12 parody twitter accounts you need to follow

For that half hour before bed (ok maybe more like 2 hours) that you spend scrolling through your phone.

  1. @knghnryviii
    If you look beyond the brutal beheadings, Henry the 8th was a bit of a lad really.Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 16.27.45
    Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 16.28.15Spoiler alert: expect a beheading.
  2. @tinatbh
    She’s sassy, she’s hilarious, she’s not afraid to say what we’re all thinking and that’s probably because she’s not a real person.Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 16.29.18
    Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 16.33.50I feel ya, Tina.
  3. @KimKierkegaardashian
    Probably my favourite twitter account of all time: a mind blowing combination of Kim Kardashian’s tweets and Soren Kierkegaard’s philosophy. Somehow, it works.Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 17.01.55Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 17.01.02Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 16.57.42Who knew Kim was so deep!
  4. @SimsLogic
    Blursh! Wawadaloob! *shakes hands furiously*. Ah, Simlish.Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 16.53.38
  5. @queen_uk
    Lizzie the legend.Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 16.56.15
  6. @WeirdHorse
    You might think barnyard puns would get a bit old after a while, but neigh.Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 16.38.04Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 16.34.52You’ve goat to be kidding me.
  7. @NoContextLouis
    For those of you who love Louis Theroux as much as I do…Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 16.43.32
  8. @ExamProblems
    So relatable that you don’t know whether to be worried, or comforted.Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 16.41.24Amen to that.
  9. @MaryBerryNOT
    If you love seeing this lil cutie on TGBBO, you’ll enjoy this account. Her facial expressions are just so spot on!Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 17.12.35
  10. @politicalreactz
    Never a dull moment in the world of politics, there’s always someone to take the p*ss out of.Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 17.08.01We’ve all been there, David.
  11. @AldiCustCare
    What social media customer service managers are probably definitely thinking.
    Even funnier when people think it’s real.Screen Shot 2016-07-13 at 23.20.44
  12. @MedievalReacts
    I don’t even want to know how many hours of my life I’ve spent scrolling through this account.Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 17.10.13K night.

What’s your favourite parody twitter account?

Ellie x

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Chop it off: giving a new meaning to ‘hairCARE’

Have you seen Harry Style’s ‘new do’? If you answered yes, I’ve got news for you.

These past few days everyone has been raving about Harry Style’s latest transformation, as a result of him donating his ponytail to the Little Princess Trust, a charity that makes wigs from real hair for cancer patients. But there’s a twist to the tale; the photo of his new short hairstyle was actually a prank, by a former X factor auditionee Ellis Lacy, who used the faceswap feature on Snapchat to put Harry’s face over his own. I fell for it – did you?

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Although the big ‘reveal’ of his short hair was fake, Harry’s hair donation was very real, as he had posted a photo of his freshly chopped ponytail on his instagram account in support of the Little Princess Trust’s on-going #hairtospare campaign. I think it’s brilliant that he’s brought so much attention to charities that people may not have heard of, and has shown that giving your time, money and blood are not the only ways to help those in need; you can also give your hair!

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Harry Styles posted this photo of his hair donation

A year ago, I cut 14.5 inches of my hair off and donated it in 4 ponytail pieces to Locks of Love, a non-profit organisation providing hair pieces to children suffering with long term medical hair loss (such as alopecia, trichotillomania, or as a result of chemotherapy) … and it was one of the best things I’ve ever done.

Knowing that I was able to help restore a child’s self esteem and confidence at such a difficult time for them felt amazing, and I can’t recommend it enough. As well as being really heartwarming having such a positive impact on someone’s life, it is also very grounding and the whole experience really put my own problems into perspective. I have been much less superficial as a result; the freedom of not being so concerned with my appearance has been liberating, and I’ve realised how shallow and silly it is for so many of us to complain about such trivial things.

If helping to make a challenging experience more bearable for a child isn’t enough, on top of this, short hair is actually pretty great! Sure, going from super long, thick, heavy hair to a short blunt bob was a shock, and figuring out how to style short hair took some time, but the time and effort I saved on washing and drying my hair was a game changer! Cutting so much hair off also does wonders for it’s health, especially if you have thin hair or split ends because cutting it short makes it look thicker and gives it more volume.

