Monday, May 27, 2019

I'm Just a Girl

I'm Just A Girl

My Blog has always been a good place to discuss whatever is on my mind. Today's post. I'm just a Girl, or am I?

For those that don't know, I'm an Aunt to two girls. I have no children of my own. As my nieces have began to grow up I'm left wondering about the society they will interact with. Are we being good role models for young women? Are the women we see in our society in media really highlighting the best we are?

It wasn't until I started researching "appropriate" birthday gifts for young girls that I discovered a startling statistic, all thanks to everyone's well loved doll, Barbie.

Mattel and Barbie are teaming up to promote, "The Dream Gap". What's the dream gap you ask well that's an excellent question. I can't answer it is wonderfully as Mattel's commercial does, so I'm embedding the link here. Please watch.

I have to admit, Barbie was not someone I would ever view as a feminist figure type. It's been a very long time since I had played with Dolls. (Avatars don't really count) I was wrong on my assumption on what Barbie is now and days; and perhaps you might be too.

So Let's discuss, Barbie! Barbie is so strong for girls because she allows girls to imagine.

I have recently stumbled upon a YouTube videos series from Barbie in a Vlogging style. They are POWERFUL. These are HARD topics to discuss. "Forgiveness", "Not saying Sorry," Cultural Inclusion and Power and Empowerment...Topics that impact not only young girls but WOMEN regardless of age. These are values and ideas that can make BIG changes in young girls lives and shape our cultural view and social status of women. Allowing girls to become women who have a strong handle on life and even change the male female dynamic which is in jeopardy of becoming more unstable in our current times.

As someone who is in her mid 30s these Vlogs are IMPACTFUL to my life. There are some lighter fun topics so the content is not all morality based. The lesson delivery of this material is light enough not to become too overwhelming to digest and RELATABLE. Barbie is REAL in these videos. The writing and character acting is authentic for the audience it is intending to impact. As I mentioned, mid 30s Bells is hearing topics she strongly believes and aligns with hole heartily.

Mattel is using its influence correctly not just to push a product out but to really help make changes that will impact society. Can we PLEASE see more of this?

I'm hoping that perhaps with my blog I can help bring awareness to others in our community. This right here this is the change we need to see. Women on Woman violence is something that moves across SL quicker that a blink of an eye or a thought. The consequences of the action isn't felt in a RL impact by the person performing the negative action.

(general reflective questions below.)
Is it the anonymity that you cling to what allows you the freedom to shed negativity to another woman? How far before Tic for Tac, Eye for Eye becomes so great you lose friends? At what point do you STOP? When will you be held accountable for YOUR bad behavior and fake sense of empowerment you provide others?

As I mentioned I'm an Aunt, a Big Sister, a daughter and future wife but the most important label I carry with me is that of a WOMAN. I will continue to fight for you and anyone else because well....That's the right thing to do. Stand up for you, not because were friends but because we're women.

So lovelies, here are my favorite Barbie YouTube Videos Embedded below. I also made coloring pages for my niece and other girls to print out and color. I'm going to color them too, because we can ALL use a little encouragement and a reminder that Women should be supportive of one another, not just for show, but because inclusive acceptance is something we need to change in our society.

Bells' LOL Surprise Dolls Coloring Pages (free to print and share with others)

Barbie Video Links

Thursday, May 23, 2019

La Hora para Cenar

La Hora Para Cenar

Es La Hora Para Cenar or Dinner Time, Today's post is highlighting the Hispanic side of my RL self. Yes, boys and girls for those who do not know know Bells is actually Hispanic in RL. I fell head over heels with collaborative work from The Bearded Guy and Infinity Looks. Their "Around the world" set is reminiscent of a very important hour, Dinner Time. El Comedor comes complete with a table chairs decorative mosaic background and clock on the wall. It's ideal for anyone who would like to capture a family meal.

I'm showcasing a few other goodies from The Second Change Sale, AZUL's - Epie dress in Ruby is one of my favorite out of this month's collection and a pose fromSaddy's Sweet Poses, Motorcycle Momma. The unboxing of this pose set is particularly adorable if you are into unicorns. Just so much <3 br="">

If you haven't taken the time to stop by the Second Chance Sale, please do so. It will be ending in a few days and as the title of the event mentions this is YOUR SECOND chance to get your paws on them at a reduced cost.

Now, I want to talk about a small Spanish pet peeve of mine. In my nuclear family Spanish was not spoken. We didn't grow up speaking it. (in my family aside from my grandparents.) I understand a lot more than I can speak and I can read the language. (I'm embarrassed by my non accented pronunciation of the words and I have been ridiculed about it my whole life. Trust me native Spanish speakers will give you looks if you fail at correctly pronouncing words.) so back to my point, I promise I have one.

Glasses has different word types in Spanish depending on its meaning.
Glasses (to wear) -anteojos
Glasses (to drink) - Vasos

my grandmother used to say, "Spanish, is more correct in its language" and she used the glasses as an example. (mini rant) Unless you full understand the language and the context that a word is used, please don't provide a generalized definition of the word...and google translate..well, we all know how well English is translated. That's it....Steps off minor soap box.

The Look- La Hora Para Cenar 
Pose- SSP - Motorcycle Momma
Background Set- Infinity Looks & The Bearded Guy -Comedor
Dress-  -AZUL- Epie /Ruby

**All items mentioned are available at the Second Change Sale. You have until the 28th to make your way over and pick up a treat for yourself. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Better to arrive Late than Ugly


I almost missed this round's Second Chance Sale event, but thankfully, I think the time I spent collecting all the goodies and carefully reviewing them has left me with the best of the best to showcase.

So today without further delay I present my favorite dress from, CW's collection Niobe. Niobe, is a full figured girls dream. I love the way my curves are hugged especially my hips. Now if I had a formal event THIS would be the dress I would be wearing. Another thing I really admire about the designer's work is the intricate shear lace that accentuates the top. It's just the right about of transparency that gives a peek but isn't revealing too much.

Head on over to the Second Chance Sale Event to pick up your Summer Formal wear and make sure you shine through and through.

The Look- Better to arrive late than Ugly
Dress- .:(CW):. Niobe - Gown dress / Maitreya Lara
Background- Galeria - Around The House - Infinity Looks & TBG