Monday, 24 September 2012

Autumn ‘wish list’

I’ve started early.

There are 37 days until Halloween. 42 days until Bonfire night. 91 days until Christmas.

Usually, my countdown to my favourite season begins just after my birthday (early October), but for some reason, my excitement has hit early.

Sure I like summer- who doesn’t? Waking up feeling warm. Not having to carry an umbrella. Not wearing a coat to walk the dog. BBQs. Pool parties. Eating outside. The sun definitely makes me and others happy, there’s no doubt about it. But how does this sound?

Cosying up to the fire. Drinking hot chocolate with whipped cream. Crunching orange leaves under wellies. Wearing the trio (hats, scarf and gloves). Getting out of day-shoes to put on slippers. Seeing your breath when you walk out of the door. Christmas playlists. Holiday shaped biscuits. Lusssssh.

I don’t want to get ahead of myself, because my excitement will end up dying. But because I’m in the autumn/winter mood, I decided I’ll post something very un-me in the form of a ‘Autumn wish list’.

Most wish list’s appear on beauty and fashion blogs and as I am not one, I don’t really have a professional mind in the products other than screaming (inside) ‘I WANT YOU’. Ideally, I’ll be buying some of these products in the next few months, but at the moment they are still ‘wishes’. I’m starting to go off the word wish as it seems spoilt, but until I think of a new one it will have to do.

Enough rambling.
1. I’ve always wanted a trench coat and obviously this iconic film scene has a little bit to do with it. The last few days I’ve been searching for one that is a) Affordable (for me) and B) Looks good. After searching the main fashion sites I know, I found that Matalan do one for £30. Win.

2. A few years ago I had a really cute, regular pair of black ear muffs, until my dog ate them. For the last two years I keep meaning to buy a new pair but forget, so this year I will. The pair from the picture are from Next.

3. Since I saw two beauty vloggers rave about the Rimmel Lip Butters, I wanted to try one out. I’m torn between the colour Tutti Frutti or Peach Parfait, but I think I need to see these in a store.
4. Last year, when my sister told me she was wearing a ‘snood’, I laughed. Snood. It’s a funny word. One of my scarf’s has pockets and a hat, and another is a football one I wear everywhere so I think it’s time I get a snood. They look more practical to wear with coats and just as comfy. The one from the picture is from New Look.

5. Ahhh, my latest dream. I love wearing my wellies. Splashing in mud, jumping in puddles, falling in snow. When it gets snowy, or chucks down with rain, wellies are perfect. Now that I’m grown up (kinda), I think Hunter Wellington’s are my calling. Still undecided on colour, but it’s definitely between pink, red, dark blue or simple black. These will be my big save up.

6. The best thing about a season change is the nail polish colours. There aren’t specific rules to follow when painting your nails a colour, but for people like me, there are more suited colours to seasons. (For example I wouldn’t wear mint green in December and neither would I wear dark blue in the summer.) I keep hearing about how great Models Own nail polishes are. They come in gorgeous colours and are, apparently, easy to apply, thick and glossy. The company is holding a 50% sale if they reach 100,000 likes by the end of September, so I’m hoping they reach it  for some new Autum/Winter colours. Ibiza Mix isn’t the type of polish I’d usually wear, but I love glitter in winter. Soda Pop Pink and Purple Grey look like very chic but elegant colours, something I always adore. I don’t have any navy or dark purple polishes, so In The Navy and Purple Rain are also on my list! (Please like the page so us fans can have a sale!)

Away from clothing and make-up, I was looking through the Internet and my mind to see other things I hope for this Autumn.

7. My excitement has reached its highest for the film adaptation of The Perks of Being a Wallflower. If you haven’t read the book, I seriously recommend that you do. It’s on my list of favourites and I could give you fifty reasons why it is, but I won’t waste your time. Watch the trailer and see if it takes your fancy. If you’re a fan of coming-of-age indie flicks, then this one is for you).

8. Although ‘Red’ hasn’t been released yet, I know it’s one of my favourite albums. Taylor Swift’s first single for the album is pulling up to the stage where I’m sick of it for playing it too much, which can only mean I’m in need for the new album! I’ll be honest and say I wasn’t the biggest fan of Taylor’s first album, the second one I liked and the third one I adored. If you haven’t heard the single, check out the (really cool) music video here. It’s a bit more pop-y than her country stuff, but hey I’m still a teenage girl- I’m meant to love it!

9. In hope of buying the gorgeous trench coat, snood and possible others from 1-5, my look can only be complete with an umbrella! A birdcage one with a hook handle is all I’m looking for. I’ll have to do some searching.

10. To top off my *wish list, I will be buying one of my new favourite Christmas films. I saw Arthur Christmas last year with my cousins and we all adored it. Very funny, very cute and everything a family Christmas flick should be. Once it hits December, this one is going on repeat.

*I’m tired of using the word ‘wish’ already. It sounds a little spoilt because these are materialistic wishes.

What are your favourite things about Autumn/Winter? Do you prefer this season to others or are you more gutted that Summer is over? Have you got a wish list? Let me know!

As for my countdown to the big dates of this end of the year, I haven’t got to the stage where I’m telling people every day. There are still a few days of September left and then the whole of October before my countdown officially begins. Until then, I’ll be sure to enjoy the start of my favourite season!

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Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Dalmatian cuddles

On Sunday, I was invited to the very glamorous Soho Hotel in London to watch a screening of Disney’s 17th classic 101 Dalmatians, provided with refreshments and a chance to cuddle real life dalmatian pups!

