Jiggy June

TV – Queer Eye, Season 2

The Fab Five are BACK! Deciding which one you love best is even harder than ever as they flood the world with positivity and kindness and tasteful interiors. I’ve learned my lesson from last time and I’m pacing myself. I absolutely loved the first series so much that I whizzed through it far too fast, it was over before I knew it and I felt so deflated when I ran out of episodes. This time around I’m older and wiser and I’m saving each one for when I need a little lift. Each story is so sweet and gorgeous and always cheers me up, you simply have to savour that stuff.

There was a moment on Twitter where people were sharing what advice the Queer Eye guys would give them. I missed the boat on that one so here’s mine…

If I was on Queer Eye

Bobby: Not everything can hold a candle

JVN: Your curls are THIRSTY GIRL

Tan: How many black tights?

Antoni: Cheese balls are not a food group

Karamo: Who hurt you baby?

Events – Jane’s Calamity

If you love karaoke, musicals or just bonkers nights out you should definitely check out Jane’s Calamity. A monthly event (1st Thursday of the month) held at Porters where you can fulfill your Broadway dreams and sing your little heart out to songs from the shows round a piano covered in fairy lights! If you happened to stumble across the evening without knowing, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d accidentally fallen into a musical. For some (like me and my pals) it’s a dream come true! Song sheets are provided, but bring your own choreography. Big thanks to the gorgeous George & Dave for recommending this one – they know me so well! (Wasn’t it good – oh so good)

Food – Sunday Roast, Morpeth Arms

This was my Father’s Day treat in London with my wonderful sis. We found this cracking little traditional pub serving mega roasts and it was AMAZING. Just a little stroll from the Tate (we’re so absolutely cultured, obvs) we were really lucky to grab a table. Don’t know what they did to the cauliflower but I’d WALK back there (from Welsh Wales) just to have it again. Big up to the lovely friendly staff who looked after us.

Podcast – The Happiness Injection

Shonette is one of those people everyone wants in their life. She dazzles & sparkles and makes me laugh so much. I absolutely love her (and her Mam too) If you need a little more happiness in your life, this podcast is definitely for you. I like to save the episodes up for my grumpy days when I need some Shonette-Medicine. It’s magic…but prepare to get funny looks in traffic when you’re sat by yourself laughing your head off to her awesome stories.

Book – Relight My Fire – Joanna Bolouri

Sometimes the relationship fizzle just fades doesn’t it? We’ve all been there. So what happens when you enlist the help of a therapist to help spice up your romantic life again? YOU MAKE A SEX JAR DAMMIT! This naughty little number is HILARIOUS, a perfect sunshine read for holidays that will surely have you blushing on your sunlounger.

The much anticipated follow-up to The List (you should definitely go back & read that one too if you haven’t already) you will love this if you’re not afraid of some saucy sprinkles of fun with your fiction.

Skincare – Jojoba Oil & Vitamin E Face Mask

This costs less than a pound (LESS THAN A POUND) and is a DREAM for thirsty skin like my desert-dry moonface. It’s perfectly pink and smells LUSH. Stockpile!

Thought – Do you worry he’s not sure about you?

Answer: YES. Everyone is fully aware that I’m obsessed with MH and this new video in particular really touched me this month. It’s like he’s talking just to me. I was gutted I couldn’t make it to his live show in London (I was making a movie darling! Honest, true story. Will tell you all about it when I’m allowed to) I’m really hoping I will catch him one day, maybe next time he’s in the country OR I could get someone to fund my spot on his five day retreat in paradise….any takers?

I’ve watched this video about 80 million times and I relate harder than concrete blocks.

Video – No No Nose

This is what happens when I’m home alone and find a Snapchat filter that removes your nose. Obviously I start singing. Watch here. I can entertain myself for hours, me.

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

Big cwtches

Kate xx

Marvellous May

Make-up – George Brow Tamer Cream (Medium)

With two breakdowns (my dodgy car, not my mental health…this time) it’s been a tight budget month which coincided perfectly with me running out of my favourite Wunderbrow. I cannot leave the house without my brows on, so a cheap interim remedy was needed. I grabbed this for £3 in Asda when picking up bread & milk and I absolutely love it. The medium shade is perfect for me, dramatic but not too sharpie, the consistency is creamy and blends easily. Love the idea of having a teeny brush in the lid, even though the bristles are a bit too soft for my liking I guess it’s ok for an on-the-go touch-up. It’s not long-lasting like my fave, but it’s still so good I’m stockpiling it like a squirrel.

