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Sunnies, Selfies and Self Aggrandizing in the Insta Age of Social Media

Fashion, Life - alimackin@gmail.com - March 2, 2016

Selfies, sunnies and self promotion have we crossed a line? Last week I wrote about attending Fashion Week and how I was struck by how many people were wearing sun glasses indoors at night. And I do not mean one or two people, I actually started to count and there were dozens of people doing this. I just could not for the life of me, wrap my brain around this.

And it seems that fifteen minutes of fame that Andy Warhol so accurately predicted has now extended to a twenty four hour day, three hundred and sixty five day a year, non-stop Insta life style marathon

Selfies, sunnies and self promotion have we crossed a line? Last week I wrote about attending Fashion Week and how I was struck by how many people were wearing sun glasses indoors at night. And I do not mean one or two people, I actually started to count and there were dozens of people doing this. I just could not for the life of me, wrap my brain around this. Not only was it evening and said event was being held indoors it was also fairly dark, and by fairly dark I mean movie theater dark, and yet there they were sporting sun glasses. What exactly were they shielding their eyes from? And as far as I could tell they were not famous, so it was not like a stampede was going to break out if they removed their shades. Honestly all I could think was “ You are trying waaay to hard”

And then of course there was the to be expected selfies, but even though it was expected, I was still surprised by how many people were taking selfies. Maybe it is just me, but I am not big on selfies. I have taken them, and still do occasionally, but for the most part I find them less then satisfying and when I see people doing this kind of thing at an event like Fashion Week I just think “amateur”. Yes maybe I am being a bit harsh and being a bit of a hater, but really? Do you think this kind of behavior is OK? Do you even care? These days it seems so natural to behave this way, I guess most peopled don’t even notice any more. But still, I have to say I was bit taken a back and surprised by how many people like to act like they are being followed around by the paparazzi when they are most certainly—not. But then again I have a blog, so who am I to judge? I can just imagine when our ancestors will think when they look back at this time in history, and how we will be portrayed.

Though, this self aggrandizing behavior is nothing new, after all Cory Hart wrote his famous “I Wear My Sunglasses at Night” in 1984 over thirty years ago, but what has changed are the culprits. When this song was written Cory Hart was more or less calling out celebrities for doing this kind of thing, now it seems it is harder then ever to draw the line between celebrities and wanna be celebs. Well except when it comes to bank accounts, I think the real celebs win that one hands down. And it seems that fifteen minutes of fame that Andy Warhol so accurately predicted has now extended to a twenty four hour day, three hundred and sixty five day a year, non-stop Insta life style marathon. Yup, this is one phenomena isn’t going any where any time soon. I may buck the trend in not being a daily selfie guru, but I like to look my best just as much as the next person. And if you are like me and want to look photo fabulous at the end your own arm, check out Korean model and internet star Irene Kim and her five makeup tips on how to look stellar in selfies. Really it’s OK, I realize if you are under twenty five you probably stopped reading this, but for everyone else a little help is not a crime, and if it is, were are all, guilty as charged.

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Link Love Express # 3

Life - alimackin@gmail.com - January 20, 2016

Hello all, time for another installment of Link Love Express. You can check out the first one here and the last one I did here. It is a new year so time for a new set of fun links to discover.  As some you may already know this is an on going post series in which I will be sharing my favorite finds in the worlds of fashion, interior design, beauty, food and what ever else  strikes my fancy.

Hello all, time for another installment of Link Love Express. You can check out the first one here and the last one I did here. It is a new year so time for a new set of fun links to discover.  As my regular readers already know, this is an on going post series in which I will be sharing my favorite finds in the worlds of fashion, interior design, beauty, food and what ever else strikes my fancy.  So now with out further audieu here are the latest:

Up and coming Beauty Vlogger Kathleen Lights  now has an eyeshadow collection at ColorPop. Very cool, and be sure to check out her YouTube channel. Via her beauty posts I found out about a fun new product for brightening up dark circles. Which takes me to the next link…

Laura Mercier makes a product called Secret Brightening Powder for the under eye area. As luck would have it, it is currently sold out at LauraMercier.com,  ah, the power of the beauty vlogger. It appears to be available at Sephora. Some have said it is a bit drying, while others love it. I have not tested it out yet, but this so on my must have list as I could certainly use something for the dark circles under my eyes.

