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Little Things 11

Happy Monday! I’ve had a super relaxed and restorative weekend taking advantage of the warm weather, reading in the park and indulging in some ice cream. Admittedly, I’ve been stuck in a bit of creative rut lately. Rather than beating myself up about it, I’ve taken the time to focus on other past times in the hope that something might ignite my imagination. I’m also revelling in this warmer weather; the lighter mornings and longer evenings are working wonders for my mood.

It’s been a few weeks since I last wrote up a Little Things! So, without further ado, let’s delve what I’ve been loving lately.

What I’ve Been Watching

Queer Eye

The Fab Five came back to grace our screens and this latest season tops them all. Season 3 is much more focused on self-love and reinforces the importance of self-care. It’s such a feel-good show. Although, I am left scrubbing away the remnants of my mascara tears on my face after finishing each episode.

I feel like we all need a Jonathan Van Ness in our lives to sort us out in the morning.

After Life

If you haven’t watched Ricky Gervais’ new dark comedy on Netflix yet, please do. After his wife dies an early death following a battle with cancer, Tony chooses to live his life speaking truths and not caring about who he hurts along the way. It was at once melancholic, hilarious and so incredibly moving.

Fleabag

I decided to give this a whirl after hearing nothing but positives reviews, particularly after listening to Pandora and Dolly during The High Low podcast sing its praises. As soon as Phoebe Waller-Bridge broke the fourth wall in the opening scene I knew I’d become obsessed. I love how she can subtly communicate her jokes and motivations with just an arch of the eyebrow or a nod at the camera. If you’re looking for something funny, sharp and clever to watch, add this to your watchlist.

RuPaul’s DragRace

I’m late to the party, I know. But, with 11 seasons PLUS 4 seasons of All Stars to catch up on, it’s a gift to myself, really. I started with Season 4 and oh, it’s addictive. There’s fiery drama, challenges, fashion design malfunctions and modelling excitement. Think America’s Next Top Model meets Project Runway, only 10 x better.

Hummus

La Hummuseria in Madrid

It may have taken me twenty years, but I tried hummus properly for the first time a few days ago and it’s safe to say I’m in love. I met up with a friend who also happens to be working in Madrid and we had a little catch up in ‘La Hummuseria’. It’s a wholesome, healthy restaurant in Malasaña which to no surprise, specialises in hummus. It was incredible and you can bet I’ll be bulk-buying tubs of the stuff from this day forward.

The Paris Review

Again, thanks to Dolly and Pandora sharing their trusty weekly recommendations I decided to check out this literary magazine. It features original writing, art, and in-depth interviews with famous writers. While I haven’t subscribed (yet), there is still an abundance of articles available which makes my English Lit student heart sing.

I recently read this article, ‘Reading in the Age of Constant Distraction’ on preserving the ‘deep space’ of reading in a digital age. “Literature holds meaning not as a content that can be abstracted and summarized, but as experience.”

Ice Cream

I’ve made it my mission to try as many tasting looking treats in Madrid as I can during my final few months. With the sun shining, I thought it was an apt opportunity to try a couple of Kalúa Helado Artesanal’s wide variety of flavours. Despite being tempted by the banana split and peanut butter brownie options, the chocoholic within me claimed victory. I ended up with a generous portion of Kinder Bueno (I need to buy an entire freezer’s worth) and Death by Chocolate. Heaven.

Things to Look Forward To

Next weekend I’m doing my first proper spot of solo travelling. Yes, I live alone in another country, but staying in an AirBnB and getting my tourist on for 3 days in a new city is slightly nerve-wracking. However, the weather looks amazing and you bet I’ve already researched the best places to eat in the coastal city. If all goes well, I intend on booking some other weekend trips; Lisbon, Seville, Budapest, the list is endless. So many cities but so little time.

I’m also flying back to Liverpool in a couple of weeks to spend a short but sweet ten days or so at home for the Easter break. As much as I’m relishing the sun here, I can’t wait to reclaim my spot on the living room sofa watching some classic British TV with the family.

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As always, be sure to let me know what you’ve been loving!
What are some of your recent favourites? TV recommendations, foodie finds, things you’re looking forward to, let me know in the comments!

Evie

21 Comments

  1. I feel like we would get along so well based on all your thoughts here! I have been loving the new seasons of Queer Eye and Drag Race. Such a good positivity boost!

