Bella’s books

Since my growing spurts and even before, I loved reading. The pictures made me want to join in, be apart of the fun in the garden with the spotty dog chasing the ball. Gradually I worked my way up through the ages to the classic Jacqueline Wilson. To me there is nothing in this world like a good book. How you get so drawn in that these characters simply written on paper through someone else’s mind. The pages are full of nothingness. Nothingness can change everything. All you have to do is pick it up, sit down and open the first page. The part when you meet someone. Turning the pages introduces you to a life full of characters that never existed before but the story and life they have to tell you keeps you turning that page to find out what happens next. All of a sudden they’ve gone from nothingness to making your heart race and hold your breath, laugh and cry. We walk past nothingness everyday. Here’s my top 5 books that changed my nothingness.

The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe – C.S LEWIS.

It seems a million hours ago I picked up this book but I still remember how excited I was when the children realised they could stop into Narnia just through the back of a plain, simple wardrobe. To step into another world just like that. This book I must have read at least 5 times.

Through The Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll

For those of you that don’t know this is Alice in Wonderland. A brilliant story about a young girl who falls down a rabbit hole and you follow the madness of her dream throughout. Although through the looking glass isn’t quite like the cartoon, you’ll find many, many differences.

The millennium Trilogy (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) -Stieg Larsson

If I ever read a better-written book I would be astounded. The characters are real people whilst you are in those pages. Such an incredibly written set of books I find it hard to believe anyone else can do it better. The storyline, the depth of the characters, how real to life cruelty can be inflicted upon others. I personally think he’s incredibly genius as a writer.

Crime and punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Fyodor was a Russian writer. Crime and punishment was a book that really hit home hard. It was written in the 1800’s and was about a young boy who wanted to be the next Napoleon. He does something unspeakable undutiful and the only person to hand to help him out of his madness is a prostitute. Life triggers on until one day he couldn’t handle what violent act he had done and came forth to the police. The words and ending are nothing like you would expect and it really puts meaning into life.

The Dating Sabbatical – Gemma Burgess

As a grown up, responsible woman I had quite frankly had enough of men. In all senses. They drove me up the pissing wall. So fate must have showed me the way to find this book. She had had enough of anything with a penis attached to it (big or small) and after a break up decided no men. What could go wrong? So she sets out her rules. No Kissing, no taking numbers, no flirting etc etc. I laughed so much throughout this story, the characters were hilarious and the best thing is it really is true to life. If you’re going through a bad patch with a guy read this. Just trust me.

A book is never just nothing. Some you’ll hate some you’ll love and some will even leave you masturbating over “Miss Nothingness”

The Bella Effect © 2014


I Wish I Was That Girl…

It’s been a while since my last post for The Bella Effect. My reasons behind that are down to a personal matter. One that, each time I mention or fill my mind with the memories makes me awash with emotions I am trying to contain publicly. It’s a life certainty that comes about only once. A matter of seconds between a heartbeat is all it takes to disappear. Now you see me now you don’t. Quite a deep subject really talking about life isn’t it? Times that make you open your eyes are times that you realise this is it. This is all you’re getting this time around. The face that stares back at you in the mirror, the job you leave your house for to pay for a home and the friends you choose to compliment your personality are all you have. This is you and this is what you are. Which is why you should enjoy the moments that matter, stop wanting to be something you’re not and appreciate what one day you will no longer be able to…

Growing up as a teenager I wished my entire youth away wanting to be the girl on the front cover of the magazines. The really pretty one. The girl who all the boys fancied. I wanted boobs that would fit in a bra. Oh, and I wanted the sexy face and silky hair. I wanted everything I never was. At the time I remember feeling depressed because I was never good enough, my teeth weren’t pearly whites and the boy I had a crush on that hurt like hell totally blanked me and my friend played with his joy stick in the back row of the cinema a month later. Girls seemed to be what I couldn’t be and I struggled with my appearance, stressed about my size 6 figure with no chest and stuck gel to my hair to look like the popular girls. Hindsight is a great thing.

My early twenties were a mixture of all sorts. I grew out of wanting to be this magazine perfect model and into a young lady who started getting asked for her phone number when she went out and found the world of night clubs. I bumped into boys from school, ones I liked and ones I didn’t so much and the next day I would have messages of their secret crush on me from school but turns out they were just too shy to ask. For me it was too late because I was having far too much fun working in the clubs doing PR, drinking four nights a week and hanging out with cool kids. I grew out of worrying about my appearance and finally loved my face, hair and body. Being a size 8 made me feel good. I had boobs and I was still tiny. Over-confident could have been the description. I lost the teenage insecurities and progressed into drinking, partying and boys. All good things have their match as they say, and mine was meeting the wrong boy with whom I got myself into a collection of trouble with. Suddenly boys were the bain of my life.

