In an alternate universe…

I think if I hadn’t chose the road I have, I would have liked to be a professor for cinema studies. Maybe it sounds pretentious or maybe it just makes me seem like I wanna sit around and watch movies all day but I think it’s a little bit of both. 😉 It would be a dream come true to have my own classroom where the whole point is to view and discuss the inspiration and impact of movies featuring strong women ensembles in their story’s time. Now I’m sure everybody has their own opinion of what this means but isn’t that the fun part? I know some of my favorite films starring women may not be the typical examples of feminism but that doesn’t mean I can’t make a case for them. Just like I’m sure my students would be able to suggest films with strong women leads that I have never even heard of or seen and could argue for those as well. It all just sounds so exciting to me!

Just for fun and because I have thought way more about this in the last few hours than I probably should have, I’ve decided to compile a list of just a few of the movies I would consider including in my imaginary syllabus. I’ve included a plot summary, piece of movie trivia, and an effective line of dialogue that lends some insight into why said film made it onto my list 🙂

Mona Lisa Smile (2003):

  • A free-thinking art professor teaches conservative 1950s Wellesley girls to question their traditional social roles.
  • In order to prepare for their roles, the leads were all put through a finishing school two weeks prior to filming.
  • [about the Mona LisaBetty Warren: [ironically] Look at this, mother. She’s smiling. Is she happy?… She looks happy, so what does it matter?

Clueless (1995):

  • A rich high school student tries to boost a new pupil’s popularity, but reckons without affairs of the heart getting in the way.
  • Is loosely based on Jane Austen’s 1815 novel Emma.
  • [about keeping her virginityCher: You see how picky I am about my shoes and they only go on my feet.

The Help (2011)

  • An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maids’ point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.
  • Skeeter’s bookshelf contains the following books: Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, and Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind. All three of these books are discussed many times in the original novel.
  • Mae Mobley: You my real mama, Aibi.

I know there are sooooo many more but like I said, this is just a sampling of movies I ❤ and respect.

What movies did I miss? Or which movies would you use? Comment below!

❤ emily.


Summer Lovin’!

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted and my summer days are drifting away so I thought it would be fun to feature some of my current faves! And away we go!

I’ve been looking for a quality shampoo for months now, that could kind of do everything for my tricky hair and I think I’ve finally found one that works (as of right now)! Tresemme Youth Boost truly leaves my hair soft, silky, and manageable!

On the skin side, I have two current faves: Moisturizer and make up! Literally, Aveeno Sheer Hydration feels so soft on my skin, I apply it everyday, and it doesn’t leave a greasy or wet feeling. 🙂 Now onto L’oreal True Match Lumi. This foundation is the only thing I’ve used all summer and it’s amazing. Goes on smoothly and evenly and results in a clean, dewy look, yet radiant!

I’m all about the summer TV series and right now I’m hooked on Astronaut’s Wives Club (ABC) I really have nothing more to say about it other than if you like some combination of history, space, and drama this is where you belong. Seriously, get on board before the finale this week! #teamgrissom

Girl Meets World (2014) Poster

Also, Guilty Pleasure Alert! I’ve finally caught up with Girl Meets World and as an obsessed avid fan of the original Boy Meets World, I have to say as we approach the end of season two, GMW has definitely grown on me. Don’t get me wrong it will never reach the epic feel goodness that I cannot even begin to explain of BMW but it has settled a little into it’s own and I’m excited to see where it takes us. I know the pilot was lackluster and most people have probably given up there but if we remember correctly season 1 of BMW wasn’t even that special but what helped it succeed was the believabilty of the little bitty natural child actors. Yes, GMW has a few kinks and stiffness to work out but just like any series that will come in time. Episodes are mostly worth it for the incredible performances of those from BMW past that we already know and love but GMW also features some of the most original and funny moments Disney channel has offered in the last 5 years… I know that’s not saying much with their rapid decline of quality control in the writing room but I’m willing to give them a chance. I just hope Disney does too. Anyway, I could literally write a dissertation on BMW / GMW if someone didnt stop me… sooo moving on.

In the literature circle, I hate to admit it but I was resistant at first to give the Legend series a chance. I think I was just soburnt out from dystopians that were all the same that I couldn’t imagine how this one would be any different. And while the premise is very similar, I can honestly say that this series was a rollercoaster of plot twists and such that kept me on my toes. It was a little more mature than others like it and I thoroughly enjoyed exploring the world that Marie Lu created.

For the foodies out there, did you know you could get Reese’s peanut butter in a jar!?!?!?! I SURE DIDN’T! But now I’m enjoying my afternoon snack of pretzels and PB with some probably not as nutritious or natural but freaking amazing PB.

Check back in a few months for some more faves with the arrival of my favorite season: AUTUMN!! ❤

*Disclaimer: I want to note that I truly do endorse all the random things I mention here, and I am not getting paid/compensated in any form for my comments. I can only hope that my words are heard so that these faves can continue to exist!