I cannot tell you how many times I flipped through a Victoria’s Secret catalogue and absolutely hated myself. Why can’t I have a flat stomach like Adriana Lima? Why aren’t my legs as long as Gisele Bundchen’s? Why am I not as pretty as Karlie Kloss? Every year, when Victoria’s Secret has their fashion show, thousands of girls can be seen tweeting things like this:
“After watching #VictoriasSecretFashionShow —> self-esteem at its lowest omg :(” By the way, the girl who tweeted that does not look a day over 13.
We see memes like this as well:
Looking at stuff like that can do serious damage to your self-esteem.
That is why I love Lane Bryant’s new campaign #ImNoAngel. The clothing and lingerie company wants women to feel beautiful no matter what size we are. We are real women. We do not have the time to spend all day in the gym, nor would we want to. We have lives! We have curves! We eat!
To kick off the campaign, the models posted selfies featuring positive body messages. Here is Candice Huffine displaying the message “Be Bold Be you!!”
Women all over the world have been tweeting #ImNoAngel to support the message.
I think this is a great cause, but there is also a problem with it. While curves are definitely sexy (I am kind of curvy myself, would not have it any other way). Not having curves is also sexy. Some women are naturally skinny, not matter how much they eat and whether or not they work out. Not every skinny girl is starving herself to fit a mold. It is important to promote positive body image no matter what size you are. As long as you are healthy and happy that is all that matters. Skinny shaming is a problem, just as much as fat shaming.
Have you ever felt like listening to music but you have no idea where to start? Maybe You’re at work and you need something appropriate yet relaxing. Maybe you’re at the gym and you need some fast-paced beats to help you get through your workout. Or maybe you are having a really obscure beach rave, and your flaky Swedish DJ canceled at the last minute, and you’re thinking “What am I supposed to play now?” Relax, obscure beach rave-goers, Songza is here, and Songza is free.
And now you are probably thinking “Yeah, but like I have Pandora.. so..” So? Delete it because you will no longer be needing Pandora’s services any longer! You have Songza now.
Think of Songza as your music concierge in the form of an app. When you open it you’re greeted with a screen that says, “It’s Thursday evening, play music for…” (or whatever the day and time may be), and then it gives you several options ranging from “Brand New Music,” to “A Christmas Party,” or “Putting on Your Party Dress.”
Let’s say you pick “Brand New Music.” The next page you see gives you a list of genres such as, “Today’s R&B,” “Brand New Playlists,” or “Today’s Biggest Hits.” You are feeling classy tonight so you pick “Today’s R&B.”
Now you are presented with the finely crafted playlists. Do you want “Modern R&B Dance Party,” “Tonight’s Slow Jams” or “Today’s Club Bangers?”
But you do not have to use the concierge if you do not want to. Maybe you just want to listen to Rihanna. All you have to do is search for Rihanna and Songza will present you with a plethora of playlists that include Rihanna and other Rihanna like artists. Songza allows you to search by “Activities,” “Genres,” “Moods,” and “Decades” because Songza is perfect and knows exactly what you want in your musical life. So go download it! It’s free! It works on IOS, Android, Blackberry and your computer.
Halloween is my favorite time of year. I look forward to it more than Christmas (but not as much as my birthday, obviously.) I get really in to my costumes. I go all out, but I hate spending a lot of money so that forces me to get creative. I try to use items that I already have or go to a thrift store like Goodwill or Unique for the rest.
This year I have a few costume ideas. Being in college there are multiple nights to celebrate, which means multiple costumes. The first night I want to be Catwoman, and while I could spend $99.99 on a costume… I’d rather not. I was originally inspired by an article of clothing I already own: my leather (actually, pleather is more like it) leggings from Express! Now, they are 60 bucks, but keep in mind I already own these. So, so far no money has been spent on my costume.
The main part of this costume is the cat ears. Without them, I am just a woman wearing all tight black clothing, which is pretty ambiguous. I got a simple black pair of cat ears at Halloween Express (one of those pop up shops that are only around for Halloween). They were only $7.99 and came with a tail too. I could have gotten a mask instead of ears, but then I couldn’t do fun makeup like this:
And since I already own eyeliner, again no money is spent. I did have to go out and buy false eyelashes, but those are only $3.99 at Walmart. Okay I didn’t NEED them. I wanted them so I could look more dramatic. So far this costume has only cost about 12 bucks. I just need to decide what to wear for a top. Do I go out and buy a corset or do I go with a black crop top? What do you think?
Have you ever been shopping at a Brookstone store or checked out their online selection? If you haven’t, it’s definitely something you’re going to want to check out!
Brookstone is a great place to shop. They have so many gift ideas and smart solutions that I could shop here for hours! Brookstone carries electronics, outdoor living items, bar and wine gear, furniture, games and toys, bath and spa accessories, travel items, pet supplies, fitness things and so much more. These items truly are unique and are perfect for a variety of occasions: birthdays, weddings, housewarming parties, graduations, and so much more.
You should check out their site if you haven’t, or stop into a store near you to be able to see these great products up close.
I have a huge weakness for magazines. I love reading them every month because they don’t require as much attention as a book does, yet they have some great articles, pictures, and information. I feel like I can really broaden my horizons with magazines because I learn a lot!
Today, I went on my favorite magazine website that seems to have it all in one place: Magazines.com. They have HUNDREDS of titles and it’s super easy to get a new subscription or renew an old one. Right now, they’re having a huge summer sale. I got a full year subscription of Good Housekeeping AND Cosmopolitan for just $13.98. I also got to choose two other magazines as a special promotion to receive 4 free issues of as a trial, so I picked People and Real Simple.
Check out this huge sale if you are wanting to get a new magazine or renew an old subscription.