Who does’t want to look like they are on the red carpet and not pay an arm and a leg? I recently discovered an online retailer called StyleWe that carries striking and expensive looking dresses at relatively affordable prices. Granted I have not seen them in person, but I love the how they look so high-end, and the styles look very fashion forward while also being unique, which I think is part of what makes them look so Couture.

And for all you that are fans of shows like Younger and SITC, a new TV series  is in the works based on the founders of Juicy Couture and inspired by Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor’s book The Glitter Plan. It is going to be called Made In La and will be produced by the same duo that brought you Gossip Girl. Seriously, how cool is this? I can’t wait for this to hit the air!

And finally, I also discovered a new lingerie retailer called Devil May Care. Cool name huh? It was founded by two sisters and they are currently working on a mens section. Oh la la! Sign me up!

Have you discovered any new products, services or retailers? And what kind of lingerie would like your man to wear?

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Happy Christmas Everyone May Your Day Be Filled With Light

Life - alimackin@gmail.com - December 25, 2015

Happy Christmas Everyone. Hope you all are with your families enjoying good food and good company. Say a little prayer for all those less fortunate and above all appreciate your loved ones, enjoy the good times, be in the moment and don’t forgot to have fun

Happy Christmas Everyone. Hope you all are with your families enjoying good food and good company. Say a little prayer for all those less fortunate and above all appreciate your loved ones, enjoy the good times, be in the moment and don’t forgot to have fun. And speaking of fun, aren’t these leggings fun? And guess what you can make them too. Check out them out the new Bloglovin DIY Studio. So cool, and there are plenty more DIY ideas in the studio so have a look around and have a glass of eggnog for me!

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Knot & Bow and a Lovely Way to Add Some Holiday Cheer to Your Gifts

Life - alimackin@gmail.com - November 9, 2015

Yes we are roughly six weeks away from Christmas. Are you ready? I for one am not quite up to speed. Generally at this point I have purchased most of my gifts but this year I was so busy that I did not do my usual Christmas in July shopping. But one thing I can cross off my list is gift tags. Gift tags for me are always a challenge

Generally at this point I have purchased most of my gifts but this year I was so busy that I did not do my usual Christmas in July shopping

Yes we are roughly six weeks away from Christmas. Are you ready? I for one am not quite up to speed. Generally at this point I have purchased most of my gifts but this year I was so busy that I did not do my usual Christmas in July shopping. But one thing I can cross off my list is gift tags. Gift tags for me are always a challenge, I kind of forget about them and once I have all my gift wrap and ribbon picked out I realize I do not have tags that match my wrapping paper. Then I shop frantically for charming tags that will compliment the paper only to find cheesy over zealous Christmas themed tags that do not in any way match, or add charm to my beautifully wrapped gifts.

So you can image how tickled I was when I spied these last week in Anthroplogie. These tags from Knot&Bow are the perfect solution to my gift tag dilemma. Simple, classic, in understated but festive colors these tags will add charm and whimsy to my holiday gifts and give me plenty of space to write a heartfelt note to my loved ones. And the gold bakery twine will give my gifts just the right amount of bling. So if you have more of a crafty side to your holiday decor you may want to pop over to Anthropologie or Knot&Bow and pick up a box of these beauties. Plus they are only $22.00, cool huh?

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Garane Dore’s Book Love Style Life is Finally Out Hooray!

Life - alimackin@gmail.com - November 2, 2015

The day has finally come, Garance Dore’s book Love Style Life is now available. It can be purchased at Amazon.com, via Garance’s website and at most major book retailers. I can’t wait to get my copy and being an Amazon Prime member you know what my next purchase  is going to be, right?  You can also follow Garance on Snapchat via @garancedore. She had a live chat where she answered questions and spoke about her book and she was also featured in Glamour recently. Another shining example of a hard working talented blogger hitting the big time. It could not have happened to a better person.

