Wednesday, 27 August 2014

TV Confessions {Link Up #15}

I wanted to blog yesterday all about the Emmys but after my MTV VMA post I figured it would be too much for my lovely readers to inundate them with more awards show views plus, the Emmys were surprisingly boring and yes, I'm talking about the red carpet however, I love TV. I've said it many times before but I'll say it again, TV is a big part of my life.

Here are some of my TV confessions also, be forewarned if you haven't caught up on all these shows.

1. Greys Anatomy
When Lexie was killed off the show, I really didn't know she was leaving so I watched it full on crying and in shock.

2. Game of Thrones
While this is a show where ridiculously unexpected things happen every so often episode my most shocking episode was the Red Wedding. 

This was so shocking you can actually watch people's reactions to watching this scene. 

3. The Good Wife
This is actually the episode that triggered this post. How did I not know that they were killing Will off???

I am so upset about this because Will was my favourite character on the show and the way he was in love with Alicia was so special. 

4. Game of Thrones (again)

This time it's the Purple Wedding. I spent so much time watching this show wishing they would just kill Joffrey off and when it happened my reaction was somewhat like this...

5. Scandal (The Fixer) 
I'm going to be honest, I thought David would have been killed off but alas, it was James who had to go...

6. Chicago PD
I only started watching it because I'm a Sophia Bush fan but now I'm seriously into it! Plus her partner is super hot, hopefully they hook up soon...

7. Drop Dead Diva
It's so silly but I can't stop watching it!

8. Girls
I cringe almost every episode and yet I am more hooked then ever before. 

9. Reruns, I will NEVER get tired of rewatching Sister Sister / Half and Half / 7th Heaven / Soul Food / One Tree Hill / Sex and the City / Friends or the Nanny. There are loads more but you get the idea...

What's the one show you never get tired of watching?

Of course I'm linking up with Kathy for our weekly purge confession session

Monday, 25 August 2014

2014 MTV Video Music Awards

While I was not intending on posting today I managed to watch the MTV VMAs and had to share some of my thoughts with you. Early disclosure, they are random but that was the point!

The opening was pretty interesting but why was Nicki Minaj holding her top through her collaboration with Jessie J and Ariana Grande? Wardrobe malfunction... !

How ridiculously amazing is JLo's body? This woman is 45 years old and yet she only gets better with age. 

I think Britney and Justin did it better.. but well done Katy for the the throwback! I think they just needed to do something more with the look for it to outdo the original moment. 

Mrs Kim Kardashian West went for a patterned mini dress but she actually ended up looking really casual in comparison to her sisters.

I'm not loving Taylor Swift's outfit choice, this pattern just wasn't exciting enough and I still don't understand why these celebs keep walking around without pants?? However her reaction to Lourde winning the best Rock Music video was super cute!

My most surprising winner is definitely Fifth Harmony for Artist to Watch. While I liked them during their time on X-Factor I really didn't think they were going to beat 5 Seconds of Summer or Sam Smith but hey, girl power, right?

The most sincere performance goes to Sam Smith.. damn can he sing! I tried really hard to find a good clip of it but was unsuccessful, however if I do I'll put it up at a later stage.

However one of the more sincere moments would be when Miley had her friend, Jesse, a homeless youth accept her award for Video of the Year.

I know the internet was buzzing with Beyonce's performance but I'm not feeling particularly overwhelmed with praise but her daughter was pretty cute! 

So, did you watch the show?

Friday, 22 August 2014

Friday Favourites {Link Up}

Hello there Friday!

This week really flew by, a week ago I was on my flight to Johannesburg at this time having a very bumpy ride. However I'm back in Cape Town now and happier for it except for the fact that I miss my niece terribly!

I've tried linking up before with Amanda but for some reason it didn't work so hopefully today will. I had planned on continuing to share places to go or things to see in South Africa on Fridays but I just wasn't prepared for this week so I thought I might as well share some of my favourites from this week.

Favourite Moment:

When my niece was looking up at me. I'm a sucker for this little girl, broody,much?!

Favourite Song: 

Taylor Swift - Shake It Off, I'm surprised at how much I like this song, but I really do!

Favourite Movie:

Hook. Dstv is showing a collection of Robin Williams movies in memory of him and I forgot how much I loved this movie!

