To Anne-Marie

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To Anne-Marie,

I will never forget the day I discovered you and your music. Scrolling through my Facebook feed, SB.TV shared your 'Boy' song on their page. I gave it a listen and fell in love instantly- not just with the song and with your voice, but you and your style. You were rocking a look so similar to the one I desired to achieve myself but was often mocked for. I particularly loved your big hoop earrings, an item I am almost never without myself!

After watching the video I remember tweeting you and being over the moon when you responded! And I've been following your journey since then, listening to your songs, engaging with you online and seeing you perform too. I saw you at Wireless, in the very front row, and introduced my best friend Alex to you- she's now almost as big of a fan as I am! Then this week, on Monday, we saw you perform at the Koko Club in Camden and you blew our minds all over again.


I wanted to write this post for you- to you- because you have honestly helped me through 2016 so much. When I started this year, I was heartbroken, devastated and felt like my life was over. The guy I had loved for almost 6 years who I was a "true ride or die" for (get it?) had cheated on me and broken my heart, leaving me on New Years Eve to start the New Year by myself. I have honestly never felt such heartbreak, such anger and such sadness. I honestly didn't know how I was going to make it through 2016.

And then I heard Boy. I listened to it over and over and over. Gentleman reduced me to tears, and then came Alarm, and I couldn't help but to be absolutely resonated with each and every one of your songs. Just before I saw you live on Monday, I heard your new song, Peak- yet another song that seemed to perfectly capture all of my own emotions.

On Monday night though, you hit me with a song that I had somehow never heard before. As I listened to it, I almost couldn't believe you hadn't written this song for me. I could feel my friend watching me, she asked me if I was okay and I thought I was until you sang the line

"Maybe you need some therapy, maybe you should lose a couple homeboys, give up on the home grown, look at me"

I genuinely stopped breathing, I felt like I'd been winded and I couldn't help but to cry. I'm not going to go into overly personal details but that one line, that one tiny part of one song, it hit me harder than a sack of bricks. It summed up everything I'd been through in the last five years, everything I'd spent the last year trying to get over and I couldn't believe that both you and I had gone through such a similar experience and that you'd managed to write such a beautiful song about it.


After I cried through this song, I vowed I would never cry over that situation, the last five years or that one nasty person ever again. It was like a weight had been lifted; you'd sung what I needed to hear and now it was over. Well and truly over.

In addition to helping me emotionally, you've helped me in other ways too. My body confidence has improved, and you inspire me to be more daring with my fashion choices and sense of style every day too! Your hard work and determination are also incredibly inspiring to me and encourage me to keep pursuing my own dreams too.

Anne-Marie, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Without you, without your songs, I would not have been able to make it through 2016 as well as I have done. You have helped me get over the last five years and taught me that I am far better off without toxic people in my life dragging me down. Because of you and your music I am happier, I am stronger and I am definitely more confident too. I can't tell you how much I appreciate all you've done for me, without even realizing it, and I wish I'd got to meet you after your gig to tell you all of this in person (although me being me, I probably would have cried!) but maybe I'll get another chance to tell you one day. Your music has made 2016 a far better year for me and I hope that, now you've shared your feelings with us through your music, you start to feel better about it all too. You are amazing and I can't thank you enough.

Love from,
Florence Grace
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STOPPING SNORING

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This could be the last blog post I ever write- ever.

Okay, it probably won't be but I am genuinely scared of dying in my sleep tonight. I'm not even doing anything drastic haha, I am literally trying a night time throat spray. Let me explain...

Since pretty much birth I have had problems breathing through my nose. Crazy, right? It's not that I can't do it; I definitely can. However, I can't do it easily. If I need to breathe through my nose, I have to honestly sit and really force my body to do it. It comes naturally to me to just breathe through my mouth and essentially, forget I even have a nose to use for breathing. It's never really been a problem for me; sometimes my family and my friends complain that my breathing is slightly louder than they would like as we try and watch a film together, but other than that, it doesn't really affect me and people don't really notice.

One thing it does affect is my sleeping. As a child I was such a heavy breather at night that my sister would hurl toys at me in the darkness of our shared room to shut me up because she couldn't sleep! Sometimes I would snore, sometimes I wouldn't. It wasn't a big deal. I even managed to share a bed with my ex boyfriend for over four years and not have him complain much- I think he literally only woke me up once to tell me I was unbearable to sleep with, which is good going right?

So you might understand why I'm a little confused as to why in the last year or so my snoring has gotten so fucking bad? It's not every night, but it's more nights than its not. Most mornings I wake up to find my sister, who I share a room with, has moved to the sofa downstairs. I've looked up all of the things that cause snoring to get worse and none of them apply to me. I'm not over weight or gaining weight- I'm actually losing weight and am over a stone lighter than I was this time last year-, I'm not a heavy drinker and I'm not a smoker.

I am now incredibly self conscious about sharing a room with people, even my best friend Bobbie, although she tries to make me feel better about it but honestly it doesn't work. So after some online research and some advice from a pharmacist, I've decided to experiment with some different things that supposedly 'prevent snoring'. There's some tablets, a mouth wash, a throat spray, a nose spray and of course nose strips, so a lot of products to work my way through hoping for a solution!

The first thing I'm trying is the throat spray. I've had to be careful as some of them aren't suitable for people with nut allergies and almost all of them aren't suitable for people with asthma (apparently because if these ailments I'm devolved...you know who you are). Anyway, I have found one suitable for me and I'm trying it tonight. I'm only slightly worried that a side effect is that your throat can swell up but I'm going to use it about an hour before I intend on sleeping so there's plenty of time for me to have an allergic reaction and be able to do something about it... I hope.

So guys, are any of you snorers? Are any of you bad snorers? If so help me please! I never used to be this bad and I really want to stop being such a warthog!!!! Its utterly embarrassing and really stressful for me too haha! If you know something that's going to help me out, please feel free to comment it below, I will so appreciate it!

Wish me luck with this new product...I hope it works!

Love from,
Florence Grace

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Coming off of the pill PART 2

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Not too long ago I wrote about the first couple of weeks without taking my contraceptive pill (catch up here) and the kinds of effects it was having on my body. I had a lot of people message me about it afterwards, a lot of people ask me questions and a lot of people wanting to be kept up to date with how it was going. Well guys, I have had my first pill-less period and I can tell you...

...it was effectively exactly the same. In fact, it was better than my periods way back when, before I started taking the pill. It wasn't particularly heavy and I didn't experience much stomach pain, bar from Saturday night when for some reason my tummy was literally in agony. I finished my period the next day so maybe there was some correlation there? I don't know.

