I recently spent some time getting used to my own company, and in doing so have really tapped back into some of the things I love most.
This has included my ingesting as much quality content in any form as humanly possible. So, what have I been reading, watching, and listening to, I hear you ask. Here’s a selection of my current favourites:
The Friendship Cure by Kate Leaver
Throughout life, or at least as much of it as I’ve experienced, friendships seem to come and flow naturally on the most part. When making friends I feel as though not much thought is put into the process, it just kind of works itself out. This book by Kate Leaver draws upon her own research and experience as well as scientific studies on a variety of friendship types and considers their dynamics and requirements. I’m only halfway through the book right now, but the change from the fiction books I tend to reach for is refreshing and it’s opening my eyes to the intricacies in friendships I’m a part of or am familiar with. Something I’m really loving about this book is the little anecdotes Kate has injected amongst the research. They place more reality, emotion and weight on the theories discussed and help you as a reader to find similarities in your life. Some of the stories are also extremely heart-warming, some have even brought a cheeky tear to my eye. This book is the perfect read if you’re feeling a little low; it’s the perfect pick me up and reminder that things could be a lot more difficult without your beloved buddies.
Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton
I have fallen so incredibly hard for Dolly Alderton. I adore her. I listen to her two podcasts, I find her tweets hilarious, and her Instagram feed brings a little light to my life. Her book is no exception. Everything I Know About Love is a collection of memoirs from Dolly’s life so far and I find this book so relatable. It feels like a guide to all aspects of young female life and it’s a book that I’m pleased I’ve read before turning 21. Looking for guidance on friendships, relationships, flirting, mental health wellness, career goals, or all the above? Go to Dolly, she’ll sort you out a treat.
I’m hyper-aware of how late to the party I am with Marcella, but if you haven’t seen this gem of British drama then you must! I’m so in love with this show because of the raw emotion that the strong female lead played by Anna Friel shows. Marcella Backland is never presented as a hero or a “good guy” and it’s her flaws that leave you so in love with her. She is relatable to anybody who has a bit of a temper or has experienced self-doubt and/or betrayal, and that pretty much covers most of us I’m sure. The excellently woven storylines will keep you on the edge of your seat for the entirety of 2 series, and I can’t wait to see wherever they take the characters and plot in the next series. Catch series 1 on Netflix and series 2 on ITV Hub now.
If you’re looking for a drama with a lot less grit and a lot more glam, Netflix Original series Dynasty is the one for you. It is based on the 1981 series about the multi-millionaire family the Carringtons and the money, sex and scandal that fuel their luxurious lifestyles. It’s a fantastic watch for anybody who has enjoyed series like 90210 or Ugly Betty. A must-see for the outfits and attitude alone, but with all the drama and romance on top of it, you really can’t afford to be missing out.
Happy Place by Fearne Cotton
There is no better way to start your day than hearing two people talk about the things that make them happy. Fearne Cotton has hit the bloody jackpot with her new podcast series Happy Place. The vibe is super honest and positive with a touch of sensitive topics. This is the perfect bunch of feel-good interviews created by one of my all-time favourite presenters that looks into the variety of ways in which people can find happiness in their everyday life. Most of Fearne’s chosen interviewees have been through darker times in the past, people like Stephen Fry and Gok Wan who have battled with their mental health, bullying, exclusion, or similar but have found happiness regardless. Have a listen to the first series of Happy Place in the mornings to start your days a little brighter!
A Home by Kitty O’Neal
Kitty O’Neal is an up and coming singer/songwriter based in Southampton, and this EP is an excellent listen for summer in the countryside. The folky vibe to this collection of original songs partnered with Kitty’s silky voice and dreamy lyrics are perfect for getting you in the mood for long, hot summer evenings with BBQs, British countryside, friends and all of the heartbreak you can handle. It’s also my current soundtrack as I anticipate the release of Kitty’s new single ‘Make it Yours’ on May 21st, which you should be sure to check out if you want a sneak peek into the vibe of her upcoming debut album. If you’re based in the Southampton or Hampshire area, check her out live at any of these dates, and be sure to follow her on Facebook and Spotify for regular updates and witty posts.