Friday, June 26, 2015

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

If your decorating style is "Vintage Poetic"....

My friend, Helen, has an Etsy shop called "Vintage Poetic".  No, she didn't ask me to post about it and no, I don't get anything in return for talking about her shop.  But, I do like to talk up things that I feel are worth talking about, so here we are.

Helen has a great eye for all things vintage and antique.  I love her aesthetic and everything she carries has been picked out with care.  If vintage is your thing, you can check out her store HERE.

She's also got a Facebook page now, which you'll find HERE.

Good luck, m'Helen!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Death by Burger

Listen, I love indulgent, decadent food as much as the next person--chocolate truffles, filet mignon in a red wine reduction, bacon-wrapped anything--but this latest menu item from Hardee's/Carl's Jr. cannot possibly qualify as "food."

Behold, the 1/2 lb American Thickburger. It's a burger topped with all of the usual fixin's, AND a hot dog, AND potato chips.   This artery-clogging masterpiece will set you back 1250 calories, and contains 85 grams of fat--just a few grams less than an entire stick of butter.

The commercials for this monstrosity even boast that the answer to the question as to WHY they could create such a thing is: "because AMERICA."

Yup.  This is why other nations hate us.

Monday, June 1, 2015

The Debut of Caitlyn Jenner

The July issue of Vanity Fair will feature Caitlyn Jenner, the new identity that Bruce Jenner has taken on now that she is living as her authentic self.

Let me start by saying that I am happy for her, to finally be able to live and dress on the outside the way she feels on the inside. It must be such a relief after all of these years, and that newfound freedom deserves to be celebrated.

Which is why I feel a little bad for what I'm about to say, but...I found myself very disappointed in the debut photo.

She looks beautiful, but the passive, hands-behind-the-back pose and lack of clothing was so stereotypical of every other hollywood starlet photo shoot. The helpless sex kitten, coy and coquettish, vulnerable and exposed.

Couldn't you find a way to show us your true self without having to expose and exploit your body?

Bruce Jenner was a determined, ambitious bad-ass--crowned the best athlete in the world in 1976. And although she looks very different from that person we remember from way back then, Caitlyn is most definitely still that person inside--I just wish she had shown more of that in the photo shoot. Maybe she just wanted to make a big splash with her debut, and bowed to the pressure to conform. I hope that, in the future, she will seize the opportunity to show the world that a woman can be pretty AND strong; that you can still look beautiful on a magazine cover without taking most of your clothes off.