La Grande Bellezza (‘The Great Beauty’), I seriously have no words for it, other than: please go and see it, it’s simply amazing! Watched this beautiful film in cinema last friday night and I’m still thinking about it. Here is a link to the trailer.
The past week has been a bit boring actually! Of course I could’ve been smarter and plan a bit better, but instead I had to work like crazy this week to be able to meet my deadlines. Who sets those things RIGHT AFTER Christmas break in the first place…?! That’s just bad manners! Ahem. Anyway, because of said deadlines I was stuck to my laptop these past few days, typing away and staring at the ceiling in despair and typing again and then, when sunday came, I sent it in, right on the twelve o’clock dot (PM that is). And that’s about as exciting as my week would get.
At the moment, as we speak, I should actually be doing work for my other deadline this week. It’s master thesis time and on thursday we have to present our idea to a small panel of other students (again, my life is so exciting). The good news is: I have determined a subject. The bad news is: I still haven’t been able to formulate a real ~question~ from which to conduct my research (pooh, had a bit of difficulty with translating the term there, but let’s just leave it at that). It’s the most difficult part I think! Hope it will come to me when reading up about it.
Of course, me being inside and stuck behind my laptop for most of the time, also means a lot of procrastinating has been done. Here are some things I found and like to share:
Probably my life saver this week: the Lord of the Rings soundtrack. I know, I know, super geeky and whatevs, but if it’s good enough for Orlando Bloom, then it’s good enough for me (j/k, Lord of the Rings is awesome, just like Orli’s butt). Something about that music even makes essay writing an EPIC event (just as epic like… well, no, I’m not going to make that joke). ♥ THE NEW VERONICA MARS FILM IS ALMOST HERE!!! Watch the trailer over here. ♥ Just a few more nights of sleep and then there will also be a new episode of GIRLS! I’m so excited for the new season. Here’s a teaser. ♥ It’s a bit difficult to read a lot when you’ve been studying all day, but I do manage to read 1 or 2 chapters of Hilary Clinton’s book every day without falling asleep. I hope she will publish a book about her time as a Secretary of State soon! But maybe she’s too busy with running for president..? ;) ♥ I really like that Kim has been blogging a lot more lately! Go check that out if you want! :) ♥
Music, mix the bourgoise and the rebelllll, yeahhh ♫
I have been on a real David Bowie binge the past few days. This is probably one of my favourite songs. Did you know that the song is about two lovers who are separated by the Berlin Wall? Bowie wrote it in 1977 during his stay in West-Berlin.
Have a good week everyone ♥
“When reading the description of this film for the first time, I definitely raised an eyebrow. A film about a man who can only move his left eyelid? That can not be the most fascinating story ever. Little did I know how beautiful it actually was. It all happened to Jean-Dominique Bauby, a successful editor of the French Elle. In the prime of his life he suffered from a stroke and became completely paralysed, a feeling he himself would describe as “living in a wet suit”. However, Jean- Dominique decided to make something of the time he has left (“I decided to have no self-pity and pay more attention to the two things that were not paralyzed: my imagination and my memory”) and asked his very patient nurse to write down his memoirs: Le Scaphandre et le papillon.
What makes this film special is not just the cinematography (which is in fact really really beautiful), but also how it makes you think about life. The main message of this film is not to show you how horrible it is to be locked in your body, but to show us that there is always something that can save you, like your imagination. Or, as the tagline of this beautiful french movie says: let your imagination set you free!”
If you love art house films and have a weak spot for the French language, this is one you definitely HAVE to see. You won’t regret it, trust me. It also has a great soundtrack!
(don’t watch it you don’t want to be spoiled ;) )
Hi everyone! Hope your Christmas was a nice and laid-back as mine! The first day we spent at my boyfriends parents house (very “gezellig”, as we say in dutch!) and the second day we drove to my family in the southern part of the country. While we were in the neighbourhood, we also drove over to Ghent, to pay a visit to Kim and her boyfriend. Why not, right? We’ve only been away for four days, but it felt like a real vacation. Here are some pictures :)
(As you can see I also tried to make GIFs from the videos I took while testing my camera. Not as good as I want them to be yet, but I’ll keep tweaking!)
