Post Office: Lockdown. Queue snakes around the street corner as people keep a 2 metre gap between the next in line. Cars drive up and down the busy main road that leads to the motorway as if it’s a quiet Sunday but it’s only Tuesday. Shoppers step out of the supermarket, bags in hand, fullContinue reading “Observations 05/05/20”
It’s been almost a month since I came back from New Zealand and almost two months since I’ve been in lockdown. The first two weeks were spent alone in a hostel after returning to New Zealand from a quick visit to Australia, in March, to find the New Zealand self-isolation rules had been implemented, forContinue reading “Lockdown Diary: Alone in New Zealand”
Last week I spent a lot of time reminiscing about past trips, reading through old travel journals, looking through photographs and organising postcards, when I came across this piece I submitted last year for Intrepid Times’ Fearless Footsteps Writing Challenge. The brief was to write about a time you overcame fear and although my pieceContinue reading “Fearless Footsteps| Alone in Thailand”
When I’m travelling I always keep a journal, I started doing it so that I can remember what I’ve been up to each day and the places I’ve seen and people I’ve met. It’s always fun for me to look back at them because they ignite a lot of memories, even when the entry mayContinue reading “Journal Extracts: Argentina”
Working as an Ingredients Copywriter I was tasked with researching the benefits of the various ingredients that go into making Lush products, then creating fresh new copy for the Lush website. This role was really fun because I learned a lot about the history of and benefits of different ingredients, I was able to playContinue reading “Lush: Ingredients Copy”
Life lessons according to mum. She’s a straight talking, tough love giving, sassy black woman that isn’t afraid to get down and party with the youngsters because if you haven’t already heard, sixty is the new twenty-five. She’s a ball of energy that doesn’t have an off switch, a trait I can admit to haveContinue reading “The Queenie Effect”
Auckland: Lockdown. One car driving solo down a normally busy main road heading towards the motorway as he indicates left. A girl alone wearing a face mask conversing loudly on the phone in a language unknown to me. A young man dressed as if ready to do some exercise walking abruptly up the empty street.Continue reading “Observations 29/03/20”
In February I returned to New Zealand after being at home for the holidays and have done very little writing since which led me to the question, why can’t I write? Recently I’ve been struggling to write, not even just struggling but actively avoiding it and I don’t know why. I came to the conclusionContinue reading “Why Can’t I Write?”
A series of random, unintelligent thoughts. As someone who rarely gets stressed or lets things get to them, coming home for the holidays has definitely challenged that. Don’t get me wrong I love being back, even if the weather is a never-ending stream of wet and cold. I’ve caught up with family, gone back toContinue reading “Thinking Out Loud | Volume 3: Home for the Holidays”
I wrote this back in May, originally as an idea to be submitted for a blog but I could never seem to finish it. I realised I was forcing something that didn’t need to be finished because it isn’t an article, it’s just the thoughts I had at the time, so I decided it’d sitContinue reading “Australia Done Right…Or Wrong”
After five months in Auckland working we have finally hit the road and started to actually explore. This is my first real road trip and honestly I am so excited and have been loving every minute of it. Initially I had to have a serious talk with myself in order to get over my fearContinue reading “Road Trippin’ | A New Zealand Adventure”
After just under one month into our travels my friend and I found ourselves in the capital city of Santiago, Chile. It was here that we visited the exhibition of French artist, Sophie Calle. After being dumped via email, Calle went on to send said email to 107 women across different professions, from musicians, journalists,Continue reading “Exhibitions | Sophie Calle: Take Care Of Yourself”
