Inside the Man’s Mind

Why is it that whenever we women try our damned hardest to impress- with bright colours, flattering shapes – our men fail to appreciate our efforts and instead think of the practicalities? Most men do not, and will never understand female fashion. In fact they are so oblivious to our personal style that they either don’t notice when a special effort has been made, or they vocally complain because what you’re wearing isn’t ‘normal’. Every man is different, they have different dislikes and irritations, but ultimately it is impossible for a woman’s wardrobe to completely satisfy a man’s aesthetic needs. The underwear drawer is usually the only happiness he’ll find (but sometimes men even have issues with your lingerie- honestly!)

 

My boyfriend, Rory, and I have daily disagreements over my style choices. Rory is an athletic chap who rarely “dresses up” and spends most of his week in his sports gear. In my case each day is a fresh opportunity for me to express myself visually, and I tend to indulge far too much in patterned clothing that reminds me of my childhood. Excessive jewellery and clashing colours are other faux pa’s I enjoy. Rory has actually admitted that if given the chance he would happily “burn” some of my attire, including a blazer he calls my ‘Abba Jacket” and another favourite of mine, the “Harry Potter cape”.

 

With the assistance of Rory and his friend Paul I have compiled a bewildering list of female trends that men despise. And I am not talking about silver jumpsuits and balaclavas here, ladies, oh no these fashion statements are much worse (apparently!). Unbelievably what they find hideous are items that we consider “wardrobe staples”. Prepare to be blown away.

 

Number one on their list is Uggs. You know, the sheepskin boots made by that popular Australian brand? Harmless, right? Wrong. In fact Paul has forbidden his partner from wearing these “unacceptable” shoes. He describes them as being “clichéd…oversized, expensive slippers that are impractical and people seem to think they go with everything.” I would have to agree that in some cases Uggs don’t work (like with a pencil skirt!) but ultimately there is little else that are as comfy.

 

Rory is similarly aggrieved when it comes to footwear. But his problem is with wedges. He finds them desperately unattractive. He says “It is like someone couldn’t be bothered to make the heel so just stuck a lump of wood in its place.” I tried to explain that they are much easier to walk in compared to a stiletto, but he dismissed this and yelled ‘hideous!”.

 

As I mentioned earlier, underwear doesn’t always make men happy, and this is the case for Paul. He absolutely hates thongs! Come on! – what could be sexier? Apparently “the sheer nature of thongs is a turn off – they sit far too high.” He much prefers the classic Frenchie – so I guess less isn’t always more?

 

Paul and Rory both agree that flaunting yourself is not a hot look. The underwear as outerwear trend is clearly not appreciated, and neither are leggings. Wait what? Leggings? Apparently so. Rory describes his frustration with women wearing leggings without covering their bottoms. “It looks like they’ve forgot to put their skirt on – they are too clingy and they leave nothing to the imagination.”

 

Other things they want us to avoid: fur coats “unless you want to look like a walking rodent”; dangly earrings because “ear lobes freak [them] out in the first place”; and waist-cinching belts because “it makes you look like you are in a fun house mirror”. The list goes on and on….

 

Now, I know what you are probably thinking – why are you telling us this? Do you want us to change our style to suit our guys? No, quite the opposite. Don’t dress for your man, dress for yourself. If you feel hot, then you’ll look hot. Confidence is your greatest accessory. This Valentine’s Day treat him to an outfit you know he’ll like, but never compromise your individuality. I have to laugh when Rory criticises my outfits, because his responses are so creative that he deserves it. I will continue to wear things that are far too “crazy” and he will continue to tease me about it. But really, who cares?

Hair Dilemma!!

I know I haven’t blogged in a very long time, and I feel like such a failure of a human being for not doing so, BUT I am having a serious meltdown. I turn 19 on Saturday and I feel so bummed. It will be my last year as a teen – it sounds Waaayyy to responsible and frankly, I don’t think I can handle the pressure. On top of that I am getting my haircut tomorrow and I have no idea what look to go for. For about four years now I have had the same hairstyle. Dark, curly, long with a side fringe. As much as I love my just-rolled-out-of-bed, scruffy hair I really think change is good.

