5 Amazing Tarantino Movie Moments

Before I met Matt, I hadn’t ever watched a famous Tarantino film and it makes me cringe to even admit that. He’s practically a living legend, right? I missed out for a very long time. Even when Matt tried to introduce me to his work, I was apprehensive and I put them off for such a long time – for absolutely no reason whatsoever.

We practically lived and died films for years. We’d fit in 20 minutes of a film whilst on the bus to the cinema to watch one of the new releases, before watching another 20 minutes on the bus back home. Straight after college, we’d see what ‘LoveFilm’ disc had been posted to us and we’d stick one on. All films were discussed and rated afterwards on our IMDB account – if our personal ratings differed, we would even rate them as an average of our two scores. Super nerdy, I know, but we loved it.

Pulp Fiction Dance Scene Tarantino Movie Moments

What I’m trying to say is, after all of that, I still hadn’t watched any film directed by Quentin Tarantino. Thankfully, I eventually sat back and let Matt take me on a Tarantino journey, and although we’re nowhere near finished, we’ve made pretty good progress.

Here are some of my favourite Tarantino movie moments so far. Narrowing it down to five was difficult, so you’re going to have to forgive the countless other incredible scenes that haven’e been included!

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The Bride Vs. Gogo Yubari Fight Scene from Kill Bill Vol. 1:

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Jack Rabbit Slims Dance Scene from Pulp Fiction:

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Basement Bar Scene from Inglorious Basterds:

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Ear Cutting Scene from Reservoir Dogs:

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Burning Theatre Scene from Inglorious Basterds:

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What’s your favourite Tarantino movie moment?

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4 Subscription Boxes I’d Love To Try

I have this weird fascination with subscription boxes, yet I’ve never actually ordered one! They’re always so full of wonderful things. I don’t often find the time to buy myself little gifts so having somebody else send you a selection of goodies in the post each month is just so appealing.

When I do decide to take the plunge and fork out a bit of money each month, here are the 5 subscription boxes that are just calling for me to own them:


Bloom and Wild:

Bloom and Wild Subscription Box

Having fresh flowers dotted around the home is one of my favourite things. These ‘letterbox flowers’ are carefully delivered in the post each month for around £15 a month (depending on the subscription you choose). There is also an option to send these as a one-off, which would be a perfect gift idea!

OwlCrate:

OwlCrate Subscription Box

Each month, the lovely folks at OwlCrate round up a themed bunch of goodies and pack them into a box fit for a queen bookworm. This was the first subscription box that I ever happened upon – in fact, I found this company back on Instagram a while ago, when they were a tiny little thing, packing boxes in their living room. Filled to the brim with bookish goodies, these subscription boxes are £25 per month.

Loot Crate:

LootCrate Subscription Box

Loot Crate is the ultimate geeky subscription box. Every month has a different theme with some past crates being ‘invasion’, ‘dead’, ‘futuristic’ and ‘dystopia’. It’s pretty hard to describe the contents of these subscription boxes as they vary so much month to month – generally, they include a Pop Funko and a geeky t-shirt! On a monthly contract, you can get these geeky boxes from £21 a month!

CatLadyBox:

CatLadyBox Subscription Box

I am a massive cat lady so, no surprise, this is my dream subscription box! Anything kitty related is just my best friend. The box is full of goodies for you and your furry friend, including items of clothing, jewellery, home-ware or treats for your cats, all for £32 a month.

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Are you subscribed to any boxes? Which one’s would you like to try?

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My Favourite Movies Of All Time

Engrossing myself into works of fiction is something I really love. Unsurprisingly, as well as fictional books and games, I am a huge fan of films. Now that I’m a little busier than I used to be – with a full time job and shit to do – I don’t get to watch as many films as I’d like to, but c’est la vie. When I do sit down to watch a film, my attention is fully absorbed and I’ll savour every moment.

