Review: This Modern Love – Will Darbyshire

books

It’s rare that I find a book that I stays with me as much as this one did. At least, non-fiction ones anyway.  I read this book in one day. One full day, I still had to go to work, I still had all of that going on but I could not put it down. Want to know why? It was real. The words spoke the truth of people all around the world and it just makes you feel…connected.
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The book was put together by YouTuber Will Darbyshire. He asked people all around the world to submit answers to the same six questions about love/relationships. The book is split into sections of the beginning of a relationship, the middle and the end. The best part about this whole book though is the fact that these words are from people all over the world, feeling the same emotions. They’ve never met, they’re ordinary folk and they don’t have anything to lose. They’re just being plain honest, it’s not over romanticized, it’s just what they’re feeling…

Isn’t that beautiful?
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I began reading it because I had no data left on my phone (sorry Will) so I wanted something to do on the bus. I then couldn’t stop. I read it any chance I could at work and then on the way home. Soon as I’d finished dinner with my husband, I was tucked up on the sofa with the book in my head. It was just beautiful and tragic. It was both and that is the best thing about it. It’ll make you realise how connected we all are…even though technology can make us feel so far apart. We all feel the same things.

It’s a beautiful idea and a beautiful book. I know I’ll be reaching for this every so often.

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Five Minutes With – Photographer Alex Georgiades – Crashed Like Lightning

Life

I think one of the best things that makes us who we are is what we choose to love. Hear me out, our passions is what we choose to spend out time doing. What really makes us tick. It’s been a while since I got to speak to someone about their passions and I had the chance to interview one of the most talented photographers I know.

If you haven’t heard the name Alex Georgiades don’t worry, you will. He is one of the best upcoming photographers and At 24, he’s managed to take stunning photos from all around the world. He some how manages to really capture what the subject is trying to say. He’s often traveling and exploring the world, but I managed to catch him just before he leaves the U.K on another adventure.

What makes you love what you do? 

I love being able to capture a moment in time as strange as that might sound, whether it’s a laugh, a moment between two people, the emotion on someones face. For me, being able to immortalise a moment is very special

What inspires you to do it?

When I was a boy my mum and Dad took a bunch of photos on film and loads of home videos. They essentially documented my child through photography. I still love looking through our albums now and finding a photo I’ve never seen. The best thing is, that is the essence of photography and however much technology may develop, that will always remain the same

How did you start it?

My Dad bought me a Canon 600D EOS when I was around 18 and it became an extension of me. I carried it everywhere, on our holidays and around home. It took many years of practice to actually know what I was doing, but I’m so glad I stuck with it, as it’s such a fulfilling hobbie now and such a big part of my life.
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What photo are you most proud of?

There are a few I’m really proud of, and not necessarily just because the photo might be good, but because of what it meant to me. Two of which I took during my recent travels to Myanmar. The first, we’d ridden our motorbikes around in the earliest hours of the morning searching for a quiet temple to watch the sunrise. I managed to get catch this scene – the sun rising, the hot air balloons floating over the city, the haze running through hundreds of temples that sit within this gorgeous jungle. I felt I captured my experience of that moment in that photo.

IMG_0658The second, was taken later that day, searching for a different spot for sunset. We briefly shared a moment with a lone child who was playing near a temple. Earlier that day, I’d been reading extensively of all the turmoil that exists within the country and it had really effected me. Besides that, there were ongoing problems in many areas of the world that had been occurring in recent weeks. This boy was potentially homeless,  yet he exhibited so much purity, innocence and happiness that really warmed me, and I was able to capture it. It put things into perspective.

You’ve been traveling, how has that influenced your work/point of view of it?

Travelling has influenced my photography massively. When you travel, your eyes are opened to so many different cultures, voices and ways of life and I felt that growth extending through my lens. There’s a famous quote that says “A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions”. This is definitely true of me and my photography. I feel as though travel has been an extremely eye-opening experience.

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Where do you think it will take you?

I’m not sure really. Whilst my profile has grown considerable over the past six months, it still feels like a hobbie to me, but the more I delve into it as an art form, the more I find myself wanting to push it further.

What do you want people to feel when they see your photos?

I want people to feel connected. I want them to feel as though they are sharing the moment with me, immersed in the moment or the feeling or the experience of the image. That’s always what I try and capture, that emotion of the moment.

Who influences you the most?

