My Summer Saviour: Culottes.

Summer is hot. Summer is sweaty. And chub rub is real. So, to make life more bearable in when it warms up I live it culottes. I love how flowy and comfy they are and also how easy to style and cool they look.

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These particular black culottes are from New Look via ASOS and I think they work perfectly for a casual day with the girls or smartened up for a more formal work environment.

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For this lazy Saturday spent shopping with the girls, I decided to pair the culottes with an old Topshop crop top and my uber comfy New Balance trainers.

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And you can still jump around like an idiot in them.

 

So, don’t be surprised if you see me living in culottes until the weather decides to behave itself and cool down a little.

Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally 🙂

My Favourite Podcasts.

In the last 6 months I have discovered podcasts, I know I’m a little late to the party but at least I’m here. Throughout my teacher training year I’ve had to commute an hour to school and an hour back, which has given me ample time to enjoy some hilarious and thought-provoking conversations. I sometimes switch back to music when I’m in the car. depending on my mood, but generally I have relished having the opportunity to listen to people talking about subjects I wouldn’t normally hear about or that I don’t have the chance to discuss in my everyday life.

 

So I thought I would make a quick list of my favourite podcasts that I listen to regularly. Some I have gone back and am listening to all of the episodes and others I have just jumped in and ran with them.

 

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First up is Stuff You Should Know. This podcast takes on a different subject every episode and sees Josh and Chuck dissect these topics with skill and hilarity. They have taken on such varied theme as Remembering Stonewall to How Seed Bans Work to How Champagne Works, all in the last few months. So if you love finding about the weird and wonderful from two really funny and knowledgeable guys (and Jeri) then this will be the podcast for you.

 

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Next is the Elis James and John Robins podcast of their Radio X show on a Saturday 1pm-4pm. These are two of my favourite comedians and listening to their podcast is like being in heaven.  With John’s Shame Well, the Light Hearted Paper Review with Elis James and Humble Brag of the Week there’s something for everyone and if you’re anything like me you’ll end up laughing out loud on a train and have old people looking weird at you. Seriously, this podcast with the Hammer Legends is just too good you need listen to it.

 

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Then, we have No Such Thing as a Fish a podcast from the QI elves and researchers. Basically, four of the QI elves go around and present their favourite fact that they have found that week. The four then proceed to discuss these facts and they end up in some odd tangents, but it is so much fun. A great mix of knowledge and fun where I always learn something.

 

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Finally, we have BBC Radio 4 Seriously a podcast of seriously interestingly stories told a little sideways. This again, tackles some really varied topics that are always told from a slightly off centre perspective. My favourite episode so far concerns a woman telling the story of her grandfather who was a witness to the 1917 Russian Revolution and he had recorded his memories. She then goes to St Petersburg to see where he lived and what he saw. A truly fascinating and personal way to look at such a huge and significant event in history. This is a seriously good podcast (I am so funny).

 

This is just a list of my current favourites, I also listen to many other podcasts and am always looking to discover more. So, if you have any recommendations please comment and let me know.

 

Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally 🙂

Currently Obsessed With…

I should probably start by saying that if I find something I like I get obsessed with it. I have been known to listen to the same band non stop for 6 months and watch the same film twice in one day. I can’t help it, it must be how I’m wired. So, I go in and out of phases of being obsessed with certain things and I thought I would share what’s currently got my undivided attention.

 

1. The Gilmore Guys podcast.

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As you probably already know Gilmore Girls is one of my many obsessions (I’ve seen every episode at least 7 times). But, recently I found of a way of revisiting the whole series without having to commit to another complete run through of all 7 seasons. I stumbled upon The Gilmore Guys podcast a few months ago and it has become the soundtrack to my 2 hour commute to work and back everyday. Demi and Kevin are hilarious and its really made me think a little deeper about a show I have loved for so long. I am a little late to the party (it started 2 years ago) but I am so loving the journey so far and can’t wait to make it all the way through, I’m on season 3 so only 4 left to go.

 

2. The River by Bruce Springsteen.

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A young Bruce Springsteen may just be my idea of the perfect man, he is bae! But this album in particular has been my soundtrack to the last couple of months, when I haven’t been listening to podcasts. Its perfect blend of upbeat dance alongs like ‘Hungry Heart’ and more thought provoking slow songs like ‘Independence Day’ and songs I must have at my wedding like ‘I Wanna Marry You’ work together to create an album that has everything you could ever need on it. Bruce fan or not, this album is everything.

