***HOW TO MAKE IT IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY OR THE GREAT STRUGGLE***

Hey everyone! ūüôā

I think that when you are someone that wants to make it in the fashion industry or any other artistic industry (music, cinema,etc…) you’re a bit of a masochist ! Speaking of that, I am a part of these people !

I was thinking about that because while I’m looking for an internship in fashion, I become more and more aware of this tough reality !

Indeed, this industry is so competitive that you need a lot of determination and hard work. Particularly when you learn on your own and when you start your carreer like me !

Also, you always face this same ol’ dilemma : heart or reason ? Should you follow your passion or choose a safer career ? And people that tell you to follow your dream while others are scared of you possibly failing don’t help you make up your mind.

And all of these questions: “Do you have what it takes ?” “Are you talented enough ?” “Why would they notice YOU ?” All of these questions don’t have a single, specific answer since the answers can be so subjectives !

This kind of industry has a tough reputation: “You need connections/a name/a lot of money/a pretty face/to sleep around to make it”, “there are so many people that want to make it big and that do the same as you, how can you make a difference ?”

Hell yeah, I can say that when I saw Shera Kerienski’s ¬†video about how she wanted to become a fashion designer but she first lost herself along the way because of people’s expectations, I definetly identified ! For those who don’t know who she is, she is a super cool French fashion/lifestyle youtuber that got popular thanks to her videos about curly hair tips. It felt as if she was telling my story except that my dream didn’t come true…yet !

It starts coming to life thanks to this blog ! I haven’t been able to show my fashion creations online yet, but I’m still learning and I’ll do it when I am ready !

In a nutshell, I don’t want to complain, actually because every hardship that has been overcame is a step closer to success. I’ve always done it and I’ll always do what I like: sewing, drawing, creating whether professionally or as an amateur, after my day job !

I hope that this article will encourage anyone that has a dream and wants to fulfill it, no matter what !

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Handbags and Stilettos !

Pixie McQueen ūüôā

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**IS YOUTUBE BECOMING BORING ?**

Youtube, a lot of people talk about it, even those that know nothing about (hi news channels trying to stay relevant !). As far as I’m concerned, I’ve been watching videos on Youtube for at least ten years (already ?!) Yeah, it was the good old times when I would watch crazy Snow White or Dora the Explorer parodies (my mind was already corrupted by the Internet haha).

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Snow White looks kinda sick, here !

Anyway, what I like the most about Youtube is the no-limit mentality: raunchy humor is acceptable but not only ! We can just express ourselves freely on this platform, in general ! Or, at least, we could… I thought about this when I saw this new video from Le Rire Jaune, a very popular French youtuber. His video is called ‘If I were a dad’ where he talks about how he would raise his kids,etc… as a dad. What makes this video interesting is that it’s second version of this video, since the first one was considered as too dirty by Youtube, so they put an age restriction on it. All that jazz because we could see a dild…duster in it !

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DAT swaaagg !

I can undesrtand that, in a way because Youtube wants to appeal to the most people possible (even very young people) in order to satisfy advertizers so they can reach larger demographics and get all that ching ching, if you know what I mean. Consequently, according to Youtube, all the videos that contain “Sexually suggestive content, including partial nudity and sexual humor” and “Controversial or sensitive subjects and events, including subjects related to war, political conflicts, natural disasters and tragedies, even if graphic imagery is not shown“.

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The thing is we’re not watching a kid’s website ! All of those things I’ve just quoted are the core of what I like to call the ‘Youtube humor’. When I talk about ‘Youtube humor’, I mean the recurring kind of humor taht we find in viral videos, that’s accepted and understood by the majority of the Youtube community. Do you think that Jenna Marbles, Shane Dawson, Tana Mongeau, Onision became popular because nice little jokes about the last Care Bears ¬†episode? I don’t think so. Youtube may lose it’s soul, its authenticity and brutal honesty that made it so relatable. That was were we could really express our opinions, but also our talents. We could have a plateform where we could showcase our skills no matter what they are (music, directing, acting, etc…)

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The perfect example of a talented Youtuber that could be credited for what she did best thanks to her videos. Rest in peace Christina </3

So, in addition to lose its soul, Youtube is selling its freedom. Yet, there would be ways to reconcile financial matters with creative freedom, like having a warning before a video that doesn’t match the criteria instead of censoring it. Of course you can make a living but do you have to sell your soul ? If we go this way, only identical, politically correct beauty gurus and boring unoriginal podcasts will remain and that’s not a good idea !

