Fazenda Rodizio Bar and Grill, Edinburgh

Fazenda Rodizio Bar and Grill, Edinburgh

Hey guys! Something slightly different today!

If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen I was out on a girlie date a couple of weeks ago. My friends and I tend to meet up every once and a while in Edinburgh to have some food and a catch up.

I thought this would be the perfect place to share some of my experiences with you guys and hopefully you will get some new favourite places to eat out of it!

This time it was Fazenda on George Street. I had never heard of this place before but it’s essentially all you can eat so safe to say, I was stuffed by the end of it!

Sunday train service tends to mean I get their a bit earlier than the others but Amanda found me nipping to Primark on Princes Street so we headed up together.

Fazenda is about a 5-10 minute walk from Waverley Station so not far at all.

It was a bit cold and windy outside so we went in to see if we could get our table a bit early.

The reception staff were lovely but they couldn’t find our names on the list. Our military precision friend, Amie, had booked it so knew there must have been a mistake.

It was all fine in the end though as they had a spare table for us anyway and we were seated.

On first impressions, the restaurant looked dead as nobody was sitting in any of the window tables but going through into what must be the main dining area, it was packed!

We were sat down and given some and got some water for the table. The waitress then explained how it all works.

The premise of a Rodizio it’s that it’s an all you can eat but this isn’t your regular buffet! Oh no! You are given a card – one side red, one side green – and that is the waiter’s signal on whether you want more or not.

There is a more typical buffet style “salad bar” too. Pffft! I thought! I wasn’t going to fill up on boring salad! I was here for meat!

Best salad bar I have ever come across! There was salmon, quails eggs, sushi, sweet potato, sauces, anchovies, salad leaves, cheeses – you name it, it was there!

After our trip to the salad bar, I’d realised my mistake! I’d filled up my plate with sides. I still had all you can eat meat to sample!

Of course we had our cards to green and it wasn’t long before the very handsome waiters were bringing their selections to the table!

You are given a side plate and a pair of tongs so when they slice the meat you can grab it from them so it’s all cut in front of you.

The meat is served medium-rare to rare. I was a bit worried by this as I normally have my meat blue but it was all so tasty!

The highlight of the dishes was definitely the pork. It was served in a honey type sauce and was perfect! The ribeye was also a favourite.

I wasn’t so fussed for the chicken dishes but I find chicken a bit boring if I’m honest and isn’t something I would pick in a restaurant anyway.

I even tried a bit of chicken heart for the first time which was not the best texture! Going on advice from a waiter, we put some lime juice on it and it totally transformed it into something a bit more palatable!

The chips where definitely another highlight – they were seasoned perfectly and very moreish. They were also served Rodizio style so it was at times a fight to get some to our table before the bowl ran out!

The cocktail list is really extensive and it was very hard to choose but I settled on a Caipirinah which is made with cachaça, sugar and lime and tastes very boozy but is really refreshing. A perfect palette cleanser!

Sam was the only one who joined me for an alcoholic drink – the Fazenda – and the other girls settled for non-alcoholic drinks instead which they said were good!

We also opted for pudding, how could we not?! The dessert menu was fairly small but we were all drawn to the mini desserts.

It was a great little selection of bite sized delights! We had a truffle, salted caramel mousse thing, lime cheesecake, a coconut thing and a berry thing. Lovely!

It was definitely a dining experience, that’s for sure! I found it a little stressful at times because if you didn’t turn your card over quick enough the waiters were straight over! Sometimes they came over anyway!

At one point there was three around our table offering their meat to us! (Bet you didn’t think it would take me this long to get to an innuendo! 🤣).

But they were all so lovely, it was hard to say no so I ended up with a plate I couldn’t finish!

The toilets were super posh too! With big Oak doors and millions of sinks with fancy soap! If feels a bit nerve wracking in the cubicle though, it’s like peeing under a spotlight! 🙈

I really enjoyed it the whole experience. The atmosphere was very lively and it was great sitting and chatting with the girls and having a giggle at all the meat puns!

