Diane Keaton | Pin Obsessed!




As you may be aware, I am a big fan of Diane Keaton. She was my monthly Style Icon for September, and I was locked in her wardrobe. Her Pinterest is very quintessentially her; very stylistic and greyscale. Now we can see the world through her bespectacled eyes.

Sorry, I am going to be busy for the next few days.


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Fantasy Shopping: Pinterest

I am a notorious procrastinator, which means I probably have 20 different tabs open at any moment of youtube tutorials, blog posts, and online shopping. But no one has enough money to actually buy all of it. Thus, my Pinterest is probably my most-updated social media, especially my fashion board!

I have a rather eclectic style, and so I pin everything I love (but can’t afford!).


Pin of the Post:

Todays favourite pin is this folksy, multi-coloured, embroidered rucksack. The size and material is perfect for the summer, from festivals, picnics or concerts. Plus, the folksy detail is gorgeous!


It’s that time of the year again! The Hogwartian capes, dramatic sashes, and bizarre caps are adorned, if a little over-eagerly, and everyone awkwardly standing around trying not too look too pleased with themselves. Back in the day, one could argue that Graduations are primarily for the parents; giving them an appropriate space to group together and brag about their children. Nowwadays however, Graduations are basically an opportunity to flood social media with cryptic status and the jumping poses in front of statues.

Here are 6 unique looks which will ensure you get more success on instagram than you did on your degree!


Classic Body con

Knee-length and slim fitting, the classic body con shape is a classic at every formal event. Get one with a bright colour or some fun details to stand out in the photos.



Effortless Jumpsuits

Bored of dresses? Jumpsuits are the way to go. Thanks to peer pressure, you will probably be the only female not in a dress, so you will instantly stand out! Go for one with a fun print and a good fit so you are still effortlessly stylish after the ceremony.


Trouser Suit

If you want the effortless fashion of the jumpsuit, but the prospect of not being able to pee without getting naked somewhat puts you off the idea, you can instead go for the suave trouser suit option. By having one statement piece; whether that be your trousers, or your shirt, you can keep the rest of your look classic and understated. As it can get hot under the robes and general anticipation, I would recommend giving your jacket to your plus one prior the ceremony, and you can get it back on route to the pub.

Statement Dresses

Finally, if you want a sure fire way to make sure your instagram blows up during Graduation, you will need a statement dress. A dress rich in detail and fun textures. Warning, these are not for the faint of heart, and if you have any fear about tripping during the ceremony, I would recommend an outfit with trousers!


Which one is your favourite? Also I want to do posts with things on my pinterest wishlist, what do you guys think? Hope you’re enjoying the weekend!

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Why employers should stay off our social media.

If you are under the age of 30, you have probably already been warned about what you put up on social media in fears of how your future employer will interpret it. In fact, there numerous studies about how to manipulate your page to make you more employable: from your profile picture, to the type of societies will look better on your CV. It seems you can not make a virtual step in any direction without every one of your future employers and co-workers judging your capabilities from it.

My question is, why?

     When you are a student, you are probably going to drink. And go out clubbing. Even if you don’t drink, literally no one looks good with club lighting. But the fact that you drank so many VK’s your tongue was dyed blue for the rest of the weekend, does not mean you are not able to turn up work on time, or that you are not passionate about marketing. When you retweet a post about Syria, or write a blog about feminism, that should not be brought up in an interview process when trying to get a barista-job whilst supporting yourself when trying to make your big break in London.

Albeit, there are places online that you deliberately design for employers to see- Linkedin for example. But I am a young millennial, which means that Facebook was the first social media I was a part of. I have had Facebook since I was 13 years old, and as I’ve grown up, my social media has grown up with me. Keeping our social medias updated has become a massive part of our lives; a place where we can share and explore aspects of ourselves, and meet like-minded people. People starting university this year have literally grown up with updating their social media, in a way that the slightly older generation can never truly appreciate.

Our lives are not about getting jobs, despite how much passionate you may grow to become. So why are employers looking at our 15 year old selfies in order to determine whether we had the qualities they are looking for back then? Why are our degrees, references, cover letters, and endless other pieces of paper not enough for you to figure out whether I will be a good fit in your team? At the end of the day, if the only people with bland social media profiles are being hired, that either means that you are going to have to spend five days a week with the most boring people imaginable, or the things they get up to are being uploaded to a different kind of website.