 

3. Films starring a young Tom Cruise.

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Recently I have watched; A Few Good Men (pictured above), Rain Man, Top Gun, Risky Business, Jerry Maguire and Cocktail. Not only was a young Tom Cruise just the most handsome man in all the land, but this is also when he did some of his best acting work. Cocktail will forever be in my top 10 movies of all time and A Few Good Men is just sublime. Cruise’s early work was phenomenal, he was funny and charming and powerful and sexy and had gravitas. Do yourself a favour, and if you haven’t watched any of the films mentioned watch them, and if you have rediscover them. He’s allowed to jump on couches like a loon with a filmography like that.

 

That is basically it for the time being, but believe me it takes up a lot of my time. Let me know if you get obsessed with things too and what you’re currently in to. Now if you’ll excuse me I feel like I’m about to go deep into a young Robert De Niro phase, if anyone needs me I’ll be watching The Deer Hunter.

 

Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally 🙂

You’re Never Too Old For A Playground.

January is over! Well if those aren’t three of my favourite words. January is done, its all up hill from here. There has been some horrendous weather these last few weeks, vicious wind and thundering rain but in-between the sun has been forcing its way through. So a friend and I decided to get out while we could, so I took us to where I spent my childhood playing for hours. We went to the Cargreen playground and stood in awe of its beauty, then we played in the play park. Age is just a number people.

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One day I will have a house that close to a river or the sea.

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Despite sunny pretences, there has been and there will be rain. Not long before this was taken a child in wellies was having the time of his life in that giant puddle.

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I played on this aeroplane over 20 years ago. Its the only piece of play equipment that has survived the upgrade of this park.

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This place is beautiful and filled with memories of the happiest childhood anyone could ask for. I can’t wait until its warm and sunny and can take pictures here again.

Outfit details:

  • Top – New Look
  • Jacket – Matalan
  • Trousers – H&M
  • Shoes – Nike SB

Anyway for now its back to lesson planning. Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally 🙂

 

Some of My Favourite Reads.

Reading is an absolute pleasure that I never have enough time to do. When I was younger and had a seemingly un ending amount of free time, I loved nothing more than getting lost in a world of words. The feeling of belonging I always longed to find with my peers, I found between the pages of books that introduced me to worlds I would have never normally come into contact with. And as I took on university and went into the world of full time retail work whenever I was feeling lost I would find my solace in great books. Books have never let me down, books have never hurt me and books will always be there for me. As is said in one of my favourite plays and films The History Boys:

‘The best moments in reading are when you come across something — a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things — which you had thought special and particular to you. Now here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out and taken yours.’

A good book can change your life. So here are some that have truly touched me in some way.

 

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1). To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee.

I first read this book when I was 14 years old. That first time I didn’t quite understand the magnitude of the court case storyline and found myself focusing on how much of myself I saw in Scout. I have since read and re-read it at least half a dozen times at differing times of my life and I’d like to think I now understand the varying nuances of this fantastic story, but still I can never read it without Scout’s character resonating with me. In Scout I found a like minded soul whose voice always feels like its echoing a version of myself that still lives in the child in me. From the themes of racial injustice to childhood innocence to gender roles and many more there is something in this epic piece of literature that will excite and inspire anyone. If you haven’t yet you must read this book, it will touch your heart in a way you can not even begin to imagine.

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2). Regeneration – Pat Barker.

This is one of the few books I have been required to study, that was not ruined by the analysis process. Set in Craiglockhart War Hospital in World War 1, it tells the story of soldiers with shell shock (what we would call post-traumatic stress disorder) and the radical therapeutic treatment they received. In it we hear stories of fictional characters such as Billy Prior and we also get fictionalised accounts of War Poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen. The novel deals primarily with the idea of the effect that war has on the psychology of the soldiers, specifically the hugely damaging effects of the trench warfare of World War 1. Told with harrowing beauty this book really makes you think about what we have put our soldiers through.

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3). Wild: A Journey fro Lost to Found – Cheryl Strayed.

I powered through this book on a holiday in Ibiza. I opened it up and was riveted. Telling the story of a woman who drops her life to hike the Pacific Crest Trail and through the trial and tribulations finds her way back to herself. If you’ve ever felt like you’re floundering, or that you don’t know what you’re doing with your life or that you are just completely lost this book will undoubtedly kick start you on your way back to path. It did for me.

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4). Into the Wild – Jon Krakauer.

An expansion of an article about Christopher McCandless, the book tells the story of how this young man ended up dead in a bus on the Stampede Trail in Alaska.

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Chris McCandless’ life long quest for truth is documented alongside tales of other liked minded maverick truth seekers. It will make you reevaluate everything you believe and how you view society and the way it works. It will make you want to find your own truth.

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But listen to his lesson, no matter how disillusioned you feel with the world ‘happiness only real when shared.’

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SPECIAL MENTION: The Wild Truth – Carnie McCandless.

