25 December 2013

Movie Wishlist #18

I thought it was about time I put together one of these lists! I have by no means watched all the movies on my last wish lists, but there are always more...

These films are released over the next few months in the US (and hopefully not long after, here!)

(Last Updated: 25 December 2013)

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Certificate 18, 180 min - Biography | Comedy | Crime | Drama
Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.
Director: Martin Scorsese; Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey
   
47 Ronin (2013)
Certificate 12A, 119 min - Action | Adventure | Fantasy
A band of samurai set out to avenge the death and dishonor of their master at the hands of a ruthless shogun.
Director: Carl Rinsch; Stars: Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Kô Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano
  
I, Frankenstein (2014)
Certificate PG-13 93 min - Action | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
Frankenstein's creature finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans.
Director: Stuart Beattie; Stars: Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Miranda Otto, Virginie Le Brun
(This sounds like classic Universal horror meets the Underworld franchise for a reason: the source material is a graphic novel created by Kevin Grevioux, who co-wrote the story that introduced us to the vampire warrior, Selene. Aaron Eckhart plays Dr. Frankenstein's creation, who has survived into modern times due to a genetic anomaly, ans Bill Nighy plays a demon-army leader.)
  
The Lego Movie (2014)
Certificate PG - Animation | Action | Comedy | Family
An ordinary LEGO minifigure, mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary MasterBuilder, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil LEGO tyrant from gluing the universe together.
Directors: Phil Lord | Chris Miller; Stars: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Morgan Freeman
   
3 Days to Kill (2014)
Action | Drama | Thriller
A dying Secret Service Agent trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter is offered an experimental drug that could save his life in exchange for one last assignment.
Director: McG; Stars: Amber Heard, Kevin Costner, Hailee Steinfeld, Connie Nielsen
   
The Wind Rises (2013)
Certificate PG-13, 126 min - Animation | Biography | Drama | History | Romance | War
A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.
Director: Hayao Miyazaki; Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, Elijah Wood, Stanley Tucci
   
Non-Stop (2014)
Certificate PG-13 - Action | Mystery | Thriller
An air marshall must spring into action aboard an international flight.
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra; Stars: Michelle Dockery, Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson, Anson Mount
   
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Certificate R - Comedy | Drama
The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.
Director: Wes Anderson; Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton
  
300: Rise of an Empire (2014)
Certificate R - Action | Drama | War
The Greek general Themistocles battles an invading army of Persians under the mortal-turned-god, Xerxes.
Director: Noam Murro; Stars: Sullivan Stapleton, Rodrigo Santoro, Eva Green, Jack O'Connell
   
Need for Speed (2014)
Action | Crime | Drama | Thriller
Fresh from prison, a street racer who was framed by a wealthy business associate joins a cross country race with revenge in mind. His ex-partner, learning of the plan, places a massive bounty on his head as the race begins.
Director: Scott Waugh; Stars: Aaron Paul, Chillie Mo, Dominic Cooper, Dakota Johnson

23 December 2013

Merry Christmas...



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19 December 2013

Favourite... Hair Products



(My skin: Fair colouring, Normal - though prone to both dry and oily areas, Hormonal break-outs usually around my chin/neck, Dark under-eye, in my thirties so some anti-aging concerns)


1. Kevin Murphy Angel.Wash - For Fine Coloured Hair.
A delicate recovery shampoo for fine, fragile or broken hair that is coloured or damaged. Milk proteins control frizzy hair that may have suffered from long term medication, chemical straightening or bleaching. ANGEL.WASH gently cleanses while maximizing colour retention. ANGEL.WASH protects against free radicals, inhibits UVA oxidation essential for repair of damaged hair. Features & Benefits: Sulphate free, Paraben free, Volumising, For fine fragile coloured hair, Thickens hair, Colour safe, Reduces breakage, Antioxidant rich, pH 6.3 - 7.0


2. Kevin Murphy Angel.Rinse - For Fine Coloured Hair.
Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter: Soothes and protects. Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Extract: Promotes hair growth and is cellular regenerative. It also provides beneficial treatment for oily skin and hair. Pelargonium Gravelons (Geranium) Flower Oil: Gives hair natural shine and manageability. Theobroma (Cocoa) Butter: Gently soothes the scalp and increases elasticity to dry hair and scalp. Mangifera (Mango) Butter: Increases elasticity to dry hair and scalp and helps to protect against sun damage. Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil: Helps to relieve stress and is uplifting, while the astringent is a great cleanser for oily scalps and hair. Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil: Helps lock down cuticle for natural shine. Antioxidant vitamins A and C protect against stress. Olive Oil Esters: Repair the hair at a cellular level.

