It’s that time again – here’s what I’ve been listening to a lot this month. This months playlist isn’t as varied – a lot of it is just easy listening alternative, but I think a lot of the music suits the fact that we’re now in Spring and the weather is getting nicer. It just reminds me of relaxing afternoons spent lying in the sun…
Sometimes you just need to switch off from the world and watch an engaging film. Every once in a while, it’s near impossible to choose said film, whether it’s because you don’t know what you’re in the mood for or maybe you can’t think of any decent romcoms/horrors/action films you haven’t already seen.
This film is really out there and I guess a lot of it is quite hard to believe but it’s still quite a fun movie and I like the ideas behind it. It’s cute and offbeat, even if parts of it are hard to believe. It’s all about a man called Leo, who’s life is kinda going backwards until he falls in love with a girl called Colette – on her wedding day. It’s a recipe for disaster, but his cute-come-stalkerish attempts to woe her are sweet in some ways (as in he doesn’t give up), and it’s also based on a novel written by Tim Sandlin (which is referenced in the movie). Plus, it stars Ryan Kwanten who is super hot.
SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE (2015)
I’d probably say this movie is only really upbeat for it’s refreshing and different take on the romance genre and although some parts are corny, overall it’s a feel good, quirky and witty movie. It stars Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie as two people who lose their virginity to each other and bump into each other again, years and years later at a meeting for sex addicts. Although some parts are predictable, the journey of their relationship is certainly different and interesting, and there are some more serious undertones like Alison’s relationship with someone who is married. It’s worth a watch if you’re bored of typical romcoms but still want a feel good happy ending.
A LONG WAY DOWN (2014)
I love this movie! The general premise is four strangers who want to commit suicide, but all meet on the same roof on New Year’s Eve to do so. The four strangers make a pact to at least wait until Valentine’s Day to do the deed and form an unlikely friendship. The film follows each of their lives and what happens after ‘nearly committing suicide’. It’s a really offbeat and heart warming film, plus it stars awesome actors such as Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette and my favourites, Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots. Plus it’s the kind of movie where you really don’t know where it’s going to go.
HOW TO BE SINGLE (2016)
I’ve mentioned this film before but even though there are some parts that aren’t too great, overall I really like this film and again, it’s refreshing take on modern relationships. It mostly focuses on Alice (Dakota Johnson) trying to be single (okay, that much is obvious), but it has some real witty moments too and generally the whole message of the film is that it’s okay to be single and to be alone. I suppose this film was quite popular during its release, but its definitely a lot different than your average romcom/chick flick and I think a lot of people would have shied away from seeing it due to thinking it was just another romcom. Most chick flicks that are based around modern dating don’t really work well (*cough* He’s Just Not That Into You *cough*) but this one succeeds.
Nerve is definitely one of your typical blockbuster/Hollywood movies, but it was a lot better than I expected it to be. I only really watched it for Dave Franco but it held my attention throughout, even if half the time I was calling all the characters dumbasses. It’s about an online reality app/game, where users complete dares to win money. Of course, they start off harmless before turning damn right stupid, at which point I found it hard to understand because users lose all their money once they fail or ignore a dare. Still, it was interesting and thrilling and got me thinking, especially about what I would do in the characters situations.
These are just five non-typical movies I’ve watched and liked lately, as well as wishing I’d discovered them sooner. Do you have any random movies you can suggest for when someone is bored and just can’t decide what they should watch? Let me know!
Last Friday it became time to meet my boyfriend’s close friends for the first time ever, and in a bid to impress (and save money!), I swiftly booked us all onto a Cocktail Masterclass at Steinback & Shaw, Watford.
Lately, I’ve been spending a hell of a lot of time in a sweet little market town called Hitchin and, during this time, I have absolutely fallen in love with the place. It is beautiful. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been here before plenty of times with family to visit the market, but I’ve never quite visited the more high-end or cute area of the town and now that I have, I bloody love it.
If you love a bargain like me then you’ll definitely want to visit Hitchin market. It takes place on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with Fridays aiming to offer an antique/bric-a-brac market and Sunday being a car boot sale – other market days are just a general market. You’ll find all sorts amongst the stalls but it’s definitely worth a mooch if you’re after something individual and unique.
CHIA NATURALLY HEALTHY
25 Church Yard, SG5 1HP
This gorgeous small cafe is the cutest place I’ve ever visited in my whole entire life – and the healthiest. The old building overlooks a beautiful view of St Mary’s Church and the staff are firm believers in clean eating. The menu is entirely vegan/veggie and offers delicious lunch and breakfast options, as well as hot drinks and smoothies. They also sell a small collection of veggie/vegan products and allow pets downstairs, too. Plus, everything on the menu (plus inside the cafe itself) is ridiculously instagram worthy.
20-21 Hermitage Rd, SG5 1BT
I may be somewhat biased to as of why I’ve been visiting this place so much lately, but if you’re looking for somewhere to go in Hitchin with a more classy vibe then this place is the answer. The bar-restaurant-coffee-house just oozes sophistication with a relaxed vibe in the day, followed by a more upbeat but welcoming atmosphere in the evenings, often with live music to accompany the creative cocktail menu. The food is delicious, too, and the bright and spacious building even has a history; it’s been a cinema, a ballroom and even a concert venue in past years.
As if all the independent venues I’ve mentioned above aren’t enough to tickle your fancy, you’ll also find Starbucks, Zizzis, Pizza Express in the city centre, as well as a selection of charity shops and small bric-a-brac shops too. Nearby is Stevenage Leisure Park, with a cinema, more foody places, bowling and even crazy golf.
Finally, Hitchin is just damn pretty…
Despite being a pretty mixed town – with lots of elder generations mooching around the market and on-trend hipsters flocking the bars, Hitchin is a sweet but upcoming place overall. Have you ever visited? Let me know..
If adding him and messaging him wasn’t stalkerish enough on my part (in my defence though, he did reply. He’s either as much as a dumbass as me for accepting my stalkerish behaviour or maybe he’s just a really ridiculously nice person), I was looking at his profile recently when my phone began having one of it’s episodes. Determined to stop my phone liking some random photo of his or something, I locked it and put it in my bag until I got home. When I eventually logged on again, my phone had somehow scrolled down his timeline and shared one of his life events to my facebook profile. *face palm*. I apologized profusely, but there’s no way he believed it was an accident. On the other hand, that kind of gesture is so batshit crazy that I like to believe no one would actually willingingly do that but who knows. It would only happen to me and I kind of wish my phone HAD just liked a random photo instead. At least then I could have laughed it off and been like yeah, sorry, I was perving on your photos, you’re fit..
A GOD AWFUL TYPO
THAT OLD SLIP OF THE THUMB
Of course, I have also done the accidentally liking of an old photo of someone. Except it wasn’t the guy I was crushing on at the time. It was an old instagram photo of his new girlfriend and I had no reason to even know he had a girlfriend because a) we hadn’t spoken in months, b) it wasn’t announced on facebook and c) I only found out on Instagram even though I didn’t follow him on Instagram. I immediately made my profile private but, y’know, the damage was done.
And of course, there’s been many, many, many drunken messages. Sometimes they’ve led to a good thing but most of the time it just makes me come across as really over the top. I can’t help it. I can play it cool, sure, but as soon as I get a drink in me, all that vagueness builds up and overloads into ten messages in a row of me talking about how fit someone is and how much I like them and how good they smell. It’s actually got to the point now where if I know I’m having a messy night and I know there is someone I shouldn’t be talking to drunk, I’ll actually DELETE their number in advance just to be safe.
Have you ever had any dating disasters that you just can’t live down? Let me know!