What are ‘Selfies’ doing to us?

Oxford dictionary defines the ‘Selfie’ as: A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website (they also added: ‘occasional selfies are acceptable, but posting a new picture of yourself every day isn’t necessary’).I’m not going to lie I’m not sure this is the legit Oxford dictionary but it works. So I was inspired to write this post by Tyger Drew-Honey’s latest three-part documentary series ‘Tyger Takes On…’. In his second episode on the male body image, he talks about the affect selfies are having on our own image. With a predicted 1 trillion ‘selfies’ to be taken next year and an ever-growing collection of social media websites encouraging us to do so (Instagram, Snapchat etc), I can’t help but feel slightly uneasy at the growing normality of this pleasure-seeking ritual. So this all got me thinking – how have we become so self-obsessed and is this 21st Century phenomenon more destructive than we realise?

A brief history of the ‘selfie’ from Wikipedia: The concept of uploading group self-taken photographs (now known as super selfies) to the internet, although with a disposable camera not a smartphone, dates to a webpage created by Australians in September 2001, including photos taken in the late 1990s (captured by the Internet Archive in April 2004). The earliest usage of the word selfie can be traced as far back as 2002. It first appeared in an Australian internet forum (ABC Online) on 13 September 2002. The term “selfie” was discussed by photographer Jim Krause in 2005. In the early 2000s, before Facebook became the dominant online social network, self-taken photographs were particularly common on MySpace. In 2009 in the image hosting and video hosting website Flickr, Flickr users used ‘selfies’ to describe seemingly endless self-portraits posted by teenage girls. Initially popular with young people, selfies gained wider popularity over time. By the end of 2012, Time magazine considered selfie one of the “top 10 buzzwords” of that year. According to a 2013 survey, two-thirds of Australian women age 18–35 take selfies—the most common purpose for which is posting on Facebook. A poll commissioned by smartphone and camera makerSamsung found that selfies make up 30% of the photos taken by people aged 18–24. By 2013, the word “selfie” had become commonplace enough to be monitored for inclusion in the online version of theOxford English Dictionary. In November 2013, the word “selfie” was announced as being the “word of the year” by the Oxford English Dictionary, which gave the word itself an Australian origin.

The first issue I have been wondering is, are they making us more image obsessed? I mean, I’m not saying that I think I am super down to earth and never use a mirror or anything because, let’s be honest, that’s not true. Like, at all. I mean, my family call me a budgie. My mum thinks it is super funny to pretend that I could be kept amused for hours by my own reflection. Which I could. But that’s beside the point. So I am aware of my self-obsession but somehow I think it is justified. However; this is exactly the issue.  To be honest, as someone who thinks they’re around average, I think selfies do enhance my own self-indulgence. Moreover, the filters etc. that we can use today to contort, customize and frankly reinvent ourselves to a higher standard of beauty do seem to have a knock-on effect. It seems mankind is becoming sucked in by our own propaganda. We literally operate around our own image: the IPhone 4 accommodated to our needs by installing the more user-friendly and thus indulgently lazy front-screen camera, YouTubers star in their own feature-length daily ‘selfies’ in the form of video blogging (camera turned awkwardly towards the face) and people have even started buying ‘likes’ as if to validate themselves in the largely uninterested eyes of their peers. It no longer seems valid to just exist in a moment unless you have captured it and can prove to the world: yes, yes I have bought a Starbucks. So if this is all evidence to prove that we are almost extravagant in our image obsession, does this promise a negative fate for humanity? Or can this egotistical phenomenon become a force of good?

