In the shades: the enduring appeal of Ray-Ban sunglasses (aka why we all love Ray Bans) , by @rae_ritchie_

Cross-posted from: Rae Ritchie
Originally published: 27.09.17

Woman in sunglasses - In the shades: the enduring appeal of Ray-Ban sunglasses (aka why we all love Ray Bans)

Around the time of Glastonbury, there was a lot of buzz in the media about inflatable flamingos being the must-have accessory of the summer.  Having spent the last few months scrolling through endless holiday snaps on Facebook and Instagram while impatiently waiting for my late September getaway to roll around, I can confirm that I’ve seen a couple – but nowhere near as many as pairs of Ray-Ban sunglasses.

Home or away, man or woman, couple or single, young or old, I’ve lost count of the number of shades I’ve seen with the distinctive logo in the top left corner.  From a friend ordering some of Ray-Ban Aviators customised with her name back at the beginning of May to my beloved red Ray-Ban Clubmasters just unpacked and sitting on my dresser, I’ve encountered them almost as regularly as the ubiquitous summertime adverts for cheap lager. 
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Plus size and Pregnant by @NurseBlurg

Cross-posted from: I'm Sorry I'm Like This
Originally published: 20.08.16

bump1On Monday I’ll be 15 weeks pregnant. You have to count it in weeks because the constant terror that something might go wrong means you need weekly milestones.

Anyway, I’m not here to talk about my constant terror. Saving that for another blog post. I’m here to talk about clothes. I love clothes. I’ve not bought any in nearly 4 months now which if you know me at all you’ll know that I am clearly  very ill.

Plus size pregnancy options are, well, limited. I guess they think that pregnant people just want to wear nighties all the time, which we DO, OBVIOUSLY but also we have to go outside to our jobs. So where can we shop? WHERE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD CAN WE SHOP?
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Mini Monday: The Right Shoes? by the Bungling Housewife

(Cross-posted from the Bungling Housewife)

Shoe love

‘Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world’, but which shoes are the right shoes? Sure it’s sexier and definitely more beautiful-spy-on-the-side-of-justice-esque to pull on some killer high heels for your boost of shoe-based confidence but is it practical? I mean, how many real women do you know who actually sprint around the urban jungle in stilettos like it ain’t no big deal without breaking an ankle? What real police detective/FBI Agent actually comes to work in high heels that will probably reduce her feet to a painful throbbing mess 6 mins into the first chase-the-bad-guy-halfway-through-the-city-on-foot event of the day (there’s several of these in a normal detective/agent’s day right? Those crime dramas I watch so much of aren’t lying to me, right?).


Of course not! That’s exactly how real detectives dress for work!

It’s true that beautiful shoes, which, let’s face it, more often than not are high heels, make you feel beautiful and confident. Hell I’ve done more than my fair share of drooling over painfully beautifully but impossibly overpriced heels in my life, and I do wear heels every chance I get. If I’m going to conquer the world though, especially as a mother, I’ll need something a bit more comfortable and long lasting. Perhaps I’ll even throw in an in-sole if the world is going to take longer then a few hours to ‘conquer’. After all, I want to be able to walk without wincing after I’m Queen of Everything, right?

So yes, it’s true enough that give her the right shoes and a girl can conquer the world, but the ‘right shoes’ may not be the ones that you’d expect.

Killer heels

These are for the after party

Bungling Housewife: I’m an Anthropologist by training, a housewife by choice, a voracious reader, a lover of fantasy fiction and Sci-Fi, a new mommy, an observer of human nature, a closet optimist and a cupcake enthusiast. I write about all of the above and anything that might strike my fancy :)

In the coming year, I have ambitious plans to expand AROOO, including a full professional blog redesign to increase accessibility and optimise sharing of individual bloggers’ writing across multiple social media platforms, as well as publishing feminist reviews of books, radio, television, and film. I also want to expand outside of traditional blogging platforms and start a chat forum. In order to do this, I need to raise £ 3000 so that I can pay the women web designers for their work. The work I do for AROOO is out of love for women and their writing, art, photography and lives. My tech skills simply aren’t adequate to develop AROOO to its full potential. The women involved with AROOO deserve to have their work shared to a larger audience and this requires financial support. This platform will remain non-profit, and advertising free, but the amount of work to redesign the site is substantial. Even one pound makes a huge difference to my ability to support feminist writing by creating a professional platform for feminists by feminists.