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GLORIA

 

 

Well the first semester is over and i can honestly say it cold not have gone better. Yes, it was stressful at time when i had to juggle work and school in an area that wasn’t home, but i handled it. Claiming my education is the best thing that i can do for myself. This semester has made me realize that my decision to Minor in Women’s Studies is the best decision i have ever made. i have always been an advocate for women’s rights as well as the rights of others and to be able to turn my love of activism into a career is so rewarding.

i thought i would share with you, one of the first articles i read for my Women’s Studies class. It is an article i had read before, so i was thrilled to read it again.

If Men Could Menstruate by Gloria Steinem

A white minority of the world has spent centuries conning us into thinking that a white skin makes people superior – even though the only thing it really does is make the more subject to ultraviolet rays and to wrinkles. Male human beings have built whole cultures around the idea that penis envy is “natural” to women – though having such an unprotected organ might be said to make men vulnerable, and the power to give birth makes womb envy at least as logical.

In short, the characteristics of the powerful, whatever they may be, are thought to be better than the characteristics of the powerless – and logic has nothing to do with it.

What would happen, for instance, if suddenly, magically, men could menstruate and women could not?

The answer is clear – menstruation would become an enviable, boast-worthy, masculine event:

Men would brag about how long and how much.

Boys would mark the onset of menses, that longed-for proof of manhood, with religious ritual and stag parties.

Congress would fund a National Institute of Dysmenorrhea to help stamp out monthly discomforts.

Sanitary supplies would be federally funded and free. (Of course, some men would still pay for the prestige of commercial brands such as John Wayne Tampons, Muhammad Ali’s Rope-a-dope Pads, Joe Namath Jock Shields – “For Those Light Bachelor Days,” and Robert “Baretta” Blake Maxi-Pads.)

Military men, right-wing politicians, and religious fundamentalists would cite menstruation (“men-struation”) as proof that only men could serve in the Army (“you have to give blood to take blood”), occupy political office (“can women be aggressive without that steadfast cycle governed by the planet Mars?”), be priest and ministers (“how could a woman give her blood for our sins?”) or rabbis (“without the monthly loss of impurities, women remain unclean”).

Male radicals, left-wing politicians, mystics, however, would insist that women are equal, just different, and that any woman could enter their ranks if she were willing to self-inflict a major wound every month (“you MUST give blood for the revolution”), recognize the preeminence of menstrual issues, or subordinate her selfness to all men in their Cycle of Enlightenment. Street guys would brag (“I’m a three pad man”) or answer praise from a buddy (“Man, you lookin’ good!”) by giving fives and saying, “Yeah, man, I’m on the rag!” TV shows would treat the subject at length. (“Happy Days”: Richie and Potsie try to convince Fonzie that he is still “The Fonz,” though he has missed two periods in a row.) So would newspapers. (SHARK SCARE THREATENS MENSTRUATING MEN. JUDGE CITES MONTHLY STRESS IN PARDONING RAPIST.) And movies. (Newman and Redford in “Blood Brothers”!)

Men would convince women that intercourse was more pleasurable at “that time of the month.” Lesbians would be said to fear blood and therefore life itself – though probably only because they needed a good menstruating man.

Of course, male intellectuals would offer the most moral and logical arguments. How could a woman master any discipline that demanded a sense of time, space, mathematics, or measurement, for instance, without that in-built gift for measuring the cycles of the moon and planets – and thus for measuring anything at all? In the rarefied fields of philosophy and religion, could women compensate for missing the rhythm of the universe? Or for their lack of symbolic death-and-resurrection every month?

Liberal males in every field would try to be kind: the fact that “these people” have no gift for measuring life or connecting to the universe, the liberals would explain, should be punishment enough.

And how would women be trained to react? One can imagine traditional women agreeing to all arguments with a staunch and smiling masochism. (“The ERA would force housewives to wound themselves every month”: Phyllis Schlafly. “Your husband’s blood is as sacred as that of Jesus – and so sexy, too!”: Marabel Morgan.) Reformers and Queen Bees would try to imitate men, and pretend to have a monthly cycle. All feminists would explain endlessly that men, too, needed to be liberated from the false idea of Martian aggressiveness, just as women needed to escape the bonds of menses envy. Radical feminist would add that the oppression of the nonmenstrual was the pattern for all other oppressions (“Vampires were our first freedom fighters!”) Cultural feminists would develop a bloodless imagery in art and literature. Socialist feminists would insist that only under capitalism would men be able to monopolize menstrual blood . . . .

