After an absolutely horrible week, I am so glad it’s a bank holiday weekend. I’m packing it full of good friends and happy things, because I need some happiness at the moment. Here are my Friday Faves – the things that have kept me sane this week.
GOOD WEEK – If you follow me on social media you’ll know that last Saturday I attended the Skin Matters 2017 conference. It’s the first one of its kind and I had such an incredible day. I was invited to speak about my rosacea on the patient panel at the end of the day, but I’m so glad that I went for the whole day. There were talks from the leading practitioners in so many fields, covering so many skin conditions and all kinds of treatments. I’m going to be doing some blog posts based on things I learned on the day so keep an eye out for them. I was so nervous to speak on the panel but am proud of myself for doing it and got to meet some incredible women. If you have psoriasis or vitiligo then you should definitely go check them out: Hannah, Natalie, and Bryony.
BAD WEEK – I can’t talk about this week without mentioning the terrorist attack in Manchester. I still can’t believe it happened and have been fairly absent on the blog and on social media this week because I felt that if I wasn’t adding something useful I should say nothing. At times like this it’s hard to carry on chatting about seemingly frivolous things, but I saw a tweet from a family member of one of the victims saying that our best response to the terrorists is to just live and show that we won’t be afraid. So let’s try to do that as best we can.
I have a few TV recommendations this week. First up is The Keepers, the newest Netflix true crime docu-series. It’s been lauded as the new ‘Making A Murderer’ but I think it’s much more interesting. The people involved are so determined to find the people responsible for the crimes, even when the police aren’t particularly interested. The first episode is a little slow going but you will soon be hooked – the story just keeps unravelling. It’s only 7 episodes as well, so perfect for those who don’t have much time. Please bear in mind that this series contains descriptions of child abuse, it’s a hard watch but I really hope this series helps the victims to get justice.
The new series of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is out and I love it. If you’re looking for something light, happy and fun then this is for you. It gives me the same vibes as Parks and Rec, so if you like that then it’ll be right up your street.
We watched the documentary Tickled after our friends Tom and Jen recommended it and … wow. It starts off with a fairly silly and innocuous premise and then just gets stranger and stranger. I can’t say much more without ruining it but it’s honestly brilliant.
I have discovered some incredible haircare products that I meant to put in last week’s Friday Faves but forgot. It’s the Moroccanoil Extra Volume Shampoo* and Moroccanoil Extra Volume Conditioner*. I was a bit nervous to try these as as soon as I had the word ‘oil’ in my head, I assumed the products would be heavy and sticky. I could not have been more wrong! I have fine hair but I have TONS of it so it’s often flat and lank, but this leaves it super clean (without stripping it) and light and bouncy (without being fluffy or unmanageable). It’s sulphate, phosphate and paraben free, PLUS it smells DIVINE: my husband complimented my perfume and it was actually just my hair! You can buy the bottles separately using the links above, or in a set HERE.
The new song from Carly Rae Jepsen – ‘Cut To The Feeling’ – is guaranteed to be the song you’re sick of by the end of the summer, but until then I will be listening to it on repeat. It’s perfectly suited to this beautiful sunny weather and I have been bed-dancing to it all morning!
My last Friday Faves item is a brilliant book that I finished in one day. Hot Mess by Lucy Vine was recommended by the wonderful Daisy Buchanan and I’m so glad I read it. It’s hilarious, sad, relatable and I only wish I’d bought it in paperback so I could lend it to all my friends! It covers dating, insecurity, difficult families, body image, alcohol and self-worth and I just adored it. PLUS the Kindle version is only £0.99 at the moment. 99p!!
What are your Friday Faves this week? Tell me your recommendations for TV, films, books, podcasts, beauty… I’m interested in anything and everything!
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