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August 2012

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Wolf & Badger

August 29, 2012

It’s a Wednesday night in the middle of August – I’m on my way home from work when I get an invite from a friend DJing at a store in Notting Hill. Not one to turn down a free drink (or the chance to stare longingly at designer clothes I can’t afford), I hot foot it over to West London to see whats on offer.

The store turned out to be independent fashion boutique Wolf & Badger who were celebrating the arrival of new designers with cocktails, cider and James Hoste on the decks. 

I had a good browse (in between bottles of the amazing pear and pomegranate cider) and was impressed by the range of designers and interesting pieces they had on offer – from sequinned jackets and studded cuffs to snakeskin clutch bags and statement jewellery. 

Featuring collections from designers including Sia Dimitriadi, Zoe Jordan and Jasper Garvida, and showcasing jewellery from the likes of Hotel Zulu and Jacqueline Clarke (check out the Concave Cavier ring in electric blue – need), Wolf & Badger offer a great mix of British designers and up-market cool.
 
For those with the cash to splash, you can find a list of their current men and womenswear designers here.

Have you ever been to one of Wolf & Badger’s boutiques? What did you think?

Em xx
Life

The Liebster award

August 19, 2012

This is the first award I’ve been nominated for since I created acid brights back in April 2012, so I’m very grateful to the lovely Sara from Sara says for nominating me.

 

Liebster means ‘loved one’ or ‘beloved’ in German and is awarded to bloggers with less than 200 followers. Let’s stand up for the little guys!
 
 
The rules
1. Each person tagged must write 11 things about themselves
2. Answer all 11 questions that the blogger that has nominated you has set before creating 11 more questions for the people that you intend to tag for this award 
3. Choose 11 people to tag and name them on a post about the Liebster award
4. Go to their pages and tell the bloggers you have tagged you’ve nominated them
5. No tag backs allowed
 
11 things about me
1. Most of the photos on my blog so far have been taken on my iPhone. Not even an iPhone 4 – the old school 3GS. I have a lot to thank Instagram for
2. I’m a massive closet geek
3. My favourite books are Pride & Prejudice, Bel Ami, Great Expectations, The Bell Jar, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
4. My sister and I often get mistaken for twins – we once played up to this fact heavily on a holiday to Ibiza…
5. I’m allergic to cats and most dogs. You’d think swollen eyes and sneezing would keep me away, but no
6. My boyfriend Jack organises and runs a brilliant festival called Chazzstock in honour of his best friend who passed away in 2010. It’s one of the things I’m most proud of him for
7. I’m atrocious with money
8. I went to a language college and took my History GCSE in French
9. I don’t have an off button when it comes to food – I’m eternally greedy
10. I went to the same school as Russell Brand (this was infinitely more exciting when I found him attractive)
11. My main ambition in life is to write for a living
 
Sara’s questions
1. Where would you like to live if you could choose anywhere?
Without a doubt I’d hot foot it to New York. I love everything about the city – the clothes, the atmosphere, the shopping, the FOOD!! And the fact that they have proper seasons, from boiling hot summers to snowy winters.
 
2. What’s your favourite food?
If you follow my twitter account you’ll know that I talk about food – a lot. I love most Thai foods, mash potato, tortellini covered in unhealthy amounts of cheese, and copious amounts of chocolate. In fact I’m eating a Twirl whilst writing this.
 
3. What’s your favourite fashion magazine?
Elle. In my opinion it beats Vogue, Tatler & Harpers Bazaar hands down. I take a lot of inspiration from their articles.
 
4. Why did you start blogging?
As someone who loves to write, I see it as a way to practise and find a voice. It’s also a great way to get your writing in front of an audience. I’m by no means a photographer (hence the iPhone situation) so for me it’s all about the writing.
 
5. What cameras do you use for your blog?
I’ve already covered this one, but I do see the importance of using quality photographs to illustrate posts so I’m currently considering whether to invest in a DSLR. My dad is a photographer so I’m sure I could pick up a few things!
 
6. iPhone or Blackberry?
iPhone every time.
 
7. Do you like heelless heels, and why?
I have absolutely no idea what heelless heels are? As much as I love them, I can’t walk in heels, so heelless ones would probably work well for me. Need to investigate this one…
 
8. What would your ideal date be?
Jack and I meeting after work for a few cocktails and then heading to an amazing steak place, followed by drinks on our patio.
 
9. What is your favourite book?
I’m going to cheat and choose 2. The first would be Pride and Prejudice – I read it one summer when I was a teenager and fell in love with Jane Austen. The 2nd would have to be The Bell Jar – it left a lasting impression on me.
 