The bill wasn’t too bad for a place on George Street either. Especially an all you can eat place. For my main (which I had loads of), my dessert and a cocktail it came to about £43 with the tip included.

I would definitely like to go back and would recommend it for any meat loving friends too!

Thanks so much for reading, guys! This style of review is a bit different for me so please let me know if you liked it! Like I said, we tend to meet up and try out new places every so often so if it helps you pick your next place to eat, I’d love to share! Let me know in the comments below ⤵️ what your favourite restaurant is and we might try it out next!

Speak soon!

Claudia xxx

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My Car Buying Experience

My Car Buying Experience

Hey guys! I’ve had to do more adulting this week trying to sort out my new car! This shit is tiring!

I know I’m 30, but I’ve never had to buy a car before and this has probably been more stressful than buying my house! I know, I’m a poster child for #firstworldproblems at the minute 🤣.

I’ve been really lucky when it’s come to cars, my first car was a Peugeot 206 and I was given it by my parents when I was learning to drive and it was my aunt’s old car.

I hated this car and couldn’t wait to give her back. You would put your window wipers on and the lights would turn off and other weird things like that!

My second car was Claire the Clio, who was very kindly gifted to me by my ex’s mum as she was upgrading and didn’t know what to do with her.

Sadly, Claire died in McDonald’s car park, I went in for work and when I came out at the end of my shift, she wouldn’t start.

Next up is Rosie. She is a fantastic Fiesta ST. Going from Claire who was a 1.2 to Rosie’s 2.0 litre engine was great! I obviously paid for Rosie but my brother was the one that picked her as I had no idea what I was looking for in a car.

I’m not a girl racer by any stretch of the imagination but it has been great if there’s been a knob I’m a Corsa trying to race me and I can take off or even just getting out at roundabouts was made easier.

The downside to Rosie is she’s expensive! Expensive fuel, road tax, repair bills, insurance. It all adds up and now I’m effectively doubling up my mileage weekly by coming home for the dog, she’s just too much to keep running.

So I decided I would look for a new car. Ideally I would love a Hyundai i30 after I had one as a courtesy car but my other criteria – built in this decade, 5 doors, petrol – definitely ruled it out!

I also didn’t want to spend, the best part of a 10 grand on a new car! That’s more than the deposit for my house and I just couldn’t justify it! I also didn’t want to blow our wedding budget on new wheels.

I saw a car I liked on Fife Hyundai’s website and went in for a test drive. A little Hyundai i20, not the sportiest car in the world but I wasn’t looking for that this time.

I was wanting something cheaper to run and 5 doors to make it easier to get the dog in the back! This was also a bit cheaper and although I decided to get finance, it’s less than £100 a month for 3 years (or I can pay it off early and it doesn’t cost me anything extra). It also comes with a year warranty and had low mileage so I don’t need to worry too much about repairs.

Test drive was fine, seemed like a nice little car so I asked for it to be reserved. That was all ok.

So I went back in the next week to get a trade in price for my car and to sign the paperwork. I got enough for Rosie to make trading her in worth while, signed on the dotted line and paid my deposit.

Every thing seems to have went a bit pear-shaped from there really!

My expectation was that the finance guy would call me to arrange the finance. He would bring the car and I would give him mine.

I don’t know if I just picked up Damien the salesman wrong or what but I really did think it would be that easy! I was wrong!

The finance guy called me and for some reason the digital signature thing wasn’t working so he was going to come round for me to sign the paperwork but he was off on a holiday so that couldn’t be done until the following week.

The week where I start early obviously! So I had to ask work to change my shift so he could get to me in the morning.

Bear in mind, my purpose in getting the car was for things to be cheaper so I’ve already by this point spent a further £170 in fuel getting to and from my work.

