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September
20
  8:16:21 AM

Australia style Spring and Summer 2013

Australians are recognized for their laid-back, care-free congeniality, and knowing how to have a good time. The fashion scene is no exception, and we were stoked to grab a front-row seat in Sydney’s historic Town Hall on August 22nd and 23rd for the Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival Sydney, which brought together Australia’s top designers showcasing their inspirational wear for Spring 2013.

Sydney Sider’s sense of fun with fashion is infectious. You’d expect a rushing about and strained chaos before the start of a show (then again, we weren’t backstage!), but the relaxed energy of the event and it’s crowd made you take a deep breath and smile. Next season promises to be easy breezy, clothes and all. Here’s a roundup of our favorite Australian trends and designers we hope to see stateside soon!

BOLD & BRIGHT

Bold hues and neon aren’t going anywhere soon according to Ginger and Smart’s fluoro punches of peachy orange and… click here to read whole article and make comments



 
September
19
  12:06:22 AM

The useless people in our lives

I was scrolling through Facebook this week and I saw the following message; “KEEP people in your life that truly love you, motivate you, encourage you, inspire you, enhance you & make you happy. If you have people who do NONE of the above, let them go.” These sort of short inspirational messages are all over the internet and I have posted up a few of them myself. However as I read this one I found myself wondering what I should do with the people in my life who didn’t love me or motivate me or encourage me or inspire me or enhance me or even make me happy. And what if these same people did not motivate or inspire anyone? What if these people were a drain on me, their families and on the whole society?

It is important to surround ourselves with people who are going to encourage and inspire us. After all we become a reflection of… click here to read whole article and make comments



 
September
07
  11:14:23 AM

Women’s clothing and the blame game

This post first appeared in the Verily Magazine blog. I loved the author's, (Janet Sahm) response to the reader's question about women dressing well and the male response, and felt the need to cross-post it here.

A reader responded to our “Most Revealing Swimwear” post a few weeks ago, commenting;

“So, men objectify women and the solution is for women to ‘cover up’? This is a problem with how men see women, so why should I, as a woman, have to change *my* behavior when it’s not *my* problem? And then you get to the sticky situation where women who don’t cover up are seen as inviting men to see them as objects…once again, it’s the woman’s fault. Blame the man’s shortcomings on the woman, why don’t you. Where is the male responsibility in all this?”

It’s understandable to be frustrated and feel annoyed with this generalization. The Princeton study, however,… click here to read whole article and make comments



 
September
06
  1:44:18 AM

Chastity in the sporting world

In the United States the American Football season starts today. Sports commentary has started in earnest and will only increase with tonight’s first kick-off. With that, comes the constant barrage of reports analyzing the player’s personal lives. Who is dating who, who bought a new super fast sports car, who got busted for drunk driving, etc…

Tim Tebow, the now famous Christian quarterback is no exception to media interest. Only, he isn’t in the limelight for his philandering ways or his spending binges. He’s analyzed, criticized and examined because he is an openly chaste Christian. In a world where it is the major exception to be a virgin at the age of 25, Tebow is an anomaly. Add to that the media limelight, the popularity and hero-worship of sports figures and the $1.9 million salary he will receive this year – it is an even more astounding fact that he is keeping to the promise… click here to read whole article and make comments



 
August
26
  1:55:53 PM

From my wedding to our wedding

I feel I should put it straight out there that I am not a huge fan of weddings. Let me explain. While the institution of marriage is wonderful and I firmly believe more people should make that commitment, I do not like the way in which the wedding ‘industry’ has taken over the ideas of fidelity and genuine love and replaced them with make-up trials, chair covers and expensive cars. There seems to be little concern for the actual wedding ceremony; it is more about the party afterwards. Interestingly the rise of the wedding industry and the amount of money spent is almost in direct correlation with the fall in the understanding of the nature of marriage and its purpose. Once upon a time a couple met, became engaged and soon after married in a simple but joy-filled ceremony and celebration. Today a couple meet, move in together to live as husband and wife and some years later decide to… click here to read whole article and make comments



 
August
24
  1:55:22 PM

What I wish I knew as a college freshman

In just a couple days my sister, her friends and a few million others will begin the adventure that is their college experience. While every university and college experience is different, the upcoming event had me thinking of the things I wish I knew when I loaded all my things into the family van and was dropped off at my dorm.

My advice to college freshman, or better yet, what I wish I knew back then:

Every day do something that scares you. I’m not talking crazy, outrageous, stupid things. Rather, do something every day that pushes you to be better, that makes you stretch your comfort zone. Talk to the lunch lady, smile at someone who looks sad, raise your hand to answer a question you aren’t 100% sure of, take a class at the gym, try some new food group, eat with a stranger in the cafeteria, see a professor during… click here to read whole article and make comments



 
August
22
  1:56:19 PM

The abnormality of a virgin marriage

Recently I was talking with a friend who planned on attending a wedding the following weekend. The groom was a college friend who had stood up in her own wedding; while the bride she had only met a few times. In the midst of our conversation about the wedding and what my friend would wear she made a comment that caught me completely off-guard.

“It’s going to be one of those super awkward weddings,” she told him, in a whisper. When I asked why, thinking perhaps the awkwardness would stem from the Catholic ceremony when she was a devout Baptist, she went on to tell me that everyone was certain both the bride and groom were still virgins. The scandal!

My friend went on to tell me all the weddings she had been to between two virgins had been strange and awkward because the two parties had no idea what they were getting… click here to read whole article and make comments



 
August
20
  4:28:15 AM

Do we admire integrity or the medal?

Did you hear about the South African swimmer, Cameron van der Burgh, who took the gold medal in the men’s 100-meter breaststroke event, breaking a record in the process? What makes his story even more interesting… he admitted to cheating in order to secure his position at the top of the podium.

Cameron took extra dolphin kicks underwater in order to propel him ahead. Swimmers are only legally allowed to take one dolphin kick at the start and one more at the turn. But with no underwater cameras that the judges are looking at some take extra kicks underwater in the hopes the above-water judges don’t see. If the act is caught a swimmer is automatically disqualified. In Cameron’s case he took two extra kicks, which went undetected (until he admitted it) and secured him the gold medal. (Why he couldn’t be stripped of his medal is beyond me but that’s the case.)

click here to read whole article and make comments


 
August
14
  2:52:58 PM

Ivy League brain on bikinis

Jason Evert, co-author of "How to Find Your Soulmate without Losing Your Soul," answers the question, "Is it immodest to wear a bikini?" before an audience of high school girls.

Thanks to Matthew Mehan for this tip.

click here to read whole article and make comments


 
August
07
  7:31:32 AM

How much time do you spend watching TV?

Last week I stumbled across an interesting article that talked about how much time people are spending watching TV shows online thanks to services like Netflix and Amazon Instant Video. The number is increasing monthly. For instance, in the month of June, Netflix users watched 1 billion hours of video, which comes to more than an hour of viewing per user per day! (According to some studies, the average US viewer watches nearly 5 hours of TV daily. Whoa.)

It used to be, if you missed the first couple seasons of a show you would need to buy the previous seasons to catch up or have a friend fill you in on what you missed. Not so any more. Want to jump in and begin watching How I Met Your Mother? You can catch the first 6 seasons on Netflix. To view every missed episode would take you more than 50 hours. Or if you are nostalgic for the TV… click here to read whole article and make comments



 

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