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NEWS: Rookie Mag Appoints New Editor.

June 12, 2013

When I saw this job listing in May, my little heart dropped and I wished – just for a few fleeting moments – that I could be that little bit older, that little bit bolder and arguably a good deal wiser. If you’ve followed me for a while, or seen my application to the ELLE Edited By The Interns 2013, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of the founder of RookieMag.com: seventeen-year old Tavi Gevinson. She has presented me with many an existential crisis at my twenty-years of age, having embarked upon her career from the mere age of eleven – leaving me to swallow my dashed hopes along with my long-lost ability to pull off a blue fringe and instead, consistently nag my sixteen year old sister to get her arse in gear and start some kooky blog. I digress: Rookie Mag has chosen a new Editor. Fanfares at the ready please, dun dun duuuuh: and it’s none other than Danielle Henderson, founder of the Feminist Ryan Gosling meme/blog/book. Now, when I discovered this, admittedly I was a little downhearted as, personally, I feel like the only being of vagina-possession who a) doesn’t give two cahoots about Gosling b) therefore, didn’t find anything to do with Gosling being posed as a loveable feminist even remotely funny/informative/entertaining. I’ve already formed a duvet fortress to dodge the daggers and disbelief.

But I’m a black sheep in the Gosling world, and once I found out that Henderson and her friend had happened upon the idea whilst making prompt-cards for her Feminism revision at university, I was all in: revision and a book deal in one? Colour me beyond impressed. One thing that did hit me with a sense of wonderment however, was that unlike Gevinson and, from the looks of it – the bulk of the writers at Rookie who seem to gravitate around eighteen – Henderson is thirty-six. She’s already a writer for the site, sure, but is this indicative of a mothering figure taking over some proceedings at Rookie? Don’t get me wrong, I’m inspired by Henderson’s achievements and I can see why that would be a good thing to bring to the forecourt, especially given her accolades are quite alternative and internet-related, which is something Rookie just loves. So maybe it’s just me, but I love the idea of a bunch of late teens doin’ it for themselves – just as my admiration for Gevinson has flourished mainly because of her age-to-success ratio.

Either way, I wish all the best for the new editor and hope to see a post about her inauguration later on today. I’m guessing she’ll be asleep now, being stateside – dreaming dreams of awesome. It’s not even 9am here and I’m inspired. Hell, I even did weighted squats this morning and I’ve yet to consume even a thimble of tea. Bring it on Wednesday, today is excessive blog catch-up time/tonsillitis-beating/Soother-suckin’ day.

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Manchester Arndale River Island ELLE Event & Work Experience.

October 13, 2012

A few weeks ago, I attended the ELLE event at the River Island store in the Manchester Arndale with my friend Heather, on the premise that there would be a talk from Market Editor Bonnie Rahkit and free manicures – and am I glad we went! We arrived to find free Cosmo cocktails at the store entrance, which we craftily kept going back for whilst in the very long manicure queue – until we were somewhat inebriated in the best way. We eventually got our nails done by some wonderful ladies from Boom Nails, getting to choose our preferred nail art style from the likes of Aztec, polka dots, crosses and eyes in the queue. I chose baby pink with white crosses and Heather went for deep red with Aztec patterns on one finger and an  Egyptian eye on each thumb – very cool.

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Google Friend Connect, Please?

October 4, 2012

As a blogger with my account half-hosted through WordPress, I am completely unable to find any way of integrating the allegedly discontinued Google Friend Connect service. From the research that I’ve done of looking at other blogs using Google Friend Connect, they have significant amounts of followers through it – given its very simplistic and popular format. It infuriates me that myself and other WordPress-based users are missing out on these followers, as we’re only presented with subscription through email, which isn’t the most appealing of offers…

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Leeds Haul and the Evils of Travelling.

October 2, 2012

Today I went to Leeds to grab a Nando’s with a friend and pick up my laptop (nearly a month after I left it in @whenflowersfall‘s car boot after London Fashion Week). It’s been a lovely day, I managed to switch my studded iPhone clutch from Urban Outfitters, which I really wouldn’t recommend that you purchase, for the following reasons: when I went to buy the first one in London, the cashier recommended that I picked a different one as the studs looked like they were about to fall off – which I did and secondly, to add salt to it, the one I actually bought shed two studs within 3 days of taking it home – then my boyfriend dropped one of them under the floorboards trying to fix it, bless him. Yeah, steer clear of it anyway – it looks very cool but unless you don’t fancy taking your manicured paws off it for one whole second, I’d leave it on the shelf. Sorry Urbies…

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This Week’s Haul Reviews.

September 4, 2012

This week I got bored of my weirdly multi-tonal dark brown hair and decided to go back to black. Namely in a bid for people to stop thinking that my name is Lauren and that Ebony is just a bizarre nickname I use to make myself seem dark and mysterious. I decided to try Nice & Easy’s Colour Blend Foam (accidentally in Permanent) in Black. I bought two boxes from ASDA as they were reduced to £5 each and I’ve only used one thus far – though my hair is about 2% patchy so I may have to re-do soon.

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SheSaidBeauty: Specially Picked Beauty Products – Delivered.

August 6, 2012

Beauty boxes are a growing fad amongst those in the fashion ‘know’ – with the likes of the GlossyBox and LatestInBeauty sending out samples and fullsize beauty/makeup products under a monthly subscription. I’ve known about them for a while now but have always been dubious about how beneficial they will actually prove.

 

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Ebony. 25. Manchester.
Marketing Manager who likes to mouth off on here about stuff she cares about. Expect mental health, Borderline Personality Disorder, and reviews - from restaurants, to books, to fashion. Talks to cats more than people, but seemingly has a lot to say.
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