Friday, 31 December 2010

how times flies.

Dress - Topshop

Ah how quick has this year gone?! I can't believe it will be 2011 tomorrow, crazy. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas - I've been reading many of your posts, and it looks like you lucky ladies got nice and spoiled - just what I like to see! I'll post my gifts and sale hauls tomorrow or Sunday (depending on the hangover I may or may not have after tonight!).

Hope you all have a lovely night if you are doing anything & make sure you all stay safe! See you in 2011.

Thursday, 23 December 2010

brief encounter.

01. Sorry I haven't updated in what seems forever! Last week I had a mare trying to finish my work for University, and have been busy ever since! I'm not in work this week (and I broke up from Uni last week), but I feel as if I haven't stopped to rest. I need to finish wrapping presents today & sorting out J's last one, and then I can finally relax! Phew!

02. Speaking of presents, I can't believe it is only two days till Christmas. Two!! Where on earth has this past year gone? It seems to have flown by! I'm so thankful the snow has finally melted too (well it has down south!) I was starting to hate it, as it made walking and driving a mare (plus, I also find it incapable to dress fashionable yet sensible in this weather, it drives me mad).

03. I still have no plans for New Years either, boo. I'm not a massive fan of it, but I really don't want to stay in for it! Last year I went to a house party, and it was so much fun, but the same people (my close friends) aren't doing it again this year because of personal reasons. I went to London the year before that, which was okay, but everywhere was expensive and it was so busy! What are your plans for NYE?

04. I have made a New Years resolution too; must go to the gym more often. I'm getting so lazy, and the thought of bed and food is so much more appealing then dying on the treadmill. I am starting to develop thunder thighs and a podgy tummy though (and I haven't even started on the Christmas sweeties/alcohol yet!). So I'm going to aim to go at least 3 times a week... have faith in me!

I probably won't update till after Boxing day now, so have a very Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you all get what you want!

Monday, 13 December 2010

how far is too far?

note: this entry is purely for my course, hence why I'm disabling comments. If you have any comments or general feedback, feel free to e-mail me lovelys! My posts shall return to normal shortly after this :-)

Fat vs Thin ; the never ending debate. For years there has been controversy over what size (fashion) models should be. If they are all stick and bones, then there is uproar - people proclaiming how they are just too thin, and that they aren't portraying how 'real' women should look. If they are anything bigger than a size 10 then they are much too big to model and are even considered being 'plus size' (and seeing as the national average dress size in the UK for women is a 16, that is saying something..). So where is the line drawn exactly?

(taken via weheartit)

Recently designers are seeming more keen to promote, as such, plus size models. In New York Fashion Week this year, designers such as Mark Fast, Marc Jacobs and Prada were using models up to a size 14*, which sparks some hope for the future. Could this just be the start?

Model and America's Next Top Model host Tyra Banks, is also joining in on promoting plus size modeling. As a plus size model herself, she has managed to go far with her modeling career, despite constant managers persuading to lose weight. On her show, she will take women of all sizes, and a plus size woman has even gone on to win on her show, despite her size.
Another model who exploded onto the scene of plus size modeling is Crystal Renn. She stormed into Jean Paul Gautiers catwalk** showing the world that she wasn't conscious or worried about her body. She was an inspiration to many girls - finally, someone a normal women could perhaps look up to?

Unfortunately, many girls of this generation are becoming obsessed with their weight and body. In many magazines now, there are young girls writing into columns, saying how they don't feel skinny enough, or pretty enough. There are girls as young as thirteen who believe that they need to diet in order to look nice. How did it get this far?

Many may argue that a lot of this is down to advertisements and celebrities. Flawless women with what is seen as a 'perfect' body are used to promote products - shining teeth, glossy hair, toned body's, smooth skin, the list goes on. It  gives the impression that, to be slim, and to have no flaws, is to be beautiful.
In mens magazines, such as FHM, the models are slim, big breasted, and have no ounce of fat on them. How are women meant to be compete with that? Must be all look like glamour models in order for men to find us attractive?

Many celebrities also don't help with this. In magazines such as Glamour and Cosmopolitan, there is news of how celebrities are dieting, and pictures of how they sued to look (normally rather curvy/slim), and how they look now (very very slim / skinny). Magazines are flooded with diet tips of how to get slim or help get a body like a known celebrity. It is almost as most they are throwing it in our faces - this is what we must look like, and this is how you will get like it.

This leaves women stuck with what to do. Are we meant to be stick insects, glamour models, or are we meant to look like normal curvy women? Or perhaps, shall we just stay in our own skin, eat when we want, exercise if we wish, and turn our backs on the anti- 'real' women campaigners. Yes? I thought so too.

* source: Daily Mail
** source: Any Girl Friday

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

smile like you mean it.

