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I don’t know about you, but I could use a distraction this morning. I’ve been meaning to blog about these favorites for a while now, and today seems like a great day to share. Also, I’ve got some great news – we raised $30K for my directorial debut’s Kickstarter, which means we will definitely be funded. There are still 2 weeks left of the campaign, so I’d appreciate your help in getting us to our stretch goal!
Vegan Robs Snacks – We were introduced to these vegan vegetable puff snacks via Leslie Durso, who donated a bunch of bags for our “I Will Make You Mine” crafts services. The cast/crew loved them so much that they’re going to be IN the movie now, too!
The Honest Stand Dips – These are vegan/gluten-free too! They’re cheese-style dips made from stuff like potatoes and cashews. I like shoving vegetables and gluten-free crackers into them, but have also used a spoonful as a quick mac-and-cheese style sauce in my rice/noodle bowls. They sell them at Whole Foods grocery stores near the hummus, with the most eye-catching branding (which is how we discovered them).
Franklin and Whitman – I’m truly in love with this company and their products. I got a sample of their Daily Face Care Kit after speaking at The Good Festival earlier this year, and was immediately blown away. Surprisingly, putting oil on my face hasn’t caused me to break out as much as I feared (but when I do, see below) and it’s made my skin really soft and less dry. It’s made from all-natural ingredients, feels REALLY GOOD, is vegan/cruelty-free, AND they donate 5% of every purchase to dog rescue organizations. Plus, the founder Christopher Cieri is just about the nicest, coolest, most generous person. Even Abe uses their cleanser (and their beard serums). Honestly, I cannot say enough good things about them. Fan for life.
Acne Pimple Master Patch CosRX – These Korean pimple patches have changed my life. Whenever I feel a little bump brewing, I shove one on and it seems to prevent it from turning into a fully-formed mountain. You have to use them for a few days, though, so stock up.
E-Z Floor Guards – We’re doing a lot of filming in people’s homes (my own included) which means so many dirty shoes clomping about, making a mess. So instead of using those HIDEOUS blue shower cap slip-ons every time people go in/out the door, we used these so we didn’t have to keep bending down to take them on/off. It’s basically like saran wrap for your feet! Would be great if you’re doing construction in your house, too.
Microfiber Cloth Slippers – I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw these. How genius!!! I got the cheap-o dollar store version and they work great but I’m getting the higher end version (which is still only $6) for all the Asian people in my life.
Turmeric Stain Remover – I was making some turmeric paste for my friend Jenny Yang when she was sick, and it got all over everything, including the sponge I was using to clean it. When I went on social media to rant, as I tend to do these days, my friend Ashlae from Oh, Ladycakes told me to put them in the sun. I was skeptical. But sure enough, she was right. 2 hours in direct sunlight and the stains disappeared. What kind of wizardry is this?
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill – It’s the 20th Anniversary edition of this iconic album and I couldn’t have been more excited to see her perform the album live at The Hollywood Bowl, with De La Soul and Dave Chappelle. It was one of the most magical things I have ever seen – my movie I Will Make You Mine is a lot about aging, and women in music, so it felt even more meaningful.
Blaze – I’ve always loved Ethan Hawke as an actor and as a director (hello, Lisa Loeb’s “Stay” is still one fo my favorites). I knew nothing about musician Blaze Foley before I saw this beautiful film, and Mr. Hawke did an incredible job making us feel like we know him. It’s in theaters now.
“Afterthought” by Ings – Spotify Discover played me this song by Seattle musician Ings one week while I was making a mood playlist for I Will Make You Mine. It perfectly captures the headspace of all of my characters – I’ve listened to it probably a hundred times in the last year.
P.S. If you’re still feeling blue, I wrote this guest essay about depression for Filmmaker Magazine recently and I hope it helps.