Monday, 28 December 2009

Merry Christmas... My arse!

I'm no Jim Royale.. honest!!

So... I haven't been on here for quite a long time.. apologies! What can I say?! Christmas time for me involves numerous social activities including consuming the wine you only EVER drink in the festive period - mulled and copious amounts of food in the same category (Cheeselets and Twiglets)! Infact I can probably give Shamu, the giant killer whale from Free Willy a good run for his money on the scales!

It may be late but with all the sincerity I can muster as the zip on my jeans refuses to close, Merry Christmas! I hope you have had a good one.. I definitely did!

Christmas Day resembled a soup kitchen as the small space was turned into a military style zone, stuffing, chipolatas and veg thrown about as we tried to turn the dinner around for 1pm.. it totally paid off. The dinner was lush, and I felt not a shred of sympathy for the turkey that according to my mother weighed '"twice as much as I did at birth".

Infact as many households are, we are still devouring Trevor the turkey, curry yesterday and as part of the bizarre Christmas eating pattern I have embraced, pie for breakfast.

I hope to resume normal service on here pronto, and once again I hope you are enjoying the festivities.

Love, SGS xoxo

Friday, 18 December 2009

Guilty Pleasures

Werthers Originals- Shouldn't like them but I do...

To me, these sweets are buttery drops of heaven!! Just look at the advert too... it exudes love from every angle! I hope I'm very special too....

Nuff love

1. Taste amazing- a melted butter sweet, what more could you ask for?
2. Individally wrapped in gold paper.. so special
3. Makes you feel warm inside

Nuff hate

1. It is unacceptable to purchase them if you are under 60
2. The advert lies... that Grandpa is sort of creepy
3. On the street these sweets have no cred, against the fruit pastilles and wine gums these sweets are feminine...

Tough, I still like them....

Love SGS, xoxo

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Tunes for a Tuesday

Shakira - Did it again

Mrs She Wolf is back with a high tempo, drum filled, choreographed masterpiece video and new single. Love, love, love this! Can barely understand a word the pretty lady says, but her videos are almost hypnotic and found myself staring in a trance like state at it! Shakira and her hips that don't lie just get better and better :)

Private- Secret Lover

Private have recently signed to global music corp Universal, and are a musical trio from Copenhagen, thats Denmark for those who don't know. I first heard this as the remix version when Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills made it his 'Record of the Week', and loved it. I can see the occupants of G.A.Y adopting it as an anthem.. and why not?! slightly camp pop with a remixed electro twist.

Kid Sister - Right Hand Hi

Melisa Young or Kid Sister is an Illinois born rapper who has enjoyed some success with single 'Pro Nails' released with big mouth and 'jackass' Kanye West. Right Hand Hi is taken from her album 'Ultraviolet' and is produced by the super talented Steve Angelo and Sebastian Ingrosso from Swedish House Mafia. It really shows too, the chorus is banging and anyone who includes 'Hey Sookie Sookie' in their rap in reference to hit vamp show True Blood is a-OK in my books.

Love, SGS xoxo

Monday, 14 December 2009

XXX = Love? or Lust?


Not far from the Worcester pad is a private shop, blacked out windows and closed door, promising the best in adult entertainment. The street is very busy and I have never ever seen anyone go in, yet...

On the wall is a sign meant to read 'PRIVATE SHOP' and due to perhaps weathering the letters have come off and have aptly left 'I ATE HO' which does make me childishly snigger each time I walk past.

I looked at the window the other day to see they had hung red hearts in the window, which struck me as rather odd. Is that the I ATE HO's attempt to be festive?! Are love and porn connected?! Does XXX mean love or lust?

Surely XXX is all about lust? Are people entering that shop to buy items out of love? Maybe love of porn, but surely not love of another person? "Darling for your birthday, and because I love you I've bought a copy of Shaving Ryan's Privates and a double ended butt plug".

To me, that's not normal! I see XXX as a premise for purely lust and desire, feeding an individuals need for sexual gratification. The hearts in the window only serve to confuse me.

Perhaps my perspective is clouded and maybe couples in love enter the door to the strange world to buy things for each other... that would make sense. For now though, I don't see how the two connect, call me old fashioned...

Love (not lust), SGS xoxo

Thursday, 10 December 2009

I dreamed a dream...

Are dreams the key to Ker-ching?!

I woke up this morning around 6am after having a dream.... so what? you may say, well my dreams have always been vivid.. but the dream I had was exceptionally vivid. I was looking at it as if I were behind a camera capturing the moment, and it was beautiful and in my dream I cried.

I'll call it a scene, because in my head thats what it reminded me of. I saw different shots, visual effects and it didn't feature anyone I know. I knew the characters, the plot, the way it should look and I felt compelled to write it down. So like a loony I went downstairs, got a pad and pen and sat on the loo...

So I'll set the scene for you...

It's a small town in America, mid 80s and Avery a young man with curly hair and a headband feels the need to see his father who lives in a static home. He gets on his bike and cycles to his dads home, he opens the door to find his dad standing in the kitchen staring at a pair of diamond drop earrings that are placed on a shelf by the stove. Avery inwardly sighs because he knows the questions that his dad will ask him, because his dad asks him the same questions, at the same time every day.

His Dad looks at him and asks, "Where's your Mom"?

Avery replies, "Dad, Mom died 10 years ago... she left the earrings on the shelf the night she died, it's where she always put them".

His Dad begins to well up with tears, and says "That's right, where's Lucie?"

Avery replies, "She died too on the same night".

His Dad begins to sob heavily and puts his head down, and today Avery begins to sob too and says, "Dad I know that you don't see me every day, or talk to me every day but I love you".

I also knew that Avery's Dad was either suffering from dementia or refused to remember day to day events to block out the pain. So every day at 4pm he calls Avery to ask him to come over and asks him the same 2 questions and doesn't recall ever seeing Avery.

I want to write a short story... even a script but I know that this is just a pipe dream at the moment. Do the outcome of dreams ever result in anything tangible?

