Fashion is always doomed to repeat itself… though “doomed” may be too strong a word. Every season brings endless inspiration and comparisons from decades past. Though it may still feel like yesterday, enough time has passed in fashion years for the 1990s to be considered ripe for the picking. It should come as no surprise, then, that this decade has been back with a vengeance as inspiration for the past few seasons. Over the past year we’ve seen androgyny, minimalism, and grunge and it’s made us a bit nostalgic. To commemorate this resurgence, we’ve compiled some our favorite ’90s campaigns. Take a look.
“It’s better to sweat in the gym than bleed in the streets.”—
I have a t-shirt that reads the following, "It’s better to sweat in the gym than bleed in the streets." I often wear it running errands around the city or working out (which never happens so that doesn’t count), but from time to time people stop and ask me what it means. It’s a genius t-shirt because it facilitates questions that often lead to discussions which allows me to tell the story of Restoration Ministries Boxing Club.
The boxing club was created to give kids/teens the opportunity to duke it out in a boxing ring rather than the streets of Harvey, IL. It further teaches the individuals the discipline and respect it takes to undertake a sport such as boxing.
The look washing over people’s faces—after hearing about the program—ranges from disgust to admiration. A CNN blog article recently featured a similar boxing club (this one facilitated by a Muslim Imam) highlighting the same pros/cons (ie. faith based arguments against fighting) people say in response to the unconventional outlet for taking youngsters off the streets. For me, the point is the children and teens are taken off the streets and put into a healthy environment—one that builds substantial morals and arms them with the mental capacity to handle life outside the ring, enabling them to relieve their emotions physically inside the ring.
Restoration Ministries is an incredible organization bringing hope to the hopeless in Harvey and neighboring areas. Visit their website if you want to learn about their programs, volunteering and donations.
The FDA made history yesterday by announcing some new rules for regulating sunscreen labeling. The FDA has been evaluating sunscreen labeling since 1978, without ever doing much about it. Now, at the urging of environmental groups and Congress, the agency announced that the industry is in for a lot of change. Sunscreens can be confusing, from the ingredients in the product to the claims made on the packaging. The FDA’s biggest concern was regarding UVA/UVB protection, also called “broad spectrum.” While both types of UV rays contribute to sunburn, UVA rays are the biggest culprits in skin cancer and premature aging. Not all products protect against both types of UV rays. The new guidelines should make everything a bit clearer for consumers. Companies have a year to revise their labels; smaller companies have two years. A quickie summary of the changes:
The Book of Mormon cleaned up at the Tony Awards on Sunday. I’ve been listening to the album nonstop since then. It’s funny, endearing, irreverent, raw, offensive and entertaining. I don’t watch South Park but “well done” Matt Stone and Trey Parker for mixing things up on The Great White Way.
I figure people are sick of my lame posts on Facebook so if you’re interested in (the same lame posts on a different site) celebrity gossip, play/musical reviews, in-the-news commentary, familial happenings and general mind-numbing silliness, feel free to stop by and enjoy your travels through the inner workings of my brain.
I mostly quote Tina Fey because I’m not smart enough or funny enough to come up with my own material.
"I thank my parents for somehow raising me to have confidence that is disproportionate with my looks and abilities. Well done. That is what all parents should do.” ~TF