London Fashion Week #LFW may be over but you can keep the style going with @tresorparis #fashion #style

Screen Shot 2013-09-20 at 08.28.28Another LFW is over so its time for Cara Delevigne to give her eyebrows a rest and for Anna Wintour to pack her bags and head back to Vogue Towers. But if you’re not all fashioned out, then we have the perfect solution for you, and it comes in the form of Tresor Paris. 

This year, the  UK Jewellery Award winner has once again collaborated with fashion house Fyodor Golan to help put the finishing touches to their SS 2014 collection ‘Electric Children’. Screen Shot 2013-09-20 at 08.29.00

Inspired by their pedestrian commute to their studio every day across Waterloo Bridge, the collection focuses on shape, colour and energy. Ceramic Tresor Paris beads were entwined on to bra-let tops and dresses to embellish and define the shape element of the collection, which on the one hand was beautifully fitted and on the other was contrasted with looser bomber-style jackets in fine fabrics.Screen Shot 2013-09-20 at 08.27.35

The runners and bikers in particular stimulated the duo to design ‘luxe sport’ inspired pieces, epitomised with insignia FG sweat tops. These were then paired with various geometrical separates which were cut with an aesthetically clean line, such as wide floaty trousers. The ‘Fyodor Golan Tribe’ element is created through the bold splash, embroidery designs and enchanting multi-coloured feathers and pleats protruding from dresses.

Colour schemes range from bright yellow to black which contrasts with the soft pastel tones of mints, baby blues and nudes to create a dazed feeling which is enhanced by the colour splash embroideries, feathers and prints. The snakeskin apparel was also coated in pastel colours to evoke feelings of contemporary sexuality.

This high energy dynamic colouring inspired by the rave movement is visible in the particularly bright pieces adorned with the iconic smiley face.

Pieces will be available from Harvey Nicholls www.harverynicholls.com and Then & Now and www.thenandnowshop.com

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Get creative this party season with these amazing #baking products from @passion4cakes @hobbycraft @therangeuk #cakes #baking

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So party season is not too far away, and all you budding bakers out there may need a bit of inspiration if you’re trying to impress with your culinary skills this Autumn. Well fear not, if it’s a ghoulish delight that you’re after for the perfect Halloween party next month, its time to invest! We’ve found this devilishly brilliant bakers airbrush kit from Shesto that may just put you into the highest rankings when it comes to sweet treats!  Screen Shot 2013-09-17 at 18.44.52

Using  the Cassie Brown Cake Craft Airbrush Kit, this special cake decoration technique gives beautiful, professional-looking results every time, and you don’t have to be an experienced chef or baker to use it (phew!) . The airbrush kit is quick and simple to set up, use and clean, and comes with three mixable colours, so it’s ready to go – straight out of the box.Screen Shot 2013-09-17 at 18.45.01

Why all the fuss about airbrushing?! 

Airbrushing is a relatively new cake decorating technique and is one of the quickest and easiest ways of adding colour to a cake, eliminating the need to work with multiple pieces of coloured sugar paste or royal icing, and at the same time reducing waste and mess. The liquid cake colours are sprayed smoothly through the tip of the precisely-designed airbrush using compressed air, giving the user complete control over the design and finish.

So if you fancy yourself as an ‘artisan artiste’ this winter, we would highly recommend that you give this a go!

Where can I buy this amazing contraption?! 

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What? There’s more?! 

And just in time for some ‘spooktacular’ spell binding cake decorating, Cassie Brown has also brought out a “How-To Christmas and Halloween DVD (£14.95) featuring top tips from the award-winning sugar craft expert on how to make stunning seasonal cakes.

So what are you waiting for… get baking and share with us your creative creations!

