Monday, 18 August 2014

Another Adventure in Pip

Last week we decided it was time for another adventure in Pip! So we headed out on a little coastal adventure.
The campsite we stayed in was in Bridport, and it was lovely. Finally the sun shone for us and we were able to sit outside and enjoy the country air!  We had our lunch in Bridport itself on the first day which was really nice, I also found an awesome shop called Zeitgeist, where I purchased myself some lovely melamine mugs for the van! Look how pretty!
On the send day we went to Lyme Regis.  We had fish and chips, mint chic chip ice cream and wandered the shops full of fossils.
On our last day we went to Durdle Door. It was a bit of a steep trek to get to the beach, but it was totally worth it, the views were stunning!

On our way home we went to see Guardians Of The Galaxy which was absolutely frikkin amazing! Definitely one to go and see at the cinema if you haven't already!

So at last, we had some sun on a Pip adventure! We're thinking of going to Cardiff for the next one, hopefully we will be able to get out again before the summer ends!

Laura xXx
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Saturday, 9 August 2014

Nail Art - Gold, Mint and Pink

gold nail art
Last week my nail art took inspiration from the colour scheme of this lovely tassel garland. Pink, mint and gold! I think its a lovely combination, don't you?

Supplies Used;
  • Barry M - 320 - Foli Effects
  • Rimmel 60 Seconds - 262 - Ring a ring o'roses
  • Essie - Mint Candy Apple
  • Nail Stickers

I went on a little mini adventure in Pip this week to Dorset,  on the way home we went to see Guardians of the Galaxy, which was super mega awesome! I can't wait to do my film review on that one? What have you been up to this week?
Laura xXx
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Monday, 4 August 2014

July Movie Reviews - Maleficent, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes & Hercules


Chris and I go to the cinema nearly every week.  You might think that is excessive, but do you want to know a secret? We go for free! Every week we each get a free cinema ticket with our life insurance. Yep, I know that sounds crazy, but apparently this insurance company must think that the cinema is healthy for us! (They obviously don't know how much ice cream we eat!).

If you are interested we have our life insurance through PruHealth, and are part of Vitality Plus.

Anyway, I LOVE films, and I'm sure a lot of you do to, so I thought I'd start reviewing the films we go to see each month, to give you a heads up whether its worth going to see them or not.  Of course, these are just my opinions, you may feel very differently, so please take my reviews with a pinch of salt, and let me know what you think!

Maleficent 

I have to say, I was a little disappointed with this film.  First off, I love Sharlto Copley, his performances in District 9 and Elysium were frikkin awesome and I thought he was super funny in the A-team too, but he just doesn't belong in a Disney film in my opinion. Sorry Disney, I want him to stay put in my weird, edgy, sci-fi, pre/post apocalyptic scenarios please.  

Secondly, there were several plot holes that just left me screaming 'WHY?'! It may just be that the film was trying to stick to the original story, but I'm sure they could have made some of the decisions of the characters a little more believable by explaining them! For example, when Maleficent curses the princess, King Stefan inexplicably entrusts his baby daughter to the three faries. In the film Sleeping Beauty, everyone knows these are good faries, so it makes sense. But in this version, everyone in the kingdom fears anything that lives in the enchanted forest, which is where the faries are from, and only moments before the curse is cast the faries are not really trusted by the king! Considering this, it seems a very strange thing for him to do! 

And spoiler alert!... I'm not sure that the moral of the story was a very good one.  Essentially it dispels the myth of the old 'love at first sight' as we used to see in Disney movies like The Little Mermaid. Disney seem to be trying to correct their past wrongs regarding this recently, as  I seem to remember we learn a similar lesson in Frozen. So basically, the kiss from the prince doesn't work to wake Aurora up like it does in Sleeping Beauty. Great! They only met for like 2 minutes, so that would have been ridiculous if it had. Buuuut, the lesson we learn instead is that apparently Maleficent's kiss IS true love, and DOES wakes the princess up.  Erm,  is it really a good lesson to teach a child, that the stranger you have been spending time with, without your 'aunts' knowledge, is the only person that truly loves you? I think not. Stranger danger people, stranger danger!  It seems that some things have gone awry as the makers have tried to combine the original story, with this new slant that Maleficent is essentially good. I think they really could have done better. 

