6 awkward things that happen during sex and how guys and gals should deal with them

As we edge gradually away from the shelter childhood provides and hurtle towards saga holidays and pension plans – life likes to throw little butt-nuggets of shite at us. Or in other words, as my old man once told me, ‘sometimes life kicks you in the nuts’.

This is not a post, however, on dealing with workplace stress, relationship problems or navigating your way through buying your first house (what the fuck is stamp duty, anyway?) We have people to talk through all those joyous adulthood inevitabilities with.

This is a post about all the humiliating things we have to deal with that no one warns you about. Some people even pretend that none of these things have ever happened to them. Well I have news for you ladies and gents. Those people are absolutely, and categorically, full of shit. Some (or if you’re really unlucky – all) of these things will happen to you at some point in your life.



Queefing refers to the often funny, but rarely unembarrassing, art of farting through your lady garden. Pretty it ain’t. Inevitable it is.

How Do You Deal With It?

Most varts (geddit?) are the result of doing the underpants dance. And while it may be tempting to moan loudly in a bid to cover it up, it’s too late sista. The cat is already out of the vag. The best thing you can do is laugh it off. If you’re simply too mortified then blame him. You didn’t put the air in there, after all.

If You’re A Dude

The goal here is to make your girl as comfortable as possible, If she ignores it, so should you. If she giggles; smile and carry on as you were. What you absolutely should not do is laugh so hard you do a little (or big) fart of your own. There’s no recovering from that.

Bum Beards

Yup, that’s right, a beard of the bum. It happens. While your manicured early twenty-something self simply cannot fathom the idea of a butt barnet, suck it up. If it doesn’t happen to you then you’re one of a lucky few.

How Do You Deal With It?

A little tushie toupee really isn’t the end of the world and, the best advice I can give is to come to terms with it. You’ll have more fun with less hang-ups. Naturally, of course, I’m a total fucking hypocrite and regularly tidy up ‘down there’. You can read all about that here. On a serious note though, I do it because it makes me feel better. You should not feel pressured into hair removal. It’s your minge (or arse). Do what the fuck you want with it.

If You’re A Dude

This doesn’t really concern you. Nothing to see here. If you’re the kind of guy who is grossed out by this then you’re probably either an arsehole or have watched way too much porn. Either way, read a book on feminism and learn some fucking respect.

Guys Not Getting It Up

Another of life’s less fun inevitabilities is the fact that you will at some point have to negotiate a stubbornly flaccid phallus.

How Do You Deal With It?

Well for starters, get over yourself. Don’t sulk or cry or make his limp lunchbox all about you. If you got this far, it’s highly unlikely that you have any bearing at all on his wilting willy. In fact, it’s probable that he wants to have sex with you so much that he’s put too much pressure on himself. So, be cool. Don’t sweat it. Have a cuddle instead.

If You’re a Dude

Be cool. Don’t sweat it. Have a cuddle instead.

Nasty Knickers

Many of us have been there; we know we’re about to get lucky and we run through a sex pro forma in our heads. Have I shaved my legs? Check. Have I got a condom? Check. What underwear am I wearing? Oh fuck. Whether it’s wash day and you’re wearing your apple-catchers or if you just grabbed a pair of 10 year old trusty (but crusty) kecks in haste this morning, you’re now formulating a plan which involves somehow sneaking your bad bloomers past his hungry eyes.

How Do You Deal With It?

Option one: Turn all the lights off. Like, all of the light sources ever.

Option two: Fuck it. He’s about to get lucky and it’s what’s underneath your knickers that he’s really excited about, Besides, he’s probably worrying about his skid-marks anyway.

If You’re a Dude

While some guys get-off on a whiff of a women’s knickers, most ladies are a bit self conscious about their undercrackers. Unless you have a mutually happy smalls-sniffing relationship, it’s probably best to whip ‘em off quickly and fling ‘em as far away as possible.


We’ve already tackled the humble hairy heinie but, as you move further away from your teenage years, don’t be surprised to spy whiskers cropping up all over the shop. From chins to chests, and from knees to nipples – don’t be too shocked to find stubble in what you once thought to be the most unlikely of places.

How Do You Deal With It?

Depends. Does it make you feel self conscious? If so, there are tonnes of options. The ol’ tweezers do the world of good for the odd, unruly nipple whisker and beauticians can help you out (just remember, they’ve always seen worse). If you don’t give a shit though then nae bother. Just let it all hang oot.

