Sunday Links, 2/22/15

laduree macarons and pastel box

Fa(t)shion
The new issue of Skorch is fabulous, as always.
H&M has been hoodwinked by its own sustainability mandate.
-Love it: Rag & Bone NYFW brings us way back to the early ’00s with this runway trend.
-I’m so excited to hear that JNCO jeans are coming back, but I really wish they’d make plus sizes.
-Margot rounds up a bunch of awesome edgy accessories, including the purple shimmery boots that I have and should wear more often. (They make the bottoms of my feet hurt, but I’m planning to put in new insoles and see if that helps.)
Hard Candy will reissue a bunch of its popular shades from the ’90s.

Fat Acceptance
-This fat liberation manifesto from the ’70s is still completely relevant today.
Failed at dieting? Welcome to the Almost Everyone Club!
-The PDX Fat List is a directory of fat-friendly businesses in the Portland, OR metro area.
-Shannon interviews a group of people about their experiences with HAES and the negative impact of SDH (social determinants of health), and how the HAES community can better address SDH. He also writes a conclusion post about his views on the complicated relationship between HAES and SDH.
Health and the usual disclaimers.
Fining the parents of fat kids is a terrible, terrible idea ARGHHHHH.

Climate and Sustainability
-14-year old activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez gives 8 reasons to be optimistic about the climate movement in 2015.
“More research” into geoengineering is not such a hot idea.
Understanding Obama’s suckiness on climate.
If you think that California is dry now, wait until the 2050s. I so wish we could send them some of our excessive snow…
Big Oil’s explosive week: two disasters reveal the dangers of America’s energy boom.

pastel laduree candles

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Sunday links, 2/15/15: snowpocalypse edition

porch covered in piles of snow, nearly up to the second floor

It’s getting a little ridiculous.

Fa(t)shion
Rihanna’s pink cupcake dress = love. It reminds me a bit of Kaylee’s shindig dress in Firefly, too.
-Kelsey shows off her visible belly outline.
Moms launch stereotype-bashing clothing line that challenges what it means to be “girly.”
-Advice on how to style a tutu for everyday wear.

Fat Acceptance
-Naomi writes about loving her fat body, learning to enjoy movement, and creating a fitness app as a fat woman.
Things obesity isn’t.
-ARGH: Legislators in Puerto Rico are debating a bill that would fine parents of obese children up to $800 if they don’t lose weight.
-A roundtable of HAES experts talk about social determinants of health and the role of social justice in HAES: part 1 and part 2.
The incredibly bravery of fat-shaming children.
Size and prejudice: on the issues faced by larger fat people.
Medical discrimination against fat people–again.
What if I lose weight doing my Ironman?

Climate and Sustainability
Dispatches from the Seneca Lake uprising–including a delicious-sounding farm-to-table civil disobedience banquet (!).
-May Boeve of 350.org interviews Naomi Klein about low oil prices, the power of fossil fuel divestment, and how build a more kick-ass climate movement.
Women lead the march for climate leadership in California.
Why Harvard students are sitting-in outside Drew Faust’s office.
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Sunday links, 2/8/15

Blog note: I haven’t been doing Fatshion February posts for the past few days because I’ve been sick, booo. I’m hoping to be better, and back to daily outfit pictures, within the next day or two. 

puppy and kitty valentines hanging in store window

Cute Valentines I saw in a store window

Fa(t)shion
-Rachelle is putting together a fatshion zine. Check it out and submit if you’re interested!
16 black fashion bloggers.
-Mary Lambert writes about how she learned to love shopping as a plus size woman, and shares her favorite stores.
-I hope Julianne is right that ginormous pants are coming back in style–I still love them.
Massculine Fatshion is a new site for masculine-of-center fat folks interested in style.
-Chastity shares her favorite plus size budget-friendly online shops.
Plus size wedding dresses for the bride on a budget.
Observe and reserve judgment on other people’s clothing choices.

Fat Acceptance
Missy Elliott taught me that it was ok for a fat woman to feel desire.
-(NSFW) The Adipositivity Project has a gorgeous Valentine Series which features fat people and their lovers.
Football, fat people, and media representation.
-Ali shares her strategies for combating fat-shaming on a day-to-day basis.
-Ragen also shares strategies for fat activism in her Say Something Sunday series of posts.
-The Fat Nutritionist talks about her relationship with food and exercise.

bowl of mac n' cheese with tomatoes and bacon

Mac n’ cheese: the ultimate winter comfort food.

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OOTD: Green, fuzzy, and feathered

Taking pictures of this outfit was a bit of a challenge, as the white shrug blends into the white wall!

plus size outfit green dress, white fuzzy shrug, gray feather headpiece

I took a few pictures in various spots around the living room, but the only place where I can get a full-body picture with decent lighting is against the white wall. Maybe I should put up metallic streamers again….

plus size outfit green multi-pattern dress, white fuzzy shrug, black leggings

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Sunday links, 1/18/15

ships in the boston harbor on a gray day

Fa(t)shion
-Take Nicolette Mason and GabiFresh’s survey and tell them what changes you’d like to see in plus size fashion.
Dress Profesh is a collection of photos that explore and challenge what “professional” looks like.
Selma costumes reveal class and consciousness of the movement.
15 questions with plus size model and blogger Katana Fatale.
-Seattleites, check out Bombsheller’s upcoming plus size fitting party.
This bride’s pink and white lace dress is everything. Her unicorn fascinator is amazing too! I also love this bride’s long flowing pink tulle dress and flower crown, and her bridesmands’ sequined dresses.
Katie K activewear sends a plus size fitness coach down the runway at Outdoor Retailer 2015.
13 pieces of plus size activewear you’ll actually want to have in your closet.
-Valentino’s pre-fall 2015 galactic prints are gorgeous.

