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OOTD

I’ve done two political posts in a row so I figured I’d better do something a bit less downbeat! Here’s a little outfit of the day:

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Dungarees

These beauties are an H&M special and my first adult pair of dungarees! I absolutely adore them and wear them throughout the year. In the summer I love to pair them with a casual tee or a crop top then in the winter I add a pair of tights and wear a turtle neck bodysuit or a cosy jumper. I’m going to invest in a black pair soon – dungarees are a wardrobe must have!

T-shirt

Tee & cake are forever providing me with little gems! My ex-boyfriend bought me this t-shirt when my avocado obsession was at its peak and I’m forever getting compliments on it. I love it because it’s an easy item to pair with anything. Whilst in Australia I regularly wore this with a pair of high waisted shorts and sandals. Tee & Cake provides a number of wardrobe essentials (even better, they even provide an emergency cake recipe on your label!)

Shoes

Ah, my trusty Vans. They have seen better days but I love love love them. Aside from being the comfiest pair of trainers that I own, they instantly improve any outfit. I wear them with pretty much anything from jeans to dresses.

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The Good, The Bad & The Naked

Naked Attraction has returned to Channel 4 for its second series. I hadn’t watched it before but when season 2 premiered it was dominating conversations. When you first explain it to people they often think you’re winding them up:

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Before watching it I was convinced it couldn’t be true – surely the genitals would be blurred or the glass boxes would somewhat cover each individuals modesty? But no, the contestants stand in those boxes with everything hanging out.

Initially the British side of me was shocked at what it was seeing but after various episodes and discussions with my friends, Naked Attraction is a brilliant TV show and I think that it is integral that people (especially teens) give it a watch.

Growing up is difficult and a huge part of being a teenager involves trying to figure out if you’re normal and how to fit in. Experiencing changes with your body is a lot to comprehend and Naked Attraction shows the extent at which people’s bodies can vary. Most importantly, the show presents normal, everyday bodies – not airbrushed models that we are conditioned to believe are representative of the population. The contestants are typical humans with individual preferences. One contestant may choose a curvaceous partner whereas another will go for the edgy individual covered in piercings.

Furthermore, Naked Attraction is not limited to opposite sex partners similar to most dating shows. It goes one step further and has contestants from the LGBT community. On one episode there were two contestants going through the process of transitioning and it was insightful to understand the changes that a member of that community goes through. Being open about topics like this will begin to normalise it and make it widely acceptable – it’s time to leave discrimination in the past.

Overall, the show is informative, inclusive and an important tool for encouraging body positivity. Yes, it’s a bit shocking to see so many penises and vaginas in one go but we are the generation of freeing the nipple! It’s time to put our prudishness aside, start embracing our bodies and educate ourselves. Congratulations Channel 4, for once again pushing the boundaries.

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NFL Protest

Protests against police brutality and racism have already begun this NFL season. Following Colin Kaepernick kneeling for the national anthem last season, Michael Bennett chose to sit on Sunday before the game against the Los Chargers.

In a brave decision, the Seattle Seahawks defensive end remained seated during the National Anthem with a towel draped over his head. This action was a result of the horrific and barbaric far-right violence in Charlottesville over the weekend. Following the game, Bennett described how the recent events spurred him “to use my platform to be able to speak on injustice”. The horrendous nature of the Charlottesville violence has been further exacerbated by Trump’s apparent reluctance and failure to publicly reprimand the protestors.

It is somewhat suspicious that Kaepernick’s actions he has not been signed this season – making the racial divide in the NFL explicitly clear. Other players must follow the lead of Kaepernick and Bennett as an important step in making the world aware of the injustice and racism that people are being forced to face on a daily basis.

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Trump vs Twitter

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There are many thought provoking questions that could be discussed but the most striking one to me currently is how on earth is Donald Trump still on Twitter?! It dawned on me today that in years to come history books will probably refer to Trump’s tweets as a basis for source analysis – hopefully not as an explanation for how World War 3 began…

Various articles, such as this one, have discussed whether or not Trump has violated Twitter’s terms of service. From the UK, Trump’s antics are shocking, scary and becoming increasingly less comical. It’s hard to imagine Theresa May in the same position; the PM is regularly mocked on social media due to outfit choices, behaviour in PMQ’s or scandalous antics involving fields of wheat. In comparison to the US, our leader seems somewhat stable (note: I had to roll my eyes at saying stable after “strong and stable” haunted the British public during GE2017).

It is frightening that Trump’s Twitter madness is not a new phenomenon, the President has been tweeting like a madman for as long as he has been socially relevant. The real madness is that despite his erratic Tweets, he was still elected! Am I the only person that feels as though Trump’s presidency feels like a joke that has gone on for too long?

Perhaps it’s refreshing for a politician to not be censored and to speak honestly… It’s just a shame that Trump’s opinions are ones that I think are best not enacted on or shared with the public.

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Return of the Gym Bunny

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I’m back at the gym and I am so so so happy!

I’d been having problems with my knees whilst training for the marathon and 5 weeks before I was due to run I found out that I had osteoarthritis. I can’t describe the frustration of having to withdraw my marathon place! Following my 6 weeks recovery I noticed that there was absolutely no improvement in my knees so I reluctantly froze my gym membership and committed myself to walking my dog instead.

Buuuuuut now I’m back and I went to the gym for the first time yesterday. Surprisingly my strength is still around the same, only 5kg – 10kg less than before and my flexibility is the same in my right leg but so much worse in my left. The real shock was my cardio – I used to do 20 minutes on the step master as a warm up but yesterday I could barely do 5! Fingers crossed a few spin classes will get me back into the swing of things. It is absolutely crazy how much I missed it but I’m viewing my absence as a good thing because now I am even more determined to get back into a healthy lifestyle.

If any of you have some gym tips or similar experiences please do leave them in the comments!

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Dunkirk

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I adore historical films, specifically surrounding the events of WW1 and WW2. Therefore, I was incredibly eager to see Dunkirk. Upon leaving the cinema, I was left disappointed. Unlike films such as Saving Private Ryan, the battles seemed somewhat PG. The characters had no backstory, I expected to grow an emotional attachment to them but I felt almost numb. This Guardian article nicely sums up my initial feelings. It wasn’t until a deep discussion with my mum that I realised this was the beauty of Dunkirk – you are thrown into the “nothingness” of the beach.

The film was utterly immersive – imagine wearing virtual reality goggles and being thrown into a silent film with the silence being disrupted by the sound of explosions and gunshots. There is little dialogue in the film, which makes it all the more captivating; if a picture is worth a thousand words then the incredible cinematography is worth a million. Throughout the film Hans Zimmer’s score emotes feelings of urgency, tension and hope.

The story of Dunkirk is played out over three separate strands; land, sea and air. These strands have separate time periods; one week, one day and one hour. If I were to write down the ways in which the film hops from one storyline to another it would baffle any reader. However, on screen the transitions are effortless.

The movie bluntly portrays a stark challenge – how will 400,000 men escape the beach and get home? There is a focus on events that many similar genres have neglected; waiting, boredom, loneliness, being surrounded by strangers… Unlike other films that seem to have constant action sequences and close bonds with comrades, Dunkirk presents the reality of war and not the Hollywood blockbuster version with a romanticised storyline.

As a keen historian, the story of Dunkirk is beautifully depicted. As a movie enthusiast, it lacked a solid narrative and relationship with the protagonists (but this is all part of its charm). Dunkirk will inevitably become a classic and it deserves to be talked about for years to come. I’m grateful to Christopher Nolan for creating a masterpiece and ensuring that the brave efforts of our soldiers will never be forgotten.