Exploring being female (for that's what we are) in a world of media myths, publishing incompetence, and marketing madness -- as well as the female submission and subscription to those messages.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Beware The Wedding Guests?

A friend of mine is getting married, and while the following story is cute, it just doesn't fit in at the other blog, so...

You know how wedding planning goes -- everyone has to stick their two-cents in, right? Well, while we were sitting around going over the checklists for things, the mother of the groom was saying how the wedding guest book is useful. It's not one way to organize your thank you cards, but that she'd heard that the proper etiquette for guest books is that you use that list as your holiday greeting card list for the next few years. She thought that made sense, so she set about doing that the very next Christmas.

About a week or so after she mailed the Christmas cards, she, the new bride, received one of the cards back. Written on the envelope was this:

I only went to your wedding to be polite. Please stop showing me how happy you two are.

It was signed by the former wedding guest -- a female friend of the groom (now the husband) who apparently was less "friend" and more jilted and broken-hearted former girlfriend.

What's more, next to this woman's name in the guest book there were little hearts... At the time they seemed like well-wishes for the happy bride and groom, but now... Well, they look more like the last attempts of communication from a pining woman!

Honest-to-God -- she showed us the card and the guest book!

If there is a moral to this story, it's that your wedding guest book may prove to be practical and humorous!

(For a more useful and beautiful wedding story, see this post by A Slip Of A Girl!)

Friday, December 16, 2011

Vintage Weight Loss Tea

You can't spell art deco without a "T" and you couldn't be a slim flapper without this tea. The complete Charm Tea Method For Slenderness With Safety, box, tea and booklet.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Going Ga-Ga?

We're rather intellectual about beauty and fashion here; often down right critical, even. But that's not to say we are immune to brazen acts of consumerism. Like, say, when there's a big sale on shoes... Or a big womens boots sale.

Today there's a big shoe sale at Macy's which most of us are going ga-ga over. (Hey, that expression makes even more sense now that there's Lady Gaga! Not that she needs to worry herself about a shoe sale...)

But that's rather my point: You can be a smart shopper, a critical thinker about media and what it pushes at you, and be a savvy shopper. That's rather what we try to do here at Pink Populace Paparazzi Parade Exposé -- make you think about what you're buying into before you buy.

Saving 30 to 50% on select styles -- with an extra 25% off clearance shoes, online only -- is only part of the (fabulous) story. Yes, it's nice to save on shoes for yourself and your family, as long as you are buying what you need, what you want, and not because you feel you must or feel as if you're nothing without it. It's shoes, people. They aren't going to turn you into Lady Gaga or whoever else you think is awesome.

But there's nothing wrong with buying shoes -- even pretty, impractical things that are more decoration than clothing for your feet. And it's OK to fall in love with the shoes of look of a celebrity, as long as you aren't confused about what those shoes will do.

Buy the shoes; not the image.

Even better when those shoes are on sale. *wink*

Now I'll get off my platforms soapbox and let you shop!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Mad Men Are To Blame For Your Ill-Fitting Bra?

According to bra expert Ali Cudby, those Mad Men ad guys are the reason why bra sizes are so, well, illogical:

In other words, women have been struggling with this nonsensical measuring system for decades for the sake of a marketing gimmick!

Pink Populace Paparazzi Parade Exposé co-blogger Deanna also interviewed Ali and has exposed even more fascinating points about bras.

All this attention for Cudby's new book, Busted! The FabFoundations Guide To Bras That Fit, Flatter and Feel Fantastic.

And I'm giving away signed copies of the book here!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Frustration Is Good For Your Hair

A stimulating hair pulling "exercise" from Debbie Drake’s Easy Way to a Perfect Figure and Glowing Health (1961).

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

You Don't Give Me Enough Credit

"Sometimes, big shot, you don't seem to give me credit for very much intelligence at all. I've been to school in my life--and I'm a magazine reader!" A quote from Babydoll (1956).

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Another One Of Victoria's Secrets...

Found this while researching my post on Frederick's Of Hollywood Vs. Victoria's Secret: a very interesting quote from Decoding Victoria’s Secret: The Marketing of Sexual Beauty and Ambivalence, by Marie D. Smith.

The conclusions then, that I have reached, are essentially three. (1) Most women, in spite of the consciousness-raising effects of the Women’s Liberation movement, have thoroughly internalized the belief that a narrow, male-constructed image of female sexuality and beauty defines their self-worth. (2) This male-constructed image is accompanied by feelings in both sexes of ambivalence, confusion, and guilt, resulting in a need for sending and receiving conflicting sexual messages. (3) A large part of Victoria’s Secret’s enormous marketing success has been achieved through a consistently glamorous, flawless portrayal of this ambivalent, hyper-real version of the female body.

Does this have any impact on the discussion about women being too sexy in maternity &/or nursing bras?

My head (and heart) hurts...

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Time Span Hipsters?

Sorry, Zinke, but I don't think any garment that covers the are that widens with age "Time Span." Calling a hipster panty that is hinky, Zinke. (Found via my Shop It To Me Sale Mail Alert.)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Celebrities Behaving Badly

Where do you stand on the issue of Criminal Cause Celebre?

I refuse to add to celebrity brand cache; you?

Friday, May 13, 2011

Hello! I'm Too Smart To Support The Diet Industry

Via the ADI Positivity Project.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Banging My Head -- Not My Hips -- Against The Wall

I found this vintage magazine page at the Visual Arts Library Picture & Periodicals Collections blog (one of my newly discovered favorite blogs with lots of goodies for me to write about).

I'm fascinated by the juxtaposition of the vintage shoe ad and the improve your figure/posture article... Even back in 1948, Harper's knew how to mix and match editorial with advertising -- which is probably why there's no mention of having your feet flat on the floor, or what wearing high heeled shoes can do to you. Of course, when the first "exercise" consists of banging your "bumpy" hips on the wall to smooth them... Well, what can you expect?

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

For Sexy Elmer Fudd Folk?

To go with your sexy hunter's cap, Michael Kors 'Carlie' Faux Fur Trim Bootie. (Via Shop It To Me.)

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Sad-Sack Clothes Hangers

I'm always a bit dismayed when I open my daily Sale Mail Alert from Shop It To Me and I see the Urban Outfitter models... Am I supposed to be inspired to buy fashions from such uninspired models? This does not sell me the dream, people.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Sleeper Fashions

The fabulous Martha Sleeper modeling Whiting & Davis mesh purses.

You'll find more fabulous Martha Sleeper-ness here, in Slip's post about 1930's manicures. (You might be blown-away at how mundane today's manicures are.)

PS This post sponsored by this sexy lingerie site.

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