The Booby Trap

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If I was a man I would definitely be 'A Boob Man' or just a 'Curve Man' in general. I promise I am not a creepy perv, I am just fascinated by the female form.

I looked in depth at this in my final collection, but to the more subtle areas of the female body that aren't the obvious, like the back of the neck, the wrists, the curve of the back and it made me feel extremely lucky to be a woman. Penis - No Thank You.

So with this, you will more than likely find me with my nose in a book that is either to do with feminism, vaginas, boobs or something similar. I am not a raging, man hating feminist or a lesbian, just to clarify. WOMEN ARE JUST BRILLIANT.



With the success of my last read - Vagina by Naomi Wolf, now that the lower body region was sorted, it was time to read about the upper region - Boobs, funbags, tits, whatever you like to call them. I heard there was a book about them, so in an instant I was all over that.

The Booby Trap and other bits and boobs edited by Dawn O'wonderful(Porter) is a brilliant book that makes you want to give yourself (and your tits) a massive hug. It is a compilation of short stories all about boobs, that will have you either chuckling or welling up. It is all in aid of charity, so no matter how skint you are, this book is allowed because you are doing a good deed.



What astounds me and makes me feel amazed/sad, is how these glorious chesticles can have the power to nurture and bring life to a tiny, little human but can also be the death of one. I think a majority of people know of someone who has had their life effected in some way by Breast cancer, whether it is a family member, a friend or even themselves. I think bringing awareness to this cause is rife in kicking cancer in the balls - CANCER NO ONE LIKES YOU. I feel my boobs wince at the mention of the word that I feel we should whisper it.

Breast cancer effects 1 in 9 women, I know more than 9 women and this fact scares me, to think that one of them or myself could suffer from this illness doesn't bare thinking about. I understand that we can't put a stop to breast cancer completely, but we can help beat it by supporting charities that dedicate all their time in preventing women from dying from this, by improving early diagnosis, discovering new treatments and getting everyone aware about the importance of having a good ole feel of your puppies just to be safe.

There is a section at the end of the book that shows you signs to be cautious of, and how to check your boobs correctly without it looking like you are feeling yourself up.

I have checked in my local area for any fundraisers coming up and there is one to jiggle your jugs too this Saturday

and a very exciting one in December



So ladies, again I would recommend this lovely read, it will make you appreciate those lovely boobies of yours and feel inspired to help a very important cause.


With that I'd like to make a toast...too tits





Two tits

xxx

I Miss Falmouth

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One thing I distinctly remember about uni, was the countless amount of times I said "GET ME TO A CITY!" when the clubs would close at 2 and the high street would consist of the smallest amount of chains, leaving just stand alone, unique, little places that shut their doors bang on 5:30pm. I mean, don't get me wrong I adore living in a city with the buzz and late night openings, but I don't half miss that sleepy, little Cornish town clinging to the end of the UK that was my home for 3 years.



Apart from it being home to the best uni...These were some of my favorite places that I have found myself reminiscing over, that seem impossible to find an equivalent to in a city.

First Up, Provedore. A family run business serving the best coffee and heavenly breakfast, that can honestly put right any sort of hangover. Hot chocolate bowls the size of your head and the most delicious, buttery toast and gooey eggs that will leave you full up and smiling all day. Also it's right next to the launderette, so it's a perfect excuse to spend an hour here whilst you wait for your clothes to dry.






Next up, The Deli. It's gorgeous courtyard makes it the perfect outdoor spot for lunch. It serves the biggest sarnies and home cooked goodies, oozing with deliciousness. A must for anyone who loves good, hearty grub.




Gylly Beach. Being lucky enough study at Woodlane, this idyllic little stretch of beach and its cafe are the perfect get away from any stress. With toast fit to jam a door open (the best kind) it is the perfect environment to relax and enjoy the beautiful view, whatever the season . In the winter, you can snuggle up outside below the heaters with a blankie and wine! Perfect!!




Dolly's tea room. Vintage tearooms that serve tea and cake by day, cocktails in teapots and tapas by night.
Stunning interiors and an array of creative books and magazines, make it very easy to spend a lot of time here, made better by the help of their very cute, golden Labrador.