In fact, if men could menstruate, the power justifications could probably go on forever.

If we let them.

Lana Del Rey

I am thoroughly obsessed with Lizzy Grant a.k.a Lana Del Rey. (Is it me or does she kind of look like Julia Roberts??) This smoky-voiced hipster has been on full blast repeat, ever since I discovered her. She can be a bit on the morbid side, but that is what I like about her (I’m not weird) Well; I am so sorry for the super short post, but I am still getting over my 24 hour virus. I spent the better part of yesterday with my head stuck in a barf bag. Still not feeling so hot, but I summoned all of my energy to share Lana Del Rey with you all [: I hope you enjoy!

It’s a Pearl Pearl World

I know they say that Diamonds a girls best friend, but if I’m going to be honest. I would have to say that Pearls are a girls best friend. Don’t get me wrong, Diamonds are breathtaking. I have just always been a Pearl girl. They are timeless and oh so elegant. I would take a Pearl over any Diamond to be frank. They are classy and sophisticated. Fun fact…up until the 19th century, Pearls were the popular item. They represented wealth, purity and innocence.

So for Christmas I am hoping to find one of these lovely items under my tree! Here’s hoping.

I am absolutely dying for this Tahitian South Sea Pearl. Unfortunately it is sold out! (Just so you all know, I’m crying!) I love the roping and the tiny Diamonds surrounding the Black Pearl.

 

What I love about this particular Pearl ring is that it includes Diamonds for all the Diamond lovers out there & it kind of looks like the Evil Eye. Stunning in my opinion.

What I love about Pearls is that they are simple and elegant, yet always the center of attention.

I would absolutely love to get this for my mother…or keep for myself. I haven’t decided yet. It’s a stunner.

However, what I really really want more than anything in this world! Is this Peach Freshwater Pearl Bracelet for $89! It is so feminine and something I can picture Audrey Hepburn wearing to a picnic.

I am printing out pictures of it as I type this. I’m planning on posting the pictures all over the house. Hopefully someone will get the hint!

  

This is the same as the first Pearl ring I showed you, just in White Gold and a White Pearl. To me this one is more glamorous. Something I picture someone like Jackie Kennedy wearing…or this women

Stunning! isn’t she?!?!

I have always had a fondness for Pearls & I have always associated them with women like her. Mysterious, breathtaking, glamorous & most of all sophisticated. Pearls are what you give to a Lady!

Ohh So Glamorous

This morning didn’t get off to a good start. I woke up with a runny nose, the worst headache imaginable and my baby sisters foot in my face. Not a pretty picture!

However; I couldn’t shake the feeling that something good was going to happen today (despite how crappy I felt.) I swear it’s like a sixth sense I have, and it never fails me (kind of eerie though) Nevertheless, it didn’t fail me today! Literally an hour after I woke up I get a phone call for a job interview!!!

If you don’t already know, I have been on a job hunt for the last month or so. This job just so happens to be in the most beautiful area in Rochester, New York (Where I am currently living.) I don’t want to give away to much. Don’t want to Jinx it!

So I will be spending the rest of my day sipping lots of cups of Hot Ginger Tea and eating hearty Chicken Noodle Soup. I might even watch some films from the 20’s- 50’s on Netflix…who am I kidding?!?! That is exactly what I am going to do.

Nothing like a good silent film or some Audrey Hepburn to brighten up my day even more. Women of that time were so glamorous…Not dissing the women of this generation of course. There is just something so timeless and elegant about the women from that era.

Here are some inspiring photos that I find absolutely timeless and Ohh so glamorous!

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JACK POT!!

You guys might remember when Krystal from Village did this awesome guest post for my blog that featured this pretty awesome lamp! Well I absolutely fell in love with the lamp that she featured in that guest post, but I was also heart-broken because I couldn’t find anything like it in the states & on top of that I was broke haha.

Well today I was feeling pretty gloomy for absolutely no reason at all (you know how that goes) So my sisters and I headed out to try on some clothes. But me not feeling to hot about my self-image, it just brought me down even more. You must know how it is. Even though you are comfortable in your own skin, you have those rare days where no matter what you do or put on you still feel like you look like crap. Well today was that kind of day for me. Giving up, we headed to Target and that is where I hit the JACK POT that brightened up my whole freakin day. I found a lamp for sale that reminded me of the one Krystal posted about & being priced at 14 bucks it was an impulse buy that was totally in my budget. I was ecstatic & it blew that cloud over my head away!

