Friday, 24 March 2017
I'm sure you're all aware of the new real life version of Disney's Beauty and the Beast that has just come out, but you may not be aware that I am the biggest Beauty and the Beast fan. Ever since I was little I have loved the character of Belle and the story of Beauty and the Beast, my Dad has always said I was like Belle with my nose stuck in a book and my desire to go off and have adventures. I even included my love of this film into my wedding by naming all my tables after Disney princess movies and of course naming the top table Beauty and the Beast as well dancing to Tale As Old As Time as our first dance (yes I did feel just like Belle doing it). But for me Belle has always been a lot more than just a pretty girl who falls in love with a prince and therefore becomes a princess, Belle for me was a real role model and as a little girl I would really look up to her as a character and dream of one day being intelligent, strong and courageous. After seeing the new film I was really happy with the portrayal of Belle and how empowering she is for women of all ages and I wanted to share some of that on this blog.
1. She Is Different:
There is a whole song which I am sure we all know the words to about how Belle is a funny girl and doesn't fit in at all. She is different to all the other villagers and although she struggles with this and feels lonely sometimes she doesn't try to fit in but instead keeps going her own way. She wants something different from the simple every day, she refuses to settle down and get married but instead seeks adventure.
2. She Is Intelligent:
Belle loves to read and learn new things, something not encouraged in women in the town she lives in, and she is also resourceful and clever. In the new film adaptation we see Belle not only reading but teaching other young girls to read as well striving to learn more and educate herself. She helps her father with his inventions and begins to invent things herself to help with her daily chores.
3. She Is Courageous:
This is a big one in the new adaptation, he father likens her to her mother who was fearless. She is not afraid to fight for what is right and ride straight into danger in order to save some one else. She switches places with her father in the dungeon without a moments thought and risks her life to save the Beast from Gaston.
4. She Is Strong:
Not only does she tell Gaston exactly where to stick when he asks her to marry him but she also argues back with to the Beast many times. She isn't afraid to look after herself and stick to her guns, she won't be pressured or forced into doing anything she doesn't want to and protects those not as strong.
I absolutely love the new adaptation and am so pleased with the way they have portrayed Belle, it is really important to me that young girls find strong female characters they can look up to and I am impressed with the direction Disney is moving. I think the choice of Emma Watson was perfect, as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador she is a wonderful role model for girls and women of all ages. I'm now really looking forward to seeing what they do with the adaptation of The Little Mermaid! If you haven't seen the new Beauty and the Beast film I would really recommend you go, you won't be disappointed!
Monday, 20 March 2017
National Trust season has returned! It makes me so sad when loads of the National Trusts close down for the winter and although we still enjoy going for walks in the grounds its nice to be able to explore the house and gardens too. Last weekend we decided we fancied exploring somewhere new and Claydon was on the list of places close by I wanted to visit. I was really pleased we went this time of year as there were golden daffodils everywhere and although the sun stayed firmly behind the clouds all day the flowers helped to make it feel bright and spring like. The great thing about having National Trust membership is that we can enjoy a place for a short time without worrying about getting our moneys worth. We only had a few hours on Saturday so we had a quick tour round the house, a look into the beautiful church and then a nice walk around the grounds. We stopped on the way home for dinner at Nando's which really topped off a lovely chilled Saturday.
You might recognise the dress I am wearing from one of my previous posts about my favourite pieces at Sainsbury's. Although there were many favourites in the spring collection this little dress was a winner for me. Its incredibly comfy and feels a bit like you're just wearing a big t-shirt and at £14 its a total steal. I also loved the style of it as it reminded me a bit of something you might wear over a bikini in the south of France. I'm looking forward to styling it up differently in the summer, but for now I'm not brave enough to go without tights and cardigans.
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Friday, 17 March 2017
Happy St Patricks Day!! I have never celebrated St Patricks Day obviously as I am not Irish and I don't live in Ireland but working in a care home means we use every celebration to make some activities for our residents. We decided to have our own little party at work with Baileys and home made Guinness cupcakes and also some obligatory very silly Irish dancing. We also decided the staff should wear green which gave me the excuse to wear this rather summery dress all day at work. This was another Lindy Bop sale item that I snapped up back in Jan with dreams of warmer days and bare legs. Green has never been a colour I'm naturally drawn too but I love this bright summery shade and the pretty pink tulips make it seem super spring like.
We've been lucky enough to have some gorgeous days in Oxford the past few weeks, including the hottest day of the year so far. I love watching the seasons change and the sunshine start to appear, when we took these photos it was actually warm enough for bare legs. We then sat in the golden sunshine as the sun slowly set, Russell smoking a cigar and me taking pictures of flowers. Those lazy simple warm days spent outside are the best in my book and I can't wait to have some more soon.
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Friday, 10 March 2017
The spring dress is out! Its officially spring in my home now. I had quite a lot of comments from people the other day when I wore it saying how spring like it was and my reaction was to say "of course!". Spring is here and I am going to make the most of the chance to wear pretty floral dresses. I do have some floral dresses I feel I can wear in winter but I think a lot of my vintage style dresses definitely lend themselves to spring and summer. This gorgeous dress is another one from Lindy Bop that I bought in the Christmas sale. I love the fit of this dress and luckily they make this style (the Audrey dress) in many different patterns, one of which I already own. Its so great having a brand like Lindy Bop that I can go to knowing their size 12 will fit perfectly and the regular sales make it one of my favourite brands.
We shot these photos whilst having another wander round Stanton St John, I think this village will definitely be a firm favourite in the summer with its footpaths leading into beautiful fields. I am looking forward to taking picnics out and being able to lie in the grass again feeling the sunshine on my skin.
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