The positive effects (and perhaps simply the short-term effects) of the selfie obsession seem to be easier to identify than the negative. Perhaps never before have we felt more globalized, evidence being in the countless campaigns, such as the recent #bringbackourgirls regarding the Nigerian kidnaps, which have brought issues in historically neglected areas of the word to the forefront of the developed world’s radar. Without the perfectly toxic formula of celebrity plus selfie it is safe to say that the countless issues, which have previously been supressed or simply ignored by the narrow-minded, twentieth-century bureaucracy more interested in consumerism than caring, would not have gained such prestige and subsequent aid had it not been for the simple art of taking a picture of one’s face. So does this lovechild of social media and self-obsession mean that there will now be a more accessible platform for charities and world organisations to get across all-important messages to a generation of ignorant but tech-savvy humans? Maybe. In fact, this seems a pretty cost-free endeavour for all those interested in protecting their issue of choice: remember the #nomakeupselfie of late 2013 and early 2014? For Cancer Research right? No. It wasn’t even started by them – they just managed to capitalise on people’s neediness to be on every bandwagon by encouraging people to text ‘BEAT’ to 80008 to donate £1. Only trial and error will prove that the ‘selfie’ is officially the most effective campaign instrument, so find a cause, get a celeb interested, find good lighting, use a filter, and post that selfie!

One of my favourite #bringbackourgirls selfies - Michelle, the First Lady of the Universe

One of my favourite #bringbackourgirls selfies – Michelle, the First Lady of the Universe

Now the negative: are selfies damaging for mankind as they create a society who bases their validation as humans primarily on their image. If we are becoming increasingly image-obsessed, ergo, surely we are thus raising the standards for everybody else. It is no longer a question of making yourself as appealing as possible and thus being content with the results, we expect super-human standards. This is justified by the belief that, surely if I can look this good – and this probably isn’t even my best – then my potential lover/human companion should look as good as me. Now we see as well a trend in people thinking they are considerably better looking than they actually are – that is the power Valencia (the second most popular filter on Instagram – that is if you count ‘Normal’). Now the issue is not that people are rejecting the invisible confines of the beauty status quo, people should be free to marry the Leonardo Di Caprio of their dreams; however, the issue comes when the same standards they set up for other people, are equally reflected onto themselves – thus creating a Mexican standoff of people not willing to settle for anything less than a Victoria’s Secret model. Now, this whole confusion is not helped by the celebrity obsession with selfies. Almost worse than that of the normal human, celebrities infest social media with hourly updates on their private-jet filled and Louboutin-sponsored lives through perfectly orchestrated, lighted, and styled selfies almost good enough for the pages of Vogue. These seemingly ordinary photos make the naïve twelve-year olds and desperate twenty-somethings alike start to believe in the ridiculous myth that celebrities are people just like you and me, while simultaneously encouraging the demi-god worship of celebrities which blurs the lines between reality and the unobtainable. These negative trends may seem to effect a small, fanatical minority of ‘fan girls’ at the moment; however, it is this generation of tweens that will raise the future – potentially shaping it into one based on the validation of beauty more than any other attribute of humanity.

I have mentioned briefly the effects the ‘selfie’ and the demi-god culture of celebrities is having on the majority who make up society; however, this issue is even more complex than simply its effect on our own ideals. The selfie is, more than any social media platform has been able to do before it, dramatically augmenting the increasingly infallible power of celebrities. Yes, as I have mentioned, they have been used for good by promoting awareness for some of the many issues plaguing the world today, however their powers for good only go so far. Fans maketh the celebrity and, in this age of communication it is not unreasonable for fans and super-fans alike to expect a somewhat consistent conveyer belt of inane drivel from their favourite celebrity on every single social media website you can think of. And while celebrities often understand that with great fame comes fervent fans who expect a certain level of technological existence, some seem to indulge in their god-like image a little too much. In fact, it could be argued that some, naming no names (the Kardashians), literally maintain their fame and celebrity image by chronicling their life and looks through selfies – even at the less appropriate times. Furthermore, even the most beloved celebs who people look up to as beacons of moral behaviour and human perfection are willing to pimp themselves out if the price is right. Take the ‘selfie that broke twitter’ as a key example. We all cooed over the Oscar selfie of Ellen, Bradley Cooper, J-Law, Branjelina and others, but unrevealed to the wider world, this was the product of endorsement from none other than Samsung. I recognise this looks like an anti-establishment rant about celebrity culture (but you should know I’m a sucker for celebrity fantasies – *Chris Pine*) and I am well aware that this isn’t porn, but on some level this is self-exploitation for the right price. So does this not then make the line between dignity and profit just slightly less clear than it used to be?

Do they know no limits?

Do they know no limits?

'The Selfie that broke Twitter' - naughty or nice?

