Sunday, 27 March 2016

The Sunday Catch up #8

lindt gold bunny
Happy Easter you wonderful human beings! I hope everyone has a cracking day (lol) and eats so much chocolate they feel a little bit sick. As a 24 year old woman you would think I wouldn't really receive many Easter eggs but I actually ended up with six. This blatently means I have to eat them all today and tomorrow so my healthy (ish) eating can start fresh on Tuesday! Right?
On Monday I got a text from Jody saying ' Don't panic but I'm going to hospital, I'll be fine'. Obvs I did the natural thing and panicked so after a rushed phone call I found out a bit of steel had gone into his leg and he was bleeding profusely. After some injections and glue he found out if it had been 2cm deeper it would have hit an artery and he'd have been in big trouble. A bit higher and he'd have lost part of his 'little man'. He was pretty lucky and like the tough cookie he is, he ended up going back to work for the day - I won't be whinging about Mondays again for a while!

To celebrate the start of the long weekend Jody and I ended up going out on Thursday night - Me to a girls night and him to a poker match. I didn't drink too much but I still ended up feeling like death by midnight, I think my drinking days are almost definitely over. It was Jody who ended up with the hangover though instead of me and I was secretly quite chuffed as he's usually fine after a night out - How the tables have turned.

sesame street primark pjs

I got paid on Thursday which was really nice BUT it does mean its a whole five weeks until my next payday. I've put half into my savings account, paid my bills and the other half is to get me through the month. I'm feeling really good about how my savings are coming along and I think we will be moved out in no time. I had a bit of a Primark splurge yesterday as I needed some bits but who wouldn't be tempted by their PJ range?

I also received my Lucky Dip Club box on Thursday which I was pretty made up with. It's the first one I've got hold of due to me being away last year and I loved the bunny themed contents - More to come on that this week!

Hope everyone is making the most of the long weekend!
p.s PLEASE tell me that one of you watched Line of Duty?!? OMG dfJALKSHGwghwe


Friday, 25 March 2016

The first day of Spring: Brimham Rocks

brimham moors

Last weekend was a good 'un. Here in Yorkshire we had our first proper day of spring so me and Jody hopped into the car and went to the National Trust site, Brimham Rocks.
Brimham Rocks is around half an hour from Harrogate/45 minutes from York and if you aren't a member you can pay a fiver to park there for four hours. Brimham Rocks is basically a load of rocks in weird formations, created by years of wind, rain and ice erosion.
We're quite lucky to have so many National Trust spots in the UK and I don't think enough of us take advantage of them. When Jody and I decided to come home we made a promise to each other that we would explore as much of the UK as possible - We haven't even been to Ireland and it's so close and so cheap to get there - and even though Brimham Rocks is only round the corner and we've been there a zillion times, this is where we decided to start our project.

My favourite time to go to the rocks is on a weeknight - you can usually avoid the car park fees and crowds going at this time and climbing up onto the bigger rocks and watching the sunset over the Yorkshire countryside is pretty sweet. On weekends (especially bank holidays) it get's pretty busy so best to get their early or you will get turned away by the car park attendant.
I don't know about you but there's something about blue skies and a it of sunshine that makes me feel so well. A nice day puts me in such a good mood and having the chance to go out without a coat, hat and scarf is a great feeling. It's Spring days like last Sunday that make me think being home isn't so bad. Sure it isn't 30 degrees, there's no nice warm ocean and I don't have a tan anymore but I live in a really pretty place and there's actually quite a lot to do here.
So have any of you guys made it to Brimham Rocks? Or are there any national trust sites near you that you love? I hope everyone's bank holiday has had a great start!
rock formations at brimham rocks
jody at brimham rocks
Jody and Jess couple selfie

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Koh Rok: The day I fell in love with the ocean

I've had this post in my drafts for yonks and truthfully I've found it really hard to write. The photos have just been sat on their lonesome whilst I've tried to find the words to describe an undescribable day.

