HOT 100

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Well, it’s official guys, the Maxim Hot 100 has been released for 2012.  This is seriously big news, I mean, if you’re like a fifteen-year-old male.  Personally, this list is always a little lulzy for me. First of all, it’s pretty much just an excuse for the editors of Maxim to get their brand name out and in the news -it’s free publicity, so maybe it’s actually kind of smart on their part. Hmm. Anyway,  it’s an extremely vapid list that only counts “hotness” as the key factor. I think it says a lot about our society that there’s so much press coverage and so-called “hype” on an extremely subjective list based on how sexy a woman is. I mean, there was even a TV show on VH1 about it.

This year’s list was even a little more smarmy because they decided to put Amanda Knox (no. 92) on the list, as in the girl who was accused (and convicted, but it was overturned) of murdering her abroad roommate. I don’t know about everyone else, but I think that’s going a little too far. Yeah, she’s a very pretty girl, but come on, she was convicted of murder. It’s just tacky and attention-seeking.

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polish and such… it’s a beauty post

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I LOVE NAIL POLISH. I used to really hate it because I’ve always been a big tomboy, but lately I am in love with it. I mean, nail polish is probably the least girly of all beauty products, besides, like, foundation.

Here’s my thing about “designer nail polish.” I think it’s worth the money. Yeah, it’s kind of pricey, but the color payoff as well as the lasting ability is pretty great. Plus, don’t little glass bottles with designer names like “Dior” and “YSL” look really chic on a bathroom counter?!

This is Dior’s Lucky. It’s like a pinky red, and I absolutely love it. I’m usually not a fan of reds, but this one is the perfect rosy red. Usually I think reds are kind of older looking, but this is a fun red because there are obvious pink undertones. You could probably wear this color to any occasion -graduation, birthday, school dance, whatever. Granted, if your school colors are red (like mine), it might clash, so beware.

This is Essie in No More Film. I love Essie. It’s the best “cheaper” kind of nail polish. This purple looks amazing -it’s dark enough that you could wear it to work (if your work has strict dress codes), but it’s also not too dark and dreary. I mean, it is springtime!

Deborah Lippmann’s On the Beach. LOVE THIS COLOR. It reminds me of water and the ocean and tropical-ness. I could see wearing this to school and getting tons of compliments.

YSL in Surreal Yellow. Love this. The thing you have to be wary of with yellow polish is that you put on enough coats. One time I was at Nordstrom and this saleswoman came up to me and tried to get me to buy this Deborah Lippmann polish in Yellow Brick Road. The thing with that color is that it’s not opaque; the woman described it to me as a “gel” like coating that was reminiscent of jellybeans. See, I’m not a fan of that because then it looks like you’ve got a yellow nail problem going on unless you put, like, 20 coats of it on. YSL Surreal Yellow is opaque, thank goodness.

work it out in $tyleeeee, yo.

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Working out. Meh. I woke up at like 7:30 this morning to go to morning Yoga power flow at the yoga place a few blocks from my apartment. UUUUGH, I hate waking up early on Mondays, or any day for that matter. Thankfully, exercising this morning turned out to be pretty great. Plus, I was able to see my friend and get the instructor that I really enjoy having.

Anyway, everyone in class looked really cute in their yoga gear. I just wore my usual black Nike running shorts and a loose t-shirt that I got with “Wisconsin J-School” on the front of it. I AM STYLIN.

My instructor and everyone else (three other people besides myself -it was a small class this morning) wore yoga pants from Lululemon or wherever. Actually, this one girl was decked out head to toe in Lululemon, which costs a pretty penny to say the least. And my friend wore a cute turquoise tank top and brought an adorable bag that definitely looked like the kind of bag I would bring to go hang out with friends -i.e. it was a nice, leather bag.

That’s how I want to look at the gym now. Like, sporty chic. Kind of like how Vanessa Hudgens and all of her Disney Channel friends look like after they come out of their pilates class in LA. They legit rock Valentino bags to the gym. Yeah, as in $1000+ gym bags. That’s taking gym fashion to the next level.

The following are my picks for more stylish gym outfits.

BBV is rocking the hippie workout look, even though those shoes that she is wearing are like skater shoes and probably not the best choice to work out in. Other than the bad choice of sneakers, I like everything about this look. Loose fitting top and bright colored sports bra/tank top, shorts, and a jacket.

