Sunday, 23 November 2014

The Lammily Doll: Interview with the Creator

Hello Everyone!
I hope you've had a great week and I see that a lot of you have recently been putting your christmas trees up already which is kind of early for me. I usually put mine up during the second week of December, but since are family are feeling extra festivy we are going to have it up during the first week woohoo! But anyway, I know a lot of you are still waiting for December to start to get excited, so I won't babble anymore. Recently, a doll has gone viral, causing controversy and mixed feelings about it, so I managed to get in touch with the creator, Nickolay Lammily to see if I could ask him some questions about the doll. To give you a brief description of Lammily, I'll let you know in a short and sweet paragraph.

Lammily was created earlier this year and will be dispatched on November 28th, 2014. 13,261 backers signed up in favour of the doll, who was created with the real proportions of a teenage girl. The doll has brown hair and is much shorter and curvier than the average barbie, and comes with acne,cellulite, and other 'imperfections' that you can stick on. But before you start to think that isn't a fashion doll, stop right there. You can buy tones of different outfits seperately on the site which have really catchy names and are genuinely really stylish, something that I and many other girls would wear day to day. 

I was so excited when I found out that this doll was actually being created and sold to children, since it will show them that a doll can be popular even if it isn't tall, skinny and blonde. Don't get me wrong, people who have similar features are also beautiful, but somethimes seeing the same features on a doll is a bit boring, and since the Lammily doll is the polar opposite of the stereotypical doll, I'm excited to see how girls and boys will react. Here's the official video for the release of the doll, so you can pause your reading and check it out real quick, hurry baaack.
So as you can see, it's been raved about all around the world, and celebrities like Ashton Kutcher, and Demi Lovato have given a positive opinion on the doll. So I asked Nickolay Lamm a couple questions about the doll, and here's what he had to say about it.
Why is your doll called Lammily?
Lammily is my family name, and if you combine Lamm and the word family, you get the word Lammily. But Lammily isn't actually the name of the doll, it's the name of the company. There will soon be a feature on the site where you can get a passport for your doll, and name it whatever you want.
In one sentence, describe the features of your doll and how it is different compared to the normal doll?
The Lammily doll is meant to look like a typical woman. The doll has soft hair, an ombre blouse, denim shorts, and white sneakers. The body is made to be a typical body that a lot of women have.
What similarities does the usual barbie and lammily have? 
They are both fashion dolls.
What inspired the creation of your doll?
I went shopping for a doll as a present for a child, and saw how the wall of dolls is like a wall of supermodels. I haven't got anything against that, but I felt as if there should be more diversity in the toy world.
Do you feel like the doll will be an interest to children as much as the barbie does, and will they want it on their Christmas list for this year?
Yes! Because the doll is like a person, and I feel it's a lot more relatable. As for being on a child's Christmas list, I don't know, but I hope so!
Why do you feel like now is the time for your doll to be sold on the market?
I think it's now or never! I feel that this is the doll that people have really been waiting for.
Do you feel like the media's perception of beauty is getting out of hand?
Not really. But I do have an issue that people criticise skinny models, they are people too. It's as if saying that it's not okay to be skinny.
Do you feel like this doll will hopefully show children that spots and cellulite are normal but still beautiful?
Yes, I want to make these things mainstream so that it's not something to be ashamed of.
To finish, do you think that the media and their perception of beauty should be censored for younger children?
I think kids should definitely see what's out there and make their own decisions about everything. I personally feel they should just see what's available and make their own opinions.

Thanks for reading, and thankyou to Nickolay Lamm for answering my questions! SO what do you think of this doll, do you think it'll be a hit or a miss? Let me know in the comments below!

