Friday, 15 January 2010

The Size Issue

So V magazine's size issue is now out. Just when everybody's renewing their gym subscriptions and making a year long promise to lose at least 10 kilos after the holiday season, V came up with this fantastic idea to celebrate your shape, even if you are as big as Gabourey Sidibe

Being a fatty myself (my ideal weight for my 7'5" structure is 65kg. I am, hold your breath, 15 kilos overweight at the moment) and someone who just merely started to run the threadmill again, I am afraid to look at the pictures, I might like myself.

I pray to God that I will not be as fat as Sidibe.  Not for anything else but having breathing difficulty climbing up the stairs to my apartment (25 steps more or less and steep) at 80 kilos now, imagine me at 300 kilos.  I might be dead on the 2nd step alone. V's point of directing the fashion spotlight to the curvier ones is  brilliant idea however, the health cautions were missing.  It is like buying a cigarette without the usual "smoking kills" warning printed on the pack.

There was a balancer in the issue though in the shape of Dakota Fanning,"the tiny one" as the title goes. Dakota, who I love in her childhood movies,  is as we all know turning into a great little actress.  She is seemingly smart and definitely skinny just as hollywood like it. 

Dakota's feature seemed like a forced entry in the magazine, drowning amidst the sea of  the heavier girls. I could almost hear the editor shouting, "we have to be politically correct!  Let's not focus on the fat ones, put some skinny bitch on the issue, for fuck's sake!".  Therefore we see Little Miss D.-- a waif, thin girl who is recently known for her film role as someone who feeds only with blood.

There were some features as well in this issue that take your mind off double cheeseburger, fries and coke (red) for a second.  Interesting read is Tom Ford's interview where he admits he hates his photo taken. Hmmm…Now I got the point why he is always baring his chest or posing with naked men in adverts and editorials---He wants us to look at his hairy chest and the naked guys instead, not him.  Clever.

Then my eyes caught this:

It says that in Barcelona nudity is not only tolerated but it is encouraged. 

Really?  I have been to Barcelona and I have never seen anyone without clothes wandering the streets walking their dogs or otherwise.  I have been approached by hookers at plain daylight, yes. 10 am to be exact, and none of them was nude either. Maybe I was there for a brief period and I wasn't able to witness this public display of nakedness but as far as I know, you will definitely get in trouble with the police promenading the La Rambla under the spanish moonlight without clothes.  Yes, even if you look like supermodel Iris, ok?

Speaking of Barcelona, I definitely encourage everyone to come and visit this beautiful and iconic Spanish city.  I had a blast there two years ago when I went for a weekend break.  There is where you can see effortless stylish people parading on the street doing their grocery shopping.  Almost everyone is well-dressed except of course for tourists with their hideous backpacks, t-shirts and dirty sneakers. It was summer though so we can forgive them.  Also, I was surprised with the amount of American tourists and expats living in the city.  Everywhere I went, I always hear the distinct twang!

me in front of a Gaudi building in barcelona 2007

Anyway, going back to the size issue: 
The road for manorexia is still far for me but we'll get there. I should develop some discipline because losing weight requires a lot of it. A  friend once told me, "don't read fashion magazines because it makes you feel bad about yourself" and this issue of V is the one that i will give  a miss.  

I can see myself splattered all over it and I get lazy going to the gym.


Magazine images  from

Monday, 11 January 2010

Let's just get on with it, shall we?

When I was 20, my ex-boyfriend had my handwriting read by a graphologist. He wanted to learn more about my personality so he went the extra mile to achieve it with a help of an expert.  It was the pre-Google era so obviously, there was no way he could Wikipedia or Bing my name nor my email address. From the reading, he found out that I am an  inconsistent person. I would have offered him that information and saved him money if he was kind enough to ask me about it. His next big plan was to consult a fortune teller to know if we were going to last as a couple. I told him I could predict our future easily and gave him the bleak news. That was the last time I saw of him.

Consistency may not be my strongest attribute but I make sure that when I fall, I don't rise;  I fly. So with all the slacking that I have done in 2009, I will try my best to get back on track and make things better.  The year that was for me and Marbellastyle the blog was very good. I thank God and everyone I have met along the way who supported me in this little endeavor.  There were two significant things that happened to Marbellastyle last year:  The Vogue Fashion's Night out in Madrid ( bitches from some Spanish fashion blogs said invites were unnecessary . We were invited as Press hon, not just some random shopper! We actually walked the red carpet. Stoopid.) and of course, writing the fashion section  of  Marbella's one and only gossip magazine, Hot Marbella.

This year, God knows what will happen but I am sure it is gonna be one heck of a rollercoaster. Very soon, you will see a more professional looking blog with more substantial fashion whinnings, moanings,gossipings and verbal diarrheas. There will be nice things too of course, for you who are bored and are promoters of world peace.

The start of 2010 has been quite erratic for me, winning the lottery twice (for a small amount only, FYI don't ask me for donations and charities ok?) which was good. Then comes the heavy rain which made my balcony's drainage to clog and leaked water to my neighbors downstairs.  Also, my Yahoo email address was hacked and used by some bloody company to promote Viagra and other sex enhancing products! Even my boss and my lawyer received the link for 50% discounts on Viagra, I was so embarrassed!

Anyway, enough of the venting. Let me tell you what I have been busy with right now--paypal-ing.  I have just discovered the wonders of Paypal and has been using it for almost weeks now!  Call me weird but this is the first time I really used my paypal account which I set up about three years ago. I never used to buy online but this Sale season has just got me all perked up. 

For example, here's my favorite items for the day:

The Leonello Borghi Bags available at GiltMan

Yes, I am a self confessed bag addict (that's another story altogether). 

From GiltMan: Born in Florence, Leonello Borghi spent time working for Prada and Giorgio Armani before launching his eponymous accessories and handbag collection in 2001. Highly innovative, versatile and sophisticated, the Borghi brand thrives on the combination of unique design and exotic materials, such as deerskin and stingray, to create its groundbreaking approach to “unapologetic luxury.”

Ohhh, I can't wait to adopt one (Angelina-style) to add to my collection to manbags.

I know everyone's going loca right now with the sale madness.  If you want some real purchasing actions check out some of my favorite online shops: (menswear/lifestyle) (for diamonds.  Can pay installment!) (for fantastic jewelry items with history) (for books, books, glorious books! Free shipping worldwide!)

If you have the money, spend it but always remember, there´s always a thing called window shopping. And don't feel bad if it's beyond your finances to purchase something that you really fancy. Log off your computer and it's gonna be fine, believe me. Also some tips, always check on shipping costs, taxes and always look for  hidden agenda  charges. Buy only from trusted websites.

So, with or without credit cards or paypals, we go gayly foward to 2010.  As a saying goes, Life is a catwalk and everyday is a fashion show.

You are all invited to my catwalk.



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