April 29, 2010

Is it wrong?

Is it wrong to love 1960's fashion?
Cause I do.
I love it forever.

                                                                Vintage Top- 3
Target Leggings-6
Vintage Shoes-2 + 8 (heel repair)
Cardigan- 5

So theres this ring.... this ring isn't a normal ring its an engagement/wedding ring. Ms. Taken is a ring that you can put on whenever you want to "feel" taken. Like mr. annoying won't leave you alone, or grandma just wants grandbabies. Hopefully, this ring will shut them up. You keep it on your key chain, but it has its own special case with a little mirror inside. So, I honestly don't know how I feel about... well, I do know that as a 23 year old woman, I kinda want one. I hate being judged for being single, and this will definitely shut some people up. Oh, and its only $29 with free shipping! What do you think?


Thanks for looking, bunnies!

April 22, 2010

I want these....


These clothes are from Irina Shabayeva's Fall 2010 Collection. I realize its not almost summer, but I just recently found this collection, and fell in love with it. I love the theme that she uses throughout.
I decided that I need the dress at the end. Really bad.
You should, remember Irina from Project Runway, if your a good little kitten.
She won season 6. She has definitely proved herself.

April 21, 2010


Respect for yourself is important.
If you don't have respect for yourself, why would you except someone else to respect you?

Theres certain types of behavior that just scream a lack of self-respect. Now, I'm not one to throw stones when I live in a glass house. I know that I have had plenty of drunken nights and done some ridiculousness.

The problem I have with these pictures stems from the fact that this is our generation...this is what will be taught to little girls...its what they're already learning. 
It makes me sad. Girls are starting to take any type of attention as good attention, and are equating their self-worth with attractiveness. "If I guy wants to dance with me, I feel better about myself" Hell, we all feel better after dancing with someone else attractive, but at what cost??

I feel old because I don't understand this dancing. When did this become an acceptable form of dancing??

And whaaaaaaaa??

and p.s. the pictures are from club 101...in Norman. OH SNAP!

April 18, 2010

Blog # 8

When the someone asks, "whats a stereotypical male?" A few things usually pop into my mind.
Those things are: strength, tall, athletic, hunter, likes beer, and likes women. I've found a few characters that remind me of the stereotypical male.
James Bond is the ultimate male. Hes tall, dark and handsome.
Mr. Bond knows how to use a gun and always protects the females. Our society expects males to be able to protect females, as well as knowing how to use weapons. 
 Oh, Steve Irwin. Its too bad your death was untimlely. 
Steve represents the stereotypical male because he was always ready for an adventure. Not only did he enjoy adventures, but he loved animals. I debated on posting either a picture of Steve, or a picture of a hunter. I chose Steve because, even though he didn't hunt animals he still lived for the adventure.

  The Old Spice Guy. This guy pretty much combines everything from the other guys into one nice package. Literally. This guy seems to have it all. The good thing about this advertisement campaign, is that Old Spice didn't use a white guy.

These men are just a few examples of stereotypical males. I think the stereotypes surrounding men are just as damaging as the ones that surround women. Stereotypes in general usually have no bearing, men are unique. I think that stereotypes affect the way we, as human view people all the time. Sometimes, one unconsciously makes a judgment based on stereotypes, sometimes its not unconscious. Stereotypes affect women, just like they affect men. Men will look to the ads and the TV shows and compare themselves to those men featured. If the men feel that they don't stack up to the famous men, their self-esteem could be damaged.

April 17, 2010

I'll regret the absence of thee...

