Shameless Selfie

This has been a famous hash tag on social networking sites. It is called such when the person takes a photograph of herself/ himself then publish it for the public view.

I must admit I do the same thing especially when I feel like doing so. But most appropriately when I feel pretty and fab, hahaha!

I am thinking of posting a regular shameless selfie right here on my fashion blog or probably just an Outfit of the Day post.

Watch out for that in my upcoming updates! :-)

Have Fashion Shows Gone Too Far?

From the Haute couture establishments the world over, Paris, New York, London, you name the location… we have fashion designers flaunting their latest. Some of these designs draw gasps from the spectators. Gasps I must say because I have seen video replays of these fashion shows and it makes me wonder where does one draw the line.

It can be clearly seen that the model on the catwalk is bra-less. Back in my grandmother’s day, she would have fainted had she watched such a video replay. But that isn’t what I am writing about. It has gone even worse than that.

Being skimpily dressed may have its justification by the sort of design the model exhibits. But does the female model have to exhibit her naked breasts too? It has become usual fare now to see models walking breast naked on the catwalk. Makes me wonder what asset is being promoted at these fashion shows.

At the rate permissiveness is with these fashion shows, will there come a time when …… hmmmm you can guess what I am saying..

Originally published on June 11, 2010.

Where Have All The Flowers Gone?

In this evergreen song, “Where Have All The Flowers Gone:” (Pete Seeger), there is this verse and it goes like this…

Where have all the young girls gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the young girls gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the young girls gone?
Taken husbands every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

I can surely attest that that is not true in my country. Gosh! here in the Philippines, there are more women than men. A great percentage have not been taken husbands every one, that’s for sure.

It is very unfortunate that my Flipina “sisters” bear the brunt of a largely male dominated culture. In this rat race for survival, countless Filipinas end up in the shady and sordid lifestyle just to earn crumbs to support their siblings and aged parents back in the village.

Despite her proud boast of being a largely literate country and where Religion is the bulwark of the greater majority, it is sad that incompetent leaders and politicking and unabated criminal activities have brought undue hardship except for the privileged minority.

Over the past three decades every hope of the common Filipino has been blighted by what I have just related. It galls those who are endowed with intelligence and ability to see opportunities squandered by avaricious leaders and guardians of law and order.

As once said by an illustrious poet, “They also serve who only stand and wait” (John Milton). That’s the everyday whisper on the lips of the common folk in the Philippines.

Originally published on June 10, 2010.

It’s A Woman’s Life – Indecisively Decisive

He loves me, he loves me not, he loves me, he loves me not, he loves me…… How many of us have been through that endless routine of deliberation? To add insult to our pains, most would brush our emotional indecisiveness as woman’s fickle mindedness.

Granted that some women have rushed into their first romance and have day-dreamed of their knight in shining armor sweep them off their tender feet. They they go riding like the wind into the sunset. Ahh! a Babara Cartland ending to wistful thinking.

It is the unassailable prerogative of every woman to be sure of that one crucial decision that she takes for the rest of her life. A woman is likened to a flower in bloom. Which man would want a flower that is fading, let alone “de-flowered”?

Such are the perils of life for any woman facing that immensely important decision for the rest of her earthly life. And she has to be sure as her heart speaks to her that he loves her in every way LOVE means to her.

Is It Right For Older Women To Beautify Their Faces And More?

When I was in College, I remember there were a few male students who always poke fun whenever they saw an elderly woman with her face cosmetically treated and worse for her if she wore something what one may call “sexy”.

Now, sometimes this got out of hand with their snide remarks but to tell you the truth there were also occasions when I quietly agreed with what they described. I haven’t reached that age yet to know what it is that drives elderly women to wish to relive their younger years or to feel rejuvenated.

Where should the line be drawn? Frankly, this is a very personal answer that only women of elderly age will be able to give.

What I believe is that every woman regardless of what age she is, she should not make herself too obviously conspicuous in public. That would be parodying herself needlessly for some adverse ridicule from others.

Beauty to me is attached to simplicity and not ostentation.

Do Men REALLY Understand How Much A Woman Suffers?

Do women suffer THAT much?

Let me do simple Maths here to prove how much a woman suffers. Yeah, suffering is calculable….in a way.

There are 30.4 days average a month. (365 days divided by 12 months…easy one)

Let’s assume on the average that a woman suffers for about 7 days of menstrual pain and body discomfort.

Percentage-wise that amounts to 23 percent of suffering every month!

And there’s no take it or leave it….the woman has to take it.

It’s a mandatory 23 percent.

I shall not even go into the details of how much cost is involved because that’s something else…financial suffering just to buy medicines to lessen the pain.

Yeah! and you might add but it’s not till the very end of a woman’s life.

So, then let’s count the days of suffering with the onset of a woman’s menopause.

See guys, it’s really till the very end.

Then how about adding pregnancy and childbirth to the list? I know of a woman who spent almost her entire productive life moving in and out of maternity hospitals and she was not working there as a nurse. She bore 15 children minus a few more that were still births.

And what about the wayward boyfriend and later husband?

Therefore, give and take, the total suffering of a woman is in the region of 50 percent or more through her entire life!

