"Aim for the moon. Because even if you don't quite reach it you will land among the stars"

Monday, 15 December 2014

Global tensions rise as another unarmed teenager is killed unlawfully in the USA: Social media is the catalyst that sparks a fire ready to catch.

22:08 Posted by Jessica No comments
The following article is not fashion related, it is something I personally feel very strongly about and hope to signal boost, its my opinion and you don't have to read it.

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This is not a rare phenomenon, racial injustice is a daily problem for billions of people world wide. But as more people gain access to the news, witness accounts and social media platforms, this type of crime is hard to ignore, or indeed, get away from.

The facts are extremely hard to grasp in our current society, everyone has their own opinion, cameras, personal experiences and of course, a platform to share them on.

Ironically, the media was designed to spread the news widely and efficiently, but mixed messages and facts lost in translation now mean that many people do not understand what is really happening in the world around them.

This uncertainty only adds to the tension felt everyday in our streets, classrooms and homes. It begs the question, are we making progress? Or are we getting blurred by our own power and thirst for success? 


Regardless of what news report or protest you choose to read, an unarmed human being shot six times with his hands up, this should never make sense. 




^Malcom X^

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Jess xx 

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Vocabulary: the 'Essence' of an article

12:38 Posted by Jessica No comments
The importance of vocabulary is so deep, I'm not even sure where to begin this article; sort of ironic, I know.

Whenever you read anything its the authors words that either grasp you or lose you in the process. This is what makes it so much more important than grammar, my goodness, you could use no punctuation but if you hold the reader with some strong adjectives and verbs you can pull it off.

Lets be honest, there's nothing worse than attempting to read something that loses you after a whole sentence of empty 5 letter words.

(Big words do not make you more intelligent, but they sure do make you seem it)

Despite making it through my dull secondary school education with two A grades at English GCSE, composing an article overspilling with interesting vocabulary is hard. The top tips I have learned are:
  • Avoid using the same word twice in one-three sentences, if it is obvious of course.
  • Elaborate on all descriptions, even if only using just one adjective
  • When it comes to adjectives be as creative as possible (swerve: big, small, good or bad unless its with reasonable purpose)
Something that can make written pieces more interesting is the use of other languages (especially as English is the easiest language to learn, apparently)


That in mind, an interesting thing I stumbled across this week is 'Wordstruck', it's a tumblr blog that posts words that can not be directly translated in to English with a close definition. 

Some of them are very adventurous, and of course will make no sense to most readers, but the gifs and art work that accompanies them on the blog will certainly look pretty to close an online blog article. Check them out:

















See more on the Wordstruck  blog here

What do you think about these translations?

Jess xx 


"Bodyguards protect one of the six remaining last standing Northern White Rhinos."

Friday, 28 November 2014

How to winter your nails pretty

20:13 Posted by Jessica 1 comment
An under rated part of everyones appearance is their hands. Hands are one of the most useful parts of your body; for instance, they are probably how you found this article (with the aid of the internet and your eyes of course). Hands are also often romanticised- you can hold hands, stroke hands, grab, touch, tickle and let go with your hands. Equally, they are very strong and interestingly, your heart is the size of your clenched fist. Kind of powerful huh?

How to make your hands feel appreciated? Theres jewellery of course, but lets put your hands in your shoes (not literally guys, come on now) jewellery for your hands is like clothes for your body, you should wear them to look maybe more presentable but you'd much rather stay in your joggers. So a comfy way to make your hands more visually appealing? Treat your nails.

Its much easier in the summer, any colour goes and the sun helps your skin and nails stay radiant, no matter how bare.

But winter makes it all the more difficult for the fresh-bare- I don't care look.

If you are like me, nail polish is a no, its not appreciated at work and my hands on college work means even a Nokia mobile generated polish would crack.

So for me, this Julep tutorial on how to keep my nails winter proof is perfect; Julep is a company that sources high quality ingredients that actually work (not just with the aid of photoshop).



