Wednesday, 22 October 2014

MY B-LIST HORROR MOVIE CHALLENGE // EPISODE 50


Tonight I am reviewing Episode 50, a film that I thought would be exactly like Grave Encounters but was not (not that this fact made it good).

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Watched : Yesterday evening, ever so bored
Essential movie snacks : Crisps
Watched with... : My parents. They didn't think much of it either
Score out of 5 : 2.5/5


The story line turns out to actually be quite different once you get into it. It starts off with following a paranormal investigating team who have their own show debunking supposedly haunted locations. This is quite interesting because normally shows like that are trying to prove the existence of the paranormal, so to have a team actually trying to offer both sides of the story is quite refreshing. Eventually they get the chance to investigate what is supposedly one of the most haunted places ever (by some really creepy dude who is dying) and turn up to film their 50th episode, hoping to make it special. Unbeknownst to them, the creepy old dude has also promised the same thing to another group of rival investigators who are big on religion and insist that ghosts are real. The film promises to show the found footage from this 50th episode that was never aired for some mysterious reason.

So the film is built up really well and although it's a classic horror movie technique to promise the broadcast of footage never seen before, unfortunately the story line doesn't really follow through. There's this whole thing about an evil nurse who killed a boy who then went on to become a ghost, but then it turns out the nurse was actually innocent but possessed by an evil killer demon who opened a portal at another hospital..or something. It all got very confusing and I didn't really understand it. There was also a side story about two lovers from the rival team, including a girl who cried a lot and was supposed to help open this portal? I'm not really sure but it made no sense.

Eventually people get killed off and disappear and stuff and they have to travel to this other location to close the portal which again makes no sense. Why bring in a whole other haunted location that hasn't even been mentioned once in the movie?

The CGI effects are pretty cool other wise but the ghosts appearing throughout actually have nothing to do with the movie and are just there to break up scenes.

And don't get me started on the ending. Again it made no sense, the graphics were really bad and it was a complete anti climax.

The only good thing about this film?

The fact that the lead character - even though he was a complete douche - was kind of cute. So, y'know. Eye candy and all.

Anyway. Here are my not-so-hilarious 'notes' I made during the movie.
  • So corny 
  • Hey that guy is kind of hot 
  • But he also looks like a bit of a typical douchbag 
  • At least they’re being honest and not pretending there’s ghosts in this persons house to make money 
  • Why is this creepy guy who owns the haunted place rambling on about all the bad shit he’s done just get to the damn point 
  • It's actually interesting that were ‘following’ the team trying to debunk ghosts actually 
  • This Damon character always seems to have sweat patches beneath his arms 
  • One of the dead bees moved SO SCARY (not)
  • Wait weren’t those two fighting earlier & now they’re high fiving over catching a ghost on film
  • Okay this guy is screaming 'After all you’ve seen you have to believe!' whilst dying. And worlds corniest death goes to…
  • Oh here we go, back to the creepy guy
  • Why are you crying man you sent them in there #idiot

Again, like the last movie I reviewed, I felt the premise of the movie was interesting..but unfortunately the film really didn't deliver.


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Monday, 20 October 2014

THE CHOCOLATE SHOW LONDON

If you remember last year, I attended Salon Du Chocolat, the first year that Salon Du Chocolat was hosted in London. I was lucky enough to bag another invite for it's return this year and it did not disappoint!

This time around I took my sister, another chocolate fan, and she really enjoyed herself. She and her boyfriend have a small part time business making and selling truffles, so she had fun getting some ideas of the different stalls that attended on Thursday night, and taking note of their selling styles and the presentation of their products. 

We had a great time strolling around the different stalls, trying testers of different products and falling in love with new chocolate brands. Some of the brands we particularly liked were Bad Brownie (adore the name!), Sweet Virtues (who had a stunning presentation of their chocolate) and Whisk & Whites who went all out and had a really interesting back story to their brand which I loved! The story of a chef who would leave secret treats around a house for other servants to find really gave this brand character.

Another favourite of mine especially was A Little Piece & Love who I bought this stunning skull & bones message in a bottle set from! I love anything quirky and hand on heart, have never seen anything like it before. A lot of their products mix chocolate with popping candy too - so retro!

