1. These Are A Few Of Her Favourite Things: Sarah Powell

    These Are A Few Of Her Favourite Things: Sarah Powell


    We're excited, delighted and pretty darn JOYful to have Sarah Powell, relentlessly witty radio and TV presenter, and her fabulous fringe, guest blogging for us today. Brighten our Monday, Sarah! 


    Hello love! I’m Sarah Powell and I’m a presenter, a fringe owner and part woman, part tea. So because Mondays are rubbish, the very lovely people at JOY have asked me to share with you a few of the things that bring me joy and I said I’d be delighted. Also if you get yourself over to the JOY Instagram, I am doing a takeover of their story (I know their password, I feel very powerful) with some other brilliant things to make today more bearable.


    First of all, tea. Let’s talk about tea. Tea can make everything better. I find things always look far more doable after you’ve had a cuppa. There’s also scientific research which reckons tea has antioxidants in it and can actually reduce stress levels so it’s an all-round winner. On a Monday I will probably stay in bed longer than I should and then have to choose between making a cup of tea or wearing eyeliner. Thankfully, I have now got myself one of those china portable cups so can run out of the house and have lovely tea on the go. I’ve got my eye on this glittery one with Pusheen the cat on the front. A fat cat with a unicorn horn is the only thing that could make tea better. That and biscuits.


    Next, clothes. I always vow to choose what I’m going to wear the night before and never do, so I’ve decided to make sure I at least do it on a Sunday night. On a Monday, wear something you love so much you would marry it if you could. I have fallen deeply in love with this Louche shirt covered in ladies and lips, which is also loose enough to hide a pasta baby. Also this mega shift dress with hearts all over it is beyond flattering. Of course you could go all out and wear this JOY t shirt and just pretend it’s Friday.


    Something I believe in strongly is a daily disco. Wherever you are, in the shower with the radio on, in the car going to a meeting, when you get home and are cooking the tea, have a disco. Sing along, dance if you want to and just lose it for a chorus or two. You will always feel better afterwards.


    Lists. I am in love with making lists. I make them for everything, including the tiniest tasks. I have lists of my lists. This darling little board is wipe clean and magnetic so you can plan to your heart’s content every single week. It’s also perfectly acceptable to add something that you’ve already done to a list and cross it off immediately, by the way.


    Phone charge. Why oh why does my phone never have any charge? Probably because I take it off charge to use it for something and then leave it on the side to wither and die. This cable has actually changed my life. It’s SIX FEET long. It’s as long as a person! You can walk round with it and your phone is still plugged in. Pure joy.

    Another of my great passions in life, aside from cheese, is faux fur. I will wear it all year round and be boil-in-the-bag-hot because I love it so much. A little bit of faux fur or leopard print will always make you feel fabulous and that’s a fact. I love it on coats, collars, shoes and this little bag is cute as a button and goes very well with a G&T. Also while we’re in the accessories department, let’s throw in these lightning bolt earrings to remind you that you’re owning it.


    Finally, in the words of Jess Glynne, don’t be hard on yourself. You’re doing brilliantly. Whatever Monday throws at you or tries to bring you down, remember you are wonderful, these days will pass and the best is yet to come. And that if all else fails, you can buy a gold pineapple.


    Follow Sarah Powell on Twitter @ThisSarahPowell and hear Sarah on heat radio Sundays 2-6PM


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  2. 8 People Who Deserve Your Love This Valentine’s Day (and a spot-on gifting guide)

    8 People Who Deserve Your Love This Valentine’s Day (and a spot-on gifting guide)


    Valentine’s Day: the highlight of February for lovers, the second best thing for pancake-makers, and the epitome of all that’s wrong in the world for others. But love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day 2017 has something for everyone.

    Valentine's Day Hunk With A Heart

    So if you adore your flatmate, fancy your pizza delivery boy or want to show appreciation for your Tinder date, here are 8 people you should give love to this Valentine’s Day (and a bunch of gift ideas):


    1.       Housemate:  How Would I Kill This Spider Without You?

    You’ve been through everything with your trusty housemate, from bathroom leaks and roaming insects to vicious hangovers and unhealthy Netflix binges. You faithfully mop up Prosecco spillages and diplomatically share the clothes horse (and many a cheese board). Celebrate Valentine’s with a gift for your shared abode:

    Gold Disco Ball Drinking Cup; £10 – High volume Gloria Gaynor, rum punch and this drinking cup.

