Craving the darkness

Lately I’ve been drawn to black and gray layers: to the borders between dark mori, lagenlook, and witchy goth. I’ve been drawn to lace, velvet, zippers, asymmetric lines, balloon hems, crinkle fabric, mixed textures. To earth tones, quiet greens and browns. To amethysts and moonstones. To long, flowy skirts and dresses perfect for twirling in forests.

Click each image for details; yes, all the clothes are plus sized. They’re mostly from the expensive European shops that I spend way too much time drooling over, but there’s some ModCloth and Torrid in there too.

'90s purple witch
Green and brown woodland fairy chic

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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

#FFFaceoff Inspirations

Through Erin’s latest outfit post–how cute is that ’90s-esque flower dress?–I found out about the Fall Fashion Faceoff that Kelly of Masque Mag has organized. I have a few outfits in mind for the challenge, and I’ll be posting them soon! (Hint: there will be some plaid/leopard mixing, and some good times with multiple black-and-white-florals.)

In the meantime, here are some Polyvore collages I created inspired by the aesthetic(s) of the challenge. You can click the images for more information.

The Dark Side of Floral
Back to (Punk Rock) School

Friday Links 12/21/12

Happy apocalypse! Also, for those who celebrate it, merry almost-Christmas. Here is a ginormous Christmas tree I saw recently:

As for this week’s news, oy. My heart goes out to everyone affected by the tragedy.

There’s been a ton of discussion around the internet on everything from mental health to gun control to violent masculinity.  I’ve been doing a lot of reading and thinking, but I’m only going to post the few essays I can get behind 100%:
These mornings after.
You cannot make me own a gun: what gun culture looks like.
How a gun-loving West Texas girl learned to fear assault weapons.

Also, I recommend this video of  golden retriever therapy dogs helping children in Newtown. Goldens are just the best.

Fa(t)shion
-I love these pictures of plus size celebrities’ best outfits of the year. If I had to pick one, I’d vote for Beth Ditto, but I also love Jill Scott’s black and pink dress.
10 unique fairy gifts on Etsy for $50 and under.
Harajuku’s top trends in 2012. I love that one of the trends is tutus/petticoats (which they call “pannier skirts”).

Fat Activism
The space we need.
Holy mixed messages, Fatman!
What is a job for a morbidly obese woman?

Cuteness
-Issa has a new, ridiculously adorable puppy!
Quiz: is this a bunny?

Everything Else
Why we can’t ignore the caveats to Cory Booker’s food stamp challenge.
Literacy privilege: how I learned to check mine instead of making fun of people’s grammar on the internet.
Why the ‘nice guys commit rape too’ conversation is not helpful.
My first resolution: be more vain.
Glamorous girly New Year’s party inspiration. Giant disco balls? Hells yes.

Here’s some amazing music for you. If you like this, I highly recommend check out the rest of Lindsey Stirling ‘s videos–for the scenery and costuming as well as the music itself.

This is one of my favorite videos from the Project for Awesome, not just because the organization does really cool stuff, but also because they have the most adorable and rather large lapdog.

Weekly wishlist 9/11/12

This top is steampunktacular. It only goes up to 1X(18-20), and I’m not sure whether that would fit me, but I hope it would. I need more steampunk in my life.

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OOTD: Wings and Ponies

I’ve been sick lately, so I haven’t worn anything worth photographing. But here are some pictures of a fun outfit I wore a few months ago for some frolicking in the Arnold Arboretum.

My boyfriend and I are both huge fans of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (which, btw, is changing the definition of masculinity). He got me this Pinkie Pie shirt for Valentine’s Day, and made the Pinkie Pie cutie mark bottlecap necklace as part of my Hanukkah gift! You can’t really see the necklace in these pictures, but I’ll post a close-up soon. 🙂

I kind of aspire to be a woodland fairy when I grow up.

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