I also found out that he wouldn’t be bringing the car so I had to wait until my day off before I could pick the car up.

I’ve also noticed a credit search has been done (I obviously was expecting that since I’m getting credit) without being asked for permission to do that. I work in finance, customers need to be told this sort of stuff and I can’t find anywhere on my original paperwork that I consented to that.

So on Tuesday morning I’m ready for the finance guy to turn up. Literally as soon as everything was signed I had to rush out the door to get to work and…he phones me to say he was stuck in traffic and running late.

I get that wasn’t his fault he was stuck but I had tried to explain to him the importance of getting to me early that day. So I had to say to him if he didn’t turn up in 15 minutes I had to leave.

I even explained about how difficult it can be to find my house and gave him directions for when he came into town as the sat nav takes you to a completely different street for some reason!

He phones me again to say he’s here but he wasn’t, he was in that wrong street I mentioned! 🙄

Eventually he arrives, I sign the paperwork and race to my work.

This takes me to today. I was supposed to be picking the car up at 11.30 but I’ve been told that they MOT machine is broken and that’s been pushed back until 2pm.

Having spoken to a couple of my more car finance savvy friends, they all find the process a bit weird. They’ve never had a finance guy come to their house but because I have no idea what I’m doing I didn’t know this was particularly odd. I’m guessing it’s to do with the car place I’ve went with maybe? Who knows?

I went for my last wee jaunt in Rosie to the garage. We signed the last of the paperwork and I’ve handed over my keys 😢. He showed me the screenshot of me not owning her any more and I’ll get the paperwork through the door soon!

I got a quick tour around my new wheels and was given both my keys (having had one key for so long, this is pretty exciting!). And that’s that!

On the drive home I’ve been wondering if it was a mistake to get such a slowpoke car! Just need to keep reminding myself of the reasons why I’ve chosen it I guess! I’m sure I’ll get used to it soon!

Murph was very confused when I was able to let him out the back, that’s for sure! And I have electric folding windows, and windows in the back! This is going to be a whole new experience for me!

Would I buy from a dealership again? Probably as I have no idea what I’m doing and I like the idea of the security of the warranties they come with but I’m hoping it’s not something I need to do for a fair while!

I also know that I can go back to Damien to ask any questions. He was really helpful throughout and really liked dealing with him.

I know there is much more to worry about and I’ve been so lucky with my past cars. I’m really grateful to everyone that has helped me out with my cars in the past.

As you can tell, I’m very big on naming my car’s so I need help naming her! Let me know what you think her new name should be and what you call your car in the comments ⤵️.

As always, thanks so much for reading my ramble, I’m sorry if I sound like an absolute spoiled brat. I’ll speak to you soon!

Claudia xxx

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Lens Circle Contact Lenses

Lens Circle Contact Lenses

Hi guys! I’m back after my little hiatus! Sorry I missed an upload but life got in the way a little bit!

If you follow me on social media you will know I’ve been searching for a new a car – think I’ve found one, and I’m hoping it will be finalised by Saturday! It’s the first time I’ve bought a car from a garage myself. I feel like such an adult 🤣

Anyway! Enough of my car ramble!

I was kindly gifted two sets of contact lenses from Lens Circle recently and I’ve been trying them out!

***Although they have been gifted to me, all opinions are my own as always!***

I’ve always wanted to try coloured contacts but was put off by my optician years ago as they said my eyes were too dark for them.

When Lens Circle contacted me, I jumped at the chance to find out if they would work or not!

I was a bit overwhelmed by their choice so I went for two pairs of their Angel Series – a pair in grey and a pair in purple.

Thinking about it, it would have been much more beneficial for me to get two different kinds but I couldn’t choose!

The Angel lenses are described as “A dark outer highlights a glow of…(colour), expanding the area around the iris and illuminating the eye with a dash of colour”.

I am blind as a bat so although mine didn’t come with a prescription you can buy them to suit your eyes from -0.5 to -10.

