Happy 1st Birthday!

One year ago today as a (somewhat unfulfilled and bored) scientist looking for a creative outlet to counterbalance the rigor of grant application writing, I began the Silk Scarf Aficionado.

In order to celebrate a milestone birthday, I thought I would devote this post to something a little different. Regular readers of my blog will know that another great passion of mine is Art, with Austrian expressionist painter Egon Schiele being my favourite artist. Unfortunately, with my love for art firmly rooted in early 20th Century Vienna, I had resigned myself to the fact that current art was not intended for me.

Enter Howard Tangye. Central Saint Martins tutor (whose ex-students include the likes of Stella McCartney, Hussein Chalayan, Christopher Kane, Richard Nicoll, and Zac Posen), fashion illustrator, and my new favourite artist (after Egon of course). Since stumbling across his work a week ago courtesy of an article in the Telegraph, I have been eager to discover more of his work. Fortunately, that is something I will soon be able to do thanks to a current Kickstarter campaign that aims to bring together Tangye’s previously unpublished work into one beautiful cloth bound book.

If interested in supporting the campaign to see Tangye’s masterpieces (yes, they really are) published, a number of great rewards are available to potential backers, including posters, signed books, limited edition prints and even original artworks. I am still deliberating over which reward I want more!  For more information on this Kickstarter project click here.


Lucy xx


new outfit post is up. click-through for more pictures. details:  sweater c/o Modclothsuede skirt (similar)UO tightsvintage bootsHerschel Supply Co backpack


new outfit post is up. click-through for more pictures. details:  
sweater c/o Modcloth
suede skirt (similar)
UO tights
vintage boots
Herschel Supply Co backpack


A few tips and hairstyle inspiration for us short haired folk on the blog today // link in profile


A few tips and hairstyle inspiration for us short haired folk on the blog today // link in profile

What is 50 shades of grey about? And what's so bad about it? asked by Anonimo



50 Shades of Grey was originally fanfiction based on the Twilight series, which was then published as a novel (along with 2 subsequent books). It sold over 100 million copies around the world and topped best-seller lists everywhere. It’s about to be adapted into a film, set to come out early next year.

It follows a college student named Ana Steele, who enters a relationship with a man named Christian Grey and is then introduced to a bastardised and abusive parody of BDSM culture.

While the book is paraded as erotica, the relationship between Ana and Christian is far from healthy. The core mantra of the BDSM community is “safe, sane and consensual”, and 50 Shades is anything but. None of the rules of BDSM practices (which are put in place to protect those involved) are actually upheld. Christian is controlling, manipulative, abusive, takes complete advantage of Ana, ignores safe-words, ignores consent, keeps her uneducated about the sexual practices they’re taking part in, and a multitude of other terrible things. Their relationship is completely sickening and unhealthy.

Basically, “the book is a glaring glamorisation of violence against women,” as Amy Bonomi so perfectly put it. 

It’s terrible enough that a book like this has been absorbed by people worldwide. Now, we have a film that is expected to be a huge box-office success, and will likely convince countless more young women that it’s okay not to have any autonomy in a relationship, that a man is allowed to control them entirely. It will also show many young men that women are theirs to play with and dominate, thus contributing to antiquated patriarchal values and rape culture.

The thing is, it does kind of stick to one of the hugely ignores aspects of ‘Twilight’ in the fact that Edward and Bella’s relationship meets all 15 criteria of the Domestic Abuse Hotline, and many other abuse charities.