Thursday, 21 February 2019

How To Improve Your Personal Presentation

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Fashion & beauty are things that some people just take to like a fish to water. Plenty of girls (and guys, too) are absolutely obsessed with customising their style so that they always look & feel their best. An ever increasing amount of services & industries exist specifically to serve that purpose & that's because there's such a high demand. Just think about all the aesthetic clinics that started popping up as soon as Kylie Jenner first started getting lip fillers. At the same time, however, some people are chronically unhappy with the way that they look & lack the confidence to actually take steps to improve the way that they present themselves to the world. Of course, this isn't good either. If you find that you've been unhappy with your presentation for some time now, here are a few tips to get you started on levelling up your look today.

Invest In Your Clothing
Some people are naturally driven to take a purely pragmatic approach towards their clothing choices. They will buy things because they perform a certain function or because they're within a certain price range and will pay just about no attention at all to how they actually look & feel. While it's good to be pragmatic at times, a total 'function over fashion' mindset & approach is not always a good thing. If your wardrobe makes you feel frumpy & unattractive, it's having a negative impact on your life as a whole & that's something that you need to weigh up against whatever benefits you may get from those clothes. Fashion should be a fun, creative outlet that allows you express your personality through your clothes. Start treating your clothing as a real investment instead & go for quality over quantity. That means quality in terms of appearance, as well as function. Only buy things that you actually like the look of & that make you feel good about yourself. Life is too short to be miserable in boring outfits that fail to spark joy. Take inspiration from Marie Kondo & discard the items that have served their purpose. Be willing to spend a bit more, for the greater benefits that come with this. And don't be afraid to return things to the shop!

Develop Your Confidence
A lot of the time when people aren't putting much thought into their presentation, it's because they have such low confidence & self-esteem that they feel it's futile or embarrassing to even try. This isn't a problem that can be solved overnight but it is something that you absolutely need to work on. If your confidence is chronically low, look into avenues to improve it. Consider going to see a therapist & take up hobbies that will make you feel good about yourself. Things like drama or exercise classes, adult choirs or book groups are all great ways to meet new people & learn a new skill that can help you to become the best version of yourself. Some of these hobbies might have nothing to do with the way that you look but personally I've found that blogging has greatly helped me to build my self-confidence. No matter how unstylish you think you are, there will be someone out there who loves the clothes that you wear or the way you've done your hair & makeup. Blogging, either through a traditional written blog or Instagram, gives people a place to comment on your personal presentation. It can be really scary to put yourself out there but on the whole, people will respond well to your bravery & the comments will be positive.

Take Advantage Of Modern Technology
There are a bunch of benefits that come with living in the digital age. These days there are numerous modern technologies that can help you to improve your looks & presentation almost effortlessly. Many of these benefits have to do with how easy it now is - with the help of certain technologies & techniques - to look your best. If you want to level up your look, investigate services that can help streamline this process. If you're self-conscious about your teeth but don't like the idea of wearing braces as an adult, consider Invisalign as an option. If you don't know much about makeup, start watching beauty gurus on YouTube. If you want to improve your personal style, start reading fashion blogs for inspiration. The Internet is a wonderful thing & it's one of the best ways to find out about the latest trends. Use it to your advantage & you'll be feeling better about yourself in no time at all!

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Things I Loved In 2018

Billie Eilish - When The Party's Over

Billie Eilish is one of the freshest new artists around right now. Her sound is unlike anything else in the music charts & I find her completely captivating as a person. She released 'When The Party's Over' late last year & it immediately struck a chord with me. Her vocals are so hauntingly beautiful & the lyrics are filled with raw emotion, which is even more impressive when you consider that she's only 17 years old. I get the feeling that she's been through some shit & I like the way that she expresses that through her songs. This song has such a sad, melancholic vibe to it which is only amplified by the accompanying music video. It's visually arresting & a welcome change from all the boring videos that most musicians keep putting out these days. I can't wait for her album 'When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?' to be released as I'm sure it'll end up being one of my favourite albums of 2019.

