Saturday, 28 December 2013

A Little Look Into Christmas

DISCLAIMER: I am not showing off, I am merely sharing some of my presents. Obviously I love all my presents my family got me, but I can't show them all- so here are a few of my favourites! 

Firstly, I love skin care. Even though I don't have exquisite skin, I still like to treat my skin. I received this HUGE set of Temple Spa skin care goodies! 

In this Contains:
1. DRIFT AWAY bathing and massage oil 30ml
2. BE GONE kind-hearted cleansing lotion 30ml
3. BE STILL gentle moisturiser 15ml                                                              I honestly can't wait to use it all! 
4. BECALM soothing mask 15ml 
5. AAAHHH! soothing mask 15ml
6. TONING ESSENCE hydrating toner 30ml
7. BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE scrub/mask 20ml
8. REPOSE night cream 20ml
 P.S. I will do a review of this soon!

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Next I got this gorgeous Hermes bracelet off my auntie, which I love!
 I love that it has this gold metal for one side of the wrist and the other is elastic in red. This for me makes it more of a dressier bracelet, yet still very casual.


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I am lucky enough to have been spoilt by both my Mum and her Fiancé and my Dad and his Fiancé. Off my dad and his fiancé I got a tiffany bow bracelet...



I love this as it matches my infinity Tiffany bracelet. It is so delicate and elegant. The pearl type detailing makes it very classy but the bow gives it that 'cute' edge. I really do love this, and I can see it been a very staple piece of my jewellery collection.


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Now, I have never been interested in expensive necklaces, except from owning my classic Tiffany necklace; Links has never been of interest to me. But when I got this necklace I thought it was so sweet and very adult like. I love how they aren't just plain circles, they have odd edges and I think that makes the necklace even more exceptional. 
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I have been eyeing this product up ever since Tanya Burr mentioned it in her monthly favourites (you should check her out: http://www.youtube.com/user/pixi2woo). I couldn't face paying £42 for a body lotion and questioning if the product would live up to what Tanya said about it. But needless to say my mother was on the ball and I got it for Christmas!! I can tell you now, it is the BEST body cream I have ever used, I will do a review on it soon. I have been using it for 3 days and it is spectacular!! The smell of it stays on you ALL day and it makes your body feel so refreshed and smooth. 


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I was ever so lucky enough to get a MacBook Air laptop! It really is unreal! I got a Michael Kors case off my Auntie as well, which is perfect!
















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I got this gorgeous neon journal from Paperchase. I love journals with buckles on the front. I love journals and this one is just admirable!

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 This Michael Kors purse if meticulous. It has a lot of room in the actual purse. The coin space isn't very secure as it doesn't have a zip. But it has a lot of card space. I love it as you could use it as a clutch or remove the handle and leave it as a purse.





  This Michael Kors handbag is so perfect. It has loads of space and I love the colour and tote style.

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I would just like to thank my family and friends for a good year, despite a few bumps. 

“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.” 
- Dr. Suess



xo









Saturday, 14 December 2013

Tribute: Nelson Mandela.


Nelson Mandela was one thing only; a saviour. 

I didn't know much about Nelson as a person, I didn't really have a thought of him. But saying that, there was one thing that I did when he died. I apologised in my head for not thinking of such a great man.

Some people say he was a terrorist, I don't think there is such a thing as terrorism. I think some people have their reasons to do what they do. I am not saying it is right; I am not saying Nelson did a bad thing nor a good thing. I'm trying to say, that he did what he thought was right. At that time, racism was such a strong weapon. Blacks were: used,  mistreated, embarrassed, violated.

In 1962 Nelson was put in jail for 27 years; in 1990 he was released. Later he became South Africa's first black president.

Suspected conspiracy and sabotage to overthrow the government? All I see is a man who stopped apartheid, racism and became a very well known man for doing so. He may have done wrong, and he may have carried that regret around with him, but his real followers are the ones who believed in him, dead or alive.

He wanted racism to stop and no one can deny it still does happen and it can ruin some peoples lives. But imagine if he...Nelson Mandela didn't stop it when he did.

I stand firm when I say he was the greatest man. He believed in so much and hope, the one tiny thing he held onto all those years helped him become the dignified aloof man he was.





