golden medium


The Godfather (1972)

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Cinematography by Gordon Willis

While I’m on the subject of the TV show, here are some things to remember:

  • An adaptation will never be the same as its source. Things will be changed: taken away, added, altered. This will happen, because it’s a completely different medium and some things just won’t translate.
  • Appearances aren’t everything. Everyone will be disappointed with some aspect of the casting. They are not going to find someone who looks exactly like your headcanon. Give the actors a shot - they might surprise you.
  • Just because it isn’t exactly the same doesn’t mean it will be bad. 

Speaking from experience, one of my favourite books is also one of my favourite TV shows: Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, which is a 1000 page novel and was made into a 7 part BBC drama. Obviously they had to change a lot of what I’ve mentioned above:

  • Scenes were moved around in order
  • Drawlight was cast completely differently to his descriptions in the book (just one example)
  • Scenes were added (I’m thinking of a lot of the Starecross scenes), a lot of scenes were removed (too many to count because y’know, 1000 page novel)

And IT WORKED. It’s a completely different beast from the book, but it is wonderful in its own right. The thing it does so well is keep to the tone and the atmosphere of the book, which I think is one of the most important things for TRC. 

As far as I’m concerned, if this TRC show can do that then things will be fine.

The important thing is to keep an open mind. At this point (as far as I’m aware) we don’t even know when it’s going to be made. It might be years: these things can move slowly.


Asiatic Golden Cat (Pardofelis temminckii)

The Asian golden cat is a medium-sized wild cat, typically weighing about 25 – 35 lbs. Its average length is about 4 feet including its tail. The Asian golden cat ranges from the lowlands of Southeast Asia up into the Himalayas, sometimes up to 3,000 m.

 They are opportunistic predators, eating ground birds, rodents, reptiles, and other small-to-medium prey. The Asian golden cat is listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) as Near Threatened. Threats to the Asian golden cat include habitat loss due to deforestation, indiscriminate snaring, and illegal trade in its pelt and bones…

(read more: Wikipedia)

photos: Kaeryn | Flickr and Cloudtail the Snow Leopard | Flickr

Tofu scramble with sweet potato hash browns.

So delicious and so simple. Two very important criteria for me when deciding what to cook. One, because, well, delicious food is important if I actually expect to eat anything (lol) and two, if it’s not simple I lose interest pretty quickly. I wouldn’t say I’m lazy but rather busy. I’m always running around doing several different things so instead of trying to find more time to cook (and making myself crazy) I find things to make that can fit into the time I already have available (which isn’t much lately). Feel me? Good.

Sweet Potato Hash Browns

1 large (or 2 medium) sweet potatoes, peeled and grated
¼ cup gluten free flour
2 tbsp. refined coconut oil (plus more for cooking)
½ tsp. salt

Wash and peel the sweet potatoes then shred them and using a colander, rinse the potato shreds until the water runs mostly clear. Squeeze the rinsed potatoes to remove excess water. I like to transfer them to paper towels to remove more water. Transfer potatoes to a medium sized bowl. Add flour, oil and salt and mix until incorporated.

Add 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil to a skillet on medium heat. Measure ¼ cup sweet potato shreds into the pan and use a spatula to flatten them. Cook for about 3 minutes per side or until golden to medium brown and crispy. Transfer cooked hash browns to a plate lined with paper towels to soak up any excess oil.

B E C C A   S U N L I T   B R O N Z E R   C O L L E C T I O N  

This week I received the brand new BECCA Sunlit Bronzer Collection which was kindly gifted to me by the goddesses of BECCA themselves.

As we know BECCA do highlighters really well, I’m also a huge fan of their Multi-tasking Perfecting Powders. So my enthusiasm for this new Bronzer collection will come as no surprise. 

On opening the box I was greeted by the unusual Bronzed version of the distinctive BECCA compact. The reflective antique Gold feels super luxe and pairs perfectly with the glossy Brown housing of the bronzers. 
Inside each attractive compact resembles the silky sand dunes of the Sahara Desert! 
And much like the hot sand glistening under the beaming rays of the Sun, this creamy powder is laced with light reflecting particles that shine through. 

