Speaking of unhappy hipsters (see post) I had drinks last night on Ossington with my lovely friend Heather.  Heather has been blogging for a couple of years now and had lots of inspiring advice.  I’m fortunate enough to have some friends with blogs both large and small that have helped me along in this adventure.  I thought I’d share these blogs with you.  Blogs are hard work, but lots of fun.  Maybe you’ll be like me and be inspired by these talented people to start your own.

I’m a Beauty Geek– This is the largest of my friends’ blogs.  Award winning blogger Janine Falcon writes about beauty and beauty products with charm and humour.  She believes that every woman is beautiful and that beauty should be accessible (good products can be found at your local drug store, not just that uber-expensive salon).  Not limited to the blogosphere, you can catch Janine sharing her beauty expertise in various Toronto newspapers and magazines and on tv shows like “Steven and Chris” and “Canada AM”.  See a previous post I wrote on Janine here.

Heather Morton Art Buyer– Heather is a commercial art buyer and if you’re a commercial photographer you should be reading her blog (and if you aren’t, what’s wrong with you?).  As a professional who hires photographers for commercial print shoots Heather is in a unique position to advise up-and-comers and share knowledge with established photographers.  Heather has three kids and if you check out her blog, full of articles, photos and interviews you will, like me, shake your head in awe as to how she gets it all done.  Heather, of course, works as an art buyer, but she also works as a consultant, taking the information she gives on her blog that one step further.

How it Plays Out–  Mike has probably been blogging the longest of this bunch.  His blog is a personal one rather than commercial.  I think of his blog as a wistful remembrance of things past.  Mike writes beautifully about past loves and mis-adventures.

Playing with Tablespoons– Take two ridiculously talented professional women who also happen to be amazing amateur bakers, come up with a baking challenge (like making handmade chocolates for Valentines day) and watch the games unfold.

I love that even with a selection of only four these blogs are so varied-large and small, personal and commercial.  There’s a huge, exciting, interesting blog world out there and I’m so happy to be a tiny, little part of it.

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Replace marshmallows with chocolate and I’m in.

Oh those poor unhappy hipsters.  They live in their modern homes full of clean lines and absent of clutter.  But can Eames chairs and a Le Corbusier chaise longue truly bring happiness to a hipster’s heart?

Even with his back to the bordello lampshade, he felt dirty inside

Have you ever read Dwell magazine?  While the oh-so-modern homes can be quite beautiful, the awkwardly posed people in them end up looking lonely and isolated.  At the Unhappy Hipster website the photos are given captions to express their owners’ hip unhappiness and to add to our amusement.

Even the soothing sway of the hammock couldn’t relax her; someone was watching.

What happens when a man with hereditary methemoglobinemia marries a woman with the same rare disease?  Would you believe blue children?  In the 1800’s Martin Fugate of France came to Troublesome Creek in Eastern Kentucky and married Elizabeth Smith.  They then proceeded to have seven children, four of them with blue skin (Martin Fugate himself had blue skin).  Apparently, due to an enzyme deficiency, the Fugates’­ blood had a diminished oxygen-carrying capacity, causing the blue skin. Six generations and years and years of inbreeding later there were still blue-skinned people found in Troublesome Creek as recently as 1982.  Sounds like an interesting idea for a movie- inbreeding, blue people, Troublesome Creek (what an awesome name).  Perhaps a hillybilly/alien love story/horror/adventure.

The Fugates of Troublesome Creek

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Best Pho restaurant name ever.

Pho Shizzle my drizzle

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Okay.  This is hilarious.  And weird.  And educational.  And kinda gross.  A guy gets completely smashed and then is forced to describe the history of Tesla vs. Edison and the origins of electricity.  Parts of the story are acted out by Crispin Glover and John C. Reilly.  I wish I was as articulate when sober as this dude is when he’s drunk.  I love it when the actors mouth the narrator’s “dialogue”.  Apparently it’s part of a series.  What a totally bonkers idea.  Beware, there is vomit around 4:00.

I want to like this.  But it looks stinky.  And Carrie better not cheat on Big after all the rigamarole to get them together .  That would be so annoying.  As much as I love Carrie and the girls I don’t think this show translates well to the big screen.  What do you think?  Will you see this movie?  I will, in spite of my doubts. I can’t resist.