If You’re a Dude

You’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t. Just keep your fucking mouth shut.

Farting During Sex

When you’re both that relaxed it’s not surprising that the odd sex fart occurs. But nobody wants to acknowledge the (smelly) elephant in the room.

How Do You Deal With It?

Don’t. Moan a little louder, bounce a little harder. Use every distraction tactic in your armoury and blame the cat if he brings it up later.

If You’re a Dude

Much like when a queef occurs – absolutely do not start pissing yourself laughing. And, under no circumstances should you take it as a cue for you to let rip too.

So, there you have it boys and girls. Whether you’re a secret queefer or harbouring hairy hindquarters, don’t sweat it. Even the most prissy among us have likely let out a little backdoor breeze in the bedroom at one time or another.

The naked (and sweary) truth about bikini waxing

There’s one area of my life in which I’ve always aired more on the modern side. Cooking? Nah, I like a prawn cocktail as much as the next person. Home decor? Nope, love a brown paisley curtain, me. So, what then? Body hair.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve faced the odd long, damp winter with a secret bush keeping me warm on the coldest of nights but, generally speaking, I like to keep things trim ‘down there’. Why am I telling you this? Because I recently ventured in to the deep, dark world of waxing. And I was fucking terrified.

Why? The pain? Well no, actually. It was more the thought of spreading my hirsute legs, and revealing my well nurtured pubic mound to the well-kempt and perfectly plucked bird in the salon at the end of my street.

So why the hecky peck am I about to share a tale of throbbing fanny maintenance, on a blog my dad occasionally reads? (Dad, if you’re there, please stop reading now. No, really. STOP READING). Well, I’m doing you a favour, of course. Forewarned is forearmed ‘n’ all that.

Now, I think we all know, generally speaking, what is involved. Basically, you whip your knickers off and 10 minutes of pain and humiliation ensues. Right? Nah. It’s not that bad.

How bad is it? Really?

The first thing to remember, as you lay worrying about the size of your labia, is – they’ve seen worse. Like, definitely. Whether you’re a bit on the sparse side, or have full-on arse side burns. They’ve seen it all before. So, relax. Trust me, it’ll hurt less.

The second thing to get your head ‘round is what kind of wax you want. A Brazilian? A Hollywood? A Timbuk-bloody-tu? Who would’ve thought there were so many didgeri – dos? The best thing you can do is ask what they all mean at the particular salon you visit. One word of warning from me though. Think you know what a Brazilian is? Think again. They go inside for that shit. And I don’t just mean inside your pants.

So, back to me. Here I am. I’ve got to grips with being nearly naked from the waist down and the bed I’m lying on is pretty comfortable. The nice lady even told me to keep my pants on as I’d opted for a high bikini (I’m being pretty brave but there’s no way I’m letting an orange person with a tub of hot wax near the inside of my foo foo.)

Now, I’ve got to be honest, the first one stings. Well, that’s a massive lie. Oh, sweet jesus it fucking hurts! But only for about a millisecond, then it’s over. After about 90 seconds, I’m laying there – drawers hitched up to my belly button – with a lovely smooth (albeit glowing red) front-bottom, complete with neat little triangle of pubic hair. I feel smug. I got through it.

It ain’t over yet . . .

“Ok, turn over onto your side and drop your knickers” says the nice orange lady. “We’ll just do your bum.” “Er, what the fuck?”, I think. I mean, fair enough, I had noticed a little beard sprouting down there but I didn’t know if I was ready to invite the wittering, slightly glazed-eyed beautician to go rooting ‘round in my under-carriage. I mean, what If I had a dingleberry?

Granted, I’m a grown woman who’s perfectly capable of properly wiping her own arse but, for that one second of anal epilation contemplation, the mind boggles. “What if I fart?” “What if I’m so gross down there she’s sick on my back?”

Sorry, I’m scaring you. Turns out it wasn’t that bad. Yes, you do have to hold your arse cheeks apart and, yes, you’ve probably been in more dignified positions in your life but, you know what? That’s right, they’ve seen worse. Hell my nan went for a wax once. And her beard’s got a beard.

Be Brave

So, if a retro bush is your bag then power to ya, sister. But if you’d rather a more modern muff and have, as yet, feared waxing – go on, give it a go.

