People have many different ways of showing their support and solidarity in times of tragedy and these talented few have taking to Instagram to stand united the best way they know how: through make-up.
When it comes to 90's hair the 'Rachel' is the first style most people associate with the decade. The 2010s, however, will most likely be remembered for the 'wob' (or if you feel ridiculous saying that the 'wavy bob' will suffice).
Kendall Jenner revealed her new cut on her Snapchat last week and the internet was alight with articles on her new 'do.
However, Jenner is not the first to get the chop. Celeb after celeb have ditched the extensions and opted for shorter, sleeker styles.
So if you're still debating with yourself to follow suit then allow this post filled with beautifully tousled celebrity manes to convince you.
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Forever ago, I wrote a blog post about wanting to write more about places which offer gluten free. Lack of funds and motivation meant I was all words - until now.
Since I started my journalism course at university I have had the chance to travel to three different European cities over the three years and this year the destination was Prague.
Travelling, as for most people, is such an exciting opportunity to see discover more beautiful places, cultures, and, let's not forget, food!
Having coeliac disease means I almost dread travelling to foreign countries, because if Emily from Frankie & Benny's doesn't understand what gluten free means, then someone who speaks English as a second language may struggle even more.
One thing I wish I did before travelling to Prague though is do my research into places which offer gluten free. Had I done so I may not have had to visit Tesco and make my own sandwiches so much (side note: Prague has a Tesco). So this is for those allergen-cursed travellers out there. Hope this helps.
Please bare in mind while I was out there I didn't think I was going to do a GF food post so there are images which I wish I had got and more places I wish I visited.
I've broke it down into eight categories but if you don't want to read through them all just click on which one you want to see and it'll take you right to it.
Having to ask if something is gluten free or asking for an allergen menu usually means I'm labelled as a 'fussy eater' by those blessed with a perfect digestive system. This can sometimes mean I'm a bit embarrassed to ask if my friends would mind eating somewhere that offers GF because I don't want it to feel like I'm dictating their eating choices. But at the end of the day, if I have decent friends they're not going to want me to starve, so I wish I had asked to try more places than I did. Despite that, these are the few places we tried.
Pernerova 49, 186 00 Prague 8 - Karlín
As I was on an educational trip with my university, we had a tour guide who recommended Eska to us. Probably the most posh/hipster place I've been to but in the best possible way. The staff were lovely, though some struggled to understand us, and the place was gorgeous.
Their allergens had a number system and when I asked for their allergen menu it has a key of what number is what allergen. My gluten free choices were limited but the pork cheeks were actually unbelievably delicious but the small portions left us heading to Tesco after for snacks.
Lack of choice but delicious if you're not restricted.
Restaurant & Coffee V Rohlíku
Na Hřebenech II., 1130/6, 140 70 Praha - Podolí
Restaurant & Coffee V Rohlíku is lovely, clean, modern, good menu, and does the best steak I think I've ever had but that's it. Their staff struggled to understand what I was asking for when I asked for their allergen menu and even when they eventually did they disappeared for 10 minutes not telling me if they were getting it or not. They eventually returned with a printed out allergen key (again, the allergens were numbered) but after all that all I could have were the steaks.
When taking my order they asked if I wanted chips with it, which I replied no because the menu said they weren't GF. We waited about 25 minutes for our food and my steak arrived with the side of chips I said I didn't want, and what's worse is it arrived on top of a slice of bread. I'm going to put this all down to the language barrier but still, the worst place for a coeliac to go to. Also, when paying for my food I was due some change which the waitress didn't seem like she was going to give me at first and then scoffed when she realised I was waiting for it. So the staffs attitude wasn't the best either.
Amazing steaks but that's it from a GF point of view.
Betlémské nám. 11, Praha 1
Alriso? Quite possibly the best place ever. I was in my element as everything was gluten free - including the Czech beer! And nothing was substituted like most chain restaurants in the UK (like how they only offer penne). The whole menu was gluten free so my friends had to have gluten free as well, but they said they forgot it was gluten free because it tasted just as a 'normal' Italian would. I had the lasagne because I have never ever been able to order that when dining out before and it was delicious. Our waitress was absolutely lovely and the service was brilliant.
A must for any coeliac or GF who loves Italian. Cannot recommend enough.
