Friday, December 18, 2015

Should Men Work at Victoria’s Secret?

My stepdaughter loves Victoria's Secret--mostly the Pink line that is designed for teens and college-age girls:



Earlier this year, as I stood outside the fitting room, waiting for her, I saw something that took me aback. A man was creeping around the underwear display. My first thought was, "How creepy." Then I noticed the name tag. He was an employee.



I know it's wrong to feel this way. Women have fought hard to be included in all-male institutions like military schools and country clubs. Victoria's Secret was founded by this man...



Roy Raymond's goal was to create a store where men could feel comfortable shopping for lingerie for their girlfriends and wives. Men are supposed to be able to shop in Victoria's Secret without being viewed as this:



Yet if you walk into a Victoria's Secret, chances are you'll see mostly women.



The men are waiting patiently outside the store.



One former male employee confirmed he just joined the staff to learn more about women. He found that people questioned his choice of profession (selling women's lingerie). He also said he believes men shouldn't feel bad shopping in or working at Victoria's Secret.



Yet there's something ultimately creepy about a straight man who works at Victoria's Secret. I think perhaps because of this?



What do you think when you see a man working in Victoria's Secret?

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Can You Do All Your Holiday Shopping Online?

This year I decided to do a little experiment. It's called, "Let's see how much of my Christmas shopping I can do online." Mostly because of this:



And this:



So I started early...as you MUST do if you shop online. Otherwise, around December 20th you start doing this all day:



I did a big chunk of it on Black Friday. For the next two weeks, I ordered and ordered and ordered until my handy-dandy little Christmas shopping app told me everything was purchased:



There are some things you can't order online without paying way too much. Things like this:




And this:



And this:



So you have to head out to the store at some point. You'll also need to go to the store to buy these, especially if you want to get them all in one place:



If you order online, you have to be prepared for daily visits from various mail services...multiple packages will be dropped on your door every single day.




After a while, the postal people will get fed up and start throwing your packages at the porch. At least that's what I think was happening to us...we have a Ring doorbell with a motion sensor. I was getting notifications that packages were delivered but no motion sensor had gone off. When I checked the porch, packages were strewn about. Somehow they'd managed to get the packages onto the porch without setting the motion sensor off.



But all in all, it beats dealing with long lines and crowds. As someone who does all her grocery shopping online and picks it up at the store, it would be crazy if I Christmas shopped the old-fashioned way, right?



Do you do any of your Christmas shopping online?

Monday, December 14, 2015

There’s Something Magical About Christmas Movies

One of the best things about Christmas? This:



Of course, the acting in most of those movies is bad...and the plots have more holes than a piece of Swiss cheese.



But there's something about these movies that put you in the Christmas spirit.



For many of us, Christmas isn't Christmas without a real Christmas movie. For my generation and older, it takes the classics--the movies we grew up watching. Movies like this:



And this:



And this:



Okay, and maybe a little of this:



They can remake these classics, but there's nothing like the original for those who were there to see it. Many of us have added a few new favorites over the years, including movies like:




And:



And:



But there are so many great Christmas movies, it can be hard to pick just one. I suppose for me, because I've seen all of the above movies, the Hallmark Channel movies are the only new ones to watch. Plus, they have sweet love stories. Who can resist a good romance? (Men, don't answer that!)

What's your favorite Christmas movie?