Holiday gift guide: Small Business Saturday

If you’re looking to support small businesses tomorrow, or any time this holiday season, here are some pretty/shiny/interesting ideas to check out–most of which are $25 or under. Also see the guide to black-owned businesses that I posted yesterday, and Kelsea’s awesome series of gift guides.

For the Francophile
collage of gift items for francophiles

2015 Paris photo calendar, Georgianna Lane, $25
Paris in Peony set of 5 cards, CoupCoup Designs, $10. Emily of CoupCoup made a discount code for Tutus and Tiny Hats readers, LAURATUTU: it’s good for $10 off any purchase of $50 or more, through December 12th.
French macaron necklace, Fatally Feminine, $15
Paris postcard set, the Paris Print Shop, $5

For the lover of all things cute
collage of cute items

Picnic at the Park print, ShanaLogic, $16
Starwhal the Narwhal! plush, ShanaLogic, $24.95
Kitteh pair dish, Migration Goods, $20
See You Space Corgi sticker, Megan Lara, $4
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More animal-related ridiculousness: fat camp for dogs

golden retriever in park

This cute pup, who I met at a park a month or two ago, approves this message.

As if we needed any more proof that the OMG!besity epidemic is really about profit, I just read that the Morris Animal Inn is offering a luxury weight-loss resort program…for dogs. And it includes everything from “pawlates” to organic granola bars.

Seriously? Seriously?!

Look, I love dogs. I grew up with dogs. My friends can attest to the fact that I’m constantly dashing after potential canine friends.

But dogs aren’t human. Dogs don’t need fancy workout programs or organic food. Most dogs are perfectly happy with the simple life of snuggles, hiking and/or swimming, kibble, and the occasional egg.

And although they aren’t human, dogs come in all shapes and sizes just like people do. I’ve known enough dogs to see that some are naturally thin, and others are naturally chubby, regardless of what they eat or how much they exercise. I have a feeling that trying to change a dog’s weight isn’t much more successful in the long term than trying to change a person’s weight, and that healthy habits are the best predictor of health for dogs as well as people.

But there’s no money to be made in loving your pups as they are, feeding them whatever dog food best agrees with their bodies, and taking them out regularly to the woods or the dog park.

I keep hoping that eventually the rhetoric around “obesity” will get so ridiculous that people will start seeing through it…could this finally be that moment?

Instead of #FatshionFebruary 20 and 21, have some cute animals and “Let It Go” covers

I’ve been sick for the last few days, and while I managed to pull together outfits on Monday and Tuesday, I haven’t felt up for even thinking about changing out of my pajamas yesterday and today.

It’s unfortunate timing, because I have so many clothing swap finds that I would love to turn into Fatshion Feb outfits. But such is life. So in lieu of cute outfits, I will give you cute pictures of animals I’ve hung out with recently.

This is Cody, my adorable beagle/basset hound friend who I dog-sit for. Isn’t he the cutest?

I love when dogs sleep all curled up in a ball. 🙂

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OOTD: Pikachuuuuu!

This shirt is so much fun.

I wonder if having an electric Pokemon so close to my heart is dangerous, though? 😉

shirt: TeeTurtle, skirt: Torrid, shoes: Naot, socks: Domino Dollhouse, bow: Crown & Glory, rhinestone necklace: Target, peacock necklace: eBay, bangles: Deb, stretchy bracelet: homemade (I’ll post some close-ups of it, and a few other bracelets I made recently, soon!), earrings: So Good

OOTD: Full-on ’90s

Last Sunday, I declared it Official Dress Like the ’90s Day–because I just really felt like dressing like the ’90s, shimmery metallic lip gloss and all.

Shirt: TeeTurtle (this was either a Hanukah or birthday present from Steve), skirt: Torrid, socks: Sock Dreams, shoes: Naot (bought at a small shoe store in Cambridge, but you can find them here), tiara: Kmart, necklace: Claire’s, earrings: Faces, lunchbox: probably Hot Topic (I’ve had it since high school), rose bangle: H&M, studded wristband: PacSun

The outfit was inspired by this picture from a note one of my friends wrote to me freshman year of high school. We used to write notes to each other and decorate them with magazine pictures and lots of glitter!

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August wishlist: birthday edition

In honor of my birthday, which is coming up tomorrow–can you believe I’m going to be 28?!–I’ve put together a compilation of things I’d love to get if a magical fairy fatmother showed up waving her wand at my front door.

If I actually had a fairy fatmother, the first thing I’d ask for would be a stable, satisfying job with good pay and benefits–but pretty things are much more fun to fantasize about.

You can click each image to go to the Polyvore set, which has the details.

August wishlist 1

 Cats, dogs, roses, rainbows…some things really haven’t changed in the last twenty years.

August wishlist 2

 I SO want these Nirvana and Courtney Love dresses from Vera’s Eye Candy, which I found through Betties N Brimstone–who had a dress custom-made in her size. Nirvana and Hole were a big part of my adolescent years, and I’d love to be able to wear that history on my body.

Vera’s Eye Candy also carries various items in the same fabrics as Domino Dollhouse – for example, this galaxy top and dress, and this rainbow digital print dress.

August wishlist 3

Another thing I would love to have, but that Polyvore wouldn’t let me clip, is a custom illustration by Natalie Perkins. Here are a few of my favorites that she’s drawn so far (via FLI’s Facebook page)–aren’t they gorgeous?