Some of the films we watched during Lockdown

29 September 2020

*This post was written about 4 months ago and I was meant to post it back in Summer but never got around to it! Sending love to everyone but especially those back in lockdown, this might help a bit.

Funnily enough, I had never really been a film lover since before lockdown as I couldn't think of anything worse than sitting for approximately two hours doing nothing. Well, that changed because I did nothing in the day and watching a film at night meant I could immerse myself into another world for a bit. A couple of hours away from my phone and looking at a screen ten times bigger haha. 
Especially at the start of lockdown, our night routine was to put on a film as it seemed at that time there was also nothing to watch on tv that would lighten our spirits. Sometimes instead of watching new films, we would either re-watch an old favourite or my mum and dad would choose a film that they used to watch back in 80s/90s when they were our age. As well as following along with the story line, the fashion and style of the characters really interested me. It was crazy to see how the production of films have changed overtime. 
Whilst we were watching all of these films, I was also noting them down in my notebook so I didn't forget what we did in such a strange time of our lives so as well as them being on a scrappy bit of paper, I thought I would type them up into a blog post too! I hope you enjoy and maybe get some film recommendations for yourself. 

I've actually watched this one many times and the moral of this film will most definitely stick with me forever. A solid choice for my sister's lockdown birthday cinema night.

High School Musical 1, 2 and 3
My first Disney + watches did not disappoint. I can't remember when the last time I watched these films was but it was such a long time ago! From watching them again, I can't decide what is my favourite, 1 or 3! What's your favourite?

10 things I hate about you
Never heard of this film before seeing it on Disney + but I loved it! A late 90s classic 'teen film'. 

I still feel ashamed that I hadn't seen this until earlier this year but better late than never! It was an easy watch, the fashion is really cool and not going to lie, it left me feeling jealous of Cher's wardrobe technology. The stress of picking an outfit would no longer exist.

I wasn't sure of it at first but it grew on me and it's now one of my favourites. The concept is really clever, I'd never seen anything like it before! A gripping story line

What we did on our holiday
Another family favourite that we watched on my other sister's lockdown birthday. Heartwarming and so hilarious. 

Stuck in love
In my top two! My sister's choice one evening way back in the depths of lockdown as she had seen it before but the rest of us hadn't. I think it has to be a favourite purely because when I think of the films we watched, this one always pops into my head first. The complexities of love told through such a beautiful story. (and anything with Lily Collins in is ~great~)

Cheaper by the dozen
A family classic. At parts it was stressful to watch haha but a true comedy, I was laughing the whole through.

Breakfast club
I had wanted to watch this one for ages after hearing all the talk about it and I'm still undecided whether I loved it or not. Maybe just a 'like' haha. I'm going to have to watch it again when we don't feel like we are also doing the exact same as the students, locked in one place and feeling bored.

The sun is also a star
A relatively new film, one we hadn't seen before but it is now a firm favourite. It's a film adaptation of the book written by Nicola Yoon, I previosuly had read her other book called 'Everything everything' and watched the film too which was amazing so I knew it would be good! I was hooked the whole way through.

Four weddings and a funeral
A bit of a random one haha. I feels ages since I saw this but it actually was such a long time ago right at the start of lockdown. I kind of liked this one but was annoyed with the ending. I do find Hugh Grant very funny though! 

Some kind of wonderful
An 80s classic. Love the soundtrack! And the old school vibe. 

Fisherman Friends
I really didn't think I'd like this one as I thought it wasn't my thing but I was so wrong! It's feel good, heartfelt and based on a true story which makes it even better. 

Dirty Dancing
Whenever I think of this film, I always think of my mum purely because of the fact that when this film came out in the cinema, she saw it seven times!! It was on late at night on the tv and we had to watch it, even if we did go to bed at 1am. You just can't beat it. Wouldn't we all love to be able to do 'the lift'?

I can't believe it took me this long to watch. I knew the words to most of the songs before I'd even seen it! It did not disappoint. 

I know it's not a film but the only series I watched during lockdown was 'Normal People'. It was such a beautiful watch, I didn't want it to end! I completely fell in love with Marianne and Connel and went through many emotions with them as you watch the story unfold. 

What films did you watch in lockdown?

Bethan xx

Autumn/Winter 2020 Fashion Loves

21 September 2020

If I'm being an honest, one of the reasons I wanted to make this post was so I could spend hours looking for clothes. Productive, right?
I am such a lover of summer fashion but when autumn clothes start flowing into shops, I get so excited. The season of endless hot chocolates, being glued to the tv watching strictly every saturday and of course, layering. 
Over the past few weeks I've been screenshotting clothes I love from mainly topshop, stradivarious and H&M. They are smashing the autumn fashion game at the moment! I've left links to everything, if you click on the text, so you can go and look at what you like directly from this post.

