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Wednesday, 11 July 2018

VISIT VEGAN NIGHTS

The "steak" sandwich I devoured in the name of research 

Last week I trotted off to Vegan Nights – London’s meat-free foodie festival rapidly earning itself cult status. I indulged in some food porn and wrote about it for tmrw magazine: click > here < to read my review.

Saturday, 10 March 2018

TINDER, I’M TURNED OFF

It's a well known fact that you can (more or less) find anything online, and relationships aren't an exception. With over 7500 dating sites and apps to choose from there's an endless selection of people literally at our fingertips - so what's not to like? Whether you're after a casual bang or the father of your kids, the internet has it all. Or maybe like me, you're just bloody bored.

It's been a couple of weeks since I got back to the U.K. after travelling, and the novelty of sleeping in a bed that isn't mouldy has worn off. I am underwhelmed. After catching up with my nearest and dearest, job hunting and walking the pooch, the monotony of my grey home town has driven me to something I said I'd never go back to: dating apps.

Admittedly I dabbled with Tinder while I was away. A mixture of curiosity and a lot of free time led to hours of entertainment with my friends as we swiped absent-mindedly. I went on a few dates, which proved my original theory that I will not find the love of my life online... Or perhaps I am too picky.

Having a swipe in Nicaragua

Back in London with a spring in my step, I vowed to stop wasting time swiping through distasteful men with their pecks out. Then the week of blizzards and nipple-shrivelling temperatures happened, and I caved. As another house-bound day passed I sheepishly downloaded Bumble with my tail between my legs, hoping for some amusement that wasn't my Dad doing circuits in the front room.

You might be thinking, what's with this girl's dating app shame? I'm sure you can tell that I'm a little reluctant, bordering on sneery. But the fact is I'm not judging anyone but myself. The notion of swiping people based on their looks is all fun and games until you meet up with someone who has the personality of a fish. (Don't get me wrong, I have met some goodens, but there's never been a real "spark".) Trawling through the likes of Rodger, 28, who is clearly in his 50's becomes depressing surprisingly quickly and I am back to square one.  

I'm not doubting that dating apps can lead to love, because a lot of my friends are evidence of this. But I can't help but wonder what Tinder/Bumble/Bristlr (an app for beard lovers) etc. says about us as a society. It seems odd that we have progressed so much in certain aspects - see the body positivity movement or growing acknowledgement of non-binary genders for example - and yet recent research says 50 million of us are still active on Tinder and therefore judging people on the way they look.

Incognito in London. Photo by Serge Kabanda

A profile picture can't condense character. This week I'm going on a date with someone who I've already met in real life, with a cracking personality, who I might not have swiped yes for on an app. At the rate that I flick through and disregard people online, it's a split-second change of destiny that could cost me my soulmate! 

I think it's time to hang up my dating app shoes as quickly as I put them on. While browsing the human catalogue of online profiles is undoubtedly fun, I've realised that subjective attraction doesn't necessarily equal chemistry. 

Friday, 6 October 2017

UPROOTING, REBOOTING

I’ve quit my job and booked a flight to Costa Rica. In a couple of weeks my comfy little life as I know it will be upturned, but the uncertainty of what’s ahead is (for the most part) exhilarating!

I have questioned myself a few times – am I really sacking it all off to fly 11 hours away on my larry? But 2017 has been an itch I can’t quite scratch. It’s been so good, and so bad. A lot has happened, changed but also stayed the same this year, and with this my perspective has shifted. Plodding along stopped being an option, and since I’ve always said I want to do a proper “gap yah”, it became obvious that the time was now.

Corcovado National Park, via costarica.org

I chose Costa Rica within the hour. As the most indecisive person on earth it was a first to make such a swift decision, but something drew me to this country almost instantly. Of the little knowledge that I had, in my mind Costa Rica equaled nature. Your idyllic, white-sand beaches are nice and all, but what I really wanted was wildlife and greenery. Since doing more research, I’ve found out that Costa Rica really is the epitome of these 2 things in particular: nearly a quarter of the country is protected jungle and it’s inhabited by more than half a million species. Woah mama.

Inspired by a successful trip through Workaway last year, I logged on again to see what opportunities I could find in Costa Rica. Here I found Dreamsea, who were looking for a social media producer. I applied there and then – who wouldn’t want to create content at a surfing and yoga retreat? After going back and forth via email they offered me the position, and it felt like everything had fallen into place. I booked my flight back in July and haven’t looked back since.

Accommodation at Dreamsea, via dreamseacostarica.com

Apart from knowing that I’ll be at Dreamsea to begin with, I really have no idea where the next few months will take me – both physically and mentally. I want to shake things up to see where the dust resettles. While it’s played on my mind that I’m leaving some good things at home, I’ve learnt to relax and just trust the way of the world.  

Friday, 18 October 2013

POOR VS PIMPIN


Options for both the paupers and the prosperous among us.

Above: Stella McCartney's Lug Platforms - £550 
Lookalikes below by Jeffrey Campbell - £95

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

SEEING DOUBLE


Fluffy bomber in teal - Topshop
Unitard - American Apparel 
Leather Belt - Topshop 
Shoes - Office

Miserable day in Nottingham but perfect blogging in bed weather. 

This is what I wore out last night. You can't really tell from these snaps but my bomber is structured with a pleated hem and has purple/bluey-green fibres. Not my usual choice but turns out to be the perfect autumnal jacket!

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

@JENNYNAILS

My favourite Instagram account at the moment @jennynails has reignited my questionable taste in arty nails...

 

All photos above: @jennynails on Instagram 
and below: my nails today

Friday, 11 October 2013

DEAD COLD


Coat - ZARA
Joggers with leather look trim - F&F
Nike trainers
Palm leaf bodycon dress (worn as a top) - Motel

Nottingham's got absolutely fureeezing so I finally get to wear this coat I bought back in the summer. I went with my friend to get his tattoo drawn up today and we walked through this graveyard - obviously I snapped up the photo op.