Monday, 10 February 2014


Modigliani 1913

I have curves. There is no denying the fact, however hard I try. Think of a scaled-up Misty Copeland. I am under no illusion that I am exceptional in any way, yes I have a decent bust but not enormous, yet the 'high street' would have me thinking otherwise. At 5'7" I am not exceptionally tall although finding skirts long enough to avoid flashing the neighbourhood is near on impossible, especially with the rise of the skater style. I do not have a 23" waist, although finding trousers with a waist less than 3" too big is also almost impossible. Yes I have athletic legs but not olympic cycling big, yet finding trousers that don't act like liposuction is, you've guessed it, almost impossible. 

The world of fashion and media do not seem to realise there is a difference between 'curvy' and 'fat'. They are two different entities, it is entirely possible to be fat and not curvy. The well known statistic that women's waists are getting bigger and less curvy may be misleading. How many of those women are overweight? If everyone was a size 10 we would have more curves than we think. If you use a straight up and down size 6 model and scale it up, the result is a curveless size 12. 

Today I tried on a size 12 top at H&M and, no joke, could not get it over my head. This is ridiculous and I am pretty sure I am not the only one.

In fashions past, although restrictive, they emphasised and enhanced the female form making women look more feminine. I am all for masculine style dressing but we have lost the art of dressing curves.

The amazing Misty Copeland

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

The Smell of Ballet...

Ballet's popularity, brought on by the now infamous 'Black Swan', is showing no signs of waining. The latest form is that of scent with Repetto and Penhaligon's both releasing ballet inspired fragrances. Both look very appealing, thanks to the packaging and the publicity. I am, however, sceptical about the actual scent, to me ballet smells like pointe shoes and sweat- not the most appetising combination! Penhaligon's 'Iris Prima' was created in association with the English National Ballet (now headed by Tamara Rojo), and Repetto have their origins in making ballet shoes so I am sure both will be 'authentic'.

However the Penhaligon's perfume is on the expensive side at £85 for 50ml.

Repetto  €30 for 30ml

Penhaligon's Iris Prima released on 9th September
£85 50ml

Sunday, 12 May 2013


A new ballet has emerged from the ever talented Wayne McGregor that, I am not too proud to admit, has got me very excited.

Raven Girl hails from a new fairytale about a postman who falls in love and has a daughter with a raven. And judging from the rehearsal footage released by the Royal Opera House it will not disappoint!

(I can't post the YouTube video as I'm using a tablet- will do later. But for now the videos are on the Royal Opera House YouTube channel)