Watch List? Not So Much

I was going to start doing a list and summary of everything I’ve watched in a month. Well, I have since decided that I won’t. I determined this because I’m not entirely sure people were into the last one and also I don’t want the same things to be listed and summarized each month. Too much of what was on last months list was on this months.

Even though I won’t be doing monthly lists I will be doing periodic reviews of movies, TV shows, and possibly even music. My first film review was yesterday on The Foreigner. You can read it here. I feel that this plan will help me focus on each one more and help those who may be curious by giving more details. All this is not to say that I won’t be occasionally be summarizing a months review of entertainment.

Entertainment reviews is always something I have wanted to do, but never had the patience or confidence to do it. I hope this ends up as well as I imagine and have dreamed.

If you have any suggestions on what you would like me to review comment below, I may consider reviewing it. It can be old or current.

 

 

 

Movie Review: The Foreigner

I love going to the movies. It is one of my favorite past times. This year I have done terrible about making time to go see something. Trust me I’m ashamed of myself.

Nevertheless, last Saturday went and saw The Foreigner, which came out last weekend. An action/thriller based on a novel it is about a Chinese restaurant owner with a hidden secret who sets out to seek revenge for his daughter who is harmed in an act of terrorism.

The Foreigner is Rated R for violence, language and some sexual material. It stars Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan. I will do my best to avoid spoilers.

The movie starts out quickly. After the opening scene I felt that the movie moved a bit slowly. But it did pick up the pace at the second half. This movie did a different take on terrorism. At least one that most of us are not used too. It wasn’t just explosions and death. It looked at motives and kind of the viciousness of the acts. It gave faces to the terrorists. It made it seem more real than what is often done in film. Even the revenge part turned out to be less of the story than the terrorism.

I honestly did not know how the movie was going to turn out. Though there were moments of boredom, the movie would suddenly get exciting again. All in all I really wanted to know what was going to happen.

The acting was great. Chan and Brosnan both effectively portrayed their characters. My favorite scenes were the fight scenes Jackie Chan was involved in. The ending one being the best.  I also really enjoyed the scenes where Chan and Brosnan interacted.

The music was subtle. I usually hear the music and remember it vividly, but in The Foreigner I don’t. I can recall it be vaguely sinister and creepy though.

All in All the movie was pretty good. Definitely not what I expected from what I read or what the trailers showed. I recommend it and give it a 3 out of 5.

Pumpkin Snicker-doodle cookies

This past weekend found me desiring to bake again. Actually my brother was coming home and he missed out with my last baking adventure and had given me a hard time. Being the nice sister I am I made more. Only this time I was craving something with pumpkin. After a short search on Pinterest I came across the perfect recipe on a blog that can be found here. The original recipe wasn’t vegan but I made my cookies vegan.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 Tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Cinnamon Sugar Mixture

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together melted butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together until no brown sugar lumps remain. Whisk in the vanilla and pumpkin until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Stir together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix together with a large spoon or rubber spatula. The dough will be very soft.
  3. Cover the dough and chill for 30 minutes or up to 3 days. Chilling is mandatory.
  4. Take dough of out fridge. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Mix together remaining 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Roll about 1 tablespoon of dough into a ball, then coat in cinnamon sugar. Be generous! Repeat with the rest of the dough.
  6. Spread out on cookie sheet. Lightly press down to flatten ball as the cookies will spread slightly.
  7. Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes. The cookies will look very soft, but will continue cooking enough as they cool. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet.

 

 

I baked my cookies for only the 8 minutes and they were perfect. If you don’t want vegan cookies just substitute the 1/2 cup of coconut oil for 1/2 cup of butter (butter must also be melted). This recipe made 25 to 30 cookies.

Perfect cookie recipe for October!

 

 

Stylish Life

                           ‘Fashion fades. Only style remains the same.’  — Coco Chanel

I absolutely love this quote. It is one that I personally try to remember. To me it means be yourself with fashion, let it reflect you, not the other way around. I try to have my own style rather than wear what everyone is wearing. I want my clothing and beauty choices to reflect me. Your clothes should tell everyone a little something about yourself.  Truth is I love fashion and all it contains. But who am I when it comes to fashion?

I am, at 24 years old, still trying to understand my style. My fashion sense. I look at other girls around me or on blogs and wonder “am I doing something wrong? Am I frumpy? Lazy?” I mean I get compliments on how I look and wear my clothes, but I still have that occasional insecurity. I think we might all struggle with that.

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Don’t get me wrong I’m comfortable and I like how I look (even with the occasional insecurities). I think that’s the most important thing about fashion, it’s what makes you happy. So that’s what I try to remind myself. Sometimes it feels like I’m alone, but I try to be okay with that.

Those who know me or follow me on Instagram or read my posts have an idea on how I dress. I hardly wear quote on quote “nice” tops or blouses. Don’t get me wrong I totally will if I’m feeling it and the time is right. But it’s not common.

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Normally I dress in what is considered ‘edgy casual’, or at least close to that area of dress. I guess if could be said that I style myself similar to the computer hackers on TV. Think similar to Elliot Alderson from Mr. Robot or Skye from Agents of SHIELD.

I only wear dark-colored pants. Usually only black or dark blue. In the past year I’ve lost a considerable amount of weight due to health issues so now I can comfortably wear jeggings and skinny jeans. They are my new favorite pants. They work perfectly with my shoe choices.

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My top is 9 times out of 10 going to be a t-shirt, but hardly ever a plain one. I’m just not usually a fan of plain shirts (though I did get a couple new ones that I love). I love graphic tees. The shirts I usually wear is always promoting my favorite fandoms, my former University, or has some silly statement across it. Like my pants most of my shirts are black or other dark color (i.e. grey, blue, etc). Though sometimes people try to force me to wear color. I’m just not a fan of bright colors, unless it’s my shoes or socks.

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Often times, particularly as it gets colder I will add a long sleeve shirt over my t-shirt. The long sleeve shirts I wear are commonly plaid. I’ve always loved plaid designs and it is usually the only way I add any color to my actual outfit.

As I said in this post I am usually wearing a jacket. Even over the long sleeve shirt and t-shirt. I have a dozen jackets to choose from. If I’m going out it will usually one of my leather jackets, but occasionally I will wear one of my favorite hoodies. All my jackets are in darker colors. I have had to learn how to make these jackets as fashionable and stylish as possible since I’m too cold to go without.

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Oh, me in a hat.
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Another hat. I guess hats are another vital piece to my style

As stated above I like colorful shoes. I love a great pair of Converse and I usually want them in a great color. I have a pair in bright orange. My other go to shoe is my military style boots. They are sturdy and comfortable and they have all these great accessories on them i.e. ties, buckles, and zippers. Occasionally I’ll do my high heel boots if I’m feeling extra confident, because as stated in this post I’m not great in walking in heels.

I’m try to say is that everyone needs to accept themself and how they dress. It may not be like everyone else, or maybe it is like everyone else. Either way if you’re happy and feel good about yourself keep doing you. No one should dictate how anyone should dress. That’s why fashion is a form of expression, right?

What is your favorite items to wear? Your style? How did you start to accept your own style?

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