Sunday, March 18, 2018

Lately, I've Been . . .

You know those times when you really want to blog, but you don't have much inspiration as to what to blog?  Yeah, that.  I'm in one of those slumps.

But never fear!  A good ole "currently" post is sure to come to my rescue.  Here's some of what I've been up to recently! :)

  • Season 2 of The Crown
These two are so sweet gahh I mean they clearly love each other why can't they always be happy and
communicative and and and ??!!

Watched this with the parents. :)  So this show is amazingly acted with delectable sets and visuals and compelling plots and such-like, but the seventh episode of the second season just revealed why it's rated TV-MA. :-/  I thought it was because of some of the other content, such as in the first season, but . . . nope.  Yeah.  No.


  • The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

I've watched and loved Emma Approved, so I figured it was about time saw LBD since, you know, reasons.  I don't like LBD as much as EA (there are some things I don't care for), but it sure is addictive.  I just finished this one, too, and DANG IT ALL, Darcy and Lizzie got to me.  I thought I was immune and I was not immune.  I felt feelings.

Also, props to LBD for being the first P&P adaptation to make me feel like I could actually possibly fall for Bingley.  (AND JANE WAS PRICELESS.)

And it's making me want to re-watch EA because that one is so stinking cute, too. ;D

  • Ballykissangel

(I know.  That title.)   Only two episodes into this one, so I don't have a whole lot to say yet. 


  • the Chauntecleer the Rooster trilogy by Walter Wangerin Jr. {The Book of Sorrows got me, y'all.  It got me bad.  It touched my soul.}
  • the Gospel of Mark
  • The Business of Heaven by C.S. Lewis
  • CafĂ© Theology by Michael Lloyd
{listening to}

I just discovered this band and I really like what I've heard so far!  Here are my two favorites.  Have a listen.  (Pssst, isn't "I Love You Will Still Sound the Same" like the most adorb piece of adorb you've heard in a long time and definitely future wedding video material??)

(Wait.  That sounded somewhat leading.  No.  Whatever idea might have just popped into your head, nope.  No news here. ;))

"Take All the Time You Need" is also really cute. :)

Whiiiich is basically just music that I don't have on my iPod yet/probably won't get but still like/whatever.


Lots of things.  Some constructive, some not so constructive; some happy, some not so happy.  But, y'know, we're all growing, right? ;)  {And God is always, ALWAYS working, guys.  We can't forget that.  And He loves you.  Like, He really loves you.  A whole lot.  (And He likes you, too.)}

One of the things I've been thinking:  WHAT THE HECK, SPRING.  YOU BETRAYED ME.



  • school 
  • attempting to get my room cleaned, little bits at a time
  • wasting time on YouTube and such :-P
  • singing!  {Guys, I SANG IN MY SCHOOL'S TALENT SHOW.  *bites fingernails*   It was last night and it went pretty well and it's kind of like that part in Tangled when Rapunzel's saying, "I can't believe I did this.  I CAN'T BELIEVE I DID THIS!!"  Because it's totally not something I would ordinarily be brave enough to do . . . just . . . God. :)  So yeah. :)}

What have you been up to, my loves? :)

Friday, March 2, 2018

Red Carpet Eye Candy {7}

We haven't done one of these in a while, and I'm on spring break so I feel like doing ALL THE BLOGGING but I'm also #lazy so I don't feel like doing anything that requires that much mental exercise.  So here we are. :-P


I love how simple and effortless this is.  The Pinterest caption mentioned the detail, and it really does look like there's some amazing detail close up.  I also like the way this was styled -- the bangle isn't my style, but I like how it adds a touch of "hardness" to keep it from being too feminine, if that's what Amanda was going for.  And the hair and makeup go nicely.

Awww.  This is just cute and sweet.  Look how happy she looks! :D  The pink is luscious, and the turquoise ring is a nice pop of contrast.

Yaaaaaassss.  Blake Lively knows how it's done.  (I mean, I haven't seen/liked all of her red carpet looks, but most of the time, yes.  And she knows what styles work for her.  Also, can we talk about how talented she is at making maternity gowns look amazing??!!)

