Sheffield Steelers.

My little sister went to her University Ice Hockey Varsity last week and it reminded me of my first experience watching the Sheffield Steelers a couple of weeks ago. We had got free tickets from my mums work, so me and my dad took advance of it and spent the night at the Sheffield Arena. It was the first time either of us had been to watch an Ice Hockey match and it was so much fun! The atmosphere was amazing, it was a really great way to spend a Saturday night. The Sheffield Steelers won 4-2 aswell which was even better!

We manage to pick up the rules of the game pretty quickly. I couldn’t believe how fast paced it was. The players swap around so often! It was clear who the better players were as when they were losing, the same set of players came back on, and every time they seemed to win back the game. The rivalry between the teams was also very strong. Quite aggressive towards each other actually, resulting in many penalties, mainly due to confrontations between players. I found it crazy that they were sent to the ‘Sin Bin’ for 1 minute and the rest of the team had to manage with 4 players. This really did make an effect on the game every time someone was sent off. And that was it really, there weren’t many other rules we don’t think! Just certain penalties which we didn’t really understand, we just saw members of each team being sent to the sin bin ever so often! Ha! Common sense really, the aim of the game was to score as many goals as you can.

The atmosphere in the arena was fantastic. There was special songs and dancers that everyone seemed to know. They must play the same songs every time! It was lovely, a real community of people, all supporting the same team. When the Steelers scored they played a certain little song that went ‘awooshh awooshh awooshh, it’s behind you’ and everyone did the action of swaying to the side with their arms. It was great joining in with all this, me and my dad felt like part of the family, even if it was just for one night!

It really was a fun and fantastic experience and is something I would definitely like to do again. I can see that it would be a great night with some friends, having a drink and generally joining in all the fun and games. I would recommend getting to an Ice Hockey match if you can, I can tell you that it will definitely not disappoint!

Have you been to an ice hockey match? Was it what you expected?
Let me know about your experiences,
Emily Jane
xoxox

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Cheap DIY Nails.

Recently, I have started doing my own acrylic nails because I no longer wanted to be paying over £30 to have them done every three weeks! They used to grow out so quickly and it used to irritate me so much when I had paid a lot for them. So about a month ago I decided to buy my own and try it myself. And to be honest, I am pretty proud of the results I have got. I’m actually not too bad at it if I do say so myself! Ha! I’m getting perfectly good results for around £10, give or take depending on what nail polish I use.

I bought ‘Kiss 100 Nail Active Oval’ nails from Superdrug for £6.49 (Link below). As it says on the box, you get 100 nails of all different sizes and also special nail glue. I think this is a great buy, as you can get lots of sets out of pack. This is particularly helpful if your nails tend to grow fast and you need to replace the nails more often, just like mine! These nails are really easy to apply, you simply find the nails that fit each individual nail and then place a small amount of glue on the back of the nail, and then hold tight on the requires nail for 1 minute to secure properly, and it’s as simple as that! Repeat that until you have done every nail.

I found the perfect nail varnish in Superdrug too! Rimmel have brought out a new ‘gel nail’ collection which requires two steps to the application of the nail varnish. You choose a colour you would like as Step 1 and then their is a special top coat gel layer that you can now buy as Step 2. Here is the colour I chose and the new ‘Super Gel’ top coat now in stores..

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 I would 100% recommend it, it gives a really nice shiny finish which in my opinion helps to make your nails look more realistic and professional. I have had so many compliments on my nails recently, and people asking where I have had them done, and they have all been extremely shocked when I have said I did them myself. Here a picture of the finished result..

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*the photo really doesn’t do them justice!

I am pretty proud of them like I say, and if people think they look like I have had them done professionally then that’s good enough for me! It is saving me so much money too.

Why not have a go yourself?! Here’s a link to the nails I bought at Superdrug: http://www.superdrug.com/Broadway/Kiss-100-Nail-Active-Oval/p/503177

Let me know if you have a go, I’d love to see some pictures too ☺️

Speak soon,
Emily Jane
xoxox

The Jungle Book.

I went to see the new ‘Jungle Book’ last weekend, at the Curzon Cinema in Sheffield. It is a great film that honoured the original plot, bringing back some great memories from my childhood. It really does justice to the animated classic. The only real difference was that it was live action!  I can’t really fault anything about the film, I can say I experienced every emotion whilst watching it! Overall, I would give the film a solid 9/10. It was a real easy-going film that was a really enjoyable watch!

The Jungle Book (2016) is a live- action adaptation of The Jungle Book (1967). It follows the journey of a man cub named Mowgli (Neel Sethi) in the jungle. He has been raised by a pack of wolves and has lived in the jungle for as long as he can remember. His stand in parents are Akela (Giancarlo Esposito), the head of the pack and Raksha (Lupita Nyongo’o), who is the only mother he has ever known. Shere Khan (Idris Elba) hunts down the man cub and declares that he does not belong in the jungle, resulting in Bagheera (Ben Kingsley), a good friend of Mowglis to take action and return him to the man village. Mowgli also has the help from a friendly bear Baloo (Bill Murray) and also meets many other animals along the way.

I was overly surprised to find out that the whole of the film was made with CGI: absolutely fantastic CGI as it happens! It all looked so realistic. Huge congratulations to the visual effects team for creating such a breathtaking, lifelike and realistic film, in live action, that replicates the cherished animated original perfectly! The CGI animals are also outstanding and unbelievably life like. The impressive environment created the sense that you were in the jungle yourself, with the added spectacular sounds of a real jungle complimenting the setting wonderfully. Although the film follows the original, Director Jon Favreau has installed some surprises along the way which enhance the film greatly. So your not just going to watch a complete live action replica of the original, you will experience even more detail surrounding such a treasured story.

The casting is spectacular, with every voice matching each character to perfection. Young Sethi plays an outstanding performance for a newcomer, fitting into the role of Mowgli superbly. He has a lot of talent that will take him far within the industry. Ben Kingsley plays the assertive and captivating companion Bagheera fantastically. His strong and manipulative tone of voice fit the role magnificently. Murray also played a blinding performance as Baloo, really bringing so much fun and enjoyment to the film. His happy and fulfilling persona really made Baloo stand out as the comical character in this film. Christopher Walken stood out to me, with his performance as King Louie. It was absolutely brilliant and there’s not much more I can say about it, other than it really was my highlight of the film when he arrived. He really made me laugh out loud! I was quite disappointed at how small of a part Scarlett Johansson had, playing Kaa. She was only on our screens for five minutes but again played a great part as the manipulative snake! I would have liked to have seen more of that character throughout the film.

Although I love the songs the original displays, I’m glad that Favreau decided not to include them all, turning the film into more of a musical. The film used two of the most popular songs ‘The Bare Neccessities’ and ‘I Wanna Be Like You’ in a great and enjoyable way. The Bare Neccessities stood out to me as a brilliant replica of the original song played down a river, between Mowgli and Baloo.

In my eyes The Jungle Book is something you must go and see, for an really enjoyable watch with family and friends. The setting, characters and familiar story all combined, make what I think is an outstanding film!

Have you seen the film yet? What did you think of it?
Let me know,
Emily Jane
xoxox

*image is not my own.