26 May 2016

(Blogger) Brunch at The Hive Wellbeing London

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I missed the first blogger Brunch that Laila (Tapeparade) hosted, so I was absolutely adamant that I would be at the next, dissertation be damned. Thankfully, she was kind enough to make it (or dates coincided) after term had ended, so FAB NEWS THERE. Exploration: London (part whatever this is now) is go!

Quite a number of us had RSVP'd, so the location of brunch was changed and we ended up at The Hive Wellbeing to accommodate for all our vegan/vegetarian brunch needs. 


23 May 2016

Stalling Burnout

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Sometimes you just need a break. This time of year, almost every year, I've done something that my parents would consider 'reckless' or mildly stupid, close to exams. Usually it involves running off to somewhere, forgetting responsibilites and doing something that makes me so ridiculously happy so that reassessing, resetting and recalibrating is less of a chore and more of a change of pace. My approach to aspects of my life is a little 'all or nothing' - fab because I throw myself into things with all the enthusiasm, terrible because burnout comes twice as quickly and hits twice as hard.

So that break was this weekend. The end of assignments (other than exams) for life. Dissertation done, essays done. The wind down at the end of 4 years of uni and about 14 of solid education before that, with the transition into the real world. I'm allowed to be a little bit reckless.

19 May 2016

Summer Dress styling tips*

Tips for styling summer dresses uk fashion blogger

It's officially staying light outside till late, exam period is nigh and I don't have to wear tights, so naturally I'm thinking about summer and wardrobe choices and potential graduate holidays (and not the potential graduate jobs) with summer projects. If the new year is the start of new things, then the transitional period into summer is when we remember what it's like to be excited and actually enjoy things. 

Or it is, at least, for me. 

As a summer baby, and having a wardrobe mostly full of warmth-and-warmth-only-appropriate clothes, I feel that dressing for the middle months is something that comes quite easily to me. People get a little more adventurous with prints, cuts and styles and it's really fun to see. And as much as maxi dresses swamp me I do like the option and not freezing. So for some early summer styling inspo I've put together a few outfits. 


16 May 2016


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As a human, I think my hair is quite important. Some days it feels fab, others... not so much. And as someone who suffers from trich too, especially when stress is high, the 'other' days are sometimes really, really frequent. And then there are the other 'sometimes' when I just want to look completely different and confuse everyone, 

Enter Lockshop.  


10 May 2016

Perfect Dainty Jewellery from Jewellerybox.co.uk

perfect jewellery from jewellerybox.co.uk

I don't wear masses of jewellery, but when I do, it's usually of the delicate, dainty variety. Even my more 'statement' costume items that I pick up from h&m or forever21 are usually of the more minimal variety. Simple doesn't ever go out of fashion,  and is incredibly easy to pair with almost any outfit. It makes dressy events and Fashion Week so much easier when pretty much everything in your wardrobe works with your collection of sparkles. 

One of my favourite places to get pretty trinkets from is jewellerybox.co.uk, if you hadn't guessed already. I have a few pieces of theirs in my collection now, and it's one of the first places I'll go to if I'm buying jewellery as a gift because the packaging is too damn cute.


8 May 2016

'But your whole life is online' - internet careers and the overshare threshold

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We've entered the new era of personality politics. Social media and content sharing platforms have opened the floodgates for the everyday girls and boys to become internet celebrities. It's a new medium, a new media in it's infant stages, flip-flopping between being treated with kid-gloves and unchecked disdain. It's also brought about the notion of 'fandom' to everyday vernacular - and even though it's most certainly not a new concept, the accepted ferocity of some fans entitlement is something I've only seen in the very deep, murky depths of otaku and sasaeng culture***. And that's not something I like seeing. 

Content creators end up in a bit of a catch 22 situation: they like/want/need their fans, and their fans like/want/need the relatable content produced... but because the content is so relatable, and often centred around the creator's' personal life the fans want to know more. Everything.

But everything is dangerous, and not enough draws criticism, speculation and the need for clarification. Where's the threshold? When does becoming comfortable with the audience tip into oversharing?


3 May 2016

Things That Should Have Been Worn to the Met Gala

Fashion in the Age of Technology

It's one of the biggest fashion events of the year. A themed spectacular where designers can show off their creative flair to fit a brief that changes annually. Last year there were some stunning gowns by a range of brilliant, talented designers taking the idea of 'China: Through the Looking Glass'  and running with it.

This year, there were about 5.

Zac Posen knocked it out of the park with his gorgeous princess dress for Claire Danes - IT LIT UP. And Karolina Kurkova wore a Marchesa x IBM LED embroidered gown that reacted to social media interaction - SO COOL. There were a handful of other beautifully dressed ladies and gents but those were the two for me that went above and beyond for this years goal: Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology. 

This year, there could've been so many collaborations with designers known for using smart fabrics; careers veritably launched if stylists had chosen lesser known, but totally fabulous gowns that incorporate and celebrate technology. We live in a time where fewer things are impossible by the day, and the future of fashion in this digital age is often discussed at Fashion Week. 

What did we get? 

So much silver. Metallics. Sequins. More metallics. More silver. Confusion. 

What should have been worn? 



1 May 2016

9 Grand for what: f*ck your orientalism and hire graduates that care.

why you should hire language graduates

This week I saw yet another addition to the media wave attempting to tackle social issues in East Asia. Admittedly, it was beautifully filmed, thoroughly artsy and wonderfully edited, but it was also everything I have come to expect from Western media's portrayal of anything foreign, especially as remotely foreign as East Asia. You had a white girl, with no understanding of the culture they were asking her to comment on, with no language knowledge, going about the report in a very 'oh gosh how odd!' way. 

If you want to know why we've got these perpetuated stereotypes and consistent othering of cultures that are not our own, then that right there, that is why. 

So hi, media moguls and magazine/video content curators that want to do these pieces on fascinating aspects of different cultures, this is mostly for you. 
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