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5 Horror Films You Need to Watch on Halloween

It occurred to me the other day I didn't have a Halloween post planned for y'all... but then I also realised I don't have anything planned for Halloween at all. I'm introverted so the idea of going out to a crowded club/ house party, dressed up in some half arsed costume ain't my thing (no shade intended). My ideal Halloween is indoors hiding from trick or treaters, snacking on my snacks, watching Netflix. Plus I like horror films (not sure why) but here are my top 5 to get you through the spooky season.

1. The Orphanage: Honestly one of the scariest films I've seen. A 10/10 for the creepiness and making me feel tense throughout my entire time of watching it. From the director of Pan's Labrynth (also an awesome film!) it is a must watch! Not only a scare fest but it has an actual narrative to it aswell. I never really understood the whole 'children are creepy' idea, but yea, I get it now.

2. You're Next: My best friend had to convince me for a good few minuets that this film was good (she'd seen it before but didn't mind watching it again with me) To be frank, the thumbnail on Netflix looked a bit shit, but this exceeded all my expectations. Its a really simple home invasion story (which I find super scary, because they are the only ones I find realistic) If you know you're horror or have studied it (like me) it follows the 'last girl' theory which I'm a big fan of and this film definatly gets your adrenaline going.

3. The Woman in Black: I saw the play of this years ago and thought 'how scary can a play be?' Well the joke was on me as it was CHILLING! I'm pretty sure this was Daniel Radcliffe's first film after Harry Potter and I was curious about his acting and thought it was an interesting film choice for him to do. This film is a really simple ghost story but surprisingly terrifying! As in, no matter how many times I see this film, it still scares me.

4. Scream: One of the first horror films I watched and a good intro to the teen slasher genre. I wouldn't say this film is actually scary, but I still think of it as a classic. Also a film that was very self aware which was refreshing. I would say this is a good film to begin with if you don't like being too scared.

5. Casper- A family friendly one for those who don't like being scared. I loved this film as kid! (And Casper meets Wendy for that matter) A genuinely sweet film about a lonely ghost, it brings back such nostalgic feels of my childhood, I love watching this.

6. Special Guest Mention: American Horror Story. I know this isn't a film, but I've definitely been watching this over the entire month of October and still fits with the scary theme. I've never been scared by a TV show so much, I also wouldn't watch it if you are of a nervous disposition but I really enjoy AHS. There is nothing else like this on TV/ Netflix and it really covers all grounds of making people shit scared from the imagery, characters, music and plot. No season is the same so you can choose what series you want to start with; I suggest Coven as the general consensus is that is the least scariest one.

So there is my list of things to watch this Hallows eve, let me know on social media (@marisa_thorne) what you'll be doing :)

Gingham Trend for Autumn

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PLT Try On Haul | Try The Trend: Gingham

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Transitional Wishlist

Marisa Thorne's transitional wishlist

So it's that time of year when you have to begrudgingly re-evaluate your entire wardrobe and start packing all your summer clothes away. DISCLAIMER: I don't actually do this, but it seems a very organised way of living, but the former is true. I know it's still August, but summer has basically left us and I feel the need to start looking around for more seasonally appropriate clothes. So I've created a good old fashioned wishlist!

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Feeling Motivated

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Sunglasses Lookbook

Something that's been in the works for a while now is a mini Sunglasses Lookbook. Every Summer I buy a bunch of sunnies as I've normally misplaced the ones I bought last year as I'm scatty like that 😝So I have a lookbook video for y'all this week to mix things up a bit. This video took a look quite a long time to edit despite only being a short 3 min video, probably because this was a real learning curve/ editing experiment for me. But regardless, I hope you like it!

There are four completely different yet affordable styles of sunglasses from oversized from Asos to the cat-eye styles. The heart-shaped ones are the perfect noughties throwback and I have had for ages  (I have linked similar ones). My fave pair are the reflective blue pair with the brow bar going through it. The original are from Primark, so again I've linked a similar Asos pair instead.

I really hope you enjoy the lookbook, let me know what you think of it either here in the comments or on social media. And don't for get to Subscribe ether!

