About Me


My name is Sarah.

I’ve always thought it would be cool to run my own magazine, but I became a charity lawyer instead. Some day I’ll give it all up to become a goatherd.

A few things about me:

  • I look good in hats.
  • I love jelly babies, except for the black ones, I hate blackcurrant flavoured sweets.
  • I do not trust mushrooms.
  • I will always be Team Britney.
  • I am always, always running late.
  • I am obsessed with salsa, the dip not the dancing.
  • I have the world’s biggest crush on Georgia Jagger.
  • I am usually to be found drinking tea, I consider myself a connoisseur.
  • I believe that there are two types of people in the world, decent people, and people who murder snowmen.
  • It took me until the age of twenty-six to work out that if the movie sucks you’re allowed to just leave the theatre.
  • I have frankly horrendous taste in music.
  • If I were to be stranded on a desert island my luxury item would have to be a lifetime’s supply of Frosties.

My favourite place in the world is Ipanema beach.

And Nhkata Bay. Oh, and the Shanghai Museum. And Oslo. Or Luang Prabang. The Khao San Road. And Penang. And Johannesburg. And London. And… you get the idea… I live to travel. Consequently my carbon karma is horrendous, I’m going to come back as a patch of grass and be tarmac’d over to build a runway.

I have complex post traumatic stress disorder and depression.

I put those quotations at the beginning of all my posts because it was something I saw in a book once; there was a random quotation heading each new chapter. Nothing else at all about the book has stayed with me but I thought the quoting thing was cool, so I stole it. I do like me a good quotation.

(They’re not quotes, quotes is the verb – says the last person in the world who should be lecturing anyone else on grammar).

You can email me if you like, my email address is Sarah [at] makeupandmirtazapine [dot] com. Or we can be Facebook friends. Or you can find me on Twitter or Instagram.

48 Comments on “About Me”

  1. mmarinaa June 21, 2014 at 10:44 AM #

    The Secret Life of Bees started each chapter with a quotation. I don’t know if that’s the one that you’re thinking of, but I was raking my brain to find the answer for you and then I remembered that one and got really excited, haha.


  2. OneWomanManyJourneys April 25, 2014 at 9:42 AM #

    Thank you for stopping by and following my blog. Your blog looks great, I’ll definitely be back again, you’ve inspirational woman :)


  3. Charlie Castor April 1, 2014 at 6:16 PM #

    Hello there, I discovered this blog today and I think it’s delightful. I really enjoyed some of the things you said in your “facts about me” section, especially what you said about murdering snowmen. It is a terrible thing to murder a snowman. I’m sorry to hear that you suffer from complex post traumatic stress disorder and depression. That sounds like quite a challenging combination of problems. I suffer from depression myself, and I found that creating a blog was surprisingly therapeutic. Have you found that? I know this is quite geeky, but the lay-out of your blog is beautiful. Very easy to navigate, easy on the eye and cheerful at the same time. In conclusion, well done! :)


    • makeupandmirtazapine April 3, 2014 at 1:26 AM #

      You know that’s such a relief to hear! I spent hours over the weekend changing the way the blog looks and I still couldn’t decide whether I’d got it right or not. Web design is not something that comes naturally to me. So it’s really good to hear that someone likes it, thank you.
      I don’t know, I think it helps but not in the ways that I expected it would. I find the having something that I feel like I’m supposed to do therapeutic. I find analysing the way I’m feeling and why enough that I can put it into words facinating in a macarbe sort of way. And having a bunch of people to ‘talk’ to who don’t know me in real life so I don’t feel like I have to worry that I’m going to hurt them if I talk about the fact that despite their best efforts I’m still not well is good.


      • Charlie Castor April 3, 2014 at 8:31 PM #

        Yes, web design doesn’t come very naturally to me either. Rest assured, your efforts have paid off! I know what you mean about you not having to worry that you are going to hurt people, when you write on a blog. One of the great things about having a blog is that you can maintain a sense of anonymity, which is great if you are discussing things that are very personal and significant to you, such as mental health. Good luck with the blog. I’m looking forward to reading more :)


  4. pixygiggles February 9, 2014 at 6:36 AM #

    Hello, Sarah,

    It’s very nice to meet you. You have a very nice blog over here. I look forward to reading more from you. Thank you for the follow!

    Best wishes,


    • makeupandmirtazapine April 3, 2014 at 1:18 AM #

      Thank you. I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to respond, I don’t know how I missed your comment. I’m enjoying reading your blog. x


  5. Simple Northern Life June 21, 2013 at 2:07 AM #

    Very intriguing and humorous blog. I like your bucket list, I would be happy just to have a list of ten. Looking forward to following you.


  6. dmauldin53 February 5, 2013 at 2:28 PM #

    Just wanted to give you a ‘heads up’. I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award.


  7. annbl0gs February 1, 2013 at 5:58 PM #

    I have enjoyed looking around your blog. I’m really glad you have a section addressing mental health – that is a subject I find very important. In the past I have had issues with clinical depression. It’s nice to read that I’m not the only one with struggles. We’re all in this together.


    • makeupandmirtazapine February 9, 2013 at 7:33 AM #

      Thank you for stopping by, I’m glad you’ve enjoyed it :D

      I’m sorry you’ve had to suffer with depression as well, I hope you continue to do better.

      I was worried in the beginning that nobody would want to read about mental health, especially on a blog that tries to be at least vaguely entertaining, but I’ve learned that there are more of us than I thought. We’re in it together, as you say.



  8. Project Southsea January 24, 2013 at 4:40 PM #

    Seeing as you were kind enough to visit my blog I figured I would return the favour.

    I must say I am loving your work.

