Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street. Fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening. ~Coco Chanel
THIS GIRL. Allow me to explain.
I was all like, “This is my new fave! Cuteness overload!”
And then bigots promptly rained on my parade.
Cheerios posted the commercial to YouTube just three days ago, but disabled the comments section within 48 hours because it was flooded with racist bullshit.
Adweek Contributor Tim Nudd wrote:
You’d think this new Cheerios ad from Saatchi & Saatchi in New York might go largely unnoticed, given the plethora of interracial couples on TV shows these days … The problem is that TV ads have always lagged TV programming in this regard, as so many brands are clearly scared of being perceived as making a political statement with the casting of their commercials. Thus, the Cheerios ad, despite its characters being representative of tens of thousands of actual couples in America, sticks out like a sore thumb.
To its credit, Cheerios is standing by the commercial. Camille Gibson, the company’s vice president of marketing, told Gawker in a statement, “Consumers have responded positively to our new Cheerios ad. At Cheerios, we know there are many kinds of families and we celebrate them all.”
And that’s why they’re getting my money.
Also, kudos to Whitney Avalon. On Tuesday she tweeted:
(Commercial image source: Adweek)
On Saturday, the lovely and talented Darby Stanchfield replied to my tweet about her and my bestie, Ker, in Glamour mag. (Don’t make that face. She’s totally my bestie.)
Wasn’t that sweet of Darby?
The “Scandal” cast is the best ever. So generous with their time.
Growing up, I was fed a steady Midwestern diet of meat and potatoes, and everything was fried (thanks to southern roots on both sides of the fam).
OK, OK. That’s an exaggeration. Not everything was fried.
And we ate plenty of fruits and veggies. And dessert was rare. And pop was considered a treat. But still.
My mom tops her homemade macaroni and cheese with strips of bacon. Her ranch dip will change your life. The main ingredients? Mayonnaise and sour cream.
And have I mentioned I have almost no self control where food is concerned? Well, it’s true. So you can imagine the damage I did during the holidays.
Between my mom practically shoveling food down my throat (“You don’t eat enough!”), no exercise (I don’t run outside in cold weather, I hate gyms), and a waning metabolism (Thanks, 31st birthday), I tipped the scales at… Well, let’s just say I gained about six pounds in a week.
Something had to give. Not only did I feel pudgy, I felt…full. Clogged.
So I decided to embark on the Master Cleanse.
You know, the 10-day fast Beyoncé popularized a few years ago.
You drink a quart of salt water in the morning, an herbal laxative tea at night, and lemonade (made with maple syrup, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper) in between. That’s it.
No food, no caffeine, no alcohol.
My friends thought I’d lost my mind. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life.
I lasted five days.
Would I do the Master Cleanse again? Maybe. Maybe not. When it was all said and done, I did feel cleaned out. And I lost the weight I’d gained.
Pro Tip: Keep lotion handy.
You will pee. A lot. (I was going to keep track of my bathroom trips, but I lost count.) Therefore, you will wash your hands a lot. Therefore, lotion will become your best friend.
Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.
What with it being New Year’s Eve and all.
But we know which celebration really matters. Don’t we.
That wasn’t a question.
Kerry Washington and I were separated at birth. I have receipts, y’all.
Last night while watching “Scandal” I tweeted this:
my long-lost sister Kerry tweeted this:
Similar random comments. AT THE SAME DAMN TIME.
And the kicker? This:
Not only did Dan Bucatinsky (aka James) retweet me, he retweeted me and Kerry AT THE SAME DAMN TIME.
Sorry, I couldn’t help going there.
Between this and this… I’m in “Scandal” fangurl heaven. And totally Twitterfamous.
Yesterday morning I posted a photo of Kerry Washington. Why? Because it’s a pretty picture. And because I crush on her
like it’s my job hard.
I pretty much want to be Kerry Washington when I grow up.
So, yeah, I posted her picture and a reference to “Pretty Girl Rock.” Because of the lyrics.
My name is Keri/I’m so very/Fly…
I didn’t use the lyrics verbatim. And Keri Hilson and Kerry Washington spell their names differently
because Kerry’s parents had the sense not to spell her name like a lotion brand. But you follow me, right?
Anyway… Last night I’m watching “Scandal” aka “Kerry’s Vehicle to the Superstardom She So Rightfully Deserves.” And I tweeted this:
Then I proceeded to check in on the “Scandal” cast because they live tweet each episode. During the east and west coast airings. Because they’re awesome like that. And I’m scrollin’. And I see this:
And I fangurled. To be frank, I. Lost. My. Shit.
Then I tweeted this to my friend Justin, who thinks my enthusiasm for “Scandal” is kind of cute and 100 percent psychotic:
Because I have no shame, people. NONE.
Well, that’s not entirely true. There’s a hint of shame. Which is why I didn’t use Kerry’s handle in that tweet. Plus, I couldn’t risk Kerry seeing that in her mentions and getting a restraining order. Because obviously I’m on her radar now.
And now I’m also Twitterfamous −my Cyrus tweet got 35 retweets and 14 favorites− and my public needs me.
So here I am.
Shoulda bought that adorable floppy hat I tried on last weekend…
The cat’s out of the bag.
I’m going to be contributing to a new segment on “Good Day Columbus” called “Must Have Monday.”
During the 9 o’clock hour, I’ll be discussing hot fashion and style trends with the lovely Lisa Colbert and Shawn Ireland. Super excited about this!
So be sure to tune in to Fox 28 the second Monday of each month! And feel free to contact me with suggestions for future segments via Twitter (use the hashtag #MustHaveMonday) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
And last but not least…a special shout-out to one of my bestest friends, Danielle Elias, Central Ohio’s finest TV reporter, for taking the photo above and being so encouraging! Such a doll.