Monday, 31 August 2015

Back To School Anxiety

It's been a long warm Summer, of good music (Hailee Steinfield's new single anyone?), great memories ( when I met Beckie0 at LUSH Oxford St.), and just chilling in general. But recently my reminiscing of the dog days has been cut to the halt by the ever-present threat of school, looming like a large grey rain cloud and spoiling  the few days that I have left to myself before I have to worry about GCSE's, mean girls (not the cult-classic chick flick, I live the real thing!), and having to apply myself to something other than eating or writing this blog; the very thought of which is terrifying.

This year is different from the last three years of state school secondary education; this year is GCSE coursework, meaning that I actually have to achieve something if I want to even come close to not-failing my GCSE's entirely.

So as always when faced with a predicament, I enlisted the help of my most trusted friend, the internet, in search for a way to calm my nerves about the upcoming school year, so that I can get back to binge watching New Girl and refreshing my Instagram feed.
A quick search on YouTube returned a video titled "Back To School Anxiety & Advice With Theodora Lee!" by the gorgeous Irish beauty guru and YouTube personality, Melanie Murphy.
Having been a long-term subscriber of Melanie's I was overjoyed that I had discovered the video and a little bit disappointed that I hadn't found it sooner.

In the video, Melanie, accompanied by Theodora Lee (aka Caspar Lee's sister) outline the problems that they faced going back to school, whether that be appearance, friends, grades etc. in a completely relateable way that didn't leave me feeling worse than where I started.

So for this reason I'd like to say a huge thank you to Melanie Murphy for her totally fabulous advice and I recommend that if you're feeling at all like I've described, to watch the video below!

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Films I've been watching + 10 Things I Hate About You Review

Hormonally charged female friend: OH MY GOSH, have you seen the new Marvel film? Chris Hemsworth was so hot as Thor, strutting around all hunky with that big hammer, but I kinda have a thing for Loki too; I think that he's only cruel and witty to cover up the fact that he's just really deeply troubled by his past - what do you think?

Me: *Nods head in agreement, but is still trying to figure out if Thor and his "big hammer" is a creepy euphemism or whether he's a construction worker with over-sized equipment.*

...Sound familiar?
Of the extensive catalogue of words that I use to describe myself, I sometimes feel that the terms 'uncultured' and 'clueless' top the list. Therefore, in a desperate attempt to up my rapidly dwindling street cred, I made it this Summer's mission to watch as many cult-classics, across as many different genres as possible.

So far, the notable works that I have had the pleasure of viewing have been: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Rebel Without A Cause, She's the Man, Westside Story, Brokeback Mountain and (possibly my all-time favourite 90's flick) 10 Things I Hate About You.

10 Things I Hate About You is a hilarious rom-com, based on Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, following former popular girl turned stick-it-to-the-man feminist, Katherina Stratford (played by Julia Stiles) whose non-existent love life is shaken up when her younger sister, and popular girl cliché, Bianca (played by Larisa Oleynik) is told by their protective father that she is allowed to date ...when Kat does.
Meanwhile, new kid at Padua High School, Cameron James (aka Joseph Gordon-Levitt) takes a fancy to Bianca, so decides to find a date for her scary sibling in the form of the bad boy Patrick Verona (otherwise known as the late Heath Ledger), so that he can ask out Bianca.

Julia Stiles slayed (to use appropriate terminology) as Kat, who was both empowering, witty, and fragile all at once, whilst Ledger was mesmerising as the hunky male lead. Furthermore, it was refreshing to see a strong female protagonist, who doesn't end up 'reined-in' by her love interest; Kat remained unfalteringly kick-butt throughout the whole film!

I'd recommend this film to anyone who has ever questioned themselves, or tried to alter who they are in order to 'fit in'. I'd also recommend this to angsty teenagers, and well-balanced teenagers, and adults, and just about anyone that will listen, because I adore this film!

To watch the trailer click here.