OOTD: Blushing at the Slutcracker

Last month I went to see The Slutracker, one of Somerville’s most awesome holiday traditions. It’s a burlesque parody of the Nutcracker, using all of the original classical music, and a variety of dancing styles from ballet to hula hooping to flamenco to pole dancing.

plus size outfit light pink tutu and coat in front of slutcracker signs
Of course I had to dress as over-the-top as possible to go see it (although I did remove my giant hair flower before the show started, so as not to block anyone’s view). I’ve been really into blush and black color schemes lately, so I put together as much pale pink as possible with some black sequins for balance.

plus size outfit blush tutu and black sequin cardigan

Coat: Nicolette Mason for ModCloth, tutu: Zelie for She via Re/Dress, top: Re/Dress, cardigan: Kohl’s, shoes: L.L. Bean, necklace and earrings: Betsey Johnson via eBay, butterfly veil and giant flower: ASOS, other jewelry: miscellaneous, tote bag: LeSportSac via eBay Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving/Support black-owned businesses for Black Friday

As if we needed another reminder that our country was built by violence against people of color, today is Thanksgiving, which effectively celebrates the genocide of Native Americans. So I wish you all a happy Thanksgiving–because spending quality time with family and friends is important, and because pumpkin pie is delicious–but also a reflective one, one that honors the holiday’s history.

If you were planning to shop at major retailers this weekend, consider supporting black-owned businesses instead, as many black organizations have asked. If you’re looking to donate money instead of, or in addition to, shopping, check out this list of black-led organizations on the ground in Ferguson, and the Ferguson Public Library’s Powell’s wishlist (see this post for the library’s address and purchasing instructions).

Now for the fun part: pretty things you can buy from black-owned businesses, including Boston’s own The Thicky Chicky!

collage of items by black owned businesses

Top row:
Graffiti dress, Zelie For She, $85
Ka’oir lipsticks, $16.99 each
Chub rub shorts, The Thicky Chicky, $6

Middle row (all books I’ve read and loved):
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay, $10.95
Redefining Realness by Janet Mock, $15.95
Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler, $10.50
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, $10.95

Bottom row:
Kiss Me fascinator in rose gold metallic, Hello Sweet Leigh, $55
Purple mambo skirt, Nakimuli, $130 (use the discount code THANKFUL14 for 20% off)
Fleur dress, The Thicky Chicky, $30.20
Triumph sequin dress, $125, and Sparkle skirt, $79, Zelie for She

OOTD: a teen tutu-punk fantasy come to life

This outfit is pretty much the epitome of my teenage style dreams. If you’d told 16-year old Laura that she’d grow up to wear a long pink tutu with a pleather jacket and metallic boots, she would have been very happy.

plus size outfit nirvana tee, pink tutu, black leather jacket

Shirt: Newbury Comics, tutu: Zelie for She via Re/Dress, jacket: Torrid via clothing swap, boots: Target, socks: Domino Dollhouse, headband: Crown & Glory, bracelets: Hot Topic, PacSun, and Torrid, earrings: a boutique in Paris, mood necklace: Claire’s, tattoo choker: eBay, purse: Boohoo

plus size outfit nirvana shirt and pink tutu

A few weeks ago, I finally decided to buy a new Nirvana shirt–for the first time in 18 years. I still have the shirt I got when I was 11, but it’s really faded and a bit small, so I figured it was time for a new one. Continue reading

Fantasy outfit: floral and tulle with an edge

Floral and tulle with an edge

 
I’m a little obsessed with the particular floral pattern of that sweater. I’d seen it around on various straight sized pieces, so I was super-excited to find that Boohoo’s new plus size line uses it on not one, but three items of clothing. The dress, which is my favorite, only goes up to a UK 20/US 16, though. And the sweater goes up to UK 24/US 20, but is sold out in that size. Boooo. I’m really sick of plus size lines with such limited sizing.