Face of a Catfish

The Unwitting (or unwilling) Face of a Catfish

I recently spoke with you about the Catfish phenomenon and how it can have an impact on the victims. But it’s not only the people who swim into the Catfish net that get affected. My friend Kristy, from Florida, uploaded a number of photos as a teenager online of herself. Little did she know she was going to become a Goldmine for fictitious personas. I spoke to her about her experiences with being the face of a Catfish on multiple occasions to see what it’s like to be a victim from another angle.

Hey Kristy! Your pictures tend to get used a lot for Catfish profiles, which is crazy. When was the first time you noticed this was happening?

I noticed it happening a lot when I was 14 years old. I didn’t think anything of it then but it’s been ten years and it’s still happening, which is crazy.

A lot of your photos can be typed in by using your old username – where was the first initial place people would find your photos?

I had put them on a site that I was obsessed with growing up, called Polyvore.

You’re aware of the whole ‘Catfish’ phenomenon – was it before or after the MTV show first started airing that people would use your photos as their own to claim to be a false persona?

I believe Catfish has been around for a few years, I’m not sure. People have been using my pictures as their own for almost ten years, it has died down recently though I still get a few stragglers.

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Jazz is a Disney, tea and pop culture enthusiast with a passion for blogging. Also a proud introvert.
Catfished

Why you shouldn’t be ashamed if you’ve been Catfished

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noun

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  1. lure (someone) into a relationship by adopting a fictional online persona.
    “he was being catfished by a cruel prankster”

If you’re an avid social media user (and watch MTV religiously), you’re probably aware of the term ‘Catfishing’. There may even be a chance that you have been catfished yourself. While some people watch the MTV show ‘Catfish’ hosted by Nev Schulman and Max Joseph, many people tend to laugh at what is considered the stupidity and misfortune of the victims. I, on the other hand, find the documentary series highly fascinating. True, some of the fictitious personas on there can often seem pretty obvious in the fact that they are definitely not an actual person, but that doesn’t mean you should be ashamed if you have swum into the Catfish’s trap.

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Social media can be amazing or it can be terrible. I personally have many positive experiences with it and making online friends can be a lot of fun, if you are cautious and know what you’re doing. 99% of the people I have befriended online are exactly who they say they are and I’ve met the majority of them in person, if not video chatted with them should they live too far away. However, I can put my hands up and admit that I – a big fan of the MTV show and have seen every episode released – have been Catfished. Continue reading “Why you shouldn’t be ashamed if you’ve been Catfished”

Jazz is a Disney, tea and pop culture enthusiast with a passion for blogging. Also a proud introvert.
Boxing Day Sales

My Boxing Day Sales Picks 2016

Dinner has been devoured, bellies are full and the Christmas specials are on the TV. The biggest part of Christmas 2016 is done and dusted, but now it’s time for one of my most favourite bits – the sales!

If you are a teen or young adult you may prefer to have smaller presents to open and then have money to spend in the sales, or just want to shop them anyway. I’ve done some research and picked out some of the best deals for this year.

FASHION

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New LookTopshop and River Island have already made a start in the game by opening their sales Christmas Eve. Up to a whopping 70% off across all departments including Curves, Petitie, Tall, Maternity, Mens and much more.

ASOS and Missguided are both offering up to 50% off across their websites including clothing, accessories and footwear. One of the big brands people are excited for is Next, who are offering up to 50% across the entire store.

Boohoo are also joining the sales with 60% off as well as H&M offering the same percentage off.

Very is another with up to half price across the entire site as well as fashion. Also in the sales, John Lewis are offering up to half price on womenswear as well as different departments having sales.

BEAUTY

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Debenhams are having an entire sale across all apartments, but most notably people are very excited for the beauty and fragrance sale, offering up to 50%. Joining in the half price sales are Superdrug, LUSH and Boots.

If you’re keen on high-end brands, you may be pleased to know that Illamasqua are offering up to 70% off on their online sale. Beauty Bay, Cult Beauty and Feelunique are also ripping off 50% of prices on their website.

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Jazz is a Disney, tea and pop culture enthusiast with a passion for blogging. Also a proud introvert.

What to take to a concert – my 5 essentials

My concert checklist

I’m pretty sure I’ve told you this, but I have three concerts next month. I’m pretty damn excited but I want to make sure I’m prepared and yes, you need to be prepared for a concert. Whether it’s just the basic purse, ticket, etc. or preparing to queue early for a standing concert to get closer to the front – being prepare makes it much less stressful on the day. Here’s my essentials for every concert.

1. Portable phone charger

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It’s pretty handy to keep your phone charged, whether you plan to use your smartphone as a camera or just to keep in contact with people (pick up/meet up arrangements, emergencies,etc.) and with the blasted iphone battery not being the phone’s  best quality, it’s a good idea to keep your phone topped with charge. I have the EasyAcc 10000MAH Brilliant Ultra Slim Dual USB which is said to “give 5-6 full charges to your iPhone 5 or 2.5-3.5 charges for Samsung Galaxy S4, S3” and so far has failed to let me down. Get it for £18.99 from Amazon.

2. Backpack

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People normally question as to why I take a backpack to a concert and there’s actually a few reasons. While you may want to show off your favourite bag, there is a chance that it may get damaged at any point, so it’s best not to take one you really like or with flimsy straps. Another reason is merch. Lots of people tend to buy merchandise and with a big bag comes good storage. The last thing you want to do is have to hold a carrier bag when you’re trying to get into the music. The backpack I tend to use is either an old school bag or one I bought for around five euros in Paris. If you have an old one, feel free to use it, or buy a cheap one from eBay. Tip: Don’t take a hiker backpack, just something big enough to hold various items and won’t get in everyone’s way.