 

Get yourself top of the Glam List with @lip_smacker @Barrymcosmetics @GloMineralsUK @styloko #beauty #makeup #shopping

Screen Shot 2013-09-12 at 09.03.27So every girl loves the opportunity to play around with the newest and hottest make up trends. There’s a never ending flow of amazing products coming our way, so its hard to try and find the best of the best. Well, fear not Snoochers as we’ve done it all for you…From eyes to lips to foundation, we’ve picked our top two  make up brands to show off some of their latest trends and then introduce you Styloko a whole new shopping experience that will help you finish up that ultimate glamour puss look!
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First up, the most fun make up brand Lip Smacker is back with a whole new collection ready for the Autumn//Winter season. From cleverly allowing you to channel your inner Disney princess with its fun Lip Smacker Disney Collection, you’ll feel more like Beauty than the Beast in no time.Screen Shot 2013-09-12 at 08.50.27
 And priced at a super affordable £2.50 you’ll be rushing to Debenhams to grab the full princess line up! 
Screen Shot 2013-09-12 at 09.06.08Launching on the 25th September, well known beauty brand Barry M has some incredible new buys which will give you everything you need to party this Winter. Another very affordable buy, these products range from £3.99 upwards, which wont break the bank for your own purchases before you start spending on everyone else this festive season…so go on, spoil yourselves! 
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  • Palettles- A first from Barry M these eye and cheek palettes can you give you party glamour or daytime beauty in an instant. Complete with 6 eyeshadow shades that compliment each-other, a blusher, a large mirror and  two brushes- these palettes will become your go-to for eye and cheek colour every time! – £6.49Screen Shot 2013-09-12 at 08.54.57
  • Matte Nails – A/W13’s must have nail look, available in matte Nude, Berry, Black and Brown you can have this seasons hottest grunge nails for just £3.99 .

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If you need something a little bit more sensitive for your skin, then look no further than Glo minerals which offers a naturally nourishing array of products and beauty tools suitable for all skin types. Screen Shot 2013-09-12 at 08.58.01

From bronzers, foundations and concealers to mascaras, eye shadows and lipsticks – The range’s pharmaceutical-grade ingredients with high-pigment minerals, and exclusive combination of Vitamins A, C, E and green tea extract heighten the skins natural lustre. glō minerals also offers broad-spectrum UV protection to maintain the health of the skin while protecting it from further damage. 

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And finally, if you need more than just make up in a hurry this party season, then online site Styloko promises to slash the search time for online shoppers. 

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Having just re-launched, Styloko is offering a brand new online shopping experience connecting people to the products they love quickly. The new-look site is based around personally curated virtual boutiques, which contain only the brands and items users love and want to shop.

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On Styloko you can add products to your very own virtual boutique either from Styloko’s own website, which aggregates almost 700,000 products from nearly every major UK retailer, or from any other site across the web – simply by using their browser button.

And if you want to tell everyone about it, you can then share your boutique, comment on items, follow other stylish users and shop from other peoples’ boutiques. And, (BARGAIN ALERT!) when an item in your boutique falls in price, you’ll get an instant notification by email – so you will never miss a sale again.

So there you have it – dont get down in the dumps about the impending winter ahead its time to get prepped for the party season in a big way!! Enjoy!

Forget the doom of winter and keep on shopping! @tjc_uk @opOceanPacific @shimlajewellery @lucetmundi

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Yes the days are getting shorter, the mornings are getting longer and night time approaches quicker. But don’t get all doom and gloom about the pending winter months because we’ve found some last minute Summer specials for the family and also a few bits and bobs to get you looking forward to Oct, Nov, Dec…basically we just found a whole load of cool stuff from some amazeball brands which we think would suit you lot a treat… enjoy and let us know if you buy any of these treats!

The Jewellery Channel isn’t just a TV show it’s a way of looking gorgeous and glam!

The Jewellery Channel is an online store that stocks over 16,000 pieces ranging from £2.99 to £5,000 so there’s literally something for everyone!  In addition to being known for their diverse range of stunning items, TJC is also well known (and respected) for doing everything possible to undercut normal retail prices so that jewellery is made more affordable. So if you’re after a bargain, this is the place to be, and here are a couple of our favourite pieces currently on offer!

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Get the kids still remembering their summer holidays with Ocean Pacific!

If you’re still planning a holiday with the kids, then we recommend you make them look like the coolest kids on tour with these cute swimming trunks from Californian surf lifestyle brand OP (Ocean Pacific), sold exclusively at Sports Direct. OP launched this Summer and is one of the leading lifestyle brands in the US, even Twilight star Kellan Lutz has been seen rocking a pair of board shorts!

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Delve into some Dutch Delights this Winter with Barts!

