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Polyvore

The one who doesn’t do ‘fashion’ is blogging about fashion twice in the space of one day That’s what’s happening.

As I hang my head over my toilet like a drunk, hungover or pregnant person, here’s my review on Polyvore.

One of my besties introduced me to this app, and tbh I’m very impressed. As you must know by now, I usually buy clothes around Christmas time – sometimes not at all… I actually still own outfits that I fitted into at the age of 16, no lie.

The way I look at it is – I own a washing machine. So, clothes go inside of that washing machine, as does fabric softener/detergent. Join us here tomorrow for a review of Calgon – ’cause “washing machines live longer with” them. “BANG and the limescale* is gone!” Oops, sorry, wrong ad…

Back to Polyvore, the app for those who lack fashionista/beautista qualities. Basically, what this app says to me is that I’m someone who doesn’t know how to put an outfit/look together, so – rather than wracking my four and a half braincells trying to choose various garments/makeup to match, just use Polyvore. It’s simpler and easier to mix & match, showing you exactly where you should be purchasing clothes/cosmetics from.

I love it. I don’t think colour co-ordination has ever been my weakness – neither has outfit choosing -but I think it’s good to know the latest fashion trends, even if I’m going to go against them… It’s got to be said that I love the smart-casual options I’m seeing on there, unlike seeing a bank balance of £0.20p. 😆

There you go, I love Polyvore, a lot vore than I thought I would… Poly, Poly, Poly! Vore, Vore, VORE! When life gives you Polies ask for VORE.

Polyvore

Eva Bra

Wow. If this story doesn’t tug at your heartstrings so hard that they come off, are you human?

So, a Mexican student called Julian Rios Cantu was 13 when his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to go through a DOUBLE mastectomy! The family’s life changed forever, and it’s affected the poor guy so much that he promised to revolutionise the diagnosis of breast cancer, preventing mastectomies for other women.

At the age of 18, Julian and his three friends created ‘Eva’, the sensory bra that monitors the shape, texture, colour, and temperature of each breast – to determine whether there are cancerous cells that could put women at risk.

If you’re looking for more information on this bra, there’s a video posted onto Higia Technologies (the company that Julian has founded) explaining how it works and was made.

Eva is made up of 200 small, tactile biosensors that map out the surface of each breast and its results recorded via the bra and sent to an app, alerting the wearers of changes.

In the video it states that customers only need to wear Eva for one hour a week to have the results registered. Cantu dreams of Eva being less painful than mammograms, giving better results than an ultrasound. He’s also dubbed it the: “autoexploration bra”.

Want to find out more? Click here to watch the Spanish video tutorial.

Yes, the Eva bra might just be a prototype right now, but I think it’s a brilliant idea that’ll gain large, widespread funding. Want to stay in the loop? Subscribe the Higia Technologies’ newsletter now – available in English and Spanish.

I think Julian deserves a Mexican knighthood. What an absolute teen prodigy, and inventorial legend. The student turned entrepreneur has gone on to win the top prize at the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards in Germany.

13 Reasons Why

This week’s #NationalMentalHealthWeek and May is renowned for being #NationalMentalHealthMonth. So, I wanted to make a quick post that explains why I won’t be watching ‘13 Reasons Why‘, and tell you all that it’s okay to suffer from bouts of depression from time to time, you’re only human. When you begin to feel down though, recognise the triggers, and speak/reach out. Don’t suffer alone. You’re not alone.

1) It sounds majorly sad, traumatising and depressing.

2) It’ll definitely have a negative affect on me, it’ll be a mind-messer.

3) I’m not interested in watching someone else suffering – least of all to the point of being driven to suicide.

4) I don’t want to watch other people’s words or actions leading to someone taking their own life… I’m well aware that it’s a prominent, sensitive issue in today’s society that needs to be addressed (in ways other than filming a series and streaming it to Netflix).

5) would you want people making a film/TV show about you or someone you know and love going through this? Out of respect, no I wouldn’t. It’s a personal and private thing. Therefore, if this story’s based on a true story – which I’m sure it is – I don’t think it should be aired.

6) a majority of us have been bullied, so I wouldn’t watch it for fear that it’d bring back memories. I also don’t think watching others being bullied is something I’d find intriguing or interesting. It actually makes me sad, angry, hurt and annoyed.

7) the show itself is WAY too overrated!

8) I’m not interested in Netflix unless I’m watching it with someone (and I don’t – not because I can’t get someone to watch it with, just because I’m selective and only have one in mind).

9) The genre of real-life, thriller dramas/documentaries doesn’t appeal to me (with exception of Catfish and that isn’t even tragic or mind-messy).

10) I can’t not get emotionally invested in such stories, so I avoid them when possible.

11) it’s not something I’d openly recommend anyone to watch*, so why would I watch it myself?

