The Damages of Modern Culture

In the 21st Century we live in a world of constant communication. We can't escape it. Whether you facebook, twitter or myspace, MSN, yahoo chat, AIM or use old fashion chat rooms, there is no way you can avoid your life being posted everywhere. My mum typed my name into google and apparently I am a chef who won Pillsbury Bake-Off with Salsa Couscous Chicken, or am I an award winning author of The Ungarnished Truth? There is definitely a food theme going on here!

And to move away from computer technology, what about phones. Back in my parents day having a house landline phone was a rare, and something to be marveled at. But now, if you have the latest iPhone, smartphone, internet built in, camera amazing super phone you are no longer considered part of the modern world. Your living in the 20t century, sort it out!

Of course, all of this nit picking into our lives, both private and public, is beginning to have adverse affects to just "social networking". For example, nurses and doctors at The Greater Western Hospital in Swindon, WILTS, posted images of them playing 'the lying down game' in crash trolleys. This was hardly smiled upon by the hospitals big bosses, and all were suspended. Millions of people's contact details are easily available too. It used to be a total nightmare trying to find someone's number, flicking through the thomson local book, whereas now, many people post it on their facebook or twitter. Criminals on the run have also taunted police officers about their location.

So? Does this really bother people, or is it just that we've become immune to the infiltration of private information being posted for public viewing. Recently, a Lady claimed that conversation had become much too private. That posting and discussing the fact that one if desperate for the loo, or had excellent sex last night is just not acceptable.

Your next status may be more carefully written now. Don't forget, lawyers can use information from social networking sites in many court cases, including divorce.

E xoxo


designer goodies

well! Today went splendidly, london college of fashion truely opened its doors and i felt more at home than ever before. The lime grove campus is an old hospitial, pre 1900, probably victorian. The red brick exterior leads way to whitewash walls, decked out with green sheened tiles lining the bottom half of the walls. The stairs feature a pre 1940 style wooden rail, and gently go skywards with three levels of excellence. The features of the buildings interior however are obscurely modern, but instead of seeming out of place, fit in like old patients. The glassrooms are white washed, with dark carpets and exposed roofs, where you can see the foil wrapped air conditioning pipes and multi coloured wires, creating a rainbow in the somewhat clinical looking room.

The assessment itself was relatively simple:a series of questions on current affairs that required prospective students to provide their opinion in a creative and informed way. Question two allowed writers to discuss something more personal; their favourite website (excluding social networking). This gave a glaring nod to the ever expanding world of online journalism. However, waiting for the results was heart wrenchingly horrible. As 70 hopefuls waited in room B204, the pressure in the room mounted. Brenda read the names of those who were succesful, a sigh of relief and an excited smile from each, and at the end of the reading many left in complete tears.

The interview was an interesting affair. I was lucky to have a bubly american who put me through my paces. She asked six questions on general opinions, fashion and journalism, which i happily answered, adding quotes of my experience in this area here and there. I sold myself and i feel very pleased with what i did.

End of the week and i could be heading to london in september!

E xoxo

off to lcf

i am currently on the oxford tube approaching hillingdon station. Next stop.. My possible future. I am really scared to be honest with you, sweaty palms and tummy butterflys. But i know i have done everything i can. And there is nothing stopping me now... Except a panel of judges, with years of experience, and a keen eye for young talent. I just hope that talent is me. Wish me luck! E xoxo


Alexander McQueen 1969-2010

Alexander McQueen was found dead at his home in London today, after an apparent suicide. Police are not treating his death as suspicious.
A truly talented, eccentric and adventurous designer, who dashed the many acceptable classic pieces, to create his own masterful works of art. He was a true revolutionary, forever pushing the boundaries and testing the means of the fashion world. From his "highland rape" in 1995 to the bumsters. And of course, who could ever forget his truly amazing, eccentric creations for pop phenomenon Lady Gaga.
McQueen's work made people feel proud to be British, as he bought the brashness and honesty of British people into his work. Humble backgrounds lead to excellent ends.



She wore what!!??

Apologies for the long time no post, but one has been seriously busy with exams and cramming my brain with fashiony bits for LCF interview.. one week now! EEEEKK!!

Today, I have a slight fashion opinion update.

Elie Saab's couture collection. Although Saab is a well established, self-made label, is he sharing make-up and hair artists with Dior this season? Dior's RTW collection (A/W 2010) featured glamorous flashes of lace, slips and bedroom wear, hidden under the ever fashionable and classic trench coat. The hair and make-up complemented the collection; rouge lips to enhance the 50's style glamour (think Marilyn meets Audrey) and waved natural brunette hair, cropped at the shoulder. Despite Saab's couture collection having long, organic wavy hair the make up and inspirational glamour shone through, contrasting his romantic and elegant collection. Although this link is disputable, it works so well that I must congratulate the artists who worked on both collections.

That's all for now on fashion, I am back to cramming my head with journalistic knowledge. I am heading into Oxford tommorow to buy my outfit for the LCF interview, and so will post it up when it is purchased. I am thinking ankle heeled boots, in black or acrylic blue, dark skinnie jeans and top had got to be lace, and black blazer- already have thanks to French Connection.

E xoxo