Stylist Live

I was fortunate to attend 3 of the 4 days of Stylist Live last October, and my life truly changed for the better. It truly was a  cultural festival featuring everything a modern woman could possibly want from cocktails to beauty makeovers to fashion shows to award winning literature to live comedy and musical performances, to name but a few. I left in awe of the entire experience, and eager to absorb more knowledge, touch further bases, and network with even more amazing people the following day.


"If you approach everything in your life with a certain degree of intention, you can affect the outcome" (6) #GirlBoss
I'm continuing with my pledge to read a book a month this year, and perhaps more than one if my time permits. I loved the feedback from my book reviews, and also the opportunities I was fortunate to secure, as a result. BLEURGH is more than a fashion or lifestyle blog; it aims to enrich its readership with thought provoking content, and enlighten you of an existent feminist BME perspective. I found the book reviews were journeying along the same route of this ethos, and thought it best to read and review books in 2016 that conveyed this message. The reviews will be published on the last Wednesday of each month; the first of which is #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso, founder and Executive Chairman of NastyGal. I was apprehensive at first as I'm not the biggest fan of autobiographies or self-help books, and heard this book falls squarely between the two. And unfortunately, it lived up to its reputation. However, it does have gems buried between its poorly dictated prose, which I will review in regular BLEURGH format i.e. thematically: Money, Feminism, and Passion.
"Why fit in when you were born to stand out?" Dr Seuss

Lost Ones

Obviously being of the generation (and ethnic descent) where 'David Bowie' is nothing more than a public figure to me, it struck me as odd to see hours on end devoted to celebrity obituaries in the news last week. Mad Men (bear with me as I binge watched the entire 7 seasons in a short period of time, and will be frequently referencing it in posts) depicts an entirely different grieving culture to nowadays. It struck me as odd that employees were so personally attached to public figures, and would be huddled around the radio to hear updates and later cry at their loss. Nowadays, all we do is publicly acclaim some detached attachment to the figure e.g. early career inspiration, and keep it moving.


#RelationshipGoals #FriendshipGoals #SquadGoals #BaeGoals #BootyGoals #Goals2016
We've seen it all, heard it all, read it all. We are obsessed with pitting ourselves against one another and forever pulling the short straw. In comparison, we can always do better. Live better. Love and be loved better. However, what's to say their's IS better? We have been told time and again that what's shared on social media is the best collated version of life, yet we all still find ourselves staring wistfully at the life of others, drawing inane comparisons on how much better off they are to us. We pine after stylishly coordinated couples or perfectly meme-worthy synchronised snaps, wistfully wishing it were us. We stalk Pinterest boards and subscribe to every retail newsletter in a bid to recreate a look that's so structurally perfect yet seemingly laissez-faire. Why? 


I went to watch JOY starring Jennifer Lawrence, Robert DeNiro and Bradley Cooper on New Year's Day, and it was fitting for the season. JOY is about a close-knit family who have four generations residing in one abode. JOY is the name of the protagonist (loosely based on a true tory of Joy Mangano, the creator of the miracle mop), played by the expressionless (blame the botox) Jennifer Lawrence, who is destined to become the matriarch of the family as a result of her relentless talent for creating things. JOY chronicles the plight of Joy the entrepreneur as she faces financial restraint, family feuds and status frustration, in a bid to make a success of an idea.