The Fortnightly One #4

29 May 2014

I'll just say what everyone's thinking - I'm really bad at these posts. Originally I planned to do them every other Saturday, but that hasn't quite worked out and they've been going up with no real rhyme or reason. 'The Infrequent Third-Weekly One' doesn't quite have the same ring to it however, so I'm going to try my hardest to get these published on time.

"Apply" - The Products
Pink lipstick has always been my 'thing' and I've concluded that the perfect everyday subtle pink is MAC Lovelorn. I mentioned it recently in my April Favourites post and have been wearing it non-stop since, MAC describe the shade as an "emotive blue pink" and it's my preferred finish of their lipsticks - 'lustre' - making it my ideal lipstick. Mine sadly melted in my bag and isn't the nicest shape anymore, but it looks just as pretty on so I'm happy.

Bottom: MAC Lovelorn | Top: MAC Saint Germain
"Watch" - The Films, Series & YouTube
As I'm going through a bit of a Matt Damon phase at the moment, I watched The Rainmaker recently and loved it. I'm a sucker for a courtroom drama and this story of the underdog vs. the corporate giant, cancer vs. a family and a wife vs. an abusive husband was so memorable, gritty and emotional. I wept at some points and at others I did this...

Faultless acting, gripping storyline, Matt Damon in the 90s - know what I mean, ladies - safe to say, it got five out of five stars on my Netflix account. A true sign of greatness.

"I'm alone in this trial. I'm seriously outgunned and scared. But I'm right."
My dad and I watched Year of the Dog (as it was in the 'Critically Acclaimed Quirky Comedies' section and you're always in for a treat with those) and found it really funny and loveable. It took me half an hour to work out where I knew Molly Shannon from - Cindy Lou Who's mum in The Grinch - of course I had to do another Phoebe-style air punch when that lightbulb moment happened. Definitely worth a watch but I must warn you: be prepared to weep within the first five minutes. I think I even let out one of those little chokey sobs.

"Animals are like people, they live for love."
Will and I saw About Time - bit cute, isn't it. I loved Domhnall Gleeson, and whilst I usually love Rachel McAdams, I didn't entirely believe their relationship and that had a knock-on effect to the rest of the film. Anything with Bill Nighy is a winner in my eyes though, and I'm sure many people will adore it. I also now want to go to Cornwall really badly.

"I just try to live every day as if it was the final day of my ordinary, extraordinary life."
Prey, a miniseries on ITV was a crime thriller that I got quite into, it was nothing groundbreaking but the overall story was engrossing and fast-paced. If you're into high-octane dramas, it's still available to watch here. Next on my 'to watch' list: Fargo

"Eat" - The Food
Melon. Of any variety, but particularly honeydew or watermelon - it's the heat, I tell ya.

Visit Meg Says Eat for daily healthy eating ideas!

"Read" - The Books, Blogs & Magazines
I'm currently reading This Book Will Save Your Life by A.M. Holmes, and find it refreshingly different and thought-provoking. It sounds like a self-help book - and in some ways, it is - but it's a fictional account of Richard Novak, who embarks on a journey of self-discovery after a near-death experience. The blurb describes the novel as "[revealing] what can happen if you are willing to open up to the world around you", and I'd happily second that. Quite a 'quiet' read and with no chapters - perhaps exemplifying how Novak's 'emotional thaw' is unfolding - I'm enjoying it immensely and find it fresh and unique.

Sammi aka Beauty Crush has been seriously bringing it in the blog department recently and I've loved keeping up with her recent travels to Australia. Her photography is simply stunning and if you haven't already checked out her YouTube channel you really must, I've been watching her for years and her little family with Jason and Riley is just the sweetest.

You can also find Sammi on Twitter & Instagram
"Wear" - The Style, Sleepwear & Loungewear
Apart from the whole Jay-Z and Solange elevator fiasco, it's kind of old news now - but I'm still poring over photos of the 2014 Met Gala Ball and swooning over some of the dresses. It was difficult to narrow it down, but here are my three 'best dressed' ladies.

Gisele Bundchen in Balenciaga
Diane Kruger in Jason Wu for Hugo Boss
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Balmain
Also, special mentions have to go to this pair who are quite possibly the most gorgeous couple on the face of the Earth... 

Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds, both in Gucci
... and this group of women, who are most definitely the coolest.

"Listen" - The Music
AM by Arctic Monkeys. Addictive.

"Inspire" - The Quotes
A little (sweet vs. bitter) food for thought...


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