Thursday, 24 July 2014

My #Britmumslive Blogging Conference Roundup: Good Friends Good Times - The Chocolate and the Wine

I doubt that anyone reading this will not know about Britmums live and has probably heard so much about it. To that end I will make this short and sweet, but could not leave it unmarked.
 
 
This is me in a nutshell, so is anyone saw the above person at the above location, it was meeeee!  A retrospective hello to you!  Because that was the thing that struck me most about what was my first ever blogging conference, I spent the whole time there talking with people who I felt like I knew already after having read their blogs.  This means talking, hugs, squealing and merriment - it was a total blast!  I have to confess that as a pretty shy person I worried that I would spend the whole time in the corner while the 'real bloggers' got down to business, but that couldn't have been further from the case.  There wouldn't have been enough hours in the day to speak to everyone I had wanted to unless we had set up some sort of macabre speed dating type scenario.  Much ground has been covered since on social media which I am glued to.  Anyone in the same position, especially if you often find yourself awake well into the AMs do follow me on twitter.  There are actually quite a gaggle of us.
 
 
Mmm....food, and my gorgeous fiancé Jason.  He's my helper in chief and in charge of opening doors and things so we are rarely apart.  Together we make the perfect person, and I think that has to be anyone's definition of a soul mate.
 
 
Some snaps with Joanna from Ojos World, Jo from  My Monkeys Don't Sit Still, Claire from Ninja Killer Cat and below Kathryn from Bumps and Grind.  I chatted with so many other people, to many to mention by name, but didn't get my camera out nearly enough.  Something I will remedy next year - yes, my ticket is already booked!
 
 
My photos of the Brilliance in Blogging awards and of the conference talks themselves were not great, so I have only included a couple for flavour.
 
In short:  I laughed, I was moved to tears, I was touched, I smiled, I felt deep connections and all within 30 minutes of arrival.  I listened to people who have used their efforts to inspire change, and who shared their gifts for entertaining others.  A world of difference in the people who attended, with two things in common.  We were all parents, and all bloggers.  In a world where technology makes it so easy to connect with information yet often so hard to connect with people, I am so proud to be in an industry that marries up the two. 

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

#FOTD Get The Look: 80's Statement Makeup - Blondie, Stonewashed Denim and Bold Colours

 Here are the tools for this look, the hallmarks of which are statement eyes, bright lips and bold blush.  The eye is featured here, just as a teaser.

MUA brights palette  //  So Susan Blush  //  Semi-Opaque bright lipstick  //  Khol liner in black  //  Gel liner in black  //  Benefit gimme brow  //  Your favourite foundation and powder to set  //  Benefit They're Real Mascara

Okay, so first I need to confess my attitude to makeup, if it hasn't already made itself apparent.  I love it.  I have more makeup than I could ever use and most of it hasn't even been touched yet.  When I'm getting ready I often have the same sort of dilemma as a person driving into an empty carpark and not knowing where to park, being spoiled for choice.  I've been travelling a lot over the last few months, often in my car, with a selection of said makeup that I think will cut it in a usually pretty huge makeup bag.  I don't have the time, patience or dexterity to give a look a dry run before it has an outing, so for good or for ill, the look that I had in my head, packed the makeup to create, and then translated onto my face is the one that will serve me for whatever event, conference or function I happen to be attending.

This look was for a fashion show, coverage of which will be on the blog later in the week.  It actually worked really well, and I was pleased with the look.  It's only enemy was the weather, which was hotter than Benedict Cumberbatch, leaving my face even slicker than his performance as Sherlock in the BBC show of the same name.  I was so glad to have used gel liner as well as khol as the deliberate smokey look could have ended up more Ozzy than Sharon.
 
 

Taking inspiration from a multitude of 80's icons, including Debbie Harrie from Blondie, whose iconic image was featured on the dress I wore along with a freyed stonewash denim waistcoat, I pulled together a look which actually encapsulated many elements from my favourite looks right now.

Statement eyes - statement everything is where it's at right now, and I love my winged eyeliner.  Here I embellished on the theme, making the wings very large and drawn on, and extending the liner out from the inner corners also.  I also used the pale yellow and gold colours in the MUA brights palette which worked well, though my eyes were a little worse for wear by the end of the night as you can see in the closed eye shot.  Three coats of mascara worked well, but has I had them with me, I think I would have donned falsies too.