Despite fleeting fears of random fanny farts and being compared to chewbacca, the lovely lady in the salon down the road put me completely at ease and I have been back – and voluntarily spread my butt cheeks  – time and time again. The idea really is much worse than the reality.

So be brave, spread those cheeks and take a nice, deep breath. You’ll be out of there, with a superbly smooth snatch, before you can say ‘Brazilian.’

Thanks for reading!
Jess <3

Where To Sell Vintage Online: Ebay or Etsy?

For years now I’ve dreamt of owning my very own vintage shop. I get lost for hours imagining days spent trawling the country for vintage gems and fantasizing about what cakes to bake for my lovely, loyal customers (of course it will be a clothes-cum-cake shop! Of course my customers will be lovely and loyal!)

As I come back down to earth with a bump though, defeatist thoughts of how impossible it will be take over. But is it really unrealistic? Shouldn’t we always strive to make our dreams become reality?

Recently I started thinking that maybe I could begin online and, given that my wardrobe is bursting at the seams – I wouldn’t even need to source any stock. I have plenty of pre-loved treasures I don’t wear any more. So, to begin on my journey I bought a dress makers dummy on which to display my wares.

Phew! That was pretty easy!

Phase two however, had me a bit more stumped. Where should I start selling? Ebay? Etsy? I started by having a look-see on Ebay. Is it just me, or is a lot of the ‘vintage’ on there actually a load of crap? Crap that fetches crappy fees? So, to Etsy I turned.

But I understand Ebay well. For years I’ve used it to sell of odds and sods and I’m fully au fait with how it all works. Etsy however, is a different story.

Luckily for me, the company I work for recently made a beautiful, all encompassing guide to Etsy. In the interest of disclosure – yes I work in PR and yes it is my job to promote such things. Equally, yes I have a genuine interest in setting up shop on Etsy! Call it perfect timing, call it coincidence, call it what you will. In reality though, I think the guide was my idea. And a jolly good one too if I say so myself. It really is rather useful!

Click image to open interactive version (via WorldPay Zinc).

The procrastinator in me has spent a good deal of time reading through this guide but, I’m still yet to set-up shop. Naturally, for a procrastinator, I have humpteen excuses (I’m about to go to Japan for three weeks, I haven’t got time, my camera’s not good enough) but, the truth is I’m hesitant because I don’t know if it will be worth it. This morning I spotted this rather timely post over on the Queens of Vintage blog. It seems that the lovely Lena has been struggling to get a good return on her vintage.

What are your experiences? Do you think it’s worth it? Should I just bite the bullet? And are there certain items/eras that sell better than others?

From one vintage-lover to another, I’d really love to hear your thoughts, experiences and advice. Please do leave a comment below.

Thanks for reading!

Jess <3

So Vintage London – Vintage Market at Spitalfields

Wrapped up warm and rearing to go, this weekend I headed down to one of my favourite London spots – Spitalfields Market – to check out the new So Vintage London market.

And what a delight it was!

The first stall that lured me in, like a sailor to a siren, is featured in the picture below. Unfortunately though, excitement got the better of me and I didn’t take note of the seller’s name. Please do let me know if you’re aware of who this beautiful stall belongs to. I really struggled to drag myself away from this one without emptying the ol’ purse.

In my eagerness, I didn't catch this business's name :(

In my eagerness, I didn’t catch this business’s name 🙁

The second stall I fell in love with went by the name of Mabel on the Table. Packed full of retro tea sets and vintage cutlery, it was no doubt the Lynch painting ‘Tina’ that caught my eye. If I wasn’t scrimping and saving for a forthcoming trip to Japan, no doubt I would have snapped her up. I hope she’s there next time!

Mabel on the Table


Next up was the aptly named Retro Maps. While a little out of my price range, if you’re looking for something special to decorate your vintage abode, you should really check these guys out.

retro maps

While we’re on the subject of wall decor, there were a couple of other vendors that caught my eye too.

First up is Nick Reed film posters. I don’t think they have a website but you can find out a bit more about them here. They had a great range of genuine retro posters.

Nick Reed

And, for smaller prints, there was the lovely Vintage in Print which specializes in vintage magazine covers and adverts from days gone by.

Vintage in print

Overall it was the exceptional vintage homeware that really stood out for me today and, when I return from Japan next month, I’ll definitely be heading back here to peruse (and no doubt purchase) some of the lovely kitchenalia, prints and bric-a-brac that stole my heart today.