I've never been much of a swimmer (I had a God awful swimming teacher) and I hate getting my hair wet/sharks/not being able to touch the bottom. Snorkelling has never been something I've been that arsed about but as my boyfriend is part fish, I decided I would man up and do something that he enjoyed together, rather than sending him off by himself.

We tried snorklling at Monkey Beach at Koh PhiPhi but our tour boat was so jam packed with people (a boat had broken down so ours was double booked) it wasn't enjoyable in the slightest. There was a 20 strong group of middle aged men who couldn't swim and were constantly grabbing on to others and panicking despite wearing life jackets and being under the watchful eyes on the boat staff - Not ideal when I'm a nervous swimmer myself.

After the shitty trip to Phi Phi we didn't have high hopes for our trip to Koh Rok, an small island with a 500m beach, half an hour South of Koh Lanta by speedboat. As usual when it comes to Jody and I, we were proven wrong.

I mean look at that water!

So the nitty gritty stuff. We booked our day tour with Opal Speedboat and we paid 1700thb/34gbp each. This cost included a lunch of chicken and rice, unlimited water, transfers to and from our guest house, fruity snacks and all snorkelling equipment - Not too bad for a full day hey?

The crew were Indonesian and they were great. They were knowledgable about all the different sea creatures, made sure everyone was feeling okay and they were pretty funny (which is always nice isn't it?).

At the first snorkel spot I stupidly thought I would be okay without a life jacket. I eased myself in and then totally panicked. The lovely Jody was there though to give me a guiding hand but as I couldn't really see that many fish I went back to the boat feeling a bit disappointed - In both the lack of fish and my own stupid fear.

Until the second snorkel spot that is.

Spot number two was out of this world. You know that feeling you used to get when you were a kid when you would discover something for the first time and it was just the best feeling ever?? Well that's the feeling I got when I donned my life jacket and jumped in second time around.

I could see the fish from the boat and just seeing all the different colours washed my fears away and I found myself jumping in before Jody had even got his mask on. Swimming around in the warm water with all the different fish was amazing and it was then that I realised why everyone made such a fuss about going snorkelling.

It was like being in Finding Nemo.

As you can see from this photo the water clarity around Koh Rok is incredible, with up to 18m of visibility.

The amazing thing is that if you are really unconfident about your swimming abilities you can snorkel from the small beach and still see quite a few fish - Although it isn't quite as mind blowing as the variety of marine life a bit further out.

The beach itself is made up of fine, white sand and despite there beign quite a few tourist boats moored up it didn't feel too busy. It's also super clean as well so make sure you take any rubbish home with you.

Koh Rok itself is a lovely little island - The only people who live there are the island rangers so you can imagine how quiet and well preserved it is.

The beach itself is only 500m long but if you travel inland a bit you can go on a bit of a hike to the highest point of Koh Rok. This hike offers great views but be warned, it's not as easy as you think. Signs say that the viewpoint is only a few hundred metres from the beach but in reality it feels a lot further.

To get to the viewpoint you have to climb up quite a lot of steep steps and when you factor in the densely packed trees and the searing Thailand heat, you have a hard little trek on your hands. Make sure you take a bottle of water up with you.

If you really want a truly authentic deserted island experience, you have the option to camp on the island. There aren't tonnes of tents so you won't be joined by a zillion other people but there are monitor lizards who linger around hoping for some leftovers.

After a couple of hours sunbathing, hiking and snorkelling it was time to load up the boat, head to one final snorkel spot then return back to our accomodation.

I saw loads of fishies while I was in the water - Clownfish, Parrotfish, Wrasse, Clownfish, Moorish Idols, Tangs, even Sea Cucumbers. It was pretty amazing and just thinking about it has me itching to book the first beach/snorkel holiday I come across.

Koh Rok was one of the highlights of my time in Thailand and I would go back in a heartbeat. Whilst it didn't make me any keener to try out scuba diving, it did help me take a step in the right direction and made me realise maybe the ocean isn't quite as scary as I thought.

