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3/17/17

Girl Power




'Dylan' Jacket: UNIF | Jeans: Pop Boutique | Dolly Sunglasses: UNIF | T-shirt: Instagram seller @gloriouspjs (or here) | Shoes: Primark (similar) | Belt: H&M

Photos by Xie Qin Gru
I think my slogan T collection is getting out of hand, but how can I resist when this one popped up on my Instagram?! At £15, I was sold. Nothing says you're gonna have a good day better than a t-shirt that says girl power on it, right!!! I love the pop of red and the little rose design, that match these denim rose-embroidered beauties from Primarnie so well. I finally made a UNIF order, which i've been wanting to do for so long. I went for the Dolly sunglasses, this denim bomber (with padded red lining) and a stripey jumper, which I'm sure will appear on here sometime soon! I love everything about UNIF and what i'm wearing here is reminiscent of the models on their site - casual but a bit quirky, a pop of colour and all the 90s vibes.

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Lucie

3/16/17

Réalisation Par

'Bianca' Blouse: Réalisation Par | Jeans: Neon Rose At Asos (which have been altered) | Bag: New Look | Choker: Pretty Little Thing | Shoes: Primark

Photos by Xie Qin Gru
I love Réalisation Par. I first saw one of their blouses styled by my favourite blogger What Olivia Did and it played on my mind ever since. RP are based in Aussie and they do gorgeous blouses and dresses in dainty star/polka dot/floral prints in flattering styles that quite literally suit everyone, from the small chests to the bigger ones...it's a super versatile blouse that can be tied as tightly or loosely as you like. I can be quite self conscious about my chest area, which may come as a surprise, as I know some people would love to have a fuller bust, whereas i'm always a little reluctant to flaunt that, ahem, area. I don't want to draw attention so i'll literally push them out of view (no, really)...but this blouse has definitely given me more confidence to show off what I normally wouldn't in a not too over the top way...i've tried to take attention away by adding a little star choker necklace which ties in so well with the blouse print and the silver bag I got for Christmas (inspired by Abigail!). With the weekend approaching and Spring showing little hints of arriving, this blouse will be seeing me right through nights out and late Spring/Summer evenings, worn alone like above if you're feelin' a bit racy or worn over a t-shirt as an open blouse style shirt.

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Lucie

3/7/17

A Girl's Guide To Liverpool: International Women's Day

>>> Billie Walker is talking all things International Women's Day, what's going on in Liverpool and how you can get involved...

Tomorrow is International Women’s Day, a day created to celebrate women, shared in over 100 countries around the world. Its popularity has grown a lot recently, in particular from the grassroots organisers who brought together the Women’s March in Washington just a few months back (which triggered women’s marches across the world) to now having organised A Day Without A Woman, for International Women’s Day 2017, awareness of this day will most likely skyrocket by next year. 

I spoke to Penny Dimond, founder and writer for The New Factory of the Eccentric Actor, who for the last twenty years has produced shows at the Marxist Memorial Library in London to celebrate International Women’s Day. Penny explained her reasons for celebrating and partaking in International Women’s day for the last two decades: “it’s a good time to recognise how far we’ve got and how far we have to go, it’s not stuck in the past, it’s aim is to look forward”. 

Although it is an over used adage, it’s undeniably important that to know where you are going, you must know where you have been - and most of us are unaware of the origins of IWD. Like a lot of our history, this day’s origins have been retold and edited to maintain a perception. It has been told by many and assumed that it was a day established to mark protests by New York’s garment and textile workers. However it emerged in the 1980s that this origin was manufactured in an effort to separate the day from it’s Socialist roots. It was in fact Russian women who left their factories and took the streets on March 8th 1917 to march for “Bread and Peace”. In Russia’s then capital, Petrograd, the Army backed demonstrators of Tsar to be toppled and as a result of the days events, women were granted suffrage. In the early years of International Women’s Day, all celebrations and protests were organised by communist and socialist movements in Europe. However, as the day has grown in popularity, the political aspects of it have changed to be part of all women’s movements, not just that with socialist political aims. Many events today are celebratory rather than political, which is why it is great to know that the creators of the Women’s March will be bringing the day back to it’s roots of protest.

