Because everyone loves a good binge watch…

It has been much, much too long since I wrote a blog post for you all and I doubt that many of you even noticed but I’m back now and here is the newest instalment. I’ve been really busy recently as I got a job and I’ve also been trying to go running a lot more because I was bored (before my job stole my time) and because I really need to exercise, I know I know – lame right? I’ve also been low on inspiration for a decent post. I had a couple of ideas floating around but none of them were that great so I thought that, since it’s September and lots of things restart in this month, I’d write about my top five TV shows – all of which have just started new seasons.

Okay, in no particular order:

Modern Family (2009- )

Back for its 6th season, Modern Family is the ultimate family sitcom. The characters are all so funny and relatable in their own quirky little ways – at least one of them is bound to remind you of someone you know; I for one know someone a little too much like Phil…(but Phil might be my favourite so that’s totally a good thing!). The interlinked plot lines between all members of the happily dysfunctional family are also undeniably relatable – possibly the main thing that makes this show hilarious. Each actor has their character so spot on you forget you’re watching a show and the more you watch this programme the more you feel like you’re part of the family too.

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New Girl (2011- )

Zooey Deschanel, her returned for her fourth season in all her adorkable glory and although the show has lost many viewers since season one, it still proves to be a success. Similar to that of Friends, it takes place in the flat of Nick, Schmidt, Winston, Jess and Coach with the local bar being the comparison to Central Perk. This show always makes me laugh, whether it’s Nick’s adorable stupidity, Jess’ cute, awkward nature or Schmidt’s general personality there is always something in this show that’ll make me smile and I’m sure many other viewers like me will agree.

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Grey’s Anatomy (2005- )

Grey’s Anatomy has been running for almost 10 years and it returned this month with its phenomenal eleventh season. Unfortunately, Dr Christina Yang (played by Sandra Oh) is no longer in the show and this was constantly referred to during the episode as she was such an integral character and will be missed by the cast and the viewers. However, the season was kicked off with subtle reminders of each storyline which I guess might be necessary for the viewers that haven’t been counting down the days until its return… I won’t name names. Somehow Grey’s Anatomy always manages to make me cry – I don’t know whether that’s because of the deeply moving plot lines or because I’m slightly emotionally unstable but either way, it happened just as much in the 11th season as it did for the first. So if emotions, gorgeous doctors and medical dramas with a hint of comedy are your thing I suggest you check it out (but start from the beginning, believe me).

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The Mindy Project (2012-)

I’m a newbie to The Mindy Project, having it recently recommended to me by one of my best friends, and I can tell you she was right to tell me about it. I watched the two seasons in a week (which was of course before I had a job) and I filled my days watching Mindy and the rest of the OBGYN (obstetrics and gynaecology) team be completely hilarious. I think the funniest character might have to be Morgan, simply because his suggestions to things are completely hilarious not to mention I’m completely jealous of his dog collection. Mindy, is of course my favourite character because I see parts of myself in her, I’m sure many other female viewers do too, and her love of Katy Perry is me all over. If you want light, rom-com style 22 minute entertainment then this is the show, just beginning its third season, for you.

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Strictly Come Dancing (2004- )

The only British programme on my top five list I’m ashamed to say. Series 12 started last night and continues with a second show tonight and the shimmer and sparkle has won me over once more, not that there was ever any doubt that I wouldn’t be watching. I love Tess and Claudia’s partnership and the fact that we got to see the judges’ dance, if only for a few seconds. I love the choice of celebrities this year too although if one more newspaper/magazine article uses a photo of Pixie Lott instead of one of the other contestants I might wish for her to leave the show – she’s gorgeous, we get it. But honestly, I can’t wait for the next few weeks of glitz and glamour; I only wish I could join in!

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August Favourites..!

Somehow it’s September. I know days, weeks and months pass all the time but August seems to have disappeared so quickly… maybe I’m just getting old. Welcome back, thank you for tuning in again! Now, since my blog doesn’t have a solid theme at the moment I thought I’d just write about things that interest me (and hopefully you guys too!) until I find a more permanent idea, or until I travel again.

