Hey hello lovelyone – I’m beyond delighted to meet you. You’ll notice up front – I make up words, use colourful ‘language’ and while I like to shoot from the hip – lord I can ramble on a smidge. So don’t be afraid to skip read the dull bits – but do let me know if it’s all a bit too much. How will I learn – how will we become proper friends if it’s all one sided?
Of course I KNOW it’s one sided – but there’s opportunity here – there’ll be Facebook blah blah – and maybe some twitter chatter – and comments and what not – so don’t be shy – tap me up – and if we’re pals in other places – then shove your hand up!
In the meantime for those who don’t know who I am from a bar of fancy soap – here’s some off-the-cuffery about me. I’ll add some and change some – maybe even make some things up if it’s all feeling a bit ho-hum… I take requests…
Some things about me in a blobby list.
- I live in a Victorian terrace, typical of the little houses in my neighbourhood except someone remodelled ours years ago and got rid of the handsome bay and replaced it with the front window of Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe. Add crazy paving, front & back & a garden full of discarded things the rubbish men won’t take away and you’re getting the picture. We call it Chav Towers although the lady down the road has taken delivery of a humongous pink, furry sofa – so she’s vying for the title.
Hah! Watch me decorate my wheely bin & hang a Union Jack from the bush Mrs. That title is mine, all mine…
- I’ve recently taken to describing my personal style as Haute Gypsy – which if I’m honest is more aspirational than exact. My oldest & most rambling rosiest of friends in the style department is a true Haute G. Think Freida Kahlo meets Gaga on a holiday in Borough. Bestie pulls this off with practised, casual élan.
My take is perhaps more hit and miss. My style heroines are the women that make Ari Seth Cohen’s wonderful blog so compelling. The ladies of Advanced Style offer inspiration, leadership & an invitation to wild abandon & I would like to graciously accept! Sadly I’m still too young (52) to play with the venerable mavens of New York Style that grace this blog. You can add Vivienne Westwood and Zandra Rhodes to that list too if you like and my mamma the glorious She She – pictured here with me in a cardy – she won’t thank me for this shot!
- I’ve studied and practised all sorts of therapies with some utterly bonkers & cool people from massage & reiki to integrated counselling methods & shamanic core processing. I worked diligently and figured out that for me, it’s all about blending this stuff together. Nobody likes a show off – but if you want a list when I find the time – I’ll write one – Leo Rutherford, Howard Charing, Fiona Harrold and Denise Lynn will be on it – to name drop a few of my teachers.
- I believe in Unicorns. There I’ve said it – and not just Unicorns either – all magical beasts, dragons, ear worms, pink elephants,
Gordon the Gofer. ALL OF THEM. Why not? Magical reality is a powerful energy – myth making is central to a healthy imagination. Creating our own myths is super important. So you can’t tell me you wouldn’t like to meet a Unicorn! Well then…
- I’ve got a chap – and I keep him in the cupboard – ok I made that up. I’m hooked up with a lovely bloke – I call him Podgey – he’s got two great, teenage boys and we spend some of every week together – tumbling over each other in the little Victorian pile. They smell, eat crap and make me laugh so hard I daren’t wear mascara when they’re at home.
- I refuse to call menopause – by that name. Fuck that! I prefer the much more positive and inspirational term Neovavoom suggested in this brilliant piece by Doc Gurley.
- I have a relaxed approach to punctuation – which for a writer, some time comms bird and apostrophe stickler is a bit of an admission – lets go with it shall we… You’ll get used to it. I’m a dasher and a dotter and a ‘Wait! What? Where’s the closing bracket?’ er. I do love an interrobang don’t you?!
- This website is an evolving work of creative moochery and sincere sharing. I have a million and one ideas – that’s never been my problem, corralling them together into some sort of strategically sane whole – now that’s the challenge – but what you don’t start – you’ll never EVER fix. So this is a celebration of imperfection and honest to goodness – Heath Robinson – have a goingness.
Love and Joy x