Unlike a lot of people, I don’t often re-watch my all-time favourites. Instead, I kind of lock them away in my mind with a huge label across it saying “wow, never ever forget this film.” I do, however, have the tendency to re-watch some of the cheesier, guilty pleasure movies, but I can’t help myself… Mamma Mia, for example, is my ultimate, embarrassing guilty pleasure and I can’t get enough. I just love ABBA lots.

I thought it would be a really nice idea to share a huge list of some of these favourites. I would never be able to narrow them down to just one! So, here’s a snippet of my all-time favourite movies.

My Favourite Movies Of All Time

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Moulin Rouge

This is probably the film that means the most to me. Me and Matt watch it on our anniversary every year. 

Inception

The Aristocats

Catch Me If You Can

It’s been on my list of favourites since I was a child. It’s an incredible movie!

Unleashed

Cast Away

Even the name “Wilson” chokes me up… 

Black Swan

Donnie Darko

Dirty Dancing

Gran Torino

The character development in this film is just immense. 

Mulan

The Truman Show

This is a very special kind of film. It’s goofy, because of Jim Carrey, but the revelation and plot are incredibly moving.

Pulp Fiction

Mamma Mia

Perfect Sense

Me and Matthew watched this early on in our relationship and, to this day, we still sometimes just say “wow, do you remember Perfect Sense? That ending…”

Ex Machina

Titanic

12-year old Morgan would smack me if I didn’t include Titanic. After all, it does still make me sob every time. I bloody love this film.

Alice in Wonderland

Shutter Island

Her

A fantastic insight into where technology is heading.

The Green Mile

Love Actually

Oblivion

Buried

Definitely the best lone location movie I’ve ever seen. So tense.

Easy A

Wreck It Ralph

Silver Linings Playbook

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper being awesome again. It’s a very relatable story about mental health.

Memento

Kick-Ass

The Grey

Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World

Thinking about this film makes my heart hurt. So enjoyable until your heart breaks.

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That’s definitely a very varied list and I know that I’ve missed so many. I’m sure I’ve forgot some big ones too, but I could just go on and on and on and on… When me and Matt first met, we’d spend full days watching movies over the weekends. We’d rent whatever movies we could find from our old Love Film subscription, so we’d end up with a right jumble of movies – I think that could actually be why I have such a varied taste in films! We would watch easily four films a day. Although we did watch a lot of crap, we found some fantastic movies and some of them are still my favourites to this day.

So, what are some of your favourite movies?

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My Ultimate 80’s Playlist

Practically all of my favourite songs, if not all of them, are from the 80’s. Whilst my music taste does vary hugely – from the most beautiful pieces by Ludovico Einaudi to Darude’s Sandstorm – I do generally always gravitate back to the 80’s.

When you think of the 80’s, do you think of rubbish hair, garish coloured clothing and cheesy music? I used to. I wasn’t completely wrong either. The 80’s had some fantastically cheesy songs, like Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now by Starship (which is, I admit, one of my favourite songs of all time). Then, on the flip side, you’ve got the likes of Kiss, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard and Guns N’ Roses who all inject a dollop of rock into the decade. I just can’t get enough of all of them.

My Ultimate 80's Playlist

Until I made this playlist, I listened to Absolute Radio 80’s and Classic Rock daily. All the adverts and unwanted snippets of news got a bit annoying though, so I thought I’d make my own. I included bits of classic 80’s cheese, power ballads, rock songs and old favourites so it’s a pretty varied mix.

If you like good music, I’m sure you’re going to love something from this playlist.

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You can find my playlist here:

 

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

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Let me know what you think. Are you a big fan of 80’s music?

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6 Cruelty Free Brands I Love

Me and Matt made the choice to only buy from and support cruelty-free companies about a year or so ago, after the gradually overwhelming disgust became too real and too unavoidable. Why companies still test their products or ingredients on animals is beyond me, especially when there are so many alternatives. There are countless incredibly high-end companies that are against animal testing, so the argument that it ensures high quality products is ridiculous. At the other end of the scale, there are so many super affordable brands, that I use daily, which also stomps all over the argument that it’s too expensive to avoid testing on animals. It’s a completely rubbish, barbaric and outdated practice that companies should be ashamed of.

