Must watch series on Netflix

Must watch series on Netflix

I’ve been seriously loving a lot of series on Netflix recently, and I love posts like this because I’m always on the look out for new shows to watch. So, I thought I’d share what I’m loving at the moment. I mean, with exams coming up you need something to help you procrastinate right? (Speaking of which.. would anyone be interested in a revision tips post?)

First up, is Game of Thrones. Now I know that literally 90% of the population is already obsessed with Games of Thrones and I am literally the last person on this band wagon. But, I was one of the 10% until about a month ago that thought it was going to be boring. I was really bored one Friday and decided to give it a shot, and honestly, what was I thinking? I am loving it. So I’m talking to the others that are in that 10% that haven’t watched it or don’t want to, because you should really really watch it.

Next is Riverdale. I wasn’t convinced at all by Riverdale at first. I watched the first ten minutes and turned it off because it was so cringey. But then my brother told me he’d watched them all and that he was loving them. So I gave it another chance and actually, cringeyness aside, it’s actually quite gripping, I’m now on episode six and I’m really enjoying it. If you’re in high school then this is probably your kind of show, it’s pretty good.

Stranger Things. Have I got to say anymore? Once again, I was pretty late with this one. I only watched Stranger Things a couple of months ago – but I’ll put it this way, I watched the whole series in one weekend. I really didn’t think it was going to be my thing, I’d heard it was about aliens and the paranormal and was about a bunch of kids and I just thought, no. In reality though, it’s a hell of a lot more interesting than it sounds and I cannot wait for halloween so I can watch season two!!

Next is Fresh Meat. Fresh Meat is an English thing so if you’re from elsewhere you might not have heard of it. It’s kind of interesting though if you’d like a more realistic idea of what life is like in England – because we definitely don’t all wear tweed, read Sherlock and worship the Queen (is that treason? can I get done for that?) But it’s genuinely a really really funny show and it’s pretty relatable if you’re young, or maybe even if you’re older – it might bring back good memories, who knows. There’s five series I think, they brought out the last and what I believe to be final series this time last year, but they’re all really worth the watch. Fresh Meat is that show that I go back and watch an episode of when I’m feeling down, I definitely recommend.

In hindsight I’m realising that The Crown should really have been at the top of my list, as honestly, it’s probably my favourite. I didn’t have a lot of hope for The Crown really, I half expected it to be a show that Netflix had just thrown a load of money at but made a crap job of, but oh my God I’ve never been so happy to admit that I was wrong! I really like history, especially anything about the monarchy, so really, it would’ve been hard for me not to love it. So if you’re into history then you should definitely check this out. The acting is all so freaking good and I feel like they’ve got everything spot on. The Crown also got a ten out of ten rating from my Nan (which means a lot, trust me) and she lived through all that history, so if she rates it, it must be pretty decent.

Friday Night Dinner is pretty different to all the other shows I’ve mentioned. Like Fresh Meat it was on Channel four and it’s another UK show, but it’s all up on Netflix. It’s a comedy about a Jewish family eating dinner on a Friday night. Which sounds bloody awful. But if you have a family (which I’m guessing most people do) and especially if you have siblings, then it’s really relatable and really funny. I always watch this show with my brother, and I really imagine it’s probably what my brother and I will be like when we’re older and pop in for dinner with our parents. It’s just a really light and funny show, it takes no thinking, it’s just pure mind-numbing funny-ness.

Lastly, you need to watch Orange is the New Black before the next season comes out in June. I’m pretty sure, like Game of Thrones and Stranger Things, you’ll have heard of Orange is the New Black, so if you haven’t watched it yet, I’m not sure what you think you’re playing at but you better get on it. OITNB is just another really funny show, but at the same time it’s got that gripping I-can’t-stop-watching thing that shows like Stranger Things have. And season four ended on the biggest cliffhanger ever, so you’ve got to watch them all before season five comes out to avoid spoilers.

