Monday, 10 December 2012

The Poisonous Nature of Rape Culture

Recently, I read an article which I would describe as being fairly judged, necessary and, unfortunately, somewhat troubling.

Find a link to said article here, in which Laura Bates discusses the danger of sites such as Uni Lad which serve to encourage and normalise 'Rape Culture' in younger generations. The danger here is that the jokes about rape and abuse of women will spill over into real life, reducing these issues to triviality and a humour tool.

Do you think that...

Do you think that people who have degrees are wealthier because, having lived in student housing, they are used to not being able to feel their hands at home and therefore never turn the heating on?

Friday, 2 November 2012

Keeping busy doing things I shouldn't be doing

My posts these days seem to be few and far between. My excuse is that I am in my third year of university, currently trying to write a dissertation and wade through too many books.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Sisters are Doing It For Themselves

So, I took on two DIY projects this summer. They were only small pieces, one table and one small cupboard. All they required was a little sanding and a lick of paint.
I pretty much winged it and just gave it a shot but I'll tell you how I did it and hopefully inspire some other DIYers to get sanding!

New Home :)

AT LAST!
I am back in Cardiff and settling into my beautiful new home.
I will, of course, be missing being at home with my parents and living life the easy way but it is definitely time to get back on track and do something productive.

However, my summer was not entirely wasted. Granted, I spent far too much time playing Lego Harry Potter on the Wii but I also tried to become a functional human being and bought some recipe books, whipped up some nice new dishes. I also did my first ever DIY and brought two lovely pieces of old furniture back to life.

I took some pictures of my creations this summer and here they are :)

Monday, 20 August 2012

Male Contraceptive Pill in Development. Will it catch on?

This is a piece originally written for The National Student
A recent study claims to have discovered an effective male contraceptive pill which attempts to temporarily halt sperm production.
The pill can be administered in weekly or daily doses and developers have claimed that it does not affect sex drive and that fertility will quickly return to normal levels when subjects stop taking the pill.
This is the first form of non-permanent male contraception produced since the invention of the condom.
This non-permanent form of contraception could eventually become helpful in reducing the number of ‘accident’ babies, especially amongst young couples. It would also place equal responsibility for the prevention of pregnancy on both males and females. This equality of responsibility would hopefully diminish the blame culture of ‘she said she was on the pill’ and ‘he wouldn’t wear a condom’, and leave behind an equal balance of responsibility for contraception and sexual health.

Friday, 17 August 2012

My new undertaking...trying to run.

I'm not the fittest of people. Actually, nobody would even venture to call me mildly fit. But I can ace a bit of Yoga.
Anyway, newest venture for losing weight is taking up running. The Olympics have inspired me to move about a bit and the long university break is leaving me feeling stagnant and bored.
It's taken me a while to build up the courage as the thought of getting red and sweaty in public seems pretty horrific to me. But then I pretend to myself that I can run fast and that within two seconds I'll have past them. Not true, I'm more likely to collapse onto the nearest stranger and beg for help.
Anyway, finally have my trainers, have sheath of lycra known as a 'running bra' purchased and found some sort of 'exercise' trousers.
Upon recommendation of a friend I purchased the app Couch-to-5k. It seems a little optimistic with it's idea that in nine weeks of thrice weekly runs I will be able to manage 5k. Considering I only made it half way through my first workout I'm not feeling it but I'm gonna keep trying until I finally complete it, even if it takes me three months. I definitely recommend the app as it counts down your jogging and walking intervals and also has an in-app music player which is pretty essential as nobody enjoys running with headphones in but no music playing. It also gives you a goal to work towards rather than just sort of jogging around a bit thinking to yourself  'CAN I STOP NOW PLEASE??!!'
Anyway, if I manage it I will keep this updated with my progress and how I'm going.
I'm also still hunting for somewhere reasonable to actually run. Hopefully my return to the lovely city of Cardiff next month will provide me with some good places :)

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Comment: Why women aren't attractive to men, and why women shouldn't care


This is a piece originally written for The National Student

Coming across the article 7 Things Men Find Unattractive About Women, it would be easy to breeze through it, scoff a little at the audacity and think nothing more of it.
Puppeteer

But if one were to stop a moment and really think about it there are plenty of things wrong with this article. Feminism is rarely about taking the easy option and it is time to start taking notice of silly articles such as this one in question which serve only to perpetuate myths about women and dictate to them how they should behave.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey - my guilty secret


Ok. Time to brave it and come clean. I’m a Fifty Shades addict. I know, I know. I’m an embarrassment
to myself and all other English students. I’ll tell you the story. I first read about the book on The
Vagenda and instantly took a dislike to the self-effacing, spineless protagonist
and her ability to crumble at the knees at the sight of a smile from her wealthy, over-protective,
controlling, sadist boyfriend.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Shoe Cravings

Recently I have been spending far too much time browsing for shoes online and not enough time making the money to buy them.
I have recently discovered the collaboration of Liberty London and Dr. Marten's shoes, and my soul has died and reached heaven.

