20 Spring Outfit Ideas

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WhatIWore: Any regular readers here at What I Wore know that when I love a piece of clothing, I’m not afraid to repeat it.  If I were my regular size these days, I’d be all about repeating the outfits shown here - 20 of my favorites from past spring seasons. I think a few of them might still work (the black knit maxi below is totally a maternity style that I wore for years before becoming pregs) and of course I can still rock a denim or army jacket. I just have to be a little more creative! 

It’s fun to look back and see the themes that define my personal style over the years - colored denim, stripes, polka dots, scarves and chambray. I’m nearly into my eighth (can you believe it?) year of daily outfit photos and I think it will be wonderful to some day in the future to look back and have not only a huge body of work, but a gateway into so many memories. I can still tell you what I was doing on most of these days… whether it was warm or freezing when we took the photo, or if I woke up on the right side of the bed.  It’s my personal costume history! 

I was thinking the other day how great it would be to do a ten year retrospective at a modern art museum after I hit that milestone. Wouldn’t you just flip out if your own mom had done something like this back in the late 60s or 70s?  Or your grandmother in the 40s and 50s? No matter how long I continue to write What I Wore, I’ll always be proud of myself for sticking with it this long. 

I thought you might enjoy seeing some of these spring styles for your own inspiration so I’ve linked up to the original posts by title. If you want more more more, head over to my GALLERY, for all of my outfit photos since late 2009. I’d love to hear if you have a favorite or have worn a similar outfit on facebook

Above: City StreetsCobalt and MInt, If it Makes You HappyRunning AroundBeautiful Bloomington, Double Mint

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AboveBlue JeansLong Black DressBright WhiteEasy GoingQuick ComboLuck Be a Lady

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Above: Color CuesTrue BlueOoh La LaThree Favorites

Below: Nineteen Thirty Eight, News Beat, Denim and Stripes, Back to the Beginning

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On Thursday, Kanye West and Paul McCartney released a song they collaborated on called “Only One,” in what was inarguably a momentous, generation-spanning moment from two musical icons. So was it any good? If you paid attention to the reactions online you wouldn’t really know, as the conversation almost instantly moved on to a much more important question: Who is Paul McCartney?

One of the laziest forms of contemporary content creation, which I’m sure by now you’re familiar with, is the blog post round up of a series of embedded tweets. It can come in a few different forms: “Look at how outraged people are about XYZ” is the most common variety, but only slightly less so is “Get a load of these dumbass, know-nothing teens.” The purpose is obvious: to leverage our inherent disdain for the ignorance of youth in order to score on a cheap cycle of traffic. And the best part for the dickhead behind it is that it requires almost no effort besides using the search field on Twitter, something only further compounded by the arrival of this news on New Year’s Day, a holiday weekend when most bloggers are phoning it in from the comforts of their hangover couch cocoons.

There’s a reason why Rando on Twitter is considered a generally disreputable source, however, and that’s because while it’s a good first stepping stone for finding information, it’s also an infinite morass of trolling and blatant disinformation. Case in point, this latest tempest in a teapot over young people allegedly not knowing who Kanye West collaborator Paul McCartney is.

Buzzfeed, surprisingly, lead the charge on this one on Friday, headlining a post These Kanye West Fans Want To Know: “Who Is Paul McCartney?” In it, they included screencaps of tweets (not embeds, by the way, which would make following up on them easier) from a series of Twitter users who expressed their confusion over the identity of one of, if not the most famous living musician in the world.


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the main reason i am doing this is that sometimes just want to cloister myself in good feels and happiness. also as fandom has grown and expanded a lot of bloggers are reposting art rather than reblog it from the source material post. so support teen wolf artists by reblogging from their original posts. don’t repost artwork but reblog from the artists’ original post.

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here’s to my own attempt to navigate tumblr <3

I’m kind of a wee bit obsessed with this adorable kitchen! 💕 So much to love here, don’t you think? I cannot wait to remodel my own kitchen.
I really love wood beams and planked ceilings like this, so today on the blog I rounded up a wonderful variety of inspiration pics! Link in profile #kitchendesign photo via @betterhomesandgardens by theinspiredroom

Five reasons why comparing Israeli and Palestinian death totals is a misleading way to judge the conflict

One of the most common and misleading tactics deployed against Israel by its critics is to compare the number of dead Israelis and dead Palestinians, and use the figures to portray Palestinians as victims of Israeli aggression.

Vox’s Max Fisher, who is on a campaign to convince people that Israel bears primary responsibility for the absence of peace in the region, pushed the argument this week to show that the conflict was “lopsided.” The Legal Insurrection blog has rounded up other examples of liberals and critics of Israel making similar arguments emphasizing comparative death totals.

In a sense, it’s understandable why opponents of Israel seek to make such arguments, because it allows them to flash a simple statistic that could be persuasive those who are uninformed about the actual details of the conflict. But no objective observer should take moral arguments rooted in raw casualty statistics seriously, and below, I’ve given five reasons why.

1. Comparative death totals don’t say much about the morality of the various sides in a conflict

If you want to talk about lopsided death totals, check out this chart of German and American deaths during World War II.

According to the National World War II Museum, the war claimed between 6.6 million and 8.8 million German lives, compared with 418,500 American lives. That translates into a ratio of German to American deaths of at least 16 to 1, and as high as 21 to 1. Yet nobody is going to argue, based on these statistics, that Nazi Germany should be able to claim the moral high ground over the U.S. in the war.

