#CCM: Clothing Crush Monday

I have a confession. I have not purchased new work out clothes in well over a year. How I’m still able to wear my workout gear without scarring society is beyond me.

I have another confession. I will probably not purchase new workout gear for at least another two months. It’s just not feasible at the moment. So what am I doing in the mean time? Drooling over these various capri length workout pants and tops and accessories that I must have or I will probably die.

 

1) Under Armour

One things I must give Under  Armour props for is that they design pants for girls with a little cushioning. Seriously Nike take notes. Nike pants hit my thighs and I can literally hear the fabric laughing at me. Under Armour gets my body issue where my a$$ takes up 90% of my pants and will pull them down while running if not properly contained. Thank you Under Armour!

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2) Target C9 Tops

Target has some great, affordable work out gear. I like everything but their pants. I think the pants are overpriced and not that great quality. But their tops are inexpensive and last a good amount of time. I usually work out in a t-shirt but lately the t-shirt is getting annoying while working out. It’s getting in the way. I love these tops.

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3) lululemon

What is a work out gear post without a little lululemon? Frankly I think there’s bit too much hype around lulu but that doesn’t stop me from wanting everything they sell. What I like most about lulu is their headbands. They are thick enough to hold back my mane without looking super gross. The secret is little silicone grips they put on the inside of the band to secure your hair.

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4) Socks

Good socks are the key to a good workout. Currently I’m obsessed with Balega socks. They are incredibly soft but have a good amount of compression support. There are no good pics of them online and I’m def not gonna take a pic of mine to share. But check them out.

5) Hokas!

I know, I know guys I talk about these ALL THE TIME. I have yet to go try them on or buy them. It’s on the list of things to do. But I am SALIVATING for a pair of these.

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There you have it. The workout gear I’m currently drooling for. One day my prince will come who will be able to support my unhealthy obsession with spandex!

A Vegetarian Vegan Quarter Life Crisis

I should not be allowed to watch documentaries. Ever. Especially ones about veganism. Last night I watched Vegucated. It’s a 2011 documentary about being a vegan. It has officially thrown me for a LOOP. As you all know, I buy free range, organic, all natural, local as much as possible. What I took away most from this documentary is that those terms really don’t provide as much of a better life for the animal as we think. So now I’m faced with a huge dilemma. I love animals, probably more than a normal 20-something female. But I also love eating animals. That’s sounds so horrific to say but I do like chicken and the occasional burger / steak. That being said I’ve spent all day in a total life crisis.

Seriously guys, I went as far to sponsor a goose on an animal sanctuary farm in upstate New York. This farm basically saves animals that would normally be killed at a slaughter farm and lets them live out their lives happily. I’ve officially lost it. You don’t have to tell me.

So I’ve been pondering all day about what to do. I’ve come to the decision that I don’t have an issues eating an animal product if it comes from a place where the animals live(d) in a happy environment. A free range chicken at a commercial company is only given 3 square feet of space. I don’t want chicken that was still confined to 3 square feet a day nor do I want it’s eggs. But I think I’d be okay with chicken that was able to wander around a pasture all day.

This sounds hypocritical of me. But I can’t justify giving up animal products completely. I mean I’d die without chocolate milk. Or at least I can’t justify giving up animal products yet. I’m going to actively try and seek out local farms with animal products like milk, eggs, and meat. If I can find a place that’s legit and I feel like doesn’t abuse animals (beyond what has to happen for me to grill dinner), I’ll stick with the animal products. If I can’t find a place like this, I may seriously have to evaluate animals in my life.

If you are a vegetarian / vegan that is reading this, please don’t hate on me. I’m trying to go about this in a way that I can justify my personal belief on animal treatment while balancing a diet that works for me.

Sorry NOT Sorry

Over this past weekend, a scandal erupted for TV show host Stephen Colbert. He performed a bit on The Redskins owner’s new charity that aired on the side of being mildly offensive. A tweet went up from the show’s production run Twitter account without proper background linkage and all hell broke loose. #CancelColbert trended for 36 hours. For the full story, check out this article.