In the end I would say that it challenges freedom on the Internet, in general. Youtube is so influencial, if it gets to controlled, that could influence other websites to do the same and the Internet would be completely corporate. That would mean that we, Internet children, would become some kind of orphans in a way, sniff…

Anyway there’s so much left to say, but I’ll stop there for today !

Nyan Cats & Annoying Oranges

Pixie McQueen ūüėČ

***ODE TO HALESTORM OR CONFESSIONS OF A FANGIRL***

Hey everyone ! ūüôā

One of the things I like the most beside watching old Shane Dawson videos, pretending I’m Jimi Hendirx with my electric guitar (but I’m still not able to play with my teeth !) and drawing, is fangirling !

Ok, definition: according to Wikipedia, AKA the-most-reliable-source-in-the-world-and-you-know-it, “(fandom slang) A female fan who is obsessive about a particular subject (especially, someone or something in popular entertainment media).”

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I think we all have a fangirl phase but some pull it off better than others haha.

So yeah, I LOVE Halestorm, an amazing americain hard rock band, and I’m one of their fangirls. I listen to their songs litteraly EVERYDAY, but I have good reasons:

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From left to right, Joe Hottinger (Lead Guitar), Lzzy Hale (Singing and Rythm Guitar), Arejay Hale (Drums) and Josh Smith (Bass).

1/They rock on stage!

Joe’s guitar solos, Arejay’s energy at the drums, Josh’s groove at the bass and Lzzy super powerful voice are perfect 99% of the time ! I mean, it’s a must for rock bands, to play LIVE (Hi Britney sorrynotsorry ‚̧) ! They always play live, no tracks, autotune and that’s so refreshing in a world full of technologies designed to artificially improve the artists’ performances.

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2/ Their upbeat songs are as good as their ballads !

One of the reasons why listen to their music all the time is that whatever your mood is, there’s always a song for you ! You feel¬†***flawless¬†like ¬†Beyonc√© ? ‘Daughters of Darkness‘, ‘You Call Me a Bitch Like It’s A Bad Thing‘, ‘I Like It Heavy‘ will be perfect ! You feel melancholic ? ‘Familiar Taste Of Poison‘, ‘I’m not An Angel‘, ‘Break In‘ will satisfy you ! There’s a good balance between the ‘Mz Hyde‘ side: badass, confident and super charismatic and the more fragile, sentimental side of their rock ballds. They even won a Grammy Award in 2012 for the best rock/metal performance thanks to ‘Love Bites (So Do I)‘!

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Mz Hyde, Lzzy Hale’s badass alter ego. She is for Lzzy what Sasha Fierce is for Beyonc√©. (DeviantArt Credit: IceQueen1186)

3/ Their covers are dope !

In addition to their awesome original songs, they have pretty dope covers. My favourite one is the’Bad Romance‘ one, I think it’s the most well-known. By the way, Lzzy’s voice is so deep during the verses of this song that I thought it was a duet with a male singer…until I saw her singing that live !

Other than that their covers of ‘Get Lucky‘ by Daft Punk, ‘All I Wanna Do‘ by Heart, ‘Shoot To Thrill‘ by AC/DC or ‘Empire State of Mind‘ by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys are as amazing !

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One of Halestorm’s 2 cover EPs

4/ Their bring more fun to rock !

What differenciates Halestorm and other big bands like them (I mean, big in the rock/metal community) is that their rock is much more upbeat ! In opposition to bands such as¬†Evanescence, The Pretty Reckless¬†or¬†In This Moment (bands that I really enjoy, btw ^^) that are very dark when it comes to their lyrics or visuals, Halestorm brought that 80’s vibe √† la Joan Jett, Lita Ford or¬†Bon Jovi !

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Lzzy Hale (on the left) et Lita Ford (on the right)

5/ LZZY FREAKING HALE !!

