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'I'm lost. Or. I'm feeling lost. To be honest, I'm not really sure which one of these statements ring most true to me...

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Boohoo Dungarees and H&M Cold Shoulders

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Walk, walk, fashun baby. Walk. 

I'm back, I'm back, I'm finally back! Hello guys and gals, I'm back with a brand new outfit post, well I'd call it more of an incomplete outfit post, as I didn't manage to get all of the full length shots that I wanted, but these half frame shots will just have to do, I'm afriad...I hope you enjoy it. I haven't posted an outfit post in ages, so go easy on me ok!

Random Question: Why is it no longer a thing to dress up in dungarees everyday? Answer: It should totally be a thing. 

For so long I have been obsessed with everything 90's; 90's food, 90's hair, 90's style, 90's hip hop, 90's everything! I'm not sure whether it has something to do with the fact that I was born in this era or because it quite possibly is the best decade to come out of the 20th century, but it really was the era of so much change, development and of course...good style!

90's fashion has been a constant love affair of mine and I would definitely describe my style as traditionally 90's, with a little bit of androgyny and classic chic mixed in. Dungarees are perhaps my most favourite 90's item of clothing. They've always been so easy to style, to wear and give off this casual air of grunge that is oh so effortless. 

And yes, that is my camera remote, you see popping out of my hand there.

Whoops, there it is again!

Keeping with the theme of casual 90's grunge, I paired it with this oh so casual cold shoulder crop, which once again has got me looking like I'm an ex-member from a 90's girl band! Also as you guys know I go crazy for a bit of the chunky, so I have completed the look with a geometric gold chain from H&M. 

I had to resort to taking these photos in my room because it is literally SO SO cold outside, I am actually scared my fingers might fall off! However even though it's cold, doesn't mean I can't get an outfit post out, it might not be the type of post I wanted to get out, but at least it is one! And although I didn't manage to get the different wide, portrait and full length shots that I wanted, I'm still kind of loving these close ups. They've got a lovely soft, detail to them, which many of my wider shots don't have.

However it's not going to be a regular thing though guys so don't get used to it, I'm hoping to get back outside for my next one! :) As always, thank you so much for reading! 

Do you like this look? Are you a fan of the cold shoulder?

17 in 2017

Friday, 30 December 2016

As much as we all wanted it to be, 2016 just wasn't the spectacular year we all hoped it to be. A lot changed. A lot of people died. A lot of people were killed and the world became a much sadder place because of it. However as I have mentioned in an article I wrote for the olive fox on 'finding the light in 2016', it is important to recognise the light amongst the dark and although we still don't know what 2017 may bring, it doesn't hurt to be that little bit hopeful for a shift or change in circumstance to take place. Within my wishful thoughts for 2017, I started to think about the things that I thought society needs 'to man the f*ck up about and start changing and so I wrote a list, which is half of what you can see below. The other half is some changes that I feel that I would also benefit from carrying out in 2017. And thus I came up with the 17 in 2017 list, a list of changes that I hope will come about for society and myself, this coming new year.

1) Re-start my youtube channel again.

2) Write more. In 2017, I want writing to engulf me in such a way that all I'll want to do is; live, eat and breathe writing. I want to get further along with my novel, and I would also love to start writing for a few more online magazines.

3) Less racism. We need more diversity in the media, we need more diversity in the corporate world. We need more diversity in life and we all need to work together in order to create a movement for this to happen.

4) A complete stop on racist killings. It is sick, disgusting and utterly inhumane. The murders must cease.

5) Exhibiting less avoidance and facing more of my fears. I want to start to live by the motto of 'Feel the fear, but do it anyway.'

6) A greater awareness in mental health across society and a reduction in the stigmas attached to it.

7) An increase of unity amongst people within society.

8) Achieve at least one of my dreams from my 'Dreams I want to become a Reality' list.

9) Less stereotypes. Less categories. Less stigmas. Less judgement and more holistic thinking.

10) Start blowing my own trumpet a little louder to capture the pride I have for my achievements.

11) Care less about what other people think, which creates the perfect segue for my next change...

12) Continue my enlightening and refreshing new way of life, entitled; 'Not giving a fuck'.

13) Less dark. More light. Not just in society but within the depths of my soul. too.

14) Filling my life with less fakes and more real people.

15) Make more time for family and friends.

16) Less work, more play. I'm a workaholic, there's no doubt about it, but in working 24/7 I have found that I have stopped living and cease to exist on in auto-pilot mode. In auto pilot mode, life whizzes by, I want to start experiencing life again. I want to live.

17) More peace - worldwide.

And that concludes the 17 in 2017 list. Based on this list there are a whole heap of changes that need to take place next year, and I will admit a lot of them are somewhat ambitious, however I am hopeful that 2017 will be a much better year than 2016 and the year that the evil people of society remove the sticks up their arses and start making some changes. I am hopeful. Are you?

Do you have any personal changes you would like to make in 2017? Perhaps you have another society change you would like to take place in 2017. Whichever, feel free to leave your comments below, I would love to know your thoughts.

As always, thank you so much for reading. Until next time, I'm...