My mid twenties was a time I spent fighting through a deep depression. Not fun, not cool and not nice all spurred on and triggered by my poor decisions made in my early twenties. You can’t change your choices, it’s a way of life that unfortunately you make in order to find out never to do that again. The biggest shame is that it scars you deeply. Many people said to me my problems were irrelevant, just in my head and that I should think positively and get over it. Before these emotions gripped me I believed people were attention seeking always moaning and complaining. It’s the same with anything, your situation is unique to yourself. Your feelings, thoughts and emotions are relevant to yourself and yourself only. You may feel so ugly that the world can’t bear to look at you when in fact yes, it is just in your head and ugly is far from the truth but you truly feel that. Just as a little child will cry when you take it’s favourite teddy bear away. To you as a grown up it’s ridiculous but that little child only knows his fluffy toy is being taken and it’s upsetting. I felt alone like no one understood. It wasn’t about looks or boys, it was about me and the bad choices that tainted me and my conscious.

Last Friday I found myself another year older and I took a step into the bracket of the late twenties. I am happy to say I feel more confidence in myself than I ever have. Not so much body wise, another dress size lighter back then maybe but I don’t obsess about it like I used too. My personality and character has formed and this is who I am. Do I like it? Yes. OK I’m not perfect nor will I ever be but I am sure of who and what I am. I have a job I enjoy in the events industry. I write. I have my own vintage boutique. Buying a house or having a baby isn’t on my list and won’t be for a good few years into the future but I’m not a planner. As Cliche as it may sound who knows what will happen tomorrow? I get that we need to have some kind of level head for the serious side of life and I don’t mean act the idiot just to simply enjoy what you love doing. People on diets say, ‘I’ll start tomorrow’ – what’s wrong with starting today? Throughout my phases of growing from a teenage girl to a woman I have learnt enough to know that nothing is permanent. We grow into ourselves and insecurities become manageable. It also hit me how many years I wasted worrying about how pretty I was compared to other girls, was I attractive enough and all the many thoughts that possess our minds. It made me miss out on being around good fun and I wish I could go back and say to myself ‘YOU LOOK AMAZING!’ because I did.

A month ago my life collapsed. It made me think long and hard about a whole series of questions I wanted answered. There was only a matter of seconds between what changed. Enough for me to agonisingly feel what a few seconds meant to life. It’s the difference between living and dying.

You could spend your time obsessing and comparing what you have to others or you can accept what you can and can’t change and make it work. Spending years in the path of jealousy over another’s physical attributes will never change yours so work on finding what makes you content. Envying your friends job won’t get you it so therefore leave yours and find a career that makes you thrive. Who you choose to spend your time with, confide in and give your effort to defines your friendships.

Tomorrow is another day. Today is today. Live in it.

Copyright © 2014 The Bella Effect


The Ex-Girlfriend

They say upon breaking up with a partner there are a few simple steps to take in order to move on. You know, get over them. It takes time they say. Just resist the temptation to call. Write down everything you want to achieve going forward. Set a routine that you can stick to and enjoy. Rebuild your life. If you follow these steps you wont even remember who they were within a week. It may not be scientifically proven but it basically means move the fuck on, being friends isn’t a good idea and stop calling when you need a shoulder to cry on. Let him go. Especially if he has a new girlfriend. We all hate the clingy ex-girlfriends who come as so much baggage that Ryanair would have a field day at check-in.

You meet a guy and everything is looking perfect. He’s on the same wavelength as you, has the looks, his manhood gives you a fully-blown OMG orgasm and he is still friends with his ex-girlfriend. Ah. Not so perfect. Don’t get me wrong here I understand couples can still be friends after a break-up. I just don’t believe they liked each other that much in the first place. When deep emotions are felt I personally think it’s pretty hard to just deal with these and then become “just” friends. We all know that candle never burns out, even if we can’t be with that person for whatever reason.Maybe they wanted to take a giant shit your chest. Whatever. It really is enough to make you bail. My point here being that yes, we all hold maybe a small fond remembrance of a once passion induced love story. It’s life. It’s also fine. It’s also time to move on or move back.

