Baby Blastoff's styles and colors are carefully chosen by Emily to work for any gender, while still being super-fun and hip. Emily's mission is to create an alternative to the "pink is for girls, blue is for boys" paradigm in children's clothing. As a life-long tomboy who was forced into girly pink-y princess clothing growing up, I raise my glass of whiskey to you, Emily. Fight the good fight!
This is Offbeat Home's archive of Style & Grooming posts.
Even the most Offbeat Lite among us likes to wear their freak flag on their sleeve sometimes, so we're happy to share our insights about not-mainstream fashion.
I have a birthmark.
As the name suggests, it's always been there. This red mark between my lip and my left nostril, a permanent wound needing to be kissed. Apparently, when I was born, my mother thought it was cute. My aunt commented that I would surely hate it.
I don't, really. I often forget it's there.
I'd love some help finding plus size exercise clothes that aren't the same old Boring Black Basics.
I go to the gym and I'm in a roller derby league, and I'd prefer to have something a bit more fun to wear! My shoes and skates are colourful, my headband has a funky pattern, and my yoga mat is adorable… but the only clothing options I've found in my size seem to be really bland. Thanks!
This is mildly embarrassing because I like to think I have better things to think/write about, but whatever. I like playing dress-up. I like street-wear costumes. It’s fun. I come from deeply humble fashion roots. My parents are hippies for godsake, and I grew up in a mix of dirty hand-me-downs my parents dug up, cheap stuff from Sears, and frilly dresses gifted from my grandma. I preferred the frilly dresses, and my mom had to bribe me to wear pants by telling me that they made me look tall.
The thing about archaeology — and a small survey of colleagues and friends confirms this — is that it's not just a job. It defines you. This is reinforced all the time by all those people that tell you it's their dream job. It's my dream job, and it's other people's dream job, and I am so glad I have been able to make a career out if it. But in turning towards academia I find myself feeling like I might be compromising my identity, both as an offbeat individual and as an archaeologist.
Are you one of the many Homies who read "why I decided to stop shampooing my hair" and though "holy shit! I want to do that, but don't know how to start"? Well, get ready to start… How-to Hair Girl has created a DIY hair care kit based on the ShamPHree (or no-poo) method, and now it's for sale!
I had a pretty complicated beauty routine and I used a lot of products. But as much as I love me some Sephora goodies, did I really need all of them? I had become trapped in societal expectations about my beauty routine. This beauty routine I had developed wasn't because I enjoyed the pampering and the process, it was because I listened to "beauty authorities" tell me that I needed to be afraid of growing old and afraid of being seen as less feminine.