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Fall Folklore Trend

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Between Alexander McQueen's bad wolves and Docle & Gabanna's forest creature princesses, it was destined to be a folklore fall. Folklore is a look I first encountered a few years ago in Japan, where there are whole stores devoted to the style. It's a bit of a prairie style mixed with boho elements and woodland creature themes. As the name suggested, think fairy tales.

Folklore by fashionmefabulous
You can dabble in this trend by wearing one piece with your regular wardrobe, or go all in by mixing and matching different elements of the trend. If you look like the Free People catalog, you're doing it right.
embroidered peasant dress, ASOS $180
embroidered peasant blouse, Altuzarra for Target $45
tapestry print dress, Oasis £45
paisley print blouse, Mod Cloth $40 

owl print skirt, Mod Cloth $50
Celtic mini sweater dress, Free People $168
embroidered mesh tank, Express $35
Nordic print shiftdress, Nordstrom $119

autumn floral mini skirt, Free People at Nordstrom $98
tapestry shor…

The problem with beauty standards is not us versus them.

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I've been dancing around to Meghan Trainor's hit song "All About That Bass" for weeks. It's a great song. Sax, dancing, and perfection. As a girl with the booty, booty, it's nice to be reminded that I'm fine not flawed. Give it a listen if you're unfamiliar (or if your obsessed with the song like me).

But could we not use the phrase "skinny bitches"? Some girls are fat. Some girls are skinny. Some girls are in between but feel fat because of beauty standards and also wrongly assume that fat is an insult and not just a descriptor like brunette. Either way, the amount of weight on your body does not dictate your value, your attitude, or your heart. (In fact, it doesn't even say as much about health as we'd like to think.)

I long for the day when women bucking beauty standards is done without belittling the choices of other women. Ahem, Taylor Swift.
When movies and music and all other media tell us we need to be one way, they are tryin…

Pick of the Week: Cute & Comfy Rain Boot

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I've been searching for a cute rain boot for about seven years. Most traditional rain boots don't go up to a size 11. Also, most rain boots run narrow in the calf. I've finally found a pair. They are cute, they lace up. They are high quality so they won't crack like the last pair I had. And, they are comfortable--so comfortable! These Tretorn Plask Lace boots come with a removable massage insole that make them a joy to walk in. I nabbed mine when they were on sale for $60, which they aren't right now. (Currently they are $110 on Amazon unless you want the red ones for $48!) Keep an eye out because I'm sure they'll come around again.

Pick of the Week: Lux "Leather" Jacket

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Occasions for which this expensive pleather jacket from BCBGMaxAzria is perfect:

- Being a spy with some sort of shady KGB past.
- Speeding on a motorcycle before coming to some sort of spin stop and shaking your long hair out of the helmet.
- Throwing over your homecoming dress when you have to go into the sewer to hunt vampires.
- Alternately, being a vampire (but not one who sparkles because no one needs that).
- Seducing Sam Winchester.

Point is, this jacket very much looks like it belongs on an action star, preferably one with a grey moral code or secret identity. It's not leather, which makes the price feel like cheating. But when you see this jacket pop up on a tough-as-nails detective with her own personal demons when the season premieres start, you are welcome for already finding it for you.

Etsy Shop of the Week: RetroFolie

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I went to the Renaissance Festival last weekend. This is only the second year I've gone, and it's great fun. I've been slowly assembling costume pieces. I'm just beginning to learn to sew, and I'm not made of money so my costume is all clearance clothing I try to assembly to work for the time. We've gone on Pirate weekend both times so that's helped me fit in better. What I would really like is a corset. I'm pretty picky and haven't found one that's perfect yet, but these corsets from RetroFolie on Etsy make me want to forget my list of requirements and time period desires in favor of one of these art-inspired beauties: Each corset is it's own work of art.
They run around $250 to $350.
Custom corsets are also available.
RetroFolie's website has a ton of information about the corsets and corset care.


Altuzarra for Target

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First, a public service announcement from Donna and Tom.

I've been working 50 hour weeks for a month doing more than one person's job. Becca's in the same boat. We're so tired, but now that it's almost over, it's time to treat yo self! The Altuzarra for Target collaboration coming September 14th is just the ticket. I love the orchid prints. That crane embroidered sweater will be mine. How did they know burgundy is my favorite color? These five pieces will be in my closet asap.


The collection also includes a few suits (love the velvet one but I doubt my hips will let me go there), trench coats, snake print pieces, professional blouses, shoes, boots, a faux fur jacket, a pajama set, and a couple maxi dresses that could moonlight as gowns. Most of Target's designer collaborations skew young, but these pieces feel like they were made for a stylish woman in her 30s who has her life together and really doesn't care about what One Direction is doing. That woul…