Sunday, August 23rd, 2015
Have you heard that flares are going to be super trendy this fall? If you haven’t, go check out a Forever 21 or H&M storefront window. They’re everywhere.
If you grew up in the early aughts, when you think of flared jeans, you think tacky. You think of a Delia’s catalogue (fun fact, I worked at Delia’s for one holiday season). You think of low-rise jeans that gave everyone a muffin top. You think of Britney Spears in the Slave 4 U music video wearing a $5 Rue 21 thong over a pair of metallic bell bottoms. Well, as a big fan of the coming flared jeans trend, I am here to tell you that your school of flared jean thought is just plain WRONG.
First off, let’s think about some fall trend context clues. What else is showing up in every store window? Suede everything, button-up girly chiffon blouses with pussybows, oversized collars, and fringe on everything. What era do these trends allude to?
The 70s!!! Not the aughts!!!
If the idea of wearing bell bottoms that look like they jumped out of a 2001 Abercrombie and Fitch catalogue scares you, the solution is simple. Stick with high waisted, non-destroyed denim. I found this pair at Urban Outfitters last week, and I’m looking forward to styling them in countless different ways. Here’s a few looks I’ve been able to get away with at the end of summer, along with some styling tips.
Here I am casually hanging out in front of some apartment buildings and recycling bins wearing an Urban Outfitters fitted crop top (it’s on sale for $19 bucks right now guys, click that link if you want it), my high-waisted super-70s flares, a quarter-length sleeve black blazer that was found in the storage locker of the TV production company I used to work for, black mules from Aldo, and bangles and necklaces I stole from my girlfriend.
I wasn’t a fan of the crop top trend when it first came on the scene, but now that I wear exclusively high-waisted jeans, I’m into it. I like showing just a little bit of skin, and lucky for me my office is more than down with the crop top. One of the many benefits of working at a body positive feminist publication.
I’m also OBSESSED with this blazer, shout out to my friend and once boss Christine who gave it to me for freeeeeee. I’ve always had issues finding blazers that I like, but once I put this quarter-length sleeve version on, it was like, DUUUUH why did I never think of this style as an option before? Quarter-length sleeve blazers look a little bit less masculine than a full sleeve, if like me, girly takes on menswear are your jam.
Style tip: wear bangles as often as you can. I searched for a cool set of bangles for quite awhile, inspired by Leandra Medine of The Man Repeller like every other fashion blogger on this planet, and never found a reasonably priced pair I liked. So when I found these collecting dust in my girlfriend’s dresser, I decided to call them my own. They’ve become a staple of my wardrobe in the past couple of months. I want to get a big clunky gold watch in Chinatown to pair with these babies, and scour some thrift stores for $1 additions to my collection.
I’m also wearing my girlfriend’s necklaces, because I’ve yet to find dainty gold jewelry that I like to stack for a reasonable price. Instead I occasionally don her initials and a necklace I bought her for Christmas with the day after our anniversary engraved on it in Roman numerals. When I got her the necklace I thought it was our actual anniversary date, but an evening spent reading my old tweets made me realize our anniversary is actually the 29th of July, not the 30th, because on the cab ride home from our date, I tweeted about a weird commercial featuring donuts being fried to elevator music. Whoops.
If the previous outfit says “I am stylish and fun but I also mean bizness,” than this outfit says “I am stylish and fun and I also, I am hungry.” Or something like that. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. Idk. Blouse from Pixie Market, UO flares again, bangles, and leopard print stiletto mules from Chinese Laundry. I thrifted them for $19, but if you really love them, you can buy the same pair here.
I very rarely buy anything full price, but when I saw this cropped, chambray, french fry and ketchup patched button-up from Pixie Market, I bought it on the spot. I didn’t even do that thing where you stare at the items in your shopping cart for awhile and hold your credit card like “UGH do I really want to spend this money?” and almost put your card back in your wallet.
The sunglasses are Warby Parker and also belong to my girlfriend. Even though they are brand new and I have a habit of breaking sunglasses, she was so kind as to let me wear them for these photos. However I will not be borrowing them for reasons previously stated. BUT LOOK AT THOSE AWESOME PATCHES, AMIRITE?! $45 well spent.
