Right well I made a promise to myself that the moment graduated I would get my blog going again and guess what.. I graduated almost 2 months ago and have lazily avoided writing anything of any kind since! I’ll be honest about it, University destroyed me ( a little bit ). When I first started three years ago I told myself that there is no way I’m going to be ‘pulling all nighters’ or surviving on coffee and pro plus and chocolate, but alas it all happened, at least ten times (a month). Despite the stress of it all, I’ve come out with a project that I fully expect to continue (once I come out of my self inflicted writer’s block) and it’s something I’m pretty proud of and I managed to get a 1st for my degree in the end so, can’t complain! I’ll put up a couple of pictures once I’ve had a sort through all my final year work that I’ve been avoiding looking at since June. This might seem like a somewhat pointless post but I’ve got to get back into it somehow! The next post will be much more worth while I promise !
With the hand -in date of my dissertation looming and 2000 thousand words left to write I’m gradually sensing a mild case of writers block. The topic of my dissertation, for me, couldn’t be more interesting with a wide discussion into the representation of women in the films of Alfred Hitchcock and then a look into whether we still see these women in the films we love to watch today. Reading endless feminist theory has begun to frazzle my brain and if I have to watch another Hitchcock film it may just be one too many. With the release of neo noir ‘Drive‘, featuring the ever beautiful Carey Mulligan and Ryan Gosling in September 2011, I began to look at whether actually the sexually overpowering and terrifyingly beautiful female characters of a classic Hitchcockian noir still appear in contemporary films. With it’s inherent B-movie aesthetic, Drive brings it’s audience a sense of a quintessential Hitchcock film noir at the same time as appealing to modern tastes and expectations. I looked back at one of my favourite films, Sin City (2005) and thought of the character of Shellie and her combination of stunning blonde bombshell beauty and an explicit naivety. She tries furiously to push against her violent boyfriend and in one sense perhaps is successful in that in the end he is killed and she is free. Comparing this to Hitchcock, if you take Marion Crane of Psycho (1960), her ignorance in believing that she can steal and get away away with it ultimately leads to her death! Perhaps it’s important to note that in Sin City and often in modern film, women are actually shown fighting back. Without sounding like a little bit of a grumpy feminist, I mean, Sin City’s women are often shown in a light where through coming together women can be powerful. In Hitchcock women are ultimately puchised for even attempting to take control such as the likes of Marion Crane. However, comparatively, often in the cases of Sin City and Hitchcock women are shown using their sexuality as a means to gain power which I think could be seen as detrimental to the portrayal of their character and role in the story. So, perhaps is Sin City an ironic and satirical take on Hitchcock’s and Film Noir’s classic femme fatale?? Is it mocking the fact that Hitchcock women were arguably exploited for their beauty and represented as sex objects and therefore showing that in current film it is not expected as the norm… Its a complicated topic and one that my dissertation has exhausted but as more and more new films continue to be released in this neo noir style I find it continually interesting to think whether the Hitchcockian woman has become merely a construct to be mocked or whether it will remain an inherently clever and classic representation of thoughts and fears of a current society. I know what I think..
I bought a couple of new nail varnishes from Topshop whilst shopping at the weekend so I thought I’d test them out while Ive got my false nails on! I decided to do a bit of a glitzy half moon design and for this I used two coats of Gypsy Night ( I can’t find an individual link to this on the Topshop website but I know it’s part of a trio of varnishes online which I’ve provided the link for. Otherwise, just buy it instore!). It’s a good colour that will work really well with the a/w 11/12 Jewel Tones trend. Secondly I did a bit of nail DIY and made some half moon stencils out of masking tape, by cutting off a square and then just cutting out a smooth curve on one side and laid the piece of tape over my whole nail. Make sure the varnish is TOTALLY dry before you do this or it will end badly. You’ll be left with a little half moon shape at the base of your nail where you’ll be able to see the black nail varnish you put on earlier. So then, just paint over the little gap with the Heart of Gold varnish and don’t worry if you go way over the edges because thats what the masking tape is for! I would definitely apply two coats for this as well as it just makes it stand out more. Finally I used a nail art brush to draw a line of Models Own glitter varnish in Juicy Jules and then gradually dab it upwards to create a sort of gradient effect. I applied two coats of No7 Stay Perfect Top Coatto finish it off. Easy peasy (sort of).
So i’ve been really bad at updating my blog recently because I’ve just gone back to uni, after about 3 months of summer, for my final year, so as you can probably guess it’s been pretty hectic. Anyway, tomorrow is the party for my sisters 18th so I thought I’d do myself some nice party nails. This time round I was inspired by a video I watched on the fabulous make-up artist Lisa Eldridge’s website, where uber cool nail artist Sophy Robson demonstrated the latest nail trend on Lisa. Basically its a nude base with a dark petrol blue thin tip. See this video here if you want to give it a try too! So Ive tried out my interpretation and I don’t think it’s half bad! I went for fakies because my nails are in rubbish condition because I keep biting them down with the uni stress. I used Elegant Touch Classic French nails in short because they are a perfect size for my teeny nails; I then shaped them so they had a more rounded end because it tends to make my fingers look a lot longer. Then I applied 2 coats of Models Own Nail Polish in Utopia which gives a nice simple canvas. Then using a nail art brush (I bought on eBay from a random nail place), I painted a thin stripe of Models Own Gold Digger and then on top of that, dabbed the Models Own Juicy Jules Glitter Varnish. Finally I topped it off with the No7 Perfect Nail Top Coat as always.
Thanks for Reading ♥ LS
This time round I’ve gone for Sally Hansen again and Models Own (M.O)! But also No7 for my top coat. This varnish leaves a lovely shine and really protects your varnish, it’s especially good for when you’ve got a funky pattern on them because it stops it from chipping off and looking rubbish. I started again of course with the Diamond Strength Nail Hardener and then my base is M.O Betty Blue ( 2 coats) and drew on the leopard with my trusty M.O nail pen on alternating nails. I glittered up the remaining nails with the ever fabulous M.O Juicy Jules then once that had dried I drew the same leopard pattern on the glittery nails. Finally I applied 2 coats of the No7 top coat. When I use this top coat it usually lasts around a week so it’s perfect! I know this all sounds like a bit of a palaver but it’s worth it I reckon.
Click on all the links to get any of these varnishes. Have fun trying it out!
Thought I’d aim for a more minimal look this time round so i’ve gone for nude leopard with a blacked out ring finger… Gotta love a fanciful ring finger.
First I applied the Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Nail Hardener, because my nails aren’t the strongest in the world, due my annoying stress induced nail biting habit. This works really well as a base coat if you don’t have a ‘proper’ one! Then I applied Model’s Own Buff Pink twice, which is a lovely staple nail colour.. think Kate Middleton. Once this had dried I drew on the usual leopard pattern with the Model’s Own Nail Art Pen. Finally, on my ring finger I used Model’s Own Black Magic. I reckon it’s quite a interesting take on monotone chic and will be a nice, quick way of completing an outfit this season.
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I was having a browse of some of the videos from New York Fashion Week (so I can pretend I was there of course ) and I found some fab videos on youtube uploaded by Ford Models of all the backstage action at NYFW from the model POV. I’ve sat through all of them as not only do you get a sneak peek of some of the collections, like gorgeous classic tweed and delicate knitwear mixed with minimalistic white jackets at Rag & Bone. If your a budding ‘fashionista’ (ha!) like me, then these vids are excellent for giving you a sense of what its like to be at fashion week, ready for when you attend it for the first time ( to seat people most probably). Anyway here’s a few of my favourite clips.
Thanks for reading, LS ♥