*Dad please stop reading this post here*

What I can tell you is that my boobs absolutely killed for about three days before my period arrived. In all seriousness, I was genuinely contemplating going to see a doctor because it was pain unlike anything else and they were incredibly sensitive too! However, I remembered people saying that for the first three months your body acts like it's pregnant and I also knew my time of the month was close so I held out...and I'm so glad I did because I would have looked very stupid to a medical professional haha! Anyway, once my period came the boob pain disappeared and I haven't had an issue with it since.

I haven't been too emotional like I feel I normally am when I'm on my period. I feel like I've been pretty much up every day, rather than constantly switching between up and down over the smallest of things.

Bloating hasn't been an issue either praise the Lord. Usually, my period bloats me out so much and I look double my size- or I feel that I do, anyway. It was always so uncomfortable and meant that I lived in slouchy jumpers and jeans that disguised this. However, this period wasn't bloated at all, I feel like my tummy remained almost exactly the same and I was even comfortable enough to go out in tight fitted clothing, such as a bodycon dress and a bodysuit! I'm not sure if this is linked to not taking the pill in anyway but it's definitely something new for me.

I'm still feeling a bit funny about food. I'm nowhere near as hungry as I was before, but when I am hungry it's still at 10pm and only hungry for little snacky things, or weird things like seafood sticks. The only meal I am consistently eating right now is dinner, and even then if that wasn't a family affair I'd probably be more than happy to miss it. I'm just kind of off food, for the most part!

*Dad if you didn't stop reading, please definitely stop reading now. And Mum. For real. *

My sex drive has, so far, remained pretty much unaffected. I've not felt a huge drop in my libido as I was told to expect, which I guess is a good thing? I didn't have a mad surge of hormonal madness whilst on my period either, it was just the same as it always is! So honestly not much to report there.

Now it's a Monday and I ordinarily I'd be starting a new packet of pills, but instead I'm starting my second pill-less cycle. I was told that the first three periods are the hardest, but thankfully this first one was relatively easy to deal with...I just hope they don't get worse as time goes on!

Please remember all of these experiences are very personal to me, and if you're considering coming off the pill, there is no guarantee that it will be the same experience for you! If you do have any questions then feel free to ask them, but I'm definitely not a professional of any kind and you should always speak to your doctor/a health professional if you're unsure about something!

If you've already come off of the pill, let me know if this was the case for you and if the next period to come is going to be a bad one...I feel like I really should be warned about that kind of thing!

Love from,
Florence Grace
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One for the ladies!

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This weekend was pay day weekend (yay!) and of course Black Friday weekend too. I was one of many, many people who went on a crazy shopping spree and bought way too many things with money I definitely don't have.

One of the things I bought a lot of this weekend is underwear. I've said before how I often struggle to find pretty underwear that fits well and looks nice, but this weekend I've found that a lot of high street stores have really stepped their game up at the moment- like, massively! All of them are incredibly cheap compared to stores such as Marks and Spencer's and Bravissimo, and they're all mega cute too, so I thought I'd share some of the best ones I've found with you guys!

Topshop
I'm not just saying this because I work there, but Topshop lingerie is really on point right now...I've gone from owning zero Topshop underwear to suddenly owning quite a lot, particularly some of their lingerie bodies which can definitely be worn as outerwear, such is the trend right now. My favorite set in particular is a black velvet body with matching underwear- there's two varieties of bras and knickers, so you can mix and match the styles depending on your personal preference, and altogether the sets come to no more than £40. However, don't forget to use your student discount for 10% off!

I've linked one of the bras and one of the pairs of knickers below, but the other items should come up as suggested products along the bottom of the page!

Velvet bra 

Velvet knickers


River Island
River Island's bralets are so beautiful, I literally want every single one of them right now! I'm a sucker for a cute mesh bralet as it is, but some of the ones that River Island have in right now are just gorgeous! A lot of the bralets could definitely be worn under a cute sheer top with some mom jeans or on a night out, which definitely makes them more appealing (to me anyway!). And with an average price of £16 you really can't go wrong! Here is a few of my favourites: Here, here and here!


Primark
Primark underwear has a habit of being very touch and go. You'll either find something amazing or you go in and everything is absolutely appalling, greying granny pants and misshapen bras. However, their Secret Posession bralets and their lingerie bodies right now are incredible! There's a whole load of mesh and floral applique going on, several cute sets (who doesn't love an underwear co-ord) and lots of seductive looking lingerie which every girl needs to feel a little bit more confident about themselves, am I right? Obviously Primark being Primark, the bras are so cheap- I got three floral bralets with matching pants for £30! However, you can't shop online, so you'll just have to pop into your local store and see what they have! You can get an idea of whats available HERE though.


Boohoo
I am Boohoo's number one fan, but have never really been keen on their underwear. However, there is so much that I completely adore right now, I've honestly had to refrain from making any purchases at all because I seriously can't afford it! Much like other online boutiques, such as Missy Empire, they have a lot of cheap mesh bras with cute appliqued patches and embroidery, as well as some sexier bras with matching underwear and suspenders and everything else. They've got some great bras in the sale right now, starting at £4 and then going up to no more than £24! Some of my favorites are this one, this one and this one.


Where do you shop for the best underwear? Am I missing out on some of the best places? Let me know in the comments below!

Love from,
Florence Grace
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BLOGGERS MADE ME BUY IT

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One of the most popular videos I'm seeing on YouTube at the moment is YOUTUBERS MADE ME BUY IT. As the title might suggest, the video shows what products an individual has purchased simply because they saw their favorite YouTuber buy it! As a blogger, I am oh so aware there are things I have bought simply because my favorite bloggers have bought them, and so I thought I'd turn the most current video into a blog post instead...BLOGGERS MADE ME BUY IT.

So, what have bloggers made me buy?

A MAC Lipstick
I never cared to spend over £5 on a lipstick until I started blogging and desired nothing more than a MAC lipstick. On my birthday last year, I went on a shopping spree in London and purchased my very first MAC lipstick...this never would have happened if I hadn't read all the MAC reviews from other bloggers.

A ban.do Planner
I usually buy myself a pretty planner from Paperchase but this year, after seeing several of my favorite bloggers purchase them, I decided to treat myself to a slightly more expensive ban.do planner! It was worth the additional money though, because it's such a brilliant planner and honestly does help me to keep my life together.

Stickers
I loved stickers as a child but haven't had much use for them in my adult life...until a) I started planner-ing and b) I came across several bloggers who made their own stickers. Now I buy stickers allllllll the time.

Rose Gold Lipsticks
I purchased all of the Makeup Revolution rose gold lipsticks because all of my favorite bloggers were and I didn't want to miss out on the new products! Thankfully, the lipsticks aren't too expensive and are actually really good, so it wasn't a total waste!

