Sunday, 25 January 2015

TV - What I'm Looking Forward to in 2015 | Film & Producing

Hello! So I'm quite clearly TV obsessed, and quite unashamedly so. This year sees the return of some of my favourite shows, the conclusion of others and some brand new shows that have piqued my interest. I've tried to trim it down a little, but obviously as we've discussed, I'm obsessed. Anyway, on with the list!

RETURNING

The Good Wife - January

The Good Wife is back after its Christmas break! Season 6 has been pretty intense 
so far, can't wait to see where the writers are going to take it over the rest of this season.
Continued...

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

My Week #3 | Film and Producing

Hello! So the title of this is just a complete an utter lie, I'ma tell you that now. By "My Week" I mean my month, but for the sake of consistency (see My Week #1 and My Week #2) I thought I'd lie through my teeth in the title. So sue me. Anyway, this was all from late last year so you may have seen one or two of them in my 2014 Year wrap up. On with the photographs!

I was interviewed by my friend for her YouTube channel The Uhura Zulu Show where she interviews people about their careers. We chatted about my work as a film producer, what I had planned for the next year and a little about this blog! It's not live yet but check out a similar print interview I did over on the lovely Daisy's blog, Pretty Green Tea!


You know when you just desperately need a Mexican feast and nothing else will do? That.

This stuff is the best! Miracle Matcha's White tea matcha latte, made with soy milk and a little syrup and sprinkling of cinnamon - YUM!

Getting ready for the premiere of the feature film I produced, The Journey. Definitely should not have left the dress decision to the last minute! Went with the sequined number that I picked up from Topshop ages ago!



The premiere was an absolutely incredible night, here are all the cast and crew front and centre before the film began (you can kind of see me, well my hair anyway, in the back row behind the two lovely blonde ladies).

The good thing about living in Essex is the greenery that is just about everywhere. This is just outside my house and thought it looked super pretty!

Spent the day freelancing for a production company, so weird being in someone else's offices! It was super fun though, and more importantly they brought me chocolate biscuits. 

On the train heading up to Hemel Hempstead for a one day film shoot. I loved this book, hadn't read any A M Homes before this and I gotta say she's pretty darn good!

Always love being on a film set!

Opening up my very special package from Cafe de Bain, thanks guys!

This time it's a green tea matcha latte - made for me by my film partner Adrien, because what is a meeting without super fancy drinks?

Heading out for dinner with my sister and parents at a family friends house. Channeling my inner 60s girl with my hair and make up.

Sometimes all you want to buy is citrus. And that is what I did.

Makin' cranberry sauce. It is the easiest thing in the world to make by the way so no excuses not to have the homemade stuff next year!

And finally, showing off this little candle that I recycled - I bought one from Primark a couple months ago, finished it, and made a new one with the leftover wax, soy wax and essential oils - this one is lavender, lemongrass and eucalyptus (you can tell I made this myself with that dodgy wick placement!)

What have you guys been up to?

Drea xo

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Favourite people of 2014

Hello! So because I'm living in the past I thought I'd do a little look back on my favourite public figures of 2014. Now, this list is by no means exhaustive, and of course does not include those humans who are always on my Favourites List - Thom Yorke, Edward Norton, Scorsese et al - but I focused on people I only discovered last year, or formed an immovable connection with (I form connections through Netflix, so sue me). And granted this list is rather TV/Film heavy, but hey what do you expect from a film producer? On with the list.

Shonda Rhimes creator of Grey's Anatomy Scandal and How to get away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes
Writer/Showrunner

Where do I start with this wonderful woman? If for some reason you don't know her name, you sure as hell watch one of her shows. Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder. Yes. This woman created some of the most compelling television last year and continues to completely dominate network TV - her three shows are shown back-to-back-to-back on ABC on a Thursday between 8-11pm which is network TV's most important slot. I do believe she is the first Black female showrunner (creator/exec producer of a TV show) and she is kicking some serious ass. I salute you, Shonda!

