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The New Barbie?

November 20th, 2014 4:24 pm


Over the years there have been many arguments to do with the child toy Barbie and the unrealistic body ideal she portrays.

An American artist, Nickolay Lamm decided, due to his own negative attitude to his own body growing up, to create a ‘normal Barbie’, named Lammily, which represents an average BMI and body size.

The doll comes with a realistic wardrobe and stick-on acne, scars and stretch marks to combat the false ideals that dominate the children’s doll market.

He used a crowd-funding project and US government health data to make the brown-haired Lammily doll, which reflects what a Barbie doll would actually look like, if she had the measurements of an average 19-year-old woman’s body.

He also edited a video which shows how it’s body would change if she were made into the average barbie. The results are shocking.

Lammily’s instant popularity was largely driven by a concern for body image,” he said in a statement on his website. ”I believe this issue is of great magnitude. I myself have lived through my share of insecurities. Back in high school, I starved myself and exercised to exhaustion to have a set of six-pack abs. After achieving my desired BMI, I looked and felt terrible. This experience taught me to keep things in perspective. Every one of our bodies is different, so we should not be aspiring to some idealized standard.

“When I look at current fashion dolls, I’m reminded of my experience in high school… I’m reminded that there are some things that are just a mirage and not worth emulating. Moreover, I’m reminded that there is beauty in embracing all the aspects of who you are, and in staying true to you.”

With the concept of the doll revolving around being true to you, Lammily also has an average wardrobe and accessories that reflect her many different facets – such as gardening or book-reading. The graphic designer has also created a series of realistic stickers which can be added to the doll, including cellulite, scars, moles, freckles, acne and the ability to blush.

Lamm aims to extend the Lammily doll in the future to include different ethnicities and different healthy body shapes, along with special edition toys based on inspirational role models from the world of sports, actors and world leaders. And of course, a line of male dolls.

Here are some links and videos to explore for yourself.

https://lammily.com/

http://nickolaylamm.com/




Christmas TV Adverts

November 13th, 2014 2:25 pm


Christmas seems to creep up on all of us every year, and the adverts and promotions appear on our screens earlier and earlier. This year is no exception with our high street stores and supermarkets battling for the best Christmas TV advert to entice us through their doors to do our Christmas food and present shop.

Here’s a pick of the best ones on your TV screen now:

John Lewis have taken the romantic approach this Christmas, by introducing the lonely penguin Monty.  The advert shows Monty and his owners adventures, until poor Monty discovers he has no one to love. His owner notices his lack of romance and finds him a mate, which he plays cupid on Christmas morning. This advert seems to have captured the hearts of the young and old. Be sure to have some tissues on hand when watching this tear jerker.

Waitrose has followed the life of a young schoolgirl put in charge of creating gingerbread for her schools Christmas Stall. It shows the determination and frustrations of mastering the perfect gingerbread, of which all the ingredients are bought at Waitrose.

Sainsbury’s has recreated one of the most famous moments from the First World War in its 2014 Christmas advert in partnership with armed forces charity the Royal British Legion.

The ad is a ‘creative interpretation’ of Christmas Day 1914 when British and German soldiers laid down their weapons and met in no man’s land.

Famously they shared greetings, treats, mementos and even a game of football before returning to fighting the following day. Another tear jerker, that captures kindness and happiness in what would have been a horrible and lonely time.

Marks and spencer have dropped out of a celebrity filled advert this season and decided to add a little sparkle to their adverts by following the fairies. The advert shows a day in the life of being a Christmas Fairy. Watch as they fly across the sky, ensuring presents are what the receiver wants, outfits are perfect and glamorous, even helping find a stranger find their lost cat in time for Christmas day. Follow the Magic on Twitter  http://twitter.com/thetwofairies and watch as the fairies spread their festive kindness and evoke magic and sparkle across the nation.

Mulberry has taken a jest approach with their Christmas advert, by claiming a Bayswater handbag is the best present over a waving puppy and a unicorn. Do you want to #winchristmas this season? Looks like a Mulberry handbag is just the right thing to ensure that.

We’re all torn in the office to what one is our favourite. Each has a little special something that contributes to the festive feeling at this time of year. Is Monty the penguin your favourite adorable penguin? Or could you do with the magic Marks and Spencer fairies sprinkling a little fairy dust on your Christmas plans?




Congratulations! Rebecca Froley is Our October Customer Photo Competition Winner

November 12th, 2014 4:41 pm


Hi to Liz and the whole team at Anna Scholz!

Thank you so much for the sample sale yesterday – I had a lovely (long!) time trying on all the beautiful clothes and thanks to some helpful advice from Liz I went home with some pieces I’d have been nervous of trying but that actually look really good – the two gorgeous stretch skirts especially, which my family loved on me – as well as my normal favourites, dresses. And I’ll definitely be saving for the jeans as they were genuinely amazing and comfortable – I’ll be telling my friends about those! I’ve just got to decide whether the 18 or 20 were best.

Thought I’d also send you a couple of photo of one of the pieces I’ve bought from you in the past – the purple / black snakeskin print tunic. I wear this a lot as it’s comfy but pretty and I’ve had quite a few compliments on it. And I think it’s perfect for a low-key Halloween at home, especially in the unusually balmy weather – it also sets off my Halloween pterodactyl necklace pretty well! (Well, they almost look like bats, so I figure that’s good enough…) Just hope I don’t make my way through too many of the sweets before the trick or treaters arrive tonight!

Thanks again for the wonderful clothes and the really friendly, helpful atmosphere at the sale,

Rebecca Froley (a very happy customer)

Customers: we invite you to submit your photos now for the photo contest for November. E-mail us snaps of you in your favourite Anna Scholz looks to info@annascholz.com for publication on our blog, and you’ll be entered to win a £100 online shopping voucher. Whether you’re out on the town or just hanging out, we’d love to see how you lend your personal flavour to Anna’s clothes.





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