 RIP Nelson Mandela. 

xo 


Tuesday, 26 November 2013

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Been a 'wallflower' isn't all bad, it's who you are. 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, ventures into a whole new world of teens growing up, trying to fit in and trying to escape from been a 'wallflower'. But needless to say, the film is about how being a wallflower has its perks and there is nothing to be ashamed of...

                                          Charlie
Charlie, a 15 year old boy who writes letters to an unknown recipient. He notes how he is starting high school. How without his best friend Michael, who committed suicide...it's going to be difficult. 
Charlie is the definition of a wallflower. He shows this sort of excessive hurt, but shelters it with writing and trying to participating in the real world. He doesn't understand the outside world, just like a lot of people don't. 

Soon enough Charlie finds a friend, Patrick. Patrick is...gay, he doesn't care. Patrick shows a new kind of flamboyant. 
                                          Sam
Sam. She's something. She has this broad outlook on life, and how it's more 'live in the moment' than 'over think it all'. She's someone who teaches everyone around her to love life, and that life is hard, but it's also inspiring, and you can learn so many things from it. She does have Patrick as a step-brother, so you can imagine how exciting they are together. 
She claims she has a boyfriend, but that doesn't stop Sam from reaching out to Charlie. I think Sam sees how stuck Charlie is, all she wants to do is understand what this sheltered hurt is that Charlie holds.

Sam&Patrick


Patrick
The thing with Patrick is he seems all put together and acts like he understands himself. Brad, the 'popular' footballer at his school...he's gay. Patrick teaches him how to learn and love and admit that been 'gay' isn't bad. It's emotions...feelings. And it's NOT wrong to feel the way he does for someone of the same sex, especially because Brad loves Patrick. Patrick has to deal with the feeling of Brad having NOTHING to do with him at school, bullying him, manipulating him in front of others. Patricks ignores all that, because Patricks intense belief and love for Brad over rules all of the above. 

A little more into the film, it shows how Brads dad didn't take too well to finding Patrick and Brad 'together'. As this intense 'disaster' happened, Patrick thinks that Brad might finally stand up for him and show who he is, and not hide...not hide from the fact he's gay.
...
Brad didn't take to this, in fact he proceeded in calling Patrick a 'fag'.
Patricks flamboyant world? Crushed. 
 Patrick: You gonna do anything?
Brad: What are you talking about?
Patrick: I'm talking about your pet ape just tripped me. Gonna say something?
Brad: Why would I?
Patrick:  You know why.
Brad: I don't know what kinda sick shit you're trying to pull, but you better walk away right now. Nothing.
Patrick: Fine. Say hi to your dad for me.
Brad: Whatever, faggot.


Patrick: "There's this one guy, queer as a 3 dollar bill. The guy's father doesn't know about his son. So, he comes into the basement one night when hes supposed to be out of town. Catches his son with another boy, so he starts beating him. But not the slap kind, the real kind. So the boyfriend says Stop! You're killing him! But the son just yells Get out! So, eventually, the boyfriend just... did."

All Patrick did was say things to cover up, keep himself that little more numb, that little more shut out from the world. But it couldn't last for ever. And he knew that. 



Charlie finds through his exploring of the outside world, that we except the love we think we deserve. Charlie tries to announce his feelings for Sam, but it's never being quite as easy as that. 
We know Charlie has memories about his Aunt...his favourite Aunt, who died on his birthday, we know something happened, something more than what is shows. 

It's Sam and Patricks last night before they go off to college. 









Charlie find this to be the perfect time, to elaborate those feelings he's held in for so long.
Even though Charlie has finally been excepted, he's still so lost. He thinks the real world is so easy and that you can rely on it. 

Sam: "You can't just sit there and put everybody's lives ahead of yours and think it counts as love"
Something between them make them kiss. Charlie describes how he isn't ready. 

Charlie's emotions flood in as he is bombarded by these intensified memories of his beloved Aunt Helen. By Sam touching Charlie's thigh on the previous night when they kissed, these memories emerge of his Aunt Helen sexually molesting him when he was younger. But his love for his aunt made him repress these memories, making him have many more problems. Charlie is admitted to a mental hospital, when he is released he his greeted by Sam and Patrick.

Charlie relises his past, is his past... 
"We don't get to choose where we came from, but we can choose where we go from here."

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"This one moment when you know you're not a sad story. You are alive, and you stand up and see the lights on the buildings and everything that makes you wonder. And you're listening to that song and that drive with the people you love most in this world. And in this moment I swear, we are infinite."


