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5 Reasons Pinup Fashion Appeals to Feminists (Despite Its Origins)

 The 50’s were an antiquated time where a woman played a supporting role in her husband’s life. She took care of his house and his children. Society expected her to be the kind and generous host, with perfect hair, clothes and makeup with enough intelligence and wit to entertain but not enough to make a man insecure.
 
Luckily, these ideals have largely been cast straight into the garbage bin to make way with the stunning new idea that women are people equal to men, who have their own dreams, thoughts, and ambitions. But not everything from the 50’s should collect dust in a museum or be regulated to history textbooks that students and teachers cringe through. The fashion from this era is something worth saving even if the messaging around it is not. The pinup fashion from this era is finding a new home in the Internet-obsessed world of 2018.
 
If you subscribe to feminism, you might have a hard time accepting anything from this era that tied women down to men through laws and customs. However, the power of feminism has left its mark in this revival of 50’s pinup fashion like red lipstick on a Starbuck coffee cup. Here are five ways pinup fashion is feminist:
 
1. Embraces body types
 
You don’t have to have an hourglass figure a la Marylin Monroe to rock pinup fashion. Gone are the days where the requirements were white and thin. These days pinup communities are more inclusive of different body types whether you have darker skin or shaped like a penguin. This attitude doesn’t stop at shape and size, women with tattoos can also find a home in the new age of pinup fashion and are encouraged to find clothing that complements their ink.
 
2. Diversity
 
The 50’s weren’t exactly a great time for people of color with Jim Crow laws still on the books and rampant racism in every corner of life. Things have significantly improved (with a lot a room to grow) and the new pinup fashion has given women of color space to explore what was previously shut to them.
 
3. Unique
 
Pinup fashion lends itself to a large range of customization. The community encourages models to express themselves in their unique way whether by adding a cool scarf to floral dress or integrating tattoos with the pattern in a swimsuit.
 
4. Strength
 
The 50’s saw a generation of women who braved a world war on top of their society’s oppressive attitudes and laws. Pinup fashion embodies the bold nature that has been present in women throughout the ages.
 
5. No Age Limit
 
Older women are welcome in the new pinup era where other fashion styles consider you retired once you’re old enough to rent a car. Pinup fashion comes from the era 60 years in the past and the embraces women who have a more tangible connection to it with their experiences.
 
Ultimately, feminism is about allowing women to choose their own lifestyles without society’s pressure to tell them they should look and act a certain way to be valued. Pinup fashion is another way for women to reclaim a path of self-expression and look fabulous doing it.  by Tamara Cross

Drop Pounds With This 7-Day Sugar Detox Menu Plan

On average an American adult consumes about 20 added teaspoons of sugar daily (82 grams). The American Heart Association recommends no more than six added teaspoons of sugar for woman (25 grams for a 2000 calorie diet) and eight teaspoons for men (36 grams).

Let’s take a look at some of the ways added sugar harms your body.

  • It’s very addictive
  • Can cause gallstones
  • Increases the serotonin levels
  • Rots your teeth
  • Can lead to osteoporosis
  • Triggers adrenal fatigue
  • Weakens the eyesight
  • Can cause arthritis
  • Causes premature aging
  • Leads to heart problems
  • Drains your energy
  • Depletes minerals from your body
  • Raises the risks of diabetes
  • Has no nutrition value

If you are looking for a way to decrease your daily sugar intake try out this seven day sugar detox menu.

Sugar Detox Weekly Menu

Monday:

Breakfast – cheesy spinach with some baked eggs

Morning snack – tamari almonds

Lunch – low carbs cheesy sweet pepper peppers and a green salad

Evening snack – ¼ cup of low fat and part skim ricotta cheese, 2-3 drops of vanilla stevia and a ¼ tsp of vanilla extract

Dinner – spinach, cucumber tomato feta salad, and stuff chicken (baked)

Tuesday:

Breakfast – sundried tomato feta frittata

Morning snack – tamari almonds

Lunch – spinach & chicken with pepper peppers

Evening snack – spinach and raw veggies

Dinner – turkey lettuce with mushrooms, peppers, and sautéed spinach

You can have cheese sticks as snacks throughout this whole day.

Wednesday:

Breakfast – peanut butter protein smoothie

Morning snack – 3 egg whites, boiled

Lunch – Turkey lettuce cups leftovers, tomatoes, sweet peppers, cucumber, and a green salad with vinegar, extra-virgin olive oil & regular olive oil

Evening snack – feta cheese with frittata

Dinner – a light vegetable soup, and grilled chicken. You can add some fresh herbs as an adhesive.

For this day, vanilla chia pudding is allowed to be taken as a snack, only without dairy or sugar.