Or if you’re properly preparing for winter there is nothing nicer than these winter warmers from Dutch brand Barts!  Far beyond the selection we have to show you today, the collection has woven scarves in linen, viscose and cotton, which are designed using a pallet of beautiful basic colors as well as radiants, checks, stripes and flower- and other beautiful prints.

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Get in touch with your spiritual side with Shimla’s gorgeous jewellery! 

And if you’ve ever felt like you just needed some jewellery with some secret hidden powers to give you that va va voom in life then look no further than Shimla!

Named after the picturesque Shimla Valley in the Himalayas, Shimla’s shamballa style bracelets are highly detailed, interwoven with sparkling fireball crystals, semi-precious stones, stainless steel beads and beautifully crafted charms. This Autumn/Winter collection sees a range of beautiful hand-made bracelets adorned with charms said to ward off bad luck, including Hamsa or the “Hand of Fatima,” a palm-shaped amulet recognized and used as a sign of protection in many societies throughout history, the Om symbol, a sacred and important mantra and mystical Sanskrit sound of Hindu origin, and the Evil Eye symbol, said to protect the wearer from evil spirits.

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Make money look fabulous with Lucet Mundi!

And finally, we’ve got a celebrity special for you! Lucet Mundi is an elite jewellery brand famous for its iconic interchangeable coin necklaces and earrings designed in a stunning array of metals including Rhodium Silver Plated, Rose Gold Plated and Gold Plated, Lucet Mundi have taken the market place by storm and are now stocked across the globe in leading jewellery retailers including Ernest Jones and Goldsmiths. Whats more here’s just a few of the long list of celebrities who just love to wear it! Peter Andre, Maria Fowler, Lauren Goodger, Robbie Savage, Nicola Mclean, JLS and Emma Rigby.

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So what are you waiting for, stock up on yourselves before you start blowing your hard earned cash on everyone else for Christmas!!!

Happy Monday snoochers!

Upgrade to a sleek super sound system with @otoneaudio #tech #gadget #music #audio

 

Screen Shot 2013-09-05 at 08.32.46Need to upgrade your sound system? Then if you’re into the latest gadgets look no further than this bad boy! OTONE Audio is set to invade the speaker dock market with the launch of its very first docking system, SoundShip Micro.

It all sounds seriously space age, this cheeky device is named the SoundShip Micro because of its compact, orbital, space-like design, which also features a unique ‘push and pop’ core that houses all of the devices connectivity ports and also acts as a stand – so its streamlined to perfection with no unsightly wires etc need to be seen.

If you’re also on the move, the SoundShip Micro can be used anywhere thanks to its handy rechargeable lithium ion battery, which provides up to 10 hours of portable playback. The speaker also comes with a handy carry case, giving it license to travel.

I bet you my phone doesn’t work with this…

…well, you’re betting on the wrong card if you think that! One of the things that we love is that connecting to the Soundship (we like that phrase!  – it sounds pretty space age!) couldn’t be easier. The system boasts an array of functionalities, including Micro USB connectivity for Android, Bluetooth and an AUX line in, making it compatible with any device.

Considering it measures just 115x250x45mm in size, the compact portable speaker also provides impressively clean and crisp audio via its two 40mm full-range drivers, packing a punch with a combined audio output of 6 watts.

How much does it cost? 

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At £99.99 its a pretty good investment for the long term. With optimum sound clarity, and original design its pretty much in demand by anyone who likes a high end spec to not only their lifestyles but also their gadgets too.

The SoundShip Micro is the latest in a line of product launches for the brand, following the successful launch of the Sonora AV-Lance soundbar in May.

For a full list of system specifications and features check out its website www.otoneaudio.co.uk.

Dear Skin, how much do I love thee? And how much do I spend? @katscapades #health #beauty #skincare

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@katscapades is back and this time she’s getting up close and personal with her skin! So read on and don’t forget to follow her blog too!

I’m one of the billion people who spend money on skincare products. My spending habit from five years ago is vastly different from how much I invest now when it comes to taking care of the largest organ of my body. I’m grateful that my parents passed on the good skin genes and I’ve always wanted to maintain it, more so, improve it. Who wouldn’t want a healthy and younger looking skin all the time?!

