Friday, 31 October 2014

Halloween Playlist


Halloween means being able to dance around to cheesy music from the 80s (hint hint, Thriller), having a free pass to look whatever way you want and days of binging on chocolate. That saying, I created a playlist with feel good songs that will get you karaoke-ing all by yourself, when there's no actual karaoke at the party. What can we say? Blame the vodka jelly worms!

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Breakfast at Tiffany's House Goes On Sale: How Much?!

Breakfast at Tiffany's brownstone, Holly Golightly's house
Peter Ashe Real Estate

Hollie Golightly was the quintessential girl about town, or so that was the appearance she gave off, only to be living out of a suitcase behind doors. That saying, she had a town house that even Carrie Bradshaw would be envious of!
But how much is it worth now? A reasonable $8 million! Not bad for East 71st Street (so very Gossip Girl), four bedrooms, five bathrooms. All you'd have to do to afford it is; quit university and use the money from your student expenses, get a Lauren Conrad-esque job at Teen Vogue, make big bucks on Wall Street and perhaps sell your soul to the devil. Perhaps Audrey's character insisted she owned nothing because of the lofty rent prices?
From previous listings you can get a look inside. It still has a classic white theme to it, but the furniture (I mean, what furniture in Breakfast at Tiffany's?) and eclectic artwork hung makes it far more modern.
What would you do if you bought the perfect bachelorette pad in the city that never sleeps? For me, it'd definitely include some form of singing Moon River, dressing in fabulous diamonds and flirting with a young George Peppard lookalike.Ah, a girl can dream have life ambitions she'll spend her twenties working to achieve...


Wednesday, 29 October 2014

I've Been Nominated for a Liebster Award




I've been nominated for a Liebster Award, yay! Thank you nina-neulrin, for nominating me, looks like I have a few questions to answer...

The Rules

-Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award
-Answer the questions given to you from the blogger
-Give 11 facts about you
-Nominate 11 blogs you think deserve the award
-Let the blogger know you've nominated them
-Give 11 questions for them to answer about you

Questions to Answer

Q: What factors made you want to start your own blog?
A: I'm not really sure what the thought process was? I suppose I've watched a lot of Youtubers, in particular beauty, fashion ones. I'm a little camera shy, so that wasn't really an option for me, but I've recently become a much more "can do" person and wanted to create something of my own, so a blog seemed like a natural decision.

Q: Have/are you attended events for bloggers?
A: No I've not, I'm still pretty new to the game, but I'd love to be introduced to some. If any readers have any suggestions, please let me know!

Q: Have you met any international bloggers?
A: No, not in person yet, considering the answer to the second question. But I have spoken to a couple, it's great to get a different outlook and learn about different cultures.

Q: What way do you release stress?
A: Multiple ways. I go to the gym frequently, I lost a lot of weight over the last five years or so and I discovered a love for it. Plus in the words of Elle Woods: "Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don't shoot their husbands." Also, if I'm stressed, it's probably because of some imminent deadline, so I've started trying to identify procrastination and do something about it.

Q: What is the best unexpected moment you can't forget?
A: Perhaps finding out I was going to become a sister. My parents are divorced and I was an only child, so I thought, that's it, the solo life for me. But then my dad had two other children when I was nine and thirteen. I adore children and I love my siblings beyond anything. They make boring days out much more eventful and I'm so happy they're around.

Q: Do you know any Korean celebrities?
A: Eh, Psy?

Q: What kind of music do you like?
A: I like music that has meaning, or tells some kind of story, and the genre that mostly follows that formula, is country. I adore the Dixie Chicks, Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill and of course Taylor Swift. I even love her new pop album 1989, for me it doesn't matter if there's a banjo in there or not, it's whether it makes me sob like a baby, under the duvet with a tub of Half Baked. 

Q: Where would you go if you got one week leave?
A: Either Orlando or New York! I absolutely love the theme parks at Orlando and the sunshine, but recently I've been getting a real wanderlust for New York. I went when I was six (three weeks before 9/11, yikes) and I would love to experience it as an adult, a little more Macy's and a little less toy store!

Q: What's your favourite perfume?
A: I don't really have a particular favourite one, but I like Wonderstruck and Daisy Dream

Q: What's your favourite brand of cosmetic?
A: If it's not already obvious, it's MAC! I used to be a Clinique loyalist, but transferred over perhaps two years ago.

