Monday, 31 October 2016

October's What I Watched

Supersonic (4/5)
An in-depth look at the life and music of Manchester-based rock band, Oasis.
Liam, Noel, Peggie and Paul Gallagher, Paul Arthurs, Mark Coyle.

Jody and I are huge Oasis fans so when we found out a film detailing their rise to fame was in the works we were over the moon. It's full of unseen footage and if you are a die hard fan you will love it. It was hilarious and trust me when I say none of the carnage surrounding Oasis was sugar coated in the slightest.

Wolf Creek (TV Series) (5/5)
Eve, a 19-year-old American tourist is targeted by crazed serial killer Mick Taylor. She survives his attack and embarks on a mission of revenge.
John Jarratt, Lucy Fry, Dustin Clare

I haven't seen the movie version of this but you don't have to, all you have to know is that there's a psycho who drives around the Aussie bush looking for people to kill and one of his targets survives and starts hunting him. My Auntie recommended it and I wasn't expecting much but it's really good and really gory. Only 6 episodes so it's a quick watch.

Victor Frankenstein (2.5/5)
Told from Igor's perspective, we see the troubled young assistant's dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Viktor Von Frankenstein, and become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man - and the legend - we know today.
Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy, Jessica Brown Findlay

This film started out strong - Daniel Radcliffe was endearing as the circus freak turned lab assistant and McAvoy plays manic spectacularly well (I think he will be incredible in his new movie Split) - but it really lost me towards the end. Meh.

Laggies/Say When (5/5)
In the throes of a quarter-life crisis, Megan panics when her boyfriend proposes, then, taking an opportunity to escape for a week, hides out in the home of her new friend, 16-year-old Annika, who lives with her world-weary single dad.
Keira Knightley, Sam Rockwell, Chloe Grace Moretz

I stuck this on when Jodes went out and I'm glad I did. Keira Knightley isn't usually my cup of tea but I loved her in this and I could relate to how her character has absolutely no idea what she's doing with her life. Sam Rockwell's dry sense of humour is right up my street aswell.

Black Mirror Season One (5/5)
A television anthology series that shows the darkside of life and technology
Created by Charlie Brooker

I'd seen quite a lot of fanfare over Black Mirror on Twitter so I decided to give it a watch. It's fucked up and weird but I could.not.look.away. Episode One is mad, Epside two is claustrophobic and Episode three is just plain sad. Amazing.

Sons of Anarchy Seasons Four and Five (5/5)
A man in his early 30s struggles to find a balance in his life between being a new dad and his involvement in a motorcycle club.
Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Maggie Siff, Ron Perlman.

Seasons one to three bored me a little bit but Jody really liked it so I persevered and I'm so glad I did as in season four shit gets real. Every episode is action packed and despite having very unlikable main character's, you can't stop watching. I can see why everyone's been telling me to watch it for so long now.

And that's everything I've watched this month! Basically a lot of tv shows rather than films. Any recommendations for next month?

Sunday, 30 October 2016

The Sunday Catch Up #35

harry potter pumpkin

I don't celebrate Halloween as I'm definitely more of a Christmas kinda gal but look at this cute little pumpkin I came across in Sainsburys - How cool is that?

This week's not been the most exciting as I've been far too busy adulting (i.e working and sleeping a lot) so this isn't really a catch up post, more of a Sunday favourites...Enjoy!

The Missing
Season one of The Missing (starring James Nesbitt) had me hooked but I think I definitely prefer this season. Lindsay Denton AKA Keeley Hawes is just the shit, no matter what part she's playing. Series One was really dark but I have a feeling that this one might be even more so, especially after this week's episode...I just hope it doesn't end in such a soul crushing way like the first season did.

My Dad wrote a Porno
I've seen people recommending this podcast left, right and centre for a while now and for ages I put off listening to it because I thought it sounded crap. I will now hold my hands up and say I was very, very wrong. Basically, Jamie Morton's dad wrote an erotic novel so Jamie and his friends (Alice Levine and James Cooper), decided to read it aloud for the whole world to hear. It's fantastic, often sending me into giggle fits at my desk.

