Girls On Film: 5 Incredible Films with Female Leads

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It’s Day 3 of my Women’s Day posts y’all!! This one’s coming in a little late, oops. But a gal’s got to put school first, am I right?

Today’s post is all about my favourite women-led films. These films all showcase courageous women, either actively fighting for equality or just living their day-to-day lives. All of these films pass the Bechdel Test (i.e. two women speak to each other at some point and the convo is not about a guy) which is obviously a super important consideration when it comes to crafting a list of films for Women’s Day! All of these films have left their mark on me in some way, and I hope that they do the same for you.

Without further ado, here are my 5 favourite female-led films!

MONA LISA SMILE

This is one of my favourite female-led films of all time. A graduate student from UCLA comes to the conservative, all-female Wellesley College to teach art history. She quickly realizes that the majority of the students in her class are primarily interested in finding husbands, rather than getting an education and a career. Slowly, their professor starts to show them a different life, one where they aren’t relegated to housewife and motherhood roles which was, at the time this movie is set, considered very dangerous and threatening to the social order. It’s a fantastic film all about sisterhood and strong women.

SUFFRAGETTE

Let’s throw it all the way back to the early 20th century, long before “feminists” was even a term for women’s activists and in fact, women’s activism wasn’t really a thing. Suffragette is a historical period drama that tells the story of a woman who finds herself involved with the women’s suffrage movement in Britain in the 1910s. I stumbled upon this film sort of by accident and just throw it on out of curiosity but boy was I glad I did. It shows the horrific conditions these suffragettes had to face (such as incarceration and force-feeding), being isolated by their loved ones, and facing danger and discrimination all because they were fighting for justice. It’s extremely interesting, and I highly recommend watching it to get an idea of the severity of the suffrage movement.

MAMMIA MIA! & MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN

Yes, I included both the first and the second Mamma Mia films. In their own ways, they are absolutely chock-full of girl power and sisterhood and all the things you’d love to see in a film about women. The first film, of course, focuses on Sophie trying to find her father. However, it’s really about the relationship between mother and daughter, and the power that comes from that sort of love. In the second film, you can see generations of strong women and how they interact with each other which is amazing. Donna Sheridan is one of the strongest female characters in the world. It also puts emphasis on single motherhood and positive female friendships, as well as slams down any kind of slut-shaming because it’s 2019 and we ain’t about that anymore.

PRINCESS AND THE FROG

While this one might put some people off because it’s Disney and an animated film, please don’t let that deter you from watching it! It’s one of the most underrated Disney films out there. This film has an awesome positive message!! First off, it’s got a POC female lead, the first African-American star of a Disney animated film which is huge. Not only that, but Tiana is extremely ambitious, confident, and self-dependent. As a young woman in the 1920s, she defies the strict gender norms of that time that insist she settles down with a guy and has kids, and instead decides to open her own restaurant! #GIRLBOSS. I absolutely love this film so much and wish everyone would give it a chance.

LEGALLY BLONDE

Y’all had to have seen this one coming. What is a women’s empowerment post without mentioning the phenomenal Elle Woods? Elle Wood is incredible. While she appears at the start to be a selfish, snobby rich girl with no brain or determination (an overused film trope), she’s actually everything but all of those things. This film hits the nail on the head. It puts intelligent women at the forefront, gives icky men what they deserve, and highlights the importance of female friendships. Hallelujah. Also, this film gets extra points just for the “You got into Harvard?”- “What, like it’s hard?” scene. Iconic.

What female-led film has left a lasting impact on you?

Felicia x

January Favourites

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New year, new opportunity to try to remember to post monthly favourites! I always love writing up these favourites posts, but I find it so hard to remember to post one at the end of each and every month. My brain is so wrapped up in uni mode that I often neglect my blog :( But here’s to turning over a new leaf and making more of an effort with my blog!!

With that being said, here are my favourite things from January!

