totally practical werk attire 
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totally practical werk attire #backstaging...

Really enjoyed last night’s #BombshellMovie screening, it was explosive, pertinent and Theron, Kidman & Robbie were such strong leads, absolute powerhouse performances! I think so many elements of the story will resonate profoundly for women, especially their experiences of inequality in the workplace. I came away feeling empowered and strongly recommend checking the film out when it hits cinemas on Friday. #ad @lionsgateuk

Really enjoyed last night’s #BombshellMovie...

Mum and I got all fancy last week and flounced on down to the opera AND the ballet! Absolute scenes! 
The @englishnationalballet’s Le Corsaire was so breathtakingly beautiful, while La Bohème at the @royaloperahouse blew us away. Thank you so much for having us @theguestlistldn, mum was delighted, we felt ever so special 😊💃🏾🎭💞

Mum and I got all...

#FluffFriday: A tribute to THE Hair Empress @hairbymichellesultan, crafting lewks from my follicles since 2017, championing Afro and textured hair styles (Mel, Alesha, Amber, Jordan, Jennifer REPRESENT) & instigating the confidence to experiment and wear my curls big & proud (I used to straighten my hair every day before I met Michelle because I was so insecure about my tight curls). So for the kick, the creativity and the vision, I thank and salute you. 💇🏾‍♀️💜 #curlyhair #curlyhairstyles

#FluffFriday: A tribute to THE...

Learned some new words today: 
Rückkehrunruhe - the feeling of returning home after an immersive trip only to find it fading rapidly from your awareness, to the extent you have to keep reminding yourself that it happened at all.
Occhiolism - the awareness of the smallness of your perspective in the grandness of the vast scope of the Universe.
Vemödalen - the frustration of photographing something amazing when thousands of identical photos already exist: the same sunset, the same curve of a hip...
Opia - the ambiguous intensity of looking someone in the eye, which can seem simultaneously invasive and vulnerable.
Sonder - the realisation that each passerby has a life as vivid and complex as your own. 
Liberosis - the desire to care less about things, loosen your grip on your life, to stop glancing behind you every few steps, afraid that someone will snatch it from you before you reach the end zone, rather to hold your life loosely and playfully, like a volleyball, keeping it in the air, with only quick fleeting interventions, bouncing freely in the hands of trusted friends, always in play.

Learned some new words today:...

Back on set today filming #yahootailgate getting stuck straight into the NFL Wild Card Playoffs, as the NBA Regular Season continues. Get highlights, interviews and all the action over on @yahoosportuk, we’re keeping you bang up to date, buds 🏀🏈 x

Back on set today filming...

Took a little break from this thing, and so just before plunging back into work and this whole world wide web tomorrow I’d like to say Happy New Year to you, ya filthy animals. 
To everyone preparing for a fresh start, hopeful, powerful and overflowing with dreams for the coming year: dive in, work hard, enjoy every moment, you’re brilliant and you’ve got this. In the interest of ultimate transparency right now though, and starting as we mean to go on, I’m going to be perfectly honest with you, just in case it helps: Unlike previous years, I’m struggling to feel motivated or excited or strong or ‘ready to smash 2020’. This New Year there is no ‘New Me’, but instead the same one there was at the end of 2019. And 2019 had its ups and downs, which won’t just miraculously disappear; there’s plenty still unresolved that has to be worked on, built upon, as is the way with this life. So to anyone else out there grappling to find the inspiration or the stimulation to keep up with the current effervesce all over the gram, it’s ok. Take your journey one step at a time, chapter by chapter, we’re in this together. Things don’t just fall into place at the turn of a new decade, and don’t be fooled or feel left out by all the suggestions out there that they do. Let’s try moderation instead of abstinence, plans instead of resolutions, reframing instead of resetting. Above all, be kind to yourself and to others. 
Thank you to everyone I’ve worked with over the past year for the opportunities to learn and create; my management are saints, and together we’ll keep grafting, just as we’ve always done. And to the friends and family who made those highs SO high in 2019, I am so grateful, I will cherish those moments forever, why would I want a fresh start when I couldn’t ask for more than you staying EXACTLY as you are in 2020, thank you. xx (I don’t usually use social media like this and it’s a bit much tbh but I just know a lot of people feel weird at this time of year and hopefully it helps to hear you’re not alone)

Polaroids: Ibiza June 2019, Hackney Nov 2019, Newcastle Dec 2019.