Bold cheeks - after eschewing blush for years because of my naturally rosy pallor, I started a love affair with blush about a year ago.  I wore it for this look in deliberately bold strokes under the apples of my cheeks.  Though well blended it was worn to be seen and to accent.  I often wear more subtle blush, but I am seeing bold blush everywhere right now which I love, because I love the look.

Opaque balmy lips - though the rules can be toyed with, I generally go for either a bold mouth or bold eyes, as both can look to much.  Pillar box red lipstick and winged eyeliner for a vintage look are my favourite exception to this rule.  Here I used a semi opaque balmy lipstick, but gloss would have worked just as well for a less vivid colour.
 
 

Blondie dress £14.99 at H&M

Being late and getting lost prevented me from getting any more pics, but the outfit and the face were a hit.

Do you like experimenting with new looks? Do you stick to the same style or have fun with the makeup box? Are there some makeup trends that you find just to much?

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Saturday, 19 July 2014

Silent Sunday 20th July 2014 #silentsunday #mysundayphoto

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Friday, 18 July 2014

Challenging isms: Ableism in Media and the Fashion Industry - An Accurate Representation of the Population

Despite spending most of yesterday collating 6 months worth of pictures plus editing and grouping together pictures for some hopefully totally awesome pieces for the very near future, I fancied freestyling for a while and just chatting with you guys.  I'm going to see how it goes, so if you're reading this, the following content has been deemed, by me, fit for publication.
 
I spend a lot of time getting fired up about things.  This used to be a pretty self destructive trait of mine as I would waste time being angry about things that I could do nothing about.  Anger turned inwards leads to deep unhappiness and despair. Harbouring resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die, not to mention totally soul corroding.  So I made a choice to drop those deeply self destructive habits and turn my passion outwards; to funnel it into something that would make a real difference outside of me, and stop it eating away at the hole in my soul.  Because wasting our time on thing outside the realm of our control is. just that, wasting time and wasting energy.
 
 
 
So I asked myself: what do I feel passionate about?  What moves me?  And it's like the universe came to me with an answer...
 
No person should be left behind
No person is 'less than' or 'better than'
No person should be judged on things they cannot change
 
So that takes us to the isms...
 
Feminism - this is a good ism.  Far from the 'women taking over the world' moniker it is often afforded with, feminism is simply about equal rights and equal opportunities.  Women and men are equal in value, and should be afforded the same opportunities.  This is not happening just yet, hence the need for the feminist movement.
 
Racism - all people are equal in value, and deserve the same opportunities, regardless of the colour of their skin or their religious beliefs.  Racism challenges this, hence the need for the equal right movement.
 
Ageism - all people are equal in value, and deserve the same opportunities, regardless of age.  Ageism challenges this, challenges this, hence the need for the equal right movement.
 
There are more, but you get the picture.
 
 
 
I am for equal rights - period.  Gay, straight, black, white, man, woman, young, old we are all people and our worth is not measured by any factor over which we have no control.  We all deserve happiness, and we all deserve respect.
 

The lesser known ism...

 
Ableism
 
So those of you who read my blog on a regular basis may be familiar with this one.  People with disabilities of all types are now living lives that would not once have been possible.  Like the rise of women from the home into the workplace, into Universities, into lives of their own and not just those dictated to them by their husbands, people with disabilities are breaking out.  As a wheelchair user, I would once have been sat in a wicker chair in the corner of a room and left to stagnate.  A life and a mind wasted.  But no more.  On mass, people with disabilities are taking charge and taking chances.  To go places where the doors are often closed and access often denied.  Where people talk to the person with us, and not to us, regardless of who started the dialogue.  Where appearances and physical difficulties often leave our bodies out in the cold when our minds are screaming out for stimulation.
 
And this is Ableism in action - the denial of equal rights for those with disabilities just as they were once denied to people of colour.
 
 

So what do we do?

 
I can't champion everyone, even though in my heart I do just that.  In practice though, one has to choose a niche if we are to fight a corner.  A person too thinly spread will have little or no impact on how the world is run, but a person with a clear and definite purpose has power, and bags of it.  I fight the disability corner.  I long for the day when I see ableism in all it's forms and permutations eradicated.  We are getting there, but that day is a long way off.  There is a ever growing movement of disabled people, and those who advocate rights for the disabled who are making themselves known.  We are knocking in doors, appearing in magazines, having articles published, and making our intentions known.  We will not stop till we see clear and definite change.
 
