First anniversary celebrations.

Hundreds spent last weekend flocking to Ryde, for the Christmas markets and on going small business Saturday campaign. One business in particular shone through, coincidentally sharing their first anniversary of being open on December 9th.

Indulge Me, a small family fun shop, situated in the heart of Cross Street, in Ryde; ha a queue of dozens by the time it reached 10.30am. The light rain and the winter winds didn’t seem to dampen anyone’s spirits.

 

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By 11am, when doors finally opened the shop was packed to the rafters. With small children squabbling over bars of Star Wars soap, as their parents browsed the never ending cubby holes of fruity fragranced bath bombs.

The moment you enter this store, your senses are enveloped with warm, comforting smells of years passed. Hubbabubbles, Coke Float and Watermelon- all childhood memories. Nostalgic parents squeal, just as badly as their kids, as they queue to be served with baskets overflowing.

 

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“It’s a massive deal for us” says Kayt Clark, joint owner, and one of the main makers of their natural bath products. “We honestly didn’t expect a turn out anywhere near as big as this” she explains as she hands changed back carefully to a customer.

By 12pm the queues are still relentless, but this time with a twist. The arrival of Batman and Harley Quinn in full costume regalia, drives the hoarded of children wild. The front of the shop becomes an emergency buggy at, as the eager parents hurry to get their kids through the door. Kayt chucked and mouths ‘I think we definitely need a bigger premises by next year’.

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Batman takes in a semi Mexican accent and begins to joke and play with the excitable children. Characters from Enchanted Isle Princess Party Visits are apparently a monthly occurrence. Owner of, and princess extraordinaire Natalie Louise De Grunchy, explains that she’s never seen a turn out quite like this before. Dressed as Harley Quinn she continues “I’m used to my die hard mummies who routinely follow me to events each month and a few extras that turn up when Indulge Me leaflet, but this is crazy!”

As Harley Quinn gets swallowed by the sea of small hands and hugs. Some even in their own favourite super hero or princess outfits. Batman makes his way behind the till, to pose for promotional photos for the Indulge Me team. Dressed all in black, he tries his hardest not to grin, as he’s asked all sorts of funny questions.

 

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John Gorman, co owner and husband of Kayt, is still in a state of shock at the turn out. He begins to frantically wrap soap, “When we got our daughter to advertise our anniversary on Facebook, we didn’t think she’d pull something like this out of the hat”. Stack by stack, piles of citrus infused gin and tonic soap appears, alongside a row of layered vanilla. “We stated the first 100 customers would each receive a mystery gift, but I didn’t wrap all 100, which was clearly a bad move”.

Slowly the hordes of avid cosmetic lovers begin to lessen, but there’s no rest for the wicked here. A stunning balloon arch featuring a bottle of champagne, pouring out over the door way into an overflowing golden goblet, highlights the entrance to Indulge Me for passers by. All beautifully made of latex balloons, “In another life we were balloon artists in London” Kayt explains as she fixes part of the bubbles. “We’re still used to the cheekiness of teenagers who like to prod, poke and pinch balloons as they walk past”.

 

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As the clock ticks closer to one, the Enchanted Isle team are throughly worn out, but still of beaming smiles. There’s no magic being ruined here. As they pose in the head turning arch, it’s clear that the people of Ryde have an asset on their hands, unlike any other. In times of ‘shrink-flatiron’, where nothing for nothing these days doesn’t really exist like it used to. The same cannot be said for Indulge Me, a free meet and greet with your favourite super hero or princess characters, along with a free bath bomb, handmade by a local independent shop. It’s clear to all that know about this hidden gem, there’s nowhere else quite like it on the Isle of Wight.

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Gilmore Girls a Year in the Life- a 370 minute torture experience.

Gilmore Girls, ‘A Year in the Life’ is 370 minutes worth of punishment. It opens lacking its characteristic “Where You Lead” theme, instead we launch stright into ‘winter’. Discovering the beloved character Richard Gilmore, (The late Edward Herrmann), head patriarch and glue to the family has died, foreshadowing the entire revival.

The four episodes follow Emily Gilmore (Kelly Bishop), once a stand-out character, now a shell, and her daughter Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and granddaughter, Rory (Alex Bledel), from winter through to fall. In longer than before, 90 minute intervals. We see a car crash story arch for one of television’s most beloved characters ever- Rory, with her love for reading, such promise; the revival juxtaposes, and she’s just a grade-A bitch.

Lorelai and Luke, (Scott Patterson) are still unmarried and arguing about the same issues, same old-same old. We do however, enjoy fleeting cameos from favorites like; Dean (Jared Padaleki), Sookie (Melissa Mccarthy) and Jess (Milo Ventimiglia). All seem to have grown in the last decade, but still make up Stars Hollow. Rory- however has unfortunately just gotten bitter with age, something that taints all four episodes. 

This six hours felt brutal. Our three heroines, all muddle through a year of grief, dismay and struggle to find their places in the new world, carved out by Richard’s death. It’s full of the usual comedy gold, movie and pop-culture references a-plenty, blatantly empty coffee cups even with a budget of millions, Lane Kim (Keiko Agena) is once again deserving more from life, and the local townsfolk producing strange events like there’s no tomorrow.