I don’t really know how to describe it, but it’s that feeling that you get when you’re standing in the ocean looking out into the distance and just taking a moment to yourself. It’s that feeling when you’re standing at the top of a waterfall looking down, speechless because you’re in awe. It’s the thrillContinue reading “Postcards | Chasing Freedom”
When I’m travelling I always keep a journal, I started doing it so that I can remember what I’ve been up to each day and the places I’ve seen and people I’ve met. It’s always fun for me to look back at them because they ignite a lot of memories, even when the entry mayContinue reading “Journal Extracts: Brazil”
Spoken out loud you heard me say, How else can we spend the day? Head in a book, or pen to paper I’ll open my diary and write something later. A novel, a chapter, a whisper, a song A scenario, a description, a tale not so long. There is no limit on things to createContinue reading “Poetry: For the Love of Words…”
Black hair don’t care It can’t be tamed, But that’s okay Don’t be ashamed. Black hair don’t care, Straight, perm or, fro, For you lucky ones Maybe a quick wash ‘n’ go. Black hair don’t care It’s full and thick, The time it takes to style it though Ain’t always that quick. Black hair don’tContinue reading “Poetry: Black Hair Don’t Care”
From flipping society completely on its head by changing the ‘roles’ assigned to us, to providing the tools and answers for your own understanding of the race discussion; this selection of books tackle race and class struggles, female oppression and what to say when you don’t know what to say. From understanding a history thatContinue reading “Lush: Lush Library Recommends | BAME authors to have on your reading radar”
When you’re a kid nothing really makes sense and yet everything is pretty clear. Opportunity lies everywhere and fun is your main priority because nothing else really matters. It’s bank holiday weekend, I’m sat on the beach and everywhere I look are kids living their best life and giving absolutely no f***s. They couldn’t giveContinue reading “The Beauty and Innocence of Being a Child”
So, I have this new thing where rather than thinking someone is awesome I’m just going to straight up tell them because often people don’t realise how amazing or inspiring they are, or maybe they do but they just need a little reminder. No, it is not a new year’s resolution (I don’t have any),Continue reading “Inspiration | Brand: Lucy & Yak”
”While the equivalent of a rubbish truck’s worth of textiles is wasted every second, less than 1% of clothing is recycled into new pieces. If this continues, the fashion industry will consume one quarter of the world’s annual carbon budget by 2050.” Refinery 29 Sustainable fashion, fad or future? As consumers become increasingly aware ofContinue reading “TFN: Issues | Sustainable Fashion”
Swedish people can drink! I don’t know how they do it but snaps are real and boy do they have a kick. After befriending a native Swede several months back, my first time trip to the country led me to her home town of Ystad where myself and six other ladies became fully immersed inContinue reading “Destination Sweden: Living Like A Local”
A series of random unintelligent thoughts. I decided to give up cake, chocolate, sweets and crisps for one month. That was a stupid idea, because firstly, everyone knows that cake makes everything better and secondly by Day 14 I was struggling and by Day 16 I had given up. Yes, I’m a quitter but doContinue reading “Thinking Out Loud | Volume 2: Cake”
A series of random, unintelligent thoughts. Postcards mean a lot to me, which is strange because I’ve never actually sent one. A few years ago they became a way for me to tell my story and share my experiences and since then I have continued to collect them. For me they hold sentimental value, evenContinue reading “Thinking Out Loud | Volume 1: Postcards”
‘It’s grim up north head back down south’ or at least that’s what I’ve heard but I’m a northerner and proud and up until now the furthest down south I’d ever made it was to the big smog, but after a very short application process that all changed. I am now officially a Studio andContinue reading “Lush Life | A Year Down South”
Well, I can finally understand why it’s nicknamed the city of love. A spontaneous solo trip to reunite with friends, doubled as a language refresher course. With only two days to pack in as much as possible, obviously I became a stereotypical tourist.
