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13/10/2015

Strike a pose!

As a model when it comes to standing in front of a camera she knows just what to do.

 

So as Daisy Lowe posed for pictures at the Chanel Mademoiselle Prive private view in London on Monday evening she did well to showcase her pouting skills.

 

'I'd happily be a size 14': Lowe recently shared her thoughts on the industry's attitude towards curvy women

 

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Striking various poses for photographers, the 26-year-old cut a sultry figure in a form fitted number.

 

Putting her enviable curves on display, Daisy slipped into a black ribbed midi dress for the exclusive event at the Saatchi Gallery.

 

A gold waist chain by Chanel, which was beautified with discs featuring diamond shape patterns, proved to be the perfect accessory for Lowe's ensemble.

 

Standing tall in capped toe contrast nude heels, the British beauty clutched onto a quilted bag as she wore her hair down in loose waves.

 

The launch event at the famed Kings Road venue opened the exhibition by Chanel made up of haute couture pieces.

 

The display will also showcase the fashion house's re-issued 1932 'Bijoux de Diamants' high jewellery collection, which was the only jewellery ever created by Coco Chanel.

 

Enjoying her night out, Daisy took to her social media platforms to upload a picture of herself trying her luck on a slot machine in an image she captioned: 'Win win win!!'

 

Meanwhile, body confident Daisy recently told the Daily Express: 'I'm a size eight, and to read that I'm curvy if you are a size 16 or 18 must be quite frustrating.'

 

Lowe, whose parents are Gavin Rossdale and Pearl Lowe, went on reveal that she's be just as happy being several sizes bigger if she wasn't paid to stay in shape.

 

She continued: 'I hope that I make those girls who are a size 16 feel good about having curves because if this wasn't my job I'd happily be a size 14 and enjoy that feminine shape.'

 

'But the industry is changing and there are some amazing curvy models coming through. It's just a shame we have to call them curvy models. Why can't we just call them models?'

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09/10/2015

Why dress codes are a violation of Title IX

Title IX is a provision of the U.S. Education Amendments of 1972, intended to prevent discrimination based on sex in any education program or activity that receives federal funding — including public schools. Although it has been effective at mitigating unfairness in schools, violations of Title IX continue today.

 

For example, I believe dress codes, which are protested by high school students nationwide, are violations of Title IX because they disproportionately impact the education of girls.

 

This issue has popped up locally. In recent months, students at Riverdale High School have assembled and protested the dress code at their school due to its inherent sexism. One of the major proponents of the movement against the RHS dress code is Sarah Gordon, a senior at the school.

 

In a July 2015 article in the Huffington Post, Gordon refutes arguments that dress codes are not a violation of Title IX, which prohibits exclusion from educational opportunities because of sex. Dress codes affect girls more than boys, she writes, which makes it clear that removing a student from the classroom because of their attire does violate Title IX.

 

Gordon is not alone in her perspective.

 

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“Dress code violators could argue that they are being targeted precisely because of their sex. Rules about short shorts or spaghetti-strap tank tops are aimed directly at women’s attire,” said Jessica Valenti, a writer for The Guardian in New York, in a 2013 article.

 

Despite community interest in creating a more forgiving dress code, the Riverdale School Board has drafted a harsher dress code. This year’s policy prohibits any clothing that reveals skin from shoulders down to mid-thigh; dirty clothing or clothing in disrepair is also not allowed. Consequences for multiple violations of the dress code quickly ramp up to in-school or out-of-school suspensions.

 

In addition to becoming more stringent, the dress code now provides the school board’s reasoning behind the provisions. Last year’s policy did not outline the rationale behind the dress code, while this year’s seems to say the intent is to prevent distractions in the school environment.

 

On the district’s website, a July 2015 document describing the updates to the dress code states that “dress and grooming affect the attitude of the students in their work and study habits.” I take that to mean dressing in certain ways will negatively affect a student’s ability to concentrate.

 

In other words, violations of the dress code are distractions to other students, and violators will be removed from classrooms.

 

The rules include that students cannot wear see-through fabrics, cutout sleeves, halter tops, strapless tops and off-the-shoulder tops. Some of the rules are positive in intent and prohibit messages on clothing, accessories and personal items, including vulgar language, depictions of weaponry or drugs, and degradation of other races, genders, sexual orientations or religious affiliations.

 

A post on the district’s website states, “Our dress code is not based on gender — it is based on equal standards. The dress code is not designed for shaming, instead it is a collective illustration of community norms.”

 

However, this ignores the possibility of the community norms being inherently sexist, and the inequity still seems clear to me. To investigate the unfairness of the dress code, I conducted a survey among students at my school, asking three questions:

 

n What is your gender?

 

n Have you been dress-coded at RHS?

 

n How many times have you been dress-coded?

 

Of the male respondents, 23 percent had been dress-coded, while 64 percent of the female respondents had been dress-coded. Of the boys who had been dress-coded, only one had been dress-coded more than once, while nearly 90 percent of the girls who had been dress-coded were dress-coded more than once.