This is very pretty and feminine.  I love the little flower appliques, the pink belt, her earrings, basically everything. :D

I'm not a hundred percent sold on the hairstyle, but I like the contrast within the dress itself, the sparkles alternating with the gauze, and it looks pretty comfy.  Make the bodice a little bit more modest and I'm there.

Again, not totally feeling the hair, but here's the "starry"/sparkly outfit for the post. :)  Looking at it from a different angle (this wasn't the original picture I saw), I'm not sure that the pleating of the skirt works perfectly with the sequin-y look of the top, but I still like it overall, I think.

This seems very relaxed and casual for a red carpet look, which I like for a change.  Vanessa Hudgens pulls it off. :-P  And, of course, it's got a very tropical/beachy vibe, which is somewhat refreshing.  I don't know, it just works.

The Cinderella dress!  (I wonder if I'll run out of "starry" and "Cinderella" dresses one of these days.)  Anyway, I think this was a great choice for Amy!  That shade of blue is wonderful for her, and I feel like it's difficult to pull off the feathery look, but this is very flattering on her.  And, again, the styling is on point. :)

*gawking*  GUYS I'M LOW-KEY OBSESSED WITH THIS.  I mean, seriously.  I am shook.  It's BRILLIANT.  I just . . . it makes me happy. :D  (And I feel like almost no one else could pull it off, but she nails it.)

Which is your favorite? 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Movies: Month in Review {February 2018}

First things first: I changed my blog look!  March 1st is the first day of spring to me, and "I will brook no argument."  So that means, for me, that SPRING HAS BEGUN!!!

Obviously, I can't keep a winter blog look if I think it's spring, now, can I? ;)  What do you all think of it?  I'm pretty happy with it, though I may change the sidebar back to the right-hand side, and I might change my profile picture.

And now, the post.


Captain America: Civil War (2016)

First of all, it probably would have been better if I had seen Avengers: Age of Ultron before watching this, but no matter.  My brother was able to fill in the gaps for me.

This one excited many mixed feelings in me.


I'm holding off on sharing my thoughts about most of the characters until I can get caught up on the rest of the Marvel movies (I've watched several but am quite behind on some others), but for now: I don't know whose "team" I'm on in terms of the Accords thing, I still ship Steve and Natasha, and I liked Black Panther (eventually).

Oh, and I loved the new Spider-Man guy!  He was adorable, and now I'm looking forward to watching Homecoming. :)


Citizen Kane (1941)

I had to watch this for my film appreciation class.  It was good, I suppose. :-P  I mean, I don't have a lot to say about the story aspect of it, other than that, on the whole, it's actually not quite as depressing as it could be.


Hitch (2005)

Mehh.  I wasn't impressed for the first half or so, but it got a little better.  I thought the romance between Kevin Hart's character and the lady he had a crush on was neat.  And Hitch and Sarah were cute, too.

Overall, it was relatively entertaining, just not an outstanding chick-flick. 


Hoodwinked (2006)

Finally got around to watching this!  I remember people in one of my old co-ops used to talk about this movie sometimes. :)

While it certainly didn't become a favorite, it was very witty and I loved some of the lines/characters.  I also kind of liked how random it was, if that makes sense. ;D  And it's neat to see a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood -- even though it's not one of my favorite fairytales, one doesn't see it talked about very much, so that's kind of cool.


Hugo (2011)

I had never been interested in this, but then I read Naomi's mini-review of it and decided I must try it. ;)  I'm not sorry I did!  It's a fun, very unique little movie, and I found the storyline doubly interesting since I recently learned a little about Georges Melies in the aforementioned film appreciation class. :)

The film has a nice aesthetic, too.  Very blue.  I liked Sacha Baron Cohen's character and his little romance with Emily Mortimer's character. :)

*SPOILERS!*  Oh, but I kept hoping that Hugo's dad didn't really die, so it was a little disappointing when it turned out he did. :(  *END OF SPOILERS*


The Imitation Game (2014)

*sniffles*  This was sad.  I am saddened. :(

But good movie, nonetheless, and it probably wouldn't have been so sad if I didn't know how it ended.


