Pay Day Wish List – July

I’m still not shopping (much) but if I was, I’d be all over these bad boys:

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Embellished Stripe Kimono, £70 ~ Pleated Midi Skirt in Polka Dot, £35 ~ T-shirt with Embellish Watermelon Badges, £18
This rainbow brite sequin dream coat is literally everywhere at the moment and boy is it stunning! I do feel it’s overpriced however, and in the real world I just know I’d be shedding scales all over the shop but a girl can dream and imagine herself swirling about from event to event in this fun piece, can’t she? (Ha, like I do events!).

The polka dot skirt is just dreamy and I feel like it could be dressed in several ways so would make a great wardrobe stable. Watermelons are bang on for the Summer (and always as far as I’m concerned) so this is a good buy too and with a bargainous pricetag. It would also go very well with another item I’ve included further down this post…

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Pyjama Floral Print Blouse, £34 with matching Wide Leg Trousers, £38 ~ Boohoo Plus Paisley Print Swing Dress, £16 ~ Bomber Jacket with Zip Detail, £55
The thing with the pyjama co-ords is that I would look like I’d rolled straight out of bed, it’s a gift I have and in a IRL situation there’s no way I would be able to pull it off. But I still like it and I love the idea of rocking posh PJs all day long.

This dress is super cute but I agree with the Internet Fat Community who bemoan the lack of options for us big women. Swing dresses and cold-fucking-shoulders all the way. Do better plus size brands!

As for this dusky pink bomber, I featured something very similar last month but this one looks infinitely more wearable tbh. I think it’s a great piece.

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Deckchair Striped Pyjama Set, £24 ~ Alice & You Boyfriend Jean with Floral Embroidery, £39 ~ Alice & You Floral Print Tea Dress, £30
I’ve said it before and I will say it a hundred times more: ASOS Curve do the best pyjamas, hands down. These new deckchair print ones need to be mine NOW.

These jeans are a little different for me and I’m not entirely sure the fit would work on my body shape but they’re pretty (and would be ace with the watermelon tee, above). I might try this style someday.

Annnnnd finally… Wow, another floral skater dress, Christa, how groundbreaking! I just like it, okay?

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So these are my lust objects of the month and I’m hoping some of them are still available when I’m in a position to shop again. If they’re not though, it’s cool – it just wasn’t meant to be!

What are you digging at the moment? ❤

The Hot (or Not) List

When I read a fashion magazine (or any magazine for that matter), I love a Hot/Not List. Not that I take much heed of what I should or shouldn’t be eating/watching/wearing, I mean I’m more programmed to fall for something on the totally uncool side of the list, anyway.

Nevertheless, I still enjoy being influenced by new books, films and fashions whenever I can. I also like the thought of doing my own list once a week or thereabouts. I was thinking of making it a Sunday exercise, and setting myself no particular rules, just listing shit I dig, such as smiles from strangers, discount Valentine’s Chocolate and The Duff, and shit I don’t (loud chewers, cold hands, Jessica Jones).

Fun, huh?

Since it’s Tuesday I’m already a couple of days late but I’m still going to post because I’m a consummate professional like that. So without further ado, what’s Hot and what’s not in my world right now?

Hot Right Now

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Geo print, £14 & Kimono Sleeve, £12.50 – both Pink Clove

Jumpsuits

I now own so many jumpsuits and you could say they’re a larger woman’s secret weapon. They can look really put together and awesome while still being the most comfortable thing ever. Like wearing posh pyjamas to work or dressing like a comfort-conscious superhero.

I’m currently wearing the geographical print above and let me tell you, it packs quite the punch. I feel like the fourth Angel. I’m just missing the Farah flick and big sunnies to finish off this bodacious look.

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Hot

Cate Blanchett‘s Bafta 2016 Dress

This Alexander McQueen dress with it’s finely embroidered bodice and black feathered floor length skirt is absolutely breathtaking, and Cate looks insanely gorgeous in it. Was this woman born for the red carpet, or what?

Other highlights of Bafta night for me were Leo‘s acceptance speech thanking his mum and John Boyega winning EE Rising Star. Also, Kate Winslet, always.