Black kick flares (can't find the link for these but they're from Stradivarious!)

What one is your favourite? 

Bethan xx

Learning To Love Spending Time With Yourself

13 September 2020

In lockdown when my family went back to work, I was left home alone and feeling a bit overwhelmed. I had no idea what I was going to do with all my time! 

I instantly threw myself into being ultra productive, then would feel disappointed in myself if I didn't complete everything on my to-do list. But we were and still are going through a global pandemic, no one is going to feel 100% every day. 

Before this, I had really never spent time on my own. Always being at school then coming home to a full household didn't give me that chance. Lockdown taught a lot of people to slow down which was definitely the case for me. I had time to do things that I enjoyed without feeling like I was missing out on the busy (silent) world outside. And time to do things I would never have made the time for before. 

But I never thought I would be that person. I always thought I was a 'people' person and I still definitely am but I also think it is really important for us all to spend time with just ourselves to recharge or to just even process our own thoughts. 

I thought I would share some things I love to do on my own, some of them are quite simple but hopefully it will give you some inspiration if you don't do any of these things already. 

1. Walk out the door and see where your feet take you. 

I found that whenever I used to go for a walk, I always had a plan, something I needed to get from town, a friend to meet or a time I needed to get back by so having a bit more freedom felt so good. Listen to a podcast, walk to the beach or your nearest park and have a wonder. I loved going on 'photo walks' too where I took a photo of anything cool I spotted. It made me really appreciate the surroundings that are just on my door step. Or I would leave my phone at home to have some time away from it getting some fresh air whilst feeling 'zen'.

2. Exercise...running or yoga?

I've talked a lot about running before and how it really helped my mental health especially during lockdown but a more recent endeavour of mine is yoga. It's something I'm not particularly good at as I have possibly the worst balance in the world but I love trying something new and knowing I will become better in time. I think it's so good to take some time out of your day, morning or evening, to take part in a bit of exercise. For me, it makes the world of difference on how I feel during the day. Yoga is so good to stretch, focus on breathing and it can be so stress relieving. 

If you want to follow along with the same yoga practice as me, I use 'Buswellness' on YouTube created by Strictly's Dianne Buswell. It's tough but amazing! 

3. Colouring

Annoyingly, I never bought an actual colouring book in Lockdown but I did print off a few pages and completed them outside on a sunny afternoon. It was so therapeutic and took my mind somewhere else for a while. For my birthday last week, I received a Vogue colouring book which looks so cool so I can't wait to get stuck into that soon. 

4. Cleaning (+listening to music!)

Call me weird but I love to clean and tidy. Whether that's my room, unloading the dishwasher or using the hoover. It's a good time passer and you can have fun doing it if you listen to music. And if you're on your own, you really can dance like no one is watching. Maybe use the duster as a microphone?

5. Writing, journaling or scrapbooking

In my spare time, you'll often find me writing on here or in my notebook. I find it so helpful to write down my thoughts or anything that's on my mind. I think my notes app on my phone is just full of to-do lists! But one thing I do want to start doing is journaling and writing down affirmations, I've been meaning to do it for a while. I love writing so much, it just feels so calming to me! 

What would you do if you had some time to yourself?

Bethan xx

A Bank Holiday Weekend in Cambridge | Photo Diary

6 September 2020

Last Saturday, we visited my auntie, uncle and baby cousin in Cambridge. The furthest we've been in nearly 6 months! It felt so good to be out and we had such a beautiful day! I took some photos and also posted a reel on instagram (@bethmpilcher) but wanted to curate them all into a little blog post to look back on too.

As well as walking around the town, we also went to such a cool exhibition in Kettle's Yard called 'Linderism'. I'd never heard of Linder Sterling before but her work is so interesting. She creates 'radical feminist photomontages, confrontational performance art and incorporates issues of sexuality' which you might be able to see in the photos I took. 

And even if it felt like winter had come before Autumn on an August bank holiday, we sat in the park and had our picnic whilst watching some punters have success and some punters...not have success. I was so glad it was not me!
It only started to rain when we were walking back to the car but with a broken umbrella that was battling the wind, I felt like Mary Poppins but maybe not so glamourous (drowned rat style). 

Hoping for more days like this! Even if it rains again. 

Have a lovely week! 

Bethan xx

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