Thoughts? :)

Thursday, February 22, 2018

My Mini Dream Cast for {Ivanhoe}

WELL.  Y'all were kind enough to support my idea of creating a dream cast for Ivanhoe, so here I am!  

For those of you who don't know, I recently finished re-reading this book for the first time in a while, and I discovered that I still loved it every bit as much as I hoped I did. IT'S ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS. And, as some of you may know, it's been made into more than one movie adaptation already. So the challenge that faces me is that I feel like the adaptations have cast certain parts flawlessly, but either the acting itself didn't quite fill the role, or other things about the movies are off, etc. So who would *I* cast if given the choice? ;)

By the way, the reason the title says "mini" is that I have ideas for the four main characters and the four main characters only.  I'm flexible about the others.  I'd know if I approved a casting choice after I'd seen this hypothetical movie. :-P  The only other character I would be more picky about right off the bat is Wamba, but I think the actor in the 1997 version already ACED it, so how could it be improved upon??  I don't know, I assure you.  Also, I'm not including quotes like I did in my last dream cast post -- sorry!  I guess I'm lazy. :-P

Let's start off with the two characters who come to mind immediately whenever I think about Ivanhoe: Brian de Bois-Guilbert and Rebecca of York.

I think I'd choose Richard Armitage for Bois-Guilbert.

The thing is, I feel very confident that his acting could work for Bois-Guilbert.  I mean, do his roles not scream Tortured, Angsty, Misguided Soul?  (Thornton's middle-distance smolder alone, people.)  

However, I also think Hugh Jackman could pull off a great Bois-Guilbert.

I think both these actors have a knack for portraying a blend of misguided brutishness hiding vulnerability and a longing for acceptance and love.  (I mean, I haven't really seen Hugh Jackman in such a role -- unless I'm forgetting it -- but I just Feel Like He Could Do It?)

So, yes.  Richard Armitage or Hugh Jackman.  I'd be glad with either. :-P

Now, moving on to Rebecca of York.  

Y'all, this girl be one of my favorite literary characters, so who the heck do I cast???  The problem is, I think Olivia Hussey (1982) looked just about exactly like Rebecca, and I think Susan Lynch (1997) acted just about exactly like Rebecca.  So I need someone who unites it. ;)  AND I CAN'T DECIDE.  

First up, we have Astrid Berges-Frisbey.  

I've only seen her in the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, but I loved her in that, and I feel like she could possibly work for Rebecca.  She's beautiful, and she seems to have the ability to bring out this "retiring," sweet, and strong character.  And I don't know, I just think it'd be really interesting to see her opposite Armitage.

Another possibility is Rachel Hendrix.

I could see it.  But I don't know . . .  Others I thought of were Emmy Rossum and Lucy Griffiths.  I DON'T KNOW ENOUGH BRUNETTE ACTRESSES, GUYS.  

I thiiiiink the one I would lean most toward would be Astrid Berges-Frisbey.  I'd be very interested to see her portrayal.

As for the titular hero himself (who, I realized this last read-through, really is a pretty good guy -- not quite so irritating and superfluous as I have hitherto thought him), the only ideas I have are Armie Hammer . . . 

Or Jason Burkey.

{EDIT 2/25/18}  I thought of three more options: Tom Hiddleston, Ben Alridge, and Joseph Fiennes (all with blond hair, course). 


As for Rowena, I would like to state here and now that Victoria Smurfit owned that role like a #queen.  It was flawless, basically.  But since that couldn't be duplicated for a new movie, I've got quite a few other ideas, actually.  

First, Sarah Gadon.

Having seen her in Belle and watched clips of her in other things, I'd certainly not be disappointed if she were to be cast as Rowena. ;)

However, I'd also be excited to see what Emilie de Ravin might do in the role.

I thought of Charity Wakefield, but I'm pretty sure she's probably getting a bit too old, not to sound like a terrible person or anything. ;-P

Also, "out of a clear blue sky" (as Bertram Wooster would say ;)), Jennifer Lawrence popped into my head, and while she's not at all one of the first people who would come to mind, I can actually see it working?

