totally practical werk attire 
#backstaging 📸 @ryjamesofficial

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...

ITVING IT UP

A blog about some recent work stuff that had nothing to do with your license fee.

It is May at the end of this week, so obviously* it’s time for a couple of work updates for anyone remotely interested. I’ll be brief.

O’BRIEN, ITV

The beginning of the month saw Loose Women taken off the air for two weeks (yes, it was temporary, you can breathe a sigh of relief) to make way for ‘O’Brien’, a pseudo-political debate show hosted by LBC’s James O’Brien, broadcast during the lunchtime slot on ITV as the run-up to the election gained momentum. I was asked to appear on the show’s panel as a commentator from ‘youth media’, alongside Lib Dem MP Norman Lamb, broadcaster Janet Street-Porter, media personality (and wife of Neil) Christine Hamilton, NHS representatives and critics, filmmaker Peter Bach, private paramedics, a drug dealer, a mother who’d lost her daughter to an overdose, sufferers of two terminal illnesses, ‘self-medicators’, plastic surgery recipients, the guy who owns the club where that girl gave a ton of blow-jobs for a free cocktail, a couple of ex-Big Brother contestants and an incredible gent called Sean Attwood who spent six years in one of the most dangerous prisons in America for drug trafficking and who is now an activist for rehabilitation efforts in the penal system, amongst many others. It’s probably worth noting that this was for an episode focussing on questions of whether drunk people should be admitted to A&E and whether drugs should be legalised**.

The show was probably best described as ‘Newsnight meets Jeremy Kyle’. There was a lot of shouting, and some excellent insight from supremely interesting people wonderfully mixed up with a good number of admittedly terrible points made by really dubious people. There were heartbreaking stories, and stories which made me want to cry for all the worst reasons. It was a brilliant experience, a good opportunity to talk about something that’s not Justin Bieber or Kim Kardashian, and I was particularly stimulated during the hour before recording spent in the green room with Norman, Peter, Sean, Dr Bob Gill, a paramedic and charity worker, where I learned so much about the state and machinations of our health service, as well as engaging in the most eye-opening conversation about the frightening American penal system.

My main points made on the show: Anger at ‘contingency plan’ attitude of certain audience members towards using A&E for stomach pumps; observations on the hypocrisy of attitudes towards coke consumption given catastrophically brutal drug war in South America. The main Twitter reaction to my contribution: Neon pink Nike Air Max and Fresh Prince shirt were well liked. Oh well.

*You’d be forgiven for thinking this is not an obvious thing at all. You’d also be right.

**NOT an episode on social media and the cult of celebrity, which gave cause for a very swift rethink on the train up to Media City of what I was going to say… It’s cool, it’s cool: celebrities & Twitter / NHS & the drug war; swings / roundabouts.

FYI DAILY, ITV2

In other news, I’ve been further terrorising ITV’s network of channels recently, swooping back onto ITV2 to interrupt your evening films (sorry***) with a bit of showbiz news. Vastly different content to the above. Similar feedback. Will be back on the channel for a couple of weeks at the beginning of next month (yep, May, it’s happening). Tune in, ya filthy animals.


With thanks to @HPRLondon for the clothes from Mink Pink, Some Days Lovin and Paint It Red.

***Not sorry.

XOXO
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