THE YEAR OF THE NIPPLE


Call me prude but my nipples will not be seen poking abruptly through a semi sheer shirt. Call me prude but my nipples will not stand erect uncovered for the entire world to see. Call me prude but this trend, largely set by the ever present Kardashian Klan, is one that I will not be following. Don’t get me wrong I don’t judge the whole ‘Free the Nipple’ movement; in fact I completely understand it and support its message. It isn’t simply about wanting the world to see our nipples. It is women empowering women and there is nothing better that. It is claiming our bodies and our choices back. We can do whatever we want with our bodies whenever we want. Our bodies cannot be censored and they cannot be owned, used or abused by any person without our consent. This is a message I can whole heartedly get on board with.

Here, I am talking about the growing trend of the celebrity crowd bearing all in a shocking moment to gain more column inches. The problem is…it isn’t actually shocking anymore. We’ve become desensitised to nakedness that those willing, have to go further and further to shock and awe. It is now socially acceptable to bare ones naked ass on a platform accessed by billions. We don’t bat an eyelid when next doors daughter thrusts her crotch into the mirror in a Baywatch esque bathing suit. When your second cousin twice removed nipple pops up in your feed you glance and move on, not giving it a second thought. I’m going to put it out there; this isn’t about empowering women. This is about popularity. Sex sells has long been the mantra in the entertainment industry and yes that first semi-naked photo you post will garner a hell of a lot of interest but what will you post next time. How far are you willing to go to keep that interest up? 

The confidence it must take to put yourself out there like that, for everyone to see has to be admired. However think how much more shocking it would be for there to be story about Theresa May’s policies; not her length of skirt. Think how much more shocking it would be to see a story about a Kardashian fighting for human rights not because their top shows their bare breasts and erect nipples. We are constantly fighting to be taken seriously as women, to have a voice that is listened to as acutely as a man’s voice. Putting our bodies out there for all to see at the click of a button is a little contradictory no? I can assure you when a naked body is involved no one is listening to the voice behind it.

Nipples have been around since forever. We all have them. Never have they been as prevalent as in 2017. 2017 is quite simply, the nipples year. Will this trend continue into 2018? Or will they be a one season wonder like extreme ripped jeans? Either way it is a trend that I will not be wearing and just can’t quite understand. 

N.B. I am not referring to the sometimes nipple poking through a top a la Rachel Green, sometimes it’s cold and we’re wearing a triangle bra, this cannot be helped!

THE NED, LONDON


I'm not sure which part of The Ned I loved more. The jaw-dropping foyer with constant live band and the most beautiful marble pillars or the idyllic roof top with heated pool and views of The Shard and St Paul's Cathedral (where photos are strictly not allowed)...I just couldn't help myself! Thanks to the beautiful weather in London on the weekend of our visit this roof top felt like a real escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life I can see exactly why people pay the membership fee; from delicious food to tasty cocktails to the most fabulous sun loungers where I spent a considerable amount of time relaxing. If it wasn't for the spectacular view of St Paul's I could have been laid by the pool in Spain.

Now let's talk about that foyer...


With nine restaurants to choose from, an aforementioned live band and the most exquisite decor my breath was quite literally taken away on entering this building. I knew I was excited to stay at The Ned and I knew it was going to be pretty cool but it completely exceeded my expectations. When Dan couldn't stop gushing about the place I knew it was somewhere special. Our 'cosy room' continued the feel of the entire place, like stepping back in time, to a time I did not ever want to leave. A hallway complete with wardrobe, mini bar, straighteners, hairdryer, umbrella and leads onto a boudoir and bathroom fully stocked with complimentary Cowshed products (just don't take them home) packing light is easy when it comes to The Ned. They even have a catalogue of Net A Porter and Mr Porter products, just in case you happen to forget something!


The final area of this vast building that we visited was the basement, if you can call it that. The basement contained the bank vault turned bar still with its original 20 tonne vault door and all the original deposit boxes. A spa, barber shop, gym and a Cowshed beauty parlour. You really needn't ever leave and some people don't. I met two people in the two nights that I spent there who actually lived in The Ned. Me, jealous? No...


Maybe it was that I was in desperate need of an escape, that what I needed more than anything was time away from the day to day to relax, recoup and get things in perspective, or maybe it was simply the decadence of this expansive old bank, either way I had the best weekend in a while in the best hotel I have stayed in and one that I will most certainly be revisiting.

ALL WHITE



If you know me you will be well aware that I trip over my feet on a regular basis. I stub my toe, knock things over, drop items and bang my head all the time. Quite surprisingly for someone so clumsy (and I am touching every bit of wood I can find as I write this) I don't seem to spill stuff on myself. Wearing white is a brave decision; you run the risk of stains, you're putting it all out there, there's not really anywhere to hide. However when it is done right it looks incredible. The right underwear and the right fitting pieces create a stand out outfit.

A LWD, little white dress, is the perfect way to ease into wearing white. Chuck it on with quite literally any shoes and go. The white on white might take a minute to get used to but worn with your favourite gold jewellery and a nude/coloured shoe is a great alternative to the blue jean t-shirt combination. Something I am trying to change up every now and again.

Whilst white isn't something I wear every day I have been reaching for it more and more and if you fancy adding some white to your wardrobe I'm sharing my current favourite pieces. They are all new in so shouldn't have sold out just yet!

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