I got a surprise in the mail yesterday…. my Vera Bradley order arrived early! I was visibly excited. Wiggling like a puppy or a kid on Christmas excited!
Plain on the outside
Pretty pop of color on the inside
I ADORE Vera Bradley products. If I could afford it, I would own a full luggage set, and so many of their other colorful and wonderful products. I receive email updates and frequently peruse the website for sales. I had been keeping a close eye on sales lately because I had been green-lighted by Aaron to order by new purse when I came across a good deal.
Right before Micah was born in 2009, Aaron and I went shopping at a bookstore in KY and we purchased my very first Vera purse. It was my birth present! Sweet right? Absolutely. Why mess with tradition and a good thing? Before my love with Vera purses, I would exchange my purses at least 1x month. I carried that first purse for almost a year! Loved every moment with it. I got my second Vera purse as an actual birthday present from my mom in October 2010. It is still my current purse, and by far my favorite print. While still in really good shape, the wear and tear of everyday use for 1 & 1/2 yrs is starting to show a bit.
Parting will be such sweet sorrow with my Very Berry Paisley print
Hence the box of happiness carrying my new purse (my birth present for Kasen), plus a couple of extra pretties that were also on serious sale. Here is some Vera eye candy to start off the weekend on a happy note. Continue reading
I was checking my email when I noticed this image in an ad banner. I almost gagged.
Image from Victoria's Secret Ad
I am sure that some of you think there is nothing wrong with this image. Some of you will see nothing but a beautiful woman in lingerie (creeps), and come of you will see what I see; something scary.
Please, hear me. I’m sure the model is a fine person, and this is not an attack on her. She is a product of the fashion industry, reduced to skin and bones. While she is very pretty, her form is sickly skeletal. This type of image is everything that is wrong with our culture and the persisting images that ultra-skinny= sexy. This is one major reason eating disorders are so dangerously rising in teens and tweens. When you can LITERALLY see ribs and other bones jutting awkwardly from a person’s frame, they are too skinny. There is nothing wrong with being fit, thin, and in-shape. I think we all need to find the healthy weight and shape that best fits us individually. There is something wrong with this degree of skinny being hailed as “Very sexy, now sexier.”
Yes, the ad is supposed to be about the lingerie, which is really cute. However, you can’t ignore the model wearing the items. Despite the fashion industry’s best efforts to create models who are mere “hangers” for fashion, we do still see the models behind the clothes. The image projected tells millions of females that unless you strive to look like this model, you aren’t sexy enough.
This image just makes me sick and very sad for the state of our society, and all those who will see images like this and think, “I’m not good enough.”
Hear me: Yes, you are.