Jessica Simpson Finally Doing Something Kinda Great

We try not to talk about individuals who don’t illustrate what we envision as ‘positive role ideals’ for women’s self-esteem and self-image, issues that are very important to us. However, now and again there are those who surprise us, for example Jessica Simpson who in a surprising turn of events went off into the sunset and around the world to explore the definition of beauty as her weight gain became a point of interest for the media.

She left with friends Ken Paves and CaCee Cobb and met everyday women to understand views, traditions and practices of beauty in their countries. They travelled to Japan, Thailand, France, Brazil, Uganda, Morocco and India to examine these. Their journey will begin airing March 15 at 10pm in a VH1’s series called “The Price of Beauty.”

Jessica says, “Outward beauty is an easy thing to become obsessed with in our society, I haven’t always had an inner confidence. I haven’t always looked at my reflection and loved it, because there was always something I wanted to fix, because someone always looked better. This journey was about finding something that was beautiful inside of me and knowing that I own it. And it’s unique and rare.”

However, she did cite Paris as the most intimidating place to be as ”[she] had to walk a runway with all of these tall, skinny models.” The experience seems to have been quite scarring as she says “I almost puked, I was so nervous to walk out there and be judged, especially standing next to people who eat just salad.”

Interesting Jessica, most French women we know and we know A LOT love le food and cheese (for an odd but understandable reason). Models though…probably. Despite that little statement, we think this kinda inspiring even if it is coming from the person who said, ”is chicken salad tuna, tuna? or chicken?”

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A Quote

The aim of life is self-development. To realize one’s nature perfectly – that is what each of us is here for. – Oscar Wilde

A Little Black Dress With Control Panels

Asda has created a little black dress that ”pinches the inches” and claims to take off about an inch and a half using ‘inch-pinching’ poly elastane technology employed in some control underwear or granny panties as Bridget Jones and many people call it. It works by way of panels placed across the hips, waist and bust as seen from their £28 ($47) dress and a £16 ($26) black skirt.

The 1950s style elastic corset wear is expected to be a popular item as 85% of women usually have tacked on about 2 to 3 pounds after the holidays and this states that it will smooth out the lumps and bumps ”without exercise”.

Asda also goes on to say that ”the human curve has come to represent the healthiest and most fertile form, highlighting the most suitable breeding partner and has evolved to be universally attractive to males for that reason” and that there’s  ”there’s no need for women to slave away in the gym or diet to achieve the perfect shape as we should be celebrating our curves, not trying to get rid of them” because ”curves are back in fashion with the plus-size models on the rise”.

Ah what could have been a good temporary idea has failed in our eyes with the above ridiculous statements. Firstly, yes, it is said that wider hips supposedly remind men of fertility and we agree. We also love curvy or hour-glass figures. However, it seems that the brand director for George, Fiona Lambert is saying that exercising is for women who have self-esteem issues, who cannot accept their curves. Au contraire, my deluded Scroogy one, exercise is very important in daily life as well as a healthy diet. You should feel comfortable in your god given curves and body but you should know that you are healthy when you’re flaunting them not living a sedentary lifestyle and complaining that the world doesn’t accept you.

Also, comparing plus-size models to curvy is silly because plus-size models are not curvy as we have seen, they are big women. Marilyn Monroe was curvy. The Dove women are curvy but plus-size women are bigger than the average woman or at least what the average healthy woman should be.

So we’ll say that it’s not a new idea because corsets date back to hundreds of years but the dress could be used as a temporary feel-good curve dress. No one likes feeling uncomfortable in their clothes so we can say that it’s a bit of a self-confidence booster, which we like but we wouldn’t recommend it long-term.

Kate Gosselin and Her $7000 Weave

Ms. Katey was given a new makeover from Ted Gibson. The hair affair was filmed by TLC as part of Kate The Clean Slate where Kate takes the first steps in moving on after Jon Douche. Luckily, she didn’t have to pay a cent. Ted Gibson says that usually his haircuts are $950. For Kate “the color would have been about $500, and the extensions, which were great length extensions, would probably cost about $5000”.

7000 dollars for a hair cut and she didn’t seem so happy! Lucky Ingrate! Except it took about 20 hours to do, maybe she was tired?

Personally, we would have recommended that she shouldn’t have had so many layers put in and the dye job should have all been the same colour or highlighted better in that all colours match. There is also too much volume on top to sustain the hairstyle.

The good thing is that if this ever happens to you, it should grow out into a nice cut in a few months depending upon how fast your hair grows.

Hopefully the hair doesn’t deter Kate from having a clean slate but a make-over can sometimes be a great way of seeing the world differently especially if it does make you feel better about yourself!

Bobbi Brown’s ‘Pretty Powerful’ Campaign

Bobbi Brown went from make-up artist to cosmetic giant and wants you to feel like the woman you are. Pretty and Powerful!

“This past year with the economy becoming more challenging, I saw it as an opportunity to press the reset button and figure out what really makes sense to me. And I realized that all these women I know are so beautiful because of their confidence in what they know, and I want to celebrate that,” which is why she has launched the Pretty Powerful Campaign where she will show a range of looks in before and after pictures of friends who inspired her. ”Real women”

And the campaign starts next week where a multitude of photos with different looks will be shown from indie to retro to who knows!