Festive Flake Cakes
Festive flake cakes are one of my all time favourite snacks and it's that time of year where I have easy access to them YAY! Sadly the local Morrisons hasn't started to stock them just yet so I sent my Mum and Sister on a flake cake hunt for me and they delivered. They're absolutely delicious and it's so easy to demolish a full packet but I've managed to control far.

The C word
The way I see it is that once tomorrow is over and done with, I can go into full on Christmas elf mode - Especially as I didn't get to enjoy the season last year. I've already started buying presents, I have a loads of posts planned for Blogmas and I AM READY! Jingle bells, jingle bells...

Planning next years adventures
Apart from a few trips to Scotland, Jody and I have been really harsh on ourselves since we got home, staying in and saving all the money that we can. I took it upon myself to start planning some adventures for next year and now all I need to do is persuade Jody that of course we can afford a couple of European breaks as well as our trip to Vegas and NYC.

Hope you've had a lovely weekend and have a wonderful week!

Friday, 28 October 2016

What to do when blogging gets you down

What to do when the blogging game gets you down
Blogging isn't easy. Do you ever look at your blog figures and think they're crap? Do you see other bloggers getting invited to events whilst you sit at home in your onesie and ask yourself why weren't you invited? Do you sometimes wonder 'What's the point?'

If the above sounds like you, then you should probably do the following..

Remind yourself of why you started blogging in the first place.
Some people start blogging for the freebies but I know for a fact I didn't. Alright Blondie started as an online diary for my travels, a place where my family could have a nosy at what I was up too and look at all my photos. I didn't even know that blogging as a career was even a thing, didn't have the foggiest about coding or HTML and was just happy to be doing something creative. The fact that I other people that weren't related to me wanted to read my blog was just an added bonus. It's really important that you remember that you started blogging for you and not for anyone else as that's the best way to stay true to yourself.

Take a step back.
As a smaller blogger it doesn't matter if you are posting regularly or not, promote your old posts instead. Have a think about what exactly you want your space on the internet to be and create a manifesto or a list of goals outlining what your blog is about and what you want to achieve. Plus taking a break can be really good for you and believe it or not, it will normally result in you coming up with loads of new ideas.

Try not to take too much notice of what others are doing.
It's hard not to notice that so and so has X amount of followers and got to go to three restaurant openings and got sent that brand new luxury mascara to try but I'm afraid you just need to ignore it and focus on you and your blog. The biggest and best bloggers are usually sending out unique and interesting content that other bloggers haven't touched on so if you are constantly looking what others are doing, you will never create something new.

Get involved with the community.
If you want to grow your blog audience then you need to put some effort in with the blogging community.

Twitter's a great place to start and tbh, I'm really bad for not getting involved as I always worry that people will think I'm weird or butting in but the truth is, bloggers are just people and they will probably respond positively to you. If you're afraid of jumping in, start with some blogger chats - Lbloggers is every Weds/Sun at 7pm, Bloggeration Chat is Sunday at 9.30am and there's the Blogosphere chat at Sunday at 8pm.

You can also go to blogger meet ups (usually arranged on Twitter or through blogs) and spread the love by commenting on other blogger's posts (only genuine comments though, don't be a billy bullshitter).

Put yourself out there.
Schedule tweets, join in chats and go to meet ups are obvious ways of getting your name out there within the blogging community but what about brands and PR's. Even if you have small numbers it's worth throwing your hat into the ring, even if it's just to make a brand aware that you exist. Introduce yourself and your blog, explain what it is what you want, what you can offer and what you like about the brand. I'm a big fan of emailing local brands/businesses rather than the bigger brands as they already have a zillion bloggers on their mailing lists.

Kat (Chapters of Kat) has a great post on how to contact PR's and brands here.

Do you have any tips you want to share?

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

10 things I've realised since coming home from my travels

john forrest national park
1. Family is number one.
Sometimes I really missed my family, sometimes they never crossed my mind (sorry guys) but whilst we were away they were our number one fans, always skyping, always messaging, always liking photos. Coming home was no different and they were so so happy to see us. The novelty's kind of worn off now but they were so amazing whilst we were away that I won't forget that for a long time.

2. Nobody really cares that you spent a year away having the time of your life sorry.
Your family might have wanted to know every single thing you did and every place you went but apart from them, chances are noone else will be that arsed. Sure when you get home your mates will ask you questions but expect that to wear off within a couple of weeks if not days. You're more likely to get a positive reaction out of a complete stranger.

