Welcome to My Gay Best Friend!

Well hello gorgeous people and welcome to my little website and my very first blog post! Hooray and hoorah! It’s finally here. I have battled with this wretched WordPress malarkey and I have triumphed! I now know what a widget is and what plug-ins I need! I can customise my menu using my dashboard and play about with my FooGallery. I’m so down with the kids. “Yo! Check my FooGallery, bitches!” – never too old to learn darling!

My name is Jp and I’ve always loved to write. Ive always loved to create. However, I’ve never really been overly comfortable with writing about myself. Since I started my page on Instagram however, I’ve realised you really just have to get on with it and stop caring what everyone thinks, they’re going to think it anyway. All I can do is love what I love, write about what makes me tick, what makes me giggle, what makes me swoon. So here goes:

First of all, you’re probably wondering why I called my blog “My Gay Best Friend”? Well, it really comes from my day job as a hairdresser. A client once said to me: “You know, I love coming here. I get my hair done, I get interior and garden advice, book, play and restaurant recommendations, help with my man problems and a whole lot of laughs. It’s like having my very own gay best friend.” – and that’s where the little acorn of an idea germinated.

All I do all day is chat, snip, help, snip, style, snip and recommend. I should so be on commission for some of my recommendations. The sale of Alan Titchmarsh’s book “My Secret Garden” must have skyrocketed after I bought it. I told the world as I do like to natter, particularly if it’s something I’m passionate about.

So, the idea is that I’m going to write about the things I love, the things that make me smile and that inspire me. I’m going to write about my travels, my interior projects and disasters, my garden know-how, the food I’m loving, the books I’ve read, my shopping sprees, my struggles with weight and my obsession with blue and white, all parcelled up with, hopefully a good dose of humour and some insights into life as I see it.

Check me out frolicking amongst the lavender with my Littlewoods catalogue pose!

It’s been a whirlwind of delights in the last ten months. Back in September last year, my lovely friend Amanda Cobbett (check out her instagram page – she’s an incredible artist @amandacobbett) started talking to me about Instagram. She said it might be a great way for me to have some kind of online presence for my hairdressing business. I don’t advertise my little hair salon, its all word of mouth and has done just fine for fifteen years. However, with the possibility of things being a bit tough for a while after Brexit, she thought perhaps it might be a good idea to have at least one way of getting some new clients. I really wasn’t up for it at first. I already had an Instagram account. I started it in 2011, but I never used it and there was only a photo of my sweet dog Missy on it.

Reluctantly I started to post. I had no clue what to do or why I was really doing it. I didn’t even know what a hashtag was! I photographed the backs of ladies hair and talked about the colours I’d used. It wasn’t the most exciting of pages. So, I started photographing my home, faffing about with throws and using silver birch logs as footstools. I absolutely loved it! I very quickly changed my Insta handle, removed all hair content and started posting what I loved. As far as I was concerned, if my clients were interested in the things I enjoyed doing, then why shouldn’t people out there on the interweb? I lost just about all my followers overnight, but I didn’t care. I was going to re-start as I meant to go on. So, late September 2018 after a little holiday in Marrakech, where I played with posts, I started my journey. A flame had been sparked from the embers of a man who had kind of resigned himself to an endless stream of hot air and hair mousse. Perhaps there was more in store for this career chameleon?

Not content with a vibrant singing career in my early days, I veered toward public relations and found myself eventually creating weird and wonderful campaigns and events. I even ran a fortnightly 24-page newspaper for BUPA!

Mr C, my hubby had been made redundant by his company. In his new role he would be working from home. This meant, in theory, we didn’t need to live in London. We had both been working very long hours and barely saw each other. Something had to give. I decided to look into what else I could do to earn a living, something where I could be my own boss, be relocatable and have a bit more freedom. I cant remember the name of the website, but it was something like: whatshouldidowithmylife.com – I typed in all my skills and qualifications and up popped “hairdresser” as an option. That September I enrolled at the Vidal Sassoon Academy just off Bond Street – The rest is history.

If you’re not bored of my life history already and you fancy finding out some more fun facts about Mr. Jp – always Jp, never Jon – then why not pop onto the “About Me” section in the menu.

