Life Updates: I’m Back! (& selling my clothes)

I know, I know, I’m a bad blogger–a month of unexplained silence does not endear me to my readers, I’m sure. But! I’m back now. I took my exams, wrote some papers, and then wandered around for a few weeks (Berlin, London, and New York were the highlights of my three weeks of wandering), and my computer broke at the same time, and, well, wandering around didn’t really give me time to get it fixed. But I’m home, on a borrowed computer now, waiting for mine to be repaired, and I’ll have more outfit photos (including catching up on the previous Marvelous Monday themes) and other fab content (my first beauty product reviews! some travel photos! who knows what else??) for you soon. I’m home in the U.S. for the next two months, and I’m thrilled to be here! I’ll be working at my old sports photography job, spending time with friends and family, nothing too exciting planned–just relaxing and saving some money.

For now, I just wanted to say, I’m back, and also point you in the direction of the fatshionxchange community on LJ, where I’ve posted a bunch of my clothes for sale–check out my post here. Great deals on some awesome stuff! Mostly dresses and blazers, but also some pants and a skirt and a couple of tops. Check it out!

Marvelous Monday: Sheer Tops

It’s Marvelous Monday, everybody! This is a weekly blog challenge between myself and four other fabulous fatshion bloggers. Make sure to go check out their outfits today, too! Links are at the bottom of the post.

Our philosophy: Monday is nobody’s favorite day of the week, but maybe its terrible reputation is a little undeserved. We’re on a mission to make ours (and hopefully yours) a little less awful by dressing marvelously!

This week’s theme: Sheer tops.

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I didn’t feel like it would have been appropriate for me to wear my sheer top with just a bra to my Qualitative Research class, so this outfit isn’t as daring as the theme would allow it to be. The top is Old Navy from at least a year ago, and I wear it fairly regularly so I’m a bit surprised it hasn’t been on the blog before. It’s got a banded waist, which I don’t usually like, but I’ve worn it in the summer with denim shorts and I like the contrast of the super casual shorts with a top like this.

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I also like to wear it tucked in, as you can see here; always the best solution for banded bottom tops. I like this skirt as well, and it goes to show you should try things on; it’s from Dorothy Perkins, and it’s a UK18, while I usually wear a UK22. I got it from fatshionxchange, though, and the seller said it fit up to my waist size, and voila, it works!

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My hair’s kind of a mess; I usually don’t have time to do anything with it when I have early classes, so whenever you see my hair looking nice, that probably means I came home and fixed it before taking pictures. No time, today, though, I have a meeting in 20 minutes! Same concept for makeup; it’s pretty basic in these photos.

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The next few weeks are going to be insanely busy for me. Lots of work to do. I’ll be leaving at the end of May, though, for Berlin, then London, then New York, and finally, home to North Carolina from mid-June to mid-August. Can’t wait to be back in the States for a couple of months! I’m already counting the days.

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Outfit details:

Sheer pussybow blouse: Old Navy
Ochre circle skirt: Dorothy Perkins via Fatshionxchange
Black tank (underneath): ASOS Curve
Gold bracelets: Primark
Gold pearl earrings: Dorothy Perkins
Brown tights: Worthington via JCPenney
Brown flats: Payless

Check out the other beautiful Marvelous Monday bloggers in their sheer tops today:

Sian: http://sortlifeoutbuymilk.blogspot.co.uk
Cheri: http://cherizangelandstyleluvin.blogspot.com
L.: http://byehollywood.blogspot.com
Sarah: http://theridiculous-sort.blogspot.co.uk/

Marvelous Monday: Inspired by Artwork

It’s Marvelous Monday, everybody! This is a weekly blog challenge between myself and four other fabulous fatshion bloggers. Make sure to go check out their outfits today, too! Links are at the bottom of the post.

Our philosophy: Monday is nobody’s favorite day of the week, but maybe its terrible reputation is a little undeserved. We’re on a mission to make ours (and hopefully yours) a little less awful by dressing marvelously!

