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.
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
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
–This is what a feminist fashion and beauty fair looks like. It sounds amazing!
-Karen posts pictures from the Indie Plus Size Fashion Showcase and the Runway Finale at Full Figured Fashion Week. (Also, how awesome is her gold sequin gown in the second post?)
-Jacob writes about their experiences trying to dress for work as a genderqueer person, and how the standard of “professionalism” is often used against queer people, poor people, and people of color.
-Kate Harding writes about why she personally doesn’t wear a fatkini, but is glad that other fat women do.
-Sheri rounds up 15 plus size midi skirts.
–Unapologetically fat: Ragen’s great response to the latest piece of fat-shaming crap going around the internet.
-Charlotte responds to the news that NICE (part of the UK Dept of Health) wants thousands of people to have weight-loss surgery.
–My body is not a problem.
–Obesity cuts life expectancy, Santa is responsible for your Christmas presents, and other misleading statements.
–Why Hobby Lobby is a HAES issue.
-Marilyn Wann reflects on her 20 years in fat activism.
-One of my friends from the Boston fat community is moving to Wisconsin, so she started a Facebook group, Wisco Fats, for people who live there.
-Dude, I want an Adipose cake!
-A body-positive, chubby male athlete posing naked in a mainstream sports magazine? HELLS YES. I had never heard of Prince Fielder before because I don’t follow sports, but he is awesome. It’s also just nice to see nude pictures of a guy in mainstream media, which is so much rarer than nude pictures of women.
-Linda Bacon has a new book coming out this fall, and it looks really good.
-Another book that looks good: Fat Girl In a Strange Land, a sci-fi anthology featuring fat female protagonists.
-Anna Guest-Jelley of Curvy Yoga will be giving a workshop at the Kripalu Center in western Mass. in November! I’m excited that she’ll be in my neck of the woods, and I really hope I can make it.
-Rabbi Minna Bromberg writes about fatness from a Jewish perspective.
-Rue B. Tickles writes about why she dances burlesque.
Very few things make me happier than watching fabulous dancers.
Lots and lots of links this week. For whatever reason, the internet has been unusually full of interesting. Enjoy!
–5x DIY plus size Edwardian or steampunk costumes.
-I just came across the Etsy shop Youniquely Chic, which has gorgeous–and indeed unique–steampunk and industrial jewelry.
-Check out the DAMN GIRL THAT STYLE IS FAT! zine.
–What fashion’s “ethnic” prints are really called.
–My history with a headscarf.
-I like this Etsy treasury of galaxy-print things.
–Statement necklaces are the best.
–Geeky tees for Valentine’s Day!
-Betty Le Bonbon has an amazing collection of plus size retro clothing.
-If you’re in Cleveland, Ohio, you can shop Rachel Kacenjar’s closet. She has deeply discounted clothing mostly in sizes 12-24, and it all sounds fabulous–I wish I could teleport there!
–Feminist fashion frustration of the day.
-This crystallized prosthetic leg is gorgeous.
-So, I know this post isn’t actually about Kat’s tutu, but…PINK OMBRE TUTU. WANT.
–Stop commenting on my chipped nails.
-The new issue of Skorch Magazine is out!
-A woman at Arisia, a sci-fi convention here in Boston, made an amazing TARDIS dress. (Small world story: one of my coworkers is friends with her, and the coworker’s husband helped her paint the dress!) Unfortunately, some people have been insulting her size, which is idiotic and disappointing. She rocks, so much.
–Falsely filling in the story: on the bullshit of assuming that a fictitious fat, disabled woman must have “brought it on herself.”
-If you’re in Brisbane, join other fabulous fatties for a Chunky Dunk swimming party!
-Also in Australia (Newtown) is the world premiere of a documentary about a fat femme synchronized swimming team.
-Huzzah for fat burlesque!
-Also huzzah for fat pole-dancing. That shit requires amazing upper-body and core strength. I’ve tried aerial acrobatics, which is similar, a few times–it’s really hard.
-And, even more awesome fat dancing!
-Lesley Kinzel answers the question, How can I stop believing my life will be better if I lose weight?
–The HAES files: from dieter to diet survivor.
-Reflections on Lena Dunham’s “thin for Detroit” remark.
-This story of a girl who almost died due to medical fat-phobia is terrifying. Just terrifying.
–Looking the part.
A store window display in New York
Sorry for the lateness (again)–I just got home from New York City last night! It was a fun trip, and I’ll post about it soon.
In the meantime, enjoy these lovely looks from around the internet.
I love love love these Domino Dollhouse striped leggings. Unfortunately, they’re no longer available, but I’m going to get vertical stripes on my legs someday, one way or another. They’re so wonderfully circus-y. I saw two women wearing similar leggings in NYC, and was quite jealous.
Another great black and white outfit. I love finding fashionable men on the internet!
I don’t know why, but I’ve been feeling monochromatic lately. Here are some pictures of my foray into all-purple: