The Lifestyle Ladies Collaboration: What I’ve Watched Throughout Lockdown!

Hey! Welcome back to Wanderer and Traveller, this isn’t a permanent return but I will be returning soon!

I am BACK with a collaboration post with the wonderful Lifestyle Ladies and we are going to be writing about this month what we’ve all been watching through lockdown! I’ve watched so many things its actually been really hard to narrow it down to such a small list, but these are some of my favourite and most watched over Lockdown! Some being feel good shows, to live shows, sport and action packed series. So let’s get into it!

Formula 1: Drive To Survive

“The drivers, managers and team owners in Formula 1 live life in the fast lane — both on and off the track. This docuseries gives viewers exclusive, intimate access to the people in one of the world’s greatest racing competitions. “Formula 1: Drive to Survive” reveals the true story of the high-octane sport, which goes beyond the fight to be No. 1. There’s also a battle for the heart, soul and direction of the multibillion-dollar business. Storylines include changes that a team undergoes after an ownership change and the pressure felt to outperform other drivers.”

Now this for me deserves to be at the top because it ignited something in me for the sport that is Formula 1 that I never realised as I never watched it, and that is that I LOVE IT. I Caught a glance of a bit of an episode when I visited home that got my attention, when I came home to my man I said I’d love to give it a go. And hey presto, we now both follow Formula 1 avidly, trying to watch all the races, following the leaderboards, alp times, drivers and the behind the scenes bits. The Netflix show really opened my eyes to this crazy world, the G force and the training the drivers undergo, the CRASHES (Unreal), the technology within the cars, not to mention the DRAMA. I NEVER thought Formula 1 could be so BEEFY. A highly addictive series that I recommend definitely (and there are some wonderfully handsome men throughout if that also takes your fancy).

Benidorm

“Set in the popular Spanish seaside resort of Benidorm, this comedy series follows a group of British holidaymakers as they soak up the sun and spend their hard-earned cash on the Mediterranean coast. Staying at the Solana, a selection of guests including couples and young families make the most of their time abroad, as they relax by the hotel’s swimming pool and enjoy meals and evening entertainment in the resident restaurant and bar. Everything doesn’t always go to plan however, with hilarity awaiting around every corner.”

I will always watch Benidorm. Something about this show makes me feel all warm inside. Its your typical British families on holiday in Benidorm following their drama and hilarious takes on life. Its a feel good and easy to watch show, although not for everyone! My man can’t stand it. But it makes me feel happy and relaxed when I don’t want to watch anything too heavy.

Greenhouse Academy

“Students at elite Southern California boarding school The Greenhouse must work together to conquer challenges after uncovering an evil plot.”

This was a recommendation from one of my girlfriends, and it did not disappoint. Definitely a young adult program, but did I care? With a storyline that intense? Absolutely I did NOT. I loved this show, super easy watching, episodes were only 20 minutes long and it was also so tense! Something was always happening with these kids it was mad. I watched all the series in less than a week, its totally addictive. Some of it can be quite cringe, but I wouldn’t have expected anything less from a show like this!

Below Deck & Below Deck Mediterranean

“This reality series profiles a group of young people who work aboard yachts that measure well over 100 feet long. The crew members, known as yachties, live aboard the luxurious, privately owned vessels while making sure that their demanding clients’ ever-changing needs are met. The yachties share a passion for a job that allows them to visit some of the world’s most beautiful places. Each episode features a different group of passengers — ranging from millionaires to hard-partying friends — as they head out for a marine adventure. The crews live by the “work hard, play harder” motto that gives them access to exotic perks few people get to experience.”

I started watching these series on Netflix and Amazon before they stopped releasing the series for free due to its sudden rising popularity. Now You have to pay to watch them on Amazon which is a shame but I’d argue it’s totally worth it. It’s an insight into that super yacht life and what it’s like to work on these yachts. It looks like hard work, a lot of pressure. Not to mention living with the same people and working in such a confined and high intensity environment, I take my hat off to them because I would absolutely crack. But due to this, it does make for incredibly dramatic reality TV and I am so here for it. Hannah will always be my girl, if you know, you know.

The Circle USA

“In this lighthearted and strategic competition series, the players must choose whether to be themselves or other people all while chasing a cash prize.”

I started watching the American version first because its based on the UK Version. I was like If I like the American version I’ll love the UK Version. TOTALLY HOOKED. COULD NOT STOP WATCHING. The concept itself is amazing, the drama, the ones who are themselves and the ones who are catfishes. Its unreal, and when they do all finally get to meet after living behind the Circle profile and screen for 2/3 weeks it’s intense for sure! Makes you question a lot of things about social media too, whats real and whats not. Another great reality TV hit thats easy watching.

