Friday Flick – Garden State

What:  Garden State Garden State

When:  2004

Who:  Zach Braff, Natalie Portman, Ian Holm, Method Man and Peter Sarsgaard.

What’s the story:  After being a decade away from home and his hometown of New Jersey, Andrew Largemen – part successful actor, part waiter – returns to the Garden State from Los Angeles to attend his mother’s funeral. During his time at home, he lays off prescribed drugs that his controlling psychiatrist father and doctor claimed he needed, and begins to see life for what it truly is. In these days of self-realization, Andrew reconnects with his closest friends from Jersey and begins a genuine relationship with a girl who shares some of the problems he has.

Where:  New Jersey

Why it’s amazing:  This movie is a simple yet complex story, which stems off Zach Braff’s childhood and personal experiences. Braff truly puts it together in a story run by unique characters that appear simple on the outside, but offer a lot of depth to the plot. Also, the music selected for this movie rocks!

What is bad about it:  The occasional watcher of this film may find some parts slower than others, but overall, it isn’t bad in terms of its speed.

Wonderful scene in the movie:  When Andrew (Braff) and Sam (Portman) are sitting by the fire, warming up and talking about their lives, which is concluded by this amazing tap dance performed by Sam.

Fun Fact:  Zach Braff played triple duty for this film. Garden State was written by Braff, he held the starring role in the film, and it was his directorial debut.

Natalie Portman

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Perfect Picture Pic – Dancing the Night Away

A couple of months ago, one of my close friends got married and had one of my favourite photographers, Assaf Friedman, as her photographer to capture this special day. I absolutely love Assaf’s style of capturing memorable moments and how he puts everyone as ease as he takes their picture.

Here is a picture I loved at first glance… a picture of me and my fiancée dancing and celebrating the night away:


Photo Credit:  Assaf Friedman Photography



Show Your ‘Mo!

Well, it’s been a week into November already and you know why it is obvious? More mens’ stubble is starting to show, in the form of a mustache! That’s right. It is Movember time – the annual awareness campaign that takes place each November, where men are challenged to grow mustaches as a way to raise funds for and awareness of men’s cancers such as prostate and testicular cancer, as well as general mental health issues. When it started, people would laugh at the idea of their guys growing facial hair, especially on some faces that could not rock it. However, to this day, over 4 million mustaches have been grown worldwide for the cause, truly putting the spotlight on fundraising and education of men’s health issues.

Now, for us ladies, even though we cannot participate in Movember in the same way as the boys, it doesn’t mean we need to be fully left out. Since Movember came on the scene and exploded into this clever charitable movement, the symbol of the mustache has been adopted by many fashion and lifestyle brands. This allows for us girls to partake in mustache-themed items to help express the ‘Mo in our own way and support the cause.

Here are just a few of the many mustache ways to express your own ‘Mo…

From Forever 21 – Mustache Charm Necklace in Gold or Silver:

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From Mustache Stuff – Mustache Reusable Cup with Straw:

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 From Esty – Blue Mustache iPhone Case:

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However you may want to express your ‘Mo this Movember, don’t forget to give back! Donate what you can to the Movember cause!