Benedict has a point…

Matthew Horwood / / Via

Matthew Horwood / / Via

So the third series of Sherlock has recently begun filming – if you have never watched Sherlock please do so! – and the main actor Benedict Cumberbatch decided to give the paparazzi a subtle message as he left his trailer.

This photo puts the job of the paparazzi into perspective somewhat. Every single day we can not look in a newspaper or look online and not see photos of celebrities doing the most mundane of things and then somehow this becomes news. How is Victoria Beckham eating a burger somehow a newsworthy piece of information? The answer? It’s not. It isn’t like all these paparazzi turn up, get the pictures they want and then leave. These people will easily sit around for hours and hours trying to get a photo of a certain celebrity and often a lot of the photos that are taken aren’t used in the article.

Is it just me who finds seeing other people’s holiday photos boring? No? Just me then….

It seems that paparazzi are obsessed with snapping photos of various celebrities in various sunny foreign places and somehow them being on holiday is something that the general public needs to be made aware of. If the photos are of a female celebrity in a bikini usually the headline will make some reference to her body shape – another thing that paparazzi are obsessed with – and either criticizing it or praising it. Another place you are guranteed to find the strange creature that is paparazzi is an airport. If a celebrity is jetting into any airport there will be a barrage of paparazzi ready and waiting to shove cameras in their face. They are human beings as well, some people need to learn to respect personal space

In my opinion Benedict has got it completely right. The majority of photographs that the paparazzi take is of celebrities and somehow turn them into newsworthy stories; whereas as other subjects don’t even get half the coverage that they deserve

Shame on you paparazzi

Shame on you


People who annoy me on trains….

Over the past two months I have been up in London doing an internship at a company in London so I have to get the train 3 days a week during rush hour. This leads to me seeing various people, most of whom who do not irritate me in the slightest but there are certain types of people who do. Here is the top 10:

1. People who decide to have very loud conversations on the phone – nobody wants to hear your conversation at 7am when most of them – including me – are trying to get a bit more sleep before work. I’m not talking about business men calling work, I’m talking about the people -namely girls- who decide to have really loud conversations with their friends for half an hour about the happenings of the weekends or some such pointless conversation. They always seem to start their conversation something like “Douggiie …how you doin’ matee!” at the top of their lungs. I swear they think everyone around them is deaf

2. People who decide to read broadsheet newspapers – I don’t begrudge people bringing things on the train to read – I do it myself – however it is not OK to read a broadsheet newspaper out wide on a cramped train during rush hour. To me these people – usually men – look like swooping eagles with their outstretched arms. They also fail to notice that the person sat next to them might get hit in the face with said newspaper

3. People who get on the train before you get off – this happens on a regular basis to me. I swear people just assume that it’s their given right to get on the train regardless or whether other people actually want to get off it. These people then look annoyed when I get off as they are trying to get on, surely 10 seconds won’t harm their journey?! Its just pure bad manners and a lack of common sense

4. People who run at the train doors seconds before it is meant to leave – now this can either be funny or really annoying. Either the train pulls away and leaves said person on the platform looking rather deflated, or, it can end up with that person squeezing on to the train and trying to find a spot to cram themselves. Not cool.

5. Wearing a backpack on a crowded train – I don’t see why people feel the need to wear huge ass backpacks on a crowded train and risk smacking someone on the face when they move. It doesn’t take a minute to take it off and hold it. I’m pretty sure they don’t realise exactly how much space they are taking up. Some people are just so inconsiderate.

6. Leaning on a pole – it’s a crowded train and there is no need for you to lean on the pole that people want to hold on to. Having your hand crushed by someone’s back isn’t a nice experience

7. People who listen to their music too loudly – I like listening to music as much as the next person, but I enjoy listening to MY music; I do not want to listen to yours. Your music does not need to be so loud that I can hear the buzzing of your headphones. Just think about your poor ears.

8.  People who put their bags on a seat – I’m sorry I didn’t realise that your bag was so important that it needed to have it’s own seat. The seats on the train are meant to be used for people to sit on not for your bag. Is it such a hardship to put it on your lap or on the floor. No it isn’t.

9. Slow walking commuters – I understand that stations get very busy and crowded but often people will be walking along at such a slow pace and there is nothing stopping them from walking at a normal pace. It seems that commuters seem unable to walk at a reasonable pace. Slow walking people need to be punched in the back of the head.

10. People who randomly stop in the middle of the platform – why just WHY?!?! This happens to me at least once a day and it annoys me every single time. I’m just walking along behind a group of people when the person in front decides to stop in the middle of the platform causing me to nearly smack into them.

So that concludes the people who annoy me trains, happy commuting guys!



Skinny Minnie


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After recently finishing my dissertation on body image and how advertising can affect women’s perception of body image I decided to look into how social media can affect it. Typing the words size zero into tumblr made me die in a little inside admittedly. Myself being 5’3 and a size 8, people often assume I barely eat (this isn’t true at all!). Anyway, recently social media has introduced a ban on such words as ‘pro ana’ and ‘thin spo’. Even though these social media sites have vowed to stop the promotion of ‘thinspo’ no amount of monitoring will completely eliminate social media’s ability to glorify the idea of the ‘thin ideal’.

