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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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!