Music Monday – Woodkid

I saw my sister and her dance class perform at Worcester Festival last week which was great! We got to see a lot of other performances, but the song my sister’s group performed to really stuck in my head. I’ve since downloaded it and can’t stop playing it.

What was it I hear you ask? Well…

Run Boy Run by Woodkid (This fellow below…)

Woodkid

Now don’t tell me after listening to the song, that you don’t want to get up and do something productive? I know the video is a bit odd, but the song itself is great! The music has a fab beat that certainly gets my blood pumping and keeps me motivated. I also like some of the words, especially  “Tomorrow is another day”, cus it is. And no matter how many times we fall down or fail each day, we have the opportunity to start fresh the next day, as long as we get up and keep moving.

What have you been listening to recently?

We’d love to know so share your recommendations in the comments below!

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Wanderlust Wednesday – Week 18

Snake River and Teton Range in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA

Now I am a sucker for an amazing sunset and this is definitely one for my record books! Hats off to the photographer who captured it (unknown). This shot was taken of the Snake River and Teton Range in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA. Hopefully one day I can make the trip across the Atlantic to get my own fantastic pic of a Wyoming sunset!

Where do you think we should go on our next wanderlust travels? Let us know in the comments!

Wanderlust Wednesday – Week 17

Lake Louise, Canada

We are taking an imaginary trip to Lake Louise in Canada this week. Doesn’t it look gorgeous? I just want to spend a week in that cabin and definitely dip my toes in that beautifully clear water! Possibly take one of those fab coloured rocks home with me too.

And it’s a double whammy…

Lake Louise, Canada 2

Different view, but same place! Doesn’t Banff National Park look like somewhere you want to spend a lifetime exploring? I know I sure would! Love that sunset!

Any ideas for our next wanderlust trip? Let us know in the comments below!

Music Monday – Tori Kelly

Tori Kelly

I have been bopping away to the musical stylings of Tori Kelly recently and wanted to share some of my favourite songs with you guys. So, here goes:

This song, Unbreakable Smile, never fails to put a smile on my face! The tune itself just gets you moving, but if you really listen to the words, they have a great message that a lot of people (especially those in the lime-light) should really listen to. She is promising to stay strong and not become one of those singers who follows what she is told to do just to get more press/album sales/etc. And I especially like where she says “And baby who knows maybe I can sell out shows without taking off my clothes, God made me sexy I don’t care if only I know”, this is definitely something that everyone needs to hear – we don’t need to go around wearing little to no clothing to be sexy, we can be more gorgeous/handsome by wearing slightly more modest clothing.

You are sure to have a boogie to this one, I even dance a little sat at my desk at my day job when I listen to this one. Love it!

I like this song as well, Dear No One, because it has a great message like Unbreakable Smile. It’s about being okay with not having an other half, but not completely giving up hope that you’re going to be single forever. She sings “I’m done lookin’, for my future someone, Cause when the time is right, You’ll be here”. Yes, its leaving it up to ‘fate’ or whatever, but you often do find the person who is right for you out of the blue and when you least anticipate it, it’s not about searching for them.

I love Tori’s voice in this song, I feel it really showcases her voice. Have a listen to the power in some of her notes, and in contrast how gently she can sing some sections. True artist in my eyes.

I love when artists collaborate on songs, and this one with the mix of Tori and Ed Sheeran is just beautiful! A bit more acoustic than some of their songs, but it is a perfect blend for them.

 

I’m going to end this post with another collab that Tori Kelly has done, this time with Professor Green. This is a beautiful song, and I often have it on repeat. Have a listen for me, and just enjoy the contrast of Tori’s sweet voice with Prof Green’s rapping.

What music are you currently listening to? We’d love to know, especially the songs you have on repeat! Share them with us in the comments below!

Film Friday 2016 Part 1

Back again with some upcoming films that I am looking forward to this year…

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies

I know this is out already but I haven’t been able to go & see it yet. Looking forward to it!

London Has Fallen

Sooo can’t wait to go see this with my friend – hopefully next week! Looks Explosive!

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

I’ve seen the trailer for this and I definitely think it’s worth a watch!

Allegiant Part 1

Next installment of the Divergent Series. Looks to be a thrilling ride!

Batman Vs Superman Dawn of Justice

One of this years most anticipated films! I am NOT going to miss this!!!

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

Back for round 2 of the Big Fat Greek Wedding phenomenon! Are you ready?

The Boss

Melissa McCarthy is back to give us a good giggle as ‘The Boss’ – Check out the wig!!

