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1. JENNIFER HERREMA
Nobody was as effortlessly cool than Jennifer Herrema during her time in Royal Trux. Her smokey eyes were always hidden by her amazing fringe. Just look at that fringe! The patched up, bellbottom jeans and beaded necklaces and chunky rings on her fingers show her love of the Seventies era. I love her punk rock, don’t give a fuck, girly bad ass style. She is the ultimate rocker girl. I’m pretty sure that Jennifer Herrema inspired the stylings of one of my favourite TV characters – Kim Kelly from Freaks and Geeks. As well as the rock goddess Envy Adams from the Scott Pilgrim comics.
Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam is a bad ass style chameleon. She has rocked blue lipstick, ancient Egyptian inspired headresses, cheerleader chic – and here’s the thing – she owns every single look. MIA just commands attention whatever she wears. And she doesn’t come across as trying too hard. I can imagine her getting up and saying, I wanna put on green lipstick today. MIA isn’t scared to mix prints. I love that she’s doesn’t care if her leopard print and neon pink and polka dots don’t match. She always looks amazing. Her music is out there and incredible, too – check out her super cute ombre hair and street style in one of the best music videos ever.
3. KATIE PRICE
I just love, love, love how much of a fuck Katie Price does not give. Look at her in this recent pic. Not only is she dressed up as a horse, but she’s dressed up as a pink horse and she’s rocking the whole look with white peeptoe heels. Of course people said, Katie Price looks like such a mess! But people were talking about her, so she got the result that she wanted. Katie obviously doesn’t listen to sensible stylists and uses fashion just for fun. She’s only in her 30s but she’s had tons of iconic looks, some of which were shown off by some male models. What a one off she is. Fuck the haters, Katie, and do what you do! (Like you weren’t gonna anyway).
4. MICHELLE WILLIAMS
Michelle Williams looks good constantly. Of all my favourite style icons, it was the hardest to choose just one picture of Michelle Williams – so I chose four! Look how off beat and amazing these dresses are! Her red carpet dresses are always the perfect combination of old school glamour and quirky vintage style, but when she is dressed down she also always looks perfect and cool. Michelle also rocks her boy short hair and always looks so girly and cute it’s insane. Michelle, I want your wardrobe.
5. GWEN STEFANI
The reason why I just couldn’t omit Gwen from this list is because she’s always had great style. She rocked the ska girl look in the 90s, as well as wearing vintage 40s dresses and bindis. She looked gorgeous with pink hair, and when she had blue hair, too. I love how now she loves to wear bold monocrome looks. I see pictures of her in gossip magazines where she’s wearing beat up jeans and punk t-shirts and she looks so laid back and chill. And then I see other pictures of her in the front row and she is a full on fashionista, rocking designer dresses and sky high heels. She always looks fabulous.
MORE STYLE ICON POSTS SOON!
As part of ITV’s Big Reunion, lots of bands from the early 00s (when pop was at a heady height, in my humble hopinion) have reunited to play some shows here in the uk. These bands include B*Witched, who have a lot of feelings – Atomic Kitten, Blue and… Five!
(l-r Scott, Ritchie, J, Abz Love, Sean)
(I didn’t even have to Google their names just now, srsly)
1. THEY HAVE A STUPID/ SUBVERSIVE NAME*
Let’s face it, Five is a stupid name for a band. Even in a world where bad band names are everywhere, this one really sucks. Even if you spell it like 5ive (Which makes me think of the word sieve – anyone else want to make cookies?) But here’s the thing – J decided not to join the rest of the band for the reunion. Which, yes, means there the band is called Five, but there are only four members. This is subverting the dominant paradigm in the world of boy band pop. Sheer genius. I love it.
