Showing posts with label film. Show all posts
Showing posts with label film. Show all posts

Friday, December 15, 2017

My Skellig Michael Experience

When it was decided that our next family trip would be to the Emerald Isle, I knew we could not go without also taking an excursion to a galaxy far far away...

Skellig Island. A literal rock of an island towering above the wild pacific, also quite literally in the middle of nowhere off of Ireland. People (including tourists) have fallen to their death in their attempts to climb to the top of this beautiful island. Oh, and it’s at least an hour away from shore in a fisherman’s boat with rough seas and NO BATHROOMS FOR FOUR HOURS. 
There’s also a 50/50 chance that YOU WON'T be able to actually go on the island when the day comes (too rough seas), (too much rain), (currents are bad). 
BUT.... if the Irish rain holds up just enough, the tides are just right, and the current is on your side, you’ll have a chance. 
A chance to explore and climb one of the wildest pieces of land on this earth. And to me, that was a chance I had to take. 

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Pieces of Paris (part 1)

I've been trying to figure out how to write everything down that has inspired me lately. The truth is, it's an overwhelming and extremely difficult task to have all of this material and not know where to begin the creative process. I have seen so much in these past months. In two weeks, I traveled to three different countries and saw three major foreign cities. I flew to fashion capitals and took trains to rugged villages. And ever since I have returned, people have asked me what the best part was. What was the most beautiful  place. And I have no clear answer. Every sidewalk held its own grace, every stoop had its own story. And the collection of each place was just as beautiful as the next. But I think that what makes a place beautiful is how you choose to walk around in it. Everyone sees a place differently, but to really see the beauty of a place, you have to become a part of it. You have to forget that you are only a visitor. Because when you feel like you belong there, then the whole world becomes your home. And as a traveler that is the most freeing feeling I've ever experienced. But I still didn't know how to write it all down. All of this inspiration was just coming at me, and what resulted was scribbles of lyrics and sonnets and journal entries. I don't really know what to call these pieces of writings, because they are all  really pieces of moments from all of these beautiful places. Some were written on trains between countries, some were written in a Parisian flat, and others were thought off along ocean cliffs. To begin, here are some pieces of Paris, along with a little video accompaniment.

Friday, January 22, 2016


We should be asking questions.
Simple questions.
Where does this fabric come from?
Who made these jeans I am wearing?
Is that person ok?

This might sound melodramatic to some of you out there, but fashion has always been a part of my life. The whole idea of putting together items of clothing, getting to know fabrics, becoming familiar with the art of clothing (through learning how to sew and appreciating that art)- just makes me really happy. Call it a hobby. For some, watching football while eating chips and drinking certain beverages is a hobby. For me, going through my closet and putting the pieces together to make something pretty is a hobby.

Because I have a certain fondness for clothes, I am also particularly familiar with this thing called shopping. When quality clothes are too pricey (which is 99 percent of the time), I know where to go to get pretty things without breaking the bank, and i'm sure that all of you fashion and budget conscious people out there know of these places too. Other than the sometimes wonderful sale section of my favorite clothing store (Anthropologie) (cough cough), when I need a certain clothing item, I find myself at stores that have a large variety and small price tags. Most people do. It's ok, this is a blog. Let's be honest here.

So some stores that seem great for variety and price are Forever 21 (don't sue me), H&M (who is hopefully not reading), and basically every other brand that has mannequins that change every other day and a lot of stuff in their stores. Up until two weeks ago, I thought these stores were great and convenient and actually reasonably priced!

Fast forward to today, where I am saying that I aim to never buy an item from stores like this again.

I recently got the two month free Netflix thing, and I sort of have this guilty pleasure that includes watching a ton of documentaries, so you can only imagine how crazy I was going watching documentaries. Anyway, I stumbled across this documentary called The True Cost, and seeing that it was about the fashion industry, I excitedly pushed the play button.

Warning: After watching this documentary you will never be able to step inside your "favorite" stores again without feeling some sort of sadness and guilt.

