You should know me by now… if there’s a horror film coming out. I am totally on that bandwagon. Last week was Jeepers Creepers: Reborn. But this week was Smile. I will try to write this review with no spoilers, but I can’t make any promises.
Firstly, I saw the trailer to this on multiple adverts for films, as well as YouTube and Facebook ads. I was intrigued by the premise of a smile, being used in a psychological horror. Though I felt like the trailer didn’t give much away. I also saw a variety of good reviews from press, and some people saying it’s not what you expect, coupled with an 18 age rating.
With nods to It Follows, this film is visually stunning. In my opinion one of the best horror films of 2022. Certainly a great depiction of mental health since Lights Out. A great cinematic production exploring, mental health, trauma, guilt and fear. Jump scares which rely on sound are placed perfectly throughout the film, with a few distressing scenes.
I thoroughly enjoyed it. And that’s a wrap on my short film review 🙂 If you enjoyed it, I will write another for the next film.
Firstly ‘ll be keeping all social media the same. my personal instagram will be rebecaklxo, my style instagram is chasingbecky
However I have been sat thinking hard about this blog. It’s been 6 great years, but I also recognise this as a weird identity crisis labelled as a lifestyle blog. Maybe it’s why it hasn’t done well.
So I have thought about making a new blog. and working well to relaunch a great blog.
Because I still love doing this on the side, of my real life adult job.
I will keep this blog open for random personal ramblings, etc because I still enjoy looking back on this, for my life. But I will be finding a way to combine travel/style into one great blog with a cute name.
At the end of the May 2022, I ventured off on a big adventure. My first solo holiday adventure on my own, as a parent. I took my son on this same adventure. Fair warning, this will be a huge loaded blog post, about this adventure. A big one, travelling to Australia, to visit family. Yes I took my 4 year old son, to the other side of the country by myself, for 5 weeks. Although it was challenging and tiring, it was also so very rewarding. The memories we made, are for life.
Now of course there is too much to share in one blog post. You would be here for weeks reading this one post. I did keep a detailed journal of the holiday, and everything we did. It was beyond amazing to be able to explore Melbourne though, by ourselves and learn the area, all while staying in the hills/countryside.
Everywhere you drive too, there was beautiful scenery, everywhere. You can see why the Australian Government are so strict. It rained for the first few weeks we was there, but still so beautiful. If it rains in the UK, it’s depressing. It really does put a lot into perspective, and makes me want to take the dive to immigrate so much more. Another plan to visit, hopefully over Christmas, (Australia’s summer).
Here’s just a few things we did while we was away:
Puffing Billy at Emerald Lake.
Cauldermeade Farm & Cafe.
Neighbours Tour, Nunawading Studios.
Melbourne Skydeck at Eureka.
Maffra motor museum.
Cowes Beach, Phillip island.
Penguin Parade, Phillip island.
Sovereign Hill, Ballarat.
Explored Echuca (VA) and went into Moama (NSW).
Watched a movie at the Lunar Drive in.
Luna Park, St Kilda.
Fitzroy Gardens and Docklands.
Visited Fox’s classic car collection.
Melbourne Sealife Aquarium.
Explored Mornington Peninsula.
Had a girls night out, in Melbourne city.
Phillip Island wildlife park.
We also had a few self care days, a few rest days, and of course meals out, etc. Some days we did multiple activities. Enjoy this small gallery of some of our holiday pics. There is also pics and a few reels, on my instagram account: Rebeccaklxo .
I have been quiet on here, due to many personal situations happening. A lot of stress, financially, relationships, social, education etc…. It’s been a hard run mentally. A rise in my depression also has paused blog posts, even though I have several ideas. It doesn’t help that I have a really big trip coming up. A lot of exciting things to hang in there for. As always while I’m away, I’ll likely update instagram first (link).
I have also created a tiktok, where you can follow me… xorebeccaklxo – I mostly will be reposting my reels I make on insta, but to a wider audience hopefully.
From the end of May 2022, until early July 2022 I will be travelling to Melbourne, Australia. This is a trip to visit family. My first trip sort of alone (my son is coming with me). I am excited and super anxious, so there’s been a week of last minute over thinking, packing and listing/organising. But soo many adventures and memories to be made. Of course plenty of photos will be taken and a blog post will be focusing on the holiday.
When I return from the trip, I will be starting a job. A job I am very excited for, just because it’s finally a contract. An actual fricken contract after years of working 0 hour contracts. Oh the doors this could open up.
If you still follow my blog, I am so grateful. You can find all my social medias under rebeccaklxo
I do not recommend Virgin Media at all for broadband and tv. And this rant will for sure explain why.
Did you know the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) have implemented new security measures for online transactions? I did not know this until I came across my debit card declining a bill payment with Virgin. Only reason given, was strong customer authorisation (SCA) required. But never any redirections or anything. Upon my visit to the bank, they confirmed that this SCA, would be when the site directs me to authorise a transaction through my banking app. Because virgin’s website doesn’t do this, and I tried eight times, the bank and I guess the FCA said that the website has not been updated to the standards, and that’s why I have been having an issue. The very helpful lady in the bank, suggested I get the bank details, to pay via bank transfer.
So that I did, I got given details to do the transfer, which by the time I got the details, was on the 14th May 2022. I proceeded to make this payment, and of course the money left my account right away, and the customer representative told us services would be back on between 3 – 24 hours. But of course it wasn’t, and then we was told up to 5 days, when I know they can do it before then.
To make things worse they acknowledge we have payed, but won’t turn it on.
Daily walks are held as a huge positive for mental health. Most days I can barely go out to walk around my local neighbourhood. So you can imagine the challenge of walking 16.6 miles will be for me. Thankfully I will be joined by family, and my son will join a portion of the walk too. I also hope to livestream sections for both proof and record but also to hopefully drive some support. This will be via my personal Instagram.
Thank you as always for reading and supporting me.
I spend a lot of time day dreaming. I guess that’s the consequence when we live in a world where everything requires/revolves around wealth. That or a sub par relationship. I seem to find a lot of my time in my head, daydreaming.
I dream about all kinds of scenarios. Now this could also just be a manifestation of my mental health. However, sometimes it is also just nice to enjoy a very cool fantasy world.
At the beginning of this, I was going to share a fantasy or 2 that I enjoy daydreaming. However it is something very personal to me, that I am not ready to share yet.
So I apologise if this is a bit of a let down. But I have been dealing with my anxiety and depression a lot the past few months, (hence the quiet blog). I am building myself up. I am learning. I am evolving.
Still can’t get over my insta growth, as well as been braving the reels!!! Do go follow me and check them out! Insta link.
As well as here’s a few of my past blog posts for you to browse: