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Wednesday, 24 October 2012

On Thursday me and my friends went to see the new Paranormal Activity film. Despite being a favourite film series of mine and the cinema being packed, I didn't have high hopes for it. I thought the first and second films were excellent - it was new and different and I absolutely loved the idea behind it. I really loved how simple and realistic the story line was to begin with - it was just a film about a simple haunting taking place in the house. Although I still felt the story line was strong, I felt that by the third film it wasn't so new and genuine - the scares weren't as jumpy as people knew what to expect. I really only went to see the fourth one to see how they would finish up the story line but was disappointed to learn that nothing much was cleared up, which means there will be another one.


Paranormal Activity 4 was good - it still had its scary parts and the story line was still strong and really reeled you in. I didn't think it was as scary as the others though and felt it was much less jumpy - I didn't really feel the directors manage to achieve the build up and the anticipation like it had been built up in the other films. Paranormal Activity 4 was directed by the same people who also directed Paranormal Activity 3 (but not the first two) which makes more sense! 

However the film wasn't bad. I thought it was still scary and as always, the story line was really smart. There were a couple of parts that freaked me out and genuinely made me gasp out loud in shock, which in my eyes is a sure sign of a horror film doing it's job right. I just think that perhaps it would have been a bit better as a stand alone film as I didn't feel it did the rest of the series justice.

I thought that Kathryn Newton who played the main character of Alex was a really good actress, especially considering the fact that she was only 15! I thought she grasped the concept of being scared really well (who am I kidding, I don't know the first thing about acting but lets just say she was a good actress!) and Matt Shively who played Ben was really good too. I loved Ben's character, he was really sweet and funny!

I also kind of really liked the use of webcams and video phones in this film, I thought it was a new and interesting take on the film and thought it was a nice nod to modern technology. Being that this film was mainly based around a teenage girl experiencing all the weird going ons, it made it more believable. I thought this built up the fear a bit too because at times when she was sitting on webcam chatting to Ben at night, you were forever expecting something to appear or jump up behind her.

I would recommend this film if you are a fan of the others and you want to see how the story line develops - but if you're expecting for this film to round up the series and answer your questions then I'd give it a miss and look up the story line online. If you are a big fan of the other films you may end up disappointed by it but, as I said before, there are still some really smart and genuinely spooky/disturbing parts.

A few people I spoke to have said that they actually think that out of all four films, this was the scariest one in the series, so I guess it depends! I'd suggest seeing it nonetheless as there have definitely been worst films.

P.S Check out the Film Reviews tag for more movie reviews!

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Monday, 22 October 2012

It is virtually every ladies fantasy to bag themselves a rockstar (and if you disagree, what are you doing on my blog?!) - but it's SO hard to actually follow through with this plan, especially when your hubby to be doesn't know you exist (yet) and has already captured the heart of thousands of other like minded girls. But it's possible. And it's possible to do without being Hayley Williams. Trust me.

  • Be there from the very start. You're much more likely to get close to a rockstar hottie if the band is just starting out/still in that 'playing in the garage' phase simply because they're lesser known and have more chance to get to know you/the fans better. It'll also ensure that you're not just after them because they're in a band because you were totally into their band before they got big.
  • Don't always go for the lead singer. Everyone goes for the lead singer. Although the frontman usually tends to be the sexiest, don't forgot there's usually a guitarist/bassist/drummer in the band too!
  • Never fangirl over them. Most rockstars have ego's the size of Mars so if you give in and gush over them, you're just the same as everyone else. Act disinterested and like their rockstar attitude doesn't phase you and you'll make a much bigger impression on them than anyone else.
  • Don't be a band slut. Show your interest in a variety of different bands off course but if you try and bed every frontman from every band, you'll get yourself a reputation and although they'll know who you are, they'll also know to avoid them.
  • Think about how to meet them. Fans get to meet rockstars after gigs everyday but fans don't get to date rockstars. Try and meet them in a natural setting as in the fact that you can one day tell your kids 'Yeah we met when he came into my bar after his gig. I pretended I had no idea who he was at the time...'. Get barwork working at music venues or internships at record labels and you'll find your rockstar hottie will be much more likely to fall for 'that hot chick that sometimes serves him at the bar'.
  • Be prepared for the rockstar lifestyle. It's not all sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll baby. It also means being gone for most of the year for months on end, thousands of other ladies trying to get into his pants and quite possibly fans gossiping about you and how you're not good enough for him. 
  • Likewise, if you live in the UK, you should probably attempt to find a local rockstar, rather then an American one (there goes my chance with John O'Callaghan...).
  • Appreciate their music, but don't go over the top. Sure, admit to knowing who they are, but perhaps don't admit to owning every single CD they've ever released and stalking them on Tumblr.
  • Finally, don't be disheartened about the fact that as just an average girl you might not have a chance with a well known sex god rockstar. Just remind yourself on a daily basis of how other rockstars met their other halves. The lead singer of Train met his wife when he spotted her in the crowd at a gig and made security go and give her a backstage pass for after the show. Dougie from McFly fell for his girlfriend after she did a painting for him at his house. It's doable, trust me!
Good luck ladies, let me know how you get on ;)
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Friday, 12 October 2012