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Fierce (are we still saying that?)

Bowie Tribute Looks

Both Costume Designer Sandy Powell and Queen Gaga took to the carpets (Bafta and the Grammys, repectively) this week in outfits that would do Ziggy proud.

I have a feeling there were some negative comments regarding these choices but I refuse to read them anymore so let’s just declare both women bloody gorgeous and leave it at that.

Gaga then took to the stage and gave a tribute performance of a lifetime. She looked like she was having so much fun. Yasssss my Queen.

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I’m a Belieber

Carpool Karaoke

I haven’t seen the new Biebs carpool yet (heading home to watch it though!) but I just love this series. I’m not the hugest James Corden fan but in these I adore him, he’s so watchable and warm. Basically, it wouldn’t matter who was in the ‘celebrity’ seat, I’d still watch and be hugely entertained.

So far Adele‘s has been the best. Obvi.

Not So Much

Cold Hands

Why are my poor hands always so cold? And why haven’t I bought any gloves yet this Winter? Oh that’s right, so far it’s been too mild. Now it’s too cold and tomorrow I’ll be running through a water sprinkler in a bikini probably.

Global warming problems.

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So you’re on a diet?

Diet Talk

I now know exactly how much the nice lady in the Co-op is hoping to lose in weight before her holiday in Morocco – because she couldn’t wait to tell me.

Look, I get it, we’re women and this is what we’re supposed to do but I don’t want this talk in my life. Good for you, lose a stone, feel great – I’m over here trying to buy a Peparami and move on with my day, thankyouverymuch.

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On your bike, haters

Memes that pit women against each other

You’re probably seen the Audrey Hepburn Vs. The Kardashians meme before, the one that says something along the lines of “In a world full of Kardashians, be Audrey.” It does the rounds on FB every now and again. Christ it pisses me off!

Sometimes it’s not Audrey, sometimes you get Princess Diana and I just don’t even know where to start with any of it. They’re implying that Audrey/Di has a level of class Kim & Co will never possess and that’s just nuts. It’s just slut shaming (and the rest) all over again and I’m not down. I am not down at all.

I haven’t posted the meme because I wish it would curl up and die, so have an image of Kim dressed similarly to Audrey instead! You see, anyone can look like butter wouldn’t melt. *insert knife stabby emoji here*

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So there we have it, what’s hot and what’s not this week.

What’s hot in your eyes? Anything I need to check out? 💗

Advantageous (Film) Review

Advatangeous-Poster-Official-2015-RGB-2031x3000Week 2 in Feminist February and another female written/directed/predominantly female character driven gem (hopefully). And this one is Sci-fi too.

Whoop!

This film has been on my Netflix list for a while now and I’m pretty happy I’ve been able to bring it out for this occasion.

As always *Spoilers Ahead*

Advantageous (2015)

Director: Jennifer Phang
Stars: Jacqueline Kim, James Urbaniak, Freya Adams

IMDB Synopsis: In a near-future city where soaring opulence overshadows economic hardship, Gwen and her daughter Jules do all they can to hold on to their joy together, despite the instability surfacing in their world.

My Review:

Gwen is a highly accomplished woman working for the Center For Advanced Health And Living, under her deserved pay grade. Not only does she work there, she is also the ‘face’ of the brand, selling cosmetic procedures to those who can afford it.

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“But I don’t want to watch Face/Off again, ma…”

Despite her outward appearance of poise and affluence, it soon becomes apparent that Gwen is struggling financially to provide a solid future for her young daughter, Jules (Samantha Kim).

Unfortunately, Gwen is fired from her job which makes the whole situation way worse. But it’s cool though right? I mean a woman like Gwen would never have issues with re-employment even in this precarious economic climate. WRONG.

Gwen is considered ‘too old’ and has seemingly run out of employment options, unless she wants to set herself up as an egg donor (women in this near-future are rapidly becoming infertile). This doesn’t appeal but she’s starting to get desperate in the face of such uncertainty. Particularly as she’s trying to get Jules into an elite school.