This week’s theme: Inspired by Artwork

I kind of did this one backwards–when I got dressed, I forgot about Marvelous Monday. But I really liked my outfit, so instead of changing I decided to find artwork to match my outfit. Without further ado, the painting:

Art Prints

And, my outfit:

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I thought the painting was appropriate inspiration as it includes both the same pattern of red and white stripes and the nautical theme. I really like this sweater, although I am less of a fan of the fact that my legs really haven’t seen much of the sun in many, many months!

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Yesterday was my 22nd birthday, and what I thought was going to be a quiet day turned into quite a nice small party when some of my friends surprised me with a barbecue and a trip to the beach.

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I guess I should have some sort of introspective post evaluating the year, but I’ll just say that 21 was a very interesting year. A lot happened. I returned to school, for one, which also for me meant coming back to Germany.

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I also traveled quite a bit, both within the US and Germany, and to several other countries. I met some new friends, reconnected with some old ones, and drifted apart from some other friends. I guess that last one is inevitable.

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22 is off to a great start so far, and I’m hoping it continues this way! I know it’ll be a difficult and stressful year with a lot of life changes, but hopefully it’ll all turn out okay.

Funnily enough, I wasn’t the only Marvelous Monday blogger celebrating a birthday yesterday; make sure you wish Cheri a happy birthday, too!

Outfit details:

Red and white striped sweater: Primark
Earrings: Dorothy Perkins
Skirt & belt: ASOS Curve
Shoes: Forever 21

Check out the other beautiful Marvelous Monday bloggers and the artwork that inspires them today:

Sian: http://sortlifeoutbuymilk.blogspot.co.uk
Cheri: http://cherizangelandstyleluvin.blogspot.com
L.: http://byehollywood.blogspot.com
Sarah: http://theridiculous-sort.blogspot.co.uk/

Riga & Vilnius

I got back from my trip to Riga, Latvia and Vilnius, Lithuania on Saturday afternoon, exhausted, and then today I went to an Easter bonfire with a friend (a German tradition), and now I’m finally getting around to writing a bit about my trip. Happy Easter to all who celebrate it! This is going to be a long post, with a lot of pictures, so bear with me.

First stop was three days in Vilnius. I was travelling with an American friend from school, and we met up with a Lithuanian friend of a friend for an afternoon. It was nice to see everything from a local perspective and hear his take on Lithuanian history & culture! The hostel we stayed at was rather empty, though, so we didn’t meet many other people of note there.

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These three statues were on the roof of a theater in Vilnius’s Old Town.

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We also saw a lot of really pretty churches in both cities. I don’t have too many good photos, as the prettiest ones didn’t allow pictures inside, but trust me, they’re gorgeous. And I think all of the Orthodox churches were especially interesting; I’d never been inside one before, but they’re very elaborate. One church, however, had the bodies of 3 martyrs displayed in a glass case. They were covered, but they all had clean white socks sticking out the end. Kind of creeped me out a bit to think about how it’s someone’s job to change the socks on skeletons.

We were in Vilnius for Palm Sunday, too, and heard some nice church music and saw the market stalls set up in the streets.

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Vendors sell sweets, flower arrangements for the holiday, and other crafts.

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I bought some earrings at one of the markets that I’m sure you’ll see in an outfit post soon! That was it for souvenirs, though, I didn’t have any more room in my luggage. Which you’ll understand, if you’ve ever flown Ryanair!

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As you can see from the ice floating in the river, it was still quite cold in Vilnius! Not as bad as in Riga, though, where people were ice fishing outside our window. I don’t have any good photos of that, but I have a few to demonstrate how cold it was in Vilnius…

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Even the dogs were bundled up against the cold!

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And so were the trees!

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In an effort to try to pretend we were really on Spring break and not freezing to death, we ate frozen yogurt. While the rest of our classmates were on beaches in Portugal and Morocco, we were in Lithuania, drawing out our time in the frozen yogurt place as long as possible so as not to have to go back out onto the street.

