5 TV Shows to Binge-Watch on Netflix



It's winter, temperatures are dropping fast and, needless to say, most of us aren't really feeling the urge to venture outdoors. I'm not the most active person at the best of times and am very much a home-body all year round. But around this time of year in particular, I basically turn into a potato, perpetually wrapped up in 3 blankets at once, eating my weight in chocolate while Netflix constantly plays in the background. That message that asks 'are you still watching' comes up more times in a day than I care to admit (and I really don't appreciate the judgemental tone, Netflix). So here's a few things I've been watching recently and, if you're also so inclined to snuggle up and watch TV until Spring like a bear in hibernation, I'd recommend giving a watch.


Black Mirror 
The whole internet went crazy after this series came out, so you've probably at least heard of it already. But if you haven't here's the most basic explanation that I can give: Black Mirror is a series of standalone stories based around the theme of technology and its effect on our society and our way of living. Mostly (though not always) the idea is essentially 'this is technology we currently have, what would happen if it progressed even further?'. It's all very creepy and dystopian and there tends to be a lot of moral dilemmas that generate a lot of discussion after watching. Seriously, one episode in particular had my boyfriend and I talking for over an hour about it. The series are very short- the first 2 series have 3 episodes each and the 3rd series has 6- but it's low quantity, high quality. There's not a single bad episode in the bunch. Highly worth a watch. Just prepare for the urge to get rid of every piece of technology you own.


Poldark
This is one I'd heard quite a lot about but only recently got around to watching. I'm not sure why it took me so long when it has Aidan Turner in it- I would honestly watch that man do his weekly shop and still be completely enthralled. It's set in the 1800s and focuses on a man called Ross Poldark who returned from the war to his home in Cornwall to find his father dead and his sweetheart engaged to his cousin. Bad times. He then rescues a young girl and hires her as his kitchen maid while also trying to gain control of the local tin mines. It's all much more captivating than it sounds, I promise. 


The Crown

Again, this is another one that everyone on the internet seems to have been watching but for very good reason. It's a historical drama that focuses on Queen Elizabeth II and the first few years of her reign. I've never been massively interested in the royal family but I actually found this quite gripping. There's lots of great acting all around- Claire Foy is particular is amazing as the Queen. Although the casting of Winston Churchill did take some getting used to- I don't think I've ever seen an actor look or sound less like Winston Churchill than John Lithgow. There were times where I was like 'Bro, are you even trying to hide the American accent?'. It did have the occasional moment where the pacing was a bit slow but it didn't bother me too much- the gorgeous costumes more than made up for it. Seriously, if you like 1950s fashion you'll probably be like me and spend much of the episode gaping over the Queen's formal gowns- and there's quite a few of them. 


Crazy Ex Girlfriend

I heard people talking about this a while back but didn't think it was for me- I think the feminist in me was put off by the title. But I watched one episode on a whim and instantly became hooked. I think I thought it was some terrible, slightly sexist, sitcom based on the title but it's actually a satirical musical comedy. It's about a woman named Rebecca who is a high-achieving New York lawyer who finds herself having a slight existential crisis of sorts. Then she runs into her summer-camp boyfriend and decides to up and follow him to California. It makes the character sound like a nut-job and, frankly, she is. She's incredibly self-centred, impulsive and basically lives in her own little world but you find yourself rooting for her anyway. The hilarious songs definitely help.



Gilmore Girls and Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

If you've never seen Gilmore Girls- how's life under than rock of yours? If you have Netflix access under there, I highly suggest you get caught up because you're missing out. It's essentially about a mother and her teenage daughter in a small town called Stars Hollow. It's very fast-talking and witty and it's the kind of show where you get very heavily invested in the characters. Every time I watch it, I'm always left wishing I lived in Stars Hollow. 
If you've already seen Gilmore Girls- good news! Netflix has brought it back with a new mini-series set 10 years after the original series ended. If you're planning on having a binge-watching session, this is definitely one to go for. I finished it in one afternoon and now I have a lot of feelings. I won't go into it too much because spoilers but, as with the original series, you'll laugh, you'll cry and you'll probably get very frustrated at Rory. Nothing new, but it's lovely to see all the characters we know and love again (although for some it may have been all too brief. *cough*Sookie*cough*).


3 Ways to Wear Culottes for Autumn/Winter




I'm not generally one to step too far outside my comfort zone when it comes to fashion (or when it comes to anything, really. I am the opposite of a risk-taking adrenaline junkie- I'm the person who waits for the green man at the crossing even when there's no cars coming.) I have a tendency to stick to basics that I know work for me. 