These particular lenses cost $29.95 at the moment but when I got them the retail price was $34.95.

For your money you get a pair of lenses, a lense care card, a lense case and gift bag.

The first thing I noticed about the lenses is that they don’t sit on your finger the way prescription contact do.

If you’re not a contact lense wearer, you will have no idea what I’m talking about but contacts normally sort of sit like a little bowl on the tip of your finger. These ones don’t, they’re a bit more flat.

Luckily, this doesn’t actually effect the application at all and I found them really easy to pop in!

They are slightly bigger than normal contacts so you do need to open your eye up pretty wide but it didn’t take me too much time at all!

I think they are really easy to put in because they are so thin – maybe something you need to be careful of if you have nails.

I’m not sure if the lenses that have a prescription would be slightly thicker than these ones, I imagine they would.

These lenses are really comfortable to wear. I find with normal contacts, my eyes get really tired and dry but I didn’t notice this with these at all!

I was wearing them for much longer than I would normal lenses and I never had that horrible feeling – the one where if you blink, it feels like they’re sticking to the inside of your eyelid!

When you’re wearing them, you don’t get the halo of colour which you get with some fashion lenses but that is because the bit for your pupil is huge!

This is to make your eyes look bigger but because the colour doesn’t come right to the pupil, you can see your natural eye colour too.

It’s really noticeable with my eyes being dark because you can see the ring of brown before you see any colour.

I do wish it was slightly smaller so I could hide my eyes a little more and I wish the colour was a bit brighter buy overall I do like these lenses.

From the two pairs I got, my favourite is by far the purple! It is my favourite colour after all but it also doesn’t look too out there! It brightens my eyes up just enough that you can tell there is something different but it doesn’t make me look too weird (no weirder than normal anyway! 🤣).

I likely wouldn’t buy them as they are from US and customs is just such a bummer but if you live in the US or don’t mind possibly being hit with a customs charge you can’t go wrong with them.

I think they would look amazing on someone with lighter eyes than me or if you can get the more solid coloured ones I think you’d be on to a winner!

What do you think if these? Have you ever tried coloured lenses? What was your experience? Let me know in the comments below ⤵️.

Thanks very much for reading, as always and I will speak to you again soon!

Claudia xxx

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30 Things I’ve Learned Before I Turned 30!

30 Things I’ve Learned Before I Turned 30!

Hi guys! It’s me again! I thought this post would be pretty fitting since my 30th birthday is tomorrow 🎂.

Not going to lie, I feel a bit scared by this one! I’m leaving my 20s behind and I’m led to believe my body clock is going to start ticking (haha! Not bloody likely! 🤣) I’m desperately trying to believe that age is just a number!

I’ve not expanded on any in my list just because some are parts of stories that I still want to tell and some just don’t need any explanation!

Now, these are in no particular order, just some things I’ve picked up during my 30 years on the planet.

  1. No job/paygrade is worth your sanity!🤪
  2. Friends are just the family we make for ourselves.
  3. Admitting you need help is not a sign of weakness.🆘
  4. Antidepressants don’t stop you being you.
  5. Hangovers do get worse as you get older!🍷
  6. Staying in can be just as fun as going out!
  7. Not wanting to have kids does not make you abnormal. 🍼
  8. Tokophobia is the fear of childbirth and pregnancy.😱
  9. Blood is not thicker than water.
  10. Pineapples grow on bushes! 🍍
  11. If you are allergic to something, don’t let a doctor prescribe it to you.
  12. The division (÷) symbol is just a blank fraction.
  13. School is not the best years of your life.
  14. You will get over heartbreak. 💔
  15. Your happiness is your responsibility.
  16. Buying craft materials and actually using them are two different hobbies!
  17. Your career is not set in stone. 🗿
  18. Don’t try to be something you’re not.
  19. You are more than a number on the scale. ⚖️
  20. Sometimes you gotta say “f**k it!”
  21. You earn more respect with honesty even when it’s not what the other person wants to hear.
  22. Friendships will change for better or worse.
  23. Life is not a competition.
  24. Fun means different things at different times.🎉
  25. Sometimes you can judge a book by it’s cover. 📚
  26. Geek out over your favourite things – don’t let anyone dull your love for something! ✨
  27. You don’t have to like everyone and there will be people that don’t like you no matter what you do.
  28. Bullies can be present at any stage in life.
  29. You need more sleep as an adult than you can actually fit into your day. 💤
  30. No matter how old I get, baked beans still give me the fear! 😨

