Monday 11 May 2020


At the time of writing this, we have been in lockdown for nearly two months. That is a sentence I never thought I'd start a blog post with...

Time, since mid-march is a complete blur - days are blending into one and this new temporary normal is weird. It's a funny thought process for me when I think about what I wanted to achieve with this time at home. I had to find that balance between realising that lockdown during a global pandemic is not the time to force myself into new skills and mega productivity but also not wanting to look back at this time with nothing to show for it. As a creative person, I want to create! I'm grateful I'm able to do half my job from home and that has kept me busy during the week and weekends have been a time for hobbies, tv shows, books and embracing life in the slow lane. Who knows where this rollercoaster is heading to next - with very little clarity on what plan is in place - but we certainly won't be back to busy weekends and booked out diaries.

So with that, I thought I'd share the things that have kept me occupied the past few weeks. (These are some faves of mine, lockdown or not!) 



Normal People 
Me and the rest of the UK are falling head over heels for this love story. It is perfect. It is happiness, love, calm, chaos, sadness, joy, loss, it's every emotion and somehow you'll feel them all at once. It brought me tonne of joy and also left me with an emotional hangover for about three days.
The OC 
Late to the party, by a good 15 years...! But as a Gossip Girl fan, I knew I'd love The OC. I'm just about to start Season 4 and it's ticking all the old school American teen drama boxes very nicely.
Desperate Housewives
An oldie, but a goodie. First time round, I was probably a little to young to be watching it when it first started, but with a tv in my room and a ninja quick reaction to turning the tv off (who am I kidding, Mums know everything) I watched this the first time round from Season 2. Re-watching it, it is just a good second time round! It is juicy and dark and sassy and just so. damn. good. 
The Bold Type 
When there was a Gossip Girl and 90210 shaped hole in my heart, The Bold Type came along and filled it in the best way possible. This show is SO good, it covers so many important and very real issues (big and small) but in a relatable and non preachy way. They basically feel like your best friends. You can find seasons 1-3 on Amazon Prime, but I need to find somewhere to watch Season 4, any UK links please send my way. 

- Other Faves - 
Fleabag, 90210, Clique, Cold Feet, YOU.

People are giving the goods online at the moments. It's nice to watch things from people who are in the very same situation to you - whether they're keeping you fit, talking about their faves, answering juicy questions or having a Friday night drink, it's nice to remember we're all going through this together. Here's a few of my fave weekly IG lives. 

Danielle Peazer workouts - most week days 11am
Lily & Anna Live - Saturday 1:30pm
Lindsay & Lizzy 'Things Yer Can't Ask Yer Mum' Live - Monday 5pm
Jim Chapman & Guest 'Speakeasy' - Friday 9pm 


Right at the beginning of lockdown I put together a bunch of my favourite feel good tunes to have a little song and dance to when I needed a pick me up. A few friends are now turning to this as their go to music selection so I thought I'd share it with you guys too. Click here to see my 'quaranTIMES' playlist on Spotify. 

One of my favourite ways to crack down on my screen time is to put a podcast on and put my phone away. Here are some of my faves. (Note - My Dad Wrote a Porno is not one to listen to out loud in the family home...!) 

The High Low 
Things You Can't Ask Yer Mum
Table Manners
My Dad Wrote A Porno
Happy Mum Happy Baby


- BOOKS - 
I know a lot of people are finding it hard to switch off in the world of a book right now, but if you are looking for a new read, here are some of my favourites.
Daisy Jones & The Six - Taylor Jenkins Reid
Behind Her Eyes - Sarah Pinborough
Then She Was Gone - Lisa Jewell 
Everything I Know About Love - Dolly Alderton
Ice Cream For Breakfast - Laura Jane Williams

A lastly, just a few things I turn to when I need to completely take my mind off what's happening, stop looking at screens or just get stuck into something creative.

Colouring books
Finding and cooking new recipes (then eating, obvs)
Tidying, sorting, clearing out cupboards
and, well, lying down and staring into space for a little while, because we all need time to digest reality right now.

That's the lot! I'm sure you've seen a tonne of these by now but there might be something new in here that takes your fancy.

G x

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