Wednesday, 21 March 2018


My name's Grace. 

My current Netflix addictions are 'Queer Eye' and 'Suits', I desperately want to travel around Europe this summer, Quorn vegan smoked 'ham' slices are magical, I haven't worn dangling earrings for years, kissing means a lot to me, I have a perfectly shaped skull, I'm actually in the latest issue of Blogosphere Magazine, I'm every kind of petty, Meghan Markle's gorgeous smile makes me want to cry, I believe in energies, I can't sing, nurses tell me my skin is especially thick and my veins are deep, I am a happy drunk, photography fascinates me, and I hate Ross Geller.

I've recently raised over £3,500 for The Brain Tumour Charity 
and over £400 for my local counselling charity by shaving my head. I'm up for the former's Influencer of the Year Award, and I'd really love to win it. Vote for me, maybe?  

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Gaining a good way!

It’s been a while since my last body positivity post, and I haven’t rambled on about my very poor health in a few months either! Shocking. Let’s fix that immediately...

(Artist: Frances Cannon)

This post was inspired by the awesome Hannah Witton, who recently had a hideous flare up of her ulcerative colitis which led to her colon being removed, and a stoma fitted. She then returned to YouTube and social media after 4 weeks in hospital, with a 23-minute vlog in which she told we subscribers and the rest of the world all about her recent horrendous experiences. I watched this video and found myself nodding and welling up when she said things I could 110% relate to, having had major bowel surgeries myself, and was amazed at her positivity and frankness. So yeah, big up Hannah. She is infinitely badass.

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Recent Reads #10: The 6th of 2018.

My 6th read of 2018 was the wonderfully inspiring model, speaker and body positivity ambassador Charli Howard’s hilarious – and at times heartbreaking – memoir, Misfit’.

I was sent a copy of this book by the lovely Simon at Penguin Random House (he clearly just *knew* this book was totally up my street); this in no way affects my review.

[TW: eating disorders]

Friday, 2 March 2018

Stable, angry, and proud.

'I’m stable,' I tell my counsellor. 'Have been for over a year now.' I'm saying it, but still can't quite believe it. 
'That’s fantastic,' she replies, smiling with a warmth I swear I can feel on my skin from across the room.
'I saw some new scan photos,' I say. 'Actually, do you want to see?'
Then I'm kneeling on the carpet in front of her, swiping through my photos I took of my neurosurgeon's computer at my consultation the week before. I happily point out the wonderful man’s reflection in the screen.
I eventually return to my seat, and the counsellor says 'thank you for sharing. It’s amazing – I’ve never actually seen photos like that before.'

When I leave the building and walk along the little street and up the hill towards the car park, I can’t stop thinking, why? 
Why did I show her those photos?!


(Photo: Erin Veness)

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Dreamgirls, 27/02/2018; a review.

On Tuesday 27th of February, I (finally) saw 'Dreamgirls' at the Savoy Theatre in London's West End. 

This show has been on since 2016, and is still doing astonishingly well. It's remarkable really, as the original production rocked Broadway 35 years ago; it seems audiences will always love Effie, Deena and Lorrell. 

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Book shopping in Oxford.

Oh, hey. Me again! The excitable book blogger who recently (finally) embarked on her first trip to Oxford. If you want a cafe/restaurant/pub tour of the city, then GO HERE. If you are after a gushing gig review, set in the O2 Academy Oxford, then GO HERE. If you're wanting a little info on the bookshop scene in're in the right place. 

As soon as I arrived in Oxford (and was scooped up at the station by the angelic Demet Charlotte, aka @ books_polished) I swear, I felt the bookish energy. Then the following morning (after a delightful dinner and a drink in a Potter lovers' pub the night before) as I stepped off the bus into the city centre, I was practically tingling with Book Nerd Lust™ and as I ate my vegan breakfast baguette in my favourite Oxford cafe, I planned my attack on the bookshops. 

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Being me, and being a blogger.

Recently, I've read a couple of posts from my favourite bloggers (will link below) about losses of identity, feelings that their obsession with image is overpowering their personal goals and the need to be their true selves; not some magical - and hopefully enviable  - manufactured being who comes perfectly packaged, wears all the latest fashion (and all items of clothing have been personally delivered by the major brands) and is flown here and there and everywhere at a moment's notice, and smiles sweetly through many filters...when really, most of us bloggers are working a soul-crushing 9-5 every day before rushing home to spend all evening sprawled on sofas, attached to our laptops, pouring our hearts out into the internet for all to see. 

I get that. I get that all too well, and far too much. 

(Photo: Erin Veness)

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Grace's first Oxford.

I went to Oxford recently – at last! I’d been meaning to go for years – probably since way back when friends of mine at college were sighing and whining almost every day in the approach to A Level exams, so desperate was their yearning to move to and study in this magical city. I’ve seen a lot of photos of the place in recent years, and as usual social media has played a big part in deciding where I go for my next mini break – curse you, beautiful Instagrammers!

Actually, this particular trip came about after I read online – while in Australia – that Newton Faulkner would be moving his Oxford gig to February 2018. Thanks for being the push I needed, dude! (read my ‘review’, which is really more of a gush, HERE)
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