Archive | May, 2012

Vide-OH! of the Day

29 May

In high school I was lucky enough to be surrounded by really supportive and unique friends. Maybe I just have thick skin, and having two brothers around school with me probably helped, but I can honestly say I never felt bullied to a point where it traumatized me. That doesn’t mean that I didn’t know kids that were bullies. I saw plenty of guys and girls that got through high school with the help of insults, mockery and ridiculous cruelty towards others. I just chose not to associate with that because, as popular as they were, to me they just looked pathetic.

People have worked so hard to protect those that have been a victim of bullying, but it doesn’t always help. What does help, however, is knowing that it actually does get better for those that rise above that garbage. At 22 I can look at my friends, the ones that chose a path away from all that catty, disgusting trash that is so typically associated with high school, and say that they have made successes out of their lives. They’ve gone onto college and trades and made actual careers out of their skills. They are in long-term relationships, their buying their first cars, renting their first apartments. They have it together.

Then there’s the other ones, the high school cool kids, I guess you call them. They’re the ones who have made the bars in town their homes, tacking on stints at rehab, illegitimate children and DUI’s to their half-completed community college degrees in English. They hang out with the same people, looking more pathetic as each year comes along. When I see them now there’s always a really quick, sympathetic conversation, always with a tinge of embarrassment as they saunter back to their pitchers of beer. I feel bad, but I guess when you peak at age 17 you try and hold onto that for as long as possible. Like this guy in this video, who is an actual representation of the future. He’s not an exception, he is a rule.

So if you’re not a cool kid, or you don’t fit into the norm of whatever high school is supposed to be, don’t worry! I never met those norms, and I loved high school. I have very minimal bad memories from my time jumping between theater and art and all those nerdy subjects that shouldn’t be considered cool, because they were and are cool. Just find who and what it takes to get through it, because life really, truly begins after graduation. It seriously does get better.

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Erica’s Hot 100

28 May

Maxim just published their Hot 100 for 2012, and let me tell you, outraged was not the word to describe how I felt. When I picture a top 100 list it must have timeliness and it must acknowledge the celebrity’s relevance in that year.

Maxim’s number one? Bar Rafaeli. Really Maxim? First of all, a Victoria’s Secret model as your number one hottest woman? That’s just lazy! That’s like picking oxygen as your favorite gas to breath! Obviously a lingerie model is hot, that is literally her full-time job! And Bar Rafaeli? She didn’t even lead the ladies out at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show this year!

Also listed? Vanessa Hudgens, Megan Fox, Jessica Biel and Amanda Bynes. Sure, they’re good looking girls, but they have had no relevance in the last year. What are they doing there? There’s so much other super hot ladies that deserved proper places from this year!

Obviously I couldn’t stand to let this atrocity sit idly by like it didn’t neglect some ultimate hotties of 2012. So here’s my list. These ladies are not just hot because they look good in a bikini or have had a scandal or what not. They’re hot because they have sexy personalities, and are a plain ol’ hot presence on tv, movies and media. They’re hot even with their clothes on, a threatening kind of hot. See who I picked and what spot they earned!

Please note: This took research! Literal, jumping from website-to-website research. Never thought my life would come to that. Honestly, I’m okay with it.
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Sorry I’ve been away!

23 May

Hey guys, sorry for the lack of posts in the last month. Work has been beyond busy, so I have almost no free time to do anything besides write, write, write… and not here!

To make it up to you, here’s a video of a cat riding a turtle.

Leslie Knope Style

12 May

As all you Parks and Recs fans know, Leslie Knope won her spot on on the City Council this week. So to celebrate I decided to throw together my own Leslie Knope-inspired work style page.

On my first day at my new job I actually went full-Knope. My outfit was completely based on what Leslie might wear. Since I’m not working in an office that requires dress pants and blazers I have since eased up on the fancy clothes, but I still love the way she looks! Cute but professional, serious but a little sassy.

Blazer
Gap, $98
My girl Leslie Knope is notorious for rocking many a blazer in her day. And she looks good doing it. Blazers don’t always have to be stiff and smothering, but they still help you look professional and classy really easily. Even with a pair of jeans you can make an outfit look work-ready with a really nice blazer.

I’m totally obsessed with this blazer, mainly because I’ve never seen a pinstriped outfit for women that I actually like.  But this is right up my alley. So much so that I may or may not have added it to my secret online Gap shopping cart that has been tempting me for days…

Slacks
J. Crew, on sale! $88
As a professional lady surrounded by a bunch of men, this girl needs to suit up a lot. Though she always has the cutest dresses ever outside of work, most of Leslie’s in-work outfits involve some mighty fine slacks.

