Sunday, 8 December 2013

OBSCENE UNCLEAN CAFFEINE TWO THOUSAND AND THIRTEEN

I looked back through my Instagram photos from the past year and not to sound like your mum, but where did the time go?! I'm almost finished at university (CREYS) and it feel like only yesterday that these photos were taken. Anyway, here is what I got up to in 2013:

JANUARY + FEBRUARY 
I clearly discovered AWESOME jewellery in January and ASS in February ;) That ass belongs to Brooke Candy, by the way, who you should all check out if you like female body posi rappers. 

MARCH + APRIL
In March I visited the V&A mueseum and found this dress by Alexander Mcqueen, from the last collection he designed in 2010. Makes you think of what Lady Gaga is harking on about lately, putting the art into pop culture. I love the digital prints around at the minute and a lot of them source their images from art, like this. I think Sarah Burton is doing a fab job, but I do miss McQueen. 
OH, and I suppose I should talk about the BACON. RACKS ON RACKS ON RACKS. Haha. Have you ever been in a Costco? I have. I found stacks of bacon and stacks of Crocs. As a veggie (at the time) and someone that likes to not wear rubber, holey shoes, I didn't know what was worse.

MAY + JUNE
I adore that these two images are next to each other. You have the beautiful Lana Del Rey and my 'Fish are friends not food selfie'. I don't know which side I'm happier about. 
My boyfriend and I went to see Lana and she was fab. Have you see Tropico yet? It's incredibly beautful, and of course ~whimsical~ and overuses hipster-esque Allen Ginsburg quotes, but it's LANA. Just enjoy her aesthetics and don't think too hard. My mate on the right was at Alton Towers, he was basically holographic, such a little fashion accessory. 

JULY + AUGUST
I went to the zoo avec la famiglia in July and this absolute babe posed for me. She's adorable :) In August, I made it my mission to make a pilgrimage to the Jewish Museum in Camden to see the Amy Winehouse exhibition. She's undoubtedly one of my favourite ladies and it was an honour to see really intimate things like her old school jumper or family photos in the exhibition. 

SEPTEMBER + OCTOBER
My boyfriend and I went to Egypt in September for a well earned holiday before the 3rd year of uni began. We both loved the weather and the hotel but we couldn't travel outside of Sharm during the unrest in Cairo, which was a shame. However something we did miss was WI-FI. All the wi-fi out there was shaky at best. It was HORRID. I COULD HARDLY INSTAGRAM ANYTHING.
October meant the start of uni and the first few nights out. I adore this photo for my friend's face. Pure, drunken laughter <3 


NOVEMBER + DECEMBER
November signalled a momentous occasion, I wore jeans for the first time in years! I only bought them because of the paisley print (You can see the OOTD here) and I'd forgotten how constricting they can be. It's like when you notice your tongue, you can't get over how WEIRD it is. If you don't know what I mean by that, you've probably never 'noticed' your tongue, you sheltered being. 
December means BIG assignments and one of mine is a field study into language, so naturally I picked the language used in rap, or my real title is Taking it back: Feminist reclamations of misogynistic terms in rap music. Fuckme, right?


Let me know if you do a post like this, I loved going back through my year and I lived it! Imagine the fun I'll have being nosy in your posts :P 

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Thursday, 5 December 2013

BODY POLICING

Body Policing


This post is a confession of sorts, I suppose. I need to absolve myself of my sins and perhaps talk about something that a lot of women do but don't talk about. 

I judge someone by how they look, I find it incredibly hard not to.

Just the other week, a friend and I were standing in the queue next to some magazines. The front cover of one of them featured a photo of a 'celebrity' running along a beach in a bikini. She was on the front cover because she had put on a lot of weight recently. The magazine had found a particularly lovely photo when mid-run, the woman's stomach and legs were jiggling around and the shot highlighted all of her lumps and bumps. My friend gasped and exclaimed how horrible it was. I think it was this act of body policing in a friend, someone I respect that made me see those traits in myself. I too judge people on how they look. It had slowly been dawning on me for a while but I hadn't been paying attention to it. 

It's not that I even blame myself for this, or my friend for her reaction to the magazine. All women are susceptible to this force seemingly so deep rooted that it has worked its way into our very psyches. The Patriarchy. I know, I know. It's easy to blame men for all the troubles we face in feminism, but in this case, it kinda is their fault. There is a deeper issue into why women are subjugated and how it controls us, which is fascinating to read into if you'd like to know more about it. 

It is ingrained in us from a very early age that a woman's priority is to look 'good'. So then when we see someone looking a different way, either through choice or not, they are transgressing against their prescribed role in society and should be punished for that, whether that is silent judgement, sneering, or even death, in Sophie Lancaster's case. That is of course the extreme side of judgement, but after all she was killed because she looked a certain way. A way that was outside of the mainstream and not deemed 'normal'. This doesn't just effect women of course, anyone outside the gender binary is subject to this kind of abuse. 

