2.12.16

I am a Gilmore Girl at heart!


Let's Talk: Gilmore Girls







If you haven't heard about the new Gilmore Girls revival by now, then I have only one thing to say to you - hello where have you been?? If however you are - as I am - a huge fan, you'll probably want to get comfy and read on. If you haven't watched all four seasons of the revival, then be warned that this post contains many spoilers.
Firstly, can I please just hold my hands up right now and say to Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino, "You cannot leave us like this!"


Sure on the one hand I kind of get it. In fact Amy and Daniel have been down right clever. The revival was written in such a way that we already know what's going to pan out next. History will no doubt repeat itself bar a few changes. But still! We want to see how Rory gets on being a mother. We need to see her get the happy ending with her guy. I'm not going to start something here but come on, we all know who her guy is. But it would be nice to see them get it together right?




I don't know about you lot but I had a love/hate relationship with the revival. For instance, I loved that Luke and Lorelai were still together. Yes? But I hated that Rory's character was reduced to being 'the other woman.' Come on!? She's been there, done that and bought that t-shirt when she got it on with Dean. It was bad enough watching the first time around, her carrying on behind Lindsay's back knowing that she could break up a marriage, but doing it again in her thirties!? And when she has come so far!? No. I didn't approve of this story line. Whether only human or not, we all know that Rory is a better person than this.


Certain scenes were awfully long winded and random. Stars Hollow: The Musical anyone? What even was that and why was it needed? Maybe if Taylor, Luke, Lorelai and a few of the other town members had performed then it might have had more appeal.
Then there was Yale's Life and Death Brigade. Although I completely got the sentiment behind this little reunion, it was the most peculiar thing to ever grace an episode of Gilmore Girls. For a moment I thought my mum had changed the channel and we'd been time warped into an episode of Doctor Who. My mum made me laugh out loud when she asked if I thought Amy had been drinking when she wrote that scene!


I missed the interaction between Lorelai and Sookie. They - to Gilmore Girls - are what Meredith and Christina are to Grey's Anatomy. It was nice to have Sookie appear for the final season but her absence was obviously apparent in the other three.


At times I felt like the script was slightly contrived, as if Amy and Daniel were perhaps trying too hard. But they needn't have worried, Lorelai and co pulled off this revival effortlessly leaving the audience wanting more. I would have liked to have seen more of other old favourite characters though and less unnecessary scenes.




Richard's absence loomed darkly over the whole revival. I don't think anyone would or could disagree with that. Of course it was going to be sad, knowing that the actor who had played him - Edward Herrmann - had tragically passed away in real life. The grieving we witnessed amongst the cast was probably a genuine emotional response. I do think that the whole cast did a fantastic job paying tribute to him.

I loved lots of things about this revival, in fact apart from the negative points I've included in this post, I pretty much loved all of it. Emily's story line for one was fabulous. I actually think after Lorelai, she might be my favourite character now! And Paris was pure Paris. She was everything I was expecting, older yes but still outspoken and funny without meaning to be. As for that scene where she booted the bathroom door in her high heels - pure Paris Geller class! I would have liked to have seen an actual Luke and Lorelai wedding where the whole town and Emily featured, but I'm sure I'm not alone in thinking that. Maybe Kiefer Sutherland could actually show up next time too. Ha ha!





And let's talk about that ending. Most loyal Gilmore Girl fans will know that Amy had always wanted to end the original series with those four life changing words. Of course we never found out -until the revival - just what those four words were because Amy had famously left before the last series. If you have forgotten - yeah as if - Rory told Lorelai that she was pregnant. And so the story comes full circle.
No I screamed at the T.V!!!! (Not because of the pregnancy. Rory will make a wonderful mother.) But for it to end with the rest of Rory's life in tatters?! Why?? Lorelai sacrificed so much so that Rory could get an outstanding education and do so much with her life. Chilton anybody? Yale? Rory's dreamed, for years, of travelling the world and becoming the next Christiane Amanpour. So sure, she didn't get the job she wanted. In fact she was struggling to get any writing job in the revival. But so what? Would the Rory Gilmore we have come to know and love have really given up on that dream? I don't think so. Look how hard she fought to keep the Stars Hollow Gazette for pities sake! She volunteered to be the editor and on no pay! I did however like the idea that Rory was to pen a book aptly called 'Gilmore Girls.'

