Christmas Market & Ferris Wheel – 2015

Hey my loves,

last week I went to a Christmas Market with two of my best friends and I had such a lovely time and took a lot of photos. So I today I want to share with you some of them! We went on a lovely Ferris wheel ride at sunset, had a little walk through all the little shops, ate at one of my favorite places dinner and then when home. I had so much fun and I’m definitely now feeling festive for this year’s Christmas! Here are the photos:

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The scarf I’m wearing is from ASOS, you can get it here: ASOS Woven Long Scarf in Check and I created a playlist over at soundcloud, check it out:

Btw loves, I changed my Instagram handle to @thedawnofinspiration so come over and say hi! I would really appreciate it!

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Have you seen this??:

Holiday Gift Guide for Her – Part One

Holiday Gift Guide for Her – Part Two

Holiday Gift Guide for Her – Part Three

Holiday Gift Guide for Her – Part Four

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

Birthday Party – 2015

Hey my loves,

today I am sharing with you my Birthday Party Pictures with the Props I handcrafted some time ago. I had so much fun during the photo shoot and the rest of the evening! My friends and I always know how to have the most fun! Shout-out to them for making me feel very special and loved that day! I love you guys!

the food

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the photo booth shoots

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I can just recommend to you to do such a shoot, we had so much fun!

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

Because of you I  laugh a little harder, cry a little less and smile a lot more.

 

 

 

Halloween Movie Night

It’s Halloween in a few days, and most people like to celebrate this day in some way or other. There’s of course a variety of things to do, but mainly you have two options: you can do a party, or you can watch movies. And just in case you decide on the latter, here’s a list of suggestions for you.

Classics

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

An absolute all-time classic, not just for horror fans. Sure, nowadays it does not hold the same shock value it had fifty years ago, but this movie is still great. Suspenseful, dark, creepy, superbly acted, and the score alone is haunting enough, even without the bizarre dream sequence in which Rosemary conceives her hellish offspring.

The Exorcist (1973)

Once considered the most scary movie ever, horror fans will not be shocked as much now, but this movie is undeniably a true piece of horror that made a lasting impression on all occult horror flicks that came later. I still cannot watch it at night, or alone.

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

It is not the first zombie movie ever (that credit goes to “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” from 1920), but it is considered the one that laid down the ground rules for all zombie flicks to boot, and it led to the five subsequent movies George Romero made, which were remade and inspired more than one generation. It is not really scary, but then, most zombie films are not, and if you are a genre lover, you have to see it. Also, as far as I know, it was the first movie ever to cast a white woman and a black man as the two lead actors.

The Shining (1980)

One of my all-time favorites. Even watching it for the 20th time, you can still get a kick out of Jack Nicholson’s acting. From the haunting score, to the kid actor that is ridiculously good for a 7-year-old, to the rotting corpse in the bath tub, to the chase through the icy labyrinth, everything about this Stephen King adaption is perfect. One of the best scenes in movie history is the scene in the bathroom where Delbert Grady cleans Jack Torrance’s jacket. Oh, and the bloody elevators. And the twins in the hallway. The horror that Kubrick managed to create with such limited means is still awe-inducing.

Slashers

Halloween (1978)

Could have been placed in the Classics section, since it is the mother of all slashers, laying down ground rules like the final girl and the masked killer. I guess I was too old (21) when I finally saw it, because it did not make much of an impression on me. But I will not deny that it is a good movie, and perfect for a Halloween movie night.

Friday the 13th (1980)

Tried to hop on the train that “Halloween” (1978) started. I have to admit that I have not seen it, but Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide gave it only 1 ½ stars out of four, calling it a cardboard thriller. However, it has developed into a cult classic, and it has brought to the genre the idea of a secluded camp area that has been copied a million times.

Scream (1996)

This one could have also been placed in the Classics section, since it revived the genre and defined its tropes, as well. Never say you’ll be right back! Not scary after watching it 20 times, but that is the one downside to slashers—they usually only work once. However, this first installment in a (too prolonged) series is at times exciting, sexy, hilarious, and just enjoyable.

You’re Next (2011)

A fairly new movie that is surprisingly fantastic. It is an independent project with no known names, but I was completely thrown by how good it is. The action starts suddenly, and brutally, and when the suspense starts picking up, your heart rate will definitely rise. Its solution is not really a surprise, but that hardly matters, nor do any potential plot holes, because the movie artfully plays with the genre tropes, spinning and twisting them without ever breaking any rules, turning the slashers into the slashed.

