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[Win it] Beauty & the Beast on Blu Ray

It’s Friday! On this rainy Friday I’d like to brighten it up a little with Disney!

As you may recall, I was super excited to see the live action of Beauty and the Beast earlier this year.

The film was perfect to watch if beauty and the Beast is one of your favourite movies. The film stayed true to the original while adding in some twists and turns such as a back story for Belle’s mother and a few new songs. The costumes and sets were beautiful. My favourite scene is the opening scene. I loved watching Belle sing through her French town and her indignation over Gaston’s attempts to court her. If you still haven’t seen this movie, now’s your chance! I’ve teamed up with Disney to give one lucky winner a copy of the Beauty and the Beast DVD packed the extras.

The winner will enjoy three ways to watch the movie – the original theatrical cut, the premiere cut with overture, and a musical experience with a sing-along version.  The release invites viewers to get up close and personal with the filmmakers and cast to see how this beloved animated film was transformed into a new live-action classic, from the first enchanted table read to a fascinating look at how the film was brought to life utilizing lavish sets, elaborately designed costumes and props, and state-of the-art technology. A feature on the amazing women behind the enchanted tale hosted by Emma Watson; and over 10 minutes of deleted scenes along with musical extras, including the “Beauty and the Beast” music video starring Ariana Grande and John Legend, Celine Dion’s heartfelt take on the new song “How Does a Moment Last Forever,” and jump directly to all you favorite unforgettable songs.

Sounds awesome, right? To enter, please see below. The winner must live in Canada.
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[Book Nook] May Reads

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There are some great books coming out in May that I’m really excited for!

  1. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right? (more…)

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

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There’s totally nothing wrong with being a full grown adult and loving Disney films. I’ve been eagerly awaiting Disney’s adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, and it’s finally here! I was lucky enough to enjoy a sneak peak of the film, and it’s everything I wanted. The opening sequence stays true to the original animation, and it’s lovely. All of the costumes are breathtaking, and I really liked the castle. There are a few original songs thrown in there that threw me for a loop, but (other than the Beast’s dramatic solo song) I didn’t mind.

There were some unexpected moments (I wasn’t expecting the much talked about gay scene, but I loved it, and the audience clapped and cheered when it came on the screen) and a few surprises. It was a funny and heartwarming film. One of the scenes that used to scare me as a child (when Belle runs into the woods and there are wolves) was actually scarier to me as animation than in the film. That being said, I’m a little bit older now as well, so that could also explain it.

If you haven’t seen it yet, go and check it out! It’s delightful, you’ll love it!

Netflix & Chillax

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I love staying in and watching my favourite shows when the weather is chilly outside! Right now, I’m trying to catch up on the Mindy Project and Schitt’s Creek. I usually binge watch Netflix alone in some comfy sweatpants and delicious chocolate chip cookies. Usually my cat Newton will jump in my lap and watch along with me! What shows have you been watching lately on Netflix?

Read it! February Book Picks

There are some great books coming out from some of my favourite authors this month! Do you have any of these books on your list?

Norse Mythology

Norse Mythology: by Neil Gaiman

In Norse Mythology, Gaiman stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki—son of a giant—blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator.

Gaiman fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and delves into the exploits of deities, dwarfs, and giants.
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My Not So Perfect Life: A Novel by Sophie Kinsella

Everywhere Katie Brenner looks, someone else is living the life she longs for, particularly her boss, Demeter Farlowe. Demeter is brilliant and creative, lives with her perfect family in a posh townhouse, and wears the coolest clothes. Katie’s life, meanwhile, is a daily struggle—from her dismal rental to her oddball flatmates to the tense office politics she’s trying to negotiate. No wonder Katie takes refuge in not-quite-true Instagram posts, especially as she’s desperate to make her dad proud.

Then, just as she’s finding her feet—not to mention a possible new romance—the worst happens. Demeter fires Katie. Shattered but determined to stay positive, Katie retreats to her family’s farm in Somerset to help them set up a vacation business. London has never seemed so far away—until Demeter unexpectedly turns up as a guest. Secrets are spilled and relationships rejiggered, and as the stakes for Katie’s future get higher, she must question her own assumptions about what makes for a truly meaningful life.
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AGO Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and more

Dawn over Riddarfjarden, Eugène Jansson, 1899 Collection of Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde

Dawn over Riddarfjarden, Eugène Jansson, 1899
Collection of Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde

There’s something so calming about visiting the AGO Mystical Landscapes exhibition. I chose to go on a Wednesday, because the AGO is open late (and it’s free!) on Wednesdays. Although Mystical Landscapes doesn’t have free admission on Wednesdays, the exhibit was still packed.

Despite that, there was something awe inspiring in being in the same room with these peaceful, and sometimes unsettling, masterpieces. The crowd fades away as you take in each work of art.

The years between 1880 and 1930 were marked by rampant materialism and rapid urbanization. Disillusioned with traditional religious institutions, many European, Scandinavian and North American artists searched for an unmediated spiritual path through mystical experiences. Organized in partnership with the renowned Musée d’Orsay in Paris, Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and more breaks new art historical ground, exploring the mystical experiences of 37 artists from 14 countries, including Emily Carr, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Piet Mondrian, Claude Monet, Edvard Munch, Georgia O’Keeffe and James McNeill Whistler.

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5 Days of Christmas Cheer: Indigo Best Books of 2016 Prize Pack

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When the holidays eventually wind down, you’re left with some blissful freedom to relax on your own. That’s the perfect time to grab a favourite cup of tea and a new book!

I still think that a book is one of the best gifts that you can give! On my wish list, I definitely have some books on there. (One of them is Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick, if anyone is listening.) (more…)

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