Saturday, August 8, 2009

Sweatpants, Hair Tied, Chilling With No Makeup On

That's when you're the prettiest, I hope that you don't take it wrong. Yes, those are the words of one of the hottest rappers out, Drake. He couldn't have said it any better. Of course, when you're going out to the club or an event you're gonna get all dolled up, and trust, the men appreciate it. But, the problem comes when some women feel the need to hide behind the beauty products. It should enhance your beauty not create it. It may be corny (and oh so cliché-like) but true beauty REALLY does lie beneath. Its understood that you won't look your best if you're parading around in jogging pants but still acknowledge that you are beautiful and have someone at your side that feels the same. If that someone disagrees and can't look past the make-up, then maybe you should look past them....

Friday, August 7, 2009

One And The Same?

Over the past few years I've had several retail jobs. All of them sold some sort of clothing apparel. Part of the job includes dressing mannequins. In every instance in every store I always ask (or get asked) what size pants and what size shirt to place on the mannequins. More times than not the answer was the same (except for some clothing lines that sizes run differently). After a while it prompted me to ask the question, who is this generic man/woman that these mannequins are shaped after? Who decided what's the perfect size for an individual? Who decided that a male wearing pants size 36 and a 2XL shirt was ideal? Who decided that a female wearing pants size 5-7 and a medium shirt was ideal? This is not a mistake and definitely not a coincidence. There is someone, rather a group of people, that is behind this. It could be influenced by media's perception of beauty, which is clearly biased, but who knows? If you think I'm lying, pay close attention to window displays the next time you're casually strolling through the mall.

Made In The 80s, Raised In The 90s (Part 1 of 8)

I have decided to dedicate a blog topic to the greatest decade in the common era, that's right the 90s. I felt I should split it into sections because there is so much to touch on (and it would be too long to read at once). Moving on, I felt it was only right to start off with the different words and phrases that the 90s blessed us with. It brought us such phrases like "bling bling", "whats on yo bird?", "talk to the hand", and "all that and a bag of chips". Anytime we like something we would yell it was "da bomb" or "crucial". Every time we beat out one of our friends in anything we get in their face and scream "boo ya!". People didn't feel treated, they were "salty". Whenever a mistake is made we say "my bad", even to this day. Being dressed nice was referred to as "fly", "fresh", or "jiggy". People didn't get beat up, they got "murked". Old folks refer to a beautiful woman as a "tenderoni". Random questions like "Who's your daddy?" ruled the times. The 90s also forever changed the simple white tank top into a "wife beater". Those are just a few I came up with, I'm sure there are millions more not listed. Stay tuned for Part 2....