Friday’s Fascinations: Netflix Marathon and Mrs. Kardashian West

Not only did I rediscover my love for Netflix this week, but I finally found the magazine I have been trying to find for over a month. And funny enough, it’s actually been a pretty productive week too. Huzzah!

This last week, I have gotten through two different shows on Netflix, both of which are very good. The first, a miniseries entitled Death Comes to Pemberely. Sound familiar? Well, if you’re a Pride and Prejudice fan, it should. The miniseries takes place six years after Pride and Prejudice ends, where Darcy and Elizabeth are married and about to have their annual ball when all of a sudden Lizzie’s sister Lydia (who was not invited to the ball) shows up distressed and certain her husband is dead. This launches into an investigation, murder trial and a fangirl-worthy ending. The series is one season with three 60-minute long episodes. It was really a great story, featuring the likes of Jenna Coleman or Clara from Doctor Who and Matthew Goode or Hugh Alexander of The Imitation Game and Henry Talbot of Downton Abbey. I highly, highly recommend this if you’re a Pride and Prejudice fan or just want to watch a riveting, whodunnit, romantic TV show.

On top of that, this week I have also been watching another British TV series (no surprise there) called The Paradise. The premise is a fictional story about Britain’s first department store, the Paradise. It’s a sweet yet scandalous story that some have said is better than Downton Abbey. I have never watched Downton Abbey, so I can’t be sure, but I do really like it. I have finished the first season and the second has just been put up on Netflix literally two days ago. Yet another great British TV series. My only complaint is that it was apparently cancelled after season two. I haven’t watched the second season yet, but if it’s as good as the first, then that cancellation is just rubbish.

This week was also one of satisfying discovery. No, I’m not talking about the new dinosaur discovered in China; I’m talking about me finding the Kim Kardashian-covered Elle UK at the Bookstore. Not kidding, I have been looking for this issue since I heard it was available for purchase. The story on Kim Kardashian West was quite a good one as far as cover stories go, and the issue, about confidence, was also really inspiring and empowering.

Not the most exciting week, albeit, but I’ve got some interesting new content coming your way, hopefully this coming week, along with an all-new Friday’s Fascinations next Friday! Until then, have a lovely week!

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Friday’s Fascinations: Phan, 1D, and Nicki

In a world of constant newness, sometimes it’s nice to indulge in some old favorites. This week I have been rediscovering some of my old favorites, made new again.

Old favorites are like a worn in hoodie or a broken in pair of shoes, not only are they familiar and comfortable, but they provide solace in ever-changing times of life. What I’m getting at is that I have recently gone back to university and everything is new again, which is fun, but I also like having familiar entertainment to fall back into. One of my absolute favorites that I have been watching an almost disgusting amount of this week has been YouTuber Dan Howell of danisnotonfire. More specifically, though, I have been watching his new channel with his roommate/best friend/fellow YouTuber Phil Lester (AmazingPhil) called DanandPhilGames. They did upload new content this week, but my personal favorites are there “spooky week” episodes which they filmed around Halloween, and is basically the two of them playing creepy video games with jump scares in them. I’ve watched these episodes so many times that the jump scares don’t register anymore, and I am the jumpy type. However, I have also found if you just focus on Dan and Phil’s box up in one of the corners of the screen, it’s mostly funny and not nearly as scary. While listening to Dan literally scream as if the game had jumped out of the screen and into reality (his immersion is impeccable) gives me life, they have loads of other funny content of them playing games like Sims, Shelter, Bishi Bashi, Donkey Kong, etc. If that’s not enough, their bromance is one of YouTube’s finest.

Now before I continue on with this next one, you need to know, I have never considered myself much of a One Directioner. In fact, I kept my love for a select few of One Direction’s songs a secret. Mainly because it was nobody’s business, I felt. But now, I am so obsessed with a song from their new album FOUR, that I feel now is the time for me to come out and say, I really do love a lot of their songs. Not all of them, but enough. This one song I am so mysteriously alluding to is “Night Changes”. I particularly like the Afterhrs Remix of the song, but I like the song in general. I just think the message is so comforting in times of change: “But there’s nothing to be afraid of/ Even when the night changes”. As if the song itself wasn’t enough, can we just talk about the music video? It starts off with every fangirl’s dream- going on a date with One Direction. Each member acts as if they are taking you on a date, but funny enough, the dates all end in some sort of mildly catastrophic manner, exemplifying “just how fast the night changes.” Well played, One Direction. Well played.

Lastly this week, the Queen of Rap is back! Nicki Minaj dropped her new album The Pinkprint late last year, but the second part in her MTV documentary trilogy aired last Sunday. It just refueled my love for Nicki and how regally she ascended the ranks to become one of the best rappers in the world. Her song “Buy a Heart” featuring Meek Mill from her new album has been on repeat on my iPhone for the last week. It’s catchy but in a really cool way (Read: not in a sugary-sweet pop way). Just promise me you’ll listen to it?

Before I go, I’m gonna leave my favorite DanandPhilGames spooky week video below so you can watch it (or rewatch it) and we can fangirl together.

Same time next week? Perfect.

Well until next time, have a lovely week!

Friday’s Fascinations

This week’s fascinations are kind of all over the place. Let’s get into it.

My biggest inspiration this week has been the film The Imitation Game. The story of Nazi-codebreaker Alan Turing, Imitation Game is moving, tragic and highly relevant. It is a story I was shocked to find I did not know, and one I think everyone in the modern age needs to know. On top of that, the film has received eight Oscar nominations, including best actor for Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing. He did a phenomenal job. It was easy to see that Cumberbatch found Turing inspiring and, in some ways, found a freedom in playing the part of Turing, even if the man himself did not feel that way. It is one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time. I might even say that it is one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. Regardless, it was definitely the best story I’ve ever heard, I am convinced.

