Sunday, 20 July 2014

Prom Dress


My prom this year was on the 27th of June and I had such an amazing night.

My dress was from Lipsy and I bought it for £45!  Yes £45!  I have just checked their website and you can still buy it now so I will leave the link at the bottom of the post.  I absolutely love this dress, I love the fit on me, the colour, the material and don't even get me started on how much I love the back.  Everybody must have agreed with me as well as I got quite a few complements hehe.

I would definitely recommend this dress, the only problem to it was that because it's lace it kept catching on things, so you just have to be extra careful when wearing it that you don't rip it.  Also what some people may find a problem (but it didn't bother me) because it is open back you're either going to have to wear a stick on bra or not wear one at all.

With this dress I kept the jewelry very simple wearing my rose gold moonstone ring from Monica Vinader and a similar styles bracelet that I bought it Lourdes, France.  The bag I used was my mums, even though it was full of jewels I didn't think it distracted from the dress one bit.

Here is the link if you're looking to buy the dress I wasn't paid to put this link here, I bought the dress with my own money and think it is such a good dress that I needed to share it with the world hehe.  All I need is another occasion to wear the dress again.

Here are some other pictures of my prom and the dress at different angles:

I won an award at Prom for most likely to be on Glee :').

Who needs nice photos Laura! 

Funny photo booth!  Love all my cheeckas! (Not a word?  Wotevs)

Barcelona Day One


Me and my mum went on a mini break to Barcelona recently, we were their for four days in total but pretty much seen everything!! hehe.  Come on a trip with me and my mum and after it you will need a holiday.

So we got in at around 12:00 and we couldn't check in to our hotel yet, so we just dropped off our suit cases and went out.  Our hotel was called Tryp Apollo and is located on a main road in Barcelona called Parallel.  This road is MASSIVE and very central, our hotel was about a 5 minute walk from La Rambla and a 20 second walk from the hotel reception to a Metro station.

So we jumped straight on the tube and went down to the harbour.  I have been to Barcelona four times now, but the first three times I went were all on Cruises, I had seen a lot of the city therefore but this time was a much better experience, I was able to completely soak up the culture as we stayed for more than one day.

The harbour is so different from the rest of Barcelona, it was very very modern.  It had an aquarium, shopping centre, trampolining area.  We went for a walk around, lunch at Dunkin Coffee and a look in the shops.  I really liked the harbour area and would definitely recommend it if you visit Barcelona as it is another world away from the large historical streets of Barcelona.

We then went back to our room, having a quick look on La Ramblas before we went back.

Once we had checked in and had a quick freshen up we hit the town :').  We went to the Gothic quarter and had a look in La Seu, a church which inside has 13 geese to represent martyred virgins.  The geese were so funny, they definitely new people were there to take their photograph, such posers hehe.

After this we walked around enjoying the beautiful architecture before stopping at a restaurant and enjoyed a beautiful three course meal (well six I suppose as the starter was made up of three dishes hehe) and some Sangria.

The night was not over, we then went to watch a magical water fountain show outside the national art museum.  It was amazing!  And definitely one of the highlights of the trip.  The show started at about 9 and it was still sunny out, the first show included songs from Disney.  The fountain then kept on going and as it got darker and darker the show became much more amazing.  Me and my mum sat on the side of the fountain with pack macs on, yes we did get soaked but we by far and the best time, dancing away getting wet at the side of the fountain.

Then it was home to bed as after such a long day we were very tired.

Please enjoy some piccies from my first day in Barcelona:

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Negative Body Image

The other day before work I popped in to town for a sneaky look in the shops.  I was disgusted when I went in to Miss Selfridge to find a manikin dressed like this.

Okay I understand it is just a pair of jeans on a manikin but in my opinion this sends out such a negative message to people.  Young girls and boys are surrounded by negative body image media everyone where they go from "Thinspiration" pro anorexia Tumblr sites to online fashion stores photo shopping (badly may I add) their models.  And now it's even in our physical shops.

I understand shops need to cater for all sizes, I myself am not over weight, so my argument is not "erughh shops only show skinny models".  But I don't want to see a pair of jeans displayed like this.  These jeans create a look that is impossible for anyone, the thigh gap it creates was bigger than my whole fist.  Young girls will go in to this shop and believe that is how they are meant to look.  I was so annoyed at this I took a snap and posted it to my Facebook, this started a Frenzy.

One girl thought I was being horrible about girls who are smaller.  This is not the case at all.  I don't mind manikins dressing for smaller girls, only in M&S today I said to my mum "their manikins are about a size 8 and still look good and healthy".  This Miss Selfridge manikin is just a joke.  What the girl didn't understand was that even if these jeans fitted her, they would not look like this.  No matter what size you are, even the skinniest girl in the world would not achieve this look.  It is impossible!  Your bones would have to go outwards and everything would just fall out (sounds disgusting but it is true).  The shop may have not realised this when they dressed the manikin but this really sends a false image to people, no one can ever achieve legs that look like this, and even if you got close you would become very very ill.  Thigh gaps can happen and are completely healthy for some people, but if you had legs like this manikin... well like I said you wouldn't as it could never happen.

I am 18 and in the past I have had a lot of body confidence issues (I still have many).  I am at a perfectly healthy weight but I can never be happy with myself.  I do however get more confident with myself each and every day.  But then I see younger girls and boys around 14 who would starve themselves or make themselves sick just to try and achieve a look similar to one like this.  And it makes me so angry.  We should be encouraging our young people to get out and be more active, eat healthy and stay safe.  Being slim, healthy and in shape is something most people want and that is understandable but dressing a manikin like this sells an unhealthy body image to anyone who enters the shop.

I may have read too far into this, it's probably just not the right type of manikin to dress a pair of jeans on, but if the shop assistant did this on purpose to achieve this look then that is a disgrace.

Please leave your comments below, what do you think of this manikin?  And how much do you think social media effects are young people and their mental well being with body confidence.