Lights
Fairy lights and shaped novelty lights (pink, crown shaped light I'm looking at you) fill my room in an abundance. I can't get enough of them, particularly if they're pink and sparkly!

A Macbook
When my laptop broke, I decided to follow the lead of some of my favorite bloggers and invest in a Macbook. I ended up keeping it for less than a month because I honestly hated it that much- Apple products are just not for me!

Candles
I mean yeah, sure, candles are great and I've always loved them, but since I started blogging I actively go out looking for cute candles to post about on social media now...I have such a huge stash of candles in my drawer, I'm pretty sure I have enough to keep me going for the next five years or so!

A Waist Trainer
Some of my favorite bloggers started to use a waist trainer to get in shape, and so me being the sheep that I am decided to follow the crowd and purchase one too- anything to try and make me slimmer without actually having to do any exercise is fine by me!

Cute Nutrition products
The weight loss products didn't actually help me loose too much weight but they were super Instagrammable, so I'm gonna class that as a win-win situation. If Sarah Ashcroft hadn't posted about them, I definitely wouldn't have bought them, so it is entirely her fault!

What products have bloggers made you buy? Let me know in the comments below!

Love from,
Florence Grace
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I can't make tea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Yesterday I posted what I thought was a fairly humorous blog post (God, how wrong was I!) about how incapable I am as an adult. Now can we please bear in mind that the entire blog post was literally just me slating myself for not being able to do some of the most basic things an adult should be able to, such as making a cup of tea, so it's not like I was trying to act like I'm so fucking cool for being a dumbass. I was literally insulting myself.

So you can only imagine my absolute disbelief when I woke up to over ten anonymous messages all about my post- and none of them good. One comment told me I wasn't cool for being dumb (did I ever say I was?!) and the remaining nine all were furious that I couldn't make a cup of tea. Literally.

So let me just confess...

I DON'T DRINK TEA and neither does my mum or dad, so growing up- and even now- I have absolutely no reason to make a cup of tea. So if no one's drinking tea, I'm not going to need to make tea, am I? And yes, gosh, you're so right, of course I can Google how to make tea- but again, I have no need in my life to make tea so why would I bother to learn? I drink milkshakes and I can make milkshakes, that's all that matters to me alright! If you come round, I'll offer your a milkshake. It's just one of my many charming quirks (and I'll have you know that I actually do make milkshakes for people instead of hot drinks...you can ask Alec and BJ).

And now that I've so unnecessarily explained myself and my lack of tea making skills, can I just take a second to ask a question of my own?

Why the fuck does it bother you so much that a girl you're not even friends with and barely even know, can't make a cup of tea? It honestly stressed you out so much you had to send abusive, anonymous messages? Woooooow. I honestly feel so sad that your lives are that dull you are upset over what I can and can't do. I'd offer you a cup of tea to soothe you but, you know, I can't make one.

Honestly, my life- and my 'funny' blog posts- should not upset people this much haha. If you don't like what I write, it's simple- don't read my blog! If you don't like how I'm living my life, good for you! Stop following what I do, block me from your social media and don't let it stress you! There are far bigger issues in the world to be worrying about pals, my lack of tea making skills and general adult-ness shouldn't be one of them.

Thanks for your concern, but I'm doing fine xo

Love from,
Florence Grace
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Stuck at 18

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Being a responsible adult is really not my forte. Having recently turned 21, you'd think I'd be able to fend for myself pretty well. However, when I poured a pan of boiling water over my hands whilst trying to drain my noodles the other night, I realised I'm about as far from a responsible adult as you could ever be...and it's probably always going to be that way!

I don't eat properly
I can go hours without eating. I'll go the whole day and not touch a single piece of food and then it gets to 11:38pm and I find myself eating a Doritos share bag and some crab sticks. Don't ask me why these are my go to snacks, I honestly don't know. Regardless, how can I ever expect to look after another human being when I can't even feed myself properly?

What's a cup of tea?
Or any hot drink for that matter. I don't know how to make a cup of tea or coffee and I think this is why no one ever wanted me for internships when I was younger.

I cook for ten or not at all
If I'm cooking, I always cook too much chips- the best example of this is when I make stir fry for me and my sister. I'm sure the ingredients are for two yet I seem to feed 5,000 people noodles and vegetables. This puts me off cooking ever again, so then I stick to sandwiches and take aways. Life.

Household appliances are a no go 
I once cooked myself a chicken kiev for 40 minutes, took it out the oven and it was still raw. Oh, and lets not forget the time I tumbledried every pair of socks I had for them to all come out of the tumbledryer still soaking wet. Oh, and what about the time I simply could not fold the ironing board away? I don't know what it is about me and household appliances but we just don't get along.

I love to party
And I mean so much so that I got drunk on a Monday night and went clubbing before heading into work on the Tuesday. (I'm still not over this. How and why did I do this?). I'll also go out every weekend absolutely no bother, spend money I don't have and eat calories I wish I wouldn't consume the following morning. I'm simply stuck in the frame of mind that I'm 18 and at college with 0 responsibility when actually I'm 21, in dire need of a full time job and have bills to pay. Cool.

I have a floordrobe. And a bedrobe.
My clothes basically live anywhere that isn't a wardrobe or my drawers. I regularly pick items up off of the floor and wonder if I threw them to the wash basket and missed or if I put them there because I couldn't be bothered to go to the wardrobe (black Joni jeans I'm looking at you right now). The only thing I religiously look after is my underwear- because good underwear is just a basic human right, you know? And obviously a priority over any other actual clothes.

I can't use public transport
Specifically, buses. Honestly, I never catch buses and in the last week I've had to get four and I honestly can't deal with them. If I have never been somewhere before how am I supposed to know when to get off? Why are you sitting next to me when there's hundreds of empty seats? Why is the bus the most unstable form of transport ever and yet there is no seatbelts? For real, I will just use taxis and trains, buses are not worth the stress.

I can't get rid of spiders
My dad's house is prone to spiders and whenever I stay the night at his I have to get him to do a spider check in my bedroom to make sure there isn't any lurking. How would I ever survive on my own?

I'm destined to be a sulky teenager forever, I can just tell!

Love from,
Florence Grace
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What should you share online?

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Choosing to share your life on the internet is a big decision. When I started blogging, I had to have a think about whether I'd have blogging profiles on social media to differentiate from my personal life and my 'professional' life, or whether I'd merge the two together. Initially, I separated the two, but it didn't take long for me to find that I was posting almost identical content on both profiles, often mixing the two up and decided to just have one set of profiles.

