Being Cheap is Not Necessarily a Bad Thing


Frugal. Prudent. Shrewed. These, among so many other words, are terms people who would ordinarily be referred to as ‘cheap’ use to describe themselves today. And can you really blame them for using these fancy words? There is a sort of negative connotation to the word “cheap”. Actually, some would refer to the word as straight-up offensive.

It is such a dirty, disgusting word because, somehow, being cheap automatically means the person is not very successful or the person is stingy “aka gum” …and if we are being honest, we hate such people in this country.

An undeniable norm in our society, most people can no longer be cheap and have peace. We tend to purchase and consume things for the benefit of our social status. We constantly pretend we have more money than we actually have in the bank just to impress onlookers. And even when we want to accept our fate, humble ourselves and cut our coat according to the material we have earned, the banks tell us it’s okay to buy now and pay later. You disregard the responsible plan you made to save money for the professional courses needed to climb higher on your professional ladder; instead you take a loan to buy a Hyundai and rent an apartment at Chevron.

Even more, you are already in a tight corner trying to pay off the loan, yet you say “yes” to friends when they call and invite you to expensive restaurants or bars. You imagine them shaking their head and laughing at you when you refuse or go out and refuse to eat or drink insist and you cringe. The way you see it, you cannot afford to humble yourself and opt out, even if you wanted to. They wouldn’t get it. They would just assume you are being completely unreasonable … or worse, they label would you cheap and ostracize you. And God forbid you exist in a world without lavish friends.

There is a secret which people who avoid being labeled “cheap” do not know: being cheap is not as bad as it seems. Actually, the ‘cheap” people you know and berate, essentially, have more money than you (that is patching a fake life) do, and they are probably happier as well. Yes. The ones, who only buy items when they are on discount or close to expiry date, wear the same wig for a year and a half, and ‘codedly’ earn 500k a month but still jump bus. Those ones. They are actually living a better and more enjoyable life than you are. Sucks, right?

Believe it or not, there is absolutely nothing wrong with being openly selective about what you spend your money on. If anything, being cheap is amazing! It grants you a lot of freedom. You are free from the exhaustion that comes with living a fake life or having to keep up appearances, and you do not suffer the heartburn that comes from comparing yourself with peers or trying to meet up to standards. You can boldly go to Yaba, bend down, pick clothes and take selfies while you are at it. That way there is no need to claim you bought it from a boutique or look for a lie to tell when it so happens there is a small discolouration on the shoulder. You are not bogged down by the fact that your friends traveled to Dubai just to shop for your own wedding. You can’t be bothered about what they do their money. You quit caring about such things a long time ago. In the end, you are the one getting married and more, you will all look fabulous anyway…cloth is cloth…no headaches allowed.

If you even think about it, being fashionable and following trends is time-consuming, it goes against your mission if you are keen on making the things that you do have last longer. Also you could invest the extra time spent on shopping an all that on other things that really matter like building your career, starting that business e.t.c.

It is no wonder cheap people actually get out the rat race faster than others. Their ‘cheap’ habits allow them to save and start their own business, chase their passions or just change fruitless careers quickly with little consequence. They understand the value of money. They know how to make a budget and stick to it. They always have money left over from earnings for savings, so their financial well-being is usually tight. They are first to know where the good sales are. In fact, they hardly every pay full price for anything because they are good negotiators, and can get fabulous for less.

Cheapskates may seem tacky and possibly even come off as gauche, but at the end of the day, they are the ones who really get the happy ending in life. Being cheap may not be trendy, sexy or even brilliant, but it could be the difference between the life you have now and the life you want. If you can find a way to embrace being cheap, your problems are half solved already.Read more at: |


Melbourne Fashion Week


fashion lovers set to blush during event

Move over "millennial pink" because blush is taking the reins as the flesh-toned colour of summer.

Models wearing the colour du jour will take to the catwalk at twilight on Friday under the stars – and a couple of overpasses – as Little Bourke Street plays host to the Emporium Runway for the launch of Melbourne Fashion Week.

Stylist Emily Ward, who is responsible for the looks in Friday's show, said the colour can intimidate some people but hopefully the looks shown in the parade will prove blush is just a neutral friend consumers haven't met.

"It can look amazing on unexpected combinations, like on a redhead," Ms Ward said.

But not all blushes are created equal. Cooler tones look good on complexions with yellow undertones, while pinky undertones should swing towards warmer hues.

"Punctuate with a burgundy or red lip or black accessories so it doesn't look too ethereal," Ms Ward said.

Ms Ward said the Emporium show is curated differently to the designer runways through next week to be the "key looks for the season".

"There are a lot of personalities to cover off. That's right for fashion at the moment, it's all about democratisation and not having one point of view," she said.

Melbourne Fashion Week kicks off on Friday night with a major shopping festival, which is sponsored by Vogue magazine.

Over the next seven days, the Town Hall precinct and other city venues will play host to parades, talks and live sites aimed at boosting Melbourne's reputation as the fashion capital of Australia.

The event is also trying to earn the title of the most diverse fashion event in the country, with models of different ages, shapes and ethnicities taking to the runway.