So please, judge us on what we bring to the table, not what get up to on the weekend. It’s not that unorthodox, it’s how you were selected for your job. You didn’t have the ability to share your life via social media. If you did, your interviewer probably wouldn’t have hired you.

What is cruelty-free make up?

Over the past few months, cruelty-free make up and beauty products has become far more prevalent on social media. On Youtube alone there are over 86,000 pages of people discussing it as a topic, and given recommendations of the best brands use from both a quality and ethically friendly angle.

For me, I started to become aware of cruelty free make up recently,  when I was searching for a dupe of NARS’ lipstick ‘Ingrid’. As a student I objected to spending that much money on a lipstick! I had VK’s to buy! From this, I stumbled across Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. Their lip tar ‘Anita‘ is a fantastic dupe for NARS’ ‘Ingrid’ in terms of colour and intensity (full review will be posted next week). But primarily I was impressed from learning that OCC is a completely cruelty-free and completely vegan cosmetics company. I didn’t really understand how rare that was in a make up brand until that point.

Those of you who are avid NARS fans may be confused at this stage. NARS has always claimed to be a cruelty-free company (although not vegan), and according to their website, they still are. The issue comes from how you define an item, especially a beauty item, to be cruelty free.

There are several things to consider:

  1. Has the product (completed or otherwise) been tested on an animal?
  2. Has any previous version of the product been tested on an animal?
  3. Have any of the ingredients ever been tested on animals from that brand?
  4. Does that brand test on animals allow testing on animals, even if that specific product wasn’t?
  5. Do their parent company (or umbrella company) condone testing on animals?
  6. Does that brand or parent company test on animals when required by law?

And here lies the problem. It is simply really tricky to figure out if a brand is actually cruelty free. So in the case of NARS, they do not test any of their products, nor any of their ingredients on animals. HOWEVER their parent company Shiseido sells their products in China, and China has a law which prohibits any product hitting the shelves without first tested on animals. Therefore Shiseido is not a cruelty-free company.

This obviously makes things complicated, and ultimately it is down to you as a consumer to decide whether this association stops NARS from being truly cruelty-free. Personally, I try not to buy products from brands with ethically compromised parent companies, as I believe that these companies will ultimately follow the dollar. If cruelty-free make up becomes popular in the beauty community, these companies will quickly adapt in order to keep their customers. Just look at how quickly these companies produced dupes for the beauty blender. People were buying these products from their rivals, and if they didn’t catch up, they’d lose out.

However, you may decide to continue supporting these individual brands, despite the actions of their parent companies. You may have a point; the parent company could realise that these individual brands are the most successful, and adjust their own policies to try and replicate their success.

Another issue to consider is how make up and other beauty products tend to be individualistic purchases. Whilst there are some cult purchases, typically what may work for your best friend might not work for you. It takes experimentation to figure out what you like in a product, and once you find that perfect foundation consistency, you tend not to deviate away from it. When talking to my friends about cruelty-free make up, this was their biggest concern. They are all students and young adults and they simply don’t have the money to play around with unknown brands, especially if those brands are only available online. This is yet another reason to spread the word when you discover a quality cruelty-free makeup product. You can show them to your friends, get them hooked, and as these brands grow in popularity, they will become more accessible and thus encourage more people to try and buy cruelty-free make up.

Despite sterotype, you do not have to be a vegetarian or a vegan to buy cruelty-free make up. And controversially, you don’t have to be boycott everything that uses animal testing as a rule. There is a difference between understanding why we currently require animal testing for medical research purposes, vs. the systematic abuse of animals so we can put paint on our faces. Make up and other beauty products are a luxury. There are hundreds of thousands of people who do not have the access, nor the need for make up. And because it is a luxury, the beauty and fashion sector is a multi-billion dollar industry. It just seems unnecessary for so many cosmetic companies to depend on animal testing in this day and age, on such a frivolous product.

If you are now staring at your make up collection with a mixture of confusion and guilt, it is okay to continue to use the stuff you already have. If you really want to throw it all away, feel free, but if you don’t want to waste it all, that is also okay to use them up prior buying from a cruelty-free brand.


If you would like more information:

Exposure to quality, cruelty-free brands:

Information about which companies to avoid:

More information about trying to buy cruelty-free:


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