I’ve been here before – but never quite this bad. The bathroom is getting cloudier with the steam from the shower. My skin is wet and my long hair is clean but dripping, and my fingertips start to wrinkle with that feeling when you’ve been in the water that little bit too long. I’d been washing off the game of netball that night, but somehow the shower morphed into something else entirely. Alone in the flat,…

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American Honey is a beautiful, sun-drenched whirlwhind of a youthful road movie, directed by Andrea Arnold. It stars newcomer Sasha Lane – who Arnolds spotted in Florida on her spring break – as Star, a Texan girl with responsibility weighing on her shoulders who is lured into the lifestyle of travelling sales by Jake, played by Shia LaBeouf. There’s a tangible chemistry between Lane and LaBeouf from the outset, and we follow them through the…

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The Facebook invite came through before Christmas. It was from a good friend, a former work colleague who was planning a get together for us and some of her other pals to catch up and connect. I deliberated, as I always do. My initial instinct was to decline, as I always do. But I paused. I know that the time I spend alone, in the house, can be as detrimental to my mental health just…

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How do I press refresh? On my body, on my head Undo all my bad habits and behaviours and self hatred and just start again I wasn’t always like this I wasn’t always sad Wishing I could go back in time, I tell myself I wouldn’t do it like this I’d stop, before it got this bad But the truth is, and I know this – I have to earn it Have to earn and…

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According to Ray Kroc, played by Michael Keaton in this telling of how McDonalds turned from the most popular burger joint in San Bernardino to a worldwide empire, the one thing you need to pull off that kind of business success is not talent, but persistence. The Founder is another portrayal of the everlasting debate about who really gets the credit for something revolutionary – those who have the talent and genius to develop the initial…

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Gone Girl is the adaptation of the thrilling and bestselling novel of the same name from writer Gillian Flynn, who also compiled the screenplay. Starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, and directed by one of the kings of thrillers, David Fincher, it tells the story of an American sweetheart in a tense marriage who goes missing mysteriously, the finger being pointed at her husband and the twists and turns that reveal what really happened to…

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I am more than food. I am more than what’s left on my plate, or the wrappers hidden in my drawer, or the overwhelming urge to eat that consumes me at every turn. I am more than my calorie intake, or my blood sugar levels, or my waist measurement. I am more than a body, than a bloated belly, than legs spotted with cellulite and skin decorated with stretchmarks. I am more than a cup…

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It’s the film that’s already swept the Golden Globes and picked up a massive 14 Oscar nominations, but is La La Land really worth all the hype? Damien Chazelle‘s follow up to the glorious Whiplash, La La Land is a throwback to classic musical cinema with a somewhat modern filter, and follows the romance of Emma Stone‘s struggling actress Mia and Ryan Gosling‘s talented jazz pianist Seb against the backdrop of a hazy, sunny, shallow…

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Here it is, the third and final part of my Reykjavik Travel Diary! Now, we’ve already covered all the admin stuff, the sightseeing and (perhaps most importantly) the delicious food and drink. So, I thought it would be helpful to make the last post from my trip to Iceland more of a general advice piece, full of the stuff I learnt from visiting Reykjavik and my top tips for you to bear in mind if…

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Welcome to Part 2 of my Reykjavik Travel Diary series from my recent 3 day trip to Iceland! Today, it’s all about the good stuff – eating and drinking! I list the top places we ate at during our trip, hopefully helping you if you’re looking for Reykjavik restaurant recommendations too! Iceland has a burgeoning food scene – although their national dish is fermented shark, will give that a miss thanks – and so I was…

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This was a holiday for me like no other. I’m not exactly one for lounging around on beaches, but it seems like with the exception of a cold but crisp November trip to NYC, my excursions have always been to destinations on the warm side, full of sunshine. When my friend suggested we head to Reykjavik because she’d found a good deal, I jumped at the chance. Heading to a land covered in snow and…

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