Things I Love Thursday 2/5/2013

It’s Thursday again!  Which means that it’s time for me to list all the things that have made me smile this week.  It’s been a massive week, so I’ve got lots to write about today.

This week, I love:

– Wreck it Ralph.  I watched it again on DVD during the week and it was great.  It’s just such a fun movie with amazing visuals.

– Visiting with my mum.

– Grabbing Chinese takeaway food for lunch.  Yummo!

DSCF8093-Finding these gorgeous shoes at the op-shop last week.  They’re from Lipstick shoes and they’ve never been worn!  I saw them in the window as I entered the shop and made a bee-line for them, praying that they would fit me.  They are exactly my size and I adore them.  They were only $9, which is such a bargain!

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I love the little rosette on the toe.  Red and black are two colours that I often pair together, so I think that these beauties are going to get a lot of wear.

– Jelly beans

– New P.Js.

– Pearly white nail polish.

-Wearing my hair in milkmaid braids to work and being told by a six-year-old boy, “You look like the princess from Star Wars”.  Bless!

– Spending time with my baby cousins.

DSCF8096-Finding these two books in Ross’s collection of photography books.  Flipping through them was an eye-opening experience.  I think that a big part of the lack of body-love nowadays is the fact that all the women in magazines are carbon copies of one another: tiny waists, tanned, big boobs, not a speck of cellulite, waxed to within an inch of their lives.  However, 40 years ago that wasn’t the case.

All of the pictures are from pin-up magazines from the 60’s and 70’s, and the range of women they feature is astonishing.  There are tall women and short women.  Women with small breasts and big breasts.  All of the breasts are natural, and hang like natural breasts.  There are big bellies, flat tummies, round hips and pointy hips.  There are women with body hair and women with cellulite.  Women with stretchmarks and women with birthmarks.  A rainbow of nipple-shades!  Tummy rolls and thigh dimples!  And all of them utterly gorgeous.

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While the books aren’t all inclusive (there were no women who I would call fat, and most of the women featured were white), it was so liberating to flip through these pages.  There were so many different ideas of what constitutes beauty.  There really were no two pictures that were alike, and yet every picture was sexy and gorgeous.  I felt so much better about my body after looking through these books.  I don’t look like any of the women in magazines today, but there were several times where I flicked past a woman in this book and thought, “Wow, that’s pretty much what I look like with my kit off”.

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It made me realise just how unrealistic the images we see in the media today are.  These pictures were so much closer to the reality of women’s bodies.  It was fantastic to see.

Also, this week, I was nominated for a Liebster Award by Carla of Random Thoughts of a Twenty-Something.  I’ve already done two Liebster posts, so I decided that I would just answer her questions here:

1. Do you have children or want children?

I don’t have any kids.  If I’m perfectly honest, I don’t’ think that I want to have any.  There are lots of reasons why that I won’t go into, but basically I’ve never felt any burning maternal desires.  I might change my mind one day, but for now I’m pretty firmly set on the idea of not having children.

2. What’s your favourite colour?

Red.

3. Where are you from in the world?

Australia.

4. What’s your favourite drink?

Dr Pepper (which is kind of hard to get in Australia).

5. What’s your least favourite food?

Tomato sauce.

6. Can you ride a bike?

Yes, but it’s been a very long time since I have!

7. Tea or coffee or none?

Tea, always.  Preferably several cups a day.

8. What genre of film do you like best?

Probably comedy.  But it has to be witty comedy.  None of this toilet-humour b.s.

9. Do you enjoy exercising?

Yeah, I do.  I don’t like all forms of exercise, but there are some that I love.  Running, walking, yoga and pilates are my favourites.

10. Do you wear or need glasses.

I need glasses for distance vision.  My up-close vision is perfect and I can read without glasses.  I wear contact lenses about half of the time and glasses the rest of the time.

11. What do you get most from blogging?

Great question!  Probably the biggest thing for me is the chance to connect with people I would never have met otherwise.

Thanks so much for nominating me Carla!

What do you love this Thursday?

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4 thoughts on “Things I Love Thursday 2/5/2013

  1. Oh! Those books look fantastic, I wish the media portrayed a wider range of woman. I get frustrated that even ‘plus size’ stores, lookbooks, catalogues etc have ‘plus size models’ who are only a size 16 at more. I also think the sentence “A rainbow of nipple-shades!” is the best I’ve read in ages!

    • I was particularly proud of that sentence. 😉

      For me, it wasn’t just the variety in size that I thought was awesome. Although it was great to see such a range of different body shapes. The thing I found the most appealing was just seeing things that would be airbrushed out of a magazine today. Stretch marks, birthmarks, scars, freckles, armpit hair, leg hair, pubic hair, fine lines and things like that. The kind of things that all bodies have, but people seem to be so ashamed to admit it. It seems as though if you haven’t seen it in a magazine or on T.V, then it’s shameful to admit you have one of those things. And all of the images were gorgeous (although some of the 70’s ones were so over-the-top cheesy that I had to laugh).

  2. I need to get my hands on those books, woa!! How beautiful 🙂 i’ve been thinking of going back to training, not to lose weight at all, I don’t want to be a skinny girl. Ever. But just to tone up some more, all this PC-ing did NOT help that hehe. But I agree with the unrealistic images in the Media. H&M just released a campaign with a plus-size model however they didn’t take flattering shots… if anything I think they wanted to definitely make it shine through that she’s no size 0.
    Didn’t look good either.
    I’d even go as far as to say that’s 100% the opposite of pin-up photography where they celebrate all the positive features of the girls in a positive way.

    • These books are fantastic. I can’t tell you what a boost they gave me. There was just so much variety in the women, and as you said, it was a celebration of all these different and gorgeous bodies.

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