Shameless self promotion

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I thought I'd use today's blog post as a bit of shameless self promotion- I hope you don't mind, it may be a little dull in comparison to some of my previous posts!

So, some of you may or may not know that I run my own magazine, Love from... magazine. I don't exactly make money from this, it's not a huge magazine but I am immensely proud of it! I have a team of writers, it is distributed across the UK and the USA, we stepped things up and made it available in digital format as well as in print format and now, we have a website/blog/YouTube launching!

When?

Tomorrow!

That's right! On March 1st, not only are we launching Issue 4 of the mag, Love from...Dorkface (aka the lovely Jemma who runs Dorkface Blog and founded the Girl Gang) but we are also launching our website, blog and YouTube! I'd really love it if you all headed over to the Twitter account @lovefrommag tomorrow and checked for updates and joined in with the launch! Raising the profile of my little mag is my main priority at the moment because I'd love for this to grow and be the new Glamour magazine...but better, of course!

Other exciting things we have coming up are the covering of our first event, a concert we have been invited to not only cover but also to make a documentary of! Its also the magazines 1 year anniversary in June so there will be celebrations for that too!

I'm so proud of my magazine and hope so many of you will join me on Twitter tomorrow to celebrate this little bit of development for me and my team! Please say hi, join in with the things we have planned (potentially a small q and a!) and keep your eye's peeled for any opportunities we have on offer for bloggers and businesses!

So there you have it...some shameless, self promotion! I can't link the website now as it's a secret until it's launch tomorrow, but please do pop back to this post with any feedback you have on the site as and when you see it- I would really appreciate it!

As always, thanks to you guys. Without all of you who have encouraged me along every step of my blogging journey, this would not be possible.

If you need any more info on the magazine, please email lovefrommag@gmail.com and I will get back to you ASAP!

Love from,
Florence Grace
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What stops me swiping right

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Since becoming single in 2016, I have had a bit of a love/hate relationship with the dating app Tinder. Initially, my friend Charlie from work suggested that I join for a bit of a laugh and yes, initially it did cheer me up, reading crazily weird bios and looking at very unfortunately angled pictures that people seem to feel best represented them. I did still take it semi-seriously though, being asked on a few dates that all fell through after I made it clear that I wasn't going to sleep with them on this first "date". Lol. One guy even unmatched with me after I declined his invitation to come to my house- that's right, he invited himself over! After politely declining, he unmatched and I have heard nothing since.

Anyway. There have been so many hilarious moment's with this dating app that I thought I'd make (another) list using (more) gifs for your guys pleasure, all about what stops me from swiping right on Tinder!



Topless photos. If your main picture/only picture is you topless/fully naked then nope, you are not the guy for me and I am not going to be pressing that little love heart to try and match with you.

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Photos with one girl. A group of mixed sex friends is fine. But if most of your photos are with one girl- especially the same girl- then I am gonna get a funny feeling about the relationship the pair of you may have and what your game is here. No swipe for you today. 

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Only one photo. Are you a catfish? I think so. How am I supposed to know you're real if there is only one image that could be sourced from Google images?! 

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No bio. How am I meant to find out anything about you? I know an element of mystery is sometimes good in any new relationship but knowing absolutely nothing about you is no good for me. 

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You don't smile. If you pout more than the average girl and I can't gauge what you look like on a normal, day to day basis, it's a no from me. 

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You lie about your age. If your age says 20 and in your bio it says "actually I'm 17" I will not be impressed and I most definitely will not be swiping. Go back to playing Sims or whatever it is you kids do nowadays. 

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Do you use Tinder? What prevents you from swiping right? Let me know in the comments below!

Love from,
Florence Grace



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Things all Mum's do!

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Mums. You gotta love them, right? Yet sometimes they can be so annoying! They do and say such frustrating things that all you can do is sit there staring at them like... what?! So I thought I'd compile a beautiful, gif filled list (you know I love them!) about the most common things all mums seem to say and do that grind our gears! 