I do hope some of them might be useful to some of you or at least given you a bit of a giggle!

When I thought of doing this post, I was sure I’d be able to think of 30 things but it was a lot harder than I imagined!

Now I’ve started this, I’m going to revisit this next year and see if I’ve learned anything new!

What is the most valuable or mind-blowing thing you’ve learnt so far? Let me know in the comments ⤵️

Thanks as always for reading and I’ll speak to you guys when I’m another year older! I’ll let you know if it really is as painful as what I’m thinking it will be!

Claudia xxx

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A Few of my Favourite Things 💜

A Few of my Favourite Things 💜

Hey guys! I thought this might be a fun idea so that my readers can get to know me a bit better.

I know I post my opinions on products ALL the time but I rarely share much about anything else!

I thought I’d start with a few of my favourite things in life. I am a simple creature and it’s normally the little things that I love!

He never fails to make me laugh! 💜

There’s the obvious things that make me happy like J, our pets and our friends but then there’s the other little things that I enjoy too!

These are in no particular order –

  • Having a cup of tea and a biscuit

Like I said, simple creature!

  • Netflix/Movies/Games

I love curling up with J and binge-watching a season of something or a movie. Normally I do fall asleep if I lie down for too long! Also love playing couch co-op games with J and it’s not unheard of for us to have played a game all night!

  • Trying out new eyeshadow

Of course makeup would come up! Eyeshadow is definitely my favourite (in case you couldn’t tell!) item and I love trying out a new palette for the first time. The more gimmicky the palette, the better!

  • Going for walk in the woods

I’ve always liked this but it’s even better now we have a dog for some reason!

  • Watching the waves

I really like living near the sea and we spend quite a bit of time at the beach. Watching the water is so relaxing and I could spend hours just watching the waves.

  • Reading a good book

I don’t read as much as I used to but I love curling up on the sofa with a book. I read fast so it’s even more satisfying when I finish a book in one sitting!

  • Food

I love food, probably a bit too much! Pretty much all my social interactions involve food. We went to Barcelona and I’m pretty sure our entire holiday revolved around our bellies and one of my favourite things at work is getting coffee and a cake on a Friday 😁.

  • Harry Potter Merch

I have a Harry Potter collection. Clothes, shows, lights, cushions, stationery, bedding – you name it, I probably have it. There’s always something so great about finding something new to add.

  • Sunshine

I always feel in a much better mood when the weather is good. I’m pretty much cold bloodied so I live for the warmer days! It also means I can get a washing out (yes, I am a middle aged woman at heart!).

When writing this post, I realised I’ve become a pretty boring person! I’m ok with that though! It doesn’t take much to make me smile! 😊

I hope you liked this style of post, let me know if you want me to do some others like it in the comments below ⤵️.

Just a heads up for any dog owners that are reading, when Murph reaches 1k on his Instagram, we will be hosting a giveaway. Make sure you give him a follow so you don’t miss out!

Thanks for reading and for your support as always! Speak soon!

Claudia xxx

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February 2019 Birchbox Review

February 2019 Birchbox Review

It seems like absolute ages since I have picked up a subscription box! My last one was October – I don’t know how I’ve managed to go so long!

