Sunday, July 27, 2014

Fitness model or adult entertainer?

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When you see this image, does it make you think of porn?  Because The Huffington Post recently posted an article entitled “The Pornographication of Fitness Needs to Stop”.  It was an interesting article, but I am not sure I agree with this.  I follow fitness blogs as well as fitness boards on Pinterest, and while I think that many of the pictures posted online are both sexualized and unrealistic for the majority of women, I also think that many of the blogs and boards are very inspiring for women looking to start a healthier life or improve their existing training plans.  I think we are already so overexposed to sexualized images in the media, that we are past the point of saying that fitness models in particular should be compared to adult entertainers.  And I know the article is referring to fitness competitions where women pose in bikinis, heels, and body oil, but seriously, comparing that to porn???  Isn’t that a bit of stretch? 

The benefits of kettlebells!!! I guess I need to start doing kettle bells :)

The article also discusses women relying on strict or extreme dieting and use of drugs to reach their goal image, which I certainly don’t condone, but I have to wonder how much that truly contributes to their insanely toned look.  What this article is overlooking is the hard work, dedication, and commitment to a healthy lifestyle that made it even possible for these women to achieve this look.  I don’t know how prevalent the extreme dieting and use of drugs is in the world of fitness competitions or modeling – but I feel like the article implies that it is the norm.  And I just can’t accept that as the truth.  I would have much rather read an article talking about how hard these women worked to achieve their successes, including the sacrifices they have made.  Because let’s be honest, the women who appear in my Pinterest feed with their six-pack abs and thighs of steel must have put in a huge amount of time working out and probably rarely give in to the urge to have wine and cheese for dinner.

Standing splits

Here’s my final thought in this rambling rant – if the media is going to bombard us with sexualized images of women, I would much rather see women with muscles than the waif thin heroin-chic look that was popular when I was in high school.  Shouldn’t we celebrate the cult of the super fit woman?


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Things I Covet–Maxi Dresses (7/20/14)

Next weekend I am off to the Cape for a girl’s weekend. So far our big plans include beach time, some day drinking (the classy kind, of course), and wandering around either Provincetown or Nantucket (depending on how insane the ferry is).  While this weekend we had unusually cool weather with a sprinkling of rain, there is always the potential for hot and humid weather next weekend.  When it is hot and sticky outside, all I want is a nice cool maxi dress.  So, here are my picks for this summer:

Sea Island Tunic Dress from Lilly Pulitzer $278


Wallpaper Floral Maxi from LOFT $98


Gathered Knit Maxi Dress from J. Crew $118


Estrella Maxi Dress from Anthropologie $168


Laila Maxi Dress by Tinley Road $89

Havana Tie Neck Maxi Dress by Flying Tomato $95

I would like some credit here for resisting the temptation to go with nautical stripes, because that was too obvious of a choice for the Cape.  There are a LOT of striped maxi dresses out there!

Happy shopping!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Time for some R and R

I realize I haven't written a post since May. I have been drowning in work at my day job, spent weeks looking at apartments in the Boston area (my lease was ending at the end of June), packed up my apartment, found a place, moved the majority of my stuff into storage because I can't move into my new place until mid-August, moved into the spare room in my friend's house, bought a new car, and then left for vacation. Crazy does not even begin to describe it! But now I am enjoying the last bit of vacation time with my family in my hometown, and realizing just how perfect and needed this vacation was!

I have spent the last week just enjoying my family, eating, visiting the local breweries, sitting outside in the sun, catching up with my high school friends, reading, and trying standup paddle boarding for the first time. I cannot imagine a more perfect vacation, unless of course it was longer!

I was also able to meet with a high school friend who is a graphic designer here in Bend, and is going to do some graphic design work for Chick 9 Clothing. I am so excited for the new designs!

I am headed home tomorrow (NOOOO! Don't make me leave!) and will continue the vacation vibe a bit with a Red Sox game with the girls, some kayaking near the South Shore, some dog park swimming time for Lola, and some road tripping in the new car. 

I hope everyone had a fun and safe 4th and is enjoying the summer so far!  Look for more info about the new designs soon!