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Enchanted Bikinis is a faniciful, new swimwear line by designer Sina. Sina is a French designer who has been inspired by fairy tales. She wants women to be able to feel like a princess while wearing her bikinis. She does have a fairly lofty goal of $24,800 with less than a month to complete. So, we need to get on this now. Watch her above video about how she came up with the idea, her families wonderfully positive influence and the quality of her garments.

Obviously, as a Disney nut, I’m super jazzed bout these bikinis. Now, there are mass produced fairy tale inspired bikinis out now. However, these promise to be made in America, on a much small scale, and of amazing quality.

BTW-if you aren’t familiar with Kickstarter. It’s practically the grandaddy of crowdfunding. That’s when all of us out there make each other’s artistic dreams come true. I haven’t donated to any fashion based Kickstarter’s in a while and this one is definitely a must.

enchanted sandals

enchanted bag

enchanted dress

There are a ton of really cool backer rewards available. Backer rewards are what you receive in exchange for your donation to a Kickstarter project. For just $15, you can receive adorable sandals, for $25 a tote, for $35 a beach dress, or for $60 all of the above.

Now what about the bikinis? Well, $100 donation gets you one bikini, $250 gets you 3 of the 5 bikini styles and $450 gets you all 5 bikinis plus the sandals, dress, and tote.

If you decide to donate and choose a bikini, the sizes are limited to S-XL (A-DD), but I bet if the company takes off her range will improve. Since not everyone matches on the top and bottom, you do get a choice to mix and match sizes.

What styles are the bikinis themselves?

Sugar Plum (a very Rapunzel style)
enchanted sugar plum

Golden Rivers (a very Pocahontas style)
echanted golden rivers

Arabian Nights (a very Jasmine style)
enchanted arabian

Seashell (a very Ariel style)
echanted seashell

Romantic (Tiana inspired?)
echanted romantic

Back this project today!

Then like Enchanted Bikinis on Facebook

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Even though National Eating Disorder Awareness Week was last week, this is pretty much always applicable to some of us. I know this is a “fun site”, but sometime I have to share some insight, instead. Also, I did the below last week, unknowingly during that week, which is kind of kismet.

Oprah Weight Watchers

Oprah Weight Watchers

Oprah is now doing Weight Watchers (and also owns stock in the company). Recently I did that one week Nutrisystem package again. Are these two things related? No, but yeah, in a way-both of us are in a constant fight with our own bodies.

 

when I was young and had no weight concerns (around 4)

when I was young and had no weight concerns (around 4)

For me, it started with puberty. Well, no, it started before that. I remember what must have been third grade. That was the first time that someone called me fat. That was the first time that I started over analyzing my body, not just my clothes (which had always been in a fun way, prior).

There was a local store, now long since closed that my mom would sometimes take me to and buy me a special dress. We would take as long as I needed to find the perfect one. It would usually end up being worn often-for school photos, assemblies, etc.

The first time I was called fat was in such a dress. It was the very early 90s, the body was a cotton/lycra blend of midnight blue with white and blue polka dot shoulders and a skirt in the same design. A rose punctuated the upper front, where I now have boobs, but then I didn’t because I was about 8. Our class had done something noteworthy and fun, so my teacher took photos of all of us against the wall. Then we glued them to paper stars and taped them in the hallway. I don’t remember what the achievement was. I just remember that one day a kid looked at it and then to me. Then he said “you’re fat”. And I have been, ever since, IN MY HEAD.

beyonce

My weight has fluctuated, of course, but even at my thinnest I knew it wouldn’t last and that my body was bad and wrong, just in a different way. At that point, I did get a lot of compliments, but also insults-stick, skin and bones, etc. I lost my boobs, a whole cup size. I still didn’t have a waist, to paraphrase Beyonce, I can make my body smaller, but it’s not gonna change the general shape.

