Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Why I Don't Like Dove's Beauty Patch Ad

Dove has been pioneering "true beauty" for a while: the skincare brand's Real Beauty campaign was a success (I bought the bracelet!) and their Beauty Sketches was even more of a hit. As a former sufferer of eating disorders, I find in commendable that a brand that focuses on selling beauty products sends out a message that addresses self-esteem. One might comment on how, as a brand, Dove couldn't care less about how you feel about yourself: all they want is for you to buy their latest moisturising, beautifying concoction. And true as that may be, I still felt it was a nice move to even acknowledge the fact that body confidence is an issue. Plus, the Beauty Sketches video was just lovely and gorgeous. 

But Dove's latest attempt to lift our self-esteem leaves me perplexed.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Fab giveaway with Jill Milan on Vilda Magazine

Yes, really! We've teamed up with Jill Milan to give away a bag to one lucky reader - click here to see the bag you'll be winning (it's the one in the picture, but not the same colour) - a beautiful portfolio clutch that's made in Italy from cruelty-free materials. This bag is as versatile as it is chic, taking you effortlessly from morning to evening - all while staying sustainable and animal-friendly.

What do you have to win? It's so easy it's almost embarrassing.

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GOOD LUCK to all my readers - I hope one of you wins!

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Do What YOU Love. And Screw the Rest.

I saw a nautical-themed Pinterest quote picture today, stating something like, "a rough day at sea is better than any day in the office." It had this cute "hey sailor" look, but, as a writer, I tend to pay attention to words a lot, and this particular "inspirational" quote made me take note, once again, of how our culture celebrates "freedom" in such a wrong way. These "live your life to the fullest!" people mean well, but it all turns out so, so wrong.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

A weekend in Brixton

One of the amazing things about living in our area of South London is that we're quite close to so many cool areas and interesting things to discover. These days, if we've got a Saturday on our hands with not much to do (unfortunately this is quite rare), we'll head to Brixton.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Me in Marie Claire UK!

Guys, my Marie Claire feature is finally here!

I saw the magazine this morning and rushed to buy it, anxious to end several weeks' worth of nerve-wracking wondering: what photo had they picked? Would I look as awkward as felt? What would they write about Vilda? What did my mentor, Poppy, say about me?

Monday, 31 March 2014

Words of Inspiration

I'm quite fond of all things cheesy (except, well, cheese). And as a writer, I'm in love with words. This is probably why I've always been an avid collector of inspirational quotes on Pinterest - I find that, much like a square of dark chocolate, they can do wonders for my mood when enjoyed in small doses. With this in mind, here are a few words to start your week on an inspirational (if somewhat cheesy) note.

Monday, 24 March 2014

A is for Arbonne

This post has sponsored content

I confess: I'm not exactly loyal to my beauty brands. However much I may love my everyday favourites, I tend to cheat on them with new, interesting labels quite often. As was the case when I was approached by Arbonne to try out some of their skin and bodycare products. Curious as I am, I jumped at the opportunity.