Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Chaotic Art Museum Created by...Kids


Images via Web Urbanist

How much fun is this?!

Entitled "The Obliteration Room," it is actually an art installation by Yayoi Kusama at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia. The concept was to start with a stark, modern, sparkling white living space; every single surface including the smallest of accessories was painted white...upon which point the room was offered up as an enormous blank canvas to 1000 children. 




They intervened with tens of thousands of round colored stickers, and were instructed to go wild with them over a period of two weeks, which resulted in brightly colored {and I think beautiful!} chaos.


Monday, February 27, 2012

Oscars 2012


Did you guys watch?? We were regrouping from a weekend away in New Mexico so I missed the arrivals, but finally had time to catch up on the fashion just a moment ago and overall I was thrilled with everyone's choices! I love seeing everyone's personalities come out in their gowns, and particularly enjoy the change of dresses from Oscars to after parties. I loved Emma's Stone's Oscar dress, but loved her after party look at Vanity Fair even more. Same goes for J.Lo and Cameron Diaz - LOVE Cameron's orange dress! I also loved seeing Gwenyth's dress without her cape that she wore on the red carpet. She has minimalist chic down pat. My favorite look of the entire night was Michelle Williams, quickly followed by Lily Collins {soon to be playing Snow White opposite Julia Roberts as the Evil Stepmother}. 


Such a fan of nude dresses and super dark nails. 










Always love me some Steven Tyler. Heartsies. 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Criticism and Bullying


As you know, I post about topics that are important to me in between all of the pretty pictures of decorating and fashion on here. From breastfeeding to Christmas card etiquette to nutrition and wellness, I enjoy sharing knowledge with others, and I enjoy learning. Enjoy. As Sir Francis Bacon said, "Knowledge is power." Or Benjamin Franklin, An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest."

One important topic that I have wanted to post about - or more ASK about - for quite some time is criticism and bullying. This is a huge problem in our society today, as I am sure any of you with children in school know. I bet mothers in the carpool line feel it. Now, I know that there are many out there that view my posts on touchy subjects as judgmental, and I am sure there are some sentences that step on some toes, however I do my best to base the core reasoning behind my discussions on facts - not emotion. Not opinion. Facts gained through research. Once I present the information, truthfully I do not care even 1% if you listen to me or not. That is YOUR choice. I am an advocate for breastfeeding, but I don't care if you give formula to your kid until he's 14 years old. It's your child. I like following Miss Manner's etiquette rules, but if you want to list your names upside down and backwards on your Christmas cards and then smear poop on them - go for it. It's your card. If you are morally against eating meat, don't. If you want to eat sugar cubes and Doritos for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day for the rest of your life, more power to you. It's your body. I present a topic based on facts, follow with a logical discussion, and exit stage left. 

That said, let's get back to bullying. When I put any of that information out here in the blogosphere with good intent - to simply educate and bring awareness to a subject - it is puzzling when I receive a comment like the one below. One that is not based on ANY facts, but rather emotionally fueled. Unfortunately {for her} an emotionally-fueled position is one that will never hold any water....

Arya Elizabeth Delevigne has left a new comment on your post "Nutrition in 100 Words":
you won't eat a bean but you'll devour cattle that has been slaughtered in the most unholiest and inhumane of ways? how christian and republican of you.

you went on an african safari to hunt wild animals and then turn their skins into rugs for your non-grain eating babies to crawl on. you don't see that as twisted at all? you have the chance to travel to a beautiful country on a severely impoverished continent and watch animals in their natural habitat and you kill them?*

look, i'm all for eating healthy and providing the best for myself, my family, friends, all loved ones, but you are OFF YOUR ROCKER. and it is just getting worse.
if you treat food this way, your children are going to suffer, you're basically paving the path for eating disorders. And Paleo guru diet program BS. you bought the book, right?

your blog is becoming this neurotic hypocritical regurgitation of southern digest and whatever you google that is on the runways of Paris. There are other housewives and mothers who believe what you say and just want you to pat them on the back through the internet.