 

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Shame, Shame, Shame, Die You Skinny Bitch

Life - alimackin@gmail.com - September 28, 2015

Recently Victoria Beckham came under fire for using models that were too thin or the fat word for thin—skinny. I clicked on the pictures and video expecting to see walking skeletons and well I didn’t. Some of the models were thinner then others with their upper arms as thin as their lower arms, which is what can make someone look very thin. Although that said there are a lot of people out there (guys too) who have builds like this, especially when they are young, but they are not sickly or starving.

Recently Victoria Beckham came under fire for using models that were too thin or the fat word for thin—skinny. I clicked on the pictures and video expecting to see walking skeletons and well I didn’t. Some of the models were thinner then others with their upper arms as thin as their lower arms, and this can make someone look very thin. Although that said, there are a lot of people out there (guys too) who have builds like this, especially when they are young, but they are not sickly or starving. They generally fill out as they get older, but some people are naturally thin and this is just their build and body type.

When it comes to fashion, thin models are used because basically they want walking hangers—they want the viewer to notice the clothes and not the person in the clothes which is why the models that walk in fashion shows all have the same body type and are in and around the same height. This creates a uniform look, essentially a walking clothes rack. And today buying clothes “off the rack” is the way everyone shops, we no longer go to a store and see clothes on a live person and then have clothes ordered to fit the way women often did in the pre war days. And since we are so used to seeing clothes hanging on hangers when we buy them, this is kind of reproduced on the runway and in editorials—hangers with pretty faces. The camera can also make people appear to be heavier then they are, so with the rise of the use of photography in fashion after World War II models got thinner.

There certainly have been cases where this was taken to an extreme and models were used that looked like they had just been rescued from a concentration camp but often they are just naturally skinny girls. Again it is fashion and not “reality” and I don’t think fashion shows are nessisarily representing reality. But for the most part, most of the women who like fashion, read fashion magazines, and buy fashionable clothes do not have eating disorders.

And if fat shaming is seen as bad or negative, then why is skinny shaming OK? Isn’t this just the other side of the same coin?

The percentages are actually quite low. Eating disorders are a very serious disorder and are not caused by fashion, however the images of thin women often used in fashion can act as a trigger, these type of images do not cause eating disorders but they can according to Eonline and Lorna Garner, chief operating officer of the eating disorder charity b-eat, escalate and exacerbate existing conditions. She states “There is overwhelming evidence that points to these images having a very negative and damaging effect.” But statistically the percentages are still fairly low when compared to the public at large of women who read and or look at fashion images and have an actual eating disorder. And sadly the bigger health issue is obesity and majority of the public being over weight, with many healthcare professionals referring to this problem as an epidemic. And this has to do with the American food industry (don’t get me started) the average American diet, and the over-sized portions and servings, because seriously folks, if you have to hold your beverage with two hands—it’s too big.

I have only known two people with eating disorders, one of which was a guy, a guy who had zero interest in fashion. And when I say zero, I mean zero, he wore a uniform of black or gray jeans and black or gray short or long sleeved tees, yet he had an eating disorder complete with making himself throw up. My friend had this disorder due to growing up in an extreme authortian household with a strict demanding father. The other person I knew was a women and she was even hospitalized because of her eating disorder, in her case she had been sexually molested by a female family member and the eating disorder was a manifestation of that abuse and the loss of control. Which is generally why eating disorders develope, it is a response to a lack of control or a perceived lack of control. So to blame an entire industry for a complex emotional disorder which effects a rather small part of the general population is a bit misguided.