One of the 'causes' I champion pretty hotly is that of seeing more disabled people in the fashion industry and in media.  As a girl with a heap of glossies by the bed I know how much popular culture shapes the world in which we live.  People take the lead from what they see on the TV screen and in the pages of a newspaper or magazine, and that is exactly why we need to get out there.  I am taking part in some fantastically pro-active initiatives that are just a teeny bit top secret (for now - watch this space), but for now I will just share with you an article that was recently published on fashioneyesta.com - the most fantastic site run by my good friend and fellow fashionista Emily, who is partially sighted.
 
 
And that's enough reading for you guys I think.  I try to balance deep and meaningful with fun and humorous, but I might have overdone it somewhat.  Don't worry - those fab tutorials and posts on some awesome events are on their way so stay tuned.

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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

#NOTD - Nudes nudes nudes or: an ombre nude mani or: a nude of many colours


From left to right: Essie in fierce, no fear  //  Sleek loves gel nails in Revolver  //  Essie in sand tropez  //  Revlon Colourstay in Sandy Nude  //  Models Own Hypergel in Naked Glow
 

From right to left: Essie in fierce, no fear  //  Sleek loves gel nails in Revolver  //  Essie in sand tropez  //  Revlon Colourstay in Sandy Nude  //  Models Own Hypergel in Naked Glow
 
 
 Bourjois nail polish remover for hands and feet.  Very similar to other twist off polish removers but with a sponge on the lid to use for toes.  I didn't find it as quick as the Maybelline one but still completely adequate for getting those nude nails truly naked.



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Monday, 14 July 2014

20 Reasons Why I Like Me: The Power of Positivity and Self Appreciation

I want to start by saying that I have borrowed this format from Joy at Pinkoddy so I can take part in her Health Hop blog hop.  While I feel sure I shall be participating in weeks to come, given that health, or lack thereof is ever present in my life, I really didn't want to pass up the opportunity for getting some positivity flowing through my life, my soul, and my blog.
 
The concept itself is actually from Kuhn (1960) - which is my fiancés (and soon to be my) surname.  This was another thing that made me pay real close attention to Joys 20 Reasons Why I like Me Post.  Kuhn hypothesises that the 20 statements test is a measure of self.  The test is unusual for a psychological study, in that it's format is that of open ended questions, with respondents completing statements beginning with I am...
 
I shall... endeavour to do this, and would encourage you to do so to, and link up with Joys Health Hop by following the link in the button at the bottom if this post.
 

  1.  I am... who I appear to be.  I like to think I don't hide behind a mask anymore, as I did when younger.  For good or for ill I wear my heart on my sleeve.
  2. I am... open to new experiences.  They still scare me, but I have done so many wonderful things by stepping outside of my comfort zone that I keep doing it, and more often than not it is totally worth any anxiety.
  3. I am... unafraid to love.  The feeling of loving someone is huge, those feelings could fill your soul to the brim. This is why losing a loved one can make you feel so very empty.  Some people develop a hard shell, an armour after one to many broken hearts.  I never thought it would happen to me but I love J with all my heart.  If I lost him, it would all be worth it just for the experience of having loved him.
  4. I am... not afraid to admit when I am wrong.  I am however very aware that I am very driven by fear, which is coming out in what I write.  I choose not to self edit as this is an area I know I need to work on.
  5. I am...  not afraid of hard work.  Okay, so maybe I can't do all I used to, but when it comes to ploughing through and doing something I set my mind to, I fully commit.  If anything I am prone to obsession and will stay up all night making sure things are done.
  6. I am... kind.  I'd like to think I treat others as I would like to be treated.  There is no reason for unkindness, there is enough hatred in this world.
  7. I am... a good listener.  Though social anxiety can have me flapping my gums at times, I like to think that I take the time to listen to others too, especially when they are in times of need.
  8. I am... a survivor.  A battered and war-torn body perhaps, and a mind that can take me to dark places, but I'm still standing, despite a life without the comfort and stability afforded to many others.
  9. I am... well read.  I would like to think this gives me perspective and keeps me well informed.  It also keeps those neurons firing.
  10. I am... an autodidact.  Despite more formal education than many, I believe that school served mostly to teach me how to pass tests.  I find the things I learn exploring the richness of life and the lives of others afford far more genuine knowledge.
  11. I am... a good friend.  Naturally self-conscious I find it hard to make friends.  Despite this once I connect with someone, they have a friend for life.
  12. I am...  a good Mum.  I have parented my children through some really difficult life circumstances, and have always done what I have believed to be right by them.
  13. I am... a good wife.  Not quite a wife yet I know, but I believe I am a kind and caring partner.  I am also aware that I am pretty co-dependent and often define myself by my relationships with others.
  14. I am...  not afraid to laugh at myself.  For me, this is essential.  There are times in life when we can laugh or cry.  Sometimes crying is cathartic, but in times of utter frustration I find laughter melts away negative emotion far quicker than tears.
  15. I am... intelligent.  This is a hard one for me, as the MS often steals my brain, or at least my thoughts and words.  I try to remember that beneath it all I am still the same person, capable of learning and of sharing thought, when the MS allows me.
  16. I am... independent.  As far as my disability allows me to be.  There are many things I need help with, but with that necessary help, I am independent, almost fiercely so. 
  17. I am...  not afraid to ask for help.  This one took me a long time to learn.  Though I can be stubborn sometimes, I know it is in everyone's best interests for me to ask for help, whether it is for a practical or an emotional matter.
  18. I am...  not done living life yet!  There are so many things I still want to experience, and I'm not going to let my disabilities stand in my way.
  19. I am... a champion for others. Where possible, I do try and make the best use of the soapbox I like to stand on (so to speak) and use it to champion others who are experienced or are experiencing the things that inspire me to campaign for change.
  20. I am... enough! I am good enough.  I always have been, whatever I have been told over the years.
 