Let me know if you can recommend any other shows that I’ve not mentioned, because I’m going to need something else to watch when I finish Riverdale and Game of Thrones. Also, if you’ve watched Orange is the New Black or Stranger Things then comment down below your theories, I love hearing peoples theories!!! Thank you so much for reading and make sure you follow my blog to see more posts from me!

emmachxrlotte

How I Get Motivated

How I Get Motivated

With exam season fast approaching (I’m so sorry if that just made you cry a little) and the most depressing part of the year in full swing, I figured it might be helpful to share my tips on how I get motivated. Don’t get me wrong I’m not some kind of freak that’s positive and motivated 24/7 but from past experience I’ve found that some of these things can really help me to turn my mood around – so why not give them a go.

  1. Setting the right atmosphere. I personally find that for getting work done (be it uni work, school work, work-work or even blogging) I am ten times more productive if I have the right kind of atmosphere – too picky? Sure, maybe. But I find that if I have some music playing and my favourite candle burning and I’m sat to my desk and not slumped in bed, then I’m a heck of a lot more likely to get stuff done. When I did my AS level exams I used to work in bed all of the time and I was so convinced that it was working out for me, but in reality it seriously wasn’t. So, one of the first things I did this year was order myself a cute little Micke Ikea desk and Tobias chair so that I could get all productive. So far, it’s proving to be a winner – I’m sat to the desk right now with my cherry vanilla Yankee candle lit and I’ve got Ed Sheeran playing and I’m actually looking for things to do, I want to work. Another tip, especially for this time of the year when it’s so depressing outside, get a continuous fire place video up. I have an Amazon Fire TV stick and you can get apps with fireplaces and fish tanks that just play continuously with sound effects. I also know they’re available on Youtube, so if you’re someone that can’t work with music playing then try a fire place. I find it so relaxing and cozy, and that makes me super productive.
  2. Diaries, journals and weekly planners. For just general life motivation I find it really helpful to use a weekly planner. When I was doing my A levels and for the few months that I was at uni, I found it so unbelievably helpful to have my little A4 planner up on the wall with everything plain and simple, day by day, for me to follow. It kept me super organised and meant that I was always totally on top of assignments. Not only that but it’s great for if you workout so you can keep to a regular schedule, or for if you have appointments or are meeting friends. I would totally recommend them. I’m also really trying to keep a journal this year. I started one last year but never really kept it up, but this year I’m going in. One of my best friends bought me a beautiful motivational journal (it was from TK Maxx if you wanna grab yourself one) and it’s such a lovely journal that I find I’m always desperate to just write something in it and use it. Keeping the journal so far has definitely helped with stress, as I use it to vent, and has also helped me to be more positive and motivated and I try to write down at least one positive thing that i’ve done every day. Consequently, every day I’m thinking “lets do something amazing today so I can record it in my journal”, it’s really keeping me motivated.
  3. Keep your room and work space tidy and organised. Over christmas I was completely avoiding my bedroom because it was such a tip. I’d literally got piles of books in the corner of my room as I’d ran out of shelves for them and it was just generally a cluttered mess. So I’ve made it my mission to have a serious clear out in my bedroom and treated myself to some gorgeous new shelves to showcase my books and my room is looking fantastic. With everything tidy and organised and nice, my room feels like a really positive space and I honestly feel like it’s the reason I’ve been sleeping so much better this past week. Equally I’ve got myself some nice little desk tidies to keep my work space clear and clutter-free and consequently my mind feels clutter-free.
  4. Be kind to yourself. Yeah okay so life is busy and there’s always things to be done but you’re not a robot and you deserve a break every now and then – don’t be so hard on yourself. Every evening at 8pm I leave my phone in my room and clear my mind of anything that’s stressing me out and I go downstairs and spend time with my family. We usually sit in the living room and watch our favourite TV shows like Midsomer Murders and Endeavour (we all love a good murder), but it’s just a couple of hours where I’m in this nice little bubble that’s totally stress free and all that’s running through my mind is who’s the murderer. Taking time for yourself to just chill and let give your blood pressure a break is so damn important and it really just helps me to go to bed feeling clear-minded and ready for some actual sleep, not just 8 hours of tossing and turning while stressing about everything I can possibly think of.
  5. Eat lots and drink lots. I cannot express how important it is to fuel your body to keep it running. Before Christmas when things were pretty crap and I was feeling low and ill, I was barely eating and drinking. It’s just basic common sense that if you don’t fuel your body then it just isn’t going to run properly. So because I wasn’t eating and drinking properly I was feeling even lower and tireder and crapper (are those words?). I got myself into the mindset that I was just totally broken and there was no hope (drama queen, I know), but luckily my Mom was there to give me a good talking to and a good kick up the arse. After a few weeks of eating lots and drinking loads of water, I’ve got my energy back, I’m thinking straight again and feeling all motivated and productive. It really does go to show that if you live off two packets of crisps and two slices of toast a day then you will just lie in bed in the dark and get nowhere. However, with cereal and crumpets and stir fries and fruit and yoghurts and pasta and lots and lots of water, you can do anything – even become president, as good old Donald has proven that anything is possible. So if you want to work to your maximum ability, get yourself some cheeky brain food.

