Wednesday, 31 December 2014

New Year Resolutions for 2015

It's okay to eat cereal for dinner. You only live once- Brooke Saward

I'm not really one to make New Year's Resolutions- they always end up as a half hearted 'need to lose weight' and 'pursue my career' topics of interest. Having a healthy body and striving to reach my fullest potential in terms of career purposes is something that is in my agenda everyday- so to make a big deal about it for one day seems unjust. 2014 has however been a tough year full of difficult life lessons and a few hidden gems along the way. In the span of 365 days I have managed to learn a few things that I'll hold on to. And expand on. And hopefully take with me into 2015. Here's my lovely little notes to myself. 

1) Curiosity may have killed the cat but in my case I don't have a cat to attend to. 

2) Travel is a powerful forgetting tool. It's a powerful memory maker. I'll utilise it like I've just been reborn. 

3) Welcome and embrace change. Monotony limits me.
4) Handle finances better. 

5) Be a better judge of person. I don't need to be best friends with everyone I meet but I can still be nice. 

6) When a family member hurts you, it'll haunt you for the rest of your life. Something happened this year that I don't think I'll ever forget or look at 'trust' in the same way. But I'll always try.
7) It's the age old thing. There are those you try to impress who don't give a f*** and then there are those around you who try so hard, yet you have a tendency to not give a f***. I have loved taking time out and getting to know those people. And I want to more. 

8) Nyctophilia: love of darkness or night. You can see everything in the day, but the true soul of objects, people and atmospheres comes alive in the dark. Experiencing more things as a night owl would be divine. 

9) Religion is a personal thing. And I stand by that statement. I will forever have no time for people who continue to unravel their beliefs and inform me of anything otherwise. 
10) It takes 20 years to create an overnight success. There are times when I've wanted to give up- But the next day gives me no option. Dreams are dreams and what's the point of life if you don't have enough balls to follow them?

11) My insecurity about my weight has held me back in many ways: from activities to personal style to confidence. Of course, I have a goal weight and a new plan of action for the new year. But a cookie that I'm craving on the way home from work will not cause the same amount of emotional destruction that it once did. 

12) Stick up for myself and don't give a f***.

What will you take with you into 2015?


Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Travelling to Iceland

The problem with Iceland is that you’re confronted by a new soul-enriching, breath-taking, life-affirming natural sight every five goddamn minutes. It’s totally exhausting- Stephen Markley

I only spent 3 days in Iceland and I have various things ticked off my bucket list. Breathtaking from the moment you land, Iceland is an island built on a plethora of hot springs, geysers, dormant and active volcanoes. Just last year tourism overtook the fishing industry as their main economy and I can see why. To get away from the excessive hustle and bustle of Christmas in London, me and my little brother caught the exciting deal of Secret Escapes and thought it would be an incredible way to end a somewhat challenging(!) year. 

The tour included admission into the Blue Lagoon, a whale watching tour and the spectacular Northern Lights tour. The first night we landed we had the evening to ourselves so we decided to check out the local sights of Reykjavik. Our hotel Centerhotel Plaza was conveniently located and although rather small, it was homely, warm and a great place to come back to after a jam packed day.

Due to our arrival day being on Christmas Eve, most places to eat where closed. Therefore most people found themselves in the only open local pizza joint, who were obviously gleaming in the amount of money they were making that day! After breakfast the next day we set off to visit one of the 25 wonders of the world. The Blue Lagoon on Christmas Day was quite frankly one of the most surreal places I've ever visited. It got off to a bit of a rocky start as we had to queue for more than an hour to get in due to it being their busiest day of the year (On Christmas Day?!) Once we made it through the locker rooms, we had to run on the coldest frost bite inducing snow ever to head into the spa area. Once inside I literally couldn't stop floating in the geothermal spa where I lathered my skin in the silica clay provided. Many times, I had to look around and pinch myself. Not everyone can say that they've been swimming in the snow with ice topped mountains in the background on Christmas Day!

Once back at the hotel, we found out that due to the oncoming heavy snow that night, the Northern Lights tour would be cancelled. Clear skies are absolutely vital to catch a glimpse of the lights and we set all our hopes on the following evening where we would find out around dinner time if we could venture out. The next morning we found out that the whale watching tour was also cancelled due to choppy waters. However, it worked out just fine, as the Golden Circle tour was going ahead and even though that didn't come in our package deal, we decided to spend extra and booked ourselves on. And wow- I'm so glad we did! The Golden Circle included the world famous Strokkur Geyser, Thingveller National Park and the gorgeous Gullfoss Waterfall- All sights that you don't get to see every day. I had another couple of moments where I looked around and as cold as I was, I took it all in. Everything was so unrealistically beautiful. The beauty of living out in such a visually pleasing remote location was daunting yet simplistically revitalising. 

