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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!!


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.


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.

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