Wednesday, 29 October 2014

MY B-LIST HORROR MOVIE CHALLENGE // BLACK CHRISTMAS

Tonight I'm reviewing Black Christmas - a film that was actually quite good! I cheated a little here, being that I've seen parts of this film before but I still picked it up real cheap in the horror movie section of CEX a couple of years back. It's also a remake!

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Watched : Last night half asleep, and this morning during my lazy day off
Essential movie snacks : Nothing actually!
Watched with... : No one ha
Score out of 5 : 4.5/5


So basically it's about these sorority girls who are having a Christmas weekend or whatever over the holidays. Picture a snow storm and a house with the most beautiful decorations. We soon find out however that the house has a gruesome past when years ago a guy named Billy was raped by his own mum because she wanted a baby girl and wasn't happy with her son Billy. Billy went a bit bonkers and killed his mum and step dad because they didn't love him enough, then, uh, made Christmas cookies out of his mums flesh and ate it. Lovely.

It's a standard slasher/killer movie where Billy goes on a rampage after a star studded cast including scream-queen Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Final Destination, The Thing, Live Free or Die Hard, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Katie Cassidy (A Nightmare on Elm Street - the remake) and Michelle Trachtenberg (Buffy, 17 Again) - and more. Each death is just as gruesome as the last and this Billy character is a total weirdo and pervert.

He hides in the floors and walls and stuff and at one point in the movie, a floor tile moves in the bathroom and you can just see his one eye watching a girl shower *shudders*.

This movie is quite gruesome but also has a strong storyline. With so many characters, I thought it would be a bit confusing but actually because they were all so different it was really easy to follow. I suppose it isn't for the faint-hearted in that it mixes death and Christmas and actually received backlash from lots of religious organisations because of this point. 

Overall, so far out of all my B-list horror movies, this one has probably been the best so far. It did disturb me a little, everyone seemed to know how to act and even though there were a few typical unrealistic scenes (yknow, the usual, like them going after the killer instead of just leaving), I quite liked it.

I think it's the type of movie ideal for a date night or movie night with your other half, or even if you're just planning on watching a bunch of horror movies with your friends. Just make sure you don't watch it in a sorority house with a dark history...

My notes are kind of crap because I was watching this half asleep but still.

  • I bloody love Christmas
  • Ewwwww he's eating her skin
  • Tastes like chicken...because it's chicken LOL (creepy guy in the prison made this joke about the prison food)
  • Lots of famous ladies!
  • I love Mary Elizabeth Winstead, she's so cool
  • Ewwww he ripped out her eye
  • Ewwww his eye is in the floor/he's under the floor watching her shower
  • The house is really pretty
  • I can't wait for Christmas
  • RUN DAMMIT!!!
This is a film I WOULD actually recommend spending your money on or watching!


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Friday, 24 October 2014

INTERVIEW WITH DANIELLE FROM BLOGGERS LOVE

Today I'm offering something a little different and that's an interview with Danielle from Bloggers Love. For those of you who don't know her, she's basically the beauty and the brains behind the brand that continually backs bloggers and launches events just for us. I've been itching to ask her a few questions for a while now, having continually found myself impressed with the different events she has put on - by herself for the most part! 

Bloggers Love Fashion Week has perhaps been one of her most popular ideas to date - the first fashion week to be exclusive to and for bloggers - but she also has plenty of other ideas up her sleeve.

Luckily she agreed to answer a few questions for me and I found it really interesting to pick her brain - especially when I discovered that despite being very enthusiastic for bloggers, she doesn't run a blog herself (yet!).

 For any readers who might not know much about Bloggers Love, can you just sum it all up for us? 

Bloggers Love is a London based events company showcasing fashion and beauty brands in a relaxed atmosphere. The events provide opportunities for bloggers and brands to collaborate and they also allow bloggers to build new friendships, within the community. ALL bloggers are welcome at the events and they are all free to attend.

 What made you decide to launch Bloggers Love? 
I decided to launch the company as I really enjoyed reading blogs and I started to realise how much bloggers were influencing my purchases, as I found the content to be trustworthy. I thought it would be great to create an event that would allow brands to utilise the influence that bloggers have within the fashion and beauty industry and find a way to ensure that the bloggers in attendance benefited from the events in some way, whether it be through gifting, networking, content or new friendships.

You're obviously a big fan of the blogging community but have you ever run a blog yourself? Or do  you like to admire blogging from a professional point of view?
As mentioned I thoroughly enjoy reading blogs especially lifestyle ones, I love watching Youtubers as well. I've never had my own blog but being around bloggers all the time has inspired me to try and start my own one, once I have a break over Christmas. I'm really looking forward to it!

