The fifteen – best chick flicks

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I am resolutely feminine when it comes to my movie tastes. Sure, I enjoy something that makes me think or a summer action blockbuster as much as the next person, however my number one choice is always a good romantic comedy. And I refuse to apologise for that.

I’ve focused on adult movies rather than teen films, which is a whole other list altogether. As is dance movies. So here’s my top 15 (which was incredibly hard to whittle down and could have easily been a top 20), in no particular order…

1. The Wedding Singer - I find it so hard to believe this movie is now nearly 20 years old, it’s still probably in my top three movies of all time. Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore’s chemistry and comic timing is just perfection in this story of a jilted wedding singer who discovers he has feelings for a girl who hires him to play at her wedding.

2. What’s Your Number? - I remember going to see this while I was working in Perth a few year ago and laughing the whole way through. Anna Faris is swearing off men after a magazine article tells her she can’t find her true love if she sleeps with more than a certain number of guys and she’s at that number already. Chris Evans is her spunky neighbour who helps her track down everyone she’s slept with to see if they are her true love.

3. What Happens In VegasI have watched this soooo many times. Cameron Diaz is dumped by her fiancé and Ashton Kutcher loses his job. They go to Vegas to drown their sorrows and end up married after a drunken night. Which is fine, until the next morning they win $3m on the pokies and in the fight over the money end up sentenced to six months’ marriage.

4. 13 Going On 30 - This is the girl version of Big. Jennifer Garner has a terrible 13th birthday party and wishes she was 30, when everything will be better. Thanks to magic wishing dust her wish comes true but all isn’t what it seems. Mark Ruffalo plays her childhood best friend who she has lost touch with as an adult.

5. How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days - Kate Hudson is the magazine reporter who wants to write serious pieces. In a deal with her boss she pitches a story about how she can find a guy and do all the things girls to wrong to drive him away in 10 days. Matthew McConaghey is the ad guy who makes a bet with a rival team that he can make a girl fall in love with him in 10 days in order to win an account. Chaos ensues and the term “baby love fern” was born.

6. The Holiday - Cameron Diaz is in LA and Kate Winslet is in London. Both have broken hearts at Christmas and thanks to a website, swap cities and houses for the holiday. Jude Law is Winslet’s good looking brother and Jack Black plays a friend of Cameron’s in LA.

7. Sweet Home Alabama - Reese Witherspoon left her country home town to become a big time fashion designer in New York. She has it all, including a gorgeous fiancé in Patrick Dempsey, however when they go to get married she realises she’s still hitched to childhood sweetheart Josh Lucas.

8. 27 Dresses - Katherine Heigl has been a bridesmaid 27 times and has a massive unrequited crush on her boss Ed Burns. James Marsden is the newspaper reporter who wants to make a story out of the fact she is a serial bridesmaid. Meanwhile, her sister Malin Akerman meets Ed and they quickly fall in love with Katherine leading the charge on the wedding planning.

9. The Lake House - Oh God I love this movie. Sandra Bullock is  doctor and Keanu Reeves in an architect. Both live in a lake house two years apart but communicate via mysterious messages in the letterbox.

10. Love, Actually - A multi-storied movie set in London at Christmas and it’s practically perfect. Full of great actors, good characters and Hugh Grant dancing.

11. Just like Heaven - Reese Witherspoon is a doctor who is hit by a car and ends up in a coma. Mark Ruffalo is the loner who moves into her apartment while she recovers and soon works out he’s the only one who can see her ghost. They work together to save her life before it’s too late.

12. The Notebook - Is there anyone left in the world who hasn’t seen this? Adapted from a Nicholas Sparks novel, Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling are teenage sweethearts who end up torn apart by WWII and her parents. Believing Ryan to be dead, she finds love again with James Marsden only to find out he’s alive after all.

13. Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day - This is such an underrated gem of a movie. Amy Adams is the penniless 1930s movie star who takes on the recently sacked Frances McDormand aka Miss Pettigrew as an assistant. Amy juggles three men including the very handsome Lee Pace (with bonus British accent) and there are plenty of hi jinks all round.

14. The Jane Austen Book Club - Another underrated little film, it’s based on a book and revolves around five women and one man who come together for a book club reading all of Jane Austen’s novels. The movie shows how their lives intersect and the troubles and trauma they go through. I love it and the book is great too.

