Loads of super-duper trailers have arrived!

Has anyone else seen how many amazing trailers are around at the moment, it seems like there’s a new one every day, which is brilliant for a big film fan like me! I can’t wait for them all to come out, the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014 is going to be a bumper time for films if you ask me! So which are my favourites of the moment? Well first up we have Divergent. I’m a big fan of Veronica Roth’s books, so I’m super excited that the film is coming soon and doesn’t it look great?! Also, on a side note, how gorgeous is Theo James who plays Four – where has he been hiding?!


Anyway, moving on from the hot guy in Divergent, another book adaptation that’s coming soon is The Book Thief. Now I’ve not read this book yet but having seen the trailer I fully intend to, as the story sounds fascinating and I really want to know what happens to the little girl and the young man in the book.

There have also been new trailers for Vampire Academy, How I Live Now and Hunger Games. Again films based on books, books which I just happen to absolutely adore, so I’m so pleased that the films look like they are going to be excellent – this makes me super-duper excited about all three of them! Just don’t ask me which one is my favourite, as there’s no way I’d be able to make a decision, talk about Sophie’s choice!

Finally the last film I’m over excited about is The Butler, talk about goosebumps every time I watch this trailer. The performances from everyone look so strong. Also the film sounds so fascinating, especially as I don’t know that much about the ins and outs of that period. I mean I know the obvious stuff, but only really the surface details. So it’ll be interesting to watch one person’s perspective of all of the goings on.

So what trailers have you seen, anything to share that I might have missed?


I think I might be addicted

Do you ever go through a period of time where you just seem fixated on two or three things (outside of work and normal life) or is that just me? I seem to go through stages where I get wrapped up in certain things. Often I then do them to death and get bored and move to something else, hence why I have a jumble of wool I’ve not knitted with for about six months and a stupid number of cookbooks, that I got out sporadically and document over here. So my current addiction appears to be Netflix, which we recently downloaded. I love having hundreds of programmes and films at my finger tips – it’s really quite brilliant. I sort of want an excuse to not leave my sofa for a week so I can properly get stuck into it. I’ve been watching all sorts on there at all times – first thing in the morning, of an afternoon and most recently long in to the night.

So far I’ve rediscovered Christopher Eccleston as Doctor Who and Gossip Girl – the latter of which is a very underrated show if you ask me. I’ve also been watching Modern Family, I can’t believe I never saw the first episode of the show, it’s actually genius and they are all so so funny! Although it’s maybe not ideal to watch it last thing at night as my laugh can be a tad too loud at times. I also watched a really good film with Chris Pine (he’s a little bit of a crush of mine) which I’d whole-heartedly recommend, it’s a good easy watch film called People Like Us. We’re also making our way through House of Cards, I’m not as into it as I assumed I would be yet, but I’m sure that’s just a matter of time. I mean with Kevin Spacey in it, surely it has to be freaking brilliant, yes?

So yes I think I might soon need Netflix Anonymous, but for now I think I’ll make the most of it – after all the newness will wear off soon right?! Until it does I’m totally up for a load of suggestions as to what I should be watching – anything you would suggest as a must-watch on Netflix?

A four day week…

This ‘lately’ post is a little earlier than usual and that’s because I’m now on my hollibobs – hooray to me! – and I won’t be able to update as per usual on Monday morning. As I’ve actually got some interesting (in my humble opinion) things to share I thought I’d post this on day one of the holiday so you don’t miss out! I’m so kind like that aren’t I?!

