Monthly Roundup: Useful Links

Here are a few especially useful or especially interesting a few things I’ve found within the last month or so!

 10 Fashion and Beauty Brands Expanding the Definition of ‘Nude’.  Because seriously, not everyone is beige-colored.

To this list, I’d like to add Meow Cosmetics, an indie mineral cosmetics line that has the widest color range of foundations that I have ever seen. I absolutely guarantee they have a perfect color match to your skin– and they offer samples, so it’s easy to figure out which one it is.

JCPenney Launching New Plus-Size Line In New “Boutique” Sections In Stores, Online. Not sure how I generally feel about JCPenney, but now they’ve put an actual famous plus-sized person who is actually experienced with plus-size design in charge of designing their plus clothing.  Cool move, JCP.

Hard Water And Your Hair.  This one especially helped me this month!  I always love Science-y Hair Care Blog.  I apparently live in a place with enormously hard water (like, 2x the limit for ‘very hard water’), and the suggestions in this post have helped change my hair from “what the hell is happening” to “mildly grippier than my ordinary hair.”

How To Let Go Of The Guilt Of Letting Go.  In order to keep my life even remotely together, I need to keep my stuff to a minimum, but I have a tendency to hold on to sentimental stuff.  Over the years I’ve developed a few strategies for helping with this– create a special closed “memory box” to hold small physical items with positive memories, take a digital picture of larger things before getting rid of them (Justin’s idea)– but sometimes you just need to let go of stuff.  This post can help.

Catalog Choice.  And speaking of letting go of stuff: Catalog Choice can help!  this is a nonprofit that helps you cancel your subscriptions to catalogs and other kinds of junk mail.

The Corporette Guide to Suits. Useful for anyone looking for suits from larger, well-known labels. Also, deeply sorry for the issues with formatting earlier.

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Oops: A Miniature MM LaFleur Giveaway

Last month, I bought the MM. LaFleur Didion in Cornflower Blue in size L.  It looks beautiful in all of the pictures online of people wearing it, but unfortunately, it does not look beautiful on me.  Busty women: do not buy this one.  However, it’s a sturdy, nice-looking blouse for people with not my figure, and I’d love for it to find a happy new home.

(Full disclosure: I also don’t love the fabric, but there’s nothing wrong with it.  I certainly wouldn’t say it “feels like your favorite t-shirt,” like they do, but I also think Ureshii might have spoiled me on comfy fabric.)

The Didion is unworn except to try it on, and we live in a non-smoking home.  To enter this impromptu giveaway, ask me something!  Either something you’d like advice on, or something about me, or, I don’t know, something about Chinese literature.  (My favorite Chinese author: Lu Xun.)   If there are people interested in a tiny new blog’s out-of-pocket giveaway, I’ll pick a winner at random on Tuesday, 4/19.

Also, if anyone’s interested in getting a pair of Ziera shoes, Mar-Lou Shoes is having a small ($25) discount on each pair through 4/24.  The clearanced shoes at ShoeMill are still cheaper if they have them in a size and style that works for you, but if they don’t, Mar-Lou Shoes might be a good option.

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Ureshii Design: A Love Letter

I… I mean review.

When I bought my first shirt from Ureshii Design, the intention was to get a few versatile well-fitting basics to make my wardrobe more cohesive.  What I ended up doing instead was entirely replacing half my wardrobe.  Their clothes are so comfortable and so well-fitting that I couldn’t bring myself to wear anything else.

As I’ve gotten to know the brand, I’ve only gotten to like Ureshii Design more.  The prices Emily and Amanda charge for their clothing are absurdly low for a made-to-measure service, especially one that only works with sustainable fabrics.  But they do all the sewing themselves, so you can be sure no one’s getting paid unfair wages.   Not only that, they do made-to-measure well: they consider measurements other companies don’t, and they use (optional!) self-submitted photographs to make sure your clothing really fits right.

They’ve got a wide range of designs, colors, fits, and fabrics.  They’re constantly adding more, and they’re happy to make tweaks to their designs for you.  Heck, they actually invented a design for me just because I wanted to dress like the inferior Batman.  The main reason I haven’t reviewed Ureshii already is, honestly, I had no idea how to coalesce infinite fangirling and half my wardrobe into a review.  This is my best effort.

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Wallis Evera Review

I’ve struggled a lot with this review, because I feel incredibly positive about Wallis Evera but many of my reasons are intangible.  Sure, Wallis Evera dresses are eco-friendly, durable, work-appropriate, ethically made, and beautiful.  Sure, they have pockets.   But what I really liked about Wallis Evera’s dresses, what outweighed the dry-clean-only and slightly-itchy-on-me, is that they feel natural on me instead of like I’m playing dress-up.


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Deep End: Clothing Analytics

Google “wardrobe essentials” and you get: “30 Fashion Staples to Have By 30.” “The 14 Timeless Pieces You Shouldn’t Live Without.”   “Everyday Basics Your Closet Needs.”  Those articles are bogus, guys.  There is no specific article of clothing everyone needs.  People have different audiences, different life experiences, and different personal preferences.  Nothing’s “missing” from your wardrobe if you’ve got enough to suit you.

However, a lot of people don’t know whether they have enough to suit them.  They follow the process I used to: they try stuff on in clothing stores, and if it fits OK and is reasonably priced and they don’t hate the color, they take it home.  And then they feel like their outfits are incoherent and they never look put together.  So they buy more stuff in the hopes that this time they’ll like their wardrobe.

What helped me is to be more analytical.  Here’s the thought process I used to start feeling happy in what I was wearing.


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DD Atelier Warehouse Clearance

US-based busty women: DD Atelier, one of the better full-busted clothing options, is closing their US warehouse.  So far as I know, you’ll still be able to order from them, but clothing will be shipped to you from Russia instead off from New Jersey.  On the bright side, this means they have a lot of stuff on sale right now through 4/1, like this dress:


Now’s a pretty good time to give them a try.

H/t Hourglassy.

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Quality Basic Tees For Every Budget

One of the things I feel crankiest about is that most basic clothing made today (especially women’s clothing) is flimsy, thin, and poorly stitched together, so that we’re encouraged to replace it every season or supplement it with more junk clothing. Besides being personally annoying, it has a terrible effect on the environment. So I’ve tracked down a few companies that make basic t-shirts that are way, way less likely to just fall apart on you, and way, way more likely to be comfortable for a long time.

The ‘basic, unadorned t-shirts’ part is a little reluctant, since weird asymmetrical shirts are my favorite, but I don’t expect them to be everyone’s. And I want to help!

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