    Much like yourself I once dreamt of creating my own magazine, I happen to find Georgia Jagger quite appealing and am not a fan of black jelly babies (although I do not mention this often out of fear of being labelled racist).


    • makeupandmirtazapine January 25, 2013 at 3:03 AM #

      Why, thank you, I’m glad that you like it :)

      So far no-one’s ever called me a racist for not liking the black jelly babies. Although that might have something to do with how I always pick out all the purple sweets in a packet and pass them straight on to the person sat next to me, whatever type of sweet they are. So people like that I hate they black ones, it gets them free sweets.


  9. britishasianmum January 14, 2013 at 7:50 PM #

    I too hate blackcurrant flavoured sweets! They are wrong!


    • makeupandmirtazapine January 25, 2013 at 2:46 AM #

      I know, blackcurrants just aren’t sweet enough to be a sweet flavour. I’m glad someone else agrees with me :)


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  11. dilipnaidu November 17, 2012 at 4:42 PM #

    Interesting blog. Feels good to be here :)


  12. robstroud September 29, 2012 at 6:41 AM #

    I share your distrust of mushrooms… they are sinister fungi indeed!


    • makeupandmirtazapine October 3, 2012 at 1:07 AM #

      They are! I saw a programme once about how they ‘scare’ them into thinking they’re going to die so that they sprout and they can harvest them. It was just too weird for my liking.


  13. Cafe August 21, 2012 at 1:34 AM #

    Hey beautiful :) I enjoyed reading your “About Me” facts, thanks for your honesty :)
    And thank you of course for stopping by my blog, I appreciate it!
    – Janice


  14. onlineghostwriterforhire August 15, 2012 at 1:35 AM #

    By the way, your photo reminds me of Audrey Hepburn…


  15. meandanxiety August 9, 2012 at 9:32 AM #

    Nice to find out so many fun things about you! Nice to meet you. Maxi xx


  16. judithatwood August 9, 2012 at 3:47 AM #

    I already love the way your mind works! Welcome to The Sun Drips Honey. I have a Friends Page, where my readers go to tell us all a little about themselves. I invite you to do the same. I’m glad to have you with us!


  17. starclub1 July 29, 2012 at 1:21 PM #

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  18. momentsnotmemories July 16, 2012 at 10:38 PM #

    Hi! :) I nominated you for the Reader Appreciation Award, check it out here:- http://momentsnotmemories.wordpress.com/2012/07/16/reader-appreciation-award-ta/ :D i enjoy your blog so thanks for blogging


  19. heycrin July 7, 2012 at 7:39 PM #

    Hello, thank you for following my blog, and I’m not just saying that – I love when people follow me and then it turns out they have a blog that I can relate to and enjoy reading – they’re so hard for me to find! I’ve read so much here already that I’ve also thought/written about – I’ll keep coming back :D (I also want to run my own magazine so bad, but as it is I’ve turned out in a 9-5 office job. Boo) xx


    • makeupandmirtazapine July 7, 2012 at 8:38 PM #

      Hi there. I’m glad you like mine as much as I’ve been enjoying yours :)
      I suppose that’s one advantage of this over magazine writing, you get to check out other people and discover their cool stuff as well.
      Maybe one day the 9-5 will pay for us to branch out and start our own magazine. Well, I can dream anyway. xx


  20. subhorup July 3, 2012 at 5:34 AM #

    what a wonderful about page, very assuring, simple and concise. the fact that you are a tea expert fascinates me. i love tea and have been studying it for some years now. my wife does some oriflame consultancy. so a lot of areas of interest here on your blog.


  21. Grace July 2, 2012 at 4:05 PM #

    Thanks for the follow. Although I have to admit, it scares me a little when that happens… About the goatherd business, I, too, have had thoughts of retiring early and becoming a shepherd… lol! I look forward to reading your blog, as I can relate in more ways than one.


    • makeupandmirtazapine July 4, 2012 at 1:12 AM #

      You’re welcome. And thank you for stopping by.
      I know what you mean. I think I sometimes forget when I’m writing that I’m writing on the internet and not just my laptop.
      As for the shepherd thing, I think we could one day end up with the best tended flock ever.


  22. Jourdie Ross June 19, 2012 at 5:54 AM #

    Hi there! Thanks so much for visiting and following purelysubjective. And thanks for writing so openly about your own life and experiences. It’s a gift to read them. Funny thing about being a goatherd; I seriously considered that as an occupation too. Goats are great!


  23. a1000shadesofhurt June 18, 2012 at 6:07 PM #

    Hi, thanks for the like and for popping by. You have a real interesting mix of things here :-).
    All the best.


  24. kyllingsara June 16, 2012 at 5:13 AM #

    This is a test and a thank you for following my blog. My previous response disappeared.


  25. kyllingsara June 16, 2012 at 5:12 AM #

    If you do decide to become a goatherd, let me know and I might join you. Or is the whole point about goatherding a solitude kind of thing? If it is, I can herd my own goats from a distance.


    • makeupandmirtazapine June 17, 2012 at 12:04 AM #

      It started out as a solitude thing, now more of space and fresh air and no deadlines thing. Two of us would be okay I reckon, not too crowded :)


      • kyllingsara June 17, 2012 at 12:11 AM #

        Well, in that case I’ll pack my goatherder gear – I suppose a staff, a kettle, and a blanket will do. :)


  26. applejaxe June 14, 2012 at 1:06 AM #

    Hi thank you so much for finding my blog and following it. It means a lot, I like your blog. I am following, looking forward to reading more by you. Be well.



    • makeupandmirtazapine June 14, 2012 at 1:12 AM #

      Thank you so much for coming over and returning the favour. It means a lot to me too.

      Best wishes,



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