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THROUGH THE HAZE: OOTD

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 Winter has rolled around  faster than any of us could imagine, the days are shorter, the air is crisp and most of us are feeling the festive vibe as we count down the days to Christmas. Personally I’m a Summer girl but what I love about the Winter, is how stunningly beautiful the scenery can be. December is a time when we find our way through the haze and into the New Year.

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Winter solstice is upon us and the world “solstice” literally means “Sun Stands Still”. My outfit was inspired by the magic and mystery in the air during this festive season.

My Amethyst Night Spell necklace is from Night Venus and my blue Agate, spiraled necklace is from Moonbeams in Tullamore, Co.Offaly. What I love about my spiraled necklace is that it is adjustable, so I can change the stone instead to suit my mood. It’s one of my all time favorite accessories.

DSC_0556.jpgyes This year I have discovered one of my favorite fashion accessories, midi rings. They are just so incredibly comfortable to wear! I am in love with my Three Line Midi & Crescent Moon Midi rings.

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 This Sun & Moon Dress from Romwe is currently my favorite dress to wear, as it is loose fitting and very comfortable. I really love the print, I have always been fascinated with Astronomy and the Solar System, so this dress really shows off my personality. I paired the dress with this stylish Black Bowknot Hat (also from Romwe) and long black cardigan from Dunnes Stores.

done3To complete the look, I wore some barely black tights from Pennys/Primark, along with my favorite pair of black boots from New Look. My square handbag is from Anne Smith, this is my go-to bag this season because it is practical and simple, it goes with almost any outfit!

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My thoughts on the Zoella ghostwriter controversy

As a lot of you know, YouTuber Zoella has recently released her first book, entitled “Girl Online. Since the release of her book it has become a best seller. Selling 78,000 copies in seven days, controversially beating the first week sales figures of any author on record, including J. K. Rowling!

You have to admit, that is pretty impressive to begin with. For me, it is awe inspiring to see a fellow YouTuber achieve such a huge success. To me, J.K Rowling is a goddess. She is pretty much one of my all time favorite writers. So, to see Zoella achieve something on par, if not a little more extraordinary than J.K Rowling, in regards to the sales of her first book, is eye opening.

Zoella has since been under fire for hiring a ghostwriter to help her with her first publication. The ghost writer’s name is Siobhan Curham. Siobhan has written a blog post explaining that for legal reasons, she is not able to disclose any specific details about her involvement with Zoella’s book.

A representative from Penguin publishing stated “To be factually accurate you would need to say Zoe Sugg did not write the book Girl Online on her own. Girl Online was very much a collaboration between Zoe and her editorial team.” After receiving backlash online about hiring a ghost writer, Zoe Sugg (Zoella’s real name) tweeted the a status saying “taking a few days out and off the internet because it’s clouding up my brain. Thanks for understanding.” 

Since all of this information has been published, there has been a lot of opinions posted online questioning Zoella’s integrity. As a fellow YouTuber and child of the 21st century, I don’t think that Zoella should be sent to the gallows for hiring help while publishing her first book. Think about it, do you really think that Zoella would have the knowledge and resources to publish her own book without any outside help? I sure wouldn’t expect her to.

Zoella is a YouTuber first and foremost, not an author/writer. It’s very common for celebrities, from the online variety or otherwise, to hire ghostwriters.

Let’s be rational about this for a second, do you really think that Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga or any other world famous person with a best selling fragrance made it themselves or had the knowledge to do so before the fragrance was made a reality? No. They obviously hired outside help, shared their vision with people who could make that fragrance  a reality, to become a product that they could sell to their fans. That is just a simple example but there are many, many other examples like celebrity clothing lines, makeup lines etc. I can guarantee you that most of the people who set up these lines or companies, are not chemists or trained fashion designers.

They are a brand, who want to expand, just like Zoella.

I think what some people fail to realize, is that Zoella is no longer a girl in her bedroom,  recording videos just for fun, she is a brand. There are a lot of YouTubers out there who are trying to establish a brand from their YouTube channels and Zoella is no different. I do think that Zoella could have been more clear about her involvement with the book, especially for younger viewers, who may not understand the in’s and out’s of the publishing world. In my own personal opinion, it was rather obvious that she had a lot of help to create it and I don’t believe that to be a crime.

I think that being an internet celebrity can be just as intense as being “proper” celebrity. I say that in inverted comma’s just to distinguish how people see a difference in online celebrities, to say, singers or actors. I think that internet celebrities can sometimes have even more of a burden on them to be seen as perfect, because they are considered to be “normal people” and have more of a responsibility to stay grounded and respected by their viewers and fans alike.

Zoella apparently thanked Siobhan Curham in the acknowledgments section of her book. Curham stated “Whilst I was very grateful for the acknowledgement, I didn’t know that my full name would be in the book. I did not invite any of this attention upon myself.

I think there is a lot of transparency in celebrity publishing and we need to take it with a pinch of salt. Zoella obviously worked with an editorial team to produce her first book. Her book hit number three on the Amazon bestsellers list before the book was even released, I think the girl knows what she is doing and shes’s doing it well.

Should she be berated for hiring a ghostwriter? I don’t think so. I do think that any celebrity who does use a ghostwriter should be more forward about it, there is nothing to be ashamed of by getting help, in order to publish a first novel. There is also no need to hide the fact that you hired help to create something of worthy quality in order to publish it.

