Wednesday, 30 July 2014

MOVIES // THE BEST OFFBEAT FINDS ON NETFLIX

My favourite thing about Netflix is how much choice you have. No matter what you're in the mood for, whether it be romance, comedy, horror etc, you'll always find something to watch to pass the time. But sometimes I log on and find I don't quite know what I fancy. Usually I want something that's easy watching and doesn't require much attention, but I'm not in the mood for something cliche or typical.

Which is why I've composed this list of what is, in my opinion, the best offbeat/weird/non-generic films on Netflix right now. Really it's just a suggestion of films you might not have seen before and that are a little bit different. Some of them might not be all that good, but the storyline's are different and they're certainly good enough to keep you entertained for an hour or two.


The Pill takes place after a one night stand between Mindy and Fred, who have unprotected sex and therefore leads to Mindy having to take the morning after pill the following day. To ensure Mindy takes both doses of the pill, they have to spend the day together despite Fred having prior engagements. Throughout the day, Fred discovers his connection to quirky and oddball Mindy, but as always, it's not smooth sailing. Mindy's character can be a little over the top at points, but nonetheless, the plot is original and this movie made me laugh quite a bit.


In hindsight, I didn't actually find Timer that good, but I feel it's worth a watch just because of the storyline. It's basically all about a device which counts down until you meet your soulmate and essentially when you meet them a certain alarm will sound. It's definitely a neat subject and it's worth a watch as it's interesting, but overall, I wouldn't watch it again.


Electrick Children is a super weird film that to this day I don't think I understand, but I'm glad I watched it anyway. It's a total oddball film about a Mormon teenager who listens to music on a cassette for the first time and falls pregnant, believing that she has conceived miraculously through the medium of music. She flees her community and travels to Las Vegas to go in search of the father, who she believes is the man singing on the tape. It's a very odd and quirky film but it's funny and has some great acting in it. It was the film cover that really attracted me to this film and even though I still don't understand it, I'd say it's well worth a watch nonetheless!


I've reviewed Tonight You're Mine before and even though the end itself is typically cliche, I really love the setting, the music and the way the film pans out. I don't believe it's something that has been done before and it certainly drew me in. It has gone on to become a favourite film of mine.


Nesting tells the story of a couple who have falling into the typical routine that faces people when they grow up - they've bought a house together and don't do anything spontaneous or different anymore. So when Neil suggests taking a trip back to the town where they met, Sarah is apprehensive at first but eventually agrees. They find their old apartment and end up trespassing in it and sleeping in it whilst they pause real life and go back to how things were when they first met. It's a really sweet and funny lighthearted film about re-discovering the connections and lust for adventure that you lose as you grow up. It also has an amazing soundtrack.

So there we have five off-beat easy watching films that I've found on Netflix and that are perfect for those evenings when you want to escape but you're not quite sure what you want to watch. Have you watched any of these? Let me know what you think!

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Monday, 28 July 2014

LOTW // NEVER HAVE I EVER FELT LIKE THIS BEFORE

This weekend just gone, I was lucky enough to attend the stunning wedding of my cousin and her new hubby. The wedding had been about two years in the planning, so it was lovely to finally see it arrive. It was held in a beautiful manor house called Horwood House, which had some of the most stunning grounds I've ever seen. Paired with the beautiful sunshine, it was a beyond lovely day. Myself and my parents took a walk around the grounds and to check out the beautiful pond that the house overlooks, and I couldn't help but get them to snap a few photos of my outfit.

Since I had my hair done earlier this week and had one of the most beautiful dresses I've ever laid eyes on to wear, I have to admit, I did have a lot of confidence yesterday. I think I've definitely fallen into the trap of wearing dresses that are either too long or too short, but this loose fitting knee length vintage dress was the perfect length. I think it's the perfect reflection of how far I've come with my fashion choices too. Usually my sister helps me decide an outfit for a wedding, but this one was all me. The accessories matched, the shoes were just right, and I think I looked pretty classy.

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I especially enjoyed kicking my feet about over enthusiastically and attempting to re-create 20s dance moves when the wedding singer chose to play songs like 'Jailhouse Rock' and definitely felt the part with my slight 'flapper' dress and my shorter hair!

