Seeing Legally Blonde & My Favourite Musicals

 

Legally Blonde

Last weekend Kris and I got to check out the local theater scene by seeing a version of Legally Blonde: The Musical! (And of course we dressed to theme!)legally blonde picture

I’ve been dying to see this show for years and though I never got the chance to see it while it was playing in bigger city theaters, local theater came to my rescue and put on the show in my city!

Some of you may remember that cheesy MTV show a few years back called Legally Blonde: The Musical – The Search for the Next Elle Woods. It was a competition show where they looked for the girl who would play Elle Woods on Broadway next. This show aired in 2008 and that’s how long I’ve been waiting to see Legally Blonde: The Musical. So honestly, thank you local theater for making this little dream of mine come true! lol

They did a really great job and the music was everything that i’d hopped it would be!

In honor of Legally Blonde and local theater I wanted to do a list of my favorite musicals. I’ve always been a musical lover, so this post has been a lot of fun for me to put together!

 

The Last Five Years

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The is my number-one-all-time-perfection musical. It’s about the story of two 20 somethings. The whole show goes through the beginning of their relationship and how they fell in love, to the end of their relationship and how it became a mess. The story is moving, the music is flawless, and the movie version’s actors are so perfect! It’ll make you feel happy, sad, angry, and excited. I have the soundtrack playing in my car on repeat!

Favourite Song: See I’m Smiling

Honorable Mention: Still Hurting, I Can Do Better Than That

 

La La Land

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I’m sure no one really needs an introduction to La La Land, but just in case: It’s about two people who are struggling with making their dreams a reality, and the journey they have together.

There was so much hype over this movie and the first time I saw the trailer, months before the movie came out, it gave me chills. I ended up seeing it twice in theaters because i literally needed to see it again! lol It made me want to be more creative, find my passions, live more in the moment. It actually kicked my butt into gear with both writing more for the blog and finally starting the online design program that I’d been putting off for months.

Favourite Song: Audition (Fools Who Dream)

Honorable Mention: Mia and Sebastions Theme, Someone in the Crowd

 

Annie

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An absolute classic, Annie is the story of a young orphan in New York City. Because of the many movie remakes and stage revivals, it’s become so nostalgic for so many generations. I grew up with the 1999 movie version, so that’ll always be my favorite. I remember watching this version on VHS over and over again as a child. The story is heart warming and the music is so catchy!

Favourite Song: NYC

Honorable Mention: Maybe, I Think I’m Gonna Like it Here, Easy Street. (I’m so bad at picking just one!)

 

Into the Woods

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Of all of the musicals on this list, this is the one I most want to see live, hopefully one day I’ll get that chance. It’s the tales of Cinderella, Jack and the Bean Stock, Little Red Riding hood and Rapunzel all intertwined into one story.

I only recently watched Into the Woods (it’s on Netflix, go watch it!) and I was blown away. It was so hyped, so I was nervous it wouldn’t live up, but it exceeded my expectations! This may be the best music and lyric writing in a musical that I’ve ever gotten the pleasure of listening to, and it’s a must see!

Favorite Song: Your Fault (This is a perfect example of the fantastic music and lyrics in this show.)

Honorable Mention: Prologue (I Wish), Agony, On the Steps of the Palace. (Seriously, I can’t pick just one!)

 

 

Honorable Mention Musicals

  • Les Mis Les Mis is amazing, but it’s one of those movies you really have to be in the mood for. It’s long and very intense. Don’t get me wrong, it’s beautiful and moving and emotional, but it’s… a lot.
  • Wicked – Wicked has become a classic! I got to see it at a huge, beautiful, old theater and it was great! They finally confirmed the movie adaptation in 2019 and I am so excited for it!
  • We Will Rock You – I went to go see We Will Rock You on a school trip, in elementary school. It was responsible for getting my whole 8th grade class into the music of Queen that year. lol Fun fact: This was actually the first musical that I ever saw live!
  • Mamma Mia – I really don’t think i need to explain Mamma Mia at all. And again, it was responsible for getting me into classic, disco ABBA music!