For all intents and purposes, the Gilmore Girls are back, and like you’ve never seen them before. But it’s not the Gilmore girls fans really want. It’s been almost a decade since season 7, and all the writers (Amy and Dan Palladino) have really done, is left fans wanting more. The cliffhanger is just salt in the wounds.

Q&A on what it’s like to start a small business..

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Photo of the new counter top: Credit: SailorSarah
  1. How long has Indulge Me been up and running?

K: Indulge Me happened as we initially fell in love with the idea of handcrafting bath products about 5/6 years ago, but it’s something we didn’t really pursue until March 2016- when I got the ingredients and equipment for my birthday. But with my partners ill health, it was again put on the back burner, we were lucky enough to find our little unit in the Victoria Arcade and open before Christmas.

2.  What’s your aim?

K: Our aim is basically to create affordable and natural products that are suitable for everyone. John has really bad psoriasis, due to his medical conditions and we find it really hard to buy products that don’t set off his skin. We describe ourselves as family of canaries, and so far we haven’t developed a product that we cannot use. We want to be 100% officially Vegan certified by the end of the year, all of our ingredients are high quality, natural and cruelty free and its something we want to promote.

3. What’s your favourite product so far and why?

K: Rainbow Magic for definite, it’s about 6 different colours and fragrances, and it was named via a Facebook competition- we had the most adorable 9 year old come up with the name and it’s such a customer favourite, it’s a major pain to make but it’s worth it.

4.  What’s your next step?

K: Now that would be telling, business is very dog-eat-dog, but I’m looking into exploring more of the ‘cosmetics’ side of things.

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Photo of our door window- Cosmetics by name

5.  Has it really been an easy ride, like you’ve portrayed on your social media pages?

K: Well nothing in life is easy, you’ve always got to work as hard as you can. It’s definitely been hard at times, John’s MS has been a big limiter to him, he’s been a professional builder and decorator for almost 30 years and to not be able to do the things he used to is really hard for him. It’s also been fun managing a hormonal teenage boy through his GCSE exams, along with a highly inquisitive 7 year old. Along with supporting our eldest through her first year at uni. Playing family and establishing yourself as a brand is complicated. We were all at the new shop until 1am on Friday preparing it for the opening the following day, it’s those kind of things people don’t see. The countless hours we devote to making things picture perfect and ready, we felt obliged to open for when we promised we would. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

 

 

 

Social Media Spat- Feminist viewpoints

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Credit: The Tab, featuring Kennedy’s article

Two weeks ago it all went down on The Tab’s social media site. An article published by a local Portsmouth Uni student attracted backlash for supposedly ‘encouraging society to view women as purely sex objects’. #Itoldmummy went from a harmless life/opinion piece on working as a ‘Dirty Disco Girl’ into a full blown argument concerning feminism and morals in this day and age.

It started with a derogatory comment from an unrelated male, purely for the ‘likes’, but it got steadily worse as another decided to lend her opinion to the mix. Others were quick to leap to the original posters defence.

With comments pouring in defending her morals, and opposing the critical comments made by Potter. One that stood out was Kieran Nall’s, its sarcastic and facetious tone, jousting about dinosaur costumes and insinuating Miss Potter’s statement was rather prehistoric.

When asked about how the comments had affected her decision to share her views, Tab writer Kennedy said  “It’s ridiculous that we get slammed for being body confident yet beauty companies today are trying to promote body confidence”

The article itself, was supposedly a light hearted option piece, praising how society has changed, and how in the 21st contrary women should be allowed to do what they want with their bodies, as Kennedy herself stated, it’s pretty shocking that on a daily basis advertising companies bombard us with comments promoting ‘body confidence’, yet publicly its fellow women that decide to slam and attack our appearance and opinions for their own self gratification. The only silver lining came as a handful of knights in shining armour, who decided rather than to ‘feed the trolls’, they would make banter out of the situation, which seemed to stem the flow of hatred and narcism.

5 Reasons why glitter is better for you than drugs..

1- Its legal to talk about how many grams you’ve ordered in public- shady as hell guys, but totally legal. It is also far cheaper! The average street price of a gram of ket is roughly between £20/30 depending on which side of the north, south divide you fall on. Glitter? This shit is like £1 a gram?!

 

2- It’s a common and scientifically tested FACT: Glitter makes you fitter. Only a solid 5 on a good day? Slap it on and get your sparkle on- you’re guaranteed to become at least a solid 7 ½. Did I mention Glitter Beards? Most men go through the ‘beard phase’, at some point in their lives, some may not actually come out of it and give theirs up. But a simple solution to cure your facial hair woes could be to funk it up. Vaseline or gel, twirl it in their locks, smother the glitter in. Boom. One incredibly jazzy beard, and if your partner/friend hates cosmetics- they’ll soon rethink that beard.

