March favourites

March has been kind of crazy month for me! I (finally) got a new job. It’s temporary again, and involves moving to a new city which is very nerve-wracking, but I’m excited. Truth be told, I need a change and I think some time in a new city – however long it ends up lasting – will do me good.

To listen: The High Low

The High Low

I recently read Everything I Know About Love (review here) by Dolly Alderton and absolutely adored it. When I mentioned the book to a friend, she said “I think she has a podcast” and so obviously I downloaded it immediately. The High Low is the weekly pop culture/news podcast I didn’t know I needed. Hosted by Alderton and Pandora Skyes, together they discuss the news, books, television and podcasts you need in your life. It’s most of what I care about distilled into around and hour and a half and I love it.

To watch: Jameela Jamil and Sam Smith talk about body confidence

I have been a fan of Jameela Jamil for a while. As someone from the UK, I knew she existed before The Good Place and used to absolutely love her column in Cosmopolitan. I think her I Weigh body positivity project is really wonderful, and it has inspired me to think critically about my Instagram habits and start unfollowing people who make me feel bad about myself. I Weigh is gradually expanding, and its latest iteration is a YouTube channel where Jamil interviews people (so far it’s just Sam Smith but I think there are more planned) about body confidence and the impact diet culture has had on their lives. This conversation with Sam Smith… is, well. It’s a lot. You might have a little weep. It is such an honest, vulnerable conversation about the false equivalence of thinness and happiness, the grim reality of fame and the necessity of vulnerability – especially in the world of the Instagram highlight reel.

To watch: Fleabag (BBC, Amazon Prime)

fleabag

I only started watching Fleabag a few weeks ago, and to be honest, it has kind of taken over my life. This tragicomedy about sorrow, loneliness and attempting personal growth  is a work of actual genius. In any half hour episode the star and creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge will have you laughing, crying and staring dumbly in open-mouthed wonder as she articulates the world in all its awful glory. This is the only show I’ve ever watched where, when an episode ends I immediately go back to the beginning and watch it all over again.

Also she has, from where I can see, pretty much the entire UK wanting to fuck a priest (played to PERFECTION by Andrew Scott) right now – which, given how little else we can agree on, is no small thing.

To read: “Nobody Shows”

This is heart-breaking. Also you should read it.

To use: The Body Shop Vitamin-E Eye Cream

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What does that post-it say? You’ll never know… mwahahaha

In the last year I’ve had to have a couple of facials so I could write about them for work (I know. My life is hard.) and two of the facialists I’ve seen have told me that my under-eye area is very dry. Eye cream is one of those things I always considered a beauty industry scam to get you to buy more products (looking at you “double cleansing”) but I actually do think this stuff is having a positive impact on my face! I mean, the best solution would be sleep but who has time for that. Also using it makes me feel like a fancy lady with a proper skincare routine, which I am very much enjoying.

 

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Author: Lydia Tewkesbury

26. Loves a good story.

10 thoughts on “March favourites”

    1. It is really worth a watch. They’re both so honest about their experiences, particularly through the lens of fame and the stories that are told about famous people (mostly according to their physical appearance).

      Jameela is amazing ❤ I looove what she is doing with I Weigh

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  1. Wonderful post, Lydia! That Sam Smith and Jameela Jamil conversation was absolutely beautiful, and something that resonates with me a lot. Fleabag looks awesome. 👀 I’m excited to hear it’s a tragicomedy; I don’t think anybody does comedy quite like the British. I’m going to have to check it out, for sure.

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    1. Right? I was so not expecting it. How they spoke out fame hit me particularly hard – especially when Sam Smith said given his time again he wouldn’t want any of it. They are just so open and vulnerable. I had a little weep watching it, to be honest!

      Fleabag is SO GOOD. Have you watched Killing Eve at all? It’s written by the same lady but I think outside of the UK a lot of people don’t realise that. It’s a very different show but has some of similar things – basically rage, which Phoebe Waller-Bridge has spoken about at length at this point.

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      1. Oh, I loooove Killing Eve! The show went under the radar in the US a lot; nobody knew it existed. I probably wouldn’t have either had I not been such a huge fan of Sandra Oh’s work. So excited for the second season. I’ll definitely have to check out Fleabag then if it’s written by the same person!

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    1. Thank you!

      Jamil is doing some great work. I do worry about her a bit though – she’s started annoying the Kardashian’s enough that they’ve felt the need to put out responses to her and I don’t want her to get burned out by all the shit she must get for what she says. We need her too much!

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  2. Got to admit that Sam Smith’s body transformation was a crazy and unexpected surprise. When he appeared at the Grammy’s or something to sing a song, I wasn’t sure if it was him anymore. 😮 I was super impressed, that’s for sure! I’ve also heard of this Jamil lady and it sounds like she has great advice and projects to share with the world! Again, I do hope the months to come will be kind to you, Lydia!

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