I'm what most people would call an over sharer. Earlier on I tweeted "I feel like the fact I just found a crisp packet sandwiched between my planner pages sums up how my life is going right now". Pointless, right? I share photo's of everything- if I'm out for cocktails, buying things I can't afford, celebrating an occasion or just having a games night with Alec, BJ and Carda, you'll know about it. I enjoy documenting my life and knowing that at any given point, I can easily go back to a certain photo and relive a memory, laugh about it with whoever I'm with and what not. I share my life on social media for me- but that doesn't mean it's not for you guys too. I actively invite strangers into my life knowing that it will start conversations, build new relationships with people and open new doors to me (social media has helped me with everything, hallelujah).

I love when other people over share on social media too! It means I have things to talk about with them (provided I haven't been stalking them online in a really creepy way) and I also look to certain people as inspiration too- if they're sharing all their hard work and sharing the rewards they've reaped on Instagram or Twitter, it's definitely going to inspire me to work harder!

However, over the last two years, I've come to find there is definitely a very fine line between what you should and shouldn't share online. I started off being very, very open about anything and everything- and while I still like to think I'm 100% open and honest online, I know that there are some things I will hold back on. Some of them are more obvious than others, such as my address or my phone number. Some of them are things I never stopped to consider before, for example, the names of people I'm hanging out with, or tagging that you're at a location with someone who might not want their location shared online. Some of them are personal details that I would only ever share with those closest to me, like how I really feel about the fact some guy told me I was a slag who deserved to be shot because I tweeted that Ched Evans was a rapist (hey, always gotta have a brave face on Twitter you know?) or about my sex life.

Now, I'm beginning to reconsider what I should share online again. I don't want to have to restrict my social media and prevent myself from engaging with brands and bloggers (and friends!) properly, but there have been some negative side effects to living a life online that are just becoming so stressful to deal with.

Online trolls, for example, are a nightmare. Now, I don't get them half as much as some of my favorite bloggers (Tara deals with trolls like an absolute trooper, I don't know how she does it!) and so I try to just let it go over my head. However, there is only so many times you can have insults flung at you, be told to die and various other derogatory terms simply for writing a tweet with the word "feminist" in it. It normally makes me laugh, because nine times out of ten the people tweeting you are 45 year old men holding fish in their profile pictures writing about how much they love Liverpool FC, beer and The Sun, but sometimes it can get a bit too much, you know?

The other worst case scenario is being 'stalked'. It happens far often than you might think to far more people than you might believe. For the briefest of times, I had a guy sending me money for absolutely no reason. He'd seen some of my tweets- but claimed not to have Twitter- and come across my email, which he then assumed would be my paypal details. He then used this email to contact me too. He was never nasty, he was actually nothing but nice, but it was still a little odd. I've also been stalked by people closer to home too, people who literally get so wrapped up in my life and send me weird messages, or write about me, it's actually freaky. I once knew a girl who tried to date a guy called Alex so that she could- and I quote- "Have an Alex like your Alex!". Sometimes I'll meet someone for the first time and they'll say "Oh you're the girl who..." and fill in the gap with some detail about my life that leaves me asking, how the hell did you know that? Weird, right?

Both of these scenarios are incredibly stressful, and the solution seems simple; make my social media private. However, if my social media is private, that doesn't block out the 'haters', but also the brands and businesses who find my details via social media too. Which means the only thing left to do is share less, right? It makes me sad to think that I can't share 100% of myself online but I honestly need to put my own well being first and I can't do that at the moment. For now, I'm going to be a lot less of an over sharer, just until I feel like I'm back in a good place again.

What you choose to share online is a personal choice, and I would never tell anyone what they could or couldn't share (unless it was about me, obviously). It's important that you're happy and feeling content though. At the end of the day, social media is supposed to be fun (apparently) and if it's making you feel stressed or anxious or any other kind of negative emotion you should always take a bit of a break from it! That's certainly what I'll be doing...for now!

Love from,
Florence Grace
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LOST WITHOUT YOU

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I'm so sorry for all the times I threw pens at you when I was suffering from writers block. I'm so sorry for all the times I yelled abuse at you for not doing what I wanted you to do. I'm so sorry for always rushing you and demanding you to go faster when you couldn't keep up with my pace. I'm so sorry for never letting you sleep, always pushing you to the absolute limit before I let you get any rest.

To my darling laptop, I am so sorry for abusing you because now that you've given up on me I am totally lost without you.

Guys, on a real I am so lost. My entire life is on that laptop- the beginnings of the next issue of my magazine, my coursework for my NCTJ course, my photos, my freelance work...and just like that its gone.

And for those of you who are going to tell me that I should have used a memory stick and backed my shit up and whatever else, just don't. I'm going through a hard time and comments like that just make me wish that my laptop would come back to life and you'd shut down in its place.

It's not only the laptop I have lost. My second baby, my oh so precious phone that I absolutely can not live without had its screen smashed last night so I hope you understand me when I say THE STRUGGLE IS REAL RIGHT NOW.

I had 31 emails today, 4 DM's and a whole host of whatsapps all asking me where this was, why hadn't I done this, why hadn't I responded to that. GUYS. Please. I'm gonna need a few days to sort myself out, work out how I can keep on top of everything minus my two lifelines and try and work out a new routine. So just bear with me, okay? If you're expecting an email, I'll get back to you before the end of this week I absolutely promise. If you're expecting certain content on my blog (Heiress London, I'm looking at you) I'm sorry for the hold up but I've lost all my photo's and content for now so there's gonna be some delay.

Please don't let me wake up to 31 emails tomorrow. It was a very stressful time for a very hungover and heartbroken Flo this morning (honestly, my laptop really is my baby you know).

For now, I'm just thanking my lucky stars it's payday/Black Friday this weekend and so I can hopefully nab myself something cheap to tide me over until after Christmas (hey Santa, I know you're reading this, I'd love a new laptop please) as well as pay to get my phone screen fixed, and then I can get back to my usual routine.

I'm now lost without my laptop and my eye sight is getting worse than ever as I'm squinting at my phone trying to get through everything without slicing my fingers to death on the cracks but I will get there! In the meantime, if there's any computer pros who can help me fix a laptop that just refuses to turn on, slide into my DM's please. I will attempt to try and read them.

Love from,
Florence Grace
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When you're at a concert

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Despite feeling like death warmed up, I took my sister to see Panic! at the Disco last night (and by the end of the night after a four hour journey home, three of which were made in torrential rain, I really wish I hadn't). I haven't been to a proper concert since I saw Beyonce back in July and while I was there I felt old. I'm pretty sure that 90% of the crowd was younger than me and in my mind I was criticising almost everything they were doing...which of course, inspired me to write alllllll about the different people you get at gigs. Such as...

