Sunday, 28 September 2014

At the movies

More reviews!!!
First off we saw...
The Grand Seduction
 
We didn't know much about this movie before going to see it, we just fancied seeing something and it was on. It's about a small harbour in Newfoundland which used to be a thriving fishing harbour but after overfishing suffers from mass unemployment.  To get a new factory and thus new jobs, the harbour has to have a doctor live there and so the locals set about trying to get a doctor to fall in love with their harbour by making it as perfect as possible -partly by pretending to love cricket and jazz.

I may not have made this sound fun, but it is! It's heaps of fun! It's utterly charming and really, really funny! It's feel good and heartwarming without being sentimental or cheesy.

You should all see this!! I'm giving it 10 out of 10 - it was perfect for our datenite.(also Taylor Kitsch who plays the doctor is pretty cute)

Bert is giving it 8 out if 10 and says: "I really liked it, it was a perfect datenite film" (aw, we said the same)

The Last Keepers
 


We didn't see this at the cinema, bert bought me the DVD as a payday treat. I LOVE magical movies, I  LOVE coming of age movies, and I LOVE autumn and Aiden Quinn. This movie had all of those things, and was charming and pretty and a little witchy. Perfect for fans of  Practical Magic, which as we all know, is the best movie of all time.
I give it 10 out of 10 as I was swept away by autumny cuteness.
Bert gives it 8 and says: "best seen with a wife who loves Practical Magic to be fully appreciated"

Phase IV
 


We went to see this one at the movies as bert is a fool for seventies sci-fi. It's a really stylish film kinda about ants taking over and stars michael murphy as a scientist trying to sort it all out while hanging out in a geodesic dome (I love geodesic domes!!). Michael Murphy was in the movie Manhattan as the guy that Diane Keaton dates.... It was bothering me throughout the film ....
I really enjoyed this even though it wasn't quite my thing and am giving it 8 out of 10. Bert loved it and is giving it 10 out of 10 - "The world of the ants was really quite beautiful and dreamy with all that eerie moog/synth music, and even though the ants are kind of the enemy here they somehow seemed quite benevolent, so you don't mind them destroying humanity as we know it."

have you seen any of these films? what did you think? what should we see next?
sian.x

p.s. bert says some of these 'reviews' don't make sense - but I pretty much stick with 'first thought best thought' with this kind of stuff.....

Friday, 12 September 2014

quiet days

I have a few days off this week.
Bert is in work so am all alone (with sadie-cat) and can do what I want!
Sometimes without Bert to remind me,  get a bit busy... so I am trying not to do too much. It's cosy inside our little flat with a sofa with lots of cushions, the salt lamp on, books, crochet, magazines and music.
I love this time of year when it starts to get a bit cooler, it makes me want to be a bit quieter and start sewing and crocheting. The purple crochet below is the beginnings of a blanket for a friend for christmas.


Thursday, 11 September 2014

totally crushing on cate le bon

this song.
argh.
it is just going round and round in my head.
recently I have seen cate le bon play twice and she is so great.
people I know have been telling me to check her out for ages, and I didn't. I was wrong.
also she has a really good look going on...



Wednesday, 10 September 2014

what i wore to take the bins out






guys? bins don't take out themselves.
here's what I wore to take the bins out.
and then I went to lunch.
dress from people tree
vintage cardigan from past times vintage
tote bag from the V&A

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

autumn clothing wishlist

Autumn outfits are the best!
here are some things I wish I was wearing RIGHT NOW!

a gorgeous vintage cardigan from here
a snuggly cord dress from here
I already have the grey catalope leggings, but am pretty sure I also need the black ones which I can get from here
I also like these brown ones which are from the same place.

I already own a couple of necklaces from roots and feathers but I think I could do with another...

this dress is on sale and it's pretty damn cute.
and if I can manage to crochet these legwarmers I'll be all set.






Monday, 8 September 2014

books read in july and august

Autumn is the best time for reading as everyone knows.
It's also just the best season in general... for weather, scarves and pumpkins.
these are the books I read in the summer though.... let me know if you've read any of them and what you are reading now!

