Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them: Film Review

Ever since the news broke that Fantastic Beasts would be turned into a film, I always questioned why? Why are we bringing the magical world back again, surely we should just all leave it with the greatness that was Harry Potter?!

I am glad to say… I was wrong. We most definitely should bring back the wizarding world, and Fantastic Beasts is the perfect place to start!

When I went to see Fantastic Beasts, I honestly had no clue what it was going to be about, just the small facts that it was set in New York, in the 1920’s and Eddie Redmayne was our leading man. Little did I know that the new film would be jam packed with excitement, revelations and so much magic!

In the film we are introduced to the ‘Beasts’ who are banned in the city of New York, however Brit wizard Newt Scamander (Redmayne) travels to New York with an array of fantastic beasts locked away in a tiny suitcase, in the hope of releasing one of his beloved creatures back to their home in Arizona. Newt unknowling switches his suitcase with New Yorker Jacob, played by the charismatic Dan Fogler, who just so happens to be a no-maj otherwise known as a muggle. Throw into the mix a dark force plaguing New York, the evil dark wizard Gellert Grindleward is on the lose, plus the threat of the Wizarding World being exposed to the muggles, equals a whole lot of chaos, beautifully brought to life.

I would highly recommend going to see this one if you’re a fan of the Harry Potter series, and most definitely go and see it in 3D. The special effects are really something.

I am now excited to see what else the Fantastic Beasts series will bring us and how it will magically develop.

Definitely one to watch!

Let us know if you have seen Fantastic Beasts and what you thought by dropping us a comment below or by getting in touch via our Social Media pages!

Thanks for reading.

Chloe – Team Hurley

xo

WHAT’S ON THE BOX?! WITH SARAH

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This week I have some of my current Netflix faves for you! Here’s what I’ve been loving this week:

Black Mirror – One of my friends encouraged me to start watching this, I wasn’t sure it was my kind of thing but it’s actually a really thought provoking and interesting series! I’ve watched about 4 or 5 of these now in the latest series, I particularly enjoyed the first one, a take on how we all ‘like’ each other and rate each other now on social media and how that could end up if it went too far. the second one, about gaming, made my head spin, it was a little bit disturbing but I think only because I’m a gaming fan myself – I had to watch some comedy after that one for a while!! Definitely give this one a whirl. They are all self contained mini dramas so you can just dip into the ones you find most appealing which is great too (though my OCD only lets me watch them in order, of course)

RuPaul’s Drag Race – I started watching this on a whim and L-O-V-E-D it! This is my new TV obsession. Like a play on the ‘Next Top Model’ franchise (RuPaul even has Tyra’s dramatic elimination style perfected, amaze!), this sees a line up of Drag Queens put through their paces in order to be voted the next Drag Superstar. From making outfits out of curtains to photoshoots and burlesque performances, the challenges either make or break them. I’m still amazed at the guy who decided to have a nap in the middle of a challenge – it was supposed to be his dream and he couldn’t handle the pace to go for it and give it his all, incredible! It’s fun, funny, challenging and dramatic – I’m hooked!

my film choice this this week is The Book of Life, I’m so glad this is now on Netflix! I first watched this film last year on a flight and I was enchanted by it, not only is the story magical but every single frame is just stunning. Knowing a bit more about animation now as I’ve been working on my own project I realise the absolutely incredible amount of work this must have taken and it SO paid off. One of the most visually gorgeous films you’ll ever watch!

I’d love to know your fave Netflix picks, leave me a note in the comments and if you watch any of these, let me know what you think!

Sarah x

The Dress: Book Club Update

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In case you’ve missed it, our latest Book Club pick is Jane L. Rosen’s The Dress. We’re about half way through the book and we’d love to tell you our thoughts so far…

Chloe

So far, so good. I have to say I am really enjoying the book and find myself reading chapter after chapter without even realising it. The Dress is such a light hearted, enjoyable book to read.

I am loving the fact that Jane L. Rosen switches the narrator every chapter. This really keeps the story fresh and it is so interesting to see how this one dress has impacted all of these characters lives in very different ways. I find myself relating to every character and I love that there is that touch of humour to every chapter. My favourite characters so far are definitely Natalie and Felicia. I’m definitely rooting for Natalie to get the revenge she wants on her ex-boyfriend, and am hoping that Felicia gets the happy ever after she deserves.