Did you get the chance to browse too? What really stood out for you? If you didn’t make it this time, never fear – the So Vintage London market will be back at Spitalfields on Saturday 3 May. Don’t forget to save the date!

Thanks for reading!

Jess <3

A Jolly Good Week for Vintage-Lovers in London

As I delve further into the world of blogging, I find myself with more justification to indulge in all things vintage (Oh! What a pity!) And with loads of imminent events, what a great week to indulge it is.

Here’re all the events I plan to attend and blog about this week . . .

Company magazine’s Vintage Fash Party at Beyond Retro

As part of its East London Week of Wonder, Company magazine is hosting a party at one of my favourite vintage shops – Beyond Retro on Cheshire Street. With free cocktails and Company stylists on hand to give personalised advice, what’s not to love?

Beyond Retro on Cheshire Street

Beyond Retro on Cheshire Street

At the time of writing this, there were still tickets left. Head over to Company’s site to bag yours.

When: Thursday 13 March, 6:30 – 9:30

Where: 110-112 Cheshire St, E2 6EJ

Vintage Pound Sale at the East End Thrift Store

Yes, you read it right – vintage goodies for £1! This one’s got me practically peeing my pants with excitement. Here’s hoping I bag a bargain or two!


Did I mention I’m excited?

Head over to the facebook page to join the event and be in with the chance of winning up to £100 in vouchers – that’s a potential 100 pieces of fine vintage garb for free!

When: Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 March, 11-6pm

Where: Unit 1A, Assembly Passage, London E1 4UT

The Classic Car Boot Sale at Southbank

While not quite so thrifty, the Classic Car Boot is a staple London vintage-lover’s event and promises a whole weekend of nostalgic threads, homeware, street performances and music. When I attended last year I almost went bankrupt. But a week eating noodles was well worth it for the handful of beautiful dresses and staple aran knit now proudly hanging in my wardrobe.

from vintagefestival.co.uk

from vintagefestival.co.uk

Head over to the Vintage Festival website for the nitty gritty (which includes a £4 entry fee).

When: Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 March, 10-6pm

Where: Southbank Centre, London

And there you have it; three reasons why this week’s gonna be a good one! Be sure to check back for my blow by blow account of each event and do comment if I can expect to bump into you at any of them! I’d love to say hi!

Thanks for reading!

Jess <3

A Collection of Photographs from a Sunny Day in East London

To my mind, there’s no better place in London to spend a glorious day exploring in the sun than just east of the centre. Hoxton, Shoreditch, Stoke Newington; whatever you’ve heard about gentrification and hipsters, forget it! Go and see for yourself!

Here’s a somewhat random snippet of some of the pretty things I spotted as I meandered through the streets of the east.


A Beautiful Collection of Bunnies in Brick Lane


Hackney Flea Market


Even the bikes in Brick Lane are cool


A couple of understated mannequins in Beyond Retro


Vintage Market at the Old Truman Brewery


Do people still think this?


Proud purchase


Street Pop Art


A feast for the eyes

if you’re still not sure whether East London’s for you, why not check out my post; The Best Vintage and Retro Shops in East London’s Brick Lane

Thanks for reading!

Jess <3

The Best Vintage and Retro Shops in East London’s Brick Lane

With a feeling of spring finally in the air, what better way to start the weekend, and my blog, with a trip to East London’s most famous vintage shopping area – Brick Lane.

After three years in London, Brick Lane is still one of my favourite spots. Famous for it’s many curry houses, and in the heart of trendy shoreditch, this vibrant street and it’s surrounding area encapsulates the vintage and retro scene in London.

Here’s a round-up of some of my favourite spots.

Absolute Vintage


If handbags and shoes float your boat, Absolute Vintage is the shop for you. Bursting at the seams with court shoes, pixie boots and retro 70s knee-highs, this really is a one-stop-shop for all your footwear needs. Handbags are a close second with a dazzling array to choose from.

Address: 15, Hanbury St, London E1

Best for: Shoes and handbags



If you love vintage and retro clothing but can’t be arsed sifting through tons of crap to find a gem, Blitz is the shop for you. Spacious and tidy, it’s laid out like a department store. Perfect for the lazier shoppers among us. As you make your way down Hanbury street, be sure to keep an eye out for the pretty boys and girls handing out flyers – you’re guaranteed to be handed a 10% off voucher for the shop, which is the self proclaimed ‘world’s largest vintage department store’.

