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Friday Favorites: 07/06/18

Check out our Summer Classic Movies recs!   50 Positive Affirmations – for any time, for all time.   This piece by former “Great British Bake Off” contestant Ruby Tandoh on her struggles to become who she is in a world that wants her to be something else, and a lost moment with a friend who was told she was too provocative in her work.  Through the piece she rectifies her lost opportunity and ends in an act of solidarity: “You’ll always be a salty bitch,’ I should have said, ‘and that’s exactly why you matter. I’m a salty bitch, too. I’m so pleased we exist.’   Jonathan Van Ness started as my least favorite member of the Fab Five but the more I get to know about him the more I’m so happy he proved me wrong.  Between his hilarious work with Funny or Die on “Gay of Thrones” or his insightful podcast “Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness” he is clearly a multi-dimensional and talented person.  Excited about his next adventure!   Recently …

Must See Summer Classics

For me summer is all about block busters – films with grand film scores, giant monsters (literal and figurative), brilliant action sequences, and breakout performances.  I lean toward action and sci-fi genres because these genres often portray women as empowered or going through the journey toward empowerment.  In these genres women play with gender norms and often have more fully formed character arcs. “Jurassic Park” – the car scene with the night goggles?!  The velociraptor pack?!  Jeff Goldblum as a sex symbol?!!  Brilliant. “Raiders of the Lost Ark” “Star Wars” – the original trilogy were all released during the summer from 1977 – 1983.  I suggest hosting a marathon with friends ESPECIALLY friends who have never seen the original three (side note: HOW ARE THERE STILL PEOPLE WHO HAVE NEVER SEEN THE ORIGINAL THREE?!  And why would you call them friends?!) “Independence Day” – Will Smith’s debut as an action hero and again, Jeff freakin’ Goldblum “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” – Linda Hamilton’s portrayal of Sarah Conner emerging as a badass from the asylum is …

Fast Fashion: Cladwell’s Shift

Now, truth is I find myself wanting to buy more clothes when I feel like my life and my body are out of control.  Between expenses piling up and binge eating it’s clear I’m  running away from the ick I feel.  In fact I caught myself last week cruising cheap clothes online to get my quick endorphin fix. And then, I remember Cladwell.  Cladwell’s mission is to reduce the number of clothes we have and beat perpetual fast fashion consuming our lives.  The encourage folks to have fewer, higher quality clothes.  They have this amazing app I use to get dressed. Yes, the app is $7.99/month but well worth it if it keeps you from buying more clothes.  They also have a blog offering styling help to get us thinking more creatively with what we already own. Listen here to founder Blake Smith’s vision on how to break our consumerism and feeding into the lie that we’re somehow incomplete.

You Made It Weird: Naomi Ekperigin

Naomi Ekperigin.  Repeat after me: Naomi Ehk-pear-eh-ghen.  Now repeat again and again until you get it right because she is a gem among mundane mountains of stale, re-purposed comedy.  The wonderful Pete Holmes (who I’ve been growing to love via his radiant show “Crashing” which shows his early days in comedy as a new divorcee after growing up in a deep religious upbringing) featured her on his podcast “You Made It Weird” where you can see why she’s poised to take on her own show. Favorite quotes from the episode: “This is why in therapy they don’t let you see the notes.” “We’ve been together for 8 years and been to a lot of weddings – I don’t want people sitting at a circular table, waiting on some chicken breast, and making small talk with somebody’s cousin.” “I present as Alpha but I’m very deeply Beta.” “I love a funny awkward.  If you’re on the spectrum I’m into you.” “I was always into one-night stands for the intimate cuddle.” “It’s almost a microaggression to tell …