Size Matters?

Size matters. Clothing size that is.

The little number on the back of your dress, blouse and trousers, has the power to rule your life and crumple your self-confidence into nothing. And you’re supposed to care about that number, that no one else sees. Or rather, that’s what the fashion industry want, or that’s what you think they want.

In reality no one really cares what size you are, whether you’re big or small, except you. The only person that really cares is you. No one else.

I can understand that some would become a little upset when they try a dress on in their usual size and it doesn’t fit, but just because you have to go up a size or two, doesn’t mean you are that size. We all know that sizes differ in every clothing store and some even have their own sizing systems.

Apparently one woman, didn’t get that same memo and when she could only fit her size 12 body into a size 20 dress from H&M, she was outraged. Now, I’ll admit that 12 to 20 is a big leap and is a little unusual. But, knowing that H&M is a European country and knowing European sizes are very different to the UK, you should expect some variation in “sizes”. In response to this unusual sizing, I would expect a wee rant on Facebook saying “Can you believe this? Madness! Oh well, still look good!” But the young woman in question went to a level that I like to call Ultimate Snowflake Mode!

I’ll link to the article below, but while bashing H&M for their horrendous labelling, she went on to say:

“I can only imagine the psychological impact a size 20 could have on a young impressionable girl”

Yes, young girls struggle with body image more than adults, they are under a lot of pressure and can be easily upset. But I don’t think any girl with an ounce of common sense would allow a wrong label to cause psychological damage.

A label is just that. A label. It is not a certificate. It is a piece of fabric with a number printed on it. And it doesn’t mean anything if you value yourself instead of your image.

To end her rant, she says:

“Do not blame manufacturers for your issues. It is YOUR company who label these items and it is YOUR company who clearly has issues with everyday women wearing your clothes. It is disgusting behaviour on your part. You should be ashamed of yourselves.”

Personally, I’ve never had a problem with H&M sizing and a part of me wonders if the experience this woman went through is a rarity. Unless she tried on every size 12 item in the store, I cannot believe that this is a problem with their clothing. Dress styles vary a lot in size and it could be possible that that specific line of clothing was mislabelled meaning it was an accident.

Making a fuss about sizes like this woman, strengthens the misconception that size matters. Instead of ranting and raving, maybe she should have just given others a heads up about that pesky dress and moved on.

What I’m trying to say is, if you know that you are a size 12, or whatever, and in one shop, you can only fit into a size 20 (or whatever), it clearly means that that size 20 is not a size 20 and you should definitely not worry about that number. Because it simply doesn’t matter.

Whatever your actual size, you are beautiful and you should be proud of yourself for being such a badass and not allowing numbers to rule your life.

DM article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4249924/Size-12-woman-blasts-H-M-sizing.html

Love TRUMPs Hate

Over the last few days’ tensions have been running high throughout the World. We have all been watching Washington D.C with bated breath for a long time now (it feels like decades, I mean really, am I the only one that got sick of all the Presidential race coverage?). But on the 20th, it happened…Donald Trump became President of the United States and the entire World seemed to split into two. The next four years (come on, stop saying eight, don’t assume…we all know what that does) are going to be extremely interesting for all of us. Yes, America, not just you guys.

Donald Trump will affect us all and what that affect will be, no one really knows yet. I’m no expert in politics, in fact, I hate the subject, however I have seen how this man has already had an impact on people’s lives. Protests, riots, violence, a lot even before he was elected! It amazed and sickened me how one man can turn so many people against each other.

I’m a firm believer that everyone has a right to their own opinion and that everyone’s opinion should be respected, even if you disagree with it. I often say, “you’re an allowed an opinion, just don’t be a little s**thead about it.” And people usually follow that rule, because people are decent (most of the time). But now, it seems that if you support Trump, you’re the spawn of Satan himself.

I will say that I’m not a supporter of Trump, but then I’m not a supporter of Clinton either. I thought that the choices America had were just bloody awful and you’d probably do better with a dead guy, or a dog…but hey, you had to pick someone, right?

And because you had to pick someone (because if you didn’t vote and could…well, you know), you really can’t be angry if someone voted differently, because their opinions are different to yours and that is okay. There are a lot of us that do not like Trump, but we must accept that he is the President and the only thing we can do is wait and see what happens. We can be sceptical, but we shouldn’t be taking our anger out on each other and instead be making positives out of the negatives.