Q: What's your favourite skincare product?
A: I love, love, love Face B4 facewash and serum. I bought them after seeing a tv advert and having a look at some amazing reviews. The facewash makes my combination skin, clear of oil but not stripped in dryer areas. Also, the serum really gets into the skin, not sit on the top layer like some others do.

11 Facts About Me

1. I'm an accounting and finance student
2. I'm an ENFP in a Myers Briggs test
3. I love Disney Movies and my favourite is The Little Mermaid
4. I've visited 16 countries
5. I adore travelling and want to do it after graduating or once I've finished a graduate programme
6. I really want to do a year abroad in America, I have a huge love affair with the country.
7. I've met Busted before! When I was on holiday in Jersey (the old Jersey...) and they were performing on a tv show called Simply the Best, I went to the backstage exit and got a hug from Charlie. Feelings over him have changed, considerably, since he split them up.
8. My starsign is Cancer
9. I once had 3600 followers on twitter
10. I can rap to Superbass
11. I watched all 121 episodes of LOST in less than three weeks... I'll leave you to do the maths.

My Halloween Costume Tutorial, Duh!

Halloween is just around the corner, and although it's not huge in the UK, I absolutely love it! Strange since it originated in Ireland and Scotland, where I live. The creative decorations, fun parties, Thriller on repeat and of course the costumes.
This year I decided to go as Cher Horowitz, having had the idea in the back of my head for the last five or six years, only being put off by not many people knowing what she was from. But of course, this year saw Iggy Azalea bring Cher to life in the music video for Fancy, and it seemed like a perfect opportunity for me to finally dress up as Miss Horowitz.


Make Up


  


The aim of the look was to appear, young and fresh faced, I mean Cher is meant to be 15 in the movie! That's the job of the Strobe Cream (1), and the Face and Body foundation (2). I then used the Pro Conceal and Correct Pallet (3) where necessary to clear up those nasty spots or areas of redness... Alicia Silverstone has gorgeous clear skin, I however need a little help.
The Select Moisturecover (4) concealer is great to illuminate the under eyes. I did so by placing a long triangle, from the inner corner of my eyes, right down to nearly the bottom of my nose and right back up to the outer corner. This will lengthen my face, and minimise the roundness, since Cher has an oval shape. I blotted this in with a Real Techniques Contour Brush, as it's a great size to get right into the corners.
I gently contoured my face with the Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Deep, and Powder Blush in Peaches (5). I did so by creating a high tilted angle along my cheekbone with the Mineralize Skinfinish and blending the blusher from the cheekbone to the apple.
To create a longer and straighter nose, I used the Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in Dark Brown (6) to recreate a straight thin line. I then used the Hazel (lighter) Professional Eyebrow Pencil (6) to fill in my brows to recreate Cher's flatter, full ones.
Lastly, to create a hollow, round eye, I cut the crease with Buck and Darkhouse, from my Naked Pallet (7) mixed together and blended it with my 217 MAC brush. I also used Sin in the inner corners of my eyes, sweeping it down onto my waterline, using the brush that came with the pallet.
For the lips, I slightly overlined them with the Boldly Bare lip pencil (8) to create Cher's famous pouty lip, before filling it in with MAC's bestseller Velvet Teddy lipstick (8): the perfect rasin 90's lip!
And for the final look, what do you think?





Outfit


Top to Bottom:
Wig- £18.99 from Amazon
White Blouse- Old school shirt from Topshop
Crop Top- from New Look (any crop top will really work)
Tartan Skirt- 50AUD (about £36, just a note, there was also a surprise £20 customs charge) from Blackmilk
Shoes- Black heeled loafers from New Look

The beauty of going as Cher is that you'll probably have most of the costume already. The yellow tartan skirt is a great, iconic piece and people will know exactly who you are, but if you don't have the time why not go for a few of her other looks that are easier to recreate? Here's a few pictures to inspire you!


What is it you're going as this year? Let me know below!

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

The Smart Student's Studying Resource Masterpost


Over the years I've collected a multitude of resources that have helped me through my whole school career and first year of university (how the heck did I manage to get to this point?!). That resulted in me creating my Student Masterpost on Tumblr, which gained a little bit of interest, however I've managed to add a few more useful links since then and have added them to create this masterpost since, well, midterms are coming very soon, enjoy!

Motivation

Successful studying starts with motivation, but where there do you get it? Do you have to trek around South America to find an ancient sculpture deep inside a boobytraped cave? Do you have to run around the world with Nicholas Cage trying to find the Declaration? Or Tom Hanks breaking the Da Vinci Code?
No, the best way I believe is understanding your infinite potential, and that starting now is the best bet to get where you want to be. Have a look at my quotivation along with these links to get you started!

-Stayfocusd (an extension that let's you limit how much you use certain websites)
-The Secret (a really interesting view on life, maybe take it with a pinch of salt)

Studying

Okay, now that you're motivated, let's get onto the studying. One method doesn't fit all, and that's very important to remember. For me, I can't just rewrite out a textbook, walk into an exam and ta da, A. There are three types of learning styles: auditory, visual and kinesthetic (my dominant style). Have a look at these resources, figure out what works best for you and develop that.

-Kahn Academy: (website) (youtube)
-Academic Earth (free online courses)
-How to pull an all nighter (use with caution!)
-How to use google well

Essay Writing

Essay writing is an unavoidable part of education, whether it's in high school or at university, even if you decide to become an academic! For a lot of people it doesn't come easy, I know for me I had to write two each week for my English tutor, just for me to get a B in my highers (similar to SATs or A levels). Here's a few resources that have improved my writing, especially over the last couple of years.

-YWriter (mainly for fiction writers, but excellent for managing an essay)


Referencing and Bibliographies

With writing essays, comes great responsibility. Responsibility to give credit that is. If you're at a university or college level, chances are you've been introduced to this, and it is the bane of your life. I've collected a few useful links below that can make the painstaking process that little bit more bearable.

-Refme (and app, this is also known as the holy grail)

Ebooks

Sometimes you can find an amazing book that'll help with your studies, just floating about. It's worth a look! Some other good tips for cheap textbooks are; selling last year's books on Amazon/eBay as second hand and getting a voucher/cash for next semester's; using library books for unnecessary books; have a look at the publisher's website to see if the price is cheaper than your university book store (sometimes the book store is slightly cheaper because of bulk buying). Let me know if you have any more tips!


Dealing with Anxiety and Stress

This topic can be a really big issue for young people and I, along with a lot of other people I know, have issues with it. Obviously, go talk to a doctor if your symptoms are becoming bad, but I there's several websites that I use to minimise them before an exam: really therapeutic and calming.


CVs and Internships

Having an amazing CV and having an internship will rocket you way above others who do not have both of these when you graduate. Like I mentioned above, motivation is so important, so get reading them and then get yourself onto these fabulous resources!



So that's my masterpost, let me know if there's any others you would include below!

If Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Became Reality



Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind has earned it's place as one of the most heartbreaking movies of all time. And even that could be an understatement of how sad it is.
So imagine if it became a real life possibility? Well it might just. Steve Ramirez and Xu Liu talk about how they are producing a way to "turn off and on" memories with laser beams.
I'm not quite sure what to think about this, as you see the implications of such procedures in the movie. Plus memories are what make us human, form our personality and help us grow. As humans I believe we need a foundation before we can build the house and decorate (poetic analogy, eh?).
But perhaps this has some use, maybe it will help those who were abused in the past, or have struggled with mental illness, or even to rehabilitate criminals.
Who knows whether this can be transferred from mice to humans? Well, I don't think it'll be that long before we can tell.

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Sunday, 26 October 2014

Taylor Swift's 1989: Facetious, Flirty and Thoughtful

It's almost like clockwork for fans of Taylor Swift: every two years a new album released around October. We can only hope this tradition continues!
But tonight 1989 is released, and it's a brand new experience for Swifties. I always wondered why artists wouldn't make every song on their album an anthem. The only people I've heard come close were Foxes or Madonna during her Like a Prayer phase, but 1989 has blown them completely out the water.

1. Welcome to New York

To explain this in one sentence, it's like walking through a scene of The Carrie Diaries. It follows through with the promise of the title, and you'll be looking up flights to the city after a few replays of this.
It really is the perfect opening to the album, introducing you to the new era with lyrics like "it's a new soundtrack, I could dance to this beat forevermore" and "everybody here wanted something more, searching for a sound we hadn't heard before".
Although it doesn't have that romantic, dreamy wonderstruck fairytale lyric Swift previously went for, you know she is in love with the city. Plus, people can't use that comeback, claiming "she's stuck in highschool" anymore.