And that's it.  That's me, in 20 statements.  I hope you got something from reading, and once again urge you to join in.  I have to say it's extremely cathartic!

 



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Saturday, 12 July 2014

Silent sunday 13th July 2014 #silentsunday #mysundayphoto



 
"To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palms of your hand and eternity in an hour".
~ William Blake



OneDad3Girls

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Friday, 11 July 2014

Houseplant hotel with Charlie Dimmock: The Joy of Plants - Summertime and Holiday Tips

Before I go on holiday I make sure that we have everything we will need for our stay, that the fridge has no perishables left in it and that the house and cats are taken care of.  My mother-in-law asks that her plants are watered, though the person tasked with this often forgets as soon as the door closes behind her.  For both of us this has made for many dead houseplants, bought or gifted once and nurtured with the best of intentions, only to end up on the compost heap.  And we are not alone.  According to a study by the Joy of Plants, nearly half of plant owners simply give up on the thirsty wilting saplings upon their return from time away rather that trying to nurse them back to health.
 
 
One of my favourite houseplants
 
To help raise awareness of crimes against houseplants and encourage people to take simple steps to keep their once beloved houseplants flourishing throughout the summer months, The Joy of Plants has teamed up with Charlie Dimmock (for those old enough to remember, Dads eye candy from her Ground Force days with Alan Titchmarch), TV presenter and gardening expert to launch the 'Houseplant Hotel' - a babysitting service for plants whereby they'll be collected from your home and have the most expert attention lavished upon them while you are pampering yourself in the sun.  It's been running all this week from Monday 4th July, with today being the last day.  It's part of a nationwide campaign to keep those houseplants happy, healthy, and off the compost heap.

 
Here are Charlie's top tips for keeping houseplants healthy is you're going away:
 
  • Remember that it's worth the effort! Most houseplants can be left for a couple of weeks with the right preparation.
  • Remember that plants do most of their growing during spring and summer, and so will need more water at these times than they do in the winter months.
  • Water plants thoroughly (but don't drown) just before jetting off
  • Leave plants in large pots in a shady room
  • Those in smaller pots have be popped in the bath on an old towel soaked in water, effectively creating a self watering system for the duration of your holiday. Make sure the bathtub is rinsed if you have recently cleaned it with harsh chemical cleansers.  If direct sunlight falls on the bath, putting down the blinds will also help.
  • Don't leave plants standing in a sink or bath full of water.  This will lead to overwatering which will kill them anyway.
  • If you're going away for longer than a week give a house key to a trusted relative or friend.  They can then pop in and check on the plants, giving them more water if needed and dusting the leaves on large leaved plants.
To swap green fingered hints and tips with other keen plant lovers, check out the Facebook group for The Joy of Plants here.  Other than that, have an awesome holiday knowing your plants are taken care of and will still be happy and healthy upon your return.

