Saturday, November 23, 2013

Spoiler Free Catching Fire Review

Yesterday (Friday) I had a "make up day" for school... did that stop me from going to see The Hunger Games: Catching Fire? Absolutely NOT! 

As far as book to movie adaptations go, this is phenomenal. It is phenomenal on its own, of course, but especially for an adaptations.
Fans of the book will not be disappointed.
As always, there were some things from the book left out and a little flexibility with the timeline of things but all in all, it stayed very close to the book. The actors dialogue was expertly lifted off the pages of the book   word for word. 
The acting was incredible. The main players (Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, etc.) were of course, fantastic. But it was Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket and Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair who really stood out for me. I think its because we see so much character development from them in this movie. They both seem like they are these simple, prissy, one dimensional characters, and then they surprise you.  They could not have picked a better person to play Effie, Elizabeth Banks just pulls it off beautifully. As far as Finnick goes, he is not exactly what I pictured in my head (looks or acting wise) but I still believed this character as Finnick. Sam Claflin did a great job of taking on this role and making it is own, especially with so many people up in arms about who was to play Finnick. 
The cinematography was spot on.
Even with the change of directors, this movie flows very smoothly from the first film. If I hadn't known before I wrote this that this film had different directors, I really would not have noticed. 
The pacing of the movie was also really nice.  You hardly have time to process things that happen before something else is going on. Usually I wouldn't like that as much, but it works for this because it helps us get into Katniss' head. That is exactly what is happening and it really sells the story line.

All in all, I give this movie 4.5 out of 5 stars. 

I would love to say more but I don't want to give anything away.
Fans of the book, Go see it now! 
Fans of the first movie, Go see it now!
Already seen it? Go see it again!

Stay Beautiful,

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Totally Toned: Workout Week One

First official week of my #TotallyToned series! 
So how did I fare on my first week of Barre and Yoga?

Monday: Free Full Length 30 Minute Ballet Workout - Finished very sweaty and feeling great! I was out of breath during most of it but not like I was running. Which I liked :) 
Eventually I would like to be as graceful as her and be able to lift my legs as high!!

Tuesday: Heavenly Hips- Well I was a little worried about todays workout and with good reason! It was a 60 minute intermediate yoga workout! I'm not very good at working out for over 30 minutes anyway and holding poses doesn't make that easier! Doing yoga I've realized I have very little upper body strength! I did this workout for about 20 minutes, got discouraged then skipped to the. end stretches. Next time around my goal is just to finish the workout!

Wednesday- Saturday: As luck would have it, I got sick this week! I'm totally planning on continuing with week 2 again next week though So... stay tuned. 

How did you do this week?

Stay Beautiful,

Friday, November 15, 2013

Bad Press Is Indeed Good Press... Wait, What?!

So... I saw an article today top albums of the week (or something like that, I was just glancing) and I saw something that kind of irritated me. 
What's irritating about whats popular in music? you may ask... or 
you may be thinking, "ugh, you're such a hipster". 
But I promise, I'm not a hipster (and yes, I know thats what all the hipsters say... but really, usually I like/love top 40 hits, popular movies and the like... even after they're considered cool).
But back to the point...
what made me mad was the person that was in the top 10 (currently 12).
I'm not going to name the person because I don't want to give her even more publicity but, if your curious and can't figure out who I am talking about just look up the Billboard Top 200 for this week.
It irritates me that bad press is good press.
Someone can do a hoard of inappropriate, gross, and/or "offensive" things and somehow they are suddenly the most interesting person in the world.
I feel like in this day and age scandals are only truly scandals if they happen to politicians. To celebrities, scandals just make you more popular.
Whats wrong with that?
We all make mistakes, don't we? 
Yes. Of course we all make mistakes and we shouldn't be forced to pay for them our entire life. 
But supporting these albums/songs/etc from people who have very recently done offensive things, it just reiterates the idea that not only is it okay to be offensive and inappropriate but that its desirable. Because if you create a scandal, even multiple scandals you will make even more money because people now find you just so much more interesting. 
I'm sorry. Is it such a bad thing for me to wish that the majority of people would support the ones that are trying to make it without totally loosing their innocence or at least realizing that they are a ROLE MODEL. 
Is it wrong of me to think we should be supporting people because of their merit and not because of how many shocking things they can do in a couple of months. 

Hope you enjoyed my rant.
I just needed to get that out.
How do you feel about this?

Stay Beautiful,

Monday, November 11, 2013

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Friday, November 8, 2013

My New Fitness Routine!

Hello there! 

So... as I've been thinking of blog ideas to help me get back in the habit of blogging, I've been thinking about doing some "journey" type posts where I take you along on my journeys of learning things or accomplishing things and the like... 
As you may have guessed most of these will be on my newlywed blog since they are more geared toward the house-wifery type stuff that I write on there (It's more than that too, I promise ;) ) 
However, my first "journey" series actually belongs on this blog.
Can you guess what it is?
Come on, you know this one.....

That's right:
My Fitness Journey! (#TotallyToned)

I'm very excited about this, as you all know I've had some issues with keeping active/healthy. So, I figure by making sure I blog about it at least once every two weeks (I'd like to do once a week) then I will keep myself in line. 
Also, this may be different than other Fitness Journey's that you have read because I will most likely not be taking "before" and "after" pictures. This is for two reasons: One- I'm not trying to loose weight and Two: the only way you'd be able to tell in a picture the changes is if I was in a bikini or something and I don't want to put pictures like that online. That is for my hubby's eyes only people! ;) 
So... since I am trying to tone, sculpt, get stronger, and just generally become healthier this will be more about how I am doing and how it is making me feel rather than "I lost x amount of pounds/inches/ whatever this week"
Also, I'm thinking about doing some other things pertaining to this fitness journey like healthy food/snack options, fit fashions, etc. 
Super long intro! Oops! So, further ado I have Included My Fitness Routine Below (w/ links)
It is all Barre and Yoga! I'm so excited!
 Beware: These workouts vary in length and intensity! 
*Also, this is split up in to two weeks but, I'm planning on just repeating until this all becomes super easy, then I'll switch it up*
Week One:
-          Cardio-Barre:
-          Flexibility- Yoga
o   HeavenlyHips (
-          Sculpt/Tone- Barre
-          Strength-Yoga
-          Cardio- Barre
-          Strength and Flexibility- Yoga
o   Beginners’Yoga for Leg Strength (

Sunday- REST

Week Two:
-          Cardio-Barre
o   CardioDance Sculpt (YouTube)
-          Flexibility- Yoga
o   Breath,Balance and Twists (
-          Sculpt/Tone- Barre
o    Floor Barre OR Ballet Body Sculpt (YouTube)
-          Strength-Yoga
o   BodaciousBooty (
-          Cardio- Barre-
-          Strength and Flexibility- Yoga
Sunday- REST
 I'm very excited to start this. I started this program today (and it kicked my booty!) but, I'll start documenting on Monday!
Hope you'll join me, let me know in the comments below! :) 

Stay Beautiful,