Monday, 24 June 2013

So If You're Crazy, I don't Care, You Amaze Me

A note from Joelle...

♫ ♪ Whistle For The Choir - The Fratellis ♫ ♪

Hi guys! I hope you are well. This week was both relaxing and manic (if that makes sense) for me. After a break from writing to do my uni exams (I write plays and novellas) I am giving it another crack and have started drafting two new books! Whoooooa, that is quite a lot of writing, but I feel really confident about my ideas, so I'm going full steam ahead!
I've also been really fangirlling over Tom Odell these last few weeks - it's not healthy! But I LOVE his songs so much especially 'Hold Me' and 'Cant Pretend' << click the watch the music vids. His début album comes out TODAY, but the way, woohoo! 
Onto my outfit - I saw this blazer/shorts combo on ASOS and snapped it up straight away. It is a totally crazy and weird print and that's why I like it so much! I am out of my comfort zone of jeans and a boring T-shirt), which is what Summer fashion is all about! My whit blouse was in the wash, so I pair the blazer and shorts with a vibrant red top instead. What do you think?
Top - Standard Primark strappy vest
Heels - New Look
The ASOS twitter team are so kind! Haha

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Saturday, 22 June 2013

Motel Rocks Pre-Glastonbury Party

A note from Joelle...

♫ ♪ 'Euphoria' - Loreen ♫ ♪

On Thursday night, Hannah and I got on the tube and travelled up to Camden for the Motel Rocks Pre-Glasto Party at Proud, an old stable-turned-nightclub. I was later (as per) but found Hannah at the station and then went to find food. About a stone's throw away from the station was a lovely ice cream parlour called 'Marine Ice' where we sipped on cocktails and ate out boy weight in ice cream sundaes! I will do a review of the restaurant later this week, so stay tuned! I couldn't find my camera, so had to make do with the standard iPhone quality 
Flower Crown - A boutique at the Clothes Show Live, but similar one HERE
Denim Jacket - Republic
Bag - Marc b (similar as mine is no longer on the website)
Birdcage Necklace - Accessorize

What Hannah Wore:
Jacket - River Island
Top - Froevr 21
Skirt - River Island
Sandals - River Island

DJs Alexis Knox and Charlie XCX were on the decks and the drinks (some with firework sparklers) were flowing all night, really euphoric atmosphere! We couldn't stay too long (had to catch the last Surrey train!), but met some lovely people and had a great night!
What do you think of our outfits?

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Tuesday, 18 June 2013

The 'Deen Scene: Aberdeenshire Fashion Week

A note from Joelle...

♫ ♪ 'hotel amour' - hotel flamingo ♫ ♪

(Apologies for this post being so late! The show happened in late April!) *Sorry for the iPhone pics, my camera was a bit shy for some reason!
Myself and two friends made our way down to the beautiful Copthorne Hotel for the first ever Aberdeenshire Fashion Week. I didn't really know what to expect but I knew that local fashion talent was at the heart of it, so I was very excited. I was quite late (not fashionable at all!) but the hotel staff were friendly and directed us the where we had to be. Little did I know, the event was running an hour late so I had not missed anything.
We were treated to gift bags at the door, friendly people walking us in and a promise of a glass of bubbly (which as included in my ticket package), which was a great start. 
Ami Gibson's collection was absolutely stunning with water-colour print and flowing garments - I was so impressed. Here are some of her designs inspired by the Scottish landscape:
This Ami Gibson jumpsuit was beautiful!!!!
Ami about to take her bow
I liked the fact that they used models of different ages, sizes, genders and ethnicities - that was great to see and I liked how charismatic (and a bit crazy) some of the models were, but this sometimes drew away from the actual clothes.
However, it kind of went down hill from here...I don't want this post to be a negative rant, but I honestly will never sugar-coat things on my blog to make people happy!
The place was practically empty - about twenty people were seated in a room that had a hundred-person capacity. I was a bit confused, but as soon as the models went down the catwalk I was so impressed with most of the collections. Not all were well presented by the models however.
Timing was a bit of an issue as there were often long pauses with no one on the catwalk. Some outfits were also repeated about four times, which is not meant to ever happen on a catwalk show.
I also grew tired of clapping for every single model after their turn on the catwalk. I have never been to a fashion show where this is done and I didn't know the purpose of it, if I am honest.

I only got the name of one designer as Miss Africa Scotland (who wore a beautiful red sequinned dress) was a bit nervous and quietly mumbled the names of the designers when introducing them. Because of that and a lack of designer information, I just had to guess their names from the bits I heard.
Myself, Elshaday and Linette after the show
After coming back from lunch during the hour-long interval, we came back to find our front row seats were taken. Normally I wouldn't make a big deal of that but we all paid extra (£15 to be exact) for those seats in the first place, so I felt a bit annoyed that I now had to sit in the fourth row and didn't get any good pictures for the blog or see much as the seating was all on one level.
To add to the randomness, we were not told that there would be musical interludes in the breaks between collections. These acts involved some guy miming to an r 'n' b track and throwing interesting popping and locking shapes awkwardly on the catwalk. Then towards the end, one girl with a guitarist who seemed a wee bit nervous performed, she was great though.

