12 November 2015

Victoria's Secret To Body Perfection...Pssst, It Doesn't Exist!

So it's that time of year again when any close relationship with a razor gets neglected in favour of thick tights and trouser legs, blended kale and spirulina smoothie shots gets replaced with cinnamon spice hot chocolate cream blends and the extra padding finding its way to your hooey in the form of chocolate boxes are excused as strategically planned winter insulation bulking. 

So it appears to be that just as you're dialling into operation winter hibernation, unwrapping your fifth nutty ferrero rocher and readjusting your tuesday treat day pants, an army of lithe and tousled angels strut across your screen in an array of devilish stockings and garters flaunting sumptuous limbs of envy and arses as tight as an unripe peach. Cue the undignified splutter upon your chocolate nuts!

They delicately flutter down from heaven spreading their glorious wings of blinding beauty. If their manes of tumbling locks, sun-blushed collarbones, slinky peach pouts and sumptuous skin emblazoned in shimmer wasn't enough to have us dragging our jaws along the ground then their delicate crystal lace cups encasing enviably plump lady lumps, pancake waists and darling legs for days flouncing along the runways would have any man or woman panting like a nun in a stripclub!

Whilst it may all be dazzlingly beautiful, beneath all the sultry smoulder and playful lingerie lies a silently dangerous tug upon body ideals undoubtedly perpetuating our body insecurities. 

There's no doubt that the Victoria's Secret models are all utterly gorgeous and fervently advocate the need for woman to feel empowered by their sexuality, confidence and natural beauty. Yet having ideals of this 'angel' look glorified on adverts and billboards can only but lead young woman to become transfixed by visually flawless figures and the quest for the body of supermodel perfection. Whilst it's as much in the hands of the viewer as to how they react and interpret shows of body projecting and flaunting, it is the undisclosed message of body idealism that leads women to compare and question "why can't I look like that?"

The Victoria's secret fashion show is one of pure creative excellence, fabulous detail and drop-dead gorgeous lingerie and is something even I look forward to watching each year to unashamedly unearth even more woman crushes! It's an event tailored to showcasing the brand's new collection releases, a time to have fun and feel beautiful but more so it's a celebration of how investing in yourself in small ways, like how you dress your lady lovelies, can reinvent and instil an inner confidence that makes a woman feel sexy and sassy. 

It just so happens that as a nation crippled with undisclosed insecurities and a heavy message of health, body image ideals and diets emblazoned upon every street corner, watching other woman and making comparisons becomes an enjoyment we naturally indulge in - regardless of whether we recognise it as healthy for our mindset and self esteem or not. Although it is not lit up in neon flashing lights upon our screens, the silent message of perfectionism whispers in the winds and heightens that pressure in women of achieving a standard idealistic body image. 

Yet what exactly is so alluring in attaining that barbie-doll reflection? Where is the glory in having a predictable body ratio of X-Y-Z and where is the desirability in striving for a presumed level of 'perfection' when what is perfect is the lumpy, bumpy, flawed and imperfect you? Beauty is irrivocably subjective; not an objective measure of self worth. Yes those Victoria secret models are beautiful but their bodies are their careers and they work their butt off in achieving the figures they flaunt. They are the moulds that keep the goods looking pretty - they walk to flaunt the products that they're showcasing and that is the message they are trying to assert.

The message of the show isn't to display these woman as role models to follow and idolise as something to emulate but to showcase that we are more than what our outward appearance displays. The way we invest in ourselves within is what manifests the beauty we project to the world. Lingerie is something woman wear for themselves - a way of celebrating their femininity, their sensuality and a marker that they are worth self-love, acceptance in all their unique qualities. 

Physical attractiveness will always be a subject met with great scrutiny but the strong message of today that shines just as loud as toxic media marketing is the importance for a woman to love and accentuate all that she naturally and imperfectly is rather than focusing her energies in changing everything she perceives she isn't. 

The perfect body simply does not exist and the power lies in realising this freedom

Empower your own wings by appreciating your own imperfect beauty; not envying that of another. 

[Photo Source Inspiration: Pinterest, cosmopolitan.co.uk, glamourmagazine.co.uk]

05 November 2015

Light Up November In The Big Smoke

Oh November, November you sneaky little thing you! You've crept up on us all like an unexpected case of the munchies - attacking us with foggy stabs of nippy winds, early bird sunset falls and blankets of God damn drizzle that laugh in the face of ever hoping to achieve a good hair day.
Why hello there frizz you meddling old friend!

