Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Girls who are boys, who like boys to be girls....

...who do boys like they're girls, who do girls like they're boys?
Ladies, are we just getting it all very wrong?

After having Skins paused for the millionth time due to Ms. Richards pixie face contorting into another perfectly cheekboned snarl I've decided the question needs to be raised:

"Do all men really want lipglossed, heeled, fake tanned barbies or are we wasting our time when we could just throw a vest and army boots on and go?

Less talking and more pondering over these beauties rocking it for the androgynous girls.
BOYS: please answer the question
GIRLS: who's up for giving this look a go and see where it gets us?

Noomi Rapace
Noomi Rapace

Shannyn Sossamon
Shannyn Sossamon

Dakota Blue Richards
Copyright Holly Falconer
Dakota Blue Richards

Let's not forget that it's THIS photo that made it onto hundreds of teenage boys walls back in the day. Was really JUST because of it's 2 girls kissing...?

Tanya Chalkin
Answers on a postcard please...

Monday, 20 February 2012

Horoscopes vs HORRORscopes

Note to the reader: It's my "off day" apparently so be kind on me please; Taurean operating at less than her best.

It's bred into us from an early age as a result of our Mother aggressively licking her thumb and flicking furiously through the pages of a glossy magazine with demonic fervour until landing on that mystical oracle; the horoscope.

I've never delved into how these snippets of my future are concocted and despite thinking of myself as a mature (occasionally), clever (2:1 in Journalism don't you know) girl I STILL have to have a delicious little peek at what's in store for Taurus!

I do it slyly in the queue for coffee at work in the mornings terrified that someone will notice my experienced style of working backwards from "sport" to make sure I don't miss it. Why do I always feel guilty that I WANT to look even if I'm just going to laugh it off anyway (unless it's a good one promising money and great sex). I still have to know in case I miss a trick.

My heart pounds as I try to think who the "backstabber" in my midst might be and if I've already supported my family member through their tough time. I'm not sure if it's the fear of what's to come but those few carefully chosen words stay with me for the rest of the day as I go about my business, anxious that it's already coming true.

Take this little gem above for February; well yes I have neglected my body recently (constantly) and the word "vice" instantly makes me want a large gin and a cigarette but I still look at it and think it relates to nearly everyday of my life since 2001 hence why everyone knows they're just made up.


For those, like me, who secretly crave this sneak a peek into the future.. on this occasion the cosmic description of 18th February was pretty spot on.

Sunday, 19 February 2012

London Fashion Week 2012 and chocolate

If something in this post title doesn't tickle your fancy then I'm not sure we can be friends anymore. It is of course London Fashion Week 2012 and after pouring over photos and videos of the shows so far (something I have the luxury of doing when my iPhone is the only thing I am solely responsible for and it doesn't require entertaining at the weekends!) I have to declare my new fashion love...

The highlight of LFW 2012 so far for me has been Turkish Central St.Martin's graduate Bora Aksu's A/W 12 collection which showcased victorian inspired undergarments mixing mesh, layered corsets and ruffled silk fabrics that floated down the catwalk. The pictures do all the talking...

Credit: catwalking.com
Credit: catwalking.com

London Fashion Week 2012's website is showing videos of all the shows with delights including the gorgeous garments and pretty bicycles from PPQ, Orla Kiely's vintage dresses and dainty collars, the 90's grunge take on 2012 from Unique and the Men's Day wear show. More highlights to be posted as Day 3 has just hit the site but until then there are videos to pour over with a cup of Hotel Chocolat Caramel Hot Chocolate; may I suggest you do the same and enjoy a very fashionable, chocolatey Sunday afternoon...

Friday, 17 February 2012

"Things to do before 30" - The adventure List!

After a little research and some frightening tales from my "new parent" friends I decided enough was enough. I may not have instructions for this 20-something adventure but by gum I'm certainly not going to stand around waiting to die*.

*turn 30.

So I've decided to do what many other organised, motivated and procrastinating folk would do and make a list of all the things I want to do before I turn 30. It seems there are many other bloggers out there who have done the same and had amazing success and an even better time so, here I go! Enthusiastic and with a very quiet Friday night ahead of me.

I've started the list off with some of the more predictable ideas:

Learn wine tasting
Choose a religion (and try to stick to it)
Learn a foreign language
Visit Amsterdam (for the museums, art and culture obviously!)
Do a charity sporting event
Buy a car/house/pet (I still drive around in the tin can "hand-me-down" I passed in and park it on my parents driveway)

I want my list to really reflect me and include some of the things I've dreamed about; not just the things offered to you on an 18-30's holiday, so to the ...

Live in a foreign country - even just for a short while
Quit my job and try doing something I love (this one scares me even as I type it)
Perform one of my songs at a real gig (not just to my friend Lee when drunk)
Start a business venture - even in these bad financial times

I'm still adding to the list now but am making a start ticking things off as I go.

I'll be updating on my progress but as an 80's glam rock band once said:

"I've made up my mind,
I ain't wasting no more time
Here I go again!"
- Whitesnake, Here I go again.