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INSIGHT : Her World – A 15 year Old Talks


What do I do in my spare time?

In my spare time I tend to dither between two extremes.
Extreme number one being going out and not coming home for three days- going to gigs and house parties, friends houses, festivals and big cities. I tend to befriend people older than myself so spending a couple days in Glasgow or at some bizarre hippie festival is never really an issue with my lovely parents.
We love going to see live music- our most recent ventures being a little festival on the west coast of Scotland called Knockengorroch and a Julian Casablancas and Patrick Wolf gig or two, not forgetting the  bunch of nameless ska bands we see on a regular basis.
Me my assortment of adorable misfit friends enjoy a semi permanent sofa at our favorite coffee place in Edinburgh. The Forest Cafe does cheap and organic food like humus pita breads and big pots of ginger tea! They have live music in the evenings and yoga workshops in the day time- which I am yet to attend.
Extreme number two is much less interesting and consists of sitting about in my PJ’s eating badly made potato wedges with far too much mayonnaise. I spend all day watching films, reading magazines and blogs and scribbling ideas in tatty notebooks.

Where do I shop?

My favorite places to shop in Edinburgh are Urban Outfitters, Vintage shops and Charity shops.
Urban outfitters is new to Edinburgh and although quite expensive I do shop there a lot. The interior of the shop is really beautiful and unique- it’s all bare brick walls, ancient lamp stands and mannequins, really vintage kitsch wallpapers and huge book shelves stacked high with coffee table flick throughs. Sometimes I will see an item of clothing I like but really can’t afford and I will try to find a cheaper vintage version- which involves maximum trawling.
My favorite vintage stores in Edinburgh are called Armstrong’s and The Rusty Zip- they are both hectic and full of charm and character -oh, and are very very cheap. Charity shops are so underrated! Thanks to my embarrassing and slightly pushy mother I have been wearing charity shop clothes all my life. I now have her to thank for being on the secret wonder of them. First appearances can be deceiving with charity shop clothes. I often find a dress down to my ankles and take it up to a suitable length and reveal its glory or some knackered old shoes that just need a couple buttons sewn on. When charity shopping I often come across really well dressed art students who are also after a bargain and seeing the way they dress is often really inspiring.

Magazines, blogs, music, books and films

I love love love reading magazines and keep discovering new ones recently. I really like i-D, Dazed and Confused, Pop and Lula. I started reading these overpriced wonders a couple of months ago because of their alluring covers. I love it that they don’t just focus on fashion – it’s all about film, arts and music as well. I think that reading them I feel like I’m doing more than just looking at pictures of clothes I could never really afford. Then blogs were discovered and I have been slightly addicted to reading them since! It’s far too easy to have one to many coffees and stay up until 2am reading blogs! My favorites are ‘hello mr fox’, ‘cheapskate chic’, ‘frills and thrills’, ‘lilliebe’ and ‘discotheque confusion’. I recently started my own blog which is still pretty crappy but is just a way of keeping track of media I like and thoughts and whatnot I can share with friends. I called it ‘whimsical clutter’ because its just random dreamy scraps of thoughts I’ve had and almost lost cluttered together sort of messily. At the moment I love listening to Toro y Moi, Washed Out, Tame Impala, Girls and all the classics like David Bowie, Captain Beefheart and the Rolling stones. My favorite films are Withnail and I, Performance, The Science of Sleep, Labyrinth and James and the Giant Peach. I like ancient nostalgic movies and animations. I also like some French films like Amelie, The Dreamers, Dans Paris, J’taime Paris and Belleville Rondevu.

Ambition?

I would quite like to write for one of the magazines I have previously reeled off and travel about the place taking pictures and writing stories or something. Thinking about the future and all the daunting prospects it will bring is pretty terrifying but the more I think about it the more I see I would probably be happy as an infamous mummy in a pretty house who can afford to eat good food and buy nice clothes. A friend of mine really wants to be a photographer and has the ambition and drive. She has worked so hard to get the money she needed to buy a decent camera and takes pictures regularly. She will round us all up and instruct us to bring our prettiest clothes and a picnic and we will all up and run off somewhere like a field, a forest or a scrap yard.

A Scrapyard Tea Party

Internet

Blogs, Youtube, Facebook and email i guess are my main sites. I really love the site ‘style like u’ where people with great wardrobes rake through them and talk about them for you. Facebook is a really great way of sharing pictures and sending out invites to events. The instant chat is annoying and temperamental but can be helpful when you want an immediate reply from someone.

