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Links to Love: Beauty, Health & …Letterpress?

by Ashley on March 16, 2012

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Rooney Mara for Vogue.

Why the Hell Letterpress: I love this little dose of Southern culture and history about letterpress artwork– super fascinating!

Another awesome …Love Maegan DIY: this time for Neon Shoes and Painting Leather.  She always has THUH BEST DIY’s because they’re so accessible and work often with what is already in your closet.  What’s the point of a DIY if you have to spend so much on supplies that you could have bought the original product?

How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes Naturally at Crunch Betty. I typically just use hand soap to clean mine, but I love the use of olive oil, vinegar, and castille soap or baby shampoo as an alternative.  (And it’ll encourage me to hopefully clean mine sooner rather than later!)

Jennifer Aniston’s $141,037 Beauty Routine.  Even more crazy? I bet most of it is tax-deductible, since actor’s looks and fitness are so intrinsically tied with the casting process (more of my thoughts on that later, though!).

Why Fit is the New Thin, & What We Can Do About It: Any motivational statement that has to diss another type of body in order to make you feel good about your body? Not. Helping. Anyone. For starters, who says you can’t be skinny and fit? Or fit and look good in clothes? Or skinny and look good naked? Or neither skinny nor fit and still good-looking both clothed and naked? It’s unproductive any way you slice it.

I’ll admit that due to my own body image issues, I always unsubscribe to fitness related boards on Pinterest.  Because I need to cultivate my own sense of body awareness, beauty awareness, and prescribe to goals that are attainable for me. A 6-pack will never be that goal (and frankly, I’d look sickly if I were that thin).

Research Concludes that American Middle-Class Kids are Brats. Well…duh. I’m not surprised to read this (I work at a college afterall), but I’m MORE interested in hearing what the cultural contrasts are & any propositions for changing this attitude.


June March 22, 2012 at 4:26 am

Wonderful links! I loved reading each and every article. Jen’s was an eye opener!!

Lisa March 18, 2012 at 8:48 am

What a great round-up of links. I loved the historical look at letterpress and I was pretty impressed with the super sleuthing about Jen A’s beauty costs….wow, that’s a lot of moola, I love beauty and enjoy pampering myself, but as discussed in your article about skin…simpler is often better. Thanks for all the great links. Happy Sunday!

Ashe March 26, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Isn’t the sleuthing on Jen A. CRAY? Like… whoa.

Happy day, pretty! xox

Christy Lorio March 16, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Hey now! Thanks for the link mamma.

Franca March 16, 2012 at 10:44 am

Thanks for linking to the fitspiration thing, really excellent piece.

Ashe March 26, 2012 at 9:26 pm

All the thanks go to Courtney for sharing it! But it’s such a true piece… I knew a girl who grew way, way too focused on being fit and was denying herself so much in order to get a lower body fat and feel stronger. It really can go both ways!

Courtney March 16, 2012 at 9:08 am

Seeing that article on what it costs to look like Jennifer Aniston was great. I think it gives the average woman the ability to say, “Wow, that’s a lot of money that I have/don’t want to spend.” I thought it was a bit misleading to add her nose job in there, since that’s a onetime expense and not a recurring cost. <<–I've become a little budgeter LOL

Ashe March 16, 2012 at 9:19 am

GURL. I’ve become such a budgeter, too. When I read it, I was like, “HOLY SHIT. I CAN THINK OF SO MANY OTHER WAYS TO SPEND THAT MONEY.” On one hand, working with actors, I can see how for professional Hollywood actors they’re legitimate expenses. If you come in with a unibrow and aren’t toned, you’re certainly not going to get cast as Lara Croft. But it’s definitely some perspective for the average woman to think– it takes ALL OF THAT to get them looking that way. Makes me feel better about my $10 Birchbox, my $70/month gym membership, and my 3-4 times a year restock on primer, foundation, & mascara!

They had mention that she’d had 2 — so I personally wouldn’t count it in an yearly expense roundup, but maybe they should have said, “This is the yearly costs, plus this much extra for one time costs?”

Courtney March 16, 2012 at 9:21 am

The way you have to look at it is–her body and her face are her tools for her job. Also, if I was making $1million+ per movie, I would probably spend $100,000 on myself as well! Haha.

I love there’s more openness about what it takes to look this way. The old saying of “I have a fast metabolism” is long gone!

Ashe March 16, 2012 at 9:24 am

Exactly! I’ve had a long-time post brewing “in defense of celebrities,” and I really think posts like that or Gwyneth talking about how long she works out are really working to help dispel this mythological beauty that society puts on them. That and more “unusual” beauties becoming mainstream– I love Amanda Seyfried and I think Elizabeth Olsen is cute, but face it…. they’re not traditional beauties in the way we think of starlets. It’s like the walls and myths around Hollywood are slowly (but surely) crumbling away and humanizing celebrities more.

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