Thursday, 29 March 2012

The Impact of Fashion

A while ago, I did a speech for English and if you like, I'd love you to read this for it is certainly a message that I want to spread!

Now not all of you will admit it, but in one way or another we are all victims of fashion. It influences our lives in a wide spectrum of ways; most undeniably, it influences the clothes we wear.
Fashion is what we adorn ourselves in, it is what we spend our money on, but it has also somewhat become a symbol of status and personality.
At my school, we have what is referred to as ‘Mufti Day’. First and foremost it is a day to give money to charity; however the vast majority of us see it as an opportunity to put our lacklustre uniforms away and switch it for an outfit that will showcase our style to the school.
  So can you admit to at some point buying brand new clothes simply for the purpose of this day? The fuss we make does make it sound rather ridiculous for simply just one single day.  
Can this craze with our appearance mean that fashion is a good influence?

 But also the pressure to appear acceptable to the public can have damaging effects on your bank balance. Eager to be welcomed in society, many feel the compulsion to splurge on clothes to be seen as ‘cool’. The more expensive, the higher people will think of you.  With these ethics people façade themselves in ‘high end’ garments to impress others when in reality they are perhaps lacking confidence to be noticed. Is it correct that fashion is made out to be the key to popularity?

 And then when you are unable to dress respectably and your fashion taste is ten years off the mark, then for many it is a reason to be mocked. By people assuming you are required to dress up to the standards set out by fashion magazines, celebrities and the catwalk it differentiates people from the norm and cruel assumptions are made. ‘What is on the inside’ does not seem to matter when that person’s preferred footwear is Crocs and they are fashioning hand-me-downs from their Aunt.

 However, a far more vicious consequence of fashion, is bullying. This can stem from a person’s taste in style; if they are a boy who has a feminine taste in fashion, a girl who prefers masculine apparel or someone that adores attiring themselves in leather, chains and spikes, they are susceptible to the nasty remarks of people that are unable to be respectful of being an individual. Just look at how celebrities can be insulted from what they wear on the red carpet. Many tend to be prejudice simply from glancing at what someone wears, and this has cruel consequences. Suicide, depression, self harm and personal insecurities are just to name a few. So is it admissible to be cruel to someone simply on the basis of how they dress?

 But then when someone wants to feel included and not an outcast, they conform. They are fearful of being thought of as ‘unorthodox’; by doing this they are denying who they are and their true self. Every Mufti Day, the same trend is duplicated. From my observations, I simply lost count of the number of people clad in Jack Wills, Superdry and Hollister. Fashion should not be adhered, but be a statement.A statement of who you are; if you simply do not care about what you wear, then that should not be a burden to people, if you want to wear Crocs simply because they are comfortable, it is not a problem and if you are content with wearing mismatched socks then what is the nuisance in that? The only opinion that should matter is your own.

Too many people let their lives revolve around appearances, and sometimes we all need reminding that there are things that are far more paramount.

Fashion is an expression of creativity; it is a form of art and is something to relish. To quote perhaps one of the most noteworthy fashion designers, Coco Chanel “Fashion is not somethingthat exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street; fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening”.

I hope you found this interesting and if you did, I'd love for you to pass this speech on! x

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Room Decor and Storage Inspiration

Making my room look lovely is something that honestly keeps me entertained for hours. Constantly, I am searching for interesting and quirky ways to store something in an organised yet still aesthetically appealing way. Along with that, I have included a few ways in which I have decorated my room and it costing me virtually nothing! If you are looking for additional ways to brighten up your room, then click here to view I blog post I have done with lots of inexpensive tips to 'embellish' your room!

So to begin with, here are some storage solutions of mine.
To store my rings, I simply used a ramekin dish that you can get free along with desserts from supermarkets like creme brulee (the French student in me is desperate for this to have accents etc. but the technological part of me does not know how). I really like the sleek, classic design these dishes have. However, to create something more feminine, I sewed a black lace bow onto a pale pink ribbon. I then tied this ribbon around the ramekin dish. Et voila!

