Seeing as Thanksgiving is right around the corner and I do spend quite a bit of time bitching about things sucking, I figured I would make a list of things that I am incredibly thankful for. Here are ten (in mostly no particular order) of the many things I have to be thankful for:
- This guy. I do not know how I would function every day without him.
- My incredibly wonderful and supportive family… though now I’ve noticed we are long overdue for a family portrait.
- Living in a country where I can say, do, or wear anything I want all while turning on a faucet for clean water.
- Having some of the world’s best friends (who don’t mind a theme).
- Having had the opportunity to live in one of the best cities in the world (NY, obvi). The experiences are irreplaceable.
- Love. Real, true, pure, magical love.
- Thongs. No, I’m serious. Can you imagine a lifetime of VPL (visible panty lines)?
- Technology: cell phones, computers, TV’s, the INTERNET! How else would you be able to keep up with WhyDid?
- Most importantly, everyone who is reading this. A bored at work hobby has turned into more than I ever could have imagined. Couldn’t do it without you.
Count your blessings!
I’m taking a break from my usual catty BS, to talk about something kinda of serious (and I don’t mean visible panty lines). I’m sort of torn about writing this because I don’t want to encourage it- just bring some awareness to it.
In the midst of our grueling photoshoot last week, something called “thinspiration” came up. Our makeup artist, the lovely and talented Stephanie Peterson, informed us of a growing epidemic of girls posting videos on YouTube of rail thin girls who they are using as inspiration to get/stay thin. I watched a couple of these videos (of which there are HUNDREDS) and it was utterly disturbing. First of all, most of the girls are so young they probably aren’t even in highschool. Also, they are not Gisele “fit” thin. They are skeletal. Not cute. Actually scary.
I know I make jokes about being thin (and my friends would argue I have a severe case of body dysmorphia), but that’s just it… they’re jokes. Starving yourself and aspiring to be stick thin is kind of wack a doo. There’s a huge difference between leading a healthy lifestyle, eating right, and exercising and eating cotton balls to fill your stomach. Being too thin is NEVER sexy. No guy wants to haul around a bag of bones! Trust me, I was told to “go eat a porkchop” by a man on the street when we were shooting. We all have issues with our bodies, but there’s no need to starve yourself and put your health in danger. I’ve been lucky enough to not have to deal with eating disorders personally (neither myself nor my close friends), but if you or someone you know is starting to look a bit frail try and get some help before it gets out of hand.
So who is to blame for all of this? Perhaps the fashion world. Perhaps Hollywood. Perhaps photoshop. Regardless, there is apparently a lot of pressure being put on young girls to be thin and we, as a whole, need to do something to let girls know that curves and womanly bodies are sexy and healthy. I’m not saying to hit Mickey D’s and pound a Big Mac, but no need to deny yourself life’s little pleasures (like chocolate!).
Life is short, eat dessert.
Summer is the time of year where ladies love to bear it all. We’ve perfected our spray tans and spent hours in the gym to get our glutes in tip top shape. In all honesty, we’ve earned it. However, there are tricks to making our barely there outfits work without being utterly offensive.
One of the biggest offenders all times of the year is VPL (visible panty lines). We all know what this is (for heaven’s sake, even my Dad knows what VPL stands for). I would hope by now, that everyone knows you need to wear a thong if you are wearing tight pants or a tight skirt. Taking it one step further, sometimes a thong alone doesn’t cut it. With very sheer or clingy fabrics, sometimes the outline of your thong will still show giving you unnecessary lumps and bumps. You might be tempted to just go sans panties, but rather than show us your Paris/Britney, I have another solution. Enter the Commando Tiny Thong. Lots of places have introduced seamless, no-show panties, but these are the original tried and true. Having worn these myself, I can vouch that you will not see even the tiniest seam, not even under a body skimming chiffon dress. They have several variations of these panties, I prefer the Tiny Thong (it’s the least amount of fabric, obvi).
Another offender? Illegal use of bra straps. I am totally cool with showing a beautiful bra under a see through blouse, or having a bit of your lacy bra pop out, but ONLY when done appropriately and intentionally (a la Carrie Bradshaw). Not only are there tons of bras out there to allow you to re-configure your straps, there are also now gadgets that are meant specifically for hiding your straps. Hollywood Hook Ups are a great option (a lot better than my MacGyver tricks involving safety pins and rubber bands).
Having a royal nip slip can also put a damper on your summer evening out. To avoid this, just grab some double sided tape to hold your drapey blouse in place. I like Matchsticks because they are in cute pink packaging that you can just pop in your purse.
USE TAPE ON A TOP LIKE THIS:
TO AVOID A MOMENT LIKE THIS: