Why the switch to Pinterest boards? It’s more efficient than endless clothing posts – and it frees me up to write other things. In between Pinterest pins, I’ve also been doing some back-end cleanup. Along with the new layout, I’ve cleaned out dead links on the Catalog Project and I’m in the process of adding some new listings and a few other useful tools for shoppers. The Fat Chic Clothing Search. search in the sidebar isn’t working right now (I don’t know) but it’s still usable on in-post listings.
The takeaway for the time-pressed/short attention span: I live in San Francisco now. It’s not my fault, my stupid too-smart husband got a stupid too-smart job. (It’s our anniversary today, by the way.) We made sure we took an apartment where no one got Ellis-acted. Winter notwithstanding, I already miss the Twin Cities terribly. My friends live there, and the Cities became part of me in an inextricable way.
I’ve been here since mid-September. It’s an adjustment. I am being completely ungracious about said adjustment – but I’m trying not to be mean about it.
During the six months of deciding to make the move and making it, I had two book contracts and a pile of articles to finish (about 8? I think the articles were still single digit, but came to about 12K altogether – not easy.) Blogging got waylaid. I still have an essay due, but I’ve earned a break. I really need an artist’s date/date with myself – a few weeks worth, actually.
I am easing my way into the city – I’m volunteering with the San Francisco tenant’s union, finishing out two book contracts for books that will come out in 2015? 2016? I’m unclear – and I am getting into a workout schedule that has a lot more Pilates and a lot less water aerobics to it. I’m even taking a bellydance class again. When it comes to plus size clothing, the thrift shops in San Francisco aren’t great, and I am resigned to chain stores. This place does have the unique benefit of Ross and Marshall’s chains coinciding. I haven’t had a chance to explore Oakland’s offerings. If Yelp is truthful, then Oakland is a veritable treasure-trove of plus-size boutiques to rival Portland. San Francisco can feel both welcoming and really hostile, sometimes from one second to the next. The morbidly obese Santa statue (belly hanging over the waistline) that I saw on Valencia yesterday was definitely one of the “fatties unwelcome” moments I had. Then again, edgy has gone from “experimental” to another word for “douchey” and nowhere exemplifies that quite like the bro culture endemic to the Mission District.
Fat Chic can’t keep the pace it used to, but I don’t feel right giving it up. I also do NOT feel right about the “offers” I’ve gotten for “guest blogging” from strangers. That’s a whole lot of marketing emails from people that really don’t get what I’m doing, or don’t get my voice, or want to cram Fat Chic into the groupthink that can often be any area of fashion, including plus size fashion. If I post to this at all, I want to be different from the other plus blogs out there. The best way to be different – and thus worth reading alongside those blogs – is unfortunately to not read those other blogs.
So for now, I’m going to move to a Pinterest board plus personal essays format. This will shift to being more about the plus size experience – and it’s just one experience. Other people have other experiences. I tend to see the world differently from the perspectives most of us have been taught, and that’s the real thing I have to offer you all. I can tell you this much: what I do won’t get me Instagram fame. I won’t trend on Twitter (on purpose, anyway.) What attention I’ve gotten has been purely accidental, often the result of marketers hoping I’d be on their message instead of mine.
What I do is effective, but it’s not flashy. It’s a very Gen X way to be, and that’s what I have to offer you.
Click to see the Fat Chic fashion picks for December 2014. There’s a little something for everyone! The board has over 200 favorite choices, all available in plus sizes.
Have your own ideas in mind? Then be sure to look for this year’s plus size clearance sales on Fat Chic Clothing Search..
Hey all – I am still on hiatus. And as a side result of this hiatus, a few things didn’t get updated and end result is that today tech support (my partner, Mike) found spam scripts on our server. While I don’t know if it has infected anything or just spoofed a billion people with my addy, I do feel like I need to tell people that come here on the regular to run whatever virus checks you run in these situations.
Lesson learned: update early your backend early, and update often.
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Take a look through this Pinterest board for my favorite plus size fall fashion picks – you can arrange your own favorites into your personal Pinterest board.
Hey all – I am interrupting your hiatus to tell you about something super important to me:
I published a book! After 10 years of research, writing, scrapping and rewriting, my book Divorcing a Real Witch is now available to the general public.
If you have ever experienced divorce – or were puzzled by Gwyneth Paltrow’s “conscious uncoupling” then you may find in this book some helpful explanations and shared experiences. Handparting is a Wiccan ritual that predates that new age term; even some Christian churches have end of vows ceremonies. Each one serves a specific emotional purpose. This is about using these rituals – and sharing experiences – as a way to take care of yourself during the weird, awkward time that is post-divorce.
I’ve had massive support along the way from Pagans and people from other religious groups and non-religious groups – I probably won’t heal the world but at least I did something.
If you want your very own copy, you can get it at Amazon or Barnes and Noble. You can also march into your favorite indie store and ask them pretty please to order it. It’s available at all major book distributors.
I am also doing some events related to the book – you can see more at DivorcingaRealWitch.com.
- “Conscious Uncoupling” Is It A More Effective Way to End A Relationship/ Divorce?(happilydivorcedandafter.com)
- In California, Gwyneth’s ‘conscious uncoupling’ sounds as normal as any other new age fad(theguardian.com)
Greetings Fat Chic readers!
Fat Chic is going on hiatus indefinitely. I will, for the time being, leave up the blog so you may search it. I may even on some long weekend change the format to its earlier search-friendly version.
I have always been open that Fat Chic was a topic of passion for me but my career is elsewhere. Then Fat Chic went and almost became a career on me, before I was ready for it. Before I was even mentally prepared to think of myself as a hobbyist blogger. I come from the last of the old-school journalism community and while I adapted to the technology of the switch well enough, I can’t say I’m ever going to be 100% comfortable by the way business drives content – even businesses I genuinely like and recommend.
I am, however, leaving room for possibility on this. Perhaps one of my select, trusted guest posters will become impassioned. Perhaps I’ll get an offer I would genuinely consider.
For now, I leave you with Fat Chic Clothing Search. and best wishes.Â While I’ve been far more reticent than most fashion or fatshion bloggers I have truly enjoyed the people I’ve met and the people I’ve helped as the result of starting the blog.
It has taken me a decade to learn and appreciate the wisdom of Diane von Furstenberg: “Women are strong. We can do it all. But not always at the same time.”
Right now, there is another part of my all that must be doing.
Happy new year to all!
Some of my favorite plus size designs on Etsy; for featuring on my blog, Fat Chic.
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