Fast forward fifteen years and here I am writing my first blog post! Ten months ago I never dreamt I would have over 10,000 followers on Instagram – that’s insane! All I do is write what’s on my mind and post a pretty photo. Somehow though, I’ve connected with people. The interiors and gardens community on there is so incredibly friendly and caring. A few of the bigger accounts followed me from early on and mentored me, showing me the ropes and guiding me along. There were also a lot of smaller accounts who have been so incredibly loyal and supportive and I really am truly grateful to them.

Recently I was asked to join two fabulous ladies and become cohost of the fastest growing interiors hashtag challenge in the country @myhousethismonth and its sister challenges @mygardenthismonth and @mywardrobethismonth. I have to pinch myself every time I do a share on any of those accounts!

I also run my own fabulously fun hashtag called @postitandsmile – which is all about posting what you love, posting what makes you smile and giggle! One of the best moments so far for me though was being invited to my first Instagram influencer ( hate that phrase) events. It was the hottest day ever recorded in the U.K and I was going to London to see “Christmas in July” for both Homesense and TKMaxx and also one of my favourite brands of all time, Cox & Cox. I was so nervous! I met two of the loveliest ladies from Instagram underneath the clock at Waterloo Station. We joked about wearing a red rose. Both events were wonderful, but I have to say one of the most special, yet scary as hell moments was being surrounded by seven of the biggest interior and lifestyle influencers in the country in front of a shiny red Mini Cooper with a Christmas tree strapped to the roof rack, while I lay on the floor, Burt Reynolds Playgirl centrefold stylee! I am so not that person.

Surrounded by Insta babes at the Cox & Cox Christmas in July event https://www.coxandcox.co.uk/

I’m a funny old soul really. Part of me is semi-extrovert trying to break free, the other half of me is very shy and reclusive, hence living in the middle of nowhere! Obvs I love interiors and gardening in equal measure, but I’m also hugely into travel and I love all things creative. I’m quite fond of a “how to” video and you can expect a few of those from me. I love a good giggle, I love a bargain and I’m fond of a good handy home tip. 

I live with my hubby Mr C and our sweet cairn terrier Missy.  I believe in trying to always be kind, but without being dull. Life is way to short not to laugh a lot!

I really hope you like reading my little stories. On Instagram I am known for my daily little stories in the captions below my photo of the day. Do pop over and take a look @jonpaulclark. Thank you for reading this. I hope you enjoyed it. If you did, then why not sign up to receive new blog posts direct to your email? Thanks again, bye for now peeps!

56 Comments

  1. Patti Gray-Riley
    August 9, 2019 / 6:28 am

    Bravo JP! I love it!

    • August 9, 2019 / 10:09 am

      I loved reading this, JP! You are a very good writer. I’d love to know more about your singing days…x

      • Jonpaulclark
        Author
        August 11, 2019 / 3:38 pm

        That sounds like a good blog post subject. Ill have a think. Thank you. Xx

  2. Barb Parry
    August 9, 2019 / 7:16 am

    Well done you. Looks brill
    Look forward to reading about your shenanigans 😘 xx

  3. August 9, 2019 / 7:21 am

    Absolutely love this JP. So great to read more about you as your positivity is always so uplifting. Count me in as a new subscriber xxx

  4. August 9, 2019 / 7:33 am

    Well when I saw your website had launched I left a little reply on Instagram saying ‘can’t wait to read it later’, then clicked on the link in your bio and haven’t been able to put it down. It’s brilliant, honest, informative and funny. I love it and will naturally be subscribing 😀💕 Well done JP xx

  5. Jo
    August 9, 2019 / 7:35 am

    Huge congratulations JP! You’ve only gone and done it!
    So, so happy for you my lovely insta friend!
    I shall look forward to your up and coming blog posts indeed. You always make me smile & giggle with your stories.
    You must be really proud of yourself and rightly so.
    Enjoy celebrating later!
    Kedgers123 🥰