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One district in Vilnius has declared itself an independent republic. It’s known as being a more alternative, artsy part of town, and it’s quite nice. This is the sign when you cross the bridge to enter the district.

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This tradition is far from unique to these cities, but I saw some cool bridges covered with “love padlocks” in both Riga and Vilnius.

I preferred Vilnius to Riga, but they were both really nice. We took a bus from Vilnius, and then spent four full days in Riga. The hostel there was much more lively, and I enjoyed drinking in the bar in the evenings and meeting other interesting travelers. The highlight was drinking beer with a Canadian as we bonded over our love of poutine, and then making our own poutine in the hostel kitchen!

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One day in Riga, we took the elevator up to the top floor of a really tall hotel, and the views were great. There was a bar you could pay to go into on the second to top floor, but we saw views just as nice for free, and then went back to our favorite (and very cheap) dumpling restaurant in the old town!

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Riga’s central market is huge, taking up several old Soviet airplane hangars, and has everything from fish and produce to old Soviet and Nazi war medals. Most of the vendors don’t really like it if you take pictures, though. Hence most of mine being from the same friendly fish stall.

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It was a fantastic trip, and I’d really like to go back to the Baltic states, perhaps including Estonia in my next trip as well. Very affordable, too! There are cheap Ryanair flights to all the cities, cheap hostels, and when you’re there, food is cheap as well, both groceries and going out to eat–I had a sit-down meal including a glass of wine in Vilnius for under 6 USD. Riga was a bit pricier, but still quite cheap.

I really love being on the road, meeting new people and seeing new sights every day. Honestly, I’d love to travel for a more extended period of time at some point, but for now I’ll have to content myself with these short trips.

Sweet & Simple

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I really like the color of this dress, and when I got it, I knew I couldn’t wait for summer to wear it, even though it is a very summery dress. So I decided to try to style it for a chilly early Spring day, and I think the result is quite nice, very simple but sweet & stylish. I know it’s a bit wrinkled, but, well, I don’t believe in ironing! (Meaning I am lazy and also don’t own an iron.)

This is the last of the posts I’m putting together in advance on Thursday night, and I just realized how much I’ve lived in these shoes & black tights over the last week! The shoes are so comfy, though. Why mess with something that works!

I’m still travelling, but I’ll be back on Sunday evening, hopefully with a post for you to update you on how my trip went & some photos. I hope you’re all having a lovely week! Happy Easter, too, to those who celebrate it.

Outfit details:

Blue summer dress: ASOS Curve
Black cropped jacket: Torrid (USA)
Black hoop earrings: Forever 21 (USA)
Black tights: Kmart (USA)
Booties: (USA)

Style Challenge: Help me decide how to wear this skirt!

So, as you read this, I am in Vilnius, Lithuania, and will be continuing on Monday to Riga, Latvia. Not to worry, though, I photographed a few of the outfits I wore in the last week but didn’t post, and scheduled them to be posted while I’m gone (including a Marvelous Monday). I will be online occasionally, so feel free to send me an email or something, I just probably won’t have the chance to take outfit photos. I’ll be back on the 31st. Fabulously Fat Fridays will also be on hiatus for the next two weeks, and if you have any suggestions for topics I should tackle in the future, please let me know!

Anyway, on to the dilemma. I have this really cute skirt with multicolored lipstick prints, and  I can never figure out how to wear it. When I took these photos, I wore it with the pink sweater in the morning, and then photographed that, decided that perhaps it would be better with the jacket, changed for the afternoon, and photographed that. In the end, I decided to share both photos with you, because I still can’t decide!

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So, what do you think? Or do you have another suggestion or me?

