March Magic

I’m really enjoying putting these favourites posts together each month. It helps me focus on all the loveliness and it makes me so happy when people tell me that they’ve tried new things after reading about them here!

So here’s what I’ve been loving this month…

TV – Velindre Hospital of Hope

I am totally biased on this one as it’s a four part documentary series about my lovely place of real-world work. The film crew came in last year, captured the heart and soul of our amazing hospital; its staff, volunteers, patients, supporters and this series is the result. You cannot fail to be moved by the incredible stories and dedication to patient care shown by our staff. I’m incredibly proud to work there and for everyone who asks how I can possibly cope emotionally with working in a place like Velindre, watch this and you’ll see. ITV Wales Friday night 8pm. (There are still three more brilliant episodes to come and you can join us on Facebook Live for a Q & A with our panel straight after the show)

Movie – Love, Simon

Thanks to ShowFilmFirst I went to a preview screening of this heartwarming movie with my favourite Simon. It is sweet, funny and so powerful to finally see a same sex teen romance movie. I now very much want to go and have first kisses on a Ferris Wheel (even though they make me a little bit queasy)

Food – Lobster & Crab Tortelli, Prezzo

I went to a gorgeous colleague’s leaving dinner and we pretty much took over the entire first floor of the restaurant. This was my delicious main, perfectly cooked and so tasty. I’m a big fan of a fishy pasta dish and this one was fishy enough without leaving me branded anti-social breath girl. I’d have liked a few more greens – it was a tad stingy on the spinach – but only to offset the Nutella & banana mini calzone I followed this up with. Bloody lush evening.

Podcast – Getting Curious

I like to think I’m pretty well read and have a genuine interest in what’s going on in the world. Often my problem is that the way news and current affairs are delivered is usually so negative and dull that I get bored and disengage, which leaves me lacking deeper understanding. Here’s the answer! Jonathan Van Ness (the grooming expert from the Fab Five – Netflix Queer Eye) hosts a podcast where he chats with experts on various topics. He is SO PURE and sweet, he makes even the typically dull stuff hugely entertaining. I now know heaps more about the US situation with China thanks to his totally relatable Instagram analogy. THIS IS HOW I LEARN. I’m in love with his ability to ask the questions you’ve always wanted to ask and his warmth, humour and positive energy. Can’t recommend enough honey.

Book – The Self Care Project

I received this as part of my Blurt Buddy Box and have only just now got to reading it this month. I’m a huge fan of self-development and there’s loads around on self care right now (I should know, I’ve pretty much read all of them…) If you’re looking to buy the best, this is it. Down to earth, sensible recommendations delivered in a warm but firm cuddle from someone who’s been there and really gets it. Make time to read this, you are important.

Fashion – SNOW BOOTS!

A bit odd for the spring, but let’s just go with it….when we had our red alert snow back at the start of the month I discovered that my snow boots had disintegrated in the hell cave of my garage, along with my pink ukelele and my Learn Japanese cassette tapes (I LIKE HOBBY HOPPING, ALRIGHT?!) By the time I got around to shopping for some new ones, all the white stuff had melted so I popped them away thinking I wouldn’t get the chance to wear them this year. I was both wrong and delighted I got my chance to take them for a spin when we had a second snow flurry. They cost under £8 (EIGHT POUNDS) kept my toes cosy, dry and warm and most importantly they match the bobble on my hat. (That became very important to me, and not the weird crouching in the photo)

Thought – Step up or step out

I’ve (again) been watching a lot of Matthew Hussey’s content and it’s having a very positive effect on my self-esteem and dating confidence. I feel like I’ve got my sass back and I’m getting to appreciate my worth again. When dealing with guys who aren’t used to reaching standards, it’s ok to move on and see if the next guy’s values match yours. We all have a choice to step up or step out. If they really value you, they’ll want to level up or at least meet you halfway. But it’s ok if they prefer to continue to operate at their level – especially if it works for them – I just know it’s not for me. *hair flick* Check out how GREAT my bum looks as I sashay away….

Accessories – Lipsy earrings

I have weird ears that curl up like Quavers. The cheesy crisps, not the musical note. I rarely wear earrings because it’s difficult to find ones heavy enough to hold down my curled-up lobes. Earrings just end up looking odd on me but I’m super-in-love with all the tassly ones that are everywhere at the moment. I found these nude pink sparklers by Lipsy and they are perfect! Just heavy enough to hold down my rogue lobes without being so heavy that I need a chiropractor. Super-glam.

As always I’d love to hear what you’ve been enjoying this month? Let me know.

Big cwtches

Kate xx

Feb Faves

I know, I know…we’re halfway through March. But then I thought it’s never too late to chat about the stuff I’ve been loving.

TV – The Sinner

My gorgeous friend Ash recommended this one to me and as with every TV series, I have to check “Will I be scared?” She confirmed I would and I watched it all anyway (fearless badass over here) It has quite possibly the most graphic first episode I can recall, but there’s no doubt you are absolutely hooked from the outset. For me figuring out the why is always way more fascinating than figuring out the who and I’m really glad Netflix is pioneering the modern Whydunnit. Also, Jessica Biel is STUNNING and will make you want a fringe. PUT THE SCISSORS DOWN KATE THIS HAS NEVER ENDED WELL.

