Posts tagged ‘women’

July 24, 2012

Ameila Earheart: Well-Dressed Feminist

Today on Ameila Earhart’s birthday, we celebrate the accomplishments of  an inspiring woman who made history.  As a pilot and author, her journeys set records and won her distinguished awards. She helped women achieve their dreams of entering the aviation field by helping establish The Ninety-Nines, an organization of women pilots and as a counselor at Purdue University. Amelia was able to break the barriers of gender and gain the respect she deserved in a male dominated field.

Here’s how you can recreate the look of the “queen of the air,” who has become such an American icon.

(Haute Hippie Pants, The Row Jacket, Topshop Scarf, Rag & Bone Shirt, MICHAEL KORS belt, LeBunny Bleu Oxfords, Belstaff Jacket)

July 24, 2012

Is this real– Period Tracker Lite?

Ok, so if anyone follows my blog you could probably guess that I am not that hip with technology, yes I can navigate my macbook enough to successfully maneuver the Adobe Suite, but I recently got my first iPhone, which is sadly just a 3GS. Anyway, the other day when I was at work, my coworker announced that there were 5 days left until her period. This particular statement did not seem strange to me until she showed me her iPhone screen that was covered in pink hearts and a tracker that clearly said “5 days left until your period.” My first reaction was, what the hell? I was totally put-off by the happy faces and butterflies. I mean first of all if my period is in five days I better have some stormy clouds and trolls, amiright?

Another comical aspect of this app is that the description says it is “simple and cute.”  Let me reiterate that there is nothing cute about a period.  I also don’t understand the relevance of the tree branch, but clearly I don’t get this, and as I researched this app I found there is a Lite and Deluxe version.  I understand that some ladies need to track their monthly visitor, but why does it have to look like this? I think it is a true reflection of the weird culture we have developed around menstruation– from “girly” Kotex commercials to “cute” period apps.

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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.

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.