Review: Riverdale

Riverdale has been the hype recently and along with so many other’s, I watched it. I found out that it was going to be a newly released show last November and without a doubt, I knew I would watch it. I crave cheesy, drama filled, romantic TV shows, I cant help myself. So, I watched the trailer, forgot about it and then it began in January. So, season 1 came and passed and after spending 13 episodes watching it, I can finally give you my full review on this show. 

Is it worth the watch? I think so. If I’m totally honest, I was more interested in the story line of Jughead, Archie, Veronica and Betty than the murder of Jason Blossom, although I understood the point of Jason’s story line. However, as a show I think it’s brilliant and definitely could replace my love for The Vampire Diaries and Teen Wolf (there isn’t any supernatural behaviour in Riverdale though).  

It took me 4 episodes to actually enjoy the show. That’s mainly because it was only introducing the character’s and setting the plot though. So nothing to do with the show exactly as the introduction is totally necessary. I do have favourites in Riverdale and my goodness, I really do look forward to seeing Cole Sprouse every single week. He play’s Jughead so well and has definitely drifted from his earlier work on Disney Channel. He’s fantastic as an actor and absolutely gorgeous. Where can I get one? Or two?


I’m also incredibly interested in the Cooper family, they just seem to have so many secrets and I want to know them all. However, Betty definitely seems like a totally different person in comparison to her parents. 

I particularly love this 50s vibe that is has. I didn’t quite understand it at first, then found out that it’s because the comics were set in this time and just love that the show has stuck to this. The vibe is fantastic, the scenes are excellent and the cast couldn’t be any better.

I can see the next season being even better than the first and it’s been said that season 2 will have 22 episodes rather than 13! Wahoo. I thoroughly enjoyed this show and I can’t wait to see what hold’s for Jughead and Betty and to also finally see what drama Veronica’s dad brings to the town. 


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Book Review: A Monster Calls

This novel by Patrick Ness  has more meaning to it than any book that I have ever read. It’s beautiful, thoughtful and inspiring to all, not just because of the story but because of whom it is dedicated too. Patrick Ness, you’re an asset to the writing industry and I just know that your heart is as wonderful as your writing.

 13 year old Connor had been experiencing nightmares ever since his mum became severally unwell. The nightmares only got worse as eventually took over his life. 

 This novel is dedicated to Siobhan Dowd an author who sadly lost her battle to Cancer in 2009 at the age of 47. The story of the book takes you through the difficult stages of an illness for Connor rather than his mothers point of view. It was different to any other story I’ve read that regards someone with a serious illness. It’s truly beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time, I cried more than I could have imagined. 

Such an excellent book that I recommend to everybody, get the tissues at the ready! 

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Update: New Years Resolutions

At the beginning of the year I posted my New Years resolutions and I was hoping I would keep to them. I also said I would do updates throughout the year to see how they went, I have done one update already but since I’m about to head away I thought it’s best to do another now and let you all know how I’m failing miserably. 

In my last update I said that I had lost weight, had taken up a little bit of exercise and I was doing well. This time round, I’ve put on weight, the only exercise I do is walk but I do it a fair amount and generally I’m unhappy with my body. The end of my degree is near and I’ve spent 2 months stressing and being so overwhelmed with life. When I’m this stressed I’m lucky to have any food at all and if I do it’s never a good option. With that though, my degree is almost over and I’m going to be spending the whole month of May eating healthy and heading to the gym most days. Less stress eating for me! 

My social life is non-existent because all I do is work, uni work and sleep. I literally have no life.

However, I’m happy. I’m about to go on a huge adventure. Matt is without fail my biggest supporter, he encourages me to do everything I want and will do everything he can to help. He makes life easier and better. 

I feel like I deserve this trip after 3 hard years in university I’m almost done and I can’t believe how well I’ve done and that I’ve even made it. 

After this adventure I have to start adulting and let me tell you, I am not happy about that. I’m going to take the year out and decide what I want to do with my life. I’ll get a job and hopefully find my place in the world. 

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Travel Essentials

My trip is coming around fast so I’ve started getting my things together to pack and prepare for my time in America. Whilst organising my things I realised that I have several things that are an absolute essential for me to take away with and I simply can’t travel without them. 

I do find myself getting bored on long haul flights, I also feel very anxious and I generally feel quite run down and just a bit gross towards the last few hours of the flight. Planes have many germs and being very close to people for so long just makes me a bit drained and a little smelly, not going to lie.

Since this is the case I cannot travel without some hand sanitizer and hydrating must. This may seem unnecessary to most but to me these items just make me feel a bit more refreshed and awake. Every so often I’ll use the hand sanitizer as I’ll be touching the arm rests and other things. I’ll always definitely use this when I’ve been to the toilet and eaten as well. I don’t have a germ phobia but I just find by doing this throughout the flight just makes me feel a bit better when I land. I don’t ever wear makeup on long haul flights either but I’ll use a hydrating mist to make my skin feel more awake and refreshed. I find nothing worse than landing in an airport and instantly feeling dry skin. 

I also like to travel with a book, I can get through a book in a few hours and being on a plane for 8+ hours means that I can entertain myself when a new novel. Once I’ve landed I’ll then donate this book to someone else or I’ll pop into a charity shop (if I can find one). I haven’t picked one to take yet but I’ll be sure to instagram it at _bbbbethan. 

