Ah, Logan. The Wolverine. One of my favorite childhood memories is when my siblings and I were all playing an X-Men game on the Playstation one afternoon. X-Men was the first superhero franchise to hit the big screens back in 2000. Hugh Jackman's portrayal of the iconic mutant was a huge success from the offset. With an already established comic book fan base, Jackman's portrayal only elevated the characters popularity in the world of Pop Culture, whilst launching Hugh Jackman's Hollywood career in the process.

LOGAN is the third and final Wolverine stand-alone film. The first two weren't exactly award-winning and critically acclaimed, but the loyalty of the fans and the popularity of the character allowed the studio to finish the trilogy. And thank god they did.

LOGAN is the most personal, intimate, tragic and heart-felt X-Men film to ever grace our screens. We have seen Logan at his strongest, at his wildest - this character has appeared in almost of all of the X-Men films, (sometimes only having a one-line cameo) allowing us to see him in various situations and states. This final film, however, shows us an entirely new side to Logan. He is old, and he is vulnerable.

  • The first ever R-rated X-Men movie

When Deadpool was released, there was a lot of talk about R-rated films within the Superhero genre. There has always been an audience for R-rated films, but most studios would consider making a superhero film R-rated to be too risky - understandable when you consider how many kids are part of the fanbase. Choosing to make an R-rated film is a risk because you do loose a large chunk of the audience, especially when the central character has already established him/herself on screen beforehand like Wolverine. That being said, with the huge success of Deadpool & Marvel's Netflix hit Daredevil, we now know that making such a decision isn't that risky after all. 

Choosing to make a film R-rated instead of the general PG-13 opens up lots of doors in terms of dialogue & character development. Like many others, my main concern was that the rating would allow a hideous amount of violence to be shown on screen. There is an important question you have to ask yourself when seeing a violent, bloody film: is the violence being glamorized?
 In this case, it definitely is not. The audience's response to some of Wolverine's actions were gasps and horror, not cheers and hell yeahs! Violence in superhero films is something that I find quite fascinating, a superhero film can have both glamorized/glorified fights scenes and non-glorified fight scenes. In LOGAN, having that rating made sense: This is Wolverine we're talking about here. Wild, slightly unhinged and dangerous. There were some truly gruesome shots in this film and a fair share of swearing - but not so much that is was overpowering.

  • A personal and human touch to the trilogy

This film has a completely different tone to any other X-Men or Wolverine film. Partly because of the R-rating, but also because of the plot. It's a rather straightforward story, which makes the film more character-driven than action-driven. Instead of focusing on mutants and their god-like powers, we see the humanity, the mundane actions of the characters that are so often neglected on screen.
 It doesn't matter how much action you cram into a film, what fans crave the most is good dialogue.
Sometimes all we need is a dinner sequence in which the characters interact with one other instead of constant fighting. LOGAN offers us a deeper insight into his character: it's tragic and moving in ways that we simply haven't experienced in previous films. It's also a chance to see the relationship between Logan & Charles Xavier: reflecting on how much their friendship has grown since the 1st X-Men film - it's heartbreaking yet beautiful.
  • The rise of the low-budget blockbuster

Another topic I wanted to expand on in this review: it's no secret that big budget film  critical & financial success. We've seen it time and time again, studios pouring money and big names into a film, expecting it to be the recipe for success when it simply isn't. Having a big budget does not guarantee a film's success. It helps in the art direction sense as it opens lots of doors that smaller budgets simply can not do. It's incredible to see how many directors are foregoing green screens and CGI for real sets and locations. The problem with the over-use of CGI is that it can make a film appear dated in a matter of years. The Avengers, which came out in 2012, has a very heavy CGI alien battle sequence that already appears dated because of how much CGI has improved since. 

LOGAN is a low budget film: there is very little CGI, unlike X-Men Apocalypse or Days Of Future Past. There is no huge out-of-this-world green screen action sequences - it feels more realistic and believable. It's a journey in both the literal sense: a road trip to Eden - and a psychological journey for Logan. The strength of this film relies on the script and the characters, a perfect blend that gives the Wolverine franchise an end we can be immensely proud of. 
  • MINOR SPOILER ALERT: theories, 4th wall breaking and the future of the X-Men franchise
Please do not read this unless you want to be spoiled!

First of all, I want to discuss the breaking of the 4th wall in this film. Unlike Deadpool, the breaking of this wall is subtle and contributes to the plot: Logan holding an X-Men comic book, a child holding a Wolverine X-Men figurine in the final moments of the film - so subtle that they can only loosely be considered as such.