I've also started to use Kevin Murphy's Born Again Treatment and Damage Manager (instant heat shielding spray).


These products work beautifully together and smell fantastic; my hair feels great! I love that they are full of natural ingredients, and don't have sulphates or parabens. I've been using both for a few months now, maybe more, and I don't see myself changing to anything else, anytime soon.

Are you a fan of Kevin Murphy too? Comment below :) 

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16 December 2013

All I Want is for You to be...



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09 December 2013

I faked my smiles for years



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08 December 2013

Time Management Games: Happy Chef 2



Yes, I looove time management games. Time Management games are games in which you perform a series of tasks or processes as quickly as possible e.g. manage/cook/serve at a restaurant, stock/run a supermarket, babysit, manage a hotel, build/decorate houses. When I finish a TMG I love, I Google trying to find more like it. Also, when I say 'finish', I mean get the gold/expert score on every single level!


Today's game is...

... Happy Chef 2

Cook a variety of dishes from all around the world and become an expert chef in Happy Chef 2! Start from humble beginnings in an authentic Italian restaurant. Gain cooking expertise and travel to Hawaii, America, China, and France becoming a world famous chef. Upgrade your kitchen with fantastic new equipment, decorate your restaurant and serve a huge variety of customers with unique tastes and preferences in this Time Management game!
  • Hundreds of dishes from around the glob
  • Five unique locations to master
Fast and easy game to play. I possibly enjoyed the first Happy Chef  more..


Download a free one hour trial here

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06 December 2013

Time Management Games: Spooky Mall



Yes, I looove time management games. Time Management games are games in which you perform a series of tasks or processes as quickly as possible e.g. manage/cook/serve at a restaurant, stock/run a supermarket, babysit, manage a hotel, build/decorate houses. When I finish a TMG I love, I Google trying to find more like it. Also, when I say 'finish', I mean get the gold/expert score on every single level!


Today's game is...

... Spooky Mall
I'm a fan of TMGs that have a horror theme (e.g: Haunted Domains, Daycare Nightmare, Vampires vs. Zombies) - just a nice twist :) This is another 'upgrade a mall, restock the shelves' game, with spooky fun customers (that like to buy in bulk, and apparently try to shop-lift all the time, so watch for that!! hehe). Very simple game to master, especially once you have all the upgrades. It would've been a nice touch to make the food in the mall 'spooky' also, but still, Spooky Mall is a fun game that kept me entertained.


Download a free one hour trial here

Here is a list of all the Time Management Games I have played/reviewed, or, click the blogger tag below to load all the posts on Time Management Games! See my profile/reviews at Big Fish games here.

05 December 2013

My Newest Xmas Card design



Edited/Updated: 05 Dec
As I mentioned in the post below, I wasn't completely happy with the card... I liked the general idea of the design... So, here is the design I put into "mass production":





Swapped out the stamped black tree, changed the banner to gold cord with sequins (which I glued at regular intervals), and used lighter greens for the two other trees!


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29-Nov


I'm still crafting away; trying to get all my Christmas cards made (ideally they will be done by December 1st... yikes!).

Here's a design I was playing around with last night. The first layer of coloured paper is taped straight to the card, but the next layer (hexagonal design) is raised slightly (foam tape). I used foam squares on the letters, banner, and two of the trees also.

Thanks to my brother's critique, I think on the next one I will use lighter green paper for the two green trees, so they stand out better.


