Saturday, 26 August 2017

Why the Madonna/Whore is Bullshit

Growing up, there's always that one guy at the party. We've all heard him. He sits there and just proclaims how much he just fucking loves eating pussy.

Well, first of all – good for you I guess? Second – is this some kind of fucking bizzaro world sales pitch (in which case, nothnxbai) and third, what the fuck do you want? A medal? A gold star? A slow but steady round of applause? I am ALL for sincerity and enthusiasm (in fact I actively encourage it. Is there anything sexier than someone who's excited to fuck you?) HOWEVER it comes down to how we get to talk about sex in a public space and the disparity in genders in how we do it.
A women talks about how much she loves sucking dick/fucking at the same party. Well, the guy who talks about how much he loves eating women out comes across as a twat, but the women? Well she's just a big old slut.

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Thursday, 24 August 2017

A return to hotel dining with Malmaison

Hotel dining can often get the short shrift. Especially when you're in a city like Glasgow that has a near constant rotation of new restaurant openings.  And I get it. Outside of The Big Smoke, if you've not got a room, it can feel jarring and damn right unnatural to just pop in to a hotel for a quick drink, let alone dinner.  And then there's Malmaison. Dog friendly and with a killer bar - and then they go and launch their Summer ice cream menu. What's not to love right?


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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Yellow is the new black

"I'll wear anything as long as it's black." That was my excuse for years. A safety net that morphed my wardrobe in to a giant bruise. Which is fine. Bruise is a strong look - but over time it left me feeling a little uninspired. We all have our safety nets and our comfort zones and my approach to fashion had become formulaic. At lot of it had to do with my mood and how I felt - awkward, unsexy, frantic - and as a result everything was boxed and hidden and frayed at the edges. Like my mind.
*jk
**not jk

It wasn't a conscious thing though but suddenly I started falling in love. With everything again. I'm a god damn culture sponge and when I'm in to something I'm in to it. Books, comics, movies, music - I was consuming everything and anything and just completely obsessed with just life. And of course there was fashion. Silly, sexy, irreverent fashion.

I'm not saying fashion is daft (though fuck it, I will over intellectualise the shit out of anything given have the chance) but my approach to it loosened up. Sure there was minimalist fashion angel who wants me to be this effortlessly chic girl that's rolled out of Cos, but there's that other fashion angel on my shoulder who seems to made up of this weird Dolly Parton/Tyra Banks hybrid by way of Courtney Love who's approach is much more fuck it. "Darling have fun with it."


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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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