This is the best of what we've watched, read and listened in March 2022. Save this post when you're next looking for something to fill your spare time.
Bridgerton Season 2 (Netflix): Make haste and carve out time to promenade and romp your way through eight new episodes of the show that jolted us out of our first year of the pandemic. People are saying it's not as good as the first series but I say it's unfair to judge because the first series brought with it all the surprises. This time around I settled in to catch up with some of my faves, to meet some new characters and to marvel over the costuming and food styling. But for the love of cake, would someone please eat the food that's always out for tea.
The Girl Before (Binge): The Brits do thrillers so well and this four-part mini series was a cracker. Even though I'd read the book, my menopausal brain meant that it took until near the end to remember what happened.
Outlander Season 6 (Binge): If you're yet to dip your toes into the world of the Frasers then grab the popcorn and settle in for the first five seasons on Netflix. The latest series is being drip fed on Binge but it's a delight to catch up with Claire and Jamie as they try to shift alliances ahead of the Revolutionary War.
Again, Rachel by Marian Keyes: I've religiously read Marian's books since the first - Watermelon - in 1995. I hear her Irish accent in every piece of prose and fall deeply in love and invested in her characters and the way she tells a story that relatable, funny and heartbreaking all at once. She's not afraid to tackle tough topics, including addiction. Marian has openly talked about her own addiction and writes from a perspective that is honest and with great insight. This book revisits the topic when we are reintroduced to the Walsh family, who we first met in Rachel's Holiday in 1998. I did not want to finish this book. I already miss Rachael.
One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle: I LOVED Rebecca's bestseller, In Five Years, so when I saw this one pop up, I dived right in. One Italian Summer opens as Katy's mum has died - just before they were to go on a holiday to Positano. Bereft, Katy goes alone and what happens next calls on the reader to suspend belief and roll with the plot. With a backdrop of the Amalfi Coast, I say anything is possible.
Power by Kemi Nekvapil: I first met Kemi at a conference in 2015. She was a powerhouse then but her claim to her own power has only continued to rise. Kemi's an incredible speaker and coach and this is the book I urge you to consume from beginning to end. Its premise is all about living and leading fully without apology. You'll be guided through Kemi's framework for claiming your power and be inspired by the stories woven through the book.
Forty by Lise Carlaw and Sarah Wills: Lise and Sarah's friendship is a modern-day tale of the internet bringing two people together who otherwise wouldn't have met. Thank goodness they did meet because together they've become shining lights in the radio and podcast space. Now, they're authors, penning a guide to the fifth decade of a woman's life. They share their wisdom, as well as that of everyday women (and famous ones too). Buy it for anyone in your life turning 40. It has all the hallmark humour that Lise and Sarah bring but with poignant reminders that life really doesn't have to end in the middle years.
Our Get Up and Get Dressed playlist: With the help and input of the many wonderful women who help bring our photoshoot campaigns together, I put together this playlist of bangers, with songs that will not only get you up and motivated but you'll not stop dancing (as proven at a girlfriend's 50th last weekend!). Click the link and then the heart symbol to add to your own Spotify account.
Awkward Conversations podcast with Caroline Hutchinson: My fabulous friend and long-time breakfast radio announcer recently launch this incredible podcast. Her way of interviewing is engaging, empathetic and like sitting down with a mate. Add it to your faves.