I went for a Birchbox again because they are reasonably priced, I like trying out products from brands I’ve never heard of and this month they were doing a free The Beauty Crop eyeshadow palette when you entered “Latte” at the checkout. How could I resist it?

This month Birchbox have teamed up with notonthehighstreet to give you and a friend 15% off your next order at notonthehighstreet.com and their box has been designed by Miss Bespoke Papercuts.

The packaging on this one is beautiful. Definitely fitting for a February theme with the flowers in pink and red. You also get three post cards in the same style which is really cute!

In the box you get five products, four are full-size and two are exclusive to Birchbox. The value of the full-size products alone are almost triple the amount of what the box cost me and with the eyeshadow palette on top of that, I’m very happy with my purchase.

What makes it even better is that all the products in the box are cruelty free which is fantastic! I love how more brands are doing this!

I only received this a few days ago so I’ve not had a chance to test everything out as fully as I normally would but first impressions still count right? 🤣

Anatomicals – Body Cleanser

I love the packaging of the Anatomicals products. They are really eye-catching and pretty amusing if you read the small print. For example, this reminds you to recycle or “recycle man will recycle you!”

This smells amazing! It’s a very subtle floral scent which will brighten your mood until you get to work at least!

This lathers up fairly well (using a body puff anyway) and leaves your skin feeling squeaky clean and smelling great!

This retails at £4.00 which is more expensive than I would normally spend on a shower gel but for a treat, I don’t think I’d mind picking this up again.

LOC – Liquid Shimmer Eyeshadow

This was the product that you could choose your shade, I’m a risk taker (🙄) so I didn’t choose! I was sent the shade Moonlight which is a beautiful bronzey-gold shimmer.

I’ve not tried this on my eyes yet but I did swatch it and it did not budge! It’s water based so should be removed easily using a cleanser but it stayed on the back of my hand for ages and it didn’t smudge or crease!

It set really quickly too and it says it can be layered to make it more bold. The doefoot applicator will make it so easy to apply to your lid.

I’m excited to try this one as I’ve not really been a fan of liquid shadows for the most part but this seems fairly promising!

This costs £8.00 and is a fairly small bottle but I think it will last a while as I wouldn’t wear this type of shimmer every day, only when I’m feeling a bit extra!

Coco & Eve – Hair Masque

So I haven’t tried this because you’re supposed to wash your hair, towel dry it and then pop this on for 5-10 minutes which I just don’t have time for during the week!

I’m interested in this though, as I love a hair mask. Having bleached, fine hair means my hair isn’t in the best condition most of the time and it is due for a bit of a pick me up!

The coconut and fig scent is really nice and thankfully not overpowering! It claims to repair damage, hydrate, fight frizz and detangles your hair. With all those claims it should be sold as a miracle product!

This costs £9.00 and I’ll probably get about 10 uses out of this as I only need a tiny amount. If you have thicker hair than me (that’s everyone!) this will be gone in a flash!

John Masters Organics – Body Milk

Again, another product that smells amazing! Geranium and grapefruit is definitely an invigorating smell to me!

This absorbs really easily and quickly into the skin and doesn’t leave any tackyness or greasyness on the skin so you can get dressed pretty much instantly after application.

It leaves your skin feeling soft and hydrated which I think we all need after these winter months!

This was the only sample product in the box and I kinda understand when it retails at £18.00 a bottle! I don’t buy “luxury” skin care as I think cheaper brands can do just as much for a much smaller pricetag!

Luxie – 205 Tapered Blending Brush

I love getting new makeup brushes, mainly because I am hella lazy and can’t be bothered washing them most of the time so more brushes equals more time between washes!

The brush feels really soft and I haven’t noticed any shedding of the bristles at all yet.

It blends eyeshadows nicely and picks up product well. It’s a really good size for blending in the crease and could be used on the lower lashline for creating a dramatic smokey eye.

This costs £11.00 which is probably standard for buying brushes on their own I think? I tend to buy sets so it works out slightly cheaper!