I really love how the whole idea behind Bloggers Love is bringing bloggers and brands together in a more informal and fun way, as opposed to a professional setting. It's clear to see that since the launch of BLFW, bloggers have benefited a lot from these type of events. But what has the feedback been like from a brands point of view? Has meeting and working with us bloggers benefited the brands you've kept in touch with at all?
The brands have definitely benefited from the events and some of them have gone on to work with the bloggers they've met on a long term basis. Quite a few of them have attended the events on a regular basis, because new bloggers are always coming along. I always send the brands a list of blog links that have been written about the events afterwards, so that they can appreciate the hard work bloggers put in to their posts.

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You've managed to host some pretty awesome events so far, from the glamorous BLFW to the generous Gifting Lounge evenings (I will obviously put the proper name for this in when I post this all!) - how on earth do you do it all yourself? Do you ever find the stress of arranging it all is too much?
When I first started the events I only set out to showcase one brand per event, which was really manageable. However I understood that bloggers tend to have extremely busy schedules and so I thought it would be more beneficial to start grouping brands together, to allow bloggers to get the most from each event. This decision has definitely created a crazy work load and some high stress moments for me, but I love coming up with different event concepts, especially when I'm creating cupcake designs! All the stress is worth it, once I'm sitting at home after the event and I get to read tweets from bloggers that have enjoyed their evening. There's also nothing better than being told my events have renewed a guest's love for blogging. 

 What has been your favourite event to host so far? 
I would say the first day of the first season of Bloggers Fashion Week. I was really nervous to see how it would be perceived and I really wanted it to meet everyone's expectations. When I received great feedback from it I was overwhelmed and happy that it would allow me to make it an ongoing event, that hopefully loads of bloggers can look forward to as it continues to grow.

 ...and what disasters or embarrassing moments can you tell us about? 
There's been a few disasters! From a brand leaving the event because they felt they were above the other brands involved, to having to manage the backstage process of a few of the fashion shows single handedly, while the main part of the event is going on, because of last minute stylist let downs. However nothing has been worse than receiving a phone call from Penthouse notifying me that they are permanently closing down, before one of the largest events I've ever planned. I definitely panicked because the winter months are always busy in terms of venues being booked up and I had organised all aspects of the event according to the layout of Penthouse. But thankfully I've managed to find a new venue and although the layout will be a lot differently than I'd originally planned, I'm determined for the event to be just as enjoyable for everyone in attendance.

How does it feel being the one to launch the first ever BLFW?! Personally, I thought a fashion week for bloggers was LONG overdue and was chuffed to finally see one put together. Do you feel kind of proud to know that you were the one to bridge the gap between bloggers attending London fashion week to Bloggers having a fashion week all of their own?
I do feel extremely proud of BLFW. I was quite surprised when I researched it and found that no one was doing it. When I first started promoting the event it was met with a bit of scepticism from the community, but I was really grateful for everyone who took the time out to attend and added to the overall success of the event.

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The first Bloggers Love Fashion Week - earlier this year - even featured this uber cool photobooth!
 Do you have any ideas so far for the next BLFW? 
There will be some activities that I'll keep the same for the next BLFW, but I'll definitely change the overall format each time because I don't want it to become too predictable. I want the event to reflect the dynamic and exciting blogging community that inspired the event in the first place.

 Finally, can you tell us a little more about your next project - the Bloggers Hub? 
I'm really excited for The Hub. Even though it has elements from other events, I feel like this event is going to be a real treat for the bloggers, because there will be non brand related activities, which I've never done before. From a yoga session to a cupcake decorating booth I'm hoping everyone will find something they enjoy at each event.

I'm really excited for the next BLFW but now that I've had a sneak peak into what will be on offer, The Hub sounds pretty amazing too! It's also interesting to hear just how hard these events can be to manage - yet they turn out amazing every time. Massive thanks to Danielle for answering my questions about Bloggers Love - a brand I have worked with many times and have a LOT of respect for!

The Hub will take place on selected dates throughout November and you can find more information here.

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

MY B-LIST HORROR MOVIE CHALLENGE // EPISODE 50


Tonight I am reviewing Episode 50, a film that I thought would be exactly like Grave Encounters but was not (not that this fact made it good).

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Watched : Yesterday evening, ever so bored
Essential movie snacks : Crisps
Watched with... : My parents. They didn't think much of it either
Score out of 5 : 2.5/5


The story line turns out to actually be quite different once you get into it. It starts off with following a paranormal investigating team who have their own show debunking supposedly haunted locations. This is quite interesting because normally shows like that are trying to prove the existence of the paranormal, so to have a team actually trying to offer both sides of the story is quite refreshing. Eventually they get the chance to investigate what is supposedly one of the most haunted places ever (by some really creepy dude who is dying) and turn up to film their 50th episode, hoping to make it special. Unbeknownst to them, the creepy old dude has also promised the same thing to another group of rival investigators who are big on religion and insist that ghosts are real. The film promises to show the found footage from this 50th episode that was never aired for some mysterious reason.