Nice things

My favorite look for models at the moment is the flat messy curly hair with a middleish parting – I love models like Lara Stone, Abby Lee and Georgia Jagger for their big lips and gappy teeth. The actress Anna Paquin also has the gappy teeth thing going. I love slight imperfections in people. Sometimes it’s the imperfections that make them look perfect. I love fish tail plaits in blond hair and red lips on pale skin. I really love the knackered old boots with bleached out jeans and baggy vests or ankle socks and a little nautical dress or night gowns and plaid shirts. I love mixing different eras together. At the moment I really love mixing sort of victorian under garments and nightwear with nineties grungy boots jeans and over sized shirts hoodies and jackets. I love high heeled lace up ankle boots that look to big for the body they are attached to and little blazers. I love bleached out and over exposed photography and really fantastical set ups like Tim Walker does.

Who do I admire and not admire?

I really like Coco Sumners style- I’ve seen her wearing pajama tops as day shirts which is completely off the wall but I really like her staple of little denim cut offs, a stripy t shirt and a tartan scarf. I don’t know how she makes it work but she does!

http://stylelikeu.com/

http://discothequeconfusion.blogspot.com/

http://www.hellomrfox.blogspot.com/

Beauty Routine

I am fairly relaxed with my beauty routine- I don’t even think what i do has much routine. Really it all depends on things like whether I have had enough money that week to buy another face scrub or gel or whether I am at a friends or extremely tired. Usually I will take off my makeup with a basic wet wipe and then rinse my face with cold water after brushing my teeth but its not exactly like that leads to amazing skin as I don’t actually have amazing skin. My skin usually improves by not using posh skin products and just drinking lots of water and using a good moisturizer.  My favorite moisturizer is a really thick and heavy butter from Crabtree and Evelyn. It’s nutmeg, cardamom and coco butter or something equally yummy. Living in the cold and windy Scotland can lead to really icky dry skin if you’re not careful.

For about two years I have permanently used what I believe to be the best concealer in the world. It’s just a Max Factor Pan Stick except it is so very thick and smells great. Its actually not very kind to your skin but it does hide all the imperfections I can’t be bothered dealing with. On my eyes I only really wear mascara these days and I’m not fussy as to which brand it is or anything. I usually wear bright red lipstick on a daily basis just to brighten up my appearance and give my boring school uniform a bit of a kick.

Diets

I go through fazes of hating my figure – the enormous hips my dear mother kindly gave me go in and out of fashion with me. Sometimes I will do everything I can to hide them and other times I will want to accentuate them to their…umm most accentuated? Most of my friends have really speedy metabolisms so they don’t have to worry about anything…but a couple of friends have really unhealthy dieting habits. When I diet I live off tuna fish, salad, dried and fresh fruits and nuts but that never lasts very long and I always cave in to cravings. Most friends just cut out most of the food they need to live off which also never lasts long. It just ends up that when we go out they do daft things like drink vodka (on account of it being less calorific than wine or something) on an empty stomach. So I have basically just came to the conclusion that everything I do and eat, I should do and eat in moderation and I should stay healthy and alive!

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BEAUTY : Trend – Young Skins

Trend-Young-Skins

INSPIRATION : Teen bracelets

I was at Pure yesterday and spotted a teen girl wearing the cutest, eye-catching array of bracelets.  Thought they were quite inspiring. 

 

Lauren bracelets

RESEARCH SWATCH : 16-17 year olds talk about their lifestyle

Sample : 10

Age : 16-17 / female 

Profile : Boarding school 

Location : York

 

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 FASHION BRANDS?

Although top of the list are high street names such as Zara, Top Shop and H&M, I was really surprised to see how many the high end and luxury labels were also referenced such as Chloe, YSL, Balenciaga, Gucci, Vivienne Westwood and even Alexandar Wang.  Although the latter are mainly ‘desire’ brands, my trustee intern confirmed that several of her schoolfriends actually owned pieces by these brands as well.  Not only is this age group really fashion savvy, but they are also entering the designer world at an execptionally young age.

TELL ME ABOUT YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE?

Most of those interviewed had some kind of beauty routine going – notably cleanse, tone and moisturise. There seemed to be little interest  in using products with SPF – although some did mention that their moisturisers already had SPF in them.  They are not concerned with wrinkles and aging yet.  All girls wore make-up daily.

ARE THERE ANY BEAUTY PRODUCTS YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT?

Everyone responded with makeup as the must-have beauty product (no mention of skincare or accessories such as a hair brush or hair straighteners).  Again, I was surprised by the grown up selection of brands : Mac was the unanimous winner for this group, and for the other choices, think premium department store beauty and you get the picture.  One girl considered Elemis her beauty essential – an interesting answer given this brand is targeted at an older market, plus it doesn’t have the glitz and glamour of a beautiful fashion brand and/or aspirational ad campaigns behind it – this is possibly a brand handed down from mother to daughter?  

DO YOU FEEL HAPPY WITH YOUR BODY IMAGE?

The girls were generally contented with their body image which was nice to discover (although how much anyone would reveal about this personal issue in a quick snapshot survey is hard to know!). 

SIZE 10 OR SIZE 0?

70% would rather be size 10, 10% would like to be size 0 and 20% were kind of in the middle ie not as small as size 0, but not as big as size 10.  

