Dec
29
2012
0


The List Volume 2012
Written by: WhyDid | The List

new years 2013You know how at the end of the year we’re bombarded with all those obnoxious “best of’s” and “top moments of” countdowns?  Well, it’s your lucky day, ’cause I’ve gone ahead and jumped right onto that bandwagon and I’m about to give you my very own “Best of WhyDid 2012″ countdown.  It’s always hard to pick your own favorites– not because I’m partial, but actually because I’m my own worst critic.  I’ve selected thirteen (to stay in theme with the upcoming year– I didn’t forget how to count) of my favorites and hopefully some of your favorites as well.  For those of you just now tuning in (shame on you), you’re welcome, here’re the highlights of what you missed and next time get here on time.  It’s rude to be tardy:

  1. Well, I started off the year on the right coast at least.
  2. You can take the girl out of the city… but… well, you know the rest.
  3. I found my new favorite photographer.
  4. You don’t need great buns for a top notch top knot (but I can get ya great buns too).
  5. Might not have been named the “color of the year” but my favorite beverage (and hue) finally got some airtime.
  6. Oh, but wait, I called it.
  7. “I knew I had fallen in love with Lolita forever; but I also knew she would not be forever Lolita.” Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita
  8. Wedge sneakers are stupid, okay?
  9. I’m sure Solange never saw this one coming…
  10. I fixed my eyebrows.  Everyone happy now?
  11. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish: Would you rather be a big fish in a little pond or little fish in a big pond?
  12. We tried to find a little bit of “truth” in advertising.
  13. And decided that it was finally time to start shining.

While not everything could make the list, it was good to revisit a few of my posts that I may need to print out and glue to my refrigerator as reminders.  What were your favorites?  What made your 2012?

xx,

WhyDid

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Jul
10
2012
3


Why Did You Wear That: Tell Me the Truth

kirsten smith not photoshoppedThe rampant use of Photoshop has stirred up quite a bit of controversy in the fashion and advertising worlds.  While it may come in handy in some instances, there is a huge difference between removing a blemish or brightening up a photo and giving a woman a total digital diet.  Seeing advertisements, magazine covers, and commercials showing already beautiful women Photoshopped to within an inch of their lives is disheartening to say the least.  Uh, that Adele Vogue cover?  At times, I can’t even tell who this month’s covergirl is.  Is that Kim K or Jessica Alba?  It frustrates me to hear friends talk about their children or nephews/nieces already dealing with body image issues due to the unrealistic pressures that society has put on them to be “perfect.”

That said, when Feel More Better asked me if I’d like to join 50 other influential bloggers to promote the Truth in Advertising message with their “Not Photoshopped” Story Tees, I was more than happy to be a part of it.

 

not photoshopped kirsten smith

For a chance to win a black “Not Photoshopped” Story Tee (like the one I’m wearing), Tweet me using the hashtag #FeelMoreBetter and tell me what you think makes a woman most beautiful.  I will pick one winner next week.  P.S. If you don’t win, you should still head on over and buy one yourself.  For each purchase made, a book will be given to an underprivileged girl! 

shirt: c/o Feel More Better, skirt/tube top: Express, booties: Members Only, bracelets: Alex and Ani, clutch: Expressions

Now remember what makes you beautiful.

xx,

WhyDid

 

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Feb
15
2012
0


Would You Wednesday: Photoshop Foolery
Written by: WhyDid | Why Did or Why Don't?

adele vogue cover photoshopWhat a year it’s been for Adele.  This 23 year old British songbird has taken home six Grammy’s and scored her first American Vogue cover… and it’s only February.  I’m not sure what is going to have to happen for her year to get much better.  A pony perhaps?

I’m an avid Vogue reader and I have so much respect for Anna Wintour and the team at Vogue, but I would be downright insulted to see my face morphed into what is considered “acceptable” rather than the beautiful creation it already is.  There’s no denying this is a beautiful woman.  Those eyes!  Those lips!  She didn’t really need any high tech help to look gorgeous.  That’s why I would be pretty bummed out to see what was once my face staring back at me in the supermarket checkout line.

