‘Whatever Gets You Through the Day, it’s Ok’ – Self-Care Strategies for Realists

Have you ever looked back upon a time in your life and thought is that me? It can’t be. I’ve been daydreaming about my summers during university, when I worked part time and wrote sprawling essays and stories for my own amusement. I mean, really? I did that? I sat there in that kingdom of… Continue reading ‘Whatever Gets You Through the Day, it’s Ok’ – Self-Care Strategies for Realists

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

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

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

POTATOES! Tasty, Cheap Meals for Starving Artists

"Serge, we have to stop spending all our money at the Ritz", I say, but he ignores me, puts his shades on and stares out of the window at the rain. On the table, a game of Five Hundred is underway. The playing cards are soft and creased at the corners. Serge lights another cigarette.… Continue reading POTATOES! Tasty, Cheap Meals for Starving Artists

The Friday Happy List – 10th Oct 2013

Oh hey downpour. Hey October. Glasgow is slick with rain and stoic under siege. But there are reasons to be cheerful. It's Friday, which means for 9-5ers its time to let your hair down, get absolutely trashed and wake up on Sunday with only a few dim and alarming recollections. Don't worry, you're living life excellently! Here are some other happy… Continue reading The Friday Happy List – 10th Oct 2013

Dressing for the New Season: Jane Russell Advises You

Autumn is on its way. Season of tawny sunlight, blackberries, cosy gloom and fireworks.  The wee heat-wave we’ve enjoyed in Scotland this year has sadly come to an end, and wasn’t it just amazing too. Amazing, and yet, perhaps little fraudulent, no? On the Hebridean island from which most of my family came, older relatives,… Continue reading Dressing for the New Season: Jane Russell Advises You

Cheap and Healthy Eats

 This adventure in bread-baking and chorizo soup is brought to you by the slightly eccentric Doris Grant - author of 'Your Daily Loaf', (which arguably led on to every single book about baking bread being titled with some kind of play on words). She came up with the, frankly, revolutionary idea that bread doesn't really… Continue reading Cheap and Healthy Eats

The £22 Spring Wardrobe!

This year it seemed to me that Winter ended one day and Spring began the next. A few weeks ago I was stomping home at 5pm in the dark. This Friday I was out in the evening, serene Spring sunshine about, and a bright chill in the air. Just lovely. Befitting this sudden spree of blue skies,… Continue reading The £22 Spring Wardrobe!

I Gave Up Everything Good for 6 Months… the 1-Month-In Lowdown.

New Year came and went and I had no intention of giving up on any of the stuff that made my world go round... drinking, smoking, rock n roll, tasty sandwiches, etc. So it was belatedly that I joined the party (so to speak) with the tiny inkling of a feeling that my life might… Continue reading I Gave Up Everything Good for 6 Months… the 1-Month-In Lowdown.