‘The Selfie that broke Twitter’ – naughty or nice?

My longest blog post ever? I think so! Congratulation’s if you made it to the end without falling asleep. I don’t think I’ve really come up with a definite answer on the big question: are selfies good for humankind? Nor do I believe that this is indeed a serious issue which deserves more attention than, oh, I don’t know, let’s say the sufferings of the Syrian people, Global Warming, or Gay marriage. However, these were supposed to be musings, and, at times, opinions. Good or bad I think only time will tell, and, at this point they do not seem to be worrying society too much. Moreover, they seem to be here to say – I do not think 2014 will be the year selfies become ‘old news’. So, for those of you selfie haters or, secret selfie takers, it is now or never to unleash your outer beauty and perhaps use it for good rather than self-indulgence. Yes, beauty may only be skin-deep, but I’m almost certain the internet doesn’t know that.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments or tweet me (your selfies!).

One of my many Instagram selfies - I am as guilty as you all!

One of my many Instagram selfies – I am as guilty as you all!

Until next week,

xoxo

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May Faves!!

So this is the second installment of my attempt to blog about my monthly favourites and maybe offer you some reviews on the things I have been loving. So yes, I did just have my first A level exam today – history – and I am now procrastinating so I don’t have to start English revision, ergo, I am actually being consistent with my blog. Yay. Silver linings people, silver linings.

So my first favourites are my fashion faves:

1) Topshop Slip-ons.

Ah I am seriously obsessing over these at the moment. The only thing is, the reviews do not lie – they literally shred your feet. If you forget socks or don’t wear plasters I swear to God you might as well amputate your feet first, quit while you’re ahead. But, they look great and in general aren’t too uncomfortable…so long as you take the precautionary steps. However; I am a great believer in ‘no pain, no gain’, I mean, Cinderella’s fairy godmother used the term ‘slipper’ ironically right? And she got her prince. Case closed.

Oh if you want to know what I wear these with/how I style them: everything. I’m not joking, I’m not one for flats but these have converted me. Big time.

2) Leather Trousers:

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Actual versions (photo above this) sold out but Shop.

Another weird one for me. I’m not a massive trouser lover, in fact, I spent a good six months only in skirts in 2013. But once again these bad boys have converted me to the trouser loving gang and  my collection is currently growing. The next hurdle is shorts (fml). These are really working in my favour because, I think, they add a little interest to my typical all-black outfits. I think they add that nonchalance every chic European just gets away with effortlessly. Seriously love.

3) my ‘Imogen’ necklace.

Typical Mum has no idea about the actual original website or shop but there are so many!

Typical Mum has no idea about the actual original website or shop but there are so many!

Excuse the excessive throwback (Summer 2012) and thus awkward trying-to-be-a-supermodel pose going on (#windswept), but it was the only semi-appropriate photo where the necklace is actually visible as currently I am literally sans technology (and web cams scare me because someone once told me people film you even if it’s not on, so, mine’s covered up). Ok, so now I’ve explained myself, this is just a simple gold necklace with my name on. I got it years ago one Christmas around the time I had just discovered, and watched every episode and every season, of Sex and the City. I rediscover it every six months or so and, I’m not a massive jewellery wearer, so I like how light and understated it is but being original at the same time. BE YOUR OWN PERSON.

Now onto beauty favourites (because I’m such an expert):

4) Maybelline colour eye tattoos.

Ok another rediscovery – don’t worry I’m not one of those idiots who raves about something six months on. I have actually been obsessed with these for a while. However, during the winter I sort of stopped using them because I was going through a stage of stressing over eye makeup and thus wearing less and more matte ones. Turns out, I like to shimmer and shine so I’ve returned to these no-fuss but amazing pay-off shadows. All I need to say about them is: they literally contour for you…….

5) Rimmel eyebrow pencil.

Bought this on a whim/recomendaiton because I was too skint to experiment with other pencils and had gone off my Clarins version. Also, not normally my colour either (the lighter version) which I only got because I made my sister/maid pick it up for me. But I actually prefer the lighter colour – despite the fact I always go for a dark eyebrow. It’s buildable, that’s why it works – I don’t just draw a little bit, accidentally draw too much and then have to walk around like King Kong for the rest of the day after attempts to even them out. Also, it doesn’t budge during the day. And it has a brush thing on the end (insert technical word). Sold.

