Hopeless With Hair- Festival Styles

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When at a festival the last thing you want to be dealing with is hair resembling the likes of a birds nets. Trapped on a field without your usual hair products and utensils can leave your hair looking a bit worse for wear. So these are my top 5 festival hair accessory picks for those of you, like me, are completely hopeless with hair styles and just want a quick and easy fix.

1. Flower clips

Now these are great for those of you wanting a more classic festival boho style without having to otp for the clique flower crown. This is a best of both worlds where you get the flowers-in-your-hair look without looking like a bumble bees wet dream. These are very versatile and can be styled in number of ways depending on the number of clips you have and the size of the flowers. I have gone for two middle sized flowers clumped together to create a bigger statement. Another option would be to collect lots of smaller flower clips and cluster them together or a simple large flower. These work well with hair up or down or even hair half up half down. Since its summer festival season I chose warmer coloured flowers to bring the look together.

2. Bandana

If you’re not one for flowers perhaps a bandana is a way to go. Bandanas, a blast from the past, having been making a come back into fashion, along with 90’s style crop tops and chokers (which would all work well together!). Wearing a bandana can definitely give you an edge and thankfully they are pretty cheap and easy to get a hold of, the one I am wearing I got for one euro in a tourist shop while on holiday in Turkey. They too are pretty versatile I mostly wear bandanas in a headband style by folding one edge diagonally inwards to make a triangle then folding the material in on its self then tie the ends together or I twist the bandana and tie the ends. Prefect choice if you are aiming for more of a rock chick look.

3. Hat

Easy enough right? Just pop a hat on. Well not exactly. I personally thinking finding the right hat is a difficult thing to do. It depends on a lot of factors such as: face shape, hat size, colour, material and type. (Some people just don’t suite hats.) I’ve gone for a large floppy black hat from Topshop, this is rather a pricey one at £28. The other hats I’ve tired similar to this just didn’t have the same dramatic bend in the brim I was looking for. Also the fit in this hat is very secure which is what I want when walking around a festival site.

4. Gold Leaf Headband

This is an interesting piece rather than flowers going for leaves this time but hardly lacking in style as these have a gold colouring. Again really easy and simple to style if you rather more of a glam look.

5. Flower crown

Finally the classic flower crown. No festival season would be complete without it. I have gone for a more subtle style with pale yellow flowers spread widely apart for a natural look. I find flower crowns have a tendency to look tacky and artificial but this one is very simple which is what I like. I actually brought this at a festival about 3 years ago for around £5, its lasted a long time surprisingly. I think its even subtle enough to wear as a day look not just a festival one.

Have a great festival season guys! I’m lucky enough to be going to Reading festival this year which is now sold out! But if you didn’t manage to get tickets don’t worry as Leeds fest still has some tickets available.

 

 

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What Makes You Beautiful

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You’re insecure, don’t know what for. Maybe it could be that she spends on average 31 hours a week on the internet surrounded by media images of ‘the perfect woman’? Teenage girls feel they should aspire to be like this when in fact this is a digitally enhanced woman with several other women’s features positioned onto her face through the power of Photoshop to create this ‘perfect woman’ who, in fact, does not exist.

Teenage girls are bombarded with products that aim to help them; to aid them into becoming the perfect woman – an ideal that can never be truly reached. From a young age females are socialized to think that appearance is important-if not the most important part of our lives. For example when girls are given toys they often are given dolls to dress up or put makeup on which solidifies the fact this is what is expected of us as women. A more disturbing factor arising is the value placed on being seen as sexy, products for children are now emphasising this factor. The popular Bratz dolls wearing bikinis, crop tops and fishnets teach girls that they should be more focused on their looks and ultimately their sex appeal in order to fit into society.  Though it doesn’t show immediate effects on children the gradual exposure to such messages can lead to damaging situations later on in life.

Only 34% of girls, report, being very satisfied with their bodies according to the Girl Scout Research Institute. Often meaning girls feel negatively about themselves not just bodily wise but mentally too. The American Psychological Association found that three of the most common mental health problems among girls: eating disorders, depression and low self-esteem. These are linked to sexualisation of girls and women in media. Girls may feel isolated from society if they do not live up to these expectations posed by the media, if they are not slim enough to see their ribcage or have the same clothes as their favourite celebrities they feel as though they are somehow lacking. So some girls are seen to throw themselves at men, not because they are ‘sluts’ but because they are not sure of themselves, so they look  for someone else to give them the okay, to tell them that they’re good enough. And even if it means selling themselves out in the worst way in order to feel loved even if only for a short time is better than the self-loathing they often put themselves through on a regular basis.

There needs to be change. The girls portrayed in film, TV and advertising are repeatedly seen as either a sexual object, dim witted or physically fragile which leads not only to females identifying with these characters but males accepting stereotypes as fact. Men especially in other countries such as India or South Africa are so blinded by these stereotypes that they refuse to think anything further.

Women in these countries are often victims of sexual assault such as the resent vicious rape and murder of a young woman in New Delhi.  Official data shows that rape cases have jumped almost 875% over the past 40 years – from 2,487 in 1971 to 24,206 in 2011 happening India, sparking campaigning across the country for women’s rights.

Girls shouldn’t feel as though they have to be desired as sexual objects but to be accepted for who they are and be praised just as highly for their achievements as boys. You are beautiful only when you become aware of your own self-worth which is the natural beauty that comes embedded in each and every cell of our bodies when we are born not by wearing ‘natural looking’ makeup. The opinions of others, whether positive or negative have no true affect.  It is only you, only your mind set. The sooner you stop comparing yourself to others and start seeing the good in yourself then, that’s what makes you beautiful.

Reflection;

Looking back I decided to write about this topic in particular because when I was younger I didn’t know how widely spread and dramatic the changes phtotoshop could make to a person. I would aspire to be something that isn’t real and without journalists like Dawn Porter I would I don’t think ever have know this. Aspiring to look like someone who they themselves doesn’t even look like is silly. You should just be happy in your own skin is what I now think. I see a lot of young teenage girls feeling the same pressures as I did so the motive behind why I wrote this was that of ‘I wish I’d read something like this 4 years ago when I was young and Impressionable.’  I also linked in other worldly issues because I think that its easy to get wrapped up in your own life and not thing about others perspectives and situations.