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3- There’s no come down, with glitter you’re always on a high- it’s the upper that never stops upping… apart from when you get It in your eyes… word of warning: DON’T! But if you’re feeling a bit rough-  Glitter concealer is a thing, and it’s the stuff of gods. When your under eyes look like they’ve been dragged down by Satan himself, into the depths of the darkest hell- a bit of glitter could be your answer. Slay girl!

 

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4 – Glittery appendages! Especially Glitter Tits. Need I say more? A classy way of showing off what yo’ mama gave you, and possibly campaigning that its your body, your rules! Glitter roots though, for that time of the month when your bank account is saying no- but your hair is saying ‘eww roots and grossness’, dab on a bit of gel, slather on the glitter- an arty way of covering up a multitude of sins.

5- Unlike hard core drugs, the prolonged use of glitter will not lead to your face mangling, rotting and half falling off. Jaundice and gaunt cheeks are not the one. But glittery ones, definitely are. It’s not the worst addiction in the world to have, sure when you rock up anywhere and open your bag, glitter will fall out. When you get laundry out of the wash, glitter will still be clinging to it. Your bed is now a sparkly paradise, you will never be able to remove it. And even after a shower, you’ll find it in your hair, or somewhere obscure on your body. But it’s a fun habit, and it’s one you’ll never regret.

Credit: Patsie Gorman

 

10 Reasons why Glitter is better for you than drugs..

1- Its legal to talk about how many grams you’ve ordered in public- shady as hell guys, but totally legal.

2- Its far cheaper! The average street price of a gram of ket is roughly between £20/30 depending on which side of the north, south divide you fall on. Glitter? This shit is like £1 a gram?!

3- It’s a common and scientifically tested FACT: Glitter makes you fitter. Only a solid 5 on a good day? Slap it on and get your sparkle on- you’re guaranteed to become at least a solid 7 ½.

 

4- Did I mention Glitter Beards? Most men go through the ‘beard phase’, at some point in their lives, some may not actually come out of it and give theirs up. But a simple solution to cure your facial hair woes could be to funk it up. Vaseline or gel, twirl it in their locks, smother the glitter in. Boom. One incredibly jazzy beard, and if your partner/friend hates cosmetics- they’ll soon rethink that beard.

Credit: Patsie Gorman

 

5- There’s no come down, with glitter you’re always on a high- it’s the upper that never stops upping… apart from when you get It in your eyes… word of warning: DON’T!

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Credit: Patsie Gorman

6- Glitter concealer is a thing, and it’s the stuff of gods. When your under eyes look like they’ve been dragged down by Satan himself, into the depths of the darkest hell- a bit of glitter could be your answer. Slay girl! Conceal it with the stuff of gods.

Credit: The Daily Mail

 

7- Glitter Tits. Need I say more? A classy way of showing off what yo’ mama gave you, and possibly campaigning that its your body, your rules!

 

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8- Glitter roots, for that time of the month when your bank account is saying no- but your hair is saying ‘eww roots and grossness’, dab on a bit of gel, slather on the glitter- an arty way of covering up a multitude of sins.

 

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9- Unlike hard core drugs, the prolonged use of glitter will not lead to your face mangling, rotting and half falling off. Jaundice and gaunt cheeks are not the one. But glittery ones, definitely are.

 

Credit: Patsie Gorman

 

10- It’s not the worst addiction in the world to have, sure when you rock up anywhere and open your bag, glitter will fall out. When you get laundry out of the wash, glitter will still be clinging to it. Your bed is now a sparkly paradise, you will never be able to remove it. And even after a shower, you’ll find it in your hair, or somewhere obscure on your body. But it’s a fun habit, and it’s one you’ll never regret.

 

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Why 2017 will be the worst year EVER for well loved old people in the public eye.

2016 was a devastating whirlwind of celebrity death- from the beloved cult classics like Alan Rickman, Carrie Fisher and Frank Kelly all the way through to super stars like Bowie and Prince. From start to finish death ravaged through some of our most acclaimed and globally adored individuals, and it can only get worse from here. The faces we grew up enjoying as kids are all slowly getting older with us, but as we hit our 20’s and 30’s, they’re all gradually slipping into their 70’s, 80’s or 90’s. We can hope and pray that our favourites will live forever, but death is inevitable and no matter how many locked doors we hide them behind, we can’t stop time.

deathArtist Chris Barker reimagined the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover to include the celebrities who died in 2016 CREDIT: CHRIS BARKER / @CHRISTHEBARKER

Many are speculating as to who will be next on the Reaper’s list as we head further into January, Om Puri (Best known for East is East and The Hundred Foot Journey) sadly passed on January 6th, kickstarting the beginning of dreaded list of those gone but not forgotten.

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Image courtesy of the Deathlist.com. Showing from 1-19 of this years list. 

Sites are popping up left right and centre, with polls and bets being placed as to who will ‘kick it’ this year, with Death Poll correctly predicting 14/50 deaths for 2016. For the most it has to be guess work, and calculations based on their ages and current state of health- Her Majesty currently features due to an unwelcome spate of illness landing her in the spotlight. In the end it comes down to the luck of the draw and life, we can’t change these factors, we just have to accept their inevitability- but we can sure as hell tell death to fuck right off and leave David Attenborough alone!