By some miracle, we’ve actually had an extended period of warm weather here in the UK. Naturally, we Brits reach for a glass of anything alcoholic in such conditions, and any stigma around day drinking vanishes like the t-shirts of men who can’t withstand temperatures above 18ºC. My summertime tipple of choice is undoubtedly a gin and tonic; how handy then that on my doorstep is a gin bar well-stocked with some of the world’s most wonderful gins.
We don’t like serious. It’s boring, the fun-killer, the grown-up. When everyone else is having a great time arsing around and making crass jokes, seriousness shows up to remind everyone that you can dick around in your own time and it’s about time you pack in all that nonsense. But as we get older, we’re meant to become more serious as we endure the monotonous nature of grown-up tasks like paying council tax and attending Monday morning meetings, all the while being told “Don’t take yourself too seriously”.
There seems to be a seriousness paradox in which we’re simultaneously not supposed to be so serious that we’re self-involved and devoid of humour, all the while being serious enough to be taken seriously.
It’s serious business.
It’s Bank Holiday Monday while I’m writing this, and I am overwhelmed with the possibilities of what I can do with an extra day to myself. Of course, having not published any new blog posts since a time before Cardi B was a household name, it seemed that spending the day writing new content was a good and worthwhile choice. That being said, it’s 25 degrees in the UK today and I think once it’s this hot they strip you of your nationality if you don’t go outside and get mildly sunburnt…
In an attempt to brighten up my Wednesdays, I’ve decided to create a midweek playlist. Nothing revolutionary or original, that’s for sure. But I thought a collection of songs I’m loving at the moment would be a swell way to lift my (and hopefully your) humpday spirits.
When it comes to skincare, there are some products that will stand the test of time. Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser is undoubtedly one of them. A cult classic in the world of beauty, this cleanser encompasses everything good about natural, stripped-back skincare.
Sometimes, I don’t want to watch any series, I can’t be bothered to read anything, but I need someone or something to entertain me. Enter podcasts.