The truth is that a ten dollar shirt is not a normal shirt.
There's more that goes into clothes.
More love
More quality
More care.
And yet, here we are.
Standing in front of a clothes rack.
Where everything is on sale all the time.

 I am not the sort of person who is ok with unknowingly contributing directly to the harmful conditions of fellow humans.
Unfortunately, until seeing this documentary, I was never really aware of the reality behind the little printed made in (foreign country) tag that is so common on almost every item in major retail stores. Before I reveal these realities that penetrate almost every popular clothing store, here is some info about the fashion industry in today's age.


This is the golden rule for major fashion retail brands. We live in a society where fashion changes EVERY DAY. Some people actually attempt to keep up with these "trends". The result are major retail stores that get thousands of new clothes in every day and throw thousands of "yesterdays" clothes away every other day. This concept is almost hard to grasp because it seems so unreal, and yet, this is reality. You may be thinking "ok, so sadly these clothes are being thrown away in extremely large numbers and being put in landfills all while releasing harmful toxins into the air, but there is no direct link to any actual human beings being hurt by me buying a shirt."

The documentary follows a textile factory worker in Bangladesh who gets barely enough money to eat, but goes to work in a factory because it is her only option. In the factory, she is taking in harmful chemicals from the rapidly produced fabrics and the factory itself  is at risk of collapse. Thousands of people in a nearby factory have already died because their factory did collapse. Hundreds die taking in the harmful chemicals given off and many people in the area are born with defects and deformities as a result. These are the factories that produce goods for the stores that are across our streets and in our malls. This is the reality behind the mannequins of H&M and Forever21 and many other retail stores.

After watching the video and shedding many tears, I rushed up to my closet to face the inevitable. I read the labels. Made in Bangladesh. Made in China. Made in India.

My heart sunk.

I looked at my Anthropologie pieces for some hope. My favorite homey, quirky, great-smelling store.
Made in Indonesia.

After watching this video and pulling myself together, I realized that I actually learned a lot of things. I learned that even cotton is being produced in a harmful way and that there is a big difference between simple "cotton" and "organic cotton".  I learned that fashion is the second most polluting industry after oil. I also learned that there is a big price that people in another part of the world are paying for my pair of $8.50 slacks. I learned that as a customer, and not a consumer, I can decide where I buy my clothes and I deserve to know everything about that product. Nothing should be hidden. Thankfully, there are fair trade fashion brands out there that answer all of the simple questions shoppers should ask and provide quality clothing that pays attention to the people who make it.

In the future, I plan to make guilt-free fashion choices and wear clothes that are not made in ways that endanger another person's life. Will I step into a retail store again? Probably. Will I see the stores the same way and buy things more easily? No. Because no clothing item is worth the price of inhumanity.

"I don't want anyone wearing anything,
which is produced by our blood."
-Shima Akhter (Bangladesh Garment Factory Worker)

with the hope of sharing this information and my experiences in the most honest way possible,

all text other than Shima Akhter's quote from The True Cost was written by Angelica owner of angelicasallegories

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Awakening The Legend- a review on the new Star Wars trailer

No, I have not forgotten readers. You might be a bit upset with me because my last post said that my next post will be today, and well, it's 11:34 pm, but hey, it's Friday. That makes me either really crazy or really devoted. Let's say a little bit of both for now. Anyway- Awakening the Legend. The legend of the force. (Pause for suspenseful effect while I sniffle from so many good feels on this so very epic movie)

Friday, November 21, 2014

Ideas that Travel Dimensions- a film review on Interstellar

"We all have our time machines, don't we. Those that take us back are memories... And those that carry us forward, are dreams."   - H.G. Wells, The Time Machine

There are a shortage of movies in the world that make people think. I saw Interstellar with my Dad over the weekend and I was expecting a wannabe-Oscar-nominee kind of movie. That guy in the corny car commercial was in it (Matthew Mcconaughey) and his country accent was a tad overdone in the beginning, but other than that, I liked it. A lot. It made me feel a little guilty for hating math, and it changed my perspective.