Favourite Pin:

What's your favourite thing about this week?

Don't forget to check out Amanda at Meet @ the Barre

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

The Liebster Award aka Confessions about Me ( Link Up #14}

Hi Everybody,I'm a bit very late today but here it goes...

I was nominated for two Liebster Awards in one week and I’ve decided to combine the two nominations so I wouldn’t bore you with too many facts about me.

Secondly, this is not my first Liebster Award/Nomination so you can click here to check my previous one out.
Why don’t we get started?

11 Facts about me:
  1.   I’m an Aquarian.
  2.   My birth date is the 21st of January and when I was younger all the magazines I used to read would say that Capricorn ended on the 21st and Aquarius started on the 21st so my family used to say that was the reason for my multiple mood swings.
  3.   I don’t even really believe in Horoscopes, do you?
  4.   My mother always calls me "Natalie" she never uses a nickname or pet name. Never. In TWENTY SEVEN years!
  5.   I haven’t actually figured out this blogging thing even though I’ve been doing it for more than a year already. While my readership has steadily increased my actual followers have been much slower. Suggestions anyone?
  6.   I’ve been to a male strip club, it was weird and I don’t plan on going again unless it’s for an occasion.
  7.   If I could, I would visit Ireland every time I went on holiday.
  8.   I travelled through parts of Europe on my own last year and I wasn’t even worried (unlike my dad)
  9.   I’m a lists kinda girl. I always write out lists when I’m feeling overwhelmed so I can take charge of the situation.
  10.     I unfollowed a few of the “big names” in the blogging world while I  liked the ladies for the most part, I found at times I was marking their posts as read more often than actually reading them.
   11.      Once when walking through an airport, my jeans fell off me. Thankfully it was the middle of winter in Europe so I had a whole additional layer of black thermals.

That’s for me to know:

Katie’s Questions:

//what is your favorite movie, and why?

Dirty Dancing, I never get bored of watching it. The soundtrack is great and I like that it was released the same year I was born…

//if you could pick one thing to do for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Travel around the world lecturing about law and the importance of travel.

//describe your best friend.

This one is difficult because I have a few but the qualities that they all share is that they are all independent woman who are well educated, witty and protective of my heart. They are non-judgmental and all share an appreciation for travel and books the way I do.

//comfort or style?

Comfort, while I don’t wlk around in crocs for comfort I don’t wear ridiculous shoes just because they’re in.

//if we were to go out drinking together (in a bar just hanging out), what do you think we would drink and talk about?

We would probably be drinking a sweet cocktail if I get to choose and we’d be talking about our careers, new travel plans or reminiscing on old ones and well, boys of course!

//have you ever done anything illegal? don't be confessing your murders or anything like that to me, but like if you stole your mom's car before or smoked weed. something like that.

Not that I can think of, I’ve never taken any drug in any form and I haven’t stolen anything but I guess I did drive while being over the legal limit when I was 18, it was a close drive but I’ve never done that again.

//what's your favorite song? why? does it bring back a special memory or do you just love the beat?

My all time favourite song is Debrorah Cox – Nobody’s Suppose To Be Here the song was released at a very transitional time in my life plus I love the lyrics.

//if you could swap genders with the opposite sex for one day, what would you do?

I would have no idea what to do with myself, there is nothing that men do that I ave any desire in doing.. boring I know. 

//would you rather use sandpaper for toilet paper or hot sauce for eyedrops? yes, i love the would you rather game.

LMFAO… sandpaper, no hot sauce ok, sandpaper.

//what decade do you really think that you should have been raised in? explanations are necessary.

I jump between the early 1900s and the 1950s. I love chivalry and being treated like a lady and having men actually do the pursing but then the problem I have is, what about woman’s rights were and I’m grateful I wasn’t born then.

//am i the only person that actually really likes nickelback, or do you too?

I like nickleback, well, their music, I’m not necessarily a fan of the band members.

Doneida’s Questions:

**Whats your favorite TV Show?  Tell me about which character you most relate to!

There’s a few but I think I’m going to go with One Tree Hill. I am a cross between Peyton and Hayley. Hayley for the good girl image but Peyton for her feelings and they way she relates to music for comfort or clarification.