At the point that I’m at in the book right now, I honestly don’t know what’s going to happen with all the characters. I’m hoping all turns out how a good rom-com read should be. I’m excited to read on!

 

Sarah

Agreed! I’m loving the book so far. It’s a great read and the characters are so relatable. I love the way the book switches between characters at each chapter, I was worried this may get confusing but it really doesn’t and it’s easy to switch back and forth and the characters are very distinctive and well written. It actually keeps the story moving along at a good pace and makes you want to keep reading to see what happens next. I started reading this at the weekend and it’s a great cosy, curled up in bed with a mug of hot chocolate or aeroplane read as it’s easy to follow and a great, entertaining, feel good story.

I’m not quite as far through as Chloe but I’m determined to set aside a couple of hours to finish it this weekend, as I can’t wait to find out what happens! If you’re a fan of the rom-com / chick lit genre this is definitely one to add to your reading list.

 

Let us know your thoughts of this month’s Book Club read, drop us a comment below or get in touch via our Social Media. We would love to hear what you thought. If you haven’t got your copy of  The Dress yet, make sure you grab yours before our final review!

Thanks for reading!

Sarah & Team Hurley

xo

Happy Thanksgiving!

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We would just like to wish all our American friends and Colleagues a very Happy Thanksgiving today! We hope you all thoroughly enjoy your day and eat so much Thanksgiving food you can’t even move!

We will be seeing you all soon at Creativation in Phoenix, Arizona from the 19th – 23rd January 2017. Make sure you all get booked into Sarah’s seminar – Planning For Business Success, book now at www.Creativation.org or contact us to arrange a meeting.

Sarah & Team Hurley

xo

What’s New At Hurley HQ?!

Christmas is fast approaching, and as much as we love Christmas sometime’s the stressful task of finding our loved ones some great presents can be rather stressful. So this weeks edition of What’s New will help you with all those festive worries!

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Be the talk of the town with our wonderful Christmas Jumpers!

Our Personalised Christmas Jumper is perfect for adding a special personal touch to your festive attire, meanwhile our Meet Me Under The Mistletoe Jumper is perfect for adding a touch of romance and festive cheer this Christmas!

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Spread some festive cheer with these perfect Christmas Mugs. Both mugs can be personalised for someone special or can just be a great gift for yourself this festive season. Not to mention the fact they’re the perfect little stocking fillers!

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What better way to deliver presents than in a wonderful personalised Christmas Sack. Choose from our North Pole Express Christmas Sack or create your very own Dollybelles or Dollybelles Junior, for the perfect personalised Christmas Sack! What a fantastic way to keep all those goodies from Santa nice and tidy under the Christmas Tree.

All of the items shown are available now at www.SarahHurley.com… Don’t miss out on your chance to get 20% off all orders over £15 for a limited time only!

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Thanks for reading today.

Let us know if you love our new Christmas goodies and how you’ll be using your 20% off code by dropping us a comment below or getting in touch via our Social Media pages!

Team Hurley

xo

Black Friday Has Come Early

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Black Friday is only a week away and with Christmas fast approaching we would love to give you all a special exclusive discount!

From today up until Monday the 28th of November you can get 20% off all orders on www.SarahHurley.com over £15. Simply enter the promo code BLACKFRIDAY20 to redeem your 20% off!

Get all your presents in time for Christmas!

Happy Shopping!

Team Hurley

xo

What’s On The Box?! With Team Hurley

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November right through to January is pretty much TV heaven! We see the return of yearly favourites, festive specials and one of dramas. So our What’s On The Box segment becomes more and more difficult to whittle down to just 3 fabulous show, but we got there in the end…

The Apprentice

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The Apprentice has been back on our screens for a while now, but it’s now getting down to a much smaller group and down to the real nitty gritty. As the group gets smaller their accidents become so much clearer and it is very hard to fool Sir Alan Sugar. In the last episode we saw Rebecca leave the show (although honestly we’re surprised she lasted that long) and there was a major mix up between soup and soap. Don’t worry though Karthick is still on hand for some fabulously funny one liners!

