Monday, April 21, 2014

Mad Men is back!

Warning: Contains spoilers!
After what felt like an eternity Mad Men is back for its seventh and final season. The series kicked off in in fine form with Don reuniting with Megan in Los Angeles for a few days whilst she is there perusing a promising acting career. Don is still on his forced indefinite paid leave from SCDP but is feeding his ideas into the company via freelancer Freddie Rumsen. Whilst in LA Don meets up with Pete Campbell who seems to have embraced the California lifestyle wholeheartedly.

Peggy is feeling Don's absence and feels like she is the only one that cares about the business however it seems that yet again she is not taken seriously as a woman in a mans world. Peggy's stress is added to when Ted returns to New York or a few days and she attempts to avoid him. She also has to learn to adjust to the new "Don", Lou Avery, who seems to have very little time for her. On top of that she is finding it difficult meeting the demands of her tenants.

Ken is feeling overworked so Joan offers to take over his scheduled business meeting with Wayne Barnes, the new Head of Marketing for Butler Footwear. Barnes' news results in Joan taking what she hopes will be seen as decisive and preemptive action in overcoming a potential problem, action which she hopes demonstrates that she deserves to be more than just a glorified secretary.

Roger meets with his daughter Margaret on her request. It seems the two have been somewhat estranged due to Rogers new lifestyle which seems to involve LSD and free love. Margaret tells him that she forgives him all his past failings and it seems the two will mend their relationship in this final series.

So it seems season 7 has kicked off with a bang. What do I predict for the rest of the season? Well it seems some characters seem to be on a nosedive whilst other are on the up and up. Pete Campbell seems to be doing well in LA and like this new more relaxed Pete hopefully we'll see more of this as the season goes on. In contrast to this it seems that back in New York Ken is struggling to keep up with the rat race and I can see a burnout in his future.

Roger still seems to be doing everything he can to avoid reality but with this reconciliation with Margaret I predict that he will turn his life around turning away from the LSD and free love.

It seems the women in the series Peggy and Joan are back to the dilemma that faced them in season 1 off not being taken seriously in a mans world. Joan seems to be taken control of this situation by taking decisive action with Wayne Barnes but how Peggy's situation will pan out is anyone's guess. I just hope she doesn't end up a bitter and single old landlady with an apartment that seems to be falling down around her!

And as for Don, well seeing him in this first episode I couldn't help but feel that Don belongs in another era. I think the time of the elder partners of SCDP as passed and Don certainly seems on the decline. It wouldn't surprise me if the season ended with Don's death or suicide and judging by the poster for this season it looks like we might see Don dropping acid at some point.

One things for sure I can't wait to see how the season pans out!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

What Emma Did - 20th April 2014

This week I have been:
♥ Going to see the latest Muppet movie Muppets Most Wanted
♥ Going shopping and buying some new toys for my little niece 
♥ Having one of the Hubby's baker friends over for lunch and eating heaps of baklava!
♥ Going for a girls night for a thai and a few drinks
♥ Having a nice leisurely lunch with the hubby at the pub
♥ Watching Leverage and Miss Potter
♥ Reading more Corinna Chapman books
♥ Having a nice quiet Easter enjoying delicious roast lamb dinner cooked by the Hubby

Friday, April 18, 2014

#RE2014: Remember - A look back over the blog

The #RE2014 buzzword for April is remember so I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to look back over my blog. When I started the blog way back in July 2009 I never thought it would bring me the opportunities that it has. I'm now in my 5th year of blogging and I can honestly say this little blog has bought me more friendship fun and frolics than I could have ever imagined! 
My first proper post was about Alice in Wonderland and the upcoming Tim Burton movie. I actually ended up seeing the movie with my mum when she came over to visit in March 2010 on a very rainy day! 

Through the blog I have been offered a whole host of opportunities. Be it free movie tickets and events hosted by Nuffnang, tickets to see Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and a whole host more I cannot even begin to list! 

I have also been given the opportunity to review products that were very kindly sent to me for free. The first of these was this Marilyn clock and most recently the fab ipad case sent to me by Snugg. 

