All posts filed under: A Bit of Pretty

Beauty, celebrated, in any medium.

The Friday Fun: 14 August 2015

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven. A time to live, and a time to die. A time to watch Netflix in your pyjamas and a time to wear incredibly painful heels for no sensible reason. A time to do yoga whilst contemplating the infinite and a time to grind your bottom into the crotch of a reasonably attractive guy you’ve only just met. A time to catch up on your personal grooming and a time to forget the meaning of make-up. A time to drive a bit too fast down the highway and a time to kiss your partner until they laugh. A time to eat bad food and a time to drink good wine. A time to embrace your loved ones and a time to hang out with your glamorous frenemies. A time to hug small children and a time to fervently thank God you don’t have any yet. A time to appreciate morning quiet and a time to revel in evening frivolities. All things have …

Fiction: Bamboo

*We are hopeful this will be the first in a series of short stories exploring love and relationships, of any nature, set in any Nigerian town. To kick it off, and encourage more submissions (!) this piece- on young, frivolous, privileged and unwise love- is set in Abuja, Nigeria. Send in your submissions in the usual way- xx mf* We are in a bar called Bamboo. I have not, in all the times I have come here, seen any bamboo anywhere at all. But the name seems to raise no one’s eyebrows but mine. It is the first place he has taken me to since I moved here. We debate everything- music, politics, and the definition of bravery. Tonight we are arguing about Jay Z. I say “Of course he’s a social phenomenon! I once bonded with a 50 year old Russian man on a flight over 99 Problems! Could Ludacris do that?” He says “Ludacris is a bad example. The man can’t even spell.” He is wearing blue. So am I. Our knees touch …

The Friday Fun: 10 July 2015

Tomorrow, you get to be as rude as you like to your shrill alarm clock, because Saturday mornings are for lie-ins. Tomorrow, you get to forgo sensible clothes, and schlep around in those ratty trackpants you should really throw away, alternatively, finally have a reason to wear that dress that makes no real sense but was too pretty not to buy. Tomorrow, you get to forget the name of your boss, the password for your work computer, the 384 niggly little things on your To-Do List that never seem to get done. Tomorrow, you get to do whatever the hell you want to do, and then you get to do it all again, if you like, the day after. Because, dream weavers, tomorrow is Saturday, which comes after this beloved Friday. The weekend, therefore, has come so here are a few things to help you get into it. 1. This darkly thrilling music video- Rihanna’s Bitch Better Have My Money- to remind you that sometimes, you need to not give a f***. (Seriously, that’s it. …

The Friday Fun: 3 July 2015

Your feelings are your own, and you’ve a right to them. They are the most real thing in the world to you, more present and influential than the sun in the sky or the heavy feel of food in your tummy (although, one cannot deny the effect of these things on one’s feelings.) We here at miafarradaily respect your right to feel however the hell you want to feel, whenever the hell you want to feel it. We would never force you to be happy when you weren’t, or be offended by something you could care less about. We will never tell you to ‘cheer up!’. What we will do however, what you can count on, is this: Every Friday, we will give you a list of things to help you find joy. One or two suggestions for silliness, a couple of recommendations for revelry, a gentle push towards pleasure. Here’s today’s Friday Fun. 1. This nostalgia filled tribute to the glorious, uncomplicated music of Bad Boy. Complete with a classic pratfall by Diddy, and …

The Friday Fun: 19 June 2015

Guys, it’s here. Over 48 hours of uninterrupted no-work time. Nothing but you and whatever the hell you want to do. 4 hour manicure? Go for it. Back-to-back naps? Do you. Hiking? Yes. Marathon karaoke? YOLO. White tie banquet? We love it. Divorce celebration party? Carpe every available diem. Babysitting? Spread the love. Juice fasting? Eye of the tiger, baby. Excessive partying? Let it all hang out. We here at miafarradaily.com are 100 percent behind any and all weekend plans (except for weekend classes for professional courses which have to be the worst thing in existence). We salute you, merry-makers, however you choose to make your merry because we worship the liberty of the weekend and respect all who do the same. Here are few things to help you get into it: 1. This photo, because it’s a real thing and I have had it at almost every dinner party I have ever hosted. If you are having a dinner party this weekend, learn from me, and buy 3x as much wine as you think …

The Friday Fun: June 12 2015

There’s no hard and fast rule that says that bad things can’t happen on a weekend. But in the same way we don’t dispute that most babies are born at night, or that most people named Alan are a bit odd, or that your luggage will never, ever be the first off the carousel after a long flight, we all know that most good things happen on Fridays, Saturdays and glorious Sunday afternoons. The weekend is here people, here are a few things to help you get into it. 1. This insanely good, mega-massive summer track by the Weeknd “Can’t Feel My Face”. It’s got all the good bits of a classic Michael Jackson hit, with all the modern musical extras we’ve come to expect. There’s a huge trend for new-music-sounding-like-old-music which I am absolutely here for. This one is a great example and a surprising (but not unwelcome) departure from the Weeknd’s usual 200 minute long sexy-time odysseys. 2. This opportunity for endless belly-laughs, by way of (arguably) the best news story to ever …