10 Happy Things Lifestyle

Life Lately || When Summer Goes by Too Quickly!

Happy Friday everyone! Summer is certainly rolling along, isn’t it? I felt like one blink of my eyes ago it was my birthday and now autumn is rapidly approaching! In today’s post I explore some things that made me happy this week, as well as some of my favourite internet discoveries and articles to round off the work-week. 

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>>> Who gobbled down a ShakeShack treat this week? This girl.  You can’t beat their crunchy burger edges. It’s even worth the Covent Garden queue. 

>>> The release of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” in bookstores was a very exciting moment. I bought a copy, of course, though it’s the first ever Harry Potter release where I did not attend the midnight release party. I also very quickly finished it. As a script, I don’t find it particularly thrilling; and as a Potter story, I’m not sure I find it very faithful to the novels. I won’t say any more to spoil it for others though. That being said, I’m still overly excited to see the show. I think it’s the kind of production that is just flat on paper, and that it will be an absolute spectacle when I see it on stage. There were certain points when reading the play, where I had to set the script down and ponder how they were going to make X trick work on stage. It’s going to be, (no pun intended) magical. Bring on February 2017, so that Sam and I can finally use our tickets! 

>>> I’ve been absolutely loving bralettes lately. Down with all my underwire bras. I replaced a few more this week for supreme chest comfort. 

>>>There’s the BEST cheese and wine shop in our neighbourhood. Seriously. If you are a SouthEast London dweller, come to Crystal Palace Park for the dinosaurs but then come to Crystal Palace Triangle for all the good food. This magical cheese shop is called Good Taste and not only did we get wine samples, but we left laden down with a variety of cheese and some freshly sliced chorizo. 

>>> It’s really annoying when people on the internet are like, vague news, vague news, vague news, so now I’m going to be a hypocrite and say I have some news that I can’t share just quite yet. 

>>> Sam and I saw a friend in a show at the Southwark Playhouse. It was closing night of the show “Through the Mill” about Judy Garland. I’m a Judy buff, and the singing in the show was phenomenal. 

>>> The unbearably busy period of time at work is almost at its end. The week I was off for the wedding provided a brief respite, but I need a moment to catch my breath work-wise. 

>>> I received a wonderful letter from a student that made all that aforementioned crazy work, totally worthwhile. 

>>> We are still getting wedding mail, which is so exciting. There are few things I love more than getting an actual letter in the post so being bombarded with them is just wonderful. They’ve completely covered our dining table. Some of them were even addressed to “Mr and Mrs Taylor” which was especially surreal. 

>>> Sam not only photographed his first engagement shoot this week, but he is photographing his first wedding this weekend. I’m so proud of him and I can’t help but admire how passionate he is about all creative aspects of his life. 

Things around the internet I’ve enjoyed reading this week: 

>>>This Telegraph article on angry fan reviews of the Curse Child script made me laugh out loud multiple times. 

>>>Have you seen the new “straddling bus” in China? It looks both terrifying and cool. 

>>> With the release of “Suicide Squad” I really appreciate this article that lays it one the line how Harley Quinn and the Joker are not #relationshipgoals. I could imagine few fictional couples less-deserving of the hashtag. Also don’t get me started on the fact that they gave Harley Quinn a costume so impossibly tiny, that the production team had to photoshop her hotpants in the posters so that they appeared bigger than they actually were. One million eye rolls are being aimed at DC right now. 

>>> Model Ashley Graham’s article in “Lenny’ on body shaming is perfect. 

Did you read any excellent articles this week? Post a link below in the comments! 

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  • Oh it must be so lovely to get post with your new name on! I can’t wait for that moment x
    Sophie Cliff

    • It’s very exciting! I don’t think I will officially change my last name (I’m still talking about hyphenating it), but it’s so nice to be acknowledged as part of the family! x

  • I still can’t decide if I want to read the new Harry Potter, I have heard so many mixed reviews, but I can’t wait to hear what you think of the play!

    • It’s so clear it was written to be seen and not to be read (as most plays are). It’s not Shakespeare (or Rowling) by any stretch of the imagination but I think that if they can work the magic that’s in the stage directions it’s going to be one of the most visually striking plays of all time! x

  • I totally see what you mean about the Cursed Child – it felt unnatural to me. However, I’m sure the play will be epic!

    • I know the script was published to make money, and that makes sense from a business perspective. But it doesn’t feel like it’s meant to be read because it’s a visual exercise: at least, that’s why I’m still so excited to so it. I have some major gripes with the plot but I don’t want to post any spoilers for those who are saving themselves for the play and/or haven’t read it yet. x

  • This summer really is going by too fast. HOW is it August already?! Sounds like you’ve had another amazing week though.

  • I’ve still not been to Shake Shack, it’s been on my list for way too long!! Let me know when you next go there!!

  • Gianni Washington

    I just got home from seeing Suicide Squad. I was already slightly annoyed by the trailer, which made the Harley-Joker relationship look more romantic than it was. Spoiler/notspoiler: the movie actually does this, so I was most def rolling my eyes at the screen. He was her abusive boss and she was obsessed. Period. And yeaaahhh… whenever either one of them is sexualized, it gives me the heebies. But with Margot Robbie playing Harley I knew what I was in for.

    I can’t wait to hear what you think of the play (HP & the Cursed Child) on stage vs on the page. I haven’t read it yet, but other people have been saying similar things to what you’ve said about the script.

    • I thought that’s what might happen with the film – hugely disappointing! All of the reviews so far have said really similar things 🙁 x

  • Shake Shack is the best!

  • I saw the Cursed Child during the previews and was absolutely bowled over by it, but haven’t gotten round to reading the script yet . The theatrical production really is phenomenal so you’re in for quite a treat next Feb 🙂 xx

    • I know a few people that have been involved with the production (the perks of having gone to drama school) and they only have phenomenal things to say so I can’t wait to see it! x

  • 1) When any married female friend of mine refers to vague news, I jump to pregnancy. This is your own fault for being all coy.

    2) I loved the script, but I noticed that my imagination kept placing everyone on a stage instead of just being. When I read the books, I imagine everything as though it’s real life, but I just couldn’t with the play. I still loved it, and I’m SO jealous you and Sam are going!!!! I can’t imagine how hard it must be to get tickets.

    3) Summer has definitely gone by too fast, and since I was either sick, depressed, or both from May to July, I haven’t really enjoyed most of my summer. But in Georgia, summer lasts through the end of September, so I have two months to make the most of it!

    • Ha, I PROMISE that it is not baby related 😉

      And Cursed Child is so sold out here, that surely it’s only a matter of time until it gets to Broadway and then starts touring. (Maybe even to the Fox in Atlanta!) I really really want to see Hamilton, so I’m living in hope for seeing that over here one day!

  • Ahhhhh I’m seeing the Cursed Child on Saturday and I can’t flipping wait! 😀 Also, damn my big boobs for making bralettes an impossibility! Alice xxx

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    • Eek! I’m so excited for you! (I’d I’d happily take some boobs off your hand if boobs were something that could be shared). x