The Snapchatter
Jesus Christ. I'm all for taking a video of your favourite song and snapping some photos for your Insta, but must you record the entire concert on your phone? Realistically, what are you ever going to do with it? Nothing! Put your phone away, enjoy the concert and stop forcing the people behind you to watch the whole thing through your phone screen. 

The guy with the backpack
Or girl, of course, but from my experience its usually a guy. If you have a standing ticket to any concert, please for the love of God don't wear a backpack. Especially one that sticks out about a meter behind you and takes up three different spaces, knocking everyone in close proximity out when you start jumping around like crazy. 

The couple
You know what I mean? The couple who stand there hugging each other all night long, and sometimes even start making out if "their song" comes on. Hi, excuse me, you paid upwards of £40 to actually see this person performing. Save it for later.

The die hard fan
They scream when every single song comes on. They don't just scream when their favourite song gets played, because as a die hard fan, every song is their favourite song. Just give them 0.5 seconds to register those opening chords...

The "I'm too cool for this" guy
The guy who has come with his girlfriend, or has come with a bigger group of lads and refuses to even bob his head in time to the music. He stands there, beer in his plastic cup, leather jacket on trying to look totally chic in the middle of the mosh pit. Loosen up, pal!

The "I don't give a shit what anyone thinks about me right now" guy
Last night I was witness to a man who was at least 20 and around 6 foot tall telling two girls who were at about 12 and around 5 foot tall that no, he wouldn't let them stand in front of him so they could see the stage because it wasn't his fault they were lazy ass motherfuckers who hadn't queued early enough and therefore been able to get in front of him. He then tried to start a mosh pit with them. Some people really don't care about a single thing.

The criers
Okay yes, sometimes I do fall into this category (only once, actually, for Beyonce of course), but God damn there are some weepers at concerts. They're crying because they love the band, because they aren't close enough to the stage, because they love this song, because they want a drink, because they can't see...the list goes on. 

The fan girl
They've come laden with home made t-shirts, a huge banner that they will hold up for the entire concert with no regards to the people behind them, they have written their favourite band member's name on their face and they know every word to every song but are too emotional to sing them all! 

Do you spot all these guys when you go to concerts? Have I missed some people out? 

Love from,
Florence Grace 

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The Best Christmas Films EVER

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This week, the Christmas lights were turned on in my town and last night, I saw the Coca-Cola advert for the first time. It's official; Christmas is here! My dad has already started asking if we can watch this Christmas film or that Christmas film, but I like to save the best Christmas films until closer to the time. Here are some of the Christmas films I feel are the absolute BEST.

Polar Express
Without a doubt Polar Express is one of the most Christmassy films of all time. It has all the festive feels, the magic of Santa and believing in him and the animation is just beautiful. It has me crying by the end of the film and wishing I could believe in Santa all over again! (Also, Tom Hanks has five parts so, win win here)



Elf
Come on, who doesn't love Elf? It's absolutely hilarious and its also such a feel good film, all about the spirit of Christmas and spending more time with the people who matter most. I still find it difficult to process that some people haven't seen Elf- watch it this year! 



Home Alone 1&2
If you're watching Home Alone, you should totally forget that any of the ones made after film 2 were made- they're crap and totally not worth watching. However, Home Alone 1 and 2 are brilliant- while Home Alone is slightly more festive, Home Alone 2 is more hilarious! Both are absolute must see's at Christmas!



Christmas with the Kranks 
Not many people ever seem to know about this film but it is genuinely one of my favourites! It's got a great cast, a brilliant story line and has me in hysterics the whole way through!



A Christmas Carol
Now to me, every Christmas Carol is great but the best ones are Muppet's Christmas Carol or the one with Patrick Stewart in it! However, it's always the same story, so I'm lumping all of the Christmas Carols together- you have to watch at least one of them on Christmas Eve, don't you! 



The Grinch
I adore The Grinch purely because I find myself so similar to him- other than the fact I love Christmas and he does not. But in general, his sarcasm, sense of humour and general attitude seems so similar to my own! It's a lovely film with a *spoiler alert* happy ending and it's definitely one of my favourites!



The Santa Clause
The second and third one are okay and average, but the original Santa Clause is absolutely amazing! I honestly think its one of the most Christmassy, lovely, heart warming Christmas films ever, and Tim Allen is just great! 



What are your favourite Christmas films? Let me know in the comments below! 

Love from,
Florence Grace 

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Ask me anything

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Earlier on this week, I discovered a social media site called Curious Cat, a site where you can make anonymous confessions and ask anonymous questions to people, similar to the long ago days of Ask.FM and such. I decided to revert back to my 14 year old self and, perhaps against my better judgement, set up an account so that people could anonymously ask me anything/confess things to me! After having the account for a few days, I've noticed that once you give people the chance to be anonymous, they all want to know the same kinds of things... 

All about your sex life
Honestly, it took longer than I expected before I received my first question about my sex life, simply asking "Do you get time for sex?". I'll hold my hands up and be the first to admit I am more than open about my sex life to those who ask- I don't give away intimate details but if people are asking general questions, I have no problem answering! However, I do have a problem with people asking overly personal sex questions anonymously. Do you really think I'd answer those?

About your work
Despite blogging and tweeting and posting an awful lot about my work, nearly every single question I've had has been about my work and my job- how many hours I work, what it is exactly I do, I've even been asked exactly how much I earn! I don't mind sharing these details but feel it's quite a boring topic for people to want to know so much about. 

About conflicts
Of course people want to know all the goss about a conflict between so and so, and under the protection of being anonymous, you can try and find out everything you want to know! 

Totally random questions
Which half of myself would I rather have as part cat, do I prefer potatoes or carrots...the weird questions come in thick and fast and they're always just totally bizarre! But you can't help but love the because they do provide some real amusement (me and BJ genuinely argued over whether a potato or carrot was the better vegetable...it's a potato, obviously)

If you want to join in on the fun and ask me any questions, or even confess something to me, you can do so right here: https://curiouscat.me/FlorenceGrace

Love from,
Florence Grace


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Things I Never Thought Would Happen

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Last night, breaking news was published at 00:01 once a court order had been lifted, sharing the news that one young girl who passed away from cancer aged 14 was going to be the first British person to have her body frozen, so they could attempt to 'bring her back to life' when they had found a cure for cancer. I was absolutely amazed- until BJ told me this is already a thing in America and that Walt Disney is frozen. However, I'd not heard that it was a real thing before so I was absolutely gobsmacked. 10 year old me would never have believed that this was a thing, and it got me thinking about all the other things younger me would never have believed would happen.