Finally young girls have a female role model who receives praise strictly from talent and hard work rather than flashing crotch to paparazzi and partying all night.  Yet, here she is being “shaped” into a size that’s more palatable for the fashion elite.  What are we trying to tell people?  Especially women?

adele vogue spreadTo act like Adele is the first and only celebrity to be Photoshopped to within an inch of her life on the cover of Vogue or any other glossy would be totally naive (Remember the Ralph Lauren scandal?).  90% of what we see in magazines or in ads is not real.  It frustrates me to hear my friends and other females get so down on themselves about how they look and how they wish they were a little thinner or a little taller or a little bit more perfect because they’re comparing themselves to unrealistic standards.

I once received a photo of myself that had been Photoshopped.  After I got over the initial, “Wow!” moment, I immediately felt depressed.  My lips were fuller, my nose was straighter, my blue eyes more blue.  I realized that this was how I’m supposed to look… if I was perfect, of course.  But I’m not.  And no one (not even Adriana Lima) is.  We all have flaws and those flaws are what make us unique.  It’s time to start embracing those instead of letting them alienate us.

Cindy Crawford was once quoted as saying, “Even I don’t wake up looking like Cindy Crawford.”  I think that’s such a wonderful and honest thing to say.  Maybe if more celebrities, magazines, and brands eased up on the “healing tool” and stopped “transforming” everything, we might alleviate a lot of low self esteem and bad body images.

So what do you think?  Have magazines, advertisements, and fashion houses gotten out of hand with creating perfect specimens?  Would you like women to start looking more like… themselves?

xx,

WhyDid

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Jan
20
2012
1


The List Volume 1/20
Written by: WhyDid | The List

I was not kidding about that pony.  I feel that in honor of my birthday, I should suspend the usual snark fueled list in order to honor some things that make me giggle with glee.  So, here are ten of many in no particular order.

  1. Benetint. I don’t know how else I can say it.
  2. Crispy rice spicy tuna.
  3. Have I ever told you about Smitty
  4. Love.  Surprisingly enough… I love love.  So hard.
  5. Prosecco.
  6. My beloved friends… though I often have to Photoshop us into the same place for us to all be together. 
  7. Shiny things and chandeliers.
  8. Classic television, ie; Golden Girls, Cheers, Who’s the BossDesigning Women, Full House, The Nanny … (yes, I’m old).
  9. My pink HB cashmere robe.
  10. Any good reason to celebrate and deck myself out.

Happy birthday to me (and the rest of you Capriquarius kids).

xx,
WhyDid

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Apr
04
2011
0


Monday Mashup: A Case of Mistaken Identity
Written by: WhyDid | Monday Mashup

While in the checkout line the other day, my fiance asked me, “Babe, who is that?” while pointing at the cover of a glossy tabloid.  I looked over my shoulder quickly and answered, “Jessica Alba.”

I looked again at the headline and was baffled.  What wedding?  Only then did I notice that it was not, in fact, the lovely Jessica Alba.  I stared harder.

But, of course.  It was the tabloid queen, Kim Kardashian.  I had never thought that Kim and Jessica looked alike, however, this magazine cover was like looking at Jess’s twin sister.  This got me to thinking about a couple of things.  One being that Hollywood and the magazines who love it are spending far too much time in post production fixing up photos.  The other is the sad amount of cosmetic procedures taking place every single day.  Not only (but mainly) in La La Land, but all over the country.  Why is it that everyone is trying to look like some sort of predetermined perfect mold of a woman?  When did having a little bit of facial character become such a bad thing?  Isn’t there anything to be said for having your own “look”?  What’s the point of being famous if you’re being mistaken for someone else?

I think the moral of the story here, kids, is to love the way you look and emphasize your differences rather than try and hide them.

xx,

WhyDid

Photos via Modern Salon, Posh24

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