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How I find ways to express my offbeat self in my onbeat career

I'm a total Offbeater in an Onbeat career. I'm the business interface and management for a group of engineers in Tech in the Silicon Valley. And unless you can break the sound barrier on amazing code, your work clothes had better be "business casual." Since I am the business interface, I find myself even more pigeonholed into looking more "corporate" than I'd prefer. I find little ways to express my offbeatness though…

Yep, there actually are cute laptop bags out there to carry all your crap

If you've found yourself on your first day at your big new job (or preparing for school in the fall!) with a hideous briefcase a la Andie in The Devil Wears Prada, worry not. There are tons of cute laptop bags from which to choose so that you can look chic and fully prepared at the same time.

Let's find a new home for your goodies, lappies, and electronics…

How to turn up the volume on fine, flat hair

I have flat, straight, fine, and thin hair, that falls flat no matter what I do. It's long and has no volume whatsoever. How should I style my hair and how do I make curls stay? I also don't want to damage my hair, and because it's thin it gets damaged really easily.

Does anyone have any tips do deal with this?

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Why it matters so much when a "limpy fat girl" wins the world's biggest pinup pageant

I've been following New Zealand pin-up queen Fran Robertson on Instagram (@frantasy_island, natch) ever since we featured her wedding on Offbeat Bride back in 2016, and it's been a colorful journey for sure. Recently, I followed along with her photos of traveling from NZ all the way to Las Vegas to compete in the Miss Viva Las Vegas pageant — which she totally won!

I asked Fran if I could interview her about how her experiences are setting new standards for visibility…

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I might just need some of these ultra weird shoes (and some that are SUPER cute)

Don't ask how I ran across these super weird shoes on Amazon. It was a series of weird events that led to fish shoes. But now you do and nobody can go back from this. You're in it with me and we must proceed to see the weirdest shoes I was able to find. Are these your new gag gift, white elephant present, birthday gift for that weird uncle, or your own brand new fish sandals, pug slides, or grass-lined flip-flops?

Either way, you've got to see these weird shoes and sandals (and some that are downright adorable!)…