Archive | October, 2012

“Skinny Minnie” is just “drawn that way”

26 Oct

There’s growing controversy surrounding one of your childhood favorites, Minnie Mouse. You might think, “Why/How in the world would Minnie cause a scandal?” Thanks to Barneys New York, Minnie got a makeover for this year’s holiday advertisements at their stores and it’s not going over well. Take a look.

But Minnie’s not the only one. Daisy Duck and Goofy were also morphed into an artist’s rendering of what they’d look like as “models.”

From an artistic standpoint, it doesn’t bother me. For those sensitive to how children might take these skinnier versions of their favorite characters, I do understand the concern. But to me, it’s just an artist’s interpretation of an animator’s creation for a holiday fashion spread. As Joy Behar says, “So what, who cares?” Apparently, a lot of people care though. More than 137,000 supporters say, “Leave Minnie Alone” on

It seems there’s always something offending someone these days. One artist’s interpretation does not speak for all of us. I highly doubt Disney has any plans to change Minnie or any other character into this skinny look. What about Olive Oil? As Jessica Rabbit might say, Popeye’s galpal was just “drawn that way.” They’re cartoons folks. 

It’s up to us to educate ourselves and our children about healthy habits and body perceptions. We all know the mannequins in the store fronts usually aren’t realistic either. So what would you expect from a fashion department store cartoon? We can’t rely on the air-brushed illusions in magazines and media to determine our self-image.  We can’t simply buy into what we see because it’s a trend or it looks like everyone else is after that look. For instance, have you ever looked at some of the so-called “beauty trends” happening in other countries? The Bagel-head thing? Weird!

I’m just making an extreme example to prove a point. Some people really think that saline-induced bagel on their forehead looks good. Are you going to get a bagel? The only bagel I want comes from a bakery. (stepping down off soapbox)

See you in the morning!



Waking up from a “Dream”

12 Oct

For my recent birthday, I was blessed to travel with my hubby on a quick Disney cruise out of Port Canaveral.  I just have to share with you that fall is the best time to travel on cruise lines if you want deeper discounts. This is partly because of the hurricane season and traditionally slower travel dates. I think we saved at least 30-40% off the normal prices.

As far as entertainment and luxury values, I would say this cruise was easily in my top two. I added a little photo album to my Facebook account. Friend me and check it out here

Any Disney fan will tell you that Disney does everything better. I’m not what you would call a “superfan,” but I’m slowly realizing just what these fans mean when they say this. We sailed off from Port Canaveral on the Disney Dream for a 3-day cruise with stops in Nassau and Castaway Cay, Bahamas.

Many people have a misconception that Disney cruises are only for parents who want to bring the kids along. Their cruises have been ranked the best for families by several surveys, but couples can have just as much fun. There are adult-only pools and lounges, plus the kid stuff brings out the inner-child. You don’t have to bring kids, but you must be willing to embrace your own inner-child. We watched Brave in a comfy 3-d theater, went to a Broadway style Disney show, but we also tried out a champagne tasting class and dined in a fine Italian-themed restaurant. There’s just something for everyone.

We also had a great time in the Bahamas. I got a little sun-burned, but it was worth it. We toured the Junkanoo Museum and several historical forts in Nassau. Then Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, set us into a relaxed mood with leisurely bike rides and a private, adults only beach area.

I’m really thankful we were able to go and glad we got back safely, but I must admit I’m suffering from a little vacay withdrawal. 

See you in the morning (Monday),