The Beauty Crop – Espresso Yourself

This was my freebie this time and I’m really surprised that you get a full-size eyeshadow palette for nothing!

This palette has 21 shades which contain coffee extract and antioxidants which are supposed to help reduce dark circles and tighten the area around the eyes. I didn’t notice any benefit like that when I was wearing it but maybe it helps with regular use?

The shades themselves are really nice and as the name of the palette suggests, are all named after hot drinks such as Latte, Chai and Flat White.

On first application I was a bit confused as to where the pigment was but the colours are buildable and you can create everyday or dramatic looks.

The shadows blend really easily together and there is a nice gradient of colour. Every shade would look nice with any others from the palette as the compliment each other so well.

I didn’t notice very much fallout on my cheeks but there was a ton of kickback in the pan!

The shimmers feel nice and buttery and didn’t crease or fade throughout the day.

One thing I did really notice is the smell, I was hoping for coffee but instead it smells really chemically. I’m not sure if that’s the glue that holds the pans in or if it’s the shadows themselves but something to be warned of if you don’t like that type of smell.

This costs £23.00 on its own and the pan sizes are smaller than your average palette but it would be a good choice to dip into for your everyday looks! The only thing that would put me off would be the fact I would likely get hit with custom charges here in the UK.

All in all, I’m really happy with this month’s box. I’ve never tried any of these brands before and it has given me a chance to try them out. I’ve been very pleasantly surprised as normally you get at least one questionable product in these types of boxes!

Have you tried any new subscriptions recently? Is there any you would recommend I pick up next month? Let me know down below ⤵️.

As always, thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed it! Please leave any feedback – positive or negative – as I’d love to hear your views!

Speak soon!

Claudia xxx

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What I’ve Been Watching

What I’ve Been Watching

I feel like all I have done is talk about eyeshadow palettes recently (don’t worry, I still have more to come!) so I did a poll on Twitter and asked what you guys would like to see.

You didn’t fail me! So tied in first place we have what I’ve been watching! Whether that’s to see if I have any new shows to recommend or if I watch the same thing as everyone else, I’m not sure 🤷.

I don’t tend to watch much actual TV and mainly use Netflix but that leads to much binge-watching and going to bed way too late if I make it there at all!

Netflix and Chill? More like Netflix, fall asleep on the couch and have to rewatch episodes!

These are all things that I’ve finished watching recently or almost finished. I don’t really watch many movies as I don’t really have the attention span to watch many movies, it needs to grab my attention right away or I’ll just play on my phone until the credits roll!

I’m going to try and keep this as spoiler free as possible as I don’t want to waste anything for anybody. I’m sorry if something sneaks in!

The Punisher 💀

I’m so sad I’ve finished watching this! Frank Castle has got to be my favourite “anti-hero”.

He is an utter badass and I love the more grown up vibe between the Marvel TV series compared to the movies.

I’ll be honest, this might not be the show for you if you’re looking for a really in-depth story, not to say there isn’t a story, it just doesn’t require much brain power to keep up with!

The 2nd series is a little slower at parts but there’s a few stories intertwined and new characters introduced.

When there is action, man, is it action packed! The fight scenes are so good and didn’t ever feel samey or just for the sake of it. There’s always a reason for people getting the crap kicked out of them!

I would love another season but I’m quite worried for the future of this show since all the other Marvel series are getting cancelled after they’ve been bought over my Disney 😢.

Riverdale 🏞️

This is one of the shows that I started watching because too many people I knew were watching it and I just couldn’t resist!

I really loved the murder mystery premise of the show – it’s a bit creepy in parts but I feel like I’m only watching it now because I’ve already invested so much time in it (just like PLL and Gossip Girl)!

It’s gotten a bit silly (even for me!) and I feel like they’re trying to make it too “out there” and they don’t know where they are going with it!