So you men out there. Have a heart and no matter what mood your woman is in, she suffers for you and for the children you made her bear for you.

What Makes A Man Lose His Interest In His Woman?

This is not something that I planned to write. It just came on the spur of the moment. Yes, we’ve heard of separations and break ups and divorces. We’ve heard so much of that it has reached a stage where it is no more shocking to hear about another fall out between a couple. So much so that in certain cultures their jaw drops to the ground if they heard that a couple was married for more than 20 years.

So, avoiding the answer from any moral point of view or whose fault it is when a man loses his interest in his woman, we return to that eternal question, what screwed it up?

I could list a few possible reasons why that happens. You probably have more to add to the list. For whatever it is worth, here are what I consider real threats towards a man losing his interest in his woman.

1. The famous one – he found a better woman.
2. His woman became careless about preserving her beauty, attractiveness and sensuality.
3. His woman became too immersed with herself and what she enjoyed doing.
4. His woman grew bored with his habits.
5. His woman became too assertive and possessive not only at home but also in public.
6. His woman suddenly became the enlightened one and he was downgraded to a class of fools.
7. His woman had seizures of “DON’T TOUCH THIS” and threw romance right out of their bed.
8. His woman started to treat him as the eldest child in the family.
9. His woman started to spend more time with her group of friends.
10. His woman showed him repeatedly WHO WEARS THE PANTS at home.

Relationship of any kind is fraught with unpredictables and never dreamed of consequences.

Go Crazy for Copped Trousers

Incredibly adaptable, great looking and stylish no matter what shape or age you are, cropped trousers are a key wardrobe item this spring/summer. Retaining their place after being an autumn/winter trend, cropped womens trousers come in a range of styles and colours and are ideal for summer holiday preparations.

It’s amazing how taking a few inches off the bottom of your trousers can make you feel summery without actually exposing much flesh. Cropped trousers give you a great line, and work well with a wide range of footwear, including beach flip-flops, quirky flat pumps and the full range of heel heights. Easy to wear, they can be matched with vest-tops, polo shirts, tunics and more, so give you a really versatile option.

First, let’s talk about length. For some people, cropped trousers end just below the knee, whilst for others they are almost ankle-skimming. The truth is that anything goes, as long as you can carry it off. If you have shorter legs between calf and ankle, don’t wear cropped trousers that finish half way down your calf, but opt for something just below knee-line, or down at your ankles to make your legs look longer. If you have long legs, you can wear pretty much any length, and you might want to get a couple of pairs so that you have shorter trousers for larking around on the beach, and longer ones to wear out at night with heels and some fantastic accessories.

Then, it’s up to you whether you choose plain or patterned. This season, bright colours and black and white patterns are key trends. You can opt for these looks on top and keep your trousers plain and simple, or you can stand out from the crowd and choose patterned trousers and plainer tops, accessorising with round sunglasses and bright beach bags.

You might also want to choose cropped trousers for work. Several retailers have tailored versions available that you can match with blouses or smart tops and wear to work in the summer instead of skirts – a great way to stay cool and build up your style points.

Cropped trousers are certainly here to stay – for this season at least – so if you don’t already own a pair, perhaps now’s a great time to head off to the shops, or sit down at your PC and do a little browsing. After all, at an affordable price and perfectly on-trend, it would be a shame to miss out.

Emma is a leading fashion blogger who has posted on many different fashion blogs. 

Why A Woman Takes Her Love Life More Seriously Than Man?

With the rare exception, most if not all women take their love life more seriously than their male counterparts. To those who are cynical about love, it will be their usual way to answer either that “love is blind”, “women are soft” or “it’s all maudlin business”.

In my opinion, women are of the Earth. Women experience the onus of bearing life and is closer to the values of life support than males. Women are the builders of home and family. Women spend more time with their children than their male spouse.

Most women cook and feed their family members. Women see life growing every waking hour and even care unselfishly during their sleep time. They feel the love that it takes to achieve all this, much more than their male spouse will ever comprehend.

Males being the complementary pro-creator is the hunter. He defends, protects and gathers the food needed for his woman and the young. He is in a world that is filled with risks and dangers which makes it a different environment of caring for support.

I wonder if it is the same with cultures where a matriarchal system is practiced. Where the women take on the hunter role of males like the legendary Amazon women or the Minangkabau women of Sumatra.

Do Girls Wanna Have Fun?

Remember the pop song that goes by the same title, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” rendered by Cyndi Lauper. And the song begins with these lines….

I come home in the morning light, My mother says “When you gonna live your life right?”

and further on there’s this other line….

Some boys take a beautiful girl, And hide her away from the rest of the world. I wanna be the one to walk in the sun.

It’s the protective attitude of parents that cabin and “imprison” their young daughters from most of what they permit their young sons to avail that makes their daughters wish to jump out of their mundane home routine and “wanna have fun”.

But seriously, it will not be like the way these Nuns wanna have fun.

It is not easy for a young girl to be curtailed from outdoor activities. This is even more so culturally for young Asian girls. Traditions and culture is deep in the Asian region about how young girls have to be away from harm.