30/07/2014

Cleated Chelsea Boots


For ages I oogled over the Topshop ALLSORTS Chelsea Boots because I'm really not a heel person but they seemed comfortable whilst giving me that (much needed) height. Topshop were one of the first high street retailers to jump on the 'chunky heeled boots' bandwagon and offered cheaper alternatives to the iconic Vagabond boots. I recently came across these boots from New Look that I actually preferred - they're a fraction of the price, are super comfortable and for someone who has worn heels twice at most, are very easy to walk in.
I'm usually a UK size 3/4 but ordered these in a size 4 after following my friends advice. They didn't have any small sizes to try on in store but New Look offer a delivery service where they'll order the items from their store and deliver them to your home - convenience of online shopping, without the delivery charge. I took a bit of a risk ordering the boots without trying them on but it's very easy to return items bought online either through the post or returning them back to the store. Everyone has one foot bigger than the other but for some reason I noticed it a lot more when wearing these boots. Size 4 fit fine but there was a bit of room in one shoe but an insole sorted that right out! 

If heeled boots take your fancy but you're a little bit scrimped for cash, I'd definitely recommend looking into these - ASOS stock New Look products and often have sales on their items. Since drafting this post, New Look released a version of the boots in a pure white colour. And for the super scrimpers amongst us, Primark have come out with a very similar style of boot for even less.

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After my last post, I feel like an idiot for not having posted in the last month but I feel like everything I've drafted is just not up to scratch. I don't know where I want to go with my blog anymore and think anything I do post doesn't appeal to the majority of my followers who initially started reading my blog for the fashion/beauty posts. I've written up a post about how I feel blogging has changed and I'm going to make a few final adjustments before posting it. It's a little controversial but with the hype surrounding online fame recently surfacing, I have a lot to say on the subject. 

30/06/2014

Leaving School // Prom


You'd think having left school almost three weeks ago I would have been back to blogging with all guns blazing, but life got in the way. I've been working a lot recently and just enjoying my freedom in general. I can't quite believe I have left school, I feel like I'm on a long break and I'm going back soon. It feels weird not being up to my eyeballs in coursework and revision.
Last Tuesday was my school leavers prom. It wasn't much like a year 11 prom (which let's face it, is so OTT) but more of a fancy meal with a DJ and photobooth. If you're interested, I wore this dress from Motel Rocks with some shoes that I'm going to post about shortly. Alas, the dress did not look like that on me but for a one-night thing, I went with it.

I'm going to draft a few more posts and in true High School Musical style, get my head in the game.

07/06/2014

Tattooed Children


Photographs | Mr Elbank

Yesterday I came across this article that reported a new 'tattoo parlour for children' was soon to be open in Whitstable. Obviously, such a thing would be completely immoral and probably illegal but the ideas behind the studio were all very valid.
Artist, Sadie Hennessy, created the art instillation as a way to spark debate and conversation surrounding the sexualisation of children and the rapid speed in which they want to adopt an 'adult' lifestyle, in today's society. Despite its aims to provoke thought and controversy, Hennessy received many genuine requests from people who had seen the advertisement. 
The bottom line of the campaign suggests that children are desperate to grow up and act like adults but still have the mind of a child. To them, a Hello Kitty or Tinkerbell tattoo seems quite appealing at 13, but it's a life long commitment and this ideal reflects other issues such as the desire for young people to drink, have sex and try addictive substances. 
Saddie employed the right conventions in order to achieve the reaction from the public that she was hoping for. She wanted to encourage people to be shocked into action by what they had seen and speak out. One person took to Twitter saying, 'Horror of horrors, seen in Whitstable; opening soon - world's first tattoo parlour for kids. Is this legal?' With its also tongue-in-cheek nature and strapline that reads, 'A gift for life, at pocket money prices,' it's obvious the art instillation is not a legitimate business. However, the initial effect it has on its audience puts the situation into perspective and enhances the realisation of just how quickly the children of our generation are growing up.

30/05/2014

Coffee Table Books #1 - The Book of Skulls

You wouldn't usually find me with my nose in a fictional book about vampires or zombies but there's nothing I love more than receiving a 'coffee table book' as a gift. Often conversation starters, coffee table books are set out for entertainment purposes and for visitors to flick through. They also serve decorative purposes and there's no real narrative or chronological order so you can pick up wherever you fancy. I've collected a few over the years and couldn't do them all justice if I wrote about them in one post so I've decided to start a mini series where I 'review' my most prized gems. I've previously written a post about The Tote Bag that you can read here. We're going to hit things off with my most recent addition, The Book of Skulls.


Like I'm sure a lot of you did, I too went through an 'emo' stage but I never really grew out of my fascination for skulls. The Book of Skulls is a beautifully designed, aesthetically stimulating, non-fiction book about the history of skulls and their iconography in the 21st century. As an art student, I'm not only interested in the content of a book but the workings and design of it also. The Book of Skulls is designed in an interesting way that is engaging, contemporary and above its game within the current market. Apart from a few pages that deliver the key facts and historical content, there's a very high image to text ratio so it's a book that delivers everything you might need just by flicking through and enjoying the pictures. My particular favourite pages include illustrations by Megamunden (pg. 34) and James Joyce (pg. 48). The book also talks about skulls in the fashion industry and features designers such as Vivienne Westwood (pg. 130-131) and Alexander McQueen (pg. 122). 

Overall, The Books of Skulls is visually stimulating and features beautiful editorial images that can be appreciated and enjoyed by anyone. It is both informative and entertaining and it a perfect little book to flick through to gain inspiration.