 

* Disclaimer – all of the links and posters provided are of the movie version, not the stage version. I’ve only been lucky enough to see a handful of these shows live on stage. Though hopefully one day I’ll have seen them all, for now I used the movies as a reference, just to keep things uniform and recognizable.

  • xo, becca.

My Top Five Albums

 

Today i wanted to talk about my top five favorite albums. Lorde’s first album Pure Heroine  made my cut so in honor of her new and upcoming music, i thought there was no better time to post this!

The thing about music, is that the first few notes of a song can transport you to another day or change your mood and emotions entirely. All of the albums on this list do that for me and this was a really fun and intimate article to write. I was really brought back in time and reminded of so many good, bad, sad and emotional memories, As i wrote about each album i listen to it’s songs and it was a slightly emotional post for me!

(*disclaimer – it was already hard enough for me to narrow down my top albums, you can’t expect me to put them in order as well! So this list is in no particular order.)

 

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This album came out in 2013, but i really got into it during my first year out of college, 2014. I love it because only a handful of the songs on it are romantic. A lot of them are about life – some are as simple as spending time with friends (No Better), or as deep as commenting on society and the way we live. (Tennis Court)

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Honorable Mention: No Better (this is actually my favorite song on the album, but it’s from the extended edition, so i feel like i can’t make it my official fave.)

Best Memory of this Album: I really got into this album when i first moved in with my now fiance, so it has lots of memories of love and romantic happiness attached to it! Those are my favorites, but what’s funny is that I also remember walking home from the gym once, listening to this album, when Ryan texted me saying that our room mates were having a big blow out fight. And that’s just how music and memory work! It’s not like that fight has any impact on my life after that day, i wasn’t even involved in it, i just happened to be listening to that album as i arrived home to a screaming match and for some reason it stuck with me. lol!

 

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Kelly Clarkson – Breakaway

This album was actually one of the first albums i ever bought myself. I was only about 8 years old when it came out in 2003 but i think i actually bought the album when i was about 11. I actually still have my original copy and it’s one of the most played CD’s in my car!

This album is so much more then a frilly pop CD, so please really give it a true listen before rolling your eyes at it. If you actually give the lyrics a chance you’ll see that it’s full of emotion and thought. Sure, there are the iconic pop anthems (like all of Kelly’s CD’s) like Since U Been Gone, but there are emotional songs (like all of Kelly’s CD’s) like Because of You (which is about her father).

Favorite Song: Addicted

Honorable Mention: Gone

Best Memory of this Album: It’s funny that my greatest memories of this album are from current day. It came out over a decade ago, but i love to blast this album in the summer with the windows down and the sunroof open! Summer 2016 definitely comes to mind.

 

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Sarah Harmer – You Were Here

This album is a indie folk style album by a Canadian artist. It came out in 2000, but i really got into it in 2013.

Any of my family members who may be reading this are probably laughing. This was an album that was constantly playing at family parties and gatherings growing up, especially on my dads side. It was pretty much the sound track to my childhood and it reminds me of running around with my cousins, and playing in the yard.

It wasn’t until my second year of college that i really began to listen to it as an adult, and take in the music for myself. Now, this is also a big break up album for me. It reminds me of walking through Toronto, music blasting in my head phones, feeling sorry for myself because i had just broken up with a summer fling and i was back in school having to complete a program that i had lost interest in.

Favorite Song: Capsized and  Lodestar.

Honorable Mention: Uniform Grey, Basement Apartment, Don’t Get Your Back Up. (All nostalgic, i can’t just pick one!)

Best Memory of This Album: Childhood and family.

*side note – if you only listen to one album from this list, let it be this one. It’s so unique and beautiful and under appreciated!

 

 

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Drake – Thank Me Later

This album came out in 2010 and shocker – this time i actually bought and listened to the album the year it came out! I remember hearing one of Drake’s first main stream singles Best I Ever Had and thinking to myself “Damn. I need to get this guys album.” Thank Me Later is actually what i credit for jump starting my rap/hip hop phase, which enjoyed through high school and into my first year of college. lol!

