Sunday, 31 January 2016

INSTAGRAM: JANUARY 2016



New year, new calendar • Jolly Mugsie • Classic combo • Legs out • Newest brow addition • Twenty-Four • Kinfolk and chill • Urban Jungle forever • Superstars • Pretty props • Iconic Nude • Skincare shake-up • To me, love me • Easter is coming • Lush Sunday pub lunch • Work space

I know everyone has this weird pessimism towards the first month of the year, what with it being the weeks following Christmas when you're skint, the weather's gross, and you're about 2 dress sizes bigger, but it's my birthday month so, of course, I still love you, January! Don't get me wrong, I am skint and I am probably 2 dress sizes bigger but personal issues aside (which I won't go into here) I have had a pretty good start to 2016.

The month started off with my brother's birthday, one too many Cosmopolitans with friends, and a fun little visit to the Doctors to get the implant fitted. Independent women taking charge of their lives, yeahhhhhh! Okay Katie, calm down, enough about that...

The main thing that happened in January was that I turned 24 on the 22nd.

Twenty. Four. 

I mean, this is the last year that I'm closer to 20 than I am 30, how scary is that?! It's kind of made me realise that I need to start thinking properly about the future and what I really want out of life. It's strangely given me a lust for travel overnight as well! I'm thinking of doing a 30 before 30 list if that's something you'd be interested in reading!

Anyway, I had four lovely days off work to celebrate - Friday birthdays really are the bomb - and I spent so much time with family and friends, receiving some sweet cards and presents. I had brunch with my Mum at one of my favourite places and it quenched my avocado obsession for the rest of the day; I spent a day in sunny Brighton, a not-so-sophisticated night in my hometown, and indulged in a delicious pub lunch on the Sunday with my family. I also lucked out with presents this year. My parents bought me some Navy Hunter wellies, which have been on my wish list for literally YEARS, as well as a Harry Potter colouring book - I refuse to grow up, haha - a load of Too Faced Melted lipsticks (dreeeeeamy, blog post to follow soon!) and a new ZARA scarf too. My Mum also made me a chocolate Smarties cake from scratch and it was honestly the most scrumptious cake ever! My brother surprised me on the Sunday with a gorgeous pair of Adidas Superstars and it almost made me well up a little bit. I love, love, LOVE them. And I'm sorry if that now makes me a blogger cliché but I'm going to be taking waaaaay too many photos in them...

In other news, I've been blaming my terrible diet on my birthday weekend but in all honestly I never really started eating healthily in January at all. This is a trial month, okay? The real deal starts in February! We bought a spinning cycle and set it up in the spare room because we couldn't bear to embarrass ourselves and get all red and puffy in a gym class... It's bloody hard work, isn't it! Anyone who has ever seen Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt will know that a session is like that particular episode where everyone clips in, turns their resistance up to Gandhi, and pictures a peaceful beach in their minds.

"Jacqueline, get off my beach, find your own." 

I even went as far as to create my own spinning playlist, I'm that serious about getting fit! I just need the healthy eating to go with it, which is easier said than done considering I've had a taste for McDonald's recently!

So, looking forward, I think that February is going to be a mixed bag. I'm still dating but nothing serious, so I'm 100% fronting the whole Galentine's Day movement (thanks Leslie Knope, my QUEEN) and will be getting together with a load of single girlfriends for the weekend instead of hanging out with stupid boys. Who's with me? I think Leslie is totally onto something here. It's also my Dad's birthday month so there's that to look forward to as well. Other than that I'm working pretty much the entire month and have a lovely dentist appointment - joy of joys!

How has your 2016 been so far? Have you kept any resolutions that you made?
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Tuesday, 12 January 2016

WHAT I'VE BEEN WATCHING


I'm a self-confessed binge watcher. There's nothing I love more than coming home from work, sticking on my favourite box set and slumping down on the sofa to watch hour after hour like a lazy upturned tortoise. And the rise of streaming sites like jolly old Netflix have made this even more possible, only now it's happening from my bed and I don't even have to get up to change the disc. Is it becoming a problem? Most probably...

Now I'm a bit of a cheeky one, and might've decided that the UK Netflix selection doesn't really warrant my £6.99-a-month subscription, and so I have turned to the dark side. Slight tweaking of my browser and a nice little downloaded extension later, I am happily able to access Netflix shows from any country I want. I'm obviously not advocating that, because it's pretty naughty, but this wouldn't happen if Netflix was the same in every country, you feel?

So here's what I've been binge-watching recently:

AMERICAN HORROR STORY
(UK and US Netflix)
I had never seen an episode of this before last month, but over the next three weekends I had finished all four seasons and then wondered what I was going to do with my life. Now, I must admit, I think the seasons get progressively less exciting. I thoroughly enjoyed the first two seasons - as gruesomely messed up as they are - but I didn't get on with Covent or Freak Show as much and found myself getting distracted by other things while they were on. Also might be crushing a little bit on Evan Peters after watching them all... And I was warned that this would happen, thanks Tumblr gifsets...

