Saturday, 9 November 2013

THE MOVIE POST | THOR THE DARK WORLD



So I waited till Thor The Dark World was released in the US to write my review. I live in the UK so luckily the film came out on the 30th October.

Have to say there was a lot to live up to after the massive success of The Avengers & Iron Man 3 didn't really truly accomplish that task.

This is where Thor The Dark World is a success. It is a refreshing take on the Norse God of Thunder's adventures in Asgard & beyond. A far funnier and more realist approach to his trajectory and no less Shakespearean than the first Thor.

Thor The Dark World is basically about Thor trying to save the universe from the darkness the elves of Svartalfheim headed by Malekith intend to plunge it into. In order to do this he must enlist Loki's help and thus brotherly bonding and a road-trip ensue.

Thor is brilliant. Chris Hemsworth portraying him as a young man coming to terms with the fact he's becoming King and trying to protect the nine realms and those that he loves; Jane.

Sif & the Warriors Three have more of a role as does Heimdall & Darcy. Selvig is hilarious running naked around Stone Henge talking about the Convergence.

But the one character who steals every scene he is in is Loki. Tom Hiddleston is Hamlet like. He gives the character depth and complexity mixing vulnerability with indifference, anger and biting sarcasm. I've been a long term fan of Hiddleston's for about 5 years now and it's great that he's been given such an amazing and intelligent role as Loki.

The movie overall is funny, sad and there are so many twists and turns that you find yourself asking what is going on. If you like Game of Thrones you may like the tone of this film. The ending is particularly interesting and I wonder how Thor 3 will play out if that movie does indeed happen (nothing has been confirmed). The two after-credits scenes are intriguing and set up Thor's placement in the next Avengers film The Avengers Age Of Ultron and Thanos' role in terms of the Infinity Gems.

I really enjoyed this movie and can not recommend it enough, so if you haven't gone to the cinema to see it yet, go watch it!


LOVE VANESSA xx

Friday, 11 October 2013

THE BOOK POST | IT BY ALEXA CHUNG

Hello, 

I recently bought Alexa Chung's book "It" and I thought I would do a little review so here goes...




Now I'm not one to usually read something just because there is a lot of hype around the book it happens fairly rarely. Which is why it took me a while to decide whether I wanted to purchase Alexa Chung's book "It." 

I love Alexa Chung don't get me wrong, I think her style is the perfect mix of feminine and masculine but I wasn't sure about her writing a book. I love books but I don't tend to read biographies or anything close to that type of book. On this occasion I threw down the gauntlet and I decided to buy Alexa's book. I don't regret it one bit. It's not your typical biography it has a lot of photos and illustrations and very minimal writing. It doesn't tell you about her whole life but she has written little anecdotes about her style icons, her friends and a few tidbits about when she was younger. If you're looking for tips and tricks from her you probably wouldn't find many in the book but that's not too much of a detriment to the idea of the book at all. 

For me in a literary sense it's good but it fairs better in terms of the visual elements, it would definitely make a great coffee-table read. Overall I'm pretty happy that I bought the book it's nice that she has given us an opportunity to get to know the girl underneath the public persona. 

Have any of you read Alexa's book? What did you think of it?


LOVE VANESSA xx

QUOTE OF THE WEEK



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Friday, 4 October 2013

I'M NOW ON PINTEREST

Hello!

Just a quick post to say I am now on Pinterest.

You can follow me via this link if you would like.

My MA in Publishing degree is going wonderfully and I've been really busy and haven't had time to post anything on here so I do apologize for the lack of posts again.


LOVE VANESSA xx

Monday, 23 September 2013

THE GIG POST | 30 SECONDS TO MARS AT THE iTUNES FESTIVAL

I was going to post this the day after the show but was so tired and had to be at uni for the morning that I forgot to finish writing it. But anyway hope you like. :)

I was lucky enough to win tickets to see 30 SECONDS TO MARS at the iTunes Festival on the 18th September. It was my first time at a MARS show and have to say it was an interesting experience. I've been a fan of the band for almost 10 years now and it was long overdue that I saw them live. I traveled to London from Oxford and met another fan who used my guest ticket. I saw and spoke to several other ECHELON and it was great to see so many won tickets too. I remember watching Lana Del Rey's show last year at the festival and really wanting to go to the festival this year. I honestly did not think I would win tickets at all so was astonished when iTunes emailed me to say I'd won.






Amazingly enough I was right at the front with maybe 2 people stood in front of me. I had never been to The Roundhouse before so it was great to finally see it in person.




There was a warm-up act called The Family Rain that played before MARS. I really enjoyed their set even though I did not know them. Their music was a lot more indie than is my usual taste but I loved the guitar melodies and the beats of their songs.