This post is a bit different today, it's a bit of a thank you! This week I was awarded the Sunshine Award by Glynis and I was also listed in Lisa's Follow Friday post as well! So first of all a big thanks to both of these lovely ladies, both their blogs are firm favourites of mine so I'd definitely recommend you have a look at their blogs (just click on their names!) before reading on. Gynis & Lisa - thank you so much! :)

Onto the Sunshine Award...





Here are the rules:
  • Include the award logo in a blog post.
  • Answer the 10 questions about yourself.
  • Nominate 10-12 other fabulous bloggers.
  • Link your nominees to this post and notify them of the award by commenting on their blog.
  • Share the love and link the person who nominated you.

What would you most like to change about yourself? 
Honestly? I wouldn't change a thing! Obviously I am a lady so some parts of myself I love more than others but even the bad bits that sometimes get me down make me who I am and make me unique :)

What is your theme song?
So, so many! At the moment I'd probably say The Maine's 'While Listening to Rock & Roll' (google it!) because although so many songs can be applied to me at the moment (most of theirs!) this one would probably be the most because I'd say I'm definitely discovering my music again, getting back into all the old rock and roll I used to listen to growing up and stuff like that. And also because whenever I listen to it I can just imagine being in some rundown empty typical American bar with the jukebox on and it raining outside, which is something I hope to experience on my road trip next year! Oh and especially the 'Turn it up, it's my song, I can't sing but I'll sing along' lyrics within the song ha.

One part of your life, a memory, action etc., that you wish you could surgically remove from your brain?
Oh dear, I really don't know! I'm quite lucky, I've never had anything so bad happen in my life that I'd want removing from my brain! Everything happens for a reason right?

What generation do you wish you had been a part of?
Probably the 60s. Everyone was all about the music, relaxing, kicking back and having a good time. 

What was your favourite childhood toy?
My teenage ninja turtle teddy. Until my sister cut it's head off anyway...

What is your favourite housecleaning chore?
None! Even tidying gives me a head ache (I actually have to stop and take a break half way through and then usually I can't be bothered to do the rest). Most stuff I'll put up with though if I can listen to music and have a boogie whilst doing it, it makes it more fun.

Do you Twitter?
Yes. I'm a bit of an addict but really I only use it to follow fit rock stars (go figure....) @Lady_Louise_

Any goals?
Travel

Do you drink margaritas all the time?
I'm going to hands up admit that despite being a cocktail lover, I've never drank a margarita...perhaps this can be on my to do list next year!

What is the ugliest car you've ever driven and were embarrassed to be seen in?
I don't drive and I'm not one for cars anyway so even if I was in an 'ugly' car I wouldn't realise ha.

Now for the nominees: 

And I'm afraid that's all I can think of from the top of my head! :)

Once again a big thank you to Glynis! It's very appreciated! 



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Wednesday, 10 October 2012

I was recently given the opportunity to review Abby Clements debut novel, Meet Me Under the Mistletoe. As soon as the book arrived I knew it would be my type of read - I fell in love with the modern Christmassy cover immediately. I love the various sparkly snowflakes on the cover and the beautiful hanging baubles from the top - it really is the type of book you just can't wait to read snuggled up with a hot chocolate in front of the fire this Christmas.


The story is about two childhood friends - Laurie and Rachel - how different their lives are now and how differently they will both be spending their Christmas this year. Laurie is a glamorous and typical London girl - her career always comes first and she's your typical London business woman. On the other hand, Rachel is a settled down mother of two, living in a beautiful Yorkshire village. The two ladies couldn't be more different but Christmas brings a number of different surprises for them when they agree to house swap over the festive time of year.

The blurb reads -

Childhood friends Laurie and Rachel used to be inseparable - but their lives have taken very different paths since they picked up their A-level results together. Now thirty-five, they have all but fallen out of touch; glamorous single girl Laurie is based in London and dedicated to her career in fashion; Rachel seemingly living the family idyll in Yorkshire.

But when Rachel's mother-in-law needs urgent treatment in London, and disasters at work and in her love life mean Laurie needs to flee, a house swap falls into place. Soon gentle Rachel is far from the village bake sales, braving the city's mean streets while trying to keep her marriage and family together; while Laurie attempts to work an Aga, befriend the wary village locals - and forget the man who seems intent on breaking her heart. Will their relationships survive this test? And will the make it home for Christmas?

