Friday 3rd April 2020

Health & Beauty

Charity Shop

Charity shop? Why not!

I have long been a lover of charity shops – in a culture of fast fashion, it is the most ethical way to shop. I even volunteered in my local Age UK charity shop in my teens for my Duke of Edinburgh Award. Sometimes I go on day trips to places which have good charity shops…

Clothes Shopping

Why I will probably never stop buying clothes

Anyone who knows me knows that I love my clothes (almost as much as my food)! When I first got a part time job at 14, all my income was spent in Topshop. This was then later divided between alcohol and Topshop, but for a while it was mainly Topshop. When I was in 6th…

Tampon Tax

The autumn statement: what it means for our tampon tax

A couple of weeks go, our dear chancellor, Phillip Hammond, produced his autumn statement – AKA ‘the budget’. Yep, instead of doing the budget in the spring, you know, round the time the financial year starts, the government is now going to review the country’s spending in the autumn. Apparently, this will give us more time to…

Curly Hair

Curly hair: how much does it really need to cost?

It is an old adage that goes, as so many know, ‘the grass is always greener on the other side.’ And so, I had been trying to tell myself this over and over again, as my horrible unruly mop of hair haunted me throughout the most difficult phases of my childhood. It was always sticking…

Wedding Dress

My search for a perfectly budget wedding dress

Getting married can be daunting enough without all the expenses looming over your head. When I decided that I wanted a fairly low key, low cost wedding, one of the questions that flooded my mind was ‘what about the dress?’. There wasn’t any way that I felt I could justify a £500+ dress – one that…

Puffer Jacket

We need to talk about puffer jackets

Puffer jackets are popping up everywhere from catwalks to high-street retailers, but the very thought of them is giving me chills. Why? – I was born in a puffer-jacket country, a place so cold you have no choice but to wear one, making everyone look like the Michelin Man trudging through the snow. Firstly, I…

Wedding Preparations

Wedding guest prep: what to spend to look fabulous

Oh my goodness, weddings are so expensive! Don’t get too excited, guys! My partner hasn’t popped the question just yet, but I attended a wedding this weekend. Even as a guest, I found that I was splashing out so that I looked my best, and it all added up. As a disclaimer, I should add…

Cat Flea Treatment

Pet flea treatments: the hidden cost of cheap products

It’s no secret that Britain is a nation of pet lovers; we adore our furry friends, and want the best for them. We buy them treats, making sure they are fed and watered, and take them to the vet for their annual check-ups. Another ‘must’ that most pet-owners abide by is making sure those horrible…

Elusive Time

When time is elusive

Time is money, as the saying goes. But what happens when technology makes time elusive? I’m teaching a beginners acting course for the brilliant City Academy at the moment. My students are adults from various parts of the globe, and their careers range from singer/songwriters to investment bankers, and everything in between. Last night, I…

Tampon Tax

A taxing problem: Why are we still paying tampon tax?

A little while ago, Mouthy Money’s Scottish sensation Maddy Sutherland wrote a brilliant article about the ‘pink tax’ (if you haven’t read it, go and read it now, then come back to this article – I’ll wait). Maddy’s article burrowed its way in to my brain and I kept thinking about it – women are…



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