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Saturday, 13 February 2016

Limecrime Venus 1 & 2 Swatches

I hope you like my first swatches video, I should have another one up for you soon as well.

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Friday, 12 February 2016

London 2014, Day 1

So most of you by now will probably have seen my London Highlights video by now, but if not there is still time to watch, it isn't long! So I decided to upload all the extra footage on my new vlog channel just in case you wanted to see what we actually got up to & talked about. I have done three separate videos, just day by day, so it wasn't a really really long video. Anyways, I hope you enjoy Day 1.

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Saturday, 6 February 2016

London, July 2014

Here are some of the photos I took, when we went to London. Which was agesss ago now! I should have probably done it already but, I have two outfit posts coming from london as well. So I look forward to showing you them, even though I probably look a lot different now! My hair for starters... Well anyway, enjoy these for now!














Photogtaphy- HayleyMG Photography

This is all I have for now, there is still plenty more to come. For now you can catch my highlights on my Youtube Channel & next week you can see the extra footage on my Vlog Channel.
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Thursday, 4 February 2016

What I Bought At Christmas

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New Look Sale Picks

Theres still so many sales going on! With some fantastic pieces for great prices as well. I've been doing alot of window shopping online at the sales at the moment, I've just been enjoying seeing what's out there! Some of these pieces are just wants, but both of the ankle boots I've been dreaming over these styles in both colours for a while! Sometimes you just need some good ol'ankle boots!

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What are your favourites at New Look? Link me yours in the comments, I want to see whats captured your hearts!

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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Film Review

The Revenant
Age Rating
12A

Director
Alejandro González Iñárritu

Genre
Western, Biographical, Thriller, Adventure 

Starring
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter & Paul Anderson

Acting
The acting all round was, in my opinion, fantastic. I don't think I could say that anyone at all wasn't bringing their A game to the acting of this film. It was also great to see so many British faces. Plus, with how good the accents were, it was hard to tell who was from where. Leonardo DiCaprio was, as he always is and will continue to be, bloody fantastic! What he had to go through and endure during the filming of this is awe inspiring. He has even said himself that there were as many as 40 incidents, where it was the most difficult things he had to do. As well as saying that he was constantly freezing and on the brink of hyperthermia all the time.

Tom Hardy was also brilliant and he really deserves his Oscar nomination for best supporting actor, as well as Leonardo for his. I've loved Tom as an actor for a few years and I just feel he keeps getting better. Doing more challenging roles. His accent was fantastic, you could not tell at all it wasn't real. I think what also makes his acting great in this, is you really don't notice it's him at first, you get so caught up in his character. Another stand out actor for me, and I think always will be, Will Poulter. I think he's a fantastic young actor and he's done so well considering where he first started. Again, his accent was brilliant but it is one of his many talents, as an even younger character he done an amazing south african accent on a british kids comedy show. I think he seemed to have coped pretty well and kept up with the other well known older actors. So hats' off to him! I still think we've to see the best from his so i can't wait to see his progression.

Summary
The film is set on a true story about Hugh Glass, an american frontiersman, who was an explorer & hunter. In the film, it starts off with them being attacked by native americans then having to make an escape on a boat down an icy river. Of course, the story wouldn't just end there. Otherwise, there would be no film and it wouldn't have been a very great story! As he knows' the area well, he is put in charge of getting the rest of the crew back to the nearest American settlement, which is quite far away. He also has his native american son with him. One of the other frontier men, John Fitzgerald, seems to have tension with both Hugh & his son, but the other men don't seem that bothered. So straight away early on you realise something is going to happen.

Not so far in the film, Hugh is attacked by a grizzly bear and severely mauled by it. Having his throat ripped and even being un-able to walk himself. It's a pretty tough situation to be in, It really brings home to you what the first explorers had to go through in America. The elements and situations they had to go through. This then brings you to the part where the group have to make a decision about what they are going to do to him.

