Happy Thursday gorgeous-face! I hope that the first week of 2017 was smashing and that you’ve got lots to be smiling about. Because I sure do! Here we go…
This week I love:
A massive thanks to the folks at Grilld at Southern Cross Station. After noticing id ordered the Field of Dreams burger with no.cheese and no mayo, they asked if I was vegan. They then proceeded to help build an incredible burger for me and offered loads of advice on vegan friendly menu options at Grilld. So many restaurants have no vegan options or balk at making things without dairy or eggs. It was so refreshing to be given so many options without a fuss. Awesome. #vegan #gratitude #awesomeservice #burger #veganuary
What do you love this week?
I was pretty rapt with the Suicide Squad movie. Even though the critics have kinda panned it, I really enjoyed the film. There can be no doubt that a huge part of my love for the film came from the presence of one of my favourite DC characters, Harley Quinn. After seeing the film, I was so inspired by Harley’s awesome sense of style, and I wanted to dedicate a Style Icons post to the mad clown queen of Gotham City.
I’m a big fan of lingerie. I have quite a collection of pretty underthings. Most of the time I’m perfectly happy to keep them to myself, and wear them like a gorgeous secret next to my skin. But then there are other times when it seems a shame to hide them, and I like to wear my underwear as outerwear. This was one of those times.
I bought this amazing longline floral satin bra from Best and Less just after Christmas. I’ve worn it a few times but on this particular occasion I didn’t want to hide her under a shirt or dress. So I made the choice to throw something sheer on over the top, and let her peek out at the world.
I am wearing:
I wanted a slightly cheeky outfit to wear because I was heading out to see Deadpool at the cinema. It seemed appropriate to have something a bit raunchy for such an occasion.
Please excuse my messy bedroom. I snapped these photos quickly with my camera before my bestie showed up. I didn’t quite have time to set up my proper camera, but I still wanted to share this outfit because I was really chuffed with how I scrubbed up.
And in case you were wondering, the movie was fantastic. I’ve never really gotten into Deadpool before, but I was blown away by this movie. It was completely different to any Marvel film I’ve seen before, completely tongue-in-cheek, vulgar and with a good dash of sweetness thrown in. The special effects were mind blowing and the jokes were hilarious. To top it off, I reckon it held the very best Stan Lee cameo to date. If you haven’t seen it yet, I definitely recommend that you check it out.
Have you seen Deadpool? What did you think?
This week’s prompt gave me pause for thought. I have so many fandoms that I enjoy, but how many of them am I thankful for? Hmmmm. Once I put my mind to it I realised that there have been some wonderful things that fandom has brought into my life, and once I noticed those things it was easy to put together this week’s list.
Friends was one of my earliest fandoms. I really got into it once the show had been running for quite a while, and ended up watching the first few seasons as reruns. When I moved away to university, my boyfriend surprised me with a box-set of all ten seasons of Friends. That box of DVDs became my lifeline over the coming year. I would watch episodes when I got stressed or homesick and I invited my new college friends to my room for Friends nights. That show got me through my first year at uni, and kept me afloat during some other tough times.
Harry Potter provided me with some common ground when bonding with some of my now-good friends. People like Natalie, Nina and so many others. I have loads of friends who are into Harry Potter, and who are also socially awkward geeks. Harry brought us all together and gave us something to chat about when we were feeling shy and weird.
Tank Girl has given me many reasons to be thankful. Not only did she give me a kick-ass role model to look up to in my teens, but she also provided a talking point when I met my ex-partner, Ross. He and I were both big Tank Girl fans which was super exciting to me because until that point I’d never met another person who had even heard of Tank Girl. In addition to that, Tank Girl was my very first cosplay, and I’ve made loads of friends while wearing my Tank Girl costume. So I’m very grateful indeed to that fandom for opening so many doors for me.
Rocky Horror has brought me so much joy, whether it’s in the form of cosplaying as Columbia or having epic Rocky Horror parties with my friends. The tagline for the film, “Don’t Dream it, Be it” has become something of a personal motto for me. I like to do my best to make dreams a reality, to live the life that makes me happy and to embody those things that mean a lot to me. And I’m grateful to Rocky Horror for bringing that motto into my life.
Game of Thrones holds a special place in my heart because it’s a fandom that has brought my Dad and I closer together. He is a huge GoT fan and we can spend ages rehashing our favourite moments, talking about character interactions and imagining what’s coming next. It’s awesome to be able to have those moments with Dad.
Which fandoms are you grateful for? I’d love to hear your answers to this week’s prompt, because it is such an inventive one.
I finally got around to checking out Bill Cunningham: New York. Boy oh boy, was that movie a revelation for me. As soon as it began to roll, I felt an instant tug of recognition and respect for Bill and his philosophy towards fashion.
Bill is, first and foremost, a street fashion photographer. Although he does work taking pictures of runway shows and high life parties, his real love is bare-bones street photography. His belief is that “The best fashion show is on the street”, and he spends most of his time documenting the stylistic adventures of everyday New Yorkers.
Bill’s outlook is a breath of fresh air to me. Although I adore fashion, there is a cloak of cattiness that tends to surround the fashion world. When you talk about fashion, inevitably the conversation turns to what you should or shouldn’t be wearing, who wore an outfit better and the “rules” of fashion. And that has always grated on me, because I feel that fashion shouldn’t be about The Rules and Should and Should Not. To me, fashion is a beautiful form of self expression. And it was wonderful to see that one of the most respected fashion photographers felt the same way.