The prime example is that of Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight Saga novels. Her dream of a beautiful male vampire sparkling in the sunlight, having a conversation with an ordinary human girl in a meadow sparked a series of four international best selling novels, two box office smash movies and has made her a millionaire. Not bad for a stay at home Mom from Arizona!

Anyone can dream, buy can they be turned into something more? I'll try to find out..

Love, SGS xoxo

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Guilty Pleasures...

So for Wednesdays, I'm going to introduce a new blog topic... Guilty Pleasures which are going to be about things that I like, but really shouldn't because they are either crap, immature, stupid or just plain embarassing.

First up.. Miley Cyrus

I am forever singing this song but have to admit, I HEART it massively.

Miley Cyrus- Party in the USA

Nuff Love

1. She has nice hair - I'm jealous
2. She loves her family
3. She totally bamboozled Jonathan Ross on his Friday night show
4. She has a pretty good voice
5. Unlike most Disney stars she probably has had sex

Nuff Hate

1. She is VERY annoying- "Hey y'all..." SHUT UP
2. Her dad was Billy Ray 'Achy-break heart' Cyrus.. mullets aren't cool
3. Her Southern accent, sorry but it's too Hillbilly for me
4. She is a Disney star - very annoying claim to fame
5. Style wise she tries to emulate Nicole Richie etc.. get your own you hick

Love, SGS xoxo

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Tunes for a Tuesday

Simian Mobile Disco - Cruel Intentions

Simian Mobile Disco first formed in the 90s when Madchester students James, Jas, Simon and Adam began crafting melodic electro beats in the basement to become Simian You may know SMD best from their tune 'Never be alone' which was made uber huge when French duo 'Justice' remixed and released it. Cruel Intentions is released from new album 'Temporary Pleasure's and features the dulcet tunes of Southern lycra wearing belle, Beth Ditto.. MEGA!

Sub Focus - This could be real

Nick Douwma, better known by his stage name Sub Focus, is an English drum and bass record producer. First entering mainstream consciousness when he released 'Rock it/Follow the light'
it was championed by Radio 1, with presenter Greg James making it his record of the week. This track MUST be turned up loud.... nuff respect.

The Gossip - Four Letter Word

The Gossip lead singer Beth Ditto crawling around on stage in lycra and spandex may not be visually pleasing but her sharp vocals and strong voice make The Gossip runny like honey for me. With slices of electro against Ditto's vocals with a Southern drawl twang makes this track a cert for lots of radio play and the new album 'Music for Men' well worth a listen to.

Love, SGS xoxo

Friday, 4 December 2009

Festive Fashion Friday

Be too cool for Yule...

When thinking of festive fashion we could be easily be forgiven for thinking of this hideous reindeer jumper as sported by Mark Darcy in 'Bridget Jones'... but festive fashion for this christmas is uber cool.

The high street has embraced the retro feel of Farisle knits, patterns, and festive animals on a variety of garments and accessories and I love them for it.

Topshop has a great selection of knitted jumpers and two in particular and warming my cockles..

Stag Knit Jumper
Penguin Knit Jumper

Accessorize, always a champion of the festive season has some fantastic scarves, gloves, hats and gifts.. so much so, I could easily spend my lifes wages in there.

I'll look at the 3 of the best...

Fairisle Slipper Boots - £16

How cute?! and bound to keep those tootsies roasting nicely

Striped Earmuffs - £16
There is nothing worse than earache, and with these striped babies you'll never have ear pain again!

Fairisle Pom Pom long gloves - £14

Classic print and just so sweet poms poms... lush!

Happy Shopping boys and girls

Love, SGS xoxo

Thursday, 3 December 2009

All that glitters.. is Silver!

Second place, doesn't win the race...

I know how she feels.... lets face it, we don't enter things to lose do we?!

Do we enter the Lottery just to find we are one number away from a tenner? No.. we want the millions!! Would we want to enter our baby into a Cutest Baby contest just to say we have taken part and had fun? No... we want the judges to say our baby is an adonis...

So why in competitions are there generally 3 medals up for grabs, Gold, Silver and Bronze? Surely it's to award competitors for their hard work, dedication and commitment on a fair level, how rubbish would it be just to see one person on the podium all the time?!

For me, applying for jobs has now become a competition.. I am competing against sometimes hundreds of people for 1 job. At the moment the competition has reached Liger* standards of fierce (*see Napoleon Dynamite for ref Lion + Tiger), factoring in older competitors with more experience, something that can't be bought or indeed taught. It's basically the Alphas vs young cubs.

So the first hurdle is getting the interview, from then on its a battlefield. You have one opportunity to convince the people on the interview panel that you are what they are looking for, the cherry on their cake. You can second guess what you will be asked and prepare beforehand, but somehow theres always at least one curve ball in there.. just to let you know you are the carcus and not the Liger.

Today I was told that I came second for a job, now second out of maybe 6 or more candidates isn't at all bad really.. yet it's not good enough! From the feedback it sounded like a classic case of Alpha vs Cub eyeing up the prize and like always, the Alpha wins.

Unlike other competitions I do not get a bunch of flowers or a medal but what I must take from this is that I am almost there... I need to keep chasing these jobs and believing that I am good enough to one day see that gold medal hung around my neck and know I can feed off the carcus too..

Love, SGS xoxo

Monday, 30 November 2009

Saturday Fright Night..

I thought Halloween was last month?!

So after work on Saturday, I trudge through the drunkards with an umbrella and clenched teeth in a wet and windy Cardiff to meet up with some gal pals. I make it to Walkabout, slip through the ciggie entrance without paying and I see something horrible, truly awful, retina burning....

A girl in a full body black lace cat suit... she is wearing a bra and boy pants and thats it.... ok, you might say, but she looked hot right?! Nu-uh... this girl was a little too rotund to be wearing such a daring outfit, and her thighs seemed to hold some hypnotic power over me. I couldn't stop staring as they seemed to suddenly devour the streets of Cardiff and her belly cast a shadow over her shoes.