However, my point in confessing all of this is that I'm trying. I try everyday to fight back against what is so ingrained in my brain that says certain looks are bad. And it's slowly working. I'm starting to find beauty where I didn't before and my eyes are opening to a whole, wider, more diverse world and it's fucking fantastic. We shouldn't blame each other because we judge someone on how we look, but rather remember WHY we have that need to judge. Who made us that way? As said to Katniss (a wonderful female role model) in  The Hunger Games, 'Remember who the real enemy is.'  I'll admit that I'm scared to press 'publish' now, but I've admitted to something that as a self proclaimed feminist, I am ashamed of and I'm so ready to put behind me. I know this content is a little different to my usual stuff but it has helped me, and I hope that it might help you recognise this trait and to quell it.

I'd love to hear from you guys about this. If you'd like to talk more about this, please leave me a comment, drop me an email or find me on Twitter.

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Wednesday, 4 December 2013

BEANIE GANG

Are you a fan of obnoxious headwear? Do you suffer from frequent bad hair days? Then these beanies are for you! I've become a big fan of beanies this Winter. They keep my head warm, create controversy (depending on offensive embroidery) and disguise any lack of effort that I haven't made with my hair that day. Win bloody win. Here are some of the ones I have in rotation and some I plan to add to my collection:

L-R eBay, Urban Outfitters, New Look, Select.


Beanies
Beanies



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Sunday, 1 December 2013

We could belong together

1. YOU CAN'T SIT WITH US. 
2. I don't know what you are all smoking but Bubble Tea is GROSS. The drink itself is nice but the tapioca? No. No, thank you. So slimey and wrong.
3. All pink workout clothes make me very happy and more likely to go to the gym. 
4. The view from the Senate Chamber at my university. It's so pretty in all seasons. Going to miss it next year!

1. St. Pancras selfie. I had been to the Urban Outfitters SS14 press day, then trekked around East London and I was so tired.
2. I only wear Haute Couture, clearly. 
3. Found this pile of my jewellery after getting home from night out. I'm impressed at my drunken organisational skills.
4. Glitter Eyebrows! I did a post on this yesterday here if you want to see how I did it. 

I've recently created a Facebook page for my blog and it needs some love! Would be fab if you'd give it a like ;)




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Glitter Eyebrows

I went to Rebel Bingo last week and I thought it would be the best place to try out glitter eyebrows. I'd seen them on the runway and on people like Lady Gaga and Kesha, and I adored them. I did mine with Barry M turquoise eyeliner and some blue glitter I had kicking around. I used an angled brush and applied the glitter before the eyeliner dried. I had nothing but compliments all night and it was a really fun way to introduce a bit of carnival to an otherwise standard face of make up!

Glitter Eyebrows
~*Sparkling like Edward*~


What do you think of glitter eyebrows? Would you wear them?

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Friday, 29 November 2013

URBAN OUTFITTERS SS14 PRESS DAY

Yesterday I went along to the press day for the SS14 Urban Outfitters collection. It was fab and I'm so excited to see these pieces in store! Next season UO have collaborated with Adidas and have created two exclusive prints for the collection. BRB creating a savings account exclusively for the SS14 release ;) See for yourself below...

Adidas Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters SS14

Urban Outfitters SS14

Urban Outfitters SS14

Urban Outfitters SS14

Urban Outfitters SS14

Urban Outfitters SS14

Urban Outfitters SS14

Urban Outfitters SS14

Urban Outfitters SS14

Urban Outfitters SS14

Urban Outfitters SS14

Urban Outfitters SS14

Urban Outfitters SS14

Urban Outfitters SS14

Urban Outfitters SS14

Urban Outfitters SS14

Urban Outfitters SS14

Urban Outfitters SS14

Urban Outfitters SS14

Thanks for having me Urban Outfitters!

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Wednesday, 27 November 2013

REBEL BINGO NOTTINGHAM

Last night I experienced Rebel Bingo for the first time at Nottingham's Rock City. I'll warn you now, this post contains profanity and listing of female body parts (we were drunk and had bingo markers - it's inevitable) There were two rounds of bingo and the prizes varied from an umbrella, a massive glitter ball (which I wanted SO much) to a stuffed panda which I definitely remember stroking on the dance floor. It's REBEL bingo so its not your average night. The bingo calls were along the lines of 'The age I lost my virginity - 16' from these two beautiful women, who of whom had green hair I think, but who knows? This could be the alcohol talking. 

Rebel Bingo Nottingham


Rebel Bingo Nottingham
Smoking area realness
'BITCH' 
Rebel Bingo Nottingham

Rebel Bingo Nottingham
Covering each other with as many feminist keywords as poss. I count 'clit', 'femme', 'flaps' and the Venus symbol.
Rebel Bingo Nottingham
I didn't win anything :(
Floral Shirt- Rihanna for River Island
Holographic Clutch - Topshop 

Rebel Bingo Nottingham

Illuminati Necklace - Republic

Rebel Bingo Nottingham
Rad knuckle tatts.
I'm going to feature my outfit and GLITTER BROWS OMG in tomorrow's OOTD, so this is just a little preview ;) If you want to know more about Rebel Bingo, have a look here.

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