I’ve unsubscribed from a lot of e-newsletters in my day [leans back in rocking chair; puffs smoke from old-timey pipe] but Courtney Carver’s is one that always makes me feel better about life. She runs a blog (and wrote a book) called Be More With Less, which is ostensibly about simplifying and decluttering but IS ACTUALLY A TROJAN HORSE FOR SELF-COMPASSION! She has no idea I’m writing this and didn’t pay me to say this by any means but I highly recommend signing up for her e-newsletter.
Today’s email, “10 Rules to Help You Live with Less Stuff,” sounds like any obnoxious listicle you could read anywhere online, but–WAIT FOR IT–is really about being kind to yourself! I LOVE THIS SHIT! “Rule” #6, small progress is still progress, applies to a whole lot more than just decluttering. Tbh, I find decluttering kind of meh. It feels great, but maximalism pumps through my glittery purple blood. “Small progress is still progress” to me is a reminder that it’s OK I haven’t written and published a book already; trying to blog more and getting out a notebook to maybe try morning pages is a great first step. Nothing happens overnight, etc. etc. Or like a quote on my fridge says: “Nothing in nature blooms all year.”
Being gentle with yourself is where it’s at. 🌸
I’m on season 3 of Criminal Minds (only a decade behind!) and in love with Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness) and Dr. Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) like everyone else. Specifically: GARCIA’S STYLE. While the rest of her team looks like they’re perpetually on their way to a funeral (which…they sort of are?), Garcia wears florals, colorful glasses, and funky jewelry. Her fashion sense reflects her playful sexiness and quick wit. She’s 100% delightful (especially since Kirsten Vangsness herself is “as queer as a purple unicorn singing Madonna”).
So you wanna dress like Garcia? DON’T WE ALL! Here’s how:
- Embrace your curves. Garcia often wears wrap dresses or scoop-neck tops that show off her amazing boobs. Fit-and-flare dresses or a-line skirts, too. (Yay for non-skinny people on TV!)
- Wear bright, summery colors. While her team wears neutrals, Garcia’s palette is warm, ~*SenSuAL*~ berry tones like red/purple/pink, as well as happy yellows/oranges and vibrant teal.
- Add a zany cardigan or blazer to a solid-colored top, or vice versa.
- PATTERNS! Paisley, polka dots, stars, plaid, you name it.
- Channel ’50s pinup girl meets garden party or punk rawk.
- Accessorize with novelty earrings, statement necklaces, and chunky bracelets. Also glitter. Glitter’s an accessory, right?
- Wear a multicolored headband, barrettes, fake daisy, or feathers in your hair.
- Shiny lip gloss. Heels, if u want.
- MORE IS MORE!
Sounds cheesy, but Garcia’s aesthetic has an empowering subtext: You can be sexy and smart. You can be feminine and professional. You can be vivacious and whimsical and amazing at your job. You don’t have to sacrifice color or style or silliness to be successful. That shouldn’t be revolutionary, but pop culture loves its stereotypes (“blondes are airheads”), and thanks to sexism, women feel pressure to dress and act like men to succeed at work:
One in four women dress in a more masculine way – discarding high heels and dresses for trouser suits – acting under the belief they should look like their male colleagues to be treated seriously. A further quarter wear less makeup at work, partly to dispel the notion that all women must ‘look pretty,’ the survey of 2,000 working women showed.
To sum up:
All of the standards of appearance being pushed on employees in office environments are, essentially, strongholds of white male standards of power.
FUCK THAT. Express your personality! Stand out! Be a Garcia! (Ahem. I got excited.)
Looking forward to 10 more seasons of her fantastic style. Stay wonderful, tech kitten. 🦄
ETA: Check out the kind Sheila‘s real-life Garcia style here! Am I biased because she linked to me and was super-sweet? Yes. And no. Her style is awesome, and her blog will make you smile.