Lady GaGa, as much as I love her, has A LOT to answer for.. we expect such outfits from the electro pop Queen (see above) and she's tiny!!!! Probably a size 8.... this lady looked an ill-advised tribute act.

Clearly she was deluded, she must have thought she looked HOT and in what lifetime did she think she could get away with such an outfit in Cardiff in all places?! It might, just might wash in London or LA... or a porn convention...

So please ladies, think about your outfit before you step out of the door.. you ARE NOT Lady GaGa, Madonna or even Britney.. whatever next? Fake blood and veils?!

Love, SGS xoxo

Friday, 27 November 2009

Job Interviews Get The X Factor

Time to warm up your vocal chords....

Saw this on a fellow bloggers page - Speak Media Blog

New Hire Stunts From Agencies

Here's the skinny, an American PR agency has held X Factor like auditions via Youtube searching for the next "PR Rock Star".. 12 finalists. 3 weeks. One winner...

As if the whole application process wasn't hard enough?! They are now throwing this at people. At times of recession, which ourselves and America are still in, there are mass unemployment figures and many people being made redundant.

My quest for a new PR job has been very fruitless in the last six months especially, I have had numerous reasons why I haven't got the job or indeed been selected for interview.

Top 3 Reasons

1. There have been a number of applicants with over 20 years more experience than you
2. We have had so many applicants we had to move forward the deadline, your application may have not been read
3. We have had to put the job on hold, we are making do with the staff we have

This is what I and thousands of people are up against, and thankfully I already have a Communications Officer job to go to.

So, why oh why are they making the process even harder?

I feel this X factor method seeks only to exploit candidates, it may have even deterred some of the better ones from applying and they are left with the loons with barely any experience but fancy seeing their mug on the internet. The slogan "PR Rock Star" doesn't exactly inspire does it? How many people did a video of themselves dressed as KISS and discussed strategy?! A PR stunt within the PR field, what a cliche... I just hope they employ a complete idiot, serves them right.

Luckily, I haven't heard of anything like this in the UK but I'm seriously worried.. if Simon Cowell gets a sniff of this he'll be on it quicker than the hairdresser can back comb Cheryl Coles volumised bonce.

So please PR employers, a CV and covering letter may be old school but surely it's the fairer option?

Love, SGS xoxo

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Tunes For A Tuesday

Bertie Blackman - Byrds of Prey

People may dismay at the surge of electo-pop ladies vying for our attention but this lady can rub shoulders with the best of them. Aussie singer Bertie delivers a slice of dark electro-pop with smouldering vocals and a better than average video - visually stunning and no smoking corpses. Think Ellie Goulding with a touch of Florence style tones and you're in the right area. 'Byrds of Prey' is taken from album 'Secrets and Lies' that I am one click away from purchasing...

The Temper Trap - 'Fader'

Fresh off the massive success of 'Sweet Disposition' the Aussie soft rockers follow up with 'Fader'. I am pleasantly surprised at this track, having loved 'Sweet Disposition' after hearing it in 500 Days of Summer I was worried that TTT would be a one-hit wonder sort of band (think Phantom Planet - California). I'm not saying it'll be as iconic as its predecessor but it has a good melody, soft vocals and even a "Ooh-oo" bit that will probably get stuck in your head.. good work TTT.

Think sun burnt teens, cheap cocktails, Union Jack flagged towels and STDs.. this song is soundtrack to every dodgy 18-30 destination out there. It infested the dancefloors of Magaluf and Malia quicker than swine flu and with its grimey, dirty, sweaty electro beats I am throughly hooked. Not a song to be played in the office.. I turn it down to barely audible for mice, but crank it up in the privacy of your boudoir.. and don't pretend you don't like it!

Love, SGS xoxo

Monday, 23 November 2009

Present Giving Rules 2009

Presents from the heart.. not Spar on Xmas Eve

We've all had moments of terror, panic and cold sweats when it comes to gift giving and especially at this time of year.

Christmas can be a stressful time and we place paramount important on gift giving. There are ALWAYS occassions when we are obliged to give to distant family members or frenemies and through gritted teeth we trudge to Superdrug or Burtons and buy utter tat for £5 and think 'That will do!'

I say, we should turn gift giving on it's head.

Here are my five rules for giving this christmas

1. Only buy presents for people you actually want to - be ruthless!
2. Don't leave it until Xmas eve, I doubt everyone in A&E will thank you for having a coronary at 10pm
3. See if family members would like to combine their money with yours for Mum/Dad presents, more money normally means less tat. Novelty socks are exactly that.. novelty for 5mins then crap
4. Do attempt decent wrapping, presents shouldn't look like they've come out of Santa's behind
5. Not got much money? Have a go at DIY presents.. a mix CD of someones favourite songs, biscuits, cakes, wine, a photograph album with pictures are all decent ideas and relatively cheap.

Here are some of my efforts at DIY presents..

Yes, my friend Amy John was 24 recently..

My friend Manda is a Twihard, so I made this fang-tastic DIY card

TB likes pie, no occasion other than tea... still a nice gesture me thinks.

Have a go yourself,

Love, SGS xoxo

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Punch & Judy in our living rooms..

How did Katie Price go from Hero to Villain?

Last night I found myself head back, cackling at Katie Price being publicly nominated for her 4th challenge in a row on 'I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here 2009' and today I'm wondering- what is wrong with me?! Why I am so pleased at seeing somebody else suffer? What has she done to me? I think it's worth looking at the evidence...

In 2003 busty, beauty Jordan entered the Austrailian jungle in 'I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here', with more or less public backing. The media chastised her for going out clubbing whilst carrying her first child fathered by Dwight Yorke, and then she gained sympathy and backlash in equal measures when son, Harvey was born blind and with growth complications.

Also in the jungle was tanned, six packed 'singer' Peter Andre of 'Mysterious Girl' one- hit wonder fame, and it was love at first tangerined skinned sight and a PR's dream. The nation collectively 'oohed' and 'ahhed' as love blossomed in the Austrailian outback and we decided we quite liked Jordan after all.