The tour was rounded off by the nostalgia of one-off gift shops along the long stretches of road, reminiscent of the dessert scene in Jurassic Park. So flipping incredible! And then came the good news- The Northern Lights tour would be happening that night! Wohoo! All bundled up, everyone hopped on the coach (massive shout out to Reykjavik Excursions) and off we went. Our tour guide did warn us that the only guarantee on the tour was that there was no guarantee and to forget about seeing a vivid array of colours as the images we see in popular media as those are taken by professional photographers who come out each night for months on end. Nonetheless, the skies were clear, the stars were twinkling and we stopped off at Thingveller National Park where we saw the first initial dim sightings of the Northern Lights. Over the course of two hours, the lights grew bright, dimmed, moved and appeared with cues of purple- And they were of course magical- And what made it even more surreal was that at the stroke of midnight, gazing out at the stars, I turned 25! I'm usually surrounded by family at home once my birthday hits, but that was a more than welcomed change! The following hours harvested a lack of sleep as we got ready to catch a bus back to Keflavik Airport at four in the morning to catch a flight back home! Thank you Iceland for being the beauty you guaranteed to be :)

One of the 25 wonders of the world, the Blue Lagoon was formed in 1976 following the operation of the nearby Svartsengi power plant. People began bathing in the unique geothermal seawater which has led to the present day innovative spa experience. 

THINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK- Where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates are pulling apart at the rate of a few centimetres per year
STROKKUR GEYSER- a fountain geyser which erupts every 4-8 minutes and shoots a column of water up to 30 metres in the air
GULLFOSS WATERFALL- created by the river Hvita which plummets into a crevice 32 metres deep

Also known as the Aurora Borealis. Caused by the interaction of particles from the sun with the upper atmosphere near the North Pole (First two photo credits go to Steinunn Harðardóttir from Reykjavik Excursions- you can tell by the following images my phone didn't quite pick up the beauty!)


Have you been to Iceland? Let me know how it was!


Monday, 22 December 2014

Cannot Wait For Bates Motel Season 3

I love shows which are quietly confident. They pull in great viewing figures each week without the hoopla of the press and have a plethora of excellent dialogue and production staff that makes the vision come to life. One of those shows is A&E Network's Bates Motel. The first teaser promo for the third series has been released, which has been advertised as a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 classic 'Psycho'. The show which has been produced by Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin stars Brit, Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga (who has already been Emmy nominated for her role as Norma Bates). The teaser itself shows Norman Bates spying on a mysterious new arrival at the motel (Tracy Spiridakos). Will we see reference to the famous shower scene? Only time will tell! I just have to commend the cast for their brilliantly executed craft, which places Bates Motel in a different league than the other shows out there. Playing a character in Bates Motel would be an absolute dream come true!

Season 3 will debut in March 2015

What do you think will happen in Season 3 of Bates Motel?


Thursday, 18 December 2014

Amal Clooney (Alamuddin) is Barbara Walters' Most Fascinating Person of 2014

Amal Clooney (Alamuddin) has topped Barbara Walters' most fascinating person of 2014- Surprising choice- but rightly so. She literally popped out of nowhere and managed to nab the most eligible man on the planet and married him in September. The human right lawyer did well! Other people to make the list were the likes of Taylor Swift, Neil Patrick Harris and Oprah Winfrey- all for fascinating reasons of course. Check out the rest of the list below! 







Monday, 15 December 2014

72nd Golden Globes Nominations

On Thursday December 11th the 72nd Golden Globes nominations where read by Kate Beckinsale, Peter Krause, Paula Patton and Jeremy Piven. A huge congratulations is in order for the film Birdman which dominated the film categories with seven nominations. Fargo on the other hand lead the pack with five nominations in the television categories. Personally, I'm hoping that Orange is The New Black and How To Get Away With Murder walk away with the accolades it deserves- it's about time newer television series are honoured. There's so much fresh, unique and talented material out there that deserves to be praised! The winners will be announced at the ceremony on Sunday January 11th. May the best man win!