At the moment, photographers who I find myself incredibly inspired by are Steve McCurry and Chris Burkard. But then, there is also this emergence of the social media photographer that I find so exciting. Platforms like instagram are giving people the chance to be creative and push the art form in directions its never been before.

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What’s the one thing people should take away from your work? 

A moment, I hope. I really hope that people can look at my photography and take that moment that I’ve tried to capture, whether it’s a landscape or a portrait, and think about what I felt within it.

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Where can we find you/your work? 

You can find all of my recent photography from my travels on my website, www.alexgeorgiades.com, some of which are featured in blog posts and some in photo albums – I hope you enjoy!

Alex really does have a talent for taking a moment and making it last forever. It’s amazing to see what people find interesting and you can turn it into something beautiful.

Be sure to check out his website and let me know what you think!

Harry Potter at 20.

books, Movies/film

The Harry Potter franchise is twenty years old as of yesterday. I’ll give you a minute to let that sink in…Better? Yeah, I can’t get my head around it either. The boy that lived let us in to his home and we all became his family.

The world that is so full of magic reminded us that it was real. Magic was all around us if we just believed. I’ve always been fascinated by the idea that all is not what it seemed. Take a look at my other favourite childhood book (PeterPan) and you’ll notice I loved the notion of escaping to another magical land. Harry Potter some how made that okay and I couldn’t be more thankful.

Magic is real, it’s the belief we have in each other and Love will always be stronger than hate. A message that we all need to believe now more than ever. I will never give in to the hate.

Truth is Harry Potter helped shape me into the person I am and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m a weirdo, a misfit, a bookworm, a dreamer, surprisingly a Ravenclaw but most of all I’m a believer.

Thank you JK Rowling for letting us into this magical world we all call home. We will forever be in your debt.

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Review: After Glow by Urban Decay – Crashed Like Lightning

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Urban Decay have been one of my favourite mid market brands for a while now. I have a few pieces from various collections in my make up stash. I think one of the reasons I love them so much is because they do such a spectrum of shades that they fit with all skin types. I mean, one of my pet peeves is when the shade Nude, isn’t a nude shade for me. On my lips it turns up a frosted pink. Anyway, when I heard that they brought out the After Glow highlight palette I couldn’t not go and take a quick peak! It was so beautiful that I had to have it.

First lets talk about the packaging. It’s pretty, it’s pink and it’s portable! Thank goodness it’s portable. What is with brands making beautiful packaging but you can’t take it anywhere? When I go and visit my family, I’m usually wanting to pack light, so that limits me to make up with packaging that won\t get damaged or isn’t too heavy. I also appreciate a good even square/box which makes it so much easier to stash away neatly because we all know that a make up station can get messy pretty quickly. Am I right?
When you open the box you’ll see four different shades. Bliss, Peroxide, NSFW and Side Piece. I usually don’t pay attention to the names but even I can appreciate their flirty titles. It amused me.

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I suppose what you really want to know is how are the shades? I can tell you, you won’t be disappointed. If you’re looking for a highlight combo which will stay on pretty much throughout the day and will catch the light when you’re friends/other-half/world/victims are least expecting it, then this one is pretty good for it’s value. It’s very pigmented but what I loved most about this is I could wear every colour.

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I’m mixed raced, so usually when i buy a palette it’s not often that i can wear all the colours. So if I wanted to go super highlighted I could wear peroxide without it being too shiny or obvious that i’ve got a pink or purple highlighter one. Most of the time, the colour of it stands out on my skin a little too much and I just look like I can’t blend. This colour would work on most skin completions and skin tones. It’s actually beautiful.

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This is usually my god to shade. This and Side Piece are usually the type of shades I go to for that everyday natural highlight. It’s beautiful, it’s subtle and if you really wanted to go crazy you could mix the two.

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The shade on it’s own is amazing. I usually use it in the corner of my eyes,on the end of my nose or on my cupids bow. It helps define the natural areas and it’s just so subtle but exactly what you need to add the extra glow in your life.

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YESSSSS! This is a shade i’ve been wanting for a while. Something that would work well with my skin. it’s perfect for that bronzed highlight. The after holiday glow but not bronzed to death type shade, it’s exactly what I need. Especially after all this sun that the UK seemed to be getting at the moment!

What I truly loved about this palette is although I could wear all of the colours and not have a problem. Someone with a lighter skin tone could do the exact same. it’s adaptable, it’s portable and at £27 it’s affordable. it’s not the cheapest out there but it’s also not going to break the bank if you want to splurge on yourself.

