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My Women of The Year

Published December 11, 2013 by The Feminist

Well, it’s that time of the year again. A time when we are all drowned in year-end lists -from best music and best movies to most famous celebrities,…- but don’t really mind because it’s part of the Christmas fun.

I think you can guess that I absolutely love those lists. It is a very relaxing way to reflect upon the past year without having to look into your own accomplishments. (that list would- unfortunately- be rather short 😉 )

The following list is a list of all the women that inspired me this year. There are no female CEOs on there, or world-changing philanthropists. There is no Hilary or Michele. (For there are plenty enough blogs covering those fantastic women already)

This is my ultimate list. It’s very subjective. It’s me.

Deal with it.

So let’s start, shall we?

1)      Jennifer Lawrence

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I have a confession to make, dear readers. Until a couple of weeks ago, I never really liked Jennifer Lawrence. People kept telling me how awesome she was, but there was just something about her that I didn’t quite get. Something seemed off. So even though I absolutely loved Silver Linings’ Playbook, I never liked her as an actress. (I think it has something to do with the name Jennifer, because now that I think about it, I also have an aversion of Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lopez and Jennifer Garner)

A couple of weeks ago, however, things started to change. Do you know why, dear readers? She cut her hair. Being a short-haired woman myself-and rocking it, if I may add- I am always jumping up and down in excitement if a famous celebrity decides to go short. I was so happy Jennifer cut her hair, I decided to make up for all my previous Jennifer hatred and I googled her.

Which led to the following realization: she is the most awesome and funniest person on the planet.

And then I saw the Hunger Games (I kept putting it off, because of my Jennifer aversion) and now I am completely smitten! Jennifer Lawrence for president!

2)      Angelina Jolie

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I’ve always been an Angelina-fan for one very superficial reason: I think she is just the most beautiful woman on the planet. Later on, I started to realize that she is not only very pretty and a good actress, but also has her heart in the right place as UNICEF ambassador.

This year Angelina deserves to be on my list once more. She inspired countless women when she decided to go public about her preventative double mastectomy. Her New York Times op-ed was an honest, sincere and emotional reflection, which is something we see far too little from world famous celebrities. Although there was quite some controversy about the necessity and cost of such a procedure, I truly believe she is a brave woman. Not just for going through with the surgery but –as a famous movie star- deciding to go public with such a personal and private matter.

3)      Kerry Washington

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I have written about Kerry Washington before, so I will keep this very short. She is beautiful. (The jaw-dropping kind) She is smart. She is a damn good actress. AND SCANDAL IS THE BEST TV SERIES SINCE…. WELL… EVER!!!!

4)      Sandra Bullock

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I can keep this one really short as well. Has anyone of you seen Gravity? If you have, you know why Sandra Bullock is on this list. Her performance in Gravity was indescribable. I remember sitting in the movie theater, looking at the screen, and thinking to myself: “If she doesn’t win an Oscar for this role, the world has gone mad.”

5)      Miley Cyrus

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I know. I know. Miley Cyrus isn’t exactly someone to look up to. Between her ridiculously slutty performance at the VMAs, her God awful sense of fashion and her latest Twerking incident (She twerked on Santa Clauss the other day) it is hard to find anything positive to write about her. But then again, she is by far the most talked about and controversial artist of the year. Last year, I think 95% of all the people in Europe didn’t know who she was. (I, of course, did.) They might have heard about her but wouldn’t be able to describe her looks, let alone sing one of her songs. This all has changed. Everyone knows her. (although that has probably more to do with her tongue-sticking-out trade mark and in-your-face nudity than with her actual vocal capabilities)

Furthermore, I do like how she doesn’t give a damn about what other people think of her and that is –regardless of her behavior- something to admire.

And PS: Wrecking Ball is a great song.