2. RITCHIE IS A GREAT POP STAR
When you first look at Five, you immediately see that Rich is the pretty one, With his baby blue eyes, blonde hair and cheurbuc face, you think he’d have little substance. But you would of course be wrong. When Ritchie was dating Bille Piper back in the 00s, he used to go out wearing make-up like, so what? No big. I loved that about him. Plus now he’s just arrived back from Australia where he has been living for a long time. His accent is now a bizarre amalgamation of Brummie meets Aussie, and I’ve never heard anything like it.
3. NO BORING BALLADS
Five were too busy making fun music with Queen to record any boring mushy songs. I much prefer boy bands when they make songs I can dance to (I hated that song ‘Little Things’ by 1D, they are so much better when they are having fun!) and Five had so many upbeat songs. Songs which are pure joy!Their hit single ‘Keep on Movin’ is so happiness inducing, that if you don’t like it, then you have no heart!**
How early 00s is that video? Wow.***
Another firm favourite is their song ‘Slam Dunk (Da Funk)’ which we all love to sing along to. Despite, or should I say due to, the nonsensical lyrics.
Plus, the brilliant Everybody Get Up! (Except for the video which involves Five disrupting an exam. That would annoy me so much if I was prepared to sit an exam that day. At least wait till the end of the exam to play the gig! Yes I remain a NERD 4LYFE.)
4. THEIR ROMANIC TUNES SOUND LIKE THIS
This song is ALL ABOUT SEX but in a totally cute, non scary way. It’s not a love song. It’s cheeky. It’s playful and kind of quirky. I love it!
5. THEY KEEP IT REAL
Watching them on ITV’S Big Reunion is great because they bicker and fight and swear constantly and they all love each other so much. They are like brothers. They talk about their mental breakdowns and dalliances with drugs with refreshing candour. There is, and always has been, I think, something remarkably unpolished about Five. And since they’re a boyband who were put together by pop maverick Simon Cowell, this is really something! I hope they do well out of the reunion. I think they’re really lovely genuine guys. I want to hug them all. Especially Sean, bless his heart.
Why not watch them on the Big Reunion, on the link below, if only for Ritchie and Abz Love’s amazing accents.
* Depending on your pov.
**Then again, if you had no heart, you wouldn’t be able to read this.
***The song actually came out in 1999, which means Five were even more before their time than previously concieved.
I look forward to Easter every year!
Here’s why -
1. Easter is a time for terrible jokes and puns (see title of this post) (or don’t)
Easter is a great time for puns! You can buy cards that will wish your friends a ‘Hoppy Easter’ – an ‘Egg-stra special Easter’ or even an ‘Egg-cellent Easter’. Sure, we’ve heard them all before, but so what? Everyone loves puns. Of course there are bad jokes for all holidays, but the Easter ones really are like nothing else.
Q: What do you need if your chocolate eggs mysteriously disappear?
A: You need an eggsplanation!
Q: Why was the Easter Bunny so upset?
A: He was having a bad hare day!
I COULD GO ON.
2. Easter is a sign that Spring is around the corner!
Okay so right now in England it’s been snowing! It’s been so cold and walking to work every morning has been like struggling through the Arctic Tundra (maybe). But now that Easter is on it’s way, and the clocks are springing forward, surely Spring is coming soon? Let’s hope so!
I’m looking forward to pretty flowers and pink blossoms on the trees and birds singing and the smell of freshly mowed lawns. Easter is a sign of the end of Winter (we have to be optimistic) and the beginning of a brand new season. Renewal and rejuvenation.
3. Easter stuff is cute
Christmas can be way tacky and Valentine’s can be gaudy, but Easter is cuteness overload. And I can’t get enough cute. How cute are we talking? Baby bunnies! Little fluffy chicks! Baby lambs! Everything Easter related is the colour of egg yolks and sunshine. The Easter cards in the shops are just beyond twee. They are awesome.
Speaking of ridiculously cute stuff, you can buy bunny ears and wear them, y’know, around the house and stuff. Not that I would do such a thing.
I have no idea who is in this pic.
