Thursday, 8 March 2018

Feminism and Me, Feminist Clothing and International Womens Day. March 18

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Feminism and Me, Feminist Clothing and International Womens Day. March 18

I am a feminist. 
So, what is a feminist? A feminist, by definition, in the Oxford Dictionary is 'An advocate or supporter of the rights and equality of women'.
The word equality there should have emphasis on it, because I find that as soon as you say the word feminist and/or feminism, a lot of people assume you want women to rule; that you think the female gender are far superior to the male race. Not true, one bit.
To me, it's absolutely crazy that everyone isn't a feminist. I mean, why wouldn't you want all genders to be treated the exact same?

I'd love to live in a world where women get the same pay as their counterparts whether they are men or women. If a person A is in a job and has the same roles and responsibilities of person B, regardless or whether they may have a vagina or a penis, they should be awarded the same benefits and pay.
I'd love to live in a world where the adjectives 'strong' or 'boss' aren't automatically assigned to males, and the words 'pretty' or 'cute' are all that young girls should aspire to be, despite what t-shirts may dictate.
I'd love to live in a world where a woman can decide what is happening to their body, and not have people sit in a boardroom discussing on whether or not they can make the decision for themselves to, for instance, abort a baby that is not wanted for whatever reason. #RepealThe8th

So, why do we still celebrate International Womens Day today, and do we need feminism now? 
Just one hundred years ago, women in the UK were given the right to vote. (Remind anyone else of the song in the Disney film Mary Poppins? Same.) The first women in politics, Nancy Astor, was in 1919, and many more have came, with Theresa May in power currently.
We have come a long way in the UK with womens rights, true, but despite this; we still have a long way to go, and here's why;
-10,000 women in the UK alone are forced into sex work, as many as 6,000 in London.
- 85,000 women were raped last year (12,000 men also) making it, on average, 11 attacks an hour.
- Women are being asked in job interviews when they plan on having babies, and how much time they will take off of work, whilst men are not given this question.
- Half of British women feel that they are under represented at work, and feel they are not spoken for in politics.
And there are many more points to add to this list.

Support girls, influence others, celebrate women's achievements, don't stereotype based on gender.
Come together on the 8th of March, and everyday;  be a feminist with me.
Visit the websites below to learn more about International Women's Day, Feminism, and to donate to the charities.

Feminist, like me? Get a top like the ones below to let the world know!
How cute would they be styled with high waisted jeans, a faux leather jacket and a beret? Yes please.

Thanks for reading this blog post, especially one about an important issue!
StephLeaMead X

Sunday, 25 February 2018

OOTD - Pink Hair, Flared Trousers and Sisterly Love. Feb 18

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OOTD - Pink Hair, Flared Trousers and Sisterly Love. Feb 18
lol at my cold goose bumped neck, hurry up Summer!  
Hey Queens!
Here's the outfit of the day post I promised to do to show off the funky flared trousers I bought in the January Sales, how amazing are they? I feel super sassy whenever I wear them and must look like an 80s dancing queen. I got a lot of looks in them today in Waitrose, maybe the look was a bit too much for the middle class, organic buying Northamptonions, apologies to the traumatised man who could not stop staring at the flares and my pink hair. (Genuinely thought his jaw may drop off, haha)

Dancing in the street, or just throwing my cardigan at my sister? We'll go with the former, it sounds better...
See what I mean about the trousers? Fxxxing amazing. They're all black, high waisted and tight at the top, then flare starting from just below the knee, and the flares move when you walk (and dance, yeah, I know right?) and I don't think I've ever owned an item of clothing more perfect before.

The trousers aren't on the ASOS or New Look website anymore, but I've found similar styles, so I'll link them all below for you! (Click them to go to the websites)

River Island Black Asymmetric Frill Flare Trousers - Via ASOS 

ASOS Leggings with Fluted Flare Hem in Black - (These are the closest match!)

Stradivarius Black Subtle Kick Flared Cropped Trousers - Via ASOS

Bershka Full-Length Black Flared Bell Bottom Trousers - Via ASOS

Flared goodness and Velvet beauties from Primark! 

