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“This is life’s ultimate cruelty. It offers us a taste of youth and vitality, and then it makes us witness our own decay.” Lisle Von Rhoman in ‘Death Becomes Her’

Hello! On the homepage is my #stylechallenge picture from the French Connection ‘From Sketch to Store’ shoot..  I’d appreciate it if you’d ‘like’ it on facebook HERE – had a lot of fun being a girl and trying on all the different outfits!

In other fashion and health news.. I was invited to the SkinCeuticals store last night in central London. To be honest it isn’t a skin care brand I was/am familiar with. I’ve been in my 30’s for… oh a few years now… and trying to pause the signs of ageing is of course…ever more important (shit, shit, shit didn’t think getting older would actually happen!).

The last time I asked advice from a skin care assistant she declared that I couldn’t be ready for anti wrinkle cream yet as I must have only just left puberty. But isn’t that the whole point of anti wrinkle cream? You want it to er stop the wrinkles before they come not afterwards? Isn’t it too late then?

I don’t know. It’s all so confusing! Is the answer to that. But that’s what I’ve been trying to do anyway.

When I entered the SkinCeuticals store and took a seat – my initial reaction when we were fed a talk on the effects of botox, etc was admittedly a bit freaked out. I am afraid of procedures like that.

So when they moved on to talk about their antioxidant cream I felt a little more relaxed. Ok. Creams. Good.

The idea behind their skin cream is that it is high in antioxidants. Apparently when we eat something containing antioxidants – our organs are the first to utilise the benefits. And our skin which battles daily pollution and the harsh chemicals of the world is the last to reap the rewards. The SkinCeuticals formula is meant to penetrate and feed the skin and protect it from ageing and SkinCeuticals claims to be “one of the only companies to provide scientific evidence to support its products’ claims”. Let’s face it – if you’ve ever stood in the aisle of Boots trying to choose a cream that actually does what it says on the tin it can feel pretty overwhelming..

So I went in for my skin dialysis – where I had to stick my head in a little box – that highlights if your skin has had skin damage from the sun. To be honest anyone would purchase the cream after that horrific experience. Honestly, I nearly had a heart attack – ‘what the hell is that!!’ my mind screamed as I was shown a picture of all the skin damage I had culminated over the summer. Damn you heat wave!!!! And I use SPF’s daily. So I was also a little surprised.

So SkinCeuticals have given me some lotion to try..

The Redness Neutralizer – which combats environmental triggers of redness…

The Phloretin CF which is a high performance broad action antioxidant which is meant to prevent premature signs of aging and correct existing photodamage…

And some Mineral Radiance UV Defense SPF 50 UVA/UVB protection.

I will let you all know how I get on with these.

I suppose the best thing about ageing. Is that it is a gradual process. And I aim to stay in the preventative category for as long as I can..

I mean who’s to say… when I hit forty that I won’t have botox.. I mean I don’t know how I will feel when my face looks older. I don’t really know if botox is a good or bad thing.. I don’t know how I feel about it all.  Hopefully… I won’t give a… 

“She also considered very seriously what she would look like in a little cottage in the middle of the forest, dressed in a melancholy gray and holding communion only with the birds and trees; a life of retirement away from the vain world; a life into which no man came. It had its attractions, but she decided that gray did not suit her.”  A.A. Milne, Once on a Time

 

“Or, rather, let us be more simple and less vain.” Jean-Jacques Rousseau

I’m listening to indie dance Suzuki Method.. they are produced by David Tolan (Delphic, Primal Scream) and Jim Spencer (The Doves, The Vaccines, New Order) and are made up of brothers and founders Adam and Glen Leishman, Michael Mathews, David Boyd and Ben Hounslow who came together during the Salford riots.

Becki Bx

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Photo highlights of our backstage experience at Reading Festival 2013..!

Cameraman/Photography: Phil Timm – click here for his LinkedIn.. 

With thanks to Oliver Bonas and Fashion Union for the clothing… I am wearing:

Oliver Bonas Prom Dress £75

Oliver Bonas £75

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fashion Union Striped Bow Skater Dress £25

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fashion Union Red Skater Dress £20

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Chk back soon for the Reading Festival Video Highlights

I’m listening to Angel Haze whose lyrics are extremely explicit but very powerful.. so beware:

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I was 17 when I went to my first festival. Reading Festival. And this year ohDearyme is lucky enough to be going as guests of the festival this weekend! I am busy making a list of all the bands I can’t wait to see (GREEN DAY! Haim!!)… But in the meantime.. here is my recommended Festival Fashion gear… All outfits can be found on www.sheinside.com except for the boots – which can be found on www.kurtgeiger.com. As you can see I have included a white dress in there. Because.. we like to live dangerously on ohDearyme…

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Be the change you want to see in the world Gandhi

She sent me some hot earrings for the Brits and her products have been worn by the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow. Here is an interview with upcoming Jewellery Designer Renee Hope. With prices as low as £2 in shops such as Primark – we pose the question – do you know where your feather earrings come from?

