A schmaltzy, festive rom-com is almost as much a Christmas tradition as the turkey or Christmas carols. My fave? The Holiday, starring Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz, which turns 15 years old this year. In The Holiday, British journalist Iris and American film trailer editor Amanda, two unlucky-in-love women from opposite sides of the Atlantic, arrange a home exchange to…

Today was the day I decided I finally felt in the mood to blog after months of not writing. Life gets in the way sometimes, you know - buying your first home, starting a new job, getting the keys to your home and decorating to make it truly yours, then being made redundant and having to find a new one…

Clip from And Just Like That

Sex and the City fans across the globe are gearing up for the legendary show’s spin-off, And Just Like That, which will be hitting our screens in December. The show following the lives of four single (and fabulous) New York women, was a gamechanger on its release in 1998, not just for television but society as a whole. We were…

I was all set to write about the books I’ve loved getting my literary teeth into during 2021 but it struck me that the biggest difference in my reading world this year has been book club. Since January I’ve been running a monthly book club so I’ve been pushed to read titles, genres and authors that wouldn’t usually have been…

As everyone knows, I love museums. And what better way to spend these cold, grey days, than by wandering around an exhibition for a few hours. Here’s a little guide to some of the exhibitions I’m looking forward to exploring in London over the next couple of months: Elizabeth & Mary: Royal Cousins, Rival Queens, The British Library Open until…

Edinburgh street with food restaurants

Hi, I’m Laura (@laurascoffs – totally shameless plug) and I’m a foodie based in Edinburgh! When Mel got in touch asking me if I was interested in writing a foodie guide to Edinburgh I was delighted as this feels like my calling. Two of my biggest passions are food and taking pictures of that food. Edinburgh is one of my…

As a woman who grew up in the 1990s, I was raised on the Spice Girls, Beanie Babies and…witches. No, I wasn’t nurtured in a weird pop culture obsessed coven, but, looking back, I’ve realised that so many of the iconic films and television programmes released during this time were centred on these wonderfully spooky women. Have you ever heard…

If you haven’t been living under a rock for the last couple of weeks then you are probably somewhat aware of the controversy surrounding Jesy Nelson and her highly-anticipated debut solo single, Boyz.  On Friday 8th October (ironically as we celebrate Black History Month in the UK) Jesy, formerly a member of British girl group Little Mix, released her new…

Pumpkin scary face

With Halloween coming up this weekend, it would be easy to spend a fortune getting into the spooky spirit, but if big spending isn’t in your plans, why not try some cheaper alternatives to the usual Pumpkin picking, cinema trips and expensive trick-or-treat outfits to help the little ones enjoy the weekend. 1). Pumpkin Carving / Painting  The easiest activity…

Ever feel as though your goals are unobtainable? Impossible, even? Because, same. Here’s me, a woman who has spoken live to tens of people during writers workshops about believing in the creative process, about setting boundaries and chucking restrictions and excuses right out the window. And yet I’m still not reaching my goals. The trouble is, I rarely take my…