Trippy visions or ceremonial practice?

When tobacco was first discovered by European voyagers in the sixteenth century, it provoked moral outrage at the prospect of a diabolic herb perforating its way into European society.  It was used in Mesoamerican cultures for medicinal and spiritual benefits.  As the tobacco plant was hotly debated amongst Europeans, its slow incorporation into western value…

First Impressions of Island Life

Summarising the first two weeks and capturing the array of emotions is difficult to put into words.  This is a short article detailing my first impressions of the French Caribbean island where I am living. Why am I in Guadeloupe? Some crazy travelling expedition to ‘find myself’ on the ‘gap yah’ I never had? Running…

A world-class Coffee Culture

Full article published in Northern Woman Magazine, September 2019. The specialty coffee sector is one that has taken the world by storm, and the story is no different in Northern Ireland. The number of Belfast coffee shops has increased by a third in two years, supporting the demand for an independent coffee culture. You only…

Saying Goodbye to Summer

How are we through August already? Summer is drawing to a close and the much-anticipated bank holiday weekend is upon us – meaning my countdown for moving abroad is ticking (7 days!!). I plan on making the most of my remaining time in Northern Ireland. Here’s my top 5 places to visit in NI this…

Menorca

Full article published in Northern Woman Magazine, September 2019. The Mediterranean’s Hidden Gem Menorca is often undermined by its neighbours, Mallorca and Ibiza. Traditionally a lot more low-key than the other Balearic Islands, Menorca is known for its sheer natural beauty, secluded coves and turquoise-tinted waters. Thanks to the relaxed atmosphere that rolls throughout the…

The DeMoo Story

The student trio behind DeMoo Jeans share a love for vintage clothing and up-cycling. I chatted to Sassie, Jess and India about how their creative skills led to the creation of a successful sustainable brand, one that promotes a stance against fast fashion and has taken the student population by storm. From a young age,…

Remember the 22

May 22nd 2019 marks the second anniversary of the Manchester Arena attack, an atrocity where 22 lives were taken and hundreds were injured.  It’s difficult to forget the horror as I watched the news coverage in 2017; it’s incomprehensible to imagine the reality of the terror. Floral tributes have been left at Manchester Victoria Station…

5 pieces of creative advice

Exactly a year has passed since I was sitting in Chapter One Books, avoiding French Literature revision by writing the ‘Manchester Coffee Crawl.‘   It’s only right I should reflect on this year’s blogging journey and perhaps inspire others to join me.  Today I am yet again procrastinating by writing this post, ignoring tomorrow’s French exam. …

In conversation with Madlug

I had the pleasure of interviewing the founder of Madlug bags, and I am touched after hearing how this outstanding Northern Irish brand helps kids in care.

Manifester dans les rues virtuelles

Après avoir lu ‘Indignez-vous’ écrit par Stéphane Hessel, ancien résistant et diplomate français ; je pense fortement à notre société actuelle et à notre engagement en ce qui concerne l’activisme politique et social. Hessel, à l’âge de 93 ans, a publié un manifeste en 2010 où il en avait appelé à l’esprit de la Résistance pendant…