Try the grey stuff it’s delicious!

For many months I have been waiting to see the new version of Beauty and the Beast, which is my favourite animated Disney film. The film just was released on Blu Ray, and I have had the best time watching it so I thought I would share my experience. When I was a little girl I longed to be Belle, and I mean how can you not? She was super smart, well read, a little sarcastic, takes not shit from the man, and she’s beautiful. She was definitely one of my idols growing up. She was the only brown haired princess during my formidable growing up years, as if I needed another reason for her to be my favourite!

When I read that Emma Watson was cast a Belle I was over the moon! I love her work and I think she has blossomed as a great actress, advocate and role model. Her portrayal is perfect, her singing safe, but even she’s admitted she’s not a singer. I was most looking forward for Dan Stevens as the Beast who is top notch, no one else could have done a better job. And I loved him in Downton Abbey and Legion.

The rest of the cast was excellent, I especially loved Stanley Tucci and Audra McDonald as Maestro Cadenza and Mme de Garderobe. The rest of the star studded cast includes Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellan, Emma Thompson, Kevin Kline, Luke Evans and Josh Gad.

We all know the animated version, and I like the differences of the new version. The timeline makes a lot more sense, the villagers seem more cruel, the explanation of what happened to Belle’s mother is helpful. When Beast throws the snow boulder at Belle! The changes overall feel genuine, not too forced or out of sync.

The film has the same magic and granduer of the original with even more! For starters the castle looks amazing, like can I go live there please? Come on with that library! It’s the most wonderful thing I’ve ever seen. The village of Villenueve is perfect, it’s what I imagined it would look like in real life. The costumes are truly magnificent. Belle’s ball gown is TDF! And her celebration dress is simply divine. The CGI obviously looks amazing, the characters in their object form are so beautiful and ornate.

The music had the same feel and the new songs are really good. The magic of the “Be Our Guest” sequence is more than there.  My favourite would have to be the Beast’s song “Evermore”, I don’t know that I would break out in song after the love of my life has just left me, but hey, that’s Disney magic for you. And Emma Thompson’s rendition of “Beauty and the Beast” is so beautiful.

Over all it’s like one of my new favourite films! I’ve watched it a bunch of times already, and every time, it’s like the first time. I sing along to all of the songs and I’m quoting bits of the dialog. I just can’t get enough! And on that note it’s time to end!

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from Be Our Guest from Beauty and the Beast

When everything feels like the movies…

The other night J and I had a movie night!  We love watching movies, but not so much going out to see them.  We often wait for movies to be released for home viewing before watching them.  So we made some popcorn, had a cocktail of two, and had an evening.

We watch Crimson Peak, starring Mia Wasikowska as Edith, a young woman who lives in Buffalo with her father played by Jim Beaver, in Buffalo, NY during Victorian times.  She has dreams of becoming a published writer (not unlike me!).  She meets a mysterious stranger at her Father’s office, whom has a business proposition for him.  This stranger, Thomas Sharpe, a Baronet from Cumbria, England, brought to life by Tom Hiddleston, and his sister Lucille, find their way into the local society.  The film also stars Charlie Hunnam and Jessica Chastain

Thomas and Edith develop an infatuation, and he proposes marriage.  Edith’s father does not agree.  I don’t want to give away anything but the rest of the film, kind of goes as expected…  Meaning I saw all of what unfolds coming from a mile away.  I will follow that up with the film looked amazing, it is very well shot, the CGI looked great.  The sets were expansive, and very well decorated.  And if this story was written as a book, I think it may have been more enjoyable for me.  I feel like the story just started to lack, and the “scary” bits at times were laughable.  Like Edith says, it’s a story with ghosts, not a ghost story.  But it’s also not much of a love story either.

I was really looking forward to seeing this film, it had the makings of a whole hell of a lot of things I really enjoy, but it fell short.  It’s not a movie I will be watching again.  But, there will be other great films that will come my way, and I may share my thoughts on some other new releases.  This film 2/5, based on how well it was shot, and the CGI, everything else meh.  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from: Iris by The Goo Goo Dolls

Lights, camera, action…

I mentioned yesterday that I love watching the Oscars, and I look forward to it every year.  I also mentioned that I would share a few of my favourite looks from the show.  It’s always been a great night for fashion, and I vividly remember as a little girl watching the Red Carpet show.

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Can we just talk about Margot Robbie?  Did she look like an Oscar or what?  That woman can pull off just about anything.  Saoirse Ronan looked absolutely amazing in green Calvin Klein, and her mix matched earrings, TDF!  Charlize and Cate never seem to disappoint when it comes to their red carpet looks.  And Sophie Turner is looking very grown up these days.  What were your top Oscar Red Carpet looks?  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from: Put Me in A Movie by LDR

This is my show…

Tonight marks the 88th Academy Awards, or the Oscars.  A night that celebrates film and everything that goes along with the art form.  It’s one of my favourite nights of the year.  I have always been enamored with film making and I love all types of film.  What I appreciate most, is how expressive film making can be, and how the films can emote.

Yes, this years Oscars have been shrouded in controversy,  but when has it not?  With that being said, it’s always been about the fashion for me.  I live for the Red Carpet pre-show, and I always have.  They gowns… Oh, the gowns.  Ever since I was a little girl, I had dreams of one day walking the red carpet, in something so beautiful, that it made me cry.  If given the opportunity I may wear something similar to the look I am featuring today.

Oscar-night

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Of course my first Oscar look would be McQueen, even if it’s more K. Middy, than K. Moss… It’s a classic and elegant look, that screams Oscar!  The rest of my ideal look would be very simple.  Maybe a stud earring as well.  The lippie here is awesome, this Lipstick Queen colour actually mixes with your PH levels and adjusts to reveal your perfect berry shade.  It will be a part of my lippie collection very soon!  Also be on the look out for my favourite Oscar looks!  And on that note, let’s get this party started!