I’m not denying that I also went through the stage of break-outs and unhealthy looking skin during some periods of my life.  Ergo, I was also one of the billion people victimised by aggressive marketing campaigns on skincare products – which actually did more harm than good at times – not just my skin but also my budget!  Glad the skin cells regenerate every 7 days (according Standford School of Medicine) and thank God I’ve got a job to recover my unwise-impulsive-skincare-shopping-habit – that’s learning it the expensive way!

Over time, I’ve realised that the importance of a healthy-looking skin goes a lot deeper. Reading various articles also helped me discover and rediscover facts about skincare. Dedicated to everyone who’d been asking me about my skincare secrets and to all my readers out there, I’m more than happy to share (publicly as I’ve been sharing a lot via private messages, skype and chitchats over a cup of green tea) the things I use and do and most importantly, how I prioritise my budget when it comes to my skincare expenditures.

So I’ve created a skincare spend-o-metre starting from the highest to the lowest:

SPENDING LEVEL: HIGH

1. Kitchen Machines

a. JUICER. About five years ago, I didn’t care that we had an existing juicer at home and I had no idea what joy it could bring into my life back then.  However, as I moved to France with my husband and learned the importance of juicing along the way.  I initially bought a juicer for just under a €100 and now investing into a €400+ Hurom Slow Juicer. My skin benefited a lot from juicing fresh vegetables and fruits and my juicer has been one of the busiest machines in my kitchen.

Frequency of Spending: Twice – one for my previous juicer and one for the slow juicer.

b. In-home alkaline water ionization technology . Actually this came into our home first before the juicer. “Drinking plenty of Alkalized water will maintain the pH of our bodies neutral, between a healthy range of 6.8 to 7.8, ideally 7.4. This neutral pH, not acidic-not too alkaline, prevents our immune system from malfunctioning or getting weaker and prevents diseases developing and keeps it strong and healthy” (click here for the source). To put it simply, healthier body = healthier skin. After careful research and consideration, we chose Kangen by Enagic USA but this machine comes with a huge price tag (you may want to close your eyes like we did when filling up the order form and handed the payment!).

Frequency of Spending: Once in a lifetime (filters have to changed yearly though)

 2. Fruits and vegetables.

You’ll probably notice that it’s cheaper to buy a big pack of Haribo Gold Bears or Doritos rather than a 100g of blueberries-rich-in-antioxidants or a bag of vit-c-filled-oranges for snacks; it’s cheaper to fry pork chops or grab those processed foods rather than making your own pesto sauce or making a hearty salad with the 5-a-day component. If I have €20 in my pocket and drop by at the mini supermarket, I could easily fill my shopping basket with junk with that amount versus going green – but I’d rather not. Fruits and veggies can also be used for some D.I.Y. skincare treats at home such as the famous diminishing-dark-circle-around-the-eye cucumber and avocado-super-face-mask to name a few (but to be honest, I haven’t done one in a long time since I love eating or juicing them!).

Buying organic produce also brings these green love goodies on this high spend-o-metre level. But trust me, it’s worth it.

Here are the usual fruits and veggies that I incorporate in my daily diet which are good for the skin: spinach, avocado, lemon, banana, cucumber, carrots, oranges and the following depends on their availability: berries, broccoli, mangoes, tomatoes and sweet potato.

Frequency of Spending: Daily.

3. Good exercise outfit.

I strongly believe that when you like what you’re wearing, you exercise better. Sports bra, running shoes and others to complete the fitness outfit are quite pricey! Make sure you buy comfortable and long-lasting items. It’s worth checking outlet stores too 🙂

Okay what’s the connection with skincare? You’ll see later on.

Frequency of Spending: Once in six months (sometimes more if I reward myself from working out)

SPENDING LEVEL: MEDIUM

1. Nutritional Supplements.

As I become more health conscious, I’m so paranoid of what I put in my body including what fitness drink or vitamins to take. I choose Juice PLUS+® since it’s plant-based and super safe even for pregnant nursing women and kids. JP Complete (choco / vanilla shake x 6 cans) costs around €160 inc. VAT and JP premium costs €76.75 per month, including VAT and delivery, that makes it €2.55 per day of full nutrition from 26 different varieties of fruits, veg & berries – which you cannot get that amount of nutrition under €3! In total, both JP Complete and JP Premium capsules cost €3.85 per day (or like buying a cup of cappuccino everyday). I thought it’s quite pricey (esp for people like me who don’t buy a cup of coffee daily) but equating the costs vs the nutritional benefits makes sense so it goes under this level of spend-o-metre.

