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Inaction Is the Unethical Standpoint

28 Apr

The other day I was watching a video about nanotechnology and a guy was talking about how many critics there are who refuse to support nanotechnology out of fear but he said “I think when you understand what kind of impact nanotechnology could have on some of the global problems… I think that inaction is actually the unethical standpoint. I think stasis is unethical in this case.”

That’s exactly how I feel about feminism and the cause for changing the way media portrays women. I love fashion, obviously, but the rigidity with which the fashion world holds onto this “ideal beauty” is seriously messed up. People are different and it’s awesome but we are conditioned every time we turn on the television or go to the movies to think that those differences are actually flaws. The inequality in the representation of women is staggering. Don’t believe me? Go to this website and read all about it: http://www.apa.org/pi/women/programs/girls/report.aspx

Here’s an excerpt: “While alone in a dressing room, college students were asked to try on and evaluate either a swimsuit or a sweater. While they waited for 10 minutes wearing the garment, they completed a math test. The results revealed that young women in swimsuits performed significantly worse on the math problems than did those wearing sweaters. No differences were found for young men. In other words, thinking about the body and comparing it to sexualized cultural ideals disrupted mental capacity. In the emotional domain, sexualization and objectification undermine confidence in and comfort with oneโ€™s own body, leading to a host of negative emotional consequences, such as shame, anxiety, and even self-disgust. The association between self-objectification and anxiety about appearance and feelings of shame has been found in adolescent girls (12โ€“13-year-olds) (Slater & Tiggemann, 2002) as well as in adult women.”

So when I read something like that, something that reflects my personal experience perfectly and makes me realize that women everywhere are dealing with these same soul crushing problems, then yes, inaction seems completely unethical.

So here’s an outfit that I think any woman would look amazing in plus it’s modest and cheap. Unfortunately the models are scary thin but what choice do I have?

Outfit total cost = $80

Urban Outfitters Hat

ModCloth Pick of the Crop Top

Forever 21 Ikat Maxi Dress

Wild Diva Buckle Side Canvas Combat Boot

And if you wear these boots with scrunchy socks then the outfit will just be so stinking cool.

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How do you like them apples?

15 Mar

All right, are you ready?

I am about to impart all of the wisdom that I have picked up as an apple shaped girl. The best thing about carrying your weight on top is that we apple shaped girls have great racks. Call me crass, but there’s no bones about it. We are women and we carry it out front for all to see. As such we have to take care of those girls with a really well structured bra. In my experience Victoria’s Secret and the Cacique bras from Lane Bryant have been the most supportive and comfortable but you have to shop around and see what works best for you. Also, it’s absolutely essential that you get a fitting. Victoria’s Secret and all the high end department stores like Nordstrom have people who are trained to take your measurements and can point you in the right direction for a bra. If you’d feel more comfortable doing it at home click here for a link that will give you instructions for a DIY bra fitting.

So now that you’ve put the girls in their proper place it’s time to think about shirts. It’s tempting when you have a tummy to wear shirts that are loose and flowy (a temptation that I’ve succumbed to many, many times) but this can make you look bigger than you are. Instead look for shirts that either have some sort of darting (little sewn in folds or seams that create curves in a garment) or have a waist line with some gathering so the shirt pulls away from the tummy. Button up shirts can be a great option because they are often cut in such a way that they are very flattering for girls with a tummy and they’re made of a stiffer fabric so they hold their structure well. Plus, button up shirts with a slightly western or “prairie” feel are an emerging trend so if you buy one get ready to be the coolest girl on the block. Here’s an example and an outfit to go with it:

Nordstrom button up

To create even more of a waist try putting a belt over the shirt at the thinnest part of your torso.

Anthropologie Shining Double Strand Belt

You’ll also want to emphasize the thinnest part of you which is your legs. A great way to do this is with a pencil skirt. Remember, if it doesn’t fit properly you can always get it tailored. Just buy it so that it fits the largest part of you and then have the rest of it sized down.

Talbots Triomphe jacquard pencil skirt

Wearing fun socks is very trendy and looks super cute when you’re going with a more classic, preppy look.

Urban Outfitters Pointelle Sock

ModCloth Small College Town Wedge

Another thing to watch out for is shirts that make you look pregnant. You want to find shirts that have either a high natural waist or empire waist and pull away from your stomach, but aren’t so loose that you look like you bought the shirt with a growing tummy in mind. Make sure the fabric just skims your body. Here’s a great shirt that has a high, natural waist and gently gathers without looking tented.

