In this world, there are two groups of people - there is the group that spend their whole lives planning for prom, hours or preparation, hair appointments, nail appointments, months of finding the perfect dress, mums and dads at the ready with their cameras. Then there is the other group, the group who have decalred they wont be attending before the invites have even gone out, who don’t bat an eyelid at the prom dresses on display, the thought of spending £50 on hair an makeup is completely alien to them.
Thing is, I’ve been both those groups. Once upon a time, prom was the most exciting thing I had going on in my life. I spent months dress searching, months planning and for certain reasons, involving a last minute holiday to Gran Canaria in a six star hotel, I was not able to attend that prom. This is where I then transistioned into the later group. By the time it came to my senior prom, it was all just a distant thought; nothing enthused me into wanting to attend. However, ASOS soon enlightened me with their virgo lounge dresses prom started looking up. Honestly, I’d be lying if I said I went for any other reason than wanting to see what everyone was wearing.
Prom lived up to the expectations I once profoundly held; girls in pretty dresses, boys in suits and bow ties, people laughing, sharing last memories together before we all depart our separate ways. What I’m trying to say, very inarticulately, is that prom wasn’t that bad; in fact, I rather enjoyed it.
ASOS flat sandal £15
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One Direction plus a packed out Wembley stadium equals a night of absolute hysteria and emotion. In an indescribable atmosphere, it is honestly hard to find one person there who doesn’t know every word to every song they sing.
I have watched these boys grow from their solo performances on Xfactor to selling out a stadium tour. Back when they were on Xfactor, both me and my sister waited eleven outside the studios for them – waiting outside those studios, you could see the Wembley stadium arch and if someone back then had said to us that in four years they’ll be playing three nights in that stadium, I probably would have believed every word, because the second they had Simon Cowell’s backing, their popularity was inescapable. Going back to those studios after the stadium concert was emotional on another level, and that comes down to pure pride in how far they have come since that night we sat and waited for them four years ago.
I’m not in the business of denying that One Direction have their haters, but at the end of the day, what band or singer doesn’t; not everyone is going to like you. It just so happens that One Direction are a target for hate and that inevitably comes with their global success. There will always be tabloids watching their every move, waiting to discredit them in front of the world when they put a foot out of line. There will always be people who see their flaws over everything they have achieved. There will always be people with different music tastes who don’t believe what they are singing is ‘real music’. Nothing they do will change any of this because it’s just the way society and the world of ‘haters’ works.
Underneath all the criticism and popularity, they are just five genuine boys who are eternally grateful and humble to their success. Their vast following of fans has grown rapidly over the last four years as a result of their music and growth and they shouldn’t for a second be shunned for that. Their Where We Are tour alone has helped raise £600,000, through ticket sale donations, for the ‘stand up to cancer’ charity and as ambassadors for the Rays of Sunshine children charity, they have helped grant the wishes for seriously ill children all over the UK. Their ongoing charity so easily goes unnoticed but one member doesn’t stop to talk to a fan and suddenly they’re the “underserving” and “ungracious” band that “doesn’t appreciate their success”. I don’t envy the position they are in, where all the good they ever do is coated by every flaw - flaws of which are significantly no different to every other 20-year-old boy out there. So they posted a video in which they smoke illegal substances in the back of a van; they are a group of 20 year old boys, restricted from any form of normality, taken from their friends and family, continually on tour, strictly controlled by their management – under these circumstances, can you blame them. Is it really fair that just because they are in an everlasting spotlight, they can’t do what every other boy their age is doing because guarantied there are boys out there doing a lot worse. I am fully aware of the fact that they have younger fans looking up to them but they shouldn’t have to be someone they’re not or restrict themselves because of it.
All it comes down to is five grounded boys living the dream and grabbing hold of every opportunity thrown in their direction; likelihood is, you’d do the exact same if you were in their position.
Last night the Metropolitan Museum of Arts costume institute held its annual Met Gala. One of the most exclusive social events in New York, and tickets costing $25,000, there’s no surprise the venue was filled with the entertainment industry’s elite. The theme, white tie and decorations, was based on the celebratory opening of the new exhibition dedicated to couturier Charles James. Old School glamour swept the red carpet, from Sex and the City’s fashion queen Sarah Jessica Parker to Gossip Girls fashion duo, Blake Lively and Leighton Meester. The evening’s dresses were elegant and simple whilst remaining strikingly grabbing.
The Olsen twins never go unnoticed at these events; keeping it conservative with little skin on show in comparison to the likes of Rhianna and Cara Delevingne who showed off hints of midriff in cropped tops. Best friends, and first time attendees, Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift bore elegant gowns teamed with stunning accessories.
An evening of fashion panache and one of the biggest fundraising nights of the city, the Met Ball deserves its title as the ‘fashion industry’s premier annual red carpet event.
COACHELLA doesn’t even come close to comparing with any other festival - I don’t need to of gone to know that.
*imagine this* the hot LA sun is shining down on you, palm trees are everywhere you turn, in the morning you’re at a pool party, the evening on a field listening to music. There’s art and there’s music, there’s a carnival, glitter tattoos on every person you pass, celebrities wondering round just like you, things are glowing in the dark, people are sleeping in teepees… oh
Wouldn’t be right to mention Coachella without mentioning the queen that is Vanessa Hudgens. Her bohemian wardrobe, accompanied by her new blonde mermaid hair and ever lasting supply of hippie jewellery are just a few of what righteously gives her her title. And if that weren’t enough, she also has Austin Butler walking round with her looking equally as cool.
Expectation - stop revision for an hour to have a quick lunch
Reality - stop revision for the day and go shopping
I don’t know what happened, one second I was deciding what to revise and the next I was in the car on the way to Ashford; priorities. Can’t say I regret my unconscious decision making though. Found these blue gingham leggings in Topshop after deciding that the only trousers I own are alternative black leggings and unflattering jeans. Also found this satin floral tee/ blouse in the River Island sale for £12 with an additional 30% off because it had shrunk from a 12 to a 10 (fine by me). Finally, got this gingham skort in New Look because skorts are such a clever little garment.
Let the Ralph Lauren outlet get the better of me, always do. Always amazes me how easily manipulated I am by designers. I would never pay these prices in any high-street store but as soon as I see it in a higher end store, I unquestionably have to buy it.
Kids choice awards, where to even begin. I love christmas and halloween and my birthday.. but the day of the kids choice awards is my favourite. My life more or less revolves around teen celebrities (or just any celebrities for that matter) so when they all get together under one roof, I get just a little excited. Ross Lynch starts high fiveing Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez starts hugging Cody Simpson, Drake and Josh start making re-appearances..
The nickelodeon orange carpet tops all red carpets. Why? Because it’s my favourite girls dressed in the prettiest dresses and two pieces; they’re not overly formal gowns like you’d expect to find on the red carpet, but rather stunningly casual. Selena Gomez, Victoria Justice and Ariana Grande never ever fail to disappoint - every year they just end up looking cuter.