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April Fool’s Day is happening. So, this weekend – I’m taking a break from blogging about lifestyle, and posting about stuff we all can’t get enough of… Memes.

We’re only officially four months into 2017 but we’ve already had plenty of cool internet sensations dominating our social-media feeds. Here are a few of my own faves. Know that it was very difficult for me to choose a few and not include all of them…

Don’t worry though, you can expect more posts like this throughout the night and tomorrow. Notice, I haven’t put them in a particular order, because I love them all equally.

Roll Safe

Roll Safe is an image macro serious featuring a screenshot of actor Kayode Ewumi grinning and pointing to his temple while portraying the character Reece Simpson (a.k.a. “Roll Safe”) in the web series Hood Documentary. The image is often captioned with various jokes mocking poor decision making and failures in critical thinking.

The Blinking Guy

A video from the video game site Giant Bomb. They run a regular series called Unprofessional Fridays, where they stream games and talk about them. The original video sparking the meme is actually more than three years old, and was snagged during a stream of the game Starbound. Fast forward to around the 1 hour, 49 minute mark.

Meryl Streep

It’s actually not a new image – the two-year-old picture of Meryl Streep is from the SAG Awards 2015, where the actor was innocently shouting her support of Debbie Reynolds. Suddenly the image has entered circulation online once again, and for the past few days the internet has been awash with the Shouting Meryl meme, mostly used to quote classic call-and-response song lyrics.

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Salt Bae

Salt Bae is a nickname given to Turkish chef Nusret Gökçe, who was widely discussed on social media following the circulation of a video in which he flamboyantly sprinkles salt on a carved steak.

Trump Draws

The meme shows a GIF of President Trump showing off his signed executive orders for the camera, replaced with a variety of childish drawings.

The imagined drawings so far have featured a dinosaur, a self portrait, a house and a cat.

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CeeLo Green Gold

CeeLo Green may have not nabbed gold at the Grammys, but at least he was dressed in gold. His ensemble instantly won the internet.

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Tiny Trump

Another Trump meme is “Tiny Trump” – taking normal photos of Trump (or ones not even involving him) and adding a very small, shrunk version of Trump to the picture. No additional commentary or subtext – just Tiny Trump.

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That Michelle Obama Side-Eye:

One of the weirdest (but best) parts of Trump’s inauguration was that moment when Melania handed Michelle Obama a mysterious Tiffany’s box. Michelle’s “Jim-facing” was all of us that day, in more ways than one.

Cash Me Outside, How Bou’ Dah?

Late last year, The Dr. Phil Show unwittingly gave birth to a star, a 13-year-old girl who called an entire studio audience hoes and asked all of them to “catch her outside… how ’bout that?” The aggressive question has attained immortality in the form of a multipurpose comeback.

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Are you an aspiring video-blogger? Have you started vlogging as a novice and find yourself wondering how superstar YouTubers succeed? Well, a new BBC Three commissioned series, ‘Pls Like How To Be a Superstar Vlogger’ has been released, and the first episode is glorious!

It follows comedian, Liam Williams aka Vloggy McVlogface, as he goes on a quest to understand what makes a successful vlogger (and slyly mocks them while he’s at it). He meets some of the hugest (albeit undiscovered) names on YouTube along the way – as he tries to complete a series of six challenges set for him by the CEO of Beam HQ (an unestablished PR agency for big name vloggers), with the end goal of winning £10,000.

In the first episode, released today, we see Liam’s attempt at a video application for a “So You Think You Can Vlog?” competition thought up by Beam – where he seems to be lambasting vloggers in a funny way. His hilarity and ability to make a mockery of them ends up winning him the ‘Most Watched’ votes, but also results in having his video taken down by Beam. He then somehow ends up at Beam HQ where he attends and interview with the CEO to talk business…

Liam’s first challenge assigned to him by the BIG boss at Beam is to create his own ‘Welcome’ video for his channel, and who better to turn to for advice than CharlieSouth (an undiscovered superstar video-blogger), and the boyfriend of Milipede (another not-heard-of BIG name on YouTube)?

