Well Hello There! Remember Us?

One point of exciting news before we begin/start rambling – the blog has reached its 1st birthday! Celebrated in style 11 days ago with us completely forgetting about it and only realising when I logged on to write this! So happy birthday us!

(That’s us down there if you’ve forgotten what we look like! Please ignore the party animal living it up in the corner!)

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Oh dear. We did it too. That annoying thing that bloggers do when they miss a day … then a week … and one day they check back and realise it’s been nearly two months since they last posted. Oops!

But let’s be honest – it’s exam season and that time of year where all the blogs from people still in education go strangely quiet and miss out on a bit of TCL. We just decided to get in there early, right?! I’d like to say we’ve been working hard, revising loads and making the most of our blog silence, but that would be a complete and utter lie. I don’t know about Katie (she may be secretly working away like a small squirrel behind my back) but I have been doing a lot of time-wasting and staring-out-of-windowsing.

I think this can be pretty well backed up by the fact that today’s free lesson at college – one that is scheduled in by teachers in the desperate hope that some of us will use the study room for actual study – was spent walking to the shop to relieve my sudden craving for oreos. And while oreo craving is a very serious situation, I’m not sure how it took us an hour.

Still, the school year is once again drawing to a close. For Katie that means sixth form life is over. For me it means that I have yet another year to drag myself through with only my other re-takers for company. I don’t know why but I’m strangely excited, though I’m sure that excitement will disappear as soon as the new Year 12s arrive and the common room is overrun by 16 year olds watching Jeremy Kyle all day.

Thankfully though, I have my fellow re-takers to entertain me. I’m pretty happy with the selection – the majority are big enough characters to create lots of drama and a select few to quiet enough to sit back and watch it unfold with me …

But see, I’ve got distracted again. The point of these ramblings was to apologise for being MIA for so long, and to tell you not to expect anything much until after exams, after which we will probably just forget again.

Happy Monday!

Hannah

The Elephant in the Room

Well sort of. It’s pretty obvious we’ve been pretty crap at posting over the past few weeks. With Christmas and boys (*ahem that’s a whole other story*) and mock exams we’ve been having a pretty busy time. But all of those things (minus one, bet you can guess which one) are over, so we plan to be back to our regular posting schedule … we know you’ve probably been pretty distraught without us.

Anyway, that elephant. There’s actually a real elephant included in this story, though it’s not huge or even grey. It’s this one:

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(took me ages to balance him on there)

This was Katie’s Christmas present to me. It was meant to be part of a secret Santa but she only managed to keep it quiet for a couple of minutes, and then bought the actual present while I was with her but still, he’s probably my favourite present from this year. He’s also a pretty useful conversation filler as I discovered at a New Years Eve party just after this person informed me of the history of Birmingham’s borough system. Yes, it’s as exciting as it sounds. But if you can think of any names for this little one, they’d be much appreciated. Any ideas?
Hannah

Christmas Catch-Up/30 Days of Thankful

Merry Christmas!

Yes, let’s just start with the obvious. There seems to have been a lack in posts over the past few weeks. Reason being, Christmas seems to bring out the extreme lazy in me. At the best of times I’m far from energetic but the idea that I have the option of sitting on the sofa all day seems to drain any sort of motivation away pretty damn fast. And who actually even enjoys not doing anything? Seriously, it would be so much more fun to go out and do something, but somehow I’ve ended up on the other side of Christmas without having done much at all (apart from narrowing down the 204 unread posts on Bloglovin’ to 45. Achievement I know.)

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Of course there is a rather long list of things I should have done over the Christmas period. January mock exams are creeping up quickly and despite the fact that I’ve been telling myself for the past few weeks that as soon as college breaks up ‘I’ll get down to some extreme revision’, I’ve opened my textbooks three times, at the most. Things will not go well there.

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The wedding decorations I made being put to good use as Christmas decorations

But who cares about working! It was Jesus’ birthday and that’s the main thing! We spent the day with my brother and his wife in Nottingham and it may have been my favourite Christmas ever. How can a Christmas not be great when you get a tape measure in your cracker! Highlights included beating thrashing my brother at a game of Checkers, getting Jack Whitehall tickets from my lovely brother, watching my (other) brother and his wife cook their first Christmas dinner together, seeing my dad in a bright pink wig and playing a massive game of nerf-gun-wars with my sister-in-law’s family.

And yes, I’m going to count this as one of my 30 days of thankful because over Christmas Day and Boxing Day I realised that I’m really thankful for my family. That my parents are still happily married and still love to snuggle up on the sofa; that my brother has found a wife who could not be more perfect for him; and that she has opened up a whole new group of relatives that has brought us an even bigger family to love and cherish. So Merry (late) Christmas!

