Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Book Club: The Girl: Marilyn Monroe, The Seven Year Itch and the Birth of an Unlikely Feminist

The Girl: Marilyn Monroe, The Seven Year Itch, and the Birth of an Unlikely Feminist by Michelle Morgan

Book: The Girl: Marilyn Monroe, The Seven Year Itch, and the Birth of an Unlikely Feminist
Author: Michelle Morgan

With an in-depth look at the two most empowering years in the life of Marilyn Monroe, The Girl details how The Seven Year Itch created an icon and sent the star on an adventure of self-discovery and transformation from a controlled wife and contract player into a businesswoman and unlikely feminist whose power is still felt today.

When Marilyn Monroe stepped over a subway grating as The Girl in The Seven Year Itch and let a gust of wind catch the skirt of her pleated white dress, an icon was born. Before that, the actress was mainly known for a nude calendar and one-dimensional, albeit memorable, characters on the screen. Though she again played a "dumb blonde" in this film and was making headlines by revealing her enviable anatomy, the star was now every bit in control of her image, and ready for a personal revolution.

Emboldened by her winning fight to land the role of The Girl, the making of The Seven Year Itch and the eighteen months that followed was the period of greatest confidence, liberation, and career success that Monroe lived in her tumultuous life. It was a time in which, among other things, she:
  • Ended her marriage to Joe DiMaggio and later began a relationship with Arthur Miller;
  • Legally changed her name to Marilyn Monroe, divorcing herself from the troubled past of Norma Jeane; Started her own production company; Studied in private lessons with Lee and Paula Strasberg of the Actors Studio and became a part of the acting revolution of the day
  • The ripple effects her personal rebellion had on Hollywood, and in trailblazing the way for women that followed, will both surprise and inspire readers to see the Marilyn Monroe in an entirely new light.

What I have to say:
This was the May pick for my book club. The book was a bit hard to get into, and was at times hard to follow- the author would move around to different years. This book comes across more of a research book opposed to a biography on Marilyn. The 'thesis' being that Marilyn was a feminist before such a thing existed and the author uses known information (ex interviews, articles, etc) to prove this. This book covers a very specific part of Marilyn's life- where she is trying to leave the Hollywood star system, have more control over her career, and be taken as a serious actor. 

Final Verdict:
As someone who has studied the Hollywood Star System in University, I found this book interesting to learn more about Marilyn's personal experience with the System and what she did to reform her role in it. I think this book will be a disappointment for true Marilyn Monroe fans. Didn't hate it, but would only recommend it to people who have an interest in Film History, or are Marilyn Monroe fans who haven't read a lot about her. 

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Hey, It's Ok!
With Amber from Airing My Dirty Laundry
That I started a new job in March. I think I have finally found a work environment that not only aligns with my personal beliefs and what I'm looking for in a workplace culture, but also truly values their employees and invests in the wellbeing and happiness of their employees.

To be over this weather! It is June and we are still waiting for the warm, sunny Spring weather to arrive. 

That I'm heading to New Brunswick this summer!! I have never been and I'm excited to explore part of a new Province!! My trip will be quick- one a couple of days- but I'm hoping to see and experience as much as I can.

To be going to see Luke Bryan in September!! Love him, and love (and appreciate) that I was able to get tickets!!

Monday, 3 June 2019

So Positive

It has been a minute or two since I posted...I feel like I say that quite frequently, but that's ok- more on that tomorrow!! I've spent the past two and a half months adjusting to a new normal, after four months of uncertanity, with a month and a half of misery before that.

I'm excited about this new path that I am. I'm feeling fulfilled, happy, and that I can do what I'm best at with no one and nothing trying to hold me back or suffocate me. 

Life is good!!

I consider myself to be forever optimistic. Sure, I have my down days or times where I get into a negative funk. For the most part, I'm a very positive person. There are a lot of people who love this about me. There is a small group that hates this about me. 

There are people who are only happy if they have drama going on. There are people who like to gossip. There are people who are forever bitter and everything is negative to them. There are people who are pessimistic, who think everyone is out to get them, who think there is no good in the world, are always looking for the negative, who... These people are draining. DRAINING. 

Even when in the presence of these negative people, I always smile, laugh, and point out the good. 

Yes, I am so positive that negative people don't want to be around me. But I'm also so positive and have so many positive things going on, that I have time or energy for negative people. 

You are who you associate with...and I don't want to be associated with negative. 

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Empties Part 1

I have been blogging (on and off) for years, and I was a little surprised to see that I have done an empties post! If you are unfamiliar with 'empties' post, it's where people share the recently empty containers of products they have used.

Here we are, my first empties post!
  • Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water- In my opinion Micellar Water is Micellar Water, they are all basically the same. I tend to buy whichever Micellar Water is on sale/has a lower price point. I will say that I do really like this product and find it to be slightly less drying than other Micellar Waters.
  • eSalon Every Rich Way Moisturizing Conditioner and eSalon Getting Rich Moisturizing Shampoo- I bought both of these products during a FabFitFun add ons sale, and I wasn't able to find the conditioner online, which is why it's not linked. Both products added moisture to my dry hair, making it look and feel healthier. I found it to be equal to either shampoo/conditioners, so I likely won't repurchase, unless it's part of a sale again.
  • Garnier All-In-1 Cleansing Micellar Water- Again, I think Micellar Water is Micellar Water. I do like this product (and am currently using it), but it is a bit drying to my overly dry skin. Nothing that a little moisturizer afterwards can't fix.
  • Got 2b Beach Trippin Salt-Infusion Waving Spray- This product has been discontinued and this was the last bottle that I had. This was my holy grail of hair products. It provided beautiful, beachy waves without the crunchy, sticky residue that other salt sprays have. 
  • Marrakesh Argan and Hemp Oil- My new hair holy grail product. I use this oil every time I wash my hair. It leaves my hair hydrated, shiny, smooth, and healthy. I love this product and highly recommend it. 
  • Skin Laundry Restoring Night Serum- This product always seems to be sold out everywhere, so I haven't been able to repurchase. This serum left my skin looking smoother, and with an even tone.
  • Garnier Skin Active Moisture Bomb- I a, convinced that I have the driest skin in the world...I am constantly on the search for products that can hydrate my skin, and hydrate for longer than a couple of hours. This product is it! You can use it both in the morning and at night, it leaves my skin feel comfortable and hydrated for hours. This has been repurchased a number of times and is my current moisturizer. 
  • Osea Atmosphere Protection Cream- This is technically not an 'empty' but I've included it because I can't use it any more and threw it out. I really liked this product and used it daily. However, it reached a point where the product stopped coming out of the pump. If I shook the bottle, it would work, but then that stopped working. The pump wasn't clogged or just stopped working. It was too much of a hassle to the get the remaining product out, so I moved on.

There we have first empties! There were a lot of great products. The Osea Cream is the only one I wouldn't repurchase- great product, but a lot of money to spend on something where I can only use 2/3 of the product. The shampoo and conditioner is not necessarily something I wouldn't buy again, but it's not worth it to order online and have it shipped. I can, and have found, similar products that work just as well that I can pick up at Shoppers Drug Mart. All other products I have and will continue to repurchase.