And I’m already annoyed because they have announced another musical episode! The first one was so cringey and awful but I couldn’t not watch it because I might’ve missed something important! I don’t like musicals to begin with and nothing can match up to the epicness of the Buffy Once More with Feeling episode so I’m dreading it!

Ted Bundy Tapes 🔪

After watching Making a Murderer last year (loved it, think him and Brandon are innocent!) I’ve found my love of crime stuff again.

Ted Bundy was never a serial killer I knew much about and I found this really interesting.

I think it’s crazy just how charismatic and clever he really was! The fact he managed to avoid detection for so long is mental!

I always thought Clark Kent taking off his glasses and having no one recognise him was daft but when you see the photos of Ted lined up he managed to change his appearance completely with just minor tweaks is mind-blowing! Every photo looks like it’s a different guy!

I would love them to do other series like this with different serial killers as the focus. The format of the show was great and seeing the timeline of events was really interesting!

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina 🧙

Did anyone else watch Sabrina the Teenage Witch religiously as a kid? I used to love that show (and related merchandise but that’s another story!).

I was really dubious about this new reboot when it was first announced but I have really enjoyed it so far!

It puts a really dark twist on all the characters I loved growing up without making it seem way too over the top or like they have butchered the source material.

I’ve also read that the town it is based in is across the Sweetwater River which features in Riverdale so there is going to be a perfect opportunity for a crossover I imagine (maybe why Riverdale has gotten so weird??).

I need to get round to watching the last few episodes but I definitely have high hopes of they decide to continue the series!

You 👩‍❤️‍👨

Did anyone not watch this? I feel like everyone and their dog wrote about this show a few weeks ago!

I’ll admit, I wasn’t really paying too much attention when I stuck the first episode on (I think I was probably writing a post or something) and I remember looking up and thinking “that escalated quickly!”

It seems to go from 0 to 100 in what felt like two minutes! I was hooked!

One thing I couldn’t get over was Penn Badgely playing someone who was so similar to Dan in Gossip Girl. We know Dan had his crazy obsessive tendancies and it’s like they just blossomed and we are watching a series about what happened after Dan finished high school!

I will watch the second season if it materialises but I’m not sure how they can make it as gripping as the first!

The Santa Clarita Diet🧟

I turned this on not expecting very much but from the first episode I was sold!

Drew Barrymore and Timothy Oliphant are an amazing on-screen couple! The awkwardness of their characters is played so well and genuinely made me laugh out loud more times than I can count!

The premise of the show is so dumb but it works amazingly well. Mum turns into a zombie and they need to find a way to keep her alive by feeding her human meat while making sure no one finds out while still having to do all the normal things people do.

I think this show should get a lot more love, it’s ridiculous, funny, sad and entertaining! I just think it’s a shame no one seems to talk about it!

John Wick 2🐕

I thought I would add a movie to the list just because I actually sat down and watched one.

This only got put on because J thought I’d already watched the first one and it wasn’t until it had finished that he realised I hadn’t.

I knew I would probably like the first movie but didn’t want to watch it because his dog gets killed (not a spoiler, it’s literally the whole reason for the story!).

I was slightly lost with the story but I don’t think it really matters as I got a bit lost in the fight choreography and just the fact he was kicking so much ass!

It’s a really good action movie with your typical over the top fight scenes and ridiculous bad guys but I loved it! Plus how can you not love Keanu Reeves?!

I’m really looking forward to the third one too after watching the trailer! It might be one of the few movies I go to the cinema to see!

And that’s that! I can do a more in-depth review of the series I’m watching if you would like to know more but I thought I would avoid spoilers for my first post like this!

Is there anything you think I would like after reading my list? Do you like/dislike anything I’ve mentioned? Did you like this style of post and would you like to see more of this sort of thing? Let me know your thoughts in the comments ⤵️.

Thanks very much for helping me choose what to post this week and I’ll speak to you soon!

Claudia xxx

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