But it is not surprising, it seems anything that is mainly targeted to women is held up for scrutiny. And if fat shaming is seen as bad or negative, then why is skinny shaming OK? Isn’t this just the other side of the same coin? The anger and animosity aimed at thin women is exceptional. It is assumed that all thin women are intentionally starving themselves and are vapid self absorbed superficial drama queens. I have a friend who lost a fair amount of weight and went from a size 14 to a size 4 in about 20 months. She did it in a healthy gradual way, eating healthy food and working out. But told me she experienced open hostility from her fellow coworkers who appeared resentful of her successful weight loss. And another time when I was at an event at for Lucky Magazine and was speaking with one of the editors who had an athletic build she spoke about how she gained weight when she was pregnant and show she was treated differently. I fully expected her to say that people were not as nice to her when she gained weight, but nope, she said the opposite—people were nicer to her when she was heavier and she too was quite surprised by this reaction. Not that obese people and women in particular do not experience open ridicule, they do. Which makes this reaction so surprising. What is it about the female body  in all it’s shapes and sizes that our society (and others) find so threatening?

And this coveting of the ultra thin is a fairly recent development. Historically, being stick thin and flat chested was not considered attractive for women and if you go back a hundred years or more it was associated with poverty. In recent history and before the 1970’s the ideal as was the curvy bombshell aesthetic, think Joan of Mad Men fame. But how many women look like that? That is even more of an unattainable ideal. I personal know very few women that have figures like Joan.

So what exactly is this about? And this does seem to be something specific to the American pschye. I think part of the problem is because the gap between the general public and the images we see in the media of actors, celebrities and models is so wide. With much of the population being over weight and out of shape and a majority (though not all) of celebrities being fit and thin and models being very young and thin. Which in a way is kind of a reflection of American society in general with our wide discrepancies in wealth and political and religious beliefs. And it seems women’s bodies are somehow always used as metaphors for all of societies ills. And I made the same observation that Rowena did, I meant to address it in the post, but yes the models in Victoria Beckham’s shows were thin, but they were not any thinner then the models used in dozens upon dozens of shows this past Fashion Week, yet only she was singled out for criticism. Could it be that she herself is quite thin? I think this is exactly the reason, what say you?

And a very sad commentary on our society was the existence of a Facebook page and Instagram account called Project Harpoon. This group photoshopped photos of heavier celebrities to make them look thinner as a way (so they say) to call attention to what they claim is a climbing  trend of “fat acceptance” which is then used as an excuse to not exercise and not take responsibility for personal healthcare, along with the issue of skinny shaming. And it is interesting to note, the images are mostly female celebrities. What, there are no less then svelte male celebrities? Hmm. Yes being overweight can cause some unwanted heath issues, and yes skinny shaming is not OK, but this is NOT the way. Wow. And again it is all aimed at women. Both accounts have since been deleted. But there are still the haters judging women’s bodies which was sadly brought in to focus by the recent negative comments on social media regarding Gigi Hadid. I mean really? Really? Sad to say that I am sure a fair among of those comments came from other women, and I am sure the majority of it is plain old jealousy. But still, how sad is this. What does this all mean?

So what do think? Do you think it is ok to shame skinny um I mean thin women? And why do you think this happens? And why do think obviously beautiful women are also body shamed?

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“Astonish Me” — a Fun Summer Read With An Introspective Look at the World of Dance

Life - alimackin@gmail.com - July 29, 2015

[dropcap custom_class="normal"]Y[/dropcap] es it is officially summer and of course that means, hitting the beach, cookouts and weekend getaways. It also means a bit more leisure time for reading, and the summertime is the perfect time to read something fun, light, and entertaining reading.

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[dropcap custom_class=”normal”]Y[/dropcap] es it is officially summer and of course that means, hitting the beach, cookouts and weekend getaways. It also means a bit more leisure time for reading, and the summertime is the perfect time to read something fun, light, and entertaining. Though I sometimes find books that are too light a bit boring, and prefer a little bite to my summertime reading. Maggie Shipstead’s newest novel “Astonish Me” fits the bill—it is a nice balance of easy reading, and an introspective thought provoking story. Plus it comes in this beautiful package, not only is it a great read but it will also look super gorgeous on your coffee table or bookshelf. A book that does double duty? Works for me. This novel is about a young dancer and her journey through life and the different choices she makes and how her life unfolds due to these choices. It also explores the idea of the “gift” of talent—those that are born with talent and those that have to work for it. The author writes from multiple view points, which gives the reader a wider perspective and makes for an interesting story line. Granted some of the plot is a bit theatrical and most likely would not play out in life in quite the same way, but again it is a novel and is meant to entertain. And if you are a fan of dance, and the theater then you will certainly enjoy this brilliant and approachable book.

