Thoughts on Distressed Jeans

On one end of the distressed jeans continuum, the distressing is mild. Jeans are stone-washed, whiskered, and faded to look weathered but they don’t have holes, rips or tears. On the other end, jeans are distressed in the extreme. They are ripped, torn, frayed, threadbare, and shredded to create holes. The distressing is deliberate, and you can purchase them brand new looking like they’ve been through a post-apocalyptic dystopia.

Here’s an assortment that shows the range:

 

The distressed jeans trend was adopted from street style, where jeans that distressed naturally with age became edgy, tough, daring and hip. Designers and retailers artificially manufactured distressed jeans to create the same vibe for the masses. It found a market, and there’s no stopping the trend.

Distressed jeans add texture to an outfit. They create a unique juxtaposition when combined with dressier pieces like pumps, blazers, glitzy jewellery and a structured bag. They do a great job of dressing down more formal wardrobe items so that you can wear them more frequently.

It’s easy to get philosophical about what distressed jeans might represent. They can symbolize that we are flawed, that there is beauty in imperfection, that we are weathered by life, that our path is not a perfectly pretty one, that we come from humble beginnings, and that we can weather a storm. They can also symbolize that we are polished, but not precious. That we have a down-to-earth and relatable component to our persona, despite the formality that we project from the outside.

Visually, highly distressed jeans are not my cup of tea. I prefer to project a polished and professional appearance. That said, I’ll wear very faded blue jeans — and skirts and jackets for that matter — and I don’t mind a frayed hem as long as there are no rips, tears and holes or shredding in the denim. I enjoy wearing faded denim because it’s the easiest way to dress down my dressy pieces so that I can wear them more often. I also like the colour of very faded blue denim.

What are your thoughts on distressed jeans?

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Mindy Kaling has some very Kelly Kapoor thoughts on the tiny sunglasses trend

Mindy Kaling has some very Kelly Kapoor thoughts on the tiny sunglasses trend


Mindy Kaling has some very Kelly Kapoor thoughts on the tiny sunglasses trend

’90s nostalgia has essentially taken over the fashion world these days, and that includes eyewear. Celebs’ sunglasses have gotten so small, it’s like they stepped out of The Matrix (or your favorite Mary-Kate and Ashley straight-to-VHS movie). The tiny sunglasses have been seen on the faces of the famously fashionable like Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner and of course Kim Kardashian West — by request of Kanye, who famously told her “You cannot wear big glasses anymore,” via email. But, one star has had enough of this trend, and she’s started a Twitter debate for the ages.

Mindy Kaling took to Twitter to denounce the trend, stating simply “I think we will regret this tiny sunglasses look.” The tweet was met with both support and opposition, leading to some hilarious responses.

One user in support of the look says, “Never regret something that made you feel good.”

One user took Kaling’s side and said, “They violate every rule of what I believe sunglasses should do and be.”

Another user said she hopes Kaling is wrong, because she’s already committed to the trend: “I hope not I’ve already bought like 7 pairs”

Even celebs weighed in on the debate. Kathy Griffin tweeted a picture of herself in large-frame sunnies with the caption, “Couldn’t agree more.”

And sunglasses afficionado Busy Philipps threw in her two cents, tweeting “I’m flat out refusing (ok I bought one pair but mostly [my daughter] Birdie wears them).”

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For what it’s worth, Jennifer Aniston is not a huge fan of the look either, telling Glamour that she’s “not a fan” of the style. “I just think they’re ridiculous. I’m a fan of classic sunglasses.”

The question remains: Will Kanye West respond to Kaling’s position? The rapper, who has had a series of out-there tweets as of late, predicted the whole trend would take off, instructing Kim in an email to stop wearing big sunglasses because “it’s all about tiny little glasses.” He even hand selected a couple of pairs for her. “He sent me like, millions of ’90s photos with tiny little glasses like this,” she said on an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

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Let’s Talk Tofurky: 10 Thoughts I Had About My New Holiday Tradition

Like any good husband, I’d do just about anything for my wife.

That includes indulging in a holiday tradition that would make some folks queasy.

Yes, let’s talk Tofurky.

Every year, before Thanksgiving and Christmas, we forgo a turkey and head to the nearest health food store to pick up one of those golden round orbs of vegan goodness.

