A couple of months ago I decided to take the plunge and subscribe to Spotify. Since I’ve started going to the gym it’s really handy to be able to access literally every song or playlist you can imagine at the touch of a button. I’ve definitely got my monies worth from this subscription and I recently got a new car which lets me stream music from my phone so it evens gets its use on the morning commute! My taste in music is pretty eclectic and I have to admit I much prefer songs from the past but I can also listen to the charts. Here’s a little sneak peek into my current playlist…

Billy Joel – Only The Good Die Young

Now some of you may not know this, but I’m the biggest Billy Joel fangirl. I listen to his songs daily and have to say I’m obsessed. He’s one of those singer-songwriters who has a song to suit every mood and emotion that I may be feeling. He of course, tops my playlist frequently.

Ed Sheeran – What Do I Know?

It’s been pretty impossible to avoid Ed Sheeran this month with his chart topping album taking over every radio station. There are quite a few songs that I listen to from his album but I have to say my personal favourite is What Do I Know? It’s a really easy to listen to song with a steady beat and humble lyrics.

Kygo + Selena Gomez – It Ain’t Me

I don’t really know many of Selena’s songs and she somewhat passes me by but this song is an incredibly catchy tune! I’ve had this stuck in my head for weeks and I have to admit I do really like it!

Weezer – Island In The Sun

This is an oldie but a goodie. As the weather has started getting a little warmer and the days a little brighter, this song just summarises my mood! It’s super chilled and upbeat.

Panic! At The Disco – A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out

This album just takes me back to my emo phase. I still know all the words and it still makes me feel a little bit cool inside every time I listen to it. Which is totally uncool I realise.

Norah Jones – Don’t Know Why

Last but by no means least is this beautiful song. I know this is a totally different vibe to the rest of my current playlist but it’s a song that I come back to time and time again. If I’m ever feeling down or want to just sit and relax then this is my go to song. It’s a lovely slow, mellow song but it really makes me feel relaxed every time I listen to it.

What songs are on your current playlist?

 

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It’s time for another current obsessions. This seasons obsession is jumpers and knitwear. I cannot get enough of them. They are like the least flattering item of clothing ever but they are hella comfy. I like to wear oversized jumpers that you can just throw on with a pair of jeans without even thinking about it. My collection of jumpers has become quite substantial and I seem to be accruing another jumper each time I go shopping. I definitely don’t need any more but they always manage to catch my eye. Here’s a look at my most worn jumpers from 2017 so far…

Striped Jumper from H&M (only available in store)

Colour block Jumper from George at Asda

Striped Sport Sweater still available at Pull & Bear here

Black and White Colour block Jumper from Forever 21

Oversized Brown Cable Knit Jumper from Forever 21

I wear these jumpers literally all the time and they are all super comfy and non-itchy. The black and white forever 21 jumper is my absolute favourite and I’m gutted that they don’t have any other colour online for this particular style. It’s a super thick jumper and is a lovely material which has been really lovely to wear through Winter. I’ll no doubt end up buying even more in the next few weeks and months even though it’s getting slightly warmer!

Let me know in the comments where you get your jumpers from!

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I’m such a sucker for a great TV programme that you can sit and bingewatch from beginning to end! My taste in TV is pretty varied, as long as it’s not overly gory or horror based then I can pretty much sit and watch anything. My most notable favourites at present are House of Cards, Luther and Game of Thrones. Whilst these programmes are all on a break, I’ve had to find some new shows to sink my teeth into and this Winter has definitely not disappointed. With instant access to shows and full boxsets on Netflix, there is so much to choose from and it is so readily available. Here’s my list of 4 programmes to watch this Winter…

Designated Survivor 

For starters, the main character is played by Kiefer Sutherland who is a brilliant actor and for anyone who enjoyed 24 or House of Cards then this series will not leave you disappointed. It’s an American political drama which involves a low level cabinet member becoming the President following a catastrophic attack on the night of the State of the Union address. There is currently only 1 series of 10 episodes so it’s really easy to catch up on and I devoured the whole series in a few days. It’s a fast paced thriller with a couple of twists and turns and there is of course the usual mixture of characters you will love and hate!

The OA

Now this one is a little different to my normal programme of choice but I actually really enjoyed it and finished it really quickly. It was suggested to me after I finished Stranger Things which was also a really good sci-fi series btw. The OA is based on Prairie Johnson, a young woman retuning home after a mysterious 7 year disappearance. She returns home with full vision after being blind in her youth and she shares her story with a select few from the community. The series is really fascinating and keeps you on your toes and in the end you will be questioning whether the main character is a miracle or whether she is truly dangerous. It’s a great watch and has an amazing cast and a number of famous faces including Jason Isaacs and Phyllis Smith.

Apple Tree Yard

This is the British television thriller based on the famous novel by Louise Doughty. It’s a story based on Yvonne, a married research scientist who engages in an affair with a complete stranger that she meets in the House of Commons. With the beginning clip showing her being taken away in a police car in handcuffs, it’s needless to say that things don’t go according to plan. This mini series consists of 4 episodes and is available on the BBC iPlayer. I really enjoyed it, it had everything, adultery, crime, lies and it definitely left me wanting to watch the next episode. It’s definitely one to catch up on whether you watch it on TV or if you read the book!