Monday, 28 May 2012

Today I am craving...Mother of Pearl

Sophie Okonedo's Baftas 2012 dress was, in my eyes, perfection.
She played it cool in her Mother of Pearl Nona dress with bird and striped print and captured that 'summer feeling' perfectly. I thought so anyway...


This dress has led me to

Saturday, 19 May 2012

The Vagenda

If you are a human being capable of coherent thought then you need to be reading The Vagenda.
As a budding feminist and lover of shitty magazines this is basically a blog tailor made for me. Ever find yourself reading Grazia and finding the features a little jarring? Does Vogue piss you off but you buy it anyway? Yeah, you're like me. Read this blog.
It doesn't only discuss magazines but also issues such as strip clubs, politics, film releases and general lifestyle. It picks apart the lifestyle women are expected to have by the media and basically says 'nope, fuck you' , therefore I love it.

Purchases of the week, ready for summer

I went home for a few days this week and used the opportunity to get myself some bright new summer things ready for my holiday in three weeks. Yes, I have three weeks left to try and find clothing for a holiday; my first beach holiday since 2009! I've been shopping shopping shopping and tracking down some summer brights to bring my wardrobe forwards from my winter full of several shades of grey.

I've also been pinning like crazy this week on my Pinterest



Purchase number one is my scarf-print shirt from Matalan. Matalan isn't somewhere I tend to shop as there isn't one in the centre of Cardiff but my mother dragged me along when I was at home and I got some really good bargains! I always have to remind myself

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Products of the Day, Elizabeth Arden and Clinique

I was just going through my normal morning routine and it occurred to me how many brilliant products I've come across and how I would love to share them with everyone. You will have probably heard of most of them but I'm here to say 'go on, give it a go. It's BRILLIANT!'

Firstly, my every day essential is my Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Lip Protectant Stick. I got this after a friend recommended it and I can genuinely say it

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Deli Rouge, Cardiff

Today I popped along to my favourite local eaterie and realised with a start that I really must tell more people about this wonderful place.

Deli Rouge is situated in the Roath area of Cardiff - really is lovely, one must take a stroll around the lake.
Despite being a small venue with enough seating for approximately 20 people or so they have an enormous stock with their walls lined with delicious treats such as fine wines; jars of olives; chutneys galore; breads; meats; cereals; an amazing selection of cheeses; biscuits; pate and everything else you would need in a delicatessen, and more. With lovely wooden tables and crockery which makes me coo at its cuteness this is perfect for a rainy day when you want to hole up with a big, juicy sandwich.

So, yes, the food.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Pinterest

Fear not, normal service shall resume shortly. I'm currently working full time at Uni (a rare occurrence) in order to get my essays polished and handed in on time.

My newest, and favourite, method of procrastination is Pinterest. After waiting several days for my invite to drop into my inbox I finally joined today and am already hooked. At first I was a little dubious but within minutes of adding the 'Pin It' app to my bookmarks bar I was pinning away like a fiend.

With the options of creating several Pin Boards

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Primer, Blusher and my newest discovery


Apologies for being a neglectful blogger. I’ve returned home for the Easter holidays and have also returned to my full time job – uni seems like a breeze compared to this!
Thought I would drop a quick note about my newest purchase, and the face saver of the year. I FINALLY bit the bullet and purchased some Smashbox Photo Finish Primer. I decided to go for the Blend version as I do get very strong patches of discolouration on my face. This primer is oil free which is perfect and makes my skin feel softer than I ever imagined possible. The bottle has a pump lid which I always give top marks as I find one pump is a perfect amount to do my entire face. The peachy tone of the primer does help enormously to even out my skintone and the product provides a wonderful, smooth surface to blend my makeup into. I also find that I do not need to use as much foundation with this primer on as I need far less coverage to blend away my coloured patches. I purchased the 30ml tube for approximately £20 online and would gladly spend it again. I cannot imagine ever returning to putting my foundation onto bare skin.