I say ‘real life’ because the only dalmatian puppies I’ve seen have been animated or in the Glenn Close 1996 film, so I haven’t been in physical  contact with one ever. Before last Sunday, dalmatian puppies were a myth to me.

I’m a dog person in the dog-or-cat discussion, not because I don’t like cats but because I’ve grown up with dogs in the family. My house has our own little rascal of a Jack Russell and I know that, once I’m older, I’ll be getting a canine friend of my own. I adore them! So meeting these rare little beauties was a treat.

The three puppies I saw were from a litter of 11 (woah!), two girls and a boy named Limpy, Millie and Joe. For 10 weeks old, they were really calm and didn’t mind being the centre of attention for two one hour sessions, they definitely loved all the cuddles.

They all looked like they were from the 1996 film, even Joe had a black patch over his right eye and a red collar like Patch from the animated film. Little Limpy had a pink, diamanté collar and all three were constantly wagging their tails (apart from when they were taking a power nap.)

After lots of pictures, cuddles, dog kisses and aww-ing, I had to bid farewell to my new friends in order to see one of my favourite Disney films on the big screen!

Being the classic Disney charmer, 101 Dalmatians still delights again and again. From the wicked Cruella de Vil to the always cheeky Lucky, the film is full of such charismatic characters that feel quite homey to return to. Even if you haven’t seen the film, the sweet journey of the loveable Pongo and Perdita to rescue their pups is one that definitely needs to be seen.

Despite much begging and pleading to have our own little spotted companion to be friends with my Jack Russell, I am unsuccessful in winning over the parents. However, 101 Dalmatians has been restored to even higher definition than before on Blu-Ray and can instead become a new member to my DVD family.

This post was just a way of sharing my experience and posting some pictures of my cuddles with the pups!
(The DVD is out now)

*this is not a sponsored post.
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Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Christian Bale watch

A few years ago, out of coincidence, I realised I was watching quite a few Christian Bale films (I think it started with seeing The Dark Knight at the cinema, then buying The Prestige a few weeks after, as well as catching 3:10 To Yuma on telly at the same time my excitement built up for Terminator Salvation out the following year- if anyone cares) and ever since, I think I can safely say that he is one of my favourite actors. Bale may not be a crowd favourite in the eye of the media (even as a fan, I still think the Terminator mishap is shocking as well as a little hilarious), but no one can deny his versatility and dedication to the art. The guy lost just over 63 pounds for The Machinst and then gained 100 pounds for Batman Begins in 6 months, which shows complete devotion to his roles.

For a few years I’ve been trying to get through most of Bale’s filmography, simply for my own peace of mind as a fan. To make it a little easier, I’ve decided to make a blog post of his films to check off every time I see a new one.

Total 35
Total seen 16 (how poor)

The Dark Knight Rises /Bruce Wayne
2011 The Flowers of War /John Miller
2010 The Fighter /Dicky Eklund
2009 Public Enemies /Melvin Purvis
2009 Terminator Salvation /John Connor
2008 The Dark Knight /Bruce Wayne
2007 I’m Not There. /Jack / Pastor John
2007 3:10 to Yuma /Dan Evans
2006 The Prestige /Alfred Borden
2006 Rescue Dawn /Dieter Dengler
2005 The New World /John Rolfe
2005 Harsh Times /Jim Luther Davis
2005 Batman Begins Bruce Wayne / Batman
2004 Howl’s Moving Castle /Howl (voice: English version)
2004 The Machinist /Trevor Reznik
2002 Equilibrium /John Preston2002 Reign of Fire /Quinn Abercromby
2002 Laurel Canyon /Sam
2001 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin /Mandras
2000 Shaft /Walter Wade, Jr.
2000 American Psycho /Patrick Bateman
1999 A Midsummer Night’s Dream /Demetrius
1998 All the Little Animals /Bobby Platt
1998 Velvet Goldmine /Arthur Stuart
1997 Metroland /Chris
1996 The Secret Agent /Stevie
1996 The Portrait of a Lady /Edward Rosier
1995 Pocahontas /Thomas (voice)
1994 Little Women /Laurie
1994 Prince of Jutland /Amled
1993 Swing Kids /Thomas Berger
1992 The News Boys /Jack Kelly
1989 Henry V /Robin the Luggage-Boy
1987 Empire of the Sun /Jim ‘Jamie’ Graham
1987 Mio in the Land of Faraway /Jum-Jum / Benke
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Monday, 3 September 2012

July and August viewings

With so much going on in my life, during the last week of July and the first week of August, I forgot to post about new viewings. Seeing as I wrote them down, here is a round up of stuff I watched for the first time in July and August.

In Time (2011) 3/5
Manhattan (1979) 4/5
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) 4.5/5
Fantastic Mr Fox (2009) 4.5/5
Message In A Bottle (1999) 3/5
Magic Mike (2012) 4/5
Project Nim (2011) 3/5
The Sting (1973) 4/5
The Bachelor (1999) 2/5
Albatross (2011) 3.5/5
The Change-Up (2011) 2/5
Bad Teacher (2011) 2/5
This Means War (2012) 2.5/5
The Tempest (2010) 2/5
The Dark Knight Rises (2012) 5/5
Safe House (2011) 2.5/5
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol(2011) 4/5
Heathers (1988) 4/5
Passenger 57 (1992) 2/5
Footloose (2011) 3/5
Brave (2012) 4/5
The Bourne Legacy (2012) 2/5
I’m Still Here (2010) 3/5
The Art Of Getting By (2011) 2/5
The Machinist (2004) 4/5
Love & Distrust (2010) 1/5
Somewhere (2010) 3.5/5
A Guide To Recognising Your Saints (2006) 4/5

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