ModCloth A Bushel and a Dress

I’ve heard a lot of people say that they don’t think bigger girls or apple shaped girls can pull off skinny jeans but I don’t think that’s right. It’s true that if you’re not careful you can end up looking like humpty dumpty but I think if you wear a long shirt (or short dress) that hits at the mid to upper thigh then you can get away with it. (Like the shirt above.) But if you’re like me then you probably have a hard time finding jeans that fit. There are companies that do custom made jeans but they can be pricey. Jeggings are a pretty good option because they have a lot of stretch. And you can always try companies like Lane Bryant and Levi’s that have different fit options. The important thing is to try stuff on and see what works for you, and again you can always get them tailored.

Also, white jeans are fun right now but can look a little bit like you’re trying too hard to be a Gossip Girl so try rolling them up a few times in a sort of messy way, not a clean cuff, so they look beachy and modern.

Levi's Slight Curve White Jeans

As far as cardigans go, in my opinion the cardigans that are made of thicker fabric or have too many folds or lots of ruffles can ad girth that you don’t have. Also, if you’re not careful they can make you look boxy. My advice is to wear thin sweaters that hit no lower than mid hip or if they’re longer they need to have a sloped hem rather than a rectangular one. For example:

J Crew Cadabra Cardigan

Urban Outfitters Aztec Print Lace Up

Jackets are the best structural pieces you can have in your wardrobe (and by now you should know that I’m all about structure!) but you need to be careful about the cut. Look for jackets that are cut for a womanly shape, rather than being menswear inspired, and preferably find jackets with a strong shoulder. Why? Because strong shoulders can trick the eye into thinking that your waist is smaller than it is. By strong I mean it has a detail that will make your shoulders look bigger and straighter, like a particularly stiff seam or some kind of gathering. Also, if you can find shirts with strong shoulders then that’s awesome too, but please avoid shoulder pads unless you want to look like a linebacker.

Urban Outfitters Sparkle & Fade Maximilian Leather Blazer

For an apple shaped girl, finding pants and jeans can be its own special kind of torture so consider wearing more skirts and dresses on an everyday basis. They’re a great way to show off your awesome legs and they can be super comfortable. The principles for finding a great dress are the same as finding a great shirt: Look for extra seams and darting or a waist that hits you at your natural waist or higher, it needs to pull away from your tummy without being too loose (so as to avoid the pregnancy look), and try to find pieces with a strong shoulder if you can.

ModCloth Sketching Memories Dress

Urban Outfitters Over the Knee Pointelle Cuff Sock

Steve Madden Hitchike Boot

Steve Madden Hitchike Boot

Here’s a fun fact for you, did you know that during the Northern and Italian Renaissance period it was actually fashionable to look pregnant? In this portrait by Van Eyck the bride to be is holding her dress in a way that makes her look like she’s got a baby bump. Maybe someday the tides will turn and that dreaded pregnancy question will become a compliment rather than an insult.

Van Eyck the Arnolfini Marriage

Bananarama

28 Feb

Somewhere someone was analyzing the different body types that people have and they said “Well, people with hips definitely look like pears.”

And the person they were with nodded in agreement.

Because this made so much sense the first person got caught up in the idea that people look like fruit so he continued on and said, “People who carry their weight on top kind of look like apples. You know, because pears are bottom heavy and apples are top heavy.”

The second person scratched his head and thought to himself, Some apples are just round, though. And some of them are pretty lopsided. Right? But in the end they remained silent.

The first person took this silence as encouragement and, caught up in his own brilliance exclaimed, “And if bottom heavy people are pears, and top heavy people are apples, then people who carry their weight evenly are bananas!”

And the second person said, “Now you’ve gone too far.”

But the damage was done and the first person went throughout the world spreading this idea about people as fruits. And just like the second man most people were with him at the idea of people looking like pears, and they were even willing to except the idea that top heavy people could be called apple shaped, but where most people drew the line was at bananas. Nobody really looks like a banana. We don’t curve that way. So instead they theorized that these people could be called rectangle. This is why fashion magazines are always writing stories about two fruits and a quadrilateral. So just to save anyone from future confusion, they are talking about how to dress your body type, not telling you a children’s story meant to introduce young’uns to the world of geometry.

Anywho, I would imagine that being rectangle (or straight) shaped is kind of awesome. Because this shape is in the middle you can really get away with any trend and look fine. But what I’m talking about in this series of posts is how to look awesome. So, let’s get started.

