Why the 00s was one of the best decades ever and I won’t hear another bad word about it

I’ve seen a LOT of trash talk online lately about the 00s (which, for these purposes, is 2000-2009). They’re mocking the way we dressed, the way we did our makeup…and yeah, I admit some of those trends were a little out there when looking back, but what about the other stuff?

I’ve had enough. I’m fighting back. Im showing these naysayers (most of whom were only just born in the 00s or not much before) why I’m proud to have lived through the 00s, and why its probably one of my fave decades so far

I consider the 00s ‘my era’ of music, it was all so damn cool back then. Garage music hit the mainstream, spearheaded by The Artful Dodger who helped to launch the career or one Mr Craig David, who the young ‘uns today (and those of us who remember him first time round) go crazy for. R ‘n B blew up on this side of the pond, thanks to both stalwarts like Mary J. Blige and newbies like Aaliyah and Kelis. We met Lady Gaga, re-met Kylie Minogue and did NOT look good in the dancefloor throwing shapes to Arctic Monkeys. Also, how can you mock an era that gave us Beyoncé’s solo career??

The 2000s is one of THE defining eras for chick flicks and love stories that are still heavily quoted on the daily. During lockdown, Tik Tok was filled with creators getting their cheer on a la Bring It On (2000), releasing their inner Sophie or Donna from Mama Mia (2008) and share their love of all things pink like the Mean Girls (2004). This was also the decade that blessed us with Elle Woods, Bridget Jonesand a fairly decent amount of both Sandra Bullock and Anne Hathaway. Until then we didn’t know the devil wore Prada, that pants could travel as a sisterhood or girls were just as good at football. And we discovered that Love, Actually is all around us

Forget what you’ve read or seen, the 00s in fact blessed us with some fashion moments that left us shooketh for the right reasons!

  • J-Lo in the Valentino jungle print dress
  • Kylie Minogue in gold hot pants
  • The Alexander McQueen skull scarf
  • The universally flattering halterneck (WHY hasn’t this come back around yet, though I see that Bella Hadid is giving it a go)
  • Bedazzled hair clips (I see y’all doing that now on the ‘gram)

This is just a snapshot of the good stuff! I know there are some questionable things to look back on – dresses over jeans, velour tracksuits, liberal use of blue eyeshadow…but the world forgave the 80s for their misgivings so now its the turn of the 2000s to get some redemption. You know I’m right!

Thanks for reading,

J xx

BLOGMAS day 7: Happy horror-days

Question 1: What Christmas card do you buy your horror-mad husband when you want to put in some thought and effort?

Question 2: What Christmas card do you yourself when you’re a bit of a Scream junkie?

Answer: these ones by Emma Powell Design.

I’m not particularly into cards, but I spotted this Ghostface (the killer from the Scream films, just in case you didn’t know) print on my Twitter feed a few days ago and thought it was so awesome I had to buy it. While I was browsing I also came across the Jason Voorhees design and knew it was perfect for the Mr. The films from the Halloween series are some of of our go-tos for sticking on for an easy watch (yes, really) and he loves #christmas so it was a pretty personalised choice.

I don’t know how these scary, ugly ass killers have been made to look so darn adorable but Emma has nailed it, and I doubt this is the last purchase I’ll be making! They’re lovely quality and wil look lovely as wall art in our new home (if we ever find one, that is).

If you’re a horror fan, like a bit of quirkiness or a touch of satire, give Emma’s Etsy store a look.

And that’s week 1 of blogmas DONE!

Thanks for reading,

J xx

BLOGMAS day 5: Festive films I watch every year

I stole this cosy film setup from Pinterest because – we don’t have our Christmas tree up yet, we’re currently in a rented flat so don’t have the space or freedom to decorate, and I don’t have a cute doggy to snuggle up to (yet. I’m confident the Mr will cave someday).

No matter where you are, cosying up and watching a film can help you get into a warm and fuzzy frame of mind that lends itself well to this time of year, so these are the ones I’ll be reaching for:

This is the only film I watch all the way through, every single year, just me and my husband. It came out 9 years ago, and I know this because me and the Mr went to see it at the cinema as our first outing together (it was a kind of ‘is it a date, is it not a date?’ trip. We concluded it wasn’t AND celebrate our official anniversary 6 days after this, when we were both certain it was in fact a date.)

This is a pretty short film, not much over an hour, and really resonates with anyone that has a divorced family or has to see a lot of people over the holidays. It’s pretty funny (too many odd and cringe moments to mention here) and cheesy, as most good Christmas films are.

If you don’t watch this at Christmas I just have one thing to ask – U ok Hun? It was shown in October this year on some channels and honestly, I was kind ready for it! This is the Christmas movie of my childhood so it makes my inner child happy to keep putting it on each year.

What makes me chuckle most now are all the memes that I see about this on social media pointing out practicalities – what DOES Mr McAllistar do for a job that he can afford an amazing house, and what does his brother do that he can afford to pay for that massive family with hundreds of kids out to Paris at the PST expensive time of year??

Same applies to this as Home Alone – can you even say you’re celebrating Christmas if you DONT watch this?? I enjoy watching it a little bit now I’ve been to NYC a couple of times as I’ve been able to visit some of the movie locations (though only in summer time, so it’s a bit less slippery). If pushed, I’d say this was my fave of the two – you kind of know what you should be expecting with this one based on the first, but it’s got that bit of extra significance with Kevin *SPOILER ALERT – IF YOU HAVENT SEEN IT, SCROLL TO THE NEXT FILM* stopping the toy store robbery and being surprisingly enterprising and stealthy in a coty to which he hasn’t ever lived or visited.

I would make me so happy if another instalment was made featuring Mcauley Culkin as the dad, c’mon guys!

I think this is one of the best British films ever made. It covers so many scenarios, emotions, stages of life and relationships, it just sums up real people (and some more extraordinary ones) dealing with life in the run up to Christmas and it just makes you feel alright again.

I get a lump in my throat *ANOTHER SPOILER ALERT- STOP READING THIS POST IF YOU HAVENT SEEN IT YET* every single time Joanna sings ‘All I want for Christmas’ and I stole Juliet and Peter’s wedding song to walk back down the aisle to (sadly without the gospel choir, but the original Beatles version is pretty darn good).

I hope this post has either stirred up some nostalgia for you or given you a couple of new ideas about things to watch this December!

Thanks for reading,

J xx