Pretty Woman Review *mild spoilers*

The twisted fairly tale of a hooker and a business tycoon falling in love. 


Pretty Woman is one of those feel-good movies that everyone has to watch at some point in their lives. It’s got short skirts, beautiful dresses and life lessons – what more would you want from a click flick?

Edward Lewis (Richard Gere) transforms Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts) from a streetwalker on Hollywood Boulevard into a woman fit for the high life. He helps her discover the strong independent woman she’s always wanted to be. And Vivian takes a lonely businessman who destroys companies and makes him into an honest, kind man – but still a millionaire!  


Now, I’m not saying I wanted to be Vivian by the end of this (I’m too 21st Century individual for that level of sexual promiscuity) but I wouldn’t mind a beautiful, sweet man rescuing me from my first world poverty and helping me acclimatize to a life of expensive clothes and opera. Hell, I think I’d settle for a date that wasn’t on the in a local bar and a dress that wasn’t bought in Primark!

This film is as pretty as Vivian becomes on her journey – but it’s a fairy tale too. You’ve got your damsel in distress, a prince charming, the villain, a kind old man, jealous women, and horse riding! So what are you waiting for? 



Be Yourself!

Last night while watching a 90’s chic-flick, I heard a song from my childhood that I adored. But upon hearing it now, I realise there is so much more to the song than six-year-old me noticed.

Alanis Morrissette’s ‘I’m a Bitch’ talks about how we are so many people at once, and that we shouldn’t change for anyone.

I’m a bitch, I’m a lover, I’m a child, I’m a mother
I’m a sinner, I’m a saint, I do not feel ashamed
I’m your hell, I’m your dream, I’m nothing in between
You know you wouldn’t want it any other way

Read more: Alanis Morissette – Im A Bitch Lyrics | MetroLyrics

And why should we want to be any other way? We should all be proud of the people and the identities we hold: mother, wife, daughter, friend – all wonderful people to be! No shame is needed when we talk about ourselves.

As a society, we are constantly putting ourselves (and others) down for being honest about who they are, but there is just no need. There is already enough corruption in the world without us all lying about the kind of people we are.

Today’s moral is: be yourself, and be happy with who you are. Because you are the only you there is in the entire world, and you can never be replaced.

Watch my vlog about it all here.

Movie Lists

According to my housemate and fellow writer Shelby Fuller keeps commenting on my lack of cinema knowledge and has made a list of all the films she thinks I should watch. So, I decided to show you the list, as well as a list of movies I think Shelby should watch in life. 

Mel Needs To Watch:

  • What Women Want (Starring Mel Gibson)
  • Parent Trap
  • My Best Friends Wedding
  • Steel Magnolias
  • The Ugly Truth
  • Serendipity
  • Olympus Has Fallen
  • Wild Child
  • Three Men and a Little Lady
  • Step Mom
  • Ghost
  • Pan’s Labyrinth
  • Slumdog Millionaire
  • Inception
  • Father of the Bride


Shelby Needs To Watch:

  • Footloose
  • Shawshank Redemption
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • The Breakfast Club
  • Gatsby
  • Rent!
  • iRobot
  • Robots
  • Atlantis
  • Great Expectations
  • Corpse Bride




Everything’s Making Me Smile!

Having made the active decision to try and be happy this summer, I’m finding that even the little things are bringing a smile to my face.

  • No spam emails: smile!
  • Sold two books on Amazon: smile!
  • I got to work and the department was tidy: smile!
  • Helped customers choose their new kitchen table: smile!
  • Had a laugh about sale prices with another customer: smile!

Everything is making me happy – even the fact that I remembered to bring water to work with me today!

There might be clouds in the sky, but at least the weather’s cooled down a little bit.

On top of that – I’m giving myself 4/5 for my work outfit today, as I look cool and business at the same time.

I encourage anyone who’s feeling a bit low to try and see the bright side in everything because it genuinely makes you feel ten times better!

Has anything made you smile this week? Tell me in the comments, or Tweet me @melissaholden94

Happy weekend! 🙂



Be Happy!

You might have noticed I’ve been a bit down lately, and it’s reflected in all aspects of my life, but mostly my social life. 

I was moaning about not being sure where I stand with people, and not wanting to complain but it took a heart-to-heart with Shelby for me to realise that my happiness is my choice!

I vlogged about it:

I hope you’re all happy and healthy in your lives, because I’m trying to be with mine 🙂