The black mesh top obsession continues, and I have no plans on stopping it ever. Ever. Also how amazing do my tattoos look peeking through it? Obsessed, literally.
In my last blog post there's a link list of black mesh tops I love, so go check that out if you haven't already, here -

The Necklace I'm wearing is from the app Wish, my beautiful friend Sharon gifted me it as part of my birthday present, and I love it! I love that app, I need to do a haul of things on there one day, honestly. It's super cheap as well.

Sexy roots. I know.
Had some fun and cute photos of me and my princess sister Jessie after shooting the outfit of the day, too! Look how cute she is! I have so much love for this girl, it's unreal. She's the sweetest, most caring person, a vegetarian, and future owner of her own veggie cafe. At only 12 years old, too, what a girl. My little mini-me, for sure! I can only apologise to our Mama for her craziness, haha.

Cheers for reading guys, see you in the next post...
StephLeaMead X

Saturday, 17 February 2018

January Sales Haul 2018 - Topshop, River Island, New Look, ASOS and more.

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January Sales Haul 2018 - Topshop, River Island, New Look, ASOS and more.

Ok, so let's talk January Sales... I'm literally excited for a good old January sale all year round, and I'm not even sure why, like ASOS have a sale on permanently, all shops have seasonal sales but there's just something real special about January sales. Why is that? Is it cheaper, is it because it's just after Christmas and you can spend more money on yourself (lol treat yourself always girl xo ) or is it just because it's a glorious excuse to splurge on more clothes. I vote all of the above, and more.

To be honest, I'm quite proud of myself this year, I didn't spend a heck of a let and I bought practical things I can wear 'out-out' and even to work with a bit of styling... I'm saving up at the moment to move house and what with deposits and furniture not being the cheapest things ever, that savings account is having to be built up instead of my wardrobe. Sad times, right? I know.

Anyway, let's get into the mini haul (that I should have really posted in January but hey, we'll let that one slide...) although I've not included everything such as my cold-shouldered pink satin dress, flared black disco pants, and silver culotte jumpsuit, and more, as they're hard to photograph, so I'm going to do an outfit of the day post for those instead, so watch out for that soon!

Black Mesh Floral Embroidered Top with Stud Details - Topshop 

This mesh top is my favourite purchase of the sales I think, plus it was a bargain and a half. Originally it sold for £42 but I bought it for £12, though it later got further reduced to £5. It's no longer available on Topshop's website so I'll link some other fave mesh tops I've found online that are hella cute. As well as a picture of my gold start mesh top from River Island which I bought for only £12 too. God bless black mesh tops, especially in the sale...
River Island Black Mesh Top with Gold Stars - My Amy Winehouse tattoo peeking through!

Other black mesh tops from the interwebs - 

Primark had a January sale on too (I know, it's cheap enough already, right? But I wasn't complaining haha) and I managed to bag these lovely western black ankle booties with star studs and buckles at just £3. I wanted to buy them in every colour and manage to stop at the black #proud

There were still some in my local Primark when I went in last (Northampton, hey girl hey) so it's worth popping in to have a little look, but I'll link similar ones from online, below...

The Jeans in the picture were also purchased in the sale, they were £20 down from £45 which is pretty damn good for Topshop. I'll link them, and similar below too!

Black Front Lace-up Skinny Jeans Tall - Topshop

Black Side Lace-up Skinny Jeans - Boohoo

So there's the peek at my January Sales haul, the rest I'll show you in outfit of the day posts, and styling videos. What did you guys get in the sales? Who's excited for the next seasonal one?
Thanks for reading,
StephLeaMead X

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Etsy Giveaway & Christmas Gift Guide 2017!

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Etsy Giveaway & Christmas Gift Guide 2017!
(Giveaway is at the bottom, also video link here!

Guys, I don't mean to alarm you but... "IT'S CHHRRIIISSTTMMMAASSSS" Too early for Slade yet? Sorry, haha.

