OOTD: Adventures in an enchanted forest

On Saturday I went hiking with a few friends through the spectacular mid-October foliage. Since I’ve been so into dark mori and witchy goth looks lately, I figured it would be the perfect opportunity to dress up in dark layers. (No, I didn’t stay dressed up for the whole hike–it was unseasonably warm, so I ended up taking off both my skirts and most of my jewelry and just hiking around in shorts. I also brought sneakers to change into.)

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Top and cardigan: thrifted, gray skirt: Target, black skirt and belt: ASOS Curve, socks: Domino Dollhouse, shoes: LL Bean, flower crown and bat clips: Crown & Glory, crystal necklace: from my great-grandmother, gray necklace: from a clothing swap, bangles: Torrid and Deb, spike wristband: Hot Topic, studded wristband: Macy’s, skull ring: Torrid, rose ring and earrings: really old

plus size dark mori outfit with black and gray layers

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Sunday links, 10/19/14

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Fa(t)shion
Fashion & feminism: Mateo Guadalupe of Leather Coven.
-I love Maria’s reflections on fashion rules and goals.
Why I refuse to straighten my hair.
A series of interviews with alt-fatshion bloggers.
-Courtney’s hot pink mermaid fatkini is everything.
-Style Vanity interviews Luanne of Weesha’s World.
Instead of banning yoga pants, schools should crack down on harassment.
-I wish I could be in Ohio for Re/Dress’ plus size modeling workshop!
7 badass ladies of Buffy and the Halloween costumes they inspire.
-My new favorite indie clothing shop: LovelyMsLevecks.

Fat Acceptance
-Leah has a great rant about the bullshit phrase “promoting obesity.”
Let’s broaden the talk about thin privilege to include the ways it intersects with race and other identities.
“I’m only talking about myself!” isn’t a good excuse for fat-shaming.
It’s time for a ceasefire in the war on “childhood obesity.”
Jenny Trout and Michelle Landriault interview each other about fatkinis, their co-appearance on The Steve Harvey Show, and body positivity.
-Ragen offers tips for dealing with the anger of fatphobia.
Yoga and body diversity: five ways to be inclusive when teaching or practicing.

Climate and Sustainability
Money, death, and danger in North Dakota’s fracking capital.
Why waste coffee grounds when you can use them to grow mushrooms? Continue reading

OOTD: Fall floral and a fuzzy sweater

There’s nothing like a fuzzy sweater when there’s a chill in the air and the leaves are turning colors.

plus size outfit watercolor floral dress, yellow leggings, and pink fuzzy bolero

Dress: Yours Clothing, sweater: SimplyBe, teggings: Re/Dress, tote bag: LeSportSac via eBay, shoes: L.L. Bean, necklace and headband: Forever 21, earrings: Betsey Johnson via eBay, bracelets: Deb Shops

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OOTD: lace, lilac, and lavender

plus size outfit lavender lace dress and purple argyle cardigan

It’s really and truly fall–and fall in New England is pretty awesome. I’ve already been apple-picking twice, enjoyed lots of apple cider donuts, eaten many pumpkin-flavored things, and enjoyed the foliage everywhere from my own street to the woods. I even hate the rain less than usual, because it makes the leaves look so bright.

And of course, I’ve been having fun with cooler-weather dressing. Sweaters and leggings make it so easy to add color, texture, and pattern to any outfit.

plus size outfit lavender lace dress and argyle sweater

Dress: H&M, sweater: Old Navy via clothing swap, teggings: Re/Dress, shoes: Naot, bracelets: Deb, necklace: So Good, earrings: a small shop in Western Mass. Continue reading

Sunday links, 9/21/14: it’s finally fall

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Fa(t)shion
-The New Yorker has a great profile of plus size style–just ignore the obligatory crap about how “obesity is a genuine health issue.”
A first for high fatshion: the Design Collective at Evans LFW Catwalk Show.
Two up-and-coming labels sent plus size models down the catwalk at NYFW.
-Kath shares an experience of clothes-shopping as it should be.
-Affinity rounds up places that sell plus size Halloween costumes in a variety of sizes, some up to 12X.
Why do designers hide their plus size lines? (Spoiler alert: because they’re douchenozzles who let fat-phobia get in the way of profit.)
How to manage a massive closet purge.
Are you more likely to buy things from retailers who use models in lots of different sizes?
-Everything in Zelie for She’s Pink Carousel collection is amazing, and should teleport to my closet immediately.
Rock n’ Roll Bride’s new collection for Crown & Glory = awesome.
-The San Diego fat clothing swap looks like it was so much fun!
22 fashion infographics you need in your life.
While the fashion world swoons over this season’s styles, the workers making them are fainting on the job.
The fast fashion industry doesn’t want you to know about these things.

Fat Acceptance
Vogue didn’t discover big booty–booty never left.
Fat discrimination is real discrimination.
Things you only know if you’re a “fat girl” on the internet.
Why I’m not signing the OAC petition.
Fat para-academics, read this!
-If you’re in Oakland, check out this fat dance performance.

Climate and Sustainability
Environmental justice works, and these folks show us how.
-Rebecca Solnit provides thoughtful historical context for the People’s Climate March. (Sadly, I won’t be able to make it, as life has been exhausting lately and I am dead-tired. But I will be there in spirit!)
Why do we protest? “We shouldn’t stop trying to create the world that we want to live in, but at the same time, we need to live right now in the world we want to create. We certainly can’t buy our way there and we probably can’t fight our way there either. Better to make as many friends as we can, gather them close, watch the flames together, and try to figure out how to live in the light that the fire reflects.”
Watch out, Wall Street, climate marchers are coming for you next.
Naomi Klein is right: unchecked capitalism will destroy civilization. I agree with this 110% except for the predictable analogy comparing climate change to weight gain causing diabetes, sigh.
11 short stories about the People’s Climate Train.
Civil rights heroes offer climate marchers a little wisdom.
Hey, U.N.: climate change and population are related. Continue reading