Monday, 19 January 2015

Leelah Alcorn and 'supporters'

After the suicide of Leelah Alcorn, a trans. 17-year-old girl from Ohio, I have spent some time thinking about the death that has attracted “international attention”. I have recently clocked onto the fact that in situations like this, a huge clan of anti-homo/trans-phobic teens seem to ambush the ‘net, and be extremely biased against the parents of the victimised child.

Statistics show that children whose parents are more supportive towards their ‘abnormality’ have a much lower chance of suffering from depression etc., and it is imperative for parents to uphold a stable relationship with their child during this –potentially rocky- time in their life. In the Leelah Alcorn example, many people are highlighting the fact that her parents continued to call her “Joshua Ryan” -his/her birth name- after she had explained her sexuality. These objectors seem to forget how disconcerted the parents must have felt, and how important their religious values were.

Being ‘anti-homo/trans-phobic’ seems to be the new trend in modern culture, but perhaps these teens should consider how they would feel if their Father for example, wanted a sex change, or mother turned lesbian. It is very easy to ‘support’ that gay boy at school who wear makeup, but when put into practice, the art of ‘supporting gays/trans.’ often only lies on the surface. It seems that society has turned 180ยบ on the topic of gay/trans., and in less than 50 years, our culture has morphed from a gay/trans.-averting place into a highly encouraging one.

Obviously it is a great thing to support anyone with a differentiation, but there also seems to be great pressure -shown mainly on social media- to be a strong supporter of gays/trans. A right named the ‘Leelah Alcorn law’ has been proposed by readers of her ‘Suicide’ post on Tumblr, and insinuates that all therapists offered to any young person in a distressing situation (such as sexuality confusion), should be given ‘help’ that is in their own interest, rather than trying to ‘revert’ or ‘get them out of their phase’.


Bit of a more ‘deep’ topic this week *cringes at the word ‘deep’*, but just a little reminder to anyone out there in a similar position to Leelah: Things Will Get Better. Don’t let your perception become reality, hold your breath for a little longer, because everything will get better…

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Freedom of speech

So this is my first critical-thinking-news-article kind of post (I will decide a name at some point!). Enjoy!

Just hours after the Paris shootings, we seem to have taken a step back, put things into perspective and realised how dangerous humanity has become; to itself. The life lesson of 'two wrongs don't make a right' seems to be drilled into our heads from birth; the theory that revenge is morally wrong. Unfortunately, it is natural instinct to want to 'get your own back', and totally understandable, so maybe a more realistic phrase would be 'two wrongs don't make a right... BUT, if you take revenge, do it proportionally to the original offence!'.

Terrorism is constantly oppressing today's culture, but attacks like this -which are unfolding to much bigger problems- signify the racial tension, which show no sign of fading.

Which brings me onto Freedom of Speech, the most generous human right of all time. We seem to have forgotten the true definition of the liberty, and taken it quite literally; thinking we can say/write whatever we wish. However, Freedom of Speech was introduced to allow citizens to defend themselves from any maltreatment from the government, not to allow any form of verbal attack. Unfortunately, no line has been drawn, so magazines such as Charlie Hebdo and many others have nothing to cross, except from the anger capacity of the attackers... We can appreciate that you would be mildly upset if a caricature was drawn of your religious icon, but perhaps instead of performing an act of terrorism and mass murder, just get 'revenge' by publishing a silly picture of the Queen? I mean, we do it!

These barbaric attacks are unnecessary and arguably childish. It is really upsetting to see more and more rallies provoked by unjustified terrorists, which are often ending in death. It seems that as a society we are treading on egg-shells here, even though the 'Freedom of Speech' act has been put in place. Although, many say that actions speak louder than words, I truly believe that our voices and opinions need to be heard. Without violence.






























Source of drawing: http://www.designboom.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/charlie-hebdo-cartoon-responses-designboom-51.jpg
Other articles: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30746910 

Charlotte x

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Photography


After discovering an interest in photography around 2 years ago, I have been desperately capturing images on my iPhone since. I was a very lucky girl this year, and 'Santa Claus' brought me a proper DSLR camera! Here are a few festive photos I have taken over the last couple of weeks, enjoy! 

If you are interested, my camera is the Canon 700D, with a 18-55mm macro lens. The camera features an articulated touch screen, and I would highly recommend it to anyone in the market for a good entry level SLR.















Black is the New Black


Firstly, apologies for the lack of posts over the Christmas period. I hope you all enjoyed the holidays, and I promise I am back on schedule now!

After noticing a sudden influx of black in my wardrobe, I thought I would share a few of my jet-hued editions. Although I would not necessarily pair the items together, black is a slimming-colour, which -if done correctly- can achieve a classic outfit. (note: I haven't quite mastered this yet, and things often end up looking like Avril Lavigne rather than Audrey Hepburn)

Firstly is this biker jacket from Mango. Since purchasing it in October, I have worn it to death; it is the perfect winter jacket. The silver zip detailing, which is featured down the left side and sleeves, adds to the not-leather leather jacket look. I usually wear it un-zipped, but for a more classic look, you can zip it up to the neck. Unfortunately, the jacket is no longer available from Mango, but I found a similar version from ASOS (buy here)

Next is this evening top from Topshop. With an unfortunately hefty price tag (£45), this is a really pretty piece, and can even look dressy paired with jeans. Although the photo doesn't show it very well, the top is cropped, with lace detailing around the bottom and neckline. I have only had the chance to wear this with black skinny jeans so far, due to the weather, but it would look great with a skirt.  