**If you could have dinner with 3 deceased people, who would it be and why?

Michael Jackson, I think he was a bit crazy but clearly he was an intelligent man with a lot to say.
Nelson Mandela, I find it fascinating how he was able to be so forgiving after all that he lost during the apartheid and I would want to know what he really felt about how South Africa is 20 years post apartheid.
My grandfather on my dad’s side of the family. I would just want more time with him plus I think he would be able to lighten the mood after Nelson Mandela said that SA is not what he hoped for and when MJ realised that no plastic surgery was going to make him white on the inside.

**Whats the last thing you do at night?

Recently, I’ve been falling off to sleep watching Orange Is The New Black but usually check my phone.

**Do you have any pets??

I have a horse,Uptothemoon but she’s a retired racehorse and while my dad has told me repeatedly she’s not a pet, I love her as if she is one!

**I love Big Brother, especially the Evictions. If you could nominate one celebrity for “Eviction” from popularity, who would it be, and why?

Good question… umm it’s a toss up between Lady Gaga and Rhianna. I just don’t understand what the obsession is with these ladies. While I respect it and their huge followings, they really don’t add much to my life. I hate their dress sense or lack there of oh and could they take Kanye with them???

**Who is your Favorite Singer? Song?

Mariah Carey – Whenever You Call.

**If a celebrity were to play you in a Lifetime movie, who would you want it to be?

My little knowledge of indian actresses is a problem right now but maybe Mindy or Frida Pinto. Mindy would have my personality down but I don’t thin we look anything a like. Personality wise, I would opt for Zooey Deschanel. 

**What’s your real life job?

I’m an attorney.

**What is the best gift that you have given? Why did you choose to give that specifically?

For my bbf’s 30th birthday I gave her a cd with 60 songs. 30 songs from each year of her life and another 30 that either mean something in our friendship or relate to a specific moment. Plus I included cake pop set because he has a passion for baking, a puzzle of Tower Bridge because she loves difficult puzzles and Tower Bridge because I wanted it to be something that she connected too and we had been to Tower Bridge together and I bought her something else but I’ve completely blanked on it. It wasn’t necessarily the best gift but one I remember well for the reasons I gave each thing.

**Where is your favorite place to visit?

**What is your favorite phone app, and why?

I really make use of Period Diary. I am so forgetful and I always forget to put stuf in my phone so I use this app to help me out also because I’m always looking for flights between Johannesburg and Cape Town!

Now, I nominate the following ladies:

Emily - The Rant

Tracie - Tracie Everyday

Shelley - Oh, Shells Bells

Here are your questions (and don’t forget to let me know once you’ve done your post so I can check it out)

  1.   Who’s your favourite blogger and why?
  2.   What’s your favourite post you’ve ever written, share the link?   
  3.   Kardashians : Love or Hate?
  4.   Would you be able to recognise Prince Harry or a fake knock off on a TV show?
  5.   What’s your favourite book and why? 
  6.   Biggest Pet Peeve?
  7.   Who do you think could be your best friend if only you two actually met?
  8.   Dream holiday destination?  
  9.   You can have dinner with any four celebrities, who’s invited?
  10.                 Why did you start blogging, are the reasons still the same?
  11.                What’s your most played song on your iPod/iPhone?

Also considering how I have had to share so much with all of you today, I’m filing this under Humpday Confessions with Kathy!

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

#GuiltyTotalSocial {Link Up}

Helene in Between

I participated in the first #TOTALSOCIAL link up but for the last few months ago and every month I've been caught up and missed my opportunity to catch up with the lovely hosts, Sarah and Helene

I wasn't planning on blogging today but I love the idea of this topic and I thought I've already blogged about my guilty pleasures but when looking for the post, it seems to have disappeared?!

This month, I get to share what I would consider my guilty pleasures:

// TV. I am not going to even try to sugar coat this. I love watching TV. In a 12 month period I watch about 20 40 plus shows. I get hooked very easily and once I'm in it, I'm in. I watch everything from Girls to Sister Sister reruns to Bold and the Beautiful. I love !watching the Bachelor/ Bachelorette and yes, I watch Keeping Up with the Kardashians, remember, Khloe is my favourite

//Football. I watch a lot of football or soccer. Whatever you call it in your country, I watch a lot of the English Premier League. I watch a ridiculous amount of Liverpool FC documentaries.

