Sunday, 27 September 2015

You Could Be A Poet | Poetry Sundays

You could be a poet 

you told me this sometime after you left
and I think that was the biggest heart break 

realising I had never told you
never shared my love of poems and how much of me is poetry
I had never let you inside
never showed you the lines that I hide between 

never let you see the sentences I form in the dark
never showed you what my mind could do when it was drowning 

because you could not handle that 

but it’s a part of me
words flow out of me like blood 
flowing from an open wound 

if I ripped my skin open 

I’m sure all you would find 

is a stack of metaphors 

words I long to put on the page
and an endless list of quotes


I heal with words 

I learn with words
I suffer through words 

words put me together and words rip me apart
the only word you knew how to use was sorry
you can’t make something beautiful with one word
but you sure as hell can ruin it 


Saturday, 12 September 2015

Favourite Films Ever: Part 2

Part 2
Mary Poppins - Robert Stevenson (1964)
A magic nanny comes to work for a cold banker's unhappy family.

Why I love it: It's my favourite Disney film ever. Julie Andrews is one of my greatest inspirations in life. I love the warmth in this film and of course Dick Van Dyke. When Mary and Bert walked past me in Disneyland I nearly cried. Every scene in this film is magical and the story is just so simple. I loved Saving Mr. Banks (2013) too.

Favourite quote: 'As I expected. "Mary Poppins, practically perfect in every way."'


This Is England - Shane Meadows (2006)

A story about a troubled boy growing up in England, set in 1983. He comes across a few skinheads on his way home from school, after a fight. They become his new best friends even like family. Based on experiences of director Shane Meadows.

Why I love it: I studied this film in class originally and it really moved me. (I'm aware that I'm on the edge of sounding pretentious). I couldn't find a scene I liked on the internet mostly because this film is explicit and portrays a lot of racism in the 80's. it's so real. It's definitely graphic and hard-hitting. Despite never thinking I would, I fell in love with the characters especially the relationship between Woody and Lol. I followed the film through to the equally amazing television series. It's just a stunning piece of work from Meadows which has such a powerful story behind it. I am so excited for the third and final series to start on Sunday the 13th of September. This is also where I first fell madly in love with the incredible Joe Gilgun.

Favourite quote:
'Listen to me. He's a young lad. He's had a f*****g bad week. So we bring him in wi' us to show him a bloody good time and you've just friggin back handed him roun' head. I'M DISAPPOINTED MATE!'


Easy A - Will Gluck (2010)

A clean-cut high school student relies on the school's rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.

Why I love it: It's genius. It's hilarious. Emma Stone and Lisa Kudrow are in it. It pretty much addresses slut shaming in a whole new way. It's honestly just so much more realistic than most teen movies which sounds ridiculous but it's true. I never ever get bored of this film.

Favourite quote: 'Whatever happened to chivalry? Does it only exist in 80's movies? I want John Cusack holding a boombox outside my window. I wanna ride off on a lawnmower with Patrick Dempsey. I want Jake from Sixteen Candles waiting outside the church for me. I want Judd Nelson thrusting his fist into the air because he knows he got me. Just once I want my life to be like an 80's movie, preferably one with a really awesome musical number for no apparent reason. But no, no, John Hughes did not direct my life.'


Titanic - James Cameron (1997)

A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind, but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.

Why I love it: Sorry but I had to. It's not the story in particular or even how cute baby Leo is or the tears I shed when watching in 3D. It's the grand scale of the film and how wonderfully it was made. It's an epic one. The film is both visually stunning and so clever. The sets, the water, the costume, the soundtrack and the way it was created just amazes me. 

Favourite quote: 'Well, yes, ma'am, I do... I mean, I got everything I need right here with me. I got air in my lungs, a few blank sheets of paper. I mean, I love waking up in the morning not knowing what's gonna happen or, who I'm gonna meet, where I'm gonna wind up. Just the other night I was sleeping under a bridge and now here I am on the grandest ship in the world having champagne with you fine people. I figure life's a gift and I don't intend on wasting it. You don't know what hand you're gonna get dealt next. You learn to take life as it comes at you... to make each day count.'


The Princess Diaries - Garry Marshall (2001)

Mia Thermopolis has just found out that she is the heir apparent to the throne of Genovia. With her friends Lilly and Michael Moscovitz in tow, she tries to navigate through the rest of her 16th year.

Why I love it: I think this film and the two movies together were my childhood. More Julie Andrews, Chris Pine in number 2 and princesses? What's not to love. Both films are wonderful. This film is just genuinely lovely with a simple message and can still make me smile even to this day. I have to watch it whenever it's on. And both with killer soundtracks. (I chose that clip purely for the accidental fall which made it to the final cut but every scene in both films is great.)
Favourite quote: 'Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.'


Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Favourite Films Ever: Part 1

Part 1
Cemetery Junction - Ricky Gervais (2010)
A 1970s-set comedy centered on three young working class friends in a dreary suburb of Reading.

Why I love it: It's arguably my favourite film ever. I've only known two other people who've seen this film besides my parents and one of them was my best friend who I forced to watch it (she wasn't too keen in the end). I think it's just so real and gritty. It's true without being cheesy. It's about closeted rebellion and being young. The cast work so well together. You just fall in love with the characters. It's beautifully made and I just love this film incredibly.

Favourite quote: 'There's this ancient Arabic proverb, it says...' 

'Woah, there's this ancient Arabic proverb? You've changed!'

'Listen, it's sweet. It says, throw your heart out in front of you and run ahead to catch it... whatever you desire, imagine it's in front of you and grab it.'


About Time - Richard Curtis (2013)

At the age of 21, Tim discovers he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life. His decision to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend turns out not to be as easy as you might think.

Why I love it: I was so unexpectedly pleased by this when I saw it in the cinema. It made me cry quite a bit. It's one of those movies that manages to cover so many issues in such a short space of time. Family, illness, children, dating, death, birth... The cast was pretty impressive and all connected brilliantly on screen. One of the few time travel movies I can bare. The message I take away from this film is just to live for the moment and time. Again, it was cleverly filmed, some scenes are just shot so well and it was equally hilarious and moving.

Favourite quote:
'We're all traveling through time together, every day of our lives. All we can do is do our best to relish this remarkable ride.'


Dirty Dancing - Emile Ardolino (1987)

Spending the summer in a holiday camp with her family, Frances "Baby" Houseman falls in love with the camp's dance instructor Johnny Castle.

Why I love it: I've been trying to avoid all the clichés but this one was impossible to miss off my list. The soundtrack is actually so good, I'm not just talking about the final number. The on-screen chemistry, especially in this scene is pretty unbeatable. It's just a classic and has given me unrealistic holiday expectations for a few years now.

Favourite quote: 'Me? I'm scared of everything. I'm scared of what I saw, I'm scared of what I did, of who I am, and most of all I'm scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I'm with you.'


What's Your Number? - Mark Mylod (2011)

A woman looks back at the past nineteen men she's had relationships with in her life and wonders if one of them might be her one true love.

Why I love it: It makes me both cringe and genuinely laugh out loud even though it's classified as trashy. Think of every Katherine Heigl and Jennifer Aniston film you've seen and add some more life to it. It's really not an amazing life-changing movie but I love it because it's fun and I can actually re-watch this one. Plus, shirtless, guitar playing, singing Captain America.
Favourite quote: 'I…um, I’m happiest when I’m being myself, and myself when I’m with you. That was it. I guess, I was just so afraid that you were another asshole that I became the biggest asshole of all.'


10 Things I Hate About You - Gil Junger (1999)

A new kid must find a guy to date the meanest girl in school, the older sister of the girl he has a crush on, who cannot date until her older sister does.

Why I love it: I watched this a lot as an early teen. I adore Heath Ledger and still believe he was one of the most talented actors of his generation. This film turned Shakespeare into accessible, funny teenage drama for me and I think the character of Kat is just brilliant. We need more Katrina's in this world.
Favourite quote: 'Just 'cause you're beautiful, that doesn't mean that you can treat people like they don't matter.'


Monday, 7 September 2015

Lancôme Trésor Midnight Rose

I think one of the best compliments to receive, is being told you smell nice. Better yet, being told you smell amazingI have been lusting over this fragrance for so long so it only felt right to pick it up at the airport this year. This perfume is so gorgeous and I have been given so many compliments on it that it has automatically become my favourite scent. Even my best friend tells me every Saturday that she knows I've walked into work without having to look up because she knows I'll be wearing this. I've never really found a perfume I can say is 'my signature scent', but this is it. This is like my holy grail fragrance (big statement, right?). 

To begin with, the packaging is so pretty it's hard to fault. It just looks so elegant on my dressing table. The bottle is clear and purple and has a little ribbon rose around the top. Although carrying any perfume bottle is difficult, I think this is manageable to put in a bag. It's described as 'radiant'.

'Inspired by the most romantic hour, just before midnight, when magic tints the sky a violet hue. It is the moment when anything is possible.'
Fragrance Note
Top notes: raspberry rose absolute
Heart: jasmine, peony, currant buds, pink pepper

Base: Virginian cedar, musk and vanilla
The scents I pick up on most are the raspberry rose, jasmine and vanilla which together make this perfume incredibly feminine, light and sweet. It's such a divine, sugary scent. It's warm but not overpowering and it seems to genuinely last for a majority of the day. I'd describe it as uplifting and musky at the same time. Alluring, romantic and floral, this perfume is just gorgeous and I will 100% be repurchasing once I inevitably run out of it.