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from: Fucked My Way Up to the Top by LDR

Its the only thing I want this year…

Well it’s November and that means we are officially in the Holiday Season!  Although I am not the biggest fan of over commericalized bliss, I do enjoy the holiday season, I prefer to be with my family and enjoy good food, drink, and a toasty fire.  This year my wishlist is a bit lean.  I have been investing in a lot of my effort into building my perfect forever wardrobe and pinning down my beauty and skincare routines.  In addition to my top picks, I’m also in the market for a new laptop.  I need a laptop for portability, my current one can do most things just fine, but it overheats and that is just not good.  J has already mentioned that one may be waiting under the tree for me!   And now with out further ado, here is my Christmas 2015 wishlist!

1. Burberry wool scarf – In classic colours please!  Of course to match my quilted jacket and trench coat!

2. Leather tech gloves – If there is one thing I hate about my current pair of leather gloves, it’s that I need to take them off to access my iPhone, which is incredibly annoying.  I’d prefer black to match my coat and other outer wear accessories.

3. Diamond stud earrings – I have been wanting a pair forever, and they should be from Tiffany’s, being that I am a big Tiffany’s gal.  Round would be my preferred shape, and not too big.

4. Guerlain Meteorites – Regular Clair 02 – I have been hearing some great things about these often referred to “Magic Balls”.  I’m a big fan of setting powders and I’m itching to try this one.

5. Honeymoon by Lana Del Rey – On vinyl please!  I love this record and I would love to listen to it on vinyl, I think the depth of each track would offer a unique listening experience.

6. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby – High Fidelity is one of my favourite films, and I would love to read the book, I probably should have read the book long ago, but better late than never.

7. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams – Another one of my favourite films, and there are so many great lines.  I would like to read all of the books.

8. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – One of my favourite books and films.  I read this book a long time ago and I never got my own copy.  

Like I said I kept it simple this year.  I would rather spend some quality time with my friends and family over the holiday season than get a bunch of stuff.  But regardless of what is important I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season!  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: Yule Shoot Your Eye Out by Fall Out Boy

And if they get me and the sun goes down into the ground…

When there is a chill in the air and the leaves have already started to change colour, the night gets too cold, and a fire warms your soul; it can mean only one thing: autumn is here.  And if there is anything I love more than A/W fashion, it’s thriller and horror films.  I have composed a brief list of my favourites.  If you don’t plan on trick-or-treating this Halloween, stay in, make some popcorn, pour a glass of wine and prepare to be frightened! (muah ha ha!)

Evil Dead- This has to be one of my all time favourite scary films, the Raimi did it right, Bruce Campbell is amazing and you will be scared.  It’s also really funny without really trying to be.  There are also two sequels Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness, in case you want to have a marathon, which I strongly suggest!

Nightmare Before Christmas – Okay, not horror but perfect for Halloween watching.  The 90s kid in me sings every song, and quotes every line.  Tim Burton shock coupled with Danny Elfman’s amazing score leads to Disney movie magic.  Also watch it for a “scary” good Christmas time.

Dawn of the Dead – Original please, the remake is just okay. Romero knew what he was doing, Zombie apocalypse before it was cool, and it’s just great.

The Haunting – I think this was the first scary movie I was able to watch all of as a kid.  I almost always watch the 1999 remake with Liam Nesson and Catherine Zeta-Jones.  Although sometimes I do wake up in a cold sweat thinking about those scary as hell cherubs.

It – Stephen King is often great with ideas, and when they get turned into films or t.v. shows something usually gets lost.  This is not the case with It.  Clowns have always been pretty scary to me, and it took me a long time before I could watch this film the whole way through.  But I’m so glad I overcame my fear and the book is also really good too!

Dracula – Any film with Gary Oldman is a must see in my book, but this one really takes the cake.  He plays the Count and thanks to movie make up, ranges from old man to young heart throb, stealing the affections of Minna Murray (Winona Ryder) and Lucy Westerna all while causing one hell of a raucous. Anthony  Hopkins and Cary Elwes are in it too!

American Psycho – If you have not seen this film do anything in your power to, not only does it portray a character more deranged than a LDR song; but what one may do when they grow incredibly tired of fitting in to societal norms.  A true must see.  And it’s an even better book…

The Omen – Original please, one of the movies that makes me glad I don’t have kids yet…

Gremlins – Also great for Christmas viewing, did you know this was a Christmas movie?  I didn’t  realize this until about two years ago.  Anyway, it’s fantastic, and who doesn’t love Gizmo?

Donnie Darko – One fucked up ride… So hold on, this is definitely a film you need to watch more than once, let it sink in and then watch again, but once you get it man is it good.  The director’s cut is also a must.  Actually, just watch the director’s cut.

Young Frankenstein and Little Shop of Horrors – Both are horror/comedy genius, and the musical numbers!  TDF!  I can’t get enough of either, and both are so much fun, both have so many great one liners.

The Others – This is another film that you think you have figured out then bam it punches you in the face and you feel like your whole life is a lie, I love movies like that.  Nicole Kidman is on frigid bitch in this one, and the ghosts are super scary.

Now one could watch Halloween, Friday The 13th, or Hellrasier, but we’ve all seen those and all of the subsequent sequels.  I mean has anyone actually watch Jason X?  They are in space and it is really bad.  Check out something new, and anyone that has any favourites please share, I love watching thiller/horror films.  Although I am a wuss and I prefer the lights on, or to watch during the day.  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: Vampires Will Never Hurt You by MCR