Friday, 31 March 2017

Merlin The Sword in the Stone DisneyBound Wishlist

Hi lovelies! A few weeks ago the lovely Amy from Scariels Grotto contacted me and asked if I'd like to do a collaboration on her The Sword in the Stone week over on her blog and of course I jumped at the chance! We decided on doing a DisneyBound wishlist of one of the characters each, but with a challenge thrown in! Amy challenged us both to do a look that is outside of our usual style comfort zone and as I spend the majority of my time in either dark colours or pastels, I decided to choose Merlin for this challenge as his vibrant blue colour is something I'd not usually be brave enough to wear!

1. Blue Embellished Skater Dress, eBay - £12.99
2. Lost Ink Silver Ballet Flats, ASOS - £18
3. Star Halo Crown, Crown and Glory - £37
4. Selected Femme Suede Half-Moon Clutch, ASOS - £40

For my look I decided to pair Merlin's bright blue from his robes with silver and star motifs to represent his magic. Once I came across this gorgeous (but incredibly reasonable!) dress on eBay I knew I had to do a party look for this challenge. I paired the dress with this simple matching clutch bag from ASOS and then for his magic, these beautiful silver flats also from ASOS and this totally ethereal star crown from Crown and Glory. I'm desperately trying to think of an occasion that I could wear the crown to so I have an excuse to buy it...! It's so dang pretty.

Thank you Amy for challenging me to do this! I definitely think I need to be a bit braver with brighter colours in future because I'd totally love to wear something like this!


Sunday, 26 March 2017

7 Thoughts On the Live Action Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Hi lovelies! I saw the live action Beauty and the Beast last week and while I've got a lot of thoughts on it, I still feel like I can't write reviews yet haha, so I decided I'd do a post sharing a few thoughts I had on the film instead! Just a warning before we begin, this post does contain spoilers for this film so if you haven't seen it yet you might want to read this post later!

1. First and foremost, I loved it! I actually saw it the day after it came out and I was a bit worried that from all the positive feedback from the Disney community and my own expectations that I would be disappointed but I really did love it!

2. I love the extra details they added in. The thing that excites me the most about Disney's live action re-tellings of their classic animated films is that they're able to update and re-imagine their classic stories so I was glad to see while although they did remain largely faithful to the story from the animated film, they did add in some extra details. My favourites had to be the opening scene as we got to see a little more of the Beast's self-absorption before he was cursed, and the Paris scene! I loved the idea of the Enchantress's book, I think it worked so well and it was so lovely to see Belle have more of a backstory.

3. Days In The Sun is easily one of my favourite Disney songs ever now. I'm so glad I didn't listen to the soundtrack before I saw the film because this song completely took me by surprise! I've been listening to it over and over ever since I left the cinema!

4. The costumes certainly did not disappoint. Back last year I did a post on the 5 things I was most excited about with this film and one of them was the costumes and I was honestly so impressed with them! All of Belle's outfits were so gorgeous and I especially loved her provincial dress... So much so that I've already done a DisneyBound of it!

5. Emma Watson played Belle perfectly. If I could have done my own fan casting of who I would have to play Belle in a live action Beauty and the Beast it would always have been Emma Watson for me and I think she fit the role so well. I know a lot of people were worried about her being cast as Belle but I'm glad to see that most have changed their minds now they've seen the film.

6. The development of Belle and the Beast's relationship was a lot better. One of the problems I've always had with the animated film is that I thought the romance between Belle and the Beast was a bit rushed. However the live action film fixed this perfectly. Although it was only a few extra details, they provided more insight into how Belle and the Beast changed their feelings towards each other which made it a lot more believable for me. When the Beast sees that Belle has come back from him in the penultimate scene in the film, oh my gosh... My heart just broke with happiness for him! I was definitely more emotionally invested than their relationship in the animated film.

7. And finally, I preferred it to the animated Beauty and the Beast. I know, I'm sure I'm committing the ultimate Disney sin here haha, but as I've said all along, I've never been the biggest fan of the animated Beauty and the Beast. I've always liked it but I wasn't really overly-keen on Belle or her relationship development with the Beast. However as the live action film fixed these issues for me and added in so many great new features, I'll definitely be reaching for the DVD of this film in future over the animated one!

What do you guys think? Do you agree with me or did you feel differently? Let me know what you thought of the film!

Gifs from GIPHY

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Belle Live Action Beauty and the Beast 2017 Disneybound

Hello lovelies! As soon as I saw Belle's gorgeous outfits in promo images for the newly-released live action Beauty and the Beast, I knew I had to DisneyBound one of them! I particularly fell in love with her updated denim and patchwork Provincial dress - it's so simple but beautiful and very wearable, so I decided to attempt a look based on this outfit!

Luckily this actually ended up being one of the easiest DisneyBounds I've ever had to do! Although it surprisingly took a quite while to find the right denim dress for this outfit (I always find the DisneyBound items that I think will be the easiest to find usually end up being the hardest!) I eventually came across this New Look one on eBay which is where I also found this white lace shirt. I'm not really sure why I wanted the shirt to be lace but I think it actually works really well with the dress, plus it's something I'll get lots of use of outside of DisneyBounding too!