So the question is what should I get? Three and a half years ago (when I met my boyfriend) I gave up the right to have a short, straight hair-cut – Rory loves my long, curls and would cut my head off if I cut them off – so basically I have little options available. What I can work with is fringes, layering and volume. Change of colour is even a no-no, Rory is a brunette type of guy! Some friends have suggested that perhaps I should go for a straight centre score and work the beach look. Others tell me I could pull off a full fringe. But I am so worried that it won’t suit my face shape.

This is me on the right.  

I have been looking at various hairstyles and these are the finalists.

I need some serious help! Any suggestions??

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PS. I know this blog post has been particularly over-dramatic, and yes I am a huge exaggarater (if thats a word!) I am not a vain, deluded person it is done for effect. Pinky promise.

x

10 Day Idealist Challenge with Estee Lauder

 

As I popped into Boots yesterday, to continue with my weekly rummage around the beauty counters, I was approached by a very friendly Estee Lauder employee, Fiona. She was keen for me to try out this new Estee Lauder wonder product ‘Idealist’. So she invited me to take part in a 10 day test challenge of the serum, which claims to “minimise flakiness and pores”. The deal was that I would receive my 10-day sample (usually worth around £7.50) for free if I wrote a “diary” about how my skin was coping with the product and if I can notice a day-to-day improvement. My skin is usually quite dry around the T-Zone and I often get very rosy cheeks, especially after a few drinks (ahem!) So according to Fiona this serum will help my skin exfoliate for itself, whilst giving me a more even-toned appearance. Result!

I cannot lie. As much as I want to say this serum is a fraud and a rip off (priced at a gobstopping £50! eek!) after just one day I can feel the effect. I was advised to apply the serum in the morning, underneath my daily moisturizer, and to notice the immediate softness to my skin after application. The smell is divine, my skin feels tighter and looks clear – I am yet to feel a huge difference to the larger pores on my forehead and chin, but I am hoping that will improve over the week. I am due to return to Boots on Thurs of next week, so I am hoping that because of my helpful participation they will offer me a bottle for free! Doubtful but I can pray, because this poor student cannot part with £50 for a 50ml bottle! A pound a millilitre people!

I’ll use my blog to keep my “Idealist” diary up-to-date – but so far no problems, just worries that a naive, push-over of a Julia will come over all gracious on Thursday and end up spending way too much money! Common sense hold me back please!

Peace! x

What is with all these HUGE perfume bottles?

I don’t know if anyone else has noticed how big perfume bottles have been gettingpeace-love-juicy-couture-fragrance-daria-strokous-by-steven-meisel? But it has left me wondering why.

Whilst lazing about the house today, I couldn’t help but notice several TV ads with gigantic merchandise. I then flicked through this week’s ‘Look’ mag and again I was blown up and away by these freakishly large containers. I decided to do a little online research.

These bottles actually have a name. They are known as FACTICE perfume bottles. Which is literally translated from Latin as ‘fake’. These bottles are purposely large, but do not contain the real fragrance. Oh no, they are merely for show. Collectors can buy these ‘dummies’ to add a touch of glamour to their household, apparently. 3680_hero

It all seems a little strange. Reasoning behind the sudden enlarged advertisements does not exist. This craze really has taken over it seems – but I can’t work out why. Is it to make clear what the company are selling or is it to give a helping hand to short-sighted people?

So, size zero for the catwalks but size giant for the merchandise. Sounds different. Hm. 

Another thing – I wonder how heavy these bottles are?  Hopefully the skinny little things pictured above don’t hurt themselves.

Men are at it as well. Perhaps the big bottle is compensating for somBang Mac Jacobs Ad 3ething a little smaller. Although most girls wouldn’t complain if this ripped male arrived as an added extra with their purchase. To be quite honest I missed the aftershave first time I looked at this picture. I wonder what distracted me?

I suppose the idea of factices is a good one. It made me stop and wonder, which made me notice the product. All in all PR and advertisers, confusingly, job well done! I suppose.    

The biggest of them all?? large_juicy%20couture%20fragranceHaha!

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