30 Day Movie Challenge – Day 20

30 Day Movie Challenge – Day 20

Day 20 – A Favourite Actress

Again, I have a few!

Emma Watson

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Do I need to explain why she’s a favourite at this point? Emma is clever, outspoken, passionate, stylish, and an amazing role model. She has also been in numerous movies since Harry Potter, as well as getting involved in other projects like being a UN Goodwill Ambassador, setting up “Our Shared Shelf”, and so much more!

Amy Poehler

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Another actress and general role models that I often talk about. Amy both acted and wrote a huge part of Parks and Recreation which is one of the best shows ever! She’s also so hilarious, witty, and such an inspiration! You guys know my favourite quote of hers, from her biographyย Yes Please: “Good for her, not for me”.

Anna Kendrick

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There’s just something about Anna. I’ve always liked her since Pitch Perfect. Then she showed up in a lot of other musicals (Into the Woods, The Last Five Years), and I liked her in those two. Also, she’s kinda weird in that ‘relatable’ way, but she doesn’t get on my nerves like Jennifer Lawrence does (I like her too, but lately not so much and I can’t pinpoint why).

There you have it! Three of my favourite actresses.

What do you guys think of these actresses?

Who are some of your favourite actresses?

Don’t forget to check out Hannah’sย postsย as well!

Angela.

Chinese Garden of Friendship

Chinese Garden of Friendship

Another favourite place we visited in Sydney was the Chinese Garden of Friendship. We were staying in Haymarket, and this was only a few minutes away, and the website had some neat pictures. Let me say, that the pictures does not do justice to the real thing. This garden symbolises the friendship between the people of Guangzhou (a ย southern Chinese city, in the Guangdong province), and Sydney, hence the name.

As you come through the Main Entrance and go though the courtyard, you come across the Dragon Wall. Then as you keep going, you feel as though you’re entering another world.

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We spent almost two hours here, simply walking around and taking in everything. It’s so peaceful and tranquil and there was always something new to look at.

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Moving on, there was lots of bridges and pavilions to look out from. There was also lots of different trees and plants. We couldn’t help taking lots of photos everywhere we looked.

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As we made our way up and down the winding paths, we’d often stop to take photos, and then spend longer just looking around. It was a great way to start off our stay in Sydney.

We spent our whole morning at the garden, and we only left because we got hungry and needed to go to the grocery store to buy stuff for the week.

We would have loved to come back, but there was so much more stuff in Sydney we also wanted to see. If you ever go to Sydney, do not miss a stop at the Chinese Garden of Friendship. Photos of the place are amazing, but being there is like being in another world.

Angela.

Love The Skin You’re In Tag

Hey all! Time for another new tag ๐Ÿ˜€

Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog in your post
  • Display the โ€œlove the skin youโ€™re inโ€ image.
  • Be truthful when answering the questions and donโ€™t judge what other people have answered in their posts.
  • If you want to add any questions to this tag related to body positivity feel free to.
  • Try to nominate as many people as you can, if not everyone.

Lilianaย created this amazing tag that’s all about self love and body positivity! She tagged me to take part, and I totally forgot until I sawย Ella‘s post about it a few days ago! So sorry it took me a while Lil, but let’s get into this tag!!

One feature you love about yourself

I think I’ve mentioned this before, but for a physical feature, I would say my hands. They’re obviously super useful. But also, they just seem delicate and pretty, kind of a weird statement to make about hands, but that’s how I feel about mine ๐Ÿ˜€

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One feature you wish/wished you could change that you are trying to accept or have accepted?

My teeth. They’re fairly even, but some are crowded. However they’re still symmetrical funnily enough, just two are slightly more forward than everything else. For the longest time, I was self conscious of it. But as time went on, I grew to accept it. Now, it’s just my smile, crazy teeth and all.

Have you ever thought of getting surgery to change you imperfections?

I’ve considered laser eye surgery, but the more I learn about it, the less eager I am. But I would love to correct my vision. That’s about the only surgery I would consider doing.

One of your main role models for body positivity?

Honestly, I don’t know. I don’t know if I have a role model specifically for body positivity. In general, I look up to Amy Poehler and Emma Watson for general empowerment and positivity ๐Ÿ™‚

Has a family member or friend ever put you down about your physical appearance? If so what for?