Finally, to highlight that point about loving families, this last picture is one that my dad took. He said he was trying to get a good picture of me but then went on to tell me that my nose is too big and the only way to get a nice photo of me would be if I turned my face away. He’s a charmer. (and a hypocrite, I got that nose from him!)

(P.S. I’ve just noticed, this is our blog’s 200th post! Yay!)

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Hannah

Made In Chelsea Catch Up Time!

Season 6, Episode 5

Awkward Silence Count: IIIIIIIIIII

EPISODE FIVE!!! LET’S DO THIS!

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Louise and Spencer go on a conversation date with Louise’s MASSIVE coat. He tells her he’s broken up with whatever-his-girlfriends-name-is. Want a big surprise? He cheated on her. He’s not bothered, but Lou-Lou is and does a classic dramatic huff and stalks out.

Spencer is having a men’s dinner with a nice selection of people he doesn’t like, in some weird sort of dungeon. Stevie texts Tiffany a really awkwardly cringy text asking when ‘they’re next going to make music together’.

Lucy and Louise are friends now?! They have a whole conversation that’s actually friendly. WHAT?

Thankfully, e4 gives us a brilliant argument in the form of Jamie and Spencer about the whole Phoebe-Lucy situation. I’m not sure who wins or whose side everyone else is on. Instead they agree to not fuck each other’s ex’s, but I bet you as much money as I possibly have that that promise will be broken. Spencer then tells Andy that he thinks that Louise still has feelings for him, and has done for the entirety of Andy and Louise’s relationship. Cue extremely long, extremely intense awkward silence. Annndddd break for some adverts.

Jamie confronts Phoebe about her secret boyfriend, and she tries to deny it by simply not saying anything, then making out that she hasn’t done anything wrong.

Lucy and Louise meet up with Spencer’s ex girlfriend to tell her he cheated on her. Spencer then turns up and tells her that he doesn’t get what’s different about sleeping with someone else while in a relationship or sleeping with someone after breaking up with them.

Tiffany and Stevie are on a cocktail making date. She suggests a baby making date next.

This week’s end of season party is at some sort of posh garden center. Some random guy called Sam tells Spencer that Andy has texted Louise telling her he still loves her. NO ANDY! Stevie on the other hand gets turned down by Tiffany despite the fact that he’s the most adorable person ever. Back to Andy, turns out he was drunk when he texted that, but when he tells her that Spencer thinks she still has feelings for him, she doesn’t deny it. Ooh dramatic.

So what have we learned this week? 1) It’s okay to go and practice boxing in the middle of a pavement; 2) No one in Chelsea is physically able to stay faithful; 3) Spencer’s a dick, but we kind of knew that already

Hannah

Made In Chelsea Catch Up Time!

Season 6, Episode 4

Awkward Silence Count: IIIIIIIIIII

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Sorry if you were a bit lost without this last week, but I refuse to watch MIC when on holiday so man up and watch it for yourself lazy.

Firstly, EVERYONE HAS DOGS. Secondly, it’s Binky’s dog’s birthday and they’re throwing him a party in the form of a obstacle course. That’s right. A birthday party for a dog. Including presents. Ahh posh people.

Stevie and Tiff are on a date that involves aprons, though we later find out is all about making pizza, which I feel really doesn’t need an apron, unless you’re below the age of 5. Andy think he’ll friendzone her, and, let’s be honest, he probably will.

The boys have decided to go camping, so, feeling that the girls couldn’t possibly survive in Chelsea all on their own, Rosie organises a spa trip with people who hate each other because she ‘thinks it will be good for them’ and according to Louise ‘it can’t get worse’. I bet it can Louise. I bet it can.

Spencer doesn’t fancy the camping trip, but instead rants about Jamie to Proudlock, about him ‘stealing’ his ex girlfriend, while conveniently forgetting about that time that he stole Jamie’s ACTUAL girlfriend, Louise. Nice one Spencer.

Speaking of ex-stealing, Phoebe confronts Fran about all the Alex drama and calls it the ‘ultimate betrayal’ even though Fran is apologising to her. But what can make this conversation even more angry? Lucy. Oh and there she is, leaving Phoebe to flounce off with the amazingly childish burn ‘Jamie says hi. He just text me.’

Phoebe forces Louise to go gatecrash the boys camping trip and Andy’s pissed. And who would blame him really? Having your ex girlfriend turn up on your boys-only camping trip must be pretty rubbish. Jamie however, it’s pretty damn excited, gets kinda drunk and tells Phoebe he wants to put all his eggs in her basket (yes he actually said that), even the eggs that were in Lucy’s basket.

Lucy finds out and cries. Again, another consequence of dating Spencer Matthews.