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Throwback Thursday – Jumanji – Crashed Like Lightning

Movies/film

I found myself watching old movies the other day. I don’t know why, I was either bored or I’d had a bad day but I ended up watching Jumanji. I knew I loved the film but MY GOD isn’t it just amazing? You know when you love a film as a kid and then you watch it years later and you go “well it’s not as good as I remembered” well it was the opposite of that. Excluding Disney films, this was one of the first films that made me really love the idea of adventure. That being scared can also mean being brave. The best things come right after being the most scared. It was Jumanji and The Goonies that taught me that.

Jumanji wouldn’t be what it is without the BRILLIANT Robin Williams as Alan. He’s just perfect in that roll. If anything, rewatching it just reminds us of what a talent the world has lost, but the film itself is brilliantly done. Not only is the script funny in a dry sarcastic sort of way, but the characters aren’t really false or unrealistic like they normally are in a kids film. The characters that come out of the boardgame are almost playing on that stereotype, the over the top characters. Yes, children films are supposed to be somewhat shorter but that doesn’t mean we need to dump down the content. They’re smart. Let them talk for themselves, let them experience what those characters are feeling and explore their own world. Let them fall in love with the world and the characters the same way adults do.

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I can’t even tell you how much I love this film. It’s a film both adults and children can enjoy, it can even scare both of them without talking down to the kid and being ridiculously complicated for the adult. It’s a good old fashion adventure.

We know that later this year there is going to be a reboot/Sequel to the film with Jack Black saying it will play tribute to Robin William. I don’t know how I feel about that. If i’m honest, as soon as it was announced I wanted them to just leave alone. If it aint broke don’t fix it you know? Still. I know i’ll watch it.

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Have you guys seen Jumanji? If so, maybe you can help me with something. I’m curious. If you’ve watched it for the first time as an adult, what did you think? I know that I love it as a piece of film and also with 90’s nostalgia thrown in there but I want to know what people think who maybe don’t have the nostalgia attached.

Let me know what you think!

Poldark Series 3 Review – Crashed Like Lightning.

TV

Once again, I’m late to the party. I’m starting to make this a habit. I know this about myself but nevertheless I joined the party anyway. So if you had asked me maybe a year ago if I liked Poldark the answer would have been a firm no.

I tried to get into the first series, and for some reason I didn’t like it and I never looked back. Then when series two started, It unfortunately (shame on you BBC) clashed with Victoria and there was no way I was missing that one. So when series three started and they had changed the scheduling to avoid clashing with the ITV heavy weight (Smart move) and I found myself in a summer with nearly no historical drama to dig my teeth into, I accidentally fell in love with it.  No seriously. I did. Series one is now on Netflix and one evening I found myself bored so I decided to binge watch the entire thing. Long story short, it’s a week later and i’m completely caught up with season one + two and i’m watching series three in real time.

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Why have I fallen in love with it? Weirdly, I think it’s because it’s about normal people. I know what you’re thinking, NORMAL? How are the aristocracy and working class normal? Well for one, there isn’t any royals…well not really. Yes it’s about class divide (is there really any difference to any other show…) but it’s technically about normal people back in the 1700’s? It’s got your different classes and it sort of shows how people tried to go about their lives for their family.

Honestly, i’m trying to convey into words why I love it when i’ve spent so long telling people I didn’t like it and I don’t really have the words. I don’t know why I love it. I just do.

Anyway, what have you guys been up to? I’ve got some plans happening for you lucky people. Stay Tuned!

Holding myself accountable and asking your help.

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People say to achieve something you should tell others, that way you can hold yourself accountable. So here it goes: I want to be a script writer. I’ve made no secret of that, i’ve written script upon script and i’m sick of waiting (I appreciate, waiting isn’t something that you should do). This time however, I’ve decided to make this short film myself. It’s a quirky short drama which is mainly voice over work… (I know. I make things easy for myself).

This is the long shot, but you lovely people of the internet might be able to help me. I wondered if three of you (two women and one male) would want to be in the short film! Message me on the contact me page, if this is something you’d be interested in…or just want to hear more about.

Even if you don’t, i’m telling you anyway. I’m holding myself accountable. I’m going to make this damn film if it kills me.

Your (semi) regular programming will return shortly…