4. The Easter Bunny is awesome
Did you know that in some parts of Europe, including France, they don’t have an Easter Bunny! They have an Easter Bell!
I don’t think Jay and Silent Bob beating up an Easter Bell in film favourite Mallrats (“This one’s for Brodie!”) would be quite the same.
5. It’s time for CHOCOLATE! (or whatever)
Easter means the end of Lent. No more saying no to chocolate, on Easter Sunday it’s time to indulge! I can’t wait to eat chocolate again. I’m already planning what that first bite of chocolatey goodness will be. A cookie? An Easter egg? A chocolate bar? It’s a mystery!
Whatever you’ve given up for Lent, it’s been tough, and it’s been a test of your strength. And Easter is a time to celebrate the fact that you did it! And to enjoy what you’ve missed since 13th February – whether it was swearing, chocolate or all dairy! Everyone who did Lent, congratulations!!
The cast of Towie
The Only Way is Essex (which is ubiquitously known by it’s anacronym, Towie) is a reality TV show set in the beauty salons, bars and clubs of Essex. It’s been on TV for around two years now.
It was originally premised as The Hills for the uk – a reality show where there is a written disclaimer before each episode stating that although the people are real, ‘some of what they do has been set up purely for your entertainment’. Does that make sense to you? Me neither. The lines between fiction and reality are so blurred on Towie, but it didn’t stop it from being great TV. Just last year, it was unmissable TV. It was fun and silly and great to gossip about during the following day.
But lately, Towie has really hit the rocks, in my opinion. It’s kind of fallen off. I want to enjoy my favourite TV show! So, what’s happened to make it worse? And how can it get better?
Bring back Harry!
Harry was my favourite character on Towie. He was really fun to watch because he was always cheerful, loved to dance and always listened to his friends with love and understanding. This clip above shows him dancing to Telephone by Lady Gaga at his seventeenth birthday party. How can Towie be boring if Harry is on it! If Harry doesn’t want to go back to Towie, he should have his own show. Seriously.
No more live shows!
I can’t even watch the above clip. If you don’t mind cringing, have a look! I could barely watch this episode. It began with Arg running around the backstage of a theatre with no trousers on and went downhill from there! There were uncomfortable silences and you could hear the producers telling the cast what to talk about. The best part of the Towie live show was Chloe and Diags singing Barbie Girl. It was even better than the original. But all in all, the live show was a disaster. The Guardian said, it wasn’t just bad television, it was barely television at all. Yikes!
Gemma is a total babe. She is really fun, glamorous and knows what’s up. My favourite ever Towie TV moment is all because of Gemma. Watch it in all it’s glory here -
WHAT A BABE I’m sure you’ll agree. She should also have her own show.
More fun, less tears!
In last night’s episode, they showed Joey Essex, who is a real sweetie, breaking down in uncontrollable sobs as he talked about his Mum, who killed herself when he was just ten years old. I don’t even want to post a clip of it on my blog since it was really upsetting for me to watch! And it wasn’t just me who didn’t enjoy watching Joey cry. I don’t think watching people getting upset on TV is good entertainment, and I don’t know any people who do.
I would rather see Joey at his best!
Keep the cast happy!
Lucy and Mario (pictured above) have been furiously tweeting about the producers of Towie. Recently, it was claimed that Mario fooled around with another girl while dating Lucy, but the couple made up in yesterday’s episode.
Yesterday Mario tweeted – “The producers are still lying to you all… Coronation Street is more reality than TOWIE.”
“The producers have cut a lot of scenes and key facts that expose what actually happened that night to keep the only interesting storyline going on. They have known the facts for weeks… but continue to lie to you all.” I guess in a way this drama will make Towie more exciting to watch, but the fact that some of the cast are unhappy in the way they are being portrayed is not a good thing.
I hope Towie gets more fun this series. If it continues to feature people arguing and crying and upsetting each other, I’m going to (duh duh duuuhhhh!) stop watching it!