Not really a family member of friend. I do remember in middle/high school, comments that bugged me, but they were said by randoms around that I didn’t really have a personal relationship with. I remember they were related to acne, as I had really bad skin in middle school. I got the obligatory comments about my glasses. I got called ‘shorty’ a lot, which is more of a fact than a snarky comment.

Something you love about your fashion sense or style?

It’s comfortable? I don’t know, I tend to wear what I want. If it’s comfortable and makes me feel good, then I’ll wear it.

Why is your body a great place to be?

I mean, it could be better. I still mean to look after it better and commit to a healthier lifestyle, or at least work out more. But in general, it’s a great place to be cause I’m happy in it and I’m taking (fairly) good care of it.

Lil also added in a bit at the bottom where she asks to include “photo of yourself when you felt the most confident”. I’ve chosen the photo of me floating in a pool in Taveuni during my honeymoon. Why this one? Well, it was the first time I wore a two piece, and also I just love this photo ๐Ÿ˜€

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As for nominations, I like to open it up to everyone. These questions are great to reflect on and even if you don’t make a post about it, I encourage you to think on these questions ๐Ÿ™‚

Angela.

30 Day Movie Challenge – Day 19

30 Day Movie Challenge – Day 19

Day 19 – A Favourite Actor

Okay, so I don’t have just one favourite actors. I have many. So let’s just talk about them. Also, a lot of them will come from television shows more than movies, as I just watch more tv than movies.

Also, my favourite actors aren’t always based solely on acting skills or other talents. To me, if they’re also super nice and genuine, that immediately makes them more endearing.

Anyway, let’s get into it.

Chris Pratt

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You guys will primarily know him from Parks and Recreation and Guardians of the Galaxy. He’s very funny and charasmatic, even before he get super buff. He can french braid hair, he’s super genuine and nice, he’s always visiting children hospitals, how can you not love the guy? Plus, he’s a good actor on top of all this.

Donald Glover

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I primarily know him as Troy from Community. But he’s been in an endless amount of shows, both live action and animation. He’s been in a handful of films, and is set to star in a few upcoming ones like the Han Solo spin off (as Lando), and The Lion King live action remake (as Simba!!). He is also talented in the musical world as Childish Gambino. As far as anyone is concerned, he’s a triple threat. So besides all this talent already, he’s also insanely funny!

So anyway, here’s two songs from him. A classic one, and his latest one which threw me when I first heard it, but now I’m into it.

This got a bit off-topic.

Lin Manuel-Miranda

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Literal cutie pie and genius. You guys will know him off Hamilton, but I remember seeing him in House when he guest starred. He’s also guest starred in a few other shows like How I Met Your Mother. He’s also incredibly kind, aware of issues, and seems like such a fun person to be around.

John Oliver

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Another Community alum. He’s also appeared in a number of other shows and movies both in live action and animation. He is just so funny, and incredibly quick-witted. Have you guys seen Last Week Tonight? I can’t stop watching that show and that’s the only way I ever really know what’s going on in the US politically. As a comedian and political satirist, he strikes me as someone who won’t bullshit you, on top of being hysterical. He has a very self-effacing humour and often mocks himself as well as everyone else which is just fun.

So there you go. A number of favourite actors of mine who I like for a whole bunch of reasons. They are just talented, funny, and seem really nice, which is enough for me to brand them as favourites.

Who are some of your favourite actors?

Angela.

From Bondi to Coogee

From Bondi to Coogee

It’s been fun reflecting back on our Sydney travels. Today I wanted to talk about one of our highlights, visiting Bondi Beach, and doing the Bondi to Coogee walk.

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From Bondi to Coogee

It’s hard not to think of Bondi when you think of Sydney. It’s probably one of the most famous beaches in the world, not the top one, but I would think it’s up there. We went there twice, the first time we had to cut our trip short as my phone had a mini meltdown and we needed to head back to our hotel to see if we could fix it (SD card had corrupted it for some bizarre reason). Before we headed back though, we started following the coastal walkway. It looked neat, but we were dressed for the beach, not a long walk.

Then we chilled out on the beach for a bit. The water was colder than I hoped it would be, so I just lay in the sun. Here comes the obligatory feet on the beach shot.

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We came back a few days later, and focused on doing the walk. This was one of the best days of the trip. Just Rory and I hanging out, walking and enjoying each other’s company.