But make-up as part of feeling powerful? How will fans participate? Well, on the 19th, ”fans can submit videos beautifying with their favorite Bobbi Brown products, and then 30 finalists will be sent a Must-Haves Makeup Kit and the Color Strips Collection – a springy mosaic of pinks, purples and earth tones that will launch in March – to create a video on how the collection makes them feel Pretty Powerful.”

Chic!

If you don’t know James Bond make-upping, you can be a part of lady power by looking at the entries and voting on the final five finalists. For every vote, Brown has agreed to donate $1 to Dress for Success – a charity that provides underprivileged women with interview suits and guidance on starting a new career.

Powerful make-up is ”makeup that makes a woman feel confident, powerful and beautiful. Power is not shoulder pads, success or fame – it’s someone who feels comfortable in their skin.”

It’s good to feel good about yourself.

Bra Colour Status Updates Spreading Like Wildfire on Facebook

Bra colour status updating is the newest trend to hit the facebook waves. Updates such as, “White and black stripes… Pink flowers and light blue… Fuchsia leopard print…” rage the site, describing what colour women and even men are wearing underneath. Some just note the colour!

Though the real source of the trend has yet to be discovered, most sources point to breast cancer awareness as the cause for the colour reveal.

What a great idea! It’s good to see that Breast Cancer awareness is not relegated to the confines of the month of October (Breast Cancer Month) and as it is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women today, it is very important to be aware.

For more information about Breast Cancer, click here or here

Update: There are two updates going around

This one

We are playing a game…… silly, but fun! Write the colour of your bra as your status, just the colour, nothing else!! Copy this and pass it on to all girls/Females …… NO MEN!! This will be fun to see how it spreads, and we are leaving the men wondering why all females just have a colour as their status!! Let’s have fun!!

And this one, which we love
Some fun is going on…. just write the color of your bra in your status. Just the color, nothing else. It will be neat to see if this will spread the wings of breast cancer awareness. It will be fun to see how long it takes before people wonder why all the girls have a color in their status… Haha .

Sita Sings The Blues










Sita from the Ramayana is finally gaining some international fame. The New York Times calls Sita an Indian Betty Boop while “Roger Ebert gives it two thumbs up”.

Directed/Created by Nina Paley, this version of Ram and Sita (it’s a Hindu folktale where he’s a prince, has married Sita but then is exiled for 12 or 14 years during which they meet antagonist Ravana and monkey god Hanuman, you’re welcome) varies from the original in its blues musical attitude shown throughout the film. It acts more as an homage to the story than an actual re-telling. It is illustrated with the most striking details and re-told in the most interesting of ways. Though Nina Paley says that the failing relationship between Rama and Sita was what attracted her to the story as this mirrored her own life, this differs from the actual story where they remain together and finally rule the kingdom together as king and queen.

There really is some lovely blues music and an interesting interpretative animation that makes the film a pleasure to watch.

As the film is only funded through donations do take the time to go visit their site.

http://www.sitasingstheblues.com/

Note: It is a slightly exaggerated version of the old story, a bit more melodramatic than usual

What’s Wrong With Dating Someone Younger?


Film-maker Sam Taylor-Wood, 42, pregnant with 19-year-old Aaron Johnson, her fiancé.

43-year-old former England footballer Teddy Sheringham and 23-year-old Kristina Andriotis

While Sam Taylor-Wood is credited with directed the John Lennon biopic, Teddy Sheringham was known for footballing.

Would you classify these two as desperate, having found love with people more than 20 years younger than themselves? They have had previous relationships where children have resulted from both so did these unsuccessful relationships contribute to their dating someone younger?

Another way to look at this is looking at an older woman dating a younger man versus an older man dating a younger woman.

Why do we look with more scrutiny upon women?

Sadie Frost On the Non-Airbrushed Train

Jude Law‘s ex-wife Sadie Frost posed nude sans photoshop for Grazia Magazine as a protest against the airbrush happy. Excluding two bruises on her leg, none of this photo has been retouched. The great thing about this picture is that Sadie Frost’s body resembles that of the ‘normal every-day’ people in comparison to this. She is also 40+ and has had 4 children.

Commendable!

Image Courtesy of Grazia Magazine

It Grew On Us

We can’t help it. We tried to forget about it but it’s kinda fun even though it is about alcohol and partying and some random guy..big surprise.Oh and how can we forget lyrics like I’m gunna have you drunk and throwing up lol

Paradiso Girls, the artists above are also created by Robin Antin, creator of the Pussycat Dolls. The difference is they seem to have a good group dynamic, they all sing and there’s a higher representation of women with colour.

There is only one American in the group (Remember Chelsea from Search For the Next Doll?) while everyone else is British or French.

Diverse! You even get to hear a hint of a French accent when Aria sings.

US To Tax For Tanning?

Paris Vogue sent out a report today saying that tanning, a beloved activity for some, might have a tax of its’ own in the US and “the cosmetic industry is trembling”.

While the Senate discusses a tax to be imposed on esthetic surgery, something nicknamed “bo-tax”, plastic surgeons seem to have come up with a tax all on their own “the tanning tax”. The idea is defended because of the dangers associated with artificial suntanning such as the fact that it causes thousands of people to experience skin cancer each year. With this indirect tax, salon sellers in the United States could see themselves obligated to reversing 10% of the price it is for a tanning session.

Even if the government decides to opt for both Bo-tax or tanning tax the tanning tax, there is always an easy solution..

STOP TANNING!