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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?

by Lauren

2014 in review: music

December 29, 2014 in music by Lauren

It’s that time of year again! I can’t believe 2014 is already coming to an end. It’s been such an eventful and exciting year (as evidenced by the significant lack of posts on here – my apologies!) and I love that music can play such a great role in helping to remember all those amazing moments.

Daniel Kim from Pop Danthology has done it again this year with an amazing mash-up of all the hits of 2014. I’m glad to see Happy makes it back in this year, because the Pharrell concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival in July was one of my musical highlights of the year. I’m also excited to see that Let It Go from Frozen makes an appearance right at the end because that song must have been stuck in my head for about six months! Did your favourite song of 2014 get a mention?

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monthly favourites: august

September 3, 2014 in beauty, entertainment, fashion, recipes by Lauren

August Favourites

Fashion: When a friend decided to host a white party, I was in trouble because I don’t do all white. Ever. There are multiple reasons for this but it boils down to (a) I’m a klutz and (b) I’m pasty so don’t look good in it. Fortunately H&M came to the rescue with a cheap but stylish white lace dress that was summery party perfection (1). I may even pull it out again for regular parties…

Face: Nobody likes a full face of make-up in summer (well, at least I don’t!) but when you want to feel a bit special, a sheer red lip can be just the ticket. I fell head over heels for Lipstick Queen’s Aloha (2) and, as it’s limited edition, I recommend you grab your own quick smart!

Food: The weather started to cool down a little earlier than I’d hoped, but I decided to embrace the temperatures by cooking up Adeline and Lumiere’s fantastic pumpkin, goat cheese and caramelised onion pizza (3). This recipe is very straight-forward, and it tastes like you slaved in the kitchen for hours!

Film: How can you not love Guardians of the Galaxy? (4). It was so much fun to watch and despite the fact that it was an all-out, space-fantasy story (AKA not my usual scene), I loved it!

Flashback: Over the final days of summer, I really enjoyed re-reading the post from 2012 about five must-pack items for a beach break (5).

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friday film: how to shoot a vogue cover

August 22, 2014 in entertainment by Lauren

It’s that time of year when The September Issues hit the shelves and to promote Vogue UK’s edition, the magazine has created a short film directed by photographer Mario Testino.

Cara Delevingne looks amazing as she shows us exactly how to shoot a Vogue cover. And if you’re wondering who created the fantastic backing track, it’s by female rock duo Deap Vally. Happy Friday!

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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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