Kelly Allen Writer

A family lifestyle, arts and culture blog.


The Rise of the Self Love Ring: Would You Marry Yourself?

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*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.

This month has seen a big peak in support and recognition of International Women's Day, with men and women working together to celebrate the amazing women of our past, present and future. With this in mind, I thought I'd talk about a new trend that's recently emerged for women focused on self-appreciation and self-loving. 


Dreamy, Fuctional and Inspiring: A Writer's Perfect Home.

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Ever since I was a small child I have always loved writing, from poetry to stories, even copying up college notes gave me a sense of joy. As I've grown older this love has remained, but my time has dwindled. Sometimes we need a space, an area to reconnect with our writerly selves, as well as the tools to create the words and beyond. 

For the past month I have been (not so) secretly pinning lots of images to my board entitled, 'My Dream Home', and I've even surprised myself when it comes to the pictures, photos and DIY projects I've pinned along the way. I've chosen a lot of bold designs and plenty of inspiring photography, and after weeks of Pinterest dreaming I thought it only made sense to go one step further and share this dream on my blog.


The Best Vegan Treats Out There in the UK!

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*This post is an entry for BritMums #OreoCookieQuest, sponsored by Oreo.

*Please remember things change all the time and what's printed here may change from one week to the next. Please read labels and use your own judgement. I am not a dietitian (as you can see from the list!).*

I absolutely loved taking part in Veganuary; even during the tough and downright emotional times it felt so good to be doing my little (or big?) bit for the world and all the animals within it. Each time I shopped or had a nose at vegan food online, I was quite surprised to find so many amazing accidentally vegan treats...

You can see a large list of accidentally vegan food and drink here, but today I want to talk about my super favourite vegan treats and share them with you. Just in case you didn't know these delicious treats were vegan, you will now!


10 Reasons Why You Need to Attend The Big Retreat Wales!

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The sun is out and festival season is on my mind for sure and I just cannot wait to attend The Big Retreat Wales with my family this year. Set in the heart Lawrenny village in Pembrokeshire (Wales) this gorgeous wellbeing festival is set to be an adventure for anyone who attends.

The Big Retreat Wales takes place from Friday 25th May until Monday 28th May 2018, and there's so much on offer during this period that you won't want the days to end. The festival isn't just aimed at children, you could go with your yoga buddy or your partner, it's completely inclusive of everyone and everyone's personal wellbeing needs. Their focus is on love and self-care, away from the hustle and bustle of normal life...


Review: Birmingham Royal Ballet - The Sleeping Beauty at Wales Millennium Centre.

Last night I was invited along to Wales Millennium Centre to see a performance of Sleeping Beauty from Birmingham Royal Ballet. I haven't been to a ballet performance since Casanova, but it's still imprinted on my mind as both intriguing and visually stunning. I was hopeful Sleeping Beauty would make me feel the same...


Is it Possible to Find True Love in Today's Dating Scene?

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*This is a sponsored post. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

I first met Warren in 2007, over ten long years ago. We started dating soon afterwards, thanks to an exchange of numbers one drunken night in Cardiff's Varsity. We often talk about at how dating was back then, how the dating scene has changed, and we always wonder if we'd have ever met in this day and age...


Movie Review: Lady Bird at Chapter Arts.

*Thank you Chapter for the review tickets.

Last night Warren and I visited Chapter to see the latest coming of age story, Lady Bird. We haven't been to the cinema in ages, and Chapter is our fave, so we were excited to get there early and have a little tipple before the film began. It was buzzing when we arrived and I realised just how much I'd missed popping in over the past few months (mostly because of the weather or our crazy commitments!). 

It was super nice to be back and I was super excited to discover we were going to see the movie in Screen 2; the super cute old fashioned one with starry lights! The performance was quite a sellout, which is fab in terms of atmosphere, but finding seats did prove a little tricky for some people. Leaving spaces between you and the next person is just not necessary... it's one of my major pet hates! So remember, fill all the spaces so everyone can have a seat and sit next to their pals!

Lady Bird Review

Lady Bird stars  Saoirse Ronan as Lady Bird, whose previous work includes The Lovely Bones and Hanna. I've always thought she's a very talented actress, and as soon as I saw her on the screen I was really excited to see her in the role of Lady Bird...

There's a lot to take in with this movie; from huge honesty when it comes to mental health, virginity, the task of growing up and so much more, it touched on some major teenage topics. I thought they were well executed and consistent with my own teenaged experiences; I definitely related to Lady Bird, more than once! 

In terms of style, I loved the gritty vibe running throughout, it made the film feel all the more real and interesting. I thought the soundtrack was good, as well as the performances from the main cast; they were all amazing! 

Direction and certain shots made me feel part of the movie, and there were times when I couldn't help but shed a tear.  I think the representation of an array of teenagers is spot on; sometimes they're moody, irritable or confused, sometimes they're sad or angry and most the time they're just trying to figure out who they are meant to be.

I found the mother/daughter relationship a little hard to swallow at times; I thought their interaction as mother/daughter was, to a point, quite sad, but also there are some harsh realities and way too much for me to personally relate to.

The storyline is really interesting and it reminded me quite a lot of my own childhood, and how much love there is in the form of solid friendships. The ups and downs of teenage friendships was well portrayed, and classic of teenage angst movies. 

I absolutely loved the father (Tracy Letts) in this movie, he is kind and sweet and very humble. I thought his relationship with Lady Bird was really lovely, and they appeared to have a strong and respectful bond. 

Overall, this movie is a reflection of life, a time when we all discovered parts of ourself. A place in all our lives when we began to see who we would become, and how the world around us doesn't always make sense, no matter how old we are...

Will you be going to see this movie? Let me know your thoughts.
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