by Nicole on May 20, 2014
May is a little more than halfway over, so I thought I’d give a quick update on my creative challenges for May.
Me-Making-May is going…ooookaaaayyyyy. I definitely have NOT been sewing every day, but I think I’m okay with this. I used to be a serious all or nothing, black & white, thinker, and it’s something I’ve been working hard to overcome. That kind of thinking definitely puts me into a manic-depressive cycle–I’m on top of the world when I’m productive and doing everything the “right” way, but then I feel like I suck at life when I don’t do everything I feel like I’m supposed to be doing. So admittedly, perhaps challenges like this aren’t really good for me, as they can sometimes make me feel stressed instead of inspired. So, I’ve kind of flaked on the every day thing, but at least I’m feeling a little more inspired to get in my sewing room and just sew. I’ve finished two t-shirts, which I know seems like nothing, but I’m a slow sewist in general, but especially with knits because they’re so new to me.
I’ve been taking pictures pretty consistently for my Meals of May, but I can tell you I am REALLY starting to get sick of taking pictures of every meal, especially breakfast. I honestly just hate taking ugly pictures without natural light, so I really only like my dinner pictures. But still, it’s been really fun to look back and see what I’ve been eating, even if I have discovered that I eat waaaaaaaay too many tacos. I think at the end of the month, I’ll compile some statistics breaking down the types of things I ate, just because it seems fun to do.
by Nicole on May 9, 2014
Most people don’t know that I really, really, really love Bollywood movies (and luckily, so does Darius!). On the surface, it doesn’t make a lot of sense because they’re crazy long and pretty ridiculous, but they always hit me in a way that feels very different from American movies.
From a Brief History of Bollywood, explaining some of the “trademarks” of traditional Bollywood cinema: “Sex was roundly forbidden, including any ‘blatant physical contact’ suggesting it, such as kissing… Thus, exaggerated body language replaced these things and became the norm, such as bumping shoulders between two romantic leads or keeping faces very close without touching. The dialogue also reflected the compensation for the missing sexuality. Most importantly, though, the songs took over the expression of love. Three main aesthetics of Bollywood, then—what looks like overacting, what sounds like corny dialogues, and what seem like songs and dances out of nowhere—were actually necessary characteristics, and it can be argued that they have become aesthetics of their own. Viewers just need to become accustomed to appreciating them.”
Needless to say, Darius and I appreciate them! Here are a few songs from a recent favorite of ours, Rowdy Rathore.
The dancing in this first one is so incredible. And what a massive set and cast!
This second one features extensive…”shirt dancing”, which should definitely be a thing. Seriously, watch the whole thing. So much “wtf-ery”…how can you NOT love it?!?!
And this last one is just so catchy, and I love all the crazy costume changes (and seriously, Bollywood guys always wear the most hilarious things, IMO)!
by Nicole on May 7, 2014