Monday, 27 July 2009

Bloggers Bloggy Blogosphears

Right, in my last post I promised a list of my favourite blogs, so I'm just going to dive right in. Think I'll put them into catagories and use lots of bullet points.... because I'm a massive geek.


This is just a simple photo blog of Mr face hunter stalking style around the world. Amazing for inspiration for future shopping trips.

A great blog showing us exactly what we want to know- what is in the wardrobes of the elite and stylish. Features in Elle magazine monthly and just really quite addictive.

The queen of style blogs, Susie Bubble. I love her style and just find it fascinating to see an origional and quirky perspective on things.

I love the idea of this blog- basically Joe and Katie are a couple and one day Joe decided he needed to share his girlfriends eye for style to the world and set her a challenge: To be photographed everyday in her awesome outfits for a year- the catch? She has to wear a different outfit every day. Again inspiring to see how to mix up your wardrobe.


These are a mix of websites and blogs, some of which I've written for...

My new favourite music website focusing on all elements of folk music from global, conventional and indie. Gorgeous illustrations on the site too.

Covers the essentials in music and films.

A lovely blog following Anika's musical pursuits. Awesome photography and funny content- loving her taste in music too.

Just covers some cool artists! Big fan.


A blog found through twitter- Kate is an illustrator with a thing for lil birds- such cute drawings and she's done some very cool projects including working with Marc Jacobs! Jealous much...

A graphic designer- I just love looking at illustration and graphic design! I wish I could draw/think like these guys!

The year in pictures- a great blog for lovers of photography or anything visual.

Another illustrator who I wish I could be....sigh...


A blog by writer Jenn Ashworth- have been following her blog for a while now, was actually partly why I decided to start my own! Just like her style and can't wait to buy her book.

Covers the kind of books I want to write.

A blog that encourages writers to submit 6 sentences. I've always liked a challenge! And even though my 6 didn't get published I still enjoy reading others!

12 stories- simple as. And again even though these guys chose not to publish my submission, (boo) I still go on regularly to see what new stories are up. Great for the short story lover.


My friend Zoe's blog about Public Relations- fascinating even if you aren't in the buisness yourself. Trust me, she knows her stuff and has got a huge future ahead of her :) and I hope she lets me crash in on it from time to time hehe.

My fellow journo Lawrence has made his way into sport journalism and has started to carve a nice little future for himself. Again I know he will go far, and again I hope he lets me crash :D

So there we have it- my current favourite places to be in cyber space. Check them out and let me know if you like them too. Or if you have any suggestions of other blogs I might like give me a shout :)

In other news I have had one rejection this week from a submitted short story which, yes, sucks but hey it's expected. Not quite sure what to do with the story now though? Maybe I'll post it on here one day. On the positive side, I've just emailed a new magazine called 'Libertine' (a kind of I-D/Vogue/Dazed and Confused for under 25's) asking if I can contribute. So fingers crossed I'll be able to get more work out there. In the meantime I've got a review of Duke Garwood to submit and a review of Alice in Chains to prepear for! Lot's going on still which is nice.

Non-work related news...I'm off to Portsmouth this weekend to see some girlfriends and I cannot wait! Has been far too long since I saw them and can't wait to check out their new house. May have to get the rest of my rib piece tattoo done while I'm there aswell....because tattoos make you sexy. Just like these kids-->

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

The Art of Doing Nothing

Sometimes you just have to slot in a bit of time to sit back, reflect and re-boot. How do we do this? By doing nothing. Nowt. Nada. I felt the need to do this today after self doubt (the bastard) encroached on my otherwise optimistic outlook on life. I’m trying to get into the (apparently) glittering world of music journalism and have been lucky to have a few jobs recently to beef up my portfolio... but not all has gone to plan. First a fashionable self harmer managed to make me feel inadequate, then gig venue politics prevented me from doing my job properly. Fantastic. Neither of these things were my fault, but somehow they still manage to creep in your subconscious and whisper “You are shite.” And that’s never nice is it?

All this being said, I decided today needed to be a day of nothing. Except that never quite happens does it? Turns out I’ve run out of clean underwear and am currently borrowing Antony’s (love you!)- so lot’s of washing needed to be done. On my third lot now, not quite sure how my wardrobe is going to cope with the sheer volume of clean clothes, bless it. Then of course after I got that dull job started I needed to tidy my room as the junk in it was upsetting me. So I cleared that then stopped for lunch which ended up being cereal as there was no bread in the house… sigh. After this I needed a break. This break may have involved sky+’ed Britain’s Next Top Model and The Hills finales….don’t judge me. Then it was onto my favourite past time- lying in bed reading fashion magazines and listening to I-tunes on random. This all took my thoughts away from career/dreams/crap and took them to pretty clothes and witty articles about fidelity (Elle). GOOD TIMES.

After this I needed to get my social networking fix and spent quite some time on facebook and twitter. I now have 90 followers by the way…! I’m sure they care about my self doubt crises…. Yuh. Fascinating though, just getting incites into strangers lives, discovered quite a few awesome blogs too, (will type up a pretty list for you in the next post, promise).

Anyhoo- after all this doing nothing malarkey I realised I needed to get over myself and my self doubt and to just keep on marching. You have to do your fair share of wading around in crap before you reach the top of the hill right? All I’m saying is that it better be bloody good up there.

Ultimately this is what doing nothing is for, because when we do nothing we get the chance to just be. For me this is usually when I stop panicking, breathe and re-boot. So the moral of the story is this- doing nothing can be good. Mustn't get addicted mind bed is calling at the moment actually.....veg out with a mind numbing film maybe?....yeeeah.

This kitten's got the right idea...


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