Sunday, 21 October 2018

What To Watch, Read And Listen To | October

Something I have really thought about the last few months is how I really want to get back into writing blog posts. I think it's something that has been so left behind but actually is a really important part of what I love doing and also the reason I started doing this all. Don't get me wrong, I love instagram but I can't write a big paragraph or two on instagram can I? Or get all of my thoughts and feelings out.

Plus being such a homebody and enjoying my own company or really getting hooked and sucked into something it just seems right that after seeing this idea from Chloe Plumsted I think it would be a fun thing to do monthly and it could perhaps become some sort of book club/series/movie chat in the comments, you never know!

So on with this months topics, first up is what to watch!

I'm a lover of anything with suspense. Whether it's watching from behind my eyes or sitting on the edge of my seat screaming at the tv. Don't get me wrong sometimes I need a break and to watch something light hearted but yeah give me anything with a bit of gore, or tense situation and where we are trying to guess who did the dirty and anticipating the need to know what is going to happen next. That's why this month I couldn't decide to just include one as I don't know if anyone else agrees but when the season changes to autumn ALL of the good tv starts to show and it's probably because they know people are more likely to stay in now it's colder but I am just so for it and loving everything at the moment. Plus because I have to watch everything on catch up its even better when you don't have to worry about adverts and you can fully engross. Let's start with the shows you can watch on catch up.

So first up is Bodyguard, while the series is already over you can still catch it on BBC Iplayer and if you haven't heard all of the hype surrounding it, well where have you been?! It has the suspense and the whole who did it kinda storyline because like I said who doesn't enjoy that? It's a 6 part series which for me actually really works as sometimes I find if a series goes on for 22 odd episodes I can find it hard to sit down and watch as I can get distracted by other tv series' and things but 6 was a good amount. They managed to cover everything and it was gripping, never was their an episode where I thought "yeah yeah come on!"

It follows a principle protection agent who makes a breakthrough linking to terrorist attacks against the home secretary but due to dealing with things that have happened to him in the past people begin to turn their backs on him and he has to try and win their trust and show them before it's too late.. oooo I should be a synopsis writer! (I joke I joke) Not to mention if you are a Game Of Thrones fans Rob Stark is your main man and who doesn't want to see him on your screen again?

It's on BBC Iplayer for the next 5 months so if you need a quick but thrilling series to watch when it gets really cold sink your teeth into this without the full commitment.
Next is The Cry. This is the program supposed to rival Bodyguard. Again another suspenseful show and really wanting you to do some guess working as well as eager to see the whole story unfold. A quick synopsis is basically a couple who have recently had a baby travel to Australia due to the husband having a daughter from a previous relationship and he has decided he wants to fight for custody. However after arriving in Australia the couples baby is kidnapped.

So far only the 1st episode has aired although I'm sure the 2nd would have by the time you are reading this. The first episode I feel was all about setting the scene for the whole show as I felt it was a little slow but I think it will be a key episode in all of the mystery unravelling. It is on every Sunday on BBC1 at 9pm and I am so looking to my early Monday finish just so I can always come straight home and watch a new episode. Again I think it's a short series so worth a watch if you don't want to make full commitment.

Last BBC Iplayer show (Damn BBC are clearly on fire already and autumn has just begun) is Killing Eve. An 8 part series and so much buzz surrounding it. BBC clearly know how to do short series' I have currently only watched 3 episodes and honestly don't understand the fuss.. however episode 4 looks like thats where all the drama starts so I will try to carry on with it because everone did say it was amazing

Lastly and all of my tv watches this month is Vikings. Now you can only watch this if you have Amazon Prime, but if you don't have it. It's worth getting just for this series. If you have a GoT's shaped hole in your heart (anyone else longing for winter to come) then I seriously recommend this. Although it can't rival GoT's, I mean can anything? It is a goodun' I am actually addicted. To the point that I get annoyed if I can't watch an episode a night - and that hasn't happened in a while.

It's basically Vikings raiding England and lots of battles and gore and just all the good stuff. Plus the story is so good and baring in mind it takes me a lot to cry at tv and movies I cried and that was only at season 2, so let's see what a mess I'll be as we continue, plus it's still going with season 5 coming soon!


