Do Blondes Have More Fun? A (not very) scientific enquiry

At the end of 2018/start of 2019 I made the decision that everyone who runs away from their problems decides: I’m doing to drastically change my hair. “Yeah, changing my hair will change everything. Changing my hair will make it all better.”

At first, I wanted more of a warm subtle blonde. But, as many blondies will know, once you bleach you just can’t stop. My ultimate goal is now a Daenerys Targaryen mother-of-dragons and breaker-of-chains kinda lewk.

We all know the common belief that blondes are dumb (well, reader, I was this dumb before I dyed my hair so HA! The joke is on you.)

But the other famous stereotype is that blondes have more fun.

But what does this mean? Does it hold any bearing? Is bleaching your hair within an inch of its life the secret to happiness?

Well, I did a bit of digging.

A study (yes it’s from the Daily Mail but it still counts) suggest that 3/4 of women who dye their hair blonde feel immediately more sexy and glamorous. Blonde has always been the hair colour associated with sex icons (think Marilyn Monroe, Jennifer Lawrence, Brigitte Bardot, Grace Kelly and Pamela Anderson). Perhaps this new-found sexiness and feeling of glamour makes women feel happier and like they’re having more fun. So this seems to check out.

Studies have also shown that over 1/3 men seem to prefer blondes to any other hair colour, so perhaps more male attention = more fun? However, of course, it doesn’t matter what men prefer. You do you, girl.

There are, however, a few reasons why blonde may not be as fun. One being that it is higher maintenance, as roots grow through fast and (god forbid) you get brassy hair!

Also, I have noticed people have treated me a little different, and not always in the best of ways. I get the vibe that people who have only met me post-blonde assume I am ditsy, whereas when I had brown hair they would read my confusion as… well, just understandable confusion.

I have also noticed a few more men looking at me when I walk down the street. Of course, it’s flattering, but I am aware that my bright hair makes me stand out more and I’m just not used to the attention.

Ever since I dyed my hair, good things have happened. I got a job I really love (being paid to write- Yesss). I have developed some really meaningful and supportive friendships. My mental health has gotten better. Life is good, man.

However, is this because my hair now has no pigmentation? Or is it because I am more confident in myself, and I am the one that has made these things happen.

I feel more confident so I socialise more and, of course, my friendships improve because of that. My confidence also leads to me applying for jobs I would have thought out of my league, and actually managed to get one. Also, my confidence has allowed me to feel ready (and worthy enough) to go and seek the help I need and deserve.

I do have more fun as a blonde, but not because I’m blonde. I have more fun because I have found a way to express myself and find confidence through having great hair!

I would love to hear what you guys think! Do blondes have more fun? Does your hair colour have that much of an impact on your quality of life? Let me know in the comments below!

Love from Evie x

Barbie as a Feminist Icon?

Barbie has never really been viewed favourably by Feminists. She represents very typical male-perspective impossibly high beauty standards for women. Her body is majorly disproportioned with loooong legs and boobs so big they MUST cause back problems. She represents decadent white America, teaching toxic beauty perceptions.

Yet, a study into Barbie’s career over the years does suggest that perhaps this plastic fantastic is owed some respect from us after all.

It turns out Barbie dolls have had around 72 careers during their time, including President of the United States. Barbie achieved where Hillary Clinton fell short, and has paved the way for other female dolls to also become President. Perhaps we will have a Bratz doll in the White House before we know it.

List of all the jobs Barbie has had over time, including salaries

As you can see by the list provided by Silver Swan Recruitment, Barbie has managed to earn over $45m. This makes her worth the same amount as Kim Kardashian, who is also a sex icon who deserves more respect for her career.

Barbie was a pilot, which is commendable since even in 2019, less than 6% of pilots are women.

Barbie was also a doctor for a short while, which seems progressive since women in movies and toys are delighted to nurses, while men get to be the actual doctors.

The point of this short article is that I hope that the toy industry is taking more of a serious thought into how they are shaping the children of tomorrow. Giving little girls a toy of a female president of the United States may seem small, but who knows how that shapes her perception of politics and her own boundaries as a woman.

Let me know in the comments below what you think of Barbie’s career path, and can she be fairly branded as a feminist icon?

Lots of love, Evie x

Exciting Opportunities

It is nearly this blog’s one year anniversary, and I have something exciting I wish to tell you about.

I know I wrote about this a few posts ago, but I just wanted to have a separate post to update you guys and to thank you all!

