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What To Watch Vol. 1

9 Sep

Hi lovelies!

Some recommendations for you today.
As a TV obsessee, I tend to spend a lot of my time on Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube and all of the channel streaming services. And in this time of #PeakTV, it can be a little overwhelming to hop online and see so. much. content. So I’ve composed a little list of the things I’ve loved watching recently!

I’m based in the UK, but I’d really REALLY recommend Hola Unblocker. Give it a Google and you’ll reap the rewards!

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Grace and Frankie is a original series from Netflix starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, and it is brilliant. Of all the Netflix endeavours, this might be my favourite, just because it’s so damn real. You actually believe in this situation, you believe in these women and what happens to them.

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Sure, Orange Is The New Black is incredible for featuring basically 90% women, and Daredevil might be action packed, but Grace and Frankie treats its characters in a respectful, truthful, animated way. The women are incredibly likeable, and it’s super bitesized at under 30 minutes per episode.

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You can check out Grace and Frankie on Netflix in pretty much any country, as it’s an original series.

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The Kings of Summer was a film that I’d heard a few reviews about, but I hadn’t given much thought. If I’m honest, I tend to gravitate a bit more towards coming of age stories that have female leads, cause, like, I’m a girl. But this was a really outstanding film. It’s not afraid of silence, the characters are beautifully flawed, and the story is just quirky enough for me to have been captivated all the way through.
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The young performers were so charming that I wanted an extra 20 minutes of film at the end. Which is a hard sell, as I find most movies nowadays 20 minutes too long. It’s about three young boys who run away to the woods for the summer, build a house, and give living off the land their best shot. In addition to the young leads, there are some nice adult performances (hey Nick Offerman!) and I would thoroughly recommend the film to anyone who wants something light about growing up.

I found The Kings of Summer on Netflix Canada, where it’s available to stream.

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About Alex is a definite indie flick with a pretty stellar cast. My love for Max Greenfield grows daily. The films recounts a weekend where college friends reunite after one of their own, the titular Alex, tries to commit suicide.

imgres-4Although I thought the story was perhaps a little light, the cast (Aubrey Plaza, Max Minghella, Maggie Grace) really elevate this film to a place where I eventually think that it has a real enough vibe for me to like it. It’s a nice ensemble piece, and I’m not surprised that it did pretty well on the film festival circuit.

About Alex is available to stream on Netflix Canada.

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Happy Endings is an six piece ensemble TV show set in a big city in America. But unlike How I Met Your Mother, the tone is so well defined that the comparisons with Friends end there. I would say it’s a mix of the best parts of New Girl and Friends and The Mindy Project.

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The cast is so god damn likeable that I found myself chomping down the first two seasons within a few days. It was hit with the ‘critical darling’ curse, and so was of course cancelled, so I’m having to ration it out in tiny sessions.

You can binge watch it on Netflix Canada. Are you sensing a theme here? Maybe I should move to Canada.

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If you’re looking for a documentary that packs a pack to your heart, you might want to check out Tig, a Netflix original documentary about stand up comedian Tig Notaro, and her incredibly hectic, difficult, miraculous life.

images-4If you’re a fan of stand up, you’ve probably heard of a great Tig Notaro set that she performed at Largo, a comedy club in LA. She pretty much lays down all the crappy stuff that’s been happening in her life, and the set is the epitome of morbid hilarity.
The documentary is a great insight into life, and life in stand up. If you’re not well versed in Tig Notaro’s history, you should check it out.

It’s a Netflix production, so you can catch it in the library of most countries that have Netflix.

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Sing It On is the bitchiest, most fabulous show I’ve watched in a while. It technically sits in the reality genre, but it’s a bit like the documentary I watched a few weeks ago, that wants to inform you and draw people to the subject area, but still aims to serve up a little bit of Real Housewives-esque drama. It’s about a capella, which might send you running for the hills, and that’s fine. But if you like Glee, or Pitch Perfect, you’ll probably be interested enough to give the first episode a chance.

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It gives you an insight into college a capella teams competing for pride and status at the International Championship of Collegiate A Capella, and it’s a great insight into how much hard work it takes to put together a winning set of great harmonies and ‘choreo’ that will take the trophy at the competition finals in New York City.

