A trip to a very cartoony alternate universe

This sunset was so Disney-esque I almost wondered if it was real.

This sunset was so Disney-esque I almost wondered if it was real.

This past weekend, Steve and I went to DisneyWorld. His company was recently bought by another company that gives its employees an annual trip to Disney, so even though I had no particular desire to go there, I figured I might as well because it was free.

Well, I won’t be doing that again. There were a few things I enjoyed–like spending half a day bumming around the pool at our resort–but I just couldn’t shake the saccharine, sanitized, scripted soullessness of it all. The aggressive cheerfulness. The lack of any opportunity for the surprises and serendipities of travel. The constant insistence that this was “the most magical place on earth.” (Pro tip: places that are truly magical don’t need to announce it every five minutes.)

And worst of all: the bland, fake, horrifically depressing caricatures of places I love. Ironically enough, we stayed in a “New England-style” “beach” resort–whose “beach” was a thin strip of perfectly-raked sand, in which was planted a “No Swimming” sign, along the edge of a man-made lake.

The view from our balcony

The view from our balcony

From restaurants named “Martha’s Vineyard” and “The Cape May Café” to nautical décor, the resort tried hard to imitate the beach towns of my childhood summers–and succeeded only in inspiring a queasy mix of attraction, revulsion and homesickness. I kept thinking, “This is so pretty! But it’s a soulless cartoonified version of everything I love! But it’s so pretty!” and my head would spin.

The worst part was the “boardwalk” connecting our resort to another resort: a veritable Potemkin Atlantic City. There’s something uniquely disheartening about strolling the wide, non-splintery planks of a spirit-less boardwalk on an artificial beach. Continue reading

OOTD: Fall floral and a fuzzy sweater

There’s nothing like a fuzzy sweater when there’s a chill in the air and the leaves are turning colors.

plus size outfit watercolor floral dress, yellow leggings, and pink fuzzy bolero

Dress: Yours Clothing, sweater: SimplyBe, teggings: Re/Dress, tote bag: LeSportSac via eBay, shoes: L.L. Bean, necklace and headband: Forever 21, earrings: Betsey Johnson via eBay, bracelets: Deb Shops

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#FatshionFebruary, day 5: Snow Queen for a (snow) day

I may be 28, but the announcement of a snow day still fills me with childlike glee–and it’s a great excuse to play dress-up.

Top and pearl bracelets: Deb, bolero and sweater: clothing swaps, skirt: thrifted, boots: Target, necklace: my great-grandmother’s crystals, wristband: So Good, headband: I Am Joolienn, glitter bow: Crown & Glory, rings: really really old

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Cider-making, giant veggies, and a tiny horse!

Here are a few pictures of the adventures I had while wearing my new giant bow. Steve, my brother, and one of our friends went to a small-town harvest fair, where saw, among other things, a giant zucchini.

I also met an incredibly sweet 12-year old golden retriever therapy dog.

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OOTD: Argyle and tulle

Cooler weather means I get to break out my short tutus! Ironically enough, I only wear them in the winter with leggings, because they’re too short to cover the athletic shorts I wear in the summer.

Shirt: Marshall’s, vest: Old Navy, skirt: Target, leggings: American Apparel, shoes: Naot, wristband: Macy’s, hair flower: H&M, earrings: Artifaktori

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