Thursday, 28 January 2016

#paperhaul: featured - Becca M Designs

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Disclaimer: I purchased this box using the #paperhaul blogger discount 

Inspired by nature, the first #paperhaul box of 2016 was designed by the lady behind Becca M Designs and features intricate illustrations showcasing everything from owls to mushrooms and even creepy crawlies! The earthy-toned colour palette reflects the chosen subject and stands out to me as being completely different to anything we've seen from #paperhaul before.

Included in January's box were two postcards, one card, three notecards, a notebook, a sticker sheet and as always a roll of exclusive washi tape. This time around the notebook includes dotted pages, a nice change from lined and plain papers, and the postcards have a beautiful matte finish. The washi tape features a very delicate and subtle white design which compliments the other items well but unfortunately, with little contrast against the pale green background was a bit too tricky to try and photograph!

Whilst I really like the larger mushroom designs, my favourite item from the box might just have to be the sticker sheet, which is filled with tiny ladybirds, mushrooms, flowers and more. Once again the team at #paperhaul have manged to find something completely different to the last box and I'm already looking forward to finding out what February's will bring!

If you're interested in treating yourself to the next #paperhaul box you can sign up at Crafty Creatives for just £10 a month.

Don't forget to catch up on my review of last month's box which showcased the work of Eleanor Carter!

Friday, 22 January 2016

Pretty Little Liars Recap: S6E12 'Charlotte's Web' *Contains Spoliers*


Tuesday, 19 January 2016

5 Favourite #paperhaul Boxes!

It's been just over a year since the launch of the very first #paperhaul box which I reviewed over on Eight & Sixteen and thirteen boxes later I'm still really enjoying the surprise of discovering what goodies each month's box will bring. To celebrate I thought I would take a look back over #paperhaul boxes past (pre-featured series as this is still very new!) and pick out five of my favourite themes. In no particular order here are my top picks!

Disclaimer: I purchased these boxes using the #paperhaul blogger discount 

1. All Around The World - how could I not kick off this list with the very first edition of #paperhaul?! I adored the travel theme of this box and thought the colour palette was really beautiful. The washi tape adorned with vehicles is still one of my favourite tapes to date and the mix of modern graphic and more vintage style postcards was perfect.


Sunday, 17 January 2016

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Pilot To Finale Project: The O.C.

the o.c. ptfpAlthough I'm a little late to the 2016 party I was keen to kick off a new year in blogging with a feature that has been in the making for quite some time. In all honesty I have no idea what exactly it is I want to write about here on this little blog going forward, however it's no secret that I enjoy talking TV so that's where I'm going to start today.

For quite some time now I've been writing a 'Character Style' series which features faces from some of my favourite shows and I've recently been penning episode recaps of Once Upon A Time's fifth season over at YA Love, whilst gearing up to (potentially) bring back Pretty Little Liars recaps now that 6B is underway. In addition to talking currently airing shows, I'm also all for re-watching my favourites over and over again and a few months ago I came up with an idea for a new series themed around this.

The Pilot To Finale Project is a way for me to revisit some of my TV favourites and discuss my thoughts here. Be warned - all posts in the series will contain spoilers!

I thought I would begin by looking back at The O.C. aka the show I credit with sparking my love of US dramas. It's the first one I remember tuning in to watch weekly and, for me at least, still tops the teen genre. Whilst I did dip in and out of other teen dramas of a similar time including Gossip Girl, Greek and One Tree Hill, I never really felt the same way about any of them as I did about The O.C. 

"Where I'm from, having a dream doesn't make you smart. 
Knowing it won't come true? That does." - Ryan Atwood, S1E1

In the pilot episode, which aired back in 2003, we're introduced to Ryan Atwood a troubled teen who gets caught stealing a car alongside older brother Trey. The incident ends up changing his life forever, but not in the way you might expect. Thanks to this unfortunate event Ryan meets one Mr Sandy Cohen, his court appointed public defender and unbeknownst to him at the time, his future father-figure. After a fight with his mum's boyfriend Ryan finds himself with nowhere to go, leading him to call Sandy and spend a night sleeping in the pool house of the Cohen's "McMansion", despite the hesitance of Sandy's wife Kirsten. As it turns out that one night leads to Ryan finding a whole new place to call home.

Over the show's four seasons we see Ryan become a fully fledged member of the Cohen family, befriending Sandy and Kirsten's geeky son Seth and falling for girl-next-door Marissa. We also meet Marissa's BFF and Seth's long-time crush (whom he's never actually spoken to!) Summer, who completes the group known as the 'core four'. We see the gang go through a whole host of ups and downs over the series but the story comes full circle for our protagonist in the finale as we see Ryan, now a successful architect, attempting to help out a lost teenager who looks a lot like he did back in the pilot - the perfect ending to the story.

Music played a huge part in the show's success and the soundtrack was one of my favourite things about the series. Flawless from the pilot right through to the last episode the playlists featured old favourites and also showcased new or unknown artists. Even today when I hear a song that was used on The O.C it brings back memories of a particular scene or storyline as so many of them featured in the show's most iconic moments. From Hide And Seek (Imogen Heap) as Marissa shoots Trey, to If You Leave (Nada Surf) as Seth chases down Anna at the airport, Life Is A Song (Patrick Park) as we bid farewell to everyone and every use of Hallelujah, The O.C.'s soundtrack was always spot on... in fact, I feel a few blog posts on my favourite O.C. musical moments are in order!

Were you a fan of The O.C?
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