Growing up, my family never had candles because my parents generally understood that my brothers and I would use any open flames in the house to set our youngest brother on fire. Also my dad hated any smell that wasn’t whale bones or microwaved hominy. Recently I’ve decided that hey, I’m an adult, I have a cute house, I like pretty smells — maybe it’s time to give the whole candle thing a try. So I consulted my candle-loving friends, I rearranged my shelves, I spent a small fortune, and guess what? I have three candles burning right now, as I write this. I think I’ve officially become a candle person. Here’s what I’ve learned along the way … Keep reading »
It’s National Handwriting Day! I’m not sure exactly how we are supposed to celebrate this sacred holiday, but it seemed like a good opportunity to talk about the state of our handwriting. I’m not sure about you guys, but I used to pride myself on my penmanship. I would practice diligently in elementary school, cradling the curve of my lowercase E’s just below the middle line, carefully hooking my J’s, making sure my uppercase Q’s looked sufficiently majestic. I spent years perfecting my signature. And then I learned to type, and then I started blogging, and soon my years of hard work went out the window. I don’t write much by hand anymore–pretty much just the grocery list, post-it note reminders, and thank you cards–but every time I do I’m a little shocked at the chicken scratch that emerges from my pen. My third grade self would certainly be appalled.
So, what about you? Has your handwriting held up with the advent of digital culture? How often you do write things by hand if ever? Do you still prefer pen and paper?
As a feminist and a fashion-lover I’ve long wrestled with the idea that my passion for one would somehow negate the other. I believe strongly in gender equality. I protest sexism and injustice. I volunteer for Planned Parenthood. I also read fashion magazines and spend a fairly large chunk of my time writing about cute shoes.
I’ve come to realize that my two interests actually go hand in hand. In Ms. Magazine’s new issue, Minh-Ha T. Pham, an assistant professor at Cornell and also a fashion blogger (right on!), explores the many intersections of fashion and feminism. “If feminists ignore fashion,” she says, “we are ceding our power to influence it.” I couldn’t agree more.
Fashion is a concept and an industry, yes, but at its heart is a simple act: getting dressed. Our clothing sends a message to the world, and as such, the clothing we choose is actually a powerful tool for self-expression. It allows us to express ourselves on an individual level and on a much larger scale, such as the prevailing dress codes of a nation or religion. Throughout history and throughout the world, fashion is closely tied to political movements, cultural identities, and increased visibility for marginalized groups. Clothing has the power to stoke the fires of revolution.
So why does fashion get a bad name? Keep reading »
I can barely handle this ring. I mean, look at it. It’s a giant cocktail ring featuring a stoic bunny in front of an endless starry sky. Its official title is “Celestial Bunny Ring,” which sounds like the name of a really exotic sex toy or one of Frank Zappa’s children. If I owned this ring I would never need to read another book, because I would spend all day staring at it and daydreaming about bunnies in space. If some guy kneeled down in front of me on the street and presented me with this ring, I would marry him, no questions asked. This ring is just … awesome. [$24.99, Modcloth]
Jeggings, the love child of jeans and leggings, are a huge point of contention in the fashion world. Some people think they’re the best thing to happen to denim since the advent of the dark wash boot cut. Others find them more offensive than mom jeans, acid wash skinny jeans, and men’s jean shorts combined. Here are 10 arguments for jeggings, and 10 arguments against. Make your own informed decision and share your opinion in the comments! Keep reading »
As much as we’d love to embrace the springy fashions that are starting to pop up in stores, it is still very much winter, and bundling up is the name of the game. Here are eight of our favorite mittens–all handmade by Etsy artisans, and all 20 bucks or less. Throw on a pair. Your fingers will thank you.
Looking for a fun project to while away the wet, cold weekend? Check out this awesome tutorial for marbled nails. The best part? No weird chemicals needed–just nail polish, water, a shot glass, and a toothpick (that kind of sounds like a MacGruber prop list, huh?). Apparently the technique is a little tricky, so maybe don’t attempt this at midnight on Sunday, but it’s definitely worth a try on Saturday afternoon. [Via Hey, Nice Nails!]
File this one under It’s About Time: Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has announced that the military is implementing new strategies to prevent sexual assaults and improve their current system for responding to sex crimes. According to official data, there were 3,191 reported sexual assaults in 2011; however, these crimes so often go unreported that Panetta and his team estimate the actual number to be astronomically higher — closer to 19,000. The new plan includes better training for victims’ advocates, increased funding for investigators, and an improved data system to compile sexual assault information across different branches of the military. While these changes aren’t necessarily revolutionary, it is a sign that the armed forces are taking sexual assaults more seriously, and that’s a step in the right direction. [The Raw Story]
This week brought us updates on young fashionistas, anti-pajama legislation, and a frenzy of pretty dresses (and weird shoes) at the Golden Globes. Click through to check out the latest fashion news by the numbers! Keep reading »
What do old records and a disorganized bookshelf have in common? Turns out you can use one to tame the other. All it takes is hot water and about 20 minutes to turn a vinyl record into a unique bookend. If you don’t have any LPs lying around, or find it too heart-wrenching to repurpose your own vinyls, a trip to the record store bargain box–or your grandmother’s attic–is in order. Trust me: somewhere there’s a scratched copy of “Mungo Jerry” just waiting to be incorporated into your home decor. [Via DIY Life]