I’m a Barbie Girl

Two huge Barbie-centric things happened this week. So yes, you could say it’s a Barbie world.

First, 19-year-old model Barbie Ferreira has been cast as the newest face of Aerie. Why is this a big deal, you ask? Because Ferreira has – wait for it – curves! I know, crazy, right? Ha. While it’s frightening that casting anything but a size 0 model is still news in this day and age, it really is a big step for a brand like Aerie.

The brand left behind photo retouching in 2014 for their #AerieREAL campaign, in an attempt to celebrate the details of women’s bodies that have long since been referred to as ‘imperfections.’ As awesome as that is, the ads still featured the more ‘typical’ magazine body type.

Now, Aerie is taking another step forward in changing the game by featuring Barbie, who is referred to in the industry as a “curve model.”

Take a look at this teaser video the brand released. You’ll notice that Ferreira’s body even moves – gasp! It’s so refreshing to see a girl that so many of us can relate to rocking her swimsuit with full confidence – exactly as she (and we all) should.

I did my usual Instagram stalking on her (@barbienox) and fell even more in love. Beyond being absolutely gorgeous, Barbie is cheeky and sarcastic and isn’t afraid of a bold fashion statement. Sound familiar? 😉

As for the second piece of Barbie news, the infamous Mattel doll has been released in three new body types: curvy, petite, and tall.

The toy manufacturer has been under fire for years and years over the classic doll’s unrealistic appearance: caucasian with bright blonde hair, huge boobs and a barely-there waist. Now, the doll will be available in different sizes in addition to the variety of skin tones and hair types that Mattel had already released.

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Some people are upset because they think the curvy Barbie is still too small, but I think it’s important to recognize the most drastic change that the Mattel doll has undergone in over fifty years.

Is there still a long way to go in terms of representing different body types in the media and popular culture? Absolutely. But let’s praise the change we are finally seeing. This is only the beginning of great things to come. All we can hope for is that one day, our daughters and sons will laugh at the fact that this was ever even a conversation.

One small step for womankind, one giant leap for Barbie.

Colorfully Yours,

Haley

Bingeworthy: My Netflix Picks

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If you’re anything like me, the onset of winter weather means one thing: hibernation. For those days and nights when you can’t even fathom opening the door to get the mail, Netflix is your salvation. Forget the stinging of the midwinter wind on your cheeks – instead, go for the stinging of your eyes as your brain melts from too much screen time.

One of the wonderful things about Netflix is that there is literally something for everyone. You want an animated kids show? Sure. You want a documentary about violent drug wars? You can have that too. All in the same place.

My family has long since marveled at my eclectic taste in TV and film. My media-critic brother, Matt, laughs at the fact that my favorite movies range from How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days and Grease to Blow, American Gangster and Munich.

With that in mind, I think I’m pretty capable of giving Netflix recommendations to a wide range of personalities.

Without further ado, here are my top binge-worthy Netflix TV shows for every mood.

Shows to fall asleep to:

New Girl

It took me a long time to get on the New Girl train, but boy, am I glad I did. I watched the first four seasons this past summer, and I’ve been waiting impatiently for the current season to debut on Netflix ever since. Jess will have you embracing your own quirkiness, while roommate Nick will leave you wanting to embrace him.

Baby Daddy

This show is so awful that it’s great. It makes you feel like you can do anything you set your mind to if these people are getting paid to act. But the corny jokes and loud laugh track make this the perfect show for those mindless nights when you just want to veg out. Plus, one of the lead actors is a Type 1 diabetic in real life, just like me! Doesn’t hurt that he’s gorgeous, either.

Friends

I know. Obviously, right? But, I will admit that I never used to see the appeal. I would catch a few minutes of the reruns on TV late at night, but I never really got why it was so popular. I finally decided to watch from start to finish and realized that it’s pretty darn great. That, and that I need some “friends” of my own.

Shows to stay up late to:

Mad Men

I love immersing myself in decades gone by. The outfits, the slang, the social scene. Mad Men gives you a glimpse into the late fifties and the sixties – the good, the bad and the ugly. There are so many characters you’ll love to hate and hate to love. I’m lookin’ at you, Don Draper.

Chasing Life

I’ve dedicated an entire post to this one before. It has since been cancelled, which makes steam come out of my ears. As I tell anyone who will listen, this was one of the last good shows with a lesson. We have enough reality TV and all that crap. Why does every show with morals and a storyline get canceled?!

Friday Night Lights

Let’s pretend that the last 1.5 seasons don’t exist. Once you get rid of those monstrosities, you can truly enjoy the goodness that is FNL. High school in Texas – football, relationships, bad decisions, Tim Riggins… what more could you ask for in a show? The answer is nothing.

Shows to have nightmares from:

Narcos

As I revealed above, I love a good drug show. I’ll just blame it on growing up with two older brothers, even though in reality I appreciate a drug drama more than they do. Narcos is dark, violent, and based on the true story of Pablo Escobar and the Colombian drug cartel. Grab the popcorn.

Breaking Bad

Oh. Em. Gee. I just finished binging this one. I finished all five seasons in less than a month. Let’s just say I didn’t get a lot of sleep. I’ll admit that the beginning didn’t totally grip me, but as the show went on I felt myself bursting with emotion. This show isn’t for the faint of heart – or the anxiety-ridden, but I broke that rule. By the end of the last season I was feeling pretty unstable. Get ready to combust.