I first opened this blog as a portfolio of my writing. I knew I always wanted to go into editing/publishing/writing, and so I thought it would be handy for me to have a space on the internet that I could link potential employers to see my work. At first, it was mainly recipes, then book reviews, and now my blog has evolved into a place where I can just express myself.

Watching my blog grow and grow in users and clicks and everything has been so exciting. I love seeing familiar faces liking my posts, and I love hearing your comments.

I have an app which tells me where in the world my users are from, and it is so exciting to see people from the UK, to USA, to Nigeria, to Saudi Arabia, and further reading my content. I appreciate this little community which I have built, and all the support I have received from you guys over the year.

A few weeks ago, I started my job as a PROFESSIONAL WRITER (oh yeaahhhh). Professional in the sense that I get paid to write, I am not by any means saying I am a master of language… yet.

I have become the content writer for an online magazine called iStudent-Global, which is focused around writing for University students. I would massively appreciate you guys reading my content, and will link below to every single article I have had posted thus far:

The Future of AI

Mental Health Awareness Month 2019

Meet people who speak your language while studying abroad

How can your University support your Mental Health?

How to Save the World on a Student Budget

Tips for Dealing with Mental Health at University

What Alumni Say

My blog directly had an impact on whether or not I got this job, and I am so thankful that I made it.

The moral of this and the lesson I have learnt is to always seek out opportunities, or ways to make things happen. Create your own experiences and seize control of your own future and your destiny. I have so many friends who also want to go into writing, but the ones who have their own blogs/work for the student newspaper/write articles online are the ones who have/will achieve their goals. They are going out there and getting their own work experience in the industry, shaping their writing styles, and proving themselves to the world. I absolutely implore you to go out there and make it happen for yourself, take initiative!

I am hoping that now I will apply this lesson to other areas of my life, and I hope it helps out even just one of you!

Thank you for an amazing (almost) year, for supporting me and reading my content.

Please do comment below if you have anything to say/anything you would like me to write about.

Lots of love, Evie x

2019 Met Gala review

Officially THE fashion event of the year, the Met Gala is the time for celebrities to really show off their creativity and break boundaries. Although nothing could ever beat last year’s theme (we all know I’m a sucker for Renaissance art), the Camp theme this year was fun and broad enough to get a wide variety of lewks. It is a shame that Queen of the Met Rihanna did not make an appearance, as well as Blake Lively and Lana Del Ray who also slayed last year.

In this post, I will just be going through a few of my favourite looks, as well as a few that did not land for me.

Best dressed (in no particular order):

Lily Collins

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Who gave her permission to slay so hard? Lily Collins gave me life in this outfit. I love love love the 60s hair and makeup (similar to Dua Lipa’s look this year) paired with this frilly Renaissance dream. The whole look gave me very Lana Del Ray vibes, and I am glad she wore white as it was not a common colour this year. 10/10 would wear.

Ezra Miller

This look (or looks) is one part creepy, one part glamorous, and one part surreal. Miller has always been an advocate for gender-bending (lest we forget his iconic Playboy shoot) and so when he came out in a tailored suit with a diamond corset, silver train, and that bizarre optical-illusion make up look I was soooo happy. The cloak with his face as a mask gave me the Phantom of the Opera realness, and I have to say THAT is how you do the Met Gala.

Lupita Nygong’o

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Lupita can do no wrong for me. She is not afraid to take risks, and this one certainly payed off! The surplus of golden combs in her hair, the obnoxiously large rainbow shoulder pads and matching bag, you can tell that this Versace dress was custom made just for her. Do I love the makeup? No, it’s a bit sloppy. But the overall look screams “CAMP” to me so I adore it!

Lady Gaga

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Was I absolutely in LOVE with Gaga’s looks? Maybe not. But her presentation won it over for me. She brought performance to her fashion, and slowly undressed into four different looks. It was fun, it was Gaga, and it was CAMP. She understood and executed the assignment. That is how a Met Gala co-host makes an entrance! (let’s not speak of Harry Styles’ look…)

Lucy Boynton

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I actually had no idea who Lucy Boynton was, but I certainly do now after this look. I love that it is feminine, pastel, and feathery. The colours are amazing (I especially love the grey/duck-egg blue of her hair and lower-dress) and the white drop-lash detail makes her look like a fairy. Love it.