Bill Cunningham’s work is a joyous celebration of fashion. It’s about weeding out a gloriously stylish individual from a crowd and capturing them on film. It was such a pleasure to watch this strange little man cavorting about the streets of New York, snapping people of all ages, all sizes, all colours and with a rainbow of styles. For him, fashion isn’t limited to the young and rich, fashion is a living, breathing entity that lives in the people on the street. Like me, Bill Cunningham believes that fashion is for everyone.
Another things I thought was brilliant about Bill is his approach to trends. Ordinarily, trends in fashion are used to dictate what we “should” be wearing. A fashion magazine or designer chooses an item, a colour, a fabric and decrees that this is The Thing To Wear. Bill’s approach is the exact opposite. Rather than telling people what they should wear, Bill looks at what people actually are wearing. He spends countless hours on the streets, looking for patterns in what the passers-by are wearing and reporting on them. In this way, he keeps fashion on the ground, giving the everyman the power to dictate the trends simply by wearing what appeals to them.
Bill’s fascination with the style of real people spoke to me on a deep level. It tickled my own adoration of fashion and caused a spark of realisation. Like Bill, I’m not terribly interested in celebrity fashion, in people who follow the fashion rules wearing what they’ve been told to wear. What I want to see is what real people with similar paycheques to mine who have access to similar stores put on their bodies. I want to see what real people are wearing, and marvel in the creativity and beauty of actual men and women. And that’s why I love fashion blogging. Because it gives you a peek into the wardrobes of genuine people and allows you to peek at what they live their lives in. Part of the reason that I began taking outfit pictures and sharing them via this blog is that I wanted to showcase my own style, and show people that you don’t have to be rich or particularly clever to express yourself through fashion. And I wanted to encourage others to take that leap and find their own sartorial path.
Something that has always stung me about the fashion industry is the pressure it places on women to look a certain way, and the scathingness towards those who do not fit the mould. In this film, a friend mentions that Bill’s work isn’t about comparing people. It isn’t about talking about “who wore it better”, it’s about celebrating people and style. I was heartened to hear one of Bill’s colleagues tell of how he left a magazine that used a series of his photographs of everyday women in designer clothing to poke fun at how the women didn’t measure up to the runway models in those same styles. I couldn’t help but smile as Bill swatted away a young man who tried to edit the ageing decolletage of one of his subjects, saying that she was beautiful and it would be a shame to cover her up. This is a man who sees beauty in all sizes, ages and colours. And that is such a far throw from what’s usually presented in a documentary about fashion. It gave me cause to cheer.
Bill Cunningham is a hero of mine because he has paved the way for fashion bloggers like myself. He is a positive force who promotes what I believe to be the true essence of style. And he’s just so darn cheeky. It’s hard not to like him, really.
This week’s 5 Fandom Friday post is dedicated to the educators of the fictional world. I have a soft spot for teachers in general. Growing up, I was lucky enough to have some fantastic teachers who encouraged me to develop my interests and made me feel proud to excel. Now that I’m older, some of my best friends have chosen careers in teaching and it makes me so happy that they are out there in the world, offering advice and education to the next generation. It takes a very special person to be an amazing teacher, and I think that the teachers of the world are highly underrated.
And on that note, let’s jump in and take a look at my 5 favourite fictional teachers.
Does Giles count as a teacher? He works at Sunnydale High and he runs the library but he doesn’t really have a class of his own. Hmm, maybe he doesn’t really qualify. But I’m going to sneak him into my list because he’s brilliant and I adore him. Giles is mild-mannered and so very British but with a cleverly-disguised wild streak. You just know that under that tweed jacket is a heart that’s hard to tame. He’s an excellent mentor to Buffy and knows when it’s time to let go and give her a chance to stand on her own two feet.
Like Giles, McGonagall is very two-sided. In the classroom she is strict and proper, but in her own time she can be deliciously witty and bold. I like the fact that McGonagall doesn’t take crap from anyone, and she has a mischievous nature that’s impossible to dislike. Although she is fiercely committed to the education of her students, she managed to develop quite close relationships with Harry, Ron and Hermione and shares several quite sweet moments with each.
I think we’ve all longed for a teacher like Mr Keating. One who encourages us to think outside the box and introduces us to a world of possibilities. One who steps outside traditional teaching methods and shows us that learning is sexy and fun rather than dry and dusty. For the students who feel trapped inside the straight-laced boarding school, and believe that they will graduate into traditional straight-laced lives, Professor Keating provides a glimmer of hope, and dares them to push the boundaries to find what makes them truly happy. And that’s the mark of a great teacher right there.
The episode Lisa’s Substitute always resonated with me. Without wanting to sound too up-myself, I was a precocious little girl who loved learning and who was well ahead of most kids her age in terms of intellect and ability. So often I found myself bored in class and it was a rare treat when I found a teacher who would challenge me rather than just wanting me to work at the same level as everyone else. When you are in that boat and a teacher comes along who actively tries to find ways to broaden your learning it’s incredibly refreshing. A teacher who treats you like your thirst for learning is something to be embraced and expanded rather than an annoyance is worth their weight in gold. So I completely understand why Lisa was so excited to find an educator like Mr Bergstrom who gave her a chance to reach outside the bounds of her second-grade classroom and sample the delights of learning for the sheer joy of it.
Ok, so Mr DiMartino wasn’t a good teacher. Perhaps he was once upon a time, until years of teenage boneheads wore down his resolve until he became a bitter, cynical man with an epic facial tic. But I like him all the same. Mostly because he’s super entertaining to watch, but also because a tiny part of me wishes that I could sometimes behave with the kind of unbridled sarcasm that is Mr DiMartino’s trademark.
Do you have a favourite fictional teacher? Is there anyone I’ve left out? Please leave your answers in the comments section below.