Friday, February 28, 2014

Lovely Movies: Dallas Buyers Club

Ok, so maybe "lovely" isn't the best word to use for this movie, in fact the first addiction, sex and homophobia-filled 30 minutes of it where far from lovely. But then it really did deliver in the end. And with such a powerful message as well.

It takes place in the earlier days of AIDS and HIV when it was a huge taboo and prognoses were really bad. So Dallas Buyers Club isn't a light movie. But it has humor and heartwarming parts and Jared Leto as a stunning transgender!

And though I never really liked Matthew McConaughey, I have to say he has definitely proven himself. The acting really is amazing in this movie. Here's the trailer, but honestly I think you should skip it and just go to the cinema.

I love the shift that took place in this movie. How a total douchebag actually turns out to be a really decent guy, but unfortunately also how not all doctors put morals over money. Anyway, a fantastic movie about a true story.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Circle Songs #45

"I think that somehow, somewhere inside us, we must be similar, if not the same…"
Left of Center - Suzanne Vega
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Since I've moved I've been doing a lot of things that are very different from what I'm used to, yet I keep meeting like-minded people wherever I go. Perhaps that's where they've been hiding, or perhaps I did the hiding all along...

Friday, February 21, 2014

Lovely Movies: Her

You've heard about "Her", I'm sure you have. It's been nominated for this years Academy Awards and loads of people have been talking about it too. Some people hated it, some people loved it. I was definitely intrigued.

First of all... it was beautifully shot and the acting was fantastic. I mostly remember Joaquin Phoenix as really creepy because of Gladiator, but the contrast couldn't be stronger really. In fact most people in this film were adorable.

It was really funny at times and quite sad at others. And it makes you think about how far we should go with technology. We always want more, faster, newer, but is it worth it? Or are we happier when we keep it simple?

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

2013 in Books

My reading goal for 2013 was 50 books. At first it was easy and I was steadily reading one book a week, then life caught up with me and I found myself rushing to catch up and finishing the 50th in 45 minutes before 2014!

Anyway, I've been wanting to take a picture of "the pile" for a while now and finally did so today. If you wonder why there are three turned books, it's because I don't have the ones I read with me right now, but went with similar sized books. And in case you are wondering… they stand for:

  • the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett
  • Old Magic by Marianne Curley
  • the Borrowers by Mary Norton

It also makes sense to tell you about my favorites. I read many good books this year, but the two I keep thinking about and that I loved the most are: About a Girl by Joanne Horniman, because it was so poetic and simple and realistic. And the Clockwork Three by Matthew Kirby, the best middle grade adventure book anyone could ever ask for. It had a touch of magic, some suspense and some beautiful friendships.

Something else I thoroughly enjoyed was the Tiffany Aching series by Terry Pratchett. I hadn't read anything from him prior to these, but they really got me hooked!

Did you read a lot last year? What were your favorites?

Hopefully I'll do book posts more regularly again. And if you're interested in reading more about what I'm reading or being book-buddies, feel free to add me on Goodreads.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Owl Things Considered

I just came across these owl watches from NaniWatch on Etsy. Sure there are loads of owl watches out there, but these have a really unique style. I love how the clock doesn't take up the entire watch. It looks wonderful!

Anyway, there are currently 4 owl watches in the shop. One with mustaches and glasses and another cute owl design that is available in 3 colors. They'd be cute on kids too, but I feel they are mature enough to wear as an adult.

And it's not just owls. Here's a cute Japanese design with a really fancy strap. If you like the strap, but want something more neutral, I recommend you also check out the bat design, it's lovely too.

It seems that once a design is sold, it really is gone though. So if you see something you like, you'd better get it. Otherwise you might miss out on something, like this adorable owl watch that I noticed in the "sold"-section.

Anyway, you can find the shop through this link. Enjoy!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Lovely Movies: Enough Said

After working so hard on moving I was in dire need of some relaxing. The cinema was high on my list and when I went to see what was on I found Enough Said. The trailer got me all excited so I went the next day!

That was a great decision, because it turned out to be a fantastic movie! Reminiscent of the Kids Are All Right. It was full of lovely people! James Gandolfini thankfully got the chance to finish shooting this before he passed, Julia Louis-Dreyfus hasn't aged much since Seinfeld really and there's even a part for Style Rookie Tavi Gevinson.

What I loved most about this film, that even though it makes you feel good in the end, it isn't one of those polished love stories. People screw up and don't always know how to act, just like in real life. But thankfully people forgive too.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Owl Things Considered

Leave it up to Modcloth to think of good ways to elegantly mix cute owl print with lovely clothing. They have done it again with the "Owl Have You Been?" blouse, and in a very subtle and sophisticated  way, don't you think?

Follow this link if you want to get one for yourself.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Circle Songs #44

"Today is the day that I threw out everything that I wanted. I was scared but that's alright..."
Yeah Yeah - Win in Alaska
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Nothing shows you how much stuff you actually own like moving does. So I've been letting crappy things go to give the good stuff room to shine. I'll always be a collector, but I'm hoping to be more sensible and organized about it.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Plans & Goals: February

Things really are different now that I've moved out. So I'm trying to figure out exactly how to build the life that I want for myself now. Not that I'm in existential crisis all the time. I'm also stilll having fun! This month I hope to:

  • Give this plant some TLC so it'll bloom again.
  • See Catching Fire on the big screen before it's too late.
  • Take that new oven for its first spin!
  • Post some pictures of things in my place.
  • Try a book club for the first time in my life.
  • And blog about books again.
  • Go to a few concerts.
  • Have someone over for dinner and/or a movie.
  • And finish the sweater I'm knitting so I can still wear it this winter.

What are you dying to do in February? Any resolutions you've been neglecting so far, maybe?

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Looking Back on January

It's been ages since I've done one of these! Of course I've been away for a while. It was what I needed, to allow myself time to wrap certain things up, but I'm so excited to be back! Anyway, in January:

  • I finally moved into my apartment!
  • Allowed myself to do non-house-related things again.
  • Got pretty crafty.
  • Found some amazing bread in my local supermarket.
  • Started blogging again after a bit of a hiatus.
  • Hung out with some wonderful people.
  • Made my first Etsy order from my new home.
  • Went to see some Chinese New Year festivities.
  • And tried out my huge smoothie mug.

So how did your year start out? Hope it's as good as mine so far!


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