Lipstick, Lettuce & Lycra is for women who want to live life to the fullest. It’s about learning to love what you already are, and becoming the person you always wanted to be.
You’ll find fashion, food, fitness, travel and posts that will both entertain and inspire you to live your best life. I like to share outfit posts and fantasy shopping trips, fitness tips and advice, cocktail recipes, healthy and not so healthy meals, plus the occasional rant, inspiration piece and update on my life.
I started Lipstick, Lettuce & Lycra in 2012, at the age of 33 to chart my attempts to get in shape and taking up running. In 2017 I merged it with my existing award-winning vintage fashion blog, Retro Chick, to create a whole new place that reflected where I am in my life now. You can read all about why I made that decision here. It is currently number 2 in the HIBS100 Index.
At the age of 38 I’m a Roller Derby player, weight lifter, runner and professional glamour puss. I’ve learned not to give a stuff about age appropriate and that it’s never too late to try something new. By sharing my journey I hope I can help others find some of the confidence that both vintage fashion and my forays into fitness have given me.
You won’t find elaborate DIY projects, time consuming beauty tips, rock hard abs or detox diets here. Lipstick, Lettuce & Lycra is about finding balance, and moderation in all things. It’s about learning to love getting sweaty and not giving a stuff what you look like and then putting on your red lipstick and heading out for cocktails.
My name is Gemma Seager. I live in Norwich, Norfolk in the UK, but I was born in Kent. I’m in my late 30s, married and child-free. So don’t send me pitches about nappies.
I’m a big fan of peanut butter, full 50s frocks, picnics, crazy tights, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, platform shoes, Roller Derby, hair dye, sunny days, lipstick, lifting heavy stuff, cocktails and cheese.
I don’t like jeans, tomatoes, ugg boots, TV Talent Shows, spare ribs or early mornings.
In 2007 I walked out on a job that had been making me miserable with a final paycheck and no savings. Suddenly unemployed I started an eBay shop selling vintage and pre-owned clothing. In early 2008 I read about blogging as a way to promote my shop and set up my first blog on Blogger. I quickly discovered it was way more fun than trekking to the post office and turned it into my full-time job.
I am now a freelance writer, social media manager and events organiser with my fingers in many pies. When I’m not writing blog posts in my pyjamas and passing Facebook off as work I also play Roller Derby with the Norfolk Brawds, as number #79 Gem Warfare. I was never sporty at school, and it wasn’t until I was in my mid 30s that I discovered this amazing sport, and started to learn to love my body for what it could do rather than how it looked.
I have an honours degree in Media & Film Studies from Southampton University and write on many topics, both on the blog and for other people. I have written a lot about Vanity Sizing and have featured in several national newspapers on this topic and made radio appearances on Women’s Hour and Moncrieff!
I love to share the things that inspire me, and making a connection with the people that read my blog. I mostly like to chat on my Facebook page, so I’d love you to join me there.