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Gift Guide: Gifts for the Fitness Fanatic
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fitness holiday gift guide(note: this is not a yoga pose… unless you want to call it the “twisted dancer.”)

Oh, hey, newsflash: fitness is having a fashion moment right now.  Finally, Americans have realized you have to do a bit more than exercise your thumbs to keep in shape these days.  With Barry’s Bootcamp, Power Yoga, Crossfit, and all variations of Pilates and spinning studios popping up faster than Starbucks in Brooklyn, the activewear market is benefiting from a major boom in sales.  I, personally, have a hard time shelling out a hundred bucks a pop on pairs of yoga pants, but one can’t stroll into these sleek studios wearing ratty sweats risking the possibility of a crotch hole mid happy baby.  Spoil your sporty friend with something she can sweat all over this year.  She (and her inner thighs) will thank you for it come swimsuit season.

best fitness holiday giftsBench Bradie II Stand Collar Hooded Knit Jacket, $119, Day Birger et Mikkelsen Day Gweneth Metallic Sport Bag, $130Yurbuds Sport Armband, $24.99S’well Crocodile 17oz Water Bottle, $35Alo Goddess Ribbed Leggings, $92Nike Roshe Run Printed Shell Sneakers, $80Zella My Run Layer 2 Half Zip Top, $64koral activewear Double Time Tank, $86La Vie Boheme Yoga Phoenix Yoga Mat, $83Spiritual Gangster Varsity Crop Muscle Tank, $48

xx,

WhyDid

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Dec
11
2014
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Gift Guide: Techsessories, Gifts for the Tech Obsessed
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tech holiday gift guide
I bet you’re reading this from your phone… or tablet… or laptop.  We are a society that is totally tech obsessed and while many of us could and should do a digital detox, the chances of that happening are less likely than me retiring my crop tops any time before I turn forty.  I, myself, basically work from my phone, iPad, or MacBook and most of the time I’ve got at least two of these items with me.  Fortunately and unfortunately, I can work from just about anywhere there’s wifi and this seems to be an ever growing trend.  When I’m taking pictures of my perfect bowl of ramen at Momfuku, I’m working.  When I’m switching between ten Instagram accounts, I’m clocking those hours.  Even posting on Facebook adds to my paycheck.  Having said that, I’ve become a bit of an expert on all things that make working on the fly a little bit easier and a lot more stylish.

And in the gift guide, I’ve rounded up some fashionable gadgets for the tech gal on the go.

tech gift guide

Diane von Furstenberg Heritage Print Travel Adapter, $98FINDS +Corners4 iPhone 5 Case, $45U R Racer Back Tech Stretch Gloves, $50U R Pleated Tech Headband, $38Speck See Thru Satin Snap on MacBook Pro LapTop Case, $49.95FRENDS Taylor Cap Set, $50Rebecca Minkoff Zoey Tech Wristlet, $135Zero Gravity Andromeda iPhone 6 Case, $32Nixon The Mini Blaster Speaker, $100Halston Heritage Cellphone Minaudiere, $295,

xx,

WhyDid

 

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Dec
11
2014
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Gift Guide: Hostess Gifts, Thanks for Coming.
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holiday wreathUgly sweater party season is upon us.  I am fortunate enough to have wonderful friends who know better than to invite me to such a terrifying event.  They also know a lot of other things, like how to throw great parties.  One of the most gracious gifts friends can give us during the holidays is opening up their homes (whether a massive mansion or teeny studio) to host a festive get together.  In a city like New York, friends fast become second families and there’s a reason things like “Friendsgiving” exist.  Something my mother taught me from the time I was invited to slumber parties was to never arrive empty handed.  I diligently practice this form of social etiquette to this day and always arrive bearing gifts, whether they be basic bottles of wine or a bags full of glowsticks.  I never arrive unannounced or empty handed and to ensure that you will be invited to next year’s fete, I suggest you do the same (and avoid using your dinner napkin as a headwrap).  Below are my picks for gifts to thank your generous hosts for having you this holiday season.

hostess holiday gift guide

Baccarat Dom Perignon Flutes, $240C. Wonder Pop Fizz Cocktail Shaker, $38Alexandra von Furstenberg Fearless Coasters, $125 Lia Bottlestopper, $64Georg Jensen Wine & Bar Gift Set, $195Match Lucido Pitcher, $185Gift Boutique Piedmont Slate Cheese Board, $99Jonathan Adler Blanc Candle, $78Kim Seybert Paillette Wine Decanter, $177Bombki Little New York Set of Five Glass Baubles, $85

