The swimwear dilemma…post-child

Fashion, Women

So, we’ve booked our first holiday abroad with Aria in tow for later in the year. An idyllic villa in the Spanish countryside complete with pool. Bliss! I literally cannot wait.

Of course, a holiday in a (hopefully at the time) hot country requires summer wear – shorts, floaty dresses and not forgetting, swimwear. There was a time I loved shopping for a new bikini for a sunny holiday, now the idea of swimwear shopping fills me with dread! I mean what the hell is supposed to flatter the mum tum and wobbly bits? Shopping for swimwear post-child is a fucking minefield!

I’ve been planning to shed the excess baby weight (Aria is now three…) since Christmas and had a shock this week when Mr S decided to resurrect the Wi-Fit. He proudly told me he weighed much less than when we’d last used it (over two years ago). I was too curious not take my ‘body test’ as well. “Close your eyes, don’t look! It’s going to say ‘one at a time’!” I looked, I stared….shiiiiiit, how much?! “That’s a great motivator” says Mr S. Cue death stare.

Back to swimwear. That day I receive an email from ASOS – ‘HOLIDAY SHOP’. I click, I browse. Okay, so bikinis are out. I’m not even entertaining that idea. On to swimsuits. Maybe I’m getting old, but the only people who could wear the majority of the styles, the likes of which include slogans such as ‘Mermaid off duty’ and ‘Body Glove,’ are 20-something gazelles! Wah!

I search ‘control swimwear’. Three results. All of which are bloody hideous. The search continues!!

Any tips ladies?!

Why we love funny girls

Fashion, Television, Women

The inspiration for this post came from a new movie trailer I saw recently, for a film called Frances HA, which you can watch below:

I think the reason this appealed to me was, one – it’s set in one of my favourite places – New York, and two – it features a girl we can all probably relate to on some level. You know – the goofy girl who says inappropriate things, falls over, doesn’t quite know what she wants to ‘be’ at 27? It got me thinking – this really is the age for the funny girl. Well the ‘normal’ girl I guess is a better way to say it.

We’ve seen it with New Girl, where Zooey Deschanel is the slightly kooky, clumsy girl, and with all the women in Girls who definitely have not got all this ‘life’ stuff figured out. This is why it appeals to us and the reason why most of us can relate to them.

We don’t all look like the girls from Gossip Girl every day – perfectly preened in perfect outfits. Sometimes, we make mistakes, but that’s okay.

I say, all hail the funny girl – we have a bit of her in all of us.

Thanks for reading. Stay Chic!

The long and the short of it – a life of hair

Beauty, Fashion, Women

I read a great article a few weeks ago in Stylist magazine about one woman’s changing hair styles and how, after being blonde for years, when she tried another colour she struggled with her identity. This got me thinking – what does your hair mean to you? It might sound like a superficial question as it’s only hair right? Well maybe, but for women I think it’s safe to say it’s a huge part of who we are. It’s one way we show the world what sort of person we are and hints at our personality.

Thinking back to my various hair colours and lengths through the years I guess I’ve gone through quite a few changes, which unsurprisingly coincided with quite big stages of my life. I remember wanting short hair after years of long dark brown hair – I longed for Terri Hatcher’s silky bob in the Superman TV series when I was about 8. By age 15 I was desperate for a change and had my nearly waist length hair cropped short – I LOVED it…for about 6 months. Then I longed for my long hair and vowed to never have short hair again!

The in-between stages are the worst where it sticks out and you tug at it hoping it will grow again. During university my hair went from my natural dark to honey highlighted and then (gulp) blonde – which turned my hair to straw. After this I went back to dark with a sweeping fringe. My hair was finally getting long…and then I cut it all off again à la Frankie Sanford. This time though the style was perfect and coincided with a change in jobs. I was a new woman.

Then when I got engaged in 2011 I had visions of sweeping vintage curls on my wedding day a year later. I started the growing process again and I am still growing. This time with a full on fringe – the same style I had before my first hair change – and I love it. This is me – my perfect hair style. Funny how things turn out!

Here’s some of my current hair lusts:

Jameela Jamil

Jameela Jamil

 

Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey

 

Louisa Rose Allen aka Foxes

Louisa Rose Allen aka Foxes

 

GIRLS cast

The fantastic GIRLS is back, but why do some women journalists slate an average woman?

Television, Women

If you haven’t seen the program GIRLS where have you been?! Although occasionally cringe-worthy this American TV show, written by its main character Lena Dunham, keeps it real – with a warts and all portrayal of four 20-something girl friends living in the Big Apple.

GIRLS cast

GIRLS cast

Due to the setting and characters it would be easy to try to compare this to Sex and The City, but that’s a program I never managed to get into which may be surprising as I’m a lover of fashion. However, the whole thing seemed a little too false to me –  I mean whose hair always looks perfectly quaffed 24/7 and can afford countless pairs of Jimmy Choos? Especially when you live in NYC, which I’ve heard is beyond expensive. Therefore GIRLS is a much more appealing program, with subtle but hilarious humour and too many ‘oh my God did that really just happen’ moments to count.

The main character Hannah, played by Lena Dunham, is an average young woman with an average body type – which she regularly reveals during awkward sex scenes with her current boyfriend, something that’s actually refreshing to see as the main star of a current TV program. The other main characters – Marnie, Jessa and Shoshanna are slim but not what you’d call underweight, and so all in all are a healthy and realistic portrayal of a body image for young women.

You’d think this would be a positive thing, however some female journalists don’t seem to think so. Thus proving women are still other women’s biggest and harshest critics, and rather than supporting a healthy body image would rather encourage women to starve themselves to look ‘acceptable’ to our crazy society.

One such journalist – Linda Stasi, scathingly describes Dunham as “a woman with giant thighs, a sloppy backside and small breasts“, and can’t understand why she is compelled to reveal this on television. Don’t get me wrong I’m not discouraging healthy eating and exercise, but why should we all look like anorexic clones starving ourselves rather than having a little of what we fancy and feeling guilty about it?

Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham

As I mentioned this is a hilarious program which should be the main focus of reviews, rather than highlighting the size of the main character’s thighs, and I for one can’t wait for series 2 which starts here in the UK on Sky Atlantic on Monday. So ladies – give each other a break and for God’s sake eat the occasional chocolate because life’s too short.