Beauty Spotting: Fake Tan

I love a good tan. Sadly my body doesn’t agree with me. It never has. Nowhere did I feel this more acutely than during my all-girls school years. While friends would return from a summer in St Tropez with midriffs bronzed to perfection, I’d be slapping on the aloe vera after fish and chips on the English seaside. Photo by EEPaul I’d spend days…
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12 Things I Wish I’d Done Before the Move

When it comes to the little things in life I am the world’s worst procrastinator. Pret salad or Itsu rice pot? Curly hair or straight? Toast or porridge? Middle class problems reach a whole new level. As for the more important decisions, I’m like Trump on quickfire. Move to Angola? Sure. India next week? Already packed. Quit job to volunteer in…
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So You’re an Expat? Just Don’t Tell the Folks

I’ve always told my parents (almost) everything. Throughout my formative years my folks parenting style focused on honesty, so as a teenager while my friends were secretly faking IDs, sneaking into parties and hiding bad school reports, I laid it all on the table. In fact, throughout my teens my father was my free minicab driver and my mum a clothes bank cum pub landlady.Photo by Foundry (Pixabay) In…
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You Can Call Me B*tch

B*tch, nerd, ice maiden, narcissist. I’ve been called all of the above and take no offence (well, little). I concede that they are all true, at least in part. Another description leaves a sour taste in my mouth however: ‘trailing spouse’. Google the term and you’ll get ‘trailing spouse depression, trailing spouse issues, trailing spouse unemployment, trailing spouse divorce, unhappy trailing spouse…’ But…
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Antwerp: The Coolest Fashion City You’ve Barely Heard Of

New York, Milan, Paris, London. And Antwerp…? As the Belgian capital of fashion, Antwerp is often overlooked on the global fashion map. The city offers much more than chocolate and beer however. Despite its small size (it’s nearly eight times smaller than London), Antwerp boasts nearly 70 home grown fashion labels, a designated fashion district (located in ‘Het Zuid’ meaning ‘the south’…
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