There are many events happening all across Liverpool throughout March to celebrate women, looking at their influence, stories and power. The Girl Geeks are supporting and promoting the empowerment of women with their event at FACT in which they will be showing the film Code Girl, with a panel discussing ways we can be bold for change. When I asked Chelsea Slater, Co-Founder of Girl Geeks why this day was so important to GG, she said "International Women's day is more than a news feed full of love for inspirational and courageous women. There are thousands of events all over the world that bring us together through workshops, debates and discussions around the subject of inequality that still exists in the world.  We've made a lot of progress over the last 50 years however, it's important to know that we're still fighting, marching and taking action. IWD is a way we can be heard."

Liverpool Small Cinema is another of our cities great independent business and they are endless advocates for the representation of women in film. Over the last year with their ongoing initiative showing and celebrating the 58%, those films were made by women trans and non-binary filmmakers. This year for IWD they are celebrating middle-eastern women with two showings tomorrow evening. Kicking off with Balls, Barriers and Bulldozers, which looks at woman’s football tour to West Bank Palestine. Followed by Speed Sisters, the story of the first all-women racecar driving team in the Middle East. All in all, it looks as if the Liverpool Small Cinema will be hosting a very energetic night!

I often feel so happy to have chosen Liverpool as my home, as it is host to so many strong communities of women, which celebrate each other throughout the year such as the Grrrl Power art collective. In their own words they seek “to readdress the gender inequalities in contemporary art, literature and music. Over the last four years, women have consistently made up around 63% of creative art and design graduates in the UK, but earn up to £2,000 less then men working within the art sector.” To them, International Women’s Day is important because of the issues it brings to our attention such as the unfair pay gap. Grrrl Power argue that “women are just as creative, hard-working and valuable as men, and this needs to be recognised and reflected not just in the work place, but also in wider society.” They are currently in the midst of the Lonely Girl Phenomenology creating an online archive of essays on sexism experienced “by women and non-binary people within the realms of relationships, romance and love”.

An event that I am personally looking forward this Saturday is Gal-Dem’s talk at the International Slavery Museum. It will address the creation of the magazine they have created to “champion the writing of ‘women of colour’”, as well as an exploration of the “erasure of Black Women in History”. Women’s influence in Britain has so often been eradicated and I strongly believe that is our responsibility to readdress history to fix the tale we have been told.

With so many amazing events to go to around Liverpool, addressing so many different subjects such as women in history, women in sport and women in tech, it almost feels as if their should be more than just one day a year in which women should be celebrated. 

I am extremely grateful to groups such as Girl Geeks, Liverpool Small Cinema, Grrrl Power and Gal-Dem and many others who have made it their mission to continuously celebrate and empower all women.  

For all those who do not live in Liverpool, the International Women’s Day website is a great way to find out what is happening in your city. Whether you are using this day to protest, give back, or learn something new I am wishing you all a great International Women’s day and I hope it leaves you feeling empowered for the whole year!

By Billie Walker
Follow Billie on Instagram: @lady_bill_ and read more of her work here

2/19/17

February Playlist

The vinyl collection is forever growing so I thought i'd share some of the latest additions that i've been listening to on repeat over the past month.

