Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Oscars Red Carpet 2015

These few months have been Awards season for Hollywood, with the glitzy Oscars (or also known as the Academy Awards) being held just a couple of days ago I love following up on these Awards shows because it’s really nice to see people within the industry such as actors and actresses getting recognised for their hard work and effort. Like for example, I think that Jennifer Aniston really went out of her comfort zone going for a role which was not typical for her sweet, fun-loving, golden girl sort of image in the movie Cake She put in some serious effort transforming herself with the weight-gain and without the glamorous make-up, plus the poignant portrayal (she is rather good at acting). Though she may not have been nominated for an Oscars this year, I think many would agree that she did really well in getting into character for the movie. It is a very competitive industry after all, and I think not being recognised for something doesn’t mean you’re not good (and I want to remind everyone that this is the same for life!)

Jennifer Aniston in her usual get-up, and then that transformation in Cake!

But my absolute favourite part (and I’m sure I'm not the only one!) of any Awards season is... the red carpet! I could sit there all day watching dresses sashay out of the shiny cars and down into the event Honestly I would probably go nuts over those dresses if I were the paparazzi That’s one job I should probably never apply for!

Out of so many of the gorgeous dresses, here’s five of my personal favourite dresses of the day!

Jennifer Lopez in a sparkly, belted beige Elie Saab gown. Absolutely stunning!

Gwyneth Paltrow in a one-sleeved baby pink Ralph & Russo gown embellished with a flower. I know that many critics are saying that this was terrible, some even putting her into the worst-dressed list, but I personally think this looks really pretty! It's not over-dramatic, it's simple and classy with the embellished flower to make it pop. Also I think it flatters her slender figure and it's in my favourite shade of pink, so you go girl!

Jenna Dewan-Tatum (also known as Mrs Channing Tatum) in a gorgeous plunging white Zuhair Murad gown.

Jessica Chastain adding a touch of glamour in a regal navy Givenchy gown.

Hello there Best Actress! Julianne Moore in a classy sequined white Chanel gown.

There were so many dresses which I liked though, so it was kind of hard to limit to five But if I didn't I'd probably never finish this post Which one was your favourite?

Friday, February 20, 2015

A Good Today

Don't ruin a good today because of a bad yesterday.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The other kind of Valentine's

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and some people (as well as businesses!) are gearing up for the day with fancy dinner plans, chocolates, flowers and the works Then, there are also those who feel like they are unable to enjoy the day perhaps because they’re single or because their partners are not around or other reasons But there is no rule which specifies that Valentine’s Day has to be exclusive to couples. In fact, in countries such as Guatemala and Finland, Valentine’s Day is celebrated as a Day of Friendship.

Friends Forever!

While Valentine’s Day may have come to represent the idea of affection, obviously affection can come in many ways instead of being limited to romantic affection between couples, which is only one of the ways this happens. One can also show affection and care for others beyond their immediate partner. After all, relationships include friends, family, co-workers, neighbours, pet owners and their pets... and then there’s more Perhaps for those who don’t yet have plans for the day but want to do something, maybe picking up the phone to call someone (Mum, Dad, an old friend) is the first step to sharing some of that affection

And then there are also those who say they have so much love to give but no special someone to give it to. I understand that it’s hard and I feel for you, especially in our society that thinks that we are all halves who require our ‘other half’ to be whole (please don't take this as truth!) Again, affection isn’t limited – it comes in many ways. Often, the basis of this love and affection starts at home; between parents, between parent and child, between siblings. Gradually this spills over to friends and other people we meet outside the home. So obviously it's not meant only for the 'other half'. But of course not everyone has the privilege of experiencing even the basis of this. Valentine’s Day can be an opportunity to show care and concern for those who have very little of it, or those who are in need of it - be it the socially awkward co-worker, the elderly neighbour, or the kids at the local orphanage.

To end this post, I’d like to leave everyone with a gentle reminder to “Love one another just as Christ has loved us.” The reason why I’m referencing Christ’s love is because Valentine’s Day has its roots in Christianity (even if not, it is still the best example of love in my opinion). Instead of expecting to receive, it might be nice to share that bit of care and affection with someone else and make their Valentine’s. Then maybe we’d have a lot less sullen singles feeling left out (I’d like to stress here that there is nothing wrong being single), a lot less frazzled partners trying to top last year’s Valentine’s, and best of all, a smile on the faces of those who haven’t done so in a long time