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2015 and Gay Marriage is Now Legal in All 50 States—Let’s say I DO!

Life - alimackin@gmail.com - July 1, 2015

[dropcap custom_class="normal"]L[/dropcap]ast was quite a week here in the good old US of A. And it seems a good week for President Obama. And it has finally happened. Gay marriage is now legal in all 50 states after the Supreme Court ruled in a 4 to 5 vote that the constitution guarantees the right to same sex marriage. After working in the bridal industry for years it is quite refreshing to see this mile stone accomplished.

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[dropcap custom_class=”normal”]L[/dropcap]ast was quite a week here in the good old US of A. And it seems a good week for President Obama. And it has finally happened. Gay marriage is now legal in all 50 states after the Supreme Court ruled in a 4 to 5 vote that the constitution guarantees the right to same sex marriage. After working in the bridal industry for years it is quite refreshing to see this mile stone accomplished. I even saw a commercial this morning featuring a gay couple, wow we really have come a long way in this country haven’t we? When being gay is just taken in stride. Well it may not be quite that easy, but last weeks ruling was certainly cause for a major celebration. And with Caitlyn Jenner’s new show I  am Cait due to start this month I would venture to say we are on the cusp of new chapter in American History. But then I remember the events that took place in North Charleston, South Carolina and I am reminded we have a long long way to go. But for the moment lets rejoice in this history making victory. And will you be watching Caitlyn’s new show?

[dropcap custom_class=”normal”][/dropcap]Image via Stylemepretty.com photo by Clean Plate Pictures 

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Link Love Express — Number One (#1)

Life - alimackin@gmail.com - June 15, 2015

[dropcap custom_class="normal"]H[/dropcap] i all, today I am sharing a new post series called The Link-Lovely Express. I will be sharing some of my favorite links and breaking news in the world of fashion, beauty, interior design, and art. I have shied away from this type of post in the past, but over time I found that I have discovered many wonderful websites, blogs and businesses via this type of post so I figured when in Rome, may as well join the fray!

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[dropcap custom_class=”normal”]H[/dropcap] i all, today I am sharing a new post series called Link-Love Express. I will be sharing some of my favorite links and breaking news in the world of fashion, beauty, interior design, and art. I have shied away from this type of post in the past, but over time I found that I have discovered many wonderful websites, blogs and businesses via this type of post so I figured when in Rome, may as well join the fray! This will not be a weekly series but I hope to introduce you to many fun blogs and brands and to keep you abreast of the all that is happening that any self respecting blogging fashionista would want to know about. So without further adieu…

[dropcap custom_class=”normal”][/dropcap]Sarah Jessica Parker gets down and dirty as she deliverers her own shoes to Bloomingdales

[dropcap custom_class=”normal”][/dropcap]Need wedding invitations, baby announcements, or a lovely sophisticated identity for your brand? Then look no further then Ceci New York.

[dropcap custom_class=”normal”][/dropcap]Snapchat VS Periscope, are you over 25? Here’s a guide. 

[dropcap custom_class=”normal”][/dropcap]God’s Love We Deliver dedicates a building to Michael Kors. I work directly across the street from this building and watched it go up for the past year. It was completed this past week and of course there was a ceremony to celebrate and you guessed it, Michael Kors was in attendance. The floor I work on is about 5-6 floors above this building and my fellow employee and I actually caught a glimpse of Michael Kors as he celebrated on the gorgeous roof top.

