Thursday, 27 November 2014

Makeup does not change who you are

I always hear women say mean things about other women, mostly because they feel superior or want to make themselves feel superior simply by not putting on makeup. In this society there is some kind of crazy idea that makeup changes a person. This is even more evident in an academic environment. If I tied my hair back and wore no makeup I would probably be taken more seriously at uni than if I wore lipstick and eye liner. Why? because girls who spend time on their appearance aren't supposed to be smart, they're supposed to just stare into the mirror. Wearing makeup doesn't block information from being processed in my brain, where does this even come from? If you wear a hat or socks or have a tattoo does that make you any less intelligent than someone who doesn't? 

It really upsets me because I feel so strongly that we should support each other and we should all be equal. You do NOT have to put someone down to make yourself feel better about yourself and your choices. You can make you feel great without tearing someone else down.

 I don't wear makeup to attract guys, I wear it because I like it. I love the routine and the fact that it is five minutes out of my day that is mine. I love how creative it is and how it changes with time. I am happy with how I look, I can leave the house without it. I am 21 years old and I have skin that I am okay with, I don't need it to fill a void and I don't need it to make myself happy. I do not stare at a mirror all day, I have a life to live. I have dreams and rough patches, I have sad days and happy days. No matter what someone puts or doesn't put on their face we are all human and we all have complex lives. The 'Barbie' myth is just a myth. 

I just want us all to live in a world where we accept each other and understand that we are all unique, beautiful people with our own lives. Sometimes we get caught up on the exterior and stereotypes, but as women I think we need to go beyond that.  If you don't want to wear makeup thats okay! You don't have to wear it and not wearing it doesn't make you any less beautiful and wonderful. Conversely, it is alright to wear makeup, it doesn't make you any less intelligent or take away your humanity.

I hope you have all gotten something out of this and I hope it made sense. These are just my thoughts and of course, you can disagree. 

Alecia xx

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Outfits of the week: indecisive weather edition

Hello! I've been working my little butt off for exams and finishing up with my assignments for the year so much that I've nothing crafty or sewing related to show you (Bad Alecia!). However since I have been trying to get out of the house more to try and break up my study blocks I thought I would show you some outfits that I have been wearing the last week. The weather has been so indecisive, It's as if you get all four seasons within the week....which is not always bad. I shudder to think of the 40+ heat waves in the coming months so I'll be happy to hold onto the cooler weather for a bit longer.

Dress- Dangerfield (old)
Bag- Vintage
Shoes- Zara
Lipstick- Santa Baby lip tint from Lush

Dress - Target (old)
Bag- Vintage
Shoes- Zara
Tights - Woolworths

Lipstick - Australis Velour lips in NY-CEE 

Please forgive the lighting and different backgrounds, I am still trying to find the best place to take pictures. I hope you all have a lovely week and to all those going through end of year exams, good luck! 

-Alecia xx

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

'Sucking at something is the first step to being sorta good at something'

Where does fear come from and why, oh why does it stop us from moving forward. 
Exhibit A: this skirt. This skirt is a long project in the making because to be honest I am terrified of curved hems. One of the very first garments I made had a curved hem and that did NOT go well. So here I am a psychology student afraid of bikes and curved hems....button holes, knits and failure in general. The funny thing is that all those things I am afraid with in relation to sewing are things I tried to do above my ability. I wonder if I had resisted the temptation to throw myself in the deep end would I still be afraid. I wonder if we should be more careful to pace ourselves, however making juggling balls and pillows in home economics is only a fraction as cool as making your own dress. Mistakes happen and I guess part of sewing is accepting that and working past our fears. To put it in the words of Jake from Adventure Times 'Sucking at something is the first step to being sorta good at something' and when it comes to skills like sewing I think you've just gotta put your big girl (or boy) knickers on and get through it, baby! Everybody has a skill they're scared of, I'm pretty sure even really amazing sewers are challenged by things. Maybe we need to celebrate fear as a part of learning instead of pretending we are perfect.

What sewing related skills are you afraid of?
Alecia xx

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Sunday update

My boyfriends photography makes studying look way more glamorous than it is. My sewing and photo taking has been falling so far behind. I'm such a terrible blogger. This is why though, I'm at the pointy end of my first year at uni and drowning under assignments and exam revision. I put a lot of pressure on myself and it often leads me to neglect things other than studying, such as blogging, cleaning, sleeping and leaving the house.

Yes, that is a block of top deck on top of my neuroscience textbook.....priorities!

I hope you all have had a wonderful week.
-Alecia x