Messaging the ex, ditching the labels and why Valentine’s day sucks

Cydney Yeates shares what’s on her mind this week


Three things I learned this week:


1. Don’t message your ex. EVER. Especially don’t do it when you’ve done the dumping. And no, being four Bloody Marys down is not an exception to the rule. You’ve won the dickhead jackpot if you do this… I did this. In the tune of Katy Perry’s I Kissed A Girl, I texted my ex and I regret it. I don’t know what I expected to gain from this exchange. Obviously she wasn’t going to welcome me back with open arms. She wasn’t going to erase our last exchange from her memory and pretend like the whole bitter out-of-the-blue ending never happened. I don’t know why I did it, especially when there were reasons a-plenty for giving her the boot. Despite this, I was lucky to even get a response and not have been left unread. Although, judging by her understandingly cold reply, perhaps that would’ve been better. Let me tell you folks, there is nothing more humiliating than trying to ease your way back into someone’s life with your tail between your legs. The bitter pang of rejection does not taste good.


2. “Valentine’s Day sucks” eye-rolls every single lady on February 14. Step aside revolting teddy bears, heart-shaped everything and a dozen red roses and every other vomit-inducing cliché that goes hand-in-hand with the day of romance. Insert Galentine’s Day. This year I’m celebrating friendships. I’m going to whip us a feast for my gal pals and show my undying appreciation. And I know I shouldn’t just be doing so in the name of Saint Valentine’s. But heck, I’m not going to put it off any longer. Vanessa Kirby recently said: “We need to put more romance into our friendships and more friendship into our romance.” And how right she is.


3. River Island launched a new “people positive” campaign last week, putting their middle finger up to bullying. The ad screams loud and proud right from the get go, with two girls kissing and tugging at each other’s double denim ensemble. “Labels are for clothes, not people,” the brand cries. “It doesn’t matter how you look, what you believe or who you love – we want to celebrate you and your unique style. Not just this season, always!” The new campaign was put into motion in celebration for their 30-year anniversary and follows Zara with their gender-neutral collection two years ago. But why has it taken so painstakingly long for this recognition?



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