Fifth Harmony’s ‘Work From Home’ is LIFE!

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Rihanna, take note. This is how a song about ‘work’ should be!

Fifth Harmony are back at it again with the white vans their new single Work From Home and it is simply everything it needed to be (and a little bit more). If you don’t want to take my word for it check out the video below:

Gearing up for the release of their sophomore album, 7/27, and hoping to match (or out-do) the success of their hit single Worth It, they’ve come out with a bang and are ready to rule. Split rumours be damned!

Keep up the good work girls! Maybe you’re Work From Home can inspire Rihanna do some Work in the studio!

 

#WomanCrushWednesday: Megan McKenna

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It’s been a while since I’ve had a Woman Crush Wednesday, and I thought it would be fitting to have someone who has sincerely won my heart. The beautiful, albeit slightly terrifying Megan McKenna!

I watched the first series of Ex on the Beach when it was first on, and I thought it was good TV. Trashy, entertaining, but altogether a bit forgettable. So I never actually saw her debut in series 3. My first encounter with Megan McKenna was her stint on Celebrity Big Brother.

At first, I thought she was just another random hot girl who was going to be a bitch, but by the end of her 18 day stay in the Big Bro house, I was gutted that she was evicted! To most she’s just a ditsy, reality TV/glamour model who knows how to throw a tantrum, but she’s so much more than that!

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Yes, she can be feisty, but all the times she ‘kicked off’ in the house were completely justified and I probably would have reached a breaking point similar to hers (although I don’t think I would have been quite as full on!). She’s a strong woman who knows how to stand up for herself when she needs to (or when she’s drunk!). She also seemed incredibly genuine and grounded, just a nice, normal girl with good values. It’s nice to see someone be so real in a situation that can often bring on a heightened sense of reality. Not to mention the fact she is stunning, especially after the launch night where she was all made up with big hair, full face of make-up and tanned like a brown leather sofa. She looks beautiful with her hair up in a bun and little to no make up on.

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After she was evicted, my sister and I started watching Ex on the Beach, eagerly awaiting series 3 to have our Megan McKenna fix! And once again, she does not disappoint! Her choice in men may have been questionable, and she may have been a bit rowdier than her CBB appearance, but it made me love her even more! She reminds me of the friends I made in uni, who I had to pull out of drunken fights that had started for no reason (that was when they weren’t doing the same for me!).

I’m just finishing up series 3 and I’m so excited to know she’ll be back for series 4!

Fun Facts about Megan McKenna

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  • Megan is really into her singing, and has taken part in singing competitions as well as uploading videos to her YouTube channel.
  • Her aspirational singing career has lead her to perform in front of Simon Cowell on  Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor.
  • Essex girl at heart, she has even appeared in TOWIE  when she auditioned to be in Jess Wright’s girl group LOLA.
  • Apart from Gemma Collins, Megan is quite close with some other TOWIE stars such as Danielle Armstrong and James Lock. Two of her best friends have just joined the cast for the new series. Megan, PLEASE GET ON TOWIE!!

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Gwen Stefani’s Make Me Like You Video is AMAZING!

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Yesterday Gwen Stefani filmed the music video for her new single, the cheesy love song Make Me Like You LIVE during a commercial break of The Grammy’s (where Taylor Swift once again dominated and put Kanye West back in his place!).

Gwen’s video is really special, and she managed to pull it off, even though there were a couple of moments that had me worried! Check it out below:

It’s like Grease: Live all over again!

Brilliant video, super-catchy song, and Gwen Stefani looks younger than she did in 2006!

Opposites Attract

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I like Britney, he likes Gaga.

I like movies, he likes video games.

I like walking, he likes running.

These are just a few examples of the everyday battles we face because of our completely opposite tastes! At times it can be quite frustrating, especially when I want to watch a film and he looks like he’d rather rub his face on a cheese grater. But in the long run, I think it’s good that we are so different. He may think I am stubborn and set in my ways (which I am), but the truth is I really value his opinion, and it often challenges me to re-evaluate my stand on things, even if it doesn’t always come across.

And I like to think that the same goes for him. I’ve seen a big difference in him since we’ve been together. for example, I’m a neat freak and hate a messy house, whereas he used to have a very ‘relaxed’ approach to housekeeping. But nowadays he probably does more housework than me. He’s always washing dishes and clothes! And I’ve also developed a more lenient approach to what I consider messy.