I suppose, to sum up, I felt a tad cheated somewhat. After watching Rory grow all these years, I wanted more for her. But maybe this is how it was always meant to be. Even given all Lorelai's efforts, to nurture, to create a better life/future for her daughter, and even after all Rory's hard work, maybe just maybe Rory was always destined for this. To come back and settle in Stars Hollow and do exactly what she is doing now. Maybe she was always destined to turn into her mum. Which isn't a bad thing I suppose. She is after all, a Gilmore Girl!



Happy Friday, happy weekend and happy December! 

Hope you enjoyed this post. If you're a Gilmore Girls fan then I recommend you check out Jemma of Dorkface's post here.

Lots of love xxx










Photos not my own.
Header taken from : http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/gilmore-girls/feature/a783182/gilmore-girls-reunion-revival-on-netflix-cast-episodes-return-date-everything-you-need-to-know/
Luke and Lorelai: http://www.cinemablend.com/television/Gilmore-Girls-Episodes-What-We-Know-So-Far-About-Season-8-124457.html
Rory and Lorelai Winter: http://www.thisisinsider.com/gilmore-girls-revival-plot-details-spoilers-2016-11

25.11.16

Life Update




Hello people! Another week has flown by and I'm sat at work typing this catch up post. Really need to get sorted with a laptop so I can blog on a more regular basis from home. It's not that I don't mind staying behind at work, it's lovely and quiet, but it goes so cold!!

My new iPhone SE arrived a couple of weeks ago and although I love the camera on it I have to say it's taken quite a bit of getting use to. The iPhone is just SO different from my old HTC. At first I was a little frustrated with it, the keyboard is tiny and everything about it feels alien but I'm slowly starting to love it.
I sold my old phone to one of those recycling places which I highly recommend if you're in need of some extra cash and also want to do your bit for the environment. It's a win win solution. Although I'm only receiving just shy of forty pounds, it's forty pounds that I didn't have before and will help with the cost of Christmas. Make sure you compare for the best price before you jump in and send your phone though, and some do charge for postage. I opted for Phone Recyclers because there was a downloadable label to cover postage and they offered a really good price compared to other sites.

I put the Christmas tree up at work on Wednesday evening to help me get into the festive spirit because although I'm looking forward to December, I've just not got that 'Christmassy' feeling yet.
What do you all think? It needs more lights but I love the pretty colours!




Jemma from Dorkface finished the header design for the new book blog and you can see it below. I think she's done a fabulous job. The blog itself should be up and running properly in the new year but I'll keep you posted. I'm still on the lookout for people who want to submit book reviews so if you're sat there saying 'I want to take part' then please email me on jamachin07@aol.com. Obviously I can't pay you all as I'm flat out broke and on my DMP but if you're someone who just likes to be part of something and who loves to read, please get in touch. (The one thing I can offer is free advertising in the sidebar for the month your review is published.)




I've been working on my novel recently which is probably another reason why GGD has suffered this last fortnight. But the good thing about writing a book is that I get to do it longhand, curled up at home, glass of wine within reach. I can't really do that at my work computer. Slight confession though, 'Surviving Isabelle' has been put to one side for now and I'm working on something else. It's not that I wasn't enjoying SI but I wanted to attempt to write something more 'fun.'

Just a book recommendation before I dash. When I bought Writing Magazine a few weeks ago they were giving away with it, a copy of Katharine Grubb's 'Write a Novel in Ten Minutes a Day.' The title alone had intrigued me somewhat. I picked it up to read in my lunch break just yesterday and I have to say I'm enjoying it so far.

I'm off now to grab a glass of wine and settle down for the Gilmore Girls revival!

Wishing you all the loveliest of weekends xxx



3.11.16

November Goals



It's almost weekend. This is just going to be one of those rambling catch up posts as I've had no time to prepare what I'd had in mind.

I've recently set myself a short term goals list to see if I can actually achieve any. On this said list are things such as - Go running twice a week. Read *force myself to exercise more! I've got terribly lazy about keeping fit and I blame learning to drive. As fabulous as it is to leap into the car and go, my figure is not thanking me for it. At all.
Which brings me to my second goal - Try to eat more healthily. I'm going to look into some Slimming World recipes as I've seen amazing results from my SW friends!
Thirdly, I'm going to try to take LOADS of blog photos between now and Christmas. As I type this, my new iPhone is currently making it's way across the UK. It's due to arrive tomorrow and I'm hugely excited. I've gone for an upgrade with EE and I've chosen the Rose Gold iPhone SE. I'm really hoping that having a better quality phone will mean better blog photos so I can up my game. Watch this space...
My fourth goal is going to be more of a hurdle. I really want to overcome some of my social anxiety and get out and about a bit more. Hek maybe I might even get REALLY brave and go on a date! Time will tell. My brother got tickets for us to see the musical 9-5 tomorrow evening. I'm a huge Dolly Parton fan (as is he) and I believe she even wrote the music and lyrics so it should be an excellent show. He's also persuaded me to go into the city afterwards for a few drinks. Needless to say, I'm both excited and anxious about the evening but I'll report back in the future with how my anxiety levels coped. Sometimes I guess you have to step out of your comfort zone right?

