Tuesday, 7 April 2020

All The Old Hollywood Movies I'm Watching On YouTube

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As much as I live on Netflix, we probably all do, sometimes I find myself wanting to watch something a little different. I’ve always believed I was an old soul who believed I belonged in a whole different time. That time is like the 1950s era. I mean like Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe time. There’s something about that time that I’m drawn to.

It only then makes sense that I like watching old films – yes, even the black and white ones. I love everything from the stories to the fashion, the cars, and the beautiful settings. I’m full transported when I watch these films and there aren’t always a lot available on streaming sites.

But I have found a new solution to this problem that doesn’t involved the not-so-legal streaming sites or paid for streaming platforms; YouTube.

Ah YouTube, you are a world of wondrous possibilities. I’m always on YouTube, whether it’s to watch my favourite Youtubers, music videos or behind the scenes of music production, workout videos and even ghost stuff. Yes, I’m one of those weirdos and I absolutely love Buzzfeed Unsolved. But I have also found an array of vintage movie classics that have to be watched! Here’s what I’ve been watching so far and the links to them.

To Catch A Thief (1955) – Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Cary Grant & Grace Kelly 
A reformed jewel thief takes it upon himself to discover the copycat jewel thief that has surfaced in Monaco. The police think it’s the original thief, so he must go ‘undercover’ with an insurance agent from London and stakeout with a wealthy mother and daughter who are the potential next targets. Filled with mystery, thrills, love and more, you have to watch this one. Plus Grace Kelly’s fashion in this film is unbelievable.

Dial M For Murder (1954) – Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Ray Milland & Grace Kelly
This was an absolutely brilliant film – if you’re one for a murder mystery, this has to be on your list. An ex-tennis pro decides to plan an elaborate murder of his wife with a former college friend after finding out she has been having an affair, but when things go wrong, his plan B takes things a step further. This was such a good one and left me on the edge of my seat.

The Million Pound Note (1954) – Directed by Ronald Neame, starring Gregory Peck. 
I already loved Gregory Peck, but now I love him more after watching this film and a few others. The storyline of this movie is that two aristocrats brothers decide to make a bet and when they stumble upon a penniless American (Peck) in London, they offer him a loan, unbeknownst to him that it’s a £1,000,000 bank note, with a few conditions, the main being to keep the note intact for a month. The note comes with many complications for the American and he must navigate through the life of being a American ‘millionaire’ in London. (Side note, £1 million back then would be the equivalent of £27.5 million, yikes!)

Mirage (1965) – Directed by Edward Dmytryk, starring Gregory Peck and Diane Baker 
This was truly an interesting one; David Stillwell has to take the stairs when a blackout occurs in his New York skyscraper office and meets a woman, who supposedly knows him yet he is unsure of her and later realises he’s not even too sure of himself. Whilst he remembers certain people, he also figures that he’s in danger, especially when he realises they all seem to be connected to Charles Calvin, who had just mysteriously died on the same night, falling from the 27th floor of the building. Stillwell, played by Peck, must then try and decipher who he is through the help of a private eye, a psychologist and the woman he met in the stairway. It’s got lots of twists and turns that will leave you guessing.

The Millionairess (1960) – Directed by Anthony Asquith, starring Sophia Loren & Peter Sellers
A millionairess, Epifania, inherits her father’s money after he dies, with the deal that she must marry a man who can turn £500 into £15,000 in 90 days. After she finds her current husband is keeping a mistress and she dramatically tries to kill herself by jumping in the River Thames, she meets Dr. Kabir and becomes infatuated. She then throws herself at him, however he is more interested in treating his patients and is reluctant to her advances. He then tells Epifania that his mother gave him the condition that he must only wed a woman if she can live on Rs.500/- over 90 days, roughly 35 shillings. Epifania takes on the challenge and tells Dr. Kabir of her father’s same challenge.

Other movies I have lined up to watch

Charade (1963) – Directed by Stanley Donen, starring Cary Grant & Audrey Hepburn
I’ve seen this one before, but I always rewatch Audrey movies since I never get tired of them.

His Girl Friday (1940) – Directed by Howard Hawks , starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell

Strangers on a Train (1951) – Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Farley Granger, Ruth Roman and Robert Walker

The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952) – Directed by Henry King & Roy Ward Baker, starring Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward and Ava Gardner

Spellbound (1945) – Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Gregory Peck and Ingrid Bergman

I’ll probably find a whole bunch more and if you’d like to know the links or movies, let me know! I’m happy to update the list. And if you’re not into old movies, what have you been watching? I probably need more suggestions anyway. Drop a comment below!

Sending you lots of love and hoping you’re staying safe!

Emily xx

Monday, 6 April 2020

Lockdown Life Diaries: The Little Positive Changes I'm Making

Outfit: Top - Zara (old but here's a similar)/ Leggings - Primark

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you had a good weekend and stayed safe.

I think I must be heading into week 6 of self isolation and week 4 of government mandated lockdown – I think the last time we were actually allowed out to break curfew was on the 24th of March and the curfew was imposed the week before that. I don’t know, honestly I’m losing track.

I went through a bit of a slump at the end of last week; I think it was all getting a bit much and I honestly thought I was overreacting because I’m lucky to be in the place that I’m in and have the family I have. However, it’s not easy when routines break, not for anyone. Being able to go outside or to work or even to the shops are little luxuries that we normally take for granted and are now pining for. I’ve probably said that before, but I’ll say it again.

