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Could chess be the Lockdown 2.0 trend?
This week has been slightly quieter for me, so I feel very lucky that I’ve been able to relax and indulge in a new TV series in the evenings which I adore, and have even learnt a new skill! I hope you’ve found time to get some fresh air and enjoy some well-deserved you-time.
Seeing as holidays are pretty much off the table right now, I’m going to recommend a song that, when you close your eyes transports you to the side of a pool, cocktail in hand. So if you’re feeling like you need a pick-me-up, pop Girl by KC Lights on Spotify. The DJ from Glasgow brings that euphoric feeling, which will hopefully have you feeling a little lighter and brighter in no time. Because, let’s face it, apart from looking at pictures on the internet, a song is probably the best way to bring back beautiful memories of somewhere special.
Pale Waves might be a new name to you, but if any part of you likes indie-pop I suggest you pay attention to this band. With an avid fan base, they are already onto their second album, Who Am I, due next February and their latest single Change is something to celebrate from that. Having already toured with The 1975 and finding fans in them, Pale Waves are a reason to get excited. This latest release of theirs gives early Taylor Swift vibes reminiscent of her album RED which let’s be honest is a nothing but a good thing. I can’t wait to hear more from them.
As in the title of David Letterman’s Netflix hit My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, this next artist is a household name and icon. Kylie. Yep, we can’t get her out of our heads, she’s always Spinning Around, and this is Especially For You. Sorry, couldn’t resist. She’s back with her latest album, Disco, which went straight in at Number 1. Following on from her country-inspired album, Golden, two years ago, Disco has more of an electric feel, with classic Kylie written all over it. Get your hot pants on, this album was made for dancing.
Never in my right mind did I think I’d be asking my boyfriend Stuart to get his dusty old chess board out of the loft, but this week that did happen. The reason? Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit. Based on the Walter Tevis novel, the series is set across the 50s and 60s and tells the story of an orphan who learns to play chess at a young age. She strives to become the world’s greatest chess player, whilst battling addiction problems. With Anya Taylor-Joy and Thomas Brodie-Sangster in the starring roles, they’re not only King and Queen on the chess board, but are also set to reign on the screen too. Put your snacks within easy reach – this one is impossible to switch off.
Rather than products for self-care right now, with the pandemic being at the forefront of most of our minds, I think mental and emotional care is more vital than ever. I’ve spoken before about writing a gratitude list to help with a positive outlook in the morning, but what I’ve been learning about recently are the benefits of Mind Mapping. As someone who’s completely new to this technique, I was starting from scratch. You basically jot down your thoughts onto a piece of paper, rather than letting them fester in your mind. It enables you to think more clearly and get a better overview on the things that might be niggling at you. I can’t recommend it enough, if you’re like me and feel like you’re trying to juggle a million balls at a time. Alternatively, just continue juggling, which I can assure you is a lot more difficult than they make it look in the circus. So give it a shot and let me know what you think.