The Jungle Book

I’m interested to see how this has been done. Live action but with CGI animals, much like Life of Pi. Ready for a throwback to your childhood – it’s the bear necessities! 😉

The Huntsman Winters War

Chris & Charlize are back – can’t wait to see how magical this film is!

Captain America Civil War

Another highly anticipated film – this time we are back in the MCU! As the poster says – Whose side are you on?

Alice Through The Looking Glass

We go back to wonderland, this time it’s not down the rabbit hole – you coming for a little madness?

X-Men Apocalypse

The X-Men are back and this time, there is a greater threat than ever before!

Me Before You

Going a bit soppy and romantic with this one – but it looks like a great film!

TMNT 2

Lots of sequels this year. How will we keep track of them!

Now You See Me 2

Another sequel, this time with way more illusions than before!

Central Intelligence

Have you seen their snapchat war? This film is gonna be great!

Finding Dory

We have been waiting soooo long for this sequel – it better be great Ellen!

Independence Day 2

Again, another looooong wait for this – it’s gonna be epic!

So, what do you think? You gonna see all of these, or give some a miss? Let us know in the comments below!

I’ll be back soon with posters for the films in the 2nd half of the year!

Wanderlust Wednesday – Week 16

Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye, Scotland

I’m off on holiday to Scotland soon. Not to the Isle of Skye where these ‘Fairy Pools’ are, but Inverness at the other end of Lock Ness. Needed a bit of Scottish landscape this week to keep me going at work before I get there!

Where in Scotland do you particularly love? Let us know in the comments below!

Bucket List Moments – Reading All The Nicholas Sparks Novels – Part 1

The man himself!

                          The man himself!

Okay, for a while now I have wanted to read the Nicholas Sparks novels that have inspired some of my favourite romance films. So when I saw one of them in a charity shop, I though why not start now, and promptly paid for the book. Since then I have found a few more in charity shops and bought several used copies from Amazon for really cheap.

After reading the first two books (not in the order they were written as there isn’t a continuous arc across the books), I thought I should start keeping track of how I felt at the end of each book, kinda like my synopsis that I could share with you all.

So here goes….

The Longest Ride

The Longest Ride

 Much like the film, this book captured me after the first few chapters, even with the major differences in how it’s told. The intertwining storylines connect perfectly both on-screen and on the page & I love the way they are told; Ira & Ruth’s lives through flashbacks, while Luke & Sophia come together in the present.

Sparks has done a fantastic job of bringing these characters to life on the page and at times I felt like I was right there with them. It was almost like I was Ruth, a haze in the car wiling Ira to hold on for just that bit longer, bringing the memories of our lives together to life once more. Then I was Sophia, reading Ira’s letter to him in the hospital, trying to speak clearly for him despite the emotions clogging my throat.

AS with any truly great author, Sparks has created a story that really comes to life. This book is going to be one I treasure and reread over & again through the years to come.

At First Sight

At First Sight

I wasn’t really sure what to think when I started reading this book & upon reaching the final page, I was no closer . I felt the story started off in an odd place & as it developed things didn’t exactly become any better.

I felt the story took a long time to get going, then you were hit with a major twist & tragedy, before suddenly reading the epilogue and it was all over. I know it’s supposed to be a love story, but there seemed to be too much suspicion & minor conflict between the major characters for it to flow nicely. Not that I expected it to be all hearts, flowers & sappy words, but the almost abrupt ending left me feeling bereft, like a huge chunk of the book was missing that would make things fall into place.

Obviously this is purely my opinion and if you’ve read it & love it, I hope I don’t cloud your views at all. That is not what I want to do by far. I just want to share honestly how I reacted & felt; I would be interested to hear your thoughts on the book in the comments below.

Safe Haven

Safe Haven

I had already fallen in love with this story after watching the film, so to be able to read the book has been fantastic. Nicholas Sparks has yet again provided a detailed love story that also shows the darker side of relationships.

After watching the special feature on the DVD I know he wrote the storyline for Kevin Tierney, the abusive husband, first and then filled in the rest with Katie & Alex. This seemed odd to me when I first heard that, but after finishing the book it makes sense. Kevin is plagued by demons that affect a lot of us, but they drive Kevin to extremes; in the way he thinks, how much he drinks & then his resulting actions. Behaviours that are unfortunately all to common in life.

In contrast, the relationship between Katie & Alex is a lot brighter and simpler. Even with the shadow of Katie’s past looming over them, they both manage to find the best in the situation, building a new life together with his children. And Jo; well, I was intrigued to see how that had been written after seeing the film, and think Sparks incorporated her perfectly. The letter at the end was beautiful and it definitely brought tears to my eyes.

