Lifestyle

This is my open letter to the voters. You, yes you

Fact:

Voting is actually a luxury. There are countries that prohibit their citizens from voting… Citizens in some countries are oppressed and have to watch a leader they don’t want go into power and are helpless in their societies. So, if there was no other reason for you to vote – let this be reason…

The United Kingdom sees voting as a right to those over a certain age. Use this right, dont abuse it!

Voting is free and is a way for you to get your voice heard, a chance to have your needs (and your society/community’s needs) met. Don’t waste it!

Your choice:

When choosing a name to cross on your ballot, make sure you are completely certain and understand what’s at stake.

Read their manifestos, watch their Question Time responses and decide based on what benifits you and the wider community.

Look, although there’s plenty of austerity and barbarianism that’s going on in this day and age, the ability to vote shows that not all hope is lost. There is a way to combat this treachery, by choosing the right candidate for PM…

If you can hold your head up high, knowing your reasons for the candidate you’ve voted for, you’ve won. No one can take that from you.

Yes, absolutely a vote is for the benefit of the many and not the few – so choose correctly. Be selfish in your vote but also spare a thought for the aftermath.

Remember:

Whatever the result, you’ve done all that you can. You visited your local Polling Station, put a cross in a box that matters most, handed it in, and walked out with pride.

If you’re a young person and this is your first time voting, you rock! The world needs you (and more of you). Honestly, be proud of the fact that you registered and you voted. This is something that you’ve had a hand in changing. You contributed to the outcome. Kudos.

Things nobody wants to hear tomorrow:

“I didn’t vote but the right/wrong person won” – vote. If the right person won, great. But, you could’ve been that extra % that edged it that little bit further. If the wrong person won, that’s probably your fault because you chose not to vote. So, shame of you really…

“I voted for them thinking the other party would win.” Fuck off. Seriously, just fuck right off! If this was a bet on the dogs at the bookies, would you put all of your life savings on the wrong dog for a laugh (when in your heart of hearts you knew they’d lose)? No, didn’t think so…

Voting is a risk, granted, but it takes only one person to change our community, and you’re it.

Logistics:

“Should I use the pencil provided or bring a pen?” Take a pen with you if you’d feel more comfortable. I will be. Either way, whether you voted in pen/pencil, you still voted. Pen marks can be crossed out just as easily as pencil marks can be erased. It is NOT illegal to vote in pen.

Who should you vote for today?

It should be easy… If you don’t know, just vote for the one that has the LEAST CONS to offer. You’ll find the answer to that on a maternity ward… Rhymes with Harbour.

My vote?

I stand with the National Security & Emergancy Services, I stand with the NHS, I stand with education, the social housing/social care, I stand with the majority. I am voting for a better future, a somewhat safer one.

GHD V Gold

Hello,

If you follow (or stalk) my inundated Twitter feed (sorry for tweeting so much – not a fan? Mute me.), you’ll know that I discovered how to curl my approximately 4cm long (grown a WHOPPING two since I tweeted) hair follicles using a GHD!

I’m rubbish at anything to do with hair styling… This sort of explains the ‘homeless head of hair look’ (6 and a half days per week) that I rock so well…

So, anyway – as if by magic I turned on my GHD and the rest is ‘kinky’ (the hair type) history!

I remember the moment I discovered this talent well… There I was with my 7 tonne knee – which swelled up like Roald Dahl’s GIANT peach – elevated, wanting something to do… I turned the straighteners on and went at it with my hair (after applying heat-protection spray, #PutSomethingOnTheTopOfIt as the Vidal Sassoon version of Jezza would say).

To be honest, there’s no ‘hocus pocus’ behind it… It’s just literally wrapping my (what seems like) couple of strands around the hot iron and hoping for the best… Upon release-tion, I was left with somewhat curlier hair.

Look, I forgot to mention that my hair is naturally curly, but it’s ‘slept in’ curls. You know when you sleep oddly and wake up with crinkles? Yeah, that. #SexyAF. Marry me, now. Or not. It’s up to you…

Back to my hair, I loved using the iron to curl my hair with.  It’s so much easier than a ting-tong for me tbh. Why? Probably because I honestly thought I was ‘clinically’ double jointed… No, seriously! What I mean is, like it’d never show up in tests but I also can’t hold anothing without looking weird (my opinion, everyone else’s shabillot)… Jheeze, I’m sounding more attractive by the second, aren’t I?!

I’m still unsure how 26 years (in Autumn) later, I’ve yet to be snapped up by an ALLIGATOR or a CROC! Let’s not tempt fate though, before I end up in a Steve Irwin (God rest his soul) situ…

Lord only knows how this post has gone from hair styling to a discussion about amphibians, but it is what is (and it is what it ain’t).

Peace out,

Curl on,

Miams!

P.S. if you thought I was going to give you a walkthrough of how to curl your hair using a GHD,  alI can say is: soz! I don’t have your hair length… I’ve only been awarded my own. Therefore, I can’t tell you how easy it is going to be for you.

Then again, you most probably already know, right? This might be old news… I’m a late developer (in everything). So, you’ve probably just come here to read me taking the piss out of myself. Which, tbh – I don’t blame you. <3

What hair straightener do I use? GHD V Gold Marine Allure, it’s so ALLURING that bae still doesn’t want to know.

