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Sunday, 21 April 2013

Home Review: English Rose Party Bunting


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Nothing quite says  English garden party and charm like some bunting draped across the lawn in the summertime.

However, for those of us living in student accommodation and therefore not having lawns (or any real recreational space), we must beautify our bedrooms.

5b56d162a88311e29b6422000a1c00c6_7This pretty and floral English Rose Party Bunting from dotcomgiftshop is just perfect to add a bit of vintage charm, be it on a sunny day or to improve the look of a room.

Measuring eight metres in length it is just perfect for draping along your wall or across the garden before an important and fun-filled event.

I myself chose to tac the beautiful spring and summer time pennants close together in my room. As the board I have is not particularly long, I still had plenty of pennants to spare!

photo (1)The fifteen pennants come in five different patterns, repeating them in order as you go along, a lovely combination of roses, sprigs and blossoms.

I am such a fan of floral prints and the brightness and variety of the colours just gets me every time.  I would imagine with proper care you would be able to use it outside for many years to come.

As the bunting is made from cotton it is also super easy to clean and freshen up, leaving everything looking a bit nicer and more festive.

Do you not just adore this bunting? What are you plans for parties this summer? 

Stephanie xox

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Film Review: Hitchcock


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“All of us harbour dark recesses of violence and horror,” says Anthony Hopkins acting as director Alfred Hitchcock.

The behind-the-scenes biopic is a peek at Hitchcock’s greatest achievement and struggle, the revolutionary classic Psycho.

Hopkins gives a convincing portrayal of the 60-year-olds gentlemanly arrogance; the pursed lips, waddle, well-spoken with a fixation for the younger women.

It is a shame that the voice is a little off, but we can forgive that.

The film is centred on an impressive cast with Scarlett Johansson as the panic-stricken lead Janet Leigh, and Helen Mirren as the hardworking wife Alma Reville.  

Hitchcock’s in turmoil with Psycho, desperate to pull it off. His relationship becomes strained. Alma becomes increasingly unappreciated, in the shadows of the “great and glorious Alfred Hitchcock.” 

He succumbs to her and they work together, financing the film independently when Paramount Pictures rejects its content of voyeurism, incest and transvestisms.

People appear disgusted by the gore and Hitchcock swears his cast to secrecy and boldly continues.
However, so do the doubts, nightmares and visions a regular occurrence. Alma supports him “unquestionably” as he deteriorates, editing the film for the difficult censors, a daunting task. The duo balance one another, a tale of love as it is of horror.

Oh, but what of the unforgettable knife scene? Well seeing Johansson’s performance proved impressive and convincing. Not just a pretty face but an incredible actress.

The ending would satisfy the “master of suspense”, heartfelt before concluding direct to camera with a clever twist. 

Monday, 1 April 2013

Music Review: Jake Bugg @ Leicester O2 Academy


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If you have not heard of this young Nottingham lad then you must be living under a rock. These last few months Jake Bugg has certainly been making an impression on the music scene.

His show at the Leicester O2 academy was packed, a sell-out night and highly anticipated. After seeing an impressive set by Hudson Taylor the extremely talented guitarist took to the stage playing pretty much the entirety of his platinum-selling debut album.

Jake kept it short and sweet, polite but brief throughout, crowd interaction not exactly key to the set as he quickly said good evening to the massive and cheering crowd and swiftly began to play. I suppose with such an impressive and popular array of songs one can do so.

A seemingly solo venture, aided to his left side by a very large selection of beautiful acoustic guitars to pick and choose from. He worked through the songs with style and grace, a very raw performance as if the stage were his second home.

The only complaint I could possibly have was the thick Nottinghamshire accent proved rather difficult and confusing to grasp at times (and this is something I very rarely experience, I actually study in the city now).

However, this did not really matter as the recognisable and cleverly constructed music meant  it did not take long to guess the tracks as he effortlessly went through them, favourites including 'Two Fingers', 'Seen It All' and the evident and highly demanded (by the screams) encore 'Lightning Bolt'.

The crowd sung, stomped and clapped along throughout the evening, the lights dashing across them for the more upbeat tracks before returning to spotlight for the more soulful and slow. The funniest moment of the night? Jake giving us an awkward wave before he sauntered off stage, leaving the cheers and whistles behind him.

Overall, it proved itself to be a fantastic and fun-filled night in the company of an incredibly talented teenager that one can't help to admire. I can certainly see why the UK festival circuit are desperate to nab him this summer, he is certainly not one to miss and I can not wait to see him again!