Scribbling Away Xx 

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6 Ways the Blogosphere is Becoming the New Hollywood

Monday, 28 November 2016

The blogosphere is one extraordinary place, filled both with, a whole lot of good and a whole lot of bad. But it is also filled with a whole lot of new, change and evolutional change of the media industry. It is baffling to think, that within a few short years some bloggers have gone from, Jenny from down the lane, of whom nobody but their mother and cat to know their name, to international superstar, equipped with a mob of superfans, multtiple book and sponsorship deals and that would bring the Kardashian's themselves to shame.
What was once a small community of everyday people just adding their two pence to the two on their private little space on the internet, has now become this fruitful, glitzy and ever-growing sphere of bloggy

To put it in short; The blogosphere is basically a newer, lesser, kind of Hollywood universe and here are my reasons why:
1) Community Spirit -  
Whenever you hear the people of Hollywood talk about the reasons why they have so many friends within their industry, they alway say it's because people within the industry already understand what it's like to be there, the up's the down's, the good and the bad. And I guess you could say the same for the blogging community. I have made more friends in my two years of blogging, than I have ever made in my entire life! I always feel like I can be my complete self around my blogger buds, because they just 'get me'. There's a real sense of community and love amongst the bloggers that I have come to know in my two years of blogging and I would not change that for the world!

2) Being sent PR samples - 
As I said before a lot of the things that I'm including on this list are actually a great thing to be able to be involved in; for example being sent the newest in beauty from Urban Decay or Chanel cosmetics is something I definitely would not say no to. And nor do the celebrities of Hollywood; they are sent box after box full of PR samples, with brands hungrily waiting (And hoping) that they will choose to wear that dress to the new James Bond premier or posting that new lipstick to their Instagram feed.

3) Fandom Culture - 

You know i've never really understood extreme fan culture. I mean, yeah, I'm proud to say I'm a Potterhead as much as the next person. But I've never quite understood the 'I-must-devote-my-every-waking-moment-to-these-"influencers"-or-I-might-die' thing. I'm not knocking it, nor am I praising it, I'm just saying I don't get it. And this is just one of the things that is making it's way from Hollywood into the Blogosphere. Some fans practically worship the ground some bloggers/vloggers walk on, quite literally setting up shop outside their houses, just to get a second look. It's not really their fault, it's just that culture, that belief system, that anyone above a certain amount of followers is now the holy grail of the digital age. But if this is the stage we are at now, I dread to think what will happen to the future of this extreme fandom culture.
4) Hard Work - 
Just like the hard-working stars of Hollywood will say, Blogging is no easy job. In order to "make it" in even half of the way, you have to put in ALL of the blood, ALL of the sweat and ALL of the tears and even while doing this, there's a horrible chance that you still won't get very far. In blogging, much like Hollywood, it's as much a case of luck and hard graft in order to fully make it in the "big time".
5) Lack of Diversity - 
I wrote a post about this, just last week, if you fancy a read of it, it's (here). This is one thing that I feel the Blogosphere should definitely NOT be taking from Hollywood. There are not enough roles for actors/actresses of colour in Hollywood, nor is there any kind of active change coming about for this issue. The same can be said for the blogosphere, I am tired of not seeing my colour represented, I am tired of not seeing more bloggers who I can look up to and aspire to be. I'm tired and I'm sick and I really do hope that people in our blogger industry start to see the error of their ways soon, because the industry is so new, it's still growing and being established, which therefore means...there's still time for change!
6) Glitz & Glam - 
The glitz and glam of fancy brand parties, movie premiers and shacking up in fancy hotels is no longer a characteristic only associated with the stars of Hollywood. It has made it's way into the blogosphere, where you have bloggers attending world class movie premiers, dressing up in the most glitzy of gowns and being put up in the most sleek of hotels. This part, like all on this list, has it's negatives, but for the most part, I think it's pretty bad-ass. I look forward to the day (wishful thinking) when I can attend a fantastic beast movie premier, or be invited on a horse and carriage ride through the city.

I daren't say I hate what the blogosphere has become, because I don't, but I also don't love it either, I'm veered somewhere in the middle. A brightly lit room of limbo, of never really knowing whether I'm going or coming in this "new" blogosphere. A lot of the stuff I mentioned above, are so bad-ass, that they make my toes curl, but alas..."with great power, comes great responsibility" and I truly hope that members of the blogosphere start to use their newfound power of supposed "Hollywood" status for the greater good.

Thoughts? Do you feel that the blogosphere is fast approaching Hollywood status?

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The Blogger Behind The Smile...

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

'The brightest smiles, always hide the most pain'

If you take a look back through the photos of me as a little girl growing up, my face was always filled with a glowing smile. So much so, that I was nicknamed 'Smiley' by my cousins, and it's a name that has stuck with me right through to my adult years.

Why do I smile?:
Whenever people notice that I smile so frequently, through the good and the bad, they always ask me why do you smile so much? What are you so happy about? To answer the question, I am happy about a lot of things, but I am also sad about many things too, and for me, a lot of the time my smile is a mask I use to conceal the true and raw emotions that I may be feeling at that present moment. Don't get me wrong, the majority of the time when I do smile it's genuine and full of real warmth and happiness, but a lot of the time it is a way to hide pain.