Summer in the City

When it comes to experimenting, dressing up, there is absolutely no better playground than summer. The season is like a blank warm canvas waiting for you to fill it with as many colors, styles and prints as you can. In order to lend a helping hand in making you the chicest, hot(test) child in the city, we come with five amazing style tips, so snag them and rock them all summer long.

Casual chic

White shirts have gotten a seriously fun makeover, and the once staple item of the corporate world is now here to conquer the street style scene. Unbutton it a bit, show off the collarbone and add a subtle gold necklace or a chic silk neck scarf for that touch of flair. Don’t settle for jeans, (although they make a killer combo with a white shirt too). Summer calls for color, so and if red is yours, embrace it with a pair of red culottes. These pants look great on everyone; they have that casual chic quality to them, and the just above the ankle length makes the legs look even longer, especially when accompanied with a pair of simple strappy sandals. A touch of nude can be found in a solid tote, and you are ready for any and every time of day and occasion.

Girl of summer

Summer in the City

Stripes have definitely stood the test of time and this season they come not only to play, but to win the breezy, beachy summer game. Bare the legs, but also the shoulders, and make it even more fun with some ruffles. Flat sandals are definitely your best choice, whether you are sipping a cappuccino on a gorgeous terrace, or going for a lunch date. Throw in a crossbody bag instead of a clutch (equally elegant, but frees the hands) and with a cute hat to top things off, you will be oozing the ultimate girl of summer vibe.

A touch of drama

You put on a simple grey shirt and a pair of your most flattering jeans. It’s good enough, but there is something missing to elevate the outfit. That something is a long, bold and vibrant kaftan. This garment has enormous, almost magical powers of turning a fine but kind of bland outfit into something powerful and dramatic. Its best feature is that it’s so conspicuous and chic that you can wear the simplest, most casual outfit there is, like a white tee and cut-off denim shorts, and you will still manage to turn heads when you walk by. Nude, block-heel sandals in a neutral color, with a solid tote to match, and you are good to go, all effortlessly flamboyant and all.

Classic with a twist

Summer in the City

We are all well-aware by now that jumpsuits are absolute fashion chameleons. They can be playful, super chic and elegant, but always providing you with a look of timeless class. If you thought that black is not a summer color, think again, because a black jumpsuit is the perfect choice for evening cocktails and outdoor parties. It is simplicity at its finest, however, for a bit of twist, why not master the art of headscarves? They keep the hair away from the face, accentuate your facial features, and give the look that perfect, trendy retro vibe.

One garment to rule them all

There is no clothing item more powerful and more feminine than a dress, and even more so if it’s a backless, full-skirt maxi dress. While florals may not be exactly groundbreaking, they have the power to take one’s breath away. For that reason, this is the type of dress that you should wear to impress and knock someone off their feet, make their heart skip a bit (accidental rhyme). The best part, it doesn’t only look stunning, but it gives you a lot of movement, makes you feel sexy and comfortable in your own skin, which makes it the perfect garment for a romantic summer night. Not that anything could turn the focus from a maxi dress, but just to be on the safe side flat sandals and a small clutch in nude are the way to go.

Peter is a beauty and fashion editor at Bonafide Supernova and High Style Life magazine, living between UK and Australia. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.

Crêpe de Suzette

 

The last of my three course meal posts… Yep, it’s time for my Crêpe de Suzette recipe (which is far from crap). Enjoy! For the first time today, the image used is my own (and I ate it, quelle surprise).

Ingredients:

Pancake mix:

2 eggs

1 cup milk

1 1/2 to 2 cups of flour

Pinch of salt

Zest of lemon

1/4 teaspoon of olive or vegetable oil

1 tablespoon brown sugar

Suzette (Lemon & Sugar) Sauce/Syrup:

1 orange

1 clementine

1 lemon

4 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon Grand Marnier or orange Curaçao liqueur (you can substitute these liqueurs to any syrup that you like)

Zest of an orange (garnish)

Method:

Pancake mix:

Whisk eggs, add pinch of salt, sugar (and vanilla essence optional) together with the lemon zest. Once that’s done, add the milk and gradually mix in flour. Leave in the fridge to cool for 30 minutes to set and coagulate.

In a pancake pan, squirt two to three drops of oil and spread all over using paper towel.

Heat the pancake pan, and once heated  (using the big, deep spoon) transfer the measured pancake mix from the bowl into the pan. This should be done on a medium-high heat. Only flip when bubbles burst and it looks dry. If you flip it too early, it’ll break. After flipping, wait a couple of minutes and then you’ll notice brown spots begin to form on the bottom, that’s the sign that you’re looking for – they’re ready to plate.

Suzette syrup:

Juice the lemon, orange and clementine, adding two tablespoons of brown sugar (mixing thoroughly). In a frying pan, add the rest of brown sugar (2 tablespoons). As they begin to melt, begin pouring in the juices of lemon and clementines. After the flavours start to blend together on a medium heat, begin adding the liquor.

As soon as you start to notice that they’re coming together, turn down the heat (low) and start lining up the wrapped pancakes to soak in the flavours. Spoon some of the sauce from the side to spread across the pancakes and that’s literally it… Turn off your hobs, plate up and dig in!

(You can garnish it with the zest of an orange.)