Friday, 31 January 2014

Goldilocks in Manhattan // Rewind to... Central Park

Central Park, New York, Chanel quote
Manhattan- the beloved home of Carrie Bradshaw's stoop on Perry Street, movie scene rooftop parties, the Empire State Building and Chuck Bass's hotel. It is also home to the most cherished scenes of man-made nature, Central Park. New York is renowned for inspiring writers, musicians and artists to tell stories, and among all of it's vibrancy and character it is home to a safe haven of 843 acres of man-made nature that sees 25 million visitors a year.

New York can behave brutally, and in all honesty it is probably better that way. While it's streets are uncomplicated and simple to navigate, it's inhabitants are not. The weather is temperamental at best, the cab drivers are questionable and the repetitive sound of car horns and sirens will play proudly on the streets of Midtown Manhattan like an orchestra. Don't you just love New York?

Saturday, 25 January 2014

What no one tells you about working behind a bar.

This is something I've wanted to write for a while, as everyone can benefit from my experience. Those pesky social media policies, even when you are careful you get told to take down posts. Back in September, I wrote a post which was pretty much a How To Guide for new bar staff, but written based on my own observations. I got in a sticky situation with it, even though I used disclaimers to protect myself and I was no way affiliated with the company on any social media platform. However, on that day I was told, "When you don't work here you can write whatever you like." The moral of the story, is that chances are you will get into trouble if you write about your life. So be careful, kids.

Before we start, let's get the basics out of the way- I am not mentioning where I worked, and I will not name and shame, but I will share my experiences because who doesn't like to chuckle at my expense? I certainly do.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Waiting for House of Cards is ruining my life.

house of cards netflix
My arrival to the House of Cards bandwagon came pretty late, but I caved in to my usual routine of  "giving it a go". Before I knew it, I could not stop and I joined the legions of overly enthusiastic binge viewers. I suddenly understood the hype and so called "withdrawals" that had clogged up my social media feeds. Do I have a problem? Probably, but I couldn't possibly comment on that. You see, I've taken good advice from Frank Underwood and learnt what I can and can't talk about.

For those who have yet to watch the Netflix original series, it lures it's viewers in with the chance to watch the whole season at once. Here lies it's nifty gateway into addiction, and it's smart dialogue and slickly structured cinematography has you fixated with red bulging eyes while Netflix asks you every so often if you are "still watching House of Cards?". Yes I am and please don't interrupt me with that judgmental tone Netflix- this is all your fault, you monster.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Goldilocks reviews: Urban Decay Naked3 24/7 Eyeliner

Urban Decay Naked 3 review

Yes, I know. I apologise, I haul Urban Decay and I just can't stop. I also know what works for me, and this is a brand that delivers time and time again.

I proudly own Naked2 and it is the reliable and sturdy best friend I wish I had found sooner. It literally saves my face on a daily basis and there's an endless amount of looks you can create with it. However, I already own a lot of 24/7 eyeliners and the Naked3 one was a better match for me.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

"I am Blair Waldorf, Blair Waldorf is me."

Blair Waldorf, gossip girl
Whenever I need a swift nudge in the right direction or I have that overwhelming feeling of not achieving enough, I turn to one of my fictional heroes- the Queen B.

Gossip Girl's Blair Waldorf, although certainly flawed, is an active protagonist who when she realises she isn't getting what she wants, will do whatever she needs to get it. Granted, throughout six seasons this had a habit of blowing up in her face in spectacular fashion- but the intention was still there. Our Queen B was so quick witted and classically put together, with a slick of berry stained lip gloss and unruffled hair, that we knew we couldn't abandon our need to inherit even the smallest Waldorf-isms. Blair Waldorf was never one for modesty but she was a visionary in her own right for passionate young women in the midst of finding themselves, and for those on the painstaking quest of finding the essence of their power.

Saturday, 18 January 2014

I quit my job, and went on a work placement.

Within 2 weeks of quitting my job, I have learnt how to tactfully tell people that I am in between jobs. It rolls off the tongue with an automatic sting of self defence. It is a tactical interlude of employment, if you will- a dramatic transition between two very different parts of my twenties.

This week I spent many an hour at Buzz Magazine, which is based in Cardiff. It is an entertainment and listings magazine, which includes everything there is to do and see in and around South Wales. There is a common misconception that work placements are a week of making tea and being the office lackey, but my experience at Buzz was completely invaluable and one I would recommend without hesitation.

The challenge of being a writer is becoming a credible source of unfamiliar territory. On Tuesday morning, I had no idea about textile art or artists, but by lunch I knew enough to write about it. The same goes for a number of stage previews that I was required to put together. It was fortunate that it was quite a hectic week in the office, with next week's deadline looming- so there was plenty of work to come in my direction such as transcribing interviews and writing content for the website and magazine. The general atmosphere in the office was very calm, and it was much less uptight than one of my previous placements.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Goldilocks reads: The Goldfinch

One of the many books I received for Christmas was The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Most of the books I received were classics and political books, as I'm very particular with fiction. However, my mother chose this for me and made a fantastic choice. Which, is the best compliment I am can give her. Well done, Mum.