Thursday:

Breakfast – Santa Fe Frittata’s

Morning snack – cheese sticks

Lunch – grilled chicken cilantro salad

Evening snack – peanut butter with some celery

Dinner – a crock pot chicken with a bean stew and small bites of Zucchini cheese

If you crave extra snacks for the day, you can have a cucumber with ½ a cup of the low-fat cottage.

Friday:

Breakfast – Santa Fe Frittata’s

Morning snack – raw veggies dipped in a spicy Mediterranean feta sauce

Lunch – a bowl of soup, sweet peppers, tomatoes, cucumber, and a green salad with extra-virgin olive oil & regular olive oil

Evening snack – a green salad with feta cheese, cucumber, and tomatoes

Dinner – cheesy bread sticks

Again, vanilla chia pudding is your extra meal for the day, should you require one in the first place.

Saturday:

Breakfast – crust-free egg muffins

Morning snack – raw veggies dipped in a spicy Mediterranean sauce

Lunch – cheesy bread sticks

Evening snack – raw veggies dipped in a spicy Mediterranean sauce

Dinner – chicken drumsticks with garlic & lemon and Zucchini noodles

Your additional meal for this day is 3 hard-boiled eggs, without the yolks.

Sunday:

Breakfast – scrambled eggs with mushrooms and sautéed spinach

Morning Snack – ½ a cup of cottage cheese

Lunch – Zucchini soup and a light veggie soup

Evening snack – tamari almonds

Dinner – Green bean salad leftovers & chicken drumsticks

Sugar-free, dairy-free chia pudding will always satisfy the requirements for an extra snack.

Remember, a little sweetness is okay—emphasis on little.  Also okay: the sugar found in whole foods like fruits and veggies. If you can dial back your intake of added sugar, you’ll start to rack up some amazing health benefits.

  • Younger looking skin
  • Lasting energy
  • Reduced belly fat
  • Drop pounds faster
  • More protected against type 2 diabetes
  • Better heart health

 

5 Weight Loss Rules to Live By

Over two-hundred million Americans are considered obese or overweight as of the date of this writing. Millions of these people take on a diet or fitness plan with the goal to lose the weight and get healthier. However, a plan is only half the battle, a dedicated person also needs to inculcate good guidelines for health and fitness into their every day, good rules and habits that will stay with them long after they’ve moved on from their fitness plan or diet. This article will give you five good rules for the long haul.

Tip 1: Start Your Day Right

Start your day by actually getting up. Don’t hit the snooze button repeatedly. If you are too tired, you should have gone to bed earlier. You need to get up and do some calisthenics and then get your shower. After this is done, make sure you have enough time to sit down and have a good, balanced breakfast. Not only will this help you from snacking uncontrollably in the afternoon, but there is the old colloquialism, “If you start your day right, you will usually end it that way.”

Tip 2: Portion Control

Do not cook more than you should eat, and in those few cases that you eat out while you are on your diet or fitness plan, try to choose healthy, smaller-portioned items. Eat your food slowly, and don’t be upset if you are still a little hungry after eating.

Tip 3: Spice it Up

Some spicy foods, particularly Cayenne pepper, contain capsaicin, which has several healthy benefits. It is noted for its ability to help improve circulation and combat heart disease, but capsaicin also speeds up your metabolism and can reduce hunger slightly.

Tip 4: Don’t Forget to Brush

You should brush your teeth after dinner. Not only does this have the obvious dental health benefits, but brushing can help dissuade you from eating after dinner. This is a fantastic rule, because if you are still hungry enough to eat again (thus having to re-brush your teeth), you probably didn’t actually eat enough for dinner.

Tip 5: Don’t Give Up

Never give up. The road will get bumpy, and may even throw you off a bit, but just because you have to correct back onto the street, doesn’t mean you should stop your journey all together. A dollar short is never optimal, but two quarters are better than nothing at all.

These five rules will help give you a baseline for building a good diet or fitness plan off of. Good luck on your journey towards weight-loss and healthier living.  – Christopher Patrick

5 Things To Do After You’ve Been Cheated On

Cheaters suck and being cheating on is one of the worst feelings in the world. It’s hard to imagine that you’ll ever love again after such betrayal. Recovering from infidelity is hard and not the easiest thing to do, but you will get through it. It will take time and patience, but you can get over being cheated on and love again. Here are a few things to do after you’ve been cheated on so that you can move on:

  1. Don’t rush into things

You’ll want to definitely take time alone since you’ll probably feel lonely, sad, mad and every other emotion in the book. And you’ll need to work out those feelings on your own before you go rushing into a relationship with another person. Getting into a new relationship too soon can cause you to transfer some of those issues to that new person, which would be unfair to them.