Things I'll miss about college... (in no particular order)

Debating:  I feel that I'll never experience intelligent debates with such a wide range of opinions again. That makes me sad. Unless, I go to law school. I'm not trying to do that though. I enjoy intelligent debates, and i'll miss it dearly.    (I tried to find a funny picture of debating, but it doesn't exist)

Free Food/Stuff: I have tried to take advantage of everything free this last semester. It's almost a requirement. I mean, for all of the fucking fees they charge you, I better get a free t-shirt. Just last Friday, I got a free hot-dog.                         
Wear whatever: OU campus has some nice variety in clothing. You have the cookie cutter sorority girl... then you have the I Dont Give A Fuck type which wears sweatpants every day. Aside from those two its really just up in the air. I do respect those who dress. Not dress as in heels and a suit, but those who look put together.  I can respect that.  College is the only time where you'll be able to dress however. It makes me sad to think of the real world. Suits scare me. Although, I will be happy if I never see this outfit again...

Vacay: Seriously, when the hell are you ever going to get so much vacation time? OU even cancels class on OU v Texas day. You'll never receive that anywhere you go. Say goodbye to, spring break, fall break, christmas break, oh and SUMMER BREAK.    Bye, fun.

  Roommates: Even though it gets rough sometimes, I will miss the hell out of my roomies. Its nice to always have someone there to listen to you bitch and yes, you have to listen to them bitch too. Its part of the deal.  Thank god, I've never had to make a passive aggressive sign like this....

FREEDOM: I'll miss freedom the most. Freedom to do whatever I like. Like spend my 'off ' day in bed
watching Law and Order: SVU.  College is the one place, where you have complete  control over your life. Go to class, or fuck it, don't go to class. The choice is yours. Once, you get older, you can still fuck around, but you might not have money to eat if you do. So choose wisely.

I'm going to watch some more SVU now...

April 12, 2010

Blog # 10

My music taste has changed some what over the years... I'd say that i've gotten braver. When I first started listening to music, I would only listen whatever is on the radio, now I search out my music and try to find the stuff that I know I'll enjoy.

So, I tried to make a playlist, but it wouldn't work. So I just found the video's of my body image songs.

All of these women are powerful in their own ways...

The readings all seemed to be in the same catagory of judging the current state of females. I think females are confused. On one hand we're told we need to be thin, beautiful, and sexual; on the other hand we are supposed to remain innocent. The story about "I see the Same Ho" really hit home, cause all the girls really do look the same. Its pretty sad.

April 11, 2010

Blog # 9

This ad is very sexist, the idea that if you make a mistake , your husband can beat you, is awful. This ad is harmful because its promoting abuse.

This TV commercial is horrid. I don't understand why some people think its ok to teach girls that the biggest thing they can dream for is a house.. with a washer and dryer.

I'm not even sure what this ad is promoting, but I know that its not blow dyers, it could be something else. Like blow jobs..... This ad is harmful because the product is towards females, but the ad itself is focused on male pleasure.
"Blow in her face"  Really? This is beyond awful. 

What are women good for?? Absolutely nothing...except cooking!!! 

All of these advertisements do the same thing: put women down, and put men on a higher pedestal.  The media has influenced almost every aspect of people's lives. Their impact on me, I feel has been minimal. I feel that my opinion about men and women has come from my own experiences dealing with the different sexes.  I normally point things out to my friends and family when I see something particularly sexist.  I point out a lot of movies. The movie industry likes to promote a certain type of female and they hardly promote any other type. 

When I think about feminism, I think about young and old women who are fighting for the social cause. I picture women standing together and fighting against the social causes.  I think my associations about Feminism have changed throughout the years. Most of them have come from my own  research about the topic.

April 9, 2010

WS Paper #2

Christina Escamilla
Body Image vs. Reality
Paper # 2

            Beauty is defined by the media and their definition of beauty is simple: tall, thin, and white. Anything that deviates from that definition isn’t accepted. Sometimes, white can get tan, but mostly porcelain skin is most desired.  Beauty should not be defined by the media, TV, radio and print. It should be defined for the individual based on their own perceptions.   The film Precious and the book The bluest eyes tackle some of the unsaid realities concerning beauty. The unsaid realities are the lies and myths told to Black girls concerning their bodies and self image.
            The film Precious is about a young Black girl who lives in a mentally and physically abusive home with her mother and mother’s boyfriend.  During the film Precious yearns for white skin, and blonde hair. 
“My name is Clareece "Precious" Jones. I wish I had a light-skinned boyfriend with real nice hair. And I wanna be on the cover of a magazine. But first I wanna be in one of them BET videos. Momma said I can't dance. Plus, she said who wants to see my big ass dancing, anyhow?” (Precious)

