Guilty Pleasure: something one enjoys and considers pleasurable despite feeling guilt for enjoying it. The “guilt” involved is sometimes simply fear of others discovering one’s lowbrow or otherwise embarrassing tastes, such as campy styles of entertainment. Fashion, video games, music, films, and junk food can be examples of guilty pleasures. Thank you, Wikipedia.
So, there’s this thing…
That I really seriously love. Especially during certain times of the year.
Namely, hot summer days and Oscar season:
I feel like I should pooh pooh the celebrity scene and tell you I read nothing but intellectual things like Plato’s Republic (which I have read three times), or books about the scourge of materialism in America like Radical or Seven (own both of them), or life changing works about the homeless or the AIDS epidemic.
The thing is, I do love books that make my brain work. Hard. I do. I love being stretched and pushed and I love having to re-read sentences six or seven times just to unpack its meaning. I’m reading through Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters for probably the tenth time. It’s one of my favorites. Ever.
But you know what? Sometimes I just want fluff. I don’t want to think. I don’t want to process and mull over. I just want to look at pretty pictures and take a peek into the lives of the rich and famous.
I don’t necessarily want to live their lives…frankly, I kinda like my mostly boring, unassuming, suburban life…but I am forever fascinated by celebrity fashion…particularly for awards shows like the Oscars. I know this sounds really random, considering the bulk of my movie watching is comprised of the cartoon variety…but I really looooove looking at all the pretty dresses. I know little (nothing?) about fashion…but boy do I love seeing the gowns and the jewels and the hair dos and the shoes. I find it fascinating to see what someone with unlimited funds and world class designers who create clothing specifically for their body…ends up with. I like seeing what colors are trending. I like to see Justin Timberlake in a tux. Oh wait. How did that get in there? But really…Anne Hathaway? Girl is flawless.
I don’t so much care who is dating who or any of that other jazz…I just like to pour over their dresses, pick out my favorites, and pretend what I would wear if I wasn’t wiping snot 325 times an hour. Sometimes, my brain just needs pretty pictures of pretty people in pretty dresses. And you know what? Maybe I’m okay with that. Maybe it’s okay for me to let my noggin take a break. Right?
PEOPLE Magazine Oscars Double Issue will be on sale starting March 1, 2013. It will only be available until March 18, 2013. This is exciting. No. Truly. DOUBLE issue. That’s a lot of pretty dresses. And even some hideous ones too (Nicki Minaj I’m looking at you).
So, here’s the fun part: I’m giving away a $20 gift card to Target to one lucky reader! Target will for sure be carrying the PEOPLE Magazine Oscars Double Issue, so…I mean…you should totally pick that up. Don’t even tell me you won’t be there at least three times in the next week. I see your instagram feed.
To enter to win the $20 gift card, leave a comment on this post answering the following question:
Which stars/celebs do you want to see on the cover of this year’s PEOPLE Magazine 2013 Oscars Double Issue Campaign?
I will pull a winner on Monday, February 25th.
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