Freedom to Be Spontaneous: Online Dating Edition

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Hi friends! So full disclosure – I’m no stranger to online dating. I’ve probably met half of the partners I’ve dated online (although not always specifically from online dating sites). I like it for two reasons – I’m an introvert and so it takes off a bit of pressure from me to be “on” in person all the time and it also gives me the freedom to be spontaneous! I’m currently single and as I figure out which people will have the pleasure of spontaneously (and not so spontaneously) being in my pants (sorry, mom!), I’ve come across a LOT of shenanigans.

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Like dudes pretending they are James Deen on their online dating profiles, only to change their photo to some nondescript random person when I ask if they are really him. If you don’t know who James Deen is, that link goes to a Wikipedia page about him but I wouldn’t google him if you’re at work. Just saying! Needless to say, this person didn’t pass the first “don’t be fake” test!

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If you’re lucky to go on a date or two (or more like three) with me, then there’s always that chance that things will go extremely well. One of the cool things about personal lubricants is that they’re rad for all kinds of different sex, including non-hetero sex or marathon sex sessions. KY has this product called KY Liquibeads that you can insert every few days if you want to be sure that you’re ready when the mood strikes. I picked up a box at Walmart because I was curious and even though my sex life isn’t always hoppin,’ when it is, I don’t want to have to worry about any kind of uncomfortable friction – only the good kind for me please!

tinderjokesThat’s rare though – because I am normally being bombarded with silliness like this (or MUCH worse). Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE it when people I’m dating can make me laugh. It is thee best thing. But seeing this on your profile doesn’t tell me too much about you, other than you are either funny or good at googling jokes – both good qualities, not enough to get me to pay attention to you, unless your joke is like SUPER funny.

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And don’t even get me started on profile photos. Ok, I LOVE Chunk from The Goonies and I love Falkor from The Neverending Story. But I kinda want to see what you look like instead. Especially if you take photos like the guy in the middle – because I probably want to stay away from your dramatic badly tattooed person. The person on the right has the right idea – let every one know that they are free of STIs via a handwritten note. Why not get right to the point, right? Maybe this is smart though – it IS on Tinder…

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If you happen to find yourself totally won over by someone you met online, using KY Liquibeads is totally easy. All you need to do is put one of the inserts onto an applicator and insert it inside of you. You can use one every few days but don’t use more than one per 24 hour period. Oh and please consult a doctor before using if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. You can insert it 30 minutes before sex to feel the effects, which is cool because even if you don’t need to use personal lubricants, sex with lube can be a totally different and new experience!

okcgrootAs for me, I think I’m going to settle for Groot. We have a decent match on OkCupid and I’m really into nature. ;)

Don’t forget, KY Liquibeads can add some extra fun to your sex life whether you’re single or dating someone/s! There’s no shame in needing or wanting a little more lubrication when you’re getting down. And because I love you, here’s a $1.00 off coupon from Coupons.com! Happy (safe & consensual) sexin’ babes!

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Big Boy Connection Launch Party

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Friends! So if you follow us on Instagram (which you should be!) or remember our Maricón Collective post, then you already know how much we love Rudy Bleu around these parts. One of the many reasons is Big Boy Vintage. Big Boy Vintage started in 2012 as a collection of vintage clothing for men or male-identified or dapper people of size, which obviously is pretty awesome and something we can get behind! They recently launched a brand new collection of shirts, some one of a kind that I’m so excited to share with you.

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I recently attended the launch party for their new collection at Otherwild, a hybrid boutique store and graphic design studio in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. First of all, the retail space is amazingly curated with zines, jewelry, vintage and indie designed clothing & accessories, home decor, and more. It was my first time checking out the space and I will definitely be back, if only for their collection of sunglasses alone!

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But let me tell you about the new collection! All of the shirts in the new Big Boy Collection are made from vintage repurposed fabrics. Each one is also made in Los Angeles, so all of my SoCal babes, supporting them means buying local. And let me tell you, the designs are UH-mazing. If I see any of you sporting one of these rad shirts, I will be all over you. ;) Be forewarned! Really though, check out some of the new line below.

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Total babes right? And amazing shirts. As with their vintage collection, all of these shirts come in size large and up – sorry smaller boys, these snazzy shirts are for the big babes in our lives. All of their vintage bottoms begin at a 38″ waist too. As someone who has been sized out of clothing at multiple points in my life, it’s rad that Big Boy Vintage is focusing on sizing options for bigger people. Body positivity all the super-stylin’ way!

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Thank you, Rudy for inviting me! I had an amazing time! Everyone else, be sure to check out Big Boy Vintage and the new collection online. You won’t be disappointed. You can also find them on Facebook and Instagram.

Have you checked out the new collection yet? Which shirt is your favorite? ♥

Please Vote for Me & Help Me Win!

