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The United Airlines Sexist Dress Code Club


Ever since I was a kid, I have been on many airplanes for vacation trips.  I took flights to PRSSA conferences, to California (one of my personal favorite trips!), to Miami for the cruise the next day, and even to Georgia to visit my extended family.  It was always exciting to pack my favorite games to bring with me on the plane.  Now that I’m older and security has tightened up even more around the airlines (thanks to 9/11), getting through the airport is pure HELL.

We used to be hopeful adventurers who were enthusiastic about flying, but now we’ve succumbed to becoming lab rats being pulled into institutionalized buildings where employees scream directions to us every minute. “Take your shoes OFF and put ALL electronic devices into the tray NOW!”, says the disgruntled worker to all passengers.  All this screaming and yelling over basic instructions has decreased our enthusiasm about flying.  If that isn’t enough to cause you to go insane, then you’ll lose it even more when you find out that some airlines won’t let you on board because of the way you are dressed.  This particular scenario happened recently with United Airlines.

Here’s the PR nightmare for today: two girls were boarding a flight in Denver to head back to Minneapolis on Sunday morning.  Since the girls were wearing leggings, United Airlines barred the girls from boarding the flight.  To make matters even more embarrassing, they were forced to change into a dress when the gate agent thought that the leggings were inappropriate.  United Airlines doubled down on their decision through a series of tweets.  This news was first posted by Twitter user Shannon Watts, a passenger who witnessed the scene while boarding a flight to Mexico.

Let me get this straight…two young girls, that weren’t even teenagers yet, were barred and forced to put on a dress because of their style choice.  Not because they wore something that promoted sex/drugs/violence, but simply because they wanted to wear leggings.  Seriously guys…LEGGINGS are what barred the two tween girls from flying United Airlines.  To make matters even worse, they were forced to put on a dress in front of EVERYONE at the gate. This PR nightmare is on another level of stupidity that its hurting my brain.

This sexist story hit the social media bug, causing a wildfire of shocked reactions from users everywhere.  More users were offended by the PR nightmare rather than the girls that decided to wear leggings on board.  Airline companies like Delta took to Twitter to troll United Airlines with their preposterous rule.  Even after the shocking reactions from users appalled by the nightmare, United Airlines STILL stood by with their decision.

Jesus Christ…just when I thought airports couldn’t get even more frustrating.  What is this country coming to?  Since when did we start allowing gate attendants to judge what’s proper clothing for women to wear onboard the airplane?  Not too long ago, people secretly had sex on a plane before landing (which was called ‘joining the Mile-High Club’).  Now we’ve gotten to the point of paranoia that we can’t allow tween girls to wear leggings on board the plane.  This PR nightmare really set a bad tone for United Airlines and their culture.

As a man, I think it’s absolutely preposterous that United Airlines barred the girls just because they wanted to wear leggings.  I could give a shit what women are wearing (whether it’s a big dress or tiny skirt) because I respect women for who they are.  Women should be allowed for choosing what to wear and not feel judged based on some bullshit sexist issues.  If you’re a woman and want to wear leggings on a plane, go ahead and do that (I’ll give you brownie points if they have a pot leaves on them!).  Leggings are an appropriate style choice, not some slutty accessory that would be deemed unacceptable in American culture.

Next time I’m planning a trip, I’ll be sure to wear some leggings before heading to my destination (probably something with pot leaves or horrific monsters as a design!).  There ARE such things as leggings for men and I’ve been thinking about purchasing a pair.  I’ll have to search for some good ones before I’m flying out for vacation.

With that, I call on all women to wear whatever clothes that they enjoy.  You do YOU, girl!  No man/woman can tell you that your fashion sense isn’t deemed ‘appropriate’ to wear!

From the Malls to the Digital World: 21st Century Clothes Shopping


Taking trips to the mall was one of my favorite activities as a teenager.  After a long day of craziness in high school, I saw comfort in roaming around clothing stores at the mall.  I would do some window shopping to look at clothes designed by Ed Hardy or Affliction for hours on end.  While I never had the money for that type of clothing (minimum prices for an Ed Hardy T-shirt started at $50!), I enjoyed the pleasing aesthetics within the store.  Department stores will still in the rage over a decade ago.

But these days, retail brands have taken serious blows in the digital age.  Every year, thousands of department stores are closing up across the country.  From JC Penny to Walmart, more and more stores are closing up after years of being in business.  And these closing pose SERIOUS threats to malls across America.

