Review: A Look Into the Failings of the Police Force in ITV’s ‘Des’

*This post contains small spoilers in terms of statistics to do with the case that might alter your viewing experience.*

Des is a three part television mini-series based on the arrest of the Scottish serial killer Dennis Nelson. Debuting on ITV/STV on the 14th September, the show captivated and divided audiences with the horrific details of not only the murders but the investigation.

Dennis, otherwise known as Des, is played by the astounding David Tenant and is joined by fellow cast members Jason Watkins, Daniel Mays and Barry Ward (to name a few). All providing one of their best performances to bring this shocking yet highly interesting story to life.

The show is based on the biography by Brian Masters (played by Jason Watkins in the show) called Killing for Company: The Story of a Man Addicted to Murder and is directed by Lewis Arnold. The series expertly depicts the ongoings of the trial, the manipulative man that was Des and how the media and the economy affect murder investigations in the 1980’s (which is often highly applicable to today).

Not to summarise the show or give a detailed description of it, the series explores Des as a killer openly admitting his crimes and in a lot of ways not being ashamed of them. Tenant’s portrayal is done in such a way that you never side with Des but you also don’t hate him. To put it a better way it is more probable that you don’t understand him therefore you can’t have an opinion on him. A decisive way of acting which I applaud; I often find that serial killers can often be romanticised in such dramas.

Like I mention above, the show details the economic failings of the police force in bringing all of Des’ victims justice. We see that 6 out of at first a suspected 15-16 murders being investigated and proven. However, Dennis later admits to having killed 12, which means 6 murders are left without justice or knowledge. An upsetting reality for the families of those without a son/uncle/cousin/father etc.

This is a reality all too noticeable when the institution that should be running these investigation don’t get the funding to do so. A fact not just applicable to the 1980’s but also to today. The show outwardly highlights the problems associated with money and the justice system. A combination which many think should not be intertwined.

Trailer

Not only this but the show questions why such a man went undetected by the police for 5 years. After doing some research it doesn’t appear that this question has been outwardly answered, it certainly wasn’t in the show.

What I praise the mini series for is the lack of horrific detail or imagery about the murders. Like Daniel Mays said in an interview, it focuses a lot more on the psychology of Des. So much so that Mays woke up screaming to his wife one night because of the details of the case.

To briefly mention the aforementioned media, it was highly prevalent in the show how much stress they put on the police force. The amount of negativity it put the investigation under, makes you rethink their [the media’s] position entirely. I think in many ways we become so used to seeing such murders, especially such a high profile one like this, documented at an insane rate in the media. However, when does this become intrusive and actually delay the right for justice? On top of this the need to profile the murders in a sexual context was highly prevalent, making it more obvious that homophobia was a huge issue (and still is; the prominent nature of people automatically looking at this case thinking Dennis was doing it out of sexual attraction and desire is and was a huge issue.)

Thus, when combining the media and the economic short fallings of the police force it is no wonder they had to shut the case down. Not because there was insufficient evidence, not from a conflict of interest and certainly not because the arrested wasn’t guilty. It is a sad reality for all involved that such small and technically insignificant factors make such a huge difference in modern policing.

To suggest one final question, does this make you ponder the right for the media to be involved in such cases? Without them do you think the case would have been solved in its entirety? Or does it bring on the thought that people would deem such acts as not important if they weren’t broadcasted to the masses?

I highly recommend watching Des. I had never heard of the case before and with such complex issues being addressed, it is a show both entertaining and informational. Not only because the appearance of David Tenant and Des are eerily similar and his dead-pan acting enhances the storytelling but because it highlights some of the ugly truths of our justice system, which all too often go unnoticed.

Let me know your thoughts below!

Much love,
Sophie x


Sources used:

‘Des: True Story Behind new ITV Drama […]’ by Rhona Shennan, available here.

‘Daniel Mays: “I woke my wife up screaming because I had a nightmare about Dennis Nilsen”’ by Elizabeth Aubrey, available here.


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Exploring Scotland: John O’Groats

I couldn’t not start a series on my blog talking about all my favourite places in Scotland and not mention one of the most visited and iconic spots. Plus it is (or was when I was at home) pretty much on my doorstep.

Growing up in the Highlands I have seen a lot of change when it comes to my local area, most notably in John O’Groats. Started in 2009 John O’Groats had a major facelift with the restoration of the hotel (which now looks amazing, although I am yet to see the inside of it), a new harbour square and the restoration of the commercial units (read more about it here). On top of this there is the addition of a recently opened Brewery and of-course the infamous sign.

Plus if you are looking for somewhere to stay there is also the lodges that were put up along with the development of the centre of John O’Groats, check them out here and of course the previously mentioned restored hotel which is by the same company and can be found on the aforementioned like.

I know that John O’Groats has never been some sort of hidden gem but I’d love to highlight the fact there is a lot more than just a sign in this lovely spot. There are a lot of independent, local businesses who are more than deserving of your support. So, I thought I’d highlight some of my favourites so you can plan out your visit and truly enjoy the amazing part of the highlands.

Eating

Stacks Coffee House & Bistro

From their Facebook @Stacks Coffee House and Bistro

Stacks is a must visit if you head to John O’Groats. I love their food and the inside is beautifully decorated and brings you a much needed sense of calm and warmth. Which is most likely highly necessary when you are visiting John O’Groats. They have a wide selection of seating with a log burner taking centre stage, plus they are dog friendly so what’s not to love!

Stacks are a family run business and often switch up their menu with amazing new dishes! While also offering cakes and special items to make you *extremely* happy.

One of my favourite dishes is their Mac and cheese toasted flatbread with crispy bacon, pictured here. The menu is filled with fresh and often healthy options so perfect if you are or know someone vegan.

Check out their socials for covid updates. The last time I was in it was more like a grab and go operation and we picked up a great selection of tray bakes!

Also from @Stacks Coffee House and Bistro Facebook page

Flavours

Probably one of the most talked about stops in John O’Groats, Flavours is a much loved day out for both tourists and locals. They have an impeccable selection of ice cream, toppings, sauces and confectionery to keep your sweet tooth happy for the afternoon.

A local business set up in 2012, there is no John O’Groats without Flavours. You may be wondering why you’d want ice cream when more often than not it is rather cold. Well, the ice cream is that good, you will want it in any weather, trust me.

Flavours have handled covid really well and the shop is set out with the upmost care. Plus the staff are lovely! See you just have to go a visit to see it for yourself now!

The Storehouse

Unfortunately I do not have any photos of the Storehouse and it is currently closed because of Covid. However, when it reopens and you want your hit of Starbucks coffee then this is the place to go. They offer a simple menu and have a little store of local goods to try out. I wasn’t hugely impressed with their offering but if you are looking for somewhere relatively simple with a great view then check them out.