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I’d like to attend this school, they have cocktails

When the school (run by snooty lady gatekeepers with fabulous outfits) learn that Gwen is raising Jules alone, they urge her to reach out to Jules’ father for financial assistance but this isn’t an option. Gwen contacts her parents instead and asks for help getting through the next month. Gwen’s mother is easily convinced but it seems Gwen’s relationship with her father is another matter and they decline to lend her the money. This comes after she’s refused to let her father meet Jules.

Amidst all the drama of her predicament, Gwen also has to be a mother to Jules, who is suffering a crisis of confidence after she doesn’t get into her first choice of school. She ponders what the point of her life is. Gwen assures her that there is plenty to live for and admits that she used to ask herself the same question.

Gwen returns to her old employers, who include her former lover Fisher and asks them to consider using her as a test patient for a brand new procedure. This involves transferring her subconscious into a new body. In this case Gwen understands that the body will be younger. It turns out Marketing also want someone ‘racially ambiguous’ too.

Fisher tries to persuade Gwen to reconsider (because he still totes loves the shit out of her), warning her of the painful side effects and the fact that their technology isn’t quite there yet but the promise of Jules’ secure future (to be ensured by the institute) is enough for Gwen to agree anyway. She tells Fisher she wants to spend Christmas with her daughter before the procedure.

During this time she has to explain her decision to Jules, who is surprisingly understanding, even visiting the centre with Gwen to see her new body.

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I too would pay good money to go and lie in a darkened room.

As a last ditch attempt to get some help and avoid the procedure, Gwen visits her cousin Lily (Jennifer Ikeda), who’s been trying to reach out to her through as series of voice mails throughout the film. Lily is married to Han (Ken Jeong) and they have two young sons.

I don’t want to completely ruin things for you but some truth nuggets emerge from this meeting, pertaining to Jule’s origin and the relationship between the cousins. It remains unseen at this point whether or not the couple will help Gwen and Jules.

Gwen sees no way out of the procedure and goes through with it. Things initially look okay and Gwen begins to acclimatise to her new body and face. She continues to be the very best spokeswoman she can be, with even more to offer as she can now wax lyrical about this incredible new technology but all is not as it seems and her relationship with her daughter begins to show signs of pressure.

I’m parking up here because I loved this movie, found it heartbreaking and disturbing on many levels and want to cry just writing this. Please note this review may be shorter than usual just simply because I think you should watch for yourself.

To the Questions!

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“Oh yeah I have changed my hair. And my face. And my body… and…”

Questions:

Will Gwen and Jules be okay? Will Lily and Han come through for them in their hour of need or is it too late? Will Jules make the elite? How will Gwen 2.0 settle in and will she ever rebuild her relationship with her raison d’être?

Also, where can I sign up for a face like Cara Delevingne’s? (Or at least those brows).

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Technology. Innit.

My Thoughts:

This movie is devastating.

Beautiful, seriously well acted and just devastating. I want to skip work, stay home and watch it all over again. Not only does it deal with the topics of ageism and sexism, it also examines the ideal of beauty, motherhood and the pressures of being a woman in general.

There’s a horribly sad part in which Gwen and Jules play a ‘game’ in which Jules must guess where the sound of a crying woman is coming from. She carefully pricks her ears and then bends to listen through the floor before determining that the crying is coming from the apartments above and below. The women aren’t being cruel, this is just another element of their day to day, and part of life as a woman.

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Like a Boss.

Jacqueline Kim is really great, painting Gwen as a warm and loving mother. She also makes Gwen a very intriguing and sympathetic woman. One of Jules’ friends, on seeing Gwen for the first time, proclaims that “She doesn’t even look like a mother!” which was amusing. She is attractive and together; a mother, business woman and everything in between.

She also makes this huge decision to change just as hard on the viewer and conveys her inner-turmoil with ease, she is such a good actress. Samantha Kim as Jules is also a marvel and their chemistry is the beating heart of the film, without it, the viewer would not be left so heartbroken in the end.

There’s so much to say about this but I’m scared to give too much away. Just watch it yourself, promise?

Oh and it looks really good too. The futuristic landscapre is awe-inspiring and ever present, though the architecture easily plays second fiddle to our main protagonists and that’s a feat in itself. Go see.

My Rating: 5/5. Excellent.

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