10. What’s your favourite season and why?
I’ve always said summer, my birthday is in June and I love long, lazy days spent in the sun. Recently though I’ve realised I love spring and autumn, it’s the build up to Summer and Winter that I love the most. If I’m being honest I think it has a lot to do with the fact that I begin to build my wardrobe in those months…
 
11. If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
I’d probably be my dog, she’s got it good.
 
Blogs I’ve nominated
10. J.Bell
 
My questions
1. What motivates you?
2. Who is your favourite designer?
3. How would you describe your taste in music?
4. What is your dream job?
5. Which blog post are you most proud of?
6. Do you prefer sweet or savoury popcorn?
7. Kindle or traditional books?
8. Where would you go on holiday if money wasn’t an issue?
9. Who is the most inspiring person you’ve ever met?
10. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
11. What item of clothing could you not live without?
 
Good luck to everyone who’s been nominated!
 
Em xx
Life

A new type of role model

August 5, 2012

As a 24 year old girl living in London, I’m bombarded with hundreds of images on a daily basis telling me I should be thinner, prettier, and essentially a better version of myself. From high-fashion billboards featuring size zero models staring seductively into the camera, to features in magazines gushing about how fantastic a certain celeb looks now they can fit into that sample size dress, the message is constantly hammered home that thin, leggy and glamorous is ‘beautiful’.

Considering I have a degree in Advertising you’d think I’d have some level of immunity towards these messages, being fully aware of how they’re put together, the photoshopping methods used and the fact that they’re all just a clever marketing ploy. But somehow, I’m always left feeling somewhat inadequate after watching Gisele prance around a beach in a bikini. If even I’m left feeling this way, imagine the thousands of girls who take advertising at it’s word – that you really could be more ‘beautiful’ if you just buy this product.
 
I wrote a dissertation in my final year of uni on the effects of using size zero models in advertising, something that as a young woman felt incredibly relevant to me. After interviewing hundreds of students using images of size zero catwalk models versus healthy, normal women, the results were virtually unanimous. Almost every single male scored the ‘healthy’ sized women as being more attractive to them than the size zero models, whereas the vast majority of women did exactly the opposite. So, guys prefer curves whilst girls desperately try to diet and rid themselves of them. Go figure.
 
Even knowing all of this, I still feel guilty when I tuck into a burger or treat myself to a chocolate bar (okay, so it might be family size but still), and tell myself most days that I really must start my diet tomorrow. Being a healthy size 10 I’m by no means overweight, but can’t seem to shift the feeling that I’d somehow be much better off losing a few pounds.
 
I’ve always been attracted to the way that clothes seem to hang off of catwalk models, how elegant and expensive celebrities look with their thin arms and lean, endless legs. Looking in the mirror at myself in my favourite pastel skinnies, my legs seem short and dumpy in comparison, and my boobs always seem to get in the way of the ‘clothes hanger’ effect. 
 
So why am I, like thousands of other young women, doing this to myself? My boyfriend constantly tells me how beautiful I am, how he loves my body and wouldn’t want me to change (he panics at the thought of my boobs going anywhere), and my friends and colleagues are always complementing me on my style (what, this old thing?). It seems I’ve been caught up like so many others in a society that takes it’s ‘norms’ from movie stars, models, and unrealistic ideals generated by heavily airbrushed advertising campaigns.
 
Sat on my sofa last night however, something happened. Watching the Olympics whilst guiltily tucking into a box of Maltesers, I found a new role model. Someone that is young, healthy, motivational, inspirational, hard-working, dedicated, and shock horror – not a stick insect. And it seems I’m not alone. Twitter seemed to come alive with comments echoing exactly how I was feeling. Why are we all watching TOWIE and MIC, idolising catwalk models and pretty faces that do nothing more than strut down a runway? On the television right in front of us is someone who truly deserves our respect – who gives us something to strive towards and proves to us that with hard work and determination you can achieve your goals, and that guess what – it’s not all about what you look like! Jessica Ennis has shown a generation of young women that there’s more to life than reality tv, dieting, and obsessing over your appearance. Here is an absolutely beautiful woman with a strong, athletic body (and may I add the amount of men I have heard remark how hot/fit/smokin’ she is is quickly adding up). She may not have bony arms and legs and a lollipop head like many other women we’ve come to regard as ‘aspirational’, but with that gold medal hanging around her neck, I doubt she gives a ****. 
 
Let’s hope that the next generation of young girls can take something from this, and that a new type of role model has emerged out of the games. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off for a run…