Best film, drama
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

Best film, comedy or musical
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
St. Vincent

Best actress, comedy or musical
Amy Adams - Big Eyes
Emily Blunt - Into the Woods
Helen Mirren - The Hundred-Foot Journey
Julianne Moore - Maps to the Stars
Quvenzhané Wallis - Annie

Best supporting actor
Robert Duvall - The Judge
Ethan Hawke - Boyhood
Edward Norton - Birdman
Mark Ruffalo - Foxcatcher
JK Simmons - Whiplash

Best score
Alexandre Desplat - The Imitation Game
Johann Johannsson – The Theory of Everything
Trent Reznor – Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez - Birdman
Hans Zimmer – Interstellar

Best song
Big Eyes – Big Eyes (Lana Del Ray)
Glory – Selma (John Legend, Common)
Mercy Is – Noah (Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye)
Opportunity – Annie
Yellow Flicker Beat – Hunger Games, Mockingjay Pt 1 (Lorde)

Best director
Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava Duvernay - Selma
David Fincher - Gone Girl
Alejandro González Iñárritu - Birdman
Richard Linklater - Boyhood

Best actor, drama
Steve Carell - Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch - The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal - Nightcrawler
David Oyelowo - Selma
Eddie Redmayne - The Theory of Everything

Best supporting actress
Patricia Arquette - Boyhood
Jessica Chastain - A Most Violent Year
Keira Knightley - The Imitation Game
Emma Stone - Birdman
Meryl Streep - Into the Woods

Best actress, drama
Jennifer Aniston, Cake
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Best actor, comedy or musical
Ralph Fiennes - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Michael Keaton - Birdman
Bill Murray - St. Vincent
Joaquin Phoenix - Inherent Vice
Christoph Waltz - Big Eyes

Best animation
Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2 
The LEGO Movie

Best screenplay
Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Gillian Flynn - Gone Girl
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo - Birdman
Richard Linklater - Boyhood
Graham Moore - The Imitation Game

Best foreign language film
Force Majeure
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

Best series, drama
The Affair
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
House of Cards

Best actress, drama series
Claire Danes – Homeland
Viola Davis – How to Get Away with Murder
Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife
Ruth Wilson – The Affair
Robin Wright – House of Cards

Best actor, drama series
Clive Owen - The Knick
Liev Schreiber - Ray Donovan
Kevin Spacey - House of Cards
James Spader - The Black List
Dominic West - The Affair

Best series, comedy or musical
Jane the Virgin
Orange is the New Black
Silicon Valley

Best actress, comedy or musical series
Lena Dunham – Girls
Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie
Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin
Julia Louis Dreyfuss – Veep
Taylor Schilling – Orange Is the New Black

Best actor, comedy or musical series
Don Cheadle – House of Lies
Ricky Gervais – Derek
Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent
Louis CK – Louie
William H. Macy – Shameless

Best mini-series or TV movie
The Missing
True Detective
The Normal Heart
Olive Kitteridge

Best actress, mini-series or TV movie
Maggie Gyllenhaal - The Honorable Woman
Jessica Lange - American Horror Story: Freak Show
Frances McDormand - Olive Kitteridge
Frances O’Connor - The Missing
Allison Tolman - Fargo

Best actor, mini-series or TV movie
Martin Freeman - Fargo
Woody Harrelson - True Detective
Matthew McConaughey - True Detective
Mark Ruffalo - The Normal Heart
Billy Bob Thornton - Fargo

Best supporting actress
Uzo Aduba – Orange is the New Black
Kathy Bates – American Horror Story: Freak Show
Joanne Froggatt – Downton Abbey
Allison Janney – Mom
Michelle Monaghan – True Detective

Best supporting actor
Matt Bomer - The Normal Heart
Alan Cumming - The Good Wife
Colin Hanks - Fargo
Bill Murray - Olive Kitteridge
Jon Voight - Ray Donovan



Thursday, 11 December 2014

Kathy Griffin Will Replace The Late Joan Rivers on E!'s Fashion Police

Disagree with me if you must, but Kathy Griffin has been confirmed to replace the late Joan Rivers on E!'s Fashion Police and I think it's a brilliantly obvious choice! She's bold, sassy and has the same instinctive knack of harmlessly (sometimes) making fun of other celebrities. Throw in a bit of rating fashion and she'll be fired up and raring to go! Kathy will join Kelly Osbourne, Giuliana Rancic, Melissa Rivers and celebrity stylist Brad Goreski to be fashion's toughest critics. Kathy's debut will be aired on January 12th 2015 where they'll be reviewing all things Golden Globes! Needless to say, Kathy has big shoes to fill and I'm sure she'll do the role justice. Let's take a look back at some of her wittiest lines! 