Once, midway through 2014’s weight loss, I was told that I had bat wings, I did not, but it drove me crazy. Weights were added to my already strenuous, mostly cardio based workouts. I was a Beach Body coach and I hated my body. It wasn’t a bad experience. I learned about my optimal heart rates, for different times, which has helped when I’ve been ill since.

pretty much my thinnest, fall 2014, during the DCP

pretty much my thinnest, fall 2014, during the DCP

But, I’m an extremist. I’ll always suffer from disordered eating. I gained back a lot of weight in 2015. I had no time or energy to workout much when I had been working at Disney, prior to that, but I also walked a lot. My pedometer clocked over 20 miles per day, just during my daily life of work and playing in the parks. Even the delicious, Disney buffets that I eventually started dining at couldn’t outdo my metabolism, at that point.

2015 was very different though. On and off, I’d try to be healthy, but then everything was happening. I was finishing my degree, tackling multiple internships, then jobs and love. I did graduate as Salutatorian, I ruined my perfect 4.00 during my last semester while finishing my second internship and getting a full time job. That was incredibly difficult, so my grades suffered slightly. That’s another part of my problem. I may seem like a free spirit and in many ways I am, but in other ways I’m a type A, Monica Gellar personality, who wants everything perfect, a 3.89 isn’t perfect. It’s still very good though. That’s what I need to realize about life, I guess.

I went from my internship/job that was physically oriented, but also, sometimes provided free, cheap processed food to a completely sedentary desk job. Like, you gotta use your break to use the restroom type of deal. Yeah, so while the first definitely wasn’t aiding in my weight loss, the second has basically suffocated it.

I then moved in with my boyfriend. That’s another huge change. I was exhausted. I was not working out like I NEED TO BE, and I started eating a lot of what I want more often. It’s not like I never exercise and have no self control, but I can also walk to a pizza place and be home before the pizza starts to cool. This is another extreme, this binge stage. I would like to have a happy medium, but it’s kind of impossible for me.

A few years ago, I picked up Alicia Silverstone’s cookbook (Amazon referral link). I became vegan. It’s something that I had always wanted to try. I attacked it as a hardcore hobby. I learned a lot, like there are a lot of yummy beans out there. I felt healthier, my skin looked better, but as per usual, it wasn’t just a hobby, it was bordering on becoming an eating disorder itself. It’s a VERY restrictive form of eating. And, just an FYI, I lost a minimal amount of weight.

These are not new, these are patterns for me.

When I was in high school, I was bullied, A LOT, about everything,-name, hair WEIGHT. I couldn’t change my name or my hair (though I did try). I could do something about my weight though, I thought. I dieted a lot. I had the same thing every at day at school for lunch. A meager salad from the school’s salad trough, without dressing. If I felt that I deserved it, for some reason, on a particular day, I’d get an apple as a treat. I exercised, but I also had academic courses, which often amounted to 3-4 hours of homework a night. So, at that point, I was actually exercising at what is considered a healthy amount. However, that’s not enough for my family’s genes. We are not meant to be small people. I was always only losing and then regaining 5 lbs. It was BS.

One day something inside of me snapped. I didn’t exercise and ate junk for about a year. I mainly wore black and wouldn’t allow photos to be taken of me. I usually take a lot of photos, in case you don’t know me well. Sometimes when I talk about this time, which was my heaviest, people think I’m lying because they don’t remember. They were living their own lives. And due to the photo issue, there are only about 3 photos of me at the point.

Eventually, I was spurred to lose weight. My classes were now spread out all over the four story, two building campus. I literally had to run between them (BTW-5 minutes was not a fair amount of time to get between those classes, even for a healthy individual).

After much overexercising, exercise bulimia BTW, and dieting, I got back down to what I still consider to be “my good weight”. The problem was that even at that point, that I couldn’t stop. I restricted more and more.

