I am going to be honest, I completely forgot about having a favourites posts this month until I saw it was the 29th. Sorry that this post is a tad late but here are the things I have been enjoying this month.
Film – Cinderella
I am talking about the Disney’s live action Cinderella that was released last year. I loved this film, I loved the colour schemes, I loved the characters and I loved how it did not stray too far from the original animated version. I know Disney have done well with previous live action fairy tales such as Maleficent and I have feeling this will be the same for the Beauty and the Beast remake in 2017. I felt the Ella was given a personality as well as Kit, in fact none of the characters were that flat. If you want a classic fairy-tale in beautiful colours this is the film for you.
Playlist – Late Night Synths And Strings
Every now and then I do find myself enjoying a bit of classical music and this playlist fits this bill. It was on the Spotify main page and I gave the playlist a chance. The title of the playlist is what it is, some of the songs have a darker feel to them but they are all beautiful none the less. The music is perfect for dozing off to or getting you in the mood to write!
TV Show – Happy Valley
Happy Valley is a TV drama that predominately features police sergeant Catherine Cawood and her life in the Calder Valley. The character has dealt with a few blows such as her daughter being raped and then killing herself because of the rape. Now Cawood is bringing up her grandson and keeping an eye on her alcoholic sister. In the first series Tommy Lee Royce, the rapist and father of her grandson makes an appearance. I did not watch the first series but my nanna and BBC one provided a catch up of the previous series which brought me up to date. Series 2 kicked off with a dramatic fashion of sorts, Tommy Lee Royce wants his son and Catherine is facing a lot of dilemmas at work. The writing of this show is second to none, I would recommend you give it a whirl if you are into your drama.
Programme Name: Happy Valley – TX: n/a – Episode: n/a (No. 1) – Picture Shows: Catherine (SARAH LANCASHIRE) – (C) Red Productions – Photographer: Ben Blackall
Song – Creeper // Black Mass
The chorus is damn catchy and thanks to Radio One playing this nearly every day it was only destined to become a favourite.
Event – All Time Low in Manchester
Ah, yes I was once again saw All Time Low and this time it was in the city of Manchester. Despite a few individuals, the gig was great from start to end. Good Charlotte were phenomenal and I felt like a young teen when they played some of the old classics. All Time Low themselves were amazing, I had a great spot and they played a lot off their new album (I do wish they played some of their old songs though). I nearly teared up when they played Missing You and lost my mind when they played Coffee Shop Soundtrack. I believe this was the 12th time I have seen them since 2009 and I don’t plan on stopping any time soon.
It has been a few months since I last did a monthly favourites, but in my defence university destroyed a lot of my free time. Anyway, enough of the excuse here is this month’s favourites for September.
Film of the month – Men, Women and Children
Men, Women and Children is an ensemble comedy film that was released in 2014; it is based on the novel (of the same name) by Chad Kultgen. The plot of the film follows a series of people and their use of the internet; we see how their use of the online world affects their daily lives. The film is a snapshot into these characters lives but at the end, you can’t help but feel that some of the actions have long term consequences. The film makes you think about your ‘online life’ and how it effects your ‘real life’. This is why this film is one of my favourites this month.
TV Show of the month – Nashville
I am late to the Nashville party because not only does my nanna watch it but so do my two of my best friends. After speaking to the three of them about the show I decided to take the plunge and watch a few episodes and now I am on the second season. The show starts out following the lives of two big country stars but over the seasons we are introduced to a wide range of characters. A lot of the storylines entwine with one another and there is hardly a dull moment. I recommend watching it even if you only have a slight interest in country music.
Music of the month – Nashville
Surprise, surprise! I love the music from Nashville, it is something I am listening to on repeat at the moment. Below is one of my favourite songs from the show.
Food of the month – Crispy M&M’s
I like M&M’s but Crispy M&M’s are 100% better. This is the food of Gods.
Book of the month – Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
Set against in 1950’s New Orleans this book is everything you could possible hope for in a book set in the 1950’s. The readers get a small snapshot into Josie’s life that is filled with a wide range of diverse characters. Josie is trying to make her way through life without too much hassle from her mother (who just so happens to be a prostitute) but of course, her mother sticks her oar in. It is not a fast paced book but it is has its twist and turns that is for sure.
Back in January of this year I decided that I was finally going to get my hair cut as the length was getting too much for me to handle and my hair need a new spring of life. It was over the following months that I decided that I would donate my hair to The Little Princes Trust who make wigs for children with cancer. I heard about the charity a few months ago from YouTuber and West End actress Carrie Hope Fletcher as she mentioned them in a YouTube video. She went on to say that she would be cutting her hair at the end of her run as Eponine (Les Misérables) and would be donating her hair to the charity.
Towards the end of March, I began looking into the charity and discovered that the charity does not make the wigs themselves as a company in China does. Due to various reason sometimes hair can be rejected (the donator will never know) and this is why they ask for donations to be raised as well so if this happens the charity can buy wigs, which are around £350 a wig. It was at this point I decided I would make a donate page alongside cutting my hair so people could donate to such a worthy charity. Roll on to the Easter holidays; this was when I decided to do the big cut.
As of posting this entry, it will have been just over a week since the cut. On Monday, I visited my dad’s house and later that day Abie, my stepsister and long-time friend cut my hair. I must stress that Abie is training to be a hairdresser and has cut and dyed my hair on numerous occasions so I trusted her completely. All the way up until the initially cut I was not worried about losing so much hair but just before she cut it and after, I couldn’t help but feel extremely self-conscious of the choice I made.
After my hair was cut further into my desired style, it then dawned on me what a huge thing I had done. I’ve always considered my hair as one of my favourite things about myself, it was long and blonde and despite the tangled mess it could become I still loved it. Cutting was big for me, in a way it marked a new chapter in my life as it was the first haircut I had since my mum passed (the last time I had my hair cut properly was back in 2013). The next morning when I woke up, I was surprised not to find strands of hair on my pillow, it was a nice change to say the least.
Later on that day, I went to the salon Abie was training at. She added highlights and some dye to my hair, which looked amazing. The adding of the dye to my hair was mainly for Abie as she needed a hair model but I was happy none the less to have colour back in my hair (I have been a fan of dip dyeing my hair). The overall result was great and many people have complimented on my hair saying that not only does it look a lot healthier but it makes me appear more grown up. I am considering on having short hair for some time now as it will be much more easier to maintain and look after.
If you are interested in donating please just click on the link below, I would be extremely grateful if you could spare the smallest amount of change.