*other than a bully, in which case I’d show them this as a means of explaining how their words/actions are impacting/could impact on those who they’re bullying.

12) I believe there are other ways of raising awareness for suicide (which doesn’t involve making documentaries). If you want to make a difference, campaign, march, run a marathon, or set up a GoFundMe… Speak out. Do something.

You don’t need to watch a docu-series about the last moments of someone’s life, leading up to their death, to want to do something about it.

13) I just don’t want to.

Look, to give credit where it’s due, I’ve heard great things from friends. It’s also been well received by the wider Netflix community. Obviously if you’re interested in this type of show, watch it. I’m just not and I wanted to share my thoughts on it because it’s all over social-media…

A second season of it (if rumours are to be believed) just shows that it’s less about suicide awareness and more about bank balance. No thanks.

If you’ve been affected by depression, anxiety or intrusive thoughts, seek help – speak to the Samaritans or Child Line (if you’re young). Alternatively, contact a mental health charity like Mind and/or speak to your GP, mentor, parent/s, someone you trust. Sometimes, even a stranger can help. Just, speak.

Japanese, Sushi

Japanese cuisine – aka: ‘sushi’. Now is the time to discuss my favourite cuisine EVER… It’s with great pride that I announce sushi is Bae. It’s been bae all this time… Bae. ‘Anywae’, yaeh – bae.

I love sushi of all types, hosomaki, uramaki,nigiri, sashimi, maki and temaki… They’re life. I love them because you can purchase sushi in different variations to suit your dietary requirements (i.e. vegetarian, pescatarian, and sometimes even meat). My favourite of all has to be the uramaki – a simple salmon & avocado would do just fine.

Other reasons to like sushi: anyone who’s everyone can have and enjoy these filling but bite sized tasters. Also, there are two styles of sushi such as tempura and/or raw. The good thing is, it’s up to the person’s preference. I think this is why I love sushi more than any other cuisine.

Furthermore, (oo-er, yes BIG words now…) I don’t usually eat rice – but when I do, it’s sticky rice. I’d eat sticky rice (the main ingredient of sushi) on a daily basis if I could…

There’s a really great Japanese shop near where I work that makes them fresh to buy each day. At 4pm, they start selling them for clean cheap (not dirt) because they don’t like food waste… Neither do I.

Want to learn how to make sushi? Here‘s a recipe to feast your eyes and mouth on.

In terms of good sushi restaurants in London, my personal favourite is Eat Tokyo in Golder’s Green. Others include SushiSamba in Liverpool Street, and Nobu in Oxford Street.

How much sushi could a sushi chef sushi if a sushi chef could sushi? All of ’em.

In order to reach my 300 word count, I’ll be explaining How To: eat sushi:

  • with chopsticks
  • you can go all #ThugLyf and eat them by hand

All you have to do is pop them in your sushi-hole like a Skittle and not only hope for the best but become the best.

Accompaniments to sushi: usually you’d find pickled ginger and wasabi which – umm, let’s skip that… I love chilli but I don’t want to cremate my tastebuds with a paste! Finally, you can also add soya sauce to enhance the experience of sushi eating. However, I can’t because my face’ll bloat faster and would look more inflated than a life-sized beach ball.

Without further ado… Chow down.

Pad Thai

If you follow me  on Twitter (and have yet to mute me for my constant LIVE streaming of my daily parodic life), you’ll know that I love Pad Thai. I’m actually learning to love Pad Thai more than life’s fair share of humans… Twitter’ll tell you I’m not anti-social though, I have published approximately 30k tweets. 😆

Anyway, Thai cuisine is the bae awae from bae… No, no. no… I don’t think you actually understand! When I eat a plate of extra nutty and spicy Pad Thai, I don’t think about the maybe painful excretion afterwards – I just eat it. 😋 It’s lush. It’s delicious. It’s everything.

If you’d like to make it for yourself, click here.

Here’s a contradiction for the inter-diction… I usually hate the sauce in stews but I wouldn’t mind that extra Pad Thai-an residue. It’s SO tasty when done right. I like it flavoursome aka ‘not bland’. I’ve sadly had a few where not even Chilli oil can save them.

If you’re looking for a great place to try some, there’s one in Camden that does is just right. Like the story of the Three Bears. Also, those prawns (as seen in the picture) were the best prawns I’ve ever put inside of my facial-hole known as ‘mouth’.

Back to the restaurant, I’m there as much as people go to work, school, or college/uni… If you don’t go to any of those, I love them as much as you stay at home or live that retired life. Prince Philip, if you’re reading, which – let’s face it, of course you are. You and the Queen are secret fans, aren’t you? The answer you’re looking for Philip is: “yes.”

What a guy! Retiring at 95, the dude’s a DON.

If Pad Thai entered FarEastVision, it’d get ichi ni san shi points from me.

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