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Take a moment to reflect on the society that we are living in. A society of participation trophies – awards for just showing up. A society of some high school football teams who have stopped keeping scores at games so nobody’s feelings get hurt.
A society of endless internet memes that proclaim that everyone deserves love and is perfect just the way they are. But whose love is it that they are deserving of? It has to come from somewhere – and that somewhere is you and me.
Do you feel that everyone is deserving of the love you can give?
Now, this may not be the warm and fuzzy feel of an article you are used to from me, but sometimes warm, fuzzy, unconditional reinforcement isn’t good if you’re reinforcing the wrong thing.
The issue with a society that teaches everyone is perfect the way they are, is that…
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The word “sexy” in modern day society has often become synonymous with the matched drum-beats and stiletto steps we’re used to seeing in Victoria’s Secret advertisements. Don’t get me wrong…that is sexy, but it is only one piece of the puzzle.
So, be honest…how many of you clicked on this article expecting to see a list consisting of amazing legs, abs, fake boobs, and a tan?
What society tells you is sexy on the surface, is often a small piece of the whole puzzle, if it’s a piece of it at all. But the first thing we need to do, is get rid of this damaging perception.
So, for those of us who live in the real world, what makes a woman sexy?
This is key. Being perfect, is not. A strong, purposeful walk, head held high, eye contact, and a smile – go a long way.
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As fashion lovers, you all probably have a favorite decade for those gorgeous silhouettes. These silhouettes define what kind of women dominated that time. They reflect each inch of power, grace, and aesthetic every Aphrodite beheld, and made it a permanent mark in the course of this universe’s history. Though simple as others may look at it, the silhouettes through the years relates the story of us, women.
I am laying it down on you today: a brief history and celebration of us, being empowered by the cuts and grace of every contour.
This decade, we have glorified the new found freedom women gained. The Feminine Liberation movement decided that women’s roles should be changed. Gone are the days that we are to stay home and cook! We now have the right to utilize our strength and make a living for ourselves! With this, the dresses now evolved and took form in shorter skirts with pleats, slits, or gathers to allow more transitions in movement.
Women broke free from corsets! The hourglass shape is no more and most silhouettes are linear in form. At this point in history, the women are allowed to vote and express what they want to. Legs are now flaunted with pride with hemlines rising to the knee. Roles are now shared between genders, as well, that a more masculine look became popular with the appreciation of flattened breasts and short hairstyles.
Women’s enlightenment was at its peak until the late 1920’s to early 1930s. However, the Great Depression started taking toll and affected everyone’s view in life. A conservative bump pushed us back to longer skirts, and higher waistlines. A campaign for a more “womanly” look prevailed. Madelaine Vionnet invented the bias-cut and used the method to mold and accentuate the body’s contours as it draped the female form. This was the essence of the 1930s. Although the short hair lasted little until the end of 1930s, feminine curves became of most importance.
The grim severity of the war caused the limited access of people to new and quality clothing, including fabrics in making one. The War Production Board issued its Regulation L85 restricting elements in women’s clothing. It was so grave at the time that magazines and pattern companies advised girls on how to revise men’s suits into something women could wear! This made perfect sense as the men are usually in uniform and there is no other use for their old clothing during this decade. The 40’s silhouette is almost the same as the 30’s with the nipped in waist. The only difference is that the shoulders are more squared because of the blazers.
Just like a bird unleashed from its cage, the women showed their desire for style, elegance, and soft beautiful fabric right after the Second World War has ceased. Christian Dior exhibited the “New Look” silhouette which was defined by a very narrow waist, and big, extravagant skirts. Longer skirts were appreciated, as well as the fitted ones. As long as it’s long, the public wanted it!
Rock n’ Roll and the Jive were hits in the 1950s. The enigmatic transformation of the decade was manifested by brightly patterned dresses and swirling fabric.
First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy has influenced everyone’s view on elegance. Women were smitten over pastel-colored suits with oversized buttons. Shifts, or simple geometric dresses, were also a fad while full-skirted ball gowns were worn in the evening.
The mini-skirt made its first appearance in 1964 as introduced byMary Quant. After that instance a radical evolution in fashion occurred. Hemlines were rising, higher and higher that the micro-mini was born by 1968. The time was almost a reminiscent glance of the 20’s in shape and lines; however the skirts are provocatively and scandalously shorter!