3. Nothing really changes & everyone stays the same.
When we knew we were coming home we often wondered if things would have changed. Spoiler alert, they haven't changed at all and I have literally slotted straight back into be my pre-travel life, which I didn't really expect.

4. 'Normal' Life will never feel the same again.
After doing some unreal things (e.g Campervanning through the outback, climbing a mountain, seeing great white sharks) coming home and working Mon-Fri 9-5 still feels a bit weird, even now, 9 months on. When it pops up on Facebook that this time last year I was hiking through a national park or whale watching on the coast, my time away just feels like a dream. It's like I've never been away.

5. You will constantly find yourself checking flight prices.
You would think a year away would cure your wanderlust but nope, if anything it just makes it work. Hence why I spontaneously booked flights to Vegas and NYC for 2017 despite saving for a mortgage....I have to have something to look forward too don't I?

6. Dogs never forget.
I was so worried that my dogs wouldn't know who I was when I got home but hurrah, they came running up to me to say hello. Alfie whined for a cuddle, Stella had a stroke then went back to her chair and Boo pissed on me. Aww puppy love.

7. North Yorkshire is reeeeeally nice.
I loved Bali and Thailand but jesus christ, some parts were rough (And the streets stank). There was even a couple of places in Australia that I was a bit wary of. Despite there being quite a few nobheads in my city, the city itself is actually beautiful as is the surrounding areas.

8. Nothing beats British chocolate
Australian chocolate is absolutely shite (although they do have Crust pizza). It tastes like it's gone off or melted then re-hardened up. Yuck. Going into the Kings Cross WH Smith was amazing, despite being extortionate (Jody thought I'd gotten lost I was browsing for that long).

9. I'm a much better person now and I've (sort) of grown up.
I spose there's not a lot to explain here is there? I'm not nearly as much of a dickhead as I was before I left and I like myself a lot more for it.

10. There will always be days where you feel like saying fuck it and going on a new adventure.
Sometimes I'll have a shit day, Jody's parents will be getting on my tits and it'll be pissing down for the millionth time that week and I'll just think to myself, why the hell am I wasting my time saving for a mortgage when there's so much world out there? They're only momentary blips and I don't have any plans to travel long term ever again but I imagine it will take a while for that feeling of 'Fuck this shit' to totally leave me.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Bloody Mary Metal

Brace yourself cos I'm about to go all Gollum on you...

Recently I was stalking someone on Instagram (#Creepy) when I saw they had some really awesome jewellery adorning their fingers. After doing a bit more digging I found out that they hailed from a Cornish jewellery brand called Bloody Mary Metal.

With quirky designs that I haven't seen anywhere else, Bloody Mary Metal is one of the coolest jewellery brands I've come across in long time. So I bought one ring then bought another within a week.

My first purchase was the Lonely Bone ring (£40) - I was tempted by the crossbones ring but I thought this one as it's a lot more understated, perfect for wearing to work. I love that despite a bone being quite macabre, the ring is very delicate and looks really pretty.

My second buy was the Air Alchemy (£45) ring which doubles up as the Earth sign aswell. I'm not particularly interested in alchemy or the elements, I was just drawn to the strong and powerful design.

These rings look great when worn seperate or together and since buying I've barely taken them off. If anyone wants to know what to get me for Christmas I have a BMM list as long as my arm!

Have you heard of Bloody Mary Metal? Or do you know of any similar kind of brands there you can recommend to me?

Standard delivery is £4 (tracked, arrived within 3 days but can take 48 hours upon order completion), Express is £6 (24 hours, tracked) and special is £8 (signed for).

Twitter @bloodymarymetal
Instagram @bloodymarymetal

Sunday, 23 October 2016

The Sunday Catch Up #34

alright blondie
 Ahh another week done and dusted. That Smonday feeling is slowly setting in and another working week looms ahead. Let's talk about this week just gone eh?

Another New Look
I redesigned my blog a while ago and at first it was okay but I soon fell out of love with it. It looked unprofessional, messy and it just wasn't very inspiring. I decided to go back to blogger fave Pipdig for my new layout and I love it. Grey is one of my favourite colours, it looks clean and it feels uber professional. I've got a bazillion new ideas for content that I need to write and take photos for so the fresh wave of inspiration combined with the new layout feels a bit like a new start for Alright Blondie.

