Anaïs Nin Quotes to Drool Over

Anaïs Nin quotes always lift me up onto a cloud. If you’ve ever been guilty of peeling open your sibling’s or your roommate’s diary, then you aught to read Anaïs Nin’s work.

Anaïs Nin wrote diaries for more than 60 years, starting around age 11. Lucky for us, these diaries are published—and they’re more interesting than your sister’s obsessive crush. Nin writes about her sexual exploits, her love affairs, her ideas and musings, and about feminism through the years.

Seven Captivating Anaïs Nin Quotes

Anaïs Nin Quotes

Anaïs Nin Quote 01

“I’m restless. Things are calling me away. My hair is being pulled by the stars again.” – Anaïs Nin

Anaïs Nin Quote 02

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” – Anaïs Nin

Anaïs Nin Quote 03

“The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.” – Anaïs Nin

Anaïs Nin Quotes Post - George Leite and Anaïs Nin at daliel's bookstore in Berkeley, CA, 1946

Anaïs Nin Quote 04

“How wrong is it for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself?” – Anaïs Nin

Anaïs Nin Quote 05

“Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.” – Anaïs Nin

Anaïs Nin Quote 06

“I hate men who are afraid of women’s strength.” – Anaïs Nin

Anaïs Nin Quote 07

“Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.” – Anaïs Nin

What are your favorite Anaïs Nin quotes?

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VIFF 2016 Must See Films in Vancouver

I don’t think I’ll have time to see all my VIFF 2016 must see films, but I’m excited for the festival nonetheless. The Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) is by far my favorite festival in Vancouver. Every year, I buy a six-pack pass for all my VIFF 2016 must see films, but it’s not nearly enough to catch all the flicks that peak my interest.

Here is my list of the top 11 VIFF 2016 must see films in Vancouver.

Top 11 VIFF 2016 Must See Films in Vancouver

VIFF 2016 Must See Films

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All descriptions are taken from the VIFF website.
I have no affiliation with VIFF, just absolutely love it!

VIFF 2016 Must See Films 01 :: Julieta

After the raucous sex comedy of I’m So Excited and the psychological body horror of The Skin I Live In, Pedro Almodóvar brings us a vivid, female-driven picture that takes him back to a near-extinct genre: the heart-on-the-sleeve melodrama. Based on stories by Alice Munro, Julieta uses a familiar framework to house the director’s idiosyncratic style.

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VIFF 2016 Must See Films 02 :: The Teacher

The prolific Czech director-writer duo Jan Hřebejk and Petr Jarchovský (Divided We Fall) return to top form with the compelling Slovak-language dramedy The Teacher. Set in Bratislava during the final decade of communism, it examines the abuse of power at a middle school. Zuzana Mauréry (named best actress at Karlovy Vary) tears into the part of a lifetime as a terrifying instructor who heads the local Communist Party and uses her pupils to manipulate their parents for her own personal benefit…

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VIFF 2016 Must See Films 03 :: Franca: Chaos and Creation

hen fashion insiders want to visit the territory where fashion, art and provocation meet, they pick up Vogue Italia, considered the world’s most important fashion magazine. With Franca: Chaos and Creation, director Francesco Carrozzini has made an intimate portrait of his mother, Franca Sozzani, the legendary editor-in-chief of the magazine since 1988. Encompassing both the ridiculous and the sublime, her astonishing but often controversial magazine covers have not only broken the rules but also set the high bar for fashion, art and commerce over the past 25 years. From 2005’s infamous Plastic Surgery Issue in which photographer Steven Meisel documented supermodel Linda Evangelista’s “makeover” to the legendary Black Issue in 2008, which featured only black models and—despite industry prognostications to the contrary—sold out in America and the UK in 72 hours, Sozzani was unafraid to take the industry by the scruff of the neck and give it a good shake. As the film shows, she remains deeply committed to exploring subject matter off limits to most and occasionally redefining the concept of beauty in the process.