I absolutely adore the statement necklace, which wasn't much to look at on its own but somehow matched perfectly with the rest of my outfit. The dress was lovely and ideal for a formal event on a hot summers day. It's very loose and easily made me look a lot bigger than I am when I wear it without a belt, but adding that accessory really clinched it in and gave it a modern twist.

The dress itself was actually a freebie back from Bloggers Fashion Week, from one of my new favourite brands, Darccy. This brand specializes in subtly vintage clothing, most of which is suitable for modern wear today but with a nod to old eras.

When I first bought the wedges from the New Look sale, I was worried they'd be a bit too casual for a wedding. But when putting the whole outfit together, they looked great AND they were super comfy. I managed to wear them all day and night, including for loads of boogying on the dance floor. We all had such a laugh dancing and making up goofy dance moves - I think if you go to a family wedding and don't spend the whole time dancing around like an idiot then you're missing out. Dances at family weddings are not a time to be sexy! It's a time to let your hair down and do the running man and moonwalk with your sister...

Everything worn in this outfit post (excluding the fascinator which was from the pound store - eek!) is still in the shops now!

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Saturday, 26 July 2014

REVIEW // L'OREAL PARIS COLOR RICH MADE FOR ME IN SHADE BLUSH IN PLUM

Today I am reviewing my fifth and final lipstick from the L'Oreal Paris lipsticks I picked up a month or so now. Out of the five lipsticks I chose, I tried to pick a variety of different shades from a deep daring red, a nude colour, a coral shade and even a brown lipstick which did not suit me at all!


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The final shade I am reviewing is also a similar nude shade but has a lovely feminine pink twinge to it. It's a very basic shade that kind of gave my lips a healthy flush - as if I'd just bitten them - as opposed to a block bright colour. It's a shade I have been wearing a few times since though, mostly to work.

In the lip print, it does look like a more plum colour, although not so much on the lips.

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Please note, I am not naked in the above images! I was just wearing a top with a low neckline.

This colour, again, is long lasting and was the perfect shade to wear on a daily basis for when I wanted something quite subtle but still with a bit of colour. It didn't stand out too much with my skin but may for other people! 

It's a lovely colour and I'm glad I picked it up as part of a set but I don't think I'd waste money on this particular shade individually.


What do you think? Is this the type of shade you'd wear? Let me know!

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

BLOG EVENT // HOUSE OF FRASER CHRISTMAS 2014 PRESS PREVIEW

Last week, I was invited to attend House of Fraser's Christmas 2014 press preview. Being that Christmas is my favourite time of the year, I of course jumped at the chance to bask in seasonal celebration a little early, if only for an afternoon during one of the hottest days of the year. Admittedly, it was slightly weird walking out of the boiling hot sunshine into a winter wonderland but hey, I'm not complaining!

I had the chance to preview their fashion, beauty, home and gift Christmas collections which was a lot of fun. It was nice to see what it deemed to be popular this Christmas and also to have some ideas of gifts I'll be buying when the time comes! There were tons of stunning beauty products, as well as lots of high end and classy gifts for both ladies and men. The fashion itself was to die for, with House of Fraser offering lots of sparkle and sequins, as well as a fair amount of black satin and delicate silk all making an appearance in their Christmas fashion collection.

I think perhaps though, my favourite part of the day was walking around their showrooms which showcased all their different home and decoration themes for Christmas. I absolutely love anything that looks Christmassy and get so over excited by simple things like hanging baubles, sparkly tinsel etc so being able to walk around and mooch at all the different room sets was so fun!

Some of their home Christmas themes included high society, frosty, and two of my personal favourites, enchanted forest & black magic. Each theme was elegant, seasonal and all matched without being too over bearing. But why don't I just let you see for yourself with the many many pictures I took!

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Everything is so pretty, right? The room sets are glamourous and beautiful, whereas the clothes are sparkly and showstopping. And don't even get me started on the luxurious gift sets...! What do you think? Will you be shopping at House of Fraser this Christmas? Drop a comment and let me know!

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Monday, 14 July 2014

LETS TALK ABOUT BOOKS // THE FIVE ALL TIME FAVOURITES

I've always been a self confessed book worm, ever since I was a little girl. I loved going on all kinds of adventures, whether that be making a mud pie with my two best friends one summers evening, or delivering post with the Jolly Christmas postman (sort of, in my mind anyway...) in winter. It's safe to say though that I was more likely to have my head buried in a book, as opposed to playing kiss chase down the park. A slightly different topic of conversation for a moment though - what REALLY was the point of kiss chase? Weren't we all too scared to kiss once we were caught anyway, and instead demanded it was the opposite sex's turn to run instead of us?