The Seaview Hotel

I am purposely putting this here because I’ve never actually tried the food from the hotel (which is just as you turn into the long road to go into John O’Groats). However, I have heard really good things about it so if you want to add to my recommendation please do! I’d love some additional info on the place or to hear your own experience.

Visiting

John O’Groats Brewery Experience.

After only opening late July, this visitor experience is definitely one to try if you love beer and supporting local businesses. The John O’Groats Brewery have taken the brewing scene by storm, when working in a restaurant in my hometown last year the beer was flying out the door (or shall I say keg).

Set at the front of John O’Groats, my flatmate Mara thoroughly enjoyed her visit (I unfortunately haven’t been able to go yet but I must admit I am not a beer drinker. Mara, however loves the stuff).

They are also including a small bar in their experience (also yet to open) so you can try it right there.

Image from their Facebook @John o Groats Brewery

The experience itself is yet to open as of writing this however the shop is. So you can get yourself some great local beers right from the company itself!

Plus they also sell some merchandise, beer glasses (which are extremely affordable and well made) and they also stock some lovely local artists.

Mara was lucky enough to get a taster of the experience and was thoroughly impressed by what she was shown. So, if you are in the area now, defiantly go in a look and keep in mind that you should definitely go back once the full experience is up and running.

Image courtesy of their website

Puffin Croft

Puffin Croft is one of the best places to go for a wonder, especially if you have kids. Set amongst the owners home it is on the outskirts of John O’Groat, it is truly a lovely experience. They also sell produce which can be bought via an honesty box. Keep an eye out for the animals names to give you a giggle!

Go a Walk

I know this is probably one of the most obvious suggestions out there but Scotland, especially the highlands is known for its scenery. John O’Groats is especially lucky to be surrounded by both a lovely green landscape and the harbour/sea. This way you get the best of both worlds. Plus with the revamp it now boasts striking sculptural art, a newly done sign and some fabulous architecture.

Shopping

I wouldn’t say John O’Groats is overly known for its shopping however there are a few gift shops who stock local artists and memoirs which can remind you of your journey.

  • First & Last in Scotland is a small shop set right on the harbour front and is full of your cheesy mementos and local produce. There is probably enough magnets to last you a lifetime!
  • John O’Groats Knitwear and Cafe offer a traditional experience to shop for the most lavish wools and cashmeres. They also have a cafe in the back if you are in need of a pit stop
  • The North Coast Emporium is a large shop filled with local artists selling a range of different things from gifts, clothes and jewellery. It’s a great place to support local artists while purchasing something truly unique.

I hope you enjoyed my quick virtual tour of my favourite spots in John O’Groats. The place really has grown and now offers you not only spectacular views but numerous places to visit so you can make the most of your journey.

You can now spend all day in John O’Groats leaving fully satisfied and blown away by what’s on offer. Now more than ever local businesses need your support so go show them some love!

Make sure to tag me (@sophieseditblog on instagram or @sophiesedit on Facebook) if I influenced your decision to visit or similarly if you want to share your own experience please do!

Looking for somewhere else to visit? Check out my previous post on Dornoch here.

Where should I visit next? Let me know down below!

Much love,

Sophie x


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5 Beauty Must Haves for your Makeup Bag

I know when shopping for makeup it can seem really overwhelming and a lot of the time we get sick of what we use. So, if you’re looking for any new products to try out or want some tried and tested recommendations then keep on reading.

I might add that if you are completely new to makeup or want some tips on how to apply it then Youtube is your best friend. So many people make tutorials nowadays so just search exactly what you want and you’ll get helpful advice straight to your phone.

If you are having problems with your makeup sitting on your skin it is quite possibly your skincare affecting this. A lot of the time your skincare products won’t react well to certain products being applied on top. This is definitely worth researching and if you want some advice on skincare I have done a post here.

Product 1 – Setting Powder

I am not one for ‘baking’, I don’t like overusing powder because I find it dries my face out, takes the glow out of my face and quite often makes my makeup look thick and overdone. For me, I like to use a quick swipe of powder especially if it’s sunny or I am doing something that will make my products slide of my face. This particular product Maybelline FaceStudio Setting Powder is one I have used for ages and is quite possibly a dupe for the Laura Mercier translucent powder. You get a decent amount of powder in it and importantly it has no smell (not that fragrance actually affects your skin in a negative way I just prefer fragrance free).

I highly recommend giving it a try. It’s both affordable and will become a staple in your bag. I have heard reviews that if overused you will get flashback so maybe not one to try if you like baking. After doing some research it has also been rebranded to Master Fixer by Face Studio.

Product 2 – Brow Kit

This is what I have used since I first started filling in my brows. The Eylure Brow Palette has been a staple in my bag for a long time. Using the brush they also supply I can get definition where I want it and have a lot of control. I recommend using a ‘spoolie’ brush to disperse the product once applied.

I am not sure exactly how widely available these are anymore but I have linked one above from Ocado if you want to give this amazing product a try.

Product 3 – Concealer

I have used A LOT of concealers and like a lot of people this is my holy grail. I’ve only used it for just under a year but the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer gives enough coverage that on most days I don’t wear foundation. Best blended out with a wet sponge, this concealer has honestly changed the game when it comes to my collection of concealers.

My mum bought this as part of a set from QVC and it’s probably the only place you can get this concealer from the UK. It is pricy but I would say totally worth it. Plus, you get quite a lot of product and you definitely don’t need a lot of it when applying it.

You’ll need to be quick when buying it or keep a close eye on the website because they sell out very quickly.

Product 4 – Liquid Eyeliner

Now I now a lot of people have trouble when it comes to applying eyeliner. Trust me, I was once in that exact position. However, with practice and patience (which I usually have none of) you can do it.

Collection’s Fast Stroke Eyeliner is one I have bought time and time again and will continue to repurchase. I started applying eyeliner with this, hence recommending it as both a good place to start or to continue getting that classic cat eye.

If I haven’t sold you yet it is an award winning product plus it has great staying power. To add to this it is extremely affordable! I even got my flatmate Mara trying eyeliner with this exact product. What is not to love!?

Product 5 – Cream Highlighter

I personally have moved away from more of the powdered formula highlighters because I prefer a natural glow that looks part of my ‘healthy’ skin. I have a few products I could recommend for this but one that I keep going back to (and which coincidentally has the label rubbed off of it because I’ve used it that much) is Pixi’s Flawless Beauty Primer. I think since I last purchased this product they’ve rebranded because instead of being called a face illuminator it has been branded a primer.