First of all I loved how different the two main characters were. It was as if there were two very separate storylines within this book - each with different themes and issues that intertwined and I loved this. It was nice to read about things from both ends of the spectrum - how a single hard working career woman was dealing with Christmas in relation to how a settled down mother was dealing with it. It made a nice change and the two different characters and storylines really complimented each other in that sense. It kept the story fresh and exciting and really meant that this book is more acceptable for a wider audience - both young and old people would enjoy reading this story.

I really loved the setting within this book as well especially the parts that took place in Yorkshire. As a close to London girl myself, I love London at Christmas but the setting of Yorkshire really drew me in. Abby wrote these parts so well that I could really imagine myself in the beautiful snowy village - delicate Christmas lights everywhere and such. It really got me in the Christmas spirit and complimented the story well. 

I loved the character of Laurie because I felt I could relate to her - I'm a world away from being settled down but deep down I know I'd love the idea of spending Christmas in an idyll cottage in the middle of a picture perfect village. Both characters were very likeable but it seemed to me that the character of Rachel represented Laurie's future which was a really nice touch. Rachel was a very likeable character too - I thought that although herself and Rachel were the same age she had a very mothering feel to her. Both characters seemed like the type of people you'd love to be friends with - going to Laurie for dating advice and Rachel for cooking tips!

The story was very easy to read as well - it was funny, inspiring and light hearted but it also had a few twists which surprised me within it's pages too. It was an easy read in that I could put it down and come back to it later on and immediately fall back into the story. Finally I loved the messages behind the story - most importantly the one that sometimes you just need a bit of space and time away from a situation to fix it. Overall it was a really lovely feel good book which was the perfect Christmas read.


Meet Me Under the Mistletoe will be released on the 8th November.
To find out more about Abby and her books click here.

P.S Check out the Book Reviews tag for more book reviews!

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Monday, 8 October 2012

On Friday I had the amazing opportunity to go down and review a new service being provided by the team at Fresh Academy. Fresh is the largest fashion photography make-over studio in the UK with a whopping 8,000 square foot. At Fresh you'll find an in house hair salon and make up artistry, a cinema viewing room (where you can view pictures from your shoot) and their studio has over 30 purpose built sets including a car, disco floor and even an outdoors set (which is indoors!) - how cool is that?! Fresh offer all different types of professional shoots and covers photography for all different types of things including modeling portfolios, family photo shoots and even boudoir. Fresh Academy also sponsor Miss England and sit on the judging panel too.

Lately they've introduced a new package which I think is an amazing idea. Fresh Style is a package where you are welcome to come in and have your hair and make up done professionally for any occasion - be that a hot date, a wedding, a gig or even just a night out - for just £50. When I was offered the chance to review this package I jumped at the opportunity because personally it is the type of package I've thought about so many times in the past. Although I love experimenting with make up, you all know how terrible I am when it comes to styling my hair and there have been so many occasions where I've had to rush to get ready for something and often wished someone would just come and do it all for me. I really love the idea of this package, it's so perfect for when you're too rushed or nervous to take time to doll yourself up. It's perfect for when you're heading out and can't be bothered to faff around - it's so easy to book in an appointment and have all this taken care of by someone else. You can even turn up in what you're planning to wear for your special occasion and the team will happily make you up, knowing what would go best with your outfit, and you can even just go on from there.

I was heading out myself Friday night so knew this opportunity would be perfect for me (although I so wished I'd heard about the Fresh Style package before the gig!) and in the end it was such a timesaver. Whereas I normally take ages to get ready to go out, myself and my friend Amy ended up heading out early that night and having a great night. I felt beyond confident with how my make-up was and enjoyed my night a lot more than I did normally.


The whole experience was beyond lovely too. The rooms were set out so beautifully with deep purple walls and a plush purple carpet - I felt very VIP! The lady doing my make up was lovely and chatty and made me feel very at ease. She asked me how I'd like my make up and I explained that I'd like a deep red lipstick for my lips - something quite vintage without being too over the top. I was amazed when she finished - by using a darker lip pencil she made my lips look beautiful and full - I've never seen them looking so big! She made my skin look lovely and smooth as well, I know on a night out I tend to pile on my cover up a tad but she managed to cover up all my blemishes and make it look natural. The eye makeup was stunning too and I was so pleased with the over all affect. The whole process only took about 20 minutes which again made me think how ideal it would be if I was planning to head out straight afterwards. She used some setting spray on my face as I was actually heading into the town centre to do a bit of shopping afterwards but even in the pouring rain the make up stayed on perfectly across the evening and the lipstick needed minimal topping up once I was out drinking.