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I remember an episode of Modern Family that was about whether people can change or not. When asked how much people could change, Mitchell replied “People are who they are, give or take 15 percent. That’s how much people can change if they really want to. Whether it is for themselves or for the people they love.” This always stuck with me. 15%. Is it a lot? Is it not enough? Is it realistic? I don’t know what your opinion is on the subject, but for me, I came to the conclusion that I would be happy to be 15% adaptable. It’s a good percentage to aim for! It’s high enough to see a difference, but not so much that you lose yourself in the process. And for the one I love, I will more than willingly try to get up to that 15% in order to make him happy, because I know he is willing to do the same for me. Sometimes I may fall short, but I really try. 

And this mentality has worked out well for us when it comes to the tricky parts. But it’s funny because even though we have our differences, in other ways we are so in-sync. We have the same dark sense of humour. We often finish each others sentences. We have the same fashion sense and are always stealing each others clothes. And I can almost always tell what he’s thinking and he knows me really well too. These natural similarities are the reason we were so attracted to one another in the first place, and the differences only help to make these connections that much more special.

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We may still argue about what takeout to get, and we are always on opposite sides during a celebrity argument, but in the end it doesn’t really matter. I love him because he is so different to me. It keeps me on my toes. And making up after a heated argument can be quite thrilling too!

10 V-Day Rom-Com’s to Keep You Company!

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I’m one of those people who watched way too many romantic comedies when I was single. Anything Aniston/Wetherspoon/Bullock/Hudson put out in the early/mid naughties will keep me thoroughly entertained for ninety minutes… And don’t even get me started on Jennifer Lopez’s AMAZING filmography! (I just had to check if The Wedding Planner received any Oscars. Sadly it didn’t! :-P)

But now that I’m in a happy relationship, I miss the days of watching a cheesy rom-com, dreaming about that blockbuster love. Luckily for me, this year I am planning to experience the best of both worlds! My husband is working the majority of this weekend, so during V-Day I plan some “Netflix & Chill for one” type of action (me, my bed and Bradley Cooper) and then when my hubby gets home we have a romantic night out planned!

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Although there are about A MILLION films I’d like to watch, I’ve narrowed down my choices to 10 great titles (I started with 5 but the list kept growing!), I’ve also decided to keep it within this side of the millennium, because otherwise it would just be impossible:

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One of my personal favourites from J-Lo’s filmography. Jenny from the Block and her evil mother-in-law-to-be (the ageless Jane Fonda) battle it out for the love and affection of the forever-handsome Michael Vartan! Although it’s more chick-flick than a straight up rom-com, it’s funny and charming and Wanda Sykes carries the comedy with her one liners!

Valentine’s Day

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This one’s a little on the nose isn’t it? But I had to include it in my list, because I think it’s such a lovely little film. Valentine’s Day is so different and so special for everyone and it’s nice to see such a variety of different storylines and experiences in one film. From the young teenagers trying to figure it all out, to the adults who’re still making mistakes. The all-star cast of the film is really strong too. Julia Roberts was reportedly paid $3 million dollars and she was only in the film for 6 minutes!

How To Lose A Guy In Ten Days

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The title says it all for this one. This is an absolute classic! Kate Hudson’s shining moment! OK, so it packs in a lot of the rom-com cliches: girl tries to trick boy, boy tries to trick girl, they eventually fall for one another but everything goes wrong, guy chases down girl, they live happily ever after. Not original, but the torture she puts Matthew McConaughey through is priceless, especially the emasculating moment when she nicknames his down there Princess Sophia.

Silver Linings Playbook

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I really love this film, and one of the reasons why is because it is a bit of an anti-rom-com. It’s actually heartbreaking, and the humour can be quite dark and make you feel very uncomfortable, but that’s what makes it special. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence play two completely broken people, who turn to one another for solace in different ways and end up falling for one another. It’s a relationship that seems very rocky, and you don’t know if it would work, but you are rooting for them nonetheless.

