Kelly Allen Writer

A family lifestyle, arts and culture blog.


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.


Own a Moment: the Perfect Gift for Any Occasion.

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*Thank you to Own a Moment for this product in exchange for review.

I was recently asked to review a keepsake gift from Own a Moment, a company specialising in time. Their concept is focused on owning a moment in time, a memory never to be forgotten, a product that also makes the most perfect gift.

Let's Fly with a Hot Air Balloon Craft! #BostikBlogger

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*Thank you to Bostik and Craft Merrily for these lovely crafty bits!

It's crafting time here on the blog with Craft Merrily and Bostik, and have we got a delightful craft in store for you! The theme this month is 'flying and I'm so excited to say that Warren took the lead with this one, creating a stunning hot air balloon.


Lush Spa Cardiff: the Perfect Gift for Mother's Day - or Any Day!

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Last night I was invited to Lush in Cardiff to check out their gorgeous range of products and spa with my very good friend, K. I am always excited when I enter Lush; the smell and the colours hypnotise me and my children love nothing more than dragging me around to check out the latest bath bomb. I don't complain because, deep down, I feel exactly the same as they do!


When Kids Have Their Own Style and Why We Need to Embrace it!

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

The sun is out and it's the perfect excuse to go on a little spending spree with the kids! I love George and Molly's passion for their own style and they love choosing their own clothes and shoes, so I can't wait to see what they choose to wear this Spring! Spring and Summer children's fashion can be a lot of fun, from sandals to swimwear, the excitement they find in deciding and choosing their own clothes is really awesome!
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