As females, theres always a small feeling of triumph when an ex wants you back. Even if you don’t want him. I am not hesitating at 50/50 when I say some of us like it but let them move on and accept it’s over. Some girls however have other agendas. Yes. They don’t want him but they don’t want anybody else to have him. She clicks her fingers and there he runs like a puppy with his tail between his legs. As a current girlfriend you are told you need to understand they are just friends when you question it. Otherwise you are just a jealous, insecure bunny boiler. Why don’t you trust him he asks when she messages him at 3am as he lays in your bed. How about “I’ve broken up with my boyfriend” in floods of tears as he rushes to comfort her because, remember, they are friends. There’s nothing between them. She rests her head on his shoulders as he reassures her. This is what friends who have had feelings in a previous relationship together do isn’t it? You’re his girlfriend, he chose you and he loves you so what’s the problem?

The problem, dear boyfriend is you are either extremely naive and genuinely believe that you can both be “just” friends OR you can’t quite let go. You want your current girlfriend but you just cannot cut that last thread with the Ex. It’s the same story every time really, if I’m brutally honest. To an extent yes there is jealously involved but in my opinion quite rightly.

I’ve never understood fully how to explain this concept, a gut feeling possibly or women’s intuition. Men think it’s a shit load of pansy nonsense but it’s true – You just know when it’s not ringing the right bells. She is dishing the playing cards and he’s picking up the deck in the correct order.

The private messages, the effort with the hair and make-up, the many dramas that happen in her life and her complete unacceptance of you; His girlfriend. He doesn’t quite realise he’s her back-up option. The one to run too when she needs affection. When her dates don’t go so well she knows he will dote on her, tell her she’s beautiful and when a major relationship breaks down she can have him back with the click of her fingers. Yet it’s just you and your imagination running away with you. She’s an innocent little miss in the whole episode.

If ever I remained friends with any of my ex-boyfriends and the situation was vice versa, I’m almost sure he wouldn’t be as cool as a tin of baked beans about it all. Yes, we have friends of the opposite sex but to a certain extent. There is a fine line.

How do I know so many girls are like this? I used to be is the simple answer. I used to love knowing I could throw on the waterworks and have guys at my door within minutes. I used to love knowing that a guy preferred me over his girlfriend. I’ve been “just” friends with male friends because I want to reel them in and for them to fall for me because I want them more than a friend. We’re going back a few years when I was insecure within myself, hence the reason I tiptoed around so badly. I wouldn’t dream of it now because I don’t have time to be chasing men I have no intention of giving myself too plus I have no want to stay friends with an ex boyfriend who I had strong feelings for. It wouldn’t work and I’m sure at least once temptation would flutter and linger, and we all know in that situation it’s not as easy as just saying no.

Men have a great way in which to make you feel like you’re a little crazy, making situations up because when he had a sleepover at her house with all his friends nothing happened. As his girlfriend you should trust him in his viewpoint (rightly in the right situations) and stop kicking up a fuss and just allow them to continue to meet up, for her to message him and phone when she needs comforting. Why should you go along to any afternoon coffee catch up they have she asks? She wants to see him and he sympathises that her problems are personal and you should stay at home and wait for him. The simple answer to me is no. There’s being jealous over not much then there’s not being a fool to yourself and being walked over. Trust your judgement. Talk it over with friends and also people outside your friendship group if you must but never be second best. If this is a relationship you want to take into your future do you want her tears and false insecurities to put you in the backseat as he lays out her red carpet for the front seat next to him as you drive forward?

A final note to all the ex-girlfriends reading this that know they have an agenda then get some counseling or work on your self confidence. Just get over it. We all know as soon as you find a man who makes you mad about him you’ll throw your ex away like an empty packet of smarties that you wont pick up.

This is why I dislike ex-girlfriends.

n.b This isn’t aimed at every Ex partner in the world that have remained friends. It is just to those that may need to be sectioned in the ‘Get over your ex and get a life’ mental ex-girlfriend unit.

Copyright © 2014 The Bella Effect


How to Bake Like A Bitch.

Drama. That’s what it is. Drama. I’m positively sure I could sell this particular drama to Eastenders and win one of these “best storyline” awards. Especially with the ‘bitch’ style edge I can stir up with my metaphorical cake whizzer. That’s what drama is, isn’t it? It’s the ingredients placed into a tub as a whole, as they are, no need to do anything but look to see precisely what they are and they can’t lie because they are what they are. It’s the moment the ‘on’ switch starts and slowly, at first mixes everything, confusing what’s what. The longer it whizzes around the quicker it moulds, the faster it becomes it’s harder to see what the truth was in the first place. Then you mix in those artificial colourings and flavourings for disguise and the simplicity has gone. It’s all a bunch of mixed up ideas with a few artificial extras thrown in to jazz it up. That point being it’s so mixed up that when people enquire as to what’s going on you can say anything and they’ll believe you. Drama. Fucking drama.

