A YouTube DIY Fit For A Princess

Allison

I’m so happy that I found yet another combination of two of my favorite things; YouTube and Disney Movies. Today’s discovery is a video by Allison (her channel is Amarixe) titled DIY Tangled Inspired Glass Lantern Display. I love the movie Tangled and never turn down an opportunity to watch a YouTube video when crafting is involved. The lantern Allison teaches you how to make is so cute! And as an extra plus, this method can be used with different shapes and designs. These lanterns look adorable as home décor or would make a wonderful gift for family or friends.

I am a huge fan of Allison. She always has such a sunny disposition and shares her excellent recommendations on beauty products, books, and TV shows. If you are ever having a rough day, watching one of Allison’s vlogs will certainly lift your spirits.

To see the video click here: http://youtu.be/vqJw8r5bzqU

If you like this video and want to see more, subscribe to Amarixe. You will not regret it.

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A YouTube Beauty Guru Made My Day :)

Jen

YouTube is one of my favorite pastimes and in my subscription box today was a video I am very excited to share with you. Miss Jen Fabulous, who is known for her creative nail art, filmed a Little Mermaid inspired video. Jen’s channel is always a pleasure to watch. She has a lovely personality and a wonderful sense of style. Her nail art designs are something I really admire. Whenever I paint my nails, it always looks like a three year old tried to do it. (I totally blame my grade school for this. They didn’t allow us to wear nail polish, so I never mastered nail painting.)

Since this YouTube video is Disney princess related and I’m interested in all things fairy tale, I felt this is the perfect thing to include on this blog. If you are looking for a cute, fun way to channel Ariel on your nails check out the video linked below:

http://youtu.be/1glxe39x_lQ

If you like this video and want to see more, subscribe to Miss Jen Faboulous. All of her vlogs are awesome.

Once Upon An Enchanted Town

imageRecently I started watching the first season of the television show Once Upon A Time based off of some friends’ recommendations. Once Upon A Time is the story of an evil queen that places all fairy tale people under a horrible spell (Snow White, Prince Charming, Cinderella, and Little Red Riding Hood, just to name a few) where they are trapped in the small town of Storybrooke, Maine and don’t remember their true identities. I feel like this show should be something I absolutely love since it is fairy tale oriented (and let’s be honest I devoted an entire blog to all things fairy tale, so clearly it is a passion of mine). But alas, there are a few things that simply fell flat for me. I do plan on watching season two for further analysis. Sometimes a new show just takes a while to really pick up momentum and this series just started in October of 2011.

Pros:
The acting is great. I am a big fan of Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White) after I saw her in the film Something Borrowed and Jennifer Morrison (Emma Swan), who was one of my favorite characters on the early seasons of the series House. Lana Parrilla (the Evil Queen) does an excellent job conveying pure evil and fully encompasses what it means to be the villain. Robert Carlyle (Rumpelstiltskin) is positively creepy and devious which is perfect for the story. And for reasons I can’t really explain, I like Meghan Ory as the sassy, trampy waitress when you know she is really Little Red Riding Hood. Perhaps it reminds me of the the old cartoon where Red is a drop dead gorgeous lounge singer and the wolf can’t contain his desire for her.

The costumes and settings are spot on for a fairy tale.

I like the love story between Snow White and Prince Charming in both the fairy tale and in modern day Storybrooke.

Cons:
Snow White is my least favorite fairy tale so it was hard for me to be excited about the first episode and the fact that the main plot centers around this particular story. Luckily the series does cover other fairy tale characters as well to help balance it out a bit.

I know this series is trying to put a modern spin on fairy tales, but some of the plot points are hard for me to accept. In fairy tales, the villains are 100% evil and the heroes are 100% good but in Once Upon A Time this aspect is lopsided. The Evil Queen is always nasty and mean spirited, but Snow White is all over the place. In the Fairy Tale she is a tough, wise cracking, thief lacking all of the stereotypical princess qualities. While in modern day Storybrooke she is a kind, nurturing teacher and volunteer at the hospital. Shouldn’t this be exactly the opposite? The fact that she is a better person in real life than in her own fairy tale makes no sense to me.

Another miss I feel is that Prince Charming is engaged to another woman in the fairy tale and married in Storybrooke yet he has feelings for Snow White. In fairy tales what makes the prince of each story so wonderful and appealing to all women is that he is available and only has eyes for the women meant to be his princess. If Snow White has to steal Prince Charming from another woman, how is that magical? Seems more soap opera than fairy tale to me.

The idea that no one knows who they really are is just odd to me. Reminds me of the film Lady in the Water that I wasn’t all that fond of.

The main hero of the series is Emma Swan, Snow White’s daughter in the fairy tale and a tough, unapologetic bail bondswoman in Storybrooke. I find it is always difficult to really root for the main character when they aren’t very likable but I will admit she is growing on me over time.

Rating: 3 Breaks The Spell

Hate Princess Bride? Inconceivable!

imagePrincess Bride is the perfect fairy tale. A handsome hero, sword fights, true love, and a giant…what more could a story ask for? This hilarious, action packed, fantasy movie from 1987 is a timeless classic.

Pros:

A stellar cast: Peter Falk is wonderful as the frumpy but kindhearted grandfather, Cary Elwes (Wesley), Robin Wright (Buttercup), Mandy Patinkin (Inigo Montoya), Chris Sarandon (Prince Humperdinck), Wallace Shawn (Vizzini), and Andre The Giant (Fezzik).

The sword fight scene between Wesley and Inigo reveals the famous line “I am Inigo Montoya, you killed my father. Prepare to die!” It also provides excellent character development in a funny, entertaining way.

Battle of wits between Wesley and Vizzini.

Any time Vizzini, Inigo, and Fezzik are together. Their personalities play so well off of each other and provide lots of laughs during the film.

Chemistry between Wesley and Buttercup is convincing. I hate when it is obvious in movies that actors were chosen for box office ratings but have zero believability as a couple. And what good would a fairy tale be if the love story fell flat? Cary Elwes and Robin Wright really sell that deep, passionate, forever love that all story books must have for a happily ever after.

Cons:

This is extremely minor but while watching the commentary on this film everyone kept gushing about Billy Crystal’s small role as Miracle Max. All of the people interviewed said that he was so funny and stole the spotlight, but I must disagree. He only appears in the film for a few minutes and honestly it seemed like anyone could have played that role. I just wasn’t enchanted. Don’t get me wrong, I like Billy Crystal. City Slickers and When Harry Met Sally are movies I have watched many times in my life and throughly enjoyed them. I just felt his role was way over hyped.

Rating 5: Happily Ever After If you haven’t seen this movie yet I would recommend you rent it immediately. It is suitable for children while still being humorous enough for adults to enjoy.