Well, fam, that's all I've got!
What say you?
Any ideas as to who could play the secondary characters?

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Lovely Blog Party || Top Ten Book Couples

As promised, the third and final installment of my LBP contributions: my top ten book couples!  

This list was fun and a bit challenging to compile -- at first because I honestly couldn't think of that many (apparently my favorite books don't necessarily include my favorite romances *shrugs*), and then because once I did start to think of them, they started pouring in!  So this list, like the movies/TV one, has changed around quite a bit, and even now I couldn't positively guarantee its accuracy.  But I feel like that really doesn't matter to anyone but me, so I shall shut up about it forthwith. ;)

Hope you enjoy the post!

#10. Neil & Christy
From: Christy {by Catherine Marshall}

I actually don't really like this picture, for some reason.

"Impetuously, I leaned forward and kissed Neil MacNeill gently on the cheek.  Before he could say anything, I had vaulted off Charlie's back and dashed into the mission house." {Ch. 41}

I like the "slow burn" of this relationship, so it was difficult to pinpoint a single passage (other than the very end).  It's more of a subtle build-up -- the small little hints here and there -- that makes this romance work.

#9. Kit & Nat // John & Mercy
From: The Witch of Blackbird Pond {by Elizabeth George Speare}

[I CAN'T FIND GOOD PICTURES I'M SORRY. *wails unnecessarily*]

"The man did not even hear her.  His eyes had gone straight to Mercy where she sat by the hearth, and her own eyes stared back, enormous in her white face.  Then with a hoarse, wordless sigh, John Holbrook stumbled across the room, and went down on his knees with his head in Mercy's lap." {Ch. 20}

(YES I'M USING TWO COUPLES AS ONE SSSSHHHH.)  Kit and Nat are just adorable and sassy and beautiful throughout the whole book, and the above quote made me feel all the fluttery feelings the first time I read it, because John and Mercy are such sweethearts. <3

I really need to reread this book.

#8. Jude & Jing-wei
From: The Hunting of the Last Dragon {by Sherryl Jordan}

This could be them, except I don't think the girl is the right ethnicity.

"Then, an hour before sundown, we spied the dragon -- a small spot in the northwest skies.  Without a word, Jing-wei and I both stood and went into the shrine.  I stood behind her, looking over her head, as we watched from the tiny window.  We did not speak, but we both knew that if the dragon came down first to the beach, as it had before, then these moments might be our last.  I put my arms about her, and she covered my hands with her own, and held tight." {Ch. 18}

I found this couple adorable.  They're very unique, which I liked, and I liked how their relationship developed from friendship to romance, and how one of them (naming no names *aHERM*) took a little while to realize it.  (Let's just say that that one part with the monk whose name I've forgotten was quite satisfying. ;))

#7. Rose & Mac
From: Rose in Bloom {by Louisa May Alcott}

Mac is on the left, leaning on the mantle.

"'Good-bye, Milton.'

'Good-bye, Sabrina.'" {Ch. 17}

I haven't read this one in a while, but I remember loving it. <3  Similar to Neil and Christy, though, it's difficult to pinpoint a single passage -- it's the way the relationship develops throughout the whole book!

#6. Percy & Marguerite
From: The Scarlet Pimpernel {by Emmuska Orczy}

"She looked round her eagerly at the tall cliffs, the lonely hut, the great stretch of rocky beach. Somewhere there, above or below here, behind a boulder or inside a crevice, but still hidden from her longing, feverish eyes, must be the owner of that voice, which once used to irritate her, but now would make her the happiest woman in Europe if only she could locate it.

'Percy! Percy!' she shrieked hysterically, tortured between doubt and hope. 'I am here! Come to me! Where are you? Percy! Percy! . . . '

'It's all very well calling me, m'dear!' said the same sleepy, drawly voice, 'but odd's life, I cannot come to you. Those . . . frog-eaters have trussed me like a goose on a spit, and I am weak as a mouse . . . I cannot get away.'" {Ch. 31}

(Okay, also, for the record, the entirety of Chapter 16 is like really really amazing?!  And I, for one, have no real issue with the way it ends, though I have Heard Complaints. ;-p)  This couple has Very Deep Things going on.  And it's Rather Good, old sport.  I mean, for real.  