I then paired these with a patchwork scarf which I used as a belt from Depop, and as this is a Belle DisneyBound I thought this book-shaped bag that my Mum bought me a few years ago would be the perfect match! It even has yellow flowers on it which very much remind me of Belle!


I'm off to see the new Beauty and the Beast later today and I can't wait to see the rest of the outfits in more detail! If it's anything like the live action Cinderella then I have a feeling I will be falling in love with all of the costumes!


Monday, 13 March 2017

Disney Nail Art Collab - Eeyore From Winnie The Pooh

Hi lovelies! It's time for the next installment of Sam from The Belle Jar and I's monthly Disney nail art collaboration! This month's theme is Winnie The Pooh so as we usually do Disney couples for these posts, we decided to have free reign to choose our own characters this month. Whilst Sam decided to do a group of Winnie The Pooh characters for her cute-as-hell design, I went for the gloomy but totally lovable Eeyore!

For this look I decided to base the design around Eeyore's stitching and tail and although it was a fairly simple to do, I'm actually really pleased with how this turned out! To achieve this look I used a dark and a light grey polish (Barry M Nail Paint in Grey & Ciaté Nail Polish in Chinchilla) to represent the two shades on Eeyore's body and then black and pink nail art pens (Barry M Nail Art Pens in Black & Pink) for his stitching and tail. I think I definitely need to DisneyBound Eeyore now in the parks one time so I can re-create this look!

What do you think Eeyore fans? Remember to check out Sam's adorable take on the Winnie The Pooh characters, I think it's my favourite nail art design of hers so far!


Monday, 6 March 2017

My Updated Disney Confessions

Hi lovelies! A few months ago when I was hosting the #disneybloggerschat on Twitter the topic of "Disney Confessions" posts came up. If you've been following any Disney bloggers for a while now you may have seen some of these posts last year after Sarah from Belle's Moments first came up with the idea. I did my own post a while ago but as we were saying in the chat, we still have so much more to confess so today I'll be admitting even more of my Disney sins!

1. I still haven't been to Disneyland Paris! I went once when I was a kid but I honestly can't remember it so I need to go back! I'm hoping for a trip in November this year so fingers crossed.

2. I feel like I'm very much in the minority with this, but I actually love this phase of adapting their classics into live action films that Disney seems to be going through! It's no secret that I loved the live action Cinderella film and I think it's a great way to breath new life into some of the older films. I really can't wait to see the new Beauty and the Beast one soon!

3. I don't really like Elsa... I'm so sorry! I just find her a bit annoying in the film, like dang girl STOP PUSHING YO SISTER AWAY. I'm definitely more of an Anna girl!

4. I've googled this at least 50 times over but I still don't know how to tell Chip and Dale apart! I know one of them has a red nose and the other black but I can't remember which is which! Back to google I go...

5. I admitted in my last Disney confessions post that I'd never seen Up because I was scared of how sad it would be and surprise, surprise - I've still not seen it! To be honest I don't know if I'll ever be brave enough to watch it haha!

What do you think - am I going to be struck off the Disney fan list haha? Let me know if you share any of my confessions!


Thursday, 2 March 2017

Disney Classics Challenge - February 2017

Hi lovelies! In January's update of my #55DisneyClassics2017 challenge I said that I wanted to watch more than 5 films in February so that I could get ahead of this challenge. I also decided at the beginning of the month that I wanted to make it a Princess-themed month by watching all the Classic Princess films that I'd not watched so far this year... In the end, I only managed 3 but at least they were all Princess films I suppose haha! Here are my thoughts on the Classics I watched in February:

1. Sleeping Beauty - It had been a little while since I'd last seen this film and oh my gosh. I forgot just how much I love it! The art in particular is so stunning. I think it's probably my favourite Disney film in terms of animation! One thing that completely took me back with this re-watch however was that I've somehow never noticed before that Prince Phillip has literally zero dialogue in the second half of the film... He doesn't even grunt whilst fighting Maleificent?! I know most people are sick of Disney's current stream of live action films but I'd love to see a live action version of Sleeping Beauty so they could embellish Phillip's character a little more like they did with Kit in the 2015 Cinderella! He's such a babe, he totally deserves more!

2. Cinderella - Another film that I'd not seen in a while! Everyone is going to hate me for saying this but with my blog name, it's probably not surprising! I have to admit that while I still love the animated film, the 2015 live action film is my favourite of the two. The costumes, the message of the film... The characters and story are just so much more fleshed out as well. I swear I really am the worst Disney fan haha!

3. Aladdin - I don't think I could ever get sick of Aladdin! Watching these Princess films however has given me major hair jealousy. I probably spent more time than I'd like to admit just watching Jasmine's beautiful hair haha! If I could have three wishes from a genie myself, one of them would have to be Disney Princess hair!

I'm not sure how many films I'll be able to watch in March as I may be changing jobs/moving up the country later this month so I'd better not make any promises of how many films I'm going to watch but I'll try my best! See you in a month for my next update!

Sleeping Beauty gif from GIPHY, Cinderella & Aladdin gifs from Tenor
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