Sons of Anarchy
Jody started watching SOA without me as I'd already given it a go and couldn't get into it. When he started season 2 all that changed and I was hooked. We smashed through seasons 2&3 and then we just stopped watching it for no apparent reason....Until now. We're both fully invested (again) and we're hoping to finish series 4 this eve.

Bloody Ikea Furniture
I spent the best part of today setting up a Brimnes bookcase (£55) with Jody - I'm happy to report that we didn't kill each other whilst doing so -  and it looks really good. We've had a huge declutter and have rearranged all the furniture so now the room feels a lot bigger and cleaner, yay! Next weekend's project is some Malm drawers so there's still time for us to fall out over flatpack furniture.

And there we have it, enjoy your week!

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Kat Von D Beauty: Lock it Foundation & Primer

kat von d lock it foundation and primer
Despite saying I would wait until I went to London to buy any of the KVD make up, I ended up cracking and ordered the lock it foundation and primer from the Debenhams website.

I've been a fan of Kat Von D's ever since I saw her on Miami Ink and I've been waiting years and years for her make up collection to be released in the UK. (I'm from Yorkshire no way am I paying US shipping costs). I've seen mixed reviews about these products so I thought I'd share my feelings on them here.

kat von d lock it foundation and primer
The Packaging:
The packaging is actually really cool, I'm pretty sure Kat Von D does all the art work for the liner herself too so technicaly you have a piece of KVD art. It's the mos intricate foundation bottle I've ever seen, perfect to use as a prop in blog photos. The pump is designed to dispense the perfect amount of product and there's a handy stopper thingy to pop back in the foundation chute when you're done.

The Primer:
The primer comes out white but is (obviously) sheer once applied to the skin. It's quite runny especially compared to the foundation and feels super hydrating. As promised it's quite lightweight and doesn't feel plasticky like some primers I can think of. It's a nice base for the foundation, ensuring that it doesn't go 'cakey' or settle into fine lines.

kat von d lock it foundation and primer
The Foundation:
I ordered shade 46 Cool and it's a perfect match. As I was ordering online I used Findation and the Temptalia Foundation Matcher to work out what shade would be best and luckily my gamble paid off. I popped a pea sized blob on my hand to test it and it is really thick, it didn't run at all. On first application (with fingers, no primer) it was really cakey, settling in fine lines and on dry patches but when I used a damp beauty blender to apply it, the results were a million times better.

The Results:
To summarise I lovelovelove the Kat Von D foundation and primer and despite the hefty price tag I will be repurchasing. I have dry skin, an uneven skin tone, large pores and I'm prone to breakouts - These two products help with all of them, making me feel a hell of a lot more confident when I'm out and about. My only niggle is that without the primer or a damp beauty blender the foundation doesn't look good at all - Flawless with them though so I can't really complain can I?

Have you tried any of the Kat Von D make up? What's your favourite item?

Monday, 17 October 2016

Tips on how to survive living at home as a 20 something couple.

 Many twenty somethings are living at home these days, hoping that by squeezing in with Mum and Dad they will be able to save the dreaded 10% needed for a mortgage deposit. I'm no exception but rather than living with my parents, I've been living with Jody's and whilst it's not the worst situation, it isn't the best either so here's how I handle it.

1. Take advantage of when they leave the house.
I don't mean this in a nudge nudge wink wink way (but if you want to interpret it that way, go wild!). I mean it in a *get out of your room, watch a movie in the living room, cook a slap up meal without anyone else getting in the way* kind of way. Being able to move around the house freely really helps when you live with parents so encourage them to go out as much as possible.

2. Try and retain as much of your independence as possible.
Some people live at home and their parents do nothing for them but Jody's parents only work part time so they have a lot of time spare to do washing and cook tea. Don't get me wrong it's really nice when you've had a rough day but sometimes you just want to wash your own pants. Keeping as much of your independence as possible ensures that you don't become a lazy bum and you feel like a verified adult.

