Eurovision Song Contest Fashion Review!

The Eurovision final is honestly up there with Christmas in terms of my favourite days of the year. I love the music, the political voting, the fact we’ll never win… But, more than the music, I really really enjoy the crazy and glamorous costumes of the contestants. I’m going to be recapping some of my favourites. I probably missed loads out but I was drunk last night and my memory is a little fuzzy. Before we start I’d just like to express my anger at the rest of Europe for not giving Britain’s act more points. Usually, I don’t care because I don’t think we put enough of an effort into Eurovision to complain about losing. But this year our song was good and you all know it.

If you hate Eurovision, which I know a lot of people do. This fashion review by the Telegraph may be more to your liking…http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2016/05/14/14-of-the-weirdest-outfits-at-the-eurovision-song-contest-2016/ Go be miserable there.

Let’s start with the winner, Jamala who wore blue trousers with some kind of dress/ cape over them. If I saw it without seeing the whole performance I wouldn’t have liked it, but in context, it is absolutely beautiful. The song is really dark and powerful and it wouldn’t have been as moving if she had been stuck in a gown she couldn’t walk much in. Well done to Jamala & Ukraine for winning I loved the song so much!

Now let’s talk about Iveta Mukuchyan who represented Armenia. I loved this outfit. If victoria secret designed a witch costume it would be this. Very dark & very sexy, it looked absolutely beautiful on her. The staging was perfect too. Very catchy song.

Next up- Croatia. This costume screams Eurovision and gets all the negative attention you’d expect it too. I thought it was beautifully detailed & must have taken the maker hours. I loved the combination of the white mesh and the silver reflective mosaic. It really went with the singer’s overall look.  I just wish she didn’t have those things dangling off her arms they were too distracting. I liked the giant coat thing she was wearing at the beginning more than the dress. The coat was really interesting and I loved the shape. It’s a crazy outfit but this is Eurovision, not a royal wedding and I hate it when they wear plain gowns at Eurovision, YAWN. More sparkle please.

Spain’s entry was Say Yay! by Barei. I hated her song to be honest, it was very current though I can imagine it on the Radio. I thought her outfit was cute & simple. Sequin jersey’s are adorable, very 80’s.

Serbia’s entry “Goodbye (Shelter) really good. It had a very dark subject matter (domestic violence) and it was one of those strong powerful female ballads. The dress she wore was very dark & gothic. There was a lot of leather- look piping over sheer fabric and the way it was placed made it look like armour over a sheer black dress. I thought it was beautiful.

Germany’s Entries costume was… interesting. I personally loved it, I though Jamie-Lee looked cute asf. But, It would definitely look better on a barbie doll. It was obviously very japan inspired and I think that if it were not for the head peice I would love it. the skirt looked so cute and I loved the sleeves of the dress.  This was one of my favourite songs in the competition.

During this re-listen, I think that Bulgaria’s song is probably my favourite. Her look was so edgy and cool. It reminded me a lot of the hunger games, I don’t think she’d look out of place walking down the streets of the Capitol. Seriously, LISTEN TO THE SONG. UGH. SO GOOD. Definitely one of those feel good songs to get ready to.

Let’s talk about Italy’s entries outfit. When I first saw it I thought it was Dolce & Gabbana (my favourite designer) but I’ve had a stalk and I can’t find out. Whatever it is, I don’t know why she would wear it over a plain white tshirt. She looked beautiful anyway. The song was pretty forgetable for me.

Samra, who was representing Azerbaijan, wore a jewelled sheer bodysuit.  It reminds of the Bodysuit britney wore in the Toxic music video. I thought she looked so great!!

That’s all I can really be bothered to talk about for now. I hope you enjoyed this post let me know if you did and I will do more fashion commentary videos for you! Byeee love you x

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Copyright Guide for Fashion Bloggers: How To Use Runway/ Red Carpet Photographs Legally on your Blog

Embed from Getty Images

Embed from Getty Images

Since I decided to take this blog more seriously, I’ve been doing research into the legal side of all this internet stuff. I thought that tax would be the hardest thing for me to understand, but honestly, copyright is the area which I find the most confusing. Fashion blogs are FULL of copyrighted, illegally used images. Especially small little blogs like mine. At this moment in time I’m thinking about all the pictures I need to replace and thanking myself that I did this now and not later. A lot of people think that any photo can be used as long as you use it in the context of a review. Copyright law (in the UK at least) does state that you can reproduce small amounts of a copyrighted work for the purposes of reviewing it. What a lot of people don’t know, is that in the UK, copyrighted photographs are not allowed to be used in the context of news reporting. Here’s what I found on Gov.uk:

“Fair dealing for criticism, review or quotation is allowed for any type of copyright work. Fair dealing with a work for the purpose of reporting current events is allowed for any type of copyright work other than a photograph. In each of these cases, a sufficient acknowledgment will be required.

As stated, a photograph cannot be reproduced for the purpose of reporting current events. The intention of the law is to prevent newspapers or magazines reproducing photographs for reporting current events which have appeared in competitor’s publications.”