Now to talk about the timeline - if you've seen all the X-Men films, you'll know that the timeline was reset in Days Of Future Past : Logan's mind was sent back in time, stopping something that would have eventually caused the end of mutant kind in the future. This film ultimately allowed the X-Men cinematic universe to reboot itself without actually rebooting itself. So, in this sense, anything that happened during X-Men 1, 2 & 3 is now inconsequential.

 However - in LOGAN, it doesn't explicitly state which timeline they're in - the original timeline (post X-Men 1,2,3 + the Wolverine franchise) or the new timeline set forth since Days Of Future Past ( DOFPX-Men Apocalypse onwards) Yet, there are a few elements which may suggest it's part of the original timeline, therefore there is another timeline (the newly established one) in which everything that happens in Logan may not happen at all. Still following me?

So following that previous mind-boggling topic, there could potentially still be a chance for a Wolverine/Deadpool crossover film if Hugh Jackman is willing. Not only because LOGAN was set in 2029, but because of the new timeline, things could be a going a little different for Logan. I, for one, hope so.

Now to finish this review, have a listen to some of Henry Jackman's music from the X-Men franchise. You won't regret it.

The lovely Rebecca from Petite Style Diaries has challenged me to share some little facts about myself on here! She wrote a great article with some facts about herself, and talked about how we can be so inspired by other bloggers we follow, who we naturally want to learn more about.

Although I post regularly on Instagram and am no stranger to Twitter or Snapchat, I realized that many of my followers don't know much about me at all. Social Media is a great tool to learn more about other people's lives, but (and everyone is aware about this by now) social media itself is a filter, and a pretty darn good one.

There is an unspoken desire to share the very best versions of ourselves. Social media allows us to showcase the highlights of our day, glossing-over the less glamorous aspects of ours lives. We have to remind ourselves that a profile does not reflect someone's real-life or happiness. But- it's a great platform to illustrate your life in an arty way, and there is no shame in being proud of what content you put out there, but you should always be aware that people are much more than their Instagram profile.

I for one post pictures of me out and about, hanging with friends or looking dressed up, when in real-life I'm in my pyjamas 70% of the time, eating peanut butter out of a jar with a spoon and watching Supernatural for the 100th time.

Despite the downside, social media is pretty awesome. I can see what my favorite people are up to, I can keep in touch with my friends, support their work and projects, and I can get inspired.

I wouldn't be where I am today without social media. I've met many good blogger friends online, some of whom I have now met in person. People who have supported me for years and continue to do so, who have inspired me in so many ways. All you lovely bloggers who regularly comment on our blog, I hope you realize how much your support means to us. There is such a lovely blogging community out there and having that small space online where I can engage with them is just a wonderful thing. Here's to bloggers supporting bloggers <3

Now, back to the subject at hand: here are some fun facts about myself.

Where do you come from? 

I was born in a busy town in North London. My childhood was 'normal' until the age of 7, when I moved to the rural French countryside with my family. I lived there until the age of 21, when, after graduating from University, I moved back to the UK in pursuit of work and adventure.
All of my education has been in French, except for one Uni semester in 2015, when I was accepted into an International Exchange Program in Canada: I studied in my native language for the very first time at the age of 20.

What inspired you to start blogging? 

Summer & I have always enjoyed 'dressing up'. We grew up in a very rural area- As we grew out of playing in the garden and building cabins in the forest, we began to find new ways to entertain ourselves.
We used to spend afternoons trying on outfits, makeup, hair styles, taking terrible pictures, all to keep busy. And we loved it. Discovering platforms such as Lookbook or Bloglovin' was life-changing, in the sense that we felt like we found something we could contribute to. So that's when it all began, at the tender age of 14-15.

What gets you down? 

I originally intended to post a detailed answer to this question, but, I decided against it as it was just too gloomy! The thing that gets me down the most in life is hopelessness, and those ''what-is-the-point'' thoughts. As someone who tends to question and over-analyse everything, alot of things tend to bring me down. 

What music do you listen to?

As I've grown older, my musical taste has turned almost completely towards instrumental music, with movie scores being the main focus. John Williams, Danny Elfman, Henry Jackman, Michael Giacchino, Ramin Djawadi, Junkie XL- though my all time favorites are Howard Shore and Hans Zimmer. 
The Lord Of The Rings score will always inspire me more than anything else, it means so much to me.
I do listen to some artists however, my favorites being Florence + The Machine, Lana Del Rey & Enya.

