Monday, 22 August 2016

5 Netflix TV Series Recommendations

It's been a while since I made a post on my Netflix favourites, so I thought it was about time I posted some updated recommendations. And in no particular order...

 Orange Is The New Black
I included OITNB in my last Netflix recommendations post, which in retrospect is odd as season three was absolutely terrible and I think I must only have included it out of loyalty for the first two seasons. However, season 4 was my favourite by far and so I am again pleased to be able to include it in this post! Season 4 brought in some really interesting new characters, particularly some new guards who I feel really added to the show. On the whole I feel that I became more invested in this season, and I am a sucker for a sad storyline so I really enjoyed watching some of the backstories and some of the twisted things that happen in this season.

The Unbreakable Kimmy SchmidtI started off finding this program a little bit funny. From there, I started to really dislike it, and yet for reasons unknown to me continued to watch it anyway. And then suddenly, the last half of season one I really enjoyed and found myself watching season 2 pretty much every day and really enjoying it. I can't tell you exactly where my mind changed, but I'm glad it did as I ended up really finding this show very funny. I think to start with I had the same problem that I have with New Girl. In New Girl, I find Jess extremely annoying whereas the other housemates I find funny and enjoy watching. I had the same problem with this show - can't stand Kimmy, but really like all of the other characters. I think in season two they may have figured out that this was a problem as Kimmy moves back a little bit and it's much more enjoyable overall.

I haven't actually watched any of the new season yet, so all of my thoughts are based on the first season. I started off enjoying Scream much more than I thought I would. I expected it to be terrible, whilst it ended up actually being a lot more enjoyable than I had expected. It took a bit of a dip around the middle when it seemed to just be making no sense and getting a bit dull, but by the end of the season I was enjoying it again and I'm looking forward to watching the new season soon. This season isn't anything expected - you know exactly what you're going to see when you start watching it, but if that's your thing then this is a good watch.

 How I Met Your Mother
It turned out that my boyfriend considered himself to be a a HIMYM fan despite having never watched the first couple of seasons. He really loved the last couple though, which confused me greatly because they really weren't good at all and I only watched them because of how much I'd enjoyed the first few. Therefore, I decided we should rewatch it from the beginning together. I was worried that I wouldn't enjoy it this time, and perhaps towards the end of the show I'd just outgrown it and that was why I wasn't finding it funny anymore. Nope, it turns out the last couple of seasons really did just suck as I'm finding it just as entertaining the second time around! If you want a show that's funny whilst also being very true to life and a little sad, I would recommend this one.

Orphan Black
Orphan Black is a much more serious sort of show than I'd normally watch. I have a really limited attention span when it comes to TV shows so things that take a lot of brain capacity to follow don't typically work for me! However, Orphan Black has a really interesting concept and a lot of creative characters and therefore I found myself really enjoying it. I've only watched the first season as I felt I needed to take a bit of a break for it, but I am looking forward to getting around to the later seasons soon. I found that after the opening episode it was a bit of a struggle to get through the initial episodes, but overall it was worth the effort!

What are your Netflix favourites?

Friday, 19 August 2016

Follow Friday 012

001. I really enjoyed Jasmine's post reviewing Jeffree Stars new lip products. I am not a fan of him at all - I didn't even HAVE a Myspace and yet I still remember him from those days, and while I'm entertained that so many people seem to have forgotten about all of that I really just cannot. However, I really liked the way Jasmine addressed the controversy and the actual product review was really helpful as well.

002. It's been a long time since I subscribed to any beauty box, but I do miss it. Jaina recently posted all about a box I'd never heard of before, the Sheet Mask Squad box. If you're a fan of Korean beauty products, have a look at this one!

003. Charlie made a post all about attending the launch for the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child book. I think this looks so much fun!

004. Have you guys all been having a good time playing with Instagram Stories? I never really got into Snapchat, despite liking the filters. I just couldn't get myself into it as it was so hard to find people to follow on there! If you're still not sure, have a look at Amber's brilliant post on the changes and how they compare to Snapchat!

005. I have wanted to get into brow products for quite some time. My brows don't match at all and they sort of just do their own thing. I have literally never worn any brow product, although I do try to get them waxed once every two weeks or so - aside from that, I don't get any further. I therefore really enjoyed Hannah's post on trying out some new eyebrow products. I found this to be a VERY useful post, as she included clear photos and descriptions of all the products she tried and has definitely given me some inspiration on what to look for!

Monday, 15 August 2016

Blogosphere Magazine; Issue 9 Review

This month, I decided to pick up Blogosphere Magazine for the first time. I'd really put it off as, if I'm honest, I had very low expectations for it. I didn't really see the point as if I wanted to read a blog I would surely, well, read a blog, and I assumed the quality of it would be really low. However, when Becky posted to say that she was going to be featured in it this month, I decided that really I had to give it a chance.

From the moment I picked up my copy, my opinion started to charge. This is a THICK magazine, and it's actually really well made. I know it sounds silly and that it shouldn't make much of a difference, but the paper is of really good quality and to be honest probably looks and feels better quality than most of the magazines you'll find in a newsagent do. I was worried that it would be just full of advertisements, but it really is a very significantly content based magazine.

