Maddie here! Greetings from hell week! (For the non-theater folks in the crowd, that’s what we used to call tech week, right before a show went up, because, well, it was.) This week has certainly been living up to its name (sick baby for Meg, on top of last week’s burglary, on top of flying into LAX right after the awful shooting, plus all the normal fun of trying to relaunch a website, which is COMING SO SOON OMG.) But none of that matters, because on Wednesday the ladies over at Jezebel said some really nice things about our Flower Girl Outfits for Tomboys roundup and then on Thursday the folks at Refinery 29 did the same thing AND called it a trend, and I died and went to heaven. So even though it’s hell week, I think I’ll spend a good chunk of today doing a happy dance that looks a little like this (actually very close to my real happy dance, except I’m less coordinated) because we’re almost there you guys, and I can feel the tide turning.
So how about you guys? It’s your Friday open thread, hop on it. We’ll see you on Tuesday after the Veterans Day Holiday with a shiny new site and a new lease on life!
Highlights of APW This Week
When does your baby family become just…your family?
Tomboy flower girl outfits and a pair of glitter high tops that would sell a zillion pairs if they made them in grown up sizes.
Not going home for the holidays can be really tough, but it can also be kind of awesome. (Sh, don’t tell my family I said that.)
When none of the standard wedding rituals fit, make your own.
How do you build your guest list in the middle of family conflicts?
And finally, we’re aiming to collect 1,000 Brides in Pants. Who’s in?
Forget It’s A Wonderful Life. The Hairpin’s 10 Years, Actually celebrates the tenth anniversary of the only* holiday movie to make me weep openly (*that I can remember). However, the same author’s post from 2011 actually gets closer to my feelings about this film.
Honey Boo Boo and her family dressed as the Kardashians for Halloween, and basically win at everything forever.
“If we can’t write diversity into sci-fi, then what’s the point? You don’t create new worlds to give them all the same limits of the old ones.”
David Trumble’s “princessification” of ten inspiring women from history has sparked equal parts admiration and anger, but we love his reasons for doing it.
I have always admired the candidness with which Allie Brosh of Hyperbole and a Half writes about her struggle with depression. Here’s hoping that stories like hers and other’s can help lift the stigma surrounding living with anxiety and depression.
A slow clap for this post on why we’re not here for #WhiteGirlsRock. Now I know how to articulate myself when these conversations inevitably come up over holiday gatherings (why, oh why, they do is another conversation altogether).
I’ve been wearing pumps since I was old enough to have an opinion, but are stilletos feminist? We have two takes on this for you this afternoon. Discuss. (I just liked how loud they were when I walked.)
Twitter is weird, and other lessons from fatherhood.
And now, it’s off to the weekend with this awesome timelapse of the Albuquerque Balloon Festival.