19 May 2015

I have discovered another mind-blowingly beautiful movie: Comet.

Taking place 'over six years (a few parallel universes over)' Comet follows the turbulent relationship of Dell (Justin Long) and Kimberly (Emmy Rossum) - seamlessly incorporating stunning visuals, vibrant colours, and a really f'ing cool soundtrack into a touching tale of love and despair, whilst exploring the subtle nuances of a dysfunctional relationship that, despite all odds, means absolutely everything.

Three favourite quotes:
“I’m glad we dated. I needed to date someone like you. Before you I only dated guys who looked good on paper… You were really, really smart. But also… Selfish. Crass. Not always in an entertaining way, mind you. You hated your job, your life, you were completely comfortable being miserable. You were horrible on paper. And I loved you. Being with you made me realize that it doesn’t have to look good on paper to feel good.”

"I feel like I’m in the wrong world. ‘Cause I don’t belong in a world where we don’t end up together.There are parallel universes out there where this didn’t happen. Where I was with you, and you were with me. And whatever universe that is, that’s the one that my heart lives in."

"If I were a restaurant you’d be my special, but nobody could order you.’ Cause I’d just want you to be mine, just all mine. Not in, like, a biblical slavery-owning sense. Or a pimp-prostitute dynamic of ‘You be mine, bitch.’ But, but just in that, you’re my love. You’re my love. But my favourite thing of all? I like you ‘cause you like me. I think that says a lot about how great you are as a person."

If you're looking for an honest and relatable story about how hard relationships can be, and about the build up of small mistakes that can lead to self destruction, Comet - released in the UK on July 3rd -  is for you.

I honestly can't recommend it enough.

Dating // The Highland Fling

16 May 2015

Dating in London. Edinburgh panorama. Another day, another disappointment – this time by the name of M.

M and I met at a house party a few weeks ago. He was Scottish and impressively muscled, and more than a little socially awkward – basically exactly my type and, despite immediately writing him off as out of my league, I could see the appeal. As the night progressed from a Britain’s Got Talent drinking game (amazing) to beer pong (I hate beer pong) to dancing to Tay in our socks (#Swifties) I noticed that he found me appealing too.

Marina Keegan | Against The Grain

13 May 2015

Coeliac Awareness Week. Eat Natural. Marina Keegan The Opposite of Loneliness.
In a client meeting last Friday, Coeliac Awareness Week was brought to my attention. As a non-sufferer, I’ve never had much cause to think about the impact coeliac disease has on those living with the condition - but having Eat Natural (who are suitable for coeliacs, subtle client plug for you there) bring it up reminded me of an essay I read whilst holidaying in Scotland. ‘Against The Grain,’ from The Opposite of Loneliness, is one of many non-fiction pieces in a collection by the wildly talented and tragically short lived Marina Keegan, who you just can’t help but adore. I will review the book - which has been on my mind for weeks now - in full at a later date, but for now here is the essay shared by Marina about living with coeliac disease - containing the perfect words to explain something that, to a lot of us, doesn’t really make much sense.

Enjoy x


On my deathbed, I will instruct a nurse to bring me the following: a box of Oreos, a bag of Goldfish, a McDonald’s hamburger, an assortment of Dunkin’ Donuts, a chicken pot pie, a Hot Pocket, a large pepperoni pizza, a French crepe, and an ice-cold beer. In my final moments, I will consume this food slowly and delicately as I fade to oblivion. I’ll start with the donuts, lemon glazed and Boston Kreme, biting at each collapsible calorie as my relatives sigh and sign condolence cards. Next, I’ll sample the pizza and beer, happily slurping both as the doctors sew me up and take sad notes. “Oh,” they’ll say in deep baritones, “I think it’s too late. I think it’s the end.” Everyone will gather around me, crying softly and clutching each other, as I reach gloriously for the four-cheese Hot Pocket and Big Mac Supreme.

