Finding the Right Pair of Glasses

So I went to the Opticians recently…and well it had been a while, the last time I remember going was when I was a child hahaha. And guess what? I apparently have an astigmatism (one eye is the shape of a rugby ball or something like that) and one eye is higher than the other (ooh what a catch). And what does all this mean? Yes, I need glasses.

I then made it my mission to go glasses shopping, of course, Charlotte and I had to call in on all our usual shops like Topshop, Waterstones et cetera, so the actual amount of glasses shopping we actually did was quite minimal. But I quickly came to 2 conclusions, 1 I look really nerdy in glasses and 2 why are they all so freaking expensive? (I naturally gravitate towards luxury aka designer brands, Hello Chanel and Gucci!).

Enter Ace & Tate, I found this brand while scrolling through Instagram, and given my current predicament, I was rather curious. Ace & Tate are based in the Netherlands and have a range of cool modern glasses (and sunglasses) that are a fraction of the price of most glasses you can get from your local opticians! And what is also fantastic is that you can pick 4 frames to try on at home free of charge. Here are my picks…

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Neil in Satin Gold

Pierce in Fizz

Morris in Fizz

Jay in Satin Gold

And here is how they look on…

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I think the whole idea of a at-home-try-on is such a good idea as you can ask friends and family for their opinions, you don’t feel as self-conscious as you would in a shop trying them on and the lighting isn’t as harsh either! Also, you can bust out a few selfies for good measure!

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After some deliberating, I think the pair I’m going to order is no.1 Neil in Satin Gold. So the next step is to send back these try-on frames and place my order 

Thanks Ace & Tate for making this process a little easier (and for not breaking the bank either!)

Vlog: Isle of Dogs Exhibition in London

Follow us to the Isle of Dogs Exhibition in London at The Store X! The exhibition features 17 original handmade sets complete with some of the 1097 puppets that were used in the film!

This was our first vlog ever!! We are totally amateurs at this but I found it so fun to film, perhaps that’s because I am someone who loves movies and the way they are shot. I’m looking to do more vlogs in the future so that I can improve my Filming and Editing skills so stay tuned.

Anyway, it would be great to get a little feedback in the comments section to let us know what you thought of the video!

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Klairs Supple Preparation Unscented Toner Review

Wishtrend kindly sent me the new Klairs Supple Preparation Unscented Toner to try, and it couldn’t have come at a better time! I had just used up the last of my La Roche Posay Toner and had started using an Etude House Toner that seemed to be making my skin worse!!!

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But, my Skin Care prayers were answered in the form of this very gentle and Unscented Toner from Klairs. This toner nourishes your skin without leaving it tight and it has no scent to irritate your skin (especially important for all the sensitive skin beauties out there!!).

I feel like the Wishtrend team are my beauty Guardian Angels as they always seem to release products at exactly the right time that solve all my skincare woes!!!

Music I’m Loving Right Now Vol I – Dean & DPR Live

Currently, I am listening to these two Korean Artists (DEAN and DPR Live) pretty much non-stop, so I thought I would make a playlist and share them with you as they are really awesome. I don’t really know how to describe their genre so I’m going to say that it’s Chilled Out Electronic R&B and Hip-Hop.

And of course, I am totally in love with Bigbang’s last single before they go on hiatus due to their respective military duties. Flower Road is the perfect farewell track that also promises a great comeback! 

Check out my other Playlist Posts

And if you know of any musicians with a similar vibe to Dean and DPR Live drop me a recommendation in the comments section!!!

First Book Haul of 2018 + Why I Love International Literature So Much

Check out our first Book Haul of 2018!! I am an avid reader so this haul should be no surprise but I think I may have convinced Charlotte to take reading up as a hobby too.

The First (of many) Book Haul of 2018

Why I Love International Literature So Much

As someone who loves international Cinema and TV Shows I probably watch more foreign language content than I do English. And it’s suffice to say that that has also influenced my reading too as I am a massive fan of Japanese and Korean literature. Murakami fast became a favourite author (Check out Sputnik SweetheartNorwegian Wood they were the two books that started my journey into Japanese Lit) as did Han Kang (The Vegetarian is one of the most interesting novels I’ve ever read). And I love the prose of Hiromi Kawakami’s The Nakano Thrift Shop which is a charming slice of life novel.

So it should come as no surprise that Sweet Bean Paste and The Travelling Cat Chronicles were in this haul. While we are on the subject of The Travelling Cat Chronicles, I found out after I bought it that they are doing a film adaptation this year with Sota Fukushi who is one of my favourite Japanese actors since I watched I’m Taking the Day Off (which to this day and after several re-watchings is still one of my favourite dramas). So that has made my interest in this novel increase tenfold and I will probably be picking it up very soon.

My interest in A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary For Lovers came about when I was browsing for books on Goodreads and the premise sounded rather interesting and has unique format and writing style when you consider that the very structure of the writing shows the characters progress with the English language. As I’ve read a whole lot of Korean and Japanese Literature I was intrigued by this book by Chinese author Xiaolu Guo as it’s her first book written in English. So I’m intrigued to read the story as it probably has parallels to the authors own journey as she immigrated to England in her late 20’s. This then gives the story so much more of an authentic feel which I guess is what I love about international literature, you get to be transported into different cultures and explore then from a native’s point of view which is so much more genuine.

