The Cannes Film Festival got me thinking.

Outrage was sparked last week as the public learned that women were banned from wearing flat shoes on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival.  I mean really, imagine being turned away because you decided to wear flats, how devastating.

So, over the weekend it kind of played on my mind and the more I've read on the subject the more angry it's made me - not only angry but sad that in this day and age women and men are supposed to be equal.  Is there an unwritten law stating that women have to wear high heels now?  Are heels not merely just a fashion statement or someone's personal taste anymore?  

I then began to think about this in a broader sense; what this ban actually symbolised.  Now, I don't know about you, I understand that heels are pretty to look at, but I just can not wear them.  I find most of them uncomfortable, I hate stumbling around and I genuinely feel vulnerable (as though any moment my ankle may snap, or if that person behind me dances a little too vigorously in my general direction I probably will face plant the sticky, dirty club floor).  I would much rather not risk heels, enjoy my night and ensure nothing holds me back.

Emma Thompson basically voiced this when she received her Golden
Globe when she joked "I just want you to know, this red - is my blood."

Which brings me to ask, what is so sexy about a girl who can't walk in her heels, hobbling around because her feet are in so much pain and the torn up and shredded feet that are revealed when the shoes are finally taken off?  I don't understand.  Is looking good really worth crippling yourself over, can you really feel good when can't even feel your toes anymore?  Probably not.  At the same time though if you can walk in them without breaking your neck and genuinely enjoy wearing heels then you own it and do what ever makes you happy.  But if you're doing it because guys think heels are sexy or that they make you more attractive then I don't understand.  So what if guys like heels?  Why do women feel the need to please men?  As Janet Street-Porter said: 
"To me heels signify acquiescence, vulnerability and desperation. Cannes Film Festival says the industry needs to take women seriously, but forcing heels is conforming to an outdated stereotype of femininity."
Which I have to agree with.  I mean what's next, will women be banned from wearing trousers on the red carpet?  No bare faces allowed?    

I suppose I don't really know, I would not go as far to say that we remain in a patriarchy where women are forced to adhere to the wishes of the dominant male figures but what does this say?  It should be a choice for women to make, not be forced to tiptoe and stumble around in order to attend a film festival that you were invited to.  It is extremely sexist and I'm glad so many celebrities (both male and female) spoke out about this.  Let's think about this realistically, do you think a man would be turned away from a function like this because he showed up to the red carpet wearing heels?  Most probably not as that would be considered as discrimination, sexist and I'm sure homophobic (which is very true - but why should females be treated any differently?).

Really, I believe it should be your own choice of what to wear and that other people's ideals of what is attractive should not be forced on you.  

If anyone has any other thoughts on this I would love to hear about them, but goodbye for now,

Love, Lauren x

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There's something Wicked going on in Aberdeen.

Ok, so yesterday my family and I went to see Wicked at His Majesty's Theatre and it was A-MA-ZING.  Seriously.  

I had planned on writing about it last night when I got in but instead I shamefully got slightly intoxicated, and so when I stumbled through my door at 9.30 on a Saturday night (which is very rare that I'm off) I of course fell straight asleep. 

But it was some nice cocktails in Siberia and the Office,
so that makes it classy drinks at least, okay?

Well anyway, I'm sat on my break munching on a fry up to help my delicate body cope with my shift and I am going to try remember as much of the show as possible.

About 7 years ago I had gone to see Wicked in London whilst on a school trip and to be honest I was pretty young so all I could really remember about it was the main story line and the fact that I really, really liked it.  So for me this production had a lot to live up to.  London was a massive show with amazing sets and really talented actresses and actors.  It was so glitz and glam.  But in all honesty, I think I preferred this production up in Aberdeen...

I mean sure, Aberdeen has a smaller stage, the theatre in itself is smaller and older but honestly the crew made it magical.  The small stage was utterly transformed into a place far far away from grey and dull Aberdeen and the audience were completely transported into the new, bright and shiny world of Oz.

The sets were magnificent, they completely changed the atmosphere and the costumes looked like they were a crazy mix of Gatsby and the modern themes from the Capitol in the Hunger Games.  The costumes and the make-up and the hair were all so creative and amazing and I loved it all!  It must take a great deal of dedication to be painted green every single day (I imagine that scrubbing it off would be just as dedicating!  I can just see the star walking around Aberdeen still covered in small patches of green really!).  It genuinely felt like you were part of the action.  

