What Wonder Woman Wears

First up, I just want to prefix this post with a little disclaimer: I am a strictly Marvel > DC kinda gal, so I apologise up front if I say anything that isn’t accurate to the greater DC world, but Wonder Woman is the first DC movie I’ve watched in probably about 5 years or so! Also, there’s no spoilers here!

So I went to see Wonder Woman at the weekend; despite being a Marvel fan through and through, I actually thought the trailer looked pretty good, and while I’d rather chew off my leg than watch anything Batman or Superman related, I was pretty open to some kick ass girl power.

Seeing it over a week after its release date, of course I saw an initial response throughout social media, and to be honest, a lot of these tweets and posts were of very little interest to me as they discussed the plot and rated (or slated!) the film overall. What did keep catching my eye, however, were the people discussing the outfit that teenage boys reading comic books have dreamt about since 1942.

‘How anti-feminist’, ‘Why is she fighting in such a skimpy outfit’, ‘This is a step back for strong female characters’. SHUT. UP.

I’m gonna spell something out for all the people missing the point on feminism: women can wear whatever the hell they like. Does it matter what she’s wearing, if she’s inspiring a whole new generation of girls to become superheros?

I, in fact, loved that the Amazons wore what they wore. It displayed their fierceness, it showed how their bodies were strong and toned, not just skinny, and these are ideals that are so much more important for both children and women.

Would it make any difference if she was in a turtleneck and mom jeans? You’d probably find people complaining that she was too covered up and wasn’t allowed to express herself.

She saved lives. She stood up for herself. She made a difference. She had a heart and a conscience and a brain. Her outfit makes absolutely no difference in her achieving any of these results.

On another level, let’s talk about how this is the first major superhero movie to be directed by a woman. Patty Jenkins smashed it. Also, can we talk about how Gal Gadot was PREGNANT during part of the filming for this movie? I mean, if that isn’t totally incredible then what is?

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8 Reasons Cher Horowitz Is a Great Role Model

Clueless might be over 20 year old now, but we all know that as a chick flick, its as timeless as Paul Rudd himself. And while to the untrained eye, Cher might come across as a stereotypical 90s spoiled blonde, when you read between the lines, I think we can all stand to remember some of the important messages she portrays.

She wears whatever she wants

Who can honestly say they wouldn’t love her a catalogued computer system that puts together outfits for you? Not to mention she owns whatever she wears and that kind of confidence is something everyone should have.

She actually knew what she was talking about

While her school debates weren’t always the most eloquent, if you actually listen to some of the topics that she speaks about, she’s not chatting rubbish.

She always had the best intentions

Making over Tai may have had ups and downs for everyone involved, but ultimately she did it to help a new girl fit in and gained a true friend from it.

She had boy standards

She knew she wasn’t interested in any of the boys at her school, and she was totally ok with that, rather than chasing random guys for no reason.

And she wasn’t afraid to say no

Telling Elton to get stuffed and getting out of the car after he tried to force himself on her is a hugely important thing to portray for young girls to learn from.

She did mind that Christian was gay

Even when she did fall for a boy, only to discover that they were both interested in guys, she wasn’t at all phased and stayed really good friends with him, rather than getting mad.

She always looked after her dad

After losing her mum at a young age, Cher took it upon herself to make sure that her dad was eating right, supported him with work and cared for him endlessly.

She just wanted people to be happy

Setting up her teachers, welcoming Tai, championing a school charity project.. You can call her a bit ditsy or think her self-centred at times, but Cher ultimately was just a nice person who wanted to make a difference.

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Room For Everyone

I think its safe to say that if you’re connected to the blogging world in any way, you’ve all read or at least heard of THAT interview by now. If you haven’t, here’s the Readers Digest version: a big influencer pretty much called out the whole blogging world for copying her, and said there’s no room for any more bloggers in the world.