Animal testing isn’t washing fluffy bunnies with shampoo or putting lipstick on beagles… it’s upsetting and nasty. It’s monstrous.

Cruelty Free Make Up Products I Love

Anyway, before I go on a rant, I’ve learnt a lot over the past year. I’ve learnt which companies do test and which companies don’t – there is even a huge grey area. I used to think it was a confusing mess but I’m finally comfortable with what products I buy and what I avoid, making life so much simpler.

Some of the brands that I stumbled across in the past year have provided me with some of my favourite, go-to products! If you’re struggling to find some fantastic cruelty-free products then I hope this snippet of my cruelty-free make-up and toiletries is as helpful for you as it is for me.

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Superdrug

Superdrug’s own brand has been an absolute gem. For a very long time, we were struggling to find a cruelty-free toothpaste, of all things. We then eventually found out that all of Superdrug’s own brand products are cruelty-free (including so many different toothpastes!). All of our toiletries are now bought from Superdrug and they’re all great. I have incredibly sensitive skin, so finding a new brand of make-up wipes could have been a challenge, but Superdrug’s are perfect and my skin hasn’t ever been so lovely.

B. Make-up and Skincare

B. is Superdrug’s exclusive line, taking pride in it’s fully vegan and cruelty-free range of products. From the lipsticks, to the mascaras, to the daily face creams, I’ve never been disappointed and this is one of my go-to brands when I’m running low. Living relatively close to three Superdrug shops is a bonus too!

Lush

I am sure you’ve heard me ramble about my love for Lush… I’m sure of it. Lush is fantastic and it’s, without a doubt, my favourite “treat-yo-self” shop. Not only is this place completely cruelty-free but a lot of the products are even vegan and incredibly natural. It’s a little slice of heaven – the smell of the shop alone is enough to make me smile!

Sleek

Sleek are absolutely incredible. This make-up brand is pretty low-end yet I’ve found one of my all time favourite products from this company – their Matte Me lip creams. These lip products are completely kiss proof, drink proof and food proof, they come in a selection of beautiful colours and they’re only £5 each! They last all day so they’re perfect for work days, when it’s hugely unprofessional to be reapplying your lippy… Like Lush, a lot of Sleek’s products are vegan too.

Gosh

When looking for some new cruelty-free products to try, I recently stumbled across Gosh, it’s great range of mascaras and the many, many shades of lipstick they have to offer. The current mascara I’m using (Crazy Volume Mascara) is amazing and it’s probably the best one I’ve ever tried – it gives length, volume and a deep black colour. I have really pathetic eyelashes, they’re practically nothingness, yet it still works great on me so I can only imagine it’s sublime for people whose eyelashes have a bit of length!

Next

When I was Christmas shopping in Next, I stumbled across their perfume range. They all smell so beautiful but I was wary… I didn’t think a big shop like Next, that isn’t exactly known for it’s toiletries, would be cruelty-free but I had a check anyway. There was an ambiguous cruelty-free logo on the back – I could have left it there, but I didn’t recognise the cruelty-free organisation so I had a Google! It turns out, they are completely against animal testing and don’t participate in anyway. I have three perfumes from Next and they’re all just beautiful – if you wanna feel fancy without a fancy budget, grab yourself “Gold”. You’ll instantly feel magnificent because it’s bloody gorgeous.

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There are many, many more, but I think these six are my favourite.

What cruelty-free companies do you love?

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Iconic Film Posters

Trying to balance my love for books, writing, gaming, nature, photography, TV shows, art and film in my spare time is a challenge. If your explanation of your day-to-day hobbies is a mouthful, then I’m sure it’s safe to say that it’s a bit of a task in the real world, too.

#FirstWorldProblems, right? I sound like such a spoon.

