TEAM ZOELLA JANUARY 21, 2021

Period Drama Inspired Fashion

Let us introduce: 'Regencycore'. Similarly to Cottagecore in its TikTok and Instagram origins, the phrase was coined following the influence of Netflix's latest hit Bridgerton, which has seen the appetite for period drama inspired fashion skyrocket.

Between Bridgerton, The Crown and The Queen’s Gambit, it’s clear that the escapism we seek from an evening of Netflix has transcended beyond simply a different reality, but to a different time period altogether. Let us introduce: ‘Regencycore’. Similarly to Cottagecore in its TikTok and Instagram origins, the phrase was coined following the influence of Netflix’s latest hit Bridgerton, which has seen the appetite for period drama inspired fashion skyrocket. 

From empire waistlines to pastel hues, pearl headbands, lace detailing and corseted silhouettes, it’s the ultimate throwback in romantic, whimsical dressing.

From empire waistlines to pastel hues, pearl headbands, lace detailing and corseted silhouettes, it’s the ultimate throwback in romantic, whimsical dressing. Decadence is the key here- minimalist, scandi dressers look away because this trend is rooted in more being more. And whilst it might seem that there are limited occasions with which you can get away with a pearl detailed blouse or renaissance inspired corset, the magic of regal dressing can be found in the small details synonymous with the trend that can be subtle but instantly recognisable. 

According to fashion intelligence outlet Lyst, searches for Regencycore fashion have gone wild following the Internet’s Jane Austen worthy love affair with Bridgerton, as searches for corsets were up 123%, pearl and feather headbands up 49%, long gloves up 23% and empire line dresses up a whole 93%. It’s clear that it’s not just the Duke and his spoon that have made a lasting impression on viewers.

Regencycore is reigning over the fashion world in 2021, and if it means an excuse to rewatch Bridgerton for the second (read: fifth) time running then so be it…

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TEAM ZOELLA JANUARY 11, 2021

All the Thoughts and Feelings We Had Whilst Watching Bridgerton

Dearest reader, here are all the thoughts, feelings and anonymous musings we had whilst watching the brilliant Bridgerton.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (wouldn’t blame you), you’re probably hyper aware of a certain chiselled Duke’s arrival on Netflix – aka Simon Basset (Regé-Jean Page), the Byronic Bridgerton royal you didn’t know your life was missing.

Based on Julia Quinn’s eponymous book series, the first season of the binge-worthy Bridgerton has ruffled more than a few feathers, or should we say Featheringtons, with its sex, scandal and high society papers. The plot follows the powerful Bridgerton family, as they ballroom dance and bonk their way through Regency London seeking various hedonistic highs and marriage-minded pursuits.

It could be likened to Downton Abbey with hints of Gossip Girl, only with unabashed sass & spunk by the horse-drawn carriage load, so probs avoid watching it with the parents unless you want to make 110 cups of tea to avoid sitting through eight episodes of ribald Regency romps, pretending to look at anything but the Duke’s incomparable arse cheeks. We’ve never investigated the ageing patina of our ceiling so much.

Dearest reader, here are all the thoughts, feelings and anonymous musings we had whilst watching the brilliant Bridgerton.

Disclaimer: contains spoilers, so look away if you haven’t made it to the grand crescendo yet.

Straight in with a tree shag, foreplay wasn’t invented yet then

I must follow all the actors and actresses on Instagram immediately

No way, Daphne is Sally from Coronation Street’s daughter?!

Reckon Queen Charlotte’s orgy of pearls is a sign of things to come? Ahem.

Sounds like classical music but it’s not, what IS that pop bop?

Screams ‘Thank You Next!’ in the middle of the night, startling all the dogs and neighbours within a 5-mile radius

Lots of longing looks, stolen glances, dancing and breathy sighs so far. It’s like TOWIE circa 1813

The Duke of Hastings hath arrived and I too am positively parched, Daphne

His smile, the symmetry, the way he holds himself in a riding boot and crushed velvet suit jacket… (Fans self with a leftover fajita wrap)

Didn’t have him down as a gooseberry pie kinda man, mind you

Isn’t that Christopher Robin? And Tracy Beaker’s mum!

Can’t wait for the next time I get to call a f*ckboy an uncatchable rake

Nah, not Nigel Berbrooke. Anyone but Nig.