Live events – KSI vs Joe Weller Boxing

This feels like FOREVER ago now but it was a bit of a moment for YouTube so it’s still worth a mention. The hype and build-up was phenomenal. I’m a grown-ass anti-violence woman and even I couldn’t wait to see the outcome of two young hot internet guys rough each other up in the Copper Box. (Not.A.Euphemism.)

Loyalties split the House of Hamm, with F very much on Team KSI and me cheering louder for cheeky Joe Weller. I was absolutely gutted with the result but delighted F got to meet a few of his favourites and we ended the night with commiseration / celebratory chicken wings. Still don’t think boxing is for me, but I had fun.

Food – The Reuben, Deli a GoGo

The best sandwich in Cardiff and it’s just a hop, skip and a jump from my office. A bloody classic done beautifully. Pop along on a sunny day and enjoy the delicious deli treats and friendly atmosphere. If you can leave without buying a jar of something you never knew you needed, you’re stronger than me.

Podcast – She’s All Fat

A podcast for body positivity, radical self-love and chill vibes only. I just love April and Sophie! They are intelligent, hilarious and kind and best of all they completely understand the world for fat women. Not a single episode has gone by without either making me laugh or cry and I’m proud to be a Patreon supporter for this super-important work. (Please be my friends)

Make-up – Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour

Not personally a fan of Rita Ora but man can she select a lip colour. The formula is the least-drying matte liquid lipstick I’ve ever tried (and I’ve tried a few) it’s super-long lasting and comes in a great shade range. I went for a classic siren red, the deepest burgundy and a cool toned taupey-nude (which I absolutely love but worry it makes me look unwell and then I wear it anyway) And when it’s 3 for 2 it’d be rude not to, right?

Clothes – Next Yellow Jumper

Sunshiney joyful knitwear rocks my world. I’ve already worn this to death. It’s cosy, bright and at £22 it’s a tidy bargain.

Book – Present Over Perfect

Another literary find via Oprah (thanks hon) this book is honestly changing me. I’m a bit of a sucker for a self-help tome but something in this particular one speaks to my soul. I listened to the Oprah episode at about 3am one night when I couldn’t sleep and sobbed with recognition. I bought it in paperback because I just knew this would be something I’d need to carry with me, make notes and mark pages. If religious faith talk isn’t for you, you might want to swerve this one, but if you’re obsessed with being seen as capable, are forever hectic and a pro at fake relaxing YOU NEED THIS. A simpler life awaits.

YouTube Channel – Matthew Hussey

This guy needs a knighthood or something. Changing women’s lives all over the world, dating-dream Matthew gives the best advice from a devilishly handsome man’s perspective. HE KNOWS WHAT THEY THINK AND HE TELLS US. He’s genuinely sweet and kind and has a hot transatlantic accent thing going on (remember when Paul McKenna went to America? THAT. Only he’s not hypnotising you to think of a spittoon every time you want chocolate.) His channel is like a secret portal into men’s minds and he’s not too awful to look at. It’s well worth checking out his Love Life podcast too. I had to pull over the other day when he was advising a caller named Crystal on sexual tension. It all got too much for me.

Watch this space for a crowdfunding page to send me on one of Matthew’s retreats coming VERY SOON…c’mon, you’d love to see that, yes?! I WANT TO SPEND FIVE DAYS IN PARADISE TRANSFORMING MY LIFE DAMMIT.

As always I’d love to hear what you’ve been enjoying this month? Let me know.

Big cwtches

Kate xx

Joy

These are the treats that have given me JOY in January. No raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens….THESE are a few of my favourite things.

TV – The Good Place (Netflix)

It’s weird and colourful and funny and it’s really no surprise I love it. I had lots of Netflix time this month as I recovered from surgery and this is undoubtedly my favourite series I found. Gorgeous Kristen Bell finds herself in the afterlife and is forced to examine her “score” of good stuff she did in her life. Does she belong in The Good Place? Ted Danson is brilliantly odd (and a bit Willy Wonka) and Jameela Jamil is STUNNING (SO glossy…and ugh I die for her glossiness)

Theatre / Live events – The Band

I went to see this at Wales Millennium Centre for my birthday with my sister & some friends. I already knew I was going to love it before they even played a note. A musical featuring the songs of Take That?! C’mon, what’s not to love?! This isn’t the first time it’s been done – does anyone remember Never Forget The Musical? (Fully aware of the irony in asking that question) – but I do believe it’s the first time it’s been done with input from the TT boys themselves.

We weren’t lucky enough to be there on opening night when Barlow, Donald & Owen appeared live and in the flesh, but that’s probably for the best as I might have died there and then on the spot.

The songs are really cleverly woven into the narrative and the performances from the boys (who won BBC show Let it Shine) were drizzled with nostalgia. I took great pleasure in spotting some of the classic dance moves from the old days and clever little superfan ‘hidden’ nuggets. (Like the box of Corn Pops for example…I remember eating truckloads of the buggers to finish my collection of special edition boxes the year they sponsored Take That’s live tour. I don’t even like cereal.)

