From The Archive: 2016

The year of travel- from Aus to Africa- as well as some of my favourite ever photos, I hope 2016 brings a small dose of wanderlust (and fashion inspiration if not)!

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The World and The ‘Net

I rarely touch on topics beyond my safe four on here (safe being fashion and poor posing, food, travel and beauty- with music occasionally thrown in too)- but lately it’s becoming harder and harder to resist penning something together despite there seemingly not being a platform that always feels ‘adequate’ for this kind of thing. But it is. The question ‘is there a place on this for here’ feels slightly ridiculous; of course there is. Hey! You can like shoes, face masks and still take an interest in world events (which probably sounds a big ‘Legally Blonde’ right about now, but you catch my drift).

Once upon a time people relied on the next day newspapers to see world news- but now things are rapidly more fast paced. I seem to be able to see stories before they’ve fully developed sitting in the bath, when rumours are rife, 0.08 second videos that conclude the current situation and naturally RT’s are fuelled with panic. It’s scary. It really is. It feels bigger than me, bigger than all of us- and knowing what to do, how to behave and how to trigger change seems nigh on impossible. It’s overwhelming looking at a Twitter timeline to endless posts about the tragedies occurring in the world (not as overwhelming as the people suffering them, naturally)- and knowing how to help, and even pondering what to say feels so trivial in the great scheme of things- because let’s face it, a lot of the time, there are bigger fish to fry than how to spend your 140 characters.

And that’s just it- you can’t comment on everything, and really- I’m starting to realise that that is fine. I spend a lot of time offline discussing things with friends and family, and just because someone hasn’t used a hashtag online doesn’t mean it’s not concerning them. I spent nearly an hour an dinner last week talking about some of the huge things going on across the pond (which I know doesn’t make me ~Miss World~ but hear me out), which as you can probably observe, isn’t a frequented Twitter topic of mine- but like everything on the internet, it’s never a full picture. You can’t feel guilt for not covering every world event and you can’t feel shamed for covering too many. So what if you suddenly ‘sound like a political expert’- you’re acknowledging and taking an interest and that’s more than enough. When a recent global situation arose I’d tweeted minutes before exclaiming ‘LOVE ACTUALLY IS ON TV’- which, y’know, in hindsight isn’t quite as important- but kept it on my feed as I’m sure those little silly Twitter sparks and brain farts are worth it- we all need a little light in difficult times (*quote probably taken from Pinterest*).

So what am I getting at here? Honestly, I’m not sure. I needed more than 140 characters, and I wanted to say that, in short, I care. I really do. I’m not sure what we can do, but I think being kinder to one another, learning tolerance and understanding of these things, speaking up and listening to one another are little (big) steps- if people start becoming too scared to point out when something is wrong we have an issue. The world is, and can be a big scary place and if it’s the little steps that add to a bigger picture then I’m willing to try.

I’ve also popped together a a couple of interesting pieces I’ve read lately, charities and various sites you can visit to help make things a little more digestible too and know how you can get involved…

Dunya talking human rights and charity work | Emma Gannon talking to June Udorie | Amnesty International | Help Refugees (which has lots of ways you can get involved, too)!

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