2. Blank Space

When I heard Taylor was working with Shelback and Max Martin again I was a little worried. As although they produced 22, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together and I Knew You Were Trouble, three of Red's biggest hits, which I each enjoyed, I felt as though there were better songs on the album. Furthermore, when they've produced songs with other artists I feel as though the artists lose part of their voice and character.
Good thing Taylor's strong willed and a bloody good songwriter! The best way to describe how it sounds is, if Natasha Bedingfield's Unwritten was crossed with Lily Allen's sass. This tune is unapologetic and tongue in cheek, everything that a 21st century pop queen should be singing. I love it!

3. Style

The intro to this sounds like it's taken straight from a Miami Vice soundtrack, it's so slick and cool. The lyrics follow Taylor's successful formula of reciting a love story before it turns sour, using analogies, comparing their style (duh) to their relationship. But other than that the catchy tune shows no other hints of her old stuff and is very pop, edging into the jazz genre with the pulsating bass.

4. Out of the Woods

This is by far my favourite from the album: such a huge anthem. The intro is a bit perplexing and very unique, but it soon moves into a moody deep verse. The very simple melody at the start, however, allows you to listen to the haunting lyrics. All of a sudden the chorus starts, and the drums begin hitting: it's the perfect 80s ballad.
It's not until the final bridge kicks in, things come to a head and you feel hope that Taylor is known to communicate and manage to romanticise. If the synth beats were substituted with a piano, this would be classic Speak Now era material.


5. All You Had To Do Was Stay

This is such a sassy song, and will be a classic girl power number for years to come. YPerhaps this was written in the anger stage of mourning a relationship? You can feel real resentment to whoever this was written about (who do you think it was?). But the difference this time, to previous albums (with the exception of perhaps Red), is you can feel she was almost angry with herself for letting herself get into the situation too.
A meaningful song dressed up as a dance tune!

6. Shake it Off

Ah the lead single. This isn't my favourite off the album, as I feel as though the topic of letting go of poisonous people could have been dealt with in a more meaningful way, or with more substance than just "shake it off, ah ah, shake it off". But that was what Mean in Speak Now was for, and the change in approach is refreshing. It has definitely grown on me and is a good party starter. I know for a fact it's changed a lot of people's opinions on Taylor (in a good way), and that's only a positive thing!

7. I Wish You Would

This song oozes 80s, sounding like a Michael Jackson song with the captivating drum fills. If All You Had To Do Was Stay was written in the anger period of mourning, this would be from the bargaining stage. With a similar message to Other Side Of The Door, the endless repetition of "wish" keeps in touch with her dreamy and doe eyed writing style.
It's definitely a recognisable Swift lyric with an 80s tune: exactly what she was going for.

8. Wildest Dreams

There's the one thing people keep mentioning about this song, and that's that it's incredibly inspired by Lana Del Rey, with sultry, melting, vintage lyrics. Taylor even sounds like her the way she pronounces her lyrics.
It's possibly my second favourite on the album, only behind Out of the Woods, as it is so unique and brought something new to Taylor's catalogue!

9. Bad Blood

It's the one about another famous pop star. This song has definitely had the most hype around it in the run up to release. It's another unapologetic, sassy song that has hip hop (yes, you read that right!) flavours. The lyrics are reminiscent of Better Than Revenge, but are much more subtle, to the point the message would have been very ambiguous to the listener if Taylor had never spilt some of the details.
A good song that sticks out from the other tracks!

10. How You Get The Girl

Another female power hit that you will be up dancing to on a Saturday night, with a bowl of ice cream and your friends. If there's one thing to notice is the presence of guitar in this song making it sound very Speak Now era and classic Swift. Old fan's can't complain about the shift in genre, with this old Taylor style jam.


11. This Love

This is the most watery ballad on the album, similar to that of Sad, Beautiful, Tragic or Safe and Sound. However it grows and layers to become a deeper, powerful song. It's the kind of song you'd hear in a Nicholas Sparks movie when the couple see each other after many years/had resolved some huge conflict. Cute and a familiar side to Taylor, great tune!

12. I Know Places

This song resembles a classic Sia song: dark lyrics, featuring vultures and hunters, and an exploding chorus. It has a similar concept to what Haunted tried to produce, but carried out in a more sophisticated and lyrical way, packed with metaphors and musical concepts that Taylor has only gotten better with over the last two albums, since Haunted was released.