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Thursday, 10 July 2014

Orange is the New Black: Class issues, Education, Addiction, Alcoholism, LGBT issues and more - tune in wise up

Okay, so before we start I have to profess a bias.  I total and unending love for this series that anyone who doesn't care for it will be sick of by now.  Not that I've actually met anyone that doesn't like it.  After a serious buzz was created, I just had to watch.  I can't bare to be left out of anything and I watched the Twilight films and read the Fifty Shades trilogy for the same reasons but boy did I regret both of those decisions.  Kristen Stewarts dead eyes still haunt my dreams.
 
***Contains minor spoilers***
 
As the title of this blog post would suggest OITNB is more than just a lot of girl on girl action, though that is part of it.  I have spoken to those who love it despite this, and those who think it makes an already great show even better.  I think it is all in context and a key part of the comings (no pun intended) and goings of life at Litchfield prison.
 
 
 
Based on the book by Piper Kerman: Orange is The New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison, OITNB has hit the world by storm.  Following the protagonist Piper Chapman, played by Taylor Schilling, a middle class well educated WASP (White Anglo Saxon Protestant), as her fiancé Larry, played by Jason Biggs describes her in one episode, we are thrown neck deep into life at Litchfield, and all the drama, intrigue and touching moments that are expertly stitched together to make what is one of the most personable and consuming programmes I have watched in a long time.  In just a few episodes, I knew who I wanted to be, who I wanted as a best friend and who I was championing to beat their bum start and fly high.  The characters are just so endearing, and yet the world they find themselves in, with the deepest dark moments back to back with the funniest most live affirming moments echo's the deeply unstable world that many of the inmates have come from.
 
 
 
Chapman herself is, for me, more of a rock for the other characters to bounce themselves off.  Her initial air of middle class entitlement is quickly challenged as she clashes with inmate upon inmate, revealing a wide range of life issues, problems and character flaws.  There is no doubt that the majority of the characters have great hearts, but the flashbacks to life before prison featured on the show illustrate so well that a time in someone's life that results in a prison stay is not one without its problems; Be it poor choices, lack of education, addiction or something a little more off the wall.  For some, bouncing to prison and back is a way of life.  Even one of the shows most colourful characters Taystee, played by Danielle Brooks finds herself in this vicious cycle, despite an obvious natural intelligence and talent with numbers, as well as a killer personality.
 
This will not be my last OITNB post - far from me.  For me, this show has highlighted issues that have real meaning to me and do many others, all told in two striking series which have changed me fundamentally. 
 

But why today?

 
Well, the usually drab orange or greige (seriously, what colour are those clothes?) prison garb and minimal makeup donned by the killer cast were left behind yesterday when cast members Natasha Lyonne, Uzo Aduba, Laverne Cox, Danielle Brooks and Laura Prepon (my style icon) all dazzled yesterday at the Emmy awards.
 
 
 
I will leave you with these stylish fashionistas, but be warned, OITNB is here to stay, with a side order of Breaking Bad.  I really don't want to face the 'you are stuck in the last TV show you watched' style nightmares any time soon, unless they feature Laura Prepon giving me style advice.

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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Rocking the 5:2 diet: my weight loss journey so far with Lighterlife Fast #tryfast

And what a journey it's been.  I started my quest for weight a little late, and not to auspiciously.  You can read the story so far here.  As a clipped summery, I stuck to the plan but actually put on weight.  After reviewing the facts, I realised I was pre-menstral and that water weight was to blame.  I'm so glad I took the time to take stock, as it urged me to stick with the plan.

 
 
I've been eating a healthy diet 5 days a week, with plenty of lean proteins, fruit and veg.  The other 2 days I have been using the Lighterlife Fast Fastpacks.  These are shakes, bars or meals that eaten 4 times a day give you all the vitamins and nutrients you need at around 600 calories.  Now I've met and spoken to people who swear by the 5:2 and others who haven't been so successful with it.  I do like the fact that on those 'fasting' days I still get to eat pretty well.  The bars and shakes are very filling.  I'm not so keen on the meals, which are a little like chunky cup-a-soups, but it is nice to have some savoury in the day.
 
 
 
So, to the scores on the doors.  My total loss so far is:
 

10lb's

 
That's in 3 weeks!
 