//Steven Gerrard. I'm not sure if my obsession with him is even healthy. I also know, my celebrity crush cannot even be called a crush because I will talk about him any chance I get, also I post pictures of him all the time and I stalk his profile at an unhealthy level. I know some people say they get the appeal but others just flat out say he's not even that great but I honestly find him the most inspiring and sexy man around. 

// Woolworths Chocolate Peanuts or Cadbury's Chocolate Peanuts. Being that I'm trying to be healthier I haven't eaten these in a while but oh my word, they are my favorite sweet choice. #SorryNotSorry

// My iPhone! A couple of weeks ago when I was having problems with the charger I was freaking out and those three days without my phone were horrible. 

// Tevin Campbell's "I'm Ready" album will never get old, neither will the Spice Girls!

//Babies. I know that's a bit strange but I have always loved babies and I love holding their hands.

What are your guilty pleasures??

Monday, 18 August 2014

I Heart Hollywood by Lindsey Kelk - Review

I'm not going to lie to any of you, I don't remember buying this book and I don't remember who gave it to me but can I say THANKS if it was you?!  I'm a little bit late to post today but I've been spending time with my niece and well, she trumps you.. #SorryNotSorry

"I heart Hollywood" is the second in the I Heart series and by my previous paragraph, you'll realise I didn't buy this book so I didn't read the first one however the author, Lindsey Kelk, manages to keep you in the loop by referring to the previous novel and it sounds like it was hilarious. 

Here is Amazon's synopsis:

Celebs, sunshine and beautiful boys…enough to lead a girl astray?
Angela Clark can’t believe her luck… she’s an English girl living in New York with a dream job at hip magazine The Look and a sexy boyfriend.
Her latest assignment takes her to Hollywood to interview hot actor and fellow Brit James Jacobs.Thrown in at the deep end she heads west with best friend Jenny dreaming of Rodeo Drive and Malibu beach.
Soon Angela discovers that celebrity life in Hollywood is not all glamour, gloss and sunshine. Despite his lady-killer reputation, the only person who seems genuine is James.
Then a paparazzi snaps them in an uncompromising position and suddenly Angela is thrust into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons…
Can she convince all those close to her – especially her boss and her boyfriend – not to believe everything they read? And will Hollywood ever win Angela’s heart? 

I gave a quick review on goodreads which can be seen below but I wanted to add to it by saying I really enjoyed this book. While I liked Angela, I can't say I identified with her from my point of view although, she definitely reminded of my bff, A. As Angela made one decision after the next I could see A doing the same thing which is hilarious because none of the things Angela did was totally out there... 

This was an easy book once you got into the first 30 or 40 pages. I often thought Angela was a typical female in doubting herself and the ones around her. 

I Heart Hollywood (I Heart, #2)I Heart Hollywood by Lindsey Kelk
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Good chick-lit. Some surprising twists with a dash of "OMG" moments. Angela pulls you in and you can't help but root for her to succeed.

View all my reviews

What are you reading this week?

Friday, 15 August 2014

The Creamery, Cape Town - Review

In keeping with the theme of exploring my country, I thought I would give a new place a try. A friend of mine told me about this incredible ice-cream store, the creamery.

I thought she was exaggerating but this girl has an amazing body so I should have realized if she was cheating on her healthy lifestyle, it had to be worth the cheat.

The creamery can be found in Newlands, Cape Town but according to their latest blog, they are moving soon to bigger and better premises.

Last night I went to visit a friend who lives close by so I dragged her non ice-cream eating ass to go with me and I would pay with coffee. Turns out she didn't want the coffee but she would take mint tea and a waffle.

So, we went there at 10 , and the place was packed! We actually waited a few minutes for a seat and then we dashed to a table when a couple of ladies got up.

There are an array of ice-cream flavours and they are super original! However after tasting the lemon swirl and sea salt caramel I chose lemon swirl and the other flavour was peanut butter. I like peanut butter!

I didn't finish the lemon swirl but that's because that was way too much ice-cream even for a cheat meal...

My friend had a waffle with a banana brûlée and she added some chocolate sauce and LOVED that banana brûlée!

I liked the setting, it is perfectly placed near UCT and all the surrounding schools and it's trendy! You pay for the quality of homemade originally flavoured ice- cream and large quantities of happiness!

What's your favourite ice-cream? Or more importantly... Will you have ice-cream this weekend??