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Valentia (Val)

lifts things up and put them down

Indonesian

loves foods, DESSERTS & CHOCOLATE, wine, Chivas, whiskey, and cocktails

*None of the pictures that I posted are mine, unless stated otherwise.

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Keith took me to Beyoncé and Jay Z’s concert last night. It was our third date.

I like him although he recently does crossfit (and great at it). #thatsayssomething
He even puts up with me talking shit about crossfit. He soon learned that it’s a BB vs. CF thing though.

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#personal  #Beyoncé 

Surfboard… Surfboard… 😉🌊🏄 #beyonce#jayz#concert

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#jayz  #beyonce  #concert 

drquinzel:

aliasofwestgate:

justira:

Reblogging not just because special effects are cool but because body doubles, stunt doubles, acting doubles, talent doubles — all the people whose faces we’re not supposed to see but whose bodies make movies and tv shows possible — these people need and deserve more recognition. We see their bodies onscreen, delight in the shape and motion of those bodies, but even as we pick apart everything else that goes on both on and behind the screen, I just don’t see the people who are those bodies getting the love and recognition they deserve.

We’re coming to love and recognize actors who work in full-body makeup/costumes, such as Andy Serkis, or actors whose entire performances, or large chunks thereof, are motion captured or digitized (lately sometimes also Andy Serkis!). But people like Leander Deeny play an enormous part in making characters such as Steve Rogers come to life, too. Body language is a huge part of a performance and of characterization. For characters/series with a lot of action, a stunt person can have a huge influence on how we read and interpret a character, such as the influence Heidi Moneymaker has had on the style and choreography of Black Widow’s signature fighting style. Talent doubles breathe believability and discipline-specific nuance into demanding storylines.

Actors are creative people themselves, and incredibly important in building the characters we see onscreen. But if we agree that they’re more than dancing monkeys who just do whatever the directors/writers say, then we have to agree that doubles are more than that, too. Doubles make creative decisions too, and often form strong, mutually supportive relationship with actors.

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Image 1: “I would like to thank Kathryn Alexandre, the most generous actor I’ve ever worked opposite.”

Image 2: “Kathryn who’s playing my double who’s incredible.”

[ Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany on her acting double, Kathryn Alexandre, two images from a set on themarysue, via lifeofkj ]

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I’ve got a relationship that goes back many, many years with Dave. And I would hate for people to just see that image of me and Dave and go, “oh, there’s Dan Radcliffe with a person in a wheelchair.” Because I would never even for a moment want them to assume that Dave was anything except for an incredibly important person in my life.

[ Daniel Radcliffe talking about David Holmes, his stunt double for 2001-2009, who was paralysed while working on the Harry Potter films. David Holmes relates his story here. Gifset via smeagoled ]

With modern tv- and film-making techniques, many characters are composite creations. The characters we see onscreen or onstage have always been team efforts, with writers, directors, makeup artists, costume designers, special effects artists, production designers, and many other people all contributing to how a character is ultimately realized in front of us. Many different techniques go into something like the creation of Skinny Steve — he’s no more all Leander Deeny than he is all Chris Evans.

But as fandom dissects the anatomy of scenes in ever-increasing detail to get at microexpressions and the minutiae of body language, let’s recognize the anatomy in the scenes, too. I don’t mean to take away from the work Chris Evans or any other actors do (he is an amazing Steve Rogers and I love him tons), but fandom needs to do better in recognizing the bodies, the other people, who make up the characters we love and some of our very favourite shots of them. Chris Evans has an amazing body, but so does Leander Deeny — that body is beautiful; that body mimicked Chris Evans’s motions with amazing, skilled precision; that body moved Steve Rogers with emotion and grace and character.

Fandom should do better than productions and creators who fail to be transparent about the doubles in their productions. On the screen, suspension of disbelief is key and the goal is to make all the effort that went into the production vanish and leave only the product itself behind. But when the film is over and the episode ends, let’s remember everyone who helped make that happen.

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[ Sam Hargrave (stunt double for Chris Evans) and James Young (stunt double for Sebastian Stan, and fight choreographer), seen from behind, exchange a fistbump while in costume on the set of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Image via lifeofkj ]

I applaud these guys as much as the suit actors in my japanese tokusatsu shows. They do just as much work. 

This. Also I’d to applaud my friend Faye Sewell who was my friend who got me onto the Avengers set - she is a body double and is a fantastic actress.

(Source: stark-industries-rnd, via alayshaiifts)

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Frozen #Irish #coffee us aaaaamazing!!  (at Erin Rose Nola)

Frozen #Irish #coffee us aaaaamazing!! (at Erin Rose Nola)

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#irish  #coffee 
Do you think you qualify? #swolemate where you at?

Do you think you qualify? #swolemate where you at?

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#swolemate 
palmtreezandbluewater:

crashyourcrew:

thesimplelifeofapetey:

lordduce:

Dying. Death. I can’t.

I will never not reblog this. 

Fraudulent

Deceptionnn
Disgracceeee

palmtreezandbluewater:

crashyourcrew:

thesimplelifeofapetey:

lordduce:

Dying. Death. I can’t.