Actress Vera Farmiga star of Bates Motel

Vera Farmiga

Actor

So I first became a fan of this lady waaay back in 2006 when she played Madolyn in my favourite film of all time The Departed. But it was when I start watching Bates Motel, a modern set prequel of the Hitchcock classic Pyscho did I really fall in all kinds of love for her. She plays Norma Bates and BOY does she play her. If you've never watched Bates Motel I suggest you do (season 1 is on Netflix so no excuses!) 


Devon Sawa
Actor

Okay maybe this is cheating. I've loved Devon Sawa since this and this. But he pretty much shot to the top of my favourites list last year when I started watching CW show Nikita where plays a pretty badass ex-assassin. Plus he's a funny tweeter


Amma Asante Director of film Belle

Amma Asante
Director

Amma Asante directed an absolutely gorgeous film Belle, about the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of a British Royal Navy Admiral during the British slave trade. This film was a phenomenal success both in the UK and the US and Ms. Asante is currently working on her follow-up - a US Studio produced feature. With Belle being just her second film, I am so unbelievably excited to see what comes next!

Shawn Hatosy 

Actor

Ah Shawn. This is another little cheat, because I've been on the Hatosy-Bandwagon since Alpha Dog. But it was his turn as Sammy Bryant in one of my all time favourite TV shows Southlandwhich I absolutely devoured in a matter of weeks, that really made me dig this guy. He is unbelievably talented and we have another funny tweeter on our hands.  

Richard Ayoade 

Actor/Director

I totally don't even need a reason for this one, but I'll give you one. THE DOUBLE. Oh and I saw him on South Molton St in London last year looking rather dapper. So there's two. 

MORE

Hayley Marie Norman - For thisActor
Azealia Banks - For this. Musician
Hatty Ashdown - For this. Comedian/Writer
Sasha Wilkins - For this. Blogger
Emma Dabiri - For this, Writer
Zeba Blay and Fariha Roisin (Two Brown Girls) - For this. Podcasters/Writers

Who were some of your favourite people last year?
Drea xo

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

2014 Wrap Up - A Year in Pictures


Hello! Whew what a year 2014 has been! For me it's been a pretty good year, and by pretty good I mean a really fucking good'un and after a couple rough ones I can truly say I'm ringing in the new year happy, positive and looking forward to 2015.
So from marriages to career changes, seeing idols and old friends here's to you 2014! Pictures after the jump.

Sunday, 28 December 2014

End of Year Empties! | Fashion & Beauty


Hello! I'm back from my self imposed exile from the internet, blogging and all things social media with a brand new blog post! I tend to stay away from my phone and laptop over Christmas but today I am back! Everyone have a good Christmas? I left the house today after like four days and I swear I think I forgot how to walk. Anyway, on to the topic of the hour: EMPTIES! I've been collecting empties in a box underneath my desk for what seems like forever, so I thought now would be a good time to clear out and show you guys what I've used up recently!

Food
Tea Nation tea in French Meadow (link to similar) - This stuff is the bomb. I picked it up at the Coffee Festival in Brick Lane earlier this year, and it is a delicious lavender infused yumminess.
Repurchase? Definitely if I can find it again!

Twinings Salted Caramel Green Tea - This really is as good as it sounds. I first heard about this on Alix from I Covet Thee's YouTube, I think it may have been in one of her favourites. And oh my it is deeelish. Genuinely satisfies sweet cravings. In fact, brb gonna go and make a cup!
Repurchase? Yes!

Manuka Doctor Manuka Honey 12+ - This stuff has completely saved me over the past six months. Every time I start to feel like I'm getting a cold, I load up on Manuka, Vit C, teas and Vitamin B6. It works, trust me guys!
Repurchase? Definitely!