3. Spend a bit of money sprucing up your bedroom.
You are essentially renting a room (if you have to pay rent) so you may aswell make it your own. When I moved into Jody's it was very much a boys room decorated by his parents, but it's slowly becoming ours, rather than his, complete with brightly coloured bedding and a shit tonne of candles.

4. Don't be driven out of the house by your feelings.
Basically, when your parent's start to get on your tits, don't be driven out of the house and into the pub or the shops - You're strying to save remember. Keep your cool and if you have to leave the house, go for a nice walk or a drive and leave your bank card at home. Don't let your emotional state affect your bank balance.

5. Always be nice and polite
Wether you live with your parents or your partners, you should always be on your best behavior. At the end of the day they have let you back into their home to do you a favour, when they should really be relishing their freedom. If you're pleasant to be around, they will be pleasant to be around.
Do you still live at home? How are you finding it?

Sunday, 16 October 2016

The Sunday Catch Up #33

alright blondie breakfast
Good evening campers and welcome to another sunday catch up! Shall we get on with it?
I bought my first Christmas present!
Sorry for using the C word so soon but I bought my first Christmas present this week. My sister wanted some Marc Jacobs perfume and it just so happened to be on offer when she told me about it. It's quite pricey normally so obviously I snapped it up straight away. I don't have that many people to buy for at Christmas time but I like to get people what they want, rather than surprising them - Is that boring?

Breakfast with Daddyo.
I haven't spent much time with my Dad lately 'cos whenever I go to their house he always seems to be out and about. On Sunday we went to a local pub/restaurant for a posh brekkie and it was really good. I seriously need to start going out for breakfast more but my bed is too cosy.

Brrr it's cold in here.
Err it can't just be me who's noticed that it's gone really cold of a sudden? I mean, I'm always cold so there's no change there but now I'm freezing all the time. I've had to buy a thick sheepy blanket, I've dug my onesies out and the heating's on most nights. And it's only October! #PrayForSnow.

A Stressful Sunday
As we are going to be in our bedroom for a while yet we decided it was time to spruce it up a bit and buy some new furniture, New furniture means a trip to Ikea hurrah! Well no, it was not hurrah 1) It was chucking it down and we could barely see the motorway and 2) the Ikea car park was like a free for all. It was a quick get in get out job but we did come home with a new bookcase and a chest of drawers so it wasn't a wasted trip...I'm so wild I know.

And there you have it...Hope you all had a lovely weekend and enjoy the upcoming week!

Friday, 14 October 2016

Six Reasons to start using Instagram Stories

When Snapchat first came to my attention in 2013 I loved it - Sending ridiculous photos to my friends with doodles and words? Yes Please. The trend soon died down though until this year (or last year? I'm not sure) when Snapchat seemed to explode again and now everyone's profile photos feature dog noses and flower crowns.

I struggled to get on board second time around to be honest and I had to ask my sister for a crash course so I could find the silly filters. After a couple of days having fun with the ever changing effects, I soon got bored again and gave up on Snapchat.

Then Instagram introduced a new feature - Stories.

When I first heard about it I thought it sounded like a crappy Snapchat knock off but once I dipped my toe in, that was it and now I'm hooked.
instagram stories
If you haven't already starting using stories, here are a couple of reasons to do so -
It's ridiculously easy to use.
When you are on your scrolling feed, swipe right and a camera screen will pop up. Take your photo and swipe left to go through the filters. Then you can add text, colour and emojis. You can rotate the writing and make it bigger using your fingers. Easy peasy right? Right!
Everyone you like already follows you.
Rather than having to individually add and accept people like you do on Snapchat, everyone you like is (hopefully) already following you on Insta which is a lot easier than finding out user names. It's just more convenient if you're like me and you're lazy.

It's a lot more fun than Snapchat.
I got bored of the Snapchat filters quite quickly and I don't even know if you can use emoji's on there but with Stories it's really easy to customise your photos and add your own spin to them. I particularly love the neon pen effect.
It's very 'raw' if you know what I mean.
I'm gunna sound like a total stalker here but people are very selective over what actually makes it on to their Instagram feeds. Stories feels a lot more natural and spontaneous, giving you a glimpse 'behind the scenes' of the lives of the people you follow.

