPLE I liked. In particular, I am thinking of the OSHA booth. I had no clue what OSHA was and no body was going over there, so I went. I met Chad. He was very relaxed. He wasn't snooty like some others and he wasn't overbearingly trying to sell the company like some other people were. He was just... a normal guy. I smiled, he smiled. I felt a good enough connection (and had a good enough explanation of what the work is) that I'm actually considering OSHA and keeping it in mind for my career search. I wish I could have handed him a resume so he can match my 'accomplishments and skills' to my face, voice, smile, and other subliminal things that occur when you connect with someone in person.

As for the rest of the companies, it was scary! Like I said, everyone is trying to sell their company to the best people at the fair. And people looking for jobs were trying everything they can to sell themselves. It just felt so high-stressed! And it was hard, sometimes, getting information from the people at the booth. When I asked about jobs, they would give a vague description. I think next time, I should also ask or find out what the VISION of the company is. There are also some terms I want demystified.

When an internship or a job offer is in sales does that mean what I think it means? I didn't ASK because I was afraid I'd be offensive. Is it like... retail sale? Going around hustler selling? That's pretty much what I DON'T want to be doing after graduation.

Another thing I'm going to do next time is... go to the PREP session! The school offers a session that helps you know what to do at these things. I missed it! Haha! Next time. :)

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I also kind of wanted to update on school. So... ya know, as a "wanna-be overachiever" student, I knew all the tricks to how to study and time manage. I never used it! I suppose it wasn't until recently that I both a) cared about school AND b) believed I could do well. I think that's thanks to the fact I am a senior and the real world applications of my classes seem more real (and applicable to projects such as Innovation Competition and Engineers without Borders) and the fact I am taking (essentially) 12 hours.

Statistics/Probability is giving me hell. I went from NOT studying. To "Okay, let me go study". To "Okay, let me write down HOW MUCH I will study EACH DAY." See? I'm slowly getting good at this academics thing. ;)

And apparently, a blog is not worth reading unless you have pictures ("pics or it didn't happen", right?). =_= I will make note of that.

Relaxed Hair Blogger

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By dottywine · September 9, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

(Excuse all the graphics that may appear. I'm playing around with onsugar)

So, I was going through some blogs I found as I was thinking of some hair invention ideas.

I didn't realize how many relaxed-hair bloggers there were. I didn't realize there were black women blogging about become zen and "green/eco". I didn't realize that this world of bloggers was so big and so relevant to me! If only I had more time, I could chat and network with soooo many people.

After reading about hair, I felt like I should update on my own locs! I'm happy to say that my breakage problem is getting under control. I never let any of you know, but I was terrible distraught at the amount of breaking and shedding my hair was going through! I can do more details of what I did later, but the most important things, I believe was scalp massages and a natural moisturizer that actually WORKS. And you should know by now that the moisturizer I am talking about is Kimmaytube's formula.

However, my length is despicable. Different lengths in different places. *sigh* I'm trying. I'm starting to consider stretching for 3 months. But we'll see after I braid my hair again for the first time in a while!

The Argan/Moroccan Oil Hype!

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By dottywine · September 6, 2010 · 0 Comments ·
I was tired of the hype that our straight haired counterparts were giving this product, so I did my own insightful review. I thought about it and used the product more. I even used it with my curlformers. And honestly... I would have absolutely NO use for One n' Only Argan oil unless I was flat ironing my hair. In which case, it is the best heat protectant I've ever used. Other than that... it means nothing to me. I don't really recommend this product to anyone unless you wear your hair straight often. And if your goal is simply to have healthy hair, this product is not for that. I know it says oil treatment, but its not good as an oil treatment. You're better off with your own concoction and aloe vera. The pure ARGAN OIL is actually a really fantastic oil. I love using it on my skin and adding it to my products. It makes my skin feel so soft and smooth. The oil coats the hair very well and leaves it supple. If you're an oil fiend, I do recommend you give Moroccan/argan oil a try.

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