The Choice

The Choice

After the first few pages of this book I knew I was going to love the storyline. It starts off like most other romances, boy meets girl, and progresses steadily as you would expect. Then Nicholas Sparks throws a curveball into the mix. Of course we have the prologue as a hint, but all I was expecting was a separation or divorce, thinking Travis had cheated or something. But oh, no, it’s completely different, though I won’t give any more away if you haven’t read it yet.

The front of my book says ‘Now A Major Movie Picture’ but it hasn’t come out in cinemas in the UK yet. I have however, seen the trailer. I think the casting looks great, but from what I can tell, they’ve deviated quite a bit from the book. Now I know it can’t be an exact match in 1 1/2 -> 2 hours of screen time; but still, I noticed major differences that would have been easy to stick to.

Anyway, I look forward to watching the film, but I’m so glad I got to read the book first. Another great story to add to my growing library.

The Best of Me

The Best of Me

Again, this is one where I have seen the film and fallen in love with the story first. But it has truly been amazing to read the book and see how Nicholas Sparks originally wrote it all.

The storyline had me hooked from the first time I watched it, and reading the words has only reinforced that. I love how Sparks has created this modern romance, almost like West Side Story, different worlds colliding in this young couple before things inevitably spin out of control separating them. Then for them to be reunited many years later after their lives have changed so much – only to be irrevocably altered again in such a shattering way.

And then the off-shoot of Tuck and Clara, another great (if briefly told) love story that I would love more detail on. I would definitely buy the book if Sparks ever turned it into a novel of its own.

The love Dawson & Amanda have in the book, still strong even after so many years apart, is something that I long for but know I will be lucky to find if it ever happens for me.

Dear John

Dear John

I’m currently working my way through this one, so will give the low-down when I am done!

That’s all for now folks! Part 2 will be coming soon – once I have read a few more of the books!

Let us know if you have read any of the books and share your thoughts on them in the comments below! We would love to hear your views!

Favorite Things Friday – Week 18 – Costumes for Reign

I’ve recently started watching Reign again starting at the beginning of Series 1 because I missed quite a bit and wanted to catch up properly. It’s a great historical drama, with lots of intrigue and action as well as plenty of romance.

Reign

And the costumes are AMAZING!!!!

Reign costumes 2

See what I mean…

Reign costumes 1

So much detail is put into each costume, giving the ladies each their own style, but still looking cohesive!

Even the cloaks for the outdoor scenes are fabulous… Can someone buy/make me the blue one? 😉

Reign costumes 4

I loved the costumes soooo much, I decided to start creating my own versions on Polyvore. It’s a great site with access to images of loads of clothes, shoes, jewellery, etc that you can put together to create outfits. With many styles and colour options available, the number of combinations you can put together is astronomical!

I’ve been a member on Polyvore for about 6 years now, and I still love going on every now and then and creating different outfits. Recently I started creating outfits based on different films/music videos, and now Reign.

Here are the costumes I’ve put together so far:

Queen of Scots

I started off with Mary, Queen of Scotland, played by Adelaide Kane.

Long May She Reign

Creating looks I thought were fit for a young Queen.

Born To Wear A Crown

And of course, I had to include a tiara!

Then I went on to her Ladies in Waiting…

Lady In Waiting

Firstly Lola played by Anna Popplewell…

Lady Lola

Trying to stay close to what could appear on the show.

Lady In Waiting 2

Then I did a couple for Lady Kenna, played by Caitlin Stacey…

Lady Kenna

She always wears things that are a bit floaty and very girly.

I haven’t made any for Lady Greer, Celina Sinden, yet but I’m sure I will in the next few days.

If you want to see these outfits in more detail (including where to find the items in each) as well as the other outfits I have created over the past six years, you can find them on my Polyvore profile – Cathtantya.

I thought I would leave you with one last look at the actual costumes from Reign, so here you go….

Reign costumes 3

See, even the fella’s look great!

Wanderlust Wednesday – Week 15

Pink Beach, Sardinia, Italy

Staying pink this week and heading off to a pink beach in Sardinia, Italy.

Can’t you feel the sand between your toes and the water lapping at your ankles?

I know I can!!!

Anyone wanna join me in a walk along the beach? Picking up the odd shell here & there?

Wanderlust Wednesday – Week 14

Below Mt Fuji, Honshu Island, Japan

This view from below Mt Fuji, on Honshu Island, in Japan is beautiful!

It is one of many places on my list of places to travel and I hope I get there one day, but for now I just keep dreaming whilst looking at pics like this!

Where have you got on your ‘places to go’ list? Let us know in the comments below!