Tuesday, 24 April 2018

'Chicago', 23/04/2018; A review.

Last night I went to see what has been one of my favourite musicals for many years; the dazzling, scandalous 'Chicago', at the Phoenix Theatre in London's West End!
I've always loved Chicago...despite never having seen it performed live. You could say its reputation precedes it – but I've also seen a few of its musical numbers performed by local theatre companies ('The Cell Block Tango' in particular has been done to death, but I'll always love it!) and of course I've seen the film a few times, too. 

How To: Travel AND do good! *

Travelling is one of the best ways to soothe the soul. It lets you take a break from your regular life and see what else is out there. Meeting new people and learning about certain cultures and sights is a real joy...but sometimes it can feel a bit selfish. 

Tourism is usually good for people as it gives economies a boost and offers new experience, but it can be bad for the environment and some travellers may fail to see the bigger picture. So while Jeeps crowd around the same animal in a nature reserve or boats follow whales just wanting to breed in peace, are there any ways that you can make your travel experience good for everyone?

Image Credit: Stock Snap

The Joy of...dress.

Confession: I do not enjoy clothes shopping. Nope. Not at all. I hardly ever find things that I like in the usual high street shops - plus in those places, I can vary drastically in size. Seriously, I'll be a size L in Topshop, then M in Zara, and often S in New Look. Then don't even get me started on H&M. I mean, I love some of their stuff (although it can be a bit...Hit and Miss!) but then it's a bit bloody odd to go from size 10 to 14 some time between 2 different outfits...? 

There are very few stores I'll happily and confidently go into, knowing I can count on finding gorgeous, flattering clothing within them. And one of those places has to be the utterly divine JOY

(Photo: Paris Tate)

Here are a few reasons why I love shopping in JOY whenever I'm in London, or the Brighton Lanes...

Sunday, 22 April 2018


My name's Grace. 

Instead of telling people I'm 24, for some reason I now say I'm nearly 25; my love for my brain and my body is limitless, I never used to like the middle finger gesture, making me vegan hot dogs with fake cheese topping is the way to my heart, I often wonder what it's like to be a fashion blogger, managing Instagram accounts is my calling and maybe ultimate purpose in life, I burn palo santo in my bedroom, handwriting will always be important to me, the fuzz on my head still looks awesome, I wear a watch now, I'm awaiting a date for face reconstruction surgery, in winter months I often forget how much I love the sunshine, then it reappears and I'm reminded how it makes my skin sing. 

(Photo: Erin Veness)

I'm officially The Brain Tumour Charity's first ever Influencer of the Year, btw.
Thank you so much to everyone who voted for me!

Friday, 20 April 2018

Grace answers; 2.

I once said it would be really cool to be on the same level of celebrity as the major UK YouTubers, if only so I could be on a late train home, slightly tipsy following a book event most likely, and just throw a tweet out there saying ‘ask me anything!’ followed by a home-made hashtag – and immediately get 100+ replies from fans and followers asking me silly, quirky and insightful things.

Having said that, I imagine if I had that level of fame it would stress me out no end on social media. I have trouble being careful even these days...

Well, last night I thought I’d experiment with a Q+A post again, so I threw a tweet out…

The Writer's Escape to the South West! *

The South West is a dream landscape for writers. With the rugged moors, long cliffs and beaches reaching out into the explosive ocean. It’s no wonder that Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes fell in love with Devon, or that William Golding found inspiration in Cornwall. These places are made for writers with all the drama of the landscape and the tiny villages dotted through it.

(Image via  Kaboompics)

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

'Bat Out of Hell', 17/04/2018; a review.

On Tuesday 17th of April 2018, I saw – well, 'witnessed' somehow seems a more appropriate term in this case – 'Bat Out of Hell'. 
Jim Steinman's stunning musical featuring Meat Loaf's greatest hits has made its official - and very triumphant - return to London's West End. After its successful spell in the Coliseum last year, the show is now filling the historic Dominion Theatre with its electrifying energy and operatic sounds. 

'Bat Out of Hell went on to become one of the most successful and iconic rock albums of all time; but it was originally written as a musical. 40 years after its release, Jim Steinmans exhilarating tale of star-crossed lovers ‘changed the way musicals are staged forever’ (North West End) as a boundary-pushing spectacle featuring thrilling performances of legendary hits by Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf.'

5 must-see Unesco World Heritage Sites! *

I’ve said it before and will keep saying it forever – travelling is wonderful, and benefits everyone. A change of climate is great for your overall health and discovering new cultures will broaden your horizons.

Now, if you have visited pretty much all the obvious holiday destinations, and would like to see more of the amazing world that is all around, you might want to create a bucket list of World Heritage Sites you’d like to see. Below, you can find some inspiration to create your own itinerary.

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