Also, props for the fact that this couple is already married. *thumbs up*

#5. Bryce & Juli
From: Flipped {by Wendelin van Draanen}

I couldn't find any kind of fan art for the book itself, but the actors in the movie are basically
the characters in the book, so. 

"'Some of us get dipped in flat, some in satin, some in gloss . . . '  He turned to me. 'But every once in a while you find someone who's iridescent, and when you do, nothing will ever compare.'" {Ch. 7}

I kind of died.  

While reading this book, I mean.  I was having a serious feels overload from the sheer adorb.  

True, Bryce and Juli don't have the best relationship ever -- I mean, they're quite young, so that's a minor concern.  But . . . it's also really stinkin' cute.  It's worth noting -- as I think I read someone else mention -- that were the situations to be reversed and Bryce was Juli's character and Juli was Bryce's, Bryce would be a disturbingly stalker-ish figure.  And, yeah, they both say some silly/inappropriate things (mainly Bryce, I think), but I CAN'T HELP IT I LOVE THEM.  I mean, when Bryce does the thing.  (No, not the first thing, the second thing, at the very end.)  I nearly cried.  IT MADE ME SO HAPPY. 

#4. Ella & Char
From: Ella Enchanted {by Gail Carson Levine}

"I thought of a silly explanation for my presence upstairs.

'You've guessed why I shut myself up here,' I said.

'I have no idea.'  He opened a door.  Nothing worth examining.

'To avoid temptation.'

'What temptation?'  He grinned, anticipating a joke.  He was used to me.  I would have to labor to surprise him.

'Can't you guess?'

He shook his head.

'The temptation to slide down the stair rail, of course.'

He laughed, surprised after all.  'And why were you lying down?'

'I wasn't lying down.  I was sitting.'

'Pray tell why you were sitting.'

'To pretend I was sliding down the stair rail.'

He laughed again.  'You should have done it.  I would have caught you at the bottom.'" {Ch. 21}

(Sorry, that was a little long.  But wasn't it cute? ;-p)  Char and Ella are such a well-done reimagining of the Cinderella relationship.  I've liked most of the versions I've read/watched, but these two will probably always have a special place in my heart since the book was (and is) one of my favorites. <33

#3. Coral & Jace
From: the Heart of India trilogy {by Linda Chaikin}

This looks a little like them, but I don't think I'd cast those particular actors.

"'The waltz is so lovely, Captain. . . . Will you forget what I said in my letter?  I see now that I was wrong.  Can you forgive me?'

Was his grave expression a pretense?

'Well . . . '

'Oh, please!'

'I will give serious consideration to your request, say, during the next five waltzes?'" {Ch. 25 of Silk, the first book}

Have I squealed about this trilogy enough?  I rather doubt I have.  Guys, this is a fantastic Christian fiction trilogy that deserves to be better known.  It has its flaws, yes -- parts of it unavoidably fall into the cheesiness clichĂ© -- but it's exemplary in its general avoidance of such pitfalls, in my opinion.  Like, the faith element is actually a thing.  AND GUYS THE ROMANCE IS VERY SQUEE-WORTHY.  It's been awhile since I've read the last book in the trilogy, but I seem to remember the first two being stronger.  Anyway, either way, YOU SHOULD READ IT.

#2. Shasta & Aravis
From: A Horse and His Boy {by C. S. Lewis}

"Shasta slipped his feet out of the stirrups, slid both his legs over on the left side, hesitated for one hideous hundredth of a second, and jumped.  It hurt horribly and nearly winded him; but before he knew how it hurt him he was staggering back to help Aravis.  He had never done anything like this in his life before and hardly knew why he was doing it now. {Ch. 10}

I LOVE THESE TWOOOOOOO. *happy sigh*  Both individually and as a couple.  I think they were one of the first couples that made me experience the joys of "shipping," though I didn't know what it was called back then, wee lamb that I was. 

