Thank you Toddlers and Tiaras, for ruining pageantry.


Today is the bowling mixer for the Peach Queen Pageant.  Over the next few weeks there are various events such as dinners, movies, and parades before the actual pageant on September 7th (also known as my birthday!).  This is my first pageant since I was 12 and I’m ridiculously excited.

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In typical pageant fashion, the contestants will wear a formal gown and have a platform to speak about (world peace, etc.).  One of the local businesses Angel to Apple also is sponsoring a Fashion Show for the girls!  My sister bought her first pair of heels from that store, it’s adorable.

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The contest is for girls 17-21, your typical college age, therefore scholarship prizes are being awarded to the winners.  I’m expecting a little bit of friendly competition, but nothing outrageous.

I feel like you should know right away that this pageant isn’t like and episode of Toddlers and Tiaras.  I wrote my senior thesis in high school on the negative stigma associated with pageantry thanks to that show.  It annoys me almost as much as the awful reputation preppy style has been given!

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By the time you’re 17, hopefully you are taking part in pageants because you want to.  I certainly know that my mom is the anti-pageant mom so it isn’t parental pressure making me participate.  I also won’t be wearing a flipper, or getting plastic surgery like many of the 7 year olds on there…  I am going to put on my typical make up, probably curl my hair (I’m thinking Kate Middleton style), and confidently strut across the stage.

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Also, I’m not traveling across the country to participate.  The Peach Festival is 10 minutes from my house..  It’s a small town thing.  Oh, and not a “Honey Boo Boo” redneck town.

What are your feelings on pageantry and have they been impacted by Toddler’s and Tiaras?

 

The rules for wearing leggings as pants.


I’m here to talk about a topic as controversial as politics and religion.  I referenced it in a previous post, and I know ya’ll have strong opinions on this:

Are leggings pants? I think so.

Some of you just vomited, others don’t understand the seriousness of this topic.  It’s extremely complex, there are rules.. but the verdict in my opinon is that leggings are pants.

It’s how you wear them, that determines whether they should be pants on you.

RULE #1

IF I CAN SEE THE CREVICES AND IMPRINT OF YOUR CELLULITE, THEY ARE NOT PANTS.

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Poor, poor, girl on the google image results of “leggings as pants”…  I’m sure she desired fame, but this wasn’t the way to get it.  Hopefully she learned her lesson. Doll, if you are reading this and think that I just gave you permission to look this way, you’re mistaken. These are not pants.

RULE #2

STAY AWAY FROM COLORED LEGGINGS AS PANTS, TIGHTS, ETC. (UNLESS YOU’RE THIS GUY, IN WHICH CASE MORE PLEASE)

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This fellow above was blessed with the gift of being able to wear leggings and nobody thinking twice.  He’s probably foreign.  Here in America the odds of you having Señor Booty’s nice build is pretty unlikely therefore -stay away.

RULE #3

CROP TOPS AND LEGGINGS. JUST DON’T.

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I’ve picked a hideous camo print outfit to further prove my point. Crop tops and leggings shouldn’t be a thing.  This lovely lady has been airbrushed beyond belief and she still can’t handle it.

RULE #4

CLASSY NOT TRASHY

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Cover your bits and pieces.  Focus on the accessories and make the leggings work with you -not make you look like a working girl. #sorrynotsorry

RULE #5

MATERIAL MATTERS

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I love ponte pants.  Buy a pair.  Or 6.  Ponte pants are the in-between of leggings and real pants.   I own around 10 pairs.. some with belt loops and pockets, others with none.  They are the ideal bottom for New York winters. My favorites are from Ann Taylor.

What are your feelings on leggings as pants?