Pete checks out Jordan's assets!

So the couple get married in a wedding that would make Barbie jealous, and we see Jordan's alter ego emerge- Katie Price, who is an entrepeneur, family woman and it looks to us, the humble public, that Barbie and Ken are made for each other. We lap up photo shoots, reality shows, tv appearances, fragrances and even badly mimed charity singles with vigour and glee.

So how did it all go wrong?

Well, in a he said/she said tirade, Peter leaves Katie and they have a quickie divorce months later. 'Jordan' returns, sleazy and cheaper than a tin of Lidl beans, gallavanting in Ibiza with a Cage Fighter in ridiculous outfits while Pete is photographed holding the kids. Jordan begins mouthing off about everything, she is in the paper everyday- giving an exclusive, details of a miscarriage she suffered, intimate details of her and Peter's life. While Peter remains calm and silent, the whole nation divided into Team Andre or Team Price, and it looks the latter is struggling for support.

Katie enters the Jungle for an estimated sum of £450,000 and the nation gets a chance to punish her, punish her behaviour and show her what we think.. yet can we really believe everything we read in the paper?! Yes, it's true, she gets many column inches but thats only because we are still interested, we still want to know where, what, why and who. Who gave us the power to sentence her? You could argue that she did, she lives her life through the media and we deserve the opportunity to exact revenge by making her 4 trials in a row and see her have near panic attacks and cry, but when does it all become too much?!

You decide...

Love, SGS xoxo

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Tunes For a Tuesday

Bombay Bicycle Club- Always Like This

I have virgin ears to this band, who were thrust into the musical spotlight after winning Channel 4's "Road to V" competition that saw new bands competing to perform the opener at a V Festival (creds to TB). They released an album - 'I had the blues but I shook them loose' in June 09, and their single 'Always Like This' features on it.

I love this song, the lead singer has a quality in his voice that reminds me of Anthony and the Johnsons, a sort of haunting, melodic, macabre yet beautiful tone that is honey to the eardrum. Also the guitars remind me of The Holloways- Generator, which never fails to make me sing along. Fearne Cotton is championing this record on Radio 1 at the moment so it won't be long before Bombay Bicycle Club become a permanent fixture on the airwaves- or so I hope.

Timbaland feat. So Shy and Nelly Furtardo - Morning After Dark

RnB heavyweight (pun intended) Producer Timbaland is back with 'Morning After Dark' with 1 out of 2 of his posse on the record, the nasal and slightly annoying Nelly Furtardo. Having said that, this tune is everything you would expect from the man who should really stop appearing in his own videos, slick beats, synths with an electro vibe and of course voice distortion. Not groundbreaking, but infectious and should get the girls on the dancefloors.

Love, SGS xoxo

Monday, 16 November 2009

Getting Bloggy With It...

Blogged on or off?

I had a little thought about blogging, when I started blogging I wanted to see if I was able to produce blogs that were interesting and would hopefully make people giggle and relate to.

I had no set topic for my blog when I put curser to screen, many people I know do.. for eg. I follow James King Movies.. can you guess what that's about? I felt it would be something I could develop over time. So far I have found it easiest to just write comments on my thoughts, situations and my likes and I hope that it works. I am not knowledgable enough to write about one topic, I love fashion, music, sport and movies and these form big parts of my life so I shall continue on my path of randomness.

Happy reading, and thanks for following thus far..

Love, SGS xoxo

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Video killed the fictional boyfriend

Lady GaGa has just released her new video for latest single 'Bad Romance' As you would imagine it has everything we have come to expect from the New York electro pop Princess.

OTT drama? weirdly dressed back up dancers? 15 costume changes? costumes that would make your nan blush? metal? product placement? 10 hairstyles? sequins? revenge plotting on bad boyfriends? general crazyness? a smoking corpse?

Check, check and check.

Whether you hate or love Lady GaGa you cannot deny that she is pushing the boundary of music videos once more. This video must have taken days to make with the costume and set changes alone. This girl knows what she wants and she gets it and I envy her creativeness.

Things I like

Costumes- she has the ear of friend and fashion designer Alexander McQueen who provides an outfit covered in dazzling multi-coloured rhinestones and uber massive platform shoes as seen in his 09 A/W collection.

Vunerability- there are shots of Lady GaGa without make up on, looking natural and it's good to see another side of her sans crazy makeup/hair.

Love SGS, xoxo

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Tunes for a Tuesday

Going to take you on a bit of a new dance mix session.. heard both these on Annie Macs show on Radio 1 last Friday 7pm-9pm and the playlist is well worth looking at.

Boris Dlugosh - Bangcock

Boris a Hamburg based House producer is described as a remixer, former resident DJ of legendary "FRONT" club and a pioneer of German House music culture. Not sure what that entails... raving with sourkraut and bockwursts maybe?! He also looks slightly like a gay hairdresser or Basehunter.. good tune though! Turn that base up!

Fenech Soler- Lies (Alex Metric Remix)

Fenech Soler are an electro, hip, cool band from the uber trendy Northamptonshire. The Guardian featured them as a new band of the day in 2008, and they consist of 3 lads who cite Michael Jackson's Dangerous album as their main influence. They were unsigned back then, but they really shouldn't be, pure slice of techno-pop heaven.

Love, SGS xoxo

Monday, 9 November 2009

To boo or not to boo?

Haka-ed off!

You may not know, but despite the pink, shoe-aholic posts and general girlyness, that SGS is actually a sports fan! I love rugby, being from Wales it's sort of impossible not too. From a very young age it is drummed into you that Welsh Rugby was golden in the 70s, Gerald Davies and JPR are Gods and has been on the downward slope ever since.

So I attended Wales v New Zealand in the Millennium Stadium to watch a game belonging to the Autumn Internationals. Even if you aren't a rugby fan then you may know that the New Zealand rugby team (or All Blacks) perform a Haka before the match.

The Haka is a Maori dance, a sort of call to arms before the battle commences and really is something worth watching.

