Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Film Review- The Spectacular Now


It’s such an incredible moment when you select a book, film, cafĂ©, restaurant or song at random and have no expectations. Yet once the experience has been had, you are left with a feeling of true awe. You are surprised you genuinely enjoyed something without any premeditation involved. This is what this film has done for me. It is rare to come across something that truly makes you think about more than what it is. So many messages were given throughout this film, most importantly about the self and living in the moment. Yes, there are so many things happening around you, but it’s about living in the now, being present and appreciative of what you have and what there is to come in the future.

This entire aside, let’s knuckle down to the review part! Directed by James Ponsoldt and starring Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley, this film was based on the novel 'The Spectacular Now' by Tim Tharp. The storyline was brilliant, allowing the viewer to follow along the main character of Sutter Keely and experience what he experiences and gain insight to things along the way just like him. The cinematography was done perfectly with many close shots engaging the viewer to really get to know the characters within the film. Although the conclusion of the film and novel is quite dark and negative, I think the points highlighted throughout can be given a more positive twist. Yes Sutter accepts what he sees to be his 'true destiny', but his way of life, being in the moment, is a great reflective. 

What I love about this film is that it continuously kept me on my toes, wondering how it was all going to end. I’m happy to say that how it ended was not what I expected and I’m glad. I decided to watch this film on a whim not knowing what to expect, and it ended just like that, with me having no clue what the future held, but being excited to see. Have any of you seen this film? Has there been a book, film or something else that has left you in awe or amazement at the experience? Let me know in the comments below!

Monday, 28 July 2014

An Update

The seaside has become my second home due to work and I absolutely love that I have made this change to spend my time here more. It's a calming place with wonderful towns filled with great food, stores and people.

Lately I've been trying the whole"lemon with hot water" thing and am liking it so far! Plus I am trying to consume more fruit now as I can get lazy with it. Combine all this with a scented candle (currently using TigerLily 'Coconut and Lime') and good book and I'm set for the night.
Over the past few months I have been updating my room and bringing in pieces that make me feel even more at home. Keep your eyes peeled for a room tour post! 

Monday, 21 July 2014

H&M Haul

The other day I went to H&M in the Melbourne CBD store. It's exciting for us Australians as this branch is new here! So I was very eager to go have a look at the products the store had to offer. As a whole, I think the store is fantastic; it had a variety of clothes, shoes, accessories and home ware for all sorts. There were many more things that I wished I picked up, which could mean haul part two!! The quality of the pieces I thought was really good, and sizing was also easy to work with. 

I ended up getting a button down blue shirt that has a really nice fit with elbow stichings. I find it to be really versatile and comfortable! Next up, the knitted dress. I have wanted one of these for so long it's ridiculous, and finally, the very first section I look at I found this beauty. It's super comfy, slouchy, and everything you need in a winter dress. I like that it's so versatile, able to be dressed up or down, perfect for all occasions. I also got a beautiful 1950's inspired skirt. The photo given doesn't give justice to it, but I absolutely love it! It cinches in nicely at the waist, and drapes beautifully out, flowing down to past the knee. This is another piece I've wanted for a while and am so happy I was able to find it at such an affordable price. For jewellery, I selected three pieces to wear with tops, skirts or dresses that will need an extra pop to the look. 

All in all, a wonderful store and experience! So much variety and choice. H&M home also looked incredible, although nothing has been purchased from there... yet!