I’m not the biggest Carrie Underwood fan, but I do have to say that every time I see her in workout gear, she looks really cute and functional. I LOVE THOSE SHORTS (the same exact kind I wore to yoga today). I also like her choice of shoes -take note Vanessa. Plus, her top is more fitted and cuter than the beefy Hanes T I was wearing this morning. It looks like the fabric is thinner than your regular t-shirt, which is great because it’s breathable. The skulls make it look cute, and I like how she decided to go with the classic black and white.

The Tis is wearing simple black shorts and a tank. I think she looks really cute. She’s kind of going for a sexier gym look, but at the same time, it’s really functional because when you work out you don’t want to have tons of layers on -you might pass out. Ashley also has a nice little tan going on, so she looks overall fantastic. If I was a dude working out, I’d be like “Daaaaamn.” And if I was a girl (I mean, I am, so not “if,” I guess) I’d be like “OMG SHE’S SO CUTE WORKING OUT I HATE HER AND NOW I FEEL LIKE I HAVE TO STARVE MYSELF AND GET A TAN AND GET CUTER WORKING OUT CLOTHES AND TRY TO LOOK AS GOOD AS HER OMG I FEEL SO GROSS AND UGLY IN MY WORKOUT WEAR WHY CAN’T I LOOK LIKE HER? OMG THAT SLUUUUUUUUT” or, you know, something along those lines.

This is Mila Kunis wearing a cute Adidas jacket, legging capris, nike running shoes, and a chic sports bag that actually looks more like a designer bag (which I’m like 100 percent sure it is). She looks awesome and this is an easy look to copy.

This is Mila Kunis again, post workout. She’s wearing those legging capris again, and she looks really cute, of course. Her t-shirt is super cute, and it looks like it’s probably one size larger than if she was using it to wear outside of the gym. She must really like iced coffees too.

There’s nothing more motivating than a cute workout outfit… I mean, besides the being in shape factor.

the trouble with romney

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Mitt Romney is slowly, yet actually not so slowly, becoming the inevitable Republican candidate. I think we kind of all knew in the back of our minds it would happen, even though a Santorum candidacy would have been both terrifying and magical. Terrifying because, well, it’s Rick Santorum -how is he not terrifying? This is the guy who labeled college as for “snobs,” pretty much. He’s also the man who said he wouldn’t even give his daughter an abortion, even if she was raped -he thinks it’s best to make “a good situation out of a bad one.” Yeah. Oh and he’s the guy with the Google bomb of his last name. Yet, a Santorum candidacy would have been magical because imagine the debates. Santorum would have his Santorum’d ass handed to him by President Barack Obama. I can only dream of the amazing quotes, gifs, and historical shame we would get from it all.

Honestly, I don’t think Mitt is going to win the whole sha-bang. Why? Because he’s not relatable to, like, 99 percent of the population. This is the guy who said that while he doesn’t watch NASCAR that much, he does have some friends who own teams. NASCAR TEAMS. Do you know how rich you have to be to own a freaking NASCAR team? Really freaking rich.

Not only does he not relate to most of America, but he doesn’t relate to a big constituency of conservative America: the Evangelicals and rednecks -and I mean that in the nicest way possible. The Evangelicals are behind Santorum and Newt Gingrich. Why? Because Mitt hasn’t always been a big conservative. He was governor of Massachusetts for crying out loud -MASSACHUSETTS. You’re not going to become governor of a state like Massachusetts if you’re an über conservative like Santorum or Gingrich -you have to be a moderate, and that’s what Romney essentially ran as. But now he’s changing his tune and pandering to the staunchly religious conservatives, yet I think people take these Evangelicals and Fundamentalists as dumber than they really are. I mean, yeah, they believe a lot of dumb stuff, but they’re not so stupid to just follow Mitt blindly as he flip flops through the issues. That’s why they’re voting for Gingrich and Santorum, and to be honest, I think they’d rather vote for Gingrich but since Santorum is doing so well in the polls, they’ll settle for him.

As for the rednecks, he’s too “hoity-toity” for them, plain and simple.

Truthfully, I was okay with Mitt until he started pandering to the far right. Unfortunately that’s wat has happened to this country. We’ve become so polarized that it’s pretty much impossible for a moderate to get elected -granted, Pres. Obama is pretty much a moderate in respect to his colleagues on the far left and right.

Americans today pretty much vote for parties and not candidates. Granted, parties are made of candidates, but these candidates are compromising their beliefs as well as the beliefs of some of their constituents because the only easy way to win is to get the vote of an entire party.