Do you have any recommendations for great snorkelling? 


Sunday, 20 March 2016

The Sunday Catch Up #7

easter egg nest
Okay so I'm already bored of my Sunday catch up format, oops. I don't know, I spose some weeks are just more boring than others and I don't do anything or I don't listen to music or whatever.

Happy 1st day of Spring! How nice is it going to be to get an extra hour of light every evening? I really hope this means the weather is going to sort it's act out, I'm currently craving some Vitamin D so I'm hoping a bit of sunshine is on it's way.

This weekend I managed to stay in ALL weekend, despite numerous offers to go out and have a few drinks. I seem to spend so much money when I go out and it's just not worth it. Instead we went for a 3 course meal at a local restaurant on Friday as Jody and I have been together 6 (!!) years. To be honest we never really celebrate anniversaries but we thought it was a great excuse to avoid going out.

My fantastic Nannie works at the cinema and very kindly got us tickets to go see preview showings of Disney's Zootropolis. It is such a great movie and I think everyone should go see it, wether they have kids or not. We are suckers for talking animal movies and this one was so clever and funny - We are normally pretty good at guessing plot twists but we didn't get this one.

pobble and ping pencils
Next weekend's Easter weekend and I'm lucky to have both Friday and Monday off work. I don't have any plans yet but as it's also payday I'm hoping to get some money whacked into my savings so we can move out in a few months time. One thing I'm definitely going to buy though is a new pair of jeans as currently I'm only rocking the one pair. Maybe some Topshop Mom Jeans?
I'm in a pretty good place at the moment. I'm making decent ish money and I'm happy in my work, my savings pot is slowly growing so moving out will soon be on the cards and I'm quite happy in general. I'm still dying to book some kind of holiday though and the money in my savings is secretly burning a hole in my pocket (I can still save whilst I spend a week in a campervan in Ireland right? Or a weekend in Copenhagen?)
How are you guys? Looking forward to the long weekend and some lighter days?

This weeks posts:
Things Couples Argue About
My no BS guide to all the places I visited in Western Australia


Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Things couples argue about.

Today was going to be a post about my favourite place in Thailand but tbh I'm really struggling to find the words to describe it because I loved it so much. Instead you're getting a load of random, stupid things that couples argue about.

Each others driving skills. Directions. What to have for tea. Being sat on the TV remote. Whos turn it is to take the bins out. Answering the door. Turning the heating on. Mystery ASOS parcels. Going out. Staying In. Wether you should walk or get a taxi home from the pub. Spending money. Not having any money. Watching football. Which box set to start next. Getting too invested in KUWTK/Dont tell the Bride. Mornings. Alarm Clocks. The house being too hot. The house being too cold. Stealing socks.

Do you agree with these or have any more to add to the list?


Sunday, 13 March 2016

The Sunday Catch Up #6

Today Yorkshire has finally had a little bit of sunshine. Temperatures have reached THIRTEEN DEGREES - I know amazing. The daffodils are starting to peep out and all the baby animals are starting to make appearances. Cos I couldn't get some nice pictures of the Yorkshire countryside I've included some photos of the Western Australian countryside - It's practically the same right?

Watching: How crap is TV at the moment? And The Secret Life of the Zoo finished this week and it was the best thing on the box. I did watch that 41 dogs and counting on channel 5 on Saturday night and wtf!? I love dogs as much as the next person but 41? Good for her though if she's happy I guess.

Buying: I have been so, so good this week. I'm on a self imposed spending ban and I'm doing okay. I'm taking my lunches into work so I don't have to spend money on sandwiches and I'm avoiding ASOS like the plague.

Listening to: NWA and Eminem. Im so gangsta. I am a great rapper though.

Netflixing: I haven't watched much Netflix this week either, how bizarre. I did finish Grace and Frankie though, what a great series.

Using: I found an old Urban Decay palette that I've had for yonks. I know you're meant to bin make up after a certain time but meh be right. it's full of really bright colours and I've been using them to jazz up my lash line.

