Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Archive footage

 Sorry I've been AWOL for a while but more on that another time.

 I just quickly wanted to share with you a few clips from when I was an amateur filmmaker. Before I was Elsie Mack, back when l was Angles & Jellyfish! They were so much fun to make, although watching them now is an absolute cringefest. These are all from 5-8 years ago which makes me feel horrendously old!

We were clearly the WEIRDEST 16 (17, 18, 19 and so forth) year olds to walk the planet.

edit: In hindsight I there is a LOT of choreography in these videos...

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Boardwalk Empire: The Grand Finale

What makes the most satisfying television series ending? This post is inspired by the grand finale of the wonderful Boardwalk Empire this week and I cannot get over the ending. It was perfect!

If you haven’t heard about Boardwalk, it’s an HBO drama series set in prohibition-era America. It follows the career of Enoch ‘Nucky’ Thompson (Steve Buscemi) as town treasurer of Atlantic City and king of his own bootlegging empire. It’s based upon the ever-changing relationships and business deals of the big New York gangsters; Al Capone, Charlie Luciano, Meyer Lansky, Johnny Torreo, to name a few. Since it’s now finished (as I didn’t want to see any spoilers) I can confirm there are scenes that are taken right out of history. It’s a cracking show which I would highly recommend and if you intend on watching it then read no further, I want to use it as an example of what makes a really great series finale... Read more.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Tip s for going out out for the first time

My younger cousin turned 18 this week so her sister and I took her out for her very first night out in Liverpool. We bombarded her with all our helpful tips guided by our own experiences and so I thought I’d share a few here and you can maybe add some of your own for any soon-to-be 18 year olds.

Wear big knickers.

First and foremost, I’m a very happy drunk. I love going out to throw shapes, jump around and with the right amount of alcohol I also like to fall down. A lot. It’s no big deal because vodka has the magical properties of turning concrete into a trampoline (until the next day) so I don’t stay down for long but flashing your downstairs to a load of strangers can take the edge off a magnificent, Olympic-esque drop bounce... Read more

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Chester Zoo

Anyone else been watching Our Zoo? The programme about George Mottershead and his family and how the zoo started? I've really been loving it and it makes me so happy that Chester is literally down the road. Took advantage of the kids being in school this week and went for a visit.

Glynn took most of these but I did take some! My eyesight's getting worse!

There was about 100 photos of meerkats alone. No one can resist baby meerkats.

These parents were sheltering two babies from danger!

Friday, 3 October 2014

Quiet time

Had a little gap from blogging and writing, not on purpose, but between work and being a bit unwell I've felt quite drained lately and can't seem to find the time. So many things have been going on though, I'm now enrolled on THREE online courses: journalism, blogging and makeup artistry. The journalism one I should really get a wiggle on with but it's not the most gripping, just 250 pages to read then write answers to some questions (ah well, I still have until April...). Bought A Beautiful Mess's Blog Life course which is super exciting because eventually that's what I'd like to have, an amazing blog business like they do. I think my ideas are a bit here, there and everywhere for that though. Most recently, I've signed up to a level to MUA course, which I already love because I love makeup and a lot of the beginning of it is all drawing!

If that wasn't enough, I've been keeping up my exercise and gymming it! You can follow me on Pumpup if you have it (lauracmcnally) and if you don't I'd recommend it. It's like Instagram for fitness and it's really encouraging because you can see other people plodding along like you. And it manages to make healthy food look beautiful as well.

Glynn and I even went to an open casting to be extras in a new major film being filmed in the area, so keep your eyes peeled and I'll give you info when I can but those non-disclosure forms are pretty binding.

Thankfully I'm on a week off work, which is sorely needed and by the time I publish this post I'll already have been the zoo and hopefully some other fun stuff, photos of baby red pandas are on the horizon! So I'm going to soak up every second of relaxation. x