Bottom line: flares are cool. I’m wearing mine as a write this post, plan on wearing them to work tomorrow, and were worth every penny of the $65 price tag. I can’t wait to wear them with my heeled combat boots and leather jacket in the fall.
Friday, August 7th, 2015
I am a sucker for cool white graphic t-shirts. I have an estimated ONE MILLION OF THEM.
…or at least it feels like I do. The real number is closer to 8 or 9. But still! That’s a whole lot of white t-shirts. And when I saw this “Angry Liberal Feminist Killjoy” t-shirt from Feminist Apparel, I had to add it to my collection. Not only is the jewel-tone floral design super classy, but it also gives off girl power vibes in a powerful and hilarious way. It’s everything I’ve ever dreamed off in a piece of clothing.
At $30 a pop, it wasn’t the cheapest tee I’ve purchased. But the price tag was totally worth it, if only for this amazing picture my dear friend Carly took of me on my roof. Can you make out the Empire State Building in the background? Am I pointing it out only to draw your attention away from my yellow-tinged, electric banana scalp?
Feminist Apparel believes “the negative connotations of feminism are unwarranted, misinformed, and stem from a present and mainstream culture of dominance; one that does a disservice to women, men, and all of humanity.” They’re a non-profit, so instead of buying a $10 “GIRL POWER” t-shirt from Forever 21 and living with that sweatshop manufactured guilt on your shoulders, sleep well at night in these tees.
Each design is sourced from submissions (you can even submit your own design) and sizes range from XS to 3XL, for feminists of all shapes and sizes.
Here’s a few other designs I love from Feminist Apparel:
I can get down with a good Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt reference and a feminist t-shirt. Females Are Strong As Hell T-Shirt, $29.95
So simple but super cute. Feminist Heart T-Shirt, $29.95
If you’re going to wave male privilege finger at someone, do it with a finger guns instead. Feminist Finger Guns T-Shirt, $29.95
**ZZZZZZ emoji** @ your blonde jokes. I Think Your Sexist Jokes Are Boring T-Shirt, $29.95
Sunday, August 2nd, 2015
Back in May, I decided to go back to red after rocking a platinum/pastel pixie cut for about a year. I have been in mourning ever since. I will never stop talking about how much I miss the ability to dye my hair any color of the rainbow whenever I want. If you’re sick of hearing me talk/write about it, TOO BAD. Go find another hip lesbian with a blog.
Even though I don’t have virgin snow colored hair anymore, I still like to layer warm-hued Manic Panic colors over my strawberry blonde base. I’ve experimented with pink, orange, and peach, but I think I’ve found my new favorite color. It’s called Electric Banana, and it makes me feel like a human-sized, talking sunflower. Move over, mermaid hair trend…sunflower hair is about to become a thing.
Why do I love my yellow hair so much? Let me count the ways…
1. I’ve yet to see anyone else with yellow hair. Which is kind of surprising, considering how trendy rainbow hair is these days. I like the feeling that I’m going against the grain but still on trend with this shade.
2. It’s ultra-summery. A darker red will be fun for fall, but for hot-as-balls August days, this sunny shade is perfect.
3. It’s low maintenance. This color lasts surprisingly long, and fades evenly to a more natural gold hue. Even though my roots are pretty long right now, they don’t looks awkward with this color.
4. It glows under black lights. I’m not under black lights on a regular basis, but today I happened to be and it looks really f**king cool.
5. It doesn’t clash with my wardrobe. This color goes with everything. When I had blue hair there were a few pieces in my closet I couldn’t wear, but I’ve yet to have that problem with yellow.
What do you think of my cartoon-yellow hair? Let me know in the comments.
Sunday, July 26th, 2015
My lady-love got her hair dyed for the first time, and she wanted to write a post about it. So here’s Ari’s first attempt at beauty blogging. I have trained her well.
I am not your go-to DIY girl, but even though doing-it-myself isn’t my forte, I was able to transform my super thick and dark Asian hair into a fashion-girl (according to Emily) pastel ombre at a DIY cost. Not to brag, but I’m pretty good at finding ways to make other people do stuff for me.