The Haka is powerful and very meaningful for the All Blacks and rugby fans across the world love to see it! So this Saturday I was very much looking forward to seeing it live once more, sadly this was spoilt for me.

Some Welsh fans decided to boo the Haka which IMO is disgraceful. This is a tradition, something unique and was totally spoilt by idiots. Unfortunately I can't claim that this is the only time Wales has screwed up when it comes to showcasing the Haka.

In 2006 the AB's chose to perform the Haka in the changing rooms and not on the pitch before the game due to a request by the WRU to perform it in a different sequence... much to the fans annoyance.

So please, if you are a true rugby fan, respect other teams traditions off and on the pitch and remember booing is for idiots!

Love, SGS xoxo

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Bet you look good on the dancefloor?

When spandex isn't sexy...

After an elder person told me that she was gutted to have missed a night in a local club in Worcester it began me to dawn on me, what age is it unacceptable to go clubbing anymore?

Now taking the example of let's call her, Mrs. Robinson... she must be 50 (or there abouts) but dresses like she's 20.. is this too old?!

Mrs R has a clear penchant for looking tanned all year, leggings, highlights, red lipstick, knee high boots and figure hugging dresses. Unfortunately I think the incessant tanning has meant she looks a cross between Donatella Versace and a bull dog. In fairness she has a good figure and better legs than myself but would her child be happy in the knowledge that she could look across the dancefloor and she her dear mama dancing like Flashdance?!

Clubs these days are full of cardboard cut out size 0 blondes with body con dresses and metrosexuals in pink v necks, is there a place for the elders who haven't grown up?

People say age is just a number, but I think there are certain times in your life when acting like you are 20 when you are pushing 50 is just wrong. That's why clubs like Jumping Jacks and Lava Lounge were invented.. so that the over hill folk can stand around and at least feel part of the binge drink weekend culture.

So please Mrs R, find your comrades Donatella and Janice Dickinson and spend your weekends drinking G&T's and wearing clothes fit for 20 year olds.. but can you do it indoors?

Love, SGS xoxo

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Halloween... Trick or Treat?

The undead look is SO hot right now...

Halloween.. always a treat for me!

A night for ghosts, ghouls, girls in tu-tus and the undead to make their mark in the world.

For me it's about the opportunity to plan a costume, dress up, think about all the little things- make-up, hair, eyelashes, glitter, fake blood, tights etc.. and it got me thinking about why I like it so much. Is it the fact that we can have a new identity, if only for a while?

Just putting a wig on can completely change how you look... 2 years ago I had a long black wig on, and I looked a cross between Lily Allen and Mortisha Adams and even felt a bit different- like a Transylvanian uber bitch! This year I think I excelled myself, I had a morbid fascination with the tranformation of my hair and face with lotions and potions (I don't think the o-zone layer would appreaciate my excessive use of hair and glitter sprays- oops.)

Halloween is espcially good for those who like to dress up because it involves the supernatural, not only do you get to look different but you can be a character of myth, scary stories and fables and interpret the look of a Vampire or Zombie as you like it.

Trick of the night- having to pay £8 to get into Oceania.. surely they know the undead don't use cash or plastic?!

Love, SGS xoxo

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Confessions of an idiot...

Life without a mobile phone?

So on Tuesday evenng I went to charge my mobile and lo and behold.... couldn't find my charger... no initial panic, this happens often.

As I am currently working and living in Wales (2 nights a week) and England (5 nights a week) then I often put these things in odd places.. shoes, knicker bags, bags with food, as I dash out of the door in the mornings. So searched through my bags.. and nothing.. at this point my phone is dead.

Over the course of the I ring my mother- phone isn't in Wales, not in work, not in the car, not in my bags, not on the road, not in my granny pants or the fridge.

Of course I am panic stricken.. how will I survive without that block of plastic and wire?! My lifeline to the world... grief takes over as I realise I am possibly the only person within a 100 mile radius that has a Motorola phone. Idiotic phone choice, every one and their mother has a Nokia or had a Nokia.

I order a replacement online because it is cheap, my luck we would have ANOTHER postal strike so that means it won't turn up til god knows when. I resort to charging the Nokia brick of 2002 that gratefully flashes to light when I get it from the cupboard and plug it in, but my heart feels heavy and my stomach twists...

I reluctantly ask on Facebook if anyone has a Motorola charger I could lend.. of course they don't. I send a few friends a message to send me their numbers so I enter them onto the eager brick in my hand. The thought of not having my phone is almost too much to bear..

I decide to take one more look in my work handbag that is the size of Brazil, and deep within a dark crevice is my charger. I swear that bag is the leather equivalent of Narnia... many items have disappeared there.. pens, makeup, lip gloss and they all return eventually.. without an evil queen after them thankfully!

So that concludes my story of idiocy... and the realisation that I have irrational feelings when it comes to my phone. Many friends have commented that I always have it on, text back quickly and enquire why I never switch it off, and the answer? I'm scared of what I might miss.... sad maybe, but I turned it on to discover a message left for me to attend a job interview... so maybe I can just about rationalise my irrational thoughts this time.

Love, SGS xoxo

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Tune on a Tuesday

Lady GaGa- Bad Romance

Our favourite Gliterrati New York Disco-Pop Princess is back with synths, lashings of pop and electro beats. Bad Romance was first aired on the catwalk of Alexander McQueens A/W 09 show, an honour indeed, and has infiltrated radio airtime ever since. No video as yet but what we can expect? blood? metal outfits? crutches? 10 costume changes? OTT? Yes, but that's why I love her

Happy Listening!

Love, SGS xoxo

Monday, 26 October 2009

Dreaming of Hibernation

I envy bears...

Hibernation has always appealed to me, the thought of gorging myself then settling down for a 6 month nap in a cosy, warm space pickles my egg!

After some research I have discovered that bears hibernate around October and before they do they go on a seafood diet- See food, and eat it (insert laugh)! They gain around 40lbs a week before their furry slumber party so that they have enough fuel in their bodies to last the duration of their long naps... jealous!!!