  1. Figure out the root of the problem

An affair was the outcome, but there were deeper problems in your relationship for the affair to happen in the first place.  Maybe you had communication problems, maybe he felt taken for granted, maybe you wanted different things from the relationship, or maybe he was just an asshole. Try to figure out what the problems were so that you don’t have more trouble in future relationships.

  1. Don’t stew over it for too long

Sure, take your time and cry, be mad and sit at home binging on Netflix while you eat ice cream, but don’t dwell on it too long. Process your feelings and then make it a point to move on and go out. Sobbing about it all the time won’t do you any good, and you won’t be able to heal. Instead, get yourself involved in some hobbies or activities to get yourself back out in the world.

  1. Seek support

This is a trying time for you, so don’t be afraid to ask for help or seek support from your family and friends. And you might even have to see a professional to deal with it all, so don’t be scared to go out and look for support to get over this hard time in your life.

  1. Know things will get better

As much as you think the world is over, try to have a positive mindset and realize that things will get better in time. This glimmer of hope will make dealing with it all so much easier.

The Perfect Haircut for Your Face Shape

The shape of your face is important when figuring out what haircut you should have. If you’re looking for the perfect haircut, taking your face shape into consideration is essential to getting something that will complement your shape. And finding out your face shape before your next salon appointment is easy.

You simply take out a ruler and then measure the widths of your brow, jawline, and cheekbones, as well as the length of your face from your chin to forehead. Those with round faces will have a face nearly as wide as it is long while those with oval faces will have the widths of their cheekbones, brow and jaw almost equal. Those with heart-shaped faces will have a wide brow and narrow jaw, but those with square faces will have the length and width of their face equal.

Here a few style for every face shape:

Round Face: If you want a short ‘do, go with a gamine with spiky layers around your crown since the pixie cut will downplay your round face. If you want medium-length hair, go with a collarbone-skimming bob that hits your shoulders to add angles and break up the chin area. For longer looks, go with long, barely there layers that just come up to your jawline so that it doesn’t make your face seem fuller than it is.

Heart Face – a short pixie cut with short layers on top will cancel out your pronounced jawline, while a collarbone-layered crop is great if you want a medium-length cut. If you like longer styles, go with long layers and full bangs offset your prominent jaw.

Oval Face – An angular bob with chin-length layers will emphasize your face shape while a sleek cut that hits your shoulders will give your face an elongating effect if you prefer medium-length cuts. If you want longer strands, go with side-swept bangs to shorten your oval face.

Square Face – If you want to go short, opt for a short layered bob that has subtle bangs to put emphasis on your cheekbones while light shoulder-length layers all around your face with sweeping bangs will prevent the eye from going straight to your face’s sharp corners. Those who prefer longer looks can opt for collarbone-length strands that have some bangs that hit at the cheekbone for a flattering look.

 

My First Corset

Corsets are historic pieces of clothing that go back centuries, and they’re still in vogue today. Although corsets get a lot of flack these days for being too constricting, many women love the way they feel when wearing one. Not only can they be worn under clothes, by they can the centerpiece of your outfit if you’re confident enough to wear it out in public.

Corsets are great additions for dressing up if you’re into cosplay and more. If you’ve never worn a corset before, here’s what to expect with your first one:

  1. Measure yourself

Corsets are no joke when it comes to holding things in and giving you some added oomph, so you’ll need to make sure that you get the right size or else you won’t be able to breathe, or it’ll be too loose. Sometimes you don’t need to go up a size given that the two back halves can overlap with the extra fabric, so to be on the safe side, you’ll need to accurately measure yourself to choose the perfect one to complement your shape.

  1. Release all the lacing on the corset the first time you use it

To make it easier to get on, you’ll want to release all the lacing on the corset as soon as you get it so that you can get it on and off a lot easier. You can always make it tighter when it’s on. You might also have to have another person help you lace it up so that it’s as tight as it will go. If it’s too tight later on, just have someone loosen it up, and you’ll feel better.

  1. Work up the tightness

Don’t think you’ll going to wear it super tight at first. This is something you have to work up to. It’s better to give it a medium pull and then start pulling the top and bottom laces tighter as it meets in the middle. Also, you’ll get used to the tightness over time, so you’ll be able to get it tighter and tighter.

  1. Good posture

The tightness in the corset will help you have better posture so you’ll want to always sit up straight, as well as watching what you eat so that you don’t feel full or uncomfortable. This is why corsets are great for those trying to lose weight since it helps you control what you eat!