Best Song: Karaoke

Honorable Mention: Show Me a Good Time

Best Memory of This Album: Hanging out in my bedroom with my friends in high school.

 

 

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Red – Taylor Swift

This was the album of grade 12 (2012, the year it came out) and the following two years of college. This was another huge break up album for me, as it got me through my ‘big, end of high school’ break up and it’s still an album i put on to this day when i’m feeling emotional about almost anything.

It’s full of iconic ballads, fun, poppy dance tracks and quiet, emotional love songs. Pretty much the formula to a great album right there.

Best Song: All Too Well (IMO this is Taylor Swift’s best song ever.)

Honorable Mention: Begin Again, State of Grace, (and State of Grace acoustic, which isn’t officially on the album.)

Best Memory of This Album: The song State of Grace reminds me, down to every lyric, of me and Ryan’s relationship, so that song always brings good vibes. In general I’m reminded of high school friends and scream singing the songs in my car. (This album is so belt-out-able. Is that a thing? It’s just so easy to get into the emotion of each track and sing as loud as you can to every lyric!)

*side note – i think it’s pretty well known that Taylor Swift doesn’t let her music live on Youtube, so the Youtube links to her songs aren’t quality…

 

Honorable Mention Albums:

Taylor Swift’s 1989 was close to making the cut, but i really couldn’t have two Taylor Swift albums on the list… I’m not a super fan, even i know that’s a bit much.

I also adore the to the movie version of the musical The Last Five Years, but since it’s a soundtrack i thought i would save it. I want to do a favorite Musicals post soon, so i’ll talk about it then!

  • xo, becca.

 

 

*disclaimer – i do not own the rights or images to any of the photos used in this blog post.

 

 

 

 

 

October 2016 Favorites

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October is a spooky month and though I may not have a monthly favorites full of horror movies and scary activities, I think I have some awesome stuff this month!

 

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Starting off with my only two Halloween inspired favorites – It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown! and The Nightmare Before Christmas. (And yes, controversial opinion, I do consider The Nightmare Before Christmas a Halloween movie! My reason being if you watch it at Halloween and the Christmas parts make you feel a bit Christmas-y then that’s okay, because December is just around the corner! But if you watch it at Christmas and it makes you feel Halloween-y then October is ten months away! You simply can’t watch something that is Halloween-y when Halloween is almost a year away! Do you see my logic?) Both movies are seasonal classics and a must watch every year!

 

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The song I’ve been obsessed with this month has to be Bad 4 Us by Superfruit. Scott and Mitch are two parts of the grammy award winning acapella group Pentatonix and have recently brought out their first song as a duo and I’m so obsessed with it. I listen to it on repeat and the music video for it is so much fun! New music is coming from them in 2017 and I’m sure you’ll see their album on future list of my favorites really soon!

 

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This month I’ve been watching a lot of Youtube videos by Mark Ferris. I had already seen a few of his videos, but recently I’ve pretty much made my way through his entire video archive and have been enjoying it so much! I think what I like about him is that he’s so funny and very relatable. His vlogs and his cooking videos are my favorite! Check him out!

 

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My boyfriend and I have really gotten into Community.  Though we have watched seasons 1-4 before and loved them, we’re watching season five for the first time right now. The show is about a group of adults who attend a community college, and though it sounds boring it’s so entertaining. If you’re fans of popular shows like The Office and Modern Family, which both put a hilarious spin on very basic, every day life situations, then you’ll totally love Community! (P.s., it’s available on Netflx, which is awesome. No excuse not to check it out!)

 

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I bought this very basic (fake) leather jacket from a thrift shop as part of my Halloween costume and I have fallen in love with it for every day wear! I haven’t had a leather style jacket in a long time. (Side story – I used to have one that I loved, but my drunk ass left it at a bar one night and it was never to be seen again! Seriously, who comes to a bar wearing a coat and leaves without it and doesn’t think twice about it? Silly me.) So when my Halloween costume this year required me to buy another one I made sure to choose something very basic and simple so I could throw it on over everything – which is pretty much what I’ve been doing!

