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2014 in review: movies

December 30, 2014 in movies by Lauren

I know I said last year that I wanted to see more movies this year, but somehow it didn’t quite work out that way. Can I repeat my resolution for 2015?

Of the films I did get the chance to see, here’s my round-up…

Biggest tear-jerker: The Fault of Our Stars had me actually sobbing en route to Australia earlier this year, which earned me several concerned glances from the cabin crew! I later found out that three friends had all had the same, on-plane experience (including one friend who had only ever cried in one movie in her life!) Take our advice and watch this one at home.

Best film to make you feel normal: I have never felt less messed-up than after I watched Gone Girl. Seriously, I felt completely and utterly normal compared to the characters in that movie!

Best Marvel movie: I feel like this one deserves its own category, as the Marvel universe continues to take over the silver screen (am I a total nerd right now?) For me, it’s all about X-Men: Days of Future Past because I love a good time travel epic but Guardians of the Galaxy gets an honourable mention for being so much fun.

Most anticipated: I can’t wait to see The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything and Birdman.

Best film of 2014: Obviously I’m a little restricted here with my narrow viewing repertoire this year, but I have to give it to The Grand Budapest Hotel.

What are your top picks?

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monthly favourites: july

July 31, 2014 in beauty, fashion, food and drink, movies by Lauren

July Favourites

Fashion: I hit the sales hard this month but my favourite purchase is actually something I bought full-price (quelle horreur!) I am completely smitten with Anthropologie’s Tenaya Jumpsuit (1). It’s so cute and comfortable, perfect with flat sandals during the day or with heels for dinner. This one is going to be in high rotation over the summer!

Face: I may have gone a little overboard on beauty products while I was in New York and Paris this month (in truth, I could probably set up my own mini Sephora now) but my number one purchase has to be the GlamGlow YouthMud Mask (2). I know I’m incredibly late to the party on this and the entire rest of the blogosphere has already put it into the category of cult favourite – but there’s a reason! It exfoliates, tightens the skin and makes pores completely invisible. Your boyfriend might complain that you look like a swamp monster for 20 minutes (or at least mine does) but it’s worth it!

Food: You wouldn’t think I’d go hunting for Australians when I was on holidays in the US, but somehow it always seems to happen. Why, you ask? I need good coffee! Fortunately the team at Bluestone Lane Coffee (3) know their brew AND have three locations in Manhattan. Give them a go – although I take no responsibility if you can never face a cup of drip again!

Film: Yes, I was one of the people who Kickstarted Zac Braff’s new film, Wish I Was Here (4). Make my investment worthwhile and go see it!

Flashback: As I’ve kicked back into blogging more frequently again, I’ve enjoyed re-reading this post from 2010 about whether a person can be intelligent and still like fashion (5).

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monthly favourites: june

June 29, 2014 in beauty, fashion, food and drink, movies by Lauren

June Favourites

Fashion: I am completely in love with my new Karen Millen dress (1). It’s currently on sale and still available in most sizes as I write, both from Bloomingdale’s and also from Selfridges (which ships internationally – bonus points!). At £110, it’s a bargain for the perfect day-to-dinner dress that fits like it was made for me (though I should note, I bought one size larger than my regular size).

Face: Earlier this month, I had a wedding and in the search for the perfect lipstick to go with my Anthropologie Laced Verbena Dress, I discovered Charlotte Tilbury’s brand (2). For the wedding, I combined Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk, K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Bitch Perfect and Lip Lustre Lacquer in Seduction. Since then, I’ve been wearing different combinations of the products pretty much every day – and from a tinted lip balm girl, that shows real love!

Food: I spent quite a bit of time in London this month (as you can probably guess by the proliferation of British brands in this post!) and while I was there, I discovered the most amazing tea of all time: Teapigs’ Liquorice and Mint (3). It is so delicious, refreshing and – best of all – caffeine free so it’s the perfect late night treat. It’s sweet enough to satisfied all of my dessert cravings (which is unheard of for me!) and I can’t recommend it highly enough. Teapigs ship internationally from their own website too.

Film: I finally caught up on X-Men: Days of Future Past (4) this month and it was incredible! I’m not usually a comic book movie kind of girl but this one knocked it out of the park for me – love it!

Flashback: As Game of Thrones reached its fourth season finale, I loved re-reading the fashion inspiration post I wrote back in 2012 (5).

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2013 in review: movies

December 12, 2013 in movies by Lauren

I have to admit that I’ve made far fewer trips to the cinema this year than I would have liked, as you can probably tell by the distinct lack of reviews posted. One of my new year’s resolutions is actually to get back into watching more films and the below mash-up of films from 2013 has made me realise that I have a lot of catching up to do before 2014!

I haven’t even seen enough of the films on the list of releases to make a call on my favourite movie of the year – so instead I’m going to ask you! What was your favourite film of 2013?

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(almost) at the movies: catching fire

April 15, 2013 in movies by Lauren

The much-awaited trailer for the second film in the Hunger Games trilogy, Catching Fire, was revealed at the MTV Movie Awards last night… and based on what we can see, I think we’ll have another fashion inspiration in the works!

Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks) wear some spectacular outfits and I can’t wait to see them in full! (Of course, I was a big fan of the book – once I got around to reading it – so I’m looking forward to seeing the film for other reasons too!)

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is due to be released on 21 November in Australia and 22 November in the US and UK.

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