Last week, we went to The Clothes Show. We watched some catwalk shows, did some crafts, met a whole lot of you, and hung out on a giant yellow bus. Were you at The Clothes Show? Can you spot yourself in the video?
Oh hey there! Have you noticed something different about us lately? Like maybe our BRAND NEW WEBSITE?! Isn’t it pret-ty?
Don’t worry, we haven’t just spent the week looking at our shiny new website and stroking the screen. Here are some of the other things we’ve been reading, watching and loving this week.
Alfie Deyes, Fleur De Force (hey, we met her!) and Casper Lee are among the 200 YouTubers from 18 countries that participated in this year’s YouTube Rewind. The video includes the biggest viral trends of 2016 – from the mannequin challenge, to the water bottle flip – and, of course, the 100 layers challenge. 2016 has truly been a bizarre year…
The Clothes Show 2016
This week, the betty team boarded the betty bus and headed to The Clothes Show. You can read about everything we got up to here. Or you can watch our vlog. Or do both. Totally your call.
Giraffes may face extinction
It turns out the literal giants of the animal kingdom that roam southern and eastern Africa are now classed as vulnerable on the latest global Red List of Threatened Species. It’s thought they’re being pushed towards a “silent” extinction because of illegal hunting (weep) and habitat loss, with their numbers falling 40% in the last 30 years.
13-year-old invents bandage that helps wounds heal faster
Anushka Naiknaware has developed a bandage that senses the moisture in a wound dressing (which tbh, sounds super complicated and involves something called nanoparticles). Her bandage allows doctors to monitor the moisture in the wound without even having to unwrap the dressing. It’s a huge break through because the healthier the moisture range, the faster a wound heals.
Her idea won her the Lego Education Builder Award at the 2016 Google Science Fair. Which, totally NBD, comes with $15,000, a trip to Denmark, and a one-year mentorship with Lego to help get the project into production. What a boss.
So…Space Poop is a thing
If there are any budding scientists out there who are a bit miffed that Anushka beat them to the Lego Education Builder Award, fear not because you don’t always have to be number two (lol). No, but for reals, NASA is holding a competition to solve one of life’s greatest mysteries: how to do a poo in zero gravity. Currently astronauts diaper up, but NASA thinks there’s gotta be a better system out there. If you’ve got any ideas, dump ’em here.
The Queen is hiring
You might want to brush up your CV because the Queen is looking for some interns. That’s right, when Prince Harry was on his two-week royal tour of the Caribbean (sigh), he announced that his Grandma would be offering up nine new scholarships to young professionals seeking to improve their hospitality skills. The slight snag? You have to be a resident of one of the Queen’s realms of the Caribbean, which, we’ve gotta admit sounds a little Game of Thrones-y, even for Her Majesty.
Greek philosopher schools us in the art of rejection
The Greek philosopher and mathematician, Hypatia, came up with the most incredible way possible to ward off one of her male suitors… she threw her sanitary pads at him. Maybe we’ll try this next time.
Have a good weekend – we’ll see you Monday!
This week, betty headed to The Clothes Show with our shiny new betty bus. Our mission: to meet some of you lovely readers, spread the word about bettybox and betty.me, and generally yell ‘PERIOOOODS!’ at anyone who would listen. It was an awesome five days filled with selfies, shopping, celeb spotting, biscuits and SO. MUCH. GLITTER.
Here’s everything we saw, loved and lusted after at The Clothes Show 2016.
1. Our new pals
2. Snikt and Bamf
One of our fave stands at The Clothes Show was Snikt and Bamf, a jewellery brand “for geeks, made by geeks”. Designer Jessica takes inspiration from comic books, films, books and all kinds of beloved nerdery, but brings them alive in a seriously stylish, subtle way. Amy bought this necklace inspired by the kiss scene in The Little Mermaid, which she loved so much she literally started weeping.
3. Marina Joyce! It’s Marina Joyce!
YouTuber Marina Joyce stopped by the bus to say hello and check out our selfie mirror, while we admired her incredible glitter eyeshadow and tried not to fangirl too much.
4. Bradley and Ottavio
Bradley and Ottavio were impossible to miss in their AH-mazing playing card outfits. We chatted to them about clothes, The X Factor, their next career move (it’s a secret), and they even squealed when we showed them the article we wrote way back in September about their emotional chicken fight.
5. Love Crochet
The wonderfully kind and endlessly patient people at Love Crochet taught Lily to crochet an adorable flower (despite a few profanities and a couple of dropped stitches).
6. Love Knitting
Handily located right next door to Love Crochet and just as pom-pom obsessed as us, Love Knitting let us try on their adorable Pom Pom Crowns.
6. Feline’ fash
It was hard to not get distracted by the amazing catwalk, with loads of up-and-coming models and designers showing off their skills every time we strolled (ok, strutted) past.
7. The vintage treasures
Alongside all the new designers were some pieces of fashion history, courtesy of some amazing vintage traders. Our very favourite stall was Trunk Junkies Vintage, where Lauren and Amy found the purple suede cropped jacket of dreams and haggled £15 off the price. Shoulder pads = instant confidence, guys.
8. Patches, patches everywhere
As trends go, this one has our name on it (literally, badum-tsh): personalisation. Monograms, badges, patches and initials were everywhere we looked. These patches from Accessorize were particular faves, not least because they were only £1 each. We’ll never turn up dressed the same as anyone else ever again! After this week, we mean.
9. Unicorn poo and cactus tees
Among all the sequin minidresses and heels, we found a kindred spirit. Or lots of kindred spirits, hanging at the David & Goliath stall. Their grumpy cactus t-shirts and unicorn sweatshirts might just be the official uniform of Weepy Girls’ Corner.
10. The betty bus
Ok so we may be biased, but the betty bus was certifiably the coolest stand at the entire Clothes Show. And we weren’t the only ones who thought so. It had the selfie mirror…
And a Snapchat filter?! NBD.
Oh, and did we mention that there was a braid bar? There was a braid bar.
Thanks so much to The Clothes Show for such an incredible few days… and we’ll see you next year in Liverpool!
In the meantime, watch this space for more adventures from the betty bus. And us, because it can’t drive itself. It’s cool, but not that cool.