 3. Money 

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A bit obvious, I know, but it’s an idea to save up. Whether it’s for merch or refreshments. An idea to have enough money for the concert without finding it too hard to save is to keep a concert jar and put a small amount in every week. For an example, if you buy tickets around 6 months to the concert and save £5 a week, you could have £120 for the concert without breaking the bank meaning you can buy without worrying too much.

4. Snacks/Water

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If you plan to queue for a while, make sure you take snacks and a drink to eat as you won’t  be allowed to take them into the concert. If you plan to just turn up, make sure you eat before hand.

5. Comfortable shoes

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Heels, wedges, flimsy shoes = no. You need sturdy and comfortable shoes that you can stand in for a long period of time. Also, anything with a heel is also a hazard because you could tread on someone’s foot and gain a very unamused look from someone. I usually wear Vans like the ones pictured above which cost £47.

I hope this helps you for future concerts! Is there anything you like to take to concerts?

 

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10 Must Have iPad Accessories

For today’s post, I have a guest blogger! Izzy is a 3rd year Advertising student. She is passionate about dance, psychology and photography and has put together this amazing post for the 10 must have iPad accessories! 

After investing hundreds of pounds into buying yourself an iPad, it makes complete sense to spend a little bit more money and really enjoy your iPad and all of its functions. There are lots of accessories you can buy now, however purchasing them all would cost you a small fortune, so to make it easier for you we have created a list of the top ten accessories we think you should buy to get the most out of your iPad.

1. Custom Cover

Having a bespoke cover made for your iPad doesn’t have to be expensive,but it does give the iPad a very personal feel, making all the more special to you. It is always a good idea to protect your iPad with a cover just in case you drop it, or drop something onto it, so why not get a cover that you will really enjoy and will never get bored of looking?

2. Wireless Speakers

With an iPad you can not only listen to your entire music collection, but you can also watch programmes and stream movies, all of this you have to do through the iPad speakers. Unless you buy yourself some wireless speakers, again these don’t have to be costly, there are plenty available and it is guaranteed to increase your listening and viewing pleasure.

3. Wireless Earphones For the active individual who wants to listen to music or watch programmed while doing other things. Perfect for those of you who like to take to the gym or go running or cycling.

4. Wireless Media Drive for extra storage

Extra storage for the iPad can be costly, but if you shop around you can find wireless media drives that give you far more memory for much less price. You can take your storage device with you wherever you go and access photos and music etc. whenever you need.

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5. Apple TV

This device can be used to stream media to your TV, whether that is a film or programme you are streaming, music you’d like to listen to or photos from your device, allowing you to watch everything on the big screen. A handy device for going on holiday.

6. Keyboard, wireless or built into a case

You can buy wireless keyboards and even cases that have keyboards built into them, they connect via Bluetooth so no need for any pesky wires,

and they make typing on the iPad much easier. Perfect for anyone who uses their iPad for

7. Stylus

Your finger can only be so precise and doing certain things on the iPad can be frustrating, which is where a stylus can come in very handy. Particularly useful for drawing apps and some games.

8. On-the-go Charger

A super pack that you can charge and take on the go, whenever your iPad starts to run low on battery, simply plug it into the super pack, there is no need for a plug socket. Ideal for long journeys or stays in for example, hospital.

9. iPad Stand

Stands are especially useful if you are using your iPad for work or to watch movies, for example, they allow you to see the iPad easily and clearly, leaving your hands free for other things.

10. Multi-functional remote control 

You can buy plug in devices that allow you to use your iPad as a remote control for the entertainments systems in your living room, this includes your television and stereo.

A huge thanks to Izzy for posting is awesome guide to iPad accessories! eBay and Amazon are great for reasonably priced tech accessories, so make sure you check them out. Know of any other accessories for iPad users? Comment below! 

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iPhone Edit Apps I Use

In the generation of smartphone lovers and the blogging world, people often tend to ask one another what apps they use when editing photos. I thought I would quickly share some of the apps I use on my iPhone to edit photos.

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Please excuse my background of Michael Clifford, friendly reminder that I’m a fangirl!

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This is a great filter app which make your photos still look top quality without the type of filters provided by Instagram which can make your photos look a little less appealing, especially since the Instagram filters are extremely popular. You receive some great free filters with this app and can buy a variety of other packs.

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This app came free with my stick that was a novelty present for Christmas. It’s also got some great filters which will interest any selfie fan who like to touch up their photos. From natural filters to slightly more artsy, there’s some really good ones on there!

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Thank you to my lovely friend, Zuri, for letting me use her selfie as mine are pretty mortifying and she’s way more photogenic!

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This is a cute app for stickers and frames which definitely makes Instagram photos a little bit more fun and lively.  You get a basic set of stickers and frames free and you can download more with points (which you can earn via posting and recommending other photos on the app) or even buy some. I’ve made a few edits for friends which they’ve really liked (see above).

Censor

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I don’t use this app that often but is great if you need to censor anything. For example, I took a photo of a package I received to talk about a future blog post and censored my address. Back last year, when I was holding a charity event, we had mystery prizes and guests which we used this app to blur & pixel the photos to post on social media to get word about and people interacting with the posts. It’s the ideal app should you need to censor anything.

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For full photos you’d like to put on Instagram without having to just crop it into a square, Squaready is a great little app to put your photos on a white background where you can fit your landscape and portrait photos in. I tend to use this a lot for Instagram and sometimes profile pictures.

All the above apps are free to download from the iTunes Store.

What apps do you use for photo editing? Have you tried any of these? Comment below any you think I should know about!

 

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Jazz is a Disney, tea and pop culture enthusiast with a passion for blogging. Also a proud introvert.