A Year of Happy: Inspiration Board

30 March 2015

So its time for another monthly challenge from A Year Of Happy! The challenge for March is to create an inspirational mood board using all your favourite colours, images and sayings. Like last month, I decided to take this challenge into my own hands and truly make it my own. I went completely digital. Let me explain exactly what on earth I mean by that. 

Robert Quinn is Not The Bad Guy

28 March 2015

Robert Quinn - the father to Sophia Quinn and Callie Jacob. If you've been watching The Fosters recently, then you know exactly who I'm talking about. You'll also know about the custody war that has dominated this past season between the Fosters and the Quinns. In all honestly, I'm really disappointed with the way the producers have represented Robert Quinn's storyline in Season Two, and here's why.

What needs to happen in Finding Carter Season 2

26 March 2015

Finder Carter is finally back after several months of being of the air, and there's just so much that we need to know! After leaving the show on an incredibly suspenseful cliffhanger, I'm pretty sure we'll be jumping straight back into action. I just can't wait! So without further ado, here are four things that need to happen this season on Finding Carter.

Beauty Hacks: Utilising Your Foundation

23 March 2015

You've just woken up after a long restful sleep, and are getting ready for the day. After wiping away the sleep from your eyes, it's time to get your make-up on. As you reach for your foundation to set your facial masterpiece in place, you notice that your everyday power foundation almost to the end. You find that the foundation is breaking into several little pieces inside the container. What are you going to do?

Ways to Relieve Stress

21 March 2015

It's that time of year again. You're surrounded by deadlines and exam preparation, and you so desperately can't wait until it's all over. Then you can truly find your peace of mind. But why wait until it's all over? You need something in between to tie you over between study breaks. Trust me - I know. Even though it's been a year since I was in my final year of university, I remember ever so clearly how stressful it was. There was so much going on, and so much to do. Here are a couple of ways to help relieve the mind, after a long day of working.

014. The Death Cure

19 March 2015

In the final novel in The Maze Runner series, The Death Cure, the gladers find themselves trying to navigate their way in world surrounded by the Flare and WICKED. The trials are nothing compared to what they face next.

After the slightly disappointing squeal, I had high hopes for The Death Cure. Probably due to the fact that The Scorch Trials continued to build up this story to it's climax. The first half of the book blew my mind. I was amazed at where this novel was going and excited. But somewhere along the way, everything seemed to become chaotic. I felt frustrated towards James Dashner - who although creates intriguing plot lines - focuses way too much on shock value. That is why I believe this novel and The Scorch Trials fall short of what they should be. Though entertaining and thrilling, I knew right of the bat that this concept - an awesome premise - was not properly executed. None-the-less, so worth the read. 

Note: Spoilers ahead. Avoid if you intend on reading The Death Cure. You've been warned.

Songs of my childhood

16 March 2015

I've always found it so amazing how music has the ability to take you back in time to a particular moment in your life - to that very moment - when you truly fell in love with a song. So much can happen in a lifetime, and yet those three minutes of a melody can you transform back 
into that young child you once were. It's always lovely to hear songs from the past. So - in no particular order - let's take a trip down memory lane, and rediscover the long lost songs of our youth!

013. Red Band Society

14 March 2015

Red Band Society is a story about the lives of a group of teenagers living in the paediatric ward at Ocean View Park, struggling with their own issues. Together they form the 'Red Band Society' to stick together through the trouble life throws at them.

When I first heard about this show, I remember feeling reluctant to watch it at all. I felt torn about the way media is - in a way - exploiting stories of children with terminal illness, and almost turning them into a trend of somesort. Since The Fault In Our Stars became so successful, why not capitalise on that by creating something similar. That idea pretty much put me off. But I decided to give it a try, and I'm so glad I did. 
Red Band Society
is a show with so much heart and emotion. It's like My Sister's Keeper meets One Tree Hill. Each character has their own journey and struggling to face, with family and relationship drama added to the mix. The way this show handles addressing cancer and other diseases is powerful. Although it falls short on truly representing characters and storylines at times - which I'll get into later - this show does a good job of representing the teenagers time at the hospital, and bringing attention the social impact illness can have on them. 

Now - Time for spoilers!

The Highlights of The 100 Season 2B

12 March 2015

After the tragedy we faced in season 2A, The 100 came back biting stronger than ever. This season was definitely much more darker and intense than the previous two, knocking them straight out the park. It's crazy how much this show continues to evolve. Season One was child's play compared to all this drama. There were so many moments that really stood out this season on The 100. Here are a favourite few. 

Note: This post contains spoilers, so if you are not currently up-to-date with The 100 - come back later and check it out.

Was Draco Malfoy Truly Unredeemable?

