October is not only the beginning of fall, pumpkin carving, and apple picking, it is also National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death in women and the number one most diagnosed type of cancer in women. Over 220,000 women and 2,150 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer each year- that’s one in eight women. 40,000 of those women will die. It’s not all bad news though. Since 1990, the death rate has been declining most likely attributed to early detection, awareness, and better treatments.
Many of us have been or will be affected by breast cancer at some point in our lifetime and so it is important to get involved now. While there are many ways to lend a hand, Accessory Concierge has come up with a pretty easy (and fun) way to get started.
A couple of weeks ago, a photo of Beyonce posted to her Tumblr account was called onto the carpet and not a red one for being a very clear case of (bad) Photoshopping. There was a very obvious alteration to the image made more painfully obvious by the mysterious slope in the stairs behind her perfectly spaced thigh gap. If this was not a case of Photoshop foolery, the Carters better be careful young Blue Ivy doesn’t stumble down that warped yacht staircase.
Sadly, that was not the first time Beyonce had been called out for altering her candid photos, but to be fair she is only one of a slew of celebrities to tamper with their social snapshots. What started off as simple and standard in app filters to enhance a tan, deflect less than stellar skin, or add artistic flair has turned into full blown post production photographs worthy of five figure paychecks. Isn’t social media a place where celebrities should be better able to connect with fans? You know, celebrities, they’re just like us. Ideally, social media should be a place for celebrities to take on more human personas as opposed to their perfectly airbrushed alter egos.
Models and actors are already Photoshopped to within inches of their lives for ads, interviews, and endorsements, but most of the masses realize that much of that is simply smoke and mirrors. Obviously, glossy magazine spreads and movie posters are all part of the job description and many Photoshop fails have come at the hands of professional retouchers employed by major publications and big brands, but when has it gone too far?
When there is no longer a line between reality and fantasy, how are we, as mere mortals, supposed to digest this photographic perfection? How are young girls not to feel bad about themselves after seeing their idols looking like they really did wake up like that- AKA, full hair and makeup? Listen, if I don’t have a thigh gap, I think it’s pretty safe to say that Queen Bey does not either. While, I may be able to call out “fauxtos” for what they really are, what about those who take these digital masterpieces more literally? Are we only exacerbating the ideal of unachievable perfection?
So, how exactly are celebrities stepping up their Instagram game beyond basic filters? Well, there are plenty of apps available now (one of which I used in the photograph above that is worth downloading for sheer entertainment purposes), that allow for serious digital makeovers. Some of them are essentially equivalent to using a desktop version of Adobe Photoshop on your smartphone. You can smooth out skin, nip, tuck, and even whiten teeth making it nearly impossible to ever take a bad photo again. But what is the point of sharing moments that are anything but authentic? I believe the “Insta” part of Instagram is meant to imply that we are sharing the moment as we’re in it (since we all know it never happened unless it’s documented on social media). It’s bad enough that we watched the sun set the screen of our iPhone, must we waste another twenty minutes applying the perfect filters?
Last week new photos of Beyonce wearing yet another bikini materialized on the world wide web, presumably to back pedal her previous posts, but what it’s really done has given us a vehicle for side by side comparison. Celebrities, they’ll never learn… just like us.
Once you’ve procured all of this fall’s must have fashion trends, you’re going to need the shoes to accessorize with. One of my greatest struggles in life besides fitted sheets and the mental battle between being rail thin or indulging in gnocchi, is putting together the perfect outfit only to realize I do not have the perfect shoes to complete it. This has led to lots of late arrivals, pissed off friends, and missed appointments. Pretty sure this complaint would fall under the hashtag of “first world problems.” In any case, this fall you are going to want to round out your wardrobe with boyish brogues, combat boots, boots that go beyond the knee, statement booties in addition to basic black, and a pair of sneakers that thank heaven almighty do not include the word “wedge.” Below find my picks for fall’s best footwear.
Celebrities just can’t seem to keep their pants on and this time it doesn’t involve hacked photos, the iCloud, or Miley Cyrus. This past week alone, a slew of celebrities have forgone covering up their bits and pieces by wearing barely there ensembles leaving very little to the imagination. From Miranda Kerr to Cara Delevigne, sheer panels gave us peeks at their toned thighs, tummies, and places Pilates pays off. Even North West got in on the action while accompanying mom, Kim, to the Givenchy show in Paris. Why shouldn’t a toddler have a custom creation when sitting front row at Paris Fashion Week? Step your game up Gymboree. This nearly nude trend is nothing new though, as we saw here on Erin Fetherston two Octobers ago.
But before you figure me for head conductor of the Hater Express, let us take a moment to recall when I wore this For Love & Lemons dress sans pants last winter. Brrr. While, part of me fears for humanity’s eyesight as we all know that once something is worn by a Kardashian, it’s basically considered mainstream and one can expect to see it in every mall in America, there are some upsides to this trend. One such silver lining is an opportunity to showcase those Barry’s Bootcamp legs you shelled out $30 a pop for. Another, of course, is good ventilation, which we all know aids in the prevention of the epidemic known as thigh chafing. Lastly, pants are just a hassle anyway. The first thing I do when I get home is remove them, so let’s just cut out the middle man and stop wearing pants all together. F*ck it.
While you’re updating your fall wardrobe and tucking away summer’s short shorts and bathing suits, be sure to check in with your makeup bag as well. This fall’s beauty trends are focused on fierce lashes, flawless skin, pops of color, perfectly lined lids, and metallic touches. With only adding a few secret weapons to your beauty arsenal, you’ll take on this season’s updated face with ease. We can get to the deep side parts, big bangs, and more braids for hair in an upcoming How To video. In the meantime, check out five of fall’s most fabulous beauty trends.