Imperfections? What Imperfections?

Have you ever been part of a group photo, and looked at the result only to groan because you look so terrible but all of your friends look fabulous?  Although you've probably only vaguely registered that they are in the photo because you're too intent looking at what you think are your imperfections.  Then your friends say "What a hideous photo of me" and you think they must be saying that to make you feel better?

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How old am I?

If I knew more about Google Analytics, I might know whether the search term I saw pop up on this website from a visitor was because somebody was trying to find out about me, or whether it was about another Gillian Lewis (maybe Gillian Lewis, the English Character actress who I think may have been the inspiration for me being called Gillian): "How old is Gillian Lewis".

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Uma Thurman – were people too quick to judge her makeup?

A couple of weeks ago, Uma Thurman was photographed, and the tabloid press were quick to judge her since she looked quite different to previous photographs that had been taken.  Now, a lot of the photos that they were comparing her to were quite old, and yes, she did look different, but the assumption was that she must have had some *work* done on her face.  Her make-up artist came out in her defence to say it was because she had gone out without mascara.  

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Belt up – why wearing a belt doesn’t create a waist

It was the Oscars last night, and today the Internet is awash with photographs of actresses in their red carpet outfits.  Of course, there is commentary about the best and worst dressed - and I even saw one actress appearing on both lists so clearly there's a question of personal taste coming into it, but the one that stood out to me (for the wrong reasons) was Nicole Kidman's dress which was a shimmering pale gold on ivory which she was wearing a belt with.  

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Breaking the rules about what to wear

I've seen a few blog posts and campaigns on the internet around which decry the idea that there should be rules about what to wear to flatter the body you have.

"How dare somebody tell me what to wear!  That's body shaming"

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Keeping up appearances – do you?

I’ve just read an article in the Metro that reports on a survey carried out. The survey identified the lengths to which some women are keeping up appearances. Apparently one in twenty of the 2000 surveyed will not allow themselves to be seen without a full face of makeup by their husbands or boyfriends! [Read more…]

Fresh Faced

When I was on holiday I spent most of my time not wearing make-up, apart from lipstick.  Well, spending all day on the beach, or on a boat, going in and out of the water, there was very little point in spending time applying make-up that would be washed off within minutes.

I did start wearing make-up to dinner but, as the holiday went by, I was liking the way my freckles were developing (I don’t tan), so I decided to dispense with everything apart from the lipstick and go fresh-faced.

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You always want what you haven’t got

I sat writing this blog post in the hairdressers since it seemed very apt given the links I wanted to share with you.

Two articles with very different views on the size of your bust: wishing you didn’t have quite so much, or wanting to have more so you can show it off: [Read more…]

Going to the Prom

The Prom seems to have taken over the thoughts of British teenagers during the school summer term.  An American cultural influence I’d say – they didn’t have it in my day!  Although when I was growing up, they did have the “Qually” in my final year of primary school which probably elicited quite a bit of our attention for some time before.  It originated from the days of the 11 plus and was really called the Qualifying Dance.  Presumably if you failed you didn’t get to go?  We didn’t have to do the 11 plus so everybody went – after several weeks of learning Scottish Cross Country Dances.  Going without a partner was perfectly acceptable (we were 11 and boys were pretty undesirable to us at that stage) and I don’t think we had a disco – it was 1979 and disco was in its infancy after all 😀 [Read more…]

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me?

I remember my Mum reciting this to me when I was young.  It was designed, no doubt, to encourage me to shrug off harsh words from other kids.  To an extent, I’m sure it worked for me, although the way I learned to respond was to lift the drawbridge on those people who were unkind and not engage with them again.  Sometimes it’s been a bit of an extreme response but it was shaped by an early experience with some jealous female friends. [Read more…]