Wednesday, 7 December 2016

MOANA Film Review

Hello everyone!
Last Friday I went and saw my most highly anticipated film of the entire year, Moana!
After being initially drawn in by the heavy influence of the polynesian culture, the all round bright tropical paradise appearance, cute colourful characters and of course Dwayne Johnson I was itching to see it. And boy it did not disappoint!

Without giving too much away, Moana is about a young daughter of the Chief of a Polynesian tribe who sets sail on a journey across the ocean with the demi god Maui to rescue his magic hook and restore the 'heart of Te Fiti' which is a stone that has the power to create life. She is initially chosen by the ocean to be the person who embarks on this adventure and after the island that Moana, her family and the tribe live on starts to turn to darkness and die out, she sets off on the journey with Maui and Heihei and with the blessing of her Grandmother to restore the heart and bring life back to the islands.
Before seeing the film I had stalked the instagram of Auli'i Cravalho the voice of Moana and noticed her videos of the behind the scenes of the film. I decided to Youtube this before I saw the film and it made me appreciate it even more. The video shows the voice actresses/actors performing their parts, the recordings of the orchestra and singers for the wonderful soundtrack, the research and inspiration that heavily inspired the film and showing the basic storyboard up to the final character designs. The amount of skill, background research and attention to detail that the Disney company have done really shows in the film and makes me appreciate it that little bit more. It was also really interesting to see all these behind the scenes moments come to life in the film. Watch it HERE.

One of the main characters in the film is actually the ocean, although it doesn't speak it is almost personified in a way. It initially shows Moana as a toddler (SO cute btw!) and her interaction with the ocean and then as she is a older how it interacts with the characters and how it plays a role in not only the journey of the film but a role in who she is as a person. The ocean also is the one who gives her the heart of Te Fiti and basically chooses her to be the one who goes on this quest to restore the heart.


Visually the film is absolutely stunning! I was completely blown away by the design and the animation of everything. The scenery looks completely breathtaking and the different visual shots of both the islands and the ocean was beautiful as well as the detail of the characters was just incredible, even the little things like eyelashes to the likes of clothing and tribal tattoos. The attention to detail was just astonishing.





Although the film shows other characters too, I'd say overall really Moana and Maui are the main characters closely followed by Hei hei the chicken (although doesn't speak and is just for comical relief, he ends up going along on the adventure too) and the Grandmother. Although I was slightly disappointed that Pua the pig didn't go along too, it would have been good to have had it along for the ride as well, but I think that's just me being swayed by the fact Pua is so adorable and wanted to see more of it.

The thing I enjoyed about Moana as well was her character, she comes across very determined, brave, family orientated, couragous and understands her responsibility within the tribe to provide for them and come up with solutions for any problems. One of things that really stood out for me in this day and age is that Moana is a strong, independent woman, which although I do enjoy a Disney happily ever after, I did find it refreshing that the film wasn't based on romance and finding a handsome prince in order to be happy and fulfilled. Not that I don't enjoy a budding romance in Disney films, I did however like the fact the film focused more on a friendship, the adventure and following your dreams and finding who you are instead. Which is still classic of Disney. And personally I think the film didn't really need a romantic element to it anyway as it did amazing without it.

I also liked that the film gave you a bit of background story to not just the history of where they live but also to the tribes and Moana's family. That is why I'm trying my hardest not to reveal too much in this post as the film explains a lot of it to you very early on and gives you a good level of understanding for the background and how it relates to the story.

Overall if it wasn't obvious enough I would highly recommend this film, for it's stunning visuals, great storyline complete with wonderful soundtrack, attention to detail as well as loveable characters. It is definitely worth a watch! And trust me, you'll have 'You're Welcome' stuck in your head for the rest of the day too!
Thanks for reading!
If you have also seen the film I'd love to hear what you thought of it below too :)

*Images taken from Google
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Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Autumn Is Among Us!

Hello everyone!
Autumn is finally among us and I hope you are all enjoying it and making the most of the last bits of sunshine before winter rolls in. I'm thoroughly enjoying one of my favourite seasons so far. One of the main things I absolutely adore about this time of year is how simply breathtaking the nature around us is. I know it sounds cheesy but there's nothing I enjoy more than being greeted by the low lying sun on a morning and watch it shine through the trees on a warm day in the countryside or feeling the light gentle breeze with a slight chill in the air as it gives a small nod to the coming of winter, the satisfying sound of the ever-changing leaves crunching beneath my favourite pair of boots, sipping hot chocolate topped with cream and marshmallows in my favourite cafe, fetching out my favourite and warmest coat and scarf and of course the gorgeous sunsets on a evening that fill the sky with an array of pink, red-orange and purple hues. Sounds an absolute dream!

