‘Look Outwards, Not Inwards’ – Finally, a Womens’ Magazine For the Real World

Reading, eating, sleeping: are these not the very foundations of wellbeing? Most else, I could take or leave (exercising is only for emergencies; handsome lovers and disco dancing and holidays in sunny places are the extras we get if we’re lucky and/or persistent). As a kid I avidly read cereal boxes at the breakfast table… Continue reading ‘Look Outwards, Not Inwards’ – Finally, a Womens’ Magazine For the Real World

Review: The Party Givers’ Book by Mary Gallati, 1957

I try to buy almost everything I need or want from charity shops. Because: 1. Through excessive charity-shop lingering, I’ve slowly become dependent upon shopping in a 1980s timewarp. Everything is sequinned and £5 is the average cost of a dress. So when I venture into normal high-street shops, it is hell. There are NEVER… Continue reading Review: The Party Givers’ Book by Mary Gallati, 1957

Secret Style Icons No.21 & No.22: Thelma and Louise

‘I don’t ever remember feeling this awake’ – Thelma It starts the way all films should – two gals, a convertible and a loaded gun, off on a road trip together. They’ve got high-waisted jeans and enormous swaying hair. They’re getting away from hard work, boredom and Thelma’s cretin of a husband. What could possibly… Continue reading Secret Style Icons No.21 & No.22: Thelma and Louise

Banned Books, Pseudonyms and a Secret Magazine

“Secrets, silent, stony, sit in the dark palaces of both our hearts: secrets weary of their tyranny: tyrants willing to be dethroned.” James Joyce, Ulysses Maybe it's  a symptom of living in almost certain safety, to find the idea of banned books romantic. Imagine: the soft crackling of a paper bag containing a hard-back first… Continue reading Banned Books, Pseudonyms and a Secret Magazine

Let’s Look at 1963: Glamour, Beauty, Housework, Chevrolets and Gin

I get all excited about Christmas. I start making plans around August time. Right now I can’t wait to get Halloween out of the way so that the rest of the world will start joining in with the christmassing (oh, the snowball cocktails; the consensual glitterfication). I’ve been contemplating layering. How much merino is too much… Continue reading Let’s Look at 1963: Glamour, Beauty, Housework, Chevrolets and Gin

Secret Style Icon No.19: Margaret Mead

“I was wise enough to never grow up while fooling most people in to believing I had”.Queenly, formidable, curious and peculiar, Margaret Mead is as an example of what happens when someone has some seriously sturdy self-esteem.Her social scientist Quaker parents, along with her grandmother, raised Margaret to believe in her own capabilities, in a life… Continue reading Secret Style Icon No.19: Margaret Mead

Let’s Talk About Why You’re so Damn Sexy

While trying to maintain a contented life amid the milieu of our consumerist, capitalist end-days, sometimes, you just stumble upon something really bewildering. Face primer. I have now met face primer, and it’s a real thing.   Does my face need priming? I did not know. I just did not know. Face primer made me… Continue reading Let’s Talk About Why You’re so Damn Sexy

The Wonderful Life of Mary Hatch

Christmas is here, season of goodwill and morning drunkenness. It’s my favourite time of the year. Everyone wears wool. We all eat pastry a lot more than usual, and take a moment now and then (lackadaisically dusting pie crumbs from our jumpers) to think of those less fortunate than ourselves. So let’s do that. Join… Continue reading The Wonderful Life of Mary Hatch

Feminism: Back By Popular Demand

I’ve been thinking about the word feminist for a long time. I’ve been thinking about it, but for most of my life, I haven’t been saying it. There were big reasons and small reasons. For the most part, it was to do with my feelings about privacy and the right to be a weird little… Continue reading Feminism: Back By Popular Demand

“Self-Esteem is a Lifetime’s Work” and Other Celebrity Endorsements of Being a Mess

I read that quote in an interview with a celebrity years ago... obviously it was a celebrity whose body wasn't sylph-like enough to grace a magazine cover. A celebrity who had to avoid humidity because it made their hair go all bouffant. A celebrity with squinty teeth. And a mono-brow.No, ofcourse, it wasn't. It was… Continue reading “Self-Esteem is a Lifetime’s Work” and Other Celebrity Endorsements of Being a Mess