15 Bridesmaids - Best comedy of the last five years. Hands down.

The fifteen – best chick flicks

Travel wardrobe – Tasmania

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And here we go again. I pretty much unpacked my suitcase from Bali just to fill it with my pieces to go to Tassie. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! Gotta take advantage of the time off when you can.

I last visited Tasmania in 2006 in the middle of winter. It was icy and deserted for the most part and I can’t say I loved it. I went because Jetstar had amazingly cheap flights and I could watch my football team play while I was down there. I picked this almost deserted hostel in Hobart to stay in and then caught the bus to Launceston for the game. Because I was still a P Plater at the time I couldn’t hire a car and so I didn’t really get to do much – I remember catching the bus to the Cascade Brewery for lunch and walking everywhere else.

This trip I will have a car and am going to spend two nights in Hobart and one in Launceston. One of my biggest reasons for visiting is to go to MONA because I’m hearing so many raves about it and am a sucker for a good art museum. The rest of the time will just be about taking it easy and relaxing, albeit in a very different way to Bali.

For this trip I’m going to take the following:

  • Black skinny jeans (Dorothy Perkins)
  • Mid blue skinny jeans (H&M)
  • Grey sweatshirt (Monki)
  • Navy cotton cashmere sweater (Uniqlo)
  • Yellow long sleeved tee (J.Crew)
  • Neon coral and white striped top (H&M)
  • Navy laser cut top (J.Crew)
  • Grey tee (Country Road)
  • White sleeveless tee (Country Road)
  • Black parka (Uniqlo)
  • Black spray jacket (Uniqlo)
  • Coral anorak (JeansWest)
  • Black thongs (Havianas)
  • Silver ballet flats (Witchery)
  • Khaki slip on shoes (Toms)
  • Black wool beanie (Witchery)
  • Assortment of earrings
  • Pyjamas

That’s a fairly comprehensive list and to be honest, I reckon it could be whittled down even further – for example, I don’t really need two pairs of jeans, two coats probably aren’t necessary and three pairs of shoes are a luxury. I’ve also mixed navy and black this time so not everything will go together. I always take carry on though so I don’t have to worry about making my list as small as possible. There won’t be dinners in restaurants like there was in Bali so my navy J.Crew top is the one concession to looking nice for evening if required. Otherwise, I reckon I’m all good to go.

Travel wardrobe – Tasmania

Things I bought #11.

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Travel is usually a great way to make me go shopping. It’s a bit like free money (and free calories) while you’re away and you start throwing your hard earned at things with far less consideration that when you’re at home. At least I do anyway. I knew Bali wasn’t going to be too much of a shopping holiday for me – I’m past the days of buying local items you’ll never wear again – however I did hit up duty free a little harder than I expected. Last year when I was recording my purchases I didn’t include items I picked up on holiday but this year I’m going to in order to add a bit of extra accountability. Also this week’s post covers the last fortnight so it does include a little more than usual.

18 Lovisa earrings $18 - When I was in Greece last year I bought the tiniest pair of crystal stud earrings from H&M and I loved them. They were super small and just added something extra to a casual outfit without being overwhelming. Sadly they were in the console of my car when it was written off and I never got to retrieve them, so the hunt was on for an equally miniscule pair. I found them at Lovisa in a set of three for $10 and while I was there I picked up these rose gold and crystal ear crawlers (above photo). The latter has become a firm favourite already and they look so pretty and cool on. For $8 you just can’t go wrong and they come in silver as well.

19 J.Crew Cyprus Sandals in Neon Flamingo $70 - These sandals had been on my wish list for sometime when all of a sudden they went on sale and J.Crew had a promo to take a further 30 per cent off sale items. Sold. On the website these are a gorgeous coral colour but in real life (photo above) they are a vibrant almost neon orange. I have another J.Crew item in the Neon Flamingo so I knew what to expect, however I do prefer the more muted website shade. Anyway, they are super comfortable and look really smart but they run small so best to size up. I take a 9.5 usually in J.Crew shoes but got a 10 in these and they were initially a little snug before the leather softened. There’s quite a few other colours including metallic and I definitely recommend them if you are on the hunt for new sandals.

20 J.Crew Painter Long Sleeved Tee in White $15 - I have a few of these and they are a good staple. My white ASOS baseball tee is nearly at the end of the road so I thought this would be a good replacement, however it’s a bit sheerer than I was expecting.

