March 19, 2013

Killing Us Softly

I think we're all aware of how practically every image of people in the media is tweaked, usually significantly. But the reality is, on some level, I think we sometimes forget that they are. Every day we see perhaps thousands of images but we don't always consciously remember that they have all been photoshopped to look younger, thinner, sexier. Every little imperfection and non-imperfection is erased away like magic. Especially now.

It makes me sad that even pre-schoolers are exposed to all this ridiculousness and don't even know it!

We live in such a screwed up world. Lordy lordy...

Thank goodness for nature. For the wonderfulness and naturalness of the great outdoors.

Anyway, I applaud Jean Kilbourne ( in the video above) for all her hard work on the image of women in advertising.

Winter Minestrone
Also, if you happen to have missed my post called Erasing Your Face, it's about the media's use of  technology to soften the signs of aging on TV.

Even on TV we aren't seeing people as they really are.

As Desi Arnaz would say to Lucy, "Ay yi yi!"

On a happier note, I've been percolating a little birthday celebration for Mr. Fix-It. We celebrated his 50th birthday in Madeira but his real birthday is actually this weekend. He isn't one to enjoy the limelight so it's just family coming and a few of those nearest and dearest to him. I like throwing parties once I get my engine warmed-up and running. Maybe you know what I mean. Thankfully I've become smarter about entertaining as I've grown older.

I'm thinking I might turn our living room into the dining room for this gathering, by flip-flopping the two rooms. It might be fun to use the house in a whole new way.

I hope.

Today our firstborn is making Winter Minestone Soup, which I hear is fabulous from my gray and gorgeous sister-in-law.

It's the perfect day for it as winter is back in full force, once again, with a sizable snowfall.

 xoxo to you my dear readers, near and far,



  1. Hey Louise;

    Great Lines of Beauty today. It's one of my favourite topics! Have you ever seen 2 videos from Dove? They're called Onslaught and Evolution and they're about how models and their faces are so radically changed before an ad is done with them. You can find them on YouTube.


  2. Thank you Marcia.

    I posted about The Evolution of Beauty and posted their great clip here.I think y'all will have to cut and paste it into your browser:

    I haven't seen Onslaught but will go see if I can find it on Youtube as I would love to see it.

  3. Silly me- Onslaught was right below the The Evolution of Beauty on the link above!

    However,it has since been blocked. I think this new link on Vimeo will work. Again, you'll need to cut and paste:

  4. It really is! Nice to hear from you Kass.