Back in the 20th century, developers built hundreds of malls across the nation every decade.  From the 1960s to 2000, hundreds of malls were constructed to house various retail companies; these malls provided spaces for retail stores to conduct business with their customers.  But since 2010, only 9 new malls have been developed.  Nowadays the country has too many malls/shopping centers and sales within the stores have been declining.

So why are so many retail brands closing their stores?  What caused the slumping sales all across America?  And since the economy has been better since the recession 8 years ago, why are retail brands still not improving their profits?

Well folks, our answers to the questions started when smartphones were released.  Smartphones were released in 2009 and gained massive popularity over the past few years.  With the rise of smartphones comes hundreds of apps that people could download for their phones.  What kinds of apps are people downloading, you may ask?  Shopping apps, of course!

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More and more consumers are connecting to the digital world, discovering better shopping deals through their mobile apps.  And it isn’t just mobile apps that’s causing the destruction of the mall era.  Increased competition from stores like Costco and Amazon have turned people to their laptops/desktop computers to complete their online shopping at home.  People are finding better deals on Amazon, thus taking their business from the mall to the digital world.  At this point, you can complete your shopping agenda in your bathrobe and binge-watch your favorite shows on Netflix!

Clothes shopping these days doesn’t just involve driving to a mall for those sales and this creates a serious blow to department stores everywhere.  The Brick and mortar concept has now been replaced with an IPad and a few shopping apps.  And with new industries slowly being socially acceptable in society (the cannabis industry, for example!), business will have to think outside the box to reel in potential customers to increase profits.

What kind of future will we see for the cannabis industry as we jump into the digital bandwagon?  Would there less retail dispensaries operating since people can purchase their products online?  We’re already seeing delivery options popping up in retail cannabis stores (within Colorado, California and Oregon just name a few!), so brick and mortar cannabis shops could quickly become a thing of the past!  Who knows, there could be less dispensaries opening up in MA since people would order their cannabis strains online for delivery.

I’ve been hearing a lot about these department store closings lately and it was interesting to see what the causes were!  Going to Liberty Tree Mall was such a fun activity as a teenager and it’s sad to see malls slowly closing their doors.  In this day and age, I could complete all of my shopping without even stepping outside of my apartment.  I own an Android phone as well, but I do enjoy exploring stores around Newbury Street in Boston.  There are some amazing smoke shops around Boston as well and the employees are knowledgeable on the products.

Who knows what the future holds for malls all across America.  As we move closer and closer to 2020, we are slowly transitioning into what could be a digital nation.  Retail brands will have to leave their 20th century thinking behind to catch up with our plugged-in world.

Saugus Hilltop Community: Shop, Dine, Live!


One special landmark I’ve been to plenty of times was the Hilltop Steak House.  Located in Route 1 of Saugus, the Hilltop Steak House was a landmark restaurant in the Greater Boston area.  People came in to check out their steaks, chicken, and even seafood entrees that the restaurant served.  I remember coming into the Hilltop Steak House a few times with my family and the food was absolutely delicious!

Unfortunately, the Hilltop Steak House closed its doors in 2013.  The decline of their business was due to increased competition, a continued change of demographic in the town of Saugus, and increased costs to run the restaurant.  It was amazing restaurant while it lasted, but time and money became the main factors in its decline.  Everything within the landmark has been torn down, except the Hilltop cactus.

So what does the new chapter hold for the Hilltop Steak House area?  What kind of development will we see in the future?  Could this new entry improve the deserted area that used to be the infamous Hilltop Steak House restaurant?

Well there actually is going to be a restaurant developed in the designated area…multiple restaurants that is!  Senior vice president of Boston development for AvalonBay Communities Michael Roberts plans to transform the former restaurant into a housing and retail outlet.  The infamous cactus sign will continue to stay up, but new lighting and other renovations will be made to coincide with the brand’s new identity in Saugus.

AvalonBay Communities is looking to build about 24,000 square feet of retail space that would be built near the front of the 14-acre site, with 280 residential units placed towards the back.  Roberts remarked that retail space would fit between three and six retailers, depending on their size.  Their hoping to find tenants with background experience in both the restaurant and coffee shop industry.  These presentations were announced yesterday at a public meeting and it will still need town approvals to move ahead with the projects.

No other information has been spread about what kind of businesses will open, but they’re looking to add a few restaurants in the mix.  They should definitely consider opening a new steak house (to continue the Hilltop Steak House spirit that is!).  It’ll be interesting to see what type of restaurants will be opening that would appeal with the ever-changing demographic in Saugus.  If not restaurants, there’s definitely some opportunity to provide new businesses/services in the area (how about a recreational cannabis dispensary?  It wouldn’t be close to the schools and it would generate more foot traffic within that area again!).

Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see what’s in stores for the Hilltop Steak House area.  Restaurants are always great, but it would be nice to see some other businesses operating as well.  Hopefully we’ll see some attractions that will persuade people to roam around Saugus sometime.

I’m hoping for some great restaurants to operate in the Hilltop Steak House area.  The Hilltop Steak House was an amazing restaurant and it would be an insult to NOT provide any steakhouses there!  These plans won’t be kicking in anytime soon, but it is interesting to see what developers are thinking about to help the town of Saugus.

This is more than just about some historic steakhouse; it’s about developers brainstorming ways to transform a deserted landmark into a goldmine for Saugus.  Saugus took a pretty big hit with the Hilltop Steak House closing and now their new scenario deals with keeping the old audiences while staying on top of the latest trends to rake in the new demographics.  Could a new steakhouse be the solution to Saugus’s scenario?  Would the ever-changing demographics even be satisfied with the Avalon Bay Communities new plans?

We’ll have to wait and see if these development plans will be put into place in the near future.  For now, let’s take this moment to reminisce on an amazing steakhouse restaurant on Route 1 of Saugus that once was the Hilltop Steakhouse.

Golden Globe 2017 Highlights


Greetings, fellow readers!  Hope everyone had a good weekend (also hope that my New England region readers were keeping warm!).  Was going to post some good content, but I caught a random stomach bug that eradicated most of my motivation over the past few days.  Feeling MUCH better now and ready to kick off the week with a bang!

The Patriots weren’t playing on Sunday (it was their bye week), but the next best thing aired that night: The Golden Globe Awards.  Today is all about discussing the highlights from the Golden Globes.  From the glitz/glamour of the Red Carpet to celebrities cracking the best political jokes, it was quite an eventful night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.  Here were some memorable moments from this year’s Golden Globes:

Red Carpet

It was a beautiful sunny day in Beverly Hills as the celebrities exited their limos and out onto the Red Carpet.  All the hottest actors/actresses arrived looking absolutely stunning.

Sylvester Stallone, one of the presenters of the show, arrived with his family.  40 years after the release of Rocky and Stallone looks just as badass as ever.  What was even more impressive was his wife and daughters all dressed in black.  If there’s any squad to join, it HAS to be with the Stallones.  Can we get a ‘Stallone Squad’ shoutout right here?   #StalloneSquad.

Besides Stallone’s badass squad, Vince Vaughn rolled in looking dapper as well.  The funny comedian got serious about Mel Gibson’s nominated film Hacksaw Ridge where Vaughn plays Sergeant Howell.  Hacksaw Ridge was released on November 4th, 2016 and raked in $137,300,000 in the box office so far.

Casey Affleck dropped by the Red Carpet to discuss his newest film Manchester by the Sea.  What was more interesting than his movie was the beard/manbun combo he was sporting.  I hope that he sports that look during his new film!

Steve Carrell & Kristin Wiig Animated Film Gag

Kristin Wiig & Steve Carrell presented the award for Best Animated Feature in the most humorous way possible: creating a dark story from animated films.  Carrell told the story of how his parents got divorced when he was six years old on “Fantasia” day.  Wiig got even more depressing with her experience of putting her 3 dogs down the same day she saw Bambi in theatres.  Note that none of these were true stories, but they made for a hysterical presentation.  Kudos to Steve and Kristin for presenting the category through black humor!

Andrew Garfield & Ryan Reynolds = Randyan ❤

Ok…I don’t know HOW I missed this, but there was some pure GOLD that happened on the Golden Globes.  So here’s what happened: Ryan Gosling won for Best Performance by Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical, or Comedy for his lead role in La La Land.  Gosling was shocked as he accepted his award, but what was happening in the background was even MORE shocking.  While Ryan was heading up to the stage, Ryan Reynolds and Andrew Garfield were seen in the background…making out.  SERIOUSLY…Ryan Reynolds and Andrew Garfield making out during the Golden Globe Awards.  YOU GUYS…I CAN’T!

I’ve heard that California was the land of fruits & nuts…but DAMN!  We have a new couple to watch for and it’s Randyan!

Winners

La La Land was a common film within the show that won all 7 awards that they were nominated for.  Moonlight grabbed 1 Globe, but it was a major win for the motion picture.  Ryan Murphy’s The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story swept through the TV categories by taking home 5 awards.  American Horror Story: Roanoke didn’t receive any nominations, but Murphy’s other series certainly took over the TV categories.