Zombies

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Another one for the Classics. Not actually a spoof of “Dawn of the Dead”, a misconception that must stem from the title. This brilliantly intelligent British production is a zombie film that just happens to also be extremely funny. Dozens of shout-outs at classics of the genre and other pop culture phenomena, as well as dialogues sprinkled with hints at the entire plot that you only catch if you pay really close attention, make this a pure pleasure to watch. Look out for Michael Smiley’s two-second-cameo as a zombie.

Zombieland (2009)

Wonderful comedy with big names like Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone that gives us a quite realistic view of what the life post-zombie apocalypse might look like. Like, for instance, the fat ones die first because they cannot run that fast. The characters are relatable, and also this movie has one of the best cameos ever. Of course, most people are already spoiled, but I will not mention it.

Wyrmwood (2014)

This Australian production might just be the best zombie film I have ever seen. Gory, yes, of course, but also very funny, and sad, and shocking, and with so many new ideas to the genre it makes your head spin. I saw it at the Fantasy Filmfest without having seen any trailers or reviews, which is a true blessing because you will not get the full experience if you do not watch it completely ignorantly. No, seriously, do not watch the trailer. It tells you everything.

Deathgasm (2015)

Outrageous production from New Zealand about a teenaged boy who founds a band with his pals and then they inadvertently play a song that brings hell to earth. While the idea is not new, the variety of weapons the survivors choose to employ to fight off the zombies surely has not been seen like this before. And the humor is so rudely, incorrectly, gut-wrenchingly funny that you just have to fall in love with it. Also probably the most gory flick I have ever seen. An absolute must for genre fans.

Creature horror

An American Werewolf in London (1981)

Very funny, but also really creepy movie with Oscar-winning make-up effects that were unbelievable back then and still are today. I watched it when I was way too young and was absolutely terrified. I am certain it would not have as much of an effect on me now, but it is perfect for a nice scary movie night.

Ginger Snaps (2000)

Exciting, slightly scary movie about two sisters, one of which gets bitten by a wolf. The movie is not surprising, but well acted, and the characters are relatable. There is a significant amount of tension created as we watch Ginger slowly change, starting with her personality and the fact that she suddenly has very hairy legs.

Cursed (2005)

Also a werewolf flick, with Christina Ricci and Jesse Eisenberg as siblings that both get bitten and go through some interesting changes as a consequence. Funny, fairly suspenseful and with a nice twist in the end.

Black Sheep (2006)

Completely absurd and extremely hilarious creature horror from New Zealand in which crazy scientists try crossing human DNA with sheep DNA and inadvertently create genetically modified sheep that crave for human flesh and bite people who then slowly turn into sheep themselves. And the hero, of course, has an extreme sheep phobia. Very gory and brutal, but the effects are handmade, which makes the whole thing very likeable and just plain awesome.

Haunted House

Poltergeist (1982)

Another one for the Classics, and, to my knowledge, one of the first movies ever to display such a clear example of the Haunted House motif. I admit I have not seen it. I am not made for this genre because of my vivid imagination. However, there is nothing but praise to be found for this horror flick that was cowritten and coproduced by Steven Spielberg (!). If you are a fan of the genre, I guess you need to see it.

The Amityville Horror (2005)

There is a long history of movies centering around the same story that I was not aware of. This installment is the only one I have seen and that is enough for me. Again, classic Haunted House, but with a striking resemblance to “The Shining” (1980) at times, just with a slightly different ending.

Paranormal Activity (2007)

I have not seen this one either. All I know is I watched a few snippets of it and then had to sleep with the lights on that night. This film (that is also a classic example of the found-footage-genre) represents the epitome of why the Haunted House motive is so scary—because it is an invasion by an offender you cannot fight against, in an environment where you are supposed to be safe. If you can watch that kind of thing, this is your movie.

Insidious (2011)

There are those who found it boring, and then there are those who were a complete mess after watching. I have to admit I belong to the latter group. Starts out as classic Haunted House, until it turns out it is not the house that is being haunted. A mean ending, and well-acted with a lot of jump scares and a very sinister atmosphere.

Miri – @OriginalSGreenD

Tell us in the comments what you’re favorite movie is to watch for Halloween!

The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins – Book of the Month – June

Hey my loves,

“To Everyone else in this carriage I must look normal, I’m doing exactly what they do: commuting to work, making appointments, ticking things off lost. Just goes to show.”

Might spoil a little, but I tried my best to do not so. Please bare with me.