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Marc Anthony Hydrating Coconut Oil & Shea Butter [Shampoo // Conditioner]

Oh my goodness. This shampoo & conditioner set is truly to die for. I was in the market for a new shampoo and conditioner as I was pretty disillusioned with the one I was using before. I picked up this Marc Anthony duo on a whim, as I knew that Marc Anthony was a good brand (fun fact: my dad went to school with Marc Anthony himself!). It’s soo nice!! It makes my hair so soft and hydrated, and the scent reminds me so much of a tropical holiday! In other words, it’s a very strong coconut scent. If you don’t love heavy scents in your hair products, steer away from this bc it’s powerful haha. But the coconut scent is what makes me love it!

Bath & Body Works Comfort Body Butter [Similar: Body Cream]

If I could smell like Bath & Body Works’ Comfort scent 24/7, I would. Is there a way to make that happen that doesn’t involve going through ten tubs of body butter per month?! This Comfort scent is part of Bath & Body Works’ Aromatherapy line (which I absolutely love btw) and its fragrance is a combination of vanilla and patchouli essential oil. I think it’s an unusual but also really nice scent that isn’t too overpowering at all. Plus, the body butter is very hydrating on the skin. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem they’re selling it online anymore (I got mine in the semi-annual sale) but I’m sure the body lotion version - which I’ve linked - is very similar!

Bath & Body Works Stress Relief Body Cream [Body Cream]

Surprise, surprise, yet another thing from the Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy line!! I really love the Stress Relief scent so so much. The eucalyptus is lovely and genuinely soothes my anxiety. I’ve got this scent in a million different versions - soaps, wallflowers, sprays, you name it - but I find this body cream is one of my favs. It’s also very moisturizing!! And I got it for like $4 at the semi-annual sale this Christmas so I simply couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to buy it ;)

Aveeno Skin Relief Body Wash with Soothing Oat & Coconut [Body Wash]

This favourite of mine was actually a complete fluke! My boyfriend went to the store to pick up a few things and I asked him to pick up the Aveeno Skin Relief Body Wash. I typically use the fragrance free one as I have super sensitive skin, so I like to be careful with washing. But he accidentally picked up the coconut one and can I just say I am absolutely in love with it?! It’s completely added to my coconut scent obsession!! I find it doesn’t irritate my skin at all, so the skin relief part is still useful. But it just adds a lovely scent to my skin - so it’s a bonus!

The History Chicks Podcast [Website]

Unlike the rest of the world, I’ve not been totally obsessed with podcasts these past few years. For me, I’m very much a visual sort of person so I find that while listening to audiobooks or podcasts, my mind often wanders off as I get bored of listening. However, the one exception to the rule is The History Chicks podcast! I’ve been listening to this podcast on-and-off for the past year or so, and I’ve recently fallen back in love with it! It’s very simple - two women sit down and chronologically discuss the lives of prominent women, real or not, in history. Being a massive history fanatic, especially when it comes to women’s history, this is right up my alley! Personal favourite episodes include Jane Austen, Marie Antoinette, and Mary, Queen of Scots - because those are my fav historical women. However, there are hundreds to browse through and listen to!

Game of Thrones

I know I’m so late to the party, but I very recently started watching Game of Thrones and I’ve been loving it. Totally see what all the buzz has been about these last, what, 8 years lol. But whatever it’s all good!! I basically binge-watched the entirety of the available seasons in January alone, getting all the way up to the end of season 5. I’m v excited to see what the next two available seasons have in store and even more so what the final season has to offer! I’m pretty bummed that I’ll have watched all of Game of Thrones in just a few short months though… Feels like I missed out on the journey a little bit! If anyone’s wondering, my fav characters so far are Daenerys and Tyrion!

The Hunchback of Notre Dame Broadway Musical Soundtrack

It somehow managed to slip my knowledge that The Hunchback of Notre Dame had been turned into a Broadway musical at some point… How?! I absolutely love Hunchback, and always have, ever since I was a kid. And I adore musical theatre, if you hadn’t already guessed that. So I had to check out the Hunchback Broadway soundtrack and BOY am I glad I did!!! The OBC is incredible and although I highly doubt it’ll happen, I would be extremely grateful if they cast Michael Arden as Quasimodo in the upcoming Hunchback of Notre Dame live action adaptation.