Then, when I started partying in my early 20s, I found out that binge drinking isn’t all bad as vomiting counteracts any food, I’d actually, finally at the end of the night, allow myself to eat, after a half gallon of vodka. Plus exercising for four hours earlier in the day was really keeping those pounds at bay.

It’s shameful. Once, I was job searching, but getting nowhere. So, I still had free time for these types of workouts, which amount to the time spent at a part time job, basically. I remember a then friend asking what I did all day, while he was working. I still felt fat, even thought I wasn’t, but I also wasn’t skinny. So, I joked that I masturbated a lot, because that’s my dirty sense of humor. I knew it would make him uncomfortable and stop questioning me. It worked.

I feel like this will never stop. I know this, I love clothes, though, so you’ve seen me at many weights, if you’ve viewed my Style File (OOTD) blogs in the past, even if those weights are only slightly different.

I also grew up with an amazing mom, but who has her own body image issues. She still has them, in her 70s. So, yeah. That didn’t/doesn’t help.

I’ve written so much, but I’m at a loss for a good wrap up, because my life is not over, so neither is my struggle.

For more on the NEDA, who has a lot of info on their site about EDs, click here.

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Recipe: Mary’s 5 Bean Vegan Chili-delicious and from my Vegan period

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Playlist: For You

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2016
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Yes, it is Valentine’s Day so I’m sharing this great love mix that I made for a friend a while back. It is specifically tailored to her tastes, but with my input. If you don’t like it you may have bad taste. Sorry…not sorry.

for you from Emma_moon on 8tracks Radio.

Pachelbe’s Canon in D Major-Johann Sebastian Bach
At Last-Etta James
The Way You Look Tonight-Frank Sinatra
Kiss From A Rose (live)-Seal
Your Song-Elton John
I Want Candy-Bow Wow Wow
Every Little Thing She Does is Magic-The Police
Time After Time-Ashley Tisdale
(Everything I Do) I Do It for You-Bryan Adams
Total Eclipse of the Heart-Bonnie Tyler
How Do I Live-LeAnn Rimes
When I Fall In Love-Natalie Cole & Nat King Cole
Come What May (reprise)-Moulin Rouge

photo is by D Sharon Pruitt

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Imaginative Impulse by Garland Cannon

Imaginative Impulse by Garland Cannon

So recently, I’ve noticed an onslaught of extremely odd commercials. They aren’t the first of their kind. However, with so many coming at you, so often, it’s only natural to be perplexed, amused and a bit afraid.

Mountain Dew Kickstart: Puppymonkeybaby

Let’s just start right off with the scariest. Combining three adorable things, into one horrifying thing. I’m so not into Kickstart, but I’m so into this ad, and Amp, why is Amp so difficult to find anyway?

Subaru Dog Tested Windshield Wiper

So, they’ve been doing these dog commercials for a while, but this one is new and totally has a surprise ending.

KFC Nashville Spicy Hot Chicken Ad
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ivlox0cJOzE
Not, that long ago, Kentucky Fried Chicken decided to just randomly start putting ex-SNL alumni in their commercials. They randomly switched off from Darrell Hammond to Norm Macdonald as Colonel Sanders, like no one would notice. Or they intended for everyone to notice. Either way, this new commercial spun me for a loop and is killing it’s predecessors. Yes, that’s comedian Jim Gaffigan having a nightmare that he’s not the “real Colonel Sanders”. WTF? Yes, Yes, I say.

Honda Ridgeline
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTaCT8ZmdJA
Why are these sheep trying to sell me a car while singing Queen’s Somebody to Love? Then the dog talks at the end, almost out of nowhere. Who put acid in my tea?

Kia Optima Walken Closet
“It’s like the world’s most exciting pair of socks.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9r0FrXXKeiA
This is odd, intimidating and hot. Yeah, I’d do Christopher Walken, what of it? This actually makes me want to buy colorful socks, not a car though.

LG Man From the Future OLED TV
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzLfPx-8OuM
I just love that Liam Neeson knows what he is doing in all of these spoofs of himself. Also, at least this one is for a nice tv, instead of a car.