Another thing I found incredibly distracting was Angelina's cheek bones. They were just so pointy! I found myself wondering if they were make-up, prosthetics or CGI, rather than concentrating on the story at hand.  Having said that the costumes were fantastic, and I can't really fault Angelina Jolie's performance. I'd happily watch this again on the TV in a few years time, but I probably wouldn't be very pleased had I spent money seeing it at the cinema. Definitely one for TV in my opinion.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

I really enjoyed this film, I love the whole premise behind the franchise, and I came away pretty satisfied after watching this. The only thing that I felt could have been better was the development of the human characters, who were a little lacklustre.  I know it's not necessarily the sign of a good film, but I do like to see famous actors make an appearance, and the only big name in this was Gary Oldman, whose character was a bit of a non event to be honest. I really liked James Franco's performance in 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes', and was hoping for a similarly likeable protagonist in this sequel. However, it was the Apes that were the real event of this film, and so I guess it makes sense that the humans weren't the main focus. 

The Apes certainly made up for anything that was missing with the human characters, and, as always, Andy Serkis does an AMAZING job of bringing Caesar to life! There are some really emotional and touching moments, which, had the graphics not been great, would have just fallen flat. But as it is, Caesar is such a likeable and believable character, you just want him to succeed. The film is wonderfully terrifying, depicting a post-apocalyptic world 

It really is unbelievable how far technology has come in recent years.  If you thought the CGI in the last film was good, you will be in awe with this one! Definitely see it at the cinema if you can.

Hercules

I wasn't overly excited about seeing this one. I felt that the trailer was pretty dull so I didn't have high expectations for this film at all, but in actual fact, I was pleasantly surprised. The trailer didn't do it justice.  The Rock's performance was great, the story was pretty good, and there was a twist at the end, which made it more than the usual Greek Mythology film we have seen the likes of in the past. Remember Wrath of The Titans (Bleurgh!) I enjoyed Ian McShane's character, and including John Hurt never 'hurts'. (Sorry, that was terrible) It was good, and worth a watch, but probably be one that was almost as enjoyable watching it on DVD.

Did you see any of these films at the cinema? What did you think?

Laura
xXx





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Sunday, 3 August 2014

July Review

In Life

Last month was good as I finally started getting back into the swing of things with my blogging, hurrah! I got lots of things done on my 'too do list' including furnishing the house and having a cocktail party!

What We Watched

Maleficent
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Hercules

I'm going to start reviewing the films I watch in a separate post. You can catch my July review of the 3 films above tomorrow here on the blog!

What I Read

The Book Thief - Even though I knew what was coming for most of the book, this was a heartbreaking book! Amazing though, and definitely worth a read if you haven't already.

My Favourite Posts


Laura xXx
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Thursday, 31 July 2014

A 90s party & a DIY Photo Booth

90s gif
If you saw my last post, The Makings of a 90's Party, you will know that I recently created a 90s Photo Booth, along with several themed props to go with it. We took some fantastic photos and I thought I would share the fruits of our labour with you today, get ready to be time warped back to the 90s!...

Also, the GIF above is courtesy of the fantastic new Party Party app by the Beautiful Mess team. It 's tons of fun!
gamers Photo Booth
As you can see, I went for the classic crop top and high waisted shorts ensemble Topped off with a nice bumbag, topknot scrunchie, 'tattoo choker', and yes, thats a bindi on my forehead, not a spot!
DIY gameboy pokeball Photo Booth
90s diy Photo Booth
pokemon Photo Booth
charlies angels style Photo Booth
gameboy Photo Booth
teenage mutant ninja turtles Photo Booth idea
90s Photo Booth idea
nintendo Photo Booth
turtles Photo Booth
balloons Photo Booth
The party itself was a triumph, so much effort had been put into it and we had some fantastic games like pass the parcel and musical statues. But by far the highlight of the day was the 'Art Attack' 3 rounder, the finale of which we had to create a Transformer out of rubbish. After learning our task, 30 minutes of complete madness ensued. Our team created the 'Arnietron' (in the middle) which transformed into a helicopter, or 'chopper'.  I did enjoy the name of the Transformer on the left which was 'Amazon Prime', and the one on the right actually transformed into a van! However, I am pleased to say that Arnietron won the battle on the day!
transformers challenge
Of course, it wouldn't have been an authentic 90s kids party without goodie bags! There was also a bouncy castle, loads of sweets and fizzy pop, face painting, and the odd balloon animal here and there!
90s goodie bags
I have to say, I kind of miss the 90's now! What are your favourite memories of that era?