The Proposal

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As I mentioned, I’m sticking to films released after the year 2000, otherwise I would have included While You Were Sleeping, which is the best Sandra Bullock rom-com. But The Proposal was a true return to form for Sandra, after a string of less-than-stellar flicks in the naughties (The Lake House not included!). It’s a really funny film and she has great chemistry with Ryan Reynolds! Watching the two run into each other naked is hilarious and slightly arousing. Plus the film has Betty White!

Friends With Benefits/No Strings Attached

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I’ve lumped these two films together because they suffered the misfortune of being released around the same time, and they are very similar in subject matter. Of the two, I prefer Friends With Benefits, starring Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake. The twosome are incredibly funny together and there is a lot of Justin Timberlake nudity to keep us 90’s kids happy! I only watched No Strings Attached about a year ago, but I was quite surprised at how much I liked it, and I think it’s a bit more on the romantic side than FWB. Add in the fact it stars the lovely Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher, I wish I’d seen it sooner!

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50 First Dates

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As far as Adam Sandler comedies go, this is one of the surprisingly sweet gems! His humour is usually more dirty jokes and funny voices, but 50 First Dates also has a lot of heart. Drew Barrymore plays a woman who suffered a brain injury which affects her short term memory, so she is always unknowingly reliving the same day. Adam Sandler falls for her, and everyday finds a new way to make her fall for him. The days when it doesn’t work are the funniest and the soundtrack is really beautiful. Highly recommend!

What’s Your Number?

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Oh Anna Faris, you crack me up. I love her comedies because her comedic timing is always on point and her facial expressions are the best! In this comedy, her character decides she has slept with too many men and doesn’t want to let her number get any higher, so she starts backtracking to see if she’s ever been with someone who deserves a second chance. Enter mostly-naked neighbour Chris Evans, and trouble ensues! Funny as hell, and her attempt at a British accent is very laughable!

Letters to Juliet

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I only watched this film for the first time a few years ago, but I thought it was really beautiful. Amanda Seyfried helps an elderly woman find a long lost love in Italy, while discovering what love means to her along the way. When I watched this film, I was going through a similar romantic situation as the lead, in the sense of having to evaluate whether the person I was with was right for me, so I am thankful that I watched this when I did! Definitely one that leans more to the romantic side of things, and leaves you feeling all warm inside!

And there you have it, my list of some great valentine’s films to keep you loved up! Whether you’re single or attached, tied down or unwillingly single, I just hope you find a way to appreciate the day and spend it with the ones you love. ♥

Time for a facelift!

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To mark my return to the blogosphere earlier this month, I thought it would be nice to give Pink Suburbia a new look! Trim the hedges, hose down the drive and take down the Christmas lights so the neighbors stop complaining!

I’ve gone for a cleaner, simpler look and I’m really happy with the results… It’s so shiny and white (with a hint of pink!). To make it easier to find what you’re looking for I’ve added some new options to the menu bar – Now #ManCrushMonday has it’s own tab! (for all the boys and girls who like to get hot and bothered on a Monday!)

I’m very optimistic that this marks the start of a new era of my blog, and I’m looking forward to sharing some more of my internet ramblings with whoever is out there to read!

Hope you guys like it! 🙂

Rihanna’s Anti: Two Weeks Later

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After one of the most confusing and frustrating releases of all time, Rihanna’s Anti album finally started its roll out to Tidal (uuugh!), Apple Music and eventually Spotify and physical stores at the end of January. Not with a bang like Beyoncé’s self-titled 2013 release, or even with an aggressive lead-up campaign of singles and appearances like its predecessors, but ultimately with a quiet and anti-climatic digital release onto an unpopular music platform service.

I won’t even get started on my hatred of Tidal -I think I’ll leave that for a separate, venomous post, but I feel like I have to express my disappointment in Rihanna’s approach to this album. Ever since FourFiveSeconds was released in January 2015, fans have been eagerly awaiting her album, only to be left in anticipation for another year while she continued to smoke and party the year away.

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By the time Anti made it onto my iPhone two weeks ago, it was not what it needed to be after the delayed build up. Fans who are looking for another collection of club anthems like We Found Love and Only Girl (In the World), or even 2015’s trap-pop banger Bitch Better Have My Money will indeed be disappointed, especially because BBHMM didn’t make the final cut! But if you can get over the fact that Anti isn’t going to get you bobbing in the club, you can possibly appreciate the mellowed vibe the Bajan pop star and her team have created here.