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VIFF 2016 Must See Films 04 :: The Unknown Girl

Adèle Haenel (Love at First Fight, VIFF 14) confirms her place in the firmament of French movie stars with a riveting turn in Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s (Two Days, One Night, VIFF 14) latest drama. She plays Jenny, a committed young Belgian doctor who, when not training interns and making house calls, cares for the poor and needy at the clinic where she works. One day she receives a call from the police: a woman’s body has been found on a nearby riverbank. Might Jenny have any information that could help with the investigation? With a shock, she realizes that the woman was someone she had turned away from the clinic due to the lateness of the hour. With her conscience preying on her, she makes some inquiries of her colleagues and realizes that few seem even remotely interested in the fate, or even the identity, of the woman, who was black and without papers. So, driven by guilt, Jenny decides to investigate for herself…

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VIFF 2016 Must See Films 05 :: Sonita

The dismaying practice of selling teenagers into marriage is thrust into the damning spotlight in Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami’s essential documentary. An Afghan refugee in Iran, 14-year-old Sonita aspires to be a hip-hop superstar like Rihanna. But such fantasies can’t fully distract her from the grim reality that she and her teenage friends all have prices on their heads. During breaks at school, she and her fellow refugees don’t talk about boys or pop culture trends, but how much their parents will get for them. When Sonita’s brother requires a dowry to pay for his own bride, her family decides that selling her is the best way to secure the necessary funds.

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VIFF 2016 Must See Films 06 :: Lights Before Water

Made in collaboration with the Cree community of Waswanipi, Lights Above Water is an extraordinary documentary that is equal parts observational and poetic. Shot over the course of a year, co-directors Nicolas Lachapelle and Ariel St-Louis Lamoureux’s film follows a group of young children through their daily lives as they talk about their home, play, hunt, and dance (a moment that triggers a particularly memorable Rihanna music cue). The camera manages to keep a distance, allowing the children to guide the film and express themselves, privileging the viewer by immersing us in their world. Expressive stylistic flourishes and striking imagery imbue the work with a lyrical quality unusual for documentary. A generous and humane meditation on identity and place unfettered by an issue-driven hook or a conventional narrative, Lights Above Water (a colloquial translation of “Waswanipi”) is the rare sort of film that refuses to impose its own agenda while transcending categorization and refraining from delivering a simple message. In so doing, it becomes a beautiful work of art to behold.

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VIFF 2016 Must See Films 07 :: Neruda

Another robust and inventive drama from Pablo Larraín (No, VIFF 12; The Club, VIFF 15), Neruda, set in 1948 Chile, is more about the transformative possibilities of art and the power of cinematic storytelling than it is a biopic of the great poet, politician and diplomat Pablo Neruda (played here by Luis Gnecco). In fact, while the spirit of the poet hovers over every frame of the film, Neruda, the personage, takes a back seat to Gael García Bernal’s terrific performance as Oscar Peluchonneau, a somewhat inept yet self-aggrandizing police detective who, Javert-like, makes it his mission to hunt down Neruda once the poet is forced into hiding due to his communist beliefs. That we are never sure of Peluchonneau’s reliability as a guide through the proceedings is a deliberate strategy, as is the complex depiction of Neruda—the man is not accorded saint-like status by any means. For Larraín, the mere facts are secondary to the film artist’s ability to create worlds, and to celebrate the power of art. It is, after all, the poetry that really matters.

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VIFF 2016 Must See Films 08 :: Cadence

Local filmmaker Alex Lasheras arrives on the scene with this debut feature, a unique psychological thriller dealing with notions of self-identity and reality. When the eponymous heroine begins to experience hallucinations during what is supposed to be a romantic getaway with her pop-star boyfriend, fear and confusion test her ability to distinguish the visions from reality.

