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Fashion magazines are not realistic. I treat them like they are fiction books with pictures. They are all fairytale dresses and Mad Hatter’s Tea Party-type outfits perfect for a good story, but morally wrong.

No-one can kiss a frog and return it to its human state, and even if they could, there’s no guarantee that they would be a handsome prince.

Frog (via Disney’s The Princess and the Frog)

The same idea can be applied to fashion: you can buy a fancy dress and wear it but there’s no guarantee that it will make you look and feel good, no matter how much you pay for it.

Those perfect shots of beautiful, skinny models with absurdly good facial bone structure and wearing diamond-encrusted, shiny, well-fitting clothes with a killer price-tag too? They took a long time to make: the right model with the right look/hair colour/eye colour/skin colour, the right outfit, the right lighting, the right make-up, the right hairstyle.

Chanel advert (via

Dressing up was fun when we were children: you could be Batman but also wear Superman’s cape at the same time; you could be a princess with fairy wings; you could dress up in your mum’s clothes and wear as much of her makeup as possible; you could go food shopping with your mum while wearing Spiderman costume and no-one would care.

Now, everything you wear has to “work”, otherwise people will judge you. If you don’t fit the clothes sizes in clothes shops, you feel ostracised by the fashion world (and by society). You envy thinner people, even if you are yourself skinny. You might have dieted everyday of your life since your teens. You might push the desire to be skinny too far and exercise compulsively, purge yourself or starve yourself, just to fit into clothing made for a shop mannequin.

Years ago, people made their own clothes to fit themselves or their loved ones, because you had to, or because you wanted something unique. Every item was hand-crafted lovingly. And it was part of everyday life.

Old sewing patterns (via Pinterest)

Now, paying someone else to make clothes for you is commonplace and we don’t have to time to make our own. We let others dictate what we wear, when to wear it, or how to wear it. It doesn’t matter how much you spend: if it makes you look better than anything or anyone else, then the cost is worth it.

But is it?

With the fashion world as it is today, the odds are that our clothes will be out of fashion in a few months, or even weeks. Then we find ourselves back at the beginning again.

I buy one or two key items in each season which will work with anything and which can be adapted to any season, that way I spend less money but feel comfortable in the clothes which I picked carefully.

Fashion is like a story: you pick out the most important bits which are useful to you:

  • In fashion, you can pick a leather jacket which will work with most outfits, maybe in black or brown.
  • In fiction, from Cinderella, you can pick out the message in the story: If you pretend to be something you’re not, it will inevitably backfire on you, so being yourself is usually the best thing to do, if you’re lucky, you might be appreciated for that.

Cinderella’s transformation (via Pinterest)

The spell wore off at midnight… (via

Fashion magazines are beautiful stories about that tiny percentage of people who look “perfect” but who have their own flaws underneath the image which they portray.


Life is too short to worry about fully conforming to the standards set by the fashion industry – be healthy and happy the way you are.

Reality is more beautiful than make-believe.

Book bed in Anthropologie (via the blog “Runs with Scissors in Suburbia”) -click image to access the blog.

I found this great bookish idea on a random blog post about the shop Anthropologie! Never thought of this before! I would love a bed made of books, and you wouldn’t have to get up to find a book!

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It’s that time of year when you start thinking about gifts for Christmas. I have been doing some research and come up with some rather cool ideas for gifts for anyone who likes all things to do with books! Or even just a sneaky little gift for yourself… i won’t judge you! :D Just click the pictures to be taken to the original website for these gifts! For foodie types perhaps this will tickle your fancy:

“Recipe for Murder: Frightfully Good Food Inspired by Fiction” by Esterelle Payany (via The Literary Gift Company)

A recipe book full of meals based on literary ones! For those of you who like a drink:

“Tequila Mockingbird – Cocktails with a Literary Twist” by Tim Federle (via The Literary Gift Company)

This witty-titled book has some equally amusingly named cocktails inside it, from “A Cocktail of Two Cities” to “Bridget Jones’ Daiquiri” and so on! They sound quite good, but i’m not an expert! Of course, if you’re more of a tea and coffee sort of person, you could always try drinking your preferred tipple out of one of these grammatically correct mugs:

Grammar Grumble Mugs (via The Literary Gift Company)

If you’re like me and find these common grammar errors annoying, then this will appease you! Or you could be mean and give one to someone guilty of such grammatical crimes and teach them the correct usage! If you’re like me and love words and the English Language, then you’ll love these books:

Mark Forsyth’s Gemel Edition: A Box Set Containing the Etymologicon and the Horologicon (via Amazon)

I own both these books and i’m fascinated by the weird and wonderful words which the English language has created and forgotten! If you want something really special, check out The Folio Society’s beautifully bound books, such as:

“Anne of Green Gables” by L.M. Montgomery (via The Folio Society)

They do more than just fiction books, so there’s something beautiful for everyone! See their full collection here: If you are into something a bit more history- and art-related, maybe have a look at this book:

“The Library: A World History” by James W.P. Campbell and Will Pryce (via Amazon)

This book has some lovely photographs of libraries and tells you all about the history of them. If you’re the sort of person who happily shares their books with friends and family, maybe you need this:

Personal Library Kit (via Present Indicative)

This cute little set is perfect for logging your books and keeping track of the books you’ve lent out to people! Maybe one for those who are a little bit possessive about their books! Maybe you don’t want a gift, and just fancy a trip somewhere. How about visiting the brand new Library of Birmingham?! It is a beautiful piece of architecture and houses many floors of books!

The Library of Birmingham (via their official website)

It might look a bit like it’s wrapped in chicken wire but it is really modern and beautiful inside! It’s also worth a visit just for the views from the top! Or you might want to visit Waterstones Piccadilly, Europe’s largest bookshop with eight floors, six of which are devoted to books!

Waterstones Piccadilly, London (via their official website)

You could browse their many books, go to one of their many events, or just have a drink in the cafe or their 5th View bar!  The shop is open til 10pm most nights which is amazing and meant i was in there for hours in the evening i visited back in April! For information see: If you’re a big fan of books and especially using your local bookshop, then maybe you would like to buy a “Books Are My Bag” tote bag:

BAMB tote bag (via the official BAMB website)

Buy your bag now and support the cause!

If you like typography, you might like these lovely mugs:

Typo Collection Mug – Letter L – Typo (via Made In Design)

Or maybe something a little more festive:

Wood Typography Vintage Style Christmas Sign by NOSY ROSIE DESIGNS (via Not On The High Street)

And last but not least, if you’re a bit sick of “Fifty Shades of Grey” and have a immature sense of humour then maybe you would like this:

50 Shades Of Brown Loo Roll (via Amazon)

I am, of course, joking about this! It’s probably not worth buying but looks highly amusing! The things they come up with…. And on that bombshell, we come to the end of my list of bookish goodies! Maybe you have found something suitable or maybe you just had a laugh at the amount of bookish gifts available, but i hope you enjoyed this blog post!