Coconut Oil - Okay, a little fib here. This is a brand new tub of coconut oil I bought today, and because I couldn't be bothered to go downstairs and get the empty jar I figured this would do! The jar I finished is the Holland and Barrett brand that I usually get, but I figured I would branch out and try a new brand! I'm obsessed with coconut oil as you can tell here, so this is a mainstay in my cupboards.
Repurchase? Always.

Beauty
Nourishing Nail Polish Remover (linked to similar) - Nothing special here, just a run of the mill polish remover!
Repurchase? Not picky about polish remover so this'll do!

Boots Botanics Rosewater spritz and Facial Oil - The whole Boots Botanics Organic range is one of my favourite brands, and these two are up there. Since finishing these up I've actually managed to successfully phase out all store bought products and use only products I make myself in my face routine using 100% natural oils, butters, waxes and essentials oils (the only two store bought things I use occasionally are a serum and  a face wash, which are both Dr Organics products). I promise to do loads of tutorials on DIY beauty in the New Year!
Repurchase? Not for now, but I reckon they'll be a good back up when I'm in between making my own.

Cherry Carmex - I'm currently using an organic Pomegranate lip balm by Dr Organic, but Cherry Carmex is a total staple and I will most definitely be repurchasing.
Repurchase? Yes!

Make Up

Sorry about the quality of this one, the light went so I had to take it on flash!

elf Mineral Face Primer - This stuff is pretty good, especially for the price (which I forget, something in the £5-6 mark I think!) It glides on really nicely and makes a big difference to my make up staying put during the day.
Repurchase? I definitely would, though I'd like to give another primer a go. Any suggestions?

YSL Touche Eclat Foundation - This is my standard foundation that I've been using for about three years now and I refuse to use anything else. It matches my skin perfectly and gives a lovely dewy medium coverage. 
Repurchase? Always.
Oils
Okay so as you can see, I go through A LOT of essential oils. It's a problem. 
Sweet Almond carrier oil. fig, bergamot, ylang ylang, grapefruit, lotus, lime, lavender, orange, lily of the Valley, gardenia, rose geranium, eucalyptus aaand honeysuckle.
Repurchase? I've kinda already replaced a lot of these. I told you it was a problem...

Other

Effervescent Vitamin C and Zinc - I mentioned these earlier, they are a part of my fail-safe anti cold and flu remedy. Works every time folks.
Repurchase? Yes!

What products have you guys finished up recently?
Drea xo

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Sunday, 14 December 2014

New Product Alert! Café de Bain Shower Cremes | Fashion and Beauty

Superdrug Cafe de Bain Shower Cremes
 Hello! Now you may remember a few weeks ago I posted about the Café de Bain range in my essentials haul - I spied a lovely looking bubble bath in Superdrug and it consequently produced the most gorgeous tub of bubbles when I tried it out. The lovely folks at Café de Bain sent me over a couple of their shower cremes to try (as well as a lil something else to review - watch this space!)
Superdrug Cafe de Bain Shower Cremes

Café de Bain has just been launched in Superdrug and Waitrose, and at the moment is a small range of bubble baths and shower cremes in delicious scents like Sweet Vanilla Madelene and Coconut Macaron, but there are plans to expand (which I must say I'm pretty excited about). Anyway, on with the review!

Cafe de Bain Shower Cremes

Superdrug Cafe de Bain Shower Creme in Cherry and Almond Frangipane
Café de Bain Shower Creme in Cherry & Almond Frangipane* (Shower creme sold out on Superdrug website, link to the bath creme)

Superdrug Cafe de Bain Shower Creme in Raspberry and Rose Creme Tarte
Café de Bain Shower Creme in Raspberry and Rose Creme Tarte*

I can't quite describe how good these smell. I mean, like a seriously addictive, keep flipping the top off and grabbing a sniff addictive. They really do smell like they're suppose to - the Raspberry Rose has a real sharp tartness from the raspberry and the sweet warmth of rose, and the Cherry Almond has that ground almond marzipan sweetness and mellow cherry. The thing I noticed too was the scent lingers - not in an overpowering way, it won't clash with your perfume, but that lovely sweetness will stay with you. I really hope when they expand the range the introduce body butters - how gorgeous would that be!
I do find that they don't lather up tons on their own, so I would recommended using this with a body puff or loofah if you're a bubble junkie like me!

