M-I-C-K-E-Y


We're headed to the Happiest Place on Earth on this week.
I might be just as if not MORE excited than my kids.

I'll be back with MORE tips and MORE people watching pics I'm sure!
To see past TRIPS, TIPS and TRICKS of Disneyland click HERE, HERE,HERE.

General Conference Motivator.


I love giving my Young Women incentives to:

a) Watch General Conference
and
b) Work on Personal Progress

Since General Conference is NEXT WEEK...we're handing these out today...



For a free download of this handout click HERE.

I also handed out a copy of THIS so that the girls could actually get started with one of their value projects.  Now...they have NO excuses.  {Smile}.

Apple Cupcakes.


Well....not really in AZ quite yet.  Still in the 90s. But we'll take it.  Hope is on the horizon.

Today Carson's class had an APPLE themed party.
{They've been studying about all things APPLES this week}.

The party was also a FUN excuse way to kick off FALL BREAK.
{They get 2 1/2 weeks off now...wahoo!}

I told the teacher I would be in charge of the treats and these are what I came up with:



Super duper easy.  If you've  never used 'sanding sugar' before...you need to try it.
It's one of my very favorite cupcake products.

And in case you're interested...the APPLE party consisted of 4 stations:

1. Bobbing for apples. {If Carson gets the flu now I'll know why. Smile.}

2. Dipping caramel apples and coating them in sprinkles.

3. Apple painting.

4. Making apple sunglasses.

Have I told you how much I love the boys' teachers?  'Cause I do.

Happy Fall Break!!!


September Empties / Products I've Used Up


It's Empties time again!  I think my products stash has finally calmed down a little (or is at least starting to) since I started to make an effort with using things up.  Here's what I finished in September and whether I will repurchase them again.


Inecto Pure Coconut Intensely Hydrating Hair Repair Treatment - (previously mentioned here).
A cheap and cheerful weekly hair treatment which has a gorgeous coconut scent.  I almost always have one of these lying around in my bathroom because it only costs about £2 or £3 and my hair seems to like it.  It's not a miracle product by any stretch of the imagination, but it's good for maintenance purposes.  Repurchase?  Yes.

Taaj Himalaya Micellar Water - (mentioned in my Evening Skincare Routine here)
This is a fantastic make-up remover that just removes everything really easily, and feels so refreshing whenever I use it.  I received this sample size from a JolieboxRepurchase?  Yes.

REN Neroli And Grapefruit Body Cream - (from Amarya box)
I used this a lot over summer because it's a light body lotion, so it's ideal to use when you're skin isn't too dry.  As much as I love the matching Body Wash of this, I found this scent in cream form to be too cloying at times which is probably why it's taken me so long to use it up.  Repurchase?  No.

John Masters Organics Lavender Rosemary Shampoo - (review)
Another product that has taken a long time to use up has been this shampoo.  It's too drying for me to use on a regular basis, but it works really well as a clarifying shampoo for once a week or fortnight usage.  Repurchase?  No.

Weleda Pomegranate Creamy Body Wash - (review)
Love, love, love this!  Smells amazing and is great for my dry skin.  Repurchase?  Already have.


A La Carte Brow Ink in Taupe - (mentioned in my Eyebrows post here)
I received this in a Carmine (RIP) box some time last year and have been using it every now and again for my brows.  It's finally dried up now so I was impressed by how long it lasted.  As much as I like this, I'm not going to repurchase it because there's a much cheaper GOSH dupe which I want to try out next.  Repurchase?  No.

The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Stain in 01 - (mentioned here where I compare it to Benetint)
Although it's not all used up, it's gone awfully gloppy because I've had it for a while, so I'm throwing it out.  I did like this, but just didn't find myself reaching for it very often.  Repurchase?  No.

MyFace MyMix Foundation in 02 Medium 
Also throwing this out because it's past its best and I've now switched mainly to using mineral foundation.  This was OK, but probably not the best foundation for oily skintypes.  Repurchase?  No.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Facial Blotting Tissues - (featured in my Top 5 Summer Products here)
Really like these a lot, they're fuss free and do the job.  Repurchase?  No, I'm going to try out the Kleenex ones next because they have been recommended to me so many times recently!

Figs & Rouge Balm in Sweet Geranium (featured in my Balms Stash here)
The packaging of this 100% organic multipurpose balm is so pretty and receives so many compliments whenever I'm seen using it.  It's a great balm that I've mainly used on cuticles and heels.  Repurchase?  Yes, but I wouldn't buy this flavour again, I want to try out a different one instead.

