Five… reasons why I love (500) Days of Summer

As soon as I watched the teaser trailer for (500) Days of Summer in late 2008, I knew I wanted to see it. Dannii and I went to see it together when it came out in Australia, and I immediately fell in love.

(500) Days of Summer is one of those movies that I will never tire of re-watching. There are so many things that I love about it! Here are just five of those things.

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Good times: Crafternoon Tea #1

I love getting creative and I also love having afternoon tea with friends, so I figured it would be fun to combine the two and host a Crafternoon Tea! Last week, a few of my friends came over and we had a lovely afternoon of chatting, eating and colouring in.

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I printed off some fun colouring pages from this website, though most of my friends ended up picking this design. My friend Emma and I had our own adult colouring books that we hadn’t used yet, so that’s what we worked on.

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I made a batch of classic chocolate chip cookies, and made sure there were plenty of sweet and salty snacks available. I also made a pot of my favourite TWG ‘Happy Birthday’ tea, and filled a pitcher with ice-cold water, strawberry slices, frozen raspberries and mint.

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There’s something very calming and peaceful about colouring in, and it was especially nice to do it while catching up with my friends!

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Here’s my finished product – I’m actually quite proud of it!

all the little happy things - Crafternoon Tee #1

So all in all, my first Crafternoon Tea was a rousing success! I’m planning to host a Crafternoon Tea every few months, each time featuring a different creative project. I’m already gathering ideas for the next one!

Wedding Wednesday

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all photos by Lily&Thom

There were lots of little details and accessories that I loved about my wedding day outfit. It started with the new perfume I’d chosen for the occasion – Naughty Alice by Vivienne Westwood. Now whenever I wear it, I remember my wedding day.

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The beautiful beaded embellishment on my gown was from Babushka Ballerina. When I tried on the dress the very first time, I mentioned to the shop assistant that I felt like something was missing… so she found this embellishment for me, and it was sewn onto my gown.

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I kept my jewellery pretty simple. Besides my engagement and wedding rings, the only other piece of jewellery I wore was this diamond necklace, gifted to me by my mum for the big day.

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I had known for a long time that I wanted to wear an Anna Campbell headband, and this was the one I chose. It made me feel very elegant and beautiful! My hairdresser tied it on when she did my hair, but my mum re-tied and adjusted it when I got home, with a little help from my cousins.

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Using up leftover supplies – a Princess Jasmine-inspired tsumami kanzashi headband

I have a pretty big stash of miscellaneous leftover supplies from past projects. Sometimes when I get the urge to make something, I reach for my stash to see what I can whip up without having to buy anything new.

all the little happy things - Princess Jasmine-inspired tsumami kanzashi headband

all the little happy things - Princess Jasmine-inspired tsumami kanzashi headband

This tsumami kanzashi flower brooch/headband is a little craft that I put together on Saturday morning, just using bits and pieces that were leftover from bigger projects. I picked colours and embellishments that were reminiscent of Princess Jasmine’s outfit – turquoise, sapphire and gold. The only ‘new’ thing I had to buy to finish it off was the brooch back! Here’s the breakdown of the supplies I used:

  • Satin fabric scraps and rhinestone from my Princess Jasmine costume
  • Printed cotton fabric scraps from the single bed quilt I made for my niece
  • Gold sequin trim and gold elastic leftover from my Wonder Woman costume
  • Turquoise felt leftover from when I ran a kids’ workshop on making felt phone sleeves

all the little happy things - Princess Jasmine-inspired tsumami kanzashi headband
I’d never made a tsumami kanzashi flower before, so I just searched for tutorials on Google until I found one I liked. The whole thing came together in only a couple of hours, and I’m really pleased with how it turned out! The flower can be detached as a brooch, and the headband can be used on its own as well.

all the little happy things - Princess Jasmine-inspired tsumami kanzashi headband
This is the ideal hair accessory for a Princess Jasmine Disneybound, and I’m looking forward to adding this bit of Disney-inspired whimsy to my outfits in the future!

Five… favourite animated movies

There’s nothing like a good animated movie to cheer you up on a dreary, grey day. From Disney hand-drawn classics to the latest Pixar family romp, everyone has their personal favourites. Here are five of mine, in no particular order!

1. Aladdin
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It’s probably no surprise that this is my favourite Disney classic, given my well-documented love of Princess Jasmine. There’s just so much to love! Alan Menken’s incredibly catchy score and songs, one of Disney’s most memorable villains, Robin Williams’ inimitable performance as the Genie, the classic story… and, of course, my favourite sassy and rebellious princess!

2. The Incredibles
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If Aladdin is my favourite Disney classic, then The Incredibles is definitely my favourite Pixar classic. It’s so rare to find a ‘fully-intact’ family in an animated movie, and I love that The Incredibles focuses on the family dynamic in such a fun and hilarious way. The Incredibles was also the first superhero movie I saw that dealt with the ‘details’ of supers existing and working in the world, like the consequences of collateral damage, what it’s like for supers pretending to be normal, and who makes those fancy costumes (who doesn’t love Edna Mode?)!

3. The Emperor’s New Groove
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The Emperor’s New Groove kind of snuck up on me, but now it’s one of my go-to cheer-up movies. Its self-referential, trope-busting sense of humour is right up my alley, and I always find myself actually laughing out loud whenever I watch it! Plus, it features one of the best non-traditional ‘happy birthday’ songs I’ve ever heard!

4. Paperman
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If you haven’t seen Paperman, you definitely should. It’s included as an extra on the Wreck-It Ralph DVD, and I am so, so glad I didn’t skip over it. It has a whimsical, romantic storyline, and the lack of dialogue means that the gorgeous score and the animation can really shine. The animation itself is interesting, blending traditional hand-drawn techniques with computer animation. The result is a simply beautiful short film that feels both nostalgic and modern.

5. Anastasia
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Finally, a non-Disney film! Anastasia has everything that you could want from a good animated movie: a story based on a well-known tale, an inevitable romance, a couple of lovable animal characters, good catchy songs, a memorable villain, and a good dose of magic. Anastasia also has, in my opinion, the best chemistry between its romantic leads, and one of the very best songs in Journey to the Past.

So that’s it for my list! Of course, there are plenty of other brilliant animated movies out there, and these are just five of my personal favourites. What are your favourites? Comment below and let me know!