 

xx,

WhyDid

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Dec
05
2014
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Friday Frocks: Cheers To That

champagne toastThere’s lot to celebrate this time of year besides having just celebrated WhyDid.com’s sixth year of publishing as was made painfully clear this afternoon as our email chain grew longer and longer in an attempt to get all of our favorite girls together for a holiday party.  Every time we thought we’d locked down a day to congregate over cooking and cocktails, someone would pipe in with regrets over having obligations to another engagement.  We still haven’t quite nailed down a date for our holiday festivities, but in the meantime, I did nail down some festive frocks to get you through this season’s holiday party.  Cheers!

best party dresses holiday1. Milly Floral Print Satin Twill Mini Dress, $575, 2. Alice + Olivia Princess Layered Tulle Mini Dress, $700, 3. Sass & Bide The Balancing Act Dress, $790, 4. Halston Heritage Paneled Faille Mini Dress, $445, 5. Red Valentino Forest Flare Dress, $895, 6. Grace MMXIII Angelina Faux Leather Trimmed Satin Mini Dress, $385, 7. Victoria Beckham One Shoulder Jacquard Mini Dress, $950, 8. Jonathan Simkhai Metallic Ball Dress, $895, 9. Ohne Titel Jacquard Tank Rayon Blend Dress, $595, 10. Nicholas Window Lace Strapless Ball Dress, $695

xx,

WhyDid

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Dec
03
2014
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Why Did You Wear That: On the Six

why did blog sixth birthday cake

When I actually published my first post is debatable (as I made a switch from Tumblr to WordPress very early on), but it was six years ago, give or take a few days.  That first post wasn’t prolific or groundbreaking and at the time I had not one clue as to what I was doing or where it would lead me.  WhyDid has evolved as have I over the past six years.  It even underwent a name change (from Why Did You Wear That) to encompass the expansion of topics from celebrity cameltoe (most popularly Katy Perry‘s) to all things fashion, beauty, and lifestyle.  I came pretty close to a name change myself, but fortunately dodged that bullet.  There have been times when I wanted to just scrap the whole operation and revert back to normal.  One of those times came from a nasty commenter who told me my blog was just like “some dumb diary” where I recorded my life and outfits.

denim-shirt-scotch-and-soda-nyc-whydidI guess she (he?!) was right.  This is kind of like my diary, except I share my stories and my troubles and my outfits publicly not for any narcissistic reason, but so anyone who stumbles upon my site finds a place where she/he can spend a few minutes a day laughing, or feeling understood, or getting inspired to try something new.  The fashion world and the world wide web can be very scary places, but I wanted to create somewhere safe.  Somewhere kindred spirits could meet and know that they are not alone in the world and that any silly life trauma we might be going through isn’t that serious.  Sharing my life is not only scary, but also therapeutic.  By sharing so much, I open myself up to people who are negative and feed off of knocking people down, but by sharing I also open myself up to people who may need to hear exactly what I have to share.  So, I let the good outweigh the bad.

why did blog kirsten smithAs someone who hates having her picture taken (though all evidence would suggest otherwise), it was pretty uncomfortable to start posting photos of myself and one guy I dated told me fairly early on that I looked incredibly uncomfortable in my photos (I was).  I’ve been told my eyebrows were too light (enter Anastasia of Beverly Hills), my boobs appeared saggy, and that I looked like just another Southern California girl (even though I’ve lived 97% of my life on the East Coast).  If I said that I didn’t initially feel incredibly hurt by these comments, I’d be lying.  I nursed my wounds for several days each time and confirmed with friends that my breasts were, in fact, as perky as those of a 19 year old over topless chats on FaceTime.  Being dissected by people I’d never met was painful, but it opened my eyes to the scrutiny that we put celebrities and each other under all the time and it changed my perspective.

kirsten-whydid-nyc-dog-walkingRealizing that was helpful, but sometimes stopped me from expressing what I really wanted.  Over the years, I found myself censoring… myself.  I played it safe at times so as not to offend or alienate people.  Sometimes I had to dilute stories or descriptions because I knew my parents were reading or because I was worried someone I cared about might get offended.  What I learned was that people appreciated it more when I crossed the line.  When I said something outlandish or because I was being myself, I allowed my readers to feel comforted or validated in their own lives, to feel a part of something bigger.  There are plenty of people out there playing it safe and repeating what the media and society has programmed us to think, feel, wear, watch, and say.  I didn’t start WhyDid to be just another brick in the wall.  That’s the wall I wanted to knock down.

top-knot-crop-top-whydid-blog copyI didn’t write this post to pat myself on the back (though I certainly hugged myself earlier), but to thank you and to promise to continue sharing my life and my authentic self and to encourage you to do the same.  Know that as scary as it can be to just be yourself, it’s the safest thing you can do.  So, don’t be afraid to shine.  You can be weird.  You can be emotional.  You can have different opinions.  You can march to the beat of your own damn drum, but don’t you dare ever hide the beauty that is you.

And in case you were wondring, Katy Perry’s cameltoe is still the most searched term that leads to WhyDid.

xx,

WhyDid

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