Sunday, July 30, 2006

Body Image and Well-Being

I came across this essay by Jennifer Oakes called, "Young Girls: Body Image & Well Being - Where do they learn harmful habits?" A good read. I especially like her conclusion:

"I examined the topic of young girls and their body image and well-being by investigating all aspects of the different sources that young girls may learn in disturbing behavior from. The main underlying sources that I looked at included societies pressures to be thin, sleeping behaviors, children's cartoon movies, television, and children's toys. I found that all of the pressures to be thin from society had some sort of impact on children in today's society. Is it necessary to go through the struggles with weight preoccupation and eating disorders like many other people in today's society? I don not think that we should be forcing children into dealing with these life-long problems when they are not equipped to do so in body and their undeveloped minds. They do not always know what is good and what is bad for themselves. Again we have to remember that the children of today are very important. They are the ones that will be running society in the very near future. They will be the ones taking care of our generation and they will be the ones to decide who the appropriate role models for their children will be. They will also pass down a lot of what they learned as children, good or bad, in regards to body image and well-being. The question is, should we be teaching them to be consequently aware that thin is beautiful? I think we need to teach the children of tomorrow, and today for that matter, that what matters is what is on the inside. They need to now that being thin will not make you feel instantly happy. After all, it's how you feel about yourself that counts."
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Saturday, July 29, 2006

What Kind of Princess Are You?

Thanks to Downright Jenny for introducing this...

What Kind of Princess are You? - Beautiful Artwork

The Noble PrincessYou are just and fair, a perfectionist with a strong sense of proper decorum. You are very attracted to chivalry, ceremony and dignity. For the most part you are rather sensible, but you are also very idealistic.Role Models: Guinevere, Princess Fiona (of Shrek)You are most likely to: Get kidnapped by a stray dragon.
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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Another Beauty Find: Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation

Awhile back I raved about the Maybelline Dream Mousse Blush. Well, since I love this product so much I thought I'd try the foundation too. I usually don't wear foundation because I don't like the heavy, caked-on feeling that many foundations give me. I like for a foundation to give me a very smooth and natural look. The Mousse Foundation does just that. I swear by it. It's so moussy and lightweight, you'd think it was chocolate whip cream! Yum ;)

Here are the product features (taken from the website):

  • Revolutionary whipped formula provides an air-soft, perfect matte finish coverage, with a weightless feel
  • Breakthrough technology with flexible, silicone polymers help prevent caking, and settling into creases and lines in the skin
  • Color pigments give superior coverage that blends effortlessly, imparting a soft, natural-looking, even-toned result
  • Long-wearing formula will not clog pores

    Has anybody else out there tried the Dream Mousse Foundation?

  • Sunday, July 16, 2006

    Ashlee Simpson A Victoria's Secret Model?

    Kathryn Finney of The Budget Fashionista points out this copy in this month's Marie Claire regarding the Ashlee Simpson's recent contract with Victoria's Secret:

    "She's had it with Hollywood's twisted view of feminine beauty. Her goal: to get women to appreciate their diverse shapes and sizes. Along with a group of teens, Simpson sends the kind of message we all want to hear".

    And here's Kathryn's soapbox moment:

    "This is the type of fakeness that really bugs me about Hollywood. I have no problem with plastic surgery when it's used to make you feel better and not turn you into the "cat" lady or Janice Dickinson (whom I love and who said hello to me while budding in front of me at Betsey Johnson's Fall 2006 fashion show). Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum, and I are BFFs (well at least in my head). I give the Victoria Secret models as much props as I give the models in Figures magazine. However, I do have a problem when stars try to say how much they love their bodies and how much we should all love our bodies and then go and get $5000 nose jobs to look like their older sister. Or get gastic bypass surgery and lie and say that the rapid weight loss was from doing pilates three days a week. "

    So true. So very true.

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    Thursday, July 13, 2006

    The Hunt For Summer White Walking Shoes

    With summer in full swing, I haven't been much in the mood to go out and shop at the mall. For one, most malls in San Diego are outdoor malls, so when walking around outside you encounter the very warm weather. Some of the stores blast their AC, so you're constantly back and forth between hot and cold. It just doesn't make for a fun experience - for me, anyways.

    So, I've embraced this shopping on the web thing and have been browsing places online for summer wardrobe essentials. If you're planning on visiting those fun theme parks this summer, you know you're in for some serious walking. I checked out Zappos for some white athletic shoes - so I don't have to worry about matching with my outfits...

    I like the stylish look of these white Puma's. What I like about Puma's is that they are lightweight (a big plus in my book).

    PUMA - Lena Wn's (Whisper White/Winter   White) - Women's

    For a great all around shoe from my favorite brand, you could go for the original white Adidas. It's supposed to be the "best-selling" shoe of all time....

    adidas Originals - Stan Smith II W (White/White/Cyber Lime) - Women's

    Then there are these Phat Farm sneaks...a classic style...

    Phat Farm - PC Master White W (White/Black) - Women's

    I'm usually not one for wide, bulky shoes, but I've been admiring these white Etnies for quite some time now.

    etnies - Callicut W (White/White) - Women's

    Ahhh...decisions...decisions...If there's a shoe you'd like to recommend, let me know!

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    Monday, July 10, 2006

    Carnivale of Couture - Holiday Attire Edition

    Many of you may know me from TheRunwayScoop, but this week I wanted to try something different and post to Carnivale from one of my other homes on the web.

    This week the Carnivale is being hosted by ShoeSense and the question is:

    What is the proper attire for 4th of July?

    Sidenote: For those of you not familiar with the Carnivale of Couture, I might point out that we had to delay it for a week due to some fun times experienced by Manolo the Shoeblogger - He had such a blast that he forgot about announcing it.. Find out more about the Carnivale by visiting this link >>>

    Ok, back to the question and my answer...

    Personally I don't usually dress in "4th of July" gear with all the red, white, and blue. It's just not my thing. However I can't say that there really is a "proper" thing to wear on this holiday. I would say wear whatever you feel comfortable wearing! However, if I was really in a festive mood, I would wear a white wrap dress with denim peep-toe heels and red and blue barrettes in my hair....

    Tuesday, July 4, 2006

    "Beautiful" by Snoop Dogg and Pharrell Williams

    This song should get your beauty juices flowing ;) I always listen to it when I'm feeling *blah*...