Fashion Reports

Fashion Report - Episode Seven

I really wish I liked Mirna more because I was honestly enjoying her endless parade of fun fashion.
Swimmerboy: Well, the style diva of TAR5 is gone. I really wish I liked Mirna more because I was honestly enjoying her endless parade of fun fashion. I think what I liked so much is that she didnít seem to opt for the traditional practical racing attire that so many of the other teams have adopted. This episode, she shone in a peach velour hoodie and black pants and later looked comfortably casual in a pale blue tank top and black shorts. Well-dressed and well-coiffed at all times, she wins my spontaneous award for ďBest-DressedĒ racer, possibly from any season. Too bad her attitude takes away from the moment.

Daria: I agree, she had some awesome looks. Iím still trying to figure out how she squeezed everything into her pack, though. I did notice that hers was about twice the size of Charlaís. The cousins also stuck with the eye make-up longer than anyone else. It might have been a fashion ethic in which dressing well overrides functionality. Thatís not a criticism, either, even though Iím a firm believer that athletic and hiking apparel must be functional first. Maybe Charla and Mirna didnít see the Race as an athletic event.

Swimmerboy: Nicole and Brandon continue their semi-coordinated trend of the past few legs. Blue was their theme this week, and the twins seemed to follow suit. Speaking of the twins, I much prefer them with their hair down. I know itís not practical from a racing standpoint, but somehow I think it makes their angular faces look much softer.

Daria: I definitely noticed that. The twins should only wear their hair pulled back in emergencies. It also seems that every woman in this group packed curlers, which I find baffling. Why not get a wash-and-run perm beforehand if you donít want to race with straight hair?
Theyíve been wearing the exact same thing every episode! Or at least it seems that way.
Swimmerboy: Iím beginning to see why Colin and Christieís packs are so small. Theyíve been wearing the exact same thing every episode! Or at least it seems that way. Colin in a dark blue/gray shirt and khakiís, Christie in a plain white tank and khakis. I still like them, but they arenít giving me much to comment on fashion-wise. Yes, I know. Theyíre trying to win a million bucks, not impress a silly little fashion reporter whom theyíve never even met. But still, show me something! At least itís not as bad as the monotony of the Nostril brothers (Rest In Pizza).

Daria: Colin and Christie are carrying hydration packs, which are essentially plastic bladders that you fill with water, drop into a special sleeve in your backpack, and drink from through a tube that comes around to your mouth. So that explains the blue tubes, in case anyone is wondering. As someone who has used a pack with a built-in hydration system and who is currently shopping for a new one, I have to say I think theyíre a horrible idea for the Race. Hydration packs are meant for long hikes, bike rides, mountain climbs, and the like. While I believe the racers should carry water with them at all time, a liter bottle wrapped in a plastic bag and shoved into a standard backpack is sufficient for what theyíre doing. The plastic bladders and the protective sleeves take up a lot of backpack space that could be used for more clothes. And water weighs 8 pounds per gallon. So theyíve unnecessarily burdened themselves with weight and a space-eating device that isnít all that useful.
Oh, but she had yet another scarf around her head. Daria, are you getting the burn pile ready?
Swimmerboy: Kim showed us some skin this week, and for the first time I noticed her abs! Wow! And she has three kids? Iím telling you, that woman is NOT 44. Oh, but she had yet another scarf around her head. Daria, are you getting the burn pile ready? Iím sure youíll want to toss them on there, along with certain shirts worn by a certain team of goofball moms. I think they bowl or something.

Daria: Shirts, scarves, hydration packs Ė itís too bad itís warm outside, otherwise weíd have quite a bonfire. I did notice that Lindaís jacket is reversible, which isnít a bad idea, although something with a removable lining might make more sense.

Swimmerboy: Phil appeared to be a bit less phabulous to me this week, as his shirt looked about a size too big and didnĎt exactly flatter his figure. Maybe he should have worn it tucked in?

Daria: Itís not his best look, but Iím grateful we donít have any hideous red sweaters this season . . . so far. By the way, last week I mentioned Lindaís tattoo. This week? They all had them. And if you look closely, this was evidently a 36-hour pit stop, because the racers were shown eating, sleeping, and mingling during the day, while they all left at night. Henna tattoos were apparently part of the entertainment provided at the pit stop. It was better than the Dorky Dancing from TAR3ís Marrakech pit stop. At least I was entertained trying to see who got what design and where they got them.
And now for the Pretty People awards. Since Chip and Kim were pretty much the only team not to be ugly asses this week, they run away with the award.
Swimmerboy: And now for the Pretty People awards. Since Chip and Kim were pretty much the only team not to be ugly asses this week, they run away with the award. Theyíre racing well, looking good, being affable, and in seven legs I have yet to hear them speak a cross word to each other.

Daria: Oh, I donít know that the Moms did anything to be ugly asses, but their shirts continue to keep them from being serious contenders for the Pretty People award. And the Twins were just their usual ditzy selves. So Iíll give my Pretty People award to Chip and Kim again, with the Moms as very distant runners up based on good behavior and great smiles. Plus, Iím getting used to those silly shirts.

And now that weíre down to the final five, itís time for the Fashion Report to go to a biweekly schedule. So weíll be back in two weeks!



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