Rainy Sunday Movies

film, Just for Fun, Lifestyle/Personal


Although I normally spend rainy days curled up on the couch with a great book, last weekend the only thing I felt like doing was losing myself in a movie or two. I am no movie connoisseur, in fact my fiancé doesn’t let me choose movies because my taste is THAT bad. Thankfully he’s usually pretty good at finding a movie that we both like. I’ve compiled a few of our favourites from the last weekend (and prior rainy days).

Inside Out: not the BEST Pixar movie I’ve ever seen but it has a great concept. I may or may not have shed a few tears when Riley started going through all of those awful teenage angst filled emotions. I may or may not have cried when her imaginary friend finally said goodbye. I may or may not have cried at the very last frame when the family embraces.

Mad Max Fury Road: Intense, weird, innovative. I’m still not quite sure what happened during this film. There was a lot of driving, shooting, blowing things up, and special effects. If you’re looking for a laugh, this isn’t the right film, but if you’re looking for something to keep you guessing, keep you on the edge of your seat, this is it! Charlize Theron kicks ass and Tom Hardy is amazing (and not bad to look at).

Home: Cute, funny, memorable. Rhianna and Jim Parsons are the voices of the main characters. I preferred this film over Inside Out – it had more laughs and the characters were more loveable.

This is Where I Leave You: Tears, laughter, and all of the feels. Great cast with an excellent script.

Jurassic World: Probably the best combination of action, romance, adventure, and humour I’ve seen in a long time. Oh and CHRIS PRATT!

What are your favourite movies to watch on a rainy day?

Love Always,

Vanessa Xo 

 **movie posters from imdb**

“It’s Torono, they don’t pronounce the t” – Argo

Just for Fun, Toronto Adventures

Yesterday I experienced Tiff for the first time. Of course it’s nearing the end of the festival so there were no stars in sight but it was an awesome day nonetheless.


We (the bf, Chicago friends, and myself) watched Argo and End of Watch – as you can see in the picture above. Argo was amazing! My heart raced throughout the entire film and in spite of the serious content it made me laugh a lot, I loved the lines that had to do with Toronto or Canada. The best part about the film is that it’s based on real events – a classified mission that was declassified mere years ago. End of Watch was completely different but just as funny and entertaining, although I did have a tough time enjoying the camera shots in the beginning of the film.



End of Watch will be in theatres soon and I recommend that you check out BOTH films! I also recommend checking out a few films at Tiff next year. Watching a film at the beautiful Elgin theatre, surrounded by movie lovers is an unreal experience. The audience claps, they cheer, and they scream “RRRRrrrrrr” when the movie piracy commercial comes on. It feels like your apart of something, it feels like you’re all there for the same reason. It’s nice to be apart of the film community, even just for a night or two.

Films are a great way to tell stories, although not as much is left up to the imagination, it’s still a great way to SHOW a story, to connect with people, to take them away from their world for a few hours and teach them something new.

Long live good films, good books, good music, and all of the wonderful people who create them. 

Love Always
Vanessa Xo

After all this time…

Family Time, Just for Fun, Lifestyle/Personal

Today I went for a mani/pedi at Spa Nails with my cousin.

This is my cousin 😀

Yesterday I went to my sister’s house for dinner. She made chicken-pot-pie and we watched Happy Feet Two. We cried and then we laughed at each other for crying during Erik’s song. ❤

This is my sister – DUH!

I find it incredible that after all this time they still like to hang out with me (not all families get along after all). I leave for Chicago tomorrow so it was amazing to see them before I left and to have a few laughs (okay more than a few :)).

OH ya, I’m going to the windy city until Sunday with a few of my favourite people! We’re staying right downtown and I’m super excited to check out our hotel – I love staying in hotels. I’m looking forward to the Navy Pier, the Shedd Aquarium, and just exploring the city. I wonder what kind of vibe this city gives off. I wonder if I’ll like it as much as I liked New York. Hmm, I’m sure I’ll have all the answers once I get back.

I WILL be posting while I’m there though, I have the S.T.E.L.L.A.A. blog tour after all. My stop is on Sunday, so I’ll have to post before I leave Chicago!

Until then, I bid you adieu!

… I’ll try not to blow away while I’m there 😉

Love Always
Vanessa Xo


The inspiration behind the post…

Life is Real.

Family Time, Just for Fun, Lifestyle/Personal

“Life is real, it’s made up of little things – minutes, hours, naps, errands, routine. It has to be enough.” – Barney’s Version

When it comes to love and relationships is anything ever enough? Is there some preconceived notion in your head that you’re expecting someone to live up to? Life is REAL, it isn’t always what your expectations want it to be.

Sometimes it’s worse.

Sometimes it’s better.

