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So if you saw Michael Phelps on the cover of Sports Illustrated…

…did it remind you of former Olympian Mark Spitz (as intended)?

Or instead, did it remind you of actor Jim Carrey, in Jenny McCarthy’s bikini?

Because at first glance, I thought Michael Phelps was wearing a women’s bathing suit. But maybe I’m just weird. That’s definitely a possibility.

Meanwhile, how do people figure out that they are good at sports like pole vaulting and discus throwing? I mean, it’s not like their mom thought, “Hey, Harry could use an activity on Tuesday afternoons. Maybe I’ll sign him up for javelin throwing at the Y.” Or is that how it indeed works?

And finally (I do realize this is enormously shallow with the depth of the athletic talent and commitment on display at the Olympics) couldn’t they have designed cuter outfits for the women’s gymnastics team?

I guess if you win a gold medal, who gives a crap what you’re wearing? My apologies for my superficial comments, I just caught up on my “Project Runway” episodes and fashion design is obsessively on my brain.

By the way, when are they going to kick off… I think I have impeccable taste but I really don’t… Daniel? I just can not watch his sad, brown, weepy eyes as he gets completely trashed by the judges again. And Keith with the crazy thick bandanna around his head? I mean, why? Why is he wearing that?!

Ah… after three weeks in Europe, U.S. pop culture never felt so good.

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25 Responses to the olympics… what are you wearing?

  • calikim says:

    You aren’t the only one who thought he was wearing a womans garment. I thought that too, but more importantly, it is just sooooo wrong that he has a better stomach than I do!!!

  • Jessi says:

    I liked the girl’s red outfits. The blue ones weren’t as nice, but the red looked great.

    I thought the same thing when I scrolled down the page there, that MP was wearing a woman’s suit…ugh! But he looks so much better there then he did in the Google page cartoon header that was up a few days back. He looked like a swimming sperm.
    And last but not least:
    Hey, Kelcey, Welcome Home!!

  • Lanie says:

    I have been waiting for you to catch up on Project Runway! Were there any Jennifer sightings in Italy? 🙂

    Perhaps that you can suggest to Heidi that one of the next challenges should be designing gymnastics leotards (can you imagine Keith’s??).

  • Erin says:

    i agree on the uni’s. those gym chicks could have looked a lot cuter! you so deserve a brilliance award!! thanks for making me laugh!

  • Daphne says:

    And here I was thinking the gymnasts finally dissed the spangles, sparkles and anorexia and were looking decent for a change. Guess I need to watch me some project runway.

  • Cathy says:

    I skipped the Olympics for Project Runway last night, of course! RuPaul looked like he was on the verge of tears over that pink jumpsuit.

    Can’t wait for the Rachel Zoe show! A double hit of fashion mania every week.

  • wa says:

    What I don’t understand is why the girl gymnasts have to stick about 25 hair clips in their hair. You’d think they’d maybe start growing it out in advance?

  • Jennifer H says:

    I wonder when swimmers (the men) started shaving their underarms? Post-Spitz, clearly. Was it slowing them down, I wonder?

    It’s probably responsible for at least a couple of the world records Phelps has broken this Olympics.

    A Gillette endorsement can’t be far behind.

  • Karen Bland says:

    I’m SO glad you said that about the Sports Illustrated cover – I thought it was my own warped mind – thinking that he looked like a swimmer in drag. It apears as if someone in the photo dept. pulled one over on the magazine, and swapped out a goofy photo in the 11th hour. (Do you think that they will want to take his medals away, given the inappropriate photo?) And it’s funny about the olympic outfits- I am not a great athlete at ALL, but I love to wear cute yoga outfits on the stairmaster – makes me feel better than I am. I guess the reverse is true for professional athletes!

  • Damselfly says:

    Hahaha! My browser was showing just the top of the photo, and I thought for sure someone had Photoshopped Phelps wearing an evening gown!

    BTW, where are those swimmers’ hips? Can they possibly exist? Is not having hips the way to repeat Olympic gold?

    I will definitely check out Pingg, but I wonder what the extra G is for….

  • Rhea says:

    I thought that was funny Jim Carrey wore that women’s bathring suit for kicks. I don’t get that tyle though…even on women. It’s awful!

    It’s fun to see what the Olympians wear. Superficial but fun.

  • Milena says:

    Yes he does! Yes yes! He’s wearing a halter top. It looks weird the photo. He needed a few medals less. Congratulations on the award by the way. You deserve it and more. Also, ditto on the girls gymnastics team leotard and one the sport choosing thing. How does a parent decide their child has an aptitude for some obscure sport they had perhaps never even heard of? Personally, I think my son might have an aptitude for live pigeon shooting. I really think he could be a medal contender in that one. 😉

    So glad you are back.

  • kristen says:

    i’m behind 2 weeks on PR, need to catch up when i get home tomorrow.

    i think italy’s coaches need a new look – the sequin epalets don’t work for me at all.

  • Hilarious insight! Apparently from all the commenters you and I weren’t the only ones who were more reminded of Jim Carey than of Mark Spitz. Maybe it’s just how most of us online folk look at a photo like that- with the scroll button.

  • Aunt Marcia (Guess Whose?) says:

    Michael has a neck like a giraffe; and a very strange body; obviously suited for winning gold in swimming competition. But I think he might find out later he’s got a growth on his pituitary gland causing long chin, big nose/hands/feet…

  • I so could not get over that cover of Michael Phelps looking so girly! It smacks to me of Japanese halter top meets high-waisted non-jeans! No one else in the house agreed with me, so I gave up. Thanks for being with me!

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