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An Open Letter To DWTS

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An Open Letter To DWTS

I admit it. I freaking LOVE Dancing With The Stars. As often as I can, I’ll tune in for my “Middle Aged Monday” routine of watching the program. So far, I’ve loved season 22 and have been enamored by the hunky Nyle DiMarco who showcases an amazing talent for ballroom dancing and just so happens to be hearing impaired. His challenge leaves the judges and sometimes myself included wondering just how in the hell he can express such gorgeous musicality without being able to hear one note of the songs being played. Despite this incredible talent that Nyle possesses, I’ve been utterly disappointed by the interactions seen throughout the show between Nyle and cast mates. There is an apparent lack of person first speaking and complete disrespect…Most surprisingly from his partner, Peta Murgatroyd. Allow me to explain:

Throughout the season, I’ve noticed Peta’s continuous instinct to talk over Nyle as if he can’t answer for himself when being spoken to by the judges or hostess, Erin Andrews. This instinct to jump the gun and open her mouth before Nyle can even begin to start answering in ASL comes across as pushy and disrespectful. I was also completely disturbed by the ease of which she referred to her partner as “the deaf guy” on this Monday’s show. As soon as those words escaped from her mouth, my jaw dropped to the ground.

Excuse me? The deaf guy? You mean your partner? I couldn’t believe that she had the audacity to refer to her partner and supposed friend in such a degrading way simply based on if he can hear or not. I was also kind of disgusted by the fact that she said this while speaking alone to the cameras because that just leaves you to wonder if Nyle even knows that he’s being referred to in such a demeaning matter.

One of the first rules that you learn when you’re working with people with a challenge of any kind is to utilize “person first speaking”. IE: Not “the blind person” but “the person who has a visual impairment”. By referring to Nyle as “the deaf guy” was essentially letting the world know that she only sees her partner as being defined by his disability. Not by his personality, his staggering good looks (wink!), or his ability as a dancer.

I commend Peta for her hard work on teaching Nyle how to ballroom dance and her excellent choreography. However, all of her accomplishments as his partner is being dragged through the mud by her blatant insensitivity which is showcased in her constant need to speak over him and by degrading her so called friend. Before Dancing With The Stars chooses to bring on another celebrity with any kind of disability I suggest some major sensitivity training for all parties involved on the show. I’m honestly baffled that nothing has been done yet with such obvious cases this season and DWTS is definitely losing the respect of an avid fan.

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An Open Letter To My Black Skinny Jeans

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An Open Letter To My Black Skinny Jeans

Heyy everyone and happy Saturday! So as you guys know (because I’ve mentioned it over five million times), I only wear black skinny jeans. No blue denim, no other color – just black on black on black. And as you guys also know, I love my H&M black skinnies more than almost anything. So this post is me sending a quick letter of gratitude to my beloved skinny jeans for all of the good that they do and all of the happiness that they bring me. ❤

Dear H&M Black Skinnies,

First off, let me just tell you how much I love you. The day that I bought you at H&M was one of the best days of my life. I’ll never forget the feeling of pure euphoria I felt when I saw you hanging up in all of your midnight black glory. You were SO skinny, SO black, and don’t even get me started on your amazing details like your zippered ankles and quilted knees. It was truly love at first sight. When I tried you on in the fitting room and you slid on like a glove, I knew that we were in for a lifetime of fashion friendship. Thank you for always being there for me – whether that be to make me feel a bit less shitty on a roll out of bed day or to make me feel fierce and fabulous on my days of being a total bad ass. Thank you for making my legs and ass look awesome and thank you for looking amazing with literally every shoe in my gigantic collection…heels, wedges, Nike’s, combat boots, knee high boots, flats, and don’t even get me started on booties! Hot damn! Not only do you look great with all of my shoes – but you literally look terrific with every single shirt and jacket in my vast wardrobe…Tanks, T’s, cardis, blazers, pea coats, trench coats, flowy shirts, tight tops, crops – you compliment them all and that makes my heart feel very warm. 😉 Major shout out to you for not making me look fat, because I’m totally convinced that all bottoms in any other color makes me look like a heifer. And most importantly – thanks for not even feeling like denim, which I’m not entirely sure that you are. You’re sleek, sharp, coated, and the material definitely doesn’t have the feel of blue jean denim which I hate with a passion. I’m not exaggerating when I say that feeling you on my skin is far better than the touch of any asshole man. Men come and go, but a perfect pair of skinnies lasts forever!!! You are perfection, and I’m so happy that you’re all mine.

I LOVE YOU!!!!!

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^^^ THEY’RE SO BEAUTIFUL!!! :’) I wear these little babies more often than I care to admit and I’m one hundred and fifty percent okay with it!

Is there a piece of clothing or a shoe in your wardrobe that you love just as much as I love my skinnies? Where did you buy them from? What makes you love them like crazy? I wanna hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Have a great day! -Sarah