I love this video that shows women of varying sizes working out and enjoying themselves:
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OOTD: A fairy among mermaids

Last night, I went to The Cahd-fish Ball: A Mermaid Gala and Undersea Performance Spectacular. Since I only decided to go the day before, I didn’t have much time to put together a mermaid, pirate, or sailor costume, so I just went with what was easiest for me: dressing like some combination of a woodland fairy and a cupcake.

I meant to wear my fairy wings, but I had only an hour to get ready between work and the show, and I couldn’t manage to find them.

plus size hot pink lace dress and giant rose fascinator fairy outfit

Dress: ASOS Curve, fascinator: ASOS, shoes: Clark’s, necklace: Forever 21, earrings: ??, purse: from the Hello Kitty kiosk in the Prudential Mall ages ago, rose bangle: H&M, rose beaded bracelet: homemade, pink rhinestone ball bracelet: from a clothing swap, bangles: Deb, pink rose ring: The Tiny Teapot, silver rose ring: ancient

pink plus size outfit with giant light pink rose fascinator hair flower

I am so, so, so in love with this dress. It’s a size smaller than I usually wear, because my regular size (22) was sold out, but luckily it lives up to ASOS’ reputation for running large.

Unlike most lace dresses that I’ve worn, the lace is soft and not at all itchy. Whatever this material is, it should be used to make every dress ever. Continue reading

OOTD: Spring pastels for a day of Boston adventures

woman wearing lavender lace dress with pastel accessories in front of pink cherry tree

Boston has a reputation for being unfriendly, but I’ve never found that to be true. Yesterday, while out and about in the Public Garden, I asked a stranger if she could take a picture of me in front of a pink tree–and she was super-helpful, asked if I was a fashion blogger (yay!), and took a bunch of pictures from different distances. We exchanged contact info, and it turns out she sells Stella & Dot jewelry; you can check out her page here.

Thank you, Liz, for these lovely pictures! 🙂

woman in lavender lace dress and peach hair bow in front of pink cherry trees

Dress: H&M, sandals: Clark’s, bracelets: So Good, headband and necklace: Forever 21, earrings: I don’t even remember, pink rose statement ring: The Tiny Teapot, silver rose ring: I’ve had since high school

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Boston, you’re my home <3

golden retriever with big brown eyes staring into the camera

Today is the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. To be honest, I’ve had a lot of other stuff on my mind lately, so I haven’t been thinking about it that much, but I’ve read a few things that I want to pass along.

My friend Emily writes a wonderful tribute to Boston.

Laura at RevEverett asks, “Which Boston is #BostonStrong?” She points out that some lives are invisible, the violence against them expected and ignored–and that we need to remember them and see their humanity.

If you’re a dog-loving Bostonian like me, you’ll be happy to hear that the Comfort Dogs, who visited Boston after the bombings, will be coming back this weekend. They’re such sweet, loving animals.

golden retriever Comfort Dog puppy curled up in a ball

The little pup pictured above is Isaiah, who was only five months old at the time. He’s gotten so big since then, as you can see on his Facebook page (yes, I “like” all of the Comfort Dogs on Facebook–it means my newsfeed is filled with adorable doggie pictures!). These pictures are all Instagram-filter-y because my camera had just broken, and I really wanted to get pictures of the dogs, so I ended up buying a disposable camera. So old-school, I know!

golden retriever Comfort Dog being petted by people

OOTD: spring adventures in the city

I’m falling in love with Boston all over again. Mostly because it’s spring, and also partly because a temp job finally brought me back into the city (if only for two days) after I spent over half a year working in my own neighborhood. Boston, I’ve known you for more than ten years, but you’re still full of small, wonderful surprises.

Like this playground I found in the heart of the Back Bay:

climbing on a blue and yellow rope structure on a playground

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#FatshionFebruary, day 16: living up to my blog’s name

Tank top: Lane Bryant via clothing swap, tutu: Target, teggings: Re/Dress, jacket: Kohl’s, boots: present from my mom, shoe clips: Head Full of Feathers, necklace: eBay, earrings: The Brookline Booksmith (yes, it’s a bookstore that also sells tchotchkes and jewelry), tiny hat: Cloak & Dagger Creations, bracelets: Deb Shops, Torrid, and So Good (have I ever posted an outfit that didn’t have at least one accessory from So Good? I doubt it.)

I wore this for a day of adventures in Boston, which included seeing the pom-pom tree and cool ice formations that I posted in my links roundup. Even though I feel like I’ve lived in the Boston area forever, and sometimes I get terrible wanderlust, I still enjoy a good day of romping around my own city and noticing as many quirky and fun details as I can.

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