And last but not least: Lzzy Hale ! It’s true that she’s very beautiful but she’s also very talented: she has a good vocal technique, her charisma on stage is obvious and she can play the guitar and the piano. It may not seem much to some people, but actually it is, it’s always nice to see female singers that don’t only rely on their appearance to sell records!

Also, she’s very inspiring because she’s a solar woman that embraces her sexiness. She embodies the strong rock chick that can inspire us to be an independent woman ourselves, in today’s society where feminism and girl power are taking over. Moreover, she stands for what she believes in, such as tolerance, pretty recently.

Bonus fact: She has her own signature guitar in collaboration with Gibson ! She has the double neck version in the picture with Lita Ford above and the regular version underneath.

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In a nutshell, I think I’m right to fangirl over Halestorm ! I pray to be lucky enough to see them in concert someday

I hope you enjoyed this article and see ya !

Electric guitars & Studded Bracelets !

Pixie McQueen ūüėČ

***THE SECRET OF HAPPINESS***

Hey everyone ! I’m back with an unplanned article (so it’s gonna be a little messy ^^) that I decided to write even if there already are a crapload of articles on this video/subject, I wanted to talk about it too because it’s been eye-opening for me concerning a problem I’ve dealt with for a long time (and maybe you too): way too high expectations.

Yesterday I stumbled upon an old Jenna Marbles video about the importance of having low to no expectations in your life. This video reminded me why I love Jenna : she super funny, of course, but she also has amazing ideas when it comes to more serious subjects !

Basically, she says that the secret to be happier is not to have any expectations about the consequences of our actions. And I thank it’s so damn true ! We all at some point have this problem: we want to succeed absolutely and never fail AKA perfectionnism ! But we all know that it’s as realistic as travelling the world riding a flying llama ! Despite this fact, we keep clinging onto this illusion as if we could not survive without it…

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What she said was like an electric shock for me. No need to be stressed anymore, we have to go with the flow of life and keep appreciating the learning process by working passionately. In a nutshell, live in the present moment et give the best of you AKA Hakuna Matata, but in a more realistic way ! Yeah, I mean, you cannot spend your life tanning your butt and eating worms haha !

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She also explains that you can also have high standards, as much goals as you want and that you should work the best possible towards your goals… without expecting anything! Like sending your intentions somewhere in the Universe without really knowing where it’s gonna lead et accepting the fact that you only have control on your own actions but not on what they’ll make happen.

I have to admit that it seemed pretty difficult and idealistic for me at the beginning, but when you start by little things it’s completely possible and that allowed me to avoid so much disappointement and negative feelings !

That’s also exactly what Bruno Lallement, a French best-seller author and motivational speeker said during one of his speeches “the art of using your thoughts”¬†.Sorry it only exists in French and there are no English subtitles but basically, he quotes Benjamin Franklin “I always prepare myself for the worst, so I’ll never be decieved.” His explanation completes what Jenna says since he affirms that when you’re too scared of failure, you put all of your energy in fighting against this fear instead of your own working process. The idea is to get prepared to fail. He even says that you have to get familiar with bad things that could happen (even death) so you’re not paralyzed anymore about what may/may not happen !

To go through this process, you need a lot a bravery but in my opinion it’s the best thing to do since you cannot control those things. It allowed me to understand that we’re all equal when it comes to life’s ups and downs because everybody go though them, but the ones that can surf on these crazy waves in this ocean of possibilities do better in life (and they probably have a similar mindset to Jenna’s ;))

Even if we can’t control the world around us, we can control ourserlves, always progress and live our lives the way we want if we allow ourselves to do it (this was probably the cheesiest conclusion I have ever written haha !)

Skittles & M&M’s ¬†!

Pixie McQueen

***MY BLOG ANNIVERSARY !***

Today my blog has been out there ¬†for a year : I didn’t even see it coming ! *sniff, who cut onions in here ?!*

I never thought I could take this step, start my own blog ! I may seem like it’s nothing but just the idea of doing something we wanted to do for a while for real is so great !

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So, for this anniversary I wanted to go for a top 5 of the reasons why having a blog is amazeballs !

1/ Writing about whatever you want

Nothing feels as good as freedom ! I could write about cutting bangs to your hamster to make it look like Kate Moss and nobody could say anything ! You can develop your creativity with no limits and create your own world you’ve been dreaming of !