MAKING A MURDERER
(UK and US Netflix)
Netflix's newest phenomenon, Making a Murderer, is a 10-part docu-series that follows the true events of Steven Avery's wrongful conviction and release after 18 years behind bars. After his release he decides to sue the Wisconsin police system for wrongful imprisonment and is then arrested again, this time for the questionable murder of a young woman - a crime which he completely denies having anything to do with. It's really compelling stuff, with tons of real-time courtroom footage and police interviews. I actually had to stop watching after episode three because I was so, so frustrated at the blatant police corruption that I couldn't get my head around it. A couple of binge sessions later and I have two more 1-hour episodes to go, but I'm preparing myself for the notion that this guy isn't getting out of prison again. I'm sure there's much more to this story than is let on in this docu-series but this particular show brings to light some really crazy coincidences otherwise.

BOB'S BURGERS
(US Netflix)
Ah yes, a hilarious cartoon for adults and children alike. Bob's Burgers is one of my absolute favourite shows to watch if I need cheering up. The show itself is so unique in that it carries zero prejudices and makes no qualms about the fact that every family is just a little bit weird and we need to embrace that hilarity to get on in life. Each character in the family is completely loveable; from self-confessed wine loving Mum Linda (voiced by a bloke, no less) to fart-loving feminist little brother Gene, you're guaranteed to associated with each and every one of them in one way or another. Episodes I recommend watching that are available on Netflix are: Bed and Breakfast, Ear-sy Rider, Lindapendent Woman, Two for Tina, Boyz 4 Now, Fort Night, Turkey in a Can, Slumber Party, and Mazel-Tina. I hope they decide to put seasons 5 and 6 on Netflix in the future as well - so so good!

PARKS AND RECREATION
(US Netflix)
I think Parks and Recreation has to be my ultimate favourite sitcom ever made. I started watching this before Netflix even came on the scene and I just loved everything about it. For those of you who don't know, the show is about the Parks and Recreation department in the fictional town of Pawnee, Indiana and stars the amazing Amy Poehler as passionate mid-level bureaucrat Leslie Knope. I would be here all day singing its praises because it's wonderfully heart-warming and just plain side-splittingly funny at times. Again, every character offers something to the show, even Jerry/Larry/Terry/Barry/Garry Gergich! It has introduced me to some brilliant comedic actors like Aziz Ansari, Aubrey Plaza, Nick Offerman and Billy Eichner; and made me fall in love with a pudgy Chris Pratt. It's hard to choose my favourite character but I love April and Andy together, and Leslie and Ann's friendship is just so enviable and full of adoration - "oh Ann, you beautiful sophisticated newborn baby..."

THE UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT
(UK and US Netflix)
Oh my god, this show is just so ridiculous I love it! Created by my spirit animal Tina Fey, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is another Netflix original that took the online community by storm. It stars Ellie Kemper as Kimmy, a young woman who was rescued from a doomsday cult in Indiana after 15 years in an underground bunker. Sounds crazy, and it absolutely is! The show follows Kimmy as she adjusts to a new life in New York City, where she befriends struggling actor Titus Andromedon, and gains a job working as a nanny for out-of-touch socialite Jacqueline Voorhees, all while trying to take down the Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne for holding her in that bunker. It also has the catchiest viral theme song in the history of any show ever, and that's not even an exaggeration! I honestly can't wait for season 2, definitely watched the entire first season in one day. Females are strong as hell!

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK
(UK and US Netflix)
The Netflix original that started it all, Orange is the New Black (OITNB) is a rollercoaster from start to finish. I'm sure I don't need to give you a synopsis of this crazy-popular hit online show, but I can safely say that if you've watched from season 1 your opinion of certain characters will have completely changed. I love the whole female empowerment movement that goes on despite being stuck in a prison. I think getting to know every character's back story really helps you to understand why and how they got to prison, and gives the entire predicament a real human aspect. It's dramatic, hard-hitting, hilariously funny at times... And when certain horrible characters get their comeuppance damn does it feel good to watch!

What's your favourite show to binge watch?
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Thursday, 7 January 2016

PEONY AND BLUSH SUEDE

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Tuesday, 5 January 2016

BEST WISHES FOR 2016


Long time, no blog, eh? 

Let me just start off by saying Happy New Year, lovelies! I know, it's a bit late, but I've been so busy working these past few months (all over Christmas and New Year, sob sob) that I've barely had an online presence. And yes, it's yet another apology for completely neglecting my blog pretty much all of last year. So much has happened in my personal life that I just wasn't really feeling it at all... But I've definitely missed the blogging community, and of course all your lovely comments and interactions both on here and on various social media. 

I didn't think I would be making any resolutions this year because, let's be honest, these things don't stick around past February unless you're super committed. I mean, I could reel off a whole list of things that I would like to change about myself but we all know it will go nowhere in the long run. And I'm definitely not going to vow to blog more because that one bit me in the butt last year, haha! However in the past few days I've decided on two things. One; I'm going to stop messing around with complete fuckboys after several quite hurtful experiences over the past six months. The less said about this one, the better... And leading onto that - Two; I'm going to make me happy. Haha, I know I sound like Ross from Friends when I say that but I think that 2016 is going to be the year of self-love. I'm going to make it my mission to do all the things that make me happy, say yes to more opportunities, visit more places, make more time for the people I love and, above all, I'm going to pick myself up, dust myself off, dismiss 2015 as a crap year and be happy with who I am.

I'm sorry that this post has turned into a bit of a personal rant! Life can just be so frustrating sometimes and I want to get all these demons out so I can truly start afresh. I hope I am able to blog more now though, I'll try hard to make the time as I do really miss everything about it!


That just leaves me to say that I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year, and I wish you all the best for 2016 and beyond! Let's make it a good'un - god knows some of us are due one!
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