Sunday, 16 November 2014

AMAZON FASHION X SOLANGE AZAGURI-PARTRIDGE

Hi Everyone!
A hectic week has just flown by for me. I did my english literature speech last month and am now expected to re do it in front of the assessor who's coming in from the board. The only reason I did well was because I was in a group with all of my mates, and if you've met me in person you will know that I'm not the greatest at public speaking, so since I have that coming up on Wednesday I'm slightly freaking out, but I have downloaded an app recently thanks to my friend Hannah (shoutout to her) which helps me calm down a lot quicker and it's actually called calm.com. It's a free app and you can choose from tones of different background noises (my personal fave is the one with rain falling on the trees branches) and a lady with a lovely voice talks to you and tries to calm you down. It really helps me and I use it a lot after a hard day at school when I'm trying to unwind. But I thought I'd just let you all in on that so you can maybe try it out yourself.
So I shop on Amazon pretty much all the time. I was recently sent a £55 voucher from a company for helping them out and I have spent it all on goodies for me and my Christmas shopping since you can get practically anything from there, but I've never really taken any notice of the fashion department. It never struck me as an online retailer who had good stuff on it if you get where I'm heading at, so I basically ignored it. But recently I have been hearing of high end designers who have signed up to be a part of the Amazon fashion family, and it's quite amazing to see big designers on there, a shop where I usually go to for joke presents or maybe a book if I'm feeling adventurous. It genuinely seems as Amazon is going up in the world and earning a high position in the fashion retail industry. Solange Azaguri Partridge is the latest designer to release a collection on the site, and at a hefty price of £480 per necklace, it's not at the same price range as other things on the site. 
Photos courtesy of VOGUE
With her designs having a touch of playfulness and almost childlike essence to them, it's no wonder that something so unique and different has been seen on the necks of Sienna Miller, and Thandie Newton for a start in the celebrity world. It's surprising that these cost even more without the silver chains but designer Azaguri-Parttridge states 'Creating these items in silver makes them more affordable'. She then goes on to say that they still have the iconic designs so they are still true to what she does, and that there is not a complication with the ring sizes, and the styles appeal to any age group.

So the big question is...would you spend £500 on those necklaces? In my opinion, I think that the designs are lovely, but I wouldn't pay £500 on something that does look similar to something I could buy elsewhere for a quarter of the price, but that's only my opinion. So what do you think of this latest collab? Do you think it's a waste of your time and money or something you'd be interested to see more of on Amazon Fashion in the New Year? Thanks for reading and let me know.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Christmas Struggles and The Teen Scene

Hello Everyone!
It's been a while, I know I know, but I have the usual excuse of being so buried in work I've only just started to see my feet! First of all I'd like to tell you all about the latest lovely people who have taken time out of their lives to write about me little corner of the web, and that is Guest of a Guest. Almost three years ago I would've never thought that someone from England, let alone AMERICA would see this, and I'm literally in awe. Without my blog I'd be nowhere so thankyou to the lovely people of guest of a guest and all of you who've read my blog over the years, I adore each and every single one of you and I'm so blessed to be where I am now. If you'd like to read it I've linked it so just hover your little mouses on 'guest of a guest' and reading about people like myself.

So I'm here today to talk about that holiday that comes around every year, and that is Christmas. The first world problems we have to face during this season come in many shapes and forms, but I've narrowed it down to two that we can all relate to, and those are buying presents, and making a christmas list. As a kid, money doesn't really go through a kid's mind when they ask for something, so we would all ask for anything from a 'big ball' (a genuine present idea from my brother at the age of 8, in the end we got him an exercise ball and that seemed to please him enough), or a spaceship (another one from my brother). For me, I find it easy to buy presents around this time of year, but I tend to start october time so I can stretch out the cost, so I can still afford the christmas necessities like a jumper with rudolph's face on it, yanno, the usual. I also find myself with a problem that many people face, and that is thinking of loads of things that you want throughout the year, but when the time finally comes, you go blank. So I thought I'd start early and give you guys some ideas that I came up with from anything and everything that myself, a fifteen year old girl would like. Obviously I don't like everything that everyone likes, but I've tried to include as much variety as I can, so let me know if any of these tickle your fancy, and I will reply in the comments!

KNEE HIGH BOOTS // PERFUME // PALETTE // NAIL POLISH

So ever since watching Gossip Girl (and no I haven't finished it, I stopped watching so I wouldn't get addicted during school time) I've been obsessed with Serena's style, and I saw during the fall/autumn episodes she wore some really nice knee high boots, and ever since then I've been really into the idea of them, but since I'm short I'm not quite sure if they would suit or fit me right? However, I'll leave you to decide whether you like them or not, since they are a bit of a marmite buy. I wouldn't buy them in black probably since you wouldn't be able to see them from far away (logical Anna) so something brown would probably do me better. These are from H&M, I always go to H&M for clothes and shoes since I'm very into the laid back, bohemian chic kind of style, and I think H&M is especially good in the colder seasons, and you're not breaking the bank either by shopping there.

Next up we have the Britney Spears Fantasy Perfume 'The Nice Remix'. I've been wearing this perfume for about six months now and I've almost ran out, but I think it's a really unique smell that everyone genuinely loves. I used to wear Beyonce 'Heat', but when I ran out I figured I might as well try someone different, and as I got a free sample of this and loved it, I thought why not buy the full size! My friend who has the opposite taste to me in perfume really likes this, so I think lots of different people would be into it, and don't try and get me to describe the smell because I'm absolutely awful!