They shout from five rooms away to get your attention and when you shout back she claims she can't hear you...or if you don't respond because you can't hear her, she gets narked, even though she wouldn't be able to hear you if you screamed back. Um, so how did you expect me to hear you? Huh? HUH? 

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They call you all of your siblings names and sometimes even the pets names before reaching your name. Seriously, mum, you have one job. Remember the name of your favourite child. Not that hard is it?

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They suggest you eat foods they know you don't like when you tell them you're hungry. Mum, why? I'm hungry, not starved of food completely. I'm not going to eat that week old banana. 

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Similarly, they complain that food they've bought is going to waste. But it's all food you don't like, so wouldn't eat, and haven't eaten since about...well. Birth. 

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They seem to be controlled with a switch. One minute you're having a normal conversation, the next minute she's screaming about the washing machine, or something else like that. Why?!

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They ask you to do chores. Then do them whilst nagging you about how you've not done them. And get mad because you haven't done them. 

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They don't notice when you do something nice. Like clean the house or do the washing up when normally you're a lazy oaf. Huh. Won't try being nice again then! 

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But hey, they aren't all bad! They only give birth to us, clothe us, feed us, wash us, help us to grow up, keep a roof over our head, feed us almost everyday and love us unconditionally always. So not much then, hey? 

Does your mum do anything on this list? Let me know in the comments below!

Love from,
Florence Grace 

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"Dear daddy" by Being Woman

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On the 16th December, "Being Woman" on Facebook shared a video that has resurfaced today and is seemingly about to go viral and break the internet in a big way. The video is the message of an unborn female child to her father, telling the story of what will happen to her at the hands of males throughout her lifetime, pleading her father to protect her as she grows up. 

The main gist of the video is to respect women. Don't call them whore's or slut's or other derogatory names that will damage how people view women but also how women are treated. It also encourages men to stop their brothers, friends and son's from doing this too. It's quite a heartbreaking video, and one that I think resonates with a lot of women, if not all women. 

It definitely resonated with me. I have suffered at the hands of a partner with a bad temper, bad enough to break doors with a single punch and break my spirit with unkind words, and have been called every name under the sun by numerous boys since I was the age of 12. It's amazing how easily the words drop out of people's mouths, without thinking of the consequences that may follow- I myself am guilty of using "slut" and "bitch" without even thinking, letting the words just run right out of my mouth. It's damaging. 

It has to stop somewhere, and here and now in 2016 it is long overdue that we stop calling women such disgusting adjectives in an attempt to shame them and make them feel bad about being a woman- especially when it isn't true! Slut, whore, slag, bitch, cow, even simple non gender specific words such as stupid or idiot used when a woman makes a suggestion or comment, they're all so damaging and they all do effect women in the long term, regardless of what you or others may think. 

To be honest, it's about time that everyone was just nice to each other or ignored each other. There doesn't need to be this toxic middle ground where we spend time hating on each other. Even if you don't like someone, you should still respect them. Treat them like a human. Behave appropriately and politely. Have respect for one another. 

Being born a woman is dangerous, it's true. But it shouldn't be, and it doesn't have to be, if people just start treating women like humans. It's not difficult and it should come as naturally as treating men like humans- so why doesn't it? 

The next time you find yourself going to say something derogatory or nasty to a woman, stop a second. Press that pause button. Think about what you're about to say, and why you're about to say it. Is it going to make them happy? Is it going to make you happy? Why do you feel the need to say something so poisonous? 

By the time you've thought all of this through, hopefully you'll have seen sense and won't want to make the comment- and will refrain from doing so. 

Women are humans- so let's treat them that way. 

Love from,
Florence Grace

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My relationship with food

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"Flo, you should come to the gym with us" Chloe from work said. 

It's not the first time someone has invited me to the gym, and it's not the first time I have declined either. I know I need to lose some weight- just a stone- to be what my doctor will consider "healthy", but I just feel too embarrassed to go to the gym, even with friends. 

Initially, this is why I had joined Katie Hopkins' "Fat Club" on Facebook. The motto of the group is "Eat less, move more", and that's exactly what they all do. I've seen some amazing transformations, people who are shedding weight like nobodies business simply by walking 10,000 steps a day and eating a little less junk food than they did before. It seems so easy, so why am I still unable to do this?