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The fashion show was even more stunning this year. The dresses were breath taking and I also felt that the show was a little more upbeat too with dancers (who were hilarious) and Willy Wonka even made an appearance! 

Anyway, rather then telling you, why don't I just show you...

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As you can see from the photos, some of the dresses were absolutely stunning. Some of them looked like they belonged in a fairytale! I think, like my sister, one of my favourite parts of the evening (other than the fashion show) was also checking out everyone's designs and set ups of their stalls. Whisk & Whites had a stunning set up, all to do with the story behind the brand.

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It's not hard to see how much The Chocolate Show has grown in just 12 short months, doing little to help me overcome my chocolate addiction! However, technically attending was all in the name of the blog ha!

I had a lot of fun and cannot wait to attend next year. In the meantime I'll definitely be checking out my favourite brands from the evening a lot more...

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Sunday, 19 October 2014

LIFE THROUGH A LENS // A HOBBY


What many people don't know about me is that when I was in college, one of my favourite subjects to study was photography. Although I never really took a liking to the traditional side of photography (probably because it always went wrong when I tried to develop photos myself in the dark room), I've always enjoyed taking photos per se and have even been told once or twice that I have a knack to it. My mum has always commented on how photos I have taken always have great dynamics, and I have to admit, I love exploring new places and trying to find great angles to take photos from or ways to set up a photo.

I thought it would be nice to display some of my favourite photographs taken over the years.

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I'm by no means a professional, but it's definitely something I'd like to explore further, especially when I'm on my travels. It kind of amazes me how all of these photos were taken just on an iPhone too, not some fancy camera!

I think these also serve as a way to look back and remember good memories; we don't always need to take selfies at happy moments and sometimes photographs of your view at the time can transport you back to that moment even more so. Some of favourite photos of Bruges feature above, and even some images just taken on afternoon countryside strolls with my family. The photos from Paris are also particular favourites,

What do you think?

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Thursday, 16 October 2014

MY B-LIST HORROR MOVIES CHALLENGE // HIDDEN


Today I have the second review for my 'B-list horror movies challenge'. Basically, I love horror movies, and even find it kind of fun and amusing to watch the really bad ones. Don't ask me why, because I couldn't tell you why exactly. I also used to have a knack of always buying lots of unknown horror movies just because they were cheap or looked scary from the DVD case, which led me to having a whole stack in my room that I'd never actually gotten around to watching. Now I'm watching them and reviewing them for all of you, so now you can read MY review of these terrible movies before you go out and waste your money buying them yourselves...

Today I'm reviewing Hidden.

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Watched : Wednesday evening after work
Essential movie snacks : A crisp sandwich and a cup of tea
Watched with... : Alone, before going to sleep.
Score out of 5 : 2.5/5


The general premise of this film is that a scientist used to conduct experiments to help 'combat' addiction, believing that addiction can be separated from a person and almost made into it's own life form...Yeah it didn't make much sense to me either. But as these movies go, eventually the whole thing is covered up, the lady scientist dies, and her son receives a letter saying he has inherited her hospital or whatever. He gathers some friends and goes to check it out, apparently unaware of this secret underground chamber where his mother conducted these experiments DESPITE THE FACT THAT THE START OF THE FILM SEES HIM SITTING THERE ON THE FLOOR ALL CHEERY AS HIS MUM DOES SAID EXPERIMENTS.

Despite the dodge story line, the film is actually alright in a not-really-scary-but-interesting-for-an-hour-or-so way. I mean it isn't terrible and the scares are few and far between, but I admit that it held my attention throughout for the most part and I was eager to see how it ended. A few (okay, a lot) of the dumb characters were annoying and the ending was really predictable but overall, for a budget horror film it was an interesting concept.