His letters stop. His attitude changes. He participates in the real world. And he appreciates...
 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower'


xo

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Stuck In Love

"I remember it hurt, looking at her hurt"

Hooked.
I already found myself fixating on something that is fake.
This film was a whole new kind of rom com, I discovered pain, hurt, emotion, whilst laughing. Josh Boone took something so cliche and made it so loveable. Yes, it had the usual story line. Divorced parents, ones not over the other, one of the kids hates one of their parents the other one doesn't. The 'looser' of a son gets his true love and the other finds true love after she thought she never could. But...it's phenomenal.

                                              Rusty and Kate. 
Teenage love is hard, we all know that. But it's not just the story of Rusty having sex and finally been happy. It shows that even the prettiest of them all, the most popular girl(s) have problems. Kate? She's a drug addict, border line alcoholic and she's only 16. Rusty discovers that even something that wasn't Kate's fault made his first love shatter, he experienced heart break; for the first time in his life.


                                               Samantha and Lou
Sam never got that one night out of her head.
Her mum leaving her...
"And I remember Martin saying, what about Bill? What if Bill see's? And my mom replied, I don't care...I don't care"
Sam puts up this barrier, this wall , covers her hurt. She doesn't want to feel hurt or pain, she wants to feel numb to it. She only finds 'love' will burn down her wall and make the pain come back. Relationships, trust? No, she never wants that. But Lou, he teaches her that it's ok to hurt, to feel.
She doesn't want to have these feelings, she's never let anyone in.


There is a part in the movie where Lou plays Sam his favourite song, (Elliot Smith- Between The Bars) Sam closes her eyes. You can see how this scares her so much.
"I'm so scared right now"
"I know, I know"
"I don't wanna get hurt"
"I'm not gonna hurt you"
                                                (The scene where she listens to Lou's favourite song)


I've never seen someone, so tightly packed and uncomfortable about 'love'. She is so 'stuck in love' she feels like love is a trap, that it only sets you up for hurt and betrayal.
I love that even though like any other cliche rom com, they fall in love, she doesn't just 'fall in love', she shows us that it's ok to love and even though she got damaged, there is hope.



                                            Lou
'Lou's wasn't like the rest'. He didn't give up, he felt so intrigued by how someone so young could feel such hatred towards love. Samantha writes a book called 'Under the Pink', Lou questions whether her attitude towards love and marriage is just for the book, or really has an impact on how she is towards love. Sam seems driven towards Lou, only to find that Lou's mum is dying of a brain tumour.
Lou goes behind Sam's back and invites Sam's mother to her book signing of 'Under the Pink'. She obviously hates him for it, ending their relationship. I find the strongest yet emotional part of the film is when his Lou's mum dies. It's such a powerful part of the film.


                                         (Lou's mum dies)



                                               Erica and Bill
Sam despises her mum for leaving, but Bill did the same when Sam was younger. And Erica(Sam and Rusty's mum) said to Bill...
"If I ever do anything as stupid as that, wait for me"
3 years later and he was still waiting for her.
Thanks Giving, Erica comes back. Sam's wall gets put down and her emotions crawl in.




I loved the film, I thought it was inspiring, it made me see things very clear. It showed me that even if you have been hurt, good does come of it. And you might be confused, but life is about taking that huge step and been uncomfortable, it's ok to be scared of love and it's most definitely acceptable to be stuck in it.








xo

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

So Many New Things To Admire...

So many things in the world, and we have to limit them to have 'favourites'. Here are some of my October favourites! 

First, my bath and body works candle! It is only a small one, but it is such a divine scent! I'm not too sure about sweet scented candles- but the spice candles are definitely a YES! 
'Farmstand Apple' is definitely one of my favourites candles I have ever owned! It smells really strong in the candle itself but the smell is much more diluted when you burn it! 
    - Bath&Body works 
       'Farmstand Apple' 
   (Shame I've nearly used it all!) 

I have always loved jewellery, but except from the odd few rings or necklaces from the high street- I prefer more expensive jewellery, as it lasts much longer and has a better quality! My mum and her boyfriend recently went to Las Vegas, and as one of my 'treats' I got a Michael Kors bracelet! It is very wearable, and goes with pretty much anything! Seen as it's silver, I wouldn't advise to pair it with a gold watch, BUT... it wouldn't look 'bad' with a gold watch- just a personal opinion! 