I've tried diets, work out DVD's, more recently I've taken to running...yet nothing seems to work. And I think it's because of this; I have an unhealthy relationship with food. 

I don't like many vegetables or fruits...to be precise, I like strawberries, potatoes, mushrooms, brussel sprouts, peppers and green grapes (but only on certain days!), so eating healthily as it is is hard enough. 

Secondly, I eat when I'm bored. I eat when I'm hungry. I eat when I'm sad and when I'm angry. I eat at basically any time other than meal times. In fact, more often than not, I only eat one meal a day, dinner, because I eat that meal with my family and my mum makes it. I tend to skip the other meals in favour of additional sleep and work, and skip the food for snacks throughout the day instead. 

Thirdly, I crash diet a lot. I think the way to lose weight is to eat less and so, as I have just mentioned, I skip meals a lot. In turn, this just makes me starving, so then I end up binging and then hating myself all over again. 


To be honest, I'm not sure where this unhealthy relationship with food started. It could be that when I was younger, I felt my portions were not big enough and often felt hungry long after a meal- in turn, this has lead me to over eating a lot now that I'm in control of my meals. It could be that at school, my friends didn't eat much so I skipped out on food too in order to try and look skinny like them. It could be that after my parents got divorced there was an empty hole inside that I thought only food could fill. It could just be that I'm a greedy little pig who enjoys too much of the wrong foods. There are several things it could be.

The only thing I'm certain of now is that it needs to stop. The only way I will lose weight in a healthy way without harming myself or crash dieting or binging is by eating less and moving more, like Katie Hopkins' Fat Club promotes. I need to stop skipping meals and eat two, if not three, normal sized and healthy meals a day. I need to stop snacking late at night on crisps and sweets. I need to move more- which I have already started to do with my running. 

I want to be able to wear a bikini with confidence this summer. I half achieved this last summer, but I still had to breathe in to look a little more on the skinny side. This summer, I don't want to have to do that. So I will run more, I will eat less and I will drink more water. I will conquer this everlasting battle with my weight and I will achieve my goal weight/size. 

And maybe next time my friends invite me to the gym, I might just say yes! 

Love from,
Florence Grace



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Life and Death Row

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Before, I have aired my views on the Death Penalty. I have always been firm on the fact that I believe the Death Penalty is necessary but only for extreme cases e.g. murder. I know it might be shocking to admit to that, but I just felt it was the only punishment suitable for someone who had done something as horrific as murder. And yes, I know that it can be tricky to determine if the person is actually in the wrong sometimes and there are all sorts of other complications, but that's just what I agreed with.

Then I invested some time into watching Life and Death Row on BBC iPlayer. I hadn't realised there was episodes from as far back as 2014 so I started with the very first episode and began to learn more about the ins and outs of the Death Penalty and how cases are dealt with in court and so on. Needless to say, I changed my opinion at once. I do not agree with the Dealth Penalty. 

I know my views on the subject would probably differ had I been in a situation where I had been attacked or victimised by someone who was now on Death Row and maybe I would want them dead. But in my current scenario in life, I can firmly say that I disagree with the Death Penalty. So what was it that changed my heart?

Wrongly convicted inmates. I have read stories before of people leaving Death Row after being found innocent, having now wasted an entire lifetime in prison and it breaks my heart. A human's life is so precious and to hold the power to give and take it in our hands is incredibly dangerous- we have to be so careful before determining that a) they are guilty and b) they deserve to die. Imagine ending someone's life due to the death penalty to then discover that actually, they had been guilty. It's a really complicated and tricky thing to deal with but I think that someone's life is just to precious to be undecided over and to take risks with, regardless of what they have done. 


Scenarios that haven't been appropriately considered. Was this person provoked? Were their actions out of character for them? Is it their first offence? In the program, a young boy shot at a police officer who was off duty. This seems like a closed case scenario, right? 