So apart from working like a crazy thing to get everything done on time before six whole days off I’ve also been:

  • To the premiere of Red 2 in Leicester Square, squeee! There was flashing lights, a red carpet, free pop chips, celeb spots (both good – Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren and Mary Louise Parker – and bad – John Fashanu and Vanessa Feltz!) and a freaking brilliant film. Definitely get watching it once it’s out across the UK – it’s hilarious!!
  • Treating myself to a haircut, and I’m totally in love with it. It looks and feels sooooo much better. Why don’t I get it cut more often?
  • Discovering Caffe Nero’s frappe lattes and boy are they good. I need them in my life big time.
  • Enjoying a mid-week BBQ at the parentals. Excellent plan – good food and great company.
  • Enjoying rush hour in a rural village – see picture below. Quiet or what?!
  • Getting a horrific lack of sleep thanks to the heat and our annoying loud neighbours.
  • Panic shopping for a wedding outfit after an outfit crisis. Thank goodness for Primark and hello to my brand new turquoise dress. Gorgeous.
  • Having lots of fun on eBay and managed to sell a Primark skirt on there for a small fortune.
  • Gaining a new gorgeous patchwork quilt – see below. Thanks Mum, isn’t she skilled? She makes them by HAND AND WITHOUT A SEWING MACHINE! Wowzers!
  • Packing – eurgh I’ve packed far too much for one week away. Oh well!

This week I’ve….

  • Enjoyed a lovely family dinner at Carluccio’s. Not only did I eat a ridiculous amount of food – chicken liver pate, gnocchi and lemon and almond loaf cake – but I also drank the most amazingly chocolatey mocha. It was such a thick drink that I almost felt like I was drinking melted chocolate. It was incredibly naughty yet totally blissful too!
  • Been treated to some delicious TimTam’s – thanks lovely cousins. Who knew there were vanilla cream ones now – they are amazing!
  • Enjoyed spending a small fortune on books from eBay.
  • Rediscovered The Big Bang Theory and as a result I’ve been laughing all weekend!
  • Enjoyed some marvelous books – Vampire Academy and some brilliant James Patterson books – sometimes you just need to treat yourself to some guilty pleasures and easy reads.
  • Stressing about the amount I have on my credit card and yet buying things left, right and centre too. Like these shoes – perfect for my Dublin trip in a couple of weeks – and this DVD.
  • Munching on Milka, bought back by the parentals from Portugal – thanks very much!
  • Baking Lorraine Pascal’s Lemon, Lime and Poppy-seed cake – totally delicious FYI.
  • Been at the gym at 7am – yes I am a freak. But it was actually a really good way to start the day and I managed to complete another couple of miles running and even some weights – although my arms have been suffering ever since!
  • Having a brilliant time with friends at our ‘Guilty Pleasures’ night. This involved classic films like Jerry Maguire and Step Up, delicious food – Eton Mess, Pesto Pinwheels, the aforementioned cake, Dutch Apple Cake, a Charcuterie board, party rings, Scotch Eggs, Sausage Rolls and a quiz. Fun times indeed!
  • Run along the river for four miles – whoop to me!
  • Watched Man of Steel. As for my thoughts on this, well I did enjoy it and it wasn’t as bad as everyone said BUT it did seem to be missing an emotional heart and good characterisation. I mean it was so focused on the fights and the CGI and it really would have benefited from more time spent developing the characters a little bit. Plus with all the toing and froing to his childhood it got a little bit annoying. But it did entertain me and it was enjoyable. Just not to my super-high expectations.I really shouldn’t have expected another Batman Begins should I.
  • Fallen in love with a star t-shirt from Gap, if I don’t wear it with my star jeans it’s okay to buy it right? Also have you seen these gorgeous Gap shoes – I need them in my life!
  • Finally visited Del’ Aziz in Clapham Old Town. It totally lived up to my expectations and the food was scrumptious. I must go back again soon to try all the other items on the menu, as if they taste even half as good as my portobello scrambled eggs did I will be very happy!
  • Treated myself to multiple Starbucks mochas. Although I failed to do so on Friday and the day was dreadful – what was I thinking, have I not learned anything in my life!
  • Celebrated friends birthdays with Ben’s Cookies, lovely pressies and M&S treats – did you know they now do Lemon Meringue cookies. Um wow, they are delicious!
  • Been traumatised by the most recent episode of Nashville and the trailer for next week’s – OMG. I don’t know how I’ll be able to handle it. Somebody help me!

