Sunday Links, 2/22/15

laduree macarons and pastel box

Fa(t)shion
The new issue of Skorch is fabulous, as always.
H&M has been hoodwinked by its own sustainability mandate.
-Love it: Rag & Bone NYFW brings us way back to the early ’00s with this runway trend.
-I’m so excited to hear that JNCO jeans are coming back, but I really wish they’d make plus sizes.
-Margot rounds up a bunch of awesome edgy accessories, including the purple shimmery boots that I have and should wear more often. (They make the bottoms of my feet hurt, but I’m planning to put in new insoles and see if that helps.)
Hard Candy will reissue a bunch of its popular shades from the ’90s.

Fat Acceptance
-This fat liberation manifesto from the ’70s is still completely relevant today.
Failed at dieting? Welcome to the Almost Everyone Club!
-The PDX Fat List is a directory of fat-friendly businesses in the Portland, OR metro area.
-Shannon interviews a group of people about their experiences with HAES and the negative impact of SDH (social determinants of health), and how the HAES community can better address SDH. He also writes a conclusion post about his views on the complicated relationship between HAES and SDH.
Health and the usual disclaimers.
Fining the parents of fat kids is a terrible, terrible idea ARGHHHHH.

Climate and Sustainability
-14-year old activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez gives 8 reasons to be optimistic about the climate movement in 2015.
“More research” into geoengineering is not such a hot idea.
Understanding Obama’s suckiness on climate.
If you think that California is dry now, wait until the 2050s. I so wish we could send them some of our excessive snow…
Big Oil’s explosive week: two disasters reveal the dangers of America’s energy boom.

pastel laduree candles

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OOTD: Purple, black, and a glitter bow

Purple and black is my default cold-weather color combination. They just go together so well, and have such a fall/winter feel.

Shirt: Marshall’s, sweater and necklace: Target, skirt: Deb, leggings: American Apparel, shoes: Naot, hair bow: Crown and Glory

I love wearing my Crown and Glory glitter bows both because they’re a lot of fun, and because they literally always get compliments. When I wore this outfit, I got compliments on my bow from one of my coworkers, and three of the people making the burritos at the place I went to for lunch! It’s nice to know how many people appreciate glitter. 🙂

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Holiday gift ideas mega-post

Note: I know that not everyone celebrates a holiday in December, or is into gift-giving, or has the time/money/energy to buy/make gifts. If you’re not looking for gift ideas for whatever reason, feel free to skip over this post.

But if you are looking for gift ideas, read on! I’ve got everything from charities to DIY ideas to pencil holders made out of floppy disks, TARDIS lunchboxes, and pizza pi cutters.

One of my favorite holiday past-times: finding things that say “Joy” and cutting off the J.

Charities

Donating to charity in someone’s name is always a good idea if 1.) they really care about a particular issue, 2.) they already have all the material things they want, or 3.) you just don’t know what else to give them.

Here are a few that I like. You can find more on this list of top-rated charities.

Kiva is especially cool, because it’s not a traditional charity–it’s a microlending site. You make a loan of $25 to an entrepreneur from the developing world, and almost always get back the entire loan. Which means, if you give a Kiva loan as a gift, the recipient first gets to help entrepreneur pull themselves out of poverty, and then later gets money, which they can either cash out or invest again. It’s pretty awesome.

Doctors Without Borders
Girls Write Now
Grameen Foundation
Habitat for Humanity
Heifter International
Modest Needs
Nature Conservancy
Oxfam
Seeds of Peace
Sierra Club
Survival International
This Star Won’t Go Out Foundation
Water.org
WriteGirl

This cupcake was actually not very tasty, but it was cute!

Holiday Gift Ideas List

I made this list on Amazon, with a bunch of things that I thought might make good presents–from Lego-shaped soaps to geeky music to knitted platypi.  There’s even a Dr. Horrible onesie for your tiny friends.

I’ve listed items from $1.70 to $72, and the majority are $20 or under. There’s plenty of pink and sparkly stuff, since that’s what I gravitate toward, but I’ve tried to include items that would appeal to people with different tastes and interests.

I’ve also made a separate list of fat-positive gift ideas for the rad fatties in your life!

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OOTD: Snooooow!

The first snowstorm of the season is always exciting, when it’s sparkly and powdery and soft.

I know it’ll turn into dirty slush eventually, cold wet feet, slippery ice…

But for now, it’s beautiful. It’s a cause for celebration, and drinking peppermint hot chocolate.

I did some decorating last night.

This morning, I broke out my beloved faux leopard coat, which my mom found for $12 at a thrift store. Yes, she has magic thrifting powers.

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