Meaning there's less pressure on you to provide amazing content.
I'm one of those people who will only post something to Instagram if it's perfect and a lot of people are the same. With stories you can just put whatever up without feeling like you're messing up your feed because it's gone within 24 hours.

It's the perfect place to post your food snaps!
People always seem to get annoyed when people post photos of food (I don't personally) and quite often it's hard to get a good photo of your meal (crap lighting and that). Stories is the perfect place to share a photo of your badly lit dinner as noone is expecting it to be professional quality.

Have I convinced you to use Instagram Stories yet? Or are you already using it?

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Wednesday, 12 October 2016

The Glittery Bag of Every Magpie's Dreams

RIVER ISLAND Gold glitter mini chain handbag

Gold Glitter Mini Bag from River Island, £18

I'm really a fan of River Island but when I saw this little baby online, the magpie inside me reared it's ugly head and I had to have it. It's the perfect size for a night out and it's caked in glitter so I'm over the moon with it. As I'm currently in a 'Wear all the black' phase this is the perfect bag for jazzing up an outfit and it's ideal for the upcoming festive season.

Are you a glitter fan? Or are you one of those people who hate it and it's ability to get anywhere and everywhere?

Monday, 10 October 2016

The Little Things #1

I'm not kidding when I say this white chocolate and rsaberry cheesecake is the best thing I've ever tasted.
Recently I've found that I'm letting everything get on top of me and if I were to describe my mod over the last few months it would be fed up. If I'm honest with myself all of this worrying and stressing I've been doing has been quite unecessary and all I've got from it is a massive red spot in the middle of my forehead.
Instead of focusing on the small things that are causing me trouble I'm going to focus on the little things that make life great like...
Getting out of the car in the dark and being able to see all the stars.
When a song comes on the radio/shuffle that you love but haven't heard in ageeeeees.
That first bite of a meal or a dessert that's better than you ever imagined, so good that you do that little 'OMG MMM' sigh.
When people start laughing and can't stop.
An ice cold can of Pepsi.
Making my baba niece smile and giggle.
Waking up when your alarm goes off feeling totally alert, no sleepiness remaining.
Listening to the rain on the windows whilst you're all snug and toasty in bed.
When you look at the work clock at 2pm and then look again and it's 4.30pm.

Getting both eyeliner wings perfect first time.

Getting to pet a really happy dog in the street/Seeing dogs hanging out of car windows #LovingLife
Receiving parcels, especially ones that you've forgotten about.
What makes you happy?

Sunday, 9 October 2016

The Sunday Catch Up #32

alright blondie
Well hello there! How are we all today? So today I'm changing up the format of My Sunday post. I have a love-hate relationship with my Sunday posts as I do like doing them but man do I get bored quick. SO I'm gunna be playing around until I find a style I like so bear with.
The biggest 'thing' this week is that Jody went to the Lakes on Friday night on a lads weekend with big plans to climb Scafell Pike. I think they were supposed to be camping Saturday too buuut they are uncontrollable and got kicked off site - Oops.

Anyways it's the first night Jody and I have spent apart since he went to Zante in 2010 so it was a bit weird coming home from work to his parents house knowing he wasn't going to be back for 24 hours. I mean, I survived of course, but I did miss him.

He came home last night and he looked pretty defeated. He went with some quite fit guys and although he isn't exactly the least active person I know (that would be me) he still struggled a lot more than he thought he would and seemed pretty glad to be home.
I spent Saturday morning catching up with one of my friends - I met her when I was 17 and she's the only friend I still have contact with from that period of my life. It's so easy being with her, there's no awkward pauses and as we don't hang around with the same people, our conversations don't instantly descend into bitching about people we know which is lovely - She's a breath of fresh air.

Whilst waiting for her I had a nosy around the shops, something I don't usually do as I think the shops where I live are pants but it's been a while and I actually got some really cool stuff. I ended up buying a sheep style throw for my bed, a comfy pillow for my work chair and the rose gold/copper votive holder that's in the photo above. The candle holder was only a fiver too, felt like I was getting a proper bargain and I *might* have to go back to the store as they had some beautiful things in stock.