Books read in July
Friendship by Emily Gould - this was an interesting, light but smart read about friendship between women in their early thirties. I enjoyed it, but don't think it's going to stay with me a whole heap.
I loved you More by Tom Spanbauer - Spanbauer is Bert's favourite author and this book is pretty remarkable. It goes beyond fiction into that searing into your soul thing that doesn't happen very often. 
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins - A young adult book that i'd heard lots of good things about. I enjoyed it, but didn't feel that it was anything special.
Affinity by Sarah Waters - I read this for reading group. I always enjoy Sarah Waters and this book was interesting and readable and has stayed with me, but, man it was bleak.
The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp - this is also a young adult novel and I though it was exceptional! The main character is a teenage guy who perhaps drinks too much... but even though threre are some difficult 'issues' dealt with here it is never moralistic, which is unusual in a teen novel. Highly recommended!
My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff - loved this memoir about a woman working in a literary agency in the late 90s. Salinger is represented by the agency so often phones up, and on one remarkable occasion actually visits the office! This is a book about reading, relationships and first jobs. Great stuff!
Teaching Yoga by Donna Farhi- I love the way Donna Farhi writes about yoga, she is super wise.

Books Read in August
The Mockingbird next Door: Life with Harper Lee by Marja Mills - 
Enjoyed this gentle memoir about living next door to Harper Lee when Harper was in her 80s. It's not just about Lee, but also lots about the author. Love this kind of book.
American Afterlife: Encounters in the Customs of Mourning by Kate Sweeney - Thought this was going to be right up my street as I love good non-fiction and also stuff about death and death customs. Although there were lots of interesting things here and I enjoyed sections it just didn't all hang together for me. 
California by Eden Lepucki - ooo, now this was good! I'd seen lots about California and was really interested in reading it even though it was apocalyptic fiction which as a rule I have no time for. I was really captivated by this, which had more of a commune feel rather than a dystopic one. I think you guys will like this one too! it has great writing and I'm really up for reading more by this author.
Drinking and Tweeting by Brandi Glanville - So Brandi Glanville is on Real Housewives and used to be married to Eddie Cibrian who left her for LeAnne Rimes.... these kind of things make me excited. I understand that not everyone is similarly affected. If you are interested in such matters, this is a fun and slightly bitchy celeb memoir. 
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson - I previously enjoyed Amy and Roger's Epic Detour and while this one wasn't quite as good as that it's still a super lovely (and sad) summer read. 
Mommywood by Tori Spelling - I like Tori Spelling, she's fun and self deprecating whilst also being really hollywood. This memoir is about marriage and kids, so not as much fun for me as her first memoir which was about the 90210 years...
The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford- a reading group book that was in the main light and funny with hints of darkness (such as the upcoming war). Really interesting stuff and will be reading more Mitford!



A good couple of reading months I think and a nice mixture of books. I'm going through a bit of a young adult phase at the moment, so I'll report back on those next time.
This year I have read 54 books so far and am looking forward to cosy nights in under crochet blankets reading more.



Tuesday, 2 September 2014

end of the road festival

hello!! we've been to End of the Road Festival this weekend, and we had such a lovely time. Lots of good music, good food, good people and sunny weather.... our music highlights were Robert Ellis, The Wytches, St Vincent, The Ghost of the Sabre Tooth Tiger, Ezra Furman and Cate Le Bon... but there were lots of other great bands too, including Flaming Lips and Steve Malkmus (who we listened too while lying in the tent).
Here are some photos from our weekend....
I really like drinking coffee outside...

bert 'ruggging up' - there was a chill in the air... but mainly sunny.

our camping buddies - peter and shelley

poncho's are essential for festivals


we drank a lot of tea....
we had one cup of green tea that i may have said was the greatest green tea i had ever had in my life.
i may have had a touch of sun.



more tea...

there are so many pretty little things to discover....

art workshop for children....


me and a straw bear

a tea bus!


in the mornings we caught up on a bit of reading....

i bought a new dress!

the big reveal....



there was a minature version of the festival.....


should we start a band, maybe this could be our cd cover

or this one?



omg. vegan pizza! with tahini! and rocket!!


our cd haul....

did you go? have you been before? have you been to another festival this year?
tell me!

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