Archive | March, 2013

Sassy Saying of the Day (Game of Thrones Style)

31 Mar

In celebration of season 3 of Game of Thrones starting tonight, the Sassy Saying of the Day comes from the one and only Tyrion Lannister (smart, witty, resourceful, and one of my favorite characters in the series).

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What People Need to Stop Doing on Social Media (Immediately)

31 Mar

Everyone makes the mistake of following someone annoying on Twitter or friending the wrong person on Facebook (some of these people might, unfortunately, be your real friends). If you want to avoid being the most annoying person on social media, start following these simple suggestions:

1. Stop Posting Stupidly

Whether your grammar is atrocious (how people graduate middle school without being able to distinguish between their, there, and they’re is beyond me) or you just don’t think before you post, you should know it is incessantly obnoxious to follow stupid people. So brush up on your grammar and reread that post for mistakes before you publish it, (it’s 140 characters, like really, it doesn’t take that long) or suffer the consequences of displaying your inadequacies to the entire world. (P.S. if you don’t notice these mistakes, you’re part of the problem). Case in point, Ryan Lochte, you’re as dumb as you are pretty, making it impossible to follow you on Twitter (I’ll stick to pictures, those are worth the thousands of words he can’t even begin to pronounce #JEAH).

 2. Stop Begging for Attention

Plain and simple, no one likes an attention whore. Talking about your boobs or begging people to hang out with you on Twitter is just down right pathetic. We all know you have issues, there is no need to spell it out. Cure your case of TMI by not posting every thought that pops into that silly little head of yours.

3. Stop Kidding Yourself

Let me tell you, those song lyrics aren’t fooling anyone (we all know that they are directed at someone). But if you don’t have the balls to say what you’re feeling outright, then just don’t bother. This whole subtweeting thing needs to stop pronto (like really who talks behind people’s backs on a public forum? p.s. #oomf is no better).

4. Stop Being Overly Opinionated

Whether you just LOVE Jesus, or think babies should be born holding handguns, repeatedly touting your opinions like you’re the second coming is obnoxious. Sure, everyone is entitled to their opinion, but there’s also a reason people say opinions are like assholes. Whether you are the one constantly spouting off at the mouth or replying by bashing people’s opinions, it’s annoying. I love an intelligent debate, but let’s admit that this rarely happens on social media (and keep your radical beliefs to yourself).

Everyone makes the mistake of breaking these rules once in awhile (to err is human) but seriously keep it to a minimum people, unless you want to be unfollowed, blocked, or unfriended.

Do you agree with these rules? What do you think is the most annoying social media habit?

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Sassy Saying of the Day 3/24

24 Mar

Ernest Hemingway was a wise, wise man.

Unusual Attraction: The Ugly Sexy Paradox

24 Mar

Channing Tatum, Bradley Cooper, Ryan Gosling (oh how I could go on) are some of the most undeniably attractive men in Hollywood. Women around the world swoon at the mere mention of these names. But, have you ever found yourself unexplainably attracted to someone who is, um, not so pretty (or even objectively ugly)? This is what I like to call the Ugly Sexy Paradox. Now, admittedly, attraction is not a purely physical reaction. But in fantastical situations (like the crushes we have on celebrities or their characters) you would think that the objectively hot would reign (a la Ian Somerhalder). But recently I have noticed myself drawn to some of these less attractive (yet ultimately sexy) men in Hollywood.

For example, my latest Ugly Sexy crush is Jeremy Allen White aka Lip on Shameless. Now if I saw him walking down the street, I don’t know that I would notice him (heck, I might even think he was unattractive). But there is something about his character that just draws me to him (I have support on this from some of my other Shameless fanatic friends). So how can someone seemingly unattractive (or average) be so down right sexy? And last time I checked, drug dealers, cheaters, and scam artists (all traits of Lip’s character) weren’t on the top of anybody’s list either. So what exactly is redeeming about him? Well, he’s freakishly smart, extremely loyal, and is vulnerable (even if it is to a sociopath like Karen). So I guess personality can win out over all else (who knew). But I think I have to argue for intangibles here as well. Sexy is just something you have, it’s a way of carrying yourself, a certain confidence that you have or you don’t, and Jeremy Allen White just has it in spades.

