Last weekend, I finally made it to the annual steampunk festival in Waltham. And I’m so glad I did. It was an alt-fatshionista’s dream.
Art, music, bellydancing, amazing costumes, tiny hats galore…and I even met the Doctor, who must have been taking a break from saving the world to attend the festival.
Here are a few pictures from the day, including some fa(t)shion highlights. For more, check out my Facebook photo album (which is public, so you can view it even if you’re not on FB).
I met this fabulous lady dressed in steampunk Lolita, and exchanged blog info with her. She has a Tumblr, which you should check out if you enjoy the fusion of Lolita and other styles.
Happy Friday! Here’s what I’ve been reading this week. Feel free to leave links to things you’ve read or written in the comments.
-I love the official pictures of Gabi Fresh’s swimsuit line (and the post also contains fit info on the suits). I wish it went beyond size 24, but I’m still glad it exists.
-Cool new stuff from Fancy Lady Industries, including a gold glitter “fat” necklace!
-Stacey Bias explains what’s wrong with the “Fitching the Homeless” video that’s gone viral. A much better way to protest the comapny’s assholery: Occupy Abercrombie & Fitch.
-The fat chicks’ shopping guide for summer style, part 1.
-Vegans, check out this new Facebook group: Vegans against fat-shaming.
-Not fat enough for fat activism?
-YES YES YES to all of this: Back off my fat body.
-Check out this call for submissions for a fab fatty zine!
-A great essay from the anthology Hot & Heavy: I came to femme through fat and black.
-I wish I could make everyone read this: Why environmental “hypocrisy” is irrelevant and inevitable.
-In defense of a Fearless Summer.
-Awesome, and right here in MA: climate change activists blocked a freighter from delivering coal to a power plant.
-What you should know about the Philly student walkout.
-Both Rachele and Natalie have powerful pieces about their experience with mental illness–their own or others’.
-So glad to hear this: former NASA engineer awards Kiera Wilmot scholarship to space academy.
-Beyond bindis: why cultural appropriation matters.
“Riding bikes everywhere? Using recyclable diapers? Carpooling? We’ve been doing that in Eritrea for decades. Where’s our reward for saving the Earth? Why aren’t we plastered all over Time magazine? If we lived in the same disgusting, gluttonous fashion that Americans lived, this planet would no longer be able to sustain the human race. But yet, they blame the world’s environmental ills on ‘overpopulation’ (code: poor brown people existing) and then usurp our lifestyle habits, trademark it as their own and pat themselves on the back for doing the bare minimum.
How convenient of such a narcissistic nation.”
I found so many awesome, cheap things at the Big Thrifty. This Igigi dress was one of my favorite finds.
I’ve always admired Igigi’s dresses from afar, but they’re pretty pricey–so it was awesome to get one for $10. And it has pockets!
I had gotten all dressed up for a party (necklace and earrings: So Good, bracelets: Torrid, headband: I Am Joolienn), when I stepped outside, realized how cold it was, and decided to modify the outfit for the weather. Inspired by my Domino Dollhouse leggings, I went full-out ’90s.
I wish I had awesome shoes to wear with the outfit (like the ones that the Domino Dollhouse models are wearing), but my feet have been acting up, and I just needed to be comfortable. If I’d had more time, I might have put on my metallic fake Docs for the pictures, but ah well.
It’s rainy and gray right now, but last week, the weather was lovely. My friend Mary and I celebrated by frolicking among flowering trees!
Flowering-tree-season here in New England is short, but it’s gorgeous while it lasts.
And they smell so good.
I hope you’ve all been enjoying your spring (or fall, for my Southern hemisphere readers)!
Here are some of the interesting things I’ve read this week. Feel free to share anything good you’ve read–or written–in the comments!
-This is a really interesting idea: organic, vintage-inspired kids’ clothing that fits for three years.
-Bridging the gap: straddling between standard and plus sizes.
-I really should learn to knit, because these steampunk knitting projects look awesome.
-19 fabulous style tips from senior citizens.
-Tips on fat thrifting.
-This fabulous fat couple has the best style ever!
-Aussie fatshionistas, check out this list of local places to buy imported clothes.
-Haley writes about coming to love her stretchmarks.
-Yoga: not just for skinny white girls.
-Fat queer tells all: on fatness and gender flatness.
-On swimsuit bodies, shame, and nonsense.
-An open letter from Virgie Tovar to Kim Kardashian’s armpit fat.
-Carbon dioxide in atmosphere reaches 400 ppm for the first time in human history. Yikes.
-Indigenous resistance grows strong in Keystone XL battle.
-Thoreau’s radicalism and the fight against the fossil fuel industry.
-I’m proud to be part of the youth climate vote: a new force in electoral politics.
-Even in the best case scenario, climate change will kick our asses. Depressing as it is, the book described in this post looks really good, and I want to read it soon.
-Naomi Klein brings up something important: why aren’t environmental groups divesting from fossil fuels?
-You’ve probably seen it already, but if not, Hyperbole and a Half’s new comic about the author’s experience with depression is a must-read.
-To the queer black kids.
-Female purity is bullshit. Yes, yes, and yes.
-I love this post from Cliff: What I mean when I say I’m sex-positive.
-Butch, please: butch with a side of misogyny.
-How The Great Gatsby fears the flapper.
-A powerful essay on language, family, and being a person of color in academia: Majoring in English.
-Everything you’ve been told about radicalization is wrong.
-On Kiera Wilmot, and being a smart black girl.