Beerwolf, alcohol and books, two of my favorite things. Situated in an old looking pub/bookshop, drinking cider surrounded by books, with a stuffed cat looking over you never felt so right! BUT MIND THE STEP OUTSIDE THE TOILETS! although fun to watch, it ain't so fun nearly having a heart attack when you are the one to forget...




The Cove, Maenporth. This is the best restaurant I have EVER been too. My two visit's here I have been blown away. The food, the service, the view - It is all top notch and I would highly recommend it to anyone.





Toast, I first set eyes on someone very lovely in here so it will always be a favorite place of mine, and a place I have probably consumed one too many shots of quite different flavors..Jaffa Cake anyone?



St Michaels. This wonderful hotel and spa has just been voted the best in Cornwall and I can definitely see how. This is one of the things I miss the most. Located in the best place, a brisk walk down to the seafront, then a lovely gym session, followed by a swim, hop in the Jacuzzi and a sauna. This will be a gym I compare all others too, they have managed to set the bar prettttyy high!




Espressini. An artisan coffee shop by coffee lovers who really know their stuff. With tons of different blends on offer, I can honestly say it will be one of the best (and prettiest) cappuccinos you will ever have. With local talent exhibited, it is a lovely place to sink in to and really appreciate the creative surroundings of Falmouth, from art to coffee.





Willow & Stone. Anyone's birthday or anything cute needed for the house this is the place to go. From door knobs to glittery postcards, it is a place where it is possible to hear yourself saying something like "Of course I need a cast iron wild bore bell" or something alike. BEWARE!




The coastal walks, a lot of places in Falmouth are just a hop and a skip from the beach, so whether it is sunny or frosty, it is the perfect place to strip off or wrap up and go for an explore along the coastal path, nothing can quite beat that Cornish, sea air.








So overall, Falmouth was where I had some of my happiest and most fun memories. I feel beyond lucky that I was able to study and live in such an amazing place, that will be one of my favorites forever, along with the many wonderful places that make it what it is.


Thank You Cornwall :)
xxx

VAGINA

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I am not usually one to write a book review but the last book I read was a very interesting one that I want to tell you about.

Vagina by Naomi Wolf.



Apart from the double takes on the train and feeling a bit weird holding it up in the park with kids scooting past, I soon realized that this is one of the points she is trying to make. Why are we so embarrassed by the vagina? 

I caught the Naomi Wolf bug whilst researching the effects of feminism on fashion for my dissertation, I have been intrigued by her wise words ever since. 

So the book itself, there is nothing at all crude about it that some people may expect, in fact it is quite the opposite, it portrays a very realistic view on the vagina that goes much deeper than what we see it as today. It brings an interesting take on how it is portrayed in society both now and in the past, backed up by literature, science, history and creativity, with exhilarating discoveries left, right and center.

I would highly recommend it as a must read for women. Unless it is a chosen field of studying, the physiology behind the vagina isn't really a topic that people know an awful lot about, it seems we unconsciously shy away from it, perhaps down to society highly sexualizing it, but this book really does make you see things from a different perspective and gives you an insight into the female brain (it really is a wonderful thing.)

So ladies, I would definitely put this at the top of your reading list. As a spot of bedtime reading it definitely makes you fall asleep feeling blessed that you've got one of these, and not one of those (penis) and makes you feel like a strong women who can conquer the world at any given time. I am happy to be waving the 'V' flag in my 'V' cape.

All hail Naomi Wolf!!

xxx

The day I was a wizard

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Now I can't decide whether this is morally wrong, very ungrateful or if it is the curious fashion design graduate in me...but are those robes and hat not the most unflattering, unpractical garms you have ever worn?

Don't get me wrong, feeling like I am embarking on a magical journey to Hogwarts has always been a dream of mine, but wearing these made me think twice about my wizarding future (they would definitely be a fire hazard.)


So back in the day when graduates where predominantly men, would explain why it feels like gear fit for a scrum half with a bald head, as they do a great job at flattening your hair and swamping your frame - Perfect!

So sitting through the ceremony feeling like a wise owl thinking about this, I couldn't help but wonder - even though it is a tradition, if in the future these robes will accommodate women or if they will always be 'unisex'? In saying this, something that I did notice was the amount of stunning footwear to compensate this - Ladies you did well!