Now all thats really happened as a result of this article is that she’s alienated a whole bunch of her following, made herself look bad, and united the rest of the blogging world against this idea, but its raised something that I’d like to share my thoughts on.

Whether you’re talking about the blogosphere, or the small business world, or just general friendships, nothing is mutually exclusive. Reading one blog doesn’t prevent you from reading another, buying from one shop doesn’t mean you can’t buy from another, and gaining a new friend doesn’t mean you have to drop one. The fact is, the more the merrier! It introduces diversity and different points of view; 50 bloggers could review the same product and no 2 posts would be identical. Hell its like saying that just because I already own a whole bunch of highlighters, I can’t buy another!

I design and make things which I sell on Etsy, but if I see something similar being sold by another store and I love it, I’m gonna buy it, because it means supporting someone else’s dream. If I see a blogger write a post that’s similar to one of mine, I’m gonna read it to compare opinions.

We need to stop this idea of competition, and welcome and support one another. The best bloggers are the one’s who engage with others, and I’m always grateful for every like, read and retweet. I’m always going to do my best to be supportive to others and give back to the community that has always been so kind to me.

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Getting my Butt Into Gear

As usual, I have been suffering a serious case of post-holiday blues. I don’t think I ever really got over my holiday back in February, and now having come back from another trip I feel yet another week behind myself; struggling to find motivation, or enough hours in the day.

I’ve gotta shake this.

I always find when I go on holiday, without fail I get this weird surge of motivation to buck up and get my ass back into a routine, or I find a tonne of inspiration or decide to make a change. This kicked in at the very start of my trip, and I spent the majority of the flight out to LA scribbling away in my notebook. Upon my return home, however, it’s all gone out the window..

The difficulty came out of the fact that I went straight back to work the next day, still riddled with jet lag, and then on top of that, found out that a bunch of my work shifts had changed, which already threw my plans out of sync. I’ve been really struggling to get out of bed all week, and have little to no motivation to kickstart any of the activities on the action plan I wrote on the plane.

No more.

While I can’t help the jet lag, I can help myself. It’s time for me to pull myself together and stop feeling sorry for myself. I don’t want to be the person who hasn’t got any blog posts scheduled – that’s never been me, but for the last month or so it’s a daily occurence. I’m noticing changes in my body because I’ve been either skipping gym sessions or not having time for them, and this always makes me feel worse. I need to make myself happier again, and here are a few things on my plan of attack:

Sort my Etsy store out – I have a bunch of new pocket and ear designs to get out, and I’ve just released my custom Minnie Mouse skirts, but I also need to sort out getting a proper logo and some business cards so I can promote myself better.

Declutter my kitchen – my little kitchen has been driving me mad because I haven’t had time to give it a proper re-organise, and have lacked the time to do so, but I’ve written a step my step plan of what to do so I’m just waiting for a day off to get it all sorted.

Get my blog back up to scratch – is ashamed to have gone from the blogger who has everything planned weeks and months in advance to the person who knocks something out the night before, and while I would never publish something I thought was sub-standard just for the sake of it, I’m also not as happy with some of my recent content as I have been before, and I think my stats are reflecting this. Time for change!

Put more time into THFC – I hate that I’ve let The Happiest Fitness Co suffer as a result of my slump. I love my small business but I just haven’t had the time to give to it recently, but this is going to change so watch this space!

The next couple of weeks are gonna be busy but it’s the kind of busy I look forward to, and I know it’s gonna make me feel so much better in the long run! If you’ve ever been through something similar or have any tips, please drop me a comment!

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My Thoughts on the Response to the Tinkerbell 5K

For those who don’t know, during the Neverland 5K at the Tinkerbell Half Marathon weekend, there were no character stops available on the course for runners. There are a few different rumours flying around as to the reason behind this last minute change, but the backlash was fairly substantial. Here are my thoughts on the matter..

The Tinkerbell weekend was my 5th RunDisney event, and race #9 and #10. I’ve been doing RunDisney for two years now, and while the characters are certainly a perk, the reason I participate is just to run.

