GaGa

It’s cold wet and I’m nice and cosy on the sofa watching Graham Norton (a UK chat comedian show host). A show I rarely watch but when I do, it usually by accident because conincidently switched on on one of my favourite, musicians, comedians or actors is on. 

This week it’s Lady Gaga, performing Do What you Want. I’m not really a Little Monster, but Gaga has thrown a fair few good tracks into music-sphere. At the moment, I’m crushing on Do What You Want. A duet with RnB maestro R. Kelly. 

Listen - it’s rather good. 

Did I tell you that I love A/W — and I love the UK High Street?

Bikini bootcamp.
I’ve taken a bit of a hiatus on two things of late; one has been writing here, the second has been exercising. I don’t have a particularly good reason for my absence, but all you need to know is that I’m back on it. 
Of course there always is a motive for getting back into a routine and in my case it’s my upcoming holiday to Bali. In nineteen days time, I’ll be outta here for a week of pure rest and relaxation. However the run up to my time at a blissful retreat on the north eastern tip of the island, will be a rather desperate bid to shape up. 
Now this isn’t a mission to shed a stone, drop down to a UK size 8 - I just need to look healthy and toned.
You guys probably know that I love a bit of curve; a bit a cushioning - but I don’t want to use that as an excuse for myself to be out of shape - as in what is acceptable for me and my body.
Since being a straight up and down teen I’ve gotten bigger - that’s to be expected. But what I’m finding hard to accept is that where three years ago my body was a toned but juicy UK 12-14 I’ve evolved into a round and shapeless size sixteen. I don’t have a problem with the number, but I don’t like the wobbliness of it all - you can bigger and toned look at Candice Huffine.  But my problem can be found on my second instagram account, wunderfin_eats. I started it a couple of weeks ago, but there you’ll get a snapshot of some of the junk I’ve been eating. 
But enough is enough. I need my enviably toned arms back, I want the endorphin glow you get after a 5 mile run and I’m gutted I cannot rise from the sea in Bali like a nubian princess in same cutout swimsuit I wore  in Cyprus two years ago. 
I’ll try to keep you posted — wish me luck!
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Orange was my album for 2012 and is still a front runner for 2013.

(Source: poprokks, via herodmchugh)

Number One in my #FFA (Filthy Fashion Ads)

Number Two in #FFA (Filthy Fashion Ads)
Dirty Clothes

We all know sex sells, right? If you don’t then let me give you some examples; Marilyn’s bum wiggle put bums in movie theatre seats, Elvis’ hip thrusts caused teenage girl meltdown and to take it back a bit further, Picasso’s Nude Woman with Necklace raised more than a few eyebrows way back when. Obviously we’ve moved on as what was shocking back then would probably go unnoticed today. So of course it’s only natural that over the last few decades we’ve had to turn crank it up but when this pic cropped up in my instagram feed – I didn’t really know where to look (trust good old RiRi).

I’ve gone back to this picture a few times over the last couple of weeks (what can I say, she has a great bum) and eventually I realised that she was pointing out her lovely custom made Prada boots and then it all became clear. Aside from the fact Rihanna is keen to be seen as fashion afficionado, let’s face the facts; Levi’s sexy as 80s laundrette advert helped reignite a whole new generation’s love affair with 501s and generated 800% uplift in sales. And let’s not forget Eva Herzigova, Hello Boys billboard. Not only does it have the hubba hubba, cartoon wolf-whistle factor but it was voted the most iconic billboard off all time. So yes, looking back sex sells but it seems to sell even more when you put clothes into the equation. Who’d have thought – to sell more clothes you’ve gotta take them off? Weird, but it works.

So what does that mean for my beloved UK high-street? M&S running a campaign for tights using a 10 foot billboard of a woman, upside down, doing a full spread eagle? I don’t think so. Luckily there are only a few brands who can successfully spank that naughty button without blowing the roof from ASA head office - look above for some Filthy Fashion Ads #FFA who might not have blown any tops but definitely caused a few sparks.

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Kenzo Electric Jungle 2013 Campaign

I’ve watched this a few times in loop simply because I’m amazed at how well the crew behind this video captured the “spirit de Kenzo”; a little bit kitsch, kind of ghetto fabulous, exotic and ultimately very cool.

“Things that can be borrowed from a man to a woman and from a woman to a man.” - JW Anderson.