Happy Fri-Yay lovely peeps! Isn’t Friday even more fabulous when there is a promise of a hot and sunny weekend ahead? I’ve been stuck at home working at my desk this week, so I’ve really enjoyed getting out with the dog along the coastline at every opportunity. Even the wind has been warm and welcome.
So here’s another instalment of what I’m loving right now…
1) The Handmaid’s TaleAre you watching this??? Channel 4 – get it on catch up if you are not – it’s a must-see! This new series is eerie and unsettling, but compulsive viewing. It’s an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel in which America is run by a theocratic dictatorship who treat women as property of the state. A ‘Handmaid’ is a fertile female assigned to the elite ruling class, whose women are widely infertile due to a toxic environment, and who is forced to procreate. It may sound a bit too far fetched but there is actually a biblical precedent to this tale – Jacob and his two wives and two handmaids, FFS!!!! Plus the ruling of a dictatorship, infertility and the subjectification of women are themes that present a real threat in our current world. Elizabeth Moss stars in the central role (I loved her a Peggy in Mad Men) and it is directed and produced by a team of women, so the oppressive and violent scenes are disturbing but not titillating.
2) Point Leather Court Shoes – Next
Yes, more white shoes… I am literally obsessed!!! I am going to have to ignore the Essex Girl connotations as I cannot resist the lure… perhaps they are indeed part of my DNA!!! I won’t rest until I’ve found the perfect white shoe, be it a mule, shoe-boot or v-cut court shoe. I love the wooden block heel on these ones from Next, so I shall be ordering… although the heel does look a tad too high for me!
3) The Food of Love
I currently cannot put this book down. It is the story of an every-day, happy family whose life is torn apart by anorexia. Lexi is the 15 year-old daughter who, at this point in the story, is under the powerful grip of this horrifying illness. The author, Amanda Prowse, has a personal experience with anorexia, so the account of how it affects the victim and the family is raw and honest. My eyes have certainly been opened. I am now even more aware of how the little, innocent things that are mentioned around the home – not just fat/thin connotations, but everything to do with food and healthy eating too – could have a devastating impact on my children’s thoughts about their own body. Like the mother in the book, I am intent on feeding my kids healthily and food plays a big part in our family life. It is incredibly scary to think that the very thing that brings us joy could take on such a negative and powerful role. I thoroughly recommend this book, especially if you have a daughter (although boys can be at risk too).
4) Circular basket bags
I was disappointed recently with a black, circular basket bag I ordered from Zara. The quality was poor in my opinion for the £39.99 price tag, so I returned it and ordered another… but the next one was just as shabby! It has left me with a circular-bag-hole in my life!! The basket pictured above is one that I may have to order… it’s £32.99 from www.bohemiadesign.co.uk If you are also a fan, check out Etsy too for more suppliers.
So that’s it for this week. I hope you all have a super weekend in the sun!