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How Is This Okay?

Posted on September 1, 2015

This morning whilst scouring the internet for all sorts of gorgeous expensive things that I don’t need and can’t afford anyway, I came across a particular designer’s brand new range of AW15 bags, and since then I’ve been struggling to put into words how I feel about them. prozak-clutch-bag Yes this is a EUR 945 / £694.43 hand embroidered designer clutch bag, by Sarah’s Bag, made to look just like a medication packet for Prozac…

After looking into this further I’ve found out that Sarah’s Bag have created a whole collection of ‘medicine’ themed clutch bags. The majority of them literally shocked me – (I’ve added a description about each medication under each bag to explain which illness that particular medication is for) lexotanine-clutch-bag Lexotanine Day Le Carre Clutch bag, EUR1215: Lexotanil / Bromazepam is marketed under several different names including Lectopam, Lexotan, Lexilium, Lexaurin, Brazepam, Rekotnil, Bromaze, Somalium and Lexotanil, it is a benzodiazepine derivative drug. It has mainly an anti-anxiety agent with similar side effects to valium. melatonin-clutch-bag Melatonin Day Case, EUR 675: Melatonin is a hormone found naturally in the body, so melatonin used as medicine is usually made synthetically in a laboratory. People use melatonin to adjust the body’s internal clock. It is used for jet lag, for adjusting sleep-wake cycles in people whose daily work schedule changes (shift-work disorder), and for helping blind people establish a day and night cycle. Melatonin is also used for the inability to fall asleep (insomnia); delayed sleep phase syndrome (DSPS); insomnia associated with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) prozak-clutch-bag Prozak Day Box, EUR 945: Prozac (fluoxetine) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) antidepressant. Prozac affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause depression, panic, anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive symptoms. Prozac is used to treat major depressive disorder, bulimia nervosa (an eating disorder) obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic disorder. xanax-clutch-bag Xanak’s Day Clutch Me, EUR 594: Xanax (alprazolam) is a benzodiazepine (ben-zoe-dye-AZE-eh-peen). Alprazolam affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause anxiety. Xanax is used to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and anxiety caused by depression.

Now I’m a big fan of kitsch and novelty bags and accessories, if I had the money I’d definitely be treating myself to some Charlotte Olympia goodness, and actually ASOS have some pretty awesome budget friendly ones in stock right now too. But this just doesn’t make any sense to me. Why on earth would anyone want to make a bag like this? And why would anyone buy it? WHO would buy it?

With over a quarter of the population being affected at any one point in the lifetime, mental illness is obviously no laughing matter. Yet products keep popping up on the market that trivialise and make fun of these illnesses as well as sufferers. Remember that Joy greetings card from last year? And the ‘joke’ hand sanitiser aimed at those with OCD?

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ocd hand sanitiser paperchase

I suffer on and off with mental illnesses including anxiety and depression, but putting myself aside, someone very close to me suffers a lot worse than I do. She has been prescribed Prozac, for many years as she has severe debilitating, life-altering depression. She finds it difficult to function normally. She struggles to get up in the morning, to wash and look after herself, and I’m not even going into the social effects this has had on her.

How do you think she would feel if I went to visit her tomorrow sporting my brand new hand stitched designer clutch bag that’s styled like a medicine packet for her own medication, emblazoned with the pop-art style, comedy-esque slogan ‘Prozak – Feels like heaven every day’?

I’m just at a loss for words. I really am.

THIS IS SO WRONG, AND THIS IS NOT OKAY.

I mean have I missed something here? Am I so blinded by the thoughts and feelings created by my own illness that I’ve somehow missed the blindingly obvious joke? I just feel a bit flabbergasted and confused about the whole thing.

I’d be interested to hear what you think about this so please so let me know your thoughts in the comments.

Does Your Appearance Affect How People Treat You?

Posted on September 10, 2014

Hi Guys!

I’ve come across this question quite a few times, most recently whilst entertaining myself reading Overheard In Waitose on Facebook. A woman described a situation where she went to Waitrose with her dad who was scruffily dressed as he’d been painting, and a well-to-do shopper made a nasty comment about her dad to her, not realising they were together, and she called the woman a bitch. Ooh err.

This reminded me of my experience in a wedding dress shop. I’d already bought my wedding dress, it was super crazy expensive and amazing and it was EVERYTHING. I hadn’t told anyone about what it looked like. Then I was looking round the shops with my friend and happened to pass a wedding dress shop, and happened to see MY FROCK in the window. I was so excited I led my friend into the shop and told her my dress was in here. She grinned with excitement as she looked around the dresses guessing which one could be mine. She didn’t guess it right, so I led her to the window and showed her my dress. We were both gazing at and admiring the frock when an assistant came over and asked if we needed any help. I told her I already had the dress and I was just showing my friend as she hadn’t seen it yet. I kid you not but the woman then looked me up and down plain as day and asked me ‘You have this dress??’ I said yes I do, not from this store but yes it’s this dress. She then asked me ‘Are you sure it’s this one??’ The disbelief in her voice, that I, an under-dressed, no-makeup plain-jane looking girl could possibly own this fabulous zillion dollar gown. I said YES I HAVE THIS DRESS, and thought to myself luckily it’s not from this store. My friend and I made a quick exit and I said to my friend – she totally judged me by how I looked didnt she? The answer was most definitely yes. This was a shame really as I was looking for some matching accessories, but I’ll definitely never set foot in that store again.

Remember that scene in pretty Woman where she goes to the store on Rodeo Drive? Yeah that.

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I’ve seen this so many times where people talk about beauty counters – ‘I went to MAC and walked straight out again’ because they felt unwelcome. This really is such a shame, I just don’t understand snobby sales assistants! I mean who do they think they are? They’re there to help and advise customers, not judge you by your clothes or lack of makeup! I’ve heard of people doing a whole face of makeup, taking extra time and care, just to go and have it removed at a makeup counter! This also stretches to people that wash and style their hair before going to the hairdressers! (You know who you are!)

I’ve only personally had one negative makeup counter experience, this was at a Dior counter where I was enquiring about foundations. The supermodel-esque assistant peered down at me (I guess she had to as she was about 7 feet tall) and gave me a look of disgust whilst thrusting an unmarked sample at me. I think she was so appalled by my appearance she couldn’t face actually testing it on my face to see if it was the right shade. It was quite comical actually! And it turned out to be completely the wrong shade too!

Anyway, I just thought I’d chat about my customer experiences, I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s been treated like this? Let me know if anything similar has happened to you. I hope you enjoyed my post xxx