I hope you are sitting comfortably, enjoying a nice Sunday, and in the mood for some random ramblings. Here we go:
My Favourite Musicals
I have already talked about my love for musicals (really, how much more wonderful life would be if we all burst into a song and dance every now and then?), so today I’ll just mention my favourite ones. There are many many more that I love, but these are the ones that I could watch again and again and never get tired of. Here we go:
Wicked tells the real story of the Wicked Witch Of The West, from The Wizard Of Oz. Born with green skin, Elphaba (the Wicked Witch) meets Glinda (The Good Witch) at uni. Despite their different personalities and opinions, they become friends, fall for the same man, and find out how corrupt the wizard’s government is. It’s their reactions to this discovery that determines their destinies.
Wicked is a social and political commentary on the nature of good and evil, power, and its ability to whitewash its supporters and slander its enemies. The music and songs are also amazing. Defying Gravity is currently my fave song ever. It boost my mood and my confidence every time I hear it (which is every day lately). I so can’t wait for the movie (should be out next year, fingers crossed!).
Norman Desmond is a faded star of the silent screen era. When she meets Joe Gills, a young and poor playwright, she believes he can bring her fame and love. But soon, it all turns bloody. A story of betrayal, disappointed hopes, and the fickle nature of fame, it shows just how cruel Hollywood can be.
Unfortunately the musical is very expensive to stage, which is why it is performed so rarely. But if you can, get hold of the soundtrack. It’s awesome, especially With One Look, a song that reminds us of the ability of silent film stars who could express whatever they needed to with just one look. The 1950s movie with the amazing Gloria Swanson is well worth a watch too.
The Phantom Of The Opera
Based on the French novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, its tells the story of the beautiful soprano, Christine Daaé, who becomes the obsession of a mysterious and disfigured musical genius. You all know the story, so go see the musical as soon as you can. I love the operatic style of the musical score, and I always get a shiver down my spine whenever I hear the title song, The Phantom Of The Opera. Absolutely breathtaking.
I love how over-the-top and extravagant this musical is. That’s part of its charm for me. It tells the story for Satine, a beautiful courtesan promised to a duke but who falls in love for a poor writer, Christian. It’s a story of love and death, passion and jealousy, hopeless dreams and harsh reality.
The movie is a feast for eyes and ears. I only wish they had chosen another actress. Nicole Kidman acts well, but she doesn’t have the voice to be the lead in a musical imo. Yet, I melt every time she and Ewan McGregor sing Come What May. That must be one of the most romantic songs of all time.
My Fair Lady
Based on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, My Fair Lady is a classic. Henry Higgins, a phoneticist, is determined to turn Cockeny flower girl Eliza Doolittle into a proper lady to win a bet. It’s delightful and charming, “the perfect little musical” as it has often been called. I Could Have Danced All Night is my happy song. Whenever I’m happy, I can’t help but sing it in my head over and over again.
What are your favourite musicals?
Beauty Wishlist, Vol.10
BARE MINERALS SEAMLESS SHAPING & FINISH BRUSH ($38.00)
A brush that features natural fibers for sheer application and blending of finishing powders, luminizers, and bronzers. You just can’t overdo them with a brush like this. Available at Sephora.
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I just can’t resist lipgloss sets. This one contains three doubled ended ones, for a total of six shades. They are: Charmer and Spark Plug (ballerina pink and dusty pink pearl), Show Off and Hot Shot (baby pink and flamingo pink), and Rebel and Stunner (pink mauve and pure magenta). Available at Sephora.
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CHANEL LE VERNIS ($27.00)
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What I’m Reading Now
Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It in Your Career. Rock Social Media. by Aliza Licht
A global fashion communications executive, Aliza Licht is the voice behind the wildly popular @DKNY PR GIRL twitter feed. She loves fashion, rocks social media, and is very passionate about mentoring. Her conversations on twitter have led her to have coffee, and dispense career advice, to strangers interested in starting working in fashion, PR, and social media. But she can’t have coffee with everyone. That’s why Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It in Your Career. Rock Social Media. was born.
Part professional memoirs and part career guide, this book tells you everything you need to know about how to land the job of your dreams even when you have no experience (Aliza had just left medical school when she got a job at magazine, a field she knew nothing about), how to create your own personal brand, how to make yourself indispensable at work (don’t learn just your job, learn everyone else’s too), how to rock social media and PR and much more. A lot of her advice can seem pretty basic, but it is incredible how many people still get this stuff wrong.
Well, now you won’t anymore. Aliza is honest, sarcastic, and friendly. Reading her book is like talking to a friend. One who’s firmly in your corner and encourages you to give your best and go after your dreams, but doesn’t hesitate to tell you the mistakes you are making and how much work is really necessary to succeed.
If your career is going nowhere, you are thinking of changing jobs, need a motivational boost, or are just a Licht fan, I highly recommend you pick up this book. You’ll love it. Available at Amazon.
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