So the good news is I’m single and ready to mingle… or at least I think I am. The bad news is my boyfriend dumped me out of the blue because he doesn’t have “feelings” for me. This, a week after he drove 11 hours to surprise me for Valentines Day. Confused much? Yeah. Me too.
However, the other good news is that I believe in the power of retail therapy. As the ever stylish Tammy Faye Baker has said “Shopping is cheaper than a psychiatrist.” True Tammy Faye, very true. (Does that picture scare anyone else? Yowza. It's a very prime example that sometimes more really is just more.)
So, the morning after I was left standing at the proverbial curve, I decided I needed to take action. The dress that I’ve been eyeing from Leona Collection
was going to be mine. It would make me feel better and look fabulous. After checking online, I was only able to find a 6 and a 10. I highly doubted I’d fit into a 6, and after losing 30 pounds, there was no way on God’s green earth I was going to wear a double digit dress. I’ve worked too hard for that. It would have been salt in the wound. Really. So, I went to the only shop in town that I know of that carries Leona Collection, The Shirt Shop
… and what do you know, they had a size 8 that fit perfectly. And the people rejoiced.On a side note, does anyone else vent to sales clerks? No? Just me? Hmm… maybe I should stop doing that, because when I was checking out, the owner jokingly offered to buy me a shot at the restaurant next door. Yeah, I definitely need to not vent to sales clerks. Whoops. But you know, it’s kind of funny, when women are upset about something, we eat or go shopping. When men are upset, they just invade another country. I think it's a whole different way of thinking. (Why, hello, disposition theory…)
So, yeah. I have a new dress (one that Taylor Swift also owns), and I look fabulous in it. Now, all I need is an event. Actually, who cares? I’ll just wear it while I work on my dissertation this weekend. Does the dress make me feel better? Yes. Permanently? No. But, it gave me that little boost to get through an otherwise awful day. The rest, I can deal with. So let’s hear it for retail therapy.Whoever said money can't buy happiness simply didn't know where to go shopping.
-- Bo Derek
You know the moment when you realize that you're getting exactly what you want? Or the moment when all your hard work pays off? Or the moment when you are so excited that you do a happy dance in your office... and the hallway... and the secretary's office. Yeah, I totally had that the other day, and it felt great!
For the past three years, I've been working my tail off trying to get my PhD. Last year wasn't so great (getting struck by lightning, having a stalker, getting eaten alive by fire ants, and all SORTS of other issues), but I really think 2010 is going to be a great year. Anyways, back to the point of this post.. the happy dance.
Last week was a great week. First, I passed my proposal defense and got my IRB material in by the February deadline. Then, I had a surprise Valentine's Day visit from my ex-boyfriend*. Then, I got offered my dream job. It was such a fantastic week, that by the point I got the offer, I couldn't hold in my excitement anymore. The happy dance came out and small children cried. Granted, it is a little scary to see me acting so spastic, and the happy dance may be a mix between the Macarena, the tootsie roll, and Elaine from Seinfeld, and I may look like an idiot doing it… but I don’t care. I’m psyched!
The reason is (and I am EXTREMELY happy to announce this) that I am the newest Assistant Professor in Strategic Communication at Oklahoma State. This is a great fit for me, and I couldn’t be happier. I still have to finish the big D, but I should be coming back in the next 6 months. So, watch out, y’all. This sassy southern girl is about to come home, and I may be wearing a lot of orange.
So, out of respect to my two favorite schools, I must say:
ROLL TIDE!!! and GO POKES!
*In the space of a week, he decided he didn’t have “feelings” for me, and dumped me. Um…. Okaaaaay.
I'm a fan of The Bachelor. There, I said it. Don't hate, cause I'm not ashamed. I love the drama, the romance, the possibility that there will be a happily ever after and the clothes. Yes, the clothes. Sometimes you see a girl and her clothes are on point. She looks hot, and she knows it. Other times, (and these are really the best of times) girls are just a hot mess--not only do the clothes just not work, but some of these girls are just plain CARAAAZY. I'm not gonna point fingers at the hot messes in this bunch ('cause y'all know who you are), but feel free to enjoy the clips below. It just really doesn't do justice to this lovely young lady's level of... well... um... she was special.