So that’s all for this month! Hope you guys enjoyed reading about my little favourite bits and bobs of the month!

Felicia x

Blogmas 2018 Day Three: My Favourite Christmas Films

Hello darlings! Welcome back.

Today is quite possibly one of my favourite posts of Blogmas and that is my favourite Christmas films. Films are a huge component to the holiday season for me. In fact, I see films as a huge component of my life in general. To me, there’s nothing better than cozying up underneath a thick fluffy blanket, with a steaming cup of hot cocoa, all ready to watch a holiday film. My holiday film collection grows more and more each year and it’s very lovely. So today, I thought I’d share with you guys all my favourite holiday films, in case you guys are looking for a new addition to your next holiday film marathon!

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~ LOVE ACTUALLY ~

I’m sure you all expected this one to come up on my list! Love Actually combines two of my favourite things: British rom-coms and holiday films. This ensemble cast film follows the lives of several Londoners as they encounter romance during the holiday season, all leading up to the Big Moment of Christmas eve. It also boasts quite possibly the greatest cast ever, featuring a bunch of Richard Curtis film regulars like Hugh Grant and Colin Firth, along with some other fab actors like the wonderful, late Alan Rickman. This is just a really feel-good, funny film that really shines a light on the importance of family and love.

~ THE HOLIDAY ~

The Holiday is a newer favourite film of mine, as I just saw it for the first time last year or maybe the year before. It follows two women from opposite sides of the world who both decide they need a break from their lives, so they decide to swap houses for a few weeks over the Christmas holiday. While on their respective holidays, they both encounter people who get them to look at their own lives with a different perspective. It’s such a lovely, cheery film that just makes my insides super warm and fuzzy!! Kate Winslet is in this one, which automatically gives it bonus points in my books. Like Love Actually, this is a rom-com which is very much up my alley.

~ MIRACLE ON 34th STREET ~

Let me start off by saying that the Miracle on 34th Street that I hold near and dear to my heart is the 1994 version. Which I know is extremely controversial to some who say that the one and only version is the original 1947 film. But hear me out! I grew up on the 1994 film, as it came out just four years before I was born, so it was still fairly new. I’ve always loved the film, regardless of what people have said. I think the message of the film is still extremely important. And Dylan McDermott will always have a hold on my heart, no matter what. I think this is probably one of my top holiday films. It’s definitely one I have to see every holiday season, without exception. I also love how they incorporate elements of 1940s fashion to pay homage to the original film. So so cute.

~ ELF ~

Let’s not kid ourselves here. Who DOESN’T love Elf?!? This is perhaps the funniest, happy-go-lucky Christmas film out there. Will Ferrell plays the role of Buddy the Elf so perfectly, making it so hard to finish the film without a smile on your face. The emphasis on the importance of Christmas spirit is so important. I think that this film also teaches us a valuable lesson about putting aside the stresses of work or life in general during the holiday season and just focusing on our families and loved ones. Life will always be demanding and stressful. But you have to find a healthy balance between the fun and the stress of life! And what better way to have fun than to sing some Christmas carols at the top of our lungs?! Like Buddy says, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!!”

~ WHITE CHRISTMAS ~

White Christmas holds a very special place in my heart and has for a while now. My mum has always loved this film, and she shared the love with me a few years ago. White Christmas is all about two American WWII soldiers who formed a performing act after the war. After receiving a letter from a former comrade-in-arms, they go see a sister duo perform in Florida. The foursome then embarks on a journey to Vermont where they spend the next few weeks planning an extravagant Christmas musical in honour of their former commanding officer. This is the only musical film on my Christmas favourites list and as you all should know by now, musicals are my favourite. ALWAYS. I think that it’s a really lovely film with a good meaning and some fabulous musical numbers.