I will never not reblog this. 

Fraudulent

Deceptionnn

Disgracceeee

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#Tbt Just floatin’ on the Dead Sea while reading my magazine… Nbd.

#Tbt Just floatin’ on the Dead Sea while reading my magazine… Nbd.

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#tbt 
How come nobody understands? 😩

How come nobody understands? 😩

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I swear I just fucking sprayed this hand sanitizer into my mouth thinking it was my peppermint breath spray. Taste the same. But if I die, you know why.

I swear I just fucking sprayed this hand sanitizer into my mouth thinking it was my peppermint breath spray. Taste the same. But if I die, you know why.

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Ok just kidding guys. I do DO cardio. And again, it’s called #fuckcardio 😂😂😂literally. #okimdone#fitness#fitfam

Ok just kidding guys. I do DO cardio. And again, it’s called #fuckcardio 😂😂😂literally. #okimdone#fitness#fitfam

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#fuckcardio  #okimdone  #fitfam  #fitness 
Me. 😂😂😂😂 #fuckcardio

Me. 😂😂😂😂 #fuckcardio

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#fuckcardio 
Oh, the dating scene. Again.

(a non fitness related post)

(WARNING: this post will be all over the place)

For those who missed it, Chuck and I decided to split up about 3 months ago (damn, it’s been 3 months already?!). Our relationship as exes are still cordial - mainly because of Kuma, whom is staying with Chuck, but I will be forever his Mom. Therefore I still take care of him too. 

We argue way less now. Chuck still helps me when I need it - with whatever. And I do the same. There really is no bitter feelings towards him. He’s a great catch. (Talking about a great catch… I love how New Orleans is so small compare to Houston, that often you see people whom you don’t want to see. Like Chuck with a date, for example. Then that same girl saw me during my girls night out a couple weeks later and was eyeing me up and down. Bitch, sit down. Do you even lift? Anyway. I just realized that this has nothing to do with a great catch).

What do I wanna talk about? Oh yeah, the dating scene. DO I EVEN DATE???? I’m on Tinder and Match.com. I didn’t wanna join match because you have to pay, but I gave in and decided to try it for 3 months. Lo and behold, Chuck was the first person that popped up on my daily match. Thanks, match. I want my money back. 

I’ve been on several - well, many - dates now. I lost count. Sometimes I compare them guys to Chuck. Is that normal or have I not get over him yet? I feel like I have. I’ve encountered many disappointments. Three kinds of disappointments, actually. One where I am not attracted to them in person/no chemistry in person. One where we have the chemistry BUT they don’t live in New Orleans (seriously, I need to stop playing tour guide on tinder. It’s fun though). And one where I grow to like them - and let them know that I’m interested - just to find them slowly distancing themselves. This happens once, with a guy whom I had 4 dates with. FOUR! That’s when I realized that maybe I need to play the “game” too, but I don’t want to. Why make this so complicated? DO I EVEN DATE?

I’m currently seeing a guy from match. Let’s call him “D”. He’s pretty great - he’s a gentleman, he lifts, he’s strong, has a good job, has good looks, GREAT smile. We’ve been on 3 dates within 2 weeks so far. I do kinda see a future with him, but I’m trying not to talk to him or text him too much because well, I don’t wanna scare him away. Wanting to see if he’ll talk to me today without me initiating. He initiated all the dates so far. Like I said, I don’t even date. I don’t know how to play this “game” ugh. It’s so frustrating. I wish dating came with a set guide, where everybody has it. So it’d be like… Oh, he’s doing number 31, 56, and 74… he’s interested! Or “Hmm… I don’t like him like that. I should do number 24 so I won’t lead him on” (FYI, I never lead guys on).

At one point, I was kinda overwhelmed with guys. You know where you mention something and your date has this confused look and then you realize that you actually had that conversation with a different guy? Yep. Or telling a inside joke to a wrong date? Yep. That’s when I decided to count them off one by one. I want to focus on “D” and MAYBE one or two (max) more guys IF I happen to meet them.

Because dating is fun and all, but can also hurt. The pain won’t be as bad of a pain as the break up with Chuck, but still, I feel like I should have a “back up” guy. Is that bad? Sometimes, when someone walks away from you, it makes you question yourself - what did I do wrong? Live and learn, right? C’est la vie.

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#dating  #personal  #relationship  #ldr 
danthehealthytrucker asked: I have the jawbone and the fitbit one. Like the fitbit better. Just my opinion.


Answer:

makes my decision even easier. awesome!

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Was looking to buy a fitness tracker that tracks your sleep on top of all that. Tried to decide between fitbit flex or jawbone…. Until I saw that Tory Burch is going to collaborate with fitbit flex. Um, SOLD!!!! Off to best buy!!!

Was looking to buy a fitness tracker that tracks your sleep on top of all that. Tried to decide between fitbit flex or jawbone…. Until I saw that Tory Burch is going to collaborate with fitbit flex. Um, SOLD!!!! Off to best buy!!!

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