10 Nov 2018

2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

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Every year, I post about the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and those that read my post seem divided. Others, like me, are fascinated by the entire thing. There’s a few things to look forward to: the themes, the performances, the Fantasy Bra. Then there are those that are strongly against the show. They don’t believe in what it stands for, that it cuts down women, sexualizes them, makes others feel bad about themselves. I understand this point of view, of course. There’s a part of me though that understands that the women in these shows have worked hard for their bodies and that not everyone that is super thin has an unhealthy relationship with food.

I wanted to try and better understand this from a different side this year especially being someone that has had an issue with food. I follow a few of the models on Instagram: Taylor Hill, Kelsey Merritt, and Jasmine Tookes. The training that they do in preparation for these shows and the audition is year round. It’s not a sprint; it’s a marathon. I started working out more regularly this year by going to CorePower and don’t worry, I’m not going to become a fitness blogger by any means, but this shit ain’t easy. I’ll go to these classes, but there are probably a cumulative five minutes at least where I give up on my mat.

For myself, I have a lot of admiration and respect for models. My pet peeve is when people comment on their personal social media telling them to eat a burger. You don’t know them and it’s none of your business what they eat. Maybe I’m offended for them because I’ve had this told to me. It’s hard enough for me to make a decision about what to eat every day and how I’m going to eat, but now I have to consider what I eat so that it makes other people happy? Do you see how crazy that sounds? Let’s let people live and accept this show for what it is no matter what it may mean to each individual watching.

Getting off my soapbox slowly now… here are my favorite looks from this year. The show will change networks and air on ABC on December 2nd.

 

UPDATE: Executive Ed Razek made inappropriate comments this week directed at the transgender community and we don’t stand by it. He has since apologized, but we won’t forget. That being said this post has nothing to do with him at all and more on the models as people and individuals.

Kendall

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10 Nov 2018

Troye Sivan Thirst Tweets

Made me blush. People say the funniest things on the internet that they would never say in real life. This stuff kills me and I love it. We put celebrities on such a pedestal, but I at least love that he can roll with this no matter how weird these are.

10 Nov 2018

PARTY by Taco Bell

Even if I can’t participate, I don’t believe in withholding information that could be useful to my readers. First off, is this the cast of Vanderpump Rules in this photo? I only recognize the 4 in the front row – who are the others?

At select Taco Bell locations, the chain is now hosting your own private parties! It’s almost like they read my mind because my next birthday party is going to be at a fast food chain restaurant. From now until December 22nd, you can host a party and it can be for whatever occasion you want. Here are the details:

Capacity: VIP seating for 2-10 people.

Price: Starts at $25 and includes reserved seating in a participating restaurant and a Taco Bell® Party Décor Kit for one hour on select weekends.

Taco Bell Party Décor Kit: 1 table runner, 10 paper plates, 1 photo prop kit. The decor kits are available in two designs: Feeling Luxe and Feeling Electric.

Food: Not included, but a team member will help you order food once you’re there. They suggest a Taco Party Pack, naturally.

Participating locations: Cleveland, OH, New York, NY, Bakersfield, CA, Brea, CA, Dale City, VA, Newport Beach, CA, Dallas, TX, Rock Hill, SC, Flat Rock, MI and Ocoee, FL.

Is your location not listed? Don’t worry, you can bring the party to you by ordering the Taco Bell Party Decor Kits at TacoBellParty.Com.

You can customize your party and add hot sauce packet balloons to your package for $16. There are Mild, Hot, and Fire sauce balloons available. You can also add on additional tableware, party sunglasses, more photo props, and Taco Bell gift cards. Make a reservation today!

WHAT A DEAL, honestly!

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10 Nov 2018

Why Post Malone Is So Damn Catchy

I had a chat with a student from my alma mater yesterday who was interested in working in the music industry. While I didn’t take that path myself, having that conversation alone really took me back. Talking about music and that time in my life felt easy. It’s as if six years haven’t gone by already and that I haven’t been in my actual career for that long. In reality, six years is a long time though. I told him that while I miss music sometimes and often wonder if I had gone down that path, there are still ways to keep that part of my life active. I try to go to concerts every once in awhile though it’s not once a week like it was when I was a teenager. Keeping up with new music and new artists and bands is easier with Spotify. On top of that, I get to use Yow Yow! as my music outlet for things that I find interesting and writing about it even if it’s not a constant in my life.

Here’s a piece tonight from VICE that I found quite interesting. I have always listened to Post Malone, but couldn’t figure out why I even liked him and why he was intriguing to me in the first place. This gave me the answer I was basically looking for.

10 Nov 2018

SF Eats: Rooster & Rice

Since moving up to San Francisco, I’ve discovered my ultimate comfort food. In general, Sundays have always been reserved for that and I’ve always made it the day that I eat meals that remind me of home and my mom’s cooking. Hainanese Chicken Rice is simple and straightforward, but so satisfying. It’s a combination of white and dark meat with rice and a sweet ginger, garlic, and soybean sauce. Add-ons are always an option. My favorite is a side of steamed broccoli (cucumbers included) and a perfect runny egg. The portions are generous and often times I’ll eat half for my meal and save the second half for dinner. As if that wasn’t enough food already, the meal comes with a side of chicken broth to sip on. There are many versions of this meal in the Bay Area – Chicken Meets Rice, Rooster and Rice, Chick N’ Rice, and each does their own version a little bit differently.

04 Nov 2018

Song of the Day

Ariana Grande – thank u, next

“thank u, next” is the breakup anthem we always wanted, but never had until now. At first listen, it seems like a simple tune. You feel like you’re listening to her story about her breakup(s) but aren’t really sure where to take it from here. Is this a song you can sing along to? Can choreography be put to it? A second or third listen will tell you that there’s more to this story. Trust – I’ve listened to a lot of breakup songs. Your girl has a playlist of them and when I thought I was going through a heart wrenching breakup sometime in the 2000’s, I leaned on “I Hate This Part” by The Pussycat Dolls. I didn’t know better, but I also never had better.

Ari’s relationship with herself is her focus right now just like we’ve all said that a relationship with ourself is the most important. She just said it in a more profound way.

02 Nov 2018

The Closet: October 2018

Anthropologie Lavinia Fleece Pullover – $128

I have your sweater needs covered. At the start of fall, all I wanted was a sweater refresh for my closet. After a full calendar year of wearing sweaters, I’ve found that sometimes they just don’t fit the way you want them to. They can start to pill. They may become stretched out. Maybe that trendy sweater you purchased wasn’t a good idea and that trend is so far gone it doesn’t make sense to put it on anymore. Whatever the case, each season provides you with plenty of options. I got a little lost in Anthropologie’s website recently and while I didn’t make any purchases, myself, I definitely found a few picks that I would snag. Here are my picks for sweaters and then a little extra. Up next? Our favorite, we’re getting a head start this year on holiday party wear because mine is actually early December!

Anthropologie Marigold Ruffled Kimono – $118

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