The diversity is reflected in the four "faces" of this year's festival, including Ajak Deng and size 12 model Stefania Ferrario​.

While fashion week is a ticketed event, there are plenty of free events including the Creative Collective exhibition at the Town Hall and a free show at Collins Place on Friday evening. Remember, first in best dressed.

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Look What You Made Me Do


A Breakdown of All the Shoes in Taylor Swift’s ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ Video

Taylor Swift premiered the video for her new single, “Look What You Made Me Do,” during the VMAs last night. Swift has made it clear over the last few weeks that she is trying to reinvent her image; after clearing all social media accounts, the pop singer has been posting fragments of her new grunge-inspired aesthetic that will define her upcoming album “Reputation.” The music video also suggests Swift is trying out a new image, but not without an array of notable footwear styles.

The video is an eclectic mix of dark imagery, with “Thriller”-eque zombies, snakes, an army of women in bondage-style outfits and violent robbery scenes among the mayhem.

The narrative starts out with a red-dressed Swift in a throne surrounded by snakes. She wears gold sandal pumps with straps that slither around her feet and end at the ankle.

Then she becomes a cliché star, blinded by fame, holding a Grammy in a crashed car. This Swift dons platform peep-toe sandals with cheetah-print accents that match her fur coat.

Then, an acrobatic Taylor sings around a birdcage, imprisoned by her reputation. She wears a pair of bright orange sneaker boots that run thigh high and feature a peep toe, laces and stilettos.

Next we see a baseball bat-wielding Swift robbing a bank in blood-red thigh-high stiletto boots.

The next Swift revs up a motorcycle in black, studded lace-up combat boots. She has a small following of biker girls in over-the-knee boots.

Leading an army of plastic girls, a new Swift wears two-in-one shoes. Her platform boots are red with a plastic-texture finish and have details of black ankle-strap sandals over the foot.

Then a new Swift leads a choreography scene with dancers who are clearly intimidating. She wears Fendi over-the-knee boots, this pair in a sock-boot style with striped detail accents.

And finally, in floral over-the-knee boots that match a minidress, Swift destroys an airplane with a chainsaw.

It’s unclear as of yet what the “new Taylor” will be like, but this commentary on reputations shows that Swift has killed off all versions of the “old Taylor,” and she did it while wearing stylish heels.

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diversity at Vogue


Naomi Campbell criticises lack of diversity at Vogue

Naomi Campbell has criticised the lack of diversity among staff of the fashion magazine Vogue, highlighting how a staff photo taken under a former editor, Alexandra Shulman, showed a complete absence of black staff members.

Shulman stepped down at the beginning of August to be replaced by Edward Enninful, not only the first man but also the first non-white person to edit the influential magazine in its 100-year history. His appointment was heralded by many, including Campbell, as a moment of reckoning for the fashion industry, which has a deeply entrenched issue with diversity and race across the board.

Yet the final picture of Shulman’s staff of around 50 highlighted how much Enninful will have to grapple with the issue.

In an Instagram post, Campbell said: “This is the staff photo of @britishvogue under the previous editor #AlexandraSchulman,” Campbell wrote. “Looking forward to an inclusive and diverse staff now that @edward_enninful is the editor … let’s hear your thoughts?”

It prompted an outpouring of anger on social media as the past lack of diversity on the Vogue staff was laid bare.

One user responded to Campbell’s picture: “I didn’t realise there was such a lack of diversity behind a revered British institution. That’s quite shocking for 2017. Edward has his work cut out. Let’s hope he modernises and together let’s watch as profits grow as he makes the magazine inclusive to all colours.”

Another added: “Diversity and inclusive practices are a must especially in fashion … black and brown people’s cultural influence in fashion are innumerable and should be reflected in every aspect of the industry.”

Before taking up the post at the beginning of August, Enninful announced a series of appointments that attempted to rectify the issue. Campbell, film director Steve McQueen and model and activist Adwoa Aboah were all named as contributing editors and a make-up artist, Pat McGrath, was named beauty editor-at large.

However, despite a shake-up of the old guard, the new staff who will work with Enninful on a daily basis are still overwhelmingly white. His creative director will be Johan Svensson, his senior fashion editor will be Poppy Kain, Jack Borkett will be fashion editor, while Anders Madsen was appointed fashion critic.

Nonetheless, Enninful has pledged that his time as editor will see diversity embraced on the pages of Vogue and behind it, a change from a world where only two black models have had solo Vogue covers in the past 15 years. Enninful was awarded an OBE for services to diversity in fashion in 2016 and has not shied away from the issue since being named editor, pledging to “change it from the inside”.

His commitment to the issue was also demonstrated by a campaign he directed and styled for Gap, the clothing brand, in July which united models of different genders, races and ages all in white T-shirts. “In the casting I chose individuals [who] inspire me and represent the world – from actors to activists, models to athletes to performers,” said Enninful. “A cast of varying genders, sexuality, religions, ages and backgrounds – to me this is the world we live in and the world we should see.”

