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Books Are My Bag

13 Oct

Books Are My Bag is a UK campaign to celebrate bookshops. For many people, bookshops conjure fond images of book readings, in-store cafes and delight at the discovery of a new author. In fact, 56% of all book buying decisions are made by bookshop customers, and high street bookshops (both chains and independents) still account for almost 40% of books bought by consumers! Yet, many high street bookshops are under threat, especially from online retailers.

I suppose these bags are good reminders to people to buy more books. After all – orange is the most impulsive colour! However, there are certainly more stylish solutions out there if you want to show off your inner bookworm.

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What is better than books and tea?

8 Jun

Question: What is better than books and tea?

Answer: Tea-stained books! No, wait — TEA THAT IS SOMEHOW BOOK-THEMED!

Novel Teas are cute little English Breakfast teabags that have been individually tagged with literary quotes. According to the website:

There is no better company than a steaming cup of tea as you open the cover of a favorite classic or turn the page of the latest thriller. Whether traveling to distant times and far off lands or discovering new characters in a nearby locale, a soothing cup of tea makes the journey more pleasurable and the memory lasting.

I totally agree! And there’s no better place to drink fiction-themed tea than in a fictional cafe. Failing that, in your own home will do, with one of these lovely tea accessories under the cut.

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Lipstick Lawlessness: Spotlight on Lime Crime.

24 Jun


I feel that I should point out that this post began life as a ‘Conform, Consume, Obey’ piece. After all, Lime Crime is a makeup company run by self-proclaimed feminist Doe Deere:

The moment I crawled out of my mother’s womb kicking and screaming, I knew that having a vagina was not going to make me inferior to a man. (Yes, I was already contemplating on the role of vaginas as a newborn. You could say I started early.)

and on the surface, there’s not much to dislike about Lime Crime lipsticks. They’re fucking ace. Just look at them. They’re pretty versatile; you can downplay your look, or you can make your face into a rainbow. The lipstick tubes come with a freaking holographic unicorn on them, not to mention the fact that names like MINT TO BE and NEW YOLK CITY are pretty adorbs too. The makeup is cruelty-free certified, in fact they used to donate to Bideawee (but I’m not sure they still do).

I thought it my duty to tell y’all readers to buy these suckers by the boxful, ’cause mindless consumerism is totally my game. However, I changed my mind about this story half-way through. I realised I was going to have to put Deere in headlights.

The lipsticks themselves are a teeny bit pricey. Unlike the assertion on the website, I’ve found that they’re a little drying and I’ve needed to top up with lip balm. And I’ve also found if I smoke/eat/bite my lips a lot they’ll go patchy, so I have to keep topping up my lipstick in public like I’m Dita Von Teese. But hey, maybe you don’t smoke/eat/chew your lips like a freak. You’ve also gotta be pretty brave to pull them off. I still haven’t worn NO SHE DIDN’T out of the house yet.

However — the main reason I feel I can’t support these admittedly hella rad shades of face goop is because Lime Crime is just a terrible company surrounded by drama, controversy and crap customer service. Deere has been accused of racism and cultural appropriation, online bullying, repackaging product, and threatening to sue reviewers who give her less than starling reviews, among other things. Like, so many other things that I can’t even list every PR disaster here. I’ll just link you to a Google search on “Lime Crime controversy” and the Tumblr blog “Doe Deere lies” and I’ll let you makeup your mind about the rest.

It’s a shame, because before I knew all this, I was a huge fan of Lime Crime and the Doe Deere brand. It reminds me of PETA and the sad way they operate. Like, it just makes me so sad when something that could have been amazing is ruined by the fact that it is actually terrible instead. The world needs more feminist-fronted indie companies — but it definitely doesn’t need more bullshit.

Conform, Consume, Obey: Sound FX Headbands

20 Aug

BOOM! Aren’t they neat?  There’s something vaguely amusing about looking like you’ve stepped right out of a graphic novel whilst receiving a non-fatal blow to the head. …Maybe that’s just me.

On a side note, I was wearing one of these when Laurie Penny told me I looked like Tinkerbelle. Just sayin’.

You can buy one of these muthas from janinebasil’s Etsy store.