I just love immersing myself in my hobbies. Luckily, every single one of them can be shared with the love of my life and best friend, Matt, so it’s not hard to find the balance between home life and hobbies – this seems to be the issue for most people, when hobbies are discussed. Instead, it’s just a tough one for me to decide what hobby I want to play with each day!

I don’t just love a bit of everything, I love everything completely. Yes, I’m a bookworm – I could build myself a blanket fort, drag in a crate of books and stay in there for days. I’m also a blogger – my days are filled with ideas, inspiration and an urge to write from morning to night. Then there’s photography – my camera is my sidekick, my third eye and it never leaves my side. I don’t do anything half-heartedly, really. I give everything my all and, today, that everything is film.

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Here are, what I believe to be, the most iconic and most striking film posters of all time!

Colour:

Colour Movie Posters

127 Hours | The Truman Show | Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The use of colour in all three of these posters are the reason they’re so striking. 127 Hours is my personal favourite here – your eyes are quickly drawn to the struggle right in the center of the image, which is split between the looming-night sky and the hot red stone. The Truman Show cleverly combines bright colours with a myriad of stills from the film. It comes across pretty positive… despite what actually happens. The Star Wars poster uses a tradition combination of “good guys” blue and “bad guys” red. It’s simple, and it works!

Illustrations:

Illustrated Movie Posters

Attack of the 50 Foot Woman | Casablanca | Singin’ in the Rain

I think illustrated film posters are wonderful and I’d love to see this style of poster return! All three could similarly find a place in my “colour” section – they’re full of it. How interesting that they are have a primary focus on yellow!

Text Based:

Text Based Movie Posters

A Clockwork Orange | Buried | Trainspotting

Let me just say, Buried is one of the best films I’ve ever seen. It’s incredibly, almost intolerably, tense and Ryan Reynolds is perfect. The poster is just as impressive and it creates a similarly claustrophobic feel. I haven’t seen either of the other two films (I know, I’m terrible!) but I can completely appreciate how unique they both are.

Simple:

Simple Movie Posters

American Beauty | GoodFellas | Forrest Gump

Sometimes, simplicity is the way to go.

Personal Favourites:

Classic Movie Posters Favourites

Inception | Pulp Fiction | Titanic

Although I love every single one of the movie posters I’ve featured, a certain few have a stronger place in my heart. Out of my selection of favourites are these three goodies. Inception – which also happens to be one of my favourite films – has an incredible poster and DVD cover. It’s mysterious, it hints at the complexity of the story line and it introduces all main characters. I love that. Pulp Fiction is just… Pulp Fiction. It’s a fantastic film with a just as great poster. Last, but not least, is Titanic. The poster is just as romantic as the movie itself, yet the famous passenger liner noticeably looms over the couple… I’m sure we all know it doesn’t end well.

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What are your favourite movie posters?

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20 Famous Books I Haven’t Read

There are only so many books you can read in a lifetime! I’m a huge bookworm so I’ve understandably read quite a lot. However, for some reason, a lot of the best-selling, much loved favourites just haven’t made it yet! Considering how many best-selling novels there are in the world, I don’t think I’m doing too bad but there’s definitely some whoppers that I’m missing out on.

There’s always so much pressure reading well-loved books too! If I don’t like it, am I weird, uncultured, uneducated, naive? Obviously, people have different opinions but when it’s something as famous as Pride and Prejudice, I do start to worry if it’ll live up to it’s expectations.

20 Famous Books I Haven't Read

All of these books are waiting for me on my “to be read” list so I’ll definitely get around to them eventually. Because I haven’t read much throughout 2016, I’m finally just starting to catch-up on all of the novels I’d planned to read last year.

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20 Famous Books I Haven’t Read:

Atonement by Ian McEwan

The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

A Song of Ice and Fire (series) by George R. R. Martin

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells

Mort by Terry Pratchett

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

The Martian by Andy Weir

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Emma by Jane Austen

How To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

Looking for Alaska by John Green

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

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I can’t wait to read them all! That is a really fantastic list of books, I think. I should probably start reading through them :).

How many of these famous novels have you read? Do you have a favourite?

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