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It’s easy being green: What St. Patricks Day 2015 looked like

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Hello y’all!

It feels like ages since I’ve blogged, but that’s probably because it has been ages since I blogged.

What have I been up to? Dance training, starting and finishing Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Orange Is The New Black), job interviews, reading some new fun stuff and celebrating Paddy’s Day. ‘Cause hey, when in Ireland, do as the Irish do.

Last year I spent the 17th of March  on the couch – surrounded by Lemsip, tissues and glasses of flat 7UP (the famous Irish cure-everything). Therefore I decided that this year, everything should be green but my face.

I met up with a friend in town to watch the parade in O’Connell Street, right smack in the middle of Dublin City Center. But the thing that is actually most fun on St. Patricks Day is just watching the green crowd. People who try to walk and   apply temporary tattoos of shamrocks and rainbows and harps to their face at the same time. People who have completely leprechaunized themselves. People who have GoPro’s glued to the green hat they are wearing while holding a selfie stick to be sure to capture every shade of green around. It was pretty unbelievably amazing.

As it was a tad cold and quite hard to see the parade (I saw most of it throw camera screens of people a few rows in front of me), my friend and me decided to watch the last half of the parade on TV, followed by the Irish movie “The War of the Buttons”, a movie I’d totally recommend.

Cheers Paddy.

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11 Reasons why Frozen is the absolute bees knees


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So yeah I planned to write about something else but it turned out I just couldn’t think of anything but my new favourite Disney movie. I know I was very late to join the cool gang of Frozen admirers as I’ve only seen the movie for the first time last month, but now that I’ve seen it it’s just hitting me with full force – oh my god it’s so awesome.

Sometimes I just have to sing “Let it Go”, even if it’s just the one line. It’s there in my head and I need to let it out. My amazing colleagues have gotten used to this and sometimes join in – or they start singing it when it just went out of my head, great. But maybe I should dial down the Frozen in my life for just a bit.

Before doing so, this will be a last blow out – just sharing with the world (meaning you, if you read this) why this film is just epic.

(If you haven’t seen the movie yet, yes, there will be some spoilers).

1. It’s all girl power. When there’s that talk about how “an act of true love can save”, you tend to think someone will snog a prince just before the end and all will be fine. Turns out the lads are pretty much useless afterall in this movie. Sweet, but useless. Yes.

2. Just how suave is Prince Hans? And how sexy is his voice? Very.

3. The music. It’s a complete cop out, but I simply cannot skip it in this list. The songs had that catchy-ness that reminded me of the soundtracks of oldtime classics like the Lion King, the Beauty and the Beast and Hercules. Something I had missed in more recent Disneys like Tangled and Brave.

4. The fact that Olaf, despite being made of snow and thus should be super cold, just looks so cuddly and cute and warm.

5. Those very very subtle clues for the plot. Like when Hans tells he has twelve older brothers, making him the thirteenth of the bunch. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

6. Who knew there’s a Disney princess in Sarah Marshall/Veronica Mars? I adored Kristen Bell’s voice – especially in the songs.

7. The fact that Anna is so relatable. She’s clumsy, naive, has a knack for making wrong decisions, she drools and has crazy morning hair. My favourite Disney princess to date and I’m like, very picky about my Disney princesses.

8. Reindeer Sven – he almost makes me want to get a reindeer more than a pug. He doesn’t speak (besides the words Kristoff put in his mouth when thinking for him) yet he’s very expressive and added a lot of humor to the scenes. This guy deserves his own trailer filled with carrots.

9. Oaken’s accent reminded me of Phoebe Buffay’s “Ikea-voice”. But maybe that’s just me. Or maybe that’s just a regular Arendellian dialect. He made me laugh. Let’s keep it at that, ya?

10. I sobbed within the first 15 minutes of the movie and I don’t cry that much when watching movies or tv. This sobfest was almost equal to seeing my favourite house-elf pass away while I had “known” him for years and the Royal family of Arendelle just a quarter of an hour. It’s wonderful and crazy how a few animated characters can touch you like that.

11. Just like other Disneys, Frozen is full of Easter Eggs and references to other movies. I spotted a few (the dancing sea gulls just looked too familiar for me!), but there’s loads. This is a compilation of them. Enjoy!

