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ASOS Wishlist: The Denim Edit

Monday, 29 June 2015
Summer is officially here with London greeting 35 degrees on Wednesday. Phew! I thought I would throw together a season-appropriate Wishlist on ASOS, payday can't come any sooner! For me this season is all about neutrals and denims, mixing it up with animal print and holographic accessories. Perfect. 
Ultimate Chunky Toffee  V Neck Jumper £28
Vila Grey Classic Trenchcoat £35
MARA Leather Silver Pointed Flat Shoes £32
Levis Denim Shirt Dress £85
American Apparel Denim Skirt With Button Detail £56
Pocket Tee with Long Sleeves £12
Soft Casual Shirt £28
Denim Western Jacket £35
Halterneck Sundress in Rib Stripe £28
Adidas Originals ZX 500 OG Retro White Trainers £70
Denim Side Split Shorts in White £28
Relaxed Fit Drawstring Denim Trousers £35
Dune Abbie Snakeprint Flat Shoes £41 down from £69 currently!
Dune Dolice Grey Snake Leather Duffle Bag £120
JAMILA Lace Cut Holographic Sandals £22 
Dune Leopard Pony Flat Pointed Shoes £69
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Home Interior Inspiration

Thursday, 25 June 2015
I'm moving out of London this Saturday to go back home to Sussex. I wrote a post about the pros and cons here, but the main thing for me is the ability to save money for a really great place of my own next year. To keep the motivation going on those 2 hour commutes, here's a mood-board of the type of home I'd love to own eventually. (All sourced from Pinterest or Weheartit).

Point of note:  Wooden shelves on the hanger w/ bronze detailing. 

Point of note: Rustic wooden table and white board ceiling. Would love this table with benches instead of stools or chairs. Also love the open front sink. 

Point of note: White floorboards, rustic wooden coffee table, the saddle decor and chandelier. Dreamy.

 Point of note: Darker walls with loads of plants. I want plants everywhere!

 Point of note:  Ladder. I'd love one in the bathroom to hang towels off. 
Point of note:  Wooden bench along the hall. 
Items of note: Ikeas giant potted bonzai trees and wooden tables with benches.
Habitats breakfast-in-bed trays.
Urban Outfitters plant stands and terrariums. <3
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Ignorant Voices Everywhere Are Shouting About the Yulin Dog Meat Festival

Thursday, 18 June 2015
A petition has been launched against the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, which takes place in GuangXi, China. When this article was written it had amassed 561,285 signatures.

 Let’s break down the reasons that are acceptable explanations for supporting this cause, as laid out in the petition letter itself:

 1.    The fact that China has the second largest number of rabies in the world, causing huge economic costs and hundreds of deaths. Continuation of this festival implies a lack of vigilance at tackling this public health concern.

2.    The fact that dog theft is a huge problem and a major route of supply for the dog meat industry. Allowing the festival to continue shows a lack of concern for the dog theft that is happening, a crime which is heartbreaking for caring owners who fall victim.

3.    Food safety issues – many dogs involved are ill or contaminated and not properly checked or examined the way they should be before being slaughtered for meat. 

If any of the above three are the reason you signed the petition, you can stop reading. Your argument is educated and your concern is genuinely for the people of China. I salute you in your efforts in raising awareness to make China a safer place.

If your opinion rings familiar with either of the below points, I want to explain why you should not be signing this petition:

1.    The animals are inhumanely killed.

2.    You do not agree that dogs should be eaten, and the festival endorses this belief.
Let’s tackle the first point, which is perhaps the most common reason that the media is ganging up to fight against the Dog Meat Festival. This point is backed by animal-rights fan Ricky Gervais, who stated 
"I’ve seen the footage that HSI has captured on video, and it breaks my heart. I will never forget the look of bewilderment and fear on the faces of these poor animals — the dogs and cats await a horrible fate. No animal deserves to be treated like this."

(I would like to point out at this stage that Ricky Gervais is not a vegetarian.)

 So the issue is that these animals are afraid, awaiting a horrible fate and inhumane slaughter? I see. And we don’t have this in the UK? 

I agree, it’s upsetting to see this imagery but people seem to be jumping very quickly to be outraged at what is happening across the world in China, when it happens here in the UK too. There are unfortunately hundreds of slaughterhouses carrying out ‘inhumane’ acts of slaughter in order to feed us hungry Brits our burgers and sausages for dinner. Perhaps your time would be better spent trying to change the issues in the country you live in, rather than worrying about another nation. At least if we fight against inhumane slaughter in Britain our voices have a better chance of actually making a difference. 

Of course, this is just my opinion, but my second point will make you realise there are better ways to spend your time then signing this petition to end cruelty to these animals.  


I would like to point out that at no point does the petition actually address the way in which the animals are slaughtered, or tackling inhumane practice.  It mentions the animals being slaughtered publically, and the effect this can have on children in particular, but at no point is the actual slaughtering act discussed. You signing this petition will in no way fight against the inhumane methods used on the dogs, so if this was your main reason for signing the petition then there’s absolutely no point. You should have read what you were signing properly.