    Fikkerts Jasmine Candle; £17 – Beat the hangover smell and be cosy and warm at the same time!

    A4 Light Box; £25 – Baby you light up my world like nobody else.


    2.       Pizza Delivery Boy:  You, Me + Papa John 4EVA

    He’s the only man for you. He brings you carbs when you’re sad. Soft doorbell chimes signal his arrival and you simmer with excitement. No other man makes you salivate like he does. Give him a reason to end his shift early:

    Tropical Fixie Bike Pizza Cutter; £18 – Cut the pizza together, hand on hand like on a wedding cake.

    Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker; £35 – In case your creepy show of love makes him consider a career change and turns him into a fabulous cocktail-making expert.


     3.       The Tinder Date You’re Going to Marry

    We’ve all left a Tinder date with a cheesy magic spark and texted “omg he’s the one, I can feel it in me waters” while daydreaming on the train and missing our stop. Show him this Valentine’s Day that without a doubt you will totally 100% marry him whether he likes it or not:

    Breakfast: Morning, Noon and Night book; £18.99 – Tell him you want to wake up with him. And then spend every single mealtime and hour of the day with him. In a non-creepy way. With a book.


    4.       The Brother Who Can’t Commit

    Every time you go home for Christmas, he’s brought home another Laura (2014), Sarah (2015) and Katie (2016) – this man just can’t hold down a relationship! Time you let him practise his commitment skills:

    Grow A Girlfriend; £2.50 – It’s like when Ebenezer Scrooge gets a Christmas Eve wake-up call.


    5.       Work Wife:  She’s The Reason You’re Not In Prison

    She stands by you through thick and thin, she makes stellar gift suggestions for your family, she covers for you when you’re suffering after a big night, she ensures you avoid arrest at all costs – she’s your work wife. Buy her a Valentine’s treat to say thanks:

    Spreadsheet Queen Mug; £7.50 – Damn son, those formulae are spot-on.

    Amber Hand Cream; £10 – Keeping ‘em supple for supreme typing.

    Duckhead Umbrella; £22 – Protect her from the impending frizz fest.


    6.       The True Love (and the person you love unrequitedly)

    Secretly, we’re suckers for love. We wouldn’t go so far as to sing “All You Need Is Love” and mean it (unless we’re watching Love Actually) – because you actually also need money, snacks and regular bathroom trips – but we do love love. Celebrate Valentine’s traditionally, with a gift for your love:

    *For her:

    Rose Gold/White Howlite Necklace; £14 and Rose Gold/White Howlite Earrings; £12

    Reese Jersey Choker Dress; £35 – Buy her a date dress like Richard Gere rents shitloads of diamonds for Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman.

    *For him:

    HYMN Ant Red Slub Jumper; £50 – Roses are red. Soft, thick slub jumpers are red, too.

    Stormtrooper Decanter; £21 – You sat through 2 hours 13 mins of Rogue One. You may as well get him the on-theme snazzy Star Wars Stormtrooper Decanter too.

    *For both:

    Fikkerts Rose Bath Oil; £14 – Everyone loves a cosy bath. Some like a cosy bath together. 

    Diamond Whiskey Glasses Set; £20 – Be classy together with whiskey. Slurrrrrp.


     7.       BFF:   The Christina To Your Meredith (Gal-entine’s Day Special)

    You’ve been through everything from break-ups and bad jobs to leaving bags in Ubers and that holiday no-one’s supposed to talk about. Your BFF is your lifeline, the Christina Yang to your Meredith Grey, the Ant to your Dec. Celebrate the BFF this Valentine’s Day:

    Grow A Boyfriend; £2.50 – She wants a grower, not a show-er.

    Mojito Cocktail Gift Set; £12 – She DOES keep your secrets after eight cocktails.

    Katie Loxton Love Heart Coin Purse; £14.99 – Because we want our BFF to buy it for us, too.

    Grow Your Own Bunch of Flowers; £9 – Because the ones you got for her birthday made her sneeze. Now she’ll have no-one to blame but herself.


    8.       YOU

    You’ve spent a whole year without Valentine’s Day. You are fantastic. You deserve large amounts of love and treats. So shop the WHOLE Valentine’s gift selection and get yourself a treat here.


    Some final thoughts on love:

    “The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return” – Christian, Moulin Rouge

    “It’s really hard to maintain a one-on-one relationship if the other person is not going to allow me to be with other people.” – Axl Rose



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