Supplies
stamps:
Hero Arts clear stamps (Christmas) Laughter and Joy, Lawn Fawn clear stamps and cuts Quinn's ABCs, Lawn Fawn clear stamps Quinn's Capital ABCs, Kaisercraft clear stamps Sweet Pea
ink: Memento Ink Pad in Tuxedo Black 
paper: gold A6 card, Rosie's Studio 6x6 pad Just Jolly
accessories: foam tape/squares, rhinestones

04 December 2013

Cards from the past (my past)



Once upon a time, before I used twitter, twitpic, instagram etc.. any card I made that I liked (and of course then gave away), I would photograph, colour print, then stick into a small scrapbook, often along with a paper/design sample from what I used. I guess so I could look back for inspiration. I think I started card-making late 2007, thanks to a certain crafty friend :)

Sorting out my craft 'stuff/supplies' the other day I came across the scrapbook, which hasn't had an entry for years (because any photos of my cards end up on the net: twitter/instagram, my blog, then pinterest!!).

I took some snaps of scrapbook I liked, before deciding it was time to bin it (in favour of non-clutter):




(I remember making these for Evette - first for her Hen's Night, then the 'E&P' for her wedding)




02 December 2013

Auckland Art & Craft Fair, Nov 2013



http://aucklandfair.blogspot.co.nz/

The Auckland Art & Craft Fair is a one of a kind, special event happening twice a year, in Winter and in Summer. Designed to showcase a selection of New Zealand best independent and contemporary Designers, Artists & Crafters selling their products direct to the public for one day only.

At the Fair you will find products with an emphasis on quality, craftsmanship, creativity and style. You can purchase direct from the seller, knowing that you are supporting our local talent and you will be taking home a special piece that has soul.



This was my first time going to the Auckland Art & Craft Fair, and I will definitely be going again! I had a fantastic time. So many talented kiwi designers under one roof, and I had too little spending money!

I came away with 3 special purchases, but there was so much more I could have splurged on. Some sellers had eftpos, or there was 'craft money' (which could be bought using eftpos at a central kiosk in $5 increments, with a 50 cent transaction fee).

This is my second handmade bag from Estelle of Brighton; as soon as I saw it, I HAD to have it (her only 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' at the time too!). The necklace is actually a little pop-open clock (for the life of me, I can't remember which seller it's from), and the earrings are sterling silver peridot studs from Silverstone Jewellery.



After coming home with my wee haul, I went through all the business cards I had picked up and looked them up online. Here are some of my favourite sellers from the day:


Bird in A Bunny Suit
Gorgeous illustrations - cards and prints



Bonjour Sweetie
The most AMAZING dioramas - boxes and necklaces! I adored the crime scene ones.





Erika Pearce
Saw Erika's work at The Very Vintage Day Out and fell in love with her style.



Estelle of Brighton
(I can't seem to access her site at the moment, so here is her FB page too)
Divine handmade hand-bags. I had a lovely talk with her on Saturday; she even remembered the bag I bought from her at The Very Vintage Day out and offered me a discount! ♥ Sooo I bought her 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' bag, pictured above.


Extra Curricular Mag
Extra Curricular is about folks who get creative with their spare time. Published out of Auckland three times a year by Ellie Smith and a small team of dedicated contributors passionate about making and doing, Extra Curricular features up-and-coming creatives from both sides of the Tasman who care about the world and what they are putting out into it.

High production values and beautiful paper stock – combined with a curiosity about the processes and spaces of creative people – make for a compact package that feels nice in your hands.

Created in 2009, and now a few thousand copies down the track, each one is still hand-numbered – we like it that way.


I didn't purchase or subscribe to the magazine on the day, but I am going to :)


Flora Waycott Design
Another seller with incredible talent!! Love her style - as prints and on plates.



Helo Birdie
Cute prints!



Koro Accessories
Love this jewellery, especially the Pink Totoro necklace... I feel an online purchase coming on...



'Re-loved' plates; a-mazing hand painted vintage bone china plates





Tofutree Art & Design
Funky designs - prints on canvas, cushions etc. I am very fond of their fox print



Silverstone Jewelley
NZ crafted silver jewellery. There are a few of their peridot pieces I am coveting.


A couple of random snaps from the fair:

Love this idea of taking mini milk bottles and putting fabric labels on them


Cool prints