Tuesday, 13 January 2015

POWER LADIES #1: Amy Poehler

Hello again and welcome to a new segment on lotteforever I like to call ‘power ladies.’ In these posts I will be writing about powerful, determined, inspiring and badass women and why I love them/what they’ve done which has made them such top chicks. So enjoy and read on to hear more about my first power woman: Amy Poehler.

If you don’t know who Amy is, you probably haven’t laughed properly yet. She is a comedian, actress, voice artist, director, producer and writer. Best known for her work in the hit TV show Parks and Recreation as well as Saturday Night Live, and various talk shows and sketches, Amy is one of my biggest heroes. You might have seen her co-hosting the Golden Globes, as she did again this year with her partner in crime Tina Fey. Or most likely you’ve seen her play Mrs George in Mean Girls, a film written by the glorious Tina Fey. 

Amy is one of the most hilarious and smart actors and comedians alive. She’s long been modestly outwitting (and being way funnier) her male counterparts, just watch an episode of Parks and Rec (6 seasons down and it only gets funnier), and you’ll see what I mean. She has worked so hard to get to where she is now - proving herself on hundreds of episodes and sketches, impressing and challenging directors and writers wherever she goes. She writes her own brilliant material and never fails to make an audience howl with laughter. She’s been doing stand up and improvisation (she co-founded the influential improv school, The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre) for a good 20 years, and really knows what to do when it comes to comedy. She's bloody smart. She knows what makes the perfect sketch or the best scene or that one great line - and she writes like a comedic genius. 

She is so hilarious it's not funny (hah). Her jokes and impressions and acting and commentary could keep me laughing for days. And the fact is, she’s not trying to prove that she’s the ‘greatest comedian’ or whatever. She’s being herself, working really hard and seeing what comes next. As a girl who loves comedy and acting myself and perhaps wants to pursue it, seeing someone like Amy pioneering the way is really important and special. 

As well as being a hilarious and extremely talented actor on many TV shows and movies, she has written a hell of a lot. Many episodes she’s starred in she’s written and has even published a autobiographical type book entitled ‘Yes Please’ which explores her life as a writer, actor and comedian whilst also bringing up children. She is also an executive producer on 'Broad City,' a webshow turned tv show about 2 women in New York living and having a good time (please watch if you don’t already). Basically, she's done it all. 

“Because what else are we going to do? Say no? Say no to an opportunity that may be slightly out of our comfort zone? Quiet our voice because we are worried it is not perfect? I believe great people do things before they are ready.” - Amy Poehler, 'Yes Please'

One of Amy’s biggest achievements is her work to do with promoting women’s rights and empowering young girls. Her website Amy's Smart Girlsis a hub for young women to learn and be part of a community. The show ’Smart Girls at the Party’ (the series that the website is based on) is focused on interviews with young women who are "changing the world by being themselves.” The show has it’s own Youtube channel and will develop into something huge, I’m 1000% sure. 

"Girls, if boys say something that is not funny.. You don’t have to laugh."

And in her YouTube series Ask Amy, Poehler gives advice and answers questions from fans. I wouldn’t usually recommend an advise video or anything like that, but what Amy says is pure truth - coz she’s battled sexism and self-doubt and everything else so you can trust her 100%. When she gives advice it’s not in a dialogue that’s formal or structured, it’s real and it’s good. She's for pushing women to achieve their goals and to find out their passion - what a legend. 

If we step back from the ‘feminist icons’ society is now selecting (e.g Taylor Swift) and look at someone like Amy who has wisely been breaking barriers in the comedy, film and tv arenas for years, it’s not hard to see who the real feminist icon really is. You know those people who just make you feel powerful whenever you read about/ hear about/ look at/ listen to them? Yeah that's Amy.

She's pretty much the coolest person I can think of and I want to be best friends like right now. Although I could never write enough about how amazing she is and all the cool stuff she's done - I just hope you're as big as a fan as I am.  