So while all this is going on, the native americans who attacked them earlier in the film are actually searching for one of their own. A young woman, Powaqa the Chief's daughter, who was taken by two white men during the night. So naturally, they attack and search every white settlement they come across. They are both sort of interlinking stories, as the tribe searching for Powaqa come across Hugh Glass, as well as him coming across Powaqa later on. In the end, it all makes sense and falls into place. But I don't want to spoil the end for you!

Techniques
This whole film, even just for this reason is bloody amazing because, it was shot entirely in natural lighting. It really is beautiful. The way it was filmed and how the shots were captured really does the storyline & acting justice. It just sort of, brings it all together. It was also shot in about 12 different locations and 3 countries. Which of course, would make sense, they needed a lot of snow! It seemed to have been quite difficult to shot also, as many crew members had to quit or they got fired... Yikes! But, with shooting a film like this, Alejandro González Iñárritu seemed he wanted perfection right from the start. He has been quoted saying; "as a director, if I identify a violin that is out of ture, I have to take that from the orchestra". It has also been said that he wanted to shot the film entirely in sequence, whether it did happen that way or not I'm not sure.

Personal Thoughts
As soon as I seen the advert for this, I fell in love and wanted to see it. I couldn't wait to sink my teeth in to some serious, historical thriller with fantastic cinematography. I love it when it a film looks this great. I also love when a film can really take you to that point in time, make you feel and see the hardships of the time. I thought the storyline was great, albeit very emotional and hurtful. It reminded you how cruel as a species we really can be. I thought the acting from everyone was great. I just can not fault it. Although, a friend of mine said they weren't at all that fussed by it! She said she enjoyed it, but it wasn't a top film for her, she enjoyed the beauty of it but just wasn't that fussed by the storyline. It definitely was for me and even Chris, my husband really enjoyed it. So whatever happens, I would definitely recommend you to go see it even it's to look at how beautiful it is.

Rating
10/10
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Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Weekly Vlog- Food, Food & More Food

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Grab A Cuppa (Or Whatever) & Let's Chat

Are The Oscars Too White?

So by now, I'm assuming you have all heard about the controversy surrounding this year's Oscar Nominations. Every year the same issues seem to arise, so why haven't we seen change? After researching the topic even just a little, I didn't have to do much digging, it seems this topic is brought up almost every year. Some have argued, maybe none of the coloured actors deserved to be nominated. Which I agree, maybe they didn't. But, really can we always believe that's the case? Especially when It happens all the time and when there are coloured nominations the number of white vs coloured nominees is always always outnumbered. In all honesty, in today's society & year I think it's hugely embarrassing, as a species we are meant to be the most intellectual and advanced. Yet we still act as if we are from the stone ages, or at least not past the last century or so. That we are still having these issues of diversity. We shouldn't have to talk about it. It should even need to be brought up, it's shocking that we still do. Surely after it being brought up time after time that we would start to see some change by now?  

Source- Deadline
All of the above were nominees for last years Oscars.

I think what's also important to point out is the lack of Gay nominees as well. Ian McKellan has been nominated twice for an Oscar and both times he planned his speech beginning with him being gay. And both times he put the speech back in his pocket. Yes, there have been gay nominees that have won, but not many and none that were open about their sexuality at the time of their wins. So again, another recurring theme to these award shows. I caught a video that had been trending on the side of facebook, unfortunately for the life of me I can't remember who was in the video & which one it was sorry! But the guy said, he feels it's up to the people who are involved with the films before they get to the award shows. Casting directors need to include more nationalities in their films, different directors. Saying that voting members are just dealing with what they are being given.

