Loads of Links 1/31/14


image via Carolita Johnson at Cosmopolitan

You may have heard about the new Japanese trend of calling plus-size women “marshmallow girls,” and a lot of folks across the internet seem to be embracing it.

Deanna Erin and meduusalammikko recently both posted info about how they do their brightly-colored eyebrow makeup, and they are SO AMAZING.

Do you know Carolita Johnson? Do you know how rad she is? Do you know that she did an illustrated essay about some of the outfits of her love life?

Next time you go into a clothing store and find that your size isn’t represented among the merchandise, think about leaving a Clothes Calling Card.

Flint Hills Hausfrau did a dryer balls tutorial! I’ve never tried them but they look like fun.

Shawna has some athletic wear recommendations for sizes 24+.

The Trans Clothes Swap is a new and pretty cool-looking resource for trans folks to exchange clothing and receive donations. (I’ve heard that its support tends to lean more toward trans men, but haven’t verified that.)

Pam Wishbow’s new comic about her body issues and depression is very emotional and beautiful, and I definitely recommend her work.

Have any of you tried Oyster Books, which is like Netflix but for reading? I’m intrigued but haven’t seen many reviews.

Rainbow Rowell is gonna be writing two comic books, and the first will be illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks! Excuse me while I pass out from excitement.

I’ve previously expressed fondness for these individuals and/or fandoms, so I would like to link to some critiques of them that are extremely salient: Macklemore, Sherlock, and Amanda Palmer.

Bianca’s “Bite Me” look is seriously, seriously heartstopping.

Happy Friday, Lunar New Year, and end of January, all!

Outfit Post: 1/28/14


Sweater and skirt: Thrifted — Tights: Target — Flats: American Rag — Earrings: Apostrophie


Hey, everybody! Are you in need of a pick-me-up today?


(Don’t worry, I’m not about to try and sell you energy drinks, drugs, or religion.)


I’ve already talked about how much I like Vienna Teng’s 2013 album Aims, but a little more recently she released the music video for the first song on the album, “Level Up,” and it’s, well, it put an inspired tear in even my cynical eye. Give it a watch and see if it doesn’t do the same for you:

Outfit Post: 1/26/14


Shirt: TMBG concert — Jeans: Nordstrom Rack — Flats: 6pm.com (Frye) — Belt and ring: Target — Earrings: Gift


[Trigger warning for general talk of death and mourning.]

This past weekend was kind of tough for me; Saturday was the third anniversary of Jessica’s death, which, as Tia and I were discussing over gchat, seems both infinitely long and infinitely short. Three years? Really?


I had some old college friends over on Saturday, which was nice–I wasn’t alone with my brain, and we cooked and played games and had a fun day. I don’t have friends come visit too often  since most of them live at least an hour away, so it was a treat.


Sunday I took my bike to be fixed by the kind bike bros at REI, and did some thinking and writing. (Okay, and I probably also watched lots of TV.)


Madéleine Flores recently made a comic that feels very relevant to me right now; go have a read if you feel like smile-crying a little bit. I miss Jessica, but I’m glad she was in my life. I’m glad I had her as a friend. 

I’m glad I have you all as friends, too. Thanks, folks.

Outfit Post: 1/24/14


Cardigan and shirt: Thrifted — Skirt: eBay (Anthro) — Tights: Target — Boots: Macy’s — Earrings: Nervous System


Some days I can’t choose just one color, so I spring for all of them.


Well, almost all. I guess we’re missing red. And yellow. And lavender and blush and emerald and mauve and…


Well, I’ve got some colors, anyway, and that’s good enough for me.

Outfit Post: 1/23/14


Dress: eShakti — Cardigan: Thrifted — Boots: eBay (Steve Madden Troopas) — Thigh-Highs: Sock Dreams (Extraordinarily Longer Striped Thigh Highs in “Steel & Light Blue”) — Necklace: World Market — Earrings: Target


Greetings, friends and secret government agents!


I have absolutely nothing useful to contribute to these outfit pictures today. Look, aren’t my socks stripey?


And isn’t my necklace shiny?


Yeah, that’s right, I matched my necklace with my earrings. You wanna fight about it? Let’s take this outside!


I’ll kick you in the shin with my boots, so I will!

…yeah, maybe I’ll have something to say tomorrow.

Outfit Post: 1/22/14


Top and pants: Thrifted — Camisole: Old Navy — Oxfords: Payless — Necklace: Gift — Bangle: Solano Stroll — Earrings: Angela Grace Jewelry


Sometimes I just want to wear such as a simple top and slacks! (Especially when my ankle’s being wonky so heels aren’t a good idea.)


There’s something I really like about the hot pink/chocolate brown combination–I’ll have to explore it more in the future.


I promise this is a tiny skull necklace and not a little blob with eyes.


That’s about all I got, folks. This weekend will probably be somewhat emotional for me, but I’ll meet it as best I can. I hope you do too. Take care, y’all!

Outfit Post: 1/19/14


Tank tops: Threadless and Target — Shorts and bangle: Thrifted — Leggings: Carouselink — Boots: eBay (Steve Madden Troopas) — Pendant: Made by my grandma! — Earrings: Apostrophie


Sunday involved two things: short-shorts and lots of errand-running.


And snacks from the Asian market. So three things, I guess.


We hit the farmer’s market, Safeway, Costco, and SF Market, and came away with lots of good stuff (kohlrabi! Red chicken tamales! Frozen sliced lemongrass! Agar-agar powder! Discount meats!), so I feel very prepared for whatever might come our way.


As long as whatever comes our way requires me to make vegan marshmallows, that is.


But I felt productive and pretty dang cute, so it was a good day. Thanks, Sunday!

Outfit Post: 1/18/14


Tunic: Threadless — Leggings: ASOS (Monki) — Shoes: eBay (Eleanor Grosch Keds) — Camisole: Old Navy — Earrings: Target


If I were doing any shopping this year, I would definitely buy like five more t-shirt tunics. This thing is COMFORTABLE.


I’ve also completely stopped caring about whether it emphasizes my wide hips, so it’s all-around great! Too bad Threadless doesn’t seem to carry this style of tunic anymore–or if they do, I can’t find any.


I mean, it’s a moot point for me anyway, but I’d share the comfy if I had a link.


Do you have a favorite style of tunic, or do you eschew them? (Do you eschew-nic the tunic? No. Bad Mia.)

Outfit Post: 1/16/14


Button-front and slacks: Thrifted — Shoes: Swapped (Naturalizer) — Necklace: Gift from Katie! — Earrings: Target


Busy day, short post! Most of the pictures of this outfit were…not great, but I salvaged a few! It’s a little less wacky than some of my usual stuff, but I liked the color combination. I seriously need to hem these slacks, though; even with moderately high heels, they drag on the ground a little. I’m an averagely-highted individual–about 5’7″–but a fair amount of that height is in my weird, snakelike torso, so sometimes I run into short-legged problems. Such is life (with short legs).

Outfit Post: 1/14/14


Top, skirt, and flats: Thrifted — Tights: Fab.com — Earrings: World Market


Wearing a sleeveless top in January is kind of absurd around these parts, but here we are. I did also wear my tan coat for part of the day (and definitely for my bike-ride in to work), but around noontimes a breezier look is much appreciated.


I wonder if these balmy temps mean we’ll be experiencing summer in March?


Quick, someone teach me some weather sorcery.