I'm really into eyeshadow, in fact it's the only makeup 'trick' I can do well, and I swear by my Sleek palette, which you can see a review of here. I won't go into much detail about them since I basically kissed sleek's bums on my last post since they are such good quality and very inexpensive. The one that I've featured above is the 'Garden Of Eden' palette, I'm a huge fan of the colours purple and green so this is a must have for me and I am well and truly in love with it!

The other beauty product that I couldn't live without is nail polish, as I'm writing this I have shocking pink nails and haven't a care in the world, I think a person's nail colour can tell you a lot about them, as cheesy as it sounds. I've always bought from Barry M and never been disappointed with their nail products, so I thought I would include some of these since I'm really into them. The latest collection I'm really interested in is the 'Aquarium' range which I think debuted during the summer, but glitter is my best friend so I really love this shade which is 'Atlantis'.


I can admit to be a bit of a gamer girl, I don't think I really publicly say it enough on my blog but I'm obsessed with nintendo, and I've been collecting the Professor Layton's ever since the first one 'Curious Village' came out. Since then, my brother sold his DS (which was mine because he'd bought another one) to buy his Playstation Vita, so I'm eagerly waiting for a new one which I'll hopefully be able to get at Christmas or if not then, in the new year. I've been really wanting to try all three of the latest Professor Layton games which are 'The Miracle Mask', 'Azran Legacy' and the one in which Phoenix Wright and the Professor join together. Since this isn't the most recent one, you can get it for quite cheap in a lot of shops.

Next up are the earphones. Now I don't know if it is just me, but I can't seem to look after earphones well enough since they break after about two weeks of buying. I've gotten some £7 Bose ones that have done the job so far, but I'm hoping to get some really good Skullcandy's soon, since I'm not really keen on spending over £100 on some Beats ones just to listen to music. I'm really liking the 'Rasta' design at the moment and think it would look really cool in.

Animal Crossing is another series that I really like and have done for the while, although instead of the Ds I had it on the Wii.

The last item of my wishlist has got to be a dream buy, and that is the Animal Crossing limited edition Nintendo 3DS XL. At a cheeky price of £349.99 it is breaking the bank for me, and I'd probably much rather have a standard 3DS so I could buy skins instead of spending almost £400 on a console. Now if you're from my school and reading this you probably think is ridiculously childish, but I have no shame anymore haha. 

Thanks for reading, I hope this helped you with ideas for yourself or for others, it's good to be back :)

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Reach Higher: Is Youtube the way to address young people's issues?

Hi Everyone!
I'm a big fan of the youtube community, I mean shamefully I probably watch more videos than I read blogs, but the point is it's a great platform for people of all ages if they use it correctly, like Tyler Oakley. Tyler is a well known youtuber that most of you will know about since he's become part of the celebrity world recently, and has worked with the likes of One Direction, Zoella, and Darren Criss on his channel. His latest collab was with none other than the first lady herself, Michelle Obama. I think the Obama family are a very down to earth group of people, and they definitely know which ways are the best to talk about problems that America is facing every day, and that's what I'm going to write about today. I know a lot of people like blogs to stick to their preferred subject, but since journalism is something I take a lot of interest in, whenever I see an interesting discussion or something happening, especially to do with young people, I like to discuss it on social media, but I'm thinking of bringing it to my blog! So let me know if you'd like to see more posts like this in the future.
I think trying to get through to young people is quite difficult these days, we definitely don't respect older people or adults like our parents did, and I think we also find it hard to listen to them when they most of the time have our best interest at heart. I know in my school we get a lot of presentations about problems and dangers we are facing at our age, and even though it may inform us for the hour that we're in the room, as soon as we step outside, we forget about it. But why is that? In my opinion, I think it's because they aren't doing it right. They're not putting these problems in a way that we, as a generation who use more time up on computers than we spend going outside, can understand. But things are slowly changing. 

In Tyler's video, they spoke about education and how important the scheme Michelle Obama is fronting called 'Reach Higher' is, but The First Lady and Tyler Oakley make the video light and fun, so it doesn't feel as if they're pressuring us. Michelle Obama has realised where she needs to go to get the attention of young people, and that's why she has had 44 cameo appearances (stats in 2012) on television, including several kids tv shows, such as iCarly, Jessie, and for younger children she's starred in Sesame Street, following First lady Laura Bush, and Hilary Clinton. She cleverly uses these cameos to boost awareness of her campaigns, and she even appeared on 'Biggest Loser' to talk about her 'Let's Move' initiative to make America healthier.
I think other countries politicians need to follow Michelle Obama's steps, since she's making America aware of campaigns through the Media even if we don't realise she is, and I respect her a lot for that. So what do you think of Michelle Obama, do you think what she's doing is benefiting America and helping or is it just another way for young people to ignore the important choices they have to face in life? Let me know in the comments, thanks for reading and I'll speak to you all very soon.