Other Faves: Nicki Minaj - Chun-Li / Smashing Pumpkins - Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)
RuPaul - Call Me Mother / BTS - Idol / BMTH - Wonderful Life

Nicki Minaj - Queen

I've always loved Nicki Minaj but she really cemented her status as the true queen of rap with her latest album, aptly titled Queen. I'm a huge fan of Cardi B too but Queen is just that bit more cohesive as a full body of work than Invasion Of Privacy. As soon as Nicki released Chun-Li as a single I knew she had totally stepped up her game & I was definitely here for it. The rest of the album certainly didn't disappoint as Nicki is spitting rhymes harder than ever. Her lyrics are full of that signature Nicki charisma & attitude while her flows are equally aggressive & animated. Some of my favourite tracks on the album are Barbie Dreams, Good Form & Coco Chanel but Majesty is simply on another level. Nicki's collabs with Eminem are always a treat for the ears but their chemistry on Majesty is better than ever & I could quite happily could listen to this song on repeat for hours. In fact I probably have done seeing as my iPhone decided to delete all 45GB of music I had on there & this was one of the few albums left!

Other Faves: Smashing Pumpkins - Shiny & Oh So Bright / Cardi B - Invasion Of Privacy
Christina Aguilera - Liberation / Ariana Grande - Sweetener / Eminem - Kamikaze


There are few things I enjoy more than watching Nicolas Cage lose his shit. He's one of my favourite actors & if you don't agree then I suggest you watch Leaving Las Vegas, Face/Off, Vampire's Kiss, The Family Man, Con Air, The Rock, Matchstick Men or Lord Of War. He's delivered some brilliant performances over the years but to be honest I've sat through some pretty awful films starring him, in the hopes that he'll freak out & give us a classic Cage moment. More often than not, I'm left feeling disappointed & annoyed at myself for wasting time watching them but last year Cage finally came through. Mandy is a psychedelic action horror film directed by Panos Cosmatos. It's set in the Shadow Mountains where a couple, Red & Mandy, are living peacefully in the woods. One day, a cult called The Children Of The New Dawn pass Mandy on her way to work & their leader is enamoured with her beauty. He kidnaps her & it's up to Red to get her back. One of the best scenes in the film is when Red locks himself in his bathroom, downs a whole bottle of vodka & starts screaming for several minutes. It's a great performance from Cage & definitely something that needs to be added to those YouTube compilations. As a film, Mandy is quite a surreal horror. The cinematography is eerily beautiful with intense lighting & colour techniques. The soundtrack is also fantastic & the film starts off with King Crimson's incredible song Stardust. It's quite an odd choice as my favourite film of the year but Mandy was just so different to anything else I've seen, especially when it comes to the horror genre.

Other Faves: A Star Is Born / Coco / The Incredibles 2 / Teen Titans Go! To The Movies / Ralph Breaks The Internet

TV Show

To be completely honest I didn't pay much attention to season one of Westworld until the very end. The whole robot cowboy theme park thing seemed kinda interesting but it wasn't until the true nature of Bernard & the identity of The Man In Black were revealed that I considered it to be worth watching. By the time season two rolled around I was stoked to see the outcome of Ford's new narrative & the aftermath of Dolores' uprising. This season the characters have become fully formed as the war between Delos & the hosts takes place. There's even more secrets & mysteries behind Ford's true intentions as well as William's journey through Westworld to The Valley Beyond & his relationship with his family. We also got to see some of the other parks, Shogun World & The Raj. The different timelines in season one were confusing enough but it gets even worse in season two, especially as Bernard has scrambled his memories & even he doesn't know which timeline we're following. This allows the show to flashback & flashforward in a Lost-esque fashion which reveals some truly crazy shit. Personally I found the scenes with Jim Delos, William & their families even more interesting than what was going on in Westworld itself. I can't wait to see where the story goes now that the hosts have the possibility of existing outside of the parks.

Other Faves: The Circle / Dragula / Atlanta / Better Call Saul / RuPaul's Drag Race
American Crime Story: The Assassination Of Gianni Versace / American Horror Story: Apocalpyse