Pretend to form an attachment? Already done that Si, don’t you worry about that. We’re 10 steps ahead

Lady Danbury is a MOOD

Lady Bridgerton’s always right, ‘there is only the Duke’

Can’t. Handle. His. Tragic. Backstory. Though.

This slow-mo dance scene is everything, look at them. It’s like watching a perfectly choreographed mating ritual

I wonder how many local men I’d have to promenade with from a respectable 2m distance to inherit a large ancestral home

Not all spoons are created equal…

I didn’t know I could be aroused by a spoon but here we are. They’re posh and I’m poor but we’re ALL desperately horny and trapped in this twisted cutlery threesome together

Daphne snort laughing in front of the Prince of Prussia – it me

He’s mansplaining masturbation but whatever, we can move past that

“and that should help you…come” huwe#afhoaiwm!? The sound we believe our burning loins would make if they could speak

The scriptwriting is chef’s kiss

Yep, this scene is going to need all eyes on a swift exit if watching with ya dad

I’d love a night out with this iconic duo tbh

Lord Rutledge asking to see Miss Thompson’s teeth will haunt us forevermore

There’s something very Rose Dawson about Daphne in the panting garden scene, namely because it feels like it’s been 84 years since we last saw the Duke naked

Wait, a duel? NO. I will not hear of it.

Cannot or will not have children? Lady Whistledown will surely spilleth the TEA

Benedict is having all kinds of second son fun. Good for him.

“To meet a beautiful woman is one thing but to meet your best friend and the most beautiful of women is something entirely apart” BAWLING

If she’s getting cold feet, stand ASIDE

First a spoon, now a glove, show me an inanimate object he can’t arouse us with

In a twist of 2021 fate, my perineum – it appears to be… pulsating

I haven’t been this invested in silverware since Connell’s chain

Every time he raises his brow, a little part of my virtue opens its legs

Even the wisteria is well hung in Regency London

This is it. The big flooding the fields in Autumn moment.

He burns for her but in doing so, he burns me

Yes, that’s more like it Simon, sack off the pig’s head and asparagus platter, have carnal pleasure for dinner instead

That achingly beautiful string quartet is serenading my clitoris right about now

Ngl, it feels a lot like it’s dancing

How does one apply to be an intimacy coordinator, exactly? Asking for a friend

All that rain and the writhing bodies on a stone folly. It’s like The Notebook on viagra

What an ingenious use for a ladder…

Safe to say, your Grace is not tongue-tied any more

Mentally, I am one half of the most talked about couples in the Ton at this point

My Instagram will be a Duke of Hastings stan account hereafter

Oh Daph, a wretched means to an end indeed

Observation: when the Duke does his angry whispering thing to Anthony, he sounds a bit like Mufasa

Death bed, marriage bed – where does my bed come into all of this? Answer me that

Filing the passive aggressive note I’ve just received from the neighbour under sh*t I won’t stand for in 2021. I’m not the one having all the sex – raise it with THE DUKE!

The portrait is not the only thing that’s drenched

“Just because something is not perfect, does not make it any less worthy of love” SAY IT LOUDER FOR THE PEOPLE AT THE BACK

Ok Netflix, I am one sex scene away from being served my eviction notice

Meanwhile the spoon scene lives on in my mind rent free

I KNEW it was Pen, short for Penelope but also ya know, a WRITING utensil. Pen Name. The Easter eggs were there all along.

The Duke holding the baby that could have been ours… be still my beating heart

What has that meddling bee got to do with it all?

May as well watch it again. Treat myself to a subtitled version.

Look at this ‘what’s your Bridgerton name’ doing the rounds, this could be fun. First letter of first name… D: Duchess, first letter of last name: H: Hastings. That’s it. I’m the Duchess of Hastings

MAKE HASTE SEASON 2!

Have you completed Bridgerton, yet? Let us know if you were as hooked as us!

TEAM ZOELLA JANUARY 8, 2021

The Top Telly & Movies Hitting Our Screens In 2021

If there’s one silver lining capable of reviving our frazzled spirits, it’s a new drop of water-cooler tv drama and film. Here’s a look at some of the highlights set to make 2021 a very watchable year indeed.

Last year was an unbelievable year for tv, with Normal People, I May Destroy You, The Crown, The Queen’s Gambit and Tiger King all providing a much-needed distraction from the relentless doom of the real world.

