Quotes, or things that I’ve heard recently that are lovely and stuck in my head:
I don’t know what has shocked me more, that you are gone, that I am still here, that there is music after the end.
Alice came to a fork in the road. ‘Which road do I take?’ she asked.
‘Where do you want to go?’ responded the Cheshire Cat.
‘I don’t know,’ Alice answered.
‘Then,’ said the Cat, ‘it doesn’t matter.”
– Lewis Carroll
A few days ago in San Francisco there was a protest in front of the Union Street Victoria’s Secret store. Women of all shapes and sizes showed up in their bras and undies with signs to protest the lack of body diversity displayed by the store, and by other retailers as well.
I think it’s pretty awesome that these people were brave enough to show up and stand up for what they believe in, and to do it in such a fun and bold way.
It’s not just the lack of body diversity shown by the models that’s a problem at Victoria’s Secret. I worked there for a few months (I was a bra specialist, NBD) and I always thought it was very strange that a company claims to be “all about bras”, that they don’t carry a more diverse range of sizes. I was constantly having to turn people away that were willing to come in there and spend $50 to $100 on one bra, because we didn’t carry their size.
And these were not all very large women either, as bra specialists, we were required to try on all the bras that come in so we could be familiar enough with them to sell them, and most of the bras that they sell didn’t fit me either.
Victoria’s Secret has an opportunity to be a really strong advocate for all women, to make them feel beautiful and sexy, and also to tap into a whole new market for their products, women who are constantly searching for beautiful, comfortable bras that fit properly, and they are really missing the boat.
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The Conversation is an interview series with host Amanda de Cadanet. She sits down with famous women, celebrities, activists, designers, business women, etc, and interviews them. It’s very informal, and she asks really great questions.
The end result is a really honest, revealing and candid talk about relationships, career, business, family, body image, money, jealousy, race, religion and any number of other topics that all women deal with, regardless of nationality, or fame and fortune.
One of my favourite interviews on The Conversation is with fashion designer Diane von Furstenburg. She seems so interesting, she is so gracious and confident and seems very wise. During her interview, when asked about what aspects of her life had been part of a plan she replied “I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I always knew what kind of woman I wanted to be.”
Amanda de Cadanet interviewed actress Ashley Madekwe from Revenge, who is also one of my favourite bloggers, about why she decided to start her fashion blog. Ashley said that she had always loved fashion, and had all of these nice clothes but that she felt she really couldn’t wear them unless she was going to a fancy dinner because she feels that other women, especially, judge women for wearing heels, or being too dressed up during the day.
Starting her blog gave her a reason to wear the clothes she wanted, and not care what people think about it. That kind of resonated with me, because there are definitely a few outfits I have in my closet that I really love, but every time I put them on, I end up changing because I think other people will think I shouldn’t be wearing it.
This blog has definitely helped me with that. Not that I’m really a fashion blogger but I do post outfits sometimes, and it does take a certain amount of confidence and disregard for other people’s opinions to put up pictures of yourself and say “I think this is a cute outfit, and I look good in it.” You are basically offering yourself up to be judged and criticized, but it has made me more confident and I’m much more likely to wear something now because I like it, even if I think that somebody else might not.
Other interviewees on The Conversation include Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Silverman, Melissa McCarthy, and Chelsea Handler.
I am so glad it’s finally May. For some reason, so many good things are happening this month, and I am so excited that it’s finally here. This weekend we are off to L.A. on a mini-roadtrip, and we are driving home on Sunday just in time to watch the Sharks play the Canucks.
Next weekend we fly to Honolulu to visit my sister, and Derek is walking in his graduation ceremony for his Associate’s degree. I am so proud of him, and so excited to be going home for 9 days. I am also possibly running a triathlon while I’m there, I’ve been training a little bit but we haven’t signed up officially. In true Spearing fashion, we are waiting until the very last possible second to enter. We are slightly indecisive.
We fly home on the 19th (I am sad to be missing Bay to Breakers, but it’s definitely going to be worth it) and the next weekend we are flying to Vegas to see my other sister. We haven’t seen each other since Thanksgiving, and I am super excited to spend the weekend with her and her husband.
On top of all of our traveling, I also got a promotion at work, and I start my new job on May 6th. It’s definitely going to be a whirlwind month, but those are my favourite kind. I’m feeling very lucky and grateful for all of the good things in my life at the moment, and I can’t to see what the rest of the summer holds.
A short film made in 1956. I saw it a few years ago, and it’s kind of stuck with me ever since. There are always going to be people who try to make you feel bad to make themselves feel better, or who try to kill your dreams because they are too afraid to try for their own.
Just watch it, and see if it doesn’t brighten your day.
Here are the 22 rules of storytelling, according to Pixar story artist Emma Coates. I like numbers 2 and 11.
It seems like there is a lot going on politically and culturally these last few weeks. Not that there isn’t always, but the last few weeks with the sequestration, cutting funding to some military programs, the Supreme Court hearing arguments on Prop 8 and the DOMA, new arguments on gun control, and new restrictions on abortion, it’s been kind of crazy.
But I also discovered something pretty neat amidst the chaos, in the form of the Whitehouse Petitions website. I had heard of it, but I never really knew much about it before. Basically, someone introduces a topic, and it can literally be anythinggggggg. Here are some examples:
You just make your petition, and share it. If enough people sign on to the cause (usually 100,000, but sometimes more depending on the issue) the White house will review it, send it on to the appropriate policy makers, and issue an official response.
Even though people in this country are always going to disagree and complain about the way things are done here, I think it’s pretty amazing, especially when you consider how people are treated in other countries by their own governments, that we are lucky enough to live in a country where we can actually petition our government for things, and if enough of us want it, they have to at least consider it. Some people aren’t nearly so fortunate.