~ THE SANTA CLAUSE ~

We can’t be friends if you don’t love the film The Santa Clause *shrugs*… Okay, maybe that’s a teensy bit overdramatic. No, but honestly, I think Santa Clause has been on my Christmas favourites list the longest out of all these films (except for maybe How The Grinch Stole Christmas). The whole concept of some random guy becoming Santa Claus just by being in the right place (or wrong place, depending on how you see it) at the right time is just so amusing to me. I love everyone and everything that makes up this film. Tim Allen really does a great job as the grumpy Scott Calvin who eventually learns to find the Christmas spirit in his heart and in his life. And let’s not forget to mention that Bernard totally steals the show.

~ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS ~

Ahhh the Grinch. This is a classic holiday film, in my opinion. I’ve loved this ever since I was a child, back when the jokes that Jim Carrey makes went straight over my lil head. But now as an adult, understanding the jokes in the film just makes it that much funnier. I love watching this film so so much. I truly think it’s the best adaptation and there’s never a time where I’m not up to watching it. Jim Carrey is phenomenal in this film and his improvisation of Ron Howard is possibly one of my favourite film scenes of all-time. And honestly, aren’t we all a bit like the Grinch sometimes? I know I am for sure haha. And of course, every time I see this film, I have the song Where Are You Christmas stuck in my head for days. (It’s still stuck in my head from last year tbh).

What’s your favourite Christmas film?

Felicia x

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My Top 10 Favourite Animated Disney Films

Disney, as you already may have noticed, is hugely important to me. Growing up, not only did I frequently visit Disney World, but I was also a massive fan of the Disney animated films, as most of us were. I spent my childhood days hunkered down in front of my tube tv (remember those?) with one of my many Disney vhs tapes in the vcr. There was nothing I enjoyed more than hearing that static-y noise of the tv powering on and then having the Walt Disney Entertainment opening pop up on the screen. 

Even as an adult, Disney films are my favourite. I think there's nothing cosier than sitting down on the sofa with some treats and a big blanket, watching a good ol' Disney film.

Today, I thought I'd share with you guys my top 10 favourite new and old animated Disney films!

1. Beauty and the Beast
2. Tangled
3. Hunchback of Notre Dame
4. Frozen
5. Moana
6. Lilo and Stitch
7. Sleeping Beauty
8. Aladdin
9. Peter Pan
10. Lady and the Tramp 

What are your favourite Disney animated films?

Felicia x

50 Film Recommendations

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I love films. I always have. There's something about putting a movie on the tv and curling up under a blanket that's extremely comforting to me. And I think it's so coolthat for two hours, you're a part of a different life or a different world even. After spending the last twenty years watching films regularly - I'm talking, like a movie per day - I have seen a lot of movies. So, I thought that I'd share fifty of my fav films with you guys today!! Hopefully, it might introduce you to your new favourite film :)

- FIFTY FILM RECOMMENDATIONS -

  1. Casablanca (1942)
  2. Rear Window (1954)
  3. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
  4. West Side Story (1961)
  5. Grease (1978)
  6. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
  7. Pretty in Pink (1986)
  8. Steel Magnolias (1989)
  9. Thelma and Louise (1991)
  10. Few Good Men (1992)
  11. Dazed and Confused (1993)
  12. Interview with the Vampire (1994)
  13. Muriel's Wedding (1994)
  14. Apollo 13 (1995)
  15. Trainspotting (1996)
  16. My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)
  17. Titanic (1997)
  18. Practical Magic (1998)
  19. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
  20. Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
  21. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)
  22. Moulin Rouge! (2001)
  23. Ocean's Eleven (2001)
  24. Chicago (2002)
  25. The Hours (2002)
  26. Spider-Man (2002)
  27. Down With Love (2003)
  28. Love Actually (2003)
  29. Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
  30. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
  31. Uptown Girls (2003)
  32. What a Girl Wants (2003)
  33. Troy (2004)
  34. Elizabethtown (2005)
  35. Pride and Prejudice (2005)
  36. Rent (2005)
  37. Walk the Line (2005)
  38. Marie Antoinette (2006)
  39. August Rush (2007)
  40. Hairspray (2007)
  41. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
  42. Mamma Mia (2008)
  43. 500 Days of Summer (2009)
  44. Like Crazy (2011)
  45. Anna Karenina (2012)
  46. About Time (2013)
  47. Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
  48. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
  49. Love, Rosie (2014)
  50. Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

Enjoy your film watching! 