We all make bad cakes. Granted, unless you’re Nigella Lawson but even she got picked up for a few added ingredients if you know what I mean. If we fuck up and put too much of a certain measure in, we’re going to get found out because it doesn’t taste too good, does it? It’s always easy to see where a cake baker has gone wrong with the appearance. It’s in plain sight. Hardly deniable when it’s squished like a tomato under a car tyre. This is usually the point where you blame someone else along the line who was involved or you admit defeat, apologize and start again. No one ever minded that. Honesty. It’s always so obvious when the buck is passed elsewhere so it’s just worth saving your dignity. Plus, we can taste it’s your error. It’s bitter. Just start over and make a new batch that taste fluffy and look happy. Even if you’re not.

There’s unintentional bad baking (guilty as charged) and there is tactfully bad baking. Also, as I like to call it, deceitful baking. You know, the kind where you offer to make something beautiful for a special occasion and accidentally-on-purpose add a few drops of rat poison and a large bottle of laxative to make sure know one will find out it’s you. As shit happens, you never noticed the bottle was a special offer and rather two bottles of laxative in one so you trip up. Bollocks. Now you’re clever little idea has gone to pot. Not Delia fucking Smith after all. Not that many people would have a reason for pulling such a slightly deranged stunt. Only if you disliked the person who initiated and asked for the idea or were just a sly, dishonest human being. Then again, the ingredients are all mixed so to any of the loyal gathering it must have been someones else’s fault. Like the Sausage man. It was probably his carefully and very well cooked through sausages that made everyone vomit.

I guess you can sit there for days wondering what the cake’s made of. It’s so easy to put your head down and pull the self-pitied it-wasn’t-me face. It was someone else who did it when I wasn’t looking. Pointing the finger at another for being angry at your mistake and adding in that extra flavouring to sweeten up your fans so they of course remain sympathetic to false sorrows. Congratulations on being as artificial and fake as your so called Organic fairy cakes.

Stirring the mixture and licking the spoon to make sure it’s perfect. Some people really need a sell-by date.

Copyright © 2014 The Bella Effect


Blow like a Pro

Life lessons. Growing up we are taught all the necessities to help ease us into the world. Brushing your teeth twice a day or they will rot and you will never be able to eat sweets again. Not doing something just because everyone else is. Eating with your mouth closed. As the years passed by we were handed down advice that helps us through challenging times. Remember putting a condom on a banana in sex education? Shame they didn’t teach us how to wrap our lips around it. That first time you come face to face with the eye of the tiger is nerve wrecking. It stares at you, dribbling as it eagerly awaits the soft, warm feeling of your mouth taking it in, ticking your tonsils, your tongue rolling over it’s hardness. Fairly sure I never had a life lesson in learning how to give mind-blowing head. It’s not a subject you can be taught is it? No one can show you because that would just be weird. Your parents are hardly going to give you a step-by-step guide of deep throating and if you watch porn then you will wonder if your gag reflexes will even hold out. Different cocks have different ways of responding to your style. You can’t know how he likes it. You can practice for years and still find you technique changing with each new erection that stares you in the face. Even the many of us with experience still wonder what the fuck we’re doing. I am not the queen of head bopping but there are a few tips from a sex enthusiast:

  • Rule number one is to go in with enthusiasm. If he knows you are relishing having his penis in your mouth that’s already a huge turn on for him.
  • Tease him. Make it known where you intend to end up, rub your body against his as you kiss him. Run your hands all over him. Get the juices flowing.
  • Hands still count. As you take him in your mouth lightly rub his shaft up and down with the rhythm. It’s a sensation to add. N.B refrain from turning this into a quick wank he wont thank you for it.
  • Balls! He loves his balls. Get stuck in down there. Kiss the inside of his thighs and run your tongue over him, lightly, with a bit more pressure, just listen and feel how he reacts. Put them in your mouth and lightly suck and lick. Winning move.
  • Set the pace. You will know when to become faster and more passionate with him. No need to rush in with the deep, fast action.
  • Talk. Tell him you love having his cock in your mouth as you lightly drag your nails down his body. Man ego boosted.
  • A man has a spot between his balls and bum that, when pressed or rubbed whilst he melts in your mouth will add to his pleasure. Give it a go next time you’re down there.
  • This isn’t for everyone but for those that are not squeamish he has a shitarus. This is what I call a male clitoris as it’s up his butt. Give it a rub with a finger (it’s an inch or so up) just remember to keep your finger out of your mouth afterwards.
  • It’s all yours. Own it. Run your tongue all over his cock. Get down and dirty.
  • Slide your knickers aside and slowly sit on his cock, really slowly. Just once. This will drive him mad. (Only if you are at the sex stage of course) then take him back in your mouth. Moan and Groan too. The vibrations and sound will let him know you are getting off on it.
  • Be spontaneous. Do it when he least expects it or hide away in a public area. It’s the thrill of the risk.
  • Spit, swallow or throw-up is at your discretion. If he gives you a mouthful it’s manners to swallow.
  • If you have limited time just get on your knees and go for gold.

