Category Archives: Love

On St. Valentine’s Day, A Playlist

Romance for cautious souls

At a party in a pub around Christmastime, I met a woman who said she had been in love seven times in her life. My mind was blown. “Seven times?” I asked incredulously. Inwardly, I screamed “WHO ARE YOU, WOMAN?” Seven is a lot, but really, so is one: I can’t say I’ve ever been […]

Also posted in Music | Tagged , , | 4 Responses

Pulphead aka ‘Sir, do you have a permit for your excellence?’

Pulphead

I am currently reading Pulphead, a collection of essays and magazine journalism from the pen of John Jeremiah Sullivan. I’m about halfway through, and I have already come to an awful realisation: I must never meet Mr Sullivan. If I do, I will probably babble, try and kiss his hands and maybe cry a little. […]

Also posted in America, Books | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The Friday Pretty: Football Edition

Spain Training Session

FRIDAY, WOO! Long week? Still recovering from the loss of the Olympics? Well, there are two things to brighten things up your sad post-Games face. First, never fear – the Paralympics are almost here! Secondly, the football season’s back tomorrow! Also, in our increasingly secular age, I am pleased to be able to extend you a […]

Also posted in Humour, Sport, The Friday Pretty | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

The First Kiss

This weekend, I came to a stunning realisation: I’ve watched You’ve Got Mail many more times than I’ve seen When Harry Met Sally. Man, I even saw it box fresh at the Stratford Picturehouse back in 1998. What can I say – I used to have a disposable income unattacked by council tax and the […]

Also posted in Books, Literature, Movies, Television | Tagged , , , | 2 Responses

Oh, hell no!*

*I want you all to imagine that in the sharp tones of authoress Ms Maya Wilkes (played by actress Golden Brooks in much-missed sitcom Girlfriends) Tuesday afternoon’s rain brought with it a thick fug of wild rumours of the demise of the relationship between Will Smith and Jada Pinkett. (And of course, the firm assurances […]

Also posted in America, Humour, Movies, Society | Tagged , , , | 3 Responses

Why I Love… Libraries

It really is this simple: I cannot imagine my life as it is today without libraries. I joined my first library at the age of 4 – when we were doing a massive clearout some time in 2001, we discovered an unreturned library book (sorry!) from 1987. Civic irresponsibility aside, it was one of my […]

Also posted in Books, Career, Education, Identity, Literature, London, Why I Love... | Tagged , , , | 2 Responses

Why I Love… Candles

Among the many shimmering stars – yoghurt, crispbreads/rice cakes, Special K – of the GirlPlanet™ firmament, candles are right up there as a cultural signifier of girlieness. No, don’t deny it. I have done the (completely unscientific) research: all my girl friends have candles. All of them. Some are used as fancy air fresheners in […]

Also posted in Home, Why I Love... | Tagged , , | 2 Responses

More Wishing, More Hoping

Given the pleasing success of the first gift wishlist I posted last week, and the fact that we’re now less than 3 weeks from Christmas Day, I thought I’d post some more options for you all. This one’s more of a mixed bag, but they’re all things I’ve seen, liked and coveted for myself. Chances […]

Also posted in Beauty, Shopping, Style | Tagged , , , | 1 Response

Badass Women: Claudette Colvin & Rosa Parks

Today, 55 years ago, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. It was an incident that would spark one of the biggest and most well-known chapters in the Civil Rghts Movement. The resulting bus boycott gave us several of the  iconic images of the CRM and Rosa Parks […]

Also posted in America, Politics, Society | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wishing And Hoping

Do you remember that episode of Sex and the City when Carrie sets up a register for her wedding to herself? The motives for this gesture are too long to get into here, but even with the justification, it was a particularly narcissistic thing to do, even by the character’s standards. Still, how great would […]

Also posted in Books, Shopping, Style | Tagged , , , | 4 Responses

Black Girls Rock!

On Saturday night(!), I watched Black Girls Rock. I have my issues with BET – this network consistently commissions/buys/broadcasts ig’nant ish, and for that alone, I cannot fully get behind them. But with this, BET did good. Black Girls Rock is a non-profit organisation set up by former model and celebrity DJ Beverly Bond, to […]

Also posted in America, Identity, Review, Society, Television | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Responses

Talk About Targeted Reading…

Last weekend, I went walking through my neighbourhood. En route to the library, I walked past the man who sells secondhand books outside the Hackney Empire. I gave him and his wares a vague friendly smile and carried on walking, until my eyes alighted on one book in particular. Behold: It was £1. Clearly, I […]

Also posted in Books, Literature, London, Shopping | Tagged , , , | 8 Responses

Dressing Up

Who doesn’t love a fancy dress party? Well, um, me. I wouldn’t say I loathe them, but I really, really don’t like them. All my life I’ve been to precisely two such events – they were both university summer balls, where I was in the company of dear friends and we were all dressed the […]

Also posted in Identity, Society, Style | Tagged , , , | 4 Responses

Autumn

I am currently sitting at my desk in my cosy flat, feet encased in woollen socks and fluffy slippers, a tatty purple shawl/poncho about my shoulders, and a hot water bottle in my lap. My thighs feel like they’re on fire – it is a highly pleasurable sensation. A toffee apple candle my sister bought […]

Also posted in London | Tagged , , , , | 5 Responses

Ageing and Death: Decline Is Inevitable

Last weekend, I went to Bournemouth for the birthday of one of my best friends in the world. In a couple of years, I’ll have known her for ten years, which is when we first went to university together. It also means that we’re both fast approaching thirty. Egads.

Related Posts with Thumbnails
Also posted in Beauty, Health & Fitness | Tagged , , | 4 Responses