Have you used up any products this month?  Feel free to link to your empties posts below!

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Tried & Tested: Bumble and Bumble Creme De Coco Masque

 Bumble and Bumble Creme De Coco Masque (150ml, £21.50, link)*

If you've been following my blog for a while, you may have picked up on the fact that I love anything coconut scented.  So when this tube of Bumble and Bumble Creme De Coco Masque popped through my letterbox, the very first thing I did was have a good old sniff.  And believe me when I say it smells oh-so-good!  But what did my hair think of it?  


Bumble and Bumble Creme De Coco Masque is an intensive hair treatment for those with dry and/or dull looking hair who want it to be silky soft and glossy looking.  I have very dry lengths and ends which can feel quite brittle if I don't give it some extra moisturising TLC every now and again, so Creme De Coco sounded like an ideal hair mask for me to try out.  This hair masque features a trio of tropical butters (Shea, Mango and Seed) as well as Kukui Nut Oil to soften the hair and restore shine, the latter being something that I find a much more common problem to combat as we head into A/W when hair can naturally start to look dull.

What did my hair think of it?
The formula of Creme De Coco is your standard very thick conditioning cream as you'd probably expect from any kind of intensely moisturising hair treatment.  After shampooing, I slathered a generous amount onto my hair and wrapped it up in a hair turban to work its magic for around 20 minutes, and then I rinsed it all out.

My hair was left feeling very hydrated, was much more manageable to style and after I had dried it, looked noticeably shinier and more healthy looking.  However, I found the results to be a little short-lived, in that the moisturising effect was only felt for around a day, whereas I've used similar hair treatments in the past which have kept my dry hair hydrated for around 2 days.  That said, on the second day, my hair still looked much shiner that it usually would do.

You can also use Creme De Coco as a much quicker conditioning treatment if you're short on time (just leave it on shampooed hair for 7 minutes and rinse it out instead), but when I tried this, I didn't notice as big a difference in moisturising results as I did when I left it on for 20 mins in a hair turban.

A good hair treatment that smells gorgeous, but one that I would perhaps recommend to those who have slightly dry hair rather than very dry hair. 

Do you use anything from Bumble and Bumble?
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September Books List

 
It was so nice to get my teeth stuck into some great fiction after non-fiction August!  Here are the books I have read for leisure in September including one non-fiction book that I managed to finish last night.

(1) The Metamorphosis and Other Stories by Franz Kafka
If you haven't heard of The Trial, then you may have heard of The Metamorphosis instead which is Kafka's equally famed and revered piece of chilling literature and one of the short stories featured in this collection.  This edition serves as an ideal introduction to Kafka's prose and his general outlook on life comes through strongly through his characters and what they're dealing with.  A lot of the tales bound together here are truly terrifying in an intelligent, read between the lines type of way, and yet there are some which just come across as plain horror too!
You can just dip in and out of this collection as and when you please, without getting too caught up in a lot of the tension and anxiety which Kafka so often exudes in his work.  I would however recommend diving straight in and skipping to (and my favourite of the lot)  The Metamorphosis first to get you in the mood if you haven't read any of his previous works before.  [4/5]

(2) Quiet: The Power Of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
A really interesting book that points out many of the obvious traits that introverts have, as well as the not so obvious ones, and looks into where these traits come from.  What I found the most fascinating were the parts which focused in on the many positive contributions and factors that introverts can bring to the table that people (including the introverts themselves) wouldn't necessarily think of or realise.   It does have some dry and repetitive bits here and there, but mostly it's very intriguing, especially if you love psychology and social science analyses.  [3/5]

(3) Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
I enjoyed this book a lot but I had a feeling that I would from the start.  A novel about a man who hates his job and has a wife who wants to move to Paris so that they can both get the very most out of life instead of living a meaningless existence in suburbia?  This is right up my street!  I loved the Wheelers as the main characters because they had a lot of layers and depth to their relationship.  I also quickly warmed to Yates' prose and his ability to transport me to the late 1950s which meant that I easily immersed myself into their world.  [4/5]

(4) Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Code Name Verity is the only book that I found disappointing this month.  For a YA novel, this took me a lot longer to finish than I thought it would.  The writing is so disjointed, rambling and slow to begin with that I just couldn't get into the actual storyline (it's about young female spies in WW2) and ended up putting it back down on several occasions.  I decided to stick with it on the promises of other reviewers who said it gets a lot better in the second half, which it definitely does, but ultimately this book wasn't my cup of tea because of the writing style.  [2/5]

(5) The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
A quick read about the emotional by-chance friendship of two eight-year-old boys; one the German son of a Nazi, and the other, a Jew who has been imprisoned at Auschwitz concentration camp. Having watched the film first, I'd say that the film is a lot more dramatic, but the book by default is very harrowing as it's told through the eyes of Bruno, the German boy and of course the subject matter was always going to be difficult to read about.  If you haven't read this or watched the film, then stay away from the ending spoilers online!  [4/5]


What have you been reading this month?