6) Le Volume de Chanel Mascara

So I was sent some testers of this and have been using them on top of my current mascara (Maybelline ‘The Rocket’) because I didn’t think I got enough volume from the Maybelline one. I don’t know if I’m 100% sold and will commit to the big version just because Chanel is v. spenny and I sort of want to retry ‘The Falsies’ but I have been enjoying it for the following reasons: 1) it’s literally as black as Snow White’s hair, 2) it somehow separates my lashes really well (an issue I have way too much) and 3) it does volumize really well (I’m pretty sure that’s not a real word). Like eye-popping. So, I guess what I’m saying is…please hid my debit card so I don’t go cray and buy the full-size version until I’m certain.

7) MTV’s ‘faking it’

Faking It

Faking It

Do you like ‘Awkward’? No? Well you should. This is a new show, it follows ‘Awkward’ on whatever night it comes out on (I’m bad with schedules and days of the week) – that’s why I brought it up – and is sort of the hipster version of ‘Awkward’ plus an incredibly funny gay best friend. Who I want to buy. (Can I say that?). Beautiful cast and bad language beeped out – sort of like ‘Awkward’ right? – and set in a high school…But it is about two best friends who a social rejects in a super hipster school and can only get popular by pretending to be lesbians except one of them falls for the other blah blah blah. You probably get it – it’s only twenty minutes long so it’s worth a watch. I’m sort of hooked.

Hope you enjoyed this – tell me your May favourites!

Until next week,

xoxo

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The Most Illegal Thing I’ve Ever Done.

Anyone else obsessed with the Adidas x Urban Outfitters mini collection? No? Just me? Well I don’t care. It’s not normally the sort of thing I go for; I’m not really a ‘Sport Chic’ kind of chick. That’s probably why I had a rush of blood to the head and wore it with green joggers. Yes, I wore blue AND green. Judge me.

I don’t think there’s much I need to say about an outfit: I’m also wearing an American Apparel velvet crop top, green Topshop joggers (I think they’re out of stock now) and my brother’s blue Vans which he has grown out of #perksofsmallfeet. Pictures speak loader than words. That’s not a saying, but I don’t care because this week I wore blue and green together! Imi 1, Universe 0.

By the way, excuse the no makeup and rat nest hair.

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I hope you liked this! Follow me on social media if you want…to live.

Until next week, stay chic ladies

xoxo

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My Summer Shoe Wishlist 2014

So I thought I would do a quick little blog post because I got insanely bored revising and this idea literally just came to me. Obviously now is the time when I’m stalking all high-street shops for the things I am going to invest in for my Summer wardrobe; however, I’m just not a fan. I feel like I’m often pessimistic on this blog but I guess that’s because I’m generally pretty content with the fashion world – be it couture or Cabot Circus – so I remark on the crappy stuff. Anyway, I digress, it’s not that I hate all the collections, it’s just I reckon I could do better.

I am just going through a phase of being like – mmm, I could buy this, but, really? Do I want to? Can I really do that to my bank balance? And then I just walk away empty handed and feeling soulless from a lack of retail therapy.

BUT!!!! There is one part of fashion which I am severely crushing on: flats. I know, you would have never thought a heel-fanatic-5ft2”-Carrie-Bradshaw-obsessed girl like me would say this. In fact, I’ve spent the last 9 months swearing off ever wearing flats and determined to develop severe Barbie Syndrome. Oh, how my mind has changed. Flats are absolutely EVERYWHERE this Summer, and they’ll be the fashion-forward choice over last year’s jelly shoes, Spring’s flatforms and (God forbid) the 5-year-old-but-somehow-still-being-worn gladiators.