I also like to travel with snacks, some savoury and some sweets. Plane food isn’t nice at all so if I do have a meal and I don’t like it or find it filling I’ll have snacks available to eat. When I’m in the airport I’ll probably pick up a sandwich, crisps, chewing gum, chocolate and crackers and anything I just fancy. 

My final travel necessity is a hoodie/jacket. After a while I do get really cold so I like to have a cosy hoodie to relax me and feel warmer! 

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Book Review: Talking As Fast As I Can

I’ve been a huge fan of Gilmore Girls for so many years and when I saw this autobiography by Lauren Graham I knew I would eventually read it. 

Lauren Graham, actress and author, was spectacular and continues to be brilliant in every role she plays. I think she’s fantastic, but do I think she wrote a goood autobiography? Absolutely not. This book is called ‘Talking as fast as I can’ (I took this as a reference to Gilmore Girls and how fast Lorelai Gilmore speaks) ‘From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls and everything in between’ (I assumed that this book would only be about Gilmore Girls season 1-7 and then whatever happened in her life between then and the new 4 episodes of Gilmore Girls.. spoiler, it wasn’t). 

I was so disappointed with this book that I couldn’t even finish it. I’m so upset with the turn out since I was so excited to read it. I was mostly dissapoinfed because of how many chapters aren’t about Gilmore Girls at all or anything to do within the middle part of her life. It’s about her upbringing and her career in acting, something that I wasn’t interested about or care for. I wanted to read about Gilmore Girls, her character, her role, what she liked and disliked, who she liked and disliked. I wanted more than just to read about her high school acting. 

Overall, disappointed and definitely don’t recommend fbuoure looking at reading about her life as a Gilmore. 

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Spring Lip Colours

Spring is basically almost over and I’m pretty delayed on showing you guys what lip colours I have been wearing but if I’m honest, these colours would look just as good in the summer as well. When I think of spring I always think of very soft pretty pink shades and beiges which is what I’ve been loving this spring. 

I have three colours that I’ve been loving this season although two of them do look similar but they have different finishes. Depending on how I’m feeling or what event I’m going too I can pick between the Urban Decay Cream lipstick in Streak. The finish is actually really pretty and it does just sink into the lips leaving a beautiful subtle pink stain to the lips. This isn’t why I like wearing it though, it’s because it’s a cream finish and it isn’t matte and I love this for general daily wear. 


For when I do want a stronger matte lipstick I like the Mac lipstick in Please Me. I love to wear this with a glam statement but neutral eye look. It’s extremely long wearing and lasts all night regardless of what I’m drinking or eating. It doesn’t bleed at all and just continues to look beautiful and clean looking. 


The final product is in fact a lip pencil from L’Oreal in the shade 302 Bois De Rose. This is infact a lot darker but I think it looks lovely with a mauve eye and cheek. I mostly wear it alone because it does feel heavy on the lip but you can top it with your favourite lip gloss, I like Tanya Burr Lunch Date but this gloss can get very sticky. 

There we have my 3 favourite lip colours this season! What’s yours been? 

With love, Beth x 

Matalan Wish List 

As you know I’m heading away for the whole summer and I’m going to New York. I don’t really have many summer clothes as I’ve thrown a lot away since they were old and tatty. So for the past few weeks in preparation for a big clothing shop I’ve been window shopping and browsing online at the types of things I want to buy before I head away and I thought I would show you guys. 

I first went online to Matalan which I think is extremely underrated. Before moving to Aberystwyth I never ever shopped at Matalan and now I live here I generally have no choice but to shop there since we only have 2 actual clothing shops that I like. With that in mind, I’ve found some gorgeous items for the summer and realised Matalan are really upping their game! Their items aren’t all that expensive and generally they’re such wonderful and strong material. 

I looked at the summer holiday section and found a fair few things that I like and may actually mix up. Firstly, these very pretty kaftan beach dresses (not entirely sure what to call them). These would be perfect for to throw over when you don’t want all that much sun. The white Pom Pom dress would be so cuter to wear to an evening stroll on the beach. I love how different these both are but still so pretty and flattering. 

Price: £16 check here.

 

Price: £10 check here.

Next is another dress but a slightly more casual dress for evenings with a pair of heels or day time with sandals. I love how cute and petite it looks and the colour would look beautiful with a tan. 


Priced: £12 check here

I’ve not always been the biggest lover of playsuits as I generally like them to be quite spacious and baggy but I saw this one and immediately fell in love with it. I think I’ll still get this in a bigger size and wear it as an evening outfit. 

Price: £9 check here.

I’ve been on the hunt for shorts this year but I’m quite fussy with them since I do have issues with the dreaded chub rub (thighs rubbing together). I’ve selected a few pairs that I like the look of but I think I’m going to go in store and try them before I buy them. I’m just going to see whether they’re long enough to make me feel comfortable in them. 

Price: £8 check here. 

Price: £14, check here.

Price: £4. Available in different colours, check here. 

Swim wear will be something I never ever get on with. I like to feel comfortable at all times and I’m insecure about my body and weight so it makes everything worse. I like to look for costumes and bikinis that will flatter my curves and make me feel good (doesn’t everybody). I found two swim suits that I really like the design of and hope that they flatter me. Again, I’ll go instore and try these on. 

Price: £16, check here

Price: £16, check here.

There we have my Matalan summer wish list! You should check out their website or go in store, they have some beautiful items for next to nothing. 

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