It is so hot in the UK today, I can barely concentrate, but I am not complaining as I’ve been wishing for a proper summer as we have had the odd day like this or a few days in a row then it will be like Winter for the rest of the week and the central heating will be back on! It’s also been great trying out barely there, very natural make up looks and new BB creams/tinted moisturisers. Today I mixed my trusted Clinique Moisture Surge with a bit of the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser as I find it a bit watery and light on its own (the LM) although gorgeous and gives a lovely glow. My son is at nursery all day so I enjoyed an Al Fresco breakfast out with my husband and relaxed in the garden with British Vogue, the September Issue, and a new Harlan Coben book, but now back to work.
I just wanted to mention 2 terrific TV shows I’ve seen this week: ‘Stranger Things’on Netflix and ‘Bosch’ on Amazon Prime. There has been a lot of talk about Stranger Things, but I always like to form my own opinion and not get sucked in by hype. God, it was terrific though. On first impression not everyone’s cup of tea as it’s got a sci-fi/supernatural theme, but interspersed with high school dramas, young love, friendships, grief, humour and so much more, I don’t really see how it couldn’t appeal to people who don’t usually go for the sci-fi genre. And the acting is amazing from everyone – the kids are just mind blowing, but even some of the more minor characters are memorable (Randall P Havens and Cara Buono especially). Apart from all the kids who I can’t separate as all good (Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp) and Winona Ryder who has been mentioned a lot, and looks as young as ever, I must point out David Harbour who was brilliant. Plus the 80s setting, hairstyles and clothes and haunting soundtrack (which reminds me a little of the music from the latest Tron film), I cannot recommend this highly enough. It is scary (but not gory), heartfelt and gripping and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since I finished the series the other day. I really hope there’s more, but in a way love it as an excellent standalone series.
A complete polar opposite is Bosch. I’m on the 2nd series (the 3rd is out next year.) and I have 2 more episodes left to go. Even though this is a crime/thriller series, you don’t have to be a crime fan to enjoy it (although I am hence the Harlan Coben book!). It’s based on Michael Connelly’s books and he has a lot to do with the series which is partly why it’s so good and Titus Welliver in the titular character as Harry Bosch is just perfectly cast. He’s a fantastic actor anyway (particularly like him in Lost and The Good Wife), but he really shines in this. Set in LA he lives in the most amazing glass house with incredible views and I love everything about it from the gripping storylines in both series, to the titles, music (Bosch loves jazz and this is often played when he’s at home or driving and suits the mood), relationships, character development…you really can’t go wrong. I must also point out some of the other great actors in the series; Amy Aquino, Lance Reddick and Jamie Hector. I like the fact it’s not a glossy TV series – you see grimy parts of LA as well as the more luxe side, but the writing is slick and it’s very moreish.
Next on my list is the 2nd season of Bloodline as I loved the first. What do you recommend?
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