  6. Kirsty
    August 9, 2019 / 7:54 am

    Congratulations, I am so glad I found your account love my daily fix. X

  7. Pauline Collins
    August 9, 2019 / 7:55 am

    Website looks fantastic, I am a newbie gardener desperately looking for inspiration from a real life normal gardener, the TV shows and magazines frighten me. Your garden looks amazing and you are so lovely on your stories. Looking forward to seeing more of your blog

  8. Helen
    August 9, 2019 / 8:01 am

    Absolutely loved reading your first ever blog JP and I’m already looking forward to reading more, keep those posts coming and huge congratulations to you hon xx

  9. Charlotte Allen
    August 9, 2019 / 8:17 am

    I am hooked already! I LOVE it, please keep those posts coming. The very best of luck to you xxxxx

  10. Karen
    August 9, 2019 / 8:21 am

    Gorgeous website from a gorgeous boy. Love your humour and honesty – and looking forward to you seeing you drunkly uploading videos of you singing 🎤 😆

  11. Alex
    August 9, 2019 / 8:24 am

    Brilliant Jp! So well written, and looks fantastic. Look forward to reading more. Xxx Benjaminstownhouse

  12. Clare Stack
    August 9, 2019 / 8:24 am

    Well done! A really great read⭐️💙

  13. Vanessa White
    August 9, 2019 / 8:25 am

    Loved, loved, loved your first blog and your about me 🙂
    You’ve done a chamion job and it was super interesting.
    Not sure we can be friends anymore with your dislike of gherkins and pineapples, and also you having only one kidney…….does this limit the amount of alcohol you can intake ? 😉
    Finally, do y’all pick on your straight brother ? hahahhaha
    Just jokes……a fine blog my great friend xxx
    Ness xx

    • Jonpaulclark
      Author
      August 9, 2019 / 8:35 am

      So funny! Hasn’t limited my drinking just yet! We don’t pick on him, but he is outnumbered! Thanks gorgeous!xxx

  14. Elle
    August 9, 2019 / 8:26 am

    Well done darling. The intro is fabulous and what beautiful writing. Lots if love
    Elle (Dithcthenaturalhessian)

  15. Noleen
    August 9, 2019 / 8:30 am

    Excellent read well done JP 😊. I love your posts; the inspiration, the friendliness and the encouragement (and Missy of course). Look forward to reading many more 💙

  16. August 9, 2019 / 8:43 am

    Wow, what a great start! Loved reading about your life and journey, and looking forward to many more! 🙂 x

  17. Caz
    August 9, 2019 / 8:50 am

    Well done JP……. you are a complete natural at this blogging malarkey!!!! Looking forward to more my new virtual gay best friend 👍😎🌳

  18. Cynthia
    August 9, 2019 / 9:01 am

    Congratulations 😘😘😘

  19. August 9, 2019 / 9:04 am

    I really enjoyed reading your first blog JP.

    You come across so naturally as though your a personal friend to all your followers.

    Well done xx

  20. Bev
    August 9, 2019 / 9:14 am

    Don’t subscribe to these usually but as it’s you and I enjoy your insta account soooo much – here I am! Good luck it’s going to be fab! 🌟🌟🌟 Love beverleyp1

    • Jonpaulclark
      Author
      August 9, 2019 / 1:32 pm

      Ah thats so lovely! Thank you !

  21. Mo
    August 9, 2019 / 9:24 am

    Beautifully written JP and can’t wait to read your other posts. You have really inspired me and I am grateful for all your support and encouragement.
    Best Mo @dabblehomes 🏡💕

  22. Marion
    August 9, 2019 / 9:41 am

    Fantastic JP – worth the hard work. I love it.
    Mxx

  23. August 9, 2019 / 9:45 am

    Looks fantastic JP! Well done on the launch and looking forward to reading more!

  24. August 9, 2019 / 9:55 am

    Well done for taking this step and thank-you too for entertaining me on this wet Friday morning! Xx

  25. Sarah
    August 9, 2019 / 10:48 am

    Fab first blog post Jp! You’ve smashed this – I really enjoyed reading it! Well done! 👏🏻🖤

    • Jonpaulclark
      Author
      August 11, 2019 / 3:38 pm

      Oh that;s so lovely, thank you!

