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The 2017 Diaries: GE17

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but today is the General Election here in the United Kingdom. As an American/EU national living (and working, and paying taxes) here, I can’t vote. But I have paid close attention to this election. And this election is giving me literal chills. Actually, it made me cry. I queued up outside a local public school to vote for Hillary Clinton on a chilly November morning last year. I was ecstatic. Elated. I was voting for the first woman president. We, as a country, were standing on the edge of a wonderful, new, exciting world of possibility. We were about to take a massive turn. And we did, but not for the better. I cried every day for a full week following the US election results. I cried with my friends, I cried with my mentors, I cried with my mom and my uncle. I cried on the bus on the way to work, at work with my coworkers. I cried. A lot. When I relocated …

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The 2017 Diaries: Nevertheless, She Persisted

What a feminist rallying cry! In a week of weirdness, I have to say that there have been some kick-ass things going on, not only on the internet, but also in -gasp- real life. There were a few things that had my feminist heart a-flutter, so instead of picking one and writing, here’s a little list. The Big Salary Reveal: 12 Real People Discover What the Pay Gap Looks Like – Glamour Magazine ponders the gender pay gap. This is a particularly good article – its research addresses the disparity between white women and women of colour, its videos are easy to watch (for those of us with no attention span), and it features one of my best friends(!) eruditely shedding light on an issue that definitely needs some illumination. Sen. Elizabeth Warren & Coretta Scott King – just being bad ass women in general, Warren attempted to read King’s letter before being shut down. This gave rise to a new feminist rallying cry: Nevertheless, she persisted. Now being paired with images of other female …

The 2017 Diaries: Hooray For Queen Bey

It’s only February and already I think it’s safe to say that most people, at least the people I am most often in touch with, feel about twenty-three years older than we did at the start of the year. Which is why I am taking a moment to be very, very excited about this news: We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes. – The Carters A photo posted by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on Feb 1, 2017 at 10:39am PST I am probably the only person ambivalent towards Beyoncé as a musician. I don’t dislike her by any means, but I’m not over the moon about her either. I do think that she is a powerful, feminist icon. Beyoncé is unapologetic, which is something I think more of us need to be. Especially in an era of fear-mongering, the dismantling of women’s access to healthcare, rampant racism and …

The App Worth a Thousand Words

The ability of some bloggers I follow to procure great visual content is astounding. Not being a visual artist myself, or even remotely tuned into the world of art, I don’t even know where to look. Google image search is great if you know where to start – a name, a piece, a place. Simply looking up ‘cool/funky/fantastic/local art’ doesn’t really work. So when I read a Brit & Co piece about ‘tinder for art’ Avant Arte, I went straight to the app store. “We believe art reflects the imagined truth of our past, present, and future destinies. For all of us. That is what art is supposed to do. It is supposed to inspire. It is our everything. All art everything.” The Avant Arte manifesto I can see a lot of criticism coming from the ‘tinder’ style swipe left/right for pieces you like/dislike. Where is the thought? Where is the pensive peering and commenting on the ‘tremendous use of light’? Those who want their work to be examined for an extended period of time may not find Avant …

Happy Sunday From // The London Coffee Festival

As a self confessed caffeine addict, it should come as no surprise that I went to London Coffee Festival for the second year in a row. This year was a lot more crowded, and unfortunately some of the rooms had really loud music. The overwhelming noise made it a bit unpleasant at times, but the heft of free samples of chocolate and coffees made it fun. We spent most of our time wandering around aimlessly, grazing like happy cows. Finally settled on Norð for two bags of beans and a beautiful tote. I discovered oat milk that (finally!) doesn’t split in my coffee, and watched two baristas (one of whom went on to win the whole festival!) go head-to-head in a latte art competition. “We believe food should be bought directly by the people who make or find it. Be it the farmer, the fisher or the cheese maker. We know it’s better for the environment, we believe it’s healthier, and we guarantee you it tastes better.”Norð Midi maroon skirt H&M | Black All Saints …

