Disney Nerd: 10 facts about the live adaption of Beauty and the Beast

We are just days away until the release of Beauty and the Beast in cinemas, so to get you in the mood for an enchanted tale coming to a screen near you soon, here are 10 facts about Beauty and the Beast’s live action remake.

#1

Ryan Gosling was originally offered the role of the Beast, but turned it down for a role in La La Land, instead. Emma Watson, on the other hand, was offered a role in La La Land, but decided to take on the role of Belle. Nice bit of film swapsies, there.

#2

Disney originally weren’t too sure about making the live adaption of the film as a musical. That’s when director, Bill Condon, stepped in and said “With all due respect, I think you’re crazy. The songs are too good. You’re going to spend all this time making a huge, gorgeous live-action “Beauty and the Beast” and not do ‘Be Our Guest’?” And what a relief, how could you skip some of Disney’s most iconic songs in the remake?!

#3

Despite the film not being released until this week, filming was completed over 18 months prior on the 27th August 2015.

#4

Though he now plays the role in the live action, Sir Ian McKellen originally turned down the voice of Cogsworth in the original animation of Beauty and the Beast back in 1991.

#5

In preparation of the role of Belle, Emma Watson re-watched the original Disney release of Beauty and the Beast and began to take singing classes. Some real dedication right there.

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Prince’s Trust: Getting Started With Media

When you can’t complete mainstream education, getting from A to B work-wise can be difficult, but it’s thanks to programmes such as the CCFC Foundation and Prince’s Trust that that journey can be made more achievable.

Due to severe mental health issues, I was unable to finish secondary school and ended up with barely any qualifications. I ended up doing different courses outside of school to make up for the loss of GCSEs, but the industry I wanted to work in wasn’t as straightforward to get a place in, like a hair salon or as a teacher. I wanted to be a journalist – in particular in pop culture – but to be able to choose your area, you need to know the basics.

I’ve taken part in other courses but it’s the latest one that has made the biggest impact on me as an individual. Going from a freelance writer – jumping in the deep end with hardly any qualifications but a few very rare opportunities –  it can be hard to get the skills you need without learning them in a professional manner. So when I had to take a break from my freelancing career due to ill health, I decided to put the time when I wasn’t so poorly into learning new skills and building up my CV.

That’s when I was told about the Prince’s Trust: Getting Started With Media course. Unlike other courses I had been on which only involved research and paperwork, the Prince’s Trust had teamed up with Cardiff City Football Club’s Foundation to be able to give us a real hands-on and up-close opportunity for learning these kinds of skills. The course was pretty compact, lasting only 5 days, but who knew you could learn so much in so little time? Personally, I find learning by watching and doing is far easier than writing it all down, so it was an exciting time for me.

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Disney Nerd: Walk in Belle’s footsteps and visit the locations which inspired Beauty and the Beast

Everyone is familiar with the scenery of the little town that Belle and her father, Maurice, hail from in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast but the inspiration had to come from somewhere. In this blog post, I’ll be giving you an insight of the different destinations that are said to have inspired the Beauty and the Beast Locations.

Alsace, France

Alsace is located is a region in France, the heart of Europe, with an abundance of architectural and cultural gems. It’s no surprise  that the film has links to this location with the similarities of the architecture and the lifestyle in general. Alsace stands apart from all other regions of France. The capital of Alsace, Strasbourg, is home to world renowned historical heritage sites, with the Grande Lle listed as UNESCO World Heritage. For information on visiting Alsace, visit the official website.

 

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LUSH produces product in support to free Andy Tsege

Andy Tsege is a British citizen and father of three, who is being illegally held on Ethiopia’s death row. On 20th March 2017, he will have been held for 1,000 days. The democracy campaigner was kidnapped and taken to Ethiopia to face torture and execution for his political views. The UK government has power to be able to negotiate Andy’s return home, but have failed to do so.  This is where ethnical bath and beauty company, LUSH supports Andy Tsege.

The company are known for their Fresh and cruelty free cosmetics but also the advocacy in human and animal rights. LUSH have joined forces with human rights organisation, Reprieve, on the campaign #FreeAndyTsege and have created a new bath bomb called ‘Buy One, Set One Free’, to raise awareness of the horrific incident.

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Celebrity Bargain Buy: Miranda Miller’s Pencil Skirt from the iHeartAwards

Welcome back to ‘Celebrity Bargain Buy’, where I’ll be sharing with you some fashion pieces worn by celebrities which are available for an affordable price. Today’s piece is Hey Violet keyboardist Miranda Miller’s pencil skirt from the iHeartAwards earlier this month.

Miranda was looking pretty in pink on the red carpet for the iHeartAwards ceremony and since bold colours are in this season, she was definitely on trend with this skirt.

This skirt is perfect for this Spring season for getting that bit of bold colour in your outfit and can really be the centerpiece of your look. You can get this skirt from Topshop for just £32!

What do you think of Miranda’s skirt? How would you style it in an outfit?

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Plus Sized Clothing

Plus Sized Picks: Spring 2017

We’re stepping into Spring and as the weather (somewhat) gets brighter, so do the fashion trends. I’ve been eyeing up lots of clothes from different brands and decided to share a few of my Spring plus sized picks.

New Look curves blue studded floral embroidered denim jacket

Embroidery is a big trend right now and I am all for it. Denim jackets are also back in fashion so putting the two together makes total sense and it really does work. It’s not warm enough to go jacketless (is it ever in the UK?) so this is perfect as the weather slowly gets a tad warmer and we shed our winter coats.

