Wednesday, 1 October 2014

TAKE TWO // MY B-LIST HORROR MOVIES CHALLENGE

Happy 1st of October guys! As you're all aware, I'm a HUGE fan of anything creepy/supernatural etc and I absolutely love Halloween. I also really love horror movies and last year had a great idea which was a feature to blog just for Halloween - me reviewing a bunch of horror movies I have lying around in my room but had never gotten around to watching.

Unfortunately, because I suck, I never got around to watching & reviewing more than one film. I was really guted about this! So I've decided to try this challenge again this year. Of course I might not have ALL the movies featured in the photo below, but I do have Netflix now. So this is just a repost of the original post and in a few days I'll also repost my first review!

Welcome to my challenge of watching my ridiculously huge collection of b-list movies. Aka, a collection filled with mostly direct-to-video, probably (but not necessarily!) crap, generally not worth watching films.

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One of my favourite pastimes is hanging around the old horror movie section of HMV, flicking through unheard of titles, desperate for a new scare. Occasionally I'll venture out to CEX who, although don't have a dedicated horror movie section, do have cheap as chips DVD's which is perfect now that my local HMV has shut down. Most of the movies I buy vary from 50p to £5.00, which is a bargain if you ask me. The trouble is, I never get around to watching them.

I'm a sucker for buying loads and then never actually seeing them. Even though I know they're probably going to be really bad because of their low price and practically never heard of cast, I still want to watch them because I'm open minded and occasionally, among the worst films ever, you do find the occasional gem. So please don't think I'm stating ANY of these movies are officially crap, because that would make me feel bad. Writers, directors, actors, editors and whoever else probably spent ages putting together each of these films and I'd feel terribly bad if I slated their life's work.

But you know exactly the type of movies these are. The type that you watch out of boredom, or find absolutely hilarious if you're drunk. Just wait and see what happened the first time me and three friends attempted to watch Fear Dot Com when drunk...

So I decided, in the spirit of Halloween - and because if I can't go all out for Halloween on my blog then where else can I, since I'm too old in real life? - I'm going to finally get on with watching them. And you lucky readers get to read my review of each and every one of them. Lucky you!

Maybe I'll find a great film which you'll all want to see. Maybe I'll just provide you with an extensive list of films NOT to waste your money on. Or perhaps what you'll just take from this feature is not the scariest films, but the films that provide the most laughs when drunk. Who knows. At least it'll be something.

Also, yeah, I'll actually only be reviewing ten. I have between 30-50 lying around the house (and some more I'm convinced are still in my old student house up north) but ain't nobody got time for that. Maybe I'll review the rest next Halloween...

Soon I'll be posting my first review which will be of...drum roll....The Amityville Haunting! So keep your eyes peeled!

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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

MUSIC // THE SEPTEMBER PLAYLIST

As always, I've had a steady stream of music blasting through my iPod earphones during boring bus journeys to and fro work lately; therefore giving me plenty of time to discover new music...and rediscover some old favourites. Without the need for a long explanation, here is an example of some of my favourite music from this month.


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So we've got the new Fall Out Boy release, another ode to their comeback album that I find myself returning to every few weeks or so, a rather clubby tune from the likes of Shift K3y, both causing me to dance around at work AND on nights out, and even some rather folky songs such as Wait For Love and Blame It on Me. What can I say, I like a mixture of music these days. Music has a tendency to make you feel invincible, to make you feel as if nights are as never ending as the conversations with the strangers that turn into friends on these said evenings. While Listening to Rock & Roll and After Hours reminds me of this feeling, and when I spend evening after evening at work, this music reassures me that I'll be back to attending gigs and partying up soon and that if you work hard then you simply must play harder!

What do you think? Are you a fan of any of the artists appearing on this playlist? Let me know with a comment!

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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

LOTW // ALL THE RIGHT WORDS

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This past weekend (and today, it seems), I accidentally found myself becoming a walking advertisement for H&M. I seem to have unwittingly dressed myself head-to-toe in the brand - not that I'm complaining. My super comfy jeggings paired with my loose but edgy top went together to create an effortlessly stylish look, and my warm winter boots kept my tootsies nice and toasty for a day spent at the beach.

