OK, first of all, it seems (unfortunately) we’re not quite ‘post-shame’ yet, because when I asked my dad to enquire about this paperback he returned empty handed claiming he was reluctant to say the word ‘slut’ out loud at Waterstone’s. Perhaps if enough of us read this semi-autobiographical compendium of sex anecdotes, one day we’ll […]
“I wish I could live through something,” laments the titular character in the opening scene of Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig’s solo directorial debut. Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) is a 17-year-old girl teetering on the brink of “adulthood” – inverted commas required here, because I am over a decade older than Gerwig’s protagonist and […]
PREGNANCY: WEEKS FOURTEEN TO TWENTY-FOUR I’m a feminist but… I’m a feminist but (#theguiltyfeminist) I’m quite enjoying the fact that people (mostly men) want to lift, move, get and do stuff for me because I’m pregnant. And even though I’m perfectly capable of lifting, moving, getting and doing, I’m accepting all offers because I believe […]
Sophia Mindus’s Instagram feed is a glorious eye-gasm in celebration of the female form. The majority of the posts which you can admire here are of her tied up and sometimes suspended, because she practices the Japanese art of Shibari rope bondage. The simplicity of the shapes her body creates when tied in rope are satisfying on […]
December is upon us. That means the sunset-orange glory of Autumn is over for another year. Trees which once resembled Beyonce in mustard yellow Roberto Cavalli now look more like the child-catcher in his ragged black tailcoat. Gone are the outfits where your scarf’s function was 93% aesthetic; layers are now essential. You probably fall […]
We sat down with Jacs, The Founder of Salomé Literature, a magazine and online community set up in the name of supporting upcoming female writers. ‘It is a message of empowerment, being fierce and brave’, she says. I wanted to create a community as well, I didn’t just want it to be just a magazine.
When I was starting to lose hope and I felt like my dreams were fading away I received a response inviting me to interview for a well renowned London based interior design studio. I couldn’t believe my luck. My interview was a success, I moved to London and spent the following three and a half years working for Juliette Byrne. She is listed consistently among the top 100 designers in the UK by House and Garden published by Conde Nast.
What appealed to me most about Swing Time were the significant similarities between the main character’s life and Smith’s own. You will always have me at ‘based on a true story’. Zadie Smith was born in 1975 in Brent, north-west London to a Jamaican mother and an English father. The novel certainly feels like watching a slow-motion dance routine; giving its reader time to frown and ponder the intricacies of the footwork and the interactions of its four starring women.
Whether it is a customer bringing back a Mussel shell from Majorca to be made into a necklace or a doctor requesting cufflinks in the shape of a bottle of Bordeaux with the name of a French Chateau engraved on each one; Gem is the person to make the vision real. She brings the idea into reality working with the raw materials with such elegance, style and quality at the core. Her clients come back every year with made to order requests, illustrating the trust they have in Gem and the consistency of her delivery.
My perspective on art is amateur, a word which suits me fine as it’s derived from the Latin for ‘lover’ (as opposed to expert.. though I did once get an A in year 9 for a charcoal sketch of a hedgehog). For me, art is escape, colour, questions, pleasure, technique, precision and imagination. I’m Annie, […]