Doing: Jody and I decided that we spend too many weeknights sat at home watching telly so we have decided to devote one night a week to a 'date night' if you will. This week we went bowling and despite the fact I used to be quite good, I sucked balls. Still had fun though.

And 3 little things? Barry M speedy nail varnish, pretty white snowdrops and all the cute little baby lambs. Aww.

This Week's Posts:
A day at James Bond Island
Kim Kardashian and the Breaking of the Internet

Hope everybody had a cracking week!

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Kim Kardashian and the breaking of the internet.

kim kardashian

Kim Kardashian. Love her or hate her, you've probably had a conversation about her at some point since she rose to fame. Be it sex tapes, short marriages, magazine covers, diamond earrings, a very vocal husband, family dramas or naked selfies, she knows how to get people talking. This week (as you will all have seen) she decided to post a naked selfie on the internet - Something which some people weren't to pleased to see.

Piers Morgan, Bette Midler and Chloe Moretz are amongst some of the famous people giving Kimmy K a slagging as well as members of the public. These people think shes doing it for attention, that she's a bad role model who is showing young girls that there only assett is their bodies and that she should cover up as she has two young children to think about.

I'm calling bullshit.

Kim Kardashian might not be to everybodys taste but there's now denying the woman is a powerhouse. She's juggling motherhood with being an entrepeneur as well as being in the public eye 24/7. Like she said in a statement defending her latest nude selfie, she doesn't drink, do drugs, smoke or commit any crime so what's the problem with her posting a nude pic?

The selfie hasn't been hacked from her phone, it hasn't been sold to the press by an ex boyfriend - Kim posted it off her own back because she thought she looked good in it. We are going on all the time about consent and how disgusting revenge porn is but when a strong woman posts a photo of herself because she wants to we still go mad?

It was Kim's choice to post the photo, just like it's her body and her twitter account. She can do what she wants as in the USA and the UK we are fortunate enough to have the power of free speech.

As for the comment on how Kim should be teaching young girls to set goals and show them they have more to offer than just their bodies, I personally think Kim Kardashian is doing the opposite. Okay young girls shouldn't be posting nude selfies but they should be proud of who they are and the bodies they have - Just like Kim.

Feminists say the likes of Kim Kardashian are the reason women still aren't being taken seriously but surely saying that is unfeminist in itself? Feminism is all about men and women being equals - Do you think it's wrong when men like Channing Tatum, Zac Efron and the Biebs share nude/nearly nude photos? No? Does it make them unintelligent? Does it make you think less of them? No? Didn't think so. Then why is it so wrong when a woman does it?

When people comment on Kim's mothering abilities due to her posting a nude photograph it makes me feel a little bit sad inside. I have friends with new babies who seriously lack in confidence for many reasons - Casearean scars, stretch marks weight gain, tiredness - and seeing these women feeling bad about themselves is hard. They should be able to embrace their bodies, bodies that made these little human beings and feel good when they look in the mirror.

Posting nude pictures has nothing to do with her ability to be a mother and she should be able to show some self love without judgement from others.

The people who thinks it's okay to say 'What will your kid's think when you're older' should wonder what their kids will think of their 1950's, outdated attitudes towards the female form. Her kids will probably grow up feeling proud of their mother and the empire she has created. They will no doubt have heaps of confidence in themselves and will not give a flying f*** what anyone else thinks of them.

Then there is Piers Morgan *shudders* Piers wrote a piece about the situation in the Mail and to me it sounds like someone didn't like it when Kim called him out and made a mockery of him.

Piers Morgan is just another example of a self righteous, middle aged man in a suit who thinks it's okay to tell a woman what she can do, where she can go, what to say and what to wear.

Some might not like Kim Kardashian but you cannot say the woman hasn't got balls. She embraces her sexuality, her curves and her power. She oozes confidence and she doesn't need approval from anybody else because she has her own approval.

As she says in her statement 'Let me be me and you be you'.