Cardi B

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Love her or hate her, you can’t deny that she served the Met last night. It’s over-the-top, it’s loud, it’s couture. The ribbed dress, the feathers. Cardi heard Rihanna was not going to come and took the opportunity to steal the Met Gala crown!

Honorary mentions also go to Martha West, Jared Leto, Michael Urie, Janelle Monae, Serena Williams, and Naomi Campbell.

 

Looks I did not live for:

All of the Kardashians

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What is this trainwreck? Don’t get me wrong, I usually adore the Kardashians, but giiiiirls. Kris’ look was basic, we’ve seen Kim do her’s before, and the Jenner girls just aren’t doing anything particularly ground-breaking. If Zendaya came as Cinderella, then the Jenners are the ugly step-sisters in this scenario. And do not even get me started on the men. Ezra Miller, Michael Urie, Jared Leto, and Billy Porter PROVED that men can- and should- steal the show! The Met Gala is not a time to play it safe.

RuPaul Charles

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I know I am going to receive some sh*t for this, so let me just remind y’all that I absolutely stan RuPaul and all he’s done for the LGBTQ+ community. That being said… girl… this made me so sad! The theme is Camp and you are Ru-mutherfuking-Paul! You better work! I get that this is campy, and I am not saying that you HAVE to be in drag, but give me some gender-bend! Give me something to remember! This theme was made for you and anything you usually wear as a judge on your show would have been a million times better!

Priyanka Chopra-Jonas

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My laptop was so grossed-out by this look that it wouldn’t let me download any pictures of her. I adored Priyanka’s look last year as it was super elegant and high-fashion, but this year… I felt she tried TOO hard. Too many ideas, no main concept, and I would just toned it down a little. Yes, the Met is about taking risks and having fun, but it is still a fashion event and so you have to display the slightest hint of fashion sense (also the rhinestone tights finished at the ankle which made me so mad).

Other dishonourable mentions include Kristen Stewart, Harry Styles, Katy Perry, Amber Valletta, Benedict Cumberbatch, Remi Malek, and Taron Egerton.

 

Prize for best entrance has to go to Billy Porter, which Vogue is calling “the Most Fabulous Entrance in Met Gala History”. Covered in Gold and being carried in Cleopatra-style by six gold-clad muscular men? That’s how I will make an entrance at my wedding.

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I’d love to hear what you guys thought about this year’s looks! Do you agree with me, do you not? Let me know down in the comments below!

 

Love from Evie x

The Life-Changing Art of Respecting Yourself

“R-E-S-P-E-C-T, found out what it means to me” – Aretha Franklin

First of all, I want to say thank you to everyone who has read, liked, and shared my little blog. I have had a sudden spike in readers, and I appreciate you all supporting me and my little corner of the internet!

Secondly, I know you read the title and thought “umm… okay?” but this is an epiphany I have recently had and I want to share it all with you. I also find that writing things down helps me to make sense of things, and so we can go through this little journey of a post together.

I very recently got my first job as a paid writer (yay!) for three online University-themed websites; whatALUMNIsay, WhyStudyHere, and iStudent Global. My very first article for them can be viewed here. So why am I sharing this? Well, somewhat just because I am super proud of myself, but mainly because I accepted this job only after rejecting countless others.

The reason I rejected all the other job offers is because of one thing: I was not going to be paid for my time. I know there is a stereotype that millennials think the world owes them a living and blah blah blah, but the amount of unpaid full-time internships out there is disgusting. I very nearly accepted some of those jobs, as they tried to sell the job to me as “gaining writing experience”.

However, I took a step back and realised that I deserved better. I have this blog I have created nearly a whole year ago which has nearly 100 posts all written, edited, and researched by moi. I have already served my time as an unpaid-worker, and I know have real personal experience of the writing world. I did not need to work Mon-Fri 9-5 completely unpaid in a job that did not respect me, my time, nor my skillset. I felt like I had put in the hours to practise and hone my craft, and I was ready to do it for money.

Fortunately, I came across the job I am in now, and my boss seemed to be a real fan of my work. It feels great to be able to write in a professional environment, have responsibility, be entrusted to utilise my creativity how I see fit, and to learn more skills in editing and SEO. Being in an environment where I am the key writer, and everyone trusts my opinion, is a massive confidence boost and has really helped me to believe in myself. A belief in yourself, and knowing what you deserve, are all parts of respecting yourself.

