Blue Lace

 

Weekend wedding and I needed something pretty and chic. I went with this great Vince Camuto blue and black lace dress. Kept things simple with some faux suede peep toe wedges and a vintage coach bag I thrifted in New Orleans last year. My glasses are from See Eyewear my spouse is wearing a bolo tie by minima maxima

Greetings from Chicago!

This Chicago Postcard mural by @greetingstour I found a few months ago is just PERFECT. I couldn’t wait to show it to you guys with the right outfit. Oh also I have these new orange creamsicle glasses which i just adore and they go so well with this lovely plus size body-con (ish)  Anna Scholz dress from Gwynnie Bee and this rad mural. 

I’m totally thrilled that it’s fall. This is truly my favorite time of year. I’m also super excited that Gwynnie Bee is coming to Chicago next week – I’ll be share more of that in coming days.

OUTFIT DETAILS

Digital Print Dress – Anna Scholz Sz 18, via Gwynnie Bee
Waxed Denim Moto – H&M Plus
Necklace – Forever 21
Black White Handbag – Rebecca Minkoff 
Glasses (sunnies and orange creamsicle specs) – SEE Eyewear
Divine Enamel Pin – from the perfect @youwereswell 

ProudMary’s Plus Size Fashion Show –  Fashion on the Fringe

This week was super fun for me. I spent a lot of it with Jessica the owner of the perfect online plus size boutique Proud Mary. She held an amazing fashion show and shopping event Friday night at Fringe Salon (this is where I get my hair done BTW – by the amazing Patrick McAfee). 

Seriously I am almost without words about how cool this event was.  It was filled with my people –  gorgeous wonderful fat women 🙂 I honestly have never had such a positive response from walking a runway – everyone was so kind and generous. It was also great that there was so much shopping and this amazing photobooth by GlitterGuts

Above are all the outfits I wore – and they’re all available now at Proud Mary

My nails are by gigi at fringe salon find her on her tumblr thegigijigglesnails and IG @thegigijiggles 

Makeup is by Liz find her on IG @itslizmedaris 

The Fat Femme Wedding

Spring is here again and it’s time to share some plus size, queer femme, wedded bliss.  The four of us (myself, Lauren, Kelly, and Rachel) had a lovely time modeling some gorgeous plus size ModCloth wedding and bridesmaid gowns.

The union took place on a cool spring day in a Logan Square park.  We were surprised by a sweet kitty who joined us for some photos.  After the ceremony, we headed to adorable local bakery Paper Moon Bakery for vegan treats and enjoyed the beautiful floral and succulent centerpieces.

It was a perfect day. Fantastical Chicago-local floral designers Green and Gold provided the beautiful hair pieces, shoulder piece and centerpieces.  Hairstylist Anna Jackson did a gorgeous job styling our lovely locks.  MUA and nail designer Gina ‘Gigi’ Lira made our faces look even more delightful with her custom lip colors (I NEED MINE IN A TUBE – it’s the most perfect shade of purple pink!). Nail polish was provided by fat femme indie nail polish brand PLUMP (colors Fupa and Crop Top Goth)

OUTFIT DETAILS

AMANDA
Adrift on a Cloud white lace dress – Sz 24 (this dress runs quite small!), Modcloth
Waxed Denim Moto Jacket – Sz 16, H&M
Crystal Crown Tiara – ManIsFive
Tights – Sz 1x, Target
Black Doc Martens, model’s own

LAUREN
Glitz & Enamor blush sequin dress – Sz 24, Modcloth
Martha’s Ride No. 2 pearl bracelet, King Onye
Hair jewelry – Frond and On Necklace, Modcloth
Silver wedges – model’s own
Floral Shoulder piece – Green and Gold

KELLY
All Over Elegance cream chiffon and lace dress – Sz 14, Modcloth
Rose Quartz necklace – LovelyMusings Etsy
Snake Arm Band – model’s own
Lace Tights – model’s own
Floral Doc Martens – model’s own
Floral headpiece – Green and Gold

RACHEL
Photo Al Fresco pink lace dress – Sz 3x, Modcloth
Tiara – model’s own
Earrings – Photo Opulence earrings (gold), Modcloth
Wedges – Crocs

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Librarian Witch Looks for a Winter Day

Some days call for a dark wintery look infused with vintage.  I found this great plus size skirt at Knee Deep Vintage when I was in Pilsen a few weeks ago shopping with my friend HL.  Knee Deep has an amazing collection of curated vintage clothing, but I love them so much for carrying lots of plus size pieces. The owner is super friendly and loves helping find the perfect outfit.  I ended up with a great vintage slip and a cute sparkly vintage sweater as well. Absolutely make sure you stop by and check them out – as well as so many other great vintage shops in Pilsen.  I probably need to make a neighborhood guide soon!

Of course a winter look could not be complete without some decent boots and a thick pair of tights – it’s just too cold in Chicago otherwise.