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Frequency of Spending: Monthly

2. SPF protection

I do invest into a good sunscreen protection especially when I’m out and about. I use Avène Sunblock – it’s more expensive than generic brands since it comes in a smaller bottle but I’m happy with its light fragrance, easy-to-apply texture without leaving those annoying white marks like other sunscreen creams do and it provides ultimate protection while being gentle on the skin. I also had the privilege of visiting Avène’s Hydrocentre and their team showed me how they make their products. Please click here to read the full story.

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Frequency of Spending: My Avène sunblock was part of goodie bag from my previous trip at their Hyrdrocentre (yahoooooo, freebies! love the perks!). But I’ll probably be buying it once a month depending on how much I go under the sun during summer (less frequent during winter).

3. Make-up

Well, I just have a few essential things in my Make up bag. I opt to be make-up free most days of the week.  I think that my skin needs to breath and make-up clog my pores – oh that’s just me. I put make-up at this level of spend-o-metre since they are expensive pretty little things plus they must come with a gentle make-up remover, however, they last a long time since I hardly use them 🙂

Here are some of the make-up free, no-filter, no-edit selfie shots I’ve taken using my iPhone since I started juicing:

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Frequency of Spending: Once a year.

4. Facial Cleanser

Here’s another revelation: after cleaning my face with a paraben-free facial cleanser (I use La Roche as seen on this post), I spray Avène Thermal Spring Water on my face and leave it til it gets dry before I moisturise.

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Frequency of Spending: Every 6 weeks.

5. Fish

My husband and I eat fish at least 2-3 times a week. Fish is more expensive than meat here in South of France (not sure about your area – hope it’s the opposite as fish is supergood and yummy!). Salmon and other cold water fish are high in protein which can help to speed up the skin’s natural healing process according to Glamour.

Frequency of Spending: We buy supply good for a week, so weekly.

SPENDING LEVEL: LOW

1. Daily moisturisers

JLo said in an interview a few years ago, if there’s one thing she’ll teach her kids, it will be to moisturise. Moisturising is a skincare essential. I used to be obsessed in buying the mid-range to expensive pots. Oh I loved seeing them lined up in the special section of my bathroom back in my London days. I fell in love with Liz Earle’s Organic Moisturiser, Mandelular Sensuous Body Soufflé by Sanctuary and of course, my super Molton Brown products. Moreover, I kept collecting bottles from other brands too. Can you imagine what  my bathroom looked like then?

Don’t get me wrong, I still love Liz Earle and those nicely packaged creams but like what my husband told me, if you find products that are good for your skin, stick with it. Nowadays, I’’ve been using the affordable Oil of Olay Day and Night Cream for the face and for the body, I use Nivea Soft Cream daily (under €5).

I’ve also read somewhere that experimenting on different products may be harsh to our skin. Well, it’ll be a quest to find what really suits your skin type before sticking on it and I’m not stopping you if let’s say Crème de la Mer is the one that works for you but living a healthy lifestyle can save you from spending too much on creams and reallocate your budget such as sustaining the juicing habit.

Frequency of Spending: Face creams last upto 6 weeks and 7-10 days for the body cream shared between us

2. Other Basic Toiletries

I try to keep a low maintenance practice on the basic toiletries such as body wash (currently, we are using Dove); deodorant (I always use the DEOROCHE SPRAY – an all-natural potash alum spray with no colouring agents and fragrance plus it’s paraben free; and hair removal tools i.e. Veet facial/body easy-wax strips and Venus razor.

Frequency of Spending: Between 2-3 weeks

3. Green Tea and Eggs

Super cheap anti-oxidant polyphenol-rich green tea’s good for the skin too and eggs too – I don’t take them together though :p

Frequency of Spending: Between 2-3 weeks for a pack of green tea and every 3-5 days for the eggs

SPENDING LEVEL: NADA

1. Running 

It’s free and it makes me sweat! “Sweating is our body’s way of helping to keep our skin clean. Every day, toxins build up in our pores that need to be released. If they’re not, then our skin can break out and cause pimples, rashes and other skin infections. By sweating out these toxins, our skin stays cleaner and, over time, it will appear to look healthier than ever” (please click here for the source). Amen.  Since I started running, I haven’t had any breakouts.