I can’t say I’ve used it as a primer however the natural glow it gives and the fact it stays on my face all day makes it a win to me. The full bottle is quite expensive however this stuff lasts AGES. As you can use it as both a highlighter and a primer then you’re getting 2 products in 1. If like me you want to try it out then have a look at Pixi’s sets. I was gifted this mini as part of a set with some other great products, they have a variety of sets available here.


I also know that makeup isn’t for everyone and that ideally we should all embrace our natural skin because it is BEAUTIFUL! However, if like me you enjoy the process of painting your face then I hope these suggestions helped.

As I’ve gotten older my taste for makeup has evolved and now more than ever I like my makeup to embrace all the imperfections it has while adding a subtle glow and bronze. Fuss free is kinda the way to go! I think, like with everything else, your attitude to putting makeup on is so important!

If you have any makeup recommendations leave them in the comments below!

Much love,

Sophie x


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My Summer Highlights

Considering I am moving back to Edinburgh today (I am writing this a few days before because to be honest there is no way on earth I could write a blog post in the car without being sick). On top of this uni is about to start *sends shiver through my spine*, so to round off the 6 months at home, I thought I’d share my highlights.

I must say that considering the summer was tinged with good ol’ Covid, (tinged is probably too light of a word to use in these circumstances but we’ll roll with it). I have to preface this with the fact I am in no way waving a wand to pretend it didn’t exist. All memories were part of lockdown and a constant feeling of ‘this could be my last day on earth according to the news’. Hence why I am stating the sorry old fact that Covid is and was a thing. Despite that, you have to look at everything and remember you still managed to be happy and experience great things even when the world was basically doomed.

To add another disclaimer, I have a veryyyy bad memory, so most of this came from my camera roll. So don’t be sad if I missed you out.

Long walks with the dog

I can’t even tell you how many walks I went on with the dog in these 6 months. One that particularly stood out to me is when we ended up going on an *extremely* long walk. You may be wondering why this memory particularly stands out, well that walk was 4-5 hours long. I couldn’t move for days afterwards and I’ve never felt hunger like that before in my life. However, to make the walk even better my lovely dog Ruby (who actually belongs to my brother but we’ve had her during lockdown) decided it was an optimum opportunity to stick half her body in a dead whale and this whale was HUGE.

I have never smelt anything like it.

Ruby was happy.

I was not.

To end off the note about this glorious animal I couldn’t not mention the countless amounts of smiles she brought to my face. I know that is super cheesy but coming from someone who never owned a dog I never understood, until now. Honestly not sure what I am going to do without her.

Not that she can ever read this.

Early Lockdown Catch-ups

I love catching up with friends on a normal day but when you’ve been stuck inside for what feels like too long and you can’t see them, a zoom call goes a long way. I feel like I am going to look back on this thinking how bizarre it is that we had to video call people just for a little bit of human interaction. Quiz nights were a highlight of my week even if I was so so bad at them.

I don’t think I will ever take for granted seeing people in person or even giving hugs.

Appreciating Home

I feel like this is a mindset rather than a memory but it made summer all the better.

This is the first time since coming home that I have fully appreciated where I have grown up. Not that I didn’t before but I think getting made to explore and find new areas that maybe I hadn’t spent so much time in, made me look at my surroundings in a different way.

This photo is from a time when my sister, the dog and I sat at the top of the salmon river and just chilled. We actually also watched a salmon jump for the first time which was great.

So at least I can say I gained something from the awful situation that is coronavirus. Looking at the positives definitely makes the negatives seem a bit less extreme.

Watching the Sunset.

If you haven’t checked out my Instagram (@sophieseditblog) then you wouldn’t have seen the post about watching the stunning sunset at Dunnet beach. I in-fact had never watched the sunset and considering we have optimal views for such a thing is quite shameful.

There is something quite calming about watching the sun slowly disappear while it paints beautiful colours across the sky.

I will have that beautiful view engrained in my brain and I am very happy with that.

Dunnet Forrest

I had a lovely walk around Dunnet Forrest. It’s a well kept area full of little sculptures and hidden gems. You can easily spend hours in it (we did). It’s a great place to feel fully connected to nature and gives you the chance to forget everything else.

This moment is particularly important because we managed to see two Deer in the Forrest. One extremely up close. Now I have seen deer before but never as close as this. So, if you get the chance to go a visit then do it and see if you too can spot some deer.

Starting a Business

I didn’t really want this to come across as a self promo but I couldn’t not mention the fact that my summer was extremely filled up with writing two blog posts a week and releasing two drops of prints. Thank you all so much for the support. I have nearly 50 followers getting emails every time I post and a Facebook and Instagram audience that grows weekly. I am just so glad that people enjoy what I write and on a personal note it is great for me to expand my writing knowledge. So, thank you and if you want to subscribe then please do. It’s a great way to stay updated and read when and where you want.

Baking

This is a personal achievement for me. I have never been a baker, in fact the majority of the time my bakes ended up being a massive fail. However, after nearly baking every week, especially at the start of lockdown, I now feel more comfortable in the kitchen and actually enjoy it. Plus I have had some delicious bakes from it.

You can find some of the bakes I’ve made here.


There are definitely more things I could have written about. For example my two trips to Dornoch which I’ve written about here or my countless trips for ice cream to John O’Groats but I would have been here for ages and that’s not to say they won’t feature in other posts.

I’d love to hear one of your favourite moments of Summer 2020. I can’t believe it’s coming to an end already.

Hopefully summer 2021 won’t be dictated by a global pandemic.

Much love,

Sophie x


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Exploring Scotland: Dornoch

I am very well aware that Scotland is my home country and exploring it may seem a bit odd however, there are so many hidden gems that I am yet to see and what better way to share them than in a blog post.

I thought I would start a mini series on the blog that is purely focussed on showcasing lovely spots around Scotland. Not that I am made of money or will be travelling a lot (however if anyone wants to fund that sorta thing feel free to get in contact (I am sort of joking, secretly sorta not). Instead I’ll be posting about spots I find on a basis of spontaneity, so enjoy!

Dornoch is a town situated an hour from Inverness. It is especially quaint and picturesque with their town centre being immaculately looked after. Filled with cute little restaurants and quirky shops, a day in Dornoch is a day well spent.

Shops

Each time I go to Dornoch something new has opened and with the current situation there is never a better time to support small independent businesses.

Charity Shops – The Highland Hospice

Dornoch’s charity shop game is not one to be scoffed at. As of my knowledge they have two (who stock clothes, accessories, home goods etc.) and they are both worth a look. Unfortunately the cute one that is in a church is shut at the moment because of Coronavirus but when it reopens I highly recommend giving it a try; I found a second hand mens Ralph Lauren polo shirt for £10 once.

The next one (and the charity shop that features in the above photo and the two below) is the Highland Hospice. I am not sure who curates the items for the shop but the layout and vintage charm of the place makes it an extra special experience.