As with all body types the number one thing to remember is that if you want your body to look a certain way, you need to find garments that are structured to provide that shape. The common complaint among straight shaped women is that they can look a bit boyish so you want to look for garments that will increase the appearance of your hips and bust and be form fitting around your waist.

Jackets and blazers can be great structural pieces to add to a wardrobe but they can be cut in a highly masculine way. Try to look for something with princess seams or darts. This will give the appearance of a more womanly figure. Here’s a good example of one such jacket. It has darts in the front and princess seams in the back, and it has a ruffled yoke below the waistline which gives the appearance of hips so this one gets an A+.

And of course I’ve styled an outfit to go with it. The shirt has a gathered sleeve which gives the appearance of greater width through the shoulders and in turn a smaller waist. Any jacket or shirt with a strong shoulder is a good way to trick the eye into thinking the waist is smaller than it is.
These jeans are from Levi’s and are specially cut to fit women who have a straight shape.
Gathers and pleats are another great way to add volume to the bust and hips. Luckily we are going through a period in fashion where playing with volume is uber trendy so finding pieces to fit your needs is easy to do. Try to find pieces that hit at your natural waist. This is the spot on your torso that is thinnest and therefore the area you want to emphasize most. Luckily, this waistline is also uber trendy and easy to find and all of these outfits feature the natural waist.
This pleated skirt hits mid calf which can shorten the leg but you can turn this around by wearing tights and shoes in the same color and in the end your legs will look much longer.
ModCloth Don’t Steel My Skirt
Anthropologie Resonance Cowlneck
Anthropologie Resonance Cowlneck
Urban Outfitters diamond socks
So what are you going to do with all those baggy t-shirts and tunics that you love? Put a belt on them! No trend is easier to duplicate and no trend adds instant chic to an outfit like wearing a belt over your shirt at your natural waist. You can even put a belt on over jackets and cardigans.
Lastly, don’t make a face when you scroll down this outfit. I say this because it features a pair of tapered, pleated pants and this could give you horrible eighties flashbacks. But if you wear them lower on your hips, a little bit loose, and either rolled up or cropped then you will look ultra modern, fashion conscious, and best of all it will give you those hips you’ve been searching for. Remember, before pleated pants were all the rage in the eighties they were worn buy elegant women like Katherine Hepburn in the forties. Rectangle shaped women are really the only women who can get away with this trend so take advantage!

Forever 21 belted shirt

Anthropologie Pleaste Galore Crops

Also, I know this sounds weird but if you hop on the Oxford trend you’re better off not wearing socks if you wear them with pants or a long skirt. Somehow it just looks more feminine.

Deena and Ozzy Perimeter Oxford Shoe

ModCloth Sale!!!

29 Jan

ModCloth is having a sale! Go! Go now!! Exclamation points!!!!

These are my favorites because they’re cute and in my price range:

ModCloth Family Vacation Dress

ModCloth The River Romantic

ModCloth House Show Jacket

ModCloth Shoulder and Tell Dress

ModCloth The Golden Ruler Dress

Rumpelstiltskin controls my internet

14 May

When I was a little kid I was certain that Rumpelstiltskin was the embodiment of evil. In my mind he was this terrifying little man that looked similar to that guy in the Leprechaun movies except Rumpelstiltskin has those freaky shoes that curl at the toes. Those shoes really freaked me out. They still kinda do. Anyway, if you don’t remember the story it’s about this poor girl whose dad was stupid enough to lie to a king and the only way she can save her life is if she spins straw into gold, which of course she can’t do. Here comes Rumpelstiltskin pretending to be all nice and says that he’ll help her if she gives him her jewelry. Sweet deal, right? Of course she does it and the king is stoked the next day when he sees all that gold so he decides to marry her but only if she turns a bunch more straw into gold. So the girl is screwed again but then comes Rumpelstiltskin and he’s all, sure I’ll help you but you have to give me your baby. I mean, what on earth does a little leprechaun man with curly shoes want with a baby? At this point I was certain that Rumpelstiltskin is a pedophile. Imagine an eight year old having thoughts like that. But the poor girl is thinking to herself, well the king threatened to kill me before, what would prevent him from doing it now? And maybe I’ll never get pregnant. So she says, sure you freak-tard, you can have my kid if you save my life again. And he does and the king marries her and for awhile the girl finds some happiness because she’s a queen but of course she gets pregnant. When the baby is born here comes Rumpelstiltskin again and he demands the baby and ruins the only happiness this girl has ever had. Anyway, it all works out in the end because they make a deal that she can keep the kid if she finds out his name, Rumpelstiltskin, which she does and he gets all pissed and talks about the devil and tears himself in two and the brothers Grimm were just about the most messed up people ever.