6)      Lady Gaga

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Yes, she is a freak. Yes, she is completely bonkers. Yes, she wears the craziest clothes I have ever seen. And yet I absolutely adore her. In contrast to all the other female artists, Lady Gaga stands for something. She encourages people to stay true to who they are , to embrace their imperfections and to not be afraid to stand out and be different. I applaud her for that. (Ha! Get it? 😉 )

7)      Katy Perry

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The reason why I put Katy Perry on this list, is because of her song “Roar”. I truly believe this song deserves the title of “best women empowerment song of the decade”. The lyrics helped me get through difficult times and singing the song out loud still gives me an incredible rush of adrenaline.

8)      My Mom

Adding your mother to a list of celebrities is a bit cheesy, I know. Nevertheless, I honestly think she is the best woman on the planet. She is always there for me and I couldn’t have done it without her. She is the definition of a strong woman. She is better than all the female stars in this list combined. She is the true star.

(Feel free to throw up in a nearby bucket.)

The Thigh is the Limit: Spice up your Winter with Thigh-High Boots

Published October 22, 2013 by The Feminist

Imagine it’s winter. Snow is twirling lazily about in the wind and you’re on your way to work/school/shopping mall. You’re wearing a fabulous carmine red lipstick (preferably Dior Rouge), a black faux-fur hat (Anna Karenina-style), an off-white belted cape (look at Kerry Washington on Scandal for inspiration), black skinny jeans (the one that makes you feel like a million dollar bill) and last but definitely not least… a magnificent, provocatively beautiful pair of black suede thigh-high boots.

With an image like that in your head, it is practically impossible not to look forward to winter! The key to totally rocking the above look are the boots. Yes, the outfit would look smashing with just a pair of pumps , but it is the up-to-there (yes, there!) pair of boots that will truly make you shine. And let’s admit it: in a time in which everything is covered in a veil of darkness, it is bloody wonderful to be a sparkling light of sunshine!

Thigh-high boots were a big hit on the FW13 runway:

Balmain opted for suede versions that seemed to reach really really really high…

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Chanel opted for a kinky version with chains…

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Donna Karan went for sleek chic with thigh-highs in combination with an oversized jacket…

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And Pucci drew the sexy card by mixing thigh-highs with an alluring stylish-but-very-short dress!

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If you call yourself a fashionista, you will probably know a fashion show isn’t the actual stage where trend battles are fought. If you truly want to know which trends are hot –and which are not- you have to look to the streets.

And looking at the wardrobes- or should I say: shoerobes– of all the celebrities that have walked the streets these couple of months, it is safe to say that the thigh-high boot is here to stay.

Miranda Kerr killed it in this sublime outfit! Remember the cape-thigh highs combo from the imaginative outfit at the beginning of this post? Well, this is what I was talking about! Classy, stylish and ravishingly awesome!

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Victoria Beckham opted for a kinkier version ( it was obviously still summer back then). If you want to make her outfit more wearable on a day-to-day basis, just wear some black stockings underneath the dress and you’ll be fine 😉

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Kylie Minogue– here wearing fabulous Louboutin thigh-highs- demonstrates that thigh-high boots can be demure and very chic in an all-black combination with an elegant black jacket.

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I know that some of you are still very skeptical of thigh-high boots. No matter how cool and utterly stylish they may be, many people still associate them with provocative S&M games or cheap hookers (think: Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman or Angelina Jolie’s naughty leather outfit in Mr. & Mrs. Smith)

It is therefore advisable not to go for the Miley Cyrus thigh-high look…

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Unless you want drivers honking their horns or creepy guys waving one-dollar bills in your face…

But we’re all classy, stylish and elegant fashionistas, so –obviously!– we don’t want that.

So what do you think, ladies? Will you try the thigh-high?

Should you still need some convincing, here are some fabulous thigh-high boots that might get you running to the store.

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If you’ve got it, flaunt it! Red Carpet Fashion at the VMAs

Published August 26, 2013 by The Feminist

There is a fine line between looking alluringly sexy and looking like an ordinary tramp; a line a lot of celebrities crossed last night at the 2013 VMAs. (Yes, Miley Cyrus, you were one of them.) There were such copious amounts of cleavage, exuberantly long legs, and lots of bare skin, one would almost forget the real purpose behind this tacky parade: the music.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for a bit of provocative sexiness, but I do believe you can still pull the sexy card without completely getting undressed. At least leave something to the imagination, people! (yes, I’m talking to you, Miley Cyrus!)
So, are you ready to see some figure-hugging, skin-showing, tight-ass-flaunting outfits?
Here we go!
Is it just me, or did someone rip off a part of Selena Gomez’ dress? Although my first reaction was: “God I want that bra!”, I would like to add that this year’s fashion trend of showing glimpses of lingerie is supposed to be “peek-a-boo” not “in-your-face”.

