Friday, 18 March 2016

Absolutely Fabulous

It is with baited breath that the nation awaits the release of the Ab Fab film. Ok, maybe not the wholeeee nation… but definitely me at least. Firstly, I have a confession to make, I came late to the world of Absolutely Fabulous. I mean, of course I came late, it was first aired before my actual conception or birth. But still, there were many years during my youth when I could have welcomed the programme into my heart, but, alas, it took me until I was 20 whole years old (and until it came on Netflix) to introduce the magical show into my life. 20 years of my life spent without such a sublime piece of television, looking back I can’t imagine what dark times they must have been, or how I ever made a decision without the guidance of Eddie and Patsy.

For those of you who haven't watched, or simply need reminding before they hit the big screen, here are some of the most important life lessons we can learn from everyone's favourite duo. Thank you for your eternal guidance, ladies. 

Lesson one: it's important to set goals

Always help the less fortunate

Stand up against sexism

Always be positive

And finally, never forget to love yourself

Images: tumblr

Saturday, 12 March 2016

The Return of the Buzzcut

I know. The thought of it brings me out in cold sweats too. If this trend really reemerges in full force, does this mean us mere mortals will have to sport it too? If so, how will we cope? And should we start looking into facial surgery costs just in case? My round face and abnormally shaped head (we'll not get into that now) were not destined for the buzz of the razor. So hopefully this trend will stay amongst the genetically blessed, elite model crew where it belongs. 

Originally a bold punk statement commonplace in the 1980s, this reemergence of the buzzcut on us lady folk seems to be apart of the ever-growing trend for androgyny. And I'm a fan. Personally I'm still not over Natalie Portman's 90s buzzcut, and Amber Rose has been rocking hers, un-phased, for years. But recently someone has appeared to rival both of these buzzcut patrons. And her name is Ruth Bell. 

Half of the modelling power duo with twin May, Ruth headed for the razor to contrast with her sister's ethereal locks. And she does it with such effortlessness and complete beauty that she almost convinces you that, yes you too would look brilliant bald. Almost.

I have to admit, I have spent hours googling Ruth Bell and her infamous scalp. Stalking the twins on every social media platform, and scraping my hair tightly back in the shower just to double check if I  could pull it off too. The answer is no. But I will continue to wish that I was blessed enough to be able to wear this hairstyle for the rest of my life. If wearing your boyfriend's jacket is cool, then wearing his hairstyle is surely the coolest thing you could do. 


Friday, 4 March 2016

Fashion (and life) Advice from a 10 year old

'I don't want to look cute, I want to look cool'.

And in one sentence, my little sister, 10 years my junior, summed up all the style choices I had ever made without ever realising it. 

'Boys don't know anything about fashion, so it would be stupid to wear something they liked'

Never did I think that a quick chat with my sister would reveal the true genius that she really is. She was giving me more than style advice here, rather a more philosophical look on how to live the whole of my life. Ok maybe I'm stretching it here a bit, but what she said really made sense.

The ideal style of my 10 year old sister... to look like a mermaid

Our style is made when we're young, and really, for me at least anyway, nothing has changed in my mind from the 10 year old girl who didn't want to dress for a boy because let's be honest, they know nothing about fashion. Barring a brief six month period aged around 13 when I bought a padded bra from my local Peacocks and wore too much neon, I've generally dressed with the intention of pleasing nobody but myself- and unintentionally repelling any boy that came my way, but you win some, you lose some. 

I asked her to look through my wardrobe and pick an outfit for me (which she does for herself every time I leave the house for more than five minutes anyway) and although her choices were still slightly questionable, the attitude with which she chose them- to look cool and not impress boys- was still there. And it's these questionable style choices we make when we're young, the skirts over jeans as a teenager, and crop tops when you are still a chubby 12 year old, and the ones that I continue to make on a daily basis, that make us and our unique style. And will hopefully one day lead us to choose killer outfits.

N.B A killer outfit is one that you feel completely, bloody brilliant in and don't have to think for two minutes about what anyone else thinks about it.