Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Instagram/ Body Types Rant

I love the social media app Instagram but there are honestly so many accounts on there that are really toxic and unhealthy for the general public.

A couple of days ago there were two Saudi Arabian men who ran over a dog repeatedly with a 4x4 vehicle and the poor animal died in great pain. The videos were posted on Instagram, which is a social media site primarily for sharing pictures and short videos.
(you can view an article about it here)

Word quickly spread round about the horrific videos and people were appealing to their friends and followers to help report the offending videos. It took a few days to get the videos down and the account deleted from Instagram however- and I'm surprised why it wasn't done sooner.

I had this nasty run-in with a girl on Instagram who promoted anorexia on her account- she was going around to a good number of accounts and made mean comments about the users' appearance (one of them happened to be my friend)

I think more people need to realise that body types are all different and skinny ≠ healthy
For some body types/ races/ cultures you will never reach the coveted size 0 and THAT IS TOTALLY OK.

Models are picked to wear things well and some are totally skin and bones- that's not healthy.

Maybe I'm not the best example to use to champion this issue since I'm a size 0 and UK 4-6 but before you say I'm a stick, remember Asians have smaller builds and I am 157cm/ 5'1" which is pretty short.

Don't fat/skinny shame anyone and just be comfortable in your own skin.

If you exercise regularly or lead a healthy lifestyle I don't see why you should change to conform society's idea of beauty, or starve yourself to make the clothes fit you.

Clothes should be made for you, NOT the other way 'round.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Tokyo Otaku Mode Haul

I ordered a couple of items from the Tokyo Otaku Mode site, which was founded after the devastating Japan 2011 earthquake and resulting tsunami AND then the nuclear meltdown.

From the site:
Tokyo Otaku Mode™ (TOM) shares with the world the latest Japanese pop culture news through its Facebook page, which has over 16 million likes, and sells products related to Japanese anime, manga, games, music, and fashion through its website, the Tokyo Otaku Mode Premium Shop. 
TOM strives to be the fastest source for delivering world-famous Japanese pop culture content around the globe. (...)
TOM also strives to support top creators in expanding overseas. This is achieved through translation support of creators’ products and profiles, creating portfolios for creators geared toward overseas viewers, increasing their overseas exposure through interviews, exhibiting their works at overseas conventions, and more. TOM aims to be a platform on which creators can post and sell their works to a worldwide audience.

 One of the campaigns to encourage people to sign up and make purchases is the use of invite codes and friend referrals.

By using a friend's invite code, users can gain up to 10 USD in credit, which, if timed right during Free Shipping promotions, can lead to huge discounts and a chance to get anime merchandise, Japanese home goods or anything you fancy at really low costs.

I am a huge sucker for anything cute in general, so I signed up immediately and bought a few items during the sale.
(pictures incoming!)

I ended up getting fluffy alpacasso! earmuffs perfect for the cold winter months that are coming up, Danbo craft tape that is perfect for packing and sending parcels (I adore snail mail), an alpacasso! keychain for my phone and a Levi nendoroid from the popular series Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin) that I love.

Because of VAT charges, I ended up paying an extra 22 pounds, which I was not particularly happy about, but I'm glad the parcels reached me safely in the end.

If you would like to support this company, you can do so by clicking on this link, or check out their gallery page for wonderful artworks.