I keep coming across more awesome stuff from black-owned businesses, so I decided to make another holiday gift guide featuring them. I’ve also included a few music videos so you can find new music to buy for yourself or others. You can also find more resources for finding black-owned businesses at the bottom of this post.
Accessories and makeup
–Sweethearts Revenge sunglasses, FlyJane, $28
–Shoulder spikes, The Thicky Chicky, $15
–Blue feather headband, Boutique DeBandeaux, $45
-Lipstick in Kamikaze and Night Owl, The Lip Bar, $20
–Turn It Up bling coat, Ginger & Liz, $12
–Victorian wrist cuffs, AmyEcho, $18
–Purple feather headband, Boutique DeBandeaux, $25
Bath and body products
–Shea soaps, BeeLux, $6 each
–Pumpkin pie body butter, Belle Butters, $13
–Pomegranate kiwi sugar body polish, Pooka Pure and Simple, $20
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They make babies!
Now my tiny hat family has an even tinier, ridiculously adorable addition.
(The real story behind its origins: I went to the Buffalo Exchange to sell some clothing and accessories, and used the store credit I received to buy, among other things, this tiniest of tiny hats. I was very excited that such thing even existed!)
This year, I have pretty much the awesomest calendar ever: a calendar full of hats.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Big-ass hat? Hell yes. (Scan of an old Mode Magazine page from Shapely Prose.)
–Fatshion police: how plus size blogging left its radical roots behind.
–An eco-friendly dress competition in time for awards season.
-I really like this activism idea!
–Opening Frida’s closet: an exhibition of Kahlo’s clothing reveals fierce feminism. I would love, love, love to be able to see this exhibit.
–Size 2 through 18: me and my pants take a walk down memory lane.
-A photoset of badass black goths.
–There’s actually cute plus size clothing at JC Penney. Who knew?
–A good article on fatshion, including its radical aspects, from the Daily Dot.
-One blogger’s goal for Fatshion February: to restyle and reuse.
-Amazing photos from a fashion museum in London.
–A history of sequins, from King Tut to the King of Pop.
-I never stop being inspired by the clothing on wedding blogs. This groom’s embroidered suit is nothing short of amazing!
–On fatphobia within the Goth subculture.
–I’m not pregnant, I’m fat.
-Check out Rachele’s free How To Be a Fat Bitch e-course!
-On fat dating.
-If you needed any more evidence that fat hatred harms and kills, here it is.
–MTV interviews Virgie Tovar.
–The body I have.
–Fat, sex, and politics (not necessarily in that order).
-If you’re in Toronto, you can meet up with awesome fat activist Marilyn Wann!
-It’s disappointing to see Ellen DeGeneres promoting fat shame.
-Fat people are having our reproductive rights threatened.
-Good for NJ Governor Chris Christie for standing up for himself after a former White House doctor said she worries about him dying in office.
Happy day-after-Christmas, for those who celebrate it (or day-after-Movies-and-Chinese-Day, for my fellow Jews). 🙂
There’s been lots of amazing and inspiring fa(t)shion around the internets lately.
This look is just whoaaaaa. I’ve actually been eyeing that Forever 21+ blazer forever–if it’s still available next time I have money, I’m totally getting it. Also, how amazing is that blue lipstick?!
Dudes wearing glitter is awesome and needs to happen more often.
So…I dug up some Lisa Frank stuff when I went to my parents’ house for Thanksgiving.
-Lesley takes on the ridiculousness of a Kickstarter project aimed at…ending discrimination toward thin people? She’s so much more coherent than I could be about something so WTF-inducing.
–Get thin or die trying: you know, for your health! An important post about the intersection of fat shaming and disability.
-From the Fat Nutritionist: Stuff people assume I believe, vs. stuff I actually believe.
-I love seeing pictures of adorable, happy chubby couples!
-An interview with Tracy Broxterman of Domino Dollhouse.
-How to take style inspiration from the Eleventh Doctor.
–Really effing festive headgear: 10 oversized, sparkly ridiculous choices. Don’t read the comments if you don’t want to be subjected to a ton of judging, irrational fascinator-hatred, and general nastiness, though. It sucks how much some people just hate to see other people having fun with style.
–A great response to the whole “leggings are not pants” bullshit.
-Check out Fourteen, a new line of ready-to-wear suits and accessories especially for lesbian, queer, and trans weddings and events, in sizes 0-24.
–Queer fashion guide to buying a stylish hat.
–You can stop saying “I’m not a feminist but” now. I highly recommend reading this, as well as pretty much everything Roxane Gay writes.
–Why I’m not down with food stamp challenges.
–Co-opting the co-op: what’s the real cost of homesteading’s new hipness?
-The hidden ways microfinance hurts women. This is just…unfortunate and depressing. It’s painful to find out that a movement that seems so positive and empowering can actually hurt women, especially without any suggestions on how to change it. I’m going to have to do more thinking and researching.
–Living in the shadow of Iran: I just learned my grandmother’s name. This is beautiful.
The internet is full of interesting this week. So I present you ALL THE LINKS.
-There’s a new issue of Volup2 magazine out! It’s full of beauty–all kinds of beauty, not the narrow version represented in mainstream media. Also, you can support Volup2 on Kickstarter to help make the next issue possible.
-Through Volup2, I found the pure fascinator porn that is Pearls and Swine.
-Wonderful geekery in video form: Hank Green’s song about Tetris.
-Speaking of the Vlogbrothers, a German TV station did a touching interview with John about The Fault in Our Stars. (Which, btw, you should read if you haven’t already.)
-Ragen writes about the bullshit that is conflating “obesity” with eating disorders.
–When more curvy people practice yoga…
–It’s hard enough to be a fat kid without the government telling you you’re an epidemic. Those ads…wow. Just wow. (Also, don’t read the comments. XOJane comments can be really good sometimes, but these ones….are not.)
I’m fascinated with fascinators, and Etsy is a treasure trove of them.
How amazing are these fascinators by Arturo Rios?
As you might guess, I’m not the biggest fan of mainstream fashion magazines. But every once in a while, I flip through one and come across something genuinely interesting.
I saw this fabulous headpiece in a friend’s Marie Claire:
I am 100% in favor of giant flowers.