So here is my wish list for this Summer (and, don’t worry, I’ll explain why):

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1)      So my first pick is the beautiful Superga – this is the Superga 2750 Cotmetu – Gold (£50). They’re the glamorous, Parisian and better looking sister of the Converse or Van plimsolls and they are the ‘It’ trainers for this summer. The fact that Suki Waterhouse (model, Bradley Cooper’s girlfriend, general Godess?) has her own line sort of speaks volumes. Perfect with Summer dresses and shorts alike for the days where you need to walk and look fabulous at the same time. (Obviously metallics are v. Summer 2014 as well…yeh I make good choices).

2)      So I may have sort of dismissed the classic Converse above but this Summer is the time for the Converse All Star Hi Optical White (£47.99). Yes the hightop Converse – so shunned by the teenage world for years is finally making a glorious and somewhat smug come-back.  It sort of makes sense, with the rise of ‘Mom’ jeans and generally that nostalgic washed blue denim that reminds me of hipster tumblr blogs, that the 90s staple would take the world by storm once again. Wear yours now before they become too obvious.

3)      Slip-ons. YAY!!! These are the exquisite Whistles Lena Slip-on Trainers (£135). I’m sort of obsessed with the pattern of these that’s why I chose them; however you can buy them absolutely anywhere. If you follow me on Instagram (which you should because I’m basically David Bailey) you will know I’m obsessed with my black, snakeskin-ish Topshop versions (only £20) which you can get in a myriad of colours. They’re comfy and Kendall Jenner-cool…what’s not to love?

4)      My most sought-after and luxury shoe next: the Chanel espadrilles. This is sort of supposed to be a homage to the flat espadrille everywhere, available at every price range and every possible style. Toms tend to be people’s favourite – but I prefer getting mine at the French markets during the Summer where yes, they are cheaply made, but they get so well loved that it doesn’t matter. However, these, the Chanel two tone lambskin and toile espadrilles (price on request) have been an obsession of mine for a few years now. An espadrille lover and naturally a Chanel fanatic, it’s not a surprise that I’m seriously lusting after these.

5)      Ok so my penultimate shoe is probably what is the newest and going to be the biggest craze of the Summer: Birkenstocks (or at least shoes in that style!). I’ve never really tried to wear these but I think I really want to. These are the Jennie Ellen Night Call versions in black (£107). If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you’ll know I am infatuated with the Jennie Ellen shoes so it only seemed right that they were on my wish list (also I have a fetish for Cow hair…that actually sounds really weird). So these shoes, not everyone’s cup of tea I can see that, but they’re like an ugly-pretty. It’s sort of biblical chic. I feel like if Jesus was gay he would have an endless supply of these things in all the colours and patterns available to us all in every high-street and high-end store you can think of. Try them, I dare you.

6)      Now for my final shoe: (the Party shoe!) The Loafer. This in particular is the Russell & Bromley Guything Metallic Loafer (£225). I’m a bit of a magpie so I am really rather drawn to these ones but you can get, once again, any sort of loafer you could dream of at any price. I call these the Party Shoe because they’re the smartest – they are the perfect antidote to the Garden Party issue. You don’t want to look too overdressed and girly in your summer dress, and you also don’t want to sink in the (if you’re in England, soggy) grass – but you want to look polished and perfected. So, you go for a loafer. Comfortable and practice your school shoe can look great in everyday life as well.

I said ‘quick, little post’ but it really wasn’t, soz, I love my shoes.

Post up in a few days (unless typical lazy me forgets!)

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Five Favourite Fashonistas to Follow

Hi my name’s Imogen and I’m addicted to Instagram.

Remember the early days of Facebook when you could literally lose whole weeks in the depths of people’s profiles/Tetris/questionnaires etc? Well, that’s what I have with Instagram. I’m sort of obsessed with photos – they make life a whole lot prettier (and it’s a quick way to stalk), so Instagram is sort of my Kryptonite. And naturally as a fashion blogger my feed is full of fashion-orientated photos from brands, bloggers and It Girls themselves.