They then wake up in April/May.. refreshed, with bad breath admittedly and probably cramp but can you imagine how nice that would be?!

KFC, McDonalds, Subway, Ribs, Chocolate all week and then a big nap... phwoar.. so please higher being, in my next life, can I come back as a bear?!

Love, SGS xoxo

Friday, 23 October 2009

A Weighty Issue..

If there was a petition to get Mr Motivator back on GMTV in the mornings, then I would definitely sign it! So yes, he wore ridiculously coloured tight spandex and the unforgivable bandanna.. he sort or reminded me of maths teacher getting his kicks before the long, arduous tasks of teaching brats... but his positive and can do attitude did sort of rub off on me.

Sadly I admit, I did on occasion grab the occasional can of beans and join him in an aerobic morning exercise with the bored housewives. At this moment I need a mad spandex and specs wearing optimist to help retrieve motivation to lose weight. I did lose some after consuming slimfast and genuine gym dedication but that period has long gone.

Ideally I would like to be 9 stone, at this moment I am teetering on the border of 10.. I was 9st 6/7 so was getting there...

So, if you are reading this Mr Motivator, please can you knock on my door sans camera crew and get me motivated to do some cardio!! Not before 9am though please, I'm cranky and feel sick before... Cheers!

Love, SGS xoxo

Thursday, 22 October 2009

New Job Hesitations...

Starting a new job today.. so why does it feel like it's my first day at school?

My stomach is a little bit wobbly, feel nervous.. will they like me? steal my lunch? put gum in my hair?

In all serious, I think as humans we find it hard to adapt to change, some are better than others and I tend to fall the latter category. I get used to the journey to work, my desk, my seat, how long my computer takes to switch on, my colleagues, the office telephone number.. you get the just of it!

So with trepidation and without a Dora the explorer backpack (damn that little girl in the picture) I take my first steps towards my new job... I don't have cooties.. honest.

Love, SGS xoxo

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Tunes for Tuesday

Well I just can't decide on just one track today so shall put a few that have caught my attention and got the disco juices flowing.

First up

30 Seconds to Mars- Kings and Queens

Holywood actor turned ebony haired rocker Jared Leto fronts this band, probably best noted for their track The Kill. The band are currently filming the video for Kings and Queens in Las Vegas and judging by Jared's obvious input into the accompanying theatrical music videos its sure to be worth a watch.

Ke$ha- Tik Tok

This lady with attitude and a penchant for using symbols is the very one that sang on Flo*Rida's Right Round hit. Sounds like a single freshly rolled out from the Lady GaGa factory.. electro, pop beats and word repetition but I like it! Ke$ha fact- she got thrown out of Prince's house after sort of inviting herself in.. see little people do pack a punch :)

Attack! Attack! You and Me

This Welsh rock band from Caerphilly are not to be confused with their American counterparts, they formed in 2006 and have toured with the likes of The Blackout, Funeral for a Friend, Lostprophets and You Me At Six. Added quodos comes from the fact this single is featured on Guitar Hero 5... sweaty geeks unite!

Happy Listening,

Love, SGS xoxo

Friday, 16 October 2009

Blonde Ambition

Blonde by hair colour, not by nature

Found myself a new hairdresser who dealt with my attention to every detail demands and concerns and put up with my at first non trusting attitude.. Thank you Claire!

Told her I wanted to be blonder, wanted a change and I think I've achieved that.

Trust is very important when it comes to my hair, and I think I've started a new relationship complete with trust with Claire.

Just a couple of steps closer to the full Lady GaGa look :) no fake blood for me though!

Hope you like it as much as I do..

Love, SGS xoxo

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Hello Lover!

In the words of Carrie Bradshaw... "Hello Lover" except I am not looking at the perfect apartment on 5th Avenue with my older gentleman friend, I am referring to my upcoming trip to NYC.

Myself and The Boy (TB) booked out trip to our spiritual home last night, 5 nights in January staying at the Sheraton Hotel near Central Park and Times Square flying with Virgin... even as I type I am getting dewy eyed.

Why NYC you may ask?!

Me and TB have visited before, last December in fact, and we fell in love with it. For me why this city has a such special pull is the atmosphere, its busy.. hustling and bustling but there is a feeling of history, tradition, hope and excitement. It's where you feel you could achieve your wildest dreams, and who doesn't like thinking about that?

The pivotal moment for me came as we walked though Central Park in the snow, life at that moment just seemed to stop. Nothing else mattered, surrounded by surreal beauty and in the company of my love and best friend the world stopped turning and I felt a tide of extreme happiness wash over me.

So my estranged land lover.... Catch you in January, it's been too long.

Love, SGS xoxo

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Ode to Sean...

Today, 5 years have passed since my friend died.

I remember him more with a smile than tears but there is still and always will be a fusion of the two emotions, sadness and happiness as you remember them.

Sean was a person that could instantly make you smile, turn that frown upside down and he was loved by everyone that knew him. He constantly made me laugh, gave great hugs and remains one of the most genuine people I have ever met. His warmth and charisma were infectious and I am truly honoured to say that I knew him and he was my friend.

So as I look back and remember the little things, big things and everything in between about this boy I will do my best to smile.... smile like he would have.

Miss and love you always Sean, Rest in peace sweetheart.

Emina xxx

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Tune on a Tuesday- Take 2

Ellie Goulding- Under the Sheets

You lucky people!! This is ANOTHER tune for a Tuesday, couldn't get the video to display correctly yesterday and it does today- WHOOP!

This was just played on Radio 1 as part of New Music Generator that takes a persons preferences and gives them a new track to enjoy.. the lady in question liked Florence and the Machine, Ladyhawke and Bat for Lashes...not bad eh?!

Like the floaty, mysterious vocals on this track and its dreamlike quality, think she's going to go far! Ellie hails from Hereford and was surely destined to be a farmers wife, she's a city girl now and all the best to her.

