Monday, 31 December 2018

2018; the year on the blog.

Hey. Remember me? No? Yeah, about that… 

I’ve hit a slump with blogging recently; my mind’s been packed with all sorts in the past few months, and unfortunately some of my passions have kinda… fizzled. I found my creativity was a little low after a lot of work stuff and general practical adulting started to take up more of my time – how on earth do most of you bloggers do it!? I struggled so much, and admire y’all all the more for balancing full time jobs with your side hustles, wowee – and my lovely corner of the internet was left dark and deserted. 

Sunday, 16 December 2018


My name's Grace. 

(Photo: Erin Veness)

I love a good face/body scrub, my favourite Christmas song is 'The Happiest Christmas Tree', my aura is apparently lilac, film trivia will always fascinate me, this blog needs a revamp, I really want to be friends with Emma Thompson, I'm bi and demi, it really concerns me that I won't quite hit my Goodreads Reading Challenge this year, I'm keeping my buzzcut for the foreseeable future, I'm a plant eater, I get anxious, most of my wardrobe is blue, I still believe in fate, the family cat gets me like nobody else and knows all my secrets, I've only bought two albums this year, if I don't get a permanent role in the job I'm currently doing there's every chance I'll run away to Australia, and 2019 is going to be exciting. 

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Those Christmas Hot Takes: a rundown.

It’s that time of year again! Pretty lights are being strung up over the dreariest streets, jingling bells have been added to the Pop Master theme tune, shopping centres are becoming Panic Zones, couples are arguing about whose parents they’ll be spending the day with this time round, unsuspecting babies are being dressed up in absurd yet adorable costumes, and folks my age are regretting offering to host their extended families for the first time. 

Yes, it’s a great time of year when all sorts of lovely things happen and awful traditions are enacted. Another thing that has been happening for the past few years on social media is people throwing out buzzwords and Hot Takes that, frankly, we are all sick of hearing. So here, let me give you a little guide to each of them (in case you missed any, because you have no access to the internet apparently – in which case, how did you get here?! Whoa), and debunk things a bit. 

'Love, Actually' is problematic, actually.

Yes, we’ve all read those Buzzfeed articles and seen the influencer retweets and basically, YAWN. We get it. This modern classic Christmas film penned by Richard Curtis with editing done by his wife, Emma Freud, may actually have been one of the last good eggs in the seemingly endless era of rom coms – don’t @ me – and while so many of us hold it so dearly and insist ‘it’s not Christmas until I’ve seen that scene with the signs on the doorstep’, over the past few years more and more of us are realising it’s really quite horrible in some bits.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

'The Merry Wives of Windsor', by the RSC; a review.

Last night I returned to one of my favourite theatres in the city, the Barbican, to see ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’ performed by the RSC. Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while will know how much I love seeing the RSC, and so it should come as no surprise to you that I really enjoyed this production. 

Saturday, 1 December 2018

Recent Reads: the 42nd, 43rd and 44th of 2018.

Well, I’m still no closer to deciding on a casual reading schedule/To Do List type thing for 2019, but I have to say my latest reads have been quite varied, and have rocked. So maybe I’ll just keep it mixed up for the foreseeable future.  

So, here are some of my last 2018 reads… 

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