Category: Fashion

Is the Word ‘Trophy’ Offensive to Women?

Posted on Jul 24, 2015 by No Comments

Have you seen all the controversy over a T-shirt being sold at Target? There’s all kinds of activity on the store’s website with some of the customers claiming the shirt which bears the word ‘Trophy’ is offensive.

What do you think?

I’m not a trophy wife, but if someone wants to wear it and claim that title that’s up to them. I’m afraid we are growing into a culture that could lead to us wearing uniforms if we keep censoring what words or pictures can be depicted on our shirts.

The Target shirts are basic black shirts with the word ‘trophy’ written in white letters across the front. While some women act like the retailer is treating women and girls as objects, there are others of us out here who understand that if that’s the case no one will buy the shirt.

It might also be seen as somewhat of a joke by others who would wear it in fun. Perhaps that’s part of the problem. Are we losing our sense of humor along with our sense of freedom to buy and wear what we like?

The shirt has been on sale since June, but it wasn’t until it became a topic on Social Media that it has become an issue. Now people are using words like “sexist.”

Plenty of women have voiced their dissatisfaction, but turning it into a political issue is unnecessary. Just don’t buy the shirt. When things don’t sell, they go away. They are marketing the shirt toward women, so if the majority of women don’t like it, it will not sell.

Target issued a statement that says the shirt is part of a collection for brides and went on to say, “It is never our intention to offend anyone, and we always appreciate receiving feedback from our guests. The shirt is part of a collection of engagement and wedding shirts that are available in our women’s and plus size departments. The collection also included shirts that say ‘Team Bride,’ ‘Mrs.,’ and ‘Bride.’ These shirts are intended as a fun wink and we have received an overwhelmingly positive response from our guests.”

So now we have the war going on. Why? Could it be a war between those with a sense of humor and those without?

While that could be, those who take life so seriously now feel it is their duty to come against the trophy shirt. Now there’s even a petition started on Change.org demanding that Target stop selling the $12.99 shirt. It has already received more than 700 signatures.

Is it me, or does it seem like the world has gone crazy. No I wouldn’t buy the shirt, but I can only think that if all this energy was used in doing something really useful instead of wrangling over words some find offensive and some don’t, that we could actually accomplish something that matters.

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Link Round-up: T-Shirt Headbands, Raw Chocolate Dessert, Beverage Coozies, and More

Posted on Jul 14, 2015 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has beaded t-shirt headbands, a raw chocolate dessert, DIY faux rattan beverage cozies, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie showed us how to make raw chocolate ice cream pies.

Create Craft Love showed us how to make beaded t-shirt headbands.

Uncommon Designs showed us how to make faux rattan beverage coozies.

DIY Crush shared a recipe for summer veggie casserole.

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A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make espadrille sandals.

Just the Woods showed us a gorgeous furniture makeover that involves texture and Tiffany blue.

DIY Crush shared a smocked socks tutorial.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and A Beautiful Mess

Link Round-up: Coconut Popsicles, Slime, a Breakfast Bowl, and More

Posted on Jul 9, 2015 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has coconut water popsicles, a glue slime kit party favor, an A-line skirt tutorial, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for coconut water popsicles.

Mom Endeavors showed us how to make an Elmer’s glue slime kit party favor.

This Silly Girl’s Life shared a recipe for a creamy raspberry almond breakfast bowl.

Restyled Junk shared a tutorial for an A-line skirt.

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A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make chocolate orange madeleine cookies.

Cupcakes and Cashmere talked about her renewed interest in denim skirts.

Lipgloss and Crayons inspired us with a beautiful outdoor dining space.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and A Beautiful Mess

Is a Vintage Engagement or Wedding Ring for You?

Posted on Jul 8, 2015 by No Comments

While a vintage ring isn’t the right choice for everyone, they are a perfect choice for some of us.

A vintage ring offers a cost-effective option for an engagement ring and if you’re a wise and patient shopper you can find unique rings that are both meaningful and authentic and of course stunning.

But when shopping for a vintage engagement or wedding ring there are a few important things to take into consideration.

First of all, if you plan to wear the engagement ring and wedding ring together, it’s important to buy them at the same time so you can see that they not only look right together, but that the fit is right. If it isn’t, the rings can rub together and cause wear and damage on each other.

If you find perfect rings that don’t fit together, you always have the option of wearing the rings separately on both hands to maintain the integrity of each.

Another thing to think about is the size of the ring. While some rings can be resized by two ring sizes or more, some can’t be adjusted by that much. So it is a good idea to have a jeweler look at the ring to be sure it can be resized to fit your finger.

At the same time they can examine the setting for any lose stones or other repairs needed and give you an appraisal regarding the quality of stones looking at cut, color, clarity and carat weight (4 Cs).

However, be aware, that unless a vintage ring is of significant value, most jewelers won’t disassemble a vintage ring to look at the stones, so the appraisal will often be based on an estimate using sophisticated magnification and other tools.

Lastly, it is worth mentioning that most of the time diamonds found in vintage diamond rings often have less sparkle than modern-cut diamonds. So if you’re looking for some sparkly bling, a vintage ring might not meet your expectations.

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Link Round-up: Porch Makeover, Chocolate Malt Milkshake, Gardening Tips, and More

Posted on Jul 7, 2015 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has a small porch makeover, a chocolate malt milkshake recipe, gardening tips, and more.

Spaceships and Laser Beams shared some ideas for a superhero birthday party theme.

Mom Endeavors shared a recipe for an all-American chocolate malt milkshake.

Crafts by Amanda showed us how to make a robot from a cereal box.

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A Beautiful Mess inspired us with a small porch makeover.

Cupcakes and Cashmere shared some vintage shopping tips.

Confessions of an Overworked Mom shared time-saving gardening tips.