I bought a red thick knit for only £12 and I swear there is probably an item in there for everyone. Their Covid measures were great (hand sanitiser on the door plus only two people in at a time) and the women at the till was lovely. Overall a great experience and a shop that is both helping you add pieces to your wardrobe sustainably while providing you with a warm and eclectic atmosphere.

Dornoch Bookshop

A great place for kids and adults alike, the bookshop is bright on the outside and charmingly small on the inside.

I have to say it might be difficult to navigate when busy but if you are able to get in when its quiet you could easily spend 30 mins admiring the lovely selection of books.

They have a variety of kids, history, science fiction and Scottish books on show (plus many more) so if you’re looking for anything in particular its a great place to seek out the newest release while finding some great pieces of older fiction as well.

As you can see from the first photo they also have some random bits and pieces to keep the kids entertained. It’s a win win.

Becca Mac – Ladies and Gents Fashion Store

If you are looking for a bit of ‘high street’ fashion but independently bought then this is the place to go. Newly opened in September 2019, this shop has brought upmarket mainstream fashion to the highlands. Ranging in price the shop is beautifully decorated and immaculately looked after. Plus the ladies in the store are extremely helpful and kind. I bought a chunky knit cardigan (can you tell I’m getting prepared for autumn), which is both fantastically made and will last *hopefully* for years to come. Stocking both men and women’s clothes I’d highly recommend checking it out.

Dornoch Stores

@birkwood on instagram

Now if you are a huge foodie like me and like to try new and interesting things then this is the place to go. I will never go to Dornoch and not visit this place. They offer a multitude of fresh ingredients, baking, coffees, teas, local produce and a variety of different sauces/foods you’ve never heard of. The layout is great and they offer things I’ve honestly never seen anywhere else (especially outwith the city). If you are a local or are staying in Dornoch they also offer a freezer section full of homemade meals, croissants, chips and a load of other foods to satisfy your appetite.

I recommend picking up some of the strawberries or raspberries they have sitting out on the counter alongside a Mango dressing which honestly is one of the best I’ve ever tried.

I only wish they’d open in my hometown.

Eating

I must admit I have not tried every restaurant in Dornoch but I have tried two. I’ll leave all other restaurants at the bottom of this section.

Milk & Honey

Milk & Honey is another relatively new addition to Dornoch. It’s a cafe that specialises in coffee, tea, spiced milk & honey (which is seriously something you need to try) and food; brunch, lunch and cakes. Its a cute little spot that definitely leans more on the modern/clean side of things.

Kirsty, Mara and Katie (all of whom I visited Dornoch with – don’t worry we were extremely safe) had the Asian Pulled Pork toasted sourdough sandwich with either salad or lentil soup. All of whom gave the dish rave reviews. I had the Chicken Cesar Wrap with a side of chips. I wouldn’t say it was anything special but likewise there was nothing wrong with it. To drink however I had the spiced milk and honey. Which is what I would describe as Christmas in a cup, it was delicious and extremely warming. I couldn’t finish it purely because the spices are a lot to take but all the same it was delicious.

spiced milk and honey
Chicken Cesar Wrap and Katie’s Pulled Pork sandwich and soup

To add to this we shared a chocolate cake and a mars bar slice. The mars bar slice was probably on its last legs and definitely tasted like something I could have made at home. However, the chocolate cake was a solid 10/10. Moist and filled with the right amount of chocolate I would definitely go back for more. Plus it was a huge slice of cake.

Luigi’s

Fishcakes, Grilled Peach and Parma Ham salad and a Duck and Cashew salad.

I’m gonna keep this review short and sweet. Luigi’s is a popular restaurant in Dornoch, often very busy. They serve great food in a lovely space. However, when I visited recently (about a month ago) their covid measures were disappointing and made me feel uncomfortable. Yes they did have hand sanitiser and masks but the masks were rarely where they should have been and more often than not staff members were a lot closer than they should have been. If you want more information I did a review on my instagram (@sophieseditblog). The food don’t get me wrong is delicious I just wish they were more attentive when it came to social distancing measures and wearing their masks.

Other restaurants to try in Dornoch;

  • Dornoch Castle Restaurant
  • The Courtroom Dornoch
  • Royal Golf Hotel
  • Cocoa Mountain

Explore

I always say the best way to explore somewhere new is going a wonder. Being a big lover of architecture and interior design, one of my favourite things to do is explore and admire my surroundings. You never know where you might stumble upon.

We decided once we had walked around the idyllic centre of town (which apart from the photo at the very start of this post, I didn’t really get many photos of *a complete fail on my part*) we decided to go find the beach, which I did get some photos of.

Being lovers of the sea air, Dornoch beach was a great size. However, it was sitting in between/behind the caravan camp site and the golf course so it is good to be wary of that during the current pandemic. It would be great to sit at if the sun was shining either with a fish supper or a picnic. Guess I’ll have to go back?


Even then I say we probably didn’t see all of what Dornoch had to offer but this is a good start. Let me know if you end up going a visit or if you have any other recommendations.

Also if you have any suggestions of where I should feature next then let me know in the comments.

Lots of love,

Sophie x


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My Most Loved Recipes: Savoury Meals and Sweet Treats to Boost Your Week.

Instead of trying to alter or come up with some new recipes for here, I thought I’d share some of my favourites from fellow bloggers, chefs and websites. To share the love and all that. This list includes sweet treats and savoury meals, all pretty easy and equally delicious.

I know that it is hard to come up with new ideas and a lot of the time we end up eating the same thing over and over again. Hopefully, this will change that and you’ll end up with new staples for your cookbook.

Savoury Meals

BBC Good Food’s Sesame Salmon, Purple Sprouting Broccoli and Sweet Potato Mash

Image courtesy of linked website on BBC Good Food

Recipe is available here.

This has been a huge hit in both my flat in Edinburgh and at home. Full of flavour and healthy benefits, this recipe is super simple but super tasty!

I must admit I’ve never actually served it with the sweet potato and I always end up throwing any leftover broccoli that’s in the fridge (doesn’t necessarily have to be purple sprouting broccoli) into the tray. A good tip to make sure the broccoli gets cooked is putting it in a bowl with a small amount of water, covered with clingfilm and then put in the microwave for 2-3 mins before putting it on the tray. This way it should be properly cooked when finished.

Jessica Gavin’s Roasted Cauliflower Steaks

Image courtesy of Jessica Gavin’s website (available at the link for the recipe)

Recipe available Here.

Scroll to the bottom of the post on the recipe linked to get the full ingredient list and method.

When I say you NEED to try this, I mean you NEED to try it. Even if you aren’t a huge fan of cauliflower (like my sister) I promise this will convert you. The Cauliflower gets a nice lightly crispy texture with a soft inside bursting with flavours of garlic, paprika and salt. It says to serve with Coriander but I’ve never had it so never use it. It’s a recipe which you can alter depending on your preferences of flavour.