This series seems to have the best of everything: humour, information, facts, insight, inside knowledge, and a bit of vulnerability (from the vloggers’ perspective). There was a scene in particular where Liam questioned whether CharlieSouth’s millions of “friends”  (folllowers/subscribers) actually knew the real him – in a way that Milipede does… That’s very eye-opening and heart wrenching. Although viewers saw Liam to be negative and sad in the beginning, they realise that even the vloggers themselves are not happy, it’s their jobs to appear happy on social, but even they go through hardships.

Pls Like, as far as I know, is a six-part mockumentary series, but I can see it getting extended because, in just one episode alone, it has done everything and so much more… Well done to all involved!

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This book series is BAE to me! I, truth be told, haven’t got past the ‘I Heart… London‘ book but, it’s a great series nonetheless hence why I’m sharing it with you.

If you’re familiar with the work of Sophie Kinsella, and love it, you’ll love this. It’s a comedic and romantic novel that’s set in modern times. It’s one that you won’t be able to put down or stop laughing at.

This series is so good that I’m actually quite worried as to why it hasn’t been made into a full-length Hollywood movie…

Lindsey Kelk = bae. No, seriously, what an actual bae! I’d go as far as to say that she is “bae” personified. If I was going to be a writer, I’d want to write like her. #Authorspiration #Writerspiration

The book follows Angela Clark, a journalist, who flees the U.K. after she breaks up with a long-term boyfriend.

She then, as you do, gives up her entire livelihood to start a new life in the States.  That’s where she meets her new roommate (a receptionist at a hotel which she stays at in the early days), starts writing for a well-known Women’s magazine and falls in love with a rockstar, who becomes her boyfriend further on into the first book. The chemistry between Angela and her new boyfriend is absolutely everything, and so is their banter… Their relationship is so lovely, but it does – further into the series – get tested. I won’t say any more than that…

This is just a brief synopsis because as far as I know, there have been seven books thus far, and each one focuses on a different aspect of Angela’s life (and location around the World), and it’s done in a very funny way.

It’s a very well-written book that’s not going to disappoint (I hope!) and one that needs to be a staple to any girl’s handbag, kindle or luggage before heading off on holiday, this year.

If you’ve read the books and/or are familiar with them, let me know your thoughts… Alternatively, if you haven’t, give them a go and tell me what you think… Finally, if you haven’t and will be needing more information before reading, comment below – asking me any question you may have and I’ll do my best to get it answered in as much detail!

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I ran a poll on Twitter and was overwhelmed with the ONE vote that I received so I decided to write this review in aid of that one person who pitied my poll enough to vote, stating that they’d read my blog if I reviewed films. This one’s for you, sweet and kind anonymous person!

(I’m also running another poll on there now regarding my idea for Comic Relief Sponsorship). If you’d like to join all the ONE PERSON out there who likes to vote, please do! ❤

‘Passengers’ is a very good film. Incredible, incredible film. It’s predictable, not gonna lie, but it’s a great watch nonetheless. JLaw, the overrated JLaw, yeah, she’s in it and so is Chris Pratt (the actor, not your mate Chris who sometimes or always acts like a Prat).

As you can see from the trailer, the film is set on a spaceship in Space, travelling to Homestead II. The trip itself takes 120 years… So, naturally, in the real world, the 5,000 ‘Passengers’ bodies would need to go into hibernation via a pod, waking up in 120 years, un-aged.

Lo’ and behold Chris Pratt’s character, Jim’s, one breaks down and he wakes up earlier than everyone else (80-something years into the mission), still looking his 30-something year-old self. He  falls in love with Jennifer Lawrence’s character, Aurora, by catching a glimpse of her while she slept in a room filled with 5,000 other sleeping passengers. Love makes you do weird things, so he’d stay awake all night watching videos of her being interviewed – prior to setting off on the mission (casting tapes) – and from reading some passages from her books. He’d even speak to her sleeping self, telling her about his day… Enough’s enough at this point, he’s a red-blooded man who wants some LOVIN’ so he decided to wake her up, but talks it over with a robot bartender – who doesn’t have feelings – just to be sure.