Feeding Big showed us how to make orange dreamsicle cookies.

Photo credit: Spaceships and Laser Beams and A Beautiful Mess

Ant-Man Actress Evangeline Lilly Shows Off Baby Bump

Posted on Jul 6, 2015 by No Comments

Actress Evangeline Lilly is expecting her second baby. I fell in love with the freckle-faced brunet when she played Kate Austen on the hit TV show “Lost,” though I didn’t know her real name back then.

When she appeared in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” as the red-headed elf Tauriel, I thought she seemed very familiar. Once I looked her up, I realized she was one and the same and announced, “It’s Kate!”

But in reality her name is Evangeline Lilly, and she recently walked the red carpet to promote her next big role at the premiere of the hotly anticipated film “Ant-Man,” Marvel’s next superhero franchise.

As the 35-year-old actress walked the red carpet she also unveiled something a little more personal – her sizable baby bump. She is seven months pregnant and looking forward to the birth of her second child.

She wore a black-and-white Halston Heritage gown and looked fabulous in her Pedro Garcia heels. When asked about the baby’s gender, she admits she doesn’t want to know ahead of the birth – she wants to keep it a surprise.

She said, “We know too much almost,” and talked about how her ultra sound image looked like a photograph, “like I could see my child’s face. I was like, ‘I don’t want to know.’ It’s too much too soon!”

This was Lilly’s first red carpet appearance since the premiere of “The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies” last December. She and her long-time boyfriend, Norman Kali, have another child, a son born in May 2011.

She admits that she loves being pregnant and says, “I’m one of the lucky women who just had a blissful pregnancy.”

She would love to have a big family and has said she and Kali had been considering adopting a sibling for their son, but that the process has been difficult. “My partner and I have really been through the ringer in the adoption world and it’s hard. So we’ll see what happens. Life is magically beautiful, and it brings you what is perfect.”

I’ve very happy for them and wish them all the best.

Photo credits: wochit Entertainment

Prince George’s Fashion Sense Good for Sales

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 by No Comments

It’s no secret that Kate Middleton has fashion sense. She manages to dress elegantly and yet hold on to her youthful sense of style.

There are entire blogs dedicated to dressing like Kate, and it’s all quite good for business for whatever brand she decides to wear because once the designer of her outfit is revealed, the item instantly sells out.

Now, it turns out, the same thing is happening with little Prince George.

I remember when the royal family made their trip to Australia last year, and people noticed the baby’s little kangaroo backpack. The small company that made them sold out when they sold 1,000 in just two days.

And this past week, when Prince George played with his mum while at one of Prince William’s polo games, he was dressed in a royal blue cardigan over a white collared shirt, shorts, and a pair of comfy kiddie Crocs.

Yes, he looked adorable and Kate looked great, and while the pics just show a mom and her little 2 year old having fun, it turns out that the Crocs Crocband clogs like he was wearing saw a 1500 percent rise in sales on Amazon.

In all, Amazon.co.uk has seen a 16 fold increase in sales of the Crocbands since the photos of Prince George were released.

This phenomenon known as the ‘Kate Effect’ actually started with George when he was born and his swaddling blanket sold out within hours of his debut on the stairs of St. Mary’s hospital in London.

And it turns out that the same thing happened after his sister Charlotte made her first public appearance at that same hospital.

Kate really does have a special eye for style, which shows in how she dresses, as well in how her kids are dressed. If she didn’t, do you think the public would be as quick to copy her fashion sense?

Photo credits: Fully Uncensored

Link Round-up: Iced Coffee, Cornbread with Bacon Glaze, the Monthly Budget, and More

Posted on Jun 23, 2015 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has iced coffee tips, cornbread with bacon glaze, a monthly budget worksheet, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie offered tips for creating the best iced coffee.

The Crafting Nook showed us how to make chocolate chip brownies in a jar.

The Practical Mom shared 16 easy summer projects for three-year-olds.

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A Beautiful Mess taught us how to make cornbread with bacon glaze.

I Should Be Mopping the Floor shared a free printable monthly budget worksheet.

Create Craft Love showed us how to make a denim and burlap lighted garland.

I Love to Create taught us how to make Color Shot lace shorts.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and A Beautiful Mess

Plus Size Model Tess Holliday Inspired by Paralyzed Mom

Posted on Jun 19, 2015 by No Comments

Tess Holliday grew up in a small town. People told her she couldn’t model because she was too short and too big. But she decided to try and prove them wrong, moved across the country and looked for modeling gigs from the time she was 15 until she was about 19.

Then she became a mom and hung up her dreams temporarily to spend time with her son. Five years later, she realized her modeling goal and became a professional model at age 24.

Now after another five years, she is a 29-year-old social media sensation with a skyrocketing modeling career. Since January of this year, she has signed with top U.K. agency Milk, landed a cover on People magazine, and has a shoot scheduled with David LaChapelle.

As the first size 22 plus size model, Tess, whose real name is Ryann Hoven, credits her mother for her inspiration to never give up. Her mom is paralyzed and by her example has never given up.

She encouraged Tess to do the same and believe in her dreams. “She always pushed me, and I just wanted to make her proud,” Tess said, and she has accomplished that.

Tess admits that the hardest part of making the decision to go into modelling full time was the decision to be away from her son, but on the positive side she says, “I’m able to do things that most 9-to-5 parents cant.”

In the long run, she knew that she could make more to support him and would actually have more time to spend with him over all and she was right.

Her success took time and a lot of hard work. When her son was born she was working at Walmart and making $8.50 an hour. A year and a half ago she was working as a receptionist for a dentist and only modeling on the side, and now at 5′ 5″ and 280 pounds she is the first size 22 plus-size model with a promising modeling career ahead of her.

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