Five Favourites Thursday: Empire Edition.

Would you believe I’ve been waiting over a month to share this post with you? I originally wanted to write a regular post gushing about how great Empire is, and about how much everybody should watch it and why it’s my new show blah blah blah; but then I decided to do something a little more creative. Since I love the show so much, I wanted to share five things I love the most about it, in order to celebrate the last Thursday of this god-awful month (wow that sounds really dramatic…). So anyway, here are some of the five things that makes Empire one of my favourites.

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COOKIE

I don’t know what it is exactly that draws me to Cookie, but there’s something that I LOVE LOVE LOVE. She dresses like she lives in a modern day nineties music video, and despite its tendency to border on being garish, Cookie makes it work. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the way Taraji P. Henson plays here – sidebar: this woman needs an award. I’m not sure how to fully describe Cookie without making her sound like that stereotypical black woman (even though she kind of is), but she’s got heart, she’s feisty and she really is the ultimate matriarch (read into that what you will – especially if you know about the stereotypes afforded to women of colour on television…). Hands down, Cookie is my favourite character.

THE MUSIC

Oh god the music is one of the main things I love about this show. Every week there’s a new tune I want to download and rock out to. Every week I’m blown away by the sheer talent of the songwriters and singers. I basically spend every episode covered in chills and wishing the songs would never end. And if that’s not a reason to love the show, then I don’t know what is… aside from everything else on this list lol :P

THE STORYLINE

I probably should have started with this one first, but compared to Cookie and the music, the storyline kind of takes a backseat even though it’s obviously such an integral part of the show – DUH – but that’s just how my mind works. Empire is about a music empire started by Lucious and his-wife Cookie, who has been released from prison following seventeen years behind bars for drug dealing in order to help with the business in the early days. They have three sons: Andre, Jamal and Hakeem who each play a different part in the company. As it turns out, Lucious pits his sons against each other in the hope of finding a successor which results in drama GALORE. The episodes are filled with enough sass, music and drama you’ll be glued to your screen and tweeting about it all day long.

JAMAL’S VOICE

Jamal’s voice is like melted butter on toast – so scrummy and delicious, you can’t get enough. There’s so much passion and feeling in this young man’s voice (think John Legend) that it’s a wonder I haven’t cried through one of his performances yet. Ugh this man is oh so talented and needs a Grammy in his life ASAP.

THE WHOLE CAST

And finally the last thing I love about this show is THE WHOLE CAST. They all come together so perfectly to form such an incredible show and I can’t help but feel so proud of them. In fact, my older sister and I were talking about how much we loved the cast, and my sister mentioned how she loved the fact that all these great black actors could come together for this. I certainly feel the same, especially growing up watching Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, and Raven Symone (when she popped up I almost died hahaha). I’m constantly floored by the guest stars featuring everybody from Naomi Campbell to Courtney Love, who all deliver such powerful performances. Oh god this show is just everything and so much more!

I hope you get a chance to check out this series, and let me know what you think.

Now that that’s done I’m going to spend the evening watching last night’s episode – I can’t believe the series is coming to an end :(

alice

xo

Wednesday Wishlist Update.

Before the clock strikes twelve and the day is gone forever, I want to share a few of my favourite pieces from net-a-porter that have been building up on my wish list for the last couple of weeks. Take a look.

KENNETH JAY LANE

        

THE UPSIDE

        

MADELEINE THOMPSON

        

LE SPECS

        

GIANVITO ROSSI

        

GUCCI

        

Styling Suggestion

        

IRO

        

Styling Suggestion

        

ANITA KO

        

And with that, I bid you adieu…

alice

xo

Taking Time.

Finally, February is drawing to a close and I seriously cannot wait for March next week :D . I don’t know about you, but for me, this past month has been one of those utterly bleh ones that has seemed never-ending, just dragging on pointlessly – I mean who knew that the shortest month of the year could also feel like the longest?! Anyway before I start jumping for joy that this is the final week of February, I feel like I need to take a step back and remember that all things take time. I need to remember that I cannot, and should not hurry the important things…

…well I’ll try at least.

alice

xo

Billion.

If there’s one thing I love about Mat (aside from the other billion reasons, no pun intended hahaha) it’s the way he writes his love songs. They are just as easily applied to the more romantical kind of relationship as they are to the more platonic relationships, and ‘Billion’ is no exception. While you obviously know he’s singing about his oh so lucky lady-love, Annie, when I first heard this song I couldn’t help but think of all of my best friends and of all of the people that make me love and live life to the fullest. Anyway, as February is the month of love and today is the last Sunday of the month, I wanted to end it on a beautiful and loving note. I hope you enjoy this catchy song and spend the day spreading the love with those near and dear to your heart.

Lots of love and happy Sunday!

alice

xo

 

ps. And yes you can expect to hear this song at my wedding reception!

A Recipe For Self-Love.

AKA a recipe for loving your own life, courtesy of Tumblr.

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1. Take full responsibility for your life. Stop blaming others.

2. Do things you like to do. Don’t keep doing things you hate.

3. Stop terrorizing yourself with your thoughts.

4. Be gentle and kind and patient with yourself.

5. Enjoy the simple pleasures of life.

6. Wear clothes you feel good in.

7. Watch what you say. Don’t put yourself or others down.

8. Take care of your body. Nourish it with exercise and healthy food.

9. Create a life-style that generates and nourishes your self-esteem.

10. Associate with people with healthy self-esteem.

11. Keep a diary of your successes and accomplishments.

12. Don’t compare yourself with others.

13. Remember that it’s who we are, not what we do, that’s important.

14. Give yourself permission to relax and do nothing. Make sure you schedule time for yourself.

15. Invest money in yourself. Go to seminars, workshops and courses that develop your talents.

16. Stop trying to change others. Focus your attention on being the way you want others to be.

17. Stop feeling guilty and saying “I’m sorry”. See mistakes as valuable lessons and avoid judging yourself.

18.Be willing to laugh at yourself, and at life. Don’t take yourself too seriously.

19. Accept compliments from others without embarrassment. Don’t invalidate their positive views of, and feelings about, you.

20. Treat yourself as you would treat someone you really loved. Praise, affirm and respect yourself.

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Happy Monday.

alice

xo

Who Am I?

Today I’m throwing it back to the early noughties with this Will Young classic. I heard it for the first time earlier this week and it immediately felt like I’d known it for my whole life. The melody is beautiful, the lyrics are beautiful, Will’s voice is beautiful – heck everything about this song is so beautiful that it’s made its way onto my wedding playlist. Check it out.

Happy Sunday.

alice

xo

I Salute You Christopher.

It’s always nice when you hear a familiar song while watching one of your favourite shows. For one, it means you don’t need to waste any time searching the internet for the name of the song; and for two, it gives you that special little buzz inside that the whole world is finally getting the chance to hear your song. So, in case you didn’t get round to watching this week’s How To Get Away With Murder, don’t worry, you can still get to hear the episode’s ending song below.

Enjoy! Happy Sunday.

alice

xo