Although I brought back this outfit today for this outfit post and some quiet shopping for Mamaw's birthday, I debuted this look over the weekend when I spent some time (okay, a day and a half) in Southend. Despite arriving to torrential rain, thunder & lightning, the next day brightened up just for me it seems and so we headed down to the seafront to spend the day at the mini themepark and sealife centre.

So I chose an outfit that was comfortable but also warm and stylish of course. I think my latest H&M purchases helped achieve this!

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My hair definitely looked like I'd been dragged through a bush backwards after going on the rollercoasters repeatedly...but it was worth it. We stayed until dark to see the park lit up beautifully with flood lights and multicoloured fairylights, followed by some traditional seaside chips eaten overlooking the beach.

Perfection.

I think my laid back but still pretty cute outfit reflected the spontanious trip away perfectly. It's an outfit that definitely points towards just grabbing whatever is at the front of your wardrobe before rushing out of the house, but I think this kind of works and still looks really fashionable.

What do you think? Let me know with a comment!

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Monday, 22 September 2014

THE LAUNCH OF HAVE YOU SEEN

On Thursday I was lucky enough to attend one of the most eagerly awaited launch parties of the year - the launch of Have You Seen!

Have You Seen is kind of like a cash back and deal sharing website all in one - you create an account and can make wishlists of items you want to buy, finding different deals to save money or you can log on and share your own bargain buys with your friends. What's even better is that if someone sees a recommendation you've made and they go on to purchase said item themselves, you can earn money! It's a really great idea and not one I've seen before. Often I find myself overwhelmed with constant shopping deals that arrive in my inbox or I find it really hard to search online for specific deals because when I do click on them, I find they're then out of date. I'm no stranger to cash back websites either or referral websites, but it's so great to see this all together on one simple to use website.

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Anyway, I was really excited to attend the event, especially after reading all about the website because it seemed like it was right up my street. Attending a launch party of something I'm genuinely interested in sounded really fun and the evening did not disappoint! Firstly it was a nice surprise to bump into the lovely Lizzie and Georgina and the open bar was a lot of fun too. There were a lot of networking types at the event and even Ruth Mortimer (Editor of Marketing Week) gave a speech - which I loved. She spoke about how influential bloggers are which was nice. And there were also some really yummy canapes including small individual portions of fish and chips wrapped up in newspaper - delicious!

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Lizzie, Jadine and myself
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Typically, I did spend the vast majority of the night at the free bar with none other than a Canadian band who were in attendance and the girls. Only I could go to a blog event and end up spending the evening drinking with the band...but it was fun. Because they were Canadian, we had a laugh teaching them English slang words and the like. There was a magician too and somehow, every time he did a trick that surprised us, we all started shouting out 'WHAT' in an overly British accent thanks to the band, which quickly became our catchphrase for the night..

I had a lot of fun and felt especially honoured to be able to attend the launch of such an exciting company. I can't wait to start earning via the website and genuinely feel it's such a good idea - I can already see how successful it's becoming and I feel lucky that I was able to celebrate that all with the Have You Seen team.

Have you been to any exciting launches lately? Will you be signing up to Have You Seen? Let me know with a comment!

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Friday, 19 September 2014

LOTW // HEAVY METAL BROKE MY HEART

It's taken me a while but I've finally gotten around to blogging my outfit from day one of Bloggers Fashion Week! At first I wasn't too sure what to wear, being that we didn't have any themes this time around, but when House Of Fraser sent me this Therapy stunning dress, I knew instantly that I'd be fashioning it at BLFW!

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This textured skater dress is me all over and I absolutely adore the colour. It's just the right length to be classy and is the perfect fit - it's not too tight but not too baggy either. The structured shape of it shows off my figure and it's really good quality too. The material is lovely and soft but genuinely warm - I have so many dresses that are so thin and flimsy that it's a welcome surprise to wear something like this. The burgundy colour means its ideal for winter too and I'm already planning to wear it with some thick tights and stunning winter boots when the cold weather hits us.

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It's plain - but not boring. I had little effort in dressing it up as it's already so pretty by itself, but I chose to add a belt to clench it in a bit (and to match my shoes too), a silver skull necklace which was a gift and just some loose bangles. Overall I was left with an effortlessly stylish look that suited me down to the T, but was also very feminine too!

It was the perfect outfit for the first day of BLFW as it wasn't too over the top but it was still super classy. What do you think? Let me know with a comment!

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