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Fall Apples and Peach Cobbler.

True Fact. I can't eat fresh apples OR peaches.
I'm allergic to em.
Like...have to go to the ER allergic.

It always makes me ex-pecially sad this time of year.
Lucky for me though....I can eat them if they're cooked.
Like Apple Pie, Peach Cobbler, Apple tart...you get the jist.

I was going through my 'fall' archive the other day and came across this little APPLE gift that I handed out to some of my favorite peeps last year. It was SO easy to do that I felt the need to re-share.


For more pictures and deets...click HERE.

P.S. Apples are on sale at Basha's {local peeps} for 77 cents a pound.

A couple of weekends ago we went over to a friend's house for dinner.
My cute friend Courtney brought the most delicious Peach Cobbler {Joe's favorite}for dessert.
We drooled over it.  It was that good.
She shared the recipe with me, I made it up tonight and this is definitely blog worthy material people.
We ate so much that Joe and I both now feel sick to our stomachs.
It was soooo good.  Especially with 2 scoops of vanilla bean ice-cream.

It's called Southern Peach Cobbler and you can find it HERE.

Photo via All Recipes


Review: Murad Hybrids Skin Perfecting Primer - Blemish & Shine Control

 Murad Hybrids Skin Perfecting Primer - Blemish & Shine Control (30ml, £29, link)*

Today's post is something of a rave review, so you'll have to forgive me if I start jumping up and down with excitement whilst I'm describing this wonder product to you.


Murad, the high-tech, high-end skincare brand, recently launched a set of new products called 'Hybrids'.  This new range aims to disguise skin flaws, smooth skin texture and improve the appearance of skin in the long term.  As the name hybrid suggests, it's basically make-up combined with the benefits of skincare.

I was kindly sent their new Skin Perfecting Primer - Blemish & Shine Control which comes packaged in a sleek black tube and features an easy pump dispenser.  This primer is quite literally the bomb.  It is everything I have been looking for in a primer, all packaged in one container.

Here are 4 reasons why I love it:-

(1) It controls oil and shine.
I have oily/combination skin and find that most primers which are marketed towards us oily people, are great at reducing shine for an hour or so and then disaster hits.   They have a tendency to strip too much of the oil away (every skin needs some natural oil to keep it happy) in their bid to remove shine, and in doing so, force the skin to produce MORE oil over the course of the day to replace the oil that has been stripped away.  It's a horrible catch 22 situation.
Murad SPP B&SC doesn't do this.  Instead, it just leaves the skin matte free all day without going into that pesky catch 22 situation.  AMAZING.

(2) It doesn't clog pores and helps fight blemishes.
As much as I love the pore-shrinking effects of Benefit's The POREfessional, it does start to break me out if I use it too often because it clogs my pores straight away.  Murad SPP B&SC doesn't.  It has Salicylic Acid in it to prevent breakouts and a non-comodogenic formula which doesn't clog pores.  I've been using this primer for around 3 weeks now and haven't had any issues so far.

(3) It makes my make-up stay put all day. 
One of the main reasons we use primers is to prolong the look of our make-up, but so many simply don't do this.  Murad SPP B&SC does.  My make-up stays put all day with this underneath it.

(4) It is tinted and suits my skintone perfectly.
The lightweight formula of this primer is pretty much identical to that of an excellent BB cream (but one which has all the benefits of a primer as listed above!).  It is tinted and matches my skintone perfectly, as well as covering up any blemishes and redness.  When I use this, I don't need to use a separate concealer other than one for my undereyes.


I am totally blown away by how great this primer is!  It is high-end so it does come with a high-end price tag, but if you are looking for a new primer and want one that does all of the above, then I'd highly recommend checking it out.  The Murad Hybrids range has primers to suit all skintypes and I believe the tinted formula is universal, so it adapts to all skintones too.

Have you tried any of the Murad Hybrids?   
What do you look for in a good primer?
 