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VIFF 2016 Must See Films 09 :: Personal Shopper

Re-teaming after 2014’s Clouds of Sils Maria, director Olivier Assayas and star Kristen Stewart journey into the uncanny with a terrific horror story that begins, innocuously enough, as the tale of Maureen (Stewart), an American in Paris who makes ends meet by assisting snobby and demanding supermodel-cum-fashion designer Kyra (Nora Von Waltstätten). Though ill-treated, Maureen gets her own back by surreptitiously making use of Kyra’s haute-couture outfits and camping out in Kyra’s luxury apartment when the designer is away. But Maureen is much more than just a mildly transgressive personal shopper: she is, in fact, a medium who makes forays into the psychic realm in an effort to contact the spirit of her twin brother Lewis, a lad who died of the same congenital heart problem Maureen herself suffers from. When one of her frequent wanderings through the creepy old Parisian house that she and Lewis grew up in seems to lead to a connection, Assayas ratchets up the tension with the finesse of a master. In her heartfelt attempts to contact the other side, just what has Maureen wrought?

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VIFF 2016 Must See Films 10 :: The Phantom Detective

Weird and rather wonderful, Jo Sunghee’s take on gumshoe mysteries, hard-boiled noir and vast conspiracy thrillers is every bit as idiosyncratic as you might expect from his previous films—all of which have played in VIFF. It’s set in a retro world without mobile phones and modern tech, and stylised in ways that bring memories of the Hollywood studio heyday rushing in. But at the same time it’s as Korean as kimchi (the underlying paranoid fantasies about a power-elite have a lot to do with Korea’s authoritarian past), and it has a gentle streak running through it which offsets the cruelty and violence. In short, it’s a typical Jo Sunhee movie.

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VIFF 2016 Must See Films 11 :: Nelly

Anne Émond (Nuit #1) returns to VIFF with the startling and sensual true story of Nelly Arcan (born Isabelle Fortier), a young escort-turned-award-winning writer whose lurid life, skilfully penned accounts of her exploits and tragic death became a cause célèbre in Quebec. Arcan’s first novel Putain (Whore) caused a sensation and enjoyed immediate critical and media success. It contained enough similarities between the prostitute protagonist Cynthia and Arcan’s own experience as a professional sex worker to press the media’s buttons, making for instant celebrity in the Québec pantheon. Mylène MacKay delivers a memorable and steamy performance in the title role of Nelly, or, more precisely, the four faces of Nelly. There’s Nelly, the tell-all writer; Amy, the rapturous lover; Cynthia, the top-shelf whore; and Marilyn, the sparkling “glitterati.”

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Nine Contemporary Art Blogs for an Aesthetic Feast

Contemporary art blogs are important because they bring art from around the world–the stuff you wouldn’t see in your hometown gallery–into your home. Artists can now reach further and establish credibility by having their work showcased on contemporary art blogs. Plus they are pretty, like an aesthetic feast. Here are nine contemporary art blogs to add to your reading list.

Nine Contemporary Art Blogs for an Aesthetic Feast

Contemporary Art Blogs

Contemporary Art Blogs 01 :: Waiting Words*

Waiting Words isn’t exactly a blog, it’s an Instagram account. But still, it’s worth following. (Though I may be bias since I’m the author)! These are the words I write while waiting, after catching my breath, before diving deep into the moment. The photo above gives you a bit of a taste!

Contemporary Art Blogs 02 :: The Jealous Curator*

The Jealous Curator is a blog that put a positive spin on that little green monster. Instead of hiding behind artist’s block or a fear of failure, this contemporary art blog encourages you to be inspired by the art around you and celebrate creativity wherever it comes from.

Contemporary Art Blogs 03 :: Artparasites*

Artparasites showcases art, yes, but also commentary on relationships, the creative process, and life lessons in general. Plus, I love how their navigation is sorted by mood. Enjoy.

Contemporary Art Blogs 04 :: Colossal*

Colossal is art, design, and visual culture rolled into a contemporary art blog. This blog often incorporates unexpected art, like iridescent oil spills and glistening solar panels.