To serve with it I make Pea Purée. I boil a decent amount of peas, drain them and then put them in a blender (you will need quite a lot of peas to make a substantial amount of purée). Next add 2-3 tablespoons of natural yoghurt, salt and pepper and then some mixed herb seasoning or mint sauce (use whatever you have available) and blend. Make sure the mix is smooth and add any extras of the ingredients if needed; remember you can add ingredients but you can’t take away.

This recipe goes particularly well with couscous.

BBC Good Food’s Chicken, Sweet Potato and Coconut Curry

Recipe courtesy of BBC Good Food

Recipe available here.

This two step curry is one of my favourites. If you aren’t a massive fan of overly spicy foods but still love flavour or are looking for a curry great for both adults and kids then this is one you need to try. It’s my sisters go to and I get very excited when she makes it. I once gave my old flatmate a try of the curry and it was a massive hit. Just like any curry it tastes great the next day too!

My sister recommends also adding Garam Masala to the curry and if you are confident enough adjust certain flavours to taste. She will often include cumin or turmeric to the recipe as well. I’d probably suggest that this can also be easily made vegetarian too!

Mary Berry’s Foolproof Yorkshire Puddings

The first batch I made with this recipe!

Recipe can be found Here.

My Yorkshire puddings have become a huge hit in my house since coming home due to lockdown. I must admit I tried them once before and they turned out extremely deflated so I tried this recipe instead and they worked great! I get requested to make them on a weekly basis. It’s extremely easy and once you get the hang of it you can’t go wrong.

Make sure the oil is very hot and watch your hands when pouring the mixture into the tin. It’s also important that you leave them in for the required time because if you don’t they will collapse.

Jamie Oliver’s Messy Meatball Buns

Image courtesy of Jamie Oliver’s website available in the link below.

Recipe is available Here.

Now this isn’t the most attractive thing to eat I must admit but boy is it tasty! Filled with mozzarella, pesto and a rich tomato sauce, what is not to love about this!? It’s a firm favourite in my flat in Edinburgh and one of Mara’s (my flatmates) favourite things to make.

If you have leftover sauce it’s perfect to add to pasta and can be put in the freezer for a rainy day. If you don’t want to have this in a roll you can also make meatball subs out of them. Thankfully the recipe is now available online!

Sweet Treats

American Style Pancakes

Photo courtesy of BBC Food, available below.

Recipe is available Here.

I have struggled to get a decent pancake all my life and I must admit these aren’t like my granny’s pancakes which were amazing. However, they are pretty good and a recipe I can trust to give me results every time.

Expect fluffy, thick pancakes that go great with either savoury or sweet toppings.

Bon Appétit’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Image courtesy of BA, website linked below.

Recipe is available Here.

Now I must put a disclaimer here before I even start telling you about these delicious cookies. I do not support the actions of the BA/Condé Nast team in terms of the treatment of their BIPOC staff and the lack of equality in their company. However, I support the staff who have worked tirelessly under these conditions as they are amazing chefs and provide excellent recipes. I just wish for better and hope the staff get what they deserve.

These cookies are probably the best ones I have ever made, deliciously soft on the inside with a slight bite on the outside. Gooey with a hint of sugary caramel to them. I highly recommend making them.

Jane’s Patisserie’s Chocolate Fudge Loaf Cake

Photo belongs to Sophie’s Edit.

Recipe is available Here.

If I am honest there are a lot of recipes I’d like to try from Jane’s website however I can very much recommend the one I have tried. It is great! A moist chocolate sponge, rich in flavour and soft in texture, it even got my mums approval.

Perfect to fill the stomach of any chocolate lover, this one is a must try. Plus the recipe makes a decent amount; the first time I tried it, we managed to get a whole loaf plus an additional 3 mini ones.

Mary Berry’s Banana Loaf

Photo courtesy of the website linked below

Recipe available Here.

Another tried and trusted recipe from the Queen of baking. This is perfect for any leftover banana’s that are starting to go off. Plus you can get inventive by adding in chocolate chips, cinnamon or pecans. Banana Bread is the perfect accompaniment to a good cup of tea on a rainy day.

Just like any baking the smell of it filling your house is irresistible.

Zoella’s Four Berry Pavlova

Photos courtesy of my sister

I am still trying to figure out whether attaching a Zoella recipe is going to get me hate or a lot of people cringing. I don’t understand why but sadly I see it too often (but that’s a whole other blog post in itself). Anyway, this pavlova recipe is very tasty. Perfect for eating on a nice day. My sister made this a month or so ago and it was demolished very quickly.

The good thing about a pavlova is that they are so light you can fit a lot more on your plate and thus, into your belly.

Recipe is available Here.

If you’re looking for any more recipes or want to check out the food section of my website, click here.


Well, that is basically all my culinary favourites divulged in one blog post. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the array of foods that you can now try and impress your friends and family with.

It’s good to switch it up every now and again plus you never know what will sneak its way into becoming a staple in your home.

The variety of meats, fish and veggies available above plus the endless amounts of sweet treats to accompany them means you are really spoilt for choice.

Enjoy!

Much love,
Sophie x


Looking Back at My First Two Years of Uni: What I’ve Loved and Learned.

It genuinely only feels like yesterday that I was leaving to go on my new adventure. Uni felt like this huge new thing that was extremely intimidating and scary. Full of ‘what-ifs’ and stereotypes.

Today I thought I’d go through those stereotypes and look back at my two years in higher education. Reflect on mistakes I made, what I wish I’d done differently and what I loved about them.

Uni is always painted out to be this massive stepping stone into adulthood, and in some ways it is but it doesn’t just hit you like a ton of bricks. You encounter different things at different times and that’s okay. You do you and don’t try to pressure yourself into copying everyone else.

Brief thoughts on First Year;

I think when reflecting back on first year there are a lot of things I would have done slightly differently. However, I am also a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and the past is in the past. Yet, if I can help anyone else or provide some insight into how to make your life easier then of course I will share it!

Say YES!

I know this is something repeated often and is probably over used in a lot of speeches. However, in the first few weeks of arriving in Edinburgh I wish I had agreed to do more things with people who asked me too. In a lot of ways I held myself back, constantly asking myself ‘why would they want to hang out with me’ or ‘I’ll just be the awkward one sitting in the corner’ so often, or more often than not, I made up an excuse. Instead I really should have looked at it in the manner of; if they are asking me to do something it’s because they genuinely want me to.