You can argue it's 'raising awareness' but if you are making a brazen online presence to support humane treatment of these animals, don't you think your time would be better spent supporting petitions that actually fight your actual cause, rather than jumping on the bandwagon of a closely-linked petition that has absolutely no impact on what you actually want? (For the ill-treatment of the dogs to end.) 
Food for thought. Excuse the pun.

And perhaps the most ignorant and uneducated opinion: You do not agree with eating dogs. The key word here is OPINION. This is what you believe, and you believe this because you have been brought up in a culture where dogs are recognized as loyal and loving family pets, not food. Your opinion is how you feel, due to your circumstances. Your opinion is not the only opinion, and it is not the opinion of hundreds of Chinese who eat dog meat in the same way we in the UK rabbit. (Which, may I add, many people own as a pet.)

 It is a part of their culture to eat dog meat, whether or not we agree with it. Who are we to impose our Western opinions and views on their traditions and culture? Do we not have our own animal issues in the UK to deal with?  It was only in 2013 that cosmetic testing on animals became illegal, yet we sit here thinking we are high and mighty advocators of animal rights. 

If you want to sign a petition about harsher punishments for those involved in dog-fighting rings in the UK, go ahead. If you want to sign a petition about making hitting a dog illegal in the UK, go ahead. But to sign a petition because you don’t agree in another countries choice of food… Well that’s really none of your business, is it? 

It would be like Indonesian citizens (the country with the largest Muslim population) creating a petition against the UK selling pork and slaughtering pigs. Goodbye to our pulled-pork sandwiches, because Indonesia doesn’t like us going against their beliefs. Am I putting this into perspective yet?

 To sum up my argument clearly for anybody who has struggled to grasp the main point, it is as follows: 
Be educated about what you are signing before you sign it.

 Do I personally agree with eating dogs? No! I have dogs at home who I consider family. 

Do I personally agree with the way they are killed or think that it is humane or moral? No!

Do I think that my views are the only views? No! 

 I do not agree with Westerners trying to impose their beliefs on other cultures and ramming their opinion down the throats of other nations. 
Make sure you are signing the petition for the RIGHT reasons: to help China improve as a country. 

If you want to register support for ending inhumane slaughtering of dogs in China, I suggest you look for another petition because this one is not going to help you fulfil your goal. (Try this one.

If you want to end dogs being eaten in general (even if slaughtered humanely), I suggest you stop being so closed-minded and accept other cultures practices.

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The price you pay when you work in the fashion industry | Working & living in London

Tuesday, 16 June 2015
"Choose a job you love and you'll never work a day in your life" - Confucius
For a lot of people all around the UK, working in fashion is the dream. You know if you fall into the criteria: You watched Devil Wears Prada and instead of recoiling in fear and loathing you felt motivated and thought to yourself "I would never have quit, it was only one year she had to stick out!" I myself carried out various internships whilst at uni (all unpaid, obviously) to make sure I had a good leg to stand on once I graduated. I graduated, landed the first job I could to get me into London (Headhunting: great money, great laugh, shit hours, a lot of pressure), and then got my break into the fashion world and felt like all my dreams had come true. Until you look at the cold, hard facts.

#1. Prepare to be poor - for a long time.  I took a 12k pay cut to get this job. This was including great guaranteed bonuses and commission which came with the headhunting label, but twelve grand is a big cut to accept. I knew I would have to take a pay cut to change my career, and I was ready for it. The fact of the matter is, fashion doesn't pay. This is something everyone I know in the industry can agree on. Whether you work in editorial, merchandising, buying, finance, or logistics - if you work for a fashion company, your pay will be significantly less than if you were to work at a creative agency, in advertising, or for any other type of trader. I don't know why this is, perhaps it's because people will drop dead to work for a credible fashion brand and name. Who knows, but it is what it is and you have to give it a lot of time and promotions before you can expect to be comfortable. Leading me onto my second point:
#2. London is the only way. It is what it is, there are no jobs in fashion outside of London, give or take a few in Manchester. (Boohoo, Missguided, I'm looking at you). No surprise, given that London is a fashion capital and any events that happen are going to be down here. And for many people, the hustle and bustle of London is what motivates them. The hard grind, the buzzing atmosphere, the fact you will never struggle to find a great and quirky new bar or restaurant. (I found one that only served exotic animals, Zebra to start, Buffalo for my main, scorpions on the side.) But there's another side to London. I come home every day with my skin feeling dirty from the tube. The average commute across London is over an hour - this is because nobody can afford to live central where they work. I live in zone 2 and work at the other side of zone 2 - my commute hits an hour each way. You can't go shopping at the weekend unless you have 4 hours to put aside because it's so busy all the time. Expect to spend half an hour a day queuing for any sort of purchase. And worst of all - the house prices. Kiss goodbye to dreams of owning your own house unless you have a 30k deposit for a tiny 2 bed on the outskirts of zone 3, a bus ride away from the nearest station. With the smallest houses pushing an average of 450k and rent just as bad (it's gold-dust to find a nice flat in a decent location for less than 800 per month - not including bills), you will spend a huge cut of your hard-earned salary on a roof over your head. Seeing friends in Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham, and Scotland purchasing their first homes makes my stomach writhe with jealousy knowing that is so impossibly far away for me. A sacrifice you have to be ready for.