One last thing I vow to do as an act of self-respect is to ensure that my blog has quality content. At the end of the day, this is my mark on the world and is my portfolio. Sometimes I feel pressured to write a post for the sake of having content, but now I will take time to write posts that really matter to me. People always as me what genre/theme my blog is, and now I will confidently reply that the theme is me.

I would love to hear what you have done recently as an act of respect or self-love, and what tips do you have for realising your full potential?

Lots of love, Evie x

Happy Earth Day!

“God bless Mother Nature” – It’s Raining Men, The Weather Girls

Happy Earth Day! Every year on the 22nd April we celebrate the Earth and take time to consider what more we can do to help the environment.

If you live in London as I do, you will know that the environment has been on people’s minds recently. Not only because of the unusually hot weather we have had (hard to fully enjoy it when you have a voice in the back of your brain screaming “GLOBAL WARMING”) but also because of the protests. Young people have come together to cause chaos in London in order to bring the issue of climate change to the forefront of the public eye. There have been over 1000 arrests due to these protests, and 53 people have been charged as of today. The nation is split over whether the environment is worth getting arrested and possibly locked up for. The protests have been largely peaceful and the goal is only to disrupt Londoners, rather than to hurt them. For example, in the Natural History Museum today, over 100 protestors lay on the floor of the Museum as part of a “die in”, to emphasise the risk of the extinction of the human species. There is further speculation that these protestors will find some way to disrupt the London marathon on Sunday, where I will actually be attending to support my father and grandfather who will be running.

Whether you agree with their methods or not, I personally think it is hard to argue that these protestors have achieved their ambition of bringing more awareness to climate change, and hopefully their actions will pressure the government to do more. They want the government to declare a climate emergency and take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.

We shouldn’t just live for today, we have to think about tomorrow.

If you feel like you would like to do more to help the environment, I have made a little list of very simple and small (but effective) things to do:

  1. Recycle! I know it sounds very basic, but you would be amazed by how much stuff we as a nation throw into the bin when we should really recycle it.
  2. Turn off lights, electric appliances/gadgets, and taps when not in use.
  3. Invest in a hot water bottle instead of putting on radiators all the time! I like to put one in my bed while I get my pyjamas on so it is all toasty when I get in.
  4. Buy yourself a super cute reusable bag! You can keep it in your normal handbag, and it means you don’t have to keep using and wasting plastic bags (plus a super cute tote bag is much more aesthetic than a Tesco plastic bag!) my good friend Sooriya pointed out that in the comments it may not be the best to go about ordering new tote bags, so perhaps using ones you already have (and personalising them) or making some out of cool old T-shirts would be better! Either way, cotton-tote bagging is the future.
  5. Also, get yourself a cute water bottle! It will stop you from buying single-use plastic bottles, and also encourage you to carry it around and drink more water. We love a hydrated queen!

Those are just some really basic tips, but do let me know down below what tips you have to help save the environment! And also let me know what your opinion is of the eco-protests in London (and other cities like Brighton).

Lots of love, Evie x

‘This Is Going To Hurt’ – Book of the Week

Heart-breaking, laughter-inducing, page-turning. The best book I have read in a while.

Wow. Just wow. I finished this book last night and needed to take a day to reflect on it before I began writing. I do not think I could thank Adam Kay enough for writing ‘This Is Going To Hurt’. It has given me a whole new view on the NHS and the medical profession in general.

This book is the ingenious collection of diary entries secretly made by a Doctor from his first day on the job all the way until he becomes a consultant. It is a very difficult book to put down as it is a perfect cocktail of one part humour, one part sadness, and one part the infuriating general public. Kay specialises in gynaecology, so his anecdotes range from delivering babies to pulling bizarre things out of private parts.

This book highlights not only the importance of the NHS, but also the many flaws within it. My (already high) respect for our doctors has massively sky-rocketed. We all know that being a doctor is hard work, but this journal really gives such a deep insight into the true exhaustion and exploits they face. We get exposed to the goings-on inside our hospitals, and gain a new perspective on major issues being debated in society now surrounding health care.

I do not want to give too much away, but the ending absolutely blew me away. It came out of nowhere and will probably follow me for a long time. Due to the nature of this book written in fragmented journal entries, it is very easy to put down and pick up when you have time (which works well for me as and English Lit student who barely has time to read what she actually wants to) and so I do genuinely recommend this to anyone, especially those of us in the UK who want a greater insight into our nation’s greatest pride: the NHS.

 

Let me know what you thought of this book below, and let me know if you have any recommendations!

Lots of love, Evie x