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Uncool trends I am SO over…

July 11, 2016
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There’s something about our current climate – blame social media, if you want (internet blame is mad trendy right now) – but it feels as if there are currently a lot of things you just can’t get away from. And, y’know, some of them are good! Such as Beyoncé’s Lemonade, the #Repealthe8th campaign, doughnuts… But others are not so good. Take the word “bae”, for example, or cut-outs in otherwise lovely dresses… And it got me thinking about all the many, many trends, memes and ill-advised fashion choices that are driving me absolutely bonkers right now*.

Bare legs + breakfast on white sheets

Brunch in bed at @thenomosoho… can you guess which was my fave? ☕️🍝🍔🍅🍰

A photo posted by Sydne Summer I Sydne Style (@sydnesummer) on

What even is this? Every time I see someone on Instagram posting a pic of their hotel breakfast, perched on the bed beside their bare legs I think, what kind of psychopath puts messy breakfast foods on white sheets? What kind of weirdo opens the door to room service, then jumps back on top of the bed, plate in hand, strips down to their smalls and takes the perfect Instagram pic? Breakfast is not a prop, y’all.

YouTube make-up

How cool is this shade ‘Frenchie’ from @aboni_cosmetics ???⭐️ #jglam#j_make_up

A photo posted by Jelena Peric (@j_make_up) on

Okay, so, to a certain extent, I get it – make-up can be fun, and YouTube has essentially given us thousands of free make-up tutorials that allow us to create incredible looks, with very little skill, from the comfort of our own homes. But – like so many other things in life – first, we should perhaps ask ourselves: is it necessary? If you’re someone who just loves wearing make-up – shit tonnes of it, every single day – then more power to you. But this super-heavy, photoshoot-ready make-up is becoming the make-up norm, which is really odd, and slightly disconcerting. It really makes me wonder, is it making women more self-conscious, when they think that they need these layers of camouflage in order to go to work / school / the shops?

Dodgy jersey co-ords

I think we can probably blame a certain very famous reality TV family for this one – in particular, young Kylie, who I also blame for the fact that lip fillers have increased in popularity by a staggering 120% in the last year (shame, Kylie, shame) – but jersey co-ords, especially in nude, tan or shades of grey, seem to have become incredibly ubiquitous. What’s worse, no one’s stopped to point out that they look a bit like the underwear I’d imagine astronauts wear under their outfits, and serve to do nothing but make you look entirely naked. (Yes, I’m 65. I’ll just go retire now.)

Protein bars

One of the most frequently asked questions I get on Snapchat (come say hi @rosemarymaccabe so I can use you for content, too 😂 ) is about protein bars. “Is this protein bar healthy?” “Do you eat protein bars?” “Should I eat protein bars?” And I always say: y’know what, some are better than others – but that “better” is entirely subjective, and it 100% depends on what your food plan is, and what your goals are. If you’re trying to lose weight, and not working out (which I wouldn’t advise; working out makes losing weight much easier, and more fun!), then you don’t need to eat protein bars. They’ve become oddly trendy now, so that we all think eating a protein bar is a whole lot “better” for you than eating some good old-fashioned chocolate, when really, they’re both processed foodstuffs that contain sugar – or fake sugar – and give you an energy boost.

Do I eat them? Yes, but very occasionally; I mostly try to eat unpackaged, unprocessed food – if I’m having a “cheat”, I go all out and have pizza or Eddie Rocket’s, and if I’m craving something sweet or chocolatey, I make protein balls (or go to Sprout or Foodie and buy Nutshed‘s delicious peanut caramel squares). So I might scoff a protein bar once or twice a month; my fave is Fulfil‘s peanut and caramel, because it actually tastes like a treat, and not like flavoured sand! Highly recommended.


Choker Alert 👀 more to come soon ✨ #pourtoijewelry#jewelry#choker#wishbone#silver#love#summer#inspo

A photo posted by Contemporary Silver Jewelry (@pourtoijewelry) on

I have never, ever, without exception, seen a person whose appearance has been improved by the addition of a choker. Sure, there are some very beautiful women who wear chokers – but then, they’re just very beautiful women who appear to have had their heads removed and reattached, like cheap imitation Barbies with no taste. I, personally, have too wide a neck to ever have been able to wear chokers – they just make my neck look wider and shorter, which it does not need – and I am so glad that no photographs exist of me donning one. I just don’t get it. Can someone explain to me why chokers are good? Pretty please?