Written by Chris McCandless’ sister it informs Into The Wild as it fills in the gaps she asked Jon Krakauer to leave. It also details her own inspiring story of overcoming struggle with no one to help her but herself.

 

So, what books should I read next? I’d love to hear about the books that have touched you.

 

Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally 🙂

Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life! (no spoilers just feels)

I have been watching and re-watching and analysing and fan-girling over Gilmore Girls for over 10 years. And then this weekend, after 9 years with no new episodes, four 90 minute episodes were released at once thanks to the beautiful Netflix. I haven’t been this excited about a TV event since the release of Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam on the Disney Channel.

 

For those of you who don’t know I will super quickly talk through the premise of the show, and trust me as a Gilmore Girls super fan I can talk fast!

 

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The show centres on these two dazzling women Lorelai (left) and Rory (right) Gilmore. They are mother and daughter with a freakishly close bond who live in the quirky character filled town of Stars Hollow. Lorelai fell pregnant aged 16, much to the disappointment of her parents (which still causes friction even in the revival), and sets out to find a life for herself. She is fiercely and stubbornly independent, and manages to create a life full of love and laugher for her daughter. She goes from working as maid in an inn to owning her own and through many ups and downs getting engaged and then not getting married and then finding her Luke and then marrying Christopher and then returning to her Luke. All the while Rory goes through the joy that is adolescence, with her own boy trouble (I’m team Jess all the way!!), and onto the adventure that is college. Emily and Richard serve as Lorelai’s loving, though they have a hard time showing it sometimes, parents who despite their flaws only ever want the best for their girls. And lets not forget about the townsfolk of Stars Hollow, characters in their own right they provide real depth to the show as comic relief and with heart wrenching sub plots (gotta love Kirk). So thats about that, give or take a stolen yacht or two.

 

Then January 29th 2016 it was announced that our beloved Gilmore Girls was going to be coming back to us, in the form of  mini series that documents a year in their life. The four 90 minute episodes would each cover a season starting with winter (I smell snow) and ending with fall. And ever since that day I have been waiting with baited breath to see the place I consider my second home back on television.

 

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And it did not disappoint. The essence of the show is as strong as ever, it literally felt like no time had passed. I still found myself shouting at the TV at the some of the decisions the girls made, giggling uncontrollably at Kirk’s money making schemes, bowing down to the Queen of sass that is Emily Gilmore and swooning over Luke. The whole left behind by the passing of Edward Herrmann (Richard Gilmore) was palpable throughout but only made my esteem for the man grow if that was even possible.

 

There were some aspects that I could take or leave, but that was alway true of the show (what was the point of that Alex guy Lorelai dated with the coffee shop). Was it absolutely perfect? No. But no-one and nothing is and I love that this show accepts and flourishes in that notion.

 

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If you love the show as much as me you will love the revival, I promise. Even if it doesn’t make all your plot dreams come true, it’s just nice to be home.

Let me know what your feels are if you’re a Gilmore Girls fan girl too!!

Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally 🙂

The Power of Good Girl Friends.

I have had a really horrible summer. Going through a break up, especially when you had no idea it was coming, is not fun at all. But when I was feeling low and ugly crying who was there…the most amazing females I know.

 

You know you have a great blogging partner and friend when you can turn up to her house and just cry for a few hours. That is what Emily is to me. This woman works in another city, has to commute every day and has her own life stuff going but when I was in need she made herself completely available to me. She was a shoulder for me to cry on, she was an amazing advice giver and a great distracter and I would have struggled so much these last few weeks without her there. I’m half hoping she gets dumped soon so I can make it up to her (I don’t really just trust me she’ll find that funny).

 

Let’s not forget the best friend a girl can have, our mums. When you’re only single figures old she’s your absolute world, then as your grow up she seems like the devil and it’s not until your high teens that you realise she’s just a girl like you but she knows you better than she knows herself. Now, I will argue that my mum is the best in the world and after my break up she really was, she let me be sad but that didn’t stop her telling me some much needed home truths. I am so glad to have that wonderful woman in my life helping to guide me through the best and worst of times, I hope I’m half as good at being a mum as she is.

 

Us girls have this horrible habit of wanting to tear each other down for the most trivial of things, usually because of some stupid boy. Yet when something goes wrong those same girls are the ones we go running to because only they can understand and support us the way we need. So, I am taking an oath, as someone who recently really leaned on the fabulous females in her life, to try every day to only raise women up and support girls in whatever they choose to do. We need each other more than we care to admit and I would like to my bit to end girl hate.

 

Anyway that was just a little thought that’s been going around my head for these last few weeks. Make sure you show your girl friends or anyone who means anything to you that you appreciate them and tell them often.

 

Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally 🙂