A GOOD Friday Feeling!
Ooooh I feel like I’m well getting into the swing of these fortnightly posts of positivity now and hopefully you babes are not getting too bored of reading them! They’re like a little ray of sunshine to write, to reflect on lovely things and make an effort to find things that make me smile and feel good every day. In times of great stress or tumult, I find a really helpful thing to do is to write down five things that I’m grateful for or that have made me smile to help keep a sense of perspective and glimmers of light amidst twentysomething dark confusion. SO YEAH HOORAY FOR LIFE!
So here’s the shiz that’s made the last two weeks a nice place to live in.
- Chic at the Roundhouse
K so this was the most incredible gig EVER. I wrote a post about it here, but safe to say, Nile Rodgers is the coolest man on the planet. HANDS DOWN. Still listening to Chic’s greatest hits on Spotify on repeat. UPTOWN FUNK AIN’T GOT NOTHING ON THESE DUDES.
- Being asked to be a referee for two of my dearest friends who are in the process of adopting.
I MEAN WOAH what an actual honour. To help two people who should WITHOUT A SHADOW OF DOUBT be parents become parents?! That is actually incredible. I already am so happy for the kids they end up adopting and for them. And I’m happy for me, because I’m going to be Mad Aunt Katie. Aw man. All the feels.
- Seeing a lot of excellent people
Catching up with dear friends from hazy university days, seeing fellow blogging babes Hannah and Katy for cocktails, tapas and glugging red wine with one of my oldest, dearest chums, impromptu gin and theatre date with my lovely Mum, chomping cheese on my best mate’s birthday, slugging back cider into the early hours of the morning with a huge gaggle of loved ones- this week has been filled to the brim with some of life’s most wonderful people.
- The Nether
West End Wilma took me along to see a matinee of this wonderful play which is currently playing at the Duke Of York’s Theatre, and it’s bloody great. Set just slightly into the future, humans are spending increasing amounts of time online in ultra-realistic virtual reality realms. The play then explores the moral and ethical implications of commiting crimes in a virtual and digital world, whether we should feel as repulsed by crime if it’s being committed online by a constructed Avatar version of ourselves and how we go about policing that. It’s really dark, chilling and uncomfortable, especially because it doesn’t feel like we’re a million miles away from these issues anymore the with every advanced step we make in technological fields. It runs until the 25th April, and I’d recommend it whole-heartedly for a stunningly acted, visually exciting, big old thinker of a play.
- Haircut and New Beauty Buys
Got ma hurr did and posed for a selfie with Marlene Dietrich. Cos that’s what you should always do when you have swishy new hair. Pose in front of someone who is behind you literally giving no fucks about anything.
Also picked up some new beauty booty.
Smashbox Primer is as good as everyone says it is, which is DEVASTATING for my bank balance but REJOICEFUL news for my face. I opt for the Luminizing variety which is intertwined with gold flecks for a subtle glow on application. It’s almost like my hangovers don’t exist when I slather this on. (Though the Big Mac I’m usually inhaling gives me away a bit.) They also gifted me two lovely new lippies which I’m digging. CHEERS SMASHBOX YOU SMASHED IT MATE!
Also digging these SPRING SHADES of nail varnish from trusty old Rimmel. (p.s their new 60 second nail formula does actually work. SMUDGED NAILS ARE A THING OF THE PAST!)
The double ended blue liner is from Estee Lauder and is great for just jazzing up EYES. It’s super creamy and thick and stays put and both shades of blue are gorgeous. Also from Estee Lauder I’m giving this new bronzer a go (because the most I ever look like once the sun starts shining is one big walking freckle. GODDAM YOU CELTIC SKIN). It’s shimmery and a little goes a long way, plus it’s infused with a blusher in the middle so don’t swoosh too hard with your brush, else you’ll end up with big red streaks over your face.
Proving to be a staple in my handbag is this lip butter from Korres, which is a) delicious and tastes vanilla-y b) shiny, so it looks glossy when you slick it on, and c) prettily packaged. Carmex I will always j’adore you, but for now Korres has won my lips over. PUCKER UP LADS.
Lastly, this hand cream from Caudalie is DREAMY. I’m a sucker for grapefruity things and this lovely quick-absorbing cream for your mitts is all citrussy and FRESH.
- Women Centre Stage Festival at the National Theatre
- A Bon Voyage Dinner
Waved off one of my best mates and former housemate Victoria as she sets sail to travel the world for three months with dinner at Drift in the City. Isn’t it great when your work colleagues become your actual real-life friends?
- London Gin Club
- New Candles
Slightly dull but I picked up some beaut new candles in TK MAXX this week of all places. Who knew?! I am such a sucker for a candle (duh, I’m a blogger, we’re all totally gay for candles) but get a little twinge of guilt at spending money on them. These were all between £6-£9 and in lovely glass holders. The purple one smells like Parma Violets. Oh it’s just delightful.
- The Hotel Chocolat Easter Bunny
Running round town on some errands I bumped into the Easter Bunny. Who was actually my friend Dan on a promo job wearing a tux and a massive rabbit head (and they say acting isn’t glamorous ha ha ha). So we took a picture and he gave me a load of free easter eggs. Which was very much appreciated.
Right BYE have a lovely Easter weekend. I’m off to eat my body weight in Hot Cross buns and watch Fred Astaire and Judy Garland sing about Easter Bonnets!