• S1 E11 The Stuff Buff: Swimming Outdoors

    In praise of swimming in the fresh air today - outdoor pools, seas and rivers. Just not indoors!

    Greenbank Pool in Street is my favourite outdoor pool: https://www.greenbankpool.co.uk/

    Rowan Clarke is the best outdoor swim coach I know (I admittedly don't know loads but she is utterly brilliant): on Instagram or at https://www.outdoorswimcoach.com/

    I have a certain amount of kit for swimming without proper changing facilities/swimming outdoors - none of this is necessary - all you really need is a towel and some swimmers - but it has all proven worth. Again, no affiliate links/not an ad.

    • My favourite swimmers are from Deakin and Blue (https://www.deakinandblue.com/) or Batoko (https://www.batoko.com/
    • My tow float - invaluable on sea swims for remaining visible and for keeping valuables dry and with you: https://swimsecure.co.uk/products/tow-donut
    • I occasionally use water shoes to protect from pebbly beaches (and the creatures of the deep). These are similar to mine.
    • The aforementioned HiTide onesie is a brilliantly easy coverup but I also love the Wylding one which is water and wind proof and has a fleecy layer for drying (like a boilersuit crossed with a dry robe)
    • Talking of which - my Passenger dry robe is waterproof, windproof, drying and pretty lightweight. There are heaps on the market though - so research and get one that is right for you.
    • A towel - I use a lightweight one from Dock and Bay.
    • I make a cup of tea in advance and carry it with me in this epic, leakproof, insulated cup. Apparently it also keeps drinks super cold though I haven't tried.
    • When it is below 5 Degrees C I wear wetsuit gloves.


    5m | May 30, 2023
  • S1 E10 The Stuff Buff Podcast: Top Three everyday Cleansers

    Hi, welcome back! Today I am talking about facial cleansers - my top 3 everyday cleansers, some ancilliary ones and the most perfect of all time. (note these are not affiliate links/this is not an advert)

    Make-up/SPF removing first evening cleansers:

    Beauty Pie Plantastic Apricot Butter Cleansing Balm: here Beauty Pie Super Healthy Skin Hot Oil Cleansing Balm: here Body Shop Chamomile Cleansing Butter: here Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm: here Eve Lom Cleansing Balm: here

    Skin cleansing second evening cleansers:

    Superdrug Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser: here Superdrug Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser: here Seated Queen Cold Cream: here

    Morning Cleansers:

    Revolution x Sali Hughes Morning Cleanser: here Beauty Pie Japanfusion cleanser: here

    Epic luxury best cleanser ever cleanser:

    May Lindstrom The Honey Mud: here

    Johns Lewis flannels: here

    7m | May 26, 2023
  • S1 E9 The Stuff Buff Podcast: Yoga with Adriene

    Today's episode is in praise of showing up, featuring my favourite way to exercise: Yoga With Adriene. I know this may not be everyone's cup of tea but finding something that feels good for you and is easy to get done is the key - alongside a healthy dose of discipline. Listen in for more.

    Yoga With Adriene is on YouTube, Instagram and at her own website or the Find What Feels Good community here.

    Candice Brathwaite is at her own website and her instagram which is full of inspiration and bright colours.

    Anna O'Brien is a body positivity queen and her instagram is full of bright colours, dancing and Disney.

    The episode of Parenting Hell (which has been renamed Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe's Parenting Hell which is a bit of a mouthful!) I was talking about, ft Mike Bubbins is here.

    And Stacey Solomon's instagram is also a place of love and positivity though the story I was struck by is long gone!

    Please contact me - for questions and comments - at stuffbuff@duck.com or via instagram: @the.stuff.buff


    6m | May 23, 2023
  • S1 E8 The Stuff Buff Podcast: The Liberty Beauty Drop

    A touch of frivolity today from The Stuff Buff. The Liberty Beauty Drop is, it transpires, not too good to be true if you have a tiny luxury beauty habit to feed.

    Have a listen to hear my round up of the latest box plus quite a lot of justification on why the Liberty Beauty Advent Calendar is not too extravagant!

    Sign up here: https://www.libertylondon.com/uk/beauty-subscription-box (or just window shop)!

    Please get in touch with The Stuff Buff via email (stuffbuff@duck.com) or on instagram @the.stuff.buff

    5m | May 19, 2023
  • S1 E7 The Stuff Buff Podcast: The Story of Art Without Men

    Back on books today on The Stuff Buff and I felt that this book that I mentioned briefly in E3 deserved a deeper dive. I do discuss an art exhibit that explores the history, present and future of lynching and state sanctioned violence against black people in the USA alongside other works and artists.

    The Story of Art Without Men by Katy Hessel is available here in the UK and has just been launched in the USA so should be widely available there.

    https://www.thegreatwomenartists.com/ has links to all things relating to Katy Hessel's podcast and instagram account.

    The Story of Art by EH Gombrich is available here.

    I discuss 3 artists in this podcast:

    Mary Delaney - https://www.britishmuseum.org/about-us/british-museum-story/people-behind-collection/mary-delany for more details.

    Alma Thomas - https://nmwa.org/art/artists/alma-woodsey-thomas/ for more details.

    Howardena Pindell - The exhibition I saw was A New Language: https://www.spikeisland.org.uk/programme/exhibitions/howardena-pindell/

    Free, White and 21 (Howardena Pindell, 1980) is on YouTube here.

    See https://www.garthgreenan.com/artists/howardena-pindell?view=slider#3 or https://www.victoria-miro.com/artists/216-howardena-pindell/ for more details.