Today  I thought I’d do a post on my top five favourite ‘fashionistas’ to follow on Instagram – if, by any chance you were thinking of following some for a fashion fix or wardrobe envy. These women are all equally talented and I am obsessed with them all for many different reasons…:

1) Danielle BernsteinInstagram.com/Weworewhat. The founder of incredible blog: WeWoreWhat.com which is ‘A daily lookbook of outfit inspiration from NYC’. V. popular amongst anyone who likes fashion on Instagram with 506k followers, and to be honest she’s so deserving of it. Her style seems to be a fusion of the very best of European chic (clean cut lines, minimalist palette, effortlessly and unspoken cool) with a New York modern Sex in the City meets downtown vibe. Also if you’re a jewellery fan she does excessive close-ups of each accessory of her daily outfits. Basically, I want to be her.

Danielle Bernstein

Danielle Bernstein

2) Julie SarinanaInstagram.com/Sincerelyjules. Again – another fashion blogger (soz). She founded her blog sincerelyjules.com in 2009 as a creative outlet to express her thoughts, feelings, emotions, travel etc. She has contributed to and been featured in a number of the major fashion magazines including Glamour and Teen Vogue. With 1.1 million Instagram followers she doesn’t just cater to fashion – she’s also lifestyle (well, one to aspire to anyway). I am obsessed with her Instagram because, yes she does wear beautiful clothes, but her pictures are always so tropical and sunny that I actually sometimes think I might escape from the endless exams ahead.

Julie Sarinana

Julie Sarinana

3) Kenza ZouitenInstagram.com/Kenzas. Sweden’s biggest blogger (Kenzas.se) and co-founder of Ivy Revel – basically my new favourite brand. Kenzas, with 712k Instagram followers, is wonderfully beautiful (she’s a model as well) and she can be mostly seen modelling the Ivy Revel stuff which makes me want to buy it and I don’t have the funds so it’s sad. But I do love her style. Follow her. Now. Or at least check out Ivy Revel!

Kenza Zouiten

Kenza Zouiten

4) Samantha MariaInstagram.com/Thebeautycrush. Sammi is a fashion/beauty/lifestyle youtuber/blogger who I first discovered on Youtube – love her lookbooks – and she’s equally as fabulous on Insta (her 324k followers are a testament to this). Her style is literally London grunge. She’s so unlike me – tattoos, piercings. But she’s so cool and elegant irrespective of her grungy style. She’s also hilarious so do look at her Youtube videos if you need distracting or some wardrobe update inspiration.

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Sammi Maria

5) Chiara FerrangiInstagram.com/Chiaraferrangi. She is an Italian fashion and lifestyle blogger (founder of theblondesalad.com) as well as being the creative director for Chiara Ferrangi shoes and Caia jewels. She’s super beautiful and has incredibly style and grace. Also I’m also too obsessed with her Micky Mouse tattoo. You should follow her because you will actually be insanely jealous of her wardrobe – no doubt her 2.2 MILLION FOLLOWERS are as well. She looks especially great when she’s dressing up for fashion shows so Fashion Week season is a great time to be stalking her.

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Chiara Ferrangi

I have now realised that all the outfits were black and white – and that’s quite strange because normally they all wear quite a lot of colour…sorry about that, all the more reason to follow them though!!

Tell me if there’s anything you want me to write about and follow me on Instagram and Twitter for posts when I’m bored or procrastinating.

Until next week

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What from your wardrobe could you not live without?

This week I’m asking the question: what is the one piece of clothing that you cannot live without? It’s a tough one isn’t it? How do you decide? I mean, I think it is the item that essentially sums up your personality and therefore style. If you prefer practicality, it might be a cagoule (I hope not), or if it’s comfort, it might be your onesie, woolly socks, or Dad’s jumper. I don’t think this a ‘Dessert Island Disc’ moment, it’s the moment when you think – if I was in a fire what is the one thing I would save, or if I only had to wear one thing for the rest of my life (all occasions) what would it be, or what would you want to be buried with.

This was quite hard for me, because, due to my natural but crippling fear of commitment I tend to go through waves of loving things. Or, if I have loved something for years on end I will still be wary to commit to say a lifetime of wearing it. But no matter what I say – there will always be my one favourite item from my wardrobe, or should I say two (OH CLUES).

If you know me well/have delved into the depth of this blog’s archives then you will know I have a certain pair of PINK VELVET HEELS.