While I have no real end date for my weight loss - only a figure (3 stone to start), I really would like to lose a stone for my wedding on 16th August.  With the results I have seen so far, I think this is doable, as long as I stay focussed and committed, and as in the first week, not be swayed if one week my loss isn't what I hoped for.  I've shown myself the pay off is big if I stick with it, and often catches up with you.
 
 

Healthy eating

 
I've no doubt that the fasting days are speeding up my weight loss, and I'm so thrilled with the results so far.  I do however know that this has to be a long term thing for me.  I can't afford for the weight to creep back on again when I've finished actively slimming.  This can only be achieved with a new attitude to food and forming new habits now.  I love my veggies and I love healthy food.  J and I fell into bad habits when we met, and we're both as bad as each other when it comes to justify eating naughty things.  For my health and my fertility, I can't do that anymore.  Everything in moderation of course, but for the most part I need to be eating well.  The stupid thing is that I feel so much better when I eat proper food and not rubbish. 
 

 
Mmmm....quorn sausages and veggies!
 

Time and energy

 
Lack of time and energy have led me to lean on convenience food, but I'm slowly remembering (it's amazing how easy we forget) how much more energy I have when I eat right.  Also, if you choose simple options, a healthy meal is just as quick to cook or prepare.  The silly thing is that I've always cooked right for the kids, but rather than joining them in proper meals I've ended up eating a bowl of cereal, or worse still nothing later that evening. 
 
So here's to eating better, feeling better, and feeling more comfortable in my own skin.
 

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Sunday, 6 July 2014

Guest post: The Language of Fashion - Looking past disability by Emily Davison

Emily has written the most amazing article that really needs no introduction.  Nevertheless I am going to point you guys to a great article featuring Emily and her Guide Dog Unity that was in the Daily Mail yesterday.  What a great team they make!  And without further adieu...
 
 
 
"When you have a disability, knowing that you are not defined by it is the sweetest
feeling." - "In My Dreams I Dance", Autobiography by Anne Wafula Strike (p. 79)
 
 
Greetings Readers!
I bid you all welcome to my introductory post here on the lovely Vicky’s
aroundandupsidedown.co.uk!
Today I join you to discuss the world of fashion and cosmetics and its relationship
with fashion through the eyes of someone who sees the world in a different way.
But first, allow me to introduce myself. I’m Emily Davison- English Literature Student,
Writer, Astronomer, Disability Campaigner, Animal Lover and a Fashion and Beauty
Enthusiast.
 
As some of you may gather, I’m a fashion and lifestyle blogger. I run a fashion blog
come website known as fashioneyesta.com. But you may be wondering what makes
this a startling proclamation. After all, the reservoir of fashion blogs expands on
a huge scale and first and foremost mine may seem like another statistic in this
number. Two years ago I discovered that I could unite my love of fashion and writing
into creating a blog. However, the direction that my blog would take was brought to
the forefront on one day in July 2012.
 
 
As a student studying English Literature and an individual living in the hubbub of
London I am accustomed to traveling from place to place and enjoying the fruits
that London has to offer. It was on this day that I decided to embark on a tube ride
to my beloved V&A Museum. However, on this day a member of the public who
made a preconceived judgement on the way I apparently looked to him met me. On
trying to access the tube via the accessibility barrier gate I was informed that I was
not entitled to access this gate, however, I answered that I was because I too had a
disability. It was then that I disclosed to him just as I am doing to you now that I am
accompanied everywhere I go by a Guide Dog.
His response to my having a disability was that....
 

‘You don’t look blind.’

 This startling comment remained locked into my thoughts for many weeks
afterwards and thus forms to crux of my blog. For fashioneyesta.com is not just
any fashion and lifestyle blog. It is a blog that has been created with the aims of
providing fashion and lifestyle support and guidance to those who are living with
or facing sight loss. However, it is also designed to help target the preconceived
ideas about people with sight loss and thus tackle the colossal monster that is the
misconceptions about Disability and identity permanently.
I began to write different features and posts on different aspects of fashion and
lifestyle from the perspective of someone with sight loss. From audio describing key
trends of the season in a way that would be accessible to people with sight loss in
which I described every single detail to the very last friend to discussing different
treatments and products that would create a sensory experience for my visually
impaired readers.
 
