If you don’t know what Met Gala is, it’s essentially a bunch of famous/rich people attending a fundraising gala, dressed in jaw-dropping outfits created by incredible fashion designers wanting to showcase some of their best pieces of work on the world stage. Usually held on the first Monday in May, this year’s event happened on the 13th of September at…

Cheryl cole in poster for her podcast You, Me & R&B

This week a new BBC Sounds podcast series was released – You, Me & R&B, presented by Cheryl Cole. The announcement has been marred by criticism that Cheryl is a wholly inappropriate host for a podcast covering a music genre of Black origin – the response on Black Twitter has been tundra-like to say the least. And rightly so. In…

Grey and green tent pitched next to green bush ferns as the sun sets in Dartmoor national park.

I personally really love camping. There’s something about sleeping outdoors and getting closer to nature that I really enjoy but you have to be prepared and plan well. As someone who slept either in a tent or a very cold van on and off for about a year, here are all my tips and lessons learnt. There are a few…

Mel's Bad Bitch playlist banner

Confident without needing the validation of someone else confirming your spice? Going out to get what you want, instead of waiting for life to bring it to you? Cutting off toxic people like they’re split ends? Congratulations gal, you’re a Bad Bitch. If you’re looking to engage Bad Bitch mode, or are already firmly there and want a soundtrack to…

Mel's Picking Yourself Up Playlist banner

Do you ever get a suggested playlist from Spotify with a title like ‘Songs For Down Days’ or ‘Classics For Crying’, the subtext quite obviously being ‘you ok hun?’. These playlists definitely have their place – after all, we all need a soundtrack for those times when life is just absolutely battering us. Then there are the playlists you stick…

top bedtime stories for toddlers

  Welcome to our bedtime bookshelf. I’ve laid out a couple of my favourite bedtime stories for toddlers that I love to read with my little girl. Charlotte is due to turn 18 months old soon, so is always after funny, colourful and entertaining books. Not too short and not too long. Just right for those bedtime cuddles,  with a…

When I told my parents I was going travelling and specifically going to be doing lots of hiking in New Zealand they thought it was somewhat amusing. As someone who really hated participating in P.E. at school and also moaned when having to walk anywhere as a child, it was safe to say that I was a complete beginner when…

finding self-confidence

The best advice I could give you is to stop caring what people think of you. It's so freeing! I get that finding that self-confidence is easier said than done. But honestly, do you really care what strangers online think? The respect of family and friends is all that counts.   You will never be everyone's cup of tea You're…

The Kardashian women

Original title 'The Kardashian Brand' written for Midlands Network of Popular Culture Much like Marmite, Primark and the notion of vaccine passports, the topic of the Kardashians has the power to split a room into two storgic camps, frothing at the mouth to tell you, before you’ve even asked, why they are for or against. In one camp we have…

ITV’s flagship series Love Island is rarely without controversy; because hey, what makes better reality TV than a little drama? Every year we see the show hit headlines for all the wrong reasons yet still millions of people tune in night after night to see the latest developments in the blossoming romances (or not) of beautiful 20-somethings on a tropical…