On a side note, I REALLY love how she tries to brush off the crazy. Um... yeah. Michelle, honey, all of America saw you acting a fool. They can only edit things so much, and Chris Harrison has even said they had a camera on you at all times. You can't brush that off.
Aaaanyways. Back to the clothes. Take, this season for example. We have a plethora (big word) of available ladies on the show, tons of dramatic moments that are poised to rip your heart out, and fantastically cheesy music to set the stage. On the wings of loooooooove.... Anyone? Anyone? No? Alright, I'll move one.
Some of these ladies look lovely, and are every bit a lady. My favorite fashionistas this season are Tenley and Ali. Tenley looks adorable in just about everything she wears. A-DOR-ABLE. (Of course, if I was a size 2 former Disney Princess, I'd look good in everything too.) Take the dress from last night for instance... that sassy green number was just precious. I don't know where she got it, but it totally reminds me of the dress I've been obsessing over from theLeona Collection
. (The pic is below.) I swear, if it hadn't sold out before I could buy it, that beauty would be hanging in my closest as we speak. Hint, hint Leona Collection. I'm a size 8. (Kidding, kidding... Sort of.)
My other favorite fashionista is Ali. This girl can rock out some kicks at a rose ceremony, or go completely formal in some BCBG. She's just my style. Fashionable, yet fun. Casual, yet cool. Personally, I think she's a little too worried about Vienna (don't GET me started on her... yeesh), but her style is fantastic. I want to go shopping with her. There's such a thing as parasocial interaction (when people think that celebs would be their friends if they were to ever meet*), but is there such as thing as parasocial fashion interaction? Because I'm pretty sure Ali and I would be the best shopping buddies.
In fact, I love some of the styles so much, I forget about the plot of the show. So this week, (SPOILER ALERT!!!) when the my neighbor was sobbing from Ali leaving, I was searching the internet for Ali's clothes... again. I'm just saying, that dress is too cute. I want it.
So, yeah. I really want ABC to change their interview format around a little bit at the end of each show. Instead of asking the girls how they feel about situations, they should ask them where they got their clothes. Cause if you think about it, wearing clothes on this show is possibly one of the greatest product endorsements you could get. Forget social media, fashion lines just need The Bachelor... wait, I didn't mean that.
So, Ali, what I really want to know (other than how your heart is doing) is who are you wearing? More importantly... where can I get it?
Hey y'all! Welcome to my site!
For those of you who don't know me, I'm Cynthia. "Who's that?" you ask? Well, let me tell you. I'm a twenty-something year old who is about to get her PhD in communication. I'm American by birth, a Southerner by the Grace of God, and an Alabama fan because my momma raised me right. I am a PR practitioner, teacher, fashionista, researcher, lover of Adobe Creative Suite, and part time juggler. Okay, I'm lying about the juggling.
The purpose of this blog is to show the varying aspects of me. I love art, fashion, pop culture, sports, music, food, and life. I'm very eclectic, so there is always something that interests me. You might see posts on any variety of things. From fashion & beauty, to PR & Advertising, to my daily life, to scholarly articles, or simply opinions about current events it might be on here. (Hence the title "360 degrees of C".) There are so many aspects to me, you never know what you are going to get. By the way, having my own blog/Web page is a new venture for me, so bear with me as I figure this thing out.
Fair Warning: I'm a dork. Some of the material you read may be ridiculous. It may show my sense of humor (I've a very dry, snarky, cheesy sense of humor). Some of it may be BRILLIANT! That's highly unlikely...possible, but HIGHLY unlikely. (BTW, I totally said that in a mad scientist voice). So... yeah. Like I said fair warning.
Good luck, readers. You're about to get a snapshot of who I am.