Anyway, the reason I’m telling you all this is because I’ve become suspicious that my internet connection is controlled by Rumpelstiltskin. Okay, not really and I probably deserve the crap I have to go through in order to read blogs and play on facebook because I’m illegally using someone’s unprotected connection. But seriously, this is how it goes down. I turn on my computer and the signal strength is not great so I have to roam around our living room to find a place with a good signal and it usually ends up with me sitting on one of our tall dining room chairs with my feet propped up on the wall and my laptop balancing on my knees. I’m able to play Tetris Sprint or watch tv in this position for about twenty minutes before my butt rebels and I decide to just do some e-mailing or something that doesn’t require much of a signal. So I go on the couch where I have a few bars and write away and I’m feeling wonderful about my thoughtfulness and eloquence and I’m just about to send an e-mail or publish a new blog post when wham! the internet connection is gone. It literally feels like the wind has been knocked out of me. Okay, maybe not literally, but it hurts my feel bads so I get up and do the internet connection dance around the living room again but no matter where I go I cannot get a connection and I’m left feeling bereft. This is why in my mind there is a little man in curly shoes dancing around a fire with a router in his hands singing about how I may know his name but he knows the devil and that’s why he gets to take my internet happiness away whenever he feels like it.

Okay, that was kinda dark. Sorry. To cheer ourselves up let’s talk about fashion! I found some cute, cheap, skinny bermudas from Target for this week’s outfit but I feel like they need a button above the little slit but it needs to be the right button. Because you know how I feel about buttons. I like this one.

black glass button

Or maybe a little bow would be cute. Or a rosette! Here’s the outfit. You can decide. Total cost = $91

Black Target Bermuda

ModCloth Cream Soda Jumper

Urban Outfitters Sparkle and Fade scoop neck top

I love that hat! And I think it would look awesome with this outfit although I think it would be hard to find a bowler hat like that so I think a porkpie hat would be just as good.

Forever 21 Firework Sandals

Springy sprung its sprungy spring sprung spring

21 Apr

I’ve always thought of myself as not really being a pink person but that may be changing because everywhere I look there are pink blossoms on trees and it’s just about the most fantastic-gorgeous-spectabulous sight ever! I have decided that if I ever get married I’m going to have branches with tiny pink blossoms, white anemones and orange pompon dahlias in my bouquet/floral arrangements. And just so you know, if you steal my idea to have pale pink and orange as your wedding colors and it becomes a huge trend then it will make me very, very sad. ๐Ÿ˜ฆย  Actually, JK. Just send me pictures and make sure everyone who compliments you on the gorgeousness of your wedding knows about my blog.

In other news, I got a Nixon watch! My awesome mother has apparently decided that I’m in desperate need of accessories because for Christmas she got me that oh-so-gorgeous jewelry (see Christmas Lovelies post) and then offered to buy a Nixon watch for my Easter present (just so long as I kept to the sales items. Yes, thriftiness runs in the fam). There is a watch I’ve been obsessing over since they came out with it and miracle of miracles, I found one heavily discounted! It came a few days ago and I am in mad, mad love. Here’s a pic:

Nixon Motif Watch

And that photo soooo does not do it justice. The purple is so rich it’s practically luminescent and the gold-like metal is really antiqued and the band is so big and textured that it looks like a gladiator cuff and hooray for run on sentences because I am obsessed with this watch! I almost got something more basic for everyday wear and I’m so super glad I didn’t. I keep it by my bed when I’m not wearing it so that when I wake up I can just roll over and check the time and marvel at the awesomeness of this watch. Thanks parents! Sometimes I dream about having enough money that I can buy this sort of thing whenever I want but that would take the specialness away, wouldn’t it? Maybe it’s okay to be poor. At least for now. ๐Ÿ˜‰

As a celebration of my watch I have designed an outfit that would go with it very nicely. Also, it’s light and springy because it’s SPRING!!! Spring has sprung springy sprung sprung spring

Outfit total cost = $88

Free People Cannery Row dress

Target Skinny Bermudas

ModCloth Aegyptus Sandal