CONTEST: Me Before You Advanced Movie Screening

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Happy Tuesday Everyone! Today we have an exciting contest for all you local Vancouverites!

We have partnered up with the fabulous ladies at Shedoesthecity.com and are giving away tickets to a special advanced screening of the much-anticipated film, Me Before You before it hits theatres on June 3rd.

Based on the critically acclaimed, bestselling novel by Jojo Moyes, Me Before You is an incredibly romantic story that has women all around the world talking. If you have read the book, you will absolutely LOVE the movie! We think it’s going to be the best romantic film since The Notebook!

Synopsis (taken from the official movie website):
Louisa “Lou” Clark (Clarke) lives in a quaint town in the English countryside. With no clear direction in her life, the quirky and creative 26-year-old goes from one job to the next in order to help her tight-knit family make ends meet. Her normally cheery outlook is put to the test, however, when she faces her newest career challenge. Taking a job at the local “castle,” she becomes caregiver and companion to Will Traynor (Claflin), a wealthy young banker who became wheelchair bound in an accident two years prior, and whose whole world changed dramatically in the blink of an eye. No longer the adventurous soul he once was, the now cynical Will has all but given up. That is until Lou determines to show him that life is worth living. Embarking together on a series of adventures, both Lou and Will get more than they bargained for, and find their lives—and hearts—changing in ways neither one could have imagined.

CONTEST:

The screening will take place on Wednesday May 25th at Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas at 7:00pm.

We have 3 pairs of tickets to giveaway. If you live in Vancouver and would like to attend, head on over to our twitter page to enter. Be sure to follow us on twitter AND retweet our contest tweet! Winners will be notified on Sunday, May 22.

Natasha & Laura xo

8 Films You Must-See at VIFF 2015

viffWe were thrilled to be invited to an exclusive VIFF Press Conference this past week. We had the privilege of previewing what’s on the Film Festival’s agenda, VIFF presentations and some sneak peaks of the upcoming films. There are sooo many fantastic films that caught our attention! Over 350+ films will be screening at this years festival. That’s a lot of movies which means there is something for everyone! Action, Drama, Music, Fantasy, Award Winners, Romance & more. 

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Now, if we were legitimate film critics then we would be working full time just reviewing every single film. Wouldn’t that be a wonderful job? Getting paid to talk about film for a living. Speaking of which, (completely not related to VIFF but… ) have you ever seen the documentary of legendary Film Critic, Roger Ebert, titled Life Itself ? If not, I highly recommend it. It was released last year and is a very insightful look into the personal and professional life of Roger as a successful Film Critic. I found it very interesting considering I grew up watching his prime time show Siskel & Ebert. A show in which consisted of the 2 critics sitting in a movie theater rating movies and sometimes totally disagreeing and arguing about it. Loved it.

Although we are not professional Film Critics like Siskel & Ebert, we do have a lengthy list of films we would love to see this year at the Vancouver Film Festival. However, since that would be highly impossible for us to see every single one of them, we narrowed it down to a list of 8 films we want to see. To start.  

Luckily, Natasha and I both ended up choosing several of the same movies for our personal top picks. So after a couple of debates and a few coin flips later (extremely technical), we had our final top 8 Must-See Movies list. Voila!

Check out our list below: (movie photo credits – VIFF)

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HOMME LESS 

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I SAW THE LIGHT (HANK WILLIAMS)

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INGRID BERGMAN: IN HER OWN WORDS

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THE DEVOUT (BC MADE)

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COP CAR

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Follow the links for a full synopsis and information regarding each film. The films are playing around the city at various locations and dates between Sept 24Oct 9th, so be sure to check the full schedule out here!

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With the beautiful ladies from #VIFFBEAUTY – Angela, Lynda & Britta.

Hope you enjoy the film season! Stay tuned for our reviews and updates from #VIFF2015. 🙂

Laura & Natasha xo
(written by Laura)

3 Reasons Why Practical Magic is the Best Fall Movie Ever.

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Even though Fall is nearly over, we couldn’t help but post about one of our favorite things about Fall – Practical Magic. We ended up watching a movie called Practical Magic starring Sandra Bullock & Nicole Kidman a few weeks ago and it quickly became our favorite Fall movie. We are obsessed.

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Here are 3 reasons why Practical Magic is the greatest Fall movie ever:

1. THE HAIR.

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via Heather Taylor tumblr. 

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Oh. my. gosh.
If you are looking for hair inspiration, look no further – you have to watch this movie.
I was literally mesmerized by Nicole Kidman’s hair during the whole movie.
Both Sandra Bullock & Nicole Kidman’s hair are super long, shiny and gorgeous and my mom and I couldn’t stop making comments about their hair! Serious hair envy.

