Yeah, I know, that’s a headline I never saw myself writing either. I could hardly be described as a Kim Kardashian fan (fan of what exactly I don’t know. I’m still not entirely sure what it is she actually does) but heck, even I’m starting to feel uncomfortable about the gamut of abuse she seems to face on a daily basis. Most recently, of course, the frenzy she caused by posting a pic of herself in a rather revealing swimsuit. When it comes to women, our bodies and how we choose to display them, it seems we can’t win for losing.
High heels and tights – somewhat of a foundation in my sartorial choices. I have declared my love for heels often, but even though I wear them a lot, that doesn’t mean I’m immune to the pain. I think I’ve just learned to block it out. What can I say? I suffer for my style. However, that doesn’t always need to be the case. Marks & Spencer do a range of heels with Insolia technology in them which redistributes your weight, meaning technically, they won’t be so ouch-y. But does it really work? I decided to put them to the test.
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!
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:
When I was single, I thought I knew everything about relationships. The ones I was having and everybody else’s. I was vocal about it – piping up at any available opportunity spouting whatever bit of Oprah-esque advice I felt suited the situation. Yes, I was that douchebag. What I failed to realise though, is that my opinion on how others choose to conduct their relationships is exactly none of my business. Your relationship is just that; yours. So before you choose to divulge information about it or give advice on someone else’s, you may want to consider keeping your mouth shut and your nose out of it.
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?
You know when I started to get to grips with what it’d take for me to make anything of myself? When I read Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. I lost count of the number of ‘a-ha!’ moments I had while reading it, but I think for anyone familiar with the book, the concept of 10,000 hours stands out the most. That is, essentially, the key to success in whatever field, is to practice that specific task for around 10,000 hours. You know my first thought? That’s a long ass time. In a culture that’s so fast paced, where we want everything yesterday, how can we really put in the work when we want the end game immediately?
Plenty of stuff has been written about the interweb and mobile technology and why it’s awesome or why it is the predominant force for evil. Personally I think it’s pretty interesting to watch how we’re all changing as a result of it. Interestingly, I have found myself having to remind myself that there is life outside the internet. Oh, chortle all you want, but it’s all too easy to fall into the online vortex. Last week, I came across this video (while wasting time online, obvs. Damnit!) of comedian Louis CK talking about why he won’t get mobile phones for his kids and I practically gave him a standing ovation in my house.
To know me is to know I have a bordering-on-unhealthy obsession with hosiery. I love me a nice pair of tights. A plain dress with a killer pair of tights has been my go-to style statement for a while, so I thought I’d share my current favourite tights with you as I’m sure there are plenty of you who like your pins to stop traffic.
This summer, I was really pleased to be asked to be involved in the What I See Project. The project aims to celebrate inspiring women from every day life whose stories would otherwise go unacknowledged. They do this by asking the simple question ‘What do you see when you look in the mirror?’ There are women from all walks of life involved in this project and the range of answers to the question is pretty fascinating.
I’m proud of what I see in the mirror these days. That wasn’t always the case, but thankfully it is now.