It's still in the 80s here, but I'm breaking out the tights anyway. It is nearly October and gosh darn it, I'm going to wear my tights whether or not the weather cooperates. I got this particular pair of tights last year from ModCloth, and out of all of my lace-y tights, these have held up the best. No runs, no tears, nothing. I don't know if that's indicative of all of ModCloth's tights, but it certainly is promising, especially since all my other lace tights can't seem to handle a day on my legs nearly as well. Which I don't understand. It's not like I sit on velcro all day or brush my legs against cacti on a regular basis.
button top, gap
'lost time' skirt, anthropologie
houndstooth bow button cardigan, j.crew
satine tights, modcloth [x-ish]
wide belt, calvin klein
'allie' flats, bcbg
pave heart ring, coach
And now, moving on to something completely different. I know there here at ol' ke.KE, the discussion is typically light-hearted and such, but there are some things that really get to me. One of these things is this piece, which was published on Marie Claire's dating blog just a few days ago.
First, I believe that everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. However, I also believe that when you are writing for a well-known women's magazine, even if it's just for their online blog, you need to be more careful in how express your opinion. The blogger in question, in that story, came off as condescending, hateful, and all-around insensitive and ignorant about the issues of body image, health, and obesity.
The piece is centered around the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly, which has two overweight people cast as the lead couple. The author expresses that she'd be "grossed out if [she] had to watch two characters with rolls and rolls of fat kissing each other." Really? She makes it seem as if on the show, the characters are nude or something, thereby exposing her innocent eyes to "rolls and rolls of fat" whenever they lock lips. I'm pretty sure that's not the case, with censorship and all. So, overreaction much? And her belief that "obesity is something that most people have a ton of control over" is pretty out there. Yes, there are people who are obese due to careless overeating, but there are also a lot more who are that way because of medical and/or emotional issues. It is unfair to just lump them all together as being collectively unmotivated or lazy and to use that as an excuse for prejudice.
Also, I have noticed that no one really cares if the lead male in a show is overweight as long as his female lover is hot and skinny. Think of King of Queens, According to Jim, and even cartoons like The Simpsons and Family Guy. The uproar seems to only come when the lead woman (and apple of the lead man's eye) is overweight as well. The only exception I can immediately think of to this is Roseanne, but that may be because Roseanne was pretty irritating, so people focused more on that rather than her weight. What is that all about?
But I digress. What really got to me is the simple fact that the author felt uncomfortable watching intimacy between two people just because they're overweight. Not because she is put off by intimate displays in general (like I am -- seeing PDA beyond quick kisses, hugs, and hand-holding kind of weirds me out) (which is why I tend to seem verrrry interested in checking out my popcorn during the inevitable make-out/make-love scenes in movies), but because she's "grossed out" by two overweight people sharing affection, and seemingly not only on TV, but in real life too. That's amazing. And what amazes me more is that I know there are thousands of people out there who share the same thought. I guess that for these people, you're always beautiful just the way you are... unless you're fat. In which case, you're disgusting and shouldn't have human emotions or experience love. Ugh.