Month: September 2019

thank u, ness! – A JVN Appreciation Post

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past 2 years, you have probably heard of the heartwarming reality makeover show ‘Queer Eye’! Queer Eye has become a massive hit for streaming platform Netflix making stars of its ‘Fab Five’, one member being the fabulous Jonathan Van Ness! (JVN).

JVN is a hairdresser, grooming expert, comedian, podcaster, cat parent and trainee figure skater. The list just continues to grow! (Yaaaas Queen). JVN’s natural bubbly comedic personality makes him easily the highlight of QE for me, his positivity is contagious! He comes across as very genuine person and I love how freely he wears his emotions on his sleeve. In a world that often makes us feel we should bottle up our emotions, its a lovely contrast to see someone so freely being their true emotional self.

It’s this vulnerability that I really admire about JVN. A few days ago in an interview the NYT, JVN bravely came out as HIV Positive. This will hopefully add to the destigmatisation of HIV with a star of JVN’s magnitude coming out. JVN is already educating people about undetectable status “Undetectable = Untransmittable”. JVN came out as gender non-binary in June, educating his fans on what this meant. He again he is using his platform to help educate people on being HIV+. This is great especially for the younger members of the LGBTQ+ community.

I loved this quote from JVN (from the same NYT Interview) “I want people to realize you’re never too broken to be fixed”. This a great message and is completely in line with JVN’s positive, self love attitude.

Thank You, Jonathan Van Ness, for sharing your truth with the world, you’re helping so many people in the process.

P.S I highly recommend JVN’s podcast ‘Getting Curious’, a podcast where JVN speaks to an expert about a subject he is ‘curious’ about. These topics range from “Should we be scared of snakes” to what is it like being a pop star.

P.P.S Another reason I’m a JVN fan… He is a cat person! JVN owns 4 cats Larry, Liza, Genevieve & Matilda. Larry regularly gives us weather updates on Instagram!

P.P.S I’ve just posted some Christmas cards on Etsy click here to check them out!

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Charli – XCX-iting Futuristic Experimental Pop at its best

Charli XCX dropped her latest album on Friday 13th September 2019, her new album ‘Charli’ promising to be her most personal work to date.

Charli XCX is most well known for song ‘Boom Clap’ which featured in he film the fault in our stars. Charli is also known for her hit features on Iggy Azalea’s Fancy and Icona Pop’s I Love It (which Charli originally wrote) 

Charli’s musical career changed when she dropped Her Vroom Vroom EP in which she debuted her new style inspired by PC Music and produced by experimental pop artist/producer SOPHIE.  The song Vroom Vroom features loud,clunky, metallic beats with a super pop chorus, the hard instrumental and spoken word verses giving the song an extra edge. These songs won her a cult following, but not so much mainstream success.

Charli later released two mix tapes ‘Number 1 Angel’ and ‘Pop 2’, these mixtapes were met with critical acclaim especially ‘Pop 2’.  A. G. Cook Head of PC Music was a producer on both mixtapes and also co-produced Charli’s new album. In between these releases she released stand alone single ‘Boys’ a more digestible offering for the mainstream crowd. 

Anyway…After a hacked a google drive, a few standalone singles and two mixtapes the much talked about 3rd album has finally now been released!  And this album is crazy in the best way! I imagine this glitchy futuristic pop style to not be everyone’s cup of tea (Click’s outro sounds like your speaker exploding) but I love how fresh it sounds especially in today’s pop music landscape. 

A vast amount of the album features collaborative tracks with artists such as Christine and the Queens, Lizzo, Haim,Cupcakke, Brooke Candy and Troye Sivan.  On the collaborations Charli is in full on party mode and on the solo tracks she seems to be brought back down to reality as she sings on ‘White Mercedes’ “I hate the silence, that’s why the music’s always loud” which perfectly sum up these quieter, more stripped back solo tracks. 

Social anxiety anthem ‘Gone’ featuring Christine and The Queens, finishes with an brilliantly addictive glitchy break down, which perfectly replicates the feelings of the song’s protagonists. 

It seems that ‘I Got It’ from Pop 2 was a blue print for ‘Shake It’, looped sample from charli? Check! Cupcakke, Brooke Candy and Pablo Vittar?Check,check,check! Big Freida also teams up on the track. A completely bonkers track which gets crazier and crazier with Charli’s vocals getting chopped and changed through out, 

On 2099 Charli teams up once again with Troye Sivan to gives us a weird, crazy, chaotic, alien sounding Bop! The beginning sounds like an alien spaceship engaging the tractor beam and it literally ends with a bang! (And some alien interference)

Track 10 from ‘Pop 2’ gets a re-working on ‘Blame It On Your Love’ with a new instrumental and verse from Lizzo. I wasn’t sure what to think of this new spin on ‘Track 10’ when it was released as the first single but it has definitely grown on me, I do wish Lizzo’s verse was slightly longer though! 
One of my favourites of the album has got to be White Mercedes, but then again who doesn’t love a good ballad? Its a sweet a song and probably the most for lack of better words ‘normal’ of the whole album.

My top 3 songs from the album are White Mercedes, Gone and February 2017 (I love how different the structure of this song is to most songs)

For me this album cements Charli’s status as a great experiment pop artist finally creating the kind of music they want to make.

P.S. I have recently added some new cards to my etsy shop including the “Happy Birday!” and “Toucan do this!”, I’ve also added some more pocket mirrors. Click here to check out my shop!

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Blog is Back alriiiight! – Warwickshire Purrride

Hello 👋 I am back! After some busy past weeks normal blogging to resume now!
Without further ado let’s get into it!
on Saturday 17th August I did my first official Memeow Gifts Stall at Warwickshire Pride which was held in leamington Spa pump room gardens. 


I setup the stall at 8am with the help of my Dad and Jon my partner. Arranged tables, put up gazebo, hung  the Memeow Gifts banner and set out the Merch!
The event started at 11am so we had a bit of time to soak in the atmosphere before the event got busier. Memeow T-shirt, rainbow shorts, money belt, I was all prepared for 11!

Memeow Gifts stall open for business!


The event had a great turn out with many atendees throughout the day. I was very impressed with how many people came along undeterred from the hateful acts preceding the event – rainbow flags ripped down from the shopping centre promoting the event and death threats sent to the Warwickshire Pride fb page.
 The day was full of acceptance, happiness, laughter and love, a stark contrast from these hateful acts from small minded people. 

As Gaga says  “It’s always wrong to hate but it’s never wrong to love”

Lots of people stopped at the stall and looked at the range of Merch so far. It was interesting to see how people responded to the products as the LGBTQ community is my main audience with Memeow Gifts. One of my main reasons for setting up Memeow Gifts was to bring more LGBTQ visibility to the Greetings card market. 
I would have liked to make a few more sales but then again this was a fairly small event compared to some of the bigger prides and was great to support my local pride event.

I also gained some good feedback with which designs sold well or got a good response. The free MemeowGifts.com stickers went down very well especially with kids and the younger crowd. 

The weather was good for the event with lots of sunshine and no sign of rain throughout the day. It was however very windy which meant that I had to keep being aware of the products/flyers attempting to fly away!  
I did manage to break away from the stall for a couple of moments throughout the day and was impressed with the amount of entertainment on offer, I also enjoyed the rainbow pony! 

All in all it was a great day and look forward to attending again next year!

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