Fate.Of.The.Furious

Rating: ★★

 Best bits: The Cars!
 Worst bits: Too many ‘Comic’ Characters
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Watch the trailer here!
This may be surprising but I am a huge fan of the Fast franchise and have been since the beginning. I would actually say apart from Harry Potter it’s my favourite film series. I think they are films with great action but also make you really care about the characters. They really do give you that sense of family. That being said, I think this is my least favourite. Apart from the 3rd one (but I try to forget about that).
When it was first announced they would continue with the franchise I was slightly worried. Paul Walker was such a big part of its success for me and I thought the send off they gave him and closure it had in Fast 7 was a great way to end the series. However I came into this movie ready to be entertained and I was not disappointed. I know it has come a long way from the drag racing and features a lot more combat and guns. But I love that they still manage to keep it about the cars and come up with creative ways to utilise cars in the action scenes. This film is particularly epic for that. Plus we finally get a female antagonist and Charlize Theron is great.
I also love how they have managed to integrate the storylines, bringing back your favourite characters but without seeming stale.  However this storyline seemed slightly cheesy to me and didn’t fully grip me. I can’t seem to put my finger on why that is but I didn’t come out of the cinema feeling awe-struck and like I could drive my car so fast I could jump between two buildings (I don’t recommend that). I just felt like ‘oh that was a good film, whats for food?.’ I also feel like there is now too many comedic/silly characters and as much as I love the laughs, It feels like with this team they just couldn’t pull off these things. I must also say I am not a huge fan of ‘Ramsey’ (played by Nathalie Emmanuel) her character doesn’t really add much to the franchise and her acting seems weak compared to the others.
Overall I did really enjoy the film and have seen many people claiming its the best film of the year so far, so maybe I’m just over analysing. If you love the Fast Franchise you will love this and believe me ‘Brian O’conner lives on.
P.S. There is no post credit scene.

5.Must.Try.Spring.Looks

Spring has Sprung but it’s that annoying season where one day its sunny and the next its raining and the question becomes WHAT AM I GOING TO WEAR!

Well never fear the answer is here with my TOP 5 must try Looks!

The Tailored Girly

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Trousers-Topshop Boutique; Shirt-Topshop; Shoes-Zara; Bag-Zara

If you have been doing a lot of shopping you will notice there is a lot of  brightly coloured wide legged trousers, flares or a few Peg trousers around. I think this is a great Spring look but the key is styling it with the right top. I love a shirt with it but you don’t want to feel like your working in an office so try opting for a shirt with either floral or stripe detail and maybe even a little ruffle. Finish off the look with a pair of Mules or maybe a simple court shoe and an equally as colourful bag. The bright colours and floral extras will give you just the right balance between girly and androgynous!

The Lazy Girl

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Dress-Zara; Bag-Dr Martens; Shoes-Topshop

These shift style, throw on dresses are such a reasonable price and come in a range of colours, patterns and designs. Meaning it is the perfect dress for that on the move girl. Lets be honest sometimes you’re in a rush and just don’t have time to iron but you want to look like you have made an effort, if thats you get one of these dresses NOW! Pair it with some wedges or even a little ankle boot and you are good to go. Wow the crowd with a look that is so simple!

The Hot and Cold

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Jumper-Topshop; Skirt-Topshop; Shoes-Zara

Spring weather is so unpredictable one minute its lovely and sunny, the next its April showers. I know it seems knitwear is only for winter but a thin jumper can really save you on those cooler nights. There are many sweatshirts and jumpers around, all with some really cool features like a flared sleeve or a giant ruffle. Style this with a mini skirt in either Leather, PVC or even vinyl (keep reading to hear all about that) and you have the perfect spring look for that uncontrollable weather. Finish the look off with either a pair of mules or a cute little ankle boot. If it freezing (this is England after all) you could also rock it with some jeans.

 

Workin’ It Workwear

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Top-Zara; Skirt-Topshop; Shoes-House of CB; Necklace-Aldo

There are so many Pencil Skirts around at the moment each with a little something different. A giant frill, Statement buttons or just simply in gingham print. Whatever it might be, it’s a great look however similar to the wide trousers, it can easily look like your off to the office. With the skirt I’ve found the best thing is to stay clear of pairing it with a shirt, even if it has got florals on it. Instead opt for a ‘cold shoulder’ top or even a simple T-shirt. Don’t go too fancy on top and let the skirt speak for itself. To carry the look into the evening, pair with a simple court shoe.