Now I know what you’re thinking, slacks? Even the word itself it completely terrible. But come on! It’s almost white pants time. Throw this with that blue blazer you’re eyeing up and you’ve got yourself a cute little summer outfit. And if you’re trying to pull a Knope and get your patriotism on? Red shirt, badabingbadaboom. We’ve got the next city counselor on our hands.

Blouse
New York and Company, on sale! $19.99
I have a shirt that’s very similar to this shirt, and the only reason I own it is because when I was looking at it my boyfriend told me that it looked like something Leslie would wear. I didn’t even have to try it on.

Just because a lady is wearing a pant suit doesn’t mean she has to wear the same thing every single time she walks into the office, and Leslie Knope is the perfect example of that. She rocks a lot of flowie-front shirts, and I love it because so do I. They’re comfy and classy, and most importantly, they’re unique! Leslie proves you don’t have to be boring in the office.

Waffle Necklace
TinyHands Jewelry, $28
No matter what is going on, Leslie cannot get enough of her beloved sweets. It’s one of her big struggles, and what gets her through the millions of stressful situations she tends to put herself in. Of all sweets in the wonderful city of Pawnee, she especially can’t get enough of the waffles from JJ’s Diner. The girl loves waffles. It’s kind of her thing. I’m like that with pancakes, actually. So, in one of her many casual acts of adorableness Leslie decided to rock a waffle charm on her necklace in one of this season’s episodes. I loved it, of course, and I loved it even more when I found out I could actually buy that same necklace! And, it’s scented. What!? Shut up, that’s fabulous. I know, right!?

Ilya Bryzgalov and his Tiny Violin

11 May

Since the Flyers have eliminated themselves in the playoffs a few nights ago, most of the team has tried to stay upbeat and think about next season. That is, of course, with the exception of our loud-mouth goalie, Ilya Bryzgalov.

When Ilya, one of the highest payed goaltenders in the NHL, started rambling about tigers and the universe on HBO’s 24/7 I thought he was really hilarious. There’s obviously a screw loose somewhere in his head, but it was okay because it’s not like he was doing any harm in the process.

Then he started to go downhill.

Bryzgalov had a really bad streak for way too long in the middle of this season. He stunk. He was making more than most players on the team, and was sitting on the bench more than anyone too. So you can imagine how fans reacted. Not well.

A few months ago the Phillies’ newest relief pitcher Jonathon Papelbon said how much he respected Philly fans because they were knowledgeable about the sports they loved so much, and that’s why I love being a Philadelphia sports fan so much. People don’t just like the Phillies because their parents are from Philadelphia or because they live close to the city (cough, ANY NEW YORK FAN, cough). Of course those are determining factors in fandom, but Philly fans genuinely know the sport and know what to expect from their players…

…Which brings me back to Ilya. Ohhhh, Ilya. He loves to complain about fans. During the hockey season he told one fan that he “cared too much” and then, when he was benched for the Winter Classic, turned weird with interviews and Twitter posts.

Now that the season ends- a season that he came back to kick in the butt and rocked in the playoffs- for some reason Bryz feels the need to open his mouth again, saying:

“We have an excellent team,” Bryzgalov said. “All the guys are good, the management is great. But there is a lot of negativity surrounding the team. You did everything you could on the ice, you go to the locker room and someone yells some nonsense at your back. They’re ready to eat you alive. It’s unpleasant, because we are all people.”

Oh, and saying this too:

““What I lived through this season I wouldn’t wish to an enemy. I understand the fans. They paid their money and want the show, but many forget we’re not robots but living people.”

Color me annoyed. Seriously Ilya? Seriously? Your life is so so hard. Oh, let’s all hold hands, light a few candles, and cry for Ilya Bryzgalov.

He can’t seem to understand why fans might be annoyed about losses, so here, I’ll fill him in. We don’t get payed to love Philadelphia teams. This isn’t our career, but it is still our life. We devote our lives to one set of teams. We come home from our jobs and experience these teams as a solid and important part of our lives. When our team loses, we feel it. When we pay hundreds of dollars for tickets just so the Flyers can lose Ilya Bryzgalov sits on a bench counting his money and thinking about tigers, we get upset. And when the season ends, we don’t consult our agents to find what team is a better fit for us next season. We stay here.

If Ilya Bryzgalov wants to go home and cry about it, that’s fine, but keep your mouth shut in the media. Because the people that he is insulting, the people that give him a hard time when he does poorly, are the people that care about him in his profession. And that’s why he’s a big ol’ jerk that needs to get over it.

This New Time Magazine Cover is Really Messing with my Head

11 May

When I first heard that people were upset about the new Time magazine cover (for all those that have somehow not heard of it in the last few days, just look at the giant photo in this blog) I reacted with my standard eye roll. My original impression was that people were just ticked off at seeing a lady’s sideboob on the front of a magazine, and that it was too graphic to display to the public.