There are 5 shades available all of which are a neutral coloured bronze which makes them suitable for every skin-tone. The formula is a creamy powder which sweeps over the skin beautifully; used lightly they will give you a softly sun-kissed appearance, but layer the bronzer and you can achieved ‘just-stepped-off-the-beach’ skin! 

Here are swatches of all the shades - the top set were taken outside in direct daylight, the bottom set were inside by the window - subtle differences but I think it’s good to see how a product looks both indoors and outside.
With flash photography the product pretty much looked identical to the bottom image - a subtle glow. 

From left to right:
BALI SANDS - Soft Golden Beige, fair to medium skin tones.
CAPRI COAST - Warm Golden Bronze, light to medium skin tones. 
BRONZED BONDI - Medium Amber, medium skin tones. 
IPANEMA SUN - Medium Auburn Brown, medium to dark skin tones.
MAUI NIGHTS - Sienna-Kissed Bronze, deep skin tones. 

Tips for applying the bronzer;
Sweep in a C-shape motion starting at the apples of the cheeks and gliding upwards towards the temples. 

Each bronzer retail at $38 each and are available at Ulta and BECCA cosmetics.
They will also be available for purchase from Sephora on 25th April! 


LEGO Creator Expert Carousel (10257)

Oh Boy, what a beauty it is. This set really captures everything LEGO is about: creative building, lovely details, sophisticated construction and most definitely a ton of fun.

I am also really impressed how well LEGO manages to keep everything secret this year. Except for an image of a store calendar earlier this week, the official press release today was the first impression of this set and that’s how things should be, because this way the wait is only one month (even less with VIP early access) until you can hold this set in your hands.

Press Release:

10257 Carousel, 2,670 pieces.
US $199.99 - CA $249.99 - DE 179.99€ - UK £159.99 - DK 1499.00 DKK
Available 1st June. (Early access for VIPs in mid-May is likely but unconfirmed.)

Discover the fairground’s star attraction with the Carousel!

Experience the majestic Carousel with a wealth of delightful features, including a large textile canopy, ornate reflective rounding boards with blue and gold detailing, reflective center panels, and a 2-tier deck comprising a raised boarding platform with handrail and a main platform with 5 buildable animal rides, including a white swan and 4 moving animals.

Turn the crank and see the elephant, tiger, flamingo and frog move up and down as the carousel rotates. This delightful LEGO Creator Expert model has an iconic elegance that evokes feelings of nostalgia, romance and adventure. Upgrade with LEGO Power Functions for fully motorized operation.

  • Includes 7 minifigures: a ride operator, mom, dad, boy, girl, grandmother and a granddaughter.
  • The Carousel features a large textile canopy, ornate, reflective rounding boards with blue and gold detailing, reflective center panels, two-level deck comprising a raised boarding platform with handrail and a main platform with five buildable animal rides, including a white swan and four moving animals: an elephant, tiger, flamingo and a frog.
  • Also features a sturdy, buildable base for easy transportation.
  • Buy your ticket at the booth, take the stairs to the boarding platform and choose your favorite animal ride.
  • Turn the crank and see the elephant, tiger, flamingo and frog move up and down as the carousel rotates.
  • Enjoy an ice cream, candy or a delicious hot dog as you watch the whirling carousel.
  • Accessory elements include a camera, ice cream, candy and a hot dog in a bun.
  • New decorated elements include printed tickets and printed storybook tiles.
  • Includes lots of molded golden elements, reflective golden labels and medium-blue/dark-blue elements.
  • Motorize the Carousel with the LEGO® Power Functions 8883 medium motor and 88000 AAA battery box (not included).
  • Collect and build an entire fairground with the LEGO Creator Expert 10247 Ferris Wheel.
  • Measures over 12” (32cm) high, 14” (38cm) wide and 13” (35cm) deep.