So if you want to help children unfortunate enough to be suffering with hair loss conditions, but you are reluctant to part with your locks, just think of all the benefits of cutting it off. The positives massively outweigh the negatives, and once you’ve done it I can guarantee that your whole life perspective will shift and you will no longer view your hair or appearance as such a big deal; you’ll definitely want to donate again, like I plan to. Cutting your hair to donate to charity will have a minor impact on your life but a HUGE impact on the recipient’s; you can always change the style of your hair and grow it back, but the children suffering with long-term hair loss don’t have that luxury… being given a hairpiece is life-changing for them.

There are a variety of charities that provide hairpieces to children suffering with hair loss conditions, but I chose to donate mine to Locks of Love; they provide high quality custom hairpieces made from donated hair to financially disadvantaged children, most of whom suffer with alopecia: a condition that has no known cure. They also help children who lose their hair from cancer and radiotherapy, as well as trichotillomania.

Anyone can donate hair providing it is not bleached, and the longest layer must be at least 10 inches. Anything shorter is still accepted as it can be sold to help reduce cost. Coloured or permed hair is acceptable, so long as it has not been coloured over bleach.

To donate, section your hair into multiple ponytails or braids – measure to ensure that from tip to tip the hair is at least 10 inches if you want the hair to be used for a hair piece. I had 4 ponytails in total, ranging from 11 to 14.5 inches long. If you are shaving your hair, please first tie it into ponytails to cut off, as shaved hair is not usable.

Visit http://www.locksoflove.org/get-involved/ for more information on how you can help, the hair donating form, and further guidelines for donating hair.

I promise you won’t regret it!

Ellie x

I found a gem on Asos marketplace…

Invocative London is a cool accessories label on Asos Marketplace, selling laid back bohemian jewellery that effortlessly adds charm and individuality to any outfit.

I love how varied the pieces are, from delicate, dreamy gemstone rings to chunky, minimalistic chokers; there really is something for every occasion. Don’t you find that jewellery makes you feel 10x better about yourself and 100x more confident with your outfit? Me too.

Having joined the #invocativegirlgang as part of my recent collaboration, I was over the moon(stone) to receive these 3 stunning items. (Forgive me for the cringey pun, I have a mush-brain from revising all day.) They were all wrapped beautifully and came in velvet jewellery bags, which I thought was a nice touch and showed the care that goes into each order.

  1. The Savannah Earrings – I teamed these with a black chiffon choker wrap blouse, red lippy and heeled boots for a night out. They added the perfect amount of sparkle to my otherwise very plain outfit, and hung at just the right length – I hate it when earrings are just that bit too long and swing round so that you can’t see them properly, so these were perfect because they were long enough to dangle and allow movement, but not enough movement to lose sight of the pretty black stone surrounded by silver. I’ll be wearing a lot of these for sure.
  2. The Cicely Necklace – a white marble-effect stone surrounded by silver balls in a teardrop shape. This necklace is super versatile, and comes with a clasp back with the ability to choose the ideal length for any top with any neckline. The silver balls surrounding the stone actually reminded me of the classic Pandora style, so this is a total steal at only £14. I’ve worn this everyday since receiving my parcel.
  3. New stock drop!! This gold choker is a hot new drop, and I looove it. It’s a minimalistic gold circular choker that sits high on the collar bone. Despite its solid appearance is actually quite bendy, which enables you to easily get it on and off without the fear of snapping. The gold is not too bright or in your face, so it’s really easy to wear.

Here are some of the ways I’ve been wearing my new gorgeous pieces:

Greek Violet

With lacey underwear and pretty intricate bralets dominating the lingerie world at the moment, my collaboration with Greek Violet couldn’t have come at a better time. As someone who struggles with bra shopping (almost as much as I struggle with jean shopping – why do sizes differ so drastically!?) I was over the moon that the bra I was sent from Greek Violet fits me perfectly! The back has a double clasp and is elasticated, making it a snug and comfortable fit – something I struggle to find due to having quite a small back. I was initially a little worried when I noticed that the straps are not adjustable, but as they are made elastic this wasn’t at all a problem, and the bra offers a surprising amount of support for something so delicate. Greek Violet lingerie is handmade and you can really tell that a lot of effort goes into making each one so beautiful. It is so comfortable and flattering and I really can’t get enough of it; my friends have already jumped on the bandwagon and ordered some for themselves after seeing how nice my one is when I wore it out the other night.