Unfortunately this is not a bible for the perfect blow job. However, It works. Trust me. 

Have any tips yourself? Do share!

Copyright © 2014 The Bella Effect


Battle of the Bitches

Why do we always think what we think? Oh, I mean with our appearances this time around, not about men and how their cocks gravitate towards our innocent little vaginas. Men can stay backstage as I bring the real issue forward. Girls. We hate each other don’t we. We also secretly admire each other. It’s like the saying with men “You can’t live with them and you can’t live without them.” We need our girlfriends support, it steadies us after one too many bottles of wine. We share secrets that we will take to the grave etc. The only downside to having female friends is no matter what they look like, you will always envy something. Some more drastically than others may I add, some of us are filled with secret jealousy whilst others quietly wish we had this or had that about us. Generally speaking it’s a battle of the bitches out there. You’d be lying if you said you said otherwise, wouldn’t you?

We wake up and see the same face, same body and same everything every morning. After however many years of gracing the earth with your presence it’s going to be a fact that you will tire of the same reflection at times. If you never tire of your attributes then I salute you because you must be one very confident and content individual. You will pick out odd spots, curse your nose and look down at your lady bits and think ‘I bet I’m the only one with a fanny full of ingrown hairs.’ It’s life, we see ourselves in a bizarre vision as we view others in an even more bizarre fashion. We’re never quite sure where we fit in on the scale of “attractive” in the room that’s full of other human beings that were born with two lumps on their chests and a strange flappy baby maker. Some of these curvy creatures seem to have longer hair, some seem to have more shapely legs, many more are blessed with a rack that would make TGI Fridays mouth water and a few are pint sized next to the six foot Claudia Schiffer in the room.

We read (even I have written about being “you”) and it is true that no one can do a better job of being, well, you. Point is sometimes we stick our middle finger up at those posts as we see our idea of perfect strut past and hate her a little bit. No, a lot. Hate her a lot. Her boobs are bigger than mine, how perfect are those eyelashes, I wish I had cellulite free toned legs, why won’t my hair grow that long, I want a designer vagina and crust-free feet. Such a tiring process but we cannot stop ourselves. The self doubt creeping in as you search the room looking to see who is slightly less attractive, making you feel slightly better about yourself. Who are the men looking at? Obviously it’s going to be that girl. The one who looks so good she could be made into a bar of galaxy chocolate special edition. The bitterness rises and you start the downward spiral of feeling consciously less sure about yourself as when you stepped out of the house. It happens. We all do it. Some of us openly admit we feel insecure around this figure of perfection whilst others will jab and poke comments such as “I bet she looks like a dog without make-up” or “ She loves herself anyway.” The outbursts that highlight how they wish they were in fact that girl who loves herself.

It’s an on going epidemic with the ever progressing pressure of wanting to be the next FHM sexiest piece of ass and having teenage boys wank over you in ‘Nuts’ magazine because we all want to be sexy and lusted after. We all want to be beautiful wisps of elegance. Even more so we want to be the girl that people look at and want to be us. Let me enlighten you.

You are that human being with lady lumps and a strange flappy baby maker. So is the girl you compare yourself against. There won’t be one day you head off out to work or to but a tub of Ben and Jerrys without seeing someone else whose DNA is different from your own because that’s the way the seeds work. She woke up and saw the same face, body and bits that she see’s everyday and probably peeks over the shoulders of commuters looking at page 3 and thinks she needs to look more like the poor dear who has clearly been shoved in a bath of ice water beforehand.

For those that clearly admire every inch of themselves right down to their baps and flaps making you feel like the “own brand” version of the womanly sex, smile sweetly and pretend it bothers you not. If that fails stick a sanitary towel (clean) on her back and watch everyone laugh behind her back for a change.

My advice is just be one of the nice girls. Give compliments, accept compliments and realise that every other girl is thinking what you’re thinking.

Copyright © 2014 The Bella Effect