Film Review: Florence Foster Jenkins

I was very lucky to see an exclusive pre-screening of Florence Foster Jenkins thanks to Australian fashion label Trenery and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The illustrious Meryl Streep plays New York socialite Florence Foster Jenkins, who became an opera singing despite her complete lack of singing ability, rhythm and enunciation.  This biographical film follows Florence’s oblivious determination to sing opera on the stage, with the help of her loyal husband St Clair, played by Hugh Grant and with the accompaniment of pianist Cosme McMoon, played by Simon Helberg. Streep’s dry wit is delightful in this role […]

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Book Review: The Nightingale

Honest Book Reviews on Hapless and Hopeless

‘If I have learned anything in this long life of mine, it is this: in love we find out who we want to be, in war we find out who we are.’ Set in France during World War 2, this epic story follows two very different sisters, as they try to survive Nazi occupation and ultimately each other.

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Circus Runaway

Unique exercise class that shapes your body and your soul.

It has been a strange couple of months, a time of awakening, per se. In February, I joined the circus and every Monday night, I run away with them for 2 blissful hours. What started as an attempt at finding ‘fun’ exercise has ended up being the saviour of my sanity and a beautiful insight into the notion of ‘community’.

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25 things that Pretty Woman taught me

Last week the cast of Pretty Woman celebrated the 25th anniversary of the film which was released on 23 March 1990. This film wasn’t an epic saga of adventure and courage, nor was it a forlorn tale that teaches generosity or gratitude. No, this film is about a hooker landing a pretty big score and falling in love… yet it has probably taught me more than most films. Whether you love it or you hate it, you would probably still be able to pick out a poignant moment/quote/scene that has stuck with you over the years. I thought of 25 […]

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Review: How to be Parisian

This book has a couple of fab snippets of advice that all young girls (and boys!) should be told before they come of age…. For example One of my favourite statements about Fashion: ‘Logos. You are not a billboard’. But most of these insights are contained within the first couple of pages only! The rest of the book was very disappointing; it is filled with whimsical contradictions that gave me the impression that the four authors, a group of friends, have convened purely to fill out the pages of this book with a fictional concoction of a ‘true’ Parisian. The only […]

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Finding Vivian Maier

If you see one documentary/film this year make it Finding Vivian Maier. John Maloof purchased a box of negatives from an auction house looking for old photographs for his study assignment. What he stumbled on was thousands of incredible photos by the late Vivian Maier and he so he went on a personal mission to find out who this unknown mystery lady was. He also made it his goal to publish all of her photos to gain posthumous recognition of her work. Vivian Maier was a nanny for many families in Chicago and took pictures from the 1940s right up […]

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Giving the Gift of Voice

Have you ever thought about how much your voice means to you? Or about how your voice forms part of your identity? How would you feel if you lost your voice? These are questions I have had to consider recently and I was intrigued to stumble across a crowd-sourced project that is trying to build the biggest voice bank in the world, made up entirely of voice donations, to help people with speech impediments globally. I just had to find out more….

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