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ModeWalk takes Dallas by Storm

ModeWalk's selection, including haute couture (center and right) by Christophe Josse
by David Pedroza, Editor in Chief
Left to Right: Guest, Jessica Olson in Rochas,
and hostess Ana Pettus in Gustavo Lins
On September 19, ModeWalk presented a trunk show in Big D...that is Dallas, TX.  ModeWalk brought trunks and trunks of Parisienne goods, that would make any coquettish fashionista faint! The trunk show was hosted by Dallas' most Fashionable set, Hiedi Dillion, Ana Pettus, and Anna-Sophia Van Zweden, at the famed Goss-Micheal foundation in uptown Dallas.
ModeWalk's Co-founder, Beatrice Pang, was on hand to meet and greet clients from Dallas, some who are new to the site, and new to the brands. ModeWalk is the go to site for designers such as Andrew Gn, Anne Valerie Hash, Atelier Gusatavo Lins, and Alexis Mabille. Not only are there 40 great must have ready to wear houses, but also a selection of haute couture picks, from personal favorite such as Christophe Josse. The ModeWalk team engaged and informed customers as they feasted on a buffet of Azzaro envelope clutches, Marion Vidal bubble necklaces, On Aura Tout Vu crystal and silver angelic cuffs, and architectural dresses by Martin Grant. I could not resist the haute couture pieces by Christophe Josse, in a soft pink gazar blouse and gold crocodile pencil skirt.  I could not resist to include my favorites that were shown at the Dallas Trunk show; it was so much fun to experience ModeWalk!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Photos by Ana Pinto of ModeWalk and ModeWalk.com

Tag: 10 Products I Would Repurchase


There have been some good tags doing the rounds on the blogosphere once again, and this one has been a recent favourite mine to read.  These are the 10 products that I would repurchase straight away if they randomly decided to disappear one day!  It was very difficult to pick just 10 of course, so all of these naturally fall into that coveted Holy Grail pile for me and represent just a handful of the insane amount of products that I use on a regular basis.  I was tagged by CSI Beauty and I tag any #bbloggers who are reading this and fancy doing it!



(1) Urban Decay Naked Palette
Oh Naked Palette, where would I be without you?  If I ever lost this, I would repurchase it straight away.  I love all of the shades and I'm amazed that I haven't hit pan on any of them yet!

(2) Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Peach Parfait
I have a lot of these lip butters and I'm constantly throwing various shades into different bags whenever I leave the house.  They're just so easy to wear and I'm a big fan of how moisturising they feel on.  It was hard to pick just one (you can see my top 5 here), but I decided to include Peach Parfait as it's the one I reach for the most, with Berry Smoothie coming in at a close second.

(3) Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette (review)
Words can't describe how happy I was to finally get my hands on one of these after coveting it for so long.  It just works so well for me and I use it virtually everyday.

(4) LUSH Dream Cream
Whenever one of these pots runs out, I just go on auto pilot and buy a new one ASAP.  It's perfect for dealing with my eczema flare ups and calming everything down.

(5) Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser (review)
I am terribly fickle when it comes to cleansers, but C&P is one of the few skincare products that I have tried so far, where I'll always have a tube (or two!) in use in my bathroom.  My skin just loves this stuff and if I was forced to use only one cleanser for the rest of my life, it would definitely be this!


(6) Real Techniques Brushes (review)
So technically these are more than one item, but I'll count them all together as one to make things simple.  These brushes are just fantastic and if I had money to burn, I would go out and buy each and every one!

(7) Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey
Like most other beauty bloggers, I rushed out to buy these when they first came to the UK.  Honey is my favourite and I love how I can just apply this in the morning and then I don't have to worry about touching it up throughout the day.

(8) Soap & Glory Smoulder Kohl Waterproof Eyeliner in Superblack (review)
This liner has been one of my favourite make-up discoveries this year and is more than worthy of it's Holy Grail status.  It makes applying eyeliner simple and fuss free, and it has amazing staying power to boot.  I'm still dumbfounded by it's purse friendly price too!

(9) bareMinerals Original Mineral Foundation in Medium Beige (review)
I have almost exclusively switched to using mineral foundations recently and BM is my current go-to.  I do use my Inika one on good skin days, but most of the time, I use BM.

(10) Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Medium (review)
There's a lot of great budget buys to be had on the highstreet and my favourite is still this concealer from Collection.  I know it's a love/hate thing for a lot of people, but I love it because it just works for me and stays put all day whilst providing the coverage I need.