Inside the magazine there is a combination of features, columns and interviews. The features included information such as on how to take part in a Twitter chat and some tips for finding accessories for a photo. None of this information was really new to me, but it was still a fun read as it's so well written. There are a few bigger interviews, like the one shown above - which again, really surprised me with how good quality they were. And finally, there are many column sections. In these sections, a certain blogger will write a little bit and will then showcase five other bloggers that feature within their genre. I really liked the way this was done. For example, each blogger will include a paragraph about why they have chosen the blogs that they have, and then the following five pages are all dedicated to those blogs that they've chosen with a full page entry and pictures from their blog. For an example, see the image one above this one which is showcasing some food blogs! I thought this was such a great way of showcasing some blogs and it looks really great.

This month also included an events supplement, which I thought was a good idea. It includes some tips for events, some reviews and photos from recent blog events, and then a listing of what events are coming up. I thought most of this little extra was great and so helpful and fun to read through, however I do think the listing of events could have been done a lot better as there's not really anything there apart from the name of the event which isn't the most helpful.

Overall, I am really pleased that I bought this magazine. I went in with very low expectations and it is a fun read and beautifully designed and laid out. I don't think I would buy every single issue of this, however it's definitely something I'll be picking up every now and then when it features my favourite bloggers! To find out more information and buy your own copy, check out the website! A physical copy is £5.

Friday, 12 August 2016

20 Fashion Favourites: August 2016

Welcome to the first of a new monthly piece on this blog - my monthly 20 fashion favourites! Have a look at 20 of my favourite affordable pieces this month and hopefully get some inspiration for some new looks!

 ASOS: Motel Gladio Ruffle Front Playsuit In Gingham Floral £35
ASOS Side Cut Out Midi Dress £35
ASOS: Boohoo Floral Cold Shoulder Dress £16
ASOS Woven Geo Print Shorts £25

The red dress in the second picture is my absolute favourite of this quad. I love everything about it. I love the colour, I love the style, and I love the shape it gives you. I'm also very fond of the shorts on the end, although I probably won't actually end up buying these as I'm just hopeless at matching shorts with anything!

French Connection Adeline Dream Printed Top £45
Forever 21: Floral Print Surplice Dress £25
Forever 21: High-Low Lace Up Blouse £13
Forever 21: Scoop Neck Bodysuit £9

It's been a little while since I bought from Forever 21, although their summer fashions do always manage to win me over. I particularly love the middle two pieces in this one, although considering my love for bright fashions, I'm surprised to find myself most drawn to the third one along!
Forever 21: Paisley Lace-up Playsuit £16
Forever 21: Crochet Panel Top £16
Forever 21: Floral Print Keyhole Dress £19
Forever 21: Wrap-Waist Crop Top £7

Of all the quads I've featured in this post, this row is by far my favourite. Forever 21 are doing their normal brilliant work this summer, that's for sure. I'm in love with the playsuit on the left. I actually only own one playsuit and I feel a little ridiculous in it but it's super pretty so it gets reserved purely for holidays. I feel this one may be my second fitting that purpose!

New Look: White Tropical Print Plunge Swimsuit £17.99
New Look: Cream Contrast Panel Shopper Bag £24.99
New Look: Black Floral Print Wrap Front Dress £14.99
New Look: Red Stripe Bardot Neck Dress £19.99

My favourite in this quad is an easy one - the third item, the beautiful black and white dress. I own a lot of very colourful dresses, but black and white is a combo that I am sadly missing when it comes to day dresses. I'm also very intrigued by the dress at the end, though I'm not sure it will look at all decent on me!

Oasis: Lucy Drape Coat £75
Oasis: Palm Safari Dress £38
Oasis: Stripe Bardot Top £18
Oasis: Organza Midi Dress £55

While on the one hand I feel it is too early to be buying a new coat, I just think the first image is SO beautiful. I'm also sure I'll look really ridiculous in it, but I'm so intrigued by it that I'm not sure I can resist!

That's my 20 fashion picks for August - which are your favourites?

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Lambeth Country Show 2016

I'm a little delayed in posting this this year as apparently I completely failed on scheduling, but here is the now annual Lambeth Country Show post!

The Lambeth Country Show is one of those things that I make sure I do every single year. I might now be a south Londoner anymore but it's very much worth the journey because it's such a fun day out. This year I introduced three new friends as well as a couple of old ones to the joy of Brixton's annual celebration of the outdoors - a chance to watch some unusual shows, pet some farm animals, watch some sheep competitions, and try a whole variety of foods!

I love the vegetable art, they are always one of my favourite things! They all went a bit political this year but still some very funny ones in there (And a lot of Trumps)

A sheep competition in Brixton, obviously.

It's a very precise matter.

And yes, afterwards you get a chance to go and pet all of the sheep! This year they were less terrified. Last year they seemed to try their hardest to not be touched, but this year they seemed much happier with it.

The shows had changed this year. This stunt show was one of the new additions. It was okay, but not all that impressive.

Also, horses. This show was actually pretty good, with some beautiful and well trained horses doing a whole variety of different acts.

There are always dogs and ducks. This year was a different dog and duck group, but still, they were there!

We also watched Quidditch (which was terrible, though interesting) and watched one of the birds of prey fly away and refuse to come out of the tree for a while which made one of my friends very happy.

This show is always a good day out, this year was no exception. And as you can see from the sky, it was a very sunny day! One friend was not expecting this and wore a jumper and had to carry his coat around with him. My friend told me it wasn't warm enough to wear shorts, and then watched as I boiled to death in jeans, and one spent more time putting suncream on than doing anything else. But still a great day spent here!