Why women shop and men know more about football

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This may seem to be the typical question which has been answered by many people and a number of books in the past (in fact my friend was talking to me about one just the other day: “Men are from Mars & Women are from Venus”, I don’t think there’s many of us who haven’t heard about that classic before…)

Well, as much as I agree that the differences between men and women are rooted in our evolution and how we cohabited in our caves thousands of years ago; women at home cooking and multi-tasking and the men out being all, well, ‘ manly’, It still makes me think about why it continues to be the same today. I mean, I don’t know about you but I definitely don’t live in a cave and I don’t see my boyfriend heading out with a spear and coming back with a fish very often either….

To be honest, I think it has a lot to do with expectations. I feel like there are higher expectations for women to look smart, elegant, classy, sexy, fashionable.. whatever your preference, but there is definitely more importance put on how women look then how men do. This causes them to not really care that much about what they put on when they get out of bed in the morning…. I mean if no one pays attention to what you’re wearing, then why should you? As long as they wear a good suit to that important meeting or hot date then they’re sorted. And they can wear the same suit dozens of times, all they really have to do is change their tie! I know there is a small group of men who really do look after their appearance and what they are wearing but I think it is a SMALL minority (ok so maybe I’m generalising but just let me go on!)

Whereas women can’t wear the same suit over and over, we need new dresses, skirts, tops, shoes and jewellery to combine it all together! However, it’s not just us, men do have it tough too… how would it look if they met up with the guys after work on a friday night and they couldn’t even talk about the football game the day before or the most amazing goal which they saw last weekend. It would look really bad, I mean which guy wants to admit that ACTUALLY their girlfriend forced them to go shopping on saturday afternoon and wouldn’t let them watch the game at all. Not very manly at all, very far away from the days of the loincloth indeed! So, just like there are certain expectations for women, men face them too. In a nutshell, we need to shop and they need to watch the football… life certainly could be a lot worse!

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Let’s take off the blindfold

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To be honest, I don’t really mind if a film has been awarded an Oscar, a Razzie or a Nobel Prize, I’ll still go and see it if it’s got a good trailer. The only thing I ask is that it makes me feel something while I’m watching it, whether this be angry, sad, happy, in love… anything!!

The Blind Side did exactly that. I had heard mixed views about the film but like I say that didn’t make a difference to me, I wanted to see it anyway and make up my own mind, and I’m glad I did.

It was one of those movies that made me leave the cinema thinking  a lot… about people, life, luck and just about how we live together in society nowadays.

The film may be a bit predictable but it’s not a storyline that’s been invented in Hollywood; it’s a true story about a real family from Mississippi who opened their home and family to someone less fortunate than themselves.

The story really touched me but at the same time it made me feel a bit guilty… how often do we really do anything for someone else anymore? When you see someone struggling on the street, asking for money or trying to talk to you on a train, do you actually take time out of your day to help them? To see what it is they are asking you? Or do you just ignore them, think “it’s not my problem” and walk on. I’m not going to exclude myself from this category because I would probably do exactly the same. I usually think that someone else will give some coins to the guy asking for money on the street or will keep the lonely guy on the train company and so I just get on with my own life.

The Blind Side made me think about if I would take someone into my home who was less fortunate than myself but to be honest I probably wouldn’t… But I would like to think that at least if I see someone today or tomorrow or the day after who needs my help then I will offer it to them and I will try to do what I can for somebody else.

So why don’t you start today too, take off the blindfold and take a look at the people around you, try and see if you can do something good for someone else without getting anything in return? You never know.. it might even catch on….

The Inspiring Thuoy Family

Sexy Ugly?

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Is it just me that uses the phrase sexy ugly? There are some people who you just can’t help being attracted to, even though you know that if you really look at them and I mean really study their face, they’re actually not that pretty at all. I think that the perfect example for me has always been Benicio del Toro, there’s just something about him – I guess it’s that american/hispanic/mafia accent, long hair and mysterious semi closed eyes….

The reason that I’m thinking about this is because I’ve recently seen a lot of pictures of Lara Stone, top model and the new face of Louis Vuitton,  taking the spot from Madonna.

I guess Lara Stone must be a female Benicio de Toro… although I have to admit that I still can’t quite see the attraction. But I do love the fact that when she was younger she probably felt self-conscious about that gap in her teeth and now it’s made her one of the most wanted models in the business. There’s definitely some karma in there somewhere!

Damn it, I always knew I should never have got those braces when I was younger, I could have still had that gap in my teeth and be the face of Louis Vuitton right about now! Oh well, life goes on….

When did the Sex meet the City?

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Like many women around the world, I cannot wait!!! Sex and the City 2

I don’t know if I’m more excited for the dresses, the shoes or the men! Sex and the City has quickly become a phenomenon over the last few years but did anyone actually watch it back in 1998 when it was first on TV, I mean when it was on actual TV, before Paramount Comedy got hold of all the repeats. I certainly know that I didn’t… although that could be because I still thought that a boy liked me if he was mean to me in the playground! Anyway, it still seems to me that this show has become more popular in the last few years then it ever was in the late 90s.

Is this because the story lines have got juicier? Or their acting capability has got better? Perhaps the male leads have just got hotter? Or could it be due to the increase in the ‘celebrity’? Everywhere you go, you hear about the hot new actress or model in her Louboutin’s and it makes me think about where it all began? When did names like Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik become something that the average woman knows about? I certainly know that my Mum didn’t know who were the hot designers in New York when she was my age.

It makes me wonder about what future generations of women will get excited about, will it all be about designer space suits and long distance relationships between planets in 100 years time? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see…..

Either way, I’m still a Carrie: “Looking for love. Real love. Ridiculous, inconvenient, consuming, can’t-live-without-each-other love.”

Can we afford to be fashionable?

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Fashionable: “influenced by a current popular trend or style.” The thing is.. nowadays a current trend seems to last less time that it takes you to wash your hair! Does the average girl really have the time and money to be fashionable anymore? With the credit crunch in the back of everyone’s minds, can we really afford to hit the shops every time that a new style appears on the front cover of our favourite magazine?

Every time I open a magazine, there’s a new trend… candy colours, sailor rope belts, underwear as overwear… the problem is, I love them all! And I want them all!! Obviously, we all want designers to come up with new and exciting collections on the catwalk but please, please, please…. let it take them just a little bit longer to appear in magazines and in the shops, my purse needs a break!