We must remember to love and respect each other, despite our opinions. If you think he is disrespectful and heartless, then do not act in the same way. Arguing, fighting and hating each other will not make this situation any easier. Voice your opinion in respectful ways and allow others to voice there’s without turning into a s**thead. Your voice will get further when you make valid points and not argue in childish ways.

We should all show Trump…that love and respect trumps hate! By loving and respecting each other. (After all, being a good and kind person is a lot easier and much more rewarding than being a s**thead.)

via Daily Prompt: Devastation

Image: Google.

Quick Thought – The OA

Netflix has been doing an amazing job at smashing out Original series lately, all of them seem to be huge successes. But there’s so many, it’s hard to know what to watch! So, I thought I’d share a short post on my thoughts of one of their newer series, The OA. I’m not giving a full hugely detailed review (spoiling too much personally ruins a show for me), and I don’t have any theories about what certain things mean (I want to be surprised when season 2 comes out).

It took me a while to pick one of the many Original series that are available, but after hearing so many mixed feelings about it, I finally decided to give The OA a go. Some said it’s a lot like Stranger Things, others have said it’s just a bit too weird. I like weird, so I thought I’d give it a go.

I’ll start by saying that the cast is amazing. Just flat out brilliant and captivating. If you love watching amazing acting, then just go for this because these actors won’t let you down.

As I mentioned, I’m not going to reveal too much about the plot, because it’s so eccentric, I don’t think I’ll be able to do it any justice what-so-ever. All you need to know, is that it’s about a blind woman who went missing and she returns to her family 7 years later, with her vision fully intact. She tells her story of how she got her sight back and what she went through during the 7 years and it’s incredible, both in good and bad ways.

The biggest gripe I have, is the reveal of the title. OA. I don’t think I quite understood it, and because of that it lets everything down a bit. It’s almost as if the creators had this amazing idea for a series and then ran out of steam when thinking of the title and therefore didn’t put any effort into it. It was obvious the reveal was important, but it just didn’t work. And from what I’ve heard, I’m not the only one that things it was a bit silly. (if you have watched this series, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the reveal.) I’m sure there are a few others problems with the series, but that, for me, was the biggest one.

That aside, The OA is a pretty incredible series about life, death, ‘the other side’ and love. If you like weird, I highly recommend you watch this. Once you’re 3-4 episodes in, you will likely be hooked. I cried toward the end of the last episode (there are only 8, so it’s not a long series) and I think the ending was fairly satisfying.

Overall, I give The OA 4 out of 5. The title and the reveal let it down in my opinion. I’m sure there could have been much better options. You definitely need to pay attention while watching and it’s not a happy-jolly show, it’s some serious, confusing, crazy shit and I hope there’s a second season.

 

Why I Don’t Like The News

My parents and my boyfriend are always having to explain the current affairs of the World to me, because I often refuse to tune into the News. Every time I do decide to go onto a News site, watch the News, or turn the radio one, I instantly regret it. There is nothing good in the News, it’s constantly filled with violence, death, disasters and hideous crimes. Why would I want to hear about all of this?

A few years ago I did watch the News every night, it’s important to keep up with the World, but one evening I realised that the World is just filled with hate and that is the only thing the News likes to focus on.

Every time you turn to a News Channel, it’s always the same thing, “This person has been shot”, “A woman killed her kids”, etc. Why can’t we focus on the good in the World? If we spent as much time talking about the good as we do the bad, this World would probably be a better place.

There is so much love in the World, why do we always focus on the hate? Sure, it’s important to know what is going on in the World, but surely not everything is bad? There’s amazing things happening out there and yet we brush over it, we mention it and say “Oh that’s good,” and forget about it because word of something bad always follows it.

A World without hate, isn’t possible, but I wish it could be. I honestly, do not see what people get from making others miserable, but again, I know we’re all wired differently.

If you ever feel like treating someone with hate, remember that is a human being, they have feelings and emotions, just like you. They may be a bad person themselves, but it’s always better to keep your thoughts to yourself. Drama = Stress, so leave it for the soap operas.

Do onto others, as you would have them do onto you. Treat someone with love and kindness and they will most certainly return it (if they’re a good person).