Documentaries I Watched and Loved

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To me one of the best things about Netflix are all the documentaries you can stream. I can’t tell you how many interesting, informative, and all around inspiring films I’ve come across that I probably would’ve never had the opportunity to see (or even know about!) with regular cable. Here are a few that I’ve recently loved:

Dior et Moi // This movie initially debuted in the spring of last year, and I remember trying to make plans to see it in theaters with a friend, and we just never got around to it. I’m so glad Netflix has it now! The documentary takes you inside the creation of Raf Simons’ first haute couture collection at Dior, during the spring and summer of 2012. It was fascinating to see how such a major, storied fashion house produces a collection, from inspiration to the final stitches. I especially loved meeting all the unbelievably skilled seamstresses who bring the pieces to life — they are truly the unsung heroes. You might remember this show as the one with all the flowers; if you loved seeing the pictures, you’ll love seeing how the sets were conceptualized. Perhaps the documentary also provides some context as to why Raf Simons recently left Dior — watch and you’ll agree, the timelines feel completely insane!

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Twinsters // Two girls, living across the planet from one another, discover each other through the Internet. No big deal, right? Except, they look alike. Really, REALLY alike. And they were both adopted. Could they be twins separated at birth? Directed by actress Samantha Futerman, this is a charming, fun to watch film that really hit close to home for me. Like the girls, I was born in South Korea and adopted as an infant, and have spent much of my life thinking and wondering about the siblings that I suspect I have out there in the world (while probably not a twin…who knows, right?). Watching these girls, what blew my mind the most was how two people can grow up so differently and end up so alike. It’s pretty fascinating, how much our genes play a role in who we are.

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Chef’s Table // After we finished this six-part series, I turned to Joe and told him it was the best thing that I’d watched in at least six months. Perhaps it’s partially because of my own history with exploring the culinary arts, but I think it was primarily because hearing the stories of these incredible chefs — artists, really — was unbelievably inspiring. Each episode of Chef’s Table focuses on a chef who’s doing something really interesting with their food. And I don’t mean creating expensive, fancy dishes necessarily (though there’s that) — I think all their food is really saying something about who they are. The episodes talk about the chefs’ childhoods, their influences, formative experiences, and how they see the world. Each person’s approach and philosophies were so different, and it was interesting to compare how each arrived at them. The series is beautifully shot, and really just…immersive. Joe and I both loved it; it’s hard to choose a favorite episode/feature (though Niki Nakayama’s, which we watched last, stands out as the only female feature). If you love food, but more so, if you are a creative person or a person trying to create, you must watch this series.

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Images: Dior et Moi, Vogue UK    ·    Twinsters, via YouTube   ·    Chef’s Table, Netflix via the New York Times

"All we wanna know is where the stars came from, but do we ever stop to watch them shine?" - Jon Bellion

January Playlist

(and some thoughts on creativity, with life updates too)

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Hello, hello! I’m stopping in to share this month’s playlist, filled with tunes I’ve been enjoying over the last few rainy weeks. You can follow along here, and just as a heads up, I’ve switched up the previous month’s playlists to make most all of them public/available (so you can subscribe to them at any time!).

What’s been going on? Anything new? Things on this side of the computer are jamming. I’ve been incredibly busy with web design projects, pondering (ok, putting into motion) an overhaul of my own website, and trying to find time for the fun stuff too — especially “just for the hell of it” creative endeavors. Results have been mixed (more on that in a minute). Read the full post +

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TO PEDAL IN COUSCOUS: My French teacher sent us this hilarious list of 12 French expressions. I wonder what the reverse list would look like, with crazy English expressions? (She also sent this video on la bise, or how French people greet one another. It’s probably NSFW unless you have headphones, due to profanity, but it’s fantastic…and I’ve been told, quite accurate!)

THE END OF SMALL TALK: An essay on an interesting, no BS way of getting to know people. Do you think you could eliminate small talk? (I personally hate it…though I can admit, sometimes it’s necessary.)

LIFE AFTER BLOG FAME: A really great piece on what the couple behind Young House Love are up to now, and how building a blog business impacted their lives (good and bad).

THIS WEEK, IN RANDOM NERD READING: I came across this article on Venus flytraps via the iOS News app, and was kind of fascinated! Yes, an article on Venus flytraps — I promise, this one is pretty interesting. I remember being given one of these plants when I was maybe 7 or 8, though it didn’t make it more than a week…who knew how ruthless they were?!

HOW TO STAY FOCUSED: Hitha put together a great post detailing how she keeps focused, including a fantastic list of resources and apps. Bookmark this if you feel like you’re… ooh hey, what’s that over there?

SNOW DAYS: For anyone in the path of the storm this weekend, hope you’re hunkered down and prepared — stay safe out there. I was charmed by this little short story David Sedaris contributed to The New Yorker many years ago, which they re-ran online in honor of the blizzard.

METHOD X REBECCA ATWOOD: My friend Rebecca recently launched a collab with Method — for a limited time, you can find her beautiful designs on Method products, sold exclusively at Target. She talks about the collab here, and right now on her blog, is taking everyone behind the scenes into many of the designs and the inspiration behind each. So gorgeous!

A LOVE STORY GONE WRONG: I’ll just let the title of this article summarize it for you: “The Celebrity Surgeon Who Used Love, Money and the Pope to Scam an NBC News Producer.” It’s a pretty nutty story, and I wonder — would you have done anything differently in her shoes?


Wishing everyone a happy Friday, and a wonderful weekend ahead!


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Image: Death to Stock, with graphics added by Victoria McGinley