Monday, 30 April 2012

Film Review: Avengers Assemble (2012)

I didn't get to watch this on the release date (which is what I tend to do with films I have no doubt will disappoint) but because of this, I witnessed the huge hype around how amazing it was which was so much more than I expected! 
There is always some kind of 'superhero' film around but this one is definitely the beast of them all in terms of both character and actors! Robert Downey Jnr as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as Hulk. I hate character changes, especially when it comes to the Hulk, I mean, how many times do they need to change the character, first it was Eric Bana, then Edward Norton, now Mark Ruffalo. However, having said that and only seeing Mark Ruffalo on screen for a very small amount of time (Eric Bana and Edward Norton both had the pleasure of an entire film to themselves!)...I was pretty impressed! Mark Ruffalo was definitely the best Bruce Banner out of the bunch...he was very different but very memorable...a film for him please, third time lucky?
I was also so happy that although at first his character did not seem as significant as the others as he originally was only needed for his brain, so when he did finally turn into the Hulk, it was incredible!! There was so much humour involved with this character (without mocking), something I don't recall in the other stand-alone films.
The film was very well written and extremely complimentary towards the individual character films - it made you want to go back and watch the Iron Man films, and Thor, and Captain America! The 'baddie' in this film also came straight from 'Thor', his brother Loki. I liked how the storylines are entwined and how could I have forgotten that the 'Tesseract' was from 'Thor'!!! I also definitely feel that Scarlett Johansson could do with a film of her own! Some female superhero love please! There was an excellent fight scene with her where she is thrown onto her spine and then immediately springs back up (you just have to see it!!) which prompted both my sister and I to look at each other and mouthed 'wow'! The sequel has got to have more superheroines, I know they can be difficult but it can be done...maybe introducing a lesser-known actress as a lesser-known superheroine where there is not a strong notion around would be much more exciting rather than bringing in someone like Wonder Woman!
The post-credits scene introduces a new character which has a few good superheroines attached to it, so I have high hopes that the sequel will be just as good if not better. 
Overall, I think it's clear that this is a glowing review of the film, I could easily watch it again!!!

Saturday, 21 April 2012

L'Occitane Pivoine Flora Shower Gel.

Yet another L'Occitane beauty review! This time it is the 'Pivoine Flora Shower Gel'.
It isn't anything mind-blowing, just a general shower gel, but the scent is truly lovely and looks so cute in my bathroom! I just wish I could afford to fill it entirely with L'Occitane product!

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Sonia Rykiel.

I have often mentioned the Sonia Rykiel collections during my catwalk reviews but I came across this amazing Vintage Sonia Rykiel jumper via Vintage Chinchilla on Etsy and just HAD to buy it!
It isn't my style at all, I can't remember the last time I wore a sweatshirt, but it was just one of those things that I had to have, I don't think you can deny how adorably quirky it is!
Luckily, my sister is much more experimental than I am when it comes to Fashion and she has some how worked it into her wardrobe and it looks amazing when worn!

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Film Review: Mirror Mirror (2012)

I was so excited to watch this when I had first heard about it that I had forgotten about my 'don't watch PG films at the cinema' rule, because PG films never match up with what I had to pay to watch it (at the cinema!). Full on action films always do it for me, but unfortunately not charming films like this one. 
However - despite the above, and now that I have had time to think about it instead of rushing straight into the review, the film was actually quite delightful, apart from the ending which I will get into later. Lily Collins was perfect as Snow White and I am liking her more and more as an actress. Julia Roberts was predictably amazing and added lots of humour to the film.
The costumes was definitely my highlights of the film, I couldn't wait to see them each time a new event arose...the Ballroom scene was beautiful and the quirky costumes reminded me a little of the theatrical play 'Wicked'.
The storyline wasn't memorable for me but I remembered the ending which totally ruined it for me when Snow White starts singing and dancing in a Bollywood style which I found really unsuitable!!!!!!! I know this is because of the Indian director, Tarsem Singh, but I would have much preferred something more magical with more beautiful costumes on show. I was not impressed with this part of the film at all.
Nevertheless, I think I'm probably too old to appreciate it this film to its entirety but I can imagine it being a really lovely family film and for the younger generation.

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Chanel. Haute Couture SS12 & RTW AW12

I almost forgot about the AW12 Chanel show which on first look may seem a bit strange and unflattering (a lot of my colleagues opinions!)...but the details were beautiful! I think it was definitely the Superman-esque feel to it in regards to the crystal shards that decorated the stage and integrated within the collection. The amethyst jewellery was beautiful and I loved the organic looks of some of the fabrics used....I absolutely adored the sequin eyebrows too!!!
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The Haute Couture SS12 Chanel collection also got my attention with it's aeroplane staging, mohawk-esque hairstyling and simple, clean silhouettes with beautiful detail and embellishment.
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Friday, 13 April 2012

Yumi and Ted Baker are examples of some great brands and I have been asked to publish the following information on my blog for further brand awareness.

"For a fashion brand in the UK, there are few things more important than having a great selection of dresses for fashion lovers to choose from. Whether it’s maxi dresses, floral summer dresses or more formal evening wear, a fabulous range of dresses is absolutely vital. 
Two brands in the UK have been reaping the rewards of good publicity in recent months. Ted Baker dresses are as popular as ever, and in the past year the brand has seen unparalleled growth in its profit margins. Small label Yumi dresses has also gained a significant following in a reasonably short time – but more about that later. 
Ted Baker enjoyed an incredibly successful year ending January 2012, with a 14% increase in sales. Sales totalled a whopping £148.6 million in the UK and Europe, with an 8.7% increase in profits. In the USA, however, retail sales have skyrocketed even higher, increasing by 69%, or £34.9 million.
Ted Baker’s Chief Executive, Ray Kelvin, said: “The group's excellent results for the year, delivered against a challenging trading backdrop, are testament to the strength of the Ted Baker brand, our collections and, above all, the energy and commitment of our team in bringing Ted to the world stage.” 

Yumi is also getting its brand name out, and seems to be tackling it the old-fashioned way. Many stars have endorsed the product, and by the look of things, it’s working. Lucy Mecklenburgh, from The Only Way is Essex, has been repeatedly spotted in Yumi dresses in recent months. Amy Childs, from the same show, has also been spotted in Yumi’s vintage-inspired range. By getting the brand name into the spotlight, it seems to be on the verge of really exploding onto the scene.
Although fashionistas may already be fans of the label, it’s set to widen its audience in the coming year.  UK society is very much led by celebrity culture, and it’s all about who was seen wearing what. With a great celebrity following already, look out for more Yumi garments popping up throughout the next 12 months. 

Ted Baker and Yumi are two brands that are establishing themselves – albeit at different ends of the fashion scale – regardless of the difficult economic times. And this can only be a positive indicator for other brands, proving that it really can be done."