Wrong. The off duty police officer actively followed the boy in his car, as he believed that the boy has broken his wind shield. When he approached the boy he said "I'm a police officer" and went for his belt- which to the boy, who had received military training, indicated that he was producing a weapon. So in some form of self defence, he shot first and then fled the scene. 

When you take into consideration factors such as these, it puts quite a different spin on the crime. Whilst murdering someone is still wrong- so the boy is still in the wrong for killing the off duty police officer- I don't think it's deserving of the Death Penalty, but rather, life imprisonment or something similar, due to the actions that occurred before the shooting. This is the same with every case- it isn't enough to just consider the crime alone, but the mitigating evidence and the scenario in which the crime happened too! 


An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. How can we show people that murder is wrong by killing murderers? We can't! We can't carry out the same crimes as the criminals and tell people it's okay because we are doing it for the right reasons. An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind and we will achieve nothing in this endless vicious cycle if we do not change our way of thinking. 


History of a criminal. Some criminals have truly, truly awful pasts that have lead them to do the things that they did, almost through no fault of their own. One case in Life and Death Row showed a man who was forced to smoke weed every day from the age of seven and take cocaine from the age of eleven- if he didn't do this, he was beaten to within an inch of his life until he did. He was also sexually abused and men would come to the house to "take him out", along with his siblings and cousins. Hearing these stories made my skin crawl and whilst yes, what he did was so wrong (murder), he was also raised to not know better- his father had stabbed several people when they angered him, and so he had done what he had been exposed to whilst growing up. It's a horrific situation but counselling and mental health help would surely be more beneficial than to murder him.


The jury. Twelve people who aren't educated in law whatsoever get to decide who lives and dies. Cases that would be considered for the Death Penalty should be handled differently from 'ordinary' cases, and should be dealt with only by professionals who can make the most appropriate decisions. Twelve people from the street can not possibly decide on the life of someone, and whether they should keep their life or have it taken away. It's not right and it's not fair.  


Of course, I know the pro's for the Death Penalty too. I know that it is the worst punishment imaginable for the worst crimes imaginable. But it just doesn't sit right with me any more. There is absolutely no way it is right to kill someone, least of all as a punishment for murder. And now, I no longer see it fit as a way to punish anyone at all. I think a better alternative would be to just make prison less "enjoyable" than it is for people we feel are worthy of being killed. Rather than having open prisons or prisons with TV privileges and the likes, if you feel someone is worthy of being killed, take away these prison privileges too. Let them rot in their cells, stuck with their minds torturing them over the things they have done. Don't allow them the chance to be released on parole or bail. 

But don't kill them. An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind and who are we to decide who gets to live and who gets to die? 

Love from,
Florence Grace

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Internet creepin'

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We're all guilty of it. You know what I'm talking about.

Stalking. 

Yup. Be it your ex partner, someone you despise but still care desperately about what they're doing or someone you fancy the pants off but don't have the balls to confess to, there's probably someone in your life you have a Internet creepin' relationship with.

But the real question here isn't who the person is but rather why do we have a person/people like this in our lives at all? Why do we feel the need to follow people's lives without actually pressing that follow button? It's damn weird! Imagine if this was real life...if you followed said victim in real life as much as you click on their name in the online world, you'd probably have a restraining order. Half the world would.

Its bizarre that we care so much about what people are doing, yet not enough to click that follow button. It could be for a number of reasons; you don't like them but for some reason care what they're doing, you don't want an odd number on your "following" list, you don't want your friends to know you're interested in this persons life...the list goes on.

Some people might call it "admiring from afar" but to me, it's still pretty damn weird.

That doesn't mean to say that I don't do this myself, because I do! I won't confess to who or for what reason but there is a few people I check up on without pressing "follow".

It's just a waste of life really, isn't it? How many times a day/week/month do you click on someone's profile to "stalk" them, when really you should have been/could have been doing something else a lot more productive? It's ridiculous, really. Why do we care?

If you don't like someone, stop clicking on their profile.

If you fancy someone, be bold and give that follow button a click. 

But for the love of God we need to stop stalking people for negative reasons, it's such a waste of life! Go and get busy living your life!

