I’m originally from Wilmington, Delaware and went home for Mother’s Day weekend. Since my sister now lives in Baltimore, Saturday we spent the day with her in the Inner Harbor. While you may have seen lots of riots and chaos in the news lately, there’s a side of Baltimore that you didn’t see. I absolutely love strolling around Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and seeing all of the beautiful boats go by. It’s totally worth a visit, especially for the aquarium. Here I am (above and to the left) with my mom and sister in the Inner Harbor.
See what I mean?
How about now?
The next day, we treated Mom to a classic Mother’s Day brunch.
And celebrated my cousin’s 21st birthday with a pie.
I hope your Mother’s Day was as wonderful as mine!
The Met Gala is truly the ultimate night of fashion. It’s elegance, exclusivity and overall beauty are beyond compare. This year, however, the fashion (or should I say lack there of it) took the red carpet to a whole new level. While I absolutely loved Amal Clooney‘s red gown and Sarah Jessica Parker‘s daring headdress, when it came to Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, and J.Lo’s nearly naked dresses, I couldn’t help but feel that I was looking at flesh not fashion.
I’ve always seen the perfect red carpet look as a dress that compliments the woman wearing it. While we should admire the couture gown, what we should ultimately remember is the woman who wore it. In the case of these fabulous three women, I didn’t see or remember a dress, all I saw was the woman. While their amazing bodies absolutely deserve to be flaunted and shared with the world, I wondered why they chose to wear so little at an event celebrating fashion.
According to an article I read in The Cut, this minimal wardrobe choice is part of a new trend known as the “couture body.” While wearing an expensive designer gown is still a status symbol, the couture body takes it to the next level. With all of the expensive trainers, nutritionists, doctors and luck of the draw genetics that goes into achieving a red carpet-worthy body, it’s no wonder that we’ve moved into a post fashion era where figures are the new Fendi and curves are the new Chanel. In a world where a toned physique is often a sign of a luxurious lifestyle filled with gym memberships, organic foods and deep tissue massages, it seems like the hot bod has become the ultimate status symbol. While I’m uncertain as to if this is a passing trend or a new era in fashion, it might be time to start hitting the gym twice a day.
In recent years, “sexting” or the act of sending sexually explicit or suggestive text messages has become commonplace. Usually, the term is used with a degree of humor. We may make fun of friends for sexting and joke about ours “sexts” at brunch. It seems as if Buzzfeed and similar sites have new lists of “sexting fails” just about every week. For these reasons, sexting tends to be taken with a grain of salt.
When you get past the humor of it, can sexting actually be beneficial to a relationship?
According to numerous opinions from experts on relationships, sex and psychology, the answer seems to be a definite yes. Psychology Today had an interesting write-up on this topic in which expert opinions are combined with surveys of couples’ sexting habits, with the prevailing idea being that there are some very healthy aspects of sexting in relationships. Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright, the sex educator and sexologist who wrote the article, concludes that “sexting can be a valuable tool for couples who long to maintain or reinvigorate both their physical and emotional connections.” Specifically, sexting seems to serve two key purposes for people in relationships: helping them to keep up an intimate connection while separated by distance, and serving, essentially, as a new means of foreplay.
But it’s not only sex and relationship experts who are spreading the good word about the benefits of sexting. It appears that the actual “sexters,” more often than not, also report that sexting can have a positive effect on a relationship. An Adam & Eve infographic on sexting, which includes a number of fascinating polls and expert opinions, reveals quite simply that 56 percent of people polled who admit to sexting also say that it has strengthened their relationships. Of course, the same infographic reveals that 16 percent of men and 8 percent of women have accidentally sexted family members, so there are certain drawbacks to the habit. However, those who get it right seem to report mostly positive results.
In the end, it’s probably getting it right that makes all the difference. For the most part, the humiliating sext lists we see online are goofy mishaps that are extraordinarily unlikely to happen to you. In fact, a lot of them are probably faked just to make for more interesting and amusing lists. Still, it’s easy enough to send a bad sext without it being a Buzzfeed-worthy gaffe. For example, you may sext a little too soon, or a little too aggressively; you may tease and then not follow up, or be blunt without much creativity. To navigate these sorts of issues, Your Tango’s 8 Do’s & Don’ts (when it comes to sexting) is actually a pretty handy guide‚ particularly if you’re new to the practice, or in a new relationship.
But ultimately, it seems as if sexting isn’t as much of a joke or taboo subject as some might think. Experts and ordinary people agree that there are potential benefits to relationships, and so long as you go about it the right way you may even discover a whole new brand of foreplay. So go ahead and whip out your phone and send a sext‚ just double check it before you press send!
Lately, I’ve been trying to be more responsible with my money. In the process of attempting to be fiscally fit, I’ve rediscovered the magic of the drugstore beauty aisle. While many high end beauty products are worth every penny of their exorbitant prices, even the biggest beauty snobs shouldn’t overlook the quality products hidden on drugstore shelves. Much of these affordable beauty finds work just as well, if not better than their expensive counterparts proving to me time and time again that top shelf quality beauty isn’t just for the rich and famous. Here are some of my favorites:
Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri Top Coat is by far the best top coat and quick dry technology that I’ve ever used. I never do my own nails without it. Not only does this top coat always go on smoothly, it also makes your nails dry super fast and protects the polish from chipping.
3. Almay Liquid Line Eyeliner
I’ve been using Almay Liquid Line Eyeliner for almost a decade and absolutely love it. If you’re a liquid liner fan, you’ve got to try it. It’s easy to apply, dries fast and gives my upper lid the perfect line every time.
4. Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover
Taking off your makeup correctly is just as important as putting it on correctly. I love Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover because it removes all my makeup the first time. Even the darkest smokey eye is no match for this makeup remover.
5. Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara
I never gave Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara much thought until I tried it. For years I passed right by it in the drugstore writing it off as a below average mascara. When I finally used it, I found that it’s not only one of the more affordable mascaras on the market, it’s also one of the best. The formula never clumps and the brush’s tiny bristles help reach every lash for long-lasting volume.
6. Veet Ready to Use Hair Removal Wax Strips
Though I get waxed once a month at the salon, I often need to touch up in between waxes, especially during the summer months. For a quick touch up, I just heat up Veet Ready to Use Hair Removal Wax Strips with a hair dryer and wax away.