After I toddled off to Harrogate to get my eyebrows waxed and OOPS - I fell into Primark. I didn't go crazy but they did have a glittery burgundy jumper that I NEEDED aswell as the cute skull candle (£1.50) that's also pictured. My windowsill is looking very bloggery at the moment.
It may not sound like the most exciting weekend but I actually really enjoyed it. Today is going to be spent chilling out, watching movies and hopefully eating something that's potato and gravy based.
Have a lovely week!

Monday, 3 October 2016

September's What I Watched List

what i watched 
I love a good film and it's been a while since I completed a round up post of What I Watched so I figured it was time to pull my finger out and write one. Hopefully it will be a monthly thing but I know what I'm like so no promises.

Sausage Party 3/5
A sausage strives to discover the truth about his existence
Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera

Don't be fooled by the cutsie animation, this film is definitely definitely not for children. Even I was a bit shocked by the some of the content and I don't shock easily, trust me. I found the first half hilarious but by the second all I could think was seriously, what the eff is going on.

Suffragette 5/5
The foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State.
Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Marie Duff, Meryl Streep.

Watching this film made me realise how far feminism and women's rights have come in the last 100 years but sadly, there is still room for improvement. Suffragette has some fantastic actresses in the lead roles who do a great job of playing these feminist icons who paved the way for women today.

Imperium 2/5
Idealistic FBI agent Nate Foster goes undercover to take down a radical white supremacy terrorist group.
Daniel Radcliffe, Toni Colette.

Urgh, I wanted to like this movie so much but it was boring especially the second half. Radcliffe is okay in it and obviously Collette can do no wrong but it just never got going. I was expecting some violence or action and there was hardly any. Boo.

Welcome to Me (3/5)
When Alice Klieg wins the Mega-Millions lottery, she immediately quits her psychiatric meds and buys her own talk show.
Kristen Wiig, Wes Bently, Linda Cardellini, James Marden.

Welcome to Me is an interesting film and I'd just like to admit that I actually only watched the first hour. Kristen Wiig is great as Alice and Hollywood talking about mental health is a good thing (I guess) but all I could think the whole way through is why is noone telling her straight? I'll have to watch the end before I give my final judgement.

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (4/5)
Two hard-partying brothers place an online ad to find the perfect dates for their sister's Hawaiian wedding. Hoping for a wild getaway, the boys instead find themselves out-hustled by an uncontrollable duo.
Zac Efron, Adam Devine, Aubrey Plaza, Anna Kendrick.

If you don't like goofy, stupid comedies (i.e anything with Seth Rogen and co in), then you probably won't like this film. I happen to love goofy, stupid comedies so this was right up my street humour wise but I can see why some people would think it lacks in story and has unlikable characters.

And we are done! Do you have any recommendations for movies to watch in October?

Sunday, 2 October 2016

The Sunday Catch Up #31


Good Afternoon all! By hasn't the weather changed this week?! It's been really weird up here in Yorkshire, freezing cold on a morning, red hot during the day, then back to freezing for the night time. The leaves haven't started to change just yet but it's only a matter of time. But that's enough about the weather, what about this week?

On Pub Lunches and Drives in the Country
Jody and I stayed in yesterday and cabin fever was definitely starting to set in this morning so we decided to head out in the car for a drive in the countryside. Before heading home we pulled over at a pub for a Sunday dinner and whilst it was good, the desserts were the star of the show. I never usually go for pudding but they had a white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake that was just out of this world. Mmm.

On Disney's remake of The Lion King.
So this week it was announced that Disney are creating a live action remake of The Lion King with Jon Favreau at the helm.. NOOOOOOO! Don't get me wrong I really loved Jon's interpretation of The Jungle Book BUT I was never that big of a fan of the animated version whereas I was totally obsessed with The Lion King as a kid (and still am). I'm sure they will do a great job but The Lion King was my childhood and as it's an iconic classic in the eyes of so many, it should be left well alone.

On Instagram stories.
I'm not a big fan of Snapchat so when I heard Instagram were releasing a similar kind of update I didn't think I would get anything out of it at all but I was so wrong. It's so quick and easy to use and I love being able to share snippets from my life that are spontaneous and un-filtered. Also, I'm proper nosy so being able to see what other people are up to is really interesting (#Stalker).

SO if you like photos of dogs, impulse buys and sexy food, you should follow me.

So that's all for this week guys, have a good one!