For all you lucky people who can spruce up their nails with coloured polish, here are some of my favourite shades from Julep:

Here are some more nail polish colours by Julep

How do you usually winterize your nails?

Hope you all have a lovely day,
Jess
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You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Get your hands on a pair of: Knee high boots

20:39 Posted by Jessica 3 comments
Knee-high boots rise to your knee or higher calf. 
Traditionally they were worn by fishermen, dairy workers and duck hunters to protect their feet from natures harshness. 

They became part of the fashion world around the 1950s . There have been lots of variations in design and they even differ a lot today. It is safe however, to say they do not look like items to be worn by fishermen.

Infamously, they were worn by air hostesses in the 1970's, who knew uniforms used to be so sassy?



Never the less, they are back this season as the most popular choice of winter boot.

Here are some pairs I reccomend you snap up quick:

H&M: £34.99

New Look: £39.99

Topshop £125

Topshop £220

River Island: £100


As for their versatility? It all depends on the style you choose. Some, can unfortunately make an outfit look cheap and tacky, for instance a suede black pair with a leopard print dress; in my opinion, not very chic. But hey, maybe you could rock it.

For me, knee high boots look really great with A-line skirts and jumpers, its a cute way to keep half of your leg warm. Don't get me wrong they can also give a good adge to any pair of jeans or be comfy under your office trousers too. 

Two of my favourite celebrity looks are Olivia Paleremo (first) and Candice Swaneopel:

Olivia wears these grey lovelies with a dark tartan shift dress making her whole ensemble comfy, chic and very on trend this A/W


This isn't Candice's best outfit, I have to admit but its undoubtably cute and quirky. Almost a little french too.
(photo source)


One important thing to remember about any winter shoe, is their durability. Your poor lovelies have to carry you through the cold and the wet and the last thing your balance wants is money going down the drain. So, invest, shop around, read reviews and try them on, you may even find a pair to last you a couple more seasons. 

Do you own a pair of knee high boots? What do you think about their return? 

Happy Wednesday,
Jess xx

Sometimes life doesn’t want to give you something you want, not because you don’t deserve it, but because you deserve more.


Friday, 14 November 2014

Aesthetic: Hummingbirds

18:30 Posted by Jessica 2 comments
'Aesthetic' is becoming a popular word among social networking sites to describe an idea/theme/inspiration behind a look or thought. 

The word itself has a click to it, it sounds sophisticated and 'cool' and its actual definition is: 

//adjective//
- concerned with beauty or the appreciation of beauty.
"the pictures give great aesthetic pleasure"
- giving or designed to give pleasure through beauty.
"the law applies to both functional and aesthetic objects"
    synonyms: decorative, ornamental, graceful, elegant, exquisite, beautiful, attractive, pleasing, lovely, stylish, artistic, tasteful, in good taste

//noun//
- a set of principles underlying the work of a particular artist or artistic movement.
"the Cubist aesthetic"

Personally I believe any word that is grasped and re-interpreted by the internet will always stick, so this is my first time, but not my last at using it. 

This aesthetic post is about hummingbirds.
When typically thinking of beautiful birds, hummingbirds arent the first to come to mind.
But in fact, many are capable of flickering their wings up to 52 times a second. Meaning they can hover and fly backwards. This is a rare quality in birds worldwide.

This fact alone amplifies how extraordinary the next set of pictures are, snapping a photograph of a hummingbird in flight, that is clearly focused can be very difficult. 

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Hummingbirds are among the smallest of birds, most species measuring at 7.5 cm to 13 cm.
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They get their name from the humming sound created by their beating wings which flap at high frequencies heard by humans. 

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The wonderful colours and patterns on their feathers would look extraordinary if interpreted as a print fabric.

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They would actually look very couture flying down a catwalk themselves. 

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None of these photographs belong to me, they are all from professional photographers and can be found here

What is your current aesthetic?

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Jess xx

I can't believe its taken me so long to share this with you, it's The 1975's newest song
(they are my favourite band and this song is so beautiful)