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Nicholas Kirkwood Shoes

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Switzerland Vlog

I had the amazing (last-minuet) opportunity to travel to Switzerland with my mum and never one to turn down an opportunity to travel packed my bags and frantically searched for my passport! We went with an lovely travel company called Titan Travel who were amazing! This is a travel touring company who organise your entire holiday for you. We were 100% looked after! And I mean we were picked up from home and dropped off at the airport, all train tickets and hotels were organised, we literally didn't have to worry about a thing. This company was perfect for somebody like my mum who likes to be looked after while abroad and needs that extra bit of  security; and it was nice for me whose used to booking everything (flights, hotels, travel, excursions) themselves. It was a nice change to be looked after. Would recommend πŸ‘Œ  

Switzerland itself was amazing! Being a landlocked country, I really didn't expect so much greenery and nature. It was like something out of 'The Sound Music', I was half expecting Julie Andrews to come twirling over the hills. The tour we did let us travel around the German, Italian, and French parts of the country- so its very diverse. I've made a lil travel vlog showing what I got up to, so please do have a watch and tell me what you think. It would mean so much to me!

I really hope you enjoyed this mini post and travel blog. I'm hoping to be blogging more regularly from now on, and don't forget to follow me on social media which are all: @marisa_thorne 

Spring Wishlist

So kind of a funny blog post today. I was putting together a wishlist for this weeks post so I could practice with my new graphics tablet and found myself being naturally drawn to... you guessed it. Pom poms. It's kind of annoying me how much I mention them on here and I will be banning myself from writing about them in the future πŸ˜…But here is a random list of wants I have seen whilst internet shopping:

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Topshop Denim for Spring

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I feel like I'm finally getting my blogging groove back πŸ˜„The weather is definitely helping! My fashion choices always seem to favour spring/ Summer weather, I don't really like layering up/ have never really mastered how to do it. I finally have an excuse to wear my new favourite jeans, you may have seen these in a recent haul video I did here. Where I said I was browsing Topshop on my phone, saw them, and immediately bought them then and there.
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Why I'm not a perfectionist?

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I've had this title saved in my drafts folder for the longest time now and it's about time I actually got some thoughts out; And that thought is: Perfectionism. What is it? Why do people strive so much for it? Well, I could name a few reasons, one being, it's a personality trait, which is cool. But I don't think I've ever been a perfectionist, I just think it's a tad unrealistic. Just to be clear, I don't swan through life only half arsing tasks, jobs or projects- I am hard working, but if every little detail isn't perfect, I'm not going to cry about it.

marisa thorne uk fashion blogger

marisa thorne uk fashion blogger

marisa thorne uk fashion blogger

 I did actually attempt to be a perfectionist for a little while, back when I was Visual Merchandising it was 'all in the details' (hate that phrase now πŸ˜…) But every teeny tiny thing had to be just so and it was so exhausting! My mantra is 'work smart not hard' so I really struggled. When I did eventually hit my stride and get used to the pace and trying really hard for it all to be perfect. I found myself more stressed out, and dissatisfied with my work than ever before. I was always left feeling awful about everything all because it wasn't perfect and it actually stopped me from completing tasks all together.

marisa thorne uk fashion blogger

marisa thorne uk fashion blogger

So I guess what I'm saying is I think it's unrealistic to strive for perfectionism, and as long as I know that I've tried hard with something I'm OK with that. Perfectionism, also makes me feel bad about myself and I can't be the only one feeling this way, so please don't feel bad if you find your work isn't what you thought it was going to be weather you're a perfectionist or not. I thought this t-shirt was quite a fitting statement for this type of post :)

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Hi, It's Me...

Hi, so this feels kinda strange to me blogging again, but here I am. I have no idea what prompted me to take a break from blogging for a good 3 months but I suppose I had other priorities and couldn't balance them all. And once I got out of the habit of blogging I lot my blogging motivation, but I'm back now (hopefully).

So excuses! While I was away, I had my work experience-which I had planned to blog about but it was slightly underwhelming, so I didn't... Unless anyone out there would like to here about a Digital Marketing placement with a big branded retailer? Let me know, because I would like to share my experience if it's helpful to anyone. Because I knew I was going to be away, I had planned to somehow do some blogging where I was staying, but didn't like anything I'd done and (without being too self deprecating) it really wasn't good enough to publish.

Excuse number 2: I had an assignment. Not a big massive dissertation type of assignment, but still. It took priority and I really want to to do well in this course so dedicated quite a lot of time to it. Hopefully it pays off 😬  And finally excuse numero 3: The weather. If your type of content is mainly fashion related, you need good weather! Most of my blog photos are done outside because of the better lighting and you don't get that in winter. But now that spring is here, (she says as its raining outside as I type) and the nice weather is always motivating I have no excuse!

So those are my 3 rather shit but understandable excuses on why I haven't been blogging but the good news is, when I had my little 'Marisa you have to create/ write/ do something' I did have the random motivation to make a Spring Haul & Try On video, which I'm actually quite proud of πŸ˜‡ So please do have watch of that, I'd love to know your thoughts! The items in the video below will be featuring in the next round of photos, so keep your eyes peeled!