Thursday, 26 November 2015

Blood, Sweat and Women's Tears.

I know I was not alone yesterday, watching the Autumn Statement in absolute terror, wondering how I was going to be screwed over once again. I think everyone was 100% that in one way or another we were going to be hit where it hurt, in the pocket.

Now I can talk about tax credits, pensions and the price of cigarettes but the one thing that has really left me torn is the Tampon Tax. I really, truly, do not know how to feel about the VAT on sanitary products will fund women's charities.

MY first thought is, are these are the charities that have had their services mercilessly cut by the government until they cannot offer any help at all due to lack of funding, at which point the government says, "Well these charities clearly don't make a difference, so we are going to cut their finding even further." (Cough, NHS, Cough) 

Now, don't get me wrong, I AM glad that these organisations will be getting funding. Charities such as Rape Crisis, which do extremely valuable work, had warned that nearly half of their organisation is threatened with closure. But it ANGERS me that it has come to this.

These organisations SHOULDN'T need propping up with my menstruation. 


These charities should be well funded already, they shouldn't have to turn away women, or not be able to help victims of violence or homelessness.

There is also an air of, well these are WOMEN'S PROBLEMS, SO WOMEN CAN PAY FOR THEM, about this whole situation.

I include a statement from Refuge, below.

 The link to the statement is here.

There is also the point that George Osbourne says, he will go to the EU to discuss removing the VAT on tampons. What will happen to the funding for women's charities then? Will it be cut back again?

And what is next, Gideon? Will we put the tax back on Jaffa Cakes and solve the problem of Food Banks so children don't have to go hungry?

I just don't know whether to be angry or happy about the whole situation. It has left me confused, I know that I am angry that it has even come to this situation, but why must the responsibility of helping women be laid at our doorstep and ours alone?

Help me out here, let me know your thoughts on this situation.


Q) What is the difference between tampons and George Osborne? 

A) Nothing, they are both stuck up cunts. 

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

The Scent Of A Woman

Ok, hands up, who remembers wearing perfume such as LouLou and Charlie when they were a teen? (Yep, nods. raises hand) My "signature scent" when I was a teen was the rather glorious, Giorgio Beverley Hills, damn I loved that perfume. I imagine that if I smelled it now, I would be instantly transported back to 1990. Falling in love for the first time, and extremely good music.

I used to own so many different types of perfume as well, I was a teenage sensory migraine,  no signature scent, just random smells depending on what was closest in the morning.

NOW, well ok, now I think I have it together. My signature scent is Jo Malone, Red Roses. In fact that is pretty much the only perfume that I wear now. I love the smell of roses and so many people had recommended buying it as it was long lasting, I thought I would give it a go. I have worn this perfume nearly every day for almost a year and can you see how much I still have in the bottle?

Perfume Bottle with skull

I am tempted to buy another perfume, so that I can alternate, keep the Red Roses as my signature scent and find another one that I can wear as more of a day fragrance.

Perfume Bottle with skull

Do you have a favourite fragrance? Either a Jo Malone scent you can recommend I try, or something else? What do you wear? Do you do day perfumes and evening perfumes?

Let me know.



Tuesday, 24 November 2015

A Striking New Appearance For Hollywood Bowl

When you are a family of five that includes two teenagers, a 9 year old and two adults that are looking around for adultier adults to do the adulting, it is hard to find things to do as a family that doesn't end up in either,

A) Tears,
B) Sulks,
C) the Accident & Emergency Dept. (What can I say, we need adultier adults) 

Last week we were invited, as a family, to attend the opening of the relaunch of the Hollywood Bowl bowling alley in Cardigan Fields, Leeds. I must admit, I hadn't visited this bowling alley before it had a £500,000 refurbishment, but people to whom I spoke before my visit said that it was slightly run down, and the word "dingy" was used more than once.

Trust me, it is NOT dingy any more.

bowling balls

Glossy, bright and stylish with a slick American diner feel, Hollywood Bowl is now a place that you can take the whole family for a fun evening out. You can bowl, you can play in the arcades, you can even have a couple of games of pool and a meal in the diner. The Hollywood Bowl in Cardigan Fields is now a place that can satisfy even the most sulky of teenagers, the most childish adults, and it can even melt the soul of a 9yr old whose idea of fun is staring down Chuck Norris and making him cry. (True story. Ok, it isn't. But she COULD) 

Because it was the Grand Reopening, the ribbon was cut by none other than Marilyn Monroe, (She bowls a bit don't you know?) 

Hollywood Bowl Leeds

And can you spot the blue-haired blogger who managed to NOT blend in, in the group shot?

Group shot with marilyn monroe

While we were at the opening, we decided to have a meal as a family, (because no-one had attempted to kill each other yet, or even swap cross words, this is unheard of. If anything is going to kick off, a meal for 5 while sitting in a car, cut in half is probably the place it will happen, right?) 

Now a meal for 5 people is usually not the most stress-free event, but because everyone was either busy sipping Oreo milkshakes from tiny bottles, eating Hot Dogs or devouring a rather large burger, as seen below, there was no time for arguments or disagreements. Instead we laughed, we counted up our stickers for getting Strikes, and protected our "I AM THE WINNER" Stickers from jealous sticker-free fingers.

hollywood bowl leeds

burger and chips Hollywood Bowl leeds

Everyone cleared their plates, everyone agreed that we needed to pay Hollywood Bowl another visit in the future, everyone agreed that the staff were exceptional, friendly, enthusiastic and genuinely happy to help.

And everyone agreed that a game of pool was now in order.

Pool ball and cues at Hollywood Bowl leeds

I HIGHLY recommend spending an evening at a Hollywood Bowl if you have one near you, if you live in or near Leeds, why not pay a visit to Cardigan Fields to see how the refurbishment looks, they even have VIP lanes where you can pay £1 extra per person and get a special lane which is filled with extras such as the cool bowling balls at the top of the page and your own server to help get you drinks and food. Well worth the extra pound.