13. Clean

This was written with singer Imogen Heap, and you can definitely hear her input. A lot of people said this song was the All Too Well of the album, however I can't agree with that and hear a lot more of the Begin Again influences as it talks about redemption and fresh starts. In my opinion, there is no All Too Well equivalent on this album, perhaps because the fabulous Liz Rose has had no credits on this album (and why? Taylor and her have written the most articulated and melodic songs together!).
Nevertheless, it is still a beautiful song with a soft consistent beat, that has been translated from Swift's happier and balanced life in the last year. For the standard edition of the album this is the closing song (as was Begin Again for Red) and leaves the listener content and filled with hope.

14. Wonderland

A clever song filled with Alice in Wonderland analogies. This song has a similar music box melody that Clean has, making it the perfect follow up on the deluxe edition.
This song could be smarter than meets the eye, with lyrics including "didn't you calm my nerves with the Cheshire Cat smile". This could be only one person in multiple ways; physically and geographically. You know who I mean.
Or perhaps it could allude to another certain singer's song Your Body is a Wonderland.
However, overall, this song also brings something new to Taylor's collection: a smarter, darker fairytale than Love Story.

15. You Are In Love

A delightful song, that starts out sounding like classic Whitney or Celine. It is incredibly thoughtful but disjointed, that captures love and all it means perfectly. She also wrote this song with Jack Antonoff, boyfriend of Lena Dunham, who has tweeted saying that she wanted it to be her "someday wedding song". I'm pretty sure that will be the case for many people.

16. New Romantics

The closing song to the deluxe album, is also a perfect ending. Compared to Clean, this is much more upbeat and relatable to the Taylor that has been around for the last year or so: goofy, confident and in love, not with a boy, but with herself, her friends and New York City. I think as a fan this has the nicest message, we have been championing her to find love and happiness for years now and it appears she has found that new romance, that is not common for a young girl to find in her twenties.
I'd compare this to 22 but with the pop flavour she has been channelling for the whole album. Amazing close to an amazing fifth (yes, fifth at age 24!) album!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

My Time in Barbados

Last week I was in Barbados, so I would like to apologise for my perpetual absence, but I was sunbathing in literal paradise. I was away for my grandparent's golden anniversary with them, my Dad, Stepmum, Brother, Sister and Uncle and stayed at the glorious Sandy Lane hotel. Keep reading to find out more about my experience there and some awesome things to do on the stunning island!


Day 1: Travelling

I started off at Glasgow airport before travelling onto London Gatwick, then onto Bridgetown in Barbados. Obviously, at Gatwick there was a little bit of duty free shopping which resulted in me purchasing MAC's beautiful Pinkluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow and iconic Strobe Cream. I then went for a short trip to the British Airways lounge, where I had a quick drink and breakfast before shooting off to the gate.



I was travelling in business class which meant it was an absolute delight to go on the eight hour flight. The seat stretches completely out to create a bed of sorts, there's plenty of room for luggage (three hold pieces weighing 23kg each and two pieces of hand luggage!) and the food is super delicious. I had smoked salmon, roast beef and a couple cheeky glasses of champers! The movie selection was amazing too: I got to watch Bad Neighbours (a little Zac Efron at 36000ft is just what the doctor ordered), Maleficent and The Fault in Our Stars (sobbing over TFIOS at 36000ft is also what the doctor ordered), you can imagine that the time just flew by.

We arrived at Bridgetown at about four o'clock and got picked up from the airport in a Rolls Royce by a lovely welcome team. If there's one thing I noticed about this country, is the happy and all round friendly natives. They showed us some points of interest on the commute like the sugar cane fields, flash showers and gave us an idea of what was on offer to do during our stay.

Arriving at the hotel we were greeted by another lot of friendly Bajans who presented us with smoothies and a cool towel, which was greatly appreciated as I stood in skinny jeans in a 30c humid heat. The rooms were amazing: giant tv, even more giant bed and a fab mini bar, a girl doesn't need much more than that!


Day 2: Jet skiing

So I went jet skiing for the first time, and it was terrifying to say the least. Amazing... but terrifying. I had the duty of driving my six year-old sister who had a habit of pushing down on the accelerator causing us to go over 35mph. You may also know that there was a hurricane around the Caribbean, so the water was choppy.

Despite all that it was an amazing experience, something to tick off my bucket list, and got an obligatory selfie. 
I chilled out on the beautiful Sandy Lane beach for the rest of the day. But don't let the name fool you; there are rocks a the shore that will bruise and cut your feet while trying to get in and out of the sea!