(1) Talking Heads: 77 I first heard one of TH's songs during my Christmas holidays while watching BBC4 (im so kl) - Psycho Killer - which basically had me hooked and humming it day in/day out. This spurred me on to listen to more of the band and get 77 on vinyl - i've seen it so many times in vintage shops and carboot sales back home but I thought they were just "some weird 80's band" - which they are. However, I bloody love them. David Byrne's strained voice combined with staggered rythms and sudden tempo ranges makes you think of a crazy guy trying to sound normal - but making it so catchy and unique. (2) Angelo Badalamenti, Twin Peaks Score - Uhh omg. I can't explain the joy on my face when this arrived in the post. The most beautiful score i've ever seen, vinyl with a marble design, a zig-zag sleeve reminiscent of the zig-zag floors of Twin Peaks' black lodge, a lovely inside story to Angelo Badalamenti and thee most crispeeest of sounds. If you're a fan of Twin Peaks, or just bloody good music, then you will love it - the most soooothing and beautiful sounding of tv soundtracks there is. I bought mine at Norman Records here. (3) Talking Heads, More Songs About Buildings And Food Talking Heads again! I snapped this one up from Ebay the same day I bought 77 on there too - baargains. After hearing 'The Big Country' during the trailer for the recently released movie 20th Century Women, I fell even a little more in love with TH and decided to discover them a little further. FYI - the rest of the soundtrack of 20th CW promises to be a TREAT too. V excited to see it tomorrow! (4) Cliff Martinez, Drive Score 5th Year Anniversary Edition Is it possible to fall in love with vinyl? I did with this one. Not one but TWO PINK vinyl's in this stunning score of Nicolas Winding Refn's epic 'Drive'. Featuring thee unforgettable, beautiful 'Nightcall' by Kavinsky, Under Your Spell by Desire and every other beautiful sound from the movie - a classic that I will treasure FOREVER. I bought mine on Amazon here.

My other current favourite vinyl's are: Parallel Lines by BlondieJane Birkin Serge GainsbourgMarvin Gaye's Greatest Hits (shoutout to Dig Vinyl Liverpool for this! <3), Stop In The Name Of Love by Diana Ross & The SupremesThe End Of Comedy by Drugdealer and Los Niños Sin Miedo by The Parrots...here are some of my favourite tracks from them...

A mini playlist:

Je t'aime, moi non plus - Jane Birkin Serge Gainsbourg
Got to give it up - Marvin Gaye
Get Ready - Diana Ross & The Supremes
The End of Comedy - Drugdealer
No me gusta, te quiero - The Parrots

++ an extra, Wicked Games by Widowspeak - soooo nice.

Lucie

2/16/17

1 Dress Styled 3 Ways

The lovely people at Very.co.uk sent me over this beautiful schwiiingin' 70's vibe floral dress which I decided to style up in 3 different ways. Very have an amazing selection of dresses by some of my favourite brands including Miss Selfridge who designed this floral dream. I absolutely fell in love with it when I saw it online. I'm not generally much of a "dressy" person, even on a night out i'll revert to jeans and a crop top. I feel like some dresses on the high street are sometimes a little too dressy and never anywhere in between. 

This Miss Selfridge number quickly changed all that! It has everything I like - not too short/long, not showing off all the bust area, floaty, skims over any "chubby" bits and flatters all the best parts...oh and the sleeves, did I mention the sleeves? The best bit about this dress are the super 70's bell sleeves that look so cool when ya getting down on the dancefloor and even better when you're waving over to the barman for your 3rd 5th drink. Here's 3 ways to wear the dress from day to night....heads up - the dress I am wearing in this post is now £28 down from £40 on Very, just click here!

 PIZZA PALS











The dress can also double up as a skirt and be worn underneath a jumper to give it more a laid back, day-time look - for saaaaay, a trip to the local pizza parlour with your mates!







Jumper: vintage | Neckerchief: harley davidson shop | Belt: H&M | New Balance trainers: Tk Maxx | Bag: Primark

MOVIE DATE - GIG NIGHT

































































                                                                                                       











Is it a skirt, is it a dress?! This time, it's a top. What a versatile lil piece of clothing, right? Tucked into some high waisted jeans, add a pair of your go-to trainers (mine are forever and always, converse) and this would be the ideal look for a trip to cinema with ya mates or to wear to a gig, comfy/casual but the dress (mainly because of the sleeves) adds a lil' somethin'-somethin'.























Jeans: H&M | Belt: H&M | Converse: Amazon | Earrings: Topshop | Jacket: vintage at Soho's Liverpool

DINNER DATE (aka take me for more pizza)

Dress: C/O Very | Ankle Boots: Office (charity shop)

Photos by Xie Qin Gru

Aaaaand lastly, the dress as it is destined to be - a dress, duh. Perfect for heading right back to the pizza place you started the day off in, and this dress hides a pizza belly like. no. other. Please excuse the pealy wally legs (as my dad would say which basically means PALE af). That's what living in the UK does to you, goodbye tan.

One dress, three Veeery different ways to wear it - see what I did there??

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