 

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The beauty item I’ve been reaching for this month is Revlon Satin eye shadow single in the shade 015 Shimmering Sienna. It’s a beautiful deep maroon colour and it’s utterly perfect for autumn! I usually pack a bit of it in the crease with a gold eye shadow look to deepen and add colour. I got it a long time a go so I can’t be sure of the price, but any similar colour would do the trick.

 

There you have it, my October faves! Let me know in the comments what your favorite was, and look forward to some Christmas-y picks next month!

  • xo, becca.

Monthly Favorites

Monthly Favorites – September 2016

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Hey lovlies!

Today i wanted to share with you all of my favorite things from the month of September.

September is a fun month because it’s kind of a mix between two seasons – the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. You get to savor the use of your summery products for the last time and begin using your fall ones! I have a great mix of stuff this month, so lets get started!

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First off is the Maybelline Blushed Nudes palette. I got back into using this palette as autumn has drawn closer and I have fallen in love with it all over again! It has great stay power and pigmentation. The pink/maroon shade (bottom row, second last from the right) and the rose gold shade (bottom row, first on the left) are my favorite shades! I may even call this one of the best pallets I own!

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Next is the L’Oreal Colour Riche lipstick in the shade 177 Fiery Veil. This lipstick is one of my “last taste of summer” picks. It’s a light orange lipstick and I just feel like the shade suits me. Its really easy to wear and doesn’t smudge, so I’m a fan!

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This next favorite is definitely leaking into autumn. I’m moving on from the summery, pastel nails and into the deep, dark shades. My current nail polish pick is Nicole by OPI, Deeply in Love NI 044. I really love short, dark, natural nails and this vampy red does it for me!

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I’ve started using the Zoella make up bag that i got for Christmas last year and I’ve been into it! I love my old bag, but after using it for literally 5 years, it has started falling apart. (FYI – my old bag is from Elizabeth Arden, apparently they make quality make up bags! So random, who knew?) The Zoella bag is spacious and a great shape. The material is easy to wipe make up messes off of and of course, I like to support Zoella, one of my favorite bloggers/Youtubers! (I am hoping to buy an item or two from her new holiday range of bath and body products. If I can get my hands on something I would love to do a review for you guys! Hopefully check back for that later.)

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I have gotten into using an agenda/planner again. I used to be obsessed with them in high school and since starting the blog i have had a bit more on my plate to plan for and organize. I picked up a simple planner and have not looked back since!

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My next pick is a bit of a guilty pleasure… I don’t usually drink energy drinks but I’ve been obsessed with lime flavoured Red Bull. I know they’re bad for you and I always tell my boyfriend not to drink them and here I am drinking one myself. But when I am falling asleep at 9pm on a Saturday night, I decided I needed a bit of an energy boost. I reluctantly picked up a Red Bull for the first time in years and it definitely did the trick. The lime flavour tastes exactly like rockets candy, I can’t get enough. It’s limited edition and I’ll be devastated when it is gone!

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My T.V. show favorite this month is definitely Arrested Development. I have started watching the series through again and I know its an old show, but it’s such a classic and it’s absolutely hilarious. I have probably watched the entire series through at least six times and I still laugh at every joke, It’s genius!

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My movie favorite has to be Bridget Jones’s Baby. I am a big fan of the Bridget Jones series and was so excited when a new movie came out! It was hilarious, heart warming and all around perfect. It was obviously not better then the original, but I think it was better then the squeal. Also, I promise I will NEVER give a spoiler with out a warning first, so NO spoilers here, but based on the news paper headline in the last scene, I have a strong feeling that there will be another movie added to the installment! I would be so down for that! What do you think?

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In August Amy Schumer came out with her debut book entitled The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo. It’s a comedic book of stories and essays about Amy’s life and i really learned a lot about her as a person and her back ground. This book was very funny, charming and well written, it was exactly what i hoped it would be. Anyone who is a fan of the movie Train Wreck and a fan of Amy Schumers will love this book!  (Is it super specific that my favourite genre of literature is comedic collections of essays written by strong, funny women? Because that is what at least half of my book collection consists of.)

Let me know down in the comments what your favorite of the month was!

  • xo, becca