Day 4: Afternoon tea

It was my sister's seventh birthday, so we had arranged afternoon tea. They hotel set the table up so beautifully, with pink everywhere, confetti and banners. Really all a little girl needs! The food was absolutely delicious, personally my favourite cake was a strawberry covered in marshmallow, which was then blowtorched to create a mini meringue. We ended up cancelling our dinner reservations for the sheer amount we ate at afternoon tea. It's definitely something you need to do if you're ever visiting this glorious island!

A photo posted by jennux (@jennux) on



Day 6: Catamaran

I think that the catamaran was the best experience I've taken from this holiday. We took our butts off the beach and onto the Caribbean sea, sailing on a catamaran which took us along the west coast. The boat was captained by four rather attractive locals, who took my family, along with a few others from the hotel, to a bay that was famous for swimming with turtles and fish, along with being home to several shipwrecks.
Me being prepared, and aware of the opportunity to do this before I went away, I purchased two underwater Kodak cameras with a great buy one get one free offer at Boots. This ensured I captured this amazing memory and will have something tangable forever!

After going swimming we went up to the north west of the island, passing One Sandy Lane, home of Rihanna, and another large villa that Simon Cowell frequently rents. There we sat and had our lunch which had been cooked by one of the staff... I couldn't quite believe it had been cooked on a boat it was that good.
We then had a little time to relax and swim again, before being taken back down to Sandy Lane Hotel
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Day 7: Harrison's Caves

So I did it: I knocked another 'to do' off my bucket list! We decided to rent a car and take a trip to one of Barbados' most popular attractions, Harrison's Caves. It was a real eye opener getting to view more of the island and getting out of the tourist hotspots. The roads were small and windy, and the houses were small and wooden. However, I wouldn't say it was a sad site: there is so much life everywhere, and the people seem so alive.
We soon arrived at the caves (after a little issue with lack of GPS) and we decided to go on the tram tour which was guided, as opposed to the walk through. I managed to get some stunning pictures from not only inside, but also once we got outside to the valley the caves are situated in. There were even monkeys there!

I also got a couple of souvenirs to take home including some rum, banana jam (that is tasting amazing on pancakes back home!) and hot sauce.


We then left the caves and passed a small restaurant called Sand Dunes, so decided to give it a shot. We were not disappointed and the food was so cheap for what you got.

Day 8: Going home

My last day was on Saturday, but luckily my flight wasn't until 5pm, so had most of the day to chill out on the beach one last time. Me and my brother and sister had been watching a disc shaped banana boat during our stay, and were itching to give it a go. So we finally did it, and I'm so glad I did. Even though I now am paying for pulling a muscle in my arm, from holding onto for dear life it was amazing fun and would beyond recommend it if you get the chance to.

But the day came to an end and I said goodbye to the rest of my family who are staying for another week. I got a little upset leaving it all behind, but as a constellation prize I got to travel back home first class. I initially found the flapping over me a little overwhelming, but I'm sure I could get used to it!

Now I'm back home and back at university, it all feels like a dream with nothing but pictures to make sense of it.

If you have any questions about what to do while there let me know below!

Friday, 10 October 2014

Celebrity Hacked Nudes: What really needs to be said


Seth has a couple things to say about Jennifer Lawrence and those nude celebrity photos.

We live in a society where sex sells: whether it's plastered on page three of a newspaper, a woman's naked physique used to advertise a product (this is actually objectification and is beyond bad), or a provocative joke on a sitcom.

But the recent trend of hacking into multiple celebrity iCloud's to retrieve naked photos takes this to a whole new level. You only need to look to twitter or facebook's trends to see who the latest victim is. Then you see a never-ending list of people who are asking for a link to the photos. This is the big problem.

Instead of doing so, we need to be teaching each other and spreading the news of how awful this is, that someone had it in them to steal these, which are private property. Jennifer Lawrence has been quoted saying to Vanity Fair:

                "It's not a scandal. It's a sex crime,"


But this is not the way people are seeing it. Many are holding the position of 'they shouldn't be doing it in the first place', or 'they had it coming', or that 'they're a slut'. I beg to differ, and so should everyone else: that's why the property (in these cases, naked pictures) was passworded, so it remained private.

