2018 Favourites

Hello everybody!!

As we’ve recently entered a new year, I thought that now would be the perfect time to look back on the last one and reflect on some of my favourite things from 2018! Although in the grand scheme of things 2018 wasn’t my favourite year, it was a really great year for entertainment and beauty products for me. I discovered a bunch of new things that I absolutely love which I can’t wait to share with all of you.

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BOOKS

1) “The Alice Network” by Kate Quinn - This book was crazy good!! I didn’t know I needed a book about female war spies until I read this book and it only left me longing for more. [FULL REVIEW]

2) “Beartown” by Fredrik Backman - As this was the last book I read in 2018, I don’t have a full review up for it yet. But trust me when I say that this book is FANTASTIC. In fact, it may just be the best book I read in the whole year. [FULL REVIEW]

3) “My Lady Jane” by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows - I was a bit iffy about this one, but I ended up absolutely adoring it. It was a completely fictional retelling of the history of Lady Jane Grey, the Nine Days’ Queen. The fantasy elements were both tasteful and hilariously impractical at the same time. [FULL REVIEW]

4) “Under Rose-Tainted Skies” by Louise Gornall - Prior to reading this, I’d never come across a book that I connected to in regards to mental illness. But this one captured anxiety, and mental illness in general, in such a relatable and comforting way. I saw a lot of both my teenage and adult self in the main character, Norah. I really hope that other teens can read this novel and feel like they aren’t alone in the world! [FULL REVIEW]

5) “Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell - I loooove Rainbow Rowell, and Fangirl perhaps only reinforced my love for her writing. This is easily my favourite of Rowell’s novels. I love how she represented fandoms and also encouraged aspiring authors to write fan fiction, as it’s such a great creative outlet! [FULL REVIEW]

6) “All We Ever Wanted” by Emily Giffin - Woww this book was insane. It took on such a powerful, contemporary issue. I really hadn’t expected to be as impacted by this novel as I was after reading it!! [FULL REVIEW]

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TV SHOWS

1) The Crown - Technically not a 2018 TV show, but this is one I binged - and loved - this year! I tried to watch The Crown for the first time in 2016 but never really got into it. When I tried to watch it again this year, I absolutely fell for it. Can’t wait for the new season to come out this year!

2) This Is Us - I feel like a lot of people can agree with me on this one. This Is Us seems like it’s stolen everyone’s hearts these past few years. It’s honestly such a heartwarming family drama - and we all know how I feel about family dramas!!

3) Big Little Lies - Again, this one didn’t come out in 2018. I read the book last year around the time that the show came out but I don’t have HBO so I had to wait for it to come out on dvd. FINALLY I got to watch this in the summer and oh my god I loved it so much!!!

FILMS

1) Love Simon - Is it possible for a movie to simultaneously warm and break your heart?? Cause this one sure had that effect on me. Personally I think this movie was long overdue, but I really hope that now this one’s come out, it’ll pave way for more LGBTQ films in the future!

2) Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again - I’ve literally waited ten years for another Mamma Mia film and I’m sooo happy that it finally came out. This movie was everything I wanted - comedy, amazing music, strong female characters, and a fabulous storyline!

3) Bohemian Rhapsody - Ohhh my gosh. I’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of a film about Freddie Mercury, and Bohemian Rhapsody surely did not disappoint. Rami Malek did such an excellent job as Freddie, I was truly blown away!

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MUSIC

1) Hamilton - Many of you probably already know that I’m 100% obsessed with the musical, Hamilton. Like OBSESSED. And have been for like three years. But this year, my obsession only strengthened because I found out that the musical is coming to Toronto in 2019!! So exciting!!

2) Shawn Mendes - Shawn Mendes released his third album this past May and I loved it. He’s one of my favourite artists, everything he puts out immediately grips my heart. I just love him. I think my favourite song on this album has to be Lost in Japan. Sooooo good. Can’t wait to see him live in concert this year!

3) 70s Music (Fleetwood Mac) - This past year, I got very into 70s music. I’m into old music as it is, but before I primarily stuck to 80s, 90s, and country music from the 60s (weird I know). But aside from my already steadfast love of Queen and ABBA, I decided to broaden my horizons a bit this year and got really into Fleetwood Mac, Elton John and Dolly Parton - all of whom I liked before, but now I totally love!!

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BEAUTY

1) E.l.f. Cosmetics Eyebrow Duo Kit - This has been one of my favourite beauty products for quite a few years, but I always have to mention it anyway. Considering how much I use eyebrow products, I can’t justify buying really expensive ones. But this is definitely the best drugstore brand eyebrow product I’ve come across!

2) Rimmel London Wonder Lash Mascara - I’ve been straight up obsessed with this mascara since I picked it up on a whim during the summer. It makes my lashes soooo bloody long and thick oh my goodness. I think the argan oil infusion really does a lot to help.

3) Too Faced Peach Blur Translucent Smoothing Finishing Powder - I was gifted this for Christmas last year and absolutely loved it.

4) Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes Palette - I picked this up this summer and am completely in love with it. I’ve been very into orange-y shades in 2018 (and into 2019 as well), so this was completely perfect for me!!

5) Colourpop Lippie Stix - The Colourpop lippie stix have basically been my go-to for lip colour in 2018. I love these so so so much. They’re perfect, long-lasting matte lipsticks and they come in soo many different gorgeous shades. The majority of the ones I have are dark reds or mauves lol.

What were your favourites of 2018?

Felicia x

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

Friday Thoughts: Love Actually + Approaching Holidays

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Happy Friday everyone, welcome back! Hope you've all had a fabulous week. This week has been chock-full and so exciting, I'm excited to share it with you all!

  • I hate road closures whilst driving. Detours make me so uneasy - I just don't like not knowing where I'm going. I had to drive my bf to his exam on Saturday and I pulled up to the main road I take to school to find it was closed all weekend. So, I followed the detour, whilst screaming. I genuinely had a moment of panic like "oh my god my bf is going to miss his exam" - despite the fact that we were like two hours ahead of schedule. I basically looked like this:
  • We got our first real snowfall of the season!! I've been dying for a good snowfall for like ages (I even mentioned this in last week's Friday Thoughts). It's been so lovely to drive around and see that thick blanket of snow on the ground and on rooftops. It was the good, fluffy kind of snow, too.
  • My mum and I had a girls' night out on Monday evening to see Love Actually play at the VIP movie theatre in Burloak. At first, I was worried we may not even make it, as there was a ton of traffic due to the snow. But all was well. It was a great evening of laughter and a few fun drinks.
  • CHRISTMAS IS NEXT WEEKEND!!! WHAT?? Next week is gonna be crazy busy. My boyfriend and I've got exams to finish up, we're seeing Star Wars: The Last Jedi in theatres (any Star Wars fans out there?), we're having dinner with my bf's parents, and we're having dinner with my parents and grandma. My boyfriend goes home Friday for his own family Christmas celebrations and then Sunday is Christmas eve!!! Time's going by so quick. Hopefully, I'll have a moment of peace to fill you guys in on how it all goes.
  • Did anyone catch Harry Styles on tv being particularly cute whilst filling in for James Corden on his talk-show?? I watched a bit online afterwards. Nearly six years since I first was introduced to One Direction, and I still find Harry so adorable.

Have a great weekend everybody! Hopefully, you all have a relaxing weekend ahead of ya :)

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

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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