TV – Evil Genius, Netflix

A departure from my usual go-to genre, I’m not entirely sure how I ended up hooked on this true crime documentary series but I’m really glad I came across it. It’s a fascinating look at a complex and unique bank robbery and I’m always amazed at how some of these high profile cases never seem to make it across the pond into UK news (or I’m just completely oblivious and miss them) I really enjoyed seeing how all the threads of investigation come together. There are a couple of truly *gasp* moments but I won’t spoil them for you. Worth a binge, just probably don’t order a pizza to go with it… #justsayin

Food – Ham & Mustard crisps

I am so obsessed with these crisps, I went to FOUR supermarket chains in one night just to find them and came away EMPTY HANDED. Britain is broken my friends. SOMEONE knows where they are and they are hiding them from me. If you know a shop that stocks them near you, hook a girl up? (Please, I mean it. These are rarer than a mooing steak and I NEED THEM.)

Podcast – Oh No Ross and Carrie

Everyone knows I love a good podcast recommendation and this month my luscious Ash said I should have a listen to this. Boy oh boy was it a good shout! A skeptical podcast, Ross and Carrie go undercover to investigate pseudoscience, the paranormal and generally anything on the weird fringes of society. They are thorough, detailed and hugely entertaining. The extra joy of discovering something brilliant that’s actually been around for ages is that there’s a huge back catalogue of amazing content to catch up on. Perfect for a greedy binger like me! I recommend starting with the Scientology episodes, awesome stuff.

Home – Metal wall art, B & M

I zipped in for Zoflora and came out with this sweet metal wall art which now graces my bathroom. Forgot the Zoflora but meh….this looks so NICE and cost less than £2.

Book – This is Going to Hurt, Adam Kay

Adam Kay is absolutely hilarious and this painfully honest diary of life as a junior doctor in today’s struggling NHS is simultaneously a hoot and a heartbreaker. The book is a real eye-opener to the pressures and stress we put our youngest and most inexperienced doctors under, the immense responsibility they carry and the impact this has on their personal and professional lives. (Side note: Adam has a very expressive left eyebrow and we all know how I feel about that.) We were lucky enough to catch him at Hay Festival this week and he’s every bit as passionate and impressive as you’d expect. It left me feeling incredibly proud to work for the NHS; in some ways we have it so very right but also saddened because in other ways we have it very very wrong indeed. We need to hear more voices like Adam’s. Out now in paperback.

Thoughts – Mad passionate extraordinary love

Mediocre is so over. I’m all about mad passion. All in or all out. This says it much nicer than I can in a pinterest font that looks like I wrote it when I didn’t.

Accessories – K bag, Next

This was a thoughtful gift I received this month and I absolutely love it. I don’t even care that the label says 7 years+ because I definitely am 7 years+ (even if mentally I usually feel much closer to the lower end of that bracket) Perfect for taking my lunch to work with just enough room for a cheeky paperback too. It’s bedazzled therefore it wins.

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

Big cwtches

Kate xx

Awesome April

Live events – My Dad Wrote a Porno Live

I got front row tickets for me & my Lisa on the very day they went on sale. I mean, if you’re going to be in a large room full of erotica-loving perverts you want to be at the front, right? If you haven’t already joined the #PornoMonday masses (who even ARE you?) The basic premise is that Jamie’s Dad has taken to writing appalling erotic fiction. His mates Alice & James join him to gag (both comically and literally) chapter by excruciating chapter.

Honestly wasn’t sure how the podcast would translate into a live show and it was a bit awks knowing that their “live” reactions to the lost chapter definitely weren’t for the first time. However, the local references, audience participation and anatomy powerpoint were so hilarious, I ached with laughter. All three are even more gorgeous irl and I definitely want to be in their gang. Well worth catching if you’re a fan of the show. (Spoiler: There wasn’t a Non-Stick Tin Wok under my seat….disappointing)

Song – Lost in Japan Shawn Mendes

The strongest contender for my song of the summer (is it too early for that yet?) cutie Shawn has delivered a sunshine sprinkled jazzy that I’ve been OBSESSED with. It’s permanently on repeat in my life. Do you got plans tonight?

Podcast – Why Won’t You Date Me?

Nicole Byer is absolutely filthy, completely hilarious and I’m totally in love with her. I binge-listened to most of this series on the train and more than once I had to check my headphones were connected (it’s not really the kind of thing you want to play out loud in polite company) If you’re single too, you’ll cry with laughter and feel better about all those awful dating horrors. You are not alone! (And for the record Nicole, I would 100% date you)

Make-up – Novo Play Color Eyes

Cheap make-up is still a guilty pleasure, despite an allergic reaction once that made me look like a Bo Selecta character (take a Piriton and move on hon, this eye look I’m serving is FIERCE) This month I picked up this warm palette with change from a fiver and I love it! Great pigmentation, totally within my shade range of choice and absolutely no swelling. I’ll be picking up some more of these when I’m convinced that I mustn’t wear autumn shades all year round. The ice cream shades look STUNNING.

