Shoulder Pads Not Required

MyOwnJudgeThe one shoulder trend is nowhere near new, nor ‘something old’ either. A trend that will forever add flavor by embellishment, color blocking, or just fabric, has given way to one arm fashion piece creativity. Wear whatever you like and reach for that sleeve, one arm shrug, or piece. Guess the verdict is out on the definitive name, too.

The snowball has slowly started picking up speed as Kim Kardashian sported a one arm shrug not long ago, followed by Willow Smith with a buckled piece (with drama all it’s own) at the American Music Awards.

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MyOwnJudgeThe style surely has a standout quality – but is it for the best? Personally, it calls on far too many visions of a pirate with a parrot on his shoulder. Just me?

What’s your take on it?

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Are We Getting Too Sensitive?

MyOwnJudgePublic outcry used to be on a much lower volume in the past than it has become today. Sure, a lot of it has to do with how open conversation has become with the onslaught of technology and social media. I’ve often been guilty of using my phone to document the street crimes in fashion (leggings so see through you can point out the pattern on the underwear!) or just ludicrous (man using resistance bands at the crosswalk to exercise topless?) and sending them straight to Twitter or Facebook to get a jury’s verdict.

When something on television or in a magazine used to rub a person the wrong way, they would take to writing a letter, or trying to go to the news. Now? All they need to do is send an e-mail or post a tweet. Depending on how many people sympathize, a “shake my head” moment can snowball into public outrage in half a day.

The day Katy Perry dared to don a camisole on Sesame Street to do her Sesame version of Hot N Cold parents threw up their hands in protest, unhappy with that much skin being available for their toddlers to see. Maybe it’s because my parenting days are still ahead of me, but I saw nothing of the x rated fashion on the clip, and thought the parentals were going overboard.
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The parents weren’t happy again, when the cast members of  Glee did a shoot for GQ magazine, protesting that adults who played teenagers on a show shouldn’t do provocative photo shoots, and neared it to pedophelia. One of the “guilty” parties, Dianna Agron took to her blog to offer an apology of sorts. She apologized if parents were offended by the shoot but asked why an eight year old would be holding a copy of the magazine. She also mentioned that the shoot didn’t depict the “real” her, and that her dream shoot would involve dragons. I’m not always fond of the shoots men’s magazines do with the members of the Hollywood interest of the moment, but I agree. Were the parents mad when Marge Simpson hit the covers of Playboy?

In a world where the youth is growing up too fast under incorrect management, everyone is afraid to mirror the mistakes that plagued Brittany, Lindsey, et al. The new teens and tweens are often either too eager to get more exposure by exposing themselves, or have staff with big eyes for money behind them, not interested in preserving the integrity of their youth. Miley Cyrus‘ new video Who Owns My Heart, and Taylor Momsen‘s Revolver magazine cover are just the biggest example of such in current day. Even Willow Smith didn’t get a pass from the public, with critics saying she’s better off starting her career later because young Hollywood is destined to burn if they start early.

The internet has made it possible for people to follow another’s every step and action, and has given them the power to comment on the rights and wrongs of it right after. What used to be a slip up in an interview has become broader, and more along the lines of walking on egg shells.

It is human nature to make mistakes, but is it equally so to pass judgment? Throughout life we all make errors and learn from them. We’re not all fortunate enough to have a million followers submitting feedback. But in the end, who is right? Does freedom of speech cover criticizing a star for weight gain, a young woman for discussing her sexuality, or a grown woman from posing in a sexy shoot?

Did the internet give society the remote control (emphasis on control) on the good vs. the bad, or has mankind gotten a little too sensitive?

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Willow, Looking Cute So

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As the net is abuzz on the recent nautical stripes, chains, and camel scarf partnership of young star Willow Smith, I was thinking “I could swear she always dressed cute.” Lo and behold a few searches later and I had an array of photographs making my closet look amateur and mediocre.

The 9 year old is on a high that will undoubtedly only be the first. Her styles are fashionable and adventurous, but highly age appropriate. It’s easy to start a love affair with a child who isn’t afraid to be a child. Willow credited her mother as her stylist on her recent radio appearance to NY Station Power 105.1.

Her style has stepped up circa her brother’s The Karate Kid movie premieres. The rest is just history!
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She Whips Her Hair

Willow Smith debuted her song Whip My Hair a while back, but the video has graced the net today. The beautiful young girl is rocking some great styles and is letting her music speak volumes. The video is positively themed, without nudity or adult factors. Most of the scenes are tied in with the star dipping her braids into paint and whipping it around to paint the rooms a shade all her own. She has great hair styles in it, and the song is addictive (try and say otherwise!).
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Have you seen it yet?

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