So I don't mean to whinge as I quite enjoyed feeling intelligent, and I am completely over the moon that I was lucky enough to gain a degree and had the time of my life doing so, it was just a mere thought that went through my head whilst being strangled by my robe and being given a free face lift by my hat at the ceremony, but robe criticism aside it truly was a fantastic day that I will remember forever. (seating name tag stuck to my robe and all)





 
 Clearly it was for others too;)

ALSO we were given some very valuable advise before departing which I think I should share with you all...


Never drink red wine before an interview, It gives you black lips. Drink white wine instead.

xxx

Titty Talk

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Hi Ladies,
Here’s a bit of a personal one but one that must be made more aware to women. I know you have probably heard this fact a million times, but a whopping 80% of women are wearing the wrong bra size. Now you may be feeling all youthful with your pert bosoms in your incredibly small push up bra, but if it is the wrong size you could be heading down a steep and rocky road, that ends with you being able to tuck your tits into your tights.

I cannot stress the importance of wearing the right size and being fully supported, the younger you do this the more your body will love you and reward you that elasticity for a tiny bit longer. Now us young ones who are lucky enough to not have had the life sucked out of us yet should take full advantage of this.

After working with underwear and learning how to fit a bra properly, I have had the life frightened out of me with words such as SAGGING, DAMAGED, DROOPY – All words that you don’t want to be associated with your prized puppies.

Here are just some tips that will ensure you are wearing the right bra size or not:
  • The middle part of the bra should be lying flat to your body with the under wire swooping under your boob and ending in parallel to around the middle of your arm pit – If it is resting on the boob this can damage the breast tissue and in later life cause SAGGING.
  • The band should be in the middle of the back and horizontal – none of this riding up business, and when trying a new bra on always fasten it on the last hook so when it stretches with wear you have room to make it smaller.
  • The straps shouldn't be digging in or falling down and should fit nice and snugly on your shoulders like a mini shoulder hug.
  • No spillage of the boobage – Your boobs should be happy and comfortable with a smooth line from where the bra meets the bust.
  • Last of all, TRY BRAS ON! Give yourself a good amount of time to try a few on. Brands and styles of bra vary with sizes and don’t be disheartened by a number and a letter, whether it be a 40J or a 28AA they are all the same and need lots of love and attention no matter what the size.
Believe me when I say there is nothing comfier than a bra that fits properly, and as us ladies have to deal with all of this there should be a rule that states :

One should not feel guilty when spending money on something that is not only going to make one look and FEEL amazing, but is exceptionally good for one's body and health.

There, justified.

Love those boobies.

xxx

I Miss Whiskers

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Anyone who knew me throughout uni would know that I could be slightly dangerous on a night out with always being fully equipped with a sharpie, disposable camera and one thing in mind -Whiskers. This is not me claiming to be a self confessed cat lady (although I could watch funny cat clips all day) Just saying that anyone who was a victim of my sharpie, then I still won't apologize because we probably had so much fun.



One very hazy memory that sticks out was standing on the stage in a club, with people queuing up for whiskers and then hearing of Facebook updates the next day about lecture halls filled with hungover, whiskered victims. Now this all may sound very immature, but we were students and it was totally acceptable and VERY enjoyable. What makes me sad now, is it would be totally unacceptable to rock up anywhere bearing these feline features.

 Now I know this isn't a new thing, but I am still as desperate as the day I first saw them to get my paws on a pair of Charlotte Olympia kitty shoes...




 

So if I can no longer get away with a whiskered face, then these are DEFINITELY more acceptable and a good compromise I would say.




This is where I get my inspiration from - Its a cat by the way not a bat, and don't worry she has grown into her ears now and she is much cuter.

xxx

Sunday - Funday

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After a busy couple of days, Sunday was spent indulging in brekkie and lots of coffee, followed by a visit to Cardiff National Museum. An exquisite building in itself, we were eager to get in and get brainy. The Upper floor which showcases the art, from extremely impressive and beautiful, historical portraits to modern installations was my favorite floor, followed by the stuffed penguin and Brian the balding bison in the natural history section. Anyway, I don't know about you but staying quiet for that amount of time and soaking up all that knowledge can be very tiring business, business that can only be made better by a visit to Cosy Club in order to re-charge the brain. Now I had never been to A Cosy Club, I have spied on the menu a couple of times but as I made my way up the colorful staircase, I knew this would be just my cup of tea.


 ‘Think gents club meets village hall meets cricket pavilion.’

