A Trip To Waterstones, And On Making A List Of Books I Would Love To Read…

Books. Books! Lovely books.

Whenever I go to Waterstones, I always compile a list of books I wish to read; after all, of there is any purpose I can have, it could be to cram by brain with what a book gives, and pass the information on. Anyway, here are a few photos I took to share with you all..

Inside Vogue by Alexandra Shulman.


I am fascinated by magazines, how they are formed, layout, etc. Vogue, according to this book by a Now ex-editor in chief, has been around for a century, a full one hundred years. Surely I could pick up some culture, clothing tips, etc, along the way? Style is what remains, and what I hope to one day possess.

Karl Marx by Gareth Stedman Jones.


Despite the fact that I study politics, I still find Marx quite hard to understand, and to get to grips with. And yes, I know that he wrote The Communist Manifesto, but I can’t interpret this very easily. And biography has a lot to do with the actions an individual has intent to do, I feel. Anyway, I want to express about the antithesis of the Democratic ideals I love.

Imagine Me Gone By Adam Haslett.


It was largely the title of this one that caught my eye.

Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan.


This is a book that I have wanted to read for a while. A summary of the blurb essentially is that somebody is missing, possibly kidnapped, and is writing to an agony aunt, sending a signal to find her. And there’s a twist! I love a drama, as well as a detective book, and would love to read this.

Insane Clown President By Matt Taibbi.


For all his controversy, I want to read about Donald Trump, in order to understand him, his impact, etc. That way, I think I’d be better equipped to understand this new form of politics.

What books do you hope to read?

Lydia

XO

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Things A Woman Should Know About Style Book Review. (Currently I’m Reading…)

Disclaimer: this is a proof copy that I was sent to review, at my own request. What follows is my own opinion. Thank you to Chloe at Carlton Books.

Remember Fashion? That very controversial subject-it raged over the fur debate, is still a major industry, and bloggers are now sat on the front row, complete with its own hashtag. One thing that strikes me about this book is that it seemingly does not like fashion-and prefers style as the alternative. (Jacqueline Kennedy had style, yet it is her ‘look’ that endears today. Fashion comes, fashion goes, which is the most notable difference.) So far, so good.

The further I progress through this book, however, the more I think it has a little bit of a snarky tone; there are claims such as ‘cheap clothes don’t look good on people over thirty’. What exactly are cheap clothes, anyway? Mine are largely pieces worn over and over, from places like H&M; I see nothing wrong with these. They fit well into my style of wannabe preppy student, anyway. 

However, my favorite thing about this book is that it uses history to back up its arguments; the twenties and thirties had style-courtesy of Coco Chanel, who is then partially quote on one of the pages. And it gives examples of fashion by era-seventies, eighties, nineties, etc.

This book is ideal for a style-conscious friend, a fashion blogger, even as a Mother’s Day gift. Yet, I’m not sure it’s entirely for me.

Rate: 8/15

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What I dislike about blogging. (Some back history to Mademoiselle, through the years, and writing about blogging now…)

Warning: rant coming up! 

Mademoiselle began all the way back in 2012, the July that I was thirteen. First, as Musiclover25.wordpress.com, taken from my Bluetooth name (!), with just a vague notion of what being a blogger is. I had seen an article in Shout, and had wanted to join-therefore, not posting, and just creating page after page. Awkward, no?

Then I got all serious, and changed it to notedinstyle.wordpress.com. This was a project to keep me busy over a weekend! Being a fashion blogger was not something I was suited to; writing about X, Y, or Z, with terrible graphics. And classmates soon found out about it, which was highly mocked. (Why wouldn’t they?!) 

Despite all this, and despite it not being profitable at all, I’ve come to love blogging-simply because it satisfies my need to write and share. But there are some things I really dislike..

Terminology.

The ‘blog’ is an overreaching, umbrella term for the whole website, which is a collection of writing. But the thing pinging its way to your inbox? That’s a post. (I’m sorry this is petty, but it’s a pet peeve of mine.

Drama.

Drama dominates my Twitter feed! And it’s often because X said something to/about Y, which caused offence, obviously, meaning people have to take sides. (Rude PR’S vs Blogging community is always an interesting scenario.) But I would love to just create content and read the work of my fellow bloggers. It gets dull otherwise, and is very childish.

Lydia

XO

What I want to see more of on the Blogosphere. 

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In the general sense, the word ‘blogosphere’ refers to the blogging universe-essentially the collective of blogs and anything related. But to me it seems to have become stilted recently-and I find myself becoming a little bit disillusioned. What would I like to see change?  Well..

More male bloggers!

If you roll through your Twitter lists, how many bloggers that you follow are male?  The answer is probably not many.(I follow maybe one or two.) But male opinion is just as legitimate as female opinion-so why shouldn’t that transmit to blogging? There’s a whole collective that hasn’t been explored as fully as possible yet. 

Better support.

It amazes me to see that Bloggers support each other in terms of mental health; to be frank, its endearing. But I sometimes feel as if the actual blog doesn’t get a lot of support, in terms of work behind the scenes. For example, in Facebook groups it is very rare for anything I post to lead to a contrbution on the blog. And it frustrates me, because I’m a blogger too-but it is almost outside looking in.

And there could be more support in terms of PR; why not create a register of PR’S who are not necessarily good to work with? Twitter is dominated by this drama. 

What do you think could change in blogging?

Lydia

XO 

Can I be honest? This 365 day challenge is really hard! 

It was a spur of the moment thing, really, but it was a long time coming: in the last days of 2016, I decided to undertake the three hundred and sixty five day challenge. I had seen Natalie at Youralmostalice do it, so why couldn’t I? I had every chance and advantage to do it.

The want to do the three hundred and sixty five day challenge also came from the recognition that Print is in decline, and the Journalist career choice is ever-shrinking; I’m not paid for what I write. As a writer I’m also a little bit fustrated; I want to be a part of this industry, yet cutbacks and lack of business meant shrinking access points. In undertaking this challenge, I would be writing daily; it’d develop a platform-for myself and other guest bloggers-, and I could develop a discipline that’s needed in writing.

But it’s hard.

So. Hard.

As I’ve written previously (ironically!), ideas are the fundemental basis to anyone wishing to blog, be a Columnist, etc. I’m running out! Generally speaking, this is also constrained by not wanting to be too political; politics is an immense interest of mine, yet I’m sick of how divisive it is. I could write for hours about Trump, Brexit, Refugees, but I wish not to be trolled. Brexiteers are apparently racist, for instant-but what’s the point in being contrevsial, just for effect? 

This is also hard for me as a student.

Gotta revise to pass my exams in June, haven’t I?! I have to balance this blog with revision, homework, an extra shorthand diploma, my column, the lack of  a social life, etc. Whilst this is rewarding, it’s stressful. I sometimes wonder why I do this. But I wouldn’t be a writer otherwise; I have to write, I need to write.

As a solution, I’m scheduling posts months in advance. (This post itself for instance is being written in February!) That way, I can make enough room for all of the above mentioned, and still review books, etc. I may just not be as active on Twitter some days. I’ll generally post my posts that are new that day, but with just less personal interaction. 

And if there is anyone wishing to guest post, please email me via the contact page-you’re needed more than ever now!

Lydia

XO

Blogging Myths Debunked.

When I’ve been chatting to a few Friends, there has been a few misconceptions-and they largely revolve around my blog. So, for this post, I thought I would debunk a few blogging myths.

  • I get paid for blogging.

Nope, not at all. I do not get paid for any of the posts I wrote-and I largely consider brand samples to be a sufficient payment at the moment. Whilst I would love to monetise my blog-as in, get paid-I haven’t yet been able to. I’m not enough of an influencer to be considered for this. And besides, though a possible source of income, it wouldn’t necessarily account for a real wage. 

  • I meet a lot of famous people.

The interviews you sometimes read are with semi-famous people; because, after all, fame is something incredibly subjective. However, I have only carried out one interview face to face-and that wasn’t even for is website! So, I don’t really meet a lot of famous people. I do however get to go to concerts, etc, thus seeing them live and in action. (I meet the occasional person-yet this is not really notable.)

  • I don’t spend a lot of time writing.

This is the one that frustrates me the most; I put a lot of time and effort into my posts, and I also post every day. A lot of time is spent creating content-so, photography, words, guest posts, etc.

  • That I am obsessed with social media.

Social media, whilst useful for any blogger, in order to promote their posts, I actually find quite cumbersome in reality. For me, it is quite hard to operate-and I’m not always aware of invisible social codes. Twitter is one of the easiest, yet I get bored of trolls very easily; and why be bitchy, any way? Technology could be used for something higher-ratherthan being   trivialised, and used to be nasty.

What blogging myths have you recently come across?

Lydia

XO

Mad Girl By Bryony Gordon: Review.


Now I must admit, there’s not a lot that I know about OCD. Having never experienced it, and having not met anyone who openly says they have the condition, all I really knew was derived from various blog posts. Hence one of the main reasons I wanted to read this memoir. (And I’d also seen some promotional images on Instagram.) Gordon was not somebody whose work I was familiar with-I had not even read her first book, The Wrong Knickers.

What really struck me is how much of a call to arms this book is. (Not in the literal sense!) Mad Girl really makes the case that mental health is just as important as physical health. It additionally notes how it is not necessarily taken as seriously as it should and could be-and that could potentially have quite diabolical consequences.

Following on from this notion, I felt really sorry for Bryony at the time that Gordon recounts in this memoir-trapped in a time that OCD was not as understood as it is today. Yet, what shines through is the real character strength-meaning  that to feel sorry s emus almost wrong; in spite of the self-destructive urges, used as a tool to seemingly blot out the OCD, Gordon has managed to write two books, marry, have a child, become a Columnist. This has clearly been no easy feat. And it shows.

My only real criticism is that I sometimes did not understand the language-what is ‘WLDN’, anyway? (I’m a terrible teenager.)

This book is a teastement as to why we need better mental health care. And I love it for that exact reason.

Rating: 10/15

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