Spring shoes-clog love

Last year I became clog obsessed and started a small collection. I thought it would be fun to compare the clogs I actually got, to my wish list here.  So without further ado this is my wooden soled clog collection, all from Lotta from Stockholm : I have two pairs of low-heel mary jane sandals in red /nubuck, one pair […]

Books on Business of Being an Artist

Who or what is an Artist? A sticky question. But, in my opinion an artist is anyone who thinks differently, possibly deeply, and is compelled to communicate. The main difference between an amateur artist and a professional, is that one is being paid. But being paid is not what makes you an artist. Ultimately, you are an artist […]

Here’s my potted guide to Bowie spotting in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman….

My Make-up geek custom palette

This is not a beauty blog but I’ve been sharing my love of cosmetics here lately. Because make-up has always been a thing of joy in my life. I still fondly recall my first products and looks I wore in the past. And Make-up brings out the collector in me. I’ll admit I’m a sucker for […]

I recently wrote about the difficulties of finding a name; for your self,  your online projects or even your business venture. Following on, I wanted to discuss one of the aspects I found hardest about working as a freelance creative, namely building a brand, and how extremely limiting that can be. Most books like ‘Brand You‘ are all […]

Gourmand fragrance recommendations

Perfumes to me are like a tonic, a real pick-me-up, or a comforting hug from a friend.  My love of scent goes hand in hand with my love affair with make-up, they have the same origin story. My earliest fragrances as a 90’s teen included Arden’s Red Door, Dior’s Poison body lotion and a glitter gel fragrance from Avon called […]

Names, like titles, are a tricky business. Some come easy while others are head-scratchers, like ‘what do I call my blog?’ Feeling disillusioned after writing as an indie craft ‘brand‘, I really wanted Geen Geenie to have a more personal voice that allowed me to be true to myself. So the name of the blog […]

butter london - Spring nails and Vamp lips

It’s the little things that I’ve been living for lately (like glittery nails), and a surprise gift from a friend prompted me to check out Butter London where I got myself some treats in their sale. My friend Chiaki and I share a fondness for Bowie best described as reverent, (lol) and things of a glam […]

90s rose crown and choker

If you can’t take stock after a serious operation then when can you? Here’s where I’m at so far this Spring: Making : Good progress in my recovery from spinal surgery Reading: Lots of lovely books and comics people have sent as get well gifts! Wanting: To be well enough to enjoy the spring weather. […]

Emergency Spinal surgery-post op recovery

So,  my life took a dramatic turn recently. An MRI scan investigating my chronic back pain picked up a dangerously displaced disc pressing on some vital nerves… I wish you could see my MRI images, black and white x-rays showing horizontal and vertical cross-sections of my spine. Every single medical professional that laid eyes on them reacted the same way. Basically with a “Uh-oh. That’s […]

Love -Alien Edp Thierry Mugler

February is one of my favourite months featuring my birthday, valentines day, the beginning of spring, Imbolc, and the Chinese New Year. All celebrations that make me happy! (And since I’m facing a scary health situation I’d like to dwell on happy). So without further ado, here are my Top 5 beauty buys for spring: Alien edp Thierry Mugler […]

Easy on the Eyes- Book review-Benefit

Easy on the Eyes is a make-up tutorial book from Lisa Potter-Dixon, head make-up and trend artist for Benefit cosmetics. A great marketing exercise for the brand, as the prominent product photos used throughout are almost entirely by Benefit. Aimed at make-up novices and those who’ve never experimented with their techniques,  the premise of Easy on […]

Lessons from Living with chronic pain

I wanted to talk about living with pain. I’ve been in chronic pain now for 6 months, that’s half a year already. It’s sciatic pain caused by a bulging disc in my lower back, and it effects my entire right leg. Actually, it effects my entire life; from poor quality sleep, to poor concentration, frustration and clumsiness, to issues with […]

Top 5 beauty books 2016

My current reading list features five new sparkly beauty book releases. While I concede the Kate Bush tome is not technically a ‘beauty’ book, it might as well be for all the gorgeous photos of La Bush rocking big hair and sultry 80’s eye make-up. She’s one of my all time beauty idols for sure! I adore books with lavish photos and illustrations. I […]

Where are you from-Spaceman Cambridge Street Performer

Firstly let me say in some places, it’s not very hard to be ‘different’. In the extremely white small town I grew up in because I was swarthy and tanned as a kid, I got called ‘Half-cast’, ‘Chinky’, and later ‘French’. Simply because my skin was yellow-toned rather than the typical milk-bottle white. This is anecdotal […]

David_Bowie_Blackstar_design elements - free download for personal use

If like me, you are having a hard time getting your head ’round David Bowie’s shocking passing then this just might be the memento for you: Design studio Barnbrook were lucky enough to have worked with Bowie on his last five albums,  producing the controversial art work for The Next Day, and one of my personal favourite covers,  the iconoclastic […]

Red Hair 90s style buns

It’s becoming a tradition that  I change my hair for the holidays.  Xmas and New Year can be a bit emotional and I often feel low. But it helps to remember these feelings are temporary. Now I’m aware of my mid-winter ‘wobble’ I anticipate it. Now I change my hair on purpose, not in the emotional knee-jerk/radically irreversible way I used to. This […]

Are How-to tutorials killing the Craft industry

Recently Beached Librarian asked ‘Are DIY posts bad for creativity ?‘ A sticky subject, especially since one might argue that the difference between following a pattern and creating something from scratch as you go, is the difference between having ‘a hobby’ and being ‘an artist’. There is a place for both approaches, after all where does the artist […]

1 Face 4 x Make-up looks

As a child in the 80’s I grew up believing cosmetics were as amazing on men as women.  Bowie and Toyah blew my mind tiny five-year-old mind, with their astounding looks and brightly dyed hair. Luckily growing up, my oldest sister was a ‘beauty counter girl’ at the department store. Testers and samples were abundant, and my early exposure to cosmetics was […]

Bowie is dead, Long live David Bowie

The world lost an icon this week, and I lost the closest thing I have to a unicorn, a creature of unimaginable beauty, magic, and wonder that makes your life better simply by touching it. There’s no such thing as a casual Bowie fan, everyone is converted in the end- even if it’s just that one album that you […]

my blog manifesto- taking no shit selfie

A while ago I asked You! Why do You Blog? and I talked about my own blogging history. As a result I discovered Beached Librarian’s posts about ‘blogging rules for success’ and why she doesn’t stick to them. We share a similar outlook, and I tested these ‘rules’ to try to define Geen Geenie. Responding to these categories helped me consider how […]