Although at times we find ourselves screaming at the TV at some of the terrible decisions being made, we can’t resist but watch on! Don’t miss the next episode this Thursday at 9pm on BBC One.

 

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here

Yay! It’s finally back our favourite show this time of year has to be I’m A Celeb, who doesn’t love watching a handful of celebrities experience some horrifying challenges. This year will be no different and we are so excited to see what this series will bring. There is a great variety of celebrities this season including Carol Vorderman, actor Larry Lamb, former footballer Wayne Bridge, Gogglebox’s Scarlett Moffatt and many more! The season kicked off to a flying start with some of the celebs jumping out of helicopters, others canoeing and some were even walking off of a plank at the top of a 32 storey building.

Last night we saw the first bushtucker trial of the series so far, this one had the most critters ever featured on the show, and also saw Scarlett Moffatt shout ‘Chicken Kebab’ as a motivational talk to get her though!

Unfortunately I’m A Celeb… won’t be on our screens tonight due to the England vs Spain football match, but it will be back tomorrow night at 9pm on ITV1 with that awful eating challenge!

 

Planet Earth II

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The King of Nature is back on our screens with Planet Earth II. We have been waiting for this one for a while and we have to say Sir David Attenborough has not disappointed! The fascinating nature show has explored some of the best natural environments around the world.

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We have quite literally been on the edge of our seats (if any of you watched that snake chase scene you’ll know why), the fantastic pictures that the team on this project have got are so fascinating and beautiful that the hour long show zooms by. I would highly recommend tuning into this one for a fun, education and beautiful viewing experience. Planet Earth II is on Sundays at 8pm.

 

Let us know if you’ve been watching any of the shows mentioned, or if you have any recommendations for us at Team Hurley, drop us a comment below or get in touch via our social media.

Thanks for reading!

Team Hurley

xo

Sarah Hurley Book Club: The Dress

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The time has come for us to announce our newest book club pick. This one we are particularly excited, it has been hailed as the perfect book for those who loved The Devil Wears Prada, that’s definitely us!

Our newest pick is The Dress by Jane L. Rosen. The Dress explores the lives of some very different women and how their chance encounter with the perfect little black dress changes their lives forever.

The book is published in paperback on the 17th of November, luckily we were able to get our hands on some exclusive copies. Don’t worry though there will be plenty of time for you to grab yourselves a copy before our half way review.

We look forward to reading this one with you.

We’d love to hear your thoughts and comments about our latest book club pick, drop us a comment below or get in touch with us via our Social Media.

Speak soon!

Team Hurley

xo

Sarah Hurley LIVE! Event Round-Up!

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Today, I wanted to share with you all about our first Sarah Hurley LIVE! event last week. This was a BIG thing for me, previously I’ve organised lots of events for CHA-UK but this was the first one just for me and completely by myself (I have Craig to help me with CHA-UK things!) I’m SO lucky that my team were on the ball and helped so much (BIG thanks Team Hurley!)

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With goody bags packed, programs printed, food collected, balloons blown up and cars loaded, I don’t think any of us slept the night before. This was a massive task for Team Hurley and we knew we had just 2 hours to set up on the morning of the event. Craig did kindly come to help and the seven of us plugged away, greeting our first guests a little early at 9am. B’s mum had come to help and she got the kettle on and started people off chatting!

We started with a panel discussion, myself, Kirstie from my team, Craig from CHA-UK and one of our lovely sponsors, Natalie O’Shea from Stampin’ Up spoke about our careers in a creative industry, the different things we had tried, where to get help and opportunities available. At the end we took questions from the audience. We then moved on to an announcement about our Lean In partnership and our SPARK! programme (everyone that attended got a free place worth around £650!!) We then welcomed to the stage another of our sponsors, Jenny from PA Angels and the Business Womens Network. Jenny spoke about getting organised and gave us all a super handy to do list pad before telling us about the Business Womens Network here in Essex.

