Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life! (no spoilers just feels)

I have been watching and re-watching and analysing and fan-girling over Gilmore Girls for over 10 years. And then this weekend, after 9 years with no new episodes, four 90 minute episodes were released at once thanks to the beautiful Netflix. I haven’t been this excited about a TV event since the release of Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam on the Disney Channel.

 

For those of you who don’t know I will super quickly talk through the premise of the show, and trust me as a Gilmore Girls super fan I can talk fast!

 

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The show centres on these two dazzling women Lorelai (left) and Rory (right) Gilmore. They are mother and daughter with a freakishly close bond who live in the quirky character filled town of Stars Hollow. Lorelai fell pregnant aged 16, much to the disappointment of her parents (which still causes friction even in the revival), and sets out to find a life for herself. She is fiercely and stubbornly independent, and manages to create a life full of love and laugher for her daughter. She goes from working as maid in an inn to owning her own and through many ups and downs getting engaged and then not getting married and then finding her Luke and then marrying Christopher and then returning to her Luke. All the while Rory goes through the joy that is adolescence, with her own boy trouble (I’m team Jess all the way!!), and onto the adventure that is college. Emily and Richard serve as Lorelai’s loving, though they have a hard time showing it sometimes, parents who despite their flaws only ever want the best for their girls. And lets not forget about the townsfolk of Stars Hollow, characters in their own right they provide real depth to the show as comic relief and with heart wrenching sub plots (gotta love Kirk). So thats about that, give or take a stolen yacht or two.

 

Then January 29th 2016 it was announced that our beloved Gilmore Girls was going to be coming back to us, in the form of  mini series that documents a year in their life. The four 90 minute episodes would each cover a season starting with winter (I smell snow) and ending with fall. And ever since that day I have been waiting with baited breath to see the place I consider my second home back on television.

 

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And it did not disappoint. The essence of the show is as strong as ever, it literally felt like no time had passed. I still found myself shouting at the TV at the some of the decisions the girls made, giggling uncontrollably at Kirk’s money making schemes, bowing down to the Queen of sass that is Emily Gilmore and swooning over Luke. The whole left behind by the passing of Edward Herrmann (Richard Gilmore) was palpable throughout but only made my esteem for the man grow if that was even possible.

 

There were some aspects that I could take or leave, but that was alway true of the show (what was the point of that Alex guy Lorelai dated with the coffee shop). Was it absolutely perfect? No. But no-one and nothing is and I love that this show accepts and flourishes in that notion.

 

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If you love the show as much as me you will love the revival, I promise. Even if it doesn’t make all your plot dreams come true, it’s just nice to be home.

Let me know what your feels are if you’re a Gilmore Girls fan girl too!!

Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally 🙂

13 Thoughts I had during BIG The Musical

A little while ago, I was in the Theatre Royal excited to watch Big The Musical. The show is starting it’s tour in Plymouth before moving to Ireland on its world tour.

A few weeks prior to this I popped into the Theatre to have a chat with Becca, the Theatre were setting up a Blogger Scheme and my application had been shortlisted. This is the entire reason I was at the Theatre on a Tuesday night to attend a show with a bunch of people I had yet to meet. The eleven of us were at different stages blogging wise, but we all shared the same love of theatre. We were lucky enough to be shown around backstage by the Gary Wilmot, who, aside from being one of the loveliest people I’ve ever met, really made time to share what it’s like to set up for a show ahead of press night.

Big is a real childhood favourite, so being given this chance to watch the stage adaption was something I was seriously overexcited about.reviewing shows isn’t one of my fortes. I get far too over excited and love everything, so I thought I’d pull together a post of thoughts during the show. You get an insight into my 100 mile an hour brain:

  1. The show is worth seeing, if only for Jay in his pants.
  2. Managing to hold back the tears during I want to Go Home was an achievement, I wanted to give Josh a hug so badly 😦
  3. I was not expecting that keyboard scene to look how it did. A true thing of beauty.
  4. Going to a show with like minded strangers proved really, really fun.
  5. The screens for the staging (which were 4.5 tonnes btw) were breath taking. Seeing it before the show when it looked pretty ordinary only added to this.
  6. I LOVE that Josh’s flat was so similar to the film, I was so envious of it as a kid.
  7. Can I persuade Matt that the first dance at our imaginary wedding should be Stars?…
  8. Why havent I downloaded Fun already?
  9. Can I please have Diana’s jumper from Act 2, Scene 2?
  10. I need to dance like noone’s watching more often…
  11. Diana Vickers is incredible. Her voice is breath taking, her character accessible and her stage presence… just wow!
  12. Gary Wilmot is not only hilarious, but lovely. He gave us a backstage tour and my final images of him punting as the stage rotated around will always bring a smile to my face
  13. I cant think of a single person who could have channeled Tom Hank’s adoreable niavity and integrity better than Jay. His character was a nod to the source material, whilst remaining original and organic.