She is all for self-belief and trying everything out, taking risks, being bossy and pursuing what you love + she's super gorgeous - what’s not to love about Amy Poehler?

p.s a little anecdote from Tina Fey

“Amy Poehler was new to SNL and we were all crowded into the seventeenth-floor writers’ room, waiting for the Wednesday night read-through to start. […] Amy was in the middle of some such nonsense with Seth Meyers across the table, and she did something vulgar as a joke. I can’t remember what it was exactly, except it was dirty and oud and “unladylike”,  Jimmy Fallon […] turned to her and in a faux-squeamish voice said, “Stop that! It’s not cute! I don’t like it.”
Amy dropped what she was doing, went black in the eyes for a second, and wheeled around on him. “I don’t fucking care if you like it.” Jimmy was visibly startled. Amy went right back to enjoying her ridiculous bit. With that exchange, a cosmic shift took place. Amy made it clear that she wasn’t there to be cute. She wasn’t there to play wives and girlfriends in the boys’ scenes. She was there to do what she wanted to do and she did not fucking care if you like it.” - Tina Fey, Bossypants


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnwd4AmHbuY -> listen to her book being read by her
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0688132/ -> her imdb
http://www.oystermag.com/see-21-glorious-seconds-of-tina-fey-and-amy-poehlers-upcoming-film-sisters -> link to her upcoming film trailer with Tiny Fey!!

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Photo Diary - LONDON

This is part 1 of a series of photo (and possibly writing) posts from my recent trip to Europe 2014/15.


^ dad and I 

^ me thrilled at the prospect of owning 3 seasons of the inbetweeners for only $20

^ unapologetic selfie? hello.

^ borough market pork roll

^ Neal's Yard 

^ stunned at the stack of british beauty products (obvs)

^ Debbie Harry exhibition - incredible.

^ sketching Egon Schiele - amazing exhibition.

^ classic London chippie. see me enjoying my perfect meal below

^ London streets, Covent Garden

^ Borough Market crowds

^ beautiful Borough Market produce

^ Christmas lunch sneaky shot

^ breakfast in our apartment - all local produce :) 

I've also been filming our trip and uploading videos to youtube, click below if you want to have a look! The London Diaries are in 5 parts:

Thursday, 1 January 2015

throwback list of films watched in 2014 (faves are bolded)

inside llewyn davis,
 the book thief, 
catching fire, 
autumn: osage county,
nowhere boy, 
the virgin suicides, 
are we officially dating?,
le week-end,
I’m with you (grouplove doco) 
the wind rises ( haruki murakami’s last film )
now you see me
the spectacular now 
the kings of summer
scott pilgrim vs the world
the grand budapest hotel
it’s kind of a funny story
jiro dreams of sushi
whisper of the heart
the other woman
the wolf of wall street
spike island
the art of getting by
fight club
lost in translation
the rover
cuban fury
dallas buyers club
hangover part III
what we do in the shadows
remember me 
crazy, stupid, love
stuck in love
kill your darlings
palo alto 
pulp fiction
blue is the warmest colour
dead poets society 
god help the girl 
step up all in
bad neighbours
endless love
inbetweeners 2 
blue jasmine
22 jump st
in bloom
life after beth 
girl, interrupted
gone girl
the best of me
friends with benefits
chinese puzzle
place beyond the pines
the blue lagoon
bill cunningham’s NY
barbie princess and popstar
night on earth
the full monty
mac demarco pepperoni playboy doco
begin again

a lot of these films are quite old that I have been too lazy to watch in previous years but decided to watch in 2014. here's to many more great films in 2015 - feel free to comment any faves of your own!


old pieces of writing

A small collection of pieces I wrote a while ago which I just discovered! :)


I wake up in a haze. I feel like I've been awake for a while but also feel like I've been asleep for that time. The first thing I see is the blue mesh of our tent directly above me. When I say our tent I mean me and my kelpie, Red. I can hear him snoring very loudly next to me and it's not something I can deal with this early in the morning. I gently push him aside and as I do I look at my dirty hands. The side directly next to my little finger is dark brown from all the drawing I did last night of the landscape. My nails are short and stubby - from all the times I've scraped them or bitten them on nights where I can't figure out what to capture. My entire hand is dotted with speckles of almost faded white paint and sparkles - a result of an artwork I did a few days ago. There is dirt underneath every fingernail - but I rather like it. 