Tins are very inexpensive and you store absolutely anything you want in them. I also really like the vintage feel some of them provide.
Instead of purchasing a storage box, I simply wrapped a cardboard box in wrapping paper. Simple.
We have plenty of glass bowls in our kitchen, so I used one to place my cotton pads in. They give a very stylish feel to the room and it is so much more convenient than pulling out cotton pads every time I need them from a plastic bag.

From TK Maxx I find a pretty storage box which is very useful to divide up jewellery and nail polishes. Using gift boxes I had been given, I put all of my regular skin care products in one and any back ups and body products in the other. It's made it really easy to find the items I require!

I found a not-so-'Christmassey' hanging decoration that was coated in glimmering pink glitter. I hung this onto my fake flowers so that it dangles above my lamp. It gives such a beautiful effect. It's just one of those little things in my room that makes me happy!

I love the 'quirky' 'antique' atmosphere having books gives to your room. Look to invest in some beautiful, vintage books to give some character to your room.

Paris is by far my favourite city. Mouth watering scents waft along the streets from the boulangeries and patisseries with the whole city lined with the most outstanding architecture. On my wall, I feature so 'vintage' looking postcards and a photograph which I took of the Eiffel Tower when I was there.

To bring some quiriness to my room, I covered the top of my bookshelf with little ornaments and other little pretty things which I have accumulated. It adds that special something to your own personal space. The dried roses are something that I absolutely am in love with! My mum does something where she hangs fresh roses upside down and it dries them up, but the roses still manage to retain their colour for longer. The dried effect gives a very pretty, vintage feel!

I really hope you gained some room inspiration and please do tell me if you have any tips of your own. I would love to know!

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Haul: Charity Shops!

Lately I've really been getting into going through charity shops. It's always so much fun never knowing what treasures you'll discover and you can really find some fantastic pieces. On top of that all, the prices are fantastically low! Here are a few pieces that I've been able to find from numerous charity shops:

(the pendant on the right was a gift from my mum)

(the ring on the right was from a car boot sale, also a great place to hunt for bargains)

I was especially excited to find these two necklaces for they tie in nicely with this spring and summer's trend of pastel colours. There is never a shortage of pastels in a charity shop!

Charity shops are also really great for purchasing books. I picked up 'Birdsong' by Sebastian Faulks.

I'd love to hear any feedback, blog post ideas, book recommendations and see any of your blog posts - just link them below!

Isabella x

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

HAUL: Primark, Charity Shops, Topshop, LUSH, H&M, New Look and More

I apologise for my absence, but I have been a very busy bumble bee lately with exam revision and so on. But, since I last did a haul I have accumulated some fun little things which I thought I would share with you!


1. Mint horn-rimmed sunglasses (sale) - £0.50
2. Stack of Rose Rings - £2.00
3. Knee Length Skirt (sale) - £5.00
4. Lemon Blouse printed with Vintage Cars - £8 (the S/S Prada Collection had something very similar to this!)
5. Lace Peter Pan collared blouse - £6.00
6. Floral Oil-Cloth shopper bag - £3.00
7. Various Earring Backs - £1.00


1. Purse (sale) - £5
2. Denim Shorts (sale) - £10

TK Maxx:

Red Converses - £30


Pale Pink Star Print Dress - £19.99


1. Magic Wand
2. Twilight Bath Ballistic

New Look:

1. Multi-coloured Bobbi Pins - £1.99
2. Mustard Bag (sale) - £7
(the scarf is my mums, I tied it to the bag)

Nail Polish:

From left to right: 
1. 17 Lasting Fix Nail Polish 'Mint Choc Chip' (Boots)
2. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat (Boots)
3. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure 'Delphinium' (Poundland)
4. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure 'First Kiss' (Poundland)

Charity Shop haul tomorrow!

Isabella x

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