My only criticism is that the show has the SADDEST STORYLINE ON PLANET EARTH. With all the teenage kicks and boyband abs, was it really necessary to suck our hearts out through a curly straw and give them back to us inside a balloon? No. Take Tissues.

Dining Out – Garlic prawns (Signor Valentino)

The most INCREDIBLE prawns I’ve ever eaten (and I’ve had a few) started my dinner beautifully at Signor Valentino’s. They have just the right amount of garlic where you’re aware you’ve eaten it but you don’t melt your friends eyeballs when talking to them. Delicious.

Podcast – Private Parts

Hilarious posh boys reading from their diaries and sharing the most intimate and sordid details of their lives. Cuties Jamie & Francis (you may know them from Made in Chelsea) will make you laugh so hard you snort tea out of your nose. Genuinely laugh out loud funny, they make my Fridays.

Make-up – Rose Gold Ingot Highlighter (Make-Up Revolution)

I’m a huge fan of Make-Up Revolution products, they are such high quality and so affordable. I don’t know how they do it, but they do. This STUNNING highlight ingot is so rich and dazzling and costs FOUR POUNDS. That’s right fellas. Less than the price of a KFC meal for one (I know they’re not directly comparable…unless you actually smear the chicken across your face to achieve a “glow”…but even then…) They come in three shades but of course I chose Rose Gold because I’m basic AF.

If you make it in rose gold, I will buy it.

Available at Superdrug and Tambeauty.com (look out for multibuy freebie offers, they do them all the time and I’ve discovered some stunning new favourites this way)

Fashion – Kitty dress from Joanie

Joanie is one of my favourite online shops to buy cute stuff with a sprig of retro. Their range goes up to size 22 and the cut on the plus dresses is true to size. The same goes for their tees and knitwear.

Unfortunately their sweatshirts don’t follow the same sizing and they come up really small. This means I can’t buy them, which is sad because they are pretty and so am I and we deserve to be happy together.

Sweatshirt sadness aside…I love this kitty dress and it’s now in the sale. Miaow! Grab it before it’s gone.

Book – A Week to be Wild (Mills and Boon)

I did a little jump for joy when I was asked to be a part of the blog tour for the launch of Mills and Boon’s new Dare range of raunchy romance. Boy did they come to the right place?! It’s my dream to work with them & I was over the moon to be asked. Here’s my Cwtch Up Books post (follow me here for more bookish stuff)

Home – Aldi Candle

My obsession with “home” accounts on Instagram has led me to believe that every citizen of the United Kingdom simply must have an Aldi-dupe-Jo-Malone candle. I had never actually seen one for myself in the wild until this month. Imagine my excitement when I stumbled across it! I only popped in for milk.

I’d love to hear what you’ve been enjoying this month? Let me know.

Big cwtches

Kate xx

Podcast Picks


It’s International Podcast Day so here’s a quick rundown on what I’ve been listening to lately. Check them out & be sure to let me know your podcast recommendations too…

Ear Hustle

Recorded & produced within a fully functioning American prison, Ear Hustle is a fascinating insight into the reality of life behind bars, as told by the prisoners themselves. Beautifully made, this is tender & eye-opening storytelling at its best. 

Mortified

As someone who has always kept a diary, I fully appreciate the next-level-cringe as authors share nostalgic excerpts from their teenage journals. “We are freaks, we are fragile & we all survived”

True Geordie

A great mix of interesting guests and straight-talking hosts, Brian & Laurence offer insight into how men think and feel about a range of topics. Always honest, sometimes hard-hitting, often laugh out loud hilarious, this must be what men are really like when we’re not around! A great balance of humour and heartfelt and feels a tiny bit like spying on boys to find out how they tick. Think ‘Loose Men’ with more burping and less botox. 

Modern Love

My favourite New York Times column narrated by guest actors & featuring follow-ups from the writers. A nice blend of romance & swoon together with a healthy dose of real life love. I usually cry. Soppy arse. 

School for Dumb Women

Hilarious and definitely not dumb women, random lessons & outrageous opinions on foam banana sweets (we’ll have to agree to disagree on that one) You’ll laugh and learn stuff and want to be their friend. 

Kind World 

Short story nuggets of kindness and it’s impact. These are great for when you need a quick reminder that there’s good stuff in turbulent times. Perfectly timed for squeezing into a coffee break for an instant boost. 

Strangers

Intimate stories about the people we meet, the connections we make and the wonderful way the world brings people together and sometimes drives them apart. There is an impressive variation of global topics and issues covered by the brilliant Lea Thau, our host with the warmest voice you’re sure to fall in love with. 

My Dad Wrote A Porno 

You must’ve been under a rock if you haven’t heard at least some of Belinda’s erotic escapades. And if you haven’t, you have three series to binge-listen. Definitely NSFW, unless you happen to work at Steele’s Pots & Pans. Regular binge-breaks are recommended, if only to google the basic anatomy you thought you already knew. 

I’d love to hear your thoughts & podcast recommendations too. What are you listening to right now?