Hey, guys! I went on an xoJane reading binge over the weekend, and I thought I’d share a few of my favorite pieces with you. Be sure to read them carefully; there will be a quiz tomorrow. You can bring me baked goods for extra credit.
* Trashy is so not my aesthetic, but I loved this “Ode (and Guide to) Trashy Beauty” at xoJane.
(What is my aesthetic, you ask? How about not-very-sexy librarian plus a heap of earth-crunchy? The natural aesthetic I like is basically the polar opposite of Kara Nesvig’s trashy, which is probably why I found her piece fun and interesting. Like, hey, what’s this interesting thing over here? It makes me want to go give myself a pedicure with my boldest nail polish.)
* An insightful, honest look at thoughtless consumption: “I Hate All My Clothes: How I Fell Victim to Fast Fashion and What I’m Going to Do About It.” Here’s an excerpt: “I’ll never give up buying inexpensive clothes—I’m just being really brutal about what makes the cut. I’m forcing myself to really love something before I bring it home these days. It’s kind of an awesome challenge. I am holding the new things I bring into my closet to a very high standard.” (That’s totally how I shop, by the way, whether at Target or a thrift store. It works, sometimes a little too well. The blogger has no clothes!)
There’s also a fantastic line that made me laugh out loud. I don’t want to spoil it for you, but it’s awesome. And this is totally how I feel about jeans now: “Would I rather have 2 pairs of great jeans instead of 35 pairs of just so-so jeans? I’m starting to realize that yes, yes I would.”
* Fascinating! “I Decided to Try Being Totally Honest about My Sucky Life on Facebook.” I really like this piece for the comments people left. It’s so interesting to hear how differently people use Facebook. Me? I tend to post a bit of everything: friend stuff, feelings, casual invitations, interesting articles and blog posts. And honestly, other than staying away from TMI about work or sex, I don’t worry too much about what I share. I just…share. And enjoy!
* This piece was brilliant. Simple but brilliant. (It’s not from xoJane, but I wanted to share it because it’s great. Consider this a special bonus!)