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Dear Vogue,

There have been a lot of rebuttal about Vogue’s recent article which declared “the tits will not be out for the lads”. Firstly Vogue’s alleged “fashion bible” status should be questioned just for using the phrase “tits out for the lads” and secondly how can a body part be out of style?

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Sure its a great thing that we are out of the early 2000’s Jordan era where young girls were lead to believe that huge implants were attractive, but can we really slam a body part that we can’t naturally control?

I understand that ever since the Kardashian’s there has been a rise in people trying to get a bum like Kim but at least that’s simply lead to more squats being added to peoples gym routines.

In the current era where we are trying to promote loving yourself, can we keep reading a magazine that’s telling us not to? Instead of declaring certain body parts as “out” why not show how you can adapt the latest trends for your body. There are going to be certain tops or dresses that don’t suit your body type or don’t fit right but there doesn’t need to be a season of clothing that is made to exclude those with a certain body type.

Fashion magazines should only declare something as “in or out” if it can be sold on depop!

3 days in Prague

So at 22 I finally organised a trip abroad all by myself, however my victory was very short-lived as I did accidentally email my boyfriend (who I was meant to be surprising) all the details!

Having such a short time in a new city we decided the best way to see it (and learn something about what we were seeing) was to do a walking tour.

My favourite story our tour guide told us was the legend of Princess Libuše, who had a dream about a farmer. She then sent her noblemen to go and find the man from her dream, and they ended up falling in love and living happily ever after. It now has me hoping that a Prince will have a dream about me and come rescue me from the library.

On our last day we visited the Holocaust museum, which as you can imagine was quite an emotional experience. One of its main exhibits was the drawers young children had drawn whilst at the concentration camps. One woman would sneak them in art supplies to help distract them. Every photo came with three dates. The date they were born, the date they went to Auschwitz, and the day they died. Although it was extremely emotional it was great to learn more about the history of the city and see how well they remembered those who died.

My favourite site was defiantly the astronomical clock tower , even though it has been voted the 2nd most underrated attraction in Europe. Another highlight was the beer museum as well, which although I didn’t learn much you did get 4 beers thrown in with the entrance cost.

Sadly the only classic czech cuisine I was willing to try was the donuts covered in sugar and filled with nutella, oh and the traditional czech beer!

A little city break was the perfect way to take a breather from the impending doom of university work. I just hope next time I’ll be better at keeping it a surprise!

Final Year Top 5

So I have finally reached my last year of University so I thought I’d write a post about a few things that have helped me make it this far.

*** Disclaimer: This list does not include certain essentials such as pens, or scientific calculators (if you’re going into final year you should really know you need these things)

1.Really cute stationary 

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(Mine have a strong “I don’t know what I’m doing” theme)

Even if you don’t have a clue what’s going on in a lecture it can be comforting to know that your stationary at least implies to those around you that you’re super organised.

2. The Perfect Hangover Jumper 

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One of the worst things about University is having a compulsory 9am on a Thursday that there is at least a 75% chance you’ll be super hungover for. So if you are forced to leave your bed when you feel like death you need a jumper that gives you the same amount of comfort.

(I like mine to be alcohol themed)

3. Polaroids lots and lots of polaroids

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Decorate your room with lots of photos of your summer or your previous uni adventures. This way when you’re peak revision you can remember that good times are literally just around the corner.

4. A Best Friend 

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When you’re feeling really down/stressed you need a best friend to get you out of your house (even if it’s just for a trip to Wagamumas) or to keep you in the house but with a movie and a large bottle of wine.

5. A Solid Skin Care Routine 

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Your skin is very susceptible to stress, hence why it tends to be during exam times that you break out in spots (annoyingly this is also the time you can’t be bothered to wear makeup)! So not only should you have a regular routine but treat yourself to facemasks every once in a while!

Still California Dreaming

Moving into my FINAL student house this week I can’t help but notice the stark contrast between living here, in a damp house in Portswood, and the glam apartment in LA I’d been subletting throughout the summer. 

Since I was a kid I’ve had a pretty strong ‘American Dream Complex’. So when the opportunity arose for me to intern in LA for 3 months I instantly knew it would be a great way to test if I could one day move out there.

Although I had always envisioned myself living in Beverly Hills with a 90210 zip code, Venice Beach was just a 10 minute walk to my office meaning I didn’t have to adjust to driving on the other side of the road. It was the perfect fit 

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The three months I spent across the pond were definitely a learning curve. I’ve come up with some top tips on how to survive when you’re 5,000 miles away from home.

1.Get Tax Savvy 

The prices you see on signs are not what you end up paying! Literally everything is +tax. Although as a marketing student I can appreciate the use of psychological pricing, it’s still super annoying! 

2.  Make Uber your best friend 

LA has a really rubbish public transportation system. Uberpool is therefore ideal as it’s a fixed price regardless of traffic (and theres always traffic), however you may end up with a stranger in the car too. Another advantage- drivers will normally give you 5*’s just for having a British Accent. 

3. Prepare for questioning 

Americans are really intrigued by British culture but some questions you get are quite odd. As you can imagine the majority of these are about the Royal family. 

4. Learn the Lingo

Although we speak the same language certain words and phrases don’t translate e.g. “jumper” or “cheeky”. Equally don’t be alarmed if someone compliments your pants- no you don’t have a whole in your trousers. 

5. It’s ok to be homesick 

When you’re in such an amazing place it can be hard to admit to people (and yourself) that you’re a bit homesick. Time differences can sometimes make it hard to talk to your loved ones when you’re down but if you plan set Skype times and dates then this can help the time go by faster. 

6. Ignore FOMO 

Whenever I’m away I seem to get serious fear of missing out (FOMO). This was especially apparent on this trip as I was away for the majority of the summer. As hard as it may be in this day and age my main tip for this is to not obsess over social media and to remember that people will feel like they are missing out on your trip too! 

7. Take Every Opportunity 

I may never return to LA (I really hope I do), so knowing  I was there for such a short amount of time made me strive to take every opportunity given to me. Even if the event turns out rubbish, it can often end up being a funny story to tell the people back at home. 

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I don’t know if it’s the sun, the sea or too many American TV shows but I’m still California dreaming! 

 

Photography: Edward Parks