The Film Club #7


A round up of my current favourite films...

What about Bob?
This is probably one of the best comedies i've seen in a long time - to the point where I laughed out loud on several occasions - I mean, I didn't even check my phone during this movie! What About Bob? stars Bill Murray who plays the phobia-prone Bob Wiley, a neurotic man from New York diagnosed with “multi-phobic personality characterized by acute separation anxiety and extreme need for family connections”. After a meeting with his psychiatrist and best selling self-help book author, Marvin - Bob decides to follow him on his family holiday, after taking his book, and Marvin's advice a little too seriously. As the vacation goes on, Bob doesn't take the hint and continues to involve himself in Marvin's life and family - the family embrace Bob...but Marvin doesn't approve and practically has a meltdown. This is a really great black comedy, entertaining and heart warming all at the same time. Me and my friend both agreed that, without the comedy aspect to this and the upbeat soundtrack, this could easily have been more of a pyscho thriller like Shutter Island. Luckily, it's not so dark, and you are encouraged to see the funny side of it all. Bill Murray plays the part extremely well too.


The Usual Suspects

I've been meaning to watch this for quite sometime, it's on my little 'to watch' list on Pinterest - lol, I know. In fact a flatmate even tried to watch it with me, and I ended up falling asleep, more due to first year of uni nap syndrome. Basically The Usual Suspects starts off with the explosion of a ship, leaving 27 men dead - at the forefront of the crime are 5 suspects. The film goes through the lead up to this mysterious event, taking all sorts of twists and turns, kind of like a 'murder mystery' type thing. This kind of movie is ideal for those that like to try and work out what's going on and pick up clues along the the end it took a big twist I wasn't expecting. Really well shot, Kevin Spacey is fab and the movie is overall really entertaining.

 Café Society

When I saw the trailer for this movie, I thought -  Woody Allen - yes. Steve Carrell - yes. Blake Lively - yes. And other well-known actors - yessss. However I would say the movie was a bit more mmyeah than I making sense here? As some other Woody Allen films normally are, this was based around a love triangle/love square. Bobby (played by Jesse Eisenberg - The Social Network) leaves NYC for the glamorous 1930s Hollywood - he lands a job there with his uncle and instantly falls for Vonnie (Kristin Stewart)...however, she already has her heart taken by someone else, someone linked closely to Bobby... he falls out of love, then in love again etc etc. It was a nice movie to the pass the time - lots of nice costumes, make up, hair, set design and so on but won't stick in my mind for long...but take what you want from it and interpret it as you wish.


The Dreamers

This movie literally had me in love from the first scene. It's the 1960's in Paris and the student riots brings together three youths, an American exchange student, Matthew along with French twins, Théo and Isabelle. They bond over a mutual love of cinema and Matthew is fascinated by the twins and their (albeit, rather odd) intimacy with one another - the twins were born conjoined. Théo and Isabelle's parents go away for a month, leaving the three at their place to do as they please...and everything get's a lil bit weeeeeeird. I'm not sure my love for this film followed on from the first scene but nevertheless it was all quite fascinating and had me hooked start to finish. Expect some sexual scenes, sexy french accents, mopeds and beautiful Parisian backdrops. 


Sweet Sixteen

As part of my realism in cinema module, we were asked to watch one of Ken Loach's best work, Sweet Sixteen. The movie is set in Scotland and having been brought up in Glasgow myself, some locations and style of characters (aka. n.e.d.s - chavs) were quite familiar, as well as the Scottish slang and accent - i'd recommend subtitles, because even at some points I didn't understand what was being said, the accents are that thick! Sweet Sixteen is a gritty drama about a young man, Liam, who, despite trying his best to do good, just gets caught up in crime and the wrong crowd. He hopes that his imprisoned mother will be free by his 16th birthday, and wants to help her escape her toxic heroin-addict and abusive boyfriend - but Liam ends up getting pulled further into trouble with all the wrong people. This film is so raw and gritty that it didn't feel like watching a film anymore, which is what Ken Loach does best. 


