Alternative Fashion Fest 1st birthday: the review

We reviewed the original Alternative Fashion Festival one whole year ago. Since then, the show has toured the country and luckily our understanding of WordPress has vastly improved too.

The AFF is a free fashion show established to raise awareness of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation and encourage everybody to wear whatever the hell they want (please don’t wear a merkin, tho’).


The event took place at Circo and celebrates models from all walks of life, promoting the philosophy that fashion should be accessible to everyone and that just because a gal has sideburns and piercings doesn’t mean she can’t rock a demure floral number.

Image by Howard Wilson

The event was masterminded by former model and industry old hand Jane Bellis AKA ‘Mama Wolf’, who was sick of the cookie-cutter world of catwalks.

Jane Bellis by Howard Wilson

Jane opened the show herself by performing an entire makeover in 3 1/2 minutes live onstage.

Jane Bellis

Highlights included spoken word poetry by Lyndsay Price of Salt Water Poetry. This point at the beginning of an event is when we at BossLiv tend to zone out due to an ADHD-level attention span. But Lyndsay was creative, engaging and gorgeous, telling poignant tales of sexuality and self harm with had us snivelling into our Pornstar Martini.

Back with a proven track record of being the fiercest birds we’ve ever encountered were Jynx and Nyx of the incredible Monster Cirque with fire and freakshow acts. 

Other talented ladies included Kimmy Beatbox and burlesque performer Ariella Firecracker (and her live snake Dita).

As usual the event was packed with entertainment ranging from hula hooping to drag and the best in alternative local fashion (the latex was our fave, obv).

See you next year!


Review: Koop & Yard Bird

We hadn’t intended on checking out Koop on Bold St, formerly Chez le Coq (hur hur, Coq). Skimming over the outside menu, we exclaimed ‘£4 for a burger? We’re suspicious…’

At this precise moment, the manager burst through the door and made a passionate speech about how all food was prepared fresh on site, assuring that its quality would be second to none.

First we chose milkshakes from the extensive menu. We went for ‘The Koop’, a banana and Ferrero Rocher concoction, whilst our pal had ‘The Teaser’ made of Malteasers.


Considering we aren’t big milkshake fans, we were blown away. Every shake is made with homemade ice cream, so at £3.50 each they were reasonably priced. We also ate our first ever banana (yes, really) so it was a momentous moment we will cherish for our autobiography.


We both went for the ‘Dust up’ burger, having been reassured that a portion of fries would be plenty between us.


Although the fries were fab, the staff hadn’t anticipated the size of our lard arses. This £4 burger may not be as substantial as the more attention-seeking £8 masterpieces on the block, but if you’re only after a quick lunch this’ll do the trick. Otherwise, get a couple of sides to fill you right up. If we went back we’d probably swap the burger for a wrap, too.

It’s also worth noting that their speciality is chicken wings, so they’re surely a good bet if you pop in. Boned or filleted, they come in a selection of seasoning ranging from garlic & parmesan to Oriental Express.

There’s also a good selection of vegetarian options and the sweet potato and organic quinoa salad looks pretty snazzy.

What we probably should have ordered

Now, our plan was to wander around the city with full bellies and a thirst for adventure. However, by the time we reached the Bombed Out Church we were still peckish. Having had a boss previous experience, we headed to Yard Bird on Berry St.

We’ve had the Salt n Peppa ‘chips n gravy’ (large, £4) before and they’re unreal. Like, sososo good and the portion size is plenty to share. The gravy is out of this world and the chips have just the right amount of kick.


And then there was the chocolate peanut butter donut, just to make sure we really were full. We were devastated they’d run out of the grapefruit, Campari and lemon zest option, but ours was warm and sticky, just the way a fresh donut should be.


There are some other interesting options on the menu, like the Buffalo fried Cauliflower florets with blue cheese (£3.50). The red cabbage, raisin and pine nut slaw (£2 small) sounds to die for, and there’s also fried chicken with biscuits & gravy (£7) which we’re keen to try so we can establish what the heeellacious an American biscuit is, finally.

You can check out the entire menu here.

As it was, our bellies were too full for an adventure, but we sure did enjoy our food comas.

Murder mystery week at Fonseca’s

When: 8th and 9th of July
Where: Fonseca’s, Stanley St
How much: £29.95pp
 Set in prohibition Liverpool, the biggest mobster in town is quietly murdered in  Fonseca’s basement. Over the duration of a three course meal, guests are dared to solve the mystery whilst also looking fabulous having embraced the gangster and moll theme.
The event is a join venture between local comedy legends the Legion of Doom who recently parted ways in pursuit of their respective alter egos: Rob Bond as teller of terrifying tales Thaddeus Bent, and Lee Hithersay as Terry Arlarse, Liverpool’s most eloquent scally.
The Legion of Doom by AB Photography

Completing the threesome is world renowned burlesque artist  Velma Von Bon Bon AKA Gemma Bond who is glamorous, hilarious and smoking hot in equal measures.

Guests will receive a “bathtub” gin on arrival, which hopefully means a bathtub full of gin and Velma the Legion of Doom boys in it.
Then you’ll be fed on a 1920s inspired speakeasy menu consisting of crab croquettes with spicy dipping sauce, chicken à la king with noodles and sourdough, and “peaches and cream”.
 Just so we’re clear – BossLiv hasn’t been asked to endorse this venture. We’ve learned for ourselves that Fonseca’s is a sound venue serving boss food (they even made vegan scran not seem terrible for a pal’s wedding).
 We also believe that the performers are top notch. In fact, they’re so good at what they do, another mate got star struck in Café Nero and uttered in awe, ‘it’s Thaddeus Bent’.
 Basically, you aren’t going to find a better murder mystery short of hosting your own dinner party and slipping something into the “peaches and cream” yourself.
 To book email or call 01512550808. G’wed.


Afternoon Tease

There’s a magical secret garden in the heart of Liverpool city centre. Where, you ask? In the back room of legendary arts caff 81 Renshaw, of course!

Technically it’s the remnants of burlesque performer Little Peaches‘ wedding party, but the Jazzesque troupe wasted no time adopting it as their rehearsal space. There’s something lovely about getting your kit off with grass beneath your toes, isn’t there?

Afternoon Tease is a spin-off of the Burlesque & Bubbly package, hosted by Rachael Mellor.

After learning the art of tease, guests can enjoy afternoon tea come rain or shine with dinky sandwiches and homemade cakes (vegan options available for the hipster brigade).

There’s also the option to upgrade to a glass of fizz or even a cocktail in a teapot. How very quaint, daaahhling!

Starting at £32.50 per head, Afternoon Tease is perfect for hen parties, birthdays or just a catch up with the girls.

To book email