Available from New Look for £39.99

 

Daisy Street plus band tee jersey dress

I am quite fond of band tees, so jersey dress versions are a big love of mine. You can either wear them as a dress or a long top with a pair of jeans or leggings underneath. It would also go perfectly with the denim jacket above, if you ask me.

Available from ASOS for £22.99

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Celebrity Bargain Buy: Jesy Nelson’s Super Speed Printed T-Shirt

Welcome back to ‘Celebrity Bargain Buy’, where I’ll be sharing with you some fashion pieces worn by celebrities which are available for an affordable price. Today’s post will feature two items as worn by Little Mix’ Jesy Nelson that she wore on The Today Show recently. Each item is so reasonably priced that I felt the need to share the entire outfit with you!

I just thought I’d also mention that I’ve been posting a lot of Little Mix as of late due to the girls having such a big love for highstreet priced clothing and wearing it so often. They are constantly in the eye of the media right now, so there are lots of amazing pieces they are wearing that are proving to be quite popular in the fashion world.

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Jesy’s outfit was rather striking and definitely had fans all heart eye over her attire. It also matched the colour scheme of the Glory Days album, which is pretty much my aesthetic right now.

Jesy had this top customised and it worked really well, giving it a touch of her own style, but I think this would still look nice in the condition it was bought in. You can get it from Topshop for £26.00.

 

Jesy’s shorts really brought an edge to her outfit, giving it a rough cut look. I really love these shorts and think they would be perfect for the Summer season. You can get these from River Island for £30.00.

 

What do you think of these items? Which would you be interested in wearing and how would you style it?

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Celebrity Bargain Buy: Zoella’s Oversized Printed Shirt

Welcome back to ‘Celebrity Bargain Buy’, where I’ll be sharing with you some fashion pieces worn by celebrities which are available for an affordable price. Today’s piece is Zoella’s oversized printed shirt that she wore in a recent Instagram snap.

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We recently saw Zoella rock the dungarees, so it seems to definitely be a fashion trend the Queen of YouTube is loving this season. This time she’s teamed it with an oversized shirt with a quirky pattern to create quite a playful look which seems to be bringing a more bright and cheery look as we swing into Spring.

Despite being the most talked about internet persona in the UK, Zoella keeps it quite casual and still shops the high street prices, picking this beauty up from Zara for £29.99. It’s a great piece which can be styled in numerous outfits this season.

 

What are your thoughts about Zoella’s oversized printed shirt? How would you style it in an outfit?

 

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Top 5 Children's Books

World Book Day: Five books I adored growing up

Today is World Book Day, which is an amazing day to celebrate the incredible invention of books for a good cause, Book Aid International. To celebrate 20 years of this special day, I’ve decided to get nostalgic and share five of my favourite children’s books that I absolutely adored when growing up.

The Suitcase Kid – Jacqueline Wilson

Jacqueline Wilson was my favourite author as a kid. In fact, she still is one I very much highly value. I had the whole collection of her books growing up, but it was a toss up between The Suitcase Kid and Vicky Angel being my favourite. Since I only had the audiobook of Vicky Angel, I’ve picked The Suitcase Kid as one to mention in my top five. I remember being so hooked on reading it, it may even be the first book I couldn’t put down. With the storyline focusing heavily on a family dividing, it gave me a real insight as to what it’s like to be a child dealing with a divorce. My parents divorced when I was a baby but managed to remain the best of friends, so I was quite lucky in that sense, so to read this story, I was really given an in depth insight as to what my fellow peers may have been going through at that age. This was definitely one of my favourite children’s books.

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Withering Tights – Louise Rennison

This was perhaps my favourite book by Louise Rennison, despite her bestsellers being The Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging series.  I loved getting to know about Tallulah Casey, the bubbly 14 year old with a passion for acting and following her journey to Dother Hall for a summer of acting courses. The supporting characters are highly amusing and got me giggling quite a bit throughout the book. I had a passion for drama during the time I read this book, so it was exciting to be able to relate to the main character in that aspect and was a great teen read that I fell in love with instantly. Hearing about Louise Rennison’s recent passing broke my heart and brought back such fond memories of reading this book.

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St David’s Day Leek and Potato Soup Recipe

Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus, pawb! Today is St David’s Day here in Wales, which celebrates the Welsh patron, St David and is the national day of Wales.  There’s lots of ways the country celebrates this special day – from attending services with traditional dances and songs, holding Eisteddfod festival events and children usually dressing in traditional costumes of Welsh Ladies, waistcoats for boys or wearing the Welsh rugby shirt. To celebrate, I’ll be sharing with you my leek and potato soup recipe which is a pretty simple dish to serve on this patriotic day. It’s quick and easy, making it the perfect starter to a three course meal or just to have as a lone dish.

Ingredients

  • 2ibs of potato
  • 2 large leeks
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 onion
  • 1 veggie stock cube
  • Salt
  • Pepper

 

  • Chop and wash your vegetables and add to saucepan.
  • Cover vegetables with water
  • Add your veggie stock cube
  • Add a pinch of salt and pepper
  • Bring your soup to boil
  • Simmer until vegetables are soft (aprox. 20 minutes)
  • Hand blend the soup down, leaving some chunks
  • Taste and adjust seasoning
  • Enjoy your leek and potato soup

I hope you enjoy this delicious dish. Have you ever tried leek and potato soup before? What’s your favourite soup?

 

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