Wednesday, 16 December 2015

The ideal 'hard to buy for' Christmas gift (plus 20% off at Thorntons!)



I love Christmas shopping - at least in theory. Spending a day seeking out the ideal gifts for loved ones by ducking in and out of festively decorated shops, stopping off for a hot chocolate to warm up and then heading home to wrap them to the sound of carols. But the thing is, it's not always so easy!

In my circle of family and friends at least, there's always someone who's very hard to buy for. They either have everything they could possibly want or I just can't find what I'm looking for. As December 25th approaches at the speed of light I usually find myself stressing about that one last present!

Novelty gifts are one way to tackle this problem - they tend to be readily available and there's probably something that the recipient will sort of laugh at and maybe half appreciate. It probably won't make their face light up upon opening though.

When Thorntons approached me about their Christmas gift finder the email couldn't have come at a better time - I've never really thought about getting someone a box of chocolates at Christmas before, but it suits this purpose perfectly.

I mean, think about it. A pair of Keith Lemon socks doesn't really say 'I saw this and thought of you' (no offence Keith, love you long time), a hand soap set sort of screams 'I picked this up in the supermarket Christmas isle at the last minute' and don't get me started on buying somebody a celebrity chef chopping board as a gift because you seem to remember they like cooking a bit now and then. Why.

Chocolate on the other hand has a real 'I appreciate you and want you to take some time to totally treat yoself' vibe to it. You can either go all in and get something really luxurious like this Prosecco hamper (ideal for mums, aunties or gal pals), or give the gift of yum in the office Secret Santa with these cocktail chocolates. There are even personalisable gifts made to order by Thorntons' chocolatiers.

There's definitely something for everyone when it comes to giving a sweet treat at Christmas. Unless they don't like chocolate, in which case you should consider excommunicating them.

Thorntons are also currently running a 20% off everything promotion (ends 9am Mon 21st) with the discount code 'XMAS20' so get in there while you can. Other than the box of chocolates Thorntons sent me as a thank you for collaborating with them, I was not compensated for this post in any way - what you read is my own honest opinion.

If you've yet to start your Christmas shopping (naughty!) then don't forget to check out my gift guides for him and for her!
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Tuesday, 1 December 2015

4 reasons to watch Marvel's Jessica Jones right now


Here's the thing. Until now I had really not been a fan of these superhero spin-off shows. I couldn't get into Arrow, found Agents of Shield wooden and cheesy, and zoned out of Daredevil within two episodes. My experience watching the Jessica Jones series, all of which is currently on Netflix, could not be any further from this. 

It. is. brilliant. This raw, gritty and totally unapologetic anti-hero is right up my street and the focus on girl-power has me hooked. Here are 10 reasons you should 100% binge watch this right blimmin' now.

1. This is not your stereotypical female superhero. Jessica Jones is a straight-talking, take-no-shit private investigator, who just happens to have a few super powers to help her along the way. There are no tight costumes, no saving babies from burning buildings and some of her actions are sort-of morally questionable as she struggles to come to terms with the fact that only she can stop the story's villain.

2. It gets close to the bone. The story is heavily focused around PTSD and also deals with the concept of sexual consent, It's extremely well done which makes it so believable. I think it's about time issues like are tackled head-on and the impact that these things can have on someone's life are dealt with in a way that doesn't paint victims as weak. Expect drinking, sex, and gore throughout as the show isn't restricted by ratings and censorship the way the Marvel film adaptations are.

3. It's totally hoes over bros at all times. My favourite part of the series is the relationship between Jessica and her best friend Trish Walker. The two couldn't be more opposite but will defend each other 'til the end, even to the point of near death. Their friendship is a pivotal part of the plot's conclusion and it had me welling up.

4. The cast is amazing. The show starts Kristen Ritter, who I adore, as Jessica Jones. She's just perfect for the part with a balance between total badassery and vulnerability. Rachael Taylor and Eka Darville also really stood out to me. David Tennant stars as a mind controlling villain and I can't think of anyone who could have made Kilgrave's character any creepier. 

Have you been watching the series? What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.

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