Saturday, 24 December 2016

Lifestyle (films, music etc) favourites of 2016

Hey guys,

It's that time of year already when we get to look back on the last year or this time round the mess that was 2016. I've always loved writing this yearly favourites posts but this year I have taken it further with fashion favourites, digital faves (youtubers etc) and this one which is a bit of a lifestyle mix.
I have a few categories to go through but when looking back on my highlights I could only think of things that I've discovered since the summer.

TV - I am a bit of a TV junkie and spend 90% of my time with the TV on but I mostly just watch rubbish background TV but these are the few shows I've loved this year.

 Stranger things - the biggest show of the summer, if you haven't seen it yet, come on. I just adore this show the 80s soundtrack (Joy division, the clash etc basically my daily play list anyway) and the influences from some of my favourite films, its such a great storyline with amazing character developments and I've already watched it in full three times.
Gilmore Girls - I only really heard about this show at the start of the summer with the hype surrounding the revival so I decided the see what the hype was about and quickly mum and I became obsessed. I am yet to watch the revival but in terms of the teams I was basically in support of the best guy at the time ( first two seasons team Dean then team Jess and I was even team Logan for a bit) Now I feel like Logan is best on paper but in terms of chemistry she is meant to be with Jess so TEAM JESS however I also agree that it doesn't matter if she doesn't end with anyone, as for Lorelei again I loved Max and understand what she shares with Christopher but its always going to be Luke.
Orange is the new black - Season 4 which came out this summer was in my opinion the best yet. it had some of the funniest moments and I felt the messages were stronger than ever notably with the neo-nazi themes, right now lets not talk about the saddest part right?
Twin peaks - this show has been on my to-watch list for way too long and I finally gave it watch this year to fall in love with the show and the rest of Lynch's work, to the point in which Lynch is the focus of my current uni project. The mystery of this show is endless but its the aesthetic  and the characters that I love notably Agent Dale Cooper and Audrey Horne.
Sex and the city - Another show that I'm not quite sure how I have missed until now but it was exactly what I expected and wanted for this show. I think it took my something like 2 week to watch every episode. I don't think I need to say too much about it after all these years but the clothes, the girls who become our friends its just one of my favourite shows to re-watch.
My final TV mention from 2016 is Strictly come dancing, a show I have watched every single year but more recently I've been less into, being at uni mainly but this years I loved and watched every week. The standard was to high with the perfect comedy dancer in Ed balls and amazing dances most week from Louise, Ore and Danny who was my winner. I've watched this show since season 2 and I think Danny's samba (watch here) is my favourite dance I've ever seen on Strictly.

Films - I literally cant think of any good films I have seen that actually came out this year and I only went to the cinema three times (danish girl which was amazing, miss peregrines home for peculiar children which was okay and Alice through the looking glass, not so good) but a few films I have been obsessed with in 2016 are natural born killers, such a beautiful film that made me side with serial killers which is a tricky job to do, blue velvet after already mentioning my new love for Lynch this film shouldn't come as a surprise (so beautiful) and Almost famous again because of the amazing music influences and just how amazing Penny Lane is, played by Kate Hudson.

Music -Looking back this hasn't been a big year for my music taste I have mainly been listening to strangers things inspired music bands such as The clash, Jefferson aeroplane. Most recently aside from Christmas music I have been listening to Joanne by Lady gaga which is just an amazing album, I was never a huge fan of lady gaga but some of the songs on this album I get a hint of Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton which I love. Also been loving You me at sixes new singles especially Plus one and Give. Other singles I've loved have been Make me (cry) by Noah Cyrus, Honey (the album too) by Moose blood (ma current fave band), Sick of losing soulmates by Dodie and obviously One Dance by Drake.
Now I must mention Lemonade by Beyonce, Blonde by Frank Ocean, the band Cigarettes after sex who are just beautiful (listen to their cover of Keep on loving you originally by REO speedwagon. My final music favourite is of course an old album that I have just discovered, Tapestry by Carole King. If you too haven't listened to this masterpiece you will actually know many of the songs as she was mainly known as a songwriter in the sixties, songs such as Will you love me tomorrow?, (You make me feel like) A Natural woman and Where you lead aka the Gilmore girls theme tune.

Moments - Now a few of my personal lifestyle memories, this years summer holiday was to west wales which was lovely as I got to go back to the places I spent most of my holidays as a child (you can read a bit about it here), then I was so lucky to be taken to Friendfest and got to spend a day in Monica's apartment and central perk which was just a dream (link here), I loved the start of second year uni so much (so far anyway) the course has been so much better than first year plus the nights out I found myself on this term were lush. In the summer I went to meet Carrie Fletcher , she was so lovely and it was amazing to meet her as she was the first YouTuber I started watching nearly 5 years ago now. I also had a great time in February in London with my best mates for London fashion week and so many more spending a weekend in bath with my Uncle and meeting uni friends, assisting back stage at a fashion show and living by the sea again.

I hope you've enjoyed this post which was basically me passionately ranting about my favourite shows.

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE, hope you all have the best time !!

Love Charlotte

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