The longing for those things that are so opposite of her takes the subject of self-hatred and puts it in your face. Her feelings towards herself are deeply rooted in self-hatred. She dislikes her hair, her skin, and her size.  Not only does she despise herself because of who she is, she also feels like she can’t learn.  Precious feel s that if she has lighter skin, straighter hair, then she’ll be famous.  White skin leads to good things, and bad things don’t usually happen to white people in Precious’s opinion. 
            Historically Precious is right on cue for questioning herself. Since the beginning of media, TV, Radio, Print Black men and women were presented negatively. Black people weren’t shown regularly on TV until the 1960s; the first time a Black person was on TV was 1939, when a dance was performed on a show.  When they were on TV they only had roles that were seen as less desirable.  The first Black person to host a radio show was in 1939 and soon after they had their own radio stations, presenting information that they felt was important. Print media started featuring Black men and women for certain types of products in the1800. Usually these products were for the service industry.
“The imagery of Black women that is used in advertisements has had the same themes throughout history. It is as if the first advertising agency created its image of Black women and 'taught' the other advertising agency's of today to continue the traditions.” (Brown)
 In all of these media forms, the common theme is not only negative portrayal of Black people, but portrayal of Black women as sexual objects and nothing more.   When a culture is constantly barraged with negative images concerning themselves, certain things start to be taken for truth.  Having lighter skin was something that Precious saw as step ladder for having more success in her life.
            Precious goes through some big transformations throughout the film. Towards the end of the film, she starts receiving encouragement for her actions, which leads her to make better decisions.  Once she realizes that she has control over her life, her whole life turns around. Precious starts to accept herself and love herself. Precious shows that love by making good decisions and caring for herself and children. 
            The Bluest Eyes is one of the saddest novels. I found myself, cringing at some of the things the girls had to endure and I felt party responsible for the young girl’s life. The responsibility that I felt was more embarrassment for her, and wanting someone to reach out to her.  Pecola is a young girl living in the mid-west during the 1940’s. She is the child of two African Americans who had rough childhoods themselves. The rough childhoods transfer to Pecola because she is raped by her father and becomes pregnant from him.
 During her life, all she wants is blue eyes. “Each night, without fail, she prayed for blue eyes.” (Morrison, 40) Instead of yearning for lighter skin like Precious does, Pecola wants blue eyes which in a sense are the same thing as lighter skin.  The only thing she wants is to be acknowledged. For Pecola blue eyes represent living a better life, and being accepted by people.  In one chapter of the book, Pecola goes to the store to buy candy and the shop keeper does not really see her. “He does not see her, because for him there is nothing to see. How can a fifty-two-year old white immigrant storekeeper...see a little black girl?” (Morrison, 42) 
            Pocola’s atmosphere doesn’t really change at the end of the book except her father is no longer around.  Pecola ends up living at home with her mother for the rest of her years, and she convinces herself that she has blue eyes. In the end Pecola is in a sad place, where no one comes in to help her.