What products would you have on your repurchase list?  
If you have done this tag, please leave a link below in the comments! :)

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This weekend we:

...spent some time in Greer, AZ with Joe's side of the family.

It was everything I had anticipated.  And more. 
{The 70ish degree weather was B-L-I-S-S!}

Here are some of our very favorite things about the trip:


Grandma Marilyn's Nightly Devotionals

Every  night before bed, Grandma Marilyn had a special thought to share with us and a FUN surprise to give the kids.  One night she told the story of how her dad shot a bear while they were up in Greer...and the bullet went through one ear and out the other.  My kids have never been so attentive!  She gave them stuffed bears to remember the memory with.


Fishing at the Lake

The boys caught a real live crawdad.  It was gross.  And I don't quite understand how people in the south eat those.


The Game Room

The cabin that we stayed in was deluxe.  We each had our own room and off to the side of the kitchen was a gigantic game room with: a pool table, air hockey table, ping pong and video arcade system. The boys were in heaven. And I {almost} beat my husband in a mean game of air hockey. Almost.


Toy Cap Guns

Grandma surprised the kids one afternoon with toy cap guns.
It was hours of entertainment.


Feeding the Ducks at the Pond


Matching Family T-shirts

Joe's ever so talented sister Jenny designed matching t-shirts for all of us.
Everyone LOVED wearing them.  Except for London.  
Because they weren't pink. Or sparkly.
Go figure.


Spending time with the Coombs Cousins


Spending time with 
Grandma Marilyn and Grandpa Scott



Celebrating Uncle Will's Birthday

We LOVE Uncle Will.  And HE loves cheeseburgers.
Hence..the attractive CHEESEBURGER shirt we gave him as a present.
{If you feel so inclined to buy one for yourself, you can find them at...
Wal-mart. Don't be jealous}.


Grant didn't stop laughing the ENTIRE weekend so long as Will was around.



Our family had a blast.
Thank you Marilyn and Scott for inviting us, planning it, and putting up with us!!

Memories were made and we are forever grateful!

Review: Liz Earle Signature Eye Colour in Forest and Blend & Contour Brush


Earlier this month I reviewed Liz Earle's Lash Definition Smudgeproof Mascara (link) which has been my current go-to mascara for everyday (especially in this dreary wet weather!).  I'm pleased to say that I've recently added two more Liz Earle make-up items to my morning routine, in the shape of their Signature Eye Colour and their Blend & Contour Brush.


 Liz Earle Blend & Contour Brush (£12.50, link)*

I own quite a lot of make-up brushes and since discovering the likes of Real Techniques and Ecotools, I haven't really been looking at any others.  However, I may have to check out more of these brushes from Liz Earle now!  Their Blend & Contour Brush is just so perfectly crafted and easy to use that its no surprise that it's now sitting in my 'everyday' make-up brushes container.  The 100% cruelty free man-made fibres are super soft and flexible (we're seriously talking Real Techniques type softness here), and the long handle gives you a lot of control when you're blending into that tricky crease area.  I had a feeling that Liz Earle's make-up brushes might be good, but I had no idea they would be this good!
 Liz Earle Signature Eye Colour in Forest (3g, £13.50, link)*

Packaged in their trademark shimmery midnight blue, this slim disc of a compact holds one of the twenty shades that are available in the Signature Eye Colour range.  The formula of this eyeshadow is silky soft, yet it's more solid than most other comparable high-end shadows in that it you don't get a lot of fallout whenever you use it with a brush.   


I was sent the shade Forest which is a gorgeous subtle green shot with gold.  It's absolutely beautiful and a perfect shade to wear for A/W.  I don't have anything like this in my current collection, but have fallen in love with how easy it is to wear.  The shade is very subtle, making it so easy for me to extend out of my usual browns and nudes rut and go for a different look.  It's still happily in the neutral family, but gives me a bit more definition when I want it without being too dark.

I didn't have any issues with creasing either when I wore it for around 8 hours, but would say that if you wanted the colour to look more intense, just layer it over a good eyelid primer and you'll be good to go.

I'll definitely be checking out more of the shades that Liz Earle has to offer and if you're a fellow neutrals fan, you'll love all of the earthy tones as much as I do!


Have you tried anything from Liz Earle's Colour Make-Up Range?

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5 Mini Reviews: Ogario, Bamford, Dr. Nick Lowe & balance Me


Time for another round of the 5 Mini Reviews series.  Basically for this post, I pick 5 samples to try out, use them up and then share my thoughts on them.  Simples!