Jack Ryan

“Author Tom Clancy introduced the character of Jack Ryan in a series of books before Ryan headed to the big screen in several films. Now the former U.S. Marine is featured in an episodic series for the first time, with John Krasinski portraying Ryan in this Amazon original thriller that centers on Ryan as an up-and-coming CIA analyst. He is thrust into a dangerous field assignment for the first time and uncovers a pattern in terrorist communication. That launches him into the middle of a dangerous gambit with a new breed of terrorism that threatens destruction on a global scale.”

I put off watching this show for AGES because I wasn’t convinced it would be any good. That and I can’t see John Krasinski as anyone else other than Jim from The Office (Another Elite show). I was definitely taken aback when I realised just how good this show was. Intense, gripping and action packed it certainly didn’t disappoint. We watched both series in the space of 2 weeks. although after 2 episodes I found I needed a break I was so tense.

Hanna

“Hanna is an extraordinary girl who has been raised in the forest, evading the relentless pursuit of an off-the-book CIA agent. This series — part high-concept thriller, part coming-of-age drama — follows the girl on her journey as she tries to unearth the truth behind who she is. “Hanna” is based on the 2011 film of the same name that starred Oscar-nominated actress Saoirse Ronan in the title role.”

I LOVED the film. So I felt it was only right to see how they staged the series in comparison to the film, and arguably I enjoyed the series a lot more. The actors were better, there was much more attention to detail within the storyline and it was generally really enjoyable. Fast paced and action packed again, I was absolutely addicted. Not to mention the release of series two. There was only one film, so it was interesting to see where they went after series one because series two was completely a solo series with no comparison and I found it JUST AS GOOD. you can watch this on Amazon. They also have the option to watch the film on there.

So these have been some of the programs I’ve been watching to keep myself busy during lockdown! I’m not really a movie person, so I’m sorry if i let you down on that front! But don’t forget to check out the girls recommendations on their blogs also with their links below!

Head Over to Chimmyville.com

Head over to Introverted Creativity

Head over to Perselem

Head over to Wanderer and Traveller (THATS ME).

Head over to Tales of Belle

Head over to Kirsty Marie

Head over to The Makeup by Beth

Head over to Mrs Slee-Jones

Until next time, stay safe!

J x

Global Quarantine Diaries – Jessie (Me!).

Hello!

I am Jessie and welcome to my blog and my instalment in the Global Quarantine Diaries! To say I’ve enjoyed this time it would be a solid 50/50 split. I’ve loved being furloughed of work and having time to myself and to get organised but I’ve also been ever so slightly stir crazy with cabin fever. I can’t wait to get back to work, to see my girlfriends and family, going to the gym, my god I MISS THE GYM.

Where in the world are you located?

I am living in England in a small village in-between Cambridge and Milton Keynes.

What are Lockdown regulations like there?

Lockdown regulations here have been implemented and are very strict as it should be to prevent the spreading of the virus.

Stay alert

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

  • Stay at home as much as possible
  • Work from home if you can
  • Limit contact with other people
  • Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  • Wash your hands regularly

Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

These are the main rules and regulations that have been implemented during our lockdown. We are now currently in Phase 1 (I think). In honesty I’ve been trying to stay on top of what is what but I’m trying to not keep too much of an eye on it, it isn’t good for my mental health, my family can keep me updated on the important bits of what we can and can’t do which I appreciate a lot.

How are you keeping busy?

I am trying to keep myself busy every day as I find I really lose the will and get cabin fever if I don’t keep myself amused. So What have I been doing?

