A few tasty things I’ve eaten recently. This one is tofu bibimbop.
–Quote of the day: Janelle Monae is not for male consumption.
-Celeb kids wearing awesome gender-bending outfits: Jaden Smith in a dress, and Mark Ruffalo and his daughter Bella in matching suits.
–I went in search of non-boring plus size activewear and this is what I found.
–The folk feminist struggle behind the chola fashion trend.
–Lane Bryant #ImNoAngel campaign misses the (stretch) mark.
–13 plus size neoprene fashions to rock this spring.
-My friend Femma has started Femme FatSew, a blog about sewing plus size clothes.
-Pepper recounts a challenge in which plus size bloggers wear outfits that match different fun, springy shades of nail polish.
-I so want to try to make this DIY flower-filled tulle skirt.
–Pregnancy, obesity, and the lies we tell.
–Obesity, dementia, and some seriously shady reporting.
–Help Rachel attend yoga teacher training so she can bring more body-positive yoga to the Boston area!
–How to help a fat-shamed kid.
–Ugliness is not a fat person’s worth fear, it’s being invisible.
Pizza with broccoli, lemon, goat cheese, garlic, mushrooms, and basil
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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Life has been a little overwhelming since getting back from Europe. I’ve been catching up on all sorts of things and dealing with getting back to everyday life after my first adult trip abroad, all while adjusting to a new office (my current temp job has been moving me around, and I’m still not sure if/when/where I’ll get moved next). I have so many things I want to write about, and so many pictures to post! But it might take me some time to get to them. In the meantime, here are my traditional jumping-in-front-of-landmark pictures. 🙂
-ModCloth’s co-founder, Susan Koger, asks the fashion industry to change for the better. Many bloggers have added their voices to the #FashionTruth conversation, including Kristina, Virgie, Kate, and Thamarr.
–The connecting threads between the global garment trade and sex trade.
-I love everything about Betsey Johnson’s spring show “Pre-Nup” (except, of course, the lack of body diversity and the fact that Betsey Johnson doesn’t make clothes in my size).
–Five fabulous ways to wear tulle skirts.
-Sally writes about the evolution of her style and the expectations that readers put on fashion bloggers.
–Curves on the red carpet: Danielle Brooks.
-Olivia gives her recommendations for dress-shopping as a plus size bride.
–Plus size fashion: 1 step forward, 2 steps back?
-Leah went to Plus North, which sounds like a lot of fun.
–31 ridiculously gorgeous people at the Afropunk festival.
-Margot Meanie started #alternativecurves on Instagram, which is full of fab punk-y inspiration.
–Catherines’ new Black Label collection includes size 34W/5x.
–Processing the federal government’s $3 million lesbian obesity study in six steps.
-Ragen writes about what it’s like doing fat activist work full-time. On a related note, Jes is leaving her job to do body advocacy full-time, and you can support her work by donating on Patreon.
-“Aren’t you afraid of health problems later in life?”
–“Good fatty” vs. “Bad Fatty”: an exploration of behavior and the policing of women’s agency.
-“My images are for everyone who has ever been told that they can’t.”
Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.
–Letters from a YSI jail.
–Most of you have no idea what Martin Luther King actually did.
–MLK Boulevard: a snapshot of King’s dream deferred.
–This piece by Ta Nehisi-Coates isn’t directly about MLK, but it’s relevant and so important.
–An ASOS maternity fit review and a SWAK rant.
-I’m disappointed but not surprised to hear that ASOS has often stolen designs from indie designers.
-More tutu options: this shop, which makes custom tutus in any size for an extra $10, and this plus size tutu.
-Re/Dress will soon be carrying menswear/butchwear!
-Skorch’s Royal Issue is now live.
-The Advanced Style hat party looks like so much fun.
-Ragen writes about fashion-bashing and Gabourey Sidibe; Melissa reminds us that it’s ok to cry, that brash indifference to fat hatred can be great but shouldn’t be the only socially acceptable response.
–San Francisco finds new life for old clothes through a recycling program.
-Evie from Work It, Own It, Use It! is selling some super-cute clothes. I’m especially in love with this floral cardi, but it’s too small for me–one of you should buy it so I can enjoy it vicariously. Same with this Domino Dollhouse bow out skirt, which I love love but wouldn’t wear because I don’t do high waists or zippers.
I love this short documentary about the Sapeurs, a subculture of stylish men in the Congo.
–A world without fat people…
–Chris Christie and pulling the red handle.
–Research, the media, and “obesity”: a case study.
-Melissa debunks yet another myth about fat people, that we want to force everyone to find us attractive.
-Brodie writes about the lack of fat representation in the media beyond characters who are walking jokes.
“When I started my music career, I was a maid. I used to clean houses. My mother was a proud janitor. My stepfather, who raised me like his very own, worked at the post office and my father was a trashman. They all wore uniforms and that’s why I stand here today, in my black and white, and I wear my uniform to honor them.
This is a reminder that I have work to do. I have people to uplift. I have people to inspire. And today, I wear my uniform proudly as a Cover Girl. I want to be clear, young girls, I didn’t have to change who I was to become a Cover Girl. I didn’t have to become perfect because I’ve learned throughout my journey that perfection is the enemy of greatness.
Embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes others uncomfortable.”
– Janelle Monáe via Obvious Magazine
So, because of all the news lately has been ridiculously depressing, here are some songs to listen/dance to when you need to take a break.