Monday, 30 January 2017

THE URBAN OUTFITTERS SALE | KEY PIECES


THE ITEMS

I always forget just how good the January sales are, and just how long they continue on for! I mean the price drop on these items is so good! They've all had at least 50% knocked off the price - and these are amazing items too! The grey overcoat for example is such a great coat; I wore it at a shoot when I was interning for Urban Outfitters and it was just the comfiest, cosiest, and super stylish coats I've ever had the pleasure of wearing! That backpack as well- if I had the money to buy this stuff, that would be the first item in my basket -- it's just so beautiful! I also think the velvet culottes are such a good piece to have. I own a black pair and wear them so, so much! They are both so stylish, and super comfy, plus that dusky pink colour is just dreamy! 

-- AshCam



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Friday, 27 January 2017

FILM REVIEW | MONEY MONSTER

MONEY MONSTER | 05-01-2017


Money Monster is a 2016 film, directed by Jodie Foster, starring George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O'Connell, & Dominic West. 
George Clooney plays a character called Lee, a successful, charismatic presenter of a TV programme, giving advice to the audience on commerce and Wall Street. The programme is directed by Paddy [Julia Roberts] close friend of Lee. The film begins just as they go on air. but after a few minutes a hostage situation unfolds - Lee is held at gun point live on TV, and forced to put on a bomb vest by Kyle Budwell. Kyle is an angry viewer, having lost everything after investing $60,000, his entire savings, into the stock holder IBIS. Less than 24 hours before the show, IBIS had lost $800 million, apparently due to a glitch in the algorithm. Kyle desperately wants answers, so Lee, Paddy, and the rest of the team attempt to get to the bottom of what happened with IBIS, whilst maintaining order in a stressful hostage situation.

This film is such an intense and fast-pace watch, and you are instantly sucked into the events and people in the film. Even the trailer, which I remember seeing in the cinema a few months back, had this effect and I actually wrote a note in my phone so that I didn't forget to watch it at some point. It was just totally gripping, living up to Jodie Foster's other work, and the way the story goes had me desperately seeking answers and justice for the characters. A definite must-watch!

-- AshCam



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Friday, 6 January 2017

FILM REVIEW | TESTAMENT OF YOUTH

TESTAMENT OF YOUTH | 04-01-2017


Based on a true story, the story follows a young Vera Brittain throughout the First World War.
 Vera is a daughter from a privileged family of four. She is a headstrong character who knows what she wants from the world but is restricted by society and her parents views on her gender and where her place should rightfully be as a woman. Her brother Edward is her closest friend and ally, and the two confide in each other about everything. Vera desperately wants to pursue her dream of studying at Oxford University to become a writer, and eventually, with a bit of persuasion from Edward, her father permits her to take the entry test. She gets in. Edward's school friends Roland and Victor also support her aspirations, and the four spend a happy summer together. Within this time Roland and Vera begin a romance, bonding over poetry as she discovers his interest in becoming a writer also. 
The First World War begins and her friendships and dreams come crashing down around her as she watches Edward, Roland, and eventually Victor go off to fight in the war. Vera abandons her studies and instead becomes a war nurse.


This film is honestly one of the most powerful films I've ever seen, it is so emotionally brutal, and the story made so raw because of the knowledge that it is completely true. Vera is such an inspiring and strong character, and you just feel everything she feels as she desperately clings onto her old life and future hopes as the world crumbles around her. The cast for the film was so perfect too, the four main characters particularly; Alicia Vikander as Vera, Kit Harington as Roland, Taron Egerton as Edward, and Colin Morgan as Victor. 
Please go and watch it if you haven't, and if you have let me know in the comments below, I'd love to see what everyone else thought of it. I would also like to note that this is the first of what I want to make a series on my blog. As said in my previous post I want to start watching amazing new films, and thought I would date each one I watch throughout the year and review them on here to share with you my thoughts and inspire you to get watching!


 -- AshCam

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Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Goals & Resolutions 2017


I never really do the whole resolution thing- I kind of just have things that I want to achieve throughout the year. Plus resolutions are never set in stone as people change and grow, and things that were once goals may become less important as time goes on. However, I have had a change of heart towards them, and actually feel that in order to get my life together and make my 2017 far better than my 2016, setting out goals and resolutions for the year ahead isn't such a bad idea! So... I had a think, and decided what initial, pressure-free goals and resolutions I'm going to set myself this year.
Without further ado.....

#1 | THROW MYSELF INTO EVERY OPPORTUNITY

This is more a resolution to change the way I think about things. Whether it's social opportunities, work-related opportunities, or new experiences, I have this tendency to get anxious about them - sometimes enough to stop me from doing them. Even when I take such opportunities insecurities can mean I hold myself back from getting fully involved. When this happens I get so frustrated at myself, because I know I'm just overthinking, and I'll just end up with regrets. I've definitely been getting better at this over the years, and last year especially I found myself doing things and putting myself out there a lot more, however, I still have a way to go and want to push myself to make the most of everything I do. 

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Sunday, 1 January 2017

A Lookback at 2016

JANUARY
January was quiet - after handing in my projects, I returned home for a couple of weeks, dyed my hair for the 700th time and went for a lot of dog walks around my village.

FEBRUARY
February mainly consisted of getting back into uni work big time! It was intense, but was made so much better by spending time with friends. As you can see the university library became one of my main hangouts, but I did take a weekend trip to London to see my sister with my childhood friend, Ellie. I also went to my first ever university ball, The 'Saints & Sinners Ball' which was a nice excuse to dress up!
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