If we girls had half the confidence Kimmy K has, I think we would all feel much better within ourselves. When people slag off and slut shame Kim Kardashian for her nude photograph, they are essentially saying that it isn't okay to love yourself - And that isn't okay.

Here's Why Kim Kardashian shouldn't be criticized for her nude selfie Buzzfeed
Everyone should read Kim Kardashian's essay on slut shaming Metro
Amber Rose defends Kim Kardashian's nude pic, slams Pink ET Online


Monday, 7 March 2016

A day at James Bond Island

longtail boat

Jody is a big James Bond fan, like most blokes seem to be (I don't get it personally) so obvs one thing on his hitlist whilst we were in Thailand was to go to James Bond Island. As it was aquite a while ago now I can't remember the company we went with or the cost of the excursion  but what I do remember is that I preferred it a lot more than the day trip to Kho Phi Phi island.

Monkey Temple
We got picked up from our hotel in Phuket in a minivan and our first stop was monkey temple cave (otherwise known as Suwanakhuha Temple). As it says on the tin it's a temple so dress appropriately (I wore shorts and a vest with closed shows) and there are quite a few monkeys running around. The monkeys are quite nice and well behaved, especially compared to the Monkey temple in Bali. I fell in love with a stray dog here and it nearly killed me to not take her home.
Inside is something special. The temple is inside a cave and there are heaps of different Buddha images and statues. It was really interesting to walk around - and a little bit eerie!

canoeing through caves

canoeing through mangroves

Sea Canoeing
Our next stop was to go sea canoeing through the mangroves. The great thing is that a guide takes you out so you don't have to navigate the open water by yourself. I felt totally safe with our guide and he went above and beyond by pointing out all the different rock formations and creating leaf art for us - The other tourists weren't getting as much out of the experience as we did.
It was really fun and in some places you had to lie down to get into the sea caves - a slightly terrifying experience.

james bond island

james bond islad

james bond island sign

James Bond Island
And the main attraction, James Bond Island. The island itself was busy (not as busy as Maya Bay) but I didn't feel like it was ridiculously overcrowded at any point. The rock that features in the film was actually really small and kinda cute with tonnes of people taking selfies with it (Including us). There are a few stalls selling the same old Thai stuff for inflated prices so I gave the vendors a wide berth.

The island itself was really pretty and I would definitely recommend you go here instead of Koh Phi Phi if you are planning to go on a day trip. It's a lot cleaner and theres a little bit less hustle and bustle as the tourist boats tend to work on a rota.

Our day trip also made a stop at the floating muslim fishing village, Panyee but I decided not to take any photos there. It was interesting to see how the people lived on the water (they even had a football stadium) but it was sad to see all the different stalls set up which were obviously only there for the tourists amusement.

A day trip to James Bond Island may leave some feeling deflated but I really loved my day out on the longtail boat exploring all the different places. After the disappointment of our day trip to Phi Phi this more than made up for that horrendous experience.


Sunday, 6 March 2016

The Sunday Catch Up #5

girl on the train, lonely planet, glamour

This week has been one of those nondescript weeks. You know the sort? A week where nothing really happens but you don't mind 'cos it wasn't all kinds of awful BUT it wasn't anything spectacular either. I like those kind of weeks because they make me feel content and they leave me feeling good about the week ahead.

Watching: Cos I was really good this weekend and didn't go out, Jody and I have spent the weekend watching all sorts of crap on TV (IE Ant & Dec, Take Me Out). We've also gone a bit mad on the DVD front aswell, buying Legend, Spectre and Straight Outta Compton. Straight Outta Compton is a must see btw.

Buying: It's Jody's birthday next month so I've started buying him presents. I'm getting him a PS4 (I know I'm amazing) and some other little bits and bobs as he had a rubbish birthday last year. I've also subscribed to the Lonely Planet Traveller magazine although this probably isn't a good idea when you consider my wanderlust issues. (£5 for 6 magazines ain't too shabby though is it?).