We would have plastic money
Me and my best friend Alex got so excited when I withdrew some brand new £5 notes from the cash machine for the first time. We were amazed at how the money looked and how small it was and just how...weird it looks. I would never have thought one day I'd be using plastic money.



Phones would lose their buttons
Honestly, who would have guessed it? Who knew that our days of learning to touch type but pressing certain buttons a set amount of times to write different words wouldn't last forever? Not me! I was so quick at typing on buttons, people used to actually watch me in awe and ask how I did it (not even a joke!), but now there's no buttons I'm even  faster. 

Selfies would be a thing
I don't remember when people stopped taking photo's of each other and started taking photo's of themselves instead, but it happened in a big way. I mean, Kim Kardashian bought out a book literally just of her selfies. And people bought it! That's crazy, right? 



Social media being a big thing- least of all my thing
I distinctly remember slagging Twitter off and declaring how I would never use it because people didn't need to know all about my life... but look at me now. 63,000 tweets down the line and I'm using social media to run my own business, build a brand and create a career. Who would have guessed huh?

People would stop buying CD's
At home, I have a huge collection of CD's (I say me, I mean my mum). We actually struggle for storage space! CD's/music has always been such a huge part of my life and I can't help but feel a bit sad now that people aren't so bothered about buying CD's because they can just digitally stream everything! 

Pausing TV 
Honestly, simple things please simple minds, am I right? I honestly don't know how I managed before I could pause, rewind and fast forward TV programmes. (It's a particularly handy feature for when I'm on the TV lols)


No more videos!
Similar to CD's, I had a huge collection of videos. Obviously this changed to DVD's but now you don't even need those! With Netflix and Amazon Prime, you can watch films whenever you want straight from your laptop, which is pretty insane. 

What things have changed in the world since you were younger that you would never have imagined? Let me know in the comments below! 

Love from,
Florence Grace 




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Being by myself

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Today I published a post on my magazine's website by one of my writers, all about women who are criticised for not wanting to have children and get married. It was a really good article and is definitely something I've seen happen to people I know- although not me personally because I'm all about having an OTT wedding and having babies because I love 'em, but that's beside the point. The point was, women shouldn't be criticised for not doing what society tells them they should be doing.

 

It's basically the same as what I've been going through for the past eleven months, being single. While my best pals have been all for the new independent Flo smashing her career goals and being generally fab (look, they say it, not me), other people aren't so understanding. I'm almost continuously hit with things like 

"You mean you're not dating yet?"

"You want to get out there whilst you're still young!"

"You have all the time in the world to work but your looks won't last forever" (Ugh seriously why is this a thing) 

"Aren't you bored of being by yourself?"



Hell to the no. Being single was a choice, believe it or not. I chose to walk away from a toxic relationship therefore making myself single and I chose not to date anyone in between because, to be frank, everyone I have met has been a little bit creepy, therefore staying single. It's not because I want to focus 100% on my career (although that is definitely a high priority of mine), its not because Im depressed or shy or miserable or anything else and it's not because I haven't been able to "get out there" or anything like that. 

Oh, and I'm definitely not bored of being by myself. 

Being by myself has allowed me to be myself. Since I was 14 I was always a "we" and never a "you". I was always a part of somebody else and never actually just me. I stayed the same for five and a half years, never changing myself once and it was only by becoming single that I was able to actually be who I wanted to be. My confidence grew, I began to actually like who I was and I am a far better person now than I was this time last year, or two years ago, or even five years ago. 


I'm not against being with someone but I'm not against being by myself either, and no one should be. I'm not going to settle with someone for the sake of it but equally, I won't put up boundaries just to prove a point. At the end of the day, so what? Who cares who is dating who, or rather, who isn't dating who? It shouldn't be seen as a bad thing that "Oh my gosh you've been single for soooo long", if in that period of time I've actually been happy? Been successful? I mean, that's got to count for something right? I can be happy with or without someone, and that's all that matters- to me, anyway.  

And besides, its really none of your concern if I'm single or if I'm not, is it? 

Love from,
Florence Grace 
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My Five Fave Things About...

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...being a girl. 

Surprised? I know at least one of you will be. (In jokes on blog posts are really annoying I know, so I fully apologise for this guys). 


Honestly though, being a girl can be pretty shit a lot of the time- dealing with fuck boys, having periods, people voting for Donald Trump to be President so he can tell men everywhere that it's okay to grab you by the pussy... you get my drift. However, it's not all bad being a girl. In fact, sometimes it's the best thing ever because...

You can be a princess allllllll the time
My best friend text me on my birthday saying "What have you been doing today?" and I genuinely wasn't lying when I told her I'd been lying in bed all day wearing a tiara. The same friend also bought me a tiara for my birthday, taking my collection up to three now. You don't see boys getting to wear tiara's and calling their bratty behaviour 'princess' behaviour, do you? 



We have better underwear choices
Is there even a male equivalent to Victorias Secret? If there is I am 100000000% sure it's nowhere near as nice. I bought velvet underwear the other day. Velvet!! Please continue to sit there in your basic Calvin Kleins whilst us girls get our pick of Swarovski encrusted bras (we can't afford them but we can still try them on so it's still a win okay).



Makeup!
Okay so I'm not saying boys can't wear makeup- I know boys who's contour game is stronger than any other aspect of my life which is hella unfair, but speaking very generally, girls get to have fun with makeup and boys don't. I could make myself a whole new person tomorrow if I wanted and boys would be none the wiser because she'll be gone with the wipe of a cotton pad and some cleanser the following day. 




You can cry without people making fun of you
It's totally unfair, because boys should be able to cry, of course they should! But if they cry at a movie they'll almost always be called names or laughed at. Girls can bawl their eyes out at an advert and text their friend only to find out she is also crying. (This has genuinely happened to me in the last week. Maybe more than once) You can also cry when clothes don't fit, pizza doesn't taste how you want it to, boys are mean to you and at puppies. 



You can talk allllllll the time
I hate awkward silences, I hate having to hold things in and I hate sponsored silences. All I want in life is to just talk about everything and anything with anyone. Particularly things like sloths on Planet Earth, but you know, I'm yet to find someone who will indulge in that conversation with me. That example aside, I know right now I could call a girlfriend and talk for hours about absolutely nothing and still enjoy it. 



What are your fave things about being a girl? 

Love from,
Florence Grace 
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Losing motivation

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If you've been following me on social media for a while, or at least for the duration of 2016, you'll know that on the 1st of January I took on the challenge of writing a blog post for every single day of the year, no matter what. Throughout my birthday week, two holidays and a a variety of drunken nights, I have still posted a blog post without fail, even if it sometimes gets posted at 11:57pm. 

Timing isn't really a problem for me. I always make time to write, it's part of my job after all! However, I'm faced with a bigger problem now. 