Through the blog I have made some wonderful friends including all the Old Hat bunch after admiring Michelle and Tim's outfits on this day. Many fab Old Hat meet ups followed and through these events I met Annora of Nora Finds which led to me modelling in a catwalk she was styling at the Love Vintage show and subsequently other modelling opportunities including the Sydney Vintage and Retro Fair and most recently at the Vintage Fashion Parade at Sydney Antique Centre. If someone told me when I was younger that I would have been modelling vintage fashions I would have laughed at them as never in my wildest dreams would I have dreamed of doing it but it has been fabulous fun wearing some beautiful outfits and meeting some lovely ladies.

So although I started this blogs as a bit of fun and its still relatively unknown for the amount of time I have been blogging I can honestly say that writing this blog has given me some fan opportunities as well I being a great sounding board that pushes me to write better content and improve my skills to make the blog better! 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Weekly Buys: Modcloth's Stylish Suprises

Recentely Modcloth run one of their Stylish Surprise sales whereby you select your size and the number of items you want and Modcloth send out mystery items. Each item is sold for $10 but is worth anywhere between $29.99 to $299.99. My wardrobe needed a bit of a shake up so I thought this would be a good way to buy some items I may not have picked up myself and use them to create a different style.
 I order 4 items and they arrived this week here is what came in the box:
And here is what I got:
When I initially opened the box it looked like the items I were sent were a bit dark and dull but when I took this dress out of the package I was pleasantly surprised by the cute cat design. The dress was sold as Cat's More Like It Dress on Modcloth but it is Dear Creatures Camille dress. From what I can find the dress retails around $90 so for just $10 it was a steal!
The second item was this teal asymmetric tunic from Piko 1988. It will be perfect for winter with leggings and a skivvy underneath and possibly belted. I can't seem to find this item on Modcloth or find a website for Piko but I did find a red version on Dancewear House USA for $32.
The next item was this sea green cotton skirt by Ixia. I can't find this skirt online anywhere so have no idea how much it retails at but I will be nice for summer and can be worn in winter with thick tights and a jumper. However it is slightly small over my hips for me at the moment. The only way I can wear it is to pull it up so it is high waisted and it looks a little ridiculous!
The last item is this Esley black and grey dress again I can't find this one online and it wouldn't have been something that I would have picked out and I'm not sure if I like it or not.

So all in all I'm pretty happy with my haul for just $40 plus $10 postage I got 4 fab items! I will definitely be partaking in the next stylish surprise sale when it comes around.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

What Emma Did - 13th April 2014

This week I have been:
♥ Having my Niece and Nephew over for lunch
♥ Going for a trip to the fish markets with the Hubby
♥ Having a wander around the city and going to Satang Thai for lunch
♥ Watching the latest series of The Walking Dead
♥ Reading more of the Corinna Chapman books
♥ Still trying to fight off this cold! 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Product Review: Snugg iPad 3 Executive Case Cover and Stand in Electric Blue Leather

Recently the Hubby mentioned to me that he needed a new case for his iPad as the old one was rather battered so when The Snugg contacted me to review one of their iPad cases it seemed like a fortuitous coincidence.

The Snugg sell iPad, smartphone and tablet cases as well as Kindle covers and other accessories. Their cases are made of PU leather and come with a lifetime guarantee which means that if you have a problem with the case that is no fault of your own it will be replaced with a brand new case. The Snugg offer free standard shipping worldwide.

I opted for the Snugg iPad 3 Executive Case Cover and Stand in Electric Blue Leather the case features: automatic sleep/wake cover that folds into 2 position stand, pockets for cash, business and travel cards, hand strap, stylus loop and Snugg Promise.

We received the case just over a week after our order and are extremely happy with it.. The case is well made from high quality materials and fits perfectly. I am incredibly happy with the product and the customer service I received from the company.

Disclaimer: The Snugg offered me this product free in return for this post however the opinions in the post are my own. All advertorials are conducted on a fully transparent basis to my readers. Only products or services that are used and approved by me personally are reviewed! 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

#RE2014 - April: Remember

April's #RE2014 buzzword is Remember. As we are a third of the way through #RE2014 now is a good time to look back over our progress and remember how far we've come. Its also a good time to stop and take stock for a while. So often in life we go from one thing to the next without taking time to enjoy our achievements so during the month of April I will be looking back over the blog and remembering (and celebrating all the good times!)

April is a pognant month or remember as here in Australia we have ANZAC Day where we remember our fallen soldiers. It marks the anniversary of the first campaign that led to major casualties for Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War but broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations and the contribution and suffering of all those who have served.