Let me know in the comments section whether you’ve read any of the titles we mentioned in the book haul or any of the ones that I mentioned in this mini essay of sorts.

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Study Hard

As you all may know I am currently studying French as part of my degree and it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to learn. Throughout school I just kind of coasted through all my subjects, I was lucky enough to not have to try very hard. Regrettably, this meant that I didn’t try hard and while I came out with really good grades, if I had applied myself then I could have come out with exceptional grades instead. This hindsight came a little too late but I guess I’m making up for it now. Half of my degree is in English Literature which comes very easily to me because I love reading and analysing things but learning a whole new language is infinitely complex. So now I’ve got the chance to prove to myself that I can put the effort in and study hard so that I can achieve something rather wonderful…I have the chance to learn a new language that will open up so many new doors for me, both personally and professionally.

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HOW TO STUDY HARD

Find the motivation – what will make you keep going even when it feels like your getting nowhere? If you have something worth striving for then you’ll keep at it.

Get some Coffee (or Matcha if you’ve been drinking to much coffee recently) – Energy is always needed on long hard days of studying. (Especially in the winter!!)

Take a Break – For every hour of studying take 15 to 20 mins to recharge so that you can stay focused on the task and not feel like it’s all blurring into one humungous pile of confusion.

Write don’t Type – As writing on paper takes more concentration than typing your more likely to remember your taking notes on – plus it gives you the chance to use all those funky notepads you’ve bought and never used.

Repeat – Repetition is key, it’s how we form habits and remember so, keep repeating and you’ll find it easier to study hard and you’ll actually remember what you’re studying.

Try out my new fave Matcha Tea from Teapigs

Trust Yourself

Having Trust in yourself is one of the hardest but most important challenges anyone experiences in life. Without that fundamental trust in yourself, how can you learn to trust another or, know your self-worth or even know where you’re going in life.

For most of my life, I have been crippled by an overbearing shyness. I am still rather shy now, but I have come a long way. At school, I had a few “friends” but I didn’t really feel like I could be myself around them, of course, teenagers go through Identity crises and what not but it also didn’t help that I simultaneously suffered from depression. The concoction of out of balance hormones and emotions really tested me, I hated the way I looked, I thought for many years that I was the ugliest girl in the world and that I was undeserving of love etc. Of course, this was all utter rubbish that my mind was feeding me but I believed it for many many years. It’s strange how your thoughts can trap you quite easily, it feels like because it’s your voice in your head that it must be the truth…

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Slowly over many years I found myself balancing out, yes some days are always going to be darker and tougher than others but when you get the point of equilibrium it really is an achievement. For me, that was 2 years ago. After 7 years of feeling lost, I could finally look at myself in the mirror and tell myself that I was okay, that life is a gift and that it really does get better. To get to this point took a long time and while I regret that I lost 7 years of my life to feeling miserable and out of place in the world, I have come out the other side stronger and more determined to forge a life I want to lead. Funnily enough one of the things that helped me gain perspective in my life was this very blog, it was in finding a routine to create content that gave me a focus. I also listened (and still do) to Zen Buddhism podcasts, they helped me ground my mind and focus on the here and now which is such an important thing to master if you want to become positive and content with your life.

So what does my life look like now? 2 years after hitting my equilibrium moment I have started a degree in English Literature and French, this little Blog  will turn 3 years old this year, we have a youtube channel, I’ve started yoga again and I’ve rekindled my love for reading. While some things have changed, some things haven’t, I’m yet to have a relationship, I haven’t moved out into my own home and I am not pursuing my passions as a career yet. But while I sometimes worry that my life is unfolding far too fast, I have hope that if I work hard and trust in myself and my journey then things will fall into place.

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Korean Cinema – 올드보이 (Oldboy)

Park Chan Wook’s most famous film Oldboy is an epic tale of revenge, it was adapted from the Japanese manga of the same name. The film follows a man imprisoned for 15 years until he is released seemingly unexpectedly one day and his path to vengeance.

Park Chan Wook is a very visual director, his films are so immersive and beautifully shot. In Oldboy, the juxtaposition of ultra-violence with smaller more tender moments makes the film a rather emotional affair. It’s a movie not for the faint-hearted as the violence is rather graphic and the shock Oedipal twist is rather demented.

Park himself hinted that he was very much inspired by Sophocles’ tragedy Oedipus Rex. He gave his protagonist the name Oh Dae-su to be evocative of the incestuous King and elevated antagonist Woo-jin through a rather striking and preternatural yoga pose which was designed to represent Apollo, the god that gave Oedipus the prophecy. Moreover, the fact that Woo-jin guided most of the events in the film and lived in a swanky high tech penthouse (a metaphor for Olympus) only furthered that image of Godlike power over Dae-su the lowly mortal man unable to fight against the guiding hand of fate. It’s rather intriguing to view the film as a modern take on the Greek Tragedy as it adds a whole layer of meaning to the already complex and intriguing storyline.

Park Chan Wook is undeniably one of the greatest filmmakers in modern cinema whose work only goes from strength to strength. I am currently working my way through his filmography, so far I have seen (in order) Stoker, I’m a Cyborg but that’s OK, The Handmaiden, Thirst and now Oldboy. Chan Wook’s trademark violence, lush cinematography and wit really is an intriguing combination that’s hard to find elsewhere in Cinema.