Happy Bank Holiday weekend kids! Despite May being my favourite month, sadly there were no heatwaves to ring in my birthday this year. Instead, it was a month of rain, hail, and – yes – about fifty shades of grey (the boring kind).
Below are some of the things I have been enjoying this month; the things that have helped keep me happy, inspired, moving and extremely grateful. I hope they will bring you some much-deserved solace and warmth too!
- Sour – Unless you’ve been avoiding social media, Spotify and humans this month, you will have likely heard Olivia Rodrigo’s latest single ‘good 4 u’. The song is the catchiest break-up/dance song I’ve heard in years, and gives us Millennials major ‘Misery Business’ Paramore vibes. I feel like I’m back in 2007 again every time I scream the chorus into my bathroom mirror… The rest of the album is heart-breaking, relatable, and mature in equal measure. So much so, you could be forgiven for thinking Rodrigo is older than her mere seventeen years. Although, she does remind us of her age with a line in ‘brutal’: “I’m so sick of seventeen.” My current favourite tracks on the album include: ‘brutal’, ‘traitor’ and ‘good 4 u’. Head to Spotify now to stream!
- Mare of Easttown – When I heard Kate Winslet was going to be in a dark crime series, I was extremely excited. Honestly, I was right to be – the show is superb, intriguing and surprisingly funny at points. I must warn you though, the levels of stress I experience seem to build with each passing episode. The writing is particularly brilliant and Kate’s performance is nuanced and raw. Gosh, I’ve missed seeing that woman on my screen. Head to NowTV to check out Mare of Easttown now before the final episode airs on Monday!
- Good old Italian – I hadn’t visited a proper Italian restaurant in a while and I’m convinced that there is nothing more soothing for the soul than authentic Italian pasta and a catch up with an old friend. Head to Osteria Basilico in Notting Hill for delicious wine, rustic interiors and to-die-for pasta. You know the place has got to be good when many of the customers are Italian too!
- Friends: The Reunion – This was the reunion I didn’t know I needed and let me tell you, it was emotional. I am a huge Friends fan and seeing all the actors back together reminiscing about their time on the show, revealing behind-the-scenes gossip and being just generally ADORABLE, made me feel super nostalgic. Prior to watching it, I must admit I wondered why they weren’t returning for a reunion episode as the characters, but as Lisa Kudrow points out during the reunion, the show ended so perfectly it wouldn’t make sense to go back and unravel those storylines. If you haven’t watched it yet, click here. Oh, and you had better source a box of tissues prior to viewing…
- Pvolve – My sister has got me hooked on these awesome and highly effective workouts from Pvolve. If you haven’t heard of Pvolve, it is a bit like a combination of barre and Pilates. The concept is low impact workouts that target muscle activation based on micro-movements. You can access the workouts from home via the App with a monthly subscription, or you can head into a physical studio if you live in the U.S. If you’re looking for a way to shake up your daily workouts, I would definitely recommend you give Pvolve a try.
- Snapchat – A couple of years ago, I deleted Snapchat off my phone for no particular reason other than I simply felt it wasn’t adding too much to my life. Earlier this week, I re-downloaded the app out of curiosity and I was actually pleasantly surprised. It kind of feels like the secretive sister of Instagram – the app that you use to show the parts of your life you perhaps don’t really want the whole internet to see. Forget followers; on Snapchat you are only friends with those you genuinely want to be. Another bonus is the filters that are about 1000 times better than the ones on Instagram (if you’re a filters person, of course). Snapchat, you’ve seduced me, again.
- Hail To The Victor Music Video – Thirty Seconds To Mars’ America album is one of those albums I continuously go back to and last week, they released a music video for the track Hail to the Victor. The video is basically a highlight reel of the 2018 Monolith world tour; during which I finally saw the band live at the O2 Arena. The enormous crowds, the ostentatious Jared Leto fashion moments, and the unbeatable atmosphere of those live shows is in full-force in the music video. It is the band’s homage to hope and a look-ahead at the return of live music. While we wait for the world to heal from the pandemic, live vicariously through the music video here.
- Hollywood – When I came across Hollywood by Charles Bukowski in a bookshop in Camden market, I immediately picked it up. I have always wanted to read some Bukowski and the title suggested this was the perfect novel to get me started. Hollywood is a hilarious, delightful, fictionalised version of the events that occurred and characters encountered when Bukowski decided to write a screenplay of his novel Barfly. Bukowski’s writing is completely without pretence and highly self-aware, without totally stripping the curtain back on the glamour of 1970’s Hollywood. You’ll zip through this book, I promise!
- Youth To The People Dream Mask – I cannot say that I was aware of this skincare brand before trying the Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask, but now, I am a convert. It is a creamy-textured mask that easily melts into your skin when you put it on at night and is suitable for all skin types. I’ve been using the product on those evenings where I feel as though my skin needs an extra boost of hydration and I always wake up to brighter, smoother skin. Thirst officially quenched!
- Welcome to the OC, Bitches! Podcast – Noticing a pattern here? My favourite childhood shows are coming through with reunion content recently and I am front-row centre. This podcast is hosted by Rachel Bilson and Melinda Clarke, aka the legendary Summer Roberts and Julie Cooper on the hit teen drama. The premise is they watch an episode of The O.C each week and debrief the contents with special cast and crew members during the podcast. If you are interested in television, acting or casting then you will love hearing about all the behind-the-scenes industry nuggets. Speaking of, who knew that Chris Pine auditioned for the role of Ryan? That one blew my mind!
I hope you enjoyed my Best of May and let me know if you try, do, watch, read or listen to any of my favourite things above. Here’s to the month of June blessing us with – hopefully – some warmer weather and a first dose of the vaccine for us under 30 folks. Let’s go #vaxxgirlsummer
None of the items, shows, films or books featured were gifted by the brands mentioned and I was not sponsored for this post. All opinions are my own.