Anyway, I thiiiiink this is my favorite Narnia book.  I can't be entirely sure, because The Magician's Nephew and Prince Caspian are both very far up the list, but I think this is my favorite.  So it's fitting that my favorite couple should be in this book, wouldn't you agree?  These two are preciousness personified, with all their bickering and distrust of each other at first.  And I didn't include the ending quote just in case some of you have been living under a rock and haven't read the books yet (YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF GO FIX IT IMMEDIATELY), but . . . those of you who've read it . . . the ending quote, am I right?! ;) ;) <3

#1. Eowyn & Faramir
From: The Lord of the Rings {by J. R. R. Tolkien}

There's really no question.  THIS couple is my favorite. <3

You can read their scene(s) -- which give me ALL THE FEELINGS -- in this post, if you wish.

<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

Thank you SO much for such a truly lovely blog party, Cordy! :)

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Lovely Blog Party || Couples for Couples Tag

Happy Valentine's Day, m'dears!  May we never forget that God's love is the greatest. 

Today I shall be filling out Cordy's tag for this wonderful blog party of hers.  I decided to pick couples that I haven't used in either of my "Top Ten" posts (watch out for my top ten book couples tomorrow) for my answers. :)  That way, I can include some other favorites who didn't quite make it onto either list.

Ivanhoe and Rebecca: Name a couple that should have been together

[For the record, just so we're clear, I don't necessarily think that Rebecca and Ivanhoe should have ended up together, but I love that one of my very favorite stories is represented in this tag!!!]

Okay, now, about the actual question:  Can I name four?  (I have problems, hehe.)
  • Bella and Vernon from This Beautiful Fantastic
  • Tara and Ronin from Epic {I'M STILL MAD, BLUE SKY PRODUCTIONS}
  • Ruby and Whale from Once Upon a Time
  • Rory and Jess from Gilmore Girls

I mean am I right?!

Jo and Laurie: Name a couple that should have stayed friends...or did stay friends...

*ahem*  Well, playing off the first question, Bella and Billy from This Beautiful Fanastic. :-P

Jane and Mr. Rochester: Name a couple that looked like the chances of a happily ever after were next to none!

Things weren't looking so hot for John and Lorna in Lorna Doone, that's for sure.

Jane and Mr. Bingley: Name a couple that is just sooo happy!

Oh, golly . . . um . . . ???  I guess Snow and David from Once Upon a Time are a very lovey-dovey couple, and they would be happy were it not for all the drama of the show, heh.

Kit and Ella: Name your favorite fairytale couple

Probably Kit and Ella, honestly!  Also love Henry and Danielle from Ever After, but . . . I dunno, Kit and Ella are hard to beat. :)

Molly Gibson and Roger Hamley: Name a couple where the woman is basically ignored by the suitor until the end of the story (frustration at it's finest!! :P :P)

Um, every period drama couple ever?  I mean, if you wanted to gender-bend that question, you could say Colonel Brandon and Marianne Dashwood. :-P

Sarah and Jacob Witting: Name a couple that found love later in life

Remember that couple from Rainbow Valley?  The one where the two sisters had promised each other that they'd never get married (that's a really dumb thing to do, btdubs -- don't try it, kids), and then the younger sister fell in love but the older one was like "No," but then the older sister fell in love with her old flame?  Anywho, I know that eventually became two couples, but I'm thinking of the older, cranky sister's one.

(No picture for this one, sorry! :-P)

Don Lockwood and Kathy Seldon: Name a couple from a musical

Just one?!  Hmm . . . oh!  Charity and Phineas from The Greatest Showman!

Anne and Gilbert: Name a couple that didn't start out on the right foot

Parker and Hardison from Leverage had a bit of a rocky start, didn't they?  I mean, the whole team got off on the wrong foot, so . . . it counts, right?

Faramir and Eowyn: Name a couple with the sweetest love story

I think Hassan and Marguerite from The Hundred-Foot Journey are absolutely precious. <3