I then moved on to tell my story, this was pretty nerve wracking for me as I’d only ever done this once before in the USA earlier this year. Everyone was so lovely and made me feel very comfortable though which was nice. After that, my last talk of the day was the 25 Mad, bad & Crazy Hilarious things that have happened to me in business… This one provoked a LOT of discussion and it was fun (in some cases!) to relive those moments and make everyone realise they aren’t alone when crazy stuff like this happens! (Just for anyone that may be worried they featured in this talk, this was a bit of fun and sharing and not about ‘calling out’ anyones bad behaviour, especially those long in the past. No names were mentioned, and won’t be, neither were they confirmed in the instances where people guessed)

After a chatty lunch and plenty of tea and coffee, expertly made by B and his mum, and networking, it was time for demos! Shabneez and Karen done a marvellous job. Shabneez created beautiful Ferrero Rocher Poinsettias while Karen worked her wonders creating gift tags with my Doodle Doll stamps. There was time for everyone to do some shopping too and chat with my lovely team who looked after everyone trying to find their perfect crafty purchase or Christmas gift. During this time I was able to catch up with my mentoring session winners and it was fantastic to hear their goals, I gave lots of advice and promised a catch up in a couple of weeks – SO excited to see how these ladies develop their plans over the next 12 months!!

Towards the end of the day as the demos wound down, we held a couple of raffles to win some of our Book Club book picks and some fabulous Stampin’ Up goodies from Natalie and I told our audience about an opportunity we created just for them which was So well received, I can’t wait to hear from some of you about that!! Then, we all indulged in my inexpertly decorated (but still delicious!! and GOLD with STARS!) cake and some prosecco.

I was so thrilled to chat to everyone over the course of the day and it was great to catch up with some crafty friends and make some new ones! As everyone left I made sure to give them all a massive hug to thank them for coming, it was SUCH a fantastic day and as we packed away and took everything back we were still buzzing. We held a little after party in my local pub afterwards and some of my friends bought me chocolates and flowers. It was an AMAZING day and I’m still enjoying reading everyones blog posts and seeing the pics pop up on social media (please do use the hashtag #sarahhurleylive or tag me in if you share some!) and leave your blog links below, I can’t wait to see!

Loti has also posted about her visit here on her blog, I hope you’ll pop over to have a look!

A MASSIVE thank you to everyone that attended and enjoyed the day with us, our lovely sponsors, CHA-UK, Natalie O’Shea at Stampin’ Up, PA Angels, The Business Womens Network and BeeBees Boutique and of course, to my fantastic team!

Thank you for dropping by today!
Sarah x

 

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Book Club Update

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We’ve come to the end of another Sarah Hurley Book Club pick. In case you’ve missed it our latest pick was Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith. So let us tell you what we thought…

 Chloe

I have to say I began to give up on this book at the half way point. As much as I love the story of Pride and Prejudice, and I love the added zest and modern twist that the zombies gave to the book, period novels just aren’t my thing.

I thoroughly enjoyed the zombie fight scenes, and the idea that even though it is set in the 18th Century, that men and women are equal when it comes to the combat of ‘unmentionables’. However I found myself just longing for a fight scene to come along to save myself from the confusion of the old language. At times I would find myself quickly having to google the characters names to make sure I was following correctly. Although that may sound a little silly, I guess period novels just aren’t for me.

I think when it comes to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies I might just have to stick to the movie version!

Sarah

I agree with Chloe on this one! I found the book a bit slow going though I absolutely LOVE the concept. Maybe because I saw the movie first, I found the book a little bit hard going or maybe, as Chloe said, it was the language. If you’re into period novels or classics then this may be the one for you.

I mentioned in my previous post that I was also reading the graphic novel of this at the same time and I found that MUCH more enjoyable, the pictures helped the story to flow, gave it some context and just brought so much life to the story. Again, as I’d seen the movie previously, this may have been giving me the visuals I craved as it went along.

It’s not often I prefer the movie, or even the graphic novel (and I LOVE those!) but on this occasion, they would be my recommendation.

Thank you for reading. If you have any comments that you’d like to add we’d love to hear from you. Just drop us a comment below or get in contact via our Social Media.

Check out our blog tomorrow to find out what our next Sarah Hurley Book Club pick will be.

Sarah & Team Hurley

xo