Posts Categorized: body image

On Paleness

When the comment trolls come out to play, they generally focus their attacks on several expected topical targets: I’m fat, I’m ugly, I have horrible hair, I have too many clothes, I’m a self-righteous ass, I have atrocious taste and no right to call myself a style expert. These things, I expect. Especially after nearly four years of blogging and a lifetime of experience with bullying. But the supposed-insult that throws me for a loop every time? I should get a tan.

A TAN, people.  I am too pale to be fashionable. My reputation would be much improved if I hit the beach or the tanning salon. Or just got off my pasty white butt, walked to Walgreens, and invested in some self-tanner. read more

Guest Post: Author Rosie Molinary on Strategies for Delight

Today’s guest post is from the utterly lovely Rosie Molinary, author of Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self-Acceptance. This is Rosie’s second book on body love and acceptance, her first being the groundbreaking Hijas Americanas: Beauty, Body Image, and Growing Up Latina. I’m absolutely honored to have nabbed Rosie as a guest, and feel quite certain that you’ll love what she has to say!

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“You should get it,” my husband said me.

I shook my head no. I couldn’t even fathom the idea of buying something so impractical at that price. read more

Girl Knowledge


Several years ago, I was having lunch with two girlfriends. One was a no-makeup, Birks-and-jeans boho gal. The other was a consummate athlete who ran and biked all summer, ran and skiied all winter, and seldom wore anything flashier than a simple silver necklace. We chatted away about our husbands, our hobbies, movies we’d seen, new local restaurants, short- and long-term life goals. Then, somehow, the conversation turned to matters of grooming, and eventually the two of them were trading tips about the best place to get a Brazilian and great spots for cheap pedicures. read more