“Wait, that’s all drugstore makeup?! I don’t believe you.”

That’s the common, slightly disdainful, rather surprised-sounding question I frequently find directed at me by my stunning, Sephora-queen friends, accompanied by their utter disbelief.

The answer to their inquiry, 9 times out of 10, is YES! This is all drugstore makeup!

{Just to clarify, when I say “drugstore makeup”, I mean drugstore makeup and random stuff I find on Amazon at 2 o’clock in the morning.}

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Green tea is pretty hyped these days.  Google “benefits of green tea”, “green tea and weight loss”, “green tea and beauty”, or literally anything else containing the words “green” and “tea” and you’ll find that there’s no shortage of search results.

Here’s the thing, though: the green tea part of the Internet can be a bit of an… over-hyped echo chamber.

amaranthineDon’t get me wrong – green tea is absolutely GLORIOUS.  Drinking it is highly beneficial, and it’s delicious!  But that doesn’t mean drinking green tea for two days will make you drop 15 pounds in under 48 hours, and it certainly doesn’t mean that bathing your dog’s paws in it will make him stop barking all night. (more…)

The saga of my MMA fight training continues.

And let me tell you — man, do I love fight training.  It’s been glorious so far, and I’ve enjoyed each new skill I’ve learned, each opportunity to drill the same thing over and over again for the sake of gradual [but sure] improvement, the whole blood/sweat/tears “ordeal”, personal fitness developments, learning new things about the human psych, and feeling better and better about myself along the way.

Yes, I’m being serious — I really and truly do love all these things (even the blood/sweat/tears part). (more…)

“So, tell me… what’s your trick to losing all that weight?”

“Just between you and me, how did you really lose so much weight?”

These are the types of questions I get pretty often these days [ever since I successfully dropped the many, many pounds I accumulated in my final few semesters of college and dropped 10 pant sizes]. 

amaranthineAside from a few close, loved ones, I’ve basically stopped trying to answer these inquiries because no one really likes what I have to say.  My response to these questions usually revolves around words like “discipline”, “hard-work”, “exercise”, “clean eating”, “patience”, and “accountability”.  

Needless to say, this isn’t what most of the people sliding into my DMs want to hear.  A lot of people want “easy” and “glamorous” – they want one of those magical pills or mysterious fruits that you see splashed all over Twitter by popular accounts.  I honestly can’t blame them; life is busy, and we all have some tedious responsibilities on our shoulders.  It’s not easy to add a weight loss journey into an already saturated, tiring schedule.   

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Let’s talk about body hair.  More specifically, let’s discuss body hair removal… mainly, as it applies to women.

I’m actually seriously starving after my morning fight training, and usually I dash to my fridge for food the moment my post-gym shower has concluded.

AmaranthineBut today was different because a thought struck me as I shaved my legs in the shower just now, a thought that made me run straight to my laptop to write this blog entry.

Why is it even a societal norm for women to be hairless [aside from their mane, eyebrows, and eyelashes, I mean]?  Where did that idea even come from in the first place?

Men and women both have natural body hair, so how did it become such that females are “supposed” to make themselves appear hairless at all given times while men get to keep their body hair all-natural?

Well, while dealing with the annoyance that is running a razor blade over my knees about fifteen minutes ago, I came up with a literal “shower thought” theory:

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As some of you already know, I love fighting – [kick]boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, wrestling, MMA, etc.  Better yet, I’m finally getting the chance to make it an integral part of my life by actually learning and practicing it.  Training for a real fight is nothing short of a dream for me – I’m blessed and thrilled, and I damn well know it.

But no, I’m not writing this post to bore you all to death with my fitness- and fighting-induced bliss, so y’all are still going to be needing your pre-recorded dolphin sounds to fall asleep tonight.

I actually want to share what it’s like to be a female fighter in this ridiculous world.  To explain this, first I have to tell you what it means to be a female in general around here.