    - Michael Kors Bracelet
     (The leather straps adjust to fit your                
      wrist) 

Unfortunately, I wasn't born with unbelievably amazing cheekbones, I have (unfortunely- very unfortunely) a bit of a chubby face. But with the power of bronzer and this PHENOMENAL makeup brush. I can contour my cheeks, making me look like a part of the Kardashians family! 

    - Real Techniques, Contour Brush

I can only thank Sam Chapman for creating the amazing brushes and Tanya Burr, for convincing me to buy the brushes over her YouTube channel!(maybe a few too many)
    -Sam Chapman

    -Tanya Burr 


People like...  
   -Khloe Kardashian Contoured Cheeks


I wasn't blessed with unbelievably clear skin. I've suffered with mild acne, and tried so many creams. But seen as I have uncontrollable dry skin, the creams would dry my skin out! So with the power of products like, Liz Earle, my skin has improved a lot! Lately my skin hasn't been at it's greatest- but I have been recently using a range called 'Temple Spa' which isn't the cheapest, but the products don't half make a difference to your skin. 
I found that they have an instant effect on the skin, which is very reassuring! (I will do a full blog post and review the products once I have tried them all out) 

The first product is a scrub type product, to feel it's like a very thin scrub, but application wise, it's surprisingly smooth! 
    - Temple Spa, 'In The Beginning'

The next product looks like a mask, but it's probably the most unique product I have ever used. It brings your spots to the surface! And I can tell you it works, VERY well! It isn't the best consistency, but it does the job and it is a definite product worth paying for. 
   - Temple Spa 'Purification'

People like... 
The Jenner sisters (Kendell&Kylie) who have phenomenal skin.

As well as...

    - Selena Gomez

... 
xo 

Sunday, 13 October 2013

The Breakfast Club

SCENE: 7:06am in the Shermer High School Library. 
SET: 1985.

It wasn't just a film, it was a lesson. The Breakfast club teaches you how five students with nothing in common at 7:06am, changed by 4pm, where the five students not only became friends but understood the world they live in. 

"Criminal" 
John Bender, a recluse with his family, never excepted, doesn't understand anything going on around him...well he doesn't really care about anyone else. He teaches everyone that there is more to his 'criminal' self, he's just a boy stuck. 

Criminal. 
"Athlete" 
Andrew Clark, a wrestler, pushed to be the star, pushed to be a man, ruins someone else to make his father proud, a father who's only goal is to make his son look good. He teaches everyone that even the coolest kid feels pain and disappointment. 

Athlete.
"Brain" 
Brian Johnson, academic, needs all straight A's, his mum doesn't understand the pressure, doesn't get that one A, misunderstood. He teaches everyone that even the brainiest kids can fail, even the brainiest kids can want to quit for good. 

Brain. 
"Basket Case" 
Allison Reynolds, seen to everyone as crazy, the weird girl who doesn't talk, she wants to run away, she's given up on life as a whole. She teaches everyone that she is weird, and that's ok, but all she wants is to be excepted. 
Basket Case. 
"Princess" 
Claire Standish, Shermer High wouldn't run without her, everything she wants- she gets, she can't be seen to fail, she must succeed, setting trends, setting her own rules. She teaches everyone that even the most glamourous of them all suffers. 

Princess. 


Virginity is the most asked question of all, "have you done it?" "haven't you done it?.
As Allison says, "Well, if you say you haven't, you're a prude. If you say you have you're a slut. It's a trap. You want to but you can't, and when you do you wish you didn't, right?"  

    Brain stoned. 
Bender escapes the library to get marijuana out of his locker, only to find the five of them get stoned. This leads to   them to be freely speaking, revealing their deepest secrets. Andrew hates his father, Bender has come from an abusive household, John has attempted suicide, Allison is a compulsive liar and Claire, she's a virgin. 

From 7:06am they all despised each other. 
By Bender commenting on Claire's weight. And everyone making fun of Brian been involved in academic clubs- all of their individual flaws vanish and become a distant memory. 

Claire, the girl who cannot stop making her status higher decides to give Allison a makeover. 
    Allison before.
    Allison after. 


They bonded. They understood each other. They listened to each other. When the principal asked them to write an essay about who they were, non of them knew, non of them knew at the end of the eight hour period of been in detention.They are only just at the beginning of finding who they are, but they all had status at Helmer High, and THAT, is who they are...  

Brian wrote a little something ...

"Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club" 

xo