As a singer, Rihanna is incredibly talented. Her vocals are unique and diverse enough to take her through any genre. Kiss It Better (which should definitely be the second single!) sees her tackle a soft-rock power ballad, full of soaring guitar solos and dreamy vocal filters. Then on lead single Work she sounds drunk, stoned, or possibly both as she slurs out the lyrics, her thick Bajan accent turned to the max. It may be her weakest lead single to date, But when heard in conjunction with the rest of the album, it fits in well.

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Other highlights on the album include the DJ Mustard produced, ex-bashing Needed Me, where flickers of the bad gal Ri Ri can be found on lyrics like ‘Tryna fix your inner issues with a bad bitch, didn’t they tell you that I was a savage?’, and throwback track Love On The Brain, another example of Rihanna’s versatility.

Anti works best when listened to in its entirety. Songs like Higher and Yeah, I Said It for example aren’t deserving of a radio release, but have earned their place on the album, even if they feel a little bit like filler.

If it had been released twelve months ago, or branded as a side project or mix tape instead of a comeback album, I would have praised Anti as a brave new direction for the pop star. It probably wouldn’t have been so polarizing if people hadn’t been expecting a return to form for so long. Unfortunately that is a consequence of the poorly timed, badly marketed project. Ultimately the delay created doubt in the public’s minds and brought momentum to a halt, and Anti was doomed before it was even released.

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Although the music is a far cry from what we are used to hearing from Rihanna, it fits her like a glove and as a whole it is probably one of her most cohesive albums. It’s the kind of album I want to hear while at the beach, sipping cocktails and contemplating life (unfortunately I don’t smoke weed, because I’m sure that’s how Ms. Fenty intended it to be enjoyed!). But in the long run people want the bad-ass, smack talking, pussy-popping princess of pop Rihanna, not the Anti-Rihanna, who has proven to be underwhelming and incredibly tardy.

Final Grade: ♥♥♥ (3/5)

Repeat: Kiss It Better, Needed Me, Pose and Sex With Me (the last two are bonus tracks and the closest to BBHMM-style bangers we get on Anti!)

Skip: James’ Joint, Goodnight Gotham and Same Ol’ Mistakes (good but too long! no song should be over 4.5 minutes long)

#ManCrushMonday: Henry Cavill

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To mark the return of Man Crush Monday, I’ve picked a SUPER man to save the day!

As I’ve mentioned before, Superman is my absolute favourite superhero! I love all his incarnations, although I am especially fond of Tom Welling’s Smallville Clark Kent. And just like the rest of the world, I am eagerly anticipating the latest installment of the Man of Steel franchise, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. 

Current Superman and British heartthrob Henry Cavill is quite easily the sexiest, manliest Kal El we’ve had so far (sorry Dean Cain!). He’s just so ruggedly handsome and… furry. He’s definitely a welcome break from the clean cut, smooth and muscular goody-two -shoes we normally get from the DC hero, and Henry is to thank for that, seeing as he fought for his right to go all-natural!

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Mr. Cavill has starred in some great films and television series, long before becoming the Man of Steel on the big screen. With films such as Immortals and The Man From U.N.C.L.E, he’s more than proved his leading man status in Hollywood.

As he prepares for his role in the first Justice League film, Henry took to Instagram to share his strenuous (and shirtless) workout, almost breaking the internet in the process:

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Glad to see he is taking his fitness so seriously!

Fun Facts About Henry Cavill

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  • We may know him as Superman, but according to Twilight author Stephenie Meyer, she always envisioned him as the only actor who could pull off Edward Cullen (No one tell R-Patz!). But by the time production had started he was too old to play 17.
  • For a brief period in 2013, he dated nerd bait Kaley Cuoco (Penny from the Big Bang Theory). The two were papped together non-stop for two weeks before it all ended!
  • Unsurprisingly, Henry is a big fan of rugby and used to be a skilled player. Sadly, he had to give up the sport due to injuries.
  • 2013’s Man of Steel wasn’t his first attempt at wearing the red cape. He came very close to playing the part in the 2006 film Superman Returns, but the part eventually went to Brendan Routh.
  • Henry is really good with his tongue… He speaks fluent English, French, Spanish and Italian (get your minds out of the gutters people!).