            Question 2: Significance of the titles
            I think novels titles are very significant. The Bluest Eyes represents the eyes that Pecola could never have. It was something unattainable for her, but something she never lost hope for. The ignorance in that is really sad and endearing. Pecola constantly prayed for blue eyes, hopping that they would change one day, and everything else would just get better. 
            Precious is an important title and goes well with the novel because of two reasons. The first reason is that the main character’s name is Precious, which helps to connect the film to the characters in the movie. The second reason why the title matches is because no matter what happened to the Precious, she was still precious in every way. Someone still cared for her and wanted her to happy and be taken care of. No one deserves to be an outcast in one’s own home.
            Question 3:  Story Endings
            I think the author of The Bluest Eyes wanted to leave the story in the most honest and blunt fashion. The ending is very real and tragic and breaks your heart. Pecola ends up completely lost at the end of the novel.  I envision Pecola’s future to be a simple one, where she mainly takes care of her mother and household chores. I don’t imagine that she’ll amount to much more than that, she lacks the support of her family and doesn’t have the necessary education. If she received some sort of education she could soon educate herself about beauty and try to form her own sense of identity.
            Precious didn’t want to end on a sad note, the film held so much sadness by itself. Adding a sad ending would have been too much for the film and I think a lot of people wouldn’t have liked it as much.   Precious ends up taking care of her 2 children, plus she seems to really feel better about herself.  Precious seems happy in the end, and it leaves the viewer feeling a little bit happy as well.  I envision great things for Precious. I hope that she’s able to instill self-esteem into her children and continue to love herself as well. 
Question 4: Images

For some reason society has a facilitation with Black women’s butts. I think the curiosity stems from the fact that white women normally lack in the general area.  This image is negative because it is showcasing her butt, which signals that she is just a sexual object. Also, the model has fake hair and it clearly airbrushed.

Both of the above images feature fully clothed white females, while the black females have exposed breasts. This separates white women from black women and sets white women on a higher level. 

The last image is from the 1940’s and features a house maid who is in typical Black lady form. This image further perpetuates the stereotypes of Black women. All of the images are negative images that reinforce negative stereotypes for Black women.
Brown, S. "Black Women in Advertisements." Associated Content. N.p., 18 June 2007. Web. 9 Apr 2010.   .
Daniels, Lee. Precious. Lee Daniels Entertainment, 2009.
Morrison, Toni. The bluest eye. 1979, 1979. Print.

April 8, 2010

Lets trade closets...

That woman has an amazing coat collection.

And of course her kid has better clothes than me...Of course.
So in other news, I accomplished my challenge for week 1!!!! I wore 2 pairs of heels this week...
But I don't feel like posting pictures. I'm a little lazy.

April 5, 2010

Destination: Partyville, USA

So I graduate in like, a month and half. Holy Shit. That is crazy. Most people that are graduating in May already have a job and have interviewed at like 3 different jobs/colleges depending if they want to go back to school or if they want to start the grind right away.
I however..... went to one interview and have not applied anywhere else. Honestly, I'm just glad that I'm graduating.
The one thing that I'm positive about is moving out of Norman. My connection to Norman only stems from going to college here, which wasn't even for 4 solid years.
Currently, my plan is to move back in with my dad, Alberto in Jacksonville, Fl.  I'm actually pretty excited about this plan... I used to live with him when I was 13 and loved riding my bike to the beach everyday. I miss the beach more than anything.

    That will be my bridge. I'll cross it when I got to the city for work.

  That last image makes my heart sing. I'm going to end up a beach bum this summer... I can feel it.

April 2, 2010

Nails + Shoes

So I started to clean out my closet, not of clothes...but of shoes. I have waaay too many heels. I have decided to start a challenge for myself.
Wear 2 different pairs during the week. I'm also going to post pictures of my outfit and shoes on those days.

In other news, I just got my nails did. Its a beautiful color, "Do you lilac it" by O.P.I.

April 1, 2010

Elephants, mi amore...

I just wanted to talk about something near and dear to my heart... elephants. I absolutely love them. They are so big and gorgeous, and amazing.
Reasons why they are my favorite animal:
1- They never forget things...
2- They mourn the loss of a fellow elephant.
3- They will crush you

I recently rode a elephant at the Renaissance fair this last weekend. I actually felt a little bad about it. Elephants are treated really bad when they are young to teach them to submit. Most elephants, are taken away from their mothers at young ages to be taught tricks. Before I got on the elephant at the fair, I asked how they were treated. The guy said, that the elephant works like 30 days out of the year, and the rest of the year it gets to be a full time elephant. That made me pretty happy. So I hopped on....