I didn’t really think of what might actually be upsetting people about the entire story, because I was too busy being grossed out by young children and their weird habits to really explore this cover further. Plus, I always try to avoid being the person that has to complain about anything media-related, because I deal with enough complaints from readers of my own magazine about crazy, pointless stuff every day.

So I’ve decided, I have no problem with the fact that Time decided to publish this cover or the subsequent story, the fact that they did is awesome and wonderful! I do, however, have a problem with homegirl on the front. The woman that decided it was okay to take her child and stick him in such a personal and controversial position at such a young age without giving him the chance to express how he felt. The kid on the front is only 3, so obviously he would do whatever his mom says is right, but in a few years, when he’s a kid trying to grow up, he’ll be faced with that every day. And no matter how natural this may be to some, to 9-year-old boys it will always, always be a kid kissing his moms boob. And when this kid tries to get his first girlfriend, this will be something they might just remember.

In the article the mom, 26-year-old Jamie Lynn Grumet said:

“”People have to realize this is biologically normal,” she said, adding, “The more people see it, the more it’ll become normal in our culture. That’s what I’m hoping. I want people to see it.””

Exposing your children to benefit your own causes is just plain selfish, and what this mom did in an attempt to gain acceptance for her hippie-dippie beliefs is, to me, selfish. It doesn’t matter how confident you are in yourself or your cause, at the end of the day, as a mother, you should focus on the backlash you are exposing your child to first. Maybe this lady’s cause isn’t as important as a more secure and safe future for her child.

Athletes and their Suits (or lack-there of)

9 May

Call me old-fashioned, but there is nothing better than a man in a suit. I love suits, so much that I know the rules of the suit lifestyle. I know what’s appropriate, and how to wear a suit if you want to look like a real pro. If I see a guy not wearing a suit correctly, ohhh I judge. I judge hard. I just love suits.

One of my favorite things to do while watching a sports game is to check out the suits of commentators, coaches and injured players.  Malik Rose’s fabulous tie collection (if you have two hours I can tell you all about it…AMAZING!) and it makes my day when Magic Johnson decides to go with the full three-piece suit. I can even respect Charles Barkley’s humongous neck and lack of tie because he pulls off the look anyway. I’m not crazy about it, but I deal. Why? Because I love and respect a sharp-dressed man in the media. It’s just the way it should be.

So what don’t I love? When a rich and famous athlete is too busy being rich and famous to throw on a suit and look like a professional. Case in point: last night’s 76ers-Bulls game. Now I was already bummed out after the Phillies’ loss and the Flyers’ loss to take them out of the playoffs (seriously…ughhhhhh) in the same night so I was going into that last game of the night feeling pretty grumpy and that’s when I saw Joakim Noah. On the bench for a sprained ankle, Joakim decided he was a little too busy not doing his job (yeah, yeah, yeah sports fanatics I know that’s not exactly the case, just  let me rant) to actually put himself together and dress like an adult. So he parks himself down in nasty, old-looking brown khakis, an over-sized and untucked v-neck, a blazer that looks like it needs a trip to the cleaners, and a gigantic bauble necklace that looks like something my grandmother owns.  My jaw dropped for about a second, which was followed by a nice, long rant to my boyfriend (he deals with a lot of my anger-rants about celebrity clothing, I’m pretty sure I might give him a complex about his own style soon) about what a disgrace this “dude” is.

First of all Joakim, cut your hair. A messy bun isn’t a good look on girls, and you can’t pull it off either. Second of all, ditch the bracelets, you’re not Enrique Iglesias in 2001, wear a shirt with buttons, and put on a damn belt! What is this outfit? You think you look cool? Do you think any woman finds you more attractive because you forgot to do your laundry yesterday? Do you think the “just rolled out of bed and into my professional career where I make a ton of money but don’t care because I have no respect for anyone or anything” look will land you a smart and sensible lady? It won’t!

Listen guys, wearing a suit isn’t that hard to do. Ohhh it hurts my neck ohhh there isn’t a stretchy waist band… enough. Women wear heels every damn day. They stab their heads with a million pins and cover their faces in makeup. They dangle big giant earring from their ears and resist the urge to pull at stockings and strapless dresses and itchy fabrics all in the name of looking good. All you have to do is remember to unbutton your jacket when you sit down and wear a tie. That’s it!

Athletes of the world, it’s time to man  up. You’re representing a team that pays you a lot of money with fans that put a lot of energy and pride into caring about you and your outcome. The least you can do is show a little respect and dress like you care about your job and your fans.