Mar 14 2014

Post Secret Favorites

Category: MediaEyeliah @ 8:10 am

If you haven’t been following Post Secret for the past few years, let me introduce you to this ground breaking community project. How it works is you mail in your secrets anonymously on a post card to Frank Warren at 13345 Copper Ridge Road in Germantown Maryland and every Sunday he shares about a dozen on the Post Secret website. Some make us laugh, some cry and most make us feel a stronger connection to the world.

Here are a few of my recent favorites.

Mar 04 2014

Recent Readings

Category: MediaEyeliah @ 11:15 am

I have been reading a lot lately, well really what else is new.
And I want to tell you about a few of my favorites.

Beautiful Ruins, Jess Walter
This was a book that I just could not put down. Spanning over decades and interweaving story lines Beautiful Ruins starts with a young Italian and his dreams of attracting the rich and famous to his tiny coastal town. I recommend to avoid synopses for this book as they are full of spoilers.

True Refuge, Tara Brach
This is my favorite meditation book. I find just quieting the mind too hard to commit to on a regular basis. Tara’s book is filled with different techniques and guided meditations which are much easier to fit into daily life.

Lullabies for Little Criminals, Heather O’Neill
Has anyone else read this Canadian masterpiece of a book? Baby is thirteen and is quickly learning that she has only herself to rely on if she wants to make it to adulthood and we watch her struggle and triumph along the way. Equal parts charming and heartbreaking, Lullabies is beautifully written and a definite reread.

Secret Daughter, Shilpi Somaya Gowda
Another page turner that took me just a few days to read. It starts with a women in India sneaking off fearfully into the night to have her baby in solitary. She must make sure it is a boy before she presents the child to her husband.

Yoga Nidra, Swami Satyananda Saraswati
Yoga Nidra is a form of guided meditation new to the type of classes that I offer to students. Because it is 45 minutes laying flat on the floor it’s no surprise that often they fall asleep and I am reading to a room of snorers and heavy breathers. This book gives great background information and example classes.

Two books I am about to start; Self Hypnotism by Leslie M. LeCron a book from 1964. It was being given away by a friend so I thought why not. And The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult about an unlikely friendship between a young woman and an elderly man.

What have you been reading?

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Dec 28 2013

Catching Fire Hunger Games Style

Category: MediaEyeliah @ 12:49 pm

I read all three Hunger Games books. The first movie was good though it strayed from the original story in a few too many places and didn’t quite capture the opulence of the capital and Effie Trinket.

In Catching Fire they got a new director and new costume designer and it made a world of difference for Katniss’ world. The director stayed a lot closer to the story, which in truth may have been made easier as this is the ‘filler’ book. And Trish Summerville, the costume designer from The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo definitely gets an A+. Each Effie outfit below is Alexander McQueen.

Wedding dress by Tex Saverio.

And I’ll just leave you with Effie’s dream sequence esque butterfly dress.

Dec 10 2013

The Glamorous 1980′s

Category: Inspiration,MediaEyeliah @ 12:47 pm

For the past couple days I have been sick, nothing too bad but definitely taking it easy on myself. As a result I ended up watching a lot of Glee and Doctor Who which lead to some very interesting dreams of the Glee kids getting covered in krillitane oil and fighting with song as one of the Doctor Who villains tries to suck their faces off… I also watched a couple of glamorous 80s movies Purple Rain and Less Than Zero. It’s great how at the night clubs guys are always in suits, girls in big hair and shoulder pads. so I decided to make collages for you.

Less Than Zero is very Miami Vice meets Dynasty if everybody was really really depressed.

The costumes in Purple Rain are rich in their frills and velvet deliciousness as well as inspired songs and heartache.

And if that wasn’t enough 80s Glam Goodness for you today, check out Daily Mail for a peek at the Ibiza, Moments in Love photos by Derek Ridgers take in black in white in 1984.  If you look closely, you’ll notice that some of the people in the background are dressed quite average/boring. It remind me of some of the parties I’ve been to almost 30 years later. At many events there are only the few and far between die hards who go all out and look amazing, sometimes I am one of them.

Last weekend friends put on a fun neon themed party. I was more inbetween as I wore layered tops of neon green, pink and purple with shorts with bright tights, oh and some tattoo redesign inspired glittery glow in the dark face make up. This is a photo from the bus, I’m wrapped up from the cold on the way to go dance. :)

Dec 01 2013

Dawson’s Sucky Creek

Category: MediaEyeliah @ 11:43 pm

Okay maybe that title is a bit harsh, but not really. This is definitely old news but recently I started watching Dawson’s Creek on Netflix only to discover that a majority of the music has been changed. Season Two alone has 95 song replacements! I can live without I Don’t Want To Wait annoying me in the opening credits but when you take a romantic scene set to Kiss The Rain by Billie Meyers and change it to a song I’ve never heard before (If You Came Back by Tommy Holmes) it kind of breaks my heart. Save Tonight by Eagle-Eye Cherry, Run-Around by Blues Traveler, How by Lisa Loeb and Hold on To Me by Cowboy Junkies gone! If you don’t know who any of these artists are, that’s okay. It just means you probably aren’t a 90′s kid like me and you should go immediately to youtube and watch their videos. Apparently they had a lapse in their music rights before the dvds were made.

If you like to analyze things you can see all the songs including the replacements here;

And yes, James Van Der Beek is crying about it.


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