Sunday, 24 February 2013

All that life can afford

For my February website recommendation, I'd like to suggest The Londoner. Written by transplanted country gal Rose, this lifestyle blog is full of fun, food, friends, and fashion, all centred around living in London.
Rose writes about what she gets up to, what makes her happy, and what delicious noms she's been making and/or eating recently. She's an incredibly sweet, vivacious blogger who not only writes with infectious enthusiasm but also takes the time to reply to comments from strangers - a delightful and rare habit for someone with such a popular blog! She has a love of burgers and desserts in particular, which for me is pretty much enough to recommend her by itself. From what she writes and how she writes it, Rose comes across as a loyal friend, an adventurous soul, and someone who's not afraid to laugh at herself.

On top of writing about exciting London happenings, Rose's style is personable and often celebratory. She clearly enjoys life and seems to love sharing her joy with others. She takes fabulous photos of everything she blogs about - another great blogging habit! - and manages to make you drool with the rather up-close-and-personal shots of tasty food. Her selfies are also great fun and show off her natural beauty and sense of style, as well as her love for her dog Custard!

I've read a few derogatory comments and reviews about The Londoner, which have made me sad. They focus on why Rose can afford to do what she does, and complain about her ostensibly privileged background. I think this bothers me on a few levels, the first being the most simple: if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. Her blog is hardly hurting anyone, and you don't have to read it. Also, the presumption you know about somebody's life just because they choose to write about certain aspects of it is foolish. Finally, what does it matter if someone is, actually or apparently, more "privileged" than you are? In my humble opinion, they need to pop on some Rose-tinted spectacles and focus on the happy things that are in your life, rather than worrying about what you don't have.

If you need any further persuasion to check out Rose's blog, I encourage you to click on this recipe for Slutty Brownies. Any questions?

Photo copyright: The Londoner

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Thanks for taking the time to write! I try to reply to everyone, and I love to read your comments.