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

I've been meaning to start watching JoJo's Bizarre Adventure ever since I saw a couple of guys cosplaying as Jotaro & Kakyoin at Majikkon but I struggled to find a decent stream for it. There were so many different series & I wasn't sure where to start. I also wanted to understand all the Jojo's memes & references that the Internet is so keen on pointing out. Last Summer it was announced that Part 5: Vento Aureo was going to be adapted into an anime & some people on Reddit were doing a rewatch of the whole series before it began. I decided to join in & soon found myself completely obsessed with the Joestar family. I couldn't stick to the one episode a day rewatch schedule & started getting through at least five episodes per day. The show tells the story of the Joestars, whose various members discover that they are destined to take down supernatural foes using the unique powers that they possess. There are many different parts, each following the story of one member of the Joestar family & all of their names can be abbreviated to 'JoJo'. The first season is set in England during the 1880s when Jonathan Joestar takes on his evil adopted brother Dio Brando after Dio uses an ancient mask to turn into a vampire. Part 2: Battle Tendency is probably my favourite part & features my favourite Joestar, Joseph. Things really take off in Part 3: Stardust Crusaders with the introduction of Stands, which are physical manifestations of mental strength & fighting spirit. The Stands get even more inventive through Parts 4 & 5 so the battles get really crazy & the villains are even more iconic. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is one of those rare shows that just keeps on getting better as it continues plus the songs are so damn good! It's impossible to choose a favourite. I often stick on a JoJo soundtrack compilation before doing any housework as the songs really get you hyped up! It's fast become one of my favourite anime shows of all time (tied with Attack On Titan) & I've even started reading through all the manga parts that haven't been adapted yet. I'd say it's worth getting into for the memes alone but that would be selling it short. If you're into anime at all, you owe it to yourself to start your own Bizarre Adventure with the Joestars.

Other Faves: Steven Universe / Yokai Watch Shadowside / Adventure Time / Summer Camp Island / Apple & Onion

Octopath Traveler

JRPGs are my favourite genre of video game & when I heard that the team behind Bravely Default were working on something for the Nintendo Switch, I knew it was gonna be good. That something turned out to be Octopath Traveler, a turn-based role playing game with a gorgeous 'HD-2D' aesthetic. You play as eight different characters, each with their own jobs, skills & tragic backstory. Each chapter reveals more about their individual stories as they travel together on a journey to defeat those who have wronged them in the past. Some of the stories can get extremely dark, especially Primrose's which has a lot of references to brothels & sexual abuse but I found all of them to be really compelling. The characters are great fun to play as & I loved the combat system which expands upon the 'brave' & 'default' mechanics from Bravely Default in a really cool way. I started off as Therion the thief but you can team up & switch between each character to progress further in their individual storylines. Unfortunately they don't really link up at all but there is a final boss at the end that has had an impact on each of them. The soundtrack is amazing, as you would expect from Square Enix & it was just a blast to play. I really hope they come out with a sequel as I would love to spend some more time exploring the world of Orsterra with these eight travelers.

Other Faves: Pokemon Let's Go, Eevee! / Super Smash Bros Ultimate
Undertale / Hyrule Warriors / Super Mario Party

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Thursday, 14 February 2019

Valentine's Outfit Ideas With Quiz Clothing

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Valentine's Day is finally upon us & whether you're going out with your significant other or still looking for love, it's important to dress to impress. As well as all the loved up couples, there's plenty of singletons out there at this time of year who would love to find someone to be their Valentine. I'm sure lots of people will being going out tonight but there's still time to buy a dress for this weekend. A fancy new outfit can make you feel so much more confident & confidence is always sexy. If you haven't managed to find anything yet in your search for a Valentine's outfit then Quiz Clothing have got you covered. They have a fantastic range of going out dresses that are sure to attract attention without breaking your budget. I think it's fitting to go for reds or pinks as those are the colours most often associated with love & romance. I put together this collection of dresses that I think would be perfect for this occasion, along with some trusty LBDs thrown in for good measure. I'm currently obsessed with burgundy clothing so I would definitely go for any of the first four dresses. There's just something about this colour that I find irresistible. It's starting to overtake the amount of black in my wardrobe! My favourite one has to be the Berry Velvet Lace Bodycon Dress. Lace & velvet are such a beautiful combination. I love the lace panels on the side & the sweetheart neckline, both details really make it stand out. Which one would you choose?

Quiz Clothing also have their own men's range called Quiz Man. So if you fancy picking up something special for your fella, they have loads of sharp tailoring options for the fashion-conscious man. It might be cheesy to some but I love the idea of wearing complimentary clothing when going out as a couple. Not in a Justin & Britney double denim disaster kinda way obviously! I think it's nice to wear similar colours though so if you were to choose one of the burgundy dresses above, it'd be cute to dress your boyfriend in a burgundy mens blazer. These tux jackets come in plain block colours or with embroidery details so they all look really different. I think all of these blazers look super stylish & if I came across someone wearing one on a night out, he would definitely catch my eye!

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