Casual Stylie

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Blazer-Topshop; Top-Zara; Jeans-Topshop; Shoes-Ted baker

A blazer is definitely a must have item this season. It’s the perfect item to keep you warm enough when the temperature starts to dip at night or just on those cooler days. It also feels a little more dressed up than a denim jacket. I am huge fan of vinyl this season. There is a lot of it around from coats to trousers. Here I have styled myself in some vinyl jeans. These will last so much longer than just normal white jeans and won’t fade in the wash although they are slightly warm, so will probably not carry over into the summer months. You could finish this look off with just a Tee but I’ve gone for something a little more unexpected with this stripe plunge neck top. Stripes are a huge trend now and really pop when with a plainer item. Depending on the time of day, finish this look off with a dainty heel or a relaxed loafer.

Click the Picture below to see the outfits in motion!

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Get.Out

Rating: ★★

 Best bits: From Start to Finish
 Worst bits: The casting of Caleb Landry Jones as Jeremy Armitage
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Watch the Trailer Here!
I was lucky enough to see an advanced screening of ‘Get Out’ thanks to movie geeks UK.
I have to say my review might be slightly bias as the atmosphere in the screening was amazing and I’m not convinced you will get that same reaction in a normal cinema.
I was super excited to see this film after watching the trailer, if I’m honest its the best trailer I’ve seen in a long time. However it did leave me with a feeling of what is this? Is it a horror? is it a comedy? After researching I realised it was a dark comedy so take that how you will no spoilers here.
For once I actually struggled with what was the worst part so this time I had to go with casting. Its not that CLJ was bad, I just could of done without him in it. Well actually his character definitely had to be in it he just didn’t need to play him. He’s not an actor I’ve seen before but there was just something that annoyed me about him. As you can probably tell I’m really stretching for a worst part.
The film is perfectly jumpy even making the grown men next me throw their popcorn in the air and thats all you really need from a horror. The storyline is very consistent and doesn’t lag in any parts which is great. I feel there is not much I can say about the film without spoiling anything all I will say is GO AND SEE IT! You will not be disappointed.
In cinemas 17th March 2017 (That’s today)

5.Hacks.For.A.Shopaholic

I am a 26 year old shopaholic who doesn’t believe in wearing the same thing twice. I live in London in a 2 bed flat that I share with my friend and my boyfriend, who almost has as many clothes as I do. Needless to say having storage space is not a luxury I have. My bedroom is essentially a walk in wardrobe with a bed in the middle.

So here are a few helpful hacks to making the most of your space or lack of. Trust me I’m qualified.

1. A Bed is NOT just for sleeping!

I recommend buying a bed with either drawers attached or one that is high enough to fit boxes underneath.  A divan bed is just not suitable for a dedicated slave to fashion. If it’s too late and you have already bought a bed, my thoughts are with you but you should of found me sooner.

2.  SHOES are a girls Best Friend!

If you are lucky enough to own a pair or more, of expensive designer shoes I understand you want to keep the box and rightly so. They cost more than a pet they and they deserve to be treated properly. But for all your everyday shoes it’s time to ditch the boxes. There are some great shoe storage options available. I recommend for your casual flat shoes (eww) and trainers purchasing an over the door holder, not the racks they are terrible and will fall apart but the ones with pockets are great. Then for your heels you can get these great boxes that are clear so you can see which shoes are in them, they also feature sliding drawers so you don’t have to move everything just to get to the bottom pair.

3. Change with the Seasons

Just imagine, it’s spring/summer. Likelihood is you are not going to wear a thick jumper (if living in the U.K. Leave one out as a precaution). So pick out the A/W looks you won’t be wearing and sort through them. If they are just a basic shirt which you probably won’t wear again because you will buy something similar next year in a different colour, put it in a bin bag. However if it is something that maybe costs a bit more money, is Unique or looks timeless put it in a box and store them under your bed. Then when it’s time to change the seasons you repeat the whole process again.

4. Sell! Sell! Sell!

But what about the clothes in the bin bag I hear you ask? Well one option is to throw them away but that just doesn’t seem right. The best thing to do is either take them to a charity shop or if you want a bit of money for them but it’s not worth the hassle of setting up an eBay post,  there are plenty of companies that will buy your items and pay roughly 50/60p per kilo. It’s not a lot however if you have a lot of bags it does start to add up. Some of them even take shoes and bedding. When it comes to the more expensive outfits or maybe evening dresses I suggest Once a year taking a look at what you have, ask yourself am I going to wear this again? Is this a timeless look? If the answer is no.. sell it! eBay! Depop! Instagram!

5. Love or Louboutins?

To all serious fashionistas try to avoid living with a significant other until you can afford an apartment with a Carrie Bradshaw style wardrobe.

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I know having a minimalistic room or house is the dream but if you are shopping obsessed, sacrifices have to be made. So try taking it as a positive and a push you need to work harder. The more money you make the quicker you will get to a walk in wardrobe oh and of course that much needed pair of Louboutins.