Contemporary Art Blogs 05 :: Brain Pickings*

Brain Pickings doesn’t exactly focus on art, but the essays on this blog are thought-provoking and offer unique headlines for content that’s created with intention.

Contemporary Art Blogs 06 :: Booooooom*

Booooooom showcases art from around the world in all genres. You can have a read through the posts, or submit your own work.

Contemporary Art Blogs 07 :: Artforum

Artforum is not only a contemporary art blog, but a print magazine as well. It’s like a newsy arts site.

Contemporary Art Blogs 08 :: Art Mag Blog

Art Mag Blog is the online publication from Saatchi Gallery in London, United Kingdom. It’s more of an academic, gallery approach to art and isn’t as contemporary focused as the rest on this list, but add it to your blogreel and you won’t be disappointed.

Contemporary Art Blogs 09 :: Art F City

I found Art F City through a Huffington Post article about some of the best contemporary art blogs based out of New York. It seems pretty neat. This blog also has a daily gif, which are all super weird. Have fun perusing the site.

*Indicates contemporary art blogs that I read regularly.

Vancouver Shows Taking Dance to a Whole New Level

Have you heard of MovEnt? It’s a dance organization in Vancouver that brings beautiful, experimental productions to the community and they have a series of shows this week.

Dances for Small Stage

Dances for Small Stage

Photo by Derek Stevens.

Dances for Small Stage “showcases new and established dance professionals from Vancouver and across Canada on a ridiculously small stage, in an unconventional venue with a friendly cabaret atmosphere.” At the Anza Club this week, twelve dancers will perform original works for delighted audiences.

I sit on the Board of Directors for this awesome company and I have to say that the Artistic Producer and all dancers involved are a passionate group of people committed to their art. It’s truly inspirational to see them work.

Come join us at the Anza Club October 20 to 23. Get you tickets here.

Dinner starts at 6:30
Show at 8pm

Show only: $20
Dinner, dessert + show: $45
Dessert + show: $30

Dancers include:

* Andrew Bartee * Agnes Tong * Burgundy Brixx * Caroline Liffmann * Dayna Szyndrowski * Heather Myers
* Judith Garay * Karissa Barry * Kirsten Wicklund * Loscil * Scheherazaad Cooper * Vanessa Goodman

Learn more here.

Musings on Beautiful Story Endings

A story is not complete without its ending. To write beautiful story endings is thoughtful, poetic and hard as fuck. Beautiful story endings are both surprising and satisfying. Beautiful story endings pose as many questions as they answer. Beautiful story endings are as close to perfection an artist can get.

Musings on Beautiful Story Endings

Musings on beautiful story endings

I chose to write about beautiful endings this week because I went to see Phoenix at the Vancity Theatre whose ending could not have been more perfect. As I mentioned, its ending posed as many questions as it answered. Its ending wrapped up loose ends and delivered a satisfying openness. Its ending satiated my appetite for art.

So how does one write a beautiful ending? I don’t think there’s a specific equation. I’ve heard some say it just comes to you while others spend years writing and re-writing story endings. I think what’s most important is letting your story reveal itself. Don’t mask what makes you uncomfortable and don’t shackle your story to your personal fulfilment. Robert Frost sums up my point nicely ::

No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader. :: Robert Frost

With practice, focus and trust in your craft, you will find a way to write beautiful story endings.

Style Icon :: Chloë Sevigny

Chloe Sevigny Style Icon

Style Icon: Chloë Sevigny

So, I adore Chloë Sevigny. She’s elegant, classy, cute, and kinda weird. She always plays these offbeat roles that make me love her even more. (See The Last Days of Disco, Boys Don’t Cry, The Killing Room, and Big Love.) If there’s an actress I’d want to play me in the movie of my life, I’d choose Chloë Sevigny. So here’s a bunch of lovely pics. I honestly couldn’t pick my favourite few!

Chloe Sevigny Style Icon

Chloe Sevigny Style Icon

Chloe Sevigny Style Icon

I’d like to be more approachable, not less weird.