Reading.. bit of a sore subject for me. I used to read ALLL the time, if your saw me I would tend to have a book with me. I flew through series such as Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Divergent, The Alex Rider Series. As reading hardcore books such as a boy called it (probably wasn't age appropriate) but I found books like those fascinating and then I moved on to books like Into The Darkest Corner, Gone Girl, all of the thrillers. But then I stopped. Along came my social life, a boyfriend and just general growing up and I never feel like I have time now. Yes, I know people will say well you make time for the things you want to do and I feel that's probably right, but along with catching up on TV or writing blog posts, working on my little brand it's slipped to the bottom of the pile.

But in the occasionally time I find to read I make the most of it. I am currently reading POWER. All about how the world; on in particularly boys cope when it turns out women have all the power. Honestly I am loving it. It's so good. It comes from loads of peoples points of views, mostly women but also from a boy too, they're all from different walks of life and it's well worth a read.


Lastly but by no means least is music. Music means a lot to me. I have so many songs that can take me right back to when I was young and me, my twin and mum used to turn up the CD player loud and dance around like crazy just before she went out for a driving lesson. I have songs that remind me of sad times, of good times and all of the between. I listen to it every day to and from work, I listen to it in the shower, when I can't be bothered to watch anything, when I'm working on posts, in the car. One thing I do struggle with though is finding new artists/bands to listen to.

That was I came across my twin HannahIvvy's spotify playlist. I feel she is going to be so smug about this. But ah well it's a goodun'. It has your 'mainstream' radio songs to all sorts. It ranges from Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus to The Chainsmokers, Kygo, The XX, SZA. It has such a range and I love it. It's just what I needed to get me out of slump of not knowing what to listen to. The songs make you want to dance and they make you want to sit and just listen to the lyrics its a real contrast and yet it works so well.

If you want to follow her playlist her username is Hannah Apps and the playlist is called def.

That concludes this months what to watch, read and listen to. Have you watched any of the series' I mentioned? Let me know your thoughts and let's discuss them! What about the book, read it? Don't give spoilers but is it a goodun? and Lastly the playlist, what was your favourite song, artist, do you know any playlists similar? Let me know!

On another quick note if you want to make your laptop or phone case look as extra as mine, because lets face it using my phone and watching things on my laptop then you can go to CaseApp and make a personalised Iphone case or personalised laptop skin using the discount code PAGESFROMBETH20

I really want to open up my comments on my blog and also on my instagram I really want to chat to people and make my place on the internet a two way thing between me and you.

Sunday, 23 September 2018

24 Things I Learnt By 24

Today I turn 24 and to say I'm not shitting myself at the fact I'm a year a way from 25 which means a year away from being closer to 30 than I am 20 is absolutely terrifying. But currently I am in London and London Fashion Week Festival with my mum, aunt and twin, hopefully having one too many glasses of prosecco or gin's and forgetting that I have to get up and go to work tomorrow. But on the run up I have had a little reflection on the things I have learnt in my 24 years.
1. It's ok not to have everything together at this age - house, proper career, family and all sorts included.
2. Always carry lip balm, chewing gum, spare sanitary, house keys and hand cream.
3. Not everyone is going to like you and you're not going to like everyone - that doesn't make you a shitty person.
4. Who cares if people see you are listening to mamma mia and disney classics on your spotify.
5. It's ok not to have a girl best friend to text every day, even if some days it makes you feel down.
6. You are never too old to start pursuing what you want to do, whether its just a passion or a career you desire.
7. It's ok to be 'boring' and prefer sitting at home in your dressing gown and a good film/book.
8. ALWAYS have pants just for periods
9. It's ok to stop seeing people and stop being friends with people if they don't make you happy.
10. Wash your bed sheets every week, nothing like clean bedding.
11. No matter what kind of mood you're in, always be polite to others.
12. If you're feeling angry or upset, go for a walk before making any decisions, fresh air does you a world of good.
13. meditation and yoga are so good for your body and soul, do more of it.
14. Eat that chocolate, packet of crips, sweets, takeaways - life is too short to disallow yourself the good stuff.
15. But remember all in moderation, you don't want to feel sick.
16. Focus on you, you cant compare your chapter 1 to somebodies chapter 5, 10, 20..
17. It's ok to cry, have your times of feeling down but don't let them consume you.
18. If you're going to congratulate and celebrate peoples achievements/steps forward in life , mean it.
19. After drinking too much alcohol take two paracetamol and a whole glass of water, thank yourself in the morning.
20. Never settle for less than you deserve, asking for what you want should never be asking for too much.
21. If you're tired, sleep. It doesn't matter if you need to nap at midday, 3pm, 5pm or even be in bed by 7pm. Your body needs rest.
22. Learn to appreciate and feel gratitude for the small things, a kiss in the morning, the cup of tea, a bus being on time - the more you appreciate things in life the more good will come to you.
23. Wear what you want and don't worry what others think, if you feel BOMB you definitely look it.
24. Drink at least 2 litres a day, the difference in your skin and health is amazing.