I understand that contentment with the “little things” in life is difficult to harness. You are constantly reaching for more, striving for something, improving, making your life better, trying to get THERE.

How can this be enough when you want to get there, when you want to be that? I’m not going to pretend that I know the answer to that. I just want to believe that when it comes to love, relationships, and family, it’s the little things that matter most. It’s the little things that count – and they ARE ENOUGH.

Like going for breakfast with your family (minus the hardworking sister 😦 ) to celebrate your parent’s 29th anniversary…



And while you’re there, you laugh with your family, you talk about the future, you listen to your dad when he’s trying to teach you something, you order more coffee, you watch your mom smile as she enjoys her blueberry pancakes, you let your dad make fun of you for not being able to see over the counter when you’re trying to pay, you let your brother laugh at you because his laugh is just so damn contagious.

You relish these little moments because you know that they matter.

You know that they are more than enough.

Love Always
Vanessa Xo

Tale as Old as Time

Just for Fun, Lifestyle/Personal, Toronto Adventures

This weekend has been pretty busy and a little tiring to be honest but I’ve enjoyed every moment of it.

The bf and I went to CINQUElire for dinner before taking the subway down to see Beauty and the Beast. I ordered a salad and a penne alla vodka, the bf ordered meatballs and penne bolognese! The meal was going splendid until Alex got his pasta before I did – well in all honesty had Alex not asked about my pasta, I wouldn’t have gotten it at all. Yes, that’s right – the waiter didn’t put in my pasta order. Then when my pasta came out, they brought me the wrong thing, but I didn’t complain – I was starving! They did apologize and redeem themselves by giving us a huge slab of tiramisu (which I thought I didn’t like before last night) and coffee. Coffee = happy Vanessa.

Next we took the subway from Yorkdale to the Four Seasons Theatre (P.s. the new subway trains are awesome!!!).

The show was great – although I understand that some scenes from the cartoon cannot be replicated on stage they did an awesome job! Lumiere, Gaston, and Cogsworth were fantastic and probably my favourite characters. The only thing about this musical that I didn’t love were the extra songs they added that weren’t in the movie – they were a little cheesy.

I loved the emphasis this musical put on books, love, and the ability to change in order to become the best version of yourself. Beauty and the Beast reminded me how much I love stories, fairy tales, and books. It reminded me about the book of fairy tales that I started and now yearn to finish (before the sister starts popping out babies). It also reminded me how much I love the character of Belle and the Disney version of Beauty and the Beast – I think I’ll watch it today!

Have a fun and magical Sunday!

And remember…

Love Always 
Vanessa Xo

Stupid, Dirty, Fun

Family Time, Just for Fun

I went to watch Ted last night with the bf and although I can’t say I loved the film, it was definitely entertaining. It was stupid, it was dirty, and yet it had some prophetic truth laced into it.

I was never one for teddy bears but I do remember wishing that there was such thing as the Borrowers, after seeing the film, so that I could have friends. Does anyone remember that movie?


Anyways, a part from all of the swearing and sexual references, the movie Ted left me feeling nostalgic of my childhood. It left me with the understanding that at some point you’re going to have to grow up but that doesn’t mean that you need to stop believing in the impossible. It doesn’t mean that you should stop dreaming or wishing – how else are you going to get through those monotonous days filled with 9 hours of work?

I’m not saying that if you wish for your teddy to come alive, that he will.

What I am saying is that having a dream is a good thing and believing in magic, in miracles – that’s even better.

The question of whether or not it is possible is something that can drive you forward.

Love Always
Vanessa Xo

John Hughes – Olive Juice!

Just for Fun

The other day as I was lazily flipping through channels, I stopped on a clip from the film Sixteen Candles with Molly Ringwald. I was hoping that the movie was playing but instead I had stumbled upon a documentary on John Hughes. John Hughes wrote (and even directed a few of these films) Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Home Alone, The Breakfast Club, and Uncle Buck. 

He wrote lines such as,

Okay, so out of context the lines don’t seem to be that profound but I promise if you watch his films you’ll see how great of a writer/director he was. Teen films today will never compare to or mirror the way teens are portrayed in a John Hughes film.  Each film had enough humour, drama, romance, and sexual innuendoes to keep you interested but not so much that anything is overdone! There are no computer graphics, or overtly sexual scenes, or guns – just plain old G to PG rated fun.

Whenever it is that I have kids (or more likely nieces and nephews) they WILL grow up watching John Hughes films! Only his films can transcend over 25 years and still be relatable, funny, and loveable.


Hope you all have a fantastic Monday!

Maybe even check out a few of Mr.Hughes’ films?

You have an hour lunch break and YouTube -make it happen! 😛

Love Always
Vanessa Xo

P.S. and F.Y.I. Olive Juice = I love you. They sound kind of the same. 😛