To be honest, I don't think this post really has a point...its more of just a ramble to let out some scrambled brain thoughts! But I for one am definitely going to stop stalking people and make it a habit to have a strict follow or not rule- I'm not going to be an in between stalker, Internet creepin' on people for the wrong reasons (e.g. jealousy or boredom or envy!).

Is there anyone who comes to your mind when I say "Internet creepin'"? Let me know if there is in the comments below!

Love from,
Florence Grace
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How to make a girl scream...

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...with frustration because you are winding her right up.



That's right, boys. In case you didn't know it already, you can be pretty frustrating to the female species and do some pretty damn annoying things. If you find yourself guilty of doing some of the things on this list, you should probably stop ASAP...that, or the end of your life may be closer than you think.


Saying you'll do something and then never doing it at all. 

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Rearranging your balls- or even just giving them a scratch- whilst we're trying to help you engage in a mature conversation with either ourself or some friends.

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Leaving dirty underwear anywhere but the wash basket.

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Going out in clothes that totally don't match.

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Leaving rubbish anywhere in the house bar the bin.

Say "I don't know, whatever you want" when we ask you to help us decide between outfits.

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Complain about how long we take to get ready but when we are ready, you still aren't.

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Make comments that imply we are fat e.g. "but you love eating as much as Shrek instead of working out"

Don't tell us we look nice when we have clearly made an effort to dress up for whatever reason.

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Don't notice at all when we dress up for whatever reason.

Talk about your hobbies and then call our hobbies boring or stupid when we do the same.

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I could go on- boys, you can be so infuriating! But I know us girls can be equally as bad! Let me know in the comments below what people of the opposite sex can do to annoy you! 

Love from,
Florence Grace
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10 things that happen when you're white girl wasted

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We all like to have a few too many on the odd occasion, right? And there's no harm in that! A night out with good friends and some drinks is a lot of fun! However, sometimes we can find ourselves crossing the line from wasted to... white girl wasted. And then some dangerous things happen. Such as...


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1) You think you can dance. After one too many Vodka and cokes the inner Beyonce rears her head and you begin to bust some shapes on the floor. Who knew you were so talented? 

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2) Every girl is your best friend. From lending out combs in toilets (Talia, I'm looking at you), to pulling loo roll off of every girls high heel (except mine, thank you Alex!), girls seem to be each others soul mates. Until...

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3) You're always ready for a fight. She looked at me how? He just pulled my hair by accident! They're staring at me! Only one way to sort this out... fight! 

Because, you know, you're secretly as good at wrestling as you are dancing. 

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4) Shots are always a good idea. Regardless of the fact that you're already half passed out on the floor, consuming more alcohol is always the way forward.

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5) Every song is your song. And you feel the need to scream this to everyone at the top of your voice. "Oh my GOD guys this is MY SONG!" 

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6) Beer goggles become very real. Because is he really that cute though? Really? 

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7) Hunger reaches new levels. You might never have consumed a twenty box of chicken nuggets before and then chased it down with a messy kebab and some cheesy chips but that's damn well what you fancy- and will do- right now!

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8) Emotions are worse than when you're on your period. One minute you're crying over a guy that hasn't text you, the next you're laughing hysterically over who know's what...and then you're lairy, ready for a fight with the next person who looks in your direction.

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9) You're suddenly a millionaire. You begin to throw money around like confetti. YOLO BITCHES. Until tomorrow. 



10) You don't want the party to ever end. Because you know the list of regrets tomorrow is going to be so long and tonight really wasn't worth it. 

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Love from,
Florence Grace

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Free Kesha

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If you don't have social media, you won't have been exposed to the outrage that erupted across all platforms regarding yesterday's court case result in regards to the situation between Kesha, Sony and her producer, Dr Luke. 