Felicia x

Treat Yo' Self

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Hello everybody and welcome back! As you may have noticed, I have been MIA all week. I'm so sorry for my absence, I've been fighting off a cold all week and with that plus everyday life plus planning for our Christmas party tonight... I didn't have much time - or energy, for that matter - to post on my regular schedule. But I'm back, and I've got a special pampering post for you all today! Doesn't everyone love a good night in? I know I do. There's nothing better to prepare you for a week, or to relax you after a stressful one, than a rejuvenating evening of doing nothing but unwinding and overindulging. If you're looking to plan a pampering evening of your own sometime soon, here are some of my favourite things to do to inspire you!

A CUP OF HOT COCOA

First and foremost, I always love indulging in a cup of steaming hot cocoa whenever I need a little pick-me-up. Recently I have been loving Coffee Crisp-flavoured hot cocoa, which is absolutely to die for. I usually make my hot cocoa with milk and mini marshmallows on top, and I always put it in a super cute mug.

HAVE A SOAK IN A BATH

I used to be super opposed to the idea of bathing. I was pretty vocal about my dislike until I discovered Lush bath bombs. Now I've started having baths, I'll never look back. Though I do still prefer showering over bathing, I do enjoy a bath every now and then for a pampering evening. Bath bombs are so lovely. I love watching them melt and spin in the water, turning the colour pretty colours. The scent is phenomenal. And they make my skin feel ever-so-soft. Ones I love are Sex Bomb, Twilightand Butterball

FACE MASK

Once I've hopped out of the bath and put on a pair of comfy pyjamas, I immediately wash my face. It makes me feel so clean and refreshed. Once I've washed my face, I love to put a face mask on. My favourite face mask of all time is the L'Oreal Paris Pure Clay Cleansing MaskIt makes my skin glow, honestly. I love how my skin feels and looks afterwards. Long-term, I have noticed major improvements after using this mask and so it is perfect for my pampering evening.

PAINTING MY NAILS

I think we can all agree that no girly pampering evening is complete without painting your nails - am I right?? I love painting my nails. Looking down and seeing freshly painted nails, as opposed to crap chipped nail polish, is soo lovely. I feel more put together when I've got my nails done. My favourite nail polishes at the moment are the Essie "With the Band"and"Comfy in Cashmere"

PLOPPING DOWN IN FRONT OF A FILM

Netflix is my BFF on my pampering evenings. If you know anything about me, you'll know that there's not much I love more than cuddling beneath a thick blanket with my favourite film on the tv. So, obviously, this is a huge component of what I consider to be a chill night in. Some of my favourite films to watch on these kinda nights are Notting Hill, My Best Friend's Wedding, Bridget Jones's Diary, and Mamma Mia. 

LUSH "SLEEPY" LOTION

The very last step of my pampering evening, when it's time to head to bed, is to apply the Lush Sleepy Lotion, my new favourite body lotion. I talked about this lotion in my Bedside Essentials post a little bit. Safe to say, it's one of my holy grail products. After a night of spoiling myself, I'm ready for a great night's sleep - and this lotion definitely helps with that. Once I'm all lathered up, I wrap myself up in my big comforter and drift off to sleep.. zzzzz....

What do you do on a pamper night-in?

Felicia x

Must-See Christmas Films

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I have a little bit of an obsession with films. In fact, my whole family does. We have a four-drawer case filled with dvds, both in our home in Canada and in our vacation home in Florida. I fully believe that a film can drastically improve your mood. For instance, if I'm feeling ill, watching a Disney film always lifts my spirits. If I'm feeling sad, Bridget Jones's Diary does wonders. Hell, if I'm already in a good mood, Mamma Mia can always put me in an even better mood. So, it probably comes as no surprise that I love Christmas films more than anything. Here are some of my favourite Christmas films to help inspire you to have a cozy evening featuring a film and a mug of hot cocoa (with whipped cream and sprinkles, of course).