My plan since March was to jump on the trendy colored hair bandwagon. I felt like summer was the perfect time to do it. The only problem: I have super dark, Asian hair, making it next to impossible for my locks to look anywhere close to pastel. Bleach was the only option.
I made an appointment at The Carsten Institute of Cosmetology for two reasons. The first reason – Emily told me to. No, I’m not whipped, I swear! The second reason – because cosmetology schools are MUCH cheaper than salons. A student named Jenae did mine. We are basically best friends now, and it only cost me $40 … Whaaaaat??
If your hair is anywhere near as thick and dark as mine, expect to be sitting there for around 4-5 hours. Along with having Asian hair, I also have “virgin hair,” or hair that’s never been colored before. The teachers AND students at Carsten were very excited about this and it made me feel special. Jenae made sure that my ombre had different levels of bleach in it to add dimension.
After the process was finished, I went back up to Washington Heights so Emily could dye it lavender. Once again making other people do stuff for me. It’s a talent, really. She mixed Manic Panic Ultra Violet with white hair conditioner. She mixed up a ton of dye, and thought she’d have a lot leftover…she had none. Did I mention I have a lot of hair?
Because Emily told me I couldn’t leave the bathroom, I waited not-so-patiently for 45 minutes while the color sat in my hair. Not all of the purple took, even after using all that dye. But I honestly liked it better that way. It was kind of like a double-ombre…is that even a thing?
The Manic Panic washed out in about a week and a half, which Emily told me to expect. But I like it that way because I can switch my hair up as often as I like. I’m hoping to do a grayish-blue color next. Overall I’m really glad I did it. If you also have dark Asian hair and are thinking of bleaching it, it’s definitely worth your while.
Monday, July 20th, 2015
It is really f**king hot outside. And if you’re anything like me, you have trouble getting dressed in the morning when you can’t layer things, or else you’ll pass out waiting for the subway. Sometimes I need a little bit of inspiration before I throw the entire contents of my closet out on the floor. That’s when I head to Lookbook.nu and scroll through the endless feed of street style photos from bloggers and real people. If you need an idea for what to wear into the world, today’s your lucky day. Because I’ve done all the scrolling for you! Here are 8 outfit ideas that won’t make you sweat your ass off, straight from the fashionable ladies of the Internet.
1. 60s mod swing dress
A short 60s style dress in a funky, large floral print will keep you cool and sartorially on-point. The open bottom will keep you feeling cool and free. If you can find one with trumpet sleeves, even better. They’ll keep the air flowing through your outfit, and you can swing them around like you’re the Fairy Godmother from Cinderella all day.
2. Strapless jumpsuit
AHHHHHHHHHHHH, I am obsessed with this look. I love how all the small details (stripes, little necklace, headband, boots) make this simple ensemble eye-catching. The culotte-style pants are sure to keep you from overheating. BRB, running out the door to go buy a strapless jumpsuit and hair scarf right now.
3. Bralette as a top
Summer is the only time of year that you can wear a bra as a top and no on questions it. Take full advantage of this! Cover up your stomach with a high-waisted pencil skirt, or just say “f**k it” and wear it with shorts, belly out.
4. Sheer skirt
I’ve always wanted to rock a sheer skirt like this, but have yet to try out the trend myself. Everyone’s shows more skin in the summer! Pair it with a sleeveless graphic tee, throw on some sneakers and run out the door.
5. Flared denim mini skirt
It’s impossible to get away from this style of denim mini skirt at the moment, and I’m totally okay with that. Grab one at your local consignment store (or H&M, if your okay with small Cambodian children making your clothing), and rock it with literally anything.
6. Just take off your pants
Risky business style.
7. Get into the overalls trend
I will admit that when overalls started to get trendy, I was adamantly anti-overall. Plus I’m definitely against anyone wearing a shirt that says “do a naughty girl.” But I can get down with a white overall jumper like this one, or a pair of black overall shorts. IMHO, steer clear from blue denim, and pick different graphic tee.
8. Crop top + full midi = girly and cool
Crop tops and midi skirts are a match made in style heaven. This outfit reveals a little bit of skin when you want it to, and keeps a nice breeze circulating below the waist. Stick with cotton though, avoid synthetic fabrics.