2/Getting used to write

No, you can’t be a man/woman of letter like Shakespeare overnight ! But having a blog and writing it regularly (not like me these days) can help you find your own way to use your words, what you like to write about, managing the lengh of your articles,etc… Thanks to this blog, I start to realize that I tend to write a lot to say not that much, so I try to be briefer in my articles.

3/ Investing your time in doing something fun

Having a blog can teach you how to be rigourous if you want to write regularly. It’s an amazing investment that also shows you how to be your own manager doing what you like… And I kinda struggle with that xD

4/ Sharing your passions with the world just with a few clicks

That’s the reason why I prefer to write online and not on a sheet of paper. With the Internet you can share your content on social media and b eing able to talk with other bloggers, read their articles, being more open to others and the world. I mean, what’s the use of being connected together if we can’t get to know/understand each other ?

5/Getting to know yourself better

This my last but not least reason of having a blog ! I’ve noticed that writing this blog, is that when you create content, think about how you will express your ideas, get everything together, etc, you learn a lot about yourself, about your vision of things but also what it becomes once confronted to the world…

Raspberry gloss & salted butter caramels !

Pixie McQueen ^^

***WHEN LOOKS MATTER WAY TOO MUCH***

Hey everyone ! Pixie McQueen, here, the boldest fairy of the Internet ! =P

Lately, I’ve been realizing in my daily life that we’re judged on our looks so much for pretty much every single reason possible ! I know what you’re gonna say: “thanks, I already knew it, Captain Obvious! What a ratchet intro ! ”

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No, for real what I mean is that I can get it when you have no clue about who the person you have in front of you is. It’s human to judge a person when you don’t know her because it’s HELLA scary when you don’t know anything about him/her, he/she could be a psychopath or something, you know. But I think there’s a huge difference between judging very quickly and then let go of all those judgements as you get to know the person and COMPLETELY rejecting you because you don’t fit in the beauty standards !

All of this pisses me off because if it’s an influent person (like a somewhat narrow-minded employer, a teacher that doesn’t want you to have your chance, whatever) you can miss huge opportunities ! And no, it’s not just about young, mean kids that can be mean, mocking kids ! And no, teens in middle/high school aren’t the worst, contrary to what is shown in movies like ‘Mean Girls’, because at least Regina George is fictional ! No, everything keeps going with adults, too !

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The Devil in its most beautiful form… Meryl Streep aside, of course ! ūüėČ

What do I mean ? With adults it’s worse because it’s even sneakier. Yes, maybe they’ll laugh at you directly less often but you could be ignored because you’re not what everybody wants you to be ! You could be the most beautiful person inside, if they ¬†think you’re not beautiful outside, you won’t be accepted !

A lot of people say: ‘What can you do? That’s the way it goes !’ HELL TO THE NO ! Why couldn’t we change that ?

However, I think we live in a very interesting era where things change, we can see more and more colorful hair colors on people that don’t have eccentric styles (punks, emo, goths…), models with Down Syndrome, dwarf actors… But, for the moment these people remain exceptions. They could be precursors if we could be bold enough to be who we are too !

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Harnaam Kaur, the bearded woman

I’m not saying we should have a violent revolution but I just wanna say that we’re not made to fit in the mold ! Why would we all be born with different caracteristics and DNAs if it was meant to be that way ?

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Lizzie Velasquez, ‘the ugliest woman in the world’, according to some people

Moreover, we can see that beauty is generally very hard to achieve because the caracteristics or the combination of them that is valued is rare. For example, the current ‘badonkadonk’ trend √† la Nicki Minaj or Kim Kardashian (large breasts, thin waist, juicy derri√®re) is hardly achievable naturally. So, how can we make people fit in those beauty standards when it’s rarely even possible ?

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Beauty standards in the world since Antiquity

Actually, I think beauty is not a probleme, there’s nothing wrong with knowing how to appreciate it (without sexually harassing pretty ladies, you guys ! =P) Beauty, whether it’s found in an object, an animal, a poem or a human being, is not superficial itself. I wanted to clear that up because people that are considered as beautiful seem to be considered as superficial way too often, while it’s they’re not always that way !