Another fascination on my radar, this time from the Golden Globes was Emily Blunt. The first movie I ever saw her in is the period drama Young Victoria, where Blunt plays one of the greatest British monarchs, Queen Victoria. After that I was hooked. Recently, though, Blunt was the Baker’s wife in Into the Woods, for which she and the entire cast were nominated for some Golden Globes. While the Fashion Police were not entirely moved by what she was wearing, I was. She was in a Michael Kors white dress with brilliantly placed cutouts. Long, flowy and paired with beautiful sparkly light blue, almost teal, jewelry. I thought her color pairing was unique yet fresh. I just really loved that outfit. A+, Emily Blunt.

Last on my list this week is, weirdly enough, homemade rice pudding. Last week, I confessed my Sorted Food addiction and this was a recipe I watched Sorted make when I realized, I have never actually had rice pudding. So I made it for myself. It was so promising in its warm, creamy, custardy simplicity. But you know what? It didn’t have a whole lot of flavor and was pretty unimpressive. Well, at least I tried right? I do want to say though that I think that is just the nature of vanilla rice pudding, as I made Sorted’s Chocolate Orange Townie last week and it was rich, citrusy, chocolate-y, and all around mu delicious.

So that’s what has been inspiring me this week. I’d love to know what’s inspired you this week, so leave a comment down below. Have a lovely week!

Residential Blonde’s Best Dressed at the Golden Globes

What a night! At the Golden Globes last night, the A-List brought their A game. Trends of the night included lots of red or white dresses and plenty of cutouts and sparkle. It seemed just about everyone was well dressed, but there were a few who stood apart from the rest. In no particular order, here is the Residential Blonde’s picks for last night’s best dressed.

Kicking this off is Allison Williams. The Peter Pan Star wanted to go girly after having played the adventurous little boy for so long, and she nailed it. The star wore a strapless, ruffled, apple red Armani Prive gown with little jewels sewn onto the dress. It was classy, girly and delicate. Stunning.

Next was Reese Witherspoon in a glimmering silver strapless gown by Calvin Klein. The dress fit her like a glove. Her hair was also gorgeous, pulled to the side in soft waves. This was a classic Reese Witherspoon look: classy and elegant.

Let me tell you, this one took my by surprise because it was so simple, but styled so expertly. Emily Blunt was killer in a crisp white Michael Kors number. I’m not a big fan of cutouts, but this one is actually pretty classy and showed a strategic amount of skin. The teal jewelry was what really struck me about the outfit. I think it was an unexpected, but welcomed, departure from the typical red or black that is so often paired with white. As if that wasn’t enough, her hair in that braid? Major. She knocked it out all around.

Now, let’s talk Jessica Chastain, shall we? She was wearing an Atelier Versace gown in a modern metallic gold and amber color. This dress hugged her curves in all the right ways. She kept the jewelry simple, which worked, and her hair channeled old Hollywood glam. She looked every bit the celebrity that she is.

Also in Versace was one of last night’s winners Amy Adams. This dusty blue number was perfect on her. Not only was it sophisticated, but that color was so amazing with her skin and her hair. It’s almost like she knew she was gonna win.

My pick for absolute best dressed, though?

Felicity Jones in Christian Dior. Can I just say, she is a full-fledged star now. Not only was her performance in The Theory of Everything outstanding, but this dress was like a contemporary period dress. That teal color and the structure of the gown? I mean shut the front door. Couple that with her black and silver accessories that play up the classic charm of her dress and she truly nailed it. She was nothing short of charming

Photos of all these stars and more can be found at E! Online, as I was not actually at the Golden Globes to take my own. For more about what happened at the Golden Globes on the red carpet and off go to eonline.com.

Friday’s Fascinations

I have decided to introduce my first series, that will be posted every Friday, called Friday’s Fascinations (which you probably already caught on to). In this series I will highlight whatever I have been excited or obsessing about all week. Let’s get to it, shall we?

Ever since watching House of DVF on E!, I have become infatuated with Diane Von Furstenberg. She truly is such a wise woman who has led a truly inspiring life. This could not be clearer than in her book the Woman I Wanted to be. I bought the book a couple days ago and I have been in love ever since. She is like that chic grandmother that we all wish we had, sharing the phenomenal stories of her mother who survived Auschwitz and her travels around the world, simultaneously imparting major advice on everything from success to love to life. Definitely a must read.

This week I also discovered the most amazing cooking channel on YouTube- Sorted Food. I realize I may have been a little late on discovering this one, but oh man, am I glad I did. I have always been a foodie, so its no stretch that I am in love with Sorted Food, but I love how fresh they make the age-old cooking show concept feel. If, like me a week ago, you don’t know who or what Sorted Food is, it is a cooking and food-centric channel on YouTube ran by four childish yet charming Brits who are childhood friends. One is a trained chef who essentially teaches the other three to cook, and subsequently teaches you to cook, along with them. But they do more than just cook. They visit different food artisans from time-to-time that show them what they do and how they do it. As well, when they are cooking, they cook everything from classics like crème brulee to modern fads like the ramen burger. They might even make you laugh a little along the way. All I can say is: God, what a good channel.

Ever since I got my first iPhone three years ago, I have not listened to the radio in any capacity. This eliminates that “[insert song name here] is overplayed” complaint. Couple that with the fact that I am not much of a Bruno Mars fan and it should not come as a surprise that I wanted nothing to do with “Uptown Funk”. However, I am happy to report that I have really come around to it. Really, it’s a great song, particularly if you need to get pumped.

Alright, so that was my week. I would love to hear about your weekly fascinations in the comments below. Also two of my fascinations were combined in this cheeky video I have posted below. I’ll let you figure which two they are. Enjoy and have a great week!