What are the current trends that are getting your goat and leaving you cold? And if you’re really, really into any or all of the above, please, don’t take offence. The world would be dead boring if we all dressed and acted the same (and in a year or two, you’ll realise I was right all along…)

* It continues to surprise to me that, despite my very vocal dislike of these things, people keep doing them – isn’t anybody heeding my wisdoms?!

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  • Reply Orlaith July 11, 2016 at 11:24 am

    I agree with everything except the chokers!! I’ve loved and worn them for years and years! And although it pains me that they’re now ”en vogue” there is soooo many lovely styles to choose from!

  • Reply Emma B July 11, 2016 at 11:33 am

    All of the above! Though I did do the whole choker thing back in the 90’s. …Where it should stay.
    My personal bugbear is ordinary leggings as trousers, particularly with short tops. (I stress ordinary leggings as opposed to reinforced yoga pants) Even if you are a toned gym bunny, they still don’t give the necessary coverage or support – too much jiggle when you wiggle, if ya get me…

  • Reply Judy July 11, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    ‘Yoke porn’ Videos of poached eggs being sliced open to reveal runny yoke, that just contaminates all the other foods.

  • Reply Tricia July 11, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Didn’t you recently post a before and after picture of yourself after getting your make up done on Facebook? While it was really lovely there was tonnes of make up on you.

    • Reply Rosemary July 11, 2016 at 5:18 pm

      Ha ha Tricia, you’re right, there was! But I guess I don’t have an issue with the occasional “tonnes of makeup” for an event. It’s when YouTube make-up becomes the norm – for work, daytime, weekends – that I take issue! But I am clearly a massive hypocrite

  • Reply Audrey July 11, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    Blogs & bloggers. It’s like the big tin of roses at Xmas. In your face & hard to resist. One or two of your favs are a delight but eventually they all taste the same & leave you feeling blurgh & dazed sitting in a pool of guilt ridden wrappers. When the bloggers content was in a glossy mag form there was a weekly treat element to it. Now everyone’s selling their granny/endorsing whatever freebie is generically mailed to them. *this is not a criticism directed at you (but take it as you will) as your kinda my strawberry rose that tastes like calpol/not for everyone but my go to treat. Since the hypocritical make up point has been made I’ll end there. (Please do they roar!)

  • Reply Sian July 11, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Any time I see someone wearing a choker it reminds me of Sabrina the Teenage Witch! Cue flashbacks to my childhood when I thought blue eyeshadow and clear lip gloss were so cool…

  • Reply Niamh July 12, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    I really hate the use of the words “v gorg”, “yaaaaas” and “I can’t even…” .. you can’t even what? finish the sentence for crying out loud. Rant over.

  • Reply Nicola Conroy July 13, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    100% agree with Niamh…The only person who’s allowed say V.gorg is James Kavanagh, everyone else should be locked up! Also AGREE with everything mentioned in the above post..Chokers are so trashy, as are cut out dresses and those cotton type co-ords..lets bring the class back people!! 🙂

  • Reply Joana Leite July 13, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    you got me with the first one!! you know how I love flatlays with bared legs in white sheets with fooood LOOOOOL
    have I tried in a hotel with room service, hmmm?! I think not, but if I try I will tell the big guy to open the door to the room service, while I will be waiting in bed LOOL
    let’s imagine that the hotel room is huge too, so they can’t see from the room door 😛

    btw, I have the same feeling with chokers!!

    I’m still laughing about the first photo LOOOL
    hilarious for me but I kind understand your point of view 😛 but still love to do it ahahah

  • Reply Gillian July 15, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Yeah I agree with the above, thought it was just me getting old ?…..

  • Reply c July 15, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    the so called #nomakeup photos should be on your list as well 😛 seen several or better yet most of them are with makeup on

  • Reply Edel December 15, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    My hatred of jersey co-ords and jersey fabrics in general knows no bounds 😛 Likewise for protein bars, excessive makeup and excessive breakfasts on white sheets!

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