Sunday, June 17, 2012

Homophobia in Fashion

I'm finishing up my masters in Journalism this summer.  I CANNOT wait to be finished. My thesis is about homophobia in fashion. 

 In my opinion, it's all related to prescribed gender roles and stereotypes.  In order to understand the world around us we create labels and expected norms and behaviours.  For so long fashion has had a female connotation, however it most certainly is NOT just for us lovely ladies!!! Many men have either been labeled as homosexual or have been harrassed with homophobic comments just because they either partake in fashion dressing or have a job in the fashion world.  Why is this?  

Through research about gender roles, the male and female genders are seen as polar opposites; because fashion is seen as being feminine it is seen as being against what is considered masculine.  Many heterosexual men who turn away from fashion because it has a feminine connotation seem to do so almost as a way of solidifying and reinforcing their male identity.  ‘’The cultural gender belief system suggests that masculine and feminine gender roles are distinct, stable, and tied to biological sex.  The concepts of masculinity and femininity are viewed as polar opposites.  People who have some traits of a prescribed gender role are expected to hold other traits of that gender role as well. ‘’ We then assume that if someone does not conform to a particular gender role (i.e. appearance, interests, personality traits) then that person ‘’must hold other traits of the opposite sex’’ (i.e. sexual attraction). (Herek, 2003)

What we need to realise is that this is a kind of sexual prejudice that is still alive and well within many cultures. There is such a casual homohobic attitude in terms of labelling or calling someone gay.  Why is fashion and homosexuality seen as something negative? Why do we automatically think of someone's sexual preference according to what they're wearing? Why would we even care? A nice outfit is a nice outfit, simple as is it not? 

What do you guys think? 

Sunday, September 25, 2011


This past weekend was two nights full of fashion thanks to Lockdown Models and Fashion TV.  Besides being full of excitement to see this years new designs from some of the most creative and talented people around, part of the whole experience is finding the perfect outfit.  Here are the outfits I went with for each fashion party.

Cork Fashion Week at the Blue Haven Hotel

(here is me (in the sheer dress, with my lovely doctor and model friend Sarah)

And here is what I wore for the seccond night at Triskel Church:

(hard to see from the lighting but the pants are a dark purple)

What do you  guys think? 

Monday, September 19, 2011

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

My Buy of the Day

So I've been looking around for a black clutch, but I am not a fan of the ordinary at most times.  I wanted something kinda simple but that had plenty of attitude and confidence behind it.  So I began searching and I found this: a black clutch, all simple except for the fact the the top is skull and gem stone brass knuckles style.  So it almost look like you have a full set of rings on when you're holding it.  Couldn't help myself- instant no brainer of a buy.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Nevermind the hair try Ombre Nails

Sorry it's been a while guys.  I was away in sunny Spain cooking away under the sun.  But here's a quick beauty tip for you guys while I finish unpacking.

We all know that the Ombre hair style was uber popular this year, but how about trying ombre nails?  If you've got lots of nail colours to choose from that are quite similar- lucky you.  Doing this artsy manicure should be a cinch.  The trick is to not deviate too far between colours.

Here is an easy and pocket friendly way if you don't have lots of similar nail colors in your collection. 

Start with four little paper plates and toothpicks.
  1. Apply base coat on nails.
  2. Clean off an empty polish bottle brush with nail polish remover.
  3. Paint your pinky nail the darkest color.
  4. Then apply a couple drops of the dark color on a plate and add one drop of white. Mix color together. Paint your next finger nail.
  5. Allow each nail time to dry before applying second coat of color. Clean off polish brush each time.
  6. For third nail, use 2 drops of white mixed into the dark color. Paint nail.
  7. Continue adding more white to dark polish for each nail you paint, making the color more gradiated as you go along.
  8. Finish with top coat.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

No More Lipstick On Your Teeth

Who doesn't love wearing a bombshell red lip color every now and again? I know I do.  But the most annoying thing can constantly be checking to make sure that colour has stayed on your lips and not on your pearly whites.  Hello embarrassment.  Who wants to be self conscious when they should be rockin it hard core?  I certainly don't want anyone wondering what's up with my grill because my lip colour has made its way to my laughing gear. Here's a few tips of mine for you girls to make that coloured pout stay put:

1. Exfoliate.  You can use a tooth brush to gently brush away any dead skin that may be lingering.

2.Moisturize: Rub a small amount of Vaseline on the lips to avoid the colour seeping into any of the lines in the lips.

