Today’s post is written by StyleBlueprint Louisville editor Heidi Potter.
I have already admitted that I was 100% addicted to the Olympics. I have never watched so much television in my life. I loved every sport, every minute of the coverage and all of the personal stories of the athletes and the athlete’s parents. (Nice touch NBC!)
I would be remiss if I did not notice the fashion or trends in these games. How could you miss them? There were just so many. Here are a few of my favorite trends and categories.
All Japanese Athletes
I contend that Japan brought a team of hair stylists and aestheticians with them to the Olympics. I have never seen such coifs in my life. Coifs that could withstand Olympic-level running, jumping and twirling. Snaps on the effort, but some of them seemed a little bit much.
Love both of these braids with patriotic colors woven into them.
Decorative Head Shaving
This post started with the question, why so many barrettes? Why the half-ponytail? Why the hair glitter? And, again, why so many barrettes? So, gymnasts have a category all to themselves here.
Why so many barrettes? Wouldn’t a headband be easier? Refer to Japanese soccer team picture for headband procedure.
Why half-ponytails? Whatever happened to a nice bun? Or a nice ponytail, left long. Must be a good luck charm.
Last but not least, why all the glitter? Hair, face, body and eyes have all been doused in fairy dust. Can you imagine what their pillowcase must look like at night? My daughters LOVED this look and I’m hiding all the glitter in the house now.
I love a good manicure. And I really love a good, PATRIOTIC manicure. Either these teams brought their own nail artists, or somebody smuggled an airbrush pen, UV lights and gallons of OPI on their flights over to London. I smell a professional job on all these, though.
KINSEO TAPE ART
All this tape makes me wonder… Are these athletes really using it for therapeutic reasons, or is it just cool body art?
Did you get the feeling that so many of the female athletes knew they were going to have close-ups on TV? More than just TV, HDTV, which shows every nook and cranny. These ladies were ready to go, with full foundation, eye makeup, all of it. They looked like they could go anchor the NBC Nightly News after their competition, some of them were so perfectly made up. Well played ladies, well played.
TELL ME THIS TREND IS A JOKE:
Last but not least. After the first week of staring at Ryan Lochte, I heard a nasty rumor that he has a diamond grill. Well, it’s true. True, and possibly devastating to me.
So sad to see the Olympics go. Guess I’m going to have to catch up on my reading and writing, now that there is nothing to watch on television anymore.
P.S. Keep up with McKayla Maroney’s rise in internet fame for her smirk during the medal ceremony where she received the silver medal for vault at this funny tumblr site. That smirk is now being photo-shopped into hundreds of pictures. Hysterical! http://mckaylaisnotimpressed.tumblr.com/