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flower-inspired show


Vasundhara Mantri surprises all with flower-inspired show

The bi-annual Lakmé Fashion Week 2017, which began on August 16 in Mumbai, was the perfect answer to all fashion lovers who were still withdrawing from the success of Indian Couture Week, 2017. The five-day fashion festival, being held at St. Regis in Lower Parel, Mumbai, saw the arrival of well-dressed celebrities and fashionistas from around the country wearing their favourite designers in solidarity and stopping for pictures on the way. The first day itself ensured that the week was going to be filled with creativity, glamour, and of course, Bollywood.

The week began with the Gen Next show, which showcased the works of rising designers in the country. The show has long served as a great platform for talented designers looking for greater exposure and recognition. The day progressed with Rara Avis by Sonal Verma. The collection, called ‘Colandar’, used techniques of layering and colour blocking with traditional attire like the Kimono and trenches. The designer showed creativity by using a mix of materials such as fur, wool, leather etc while maintaining a feminine touch. The next show 431-88 by Shweta Kapur saw her play to her strengths. She had created an edgy collection with dark autumn colours and heavyweight fabrics.

Ritu Kumar’s show added a pop of colour to the Autumn/Winter theme of the week. She used skirts, corsets like bodice and a flood of tropical prints like palm leaves, pineapples etc. Actress Disha Patani was the showstopper for the show. Nakita Singh’s show brought back the warmth to the day with her collection. The show seemed to explore the floral trend while playing with earthy tones like browns, greys, blacks etc. Her designs were an interesting take on winter clothing, and showed that floral prints aren’t guided by season.

The Meraki Project made use of pretty much all the colours of the rainbow. The embroidery and tones used were almost nostalgic of childhood. However, the playfulness of the collection was balanced out by fabrics liked textured and crushed silk which lent the designs their necessary glamour. The day ended with Masaba by Masaba Gupta, and Raw Mango by Sanjay Garg. Masaba did not fail to impress with her collection which comprised of emerald, fuschia and powder blue coloured lehengas and sarees. She emphasised tribal and Warli inspired embroideries, and added a touch of the west to the collection by using corsets. Garg’s collection, Cloud People, used chikankari on Bengal mul, zardozi and hand-woven brocade. The motifs, prints and silhouettes together gave an angelic vibe to the collection.

The second day was the Sustainable Fashion Day. An attempt to sensitise the people about the environmental consequences of fashion as well to protect and promote the handicrafts and crafts persons of the country, the day was added some gravity to the frivolous image of fashion. The #CraftIsCool show by Paramparik Karigar combined the works of 5 craftsmen with 5 designers and presented a collection of traditional crafts. Matr Bihar Khadi x Kopal New York Because of Nature Australia, and #RestartFashion shed light on causes like losing traditions and heritage, and the unlimited fashion prospects upcycling provides. The Ethicus show was a presentation of easy to wear, organic and eco friendly cotton wear. Sunita Shankar’s collction was an effortless manifestation of the belief that crafts like bandhani, kantha, Benarasi weaves, Chanderi and bagh prints, all from different parts of the country can easily be incorporated into daily wear. The show by Craftmark by AIACA was an interesting and interactive presentation of garments made by women artisans from Punjab, Uttarakhand and Karnataka. Anavila Mishra’s show ended the day on the correct note as she payed homage to the weavers of the country. The collection dabbled with darker tones, as compared to the light colours she generally puts out. Overall, those in attendance went back home slightly more aware, sensitive and inspired.

Friday, the third day, was probably the most eventful. Falguni Shane Peacock came out in collaboration with Farah Khan. The pieces, inspired by space, were ready for an evening out. Preity Zinta closed the show in a strapless gown and dainty jewellery. Amit Aggarwal’s collection took inspiration from the Prince’s Palace of Monaco and Opera De Monte Carlo. The structured gowns and lehengas added a new dimension to the runway. Actress, Ekta Gupta closed the show in a blue and yellow lehenga. The afternoon sashayed into the evening with shows by Eka, Nikita Mhaisalkar and Neha Agarwal. Bollywood stars like Kalki Koechlin and Chitrangadha Singh made appearances on the runway during the shows. Gaurang surprised everyone with its organic creations. The collection used natural dyes from pomegranate seeds, harde and indigo and surly enough, left all the attendees buzzing. Urvashi Juneja had a collection of psychedelic prints and bright gowns. All her garments seemed to incorporate one or the other trends prevalent these days, in the form of florals, pant-suits, off the shoulder tops etc.

The highlight of the day, however, was Vasundhara Mantri’s show. Her inspiration came from Indian flowers such as tube roses, marigolds, hibiscuses, roses, closed lotuses and small buds. She translated the imagery of the flowers into clothing, jewellery as well as make up. Her wholesome approach to her collection left no stone unturned in term of hard work. Cream-coloured sarees and vibrant make up were the perfect backdrop for the intricate gold jewellery.

Today is be the last day of Lakmé Fashion Week 2017. It is no surprise that yet again, the designers have fulfilled everyone’s expectations. Everyone is looking forward to see how fashionistas and celebrities translate these pieces onto red carpets and at parties. As the week comes to an end, the only regret we all have is why it didn’t last longer.

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