Sunday, 5 March 2017

February Favourites 2017

Hello to you my lovely readers, I hope you are well.
Can you believe it's March already? I am so ready for Spring and warmer weather. Without further waffling, lets get into what I have been enjoying through the short month of February.

"Marvel's Jessica Jones"

I'd had this series sitting on my Netflix list since its release over a year ago, purely based on the fact that it starred the brilliant David Tennant. But this series is brilliant, I'm surprised there aren't more people talking about it. The series tells the story of Jessica Jones, a gifted PI hiding from her traumatic past, but when her past comes back for her, she's forced to resume the fight. Yep, keeping it vague for your own benefit. Fair warning, it gets very gory and brutal very quickly, but the story is so compelling, told in such a way that keeps you totally sucked in, wanting to know what will happen next and trust me, it'll never be what you expect.

"Dear Marie" by John Mayer

As a long time John Mayer fan, I am embarrassed to say that I only recently discovered his Paradise Valley album from 2013. I heard that he was due to release new music for 2017 so had a search on iTunes to find the dates only to see I'd missed a whole album. Purchased instantly and was not disappointed. This particular track encompasses all the things I love about his music, catchy melody you can tap your toes along to, soft guitars with a slight country vibe and of course his honest lyrics that always hit home.

"Cool Blue" by The Japanese House

My discovery of The Japanese House came from seeing them as the support act for The 1975 in November. There's something about the dreamy synths that seem to swirl along with the crispy guitars and the almost ethereal vocals, with a running water theme that it takes me out of the room when my earphones are plugged in to this. If you're into the 1975, get ready to get addicted.

"Angela" by The Lumineers

Again, a long time Lumineers fan, I was hugely excited about the release of their new album last year, however it took me a while to remember to actually purchase it. This track was one of those whereby I was hooked after just one listen. I've played the absolute crap out of it, whacking it on repeat to and from work every morning. If the melodic acoustic guitar and rasping yet powerful vocals don't get you, then wait for that piano. You can thank me later.

Handy Gurugu by LUSH Cosmetics

I have been a fan of LUSH hand creams for the last few years, I tend to use these on a rotation, so in winter when I need something a little heavier, I turn to Handy Gurugu. All of LUSH's products tend to smell heavenly, but I love this one for its hints of rose water and shea, peanut, cashew and almond butters. The product is so moisturising it leaves my hands feeling soft but never greasy.

Irish Moor Mud Mask by Peter Thomas Roth

This month my skin has been feeling a little dry, probably from the cold weather, then I remembered that my infamous awesome bestie bought me a second PTR mask for my birthday. This mask contains purifying mud to remove impurities and blackheads whilst hydrating and detoxing. Not quite as satisfying as a mask that peels off, but the product still leaves my skin feeling incredibly smooth and soft.

Lazy Healthy Pasta Pot

So I found this recipe on Facebook here a few weeks ago, I switched up some of the ingredients and estimated my own portion size, but basically this is all you need:

  • 75g (gluten free) pasta
  • 40g cherry tomatoes
  • 30g frozen peas / green beans
  • 30g kale
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • two slices of red onion
  • 2 slices of ham
  • 20g green pesto

I make this with gluten free pasta because needs must, but all I do is throw almost everything straight in to the saucepan, keeping the kale, ham and pesto to one side. Add just enough boiling water to cover the pasta, bring to the boil and then simmer for 5 minutes, stirring intermittently. Add the kale and simmer for another 5 minutes, drain then add the ham and pesto; voila! If you're feeling cheeky, add a bit of feta or mozzarella cheese to finish. It's so easy to make but full of good stuff and tastes great, I sometimes make batches to reheat and take to work too, I'd definitely recommend giving it a go!

What have you been loving this month?

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