Friday, 29 June 2018

WHAT I'VE BEEN WATCHING • THREE



QUEER EYE
I am absolutely obsessed with this show. Like, full-on, binge-watch in 8 hours, o b s e s s e d. Honestly, I just adore it. If you haven't seen the original, or this Netflix remake, let me tell you the premise. Five gay guys have access to all areas of a nominee's life, and they basically life-coach them to become more confident whilst simultaneously making over their appearance, style, diet and home. In the original, the Fab 5 would makeover a straight man, but in the new remake the first season focussed on all types of men, and season two included women and a transgender woman. I love each of the Fab 5 in their own little ways. Their enthusiasm to make people become the best versions of themselves just makes for wonderful, heartwarming viewing. Their ability to transform someone's mindset in a week actually blows my mind. And the people they help out are so sweet, open and willing to change for the better for their loved ones. It's so emotional, and I dare you not to shed a tear when watching. If you watch one thing from this list, let it be this one!

LOVE ISLAND
I promised myself I wouldn't get into Love Island as much as I did last year but I've found myself waiting for 9pm to roll around every single night. And while it's not nearly as dramatic as its Aussie counterpart (there are some seriously insane clips circulating Twitter and YouTube) it has definitely had its moments. Jack and Dani are clear frontrunners, and I really like them as a couple so I hope it stays that way! Plus I've been keeping myself entertained with all the amazing memes when the show isn't on as well. Too easy.

THE STAIRCASE
Talked about like it's the new Making a Murderer, I'm only a few episodes into this true crime investigation. So far, so good; but I'm also wondering how they're going to string it out for 13 one-hour-long episodes. Still, I'm finding it very interesting. 

UNSOLVED: TUPAC AND BIGGIE
It's funny. You look at me and you probably don't think "hey, that girl's clearly into 90s hip hop/rap" but guess what? I love it. I was such a big fan of both Tupac and Biggie Smalls growing up so this show was right up my alley. It's kind of along the lines of the American Crime Story series; in that, it's a dramatisation based on true events. The actors who play Tupac and Biggie bare a striking real-life resemblance. It's actually pretty freaky how similar they look and sound - great casting! To this date, no one has ever been convicted of either man's murder so this series follows a fictional police investigation, led by Josh Duhamel in which they uncover the fatal events and try to come to a conclusion.

THE WORLD CUP
Because who can really avoid it? I'm not particularly into football - at all, actually - but there's something about the World Cup that suddenly brings a home supporter out of me. Obviously I'm here for England... until they embarrass themselves then I'm back to not caring in the slightest. I've done the classic girl thing (which probably isn't painting our gender in a good light) and based how good teams are by how attractive the players are! I also got Japan in my work sweepstakes so I kind of have to support them too. I have to say it's so nice how an international football tournament can bring everyone together though. The pubs have been mad! So far, it all looks good for England. Maybe this time football really is coming home...
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Sunday, 24 June 2018

FIVE HAPPY THINGS IN JUNE


GETTING A PAYDAY BONUS
This one speaks for itself, but a little extra money for doing a good job is always appreciated. The added tax and automatic student loan repayments was not, however! It came just in time though. I feel like I'm always skint at the moment so it was nice to be able to put some away into my savings as well as indulge my spendy side without feeling too guilty.

IMPROVING IN YOGA
When I first started going to Sunday yoga classes last November I found it so bloody hard and was always an absolute sweaty mess afterwards. I'm still a bit of mess but I can see myself improving and, better yet, my yoga teacher has praised me for how much I've improved. She even commented on how flexible I was a few weeks ago, and I actually answered with "really?!" - it just goes to show how hard we can be on ourselves when learning a new skill. Usually other people see improvements before we do ourselves, but it's nice that I can finally find certain poses a lot easier. I know my strengths and am more than willing to work on my weaknesses. My yoga teacher is going away pretty much all next month so it looks like it'll be yoga practise in the garden until she's back. I don't want to backtrack on my progress!

SLEEPING WELL
I'm not sure whether it's the warmer weather, working hard, being busy, or perhaps a combination - and I don't want to jinx things - but I've been falling asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow recently. My sleep schedule is likened to a granny because of work (I go to bed at 10pm and I'm up at 5.30am) so I think my brain finally knows when it's time to shut off. Only took it four years... Whatever the reason, I've just generally been getting a really good night's sleep and I feel so much happier because of it.

EXPLORING MY CITY
It's amazing when you live in a place all your life and yet you still find little nooks and crannies that you haven't properly explored yet. Since the weather has been gorgeous I've been really enjoying getting outside and taking the dog on new walk routes. Not only this, but I've been wandering around my city and it's made me fall in love with it all over again. I've also discovered a couple of new places to eat which I'm excited to share with you all soon!

MAKING PLANS
As a bit of an introvert I can go through spells of not wanting to do anything or see anybody, but this month I've been craving a bit of social interaction. I've been seeing different friends a lot more; going for brunches, dinner and drinks, BBQs, the beach... All in all it's been lovely to get out with old high school friends, my uni girls, my yoga buddy and just generally let my hair down. I'm also off to visit my best friend in Yorkshire next month, which I am so excited about. I can't wait to see my northern family! 
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