Tuesday, 21 June 2011

bridesmaids, bloggers and bodean's

What do you get when you make 12 female bloggers watch a hilarious new female comedy?

A shit load of laughs is what.

Fellow blogger, Poppy D asked a bunch of us to mosey on down to Universal HQ (I know, right?!) for a special preview screening of the new hit comedy Bridesmaids. And naturally, we were all tres excited.. There was me, ElizaAmy, Nat, Mel, Olivia, Jenny, Ruth, Lorraine, Alexandra, Gemma and of course, Poppy.

The film was ruddy brilliant. I laughed so hard I could've peed myself had it not been for my impressive bladder of steel. But there's been a serious amount of hype surrounding this film, and for me it was touch and go as to whether or not it would be a super let down or exceedingly good (Mr.Kipling style).

It was the latter.

Unlike every other chick flick and rom-com out there, Bridesmaids is crass, clever, witty, blunt and sarcastic. It had cringe, it had slapstick, it was desperately honest. It's expertly written, hilariously composed, and perfectly acted (Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph are simply outstanding).

Intrigued? Here's the plot (no spoilers!):

Annie (Kristen Wiig) is the maid of (dis)honour to childhood best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph), and a group of "colourful" bridesmaids. The film follows Annie's attempts to bluff her way through the wedding, whilst being constantly upstaged by Lillian's new best friend, Helen (Rose Byrne), who happens to be stunning, effortlessly chic, sophisticated and successful. Everything that Annie's not. And thus, hilarity ensues (my favourite scene is the bridal shower...)

But that's all I'm gonna tell you, because the film comes out tomorrow, and you must go and see it. I reiterate: it's bloody brilliant.

So after the film, we walked around for approximately five hours and ended up in Bodean's BBQ, where we ate, drank and chatted about hickory sauce, policemen and bridesmaids. And after you've seen Bridesmaids - you'll want nothing more than to hang out with your girlfriends too..

Sunday, 5 June 2011

DIY newspaper nails

After a night out with friends I had an epiphany, involving a glass of vino and an attempt to make a newspaper hat. After knocking over the wine and mopping it up with the newspaper, I noticed some of the text had imprinted on my nails.

So I decided to replicate the happy accident this afternoon. I used a copy of Stylist (but you could use any print material as long as the page hasn't been treated, ie no glossy magazines), Fing'rs white nail polish, Sally Hansen Mega Shine and a mini bottle of vodka (I had no vino).

After using Sally Hansen Hard as Nails, I applied about four coats of Fing'rs white nail polish.

I then soaked sections of the Stylist magazine in the vodka (but you can use any type of alcohol I'm sure), and pressed them face down on my nails. I kept pushing down, making sure the entire nail is covered until it began to dry. But don't leave it too long because otherwise the paper starts to stick to the nail (but it has inspired me to make collage nails..). I also arranged the text at all angles to make it look a bit funkier.

And here's the end result! My very own attempt at nail decals. In these photos I still hadn't removed all the excess nail polish from the skin around my nails, so ignore the mess.

I think they look cute, what do you reckon? They're super cheap to do, and it's a great way to recycle your old newspapers..