So for those of you that have been following me a while, you know that I love supporting smaller, independent business' so I always buy gifts from there, and like to encourage others to do so, too!
Etsy is a website where business' can sell their handmade, and/or vintage products, so you end up finding some really unique pieces on there, which is perfect for presents, or even just buying yourself some cool bits and bobs (cuz y'know, treat yo'self).

I've picked out three sellers on Etsy to show you guys my favourite products on there at the moment, which are ideal gifts or for yourself, because in the words of Ru Paul "If you can't love yourself, how in the Hell are you gonna love somebody else" which basically translates to "buy yourself gifts before others at Christmas because... Love yourself" right? Right...

Anyway haha, let's get started...

So this Etsy shop called Classy Burd is owned by an awesome lady Linzi who illustrates and designs the items she sells. Ru Paul fans, your gonna love her stuff, the sickening top I'm wearing is just one of the Ru merch she has, there's also Sharon Needles tops and totes, and of course prints too. Sharon Needles is literally my favourite queen, the Sharon bag is on my wishlist for sure. Such perfect presents!
Check them out with the links below...

Ru Paul 'Sickening' tee -

Sharon Needles 'Spooky B*tch' Bag -

Louis Theroux 'Gangsta' Print -

The next shop which is perfect for stocking fillers is this little jewellery store; In The Moment. I love getting jewellery from places like this, as their much more unique and more my style than what I'd find anywhere else. It's also all handmade, and you can customise some pieces and choose whether to have a chain or a fabric necklace, which makes it feel more special!
Check out the super affordable pieces below... 

Ganesha Charm with Fabric Necklace -

Lotus Flower Charm Necklace -

Snowflake Charm Necklace -

And last but not least... Cosh Illustrates! Again, the lovely owner Clara designs and illustrates all of the artwork you see on her products, which are amazing. I picked my two favourite things on the shop, surprise surprise, drag related again haha... Jeremy Corbyn in drag though, no less! She also does a Theresa May mug which says Sashay Away, perfect to buy a Torie for Xmas, haha!
The Morrissey tee is brilliant, I've wanted a Morrissey and/or The Smiths tee for ages now, so glad I have this one. I mean, he's for sure my saint, xo
Check out the mug, tee and other goodies below...

Jeremy Corbyn in drag 'Shantay you stay' - 

Black Morrissey Saint Tee -

Star Wars Princess Leia Tee -

Now for the giveaway! 
Want to win a £25 Etsy voucher, which you can spend anywhere on the site, on anything you want?
Enter below for your chance to win!

Good luck! ('and don't f**k it up' hey Ru)
See you next time,
StephLeaMead X

Sunday, 19 November 2017

New Tattoo, Faux Fur and Glitter Tights OOTD

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New Tattoo, Faux Fur and Glitter Tights OOTD

Eek, check out my new tattoo! My beautiful Amy Winehouse on my arm forever, in a gypsy, traditional style done by the amazingly talented Sophie Jess, based at Nevermore Tattoo Parlour in Daventry. (fellow vegan girly too, heeeey)
Check out Sophie's Instagram @BloodFlowersTattoo
It's my favourite piece of ink I have at the moment, though I'm torn between Amy and my dot-work Mandala on my shoulder... Adore them both!

Purple Faux Fur Coat - Miss Guided - Similar herehere  and  here.
Black and Silver Glitter Tights - Topshop
Canvas Tote Bag 'Fighting Animal Testing' - Lush
Black Fake Fur Boots - Nasty Gal
Black Mesh Spotty Top - H&M
Black and Pink Floral  Midi Dress - New Look - Similar here
Boho Silver Rings - Wish
Ganesha Silver Pendant and Black Choker Necklace -  Etsy, In The Moment UK here

Winter is definitely upon us now, and as much as I despise being cold, I really love big jumpers and fluffy faux fur coats. I want one in every colour and style, much to my partner's dismay haha.
I ordered this one from DePop, so it's second hand. It was only £30, and so warm. I searched for ages to try and find a fur coat in the style and colour I wanted on online stores and had no luck, and was so happy when I came across this on the app. I previously ordered a jacket made out of sequins from Depop too, I love it, such unique pieces on there! And you know, bargains...

