August 2, 2013

{FRIDAY FAVORITES} Rants, Raves, and Reflections on the Week!

I'm trying something a little bit new. Each Friday, I'm going to post my favorite news, events, happenings, obsessions, and blog links of the week. Just a hint at what's behind the jump: TV show obsessions, a jewelry collaboration you need to see, engagement announcements (not mine!), major e-commerce news, and more...! Continue...



BUSTworthy.

I'm super, super, super excited to share that the feature story I did for BUST Magazine, titled "The Invisible Woman" is now on newsstands! BUST just celebrated their 20th anniversary, and I feel really thrilled to have a byline in a publication that I've been reading since I was a teenager. In this piece, I explore some of the ways that the fashion industry is biased against the plus-size market, and how plus-size fashion is often set up to fail -- but there's a positive end to it all, and I hope I could shed a little bit of light on this part of the industry that I've been welcomed into for the last few years!! I'm hoping to open up a dialogue about the piece, but I'll give you all a chance to get your hands on a copy, first.


TeenVogue.com Raided My Apartment!
Okay, that's a total half truth, BUT TeenVogue.com did come to my home and snap some of my favorite objects and souvenirs. Click through for the full images by Mark Iantosca and text by Casey Lewis! You know from my most recent apartment post that things have changed a little, but the guts and objects that make my home feel like home are all the same. I'm super excited about this one!!

Do You Have a Netflix Account? No? Get one, now.

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK. Oh. My. God. It's been over a week since Ali and I watched the entire series in a matter of days, and I've already started to go back and watch it all over again. I admit that I'm not really a TV person, (in fact, after realizing that we have turned our TV on exactly 2 times since January, we finally decided to cancel our cable plan), but there's something about this show that is so incredibly addictive and to say I'm obsessed would be a very literal understatement. I mean, I've taken to saving GIFs of the show to my phone just so I can scroll through and laugh while I'm waiting in line for a green juice. It deals with issues around class and race and sexuality and the complicated, messed up nature of the prison industrial complex and it's smart and funny and please just give yourself a chance to watch it. Also: Natasha Lyonne Kate Mulgrew Laura Prepon etc, etc, etc.


Wishlist-able Jewelry That You Can Actually Afford
The Coveteur x BaubleBar is here, and it's really good. Of course, leave it to the purveyors of luxury cool to curate a knock-out collection at prices far more attainable than the ones they typically feature on their site. My favorite piece in the collection is the Mawi-esque "Maleficent Bracelet" ($32) which comes in two different colorways, (I'm going for the black one!). While you're browsing BB, their summer sale is not to be missed, with pieces priced from $14.

Click Til You Drop

In more affordable fashion news, H&M has finally launched online shopping in the US!! And, yes, H&M+ is part of their e-commerce site!

They Said "We Will"

My friends and super talents Brad Walsh and Christian Siriano are engaged! Congrats to the duo. I cannot wait for their nuptials.

Lust List Dresses 

My first introduction to NY-based plus-size designer Monif C was just over 4 years ago, around the time that I first started blogging - and ever since, her collections just keep getting better and better. She's gained popularity for her incredible swimwear (I featured this striped swimsuit in Marie Claire) but the dresses in her new arrivals are definitely stealing my heart! It's hard to pick a favorite, but this polka dot number is definitely on my wishlist, alongside this sexy black-and-white bodycon! Swoon.



Fall Beauty Trends
In beauty news, I'm currently lusting after fall releases from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics OCC's best selling lip tars are being released in 6 new shades under the "Moderncraft" collection - from a seriously vampy metallic deep red ("Black Metal Dahlia") to an ultra-pale beige ("Mein Herr")! Also, the campaign excitingly features Calpernia Addams!

Fashion For The Not-So-Girly
DapperQ's 100 Most Stylish is out - and my BFF Jesse made the cut! She's in the company of Rachel Maddow, Casey Legler, Jenny Shimizu, and both Quinn sisters. Babe alert!

Girl Power

This piece on The Daily Beast by Lauren Sherman is a must-read. Ever wonder how far you and your girls could get in life if you all just supported each other?? (Started from the bottom, now we here). 

This VFiles Video:



Blog Favorites This Week? I've got 'em.

A Girl, A Style's Summertime Pursuits includes a perfectly refined list of things to focus on for these final weeks of summer. I Can't believe it's already August!

I love this look from My Arched Eyebrow. I wonder if she realizes how adorably British this outfit is?!

Stripes & Sequins shares cute mix & match outfits with shorts. The best part? They're from Old Navy - and on sale for only $10 and available in sizes 0-20.

GabiFresh jetsetted over to Milan with Marina Rinaldi and shared all of her adventures on the blog. Jealous, much?!

Cheetah is the New Black posted an easy, breezy white skirt look! I want to try this one myself, perhaps with this skirt?

Style is Style shared an OOTD - and it's all perfect, but my favorite part is her amazing gold eyeliner!!

Curvy Girl Chic makes me miss California with her boho-cool style, and I was just there.

ZeroStyle posted a history of the "fatkini" and it's wonderful.

Miss Whoever You Are is giving away a Clarisonic Deep Pore Cleanser on her blog! Hustle over before the giveaway ends on August 5th.

Fashionista.com's Tyler McCall reports: Why Is it So Difficult for The Average American Woman to Shop for Clothes? (Psst, I'm quoted throughout). 
Have a greeeeeaaaat weekend! 