4 things that happened in the past week #2


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Soup and Trackies
Winter is coming and so I need a a bucket of soup, if not more. Soup is my best bud when it get’s chillier out and fortunately it’s very easy to make plenty of it in one go. I had so much to do this weekend (mainly finding pressies for my family) that naturally I decided to postpone everything, stay in, put on my trackies and chill out. Surely I’ll regret it later when I’m doing shopping and find myself in the middle of the crazy Christmas shoppers, but it was a beautiful weekend.  I made this broccoli soup (Simple recipe – click!) and it was just delish. I also made what I find one of the best starters on the flippin’ planet: filo pastry filled with some goats cheese, some pine nuts and a tiny bit of dried thyme. Do try, it’s savage.

Jason Segel movies
So…When you guys want to watch a movie but don’t know what you want to watch yet, how do you search for inspiration? By genre, year, director? I tend to go to IMDB and look through movies per actor or actress that I liked in a movie I saw before. Just finished with a Jennifer Aniston phase I decided to look for movies either written by  or starring Jason Segel. Forgetting Sarah Marshall has been a favourite of mine for a while and I wanted to check what else he made. The Five Year Engagement was quite fun too though very long, though I should’ve seen that coming really with a title like that. On a side note: he seems to appear naked in most of the movies he wrote himself. Swag, Jason. 

Knitting
I just started learning to knit today – and my god do I find it fun and addictive. I found myself “just doing a few more stitches” and then ending up two rows further having to force myself to stop. I just started a navy blue scarf, but who knows someday I’ll finish a majestic Weasley jumper.

Twitter
My Twitter account has been very quiet for a few years… Until last week. A few years ago I just sent out one Tweet, followed Evanna Lynch (fangirl, me) and a few others, but got bored after a few weeks and never looked at it again. Since last week, the lil white bird is the first icon I click whenever on an electronic device. I don’t know what exactly caused the switch but I’m having a lot of fun with it. Since actively starting to tweet last week I’ve had a discussion about gigantic Jaffa Cakes, had fun making up and posting puns, had a convo with a total stranger on the delivery time for parcels, seen the funniest and most stunning picures floating by and was kept very up to date on any news.

Want to say hello? You’ll find me under @AntwaV – or click on one of my tweets at the right of this blogpost :).

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My month in movies

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Whaddaya know? Another blog like this. My blog on sandwiches was probably my favourite to ever write, and since I usually like to read or hear from people which movies they have seen, voila, here’s me doing exactly that. Hopefully you’ll get some ideas on what you could watch on a rainy Tuesday night or pretty much any day at any time.

“Month” in this blog stands for “the last few weeks, not totally sure, as I only decided last week I’d want to do a blog on this”.


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Begin Again (2013)
Another musical film by director and writer John Carney. Since I absolutely loved his much praised and award winning movie Once (2007), I was pretty excited about my very late discovery that he had made another movie last year. The story is set in New York where singer and songwriter Gretta (Keira Knightley) meets record label holder Dan Mulligan (Mark Ruffalo). Both are struggling in life and both find strength in joining forces: their love and talent for music. Funny detail is that this movie features actress Keira Knightley in a singing role, while it’s singer Adam Levine’s first acting job. Though a tiny bit predictable here and there, it didn’t have that much of a romcom vibe as I thought it would have. It’s pretty much a musical drama with funny bits. I find myself going back to listen to the soundtrack now and then as the songs are absolutely lovely.
I enjoyed watching this movie, though it wasn’t as strong as Once (but then again, what is?).

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Horns (2014)
Pretty much my favourite movie out of this bunch, mainly because I didn’t expect any of this and it turned out to be incredibly funny and utterly bizarre. Ignatius Perrish or just “Ig” (Daniel Radcliffe) wakes up one morning after a wild night and discovers there are Horns growing from his temples. His ex-girlfriend Merrin (Juno Temple) has been mysteriously murdered and he finds himself in troubled and ridiculous situations everywhere he goes. He realizes quickly that his horns bring the worst out in people and makes them reveal their darkest and ugliest secrets to him. Accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend, he needs to find out the truth about her death in order to save himself.
That’s as much as I’m going to tell you guys, besides saying it’s an absolute must-see.

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Never Let Me Go (2010)
Never Let Me Go is set in a dystopian world where there are certain boarding schools raising children to serve only one purpose: to serve the lives of others, making their own lives tragically limited. It follows love-triangle Kathy (Carey Mulligan), Tommy (Andrew Garfield) and Ruth (Keira Knightley) in their boarding school lives and when they are young adults, discovering what they have to face and trying to escape their faith.
It’s one of these movies that leaves you sobbing and probably with a “What the hell is wong with people!”-feel. Especially the thoughts expressed by one of the characters in the plot, it really made an impact on me and left me to ponder.
Serious stuff.