The hippie look slowly lost its magic as the economy improved in the mid-seventies. From the high revealing skirts, the length of it dropped to just below the knee, to midi, and then finally to maxi. The 70s was a mix of all decades but with more lace, ruffles, and cuffs. Off-the-shoulder necklines were also a hit as popularized by Yves St. Laurent. This became the prologue of the peasant look, with flowing, unstructured effects on cuts and structure. The 70s was also the year for the punks and the disco fever.
Who doesn’t know of SHOULDER PADS?! It is a part of what they called “Power Dressing.”This originated from a newly realized respect for women as they earned position in workplaces, sometimes bagging positions higher than the men’s! It was almost a combination of the 50’s and 40’s but, again, with the humongous shoulder pads.
Madonna also invited women from all over the world, and in all shapes and sizes, to defy norms by wearing lace gloves, tulle skirts, and crucifix jewelries.
The decade was a concoction of many things from knitwear, classic blazers, blue jeans, and even baggy jeans, to oriental clothing such as the cheongsam. The silhouette is all about freedom and flow. Fashion-era concluded the decade in two amazing sentences that said it all: “Short above knee straight skirts and stirrup ski pants masquerading as a refined version of leggings were worn with long chenille yarn sweater tunics, oversized shoulder padded shirts or big embellished T-shirts. The latter gradually reduced in size to become slimmer fitted and semi fitted garter stitch knits with fake fur collars, darted three-quarter shirts and screen printed t-tops minus the pads often worn with tie waist, easy loose trousers, jeans or boot leg trousers.” Too visual, right? The decade was a feast for the senses!
Where We Are Now.
This decade’s fashion silhouette is a recall of all the silhouettes through time. You can see the 60’s miniskirts being flaunted with a modern edge, as well as the maxi dresses, paired with “peasant” fashion accessories. Where we are now when it comes to silhouettes, is all about paying homage to our rich history. 2000 is a proof that we can make things better and that the future isn’t necessarily about inventions. The future promises us more and more changes but at the same time, a plenty of recognition of our past.
Life and fashion is indeed full of promises. We live life, we love life! Silhouettes create our basis of beauty and as they run a full-circle, we are filled with realizations that beauty is freedom and is indeed in the eye of the beholder, no matter what time and year. This makes me look forward to the next decade!!!
The recent launch of the iOS 7 system a days ago made such a huge splash in the digital world. And why wouldn’t it? Almost everybody carry a smartphone in their pockets these days because of the additional function of softwares and applications which they can download in a heartbeat. After having browsed through hundreds of applications, I have come up with a list of applications that certainly comes in handy for those women who have active lifestyles. Take a look and take your pick at the lot of them:
Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal has the largest food database of over 2 million, so you can keep track of the calories you have consumed, including fast food!
The Period Tracker is another app to get if you’re the type of person who forgets when her period is due. Don’t you just hate it when it’s that time of the month and you are caught off-guard by it and in a situation where a tampon or an Advil is not readily accessible? With this app, you’ll never catch yourself flat-footed again!
The iYoga+ is perfect for beginner yoga practitioners. It contains 58 positions equipped with an instructional how-to guide available in text and in audio. The only downside to this is there are only 8 lessons, good for 30 minutes each. So when you have exhausted all of the lessons, you can look for a paid app for a more advanced yoga lesson.
Evernote is a handy little application that allows you to take notes, make lists, stores images, audio files and web clips all in one place. This app also synchronizes what you’ve put together into all your other devices such as your desktop, laptop, and tablet.
Bad Date Rescue is an app created by dating site eHarmony. If your friends have set you up with someone that you will most definitely not go for, then this is the app to use. This app allows you to get out of a bad date. By one click, you can schedule an incoming “fake” emergency call to your iPhone. The call would actually appear like a real one and there is an actual voice at the end of the line. You get to choose from 3 fake scenarios: a call from your mom with the news that your sister is about to deliver a baby; a call from your concerned neighbour that there is a leaking pipe in your apartment; and a call from your boss demanding you to head straight to the office now! This is a nifty app to have, if I may say so!
Why don’t you try one of these apps soon?