*I was raised right — I talk about people behind their backs. It's called manners.

*My fear of camping: I’m convinced bugs will crawl up my vagina and lay eggs. Isn’t everyone?

*A lot of people come up here and they thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus. He didn't help me a bit. If it was up to him, Cesar Millan would be up here with that damn dog. So all I can say is, 'suck it, Jesus! This award is my God now'!
*Most people unfamiliar with the men in a new town might search for love until they find it. I picked out some guy on my second day in LA, who worked at the local bicycle shop, and handed my virginity to him. “You can fill a tire? Sounds good to me. Let’s call it a date.” Needless to say he wasn’t Mr. Right.

*Of course, I’ve told Jesus to suck it, too, which earned me a certain measure of notoriety, because you have to make fun of any religion that would let you have sixteen kids and say it’s God’s will.

*I have a no-apology policy.
*I love Mariah Carey. Remember the breakdown? I loved the breakdown.

*Gwyneth Paltrow names her kid Apple. I'm not going to let that stand.

*I speak fluent gay. I took two years in high school and it just stuck.



Tuesday, 9 December 2014

007's Most Famous Bond Girls

It's been announced that the 24th official Bond film starring Daniel Craig will be called 'Spectre'. Director Sam Mendes made the bid announcement last week and also stated that the release of the film will be on 23rd October 2015. Other actors who are set to join this long running successful franchise are Andrew Scott and Dave Bautista. Oh and who can forget- the Bond Girls! There's a hearty European affair this time around with Italian bombshell Monica Bellucci and French stunner Lea Seydoux chosen to play the coveted roles. Big time roles ladies! Monica, I believe is an obvious fit with her va-va voom sex appeal. I'm more surprised by Lea's casting, although her role in the critically praised Blue Is The Warmest Colour shows that she can play sexy down to a 't'. To remind ourselves of how these ladies need to perform let's look back at some of the most famous bond girls!

DANIELA BIANCHI- From Russia With Love 1963
HONOR BLACKMAN- Goldfinger 1964
LUCIANA PALUZZI- Thunderball 1965

DOMINO DERVAL- Thunderball 1965
MIE HAMA- You Only Live Twice 1967
JANE SEYMOUR- Live and Let Die 1973

MAUD ADAMS- The Man With The Golden Gun 1974
BRITT EKLAND- The Man With The Golden Gun 1974

BARBARA BACH- The Spy Who Loved Me 1977
TANYA ROBERTS- A View To Kill 1984
TALISA SOTO- License to Kill 1989

MICHELLE YEOH- Tomorrow Never Dies 1997
DENISE RICHARDS- The World Is Not Enough 1999
HALLE BERRY- Die Another Day 2002



Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Tonight is the 19th annual Victoria's Secrets Fashion Show

Tonight is the night when the 19th annual Victoria's Secrets fashion show gets underway at Earls Court Exhibition Centre right here in London! There will be an incredible 79 looks hitting the runway this year and no less than 47 super hot models. Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio will have the honours of wearing the $2 million fantasy bras featuring rubies, diamonds, sapphires and 18 karat gold. The show itself will be divided into six different style categories including Gilded Angels, Exotic Traveller, Dream Girl, Fairy Tale, University of Pink and Angel Ball. Guests for the show will have to wear black tie to keep to the theme which is loosely based on Truman Capote's Black and White Ball in Manhattan in 1966. Oh and ofcourse, the performers!- Ed Sheeran and Ariana Grande will be performing and Taylor Swift will be the star attraction as the main headliner! The show will be screened on Wednesday 10th December (just one day after America!) at 9pm!

Adriana Lima (Fantasy Bra)
Taylor Swift (Headlining) 
Alessandra Ambrosio (Fantasy Bra)

Candice Swanepoel
Lindsay Ellingson
Lily Aldridge

Doutzen Kroes
Karlie Kloss
Behati Prinsloo

Shanina Shaik
Elsa Hosk
Jasmine Tookes

Barbara Fialho, Lais Ribeiro, Devon Windsor, Blanca Padilla, Jac Jagaciak, Romee Strijd, Bregje Heinen, Maud Welzen, Daniela Braga, Imaan Hammaam, Eniko Mihalik, Kelly Gale, Jourdan Dunn, Maria Borges, Cindy Bruna, Lily Donaldson & Josephine Skriver


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