Listening to: Chris Moyles on Radio X. Chris Moyles was awesome on Radio One and I was sad to see him go. I've started listening to his show again and it brings me a lot joy first thing on a morning.

Imperial lather marshmallow shower cream

Netflixing: Kevin Hart: Laugh at my Pain. I'm a big fan of Kevin Hart (Get Hard, The Wedding Ringer, Ride Along) but for some reason I've never watched his stand up. Well all that has now changed and I'm counting down the hours/days/years until he does another UK tour.

Using: Imperial Lather Marshmallow shower cream. I found this in Tesco and omg it smells fantastic.

Doing: Jody's going to be a Best Man in Cyprus next year so instead of going there for for a week we've decided to make a mini eurotrip out of it. Nothing's set in stone yet but money permitting it will all go ahead! This means I've obvs been doing a bit of travel planning when I've had a spare minute at work and have something exciting to save for (that isn't house related anyway).

And 3 little things? Garlic and chives Philadelphia, the smell of Soap & Glory Hand Maid and getting a moment of peace to read.

This weeks posts:
We are all Jenny Beavan
The Cinema Club #2


Friday, 4 March 2016

The Cinema Club #2

Confession time - I was a bit crap at watching films in February. As I've started work I haven't had time too watch much so I've had to cheat a little bit and include films that I saw for the second time around after seeing them in the cinema.

the other woman

The Other Woman

Starring: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton and Jamie Lannister.

Synopsis: After discovering her boyfriend is married, Carly soon meets the wife he's been betraying. And when yet another love affair is discovered, all three women team up to plot revenge on the three-timing S.O.B.

Why I liked it: The Other Woman isn't going to win any awards but it's heaps of fun to watch. A serial cheater has his life sabotaged by his wife and two girlfriends when they find out about each other - You tell me that doesn't sound like a recipe for some hilarious moments?

obvious child
Obvious Child

Starring: Jenny Slate, Gaby Hoffman, David Cross and Jake Lacey.

Synopsis: A twenty-something comedienne's unplanned pregnancy forces her to confront the realities of independent womanhood for the first time.

Why I liked it: This film deals with the very serious topic of abortion in a very upfront and frank way. Unusual for a Hollywood film, it never crosses the leading character's mind that she might keep the baby. Her best friend provides a blunt and honest opinion on the situaton and with all the debates about the future of planned parenthood in the USA, this film is actually pretty important.


Starring: Paddy Considine, Bill Nighy, George Mackay, Ben Schnetzer, Joseph Gilgun, Andrew Scott.

Synopsis: U.K. gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984.

Why I liked it: Based on a true story, this is a film about an LBGT group that decide to support the Miner's strike in 1980's Britain. It's touching and a little bit heart breaking towards the end so be prepared. It looks at how hard it was to be gay or a miner (or both) in 1980's Britain and reminds us how far we have come in the last 30 years.

mad max tom hardy
Mad Max: Fury Road

Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Holt.

Synopsis: A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in postapocalyptic Australia in search for her home-land with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshipper, and a drifter named Max.

Why I liked it: If you follow me on Twitter you will have seen me boring on about this being on Sky Premiere. I saw this in the cinema when it first came out and I came out feeling blown away. I loved it just as much second (and third and fourth) time around. Charlize Theron is the fearless Imperator Furiosa who is trying to rescure Immortan Joe's five wives from a life of imprisonment, rape and abuse and Tom Hardy is the quiet loner who somehow ends up helping them along the way. It's action packed and there's not one dull moment throughout the film.

legend tom hardy

Starring: Tom Hardy x2, Emily Browning, David Thewlis, Christopher Eccleston, Taron Egerton.

Sypnosis: The film tells the story of the identical twin gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray, two of the most notorious criminals in British history, and their organised crime empire in the East End of London during the 1960s.