Before The Flood

Last but certainly not least of today's film club is Leonardo Dicaprio's/National Geographic's collaboration in Before The Flood. Dicaprio meets with scientists, activists and world leaders (inc. Obama) to discuss the severity of climate change and the possible solutions to combat it. I'm so used to hearing Dicaprio's voice in feature films, so it was hard to realise that this wasn't any old made up story, but in fact, our reality. So before watching this, forget Leo as an actor, just think of him as a person, like you and me...trying to send out a very important message. The documentary takes you on a journey through diverse ecological systems and you are shown how already certain countries are struggling due to destruction and how our consumerism contributes to this. It's a powerful and sobering watch and opened my eyes a little bit wider to this problem. It's a must watch for absolutely everyone of us, and in particular all elected leaders to see global warming as a top priority. I think the film does a very good job in teaching you a lot, and motivating you to get involved, however it is all a bit overwhelming and probably needs to be watched a few times to really digest the information and act on it.



It's Getting VERY Sparkly in Here


A last minute decision saw me attending a fancy and very sparkly event organised by the people at Very UK, at their HQ in Liverpool - one of the UK's leading online shopping retailers and the perfect spot to find a Christmas party look. The event was amazing and gave bloggers the chance to get an exclusive look at the party wear from Very's different brands like V, Warehouse and Miss Selfridge and more. There were also a display of the perfect evening bags to match and shoes to complete the look as well as some underwear sets. NYX were also there to give us glittery makeovers - one of my favourite make up brands.

Here are some photos and what to expect from the Christmas range...think lots of sequins, glitter, velvet, studs, shimmer, stars, lace, beading and basically anything shiny.

One of my favourite leopard looks by Warehouse!

My  favourite bag! Bowie vibes...

Stephi La Reine looking fab in her colourful kimono!

I'm mostly never seen wearing heels, or a fancy ball gown but wow these dresses were stunning and I had such a fun time looking at the whole range.

Thanks to Very UK and Shop Direct Group for hosting such a great event, and for the fab goodie bags - stay tuned for an outfit post soon ft. a Very dress! ;)

Shop their party dresses now here!

A Voodou Christmas


The Christmas events are in full swing and one of my favourites happened just next door to my flat last week! 

Voodou (98 Bold Streetis one of the top leading hair salons in Liverpool, and my favourite places to go to get my hair done (not biased, honest!) I don't often get my hair done, it only needs the occasional trim now and then, and I very rarely do any drastic changes but every time, it's always Voodou. I had my hair done for my 21st birthday here, and my hair has never looked and felt so amazing.

The salon has such a fun, friendly vibe, the staff are lovely and all so talented, it's no wonder they're one of the best salons in Liverpool.

Anyway, on with the event. So, Allie Davies, blogger at Tie Dye Eyes and social media extraordinaire for Voodou, put together a lovely event to showcase everything the salon has to offer. 

There were personalised cupcakes and the prosecco was a-flowin'. Upstairs, in the main salon, there were stylists of Voodou giving bloggers hair makeovers with a choice of a braid, curly locks, up-do's and glitter roots. It was the perfect way to try out a hairstyle you've never done before, in a fun environment. I've always been keen to try out the 'space bun' trend à la Miley (lol) and in the good hands of one of the stylists, I felt confident to give it a go! You can see below how it looked!

Ta-daaaa! Overall I really like it, it's a bit 'out there' compared to my usual but I can definitely see my self sporting the look at a gig or festival sometime! 

I was having such a good time upstairs, I didn't realise there was even more going on down in the basement! A table filled with goodies to eat, goodie bags, a selfie corner to take some snaps and loads of bloggers nattering and networking away.
On top of that, there was Elizabeth Elsie, who is a resident MUA at Voodou, giving out mini makeovers! Everything was Christmas themed with the choice of an icy highlight, festive glittery eye or glitter lips. To add to my already glittery-head, I went for a shiny pink tinted highlight. Elizabeth created some fabulous looks at the event as I spotted other bloggers throughout the salon with beautiful glittery Christmas make up. I've also had a ponder through Elizabeth's Instagram and man, her work is good! Go have a look for yourself here.

Me and some lovely bloggers I met that night posing with some Christmas props. (The Lipstick Lady & Blush & Noise blog)

The lady behind the amazing event, Allie, giving out prizes from the Christmas stocking.

Towards the end, Allie and stylist from The Hippy Club gave a little speech thanking us all for coming and how it was great bringing all the bloggers together to network and interact with the brand. The event was to promote Voodou and other independent businesses and bloggers alike based in Liverpool and showcase this amazing, creative city!

Follow Voodou on Facebook for updates and if you head to the salon, say Lucie Rose recommended you and you'll get a free The Hippy Club dry shampoo with your treatment.

Big thank you to Voodou and Allie for inviting me and organising such a great event!
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