I think this grew from a place of having a solid group of friends at home, and because this quickly went away for the first few weeks purely because they weren’t right there with me, it was like my comfort blanket was stripped off and I just didn’t know what to do. I was lost and probably far too in my head. Part of me was still holding onto these friends (which I am still really close with by the way, its not like I said goodbye to my friends because I am at uni) I just shouldn’t have let that stop me from making more friends.

Alternatively, I couldn’t include this without mentioning the benefits of joining a club. If you feel like you don’t quite hit it off with your flatmates or fellow students or are just looking to expand your circle then going to a club is great! I joined Netball in my first year because I’ve been a competitive player for as long as I can remember. Finding people who like the same things as you really boosts your morale and confidence. At least this way you are broadening your friends and even if you don’t like the club at least you can say you’ve tried and who knows, you might still get friends from it.

Listen to Yourself!

If something isn’t right or you are in a situation you don’t agree with, get yourself out. Talk to anyone that will listen and if you get someone saying no then try someone else. There will always be a better way of handling things, especially in student accommodation. If something happens that is not your fault and out of your control, you shouldn’t have to put up with it. A lot of the time it definitely isn’t something you should have to deal with.

Under the same bracket, if you need some time to yourself, don’t feel bad. I often had to spend a lot of time in my room, whether that was because I had a lot of reading to get through or just because I needed to breath and rest. Everyone is different and that is fine. I am an extroverted introvert, which means I am extroverted around a lot of people (that I know and am comfortable with) but also need time to recharge and be alone. This is something people should understand so never feel guilty for looking after yourself.

Explore!

Nights out aren’t for everyone. Just because it might not suit you doesn’t mean you can’t have fun in your city. I often would jump on a bus, get off at a point, and then go on really long walks. This way I found beautiful places I never even knew existed. Finding local restaurants and cafes are great and making a routine out of getting out the house is especially important. Additionally, so is letting your hair down and relaxing. Make the most of every moment because trust me, those first two years go in quickly!

First Year on my Course:

The first year of my course (English Literature) went in really quickly but that’s not to say I didn’t struggle. I soon found out who was there to be friends with me and who, in my opinion, were there to use me. Sadly, I feel like that happens to quite a few people. It’s not to say they aren’t nice people, they might just be struggling or not used to academic work. All the same though, it’s not your job to give your endless amounts of hard work to someone else because they don’t want to do it. It’s also natural to compare yourself or feel pressured to perform in class the whole time, this is not realistic and you’ll just tire yourself out. I struggle to speak in front of classes and that’s just something I’ve come to terms with. If you acknowledge your strengths and weaknesses you can work on them from the get go. I mostly look back and wish that I engaged more with my classmates, like I said before, don’t shut yourself down because of nerves. Everyone is in the same boat.

Second Year

Second year brought a small wave of change in terms of finding accommodation, dealing with bills, slightly harder learning and generally getting my footing. I feel like this was the year I transitioned to seeing Edinburgh as more of a home.

I moved in with my sister and one of my best friends (Hi Mara!) after only just getting a flat before moving home for Summer. Flat hunting is a whole other ball game so if you want a separate blog post on that then let me know. I think this is the year that you become more independent and feel like more of an ‘adult’ (if that is even possible?).

Be more Spontaneous

This is a lesson all of my friends have taken away from our second year being cut short. Although third year is obviously extremely important, so is enjoying the ‘university experience’. Doing more things off the cuff and enjoying having the ability to be more free in terms of my schedule should be celebrated.

I think it is a great idea to think of things that you always put off. Go to see live music, go to the pub spontaneously, take a trip to a random place or go speed dating. Anything that you’ve always wanted to do, should be done at some point right? If you’re ever stuck for conversation at a random dinner party these will hopefully provide the opportunity to fill the gaps and put a smile on someone’s face. Surely that’s reason enough?

Use Your Voice

I was/am too scared to open up to my peers in class, constantly thinking that everyone else is a lot smarter than I am. However, your voice is just as valid and hey, people make mistakes! Even the smartest person in the room won’t always be right. Plus there is always the chance that those people who sound the smartest will struggle to transition their thoughts onto paper. Don’t waste your time comparing yourself or downgrading your opinions because of someone else.

Use your teachers and resources

For the longest time I’d dread asking questions or asking for help. I perceived it as a sign of weakness rather than using my lecturers etc. for what they are there for. After just finishing second year I’ve realised that I probably should be using the resources that I am paying for. Don’t make the same mistake I did.


I probably could go on for a lot longer but I don’t want to bore you or loose you attention. I think however, that these are the most important takeaways from my first two years.

I haven’t gone into detail exactly on what experiences I enjoyed purely because most of them won’t be happening this year, for example cocktail week or freshers week. Once they get the go ahead to return I’ll be sure to write a post all about them.

I hope this encourages you to be more open to new experiences and to take care of yourself at uni. If you’re looking for helpful tips on how to set up your new flat and what to take, check out this blog post here.

And if you aren’t going to uni, I hope you enjoy a sneak peak into what I’ve discovered about the experience and also myself. Everyone can take at least one message away from this post, whether it is applicable to you or not; be yourself and don’t waste time on worrying.

Like the cheesy saying goes, you only live once.

Much love,

Sophie x


Looking for Books? Here is a Sustainable Way of Getting Them.


Along with clothes, books are one of the most thrown away items that clog up our landfills each year. An enormous amount of novels get published in a year but the number of them actually being well received and bought, unfortunately, isn’t high.

How can you help solve this? Well, A Box of Stories, have come up with a helpful way in which you can stop a select amount ending up in the landfill.

As the company states, 177,000,000 books get destroyed every year in the UK alone. Purely because only 17% are lucky enough to receive a decent marketing budget. Due to this a large proportion of decent, well written books don’t make the shelves and therefore don’t end up in peoples hands.

As a lover of books and escaping into the world of the next cleverly thought out universe it is a shame that such hard work can be put to waste. That is why when you buy a box of books from A Box of Stories, you are saving 4 from getting destroyed.

So, are you still confused as to what I am talking about? Let me explain…

The company offers a range of different boxes that include 4 different books. The cheaper options are a mixed box of fiction or a general mixed box (of fiction and non fiction), both at £14.99 (£3.75 a book!!!).

Or if you want to hone in on a certain genre they offer boxes of 4 books from these different genres; Crime Thriller & Mystery, Young Adult (YA), light reads, Historical fiction and non fiction.

Each of these boxes which are curated around a certain genre are £21.99 each (£5.50 per book).

Now are you wondering how they sort the books or are concerned you’ll end up with a novel that just isn’t quite up to scratch? Don’t panic, they curate books that have sold in decent numbers and then use an algorithm that sorts them on the basis of book reviews, blog posts and critics reviews etc. so they can put them in boxes to delight book lovers across the globe. So you are getting quality at a great price!

