2017 has so far been an odd year of having to adult so hard I feel fifty, while simultaneously acting as if I’m 18 and just discovered what boys and alcohol are. Here’s a crucial guide to duvet-changing, late-night snacking and chore-doing when living as an independent woman.… Read More 10 things I’ve learnt since living alone
I somewhat over-enthusiastically set myself the challenge of reading 100 books last year. Yes, you’re quite right – that is a lot and yes, you’re also right, I didn’t manage it. But here are some of my recommendations, and one to steer very clear of.… Read More The best (and worst) books I read in 2016
Our insular social media worlds originally brought us together, but now they are simply blinding us to what the majority wants.… Read More Social media: the warped mirror that reflects back only what we wish to see
When you love someone, you make up countless excuses for bad things they do, because you really want them to be a good person. You want them to be a good person, because you fell for them and to admit anything else makes you ask yourself some pretty hard questions. Actually, it makes you feel… Read More Emotional abuse is dark, dangerous and alienating, and we need to talk about it
While the clean eating movement may be making us feel more healthy, is it having a negative effect on our mental health?… Read More Food for thought | Reassessing our relationship with food
I don’t like Summer. There. I said it. You can look aghast at me all you like. You with your fruity Kopparberg and your bronzed shoulders and your RayBans on the roof gardens of pubs, getting high off those sweet al fresco vibes. Some people love Summer. I’m not one of them. Sure, I like… Read More The pervading fear of being ‘Summer ready’
Call me odd, call me rude, but I find there’s something hugely satisfying in hitting the unfriend button, en-masse. It’s like a spring clean, but for the soul. When I hit the delete button, I feel like I’m inching closer to the hypothetical tabula rasa, somehow cleansing myself of anxieties and obligations. It’s not that I… Read More In defence of the mass Facebook cull
St Trinian’s comparisons and lesbian-fantasies aside, a lot of people seem to have pre-conceived assumptions about what it’s like at an all-girls’ school. Sometimes, the papers like to commend single-sex education for girls, touting league tables and academic achievements of their alumni. On other occasions, the press are quick to denounce the environment I went… Read More For all the politics, I don’t resent my time at girls’ school
I will open this with a question: Is Vetements making fashionable people look like a bunch of tossers? Yes, it is. But let me explain why. Vetements, in case you are as yet unacquainted, is the French fashion label responsible for the quite frankly reprehensible DHL T-shirt that people – whose style I actually used to… Read More Vetements: Fashion that delivers?
Chronic sense of dissatisfaction? Nagging and pervasive ennui hanging over your head like a storm cloud over sunny picnics? Crippling feelings of negativity regarding self worth and constant comparison to others? Check check check. Nothing really to feel that bad about, and yet somehow loads of stuff to feel bad about? It’s the quarter-life crisis.… Read More Am I having a quarter-life crisis?