This week’s end of episode party is Andy’s gig – he’s adorable. Jamie decides he’s going to decide on Phoebe as his current girl obsession, who unfortunately has gone off on holiday with a different guy. Andy continues to put on a very strange accent as he sings and Louise is having wayyyy too much fun despite the fact that he purposefully didn’t invite her.

Spencer shouts at Jamie for sleeping with Lucy and that strange MIC phenomenon happens again. You know the one when you’re having an argument with someone, apologise to them and say you’ll do exactly what they want and it just makes them more angry. And in a spectacular ending, Spencer throws a drink at him, which only hits his shoulder. Embarrassing.

What have we learnt this week?
1) You must always throw your dog a birthday party
2) Camping ‘in the wilderness’ involves ready built, brick firepits
3) If someone is playing really depressing music, just sway really heavily

Hannah

Made In Chelsea Catch Up Time!

Season 6, Episode 2

Awkward Silence Count: IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII

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So, Spencer’s on to girlfriend number 102743. This one’s American and calls him ‘honey’ so annoyingly much. They arrive back in Chelsea just as Binky happens to be walking past. Isn’t it strange that their timing was so incredibly accurate and the one person who would happen to walk past would be someone who won’t like the new girlfriend. Tis’ amazing. They have a nice enough conversation but as she walks away Binky does the bitchy eyes which means there’s going to be some shouting at some point.

Louise is still being incredibly annoying and trying to get back with Andy, so they go for a chat on a convenient bench. She does her sad face and Andy tells her he’s annoyed at Spencer’s constant involvement in their relationship. Louise takes that as a chance to try to win him back and decides that an appropriate way to show him how much she loves him is to go out for dinner. How romantic.

Alex and Fran rebel against Phoebe’s dictatorship over their relationship, but in an exciting plot twist that no one could possibly have guessed, a practically topless Phoebe walks past and sees them. She’s pretty pissed and rants to Jamie about how Fran is so selfish. FRAN’S SELFISH!? NO PHOEBE, YOU’RE SELFISH! Ugh.

Spencer’s in another therapy session, and this time it’s because he wants to squeeze Louise’s face. Well that’s what I took away from it anyway.

Louise and Andy are on their relationship fixing date where Louise tells Andy she ‘doesn’t need to change’ and she’s ‘a perfectly good person’. She does however, think that Andy needs to change. Humm, I’m not sure where you’ve got all that from Lou-Lou.

Of course, Spencer and his girlfriend (what’s her name??) just so happen to go to dinner at the same place that Andy and Louise are having a post-breakup chat/argument. I guess that if you’re having a chat with your ex girlfriend about how her ex boyfriend was too involved in your relationship, the last thing you want is said ex boyfriend turning up and showing he’s still involved now. Sorry Andy, but the makers of Made in Chelsea are kinda mean. Andy basically tells Spencer he has no respect for him, but being the gentleman he is, adds ‘in the politest way possible’ on the end. Spencer is much more of an idiot and forces poor Andy to leave. Ughh, I hate Spencer.

*And at this point my internet broke and wouldn’t let me watch the second half. But according to a different blog …*

Spencer takes Louise on a date with him and his girlfriend; the end-of-episode party is at a polo match; Andy’s got with someone else; Louise is pissed at that, and, I assume, she probably cries.

So what have we learnt this week? 1) No conversations should take place standing up. 2) A dinner will fix any relationship problem, and 3) 4od is pretty shoddy at the moment.

Hannah

Made In Chelsea Catch Up Time!

Season 6, Episode 1

Awkward Silence Count: IIIIIIIII

It seems e4 have given up on pretending that any of this is real life. They’ve swapped the innocent little ‘some scenes may have been edited for your entertainment’ facade to a full-blown-whatever ‘scenes created for entertainment’.  Well done e4. The first step to recovery is acceptance.

What’s the best way to start the new series? Put Spencer in therapy of course. We’re always wondering why he cheats on everyone he so much as touches, so it’s nice that he has the same concern.

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But you can’t have too much soul-searching in the first few minutes, so let’s throw in our first group party! Literally, it took them two minutes to get Lucy in a bikini.

Remember the end of last series? Lucy and Spencer were all loved up and he promised never to cheat on her. GUESS WHAT HAPPENED. He stayed faithful! … I kid, he cheated on her. At least four times apparently, which I would say is some sort of record for him, except that it’s probably not.

A new series also means that some members of the cast have re-evaluated their lives and realised their job is to sit in a cafe and talk about relationships, and quit, leaving space for some new cast members! They seem to be great lovers of the words ‘man’ and ‘sweet’. I was keeping count, but actually lost count.

