Monday, 29 August 2016

Why I No Longer Read Women's Magazines

Up until recent years, I had an unhealthy obsession with magazines. I'd pool my pocket money together and subscribe to Mizz, pour over copies of Bliss under my desk at school and religiously purchase More! every Thursday on the way home from college. When getting the train to and from uni I made sure there was a glossy or two tucked away in my suitcase to keep me occupied throughout my journey. I never once considered them to be misogynistic or damaging to my mental health - I took them all as a little lighthearted fun. Reading them just felt as if I was conversing with an old friend.

In 2012, I moved to Southampton to study Writing Fashion and Culture at university. For three years I picked apart women's magazines with a fine tooth comb; writing countless articles and analyzing publications from cover to cover. By the end of my degree, I was sick to the back teeth of women's glossies. I'd seen them for what they really were; page upon page of sexist advertisements, forcing manufactured 'perfection' on their readers and pressing them to buy into a lifestyle that is barely achievable, let alone sustainable.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Getting to Know Me

Despite the fact I've been blogging for over four and a half years now, I've never written a personal tag. I've always been a bit rubbish at writing about myself; I guess I worry it won't be very interesting! However, I love reading posts like this on other blogs so I thought I'd give it a go.

I got the inspiration for this questionnaire from the lovely Mandy over at A Girl, Obsessed. I had a lot of fun putting it together - I'm going to try my best to create more 'get to know me' style posts in the near future.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Recently Read: The Girl on the Train

“Hollowness: that I understand. I'm starting to believe that there isn't anything you can do to fix it. That's what I've taken from the therapy sessions: the holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them, like tree roots around concrete; you mold yourself through the gaps” 

I picked up The Girl on the Train last week. I'm very late to the party, I know, but I was still eager to discover what all the fuss was about. I started it on Wednesday morning - I only intended on reading a few chapters but I ended up finishing the book before the end of the day. I consider myself a fast reader but it's been a long time since I've been so compelled by a novel I've devoured it in a matter of hours.

The Girl on the Train is Rachel Watson, a lonely, divorced alcoholic whose life is spiraling out of control.  She travels into London every morning on the commuter train which passes the house she used to share with her ex husband, who now lives there with his new wife and baby. A few doors down live a young, beautiful couple who Rachel often witnesses breakfasting on their roof terrace. In her desolation, she fantasizes about the pair - what jobs they might have, what their names could be and what they do in their spare time. Despite having never met them, she imagines them to enjoy the idyllic marriage she so desperately desires.

One morning, the train is making its usual journey past the couples' home when Rachel sees something that disturbs her. Her interest then transforms into an unhealthy obsession as she finds herself becoming involved in something particularly sinister.

Friday, 10 June 2016

Bedside Health and Beauty Staples

I haven't written a beauty post in a while so I thought I'd do a quick round-up of what I keep on my bedside table. I carry out the majority of my evening skincare routine in the bathroom, but I do like to have a few products on hand as I settle down for the night. Here are my current favourites:

Monday, 9 May 2016

Budapest vs. Prague

Budapest and Prague are often hailed as two of the most beautiful cities in Eastern Europe. During the past twelve months I've been lucky enough to visit both and thought I would write a comparison post for you all. While many people comment on the similarities of both cities, I had a completely different experience in each one and thought this may be helpful for those of you who can't decide which to visit.

I only had a short amount of time on each trip but I will try and be as thorough as I can. If you have any questions about either please don't hesitate to leave a comment.