media monday – aimee mullins for l’oreal

Have you seen this commercial air during any of your favorite shows recently? On the surface, it seems like any other cosmetics ad: a beautiful woman with perfect skin tells you why she loves the beauty product she’s supposed to be selling. What you most likely don’t realize (until the end of the commercial, of course) is that the woman, Aimee Mullins, is missing both legs below the knee. Mullins is a Renaissance woman who has done everything from competing in the Paralympics to walking the runway for Alexander McQueen.

The best part about this ad is that they’re not trying to sell an alternative version of beauty, like Dove and their campaign to promote healthy body image. Instead, this commercial focuses on Mullins’s ethnic heritage and skin tone. They don’t need to explain anything about Mullins or her career. They’re just promoting their product with a gorgeous spokesmodel. And at the end of the day, her lack of legs doesn’t even get mentioned. She’s selling makeup simply because she’s pretty. She’s getting attention for something that’s not her disability. And that’s all we can ask for, right?

 

Peace,

Caitlin Michelle

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media monday – how to put on bracelets with one hand

Happy Monday, everyone! Today’s video is of Danielle, a YouTube fashion/beauty vlogger who recently started a second channel to explain how she does certain everyday things as a congenital amputee with one hand.

Also check out her style vlog channel RazzleDaniDazzle for some cool fashion haul videos and beauty advice.

 

So tell me: what fabulous jewelry are you rocking today?

 

Peace,

Caitlin Michelle

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media monday – tony memmel’s latest music video

“I wanna see like everything is still unseen. It burns inside, and I am so alive.” – Tony Memmel

Happy birthday to Tony Memmel!

In honor of today, here’s some music to get your Monday off to a great start! This is Tony Memmel’s music video for “Clenched Hands Brave Demands,” the single from his new album of the same name. I ordered the album – it’s so good! I love Tony’s lyrics, and it helps that he’s also a really cool guy. He even wrote me a long and thoughtful message on Facebook when I asked him about guitar picking (which I haven’t quite mastered yet). And how awesome is it that his wife Lesleigh plays the keyboard and sings backup vocals for the band? I love it when couples do cool things like that together, and the Memmels are so so cute!

If you love Tony, you can order the album and check out all the merchandise here.

Enjoy the song. I hope it makes you feel, well, ALIVE.

 

Peace,

Caitlin Michelle

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media monday – lauren scruggs shows off her many prosthetic hands

Remember the news story of the tragic accident last December when a young model and fashion blogger lost her left hand and eye after walking into the propeller of a plane? Well, just shy of a year later, Lauren Scruggs has released a memoir about her experience and recovery. Still Lolo: A Spinning Propeller, a Horrific Accident, and a Family’s Journey of Hope is now in bookstores, and I plan to read it as soon as I get my hand on it. Since I was born without my arm, I can’t imagine what it’s like for someone just a few years older than I am now to deal with such a huge change.

In the video above, Lauren talks a bit about each of her prosthetic hands and what they do. She has everything from a hand specifically designed to help her do push-ups to a swimming hand with a paddle attached to the end (which I would LOVE to get, if anyone has any information on that).

I hope Lauren’s indomitable spirit inspires you on this Monday morning as you start the week after a nice, long Thanksgiving break!

 

Peace,

Caitlin Michelle

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media monday – love language

Hi, all! One of my favorite guilty pleasures is watching short films on YouTube during my lunchbreaks. So for today’s Media Monday, I’d like to share this lovely 5-minute love story with a touching ending. I think that, regardless of ability or lack thereof, everyone can speak the language of love.

Enjoy!

Peace,
Caitlin Michelle

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