WHAT MAGAZINES DO YOU READ?

Grazia is where these girls turn to to get their fix of fashion and beauty.  Other popular publications include Elle, Heat, Closer and OK; older target media such as Vogue and Tatler were read by several.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE TV PROGRAMMES?

The Hills, Gossip Girl, soaps such as Home&Away, Hollyoaks and Neighbours, plus re-runs of Friends and SATC.  Clearly everyone has SKY at home.

WHAT ARE YOUR THREE FAVOURITE MUSIC BANDS?

I have never felt so out of the music loop as I have after reading the responses to this question. Chris Brown was the clear winner, and brands mentioned twice or more included Avril Lavigne, The kooks and Rihanna. Less familiar to me, but seemingly popular amongst this set are Tegan&Sarah, Danity Kane, The Long Blondes, Sean Kingston, Sarah Bareilles, City and Colour and One Night Only.

WHAT 3 WEBSITES DO YOU LOOK AT MOST?

Top of the list is Facebook – it’s also the preferred social networking site amongst these girls – who’ve generally gone off MySpace.  They search using Google, but if they want to read the news they will go to MSN.  Other popular destinations include online fashion sites such as Net-a-Porter, ASOS, TopShop and Zara – these are more for browsing than purchasing, as buying online is considered risky by some, plus the fact that you can’t try before you buy is a put off.  Some are purchasing from Ebay. Hotmail is still the favourite email provider and apparently they don’t IM that much – texting and Facebook pretty much covers it.

HOW IMPORTANT IS YOUR MOBILE PHONE TO YOU?

No major surprises here but these girls can’t live without their mobile phones to keep in touch with their friends.  Functions used most are ringing, texting and sending photos.  Popular designs have been the Prada and Armani phones and new on the wish-list is the Samsung Tocco.  Apparently apple iphones were cool when they first launched but momentum hasn’t kept up and there was less interest with the new version which launched recently (the reason for this was unclear other than a general feeling that they did not live up to expectation).  Actually, when it comes to apple – the ipod is king to these teenage girls – followed by the apple macs and the iphone last.

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INSIGHT : 4 Random questions for my 17 year old intern

My name is Lydia, I’m 17 and I live in York. This week I have come to London to do work experience for Jess at FashionBarn, and she has asked me to write a bit about my life.  She gave me a list of random lifestyle questions to choose from, and here are the four which I chose to answer.

What do I do in my spare time?

Generally in my sparetime I hang out with my friends by going to the cinema and shopping in town. At school I study drama, so something I like doing when I have free time is going to the theatre. Even in my short visit here I’m going to see the Lion King, which I am really looking forward to. I also study art and have a big passion for fashion so I spend most of my time shopping, reading magazines, surfing the internet researching fashion schools, and drawing designs.

Jess wanted to know whether me and my friends like to hang out in coffee shops such as Starbucks, but we only really walk around and go to each others houses.

Who do I admire and not admire?

I watch a lot of TV and one of my favourite programs is The Hills. I really admire Lauren Conrad who is a fahsion student in LA and interns for Teen Vogue. I think I admire her alot because of her lifestyle and what she’s doing within fashion. She is a good example of what can be achieved in the fashion industry and I really admire her for that. Another celebrity I admire is Ashlee Simpson. I think she seems like she has fun and I like her music. Although she has had plastic surgery I think she is a genuine person who isn’t afraid to be herself.

Someone I don’t admire is Amy Winehouse purely because of how she lives and how she let her fame affect her life. However, I really like her music.

What brands do you like and desire?

At my school most of my friends and myself really like Vivienne Westwood jewellery. Although it’s been around for a while we are still wearing it and think is really chic and cool. Another brand I like is Ugg Australia, although there has been debates on whether they look good or not, I find mine really good for winter to keep warm and love wearing them.  Some girls at school have Chanel bags and Balenciaga bags are also popular.

Another brand I think is cool is a shop called Octopus. I go there when I want to buy a gift for one of my friends or sister because they do quite mad and funky stuff and its a good place to go to buy a random gift.  Benefit make-up is a brand which I don’t particularly wear alot of but I love the brand because I think the packaging and advertising is really fun and bright and all their products have cool names.

If I gave you £100 to deck out your fridge, what would you fill it with?

I love chocolate and especially Galaxy so I would buy alot of that. I would have fruit such as bananas, apples and strawberries because these are also good to have with a chocolate fondue with friends as well as a healthy snack. I eat alot of chicken, in sandwiches and on its own even mixed with pasta and also tuna for another sandwich filler. I would also buy pasta and sauces to go with them because thats mainly what I live off when I’m busy with school work and need a quick meal. I would buy yoghurts too, especially Muller Light ones, my favourite being strawberry and toffee flavour. For drinks I would buy apple juice and Innocent smoothies, I also have recently become a fan of lemon juice.

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