To cut a long story short for you all, the scenario is this. Kesha had inexplicably gone from producing hit after hit to making absolutely no music for two years. Fans questioned why, and when she came out with an answer it was down to the fact that her producer, Dr Luke, had drugged her and raped her. Of course, Sony and Dr Luke denied this allegation and it has been taken to court. Yesterday, the judge gave the verdict that Kesha could not leave her contract with Sony and must continue to make a further six albums with Dr Luke, her rapist. If she uses another producer, Sony will refuse to promote her- effectively, ending her career. 

It's horrific, right?

Now, some people have said "What about him? What if he's innocent?" 

But in my opinion what about Kesha? Why would she lie about this, and ruin her career which was really taking off and peaking? Why would she lie about being raped full stop? I just can't believe that she would. Her career has ended for two years now, and after being in the charts continuously and gathering some pretty good success, I refuse to believe she ended her career two years ago out of her own choice to stop singing. Something must have happened to make her want to stop. 

Oh yeah, it did. She was raped.



It makes me feel sick to my stomach that this is the kind of society we live in today- where someone confesses to being raped and the law gets to decide if they are telling the truth or not. Yet sadly, it is something that happens every single day to hundreds of men and women, not just Kesha. 

My heart breaks for Kesha now, it really does. To be confronted with the fact that she must make another six albums with a man who raped her is absolutely crazy, and such a huge number. A lot of artists don't even manage six albums throughout their whole career! It will take years to produce that much work. So for years, Kesha will have to face her rapist.

I can't believe that Sony could be so heartless. If anything they could have just made this easy for themselves and let her go- but now they're not only forcing someone into working with their rapist, they're having their name dragged through the mud. This could have been avoided if they'd just listened to Kesha and cut her free from her contract. 


Furthermore, I'm angry at the female celebrities that claim to be firm feminists but have not spoken up on the situation. A few have said kind words, such as Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga, but for other people, such as the Queen's of feminism (apparently) Taylor Swift and Emma Watson, not one word has been said. They are all set to show off the fact that they care about women's rights, but when it really comes down to it they won't speak out when it matters most. It sickens me. 

All that anyone can continue to do now is keep this issue at the forefront of the news. We can't let this story fade away and be so quickly forgotten about. We must keep it fresh and present in everyone's minds, reminding everyone of this injustice- again, one that is not faced by Kesha alone but is faced by hundreds of people every single day. 

Rape is not okay. Rape is never okay. It doesn't matter if you're drunk, if you're wearing hotpants, if you're a boy or a girl- none of that is relevant. Rape is never okay



The fact that it's 2016 and we still have to try and drum this message into people's minds is disgusting. All I can hope is that one day soon, Kesha will be freed from her contract and also, hopefully, we will start to see rape crimes drop, rape victims be believed more and receive more support and for rapists to receive worse punishments than they currently do. 

Rape is never okay. 

Love from,
Florence Grace




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#TypeOfPeopleIAvoid

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Today on Twitter the latest trend throwing out some pretty humorous tweets was "#TypeOfPeopleIAvoid". This inspired me for today's post, and I thought I'd make use of being able to use more than 140 characters and share with you the type of people I avoid! 


1) Negative people.
Whilst I do like a good whine now and again, I am a pretty positive person. I believe in myself, in all the things I do and things I am capable of doing in future and so on. So I can't stand being around people who are constantly negative about everything, be it about themselves, about other people or about something else entirely. Life is too short to be so miserable all the time! 


2) Anti-feminists.
If you don't believe in feminism, if you slag it off or act misogynistic or in a similar manner, I will not be spending my time with you. Feminism is a very real thing that is still desperately needed every single day. If you think otherwise, remove yourself from my social circle please.


3) Homophobic people.
If you only support white cishet people and don't believe in supporting/the rights of LGBTQ people and even go as far as to be nasty or rude about them, again, remove yourself from my social circle please.


4) Kanye West's. 
Not literally Kanye West, of course. But the people who act like Kanye West in terms of Taylor Swift- trying to steal credit for someone else's accomplishments or ride off of someone else's achievements and successes. Try and ride off of my achievements which I worked super hard for and you can ride off out of my life, buddy.


