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“Was our life together that unbearable?” - Lionel Shriver, We Need to Talk About Kevin
A 5-star read but also a tough one. Head over to my blog to read my full review!
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“My advice would be simple: Don’t let the bastards get you down.” - Hillary Rodham Clinton, What Happened
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“You can find inspiration in everything. If you can’t, then you’re not looking properly.” - Paul Smith 
Here is my top 3 looks from the 2019 Tony Awards red carpet. What’s your favourite look?
1. Lilli Cooper in Zac Posen
2. Danai Gurira in Gucci
3. Samira Wiley in Pamella Roland
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“Her absence is like the sky, spread over everything.” - C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed
Fran ❤️ 1941-2013
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“The woman I design for is very curious. She loves fashion, but she is also passionate about what is happening around the world.” - Prabal Gurung
Here is my top 3 looks from the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards red carpet. What’s your favourite look?
1. Camila Morrone in Prabal Gurung
2. Ciara in Vera Wang
3. Martha Hunt in Monique Lhuillier
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“So there’s this boy. He kind of stole my heart. He calls me mom.” 💙
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“My body is my journal, and my tattoos are my story.” - Johnny Depp
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“Be authentic. Be yourself. And most important of all... make it personal.” - Drew Barrymore, Wildflower
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“Fashion changes, but style endures.” - Coco Chanel
Here is my top 3 looks from the 2019 Cannes Film Festival red carpet. What’s your favourite look?
1. Elle Fanning in Gucci
2. Elsa Hosk in Etro
3. Paz Vega in Ralph & Russo
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Tere! My second trip abroad this year was Estonia, in early May. Little-known destination but definitely worth it. Great architectures, interesting culture, good-hearted people.
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“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” - Oscar Wilde
Fran’s Coffee Breaks will be back in a few days so time for a little #fridayintroduction.
Hello, I’m Mal and I’m a 30-something tattooed INFJ and Anglophile. I’m a lover of books, coffee drinks and Breton stripes.
Here are a few other facts about me:
▫️I am the proud mom of a boy
▫️I graduated with a degree in British & American Literature and Civilisation
▫️I love Eurovision
▫️I am passionate about ancestry research
▫️I am currently writing a fiction set in Bristol
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LIFESTYLE

Life lessons Muriel Heslop taught me

Muriel's wedding favourite film

“When I lived in Porpoise Spit, I used to sit in my room for hours and listen to ABBA songs. But since I’ve met you and moved to Sydney, I haven’t listened to one ABBA song. That’s because my life is as good as an ABBA song. It’s as good as Dancing Queen.” – Muriel Heslop, Muriel’s Wedding

Let’s take a moment and look back at the first smell the roses.

Watch your favourite film of all time.

Last Thursday, I was still on my 2-week Christmas break.
But I wanted a day off, a real day off – no laundry, no cooking, no stress, no toddler. You see what I mean.
Right after dropping off my son at the nanny’s at around 9, I went back to bed and turned my laptop on.
Made myself a cappuccino and grabbed a handful of Lindt chocolate balls to make the experience even better…

You’re terrible, Muriel

My ultimate favourite film is Muriel’s Wedding – and it’s been for years and years!

It’s an Australian comedy-drama film directed by P.J. Hogan, known for My Best Friend’s Wedding and Confessions of a Shopaholic.
The plot revolves around Muriel, a socially awkward 20-year old woman who desperately wants to get married.

“Muriel finds life in Porpoise Spit, Australia dull and spends her days alone in her room listening to ABBA music and dreaming of her wedding day. Slight problem, Muriel has never had a date. Then she steals money to go on a tropical vacation, meets a wacky friend, changes her name to Mariel, and turns her world upside down.”
– IMDB


Believe it or not, Muriel’s Wedding had a huge impact on the 8-year old little girl that I was.
I would beg my mom to rent the videotape every weekend so that I could once again watch this both funny and sad, but still hopeful chick flick.

Muriel Heslop, played by Australian queen Toni Collette, will always be one of my favourite fictional characters because, in her journey to self-discovery, she taught me life lessons that would live with me forever.

Listen to whatever music you want

One scene that makes me both angry and sad is when Muriel’s mean “girlfriends” reproach her her musical taste.
She is a huge ABBA fan and basically, she’s told she’s being an embarrassment to them because she is different and has weird musical tastes too.
She apologised, promised she would change and that made me so sad.
ABBA is part of who she is, her personality, and she should never deny that.

This confrontation speaks to me as I remember telling my literature teacher in high school that I was a big fan of The Doors and will always remember his reply: “OMG, who still listens to The Doors nowadays?” followed by many hahahas that just made me feel so embarrassed in the front of the class.

I have always listened to music from past decades and used to feel different because of it as well.
When my classmates were all about the latest radio hits, I would listen to songs from the 70’s and 80’s.
Don’t get me wrong, I did listen to the Spice Girls and Beyoncé but always had a fondness for oldies.
And ABBA was definitely part of it.

Their music holds such an important part in the film.
ABBA’s songs speak to Muriel, allowing her to escape from an abusive family and toxic friends.
But also allowing her to be herself and becoming an independent woman.

Dancing Queen, Waterloo, Fernando, Mamma Mia, and I Do I Do I Do I Do… it’s just a pure delight.
Muriel and Rhonda lip-synching Waterloo at the talent contest on Hibiscus Island is such an iconic scene, and definitely worth watching.

Don’t be ashamed of the music you listen to, or what you like watching. You know what, I just sang “Sugar Baby Love” by The Rubettes at the top of my lungs and absolutely loved it!

True friendship always wins

Basically, Muriel hangs out with a group of popular girls that bully her and just want to get rid of her.
She’s not “cool” enough to hang out with them and she doesn’t realise it until they humiliate her big time.
Honestly everybody who watches the film empathizes with Muriel and wants to give her a big hug, since these girls are so shallow and despicable, but then everything changes when Muriel meets Rhonda on a holiday.

Rhonda… oh Rhonda.
If I could pick one fictional character to be my BFF, that would definitely be her.
Rhonda appreciates Muriel for what she is and I love the bond they create.

Muriel went from thinking she couldn’t live without the Tanya gang to one of the most beautiful and true friendships.
Rhonda might be straightforward sometimes but she helps Muriel gain confidence in her journey to self-discovery. And she’s incredibly fun too.

Ugly ducklings transform into graceful swans

Muriel may be seen as an unattractive naive young woman at the beginning of the film, but as she gains confidence and grows independent, she blossoms and finally understands she can be valued for who she is.

It’s a long process before eventually realising it, but the ugly duckling from Porpoise Spit becomes a graceful swan.
Just believe in who you are – don’t change, just grow. Work on you and become the better version of yourself.

The first smell the roses of this year was wonderful – this movie hits home for me and watching it again really made me feel better.
It’s one of those films you can’t forget and never grow tired of. I highly recommend you put it on your To Be Watched list.

Did you stop and smell the roses last week?
Tell me about the life lessons you learnt from films.
Now, I’m beyond ready and excited to complete this week’s goal.

The next smell the roses is… care for a houseplant.

Image by National Film and Sound Archive of Australia

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