Jamie seems to be the only one still enjoying this elongated, slightly cold looking party and shows this to Spencer by announcing “We’ve been swimminngggg, we’ve been drinkingggg, we’ve been talking to your exxxx”. Pretty much MIC summed up. Spencer tells Jamie that Louise has been texting him (which in Chelsea is code for practically getting engaged)

What’s the latest gossip? Louise has been texting spencer but more importantly HE’S STEALING JAMIE’S GLASSES NIBBLE! What is the world coming to?

Hold up. Speaking of what is the world coming to … what is up with Phoebe’s cornrows? New boy Freddie and Lucy also meet for a reaaaally long handshake as he awkwardly asks her out and she says flat-out no. How do you get yourself out of a situation like that? Go in for the handshake again of course …

Binky’s rocking Mark Francis boat annddddd …. BOOM first glimpse of Stevie. Mmmmmm.

On the other side of the pool, Andy and Louise have trouble in paradise. She keeps going on nights out and disappearing for 24 hours with no word to her poor boyfriend. This sounds suspicious. Turns out Louise has been showing off her lady parts to a number of men who happen not to be said boyfriend. Unfortunately, it’s Lucy who enlightens Andy to this which I assume is going to be the main part of an argument somewhere later on.

Who are we missing here? Francis! It’s almost halfway through the show and still no incredibly awkward Francis moment. But e4 are not ones to disappoint so they’ve gifted us with him asking Rosie out while naked in a pool. She says no.

Wayheeyyy! Andy shouts at Louise as he confronts her about her shoddy faithfulness. She continues to deny it and blab on an on until he tells her to shut up and the whole world cheers. You go Andy! Oh, and she cries. Surprised? This leads to a number of break-up shots complete with emotional music and Louise getting teary.

Back to another integral part of MIC: more clues on Proudlock’s job. This time we’re in his pop up shop?! How does that relate to the other clues we’ve had? I’m so confused.

Spencer drops by to ‘make Louise feel better’ and she complains Lucy’s rude to her as if she is nothing but polite, then claims she hasn’t cheated on Andy. Spencer of course says he’s on her side which means that he wants to be in her pants.

Phoebe is also being a bit of an idiot as she tells Fran that she can’t date her ex Alex, because … wait why Phoebe? She seems to think she has some sort of ownership over him. GO AWAY PHOEBE.

And finally, we may have discovered Spencer’s super power. He’s made Lucy cry too, as he tells her off for telling Andy about Louise’s antics. Maybe it’s just an after effect of dating him?

What have we learned this week? If you shout ‘wooh’ a lot, it makes a party fun. Don’t ask people out naked, and never date Spencer.

Hannah

May I Have A Banana?

Oh. Em. Gee. Made in Chelsea is on its way back. Who else is so insanely excited? Katie and I definitely are, maybe a little too much. I think our whole conversation at lunch today was about it. In case you haven’t seen the advert, here it is in all it’s amazing singing glory:

… Like how do they make them better every single time? A few things about that advert though:

  • First things first. Proudlock. What is with his hair. Is he wearing ponytails now? And that suit? Really?
  • Jamie is in a short sleeved t-shirt. Andy is in a coat. Which one is lying about the weather?
  • Lucy can make ANYTHING awkward. Even if she’s just in a bar, singing an amusing song.
  • Can anyone remember the name of the girl Francis sings to?
  • Spencer likes bananas
  • And if you didn’t bother to watch the video, here’s a little something to sum it up in one photo.

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Come back every Wednesday for our much loved Made In Chelsea Catch Up Time! And if you want to catch up on last season’s drama, check out our previous Catch Ups here.

Hannah

My week in photos #9

So the time has come to change around the format of the Sunday week in photos post. The reason being that now I have a proper grown-up job, the majority of my days are spent staring at walls of files and posters that state that “It’s a laugh a minute in Pensions”. I think that’s meant to be humourous in some way but I don’t see it.

Anyway, the new format will basically be photos of anything more exciting and not related to work.

Summer has finally arrived, and personally, I reckon everything looks better in the sun. You notice things that you wouldn’t normally notice.  I took these photos after having my breakfast sat outside, and being attacked by a variety of insects.

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I also managed to collect together enough hairgrips to make this hairstyle secure enough public. It then went on a nice little trip to get some takeaway Nandos and eat it in a dark room with The Wedding Singer. I always forget how much I love that film. Also, that dark room was in a house which wasn’t mine and also didn’t belong to the two other people I was with. It was a little weird.

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We also made wedding decorations at that awkward sleepover at someone else’s house. Here’s the stash so far. There’s about 20 large ones and countless other sizes and I have no idea what we’re going with them after the wedding.

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Except this one. This one. The people who live in the house we were stealing have two cats. When we came down in the morning, the cats had left us a lovely present all over one. Ugh.

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And by this time in two weeks, I’ll have a sister-in-law!

Hannah