43 comments:

  1. thanks for including me with all these megababes. i bought that issue of bust just for your piece! xox

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  2. So excited for this series - love the first post!

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  3. Keep these coming for sure! I'm going to look forward to reading these every Friday!! Perfection!

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  4. This is so much fun! Love it.

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  5. I love all of this insight, Nicolette! Looking forward to future posts! I'm digging the link outs to other bloggers.

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  6. as if I needed another reason to buy that issue of BUST magazine! I NEED! Plus plus, oitnb was so powerful to me. the girls stories hit so close to home, I grew up on the southside and saw girls with similar stories get caught up in the game like that! at the end of the day i feel like the show explains before they are a certain ethnicity, sexuality, or even gender, they are people, people who made decisions that did not end to well for them, but heck I've made some dumb decisions too, because I am also human

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  7. CONGRATS darlin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! love this roundup! WORK!

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  8. Thank you so much for including me, lady!! AND congrats on your feature on Bust and the Teen Vogue Home Tour. You are killing it! Heading over to both sites to check out your features. XOXO

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  9. "Orange" has been a revelation for me, too! Those stories really stay with me for days and days, and have given me serious material for contemplation. Loved DapperQ's list, too! And I can't wait to read your piece in BUST.

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  10. Michelle | CreatureType.comAugust 2, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Nicolette, I simply adore you. <3 So thrilled to get more of your flawless taste each week with these posts!

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  11. That video is the most amazing few minutes on the planet! Great post!!!

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  12. A fab post for a fab girl! You inspire me xo

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  13. Congrats on the Bust article!! I can't wait to read it!!

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  14. I haven't read the article yet, but how excited was I to see that that kid who I met on makeoutclub had an article in my favorite mag? Very! Super proud and happy for all your sucess!

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  15. I picked up the article and I was so excited to see you wrote an article! It was so wonderful and it made me realize that I need to stop buying clothes for that "eventual" me.

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  16. fabulous new topic, amazing to discover new things! keep them coming, will be tuned every friday!

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  17. i don't think we get that mag here...share it if you can..i so want to read it!!

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  18. I read the article and would have loved it, if I was not the manager of a plus size department in a large department store that struggles everyday. I deal with woman everyday that say our clothes are 1. too tight/young .2 too expensive or 3. they feel this size is temporary and don't buy anything cause they are going to lose weight. I see how hard this company works to offer on trend styles in various price points only to end up the worst performing department in the company. So i ask you, how can there be more to offer us, when what is out there is not embraced by our community?

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  19. woa great post lady xoxoxo, i'm excited to follow this!

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  20. Orange is the New Black is SOOO GOOD. Even my boyfriend and his very manly macho friend are completely into it. I love that it's a show about women that's not overly feminine, and yet deals with such feminine issues- but also just general life issues!

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  21. Ok!! I'm going to give it a little bit more since it just hit the stands and scan it for reading here :)

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  22. There aren't a lot of straight, cis men in my life so I hadn't even thought about how the show might be received by them! That's so reassuring to hear, though. I love this show so much that I feel pride hearing that.

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  23. I totally hear this. I think it depends on the demographics and geographic regions which you're speaking to, as well as the aesthetic or fashion pursuits of the customer. I don't know where you work so I won't make assumptions, but I know that when I recently did an event at a high end department store in the suburbs, I was SHOCKED by the attitude towards fashion, versus that same department store in the city. I think having the context of who the BUST reader and BUST girl might be, makes a difference. Where does she shop? What options are available in her style? Is there enough out there?

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  24. Woohoo!! Glad this is off to a good start :)

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  25. Totally!! Celebrate you, now. Everyone needs clothes to wear in the immediate future, not just as goals - even if that is something you're working on.

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  26. Haha yay yay yay! Now if only I could tell which MOCer this was ;)

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  27. Of course!! I've been loving your recent posts so much :)

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  28. Exactly. I think this is a huge lightbulb for lots of people. I don't know ANYONE who hasn't made some kind of bad decision that they could have, theoretically, been incarcerated for. But they weren't caught, and that's a huge difference. We're all human.

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  29. Thanks! Hope you found some new great bloggers :)

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  30. You deserve more attention on this piece! So glad Simply Be signal boosted it, too :)

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  31. Oh, scoopy-K, I feel your pain! Like Nicolette, I don't know where you are either, but I own a plus size boutique and share your struggles. I also hear the exact same comments in my shop every day. Talk about the chicken and the egg: I can't buy clothes if they're not made in my size, but I can't make clothes that won't be bought, either!

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  32. Got BUST this morning: well done. I remember finding out about eloquii, somehow, and then poof! They were gone. I think you've done a terrific job describing the industry's limits, challenges and problems with plus size, and I think, too, that this article almost feels like "part one." Part two, for me, would be investigating why plus size women don't spend like their straight sized counterparts, beyond the usual "there's nothing in my size." Because we both know that part of this equation is our lack of commitment to our selves at our current size, you know? Yes, there need to be more designer, stylish choices, AND plus size women need to step up and invest in themselves. The fact that Walmart is the country's largest retailer of plus size clothing speaks volumes about how we feel about ourselves. So grateful to you for writing this!

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  33. I am deep in the midwest! I am sure that is part of it. But company wide the dept is struggling. I agree there are a lot of different factors, such as style,budget,confidence and lifestyle. But it just stings to hear the "no one is making clothes in MY size" complaint, when we are here for ya and being ignored. I feel like it's a puzzle to solve!

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