 

Clearly they are not the same, but you can see the resemblance can’t you haha. The one Krystal has is absolutely breathtaking! & I love how it had a real panoramic shot of Switzerland. But this is a pretty good knock off with a panoramic shot of New York street names in the shape of New York buildings…& being that I just moved back to New York, I found it absolutely fitting! What do you all think??

Brain Freeze

My body is going through a major shock right now. It takes some time to get used to the cold after six years of summer all year round, but I digress. There is always a silver lining…WINTER FASHION! Living in Florida I had to put away a lot of my winter favorites. Living back up north I can take full advantage of the four seasons for my fashion exploration. Something I took for granted before I moved. I didn’t care about clothes or anything like that before I moved. Now that I have grown and learned to appreciate all forms of expression, I am jumping at the chance to express myself in all of my winter inspired glory (que evil laugh* MUAHAHAHAHA) Kay, got that out of my system. Everything is covered in Frost!!! It reminds me of the White Witch from The Chronicles of Narnia (one of m favorite fantasy movies) Even though she was clearly evil, I loved her. She was so queenly, and sophisticated….MYSTICAL. And that is what I love about winter. I want to feel mystical. Here are some winter inspired fashion that is inspiring me at the moment.

 

And although I love the all white trend. What seems to be a major trend for this winter is Color Color and more color!! Which I am loving.

 

One of those days & some pretty things

It’s one of those slow lazy days for me. My brain feels like mush & I don’t feel like doing anything! Usually a shower and some coffee would fix this, but I’m still feeling kind of….blahh (if that makes any sense) Maybe I should have started my day with a good breakfast instead of my sisters Halloween candy. But it may also be a combination of going to bed at 3 am and waking up 7 am…yeah, I think that’s it! Anyhoo, enough with my rambling. Here are a collection of some photos of pretty things that have brightened my mood since I’ve been up.

hautekills:

Atelier Versace s/s 2003 

 

This very pretty Atelier Versace dress s/s 2003 that I want on my body.

gethecool:

Tasha Cain for Flair Magazine february 2009 by Beau Grealy.

 

This photo of Tasha Cain for Flair Magazine february 2009 by Beau Grealy. Makes me want to invent a time machine.

 

This photo that I want to blow up into a poster and hang it over my desk 🙂

 

flarefashion:

Dita von Teese - November 2006 / Art Director: Tanya Watt / Photographer: Max Abadian
 “I’ve been a huge fan of Dita von Teese for years. We shot her cover story in the garden of a gorgeous mansion in Southern California. The photographer, Max Abadian, gave me a framed print of this stunning shot for Christmas last year. The colours – Dita’s jet black hair and porcelain skin, the vivid turquoise Elie Saab gown, the garden’s greenery and lemons – inspired the décor of my bedroom.” — Lisa Tant, Editor-in-Chief / Associate Publisher of FLARE
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This very beautiful inspiring photo of Dita von Teese – November 2006 / Art Director: Tanya Watt / Photographer: Max Abadian

lovelyveee:

More Fashion Here! <3

 

I have no words..just Beautiful.

 

This beautiful dress!! I need to find a dress like this..then my life will be complete.

And this sultry 1920’s style photo. La la la love it!

Home decor for those w/ eclectic styles!

It is probably well-known by now that when it comes to home decor,I have some pretty eclectic tastes. Here are some home decor ideas that I just adore! Hope you enjoy!

Bedrooms

What I love about this bedroom is the use of patterns as well as that pretty amazing mirror on the wall. I’m also smitten with the pillow of the guy with the cute mustache lol.

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What is better than being outside? feeling like your outside when your inside hahaha. The faux grass is pretty amazing!

I’m loving everything about this bedroom! The colors, the patterns. It is so exotic in my opinion. I would love to walk into my room & feel like I am in someplace foreign.

Light Fixtures 

Here are some lanterns that I would love to have in my house! These are pretty awesome.

Kitchen/Tables

I am in love with these tables. They are so  rustic! I love the old cozy cottage vibe I get from it.

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Colors/Patterns

Patterns Patterns and more Patterns. I’m not afraid of color, I’m just afraid I wont make it work. But these photos give me ample inspiration to make me feel like I can get the job done.

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Photos from Designintuit  as well as Apartment Therapy

What do you think?