The Portrait
“Okay, let’s do this. I’ve got minds to twist and values to warp.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21ivbtgqJkg
So, it’s Steven Tyler and incredible candy art, singing Dream On. It’s definitely not the funniest one, but still disturbing. Plus, Steven Tyler, I mean, yeah.

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The photo at the very top is by garlandcannon

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This review was edited by yours truly, but written by Robert Sunshine.~missemmamm

4.5 out of 5

demolition man poster

Hello, beloved viewers, and welcome to another article from the least famous man you have ever met. Giving you my opinion about things you don’t care about, whether you like it or not. Today we are talking about the beautiful world of “Demolition Man”, played by that one actor, Sylvester Stallone. He’s a man who can scream throughout most of his acting career, and become one of the most well renown actors.

I can't believe that I've never seen, let alone, played this.-missemmamm

I can’t believe that I’ve never seen, let alone, played this.-missemmamm

The movie starts out at the end of an unassumingly endless confrontation between the Demolition Man and Simon Phoenix (Wesley Snipes). This results in the deaths of several innocent lives. By the way, if your nickname is the Demolition Man you need to assume at least two things: 1. if you are in the police force and your constant actions give you that nickname….maybe you should be at a desk filing paperwork so you don’t cause the death of anybody, 2. the most obvious reason, YOU SHOULD NOT BE IN THE FIELD DUE TO YOUR CONSTANT RECKLESSNESS.

Having said that, do not get me wrong. I understand the pull to the audience. It was during a time when explosions and rippling muscles were what made classic cinematic masterpieces. Even today, it still does make for some potential classics, but I digress.

demolition man virtual sex

Due to the said death of several innocents, John Spartan receives a frozen sentence of many years. Though, he does end up getting his sentence cut short. This happens, when Phoenix blows up everything and kills everyone. Blows up and kills everyone…or like maybe, three people. This is a peaceful future where the biggest string of crime is graffiti.

90s taco bell logo

Anyway, stuff happens where they show weird future stuff, like the three shells and Taco Bell being the only fast food chain left, resulting in it becoming high class cuisine. After conflicts and a scene of sex but, no sex, Spartan freezes and crushes Phoenix (aka Mr Murder Death Kill). This shows off to the other cops what he can do and he also exchanges bodily fluids with the token female cop. Shows the cops what to do and exchanges bodily fluids with token female cop (Sandra Bullock as Lenina Huxley).

There are some interesting things that I noticed, which they never really touched upon. For instance, is wife and his daughter, or rather just his daughter. You see, they do mention that his wife was killed or murdered or just in general, is not around anymore. But, they hardly touch upon his daughter or even let him know that she is alive. Maybe there is something that I missed, but I don’t know. I’ve only watched the movie once, and so maybe I’m going to catch something next time that I didn’t during my initial viewing, but, until then, I’m only going to assume that them not mentioning what happened to his daughter is either a cop out, or just general laziness.

NOW, here is why I love this movie. I am a man. I love explosions, unnecessary murder and guns. I can’t help it. It’s in my blood. It’s what i breath. It’s how I live. Boom, Boom, pow, and all of that other junk.

This movie really was fun. I’m 23. I feel kind of embarrassed when I say that I haven’t seen this movie before. According to missemmamm, the amount of incredible movies that I’ve never seen is shocking. I promise that I will see them, one at a time. But, I do feel like it gives me a unique perspective. The perspective of someone in my generation, who hasn’t seen a movie quite like the ones from ten, twenty, or thirty years ago. So, I want to type about these little treasures from a fresher look, from a later generation.

All in all, from the ramblings of a mad, intoxicated, 23 year old, I think I am going to give this movie, a 4.5 out of 5. The only reason, being that I do not know what the three sea shells are for….but i am still not sure if that is a good or a bad thing.

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