Although I don't entirely agree with what he has says, I do feel we need a broader diversity in our films and the stories we decided to put out there in films. So maybe, just maybe this would help. I don't think it's as simple as just choosing different actors. The film "Creed" was written and directed by a black man, as well as starring a lead black actor. The only nominee for this film, was a white man. I think throughout the entire industry there needs to be change. Ian Mckellan also said brilliantly;

"The voting members of the Academy are predominantly white, predominantly male, and predominantly middle aged and old, they're not representative. If you feel excluded because you're black or Hispanic or a woman or gay, you're going to look at that institution and say it doesn't represent me. No, it doesn't, that's a fact. But do you expect it to represent you? It's just a middle aged, white male organisation. The easy way would be to say, don't worry about it, forget about Oscars, don't go, don't put yourself up for it. But in a land where there are no knighthoods, winning an Oscar is a confirmation that you are what you are."


I think we all, already know how judgemental, or how much the Oscars are biased. I only need to mention our beloved Leornado DiCaprio. For the past few years he has given outstanding performances in films, yet, every time he is nominated he receives nothing. So as Ian McKellen says, they are a bunch of middle aged men who like that they like and nothing is going to change that. Unless we do what we can and keep calling them out. If no one says nothing, nothing changes so we need to be as proactive as we can to make changes. Not just in the film & entertainment industry, but across the board for a lot of things. I think this year though, a lot of prominent people in society have stood up and said something. Which has prompted the Academy President to respond. She has said that they will now be reviewing their current member board and make sure to include the much needed diversity.

So who knows, maybe old Leonardo DiCaprio will get his Oscar after all?
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Monday, 1 February 2016

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Wear Some Attitude With Those Boots

Yay, I have another outfit post! Originally on wednesday I had planned to shoot some outfits i'd worn but due to the weather or lighting I was unable to get photos. That didn't happen. Then today, I woke up it was nice weather I thought, yes, today is the day. But again, it was not meant to be. As I began to get ready the rain started so I didn't really want to spend time re-applying makeup and getting dressed up just for it to not happen. Plus, with the way our weather and short days are, you have to be really quick! So it's better to get something else shot rather than nothing at all. So as I was just jumping to the pharmacy to get some medication and doing a small food shop, I didn't really need to dress up too much. So casual & chic it was!




I know I said I didn't have the weather to put my other outfits on, but that would of taken time and time in Scotland at this time of the year is precious! I had things needing to get done and it was beginning to get late so it wasn't long before we would lose the light... I'd say that about an hour or so after we took these photos the evening grey skies had already began to set in. I have to say, i'm enjoying making casual outfits a bit more chic again. About a year ago I would just throw any old rubbish I could find. Most of the time that was just an oversized jumper and some doc martens... Not that there's anything wrong with that, I just wasn't even trying to make it look cool. I wanted to blend in the background.




I'm hoping to be able to get more outfit posts, but the weather is so unpredictable in Scotland! That's why Chris and I are thinking about getting up earlier one day a week and just shooting everything I've worn! I know I normally post what i've worn that day on the day, but you will only get 1-2 post every 2 weeks if you are lucky! Even though I've made changes on the blog, I still want to keep posting outfit posts as much as I can, as I do enjoy doing them and keeping to what this blog was originally about!


Jacket- Topshop
Shirt- Topshop at Charity Shop
Jeans- Next
Boots- H&M
Bag- River Island
Hat- H&M

Outfit Details
Chris and I went out last night for dinner for a date night and I wore this shirt. In all honesty, when I woke up this morning, it was lying on the floor. I didn't hesitate in grabbing it whatsoever. I'm not even ashamed. Its great to add a little more "put together in outfit". I thought the corduroy jeans would look great, keeping the casual in this outfit very firmly on the ground. Also, I adore them. I'm loving that they are cords as well as being bootcut rather than the safe skinny jeans we all know & love. Once I picked these two pieces everything else seem to fall into place. The cardigan with the burgundy details & being cozy, the bomber jacket with its cool & casual edge. As well as my trusty three. My hat, one of my all time favourite go tos to make an outfit cool, my burgundy bag. Which has sadly broken. And my burgundy suede & leather ankle boots. The day these give up on me will be another sad day.

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