You can check this out on Netflix UK, US aaaaaand, you guessed it, Canada.

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And finally, my one true obsession, The Great British Bake Off. This is TV gold. If you live in the US and your Brit stereotypes are feeling a little rusty, watch this show. This is us. WE CLAIM THIS AS OUR STEREOTYPE. I have become literally obsessed.

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It’s deliciously fluffy, the producers ramp up the faux tension in the most British way possible, and Mary Berry is the sweetest woman alive. The pun density is truly magnificent. Just give it a go.

Bake Off is available to stream on BBC iPlayer, available in the UK. (HOLA UNBLOCKER GUYS)

That was originally supposed to be ‘just a little post’!
Have a great day or evening, and please give me recommendations for shows I might have missed in my time as a TV addict!
Christie

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A Girl’s Guide to Navigating the Net

28 Aug

Hello lovelies!

A bit of a different post for you today. My birthday countdown has begun, and considering I’m the last of all of my friends to turn 19 (the joys of being born on August 31st), I’m making it a very big deal. I have my friend, Jess, visiting for a few days, we’re heading back home to Kent tomorrow, out Friday night, family party Saturday and then back to work on Monday. Busy week, yet…

Me and Jess always joke that whenever we’re together we just hold a ‘Laptop Club’ meeting. We are total internet junkies, for different and similar reasons, and I decided to make a list of must-have sites for every kind of girl. If there’s not a website you love in here, then there’s quite possibly no pleasing you! 😉

The TV Junkie
ImageThe TV addict knows what they want. They want to watch TV. However, they do not always know what to watch, that’s entirely dependent on mood. Netflix gives you thousands of options. Whether you’re up for a quick romantic fix (Pride and Prejudice), ready for a serious commitment (CSI) , keen on the critics’ darling of the moment (Breaking Bad) or just in need of a good laugh (Clueless), Netflix has something for even the most dedicated box set junkie or DVD collector.

 The Social Media-Savvy
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In an evolving era where social media is definitely the norm, the social media savvy has at least three platforms to involve herself/himself in. Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr are all required reading where social media is concerned, but the new wave is definitely capturing life via images. Vine is an awesome app that allows you to capture short clips from your life and it’s totally the new craze. Instagram panicked when they found out, and released such a crappy video feature you’d think they had some competition.

The Pub Crawler
Everyone has the friend who encourages you all to ‘get off the internet and live a little.’ Little do you know that the number one resource for any alcohol-seeker is cult site wherethefuckshouldigofordrinks.com. Not the most PG name, but definitely the best way to find the nearest (or best) place to drink in your area. Go for gold.

The Shopaholic
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If you haven’t heard of this website or placed an order, you aren’t a true shopaholic. ASOS provides quality fashion, accessories and beauty products with free shipping and 10% off if you’re a student. Pretty much a shopaholic’s haven, there always seems to be a sale on, and you can support independent boutiques by buying from the Marketplace.

The Bookworm
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The bookworms among us thirst for new material to devour, so much so that they’ve created a website where they can further the novels that inspire them. Fanfiction.net is a community where readers and authors come together and write and read stories inspired by the books/TV/films/anime/musicals that they love. Whether you’re into classic Harry Potter (over 650,000 stories to date) or a bit of classic Austen (Pride and Prejudice has a measly 3,000 stories, can you tell I’m an Austen fan haha), there’s something for everyone and no shortage of material.

The Fashionista
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If seeing what’s in style is all you want to do, Polyvore is the place for you. You can search for the newest fashions, create collages and mood boards, put virtual outfits together…all for free. Then you can shop the stores that stock your styles. Wow, alliteration.

The Blogger
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Last but not least, the blogger is a new kind of archetype that combines many of the above. Bloggers love to read, see what’s in style, be social media savvy etc. but the place for bloggers now seems to be…bloglovin. A place where all of your blogs show up at once, bloglovin makes it easy to stay up to date with the unmissable posts and what your fave bloggers are raving about.

Aaaaaand speaking of bloglovin, I’ve actually just added a bloglovin button to my page, which means if you click on it, you’ll be able to stay updated with my blog via bloglovin. EEEP! Exciting.

Today I’ve been shopping in Windsor with Jess and spoiled myself rotten. Haul to come!
Hope you all have wonderful days/evenings,
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