Category Archives: Looks

A grown up beauty pageant?

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If you own a tv or a computer then it’s pretty hard to not have noticed that the Golden Globes took place a few days ago. Since then, the internet and the TV have been filled with photos of celebrity, making us all feel a bit more worried about losing those few extra kilos that we gained over Christmas. Looking at the red carpet pictures, it actually makes you think that these people skipped Christmas all together, I mean where did all the turkey and the chocolates go? They all look amazing. It does however make me think that the Award Ceremonies in Hollywood seem to be turning into more of a beauty pageant than a recognition of film or music. I mean it doesn’t really matter if you win the award for best film as long as you look good in your designer dress right?

Every year there is a trend colour which actresses seem to have to follow, this year it was ‘Pretty in Pink’ whereas next year they might all turn up in purple. It makes me wonder if they are all competing for the best dress in that colour instead of the best movie in the category.  Also, the more the media push the images from the event into our face, the more we subconsciously think about which dress we liked most and who looked best, thus turning it into a competition.

I can’t decide if this is a good thing or not. I’m the first to admit that I love looking through the red carpets photos and judging the best and worst dresses but maybe it’s not healthy for us to be focussing so much on the physical all the time. Not many of us are realistically going to look that good, in pink, in January, just after Christmas indulgences….

However, at these types of events, we must admit that the Hollywood men really do have it  much easier. They can turn up in a black suit feeling pretty confident that they won’t appear in the  ‘ Worst Dressed’  columns the following day…

If you think about it, most of the pictures we see are of the women in their pretty dresses, we don’t often see many photos of the men.  In the same way, we don’t really hear much about Mr USA or little boys in beauty pageants…do they even have beauty pageants for boys??  Definitely something to investigate.

Admittedly, the Hollywood ladies do have a much harder job getting ready, they have to choose a dress that: a) they like b) suits them c) makes them look as thin as possible and way better than everyone else and d) that the press and thus the rest of the world like too. Quite exhausting really! Although, I still think I would swap places with them any day if all I had to worry about was my dress for the Awards Ceremony!

 

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Real love or just another magazine cover?

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The other day I was happily lying by the pool reading my Glamour magazine (living in Madrid definitely has its perks) when I read a really interesting article entitled “Are celebrities ruining our loves lives”. At first I thought, that’s impossible, how can people we don’t even know be affecting our love lives?

But the more I read, the more I realised I definitely have some of the symptoms so I think I might also have a bit of  ‘Celebrity Comparison Syndrome’! Not great I know but it could be worse, at least there are no nasty spots or a rash involved…

Apparently this is a very real thing which has been diagnosed by psychiatrists because more and more people have begun comparing their lives and especially their relationships to those of a celebrity couple. Seeing a picture of Brad & Angelina and their 27 beautiful children or hearing about David Beckham taking Victoria to Richard Branson’s private island for their anniversary, is enough to make you look at your love life and wonder why the same doesn’t happen to you. I mean these pictures do make me feel a little bit envious.

Unfortunately, it’s just not realistic; most of us don’t have the time, money or the personal trainer to make us look like these people. Plus we don’t have the same pressure to smile all the time when we’re in public in order to avoid break-up rumours getting spread all over the press if we look less than ecstatic together. And anyway, do we really want our lives to be the same as theirs? Everyone seems to have forgotten that Brad actually cheated on his other gorgeous wife to be with Angelina, maybe not so perfect after all.

My favourite quote in the article which made me feel a bit better about myself was this one: “Celebrities’ claims of domestic bliss bolster their public image and enhance box-office appeal, but their ‘perfect’ image is frequently nothing more than a facade.”

Many of the so-called perfect couples in Hollywood reportedly don’t even sleep in the same bedroom together, let alone have sex 4 times a day like they lead us to believe.  So maybe we should go easy on ourselves, I mean you can’t feel bad about your boyfriend not looking like Ashton Kutcher if you don’t look like Demi Moore…. Plus it doesn’t matter what they look like if they are not happy because in the end they’ll feel just as crap as the rest of us after a big argument or a break-up. So don’t be fooled, maybe it’s not real love but just another magazine cover or a press stunt.

The phenomenon of Twitter, Facebook and other social media doesn’t help matters much either. Following these people daily and reading their constant updates is supposedly one of their reasons why we confuse our lives with theirs.

That reminds me, I better go post my thoughts on Twitter and see what Britney Spears has been doing today……

Plus Size or Real Size?