Sherlock Season 4

Now if you haven’t watched any of the Sherlock episodes so far then please leave and come back, you will thank me later! It’s an absolutely epic series with incredible acting from both Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. They are the perfect TV duo! Season 4 was just incredible and Mark Gatiss, the creator and actor who plays Mycroft needs to take a bow. The whole series just had me like the 😮 emoji the whole way through. This season, more than any other has divided opinion but I personally really enjoyed it. Yes it was hella complicated and my brain legit hurt after watching each episode but I think the characters are so excellently portrayed and the script is really good and it certainly entices me to keep watching. I won’t spoil it for any fans out there but I would definitely recommend you watch this season or if you haven’t watched any Sherlock before, give it a go!

 

Which TV programmes are you watching or looking forward to this Winter?

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If you missed my post last month about Nutribuddy and my first impressions then head over here. I have been trialling their weight loss kit for the last 14 days and wanted to give you my honest account of the product and what it has done for me. As detailed in my first impressions post, the kit contains enough sculpting whey powder, multivitamins and hunger fix tablets to last you the full course. I decided to opt for the Chocolate flavour because lord knows I have a sweet tooth! Of course it doesn’t taste exactly like a chocolate bar, however, I actually really enjoyed the flavour and it wasn’t something that I tired of.

I have previously tried diet shakes before and haven’t been keen on the flavour and sometimes they can be a little chalky but this certainly wasn’t the case with this  powder. I was also provided with a shaker and a scoop so it’s incredibly easy to measure out and make your drinks and takes no time at all. For me, the greatest benefit of this powder is that it is incredibly flexible and you can adapt it into your lifestyle as little or as much as you like. I decided to use it as a meal replacement for my breakfast on weekdays and a lunch replacement on weekends. Normally I would have a warm bowl of porridge before heading to work and so it was slightly unusual to be drinking a shake but it was very easy to adapt into this new lifestyle. I actually really struggle ensuring I drink enough liquids throughout the day and so it actually really benefited me consuming such a large volume of liquid before my day had properly started. Plus, the fact that it was chocolate flavoured definitely helped!

You can mix the shakes with water or milk, depending on your preference. I personally opted for half water and half soya milk to ensure a good balance of creaminess and also keeping an eye on my calories. That’s another great benefit of the shakes, there are only around 115 calories per shake so it’s an incredibly effective way of feeling full and fantastic without a large intake of calories.

For me, the hidden gem of the kit was the multivitamins. Now vitamins and tablets isn’t something I’ve ever taken before but taking a daily tablet quickly became normal and I really did see the benefits almost immediately. I have mentioned on here before about my bouts of acne and I have definitely noticed a reduction in my breakouts in the last 2 weeks, something I believe is down to taking these multivitamins as not much else has changed in my daily lifestyle.

The hunger fix tablets can be consumed 15 minutes – 1 hour before you are due to eat a meal. You can take either 1 or 2 tablets but you must ensure that you drink a full glass of water for each tablet. I tried the tablets a couple of times and they definitely reduced my hunger pangs. I did still want to eat and maintain a normal eating routine throughout the two weeks so I didn’t use the tablets too extensively but for anyone who is wanting a kick start or that extra boost then these are definitely worth a try.

So over the course of the 14 days I lost 4 pounds in weight and have definitely toned up on my stomach and arms. I would definitely consider that a success!

Overall, I really liked the kit and I think it is a really well rounded way to start your weight loss process and it is really easy to maintain. The shakes are really nice and are a lot better than other brands that I have tried before. The multivitamins and hunger fix tablets are additional resources that you can use to keep your hunger at bay and to ensure that you are taking in all the essential nutrients to get you through the day. I definitely think that the kit works and for anyone who is interested you can give Nutribuddy a try for yourself here.

 

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I can’t be the only one who suffers from this. They are so beautiful. I’m obsessed. That’s right, we’re talking coffee table books. Now of course the content inside is important but I also bloody love a pretty book. I’m so attracted to a book based on its cover and I know that totally defeats the point of the notorious saying, ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ but y’know. At school and to be honest even now, I really love history and so when my two loves of pretty books and history are combined, I’m in love. I got these books ages ago but I still absolutely love them. I have the forties, fifties, sixties and seventies in pictures. They’re basically a photo diary of the decade with brief little explanations behind the photos. I just love these sorts of books – combining beauty and knowledge!

Next up and this one is going to seem really, really weird. I love packaging. I love advertising and marketing and the way brands like to portray themselves. So naturally I have a book about 1000 package designs. I know, I’m sounding more and more weird as I go on. This book is a small guide to loads and loads of packaging designs from different beauty brands, food brands, everything. It’s incredibly aesthetically pleasing and is just a lovely book to dip in and out of. As I no longer work in advertising or marketing I can’t say it’s of any real use to me anymore but it’s still really pretty.

Last but by no means least is one of my favourite books of all time. Information is Beautiful. This is my ultimate coffee table book. It is packed full of infographics (graphic visual representation of information). Thereby mixing my love for information and pretty visuals. This book is an absolute gem for all of you out there with a hidden nerdy side! It is such a beautiful and well presented book and it features so many different topics, some a lot more random than others. For example, a visual aid of the facial hair worn by different dictators, the ratio of ingredients in different salad dressings and even the meanings of each colour around the world. Of course some of the information will be completely useless to you but for me I found it incredibly fascinating and it it such a beautiful book to own and have on display.

 

Do you enjoy coffee table books? Which would you recommend?

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