[dropcap custom_class=”normal”][/dropcap]Here is an AWESOME nursery redesign. Having a baby or just want to get inspired? Check out The Jungalow for more interior design goodness.

[dropcap custom_class=”normal”][/dropcap]Oh wow, I had no idea there was something called the National Stationary Show, check out Poppy Talks coverage to learn more.

[dropcap custom_class=”normal”][/dropcap]There is now a Birch Box Man, this would make a great gift for your significant other or your gay bestie.

[dropcap custom_class=”normal”][/dropcap]The photo above is via Oh Joy’s Career Day Series where she shares the lovely work of painter Kim West. I just LOVE Kim’s work and just may have to purchase one of her works of art for my future home.

 

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Next Issue and old school subscriptions for those who love the art of publishing.

Life - alimackin@gmail.com - March 18, 2015

[dropcap custom_class="normal"]I[/dropcap] remember when I was a kid how excited I was when I got to look at my mom’s magazines. They transported me to exciting places and allowed me to escape from the drudgery of my daily life. When I would whine to my mom “I’m bored” and felt that I would die from the crushing weight of having “nothing to do” magazines were a godsend.

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[dropcap custom_class=”normal”]I[/dropcap] remember when I was a kid how excited I was when I got to look at my mom’s magazines. They transported me to exciting places and allowed me to escape from the drudgery of my daily life. When I would whine to my mom “I’m bored” and felt that I would die from the crushing weight of having “nothing to do” magazines were a godsend. I loved looking at the striking photography, wonderful fashions and beautiful models. I imagined myself growing up and living in the city and being an “independent” women. I did not dream about marriage and having babies like so many of my friends. My seven year old self would stomp around and proclaim to anyone who cared to listen “I’m never getting married!” I wanted to be like the lady on “That Girl”. My grandmother like to watch this show and she would often watch reruns while babysitting me and my sister. The show itself was too old for me and didn’t hold my attention, but I loved the opening sequence with Margo Thomas running through the streets of New York—independent, free, and on her own. As I got older my love for fashion grew but took a turn when I discovered the alternative fashions of the underground music scene. One of the first classes I took after high school was a stand alone class at F.I.T. and I flirted with the idea of applying to F.I.T but ended up going to school for film production and moving to the west coast. Well a decade and another degree later, I moved back to New York, and guess what? I am working at magazine and living in New York.

[dropcap custom_class=”normal”][/dropcap] But we all know that magazines and the publishing industry are going through a transition. Who knows what the future of publishing will be once the dust settles. But I think it would be a sad state of affairs if there were no magazines. And to be honest I don’t think that will be case, I think there will always be magazines in one form or another. It is nice to have things on the go, and we all love to interact with our electronic devices, but there is nothing like the 3-D tangible experience of flipping the pages of an actual magazine or book. But being a blogger I also know the allure of being able to fire up your computer, laptop or tablet and getting all the information you need at your fingertips in an instant. [blockquote]think of it like Netflix for publishing—Allie of ALLIE NYC [/blockquote]So when I heard about Next Issue I was certainly intrigued. For $9.99 a month you have access to 140 titles. You can browse, read and download as many titles and issues that you want, and you even have access to back issues. I love that you can download the issues to your tablet as I do not have cellular on my iPad. So I can download what I want when I am online at home and then I will have something to read when I am on the go. For another $5.00 a month you can also access daily and weekly publications. I am thinking of looking in to this service when I get the new lighter and thinner iPad. Of course not all publications are available, but that is fine with me as I still like to get those tangible issues in the mail. So I will probably subscribe to two or three publications and then sign up with Next Issue. This way I am not limited. If the three magazines I subscribe to are fashion based but I feel like reading about interior design, technology, politics or food I can do so anytime the mood strikes me via Next Issue—think of it like Netflix for publishing. How do you read about fashion? Is it strictly via blogs and online outlets? Is it strictly via magazines? Is it a combination of both? Do you subscribe to any magazines and would you do Next Issue? Do you read magazines on a tablet? What do you think the future holds?

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