LOVE ACTUALLY

The ultimate Christmas rom-com. It's got it all: comic relief, falling in love, heartache, losing a loved one, and friendship. Plus, a totally awesome star-studded cast featuring my favourite British actor ever, Colin Firth. Colin Firth makes everything a billion times better, no matter what.

THE HOLIDAY

Though I've only just seen this for the first time recently, it deserves to be on the list just the same. As I've said, I am a sucker for Jude Law and I only love him even more now that I've seen this film. If you've ever wanted to just spontaneously run away from your life, you'll totally love this film. It's simply adorable.

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (1994)

This is probably my favourite Christmas film. I seriously cannot go through the holiday season without watching Miracle on 34th Street at least twice. I love everything about it. The storyline, the characters, the outfits, Dylan McDermott... Haha no but seriously, it's such a cute story, with one of the happiest endings of all Christmas films.

HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS (2000)

How can you not love this film? It's a classic story, revamped with borderline inappropriate humour and an amazing cast including the very great Christine Baranski. The fact that so many of the Grinch's lines were ad-libbed by Jim Carrey only makes it that much better. And I cannot get over how cute Max is, tbh.

WHITE CHRISTMAS

This old-fashioned Christmas film is too good not to love. I'm a love a good movie-musical and a big production, so this really does it for me. Rosemary Clooney and Bing Crosby singing duets together is exactly what a Christmas film needs. And oh my god those costumes!!! Major heart-eyes.

THE SANTA CLAUSE TRILOGY

Okay... maybe just Santa Clause and Santa Clause 2 (sorry, but the third film just isn't my cup of tea). I love these films. I think the concept is so interesting - some average guy has to suddenly become Santa?? Plus, the second film is just so charming - it's definitely my favourite of the three. I love the odd characters and the comedy of it all.

What are your favourite Christmas films?

Felicia x

Things I Love About Christmas

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If you hadn't already guessed it, I am one of those people who goes into full-on Christmas mode as soon as the clock strikes 12am on November 1st. I love Christmas. My excitement starts early as in Canada, we celebrate Thanksgiving in October, and so our next holiday after Halloween is Christmas. This is genuinely, 100% my favourite holiday and I find there is so much to love about Christmas. In the interest of pumping myself up even more for the season, and getting all other Christmas-lovers excited, here are seven things that I love about the Christmas holidays.

The Return of the Red Lip

During September/October, I tend to put my red-lip obsession on the back burner and focus more on autumn lip colours: berries, burgundies, etc. But with Christmas around the corner, that means I can bring back out my reds and rock the classic look I love so much.

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Decorating

I think my favourite time of the weeks leading up to Christmas is the decorating. My mum and I are restricted to putting up our tree at the very end of November by my dad, so we spend all of November (and admittedly, October) buying decorations and planning out how we envision our decorations in our home for the holidays. We've got a closet under the stairs full of boxes of decorations, and a Pinterest board full of ideas - we're ready to go!!

Baking

I recently tried my hand at baking my favourite autumn dessert, apple crumble, and discovered an interest in it that I didn't know I had. This year, I'm very excited to bake Christmas treats with my mum for our family, friends, and our party in December. Some of my fave Christmas treats are gingerbread cookies and chocolate fudge... yummm..... I'm getting hungry now!