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So I just finished up reading “The Girl on the train” and I have to say what a gripping reading. I absolutely loved the psychological thriller parts. I was so clueless about the actual murder up until one big revelation between Scott and Rachel. So exciting, let me tell you. I would recommend reading this book not only because it is gripping but also because it gives a view in the life of a lost soul. At first I had trouble understanding what was going on in Rachel’s life but the more I got to know about her the more I was involved in her thoughts and her actions and the more I felt empowered for her to find the actual truth and maybe even a little peace for herself. Though I have to admit that at times when she was questioning herself about the events I thought maybe she’s the killer.

I absolutely loved the authenticity of the book. Infidelity, abuse, alcoholism, future fear.. All “real life” problems centered around “real life” people but with a psychological twist. It can truly change the way you look at other people and maybe even lets you think twice about telling someone off on the streets when they accidentally run into you. Maybe they’re just having a bad day. You never know what is going on in a strangers life. Nevertheless in the life of the people you care about and love.

Normally I am not a huge fan of switching  up the narrator to another person but in this case it helped a lot with understanding why things went the way they did and why the people were so “damaged”.

So if you haven’t already read the book you certainly need to. Here are links for you where you can buy it:

http://fave.co/1HeaQuJ (Amazon USA)

http://fave.co/1HeaV1y (Amazon UK)

http://fave.co/1Heb0SV (Amazon DE)

Tell me in the comments what you thought of the story and who you thought the killer was in the beginning. Also give this entry a thumbs up if you want me to give you guys a quick review about the books I read.

I wish you all a wonderful start in the weekend.

XoXo, Jasmin.

Amsterdam – The Food, The Sights, The Feeling

Hey my loves,

as you might or might not know I went to Amsterdam for my birthday! We were staying at the Amstel Botel and I had such a lovely time! I really want to go back and have a little more time, because the city is so beautiful and inspiring.

On the evening of November 7th we arrived pretty late, I believe it was around 10:30 pm, so we just went straight in our rooms to get some sleep. Which was to say pretty short due to some loud noises from the boat or the heating, but the view of the beautiful sunrise in the morning made it all go away. On Saturday we spent our time shopping, because what else do you do if you just have basically one day. In the evening we went to a near by Restaurant called IJ Kantine, which first of all had this amazing window with all the bottles of alcohol and secondly one foodgasm after another. It was so delicious and amazing. On Sunday instead of driving straight home we made a detour to Rotterdam, because a friend of ours is living there. And I had the best rooibus tea ever!

Over all, this weekend trip was so much fun and it was so nice just to see something else. Amsterdam is a very beautiful city and I would love to go back some day!

So enough of me babbling. Here are some pictures:

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Xoxo, Jasmin.

Wherever you go, go with all your heart. ~ Confucius

10 Steps: How to plan a weekend getaway with your friends

Hey my loves,

this weekend I am going away with two of my friends for a weekend getaway to Amsterdam and I thought I share with you how we planned it and even give you some inspirations for packing and other things. But today I give you 10 steps on how to actually plan your trip. I hope you all have an awesome day and if you go on a weekend trip with your friends, please feel free to tag me on Twitter: The Dawn of Inspiration or on Instagram: Beckett1991 !

  1. Find a date that fits for all of you. If it is for your birthday make sure you ask your friends at least 6-8 weeks beforehand.
  2. Decide where you wanna go, you could decide it on your own (maybe because it is your birthday), you could decide together or you could even see what the cheapest getaway from your home town is.
  3. Think about where you’re going and if you decided beforehand you were travelling by car, make sure it is not so far away (tops 3 hour drive, I would recommend)
  4. The easiest way to book it, is if one of you is the “money master”, this means one of you controls the money for booking and traveling.
  5. Book a hotel or whatever you want to stay in and make sure you have the money you need from your friends.
  6. Think about what you want to do (relaxing, wellness, sightseeing) and discuss it with your friends. Maybe even start a group on Facebook or WhatsApp.
  7. Plan your outfits ahead so that you don’t have to take too much with you.
  8. Make a list of everything you will need, including passport and all that.
  9. Pack something for the travel (especially if you go by car or train).
  10. Enjoy and have fun, maybe even turn your mobile phone off, if you can.

We planned the trip with a travel agency, but there are quite a lot online vacation sites. Whatever you prefer ist fine. I hope those 10 steps helped you and stay tuned for more fun things coming this weekend.

I wish you all a wonderful start in the week.

Xoxo, Jasmin.