The door to our tent is open - and it was all night just in case Red needed to go out. I don't tell him but I love feeling the wind and musk waft into out tent. I look out into the area we're camped out in - our tarpaulin from stargazing last night still out next to the trees. I want to shade my eyes from the golden light but I don't because its captivating and startlingly beautiful. The lyrebirds are chirping away and the light is making silhouettes of the spindly trees in the distance. When we wandered here a few days ago in the pouring rain - I hadn't expected to see this view. 

I look back to Red and am not surprised to find him awake and looking straight at me. He often does this   and it makes me smile every single time he does. I step out onto the soft, damp bark and whistle to Red. As soon as I stand up he's at my heels and waiting for what will happen next. I stretch out my limbs and hum softly an old song Red knows. Red barks because he knows what I'm singing. I collapse with laughter after he jumps on me and licks my face with anticipation and happiness. I quickly jump up and run towards the sunlight with Red a few metres behind me. I know exactly where I'm going but I'm positive Red doesn't. I grab hold of a thick, brambly tree and climb my way up to the highest branch I can see. Red is looking at me with a curious yet confused expression on his face but once I start singing our song again he's lying on his back in sheer happiness. Once I finish the song I look down and see him sleeping heavily and snoring. I creep back down the tree, pick him up (and he's not the lightest) and carry him back to our site. I lie him up against a nice tree we found yesterday and retrieve my sketchbook and a brown pencil.

I reckon this will be my best drawing yet.


the water laps over my feet every few seconds and man that water is nice. my hair piled up in a nice bun looses a ringlet every time i swing. my rough denim jeans feel so comfy against my goosbumped skin. my warm tshirt catches each ray of sunlight and presses it against my chest. my chipped fingernails and rough hands clutch to the harsh rope - and i can feel the marks ingraining in my hand. 

the quiet rush of the stream is the only sound i hear - apart from the sound of Sam's giggling above me. i look up and admire Sam. god he is beautiful. he's wearing an old shirt and a pair of jeans that come just below his knee.  his light sprinkling of freckles across his golden face are lightened as a ray of light shines against him. his brown wide eyebrows furrow as he looks at me with a grin. his lips - a light shade of peach open as his laugh echoes around the bush.

i dive into the cool water - watching as Sam opens his mouth in disbelief. i smile like i know something he doesn't and dive underwater towards the bank. i whisper "go on" and just like that he jumps from such a great height and swims to be next to me. these are the first two words I've said to Sam but I'm hoping i ll get to say a lot more. he reaches behind me to get his book - an old hemingway classic and the only book he brought with him. i didn't ask why but i get the feeling he's read it a few times. the front cover has scars and creases and thumb marks that match Sam's fingers. I've been watching him a lot lately and know he's been watching me too. I don't about the book but ask him to read me an extract.

he says no and puts the book down. he looks like he's concentrating in a funny way and i laugh and i can tell he's impressed. instead he starts reciting a quote that i can tell he's been trying to remember. his voice, a husky country boy voice starts slow and whispers:

"What should I do about the wild and the tame? The wild heart that wants to be free, and the tame heart that wants to come home. I want to be held. I don’t want you to come too close. I want you to scoop me up and bring me home at nights. I don’t want to tell you where I am. I want to keep a place among the rocks where no one can find me. I want to be with you."

i smile and rest my head on his shoulder.