One Day At A time- Shows the importance of family (despite how kooky or crazy they are)

There are a millions of shows on Netflix, and if you are in the same situation as me you will probably spend ages going through them trying to choose what to watch. Despite having million shows on my list, I still feel obliged to add even more to the ever growing list.

Last month, whilst going through Netflix, I noticed a new show that was added. It was a Netflix original and after watching the trailer (which was hilarious and looked fun) I decided to give it a go. Literally after the first episode I was hooked. It was fun to watch, the characters were hilarious, and the situations were real. Called ‘One Day At A Time’, and a remake of the 1976 series of the same name, it revolves around a Cuban-American family.

The family includes the grandmother, ‘Lydia’, is a widowed, emotional but strong woman who is very much in touch with her roots. The mother,’Penelope’, is a confident, ex-army, lovable and strong woman, and is probably one of the most relatable characters on the show. Her way of dealing with PTSD, highlights the mental trauma that ex-army people go through and how hard it is for them ease into daily lives. This is also highlighted through the character of the father. The children, Elena and Alex, are also very fun to watch and highlight issues that ignored within immigrated communities. The clash of cultures and the way it is dealt by each member of the family, is fun and interesting to watch. 

Overall I highly recommend this show, it’s light hearted nature will definitely tug at your heartstrings and you will be left wanting for more. The best part is has been renewed for season 2!!!! So go watch it and become a fan. 

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Step into spring with fashionable mules

Spring has officially started (although the weather seems to disagree) and the best way to step into it is by whipping out your new wardrobe. I, myself have spent all Winter gathering, Spring/Summer staples that will go with the current trends. There were a couple of items that I have noticed, and the most prominent style I have noticed is the mule heeled shoes. 

These shoes are everywhere and in various styles to appeal to th mass. I myself have gone for suede, lace ups with block heels from office. However there are many styles to choose deom. Here our top picks:


Zara- £59.99


Asos- £45

Missguided- £35 


Asos- £25

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Vanilla cupcakes with buttercream icing

After a long day all you sometimes need is to relax with a classic cupcake with cuttercream icing. Indulgence at its finest.

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Ingredients:

Cupcakes

  • 110g magerine
  • 110g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 110g Self raising flour
  • 1-2 tbsp milk

Buttercream

  • 140g butter
  • 280g icing sugar
  • 1-2 tsp milk

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Method:

  1. Preheat oven to gas mark 4, and line cupcake tin.
  2. Cream sugar and margarine until pale. Then add the beaten eggs slowly with the vanilla essence.
  3. Then  fold in the self raising flour, and mix . Pour milk in to the mixture.
  4. Finally spoon the mixture into the lined cupcake tin, and put into the oven for 10-15 minutes
  5. While the cupcakes bake in the oven, start on the icing. First beat the softened butter/margarine (whichever you’re using) then add in the icing sugar . Once the mixture is beaten and has no lumps, add in milk to soften the mixture.
  6. Leave the icing aside, and take the cupcakes out of the oven. Leave to cool.
  7. Then ice, sprinkle and enjoy.

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Trend Alert: Stripes, Stripes, Stripes

S/S 17 has bought a number of trends, and all the leading clothing stores have introduced their new lines and one trend that I have noticed is stripes- especially blue and white. You can tell spring is nearly here with this trend.

The stripes trend has been seen in blouses and dresses. Here is our celeb inspiration for today;

Alexa Chung:

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Alexa Chung perfectly pairs her striped dress with a wide belt ( also in trend) and pointy black boots. This is perfect for the spring season and can be worn casually/formally.

Here is some places where you can buy this trend:

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Zara, £ 12.99

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Zara, £12.99

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H&M, £17.99

 

 

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The sky is everywhere- a perfected YA novel

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I recently finished Jandy Nelson’s book ‘The sky is everywhere’ and it was so perfect. Everything about the book, every aspect of it will  resonate with the YA audience of the book and to be honest it isn’t just aimed at young adults- even mature adults will connect with the heart warming book.

The book is about Lenny. A Wuthering Height obsessed, clarinet player, band geek who became sister-less few weeks ago. This book focuses on how Lenny learns to live with the grief of losing her sister, her sister who lived for her. After the tragic death of Bailey all eyes are on her. The book follows her journey of coping with grief, experiencing first love and loss, and just learning how to live.