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I don’t know how I feel about Ciara’s Givenchy dress. On the one hand, I think she looks absolutely gorgeous, theatrical and glamourous, but on the other hand… the dress could have done with a tiny bit more pearls on her bum, you know what I mean?

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Then there was Ashanti. She decided to wrap her body in a scarf. This proves yet again that scarves belong around your neck, not around your boobs.

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At this point of the evening, Miley Cyrus was still relatively acceptably dressed. We had no idea what was yet to follow… (And seriously, girl: you should fire your hair stylist!)

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During the show, however, she changed into something more “comfortable”. I’m sure Miley is a lovely girl and all, but jeeeezus Christ, what was she thinking?

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This leads me to the best moment of the entire night: a moment that truly captures how everyone felt when they saw Miley Cyrus’ performance. Just look at the reaction of Will Smith and his family:

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Priceless!
Luckily for all of us, there were some female artists who understood that you can be sexy and wear clothes at the same time! Phew!
I absolutely adore Taylor Swift’s outfit! She looks extremely elegant and glamourous.

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Naya Rivera looked stunning in her black cut-out dress! This is by far the best example of how a good figure-hugging dress that shows off your curves and the right amount of cut-outs in the right places can make you look totally smokin’ without looking like a Moulin Rouge prostitute.

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Rita Ora looked sensational! Yes, she showed a lot of leg, ànd a lot of cleavage, but it was still very graceful (read: I didn’t choke on my brownie when I saw her, something that can’t be said about … yes, you Miley Cyrus!)

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Lady Gaga’s red carpet dress was rather modest compared to some bizarre showstoppers she has worn before…

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But then she must have seen Miley Cyrus’ performance and must have thought: “I can do better.”

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Since the female red carpet looks left a lot to be desired, I thought it would be better to focus on the dudes instead.
Macklemore looked so incredibly cool in his minty suit!

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Talking about looking all dashing and knight-in-shining-armor-perfect: It’s Darren Criss in what could possibly be the best suit colour I’ve ever seen!

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My boy Bruno Mars won two VMAs last night, one for best Male Video (Locked out of Heaven) and one for best choreography (Treasure). He looks happy!

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By the way, did you see his performance of his new single “Gorilla”? It was so hot, I was literally like this during his entire performance:

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Now you mention it, there were some other yummy fellas in the house last night!

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Don’t they just make you giggle?
Of course, not all men were dressed to impress. Some wore something really weird (yes, you J.T.), some wore something really boring (yes, you Drake!) and some wore something that was just yuck! (Yes, you Robin Thicke!)

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“You know you want it”.

Eh… No thanks.

The Met Gala 2013: Even better than the Oscars!

Published May 7, 2013 by The Feminist

The Met Gala is by far the most amazing, awesome, extravagant, luxurious fashion event of the year! How could it not be? It is organized by the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, so if you want to see some breathtakingly beautiful dresses, the Met Gala is the place to be!
This year’s theme was: “PUNK: Chaos to Couture”. The possibilities are endless, I would say! It’s all about having the balls to wear something creatively insane, and rock it with a giant attitude! 😉
Let’s start with the night’s best-dressed :
Beyonce in Givenchy: hell yeah!

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Anne Hathaway in a stunning Valentino dress! And I give her extra credit for her bold blonde new hairdo!

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Though I’m not a big fan of Nicole Richie’s hair colour, it is definitely punk! And her dress is gorgeous and affordable!! (Thank heavens for Topshop! )

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Not exactly punk, I would say, but breathtaking nonetheless. Jessica Alba in Tory Burch.

