Not just a pretty face.

“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”  – Marilyn Monroe.

Stunning, glamourous, talented, and dead by 36. Monroe was undoubtedly a cultural icon and an inspiration to many, despite the problems and scandal that shrouded her very public life.

If ever feeling down this is always the type of quote to bear in mind. Strong, honest, and truthful, it reminds me that when I make stupid mistakes or act erratically, it does not make me a horrible, wicked person. I have come to realise after numerous brushes with silly regret, that beating yourself up over something that has happened in the past does not help you in the future, nor does it aid you to become a better person. 

 I am a firm believer that it is how you deal with your mistakes, and not the actual mistake itself, that defines who you are as a person.

No one is perfect. Everyone has a side to them that is prone to behaving in ways they may not be proud of, and although it is a weakness, it is an element of yourself that you must accept and take responsibility for. Everyone has potential regrets, and if they don’t, they clearly haven’t lived enough yet.

Obviously one day I would LOVE to stop making these silly little mistakes, but until then I am a firm believer that it is only a person that can accept me at my worst that is a person that deserves me at my best.

 “We should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets.”

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But is it Art?

It’s a hectic time if, like me, you are a third year University student, looking to get a good degree before heading out into the scary world of  ‘real’ work.

Which is why I’ve decided to use my time constructively, by doodling and painting, seemingly without a care in the world. Excellent.

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The Living Dress.

I’m beginning to run the serious risk of creating a GaGa blog with the amount of space I have dedicated to her wacky fashion and sense of style, but Lady GaGa never ceases to amaze.

Check out her latest creation, the so-called ‘Living dress’ she showcased last night in Liverpool, during her Monsters Ball tour. The dress was a Haus of GaGa creation, inspired by British fashion designer Hussein Chalayan.

The head piece and wings reportedly move and it would appear the stage outfit has been regarded as a hugh triumph by Lady GaGa, who has even requested to see any fan’s videos of the dress. According to her facebook page, ” The Haus is celebrating we want to see it from your POV!”

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So good, I bought it twice.

I ordered The Antlers‘ 2009 album Hospice the other week from Amazon, along with old PC game ‘Age of Empires‘, an “epic, real-time strategy game” (don’t ask, I don’t even know why myself), only to send them both to my old address. Oops.

Needless to say, when questioned about the delivery, the current residents denied all knowledge of the album ever being delivered, and said they had allegedly lost the computer game. Funny that.

They did, however, look at me oddly when they realised that I was the loser that had bought said game; being a girl, above the age of twelve, and no longer living in the nineties I would say they probably had a point, but I didn’t bother justifying the questionable purchase. The fact that I was stupid enough to send the packages to my old address was already embarrassment enough for one day.

Thankfully the album didn’t cost too much, so I resigned myself to simply re-buying it, and a well worth-while purchase it was too. The last artist to capture my attention for more than five minutes was Bon Iver, and I very rarely listen to an album on repeat, but this is was an exception (well this, and Lady GaGa- I never claimed to have ‘good’ music taste).

It’s ironic in a way, that Hospice can sound so beautiful and haunting at the same time. The story told within each track consists of illness, death and ultimately the loss of a loved one, and this is perfectly communicated through the powerful vocals. It’s perhaps even more worrying how peaceful and content I feel whilst listening to the lyrics, and it is almost a neccessity to listen to the whole album in full in order to appreciate every song. 

I have always been too scared to ever write a review of any kind, even for my university magazine; I guess I have never really seen how my opinion would be relevant to anyone else except me, so I certainly don’t plan to start now.

I will say this though; It is a damn good album, well worth buying twice.

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Star of 2009.

As the only truly-eccentric celebrity on the scene prepared to take fashion gambles, Lady GaGa deserves all the publicity she gained last year through her unconventional sense of style alone.

Undoubtedly the biggest star of 2009, not only has Lady GaGa, a.k.a.  Stefani Germanotta, dazzled audiences with her unpredictable outfits and random props (dancing in a bath on X-Factor anyone?), she has also managed to produce a pretty tasty album.