Have any of you set yourself short term goals lately? Let me know in the comments! Until next time...

Justine xxx

26.10.16

Something A Bit Different

Dear Blogger Friends... Five Years From Now


Who knows where we'll all be five years from now. I often contemplate the possibilities. Will I be a successful writer? Will I have even sent my novel to a literary agent? Maybe I'll be a mother, or maybe I'll be a recluse with a collection of fifty cats ha ha. Of course a lot can happen in a five year period. Rewind sixty months and the one and only Zoe Sugg was probably only just starting to make a name for herself in the blogsphere. February 2009 saw her gain 1000 or so followers. Fast forward to September 2015 and she'd received over 540 million visits. Sprinkle of Glitter was a phrase more likely linked to an art student. And Tanya Burr was a name I'd never heard of. How things change.
Any blogger worth their weight in gold has heard of these three women. Let's face it, seeing their success makes us all that more hungry for some of our own.

I think it's fun and exciting to imagine where we'll be and what we'll be doing in the future. With that in mind I decided to write a 'letter' to three of my favourite bloggers set five years from now. If you enjoy reading it and it inspires you to do something similar, feel free.


Hello my lovely blogger friends, how is life treating you? I cannot believe how quickly five years has gone by. Who'd have thought we'd all be where we are now.


Jordan, as Craig Revel Horwood would say, you were FAB.U.LOUS in your West End debut. Wicked is my favourite all time musical. Maybe you might get invited to do Strictly next! Fingers crossed hey? I also heard that you achieved your dream of becoming a Victoria's Secret model?! You're going to be AMAZING! Not jealous in the slightest. Not one little bit. Pah, Who am I kidding? With a figure like yours, we're all jealous! Huge congratulations. Looking forward to reading your debut novel. I'm currently writing my second and sales are doing well on the first. Don't tell anyone yet but they're talking movie rights! Hugely excited to see where this journey takes us all next.





Hi Jemma! Hope you're well. Firstly I have to say how much I ADORE your new stationery range. Who'd have thought this time five years ago you'd be collaborating with WHSmith for an exclusive line? Actually I always had a sneaky feeling that you would do well. You've been talented and determined since day dot and if anybody deserves success it's you! I just know your dad will be watching so proudly over you. Secondly it was fantastic watching 'Who Are You Really?' your latest YouTube video. Zoella and you seemed to hit it off really well. She's just so down to earth despite her 'celebrity status.' Then again, so are you. That's what I've always loved about you Jemma! No matter what, you've always had time for others and will try to help where you can. I think you should do a Q&A with Louise Pentland next! I heard the next Girl Gang event is to be held in the Manchester Apollo this year? I hope I can get tickets this time. They always sell out so fast!







Hey Flo! How are things? One of these days I'm going to have to catch you for lunch when you're actually in one place for long enough. I can't keep up with you lol! Jet-setting from one country to the next. You look like you're having an AMAZING time though! And huge congratulations on getting the DJ job for Radio 1's Big Weekend! I knew you'd do it. Maybe you could write about it in your next column for Look magazine? I predict even bigger things from you this next twelve months! I finally bit the bullet and bought my own Bridal shop. Better late than never hey? I'm currently working on an eco friendly line so watch this space!






Lots of love
Justine
xxx


So there you have it. Of course this was just for fun and I couldn't possibly have included ALL of the bloggers I follow. That said, each and every one of you deserves every success and I can only hope that we all get to share in each others success and spread the joy along the way. There's always a risk that one of us might get bored and fall off that old blogging wagon but I doubt it. We all enjoy it too much! Happy humpday. Now go BE that flamingo in a flock of pigeons. Dare to be different. Dare to be yourself. We each have our own unique gift to share with the world. Go forth and kick some blog ass! 


Love to you all xxx



All photos except header image taken from respective blog owners. Header imagine FREE stock photo from ColorUBold.
Zoe Sugg facts found from Wikipedia


19.10.16

Photo Magic - Free Photos For All



Happy hump day lovelies! We're halfway to the weekend already. Where do the weeks keep disappearing to?

