July has been a very busy month. At the start of the month I celebrated my brother’s 18th birthday with a day-out in London before flying to Portugal for a week of sun, sand and sangria. Upon my return to England and the heatwave we are currently experiencing, I had my best friend Grace’s birthday day-out, also in London, followed by my Graduation. Blog posts on all of the former coming soon so stay tuned!
God Is A Woman – Ariana Grande
Sleep It Off – Niki & Gabi
Let It Roar – Niki DeMartino
You Say – Sarah Close
Wrong Move – R3HAB x THIRDL!FE ft Olivia Holt
Flowers – Gabi DeMartino
How Boxing Transformed my Outlook on Life – Refinery29
Before discovering her true passion, Mia Kang was a successful model signed with an agency. After feeling the repeated pressure of having to look a certain way in order to model, she had enough and on her vacation to Thailand, Mia found Muay Thai boxing.
Katie Steven’s Adorable Engagement Story – Late Night With Seth Myers
Katie Stevens, star of The Bold Type, tells the adorable way she got engaged, talks about meeting the editor of Cosmo and reveals her hopes for Portugal in the World Cup.
What $20 Will Get You In Seattle For A Day – Monica Church
Monica challenges herself to eat and explore Seattle in a day for under $20.
Everything You Need To Know About Photography in 10 Minutes – Shelby Church
In this short video, Shelby shares the basics of manual photography for anyone who is looking to get into photography.
Films & TV
Home Again stars Reese Witherspoon as Alice Kinney in a modern romantic comedy. Recently separated from her husband, Alice decides to start over by moving back to her hometown of LA with her two young daughters. During a night out, Alice meets three aspiring filmmakers who happen to be in need of a place to live. Alice agrees to let the guys stay in her guest house temporarily, but the arrangement ends up unfolding in unexpected ways.
When I first saw the trailer for this movie on Netflix, I knew I had to watch it. It was a storyline that I had never seen covered by a movie or TV show before and I have loved Reese Witherspoon ever since Legally Blonde. The movie did not disappoint. It was funny and yet adorable at the same time – the perfect rom-com for any family member.
When Christy discovers her 10 year old daughter Anna has a rare incurable disease, she becomes a ferocious advocate for her daughter’s healing as she searches for a solution. After Anna has a freak accident, an extraordinary miracle unfolds in the wake of her dramatic rescue that leaves medical specialists mystified, her family restored and their community inspired.
I watched this movie on the plane to Portugal, which probably was not my best decision as I ended up crying on the plane. The movie was portrayed in such a way that I felt fully invested in Anna and her recovery as well as the welfare of the whole family. The fact that it is based on a true story as well only made it that much more of an emotional watch. I would highly recommend watching, just remember to have tissues nearby!
Anna Akana plays a powerful trendsetter, Farrah Cutney, the queen of Central Rochester High. But as her rivals rise, Farrah learns that the only thing harder than obtaining absolute power is keeping it.
I binge-watched the entire season one overnight – that is how good it is. I have always been a fan of Anna Akana’s YouTube videos where she addresses seemingly taboo topics in a creative and educational way, so when I found out she was starring in a short series, I was excited to watch it. It did not disappoint. Think Pretty Little Liars meets Gossip Girl.
Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend with his own baggage.
I am a huge fan of Morgan Matson’s books so when I found out that I had not read a book of hers, I knew I must read it immediately. I could not put the book down, it was that good. I adored the characters of both Amy and Roger and although the book was predictable, I could not imagine it ending any other way. It made me so excited to one day go on my own road trip across America – Morgan Matson actually went on the road trip detailed in the book herself and the photos in the book are her own, how cool is that?!
I Have Lost My Way – Gayle Forman
Around the time that Freya loses her voice while recording her debut album, Harun is making plans to run away from home to find the boy that he loves, and Nathaniel is arriving in New York City after a family tragedy leaves him isolated on the outskirts of Washington State. After the three of them collide in Central Park, they slowly reveal the parts of their past that they haven’t been able to confront, and together, they find their way back to who they’re supposed to be.
I think this book has replaced my favourite Gayle Foreman book. I loved the way that she was able to integrate three completely different characters into one storyline flawlessly and yet allow you to get to discover each of the characters evenly. The book itself was such a bittersweet story of both loss and love and I finished it feeling as if I had just been taken on an emotional journey.
What have you been loving this month?