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Now I'm 30, should I have to dress my age?

Topman denim jacket, Boohoo hoody, H&M skirt, Vans, Boohoo tights

Hoody Boohoo
Skirt H&M
Jacket Topman
Tights Boohoo

Sometimes when I get dressed in the morning, especially for work, I wonder if I have dressed 'too young' for my age. I'm 30, but I definitely don't feel it. I still like to know what's 'on trend' (even though that phrase makes me criinge), I still get excited about fashion and new things, and I feel like a lot of those things are aimed at people a lot younger than me. I see so many articles about having a uniform once you get to a certain age, or building a capsule wardrobe once you hit 30 but I just can't get on board. Sometimes I do crack out a pencil skirt, blouse and heels, but then some days I want to wear leggings and Adidas Superstars.

I really like the outfit above, but 'should I be wearing Vans?' 'should I be wearing a hoody with Vans?' 'do I look like Avril Lavigne in the Sk8r Boi video (oldest reference on earth)?' 'do people think I am trying to dress like a teenager?' were all thoughts that ran through my mind.

It annoys me really because why do I care what anyone thinks? As if it matters. There isn't some sort of dress code you need to start following when you hit a certain age. I'm not going to purchase a fleece and some Crocs (sorry Christopher Kane it's a no from me).

So I'm going to carry on wearing what I want to wear, and I'll probably carry on wondering if I look like an overgrown teenager, but then I'll have a word with myself and realise there are a lot more pressing problems in the world, so I'll just grab my tamogotchi and head to the Justin Bieber concert with my squad. #EYEBROWSONFLEEK


Do we have to LOVE our bodies?

I was listening to The High Low podcast the other week (an excellent listen which I would thoroughly recommend), and they got to the reader email part of the show, where listeners send in their problems/issues and hosts Pandora  and Dolly answer them. One of the questions was about not wanting to take selfies and the reply really got me thinking, as Dolly touched on something that I've been thinking about recently. She gave a very eloquent answer (listen to it here about 40 minutes in - it's the podcast titled 'The Meme that broke the internet and why we need to talk about periods') but to sum up the bit that i'm referring to, she asked whether we really have to LOVE our selves/our bodies, or whether the notion is problematic as it reduces women to defining themselves by their bodies and not their actions. 

This struck a chord with me as I couldn't agree more. I think this message often just creates the opposite effect. The more and more women are told they have to LOVE their bodies, be happy at any size etc. etc. it just drums home the fact that our bodies are the focus of everything; they are what we should define ourselves by, forget our personality or achievements or interests - if we don't LOVE our bodies and put all our efforts into LOVING our bodies then we are failures. 

Sure, I have days where I think I could lose a bit of weight or can't do up my jeans or eat A LOT of Nutella from the jar then feel bad. 99% of people do. But I don't define myself by it. In general I think my body is great - I have arms, legs and a head, it gets me around and I feel good about myself when I look in the mirror. I do think I'm lucky to have been brought up in a family who are happy in their own skin and never made body image the focus of their life, but I just want all women to realise that it's okay to feel just fine about yourself and your body most of the time. I'm not trying to bash anyone or belittle anyone who has body confidence issues AT ALL, but the message 'oh you should just love your body' - how is that helpful when women are bombarded on the daily with everything that suggests they should do the exact opposite?

The pressure we put on women to feel like they have to think about and talk about their body image 24/7 drives me crazy. If you hate your body - OMG just buy this deodorant/lipstick/pair of jeans and LOVE your body! If you do actually love your body - OMG why are you so up yourself what an arrogant witch! Focusing all your efforts into loving your self suggest women should constantly have to look inwardly for happiness, to focus on yourself ALL the time and ALWAYS put yourself first. But sometimes, you shouldn't put yourself first. Put your mum first, put your partner first, put your cat first. Let's talk about something else for a change. Be a kind person, enjoy yourself, live your life with integrity, and confidence will come as an added bonus.

That last bit turned into a bit of an Instagram quote which is not me at all, but I hope I've made my point. I'd love to hear your thoughts on the subject - do you agree? 


OOTD // Puffer fish vibes

Jacket New Look
Top Zara
Jeans H&M
Boots Primark

I now have a full on coat wardobe. A coat-drobe if you will. This seems to have crept up on me - I wouldn't particularly describe myself as a coat fanatic you understand. A shoe fanatic - sure. But the coat obsession has been gradual. 

To be fair, most of my coats have been total bargains, which I think it's part of the reason I have built up quite the collection. This pink beauty was £12 from New Look (It was still full price via ASOS!) and I've wanted a puffa coat for ages so I snapped it straight up on payday. 

What I should be doing with this coat of course is wearing it half off, half on in this nonchalant way. But come on. That is just silly isn't it - I get it's very FASHUN, and I got fully on board with the shoulder robing of past seasons. But that is a step too far. 

I have spoken, someone fax Anna Wintour. 


Paris in a flash // Prototype exhibition

Last week I got a very exciting last minute invitation. To celebrate the release of ‘The Ghost in the Shell’ film, Tumblr and Paramount Pictures were holding an exhibition called 'Prototype' during Paris Fashion Week, showcasing innovative technology fused with high fashion.

 I love a fashion exhibition, and with garments that incorporate LED lights, adjust the temperature of the wearer or react to the environment, obviously I couldn't say no!

I'd been on a long weekend away at the Lake District Friday - Monday, celebrating mine and Rich's anniversary, so I travelled to Paris on the Tuesday and came back on the Wednesday. A fleeting but very fun less-than-24-hours in Gay Paree.

This Aerochromics top on the left looks pretty regular but it's printed with an aerochromic dye that changes from black to white when the pollution air quality index hits 60. How cool is that?

I love that the white dress above by CuteCircuit is simple and wearable but the light up sleeve makes it unique. I want to wear it on a night out - pretty sure I would look mighty cool dancing to Drake with my light up sleeve. I could even time it to the beat. 

This Chromat dress is my favourite - the wings! Such drama. She looks like a fairy from an episode of Black Mirror. 

Viktoria Modesta, the 'bionic popstar' performed at the event - she had her leg removed following a childhood illness so now wears a prosthetic leg which she incorporates into her outfits and views as another fashion accessory (watch from 5:14 on this video - she wears a huge spike as a prosthetic leg and it is insanely fierce). Her performance was full of energy and fun - I love stage looks like this because when else would you get to wear a light up jacket? 

These Silvia Faldo shoes are so fashun with their ugly-cool-Japanese aesthetic, and the soles were made using a 3D printer! Imagine being able to print your own shoes - what a dream.

After a few Calvados-based cocktails (when in France...), a make shift dinner of Eiffel tower shaped sweets and a VERY quick tour of the Jardin des Tuileres the next morning, I was back on Eurostar to sunny ol' England. 

Ghost In The Shell opens in UK cinemas from March 31, 2017.