Londoner on a Budget: Peckham and Crafty Fox Market

Living on a budget in a city can be pretty demoralising. It’s like existing in a world you can’t access. For me, it hits home when I can’t spontaneously pay for something I want to do or have, tend to my own ‘soft’ needs (hair cuts, things like that), or travel too far without detailed pre-planning. But one great thing about London is the amount of free stuff you can do. Any adventure is automatically made cheaper by investing in a bicycle, which I understand is an expense not everyone can take on (I got mine a few years ago). Of all the cities I’ve spent time in, this is the one I feel most at ease with on a tight budget. Looking for free events is easy – Skint London on Twitter and Londonist’s things to do each weekend are my two go to’s. This Saturday I explored our neighbouring area of Peckham, specifically for Crafty Fox Market. I’ve been to Peckham quite a bit, but this time we really walked around and explored it a bit more… Crafty Fox Market is in the Bussey …

Spring in London, and A Host of Golden Daffodils

One of the things I love most about living in London is the incredible amount of green space this city has. The weather yesterday was gorgeous, for the first time in ages, so we decided to cycle down to the famous Kew Gardens. It was 22 miles in total along the Thames (with one shortcut past the Wetlands centre) which in and of itself was great. We saw so many areas of London I don’t usually see – like Barnes which was super cute – and it was cheaper, and healthier!, than taking the overground. My first thought when we walked in was that it was SO BIG! We were given a map and I just thought there’s no way we could do the whole thing in one day (spoiler alert: we didn’t).  We had no plan. In fact the trip was a spur of the moment decision. Our first step, though, was definitely lunch – after all, we’d just done 11 miles on the bumpy river path. I have a Giant Flourish bicycle, and there’s no shock absorbers …

Almond Apricot Linzetort

There’s nothing I like more than baking without having to do any grocery shopping first. The ingredient I was given to start with? Apricots. For some reason we had two lots of dried apricots in our cupboard – one jar was full of succulent, sweet, dark brown fruit. The other was the classic supermarket style – a bit rubbery, orange, and dry. Those were the ones for baking. I set about googling ‘dried apricots recipes’ and came up with a lot of weird stuff (pudding mostly) until I eventually stumbled on Epicurious. They’ve always got great recipes. It turns out I had everything I needed, so after some recalculations – from cups to metric – I set about making an… Apricot Almond Linzertorte. A Linzertorte is an Austrian dessert (happy homage to 1/4th of my heritage) but the name and lattice design on top is about all this version shares with its namesake. The crust was made of ground almonds which made it darker, extra crumbly, and delicious. And of course the filling departed from the …

Nude Selfies Do Not Good Role-Models Make

My feelings about Kim Kardashian have always been in the ‘meh’ category of indifference. To be fair, I don’t know much more about her beyond the buzzwords – sex tape, Kanye, babies… and of course the most recent social media outrage/outcry: The Nude Selfie. The words empowering, body positivity, and role model are being bandied about in the wake of her Instagram post and subsequent explanation. I am empowered by my sexuality. I am empowered by feeling comfortable in my skin. I am empowered by showing the world my flaws and not being afraid of what anyone is going to say about me. And I hope that through this platform I have been given, I can encourage the same empowerment for girls and women all over the world. Kim Kardashian. To give Kim the benefit of the doubt, I do not question these motives. I don’t disagree that feeling comfortable in your own skin is empowering. Accepting your sexuality is empowering. Young women and girls who see their favourite celebrities writing about body positivity can only …

It’s A Wonderful Life, When Lived In Between

I‘ve always liked putting down roots. Perhaps it stems from the fact that until I was nineteen, we never owned our own home. Perennial renting isn’t uncommon in New York City. By virtue and happenstance of my birth taking place in New York City, this is the first place I put down roots. My family, best friend of 22 years, and countless more friends and experiences I have all thanks to that city. I have bemoaned the gentrification of St. Mark’s place, the whitewashing of Nine Points, the never ending construction on the Gowanus. I feel NYC in my blood – it has made me who I am, and that is the reason I feel so comfortable leaving it. Because it is my home, I can always go back. This may be me taking it for granted. The roots I have in this city stem back generations, cover decades of friendships, deaths and births. They exist, as perennial as rent-stabilised lease agreement. “Some people, as they move through their lives, rediscover home again and again. Some …