Art :: Foncie’s Fotos

Have you heard of Foncie Pulice? Foncie was a street photographer in Vancouver for half a decade snapping photographs of Vancouverites in stride on the trendy Granville Street. He took over a million photographs in his lifetime and many of them are collected on Foncie’s Corner on the Knowledge Network. The photos above are my family! On the left my Aunts and Uncle with their Granny heading to see Space Odyssey in the theatre and on the right, my mother’s family just walking along. My mama’s the wee one hiding behind her big brother. So cute.

Foncie’s Fotos Captured the Essence of Vancouver for 50 Years

If you dig vintage, you’ll love scrolling through Foncie’s Fotos to see the fashion evolve over the years. Foncie’s Fotos starts in the 1930s and finishes in the 70s. It’s neat to see how people would dress up and walk down the streets just to be seen. In the shop windows, you can also catch a glimpse of the time. What type of hats are being sold, the look of the shop signs. You might even see someone you know!

Watch the short 20-minute documentary here. Do you see anyone you know?

If you want to see a curated selection of Foncie’s Corner, check out Vancouver is Awesome’s Foncie finds. Also, if you’re ever in Vancouver, go visit Foncie’s Fotos exhibition at the Museum of Vancouver.

My great, great grandmother. 1946.

Beautiful Remembrance Day Images of the Decade

Remembrance day in Halifax. Nov 11, 2011.

Adam Scotti, 2011, via Flickr.

I’ve been thinking a lot about Remembrance Day. I mean, a lot more than usual. Usually, I breeze past the day and make a point in the evening to take a thought or make a prayer to consider the sacrifices made by soldiers in war. This year, I’ve been contemplating how the intention behind Remembrance Day has evolved for me over the years.

Remembrance Day 2009 - Watching for the parade

James Phillips, 2009, via Flickr.

I used to feel torn by Remembrance Day. Torn by the fact that it celebrates war but that I owe my freedoms to these battles fought before my time or in another country. I’m an idealist. I don’t believe in war. My grandparents didn’t fight in the war, my siblings nor I didn’t join the forces, I didn’t grow up with battle stories and all I know I learned in grade school. But, I know war is happening whether I can do anything about it or not. So, Remembrance Day has come to be a day to reflect on those who protect me.

remembrance day, trenton ont.

Stephen Norman, 2009, via Flickr.

Those who protect me isn’t just limited to veterans, though I give my full respect to their sacrifices. Protection comes from my family too. Life throws curve balls and sometimes you have to deal with things you wish you could just forget. It’s a blessing to know there’s someone who’s got your back.

Remembrance Day 2013

Rose Jones, 2013, via Flickr.

Remembrance Day Music Parade in Toy-ronto (4)

Katrin Shumakov, 2012, via Flickr.

I feel thankful that I live in Canada where I have choice and security. And, I hope one day there won’t be a need to trade lives for freedom, or food, or oil. Today, I will just remember.

Remembrance Day

belkin59, 2013, via Flickr.

Enjoy these beautiful remembrance day images. I found them on flickr and they’re all lovely. I wrote more about my thoughts on Remembrance Day back in 2012.

Winter Wear :: Date Night Outfit

Date Night Outfit

1. Silk Satin Bra, Elle MacPherson Intimates // 2. Hooded Coat, Vogue C // 3. Faux Leather Skirt, Topshop // 4. Bare Sparkle Gloss, Bobbi Brown // 5. Over-the-Knee Socks, Madewell


What to wear for a sweet & sexy date night outfit

I know, I know, it’s not winter yet. BUT, it’s starting to chill & starting to dim, so I’m preparing for the frost and indulging in the weather that still allows for over-the-knee socks & mini skirts. Not that snow would stop us anyway, amiright? Anywho, this is my date night outfit wish list, wherein date night includes some sexy lingerie, a flirty mini, and kissable lips.