What I’ve Been Loving in July 2020
Another month has come and gone, and we’re one step closer to 2020 being over! I’ve still got a lot of things to look forward to this year – I hope – but I think we can all agree that 2020 has been hard! Nevertheless, I’ve still been loving some things. So here is my What I’ve Been Loving in July 2020 post.
Film & TV
The Order (Netflix)
My dad got me into this Netflix series, when he was looking for a new series to binge. The Order is strangely easy to watch – even if it kind of hard to explain. Very much your typical trashy-Netflix-supernatural series, but addictive! I can’t wait for series 3.
RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars 5
All Stars 5 is over, and the winner is… Watch it to find out. Love Drag Race, and this series was full of drama and amazing runways.
The Personal History of David Copperfield
I meant to see this new adaptation of David Copperfield in the cinemas, way back in February. But COVID and life got in the way of that. But recently I got the chance to watch it and I loved it. Yes, it’s a simplified version of the tome that is David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, but the casting of Tilda Swinton as Miss Betsy Trotwood and Hugh Laurie as Mr Dick were inspired. It was a greatly diverse cast, with clever cinematography and hilarious antics.
And finally for Film and TV, I put Midway on one evening after work and I was utterly gripped. I had never heard of the Battle of Midway – it singlehandedly stopped Japan from re-creating Pearl Harbour during the Second World War. The cast is full of big names, with Ed Skrein at the helm as the leading cowboy pilot, but it flows seamlessly. Great action scenes, really interesting backstories of real-life people and a heart-stopping story.
I’m currently 20 hours deep into the Audible Original version of David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, narrated by Richard Armitage. I’ve only ever read The Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and I’ve been meaning to read more of his work. This is a tome of a book, but it is surprising readable – or listen-able, as the case may be. Richard Armitage is an amazing narrator – half the time I can’t even tell it’s him narrating!
I had a huge urge to read The Colour Purple this month, after months of having it on my shelf. I devoured it in a matter of sittings and it’s as good as I always hoped it would be. The story follows Celie, an African American teenager who’s life is full of horrors and abuse, who narrates the story of her life in heartbreaking letters to God. It’s a story about sisters, lesbianism, love, racism, feminism and much more.
Food & Drinks
Proper Corn Lightly Sea Salted Popcorn
I’m trying to be good at the moment – need to fit into a bridesmaid dress! – so I’ve been snacking less and eating better meals. However, when I do need to snack – usually after a workout, or during the work day – I reach for Proper Corn popcorn. For such a small bag it’s surprisingly filling, and very tasty!
Another addition to my meal-time are smoothies! Friends and family will be shocked to know I now drink smoothies – with genuine fruit! I famously don’t eat fruit. I once did a 30-day challenge to try and get more fruit into my diet, but after 30-days I didn’t find any fruit I liked! But now I’m slightly addicted to these smoothies! Raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, mango and passionfruit juice combined in a blender. Perfection.
I’ve moved back to my flat in London, which means I’ve picked up my home decor journey where I left off. Starting with adding more images to my gallery wall. I’m slightly obsessed with Desenio, a print service, and I’ve recently become a brand ambassador for them. From their affordable website I’ve got a ton of prints that I’ve added to my wall. My theme is pink, grey and black with a strong sense of feminism and London millennial.
The Sims 4: Eco Lifestyle
I love The Sims 4, and have become slightly obsessed with playing it during lockdown. However, when I moved back to London and had my own house to decorate I didn’t play it as much. Until I downloaded the new Eco Lifestyle pack. Now I can’t stop! I’m zero waste activist! This pack feels like it was made for me! I love it!!
And finally for July, I’ve been busy working on various short-term writing projects and editing my work. My agent has sent back the edits for the book I wrote during lockdown, and surprisingly, there weren’t that many! A good weekend spent on them and I think I’ll have a finished novel! Miracles do happen. I’m also working on a few top-secret projects and I’m trying to get back into journalism as well. It’s all go for my writing career right now.
And that’s what I’ve been loving in July. What have you been loving? Let me know in the comments below.