People, places, experiences, music, delights and products that I LOVE and couldn’t live happy without. A whole lotta gratitude, big smiles, tugs on my heart, music to my ears, warmth in my soul and food for thought in this here list [did I mention I LOVE lists too?] [oh and the top two are in order of importance, the rest are random]
1. My family, are naturally my heart, my home and the people that keep me grounded. Love yas.
2. My good friends = as close as dammit to family with kinship that feeds my soul equally. You know who you are
My current good health of both body and mind. For this, I have deep gratitude. For real.
Teenage angst, burgeoning sexuality and confusion all mixed up in this particular song for me.
Women who are trail blazingly expressive, beautifully unique, shamelessly sexual and intellectually sharp enough to make it work for their message and bank accounts. However happy or tragic your lives may have been/are. Mati Hari, Josephine Baker, Marilyn Monroe, Mae West, Katherine Hepburn, Cindy Sherman, Tracy Emin, Madonna, Bjork, Gaga. You all inspire me.
Oldboy. Twisted South Korean psychological thriller. My FAV film genre.
The groundbreaking, pivotal, necessary and downright revolutionary suffragettes, the first wave, second wave and third wave feminists who fought the good fight, who paved the way before us and suffered, sacrificed and gave of themselves, so women could have some semblance of equality. I am deeply honoured to call myself one of you.
Mono – a vegan café in Glasgow, Scotland. The BEST vegan burger & vegan cheesecake on the planet + free WiFi. Win Win.
“I used to be snow white but I drifted” – the fabulous Mae West
The river Thames between Hammersmith Bridge & Putney Bridge – just a gorgeous little stretch to walk, talk, bike or run. In the summer months? PURE bliss.
Go Fug Yourself. Heather & Jessica, they be some funny bitches. For serious.
Jim Henson’s genius – Labyrinth and this…
With or Without You – U2. The theme song to my first ever heartbreak. Le Sigh.
London – one of my soul cities. She is a little minx and I HEART living here.
Glasgow’s art sector, King street, Transmission gallery, The Glasgow Print studio, Trongate 103, a teeny little part of the city that calls to me more than any other place. Mono café and The 13th note café & bar are near by when a gal just needs cake & broadband.
Jamaican Dancehall. I’m a try hard white girl, but hot damn! I can’t help myself when this style of music is on. My butt loves it.
Some like it Hot. Marilyn at her absolute best.
Mabel – she is not merely a bicycle but an escape, a sense of freedom, a ticket to beautiful places and a hard core work out.
An African electrical storm after a day of oppressive summer sun, a wonderful reprieve from the dry heat. Although one must remember to stand clear of anything considered an electrical conductor. Most important.
Grab my Shaft – Peaches & Louie Austin. This song is SEX ONNA STICK and will make you wanna dance too. Yay.
I heart Motown. My Favs are
Bjork. Super talented and ever so batshit crazy. What’s not to love?
Clarins cleansing milk with alpine herbs / Clarins hydraquench SP15 moisturizer / Clarins beauty flash balm / MAC blot in medium/ MAC zoom lash mascara / MAC eyeshadow ‘arena’ / MAC blusher / MAC lipstick in ‘Russian ed’ or ‘Amplified’. These are my ‘essentials’ and keep me looking sassy.
Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard. Wicked, beautiful and tragic.
Need I say more? David, oh David…
M.I.A. – talented, feisty, musician and visual artist.
Jezebel. I wanna be on their team.
Jill Scott – her music, beat poetry, acting. ALL good.
Pink fizz & BBQ’s with the gals in the back garden of our West London home in the summer. Joy.
Luscombe organic Ginger Beer. And ginger snaps. Hell, ALL things ginger = good.
A Streetcar named Desire. Marlon Brando at his most brutishly beautiful.
Donnie Darko – for the screenplay, the soundtrack and Patrick Swayze.
My fantasy latin lovers, Benicio Del Toro & Javier Bardem. Separate or together, it matters not.
Modern Toss. Hilarious.
Wind in the Wires – Patrick Wolf. The young mister Wolf always makes me wistfully yearn for something else with this song. Talented young man and super lovely in person too.
Postcard sketchbooks – Tate Modern gift shop – beautiful quality, thick white postcards, to draw, paint, write or draw on. I go through lots of these.
The Pretender – Foo Fighters. This is my go to song when I’m in a ‘Fuck You’ kinda mood. Loves it.
The 80’s. What can I say, I’m an 80’s gal. I love [mostly] everything about that time.
Team America – World Police. So wrong but so right.
The Kitteh’s of LOL. Just because.
The saddest song ever.
Meat is Meat. Etching & mixed media. Genna McWhinnie. 1997.