    Linda Nochlin's essay Why Have There Been no Great Women Artists? is available https://www.artnews.com/art-news/retrospective/why-have-there-been-no-great-women-artists-4201/

    Gabriella Nugent's Celebrating Women Artists and Forgetting Feminist Art Histories is available https://contemporary.burlington.org.uk/articles/articles/celebrating-women-artists-and-forgetting-feminist-art-histories

    Please get in touch with The Stuff Buff via email (stuffbuff@duck.com) or on instagram @the.stuff.buff

    10m | May 16, 2023
  • S1 E6 The Stuff Buff Podcast: Fossil hunting

    Fossil hunting is my jam - what is not to love, a treasure hunt, time outdoors, bashing rocks with hammers, finding beautiful tiny creatures that haven't been touched for millions of years. Better than magic!

    Have a listen and go follow @london_mudlark (mostly not fossils - does occasional group mudlarking sessions for charity) and @mikeharrisonfossils (mostly fossils - does private fossil walks) on instagram for more treasure than you could ever dream of!

    If you want to see more of my jewellery I am @gildedmagpie on Instagram.

    https://ukfossils.co.uk/ is a fount of fossiling knowledge and if you are on the Jurassic coast the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre is a brilliant one stop shop for all things fossil: https://www.jurassiccoast.org/things-to-do/charmouth-heritage-coast-centre-p3157343, as is the Lyme Regis Museum: https://www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk/

    Trilobytes are plentiful in the Upper Gilwern Quarry. See https://uppergilwernquarryhut.co.uk/ for details.

    Ad info: We paid for our fossil walk in Lyme Regis and our stay in the Shepherd's hut.

    Please get in touch with The Stuff Buff via email (stuffbuff@duck.com) or on instagram @the.stuff.buff

    5m | May 12, 2023
  • S1 E5 The Stuff Buff Podcast: Tyntesfield (National Trust 01)

    I would love everybody to have a place in their lives like Tyntesfield is for us: somewhere nearby so you can pop there last minute, somewhere where entry is either free or has long since paid for itself, somewhere to meet friends for cake and coffee and also enjoy nature and beauty. Somewhere to run, hide, build dens but that is as familiar as the back of your hand so that the kids can be free and you can relax. Enjoy my musings on Tyntesfield and visit if you can!

    Visit the National Trust website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/bath-bristol/tyntesfield for full details of what's on and opening times.

    The Red Dress embroidery project details: https://reddressembroidery.com/

    Please feel free to contact The Stuff Buff via email: stuffbuff@duck.com or on instagram @the.stuff.buff

    6m | May 9, 2023
  • S1 E4 The Stuff Buff Podcast: Am I Being Unreasonable

    As a huge fan of Daisy May Cooper and her work I wanted to talk about Am I Being Unreasonable - the show she created with Selin Hizli - which was released in the UK last year and has just found its way to Hulu in the USA. Enjoy!

    Am I Being Unreasonable is available here on BBC iPlayer in the UK and here on Hulu in the USA.

    This Country is available here on BBC iPlayer in the UK. Welcome to Flatch is available here for US viewers.

    Taskmaster season 10 is on All4 in the UK here and on YouTube here.

    Please feel free to contact The Stuff Buff via email: stuffbuff@duck.com or on instagram @the.stuff.buff

    6m | May 5, 2023
  • S1 E3 The Stuff Buff Podcast: The Book of Eve by Meg Clothier

    The Book of Eve is the latest book by Meg Clothier (full disclosure: Meg is a distant cousin but I bought the book and I wouldn't talk about it if I didn't like it!) and follows the fortunes of a Convent librarian as she protects a magical object from those who would wish it, and the Convent and the women who dwell there destroyed. Particularly apt in this age of renewed censorship and the political right's attacks on women this is a beautifully wrought story of adaptability and survival.

    The Book of Eve is available here and at all good bookshops.

    The Girl King by Meg Clothier is available here in print and on Kindle.

    Meg Clothier is @meg_is_writing on Instagram and her new book Country Matters is out in June 2023.

    The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker is here and The Women of Troy is here.

    The Story of Art WIthout Men by Katy Hessel is available here.

    Femina by Janina Ramierez is available here.

    Why Women Grow is available here.

    Please feel free to contact The Stuff Buff via email: stuffbuff@duck.com or on instagram @the.stuff.buff

    7m | May 2, 2023
  • S1 E2 The Stuff Buff Podcast: All about onsies.

    Episode 2 includes some theories about how and why certain clothes make you feel good, whether that is cozy or epic (or perhaps a bit of both). Featuring a smattering of female-led small businesses and some poetry this is mostly about my favourite HiTide Clevedon Onesie.

    HiTide are only on Instagram at the moment: @hitideclevedon

    Humphries and Begg are at https://www.humphriesandbegg.co.uk/ and I recently saw their wares freely on open sale at Gloucester Services.

    Beyond Nine are at https://beyondnine.co.uk/

    Contact The Stuff Buff at stuffbuff@duck.com or @the.stuff.buff on instagram.

    (Ad info: I buy all my things myself and am not encouraged to talk about anything by any brands - this may change in the future but for now all recs are entirely independent)

    5m | Apr 28, 2023
  • S1 E1 The Stuff Buff Podcast: The Dynamic at Martin Parr Foundation

    The first episode of The Stuff Buff is here with musings on the latest exhibition at the Martin Parr Foundation, documentary photography and a strange and wonderful tale of a local newspaper and the men who ran it.

    The exhibition is on at the Martin Parr Foundation: https://www.martinparrfoundation.org/

    Sebatian Bruno: https://sebastianbruno.com/ and Sebastian Bruno Studio on instagram

    Contact The Stuff Buff at stuffbuff@duck.com or @the.stuff.buff on instagram.

    6m | Apr 25, 2023
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