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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

What I've Read & Watched Lately

Happy Tuesday! I thought I'd share what I've watched and read in the last few weeks...since it's all I seem to be doing! What have you been reading/watching...I'm always looking for recommendations — xoxo darling, Hayden.


Sex Education — A show I'm a bit late to, Sex Ed is just downright funny. I'm about to finish the second season and I love all the characters so much...they are just downright precious. Also, the aesthetic of this show is like Wes Anderson meets beautiful Welsh countryside and I'm living for it. The plot centers around Otis, who's mom is a sex therapist. He teams up with a girl to go into sex therapy business for the students at his school. What takes place is a wild, sex-infused journey of self-discovery. 

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness — I'm assuming most of you have seen this insane documentary at this point. Like...holy moly this is the most insane thing I've ever watched?! If you haven't seen it yet, it's kind of like watching a train wreck that's on fire and a bomb being dropped all at the same time? It centers around Joe Exotic, his zoo and all the zany people in the world of captive large cats. Joe gets into it with a woman down in Florida named Carole Baskin (who for sure killed her husband...in my opinion) who runs a cat rescue. He eventually tries to hire someone to kill her and is now in prison. It's wild...there are sex cults, polygamists, a person's arm gets bit off and more. 

100 Humans — I've been on a bit of a documentary series kick and this one was just really interesting. Plus, it's lighthearted which I kind of need right now. Three scientists got 100 people of all different backgrounds together and did a bunch of experiments about questions we have about life. Are women the better sex? (Hint: we are). Is reward or punishment better? And so on, it's fun and a good distraction over all. 

Julie & Julia — I saw this film when it was in theaters and did not love it. I found the Julie character incredibly annoying, to the point I couldn't really stand her. But Debora had never seen it so Serena and I forced her to watch it. And I see why I didn't like it. I still find Julie fairly insufferable BUT the Julia Child parts with Meryl are amazing. Plus, the food does look absolutely phenomenal. I also want a Paul Child like real bad...where can I find one? 

Isi & Ossi — The gals and I did a Netflix party for this foreign film about a week ago and it's just cute. Very reminiscent of those early 2000s teen romances where there's a rich girl and a hot poor guy that get together to deceive her parents but end up falling in love. There's also a lot of subtle humor throughout and beautiful shots of Germany. 

The Windsors — I've watched this show for a while now, and the third season just dropped on Netflix! It's a comedy version of the British monarchy and it's hilarious. If SNL were to do a whole show on the family, it would be this. I adore the actress that plays Kate Middleton and if you've seen Mamma Mia 2, the guy that plays Harry is Prince William in this. If you just need an escape, this is a good one. 

Killing Eve — I realize it has taken me forever to get to this hugely popular series. But let me just say, I started it Sunday night and was finished with two seasons by Monday night. I'm obsessed. I adore all of the characters and love that it's darkly funny. And that it's women led!! If you haven't heard of it, the show centers around a hitwoman and the MI6 team attempting to bring down her and the organization she works for. But the lead MI6 lady, Sandra Oh, has a bit of an obsession — rightfully so honestly — with the hitwoman. It spirals and makes you laugh and is just everything you probably need right now. 
Mrs. America — Okay we all know I'm a feminist, and this is right up my alley. If you aren't watching it, you should because it will teach you so much about the position our country is in right now. And how frustrating life is because women in the 1970s were fighting the same things we're fighting today. Cate Blanchett, Uzo Aduba, Sarah Paulson and Rose Byrne are all phenomenal. A warning: you may shout/scream at your tv a lot...I certainly do. 

Real Housewives of New York & Beverly Hills — Let me admit, I would watch these two regardless of quarantine but I think they are even better because of that. They are so over-the-top, the clothes are insane and they go pretty places. It's how my roommate and I can escape for an hour two nights a week. I've started doing a fancy salad for RHOBH and Italian food for RHONY + a facemask and red wine. It's nice to have routines!

R E A D 

Aunt Dimity & the Summer King — I really like the Aunt Dimity series, it makes me want to purchase a cottage in the English countryside. The main character meets a mysterious man and goes about discovering more about him and the history of her village. No one dies, it's just a cute mystery with lots of descriptions of the beautiful scenery. 

Duck the Halls — Another Meg Langslow book because we know I love them, this centers around Christmas in their adorable Virginia town and I love it. Someone is pranking the churches around town with animals but then someone turns up dead...who did it and why? Follow along on this very cute journey to discover the murderer. 

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