London.Fashion.Week.Festival

For my birthday I was lucky enough to receive tickets for London Fashion Week Festival (If you’re stuck for gift ideas then this is a great one). LFWF is an event which gives you access to the best of British and International fashion including industry talks, designer shopping and trend and designer catwalk shows. Its basically a must see for all Fashionistas, so I grabbed a couple of my friends and off we went. I had the ‘Gold’ ticket which meant I got to view both Catwalk shows. So let me tell you what I discovered.

Designer Show – Teatum Jones

Catherine Teatum and Rob Jones are the designers behind London based brand TEATUM JONES! It is not a brand I am familiar with but I really enjoyed their show. The catwalk show featured many bold, bright fabrics. I felt like they had a story to tell, nothing was just a plain block colour. After researching this brand I discovered that this is what they are known for. On the catwalk I saw many many statement coats and bold shirt dresses

Trend show

This was a fun show to watch however I feel like the trends of this season are rather obvious. So not sure I can say I learnt a lot but as I said there was some very pretty things.

Micro Florals

‘Florals in spring are a given but this time they are in microscopic form.’

We all know florals is not a new trend, its basically a given when it comes to spring. However I do think its something that many girls won’t even try as they just aren’t that ‘girly.’ The great thing about the micro florals is from a far they just look like block colours. So I think it will introduce a new type of girl into florals. There are some great tailored outerwear looks around if you fancy playing around with a new take of florals.

Ruffles Reinvented

‘They’re cooler and sexier with unusual fabrications and assorted dimensions.’

I think the interesting thing about ruffles this year is that we are seeing them in more unusual places i.e. down the back of a dress instead of the front. I think they are best styled with a more streamline look that way they can really shine.

Shoulder Show

‘Widespread neckline and sleeve experimention delivers dazzling result.’ 

We saw a lot of the ‘cold shoulder’ look last year but I think this year there has been a lot more experiments with the actual sleeves as oppose to just no sleeves. I have also noticed different necklines and a lot of asymmetrical shapes.

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Check out my blog of the day to really discover what the festival has to offer and of course to take a closer look at the catwalks looks.

 

 

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Fifty.Shades.Darker

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Best bits: They finally had chemistry.

 Worst bits: The random horror film girl.
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Click here for Trailer

Christian Grey has finally got his stubble back! When Jamie Dornan was cast in this role I was so excited, I had seen him in other things and thought he was very sexy sexy and then ‘fifty shades of grey’ was released and they had shaved his beard. LIVID. Well never fear the beard is back and he’s is looking much more like Mr Grey.

I must confess I have read the all the books and even though I would never say they were my favourite books, they are a nice easy read. I was very disappointed with the first film as, like most people, I felt they had no chemistry, I don’t even think they liked each other. I feel like with this film they have been told to find a way to get on and whatever they did it worked. You really feel like they have a connection and it makes the film a much easier watch and 100% more enjoyable. 

The other things that lacked in the first one was the amount of sex. How can you make a film predominately about sex and have so little of it in there? Well never fear this film makes up for it. Lots of naked bodies (I must point out Dakota Johnson’s body is BANGING!) and lots of sexual moments which do make you feel uneasy and a little red in the face whilst watching but I think thats what should happen. Its a film you want to feel uncomfortable in. 

The only part I didn’t enjoy was the appearance from the ‘ring girl’ (not really but if you have seen the trailer you will know what I mean) It just felt like for a slight moment I had started watching a horror, luckily it doesn’t go on for too long .

Overall I think its a good film and a huge improvement from the first one. If you were put off after watching the first one I recommend giving this one a chance, I think you will be pleasantly surprised. 

Assassin’s.Creed

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

 Best bits: The Action Scenes
 Worst bits: The Storyline..or lack of
Click Here for the Trailer
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I went in to this movie with quite high expectations. The trailer looked great and my boyfriend is a big fan of the game. 
 
I feel like now is good time to point out my boyfriend LOVES comic books n LOVE LOVE LOVES superhero films and he has made me a bit of a CBG (Comic Book Geek). When we come out of those films I beg him to give me the back story because I just want to know EVERYTHING. However with this film when he started to explain I realised right there and then how little I actually cared.
 
I can’t remember the last time I watched a film and genuinely didn’t understand the story or the characters..(I’d like to point out Inception was very easy to understand for me)..So for me to not get this film didn’t really make any sense. I felt like instead of spelling things out for the audience they did a more ‘nudge nudge wink wink’ aimed at the players of the game but that made no sense to me. They also skimmed over so many points that you would think were important. 
 
Overall I was very upset with this movie as I went in with quite high expectations. Im sad this was the first movie I saw in 2017. The saving grace was defiantley the fight scenes and look of the film. Also the COSTUMES were INSANE. Defo know who I’m going to be for Comic Con This Year!