Dinner, a Movie and an Avenger: Date Night at Cineworld VIP

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Earlier this year, Gary and I seen the trailer for Thor: Ragnarok and it got us REALLY excited. That soundtrack! Those snappy one-liners! JEFF GOLDBLUM IN BLUE EYELINER! What’s not to love?

We decided to start this week off with a little date night to see the latest instalment from the Marvel universe in style in the Cineworld VIP experience at Glasgow Renfield Street. If you follow my Instagram Stories, you’ll probably know by now that Gary and I go to the cinema a lot – at least once a week – and watch everything from the latest Disney releases, to horror films, foreign features and much more.

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For something we’re really looking forward to, or a fun date night, Cineworld VIP is perfect for kicking things up a notch and making it feel like more of an occasion! And does it get more special than a date with an Avenger (or at least, a date while watching an Avenger)?!

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In honour of Thor: Ragnarok‘s neon branding, I decided to wear my brightest tights and a sparkly jumper dress. I like to think of it as something Lisa Turtle might wear on a date at The Max…

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cineworld vip

Once we got to the cinema, we picked up our tickets and zipped up to the sixth floor to find the private lounge area and buffet. We had about 45 minutes before heading into the screen, so we had some dinner and a few obligatory goes on the Coca-cola freestyle machine. I swear we’re like a pair of big kids – raspberry peach Sprite Zero, anyone?

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: my favourite part of the Cineworld VIP experience has to be the comfy surroundings inside the screen itself! The reclining Lazy Boy-style seats and plenty of space means that you can really relax and feel immersed in the film. Sometimes I forgot that there were other people there (sorry, Gary!) and if I could have taken one of those seats home with me, I would have given it my best shot!

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Before the trailers started, we picked up some popcorn and drinks and settled into our seats. If you’re anything like me and manage to finish your snacks before the movie starts, you can pop back out to the stand and replenish your stash – did I mention that unlimited treats are my second favourite part of going VIP? Halfway through the movie we decided to get some nachos – no lines meant we were back in a flash, too.

And the movie itself? Well, I don’t want to give too many spoilers but what I CAN say is that it’s one of the best Marvel movies to date! You know this gal is all about Iron Man (and Ant Man, of course!) and, even though there was no Tony Stark appearance this time around, the story, script and striking visuals more than make up for that. Also, Thor gets a haircut! I’m still shook, you guys!

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If you grew up watching movies like Masters of the Universe, then I think Thor: Ragnarok will hit you in all the right nostalgic places. Also, Goldblum rocks blue eyeliner better than I ever could (and I’m totally OK with that!).

The action scenes and swooping shots of Asgard were stunning and this is where seeing it on the big screen really makes a difference!

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We can’t wait to plan our next trip to Cineworld VIP, and there are a ton of films that we want to see this Autumn like Star Wars, Murder on the Orient Express and Justice League, so I’m sure we will be back really soon. You can book tickets to see Thor, with his fancy new haircut, AND see what else is showing in VIP here!

Have you seen Thor: Ragnarok yet? And who’s YOUR favourite Avenger?

 

 

 

This post was created in collaboration with Cineworld, though all experiences, thoughts and Tony Stark crushes are my own.

Not Just Pretty Pictures: Coffee Table Books You Need in Your Life

We’re slipping into the time of year where I find staying at home an increasingly attractive option, despite the fact that I’m generally the type of person who prefers to be out and about. Over the last couple of years, I’ve spent a lot of time and energy creating a fun home space that I can both work and relax in – so it’s not exactly a bad thing that I want to spend more time here.

Coffee table books are a particular indulgence of mine – and Gary’s – and we’ve accumulated quite a collection since we started living together! And during the chillier, greyer Sundays, escaping into one of these big, beautiful books with a mug of something hot is one of my favourite ways to spend an hour.

Sometimes coffee table books can be all style and no substance though and, as much as I can appreciate that, I do still like to read something while I’m leafing through them!

I thought I’d share a few of my favourite titles that deliver both, in case you’re looking for something new to reach for on your next cosy day at home…

What I Love About Movies by Little White Lies is a collective celebration of films by some of the best in the business. From Ryan Gosling, to Wes Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, Francis Ford Coppola and more, each answering the simple question (“What do you love about movies?”) in their own unique style alongside some gorgeous illustrations.

Did someone say Wes Anderson? The Grand Budapest Hotel by Matt Zoller Seitz is a comprehensive guide to one of Anderson’s most popular productions, filled with interviews, costume designs, research notes, a critical essay and much more. This pastel pink beauty is always sitting in our living room, ready to whisk us away to Wes’ world.

The Secret History of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost is what you might expect from a book about one of TV’s most curious cult classics: it is not what it seems. This oversized, hardback title is actually a mystery novel in the format of a coffee table book – with the reader taking on the role of an FBI agent. The pages are peppered with photographs, transcripts and other evidence to digest. A must-have for any fan of the show!

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Finally, Places to Go, People to See by Kate Spade is one of my most recent additions and covers a topic close to my heart: travel! The vintage glamour of the jet-set meets inspirational quotes, travel tips (like what to buy if you ever find yourself in Buenos Aires and the BEST room service midnight snacks!) and oodles of vibrant photos. Warning: wanderlust is pretty much guaranteed with this one…

For me, these coffee table books tick all of the boxes: they look stylish when I display them around the flat, they’re filled with amazing content and have lush, eye-catching images to get lost in.

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What are YOUR favourite coffee table books? And other things to do while spending a day at home?

Visiting The Neon Museum, Las Vegas

The Neon Museum

Las Vegas was the last stop on our American road trip and, after a few weeks of taking in some incredible natural landscapes, I was ready to trade all of that gorgeous scenery for glitz, glamour and (of course!) plenty of neon. And, right at the top of my must-do list? The Neon Museum in downtown Las Vegas.

The Neon Museum

Vegas is home to quite a few amazing attractions (keep your eyes peeled for more on them very soon!), but The Neon Museum is something really special; showcasing a collection of historic and iconic signs that are a part of sin city’s history.

The Neon Museum

With signs dating from as early as the 1930s, it felt like we were stepping back in time! Legendary pieces from well-known Vegas establishments like the Stardust, the Moulin Rouge and the Golden Nugget have been specially preserved and displayed for visitors. When I seen the 1958 sign for the Stardust, I couldn’t help but swoon a little! What an atomic beauty!

The Neon Museum

The Neon Museum

Taking a walking tour of The Neon Museum doesn’t just mean that you can get up close to all of these incredible designs and lose yourself in a colourful vintage world for an hour (though I did PLENTY of that), it’s also a chance to learn about how Las Vegas has grown over the years.

The Neon Museum

Our tour guide talked us through the story of each sign, with some awesome insights into old-school Vegas (think stories peppered with Rat Pack appearances!) and the people behind the hotels and casinos. If it’s at all possible, I think I left even more wide-eyed than when I went in.

The Neon Museum

I was excited to dress in theme for this occasion, so wore my biggest, most OTT flamingo sunglasses, along with a sparkling diamond Markus Lupfer tee and a neon arrow necklace by Tatty Devine. Viva Las Vegas, baby!

The Neon Museum

Finally, I don’t think I could talk about my visit without mentioning my love for the visitor centre at The Neon Museum, which is housed in the former lobby of the fabulous La Concha Motel. This shell-shaped, mid-century design dates back to the swinging sixties and was rescued from demolition when the motel closed in 2005. Stunning!

The Neon Museum

If you’re planning a visit to Las Vegas, be sure to check out The Neon Museum and take in a very stylish slice of history. Don’t forget your giant sunglasses…