9 March 2015

A couple of months ago, J.K. Rowling released a statement saying that Draco Malfoy was not 'concealing a heart of gold under all that sneering and prejudice' despite what fans of the character may believe. She also described Draco to have 'all the dark glamour of the anti-hero,' which may be the reason why fans gravitate towards him. Now while I respect and admire J.K. Rowling, I have to disagree with the way she describes and views the character of Draco, and here's why.  

I have to confess before being introduced to the world of fanfiction, I never really thought much of Draco Malfoy. The character depicted as a bully, an antagonist. He was cruel and full of sinister in my eyes. I always thought he'd grow up to the ultimate villain. But then one day, a good friend of mine introduced me to Harry Potter fanfiction. These stories - alongside their authors - captured the untapped potential of Draco Malfoy's character. The limited spotlight on his character in the books - from a rather ambiguous third person narrative - gave room for exploration. Draco was such a complex character with so much depth and unresolved tension. That untapped potential did not go unnoticed by fans. Fanfiction did something that J.K. Rowling did not do. It gave Draco a true shot at redemption. In these stories, Draco kept his dark gritty persona and yet evolved. Rather than 'concealing his heart of gold', he began to grow as an individual forming his own moral consciousness  - usually with a little help from Hermione Granger, but that's another story entirely. The journey to retribution itself was interesting watch because it did not come easy. In natural fashion, Draco stumbled along the way between the line of the light and dark, but eventually evolved into a character that sided with moral justice and the light. 

In my personal opinion, I believe it was  easier for Harry to be good because he was destined to be. Plus his family was killed by Voldemort, so of course he would want revenge - to rid the world of the evil that destroyed his family. As for Hermione Granger - the brains of the golden trio - she was fighting to prove herself amongst and against the pureblood community. She needed to stand up to herself, to fight for her survival and her heritage as a muggleborn. Ron on the other hand grew up in a family full of wizards who saw equality amongst all wizards - regardless of their blood. He grew up with that same mentality as well as it was part of his upbringing. But Draco Malfoy was entirely different from any of these character. His situation was so much more complex. Draco grew up in a family, surrounded by pureblood propaganda supremacy . He was taught that muggles and muggleborns were inferior to him. What made him special and important was his pureblood heritage. That meant everything. He grew up surrounded by all these thoughts - day in, day out. His struggle towards the light would be more dire, more troublesome.  But that is what would make the journey so fruitful and intriguing!

Every single character has several dimensions to them. The ability to be good and the ability to be bad. Sure, Draco had a damaging childhood. His entire life had been influenced by principles his parents had taught him. But surely that didn't have to dictate the rest of his life. People can change. Grow. Become more than what they are. J.K. Rowling dismissed the idea that people are complex and not truly one dimensional. Draco was a complex character with so many layers to his soul. There was so much left to be explored. Again this untapped potential did not go unnoticed by fans. Maybe there are some who like the dark villianous character of Draco Malfoy, but I believe the redeemed Draco captured by fanfiction is what drew many fans to come to like the character. That's certainly what happened with me!

So what do you think of Draco Malfoy? 
I'd love to hear more about what you think on this topic!

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Five Life Lessons I learnt at 21

7 March 2015

When you turn a year older, you can't help but reflect on the past year. There were so many incredible things that happened to me when I was 21. I graduated from university with honours, I saw so many bands and artists that I love play live, and I met some pretty awesome people out there too. Throughout that year, I also learnt some very important life lessons that I thought I'd share with you today. I hope you all can find something that you can relate to or connect with. So without further ado, here we go!

012. The Scorch Trials

5 March 2015

Continuing on from The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials jumps straight back into action, as the gladers are ambushed into another adventure. Their task is to stay alive, as they travel across the deadly scorch lands.

I was so excited to read The Scorch Trials after finishing The Maze Runner. I had such high hopes for this novel, but it sadly didn't live up to my expectations. Don't get me wrong, The Scorch Trials is entertaining, and continues to hold mind blogging mysteries that keep you on your the tips of your toes. The stakes are higher than ever, and the pieces of the puzzle are being to ever so slowly fit together. But The Scorch Trials fails to truly reach its true potential. This novel needed a clear sense of direction throughout, and to expand on certain events and storylines. But instead Dashner drags out the mystery further, and puts all faith into the final book of the series, The Death Cure - which I believe will be much more fruitful.

If you haven't read the book yet - skip this review and come back when you have. Trust me you don't want to know anything at all going into this book. The best part about this series is it's mystery - don't spoil it for yourself! So time to talk spoilers ...

The Best Speeches from the Oscars 2015

2 March 2015

The Oscars are known for their recognition on visual storytelling, and for the fashionable attire. It's what journalists and showbiz enthusiasts look forward to every single year. But how many people have been paying attention to what the speakers at the event were saying? Some of the speeches given this year by the winners were absolutely golden. And yet - I haven't heard or seen anything much about them since. So in honour of those incredible speeches from this year's Oscar winners, here's their moment of glory! 

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