But “golden round orbs of vegan goodness” is not exactly how I would have described it at first. In fact, most people would probably have the same reaction I had upon hearing the request to pick up a Tofurky:

One, are you serious? And two, I think we can skip the grocery store this week, because I’ve lost my dang appetite.

I mean, look at that thing. You’re telling me it’s even remotely comparable to a turkey, the legs of which I consider one of my main food groups (along with bacon).

Listen, those are just two thoughts of a closed-minded food zealot too afraid to step out of his comfort zone. When I did, it was an eye-opening experience.

Here Are 10 Thoughts I Had During My First Tofurky Experience

1. “Where do they keep the Tofurky here? Yes, dude, I actually want a Tofurky. I didn’t know judgment was in a stocker’s job description.”

This year in particular, it was difficult to find a Tofurky. According to some posts on the company’s Facebook, they had some production issues.

After calling more than a dozen local grocery stores, I finally found one in a Whole Foods Market. But even though it’s a health food store, I swear that clerk was eyeballing me as I checked out.

(You should also be able to find one at Trader Joe’s.)

2. “This might be the first time I’ve purchased a roast in a box. Now I know how my grandparents felt during the war.”

Since the world is a complete dumpster fire right now, I know one main food staple that will last forever in my bunker.

3. “This thing is round. Like, very round. It looks like the lump of clay before it becomes a pot, but after someone spins it for a while.”

The hardest thing to get over is how a Tofurky looks. I just used my imagination to pretend an 18-pound golden turkey had appeared in front of me.

If you don’t have a good imagination, pretend you’re in the future and this is what food looks like now.

4. “It smells wet. No, not like wet dog. And not necessarily bad. There’s just something… wet about it.”

I honestly don’t know how to expand on this thought any further. You’ll just have to witness it for yourself.

5. “Why does it have to cook in the oven for so long if it’s not real meat? Can’t I just throw it in the microwave?”

You only have to cook a Tofurky for about an hour, which is a lot better than the five-plus hours it can take for a real turkey.

I actually tried to microwave a Tofurky one year, and let’s just say the oven ended up looking like a Jackson Pollock painting.

6. “OH MY GOD WHAT HAVE I DONE?!”

You know, they say it’s what’s on the inside that counts. As for Tofurky, I’m not sure that applies.

When you slice into your first Tofurky, you might be surprised by the, uh, innards that pour out. Don’t’ worry, you didn’t kill the Tofurky, it’s just “stuffing.”

7. “This actually tastes pretty dang good. Pass the gravy and that dirty Grateful Dead poncho, because I think I’m going vegan.”

Seriously, you’ll be totally surprised at how delicious Tofurky actually is. Every bite is a mind-blowing contrast — scooping up a blob of colorless tofu and getting a mouthful of tasty turkey.

It’s not turkey, but it’s definitely turkey-sh. Which leads us to…

8. “How many family members can I trick into thinking it’s turkey if I don’t say anything?”

There’s nothing more satisfying than tricking family members who self-identify as carnivores into eating tofu. Plus it’s way healthier so, you know, you’re just being a good nephew.

9. “We can’t possibly eat this another night in a row, please just let me eat a pile of dust instead. Come on, I’ll grab the vacuum cleaner.”

Since it’s just my wife and I enjoying the Tofurky, we usually have a ton of leftovers. And as good as the initial orb is, there comes a breaking point after the third iteration of leftovers where I would rather eat a ball of wax than another slice of the stuff.

10. “When are they going to make a seitanurky? That’s the really good fake meat.”

Hail, seitan. Right?

Alex Mahadevan is a data journalist at The Penny Hoarder. He takes his Tofurky wrapped in bacon and smothered in sausage gravy. Don’t judge.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

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My Thoughts on Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2018

This week, Pantone announced it’s Color of the Year for 2018 and once again, interior designers and color experts are scratching their heads trying to understand why. To be honest, I find that their choice for Color of the Year always surprises me a little but I am actually quite excited about this year’s color!

So what’s the color?

Pantone has chosen Ultra Voilet, a blue-based purple, as their Color of the Year for 2018. According to their website, this color is “a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.”

Why do I love it?