When I've not been taking in the gorgeous scenery, I have been spending my weekends wrestling for the duvet on a morning to keep warm, catching up with friends, spending time with my other half, pigging out with Domino's takeaway whilst divulging in the usual The Jonathan Ross Show, X Factor, I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here & more recently Meet The Parents, the latter being absolutely hilarious and those who enjoyed Blind Date & Take Me Out will really enjoy that one. I know I sound pretty obsessed with weekend TV but trust me, when you used to work weekends since the age of 16, spending the weekends doing sweet nothing is basically a luxury to me now. The other times, weekends have been spent organising my wardrobe and makeup collection and attempting to be brave at experimenting with my look for the autumnal seasons. As well as geeking out on Pokemon X, Alpha Sapphire & the original Red versions whilst highly anticipating Pokemon Sun's release in a few days, as well as Animal Crossing New Leaf, The Sims 4 which I am looking forward to payday to treat myself to City Living and most recently I raided the loft for my old Pikachu Nintendo 64 which I found, so I've been dining on nostalgia and reliving my childhood playing Pokemon Snap, Pokemon Stadium 1 & 2 and Rugrats in Paris. It has been absolute bliss!

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Monday, 31 October 2016

Pumpkin Carving

Hello everyone!
It's that time of year where we all get into the autumnal spirit and embrace the halloween festivities. One of things I had never done before was carve pumpkins which is crazy as I had never realised how extremely popular it is to do and noticed it was everywhere, so it's safe to say I was completely late to that party. I ventured to Asda and got some for us to try out together and we stuck on some Youtube tutorials to get an idea of what we needed to do. I realised that it is not as daunting and difficult as I had originally thought and it ended up being a really fun activity to do. I think overall this is an activity I would definitely do again and even could be good to invite a group of friends round when the house is all decorated for halloween and all create some together, I think that'd be really cute. Anyway I thought I would share with you a little step by step guide of what we did. Enjoy!

Things you will need:
* Pumpkin
* Small sharp knife
* Large spoon
* Large bowl
* Pencil
* Tealight candles
* Matches

Step 1
First things first, use your small knife to cut a circle around the top of the pumpkin. It doesn't have to be a perfect circle. This is to open up the pumpkin to then scoop out the contents of the pumpkin and to use later as a lid to open up and place the candles in.
Step 2
Remove the lid of the pumpkin and using a large spoon, scoop out all the contents of the pumpkin, removing all the seeds and goop and place them into a large bowl.
Step 3
Next grab a pencil and begin drawing the design onto your pumpkin. You can also use tracing paper with images and patterns on if you prefer and pin them to your pumpkin, there is a huge variety online to choose from. But for this tutorial I simply took this image I saw online and began replicating something similar onto my pumpkin.
Image taken from Google
Step 3
Now for the exciting part! Carefully using a small sharp knife, begin cutting into the pumpkin and carving out the shapes. I admit once you get into the swing of things, it's really easy to do. I decided to stick to large simple shapes to cut out as it being my first attempt of carving any pumpkin.

Ta da!
Step 4
Finally remove the lid of the pumpkin. Then grab your candles and a box of matches and light the candles. There is two ways to do it, either put the candles inside and light them, although this may cause the match to catch your fingers, or light the candles outside the pumpkin and if there is a big enough gap, put them in the pumpkin via the mouth of it. Once they are placed inside, place the lid back on and turn off the lights to see your results!
Let me know if you have carved any pumpkins before and what designs you did, I'd love to hear about them :)
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Friday, 17 June 2016

TRAVEL DIARY: Disney World via Iphone

Hello everyone!
Hope you are all well! I've been on a bit of a blogging hiatus for some time now, something which I may elaborate on in a future post. I have missed blogging and been craving to get back into it for such a long time but just didn't know where to begin. I have a few ideas for posts that I want to share with you all but for the moment I will ease myself back into the blogosphere with a straightforward post of my trip to Disney World back in March. I think there is something quite raw and natural about pictures taken on a phone compared to a more thought out, planned photograph taken on a camera.

1. Selfie in Magic Kingdom whilst waiting for the queue for Space Mountain to die down.
2. My favourite spot at Magic Kingdom- The Statue of Walt Disney & Mickey Mouse.
3. Watching Orland Magic VS Cleveland Cavaliers basketball game at the Amway Centre.
4. Loads of alligators at GatorLand.
5. View from the plane when heading to Orlando.
6. Waiting for the Disney Magical Express Bus to pick us up.
7. Disney Transportation Bus for our hotel: Disney's Art of Animation Resort.
8. View of the hotel sign from our bus.

9. Concept drawing in the hotel of what Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid could have looked like.
10. Concept drawing of Flounder from The Little Mermaid.
11. More concept drawings inside the hotel lobby including my favourite drawing.
12. Close up of my favourite concept art of Ariel from The Little Mermaid.
13. Our first day at Disney World. A photo of my outfit for Animal Kingdom.
14. Sharing the train to Rakifi's Planet Watch and with Chip and he waved at me.
15. A hidden Mickey wall art in the Harambe market place.
16. An inspiring proverb on the construction site wall.
17. A photo of my outfit for Disney's Hollywood Studios.
18. Showing off my new Disney Ears.
19. After queuing for 100+ mins for Toy Story Midway Mania ride, sporting the snazzy glasses provided in a selfie to celebrate the moment of finally getting on the ride after waiting for so long.
20. Our scores from Toy Story Midway Mania ride (I won ;) ).