I know its a daft pose but it's the only way I could show how beautiful the make up was!
The studios were based in central Watford and are easily accessible by car but personally we found it a bit hard to get to as we were traveling by bus from Luton - I think our journey time was well over an hour in the end! However we found they were only literally a five minute taxi ride from the town centre so I'd definitely recommend driving and double checking the address should you choose to come here.

I really loved the whole experience and think it's such a fab idea. For any local ladies I would 100% recommend this package for your next night out or special occasion - you wouldn't believe how much more relaxed you are when you're not worrying about applying your make up just right or styling your hair.

The package costs £50 and includes both your hair and make up being done and you are welcome to bring in photographs if there is a particular look you want to achieve or way you'd like your hair to be styled. 

01923 212 673
www.freshacademy.com

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Sunday, 7 October 2012

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Here's what I wore to The Maine's gig last Wednesday evening! It took me ages trying to decide what to wear because going to gigs is one of my favourite things ever and getting the right look is hard work! I also needed to be able to impress the lead singer John Oh ;) And of course the gig was in London so I had to factor in the fact that it would be cold walking around during the day and then hot and sweaty at the actual gig. I ended up buying at least five different tops and two pairs of shorts for the gig, but this is what I settled on in the end.


I wanted something quite simple and although I longed to wear something more feminine like a skirt, I knew it just wouldn't work! So I settled on this simple top and these studded shorts from Primark - I really love the detail on them, the studs and the zips really give them that extra bit of an edge making them perfect for a rock gig. I think because they are quite short as well they come across as that little bit more flirty/girly. I teamed these with just plan black pumps.

In the day I wore my pastel blue skinny fit jeans, which you would have seen in the post about the gig anyway.

The accessories were my favourite part of the look (other than my shorts) because the clothes were so simple. I knew with the right accessories I could be a bit more creative and look a bit more edgy and 'rocky' so to speak. I wore my spiked bracelet from Stella & Dot and this beautiful bracelet I picked up from Republic a few weeks ago. It hangs down so you can see in the photo where it's mixed with the other Stella & Dot bracelet and it's a nice edgy combination of crosses, chains and studs.


I also wore this skull necklace and skull ring. I've had this skull necklace for years and it's always been a favourite of mine. I don't even remember where I got it from but I'm pretty sure it was a gift from my brother or sister. It's edgy but cute as well.

For my make-up I again didn't want to go too over the top as I knew I'd be getting hot and bothered at the gig. However I couldn't resist piling on the eyeliner and going for the smokey eyed look with some fake eyelashes too. I relied on my favourite lipstick as it helps me stand out a bit without being too over the top. I didn't really manage to get a decent photo of my make-up close up but it looked good, I can tell you that! Warning, major duck face photo below (I didn't have time to take any proper pictures, this was just instagramed). I managed to get ONE photo of my eye make up (how awesome do my eyes look?!) but couldn't get a decent one with my eyes closed so I'm afraid you can't really see the blending up close.


Overall I was pretty pleased with the whole look - I've had some disastrous looks over the years when I've tried so hard to look edgy and rock chick at a gig and I've just ended up looking like an idiot! The shorts were definitely a good call because I did get hot and sweaty in the gig so I knew I'd made the right choice. As always I did little to my hair as I knew it would only get messy again later. My favourite part of the whole look would either be the shorts or the accessories, most especially the bracelets!





Outfit :

Top : Bango Mango
Shorts : Primark
Shoes : Black pumps from Primark

Make Up 

Foundation : L'oreal Paris infallible brush in 015 Porcelain shade
Cover up : Dream Matte Mouse in 030 Sand shade
Bronzer : Benefit Hello Flawless in Beige shade
Eyeliner : Collection 2000
Liquid Eyeliner : Next
Mascara : 17 Peep Show Mascara
Blusher : Maybelline Dream Mouse Blush
Lipstick : Unknown, bought from an independent store up north
Eyelashes : Ardell
Eye Make-up : Benefit's Smokin' Eyes palette & Barry M Dazzle Dust

Accessories :

Bracelet : Republic
Spiked Bracelet : Stella & Dot
Skull Ring : Street Princess

Earrings : Accessorize 
Necklace : Unknown

Other :

Nail Varnish : Ruby & Millie Red 430P

What do you think of my look? What would your dream gig outfit consist of? 

No, my look didn't make me stand out and make the lead singer fall head over heels in love with me (yet) but he did give me a kiss and I seemed to have a bit of an effect on the lead singer of the support band, so all in all I think the outfit did well ;)


P.S Check out the Look Of The Week tag for a mooch at some of my other 'Look Of The Week' posts (be warned some of them are a tad embarrassing) or please feel free to check out/give me a few votes on my LookBook - just click the image above!

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