Pinterest Corner #24 – My love for HP knows no bounds

At the weekend I went to the Harry Potter Studio tour for the second time and was yet again blown away by the immense imagination J. K. Rowling has and the utter skill that everyone who worked on the films demonstrated. It’s really quite mind-blowing when you see all the props, costumes, sets, etc in one place. Especially for a Harry Potter geek like me, I’m one of those extremely lucky people who grew up reading the stories and eagerly waited for each one to be released and at the same time got obsessed with the films to a ridiculously geeky degree. Harry Potter and the cast of amazing characters in these seven epic tales were a huge part of my childhood and it makes me sad that kids experiencing Harry Potter now won’t have the same experience that I had, those poor kids!

After returning from the tour I started  reminiscing about my favourite parts from both the books and the films: when the truth of Snape is revealed, the subtle hints to Remus and Tonks’ relationship, Dumbledore’s love of socks, Hermione attacking Ron with birds after he starts dating Lavender, Dobby, the complexities of the world J. K. created and how she dropped clues in book one that only meant something in the Deathly Hallows, the genius of Ron, the brilliance of this trio of friends, finding out what everyone’s Patronus is, knowing that Hermione loved Ron before she did, the list could (and does) go on and on. But the one thing that stands out for me from these books is the messages and morals that Rowling weaves into each tale. Below are some of my favourite messages that I take from them, plus a Pinterest image that I pinned an age ago that shares a few more. Always worth remembering these points I think (and of course never forget the genius of J.K. herself).

  • The fact that people aren’t quite what they seem, they don’t all wear their beliefs and persona on their sleeves.
  • Our family is not necessarily the family that we are born in to or who we are blood related to.
  • That focusing on just one of trait is a mistake, we’re more than just one thing – take Snape. He’s put in Slytherin, so we’re meant to thing he’s sneaky, clever, resourceful, cunning and ambitious, we don’t even consider the fact that he’s loyal, courageous, trusting and above all amazingly selfless.
  • One person can make a huge difference.
  • Family and friends are the most important things in the world.
  • Love and friendships is far more powerful than hatred and nastiness.
  • Sometimes standing up for what it right, isn’t easy and isn’t obvious, especially if you’re standing up to friends and not enemies.
  • Case in point: Neville Longbottom, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
  • The authorities aren’t always eright and they don’t always do what’s right. So it’s okay to question them.
  • We are not good or evil, we have elements of both inside of us, and the part that we choose to act on determines who we become.
  • See the true measure of a man by looking at how he treats those inferior to him and not his equals.

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YouTube funnies, chocolate obsessions and idyllic islands

Is anyone else always constantly hungry, or is that just me? For the last month all I’ve wanted to do is eat – what’s with that? I’ve been telling myself not to feel too bad about this lack of willpower as surely it must be to do with the freezing cold weather, which only now seems to be letting up. But I’m not too sure that’s a good enough reason – I think perhaps it is my own lack of willpower that’s to blame. So far the food obsession has been firmly focused on hot cross buns, mochas and Easter chocolate, but I fear it’s only a matter of time until these Mini Egg Tiffins are involved, as well as these Buttered Popcorn Chocolate Chip Cookies and this new Cadbury’s creation. Oh dear why can’t I crave spinach or apples and not chocolate creations?!Cookie Nut Crunch

So I’m one of those people that absolutely adores Michael Buble, I can’t help it. He’s voice is just wonderful and he sings some of my favourite tracks just perfectly – Home, Feeling Good and Haven’t met you yet – plus he sounds like a pretty cool guy. Did you know that he’s been spotted a number of times busking on the Southbank, amazing right? How I’ve never spotted him there I don’t know! Anyway, just when I thought I couldn’t love him anymore I saw this clip from a while back of him singing with a fan. Isn’t it just brilliant? I love how he plays along with the Mum, and is funny and not overly mean about it, but then when he realises the boy can sing he’s so supportive and happy to have been proved wrong.

