Archive for April, 2012

April 20, 2012

Another Post About the Whiteness of Girls

Even before the premiere of ‘Girls’ last Sunday, the show seemed to be hyped up by every media outlet.  Lena Dunham’s HBO comedy was even named “the ballsiest show on TV” on an April New York Magazine cover.  Although the show stayed true to the awkward and ironic style of her film Tiny Furniture, it sure disappointed a lot of people.

It is almost kicking a dead horse to keep posting about the whitewashed portrayal of Dunham’s group of friends and well, New York as whole, but of course I have to weigh-in. The first time I stumbled upon an article addressing the lack of racial diversity in the show, I was surprised I hadn’t noticed it myself. I spent hours writing a final paper in college about the lack of nonwhite characters in Sex and the City during my final semester in college.  I think it was necessary that people were criticizing what could potentially be a show of that stature for our generation.

Anyway, I guess the true controversy comes with the backlash that readers and writers have had defending the show. Things like “why does this have to be a representation of your life (nonwhite person)?” Lesley Arfin, one of the writers behind the show, was brilliant enough to tweet “What really bothered me about Precious was that there was no representation of me.” I love sarcasm.

I mean I don’t think that there needs to be one person of color to every white person, but is a group of all white friends and a cameo from an Asian that’s good at Photoshop really represent our generation? Definitely not mine. To be completely honest, most of my friends can’t even afford HBO to watch the show.

At least MTV’s ‘I Just Want My Pants Back’, which also revolves around 20-somethings in Brooklyn had an interracial couple.  Some people can’t understand why it is important to incorporate underrepresented groups in shows. They name all the other shows that have all white casts, only making the point more obvious. I think  with all the high expectations that people made surrounding ‘Girls’, the fact that is wasn’t more ballsy, when it came to going beyond an all white cast, is pretty disappointing.

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April 19, 2012

Travel Style

Over the years I have found myself traveling more than ever and making a lot of mistakes when it comes to picking my en route outfit. Although going on a trip can sometimes be stressful, picking out what you are going to wear can be very fun! I always try to look my best when traveling, but also stay comfortable. I never know where I am going to get swept off to once I arrive, so I have to be prepared.

No matter what season I am traveling, I always find that I am freezing on the way to my destination. In order to combat any extreme temperatures, I plan my outfit in layers. This can also be helpful if the weather at your destination is warmer or cooler.

 Shoes are very important decisions. They must be cute but practical. I have tried to travel in heels, but I have learned the hard way that this is not the best choice. A ballet flat or loafer will due the trick.

It is also important to pick fabrics that don’t wrinkle easily, you don’t want to arrive looking all crumpled. This is why I usually stick to a chic skinny jean instead of a skirt. As far as make-up goes, I usually try to keep it simple, but reapplying a fresh coat of lipstick can really liven up your look and keep you fresh.

 Overall, color choice should be neutral because you may be transitioning from day to night during your travels.

April 17, 2012

Summer Festival Chic

Coachella opened this past weekend, providing us with an array of fashion dos and don’ts for music festival season. This is a time of year that I look forward to not only for the amazing performances, but also to see what everyone else is wearing! It is very important to keep comfortable, cool and chic.  Check out these outfits I put together for looking summer festival fashionable.

This outfit is for total comfort. Shorts are great because you have a lot of flexibility and less worry when it comes to sitting and moving around.  A tank will keep you cool when those temperatures are scorching and a headband can keep the hair out of your face!

This look is a little less laid back, but still comfortable. The backpack is a great item because their tends to be a lot of vendors and handouts at festivals. A short floral dress is always a go-to when the weather gets warm and it looks super cute! Jazz it up with an ankle boot and some earrings and you can look simple chic.

This outfit is definitely cute for a day at a festival. The long maxi is cozy, but if you have plans for night it can be a great transitional piece. The floppy hat will shield you from the suns rays and the wedge sandal can also transition great for your plans after the show.

 

April 16, 2012

Short Shorts

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Short shorts have definitely made their way back on and off the runway. Although I love this look, because for one thing it reminds me of Carrie Bradshaw, I am very weary to sport the booty short. How short is too short? I have experimented over the years with different short lengths and well most of the time, as cute as they can be, shorts can be extremely uncomfortable and unpractical for wearing in public, especially if you have a little junk in the trunk.

Thinking back, I haven’t ever really seen anyone sporting this look, except for the scantily clad American Apparel girls and celebrities, but it never looks quite as classy as the runway. I am definitely not the conservative type, but when is it okay to show a little cheek? I mean I am not planning on going to a roller rink or disco anytime soon. Anyway to anyone daring to rock the hot pant, I say, “You go girl.”