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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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?

Purple Rain

Rich jewel hues are all the rage for Autumn/Winter 2012. I absolutely love the colour purple and this autumn the shops will be filled with dresses, shoes, bags etc in this beautiful colour. “From the satiny rich silhouette of Armani Priveto power-hungry retro prints of Prada, purple has suddenly gone from being one of many elegant cocktail colours to the colour of collections,” says Latha Sunadh, stylist and editor of a fashion portal.

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Berry-nice

 

Shades of deep red dominated the runways of Autumn/Winter.  Burgundy. Also known as Maroon, Oxblood, Port, etc. this color is everywhere right now and designers are offering up some hot pieces in various shades of the hue. These warm shades are a nice transition from the summer colours without having to make the drastic change to black.

It is an easy colour to wear and can be worn day or night. There is such a large amount of burgundy  for the fall 2012 season out there, it is important to not go overboard and tonal with burgundy. Burgundy should be one piece of an ensemble for the fall season. Even though burgundy is a very easy to colour to wear there are some things to consider when deciding what shade is suitable for you. If you are fair skinned then stay away from almost-black reds all they will suck all the colour out of you and make you look extremely pale. You can pretty much wear it in the same way you would wear black – another big autumn trend. A little burgundy dress worn with black accessories is just as elegant as the classic little black dress. You can also try teaming dark red with tan accessories which will give you a more casual look, perfect for getting claret into your look now and taking it through to winter.

I’m not normally one to jump on the band wagon and follow fashion trends but I’ve gotta say I really like this colour trend. It’s a versatile colour and everyone can wear it –  which is always a bonus!

Blazers are the new t-shirts

Blazers are the new t-shirts. I’m not saying go out with just the blazer and no shirt because you might get funny looks. What I mean is that they have become a staple of a woman’s wardrobe as much as the tee has. The blazer is utterly timeless and there are so many styles out there that there is something to suit everyone.

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Bit of advice for high street stores

Ever walked into a store, found something really nice and found that they don’t do it in your size? I bet many people have. Most high street stores are guilty of not stocking clothing in sizes above a 16. With the average size woman being a size 14 there aren’t many choices on the high street for the larger lady. The only high street store that solely caters to the larger figure is Evans.

There are no store on the high street that covers all three of these areas. TopShop, Dorothy Perkins and Wallis all have a petite range but no plus size range. New Look does have a plus size range but the only other clothes available are in standard sizes. Sometimes the main ranges do fit me but if there is a petite range then I will often check that out first. There are few online sites that stock both petite and plus size clothing alongside the main range. The only two that I know of is ASOS and Forever21 and considering how many online stores there are that isn’t exactly brilliant.

TopShop only stock up a size 16. I mean I get that the store stocks very on trend and fashionable clothes but larger women do want to look fashionable aswell. Another thing that annoys me is that I find something nice in the main range, it doesn’t fit so I try and see if they have a petite version and they don’t! Only a few pieces are in both the main and petite ranges. Most shops are actually alienating many women by not stocking clothes above a size 16. Just because they are curvy doesn’t mean they don’t want to look nice. I guess most high street stores just cater to smaller women and forget the ladies who above the average size. Debenhams is actually the only store in the high street that actually stocks petite and plus size clothing so kudos to Debenhams.

I don’t see what so bad about what is so bad about most high street stores stocking more petite and plus size ranges. These women do exsist but many popular high street stores don’t seem to acknowledge this