Out Of Towners

Out Of Towners

Ever so occasionally I’m accused of being city centre centric. Hey, the clue's in the name. Boutiques in Birmingham regularly get shout outs ‘cuz I’m basically a self-appointed B'ham indie cheerleader. But I’ve got nothing against the ‘burbs and there are gems to be found outside of B1 to B5, either a short drive away or a bit further afield. But all less than an hour from Grand Central. Pom-poms optional.

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DIY in the JQ

DIY in the JQ

Our sweet sweet home is the City of a Thousand Trades. One of those trades has got an entire blooming quarter named after it. So rather than just strolling past the windows and admiring the shiny sparkly things, why not get involved, learn some jewellery-making skills and inevitably become the next Cartier*? *I accept no responsibility for you not becoming the next Cartier.

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Notes On... Sky By The Water

Notes On... Sky By The Water

If someone blindfolded you, put you on a train at New Street, and removed the blindfold only after pushing you through the doors of Sky By The Water, you probably wouldn’t think you were at Resorts World, or even in Birmingham. You’d probably also be like  “Why did you blindfold me? That was kind of traumatic” but then “Wow this place is beautiful, can I live here now?”

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I trawled the sales (so you don't have to)

I trawled the sales (so you don't have to)

It’s sale season and it feels like every retailer everywhere is aggressively flogging their wares at you, whilst you’re at your Dry-Jan-vulnerablest. To save trawling through them all, only to realise there’s just a measly quid off the original price, here are some big savings from some of my fave High Street brands. All for less than the cost of a month's gym membership.

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Céline Gittens: From Four Years Old to Four Different Roles

Céline Gittens: From Four Years Old to Four Different Roles

It's an hour until curtain-up and I'm sitting next to a ballet dancer, a real life ballet dancer. Unbelievably graceful despite still being in jogging bottoms, Céline Gittens, Birmingham Royal Ballet Principal, is transforming herself into the Rose Fairy for the evening's performance of The Nutcracker. And the humble, strong, knowing 30-year-old is simultaneously talking to me about ballet, Birmingham and burgers...

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Notes On... Dogs on Netflix

Notes On... Dogs on Netflix

My Instagram explore page is 90% dog videos and 10% No Context Louis Theroux posts. I lose hours of my life watching Huskies try to find their hiding owners and German Shepherds catching treats in slow motion (with hilarious consequences, obvs). What I’m saying is, I can and do watch the most banal of dog-related content, so praise be to Netflix for creating some beautifully shot, tear-inducing, quality canine TV too.

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The New Neutral (don't @ me)

The New Neutral (don't @ me)

Cast your mind back to the 90s. Leopard print was not held in high regard. It was a signifier of someone that was brassy, or uncouth, or just a bit of a floozy. You know the type, Dorien in Birds of a Feather, your loud aunt. Fast forward to 2018, and those days are a distant memory and a lil bit of animal print is so every day, it’s basically a neutral. Watch the pattern work from the office to a night out-out.

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