Oh, and anyone who wears a red PVC dress to meet the Queen is quite frankly incredible, in my opinion.

Heres to another year of GaGa success, and lets only hope she is able to top the array of outfits she has previously modelled. With talk of her becoming the new Madonna looks like Miss GaGa could well be around for the long haul.

 

This photo  is one of a collection, taken by photographer Annie Leibovitz, inspired the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Hansel and Gretel. Lady GaGa is photographed as the witch, clad predominantly in Marc Jacobs attire, and red-haired model Lily Cole as Gretel.

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Geek Chic.

When people think  red, the reaction isn’t always positive, especially when considering hair colour.

Ginge, carrot top (but carrot tops are GREEN ?), Ginga, blah blah blah; the list goes on. All are commonly used names designed to supposedly taunt people with red hair.

Although I have learnt to love my ‘orange’ hair, it hasn’t always been that way. Although I was never bullied as such, it was an awkward trait to have during that teenage period of self conciousness and insecurity, however I got off lightly in that respect, but knew others who were bullied mercilessly for their red hair.

I always wondered why such attention is given to a hair colour, and why it seems acceptable to many to taunt ginger people for that reason. In the past ginger hair has gained bad press, but recently it has become an increasingly noticable trend, with more red haired models emerging down the catwalk and gracing our magazines.

Step forward red heads such Lily Cole and Nicola Roberts, from Girls aloud (formerly the ‘ugly’ one, now confusingly the ‘fashionable’ one). Both are renowned for their red hair, and are proud to flaunt their pale complexions in the face of the more conventional perma-tanned blonde/brunette look. To have a unique trait should be cherished, embraced and most definately not hidden away.

At least now red is not instantly related to freckles, geekiness and frizziness, as shown below with these stunning celebrity red heads.

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F*** you, I won’t do what you tell me… Unless it really annoys Mr Cowell.

It would seem the X Factor bubble has finally burst, and the whole nation is divided in their allegiance for Christmas number one.

A campaign to prevent X factor gaining it’s fifth consecutive Christmas number one can only be a good thing, and protesters have chosen to mass buy Rage Against the Machine’s 1992 hit, Killing in the name. For the facebook group click here.

Finally, the public has been made aware of the music-monopoly reality show X Factor has over the Christmas charts- even though Rage Against the Machine and X Factor winner Joe McElderry are, in actual fact, linked, through Sony.

Simon Cowell has deemed it a personal attack upon himself, and has labelled it “cynical” and “stupid”. Yes, how stupid of people,  NOT wanting to buy a Miley Cyrus cover, and buying something else instead. How dare they choose what to buy.

It is difficult to see how the boycott of such a mediocre song can be seen as ‘cynical’, and Rage Against the Machine have even said the proceeds from their single will go to charity. Hardly a ‘scrooge’-like action, as Simon Cowell has suggested. Perhaps Mr Cowell is feeling increasingly uneasy?

Good.

Even if the campaign to end X factors four year run of Christmas number ones doesn’t work, at least the public have shown they have the ability to reject the over-used X-Factor formula, much to the concern of Cowell.

Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello used Twitter to promote the cause further, stating “England! Now is your time!”. This demonstrates how social networking sites are key in promoting marginalised views, and it was through the facebook page that this campaign was able to really take off.

I don’t believe it should be construed as a hate campaign against Joe McElderry, or even Simon Cowell. Rather it is an attempt to gain back the right to choose who is number one,  and not have some mediocre reality TV winner automatically expected to soar to the top of the charts.

Killing in the name may not be my choice of number one ordinarily, but I would rather that than the cheesy cover created by a manufactured reality TV contestant.

At least there has finally been a bit of excitement in the race for Christmas number one this year, rather than the usual acceptance that X Factor will walk it. Perhaps this is a promising sign for the future.

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