Join the Revolution – Intimina Ziggy Cup Review

Sanitary pad on pink background with red sequins

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Way, waaaay back in 2016 (feels like a million years ago to me, HOW much my life has changed OMD), I wrote about menstrual cups for the first time. The blog blew UP and I got so much feedback, good and bad. Ranging from admiration that I’d written about my period online, to complete horror and disgust that I’d written about my period online. Two types of people pals, two types of people.

Lads, it’s 2019 now and I can’t explain how PROUD I am of the progress everyone has made over the last few years, in terms of talking about the important stuff – men’s mental health, suicide, admitting our anxieties, adverts no longer using blue liquid to euphemise a period – just so much stuff that was often taboo that just needs to be talked about.

The Eco-Revolution

I’m still an advocate for the menstrual cup. Environmentally-friendly, they’re made of silicone and you can wear them for up to 12 hours – a dream when you’ve got a busy day and don’t want to be counting on your fingers the amount of tampons you’ll need to stuff in your bag. They’re fabulous for women in developing countries and also for homeless women, who often have to resort to unhygienic practices during their period.

There’s loads of menstrual cups to buy nowadays, in different shapes and colours and for every phase of your life – whether you’ve just started your periods, whether you’ve given birth and much more.

What’s Next?

Not TOO much has changed on the blog since 2016, you probably all know that I’m still no stranger to talking about my fanny on the internet.

Let’s go one step further and talk about…period sex.

I was approached by Intimina to review its new Ziggy Cup, which offers all of the protection of a normal menstrual cup but with a flat-fit design so you can, er, do the dirty with no mess. I was really intrigued by the design and whether it would truly work.

It arrives in a bright pink, but very subtle in size rubber box. The rim is thick and bounces back when you squeeze, so I was fairly confident it would hold. The actual ‘cup’ is fairly thin and very moveable but I suppose it needs to be, to make room for…other things.

Ziggy Cup and packaging from Intimina

Using the Intimina Ziggy Cup

I wore it for a few hours before doing the deed. Without going into too much detail, for I fear my poor fiancé will die of embarrassment…it was absolutely fine. No mess, or no more than usual (soz mums) swift removal and then business as usual. Despite it looking nothing like a regular menstrual cup, it worked exactly like one!

Honestly, no one absolutely NEEDS to be having period sex, but if you fancy it, a totally useful product is now on the market.

I asked this is 2016 and I’ll ask it again in 2019…what do you think? Intriguing or still totally gross? Thinking of investing in a cup or sticking to what you know? Any questions – let me know!

Check out the rest of the Intimina range here. They’ve also got a fab campaign on at the moment which started on International Women’s Day this year which details periods through the ages and excellent achievements by women over time. Definitely worth a read: #whilebleeding.

Review: Missguided – Body Mists

Missguided body mists– this post contains gifted products –

I wrote about the Missguided Babe Power fragrance a while back, and it’s been a staple for nights out ever since. I was over the moon when the brand released some new body mists to add to my collection.

I found it best to spray the mist into the air and walk through it, to get an even distribution. You can also layer the mists, to get your own bespoke scent.

My vibes? Consider them enhanced.

This is a perfect stocking filler for the lady in your life, or even as a gift to yourself! It’s Christmas – treat yo’ self.

Here’s a little bit more information about the scents.

Missguided Unicorn Dreams Body Mist

Slay dreams and enchant hearts with the Unicorn Dreams Body Mist. A scent filled with coconut, lily of the valley and rose. Base notes of dry amber, sandalwood and vanilla.

Missguided Boy Tears Body Mist

Let the boys know you’re the heartbreaker with this Boy Tears Body Mist, combining notes of bergamot, raspberry, peony and patchouli infused with amber.

Missguided Instant Feels Body Mist

Don’t panic, we caught instant feels too! The Instant Feels Body Mist is a light fruity fragrance that combines raspberry, bergamot, patchouli and sweet vanilla.

Missguided Vibe Enhancer Body Mist

Let’s keep it real, we’re only here for the good vibes. Vibe Enhancer is a hypnotic scent of fruity apple, combined with strawberry, warm caramel and vanilla.

Unicorn Dreams, Boy Tears, Instant Feels and Vibe Enhancer are available now, online and in store at Missguided, The Fragrance Shop, Superdrug, Boots, ASDA, and Amazon, priced at £10 each.

Review – Tonkotsu, Ealing

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I absolutely love living in Ealing. It’s leafy, full of parks, SO many dog-friendly pubs, but close enough to Central to be part of the action. It’s also full of amazing restaurants that I’m slowly but surely making my way around.

I’ve been particularly excited about the new Dickens Yard development taking form near Bond Street. There’s been an influx of new venues and joining the ranks alongside Charlotte’s W5 and Pasta Remoli is ramen bar Tonkotsu. I LOVE a bowl of ramen, I’d say it’s my food of the moment. Any day, any time. It’s also the best hangover cure to ever exist. I practically lived off the stuff in Thailand. It’s slightly different, but I’ve written about a visit to Phở here.

When I was invited to try out Tonkotsu’s newest offering in Ealing, I jumped at the chance.

The restaurant itself is set out over two floors, and – how cool is this – the bar is made from recycled chopsticks from their other venues! Eco-ol. In terms of seating, there are a tables for larger groups, but if you’re in a couple you may be sat side-by-side at the actual ramen bar in the window, which is fab for casual dining, but perhaps not if you’re looking for a romantic setting.

What did we order?

Pork, ginger & garlic gyoza

A favourite of ours. These were pan-fried to perfection, without that oily ‘stodge’ effect you can often get with dumplings. The fillings were rich and at five pieces per order, they were perfect to share.