Another brilliant YouTube video that I was introduced to this week was this clip of Quentin Tarantino when he found out he’d been nominated for best director at the Oscars – absolutely brilliant. The total shock on his face and the resulting actions just crack me up every time!

Also these are pretty hilarious too, particularly the Private Eye point, the Boris dancing one, the boy band one and the umbrella being thrown at the police – amazing! – and perfect for flicking to should you need a smile!

Sark, Channel IslandsThanks to the Stylist I’ve found 50 more places that I want to visit in the UK, all these beautiful islands, aren’t they just amazingly picturesque. I’ve been to/heard of a couple of them, but I don’t think I’d realised quite how many picturesque islands there were on these fair isles. The only problem, is where to first, Sark, Inchmurrin, Tresco, Bute or the Isle of Mull?

Finally, I’ll leave you with these images of celebrities that have been photo-shopped to look like normal people, aren’t they just brilliant?! Whoever made these up has done a genius job.  I think my favourites are the Beckham’s and Jay-Z and Beyonce – amazing!

Childhood flashbacks, Les Mis and film trailer love

There have been a few things on my mind this week, which I thought I’d share as some of them are life changing and you need to know about it – trust me you’ll thank me!!

First things first, random but still something I’ve been pondering this week: Is anyone else still experiencing a love affair with Les Mis? I seem to be listening to it all day, every day at work and have developed a massive crush on this awesome Olly Moss poster – I need it in my life. I’m actually fairly concerned by how obsessed I am with this film and the soundtrack. Maybe I need an intervention….


I had a serious childhood flashback earlier this week when I received an Easter card from my god-daughter. The card was of a super-cute sheep made of Fimo. Was anyone else obsessed with Fimo as a child, or was that just me? I used to make all sorts of random crap with this stuff – everything from neon coloured jewellery to tiny animals like rabbits. Honestly, it’s amazing how happy I was with a new set of Fimo colours, and do you remember all the amazing colours they used to do? And look they now do glittery Fimo – amazing!

I appreciate I’m going to sound like a total geek with the following sentence, but I honestly don’t care – I’m embracing my geekyness! I am so super excited about the fact that Doctor Who returns to our TVs on Saturday, I mean OMG it’s been forever since it was on, if you’re not excited then you HAVE to watch the teaser trailer. I defy you not to be over excited too. I mean Matt Smith is just brilliant in it, so forlorn and sad and what does this mean for the upcoming episode?!?! Argh I can’t wait!!

On the subject of geekery and trailers, the Star Trek into Darkness trailer is freaking brilliant, I’m literally counting down the days until I can watch this film. Plus just when I thought I couldn’t love Benedict Cumberbatch anymore – I see the trailer. I mean could he be any cooler?! Something else that’s cool, is that this week the director of Wolverine shared the first mini trailer for the film on Vine – LOVE IT!

Having had a very succesful cottage weekend in Oxford recently we’re now onto planning our next adventure, this time in Leicestershire/Rutland and during my cottage research I happened across the most amazingly named holiday cottages and B&B. I really really want to stay there just because of the names, with names like brocoli Bottom (the B&B), Fennel Folly, Parsnip Place, Beetroot Barn and Lettuce Lodge how could I not – can you imagine anywhere more idyllic?

On a totally separate note I appear to have fallen a little bit in love with these napkins, now I do appreciate that’s a little bit odd as they are napkins and I’m definitely not a napkin fan. My usual thinking is that they are a massive waste of money as kitchen roll works just as well and is far cheaper. However, I seem to have forgotten this fact when I look at these tagged ones – how brilliant are they. I’d love to have a set, not that I ever do dinner parties or anything, so really it would probably just be my name on them!! Oh well! On the subject of napkins and other such paraphernalia, check out these amazing alphabet cups – yet another thing I want but would barely ever use! Although maybe they could go on display somewhere if I spell out cool words?