Medicine Productions ~ Jewellery and Accessories Link: http://www.medicineproductions.weebly.com

Designer name: Renee Hope

Location: Vancouver BC, Canada

How long have you been designing jewellery and how did you get into it?
I had been living in rural parts of BC where there were Native Indian communities. The older Aunties I had become friends with began to show me how to make some traditional Native Indian crafts so I started to learn how to use feathers and hides and some beading. I still make some Medicine bags and Smudging Fans that I sell. I wore feathers in my hair at DJ parties, electronic music festivals and raves. In the summer of 2009, I was at an remote BC electronic Music Festival when I bought my first pair of feather earrings. I lost one that first night when dancing. I bought a second pair and wanted to take them all  apart and re-make another pair. A friend vending at the festival loaned me her tools, and I made my frist pair. When I returned to the city, I bought the tools and supplies. I started making only earrings for myself but soon people starting asking me to make them some. It took off and soon stores were asking me to supply them. I later learned from a fly fisherman how to perfect my threading of the feathers, and I felt that I was ready to expand my business. I opened 2 shops online at ETSY – Medicine Productions and a second design line for brides called Wedding Originals.

You make animal friendly accessories tell me a bit more about that? Why is this important to you?
I want to acknowledge that other beings are dying for some of the materials I use. This is especially true for most of the feathers used for fashion. All the store-bought feathers are from killed birds. I want to minimize the harm by trying to purchase as many of my feathers as I can that are naturally molted and I network with farmers and wildcrafters to do so. All my parrot feathers come from a Parrot sanctuary which houses 70 parrots rescued from illegal animal trafficking. I use fur and leather that has been up-cycled. This means my fur and leather comes from something like a vintage fur coat that I’m making into something else. That way new animals don’t have to die. I never use new fur or leather.

Tell me more about the accessories you have sent me – where did you get the inspiration for them from and how did you create the butterfly earrings…? They are made from specially bred rooster feathers..  They are the most popular pair I have ever made. I think its because butterflies represent freedom, beauty, and transformation. Humans love butterflies! Once I started adding charm and extra things to my feather earrings, I decided to try dangling wings with the feathers. Everyone loves how they look, swing, and I think they feel so pretty to wear. These earrings are made with specially bred rooster feathers, which come from only 2 farms in Pennsylvania, USA. These farms have perfected breeding these roosters that have very long neck feathers – called micro-fibre feathers. These feathers were preferred for making the best fly-ties for fly-fishing. These two farms easily supplied the fly-fishing industry for 35 years now. Suddenly the whole world started wanting feathers for the fashion industry – the feathers are very silky and can be treated just like hair – they can be shampoo’ed, blown-dried, and curled with a curling iron. These micro-fiber feathers stay in great shape as hair extensions, and stay in excellent condition for a very long time as feather earrings. With the global demands from the fashion industries and hair salons buying all these feathers last year, it became very hard to buy any. Last year’s supply sold out and this years was pre-ordered. Its becoming very hard to find these feathers at all anymore.

How did you get into fashion?
I’m self-taught and just try to make the most beautiful, fresh, and highest quality creations I can.  I get a lot of inspiration from great stylish artists like Alexander McQueen especially his Savage Beauty, Lady Gaga and Courtney Love. I’ve made replica earrings worn by Gwnyeth Paltrow and Kat Von D. But I get most my inspiration for designs from my own involvement in the underground counter-culture community, where exotic tribal styles blend with eclectic steampunk. This scene produces art and fashion that is exciting, fresh and unique.

Do you have any inspirational quotes for me?
I aspire to Gandhi’s quote: “Be the change you want to see in the world”

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Hello..! So I’ve been busy busy busy cultivating my outfit for the prestigious Brit Awards 2012 (I’m Brit Girl 2012 for Company Magazine! Remember?!)

Do make sure you check back here as there will be the opportunity to WIN the Blue Butterfly earrings I’m wearing (sent directly to you from Canada and worth $300 so keep your eyes peeled for that.. )

This is what I’ll be wearing…

Dress by Ruby Ray: Designer (pictured) Juliette Offenbach COST: £140



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get the outfit! LINKS:

Dress: RUBY RAY OUTFITS
Shoes: PIED A TERRE
Earrings: MEDICINE PRODUCTIONS
Bag and Jacket: PAULE KA

Any questions for the acts!? Tweet me now! @ohDearyme

Love this from Athletes in Paris one of my favourite new bands right now.. to be released on the 19th March…

Becki Bx

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