Isn’t it intriguing how the word “humanity” is used to describe virtue, and yet, human beings are notorious for ultimately destroying just about everything we touch? 

Exhibit A: Mother Earth.

Exhibit B: Each other.

There’s no denying it — human beings are curious creatures.  For a species which perpetually glorifies goodness, we tend to do an awful lot of crooked things.  Still, the question remains: are human beings plagued by evil, or are we actually the plague in ourselves?   (more…)

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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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


Photo Credits

Seoul’s celebrated Bajowoo absolutely slayed 99%IS’s Spring 2018 collection.

In fact, he went full metal with it – the runway debut of the collection absolutely screams rebellion, and Vogue even went so far as to describe the corresponding photo shoot as “the most sublime, subversive fashion shoot in Seoul”.

As usual, Vogue is not wrong.

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The collection in itself is splendid – its essence is mainly that of insubordinate minimalism.  There were a few exceptions, but the overall vibe of the line is steely, serious, and nearly extraterrestrial.

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Bajowoo spared no resources when it came to metallics and gloss, but played a different game with his color palette – other than a few vivid reds and a blue/pink ensemble, the color scheme was very reserved and stuck to neutral and near-neutral shades.

The accessories were also nothing short of quirky and otherworldly.  Some of the models wore masks, hoods, and hats that nearly concealed their faces; others were decorated in thin glow lights on their heads, necks, and/or torsos.

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The style here is extraordinarily high fashion dark grunge, as made obvious by the black tarp floor used in Boon the Shop’s basement for the runway show.

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Furthermore, the boutique’s architectural style made yet another declaration for the collection – designed by Peter Marino, the exterior of the building is a classic, establishment-friendly white marble.  However, the basement, where the runway show took place, consists of incomplete columns and rough concrete.  From the inside out, Boon the Shop was the perfect setting for the live action production of Bajowoo’s collection.

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Bajowoo has, once again, revealed how shocking the product of classic apparel renovation can be – this is a creative talent that the fashion industry will never grow wary of.

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Ethereal, ground-breaking, and unremorseful, Bajowoo’s 99%IS Spring 2018 collection is a reminder to us all to say what we mean and mean what we say.

Most importantly, it reminds us to never apologize for being punk rock.

#Amaranthine


Photo credits

Features Image: 99%IS

First Image: 99%IS

Second Image: 99%IS

Third Image: Vogue

Fourth Image: 99%IS

Fifth Image: Vogue

Sixth Image: 99%IS

 

 

 

The cold weather has finally struck, and it’s absolutely lovely.  Additionally, November and December are totally some of the best months for high fashion looks.

But, as we adjust our wardrobes for that late fall and early winter chill, we have to ask ourselves which colors we can actually dye our hair during this time of year.  Since pastels are a no-go in the current weather, what colors can we use while staying in season and still keeping our edge?

Your question is about to be answered.  Start thinking about how you’re going to keep up with your roots, because the punk rock hair color list you need is right here.


1. Jet Black

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Jet black is a great choice all year round, but it’s especially lovely in the cold winter.  The logic behind this is simple: as the sky grows darker, your hair can too.

If you’re not convinced, just consider Veronica Lodge (the comic book version) – she worked jet black hair all day, every day… and it totally added to her classic glamour.

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If you choose to go dark, just don’t forget to make sure that your eyebrows mesh well with your inky mane.  That may mean dying them, but people have done crazier things in the name of fashion.

 

2. Burgundy

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Amaranthine, also known as burgundy, makes for a beautiful hair shade.  It’s rich and subtle while also being stunning and vivid.

It’s dark enough that it coordinates well with those cold weather vibes without actually blending in to them.  Furthermore, burgundy is the perfect tone for that look that falls right in between traditional and alternative.

It’s a terrific choice for anyone who wants a drastic change, but doesn’t want to wander too far out into the color spectrum.

 

3. Plum

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Plum is a slightly less subtle color than burgundy – it doesn’t necessarily shout, since it’s a dark tone, but it’ll still be obvious to anyone who looks at you that your hair is purple.

If amaranthine seems too quiet for you and blue seems too wild, then plum hair is a great way to keep your edge in-tact without shouting about it from the rooftops.

 

4. Metallic Cerulean

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Nothing screams dark grunge like the glory of having metallic cerulean hair.  If you want something electric with dark vibes, this is the hair color for you.

Of course, this is a bold choice – before you go through the trouble of changing your hair over to metallic cerulean, be sure that you’ll be happy with it once it’s all said and done.  Having unconventional hair colors is extremely exciting, but it’s something you have to be ready for in order to enjoy it.

 

5. Charcoal

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If you want to go dark but you think that jet black may be too intense for you, then charcoal might be the better choice.

Because it’s also generally considered an unconventional hair color, it still comes with that edgy sheen that we’re all craving without being too out there.

