You can help crowdfund an “average” Barbie, but not a plus-size one

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Soon, you could buy your kids a doll that looks like a healthy, average young woman. Last year, artist and researcher Nickolay Lamm created a “Barbie” based on the measurements of average US females. The concept went viral, and now he’s crowdfunding its production using CrowdtiltOpen, taking pre-orders for dolls to be shipped late this year (assuming he reaches his crowd-funding target) and costing $17 and up each. But Lamm isn’t going for total inclusivity, and he won’t be making his dolls any heavier than average.

Lammily is based on CDC data for 19 year old females in the US. Lammily is based on CDC data for 19-year-old females in the US.

“Lammily” is a tweaked version of Lamm’s “Real Barbie” prototype, and she’s got everything she needs to hit the shelves: Not just articulated limbs, but a picture-perfect face and impossibly shiny hair, too. She may be average in terms of body measurements, but she’s still representing an unfortunate standard of beauty

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This movie was banned in China—but real life proved far grislier

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On Mar. 1, a violent attack claimed 29 lives in Kunming station. Only a few hours later, a seemingly unrelated topic began trending on Sina Weibo: Jia Zhangke’s A Touch of Sin, a film about four random and brutal acts of violence, each echoing with an actual Chinese crime case of recent years.

The movie won best screenplay at last year’s Cannes Film Festival but has had a hard time getting the green light for a public screening in China, presumably for the raw violent scenes. Still, the terrorist attack is helping spur discussion around the film and its message.

Just a few hours before the attack, Jia had taken to Sina Weibo to complain about the film bureau’s rejection of its screening and that links to excerpts of the movie had been leaked. His message quickly spread and a growing audience claimed to have seen the film online…

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PANCAKES HERE! THERE! EVERYWHERE!

SWEETEN IT UP!

PANCAKES COLLAGEHAPPY PANCAKE DAY !

Since It’s pancake day ! I am going to give you not one but three recipes. This amazing dish can be eaten as a wholesome breakfast or a mid-night dessert and they are absolutely delicious. So here are my favourite pancake recipes for you all today. Celebrate this day by eating as many pancakes as you can and have a blast !

THE CLASSIC PANCAKE

SERVES-8 People
Ingredients
* 1½ Cups of flour
* 3½ Teaspoons of baking powder
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1 tablespoon sugar
* 1¼ Cups of whole milk
* 1 egg
* 3 tablespoons of melted butter

METHOD
– In a large bowl take the dry ingredients 1½ cups of flour, 3½ teaspoons of baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 tablespoon of sugar.
* TIP * Make sure the dry indgredients are passed through a sieve to prevent any lumps.

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ASOS MARKETPLACE

ASOS Market place has become one of the go to places for vintage, second hand and individual one of a kind hand made designs. Anyone and everyone can log on and have their very own boutique in seconds, its a fantastic way to make money, be creative, become more interested in fashion, style and business, you could be buying off the next Henry Holland or Vivienne Westwood,  or a 13 year old girl selling her sisters cast offs, you don’t know! It gives young people, old people, anyone with a mind for business and eye for current trends a platform to excel. 

A little history…only a little…..ASOS is the largest online fashion and beauty retailer selling over 65,000 branded and own label products catering to fashion forward twenty somethings. They also ship for free to over 200 countries from their 1.1 million square foot global distribution centre in the UK. Their website gets 29.5 million visitors a month! Wish my blog would get that much.

James Hart is the guy who started the Market place in 2003, and since then its become a huge profit making machine. 

Here are some notable boutiques on the market place that you should visit: 

HOUSE OF JAM:

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The prices are great, very reasonable, the styles are all unique and would be perfect for a staple going out dress. 

NEVER FULLY DRESSED without a smile :) 

They say “Coming from market trading parents, and grandparents from the East End textile trade, it was natural for NFD to start at Portobello and Spitalfields back in 2010. We have fun, with a wish to dress, de-stress and impress, with a longing to inspire and appreciate each individual and each girl’s individuality. All clothing made ethically. Our main driving force is using what we do and know, to help others. We are constantly running different projects which enable us to do this, so get in touch!”

I’m saying that these girls know what girls want now, quality products, low price and super chic designs. My favourite is the blue midi feather waistcoat, would be a crazy statement piece for a night out. 

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