Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Fashion Don't

After watching the Victoria Secret fashion show last night, it made me realize that I probably shouldn't go for that second piece of chocolate that I'd been eye balling all night.

It made me sick to my stomach to watch this year's Angels walk the runaway, and yes unlike them I actually do have a stomach. While all the girls watching this are commenting on how unhealthily skinny all of the models look, the guys watching the show can't keep their eyes off of their chest. It shouldn't surprise me I know, but if that's what girls have to look like in order to get some attention, then count me out. I wouldn't be surprised if every one of those girls had some type of eating disorder. It's one thing to be in shape, but the Angels were scary skinny. I'd hate to see what happened to those of them who might have gained two pounds over Thanksgiving.

Aside from the girls bodies, the costumes were interesting this year. It seemed like super heroes and angel wings were the most consistent costumes throughout the show. They were gorgeous don't get me wrong, but it wasn't exactly the typical lingerie that someone would buy at Victoria Secret. Obviously, these were strictly for the runway.

Musical performances by Maroon 5, Nicki Minaj, and the duo of Jay-Z and Kanye West added some more entertainment to the show.

It was worth taking an hour out of my night just to see what these girls looked like, but can someone please get them a hamburger?

-Sam Gentry

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Good eats for Turkey Day

Every Thanksgiving the calorie counts, fad diets, and concern for looking thin are put on hold for the annual holiday when we give thanks by stuffing our faces - how becoming of American society.

Because plain old turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie are getting a bit dull after 22 years, I thought I would offer some new (and healthier) recipe ideas for readers to try this year.

Use these tasty new ideas to surprise your families this year. I'm sure the "ooo's" and "yumms" will make you smile (or annoy the crap out of you when they never end.)

-Hannah Kramer

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Things I’ve Decided I Need for the Cold Weather Months

1. A Cape

Because, why not? I will feel like the ravishing and mysterious heroine of a beautiful and tragic French film. I will probably start wearing a lot of red lipstick and berets. Although, first I will need to learn how to place the beret in a jauntily askew way on top of my head. I don’t know how. And it will keep me toasty and be roomy, so even when I’m bloaty, I can still be ravishing and mysterious.

2. Furry Earmuffs

I’m thinking grey because for some reason I feel like that makes them less obnoxious.

It doesn’t really though. These do have headphones inside though, so maybe that gives them some cred...

3. A Cool Mug

I just realized that the only cool mug I own is my plastic Queen Amidala mug, and you can’t put plastic in the microwave.

I have a couple of mugs that I’ve painted at paint-your-own-pottery places, but they have sentimental value, so I don’t want to use them.

Maybe something like this:

To keep my drinks tough and toasty.

4. Roller Skates

This has nothing to do with the cold weather, but maybe winter is the perfect time to start training, so I can finally realize my dream of being a roller derby all-star.

Look for me roller skating around Iowa City in my cape and earmuffs, sipping coffee from my brass knuckle mug. I don't think I'll be too hard to find.

-Julia Jessen

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

What about the turkey?

With Halloween behind us, it only makes sense that people start their preparation for the next holiday in line. But I think the real question is, what holiday really comes next?

While in CVS today, life size Santas with rosy cheeks and button noses were on display outside of the store. Inside, however, was a different story. No matter where you looked down the holiday aisle stockings, garland, and Christmas lights were the only thing you could see.

But the Christmas madness didn't seem to stop at CVS. While picking up my morning coffee at Starbucks I was filled with the familiar aroma of peppermint white mocha. Is it possible that Christmas flavors are out already? How can we so quickly change from pumpkin spice to peppermint mocha? Shouldn't there be something in between?

It seems that Iowa City isn't the only town rushing the season. Back home, Schaumburg, IL, Woodfield Mall has already but up their Christmas decorations and the famous snow globe is already awaiting Santa's arrival. The local radio station, 93.9 The Lite, has even already started blasting everyones favorite holiday tunes through the airwaves.

While I too am one to love the joys of the holiday season, I can't help but think, what about Thanksgiving?! Aren't we all forgetting the Pilgrims and Indians and giving thanks? Aren't we forgetting the turkey, stuffing, and gravy?

There's a holiday in between Halloween and Christmas, but I feel like every year Thanksgiving is getting more and more neglected. It's only November 1st, but already people are in the Christmas spirit. So my question is, will this Christmas chaos ever stop? And can we share some of the love with Thanksgiving?