5) Copycats.
I have mentioned time and time again about how I feel about people copying my work (you can read that here and here). I know that friends naturally begin to share each other's likes and dislikes the more time they spend together and so on...but if you begin to full on copy what I do, how I talk, what I buy and so on I will get rid of you like that. Buh bye. 


6) Bitchy girls.
You know the one's I mean. The one's who will have perfectly manicured nails and will make a point of "complimenting" your home painted one's whilst their expression says something totally different. Or the type of girl who orders a salad whilst you order a pizza and makes a comment like "Oh it's so good you're comfortable to eat whatever you like and not care how if affects your weight". We all know a girl like this. Avoid them. 


7) Animal haters.
If you hate animals you must really have no heart and there is no room for that kind of person in my life, sorry!



So there's just a handful of people that I choose to avoid in life! What kinds of people do you avoid? Let me know in the comments below!

Love from,
Florence Grace


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Being an adult

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When I was younger, I wanted to be married with children by the time I was 20, and had decided I would not have children later than 25, because I wanted to be a young, pretty, cool mum like my mum was. I think that was what influenced this naive idea- the fact that my parents were married with children by the time they were 22. This, and the fact that a lot of Jacqueline Wilson books I was reading (she was my favourite author) featured young, single mums who were pretty and cool and all had babies when they were 16. 

It wasn't until I reached 16 myself that I realised how far off 20 was- the answer? Not very far. I had started to consider university and further education. I couldn't possibly have a baby whilst at uni! I made calculations in my head. Finish uni by 21, baby by 22, 23 and still be a young, cool mum with a degree. 

Then I reached 18. 20 was creeping ever closer. I had given up on the idea of uni, much to my school and my parents disappointment. That wasn't all I had given up on though. The idea of having children in just two years was terrifying when I myself still didn't know how to cook or use a washing machine. But I could still get married and have a partner and we could live together. 

Then I hit 19. Just one year until I wanted to start getting this show they call 'life' on the road. I had started my career in the media industry and everything was going really well, with lots of exciting changes happening for me. It was a matter of months until I turned 20, the deadline I had set myself so many years ago to start being an "adult". And as the months began to fall away, bringing my 20th birthday ever closer, I realised something I had been feeling for a while now...

I wasn't ready. 

Married? At 20? No way. It wasn't going to happen. Not only because it's not what my current partner had wanted but also because it's not what I wanted. There was- and still is- so much I want to do first without children. I want to travel to more places, be able to drop everything and dash off to participate in some amazing opportunity or take on a new job without having to worry too much about money or where I'm living, if I can afford food and, most importantly of all, if I can look after another human being that is literally depending on me to survive. 

My whole life I had felt that when I turned 20 I would be an adult, ready to run a family and a home. My own mum made it look so easy! And then I reached 20 and I realised that I wouldn't be ready until 30, if ever. Is anyone ready to be an 'adult'? I don't know if I ever will be! 

I adore babies, and feel so broody whenever I see them or cuddle them. I love the idea of marriage and am a firm believer that you can be with one person and make it work forever (maybe that idea will change as I get older too...). I'm not saying that I don't want to get married and have children because I definitely do. 

But not now. Not like I planned. 

If reaching 20 taught me anything it is not only that I'm not an adult yet, but also that it's okay not to have a plan. It's okay to have absolutely no clue where you're going in life. It's okay to change your mind about things every single day. 20 is still young and is no where near an adult- in my opinion anyway. 

I am 20 and have no plan. I know things I'd like to do but have no idea when they'll happen, when I'll have the money or when I will have the time. I have a list of things I'd like to do but no plan set in stone. Right now, I'm more focused on living life in the moment, taking each day as it comes and gaining memories and experiences that will last me for a lifetime. 

I'm 20 and have no life plans. There. I said it!


Love from,
Florence Grace


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Pretty in Pink

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Pretty in Pink is one of my favourite films, a total classic that everyone must see. For me, it's up there with St Elmo's Fire and, of course, The Breakfast Club. The clothes, the music, the actors, the storyline...they are incomparable with the bland films we see rolled out every week in today's cinematic world. 

