mind, body, spirit | march 2014

It's time for the March edition of Mind, Body, Spirit, where I round up discoveries, decisions, and other delights of the past month.

MIND: Two TV shows have stood out to me this month, though they have absolutely nothing in common. Parade's End is five-part BBC/HBO miniseries based on a series of novels by Ford Maddox Ford. The period drama spans 10 years and revolves around the first World War. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall, two magnificent actors whose performances as husband and wife are riveting. Be prepared to be both enthralled and endlessly frustrated by the characters in this series. On the other end of the spectrum, I've started watching Broad City and oh my god that show is hilarious. It follows the (mis)adventures of two best friends in New York, and is adapted from the web series of the same name by creators/stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson. The fact that Amy Poehler is one of the show's executive producers should give you an extra push to check it out!

Vogue recently shared a brief interview with Michelle Williams on her experience preparing for the role of Sally Bowles in the Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of Cabaret. As I greatly admire Williams, it would be such a thrill to see her perform in one of my favourite musicals. Have you seen her in Blue Valentine, Take This Waltz or My Week with Marilyn? She's particularly luminous in all three.

If you're on Goodreads, are you joining the 2014 reading challenge? Basically, you set a goal of a certain number of books you aim to read this year and keep track of the endeavour via Goodreads. You can also check out your friends' challenges and see what they're reading and have enjoyed. I'm slowly working my way through my challenge number of 40 books this year and loving every minute.

I am really enjoying this Instagrandma and her photos.

BODY: For better or for worse, the Kardashians have really popularized the intensely contoured makeup look. While their style is too heavy-handed for my taste, subtle contouring is something I'm into. I thought this post on how to contour without a kit was refreshing and that you guys might find it helpful. Also, this step-by-step post on contouring with foundation was solid (if you can ignore the orange-toned images).

Ever since she released her surprise album, I've been watching Beyonce's videos on a loop for a good three months. Naturally, I was thrilled when Into the Gloss posted an interview with Francesca Tolot, one of Beyoncé's longtime makeup artists. Tolot was responsible for many of the looks of the visual album, as was Sir John, who was interviewed by Vogue about the project.

SPIRIT: I loved this interview with Claudia Karven for Big Hearted Business's Inspiration Bomb Series. Here's one of my favourite quotes:

"I think we all feel vulnerable and exposed as performers and as creative artists. I think the older I get the more I realize how much a creative artist exposes of themselves in their music when they're saying what they write about, what they sing about, what an artists paints on the canvas, how a director directs a scene. There is nowhere for us to hide.You can see that person and their soul in everything that they do. So you are incredibly exposed."

Lastly, this post on Fstoppers on avoiding creative burnout by John Schell was just what the doctor ordered.