*blog post idea from beth sandland

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Ways To Bring Positivity Into Your Life

Life can sometimes get confusing. Sometimes we find ourselves at crossroads not knowing which way to go and it can be all so overwhelming and we start to panic about what we're going to do and how we're going to create these kickass lives - especially in our 20's when we have been told from  young ages that this is when we need to get our shit together and that in our twenties we should have found another person to spend our life with, be engaged or married with them, be in a successful career for x amount of years, have children and have a house. Achievable? WRONG! Nowadays it's harder than when grannie and granpa were our ages and so we feel like we are failures. I'm not by any means saying that if you do all of these tips you will get the things stated above. It's merely to help you in those times of disarray to remember that life isn't scary and we will all reach those milestones we want to reach if we keep working and keep ourself positive in any way that we can whether you pick 2 or 1 of these ideas, apply it and run with it.

 Take Time To Rest (and don't feel guilty)
Probably the most important one for me. I am someone that can burn out quite easily, I get easily overwhelmed if I have lots planned in my week and so I always need a day or a long evening (meaning when I finish work at 3:30pm) and then I'm fine. These rests for me mean I don't do much, I binge Netflix, write a blog post or two, watch youtube, read, pamper. You name it. Anything that is 'me time' is what you should be doing in this time. But most importantly not to feel guilty about it. Because when you feel guilt you don't relax properly and then you can be left feeling a little tetchy.

Say Yes To The Things That Bring You Joy And No To Those That Don't
This can be a hard one. I'm someone that will always do things for people otherwise I feel really bad and guilty for it. I like to put everyone's needs before mine, it's just me. I will always go out of my way to help those that I love. But sometimes it's ok to say No, because sometimes you just need to look after yourself, after all if you haven't looked after yourself how are you supposed to look after others. Similarly, though it is important to say yes to opportunities, because if you think it's going to be something that will bring you great joy. Do it! Don't worry about any consequences or money, just do it because it could just be amazing.
 Be Grateful For The Things In Your Life 
One thing I really try to do is write down things I'm grateful for. They can be really simple, like I'm grateful for my morning tea. I'm grateful for my bus being on time. I am grateful for such and such doing this for me. Absolutely anything. I try to write or simply think of 3-5 things daily. Because I believe as soon as you show gratitude more gratitude will come your way. But it's really about noticing those small things in your life and even the big things no matter how bad a day you may be having.

Notice The Things You Like About Yourself
Similarly to the grateful idea. I think everyone needs to love themselves, if you can't love yourself how can you expect somebody else to love you right? It's the MOST important thing we should all learn, alongside the whole learning to enjoy our own company. One way that I practice self love and something that could help make you instantly smile is just by saying or writing down 1 thing you like about yourself daily. It could be that you like your outfit that day or that you like your smile or hair, or even that you like how caring you are towards others. Again it doesn't have to be major but that one thing about yourself could really help perk you up.

Learn To Live In The Moment
Easier said than done. But how liberating is it to just live in the moment. Who cares about that thing that is happening tomorrow or next week or next year. Who cares about that house you are trying to hard to save for. Live in the moment, drink it up and take it all in because you blink and that moment is gone, not to be redone. Enjoy the time with friends and family or time by yourself and don't stress about tomorrow. Everything will fall into place, it may not be exactly what you had planned but it will be ok just enjoy the here and now.
Don't Be Afraid Do Things Because Of The Fear
In our twenties it's our prime years to do everything and anything, try all those jobs even if it doesn't sound right up your street try it anyway. Just don't say no because you're worried of failing or not achieving what you want to do because if you say no, well you will do the things you fear. You can only accomplish things if you go at them with full force and not worrying about what could happen, because what if what could happen is the exactly what you actually want and it happened all because you didn't care about the fear.

Sing And Dance
Exactly what it says in bold. Do you feel a little sad, get up put your jams on and pretend you are giving a concert, sing and dance your heart out to all of those songs you love. Dance until you can barely stand, feel better yet? Good.

These are a few things that I try to do. Especially with the change of the seasons, it can be a hard one for many. So try to remember simple and small ways to bring some positivity to our lives.