Tuesday, 14 June 2016

A Chanel Love Story

I have always been quite partial to watching a documentary in my time. I love real life stories and delving deep into subjects and personalities. However, I got out of the habit of tuning in and got sucked into regular TV shows and especially reality shows lately. Now don't get me wrong, I still look forward to Made in Chelsea on a Monday night (much to my boyfriend's dismay!) but I have also been putting my Amazon Prime to good use and finding some documentaries to watch again.
Two nights ago I found Coco Before Chanel. Now, I am aware this is a film, but it documents and tells the story of Coco Chanel prior to creating her hugely famous brand.

Firstly, if you love fashion, beauty, period dramas or romance then I urge you to check this film out if you haven't already. It is a French production so it does have English subtitles, but this wasn't an issue to me and you become accustomed very quickly.
As a fashion lover, I have always loved Chanel and the elegance of the brand. My ultimate measure of success will be when I can afford a Chanel bag; the most classic black bag to me.
I am especially a fan of the Boy bag....but I have never known much about Coco herself, or Gabrielle as she was born.

After watching her story, I now feel such a connection to her and her journey. She had a difficult upbringing and was in a convent orphanage from the age of 12 when her mother died and her father sent her there. I won't spoil the story for anyone who may want to watch, but the part that touched me the most was the ending.
Coco fell in love with a man whose nickname was 'Boy' and she was his mistress for many years, in fact he funded her first venture into the world of fashion making hats. He died tragically in a car accident, and it broke Coco. However she used her passion and let it drive her into creating what we know today. The beauty in this tragedy is that her love story is within the brand and they live on through Chanel today. If you haven't realised already, the Boy bag is named after that very man, Boy Capel, and the name is still used today. He helped to shape the identity of the brand, believing in Coco and a lot of her designs are based around him and their relationship.
Boy had given Coco a camellia flower as a gift once, which began her love affair with this flower. Anyone who is familiar with the brand will know that the camellia makes a regular appearance still to this day. It evens adorns the beautifully packaged boxes when you buy something.

To me, this story proves that something incredible can be born out of tragedy and that love can live on forever. I think this a beautiful message and one that I hope to carry with me and inspire me on my next venture. I have exciting plans in the pipeline, in which I want to share mine and my mum's journey and keep her alive through my own brand. Stay tuned for more details, but in the meantime check out Coco Before Chanel and believe in the power of love and what it can help us create.


Friday, 10 June 2016

My Favourite Feel Good Films

You know those days where all you want to do is sit on the sofa and eat chocolate? Perhaps you are feeling hormonal, or just had a rough day at work...we all have them, especially us girls! 
When I am feeling this way I love to watch a great feel good film and just give in to my emotions. I make a hot chocolate, grab a blanket and cosy up in front of the TV with my dogs around me.
I have compiled my Top 7 (random number I know!) feel good films that I always reach for, in the hope that you may get some inspiration and check out one of these classics too when you are in need:


What is not to love about these 4 women?! They are super funny, empowering and watching them allows me to feel as though I am in their friendship group and living in New York for an hour and a half....which I really wish I was!


This has always been one of my favourite films. It is a complete classic, and no one can feel sad when you are listening to these songs.


I think this is Richard Curtis at his best. A fantastic cast of amazing actors, who you can totally relate to, and you get all the feels from so much love in one film. 


This film never fails to make me laugh out loud, with so many perfectly silly moments. I can really relate with Annie's breakdown and think Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy are hi-larious....'Help me I'm poor' LOL


First things first...I love Kate Hudson, she is beautiful. Secondly, I just love how embarassing and crazy she acts to put Matthew McConaughey off. Lots of laugh out loud moments again.


For anyone who loves fashion or works in the industry, this film is brilliant. Meryl Streep is a genius as we already know, but this is also very inspiring and teaches the importance of hard work but also working for something you believe in and being true to yourself.


When I am feeling a little lost, this film really picks me up and teaches that there is always a new path and time to rediscover yourself. The world is a beautiful place to be explored and it's important to appreciate the little things.

Please let me know what your favourite feel good films are too, so that I can add to my list, and hopefully one of these may cheer you up too one day :)

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