 

Ps – if you are looking for more serious and knowledgeable reflections on shows I can’t recommend the lovely Ellie enough.

The Theatre Royal were lovely enough to gift the tickets to myself and the others on the scheme, but the above thoughts are entirely my own.

Sunday’s were made for Brunch, and Dungaree dresses

A couple Sundays ago, a bunch of us went for our monthly blogger brunch. We popped along to Bella Italia, where we basically had the place to ourselves and had the best morning. It’s one of those relaxed informal things I seriously look forward to, especially as the lovely Nicole was happy to play model/photographer afterwards.
There were two things I was most excited about shooting with this outfit: firstly the most ridiculous and beautiful 70’s inspired scarf my parents brought back from thier holiday, and secondly this denim dungaree dress. I’ve had this dress about a month, worn it almost every weekend and Instagrammed it twice already (here and here) and generally love how easy this piece is. I bought it on a trip to Matalan with Sally, who also now owns this dream of a dress. The scarf was also an exciting wear, I’ve had this about two months and been unable to wear it because my poorly psoriasis hands would have damaged it.

This dress comes from the plus size range at Matalan (Papaya Curve), which I didn’t even know existed until I stumbled across this dress. The range goes upto a size 28, and it’s very fashion forward collection. It’s a brilliant piece because the denim makes it a neutral, it works brilliantly over a roll neck jumper or white shirt. This dress is warm, beautiful and well fitted. It’s an easy cross seasonal piece which I doubt will be leaving my wardrobe anytime soon.

The material is a lovely thick indigo denim with the deepest pockets I have ever come across. I recon I could fit my IPad mini in them.

Basically I love this dress, and I also love these photos Nicole is such a babe 🙂

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Dress – Matalan (closest version) , Boots – Clarks (similar), Hat – Peacocks (similar) , Socks – Primark, Scarf – Gift, Coat – Chairty Shop

 

I am one of those crazy people who won’t wear tights until December hits. Partially because unless I’m ill, I don’t really feel the cold. And partially because I’m a bit lazy and always forget to replace my tights. If any of you are worrying about my health, I now have tights 🙂

– Emily

Lip products I’m looking forward to using this Autumn 

The other week I was looking through my makeup collection and I came across Revlon’s Black Cherry, AKA the most perfect vampy autumn shade. This got me thinking about all the lip products I wanted to play with between now and winter and I thought i’d pull them together for you.

Revlon – Black Cherry £7.99
The perfect autumn statement lip, this colour is just the right side of dark. The fact the  lipstick isn’t matte makes it a touch more wearable, and is also brilliant when air conditioning and central heating already dry your skin out. The emo in me very excited by this colour, and it makes me want to go late night shopping whilst wrapped up in knitwear sipping a hot chocolate/ mocha.

Fleur De force – Lucky Star £4.15
The gorgeous glossy red adds something different and bright to an outfit. I’m not a huge lipgloss fan, but these leave the lightest stain on your lips so In between applications you still look “done”. Check out the Fuscia shade, another favourite.

MAC – Ruby Woo £15.50
I wear this at any special occasion, but now it’s approaching the festive season this matte beautiful red won’t be far from my makeup bag at all.

Rosie for Autograph – I Love You So Much £14
The only colour I own from this range, this sheer formula is worn any and every season. It is the sheerest colour in my collection, making it a bit high maintenance but this is worth it. (Adore the name btw)

Body Shop – Lip Butters £4
Your lips will be chapped, and you will have a cold and that’s when these delicious moisturising pots come in handy. More moisturising and indulgent than a balm, just ignore the fact your fingers probably aren’t the most hygienic applicator because these are absolute favourite products. And the flavours they come in 😍

Here’s a pile of swatches for you, which ones are your favourites?

Do you get the feeling I’m slightly obsessed with Hannah Gale’s blog at the moment? her list and beauty posts are absolute goals and Im feeling inspired and want to play about with more posts like this. Let me know if you like this style.

This post is also to distract me from the fact can’t get my hands on Charlotte Tilbury’s Velvet Underground lipstick, the product I can’t stop  swatching whenever I pass House of Fraser… sigh

– Emily