‘Sports shoes are “expected to have the largest market in terms of volume globally from 2014 to 2020,” according to PR Newswire. Transparency Market Research, said it expects the global footwear market to reach $220.2 billion in value and 10.974 million units by 2020,’ Forbes. If you take a look inside most people’s wardrobes itContinue reading “TFN: Classic Trainer Styles”
‘Every runway at NYFW featured at least 2 models of color for Spring 2018’. Models of colour accounted for 30.4 percent of Fall 2017 print ad appearances, (previously 25.5 percent) whilst on the runway, during New York Fashion Week, non-white models accounted for 36.9 percent (previously 31.5 percent), The Fashion Spot. It’s 2017 and weContinue reading “TFN: Issues | Black Women In Fashion”
It may be Autumn, but there is definitely a Winter chill in the air and all we can think about is the best way to keep warm, but still look good, this season. Put the heels to one side because it’s time to focus on all things comfort. We’ve put together a few top tipsContinue reading “TFN: 3 Simple Steps to Dressing for Comfort”
Whether it’s Instagram, blogs, magazines, you name it, I always find a lot of inspiration online, it usually makes me really envious but it also gives me ideas for future trips and helps me to see parts of the world I’m not able to visit just yet.
Everyone hates that moment when you’re midway through the latest TV binge only to find out you’re actually on the final episode of the final season. There’s always that mixture of emotions, on the one hand you’re sad that it has come to an end. On the other hand, you’re convinced that it is aContinue reading “TFN: Fashion On Screen | Must See Films”
Avoiding temptation isn’t fun, especially when it’s the start of a new season and fashion week is just around the corner, (new season means new wardrobe). I decided, that I want to travel more, so instead of wasting my money on new clothes, I plan to save up for my next trip, by following threeContinue reading “Avoiding Temptation: How to Spend Better”
Travel never fails to amaze, excite and intrigue, but this time I felt a sense of freedom different to previous trips. I felt at ease, no thoughts, no worries just present. Thailand is a beautiful place with a rich culture and for anyone who has been there before, you will know full well why itContinue reading “Photo Diary: Thailand | The Land of Smiles”
Manchester is my home and I love my home. To me travel doesn’t always have to mean going abroad, sometimes it’s easier (and a lot cheaper) to just open the front door and go for a wander. You never know, you might find something you didn’t even know was there before.
Last summer my friend and I spent three weeks travelling around Europe*, it was my first real backpacking experience and it was incredible. Although I had a job before I went travelling, I didn’t exactly save as much money as I probably should’ve done (I was still a student, what can I say), but IContinue reading “Interrailing Europe: How to Travel When You’re a Graduate With No Money”
The worst, yet most frequently asked question when you finish university, ‘So what are your plans now that you’ve finished?’ Firstly, I know this is genuine curiosity, and people mean no harm but please do not ask because the answer is I do not have a clue. If you are anything like me, whenever someoneContinue reading “A Gap Year from Life: Rules Do Not Apply”
Everyone knows fashions come back around, whether it is decades later, or a few years later and the latest trend is no different. Last year Creative Director of Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton, was just one of the designers to send heavily embroidered garments down the RTW Spring 16 runway. Now, you could argue that lastContinue reading “Embroidery: It’s All in the Detail”
Tokyo… I do not know where to start. It had never really crossed my mind to go, if I am totally honest, but I knew if I got the chance to I would never turn it down. Luckily for me I had that opportunity a few weeks ago. I was only there for one week,Continue reading “Destination Tokyo: 5 Reasons To Visit”
It’s more than a desire; it’s a need because it is something I genuinely believe that will prevent me from functioning properly. I’m just itching to go and explore and I don’t even just mean that in the sense that I need to go and travel and go abroad. Like yes, don’t get me wrongContinue reading “‘I didn’t have some big epiphany where I ‘found myself’ I just got a little lazy…”
The Alternative Tour also known as The Graffiti Tour, was a free walking tour that explored the history and art within the city of Berlin, through monuments, graffiti, people, shops and cafes.
Yeezy Season 1 Let’s be honest, it would be a lie to say it hasn’t be one of the most talked about shows from New York Fashion Week, so far. On Thursday 12th February, the collaboration between Kanye West and Adidas was finally revealed. With clear influence from the military, the collection showcased a rangeContinue reading “Platform Online: Kanye X Adidas”
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