21 Havianas in Aqua $30 - Yeah I went to Bali and faced with a wall of Havianas I bought a pair. They are an aqua green shade and I love them.

22 and 23 Zara Cotton T-Shirts in Navy/White Stripe and Khaki Green $13 each - Kuta Zara is pretty well stocked and had a lot of stuff I could have easily walked out with. Instead I stuck to buying just two slouchy cotton tees, one in a gorgeous khaki green and the other a navy and white stripe. They were cheap as chips at only $13 a piece and will be good staples.

24 Sunglasses $10 - And I couldn’t resist sunglasses from the Seminyak street stalls. I’d wanted a pale gold/blue mirror tortoiseshell pair for a while and there they were.

11 What I bought make up

On the make up and skin care front I was doing OK until I got back. I bought the L’Oreal Skin Perfection Gel Cream Wash (yep, yet another cleanser) and the MUD Matte Lip Cream in Fuchsia before I went away and the rest when I got back. The MUD lip is actually really good – I picked it up for only $5 at Woolworths and it makes for a decent cheap version of the Bite matte lip creams. The Avene Cleanance K was enabled by this Into the Gloss post, while the rest were all wildly on sale at Target. The NYX Butter Goss Trio was a particular steal at just $9.80 for the three and all the shades are fantastic.

As previously mentioned I also hit up duty free and I did a small haul at the Bath & Body Works in Kuta. Those purchases deserve their own posts though so I’m going to leave them for another day.

Things I bought #11.

Thoughts of the week – 29/3

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1. I have returned from Bali, relaxed and refreshed. I thought it was an interesting experience and all up I’d say that while I liked it, I didn’t love it. I’ll do a post on my trip separately in the next week.

2. I am almost happy to be back in the colder weather of Melbourne just to escape the rampant humidity and heat. I sweated like Pat Rafter in the fifth set of an Australian Open semi final while I was there.

3. Of course now I’m back the drama of the unpacking and washing everything begins.

4. Ed Sheeran can make nearly any song better. Don’t believe me? Check this out then.

5. My Bloglovin issues seemed to have self resolved at long last. Which is good, because it was highly annoying.

6. Has anyone bought anything from Colour Pop Cosmetics? Temptalia has done a heap of reviews which speak highly of the products and I’m starting to see their stuff on a few other blogs. It’s quite cheap and they ship to Australia so I’d be interested in doing an order at some point.

7. The comments on this blog post make for an incredible read.

8. Kelly Clarkson + John Legend = beautiful.

9. The Elle Australia cover this month with Rebel Wilson is fantastic and the inside interview is a really interesting read.

10. While I was on the plane to Bali I watched most of the first season of Gotham and I have to say, I really liked it. It was really interesting to see the genesis of a lot of well known Batman characters. Also Ben McKenzie has aged really nicely. Like, really nicely.

11. This might sound ridiculous but I get a lot of joy out of washing my car. I have to hold myself back from doing it more than once every couple of weeks.

12. Less than two weeks until footy season and I’m super excited. This will be such a good year for Port Adelaide, I can feel it in my waters.

13. Despite owning iPhones for nearly six years, I’ve only dropped my phone once – on the first day of getting my 3 back in 2009. I opened the box outside Optus and it hit the deck, luckily it didn’t smash. Since I got my 6 last November, I’ve dropped it at least half a dozen times, cracked and chipped the tempered glass protector in several places and totally destroyed the plastic case. I got a new clear rubber case today so hopefully that stops the destruction, I think the rubber/soft cases work a bit better than the hard plastic ones.

14. Cate Blanchett is, quite simply, the best.

15. I’m off to Tasmania on Monday for a few days. Because my Bali trip was so heavily weighted towards my first week off I didn’t just want to sit at home for the second, so I decided to take another trip and am very much looking forward to it.

 

Thoughts of the week – 29/3

What I’m reading next – April 2015

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Here’s a fun fact about me: I’m not much for cooking. I’m a decent enough cook, when I try, but very very very rarely does the idea excite me. I hate the selecting, the shopping, the preparing and the cleaning. When you only need to feed yourself it seems like a lot of effort for very little return so I’d much rather just eat something simple (like BBQ chicken thrown into salad – which I do not classify as cooking, or cereal) or better yet, something else someone has cooked for me. My one signature dish is smashed avocado on toast, which I make every couple of weekends when I’m at work and again, I barely think throwing a chopped avocado and some feta into a bowl qualifies as ‘cooking’.

