31 January 2016

My January At A Glance

In A Nutshell:
I love that January felt like a slow-burner of a month; nothing felt rushed or hectic, like it's predecessor, December. I also love that the weather took a dip in temperatures, finally embracing a proper winter. I was really jealous of everywhere that had snow - we didn't see one measly snowflake in Dorset. I slowly introduced more healthy eating habits into my diet, increasing my intake of fresh fruit and vegetables and home-cooked meals (although, my love of chocolate never ceases). I also upped my skincare game and shared my winter skincare saviours with you. I was also very well-behaved when it came to spending - I didn't buy lots of unnecessary items and focused on finishing up current beauty products and buying essentials only, minus some great value sales purchases. We got rather excited at the prospect of renting a detached stone cottage in a lovely, quiet village just 10 minutes drive away, but were disappointed that it wasn't quite what we were hoping for (the wood-burner stove and pets allowed almost swayed us...). We are still on the look-out, but also saving towards a deposit to buy a property in the future. Job wise, there were a few vacancies that caught my eye and I applied for a position at Neal's Yard Remedies HQ, but unfortunately didn't hear anything back from them.
We went out for a couple of meals in January and had a couple of cinema trips, but I would have liked to get outdoors more; I know that goal will be reached during February/March, while we are visiting family in Scotland for two weeks. Oh, and I also made a separate Instagram account for my photography work, which you can find @eeverleighphotography.

Cinema Trips:
Daddy's Home - Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg work really well together and this movie didn't disappoint; it was really funny in places and the story worked well. ☆★★★
The Revenant - Although this film is just short of three hours long, it didn't feel this long at all, which is always a good thing! Although the story itself is slow, it's meant to be and this works very well. The cinematography is truly breath-taking and really beautiful. The story, which is based on true events, is unbelievably shocking, yet thrilling to watch. Leonardo DiCaprio has truly outdone himself and I will be shocked if he does not (finally!) win an Oscar for this performance. We've only just begun 2016, but I know this will be in my top 5 films of the year! ★★★★

Films Watched:

Get Hard - We're big Will Ferrell fans and hadn't previously seen this movie. It was silly but very funny in places. ☆★★★
Indiana Jones and The Raiders Of The Lost Ark - Dean forced me to watch this, but it was actually pretty good! Plus, a young Harrison Ford? Not too shabby! ☆★★★
Angela's Ashes - This film tells the true tale of Frank McCourt, an Irish-American Catholic boy who spends the majority of his childhood in poverty-stricken Ireland in the 1930's. The opening scenes of the lashing rain on the old, cobblestone streets are very poignant and sets us up for the story to come. ★★★★
Panic Room - After a Mother and daughter move in to their huge, new home in New York, they find themselves having to hole up in the hidden panic room on their very first night, when three intruders turn up and break into their home. The only problem is, what they want is in the panic room! ☆★★★
White Oleander - This was a film I'd not previously watched, and I quite enjoyed it. It tells the story of  Astrid; her Mother, an artist, is sent to prison for committing a crime of passion, and this leaves Astrid alone, without any family, so she ends up in a series of foster homes, each with questionable female role models.  ☆★★★
The Bourne Identity - Matt Damon stars as Jason Bourne in this action thriller, where Jason is suffering from amnesia and has no idea who or what he is. When he begins to display skills that only a trained professional would be capable of, he starts to investigate himself to uncover the truth. ☆★★★
The Wolf Of Wall Street - Another great performance from the lovely Leo! This film is based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, showcasing his rise and fall of of becoming a wealthy stock-broker. His corruption and abusive lifestyle soon catches up with him. Whenever I watch this, I just cannot get over Jonah Hill's character's teeth, haha! ☆★★★★

Books Read:
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling - This is where the magical world of Harry Potter begins and I adore it! It is a wonderfully imaginative story and it sucks you in immediately. ★★★★
Harry Potter and the Chamber Of Secrets by J.K. Rowling - I love the introduction to Dobby the House Elf in this second book and the adventure to Hogwarts in the Ford Anglia is great! ☆★★★★
Harry Potter and the Prisoner Of Azkaban - In this third book is where things start to get serious and secrets and lies come to light. Sirius Black is a great character and it's interesting to hear of his childhood at Hogwarts, along with Harry Potter's father, James. ☆★★★★
22 Dead Little Bodies & Other Stories by Stuart Macbride - I love the Logan McCrae novels, so I was interested to read this collection of short stories. Each story was really good, but it wasn't completely clear when one had ended and the next started. One story was told from DCI Steel's point of view, which was interesting, but I was itching to get back to Logan's story-telling! ☆★★★

I hope you had a good first month of the year and I hope you enjoyed the new layout of this monthly post!

6 comments:

  1. Seems like you had an awesome month! I'm also still trying to find a job, which is a bummer. Hope you find one soon. Btw, I love that pillow.


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    1. Thanks! Good luck with your hob hunting, too. xxx

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  2. Love this post Em! I really like how you've given star ratings for everything & I'm so glad you've given The Revenent 5 out of 5. I'm desperate to watch this film, but finding time is quite difficult at the moment :-) I'd like to start reading more in 2016 and the Harry Potter books seem like the perfect place to start!
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    1. Thanks, Claire! :) I hope you get to see The Revenant, it is so damn good! Yes, the Harry Potter books are definitely a great place to start your reading goals! xxx

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  3. Lovin’ the new format of this post and have just noticed the new blog layout, it’s gorgeous and very professional. Hearing what films and books you have been into over January was really interesting. I’m glad you enjoyed The Revenant, I never really got the opportunity to go unfortunately. I’m hoping to get into watching more films this year either at the cinema or on DVD. I ordered a few DVD classics from Amazon the other day! :-) Applying for a job at Neal's Yard Remedies HQ is amazing, I hope a related opportunity comes up for you as you know your natural/organic beauty products. I’m now following your new Instagram page too. Nice post, speak soon! :-) Xx

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    1. Thanks so much, Helen! Glad you like the new format and blog design. :) I'd definitely recommend getting The Revenant on DVD when it comes out, it was amazing. Thank you for following my new IG account - hopefully get some new photos up soon! :) xxx

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