Favorite movie scores and soundtracks: 
Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit trilogies 
Pirates of the Caribbean  
Guardians of the Galaxy
Mad Max: Fury Road - Brothers In arms
Shrek 2

Top 10 favorite films?

I could quote so many films here. Films are my favorite art form. I would not be who I am today without them. (keep in mind you're listening to a film studies grad here- the list is not long enough!)

Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 1
A Knight's Tale
Harry Potter: all of them
Mad Max: Fury Road
10 Things I Hate About You
The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

I think I should point out that just because these are my favorite films, it doesn't mean they're the best ones I've seen. Some of the best films I've seen, from a film student point of view, are: 

Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers
Forrest Gump
The Dark Knight 
Wolf of Wall Street

Top 10 favorite TV shows?
This is a tough one: I originally only listed 5 but it just wasn't enough! 

The Flash/Supergirl (it's a tie)
Stranger Things
Penny Dreadful
The Walking Dead
Peaky Blinders
Once Upon a Time
Game of Thrones

Favorite books/book series?

The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
A Song of Ice and Fire (GoT) by George R.R Martin
Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan
Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
Harry Potter books by J.K Rowling

Dream job? 
Screen-Writer & blogger

Favorite food? 
Peanut Butter

3 unexpected facts about myself: 

  • My nose has been broken multiple times. A giant chunk of ice accidentally shoveled into my face in Lapland when I was about 7 did the most damage. (a good story though, right?)

  • I have 2 scars: one involved a rat and cheesy crisps crumbs, the other involved an a rather sharp metal door snib.

  • I unintentionally shut down an entire hotel resort in Florida when I was about 7 after I wandered off onto the beach to join my parents, having not told my grand-parents where I was going. (I thought I told my Granddad but it turns out he was asleep with his sunglasses on). 

So there you have it! Some fun facts about my life so far. Not sure how many people will be interested in reading this, but if you made it this far, thankyou!

Holly x

I'd like to think spring has finally sprung, yet as I type this there are gusts of wind rattling the tree branches outside the window - hopefully this will be the final cold snap of the year! We had beautiful weather in London one Thursday afternoon, so I dusted off one of my (many) light jackets in the wardrobe.

 I haven't had the chance to wear this jacket as I bought it in autumn last year, so I only managed to wear it a few times before it became weather inappropriate. It's one of my few impulse buys, I tried it on once in the shop and bought it straight away, which is very unlike me as I usually ponder over something for weeks before purchasing it! I've always loved the biker style jackets: the collar, the lapels and zip details. This is the only one I own that has a belt too, making it perfect for the chilly evenings or when it gets a little breezy. The colour is beautiful and different from most outerwear pieces, I don't even know which shade you would define it as. Tawny brown maybe?

It was my first time wearing these polka dot culottes which I borrowed from Holly. The material is very light so it's definitely more suited for the warmer seasons of the year. As you can tell there is so much fabric which made it a little tricky to shoot, I really had to 'pop' my hip out just to show the fact that they were culottes and not a skirt! 

These ones from Topshop fail to show my shape unlike the others I own. They are more of a mid-rise than a high-rise on me, which was fine but it made my stomach look a little unflattering in some shots, just because of the fabric and the fit. I would also be careful of the print in pictures!

I love transitional pieces. Culottes, midi dresses and skirts - perfect for Spring & Autumn. The lengths are ideal for those in-between temperatures, when it's chilly in the early mornings and evenings yet warm in the afternoons. This colour palette is definitely more autumnal than springy, because of the earth tone of the jacket. To make it a little more spring-like, I would probably wear a bright coloured piece, like bright boots or a bag. 

These pictures were taken the day before we left for home for the weekend. We were expecting to  just wander around Soho and shoot a few outfit pictures, instead we ended up walking all around London, from Oxford Street to Westminster, to Southbank and Leicester Square. 

After unsuccessfully finding a quiet spot for pictures (shocker), I noticed a little sign on the street. Roman Bath , Down Steps Turn Right. That street clearly knew exactly how to get my attention. Holly & I walked through a little tunnel that led onto the perfect quiet, isolated street. We shot these pictures whilst someone in a nearby room practiced the flute, and just as we were about to leave, a pianist began playing the City Of Stars melody from another nearby building.

