November 22, 2013

Red Pants!!!!

Ok, sorry for all the exclamation points, but I recently scored these red ankle pants from The Limited (shocker) and I have never in my life dared to wear red ankle pants and I'm just kind of excited about wearing them.  I've always felt I was too hippy/big-booty'ed to wear a bright pant.  But thanks to a lot of squats and lunges and a little bit more confidence, I'm WEARING RED PANTS!

Top, pants (on sale!), belt - The Limited // Patent Mary Janes (old) - Steve Madden  --  I suppose I could have smiled here, geeze.

We're finally getting our fall colors here over the last couple of weeks.  I love the *crunch crunch* of walking around on all the leaves.  It was freakishly warm yesterday, something like 75 degrees.  And this is Texas, so naturally today it's 33 degrees and raining.  Love it.

And, once again, I'm practically head to toe in The Limited.  They really should pay me!  Haha.

And just because she's so cute, here are some pics with my best dog Abby.  She's a rescue mutt and she is the sweetest thing ever!

Get ready to giggle for this one....

An outtake from our photo shoot yesterday...
We caught Abby as she was finishing up a big funny is her face?!  The bf and I were cracking up when we saw this going through the photos.  Now, if I could just train her to make this face on command!  Love that girl.

xo :)

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November 6, 2013

Open to the Public

Is internet rudeness inevitable these days?  Is it something one should expect when putting themselves online publicly?  Personally, I think rudeness is unacceptable in any forum...there's no need to be mean.  But it seems that some just can't help it, making rude personal remarks, especially when they get to hide behind a screen and don't have to look the person they're insulting in the face.
A few days ago, a faceless internet commenter (screen name: "derp") replied to one of my comments on another website, calling me "dumb/ugly."  Now, I know I am neither dumb nor ugly, but reading that comment made me kind of slink back into my chair and feel...small.  Even though this derp doesn't know me and has no bearing on my existence, it still stung a little.  I'm slightly bothered by the fact that I even care what derp typed in his/her comment.  I'm confident, I'm happy...why should it bother me?  I'm not losing any sleep over it or anything, but it did get me thinking about how we humans act toward one another and, that we could all stand to be a little bit more careful about what we say, on or offline.

I know some people get their kicks from saying/doing things just to see how other people react; to get a rise out of someone.  I think that's a shame.  I'm willing to bet that 9 times out of 10, someone who says something vile about another person online would never say it to the person's face if given the opportunity.  

Take, for instance, Kim Kardashian.  This poor woman has been trashed countless times on TV, on magazine covers, and especially online.  I can't even tell you all the terrible things hundreds of people have written about her...I'm sure you've read some yourself.  She's been fat shamed, slut shamed, fashion shamed, and called every name in the book.  All by people who don't know her, only going by their own judgments from what they see in the media.  Now I'm not saying I am a huge fan or that I agree with her decisions/behavior, etc.  What I am saying is that she doesn't deserve all the hate that she gets.  Yes, she chose to make herself a public brand, but she's still a person.  She still has feelings and insecurities.  She still deserves to be treated like a human.  To the rude people: What if  it was your friend, your sister, or even you, dear Meanie, that was being treated this way?  I don't think you'd like that one bit.  I feel like a lot of people have really lost sight of the humanity of others.  Especially those they choose to judge from afar. 

I suppose the whole point of this stream of consciousness is...all the online/media negativity floating around these interwebs really doesn't help anything or anyone.  I suppose being negative and trash talking others makes some people feel superior or better about their own lives.  But that's never going to be the way to happiness.  What derp said about me is a tiny, tiny little piece of this problem.  I'm no worse for wear because of it, but it does make me realize even more now that words do matter.  What we say can have lasting impact.  Positive OR negative.  Think before you speak (or type).

I can still remember being a little girl, being teased, being called ugly.  "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me," right?  I said that to him, the boy that called me ugly.  But if that saying were true, I probably wouldn't still remember it after all these years. 

I hope derp's life gets better.  Really.

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xo :)