Why I won’t wear a poppy

As commonly known, during the first world war the poppy was one of the only plants to grow on the otherwise barren battlefields. Canadian poet John McCrae wrote about this in his poem Flanders Fields, helping the poppy come to represent the sacrifice made by soldiers. It was adopted by The Royal British Legion as the … Continue reading Why I won’t wear a poppy

In Defence of Winter

Is it just me who grew up surrounded by friends who preferred summer to winter? Summer is great and all, but lying in the sun quickly becomes tedious; there’s no sense of festivity, and long drawn out days tend to lead to lethargic boredom. There’s no uniting event to look forward to, no growing sense … Continue reading In Defence of Winter

Mini Lush Haul

It isn’t often that I treat myself to this type of thing. My usual  hair-washing routine involves buying varying £1 Alberto Balsam shampoos, washing my face with soap and the occasional splash of bubble bath – and even that’s gone down the pan in my slightly grim student bathroom. Knowing my online spending splurges, it … Continue reading Mini Lush Haul

‘Food Porn’ vs ‘Clean Eating’: are they more similar than we really think?

In an age where food has perhaps never been so digitally in our faces, with 10-second videos of nutella-stacked-brownie-marshmallow-coated towers being viewable at our fingertips, one would think that food has never been so celebrated, so loved and so enjoyed. On the other end of the scale, there are hundreds upon hundreds of clean-eating blogs, … Continue reading ‘Food Porn’ vs ‘Clean Eating’: are they more similar than we really think?

Can ‘Hygge’ please die alongside all the other terrible things that happened in 2016?

‘Hygge.’ Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard about the Danish lifestyle craze of ‘well-being’ and coziness, which has spread through the UK quicker than you can say “pretentious.” People think some sort of phenomenon has surfaced, whereby the concept of ‘hygge’ has suddenly taught people how to light a candle or buy … Continue reading Can ‘Hygge’ please die alongside all the other terrible things that happened in 2016?