Feminism and Hot Shorts

Bad Company vs The Deadutantes

Roller derby. It’s rough, brutal and entirely entertaining. The women playing are not professional athletes, but rather women who I work with or who run the cash register at my favorite store. Though I have great respect for the sport, I have difficulty reconciling my feminist beliefs with it. Most of the players, though not all, are usually half clothed and opt to wear hot shorts that are glorified undies. Inside, I know I should be outraged but I’m not.

While I don’t necessarily think feminism and roller derby are philosophically connected, I struggle with my beliefs at matches. After all, no one is forcing me to be there. The truth is, I find the sport to be exciting, competitive and down to earth. The fact that the girls are half dressed is an after thought to me. All this has me thinking: Do I put my beliefs on hold because it’s convenient?

I’ve said before that my feminist beliefs aren’t innately connected to what I choose to wear. So, why then should I judge other women by what they put on? Maybe herein my problem lies. Mainstream feminist beliefs often propose that what we wear represents who we are, which I do not agree with. Certainly our personal choices are no doubt political and public, but I’d like to think my life’s choices extend deeper than a cut of a shirt.

The more I contemplate my own feminism, the more I realize that my beliefs must be tailored to me and not dictated by social pressures to accept certain philosophies just because they are mainstream. Most don’t consider feminism as mainstream, but with any subset, there are always rules. Rules that were meant to be broken.

What I Wore

In front of tank at the Armory

Shirt: Express Camisole with Mossimo Target Top
Pants: Target
Shoes: B.O.C. from T.J. Maxx

Where I Draw My Fashion Inspiration

This week’s Friend Friday* is all about inspiration for our personal fashion sense and the way we choose to live our lives.

Which celebrities do you look to for fashion inspiration?

Audrey Hepburn, who was elegant into her older age, which rarely gets recognized on fashion blogs.

Lauren Conrad, always age appropriate, fun yet classic. The only thing I don’t like about her style is her incessant need to match her purse with her shoes a la ladies who lunch.

When it comes to your own personal style, what inspires you?
I’m inspired by interesting simplicity and the idea that less is more. I admire clothing and designers that create clean shapes that flatter a woman’s body no matter what size. I like bloggers who mix textures and patterns in unexpected ways, which has influenced me more than any other fashion trend in the past year.

How do you hope to inspire your readers?
My goal is to encourage my community to think of ideas and issues they haven’t considered before. If I make one reader venture into an area they never thought they’d be interested in, then I feel as if I’ve done my job as a blogger. I lead by example and try to live my life representing the ideals I speak about on my blog, which I also hope is inspiring.

Outside the realm of fashion who or what inspires you?
Having worked as a full-time volunteer for the past three years, I am constantly inspired by the tireless efforts of those around me. There’s a great group of women and men who run a local animal shelter–they constantly inspire me with their dedication to saving cats and dogs along with the occasional mountain lion (no joke).

And since Idol is ending… Which songs inspire you?
I haven’t watched American Idol since Kelly Clarkson, so I’m sad to say I didn’t know it was ending!

I’ve been listening to a lot of jazz lately including Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald. Constant classics in my book include 1990s to early 2000s Tori Amos, Amy Winehouse and Regina Spektor.

Outfit of the Day . . . In May!
I’m thinking about going “Outfit of the Day in May,” since I haven’t ventured into the outfit of the day realm with the exception of the occasional holiday outfit. Would you be interested in seeing posts like this? Please let me know!
*Friend Friday is a supportive group of fashion and beauty bloggers. This group was started by Katy of Modly Chic

Thank You: Blogger Gratitude

Sometimes I don’t show my gratitude enough, especially when it comes to blogging. That’s why I’m grateful that this week’s Friend Friday questions are all about honoring those who have helped me along the way.

When it comes to be personally – I owe a lot of who I am to . . .
In My Everyday Life
The women in my life have played a huge role in shaping who I am. My mom, my sisters, my girl friends–all of them make up a huge part of me.

In My Blog Life
The first website I had a “wow” moment to was Maganda when I was 12-years-old. Christine influenced what I thought a website could be as well as my design philosophy.

When it comes to be professionally – I owe a lot of who I am to . . .
In My Everyday Life
I don’t talk about my job on my blog. The reason is that I want a certain degree of privacy for myself and my employer. Therefore I can’t answer this question without compromising my policy.

In My Blog Life . . .
Early on I was struck by the work ethic of a handful of bloggers who interacted with their community on Twitter, through comments, in emails, in meetups. They inspired me to step up my game, build a community and have a room of my own.