3 Super Simple Baking Recipes




I'm a big lover of baking- partially because it's a great stress reliever, but mostly because I love cake. It's fun to experiment and try more challenging recipes but sometimes, you just want to whip up something nice and simple.


I have a few  go-to, easy recipes that I gravitate towards whenever I fancy something sweet to munch on. Usually it's because Bake Off is on. Never put on Great British Bake Off without preparing yourself with snacks-rookie mistake. Here's 3 recipes to fulfil all your Bake Off related, snacking needs. Prepare to be hungry. 


10 Things to Do When You Feel Like Crap




We all have those days when we're just feeling, frankly, a bit crap. You don't quite feel yourself, you're lacking motivation to get anything done and you just aren't feeling 100%. I've had more than a few days like that recently, so I've started to work out a few ways to snap myself out of that feeling and I thought I would share them here in the hope that it can help to cheer someone else up as well. 


On that note, here's 10 things to do when your emotional state basically resembles the little poop emoji. 


My Current Favourite Products for Summer



Summer Makeup Products


Topshop Glow Highlighter in Polished

We all know the level of my obsession with highlighters- I'm all about that glow. My usual highlight of choice- my beloved Mary Lou Manizer- had been feeling extra golden toned lately (it's possible that I'm actually getting paler. In August. Thanks for that, Scottish summertime) so I was on the lookout for something a little more pink toned. 



Recent Reads #1





As someone who used to read almost constantly, this year I've been trying to get back into the habit. I started off the year pretty well but the last couple of months have seen me lagging behind a bit, having only read 3 books in the last 2 months (one of which was a 150 page e-book, so I'm not even sure it should count towards that 20 book goal I set on Goodreads but I'm going to pretend it does).

So here's a run-through of all the books I've read in June and July.



5 Products to Get Glowing Skin

Glowy Skin Products


Anyone who knows me (and my makeup tastes) well knows that I am all about glowy skin. I'm totally obsessed with that glowing, radiant-from-within look. It is my jam. Lucky me, I'm blessed with skin dryer than the Sahara and, in typical 'me' fashion, I always want the exact opposite of what I have naturally. So, typically, I love me some glow giving products and tend to apply enough highlighter to blind a man. Yeah, there are occasional warm days where it just starts to look like I've just had a hardcore gym session (lol, trust me, that's never the reason), but whatevs. Give me that disco-ball look any day. 


What I Wore: A Summer's Day




Happy Friday, all. 

So, this post was supposed to be slightly more substantial, with lots of cute summery outfits where I get my legs out and pose in front of pretty, blurred backgrounds. Sadly, the good old Scottish weather must have heard my plans and just decided 'nah, let's not' so the clouds, quite literally, rolled in. And when the clouds roll in, the Sarah feels less inclined to venture outdoors and more inclined to stay in her pyjamas and binge watch Netflix all day. Don't judge. (Also, don't judge that I just referred to myself in the third person.)

So, as a result, this post consists of the outfit I wore for a walk in the sunshine, on the last sunny day I might see for a while (seriously, next week's forecast is looking grim). 


Weekly Favourites: 8th May 2016





1. Primark Trench Coat

Lately, I've really a little bit obsessed with trench coats. I already have a navy blue one that I got in the sale from Asda a year or two ago (seriously, Asda is so under-rated for clothes. Their sales are the bomb.com), but I've recently been looking to add to my collection with one in a neutral, beigey-stone colour. After a seemingly endless hunt, I picked up this beauty in Primark. The material is much nicer and softer than any others I've seen (at least, out of the ones that don't cost more than my monthly rent) and the colour is exactly what I was after- not too warm, not too pale (someone call Goldilocks, I've found her trench coat). It also has some gorge gold detailing on the cuffs and pockets- and you know I love me some gold (I'm basically this guy).
So, I've been pretty much living in it all week. The obsession continues- now just to remind myself that I definitely don't need one in a blush pink colour...

Health Anew Pupp Box Review



Recently, I was given products to trial from Health Anew. Health Anew is run by my lovely mother, Marie, who is a self-employed distributor for Forever Living products. The idea behind Forever Living is that everything is natural and good for you. All of the products are also cruelty-free, which is always good to know. I was given 'Pupp boxes' with some products to try out- most of it was skincare and personal care products as my mum knew that was what I was most keen to try. 

23 Things to Do at 23

A few days ago, I turned 23. Every year, I become less and less excited for my birthday because, every year, I'm always left with that sinking feeling that I haven't achieved enough. So I've decided to set myself some goals to achieve this year- some big, some small. Hopefully, by putting them on the internet, I'll feel more motivated to commit to them (fingers crossed).