During my first year of events, I didn’t actually stop for any of the character opportunities, and I still had a great time taking part in amazing events in incredible locations. Characters aside, you get exclusive access to almost empty parks, as well as a lot of backstage areas, which are pretty damn cool. Also, while the character ‘meet’s are cool, they are incredibly rushed. You’re pretty lucky if you get a few words out of the characters in the process of in-photo-out-go, for which you’ve probably queued 10-15 mins for, if not longer.

When I heard there were no characters out for the 5K, and may not be any for the 10K, I was a tiny bit disappointed, but having run this particular course before it didn’t bother me because I know its my favourite out of all the RunDisney courses that I’ve run, and to be honest, the little runner voice inside my head was actually pretty excited by the thought of running a better time, as stopping for 3-4 characters generally bumps up my finishing time by about 20-30 mins.

I can appreciate that Disney races do come at quite a premium compared to other races, and that participants have high expectations for the on course entertainment, but I consider the characters to be a perk and not a requirement, and in the same way that events can be cancelled with little to no notice due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances, other changes can be made with no notice.

This is all just my opinion on the matter, and the fact is, I’m just happy to be in Disney, and grateful for the fact that I’m able to run.

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Do What Makes You Happy

Here’s the thing: I love being creative.

I love designing and I love creating things, and while I’ve never been much good with pen and paper, whenever I make something that I am totally happy with, and that loads of people compliment, it gives me such a great sense of pride, I can’t even put it into words.

For those of you who don’t know, I have a humble little Etsy store where I sell handmade magical creations from pocket tees to custom skirts and Mickey ears, and anything else that takes my fancy, and recently its this little store that has brought me the most happiness.

I also run two small business, the newest of which being The Happiest Fitness Co, where I design and produce magical inspired fitness and leisure wear. It combines two great loves of mine: Disney and fitness, and it just reached its 1st birthday!

My other small business is actually my longest running, while I find I rarely talk about it on my blog or social media. Did you guys know I’m also a cake decorator? I’ve been doing this since I was 16, alongside school and sixth form at first, and then alongside working.

I may not know exactly where my life is going, but I know I will always continue to do the things that I love for as long as I enjoy them, and I will work my little butt off to make a future for myself doing the things that make me happy.

What makes you happy?

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Daily Thoughts of a Blogger

Its safe to say that blogging is definitely more a way of life than it is a hobby. Once you enter the world of flatlays and food photography, you also enter a whole new mindframe, and you’ll probably find the same thoughts popping into your head on a daily basis..

  • Good morning world, is it sunny enough to take good blog photos today?
  • Will I be able to get a good enough selfie to justify the amount of time I’m spending on my makeup?
  • OOH LOOK, my Instagram follower count has gone up!
  • (10 mins later) Never mind..
  • Should I branch out and use a different one of my way-too-many lipsticks? Nah..
  • Has my scheduled post actually gone live at the right time?
  • And did I remember to schedule any tweets for today?
  • Ooh, a post idea! Write it down, quick!
  • Why has no one read today’s post yet? Does it suck?
  • Can I get a sneaky photo of this shop display? It would work so well with my Instagram theme..
  • I wonder how many times I day the staff here watch people photograph the food
  • I want someone to take my photo but is it weird to ask?
  • Why am I not Zoella already?
  • Just sat down at my laptop and now all the inspiration I had earlier has disappeared from my head
  • I won’t spend my whole evening on Twitter *three hours later* oops
  • I checked Instagram 2 whole minutes ago, so I should definitely check it again, right?
  • WHY HAVE I LOST INSTAGRAM FOLLOWERS AGAIN?
  • I didn’t reply to a blog comment three days ago, is the person going to hate me now?
  • Why does scheduling tweets take SO LONG?
  • I’ve been great today, I should really treat myself..

And the cycle continues!

What are your daily blogger musings?

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