Monday, September 11, 2017

What to Watch on Netflix

Who doesn't love a good Netflix session? I personally love plopping down on the sofa or on my bed after a long and tiring day and putting on one of my favorite shows - and believe me, I have a lot of them.
One of the reasons why I love Netflix that I simply cannot run out of things to watch because every time I finish a show, I scroll through my recommendations to find another one that appeals to me - after I've finished mourning the end of my other beloved show, of course.

However, all of us TV show lovers will know that all that glitters is not gold - some shows might seem interesting, thrilling even, when you read through their synopsis, but once you're actually two episodes into them you're either bored to death or might even have fallen asleep.

In order to avoid the feeling of being catfished by promising looking shows, I thought I would recommend some of my favorites to you guys!

1. Orphan Black (trigger: suicide)

This show is incredibly smart. Like, way too over my head kind of smart, but that does not stop me from enjoying it at all - it makes me marvel at how the hell they make this show every single episode.

Now you're probably mildly confused. Let me explain: Orphan Black starts off with Sarah Manning watching a woman who looks exactly like her commit suicide by jumping in front of a train. Sarah, who was adopted, is mesmerized by this and starts investigating this mysterious woman - only to find out that there's more women out there to look like her. And no, they don't happen to be quadruplets - they're clones.

This show has it all - it's gripping as hell, the characters are so relatable and feel so real that you just want to reach into your screen and squeeze them, and the science side to it is just awesome.
Also, Tatiana Maslany plays all of the clones by herself. This woman is such an incredible actor, I don't know how she's able to pull it all off, but I'm loving it.

2. Riverdale

Maybe the most hyped show of 2017, Riverdale starts of with the death of Jason Blossom, son of Riverdale's most influencial family and popular quarterback of Riverdale High. Soon enough, the police find out that Jason was actually murdered, contrary to his twin sister's claim that they got seperated when their boat was flipped over - and the hunt for Jason's killer starts.

Now, this sounds like your typical murder mystery, but I think what had me binge watching this show for two days is that it has so much more to it: there's your coming-of-age teenage high school drama (if you've followed my Recent Reads series you'll know I'm into that), incredible characters and character development, the shots are soo aesthetically pleasing - and then there's Cole Sprouse. That says it all.

I have to say that there are some things about this show that I didn't enjoy about Riverdale, especially towards the end of the first seasons when the plot became a little too trippy for my liking, but overall, I still had a great time watching this and can't wait for season two!

3. 3%

I don't know anyone else who has watched this show, but I liked it so much that I just had to get word out and share it with you guys!

3% is Brazilian TV show set in a dystopian universe that is divided into devastation and progress, the Inland and the Offshore. All citizens of the slums the Inland consists of have the chance to make it to the Offshore and live a better life by going what is known as The Process - several tests that only 3% of all candidates pass.

The first season only has eight episodes, so I powered through it within a day. I've got to admit that it took me almost the entire first episode to get into the show, simply because the Brazilian show makers have a very different style to the shows I usually watch, but it's very compelling and draws you in rather quickly. There's so many twists and turns to be found here that you're basically on the edge of your seat for the majority of the time - the first season even ends with one hell of a cliffhanger, so I'm over the moon that Netflix renewed it for a second season!

4. Shadowhunters

If you haven't read at least one book of Cassandrs Clare's The Mortal Instruments series, the concept of the show might be very confusing or bizzare to you. When her mother disappears, Clary Fairchild learns that she is a Shadowhunter, and so is her mother. Shadowhunters are humans borns with angelic blood who fight to protect the mundane world from demons, and Clary has to dive even further into their world if she wants to rescue her mother.

If you love fantasy and are open to new things, this show will grow on you, I promise. The second season was great, in my opinion, especially after the cast and crew had a bit of a rough start in season one with a low budget and CGI that needed a lot of work to do.
And if you, like me, have read the books, you should definitely check this one out to see some of your favorite characters come to life - I'm actually in love with how the show portrays Simon, Alec and Magnus!

5. Pretty Little Liars

This god damn show. This one's my baby. I've grown up with it, so I refuse to not put it on this list even if I'm aware of its faults.
Pretty Little Liars starts of with the disapperance of Alison Dilaurentis, the mean queen bee of Rosewood Highschool. Soon after, Alisons four best friends receive anonymous text messages signed only with -A. teasing or threatening them. Just as the girls come to believe it is Alison who's sending them these messages, Alison's body is found, and A threatens them that they know "everything" that has happened that lead to her death.

The first three or four seasons of this were an actual blast, I swear. However, the longer the show dragged on, the more plot holes and loose ends appeared that had me as well as every other viewer more and more frustrated, and yet I continued watching because I was so comitted to these characters.