To add to this you are getting a surprise right to your door and allowing yourself to read things that you might have never picked up before. It’s a win win right?

My Experience

I must admit it was my mum who really wanted to order the box, however I was more than happy to share it considering the idea behind it is great! Plus who doesn’t love books!?

The ordering experience was very easy and it didn’t take long to arrive. We chose the mixed box of fiction and I have to say I was quite intrigued by the contents of the box.

*As a quick disclaimer I must say that I haven’t had time to read the books myself, I am currently preparing for uni while trying to sort my business out however when I get the chance (which could be Christmas time) I’ll be sure to give them a read. What I have done however is read the blurbs, asked for my mums perspective on the one she has read and done some research. Either way if I don’t get a chance they’ll be passed onto another book lover.*

Book 1 – The Floating Theatre by Martha Conway

Without copying the blurb the book is set in 1838 and tells the story of a young seamstress May Bedloe who is dirt poor and abandoned on the shore of the Ohio River. This is when she takes on work from the famous Floating Theatre, filled with colourful personalities and characters. However, it is not all as it appears to be as she travels the boarder between the slave-holding South and the ‘free’ North. She is duty bound to transport secret passengers across the river and along the Underground Railroad, which not only endangers herself but those close to her.

  • This particular story enticed me the most, a piece of historical fiction with a gripping storyline based on fear, love and bravery, it sounds like it tells much more than just a story of a lost woman. From reviews I have read the novel depicts slavery in a new and interesting way (I do not mean that in the sense that slavery is not interesting in the first place, it’s an issue that everyone should be well versed in). Historical fiction, although not always completely accurate and can often be romanticised for the sake of storytelling, is a good way to learn if you want a starting point.

This is a novel I definitely want to read. A pleasant surprise for Book 1 from the box.


Book 2 – The Anomaly by Michael Rutger

The novel tells the story of Nolan Moore, a ‘rogue’ archaeologist hosting a documentary shunned by the experts but loved by conspiracy theorists. He is retracing the steps of an explorer in 1909 who found a mysterious cavern in the Grand Canyon. When he finds what he assumes is this cavern, it begins to take a nasty turn on him in odd ways. This tale then turns into one of survival, against odds that seem to be well out of his reach. Leaving the reader with several questions. (description based on a blurb from Good Reads)

  • A story that combines both the Thriller and Sci-Fi genre, which is part of a series that is dubbed to be put onto the big screen (yet to happen). From research the author was a bit of a mystery at the beginning. Turns out it is by Michael Marshall Smith, who now also goes by Michael Rutger apparently. He has won several awards under his actual name while also collaborating on several film/TV projects under the Sci-Fi, Comedy and thriller genres.

This is when the box comes in handy. The novel is definitely not what I would reach for in a store however that is not to say I wouldn’t like it. I am all for trying something new and if I didn’t like it, it could easily be turned into a gift for someone who would.


Book 3 – The Moon Pool by Sophie Littlefield

A tale about the loss of two boys from the perspective of their mothers. Colleen lost her boy to the snowy, oil filled landscape of North Dakota which she describes as both beautiful but disastrous. In the same town, another mother is out searching for her boy, who also disappeared in the oilfields which he worked at. Alone they are both lost in grief without answers but together they could help each other and find out the long-awaited answers they’ve been searching for.

  • A Crime novel which from the blurb describes both the landscape and grief with a deep sense of sensitivity and kindness. Although, from reading the blurb and what you might have gathered form my rewritten description, the oil industry appears to take centre stage but from reading reviews actually has little importance to the narrative. Which is a shame.

A book which goes into themes of motherhood, crime and grief which I must admit is not something I’d jump at reading and will probably have to be in a certain mood for. However, I do like the crime genre, in particular in TV, so it’s not to say that I won’t like it.


Book 4 – The Secrets of Primrose Hill by Claudia Carroll

A story detailing the lives of those behind the doors in Primrose Hill, Dublin. A mother is grieving for her child as she waits silently outside the house of the boy she thinks is responsible. Across the street, a young woman has just moved in. She is an aspiring director who is running away from a scandal while simultaneously possibly running into another one; her landlord is absent and doesn’t quite add up. Then a few doors down a widow sits alone in her bedroom. She has just told her family something rather surprising, meaning her life is about to change forever.

  • A heart-warming story about neighbours, their difficulties and how they come together to support each other. One reader, who stated on Good Reads, said the novel was usually not for her as she labelled it a ‘chick-flick’ before reading it. However, it surprised her with its tenderness and how there were moments for humour but also for sadness.

This was the book my mum has started and although she isn’t anywhere near finished it, she has said she’s enjoying it and is going to carry on reading. I must admit this is also a book I would pick up for some easy, light reading. I like escaping into the normality of other people lives, so I will definitely give it a read when I get the chance.


General Notes on the books we received: They are all paperback and in pristine quality. Actually, what surprised me is how big the novels are. They aren’t the typical size of those on the shelves, they appear to be longer. Probably hardback in size, so not the most portable.

To buy your own box or find out more info on A Box Of Stories click here.


So if you are looking for some new books but don’t know what to go for or are stuck for inspiration why not get surprised. The boxes are also great for gifting to someone, either as an individual book or a whole box.

Alternatively, if you are new to reading (welcome!) and don’t know what genre to go for or get a bit overwhelmed in a book shop then this is perfect for you!

I might add that if you are looking for a specific book or want to try one of the ones mentioned above why not go on Amazon or eBay and buy them second hand, this way you are using ones already in circulation and looking to be rehomed. This can also be done in a charity shop if you’re looking for a new read but don’t have any idea of what you want. You can also go to your local independent book store and support them in this much needed time.

Let me know if you end up ordering a box or if you have any thoughts on the initiative.

Much love,

Sophie x


My 30th Post: A Review on Blogging So Far

It’s a bit scary to think I’ve already written 30 posts. To be honest I wasn’t sure if I’d make it past 8. However, in saying that, the reception I’ve received and what I’ve gained from not only being more honest to my readers but with myself is something I will always cherish.

I thought I’d round up my thoughts and share with you not only the highs but the lows, because yes, even in these short few months, I’ve had lows when it comes to this fantastic platform.

I want to start with the fact that Blogging is scary. You are putting yourself – your thoughts, feelings and emotions – into one place for absolutely anyone and everyone to read. That definitely plays a big part in second guessing yourself and doubting whether sharing your sacred thoughts to your potential future employer for example is the smartest idea on the planet. This is exactly where the lows come from (and the creative drought that leaks into your brain every so often).

