Review: Gone Girl

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Directed by: David Fincher

Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Emily Ratajkowski, Tyler Perry

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To be completely honest, I hadn’t read the novel until a few weeks before the film adaptation was released. But then I heard rave reviews from critics and decided I wanted to judge the film fairly myself and buckled down and devoured the book in just a few short days.

And I can’t believe I’m going to say this but … the film was better. It rectified the only flaws I could find in the book version: it sped up parts that dragged on and on and really gave the characters a lot more depth. Because the novel is split between past and present, jumping between the time periods can be a little exhausting and a point sometimes takes a while to be made because of the suspenseful literary techniques that needed to be shared. The adaptation fixed that and condensed what was about 50 pages into five minutes.

Based on Gillian Flynn’s best-selling 2012 novel, Gone Girl, David Fincher’s interpretation is dark, shocking and intense. Gone Girl is the story about the disappearance of Amy Elliott-Dunne (Pike), the girl gone. Gone, it is depicted, from a formerly happy marriage with Nick Dunne (Affleck). Gone from her comfortable New York lifestyle. And gone without a trace … except those that all lead to Nick.

It’s interesting to see how modern media has a strong influence on police cases and how spin can have such a way of portraying one’s innocence or guilt. Of course the story is also set in 2008 America, a time of recession. Panicking, jumping to conclusions and finding distractions are among some of the things common during that time. Mob mentalities are common and public opinion is everything, especially when it comes to an investigation.

Ben Affleck is surprising in his role and plays the role of self-absorbed and short-tempered small-town boy to a tee. But it’s Rosamund Pike, the leading lady, that commands the screen. She’s previously been in many of my favourite films such as An Education and Pride and Prejudice, but in a smaller role. In Gone Girl she brings an icy exterior to Amy that’s both lovely and frightening.

There’s twists and turns at every corner and as much as it likes to believe that it’s a ‘date movie’, it’s not. You’re more likely to scream from shock than pleasure with this one.

Fashion High Tea at Sheraton on the Park

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Sheraton on the Park, 116 Elizabeth St, Sydney

I’m a big fan of catching up with friends and eating. And tea. And teeny tiny bite-sized portions of food that never seem to end. So I guess you could say I don’t mind spending a few hours playing catch-up with a friend over high tea – especially when it features cute pastries shaped like shoes. (It’s like my two favourite things merged into one.)

If you’ve ever met me or have had the unfortunate pleasure of being friends with me, you’d know that I like to talk. A lot. I’m quite loquacious – I can go on for hours. High tea is one of those things where you can sit back and relax and let the conversation (and tea) be the main attraction. Miniature treats are a perfect way of providing sustenance between anecdotes and gossip.

Sheraton on the Park’s new ‘Fashion High Tea’ takes girly get-togethers to another level. Available in the hotel’s The Gallery Tea Lounge, an elegant space located to the lobby, you can enjoy Truffle Chocolate High Heels and Strawberry Cream Roulade Hand Bags whilst taking in a great view of Hyde Park (though you probably won’t even notice it because you’d be too busy Instagram-ing the shiz out of the set-up).

The service here is outstanding and the offerings are what you’d expect – delicious. I’m much more of a savoury girl so the fact that 2/3 tiers are filled with petit sandwiches and mini croissants makes me very happy indeed. (NB: I’m also an avid tea-drinker and probably went through about four pots of earl grey within the three hours that I was there. Told you: I’m addicted – and would totally fit in in Downton Abbey.)

There’s a very stylish and lavish vibe here (it’s probably the super huge comfy chairs). And it’s now made even more fashionable by the latest high tea offering.

Supermarket v salon hair products

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Although I do love having lighter hair, managing it is a whole other story. It goes brittle, severely dry and more frizzy once you start to take out the moisture and get some highlights and balayage. Today on my day off I spent hours with a slab of coconut oil in it in the hopes that it would quench the thirst I assume my locks are currently experiencing. So far so good.

My hairdresser, the impeccable Amanda from Oscar Oscar Paddington, was appalled shocked when I told her that I wash my hair with Herbal Essences. I didn’t see anything wrong with that – spend a ton of money on colour and scale back on management. It smelt nice and came in big pumped-size bottles. A win, surely? Nope.

“There is no comparison with supermarket vs salon purchase hair care,” says owner and director of Oscar Oscar, Oscar Cullinan.

“You get premium ingredients, just as you do with our premium beauty products.”

To be fair I have tried Redken and felt like it did nothing for my hair. My hair is naturally quite thick and wavy so I usually need quite a bit of product. Unfortunately for most of these brands, the biggest bottle is 300mL. That’s about a fortnight’s worth at a stretch. And at those prices, I could buy a whole carton of Herbal Essences.

But I’ve decided not to be stubborn and give them another shot. I’m going to trial a few, Kerastase is next on my list, and hopefully find the right one. (But if you know of one, please do let me know.)

“The right products can give you the shiny, bouncy hair you have always wanted,” says Oscar.

I hope I find them.

Like the French

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I really like Embryolisse. Like really. I even dedicated one entire post to their Lait-Crème Concentrè. It’s that good. (I’m still only halfway through my first tube because I was so scared it was going to run out.)

But now I’ve discovered that there’s more to the range and that you can actually buy it in Sydney! Yes, that is correct. No longer do you have to plan a trip to Paris to stock up on one of these bad boys. It’s readily available to you at Scotty’s Makeup – they have a store at Broadway and you can buy online! How wizard!

Top French makeup artist Jean-Pierre Van Cauwenberghe swears by Embryolisse’s Micellar Lotion. It’s sort of like Bioderma’s Crealine H20. (I swear the French come up with everything.)

“Not only does it cleanse the skin and leave it in perfect condition, you can also re-apply make-up immediately,” he says.

Plus I also discovered that they have a BB cream – they have a BB cream! I’m not really a foundation sort of girl and like to alternate between tinted moisturisers (I love Laura Mercier’s) and BB creams. The Secret de Maquilleurs BB Cream (with SPF 20!) goes on like a dream and doesn’t feel oily at all. It’s a shame it only comes in one shade because I bet I’m going to be like three shades darker in a few weeks, but for now, it’s awesome.