To be clear, I’m not saying that the current conflict and World War II are the same. I make this point at the outset to establish that comparing raw death totals of parties in a conflict, devoid of context, says absolutely nothing about the morality of the various sides involved in a conflict. Nor does it reveal which side was the aggressor.

2. Raw totals don’t differentiate among civilians and terrorists

Another problem with looking at raw death totals is that they don’t say anything about who is being killed — a Palestinian terrorist and an Israeli child each count as one death as far as overall casualty statistics are concerned. A further look at data from B’Tselem, which Fisher and others rely on, found that between September 2000 (when Palestinians launched a campaign of terrorism known as the “Second Intifada”) and May 2014, 2,384 deaths on the Palestinian side were of “Palestinians who took part in the hostilities and were killed by Israeli security forces”; 683 were “Palestinians killed by Palestinians”; another 288 were “Palestinians who were the object of a targeted killing” (in other words, Israel identified terrorist leaders and successfully eliminated them); and 702 were Palestinians killed in cases where it’s unknown whether they were involved in fighting. So, depending on how one wants to look at the numbers, at least 3,067 and perhaps 3,769 of those Palestinians included in the raw total numbers of 7,561 were either combatants or killed by other Palestinians. This isn’t to say that there aren’t Palestinian civilian deaths, but for reasons detailed below, the responsibility for those deaths lies with Palestinian terrorists and their supporters, not with Israel.

3. Israel takes tremendous precautions to protect its own citizens

During the “Second Intifada,” Palestinian terrorists carried out a wave of suicide bombings, killing hundreds of Israelis at nightclubscafesbuses, and other locations throughout Israel, such as at a hotel during the Jewish holiday of Passover. Eventually, over the objections of the international community, Israel built a security fence that has proved successful in virtually eliminating the capacity of terrorists to carry out suicide attacks. Being deprived of their ability to massacre Jews through suicide bombings, Palestinians turned toward indiscriminately firing rockets at Israeli civilians.

Terrorists have launched more than 11,000 rockets into Israel since Hamas took over Gaza in 2005, according to Israel Defense Forces. In the current conflict, Hamas has been using longer-range rockets, firing at Israel’s capital city, major population centers, and its international airport, among other targets.

To protect its citizens, the Israeli government has been sending out sirens warning them of approaching rockets so they can get to shelter — the warning time ranges from 15 seconds in the southern parts of Israel closer to Gaza to 90 seconds for most of central Israel. In addition, Israel has developed the “Iron Dome” anti-missile system that has been shooting down rockets heading toward populated areas. Add these precautions to the fact that Israel has a citizenry trained in how to behave calmly during a crisis, and this accounts for the fact that there’s only been one death recorded on the Israeli side during the current conflict.

But somehow, the way the issue is being portrayed by critics, it’s as if Israelis should somehow feel guilty and morally conflicted about the fact that they aren’t at greater risk of being hit by rockets.

4. Palestinian terrorists put their civilians in harm’s way

Palestinians have had a tradition of glorifying death and viewing those who die in the process of killing Israelis and Americans as heroes. On Sept. 11, 2001, Palestinians took to the streets to celebrate the attacks that killed 3,000 Americans, even handing out candy. Over the years, Palestinians have named streets after suicide bombers and thrown parades in their honor. In this 2012 report from Hamas-controlled Al Aqsa television, a Palestinian man explained the desire of children to follow in the footsteps of a slain Hamas leader: “Allah be praised, all the young Muslims in Gaza love martyrdom, just as our enemies, the Jewish dogs, love life.”

Given this foundation, it isn’t surprising that Hamas terrorists have been caught over the years firing rockets from schools,hospitals, and residential neighborhoods — and using houses to meet and store weapons. It’s a win-win for a group that has no regard for human lives. Because Israel seeks to minimize Palestinian civilian casualties, Hamas has more freedom when it operates near civilians. Here, for instance, is video of the IDF calling off an airstrike because there were too many civilians in the area. On the other hand, when Israel is forced to attack a site, and there are inevitable casualties on the Palestinian side, it serves as a propaganda victory for Hamas, because Israel’s opponents in the media will then use the casualty counts to de-legitimize Israel. This, in turn, generates more international pressure against Israel to cease its military operations.

5. The reality of Israel’s military edge actually shows that it’s acting morally

Another way that opponents of Israel attempt to use comparative death totals is to portray Palestinians as defenseless victims of Israel’s powerful military. But the reality of Israel’s vast conventional military edge actually demonstrates that it’s acting morally. The best weapons Palestinians have available to them right now are long-range rockets from Iran and Syria — and they are firing them indiscriminately, where they would inflict the greatest damage on Israelis were they to make landfall. In contrast, Israel has the military capacity to completely level Gaza to the ground, and instead, its military is using a tiny fraction of its might to launch limited attacks on specific targets — on terrorist commanders themselves, as well as rocket launch sites and rocket storage sites.

Israel, despite having the military edge, accepted the terms of an Egyptian-proposed ceasefire, which Hamas promptly rejected — putting civilians on both sides at continued risk.

If Israel were to abandon its domestic protective measures and call off its military actions in Gaza, it would surely change the casualty statistics. But it would also represent a dereliction of duty by Israeli leaders if they didn’t take actions necessary to protect their citizens.

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