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Polly Aberystwyth mini-haul

Sorry I haven’t blogged in ages. My third year of Uni kinda happened and I had essays and a dissertation to write as well as a 10 minute film to make so hence why I have gone AWOL for quite a few months. But I’m back now with a haul post. There is an independent chain in Aberystwyth called Polly and I absolutely LOVE their stuff and I’d thought I’d share what I have bought over the past few months with you lovely people

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It’s Satchel Time!

Yes I know my last post was about the new Cambridge Satchel collection but this one is about my brand new Cambridge Satchel. I returned to university the day after I wrote my last post and when I got to my house a package was waiting for me and inside was my beautiful 11″ Cambridge Satchel.

Just to prove it’s real leather

It has taken some getting used to having to undo and redo the buckles every time I wanted to get something out of it but it’s worth it! When you look it you can just see the amazing craftsmanship that goes into making one of these bags and also the smell of genuine leather. Due to it being the 11″ you can’t fit too much in it but I only use it if I’m going to a viewing or if I’m just browsing town. The leather is very stiff so at least I know it will keep it’s shape over time.

Oh one thing I would advise is that you go and buy leather protector when it arrives because I have seen people moaning about watermarks on theirs from the rain. If you buy leather protector and spray your bag this won’t happen. There are several places you can buy these satchels from but I got mine directly from The Cambridge Satchel Company website and it was only £74. Best ever £74 spent in my opinion!

The affordable ‘It’ bag goes designer

I found out the wonderful news last week. New York Fashion Week started recently and designer Chris Benz has decided to collaborate with the iconic Cambridge Satchel Company to create a range of 2 tone satchels. These beautiful satchels have also been seen on a variety of celebrities including Zooey Deschanel, Dakota Fanning and Taylor Swift. This isn’t the first collaboration that The Cambridge Satchel Company has produced, the company has collaborated with Dover Street Market and even Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, who commissioned custom satchels bearing the Sterling Cooper Draper Price logo as an end-of-season gift for the cast. This collaboration however is the first US designer that has produced a collection for the company

In the collection there will be 9 colour variants and I would expect nothing less from Chris Benz and he is known for his love of colour. His take on the classic school satchel in my opinion is really cute and fun.The satchels are available in a range of colors including lilac, lemon, rose, duck egg, tangerine, green, red, white and brown. Here are some of the satchels that you will be able to get your hands on next year:

Personally my two favourite out of the photos that I have seen  are the black and white one and also the pastel purple and white one. I can’t wait for this collection to be released next year so I can add to my collection – currently on order is my 11″ classic red satchel which should turn up in October so I’m really excited about that when it finally arrives.

What do you think of the Chris Benz x Cambridge Satchel collaboration?

My top 2 foundations for pale/fair skin

I’m not saying that my word is rule, I’m just telling you what my top two foundations are for pale to fair skin and one product that isn’t so brilliant. I’ve had quite a bit of trouble finding foundations that give me good coverage and actually look natural. Some of the foundation I’ve bought have either been too dark so I look orange, too light so I look like a corpse or they just don’t give me enough coverage. My last two foundations have been brilliant so I’m gonna give a quick review of each.

L’Oreal True Match Compact Foundation:


As you can see this has been well used. I don’t know the price of this as I got given it. I tried looking it up but they seemed to have discontinued it which is a real shame. I had never tried a L’Oreal foundation before this one and I am very glad I did. It has a little sponge that comes with it that sits on the other side of the compact which is rather useful. It is rather easy to blend in and gives a decent coverage. The colour I have is N1 Soft Ivory which matches my skin tone really well because I’m not a huge fan of the caked on look. The one thing I would say that is bad about this foundation is that if I have patches of dry skin then it sometimes draws attention to them so I would advise putting on a moisturiser or primer before this. They do a liquid True Match range now so once my compact and my other liquid foundation run out I may have to purchase this foundation

Collection 2000 Match Foundation –

This foundation is the one I use the most out of the two. The shade that I have is Ivory 1 and like the L’Oreal foundation it matches my skin tone extremely well. I had bought quite a few Collection 2000 products before because they are quite cheap but they are often quite good. This foundation is only £3.99 in Boots and it’s a little gem. Like I said the coverage is really good and you don’t need need a lot of product to cover your whole face. I do like the packaging of this because it looks more expensive than it is. A lot of high street and high end brands have these colour match type foundations but I can guarantee you can’t buy them for less than a fiver!

And now for one product that I really do regret buying. I know it says my two favourites but I felt like I needed to mention this product. This product is Collection 2000 Perfect Finish foundation.

I read reviews on it and people were raving about it and saying it was really good and they loved so I thought I would try it out. I bought it in Vanilla which I thought would be light enough and it wasn’t, it made me look really orange. Although it blended decently it still felt a bit cakey on my skin. With the other two it doesn’t feel like I had foundation on but with this one it felt like a mask. The packaging was ok but it did feel a bit cheap. Once I had applied it and blended it any imperfection I had or slight amount of dry skin I had was drawn attention to.

Now I’m not saying that you should stay away from Collection 2000 Perfect Finish or go out and buy Collection 2000 Colour Match. I’m just giving you a quick review on the two foundations that I find work for my skin so hopefully this will give you pale or fair skinned girls some ideas 🙂