...anyway. Books have always been my escape and to this day I always have one book or another buried in my bag for breaks at work, long bus journeys or for just when boredom settles in. There's something real special about how just turning the pages can allow you to be someone entirely different for even just a few minutes at a time. You can completely forget about everything going on around you or in your life and lose yourself in an entire different world. Books can make you cry or laugh. They can inspire you and inform you. They can even get you thinking about becoming a writer yourself!

So in aid of my love for books, I've decided to post (in no particular order!) about my five favourite books of all time. 

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The bad-ass one that is completely different from all the others
Married with Zombies | Jesse Petersen

The first time I discovered this book was technically due to research purposes, since for a long time now I've been planning to write my own zombie/chick lit novel. I had no idea that anyone had crossed these genres before, and although this story isn't THAT chick lit, it's still pretty damn cool and bad-ass too. It's the first of a trilogy and follows married couple, Sarah and David, who have to survive the zombie apocalypse...whilst being on the brink of divorce. It's witty, funny and extremely refreshing to read something that is lighthearted without giving in to the usual girly cliches of chick lit.

The one that really opened my eyes
Noughts & Crosses | Malorie Blackman

I've had this copy since I was a teenager and have re-read it so many times that some of the pages are almost falling out. I'd like to think that if I ever had kids, I'd one day pass it on to them as I think it's the type of book everyone should read at least once. It's a real eye opener and a story that deals with racism - only it's white people who are being discriminated against, many of them poor and even unable to attend school. It's a pretty haunting account of what life used to be and still is in some ways for people of different races and on top of everything, it's also a dramatic and moving love story that never fails to make me cry every single damn time.

The effortlessly cool one
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist | David Levithan and Rachel Cohn

I fell in love with this movie, then it's soundtrack and then finally the book that it's all based upon. Yes, I've already reviewed the movie and book on this blog, but it's still a favourite of mine I read time and time again. It's an almost entirely accurate account of what really goes on in girls and boys heads when they like each other and just how easily signals can get mixed up. It also pays homage to those epic and seemingly never ending nights fulled by music and/or alcohol that you'll remember for the rest of your life.

The one that inspired me (and everyone else..!) to take a chance do everything
I Heart New York | Lindsey Kelk

Okay so almost everyone has read this anyway but I'm not surprised since it's so damn good. The character of Angela taught us that it's alright to have a little cry when you go through some tough shit like your douche bag of a boyfriend cheating on you, but it's even more fun to then do something drastic like fly halfway across the world to start a new life in New York. Sure, we can't ALL do that, but you'd be lying if you said you haven't been tempted to move to NY after reading this book, especially in the hopes of bagging a band boy like Alex *swoon*. Seriously though, this book is every girls best friend that is lighthearted, funny, inspiring and it's just the perfect read no matter what madness is going on around you. (Unless it's a zombie apocalypse, in which case I'd suggest putting the book down but instead perhaps grabbing book #1 on this list for future reference...)

The one that taught me that it is possible to marry a rock star one day and very occasionally bad boys can be tamed (but I won't hold my breath about it)
Johnny Be Good | Paige Toon

Another chick lit, but this time one that's not all lighthearted and focuses on drama and some real issues that come with hooking up with a huge rock star, this is definitely the type of book to read when your current life is boring you. It's the only book of Paige Toon's I've read (bar it's sequel) but boy was I impressed. You'd think the story line about bagging the dream job of becoming a rockstars P.A and then becoming involved with said rockstar would be completely cliche and unbelievable...but somehow this is so realistic that I'm beginning to think that may Paige Toon did shack up with a rockstar once (tell us who!) because this story is spot on about what a rockstars life is really like behind closed doors. 

I could never fault any of this books, and these five are the few that I can re-read over and over again without getting bored. Each time I read each story I pick up on something new, laugh harder then before, cry (discreetly) more than before...no matter how many times I read these, I never find myself knowing exactly what's going to happen, more often then not submerging myself in the stories without much clue of what's going to happen next on each page. Which is exactly what a book should do, right?

Do you have any favourite books you end up coming back to time and time again? Let me know!

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