Cecil b. Demille Award – Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep won the Cecil b. Demille Award for this year’s Golden Globe.  She accepted the award in her black dress with sparkly, colorful flowers hanging around her neck (she looked ABSOLUTELY stunning!).  After accepting her award, she used her speech to take a few jabs over the presidential election that happened in November 2016.  You better watch out, folks!  Streep isn’t messing around these days, even after receiving her Cecil B. Demille Award!

“My First Job”

This was an interesting segment where some celebrities discussed their very first job.  Some of them seemed common while others were just flat-out strange.  American Horror Story alumni Sarah Paulson mentioned that her first job before acting was a waitress for a restaurant.  You see folks?  Celebrities were JUST like us before they got famous!  They’ve struggled through terrible jobs before landing their big role in Hollywood.

So another Golden Globe Awards has come and gone.  There was glitz, there was glamour, there was even some celebs making out in some shots.  All in all, it was another crazy award show in Hollywood.  Now’s the time to start heading to the theaters to check out these films.

The Color-Changing Dress: A Tale of Fashion and Technology


Heidi Klum’s famous quote on Project Runway is, “As you know in fashion, one day you’re in.  And the next day, you’re out”.  What was hot in fashion one day will be a thing of the past the very next day.  Popular fashion choices change within a blink of an eye.  Ed Hardy clothing was a huge hit almost a decade ago, but now they are a thing of the past.  Nevertheless, there is always a new fashion trend popping up into the mainstream that will turn people’s heads.

Even in 2016, many new fashion trends are still turning heads and making waves on social media.  Statement scarfs, over-the-knee boots, bomber jackets, and man buns are just a few favorable fashion trends that are hot this year.  While some fashion trends seem to be making a comeback, technology has been working to extend creativity within the fashion industry.  One dress utilizes technology in such a way that could become a HUGE game-changer for fashion.

Australian e-retailer Showpo created a brand-new dress…that changes color with a press of a button.  Wavering dressers, rejoice!  People may no longer have to fret over what color dress to wear for their special occasion.  We have now gotten to a breakthrough in technology where we will see color changing clothes.

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Showpo is an online boutique retailer for women’s fashion.  They conduct their business over at the headquarters office in Sydney, Australia.  The retailer company sells fashion products such as dresses, bathing suits, play-suits, skirts, shorts, coats, and many other clothing necessities.  Jane Lu, Showpo’s CEO, released a video earlier showing off the color-changing dress on Youtube.

A model dons a flowy white dress with a high-low skirt, high neck, and cinched waist.  Jane Lu’s colleague touched a color wheel on his iPad and the dress becomes pink.  With just a touch of a button on the color wheel, the model’s dress suddenly turns pink while everyone screams with excitement.  Lu then remarks that she wants the dress to be blue and – with a touch of a button on the color wheel – the dress turns blue!  The dress is finally changed to purple, with everyone’s jaw dropping to the floor.

So what’s going on in the video?  Was there truly a breakthrough in fashion technology?  Or was this some advanced camera trick that made the dress look like it changed color?  I can tell you right now that this was NOT a camera trick or silly publicity stunt from Showpo.

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Here’s how the idea works: the dress was stitched together with a special fabric that could reflect different light frequencies.  That fabric is linked to a device (an iPad, in this case) that can communicate with the fabric, changing the frequency of light that the fabric reflects on.  So there’s the science behind that video: a unique fabric that links to an electronic device, communicating on a specific color choice.  This technological breakthrough could break new grounds within the fashion industry for years to come.

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This video was truly jaw-dropping to watch!  We have definitely come a long way with technology since I was a kid, but this has become a serious game changer for fashion.  I would love to see color changing t-shirts hitting the shelves soon (preferably one with skulls or psychedelic designs!).  Color-changing dresses could be the pinnacle fashion trend combining fashion creativity with advanced technology.  It’s so amazing to see fashion and science going to work to design something spectacular for the female demographic.

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This color-changing dress prototype would be the product extension that extends the mere creativity that goes with designing a dress.  When working in a creative environment, you always have to ‘think outside the box’ for that light bulb to light up within your head.  It wasn’t what was ON the dress, but more about how it could interact with the people around you.  Wearing this dress will surely turn lots of heads at that popular cocktail party with your friends.  Showpo’s color-changing dress truly set the stage for what will be trending in the future.