This week

I’ve not been up to much, except for:

  • A West Wing marathon with friends and accompanied by fish finger sandwiches. There is nothing better on a Monday night in my opinion – although sadly we’re nearing the end of series 7 now, eek! I’m not sure what I’ll do when we’ve finished the entire boxset, maybe we need to watch them all again?
  • Going to the gym – a lot. Thanks to the new gym five minutes from my house. It’s been brilliant to have a gym so close that I can pop in to whenever I get a chance, even if it’s for just 20 minutes on the bike. Something’s better than nothing. My Monday morning session was the best – not only was the gym empty but it was nice to start the work week off with something energetic. Sadly Sunday’s session wasn’t so successful. For some unknown reason I ended it by fainting, oops! Not only was it super embarrassing (although everyone else – except Lau – seemed to ignore it, phew) but I’ve now got a really bruised left bum cheek and my left hand is really painful. Perhaps I should have tried to land on other body parts….
  • Writing lots of blog posts – there was this mini egg blondies one, this pastel one, this Birthday wishlist – woohoo! – another rambling post and a few more. Phew, I’ve been on it with posts this week!
  • Watching the final four episodes of Ripper Street, which I’ve become completely addicted to. It’s such a good show – I love all the characters and watching a show about the Jack the Ripper era is so fascinating! Also, is it wrong that I find Jerome Flynn slightly attractive in the show, weird I know!
  • Eating a hideous amount of crap! Just some of the evil things that have passed my lips this week: blondies, penny sweets, lots of Giant Buttons and peanut m&m’s (they’re 2 for £3 in Sainsbury’s don’t you know), pringles, Domino’s  Pizza (it was payday after all) and an Eat Mocha every morning this week. Bearing all this in mind it’s particularly pleasing that I dropped 1lb this week – although I’m guessing that won’t be the case after this weekend of excess!

I know this sounds like the most pathetic week, but in all seriousness it’s been knackering and I felt like I really needed a week of doing barely anything – especially with two crazy weekends coming up.



I watched the second movie from my 25 classic films I MUST watch list at the weekend and I absolutely loved it! I think Casablanca is now on my top ten favourite films of all time list, it was so brilliant and 100% lived up to my super-high expectations! I’m so pleased about this as I wanted to love this film and was worried I wouldn’t after the catastrophe that was Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I think it helped that the characters were flawed but likeable and that it was a genuinely interesting plot; yes you could guess certain things would happen but that certainly didn’t spoil it. And there was still enough of a plot that you couldn’t work out yourself, thanks to all the double-crossing and lies. Plus it was a genuinely funny film.


  • The quotes that I didn’t know I knew! Obviously I knew ‘Here’s looking at you, kid‘ was from Casablanca. But I hadn’t realised that ‘Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine‘ and ‘We’ll always have Paris‘ were from Casablanca and I love that I now know this!
  • Sam, how brilliant was Sam?! He was such a nice guy and a brilliant friend to Rick but most importantly his voice was wonderful. When he was singing ‘As Time Goes By’ it was one of my favourite moments of the entire film. Also, how did I not know this song was from Casablanca – mind blown!
  • Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman were amazing! Having never seen either of them in a film before I was expecting them to be brilliant but I can’t believe how good they actually were. Also their chemistry was amazing, what an excellent pairing they are.
  • Victor Laszlo, Elsa’s husband was a great character. I loved how even though you wanted Elsa and Rick to end up together as they truly loved each other, you still rooted for and liked Victor, which isn’t usually the case in these sorts of films.
  • Captain Louis Renault is another brilliant character. I love his role throughout the story and how, in a way, he ends up saving the day!
  • Dislikes:

  • I only really have one bug-bear with this film and that’s the overuse of the music from ‘As Time Goes By’. Literally this tune is used the entire way through and to be honest it gets a bit repetitive. I think it would have been better to create another tune to use throughout, as I’ve been humming the song repeatedly ever since and during the film it was rather distracting!
  • Favourite Bit:
    I absolutely loved the ending, it was absolutely perfect. It was wonderful to see what two people will do for someone who they love that much. Both Rick and Elsa knew that they were sacrificing something for someone they loved, and putting someone else’s happiness above their own and that’s a phenomenal thing. What a beautiful way to end a thoroughly wonderful film.