Jake Johnson aka Nick on New Girl is another culprit of the Ugly Sexy Paradox (although I would not deem him ugly, merely average). His character Nick has questionable hygiene, no real ambition, and is usually downright awkward (the panic moonwalk anybody?). But, again, there is something attractive, something sexy about him that makes you want to spend a day in Jess’s shoes.

 

On the other side of the coin is the most recent Bachelor, Sean Lowe. He is a very attractive man (over six foot with a six pack, HELLO). Sean is hot, but I do not find him sexy. Maybe it is the tabloid fodder about his regained virginity or his cringeworthy hip thrusts on Dancing with the Stars (sadly I tuned in). He has all the traits girls look for, he’s funny, caring, an all-around great guy, but he is just so…vanilla, and I guess I’m looking for something more rocky road.

So, who is your Ugly/Sexy crush? Do you agree that hot and sexy can be very different things? Guys, does this paradox happen to you too? Would you rather be considered hot or sexy?

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Sassy Saying of the Day 3/22

22 Mar

Sassy Saying of the Day 3/22

Do or Don’t: Online Dating?

21 Mar

There are about a bajillion dating sites these days (I mean, really, check these weird ones out). But for all of us looking for the companionship of a normal (or at least socially acceptable and/or functional human being), I’m talking the major players like Match.com. At the ripe old age of 22, I will admit that I have been curious enough to sign up and even create a profile on Match (judge if you will). For my purposes, I have treated it a lot like online shopping, but for men, browsing by size or style. However, I have never taken it past the window shopping phase. I have never been willing (or desperate enough, depending on how you look at it) to pay to communicate with these possible suitors. But with an impending move to a new city where I will know next to no one, I am starting to seriously consider the switch from looker to buyer. There seems to be a lot of other new grads and young professionals using sites like Match to meet new people (or score a few free meals). I feel like online dating has become less taboo (and pathetic) and more acceptable (I mean you do know more about this guy than that creepy dude at the bar). So what do you think? Is online dating a do or don’t?

 

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Sassy Saying of the Day 3/20

20 Mar

Sassy Saying of the Day 3/20

Fear is just another opportunity. Be adventurous. Try new things. Explore.

Female Fitness: Why You Aren’t Getting Results

20 Mar

check out that bod

Until six months ago I was the epitome of lazy, uninspired, and unhappy when it came to working out (couch potato would be an understatement). I just couldn’t find a workout that motivated me to get to the gym on a regular basis (and I hate…let me repeat HATE running, so outside wasn’t a better option). When I did go to the gym, I found myself bouncing up and down on the elliptical, which was not only mind numbing but ineffective. And not seeing results is the best way for me to opt out of a workout and in to a piece of cheesecake (old habits die hard).

Then my brother introduced me to Crossfit (hallelujah, I’ve seen the light). Crossfit is a strength and conditioning program that touts itself as “constantly varied, high intensity, functional movement.” So I traded in my elliptical for WODs (Workout of the Day) and never looked back. Not only did I start seeing results, but the variety of exercises keeps me excited to hit the gym six months later.

So if you’re working out and not getting results, these might be some reasons why:

1. You’re Unmotivated

If you hate your workout, you are probably spending less time in the gym and more time sitting on the couch catching up on your soaps. Exercising should be enjoyable (I swear, it’s possible). So, if you have a get in, get out outlook on going to the gym, chances are you haven’t found the right workout yet. Also, it helps to have support, so find a workout buddy (who will drag your ass out of bed) or a gym with friendly members and staff (gym friends are good friends).