Now I can’t stop thinking about dying my hair a light red colour.. (one day. it’s gonna happen).

2. THE HOUSE

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It’s worth it to watch this movie just for the house & decor alone. By far the best movie house ever! The book & movie take place in New England but due to bad weather & financial reasons they built and filmed the house in San Juan Park, Washington. The entire house was a specially built architectural shell (the house had no actual rooms on the inside), and was built on a platform. All the interior scenes of the house were shot on sets in LA and the house was taken down after filming. (so sad!)

I loved everything about the grand white Victorian house in the movie but my favorite part was by far the kitchen. This is my dream kitchen. Get ready to swoon…

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3. MIDNIGHT MARGARITAS!

Enough said.

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Practical Magic is all about love, family, & girl power combined with the magicalness of potions, spells and all things witches. It’s a fun, feel-good movie that represents positivity and sisterhood & is perfect to watch during the Fall. Grab your best girlfriends, pour some margaritas & get into the Fall spirit with Practical Magic!

I loved the movie so much that I painted a little picture of Sandra Bullock’s character ‘Sally Owens‘, & the Amas Veritas (True Love) Spell. I found this cute print on etsy, and decided to paint my own version to put on my bookshelf. The original print/painting is by etsy user: woodwings, which you can see here.

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To conclude this post, I leave you with one of my favorite scenes from Practical Magic..
“Hang On To Your Husbands, Girls!”

Oh, how I wish I were a witch…
Natasha xo.

Dating: Shall I Go On?

Most of my written posts have been about dating. Okay, all of them have been about dating. Dating and baking. That’s what this blog has primarily consisted of thus far. When we (my daughter and I) decided to create a blog our main content focus was originally going to include cosmetics, since we own enough to open our own makeup store. And music, namely local Vancouver indie, up and coming musicians.

Ironically we have very little of the intended material posted on our blog as of yet. (we are definitely going to work on it)
It appears that I bake… and I date. Not necessarily in that order.
What is funny is that I haven’t technically even been on a date-date in months now. However, I’m not concerned as I have loads of ‘material’ from past dating experiences to cover me until something new occurs. God knows I’ve been on enough meet and greets and first dates to last the rest of my life. Really, if I never have to go on another awkward first time meet and greet it would be too soon.
Lately, instead of going out on a Friday or Saturday night date, I find it way more interesting to sift through our old family recipes, jot down ideas and ingredients and spend the whole day/night baking up a storm while dancing and singing around the kitchen listening to music. Or my other latest favourite thing, simply crawling into bed, light some candles, cup of hot tea and a great book or interesting blogs and I’m one happy girl. Oh gosh that sounds very, very sad doesn’t it?

I used to go out as often as possible to meet someone from an online dating site with the attitude, you just never know this could be the one. But now, I will only go out and meet someone who I am completely smitten with and there’s at least more than a hint of potential. Otherwise, sorry, I’ve spent way too many hours in the past few years trying to make Mr Wrong fit into Mr Right. That shit just doesn’t work for me anymore. Im learning. Slowly.

I do still have a profile up on a dating site. A site that I have paid 3 months for. It expires at the end of this month. I have not yet decided if I am going to renew my membership or not. I rarely even go on to check messages anymore, it always seems to be a let down. I used to check messages numerous times during the day, now I check maybe once a week or so.

One can’t help but have insecurites and wonder if you’re doing something wrong, portraying yourself in a certain way, good or bad, attracting the wrong guys for the wrong reasons…so many variables. You start to feel like it’s completely you, and that no one wants you. It has gotten to the point that it’s depressing to check messages. Yet I still have that glimmer of hope that maybe I’ll open my mailbox and there will be that one special message waiting for me. From my one and only, my Mr Right. You know? Like the movie, You’ve Got Mail.
A girl can dream.

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Sharing and talking about dating experiences with numerous other single women gives me some sort of comfort and hope. We all have our challenges when it comes to dating regardless of age. I still have to force negative thoughts aside when I start to think I’m way too old to date, I’ll never find anyone and maybe I should just give up. It’s difficult not to think that when I come across a very attractive profile picture of a 40 year old man (perfect age range for me) on a dating site, then upon closer inspection realize he has his potential date age requirement set at 20-35 years of age. Okay, really? You will only date someone that is more than 5+ years younger than yourself? That in itself speaks volumes.

So for now I will have to decide whether to renew my dating profile or not. Until then I have way more pressing matters to attend to. Should I bake the Double Layer Chocolate Cake next or an old family favourite Walnut Coconut Slice?
So many decisions.

Til next time,
Laura xo