Wednesday, April 15, 2020

My Evolution to Becoming an Intuitive Eater

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been self-conscious about my body.  As women, we’ve been programmed from an early age to see ourselves as a canvas for self-improvement.  It’s reinforced by headlines on women’s magazines that characterize fat as something that needs to be torched and shedding for the wedding hashtags that suggest our slimmest self is our best self.  There’s always a subtle reminder that you’re only ten pounds away from the perfect life. Just ask Jennifer Hudson who revealed to Self Magazine that the most important accomplishment in her life was weight loss, rather than her Oscar.  I cringe at the pervasiveness of the pursuit of conventional beauty standards.

Image from Vogue

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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Why I Didn’t March in the Women’s March

Inspired by a high school classmate who encourages regular “Twitter purges,” the releasing of tweets in draft status to one’s timeline to reveal our true selves, often dissociated from the Internet avatars we feel compelled to keep up, I’ve decided to release of a series of articles that I wrote several years ago, but never pushed publish on.  My hope is to live up to the name of the blog “Otis Unfiltered” by publishing more unfiltered content.


When my mom asked if I participated in the Women’s March, I hesitantly said no.  I felt a sense of guilt for not partaking in one of the largest single-day protests in United States history, one in which many of my close friends participated, one in which hundreds of thousands of women traveled to Washington D.C. to demonstrate their civil rights.  While I struggled to articulate why at that moment, time has provided clarity.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Weekly Web Roundup

Inspired by the Man Repeller's "the best of the Internet" and Cupcake and Cashmere's "Links I Love," I'm bringing you six of my favorite articles, gifs and videos from the week.  I hope you find the links as equally inspiring and thought provoking as I have.

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

6 Podcasts That Hooked Me on Podcasts

Podcasts are the undeniable breakout star of 2017.   Once upon a time, podcasts belonged to a specific subset of the Internet with a niche cult following like subreddits and the black Twittersphere.  Sure, there was the breakout hit Serial that permeated the earwaves for a few weeks in 2014, but it certainly wasn’t standard dinner party conversation to talk about what podcasts, plural, that you’re listening to.



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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The 5 Fall Trends I Want Now


Recently, clickbait headlines like "How to Dress Like Gigi Hadid" and "The It Bag You Need Now" have not resonated with me.  I want to look like myself and not a carbon copy of what a Vogue editor deems worthy.  If that were the case, I'd tell you to run to the nearest department store, or wherever people are shopping these days, and scoop up head to toe red, the Cult Gaia bag that's probably flooding your Instagram and sock boots (looks I do like with full disclosure).
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Monday, September 18, 2017

Emmy's Superlatives 2017: Most Likely to...

Another year, another Emmy's that I didn't watch.  But you can guarantee that I reviewed all "Every Red-Carpet Look from the 2017 Emmy's" content.  FYI: Vulture has the best recap.  The Cut didn't even have Issa Rae or Tracee Ellis Ross' looks.  Talk about incomplete.  But if you're looking for Emmy's superlatives, the "Most Likely to Steal Yo Girl" looks, you've come to the right place.  And without further ado, Otis Unfiltered's Guide to the 2017 Emmy's.

Most PERFECT: Zoe Kravitz
Unlike the Met Gala, the Emmy’s are not typically known for out-of-the-box fashion.  I’ve come to expect less Rosie Assouline maximalism and more Oscar de la Renta elegance.  Which is why Zoe Kravitz’s daring feathered Christian Dior Couture gown really resonated with me.  She consistently nails the delicate balance of calculated glamour and nonchalance. TEACH ME YOUR WAYS!

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Weekly Web Roundup

Inspired by the Man Repeller's "the best of the Internet" and Cupcake and Cashmere's "Links I Love," I'm bringing you six of my favorite articles, gifs and videos from the week.  I hope you find the links as equally inspiring and thought provoking as I have.



1. Black Teens Are Breaking the Internet and Seeing None of the Profits: I had already planned to share this article when then The Fat Jewish literally stole my brother's content as his own.  Is comedic appropriation the new cultural appropriation?

2. Samantha Irby's unofficial Sociology of White People 101 will make your sides split, trust me.  "But with every politely declined camping invitation and spat out mouthful of roasted beets, it became that much clearer to me that, despite my penchant for craft beers and J.Jill knit cardigans, I AM NOT WHITE."  

3.  Just when you thoughts media outlets sensationalizing trends with obscure names like normcore was over, New York Magazine coins "gorpcore" as the new frontier.  Think Patagonia fleeces, North Face puffers and Birkenstock sandals for a crowd whose idea of outdoorsy is the Hamptons.

4. What does it mean for a society and its willingness to address income inequality when wealth is as stigmatized as masturbation?  

5. Modern Love always gets me.  "Finding God in a Hot Slice of Pizza" is no different.


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