(via here - i may be going back here next year, yipee!)

If you've been reading my blog for a while now, you'll know that I'm the worst person when it comes to doing any type of work - I'm constantly procrastinating; especially on Facebook or/and Twitter! Anyhoo, I was browsing my Facebook today; y'know, stalking, looking at old photos, the usual... and I came across a 'note' I had written last February. At the time, they were all the craze, and it was basically "25 things no-one knows about you" (or some rubbish like that!).

I've seen some similar things lurking around on the blogging community, although it's normally 7 things, so I thought I'd join in and let you all have a sneaky peek into my life!

01. You wont meet anyone who worries as much as I do. seriously, I am the biggest worrier ever. I actually fear I'm heading towards some type of nervous break down, as I can never seem to relax/not have things on my mind!

02. I have major trust issues. it's only because of J that I finally feel comfortable opening up (although only to him mind you...). I never used to be able to trust someone 100% - I didn't intentionally do it, or want to push them away, it's just how I was. I didn't like (and still don't) feeling like I'm putting my problems on other people!

03. I have strange eating habits. I HATE doughnuts and marshmallow (which is shocking to some people) and if I butter bread I can’t have it lumpy otherwise I can’t eat it. I can’t mix food in my sandwiches either (eg. I cant have cheese AND ham, or tuna AND sweetcorn). I also go through phases of loving one food and living on it for weeks on end, before finding something different! At the moment, it's the pepperorn Kettle chips. Nom.

04. I'm still scared of the dark... slightly. i do the whole 'turn the light off downstairs then sprint into my room' thing. I have no idea why, as clearly, there is no-one downstairs in my house, but it's something i can't grow out of! I also have to sleep closet to the wall/furthest away from the door when im in bed.

05. I'm so clumsy. you would laugh if you saw some of the things I manage to do. I'm always dropping things, throwing my phone (aka, it magically sliding out of my hand and hitting itself agaisnt a hard surface), spilling hot drinks. I'm an accident waiting to happen!

06. I hate cooking. remember my post about baking lasagne? Probably the most extreme thing I've ever cooked! I have no enjoyment from cooking meals - and it stresses me out, as I'm trying to remember a million things at once (See what i meant about worrying?).

07. I am oh so very indecisive. which annoys the hell outta' people. i hate making decisions incase the other person doesn't want to do the same thing/think it's rubbish! I'd rather just go alone with it all.

I hope you don't find me too weird from reading that! Also, expect about 2/3 boring updates in the next couple of days - It's for my Journalism coursework, and I need proof of actually writing something up and presenting it on my blog; boo.

Till next time....

Monday, 6 December 2010

paper romance.

01. Hi new followers! I've noticed I've had a couple more in the past few days, and this makes me happy! I like the fact that people are enjoying my blog, and what I have to say, that they want to keep up to date with my ramblings. I don't do many self portrait photos, so for all you newbies, this is me!

02. I went and saw Jimmy Carr last night (for the fourth time now i believe?). It was quite a good night despite missing the last train, and it then taking two hours+ to get home. I was not a happy bunny to say the least. As expected, Jimmy was his usual crude self - I cringed, I laughed, I did the "oooh that was harsh but I'm pissing myself anyway" moment. There was a crazy/drunk 40 something lady in my row, who became a bit of a laughing joke for the people around me! She kept shouting out "TRAIN DRIVER" for some bizarre reason. I'm pretty sure she was completely smashed off her face. I also managed to sit down on the chair and break three of them, which was utterly embarrassing! All in all though, a very good night.

03. CHRISTMAS IS SOON!!! I have to keep reminding myself though, as now that it's snowed/melted, I keep forgetting Christmas day is yet to come! I still haven't bought all of my presents... I'm currently awaiting HSBC to contact me back about my overdraft - It's a painful wait and it's just adding to my list of stressful things at the moment. Cry.

04. Although I'm a bit late with this - how amazing was the new Harry Potter film?! I've always been a hardcore fan of the books, and didn't particularly like the first few films and how certain people we're portrayed (aka Sirius and Lupin), but I thought the first part of The Deathly Hallows was a-may-zing. I geeked out slightly and digged out my copy, and read from where the film ended to the last page of the book. I can't wait to see how certain scenes will be played out in the last part of the film! (I won't give anything away for those who haven't read it).

05. &just a quick ps, i dyed my hair yesterday (finally - and not that you can tell from the photo). I was getting to the point of hating it, so I picked up a L'oreal Casting Creme Gloss in 'Chocolate Truffle' - it's a dark brown with lovely shades of red throughout - I love it! Although I was majorly panicking incase my extensions decided not to turn the same colour... I think I would have cried if it went wrong!

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