With the controversy happening on Thursday evening and Colbert’s show not due to air again until Monday, there was not much the show or the show’s host could do. Many waited eagerly for his response on his show Monday night. Colbert delivered a beautifully crafted monologue and dedicated the majority of his show to defending the tweet, himself, and everything his production stands for. For me, this response was magnificent. I highly encourage anyone to watch the full episode on Hulu.

What I loved most about Colbert’s response, is that it wasn’t a heart felt apology. Colbert defended himself and the bit. The joke had been posted, with a link to the clip, on the show’s Facebook numerous times with no backlash. It was put on the main page of the show’s website, with no back lash. All it took was one tweet, with no supporting background information, to start a fire storm. The people who targeted Colbert on Twitter never bothered to check their facts. They went on the attack instantly. “Hashtavists” they are called. People who start a movement via a hashtag for a certain cause.

These “hashtavists” have brought down numerous public figures, shows, media, and politicians. Some very well deserve the attention, like former Gov. Anthony Wiener’s tendency to, well, share his wiener, but others are seemingly innocent happenings that are brought to a whole new level when the Twitter-verse jumps on them. Paula Deen is a great example of this. Paula Deen said some things decades ago that came back to haunt her in the present. 10 years ago, a public apology on news outlets and a donation to a charity would’ve ended it nicely for all parties. But now with Twitter “hashtavists” Paula Deen was practically called in for a public hanging.

A new PR strategy has evolved to “handle” these situations. It generally involves the following steps:

  1. Tweet being taken down as soon as someone realizes it’s starting a fire storm
  2. Silence for several days
  3. A mass public apology across several platforms
  4. Begging for forgiveness
  5. Potentially salvaging part of your career or your self, if you’re lucky

I do not think this is fair. I think that this generalized plan hurts us. Yes, there are always things that need to be addressed and taken care of. But those things are legitimate, offensive doings. People should know that shows like The Colbert Report, are designed to be satirical commentaries on the world. If you are relying solely on The Colbert Report for your day to day news, you have been sadly misinformed this whole time. To gather up your followers, get a hashtag trending, and fire up the digital pitchforks over a comment made on a satirical show is a bit excessive. Save your digital pitchforks for a real issue, like the dictator doing whatever he wants, to who ever he wants in North Korea or the current situation in Ukraine. For goodness sake, if Americans poured as much energy as they did into taking down “celebrities” as they did trying to hold our politicians accountable, we may actually see some progress in this world.

So Stephen Colbert, I applaud you. I applaud you for not apologizing. I applaud you for NOT booking a slot on every morning news program. I applaud you for saying “Hey guys, first of all that wasn’t tweeted by me and this entire show’s platforms is based on satire.” Social media has given us so much power. But we should be using that power for good, not attacking Kim and Kayne for being in Vogue or Paris Hilton tweeting about having 3 iPhones. Who cares? Channel your inner “hashtavist” for stuff that matters.

 

Women who TALK BACK will be SINGLE FOREVER unless they SUBMIT to a MAN

I rarely, rarely re-post these things. However, seeing as I am one “smart mouthed” female I resonated with this a lot. Worth a read!

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Women who TALK BACK will be SINGLE FOREVER unless they learn to SUBMIT to a MAN

If you’re the type of woman who always has something smart mouthed to say, constantly speaking your mind when no one even asked your damn opinion in the first place, so quick to call a man out on something he did, told by males that you’re the type of woman who “loves to nag a man about what he isn’t doing right”, well then you are just everything life has to offer. You’re amazing young queen. You’re damn near perfect. You’re attractive as hell to a Mentality Mature Man. You’re just the type of woman a king wants, because a king wants a queen who can match his strength and speak life into him with her so-called smart mouth.

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