I took 'notes' throughout the film which probably won't make sense unless you've seen it but here's what else I thought -

  • I like that his mum was the scientist. Usually the bad guys (or the ones who started it all) are old balding men. Ladies can be smart & bad ass too!
  • Why was she doing those experiments with her son sitting there WHAT TYPE OF MOTHER IS SHE
  • wait don’t answer that
  • How did he get into the apartment without a key
  • NOONE SITS ON CHAIRS BACKWARDS ANYMORE what are you doing
  • Why isn’t there snow on the trees outside the place (church, hospital, whatever)
  • Why are they going in search of a fly DOES IT EVEN MATTER
  • Is that Walter whites son
  • So it’s just about killer flies?!?
  • Simon is hilarious in a corny way with his constant HEY BABY ness
  • The side story about the lead dude and his ex is really unnecessary and boring
  • Why is she crying like a lil bitch
  • Hey that kid looks like me when I was young
  • Dodge fringe and all
  • So she cries at all the cages that held the children AND THEN THEY KISS IN THE same place
  • Got over that quickly didn’t ya
  • When his girl gets taken away from the demons and he screams don’t you touch her MATE SHES ALREADY GONE 
  • This film literally makes sense - someone’s addiction is born as a demon child? So what about sex or smoking addiction why do the children just go bonkers and kill everyone what addiction is that supposed to signify
  • That curtain looked like a bubble wall
  • Whatever that is
As you can see, for the most part I was very amused at this film. It was worth a watch - just the once - but I really wish I hadn't wasted money on it. I can't remember how much it was but it was the type of film I'd rather have streamed for free and watched with friends as a laugh. Still, it wasn't a total waste and at least I didn't feel like I wasted an hour and a half of my life watching.

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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

PERSONAL // HOW BLOGGING HAS CHANGED MY LIFE

I recently read this inspiring post on Zoe London's blog and having seen her ask the question 'How has blogging changed your life', I felt inspired to write my own post on the subject!

Firstly, I have to say that even though it's fairly obvious, I'm not a 'big blogger' and I am forever constantly grateful for the opportunities I DO receive through blogging. I've blogged for almost four years now and love having my own little corner of the internet - but it has taken hard work to get my blog where it is. Maybe reading this post might inspire some of you new bloggers to carry on and not give up! When I first started blogging I'd often ask if there was much point in blogging when so many people seem to do it these days. I'd read other blogs and feel jealous at all the glam events these girls got invites to and wonder why it wasn't me. In fact, I still feel like this sometimes now.

But I'm so glad I never gave up. Someone recently reminded me that I've been running this blog for so long - updating continually, putting in time and effort - that it would be a huge waste if I was ever to give it up. I felt proud when they reminded me of this, proud that I'd stuck with it for such a long time! 

I truly believe blogging has changed my life.

I've had some amazing opportunities that have no doubt come about simply from running Inspire Magazine Online. In fact, when I first started writing this blog, I wanted to be a journalist of some form and was studying Magazine Journalism at university. This blog has probably led on to more opportunities than having that degree. From attending a free Spa Day and having the best massage of my life, to being able to interview one of my all time favourite bands, I'm definitely a lucky lady when it comes to blogging opportunities.

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Bloggers & staff at Atelier Salon, St Albans, for a blog event earlier this year
Blogging has a glam side too! Yes, we often complain about how tough blogging can be. It's not easy trying to constantly think up new content, research posts, take photos, write the actual posts and then actually promote the posts. It's definitely not easy when you choose to work with companies and give yourself deadlines, or when you throw in networking (online and offline) too. But, it's always worth it in the end. Having freebies like make up or clothes has saved me so much money in the past, and being able to attend glamorous events has helped me create memories I'll never forget.

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Blogger friends! LisaBexCharli, myself anTanya at the #LDNBB meet last year
Quite possibly one of my favourite ways that blogging has changed my life is the friendships I have forged through blogging. Two of my closest blogging buddies, Bex and Lisa, are two friends I have made for life through blogging and even though Lisa lives about a five minute drive away from me, without blogging I never would have met her or Bex. This means not only do I usually always know a friendly face at any given blog event, but we also try to get together for lunch or a movie night when we can!

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And finally, much like Zoe, it's given me a certain kind of confidence that has followed around and helped me feel more comfortable in my own skin. To browsing other blogs for fashion advice and therefore helping me become more fashion savvy, to talking about parts of my life that I'd never even talk to my friends and family about - what I have put IN to this blog, I've most definitely gotten back. It's benefited me in ways I never knew how.

So we may not be the biggest or most famous bloggers out there. We don't get all the opportunities under the sun, and it can be bloody hard work...but we do it anyway. Because we're passionate. Because we like to inspire others. Because blogging has changed our lives.

Has blogging changed your life? Let me know!

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