Sweet potato korokke

Will loved these. Large balls made up of a crispy outer, with fluffy sweet potato within. Not really my thing, but I have to concede they were very well done.

Tonkotsu ramen

Pork broth & sea salt base, enriched with lardo. Thinner-cut homemade noodles topped with roast pork belly, bamboo shoots, bean sprouts, spring onions, burnt garlic oil and seasoned egg

This was my choice. The entire bowl was heaven. At Tonkotsu, the noodles are cooked for exactly 32 seconds. Apparently, this the ample amount of time to get the perfect medium bite. I would tend to agree – no soggy noodles here! The pork was melt-in-the-mouth, with plenty of it to last the meal through. The broth was something else. A milky, creamy taste which left my lips luxuriously sticky. I think this must have something to do with the added lardo. It felt indulgent but enriching at the same time. The seasoned egg was done to perfection, flavourful and colourful.

Tonkotsu Ealing - Tonkotsu Ramen

Tokyo ramen

Chicken broth & soy sauce base. Classic homemade noodles topped with marinated & braised pork belly, pork scratchings, bamboo shoots, spring onions and seasoned egg.

William’s choice (the pork scratchings swayed it!). This broth was clear, with a fantastic piece of rippled pork belly laid on top. I had a taste; this bowl was a little lighter than mine, but I’d be hard pressed to choose between them if I ordered again.

Tonkotsu Ealing - Tonkotsu Ramen

The restaurant had Soho vibes, I almost forgot I was in W5. There are hanging plants everywhere and decent music, enough for an ambient beat but not so much as to cause distraction. The service was fab – very attentive and the staff aren’t afraid to chat and have a joke with the customers which is important.

Tonkotsu also has a lunch menu which includes a small ramen and side for only £9.95, which means I’ll definitely be going back when I need a quick writing break.

Where is it?

14 New Broadway, London W5 2XA

How do I book?

Have a nosey at the menu on the website and call 020 8810 1414!

 

Review: Lizi’s Breakfast Drinks

Lizi's breakfast drinks

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I’m constantly on the go, hopping all over London to various meetings and unfortunately, quite often skip breakfast.

I know this isn’t good, but I’m not alone: statistics show that over 30 million Brits regularly skip breakfast. Pretty shoddy, as we all know that breakfast is supposed to be the most important meal of the day.

Luckily, Lizi of Lizi’s Granola (which I wrote about here) has come to the rescue with some breakfast drinks to stop us being so naughty in the mornings.

The breakfast drinks are available in three delicious flavours; strawberry, chocolate and vanilla. I preferred the vanilla one, whilst Will loved the strawberry one – but they were all lovely, and perfect straight from the fridge. The consistency was perfect for me; not too thin (like a protein shake) or thick (like a milkshake).

For the protein-keen, 100g of a drink willl provide you with 7.8g of the stuff. Best of all, the drinks contain absolutely no added sugar, which is good for me as I spike and crash quite easily after having sugary things!

I really enjoyed trying them – such a good idea for the time-poor and even if you just can’t face a ‘proper’ breakfast first thing in the AM.

Lizi’s Breakfast Drinks are just is £1.49 for a 250ml bottle and is available in Sainsbury’s from the beginning of August 2018.

Review: The Fashion Intruder

The Fashion Intruder book review

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The Fashion Intruder is the multi-faceted debut novel by Roma E. Black. Promising to immerse you in to a world of fashion, whilst also giving an insight into the life of a lawyer, I was excited to give it a try.

One of the best things about being self-employed has been cutting out commuting and late nights, giving me back that all-important ‘me-time’. I’ve used this time over the last couple of months to read as much as I can, stepping out of my comfort zone (autobiographies and true crime books…for my sins, Will thinks I’m psycho reading THAT stuff before bed).

The main character in The Fashion Intruder, Sofia, has chosen a career in law, receiving several awards for leading her legal department. However, she is unsatisfied and when given a chance leave her law career behind and pursue a brand new business in fashion (her passion, passed on by her Grandmother), she listens to her heart and strives to succeed.

An inspirational read

There is a strong theme of determination, backbone and grit throughout – Sofia will stop at nothing until she gets there.

From Roma in her own words:

“The Fashion Intruder shows you how to fashionably quit a job, create a start-up of your dreams and leave a lawyers’ world. It is not about fashion itself, it is about chasing your dreams and believing in love. Having strength for fighting and resistance to stay on your way. Even if everything is falling apart….The Fashion Intruder is about believing that it is never too late to do what you love.”

blonde girl reading The Fashion Intruder on a bed

I was a little worried at first! I thought the story would have many references to designers and trends that I’d be lost, but I was pleasantly surprised. With references to Karl Lagerfeld and front-row seats to catwalk shows with Gigi and Bella Hadid, I felt at ease, as well as learning a few things along the way.

Late into the night I found myself Googling the famous rivalry between Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli and becoming more absorbed into the world of fashion. In addition, I’ve been browsing travel blogs and Skyscanner non-stop. This is due to the fabulous Italian and French locations included in the novel, so beautifully described.

Overall, The Fashion Intruder is sophisticated, fast-paced and aspirational. It’s a fun story that intertwines fashion, love, mystery and most importantly, taking a chance on a dream.

A final note from Roma:

My novel addressed to all the people who are fed up with hearing such lines as: ‘It is too late’, ‘It is not possible’, or ‘No one likes their job.’”

Roma is currently working on a screenplay and part two of The Fashion Intruder.

I want to read The Fashion Intruder!

Head over to amazon to order your copy today (available on Kindle and in paperback). You can also find The Fashion Intruder on Facebook and Instagram.

Read more of my reviews here.