This bold purple is a beautiful color. For me, it would be the perfect color to describe who I want to be – strong, bold and beautiful. For lack of a better term: purple adds “feminity” or softness to a color scheme but in a bold, strong form. And since purple isn’t the first color most people turn to for their homes, it also creates a space that looks and feels unique and memorable quite easily!

Another thing I love about this color is that a little goes a long way. Because it is a bold, dramatic color, you don’t need a lot to make it really pop. Anyone who knows me knows that I like to keep things simple so if I can make a statement with only a few pieces, I’m in! Take the space above by Kim Bartley that we featured back in 2014. A few pops of a bold purple are all it takes to add a ton of personality to an otherwise neutral space.

I particular love purple as an accent color for a work space or home office. Purple is often associated with royalty and used to symbolize power, luxury and ambition. It is said to symbolize wisdom, dignity, independence and creativity as well. I find that, when used properly, purple can create a space that is energizing and stimulating to the senses.A few months ago, we challenged one of our design bloggers, Designer Michelle Cook, to create a dream home office design board and she chose to use purple paired with a neutral palette, modern shapes and luxurious textures. I absolutely loved the final design board and it renewed my love for this bold color choice!

Where will you use it?

Do I think we’re going to see a sudden surge of people decorating their homes in purple this year? Probably not. Purple is one of those colors that you either love or hate and if you don’t love it, it’s an easy color to get tired of. I don’t think we’ll see a lot of people suddenly falling in love with the color. That being said, I would love to see more homeowners embracing the use of purple in their homes.

Designer Nicholas Rosaci, our DIY Editor, is known for his use of bright color as seen on the blue and purple desk makeover he did earlier this year or the gorgeous home office we featured back in 2013 that featured a deep bluish purple on the walls and a beautiful, bold purple accent chair!

If this is a little to bold for your tastes, adding a few purple accents to a space is a great way to play with the color in a more subtle manner like Jackie Glass did in the space that we featured in 2015 which included bold purple accent chairs in the living room and a soft purple feature wall with a few bold purple accents in the bedroom. Some of the easiest ways to add this color with minimal commitment: fresh florals, vases, artwork and throw pillows.

What do you think of Pantone’s choice for 2018? Do you love it or hate it? Will you use it? Let us know!

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14 thoughts we had while watching Harry Styles’ weird, new ‘Kiwi’ music video

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Harry Styles just released his new music video for “Kiwi” Wednesday, and I have a lot of thoughts. And by thoughts, I mean questions.

The video takes place in a school with children, custom Gucci suits, pastries, puppies, and a very dramatic food fight scene. That all sounds great, but it doesn’t go with the song—at all. 

I love anything Styles does as I believe he can do no wrong, but you must admit, his taste in music videos so far are a little on the odd side.

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41 Thoughts You Have Watching ‘Say Yes To The Dress’

1. How do I always get suckered into watching this show on Friday nights?

2. I can tell if we’re in New York or Atlanta mostly by whether it’s Randy or Fake Southern Randy.

3. Judging by the morning staff meetings, this place will only see brides on a given day if they fit into that day’s easily digestible category, like “brides who brought their fathers” or “brides who want a weird-colored dress” or “brides with horribly judgmental friends who probably shouldn’t be there.”

4. Who are all these other staff members? They’re at the morning meeting, then they disappear. Where do they go after this? Are they magical, ephemeral dress fairies? That would actually explain a lot.

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Édouard Glissant: 100 Notes, 100 Thoughts: Documenta Series 038

Édouard Glissant: 100 Notes, 100 Thoughts: Documenta Series 038


This notebook is Hans Ulrich Obrist''s homage to the French author, poet and philosopher Édouard Glissant (1928-2011). Glissant, one of the most influential figures of the French-speaking Caribbean and a pioneer of postcolonial thinking, called attention to means of global exchange which do not homogenize culture but produce a difference from which new things can emerge. Obrist encountered Glissant at the beginning of his career, through the recommendation of Alighiero Boetti. In his introduction, Obrist creates a multilayered portrait of the intellectual, laying out some of his key concepts: the creolization of the world, archipelic thought, and the museum as archipelago, as well as utopia. These ideas are explored by Glissant in a selection of title pages of his books with drawings, notations and poetic dedications that are reproduced here in facsimile.
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