Palladium Shopping Centre, Nám. Republiky 1, Praha 1
We never went out drinking much since we were on a uni trip but I couldn't make this post without including Vyanda. Located in a city centre shopping mall, this place will forever be known as the 'train place' by those on my Facebook feed. We stopped at this place because it has a life-size model train to sit in and we're massive kids so couldn't pass that up. Little did we know it was about to get better once we discovered you could order cocktails that cost the equivalent of £2.80 and get them delivered by a little mini train with a little mini driver. How cool though?
Just so you can say you did.
We did not plan our trip, our lecturer did, so we had no control over our travel or hotel. We stayed at Hotel Slavia which my Bulgarian lecturer described as a "typical communist hotel" so take from that what you will. The hotel was very basic and bland, however, our room was huge and slept three of us, and it was lovely and clean so no complaints there. Breakfast was continental and the staff didn't know what gluten free was so I ended up buying a GF loaf of bread from Tesco which was a 10 minute walk away.
For four days I took £200 to my local Eurochange as they had the best exchange rate. That gave me roughly 6,600 Czech Koruna (I can't remember exactly how much). I came home with quite a bit of CZK and Eurochange does a deal with which they give you 15% extra for every 1000 CZK you change back over. I still don't really understand but I kept my receipt and got back more GBP than I would have going else where. So I came back with over 2000 CZK which I changed back to 68 GBP. But still, make sure you shop around for the best deals.
Over our four days we managed to see some of Prague's best landmarks including Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, Powder Tower, the Old Town Square, the Astronomical Clock, and St Vitus Cathedral. I would recommend seeing all of them and learning some of their history too with the leaflets you can find in hotels.
We survived by purchasing a 24-hour travel ticket each day from the nearest newsagents. It cost 110 CZK (about £3.20) and we did that for three days. This meant we could hop on any bus, metro, or tram we wanted. This ticket was an absolute Godsend and well worth the money. We only got a bus with the help of our tour guide but the metro and trams are so easy to use you probably won't need the bus at all.
I travelled to Prague in February so it was quite cold and on one day it snowed. A lot. Which was fun at first but the novelty soon wore off when you realise you have to walk around to certain places. So make sure you check what the weather will be like so you're prepared.
Download the XE app on your phone so you have a rough idea of how much money you're spending. This was my first time on a trip that wasn't GBP or Euros so I needed this to keep track.
Through O2, I also paid the extra money to have 3G/4G data on my phone so I could use Google Maps or Google Translate to help me out when needed and it cost me £1.99 each day I used it. If I'm honest, I'm not sure how I would have survived without doing this.
Lastly, flat, comfortable shoes! This may seem obvious but I keep ignoring this advice for some reason. All you really do when exploring somewhere is walk. So pack smart.
So today is International Women's Day, a day when thousands and thousands of women share and celebrate inspiring quotes, stories, and accomplishments. Yet there still seems to be one woman that can divide us all: Kim Kardashian West.
Yesterday, Kardashian West shared an image of herself naked with absolutely nothing 'offensive' on show. She could have been wearing a bikini and the photo still would have shown and covered the exact same parts.
|"When you're like I have nothing to wear LOL"|
I know a naked Kim is not something we haven't seen before, however, after I read this article on Mic I realised there is still a massive stigma around this woman and her choice to post images like this. Emphasis on the word 'choice'.
Isn't that what this day is all about? Women for years have fought for our ability to choose how we live our life? If Kim chooses to be naked then so what? Because we, ourselves, are never ever naked? Because we never look at ourselves and think 'you know what, I look quite good today, I'm going to take a photo'? And this argument that Kim's a mother? Are you serious? To quote a friend: "Are you supposed to shrivel up and wear flannel the moment you give birth?"
People may choose to ignore that Kim and her family run extremely successful businesses because Kim once made a sex tape (because none of us have sex at all) but you can not ignore the fact that these women are amazing advocates for feeling comfortable in your own skin.
A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on
All five sisters are unapologetic about their bodies and show pride in what they've got. They don't pretend they woke up looking like they do either, using their social media and respective apps to update us on their make-up tricks and fitness tips so we can also feel as good as we think they look.
Yes, looks are fleeting and to care about your appearance may seem fickle to some, but how many people are crippled by insecurities because of how they look? How many people allow themselves to be held back because they have no confidence? How many businesses thrive because of women and their desires to stay youthful or slim or just to feel good about themselves?