Aurora is a writer and journalist who is travelling there on a quest of self-discovery and to finish her book… She mentions that her quest to Homestead II is predominantly focussed on work. But, she is single ready to mingle like an unboxed Pringle (once released from the pod).

Jim (who – on Earth – would long be in Heaven by now) can’t stay awake and die prematurely on the ship without her, so he goes through with his plan to wake her up prematurely, and this is when they eventually embark on a romanticism situation (where he pretends he doesn’t know a lot about her from his late-night “researching”). Oh, wait though, like any film, there’s got to be some drama… Their romance is going well, he’s about to propose… But, before he does, she finds out that he lied to her – when he made her believe she woke up because of a fault in her pod – this enrages her so she accuses him of “murder” (pretty strong here, Aurora!), and was even about to attack him with a rod at one stage.

Then, weird things start to happen, things on the ship start to break down, and they have to figure out what’s going on… A captain who’s sick wakes up and begins to die but manages to bring the two back together and asks them to find out what’s going on to save the rest of the 5,000 people on board… Pratt’s character is an engineer and mechanic, so trust him to be the first to wake and be there when mechanical and technical faults start to happen… Do they make it out alive? Watch it and find out.

The special effects are outstanding, I’d say this film, visually, is up there with Sandra Bullock’s Gravity. I love space films anyway because they are just so very interesting to watch. I actually wanted to go home and watch Interstellar and Gravity (again) straight after because it was that good!

I liked the chemistry between Chris and JLaw, it was strange because I usually find JLaw to be wooden in performances… Her aggression, elegance (which she usually has) and intellect in this film made for better viewing. She’s stunning but usually very plain, like Kristen Stewart from the Twilight saga. Alas, they’re both successful and doing good! Respect and big ups!

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Where are the ‘This Morning‘ production team finding their guests, please? I mean, in the space of less than one week there have been two misogynistic views raised by none other than women!

First it was that “women are more likely to be sexually assaulted if they dress provocatively” and now it’s “women who don’t wear make-up are less likely to secure a job after an interview”.

I’m actually getting extremely tired of this crap now! I expected that (after the very liberating and powerful #WomensMarch) we would be more accepting of femininity and of ladies in general. Alas, we’ve since had women openly shading us on a public scale! If we women are being this misogynistic towards each other, what message are we sending to the chauvinistic and bigoted men like Trump, Farage and Morgan?

Ladies, whether you wear make-up or not, whether you wear provocative clothes or not – you do you! Do what makes you happy! Don’t conform to ideals set by others just to “fit in”. Embrace yourself, embrace your body, embrace your face, your beauty and your character.

When you go for a job interview – provided you’ve showered, look clean, your body language is on point and you’re dressed somewhat smartly (as though you’ve made an effort) – nothing else matters!

If make-up is not your thing, I envy you. At least your skin will age slower and you’re what can be described as a “natural beauty”. Also, you’re getting an extra however many minutes or hours to sleep in the morning! RESULT!

I’ve never actually come across a Job Specification or Description which highlights that a woman “needs to wear make-up” in order to be hired – well, unless they’re applying for jobs at MAC or beauty counters in department stores, that is…

Let me remind you that there are women on Earth who are creating revolutions for us against make-up and fore it. Chimamanda and Alicia Keys to name a couple!

Your skills, personality, body language, experience and what you say in an interview are what get you hired, not what you look like facially. The company also has to consider whether you’re a good fit culturally, again, this has nothing to do with whether you’re partial to eyeliner, some mascara, and a lippie nor does it have anything to do with the fact that you can ‘Kontour Like a Kardashian‘.

Besides, would you hire someone who looks as though they should be appearing on ‘Snog, Marry, Avoid’? Less is definitely more (depending on the type of role you’re applying for).

Love and light,

Miamii