Thank you to those who inspired me to try harder: Vahni of Grit and Glamour, Kristy Elena of Full Time Fabulous and Collette of Statements in Fashion

When it comes to the art of blogging, I’m grateful to these people for helping me through some rough spots . . .
I’ve reached out to so many bloggers. Asking for help. Asking for career advice. Asking for life advice.

Thank you to: Mrs Bossa Does the Do, Laura of For Those About to Shop, Franca of Oranges and Apples, Bella of The Citizen Rosebud and Katy of Modly Chic.

One blogging challenge I’m grateful happened because it made me stronger was . . .
In November, I hit a rut and almost gave up blogging altogether. Sustaining momentum at that point was really difficult for me. I found that getting into a schedule and having guidelines for myself have prevented me from burning out again.

To my readers, I’d like to say . . .
Without you I wouldn’t be doing this. Truly.

I couldn’t get through this post without having Alanis Morissette’s Thank U stuck in my head.

3 Obnoxious Cell Phone Abuses: The Shopaholics Edition

In my family shopping is akin to a national pastime. When I shop to let my creative mind wander and my stress slip away. Sure, I don’t always buy everything but I love to look.

Except when my relaxing Saturday shopping excursions are ruined by people on their cell phones.

Cell phones aren’t going away, but until cell phone etiquette is universally accepted, stores have become a jungle where it’s each shopper for him or herself.

Obnoxious Abuse #1: The Walker and Talker

The Walker and Talker is often a lady pushing her cart around gabbing on the phone to her girlfriend about what bar she went to last night. Lady! Please! I don’t need to know about your late night escapades. I just want to buy a new cardigan for work!

How to Deal: Take a deep breath and leave the area where the offender is. Once you see that she’s cleared the section, return and resume your hunt.

Obnoxious Abuse #2: The Oblivious Abuser

Much like The Walker and Talker, The Oblivious Abuser is often found talking to his or her friend on the phone. However, this person lacks the skills needed to multi-task. Last weekend, a lady pushed a cart right in front of where I was about to walk and stopped it there. She then proceeded to bump into me and didn’t apologize. Just because you’re on your phone doesn’t excuse you from being polite.

How to Deal: Take a moment to be extra polite. If you usually whisper, “Oh, excuse me,” say it louder. Or better yet, push their cart out of your way gently.

Obnoxious Abuse #3: Fitting Room Insecure

Someone who’s classified at Fitting Room Insecure may often be found on in the fitting room, on their cell phone, narrating their every move and detail of an outfit to a friend. Muffin tops and all.

How to Deal: There isn’t much you can do if you’re also trying on clothes. The best you can do is laugh it off or put on your iPod.

The Importance of Letting Go

Whenever I get annoyed at a cell phone abuser, I always try to take a deep breath and remember it’s not the end of the world. The key is getting better at blocking out those who annoy you on your shopping ventures. Always remember to be polite and tolerant but remind people in little ways that the world exists around them outside of their cell phone call.

What are some of your obnoxious cell phone abuser stories?

All or Nothing Spring Makeup Trends

This week’s Friend Friday is all about spring trends predictions. Here’s what I predict will be the makeup trends for Spring 2011.

All About Lips

After analyzing the April 2011 issues of ten major fashion magazines for trends in makeup, I’ve concluded that lips are the star of spring this year.

And with lips it’s all or nothing: You have the option of doing a very strong lip or a naked lip.

From Elle April 2011. Makeup by Stevie Huynh.

From Elle April 2011. Makeup by Lisa Storey.

Will you be rocking lipstick this spring?

On Being Easily Influenced

Earlier this week, I watched EnKore’s video on how to melt and pot lipstick. Soon after watching, I ran out and bought a bead container to use for my project. Since I’m not really one for lipstick, I didn’t initially have much to melt and pot, but when I saw that Wet ‘n’ Wild’s lipstick was on sale for seventy cents, I ended up buying 12.

Why? Hard to say. This isn’t the best lipstick on the market, but I figured if I wanted to play around with lipsticks and at $8.40 for all of them, it didn’t seem like a bad idea at the time. Ever since my beloved Pixi Lumi Luxe Lip Palette from Target expired and has seemed to be discontinued, I’ve been skipping lips. Hopefully this will get me back into being more creative.

Blog and Buy

Yesterday, I read Katy’s post Spring Trend: White-Out (how to wear it). Initially, I didn’t think much of it but while shopping at the Goodwill, I found myself trying on a handful of white shorts. I ended up buying one pair. I have resolved that blogs and vlogs are too good for advertising. Or maybe that I’m just easily influenced.

Over the past week, I have received an amazing response from readers. I am so touched by all your comments and hope you know what they mean to me. Blogging has always been about community for me. I that people feel comfortable sharing their opinions with me.