Writers block and lack of motivation/inspiration. 



It's difficult writing for a blog that doesn't have a niche. If I was a beauty blogger, there'd be get ready with me and product review posts. If I was a fashion blogger, I could just do endless outfit of the day posts. However, because I'm a lifestyle writer, I can literally write about anything and everything and it literally kills me trying to think of a new topic every single day.

I'm not falling out of love with blogging, no way. I absolutely love blogging and it has totally changed my life. It's always going to play a part in my life I feel. However, I feel like I just really lack inspiration and that puts me in a bit of a slump in regards to my blog.

So this is where you guys come in- you knew I'd be asking for your help, right?

I want to know what kinds of posts you want to see from me! (AKA give me ideas please). Have a written a certain kind of post before that you enjoyed and want to see more of? Is there an issue you think I should discuss on my blog that I haven't yet? I'm open to all kinds of ideas, so just leave any suggestions you may have in the comments below! I would really appreciate it, not only because you'll be giving me post ideas but also because it means I can keep creating content that you guys genuinely want to read!

So go for it...fire away!

Love from,
Florence Grace
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My all time favourite films

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I watch a lot of films. If I'm not working, I'm Netflixing and chilling by myself, for real (can we host a little pity party for me over here please?) I'm so bad at choosing films to watch though because I'm so bloody indecisive, and that usually means that I end up watching the same films over and over again. Here are some of my all time favourite films that I will never get bored of watching. 

Forrest Gump
My number one all time favourite film is without a doubt Forrest Gump. It makes me laugh, it makes me cry, it has Tom Hanks in it, could it be any more perfect? I don't think so. 



The Breakfast Club
Honestly, if you've never seen this film what have you been doing all of your life? It's honestly one of the best films that I have ever seen and I am totally in love with Judd Nelson (gotta love a bad boy, am I right?)



Pulp Fiction
I don't even know what it is that I like so much about this film because it's not the kind of film that I'd usually enjoy. It doesn't even make me cry like most of my other favourite films! But there's just something about it that I love. I think it's the soundtrack... 



Going the Distance
I love Justin Long and I love Drew Barrymore, so Going the Distance is basically the perfect romcom for me. It's also just a feel good film with the perfect happy ending, so what's not to love about that?



He's Just Not That Into You
This film taught me all I needed to know about getting involved with different kinds of men- boys, fuckboys, liars, cheats and genuinely nice boys. Every girl needs to watch this film. Every single one. (Also, Justin Long has a fab role in this film too, so that's a plus)



You've Got Mail
So if you're looking for the most beautiful romcom in the world, look no further than You've Got Mail. It's literally the most heart warming film you'll ever see, and it has the perfect on screen couple, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. 




Ask Me Anything
Now this one surprised me as much as it's probably surprising you- its definitely a low budget film and one that I stumbled across on Netflix by accident. However, the story of the film is an important one and it makes the film definitely worth the watch. (If that doesn't appeal to you, just know it's about sex, blogging and more sex...okay?)



Addicted
For some reason, I really enjoy this film. It's all about having a sex addiction but also shows how the protagonist has to deal with the repercussions of said addiction. It's really interesting...to say the least. 



Clueless
I don't think I even need to explain this one, do I?



Eat, Pray, Love
Eat, Pray, Love is honestly the most inspirational film that I have ever watched. It makes me want to completely change my life every single time I watch it! I just wish I was as ballsy as Julia Roberts' character. 



Mean Girls
Another one that definitely doesn't need an explanation. 



I could probably go on and on and on but I've included a good few films already! What are your all time favourite films? Let me know in the comments below! 

Love from,
Florence Grace 
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Things to do before 22

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So in case you missed my onslaught of social media posts celebrating my 21st birthday over the last two weeks, guess what? I just turned 21! I'm basically a fully fledged adult now (supposedly) and yet there is so many 'adult' things that I literally cannot do. In fact, some of them I can't even comprehend doing. I figure now is a good a time as ever to work on accomplishing at least some of these things, so here's a list of things I want to do before 22.


  • Learn to cook. I don't mean just shoving chips in the oven or boiling some pasta. I mean actually learn to cook something from scratch, like a proper adult. 
  • Learn to drive. HONESTLY I can not go on like this. I'm still torn between the balanced pros and cons of driving v. not driving but I need some form of independence and I feel like this will happen through driving. 
  • Go to the dentist alone. (Make the appointment too...)
  • Go to the opticians alone. Ditto above. 
  • Get a 'proper' job. Its all well and good me doing lots of little bits here and there to scrape a living but I feel like it's probably about time I get a full time career now. 
  • Do my own taxes. This year, my dad's girlfriend Zoe did my taxes for me (even though HMRC has definitely told us I owe the wrong amount!). Next time around, I'd like to do it by myself. Or, you know, just with a little bit of help from her. Ah, the freelance life. 
  • Do my own washing. 
  • Learn to use a washing machine so that I can do my own washing. (Yes okay I'm 21 and can't use a washing machine, get over it)
  • Learn how to put a light bulb in.
  • EXERCISE AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK. Honestly I am the most unfit person in the world and I can't go on like this, I am going to have to start doing something that gets my blood pumping and the calories burning!

Is there anything on this list you can give me tips for? Is there anything on this list you really struggled with? Let me know in the comments below! 

Love from,
Florence Grace 
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NOVEMBER PLAYLIST!

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November is flying by already! Where is the time going? Here's my playlist for you guys to have a nosy at this month! 


Rockabye- Clean Bandit and Anne-Marie featuring Sean Paul
Starboy- The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk
Seek Bromance- Tim Berg
Birthday Girl- Skepta
1 Thing- Amerie
M.I.L.F.$- Fergie 
Thinking About You- Calving Harris featuring Ayah Marar 
Bed Rock- Young Money 
Fake Love- Drake
Crank It (Woah!)- Kideko and George Kwali featuring Nadia Rose and Sweetie Irie)
This Town- Niall Horan
Chocolate-The 1975
Death of a Bachelor- Panic! at the Disco
Lane Boy- twenty one pilots
So Good- Louise Johnson
Crazy In Love- Beyonce featuring Jay Z
Don't Wanna Know- Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamar 
Hallelujah- Panic! at the Disco 
Primadonna Girl- Marina and the Diamonds
You Don't Know Love- Olly Murs 


I have not one but two Panic! at the Disco songs on there this month because I'm actually going to see them with my sister this month! And as always there's a variety of old and new music. Let me know in the comments below which songs you're loving right now! 

Love from,
Florence Grace 

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FriYAY

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Yesterday, I was in a pretty foul mood. I was really, really hacked off, didn't have any motivation to do anything and literally just wanted to stay in bed. However, after a bit of a pep talk from Poppy, I woke up this morning feeling a whole lot better about life.



