Monday Musings: The Big Issue

How many of us have walked quickly, trying to avoid making eye contact with a Big Issue seller? I’m sure we’re all guilty of it, I know I am! Every now and then I’ll look up and politely decline, it must be so hard being ignored by passers by when you’re desperately trying to make a living..

I hadn’t thought too deeply about this until I read an article in the Metro last week when I was travelling to work. You see, these people selling The Big Issue aren’t ‘scroungers’ ( I read that sellers often get verbally abused for this) they’re actually trying to make a living. Yes they’ve lived tough lives and most of them have been homeless (I’m not sure on the ins and outs of each seller, I know I don’t know them personally and I am aware that some of them may have committed crimes etc in the past), but I thought at least they are trying to help themselves!

You may know this already, but each seller pays £1.25 per magazine (which I presume means that if they don’t sell, they lose money) and they then sell it on to the public for £2.50- which I think is a lot to do with the lack of interest by the public. However, after reading the article I felt a pang of guilt, I know I don’t owe them anything, and some might go as far as saying they got themselves in that situation in the first place, but surely sparing £2.50 to somebody less fortunate can’t be that difficult?

This struck a chord with me, which is why I stopped and bought one from the first seller I came across- and he was so grateful-it made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside!

I’m not suggesting we all have to buy from them every Tuesday, but every now and again is a good place to start!

You can read more about the Big Issue and their work to help the homeless here!

Five Fashion Resolutions for 2014

I’m not really one for resolutions (as if posting about resolutions halfway through January didn’t suggest that already) because I know that I probably won’t stick to any of them.. A year is a long time to stop or start doing something without giving up I think! But, with this said, I’ve been thinking lately of fashion related things I want to start doing, and, yes, I may not do all of them, I may just like the idea of doing them, but I’ve made a list anyway and hopefully I’ll start doing a few of them, or at least try to (and that’s what matters, right?). So, here goes..

1. To buy from charity shops. I know there’s a challenge out there of only buying from charity shops for a whole year, and I wish I could commit fully to this but I just don’t think I can just yet. I am going to try harder to buy from them once in a while though; its cheaper than the high street, I’ll be donating to charity and I might even get lucky and find something vintage! There are some good finds, you just need to rummage.. I saw a pink satin ball gown in one window that could have passed for Lanvin (although it probably wasn’t).

2. To buy more vintage. High Street, I love you, but there’s no character to you anymore, you all copy each other and everyone’s wearing the same. Like I said, I love high street and I won’t stop wearing it but I think it would be nice to have some one off items in my wardrobe!

3. To keep on improving. I love fashion and I think my knowledge is really improving, but you can never know enough and every little extra piece of information can only help me grow in such a competitive industry.

4. To think before I buy. Do I really need to buy another jumper? Not really, no.. and Primark is the worst for convincing that I do need that jumper.. and that necklace.. and that pack of earrings.. Such a bargain? Well it all adds up, I need to control myself a little better!

5. To buy because I like/want something. The problem of being in fashion and doing so much research is that I see current trends in a magazine and think ‘Ooh, I better run out and buy something from every trend I’ve just read about’. Despite loving most trends it just doesn’t make sense to think ‘checks are in, I better get that check print blouse’. Style shouldn’t be a tick list, it should be a bit more original than that. This isn’t to say I’ll stop reading magazines, getting inspired and buying ‘on trend’ items altogether, but what is ‘on trend’ shouldn’t be the ultimate reason I buy something!

FIFTEEN FASHION QUESTIONS

i. What is your favourite style to wear?
During AW I’m a skinny jeans and boots kinda girl, but at the moment I’m swapping my jeans for shiny disco pants or I’ll be buying some new velvet leggings. I’ll either wear a chunky knit or a blouse with these 🙂

ii. Who is your fashion role model?
Rosie Huntington Whiteley or Alexa Chung! I love Rosie’s classic cuts and colours, she keeps it simple but really pretty. On the other hand I love Alexa and her ability to look effortlessly cool, although I couldn’t pull off half of her looks! I’ll probably buy her new book ‘It’ soon!

iii. What do you always have on?
I’ll rarely leave the house without make up (shallow I know), but I also like to have at least one item of jewellery on too.

iv. What are your favourite jeans?
I would say my black skinny jeans, but I’ve worn them so much they’re all out of shape now, but I will be buying some new great fitting ones soon, because they are such a versatile piece!

v. What are your favourite sunglasses?
I don’t really have any as they always break before I can get too attached, but I do tend to go for oversized pairs.

vi. What are your favourite shoes?
I love shoes, but my favourite pair has to be a pair of tan patent sandals with a red raffia wedge that my boyfriend bought me from L K Bennett.

vii. Who influenced you to write about fashion?
YouTube definitely influenced me, mainly Bloggers like Zoella, Tanya Burr (who I met when I volunteered at The Scottish Fashion Awards!) and Patricia Bright, but I’m subscribed to so many though!

viii. What is your favourite store?
I would say Topshop, their stuff is beautiful (although I’m not impressed with this Angora scandal they’re involved in). I also favour many online stores though, like Boohoo and Missguided, such good products for a low price!

.ix. Who is your favourite fashion person on Youtube?
Probably Zoella, she is just so genuine, fashionable and relatable!

x. What is your favourite fabric?
I’m loving all the different textures at the moment, but probably velvet and wool! I love the oversized woolen coats at the moment!

xi. Who is your favourite model?
Coco Rocha definitely, (she seemed so nice on The Face) but also lots of girls from America’s Next Top Model, especially Ann Ward and Jourdan (from the most recent series)!

xii. If you had $5000 to spend on any item, what would it be?
Probably a handbag to be honest, I can’t get enough of bags, especially in bright colours! No, wait, definitely Louboutins, too!! Or one of those gorgeous woolen coats at Celine!!

xiii. Heels or flats?
I’d love to say heels, but I only wish I was that glamorous! For everyday wear flats are a lot more comfortable and I’m quite tall anyway so I don’t really need the extra height. Obviously for occasions I favour heels though!

xiv. What purse do you currently use?
Ah I have so many!! I do alternate them quite a lot, but I suppose it would have to be my oversized burgundy bag, half patent and half velvet material! I love the colour and it fits loads in it, too!

xv. Is fashion in your blood or in your jeans?
I’m not really sure how to answer this! So I’ll say it’s in my ‘jeans’ 😀