(click to embiggen if u wanna read some mag’s tips for happiness. cliffsnotes: be grateful, work out, do what you love, nurture yo’ relationships, volunteer)
saw Janelle Monae live and it was everything
watching: Queer Eye season 2
listening to: no time for sleep, jump in your jeep // i’ll still kick your ass even in my skirt
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Nothing brings advertisers outta the woodwork like Black Friday/Cyber Monday. “Oh yeah, I bought one thing from that one company 11 months ago,” I realize, promptly tossing their postcard in my recycling. If only there was an “unsubscribe” link on catalogs, right dawg?
IS THERE A BETTER WAY? You bet your sweet pumpkin-cheesecake-lovin’ booty there is!
When I get paper junk mail (you know, in the ole mailbox from days of yore), I’ve gotten in the habit of googling “email [company name]” to find a contact form/address, then sending them this li’l template baby:
Please remove me from your marketing/catalog lists. I’d appreciate it very much! Here’s my info:
Thank you so much!
I leave ’em as email drafts so they’re ready to copy-and-paste anytime.
Please take and customize to your heart’s content (obviously, you may be less into exclamation points than I am).
Happy Thanksgiving (almost)!
remember when my favorite colors wuz pink & green
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tl;dr You can’t.
They won’t let you.
You’ll try to get close & it’ll feel like banging your head against a wall.
This reinforces your beliefs of inadequacy. THOSE ARE A LIE. YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH JUST AS YOU ARE.
Continue reading “breakup town: how to date someone avoidant”
Is any fictional character more beloved for her personal style than CLAUDIA KISHI?
Unquestionably the best member of The Babysitters Club books (a ’90s-child staple), Claudia was *~the artsy one~* and the most relatable (for me, at least). Claud is known for her terrible spelling, candy addiction, and FUNKY FRESH wardrobe, which author Ann M. Martin (and her ghostwriters) describe in deliciously painstaking detail in every book. While struggling with school and comparisons to her genius sister, Janine, Claudia expressed her creativity through amazing thrifted mish-mash outfits. They revolve around a few key staples:
- Cowboy boots
- CRAZY PRINTS & PATTERNS!!!
- Hoops or novelty earrings
- Long funky necklaces
- High ponytails with scrunchies
So much yes.
Claud was the original hipster, but in an unpretentious way (she was cool because she was messy and had her own phone line, not because she listened to the “right” bands). She wasn’t self-obsessed. She mostly cared about babysitting, painting, reading Nancy Drew mysteries, being a good friend, and hanging out with her grandma, Mimi. She lacked the snobby narcissism of Stacey, the mousy spinelessness of Mary Anne, and the controlling type-A-ness of Kristy. (Wow, I guess I didn’t like the other characters much!)
And of any of the characters, Claudia left the biggest mark on pop culture, inspiring a comic, a fashion blog, and countless style posts (including this one!). Half Japanese, she was also a role model for Asian-American readers (although writers did focus on her “exotic”-ness and “almond-shaped eyes” too much).
So eat a doughnut, hit up your favorite thrift store, and twirl the cord of your landline around your finger! ❤ u 4ever, Claudia.
Never listened to Garbage much beyond their singles, but feelin’ some ’90s nostalgia for eternal badass Shirley Manson:
Ignore the shirtless juggalo:
Happy Angsty weekend 🙂
*~ladeez of the canyon~*
Etro (aren’t they missing an R? har har) is delightfully Claudia-Kishi-circa-1970 this fall. Inspo: sheepskin, thrift-store scarves, bubblegum Joni Mitchell??? All the hot pink/floral/lime green/leopard print, plz.
photos via WWD
Aaaa! Are your eyes overwhelmed too? Quick, look at this water:
PALETTE CLEANSER! Whew. OK, ready for more?
How about Giamba, which one can only assume is inspired by Black Swan, grandma’s old nighties, and tarot cards:
Photos via WWD
Suggested taglines: Saccharine with a side of evil. Or maybe More cookies, Skeletor? SOMEone discovered pastel goth! X-P
All right, that’s all we’ve got for Holly Pretends To Be A Fashion Person While Clearly Being Woefully Undereducated. Tune in next time for styles inspired by The Wild West meets gummi vitamins.