The Longest Month
Has anyone else had a bit of a slow start this January? Basically this whole month has been the equivalent of a lie-in. It’s taken me three weeks to make a definitive list and sort my tax return out (why do I never learn). If only there was a Lumie lamp that could physically drag me out of bed every morning and make me a much-needed coffee.
I know that I need to change a few habits, sort out my time-management and deal with my endless scrolling and I’m trying to work out the best way to do this. Is it a case of going cold turkey and using app-blocking software? Will I end up caving in and deleting the software within minutes? Who knows.
Despite all of the distractions, I have made a couple of sensible decisions. I’ve finally signed up to Chloe Digital in the hopes I can get some of my tech issues resolved and I’ve been trying out an improv course as part of a project, which has been making Mondays a bit easier.
In terms of reading, I’ve been drawn to the various conversations around the #MeToo movement and the effects of how both genders have been socialised. Even yesterday when I got catcalled twice (the perils of shooting with nude tights), I still question whether my response (or lack of it) was correct, when the man stays entitled and just carries on with his day. At least some of the articles are giving me comfort in the fact that I’m not alone.
As per usual there’s lots of ‘influencer’ subculture related stuff, including the Kim Kardarshian clones making serious money by impersonating her and the identikit Instagram posts produced by reality tv stars. Why do I share all of this? Perhaps it’s just to reinforce that even though something may be working now, it’s always important to have a unique point of view and a bigger reason for creating content. Sticking to a tried and tested formula won’t always be enough.
The main reason why I’ve probably been so unproductive this month? I’m always glued to my phone, so I could definitely relate to this Sali Hughes piece. Even Sali, an esteemed journalist with many books under her belt loses track of time because of a certain black mirror. I think I’m going to reinvestigate the Moment app and check out the self-help book she recommends.
Racked explores how certain brands can be innovative when it comes to the environment, but not when it comes to size diversity. Reformation and Everlane, we’re looking at you.
Even though I’m not in her target demographic, A Cup Of Jo does a good job at covering a range of topics and I loved reading this interview. WWD also looked at the blogger baby boom and how it redefines what it means to be a mother today as well as adding much-needed authenticity (though I think my Mum was way ahead of the curve back in 1987).
I’ve probably read all the articles about the rise of Glossier.
Can you tell I’m loving Racked right now? They also delved deeper into Kat Von D’s makeup line, if like me, you feel as if she came out of nowhere. It was also interesting to learn about the makeup brands that catered for black women way before Fenty.
Is Kim Kardashian really the new beauty standard? Personally she’s not what I aspire to, but I can definitely notice her aesthetic filtering down to certain e-commerce models and advertising. This article by Yomi Adegoke explains why it’s a rubbish attempt at inclusion.
The Fashion Law always does a yearly ranking of the influencers who are the best and worst at disclosing sponsored Instagram posts. Meanwhile a lot of journalists are in a bit of a grey area, working on similar collaborations but without the same clarity.
I think I’m going to treat February as the new January, who’s with me? I don’t really do resolutions but realistic-ions (or a non made up word to that effect) and each change needs to be for a more important reason. Wish me luck!