So today I thought I’d take an idea I’ve seen my favourite YouTube vloggers do and give you an “August Favourites” post. This is basically just me talking to you about a few things I’ve really liked throughout august and giving a little review. I’ll put links to everything I talk about (if I can) so that you can find/order/download etc., if you find you love them too! Enjoy!

Okay so my first favourite thing during August is the song “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor, which I’ve heard in various places the past week which I love because it definitely deserves recognition. I first heard it in Rome whilst I was travelling and it quickly became our ‘getting ready’ song for our nights out (we may also have played it on repeat for weeks on end… don’t judge, I know you’ll do it too). My reasons for loving it so much are pretty simple – the lyrics are PERFECT for making you feel less crap about yourself and, as you sing and dance along (it’s got a super catchy beat, also why it’s so great) it may help you start to believe you’re not as terrible as you think you are. The video is also so much fun to watch – the cute pastel colour scheme is just adorable, the flower crowns, polka dots, dolls house and tea set all add to this cotton candy covered video and honestly, I wish I’d been in it. As well as the pretty colours and wonderful love-your-body lyrics, the dancing just makes me want to join in! The slight rock ‘n’ roll vibe mixed with pop just makes it a great song and I know it’ll be stuck in your head in no time!

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photo from Google Images

Here’s the music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PCkvCPvDXk

Aaaaand the link to iTunes where you can download it from September 28:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/all-about-that-bass-single/id891435070

Now onto my second favourite thing, still kind of linked with travelling, it was my favourite thing in Mallorca. It’s basically garlic mayonnaise or “Aioli” and you eat it with bread as an appetiser before your meal and seriously, I couldn’t get enough of it. We had multiple conversations about how delicious it was and how to make it in each restaurant we visited and I’m determined to make it now I’m back home – I’ve even bought garlic. I’m committed. But yeah, garlic mayonnaise – who knew?! It is super simple to make too (I’ve been doing my research) although the way we had it in Mallorca (the best way) was made without eggs so I’ll be following that recipe.

  • To serve 4 (or 1 depending how much you love it…) you will need:
  • 4 peeled garlic cloves
  • A teaspoon of salt
  • Lemon juice (from a quarter of a lemon)
  • ½ cup of olive oil
  • A whisk or a food processor

First you will need to crush the garlic and salt until you have a thin paste, you can use the food processor for this or a mortar and pestle if you have one. Now transfer the garlic mixture into a bowl and drizzle in the oil as you whisk. You can now pour in the lemon juice and add any leftover oil, making sure to whisk constantly. You may want to put it in the fridge for a little while (15-30 mins) for it to fully emulsify and to chill slightly.

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I suggest you make it too if only to make me seem like less of a crazy mayonnaise lover…

Finally, my last ‘favourite’ from August would have to be the amazingly funny YouTuber, Miranda Sings (actual name Colleen Ballinger) who posts two videos a week. They usually consist of ‘Miranda’ singing badly, giving “tutorials” and collaborating with other well-known YouTube stars. Some of her most watched videos include a parody music videos of Nicki Minaj’s ‘Starships’ (5,893,762 views) and Katy Perry’s ‘California Gurls’ (3,680710 views), however two of my personal favourites are ‘Slurpee Bath’ and her original song ‘Where My Bae’s At’, both of which are also some of her most watched videos. I’m at a loss as to how describe Miranda’s channel in a way which truly showcases her comedic talent so I think the best thing to do it just direct you straight to her so you can see for yourselves!

Slurpee Bath: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJ-4muRmqBM&list=UU1OFDlfdRb6ma1ZGZd07gWA

Most popular video – Nicki Minaj’s ‘Starships’:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeNXtRk9Wpo&list=UU1OFDlfdRb6ma1ZGZd07gWA

Okay well that’s all for this little post, let me know what you thought of it and I’ll be back with soon!