Tuesday, 25 March 2014

My Mad Fat Diary | Review

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Today, I wanted to talk about a TV show I've been absolutely loving recently. And for those who haven't seen it, or maybe have heard of it but haven't ever watched it, it is in fact My Mad Fat Diary.

There's currently 2 series of MMFD available to watch (So if you can in your country, click here to take you to 4oD - Channel 4 On Demand). I have to admit, at first I thought 'What on earth is going on?' but the whole story is something quite touching, and you can't help but get involved. The show is set in the 1990s England - which growing up in myself, I enjoyed seeing the fashion, the lack of technology - and even surprised to see a cheeky high-heeled shoe phone... which I ALWAYS wanted!

The story is of 16-year-old Rae Earl, who has a history of self-harm and was in fact taken into hospital for treatment. She leads this second life to her new friends outside of the hospital, and tries so hard to keep it a secret, in fear of having no friends and being dubbed 'That mad fat girl.' She continues to go to her therapy sessions with father-like-figure Kester, and still manages to go to the pub and hope that Chop can get her a pint of snakebite! MMFD shows both her home life, her social life, and portrays the struggles that every teenage girl has... but unfortunately from the outside, it only seems to be Rae that has the struggle. Her perfect best friend Chloe seems to be perfectly fine. And the same for her other friends. It makes you think, really, that everybody has issues and struggles. Which later, you realise that too.

So the second series is a continuation - the end of Summer, and the start of college. A time that I was anxious about myself! Rae has her trusty gang, and even an absolute dish for a boyfriend. But you see as the series goes on that everything just feels too good to be true for her. I really don't want to tell you guys too much, because I would love it if you went to check it out! A highly addictive series, tackling teenage issues such as puberty, body image, sexuality, social anxiety, drugs and alcohol... and more than what meets the eye.

I've felt like so much of this is relatable to me, and I know it's silly to say, but this show has actually made me feel better about myself as a person. It's given me the opportunity to look at myself from an outsider's perspective, and that in fact, I shouldn't be so anxious about things that only I think about... because nobody else is thinking it. To quote, "Everyone has their issues and struggles, but they just don't know about it yet."

The series is based on a set of books by Rae Earl (The real Rae!), so you can check them out here on Amazon. I really urge you to get yourself a brew, a few biscuits and try and watch a few episodes! It's the only thing, bar Coronation Street, that I wait to come up online so I can watch it! (And if it's a contender for Corrie, you know it's got it going on.)

Anyway, I hope this wasn't too huge of a read, and if you do check it out, or if you love MMFD as much as me - let me know in the comments! Who's your fave? What's the most relatable issue that was addressed for you? 

Monday, 17 March 2014

Student Problems

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Hello! I've got a touch of the procrastinating student bug. I've got loads of work I really should be cracking on with... but here I am, with you. I hope you're also procrastinating... that way, I won't feel too bad about doing it myself.

My student finance is running pretty dry - no more drinking for me! No more anything really, for now. My dad said before he'd come and pay me a visit, which is nice because he's often around and about the town of which I live in. He only came and surprised me with looooads of food! (All be it some pretty unhealthy stuff, like donuts, garlic bread, and other treaty naughty things) but I have substantial lovely unhealthy food! All is hope is not lost :)

Are any of you students? What do you miss most about home? (For me it's having homecooked food, and having washing done for me! I don't mind too much, though haha)

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Guess Who's Back... Back Again?!


You guessed it - it's me! I've been off the radar for a grand total of 2 months and 1 week! What the hell, Chlo, I thought you were meant to be a blogging genius! I had to have a serious word with myself.

But yes, I'm back with a bit of a new blog design. What do you think? I like it, myself. Simple, and cute. Hey, you know what I've realised? This is my first post of 2014... oops. Happy New Year, everyone, I hope you had a fabulous Christmas and New Year! Okay, I'm a bit late, but I hope you can forgive me. :)

I've started back at University for my last working term, and lately I've been very motivated to get stuff done and dusted... hence why I've come back to Blogger. I promise I'll have a bit more of a consistent content from now, as I have a little cute camera to take lots of nice pictures with, and I have lots of things I want to natter to you about.

Well that's it for now really, I just wanted to tell you that I'm back and I'm here to stay. Just not daily, because ain't nobody got time for THAT! In the mean time, if you want to see what I'm doing more often, follow me on Twitter and Instagram - @chloodonnell :)

Lots of love,
(It took me 10 minutes to find my blog signature - jeez!)