The book is filled with wacky, lovable characters all stemming from a small town where everyone knows everyone. Lenny and Bailey are bought up by their green fingered, hippie grandmother. Her Uncle Big, who can’t seem to stop falling in love and getting married, is also part of the lovable mix. Bailey’s boyfriend, Toby, is shown to be affected by her death- and his connection with Lenny shows the extreme people go to deal with grief.The Fontaine brothers are also thrown into this small town madness- and one of the brothers, Joe, falls head over heels in love with Lenny but will she able to learn to love.

This book perfectly describes how grief can affect people, and shows how the absence of one person affect the lives of everyone around them.

The sky is everywhere is also filled with poems written by Lenny for Bailey which she jots anywhere and scatters them all over town. Each of the poems shows the reader to experience and understand the bond between the sisters. The poems also shows how every part of her life is affected by the ghost of her sister. The poems in this books have to be the best part of the book for me, as a avid poetry fan I don’t think anything else could describe the relationship between the girls.

Finally read this book, seriously its filled with beautiful poems, characters and quotes that you didn’t even know you needed in your life. Honestly go read this book- you are missing out.

*‘Grief is forever. It doesn’t go away; it becomes part of you, step for step, breath for breath…Grief and love are conjoined, you don’t get one without the other.’ Lenny

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Coffee Crunch meringue cake – You’ll love this divine bake

Evenings call for a cup of tea with the company of a light but delicious cake and what could be better than the Coffee crunch meringue cake. This cake may look hard to make but you’ll be surprised how easy it is. All you have to do is follow the recipe closely.

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Ingredients:

  • Cake
    • 175g of Butter/margarine
    • 175g of caster sugar
    • 3 eggs
    • 175g of self raising flour
    • 1tsp baking powder
  • Meringue topping:
    • 2 egg whites
    • 100g caster sugar
    • 3tsp instant coffee granules
    • 25g of chopped walnuts
  • Filling
    • 100g softened butter
    • 50g icing sugar
  • Drizzle icing
    • 3 tbsp icing sugar

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  1. Firstly make the meringue; this should be fairly easy. First whisk the egg whites until stiff. Then add third of the sugar and whisk until stiff again. Then repeat with remaining sugar. Mix the coffee granules with 3 tbsp of boiling water- make sure the granules are fully dissolved. Then fold in the chopped walnuts and 1 tsp of coffee. Then set aside and make cake mixture.
  2. Heat oven to gas mark 4 and grease and line two 20cm cake tins.
  3. Beat the sugar and butter together in a bowl until light and fluffy- gradually mix in the eggs. Then fold in baking powder and self raising flour, then add 2 tsp of coffee liquid.
  4. Divide the mixture in to the tins- putting more mixture in one than the other.
  5. Spread the meringue mixture on top of the tin with less cake mix.  Bake the untopped sponge for 20 mins or until skewer comes out clean, and the meringue topped one for 40 mins. Then remove cakes from oven and cool on wire rack.
  6. To make the filling, beat the butter and icing together, and then add two tsp of coffee. If icing too soft add 1 or 2 tsp of icing sugar more.
  7. To make the icing for the drizzle mix the icing sugar with 2 tsp of coffee. Then add a drop of water to make the icing runny.
  8. Finally sandwich both of the cakes with the coffee filling, then drizzle the top with the icing drizzle as shown in the image.
  9. Then settle and enjoy this delicious cake.

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Thigh high boots- Start this year off fashionably

Thigh high boots have been all the rage this past year. From suede to leather, and every color you can imagine is in the market. They can either finish the look in a grungy manner, or make the whole outfit chic.

They can be worn under dresses for a night out, over black jeans and paired with a leather jacket. A choker and a tartan scarf will finish off this perfect winter outfit.

Our celebrity inspirations are:

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Millie Mackintosh, who has paired her suede thigh high boots with a leather skirt and a roll neck sweater. This whole look has the perfect casual/grungy aspect and is perfect outfit to go out in.

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Hailee Baldwin, has also nailed the thigh high boots trend with a floor length camel color coat, and a trendy sweater dress. It can’t get any stylish than this.

Our picks:

d

Pointed stiletto thigh high boots- boohoo.com, £40

e

Chunky black thigh high boots-New Look, £33.74

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