Wednesday, 30 January 2013

A quick thought

So, it is extremely late and I'm in bed (and should be fast asleep).
At the moment my life is a to-do list. I'm moving to a different country very soon and excited by the prospect but I'm sick of being in a world of planning.
I'm craving routine!
I'm also in morning about leaving beautiful London. I want to see the world more than anything but feel part of me has to say good bye to these young early 20's London years. The plan is to travel for 3/4 years.
. Year 1: teach in Korea
. Year 2: animate in oz
. Year 3: animate in Canada
. Year 4: New York... Even just for a month I want to live in New York!

It's all so exciting and the path ahead is nothing but possibility but on these last few weeks its hard to navigate through the goodbyes, packing, organising and (quite painfully) getting rid of so many clothes . It's like Christmas for my sister who's the same size as me.

 It's been weird to not have new year resolutions or get a gym membership as I know I'm leaving.
Things have been on hold for so long and I'm anxious for things to begin..... but sad too.

Ahh we'll, now begins the 'last time' blow outs. Drinks at Gilbert Scott's, dancing at Madam Jojos and a final vintage tour of London.
After all it's a girls perfect excuse to get those vintage purchases I just won't find any where else!

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Song of the Night

Love this song
Sixteen Tons by Tennessee Ernie Ford

I'm making my way through Mad Men. I have watched 3 series in about a week. It is safe to say: I'm addicted!
This song was in the credits.
I think it would be the song I did a Burlesque routine too if I ever got a chance.
I have loved it for a long time but only seemed to get 4 episodes in every time. By the time I got to watch another i'd have forgotten and had to start again.

I love every second though. New favourite!

Heres some Mad Men prettiness for you:

Friday, 18 January 2013

Dress for Sale

Hello Ladies,
I am selling this lovely dress from Collectif.
I bought it last year and never got around to changing it for another size. I love it and wish it fit but alas it doesn't.

Here is the EBAY sale.

It needs a good home

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Waist Training

Waist training is something that has appealed to me for a long time. I am a avid fan and follower of the London Burlesque scene as well as the international one.

The tiny waists and lovely silhouettes are not only extremely sexy but very empowering.

Wearing a corset is purely for me. No one knows its there, It helps my back problems and improves my posture.

The idea to actually start waist training instead of just wearing one occasionally was something I researched thoroughly.

People instant reaction is 'You'll need ribs removed', 'It stops you being able to breath'. 'It will squish your organs'.

Firstly all of these are myths.

There is no such procedure as having your ribs removed. The bottom ribs are made to adjust. They move with your torso. Years of people hearing about rib removal have caused this myth to be a firm idea in peoples minds.

I have read on peoples blogs that it reduces your breathing capacity by 60%. This again is a complete fabrication. If you were an extreme corset (and by extreme I'm talking over 4 inches of difference) you would at the most experience 20% diminished breathing capacity and that's if you went for a jog, not just walking around your home. Lastly is the myth it will destroy your organs.

Most medical problems caused by corsets were experienced years ago by children wearing them. Corseting is something that is meant to alter the shape of your body so it shouldn't be done by someone whose body is still growing. I would recommend waiting until 21 to start but people like Dita Von Teese have been tight lacing since 18 and are fine.

Your organs are made to shift. Wearing an extremely tight corset will make your organs move less when they would if you were pregnant. Years ago people were very malnourished and had short life spans. Men died of organ diseases such as ruptured livers and dislodged kidneys as much as corseted woman.

 Medically there is no proof that waist training does any harm if done correctly. It is similar to drinking alcohol. If done in exsess and done constantly it will harm you but that could be said of weight training or many other things. In moderation and with the correct method waist training is perfectly safe.

My waist training corset is a steel boned, 6 clasped under bust model from and I love it. It was in their sale so was a bargain.

My rule while training is its not a race and I'm only doing it for me so if one day I want to take it off after one hour instead of two, so be it.

Listen to your body. you wouldn't run 26 miles the first day of marathon training so don't expect your body to preform miracles.

Without my corset I have a 26 inch waist which I am happy with anyway. Like I said, corseting should be about wanting to do it for fun and not expecting it to be a weight watchers substitute.

When I put the corset on my waist is 27 inches without it being pulled in.The corset adds inches because of the metal boning. My aim is 24 (Then i'll have monroes measurments :D)

My tips would be:

1. Wear a top or vest under your corset - This is a great tip as it stops chaffing of the skin and is comfier.

2. slightly tighten, wait 10 mins then tighten again- This has been the best tip I've received. A new corset is like new shoes. It takes time to get settled. The material needs to stretch and relax. For the first week I am hardly tightening it for 10 mins. Your body gets warmed up and it is much easier and comfier to tighten. About half hour later I might tighten it a bit more.

3. Don't rush! - my schedule is 2 weeks for 2 hours, 2 weeks for 3 hours and then slowly gaining 'wearing time'.

4. Results disappear - so you've worn it for two hours, you are happy to take it off (and believe me, taking it off will feel amazing for the first few weeks). You measure your waist and dance around when its gone down by two inches. A few hours later you go to show your friend and you are back to your original waist size. Waist training isn't a fast process but it is fun and if patient those effects will last longer.

5. Some days you don't want to wear it - then don't! its your body and you need to be comfy.

6. Moisturise after wearing - this will make sure you don't have any marks and yours skin stays soft.

I hope these tips help you guys. I am still a beginner and only wearing it because I love how it feels.

I hope these tips might help some of you.I'm in no way an expert and I understand that there is such a huge vat of research that I may have missed a point or two. I am just giving my humble and mostly silly opinion

Day 1 without corset
Day 1 with corset

Day 5 
Day 7 24 inches

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Screen Godesses

This is a fantastic documentary about all of the alluring ladies of the silver screen.
It has all of the greats. Rita Hayworth and Grace Kelly (some of my personal favourites) as well as a host of others from Greta Garbo to Marlene Dietrich.
A plus point to the documentary is that its voiced by Downton Abbey's Elizbeth McGovern.

I am sorry if you aren't in Britain and I'm tempting you with this documentary but if you are in the uk then get on the iplayer toot sweet.

for those who might miss out on this, here is some lovely ladies to inspire your day.
A clip of the beautiful and confident Rita and some lovely images below.

Greta Garbo
Greta Garbo

Rita Heyworth
Clara Bow