Thursday, 27 June 2013

J'adore Paris!

Paris is, as considered by me and many others, the most beautiful city in the world. Nothing can quite compare to walking along the Seine under the street lamps with glimpses of the iconic Eiffel Tower or Montmartre over fabulous buildings and through cobbled alleyways. When you are there you feel special and alive. There is something about the place that makes you so happy and free, it makes you feel like you never want to leave, or this is certainly the effect it has on me! I always want to go to Paris and I wish that one day maybe I could live there, although I shall have to get working on my French. Paris is special to so many people though and it is the backdrop to so many films, highlighting the cities beauty and wonder, so I thought I'd make a little list of a few films I like that involve Paris. This was inspired by my recent watch of Midnight in Paris which I bought a while ago and I have wanted to see since it's release in 2011. I loved every minute of it and I know I will be watching it again very soon! I apologise for the lack of French films but this list is more about the enjoyment of Paris and the spectacle of it than the fact the film involves scenes there, just a bit of fun for me! 

Casablanca (1942) 'We'll always have Paris' I love this film and I love that line. Not the best picture I'm afraid but I couldn't leave it out!
Funny Face (1957) Audrey Hepburn, a musical and Paris, what's not to love!

Friday, 7 June 2013

Sydney Snoozing

I arrived in Sydney on Wednesday to stay with my brother, Toby, and his wife Tammie and their gorgeous baby Eva for a whole month! 
I'm sorry I've been so out of it with my posts, a lot has been going on in the last month what with finishing uni, exams and coursework, graduation ball, seeing friends before we all leave, a work placement in London and moving house before coming to Australia! I'm sure you can understand that I've been pretty run off my feet!
I'm hoping while I'm here to get a bit more on top of everything: blog, reading, films etc while also spending lots of time with my family and getting to know my new niece! I'll also of course be exploring the wonderful Sydney and the areas around! Let me know if you have any suggestions of places to go as I have lots of time! =)

Thursday, 25 April 2013

My Top 20 Books To Read Over Summer

For the last three years at university my reading choices have been dominated by what I have had to read for class and the like. This has been enlightening, enjoyable, frustrating and sometimes outright detestable. But I now have the final days of my BA course looming and several months of 'free time' until my MA course begins (that is if I get on the course...) so in true 'geek chic' spirit I cannot wait to be able to read books of my own choosing when and as I please! Don't get me wrong I have loved my degree course and it has introduced me to novels, plays, films and poems that I love it's just that sometimes there is nothing better than being able to curl up in your free time and read what ever you fancy, no time limit necessary, no angle intended and just enjoy the book at your own pace and pleasure =).
I did try and make this list only 10 books long but that was too hard considering I have been piling these books up over the last three years and longer than that for some of them. There is also more than I have included in this list of course! Many of them have film adaptations made, most of which I aimed on reading before the film versions came out but somehow I didn't often achieve that! But without further ado, here are the top 20 books I hope to read over my Summer in what I think is the order of which I would like to read them in (I'll cross them off as I go along):

1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky 
2. Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro
3. On The Road, Jack Kerouac
4. Life of Pi, Yann Martel
5. The Virgin Suicides, Jeffrey Eugenides
6. The Hours, Michael Cunningham
7. To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee
8. The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton
9. Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier
10. Vanity Fair, William Thackeray

11. Agnes Grey, Anne Brontë
12. A Street Cat Named Bob, James Bowen
13. No Country For Old Men, Cormac McCarthy
14. The Black Dahlia, James Ellroy
16. How To Be A Woman, Caitlin Moran
17. The Yellow Wallpaper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman
18. Carrie, Stephen King
19. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
20. Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Helen Fielding


Friday, 19 April 2013

Brontë Bliss

This week has been a bit of a weird one adjusting back into the Uni timetable but it's been great to be back! I've been pretty naughty and done hardly any work this week but I've seen lots of friends and had lots of fun! Monday was my first day back and it was lovely to see everyone. Tuesday a group of us went out for tea to our favourite place, Lime Tyger as mentioned in previous posts =). Wednesday we had a trip for my English Literature

module to Haworth where the Brontë's are from which was great as I am a huge Brontë fan!! We had a lovely day and got to see some of the letters written by the sisters and some first edition copies of the texts which was amazing! In the evening I went and met my friend Gabby from back home for tea and we went to Wagamamas which is always yummy!! They do free green tea which was great too! Thursday I actually finally did a bit of work and today I have headed home for the weekend =) 
Hope you all have a good weekend!

Friday, 12 April 2013

March Films

Click to see the collage bigger =)
March was a slightly more eventful month in the film department. Watched some really great films this month both for class and my own enjoyment. It was a slightly more relaxed month after the stress of February, it was free of assignments just about and included the first week of my Easter holidays. It's scary how little time is left of my degree though now!

39 the number of films I watched overall
22 first time watches
17 rewatches
8 were for class
Best film of the month: [REC]3 Genesis
Worst film of the month: Rust and Bone   

Any film recommendations? =) 

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Easter Treats

Easter buys

I treated myself to a few things over the Easter break! The dark coral dress is from Miss Selfridge, it's gorgeous, I love maxi dresses and the open back is a lovely detail. The short, light coral dress is from Dorothy Perkins. I was walking past and saw it in the window, it's really flattering and a perfect length for me which is very hard to find considering my height! The blazer is from the tall section at Topshop. I've been wanting a grey blazer for a while but I didn't really want a jersey one so this was a great find, it looks like tweed and is warmer than all my other blazers. The sandals are also from Topshop and are so, so comfy! I thought some new sandals would be good for my Summer plans with all the walking around I'll be doing! The cat ears are from Asos, influenced by Taylor Swift in her 22 video. I've liked them for a while but as soon as I saw Taylor in them I knew I wanted them. Finally the skirt is also from Asos. I've seen loads of people in long pencil skirts lately with tshirts, tights and converse on looking really nice so I fancied one!

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Modernism Madness

I didn't manage to get a blog post done last week as I was being driven rather mad by my latest assignment, a research paper on Modernism looking at Mrs Dalloway and The Good Solider. I do really like Mrs Dalloway but I'm not a big fan of The Good Soldier or Modernism as a whole so it wasn't the easiest assignment to make myself sit and write! It is finished now though, phew! 
Other than that I've been at my sister, Holly's, in
Liverpool a fair bit with her and my nephew Dylan which has been fun! We watched Toy Story 1&2, Spirit and How to Train Your Dragon which was fun! We also went to the park and the circus =)
Me and Dan went on a shopping trip to Liverpool on Tuesday and to see Spring Breakers which was really good. I bought a couple of dresses which I'll be doing a post on soon! We've also had a couple of film days so overall it's been a pretty good Easter so far!