After their set the tension in the room was tangible and everyone was ready and waiting to see MARS. They came on stage at 9pm and played a 90 minute set. They played a mix of songs from the albums THIS IS WAR, LOVE LUST FAITH + DREAMS and an acoustic version of THE KILL from the album A BEAUTIFUL LIE. 

Their set-list was :
1. Birth
2. Night of the Hunter
3. Search & Destroy
4. This Is War
5. Conquistador
6. Do Or Die
7. Depuis Le Début
8. End Of All Days
9. City Of Angels
10. Pyres of Varanasi
11. Hurricane (acoustic)
12. The Kill (acoustic)
13. Closer To The Edge
14. Up In The Air

Here are some pictures from their show I apologise for the blurriness as I was too excited to concentrate on getting really good quality photos but look how close I was to the stage.





I was exhausted by the end of the show, I had practically lost most of my voice from singing all the songs (word for word I'll have you know ha ha). I got back to Oxford very early in the morning at probably about 2am and as soon as my head hit the pillow I fell asleep.

Note: Please do not take & distribute the photos online they are mine and are personal.


LOVE VANESSA xx

Friday, 6 September 2013

QUOTE OF THE WEEK



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UPDATE | WHEN BLOGGING AND LIFE DON'T FIT


I've noticed that I have gained a few followers in my absence and I thank you so much for that. It means a lot to me that you guys have followed. 

I'm pretty new to the blogging game and I've not being a very good little blogger as I haven't had a chance to post anything new for over a month. 

I've been very busy this last month as I have been preparing to go back to university. I graduated this summer with a Bachelors Degree in History but wanted to study a post-graduate course too. I had an interview and managed to snag the place I wanted to go to. So I am going to study a Masters Degree in Publishing. It's also a big move for me as I have to move to Oxford as that's where my course is being taught. 

In all this excitement my blog has been on the back-burner and I haven't had the time to update it. But I have promised myself as soon as I have settled in my new course I will start to update this blog more often. 

Ultimately the reason I wanted to start a blog here was because I like to write and I wanted an outlet for my interests which was something other than just my tumblr.

So finally after all my rambling... 
I apologise for the lack of posts but I'll get there in the end and a big thank you for following me.

I shall be posting another quote of the week after this post so do check that out if you would like to here.


LOVE VANESSA xx

Sunday, 28 July 2013

THE FASHION POST | JULY WISHLIST





I love tea dresses but even though I tend to go for dark colours I absolutely love this dress. 
You can get it here.



For me I tend to wear boots regardless of weather I have so many black ankle boots already but I have been lusting after these for weeks now. You can find them here


I have been looking for a good faux leather skirt for ages and I am definitely buying this when I go on another shopping spree. You can find this here.


My designer pick in my wishlist this month is this 3.1 Philip Lim leather satchel. At nearly £1000 it's out of my price range but a girl can dream. You can find this here.



What is on your July Wishlist?

LOVE VANESSA x

Note: Most of the clothing in this post are in the petite ranges.


QUOTE OF THE WEEK





LOVE VANESSA x

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

THE FASHION POST | WIMBLEDON FASHION INSPIRATION


So the Wimbledon season is over and I am very happy that Andy Murray was Men's Singles Champion, incredibly proud to be British at the moment. We've had a sudden heatwave in Britain and I am making the most of the sun. I was a little inspired by the tennis and summer so thought I would put a little outfit together.



I love this white sundress it has flowers in it's embroidery and is incredibly feminine which is somewhat different to the usual clothes I would wear you can find this here


I would pair it with this straw boater hat to give my outfit a classic summer look. You can find this here.


Because I can't resist a minimalist pair of high heels I would finish the look with these ASOS Hoxton's (which are very similar to some Zara heels I've been lusting after) you can find these here

What would you wear to Wimbledon if you had the opportunity to go?


LOVE VANESSA x

Monday, 20 May 2013

TRACK BY TRACK | LOVE LUST FAITH + DREAMS BY THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS



Here's my track by track review of Thirty Seconds To Mars' 4th album Love Lust Faith + Dreams.
*disclaimer this is my own personal opinion, you may agree or disagree or you may be thinking what is she going on about but it is my opinion and mine alone*

1. Birth - Sets the tone for the rest of the album. Really bridges the gap between This Is War & Love Lust Faith + Dreams making a smooth transition to something new and different.

2. Conquistador - stadium rock at it's best, I love the melody and the prominence of the guitar, the lyrics are reminiscent of This Is War.

3. Up In The Air - a little dance number and raving beats from their first single off the album

4. City of Angels - lyrically this tells a clearly very personal perspective of Los Angeles, probably my favorite song from this album

5. The Race - Unfortunately my least favourite song from LLFD. It has all the elements of a great song and it may grow on me.

