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  1. Brexit

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    Well now Brexit is a word that has been EVERYWHERE hasn't it?!

    Don't worry I am not going to get policial.  I just want to say that I love you all.  I have seen the media full of so many appalling hate crimes, You Tube videos of abuse, stories of leaflet passing out telling people to go home etc.  It's hard to know what to say other than it is so wrong.  It seems it has become a time that people feel their prejudices can be aired loudly, and with the comments coming from Donald Trump, it's not a good time for love, acceptance and unity.  

    I want you all to know that I love helping you all.  

    I am happy to help you if you are from the EU, from another country out of the EU, are white/black/brown/blue/green or pink (or any other colour for that matter), if English isn't your first language and we need to use a bit of Google translate, if you are from the north of the UK right down to me here on the south coast.  I'd love to help you if you are a teenager in need of confidence and support, a young clubber looking to dazzle, someone who is feeling they need a confidence boost for work, if you have asymmetrical breasts and would like to be evened out, if you have breastfeeding boobs that are in need of some love, if you are someone wanting to restore some fullness to the breast  and I would especially love to help more Grannies feel fabulous at their Grandson's wedding (true story!).  If you are heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, identify as a woman or a man, a transvestite, transexual or unsure - I am here for you.  If you are shy, uncertain, confused and in need of support and guidance - I am here for you.  

     

    I am here for you all.

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  2. Books Books Glorious Books

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    I'm not a big reader and oh how I really wish I was.  It's something I've tried to change and I'm never giving up hope!

    There are some series of books I can read so easily and be so surprised by.  Like James Herriot.  I wasn't expecting much when I picked one of his up at my Grandmother's house, but there was just something about it.  I used to watch the show on the TV, but the books were different.  Set in the 1930s, they were real stories with atmosphere and characters from his journey as a new vet, rattling around in the cars of the time in the Yorkshire Dales.  I laughed and cried and whizzed through every chapter in the entire series in no time.  So I know I can read when I find the right books, it's just that they don't come along too often.

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    I've read the odd book on and off through my 36 years on this planet, but it did get to the stage when I had 9 part read books on the go.  Yes nine, that's not so good is it.  The last couple of years have had an extra challenge to my reading. Lupus has entered my life and it's most challenging symptom is extreme fatigue.  I get so tired, even when I've only been up an hour in the morning on some days, so sitting down with a book can mean sleep time in around 30 seconds after starting.  Needless to say falling asleep is a real challenge to reading and means I don't get too far through books these days!

    I realised something I love though that could help though.  I always love wearing headphones and I love music, so I thought that I'd give audiobooks a go and woah ...they are great!  I can listen to them when I am driving, when I am cooking, doing simple tasks on the PC and other times in life when I would have popped some music on.  I can go through books as  I've always wanted to, just in a different way and a way that suits my needs better. I can completely focus on the words at times when I am not fighting to keep my eyes open.  I am fighting a losing battle with books in printed form all the while I have this extra battle with fatigue going on but I now have another avenue in to reading and that makes me very happy.

    So, the point of all this is that I've been reading, well listening to, a great book.  

    It's called Mastery and it's by Robert Greene.  

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    I seem to have gravitated towards biographies and non-fiction since finding my way to audiobooks, and I saw some great reviews that lead me to this one in particular.  It's a beast, as in really long, but I seem to have got that lovely whizzing through feeling like I did with my James Herriots.  The book is so interesting as it looks at the reasons that some people master the field that they are in.  Rather than just being a huge book of theory, Robert talks us through the lives of Leonardo Da Vinci, Albert Einstein, Mozart and some amazing contemporary masters.  It's a bit black and white at points, but I think it needs to be in order to really drive home his ideas and keep us on track with the theory and fibre of his argument at the time.  He shows us that we don't need to be born with a gift or be some special human being, we just need to find what makes us unique.  We need to keep a wide view of our calling and let life guide us through, even noticing the things we feel are our flaws, and help them guide us.  It takes practice to become a master of anything, which is something that we are not so good at during this digital and age of instant gratification. We also need a mentor who can help guide us and impart knowledge to us during our apprenticeship phase, before we break away and find our own path as we follow the last part of our journey to mastery.  It's a fascinating book and I've loved it so much it's made me write a little blog post about it.  I've even got it as a printed book now too so I can highlight bits and jot my thoughts down in.  Who knows, one day I might even be able to kick this fatigue and sit down with a cuppa and read it as well :)

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  3. My little holiday to Edinburgh

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    As you may have noticed, I took a week off this summer to head up to Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival.  I had no idea what to expect but I loved it so much that I just have to tell you about it.

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    I am not good at taking time off as I run my little shop on my own, so when I do get away it makes it extra special.  I asked my daughter where she would like to go and "SCOTLAND" fired out of her mouth faster than even requests to stay up late.  With her explanation that she wanted to learn to speak as if she was from Scooootland, I just knew that we had to go.  We booked a few nights in the city, sorted out our flights and eagerly awaited her summer holiday from school.  We were not disappointed.

    The city was amass with people giving out flyers to all sorts of shows and I wish I could have visited them all but as I had my 7-year-old with me, we stuck to the instant gratification of the street acts.  We were treated to circus performers, world music, illusionists, magicians, singers, bagpipe players, artists, comedians and so much more.  I could easily have stayed there so much longer as there is just so much to see and do.

    The electric energy in the city was fantastic with professional performers from all around the word heading over to show us their skills.  People crowded around, huddled in, gasped, cheered, clapped and sang.  It's not often that you get that kind of feeling in a city and notice so many nationalities coming together to both perform and watch.

     

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    If you ever get the chance to go, please do.  Edinburgh is my favourite city at the best of times (besides my lovely Brighton of course!), but add the festival sights and sounds and you are in for a real treat.  

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  4. Silicone Sally on... pressures placed on women by the media

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    Media and advertising are constantly putting pressure on young girls and women to look in a style or an image it wants. But why do women succumb to this pressure? When society is bombarded by images of size 8 women with tanned skin and white, straight teeth, it naturally or sub-consciously is led to believe that this is the image one must strive for. 

    But did you know that is not necessarily the same all over the world? In places likeBrazilor some countries in North Central Africa, bigger is better. Skinny women are looked upon as unattractive and local advertising gives off an image that large buttocks, well-endowed breasts and at least a size 14 or 16 represents an image of wealth, beauty and power.

    Not so, you might say, in the Western World.  Wafer thin models stroll down the catwalks of Paris, London and New York, some of whom look like they are about to snap in half should they trip and fall. The fashion industry is central to promoting the image of what is, and what is not beautiful, fashionable and in-vogue. Furthermore, it does not care if your confidence is shattered and your femininity is put into question because it focuses on profit.

    Its aim is to make money and create wealth by selling as many items of clothing/make-up/perfume as it can. As a woman begins to grow up through adolescence, she begins to feel the pressure on her femininity and her need to confirm to the magazine portrayal of “attractive”.

    In those integral teenage years, the media, led by the giant and corporate-driven fashion industry, targets them with accuracy.  It knows confidence in young girls is easily shattered. The industry promotes “that” look, assuring young girls that it is in their interest to conform through purchases, so they can boost their femininity and self-esteem. 

    The good news is that things are very slowly changing.  More and more firms are hiring normal body shapes to promote their products and more and more parents are becoming aware of the pressure their children face and educating them against it. 

    We are a small fish in the world of fashion commerce, but we strongly believe that woman of all body shapes and sizes are equal.