Here's How To Chill The Fuck Out This Weekend

All the best things to read, watch, cook, and follow.

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1. Watch iZombie.

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iZombie is one of my absolute favourite shows, and it's back this month for its third season. Part horror-parody and part procedural, the show follows former doctor Liv Moore, who contracts a zombie virus and goes to work in the Seattle morgue to source her brains – trouble is that the side-effect of eating someone's brains is memory flashes of their deaths, which lands her solving tricky murders. In the new season, shit is getting real as more and more zombies come out of the woodwork and the threat of humans finding out about their existence and reacting, kind of understandably badly, is closing in.

The first two seasons are available in full, and the third season is streaming new episodes weekly on Netflix in the UK.

Not for you? I've also been binging The Night Manager on Amazon Prime.

2. Read Consent by Nina Raine.

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I recently saw this new play by Nina Raine live at the National Theatre, and what can I say except that it was a truly scathing and laugh-out-loud takedown of rape culture in liberal middle classes. Raine's writing is sharp and engaging, and her characters are as unlikeable as they come, but at the same time it's hard not to see ourselves in them. Even if you can't make it to London for the play (if you can, try! And check out the NT's educational offerings around the subject of consent as well), I'd highlighly recommend reading the script.

Buy it here.

For something shorter, check out this lovely essay about how swimming helped one writer fall back in love with her body.

3. Listen to Story Etc.

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This monthly podcast is still pretty new, but is worth following from the start. Each episode has a theme and brings on writers and other artists whose work relates to the topic, and all kinds of interesting conversations, readings, and performance take place. So far Story Etc has produced episodes on inclusion, and myths.

Listen here.

Or get your nostalgia on with these songs that will take you back to your school disco.

4. Download Highball.

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If you haven't picked your summer drink yet, High Ball is here for you. With a clean and gorgeous design, the app offers digital cocktail recipe cards to whip your home bar into shape – and once you've saved a card you can edit the recipe to your tastes as well.

Get it on iTunes.

Or check out this weird but kind of delightful game that makes cats hold robot wars.

5. Cook this buttermilk fried chicken.

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Ailbhe cooked this over the weekend, and ended up getting three meals out of it: the classic chicken and chips pictured, a filling sandwich, and finally added a bit of punch by serving the leftovers up with Sriracha and sesame seeds. I'm not a carnivore and even my mouth is watering.

Recipe here.

If you're looking for a health kick, I made this delicious salad from blogger Taline Gabrielian new cookbook, Hippie Lane: The Cookbook.

6. Try some small tweaks to upgrade your flat.

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Emma recently overhauled her tiny studio on a budget, and offers some great tips on classing up your place without cashing out your bank account. Her find for affordable but luxe bedding is a godsend.

Read all the full article here.

Or improve your week by introducing a few moments of self-care.

7. Follow @goodiesbydani.

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Dani's cakes are literally too beautiful to eat, and I love seeing them pop up in my feed.

Check out more beautiful baking instas here.

This is a weekly series! Comment below or @ me with the cool ways you're spending your time this week for the chance to be featured in upcoming posts!