Inspiration: Veruschka

I am very inspired by models. Models that have made their mark & changed the industry. Models such as Twiggy, Dovima, Suzy Parker, Dorian Leigh! I count this long-limbed exotic  beauty  among them, but we all know her as Veruschka. She Appeared  on  Vogue 11 times in her career. she was born in 1939. She was born what was then called East Prussia, now  Kaliningrad, Russia as Countess Vera Gottliebe Anna Gräfin von Lehndorff-SteinortHer mother was the former Countess Gottliebe von Kalnein (b. 1913). Her father was a German count who joined the German resistance. He was later executed for attempting to assassinate  Hitler.  After his death, the remaining family members spent their times in labor camps until the end of the war, where  her family was left homeless.

She later moved to Florence, where she was discovered at age 20 by the photographer Ugo Mulas and became a full-time model & the rest is history. I can't help but to inspired by her beautiful exotic photos. They really are works of art! 

RICHARD AVENDON , Veruschka

Roar With The 20’s

One of my all time favorite eras is the roaring 20’s. I honestly can’t think of anything not to love about the 20’s. I have always been fascinated with the history and style of the 20’s. Speakeasies, gangsters, bootleggers, flappers, silent films, JAZZ! Would it surprise you if I told you that one of my favorite books is “The Great Gatsby”?? If I were able to transport myself back in time, I would go to the 20’s. One of my all time favorite silent films is “Her Night of Romance,” made in 1924 staring Constance Talmadge and the magnificent Ronald Colman.

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Ronald Colman became famous for his amazing deep voice, but he was originally famous for his silent films. “Her Night of Romance. ”  was about an impoverished British lord (Paul Menford played by Colman) impersonates a doctor in order to woo an ailing American heiress (Dorothy Adams played by Talmadge). The lord is in it for love, but his business associate (Joe Diamond) smells money. It truly is an amazing and funny silent film & you should check it out if you get the chance.

There is so much to love about the 20’s! But what I love the most is the fashion. The women were sexy… classy & the men were dapper! Here are some photos of 1920’s fashion for women that may inspire you as they do me.

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Fashion Inspiration

Leighton2 Leighton Meester in Christian Dior


Leighton Meester has every girls dream wardrobe (please let me know if I’m wrong & you can think of someone with equal or better style) Ever since I saw the first episode of Gossip girl, I have been in love with Leighton Meester. Not only do I love what she wears when she is portraying Blair, I can honestly say that I equally love her style when she is being herself. Is it hard to see why  I love Leighton Meester’s sense of style??

I’m in love with this casual yet chic look that Leighton Meester rocks! It doesn’t hurt that I look great in blue, so that may be why I have a little extra love to spread when it comes to this outfit! I really don’t know what I love more, the cobalt blue suede  moccasins with the fringe or the crop top. It really is a tough call, but I’m willing to trade it all in for the bag and the shades!..Never mind I’ll take the shoes haha (have you noticed that I’m pretty indecisive)

All I know is that I am definitely going to get my hands on a pair!  I love that she has very versatile tastes when it comes to her style. She isn’t afraid to try something new. Whether it is bold and daring or casual but chic. She always stunning.

 

 

I am very partial to the one shoulder ensembles out there & this one is no exception.. It’s simple/chic, its sophisticated and its sexy! What more could a girl ask for?  And she looks absolutely amazing in it! The bangle, clutch and shoes are what tie it all together. Never doubt the power of accessories and statement pieces is what I always say.

The only thing I love more than this ensemble is the lovely white dress she showed up in at the Christian Dior 2012   spring fashion show! (which is featured in this post) Leighton is one of the many celebrities I look to for fashion inspiration & inspiration is always welcomed in my world! Who is your fashion inspiration?

The gift that keeps on giving

You have to know by now that I am absolutely obsessed with books! so, it makes sense that I also have a little obsession with bookshelves!  I believe that books are the gift that keeps on giving! Here are some bookshelves that have my mouth watering. It may inspire you to read or just give you some new idea for interior design. I hope you enjoy!

I am loving this book shelf that I found via Design*Sponge! one of my all time favorite design blogs that inspire me on a daily basis.

This pretty awesome ying & yang bookshelf! Which reminds me of this other bookshelf that I blogged about here, which is equally awesome!

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Now this is just art that I could USE!! I would love to have this in my room. I can picture all of the possibilities!

Unique and Creative Bookshelves

I grew up playing Pac Man, so when I saw this it pretty much brought back a lot of memories haha. I love it!

I love love love this bookshelf! very modern and lovely shapes.

Artistic Bookshelves Design

I’m loving the tree themed bookshelves that are popping up all over the place & I have made it my mission in life to get my hands on one.

What do you think of them?