Love SGS, xoxo

Tune on a Tuesday

Paulo Nutini- Pencil Full of Lead

Loving this track, heard him do it live on Graham Norton last night and it was fantastic to see a live jazz band, trumpets, guitairs, and even old man Harmonica made an appearance. No synths or Casio's in sight..a refreshing change.

Transports me back to the 1940's I can imagine wearing a cute little floral dress with glamour curls in my hair and dancing around after my shift in the factory helping the war effort!

Get those curlers in, apply some red lippy and a floral dress and get dancing :)

Love, SGS xoxo

Friday, 9 October 2009

Fashion Fix Friday

For Autumn/Winter its all about the fur darling.... faux of course!

Designers have been featuring real fur on the catwalks for the Fall/Autumn 2009 shows and of course angering the likes of PETA and fur-hating celebs such as Kim Basinger and Basil Brush.

For Designers faux fir is simply not an option... an ana.logy for us common folk, why have Tesco baked beans when Heinz is readily available?! Fur companies even provided some designers with the real stuff to encourage them to use it in their collections.

If I had plenty of $$$ would I buy real or fake?

I would like to, in all honesty, believe that I would buy faux.. after all I have morals and I like animals as much as the next person. Do I agree that killing an animal just for its fur is wrong? Completely.. I hate that thought but if the fur was sourced ethically from an animal that had deceased anyway is where I get into a grey area.

Luckily my current financial state means that I'm faux to go baby and will look to purchase a beautful faux friend in the upcoming month.

Above is a D&G pink fur sleeved creation, a faux feather coat from ASOS, and a Versace Blue fur coat. Think I'll stick with my opinions, and plump for the middle one.

Love SGS, xoxo.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

HOT Fashion item.. for less

This beaded fabric bib is £40 on ASOS and very pretty too....

BUT wait fashionistas, I have a replica of above bib, beaded.. gold, silver and blue and it was only £4!!!!

Where from you may ask? Primark...

So thanks, but no thanks ASOS... I'm fine with my bargain :)

Love SGS xoxo

(Will update with a picture later)

Comedy without the front-row target!

Saw the very funny and talented Michael McIntyre last night at the Birmingham NIA and I really enjoyed it, was refreshing to see a comedian without a political agenda. This was a comedic routine of personal tales without trashing a country, celebrity, politician or member of the audience in the dreaded front-row.

I do enjoy the close to the bone comedians such as Frankie Boyle but having being on the receiving end of that acid tongue then I am more wary of it..

I asked my mother to book tickets to see Frankie Boyle last year in Port Talbot and she did which was great. When we got the tickets we were front row. The Princess Royal Theatre (makes you think of a grand Barbie-esque venue.. it's a **** hole) is only a small venue and I felt physically sick at the thought of that...

On the evening we got to the front row.. and the seats were dead centre... if things couldn't get any worse they certainly did then. We were on the front-line of a battle against the stand-up, praying on his mercy.. they might as well have given us a helmet and ration pack, it was going to be a long night.

So the warm up guy came out, some American who picked mercilessly on the family next to me and then of course it was our turn, his eyes locked on the next target... The Boy (TB) sat with me and he was picked on too. Survived it.. just...

Then Frankie Boyle who came out and waited a full 30mins until finally picking on me and TB.. what he said I cannot really remember, I braced myself for the barrage of insults and literally froze. I think I stopped breathing, my internal organs were quivering, my eyes locked onto him and my ears were suddenly blocked. I picked out the words "gay" and "eat him alive" and that's about it.

Why should a night out meant to be filled with laughter have to be filled with dread? the rest of my evening was sort of ruined and relaxing was not an option. No SOS flag could be waved.

So please dear comedians, we don't pay £20+ to be verbally abused.... I crawled out of the comedy trenches and patched my bruised ego but the fear runs deep....

Love, SGS xoxo

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Tune on a Tuesday

Tommy Sparks - She's Got Me Dancing

Not able to post the video... just the song!! Loving this at the moment, heard it on Radio 1 a little while ago and now Apple have adopted it in their new I-phone games ad.

I predict BIG things for this tune and the Sparks geezer is British :) like most songs adopted for ads, this will probably be heavily downloaded and overplayed but for now.. it's coco chanel darling ;)

For the official video, click here (watch out for the man shooting lazers from his nipples.. OUCH)

Enjoy! Love, SGS xoxo

Monday, 5 October 2009

Shoooeee la la....

Christian Louboutin Mary Jane Studded Platform Shoe Wow-weeee.. take a look at these beauties..

Checking all the must-have boxes for me!

Studs- tick
Platform- tick
Utterly gorgeous- tick
Ridiculously expensive- tick (arounf £450)

Hmmm lets see.. more than half my wages?! Shall I purchase? erm.. maybe next month, I like food too much

Love, SGS xoxo

Dull, dull job applications...

Dreaded job applications, a necessary but dull part of applying for a new job!

I loathe them... am more a fan of the CV and covering letter format, if you are organised (like moi) then you have a couple of different versions of your CV and basics of a covering letter already saved and them tweak them to match the job descriprion.

I have just filled in an ardous application for a well known television broadcasting company in the UK and it was so uninspiring... about 6 dull sections. If I have come across as the enthusiastic, motivated, fun loving, creative bull-crap person they are looking for it will be a miracle..
Here are the answers I would REALLY love to give...
Question 1- Name a time where you have used team work to achieve a goal...
Me and my gal pals ganged up on a bar man and with humiliation and constant banter got him to give us the promotion on the cocktails that finished before we arrive.
Question 2- Can you name a time where you have showed iniative?
Changed the sale label on a dress to get the lower price and it worked :)
Took full advantage of the Tapas for a Tenner offer in La Tasca by ordering so much food to get our moneys worth the waiter looked at me in disgust and belief before walking away.
Question 3- Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
As a gangsers mol, living in New York refusing to get out of bed for less than $10,000 only wearing Louboutin shoes and sequins and generally being a rich b****h.
So if you are too filling in these awful job apps I can sympathise...
Love, SGS xoxo

Friday, 2 October 2009

New Moon on the horizon

In the words of Shakira... Awooooooohoooooooooooooo

Cannot wait for this film to come out now! I can almost taste it approaching, like a weight watcher staring at a cream cake in a shop window.. I am salivating in anticipation, knees buckling in trepidation and eyes shining in greedy, greedy lust...