Anyways, that’s just my opinion!

 

Christmas Party Outfit Inspiration: Zooey Deschanel

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Tiz the season of Christmas parties! Where you will probably see things like your drunk boss dancing to the macarena or your Grandmother slurring her words, while telling a story about the time she almost kissed Gene Kelly under a mistletoe, back in the day. Meanwhile, you happily stick to the sidelines sipping on a cold glass of pinot grigio and witness the madness that is, the Christmas party. Just because the party may not be fabulous and glamorous, doesn’t mean you can’t be! It’s the perfect time to show a different side to yourself. It’s your time to shine, sister!

Christmas time is a great time to glam yourself up and get into the spirit of things by playing around with fashion and new looks. You don’t have to delve into the deep waters of avant garde fashion to make a statement this holiday season. You can create eye catching looks with a few simple, key pieces. My Christmas party wear inspiration is queen of quirk, Zooey Deschanel.

zooeyTake a leaf out of Zooey’s book and try wearing a simple, yet beautiful, vintage inspired dress this Christmas. The cuts on vintage dresses are timeless and add and element of glamour to any look. Try pairing the dress with a solid coloured high heel to add length to your legs or pair it with some comfortable flat shoes, for a more understated look. Top Tip: I suggest keeping some foldable flats in your handbag, just in case you get carried away on the dance floor. They are a lifesaver!

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Zooey’s most prominent features are her eyes. She has said that she prefers to play up her eyes by wearing lashings of mascara and carefully blended eye shadow and eyeliner. Play up your favorite features by adding some colour or a highlight. If you’re favorite feature is your lips, make them pop by wearing a stand out lip colour and you’ll be under that mistletoe in no time!

A great way to brighten up your face is to use a highlighter to illuminate your features. Apply the highlighter to where shine would naturally be, if the sun was hitting your face. Such as down the center of your nose and top of the cheekbones, make sure to blend it out for a natural dewy glow.

Whatever you choose wear out this holiday season, make sure you feel comfortable in it and don’t be afraid to experiment. Be safe, let your hair down and have a good time.

Happy Holidays!

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Alt Girl Christmas Gift Guide & Inspiration!

Ahhhh It’s that time of tear again, where we are frantically rushing around the shops looking for the perfect gifts for our loved ones. Let’s face it, Christmas shopping is hard work and looking for a gift without any clue what it is you are looking for, can make it a very stressful endeavour altogether. I’ve put together a little holiday gift guide/inspiration for the alt girl in your life!

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She’s creepy and she’s kooky, mysterious and spooky! The Goth Girl, in my opinion is actually pretty easy to buy for and contrary to belief, goth girls enjoy a pop of colour every now and then. I’d recommend checking out shops like kreepsville 666 who sell amazing accessories and clothing to make any Goth Girl happy. Personally, I love their Elivra Mistress of The Dark collection.

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You can’t go wrong with a good pair of shoes. A Goth girl fave is IronFist! They also sell clothing, handbags & accessories. Goth girls love makeup, I recommend checking out Urban Decay for their amazing palettes and pigmented eye shadows. The most pigmented black eye shadow I have ever used is from Urban Decay, you can also purchase singular eye shadow pots as stocking fillers!

cybWhen it comes to buying a gift for a Cyber Goth, think COLOUR! The more neon the better. In my opinion, one of the best brands for colourful, pigmented makeup is Sugarpill Cosmetics. They offer a range of neon and pretty pastel eye shadows, as well as cute makeup brushes that would make a great addition to any makeup lovers collection. Plus, they are cruelty free! YAY!

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 Accessories are a Cyber Girl’s best friend, a great place to find some quality raver gear is Cyberdog. It is a great site for futuristic fashion, as well as homeware and club accessories. 

rockchick2This girl means business, she’s a bad ass with an even cooler sense of style. Music is a huge part of her life and it reflects in her style. If you are looking to splash the cash for a gift for the rock chick in your life then a little something something from Alexander McQueen is the way to go. If she is not into designer gear, IronFist sell unique and affordable bags for a fraction of the price.

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 One of the coolest gifts I was given last year for Christmas was a Harley Quinn Funko figure, there are loads of different kinds of Funko’s to suit everyone’s tastes. I really like the Maleficent Funko’s! They’d look so cute perched on a makeup station, desk or bedside. Music really is the key to a rock chicks heart, why not try making her a personal mix or playlist? It costs next to nothing to create and sometimes, the most personal gifts are the ones that are priceless.

kawaiigirl2A Kawaii Babe loves all things cute and adorable. Think Hello Kitty, bows, girly purses and accessories. My favorite Kawaii online shop is Dolly Dynamite, I find their stock to be very affordable and good quality. Dolly Dynamite sell some really pretty shoes and clothes. For some cute stocking fillers, I suggest checking out Tofu Cute. They sell kawaii candy, charms and purses. kawaiigirl

I hope this post was helpful to you and that you found out about some cool new online stores. Click each individual collage to see the prices and links to each item featured in this post.

Happy Shopping!

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My Feature in Kultur Magazine!

I am very excited to announce that I am featured in the latest issue of Kultur MagazineKultur Magazine is an alternative magazine based in Cape Town, South Africa. Kultur features many different creative people such as alternative models, artists, musicians and this month …me!

 My article is all about my love of dressing up, fashion and cosplay.

If you want to read the article in detail just click on the images below to enlarge them.

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