If this was a naked photo shoot or a bikini snap on the beach there would be absolutely no uproar because society has this twisted view that to be naked in any other way is a one-way ticket to hell. Being naked is simply the most natural thing in the world yet people shame the one woman who seems to understand that more than most.
So Happy International Women's Day to all those who feel comfortable naked and to all those who still don't. May you one day absorb just an ounce of the confidence Kim K West embodies, even if it takes her one naked selfie at a time.
As an insecure young female, it usually takes putting together a flattering yet fashionable yet comfortable yet Instagram-worthy ensemble, alongside contouring my entire head, to make myself feel good. But there are always those times when the image looking back at you in the mirror is not the one you imagined in your optimistic mind.
When you're trying out a new trend and you look more frump than fab, or when those hips don't lie about the pounds you've put on and the jeans sit more snug than before - whatever it is, that's life. Bodies change. Weight fluctuates. Fashions don't care whether your big chest can't pull off a deep V easily (sigh). But the recent epiphany I've had? The answer to all my 'downer day' problems? Shoes.
|Shoes were Sex and the City's Carrie Bradshaw's real true love|
Shoes are what should have more of my attention because with shoes it doesn't matter what fruit or object your body type is categorised as. Shoes are what deserve my money more because a good pair can last longer than the embarrassing memories from your high school days.
Yes, they may hurt sometimes and, yes, they may rub the wrong way, but so do significant others and we still put up with them. At least shoes add extra comfort on those lazy days, they bring sass to those nights out, they make statements all on their own, and, in some cases, they're just pretty damn beautiful.
Gone are the days of fearing you may not fit in those old things because your feet will not care if you've ate all the pies. As an adult, I can be confident that a UK size 8 in shoes now is a UK size 8 for life. And that's the only time I'll ever be able to say that.
|Model Chrissy Teigen just doing her shopping|
I believe they are where my interest in fashion started and I remember from an early age getting outfit inspiration from my favourite celeb of the time.
But there are some things I don't feel comfortable wearing (or not wearing) in my everyday life that celebs seem to do all the time. Maybe it's a celeb-only thing or maybe it's just a me thing but I can't help but feel I'd endure a little ridicule, or even just some funny looks, if I was to do any of these five things celebs are known for.
Going bare-legged in all weather
|Kendall Jenner forever giving me leg envy|
This baffles me. I don't even go bare-legged in the summer as I fear the sun will bounce off my pasty white pins and hurt someone, yet I am forever seeing naked legs all over the place. Maybe their suffering from the cold weather cannot be portrayed through a paparazzi image or, most likely, all the pics I've seen have been taking in sunny climates. Either way, it'll take a lot more than Kendall Jenner's killer legs to get me out of my tights during the day.
Wearing sunglasses everywhere
|American Vogue editor Anna Wintour invoking her right to wear shades indoors|
Even indoors. How do you see? I understand that maybe they wear them just so they can cover half their face from the paps but, by doing so, they have unknowingly started a fashion trend that I can't deny makes them look suave as hell. But do I look like that? Nooooo. I'm just a muppet wearing dark shades in my room. Alone.
Always wearing heels
|Since she finished portrayed heel-obsessed Carrie, I haven't seen a paparazzi shot of SJP in heels|
HOW? I give myself two-hours tops in heels and I can only manage longer if I've drank enough alcohol I can't physically feel the pain anymore. Yet these pros wear them all day long. I can't imagine the state poor Sarah Jessica Parker's feet were in after Sex and the City ended. Again, maybe they just suffer through it, because in all honesty, heels do look better. They just do.
Posting provocative pics
|Kylie Jenner has definitely shown more skin on her Insta than this, but I can't get the thought out my head that she was like: 'Hey, if I bend over this bench will you take my photo?'|
Now this is not so much about what celebs wear but how they wear it. Having half my family on social media I couldn't look them in the face if I ever posed for and posted half the pics some celebs do. I'm not judging, I think they look amaaaaazing, but where does this ballsiness come from and how can I get some?
Going braless and making it look cute
|Rihanna rocks any article of clothing she wears - or doesn't wear, in this case|
As a big chested gal I'm gonna say this look is not for everyone, yet as a big chested gal I can safely say my fellow D+ cuppers and I probably need this the most! As How I Met You Mother's Lily and Robin once said: bras are like a booby zoo; confining, unnatural and, not to mention, uncomfortable as hell. But, sadly, if I went braless it would only be too obvious how not perky I am compared to Rihanna. Sigh.
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