Friday, 13 January 2017

Freddo's

 
Freddo.. the chocolate bar of the 2000's. Everybody's favourite. The little frog-shaped treat are set to rise in price AGAIN.

Now we know this has nothing to do with fashion or beauty, but this is a national crisis. According to Mondelez, the owner of Cadbury's, the price is set to increase 20% to a stretch of 30p. 30p... Obviously this is not an incredible amount, but considering when the little bars of delight first came onto the scene, they were a mere 10p. It's bad enough that over the years we have seen the price rise from 17p in 2010, to 25p in 2015 and now to a whopping 30p. What did we do to deserve this madness?!

Well it's down to an increase in the cost of their ingredients and not Brexit, supposedly. A spokeswoman said: "Increasing prices is always a last resort, but ot ensure we can keep people's favourite brands on the shelf and look after the 4,500 people we employ in the UK, we are having to make some selective price increases across our range."

What's to happen next? Are we going to lose some of our favourite treats? Are Creme Eggs going to disapppear completely? Who knows, but we're definitley not looking forward to Mondelez's next announcement.


Latest It-Bag

 
Introducing the must have accessory of the year, so far. Searched for more than 18,000 times since December alone, Loewe's Elephant Bag is the accessory you need.

Obviously, not all of us can afford to splash £875 on a shoulder bag but it sure is cute to look at. Bags like this one is what makes fashion so fun. Yes, people are always saying that the fashion industry is so serious, but when a bag shaped liked an elephant comes along you just have to embrace it. You need to have a little fun every now and again.

Already a favourite amongst bloggers Susie Bubble and Chiara Ferragni the novelty bag has proven to be an instant hit and oh so Instagram worthy.

No doubt high street retailers will recognise the demand for animal shaped bags in the near future - expect to see them potentially everywhere. 
 
 

Kitten Heels...the Return

 
The miniature stiletto is making a comeback - according to Vogue -  this season, and Twitter is having none of it.

In their February issue, British Vogue explores the rise and fall of the heel, the stars that made them famous and why the industry is going towards a more simplistic heel style.

Gucci, Manolo Blahnik and Vetements, Dior, Celine, Prada and Saint Laurent - to name a few - have all recognised the trend for their SS17 collections. With Gucci's, bamboo heel, Dior's, 'J'adore Dior' design, it looks like the kitten heel is going to be a staple item for the upcoming season. When the big name designers, and most influential recognise the trend together, you can be sure that they're on to something, and soon everyone will follow suit... they hope.

Are they trying to change the way we view the heel and ultimately the negative connotations we associate them with? According to Twitter and the public's response, those connatations aren't going anywhere any time soon.

When the fashion bible announced over on their Twitter feed that kitten heels were making a comback, users responses were probably not the reaction that they were hoping for. As you can imagine, with the use of memes and gifs, users made their feelings quite clear.

Images of Naomi Campbell to Miranda Priestly from Devil Wears Prada with a simple caption of 'No.No.No.No' soon displayed everyones attitude - and the classic, 'it's a no from me' Simon Cowell soon appeared. Basically, it was just a lot of no's.

 

 We can't really call it on this one. Expect to see celebrities and big names within the industry to be wearing designer heels but for the rest of us normal folk, it's a no from us.





Thursday, 12 January 2017

Embrace: Tanya Brumfitt

 
In April 2013 a picture went viral and changed Tanya Brumfitt's life for the better. The ex-bodybuilder from Australia posted a 'non-tradional before and after' photo - the before; her tanned, toned, and 'perfect body' to some, at a body building competition. The after, taken seven months later - her softer, less tanned and happy.

 
Having considered a potential tummy tuck and breast lift after giving birth to three children, Brumfitt thought about the example she would leave for her daughter. How could she tell her child to love herself when she had had all this work done. Instead, she ditched the extreme body builders exercise regime and put on weight - and she was finally happy with her body. And this was just the beginning.

She went on to launch a Kickstarter campaign to help fund a film she wanted to make, where she would travel the world talking to a variety of women about how they see themselves. With over 8,000 backers and celebrity support from the likes of Zooey Deschanel, Ashton Kutcher and Rosie O'Donnell - Embrace was born.

 
 Already being called Australia's most successful documentary ever, Embrace explores every aspect of body image pressures from plastic surgeons telling her that her post-pregnancy nipples are in the wrong place to magazine editors discussing the way in which the perfect body is sold.