And to bring to a close another sexy #ManCrushMonday, here’s a wet Henry to cool you down:

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New Year, New Me… Just Joking!

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Fooled you there for a minute didn’t I!? If I see another ‘New Year, New Me’ post anywhere on this planet I think I will have a breakdown!

I know it’s the second day of FEBRUARY, but it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything and I just wanted to give a little life update before I (hopefully) return for good!

I’m a little late to the party, but I’ve always done things in my own time! So far, 2016 has been off to a great start. I wouldn’t say I have radically changed myself to coincide with any New Year’s resolutions, but I have made a few small changes that are having positive effects.

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One of the biggest things happened last week. I achieved one of my ultimate life goals. As of last Thursday, I am now the proud owner of a FIAT 500! If you don’t understand how big a deal that is to me, refer to my ‘about me’ page. My husband and I are financially tied in for five years, but it’s been a very big milestone for us to buy a car together.

Speaking of my husband, he has a new job working in a shop that has been really good for him. Before he used to work in a busy cafe in London that was very emotionally and physically draining for him. But now he is closer to home and much happier within his environment. As the saying goes: Happy Wife, Happy Life (we need a ‘husband’ alternative for that!).

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Things have been going so well for us at home that we have even decided to try and change up our diet and daily routine by including some more exercise and healthy eating. We did a cabbage soup detox last week, which was simply torturous. I think I’m going to boycott soup until 2017. But it was something that we did together which made it all worthwhile, and we were motivating one another for a change! Normally it’s a struggle for us to work out together or eat right but so far we’ve been really in sync.

Work has been very busy over the last few months (hence the prolonged absence), but I am determined to find time for myself and my hobbies. I’ve really missed writing my blog as well as reading other WordPress gems! The plan is to come back on a more regular basis now though, so fingers crossed for success.

That’s about all that’s been going on in quiet suburbia. Life has been carrying on as usual, mothers taking children to school, couples walking dogs to the park and my husband and I, driving around town in our shiny new car!

 

#ManCrushMonday: Olly Murs

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If like me you tune into The X Factor on a weekly basis, you will hopefully appreciate this week’s Man Crush Monday… Olly Murs!

As much as I loved Dermot O’Leary on a Saturday & Sunday night, I have to say, cheeky chappy Olly Murs is a welcome replacement. His flirtatious banter with Caroline Flack and occasional word vomit have kept me entertained since August, so I think this week he deserves a little attention!

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Since 2009 (yes 2009!), Olly Murs has been gracing us with his presence on radio and television alike. As one of the most successful X Factor runner-ups, his career has gone from strength to strength, including 4 UK number one singles, a few (minor) successes in the US, and now his presenting role on The X Factor has brought him full circle.

Essex boy at heart, one of the things I like about Olly is how genuine and ‘normal’ he seems. I can imagine him having a pint in a pub with the lads, or enjoying a curry takeaway while watching I’m A Celebrity with the missus. I may be wrong, but I like to imagine him as a typical British boy next door. Except when he’s stripping down into a questionable thong on stage of course:

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As well as a great, positive attitude, a  I am extremely jealous of the Troublemakers closet, and would like to spend an hour or so in there with him… Picking out clothes for myself of course! Although for you to really appreciate his dress sense, you will have to look elsewhere because most of the pictures in this post feature very little clothing.

Fun Facts About Olly Murs

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  • Olly has a twin brother, but they are estranged, because Olly missed his wedding because due to The X Factor in 2009.
  • In 2007 he appeared on Deal or No Deal and went on to win a WHOPPING £10! (I’m sure his X Factor money doesn’t even compare!).
  • Despite his very successful and lucrative pop career, Olly continued to live with his parents until 2012 (three years after his run on The X Factor).
  • Before finding fame, Mr. Murs worked in a call centre and was part of a band called Small Town Blaggers.
  • During that time, he auditioned for The X Factor twice, failing on both occasions!

And there you have it, everything you need to know about Olly Murs, along with some skin-flashing images to perk up your Monday! Be careful when looking at these pictures, as they may cause your heart to skip a beat… (See what I did there? :-P)

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