However, there is one 'deeper' thing from the movie that I love, and that's the lesson's we can take from the film. Because there are several and they are important. So today, that's what I have decided to share with you; the lessons we can learn from John Hughes' Pretty in Pink. 


1) Money doesn't matter. Even when it does. It doesn't.
One of the main issues the film focuses on is money- and effectively, social classes- and how it affects friendships and relationships and people's time at school and at home. The moral of the story of course turns out to be that money doesn't matter, people can love who they love, and whilst it seems to be solved so simply, it is a serious message that people should pay attention to! Money doesn't and should not matter, it's a material item that shouldn't change how you interact with other people. If you want to be friends with someone or date someone or do it then go ahead- don't worry about the money because you can't take it with you in the end!


2) Bad boys are always bad boys.
And in Pretty in Pink bad boy Steff is the worst. No matter how many girls he has he is the kind of guy that will screw every single one of them over, no matter what. Luckily the female protagonist has sense to see this and doesn't fall for his charms at all- go girl!


3) It's okay to "friend zone" guys...and it's okay for guys to accept this.
Whilst your heart will break for poor old Duckie, he is the perfect example of a guy who is stuck firmly in the friend zone. Andie is fully aware of the fact that Duckie is in love with her but keeps him and his feelings firmly at bay. Whilst Duckie's feelings don't fade, he accepts that he and Andie will always be friends and leaves it at that, refusing to push her or make her feel bad. And that's how it should be!


4) Never be ashamed of where you come from. 
Andie has a break down in the film, ashamed of her back ground and where she lives. Eventually, she comes around and this is important. Never be ashamed of who you are or where you come from- the right people won't care about it all. They will only care about you


5) Individual style is important.
Being the fashionista that she is, Andie is amazing at pulling off her quirky and unique style without giving a toss what anyone else thinks of her. Yes she is mocked and teased and bullied for the way that she dresses but when you look at everyone else laughing at her, you soon realise that Andie is the best dressed! Always stick to your individual style, it's a part of you so don't let anyone take it away from you!


6) Pink really is the best colour.
If you're feeling blue, put on some pink. Brighten up and customise an outfit with pink. Always wear pink. It is the prettiest colour and will put a smile on your face no matter what! 


Have you watched Pretty in Pink? Did any of the lessons in the film resonate with you? Let me know in the comments below!

Love from,
Florence Grace



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People who take credit for your accomplishments.

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"There are people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments...but if you just focus on the work and don't let those people side track you, someday when you get where you're going, you'll look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you that put you there and that will be the greatest feeling in the world". 

These were some of the inspiring words Taylor Swift spoke during her acceptance speech at the 2016 Grammy's last night. Now, I don't particularly like Taylor Swift and find several flaws in how she deals with things such as feminist issues, but these words really resonated with me. 

There are a handful of people who constantly try to turn my successes in life on themselves. Some say it as a joke, such as "well don't forget you wouldn't have done that if it weren't for me *wink face*", whilst others say it being genuinely serious. It grinds my gears. Who the hell do these people think they are?! How dare they try and take credit for my accomplishments? 

Yes, you may have introduced me to someone, you may have given me an idea for a blog post, a means to improve my magazine. But are you there with me at the networking events? No. Are you writing my blog posts for me? No. Are you up till 4am after a day at work editing magazine pages? I don't think so. Other people may assist me in reaching the next level, they may provide me with some help- which I am totally grateful for, of course I am- but these people don't do all of the hard work. And to think that they deserve the credit for my hard work purely because they were with me at point A whilst I'm not at point F, M or even Z is completely absurd. 

Unless you have held my hand and walked with me through every single step of my journey, through the up's and downs, the hard times and the good, the successes and the failures, you are not the reason I make accomplishments. Get a grip, please. Go and make your own successes and stop trying to ride off of other peoples! 

I feel like Taylor said it best, and it's always going to be true- people will always try and take credit off of your accomplishments so that they can be successful without doing any of the hard work themselves. Shake them off (no pun intended) and move forward without leeches like these- they are truly toxic people to have in your life! 

Believe me, I know. 

Love from,
Florence Grace


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