Monday, 28 October 2013

Pantone Colour of the Year: Emerald Winter Wear

It suddenly feels like winter (at least here in the Northern hemisphere!) and I thought I'd share a few winter wear pieces in this year's colour of year: emerald green.

pea coat from JCrew

scarf from Jigsaw

raincoat from Yumi

beanie hat from American Apparel


long wool coat from JCrew

faux fur jacket by Ted Baker

Will you be sporting emerald green this winter?

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Where to draw the line...

I was watching a special episode of a TV show called Monomane Star Tanjou or ものまねスター誕生 (which roughly translates to 'birth of impression star' erm, or star who can do impression/imitation may be a better way of expressing that!), which is a show where people who can do some type of impersonation or imitation perform. They usually can sing in a style like a certain pop star, or can do voices like famous actors, or even imitate every day objects.

Seriously, there was a guy who did an imitation of a face cloth hanging out to dry.

Random doesn't even touch the surface!

Anyway, I really like this 'mane' type of show. Particularly for singing. Probably because I love karaoke so much, but back to the point.

There was a group of 5 young girls who were impersonating a Korean pop group that have had some success in Japan called Kara. In fact, they did a medley of Kara's songs and danced to it.

At first, I thought, 'ugh, Kara, but that's sweet that they have these girls who were ages 10-12 years old on the show'. Yeah, they were wearing typical pop star outfits, which I didn't find odd, but I did find part of their performance... well... inappropriate.

If you know anything about Kara, then you probably know their hit 'Mister', if you don't, well, here's a link to a video, but basically they do this dance which can only be described as the 'butt dance'. The girls just shake their bums in the camera. When I saw Kara doing this I was surprised, but I was kinda disturbed to see young girls imitating it. Sorry no pic of this, on purpose!

But then, the show's presenters came out and made it worse. So much worse.

Yep, he told the girls that it was sexy!


Telling 10-12 year old girls it was sexy!


Seriously gross and made me feel so horrible.

Caption: Wasn't it sexy!
This really made me sad. I know that sometimes things can get 'lost in translation', but I've never heard 'sexy' used in Japanese in any other sense than well, kinda, how we mean it in English. I get that the girls innocently imitate their favourite pop group, but to put it on TV and then call it sexy. That's just too far. Call it adorable, but just not sexy, ok? *sigh* Even better if the camera could have cut away and not shown them shaking their bottoms... but maybe that's just me? >_<

What do you think? Am I being too sensitive?

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Excitement of a review well received

Okay, erm, yeah that's not my best post title to date, but I'll go with it.

I was shopping online the other day (yeah, I know, when am I not?!) and I noticed that one of my customer reviews was quoted on the Banana Republic website!

How exciting!

Ok, yeah, I know that, like, that's the point of having the reviews on the site, but I still thought it was cool to see part of my review appear on the main page.

Plus, I have empathy for the employee who read through reviews and picks out key snippets for the site to highlight. It can be thankless work, but I appreciate it. 

For those of you curious, I was raving about the Ashley ballet flats, which are amazing! I actually just got another pair - on sale for only £19.99 from the BR at Westfield in White City. Wonderful :)

Anyway, it was a nice surprise and put a smile on my face!

On that subject, I really do like how a lot of online retailers allow the customers to give feedback on the products. I really like to see what other people had to say about something before I buy it. Also, what better place to have that info than right there where you're already looking. The only downside I find, is that for some shops, where stock sells out quickly, you don't really get the chance to benefit from any reviews. By the time people buy and review the product, they've already sold out, so you can read about how wonderful something which isn't available in your size is. That's kinda frustrating.

What do you think? 

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