Wednesday, July 01, 2020

July 2020


Happy July! Happy new month!

May this new month and second half of 2020 bring many blessings, healing and better days to us all πŸŒΈπŸ’•

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Film Spotlight: A Foreign Affair

Disclosure: I was given access to this film for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.


Photo courtesy of Eureka Entertainment


Recently I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy the classic comedy A Foreign Affair by the celebrated director Billy Wilder. The film is a sophisticated satire starring Jean Arthur, Marlene Dietrich and John Lund, and for the first time it will be released on Blu-ray in the UK on 22nd June 2020, as part of The Masters of Cinema Series from Eureka Entertainment. A Foreign Affair blends an intriguing mixture of romance along with dialogue that crackles with quick wit.

Above (left to right): Jean Arthur, John Lund, Marlene Dietrich
Photo courtesy of Eureka Entertainment


This is the story of an Iowa congresswoman named Phoebe Frost (played by Jean Arthur) who arrives in post war Berlin along with a congressional delegation who have travelled over to investigate the morale of the American troops. She soon crosses paths with a fellow Iowan, Captain John Pringle (played by John Lund). For the sake of distraction, Captain Pringle woos Phoebe in order to keep her from finding out about this affair with Erika von SchlΓΌtow (played by Marlene Dietrich), who is a cabaret singer and the suspected former mistress of a Nazi officer.


Photo courtesy of Eureka Entertainment

I greatly enjoyed this film and I will definitely watch it again. It is oozing with great atmosphere and is an intriguing trip to another time and place!

Photo courtesy of Eureka Entertainment

View a clip from the film here:  https://youtu.be/Hqhp9pGBH_0


1948 | 116 minutes | USA | Comedy / Drama / Romance | B&W

BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
  • 1080p presentation on Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary by film historian Joseph McBride
  • New video piece on the film by critic Kat Ellinger
  • Archival interview with Billy Wilder
  • Theatrical trailer
  • A collector’s booklet featuring new writing by film historian Alexandra Heller-Nicholas; a new essay by critic Richard Combs.

Available to order from:

Amazon https://amzn.to/2K8CYnY 

Eureka Store https://eurekavideo.co.uk/movie/a-foreign-affair/

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Happy Saturday - June 20th 2020



I'm wishing everyone a wonderful Saturday wherever you are!
Stay safe and be well πŸ™πŸ½
🌼🌼🌼🌼🌼🌼🌼🌼🌼🌼

Friday, June 19, 2020

Juneteenth

Today is Juneteenth. 
Please read below to learn more about this day and why it is so important in our history as Black Americans, as well as how it is part of the fabric of American history. 




Sunday, June 14, 2020

The Peaceful Bench

I took this photo quite a few years ago. Whenever I need a peaceful moment, 
I go to this spot in my mind's eye.


It's been a stressful time...days, weeks, months...heck 2020 so far. So much is swirling around all the time that it's hard to come up for air sometimes. I like to keep informed, but I know that I've been watching too much news and reading too much social media, so I've been trying to take a break this weekend. I haven't done so great at it, but I'm working on it in baby steps. 

Losing my sister, Covid-19 and the protests have had me on edge constantly. I've been kind of on autopilot for weeks, but it finally took its toll this past week. When I woke up on Friday it felt like I had been running a marathon in my dreams because I was exhausted and I had just woken up. I made it through the day, but once I finished my work for the day, I got back to my bed as soon as I could. The mind and body can only take so much and I got that message loud and clear. 

So I'm going to sit on my peaceful bench in my mind's eye and enjoy :)

Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Product Spotlight - Nakin Natural Anti-Ageing Lip Treatment Balm

Disclosure: I was gifted this product in return for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

The last couple of months have been eventful to say the least. The pandemic has been a huge adjustment for us all. We’ve all been adapting to a “new normal” and we’ve been faced with figuring how to do a lot from home. One thing that this time has shown me is the value in taking care of ourselves. Self-care is something that I’ve not been great at for so long, but now I’m getting onboard with it because I’m realizing just how important it is. Even though I’ve been working from home, I still find that I’ve been having more time to “be” with myself. It took me a while, but since I’ve been in less of a rush during quarantine, I’ve realized just how much I’ve not been taking time for myself. I’ve learned my lesson now and I think that this will stick even when things are more “normal” again, although I don’t think that “normal” will quite be normal ever again, but I digress 😊


Therefore, I’ve been using a few products as I commit to taking better care of myself. One of the products that I love is Nakin Natural Anti-Ageing Lip Treatment Balm. Recently, I've had the opportunity to try this out and it’s been really great. I tend to have dry lips sometimes and this has worked very well. The consistency of this lip treatment balm is nice and soothing.

This is a great lip conditioner from Nakin's high-performance range. Created with an active complex of shea, mint, argan and baobab oil to flood lips with nutrients and hydration.

Nakin Natural Anti-Ageing Lip Treatment Balm contains: 

Mint - which stimulates the circulation under the skin to plump lips

Baobab Oil   - which delivers hydration and superb protection from the environment

Shea Butter – which is a natural salve made of fats that provide healing and softening

Argan Kernel Oil - provides skin protection, healing and soothing from the Triterpenoids that occur in it

Other reasons to love this lip balm:
  • 100% natural  
  • Free from preservatives, synthetic ingredients, petrolatum and mineral oil 
  • It’s an anti-ageing lip balm, a vegetarian lip balm and a cruelty-free lip balm  
  • It’s also wheat free and gluten free  


Nakin Natural Anti-Ageing Lip Treatment Balm is also a 2020 Beauty Shortlist Award winner, along with five other products from their range.

This is a great product and it’s a welcome addition to my beauty regimen.

If you’d like to try it for yourself, please visit their site here.