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Yay! Haha so good right?! I’m getting through Drag Race so quickly it’s worrying 😂

  2. I’ve been obsessed with hummus what I wouldn’t give to find a place that specializes in it! Between that and the ice cream I’m so hungry now 🙂 Glad you’re having a fun Spring!

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      I’m going to hunt a place similar down when I’m back in England! So good!

  3. Your upcoming trips sound really exciting! I just got back from Israel, where the hummus is on a different level good, so I have been on a huge hummus craze as well lately.

  4. I think I must be the only person to not have seen queeer eye yet but I’m definitely going to now after reading this! Also that ice cream looks amazing!! X

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      It’s such a feel-good show, you’ll love it!

  5. Michelle Blackadar Michelle Blackadar

    loved this post! i’ve not seen queer eye but everyone seems to absolutely love it so i’ll need to give it a go! xx

    mich x
    simplymich.com

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Yess please do! It’s such a feel-good show, it’s hard not to love it!

  6. I’ve never tried Hummus but I’m pretty sure I’m gonna like it, have fun travelling,solo trips are some of the best x

    Todaysouhaila.blogspot.com

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      It’s incredible! Thank you x

  7. Macey Gloria Macey Gloria

    I definitely am intrigued by Ricky Gervais’ show; I think he’s brilliant. The Paris Review sounds amazing, and I’m about to read the article you linked! A solo tourist trip & going back home for Easter sound lovely; I hope you enjoy both of those experiences to the fullest xx

    twinklexthoughts.blogspot.com

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      You need to watch it! I was crying from both how funny and how sad it was. Thank you Macey! X

  8. AMEN for hummus! It took me long enough to find it too but now it’s one of my favourite things, i especially love the happy pear beetroot humous! Your upcoming trip sounds exciting and definitely not to be underestimated – doing it on your own is always scary, so it’s okay to feel a bit nervous – just try to embrace the moment as much as possible when you’re there, i can’t wait to hear about it on here hopefully! 🙂

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      I’m definitely going to be bulk-buying ut from now on haha, so good! Thank you so much! Hopefully I’ll find the time to write all about it when I’m back 👩‍💻 x

  9. Queer Eye has me in tears every episode, I absolutely love it and Jonathan Van Ness is an absolute queen – I love him. Afterlife is also incredible, I cried at that as well, absolutely insane!

    Lucy | Forever September

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Right?! Netflix has just turned me into an emotional wreck lately! X

  10. I just finished Queer Eye yesterday! The most powerful moment of S03 for me was when one of the Jones sisters got her smile back :’) // ooh I like dark humour. I just watched the trailer for After Life. It kind of reminds me of the premise of Irreplaceable You, which, admittedly, I haven’t watched yet, but it’s about how a woman tries to help plan her fiance’s future without her (including finding him a girlfriend) when she finds out she has cancer — similar to After Life in topic. It also kind of reminds me of Atypical, about a high school kid with autism — similar to After Life in humour. // Just yesterday I binged all of Selling Sunset. This past summer I was looking at apartments in NYC, and ever since I’ve been obsessed with apartment tours and real estate. Selling Sunset is a reality show for a luxury real estate agency in Los Angeles. You get to see amazing properties, and there’s also quite a bit of drama between the real estate agents 😛

    Ahahh I saw your hummus announcement on Instagram! ;D I love snacking on sliced bell peppers dipped in hummus. // I also saw your ice cream on Instagram! Even though it’s still chilly in my city, that made me want to go out for some gelato <3 I'm so looking forward to the weather warming up!

    Have an amazing trip next weekend!! I'm going on a trip with my family next week 😀 It was a last-minute plan hehe. -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Oh that whole episode had me sobbing, that was such a lovely moment! I haven’t watched that but it sounds similar! Is Atypical any good? It’s been on my watchlist for a while now! I’ve also seen that show advertised! I do love some drama haha might give it a watch 😂🙋‍♀️

      When I’m home I’m planning on bulk-buying a load of it, definitely my new favourite snack, so good!! Haha I’m just making the most of the sun here in Madrid before returning to rainy England. Thank you! Hope you enjoy your family trip too! 💖

  11. It’s so important to focus on the little things! I’ve been doing that loads recently too. That ice cream looks amazing. And After Life was just brilliant. I’m obsessed with hummus at the moment, I like to toast a few pitta breads and dip them in hummas with carrot sticks and cucumber. So good!

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

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