Merry Christmas everybody! I didn’t know what to photograph to capture the real Christmas spirit of today, so here you have it, a Chistmas tree and a selfie I took this morning. Why not, right?! I also tried taking a picture of me blowing kisses at an imaginary audience, but that one probably would have scared the children. Anyway, a big Christmas kiss from me to you! :-*
Things I’ve done/loved/enjoyed/experienced/whatever
I GOT MY DRIVER’S LICENSE!!!! Best Christmas present to myself EVER. ♥ Also bought myself (another) present… A Canon 600D. My “old” one I sold to a friend of mine and I love that it has got such a good new home. It’s crazy how attached I got to that camera. But it was time for something new. ♥ Bought a lot of presents for friends/family. I LOVE buying presents, it’s probably my favourite thing to do. I don’t like shopping for myself, but I really enjoy buying (or making) great presents for others. So yes, purely selfish motives with that one ;) You don’t want a present? You beg me to not buy you a present? YOU GET ONE ANYWAY. DEAL WITH IT. ♥ Watched the new Hobbit film & luvvved it. ♥ Uni is driving my crazy. Sometimes I really can’t get to sleep when I think of all the assignments I still have to complete. Sucks. ♥ Spent a lot of quality time with friends & family the past few weeks. ♥ Listened to way too many christmas songs. ♥
Christmas with family in Zeeland and a visit to Kim!!! (and a lot of studying, boooo) Oh, and a new Sherlock episode, yessss!
Right, I’m going to wrap some more presents now. In case I fail to update in the next few days: have yourselves are very merry Christmas and I wish you all a very happy new year!♥
Because I’m supahfamous (not really), I get a lot of e-mails from companies who want to feature their product on this blog, either by organising a give-away or for me to write an advertorial about their product in exchange for money. Most of them I turn down, because they simply don’t “fit”, it’s as simple as that. But when Fairminds e-mailed me last week about the M-Brace, I though it might be something that WOULD fit with my blog. Fairtrade is certainly something I think is very important, I like the story behind the bracelet and I also thought the design was beautiful.
The fair trade jewelry line M-brace, the winning design from the Design Your Own Silver – Contest of Minds Fair, is a co-creation with Dutch design students, a fair trade supplier and the Mexican silversmith Vladimir. This particular bracelet, the M-Brace, was a design by Marlous and if you want you can check out a video about her and her visit to the Mexican silversmith’s workshop.
As you can see, the bracelet consists of a leather bracelet that you double wrap around your wrist and connect through the silver bead. I got the silver leaf, because I thought it was delicate and really beautiful, but they also have other beads to choose from. There was only one problem though: the bracelets are suitable for an average wrist between 16.5 to 18 cm and I have REALLY small wrists (hey, it’s not funny), so it was way too big for me. If you want you can easily costumize the bracelet by cutting of a piece of the leather and making a new hole of course, but not wanting to demolish the bracelet, I decided to look for someone with a regular wrist and who might like to have the bracelet. ENTER: MY SISTER. So, this friday, after a lot of giggling, I ended up with some pretty pictures and she ended up with a beautiful bracelet.
I did not get paid to write this. I did get the bracelet to shoot some pictures with (which I then used to bribe my sister into being my model ;)).
Hi everyone! Just wanted to share a quick film-tip with you today! The Bling Ring, Sofia Coppola’s newest film about the teenage burglars from Hollywood. It’s not so new anymore (I’m a bit late with this post… whoops), but I still wanted to share it with you. You’ve probably heard about it already, but if not, here is a very small synopsis from imdb.com: Inspired by actual events, a group of fame-obsessed teenagers use the internet to track celebrities’ whereabouts in order to rob their homes. Emma Watson is in it, Paris has a cameo and it’s directed by Sofia Coppola. It’s not THE BEST FILM EVER MADE (sorry Sofia), but I enjoyed it.
Here is the trailer:
(very short post, sorry, I’m super busy!)
Lorde’s number one hit Royals was super catchy (if you’ve never heard it before, you’ve probably been living in a cave for the past year or so, YOU CAN’T ESCAPE IT), but the danger of being just a one hit wonder is always lurking in the corner for these kind of artists. Not for Lorde though, oooooh noooo, she’s too cool to be a one hit wonder. I don’t know if her other songs are as catchy enough like Royals for them to become such a big hit, but I do recommend you get a good listen to her album “Pure Heroine”. Great to listen to while you’re studying or even when you’re prepping to go out dancing. Speaking of: she really can’t dance. We both can’t dance! Which is an awesome thing to have in common. I think.
Here is one of her songs: Team.
If you want to hear the whole album, here is a link to the one that’s up on youtube.
Happy sunday everybody xx