But at what point does a smile start having a negative impact on you. I would say at the point when it becomes your biggest defence mechanism, which is exactly what it now is to me. It is the thing I use the most to hide my pain, embarrassment, discomfort and heartbreak. For every bad or sad situation I could recall to you right now, there is a gleaming smile behind it ready to hide and mask the pain.

I laugh when people shout at me. I grinned and jeered when the guy I found myself falling hard for kissed another girl right in front of my face. And I smile when life just gets a little bit shit. In some regard, I guess you could say, that smiling in every situation is a good thing, it shows positivity and resilience. In some cases, yes, I guess you could say this is true, but in most cases, and mine in particular, it is just a plain old case of avoidance. 

So what do I do about it then? Believe me, I have asked myself this question more times than I have listened to the 'Conor Maynard Controlla mashup' - ONE TOO MANY TIMES (basically). I don't know what it is, but for some reason it's as if I have this inherent trait to act as if everything is holy rosy 110% of the time. Perhaps it's my perfectionist rose tinted views, or just the 'Chambers' family blood, but it's not right, it's actually unhealthy and it's something I need to knack.

Now I'm not saying that a little positivity and pushing bad experiences behind us in the hope for something better, isn't something we shouldn't be doing, because we should, I am all for positivity. It's the avoidance part that is not right, because even when we are being positive, we still need to recognise and acknowledge the bad, in order to salvage the good.

 I need to learn to live by the words I preach as a "psychologist to be", I can't be hypocritical. I need to learn that it's ok to not be ok and that a little down time A.K.A no smiling time, is also ok and actually required to create a level equilibrium within the mind, body and soul.

Do you guys use smiles to mask your pain too? What are your defence mechanisms to hide pain?

Scribbling Away Xx 

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10 Things Brands Should Know About Bloggers of Colour

Monday, 21 November 2016

Bloggers of Colour, black bloggers, media, blogging, blogosphere, casual racism, underrepresentation, brands in blogging

Look guys, I'm just going to dive straight into it, because I am so done and angry with it all. There is not enough racial diversity in the blogging industry. There is not enough racial diversity with the bloggers who work with brands, there is not enough diversity full stop!

I can't count the amount of times that I have seen so many talented beauty and fashion bloggers of colour who are just not getting the recognition they deserve, despite pushing the boundaries of creativity and creating art that is unique, powerful and inspirational. While, brands continue to choose to promote and work predominantly with some bloggers who just continue to spew out the same damn thing as every other blogger, not really ever changing speed or provoking a thought or emotion, just because they're white and fit society's mold. IT IS BORING. And I am sick and tired of it, so here is my note to the world of brands on us Bloggers of Colour:

1) STOP treating us like we don't exist!

2) Does our colour somehow make us invisible to you all? Or are you simply just choosing to ignore us when picking bloggers for your campaigns, events and sponsored opportunities? Whichever it is, it's ignorant and it needs to stop. The amount of bloggers of colour that I see at these brand parties and big blogger events can quite possibly be counted on one hand(two if you're lucky), it isn't right and it isn't fair. 

3)The whole supposed ethos of blogging is supposedly, a modern platform that can be accessed and related to by all. However by choosing to use 3 white bloggers in your latest ad campaign for a new beauty product does little for encouraging or inspiring people of colour as there isn't anyone they can relate to.


5) We work equally as hard as white bloggers, so why do you continue to ignore our talent? 

6)We have hair too you know. Some of us may wear it natural, have braids or have weaves, but we still have hair and we can get it dyed live on stage too. #JustSaying

7) Oh and choosing to work with bloggers of colour who are of a lighter complexion, is definitely a step forward in the right direction, but not forward enough. Bloggers of colour with dark skin are just as beautiful and we need to see them being represented too. Otherwise we just find ourselves right back round at square one again.

8)When I first started blogging I praised the industry for it's diversity and it being a place that represents everybody. I now see how naive I was. It is biased and horribly archaic in it's views of what is beautiful and who is worthy enough to work with.THIS NEEDS TO STOP!

9) We will not fall privy to the same ignorant rules of an underrepresented society.  People of colour are not represented - PERIOD! Don't let blogging become that, consider and represent all bloggers, because at the end of the day we are all bloggers, and we all work hard on our little slices of the internet, please don't define us by our colour.

10) Stop ruining our children. Children really are the future and what they see today will shape who they are tomorrow. Don't let the little girl of colour think that there is something wrong with being black or asian because she NEVER see's bloggers that look like her on these brand's websites and social media pages. Be that change, that society so desperately needs! 

As always this post is not intended to offend anyone, but more to draw attention to the actions of some brands in the blogosphere and how it makes bloggers of colour feel. The media industry is already full of so much racism and underrepresentation of ethnic minorities, please don't let blogging become the same. Let's make a change.

Do you think brands represent bloggers of colour? Do you feel there needs to be a change?

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