Are you a bowling fan? Have you ever been before? Would you take your family?

Let me know.

*Disclaimer, Press Invite. Words, as always, are all my own. 


Monday, 23 November 2015

The Sun, Media Terrorism and Inciting Racial Hatred.

I don't read The Sun, I don't read The Sun because if I wanted to be fuelled with hatred for others and filled full of mistruths, misinformation and spoon fed misogyny daily, I would.....well, I would read The Sun, I suppose.

But todays headline in what is meant to be a national newspaper has taken my breath away.

NEVER have I read something so inflammatory, something designed to create hatred, in a world that has already experienced so much hate, this front page is not only irresponsible, it is inciting racial hatred.

Every day recently, I have seen posts regarding muslim people being attacked, just because they are muslim. Attacked because of their religious beliefs? Because newspapers, and I use the word news, loosely,  have whipped people up into a frenzy and made the actions of a few terrorists into something that people who follow a whole religion must be held accountable for.

This headline, this violent and shocking headline, is based on a poll, say The Sun Newspaper. AN EXCLUSIVE SHOCK POLL, shrieks the headline. I am going to stand up here and now and say that The Sun newspaper is talking ABSOLUTE BOLLOCKS.

It is in their interests as a rag to whip up frenzies, I take it that this year there were no False Widow spiders or foxes eating babies that they could get people het up over, so they are going to take a peaceful religion, and make it so that people see them, they freeze in fear.

The world right now DOES NOT NEED The Sun to give people excuses to attack people, and that is happening throughout Britain right now. People are abusing Muslims, both verbally and physically, and these people are doing it partly because they have been incited to do so by rags such as The Sun.

What happens when someone is killed? Will The Sun admit that they have blood on their hands? They are MEDIA TERRORISTS, recruiting through their front pages and inciting violence.

I cannot stand by and watch as these front pages happen, I refuse to let them go by unchecked. If the Muslim community is being told that they should stand up and say that they do not condone terrorism. Then we should ALSO stand up and say that THE SUN IS NOT TALKING FOR US.

What are your thoughts on the front page of The Sun today?

Let me know.


Ready, Steady, Christmas.

"Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, Why are you too big to fit in my living rooooooooooom?"

Catchy, huh?

Unfortunately, I am not going to be able to partake in the annual brag of who has the best/biggest/greenest/most ethically sourced/funky/alternative/pet friendly/pet unfriendly Christmas tree this year, as I have NO ROOM for a proper Christmas tree in my living room. (If everyone in the room could just go, aaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh, here please) 

Quite frankly, I don't know how my Instagram is going to cope. There go my late November/Early December postings. (Here's to all the likes I am never going to get)

Ok, so I am being a bit of a drama queen. I'm actually ok with not having a Christmas Tree this year, I am still not quite over the real tree fiasco of 2014 yet, and I am still finding the odd pine needle where I least expect it. (Don't ask)

and I am CERTAINLY not going to judge people over their trees and when they put them up, considering that once I add baubles to the wall decoration above, that will be my tree finished. (Hmmmmmmm, I'm pretty sure I can Instagram the shit out of this. Plus, PINTEREST, HERE I COME) 

But WHEN is the RIGHT time to start putting up the tree anyway? Some people have them up already, Some people wait until the first weekend in December. WHEN do I need to start cracking out the baubles for my tree?

This is the christmas tree equivalent of The Great British Bake Off, Timing is EVERYTHING.

I haven't even started Christmas shopping yet!!!! I know, I know. My Facebook is FULL of people who have not only started their shopping, but have finished, wrapped, and started next years shopping in the sales.

(This, my friend, is why the unfriend button was created, I do not need this kind of negativity on my social media. This is unexpected peer pressure that I can never live up to.)

I WILL start my Christmas shopping soon. I WILL start placing baubles on my 'tree" soon. I WILL start getting into the christmas alcohol spirit soon. I'm just not quite ready yet.

How about you?

When do you put up your tree? Is it up already? Have you started your christmas shopping yet, or are you waiting until the sales start at the beginning of December.

Let me know.


Friday, 20 November 2015

Nom or Vom?

This week's Nom or Vom was an easy one, and whilst I don't want to go down the route of OK magazine and the Daily (hate) Mail by saying in a slightly creepy voice, "Ooooooh look at them, all grown up. It's ok now to want to shag them, and now it's LEGAL" I must point out that this X Factor star has seriously beefed up.

Without further ado, I bring you this week's Nom or Vom, the lovely RAY QUINN. 

Oooooooh la la. Now he isn't for me, I must admit, but I can truly appreciate the hard work that has gone into sculpting that body. 

How about for you? 

Does Ray Quinn have the Sex Factor for you?

Nom or Vom?

Let me know.

Big Fashionista X X X 

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

What's Your Hobby?

So I am finding myself with a lot more time on my hands lately, my children are growing up and don't need me quite as much as they once did and suddenly I am finding blocks of time that I want to fill with........ well, something.

I need a hobby.

I can't knit, or crochet, and if I am honest, it isn't something that interests me so that's out. but I want something TO DOOOOOOOOOOOO.

(Apart from blogging, this isn't a hobby, it is a way of life)

I love photography, but I don't actually own a good camera so that idea is out of the window. (Cough, Cough, Santa)

What hobbies do you have? What keeps you sane or interested? I would love to know what different things that people do for fun, or to relax of an evening, (Currently I just eat)

So let me know your hobby, how you got into it, what you get out of it, and why you enjoy it. Maybe we can find me a new hobby?

Let me know.

Big Fashionista x x x x

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