Taking Stock – March

I inadvertently took a break from blogging for a week or so last week, that was an accident but I feel kind of good about it and ready to crack on again. Sometimes I put a bit of unnecessary pressure on myself to stick to my Monday, Wednesday, Friday posting plan. Anyway, another month is almost over so here’s my monthly round-up.

Taking stock

Making: cakes. I’ve been getting back into the swing of baking this month.

Cooking: turkey dinosaurs and flipper dippers. OK so not the most healthy of dinners but it’s fun to feel young again.

Drinking: coffee, coffee, coffee. Mmmmm.

Reading: I’ve been trying to get through The Big Lie: Motherhood, Feminism, and the Reality of the Biological Clock but it’s been tough. I’m also working my way through The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level
and I’m about to start Paper Aeroplanes.

Wanting: it to be spring already. It’s so cold, I’m ready for some warmer weather now please.

Looking: forward to a little trip home in April.

Playing: Lego Batman 3. Tom bought an Xbox One and this is the only game that he bought that I wanted to play too.

Deciding: where we should live. We want to move back to the part of London we used to live in but can’t afford to buy there. So should we stay where we are?

Wishing: that I could win the Euro Millions.

Enjoying: lovely Lush baths. It’s been a while since I’ve had any of their scrummy bath bombs so I’ve really been enjoying them.

Waiting: to stop aching from working hard yesterday.

Liking: the fact that I’m actually enjoying exercise for once in my life.

Wondering: why I agreed to sign up for a 10K run with Steph.

Loving: My new Kate Spade iPad cover. It’s so pretty. (Thanks Tom.)

Pondering: what colour I should go next with my hair. It’s been ginger for sometime now.

Considering: if it is an actual viable option to move to New York.

Watching: I’m not Bear Grylls biggest fan but we’ve been glued to Bear Grylls: Mission Survive, I love Tom Rosenthal. I’ve also been watching a lot of Impractical Jokers too. *sigh*Sal Vulcano.*sigh*

Hoping: that things will start changing.

Marvelling: at the self-confidence other people show. I’m feeling a bit nervous about myself and things at the minute.

Needing: to go shopping.

Smelling: gradual tanning moisturisers, trying to find one that doesn’t smell like biscuits.

Wearing: all of the black. Always.

Following: Tom around trying to make sure he’s careful with his bandaged big toe.

Noticing: that my nails are in bad shape and keep breaking.

Knowing: that I need a trip to Ikea soon..

Thinking: about how to re-decorate our flat.

Admiring: mostly Sal Vulcano.

Sorting: out my wardrobe.

Buying: all of the Lush bath bombs and new nail varnish.

Getting: increasingly obsessed with everything Kate Spade.

Bookmarking: confidence and business tips.

Disliking: everything in my wardrobe at the moment.

Opening: presents from Tom because he got a bonus in work recently.

Giggling: at Impractical Jokers. (Obsessed.)

Feeling: much better about things than I was last month.

Snacking: on popcorn, sweet and salty is my favourite.

Coveting: This flat in Shoreditch.

Wishing: that I could speed things up. Things are taking too long for my liking sometimes.

Hearing: podcasts mostly. I’ve been listening to What Say You, IRL with Nev Schulman and Some Nonsense with Ray Peacock.

So there we go, that was my March. How was yours?



Film Review: The Duff

I love a teen movie, it’s a bit of a guilty pleasure. Whenever I’m home alone with nothing to do I’ll raid Netflix for an old trusty like Clueless or Mean Girls and relish in the cheesiness of it all. So, last week when I was invited to a preview screening of The Duff I jumped at the chance. Here are my thoughts…

The Duff

Have you seen She’s All That and the video for Taylor Swift’s You Belong With Me? If the answer is yes then you’ve pretty much seen The Duff. There’s absolutely no new ground being broken with this film and it is totally typical of every teen makeover movie ever made. That being said though, it does have it’s funny moments and it’s a fun and, more importantly, easy watch.

Mae Whitman stars as Bianca, a frumpy high school senior whose two best friends (Bianca Santos and Skyler Samuels) are popular and pretty. At a party one night her childhood friend and hunky jock, next door neighbour, Wesley (Robbie Amell) breaks the news to Bianca that every group of friends has a DUFF (designated ugly fat friend) and that she is it in her little girl gang. Unsurprisingly, she is devastated by the news and takes it out on her friends for never letting her know. Queue the makeover portion of the film. OK, it’s not quite as contrived as She’s All That when all they do is untie her hair and take her glasses off to turn her into a surprise stunner but the basics are there.

 As playful as this film is there is an underlying message about cyber bullying and accepting yourself as you are. Important messages for teenagers, there’s no denying that, but maybe a little misplaced in a film this predictable. Although, these points weren’t exactly laboured so maybe they get away with it that way.

All in all, The Duff isn’t blazing any new trails in the teen genre but it is about time someone made an up to date version of the teen queen flicks of the 90s and this is definitely that. It was a whole lot of fun and there are worse ways to spend a couple of hours (near enough) staring at a screen plus, Wesley and Toby (Nick Eversman) are pretty easy on the eye! However, next time I’m itching for my teen flick fix I’ll probably just reach for my old faithfuls (10 Things About You is next on my list to re-watch) rather than put on The Duff again.



When Lojo Met Andrew McMahon

I was lucky enough to catch Andrew McMahon when he played in London at the end of February. In case you didn’t know, I thought he was incredible.

When Lojo Met Andrew McMahon

Sykes were doing their sound check in the next room so that’s what you can hear in the background.

He’s just so very, very lovely and genuine.

Hope you like it.