#3. It's competitive. Really, really competitive. You have to slave yourself at free month internships for as long as possible to build up your portfolio and network up to give yourself the best possible chance of getting a job. I was lucky that my family home was commutable from London to do this, but if I lived up North and would have had to travel down and work for a month for free whilst finding somewhere to stay (and potentially pay rent for), it would have been a nightmare. Logistics are difficult, although it's worth noting most places will pay your travel expenses. (Within reason.) 
 These are all things I wish someone had told me ages ago so I could have worked out if it was worth all the sacrifices I would have to make in my twenties to follow a career path I'm passionate about. Don't get me wrong, there are great points to the fashion industry. It's fluid, it's fun, you're constantly surrounded by fabulous, eccentric and creative individuals and you get to pore out your love for the job every single day. But for anyone who is in two minds about what to do later and is considering fashion, these are the points I wish someone had told me about before Uni.  At the end of the day, if you're doing what you love you won't dread waking up.

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No.32 Clapham Old Town Review | Sunday Breakfast / Brunch

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

This Sunday was a groggy post-alcohol-filled-night type of morning. Usually Steven loves to cook up a delicioso breakfast, but it was a day for being lazy and resting so we decided to wander down the road to No 32. Clapham Old Town. (I'd heard good things.) It doesn't have a great review on Trip Advisor, and I've noted that most of the reasons for that is rude hosts. I will be honest here - our service wasn't the best. It was by no means rude or the worst, but considering the place was nearly empty and there were loads of staff nobody seemed to know what they were doing. They were running around like headless chickens most of the time and seemed to have to check if there were tables available even though the place was almost empty. This might be a protocol or they might have to keep some aside for something but it was still a bit weird and oddly handled. That said - the food was delicious. 

I opted for a bruschetta with avocado, roasted tomatoes, special house light mayo (home made), spinach & streaky bacon. I got an apple juice too which came freshly squeezed and was just so tasty and refreshing.

 My boyfriend opted for the classic Eggs Bennedict, which he absolutely polished away so I will assume it was great.

I would definitely go again - although I'd consider this a bit of a luxury or one-off on another lazy and hungover Sunday morning rather than a pre-planned destination. Considering how many cute cafes and places to eat there are around Clapham Old Town I doubt No32 is the best and you can probably get more for your moneys worth elsewhere.

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| Balayage Summer Hair Tutorial | How I lightened my dark brown hair to dark blonde

Sunday, 7 June 2015
Hey guys! This post will briefly explain how I took my hair from dark brown: 

To a balayaged dark blonde:

Firstly, I had to bleach my hair. I did this twice, using the Jerome Russell B Blonde High Lift Bleach Powder. This is for use on dark to medium hair and I got it in Boots or Superdrug. (Linked). Worth nothing that when you buy this, you also need to buy the lotion to go with it. (I used volume 30 but for stubborn hair maybe try the 40.) I mixed it up in a ceramic bowl and bought this tinting brush from Superdrug as well, and then applied it using the technique illustrated in this Youtube video. My boyfriend kindly did the backs for me!

I bleached my hair twice in two days, leaving the bleach in for 45 minutes each time. The end result was a yellow/orange mix which I knew would happen. Your hair will always go orange if you are bleaching it and it has been dyed previously. It's unavoidable. I left my hair for 24 hours to rest, before adding the toner. The only way to get the orange and warm tones out of bleached hair is to use a toner or purple tinted dye. Any hair dye with the words 'cool' or 'ash' in the name will be purple tinted. To take my hair from the picture on the left to the picture on the right below, I used a permanent Clairol Nice 'n' Easy dye in the shade Natural Dark Cool Blonde #7 (formally 106D). As you can see below this eradicated any warm tones.

The dye was not put on my roots, only on the ends and where it had been bleached. I'm not going to lie and say that my hair wasn't damaged because it was. This was done after I had about 5 inches cut off so my hair was in a stronger condition to take the bleach. If I hadn't had my hair cut I'm not sure how it would have survived. It is now pretty dry, but not breaking or to the point where I can't use heat on it. I'm using various products on it at the moment to strengthen and condition it which seem to be working. I'll do a blog post on this soon so keep your eyes peeled! I think the colour came out well though and is much better for the summer. Let me know if you decide to try a balayage/ombre effect too!

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