We were lucky enough to spend our birthday back home in France which made me insanely happy. Despite air traffic controllers going on strike and our initial flight being cancelled, we eventually landed back on french soil, albeit a day later than expected. 
I desperately needed a change of scenery - empty fields that stretched to the horizon, birds singing to each other across the wide, open space, and the sun so bright I couldn't stop squinting. I spent my birthday week-end with my family, catching up and doing average, mundane things. Going on a walk through the woods with Bandit, watching Guardians Of The Galaxy and enjoying a delicious meal at our favourite restaurant. It was exactly what I needed.

Summer wears:

Zara biker jacket
Zara polka dot culottes
Zara 3/4 sleeve black blouse
Zara bag
Vagabond Marja ankle boots

Bold red lip, hair up and face exposed - what's going on here then?
I have always, without fail, worn my curls down on a day out. If you look back on our blog posts from the last 4-5 years, I guarantee that you won't find one single picture of me with my hair up. I've always been self-conscious of my rounded shoulders and not-so-perfect posture, the result of being tall and shy as a young teenager. The thought of having my face fully exposed would've terrified 15 year old me, what with my Hobbit ears, broken nose and poor skin. Yet, here I am, showing those ears off to the world with a slap of shocking red lipstick. 
As I've reached my 22nd year, I've found myself trying out new things, big and small. Taking control. Grabbing on to that worry and anxiety and throwing it into the fire, breaking those restrictive chains that held me one step back, illuminating the things that I once hated but have grown to accept. 
I've been making a real effort to try out new things and stick to them. I've been successfully practicing yoga for nearly 4 months, I've been eating 3 proper meals a day, trying out different food, being more sociable and meeting with people, and pushing myself to work hard on everything I do.
Maybe it's the arrival of spring that's bought on this sudden surge of positivity. The season of growth and rebirth, a time to plant small seeds of change ready for future plans. We have a lot of exciting things planned for this year, and I cannot wait!
We must've walked half of London on the day we shot these pictures. 2 days before our 22nd birthday, we got on the train, not the faintest idea of where we were going. 
The universe gave us a beautiful, sunny, clear day. It was fairly warm, hot enough for me to remove my coat whilst walking through St James' Park in the sunshine. The flowers are finally blooming, providing some much needed color into our lives.

I had made my mind up the previous evening, as I began to prep my hair for the night: screw-it, let's put it up tomorrow. That Thursday morning, I french-braided my hair on either side, then with Summer's help (after searching the entire house for the vanishing bobby-pins), clipped the braids into place. Summer had also been pestering me to wear the red lipstick out, so with my already out-of-character hair-style I thought I might as well get that lippy on too. 

I bought the cropped black jumper from & Other Stories, my first ever clothing purchase from there. I had been looking for one like it forever, a piece which would perfectly match my many high-waisted/a-line skirts without clashing. The mustard yellow skirt, which I've grown to really love over the past couple of months, is an a-line faux-leather from Zara. I've always struggled to style it because of the colour and the texture, but I think it works so well against the strong yellow, especially with the bright red lip. 

The bag and shoes are also from Zara: non-leather beauties for only £30, which I've been wearing for every single trip to London. Though my feet ache the next day, they have never rubbed and are super comfortable.

Hope you're all having a lovely week!

Holly x

 The first weekend of March was spent wandering around Cambridge. Because of the weather, we hadn't intended on taking outfit pictures, but we brought the camera along just in case the opportunity presented itself. Thankfully the rain stopped for a short while and we were able to snap these in one of the many narrow streets in the town center! We also visited the Fitzwilliam Museum that we'll include in a separate 'travel' post.

 The streets almost felt like a maze of tall red brick walls, with a small door in every other wall leading to the grounds of a spectacular Hogwarts-esque university. Needless to say the town was filled with students and tons of cyclists, just another Friday afternoon in the center.

I decided to wear my long tweed coat as it was pretty miserable weather that day, along with my houndstooth print cropped trousers/culottes and ankle boots. A pretty simple combo but one that works every time!

These next few weeks may be a little quiet in terms of outfit content, we took two weeks off taking any blog pictures to recharge a little! I think it's important to take a break every once in a while to reflect on past content and get some inspiration! We're also back home in France for a few days for our birthday, spending some much needed family time at home.

 We have also got a few film/tv posts that are waiting to be posted, so keep an eye out for that! x

Summer x

Summer wears

Zara tweed coat
Mango bell sleeve thin jumper
Zara houndstooth cropped trousers
Vagabond ankle boots
Zara convertible backpack bag
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