November 20th... better than cake

Love, SGS xoxo

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Brain to mouth malfunction

Struck up a great convo with a girl behind the counter in H&M yesterday... which is great as looking for potential gal pals in W.

However could NOT get it outta my head that she looked like a UK version of Ugly Betty... the glasses, braces, dark long hair... slightly geek-chic clothes... so what did I go and do?! Yes that's right in a moment of brain to mouth malfunction as I was leaving the counter I said,

"Thank you Betty"

OH for F***s sake?! I did not stop to see the look on her face... I'm praying she has perforated ear drums or something and didn't hear me...

The search continues.........................

Love, SGS xoxo

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Vintage GaGa

Holy Moly!!!

It's Lady GaGa in 2006... looking so normal... she looks like she could work in HMV or be one of those really annoying Charity people who harass you on the street despite being paid £7 an hour!!

This is vid of her performing.

Love, SGS xoxo

Baby, it's cold outside...

I have just caught up with last weeks Ugly Betty and got totally jealous of everyone wearing fabulous winter clothes and of course the fact that it is set in my spiritual home.. NYC *swoon*

I am definitely a Summer person, I love tanning the natural way, the way the sun warms your skin, flip flops, sunglasses and maxi dresses.. but whenever the nights draw in closer, and you suddenly have to wear long sleeves I get geared up for Winter.

This sudden late spurt of Summer weather is not welcome.. you had your chance Mother Nature and let's face it you were a selfish b****h when it came to dealing us any consistent sun! I have changed over my wardrobe in preparation for Winter and anything remotely wearable in the sunshine is weeping in my drawers (no pun intended) and top wardrobe shelves.

So let me declare I LOVE WINTER... scarves, hats (I have a great shaped head for them), coats and that feeling of being cold yet you are all wrapped up in 100 layers and not feeling guilty if you forget to shave your legs. Can't forget mulled wine, eggnog and hot choc which IMO all help!

So bring on the Winter MN.... I'm ready!

Love. SGS xoxo

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Eggnog Recipe

By popular demand.. a recipe for a truly scrummy drink!

Like liquidised egg custard tart.. YUM! Please refer to my profile pic, in that red Starbucks cup is an Eggnog Latte.. I drank 1000 calories before 9am in New York, fabulous darling!

American Grandpa Eggnog Recipe- Ingredients for 8 servings

Fresh Eggs (separated into yolks/whites) - 4
Sugar (divided into 2 equal parts) - 1/2 cup
White Rum - 1/2 cup

Milk (Whole or 2%) - 1 1/2 cups
Whiskey (Bourbon) - 1 1/2 cups
Heavy/Whipping Cream (divided into 2 equal parts) - 1 cup

Ground Nutmeg - enough to sprinkle on servings.

For you Lady D- SGS xoxo

What to wear at the office..

I just attended meeting about a magazine.. not anything uber trendy or remotely glam, just a community magazine that goes out to members of the public.

Women outnumbered men at at this meeting about 10-2 and I couldn't help notice what everyone was wearing.

My favourite outifit had to Lady 1, who wore a red shift dress to the knee with a black cardi and snakeskin shoes. She sort of looked like Michelle Dewberry- who won The Apprentice (before Lee( and left Sir Sugars' empire after 2 months.., stylish and practical.

Lady 2 wore a bright purple long sleeve stop, ruched at the shoulders, with a black belt, 3/4 trousers and grey suede heels. Earrings were dangly and sparkly.. stylish yes, but sort of more appropriaite for an after work knees up.

So where is the balance?

I think that to get it right you should start with the basics. Here are my top 5 tips..

1. Have a smart pair of black trousers that fit you.. not the trousers you wore when you were 17 but ones that are the right cut and can be worn with heels.

2. Shift dresses in any colour are great- versatile and can be dressed up and down.

3. Skirts have to be acceptable length, you may look Heidi Klumesque when you stand up but you don't want to show your lady bits when you sit down.

4. Scarves are your friend.. pashminas or neck scarves will jazz up any outfit, lift an all black outfit and may be good to cover the occasional spot on your chin.

5. Don't wear tights with holes in.. even if you are late! Julia Roberts rocked the Pretty Woman look, Trashy Woman is NOT a good look.

What am I wearing today?

All about the comfort.. let's leave it like that.

SGS xoxo

Monday, 28 September 2009

Famous 5ft-ers

Decided I would compile a list of the Top 10 Celebrities that are 5ft and a little bit (like me- minus the little bit)

Got any more suggestions? Let me know

Numero Uno- Dolly Parton is 5 feet 0 inches tall (1.63 m).

2. Shakira is 5 feet 2 inches tall (1.57 m).

3. Christina Aguilera is 5 feet 2.5 inches tall (1.59 m).

4. Kelly Osbourne is 5 feet 3 inches tall (1.60 m).

5. Mary-Kate Olsen is 5 feet 1 inches tall (1.55 m).

6. Paula Abdul is 5 feet 2 inches tall (1.57 m).

7. Gloria Estefan is 5 feet 2 inches tall (1.57 m).

8. Prince is 5 feet 2 inches tall (1.57 m).

9. Bilbo Baggins is between 3-4 feet.

10. Thumbelina the Horse- 10 inches.

Nice to see I beat entries 9 and 10... :)


As I enjoy writing on Facebook and Twitter (well not so much... I am a voyeur of the celeb world) and reading other Blogs, I have decided to start a Blog of my own.

This is very much work in progress and I hope to have it looking tip top very soon... please be patient!

I'm guessing my main topics of blogs will be about me (god I love blogging) and what is affecting me- mainly job hunting, fashion, films, celebs, music and anything that I so happen to think of.


SGS xoxo