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November 5, 2013

I was sent an issue of Psychologies Magazine for me to take a look as they have now changed their design and features. I was curious as I have never bought the magazine before (I tend to look at the fashion magazines only) and was curious as it promises relevant ideas in motivational content from real people.

(Yes, that’s how I read magazines, all the time.)

Although I don’t think I ever picked up an older issue to be able to compare the look, currently it looks fresh and features good photography. The regular features show us suggestions on books, film, art and ideas, an interview with someone famous (in this issue, Julia Roberts) as well as several opinion articles on varied themes such as divorce and casual sex, among others. You can also find a Dossier, in which a theme is more extensively explored (in this issue, communication), articles on scientific studies and a section with mixed themes such as DIY, home decor, recipes and travel. I found it to be a very complete and diverse magazine, with plenty of interesting things to be learned. I particularly liked the interesting facts and numbers that can be found among the shorter articles as I’m always curious to know about statistics!

Here are some of my favourite quotes from the magazine, that I can relate to:

Julia Roberts on Honesty: “I always want to hear the truth. No matter what it is. I have a great family and amazing friends. I expect them to be honest with me. And I want them to be very straightforward, very plain.

On the  Speaking Up article: “The world tends to value extrovert qualities over introvert ones”.

Amanda Cadenet says: “I just never wanted to live someone else’s life. I don’t know why I’ve got this kind of spirit but I’m very much an advocate of living honestly”.

On the A Life More Ordinary article: “Finding joy in the mundane helps you look at life ‘in the round’ and see that it’s good”.

In sum: I liked the magazine and will probably look for it when I get to buy a magazine to read when I take the train, as the content can be a lot more informative and relevant than regular women’s magazines.

If you want to see if for yourself, Psychologies Magazine is now running a promotion: you get 3 issues for £3 only. T&Cs are on the link.

I know everyone is aching to know what I wore, so here is the rundown: Bow – H&M, Dress – H&M (via Ebay), Boyfriend Cardigan – Zara, Belt – c/o ASOS (it was on their Access All ASOS welcome package), Shoes – Irregular Choice, Tights – I can’t remember!

PS: Psychologies sent me a copy of their latest issue for review, no money was received and the opinions expressed are my own.


Bad taste

April 12, 2013

Do you know John Waters? If you know his films you will know he’s totally nuts (but in a good way). His most famous films are Hairspray, Cry Baby and his most infamous film is probably Pink Flamingos, starring the fabulous Divine. I’ve been after his films for a few years now and I’ve seen quite a few. Trust me, some of them are not for the faint hearted. But I love them, regardless.

This brings me to the purpose of this post: I’ve been reading the book “Shock Value – A Tasteful Book about Bad Taste”. Perfect title, right? I read this every morning on my commute to work and it really makes me chuckle (in public!). The book is autobiographical and outrageously funny. He describes what he and his friends used to do for fun, which included parading around in drag, shocking ‘regular people’, making crazy low budget films, shoplifting… And lots of drugs.

Anyhoo,he was raised a catholic and some of my favourite tirades in the book focus on how his catholic upbringing influenced him in wanting to rebel and be different – he would always try to do the exact opposite the nuns in his school told him to. I can very much relate to that as I was raised in a fairly strict catholic all girls school, complete with uniform in a country where wearing a uniform to school is not the norm (unlike England). Not that I would cause much trouble, but my interests and tastes have always been a bit out of left field, sometimes just for the sake of not buying into what I didn’t agree with or believed in. Maybe that’s why even today I have trouble conforming to what’s appropriate or the norm (boring!).

“Being Catholic always makes you more theatrical”, he says on page 65. I agree and to prove it, here’s something I wore to the office.

Thanks again to Frankie for taking the photos with my phone on the parking lot at work.

Details: Fur collar – ASOS (on sale), Bag – Victoria Couture for Hello Kitty, Jacket – Miu Miu, Skirt – ASOS (all three via Ebay), Shoes – Zara, many years ago. I don’t remember what I wore under the jacket anymore. Boo!