Laura xXx
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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

The Makings of a 90s party

90s themed photo booth DIY
I just love themed parties, so when I heard that I was invited to a 90's kids party (for grown ups), I was very excited, and more than happy to get stuck in to helping with the prep and creating a 90's Photo Booth!

To start off with we decided to make a backdrop for the photo booth.  This was made from an old sheet and some bright acrylic paints which we bought from Tiger.  Much fun was had creating a 'splatter' effect. There is definitely a technique to it!
Make your own DIY 90s Photo Booth
When you think of the nineties, what pops into your head? I was between 4 and 14, so most of my memories consist of cartoons, games and toys! I had a gameboy and loved to play Super Mario, as well as Pokemon, so I got to work making a giant Gameboy! I found a box that was about the right proportions and then printed out a screen shot from the game.  The buttons were made from cut out pieces of plastic cork and polystyrene, and I painted the details on with acrylics.
DIY giant cardboard gameboy
Speaking of Pokemon, I knew we HAD to have a Pokeball involved somewhere, so I made one using a small globe ball from Tiger, and lots of acrylic paint!  The button was made from a section of cork painted white. I really wish it worked and I could unleash my very own Pikachu, but alas, we are not that technically advanced yet.
diy pokeball
Obviously the Spice Girls were a 90's phenomenon, so I found this picture of an old Smash Hits cover, printed it out, and glued it on to a telco magazine.
smash hits spice girls 90s prop
Lets face it, ALL boys and a lot of girls, were obsessed with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  So I just had to re-create the masks worn by Leonardo and Crew. I had a load of canvas type fabric which I find takes acrylic paint super well, and I used the general shape of the mask outline I made in this halloween post. I was so pleased with the way they came out, since they were pretty quick and easy to do!
DIY Teenage mutant ninja turtles masks
Remember the Goosebumps books? I'm sure they were pretty much a staple in any kids book collection. I knocked up a quick copy by printing off the front page of the wonderfully named 'Shocker on Shock Street', and making a sleeve to fit around an old book I already had.

And who could forget Keenan and Kel? 'Who loves orange soda?'  We made a bottle of Orange soda so that guests could channel their inner Kel. We also had copious amounts of Orange soda to drink, by the end of the party I think we all knew where Kel had been coming from all those years ago.
90s Photo Booth props
As a final thought we decided it would be cute to have a sign ready for when the games were being explained.  So Jessica (who was explaining the games) took the place of Clarissa, who as we all know, could explain it all!
clarissa explains it all sign
In my next post I'll show you some of the photos we took in the Photo Booth, and I may be slightly biased, but I think they came out awesome!

Were you a child of the 90s?  What are your favourite memories of that era?

Laura xXx 
(now constantly singing Pokemon and Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme tunes)
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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Easy Canapes - A Cheats Guide


easy canape
These canap├ęs could not be easier, which is one of the reasons I love them, but also because they are delicious! I served these at our cocktail party the other week and I think they went down pretty well!

Simply grab some cocktail sticks (I prettied mine up by using wash tape to make little flags), and slide on your ingredients.

For the meat eaters we had half a tomato, a slice of chorizo followed by a rolled up basil leaf.

We also had the option of tomato, feta and basil for those that didn't want to eat meat.

Easy peasy right!?

tomato, feta, chorizo, basil canapes

Laura xXx

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