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The walk is very popular, there were many other tourists around, as well as many joggers. The walk had lots of stops that had exercises, Rory stopped a fair few times to try them out, and I just watched.

The walk took us around 3 and a half hours, we were just meandering our way over. It’s not a hard walk, and it makes for an enjoyable morning. The beautiful scenery just keeps on coming, and we stopped to take it in a LOT. I could see myself doing that walk on a weekly basis if I was a local.

In case you weren’t sure of where you are, there are signs to help you along the way.

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Finally, we reached Coogee. I found a giant chair and immediately climbed on top of it.

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We had lunch, and then took a bus back. We originally planned to go to the tour of the Opera House that afternoon but all the tickets were gone. So instead, we went to Paddy’s market, and wandered around Haymarket and Chinatown. We tried some ice cream dough balls. It was as described, a small ice cream ball, concealed by a small doughnut. It was a strange sensation, but not a bad one.

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At the end of the day, we bought ourselves some more little treats and settled in for an early night, and more adventures the following day.

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That’s the end of Sydney Adventures! I had so much fun recalling all these past events and looking over past photos. It was definitely a highlight of 2016.

Angela.

Skirt Collection

I decided to do a post showing all my skirts since Pamela did a post about her own dress collection and included skirts (as did Cheila)! So thanks for the extra inspiration again ladies! Here we go.

I have seven skirts at the moment.

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This black and white skirt. My sister Jo made back in 2010 or 2011. She left it behind when I moved out so I asked if I could have it. I quite like it, it’s stripy and comfy.

This denim skirt. I got it from a thrift store back in 2012. It’s from Levi’s, which is a well known denim brand. I got it for $6. I love this skirt, it’s got pockets!! I wore it constantly back in 2012, then for some reason I stopped wearing it so much. But I can’t get rid of it!

This blue mini skirt. I got it from the Warehouse back in 2012. I got it for $15. This was around the time I was doing temp office work so I was getting lots of office clothes as all I had was jeans. This is from Garage, which is an in-house brand that has nice stuff.

This blue maxi skirt. I got this from Temt back in 2013 I think. I got it for $25, full price, as it was not on sale. I tried it on and it fit perfectly without me having to hem it, which means an automatic buy for me. This is from Paper Scissors, which is an in-house brand for Temt.

The last three skirts are all from Paper Bag Princess which is a local thrift store.

This blue dragonfly skirt. I got it for $8 back in 2015. According to the tag, the skirt is from ASOS. It was so cute and swishy. I fell in love with it straight away. It’s a perfect summer skirt! I even wore it on our engagement shoot.

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This cream/white lace floral skirt. I got it for $9 last year. According to the tag, the skirt is from TopShop. Again, another swishy, cute skirt. It also has laced floral designs. I again fell in love with it!

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This white woollen skirt. I got it for $8 earlier this year. According to the tag, the skirt is from Zara. This is my only proper winter skirt. It feels nice and looks good on, so of course, I got it.

So that’s it for my skirt collection! I’ve also done posts on myย Favourite Dresses, andย My Shoe Collection.

Let me know which one is your favourite! Also, how many skirts do you guys have?

Angela.

30 Day Movie Challenge – Day 18

30 Day Movie Challenge – Day 18

Day 18 – A Movie That Disappointed You The Most

Suicide Squad

I really wanted to like this movie. The trailer looked fun, the aesthetic and costumes all looked great, and it starred some really good actors. But..it just fell flat. To me anyway.

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It started off really good! We got to see backstories of each of the villains, and how they ended up in Belle Reve, which is a maximum security prison where all our superheros send the bad guys they defeat. But as the film went on, everything felt muddled. I felt confused as to ย what they were meant to be doing, and why should we care about it? I also feel like they featured the Joker a lot in the trailer, when he was just a minor character in the film. He literally was in it for like only 10 minutes. As for Enchantress, I’m not really sure what to think of her. Sure she looked cool, but that was it. For me this movie had a lot of style, but not any substance. I mean yes, it’s a superhero movie, it doesn’t need to have a loot of meat to it, but this just left me bored..and confused.

However, it did have an amazing soundtrack!!

But overall, I came out of the movie feeling disappointed, the movie was kind of forgetful for me. I had to read the wiki of the plot to even remember what was happening.

What do you guys think of Suicide Squad?

What’s a movie that disappointed you guys?

Be sure to check outย Hannah‘s posts too as she does the challenge!

Angela.