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"My own relationship with my body is so complicated. […] I’m fat, and I celebrate other fat people, but I don’t quite celebrate me. I would secretly give anything to be thin, while outwardly and openly rebelling against the idea that anyone should have to.” —from Fat Chance, Charlie Vega From debut author Crystal Maldonado comes Fat Chance, Charlie Vega, a memorable, nuanced, and binge-worthy coming-of-age novel about a fat brown girl trying to survive her chaotic life in a white Connecticut suburb. Charlie Vega is a lot...
“I blew out the candles. I wished. I wished so hard. I had learned my lesson from fairy tales, though, to never make your wish too specific. Like, if you wish for a lot of money, you might get a big check, but because, like, you lost your arm in an accident or something. So, I left it vague. I wish to be okay. I wish for us all to be okay.” From debut author Sara Hosey comes a heart-breaking tale about abandonment, abuse, homelessness, and...
If you’ve ever gone swimwear shopping online as a plus-size person, you know the drill: head to a separate section of a brand’s website to peruse a limited selection, or hope that some of the swimsuits designed for slimmer bodies come in your size, too. And, when they do have larger sizes, they’re usually old-lady style swimsuits with giant skirts or other drape-y parts attached meant to hide your body. But what if there was a company that didn’t make you feel like an afterthought?  It...
Much of advertising makes us question if we’re pretty, sexy, or skinny enough to be “worth it.” According to a 2018 Eventbrite study, the average American spends 22% of their disposable income on products that exploit the idea of self-care and that are built by brands that capitalize on our universal struggle with self-worth. These brands convince us that these transactions will “fix our flaws” and finally make us feel worthy. In spite of Gen Z having access to an unlimited number of beauty brands...
In a decades-long career, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an advocate and jurist for gender equality and for ensuring that the United States Constitution leaves no person behind. As revealed in her final book, Justice, Justice Thou Shalt Pursue, in the area of gender rights, Ginsburg dismantled long-entrenched systems of discrimination based on outdated stereotypes by showing how such laws hold back both genders. In Justice, Justice Thou Shalt Pursue, co-authored by Amanda L. Tyler, a Berkeley Law professor and former Ginsburg law clerk, Ginsburg shares...
Confidence, comfort, and a rainbow of colors; this is just scratching the surface of what everyone’s favorite online retailer, Snag, brings to the table. You might wonder how, and the answer is simple—tights. That’s right. Tights suck for the most part. There’s the digging, sagging, laddering, and rolling, and that's if you can even get them on. But these are tights that actually fit. Goodbye tights struggles! Snag CEO and founder, Brie Read, decided she'd had just about enough of struggling to find a decent...
Every bottle of wine has a story. And for over a hundred years, the storytellers have been women, especially in California’s Napa Valley. Since Josephine Tychson became the first woman to build and operate a winery in California in 1886, women have been leaders in the industry and, today, make up 60% of the region’s winemakers and winery owners. To celebrate—and to help the Napa Valley wine region rebuild after a one-two punch from COVID-19 followed by a series of wildfires—these fierce forces are teaming...
In partnership with Reel As pandemic life continues to shift and many things are uncertain, there are a few knowns: how people shop and spend their money has changed. Trends are always temporary, but COVID lifestyle seems like it’s here to stay for the foreseeable future. Which, as we know, can mean many different things. Some people have had to curb shopping habits while others are taking the opportunity to rethink home aesthetics, construct meditation gardens (complete with labyrinths - yes, this is a thing!) and...
Avocados from Mexico. Strawberries from California. Bagged salad greens from Arizona. It’s January 2020, and yet the produce section reflects summer cravings. This seasonless demand comes at a cost: food miles. On average, lettuce travels 2,055 miles from the West Coast to Northeast during the winter months. Time in transit not only impacts freshness and shelf life, but also increased carbon emissions due to transportation. For Arizona native and University of Arizona, School of Agricultural Sciences graduate Tara Summerfield, there had to be a better way...
Picture it…your home with Sophia, Dorothy, Rose, and Blanche! Over 30 years since its premiere, The Golden Girls is more popular than ever. It's time to celebrate these four fabulous friends—and Cross Stitch The Golden Girls by Haley Pierson-Cox is the perfect way to do it! Decorate your home with framed finished pieces or use the patterns to personalize household items like tea towels, pillowcases, and aprons.  This fabulous kit includes a bamboo embroidery hoop, embroidery needle, 6 skeins of embroidery floss, 2 pieces of cross stitch fabric, and the following patterns: Rose, Dorothy, Blanche, and Sophia with "Thank You for Being a Friend" "Shady...