One thing you will learn as you grow up, is that most people bloom half formed, incomplete without a counterpart. Craving that cut-along-the-dotted-lines silhouette which deems them complete. Without this, they are five out of the ten segments of an orange, or a glass of wine half empty. Continue reading The Life Chronicles: Half Formed People
Sometimes, I don’t tell people I love them enough, or at all. If anything, I tell the wrong people I love them. I tell the people who don’t love me back or who have a curious and cruel concept of love. I mostly find myself proclaiming the infamous ‘L-word’ when I’m infused with gin and have smudged mascara because I am surrounded by those who … Continue reading Lessons in Love
In a society where tinder and the hook-up culture have left behind their status of scandal, and any chivalrous gestures are vilified, it’s no surprise that romanticism could be nearing its expiration date.
We’re in university, we’re young, and having fun with anonymous partners is no sin but what about romantic love then? Have people lost desire for it entirely and prefer the thrill of a temporary fix? As a romantic this appears to me as a true tragedy. But before all hope is lost, here comes Valentine’s Day to my rescue. Now, as the stores start to fill with insignificant gifts and the most opinionated (and probably lonely) will start preparing their speeches on how Valentine’s is a “consumerist day that epitomises everything wrong with capitalism”, give me a moment to share my views. Continue reading It’s Debatable: Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day, alongside a reminder of your tragic love life, means rom-coms. The narrative surrounding the day, and this genre, can be extremely heteronormative, so here are some LGBTQ+ love stories I’d recommend!
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It’s that time of year again… That’s right, it’s February which means that Valentine’s day is just around the corner. Whether you love it or hate it, are single, taken or planning on snuggling up with the only two men you need in your life – Ben and Jerry – you can never (NEVER) go wrong with a day full of Rom-Coms, and this, after … Continue reading Top 10 Rom-Coms for Valentines Day
Valentine’s Day can be perceived by many cynics as an Americanised, capitalist scam which profits off the romanticised ideology that you are incomplete without a (usually heterosexual) relationship. While it is about appreciating the loved ones in your life, and shouldn’t entirely be focused on romance, it does support the prevailing idea promoted in society that individually you need The One to make you whole, that your worth relies on the value that others give you. However, this is simply untrue: you are whole enough, and it is important to be equally in love with the idea of being single, as it is to desire a relationship. Continue reading Loving Your Own Company This Valentine’s Day
Whether you find yourself bored of the traditional date ideas, or looking for something inventive to wow your partner this Valentine’s Day, this mixture of activities will surely give you some ideas. So put on your walking shoes, or get into your best lounge-wear and be ready for the big day. Indoor trampolining – Although this will require more effort than a romantic dinner, this date … Continue reading Rogue Date Ideas: In and around Exeter!
A copper inspired make up look for Valentine’s Day whether you’re getting glam for a girl’s night out or having a romantic evening out – a look for whatever you decide to do! Continue reading You’re my Copper Valentine
Last year I spent Valentine’s Day lounging around in my pyjamas, taking Buzzfeed quizzes such as “Are You Cool?” and “Which Spice Girl Are You” whilst stuffing my face with popcorn. This year I hope to spend it the same way, but perhaps with a tub of Ben & Jerry’s by my side. Why? Because, despite the fact that I have a boyfriend, I couldn’t … Continue reading How To Veto V-Day
This look is for those spending Valentine’s Day with dates, with the girls, and for the single pringles going out anyway! There are 2 variations to this look – the first is a softer, more romantic look whilst the second is more dramatic with intense colours. Both should work on all skin tones. 1) As always – prepare your skin by moisturising. Apply foundation and … Continue reading Get the Look: Valentine’s Day