Hair! continued…

New update on the epsom salt post: my beloved and very trusted hairstylist was not happy when I told her I was doing this. She said it is only going to dry out my hair. Crap – it works so well! I figure it’s not terrible to do once in a while, but definitely not regularly if you want to maintain luscious locks. My new suggestion, find yourself a few great volumizing gels/ sprays/ whatever, that are made with safe ingredients (check out EWGs skin deep database) and change them up so your hair doesn’t get used to a particular one and stop responding. I am so sorry to have steered you lovely followers and readers of mine in the wrong direction! I hope this advice makes up for it.

xoxo

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EAT (organic) COOKIES AND LOVE YOURSELF!

So, I don’t know where I have been since this happened, but I just recently found out that a while back Urban Outfitters released a shirt stating, “EAT LESS”. I know that I’m late in the game, but I just had to give them a piece of my mind.

Here’s what I e-mailed:

I must say that I am completely appalled by the “eat less” shirt that I have seen buzzing around the internet. I understand that this was almost 2 years ago, but I still feel the need to say something. Real women have real curves, and that is sexier than anorexic skeletons walking the street trying to imitate what the media, AND YOUR CLOTHING, is telling them is attractive . Women of all ages see these images, images of women who do not even exist in reality, and make it their top priority to look just like them – to reach an unattainable goal of perfection. Unattainable because the image they strive to replicate was not made in nature, but on a computer screen.
I literally just spent around $100 at one of your stores yesterday, and now I feel like I am morally obliged to take everything back. As a LONG TIME customer of Urban Outfitters (like when the only major stores were located in NYC), I can guarantee that you have lost me as a costumer if you do not do something to abolish the message that this shirt, and your clothing promotes (let’s get real, your clothes are not made to fit curvy women. I am naturally petite, but I have seen my close friends have breakdowns in your stores regarding their body image because of how the clothes fit… or don’t fit). How about a shirt that says “love yourself” – isn’t that the type of message you want your company to represent?

p.s. Have you ever thought about how many people in our own country and globally actually don’t have enough food to sustain themselves? The insensitivity and ignorance behind this shirt goes way deeper than maybe you realized. Save your “sincere” apology, I don’t want it. I want action, and now.

p.s.s. Don’t tell me this is to promote the decrease of obesity in our country, because that’s bullshit.

Carly
 
Sorry, I just felt the need to share. I am a bit fired up and I just want as many people as I can rally to be activists on behalf of our bodies, our health, and our rights as women! xoxo

Photoshopping: when too far has gone far enough

Now I promised you all a fashion blog, and I don’t plan on straying from that promise. But I also feel the need to address the unspoken horrors that hide behind our Chanel bags and Dolce Vita dresses. If you have read my about me, you know I am big into women’s rights. It makes me so sick how the fashion industry has distorted our perception of how we are supposed to look. This image of Jennifer Lawrence, who I think has a fantastic body, really disturbed me, and thus inspired me to write this post.

From what I read, she was rather unhappy with the results of the editing. Imagine going into a photo-shoot and feeling great about how you look, and then seeing the end result – a photo that hardly resembles your natural form. It’s like being told that you are simply not good enough the way you are. Personally, I think she looks better before the editing. No, she is not stick thin. She is a real woman, with real curves, and she looks damn sexy. What gets me even more upset is that women of all ages see these images, images of women who do not even exist in reality, and make it their top priority to look just like them – to reach an unattainable goal of perfection. Unattainable because the image they strive to replicate was not made in nature, but on a computer screen. I highly suggest this short video. And please, don’t be afraid to speak up on these issues.

xoxo