Tuesday 28 January 2014

One dress two ways - part 2:Rad†cal

Dress - MissGuided
Jacket - StyleNanda
Shoes - Jeffrey Campbell
Sunglasses - Forever21

This is the second instalment in my 'one dress, two ways' series and I am so excited because I get to show you my new JCs in an outfit post - EEEK I LOVE THEM SO MUCH OMG! I thought they worked perfectly with the oversized leather jacket I also got for Christmas, I love the motif on the back and the embroidered patches on the sleeves, especially contrasting with this fitted LBD. I accessorised with cat-eye sunnies and a dark lip to add a vampy feel and kept jewellery simple with my favourite silver moon necklace and handfuls of silver rings.

What do you think of this outfit?

Ellen xx

Sunday 26 January 2014

Musings #2 - Stop the 'skinny shaming'

During the mid-2000s, campaigns began springing up within the fashion industry aiming to rid the catwalks of unhealthy size 0 models, with designers such as Victoria Beckham pledging not to use models of a UK size 4 (US size 0) or below and claiming her clothes will be worn by "healthy girls who look 'realistic' to encourage a positive image to impressionable teens.” As more criticism against size 0 poured out of the media, the more conscious we became of those around us, and those in the spotlight. Larger, curvier women were being celebrated as inspirational figures with their middle fingers up to society’s version of beauty and smaller girls the world over were feeling more and more insecure about the way they looked. Has our mission to rid the fashion industry of unrealistic body types and unhealthy role models now gone a step too far in the opposite direction?
   It seems that in a decade, we’ve moved from one extreme to the other. Celebrities such as Beth Ditto, a size 28 singer, who openly speaks out against size 0 and in February 2009, posed nude for the cover of LOVE magazine, are idolized as an inspiration to women, showing that no matter what size you are (just as long as it’s not too skinny) you too can be beautiful. The same goes for Verity Brown; the 37 year old recently crowned Miss Plus Size International, who like Beth Ditto wears a size 28. On ITV’s This Morning, Verity claimed that she would rather be her size than underweight and received countless tweets of support and admiration, despite a doctor on the show pointing out that a woman of her size is 90 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than someone who eats well and exercises regularly. As much as I agree that beauty comes in many different forms, surely it doesn’t matter whether or not you are under or overweight, unhealthy is unhealthy. How can it be morally wrong to promote one but inspirational to celebrate the other?
  What disappoints me the most, is that we’ve become so accustomed to this ‘skinny shaming’ that we think it’s perfectly okay to openly criticize others – while it is deemed totally unacceptable to walk up to someone and call them fat, I, in the past, have been approached by both strangers and people I know and received comments such as ‘your legs look like twigs’ or ‘you look too thin’, leaving me feeling both floored and incredibly hurt. Disturbingly, it’s now a standard occurrence for me to scroll past a comment such as ‘ew too skinny’ or ‘that’s gross, are you anorexic?’ on my Instagram feed or on the blogs I follow. Unquestionably, above anything else in the fashion industry, personal style blogs represent the masses – ‘real’ woman of ‘real’ sizes wearing their own clothes and sharing their individual style with the rest of the world, and yet over the past few years I’ve seen countless healthy girls and young women effectively being bullied for their smaller frames and judged as ‘not real women’.  Just because someone is a size 8 or below doesn’t mean they are not a real woman, after all, skinny girls aren’t invisible, they do exist in every day life. Some women have fast metabolisms, some can eat as much as possible and still not gain weight due to their petite frames and some are just young girls who’s bodies are still growing – not every skinny person has an eating disorder and not every slim woman is promoting one. People think it’s less hurtful to criticize those who are skinny because it is assumed that all smaller girls with size 6 figures are happy with themselves because they look like the models they see in magazines, but increasingly nowadays, thinner girls are being alienated from society and are left feeling ‘disgusting’ or ‘gross’ because their knees stick out slightly more than their friends or they lack the ‘curves’ that all ‘real’ women supposedly have.       

What’s certain is that people come in all shapes and sizes and whilst the fashion industry has realized that we shouldn’t be promoting anorexic or bulimic behavior, in the same measure it is important to realize that we shouldn’t be celebrating overeating or lack of regular exercise either. What our society needs is an understanding of what is normal: normal women can be curvy or athletic, with big boobs or small ones, they could have a thigh gap or legs that touch, wide hips or narrow hips, they could be tall or short, pear-shaped or apple-shaped - all of which are perfectly healthy. Neither extreme on the scale can be pretty, but healthy is beautiful.