Brumfitt sees social media as a vital role in body image and body positivity saying that it's important to follow the right people and not allow yourself to have a feed that'll affect your attitude towards yourself; "A little bit of self-care and thought really does need to go into who you're follwing."

"When you embrace your body and give it self-care, love and respect, you make really great choices for your body," says Brumfitt. "Conversation is key to moving past this body epidemic."

Embrace hits cinemas across the UK from January 16th





Dumpster Dive Hauls

 
 YouTube is a strange place - to get the most views and subscribers you've got to be different, find that edge - especially if you're a beauty vlogger, there's only so many make-up tutorials you can do. From the 100 layers of foundation and 100 layers of nail varnish challenges, these girls and boys are trying their hardest to get them views.

Now the latest craze has become plain weird, and maybe some what desperate...dumpster dive hauls. Yes, girls are jumping into bins to find make-up which has been thrown out by beauty shops. Turns out that retailers don't donate return items or keep them for themselves, they throw them straight in the bin - some of which are still in perfect condition.

We're not quite sure if we would be up for this challenge, but these brave souls are finding some bargains. They don't just find the odd mascara, they find hundreds of pounds worth of goods ranging from eyeshadow palettes from Too Faced and Urban Decay to perfumes and lotions. Most of which haven't even been opened.

After reading that would you be tempted to dive through the bins behind Boots or Superdrug if you're low on your favourite foundation?

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Gothic Fonts


Blackletter fonts first came onto the scene back when SS16 collections were first debuted by brands such as Gucci and Vetements. From there the typeface has gone from strength to strength. Referred to as Old English, it has become the go-to for brands - both high end and high street.

The style may be as popular as ever but it's nothing new. Used within gothic subcultures and motifs within streetwear and gangs for years. Cali Thornhill Dewitt, the artist behind the ridiculously popular The Life of Pablo tour merchandise by Kanye West, credits her inspiration for the design down to memorial sweatshirts from Southern California's Latino community, "I think it's important for people to know that this is something I saw Hispanic gang members wearing," Dewitt told SSENSE, "people would make the t-shirts in LA at the swap meet, for very cheap. It was most often a memorial for someone who died."

The Pablo merch took the font to a whole new level. Producing more and more garments, with new variations and colour palettes - the more merch there was, the more popular it became. High street retailers, caught onto this global phenomenon and started to produce their own versions. And it wasn't just retailers that saw the demand - other artists, such as Rihanna, Justin Bieber and Travis Scott have also incorporated the style into their tour merchandise. Bieber's became so popular that it can now be found on sale over at ASOS.

It's a unique trend that has many many influences, but one thing we're not sure about is where could this trend go? It's one that isn't for everyone and one that probably won't be adopted by many - only those who recognise the trend or type - making the future of the trend, some what uncertain.

(Image: Highsnobiety)

Beauty Trends 2017

Last week we told you about the trends to look out for for this year, now it's time to talk beauty.

GLITTER EVERYWHERE
 
 Back in 2016, Burberry made glitter cool again. For their AW16 show they delicately placed glitter under the eyes and since then - thanks to Instagram - everyone's gone glitter mad. But the trick is to not go over the top like you would at a festival, the less perfect it looks, the better.

XXL HAIR
It's time to get serious and grow that hair out. Think Naomi Campbell, Queen Bey and Kimmy K - long hair, don't care.

GLOSSY EYES
 
Forget your cheekbones, it's time for your eyelids to have that shimmer. The secret finishing touch on editorials is now very much a thing. To get the effect head down to your favourite brand and they'll be sure to have the right gloss for you - or just simply swipe a bit of your lip gloss over your shadow to get the same effect.

NAILS NAILS NAILS
 
 We know nail art has been around for some time, but it's time to take it to the next level. Think Balenciaga bling or if you're feeling it, take inspiration from Gigi Hadid's $2,000 manicure with real Swarovski crystals. Any design, any colour. In the words of Madonna, it's time to express yourself.

MATTE LIPS
 
We all know what matte lipsticks are, no thanks to Kylie Jenner and her insanely popular cosmetics brand,  Kylie Cosmetics. If you're a fan of always having a bold or nude lip, then this is one to try. Gone are the days of having to constantly re-apply, get yourself a matte lipstick from any brand - yes, they're all doing it now - and you'll be set for the night.
 
 There you have it, just some of our favourite trends that we will 100% be trying out.

(Images: Burberry - SocialFeed, @kimkardshian, @kyliejenner, @WAHnails, Rihanna - Couture Africa)