Saturday, 19 August 2017

Natural Cycles: A New Type of Contreceptive

I've been using oral contraceptives for as long as I've been having sex. Which means, in short, that I hadn't had a natural period for over 10 years. Even through long periods of singledom I'd use my pill as a handy back up (please don't do this) as a way to control my period by doubling up if I had a holiday (please don't do this either) but for the most part out of habit.

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Monday, 14 August 2017

Fuck It Fashion: Ruffles and Perspex

Fashion rules are arbitrary at best. They can serve as a guide line sure - but I like to think of them as more suggestions that hard fast lessons to live your sartorial life by. Case in point - wearing things that flatter your body shape. However, if you tell me there is something I should 10/10 avoid and NOT wear, I'm going to try and find a way to integrate it in to my day to day. And this week it's ruffles. Ruffles that by all accounts pay more than a passing tribute to Liberace and 80's pop stars. Ruffles, that if you're not rocking a fashion titty are going to look awkward, add unnecessary volume and generally be notoriously difficult to work with. Ruffles, the diva of this seasons fashion trends. Fuck it guys, I love ruffles.

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Saturday, 12 August 2017

Best Full Coverage Foundations

When it comes to your make-up bag you can skimp on a lot of things. Basically anything you put on your eyes. Most lip colours. Hell, my favourite highlighter is £3 from Superdrug. Though the one place I'm willing to spend that little (lot) more? Foundation. There are some perfectly passable, hell, even great bases available on the high street but, when it comes to coverage, longevity and colour range?  Well I'm yet to find my foundation soul mate on a budget. If you're going to blow your load on one product you want to make sure it's a good one. And my preference towards a matte mid to full coverage and meant I've seen and sampled my fair share of foundations.

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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Karen Mabon: Today is Your Lucky Day

How much is too much Karen Mabon? Trick question guys. When it comes to this Edinburgh designer, the limit does not exist. At least if you've got any commitment to the kitsch, weird and wonderful. So basically anyone with a heartbeat right?

Over the last year she's dipped her toe in to sleepwear (read: what I want to wear to the office, a killer collaboration on Despicable Me 3 and is currently Stateside showcasing her new swimwear range. I think this is what we call building an empire right? Though, if we're going to strip it back and go back to basics, it's always been about the scarves. They've always been somewhat of a love letter to the absurd with a generous helping of nostalgia - and as a result we get collections featuring kitty cat weddings, a tribute to all our favourite vices (fast food, cigarettes, Champagne and dancing) and of course jumble sales. It's an exercise is full blown maximalism with Mabon's captivating and quirky illustrations providing a snap shot in to her own personal brand of off-beat story-telling.


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Monday, 7 August 2017

Rhubarb and Strawberry Margaritas

Does anything say Summer more than a margarita? I mean, other than being one of the all time classics (and perfect for lazy Summer days with friends) I can think of few cocktails that perfectly manage to tread the fine line of salty, sharp and sweet the same way a margarita does. Perfect with mexican food or on it's own this easy to make icon has become a bit of a stalwart in my kitchen cupboard.  While I think sometimes it's hard to beat a classic (I mean, why mess with perfection right?) thebar.com invited me to share my twist on the ultimate Summer cocktail and well, it was a no brainer. There was no way it could be anything other than a margarita. So it was time to combine my favourite summer time tipple with my favourite summer flavours. Strawberry and rhubarb margaritas anyone?
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