Love Ellen xx

Thursday 23 January 2014

Dream House

All images taken from my tumblr and pinterest

I've been watching a lot of property and interior programmes recently and my social media accounts have just been filled with images of my dream home, so I thought I'd share some of my inspiration with you guys!

Love Ellen xx

Tuesday 14 January 2014

Musings #1

During my regular scroll through tumblr something soon becomes apparent; amongst the fashion, the gifs, the photography and ingenious ideas, there's the countless images and quotes with hundreds and thousands of notes and reblogs; numerous images of pain, of cuts, of bruises or blood, the poems eluding to self harm, to suicide, to mental health issues and eating disorders. What's worrying is that these posts collectively have millions of notes for a reason - people are relating to these sentiments or find some form of beauty or inspiration in the words and photos. It seems that we are part of a generation who believe it is beautiful to be damaged: to cut and bleed, to harm their body or destroy their mind.
 In some ways (or most) Hollywood and celebrity culture are to blame for this growing trend. Films such as 'Silver Linings Playbook' and 'Friends with Benefits' feature 'damaged' or 'broken' female leads (Jennifer Lawrence and Mila Kunis) who's demons are discovered as the stories progress, only adding to their mystery and intrigue. Both story-lines ultimately end with the male protagonists falling madly in love with them, despite their flaws and often complicated pasts. The truth is, we are, perhaps without realising, encouraging a wave of teens and young adults who think it adds to their personality and intrigue to be dangerously skinny, to have scars running up their arms and to behave as if they have been deeply damaged by their pasts. As human beings, of course we're all flawed and we've all suffered from our individual battles, but surely it's a warped notion to compete with people over who can have the most issues - why are we romanticising pain?
At the end of the day, life is just too short to spend every day living under a cloud and to make your life miserable in a bid for attention. Don't get me wrong, this is not a criticism of those who are struggling, but I'm sure that they would agree that in reality, it's not beautiful to hate yourself and it's not cool to be scarred. It is not romantic to be broken and it is not admirable to destroy your own body. It's just fucking painful. The world may not be how the Hollywood films make it out to be, but sometimes it can be so much more.

Love Ellen xx

Monday 6 January 2014

On my pinboard this month...

Just a few images taken from my tumblr and pinterest to show you what I'll be printing off and pinning to my actual, real life pinboard this month! I love these inspiration-style posts so I'm thinking of doing one every month just as a round up, let me know what you think!

Love Ellen xx

Friday 3 January 2014

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!!

I know I'm a day late with this, but I just wanted to wish you all a wonderful 2014, in which you achieve everything you set out to achieve and more. Here's to all the bigger and better things to come!

2013 was a great year for me, I succeeded in pretty much all of my resolutions and even managed ones I hadn't actually intended to do - I replaced juices and squash for endless glasses of water, used less heat on my hair, grew the balls to dye it pink and lilac, got AS grades I'm happy with and towards the end of the year, received offers and interviews from my favourite universities. As horribly clichĂ© as it sounds, last year was truly one of self discovery, I finally worked out what had been staring me in the face for so long and decided what I want to do with my life; with that decision I began to discover  and become more confident in the things I believe in and the things I don't, my opinions on things I love and things I hate and the causes I want to support. I made some significant decisions last year surrounding my career choice and my A-levels, and as much as it worried me at the time and was frowned upon by some, making the decision to pour my heart into journalism and drop Physics at A-level in order to carry on with my 'less rigorous and academic' A-level subjects was probably one of the best choices I've ever made. 
Also this year, I feel like I've established my own style and my wardrobe now resembles a true reflection of 'me' - a cool toned colour palette and soft pastels mixed with both girly and grungey pieces. I now know who I am and who I want to become better than I ever have.

As for New Year's Resolutions this year, I've come up with the following:

1. Reach 1,500 followers on GFC (bit of a challenge but I'll give it a go)
2. Write more article type posts on my blog and develop my writing style
3. Get the A-level results I need to get into university!
4. Read at least 10 books for my own pleasure and not for academic/extra brownie points purposes

How was your 2013 and what're your resolutions for 2014?

Love Ellen xx

P.S. I will soon be posting on what I got for Christmas so watch this space!
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