Tuesday, 4 February 2014
the good, the bad & the ugly || JAN 2014
Today marks the beginning of a new series on my blog that will rear its head at the end of every month (or in this case, at the beginning of a new month), that I've decided to name 'the good, the bad & the ugly'. It's essentially an excuse for me to digress a little from my usual, fashion-related posts and spice things up a bit, by giving you an insight into what I'm into (and not so into) each month, whilst hopefully avoiding the monotonous 'monthly favourites' format that so many bloggers adopt! I hope you enjoy the post, and I'd love to hear in the comments what you hearted and hated in January.
Literally the food of the gods! I would eat it every single day if I could. It's my Sunday routine to buy some from either Boots or M&S during my lunch break at work, and I normally try and get some during the week too, if I'm near a supermarket. My addiction is relatively new to January so I'm yet to try Yo! Sushi or Itsu, but one of my goals this month is to make it down to one of said establishments and eat as much sushi as I POSSIBLY can. And then I'll shop for a bit and go back again for round two.
January has been a bit of a cook-a-thon for me. I've attempted chocolate macaroons (see the photo), chocolate and walnut brownies, double-chocolate brownies & cupcakes just to mention a few things from the baked-goods category, but have also been trying some of those 'eat clean' recipes that always circulate on the internet! I love Nouvelle Daily's recipe for kale chips, and the recipe @healthyhappygemma posted on Instagram for healthy pancakes. I've also been spicing up my morning porridge by stirring in some blueberries, banana and a spoonful of natural yoghurt which makes it feel so much creamier and a little more indulgent! Would definitely recommend!
HARDY'S 'TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES'
I've been reading this on my Kindle throughout January (I'm now almost near the end!) and it's such a lovely read. I haven't read any of Thomas Hardy's other books but I definitely will now, because Tess is just such a peaceful and beautifully written book. It's perfect for helping you to wind down just before going to sleep, and I'd definitely recommend it. When I'm done, I can't wait to watch the BBC adaptation starring Gemma Arterton!
After all the hype on Twitter following the third season premiere, I located the first season on Sky Anytime and now I know what all the fuss was about! The half-hour long episodes make it so easy to watch here and there when you have a few minutes to spare - sometimes I hate watching hour-long episodes of things because I feel like I'm wasting too much time in front of the telly! It's so so funny and well-written and I'm definitely hooked - I'd probably describe it as the perfect combination of Skins and New Girl, but Lena Dunham beats Zooey Deschanel any day.
I went to see Two Door Cinema Club a few weeks ago, and these were supporting. I hadn't listened to them before but they're fab and I've had them on repeat ever since - so catchy and easy to listen to. My favourite tracks are 'Love is All We Got' and 'At Home'.
'THE FACE USA'
I absolutely LOVED the UK version of 'The Face', but the US one is absolutely diabolical! Most of the girls seem to have a screw loose, the challenges are ridiculous, that idiot judge from ANTM, Nigel Barker, cannot host to save his life, and Naomi Campbell seems to get angrier and angrier as the weeks progress. The only redeeming quality is Coco Rocha, because she's beaut and generally seems really nice and relatively normal. I just want the UK version back!
People have been hyping about these trainers but I literally just don't get it. I like trainers, but these are just hideous. They look like they have one of those weird, grippy sole-things on them that old people buy to attach to their shoes so that they don't fall over when its icy. So ugly. At £89.99, you can keep 'em Nike.
BLOGS I'VE BEEN LOVING: A Fashion Fix, The Little Magpie and VDR