So the film is built up really well and although it's a classic horror movie technique to promise the broadcast of footage never seen before, unfortunately the story line doesn't really follow through. There's this whole thing about an evil nurse who killed a boy who then went on to become a ghost, but then it turns out the nurse was actually innocent but possessed by an evil killer demon who opened a portal at another hospital..or something. It all got very confusing and I didn't really understand it. There was also a side story about two lovers from the rival team, including a girl who cried a lot and was supposed to help open this portal? I'm not really sure but it made no sense.

Eventually people get killed off and disappear and stuff and they have to travel to this other location to close the portal which again makes no sense. Why bring in a whole other haunted location that hasn't even been mentioned once in the movie?

The CGI effects are pretty cool other wise but the ghosts appearing throughout actually have nothing to do with the movie and are just there to break up scenes.

And don't get me started on the ending. Again it made no sense, the graphics were really bad and it was a complete anti climax.

The only good thing about this film?

The fact that the lead character - even though he was a complete douche - was kind of cute. So, y'know. Eye candy and all.

Anyway. Here are my not-so-hilarious 'notes' I made during the movie.
  • So corny 
  • Hey that guy is kind of hot 
  • But he also looks like a bit of a typical douchbag 
  • At least they’re being honest and not pretending there’s ghosts in this persons house to make money 
  • Why is this creepy guy who owns the haunted place rambling on about all the bad shit he’s done just get to the damn point 
  • It's actually interesting that were ‘following’ the team trying to debunk ghosts actually 
  • This Damon character always seems to have sweat patches beneath his arms 
  • One of the dead bees moved SO SCARY (not)
  • Wait weren’t those two fighting earlier & now they’re high fiving over catching a ghost on film
  • Okay this guy is screaming 'After all you’ve seen you have to believe!' whilst dying. And worlds corniest death goes to…
  • Oh here we go, back to the creepy guy
  • Why are you crying man you sent them in there #idiot

Again, like the last movie I reviewed, I felt the premise of the movie was interesting..but unfortunately the film really didn't deliver.


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Monday, 20 October 2014

THE CHOCOLATE SHOW LONDON

If you remember last year, I attended Salon Du Chocolat, the first year that Salon Du Chocolat was hosted in London. I was lucky enough to bag another invite for it's return this year and it did not disappoint!

This time around I took my sister, another chocolate fan, and she really enjoyed herself. She and her boyfriend have a small part time business making and selling truffles, so she had fun getting some ideas of the different stalls that attended on Thursday night, and taking note of their selling styles and the presentation of their products. 

We had a great time strolling around the different stalls, trying testers of different products and falling in love with new chocolate brands. Some of the brands we particularly liked were Bad Brownie (adore the name!), Sweet Virtues (who had a stunning presentation of their chocolate) and Whisk & Whites who went all out and had a really interesting back story to their brand which I loved! The story of a chef who would leave secret treats around a house for other servants to find really gave this brand character.

Another favourite of mine especially was A Little Piece & Love who I bought this stunning skull & bones message in a bottle set from! I love anything quirky and hand on heart, have never seen anything like it before. A lot of their products mix chocolate with popping candy too - so retro!

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The fashion show was even more stunning this year. The dresses were breath taking and I also felt that the show was a little more upbeat too with dancers (who were hilarious) and Willy Wonka even made an appearance! 

Anyway, rather then telling you, why don't I just show you...

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As you can see from the photos, some of the dresses were absolutely stunning. Some of them looked like they belonged in a fairytale! I think, like my sister, one of my favourite parts of the evening (other than the fashion show) was also checking out everyone's designs and set ups of their stalls. Whisk & Whites had a stunning set up, all to do with the story behind the brand.

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It's not hard to see how much The Chocolate Show has grown in just 12 short months, doing little to help me overcome my chocolate addiction! However, technically attending was all in the name of the blog ha!

I had a lot of fun and cannot wait to attend next year. In the meantime I'll definitely be checking out my favourite brands from the evening a lot more...

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Sunday, 19 October 2014

LIFE THROUGH A LENS // A HOBBY


What many people don't know about me is that when I was in college, one of my favourite subjects to study was photography. Although I never really took a liking to the traditional side of photography (probably because it always went wrong when I tried to develop photos myself in the dark room), I've always enjoyed taking photos per se and have even been told once or twice that I have a knack to it. My mum has always commented on how photos I have taken always have great dynamics, and I have to admit, I love exploring new places and trying to find great angles to take photos from or ways to set up a photo.

I thought it would be nice to display some of my favourite photographs taken over the years.

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I'm by no means a professional, but it's definitely something I'd like to explore further, especially when I'm on my travels. It kind of amazes me how all of these photos were taken just on an iPhone too, not some fancy camera!

I think these also serve as a way to look back and remember good memories; we don't always need to take selfies at happy moments and sometimes photographs of your view at the time can transport you back to that moment even more so. Some of favourite photos of Bruges feature above, and even some images just taken on afternoon countryside strolls with my family. The photos from Paris are also particular favourites,

What do you think?

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