 
 
Of course during the birth of my blog I only considered what I was doing to be
a hobby and if this hobby lead to at least one person who was sight impaired or
disabled obtaining some style inspiration from my writing, I was content.
But within the space of around two months of writing my blog things began to take
on a new pace and the dynamic of not only fashioneyesta changed entirely.
Shortly after my blog was created and I had been writing constantly for two months,
I soon approached the RNIB’s Insight Radio in a bid for them to promote my blog in
some way. However, I got much more than I bargained for. Instead, I was offered a
weekly slot on Insight Radio as a fashion and lifestyle contributor. Of course during
the time this was a major milestone for my blog, I finally had the publicity I needed
and then things began to truly flourish.
 
From that point I was featured on a number of publications such as BBC4s In Touch
Radio, Able Radio, Guide Dogs and many more. Within the space of only a year
of writing my blog I was working with a number of charities and organisations on
developing and expanding on fashion projects such as Living Paintings and advising
major brands on how to develop their products for people with sight loss. I was
writing constantly and producing a range of content which was dedicated to helping
people with sight loss and other disabilities to develop their own sense of style and
identity in life.
 
 
 
Now, two years later and only a month away from the 2nd
fashioneyesta I feel that my blog is at the peek of its success. I regularly receive a
number of requests from publications and charities for a number of events and
interviews. I remain to work on Insight Radio every week and am now in partnership
with VI Talk Podcast to produce fashion and lifestyle audio content for people with
sight loss. I also write for the Huffington Post UK and have previously written for The
Guardian. I truly believe that a blog is the best medium to express your thoughts and
opinions and to truly make a change to the outlooks of different people. I regularly
receive messages from different people with sight loss and other disabilities that
share the same views as my own on bridging the gap between fashion and disability.
My writing has enabled to understand identity in its truest form and the role
that fashion plays in presenting your own identity. To me, fashion is more than a
creative concept that is hugely franchised. It is art, a medium of self-expression and
something that should be open to every single person from different walks of life.
Whether an individual chooses to embrace its many different options or choose to
walk on the more narrow path, from the eccentrically dressed with vivid colours
to the casual student. Every person that you see has the ability to tell their story
through their clothes and the way they use them to live their life regardless of the
amount of money in your purse, or your clothing size or your disability. There are
many artists in this world who paint a picture every day, whether they know it or
not. The man who steps out of his house wearing that self same bowler hat that
he has done for twenty years, or the women wearing a different scarf every day
there stories are spoken through their clothes. Take me for example, I dress in a way
that expresses my femininity and with it expresses my love for animals and nature
through my occasional bohemian flare or my desire to learn through my sprinkling of
the vintage or my desire for change on wearing bold colours and most importantly
the fact that I love words through my very prominent use of the colour blue. In
Chinese culture, the colour blue is said to presentment liberty with words and your
voice and it is something I use to be the main motif of my attire.
 
 
 
The message I am attempting to present is that style is an imperative format of
discovering yourself and who you are as an individual. You need to utilise it and
develop it to your life. Therefore a person’s disability should not be considered as
a hindrance to a persons engagement with fashion. The fashion industry and its
relationship to fashion needs to be unified in order for the world to understand how
fashion is a way of life for everyone and if allowed to be, the artist brush in all of us.
 
So, come along and join me on fashioneyesta.com, share your views, get involved,
interact and lets tear away the walls of misconception and recreate fashion and an
artistic concept which is a expressive medium for everyone to use.
Lets enable society to look past disability and understand the language of fashion in
explaining their own identity.
 
Lets make fashion art once again!
 
Thank you for reading.
 

Where can you find Fashioneyesta?

 
At fashioneyesta I offer a range of services from reviews,
features and articles on the latest trends, products and
more. I also discuss and write about features on request,
so if there is something In the world of fashion that you
would like to be made accessible drop me an email at
 
Our social links such as our Facebook group and
Facebook page, Twitter, Audioboo and other social media
links allows you to link up with other like minded people to
discuss different topics and socialize with others.
 
Social Links
Website: fashioneyesta.com
Facebook Page: Search ‘Fashioneyesta’
Facebook Group: Search ‘The Fashioneyesta.com Forum’
Instagram: @fashioneyesta2012
Twitter: @DavisonEm
Audioboo: @Fashioneyesta
YouTube: Search ‘Fashioneyesta’
Vlog Channel: Search ‘FashioneyestaExtra’
On air on RNIB’s Insight Radio every Friday at 2.15 pm.

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