Not only that, the show in itself was fantastic!  The acting and the singing was just so good, even at points funny.  Like so funny the whole theatre were laughing.  And the story line!  It genuinely appeals to all ages, I loved it when I was younger and we went along with younger cousins and grandparents and everyone along the spectrum genuinely loved it and took something from the show.  It's the story of a young girl who is basically made an outcast from the society she lives in because there is something different about her (ok, so she was born green - admittedly that is really strange but come on) she goes to university where she finally makes some friends and finds herself.  However, through a series of circumstances she is betrayed and once more made an outcast whilst her friendships and relationships are put to the test.  

I believe that the message of the show is that no matter what people think of you, or how they treat you, you should always remain true to yourself.  Beauty is within - no matter if you're green or what ever you are beautiful.  I think that this is just as relevant in the society that we live in where people come in all shapes, sizes, colours. Don't judge a book by it's cover.  

Another important message is the power of friendship.  The two girls are completely different; Galinda is conventionally beautiful, popular and good whereas Elpheba is 'ugly' (or at least described as ugly, but what ever) and has no friends and is thought to be wicked.  But, despite these differences the girls come together and no matter what they remain good friends - even when a man comes between them (ugh! men!).  And for me, this is vital.  Especially right now as lately I've discovered who my true friends are and how much I need them.

If you took anything else from the show I would love to hear about it, or even just what you thought about it overall - feel free to just pop me a comment!  I mean this is all just my opinion after all.

As you can see a very drunk me feeling very
happy with myself when I got home last night!
So yeah, I just truly loved the show and I would go back in a heartbeat!  A massive congratulations to the team who done an absolutely wonderful job - 5 out of 5 stars for sure.

Bye for now,

Love, Lauren x

A short Introduction.

A great big Hello,

So once again I am following the trend which has led to me to setting up my very own blog.  All through high school and my past two years at University I have been addicted to Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr; three very different social media sites with three very different purposes.  However, they all have one thing in common and that is the effect they can have on people.

To begin Twitter is fantastic! 140 characters to say exactly how you feel, a short rant, a shared memory.  Yet most tweets appear to center around subliminal messages, bitching and laughing at people - it may be harmless fun but I feel like I'm growing bored of hearing the same people doing the same thing and still talking about the same person they were 4/5 years ago when I first began tweeting.  

Facebook is an amazing way to keep in contact with all my friends from home, from uni and all the people who have moved away.  And although I, like any other human being, absolutely love finding out what everyone I know is doing I can't stop myself from feeling a pang of jealousy.  Look at my friend who's moved to AUSTRALIA. Why am I still stuck in Scotland? Not only that I always feel judged whenever I post anything on Facebook because lets be real everyone I know uses Facebook.  Everyone apart from my Granny - thank God!

And finally Tumblr.  Well Tumblr constitutes to hours of scrolling and procrastination, looking at pretty pictures and reading inspirational quotes.  But like other social sites Tumblr has it's dark side, I can't scroll too far without seeing something about self-harming or drugs or thinspo.  Tumblr may highlight a few issues but it also glorifies many of them, and soon I'll be 21 (although it pains me to say it) I am bored of teenage angst and heartbreak. 

So here we have it, a solution to my problem was to create a blog.  All for me.  Over the past couple of weeks my life has been turned upside down, inside out and all topsy turvey.  I've had family issues, I've decided to take a year out of university, I'm moving back home for a year and I feel like I'm only just discovering anything about who I really am.  So rather than taking to the social sites I've decided I want somewhere where I can be me and vent or simply just escape from life.  

Because lets face it we all need to have a release and an escape from reality every once in a while.  

So here are some facts about myself.  My name is Lauren, in August I will turn 21 years old (eek), I am a second year history student at Aberdeen University however as previously mentioned I am taking a year out and so I will be moving back to my home town Elgin soon.  I'm a part-time waitress, I love my family and friends and I have a passion for all things creative.  And there we have it, I'm just an ordinary girl looking to move on and find some release.  So until next time...

Love, Lauren x