AmaranthineIt means that we’re expected to be pretty, cute, sweet, and delicate… nothing more, and nothing less.  Furthermore, it means that we’re supposed to live our lives and make all of our decisions around – yep, you guessed it – being pretty, cute, sweet, and delicate. (more…)

We’ve all seen those stunning pin-up girls of the past – they were all the rage throughout that 1940s-1960s era, especially in the United States.

If you Google “pin-up girls”, you’ll find that almost all of the names that come up belong to the classics: Bettie Page, Betty Grable, Jayne Mansfield, Hedy Lamarr, etc.

However, one name stands out: Dita Von Teese.

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For starters, some of you may be wondering who Dita Von Teese is and what she actually does.  Don’t worry – we’ll get to that.

However, since Google has gone ahead and thrown the present-day star, Dita Von Teese, in with all of the old school, original pin-up girls, we have to delve a bit deeper.  Dita’s appearance on this list raises questions.

What is a pin-up girl?  Can full-on pin-up girls be alternative, or are they limited to glamour?  Is Dita Von Teese a pin-up girl if she models and performs in the present-day with an alternative edge?  What is a SuicideGirl?  Is Dita Von Teese actually a SuicideGirl? And, most importantly, what’s the difference between a pin-up girl and a SuicideGirl?

Let’s get these questions answered.

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If there’s anything I can really stick to my guns about, it’s the fact that fashion in the 2000s was a complete and utter disaster.

In fact, the best thing that ever happened to us was the arrival of the 2010s, which quickly made up for the agony we unknowingly endured throughout the previous decade.

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Here’s a list of the biggest fashion errors of the 2000s.  Read them, know them, and never live them.


1. Chains

Unless you’re an assassin, you definitely don’t need heavy, silver chains hanging down from every pair of pants you decide to wear.

Chains aren’t as punk rock as we once thought they were – they’re just heavy and out of place.  Let’s be grateful for the fact that folks these days wear normal belts instead of ones that swing all over the place [and possibly even break stuff] when they head bang.

2. Pajama pants

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What’s worse than the chains mentioned above?  You guessed it – those chains hanging down from flannel pajama pants… in public.

But, to be fair, pajama pants become pretty bad on their own the minute you leave the house in them.  They don’t really need chains to make them obnoxious – but the trendsetters of the 2000s decided to go that extra mile anyways, and we all suffered for it.

3. Ankle-length denim skirts

Remember those super long denim skirts everyone used to wear?  They were frequently even paired with platform flip flops [since apparently the 2000s had no concept of fashion sanity].

On top of being chunky denim ankle-length skirts, some of them even had a maneuver at the bottom, where you could pull on some strings and scrunch up the skirt a bit (YIKES).

4. Fedoras

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Fedoras looked good at one point in time, but as the world moves forward, fashion should too.

Eventually, the modern-day grew too modern for fedoras – yet, they remained.

People wore fedoras as legitimate parts of their outfits on a daily basis, and these folks weren’t even pop stars who were embracing a type of fashion irony.  They actually took fedoras seriously.

Luckily, fedoras move through the air kind of like Frisbees – if you see one, just send it spiraling through the air back into the time machine [where it belongs].

 

5. Layered tank tops

No one really knows whose idea layering tank tops was, and that person is too ashamed to fess up to the absurd trend they started.

As they hide in shame, the victims of 2000s fashion are stuck digging up old pictures of themselves wearing two or more tank tops at one given time (though, if we’re being honest, two tank tops alone were considered weak back then).

Worse yet, these many tank tops [with their many, many corresponding straps] were frequently paired with those dreaded, ankle-length denim skirts.

Ugh, the horror.


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On top of all of these fashion disasters, there were some serious beauty ones as well – don’t even get me started on the tiger-stripe highlights and over-tweezed eyebrows which were the epitomes of the 2000s.

All we can do now is burn our old photos from the 2000s, be grateful for the fashion sanity of the 2010s, and swear to never make those same mistakes again.

#Amaranthine


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