Reasons why I love them:

1)      They are entirely impractical

2)      They make me look tall

3)      They’re ridiculous

4)      They’re pink

5)      They get compliments everywhere they go

6)      They go with everything (I only wear black)

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I got them years ago from Topshop and they still never cease to amaze. I actually would be happy wearing only these for the rest of my life. It seriously would not trouble me. Also, I have thought this through, and I would 100% grab these from my wardrobe in a fire (I’ve planned out the route I would take etc.)

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But it’s not surprising I would choose something definitely not on the top of most people’s lists so here are the choices of some other 17/18 year olds (and their justifications!):

Jess: ‘Probably my black jeans, because they’re comfy if you wear them with a jumper in winter. They can look summery if you roll the bottoms up. They can also be casual, or they can look like a suit if you can’t be bothered to change for the lecture… Also, because they’re black, stains don’t show up so no one will ever know if you drop food on them.’

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Mariella (she had lots so I chose this one!): ‘My ethnic jacket- it just adds  instant colour to everything and it’s reversible- it has a funky orange pattern on the inside which I love.’

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Sophie: ‘My big grey cashmere scarf!!! It’s so soft and like a comfort blanket to hide behind.’

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Leonora: ‘1D jumper. Comfort AND style.’

I hope you enjoyed this – Like if you did! And tell me in the comments what your ultimate item is.

Until next week.

xoxo

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MET BALL 2014 REVIEW

Event of the year? I think so. So it only seems right to put up some of my favourite, and least favourite outfits from this year’s Met Gala in New York. This year’s theme was ‘White Tie’ and in general I really wasn’t that impressed by the outfits but, then again, how was anything going to live up to the ‘Punk’ themed dresses last year (i.e. Cara Delevingne and Sienna Miller repping Burberry). However, I did love the re-workings of old Hollywood Glamour that some people embraced – some actually became the princesses going to the ball.

Without further ado, here is my worst outfit picks from the night:

Shailene Woodley in Rodarte

Shailene Woodley in Rodarte

I mean, I don’t hate this…there’s just something about it that makes me go NOPE.

Margot Robbie in Prada

Margot Robbie in Prada

One of the hottest women on the planet right? And yet she looks dissapointingly average. Again, apart from the fact that this dress just is not nice and does nothing for her ridiculous figure there’s nothing wrong with it. But, I mean gurl, for your inaugural Met Ball do you not want to make a statement?

Chloe Moretz in Chanel

Chloe Moretz in Chanel

As an actress she can do no wrong in my eyes, but, I mean she looks like a mildly more polished Miss Havisham. WHY. JUST WHY. From the designer that brought you the Little Black Dress everybody.

Enough of the disappointment (by the way these were my very least favourite looks but there were other: for example, Cara, why did you wear trousers, I mean, you’re a lesbian WE GET THE PICTURE AND WE DON’T CARE THAT MUCH THIS IS THE 21ST CENTURY. Please put on a dress you would look so people). Time for my favourites YAY!!!!!!!

This was hard because so many came so close to my top three: Reese Witherspoon’s pink number, Selena Gomez’ vampy-chic and Lupita N’yongo’s nod to Gatsby’s ‘Green Light’. However, these are the ones that made the top – they are the genuine (in my opinion) Cinderellas of this ball:

Hayden Panettiere in Dennis Blasso

Hayden Panettiere in Dennis Blasso

Why do I love this? I don’t know. I just do. It’s like a hipster Sleeping Beauty. It just works.

Kendall Jenner in Topshop

Kendall Jenner in Topshop

Never did I imagine that I would feature a Kardashian in my blog, even more shocking is that I actually like what they’re wearing. But this is just so incredible. She looks like a Greek Goddess who I would probably idolize and it makes it so much better that it’s from TOPSHOP. Yes Kendall. Yes.

Arizona Muse in Ralph & Russo

Arizona Muse in Ralph & Russo

Best. Dressed. Literally no competition. (Probably got tips from her cousin…Alice Rowse). This dress is every dream come true. It’s just insanely beautiful.

So, that was my best and worst dressed. Anyone want to pay the $25,000 for a ticket for next year? Or any designers want to dress me? Nope? There’s still time.

LIKE IF YOU LIKE! (It’s Free!)

xoxo

 

 

 

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