With that being said, I do want to remind you to please try and keep your spirits as high as you can. Make sure your mental health is in check because whilst this is nothing like going to war or something far worse, this is something none of us have been prepared for. This is not normal in the slightest and even the most resilient of minds can feel low at this time. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, please talk to someone that you feel comfortable with and let out all those emotions; it’s the healthiest option.

As I sat down to write my to-do lists for the week last night, I decided to make add in things that would make me a little happier. I’ve made it my goal to start drawing more, read some new books, write more, learn new skills or develop ones, make time for mediation and even for religion. As it’s Easter Week as well, I thought it would be nice to take time to read Bible passages and psalms. I’ve added things in that will keep me calm but also move my routine from being mundane to a little more interesting.

Take the time to brainstorm all the things you’ve been wanting to do and just go ahead and do them. You’ve got time to! If you’ve got the resources as well, then all the more reason.

I also started my day with a kickass workout – and yes, I truly kicked my own ass. I tried out Caro Daur’s HIIT Full Body Workout that she shared on YouTube last night, and let me tell you it was a task. I also got some boxing in, thanks to the fact that I have a punching bag in my house that needed some attention. I ended off the workout with Sarah Beth’s Weightloss Beginner’s Yoga for a good stretch.

I absolutely sweat my butt off so I proceeded to take a good shower, wash my hair and put in some coconut oil to nourish my hair. And I actually got a little bit more dressed today; I thought I would ditch the leggings, but I didn’t, however I did put a nicer top on for a change. I think it’s important for your mind to not always be in sweats – take the time to get a little dressed here and there, it’ll do you some good. I’ve even moved myself outside to the garden with the dogs for a change of scenery (as opposed to the inside of my house) and for fresh air.

It’s the little changes that will make the difference at a time like this. So do the things that make you happy and keep doing them!

Right, I’m going to shut up now, drink my cuppa and do some drawing.

Sending you lots of love and hoping you’re staying safe!

Emily xx

Friday, 3 April 2020

Here's What I've Been Up To This Week In Lockdown

Outfit: Top - Primark (old) / Sweatpants - Hudson & Rose (old)

Happy Friday everyone! How has your week been?

I don't know how long you've maybe been social distancing, self isolating or in a mandated quarantine/lockdown but I hope you're doing well. This is officially, by government regulation, my third week of lockdown. But unofficially, we pretty much started social distancing in our house about a month or so ago. I actually can't even remember the date, but I'd say we've been in this for about a month in terms of distancing. But full on lockdown has been in place here in Colombo since March 17th. It's long time, let's be honest. We're not used to this kind of thing at all, none of us. It can get difficult even though we're just being told to sit at home. 

For us, we're not even allowed a break from lockdown to go get groceries - our new normal is trucks, vans and cars coming with deliveries of food for purchase. It's strange. When we hear a car coming round the bend, someone goes to check what it might be. Surreal is definitely the main feeling of this. 

When you can't go to the gym or outside you result to working out in your bedroom. I've been doing this a lot in the mornings to keep the blood flowing.

We're lucky here at our house for a few reasons; My family are bloody nuts so we're always having fun and keeping spirits high, we're blessed with a home with a beautiful view of a lake right in front of us and constant fresh air, we're actually homebodies. However even though we're homebodies, that doesn't mean everyone needs a little break now and then. But we're pushing through. 

I hope you've noticed that since last week I stepped up my blogposts to one every week day! If you've missed out and not caught up, scroll through the last few posts; I've got everything from fashion to beauty to lifestyle and health. Well at least I think I have. I'm stuck now on what else to share with you and I'd love some new ideas!

What would you like to see on the blog? Let me know in the comments or hit me up in my DMs or even via email!

When it's too hot for sweatpants - The reality of lockdown life is big t-shirts and flimsy shorts.

Today's post, I thought I'd just take to reflect and let you know what I've been up to. 

For one, I've been watching a lot on YouTube and I want to take a moment to thank all the creators who are still going forward with their content right now! Honestly, what a blessing that we at home have things to watch for a distraction. I've also discovered a few movies on YouTube, specifically Golden Age movies - I've watch a few Alfred Hitchcock classics such as "To Catch A Thief" & "Dial M For Murder", both starring Grace Kelly who I adore. I've got a few more downloaded to watch, a few Cary Grant, Gregory Peck, Sophia Loren starring ones that I haven't watched yet. I'm actually really enjoying them. I've always believed I should've  lived in the 50's. 

I've been writing a lot too; I always been a writer so when I feel inspired, it's pen to paper or fingers to keys. I've really got lost in it and it's the perfect escape at a time like this. I think we all have an outlet that soothes us like this. I know a lot of people turn to art as well, that'll be my next option. As you can see, I've channelled a lot of my writing energy into my blog. As much as it is for me, it's also for you so I'm hoping you're benefitting too. How are you spending your time? What's been your saving grace on a daily basis? Let's have a conversation in the comments below about what you've been up to!

I've also been singing a lot on my other Instagram account, another habit of mine. Also, I've rediscovered the beauty in just sitting, relaxing and putting your iTunes on shuffle. I have thousands of songs in mine and I'm being thrown from old school jazz to the latest album I've downloaded to songs that remind me of high school. It genuinely makes me quite happy. Anyone else been doing this? 

These shoes were meant for... staying inside for the foreseeable future.

I won't say too much more because you're probably getting bored if you've got to this point. However I do want to end it by encouraging you to keep going. Keep in touch with your friends and loved ones. Discover new passions you've been putting on the back burner or rediscover old ones. Do whatever you can to make yourself happy! It's important that we stay strong mentally at a time like this. And if you need an extra friend, I'm here for you. 

Sending you lots of love and hoping you're staying safe!

Emily xx
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