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Gold (2014)
I picked this movie to watch on my birthday in the iFi, the Irish Film Institute in Dublin. Even though I thought it was a very good movie that I’d want to have seen anyway, I am not sure if my birthday was the perfect day to watch it as it turned out a lil more dramatic than the trailer shows. In Gold, a father named Ray (David Wilmot) returns to his wife (Kerry Condon) and daughter (Maisie Williams) after leaving them 10 years ago. He finds they now form a stable family with P.E. teacher Frank (James Nesbitt), who is ambitious, strict and controlling, much the opposite of Ray self. Ray desperately wants to be a part in his daughters life again, but frustratingly he seems to only cause misfortune to the family.
Needless to say Maisie Williams is awesome in this.

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Gone Girl 
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One of those movies you really have to see when it’s in cinema. Not having read the book by Gillian Flynn, I was in for quite a few surprises. The story is set in Missouri where Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) deals with the sudden disappearance of his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike). Most powerful about this movie is that it makes you question your own world, the people who are in it and how much you really know about them. Also, I quite liked how big of a part a cat has in this movie, while not being of much importance at the same time. Awesome.

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Frozen (2013)
This movie pretty much made me into a liar. Apart from hearing the Soundtrack anywhere and everywhere and catching some flashes of it on tv, I had not seen it until a few weeks ago and people were pretty intense about it. “You haven’t seen Frozen? YOU HAVEN’T SEEN FROZEN?! Why? I…But Why?!” After a few of those encounters (in which I just should have responded with “Let it go!”) I just decided to nod a bit when asked had I seen it and promised myself to watch it ASAP. Not disappointed at all and people were right when saying I must be craycray not to have watched it earlier.
Elsa (voice by Idina Menzel) possesses the power to turn everything into ice and snow but hasn’t learnt yet how to control this. When she accidentally curses her whole hometown to infinite winter she flees into the mountains and it is up to her sister Anna (voice by Kristen Bell) to save the situation, getting help from mountain man Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and Snowman Oscar (Josh Gad). Loved this movie from begin to end. Great music, heartwarming scenes, I teared up once and wanted to marry two of the characters straight after they got introduced in the movie (Hans and Olaf). I wish I could share my favourite song but I just can’t choose. So there’s that.

It’s pretty beautiful how a movie called Frozen can make you feel so warm on the inside. Right?

Warm hugs anyone?

See you later!

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Stuff I’ve been loving lately

 

Hi y’all!

Just a quick blog on stuff I’ve been surrounding myself with cause they make me insanely happy. And I only mention Harry Potter like three times. Absolute top score.


On Screen: 
Three weeks ago, I went to see What If  (directed by Michael Dowse) in cinema on a free monday afternoon. It was the only movie we could watch at that time and I’m mighty glad it was. It’s a romcom starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan that made me laugh out loud a few times and had me leave the cinema in the most cheerful state of mind. There were a few odd, realistic scenes where characters just grabbed their phone to avoid having to talk to other people or to kill some time, which I found very funny.
Curled up in a chair: I’ve started reading Lunch in Paris (written by American journalist Elizabeth Bard) and enjoying every page of it. It’s a love story set in Paris that contains recipes of the dishes that are mentioned (a feature I would’ve bloody loved to see in Harry Potter and actually most other books I’ve read). It’s easy to understand why it’s a New York Times Best-Seller as it combines the magical combination of Paris, love and food and it’s a lovely and easy read.
In my ears: You Keep Me Hangin’ On by the Supremes. Just can’t get enough of that tune.

SAM_0150                                            Meridian Peanut Butter, Supervalu, €3,59

This nutty brand makes the most delicious nut butters ever! I spread this peanut butter on a whole meal pita bread or rice cake or just eat it straight from the jar when no one is looking. Their Almond Butter is also absolutely divine and I have yet to discover the taste of their Hazelnut Butter, Cashew Butter and Pumpkin Seed Butter. To be continued. Yummy.

SAM_0106Super Beauty Coconut & Acai Shower Gel, Boots,  €3,29

Basically, I really like to smell like a cake (vanilla perfume, coconut shower gel, honey hairspray, come to momma) and this shower gel does exactly that. I usually switch to another shower gel after emptying a bottle but I’ve happily repurchased this one now.

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Is it fashion? Is it food? Pardon my photography skills, this clutch looks quite a bit more yummy in real life than the picture shows. I bought this one only a few weeks ago and absolutely adore it. My birthday is coming up in October and even though I don’t have any outfit planned yet, I do know I’ll be sporting this bad boy.

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Because well, who wouldn’t love such a magical comfy top?

See you later!