OUTFIT DETAILS
Vintage Wool Coat – Thrifted
Black floral skirt – thrifted from Knee Deep Vintage
Sheer White Shirt – Forever 21+, Sz 2X
Cranberry tights – Merona, Sz 2X
Boots – Topshop
Belt – H&M (men’s section)
Earrings – Tarnish
Glasses – SEE Eyewear
Necklace – Forever 21

InTheThickofIt guide to Logan Square, Chicago

I get a lot of requests about what to do in Chicago.  It’s a huge city.  I’m going to be doing a few neighborhood guides.  

My first guide features Logan Square – a great neighborhood on the northwest side of Chicago – accessible by the California and Logan Square stops on the Blue Line. The neighborhood was started by Danish and Norwegan settlers in the 1830s, but has been a changing neighborhood with significant Polish, Puerto Rican and Mexican populations in recent years. Besides the actual square (at milwaukee/kedzie/logan) there are many beautiful parks in the area and some gorgeous churches built in the late 1800s.  If you’re looking for both cultural significance, beautiful relaxing green spaces, and great food/shopping – Logan is a great place to spend the day. 

These are just a few of the many places to eat, drink and shop in Logan.  I assure you there are many many more.  I’m just featuring my favorites!

COFFEE

  • gaslight roasters – 2385 N Milwaukee Ave – a beautiful space to have unique locally roasted coffee.  warning, there are no decaf espresso options.
  • intelligentsia – 2642 North Milwaukee Avenue – a chicago classic, the new logan square location is a gorgeous glass-window setting with tin-ceiling interior. They offer a wide variety of pour-over, espresso, and teas. many decaf options availble and great pastries

RECORDS

  • logan hardware – 2410 W Fullerton – the unusual name of this record store comes from the face that it used to be located in the old logan hardware store.  It has since moved to a new and larger shop, but the name remains.  They have a fantastic selection of both new and used records, but also cassettes, audio equipment, and VIDEO GAMES.  Additionally there is a huge FREE arcade filled with 1980s/classic arcade games and pinball.  You can easily spend an entire afternoon here.
  • bucket o blood – 2307 N Milwaukee Ave – this great locally owned shop carries horror/fantasy/sci-fi books and lots of used new wave/indie records.  i love the weird finds i come across there.

FOOD

  • chicago diner  – 2333 N Milwaukee Ave – this vegetarian staple in chicago has a new location in logan square.  they’ve got their usual vegan fare and delicious “milkshakes” but also a full bar with fantastic cocktails.  A must for any vegetarian/vegan (and frankly i think anyone will appreciate)
  • ground control – 3315 W Armitage Ave – another vegetarian restaurant in logan, but this one has both vegetarain AND vegan fare.  Great food, super cute atmosphere.
  • bang bang pie – 2051 N California Ave – a pie shop that also serves amazing buttery biscuits.  I know.  Amazing. They have a variety of toppings for the biscuits including vegetarian gravy, regular gravy, ham, cheese, homemade butters and jams. Plus PIE! They’ve got a great outdoor space to sit in if it’s warm enough!
  • lula cafe – 2537 N Kedzie Blvd – this is farm-to-table dining at a price that won’t kill. It’s been around for a long time and they just keep getting better.  Recently they expanded their space to include a gorgeous bar with crafted cocktails. They have lots of options for both meat eaters and vegetarian (I personally recommend the 6-course vegetarian tasting menu which is usually $45). It’s also a hit for brunch.  Make sure to check out the artwork, which changes often
  • reno – 2607 N Milwaukee Ave – if you’re looking for something easy for lunch or brunch, reno has great easy pizzas and salads.  It’s got a very farm-to-table flair, but again the prices won’t break the bank. 

SHOPPING

  • fleur – 3149 W Logan Blvd – this technically is a floral shop, but with all the amazing home goods (candles, stationary, ornaments) and easily portable plants, you’ll surely find something here to please yourself or a friend
  • shop 1021 – 2650 N Milwaukee Ave – this shop features hand-picked gifts, stationary, cute ephemera.  it’s well curated and a must-see.
  • galerie f – 2381 N Milwaukee Ave – this is part gallery, part shop.  They feature well-known national and local screen printers on their walls, but also they offer hundreds of prints by those artists for sale. Think Flatstock on a smaller scale.  they also have cool events, so make sure to check out their FB if you’re planning a visit
  • farmers market – in the square – on SUNDAYS between may and october the farmers market is the place to be.  A huge variety of things from local booze, local honey, fruits/veg and lots of food carts. There is a winter market location – check this page for more details.
  • wolfbait – 3131 W Logan Blvd – this shop has so many different kinds of items – jewelry, stationary, clothing, great gifts.  they’ve got a lot of chicago-themed stuff that isn’t the traditional souvenier, which is great for anyone visiting.
  • uncharted books – 2630 N Milwaukee Ave – this great used bookstore is a must-stop on your logan square tour.  plus it’s owned by the partner of a fellow femme plus size person that I love. they host lots of events too – make sure to check out their page to see what is happening!