Outfit details:

Lipstick print skirt: Forever 21+ (USA)
Multicolored glass earrings: Craft fair in Asheville, NC (USA)
Pink cowl neck sweater: Eloquii (USA)
Black faux suede jacket: Evans (UK)
Lilac lace trimmed tank top (underneath jacket): Worthington via JCPenney (USA)
Black tights: Kmart (USA)
Booties: Kmart (USA)

Fabulously Fat Fridays: Why Posting Pictures Of Myself In Pretty Clothes On The Internet Is Radical

Here’s what I imagine some people might think about my blog: Fat acceptance! Awesome! But….all you’re doing is posting pictures of yourself in pretty clothes on the internet. How is that radical? It’s so shallow. How can fashion possibly be important when it comes to fighting for civil rights for fat people?

Fatshion is a form of activism. It’s not the most radical thing ever, but a fat person proudly posting fashionable pictures of themselves on the internet is definitely radical! It’s a totally valid part of the FA movement. Why, you ask? Well, I’ll give you a few of my reasons.

  • Fat people are not supposed to look nice. Fat is supposed to be a synonym for lazy slob. By showing our stylish selves on the internet, we are busting up stereotypes all over the place. I have several readers who run straight-sized fashion blogs, who aren’t into FA or anything, and I hope that I’m showing them a different perspective from the one they see in fashion magazines! We’re showing that fat people are normal and happy and sometimes, we’re into fashion. We’re not waiting to buy that perfect dress when we lose 10 pounds (or 100 pounds); we are rocking the hell out of it right now!
  • Fat people are supposed to be ashamed and invisible. We don’t see images of happily displayed fat bodies in the mainstream media. We don’t have much positive representation on television, in movies, on magazine pages. We have to literally retrain our brains to see fat as fabulous. We have to seek out our own positive representation. We have to create our own positive representation. Fatshion bloggers are doing just that! I know reading other fatshion blogs & then creating my own has helped me a lot in my own personal body acceptance journey, and I’m sure that’s true for others, too.
  • Fat people like fashion, too! We are building a community here of fat babes who are into fashion, and it’s awesome. We are basically sharing an interest that has a mainstream community that excludes us, so we’re creating our own community. We’re supporting each other, we’re giving each other style inspiration and shopping tips, and when the rest of the world sucks, we know there are other fabulous fashionable fatties out there. It’s not just about breaking stereotypes or hoping we can change someone’s outlook for the better; it’s about the positive impact within this community. I know every day I have a positive interaction with another awesome fat chick on the internet, that’s a happy day! Also, fashion is harder for fat people just because of a lack of resources; this internet community helps us to share the resources we find with other awesome fatties.

We can’t stop at fashion, though. This is valid and it’s important, but we have to keep the politics of it in mind, too. I know that some fat fashion bloggers wish they could just be seen as fashion bloggers who happen to be fat. Sure, in an ideal world, it wouldn’t matter. Fashion would be fashion, regardless of size. But we don’t live in that world. That much is clear when you look at the extremely limited fashionable clothing out there for fat people. Even if you don’t want it to be, what you are doing as a fat person putting these pictures out there for the world to see is political. Making the world face your existence as a fat person instead of hiding away in your lazy, unfashionable corner of the world is important, and it’s radical, even if it shouldn’t be.

A lot of this really applies to other non-normative bodies as well. If you’re thin, white, able-bodied, cisgendered, and traditionally beautiful, fashion is not really political. I mean, it’s still fun, it’s still creative, it’s still awesome. But you’re free to pursue style without the same kind of judgements. You have positive representation of stylish people who look like you available all over the place. For the rest of us? Not so much. Our fashion makes a statement because we aren’t supposed to be willing and able to look fabulous and express ourselves this way. We’re suppose to be doing whatever we can to make ourselves less noticeable. In a lot of people’s eyes, there’s no way we’ll ever be “normal,” so the best we can do is cry about it and try to be invisible.

Well, screw that, I say. Make yourself noticeable. Create positive representation. Fuck societal ideals of beauty. Just being fabulously fat in a public way is inherently radical. Embrace it!