2.Hydration

I don’t count the water bill on my skincare spend-o-metre as I charge it under monthly household expenditures (which by the way is included in our rent!). On top of juicing greens, I drink loads of water throughout the day and avoid sodas and other fizzy drinks. I know coffee has benefits too but I don’t drink coffee, I prefer green tea (a good source of antioxidants too).

 3. Sleep

My best friend used to have this pink pillow with a caption – Live Now Sleep Later. I’m not denying I went through that kind of lifestyle which was so-against skincare 101. According to Day, who wrote the book, Forget the Facelift, “Your skin, and your whole body, goes into repair mode when you sleep. It’s repairing and restoring and rebalancing”. My gorgeous uni friend once said, “if I sleep late, I don’t feel better the next day. If I don’t feel better, I don’t look better”. Hear, hear! Oh you must see her well-maintained skin too! In the past few years, I try my best go get 8 hours of sleep daily and I think I’m pretty good at it (*wink). Day added however, “do not oversleep as it can actually increase skin cell breakdown”.

 4. Smile

Smiling is always free and it always adds glow to the skin.

Hope you find this useful. Remember having a healthy glowing skin comes from the inside out. It’s living a healthy lifestyle – proper diet, regular exercise with good sleep and hydration plus the help of the skincare products that work for you. Don’t forget to smile too! It’s important that we take care of our skin – it’s the only skin that we have 🙂

Remember your awkward teenage Summer with @Thewaywayback #filmreview #film

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If you love Sam Rockwell as much as we do, then you’ll be queuing up to watch him in this quirky Summer coming of age flick which hits cinemas today.

The film follows shy 14-year-old Duncan as he goes on summer vacation with his mother, her overbearing boyfriend, and her boyfriend’s daughter. Having a rough time fitting in, Duncan finds an unexpected friend in Owen, manager of the Water Wizz water park.

Nothing overly dramatic happens in this film, it’s just more of a reminiscent and nostalgic journey into all of our uncomfortable adolescent selves where we’re discovering new things, good and bad, meeting new people and most importantly having that very awkward, lonely teenage Summer.

The film boasts a great cast and starts very well. We see a new Steve Carell, no longer a slap-stick comic character, this time a straight talking stepdad which any teenager would find offensive and domineering. Toni Colette is the ‘glass half full and things could be worse so I’ll put up with it’ mother of Duncan and Sam Rockwell is the saving grace coolest guy in town who runs (rather haphazardly) the Water Wizz water park.Screen Shot 2013-08-28 at 08.35.07

These are only half the key characters in the film, but immediately you see a pattern forming. These characters are very clearly stock and presented in an almost formulaic approach to what you would hope would make a good/poignant/funny film. In addition you have the constantly drunk neighbour – who provides a monologue of comic proportions as the family arrive at their Summer home; her overly confident sharp talking tween son, additional neighbours who turn Carell and Colette’s characters into relatable drunken parental figures around the dinner table and finally there’s the shy inquisitive beautiful girl who doesn’t conform to her bimbo girlfriends and inevitably becomes the object of Duncan’s affections.Screen Shot 2013-08-28 at 08.34.40

These all sound like the recipe for a classic coming of age tale, and if they had all come together perfectly The Way, Way Back would have been one of those must watch films, but something just doesn’t quite gel together. You will probably be willing this film to be much more enchanting than it actually is and will most likely find sanctuary like Duncan, at the Water Wizz water park where Sam Rockwell dominates. His effortlessness and ease provides a distinct contrast to the rest of the cast who feel slightly more contrived, which some may argue is a testament to his talent as an actor.

But by no means is this film unwatchable, there are some brilliant moments of comedy, and over arching reminders of many of our teenage experiences plus some brilliant performances across the board in their own rights. It’s hard to put a finger on what exactly doesn’t work, but you certainly do come away trying to work out what could just make it that little bit better

3 Stars

The Way, Way Back is out on general release from today.