I’m allergic to stuff. Bread, pasta, cereal, pancakes, soy sauce, seitan, hydrolyzed amp-isostearoyl, triticum monococcum, hordeum vulgare extract, the list goes on. Eventually, it stops at a single word—a single little protein that lurks inside ingredients at the depths of unpronounceable obscurity. Gluten. The king of all polypeptide chains. The enemy of my existence and the hero of my deathbed feast. It hides in sauces and stews, artificial colors and flavors. It teems inside deliciousness to sneak down into my small intestine and kill all my villi.

It’s called Celiac Disease: an autoimmune disorder manifested in an intolerance to the proteins found in wheat, rye, barley, and other common grains. Upon exposure to gluten, my enzyme tissue transglutaminase modifies the protein, and the immune system cross-reacts with the small-bowel tissue, causing an inflammatory reaction that truncates the intestine lining and prevents nutrient absorption. In other words, my white blood cells freak out and attack the stuff like it’s a virus, destroying the intestinal battlefield I unwillingly provide.

Cover Your Eyes & Walk

8 May 2015

Cup of Jo shared this interview with Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick recently, via New York Magazine. I think it's adorable.

Sarah Jessica Parker: Before we were married, we used to walk a lot because time didn't matter.
Matthew Broderick: If we had a fancy outing in midtown, we'd walk all the way home to Tribeca.
SJP: One thing that Matthew used to do to me, he used to walk me with my hand over my eyes...
MB: I led you, and the rule was you had to keep your eyes covered.
SJP: And he would walk me into completely random places and take my hand off my eyes and I would be in the most strange, unconnected-to-the-previous-spot places. I would be in the lobby of a residential apartment complex, or a Starbucks, or at the very door of a tenement that I obviously couldn't get into.
MB: You're like listening and trying to figure out where you are, and then when your eyes finally open, boom, you're two inches from a lamppost.
SJP: He would spin me and sort of make me lose my bearings.
MB: The first time it happened, we were somewhere near Union Square, and...
SJP: We ended up in the lobby of Zeckendorf Towers. I was very delighted by it. I think the reason we remember it is that it paints a portrait of a time that, for many couples, they don't have anymore. There's a sort of leisure, before more grown-up responsibilities dictate your life.
MB: New York has so many close-together, completely different, crazy things you can suddenly be staring at after a five-minute walk from one spot to the next. You're in a totally new environment.

Little Loves

5 May 2015

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1. 'True Blue' idiom bangle, by Kate Spade. I tend to get obsessed with one label at a time, and before this year's love for Anya Hindmarch kicked in, that label was Kate Spade. The bags, the slogans and, most of all, the bracelets. After openly lusting time and time again, the ladies at my old job (I started a new one today, very tired) treated me to one for my 26th birthday. Handed to me on the 26th January, Sam got a real kick out of it having the words 'true blue' etched into it, due to this being an Australian phrase, and due to the 26th being Australia Day. We had a good 'ooh' and 'aah' over that fact. Easily amused.

2. O MY BAG Pixie Pouch purse, from Such & Such. In my aforementioned former job, I had a favourite client. Something you're not supposed to admit whilst employed, but something I can say freely now that I'm a mere mortal looking at pretty accounts, rather than the god that controls them (not actually how I see myself, let's not get carried away.) Such & Such are a great little brand run by two of the nicest people I've ever had the pleasure of working alongside, and whilst at their Brick Lane pop up last year I fell completely in love with this purse. Five months later I finally purchased it. I haven't looked back.

3. Blueberry & Vanilla candle, by Urban Outfitters. Picked up on a hungover walk around central London with my former housemate, Tom (following an incident in which we both tried to walk up an escalator that was going down, and became deeply confused about what was happening - cheap french wine is not the one) the Urban Outfitters blueberry & vanilla candle is probably the nicest scent I've ever come across. Priced at only £6, it is definitely my new favourite thing - my only qualm being that the burn time feels much shorter than the promised 20 hours. Despite this, all I have to say is the following: SO GOOD.

Honourable mentions go to: Borders Danishly Caramel Apple biscuits. Pretty Little LiarsTinderella England. Sarah Jessica Parker - Covet.

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