Well I don't know about you but it seems as though 2015 has flown by in a frantic frenzy with pimms-soaked plans for lazy summer picnic and sandy beach far-flung fancies being organised only yesterday! Now the serious stuff is all going down. The big-girl cable knitwear is out for walking, the fire log evenings are well underway and suddenly our G&T tumblers are being kicked into boot by the big boy triple hot chocolates, extra cream, extra whip and a wafer to finish please.

As Christmas races round the corner to whack us sideways with empty bank accounts and tummies full of Nana's rum-soaked mince pies and Cadbury's choccie selection boxes, it's about time I scoured out the very best events jingling their way into the berry merry season of glitter and fun. It's time to razzle and dazzle as the night streets begin to twinkle in starry delight, snuggle into winter glory with lashings of laughter, love and and find yourself engulfed in cheeky conversations, bottomless oboe and cracking music to wail to. 

Without further adieu let me unleash the ribbon on my festive sack of London's finest events gifting us this November...

Syon House & Park, Brentford End

Syon Park's Enchanted woodland welcomes its' tenth anniversary this 2015 so enchant yourself with the magic of nature by admiring the ornamental illuminations and twinkling lights whilst you meander through the arboretum and gardens set to come alive. There's no better way to ease yourself into the magical festive spirit with a mesmerising trial through the grounds of beautiful London.

13th-22nd November 2015

Boasting its twenty second third The EFG London Jazz festival is ready to get cracking this November with one almighty and truly unforgettable celebration of international jazz highlights and powerhouse rhythm line-ups. Get yourself down here for a night of dusky blues, tempting tipples and legendary not-to-be-missed performances awash with style, flare and unquestionable soul.

South Building, Strand, 18th November 2015 - 10th January 2016

Get yourself ready for one night of ice-cool fun at one of London's most memorable winter experiences where christmas comes alive on ice complete with an extra slice of seasonal indulgence. Twirl and swirl like Torvill and Dean, warm yourself with steamy tankards of spicy fruit mulled wine, munch through comforting nibbles of taste sensations all laced up with unforgettable mischief and tomfoolery.

Royal Botanical Gardens, 25th November 2015 - 2nd January 2016

Capture a taste of magic with the sparkling after-dark experience that awaits upon the glowing waterside and world-famous gardens nestled at Kew. Wrap yourself up in the infectious festive fare with the beautiful seasonal makeover of holly bush choir displays, glistening optical arrangements and snowflake dusted christmas trees. A trail of mischievous festive fun awaits...!

20th November 2015 - 3rd January 2016

An ice kingdom of magic and mischief glides into London towards the end of November. An enchantment of festivities with a glistening lake of frozen ice, fairytale sculptures of gawk upon, a winter wonderland of circus entertainment complete with spectacular wooden chalets alit with twinkly lights and tempting gifts. Get yourself down here for a touch of the whimsical magic of Christmas!

The Vaults, Waterloo, 27th November 2015

In need of a slice of escapism and the adventure of the big screen? Nestled away in the Vaults underneath Waterloo boasts an urban-cool theatre cinema with cosy luxury seating, tantalising treats to munch the night away and a plethora of thirst-quenching cocktails whipped up by spirited baristas and top-quality mixers. Time to unleash your inner film buff and prepare for a night of classic screening pleasure amongst the finest secret cinematic world! 

6th - 9th November & 27th - 29th November 2015

Get stuck into the ultimate festive spirit and shop amongst some of the most beautiful displays of must-have gifts and seasonal trends in one of London's finest and eloquently decorated displays of festivity! Harrods is hosting two magical spending extravaganza weekends with a christmas cracker of events ranging from special gift wrapping booths, exciting competitions, selected festive face painting as well as creative customised crafting. 

Vaudeville Theatre, From 30th November 2015

The hilariously award-winning actor and best-selling author Dawn French is set to perform her first solo-show in London's well-known Vaudeville Theatre. Hailed to be one of her most down-to-earth and hilariously wicked shows, Dawn French takes the audience through the trials and tribulations of her life to date laced with humour guaranteed to have your howling in pain and sarcasm to tickle your funny bone. 30 Million Minutes takes us through the life lessons of this most-loved lady and how her countless rises and falls have shaped her into the hilariously doolally woman of British comedy. 

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