If you're into mysteries, high school drama and some coming-of-age elements, this one's for you. I promise you it'll make you fall in love with these characters just as much as I did, and if you, like me, make it to the end of season seven and thus, the end of the show against all odds, you'll find yourself weeping.

Are there any Netflix shows you would recommend to anyone? Let me know in the comments!
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Sunday, September 3, 2017

18 Things I'm Excited for This Fall

Happy fall y'all! Now that September is upon us, it's officially fall - or autumn, if you're from Britain. Now, I myself don't have a favorite season because I'll always find something that I adore about a certain time of the year, such as long summer nights and pool days in summer or Christmas and snow days in winter.

However, I feel like there's just something special about fall - the scent of pumpkins and of change is in the cool, breezy air; all the best foods make a comeback and nature turns the prettiest of colors.
As I've seen so many people on Twitter and Instagram who were buzzing for the new season, I thought I'd share some of the things I'm super excited for this fall!


1. All the leaves turning bright colors.

2. Pumpkin Spice Lattes. I'm such a blogger cliché with this one but I just really, really love them.

3. Pumpkin anything, really! Can't beat my Mom's pumpkin soup, y'all.

4. Starting uni in October! Well, I'm equally parts excited and terrified about the fact that I'll be taking my first classes in just over a month, but that's a story for another post.

5. New stationary! With school and university starting again, fall is the best season to stock up on all the cute stationary.

6. Colder temperatures. Don't get me wrong, I love a good summer day, but we've experienced so much heat here that my body is ready for some chilly air now.

7. Getting to vote for the first time. (PSA to all my fellow Germans: General Election is on the 24th of September. Do us all a favor and don't miss it.)

8. Rainy evenings spent on the sofa reading.

9. Finally being able to wear my new coat that I, being a smart egg, bought in the middle of summer.

10. Finally getting to bake more because my stove doesn't make my kitchen feel like the seventh circle of hell anymore.

11. All the comfort food. I'm so here for a good chili or stew - or even some Sloppy Joes, which I've loved ever since my American host family made them for me!

12. Re-decorating my apartment and decking it out for fall.

13. Being able to wear all of my comfy sweaters again!

14. All the hot drinks, such as hot chocolate and lots of cups of tea.

15. Halloween is just around the corner!

16. Lots of TV Shows come back from hiatus! Actually can't wait for season two of Riverdale, just to name one.

17. Now that the weather is all gloomy, it's perfectly acceptable to spend a day snuggled up in bed, reading or binge watching your favorite TV show.

18. Jumping into a pile of leaves - because who says that's only for kids?

Is there anything you're excited for now that it's fall? Please let me know in the comments!

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Recent Reads #15 - Stranger Than Fanfiction

I can't believe how long it has been since I've written a post for my Recent Reads series! As many of you will know, I'm a huge bookworm and just cannot resist purchasing new books everytime I enter a bookstore, so not being able to read a book I genuinely enjoy for over half a year was really bugging me.

I hardly enjoyed the assigned readings I had to read before my exams, so I wasn't inspired to share them with you guys, and I didn't have any time to sit down with a book I had picked out for myself between classes, work, assignments and studying for graduation exams either.

Due to that, I've been all the more excited about the fact that I'm now finally able to work off my to-read list! Stranger Than Fanfiction by Chris Colfer is one of the books that have been sitting on my bookshelf for longer than I can remember - which is a shame because I once I actually came around picking it up, I finished it within less than a day! 


Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Dreamiest Jumpsuit for Under 7€

I know I've always said that because of my height, babyface and general dorkiness, jumpsuits make me look like a slightly tall toddler running around in her romper, so I didn't like wearing them at all.

Shortly before I was off on my holiday, though, I found the cutest, yet casual jumpsuit I've ever seen while looking around H&M - I'm usually stuck in a love-hate-relationship with the store, where I either love almost everything I find or go months on end without seeing anything of interest in there.
The discovery of this jumpsuit, however, reignited my love for H&M - their fall collection is so cute - wishlist material, anyone?


Saturday, August 19, 2017

Zoella Beauty Haul

Every blogger has probably heard of Zoe Sugg, alias Zoella, before - and if you've heard of Zoe, you will probably have heard of some of her various projects as well. Not only has she published an entire triology of books, she also has her own lifestyle and beauty range.

Now, while I have read her books, I've never tried any of Zoe's products as, up until recently, they weren't sold anywhere here in Germany. Around two months or so ago, however, a drugstore near me started selling Zoella Beauty products, so I thought I'd pick some of them up to see what the hype around them is all about - especially as all of the products I purchased are cruelty-free!

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