According to dictionary.com, beauty has several definitions but only the first one drawss my attention for this article, we can break it down in two parts :

  • “he quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure ordeep satisfaction to the mind, whether arising from sensory¬†manifestations (as shape, color, sound, etc.)” : PHYSICAL BEAUTY
  • “a meaningful design orpattern, or something else” (as a personality in which high spiritual¬†qualities are manifest).: SPIRITUAL/EMOTIONAL BEAUTY

And I think that’s the confusion we make between those two definitions that mess it all up ! The problem is that the word ‘beauty’ refers to two things that are completely different and don’t always go hand and hand with each other : the match to aestethic criteria and the admiration caused by a moral or intellectual quality/act. Basically, we always unconsciously¬†associate them. Like Jenna Marbles says in her video ‘What Disney Movies Taught Me’¬†(at 4:15), since we’re young, with cartoons like the ones from Disney, we’ve learnt¬†unconsciously that people that are not ‘beautiful’ (young, skinny,etc…) are mean because villains tend to correspond to this description.

Well, I could continue forever, there is so much to say but I think it’ll be enough for today ! The next article will be funnier, I promise !

Care Bears & Fluff Balls !

Pixie McQueen xx

***CL, THE BADDEST FEMALE IN THE US: CAN’T WAIT !***

Hey everyone ! Pixie McQueen, here, the boldest Balckjack of the Web !

For this article, this won’t be the creative fairy that’ll talk but the huge Blackjack I am !

In this article, I talked about the K-Pop girl group 2NE1 (Blackjacks are their fans). But this time I will tell you about their super charismatic leader CL (Lee Chaelin) who’s ¬†preparing her debut album which is gonna be the beginning of her american solo career !

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So let’s see the context: the last album of the group is from 2014 (‘CRUSH‘) as well as CL’s last solo : MTBD. CL has only had two solos in her whole career: ‘MTBD’ and ‘THE BADDEST FEMALE‘ (2013).

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So a lot of people saw her in 2NE1 but also collaborating with other big acts such as G-Dragon (‘R.O.D‘ or ‘The Leaders‘ that I absolutely love), Black Eyed Peas (‘Where Is The Love‘), Skrillex (‘Dirty Vibe‘) or, more recently Diplo, Riff Raff and OG Maco (‘Dr Pepper‘). And no, this collaboration is not her first single even if she wrote it !

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By the way I love CL and she’s doing her job for ‘Dr Pepper’ but I’m not too found of the song because I think it’s too ssimple compared to all she’s able to do. The melody is quite monotonous and the lyrics very repetitive, that’s why it’s so catchy ! Also, the lyrics aren’t supposed to be committed or something, they aren’t worse than most of the songs we hear in the clubs. ¬†It’s clearly not a song for Blackjacks nor K-Pop fans in general, but more for americn rap fans I would say ! Even the video bored me while CL is stunning with her new silver hair ! It’s all about the rappers rapping in front of the camera and then a bus (or maybe a very long SUV I don’t know…) with Dr Pepper cans everywhere and female dancers in black underwear twerking. Those dancers are objectified in a very useless way, which doesn’t bring anything interesting to the video.

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CL looking stunning with her new silver hair !

But I’m reassured that she also said that her ‘cool’ image would remain and that 2NE1 wouldn’t stop, contrary to rumors ! =D I hope she won’t turn into a Nicki Minaj or Iggy Azalea copycat just to make it in America !

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So she will work with Diplo (Major Lazer) and Scooter Braun (Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande’s manager) will take care of her career; I like Major Lazer, and even if I don’t like Bieber and Grande that much, I can’t wait to see how these new people will influence her music and career !

Diplo said in an interview with the Time that one of her songs would be called “Birthday” and it will be in English and Korean. He also said that another of her songs will be called “One” which will be pop, “childish and fun”.

It’s now time for Chaelin to stand on her own two feet and to show us all of her talent (rapper, singer, songwriter, composer) !

*Super hardcore fangirl mode ON* OMG, I DON’T KNOW IF MY BODY WILL BE ABLE HANDLE THAT MUCH AWESOMENESS ALL AT ONCE ! ¬†CAN’T WAAAAAAIT !! =P *Super hardcore fangirl mode OFF*

PREACH IT, CL !

PREACH IT, CL !

Peacock feathers & Nutella crepes !

Pixie McQueen xx