Box Addictions #1: The Twistband Club July 2014

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I might have a history of subscribing to multiple boxes of unnecessary beauty products and accessories. And now I have added a new box to my collection

The Twistband Club.

The Twistband started in 2008 and is located in Newport Beach, California.
These hairbands are made from a special blend of elastic so that it won’t leave dents in your hair. The first time I used Twistbands was from my earlier boxes called Birchbox – it sent me one scrunchy and I really loved how it felt in my hair and the simplicity of the actual band itself. I subscribed for 3-months at $10 per box.

Now, I understand that it might seem unreasonable to spend so much money on something that looks like a tied up elastic underwear band. However, I enjoy them and seeing all the colors keeps me happy and so I thought I would give it a shot.

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Top 10 Favorite Films I Can Watch on Repeat

To be honest, it’s hard to watch any movies on repeat unless if it’s Harry Potter.
I figured these are the top 10 movies that I wouldn’t mind re-watching apart from Harry.

I’m a huge movie lover, so condensing down movies to a list is very difficult. The reason I decided to create a list is because someone had asked me earlier about what my top 5 favorite movies were. It took me a long time to think about it (actually it took quite a long time), and the more I thought about it, the list continued to grow.

That’s why I just wanted to keep track of what my favorite movies are to date. I have omitted Animated Movies and a long list of Chick Flicks (yet a few has made it onto this list) for another time and another list.

The following movies are not necessarily the most mind-blowing, academy award winning, nor the most critically acclaimed picture of all times, but these are movies that have been timeless to me and have a special place in my heart. So here they are, Michelle’s Top 10 Favorite Movies (thus far):

1. Big Fish

Big Fish is a little different from your usual Tim Burton films but it’s still licked with his familiar surreal elements. This one actually reminds me of the Notebook, if it were played out in a dream sequence throughout the entire film… and then realize Noah and Allie are just never going to wake up. When this film released I was completely breath taken by how well Tim Burton was able to convey all sorts of feelings and motifs through not only the acting but with  every inch of the scene.


2. Midnight in Paris

I would not say this is the best written nor best performed piece in the universe, but I still loved it. I’m starting to realize that I might have a “type” for movies that I’m attracted to. Luke Wilson stars as a modern aged author in Paris with his fiance, and then a whole bunch of stuff happens. This film is fun for those who love literature and art, a fiction that welds two different eras together. Getting to see Pablo Picasso, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Cole Porter, and  all together is just really fun to watch. It’s like an Easter egg hunt throughout the movie, except instead of candy filled eggs you’re looking for some of the most influential artists of our time.


3. Mean Girls

On Wednesdays, we wear pink. This movie has capped off what it would have meant to have been in highschool during the new millenium. I also absolutely adore this cast, such amazing female actresses to ever have walked down North Shore High’s locker room halls: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried, Lizzy Caplan. And of course, Lindsey… oh Lindsey… truly a testament of why it is important to make smart business decisions in life.

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Real Girl Problems

A friend had recently forwarded me a link to an article a few days ago and it was a very interesting read. I think it’s one of those things that you know for face value in the back of your mind, but it’s hard to really grasp it until you find yourself in the thick of it.

The original article can be read here. This is an interview of Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo’s CEO, during the Aspen Ideas Festival last week. She gives a very candid response to the questions about balancing her professional and personal life which I appreciated.

Everyone has a huge burden of providing for sustainability and living. Which I don’t think men are any less exempt to the problems of raising a family and moving up in the working force, we all share that burden. But I believe that, even if it is a tiny bit more, women may have a stronger feeling of responsibility of making sure that the domestic operations of their lives are running on course. It might be because of cultural upbringings, societal norms, and/or maybe it’s natural motherly instincts – but from observation, many girls do feel like that they have a large responsibility of bringing order within the home.

I may not be in any place near of becoming a CEO or raising a family, but I do have hopes for myself professionally, and if it is in my path to get married and have a family – there will have to be a day when I need to figure out who I’m going to be. One thing I could only think of as I was reading the article was, “there’s just not enough time in a day…”

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This Ain’t No Contemporary Art Movement

This isn’t a contemporary industrial design aftermath, this is a bench designed with a very specific purpose. The purpose to keep the marginalized, the wandering, and the severely underdressed citizens of this country off of them. If you have not seen these in your oh-so friendly neighborhoods, then you will soon. There aren’t many solutions that I can offer, but it makes me think about how we might come to measure value in a person’s life – and yeah I am guilty as charged, but now what am I going to do with what I can’t unsee.