Overall, the show did feel a bit amateur which was a shame, but then again, it is the first ever regional fashion event like this in Aberdeen so I was happy to have attended as a blogger.
I also feel that if the organisers had reached out to the local Aberdeenshire fashion bloggers/fashionistas (the are LOADS of us) and used better social media to draw attention to the event, it would have been better attended. In fact, after the event, I spoke to about ten local bloggers and only one had seen an ad for the event, which was a bit of a shock. Bloggers are very good at creating buzz around upcoming local events like these and can really help with the numbers and publicity!
The next Aberdeenshire Fashion Week will be in October and I will be attending, regardless of what happened this time round. I know that the issues that happened this season will be resolved and the event will run a lot more smoothly next time.
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Sunday, 16 June 2013

10 Things I Don't Give A Sh*t About...

A note from Joelle...

♫ ♪ 'I LOVE IT' - ICONA POP♫ ♪


I don't mean to be so negative, but so many things have been getting on my nerves recently. Excuse my French, but I just don't give a sh*t about the following things:
1. Being the most 'popular' person - *Yawns* Most of us are not in high school any more, so trying to befriend people you think will get you up the popularity ladder instead of finding true friends (I know people who have done this!) is so stupid. Finding friends that you can be yourself around and trust with anything beats that any day. 
True friends don't judge each other - FunSubstance.com
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2. Having a thigh gap - Am I missing something (apart from said thigh gap)? Where did this even come from and how is this now considered 'hot'? It's just space in between your legs, get a grip! Want a real thigh gap without slaving away in the gym all day? STAND WITH YOUR LEGS 20cm APART - DONE!
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Do you really think this is a genuine photo? We all know Bey looks nothing like this!
3. My speling: and grammer on twitter - Oh, give us mere tweeters a break! We only have 140 to tell the world what we are doing at that exact moment, so if we make a little error, who really cares? I still have my GCSE, A Level and University certificates to prove that I grasp standard English - promise!
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3. How much you love your boyfriend/girlfriend/lover on facebook/twitter - Here's an idea, instead of spamming our newsfeeds with all this soppy nonsense and badly edited photos of you both cuddling in bed... WHY NOT TELL THEM HOW MUCH YOU LOVE THEM TO THEIR FACE? That will save us reaching tipping point and hovering over the 'un-friend' button) and save you so much time deleting the pictures and statuses when you eventually break up. 
4. 3D Films - Why spend an extra couple of pounds to shriek and close your eyes as random objects fly across the screen? Waste. Of. Money. That extra pound could have gone towards buying more snacks from the convenience store across the road instead of the overpriced junk they sell in the actual cinema (don't pretend you have never done that!).

5. Alexa Chung's fashion - I do like her as a presenter, but that is all. She is the most overrated fashion 'icon' that has ever lived.  She has won 'Best Dressed' at the British Fashion Awards about three years in a row, which is madness (okay, she did deserve it the first time...). Her style is so boring and predictable in my opinion, so why all the hype? 
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6. Going bare-faced in public - This is one for you, ladies! Why are you so scared to just walk 10 metres away from your house and into the shops without makeup? You are not going to be arrested by the MAC Police, so get on with it! Some girls my age are so paranoid about being spotted bare-faced in the street and it's ridiculous. It's as if they would prefer actually being bare in the flesh but still have a fresh face of makeup!
7. Safely removing a USB stick from a laptop - Life is way too short. (and I use Dropbox anyway)

7.5 Eating elegantly at buffets - Are you kidding me? It's all you can eat - take it as a challenge and get as much in you as physically possible! No one can judge you as they are all trying to do the same thing. I am the best buffet-buddy ever, by the way. (Yes, I did just make up that role) *pats self on back*
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8. Having thousands of Facebook friends - Sorry, but this isn't 2009 any more. The number of 'friends' you have on sites like Facebook, blogs and Twitter does not determine your popularity or worth as a person. Some young people need to stop obsessing over this and go chill outside or something! 
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9. My taste in music - One minute I can listen to 'The Little Mermaid' soundtrack, My Chemical Romance the next and then Tchaikovsky after that. Am I ashamed? NEIN! *tosses hair fabulously*
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10. Being alone - In the words of songstress Kelly Clarkson: 'it doesn't mean I'm lonely when I'm alone...'. I went to the cinema alone for the first time in my 19 years on this earth. I got odd looks from the woman at the till, but I just paid, smiled and went into the screening room - simple as that.
I do the same in lectures sometimes too (mainly because I am always late and have to awkwardly sit in the front, spearing the humiliation of looking  for people I know in the lecture theatre like a lost puppy) - trust me, it's very liberating!
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I hope you enjoyed this post. Is there anything you don't give a sh*it about? Feel free to share!
Read Part II HERE
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Thursday, 13 June 2013

Best Dressed: Tony Awards 2013

A note from Joelle...

♫ ♪ 'Mein HERR' - CABARET ♫ ♪

The Tony Awards are the Oscars for the Broadway scene and it's a big deal for people in that industry. I look forward to it as a lot of the winning shows cross over to this side of the pond and start in the West End.
 This year saw 3 out of 4 major winners of the prize being African-American, which was great to see. 
It was also a great night for fashion, with vibrant blues, busy prints and monochromes dominating the red carpet. Here are my favourites! 
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Laura Benanti in Randi Rahm
The sizzling Scarlett Johansson arrives at Radio City Music Hall.
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Scarlett Johansson in Saint Laurent
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Patina Miller in Zac Posen
Anna Kendrick gets glammed up for the Tony Awards!
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Anna Kendrick in Donna Karan Atelier
What do you think of these gowns? Who was YOUR best dressed?
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