The Happy Movie

October 4, 2012 § 1 Comment

I mean, how great is happiness? It’s really a simple emotion, if you think about it. That’s why I’m really interested in this new documentary, Happy. Everyone has the right to be happy, even though happiness comes easier for some than others. Some expect to be happy all of the time, where others argue if you weren’t miserable sometimes, how could you know when you were happy?

All of this reminds me of the speech my Dad gave when Nick and I were married:

“Christina is always happy… or at least working towards it given the circumstance. For several years in her mid-teens, she actually hummed cheerily non-stop during meals. Happy hums.”

I hope you all have a very happy Thursday.

Reasons To Write Real Letters

July 24, 2012 § 2 Comments

A big reason to write and mail real letters is to keep in touch and share photos with your little niece and nephew in Canada. If you’re lucky like me, you’ll get a video back.

Wes Anderson’s Best Commercials

July 9, 2012 § 2 Comments

Wes Anderson may be known for his quirky, stylized movies, but did you know he’s directed commercials as well? Those quick camera pans, cartoonish characters, and fast, funny dialogue work well in short form too!  Ad Week takes a look at his best, including spots for American Express, Stella Artois, Hyundai, and more. Here’s my favourite:

See all of his commercials here. Get more Wes Anderson here.

Jess & Russ

June 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

Jessica Hische and Russ Maschmeyer are rockstars in the creative design and online world. Everything they do is arguably ground-breaking, new, exciting, and beautiful and now they’re about to begin their greatest collaboration: marriage.

Of course they couldn’t settle for the typical mailed-out wedding invitations, they had to do something new and unique,  something that puts our visual love story to shame. These two built a website putting their lives from 1996 on into a timeline complete with original illustrations, links to funny photos and videos, and intimate stories. The whole thing makes me so excited with jealousy and admiration, I could scream! Take a look:

See the entire timeline and invitation here. It’s long, but it’s worth it!

Congratulations, Jessica and Russ!

Where the Hell is Matt?

June 21, 2012 § 1 Comment

What’s better than traveling the world and documenting your trips with photos? Traveling the world and filming yourself dancing with the locals, of course! Seattle’s Matt Harding became an internet celebrity in 2005 when his first video went viral. Since then, he’s made three more videos while visiting more countries than the average person will ever see and dancing with thousands of strangers.

If this doesn’t give you wanderlust, nothing will!

Happiness

May 3, 2012 § 2 Comments

Happiness is just how you feel when you don’t feel miserable.

– John Lennon

Feeling inspired by this collection of John Lennon quotes from The ShortList.

Record Set: World’s Largest Rainbow Parade

May 1, 2012 § 1 Comment

For those of you wondering how the World’s Largest Rainbow Parade went, let me tell you – in photos!

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We gathered under the Manhattan Bridge to prepare.

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Jessi Arrington, parade founder, gave us a pep talk and went over the parade protocol.

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Jacob Krupnick of Girl Walk All Day got his camera ready to film.

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Soon, we were in rainbow order and escorted by police to the Brooklyn Bridge, where we began our march.

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Shortly after this photo was taken, my camera strap came off and my camera went skidding across the bridge. I put it away until we crossed after that. Luckily it’s fine except for a few dents.

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This is what we looked like from an apartment balcony. (Photo)

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Thanks for getting a picture with me in it, Underground Dining NYC!

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The record was a success! 179 people dressed head to toe in a solid colour marched in the World’s Largest Rainbow Parade.

Sure, it’s an activity you could have easily completed in kindergarten, but what a fun and funny way to spend an early Saturday afternoon. The best part of the event was seeing strangers’ surprised smiles as we passed them on the bridge. I was expected far more annoyed bikers and walkers, but everyone seemed to be genuinely happy to see us! Who says New Yorkers are grumps?

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