6. End of All Days - Dramatic, anthemic, shows Jared's vocal range, heavy focus on piano, strings synthesisers and drums. "All We Need is Faith" is repeated to an almost obscene level but is not to a detriment. A song to make you think of things beyond simply living perhaps.

7. Pyres of Varanasi - exotic vocals that sound like they're from the middle east

8. Bright Lights - Such an upbeat song. Strange it may seem but I feel like running through a meadow in the rain or something to this song.

9. Do Or Die - Another of my favourites from this album, I love the inclusion of the strings and choir it makes it sound more epic, this song definitely showcases Jared's vocal range. It's a very atmospheric song. There is such  positivity in this one.

10. Convergence - this song has no lyrics/vocals but is a rather peaceful interlude to the epicness (is that a word? haha) that surrounds it

11. Northern Lights - I had already heard an acoustic version of this via a VyRT live stream and I'm glad that they chose to put this on the album. A little bit of screaming in this for the fans of the old school MARS but this is definitely a break from previous albums. One of the best songs off this album.

12. Depuis Le Début - Starts off with acoustic guitar and the repetitive singing of the line "There will be blood" and then ends with strings, synthesisers and builds up into a orchestral crescendo, an epic way to end an amazing album.


Atmospheric, epic, stadium rock, a brighter incredibly personal outlook, an evolution. 

You can buy LLFD from amazon or the itunes store.


LOVE VANESSA x

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

THE FAVOURITES POST | APRIL FAVOURITES


Clothing



This has literally been my staple item in my wardrobe, I've worn it so much I may need to replace it soon. Every girl needs a good faux-leather biker jacket.

Miss Selfridge Petites Black Seam Detail Biker Jacket x

Make-up



Of all the eyeliners I have used before and I have used a lot this is quite possibly the best so far. I've always been a fan of Max Factor's make-up and this was just another addition to my favourites from them. Honestly it is the only waterproof eyeliner I have found that stays on all day and the black is so pigmented.

Max Factor Colour X-pert Waterproof Eyeliner Black x 

TV Show

 

I'm not one for gory TV shows let alone crime thrillers or horrors but I have been enjoying Hannibal so far.

Hannibal x

Film


Well what can I say I adore Comic Book movies and I loved this one too.
You can catch my review of IM3 here
Iron Man 3 x

Magazine


I never used to buy Company I had always stuck to reading Empire, Total Film, Kerrang or Glamour but I really have been liking this magazine. It's nice to see such an emphasis put on street style and bloggers.

Company x

Book


I have read this so many times its getting ridiculous and my book is getting such a bad state I've resorted to reading it on kindle instead. I love a good old classic novel.

Pride and Prejudice

Music


I've been a fan of Paramore's since 2005 and I've bought every album and loved them all. This album is a completely different direction for them but there are some great tunes on this album. My favourite songs are Ain't It Fun & Last Hope.

Paramore (album 2013) x

Tell me your favourites if you like.

LOVE VANESSA x

THE MOVIE POST | IRON MAN 3




So I just came back from seeing Iron Man 3 and first of all: WOW. 

This is a great start to Marvel's Phase 2 and really sets the mark for the rest of the Marvel movies in this phase (Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier & Avengers 2).

Robert Downey Junior and Gwyneth Paltrow are on fine form and I enjoyed the relationship between Pepper and Tony much more than the previous films. The dynamic between them is much more realistic.

I found it rather interesting in reference to "Nothings been the same since New York" that the event in the Avengers are what are causing him to have nightmares and panic attacks. It shows that even though they defeated Loki and the Chitauri that it left a mark on Tony and not in a great way.

I like the realism in that there is more fighting with Tony outside the suit and we get to see more of Tony's back story prior to the events in the first Iron Man film.

The huge plot twist in regards to the true identity of The Mandarin may annoy avid comic book fans but it was an interesting way to entice new fans to watch the movie and then discover all is not what it seems. It also allowed enjoy the extraordinary acting talents of Sir Ben Kingsley.

The focus on the idea of desperation and a need to show the world what you are capable of is interesting and I appreciate the notion that people can change. Ultimately Tony has become a hero and a changed man but in order for that to have occurred he needed to loosen his bonds to Iron Man.

At the end of the film there's a reference to a 'clean slate' and I really hope that does not mean RDJ will not return as Stark which has been rumoured for a while. To me he is Tony Stark and there can be no other.

There's always an after-credit scene with any Marvel movie and it was nice to see the SCIENCE BROS back together.

Overall it was a great movie and I am so excited to see Thor: The Dark World.

And if my review doesn't make you go see Iron Man 3 listen to the God of Mischief himself.



After all that rambling if you haven't seen Iron Man 3, go watch it!


LOVE VANESSA x




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