It’s cool, it’s chic, and it’s new-age grey.

 

6. Frosty Silver

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So, charcoal was too dark for you.  No problem – silver is beautiful too.  In fact, there’s something extremely regal about it.

For example, the Ice Queen wears her hair silver.  Why shouldn’t you?

 

7. Snow White

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Okay, so Snow White didn’t actually have white hair.  But Storm from X-Men did, and she looked fabulous.

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In fact, many celebrities have been experimenting with white hair – these days, it’s absolutely chic.

Dying your hair white is a drastic change, but it’s also a stunning one.  If you want to do something wild but classic, match manes with Storm.


There’s no need to hesitate while you’re standing in the hair dye aisle at the store.  With these colors, your mane can be seasonal and metal at the very same time.

Frost chic is timeless, anyways.

#Amaranthine


Photo sources:

Header Image: PC Wall Art

Image 1: Leyla Milani

Image 2: Archie Comics

Image 3: Lime Crime

Image 4: Donalove Hair

Image 5: HairStyleHub

Image 6: Be Magazine Asia

Image 7: Redken

Image 8: The Idle Man

Image 9: Comic Vine

 

Trends are tough, and there are so many questions that come with them.

When do you follow the trends?  When should you make the investment in them?  How do you know how long they’ll last?

Unless you’re knee-deep in the fashion world, identifying and keeping up with the trends can be extremely difficult (although it’s not always a cake walk when you’re a fashion blogger either).  There’s so many of them, and they’re all always growing, diminishing, and going in and out of style at varying rates.

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These are tricky waters to navigate, but they are perfectly manageable. That’s why this entry exists: to help you determine when you should get involved with what’s on-trend and when you should just take a hard pass.


When it’s a practical fit for your lifestyle

As I frequently emphasize, fashion that makes you feel awkward or out of place never works.  That’s why you should never follow a trend if it doesn’t fit into your lifestyle.

Is your dark hair feeling pretty dried out and seems like it needs some serious moisturizing attention?  Then you’ll probably be doing it a great injustice by leaping across the color spectrum to dye it silver.

Are you a corporate CEO who basically lives in suits?  Then daily sportswear streetstyle probably won’t have the opportunity to play a big role in your life.  Consider letting it go.

Never force yourself to wear anything that isn’t practical for you.

 

When it’s affordable

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We can’t break the bank every time something new comes into style – we’d be consistently broke, and we’d probably need to invest even more cash in public storage space.

Furthermore, fashion should never be pushed where it’s not affordable.  Just because a designer has some new, expensive piece out doesn’t mean that you are expected to buy it.  If your piggy-bank seems nervous, don’t bust out the big bucks for a trend that’ll be over in about two months.  You may end up regretting it.

If you do want to spend that money and you’re not sure if you should, ask yourself if this the trend you’re about to invest it seems like it’ll survive for atleast a year. The main indicator of trend longevity is usually that the look is gloriously simple, yet stunningly sleek – no one will be too quick to toss anything like that to the wayside, especially in the current fashion climate.

 

When you actually dig the trend

Don’t wear it if you don’t love it – it’s that simple.

Only bother with the trends you crave.  Trends aren’t mandatory, so why treat them as such?  You’re wasting your time if you try to make high fashion happy. 

Fashion works for you  – it’s not the other way around.  Let it make you content.

 

When it supplements your confidence

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I’ve stressed this before, and I’ll continue to do so: nothing is more fashionable than confidence.  If your outfit doesn’t give you that, then it has to go.

Trends must abide by the same rule – if it doesn’t breed confidence, then don’t become invested in it. 

Remember: fashion isn’t enjoyable if you’re not loving what you’re rocking.

 

When what’s in style positively influences you

If the trend inspires you in any way, whether that’s regarding your fashion sense or even your approach to the day ahead, it’s a keeper.

Fashion should always add something positive to your life – if what you’re wearing is failing to do that, then there’s no point in bothering with it.  You call the shots; fashion is just there to encourage you.


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If a trend just isn’t going to work for you, don’t stress out about it – there’s plenty of other trends to choose from, and there’s plenty more to come.  There’s something out there for everyone, so just be patient.

In the meanwhile, keep your eyes peeled for what’s happening in the fashion world and what’s coming next.  If you’re ever not sure what to watch for, just check out what the trendiest stores have in stock and what fashion magazines have to say about the current styles.

Now, forgive me for the cheese, but remember that at the end of the day, the trendiest thing you can do is be yourself. 

Keep that in mind and you’ll always be on-trend.

Recently, Vogue featured the famous Marie Antoinette’s beauty secrets in honor of what would have been her 262nd birthday were she still alive.

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However, since times have changed, we have to ask ourselves – have Marie’s tips withstood the test of time?  Or have they perished along with the fashion and beauty trends of the time period?

Let’s find out just how hit or miss the French queen was when it came to beauty. (more…)