i don't come at you with anger, it is frustration. you advertise yourself as something you're not.
you are southern, as much of my family is. river oaks houston to be exact. so i suppose what is "eclectic" about your blog is that you try to be anything but a stuck in the middle of texas woman through liking neon and gaudy things your husband buys. the icing on your cake being your belief in eating Paleo is the one thing that makes you feel separate from the fatties driving in the SUV next to yours, kids in the backseat eating sesame rice crackers. keep preaching.

i don't expect you to publish this comment. i don't mind either way. when you create a blog you are communicating with the rest of the world and people you do not know and who do not know you. i'm just telling you that this is how you appear to people who are not in your demographic (housewife, middle american, white, republican, anglo saxon protestant). your blog was much more accessible and palatable when it was you and your take on fashion and decorating. but if you want to preach then preach. i won't bother you with a negative comment again.
sincerely, arya

*through simply googling your name the photos of you and your husband show he supported those horrible OBAMA socialist as the joker images, is an avid proponent of world violence through support for continued Army presence and for a war in Iran. no wonder you're so focused on your diet. that and the fact that you used to be overweight. there's photos of you at St. Andrew's, you were barely recognizable.

Sweet thing.

It is difficult for me to even know how to respond, primarily for the reason I gave above: emotionally based arguments won't get you anywhere, and really don't allow room for intelligent and logical responses. The quote that first came to mind when I read her words was this:

"The highest form of ignorance is to reject something you know nothing about." - Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

She seems fairly certain she knows everything about me to say the silly things she did {and is definitely very confused about Paleo}, but nonetheless took it upon herself to spend the time writing a letter with this nature, with the intent of...?? What is achieved by attempting to bully, criticize and belittle another? To try to cause hurt? To make herself feel better about her lifestyle choices by attempting to meanly knock holes in mine? I honestly don't know the point, which is the purpose of this post - enlighten me if you have an answer as to why people behave like this!

Which brings me back to the problem of criticism and bullying in our world today. This is a serious issue, and the saddest thing is that it is happening at such a young age. Our children are dealing with this - often daily. Criticism of body types, the wrong shoes, a unique outfit, a hair color someone might deem unacceptable, or perhaps {and as I believe is most usually the case} it is just based on their own insecurities. Thankfully, my skin is pretty much as thick as it gets. I can let stuff like this roll off me. Not everyone can though, and no one should have to be faced with hateful remarks. It breaks my heart - sickens me. angers me. - to read of young children taking their own lives because they simply did not know how to handle being bullied. So I have to ask: WHY ARE PEOPLE SO MEAN?!

I could tell Arya that Squish and Munch had donuts this weekend at a birthday party, and, gasp!, so did I. I could tell her that the majority of the meat we eat at our house has been killed by Biz - in the most humane way possible. I could tell Arya that we eat every animal we kill, and that it confuses me she would not advocate using the entire part of the animal, but throwing away the hide rather than having it in our home. I could tell Arya that she needs to research preservation versus conservation, and educate herself on the differences, successes, failures and benefits of each. I could tell her that allowing hunting licenses for endangered animals in Africa has moved species from endangered to thriving, once money is there from hunters and conservationists. I could tell Arya that the people I have met that care most about the land and have the most respect for and appreciation of animals are, in fact, hunters. I could tell Arya that I am certain my children will not suffer as a result of my husband shooting a deer. I could tell her that she should consider reading a Paleo book, as then she would not mention anything about feed lots in an argument against the lifestyle. I could tell her that it might be beneficial for her to talk to someone about her anger and frustration, but I don't know of any good therapists in River Oaks. {Anyone??} I could tell her that I am proud of myself from going to very unhealthy in college to very healthy now - weight loss was a happy side effect. I could suggest to her that she might find it more beneficial to spend time Googling anger management, rather than searching through old photos of me and my husband. I could tell Arya that I don't eat Paleo because it "is the one thing that makes me feel separate from the fatties in the SUV next to mine," but rather I focus on my diet because I want to be around for a long, long time to see my great-great grand babies. I could ask Arya if she means my blog was more accessible and palatable only when she wasn't aware we had different views on certain subject areas. I could tell her that I don't really consider myself a Republican - they're not politically conservative enough for me - but that might make her mad. Ok ok, I'll say it ;) I could tell her that the way I present myself is nothing but 110% authentic, neon shoes, gaudy jewelry and all {thanks Miuccia Prada! Those rhinestone Miu Miu earrings are still my favorites!} and even when faced with ugly criticism like hers, I will never stay silent on a topic I feel strongly about. I could tell her that the most wonderful, special, touching and appreciative comments I receive are on these so-called preachy posts, and that I get more requests for these than anything I ever post about. Why would I say any of that though? It seems she already knows everything about me.

