“We’re gonna win because we’re different and that makes us special”

I keep getting writer’s block. I don’t know whether it’s because I want to be writing about travel, and I’m not travelling at the moment (kinda vital for that plan) or because the ideas I do have just seem a bit bland, so I thought I’d just pick one and roll with wherever it went. The idea that won is about Glee… I know you may not watch it, you may hate it or you may love it but stick with me on this – they’re doing something great and everyone needs to hear it.

I’ve been a lover of Glee since it started in 2009, back when I was 16 and so were the students of William McKinley High and since then we’ve grown up together. That sounds cliché and although some of the storylines were a bit unrealistic, most of them had a moral or lesson or something that could apply the life of any teenager. It was easy to see yourself as one of them, there was a character for everyone – I’m sure even Tina was someone’s favourite. The reason I’m writing about Glee now is not just to go on about how much I love it but because the final episode is being aired in a few weeks. Six years, 121 episodes and over 700 songs. The plot lines got a little kinda, well… crap towards the end of season 4 and during season 5 however season 6 has bought Glee back to how it used to be with the characters that we all love the most. The narratives in this season are also 100 percent better with real issues such as being transgender and gay marriage which have been brought into the spotlight. Glee is not the only show to have covered these issues, Orange is the New Black, Grey’s Anatomy, Orphan Black, The Fosters and many others have also represented one or both of these issues in the past few years. I’m so glad that Glee as well as the other programmes has chosen to represent, support and whole heartedly celebrate the gay and transgender communities because showing diversity and a reflection of society is important for children and young people; the fans of these shows, to understand and accept everyone that they may come across. Glee prides itself on spreading love and harmony between all groups of people, whether within the school setting or in the wider world and by enforcing these much needed real-life narratives into the mainstream media hopefully we will see positive change within our real-life society as well. That may seem like a sugar-coated view of what I’d like to see happen but the media is a powerful tool and with writers and directors like Ryan Murphy (Glee) and Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy) pushing for equality and acceptance for all, it’s only a matter of time. With that, I’d like to say a huge well done and thank you to Glee for an amazing six years, and I know myself and all your other fans will truly miss you.

“We’re gonna win because we’re different and that makes us special” – Rachel Berry

January/February Favourites…

January has a reputation for being the worst month; everyone’s feeling the after Christmas blues, the come down after all the celebration and money’s tight. Having said that, we’ve come out the other side and personally, I find it to be too bad – ignoring the fact that I work in retail and every day before and after Christmas is its own little nightmare, it’s been fine. Anyway, in this post I thought I’d do a sort of January/February favourites some of which you may love like I do or they may not appeal at all – each to their own. Let’s begin.

  1. Urban Outfitters holographic nail varnish might just be my most favourite thing of the moment. It’s beautiful. I didn’t actually find this myself, it was through a YouTuber’s beauty haul; yes I know I live online too much you don’t have to mention it. Seriously though if you like sparkly/glittery/super shiny/eighties-esque nails, this is the polish for you. I tried to take a photo but the camera really doesn’t do it justice, so you’ll have to take my word. Now I’m not usually one that spends £12 on a nail varnish, I wince if it gets to £8 (yes I’m looking at you Sally Hansen, god dam you and your perfect spectrum of colours) but this one it totally worth spending a little extra on, I can’t stop admiring it.
  2. For Christmas I was given a ‘list book’ by my mother – how well she knows me. It’s exactly what it sounds like, basically a notebook but specially designed to write lists in it. Ingenious. It’s from Paperchase, my favourite shop and it’s so cute, I love using it so much. It’s also a great size so it’ll fit into my handbag easily which is great for jotting things down on the go. Adorable.

list book

  1. Also from my mum I received a smoothie maker. Which. Is. Awesome. Because I love smoothies. It saves me using the massive food processor and this maker is so compact the container you use to blend the fruit becomes the mug, which has a close-cap lid so you can take it places with you. Super handy. It’s also really easy to clean which is great because, let’s face it, everyone hates washing up. I think my favourite smoothie at the moment is frozen mixed berries, either mango or banana (or maybe both! Crazy!) and then natural yoghurt and a splash of milk – whiz it all together and you’re good to go!
  2. This month (February) I invested in a lip scrub from Lush after using my best friends and realising I’d been half a person without it in my life. It’s the best purchase I’ve made in a while. It cost just under £5 which I thought was a little pricey but I think it’ll last me a long time and it really does what it says on the pot so I’m happy happy happy. In the winter months I’m prone to dry, chapped lips (and because I bite them all the time) so this little pot is a life saver and gives me super soft lips whenever they’re in need of a little TLC. Oh, and they come in three flavours; mint, bubble gum and popcorn – I have the popcorn one and it gets a 10/10 from me.
  3. Finally, I thought I’d include some music (because who doesn’t love that?!). This month’s favourite is the newly released track ‘Something Good’ from the upcoming album Sweet Soul Music by The Overtones. First heard with my best friend getting ready for a night out, it was played on repeat until we left the house because number one, we both love whatever they produce and number two, you can’t help but sing, dance and smile along it’s so infectious. If you like doo-wop/swing/1950’s style music mixed with a pop/R&B vibe with some incredible harmonies thrown in, then you’ll love these guys. They’re amazing to see live too – I’ll be going for the third time this year and I can’t wait. True stars.
    Click here to see for yourselves: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYlCU1-2DdU