Monday, 7 April 2014


Is there such a thing as too much? Is 'too much' Katie Price or has she set the standard we should all be aiming for? In a culture seemingly obsessed with tanning, is there really such a thing as pale and beautiful? When we say 'oh I just love her porcelain skin' do we really mean 'she needs to get busy with St Tropez?'.

It's interesting to see the shift in fake tan acceptance. I remember when I was in my early teens there was a touch of embarrassment about using fake tan. Magazines regularly used to mock celebs for using fake tan and seemed to revel in drawing big red circles around their dodgy orange application mistakes (oh, they actually still love doing that).

Perhaps the best and most recent example of tan acceptance was the royal wedding. Pippa and Kate M had clearly both been at it - either they had just come back from a month in Mauritius or they had a recently had an experience of paper pants (probably designed by Sarah Burton). I reckon it's the latter. Their tans were just too even to be real. So it's safe to say that if the future Queen of England feels happy to walk down the aisle dipped in the brown stuff, it is officially nationally accepted.

But the question still remains, how much can we get away with? At what point do family and friends need to stage an intervention? I'd love to hear your thoughts! Perma-tan, natural glow or pale and interesting?

Tuesday, 17 December 2013


Had my haircut the other day. I am terrified of hairdressers for the following reasons:

a) I like to remain almost entirely silent during a haircut. The minute anyone touches my head I go into a delicious trance. Chatting about my holidays during this process is like being asked to anaylse a spreadsheet during sex.

2) They are just so hideously expensive considering you can't get your money back (I am just not balsy enough to make a fuss - it's sometimes easier just to run away and wail in a corner)

3) I must have EXPERIMENT written on my forehead. When I say "seriously, just a tiny tiny tidy-up, nothing drastic", they hear "Go For It bad boy, chop it like it's hot."

So I was more than pleasantly surprised to get a haircut that was both relaxingly silent and also utterly undramatic.

Sunday, 7 April 2013


So, it's that important time of year. Dress shopping!

Now I've got my Graduation Ball coming up, but I know there will be lots of Balls and Proms coming up this time of year, so I thought I'd show my favourite dresses of the the moment. I personally the favour the 'to the floor' dress, but I'll pop in some short little numbers too!

Miss Selfridge - 3D Sweetheart Prom Dress £65
Virgos Lounge - Caroline Dress £99
Topshop - Clean T-Shirt Maxi Dress £58
River Island - Grey Georgia Hardinge Printed Dress £80
TFNC - Black Maxi Dress with Lace Back and Fishtail £58
Lipsy VIP - Red Embellished Ruched Top Maxi Dress £130
Lipsy VIP - Shaped Detail Prom Dress £110
Virgos Lounge - Raina Dress £95
Topshop - Limited Edition Strappy Cobalt Maxi Dress £175
Virgos Lounge - Giselle Mint Dress £85
Topshop - Delicate Organza Prom Dress £65
H&M - Conscious Exclusive Long Dress with Bare Back £34.99
H&M - Conscious Exclusive Tulle Dress £149.99
ASOS - Lipsy Sequin Top Maxi Dress £75

Saturday, 30 March 2013

weekly favourites #3

High Hopes - Kodaline
Once again, Kodaline have made it into my top 5. This is a beautifully crafted sad song. It gradually builds up to a loud and emotionally charged finished, much like their previous hit 'All I Want'. The video stars Game of Thrones actor Liam Cunningham and it's a great representation of the song. Anybody else think at first in the video, he's her dad? No. Just me, then.

These Streets - Bastille
I'm pretty much in love with Bastille these days. I went to their gig in Notts a couple of weeks ago and it was too good. Aside from their main tracks, Pompeii, Flaws and Bad Blood, this is a great song.

A Real Hero - College and Electric Youth
I watched Drive for about the 100th time last night and had to put this song up from the soundtrack. Let's all shed a tear for Ryan Gosling's break from acting.

when ryan gosling announced he was taking a break from acting....

Bones - MS MR
For all my fellow Games of Thrones fans out there.
"there is a beast in every man, and it stirs when you put a sword in its hand"
It's essentially a song about blood-thirstiness. How often can a song truly represent a subject so obscenely and get away with it due to the sheer beauty of it?

The Boxer - Jerry Douglas (ft. Mumford & Sons and Paul Simon)
This song is about acceptance despite human frailty and shortcomings, whether by God, by a father, or by us all. When the song first starts, you're a bit like 'meh', then all the voices join in...

Tell me what you think! 


Friday, 29 March 2013

fringe benefits

If I have a fringe cut into my hair, it'll make me look exactly like an amalgamation of the following, right?

Yes I definitely will? Great stuff, glad we got that cleared up.

(... and if you think the title's bad, be thankful I didn't go with 'she bangs, she bangs'.)


Tuesday, 5 March 2013

isle of wight festival

So, festivals? I'm hoping to go to Latitude and Isle of Wight. You?

Looking ahead to the summer, the Isle of Wight Festival 2013 is shaping up to be one of the best. The headline performances are from The Stone Roses, The Killers and Bon Jovi. Plus, there's also the likes of Emeli Sandé (who seems to be everywhere these days), Jake Bugg, The Script, The Maccabees, and Ellie Goulding.

Not one to miss!

Follow the link here for more info and tickets!

Friday, 22 February 2013

mikky ekko

So, Mikky Ekko. It's a lot of 'k's for just one name. (Real name: John Stephen Sudduth)

He's the son of a preacher man, as Dusty Springfield aptly sang, and is currently still in the charts for his collab with Rihanna for Stay, which he wrote. I have to say I'm not the biggest fan of Rihanna, but I like her in that song.

His debut single, Pull Me Down, came out a couple of weeks ago. To me, he's very Jeff Buckley-esque. Ekko is apparently meant to be working on his album with Paul Epworth, who worked on the albums for both Adele and Florence and the Machine, so I'm looking forward to his debut album for sure.

He's not bad looking either. Always helps.

lfw picks

paul smith
topshop unique
nicole farhi

Monday, 28 January 2013

post-exam haul

I went into the city today for the first time in 3 weeks after an intense exam session. So I treated my self to a few bits with the help of my student loan! Naughty!

topshop leggings £16 (20% student discount today only!)
topshop boutique tapered trousers (sale) £13.50 (originally £65!)

river island dress (sale) £15 (originally £38!)
new look jumper £8

new look black midi dress £12
vans authentic via office (sale) £25 

Saturday, 19 January 2013


I remember going along to a gig in my first year at university to see Villagers as my friend wanted some company, but I had know clue who they were. I've loved them since.

They are a brilliant band, their new album, Awayland, is really creative and after their Mercury nomination, their popularity is growing. Their new single, Nothing Arrived, is a bit depressing lyrically, I'll admit, but still a fine a bit of music!