Clothes – Boohoo Rainbow Jumper

Why dress like a grown woman when you can be a human Care Bear with Boohoo? Anything with a rainbow on it gives me joy and this pastel blue colour isn’t something I’d usually go for, but I love it. I’ll be getting loads of wear from this, slinging over spring dresses when it’s a little cooler and on the days when I need to bring my own sunshine. And of course when I get called upon to fill in for a kids TV presenter.

(Can’t find the link to the actual jumper, but this tee is pretty close and lovely)

Book – Those Other Women

I was on the blog tour for this brilliant book this month. A really clever look at motherhood and frenemies gets an easy five cwtches from me, my full review is here.

YouTube Channel – Rhea Rants

I can’t tell you how much I have SCREAMED with laughter at this channel this month. Rhea is stunning, sassy and so funny! I just can’t. Sometimes YouTube recommendations take you down some scary avenues, but this click was the best I ever made. I was compelled to go back and watch all of her previous vids and I fell completely in love with her. (This one is my absolute favourite) Relatable and enviably beautiful, Rhea is well worth a sub.

Food – Cosy Club Cardiff

I’m a pain in the arse with a menu. I want it all and can’t make a decision. Tapas is often my go-to because it’s a socially acceptable way of being greedy without appearing so. The Cosy Club usually has a great tapas selection & this time I went for scotch egg (the tomato chutney was so good) squid with smoky chorizo (really lovely flavour combination) and a superfood salad (because balance) In the interests of total honesty, everything came with a hella amount of rocket which wasn’t always the best buddy to the dish but overall it was delicious.

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

Big cwtches

Kate xx

The Geography of You and Me – Jennifer E. Smith

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Who would you choose to be stuck in a lift with?

Tough decision

Do you go for entertainment, chuckling the time away? Swoon factor, dribbling over an adonis? Or sentimental, time with loved ones?

If it’s during a blackout in New York City and it’s approaching a bazillion degrees I reckon I might opt for a chap with a portable fan, a torch and a big bottle of water about his person. Call me crazy but that’ll do me.

Even if the boy you’re stuck with doesn’t happen to have any of those practical things, you might still end up falling in love.

In The Geography of You and Me, Lucy and Owen meet in these circumstances and spark a relationship which follows them across the world in a transatlantic swoonfest.

Great premise, lovely idea but there were a couple of plot features that didn’t sit comfortably with me. For example the speed at which the characters get involved with other people. In an all-consuming love-at-first sight romance, are we to believe they would forget each other so quickly?

Minor grumble aside, this is a lovely story with an ending that will make you go “Ahh” with a comforting sigh.

Copy received in exchange for an honest review.
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Someone Else’s Skin – Sarah Hilary

I don’t like things that scare me. I haven’t watched a scary movie since 1995 (teenage bravado has washed off, along with Exclamation perfume) and earlier this year I had to leave Madame Tussaud’s ‘Scream’ attraction via an emergency exit (staff kitchen – incidentally, impeccably clean) in a state of near hysteria. For this reason, I prefer jolly, fluffy, happy-ending, cosy reads that I can happily get lost in, where everything is all nice and stuff usually works out for everyone, all tied-up in a nice pretty bow. I think this book has changed that.

I was utterly gripped by this dark, twisting tale and genuinely didn’t want it to end. Far from happy, jolly or fluffy Someone Else’s Skin introduces us to DI Marnie Rome in a dark drama surrounding domestic violence, witness intimidation & sado-masochism. An entire universe away from my usual reads, but I really enjoyed it.

It’s really not scary – not even for a giant wussbag like me – but the story is compelling and will make you uncomfortable. Sarah Hilary clearly isn’t afraid to tackle tough issues and writes beautifully.

I doubt I’ll start seeking out even scarier stories to test my new found bravery, but I genuinely can’t wait for the next instalment.

Copy received in exchange for an honest review.

Made in Nashville – Mandy Baggot

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Is there anything hotter than a bad boy with good Southern values, a guitar and a song? I don’t think so.

I’m a huge fan of Mandy Baggot so I was delighted to receive a copy of “Made in Nashville” in return for an honest review. Having read some of her previous books (and loving them) I had high hopes. I’m really pleased to say that I wasn’t disappointed.

Honor Blackwood has the voice of an angel but hasn’t performed on stage since an awful event rocked her confidence and her entire world. Could bad boy Jared be the one to help Honor find her voice again?

Made in Nashville is set in the vibrant country music world (think Stetsons, glitter, checked shirts, boots and twang) and has many emotional sub-plots beneath the overarch of Honor and Jared’s love story. I think I actually shouted out “No!” at one particular point. (Lots happens in the last quarter of the book – hold on to your hats.)

I love the inclusion of a Country music playlist too, a great little touch to help you get in the mood! Crank it up loud, grab a cold beer and enjoy.

Yeehaw!

Ps. Unless you’re a country music aficionado, you WILL google Vince Gill (mentioned 8 bazillion times) and love him!