2. You’re Afraid of Strength Training

This is one of the biggest mistakes women make. They think that if they start lifting weights they will look like Arnold in his prime. Unless someone is slipping you steroids, this won’t happen, women just don’t have the testosterone to bulk up like that. On the positive side, building muscle helps burn more calories throughout the day, while also making your body look leaner. Personally, I’d rather look skinnier (and be healthier) and weigh a little more. So next time you see a weight rack, embrace it (or at least stop running in the other direction).

3. You’re not Eating Right

This one is my achilles heel. I have a problem saying no to anything with chocolate involved (like seriously chocoholics anonymous needs to be a thing). I love being able to rationalize my second serving of dessert by saying, “Hey, I worked out today.” Trust me, this is the wrong way to think (I would be much closer to my goal if I would swap out french fries for salads). Instead, change your thinking to “I don’t want to waste my workout by eating junk” (hey, if you try, I’ll try).

So if you haven’t found your workout groove yet, keep trying! If you are interested in Crossfit check out http://www.crossfit.com or check back for more of my fitness related posts.

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Sassy Saying of the Day 3/18

18 Mar

Nothing like a good surprise. Be amazed at what you can do.

Back Sass: Shoemint.com

18 Mar

Tsk, tsk, tsk, it’s always such a shame when a great product or service has a catch (such is life, gotta read the fine print). Shoemint.com has me a little extra sassy (in the bad way) these days and heres why:

First let me set up the situation. I will say I love the website. It was easy to join (I just signed in through Facebook) and they have a great product that is reasonably priced. BONUS, they send you coupons in your email, like all the time, and stuff is constantly being put on sale (love me a deal). I am usually an online window shopper because I have an incessant need to try before I buy. But when I fell in love with a pair of flats, I busted out my new member 50% off and bought those suckers (free shipping both ways! it was a win-win, even if I needed to return them). They shipped to my house within the week, fit great, and are absolutely adorable (YAY).

The problem came a few weeks after my purchase. I was checking my credit card statement and all of a sudden I see a charge of $79.98 from Shoemint.com (Oh hell no!). I had only purchased the one pair, which I had already paid off, and had gone back to my window shopping ways. What I came to learn is that I was now a “Preferred Customer” (because they had my credit card info from my first purchase) and at the beginning of each month they would “credit” my account for a full price pair of shoes. In essence, the money was already spent, so they force you into picking out a cute pair of pumps. I was infuriated. Apparently, your only way out of this situation is to opt out of the credit within the first 5 days of the month (I had been oblivious to this process, so it was the middle of the month before I noticed the charge on my card). Luckily, I checked the website and they do a one time refund if you forget to opt out, which I’m sure nearly everyone uses that first month. So, I called and got a refund (thank god the lady didn’t give me grief or I would have gone a little ape shit). The money has yet to magically reappear in my account.

What upset me most is the lack of visibility of this policy. Apparently, it is somewhere on the check out page when you buy your first item, but seriously, I was excited about new shoes, not looking for ways they were gonna screw me in the future. Also, it’s kinda shitty to take advantage of having someone’s credit card info. Plus, at least two other people I know have experienced the same thing, so it’s not like I’m an idiot and can’t read.

MORAL OF THE STORY: I am not saying to avoid Shoemint entirely (like I said great product, reasonable prices, great sales/coupons). But learn from my mistake! As soon as you purchase a pair of shoes BEWARE! You will be charged $79.98 every month if you do not opt out within the first 5 days of said month. They only refund you ONCE. But it’s better not to go through the hassle of obtaining a refund (or bouncing checks because your money magically vanishes thanks to the Shoemint fairy). I have now set a monthly reminder in my phone to opt out, I suggest you do as well. I will say if I have any more difficulty with this website (or don’t get my refund back ASAP) I will just cancel my membership, there are no shortage of places to buy awesome shoes.

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