Without spoiling any major parts of the novel, the story chronicles the troubled life of Theo Decker, a young man whose mother dies in a terrorist led explosion in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The book follows his journey as he mourns his mother and struggles to deal with the incident, and his guilt over stealing a particular work of art in his rushed escape from the scene. While tackling a prominent presence of profound alienation and socially dysfunctional actions and characters, we follow him as an orphan from downtown New York to the wealth of Park Avenue, to Las Vegas, and then back again.

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Goldilocks loves: Urban Decay Beauty Balm & Nail Colour

UD Nail colour and beauty balm
Image my own.
Before Christmas, I went into Debenhams to pick out a few things to include in my stocking. Rhys was kind enough to buy me Naked 2, and these two little gems. I don't think a Naked 2 review is necessarily needed because you can find them absolutely everywhere (although I may do a post on different eyeshadow combinations from the palette). If you've read my other reviews, you will know that Urban Decay is pretty much my go to brand for a lot of products- everything keeps it's promise, and it's also a cruelty free brand which is something that I look for.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

I quit my job, what next?

I quit my job, what next?
Serendipity, it is one of my all time favourite words in the English language. Essentially, it means a fortunate mistake, or a happy accident. That's what my last job was, a mistake that led me to some good fortune despite my crippling unhappiness there. I met Rhys from working there, and I made some irreplaceable friends, but while I was there I couldn't earn enough money and more than anything, I couldn't write what I wanted to. I never broke any social media policy and I always covered myself when it came to disclaimers, but I was still creatively silenced. Which means an uncensored version of myself is on it's way to you.

On my last day, it was lucky that it was more than quiet in the pub. To my joy, I finished my shift 2 hours early. When I clocked out, I knew I had either made a very brave decision or a very foolish one. I had this firm belief that it was the right thing to do, this wasn't a blind decision but a necessary move I had needed to make to improve my lifestyle. I needed to escape from the heavy black cloud in my life, even if another storm was on it's way to me.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Goldilocks at The Undercover Princess

 Goldilocks at The Undercover Princess

As some of you may remember, last month I mentioned a wonderful blogger in my post "Help me, I want to be a journalist." This blog is The Undercover Princess. It is written by the mysterious and charming Eva Victoria, and I am an avid follower of hers and she is by far one of my best supporters. My post, "Signature Scents: The Ladylike Edition" is a light read about iconic feminine scents. Enjoy, gentle readers.

Basic White Girl Tips

By now, everybody knows what the stereotype of the white girl means and many like to publicly shame these "white girls" on their chosen form of social media. It means loving anything pumpkin flavoured, tweeting #fall in October, and celebrating National Mean Girls Day. We are all white girls inside, because don't we all love a seasonal beverage? Most of us indulge in Starbucks frappuccinos, and we are all too familiar with the White Girl natural habitat known as Instagram. I talked to my favourite White Girl about the important things, and these little comments are pure nuggets of gold (except, rose gold, because that is what they like now). My "White Girl" of choice, is someone who is unapologetic about her stereotype.

Goldilocks at G20

Love, S
For anyone who doesn't know, I am a contributing writer at the online magazine GenTwenty. My most recent post, "Um, when exactly did everyone get married?" was viewed almost 15,000 times and shared over 7,000 times in little over a week. Since then I have had friends tell me that they have seen their friends sharing it and passing it along on social media. So, it's only fair that I share it with you, my followers. You can read my article on growing up, relationships and marriage here, and don't forget to check back for more articles from me at GenTwenty. 

xo



Goldilocks reviews: My Beauty Compare

Searching for the right beauty product can kill any sort of excitement you had at treating yourself. It's a buzzkill, and we all know it. We have all spent hours searching blogs, looking for swatches and reading reviews. Most of us turn to beauty bloggers, and I love their honesty and persistence when it comes to to reviewing their new beauty buys, they have this credibility that can't be found elsewhere. But unfortunately, we don't all have the same skin types or lifestyles, so while some will accessorise their faces with black bags under the eyeballs on a daily basis, an equal amount will not, and it becomes difficult to know what sort of product suits our needs and circumstances.

Thursday, 2 January 2014

I quit my job, with nothing to go to.

Do you know what’s scary? You know that paralysis of fear that you feel right before the drop of a rollercoaster? Or the gut wrenching anxiety when you walk into a hospital? That moment of desperation when you swerve quickly to avoid a fatal collision? We each have our own definitions of fear. For me, losing your job is scary, but what’s worse is staying in your job.

Two weeks ago, I quit my job. What I do is not impressive, and it’s not particularly well paid. In fact, it is minimum wage and it has made me miserable every day for the last 8 months. The sensible thing to do would be to line another job up before quitting, but there’s a moment of content peacefulness that comes when you reach your limit. I knew that enough was enough, and had I not done it then I am not sure I ever would have.