That said, I do like a good cookbook. I also like a good blog and Sasha Wilkins’ Liberty London Girl has long been one of my favourites. If you don’t already read it and you like fashion, cooking, shopping, dogs or travel then definitely give it a click. Her food posts are always beautifully done and she cooks a lot of fresh, simple, straightforward, comforting food. There’s nothing tricky or trendy about it; no kale or quinoa or paleo whatever. Just good food. It makes me want to eat at her house constantly.

Last year Sasha published her own cookbook called Friends Food Family and despite my aversion to preparing things myself, I ordered a copy. I love it because it’s full of things I reckon I could make fairly easily and it’s packed with little tips and tricks, like what flowers to use at a dinner party and great places to eat around the world. The book is beautifully done and I’m very much looking forward to reading through it… and hopefully getting some kitchen inspiration. I think it’s a great book to have if you wanted to make dinner for (quite aptly) friends and family. I’ve not seen it in Australian bookstores but I ordered a copy from the Book Depository for around $30.

In other reading news, I took five books to Bali with me and didn’t finish a single one. A caveat though: I am over halfway through Diana Galbadon’s Outlander which is a fair brick of a book. I’m enjoying it but it is dragging a bit and there’s still a long way to go. The story revolves around Claire, a WWII nurse in England who goes on a holiday to Scotland with her husband Frank at the end of the war. While there she enters a circle of standing stones and manages to find herself back in 1743 and adventures ensue. It’s been made into a TV series so being able to watch that is my primary reason for trying to get through the book. It’s the first in a series but at this point I don’t think I’d read any of the rest.

I also read a YA book this month called The DUFF by Kody Kleplinger. This has also been filmed and the movie is going to be coming out shortly, however the story seems to vary between the two. DUFF stands for ‘Designated Ugly Fat Friend’ and refers to the girl in every group who makes the others look better by comparison. In the movie, the DUFF undergoes a kind of She’s All That style transformation at the hands of the handsomest guy in school. The book is more about how the DUFF, Bianca, and the guy, Wesley, find themselves drawn together and how they use each other to distract themselves from problems in their lives. I really liked the book and got through it in about four hours. Needless to say I am also very much looking forward to the movie because if there’s one thing I can’t resist, it’s a good teen movie.

 

What I’m reading next – April 2015

Travel make up bag – Bali

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While I think there is definitely an art to packing your wardrobe when you travel, the same is equally true of your cosmetic wardrobe. I’ve definitely been that girl on a trip who packed 10 lipsticks but forgot my hair brush. Sure, part of the fun when you travel is finding and buying new things however there isn’t always time and/or opportunity. Lists have become my saviour over the years along with being pretty ruthless when it comes to culling unnecessary items. Here’s what I’m taking to Bali for a five night trip…

  • Erborian CC Crème HD – this doubles as my sunscreen and has a really nice sheer look that’s perfect for travel
  • Revlon Skinlights Highlighter in Bronze
  • Cover Girl Fixstick concealer
  • Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee in Pink Escape
  • Smashbox Tokidoki Skin Tint in Bella – the best bright pink coral blush
  • Benefit Watts Up Highlighter (sample size)
  • Clinique Chubby Stick for Eyes in Bountiful Beige
  • Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon in Golden Quartz
  • Collection 2000 Eye Shadow Pencil in Hot Chocolate
  • Maybelline Master Kajal Khol Liner in Black
  • Sephora Contour Eye Pencils in Surfer Girl, Snakeskin Dress and Cookie Crunch – my favourite eyeliners of all time
  • L’Oreal Brow Artist Plumper in Medium/Dark
  • L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes So Couture Mascara – I’ve been using this for about a week and so far I adore it
  • Revlon Color Burst Lip Butter in Sorbet
  • Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick in Lucky
  • Benefit Ultra Plush Lip Gloss in Sugarbomb

I think this will see me through fairly well and I’m not anticipating that I’ll be buying much (if any) make up over there. A bit eye shadow/liner heavy but then I just couldn’t say no to my favourites… And who knows when they might come in handy?

Travel make up bag – Bali