The most common response I get to posts like How To Curb Your Fast Fashion Addiction (and something I struggle with myself) is how hard it can be to shop more consciously/ethically on a budget. Sometimes it seems like the there are the $10 dresses at Forever 21, the $300 handmade, indie designer dresses at upscale boutiques…and not much in between. But alternatives do exist! You just have to know where to look. In addition to responsible (and reasonably priced) brands like Karen Kane and Levi’s, Etsy is a great source for handmade items at accessible prices. Case in point: this on-trend, striped pencil skirt custom made out of soft jersey fabric to match your measurements. For about the same price as you’d pay for a mass-produced pencil skirt at Target. Now that’s compassionate fashion you and your wallet can feel good about. [$32, Inspired By Tess]
Is there anything more glamorous than a big ol’ bouffant? Answer: no, there’s not. “I’ve gone a little crazy for this style lately,” says style blogger Samantha Harris, who created this look, “I love it because it’s so easy and also very elegant.” I second that. Check out the full photo tutorial for this beautiful bouffant, plus two more retro style how-tos for natural hair, over at Loxa Beauty.
I’m normally very anti-matchy when it comes to fashion. I’ll take a clash over an exact color/print match any day. Even so, this Emmy Rossum ensemble, which is about as matchy-matchy as one can get, has totally stolen my heart. I love the girly accents (lace and ballet flats!) and all that mint green (or is it baby blue? or seafoam green? let’s go with minty baby seafoam blue) works so well with her heather grey skirt. Want to steal this look for yourself? Get all the matchy-matchy pieces after the jump! Keep reading »
One of the things I’m most excited about in regards to owning my own home is that I can put as many poorly planned nail holes in the wall as I want, without worrying about disapproving looks from my landlord. The walls of our current house have stayed largely empty (so depressing) because we knew we wouldn’t be here that long, didn’t want to have to hide/patch up nail holes, and for some reason those magical picture-hanging strips don’t stick to the walls here. Ugh. I can’t wait to get to our new place and finally display all the framed art that’s still tucked away in our closets. It’s gallery wall time! Here are 20 gallery walls of all different styles and setups to get the wheels of home decor inspiration turning…
Have you ever written a truly hilarious, perfectly constructed, exceedingly clever tweet, sent it out into the Twittersphere, and then felt like, “Damn, that’s it?” I mean, 10 retweets and 15 favorites is nice and all, but what if you want your tweet to have a more lasting legacy, to exist in the actual physical world, to be dug up by archeologists 200 years from now, who will surely chuckle at your adept wordplay? Enter #PermanentRetweet, a service that turns tweets into etched wood or metal decorative pieces. Username, Twitter icons, time stamp, and all. Keep reading »
Yesterday I confessed to Ami that ever since she told me that her dad buys every single CD they sell at Starbucks, I haven’t been able to stop laughing about it. I just get so much joy from this knowledge and the image of her dad getting really excited about new releases at the register when buying a latte. She told me this, like, 2 years ago and it’s become a Forever Laugh. What’s a Forever Laugh, you ask? It’s a memory/joke/scene/mental image that will ALWAYS make you laugh, from now until your dying day, and may cause you to burst into giggles at the most inappropriate times. Forever Laughs are awesome because when you’re sad or stressed, you can just conjure one up, laugh, and feel a little better. I asked the rest of the Frisky ladies to share some of their FLs. Check them out below, and tell us yours in the comments! Keep reading »
O-Town was the by far the best boy band ever created on a reality show called “Making The Band” in the year 2000. We all enjoyed their vocal (and hair) stylings until 2003, when the band broke up, leaving the world a dark, sad, lonely place where fans could only ask, “Why? Whyyyyy?” while listening to “Liquid Dreams” on repeat and crying. (Not that I did that.) (I totally did.) Today, our long national nightmare comes to an end: O-Town has announced they are reuniting and working on a new album. Hooray! Rejoice! But wait, there’s a catch. The new O-Town will be a smaller and significantly less blonde group, because Ashley Parker Angel has opted not to renew his O-Town membership card. This news brings up many important questions, most pressingly: What is O-Town without Ashley Parker Angel? What is life without Ashley Parker Angel? Doesn’t this go against the message of their biggest hit, “All Or Nothing”? I need to go lie down. Check out the band’s reunion announcement video after the jump, if you feel emotionally ready for it. Keep reading »
My 13-year-old VW Jetta seems to be entering the phase of an automobile’s life where there’s never not something wrong with it. It’s been in and out of the repair shop pretty much constantly over the past few months, and lately it only starts on the first try when it feels like it. I’m determined to drive this car until it literally disintegrates, which means overlooking a lot of minor problems (like the turn signal clicker that got stuck and clicked nonstop for the entire drive from Oregon to Tennessee) and coming up with DIY solutions for potentially major ones. As someone with zero mechanical aptitude and a fondness for anthropomorphism, I approach car repair much like a witch doctor/zoo veterinarian. Here are some of the affirmation rituals, improvised prayers, and erotic dashboard massages that have become staples of my DIY car repair regimen: Keep reading »