Orange is the New Black

If you haven’t started OITNB by now, you’ve got some serious issues. Throw on your orange onesie and get ready to serve some time. I promise your time behind bars (uh, the screen?) will fly by, though. Relish it.

Have any must-binge recommendations for me? Let me know! And as my brother always reminds me when I get too wrapped up in TV, don’t forget to go outside and get some air.

Colorfully Yours,

Haley

Deck the Halls (in Plaid!)

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While my original photog, Katie, was home for Thanksgiving, we reserved a day for photoshoots. It just so happens that I had purchased a few new items recently! Ok, so that’s the case any given week, but still.

The weather in New England has been unusually mild lately, which gave me the perfect opportunity to wear my new plaid skirt! I got this cutie at Bobbles & Lace in Andover. I had actually had my eye on a more expensive plaid skirt for a few weeks beforehand, but the price tag ($39!) of this one combined with the precious rolled-sleeve detail sold me. That and the elastic waist band – it is holiday season, after all.

I added a seasonal touch by wearing my favorite over-the-knee boots – purchased on Cyber Monday last year! I layered a classic light-blue oxford shirt under a white knit crewneck sweater. Of course I couldn’t leave the house without a statement necklace peeking out from beneath my collar!

Katie and I visited a Christmas tree farm in Dracut for a little holiday inspo. Christmas music + warm sunshine? The best of both worlds. My parents said it was too early to get our actual tree, though, so I just browsed. Plus, my Dad and I have a tradition of supporting Andover Youth Services at their annual tree sale. Gotta support the community!

What have you been wearing during this unseasonably warm weather? Share your current go-to outfit in the comments!

Colorfully Yours,

Haley

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The Colorful Details:

Skirt Bobbles & Lace // Sweater Lacoste (old) // Oxford Shirt Vineyard Vines // Boots Nordstrom Rack (old) // Photography by Katie McLean

Gifts That Give Back

“‘Maybe Christmas,’ he thought, ‘doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!'” – The Grinch

This is my favorite quote to repeat every holiday season. It also happens to come from one of my all time favorite movies. I think this is something we all tend to forget during the hustle and bustle of this busy month, so it’s good to remind ourselves every now and again!

But…

What if I told you the holidays can mean a little bit more while coming from a store?!

I’ve done tons of research and window (screen?) shopping so I could round up some of the most charitable brands for you to shop this holiday season.

Give back and check off names on your list? Win, win.

Colorfully Yours,

Haley

 

Alex and Ani

The Alex and Ani Charity By Design collection donates proceeds from designated bangles to their respective causes. My personal favorite is the Side by Side Charm Bangle Set for two main reasons. First of all, 20% of proceeds benefit the JDRF, whose purpose is to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes. Secondly, the otters remind me of my brotherAA.jpg, Colin. While I was sick during my freshman year of college, he sent me a picture he had found of two otters holding hands – apparently otters sleep like this to keep from drifting apart. It has been the photo I use for his contact info in my phone ever since. If only he wore bracelets!

 

Sseko Designs

The mission of Uganda-based Sseko Designs is to help women overcome poverty by providing them with employment and scholarship ss.jpgopportunities. I originally heard about them because of their ribbon sandals. However, this doesn’t really seem like the optimal time of year to be giving summer footwear. Luckily, they have plenty of other items to go around! I personally love this Merry & Bright Bangle Package. It comes with a bronze and gold clutch, a set of three handcrafted brass bangles,  and an inspirational print.

 

 

Better World Books

It should be clear by now that I’m a bookworm. I love receiving books as gifts. Better World Books runs a “Book for Book” program, where they donate a book to a literacy-promoting non-profit for every one purchased on the site. They have raised $18 million for global literacy programs so far, and they also use green practices! Read my book reviews for recommendations or play it safe with a gift certificate!

 

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A one stop shop for all things desk and organization related, Yoobi donates an item to a classroom in need in the U.S. for every item you purchase! If cute notepads, planners, and office supplies don’t float your recipient’s boat, these adorable headphones will.

 

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Just like the well-known brand TomsRoma donates a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair purchased on their site. They also fill those boots with school supplies! On top of that, 10% of all sales proceeds from the company go towards educating underprivileged youth so we can “give poverty the boot.” I’ll take this floral pair!

 

Bravelets

As I informed you all in my post a few weeks ago, I bought a few pieces of jewelry from Bravelets. The site donates $10 to your
designated cause for every item sold. My Brave Page benefits the JDRF for Type 1 diabetes research, but feel free to choose any of the available organizations! I’m in love with my Be Brave earrings!

Cyber Monday

online-shopping-girl.jpgHappy Cyber Monday, everyone! This is the one day a year I give myself free reign (within reason, of course) to fill those online carts and ACTUALLY go through with submitting my credit card info.

Did I say the one day? Maybe I meant one of many days. Whatever. 😉

Since I’m getting a later start on my Cyber Monday shenanigans than I had hoped, I’m not going to round up the best sales for you all. Sorry, but it’s every woman for herself today!

I willlll, however, share a blog post I wrote last year that divulges my online shopping secrets: Secrets of a Serial Spender.

The post will help you far beyond Cyber Monday – we’re talking tips and tricks to use all year long!

Happy shopping, ladies and gents! Don’t say I never gave you anything.

Colorfully Yours,

Haley