They're on offer in Superdrug at the moment so stock up folks!

Have you tried anything from this range? What's your favourite shower product right now?

Drea xo

* PR Sample
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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

The Non-Girly Girl's Guide to Girly Movies | Film & Producing

Girly. What does that word really mean? Who exactly is the intended demographic when one uses the word girly? Women are complex creatures, and to reduce them into the girly or tomboy category has made little sense to me, but for argument's sake let's take Hollywood's stance on female viewership - we love chick flicks. I'm generally not a genre person at all, but I'd probably list chick flicks among my least favourite. But when I do find myself gravitating towards the genre, I can't quite work out why. Is it because of an actress I was particularly fond of? A new fresh spin on the genre? Who knows, but if you're like me and tend to steer well clear of the "tearjerker" category on Netflix, why not give these a try?

The Classic
Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1961, Blake Edwards.
This film is such a delight. Though I'm sure most of you know it well, Breakfast at Tiffany's follows the escapades of New York Socialite and gal about town, Holly Golightly as she tried to snag herself a millionaire, whilst being chased by hapless writer, and categorically non-millionaire Paul Varjak. I'm a big fan of the sixties and seventies, and this film captures it all. Plues it's based on a novella by Truman Capote, so you know it's good.


Sleepover Fodder
Legally Blonde, 2001, Robert Luketic
Ditzy blonde Elle Woods proves all her critics wrong, including her ex boyfriend who unceremoniously dumps her, by snagging a place at Harvard Law School "What like it's hard?!" she famously says. Elle shakes up the stuffy Harvard halls and shows her peers that you can be smart and pretty. Like, duh! Super fun, super silly, and one of my favourite Reese Witherspoon roles!


The Brit Flick

Bridget Jones's Diary, 2001, Sharon Maguire
I think this film has to be my favourite of all the chick flick kingdom. Bridget is a 30 something singleton who after many failed romantic encounters, decides to shake up her life - she quits, booze, cigarettes and hits the gym. Rennée Zellweger is perfect as Bridget, and written by the king of British Rom-Coms Richard Curtis (Notting Hill, Love Actually) how can you go wrong?

The Christmas Film
Home Alone, 1990, Chris Colombus
Though not a Rom-Com, I've never been a big Christmas movie lover either. That is, apart from Home Alone. Where do I even start with this film? Perfect writing, perfect casting (Joe Pesci as the villain anyone?), and written by none other than 80s hero John Hughes (The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day off) and what a plot - family vacation to Paris, 8 year old kid accidentally left at home, must defend home against robbers. I loved this when I was young, and I still do. 


The Teen Flick
The Craft, 1996, Andrew Fleming
I fell in love with this film when I watched it at a sleepover when I was about 10. It has everything you could ever ask for from a teen flick - high school drama, the new girl, bitchy ringleader and... witches? Oh and Neve Campbell. What 90s teen film is complete without Neve Campbell?


The Tearjerker
August Osage County, 2013, John Wells
I watched this fairly recently and I was totally gripped from beginning to end. Firstly, take a look at that cast - Meryl, Ewan, Juliette and in my opinion the best performance from Julia Roberts I've ever seen and the film's standout (which against Meryl Streep is pretty hard to do). This is a real family saga, lifting the lid behind a dysfunction family who come together over tragic circumstances. This is a blackly funny, moody film, which has me crying buckets at the end. You can really tell this is based on a play (by Tracey Lett's) as it has that slow moving, claustrophobic feel to it a lot of play adaptations have. 

Have you guys seen any of these? What are some of your favourite films?

Drea xo