As you know I follow quite a few talented bloggers and I'm always on the lookout for the latest must read posts and/or inspirational photos. This week I discovered that two of my favourites have decided to share some of their stock photos for FREE! Yes really!

You can personalize and use them on your own social media pages and blogs. How fab is that? How you personalize them is up to you. I haven't quite figured out that part yet but my aim is to learn and improve my own photography skills in the next twelve months. Watch this space.



The awesome photos above are from Jasmine at Color U Bold  and you can download more by checking out this link. You can follow Jasmine on Twitter by following this link.




The above photo is from Rebecca who blogs over at From Roses and if you subscribe to her newsletter then you'll get four gorgeous images like the above, again for free. Click here to find out more. You can follow Rebecca on Twitter by following this link.

I think both girls are incredibly talented and their blogs are worth checking out. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Enjoy the rest of your week, I'll catch up with you all in a few days xxx




14.10.16

Just a catch up...



Happy Friday! I'm off to a party shortly but first I thought I'd just write a quick post and check in with all of you lovelies. Hope the week has treated you kindly.

Last weekend I made the trip to Kirkby Lonsdale with my six year old nephew, Isaac. I was especially proud of myself because I didn't think I'd be able to do it. Usually I'm with another grown up and rely on their directions. However, Isaac fancied a jaunt to the countryside so off we went. To my surprise I didn't get lost along the way!








In other news, Jemma of Dorkface is working on the header for my new 'community' book blog. I think she is incredibly talented. Just look at her new fancy Halloween header below! Click HERE to check out more of her designs. Prices usually range from £14-£28.
And while I'm on the topic of the book blog, if you love reading and fancy trying your hand at a book review then please do get in touch. I'd love to hear from you.




Last but not least, I have another book recommendation! I am totally obsessed with Jennifer Niven's new book, 'Holding Up The Universe.' I read and wrote about her previous YA novel, 'All The Bright Places' for my very first blog post and ever since I have been anticipating the release of this. Do check it out. I got my copy from the supermarket for a bargain £3.99. Review to follow soon.




That's it from me for now. Better go get my glad rags on! Have a lovely weekend. I'll catch you all soon xxx





All images my own except Jemma's 'Dorkface' header which was taken from her website - http://www.dorkface.co.uk/ and 'Holding Up The Universe' book cover which was taken from Jennifer Niven's website - http://www.jenniferniven.com/books/holdinguptheuniverse/

7.10.16

Taking Inspiration from Zoella




Hello all! Sorry for my lack of posts this last fortnight, I've been crazy busy. Got lots of things in the pipeline including a new book blog which I can't wait to share with you all! Meanwhile you can keep up to date with plenty of book related stuff by following @BloggersRead over on Twitter.

Yesterday I bought Cosmo magazine for the first time in ages. Now I'm going to be honest here, I don't usually read it. In fact I probably won't for another year - sorry Cosmo! The only reason I picked up the current issue was because Zoe Sugg aka Zoella was on the cover and I wanted to read the article.



To me, Zoe is the queen of blogging. I know there are countless other talented bloggers out there, and yes I love you all too. But Zoe has managed to achieve something that most of us can only dream of and has remained just as down to earth in the process.

I have lost count of the times I've had to explain to my non-blogger friends and family just what it's all about. Some look at me with puzzled expressions and clearly just don't get it. Others nod along encouragingly and give me motivation as and when required. I hope they read Cosmo this month and that the penny drops. Because this girl is living my dream!!

I started this blog as a way to put myself out there a bit. Also to start building an author platform. I didn't expect to love it so much or to take it all so seriously but here we are, over a year down the line and I have BIG plans for GGD! I'm not at the point of creating videos - yet. (Give me a paper bag to wear over my head and I may consider.) But I'm working on lots of different projects all blog related. Some of my goals may never see the light of day, but I'm sure as hek having fun trying. It's because of Zoe and others like her that I feel like I CAN achieve these crazy feats.

Reading how far Zoe has come makes me wonder where we'll all be in five years time. Will any of us have our own beauty or lifestyle range? I hope so. Maybe I might finally see my novel published too. Finishing it would be a start! I hope that whatever happens we all continue to have lots of fun along the way.

As some of you may know, this hasn't been the easiest of years for me. However, for the first time in ages I feel like I want to say the future is looking bright. Or brighter at any rate. I hope yours is too.

Love to you all xxx







Header Image taken from Zoella post: https://www.zoella.co.uk/2016/09/fell-in-love-with-edinburgh.html Copyright not my own

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