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Though I’m not so sure about the bottom part of the dress, Kerry Washington is a vision- as always!- in Vera Wang. By the way, I.WANT.THOSE.LONG.LEATHER.GLOVES! NOW!

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I only have one message for Rose Huntington-Whitely: Give me that dress!

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In one word: WOW! Talking about rocking the red carpet: Blake Lively!

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The best dressed celeb of the evening by far: Sarah Jessica Parker! She looks incredible! (and hurray for head pieces!)

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In the “not so great” category:
Madonna. What was she thinking? Even if your name is Madonna, you cannot wear slutty, punky school girl outfits when you’re over 50. You simply cannot.

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I’m usually a Miley Cyrus fashion fan, but this time I was shaking my head in disapproval when I saw her Marc Jacobs dress.

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Remember when I wrote about the jumpsuit and how much I love it? Well, this is how NOT to wear it, Kristen Stewart!

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No Ashley. NO!

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So who do you think was the best dressed and worst dressed of the evening? 😉

Jump in that jumpsuit, Girls!

Published April 30, 2013 by The Feminist

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When most people think of Spring fashion, they immediately think of flirty dresses, cool shorts and peplum skirts. Although I absolutely adore all these cute items, I can often be a bit tired of wearing these typical Spring outfits. And I’m guessing you (as a fellow fashionista) feel the same way. So why not try an amazing jumpsuit instead? Literally everyone seems to be jumping for the jumpsuit this season: Great designers like Balmain or Jason Wu and stars like Beyonce, Jennifer Lawrence or J.LO. I especially love the Miley Cyrus-jumpsuit look (although I can’t really be objective here, since she and I have the same hairdo, so I will always think that everything she wears is spectacularly high fashion! 😉 )

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The stylish options are endless! I absolutely love jumpsuits with a sexy plunging neckline or a provocative open back. That’s what makes jumpsuits so much fun: you can show some skin, but it will never ever look slutty. On the contrary, you will be the epitome of cool and chic, a Bond-girl par excellence! Other very cool jumpsuits ideas: strapless (the Jennifer Lawrence look!), accentuating your waist with a belt ( look at the Jason Wu and Balmain collections!) or a jumpsuit with sleeves (rock it like Beyonce!)

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I am normally not the kind of woman to jump (pun fully intended) to conclusions, but this time my rash conclusion is totally justified: Buy that jumpsuit, Ladies! You can thank me later 😉

 

short haired women rule! ~a post written by a proud short haired woman

Published November 7, 2012 by The Feminist

Remember when Miley Cyrus cut off her beautiful long brown hair and went for an edgy platinum short haircut?
I thought she looked AMAZING!
However, most people reacted differently. Here is a short summary of all the (crazy) reactions:
“She’s gone Britney!”
“It’s a cry for help!”
“She looks like Draco Malphoy”
“Lesbian?”
“insane stunt”
For once and for all, beautiful women who cut off their hair aren’t mentally insane, it’s those who ACTUALLY THINK they have gone mad, who should be committed to the cuckoo’s nest!
Miley Cyrus declared afterwards that she “never felt more me in my whole life”, and being a short-haired woman myself, I can definitely concur.
I used to have long blond hair. Not because I thought it was beautiful per se , but because I thought I had to have long hair TO FIT IN.
Aren’t we all trying to fit in? We act, speak and dress the way everyone else acts, speaks and dresses. We are afraid to be different, because in this crazy world, we seem to think that being different results in being alone. Hence, we try desperately to be like everyone else – “normal” – but under the surface it almost feels as if you are losing your soul and personality .
I used to be like that… until I realized that “fitting in” wasn’t making me happier. So I decided to delete those words from my brain and replace them with “STANDING OUT”!
I threw away the jeans and sneakers and bought a pencil skirt and stilettos instead. I cashed in my long blond waves for a short fiery red haircut. I haven’t regretted it since!
I felt liberated and free.
I felt me…

 
In short (pun fully intended), short hair stands for embracing your inner queen!
Give Miley, Emma, Rihanna and all the others a break. They are all Bright, Bold and Brave! And so am I ! 😉