Oct
22
2014
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Why Did or Why Don’t: That’s A Bum(mer) Bag

sarah jessica parker chanel fanny packThe fashion industry may have cleverly renamed them “waist bags” and “belt bags,” but they’re not fooling me.  I roller skated to Ace of Bass “I Saw the Sign.”  These are glorified fanny packs (known in the UK as “bum bags” since “fanny” means something entirely different) and having just returned home from Orlando, Florida, presumably the birthplace of fanny packs, I know one when I see one. It may  have taken a bit longer for fanny packs to trickle down from the runways (the trend was first spotted in early 2013) to the retail stores, but they’re here and they’re happening.  From Chanel to Sarah Jessica Parker (not her first time wearing a hands free handbag), the waist bag has gone mainstream and now you’re going to have to experience it… perhaps for the second time.  I suppose it could be worse.  You could be carrying your dog as a tote.

And there are always upsides to even the most troublesome trends.  One brand called their version a “dance bag,” which I guess makes sense if you’re one who frequents nightclubs.  Gone are the days of guarding your bag from sticky cranberry juice stains and drunk girls with sticky fingers.  Dance the night away with your handbag safely resting on your hips.  Hanging your valuables from your waist will also cure the epidemics of uneven arm strength and scoliosis.  The only downside is that I don’t believe you’ll be able to safely stash much more than your cash, cards, and beloved iPhone.  So looks like you’ll be stuck carrying that shopping bag from Forever21 for all to see.

waist bags fanny pack1. Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Affair Fanny Bag, 2. NewbarK Eva Metallic Textured Leather Belt Bag, 3. Clare V Leather Trimmed Shearling Belt Bag, 4. ONE by Erin Dana Evan Large Fanny Pack, 6. What Goes Around Comes Around Louis Vuitton Geronimos Waist Bag, 7. Times Arrow Asia Lamé Dance Belt Bag, 8. Pendleton, The Portland Collection Convertible Belt Bag, 9. B-Low the Belt Samantha Belt Bag, 10. Alexander Wang Leather Belt Bag

Since the belt bag is readily available at many of your favorite shopping outposts, now’s your time to weigh in on the trend.

 

xx,

WhyDid

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Oct
09
2014
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WhyDid Wisdom: Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure
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susan g komen 3 day for cureAs of late I’ve been in a bit of an emotional tailspin.  All I want to do is sleep, eat carbs, and speak only to Smitty or my mom.  Some would reason this is merely a natural feeling with the impending doom that is winter on its way, but I haven’t even been to Pilates in two weeks, which is basically unheard of, so you know something’s up.  You may have even noticed my sluggish blog posts and somewhat infrequent social media presence indicative of my mood.  My father often refers to this behavior as “going dark.”  I don’t know precisely what’s throwing me off, perhaps Mercury in retrograde, but I do know that wallowing in it won’t help.

One of the best ways to get out of a major mood slump is to stop obsessing about yourself and your own problems and find ways in which you can help others.  Seeing as October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I couldn’t think of a better cause to get involved with.  I have been fortunate enough to not have been affected personally by breast cancer (knock on wood), but I have breasts and I have a lot of best friends and women in my life who also have breasts.  As mentioned yesterday, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime and that’s not a statistic to take lightly.

Every year, one of my very best friends, Katie (you may recognize her from her playlists and general craftiness), walks in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure and she does it with such spirit, fun, and flair that it hardly looks like volunteer work at all.  Now, this is a woman who is always the first person to help somebody out.  I can attest to this as she was on an airplane from Florida to California to help me move back to the Big Apple the moment she heard my decision.  If anyone knows what it means to be selfless it’s Katie and that is why I’m joining her this year on her three day walk for Susan G. Komen on November 21-23 in San Diego, California.

Please help me raise funds as well as awareness for Breast Cancer by donating on my personal page (net proceeds go to research, scientific programs, and community based breast health and education programs for women and men facing breast cancer) and read more about ways you can get involved (like joining the walk as well!).  You’re the breast!

Help me reach my goal for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day
xx,
WhyDid

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Oct
08
2014
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Why Did You Wear That: Bloggers for BCA
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bloggers for bcaOctober 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.

breast cancer month accessory conciergeFight Like a Girl cuff, Tough As Nails necklace

Accessory Concierge is donating 20% of all proceeds from the sale of the “Fight Like a Girl” cuff, “Here Comes a Fighter” cuff, and “Tough As Nails” necklace to the Breast Cancer Fund.  Show your support for those fighting the fight by purchasing these for yourself or someone you love and be sure to help spread awareness using the #ToughAsNails and #BloggersforBCA hashtags as well.

xx,

WhyDid

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Oct
07
2014
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WhyDid or Why Don’t: Picture Perfecting

instagram photo appsA 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.

 

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram.

xx,

WhyDid

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Oct
02
2014
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Why Did You Wear That: Shoe In
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best fall bootsOnce 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.

best fall combat boots

1. Ash Soviet Lace Up Flat Booties, 2. Church’s Angelina Polished Leather Ankle Boots, 3. Rag & Bone Cozen Boots, 4. Markus Lupfer Embellished Ribbed Knit and Leather Ankle Boots, 5. Maison Martin Margiela Leather Combat Boots

I Kneed You:

over the knee boots1. Stuart Weitzman Fifo Stretch Boots, 2. Chloé Textured Leather Over the Knee Boots, 3. Kurt Geiger London Rowland Over the Knee Boots, 4. Joie Daymar Over the Knee Boots, 5. Sam Edelman Jenkins Over the Knee Boot

Sweet Shoes, Brogue:

fall shoes brogues oxfords1. 3.1 Phillip Lim Hacienda Haircalf Oxfords, 2. Matt Bernson Thames Oxfords, 3. Finds +L’F Shoes Gipsy Ilga Gliter Finished Leather Brogues, 4. Schutz Nikola Chain Trim Oxfords, 5. Robert Clergerie Irvina Leather Platform Brogues

Shake Up Your Bootie:

best fall boots1. Narciso Rodriguez Sarah Leather Suede and Watersnake Ankle Boots, 2. Joie Lina Haircalf Booties, 3. Laurence Dacade Pete Studded Suede Ankle Boots, 4. Sergio Rossi Faux Pearl Embellished Suede Ankle Boots, 5. Club Monaco Autumn Booties

sneakers,

fall sneakers trend1. Isabel Marant Étoile Bart Leather Sneakers, 2.  Superga 2750 Boucle Sneakers, 3. Adidas x Opening Ceremony Stan Smith Finger Print Sneakers, 4. Vans Metallic Leather Sneakers, 5. Saint Laurent Court Classic Leather Sneakers

 

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