 

The information suggests the dress code affects girls more than boys, and if that is the case, it is my opinion that the use of suspension as punishment would be a violation of Title IX.

 

The Riverdale School Board should reconsider its dress code, revising it to be more liberal with its policing and punishment.

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07/10/2015

Post Fashion Week Recovery

You may have gathered from my previous post that the hustle and bustle of London Fashion Week left me fashion weak - both mentally and physically, and on top of that I had blog posts to shoot, clothes to organise, blog posts to write for several brands, as well as the usual meetings and radio planning so I decided to unwind and destress by taking part in a week of wellness with beauty brand Rituals. The idea of the week was to demonstrate how to realign our bodies with our mind and to regain our focus in a world full of stresses and distractions. What could be more perfect?

 

Day 1 - Mindfulness and New Beginnings

 

My week began with an early morning yoga session hosted by Stella Magazine's resident wellness expert Angie Newson. I must admit I don't usually do much yoga because I'm more of a cardio and weight person but I was actually really amazed at how much it felt like a workout. Angie had a really nice warmth to her and I thoroughly enjoyed having a good stretch first thing on a Monday morning. I don't know if it's related but I had SO much energy and felt so happy all day. I would definitely recommend you force yourself out of bed that little bit earlier and do some exercise as it was such a great feeling to not have it hanging over my head all day.

 

An Evening with Sleep

 

I've always been an incredible daydreamer in the daytime and deep sleeper at night; when I say deep I mean I don't even wake up to fire alarms! Needless to say I was incredibly excited for the opportunity to have a one on one dream analysis session with Media Dream Expert Ian Wallace and a sleep pattern and positioning session with leading sleep expert Sammy Margo. Sammy couldn't really offer me much advice when it came to my sleep patterns and positioning because I have literally no problems with going to sleep or waking up, however it was really nice to talk to her and was interesting to listen to her advise others on the way in which they should change their position in order to alleviate pain and discomfort. One awesome bit of advice she gave was to sleep on a silk pillow as it helps your night cream absorb into your skin. I chatted to Ian about my deep sleeps, vivid dreams and history of both sleep walking and talking and it was interesting to have him tell me I am very creative and I need to train my brain to stop daydreaming in the day time by telling myself 'I am awake'.

 

Finally the evening ended with a temple massage, which are probably my favourite things in the entire world. Miraculously I woke up at 9am the next day (I usually wake up at 7am on the dot without an alarm) so the evening definitely worked in relaxing me!

 

An evening of Purifying and Cleansing

 

This day was probably my favourite day of all of them as meditation experts Inner Space gave us incredible advice on how to slow down and relax our mind. Being self-employed with lots of different things going on at the same time (my blog, my radio show, modelling, and the day to day stresses of life) I find it very hard to switch off or to focus my energy on one thing at a time. The advice was simple but highly effective and included allowing yourself to enjoy a few things without the distraction of work or technology such as a meal or your morning coffee, and starting your day with something positive - a song or a positive quote for example.

 

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I had never heard of Inner Space before, but it's a Meditation and Personal development centre based in London (they do online courses too), and they offer lots of talks and development courses from positive thinking, to self esteem, to relaxation strategies - and all of them are free as well. How amazing?

 

We did a little meditation session to show how effective 5 minutes can be to your day and then we were treated to a reflexology session from A List reflexologist to the stars and founder of Mobile Healing, Keah Lan. I've never had reflexology before but am a huge fan of foot massages. I was amazed at the analysis Keah managed to provide about my body from only touching my feet such as that I have a hormone imbalance; I know this to be true already from my recent acne breakout. If you haven't done reflexology before then I recommend you try it!

 

Day 5: Nutrition

 

The final day of my week focused on my favourite activity off all time: eating. We were given a talk by chef and author of the Naked Diet Tess Ward on the benefits of clean living and how to nourish our bodies before indulging on some of her insane raw treats including green juices and the most delicious healthy brownies, like ever! You can check out her beautifully crafted recipe book here.

 

I've worked a lot on my food and exercise patterns over the years with my nutritionist and life coach Mel of the Green Goddess Life so feel pretty confident already in this area but it was awesome to chat to Tess (who has a similar ethos to Mel - enjoy yourself but be good most of the time) and to get some new recipe ideas as well as spending the evening with my friends Olivia Cox, Lilah Parsons, and Lauren Frazer Hutton.

 

I was so sad for the week to come to an end as it was nice to learn something new every night, be surrounded by positive quotations and people, but it also forced me to dedicate a little bit of time to myself everyday. I genuinely felt so calm and happy by the end of the week. If you're interested, My Rituals have created an app which teaches you how to meditate in just 5 minutes a day - I've started using it and it's pretty great.

 

So here I am, rejuvenated and regenerated and missing the buzz of London Fashion Week - I'm already excited for next season. It might be a rollercoaster of a week but I'm a sucker for theme parks, and luckily I don't have long to wait as I'm off to Thorpe Park's fright night for Halloween.

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