Fashion Favorites for Summer 2016

I got good response to my fashion posting from yesterday so here is another.  These are a few on my summer favorites.  These are items that I bought in past years and they are still great for summer.

 

 

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Chinese Laundry black strappy sandals

These were an impulse buy that I found at Macy’s in Independence, MO.  I like these a lot and I have gotten a lot of use out of them.  They are kind of difficult to wear because of the way the straps are situated but I got use to them.  I don’t recall the price because I’ve had these for a few years but I’m sure it was pretty moderate.  I’m thinking they were around $40.

 

Bulova watch:

I love the white watch trend that’s been going on for a few seasons.  The face is quite large which is also on trend and I love the gold.  I think the watch retails for around $200 but I bought it from a store I was working for so I got a great discount.  I love the gold details.  It was available at Helzberg but I don’t know if it is still available.  It was purchased last year.

Orly nail polish:

I think neutral cosmetic shades are great for summer.  I don’t really like neutral lipsticks because I have a dark complexion and it just gets lost but I can use a neutral nail polish.  This one is called Prince Charming #20715.  I bought it at Sally Beauty Supply in Kansas City, MO.  It was on sale for around $5.

Liz Claiborne sandals:

I like these sandals because they are styled like Tory Burch sandals.  I can not afford Tory Burch sandals and even if I could I don’t know that the asking price for her sandals are worth it to me.  I bought these at JCPenney last summer.  I had a coupon for them so I only paid about $12-$15 for them.

 

#nomakeup – Shannon in Kansas City

There’s a new feminist movement sweeping social media.  It’s called the #nomakeup movement.  The #nomakeup movement encourages women to not wear make up.  I’m not exactly sure why we shouldn’t wear make up anymore.  I think it’s because Alicia Keys doesn’t want to wear it.  She says that she wants to challenge beauty standards and she wants the world to see her for who she really is.  Well good for Alicia Keys and her newfound independence from make up but can I live?

I’m not real big into natural beauty unless you are talking about landscapes.  Just about everything else can stand a little improvement and manipulation in order to look more appealing.  I don’t see anything wrong with that at all.  You don’t let the grass in your yard grow wild.  You take your car to the car wash once in a while.  But women are supposed to just throw ourselves to the wind to prove that we are confident, self assured women with our self esteem in tact.  Not me.  Not ever.

I enjoy makeup because I feel like it adds a little glamour to the mundane.  Putting on my makeup is sometimes the best part of my day.  I just like what a little mascara, eye liner and lipstick does for me.  I feel more put together and I know I look better.  I also feel like women look more feminine with make up.  Elegant femininity is becoming rare in these times that we live in but I’m a woman that wants to take a stand for it.

When I put on make up I don’t feel like I’m trying to look like someone else or live up to anyone else’s beauty standards.  I think that I am presenting the best version of myself.  I’m not hiding low self esteem under make up.  I am spending time on something that I care about.  I care about myself and the impression that I make on others.

I think that there is too much “keeping it real” in the world.  I want to break it to you all.  The world doesn’t really care about your authentic self.  There is a precious circle of folks that you can “keep it real” around.  Everyone else would like a polite, attractive representative until we choose to get to know you a bit better.  No one owes it to you to appreciate the most tore up version of yourself.

Alicia Keys’ #nomakeup campaign is really a bit arrogant.  The pictures that she posted on Instagram with no make were taken in a professional photo shoot.  The photos still look like they belong in a fashion magazine.  Alicia already has the mate and career she wants.  She is wealthy and probably doesn’t have to work another day in her life.  I think it’s kind of easy for her to say that she wants to abstain from cosmetics.  It’s really easy to not care what anyone thinks of you when you are a thirty five year old multi millionaire.

But Alicia can do what she wants and if she feels liberated going make up free good for her.  I applaud any woman for choosing not to wear make up if she doesn’t see the value in it.  I doubt that there is any real pressure for these women to wear make up but go ahead and rebel against the oppression of the cosmetics industry.

I just ask that you don’t make assumptions about those of us that enjoy our daily maquillage.  We all don’t suffer from low self esteem and self hatred.  Most of us just like to look our best and put a little polish on what God blessed us with.