21. Another outfit photo for Disney's Magical Kingdom.
22. Breakfast at the hotel: pancakes, bacon and fruit= perfect!
23. Delicious strawberry milkshake at Johnny Rocket's Diner in Mall at Millenia.
24. Selfie outside of Hard Rock Cafe.

25. Getting my autograph book signed with character's signatures.
26. Selfie sporting my Jurassic Park T-shirt for Islands of Adventure.
27. The end of It's A Small World ride in Magic Kingdom.
28. Being front row of It's A Small World. One of my favourite rides.

29. A beautiful illustration of Mickey Mouse on a card in a shop in Disney Springs.
30. A Disney notebook I bought in a shop at Disney Springs. I absolutely love this!
31. A gorgeous photo album I found in the shops at Disney Springs.
32. One of my favourite paintings of The Little Mermaid by Thomas Kinkade.
 33. The view of Orlando from the plane. Leaving to go home.

I'd love to know if you have been to Disney World and what your favourite park/things to do is?
Also feel free to leave me your links so I can catch up on your latest posts.
Thanks for reading! 
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Saturday, 5 December 2015

Advent Calendar: Days 1-5

About a month ago I purchased this adorable 'The Sweetest Thing' advent calendar from Matalan after it caught my eye during a VM nightshift, which includes 24 days worth of mini nail varnishes. I normally go for chocolate filled calendars but last year I just wasn't craving it like I normally would and I'd be away from home for a few days at a time and I lost the sparkle of excitement I'd have in past years so I decided this year I'd get something that I would actually enjoy and get to use throughout the year too. Also it has a cute unicorn illustration which I love too.
Overall I've really liked the colours that have come out of this calendar. I'm not a snob when it comes to brands of nail varnish, as long as it does the job I have no preference over what brand it is. However there is some colours I tend to repurchase and some colours that I have never tried, like the Taupe/Beige coloured nail varnish from Day #4 and this calendar has gave me the option to have that and give it a try which I think is a really good idea.
The older I get and the more I'm exposed to more festive things and ideas, the more I've realised how popular and beneficial it is having a calendar that has something a bit more useful with it. Maybe I'm an old soul or maybe my taste buds have changed and don't give me the craving for advent calendar chocolate (send help!) but I think these type of calendars that include items that are around more these days are a great gift for those who are into beauty or wanting to try something new. I think you can get some really great items within them to try out so I think they are worth having far much more and are appreciated more.
Although I've seen some incredible calendars advertised out there, I really enjoyed my cheaper option from Matalan at £12 (with Staff Discount) and I can't wait to try out all the colours in the new year.
Thanks for reading & Let me know which colour is your favourite :)
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Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Autumn/Winter Essentials

(I realise it is December and not Autumn anymore but I had forgot to post this earlier on!)
When I think of autumn, I am always drawn to the thought of the colourful leaves and the sun shining low through the trees and the beautiful scenery that comes with it. It is always this time of year when it reminds me of one of my favourite places in the UK which is a lovely little country park in Brampton. I used to go there as a kid with my family during the autumn half term and spend the day walking around the tarn, wading in the water with our wellies on and collecting conkers. As I've got older I have visited a few times myself (see here) and hope that it can be a place to take my future family and make our own memories. Unfortunately when I recently visited we could not get many photographs like I did the last time as the weather was very dull and miserable. Although I was able to capture this army of ducks whilst they were being fed. There is something really pretty about the feathers on ducks. One of them came so up close to me I was almost certain it was going to peck my fingers off! Luckily I survived ;) I'm hoping to plan my visit next year in a more organised manner as I would love to get snap happy when the sun is out as the tarn looks breath-taking when the sun is setting over it. I would also love to venture through during the summer as that is something I have never done and maybe even be brave enough to canoe across the tarn which would be amazing.

My go to autumn essentials are pretty much summed up very nicely in this post. Visiting Brampton, seeing the colourful leaves and beautiful scenery, my super soft tartan scarf, chelsea boots and my gorgeous brand new coat. It is so comfortable and warm whilst looking smart at the same time, which is what I have longed for in autumn coat for a very long time. I saved up a few giftcards from my birthday and rather than just buy for the sake of it, waited it out until I found something I truly loved and when I saw this coat it was love at first sight. It has been a perfect addition to my wardrobe.

I have also had some exciting news. I have a brand new job! I am so happy and excited to work for a design company in a role that suits me perfectly and I have been really enjoying it so far. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!
Coat: Topshop, Scarf: River Island, Tights: Asda, Wellies: Reynold's, Bag: Mulberry, Boots: Matalan
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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

23rd Birthday

Happy birthday to me! :D
Hello lovelies! This year I have had a much more low key birthday compared to the past two years (see here & here). The wednesday before was spent having a meal at Mamma Italia with my parents as it has been a long time since the 3 of us have done something together, which was a lovely evening, followed by another meal with my family and my boyfriend at Luciano's where I wore my gorgeous new playsuit from Miss Selfridge teamed with these Matalan chunky heels, I love the chain detail on the straps and also where I got the classic sombrero & the waiters singing to me, haha!
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