How To Make Your Manicure Last Longer

Every woman loves getting her nails done but hates it when her beautiful manicure starts chipping after only a few days. It’s one of the most frustrating things about beauty, and the only thing you can do is change your nail polish color yourself or head back to the nail salon for a quick touch up, which can get dangerously expensive if you’re going in once a week. But fret no more beauty junkies, here are some tips on how to make your manicure last a lot longer:

  1. Never soak your nails before painting them

To make your manicure stretch, don’t soak your nails before you paint them. Even though your manicurists does this to soften the cuticles, it can actually cause your nails to retain water and expand so once they’re painted, your nails will shrink and your polish won’t fit your nails. Ask them to use cuticle oil instead.

  1. Don’t get polish on your cuticles

If you’re doing your own manicure, try not to get polish on your cuticles since it can lift the paint from your actual nail and this leads to unwanted chipping. Instead, push them back using cuticle oil and a pusher tool.

  1. To coats of base-coat to your nail’s tips

Since the tip of your nails is more prone to chipping, you can add two coats of base-coats to the tips of your nails for extra protection.

  1. Don’t shake your polish up and down

Many of us shake our polish up and down to distribute the color, but instead, you should roll it between your hands so that you get rid of air bubbles. If you paint air bubbles on your nails, they’ll actually chip faster.

  1. Use cool air to dry nails

When drying your nails, use cool air instead of hot air since hot hair will keep your polish from drying.

  1. Reapply topcoat every few days

To make sure chipping doesn’t happen as fast, you should reapply a layer of clear topcoat every three days (and it’ll also enhance the shine of your manicure).

 

 

 

 

 

Becoming A Pinup

Pinup models are beautiful, with both men and women admiring them for their beauty and confidence. Every pinup model is unique and different, but they all have the same retro style and impeccable confidence that radiates from their pictures no matter what their size. If you’re ever wanted to be a pinup, here are some tips on how to become one:

  1. Find role models

Even though each pinup model is different, you should still find some role models to emulate. See what worked for them in terms of style and how they pose and try to see if it works for you. You don’t have to copy them completely, but use them as guidance when trying to come up with your own distinct pinup features.

  1. Be comfortable in your own skin

What makes pinups so beautiful is the fact that they are comfortable wearing pinup clothing, like dresses, lingerie, bathing suits, pencil skirts and other retro fashions. No matter the pinup’s size, they all wear them with confidence since they’re comfortable in their own skin. You need to be ready to wear anything with sass or else being a pinup might not be for you.

  1. Work your best features

To perfect your look, you’ll want to emphasize your best features and find your personal trademark. If you have amazing legs, wear pencil skirts and high heels, and if you like tattoos, focus on getting quality work. And never leave the house without your pinup undergarments like corsets or a bullet bra to really give you a unique look.

  1. Have a portfolio

To get your name out there in the pinup world, you’ll have to your own portfolio with some of your best photos. Look for a photographer that specializes in pinups so that they can help you feel comfortable in front of the camera and give you tips for your best looks.

  1. Promote yourself

Once you have your portfolio, the next step is to market yourself so that you get the word out there about your pinup status. This can help get you advertising and modeling opportunities.

Four Drugstore Makeup Favorites

Makeup can get quite expensive, especially if you’re a beauty junkie that’s obsessed with hitting Sephora or Ulta every week! Although you have your favorite brands, there are lots of drugstores alternatives that offer the same or better results. Not only do makeup pros swear by them, but they also cost a lot less than your favorite luxury brands and will get the job done just the same or better. So if you’re on a tight budget, here are a few drugstore makeup favorites you need to get your hands on:

  • CoverGirl’s TruNaked Eyeshadow Palette in Nudes
  • Sure you might love Urban Decay’s Nude palettes, but their $50 price tag isn’t so lovely, which is why CoverGirl’s TruNaked Eyeshadow Palette in Nudes makes a great alternative. The palette features a wide assortment of bronze, brown and tan hues that will complement any eye color and allow you to splurge on other makeup favorites!

    1. Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm in Ingenue
    2. If you love nude lips, Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm in Ingenue is the perfect natural shade that will go on your lips and stay on like a stain. You’ll love the super silky formula that’s easy to apply. The shade will match your natural lip color and provide you with the perfect pout!

      1. L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara
      2. Mascara is a beauty staple, which is why many pros prefer to opt for drugstore options because they use it every day. And one of the best drugstore mascaras is L’Oreal ‘s Voluminous Butterfly Mascara, which has a spectacular brush that will lift your lashes at their base and then fan them out – all while giving them some serious volume.

        1. Rimmel London Volume Flash Eye Shadow Stick
        2. If you’re a smoky eye queen, then you need a few Rimmel London Volume Flash Eye Shadow Sticks in your makeup bag since they’re vibrant, long-wearing and easy to use. You just apply it to the top and bottom of your lash line and then smudge with your fingers or a brush.

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