On my recent trip to Oxford Street, I tried on many lace bras in Topshop, Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters similar to the one I was sent by Greek Violet and I can honestly say that the quality of Greek Violet lingerie is equally as good, at a fraction of the price of the manufactured underwear. I was also very kindly given a discount code to share, so you can get 20% off your purchase using ‘ellie20’ – even more reason to treat yourself!

Here are some photos of the ‘Elodie Lacey Strap Bralette in White’ that I received, which costs only £16.00 (or £12.80 if you use my discount code). I found this bralette in particular to be very versatile, as I am able to wear it under pretty tops with the lacey strap showing to add a pretty, feminine detail to my outfit, or as a bra as normal.

Thank you soo much Greek Violet for sending me what has become my favourite item in my underwear drawer!

Ellie x

Shop Greek Violet at: http://greekviolet.bigcartel.com/

Girl power

As promised in my previous post about International Women’s Day, I want to share with you a list of 5 inspiring and influential female figures who I find particularly impressive.

Malala Yousafzai – 1997

In 2014, Malala became the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize at only 17 years old. She was an advocate for girls’ education from a young age, having been directly affected by the limitations enforced on girls in Pakistan. She bravely defied the Taliban, continuing to demand that girls be allowed an education, and in 2012 survived being shot in the head by a Taliban gunman. Incredibly, this close encounter with death did not deter Malala, who persisted in her fight for female education and shook the world with her emotional and passionate speeches. She says that her fears died that day, and she came out of the horrific experience stronger than ever.

“Extremists have shown what frightens them most: a girl with a book”

Malala’s Nobel Peace Prize Speech:

Malala on Ellen:

Rosa Parks: 1913-2005

Rosa Parks was a civil rights activist who fought against racial injustice and sparked the 381-day boycott of public buses in Montgomery (America’s first mass demonstration against segregation), after she refused to give up her seat for a white man. The boycott resulted in the Sepreme Court ruling it unlawful for public buses to be racially segregated in Alabama.

“Rosa Parks tells us there’s always something we can do… she tells us that we all have responsibilities, to ourselves and to one another.” `

– President Obama

I think Rosa Parks is incredibly inspiring as her one courageous act of defiance against an unjust law brought about such an enormous change, which goes to show that we must fight against injustice and not passively succumb to immoral laws, because it is important to stand up for oneself and what is right.

“As I sat there, I tried not to think about what might happen. I knew that anything was possible. I could be manhandled or beaten. I could be arrested.”

Marie Stopes: 1880-1958

Marie Stopes is best known as a campaigner for women’s rights and an advocate for contraception. She founded the first birth control clinic in Britain, then referred to as ‘family planning’, and gathered data on contraception. As a keen writer, Stopes published a sex manual, which brought the topic of birth control into public discussion; alongside her explicit advise in the newsletter of which she was the editor.

J K Rowling: 1965

J K Rowing rose from living off benefits to a multi millionaire status in less than 5 years thanks to her Harry Potter book series. She is now world famous with one of the most popular book and film franchises in history. In 2010, Rowling was declared ‘The Most Influential Woman in Britain’.

One of my favourite things about Rowling is the heart-warming story of how she helped Evanna Lynch to beat her eating disorder. Evanna Lynch battled with anorexia from the age of 11, and was admitted to hospital where she would read Harry Potter and write to Rowling from her hospital bed, talking of her admiration for the character Luna Lovegood. Rowling wrote back words of encouragement, and told Lynch that she needed to overcome her illness in order to audition for the films. This motivated her to fully recover and land herself the role of Luna, which she claims would not have been possible without Rowling’s support throughout her time in hospital.

If inspiring millions of kids across the globe to read, write and use their imaginations isn’t impressive enough, Rowling has also supported multiple charities such as Comic Relief, Multiple Scierosis and One Parent Families. She also founded her own charity, Lumos, which works to support 8 million children in institutions across the world and replace institutions with community services in an attempt to restore the right to family to children who are institutionalised for being poor, disabled or from an ethnic minority.

Click here to learn more about JK Rowling’s charity and watch this moving video:

Dorothea Lange: 1895-1965

As she is one of my favourite photojournalists, I chose to focus one of my art projects on Lange as part of my Art GCSE after being struck by her powerful images that humanised the effects of the Great Depression.

I was particularly drawn to her photograph called ‘Migrant Mother’ (1936).