There’s no better antidote to cure those January blues than hordes of acclaimed series and hotly anticipated movies

If there’s one silver lining capable of reviving our frazzled spirits, it’s a new drop of water-cooler tv drama and film. There’s no better antidote to cure those January blues than hordes of acclaimed series and hotly anticipated movies, and with a bunch of shows that should have been released last year now rescheduled for 2021, we’re in for a big 12 months of entertainment.

Here’s a look at some of the highlights set to make 2021 a very watchable year indeed.

The Serpent

Dr Who’s Jenna Coleman stars in this eight-part BBC true crime drama about serial killer Charles Sobhrajm (nicknamed “The Serpent” and “The Bikini Killer”) who was eventually captured and put on trial in 1976. At the time of writing, the first episode would have already premiered in the UK on BBC One and on Netflix elsewhere. Get watching!

Anatomy of a Scandal

From the creator of HBO’s Big Little Lies, this new series roughly follows the same storyline as the best-selling novel of the same name. Westminster politician James Whitehouse’s marriage begins to unravel when he’s accused of raping his political aide. Starring Sienna Miller, Michelle Dockery and Rupert Friend, it’s set to be a searing exploration of sexual consent and privilege. Exact release date tbc but 2021 is looking promising.

The Dig

A cosy and nostalgic literary adaptation is just what we need to brighten up a glum Jan. Carey Mulligan, Ralph Fiennes and Lily James star in The Dig, a film dramatization of the real excavation that took place in Suffolk’s Sutton Hoo and led to a ground-breaking historical discovery. Landing on Netflix January 29.

Pieces Of A Woman

New to Netflix, this gut-wrenching drama starring Vanessa Kirby tells the story of a homebirth gone terribly wrong and a couple grappling with the unimaginable grief that follows. Coming January 7, 2021.

Cruella

Emma Stone plays the iconic Disney villain Cruella de Vil in this live-action prequel of The Hundred and One Dalmatians, set to be released May 28. Following in Maleficent’s footsteps, we’re going to find out what happened to Cruella before she turned to a life of puppy-skinning crime. Who doesn’t love a backstory?

The Heights

The eagerly-anticipated film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical is here. Despite initial plans to hit theatres in 2020, production was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic but at the time of writing, the street party is back on and set for UK release on July 30. Dancing isn’t cancelled anymore, guys.

Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer

Beneath the sunlit glamour of 1985 LA, lurks a relentlessly evil serial killer known as The Night Stalker. “He just stared at me like a killer clown”, something tells us we’ll need to watch this true crime drama through trembling fingers. Find it on Netflix, January 13.

The Witcher Season 2

The fantasy drama will return for its second series sometime this year. Bring back Henry Cavill and his magnificent white wig. Buzzing! Exact release date tbc.

The Pembrokeshire Murders

The three-part drama follows Welsh detective Steve Wilkins, played by Beauty and the Beast’s Luke Evans, as he races to find evidence to convict cold-blooded serial killer John Cooper (Keith Allen) of two unsolved double murders. Catch the first episode on ITV on January 11, 9pm.

Line of Duty

The BBC police drama returns this March for a sixth series after filming was unavoidably impacted by You Know What. Welcome back AC-12.

Peaky Blinders

Despite the gloomy season five finale, the highly anticipated series is back for round six. Although we might not see it until the very, very end of 2021, we have hope. Hold onto your hats.

Dune

Based on Frank Herbert’s iconic fantasy epic and directed by sci-fi maestro Denis Villeneuve, the first of two Dune movies is set to hit cinemas in October 2021 (fingers crossed). Featuring an all-star cast led by Timothee Chalamet, we can’t wait to see what Villeneuve has up his sleeve with this one.

Space Jam: A New Legacy

The legendary cartoon characters will once again be hitting the court for a high stakes basketball game in this Looney Tunes’ sequel, now joined by NBA champ LeBron James. Coming to cinemas July 16 – save the date!

Tom & Jerry

Everyone’s favourite cartoon frenemies are back on screen for another game of cat and mouse. The movie, expected in March 2021, tells the story of how their famous rivalry began. Bring on the high jinks.

You Season 3

A third helping of the serial killer trash we can’t get enough of. Although the popular Netflix stalker series is yet to confirm a release date, it should be this year (touch wood). Here’s your friendly reminder to shut your curtains.

What’s on your 2021 watch-list?

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