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Marc Jacobs have unofficially announced that they are planning to launch a range of “plus size” clothing. This would make them the first fashion house to offer such a collection. With plus-size they are actually referring to size 14 (Eu 42)  and above, not exactly huge is it? I think the UK average size is about a 14 anyway so perhaps they should think about calling it “normal” or “non-skinny” size clothing. I mean, isn’t it about time that fashion houses offer clothes for all body shapes and sizes? It’s like presuming that all the people who can afford to buy their clothes are going to be thin too! This isn’t to say that they should only make size 12 and up either. I understand that there are naturally thin people too and this isn’t a negative thing. But with regards to the modelling industry, are they representing these different groups of people? I mean, how many plus size models can you think of? The only one which springs to my mind is Sophie Dahl.

When I was looking into the so-called plus size models, I found this website called Plus-Size Models Unite. To be honest I was expecting larger women…. Looking through the site, most of the models are a size 12 so it still makes the rest of us feel ‘ plus-size’  compared. I don’t want to criticise them though, I do think the site is a great idea and there should be more things like this around.

A few years ago there was a lot of controversy at Fashion Weeks worldwide as they banned ‘overly thin models’. But what do they really mean by overly thin? Size 0, -2, -4, who really knows! Although this ban raised some strong opinions and some shocking pictures, like this one of Italian model, Oliviero Toscani, it doesn’t actually seem like that much has changed.  The majority of models, especially those on the catwalk, still look a few sizes smaller than the average girl on the street and eating disorders are still a very real problem.

This weekend I was actually at the beach and seeing so many bodies in their swimwear really made me realise that no 2 bodies are the same! So why are we constantly trying to look like people in the movies, magazines or on the catwalk?Who are we doing it for? For ourselves or because we want to fit in to what is considered as more attractive or better looking? If it’s for yourself to feel healthier and be fitter then that’s great but if it’s to look like the models on the catwalk or the people on TV then maybe it’s time to stop. Do you really want to end up like Oliviero Toscani? Or do you really want to restrict yourself to being in the gym all day or to not eating desert at a restaurant? Is it really worth it? I don’t think so anyway…. so go grab the spoon and get the ice cream out, it’s only natural!

Why women shop and men know more about football

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This may seem to be the typical question which has been answered by many people and a number of books in the past (in fact my friend was talking to me about one just the other day: “Men are from Mars & Women are from Venus”, I don’t think there’s many of us who haven’t heard about that classic before…)

Well, as much as I agree that the differences between men and women are rooted in our evolution and how we cohabited in our caves thousands of years ago; women at home cooking and multi-tasking and the men out being all, well, ‘ manly’, It still makes me think about why it continues to be the same today. I mean, I don’t know about you but I definitely don’t live in a cave and I don’t see my boyfriend heading out with a spear and coming back with a fish very often either….

To be honest, I think it has a lot to do with expectations. I feel like there are higher expectations for women to look smart, elegant, classy, sexy, fashionable.. whatever your preference, but there is definitely more importance put on how women look then how men do. This causes them to not really care that much about what they put on when they get out of bed in the morning…. I mean if no one pays attention to what you’re wearing, then why should you? As long as they wear a good suit to that important meeting or hot date then they’re sorted. And they can wear the same suit dozens of times, all they really have to do is change their tie! I know there is a small group of men who really do look after their appearance and what they are wearing but I think it is a SMALL minority (ok so maybe I’m generalising but just let me go on!)

Whereas women can’t wear the same suit over and over, we need new dresses, skirts, tops, shoes and jewellery to combine it all together! However, it’s not just us, men do have it tough too… how would it look if they met up with the guys after work on a friday night and they couldn’t even talk about the football game the day before or the most amazing goal which they saw last weekend. It would look really bad, I mean which guy wants to admit that ACTUALLY their girlfriend forced them to go shopping on saturday afternoon and wouldn’t let them watch the game at all. Not very manly at all, very far away from the days of the loincloth indeed! So, just like there are certain expectations for women, men face them too. In a nutshell, we need to shop and they need to watch the football… life certainly could be a lot worse!

Sexy Ugly?

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Is it just me that uses the phrase sexy ugly? There are some people who you just can’t help being attracted to, even though you know that if you really look at them and I mean really study their face, they’re actually not that pretty at all. I think that the perfect example for me has always been Benicio del Toro, there’s just something about him – I guess it’s that american/hispanic/mafia accent, long hair and mysterious semi closed eyes….

The reason that I’m thinking about this is because I’ve recently seen a lot of pictures of Lara Stone, top model and the new face of Louis Vuitton,  taking the spot from Madonna.

I guess Lara Stone must be a female Benicio de Toro… although I have to admit that I still can’t quite see the attraction. But I do love the fact that when she was younger she probably felt self-conscious about that gap in her teeth and now it’s made her one of the most wanted models in the business. There’s definitely some karma in there somewhere!

Damn it, I always knew I should never have got those braces when I was younger, I could have still had that gap in my teeth and be the face of Louis Vuitton right about now! Oh well, life goes on….