Lavish on Screens

I recently watched What Maisie Knew and The Great Gatsby. What Maisie Knew is a very chilled out, cool-looking film with a heartbreaking story about a little girl who is living a privileged life but torn between her parents’ separation. What I love the most about this film is that every little detail is so well-thought of. Oh, and the great acting of course. I instantly became very much aware of how loaded her rockstar mom is just by looking at the apartment they are living in. It’s probably the coolest apartment I’ve seen on screen so far! Maisie’s wardrobe is as cool as the apartment.

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The other characters dress really well too, very appropriate to their personalities. Susanna’s (Julianne Moore) outfits remind me of Alison Mosshart from The Kills.

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It’s funny how I disliked Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby for being too vulgar in terms of showing the hedonistic life. Because Maisie has the same privileged lifestyle (but set in the noughties). Yet both films are so different. With Gatsby, I feel like there is no heart in the film itself. It feels so empty. What I like about Gatsby are probably the room-full-of-flowers scene and the costumes. And that’s just for the aesthetic reason.

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I think it’s ok to show how the ridiculously rich live on film, but it has to be done justifiably. Like Melancholia for example, I find the film focuses more on the characters. Yes, they live in a huge mansion and yes, they have the best wedding party, but these are all just details to strengthen the story.


The July Challenge

So, I am no longer living in London. I have came back to my beloved South East Asia for good šŸ™‚

When I packed my all stuff in London, I realised I had so much clothes! And some of them had to be shipped because they wouldn’t fit to my luggage. And not having a job makes me moreĀ consciousĀ in my spending – though in the past couple of months, every time I go out window shopping, nothing really interested me. So my salary went mostly to films, gigs, restaurants and bars – which I don’t regret at all.

I did talk to my friend who also loves shopping, and she told me she could not find anything she like in Topshop. I told her, “I gave up Topshop months ago!”. I don’t know if it’s the price (way too overpriced now), the quality or just the overall style. We then asked each other, “Are we getting old?”

I’d like to think that I have matured in my consumption. I get more picky, not just in shopping, but also when it comes to consuming the media and food. I remember my first years living in the UK, all I did was just buy, buy, buy. Be it a cheap New Look dress, orĀ splurgedĀ on a Chloe bag. There is always something I can spend my money on, whether I need it or not.

Now that I’m here, I’m trying to give myself a challenge to not buy anymore clothes – which I think will be pretty easy. Last month, I bought what I believe are my staples: Clarks flat shoes & Uniqlo jeggings. Also, my sister and mom have plenty of clothes I can borrow. So, there’s no reason for me to shop just out of impulse, really.