Smörgåsbord II

Here are your buffet styled topics for today!


Film

I recently saw Amy Schumer’s new movie, I Feel Pretty. I’d seen a trailer and thought it looked kind of fun, but frankly after her last standup special, The Leather Special, I was very turned off by her. I’m all for a bawdy sense of humor à la Joan Rivers, but she just came off as gratuitously raunchy and quite honestly, she just seemed angry at the world. I think now she’s come back with a predictable, but charming movie with some very funny moments. I recommend giving it a try if you’re looking for something light, fluffy, with a positive message. The supporting cast in I Feel Pretty is also interesting, including Lauren Hutton, Michelle Williams, Aidy Bryant and a beautiful English actor named Tom Hopper I wasn’t aware of until now! For that reason alone, it was worth it!


Television

On Sunday, I completed the much buzzed about documentary, Wild Wild Country, surprisingly produced by the Duplass Brothers, whom I would normally associate with more comedic endeavors as they’ve appeared in comedies like The Mindy Project and The League. This Netflix documentary is a six parter series exploring the cult of Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (later called Osho), and his enigmatic personal secretary, Ma Anand Sheela. It’s a fascinating portrayal of how this guru and his international followers invaded a small town in Oregon in the mid 1980s, essentially setting up shop as a utopian commune, only for conflicts to escalate both internally and externally. On the heels of the Jonestown massacre, you can imagine small town Americans in rural Oregon being very uncomfortable with this Rajneeshpuram group and their open sexuality, red clothing, and capitalistic ideals. If this hasn’t intrigued you, how about this? The leader of this cult owned over 90 Rolls Royces…if you think that’s crazy, you need to know more about Sheela. Interviews include former cult members, Oregon townsfolk, politicians, FBI, and Sheela herself.


Beauty & Makeup

I purchased Kevyn Aucoin’s The Countour Duo On the Go that was in that dastardly section by the registers at Sephora that gets me every time. Kevyn, who sadly passed away in 2002, has always been the king of contour way before it was perceived as a Kardashian thing. I remember thumbing through pages of his beauty books in Barnes & Nobles with diagrams for makeup application and uncanny transformations of celebrities into other celebrities!

Winona Ryder as Elizabeth Taylor and Gina Gershon as Sophia Loren

I’ve sort of avoided the whole contouring phenomenon as I prefer a softer look, but since I love trying new products and have a deep respect for Kevyn Aucoin, I decided to purchase it and give it a shot. As with all makeup, blending is key. The product is high quality, but I do think practice will help me improve my application. Luckily, it comes with a little map!


Health & Nature

The last day of April finally brought bonafide spring weather in Chicago! I believe it topped out at 78 degrees, which is just about perfect for me and I’d take that all year ’round, please! After work, I went for a long walk through Lincoln Park, cutting over to the lakefront path. I got a few snaps, but mostly enjoyed the sun on my face (with SPF 70), the breeze, and tunes ranging from Sufjan Stevens to Janet Jackson. Please knock on all the wood that we don’t regress back to cold temperatures and gray skies. This city was so happy today!

Alexander Hamilton with the John Hancock in the background
Visors for all!

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PS: it’s just about berry season!

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