Buying and Wrapping Gifts

As stressful as I find buying gifts for my loved ones (and trust me, I do find it very stressful), I love it. There's something so amazing about finding the perfect gift for a family member or your boyfriend. I love buying gifts for everyone and once I've got everything bought, I go into crazy wrapping mode - it's serious business for me! And then, it's total agony waiting because all I wanna do is give the gifts out to everyone! Haha

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The Toronto Christmas Market

Last year, I visited the Toronto Christmas Market for the very first time and I fell completely in love with it (despite my toes being frozen afterwards). For those who have never been to or heard of the market, it is held in Toronto's Distillery District which is a pedestrian-only area where an old whiskey distillery once sat in the 19th century. The whole area gets decorated for Christmas, they put on shows, and they have a massive Christmas tree at the entrance. It's so fun to walk around and take photos of everything. I cannot wait to go again this year.

Christmas Music

I can't tell you how much I love Christmas music. As soon as November 1st, I'm playing Christmas tunes in the car, while I'm doing my makeup in the morning, basically any chance I get. I even have Michael Buble's Christmas album on vinyl - which by the way is amazingggg. I love to sing-along to the classics and the newer versions by some of my favourite artists.

Holiday Films

Some of my most favourite movies are Christmas themed. Love Actually, White Christmas, Elf... to name a few. My mum and I love to watch these films in November and December every year (sometimes in July, too, but shh that's a secret). We can practically quote the entire Love Actually film. I mean, who doesn't love watching Hugh Grant and Colin Firth???

What gets you excited for Christmas?

Felicia x

Favourite Autumnal Films

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Ah, autumn. The coziest season. The weather is becoming crisp, the leaves are changing, everything is beautiful. And although autumn is one of the best seasons for getting bundled up in warm clothes and taking a lovely stroll, one of my favourite things to do is to cuddle up under a thick blanket with a cup of hot chocolate while watching a great film. There a ton of great films which are very reminiscent of the lovely season upon us, that I think are just perfect for watching on a chilly Sunday afternoon. It would be completely wrong if I didn't start off this post with the ultimate fall classic, Hocus Pocus. I have not come across a person who has seen Hocus Pocus and disliked it. It's hard not to be completely amused by the Sanderson sisters and their shenanigans. I've loved this since I was a young girl and I still get super nostalgic every year when I watch it.

Above all, my favourite autumnal/Halloween film is Practical Magic. If you've never heard of it, it's a late '90s flick starring Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, and Stockard Channing (yes, Rizzo from Grease). It's a warmhearted film about a family of witches and the curse placed upon them which dooms every man who falls in love with them. The film covers the bond between sisters, true love, and lots of tequila. I promise you, it's not to be missed in your autumn film line-up.

If you have not seen The Addams Family, do it. Once you have, pop in Addams Family Values and prepare for greatness. Addams Family Values is as eccentric as its predecessor and its television series, but also just as entertaining. I have always loved Wednesday in this film. Her dark persona blended with witty one-liners is perfection. Not to mention, Morticia and Gomez are just, like, the best, aren't they?

With Halloween just around the corner, I must include my favourite scary film, which is the Hitchcock classic, Psycho. After watching about two episodes of the television series, Bates Motel, I decided I had to see this film and I was not disappointed. It really is so intense and gripping. I'm not a fan of gore or especially jump-scares, which makes Psycho perfect for me because even the scariest scene of all doesn't show much blood or explicit violence (if you've seen it, you know what I'm talking about). It's more of a psychological thriller, which can sometimes be the scariest kind of film.

It is my belief that any holiday or season is a good time for a Harry Potter marathon, but autumn especially is the best season to sit down and watch a film (or eight) of this series. If you haven't seen a Harry Potter movie, now's the time! Every film (save for the last) begins with Harry and his mates preparing to head back to school, which we all know is the first sign of autumn and the time for a fresh start.

And although it is not a film, it would be a shame to not use the opportunity of the seasons changing to sit down and watch the "Fall" episode of Gilmore Girls A Year in the Life, my personal favourite of the 4-part installment. The original series itself seemed to be set in perpetual autumn - including the opening credits which had a reddish, autumnal filter on it. "Fall" is a full 90-minutes of pure autumn loveliness. Not to mention, if you're a huge Gilmore Girls fan like myself, it's a tearjerker (in a good way!).

♥ What are your favourite films to watch in autumn? ♥

 

 

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