There is nothing I love more than eclectic, homely interiors and this was perfectly done, mismatched furniture and vintage light shades added to its warm and accentric feel, with every nook and cranny being filled with something different to smile about. We gorged on our second helping of eggs for the day and chatted over coffees, whilst taking the opportunity to make the most of the fantastic people watching spot.




So if you are in Cardiff I would highly recommend this if you have time to spare, you could spend hours in the museum getting lost in all the history and culture, and will definitely leave feeling inspired and intelligent;) and of course it is a must that you take the time to check out Cosy Club, I am not sure about leaving feeling as intelligent as the museum but you will definitely leave feeling full up and content.


xxx 




Final Exhibition

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So June is speeding along and I can hardly keep up. Uni is coming to a close and people are leaving me already. Friday was our private view and final exhibition which saw some extremely impressive portfolios and designs along with some very strong cocktails and onion bhaji's (Thanks to triple medal winner prits)




Some awards were also given out...I won the most important one...'Best Accent' which i can only thank the mighty jano for - so thanks for blessing me with a welsh accent mummy:) 

swanzee till i die
xxx

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FREEDOM. - The words I never thought I would hear.
 After 3 very busy and stressful years it has finally come to an end and now i just wish i could do it all over again. Last week was Freerange in London, and whereas the thought of London usually fills me with dread - Sooty noses, no apologies when you are knocked flying, £7 for a gin and tonic...I was pleasantly surprised and fell in love with its fast pace and late night opening hours. We visited a 24 hour bagel shop at 11:30pm and this was when the love affair with the big city started. 



Free range was lots of fun and i got to see some lovely friends from home. Generous amount of free wine and welsh accents always makes a good evening.

My brilliant, blogger Becky Bees wrote a review here:

In having some free time it has allowed me to look back over my collection and write about each outfit. I already feel all nostalgic and want to do it all again.


 1. Hoody Dress.
This is one of my favorites which came from playing with the concept of changing the dimensions. It was originally one long pattern piece, Staring from the hood and continuing around to the neck hole with a hole in the middle of the pattern to put your legs through. I simplified the pattern and this was the end result. It added a very sporty element to the collection which was accidental but worked very well with all the other pieces.This has a bamboo, high neck, body con dress underneath tight to the figure contrasting with the over sized hoody.




2. Hole leg skirt.
This outfit came from looking at the dimensions of a skirt. Essentially a skirt is one tube, 2 holes. So I experimented with limiting and expanding these. Putting a hole for the leg to come out of and adding extra panels and room for movement made the standard, reversible skirt a lot more interesting.Likewise with the upper body having one tight slinky arm against a sleeveless one.




3. Hooded midi.
For this outfit I placed shapes on the body and cut 4 holes for the arms, neck and legs. I tried them on all body parts until i found the shape that i wanted, then worked into this. It has a very big collar which you can either wear down or pulled up over your head. There is a slinky, bamboo top underneath with snug thumb holes which contrasts nicely with this over sized, comfy dress


4. Drawstring dress.
The inspiration for this dress was similar to the hooded midi but i attached stings inside so when you pulled it, it distorted the shape. From this i kept refining it and decided on a drawstring just under the arm which can be left loose or pulled right to the top for a more ruched effect. At the back of the neck are some super long, hoody strings which move nicely when walking. This also has some very snug, extra long bamboo leggings.


5. Spiral seam dress.
This dress was from my original lineup and was the only survivor. It was the simplest thing but there was something about it that i loved. I changed the seam so instead of going down the sides it spirals from the back neckline around the body to the point at the front. It is in bamboo and double layered so it has a nice weight to it that bounces when you walk.


6. Hooded skirt.
This reminded me a bit of a very contemporary wedding dress. The collection goes gradually from black to white, with this outfit as the last one. It sort of represents my journey of being in the dark and it getting better and better for me. This came again from looking at the dimensions of a skirt and challenging these, so it is still one tube with 2 holes but just changing how it would normally look and work. 



Photographer - Sarah Rebecca Holliday http://sarahholliday.wix.com/sarahhollidayphotography
Model - Marianne Kakko

My song choice was seven nation army, the glitch mob remix



It had a good beat to walk too and added a sort of utility vibe of marching, it still gives me goosebumps when i listen to it.

xxx
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