There also needs to be a break the chain of this slut shaming. The general definition which people tend to follow (which is also derogatory), is someone who has a lot of sex. Yet, from what I can tell from several of these cases, it was for one specific person, as was the case of Jennifer Lawrence (she has explicitly said they were for her boyfriend of four years, while they were in a long distance relationship) or each other, for example Matt Smith and Daisy Lowe.

The real "slut" is the person who is leaking these: throwing their dignity out the window and fucking people over all over the world (metaphorically, that is).

Celebrities will make a large sum of money, and percentage of income from placing their name against a product, and a lot may lose those contracts. Their families may be taunted by those people who hunt and consume these photos. They may also lose friends who have been taught to think by the media that they are shameful and disgusting, and are not someone to associate with.

I urge you to break the link and teach each other that it is not these people's (yes, whoa, celebrities= people) fault, and to support them by maybe sending a friendly tweet, or simply to not hunt down these pictures. This is the only way to stop this and end the criminal activity: it ends with a change in your behaviour.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Sweater Weather: the 10 best looks on the highstreet

The cold weather has definitely hit, and all I want to do in the morning is wrap myself up in a duvet and go to university like a human taco. Apparently that's not acceptable, so I've been on the hunt for some jumpers. Here is a list of my favourites:

1.
Fluffy Jumper by Love from Topshop: £38
I am a complete sucker for pastels and love a good fluffy knit, so how could this possibly not make the list? The colours remind me of Frozen the movie, in particular Elsa. The jumper's a little on the pricey side at £38, but if it makes singing Let it Go feel more authentic, I'll be getting it for winter!


2.
This is such a cute, fun piece. I've never seen a jumper in this shape before, and with such a flattering neckline too. I can only see this working in the more temperate, Autumn months though, since it has small cut out squares, and the crop which could result in a chilly midriff in Winter!


3.
Sheer Windowpane Sweater from Forever21: £15
Forever21 really are one of my favourites for jumpers. Remember those fabulous Disney poster jumpers? My Lion King one got worn non stop last year! Anyway, this sweater really stood out to me for it's unique design. As I've mentioned before, I don't  generally wear many accessories and would rather have a statement coming from the clothes, and this jumper certainly has a statement... just think how fabulous this would look with a leather skirt and heels?! At £15, I can't complain about price either.


4.
Patterned Sweatshirt from H&M: £19.99
This sweatshirt oozes Autumn: lovely, rich, warm colours. It's also super casual and a good price; perfect for those cozy nights on the sofa watching reality tv.


5.
Another really interesting jumper! Although this would go perfectly with your everyday skinny jeans to create a cute day outfit, the leather sleeves really vamp it up, so pair it with a pair of black boots to pull it all together.


6.
Check Wool Blend Sweatshirt from Mango: £19.99
Super cosy and has obligatory Christmas colours: put this on and you're set for the next few months. It's also super cheap for what you get! I love Mango, but sometimes I find it can be expensive and generally out of budget for teenagers and students alike. But since this is only £19.99, I feel like it can be completely justified, and will definitely be making a guest appearance in my wardrobe.


7.
I know logo jumper or novelty jumpers may not be everyone's cup of tea, but who doesn't like a bit of Harry Potter?! Plus, when you wear this you can pretend to be like Harry and Ron getting their jumpers from Mrs Weasley at Christmas. Unleash your inner nerd A/W 14-15!


8.
Embellished Tie Back Jumper from Miss Selfridge: £39
You can always count on Miss Selfridge for a bit of glamour. The jumper is such a classic shape but the bejewelled neckline adds a bit off femininity, as does the bow at the back of the neck. It's a little bit expensive, but sometimes you just have to pretend you never saw the price tag when you buy something so pretty and versatile.


9.
Cropped Crotchet Sweater from Forever21: £19
Yes, another Forever21 bargin buy. Like number eight above, this has a stunning neckline, but is a little different to others. Most, from what I've seen, have a gem style collar which can make it quite "blingy". But this is effortless and boho, making it great for days out with friends and drinking pumpkin lattes (yes I knocked one off my Autumn bucket list!)


10.
Finally, my favourite. If one store encapsulated my taste in clothes, it would be JOY, and their jumpers are some of their best clothes in stock. A unicorn jumper you ask? But all the best people have a garment with the magical creature plastered on it. Remember the t shirt Taylor Swift wore while performing at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards? Exactly. I know it's a little cookie, but if you're going to have a sweater collection you might as well go out and have one that's a little novelty!

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