mind, body, spirit | april 2014

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

MIND: Lots to talk about this month, so I'll jump right in! I found it so interesting to read this story on what a day in the life of legendary makeup artist Pat McGrath is like. Hint: it often includes 30-50 assistants and 2,000 pairs of false eyelashes.

In this short but powerful piece, Ricky Gervais talks about his path as an artist, success, and why you should never give in to pressure to go the safe route:"The broadest, most inoffensive, mainstream hits are so often the least 'talked about.' They just happen and wash over a disconcerting majority once a week."

I loved reading this behind the scenes look at Beyoncé's entertainment company, Parkwood, as told through the people in her inner circle (and brief email interviews with Bey herself).

I've been slowly reading all the profiles in this year's 100 Most influential People issue. I particularly liked this ones on Seth Meyers written by Amy Poehler.

The colour palette and vibe of St. Vincent's video for her track Digital Witness is mesmerizing.

Have you heard of The New Potato? It's a food and lifestyle blog that's quite different in both content and tone from its peers. I found this interview with Brett David fascinating, and this one with Kiernan Shipka charming.

Have you heard of Felicity Jones? She's an English actress whom I admire. This profile (and accompanying photos — love that pink backdrop) in Vogue UK made me like her even more.

My friend Nicole introduced me to London Grammar and I've been listening to them on a loop for the past week. Their sound is reminiscent of Portishead, Florence and the Machine and even Lana del Rey. Be sure to check out their moody cover of Nightcall.

BODY: I've been watching The Mind of a Chef on Netflix this week and was also interested to read chef David Chang's take on the virtues of "rotten" food.

Crème de Violette is my liqueur of choice, though it's almost impossible to track down in Canada. (Side note: please tell me if you know where I can buy it in Toronto?) I'm planning to bring a few bottles back with me from Madison so I can make as many Aviation cocktails my heart desires this summer. I also really want to try this one and a spiked version of this floral lemonade.

Last week I rediscovered one of my favourite culinary guilty pleasures: deviled eggs. I think I'll try my hand at this recipe in the near future.

SPIRIT: I really connected with this post on how to be an artist on Rock and Roll Bride.