Sandy update and links roundup

I hope you’re all safe and doing ok.

I’m lucky–my neighborhood wasn’t hit badly, and we didn’t even lose power for more than a minute. But other parts of Massachusetts were hit harder.

And New York/New Jersey? Oy vey.

I’ve been glued to Twitter–which is much more up-to-date than the news networks–and it’s horrifying. My heart goes out to everyone who’s been affected.

If you want to know how you can help, check out this list of places to donate or volunteer.

Also, here are a few Sandy-related links:

How oysters could have protected New York from the storm surge, if they hadn’t been over-harvested. This is fascinating. And it shows how human degradation of the environment is a major factor in the destructiveness of recent storms, even aside from the more obvious example of global warming.

– If you aren’t already boycotting American Apparel for their extreme misogyny, consider doing it because of their callousness in the face of tragedy. Yesterday, they sent out an email advertising a Sandy-related sale. No mention of donating a percentage of proceeds to charity–just taking advantage of a natural disaster to drive sales.

The post-Sandy situation is terrible in Haiti, where people are still recovering from the earthquake that happened three years ago.

Insta-Snopes: sorting the real Sandy photos from the fakes.

-Reflections on the scariness of NYC’s subways filling up with water.

-The nurses who carried ICU babies down nine flights of stairs during the evacuation of the NYU hospital are incredible heroes.

-A collection of images of Sandy’s aftermath.

OOTD: Layering with Leopard

UPDATE: I wrote this post a week or two ago and scheduled it in advance, hence the lack of mention of Hurricane Sandy. Please see the above post for updates and related links.

The only thing better than leopard print…is more leopard print.

The cardigan was a lucky Goodwill find, and I got the black dress at Target years ago. You can also see it in this post. The leggings were also thrifted, at the Big Thrifty event this past spring.

Dress: Target, cardigan and leggings: thrifted, earrings: Claire’s, bow necklace: Buffalo Exchange, custom Brony necklace: DiDepux, headband: Alice and Sara, shoes: Naot via David’s Shoes on First

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Pop Up Plus NY in Boston

I hope all my fellow Northeasterners are staying safe from Hurrican Sandy! My office is closed, so I’m hanging out at home (with a good supply of pizza, mint M&M brownies, and coffee).

Yesterday, I went to Pop Up Plus NY’s Boston event, which was a lot of fun. I couldn’t make it on Saturday, when they had a cocktail party, but I still enjoyed playing dress-up and meeting some fabulous fatshionistas.

With Tiana and Camy, who were running the event.

So many sequins!

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More late ’90s/early 00’s catalog nostalgia: Delia*s

Liked my scans from Alloy and Girlfriends LA? Here are a few more, from Delia*s.

I had a mixed relationship with Delia*s–for the longest time, they carried only up to size 13. Eventually, they did expand their size range on some clothing, but I’ll always think of them as the first catalog I both loved and felt completely excluded from.

Now, so many years later, I can look back and enjoy the fashion, with only a twinge of remembering that feeling.

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Friday Links, 10/26/12

Happy Friday, and happy almost-Halloween! Do you have anything fun planned for the weekend or next Wednesday?

A chocolate haunted house!

I’m going to start organizing Friday links by categories, in order to make them easier to browse.

-Plus size fashion blogger Elann Zelie launches a clothing line, Zelie for She.
-Lesley has a great round-up of printed plus size leggings.
-This list is a good reminder of why access to clothing matters.
Out and about: Haute Curves made history during L.A. fashion week.
-Shawna of Chubby Cartwheels has two posts about fat-positive shopping in Portland, OR. I’m so jealous–I’ll definitely check out those stores if I ever make it to Portland.
Ose Vintage: fall/winter collection. I especially like the pink leopard-print and black velvet dresses.
-Pictures from Adele’s Vogue shoot.
-Suggestions for finding plus-size goth clothing.
What is age-appropriate dressing, anyway?

There’s nothing like hot chocolate on a chilly fall day.

Fat activism
Fat stories: an exhibition.
-Great advice on responding to fat-hate from Texts from Dog.
-Tori has a great hypothetical response to people who want her to join a weight-loss-oriented link exchange.
-A must-read: 21 things to stop saying unless you hate fat people. The comments are a mixed bag, but I really like this one, which has the best analogy I’ve read yet about the pathologizing of fatness.
-A brave young woman put up a self-portrait in her underwear as a statement about self-acceptance.
My fat body is me: so much yes to all of this.
-A response to fat-shaming within progressive communities.
-Anna Guest-Jelley of Curvy Yoga on being a fat yoga teacher.

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Blog announcement: posting will be light in November

In my neighborhood, we don’t just have pumpkins. We have three-eyed hipster pumpkins.

Next month, I’m going to be attempting NaNoWriMo–except that since I write poetry rather than fiction, I’m actually going to be doing something more like NaPoWriMo.

NaPoWriMo takes place in April, but I’m joining in with the November novel-writers in order to get some social support and structure. I haven’t been writing as much as I would like lately, so I’m hoping that going to meetups regularly will help me kick my own ass into gear.

Therefore, posting will be pretty light. I’ve scheduled some posts in advance, and I’ll try to schedule a few more before the end of October, but there will still be fewer posts than usual (and fewer, if any, Friday links).

Happy writing to my fellow WriMos, and I’ll see you all in December–just in time for all the glitz and glamour of the holiday season. 🙂

Wednesday Fa(t)shion Inspirations, 10/24/12

Huzzah for bright colors, and kitties who want to get in on the action!

Everything about this outfit is amazing, up to and including the hot pink hair. Also, good choice of a background the matches the outfit in both color scheme and spirit.

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OOTD: Pink and gray

A few years ago, my friend Emily (of CoupCoup Designs and Yarn Pornography) introduced me to the idea of wearing colored leggings with black socks as pseudo-tights. It’s perfect for me, because I love how tights look but I hate how they feel, and leggings are much better.

Luckily, I can fit into an XL in American Apparel leggings, which are fairly durable. [Insert obligatory rant about how arbitrary women’s sizing is–how weird it is that I’m wearing a 3X top, an XXL skirt, and XL leggings all in the same outfit.] They’re a little long, so they bunch up around the ankles, but that doesn’t bother me too much.

Top: Deb, tutu: Target, leggings: American Apparel, shoes: Naot via David’s Famous Name Shoes, earrings: not sure, bracelets: Torrid and Deb, necklace: a pendant from Michael’s on a chain I already owned, fascinator: Claire’s (another $1 find!) Continue reading

Apple-picking and OOTD

Yesterday, a few of my friends and I went apple-picking. It’s a bit of a tradition–this is the third year we’ve done it at the same farm. They also have a petting zoo, a farm store, a pumpkin patch, a food stand, and a bouncy castle and hayride for kids. It’s a really fun place to spend the afternoon, be silly with friends, and end up with lots of apples.

Have I mentioned how much I love New England?


Here’s what I wore:

Shirt: Old Navy, pants: CVS, necklace: Kelsea Echo, heart ring: the Toy Chest, sunglasses and rose ring: Claire’s, earrings: Faces, glitter bow: Crown and Glory, rainbow bangle: So Good

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