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The Flicks

When Geordie gets back from his work trips we tend to spend a huge amount of time…….watching films and this month has been no different. Every night for almost a week now we’ve each stretched out on a sofa surrounded by munchies and settled down to watch a blockbuster, or dusted off our comfy pants and hauled ass to the local Odeon.

I’m not a big movie fan and tend to save my viewing for this kind of special ritual we have, Geordie on the other hand has seen pretty much everything from The Devil Wears Prada to Up!

It’s quite difficult for us to agree on a genre to watch together too as I’m a huge scaredy cat and stereo typically prefer rom-coms or at least action films. Geordie will watch pretty much anything apart from rom-coms! (Although he did shed a tear at Wall E and I’m probably dead meat for publishing this haha)

This week we’ve packed in a lot of action with GI Joe Retaliation, Oblivion, The Purge, Star Trek into the Darkness, Pain & Gain and managed to squeeze in What happens in Vegas, as it was on Film4 and we were too lazy to physically put another dvd into the player! First world problems huh?

I grew up watching a fair bit of Star Trek thanks to my older brother (I still draw the line at Babylon 5…load of pants) and really enjoyed the first ‘new’ film and now the second part mainly due to the casting. Chris Pine is a very handsome Kirk!

I’m not a huge Tom Cruise fan (other than Top Gun of course) so I watched Oblivion while scrolling Pinterest for home decor ideas. Not sure I can even recall the plot but Geordie says it was ‘alright’.

pain and gain

I’m a HUGE Dwayne Johnson fan and of the two films we watched I preferred his character in GI Joe, as the slapstick role in Pain & Gain seemed a bit beneath him. Still you can’t knock a bit of half-naked Mark Wahlberg and there are some classic lines to listen our for…

Daniel Lugo: [to a little boy] Don’t eyeball me! I’ve seen your mother driving up and down these streets looking at me! I’ll be your stepfather in about a week!

I had to watch The Purge in two parts because we settled down to watch the film around 9pm, at which point it was dark outside and the opening 30 minutes had me close to tears with anxiety. Seriously. I’ve read many books that brought about the same kind of feeling but there was no turning the page watching the film. The plot line is this….set in America there is no crime, violence, unemployment etc. For 12 hours, once a year nothing is illegal and therefore citizens are encouraged to rid themselves of angst, jealousy and anger by basically going ballistic killing, raping and pillaging…without consequence.

I’d uncomfortably watched a family prepare and lock down their house for the night, consoling their kids that there was nothing to worry about etc while monitoring their outdoor security cameras…..only for a lone figure to appear at their gate…..its literally terrifying.  Yes I am a big Mary Ellen when it comes to thriller/horror type films but this was simply eerie.

I wont spoil the rest of the film but out of the 6 we’ve watched this week, this is the one I’d go for.

Just call me Wossy eh?

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Future Fashionista

My usual end of season sale shopping trip was something of a revelation this year, not only because half of the high street has been in sale for an increasingly long period, but because my 5-year-old daughter actually wanted to go with me into town, seeking in particular;

 “A sparkly top to match her black tutu that Nanna and Granddad bought’

 I am going to take a chance here and say that most kids hate going clothes shopping, especially sale shopping when it’s the equivalent of a rugby scrum in most stores, the heating is turned right up and the queues are ridiculously long. I also imagine that most children, during the summer holidays want to do nothing more than stay in their pyjamas, watch Nickelodeon and eat rubbish all day.

So imagine my surprise when my little girl (because she still is a little girl, each to their own and all but there are no brats dolls, make up, strappy tops or heels in her possession) comes into my room fully dressed at 10am one bright August day and proclaims she would like to go girly shopping for a top and then to McDonald’s! I’m all for her taking pride in her appearance and having an interest in fashion, especially when it’s been a major preoccupation in my life since a young age. However, it did make me wonder how young role models are becoming and at what age is it acceptable to make your own fashion choices?

It would seem that I am something of a dinosaur when just 20 minutes research into an array of famous tots offered a multitude of blogs, website and fan pages, and that was just for Suri Cruise! After what seems like an eternal wait for the Beckham’s brood to grow by one pink one, we can finally welcome the new girl in town as 8 weeks old Harper Beckham (according to mummy Victoria’s Twitter feed) is currently attending her first NY Fashion Week. The child is about 8 weeks old and has already got a front row (car) seat at the hottest venues/shows in town! And here is me wondering whether to brave H&M on a Saturday morning in the school holidays.

I decided to let go of the reins a little and allow my daughter some freedom to make her own clothing choices. To my utter delight she chose a Rolling Stones t-shirt and bright red ballet flats, which coincidently matched the huge ketchup stain down her Gap hoody after finishing up, as promised at McDonald’s. Not quite NY Fashion Week, but it’ll do for my little fashionista in the making.

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