Thursday, 28 November 2013

The importance of living a glittery life.

Image - Pinterest
The winter blues are something that I don't suffer from. I love the dark nights, vamped up nail polish and an excuse for more eyeliner. I also love Christmas, and ribbon curling. What I do suffer from, are graduate blues. I imagine it feels like what winter feels like for those devoted to the warmer months. It must feel endlessly hollow, and excruciatingly dull.

In times of crisis, I turn to things that make me feel myself again. A few years ago, my Twitter bio read "I like to sparkle". I was reminded of this by my old housemate while at university in Swansea and it's something I try not to forget. We live in ordinary circumstances, we are ordinary people with ordinary lives, but we need the belief that we can be extraordinary. Otherwise, why did we waste our money on tuition fees?

A recent article featured in The Guardian reported that half of recent UK graduates are working in non graduate jobs, demonstrating the battle that young people have to secure entry level employment. More of us are settling for low income jobs just to be in employment, and our reputations will suffer if we do this for too long. We will be the generation that couldn't.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Christmas Choices - Featuring Philosophy and H&M

Thanks to the usually frugal Tax Man and a generous rebate, yesterday marked the beginning of my mission of being the best poor Santa ever. A lifetime of adoring the festive season has prepared me for the queues of cynical old men, the impossible bargain hunting, and for getting sellotape stuck in my hair. As I know how poor we twenty-somethings are, I am sharing my best buys of the day. Now, I know you are eager to see everything, but some will have to wait or I'll spoil everyone's Christmas surprises, you cotton headed ninnymuggins! Before you go and sulk, here are my favourites from yesterday's spree, and they'll make you smell like baked goods.

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Christmas Choices: Urban Decay Eye Arsenal

Well, gentle readers, it is almost that most wonderful time of the year. If you're looking for something to add to your letter to Santa, or if you're in the mood for treating someone who loves their cosmetics, then this is something worth considering. I took a little trip into the Debenhams in Cardiff (or Mecca, as I am inclined to call it) after reading about a new Urban Decay gift set on Twitter. As a fan of anything Urban, I thought it would be rude not to invest in this little box of goodies. UD gift sets are always worth the money - I had one a few years ago that is probably still one of my favourite ever purchases because it included the Marshmallow Powder. I love to smell like a marshmallow, in case you didn't know.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Why November 22 still matters.

Image: Bettmann / Corbis / PBS 
Note: This is not a political piece and will not concentrate on the details of his presidency - there is time for that later on, this is the story of the haunting tragedy of the loss of a leader.

On November 11, Robert J. Samuelson of The Washington Post claimed that "The fascination with the Kennedys endures, though it’s probably on its last lap. After all, about three-quarters of Americans either weren't born when Kennedy was shot or were too young (under 5) to grasp what happened. It’s a distant and disconnected event to them." All historical events are somewhat distant to the current and future generations, how can we be wired to connect to something we didn't physically experience? In the case of JFK, it is the abhorrent destruction of the idealised and sugar coated American dream that makes the historic event relevant in today's generation, and it is kept alive by conspiracy theories and the insatiable need for answers and classified information that cannot be given.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Dear Mr President, I wrote you a tourist guide - you're welcome.

Original image source: Sayanythingblog
Next Autumn, Celtic Manor near Newport is hosting the 2014 Nato Summit, scheduled to take place between the 4-5th September. This means that the most influential world leaders will be brought to our fine Welsh land. The best part of this, is that it means Barack Obama will be joining them, marking the first official Presidential visit to Wales in history.

President Obama is a busy man, and will surely have little time to digest vast amounts of Welsh tourism guides. This is where I feel it is my duty to intervene, as anyone who has gone through my blog knows I take an active interest in the Obama presidency. So, it is down to my civil obligation that I have compiled a list of all things Cymraeg for the President to enjoy during his stay.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Bitchcraft - What American Horror Story: Coven tells us about power

Original image source: FX
Like the seasons before it, American Horror Story: Coven has some things to say about society. It's going to say it, and it is going to be brutalised. This season is set in New Orleans and revolves around an academy for young witches. This season tackles issues of slavery, persecution of women, sex and the subversive nature of female power. It can be easily said that so far in the story, the irrelevance of masculinity and male power have been a dominating force in the show's message.