Indie spotlight: Crown & Glory’s Glitterati

Still no Fatshion February outfits, as I am still sick (booo). Steve had a cold that involved a terrible weeklong sore throat, and just as he started getting better, I caught it. So I’ve got a painful sore throat, and Boston is still getting hammered by record-breaking amounts of snow that far exceed our infrastructure’s ability to deal. It’s been a long couple of weeks, to say the least.

On a happier note, here are some pictures of my latest Glitterati box! The Glitterati is a monthly subscription box run by Sophie of Crown and Glory. Each box costs £20 (~$30), and contains over £50 (~$76) worth of items. It’s a great way to feed my hair accessory addiction while also supporting an independent craft-maker–like a CSA for sparkly things.

cardboard box with silver glitter tape

This month’s box is Valentine’s Day-themed–so everything is red and pink and covered in hearts, huzzah!

box of valentine's day themed hair accessories

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Fatshion February, day 1: Glitter space cat

It’s Fatshion February, woo! Here’s what I wore yesterday to watch the Puppy Bowl with friends (including Maggie of Curvy Broke Fashion, whose outfit post you can see here). Maggie and I are always on the same fashion wavelength without even trying. 🙂

me and friend wearing colorful outfits

Dress and leggings: Domino Dollhouse, belt: ASOS Curve, cardigan: Talbots – thrifted, snow boots: from my mom, headband: Crown & Glory, earrings and necklace: small shops whose names I forget, clutch: Claire’s, bracelet: So Good, lipstick: NYX Macaron in Blue Velvet, sunglasses: Sweet and Lovely, backpack: MadPax via Amazon

plus size outfit galaxy dress in front of diner

I wanted to wear something puppy-themed for the occasion, but I realized I didn’t have anything, so I went with the next closest thing: cat accessories. The clutch/makeup bag is too small to really be useful, but I brought it with me for pictures because it was so freaking cute and because it matched the metallic light pink of my headband. I was also wearing my favorite glitter eyeliner, Urban Decay’s Heavy Metal, but it’s hard to see it in the pictures. I’m wearing it here in Spandex, on top of silver eyeshadow, and I also have it in Midnight Cowboy and ACDC. I don’t wear it that often, but I really should because it’s fabulous.

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OOTD: Glittergoth, take 2

I think this really is my new favorite aesthetic.

plus size black sparkly goth outfit

Top: Re/Dress, belt: ASOS Curve, leggings and skull necklace: Domino Dollhouse, skull ring: Torrid, all other jewelry old, cardigan: Kohl’s (straight sized, and really old), flower crown: Crown & Glory, shoes: L.L. Bean, backpack: MadPax via Amazon

plus size outfit black tunic, skull leggings, sequin cardigan

This backpack is my favorite thing ever. I’ve been wearing it almost every day since I bought it, and it never fails to get compliments from complete strangers of every age and gender. It’s also the perfect size for everyday use, although too small for traveling. Continue reading

OOTD: Metallic and sparkly for New Year’s Eve

I’m a bit late posting my NYE pictures! I didn’t get any traditional outfit pictures, but I did get plenty of photos of my friends and I goofing off at the party Steve and I held–which was a ton of fun.

three friends laughing

It was my and Steve’s one-year friend-a-versary with Maggie and Jon, who we met at last year’s NYE party!

two couples doing the prom pose

Dress: originally Dots, bought from another fatshion blogger on Storenvy (which I found through Tumblr), crown: Crown & Glory (of course), jewelry: nearly all from So Good, shoes: Fluevog

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Holiday gift guide part 3: more black-owned businesses (and musicians) to check out

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
collage - 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

collage of bath and body prodcuts

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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OOTD: Comfy and casual with a dinosaur on my back

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I’m trying to drag myself away from the whole Lena Dunham debacle that’s been taking over the feminist internet, so, here’s an outfit I wore recently on a weekend trip to visit family. On the way there, my brother, Steve, and I stopped to take a walk at a New York state park, which also provided a good background for outfit pictures.

Top: the Big Thrifty, capris: Pajama Jeans via Zulily, sneakers: Brooks, headband: Crown & Glory, backpack: MadPax via Amazon, necklace: So Good, earrings: a small store in Western Mass., sunglasses: Sweet & Lovely

plus size outfit deerie lou shirt and jean capris

This backpack is the best purchase I’ve made in a long time. I bought it intending to use it for travel, and almost returned it when I saw that it was too small for that purpose–but I’m so glad I didn’t. I’ve started using it for everyday stuff instead of a tote bag, and it’s been wonderful. It’s far more comfortable than carrying a heavy tote bag on one shoulder, and it gets a ridiculous number of compliments. I think I’ve gotten a compliment on it from a stranger nearly every day since I started carrying it, and that makes me so happy. Continue reading

OOTD: Shades of pink and purple

plus size outfit magenta dress and pink floral fascinator

Dress: Avenue via clothing swap, fascinator: Enz’s, necklace and earrings: Forever 21, shoe clips: Head Full of Feathers (which is sadly closing down), wristband: So Good, rings: really old, sandals: Clark’s

plus size outfit magenta dress, rhinestone necklace, and flower fascinator

Clothing swaps are the best. I’ve gotten so many great dresses from them in the past year or so. And this one in particular is so me.  I love that it has a bit of ruching and a slightly tulip-y hem–it’s those little details that make such a difference. Continue reading