Here is a super exciting piece! I have been looking for some leather-effect coated jeans for ages, and after putting off buying some from Topshop, I found these from TKMaxx. They are from the brand Lee -which if you are not familiar, is similar to Levi-, and were originally £90. I was lucky enough to save £65, and only spend £24.99. The jeans are skinny, and slightly high waisted. Although I haven't worn them yet, I can't wait to style them... Some Christmas money well spent!


























This Longchamp Le Pliage backpack is a love or hate item. As a proud owner, I love it, but the granny-bag style seems to be quite controvercial. After yearning over this since summer, I decided to put it on my Christmas list, until realising it was sold out everywhere. Luckily, I managed to find one in a House Of Fraser store for £59. I love all of the Le Pliage range, of which I already have a medium handbag. The backpack is quite small, and is available in a multitude of colours. (buy it here -now back in stock)

Charlotte x

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Alexa Chung Starter Kit

As a Vogue contributor, the face of Longchamp, and renowned supermodel, Alexa Chung has influenced thousands with her unbrushed-hair and iconic fashion. Not only a 'pretty face': Chung released her book 'IT' in 2013, replete with sketches, life quotes and quirky anecdotes. Alexa is often seen wearing A-line mini skirts, peter pan collars and a pair of designer flats. I have recreated an outfit worn to the Margret Howell show back in 2012 (see photos below).

The outfit consists of 3 simple pieces, all of which are available at high-street stores.


Firstly the shoes- Alexa is shown wearing a pair of black velvet smoking slippers, with a gold embroidered palm tree detail. I have chosen a pair of loafers from Carvela by Kurt Geiger, which are now substantially reduced from £75 to £39 (buy here). They can easily be dressed up or down, and here add some interest to what would be a casual outfit. I also found a similar pair from Jack Wills, if you wanted an alternative, (buy here). 

I have been looking everywhere for a crew-neck button-down cardigan. This one is from Zara, and includes a nice detailing on the buttons. Word of warning: you may want to wear a vest underneath because it often gapes between the buttons (if you get my drift...). Zara have released this piece in six other neutral shades too (buy here).

Despite often being an outfit-essential, a pair of blue jeans can easily uplift and add colour to an outfit. Alexa is seen wearing a pair of slightly cropped, indigo-toned blue jeans, which are only loosely skinny (although I suspect that is due to her supermodel match-stick legs). I believe my pair are from Zara a couple of years ago. 


Thanks for reading,

Charlotte x






Wednesday, 17 December 2014

I'm back (back, back, back again)

I just wanted to update you that I will be returning to this blog, and hopefully dedicating a bit more time to this little online platform. When I started blogging originally, it was purely out of enjoyment, so when I realised how much time it was taking out of my school-life, I thought it best to take a backseat in the blogging world, which ultimately lead to me quitting completely.

I have recently discovered that starting a blog can help you get into the market of publications and journalism -something I am seriously considering as a career path. So perhaps that 60 minutes out of my week spent writing blog posts isn't such a crime!

I have decided to return with a strict schedule, and new blog-post themes; I will be writing on Wednesdays about current affairs and my views on certain aspects of society, and the Sunday post will consist of a review of a product-whether that be fashion, beauty etc.

I hope this new style of blogging appeals to you; I am really looking forward to finding my feet in the blogging world again, and connecting with readers.

Charlotte x

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Budget Buys: Brown-Eyed Girl


Did you noticed the Van Morrison reference? Great song, great song... Today I am going to be talking about a few eye-makeup products I have picked up recently! As the title suggests, they are all brown shades. I have never been one to even consider wearing eye makeup until recently, but I found that off-black shades are a great way to ease yourself in. Although I am still yearning for the Tom Ford eye defining pen (which comes with a painful £42 price tag), these are all drugstore products as I wasn't willing to invest in anything pricey for my first editions. I am using a soft kohl, liquid eyeliner and lengthening mascara to achieve this look. Keep reading for more about the products themselves!

L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes £10.99- I picked this up a few months ago, when I first tried to get into eye makeup. The brush is quite thickening, lengthening and does a good job of separating the lashes too. I like to apply this as the last step. 

Rimmel Soft Kohl eyeliner £2.99- This is the cheapest of the trio, and probably my least favourite to be honest! I originally bought it for the my waterline/top eyelid, but the crayon formula means that it melts very quickly and cannot achieve a precise line. I now use it as an eyebrow pencil, which I much prefer. The colour is perfect for me and make my brows appear much darker/bolder. 

Maybelline Master Precise eyeliner £5.99- This is the product I am most excited about. I have always wanted to be one of those girls with an elegant swan-like flick on the outer corner of their eyelid, and although I am not quite there with the cat-eye look, I am very very close. The eyeliner is brown, making it a lot more subtle, and I apply it in an arch shape, making it a lot thicker near the outer corner of my eye.