DRINKS

  • the whistler – 2421 N Milwaukee Ave – this is the bar that really started the craft cocktail scene in logan square.  They’ve got an amazing bar and back patio.  Additionally, they host lots of great music nights, including several queer events each month.  Very LGBTQ friendly. 
  • the owl – 2521 N Milwaukee Ave – it’s kinda divey and dank, but has great cocktails and music.  It’s right on the square, so it’s hard to miss.

OTHER MENTIONS

  • Taqueria moran – 2226 N California Ave – big ass burritos and great salsa
  • Cozy Diner – 2294 N Milwaukee Ave – true diner style food, fantastic pancakes and eggs
  • Revolution Brewery – 2323 N Milwaukee Ave – locally brewed beer and fantastic upscale(ish) bar food
  • the Gap OUTLET – 2778 N Milwaukee Ave –  they carry larger sizes (up to 18/20) which aren’t true plus, but it’s still a good inexpensive resource
  • Butterfat Tattoo – My tattoo artist runs this beautiful space.  It’s by appointment only and good luck getting one, but i would be silly not to mention it. Plus there are often lots of guests that come in and do have spots available!

And dont’ forget to check out the amazing mural/graff art all over logan square.

90’s Vintage Plus Size Daisy Print Dress

It’s so hard for me to call 90’s clothes “vintage” since that was my teenage era and well, I just can’t admit that I’m vintage.  But I am – I know. And I had a dress exactly like this in 1995 when I was a sophomore in high school.  I loved it and I used to wear it with a flannel and my green suede Dr. Martens. 

That old dress bit the dust many years ago, but I found this great version while shopping at Lovesickvintage.  Owner Britteny has a fantastic collection of VINTAGE PLUS SIZE CLOTHES – I know, the holy grail, right? I highly recommend checking out her etsy site and for those in Chicago, stop by Market Days at Township on Sundays.

I’m going to relive my teenage years in the most adult way – by going to brunch and a few coffee shops. A perfect sunday for this outfit. I snuck in a photo of my sweetheart S – wearing his sunday favorite outfit.

OUTFIT DETAILS:
Daisy print 90s dress – Lovesick Vintage
Flannel – thrifted (Men’s size L)
Denim Jacket – GAP
Dr. Martens – via nordstrom rack
Triangle Necklace – Forever 21
Purse – Forever 21
Crystal bullet necklace – etsy, lovelymusings
Glasses – SEE Eyewear
Earrings – etsy 

S is wearing a denim shirt from H&M, Shorts are H&M, Shoes are Dr Martens canvas lace-ups, necklace from Forever 21

5’9" 220# queer fat femme

The hair…

I’ve had so many requests and asks about my hair lately that I though I’d just do a quick write-up about it.

My hair is currently cut in a short pixie-ish style and dyed platinum.  I do a few shades of platinum depending on the season, but right now it’s a pretty basic shade (since I’m doing a few interviews and such). My hair is naturally blonde, but not nearly this light.

I absolutely love having a short cut.  It feels stylish and it’s fun to play with.  I have noticed that I have to pay more attention to it when it’s short though – it requires more maintenance to keep it looking not shaggy and you can’t just throw it in a ponytail (to be honest i’m not a fan of that look anyway).  I use headbands when i need to keep my hair out of my face, but that’s usually just a in-the-house look for me anyway.

My hair is styled by Patrick at Fringe Salon in Chicago.  He’s an amazing friend and a great stylist.  He’s one of those folks that will walk you through every step of what he’s doing.  I love it. Plus he’s obsessed with fashion and music and art like I am, so he’s also great to chat with on that level.

You really should make an appointment with him if you’re in the Chicago area.  Mention my name (Amanda or InTheThickofIt) so he knows I sent you!  

Patrick
Fringe Salon Chicago
1437 N Milwaukee Ave
773-862-1000

Cloak and Parks

I’m not a religious person by any means, but if I was going to do any worshipping on Easter sunday, it was going to be at the Art Institute and Millenium Park.  Nothing better than a little modern wing at the AIC. Seeing as how it was pretty much perfect weather, I was able to venture out in my new cloak and not have to worry about a giant puffy jacket.  

I love that this cloak can be worn open or closed – giving it a fully different look each way.  It was a great piece for going to the museum, because it could easily be slipped on and off as needed.

Outfit Details
Cloak – Charles Gray London, XL (via nordstrom rack)
Black shirt – Forever 21, 1X
Jeggings – Target, 16
Wedge boots – Topshop (last year)
Necklace – Forever 21 (new)
Wallet clutch – Kenneth Cole Reaction (via nordstrom rack)
Sun glasses – SEE

215# 5’9"