On Saturday, I went out with my brother and Steve for a dinner at Max Brenner, an awesome chocolate-themed restaurant. On the way there, we stopped at the Fairmont Copley Plaza to visit Carly the adorable pup and take a few outfit pictures. I wish I could take outfit pictures in a fancy hotel every day…
Dress, leggings, and necklace: Domino Dollhouse, cardigan: Kohl’s, belt: ASOS Curve, boots: from my mom, flower crown: Crown & Glory, earrings: small shop in Paris, wristband: So Good, bangles: miscellaneous, lipstick: NYX Wicked Lippie in Risque
Valentine’s Day was really, really hard. Not for the typical reasons that people struggle with the holiday (and that I’ve dealt with in the past), but because it was my surprise! last day of work. Yes, it was shitty timing to have my last day on a holiday that’s supposed to be all about love, flowers, chocolate, and wearing pink.
But it was also a day full of love: both the traditional romantic kind, and the kind I got from my coworkers. I can’t even write this post without crying, because they’re wonderful and I miss them.
Top: Old Navy, tutu and socks (and possibly headband?): Target, leggings: American Apparel, shoes: Naot (I wore sneakers to work, but changed for my outfit pics), necklace: So Good, earrings: Betsey Johnson via eBay
Delicious pomegranate chocolate cupcakes that a friend made
–In news we already knew, “overweight” people have a lower risk of mortality than “normal weight” ones. Paul Campos and Marilyn Wann both have great responses.
-Ragen reviews her successes of 2012, and reveals a new project.
-Tori’s new year resolution: to like food.
-Hanne Blank interviews Virgie Tovar, author of Hot & Heavy.
-Haley of Redefining Body Image reflects on how her great-grandmother taught her to be fat and fabulous.
-Chubstr interviews Reah Norman, the Executive Fashion Director for PLUS Model Magazine.
-Buttercup has a great post about saying no to fashion rules–and check out her badass squirrel sweater!
–Dani and Ms. Red Kitty are both undertaking no-buying wardrobe challenges. I really like the point that one of the commenters on the latter post made:
I really think I have a “thing” about clothes just because of how… unavailable clothing that I liked used to be. Up until the last couple of years it was very hard to find things, so I sort of have a “buy now or you’ll never have it” attitude. Really have to be careful, step back, and think about whether I need that item or will I ever wear it.
This is so true. And even though more clothing is now available in plus sizes, it’s still more expensive than straight-sized clothing–and it’s hard to find anything at thrift stores–so it’s easy to end up spending too much money.
–Guidelines for enjoying other cultures without appropriating them.
-A beautiful story about an amazing woman: What my mother taught me about feminism and fear.
–On behalf of Willow Smith and girls like her, shut up.
-It may be a bit late for linking to holiday gift guides, but I like this list of media made by queer people of color.
-I like Aoife’s take on the “friend zone.”
On Saturday night, Steve and I went out to Max Brenner, a chocolate-centric restaurant in Boston. I had vaguely heard of it, but didn’t have a burning urge to go there until I saw both Natalie’s post and someone else’s Twitter picture of a martini topped with marshmallows.
How cool is it that we have the same restaurant in both Australia and the US?
Here I am, glamming it up in the T (subway) station on the way there.
Dress: Dress Barn via eBay, petticoat: Domino Dollhouse, snow boots: gift from my mom, leggings: American Apparel, sequined jacket: Kohl’s, tiny hat and earrings: So Good, pearl necklace and rose bangle: H&M, silver bangles: Deb and Torrid, rhinestone bracelet: Forever 21
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 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.