Sunday, 22 March 2009

Love On A Mothering Sunday

Mother’s Day, Muttertag, La Festa della Mamma, Mothering Sunday, Fête des Mères, Día de las Madres......

For many of us,today Sunday 22nd March, we will be giving cards, flowers, chocolates and doing little kind gestures, righly so for our wonderful mothers.
But, does anyone know why we do these great things on Mothers Day?

Mothers Day since 17th Century of England and in the modern day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent, where Christians fast, however on Mothering Sunday, familes had a mid-lentern feast, in honour of motherhood.

Motherhood has always been celebrated throughout history. From early prehistoric times, the mother known as Goddess was worshipped as the creator of life. In Egypt, the Queen of Heaven,Isis, ruled all matters concerning mothering. In Ancient Rome Hera and in ancient Greece Rhea were known as Mother Goddess.

Like today and historically, most mothering festivals took place in springtime to celebrate the rebirth of the land as its the most fertile time of the year.

Which leads to also to today, whereby we honour our very own goddesses our mothers.

So, like in history, weather your close to your mum, live far away, don't often tell your mum how great you think she is, make it your daily aim, to tell your mum you love her, or how much she means to you. Weather you think she knows it or not, tell her! As mums are great and often go underestimated, so Mum this is for you...I love you so much as you truly are my hero and are always here for me. For these reasons and many more I love you.

Happy Mothers Day! xxxx

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

A University Charity Event or A reason to cause chaos?

On Tuesday 10th March, I had the chance to compete on behalf of my university at the Miss University London 2009 pageant, held at Crystal Night Club.

Being selected two weeks prior to the event, with no experience on the catwalk, I have to say, despite not winning, the experience was thoroughly enjoyable.

The press were everywhere, from OK taking snaps to the BBC filming a documentary, which was particularly cool, especially when you’re in a stunning ball gown.

Enough of the “girlyness” aspect lets get down to the “nitty gritty”. Outside the club protesters were rife. One of which attached a lock through the club door handles, which resulted in the fire brigade being called. This only wasted time and public money on an event that was not causing any life threatening emergency.

Many of the slogans included “University is for education not for your ejaculation.” The chants implied that the whole event is a misogynist’s dream as opposed to educated young women doing a fashion show for Cancer Research.

In my opinion as a contestant, it was a bit of fun, and I do regard myself as a feminist. I do not feel subservient to a man. However I feel if it was a Mr University contest I would simply feel it was a competition not a display of sexist behaviour. People have free choice, and weather they choose to compete in a pageant or protest it is up to them.

What I don’t agree with is that the protesters broke out on stage as the winner was being announced to cause complete disruption. What I have to ask is, would this have happened if it were men competing on stage?

Overall the evening was fun filled and a good opportunity to improve on your public speaking. We all had a great time raising money for Cancer research and had a chance to wear beautiful ball gowns in doing so.

Well done Susheel, Miss Kings Winner, you are a beauty, in and out! xx

Monday, 9 March 2009

Snap Happy..A Day In The Life Of…..

I’ve never been in a studio before for my photos to be taken professionally, but I have to say it was a lot of fun and I had a sense of how the celebs live! Having a lovely, talented lady do your hair and make up to make you look fabulous darling was a great experience, even for a few hours.

I was introduced to Yusra a make up artist, whose husband Ray Mckie is a photographer, they work in partnership and have their own company making portfolios for the bargain price of £150, for half a days work, including hair, make up studio time and different looks. Being a complete novice, I had no idea with direction on which poses to do or how to look, act, but I can honestly say I felt so comfortable with the two of them, as Yusra directed me all of the way, the whole day, as well as made me lots of peppermint tea, served with Foxes biscuits!
First of all I had a natural look, then went to a cutesy look with my green dress, and finally had a gym look, to show my athletic side.

It was so interesting to see how the make up looked too, as it was so thick and heavy, and very over exaggerated, yet in photos it looks like I have hardly anything on. Which I found funny as I’d never put that much on in real life.
As for Yusra, (who is also a singer :D) she was so precise with the make up and actually listened to what I wanted which I find is a rarity having been to several make up artists for several make overs in the past, and they do my make up in what they want not what you want.

Being all dolled up and good to go, Ray took over, with Yusra’s direction, they both got snapping. It takes a while to get the right pose, as when I see models in the magazines it looks like they are naturally perfect posers, however having been to hold a certain position all day and smile, its not easy, so I found I have a new found respect for models.

The whole day was so much fun and I can truly say I’d recommend it for my friends, or anyone wanting to feel like a star for the day and to have some hot pics of you to show for it.

I’ve literally and truly seen myself in a different light…...

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