Archive | February, 2013

Disney’s Paperman: A Timeless Tale of Love

14 Feb

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Disney never disappoints me, ever. As some of my readers know, I am a huge Disney advocate. A huge thank you to Nikki, who recently shared the link of the animated short film with me. Paperman accompanied Wreck-It-Ralph when it was out in theaters, last year. John Kahrs lends his genius ability as the director as well as the lead role of Geroge, the Paperman. The story is set in 1940s New York City, and while it might be a bit before my time, the story of love is timeless and that is what really appealed to me.

There is something so beautiful about this short film because it stands out from the various animated films and TV shows that are common today, as it incorporates both 2D and 3D animation. I was thrilled to find out that Paperman is nominated for the Best Animated Short Film for this year’s Academy Awards. I haven’t seen the other films in the category, but I would be over the moon to hear, “The Oscar goes to…Disney’s Paperman.” I think that it is so deserving. There is something both charming and alluring about the film. It reminds me that there is something magical about love.

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Happy Valentine’s Day,

Merzybean.
Xoxo

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Let’s Talk with Bell

12 Feb

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Let’s Talk is a charitable initiative that Bell launched in 2010 to help promote the awareness and support of mental health in Canada. According to Bell, “this multi-million dollar initiative will support a wide range of programs that will enhance awareness, understanding and treatment of mental illness and promote access to care and research across the country.”

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The work that Bell has done for mental health is incredible, helping to eliminate the negative stigma that mental health is often surrounded by.

With the constant rise in social media, Bell has cleverly campaigned the Let’s Talk Day to help spread the world and help end the stigma associated with mental health.

How, you might ask? Today, on February 12th, for every Bell text message, tweet, Bell long-distance call, and Facebook share, Bell will donate 5₵ to help the millions of Canadians suffering from mental health concerns. Remember to Tweet using the hashtag, #BellLetsTalk.

Let’s do our part and let’s talk. We spend countless hours on our phones and social media, so today we must make it worthwhile and help bring awareness to the cause. We must remember that awareness and removing the stigma that surrounds mental health is just the beginning. I believe that great things can come from talking, so let’s get the conversation going.

Let’s talk,

Merzybean

Interview: Chatting with the Lovely Emilie Clarke

8 Feb
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There have been quite a few exciting interviews taking place here at Merzybean and this interview will not disappoint. I had the chance to speak with Emilie Clarke, a Radio Announcer for Virgin Radio in Vancouver and a YouTuber. Emilie is incredibly down to earth and relatable and we share the same interests, so I really enjoy watching her videos on YouTube. It was a pleasure to interview Emilie!

I hope you enjoy reading what she has to say and make sure to check out her YouTube channel and connect with her via social media.

MB: What made you decide to start a YouTube channel?

EC: A couple years ago, I was researching Louis Vuitton bags and when I googled “Louis Vuitton Speedy” a video by JuicyTuesday came up. It was her handbag collection. I clicked on it and then watched 20 of her other videos. Then I started watching videos by other girls and I thought… “I can do this. This is fun” and so I did.

MB: Did you have any reservations about YouTubing?

EC: Not really. With my job I have to have a tough skin so it has come in handy once or twice.  Plus, if you want to do something nothing should stop you… especially worrying about what people think.

MB: What have you learned about yourself since becoming a YouTuber?

EC: I’ve learned that my video style is easily swayed. If I’ve just watched a video by @nguerriero19 and then I record, I’m much more raw and gangster like in my videos. But if I’ve just watching a video by @MissGlamarozzi then I’m happier and spunkier.  I don’t know why.

MB: What advice do you have for someone debating whether or not to start a YouTube channel?

EC: 100% only do videos you would like to see. Otherwise you could come off fake in your videos and no one likes that.

MB:  What are your five beauty must haves?

EC: In order of necessity: mascara, concealer, lip balm or gloss, brow gel & tinted moisturizer.

MB: Who is your favourite Kardashian?

EC: Kim is my favourite but I’d rather Khloe’s life.

MB: How is married life? Had to ask, I’m getting married in July!

EC: It’s the same. Everyone always asks but Bill and I have been together for 6 years now. The only thing that has changed is that kids come up in the conversation a lot more.  I’m the luckiest girl to be able to call Bill my best friend.

MB: What does a typical day look like in the life of Emilie?

EC: I do have a couple of ‘follow me around’ videos on my channel. But usually I wake up, have coffee immediately, watch YouTube videos or TV, work out and go to work.  I don’t have to be at work until 5pm so… it’s a pretty chill day.

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You can get in contact with Emilie via her various social media:

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Thank you again to Emilie for taking the time to do this interview with me.

Merzybean.

Beyonce Bowl

3 Feb

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There really are no words to describe how incredible Beyonce’s Super Bowl Half Time Show performance was. All over Facebook and Twitter, people were joking about the fact that Super Bowl 47 was actually the Beyonce concert and that there was football to go along with it.

Beyonce delivered one hell of a performance. She had incredible choreography, the lighting and use of the stage were out of this world, her killer outfit that was a lace and leather combination, the attitude, and above all- the voice. What an amazing sensory overload that I was more than on board for.

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After President Obama’s Inauguration, there were some people pointing an unnecessary finger at Beyonce. If this performance didn’t put the haters to rest, nothing will.

The reunion of Destiny’s Child brought back many memories of being in elementary school, blasting their CDs and feeling on top of the world. I had goosebumps and had the volume on my TV set really high.

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Beyonce is one of the greatest performer’s of our time. She has a presence on stage that cannot be rivaled by many. I truly believe that this was the best half time show I have ever seen. It will be tough to top, well done Beyonce!

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Merzybean.