 3. Primer and Foundation: Apply a small amount of primer and foundation to your lips.  This will help the colour stay put and also aid in it not seeping into lines.

4. Lip Liner: Try choosing a lip liner that is close to your natural lip color.  This also helps to keep that colour just where its meant to be-on your lips. Colour in the lip with a lip liner that is of a similar shade to the red you are daring to wear.

5. Colour the lip: Apply your red lip colour, preferably one of the matte or semi matte kind, with a lip brush (this allows for better precision).  Blot any excess colour with a tissue as normal.  Apply a clear gloss to the 'heart' of your lip which is more the center of the top and bottom if you want those bad boys to shine.

6. Pointer finger:  Take your pointer finger and place it between your lips as if you were going to suck on it and pull your finger out.  I know it sounds silly: but it works.  This will keep that colour on your mouth and not on your teeth.

Walah! You're on your way to a perfect red pout.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

What I'm Dying to Buy

Just a few things I've found that I'm dying to buy. 

Jacket and top from Riverisland, shoes from boohoo.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Of Nightmares and Dreams: Haute Macabre

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before. 
– Edgar Allan Poe
Our dreams and our nightmares are the unspoken poetry of the mind.  Full of metaphors, symbols and sometimes disturbing images, the bastard child of our subconscious, portraying underlying motives, hopes or fears.  They are the ultimate alternate reality; a world that is never-ending, where all is fair game, there are no rules.  A place where madness and magic live in distorted harmony, where any one turn can lead you just about anywhere. 
Edgar Allan Poe was the only man of language and literature I have ever known that was able to manipulate words in a purposeful way; in a way to make you feel the stuff of dreams, of your wildest nightmares.  From the ecstasy of joy to the panic of despair. The only weaver of words that could fill our hearts with turmoil the way the pictures of our nightmares do.  I would like to present to you fashion images that for me embody the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe and the deepest corners of our mind; what is called Haute Macabre.


Hear the sledges with the bells-
Silver bells!
What a world of merriment their melody foretells!
How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle,
In the icy air of night!
While the stars that oversprinkle
All the heavens, seem to twinkle
With a crystalline delight;
Keeping time, time, time,
In a sort of Runic rhyme,
To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells
From the bells, bells, bells, bells,
Bells, bells, bells-
From the jingling and the tinkling of the bells.

Hear the sledges with the bells-
Silver bells!
What a world of merriment their melody foretells!
How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle,
In the icy air of night!
While the stars that oversprinkle
All the heavens, seem to twinkle
With a crystalline delight;
Keeping time, time, time,
In a sort of Runic rhyme,
To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells
From the bells, bells, bells, bells,
Bells, bells, bells-
From the jingling and the tinkling of the bells.


Hear the mellow wedding bells,
Golden bells!
What a world of happiness their harmony foretells!
Through the balmy air of night
How they ring out their delight!
From the molten-golden notes,
And an in tune,
What a liquid ditty floats
To the turtle-dove that listens, while she gloats
On the moon!
Oh, from out the sounding cells,
What a gush of euphony voluminously wells!
How it swells!
How it dwells
On the Future! how it tells
Of the rapture that impels
To the swinging and the ringing
Of the bells, bells, bells,
Of the bells, bells, bells,bells,
Bells, bells, bells-
To the rhyming and the chiming of the bells!


Hear the loud alarum bells-
Brazen bells!
What a tale of terror, now, their turbulency tells!
In the startled ear of night
How they scream out their affright!
Too much horrified to speak,
They can only shriek, shriek,
Out of tune,
In a clamorous appealing to the mercy of the fire,
In a mad expostulation with the deaf and frantic fire,
Leaping higher, higher, higher,
With a desperate desire,
And a resolute endeavor,
Now- now to sit or never,
By the side of the pale-faced moon.
Oh, the bells, bells, bells!
What a tale their terror tells
Of Despair!
How they clang, and clash, and roar!
What a horror they outpour
On the bosom of the palpitating air!
Yet the ear it fully knows,
By the twanging,
And the clanging,
How the danger ebbs and flows:
Yet the ear distinctly tells,
In the jangling,
And the wrangling,
How the danger sinks and swells,
By the sinking or the swelling in the anger of the bells-
Of the bells-
Of the bells, bells, bells,bells,
Bells, bells, bells-
In the clamor and the clangor of the bells!