Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Update.

I have been moving home for the first time as an adult (therefore more responsibility!) and it's been absolutely chaotic which is why I haven't updated my blog for a while! However, I hope to be completely settled in a couple of weeks where I have some new shoes to show off, some leggings, treggings (I'll explain this a bit more in my entry!) and lots of book and film reviews!

In the mean time, if you have any interesting sites to recommend where I can get some ideas on decorating or clever storage solutions (I have a slightly smaller, but much nicer room now!), I'd love to see them!

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Film Review - Blood: The Last Vampire.

Many months ago, I had received Blood: The last Vampire (via LOVEFiLM), which is an anime about a 400 year old 'girl' called Saya who is half human/half vampire and hunts vampires. I found it very enjoyable, but I think I would find anything where the female is doing the fighting enjoyable! A while after that, I read that a film version was being made and it was to be shortly released in the UK.I watched it about a week after it was released (early July - I know, I am so behind with my reviews!) and loved every minute! I wanted to watch it with my little sister because like me, she also likes a bit of vampire action and adores anime, but unfortunately she was too young (it's an 18), so I went with my friend instead. I loved the articulated blood splattering, reminiscent of Kill Bill (love that film!) and the slow motion effects so you could actually see and take in all of the flips and the kicks...because I hate it when fight scenes are just so fast and there are 20 clips being shown in 5 seconds and you get a headache trying to catch it all! I just hate blink-and-you'll-miss-it fight scenes!On that note, my favourite part of the film was a pretty long and exciting fight scene where you see Saya taking on a ton of vampires (although they looked more like zombies!) in the rain, which she wins of course. Now, you're probably thinking that it all sounds a bit boring and 'done'... I mean, there isn't really anything new about a vampire killing other vampires i.e, Blade, Underworld etc... so just to make it sound more exciting, Saya doesn't aimlessly hunt vampires, she is hunting them in hope that they will lead her to Onigen, who is the strongest vampire and who also killed her human father. So there is a clear mission which will have two outcomes if all goes in her favour - she will be the strongest (half) vampire and will also have avenged her father's death.I think throughout this storyline, you do start to piece things together and when Onigen is shown to be female, your mind starts ticking and you quickly realise who she may be to Saya. I loved that Onigen was a beautiful female, all dressed in white, calm and serene... not at all the stereotype of the most powerful vampire. She was more like an angel if anything. However, I was slightly disappointed with the fight scene between Saya and Onigen as it ended much too quickly. I think I would even trade the fight scene with the zombie-looking-vampires for a longer scene with Onigen as I found that character very interesting (and also the best actress in the film) and wanted to learn more about the relationship between them. If you like vampires and martial arts, then I absolutely recommend this film, but if you're looking for something deep and thought-provoking, then maybe not.

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Customising a T-Shirt.

I'm moving house soon so I've been going through everything I own and throwing away anything I don't need - and there's actually been quite a lot of it! I came across some white pom pom trimming that I bought many years ago to customise some of my clothing but never got round to it and I didn't want to have so many bits and pieces to pack for when I moved... so I thought it would be better to try and combine when possible! I got a white t-shirt that I recently bought from H&M, popped it onto my stand and started to carefully pin the trimming around the neckline edge.After that, I simply hand sewed it as it was a faster process then for me to get my sewing machine out, plug it in, thread it up and sew... but I will probably sew over it at a later date. This is one of my most easiest customisations and literally took 5 minutes!

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

My First Giveaway.

I was recently contacted by fellow Etsy seller CityofDionne to ask if I was interested in doing a giveaway via her blog. I'd never done a giveaway before and I always thought that I would be the one to do my first! - but, when I looked at her blog there was no way I could say no. It was beautifully presented and I loved how she composed her photos - and just look at how she has composed mine... absolutely adorable and complimentary!
I am so honoured to be on such a beautiful blog, and if you'd like to have the chance of winning either an initial necklace (that is available in my shop) or two sets (yes, two) of my rose printed pouches, please visit her blog, read the entry, and follow the instructions stated in the last paragraph... you have until Sunday 9th August to enter, good luck!

Sunday, 2 August 2009

Film Review: Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia! was released in 2008 and I never got round to catching it at the cinema. It is a film adaptation of the West End musical based on songs by ABBA, which I thought was such a great idea! The story is about a young woman (Sophie) who is getting married but wants her father to give her away, although she does not know who he is. She reads her mother's diary and finds that there are three potential men. She sends wedding invitations to them, hoping that she would be able to tell who her father is upon meeting them. But of course, it becomes a lot more complicated!I really liked the film and thought the cast was brilliant...however, some of the singing was so bad although I think it can be disregarded because they are actors and not singers! Meryl Streep singing 'Winner takes it all' was quite painful to listen to, maybe because it was so long... and Pierce Brosnan wasn't very good either. Colin Firth wasn't too bad but Julie Walters was the most irritating character - singing and acting. The best singer was Amanda Seyfried who played Sophie, and my favourite song was 'Lay all your love on me'.
The film is definitely worth watching if you like ABBA and also if these are some of your favourite actors as I'm sure I haven't seen many of them in such a fun role before.

Saturday, 1 August 2009

Studding my Moccasins.

I've always found Moccasin boots really sweet and could imagine myself wearing them all the time. However, I felt that the ankle length ones gave the illusion of a longer foot and I didn't want to get the knee high ones as all the fringing, lace-up and lighter colour would've been a bit over-the-top for my dress sense... so, while I was waiting in a tedious queue in Primark (equivalent to Target I think) and my eyes were looking for a distraction, they quickly fell upon these in-between boots which were only £15/$25!Although I loved them (and the price!), I naturally had to modify them! They looked too sweet for me and because they came from one of the most popular stores on the high street, I was sure that I would see many other people wearing them, and don't you hate that? - So, I got my studs out and began studding them! I did it all by eye as I didn't want them looking too perfect and also because it was a lot quicker!I studded a pattern at the front but might eventually fill it in a bit more, what do you think?... I also studded around the top of the boot to balance it out..I'm so pleased with the result and when London stops raining so much, I will be wearing them out!