  1. Reading! – I used to read when I was younger all the time, all day every day when I could. Once I hit sixth form college and university I completely fell off it. I only ever picked up a text book that was relevant to my uni or college work and that was it. It wasn’t until my final year of uni I started reading again thanks to Majelle leaving a load of books here as she couldn’t take them back to Canada. That was it, I was off, I started slowly and now with lockdown I’ve read at least 19 books in the past two months and it has been amazing. Outside of lockdown and in total i’ve read 26 books this year and I absolutely love fantasy fiction. It made me realise just how much I missed reading a GOOD BOOK and there are so many I had been missing out on just because I couldn’t be bothered or found something on Netflix to binge watch instead. I even booted up my 2012 Paperwhite kindle which still works a dream and have been using it religiously. Its also so lovely to pass the time and also really helps with my anxiety.
  2. Working out! – I’ve tried to work out or run as often as possible. Im a bit of gym bunny so when they closed the gyms (which was of course a wise choice in the current states) I was a bit stumped. Running is hard with my achilles pain but its been well worth it for my weight and mental health. I’ve been following the likes of Joe Wicks on YouTube and doing DANCE workouts! I can’t even dance I have 2 left feet but my god am I SWEATING whenever I finish up! I feel it helps me get through the day a bit easier and allows me to eat all the cakes I make. I also enjoy walking, having the dog is helpful as we go on regular dog walks, I love going at sunset as its the best time of the day.
  3. Baking – If anyone knows me they know I despise cooking. But lockdown has helped me realise I love making desserts. I’ve got a speciality Victoria Sponge cake down and we’ve made cupcakes and brownies in tow! Thats another great way to pass the time!
  4. Blogging & Social Media – This time has been really good to take part in blogging collaborations, getting my blog all organised and posts written, just being able to promote my blog and engage with other bloggers has been so beneficial for me. Keeping my socials up to date has also been a positive.
  5. Spending time with the family – Sunday is a games night in this house! Im in lockdown with my boyfriend, my dad and stepmum. And not forgetting, the doggo! We’ve been cooking dinners, going on walks and bike rides and its been fantastic spending all this time together. Thats what I am really cherishing.
  6. I bought a Nintendo Switch! – So I’ve also been seshing Spyro, Animal Crossing, Pokemon, all of my favourite games on my switch! It was so worth the money and a great bit of kit. If anyone has any game recommendations please do let me know in the comments!
  7. Learning French! – Thats right, I’ve decided to teach myself French with Duolingo. I decided on this when we went to Paris and I realised my reading ability of french was actually MUCH better than I had ever imagined. I did French at school for 7 years and didn’t pick it back up in college or uni. I wish I knew another language so why not take the time now to learn a new language? Its great to pass the time and really push and motivate yourself as well! Its something I am really happy I decided to pick up. I’ve even learn how to flirt in french, Voulez-Vouz dancer aves moi?
  8. Zoom Calling! – Honestly nothing has made me feel more grounded than Zoom chatting my friends every Friday night and Saturday night. It gives me life, a good laugh and a chance to catch up with everyone all over the world and in the UK. Also a good chance to drink. We’ve been playing all sorts of drinking games and also doing a book club as well! It’s just so nice to see everyone and breaks up the week massively.
  9. Binge watching Netflix – I put this one last because I haven’t actually done much of this. Yes I have absolutely watched A LOT of tele but no where near as much as I would have imagined. I guess there is only so much you can sit and watch and I was already watching a lot of Netflix after dinner and before bed with my man. We are watching Outer Banks, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, Brassic (which is FANTASTIC) and Lil Dicky’s new TV Show DAVE. What are you watching at the moment?

What do you miss doing the most?

Honestly I miss my friends. I miss my girlfriends who are in two different directions and distances from my home, and visiting my friends back up in my Uni city. I miss going to the pub for a pint, never again will I take advantage of a beautiful beer garden I will cherish it in my soul. I also miss the gym, nothing compares I find to the motivation I feel to workout in the gym. Once lockdown has started to ease and I feel more confident in myself I know normality will return at one point.

But you know what I miss the most? Travel.

I CANNOT wait to be on a plane again. Visiting places on my bucket list, touring the UK and Europe and more importantly my potential trip to Australia. I can’t wait to hear the words ‘Cabin Crew for boarding’ and “Can I have your passports please?”. I want to go back to exploring. I miss it so so dearly I feel I’ve lost a limb.

Luckily with the current regulations you can have 6 people socially distancing in your back garden which has been a nice change of pace. We met one friend in the park for the afternoon for a social distancing catch up and we also met two other friends for a social distancing kick about. Making sure to be as safe as possible whilst we do it. I miss normality.

What is the first thing you’re going to do once lockdown is over?

Once lockdown is over I am going to go to my hometown on the East Coast and see my mum, sister and my friends down there. Then next on the agenda is spending time with my 3 best girlfriends that I have here in the UK. I miss those girls more than life and we’ve been trying to tour different UK cities together, most recently (Pre Covid-19) Liverpool. So who knows where we will end up next when we do all see each other.

I know it will be a long while until everything is back to normal but I can’t wait to be back to where we were. Back to work. Back to exploring and travelling. Back to Normality!