Farley’s Finds: Film, Food & Favorites – January 5

Farley’s Finds: Film, Food and Favorites is a blog where I share with you what I love, what is deserving of a toast of whiskey, where I’ll be (events) and what I’m looking forward to this upcoming week. It’s sounds totally self-centered, but REALLY it’s because I stumble on some really amazing things other people are doing and I want to share them with you. So there!

Sharing the Love: 

Most girls wear perfume or scented lotion and such, unless you’re one of those “I don’t put any chemicals on or near my sacred body” kind of people. While I’ve doused my skin in everything from Bath & Bodyworks and Victoria Secret to Clinique Happy and Meow, I recently started wearing L’OCCITANE and while I still cannot properly pronounce it, I can’t live without anymore. The hand cream in particular is to die for.  I don’t know, the scents just seem pure and somehow transformative. Putting on one scent transports me to being snuggled next to my mother in her nightgown and yet another brings me to a little tropical dive motel in San Diego. It’s lush and clean smelling and I have made the switch.


If hipsters had invented Chia Pets, this is what it would have looked like. Yep, it’s gold or aqua mini dinos with plants sticking out of them. Doesn’t get any cooler than that. It’s one of those things that caught my eye the first time I saw it at a public market and then it happened again and again two or three more times as I started shopping at more local markets. Eventually I made the decision that I simply just have to fill my bathroom window shelf with these beauties. You can buy online here or you can check out all the locations you can find Two Trees Botanical products coming near you.  They do make other non-dino stuff if for some reason you’re against dinosaurs living in your space … Just FYI. Oh and in case you were wondering, I bought 3! 🙂

So this is quite possibly THE most amazing thing I’ve heard about in a very long time. There’s a website called Tongal and basically these companies and brands use the site to scout and contract creative work. If selected you can win money in stages from anything like pitching a concept or idea to writing a script to actually producing the video piece. It’s a significant chunk of change too – perfect for freelances or creative individuals looking for some additional cash or alternate outlet they not get from their day jobs. I’ve known a few folks that have participated now and a few that have even been selected and there definitely seems to be some sort of formula. I’m told you just have to stick with it and learn what to look for before you grasp the system. Fun though, right?!  



A toast to:   

Every once in a while I look through the explore area of Instagram to do exactly what it’s designed to do – Discover amazing stuff that is outside my limited circle of awareness. I came across this post from a girl that goes by the_storyteller who it appears quit her respectable job in London, sold basically everything she owns and now travels all over the world taking photos and enjoying the experience that is life. When someone asked her what motivated her to do that, her answer surprised me. She said it was fear; fear that she’d never feel fulfilled despite how much success she acquired, fear that she’d never see the world, etc. I’d just never heard of fear being used in that context before – it was a trigger to do something not an inhibitor. Isn’t that interesting …




For anyone who doesn’t know it, Carrie Fisher IS Princess Leia. That woman is badass and about as real as they come. She really doesn’t not take any guff from anyone and she also doesn’t seem to glob any glory onto Hollywood superficiality like the vast majority of working actors. Did I find her talking awkward in the new Star Wars movie – sure, but who wouldn’t, but do I think that defines her? Nope, and neither does that bikini either? If you don’t believe she’s an ultimate badass and totally awesome, then check out some recent interviews with her.

StarWars.com Interview



My last shout out goes to a couple of young athletes that are working their butts off to make a big impact. While I’ve never had a personal devotion or commitment to sports, I can respect and totally relate to the sacrifices they make each and every day to be better, to be bolder and to keep taking it to the next level. Watch some really incredible videos about these young bloods on the I Am Sport YouTube channel. 



Out and About:


Improv AND Scene Study classes taught by Melissa Farley  



THIS WEEK: Act a fool – It’s OK, I promise.
COST: Free your first time, $10 per class, $5 if you bring a friend
ADDRESS: 702 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85004
TIME: 6:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Please RSVP by commenting on this post or emailing me at MelissaAnnMarieFarley@gmail.com for Tuesday, Jan. 5.
Love & Respect – Mel



6:30 PM at MOD Phoenix

Headlines Live is a live journalism event from The Arizona Republic andazcentral.com.

Hear Gov. Doug Ducey in conversation with Republic politics reporter Yvonne Wingett Sanchez as he reflects on his first year leading the state and prepares for the upcoming legislative session.

Republic politics editor Michael Squires will emcee the night.

After the conversation, you’ll have a chance to participate in a Q&A with the governor.

The night is free to attend with registration. Our live events routinely sell out, so register today at https://tickets.azcentral.com/.

Light snacks and beer and wine available for purchase.

WEDNESDAY, January 6th, 2015 FROM 7PM- 9PM
Arizona Studios
4614 E McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85008Monthly Movie Meeting takes place on the first Wednesday of every month. As always, there are two ways to participate:

1) Sign up to screen a short film or part of a feature, or
2) Attend the meeting and offer peer feedback to the filmmakers screening their works.

Participants who want to have their work screened should sign up at the link below and bring with them a short film or a scene from a work on any topic and be ready to engage in interactive Q&A session following the screening of their work.

Not ready to screen anything? We still need people in attendance to help give peer feedback. This event only works with participation and it’s a valuable learning tool even for audience members.

Event Details

January 6th, 2016 7pm-9pm

Arizona Studios
4614 E McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85008

Filmmakers currently in the rough cut stage of their production seeking input on technical aspects for their final version.

Filmmakers seeking critiques of previous work in order to apply lessons to subsequent productions.

Any beginning filmmaker interested in learning how the important core aspects of filmmaking are applied and improved upon.

Filmmakers who wish to contribute to the process by viewing screened works and offering valuable feedback.

FREE event – Open to the Public

The monthly event is hosted by Josh Kasselman.

Sign up to screen here: http://ifpphx.org/monthly-movie-meeting-registration/

Join us as we screen our short film, Losing It, for the first time!
Local trailers and more will screen as well!
Enjoy a local short film and socialize afterwards!Admission is only $10 and can only be purchased the day of at Pollack Tempe Cinemas. CASH ONLY!

Can’t wait for:  Each week it’s such a pleasure and an honor to host and create segments for azcentral.com! Thank you to everyone for watching, reading and supporting me in this! I love it and I love you for watching! Excited to be kicking off 2016 with an event with the governor, two film projects in the works and doing a really cool project that will give back to our community in an extremely impactful way. Wishing you all a joyful year!