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Are You Brave Enough?

Our generation has the ability to read a seemingly infinite pool of opinions.  At first glance, this seems to be empowering. Our access to information is greater than ever, with social media driving a mass of news and media to us at all times. But have you ever stopped to assess what you're consuming? Although we have access to immense diversity of media, both in culture and opinion, how much of it do we actually let through?

With the ability to select who we follow, we're able to filter our feeds and customise them to our likes and interests. I can select my favourite bloggers, publications, news agencies, and cultivate a wealth of information tailored to me. Even on Snapchat, although it showcases a variety of publications, I only read those that interest me, and that I trust. This is a great luxury, one I wouldn't necessarily change. But it raises an important question. While social media gives us great power to broaden our horizons, are we actually narrowing our perspective by filtering what we consume?

The self-selection of news is becoming a big issue and it is easy to be drawn into it. If you only consume the views of those who think like you, it can only serve to reinforce what you already think and reinforce any prejudice you have.

If you're a Trump supporter, and have no interest in hearing criticism of his administration, it's easier than ever to mute those who disagree with you. Likewise if you hate Trump, it makes sense to follow and support publications which aren't afraid to criticise him. Perhaps you loathe a certain boy-band because of their young female audience, but have you ever actually listened to their music? Maybe you're a die-hard fan, but are you brave enough to have your opinion challenged by someone who isn't?

If we only ever read opinions that reinforce our own, we are never tested. Those views are  solidified, perhaps subconsciously, by the fact that everyone else on our feed agrees with us. And doesn't that cause of a roadblock in social change? 

Edeline Lee SS18 | London Fashion Week

Despite the chaos of my final school year, I made a point of clearing my schedule to see the Edeline Lee presentation this fashion week. I've seen Lee's shows for the last couple of seasons, and they always seem to stand out. This occasion was no exception.

Inspired by the life and work of Georgia O'Keef, the collection was a perfect example of art influencing fashion. The clothes lived out Lee's running narrative of strong and expressive women, with a heartfelt femininity in each garment. The bold silhouettes were reminiscent of O'Keef's signature voluptuous shapes and the colour palette that of New Mexico, where O'Keef produced some of her finest work. There was delicate stitching, audacious sleeves and turquoise accents - all of which created a wonderful collection.

Characters of Kaş

There is an endless list of things I love about travelling. Seeing new cultures, beautiful scenery, food, and adventure. But my favourite will always be meeting new people. Even if you only know them for a moment - a short conversation or perhaps a glance across a room. That small insight into a world so different to your own can be inspiring. A window into a life - a story. The waitress with a perpetual smile and contagious warmth, the man who spends his evenings welding jewellery, the woman in the shop with the colourful dresses. 

Kaş is a vibrant town filled with interesting characters. Today I'm sharing with you a series of portraits of some of the people I met during my Summer stay in Turkey. 

The Staple Sundress

The staple sundress. Maybe you found it at a street stall, or a French supermarket, or maybe it was your sister's when she was your age. It's easy to wear, it's comfortable. It's never quite like what you see on the high street, and that's what makes it special.

The Cutest Restaurant in Kaş

Having spent last Summer in Kaş, my family and I returned to the charming seaside town in Turkey with a good idea of which spots were the best. We knew our favourite restaurants, and if I'm honest, were a little tired of going to the same places. 

Wandering a street off the main road one night, we stumbled across Pell's and our holiday eating took a new turn. With candles and crystals at the door, and a roof of lemon trees draping over the tables, I was immediately drawn inside. We were served by probably the loveliest and smiley-est waitress I've ever met, there was great music and eclectic bohemian decor; the atmosphere was right up my street. 

I don't claim to know a lot about food, and it's not something I usually blog about. However I will say that it was the best and most original food I've had in Kaş. There was a lot of rosemary, dried orange slices and nuts as garnishes - very hipster and very tasty.

Bringing Back the Basket

I hinted on my twitter earlier this month that August would mark some changes to this blog. The major one is now complete - Lexi Likes has a brand new design. I'm very pleased with it and I'm hoping it will reflect the new breed of content I'm starting to produce. Thank you for all of your feedback thus far, I'm so happy you like it too. Here's to a new chapter!

Today I'm sharing another Summer outfit shot in Kas, Turkey. Kas has a wonderful bohemian, chill vibe. It's not a town for dressing up, and I've loved being able to throw on a sundress and some flip-flops every night. Although I'm excited about dressing for Autumn, I am definitely going to miss the ease of Summer evenings.