Address: 55-59 Hanbury St, London E1

Best for: Cleanliness

Vintage Market at the Old Truman Brewery


A regular fixture every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Vintage Market at the Old Truman Brewery is a true hipster haven. I’ve never spotted any pre 1960s gems here but if you favour the past 50 years, this is the market for you. With a dazzling array of sequins, day-glo and white-washed denim, the market is also home to a decent vinyl stall and a couple of sellers of quality vintage glasses.

Address: F Block, 85 Brick Lane, London E1

Best for: Vintage glasses and vinyl

This Shop Rocks


It’s a bold statement but, thankfully, this vintage emporium lives up to it’s name. Home to many a strange yet delightful vintage and antique knick-knack, This Shop Rocks is a must for collectors of weird and wonderful bric-a-brac and antique books.

Address: 131 Brick Lane, London E1 6SE

Best for: Vintage books

Beyond Retro


Beyond Retro is probably London’s biggest vintage clothes shop. Home to a startling array of vintage and second-hand threads for both men and women, it’s well worth a visit – if only to feast your eyes. I have picked up a few treasured pieces here, and in the flagship Dalston store but, to find the treasure among the trash you need to be ready to invest a bit of time. The anti-thesis of Blitz, Beyond Retro is vast, crowded and fairly jumbled. If you’re willing to put the effort in though, you’ll likely be rewarded with a lovely item or two that will serve you for years to come.

Address: 110-112 Cheshire Street, London, E1

Best for: A good old rummage and a cuddle with the resident kitty cat.

And there you have it, my top five vintage shops in Brick Lane, East London.
Do you have others that you think deserve a place on this list? let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!

Jess <3

Why I said ‘fuck it’ to my fears

Why blogging scares the bejesus out of me

As I delve further into the blogging community, I’ve found myself – at times – confused by what I’ve seen. For every handful of well meaning and well considered posts and comments I’ve seen, the antithesis can often be found. By this I mean rude and snarky comments that reek of exclusivity and judgement.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I work in PR for a digital marketing company so I know that ‘haters are gonna hate’. But I find myself thinking ‘do I really want to be a part of this?’

Well actually, the answer’s yes. I want something to focus my energies on outside of work, a place where I can share some of my thoughts and finds, a platform on which to meet others that share one of my passions and a way of learning new skills. But, I realise, I’m scared of being judged.

And that’s why I want to set things straight.

Being a fan of succinct, easily digestible copy, I’ve decided to tackle my motivations for starting this blog – and why doing so concerns me – by way of the humble bullet point.

Here it goes.

Why I started this blog:

  • I love writing
  • I work in digital marketing and want to stay on top of my game
  • I want to learn more about SEO
  • Even though it’s already made me cry, I want to learn how to use wordpress.

Why choose to write about all things vintage?

  • I’m fascinated by how culture has evolved and how different life was for some of my family (I am very lucky to still have two great grandmothers)
  • Many of the vintage things I fill my home with remind me of my grandad. He left this earth when I was too young and I miss him
  • I love clothes and, personally, find the fashions of days gone by to be more beautiful than a lot of what’s on offer today
  • Getting lost in bygone times, for me at least, is cathartic. But it’s hard for me to explain why.

So, why I am scared?

  • As trivial as it may sound to some, I’m scared of being judged
  • Although it’s something I want to do, I’m worried that writing exclusively about things I think are beautiful will make me appear shallow
  • I love to write, but I’m scared I haven’t found my voice
  • I’m a feminist and a lot of the eras I’m in love with were, well they were pretty shitty for women. That confuses me.

Why I said ‘fuck it’ to my fears

Ultimately, I said ‘fuck it’ because this is something I want to do. While I would love to build a loyal audience and will undoubtedly get overly excited every time someone posts a comment, I’m doing this for me. And, as much as ‘putting myself out there’ scares the crap out of me, I’m fine with that.

If fear held me back then, hell, I probably wouldn’t get out of bed in the morning.

Besides, let’s be honest, tackling the things that scare us makes us feel fucking fabulous, doesn’t it? As the old Nietzsche saying goes, ‘that which doesn’t kill us makes us stronger’.

Here’s to the fear!

Thanks for reading!

Jess <3