In Inspiration

Getting Party Ready w/ Paperless Post

Summer is here, and I'm sure the party plans are in the works, ready for the big day(s). If there's one thing I love about going to/throwing parties other than the actual party itself, it's receiving/sending cute invitations. Sadly sending a paper invitation in the post is a rarity now.
Using Paperless Post is a good way to share your creative talent using a vast array of online and paper cards. We live in a world where most things are in digital form now, and so Paperless Post are there to provide just that! It certainly got me excited to try out (and create my own) cute designs.
In this post, I will be going through a list of essentials that need to be sorted before the big day from sending out invitations and picking out an outfit to decorating. 

1. Invite people! 
What's the use in throwing a party if no one will be there to enjoy it with you? Decide whether you're inviting a select amount of people or you're going all out and inviting everyone you know. Spice up what would be a boring text message, to sending a decorative online invitation. Below are a few I've been working on.




The website allows you to choose from a wide variety of envelope designs, background colours and to adapt the actual template of an invitation. There's an option for your friends and family to reply to inform you whether or not they can come too.

There's also an app so you can freely work on your amazing designs on the go! Why not send your loved ones a thank you card as well?

BIRTHDAY


SUMMER ENTERTAINING

The invite will show your guest all the relevant information and will come presented in a lovely animation in which the card comes out of the envelope!







GRADUATION
 (I'm actually graduating in two years haha!)


If you're hosting your own event, why not use Paperless Post to create a fun and original invite? https://www.paperlesspost.com/cards/section/invitations

2. Pick out an outfit!
Whether it will be a smart or a casual event, below are a few outfit ideas for this summer season.






2. Decorate!
Make sure you've decided on the theme for the party beforehand. Will it be a sophisticated get together? Will there be loads of banners and balloons? Is it a fun day at the beach or in the park?

A perfect investment because you can use it indoors but also outdoors next to a pool without the worry of water damaging it.

INDOORS

This is something I thought would be a cool idea, why not have a notebook lying around so that friends and family can write a lovely little message to you?







OUTDOORS






And last but not least, get an instant camera to capture all the little moments!



*Post published in collaboration with Paperless Post


ROMANS 8:32


-JVA

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In review

Why "GET OUT" is a movie everyone should watch

I debated with myself whether I should or shouldn't post this but I figured if you're interested read it, if not, you don't have to. I just felt compelled to write about it.

So recently I watched Get Out without a clear idea of what to expect. All I really knew for sure was that is was a horror/comedy movie about race. I'm going to try my absolute best to get through this post without any spoilers (haha!). Initially, this compelled me to watch the movie because a movie like this had never been created before. Nowadays, I feel that movies are pretty much ALWAYS the same. An example I'll give is Wonderwoman. Now, don't get me wrong, Wonderwoman is a pretty amazing movie but what struck a chord with me was the "love" aspect. I feel like there's a pressure for directors to nearly always include a relationship between the main characters. Unless there's a particular reason for there to be a love aspect, like in Get Out, you really don't need it. Yes I guess it makes the movie seem more realistic but, at the same time, it diminishes the worth or value of what the movie is really trying to portray to the viewer. Obviously, if it's a romantic movie then this would be inevitable but if it's lets say an action movie, I think the action is enough. You don't need the main characters to have a 5 minute make-out scene. You really don't.

Back to why Get Out is a movie everyone should watch... it's because it highlights real situations that real people go through. This is done through the perspective of Chris (the protagonist). Racism is a very current issue which I believe needs to be addressed a hell of a lot more than it is. Jordan Peele (director) does this so well without it having the feel of a serious movie that makes it hard for the viewer to relate to it because they are too busy trying to uncover what's going on. The movie is tense, but the horror and comedy aspect brings it to a level where you understand and acknowledge the racism that is taking place in a way that doesn't dramatically throw it in your face. Also, this was Jordan Peele's first movie and, may I say, it certainly did not seem this way. I think this comes from the fact that he could relate to this movie on a much deeper level because he's black, but also because he has sheer talent of course! I could also very much relate to certain aspects of the movie and so the movie made me feel like a weight had been lightened. By this I mean that the weight has not entirely been lifted, it's very much still there, but a situation I had experienced had been brought to light. This movie beautifully executes the awkwardness black people feel when seemingly harmless comments are hurled towards us. I love how Jordan Peele stated in an interview the fact that when these comments are made, most of the time it is with good intentions. It's a way of finding a common ground but the movie makes clear that it doesn't come across in this way. I highly recommend this movie to everyone because it's a freaking amazing movie displaying very real issues but in a way that makes it intriguing and also fun to watch. It hopefully opens the eyes to the fact that racism can sometimes also occur without the intention of being racist. In the midst of the movie addressing issues between white and black people, this doesn't serve to divide ethnicities but to bring them together. I resonated with Chris so much and I hope that people watching would come to realise what it is like being black (or any other minority), and how racism can so easily be avoided if both sides clearly understood how the other is feeling.

So I wanted to keep this post short and sweet. Just my personal thoughts on the movie :) I'm currently working on an "Influential people of colour" blog post so get super excited for that!
PSALM 120:1


-JVA

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In HOMEWARE Inspiration

Homeware Picks

Well that was a slightly longer than expected hiatus! I've been in full on exam mode but I have come to the realisation that procrastination is inevitable so instead of spending it watching an episode of one of the MANY tv shows that I'm currently watching, I would work on a blog post. Now that exams are over, I finally have time to finish writing this hurray! I've got so many new ideas for this blog and I'm looking forward to seeing them manifested.

This post is a slightly more relaxed one. Recently, whether it be in blog posts, youtube videos, or movies, I've been seeing a lot of homeware items that I just LOVE. I don't know about you, but I can't wait to get my own place and decorate! So, this blog is an unhealthy accumulation of just a few items that I would love to have inside my own place. A lot of these are expensive so they shall remain on my wishlist for a little while. This post is Urban Outfitters specific!

























































Imagine a house full of all these gorgeous items?

ROMANS 8:37

-JVA

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