So after seeing the Arctic Monkeys on Saturday I decided what I really needed to do was look as much as possible like Alexa Chung. I don’t know why, but it seemed like a really necessary thing to do. I spent most of the day doing my nails (I’ve got one of those do-your-own-gel kits, and I’m obsessed - will do a review at some point...) and then I got a glass of wine and I read ‘It’.
I’ve read a tonne of reviews of ‘It'. It seemed to divide opinion, but when you look at the reviews more closely, they all pretty much criticise or adore it for the same reasons - because it isn’t much of anything, it doesn’t try to say anything or be anything and you either like or don’t like that. I like it because I don't think either it, or Alexa, pretended it was anything that it wasn't. (I feel like I can't stop using the word 'It' now).
It’s just a book on cool, really. A book filled with cool imagery and cool people looking cool and Alexa Chung’s tips, not really on how to be cool, because that would be uncool, but on life, which means they are tips on how to be cool because Alexa Chung is cool.
I like her tips on how to get dressed in the morning because it’s basically the rules I already follow. (‘Is it clean? Is it though?’ as I dig through the washing basket because my black jeans are probably fine really). I love my wardrobe but I seem to mostly get dressed from a pile of clothes on the floor. I can never decide if I like fashion. I almost don’t get it, I think. But I like that whole Alexa Chung style of dress, that not quite tomboy thing…where you don’t show too much flesh or look too done up but you still look girly. I think I can probably be accused of dressing a bit too hippy for the occasion a lot of the time because I try quite hard not to dress overly sexy, or, to put it frankly, like a tart. I feel like Alexa somehow manages not to look like a mad hippy but she never looks like a chav or like she's off to the theatre. I want to try and bring a bit of that into my wardrobe.
I don’t currently have it, though, so I just put a stripy top on and curled my hair. Then we went to my friends’ house in Wapping, which you get to via a horrible council estate and a beautiful park, and we played board games and had far too much to drink, and I smoked a menthol cigarette when my boyfriend wasn’t looking. I like to think she’d have approved.
I've just realised upon re-reading this that it is a terrible review, and doesn't actually say anything about what the book is about...but that's the point, maybe. It isn't really about anything, but it's oddly inspiring despite that. My overall review is that I like 'It' and you should read 'It.' Or at least buy it so it can make your Instagram photos look cooler. I will leave it there!