    A VERY long week

    Well this week has been one of the longest of my life, I mean honestly did it feel like three weeks in one to anyone else, or was it just me?! But hey I survived it and at least there was fun stuff in there somewhere!


    So what did I get up to? Well I stuck to my new year resolution and mixed up the outfits and accessories this week. With my lovely leopard print pumps getting not one but two outings (I think in 2012 they only say the light of day once, maybe twice!) so this is definitely an improvement! My trainers also saw the outside a lot this week as I went on four runs, yes four – Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday – the runs were mixed in there amazingness as they ranged from 20 minutes (yesterday) to 48 minutes (today) but hey any week where my trainers are seen that much, is a fitness success I think!

    Mid week I opted for gold nails as I needed something cheery to get me through the week. Don’t you just love the Gold Digger polish from Models Own – brilliant isn’t it! Also mid week I started this brilliant book, which was one of my Christmas gifts, and it’s bloody brilliant. You should all buy it asap, plus it’s only £0.20 on amazon if you buy it for your Kindle right now, surely it’s got to be worth a try?! Talking of Christmas gifts I’m finally starting my thank you notes, only a little late but I suppose that’s better than never. I do love my elephant cards though, they are so pretty and colourful!

    On Monday to treat ourselves after an evening run we had our first homemade pie of the year – chicken and ham – and it as scrumptious. Here it is before it went in the oven. Oh I could eat this every single day. Then later in the week we had homemade bean chilli with wraps, another scrumptious wintery meal that totally warms your cockles (although I’ve always wondered what exactly your cockles are… ). This weekend I also discovered these super handy mocha sachets which have been filling me up and keeping me warm all weekend and at only 77 calories a pop I don’t feel too guilty!

    One of my work colleagues left on Friday so we all headed out for drinks on Thursday night, which was lovely. There’s nothing like a good old natter with friends – here are the first three bottles of wine. Needless to say there was plenty more consumed throughout the night – I was good though I stuck to orange juice as wine’s not my thing – as well as lots of nibbles, cheese and salami plattters are my favourite. After we’d left the bar there was a very comedy run for the bus, where I lost my lovely leopard print shoes three times, we did make it though so it was totally worth the pain!

    This weekend saw a trip to the cinema on Friday night to see Argo, which is absolutely brilliant I can’t believe I’ve not seen it before. Ben Affleck and all the cast were excellent, the story is unbelievable and it’s wonderfully shot – I can’t recommend it highly enough – YOU MUST WATCH IT ASAP! Saturday saw a walk round Clapham Common followed by a sharing platter lunch at Bison and Bird – pulled pork, deep fried squid, chilli chicken skewers, pitta breads, halloumi, guacamole, dough balls, onion rings and red pepper pesto – scrumdidliumptious! I also fell a little in love with the antler chandelier, isn’t it cool?! After heading out for another run on Saturday it was a restful night on the sofa for me, with a mocha and a Big Bang marathon and then popcorn and Breakfast at Tiffany’s – the first of the films I’ve watched from my 25 Classic Films I MUST watch list – to be honest I wasn’t a fan of it. You can check out my review of Breakfast at Tiffany’s here. Sunday saw an earlyish run, whoopie pie baking (check out the pink buttercream filling – delicious), blogging and a pub quiz (yes we came second to last, but on the plus side the pizza I ate there was the most amazing item of culinary loveliness!) – a pretty great end to a brilliant week!


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