  26. Carol Shaw
    August 9, 2019 / 11:09 am

    Fabulous Jp, it’s been fantastic being with you from the start. This blog is just like an extension of your account I live and look for to more of it! Many congratulations darling xx

    • Jonpaulclark
      Author
      August 11, 2019 / 3:37 pm

      Thank you for all your support and kindness Carol. Xx

  27. Jennie
    August 9, 2019 / 11:50 am

    Congratulations Jp, a very satisfying read. Please don’t get too famous and give up your day job any time soon. Nothing beats a one to one with you in the chair! xx

    • Jonpaulclark
      Author
      August 9, 2019 / 1:35 pm

      Ill do my best Jennie! Xx

  28. Kate
    August 9, 2019 / 2:51 pm

    Love love love your new blog post & about yourself.
    As a fairly new follower I love to see your pictures & your gardening tips
    Look forward to reading more on your blog

    • Jonpaulclark
      Author
      August 11, 2019 / 3:37 pm

      That’s so kind, thank you!

  29. August 9, 2019 / 3:28 pm

    Ahh I love your webpage Jp, you’ve done such a great job getting it looking nice xx

    • Jonpaulclark
      Author
      August 11, 2019 / 3:36 pm

      Thanks so very much Laura. Xxx

  30. August 9, 2019 / 5:44 pm

    Thoroughly enjoyable read! Only wish my train journey was longer this evening…

    • Jonpaulclark
      Author
      August 11, 2019 / 3:36 pm

      That’s a lovely thing to say! Thank you. Xx

  31. August 10, 2019 / 8:54 am

    Well done you – love it! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

    • Jonpaulclark
      Author
      August 11, 2019 / 3:34 pm

      Thank you Sara. Xxx

  32. Claire
    August 10, 2019 / 8:57 am

    Love this and Congratulations, I know you will go far! Enjoy the adventure.

    • Jonpaulclark
      Author
      August 11, 2019 / 3:34 pm

      That means a lot, thanks. Xx

  33. August 10, 2019 / 9:41 am

    Hi JP
    What a great blog, I feel it was sent from the heart and a brave thing to do on the www however who could not love what you post. I’m no expert but think you will be flying high 🙏 don’t loose your honesty and soul it’s what makes you special.

    • Jonpaulclark
      Author
      August 11, 2019 / 3:34 pm

      I think I’m too old to change now! Thanks so much honey. Xx

  34. August 11, 2019 / 9:11 am

    What a great and funny read JP, so lovely to read about your journey to where you are today! You always bring a smile to my face and was lovely to meet you at the Cox & Cox event! Here’s to many more blog posts 🥂🥂
    Mel xx (melaniejadedesign)

    • Jonpaulclark
      Author
      August 11, 2019 / 3:32 pm

      Thank you so much Mel, lovely to meet you too. I’m so happy Ive finally got this up and running, glad you like it. Xxx

  35. Vivienne
    August 11, 2019 / 8:48 pm

    I’ve just sat down with a glass of wine and read your blog, it’s great. I’ll look forward to catching up on what you’re up to Jp 😘

    • Jonpaulclark
      Author
      August 14, 2019 / 4:08 pm

      Thank you so much Vivienne. So glad its finally out there! Xx

  36. Ray
    August 12, 2019 / 9:41 pm

    Really enjoyed reading your blog…well done x

    • Jonpaulclark
      Author
      August 14, 2019 / 4:07 pm

      Really kind of you, thanks my friend.

  37. Nuala
    August 14, 2019 / 6:32 am

    Love this, (took me a while to find it as I’m a techno-dino) as a new follower I’m enjoying being immersed into your world – excellent work, keep it up.

    • Jonpaulclark
      Author
      August 14, 2019 / 4:07 pm

      THATS SO KIND, Thank you! Xx

  38. Lucy Carter
    August 15, 2019 / 10:38 pm

    Well done! I never read blogs, but I do now! Fabulous 🤩

  39. August 17, 2019 / 7:05 pm

    Hi, everything is going nicely here and ofcourse every one is sharing data, that’s actually
    good, keep up writing.

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