“I saw and approached the hungry and desperate mother, as if drawn by a magnet. I do not remember how I explained my presence or my camera to her, but I do remember she asked me no questions. I made five exposures, working closer and closer from the same direction. I did not ask her name or her history. She told me her age, that she was thirty-two. She said that they had been living on frozen vegetables from the surrounding fields, and birds that the children killed. She had just sold the tires from her car to buy food. There she sat in that lean-to tent with her children huddled around her, and seemed to know that my pictures might help her, and so she helped me. There was a sort of equality about it.”

Lange shared her photographs with a newspaper editor to be published, which led to the government providing aid to the camp to help and feed the suffering migrants.

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International Women’s Day

tumblr_nc8ggn9AB01snexhzo1_1280 28th March: the day the world recognises and celebrates the outstanding contributions of inspirational females worldwide.

Today, a friend of mine commented that he doesn’t think that there should be such a day, because we should be acknowledging and appreciating women everyday. Although I understand his point, and agree that the celebration of women’s contributions should not be confined to just one day, I nonetheless feel that having a specific day to highlight the achievements of incredible women across the world is beneficial in inspiring and educating those who may be otherwise unaware of such influential women. It also reminds people of the struggles women have faced, and still do face, in the fight for gender equality; something I consider necessary whilst gender inequality is still very much a relevant and important issue. For as long as there is gender inequality, IWD is still required to motivate change.

“I don’t know why people are so reluctant to say they’re feminists. Could it be any more obvious that we still live in a patriarchal world when feminism is a bad word?”
– Ellen Page

I started my morning with a phone call from my Nan (a female figure I most certainly admire) and then spent the rest of the day on my university campus, thinking about how lucky I am to have an education that so many women are still outrageously being denied across the world. This led me to listen to a speech made by the incredible Malala Yousafzai (advocate for girls’ education and Nobel Peace Prize winner) and before I knew it, I had spent hours of my afternoon researching strong and amazing women and their impacts on the world. I have composed a short list of some phenomenal women whose contributions to society have been paramount, which I will share in my next blog post.

I ended International Women’s Day with a few cocktails at Turtle Bay with my best gal pal, discussing topics from a feminism module we have both taken as part of our philosophy degree, which seemed pretty fitting.

How did you celebrate International Women’s Day?

Ellie x

How to wear a cape three ways

I have recently started an exciting collaboration with Divine Trash clothing, so I’ll be posting my reviews and favourites from their collections, with tips on how to style certain items!

The other day I received this Pieces Plain Tassel Cape in Navy which is only £18 – a steal considering it can be worn so many ways! Divine Trash Clothing also do FREE UK DELIVERY AND RETURNS… even more reason to order one. Here in Nottingham it’s generally really cold, but the last few days have been pretty bright and so I haven’t needed a big coat. This cape has been perfect, keeping me snug without overheating. I took some photos on campus yesterday to show you how versatile it is. I apologise for the quality of the photos; the sun was setting (so pretty!) and my iPhone didn’t handle the lighting too well, but I will be using my Canon camera for future posts.

The material of the cape is super soft and cosy, and the shape is perfect to drape over yourself so easily and effortlessly. I love the way it falls, and it has tassels that hang down. As it’s a block colour (mine is navy, though it also comes in grey and burgundy), it goes with everything!

(I also want to just add that the cape can also be worn as a poncho, by cinching in the waist with a belt – unfortunately I didn’t have a belt on me so I couldn’t demonstrate, but the possibilities are endless with this cape!)

Which look is your favourite?

Ellie x

 

 

 

7 seconds to make a first impression

I’ve heard that it only takes 7 seconds to make a first impression…

Last year, there was a popular tag circling the web called “the 7 second challenge”. It seems that other than devouring 3 jaffa cakes and almost choking to death, not much can be achieved in such a short time. (I wouldn’t recommend trying that. Savour your jaffa cakes.)

As you’re going to form a judgement of me/my blog within 7 seconds, I’ll keep this post short and hope that you continue to read my future posts in order to get to know me better!

I want this blog to be a mix between an online visual mood-board of fashion inspiration, and a place to share my general thoughts. I will post about trends I love, new additions to my wardrobe and makeup collection, my travel experiences, university life, and my philosophical musings.

It would be great if you would comment on my posts and interact with me, so I can get to know you too!

Ellie x