What I understand from this information is that a review is okay but news reporting isn’t when using copyrighted photographs. This is where it gets tricky, If I were to write a blog post about the red carpet of the MTV music awards, and included images of what all the artists wore and commented on it, what would that count as? To me that would be a review of the outfit choices of the celebrities. To the law however, it may be considered as news reporting. This is a risk I’m not willing to take. Bloggers can and have been sued in the past, it doesn’t matter if you don’t earn any money from your blog.

If I’m totally honest with you it makes me quite angry because copyright is not fair at all. As an aspiring artist/ designer I understand that these laws are in place to protect people like me from getting ripped off, however, that’s not how it works in real life. If a big company were to steal my work and sell it I would be powerless to do anything about it. Whereas I myself, could be sued for £10,000 by a huge company just for one low res image in a blog post that’s got about 10 views.

Luckily there free alternatives to getting sued that are totally legal and just as good in my opinion. Getty Images has a library of images that you can freely embed into your blog post. They come with the attribution already at the bottom of the image. If you look you will find hundreds of thousands of images you can use on your fashion blog. All you need to do is hover over the image, click on the embed icon (it looks like this </>). It will then allow you to select the size of the image that you want, and then give you a code. Just place this code directly into your blog post in the place you want your image and  bam you are done. I actually prefer it because it’s so much faster than uploading images to WordPress.

As far as I’m aware, this is totally legal as long as you don’t use the images to suggest any sort of ownership of the image, or any partnership with the fashion brand  that doesn’t exist. That being said, please please please do your own research before including images into your blog posts. I am NOT a lawyer, far from it. I just wanted to share this information that I found. I’m going to include some links below to information about UK copyright law. If you are from another country please look at different resources relevant to your own country. As far as I’m aware Getty images embed can be used in any country but PLEASE don’t take my word for it.

A VERY comprehensive but easy to understand guide by Gov.UK– This is a Government run website so it can be trusted.

A basic guide to Fair Dealing– Another easy to understand site, but you’re better off with Gov.UK in my opinion.

A link to the actual legislation– maybe worth a read if you are a brainiac/law student/ currently being sued. I haven’t read it.

 

 

Charity Shop Haul #1 22/3/2016

Hello! Today I have a charity shop haul for you guys! I love charity shopping because you never know what you are going to find. I found some really cool stuff today and I’m super excited to share it with you.

Lately, I’ve been trying to simplify my wardrobe. I have so many clothes yet I feel like I don’t have any because nothing goes together. I’m also a bit of a hoarder. I have clothes in my wardrobe that I’ve had since I was 14. They look way to immature for me to wear at age 19, but they still fit, so I keep them.  I’d been meaning to have a clear out before I bought any more crap but I just couldn’t resist these items. They fit in perfectly with the wardrobe I am trying to create.

The charity shops I visited were St David’s Hospice, Tenovus & Bernardo’s.

Let’s start with my favourite item!

Louise Alice Jay Fluffy Pink JumperLouise Alice Jay Fluffy Jumper Close Up

I picked up this jumper from Tenovus for £4, its pastel blue with hot pink fluff all over so when you wear it, it looks pink but up close you can see how gorgeous it is. Look at that close up! It’s so beautiful. In the shop I didn’t recognise the label, it just said G21, but when I got home and looked it up I found out it was an Asda label. It’s quite cool actually, G21 is designed by up & coming fashion graduates. Maybe it’s a sign I shouldn’t have dropped out of my fashion course last week haha!

Louise Alice Jay Windowpane Shirt

I found this really cute windowpane print shirt in Bernardo’s for £3. It’s made with cotton flannel and it’s so comfy. It’s a size 16 so its huge on me but that’s how I like my flannel shirts.

I also found this pretty embroidered white shirt in Bernardo’s for £4. I really like this one, it’s going to look so nice tucked into a denim skirt. The label says size 16, but it seems a bit small to be a 16. Oh well, it fits my bust perfectly and leaves the rest of the shirt loose and breezy- perfect for summer!

Louise Alice Jay Pink Jumper

I picked up this jumper in St Davids Hospice for £1. I don’t have any jumpers with lots of gaps in like this so I’m glad I found this one.

Vintage St Michael Dogtooth Jumper 90's

This was probably the most interesting find! It’s a St Michaels Chanel Inspired cardigan. It looks really nice on, kind of like a bomber jacket. It’s a size 14 but it fits perfectly well.

After doing a little bit of research and comparing tags online. I’m pretty confident that it’s from the 90’s. My best guess is actually early 90’s because as you can see on the tags it’s supposed to have shoulder pads. They were still decently popular in the early 90’s but luckily the fashion forward previous owner of my cardigan picked hers off.

Louise Alice Jay Corduroy Trousers

Last but not least,  I found this size 18 pair of corduroy trousers in Tenovus for £1. They are originally from the Edinburugh Woollen Mill and they are such good quality. My plan for these is to refashion them into one of those cute button up mini skirts, so that will be a future blog post.

Thankyou for reading! I’m going to be posting more regularly now that I have a bit more times on my hands.