Yet I wouldn’t have started this if I wasn’t aware of the fact anyone could be reading it and it is that (even though it scares me) which pushes me to make my writing even better and talk about subjects which people might not feel 100% comfortable broaching. I’ve always been scared of writing and the judgment that comes with it but if I want to better myself and my techniques then writing 2-3 blog posts a week is most likely the only way that’s going to happen. I think if anything I’ve learned that if someone reads this it is because they are interested, those who don’t want too aren’t forced to come here and I am extremely okay with that.

For me these 30 blog posts have given me the chance to share my struggles and frustrations with things that I come across, and as a 20 year old there is quite a lot of them (trust me). But on the other hand, it also allows me to share things I love and give support and admiration to those who deserve it. I feel empowered and invigorated having an outlet that is completely mine and I love the creative freedom it gives me.

However, with this creative freedom comes the feeling A LOT of the time that I am imposing on a space I’m not good enough for or feeling down about what I am not achieving. As a competitive person who is also a perfectionist this has always been a difficult subject for me. Although I must admit I am doing better at this and coming to terms with the fact that it’s a long process to get where I want to be and definitely involves a lot of hard work. Hard work on the other hand which I am willing to put in.

I thought I’d compile just some of the things I’ve achieved in the past few months. More for myself than anyone else;

  • Released 2-3 blog posts a week
  • Used my instagram as a creative outlet which has allowed me to see my progress as I post
  • Gain a small following from what I started with
  • Start my own print business within my website (available here)
  • learned how to professionally promote my business through interesting graphics
  • Joined the #caithnessmarket
  • Grow as a person
  • Supported businesses through my website
  • Created a campaign on sustainable fashion which was shared by leading brands (check out my instagram highlights and this post for more info)
  • Created a supportive community on Facebook
  • Found what I love and enjoy doing!

I know you probably read through that thinking “wow she’s really promoting herself here” but, like I said in a recent blog post, it’s important to celebrate the successes along the way and I do not do that nearly enough. Plus I don’t think I ever recognised how much work I’ve done in such a short space of time! I adore what I am doing and am so glad there are some of you out there that seem to be loving it as well.

It’s never too late to start something which you have wanted to do for a while or have always dreamt of. If you keep making excuses when will you actually do it? The right time will always be now.

Here is to 30 more blog posts and continuing to feel at home and free in this wonderful space on the internet.

Much love,

Sophie x


6 TV Shows to Binge Now

Image made by and belongs to Sophiesedit.com

If you haven’t already gathered I am a lover of TV. It gives you short bursts of entertainment and education whenever you want. Leaving you inspired, needing more or, on the one off occasion, ready to turn off your TV from fear or disgust. TV brings a range of emotions and even the oldest of shows brings about the fondest of memories.

Today I am going to share 6 of my favourite TV shows which will most likely grip you in your seats and, I apologise in advance, leave you stuck in your bed/couch for a good few hours.

Greys Anatomy

Grey’s Anatomy can be found on Amazon Prime (Season’s 1-15) and is soon to arrive on Netflix UK.

As they say, this is an Oldie but a Goldie. After only recently starting it, I’ve managed to get through 6 seasons in only a matter of weeks. Filled with trauma, drama, relationships and some extremely gory injuries, this series will leave you unable to switch the television off. Not only that but a lot of famous faces fill the screen, whether that is through the main characters like Christina, played by Sandra Oh (most notable for currently playing Eve in Killing Eve) or Izzy Stevens (played by Katherine Heigl who starred in Suits). Or, through their patients which have often been young actors in the early days of their careers for example Elizabeth Moss and Dylan Minnette. It really is a feast for the eyes (both literally and figuratively).

Selling Sunset

3 Seasons are now available on Netflix.

Now if you like reality TV and fancy viewing homes selling at ridiculous prices, this is a show you need to watch. I have never been an avid watcher of reality shows however I love interior design and (like I imagine a lot of people) love to see the inside of homes that on a normal day I probably would never encounter. It follows the Oppenheim Group, owned by twin brothers Jason and Brett, who are in charge of 7 (on the show) agents battling it out to sell the most expensive properties in LA.

This show, like many reality programmes includes; intense stakes, extreme emotions and a lot of arguing but it adds to the whole experience and in the end makes it a show you can’t resist.

Normal People

Normal People, is available on both Hulu and BBC iPlayer.

Now I am aware I have banged on about this A LOT. However, I couldn’t write a post like this and not include it. If you still haven’t watched it, then please do. Based on Sally Rooney’s best selling novel, the show follows Marianne and Connell on their journey to adulthood, including their exploration of the relationship they constantly find themselves in and out of. I’ve written a review of the show if you want to read it (available here) or if you want to read with me, I’ve done a post on the novel as well, here.

Both central actors have propelled themselves into the starlight after the show, so if you want to get to know the actors who will most likely be appearing on your screens more often, then give it a watch.

Jessica Jones

3 seasons available on Netflix.

A Netflix Original, following one of the Marvel comic characters.

If you like Superheroes with an edge then this is the show for you. Jessica Jones is not a conventional ‘superhero’, she is full of grit, determination and well, alcohol. The show follows her life as a private detective with a tricky past and condition which makes her have super strength and the ability to jump to insane heights. You’ll end up being tense with anticipation the whole way through.


This mixed genre show (crime, thriller and superhero drama, to name a few) complements the main character and allows you to get attached to not only the over arching storyline but also the crimes that she is encountering in each episode.

Luther

All 5 seasons are available on BBC iPlayer.

Another oldie but one of the best crime TV shows to grace the BBC, this is a thrilling must-watch. DCI John Luther, played by the incredible Idris Elba, has won numerous awards for the portrayal of the iconic character. Luther is an incredibly complex character who often gets violent and possessive in his fight for justice.

Not only this but the show documents his relationship with Alice Morgan, without spoiling it, someone he should not be engaged with. If you like crime shows that are both captivating and thrilling then this is one you need to give a watch.

Sex Education

All 2 seasons are available on Netflix.

This iconic show, which has become a staple on Netflix, is one of my favourites to watch for some lighthearted relief. The comedy drama stars Asa Butterfield who plays an insecure teenager that battles with his mothers job as a sex therapist (played by Gillian Anderson). Asa’s character Otis finds himself in the tricky position of taking on his mothers role in school, secretly giving out advice around love, relationships and sex (without his mothers permission). Which notably he has very little experience in.

As I mention this show, I have to mention the incredible Ncuti Gatwa, a Scottish-Rwandan actor who plays Eric, Otis’ best friend. He is utterly fabulous and leaves me laughing at every possibly opportunity. But this is not a letter of admiration for him, so please just watch it and see what I mean.


I hope this covers a lot of bases when it comes to TV and different genres. Don’t be put off by the length of some of the shows, the fact the post is called binge worthy, really hints to the fact that no matter the length it probably won’t last too long.

Let me know if you have any TV shows you recommend below and if you end up watching one let me know!

Much love,

Sophie x