Wednesday, 24 December 2014

I Like... Good pop music / Top Five Singles of 2014

No justification.

No arguing.

These are the best pop song's of the year (in no particular order):













Tuesday, 23 December 2014

DIGITAL WORDS / My Flash Trash Festivities

'Tis the season for Christmassy blog posts and branded content.



I've recently been asking cool girls in the know - like Victoria Higgs, Ekaterina Malysheva and Kylie Griffiths - what they'll be getting up to over the holidays.




I also rounded up the My Flash Trash team to talk all things festive (with added GIF art from Anne Horel



I've put together a gift guide that will save you money but impress your gift receiver... 



I have compiled an inspirational gallery of glitter makeup ideas



And as for non-Christmas content, I spoke to X Factor stylist Gemma Sheppard, got ear piercing envy from all of the famous babes who rock hoop earrings, put together a list of things that every girl is thankful for in 2014, and made a chart of Britney Spears' greatest stage costumes

So much stylish content. I'm spoiling you! 

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Thursday, 4 December 2014

PRINTED WORDS / Iconic Magazine #17 OUT NOW

The latest issue of Iconic magazine is out now.


The issue is inspired by the song 'They Don't Care About Us'. The Iconic team were on a mission to move away from lovey-dovey, softly-softly portrayals of Michael Jackson, so we got stuck into some nitty gritty topics.

The not-to-be-missed interview in the mag is with director Spike Lee. 

For my part, I wrote about Michael Jackson's speech at The Oxford Union and all of the hullabaloo that surrounded it... 

Order your copy HERE

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

PRINTED WORDS / The Mushpit #6 OUT NOW

The Mushpit is back.

It's only been a year... but the new issue is bigger and better than ever.

For my part, I've written about the covetable beauty looks of my favourite television career women: Karen Walker, Lilith Sternin, Amy Farrah Fowler and Mindy Lahiri.


Order yourself a copy HERE

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

DIGITAL WORDS / "Remember The Time: Protecting Michael Jackson In His Final Days" Book Review

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Remember The Time: Protecting Michael Jackson In His Final Days by Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard with Tanner Colby
Body guards - hardly renowned for their way with words. Fortunately 'Remember The Time...' does not see two security professionals, who looked after Michael Jackson and his children for the last two and a half years of his life, weaving their memories into a narrative. Instead, with the assistance of author Tanner Colby, hired heavies Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard have recorded their observations of a life less ordinary through a series of transcribed conversations.
By the authors' own admission their view into the life of Michael Jackson is a limited one. As they confess, it's not a security guard's place to know the whys and wherefores. They execute orders without asking questions. Thus what 'Remember The Time...' provides is a timeline of events viewed from an outsider's position with little scrutiny. It is an interesting timeline nonetheless: Michael Jackson's constant coming and goings around Las Vegas (usually on someone else's expenses account), late night entertainment excursions and shopping trips, ugly and unwelcome visits from the wider Jackson clan, and the feckless management of one of music's biggest stars and his crippled assets.
The fact that 'Remember The Time...' covers just the period of 2006-2009 (although it's worth noting that this security duo were phased out of the picture once AEG seized control of Michael Jackson's life, and Conrad Murray, his death) gives a startling portrayal of a powerless and directionless existence Jackson had endured for goodness knows how long. He seemed unable to shoo away the vultures he had allowed to feast upon him. It was a sad, limbo-like state that simply could not continue.
There are warm moments: the descriptions of time Michael shared with his children showed that they were his only solace. There are also jarringly cold ones: Jackson blissfully shops up a storm of festive abandon right in front of the two security guards who had been expected to live without payment for months on end and themselves unable afford gifts for their own family.
Despite it's own inherent limitations - narrow time span and restricted access to Jackson - 'Remember The Time...' is a partial yet valuable account of the reality of being Michael Jackson.