Monday, December 9th, 2013
I love me some Christmas, but let’s be honest, it can be a stressful time of year. Many feel obligated to delve into the endless gift-o-rama, there’s plenty of time to be spent with family, which if you don’t get on with your nearest and dearest, can basically drive you to distraction. There are a myriad of things that can take the joy out of the season and make you act in a way that goes completely against the spirit of it all. So let’s just all take a breath and spare a thought for those around us before we totally lose our Christmas shiz, OK? ‘Tis the season of patience and gratitude.
Thursday, December 5th, 2013
This time of year can be wrought with drama. You may know a few drama queens and maybe, though you’d probably hate to admit it, you may be a drama queen yourself. There are people who wonder why there is always some problem or drama in their life without ever stepping g back and admitting they’re courting it. In order to make it into 2014 unscathed, it’s a good idea to check yourself before you wreck yourself now. Identify and curb your dramatic sensibilities in order to start the year on a more positive note. So how can you do that?
Sunday, December 1st, 2013
Planning a lazy Sunday? As well you should my friends. Fancy some reading to expand your mind and give you some interesting stuff to talk about at dinner parties? Of course! Check out some of the things I’ve read recently that have given me food for thought or giggles or educated me and other stuff like that. Happy Sunday y’all.
Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
Six years ago this week, I launched this blog. Time sure does fly. When I started, blogging was still this weird thing that not many people did. Bloggers were a strange breed who lived in their mother’s basements (that stereotype never gets old eh?). It was all still pretty fresh and new and there was this really cool sense of community around it. I knew when I started this blog that somehow it would change my life. I wanted it to be the launch pad of some sort of career but I had no idea how I’d do it. Over the past six years, I’ve just rolled with the punches and have managed to eek out some sort of living from what I’ve done with this blog. As with all major milestones, being six years deep in the game (a blogging OG, if you will), I thought I’d take time to reflect on what I’ve learned through blogging.
Thursday, November 14th, 2013
On a scale of one to insanely awesome, giving blood ranks as one of the most badass things you can do. I don’t know what took me so long to get around to doing it but I just started donating this year. It’s quick it’s easy, it’s painless and you could literally save someone’s life. What is more badass than that?!
Check out the Give Blood website for details of how to register and all that jazz. If you have a fear of needles, it’s totally worth sucking it up to do this. Blood supply is so freaking important man. Plus, you never know when you might need it yourself – God forbid you’re ever in an accident or something, you’ll be relying on donated blood, so it’s only right to return that favour (in advance) right?
Both times I’ve donated, the process has run so smoothly and the nurses (who let’s face it, are just awesome human beings anyway) have always been beyond lovely. Plus, you get biscuits afterwards. I mean, I’m not saying I just donate for the biscuits, but I won’t lie to you friends, they’re a motivating factor.
I haven’t been asked to write this post, it’s not sponsored or any of that shenanigans- I just genuinely think giving blood is so important and want to encourage more people to do it. So don’t be scared, get yourself registered and go donate. It’s probably one of the most important acts of giving you’ll ever do.
Update: I was reminded on Twitter that gay people are still not allowed to donate which is just ridiculously ridonkulous. I don’t know who or how we can apply pressure for this to be changed, but would love to hear your suggestions. Imagine how many more lives could be saved if that rule wasn’t in place.
Thursday, November 14th, 2013
On Tuesday, I wrote a piece for The Guardian’s website about body image. Actress Jennifer Lawrence had made a comment in a recent interview about wanting to be fit and strong and be a good role model for young women. The Guardian got in touch with me and asked me to write a few words on that, knowing the stance I take on my Spikes & Heels site. It was such an honour to be asked to write for them.
That newspaper was always in our house growing up so it’s a bit of a full circle moment for me to be published on their website. It felt quite nerve wrecking as a blogger to go ‘mainstream’ for a day, but I really believe in this positive message about exercise and body image so I had to hold my nerves down.
Anyhoo, I thought I’d post the link here in case any of you are interested in reading it. Let me know what you think.
Monday, November 11th, 2013
As a woman, you drift through life (well, maybe not ‘drift’, ’cause let’s face it, this shiz is hard), you run up against every day challenges and you battle them head on, because you’re a badass. We deal with sexism, be it outright or that niggly, under-the-surface, casual, uncomfortable sexism. We deal with harassment. We deal with trying to be everything to everybody. But these things we become adept at dealing with. We obviously don’t like it, but we develop systems to cope. But then, as the birthdays tick off, you encounter a new frontier of hassle and discrimination: ageism. For women, it’s real and it starts earlier than you’d think.
Wednesday, October 16th, 2013
A little too old for trick or treatin’? Don’t fancy going to a cheesy Halloween party? Well, if you’re looking for something different and awesome to do this Halloween, you need to get yourself down to the Halloween Movie Mash-Up Weekend amigos! Brought to you by my friends at Tee’s and Cee’s, the outfit behind the We Love the 90s Film Fest this past summer, which was a raging success, this three day festival of horror classics promises to be another hit.
You can choose to be scared silly by ‘Halloween’ or ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ or perhaps (if you’re a big scaredy cat like me) the more lighthearted (and chance for a sing-a-long!) Rocky Horror Show is more up your street.
The pop-up cinema takes place from October 25th – 27th at 3 Acklam Road, London, W10 5TY. So what are you waiting for? Go buy your tickets!
Monday, October 14th, 2013
I’m lucky to have some pretty cool friends and acquaintances. Thanks to this, there is never a dull moment when dining out with them. Knowing people from a wide cross section of cultures, socio-economic groups and careers makes for some darn interesting conversation. Nothing against those I currently enjoy the company of while dining, but that popular game of imagining who would attend your ultimate dinner party, be they dead or alive, is a pretty fun one. So, I thought I’d share my dream guests:
Wednesday, October 9th, 2013
Man, insomnia sucks. It sucks big, giant donkey balls. Every now and then I go through weeks-long bouts of it. I’m currently in the belly of that beast and your whole world becomes about sleep; wishing you could get it, trying to get it, figuring out when in the day you can get it. You’re like a crazed junkie, sleep is your drug and your supplier is fresh out of the good stuff. I’m currently in the Ed-Norton-at-the-beginning-of-Fight-Club level of zombie-ness. It’s painful, friends. I am quite literally, exhausted. So how can I drift back off into the land of nod?