Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Marvonation: Hey peeps, I am going to go back a little bit simp...

Marvonation: Hey peeps, I am going to go back a little bit simp...: Hey peeps, I am going to go back a little bit simply because I can now show pictures from the Britney shoot for "Criminal". Now I try and p...
Hey peeps, I am going to go back a little bit simply because I can now show pictures from the Britney shoot for "Criminal".  Now I try and portray myself as a cool cat but the fact of the matter is I am not! I have the old albums and yes I know most of the words to "hit me one more time" and the like.  So it will be no surprise to you to see pictures of me as a glorified extra on this video.  I mean without us the video wouldn't  have been possible!  Creating the very sophisticated party atmosphere and some (Carmelle Rudder) taking abuse from Britney herself (well jel!).
Was so proud of myself for not getting in her face and screaming can we be best friends!

The ladies again.  Coleen, Carmelle, Me, Kelly, Amber and Debbi.  By the way the price of our dresses put together
would make you blush.

Britney gush over.  I would like to address the more serious subject of Speed dating.  I part of me feels like I should be embarrassed about attending one of these parties but I am not.  The concept of speaking to 20 odd people in a short space of time was pretty intriguing as in general people usually go out and stick to their friends and at most speak to one extra person so this was like condensing 10 nights out into one minus the dancing unfortunately.  
So after a quick look on line I booked two tickets to an event at Carbon bar West End. I know, if I was really brave I'd have gone by myself but I not, so I roped in the help of good friend Cem Ahmet.
Now obviously we had a quick drink before for some Dutch courage at the pub opposite to check out the prospectives and the competition and to be honest it wasn't looking very promising but I'd bought my ticket and was game.  
It turned out to be a very funny night, a good insight into people their body language, how they deal with certain situations and the use of alcohol as a crutch (me included) .  
Us girls sat at a numbered table while the guys moved around.  The bell would ring after four mins, it generally felt very quick but on some occasions that bell couldn't have rung quick enough. I mean I know there is shy but leaving me to do all the work is just plain rude!  Then there was the overly confident funny man.  I little to touch feely and obviously drunk.  Although I have only been once and will probably never go again I found that the majority of people were normal hard working professionals be it a bit shy and secluded (there were a lot of IT dudes). In 20 people only two were a bit strange which I'm sure is the normal ratio of these types in a group plus who's to say that Joe Blog didn't find me a bit off key!  I went to the event with no expectations and I'm glad as no one bowled me over apart from my friend Cem of course who in the break filled me in on findings and they were that we shouldn't have been there.  Ha this could have been true but I'm game for these faddy events he on the other hand has previously been named "God bod" so you can gather he does not lack attention.
I would definitely not rule this kind of thing out completely as I'm sure there are great success stories and to be fair dating is generally a numbers and timing game but I've had my fun, back to intermittent eye contact in a bar or on the tube or at a traffic light.  A quick day dream then back to the hustle and bustle of life.


p.s if you can think of any shenanigans I would enjoy feel free to put in comment box hehe  

Friday, 7 October 2011

Skin deep

Hey peeps.  This week I could tell you about the work I've been doing or the great things I've bought or seen people wearing but instead I'm going to address a subject that could make some of you a little uncomfortable or maybe it's me that feels uncomfortable as when you talk about a subject like this one some people get that look on their face, you know the one, they are thinking "what are you talking about, that doesn't happen" or they change the subject really quick because they know it happens but don't want to address it because it doesn't affect them.  I am talking about the lack of dark skinned black women like myself in the media.  See some of you so want to stop reading but I'll carry on as I'm sure I'll be back to my  frivolous account of the world as I see it next week.
So why do I feel the need this week you may wonder? While looking through a well known internet fashion sites free magazine I came across these shots and adverts and was happily shocked.

Why you may ask.  Well because the there are beautiful dark skinned models in them and this is not seen very often at all.  You may beg to disagree but when you truly look at the media black women are usually represented by women of mixed race with "none offensive" features.  I used the term "none offensive" because this a terms I have heard used with regards to different racial visuals.  I do not like the term and find it offensive but while I'm on one I'll just put it all out there.  Now I could go into a full on political rant but these photos show me that things are changing very slowly but surely for the better.
I have had the privilege of being brought up by parents who consciously or not made life very open and mixed and relatively chiponshoulderless.  I say this because I am not coming from a place of feeling held back by my colour in anyway, it may have happened but I have a brain that chooses rightly or wrongly to ignore it.  However I am not totally blind and am aware of societies and the medias attitude, it is obvious.  Things are a changing! I can feel it in my waters and I see it in the eyes of people I talk to when going about my work and play.  I am no fool and I know some people and corporations do not want change and are happy to ignore true beauty whatever the colour of its face. To you I'll give a little pity and turn away I'm not into banging on brick walls.
Anywhoo I have but touched on a very deep rooted and sensitive subject.  I won't go on as I feel there are others who can and do put a very educated and valid points forward.  I have somewhat of a flighty mind that just wants to think about fashion, parties and dancing but I will say, I am very proud to be who I am.  I love my people with all of our perfections and flaws.  I love people with all their flaws.
Maybe in a couple of weeks I'll tackle the subject of hair! Ha! Minefield.