05 November 2014

Becoming Real

“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.
“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”
“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”
“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”
The Velveteen Rabbit (or How Toys Become Real) by Margery Williams, 1922
(illustration by Rob Woodrum)

29 October 2014

16 Steps to Happiness by Emma Elsworthy

1. push yourself to get up before the rest of the world - start with 7am, then 6am, then 5:30am. go to the nearest hill with a big coat and a scarf and watch the sun rise.

2. push yourself to fall asleep earlier - start with 11pm, then 10pm, then 9pm. wake up in the morning feeling re-energized and comfortable. 

3. erase processed food from your diet. start with no lollies, chips, biscuits, then erase pasta, rice, cereal, then bread. use the rule that if a child couldn’t identify what was in it, you don’t eat it.

4. get into the habit of cooking yourself a beautiful breakfast. fry tomatoes and mushrooms in real butter and garlic, fry an egg, slice up a fresh avocado and squirt way too much lemon on it. sit and eat it and do nothing else. 

5. stretch. start by reaching for the sky as hard as you can, then trying to touch your toes. roll your head. stretch your fingers. stretch everything.

6. buy a 1L water bottle. start with pushing yourself to drink the whole thing in a day, then try drinking it twice.

7. buy a beautiful diary and a beautiful black pen. write down everything you do, including dinner dates, appointments, assignments, coffees, what you need to do that day. no detail is too small.

8. strip your bed of your sheets and empty your underwear draw into the washing machine. put a massive scoop of scented fabric softener in there and wash. make your bed in full.

9. organise your room. fold all your clothes (and bag what you don’t want), clean your mirror, your laptop, vacuum the floor. light a beautiful candle.

10. have a luxurious shower with your favourite music playing. wash your hair, scrub your body, brush your teeth. lather your whole body in moisturiser, get familiar with the part between your toes, your inner thighs, the back of your neck.

11. push yourself to go for a walk. take your headphones, go to the beach and walk. smile at strangers walking the other way and be surprised how many smile back. bring your dog and observe the dog’s behaviour. realise you can learn from your dog.

12. message old friends with personal jokes. reminisce. suggest a catch up soon, even if you don’t follow through. push yourself to follow through.

14. think long and hard about what interests you. crime? sex? boarding school? long-forgotten romance etiquette? find a book about it and read it. there is a book about literally everything. 

15. become the person you would ideally fall in love with. let cars merge into your lane when driving. pay double for parking tickets and leave a second one in the machine. stick your tongue out at babies. compliment people on their cute clothes. challenge yourself to not ridicule anyone for a whole day. then two. then a week. walk with a straight posture. look people in the eye. ask people about their story. talk to acquaintances so they become friends.

16. lie in the sunshine. daydream about the life you would lead if failure wasn’t a thing. open your eyes. take small steps to make it happen for you.

source: Emma Elsworthy

28 October 2014

Style Inspiration: Nancy Sinatra

Echoes of starlet songbird Nancy Sinatra can be found everywhere. I see her in Wildfox ad campaigns, hear her influence on the radio, spend hours in the bathroom trying to get my hair as volumous as hers... you understand. She sang songs about crying over bad boys and getting revenge on them, so obviously she set the tone for the future of femme-pop. "These Boots Are Made for Walking" opened doors for female musicians everywhere and set a new standard for angry female-driven pop music (my favorite kind). Her sense of style is clean, flirty, and all-American. So simple and playful with simple shapes and patterns. I'll never get over her darling figure and her dewy glow, thick eyeliner, and big wavy hair are equally gorgeous. 

27 October 2014

BABE-POP: Halsey's Room 93 EP Review

I can never get enough girly, alt-pop and Halsey's single 'Ghost' has been on repeat pretty consistently for the past month. The first day I heard it, I think I listened to it on repeat for about three hours. That isn't even an exaggeration. It was that good. 

The real kicker is that this babe is only nineteen-years-old, writes her own songs, and from what I've gathered on twitter, seems like a super fun person to order food and watch Sailor Moon with (call me?).

I have a little problem with men that I like to refer to as lost-boy syndrome. LBS afflicts many young women, like myself, who love immature bad boys with hearts of gold. So you can imagine how spiritually I felt about the first verse of 'Ghost':

I don't like them innocent. I don't want no face fresh. Want them wearing leather, begging, "let me be your taste test." I like them sad eyes, bad guys, mouth full of white lies. Kiss me in the corridor, quick to tell me goodbye. 

Last night, her first EP dropped an hour early on iTunes and I bought it immediately. I think I've already listened to it seven times in the past twelve hours. If you love Marina & The Diamonds, Charlie XCX, Lana Del Ray, or any other lady-powered pop, I promise this album is worth your time.

I'm pretty partial to 'Is There Somewhere' but my absolute favorite track is 'Trouble'. It's a gorgeous track with some Winehouse-esque vocals, grunge-love lyrics, and a full-bodied piano ballad. Would you bleed me for me? Lick it off my lips like you needed me? Would you sit me on a couch with your fingers in my mouth? You look so cool when you're reading me. Yum.