It's so important to surround yourself with friends who will always do their best to lift you up, not bring you down. Friends who will keep you grounded when you're being so over the top, friends who will prevent you from freaking out unnecessarily and friends who will support your happiness no matter what. I can happily say that all of my friends are like this, and all of them make my life a little bit better!

Today is my sisters 14th birthday, so we've had a nice evening celebrating together, and now me and my middle sister are off to the pub to have a few drinks to bring in the weekend...I feel like after the week I've had, I definitely need a few drinks inside of me!!


Sorry today's post has been another crappy one (I am really running out of inspo for blogging every single day!!!). Let me know in the comments below how your Friday has been and what your plans are for the weekend!

Love from,
Florence Grace
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Grumpy

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Today I'm so grumpy that I don't even want to write a blog post. I'm uninspired, I don't want to write, I just want to sit in bed and mope and eat my body weight in allllll the comforting carbs. 

To be honest, nothing is going majorly wrong in my life. I'm still employed, still have a roof over my head, Donald Trump isn't in charge of my country, so you know, some might say I'm doing alright. However, over the last week or so, life just hasn't been going my way, and being the spoiled princess that I am I have had to kick off about it. 

In my post earlier on this week, 21 things by 21, I said:

1) Be selfish
Honestly, I have spent so much of my life putting other people and their happiness before my own and always being screwed over in return that I've learnt that it's totally okay to be selfish. Don't be cruel about it, don't be horrible to people but do put yourself first and be 'selfish'. 

I also said:

21) YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE
Honestly, I hate the saying 'yolo' but over the last year I have found it to be so true. You do only live once and life really is short. It's so important to make the most of every single moment in your life, have fun and make amazing memories. My final life lesson to you at 21 is yolo. For real.


So can someone please explain to me why I'm not taking my own advice? Why I constantly put other peoples happiness before my own despite preaching to you guys that this is not what you should do? Why I am struggling to take risks and do what I want even though my final life lesson was YOLO? I'm mad at myself and I'm mad at the world and there is honestly not much more I can say about it.

I have just come off of my contraceptive pill and I could just be hormonal but that does not invalidate my feelings right now and my feelings right now are G R U M P Y. I honestly can't even find it in me to eat the carbs that I so desire because I'm that grouchy right now. I know, I can't believe it either. 

If the world could just make everything work exactly the way I wanted to, that would be fab. 

Love from,
(HRH Princess) Florence Grace 

(I don't want to be a Queen. I just finished watching The Crown on Netflix and I am sooo over that shit). 

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I ain't sorry

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I wish that the title of this blog post was an indicator that today I would be writing about Beyonce, but unfortunately, it links back to a topic a little more serious than that. 



Of course, the entire world knows that today, Donald Trump was made the President of the United States of America. Oh, how those words make me sick to my stomach. While his opponent, Hillary Clinton, was no saint, she was most definitely the lesser of two evils and she would have been the far better successor of the position than he.

However. Everything happens for a reason, and for whatever reason Donald Trump won the presidential elections and is now in charge of the USA. (Brilliant...)

Now I've argued with people online and in person about the results today. Thankfully, almost all of the people I interact with share my views. They are as equally as disgusted as me and equally as angry. Unfortnately there is a small portion of people who have opposing views to me and have said some- quite frankly- ridiculous things to me. Nearly every single one of them, men and women, have told me the same thing. "Don't get upset about it".

Well, let me tell you something.

I ain't sorry.

I'm not sorry for hating Donald Trump and supporting Hillary Clinton. Sure, she isn't perfect and no, I'm not just supporting her because she's a woman. Donald Trump is going on trial for rape next month. He wants to ban all Muslims from entering the country. He wants to build a wall between Mexico and the USA. He wants to make abortion illegal. He wants to punish any women who have abortions. He thinks LGBTQ+ people can be 'cured'. He is, to be quite frank, disgusting. I will not apologise for hating his guts, speaking poorly of him or supporting Hillary. 

I'm not sorry for being a feminist and supporting women. I can clearly see that one of the main, contributing factors towards Hillary's loss is due to sexism, a lack of respect for women and a total lack of gender inequality. Hillary has worked in politics for over forty years. Donald Trump took an interest in politics as a laugh just over a year ago. Hillary has worked tirelessly to get to where she is, while Trump had no interest in being President until recently- he even said himself that if he ever ran for President, he'd like to be shot. Yet somehow, despite all of this, and despite Donald Trump's actions up until this point, he still won. People would rather have a man running as a joke win than a woman who worked for over half her lifetime on getting to where she is win. If you don't see the issue there, you need to keep looking until you do. 

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I'm not sorry for crying this morning at 7am when I woke up and found out the result. I'm not sorry for crying because as a straight, white woman I know that, even though I might be "grabbed by the pussy" and punished for having an abortion, I will be safer than a huge chunk of American citizens. I'm safer than Muslims, black people, Mexicans, people in the LGBTQ+ community, mentally ill people.  I am not sorry for crying because I know Donald Trump will destroy a nation that Obama has worked so hard on in order to improve the lives of these minority groups to only have it all undone at the hands of a clown.

I'm not sorry for being angry at women who voted for and supported Trump. How can women be so blind? Why would you vote for a man who acts and speaks about women the way that Trump does? How can you sit back and laugh as he discusses sexual assault in casual, 'locker room' style? You are part of the problem with America if you identify as a female and support his policies and I won't apologise for telling you I think you're a damn fool.

I'm not sorry for being angry that a qualified woman is still considered to be inferior to a totally unqualified man. I'm not sorry for being angry that women struggle to achieve anything at all as long as they're up against a white male. I'm not sorry for being utterly outraged that Hillary has spent a great many years working her way to the top, only to be outdone by a man with half her skills, qualifications and experience.

In short, in case you hadn't guessed, I ain't sorry. 

This election, as well as the Brexit vote earlier on this year, has only demonstrated just how many people we are living among who share such disgusting, vile views of people in society today. Misogynistic, racist, xenophobic views. People who think it's okay for women to be objectified, seen and not heard. People who believe in the KKK and want to ban Muslims from entering America. Basically, there's more bastards in this world than we ever realised.

This election has also demonstrated perfectly that gender inequality is live and well. People would rather vote for a rapist, a man who said he'd date his own daughter, a man who mocked a disabled person on television, a man who doesn't even understand and trivialises the sacrifices people in the military make for their country, rather than vote for a woman. It's ridiculous.

America, you've done it now, and I hope you're satisfied with the ramifications that will surely follow.

Love from,
Florence Grace
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