My desire? That you'll read something on this site that makes you say: "Ooh, that's useful", "That's interesting", "That's really helpful", "That's sooooo true" or "That's so inspiring" and enriches you somehow. That's "The BOOM! Moment" right thurr...
I love art and fashion, so to meet the talented Megan Hess(below and who I am ashamed to say I had never realised was responsible for so many illustrations in fashion campaigns such as Chanel, Dior and Tiffany & Co) at a Hardie Grant-sponsored workshop* at Drink, Shop, Do was brilliant!
We had an hour to come up with our own creations using the blank croquis she had created.
The top tips I took away from the illustration masterclass were:
Don't let your clothes cling too close to the croquis especially at the waist - to make it look more realistic
Let the clothes flow
Enjoy the flourishes and the frills
Think about where the light is shining from
Take in the creases along the garment
Megan herself is a very elegant lady and I was fortunate enough to take a pic with her.
No matter how old you are, it is not too late to make your Love-given dreams come true. I cannot begin to imagine what yours are so I won't deign to conjure up the usual clichés but you know what they are.
I am persistently and consistently inspired (sometimes to the point of inertia, ironically) by people's actions.
But as I acquire more days in my life-repertoire (hehe) the more I realise that dreams are about getting started, getting on with it, adapting as necessary along the path, getting results and always learning.
Sometimes it's not easy, sometimes it is, but it should be pursued. Always.
Work towards the fulfilment of your Love-given dreams.
Last weekend I was invited to what was purported to be the UK's first Nail Art Festival at London's Ilford Exchange Shopping Centre.
It sounded fun so I attended.
There were talks by nail artists about this season’s hottest nail art trends, Lynda Louise Burrell from Nail Girls showed her crowd how to do the basics and the bold art.
Ellen Lewis, the Marketing Director at Exchange Ilford said: The
Nail Art Festival was a great success for its first year with over
5,000 visitors from across the Capital heading to Exchange, Ilford for a
celebration of one of the biggest fashion
and beauty trends of 2013. We’re already in talks to as to how we can
make the festival bigger and better next year..."
The Nail Girls were my manicurists* for the day...
I chose a subtle pink base colour and (hue of the season) mint colour block. What do you think...?
Flatline starts off (and concludes) a bit Coldplay-like with commanding drumbeats, military-timed "oh oh oh oh oh ohs" following through to synths and squeezed in the middle are those stunning harmonies... it's like current "pop" acts (in the UK, at least) have starved the buying public of decent harmonies on purpose (and overdosed on autotune) so MKS can show how it's done!
If you've been watching the channel 4 series Dates, this tune will be familiar. I think I fall in love with songs too easily. It happened with Alicia Keys' Unthinkable, Elbow's Mirrorball and almost all of Drake's rapballads and now this. It's Chloe from Hannah Peel. It's atmospheric, epic, floaty, airy, whimsical, daydreamy lushness. "I'm not lonely in the dark", the lyric repeats. Just beautiful.
While I am happy for Mr Thicke for getting a number one, I am not happy it took this song... or more relevantly this video to get him there...
I am loved him since these days below...
The thing is... so many people were pretty pissed off (on Twitter and in everyday convo anyways) when Beyoncé commanded "Bow Down Bitches" so I am surprised at the lack of anger / vitriol landing at Robin's door because of his crude video (why in the 21st century is it okay for men to talk about women being animals and then parade them around accordingly - the unrated one leaves nothing to the imagination). Is it 'cos he's a man?
I was invited to the Chelsea Flower Afternoon at the Intercontinental Hotel* last weekend - and I was very excited, I must say!
My sis and I were given free-flowing orange juice (Champagne was the alternative, but neither of us like it), finger sandwiches (cucumber, salmon, beef and ham), a selection of cakes and pastries - including a violet-infused eclair and a strawberry tart, scones (plain and fruity), lemon mousse lollipops, white chocolate butterflies and of course, lots of tea. We went for Darjeeling because of its fresh and fruity undertones.
The service was friendly - we were served by a sweet guy called Felix - and had a harpist playing in the background where we could request songs - classical and modern.
My favourite part of the tea was the strawberry tart, sandwiches and the drinks to wash it down with. I'm not a big fan of dried fruit so the Eccles cake didn't take my fancy.
Overall, it was lovely to take time out of one's weekend to enjoy the treats of Chelsea at Westminster!
After I watched it, I thought to myself: "I don't have this problem with my looks. I think I'm okay. I could do with losing a couple of pounds, but generally, I'm okay". Is that arrogant? :) While I know I'd never make a Victoria's Secret model line-up, I would like to believe I would be "objective" about my bodily features in a situation like this and wouldn't negatively over-exaggerate them - and I thought most women would feel the same.
But then something that surprised me happened. I saw friends and online acquaintances appraise and applaud the video and campaign, stating that it made them think about their own negative self-image issues - and today it makes me ask the question:
Why do so many women feel ugly?
Is it that oftentimes women are conditioned to act as if they feel they are not beautiful - even if they secretly believe they are - to avoid being viewed as conceited?
Or do some women genuinely look in the mirror and believe they are not beautiful?
Do we unfairly compare ourselves to electronically modified models online?
Do we have unrealistic ideals of beauty? And who the heck set those ideals? Women? Men? Aliens from Outer Space?
Who decides the rules of beauty - and do you subconsciously follow them?
I know that the negative self-image doesn't apply to every woman (we all have brains to think on an individual basis, Dove!) - so I also don't believe the ludicrous claim that only 4% of women believe they are beautiful.
I find this campaign patronising and dangerous: I feel it perpetuates the idea that most women have negative self-images of ourselves (I can't conclude that we do, because we're not all the same!) and Dove is the one to save us from ourselves. Nah mate, the beauty industry is probably one of the causes of it - if anything! How is the phrase "Women are their own worst beauty critics" empowering? No! No! No!
However, one facet of negative self-image that I can relate to is that of inner beauty / personality. In a world of extroversion and self-promotion it can be a little scary if you're not good at being (or acting like) that. One thing we could all do with is reminding ourselves of our gifts and talents - the things we take for granted - love ourselves because we exist.
'Tis a good thing to be confident - and believe in yourself. On the inside and outside!
Women, we are amazing.Let that just be that.
And of course, men you are too, don't like this silly old ad below make you believe you're not. But I don't think y'all ever would. OK, maybe 4% of you might...
What are your thoughts on the Dove Beauty Campaign? And its parodies?