Friday, 30 March 2012

Treats of the Week


Hello, my beauties.
I’ve been trying out some new things recently so thought I would tell everyone about how brilliant they all are.
First on my list is the somewhat boring discovery of Kara Dairy Free drink. Dairy and my stomach are not the best of friends, but I cannot go a day without fantasizing about a strong, blue cheese. I’ve been living on soy products these last few months but I do try to avoid soy as it isn’t the best alternative. I am glad to finally have found something that doesn’t taste like sake and isn’t expensive.

Friday, 23 March 2012

21 Jump Street


This week I took a long overdue trip to the cinema and saw 21 Jump Street. When it was first described to me as a Cop Comedy I was a little put off as I instantly expected lots of shouting, running around and guns being fired. However, I watched the trailer and actually laughed a few times so I decided to give it a shot. I love the pairing of Seth Rogen and Channing Tatum because they are both really funny and both really quite charming. Channing Tatum is also bloody gorgeous, but we knew that. This film follows the format of the television show by the same name in which young looking policemen are sent undercover into high schools to undercover crimes. Surprisingly, the film doesn’t feel like an attempt to cash in on the fame of something else. This film is really funny in its own right. It is also very clever and, strangely, socially aware.

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Yangshuo, South China


I thought I’d write about something a little different today and go across the globe. Two years ago I was lucky enough to live in China for several months. During my time there I had a chance to travel around and saw some amazing places. To start off my China documentation I’m going to write about my favourite place which was Yangshuo. It is situated in the more rural, green landscapes of south west China. Yangshuo is situated in the area of the city Guilin which is the main transport link to the town. To access this area we flew from Beijing and then took a cheap one hour bus ride from Guilin to Yangshuo. The first thing that struck me was the breathtaking landscape. Most people will recognise it from tourism pictures and a HSBC television advertisement was filmed here several years ago. The area is best known for its iconic karst peaks.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15 and Face Touch Up Stick


I recently purchased Bobbi Brown’s Skin Foundation as after using Clinique’s Superbalanced Foundation for about five years I felt it was time for a change. I did my time, I did my research and did my sampling and finally booked an appointment with a Bobbi Brown consultant. I think it was probably one of the best decisions I made in the last few months. She was absolutely brilliant and cleansed, toned and moisturised my face. She also kindly put an intensive moisturiser on some dry patches I’ve been having trouble with. Pleasingly, all Bobbi Brown facial products have primer in them so instantly I was craving the entire collection. My skin was matched to the shade Sand. At first I was apprehensive that it seemed a bit on the yellow side after several weeks of using it I am very pleased with it.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Glossybox March 2012 Harrods edition review





Hey hey hey. I got my Harrods edition Glossbox on Monday and have been trying out the products throughout the week. Just the packaging and the iconic Harrods ribbon inside was enough to send me giddy, let along the products inside. The goodies I got were:
  •   Versace – Vanitas Versace Eau De Parfum
  •  Bliss – Blood Orange and White Pepper Body Butter
  •  Révive - Intensité Crème Lustre SPF 30
  •  Lancôme – Juice Tubes, Toffee R’n’B 93
  •  Clarins – Extra-Firming Body Cream

Originally, I was a little disappointed as this is the second time I have received two products aimed at older skin in my Glossbox. Clearly they are not considering the age categories of their subscribers, but I’ll let it go for now.

Friday, 16 March 2012

Demiro's Restaurant at Cardiff Bay

Demiro's Restaurant

Demiro’s
Situated in the centre of the modernised Cardiff Bay this restaurant is definitely not one to be missed. If I were to choose one word to describe this restaurant it would have to be atmospheric. The décor is simplistic; with hints of old school glamour. You may even be seated on one of their long bench-like tables, forcing you to befriend the people next to you. For many this sounds like a nightmare, but in the spirit of the restaurant it only serves to improve your night. A meal at Demiro’s is not just dinner, it’s an experience. The biggest part of your experience at Demiro’s is the live entertainment. On the night I attended

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Welcome. Welkom. Bienvenue. Wilkommen. Aloha. Croeso.


Welcome
Well hello. As a way of throwing out my ramblings, ideas and reviews I’m going to put them all here so that those who live with and around me will no longer be dulled by them and can find them here instead, if they so choose. A word of warning through, my interests are wide-ranging , fleeting and rarely conventional so if it’s coherence you’re looking for you’re in the wrong place.
Let’s start it off with a new discovery in my life.