35 Before 35 ~ Throw a Gilmore Girls party


Remember back in November, when the Gilmore Girls revival was released on Netflix, and the world went Stars Hollow-mad? That would have been a great time to write a post about the Gilmore Girls party that I threw, when it was especially relevant. Cut to nine months later, when everyone is totally over it, especially given just how disappointing 75% of the revival was, and here I am, writing my post.

Hey, I never said that I was a good blogger.

I put this item on my list last year for the simple reason that I was so excited about the new episodes, and I knew I’d be watching them with my friends, and I thought it was the perfect opportunity to throw the type of party I have seen on Pinterest.

In the end, of course, it didn’t really turn out that way. The decorations weren’t Pinterest-worthy, and the new episodes were disappointing. I still managed to have a lovely time, however, because I got to spend time with my best friends, and we ate lots of food (we decided to cook a Thanksgiving dinner, except that just ended up being a roast dinner), and we got to go back to Stars Hollow.


As you should be able to tell from the photo, we dressed up – V was Paris, Anna was Rory, I was Luke, and Hannah was Sookie. Actually, V didn’t dress up as Paris, she didn’t really dress up at all, but we just decided that she could be Paris. My other friend Jen bought a chow dog toy and sort of came as Michel, but doesn’t really like having her photo taken, so we used Paw-Paw in the photo in her place!


Hannah went all out, ordering a smock and having Sookie’s name embroidered onto it! She did almost all of the cooking as well, so it was only right that she looked the part


I wish that my house didn’t look as messy as it does in this photo, but I had to share it simply because I love that there is a sign on the wall that says ‘No Cell Phones’ (lovingly created by me), and these three losers are sat on their phones!


Hand on heart, at this distance, I am mostly pretending that the revival episodes didn’t happen. The best bit, by far, was the scene in which Lorelai calls Emily and finally mourns Richard’s death properly. Everything else was something between don’t-really-care and I-can’t-believe-they-did-that. Some things* are just better left un-revived.

And Pinterest-worthy or not, I had a lovely time with my friends at my Gilmore Girls party!

*most things

12. Throw a Gilmore Girls party

Book Review ~ Eat Like a Gilmore by Kristi Carlson


With the recent revival, all things Gilmore Girls have been very much en vogue recently, and so when I spotted the Eat Like a Gilmore cookbook, I was rather intriuged!

There’s no denying that when you think of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, one of the first things that springs to mind is just how much food they eat. They manage to stay fabulously slim, but between Friday Night Dinners, meals at the diner, eating Sookie’s incredible food, and the various takeaways that they partake in on a regular basis, they eat a LOT of food.


This cookbook takes inspiration from all of those places, with Sookie’s Kitchen, Luke’s Diner, Emily’s House and Town Favourites all being given as categories for the different recipes.


Fans will spot favourites such as The Birthday Girl (a cocktail created for Rory’s 21st birthday – ‘it’s very pink’), the Candy Cane hot chocolate that Lorelai doesn’t actually get to have in the Season 7 episode ‘Santa’s Secret Stuff’, and plenty more.


Of course, as well as being a gimmick to tie in with the return of the television series, this is also an actual cookbook, so there’s plenty of inspiration for meals and snacks and drinks. I’d just venture a word of caution: real-life calories are not the same as television calories – if you eat like those Gilmore girls, you will probably die.

It’s an unofficial companion piece, sure, but this is a fun book for any fan of the series, and I’m looking forward to making some things out of it!


Eat Like a Gilmore by Kristi Carlson
First published: October 2016
ISBN: 9781510717343
Sky Pony Press
Provided by publisher

Book Review ~ Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham

30253864Lauren Graham feels like a celebrity you could know. She’s amazing at what she does, but she doesn’t feel as though her life is so completely out of step with my own; she easily feels like someone I could grab a coffee with. This is probably due in part to her role as everyone’s favourite television mum, Lorelai Gilmore, but it’s an impression further strengthened for me by reading her memoir, Talking as Fast as I Can.

Now seems the perfect time for this book, not least for all the publicity opportunities, but because it is bookended, more or less, quite perfectly by Graham’s two experiences of working on Gilmore Girls, first time around and for the recent revival. Her memories of the latter are helped by the fact that she kept a diary, and the reader is treated to excerpts of this as she writes about how it felt to return to the role that so many people hold close to her heart.

Her experience of the original run of the series is less well remembered, which is a shame. For the purposes of the the book, instead of reaching back into her memories, Graham rewatches the series and comments on it, almost as though she wasn’t there. We get the odd insight, but for the most part, this is slightly disappointing.

All in all, it’s an enjoyable memoir, and one that I love because of my huge affection for Gilmore Girls, and for Lorelai Gilmore, a fondness that extends to Lauren Graham. But those hoping for juicy gossip from behind the series, particularly the original series, are sure to feel a little disappointed.

Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham
First published: December 2016
ISBN: 9780425285176
Provided by publisher

Talking As Fast As I Can ~ Book Blog Tour


Today I’m excited to be taking part in a blog tour for Talking As Fast As I Can, the memoir by Lauren Graham. When you’ve been planning a Gilmore Girls party to coincide with the much-anticipated release of four new episodes, and you open your inbox to find an email titled ‘Calling all Gilmore Girls fans’, that’s a pretty good day right there. The party went ahead on Friday with nary a hitch, and I’ll be blogging about it (and my thoughts on the new episodes) later this week.

But for now, to celebrate the release of Talking As Fast As I Can, I’m going to share a couple of my favourite Lorelai Gilmore moments. As an actress, Lauren Graham has done more than just portray one of the titular girls of the Gilmore family, and she’s also written a New York Times bestselling novel. But she will always and forever be known as the wise-cracking, sarcastic, fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore.

To provide a little context to this clip, my favourite, laugh-out-loud Lorelai moment, you need to know this. Rory has been at a party which has descended into chaos due to the fact that Jess, Rory’s boyfriend, and Dean, Rory’s ex-boyfriend, have had a fight, because they are stupid boys fighting over Rory.  Lorelai is asking for the details, and at first, it seems as though Rory is going to get into trouble: “This fence is broken because of you. This crap is on the ground because of you…”

When she starts singing Wind Beneath My Wings at Rory, it makes me laugh out loud. It’s hilarious, but it also exemplifies everything that is great about Lorelai and Rory’s relationship. When Rory needs to be told that what she is doing is wrong, Lorelai has no trouble doing it. But in a situation like this, Lorelai gets to show that their relationship can switch easily between mother-daughter, and best friends, and for me, that’s part of what makes the show so great. Also, did I mention that it makes me laugh out loud? Every single time I watch it.

There’s also this one, in which Lorelai pretends that her mother’s phone is broken, pretending she can’t hear her and proceeding to leave a message on her answer phone.

I was reminded of that particular one when I was searching YouTube for ‘Lorelai phonecall’, because I wanted to include Lorelai’s standout moment from the revival episodes – the phone call to Emily while she stands and looks at the view. To say more would spoil it for anyone who hasn’t seen it, but if you have, you know what I mean.

talking-as-fast-as-i-canTalking As Fast As I Can is out on December 6th, and you can bet your bottom dollar that I’ll be reviewing it here just as soon as I have my hands on it.

What’s your favourite Lorelai Gilmore moment?