The colder weather also means a lot more layering up. I still wear dresses, I just now wear them with tights, over jumpers, throw a cardigan on top, vest tops underneath and of course a big coat.
Jeans and jumpers are always my failsafe option though, but I still like to show off my style like this, I feel more 'me' then.
I've actually just ordered a pair of black lace-up corset jeans from New Look that I featured in my last blog post - so it's still unique when I do wear jeans and a tee, and I can feel good in them. They're super high waisted too, so I'm hoping they show off my small waist and make my bum look good, haha! See the jeans, here.

Also, I need to redo my hair. It's definitely high maintenance having coloured hair like this, but so worth it. I'll put some colour on it tonight, and book in for bleach at Rockabelles in Northampton soon. I might go pink and lilac after that... What do you think?

P.S I'm doing two giveaways soon, one with Etsy and one with t-shirt company Tee Ting, so watch out for those!

Have a fabulous week,
StephLeaMead X

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Wishlist - Winter Edition - BooHoo, MissGuided, NewLook, ASOS.

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Wishlist - Winter Edition - BooHoo, MissGuided, NewLook, ASOS.
It's definitely getting chilly outside now! I've bought a new big faux fur coat, the scarf has come out of the bottom drawer and I'm on a search for a knitted hat (A big chunky knitted one, if anyone has any recommendations/suggestions?!

I always get super cold in these winter months, but I still want to look and feel good in the clothes I wear, and layer up with vest tops, shirts, jumpers, kimonos and coats, it's cute, but I often have a long cardigan peeking out of my coat which looks rather odd, haha.

I hope you enjoy this wishlist I've put together, you can click the pictures to get the website up, like Asos etc. so take a look, get some inspiration and buy yourself some winter goodies! I won't lie, I've specifically got my eye on the sequin boots, I would literally wear them casually, and to the upcoming Christmas parties, of course... Also, that black chunky knit long cardigan is going straight in my basket, it's too cosy not to purchase!

Saturday, 4 November 2017

New Mermaid Hair ft. Primark and Kurt Geiger

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New Mermaid Hair ft. Primark and Kurt Geiger
Hey girl heeyyyy! This is basically a quick blog post to showcase my new, fabulous hair which I am in freakin' love with! I feel like a mermaid, a magical unicorn, galaxy girl. I feel sickening, I love it! 

It's got a few colours in, though the main three are purple, green and blue. It's so bright and colourful, it's exciting. When I went to the hairdressers (Rockabelles in Northampton, fyi, thanks Chris!) I was initially going for a charcoal grey into a lilac purple, but my hair would not take. My boyfriend said it was being stubborn like it's human. Cheers, babe. (no denying it though, haha)
p.s he stayed with me the whole day, keeping me company and got me Subway. Keeper!
I was in the hairdressers from 9-6, it was like a full day at work, and literally a full day of work for my hairdresser, eek. My hair is just too damn long, haha.
I feel much more myself with my hair coloured in this way; I've had it ombre pink, green blue and so forth in the past, but nothing as extravagant as it is now. I'm so glad I've had it done, and cannot wait to get it dyed next time. Pastel pinks and lilacs? We'll see!

You can really see the different pinks and purples in this photo, I love it!
Ripped black jeans - New Look
Black furry heeled boots - Nasty Gal
Soft velvety grey blue jumper - Primark
Opal and black choker necklace - Primark
(old, prevegan) leather and chain backpack - Kurt Geiger
Black faux fur coat - Glamorous
Matte lipstick - Lottie in shade #TBT from Superdrug

It's been around a month since I've had this hair now, and I've had to top it up once which is a bit annoying, but it's a high maintenance jobby so! It's faded and is more lilac grey on top, but it still looks amazing. If you're toying with the idea of having bright hair, for sure go for it. You'll feel great! I was scared it wouldn't suit me, or I wouldn't like it, or people would make nasty comments (the latter has happened but w.e girl, you do you ok) but I feel so super confident and beautiful. Get down the hairdressers or go buy the dye from the shop (careful bleaching though, girls!) 

Anyway, see you in my next post, peace and love.
StephLeaMead X