vent sesh: body talk

July 29, 2014

Weight is one of those topics that women never like to talk about — well at least their number — but everyone can’t control themselves to discuss on a pretty constant basis: “Oh my gawwd, you look so tiny in that!” or “you are getting soooo thin!” (said in a semi-jealous tone!) or “Ugh, I feel so fat in this. I mean I look five months pregnant! Ugh.”

Been there, said that. It’s absurd. And it’s never really nice. {psst: if I ever said anything to you in half jealousy, I’m so sorry!}

I’ve addressed weight here in years past, and if you’re interested, even talked specifically about my number(s). I’m so over caring what my number is. It doesn’t define me in any way, except I suppose to the doctor. I love this image, below, that I saw on Instagram; these women are all the same weight and yet so utterly different.

These women weigh 154 pounds

At the end of the day, thin doesn’t equal beautiful and it doesn’t equal happy. It just equals a smaller clothing size. In fact I recall being most critical of myself and my body when I was at my thinnest; it became consuming.

This summer I’ve taken a new approach on body image and weight. My daughter is much more aware of bodies than last year. But not in thin or fat ways, just in ability to have fun. Shouldn’t we all measure our bodies this way? To lift her in the pool, to spin her around, to go down the waterside and to push her on the swings. And to do these things until my arms fall off! My focus is on being strong and healthy, the way it should be. Keep Reading —>>

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movie review: sex tape

July 25, 2014

The weekend is here, and you’re wondering what to do? Check out our review of the latest rom-com to hit the big screen:

Movie: Sex Tape, featuring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel

The plot: A couple, Jay and Annie, are still very much in love after 10 years but are battling a seriously faded sex life thanks to kids, jobs and life. When all else fails to jump start the relationship, they turn to Jay’s new iPad with incredible video capabilities while the kids are at grandma’s one night. With the help of tequila, they decide to try every position in The Joy of Sex. You can feel a little extra heat on camera in the scenes that follow until Jay realizes that he’s accidentally synced all his tech devices. The problem? He constantly upgrades his iPads, sharing old ones with friends, the mail man and even the CEO of a company that mommy blogger, Annie, is trying to land a deal with. They must get the devices back before anyone realizes.

sex-tape

TAGG’s take: I suppose you wouldn’t watch any porn for the plot, and the same goes for this film. The plot is ridiculous, and myself, along with friends during a girl’s night out certainly had a few cringe worthy moments over awkward sex moments, or just Jason Segel’s ass (now Cameron’s? Enviable!). Yet, we all admitted… we did laugh. And, out loud. It’s absurd, and yeah, an actual film critic would give this an F, but what does this average girl think?

Our rating: C+. Worth seeing, now when you have a spare few hours and are looking for some ridiculous laughs or wait until it’s available On Demand. No rush but it’s funny, and the average girl thinks it’s worthy. Just grab some movie popcorn, and sneak in some candy and drinks! PS: our favorite snack is the kid’s pack… best deal in the house; movie theatre popcorn, mini drink and usually a candy for around $6.

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how to make grilled pizza on the bbq
For a fun spin on a typical BBQ night, grilled pizza is a fun and delicious idea, for your family or for a creative night in with friends. Put out a topping bar and let everyone create their own custom pie — guaranteed belly happiness. We did this a few years ago at my husband’s parents house with their friends and have been meaning to replicate here. Lucky for all of us, TAGG’s food contributor Libby beat me to it, snapping these gorgeous shots along the way. Keep reading for a step-by-step photo tutorial how to make your pizza on your grill, and warning: don’t read while hungry.

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outfit: work stripes

July 23, 2014

striped skirt + florals
For as much as I’m at work — at least five days per week — I realized I’m often guilty of sharing more here of my night and weekend looks and not enough of what I’m wearing to the office. You can catch some of it on Instagram (@avggirlsguide), however here’s a look I wore earlier this week for a work meeting, and then a lunch meeting for the Women’s Foundation of Palm Beach County, a local nonprofit I’m involved with.

This skirt instantly called my name at Ann Taylor; great stripes, classic black and white, jacquard detailing, it’s so good. I snagged it during a big sale, but it’s now even less. It’s such a wardrobe staple: I’m also ready to wear it with a denim button down, and with one of my J. Crew light-weight sweaters, for example.  The camisole has this great mirrored print but I couldn’t resist adding a little neutral bling… just because. For a girls movie night, I later swapped out all the clothes for a black blouse and dark denim, keeping all the accessories, this necklace included, exactly the same.
striped skirt + florals
striped skirt + florals

PS: about five hours after taking these photos I chopped 3-4 inches of hair off; I shared it here, and love the results. I’ve struggled with thinning, scraggly ends — my roots are shockingly thicker than my ends — and this blunt cut makes my hair so much feel so much more thick.
striped skirt + florals

blouse: h&m (ancient) // skirt: ann taylor (petites) sizing: I’m wearing a 4 petite // heels: madewell // tote: c/o ann taylor (similar from AT; and similar for less) // necklace: c/o baublebar x nordstrom collection // ring: baublebar x stripes and sequins

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