Why I liked it: You lucky ducks, two Tom Hardy films! My boyfriend has something of a crush on Mr Hardy and he's a massive fan of true crime so when he heard Legend was being made he didn't shut up talking about it for the next year and a half. And guess what? He didn't like it first time around and I did. It's a love story with a bit of violence thrown in for good measure and features an all star British cast (aswell as Tom in a suit) which obviously makes for a good film in my books.



Starring: Ryan Reynolds, RJ Miller, Ed Skrein, Morena, Baccarin.

Sypnosis: A former Special Forces operative turned mercenary is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopting the alter ego Deadpool.

Why I liked it: Deadpool was interesting. It wasn't your usual superhero movie that's for sure (and that's even referenced in the movie). Deadpool is a bit of a dickhead and kinda of annoying but overall the film was pretty good. There's some great pop culture references and jokes in there (that probably won' stand the test of time) and he often breaks the fourth wall, which actually works well. If you want a giggle, go and see it. It also features Ryan Reynolds topless fact fans.

The Not So Good.

Okay I'm not going to say The Night Before wasn't good because it was. As you would expect from a Seth Rogan film it's a bit goofy and no one goes into the cinema expecting an intelligent story. It's pretty funny (especially when Seth trips balls) and the tripod of Rogan, Joseph Gordan Levitt and Anthony Mackie works really well - It was just a little bit too weird for me. Still enjoyed it though and good for a dumb laugh and an alternative to the usual Christmas fare.

Have you guys got any movie recommendations for me this month?


Wednesday, 2 March 2016

We are all Jenny Beavan.

Jenny Beavan Oscars

The Oscars this year was interesting. There were accusations of white washing which led to people boycotting because of the lack of nominations for black actors. Then there were the winner's using their power to advocate their causes, from climate change to the refugee crisis to sexism to racism. All of these are extremely important causes but do you know what really pissed me off? The reaction from the audience when Jenny Beavan won an Oscar for best costume design.

Jenny hasn't had a great month. Instead of being recognised for her multiple wins for the costume design in Mad Max, she's been in the papers about the negativity she's received about her appearance. 

Stephen Fry referred to her as a bag lady at last month's Bafta's and now she's seen all the folk who didn't clap for her plastered all over the press. Yes they started clapping as she got to the stage but that is not the point - The looks of judgement and disgust spoke a million words.

Now, here's some information for you. Jenny Beavan has been nominated for 10 Oscars and won 2. She's been nominated for 11 Baftas and won 3. She's worked on numerous films including Mad Max, Gosford Park, both Sherlock Holmes films, Jane Eyre and Sense & Sensibility...Just too name a few. The woman is a costume design genius and has been recognised for her immeasurable talent over and over.

And these peoplethink it's okay to judge her based on her appearance?

When Jenny Beavan was asked by The Telegraph about the recent drama she had this too say - 'I am very happy to talk about it. I don't do frocks and absolutely don't do heels, I have a bad back. I look ridiculous in a beautiful gown. This was a homage to Mad Max and I obviously didn't get it quite right at the Baftas, the scarf was meant to be an oil rag. This is Marks & Spencer with Swarovski at the back, I had a bit of a shoe malfunction and the glitter fell off. I just like feeling comfortable and as far as I'm concerned I'm really dressed up'.

She took the criticism like a champ and who am I, or you, or anybody to judge her? Jenny was comfy, knew that it would suit her and she thought she looked like a rockstar - Which she did. In a world of glitzy glamourous gowns and women who might not have had a meal that day, it was really refreshing to see.

I think a lot of women have been where Jenny Beavan was at the Oscars. Whether it's the school bullies taking the piss out of the way you dress, your boyfriend saying he doesn't like the top you're wearing or people sniggering in the street as you walk past them, I think the majority of us can put our hands up and say we have been judged purely on our appearance at one point or another.

Sadly chances are we can also probably say we have taken the piss out of someone else for what they are wearing which needs to stop. It's hard enough to get by in this day and age without being unable to express yourself through what you wear due to fear of being mocked.

So next time you see someone in rainbow flares, chains and spikes or a too short dress don't laugh to yourself. Praise them for not giving a fuck and being true to themselves.