Let me know if you have any tips for getting motivated because you can never have too much help when it comes to getting motivated. Also let me know if you try any of these and they make a difference for you. I hope this post can be of some use, it definitely would’ve been to me a couple of years ago – if I’d have known these things all along then GCSEs and A levels could have been a lot less stressful for me. So, thanks for reading and I’ll see you again on Thursday when I’ll be posting a stationery haul!

emmachxrlotte

 

 

TV Shows to Watch in 2017

TV Shows to Watch in 2017

In all honesty, I’m not a big fan of watching TV – I don’t like all the typical shows like Big Brother, Pretty Little Liars or Love Island. Instead, I’m more of a crime/drama lover. Reality TV just isn’t my thing at all (with the exception of I’m a Celebrity obviously), not that there’s anything wrong with reality, but I just prefer watching something that really gets your brain going and blows your mind. I’m a huge fan of good old ‘who done it’ shows, like Midsomer Murders, because the whole time you’re watching everything so closely and scrutinising everything, constantly trying to play the detective and figure it out. However, that being said, I absolutely love a good comedy and a relatable family drama.

There are so many new and returning series that I’m so looking forward to watching this year and I thought I’d write a post about it both to organise my life a little, so that I know what I want to watch and when, but also as it might be useful to any fellow murder mystery lovers or drama obsessed people out there. So I’m going to stop rambling and get right to the point with my list of shows!

  1. Number one has to be Sherlock, of course! Which if you didn’t know, has already started! Sunday evening on BBC One is the place to be, guys.
  2. Broadchurch! I absolutely loved series one and two of Broadchurch and can’t wait to see how they wrap up the programme in the final series. Series three is due to start on ITV in February – and I can’t bloody wait!
  3. The Durrells is coming back! I can’t find an actual date, but the Durrells family will be back on our screens this spring and I’m so excited! This was a new series that started last Spring and I honestly loved it. It was such a light hearted, entertaining programme – very different to everything else around at the moment, and I can’t wait to watch it again this spring!
  4. Orange is the New Black. Need I say anymore? Oh my I still have sleepless nights where I wonder about that God damn cliff hanger. I need to know what the hell happened okay, and I need to know now. I can barely wait until the new season is on Netflix this June!
  5. Doctor Foster. You remember Doctor Foster right? That mind blowing series from 2015 that left us all on the edge of our seats after Suranne Jones slayed the scorned woman role. Well apparently series two is coming in 2017. I can’t find any dates anywhere – and trust me I’ve tried. But, it is coming back to BBC and I will be there waiting.

That is all I’ve got for now but I am positive that my list will grow as the year goes on and news emerges of more great TV, so no doubt I’ll be back in the summer with more shows – so look out for that! Until then, why not let me know what shows you’re looking forward to seeing back on our screens this year! Who doesn’t love fingerling over a good show ay? So drop me a comment if you fancy it! Until next time, thanks for reading!

emmachxrlotte