Took a little break from...

UNBELIEVABLE JEFF!! 😬😬😬 Joining forces with my best friend @chris_kammy tonight at 7.45 on @bbcone to take on The Hit List Christmas special. Let carnage ensue... #thehitlist

UNBELIEVABLE JEFF!! 😬😬😬 Joining forces...

BRACE FACE

A blog about my mouth full of metal, some frankly delightful smoothie recipes and one motherfucking beast of a soup suggestion.

I realise this looks a lot like a health and fitness blog. It’s not a health and fitness blog.

There are plenty of health, fitness and beauty blogs and bloggers out there, and I’m more than happy to let them continue doing their jobs*, and instead, I like to see this post more as an act of solidarity with all the other smoothie-supping, straw-toting brace faces out there, who’ve said goodbye to almonds, chewing gum, apples (unless cut into bite-sized pieces) and a reasonable dental hygiene routine for a while: I salute you.

In fact, I was queueing behind a guy in the corner shop yesterday who asked for a straw with his Coca Cola**. The shop didn’t have any, I had a bag full. I apologised for eavesdropping and offered him one with a knowing smile…a knowing, unnecessarily wide smile, baring my braces (lets bear in mind my braces are on the backs of both my upper and lower teeth, so in order to bare them, you can imagine just how unnecessarily wide and goofy a smile I mean)… and he smiled right back, baring his. We’re in this together.

So yeah, I’m pretty late to the party on this one: most people I know sensibly had their braces in their teens, and all this stuff about needing to consume everything in liquid form at first, ideally through a straw, is old news. NEW NEWS, however, is the NutriBullet. So if you’ve got one (or any food processor/blender, in fact. Other appliances are available and are perfectly capable, and I’d actually probably prefer you used them over the extortionately priced and heavily celebrity-endorsed NB***, it’s just that it’s really easy to clean, I’ll give it that) here are some delicious fruit and veg smoothie combinations, slash food porn pics. Knock yourselves out.

SOUPER FUNTIMES

I’ve also been cooking up big pots of soup. I’d recommend roasting up butternut squash, red peppers, red onions and lots of garlic in olive oil (don’t worry about them getting a bit burny or the oven being too hot, it actually gives a nice flavour) while soaking mixed lentils and steaming over them some chopped carrots; Fry up white onions, a tiny finely sliced red chilli and good sprinkling of paprika in butter in a big pan until soft, chuck everything else in (once they’re all soft from their respective cooking methods), top up with boiled up stock (I like a meaty stock cube, even though it’s a vegetable soup, just sayin), bring to the boil then turn down and simmer the fuck out of it with a lid on. Rip tons of fresh coriander into it then whizz around the pan with one of those hand food processors, but don’t make it too smooth, chunky is best (or if you don’t have one, don’t bother. Again, chunky is best). Season with salt and pepper. Eat it.

What I would not recommend with regards making this soup is burning yourself.

*their jobs which, granted, may or may not be fitness, health and beauty blogging, it’s not traditionally a super-powered, high-paying job that can constitute a 9-5, unless you’re already rich or you’re Zoella, and the less said about her here the better.

**True, if he cares about his teeth, he really shouldn’t be drinking Coca Cola. I didn’t say this, I wanted it to be a nice moment.

***I can say this because I did not buy said NutriBullet, I borrowed it for Lingual Braces Phase 1 from someone who now wants it back, claiming he cannot get the fruits and vegetables he needs because he does not have his contraption to smoothiefy them. This is a real shame, and also bullshit. He can, the idea of simply eating them just hasn’t occurred to him yet. I still love him.

XOXO
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