Enough of the I could. I WILL tell Arya that if she doesn't like who she thinks I am, or what this blog is about, then she is more than welcome to unsubscribe. There are plenty of other blogs that focus solely on pretty pictures. 

to be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best night and day to make you
everybody else means to fight the hardest battle any human being can fight
and never stop fighting.
-e.e. cummings

I had to memorize that in 7th grade. Fifteen years later - it still applies. I once heard this: to avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. Think about that! Don't be afraid of criticism. As Eleanor Roosevelt said, "Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you'll be criticized anyway." Think of criticism and you as oil and water - just tell yourself the two don't mix, and let it roll off your back. Stay true to yourself. Act with integrity so that you may always hold your head high. You are good because you're YOU. There are 7 billion people in this world - don't let one get you down!



Tuesday, February 21, 2012

How I Wore It :: BEST MATERNITY JEANS EVER


This is a totally boring How I Wore It, but I have been DYING to tell you all about my new Gap maternity jean discovery. I. Am. Smitten. I have been looking for a good pair of skinny pregnancy jeans since I was pregnant with Squish, and three years later, I found them! If you are pregnant or about to become pregnant, look no further than Gap's 1969 Nude Full Panel Always Skinny Medium Wash Jeans. Everything about them is perfection! They stay tight throughout the entire leg and booty, they don't sag, the panel stays in place - I literally cannot say one bad thing about them except I am mad I didn't find them sooner! 

  
{My new favorite bracelets and I don't even know the brand! I will find out...}



Now, I have another pair of Gap maternity skinny jeans - link here - that are no bueno. The only difference is they have the Demi Panel and are Dark Wash, but still called 1969 Always Skinny Jeans. I even have these in a size 0, and the Full Panel good ones in a size 1, and the 0s are waaaaay too lose, baggy, saggy, and everything else you don't want jeans to be when you're pregnant. There is a HUGE difference in the fit {tons of the reviews echoed this as well when comparing the two styles}, so definitely stick with the full panel! 


Also, most customer reviews online for the Full Panel said to order a size up from what you would wear pre-pregnancy. I listened and instead of a size zero I ordered a size one, and they are perfect. I could have even gone with a two. A zero would have been too tight for sure. I'll do a better outfit soon, and in the meantime, happy shopping! 



ps. Just as a side note, I do have other maternity jeans that I think are great, but none are skinny that work well like these do. Juicy makes a great pair of white ones with a low panel, and Paige Denim has a great boot cut pair with a full panel. I haven't given either of those a second thought since these turned up in my closet though ;)

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Color Crush...Coral

Images via Pinterest

There's something about coral that is always so fresh. So inviting. So welcoming! Right?! I've never met a coral I didn't fancy, and I feel like the official shade of coral has yet to be determined: some shades have a more red tone while others take on a peachy tint. I wouldn't say no to any of them! Do you have any coral in your home? I need to up my game in this color department... 




















Friday, February 17, 2012

If You Want The Rainbow...


Image via Erna Price

Might be my new favorite quote! Via one of my favorite women, miss Dolly Parton. Simple, sweet and powerful. I think we can all relate, and what a great message to keep in mind when we are feeling down or discouraged about anything.

Have a great weekend!

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