(1) Ogario Restore and Shine Hair Masque
Ogario are a new haircare brand discovery for me and I applied for this free sample of their Restore and Shine Hair Masque when they were giving them away as part of an Olympics promotion.  The hair masque was so lovely to use and gave my hair a lot of body and shine, without it being frizzy.  The scent is absolutely gorgeous too, very citrusy, mmmm!  I am very tempted to save up for a full size pot of this or add it to my xmas wishlist!

(2) Bamford Geranium Body Lotion
This was another product that smelt really good.  It has geranium, lavender and peppermint essential oils in it, with the latter being the one that comes through the strongest.  A light and non-greasy body lotion which absorbs into the skin straight away and is very hydrating too.  

(3) Bamford Geranium Body Wash
Although this has the same uplifting and refreshing scent as the matching body lotion above, I found the formula of this body wash a little too drying for my liking.  So if I were to splash out and purchase one of these full size, it would definitely be on the body lotion.

(4) balance Me Radiance Treatment Mask*
I featured this in a Favourites post a few months ago and this is my second sample tube that I've used up.  I still love it and think that it works really well as a 3 in 1 mask (it hydrates, exfoliates and deep cleans all at the same time), but for instant radiance results, I prefer to use my Liz Earle Brightening Treatment Mask instead.  

(5) Dr. Nick Lowe Oil Control Anti Blemish Day Cream
Another product that I featured in the same Favourites post above and I've also used up about six sample tubes of this!  I do really rate it, but I won't be investing in a full size pot until next summer, purely because my skin is currently doing its usual seasonal change of becoming a tiny bit drier and less oily at the moment.  However, if you have just oily skin and not oily/combination, then I can't recommend this face cream highly enough.

Have you tried any of these products? 
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10 Films List


 (1) The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
Based on the travel memoirs of a young Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, this film is beautifully shot across much of Latin America and the parts in Peru especially, are absolutely breathtaking.  You don't have to be a Marxist buff to enjoy this as the politics associated with Che aren't the main theme here.  Instead you get an insight into how travel and meeting people from different cultures can shape a person's humanity and outlook on life instead.  This is one of those films I could watch again and again.



(2) Get Him To The Greek (2010)
Comedy starring Russell Brand as a stereotypical difficult rock star who needs to be saved from his failing career by playing a come back show at the Greek Theatre.  One to watch when you want a laugh!


(3) The Devil's Double (2011)
Chilling biographical depiction of Latif Yahia, the Iraqi soldier who was forced to become the body double of Uday Hussein, the sadistic playboy son of Saddam.  Absolutely gripping viewing that will make you squirm in your seat.


(4) Water For Elephants (2011)
Romance starring Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon, based on the best selling novel by Sara Gruen.   Set in 1930s Depression hit America, a travelling circus courts crowds wherever it can to make money, but with the ups come the inevitable downs.  You kinda guess the ending, but it was still enjoyable nonetheless.


(5) The Pillow Book (1996)
Arty film based around a Japanese model who seeks to explore pleasure from the art of body painting.  Stars a young Ewan McGregor as the main love interest.


(6) The Rum Diary (2011)
 Based on the novel by Hunter S. Thompson, Johnny Depp plays Paul Kemp, a writer who is struggling to find his voice and takes a job at a Puerto Rican newspaper.  It's full of offbeat scenarios and bouts of crazy randomness as you'd expect from anything written by Thompson.


(7) Office Space (1999)
Satirical comedy written and directed by Mike Judge (the guy behind Beavis and Butthead) which quickly became a cult classic among everyone who has ever worked in an office environment and thinks it sucks.  You are bound to have heard some of the phrases from this film at some point in your life.  


(8) The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)
Historical fiction drama centered around the by-chance friendship of two eight year old boys; one a German whose father is a Nazi, and the other a Jew who is imprisoned at Auschwitz concentration camp.  I'm reading the book at the moment and have to say that so far, the film is a lot more dramatic and tear-jerking. 


(9) Submarine (2010)
British coming of age comedy following the tried and tested concept of a 15 year old boy falling in love with a girl at his school.  


(10) The Trial (1962)
This is the Orson Welles directed adaptation of Kafka's most famous book of the same name, which sees a man having to deal with the circumstances of being accused of a crime he has not committed.  The film is shot in an abstract and stark fashion which plays upon the tension felt by Josef K (the man accused) and is a brilliant piece of cinema in itself.

What was the last film that you watched?  Any recommendations? 

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