In a nutshell, all I'm trying to say is that a lot of people were enraged by the reaction of the Oscars audience and a lot of people can relate - We have all been Jenny Beavan at one point in our lives.

Let's just try not to be the Oscars audience eh?

My favourite article on the matter:

What's everyone's beef with Jenny Beavan? Ten unfounded Oscars conspiracy theories.


Tuesday, 1 March 2016

The Cinema Club #3

A round up of the films I enjoyed in March that I think you might like too...

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Indias Daughter

Sypnosis: The life and death of Jyoti Singh, an Indian medical student whose violation and murder by gang rapxists exposed the violent misogyny of Indian society.

Why you should watch it: I actually watched this on Netflix when I was in Sydney but as it was International Womens Day on March the 8th I decided to include it in this month's round up as I believe it's a really important documentary and people who ask 'Why do we need a women's day?' should watch this film then ask themselves again.

It's a documentary about medical student Jyoti Singh who thought she was catching a bus home after going to the cinema to celebrate her exams. Instead she was brutally attacked and raped by 6 men for hours before being thrown out at the side of road like a bag of rubbish. This film interviews her family, an attacker, the families of her attackers, the police and the lawyers aswell as members of women's rights groups. It's a really hard watch and chances are you will probably tear up at the treatment of Jyoti and how women are regarded in India. We women in the Uk are so lucky to have so many laws and rights to protect us, I just hope India (and other countries like it) will eventually head in the right direction.

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James Bond: Live and Let Die

Starring: Roger Moore, Yaphet Kotto, Jane Seymour.

Sypnosis: 007 is sent to stop a diabolically brilliant heroin magnate armed with a complex organization and a reliable psychic tarot card reader.

Why I liked it: Back in October Jody dragged me kicking and screaming to see Spectre and much to my annoyance, I actually really enjoyed it (bar a few super cringy lines). As a result of this I decided to let Jody introduce me to some of his favourite Bond films with Live and Let Die being his number one choice. There's a bus chase, a speedboat chase, sharks, crocodiles some crafty murders and some creepy weird voodoo kinda shit and turned out to be quite an enjoyable watch. Now I'm not saying you should go out there and watching all 2billion of the Bond films but I am saying maybe give them a chance. Even if I didn't like it, I would still have earned some major GF points.



Starring: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Nate Torrence, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate.

Synopsis: In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy.

Why I liked it: Basically a bunny cop tries to prove she's more than just a dumb bunny and teams up with a clever fox to investigate a missing animal case. Turns out it's WAY more complex than that. Zootropolis is definitely my favourite film of 2016 (so far). It's not just your usual Disney offering though, it's complex, funny and keeps you guessing the whole way through - Even Jody and I didn't guess the ending and we're normally pretty good at that. Underneath the Disney coating there's a serious message that we all need to remember from time to time - Not to judge a book by it's cover. Go see this film, it will change your life.
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Fantastic Mr Fox

Starring: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, Michael Gambon, Jason Schwartzman.

Synopsis: An urbane fox cannot resist returning to his farm raiding ways and then must help his community survive the farmers' retaliation.

Why I liked it: For such a big animation fan, I'm not really sure why I've only just got round to watching Wes Anderson's 2009 offering 'Fantastic Mr Fox'. Wes Anderson has such a unique way of creating movies and his use of stop motion in Mr Fox is genius. It's a great take on the Roald Dahl classic, with so much detail poured into the puppets and scenery. The storyline sticks to the original but with a bit of Wes Anderson flair thrown into the mix. It's a visual delight and despite being a 'children's' film, I definitely think it's more for the adults in terms of wit and references. Why did it take me so long to see this movie?!?!

And that's it for the Cinema Club this month I guess! I haven't really watched that many movies and the majority of ones I did watch were re-watches. I'm also completely obsessed with Sons of Anarchy so when I have free time that's my go to!

Does anyone have any movie recommendations for me?