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Friends! Please help! I’m entered into a blogger contest for Firmoo and I’m trying to win! I mean, obviously, right? Why else enter a contest? ;) BUT ANYWAY! All you have to do is click here and then hit the VOTE button under my photo, which I have graciously provided for your reference. ;)

I would love it if you could tweet out or share the link on your social media channels. I’m currently in 7th place and the top 6 win prizes. Help me make it happen?

Vote for JenYou can vote once every 24 hours until this Sunday, 12/14. There’s no registration required, just hit the vote button. I could use all the votes I can get. Thank you so much for all of your love and support!

Here’s the link again: http://www.firmoo.com/index.php?main_page=vote&vote_no=FBA0128

P.S. Here’s the outfit post that features these Firmoo glasses if you want to read my review. ♥

Fatshion: Nerd Chic featuring Firmoo Eyewear

Disclosure: This post has press samples and affiliate links. All opinions are 100% my own.

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Hi friends! I hope you in the U.S. have all had a fantastic holiday weekend (and still remained reverent for the true history of Thanksgiving, the recent events in Ferguson, and the atrociousness of Black Friday). On a lighter note, I’m sharing with you one of my favorite recent outfits today and a special Cyber Monday deal courtesy of Firmoo. If you haven’t heard of them, you’re going to want to keep reading!

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So I’ve worn these Firmoo glasses for months and as your resident four-eyes, I can honestly say that they are my new favorites. I hardly ever wear any other pair lately. I originally got them to go with my magenta hair but I think they look super rad with the blonde too! What do you think?

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I have bought my eyeglasses online for years, mostly because I don’t have vision insurance and buying online lets me compare prices in more ways than just going to my optometrist’s office. You do need to see your eye doctor to buy prescription glasses online (unless you want non-prescription lenses?) but once you have it, your glasses world pretty much opens up. I have a few go-to places but I recently fell in LOVE with Firmoo.

I love the style options they have – they have a great mix of more vintage-inspired frames like cat-eye glasses or nerdy thick frames (and lots more) that I really gravitate towards when I’m looking for my next pair. I ended up choosing this pair and the ordering process was SO SIMPLE – you just input your prescription details and go through the check-out. Shipping took about a week and then I had my new glasses. Total love, friends. Aren’t they cool?

They have held up amazingly well too. I’ve had inexpensive glasses from other places chip paint or the lenses will scratch easily no matter how much care I take with them. I’m happy to report that I’ve had no issues with my Firmoo glasses. They are pretty great overall.

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I’m also wearing this thrift find dream of a vintage plaid top. As soon as I saw it on the rack, I already felt defeated because I didn’t think it would fit. Let me just say that I am SO GLAD I tried it on because it fits like a dream! I love the colors, the slightly puffed sleeves, the peter pan collar, and the plaid. It’s my dream top. I paired it with this cute bow necklace I got from H&M a few years ago – it would be super easy to DIY too. Maybe I will make a tutorial for you friends? Please ignore the snagging on the ribbon – you can blame Isis for that. In the mornings to wake me up to feed her, she annoyingly gets onto my jewelry box and paws at my hanging necklaces, making a ton of noise. That snagging was the result of one of those mornings. She actually broke it but it was an easy fix. Darn cats! <3

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I’m also pairing these rings with the outfit too. The sparkly one on the left is one I made for my etsy shop (they’ll be posted soon, I promise!), Magpies for Moons, and the one on the right I picked up on a SUPER deal at a swap meet in San Diego with Aria earlier in the summer. It’s vintage turquoise and real silver. I love it and wear it all the time!

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This is the full outfit. I’ve seriously been wearing a version of this all the time and I love it!

Outfit Details:

Mauve cat-eye glasses: c/o Firmoo
Black bow necklace: H&M
Black leggings: Target
Teal flats: thrifted
Rings: Magpies for Moons, swap meet
Bright vintage plaid top: thrifted

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If you’re interested in checking out Firmoo, they are having a Cyber Monday deal where all of their frames are 50% off if you use code BlackCyber. On top of that, they also have a program where your first pair is free! So essentially, you could get two new pairs of glasses for 75% off. Pretty great deal, right? Get on it!

What pair of glasses would you choose from Firmoo? Don’t wear glasses? Let me know which one you’d like to see me wearing next!

P.S. Please vote for me in Firmoo’s Blogger contest! I could win some glasses or multiple pairs of glasses which would be awesome because I am poor and blind! You can vote once per day until 12/14. Thanks, friends!

The Magic of Hello Kitty Con 2014!

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Oh my gosh, friends! So it’s been a month already and I AM STILL REELING from the magic that was Hello Kitty Con. If you would have told me growing up that I would get to go to something this amazing, I would never had believed you. I’m telling you, it was magic! And the best part – this all happened in Los Angeles, at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA to be exact.

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First of all, there were so many girls cosplaying it up in Harajuku Hello-Kitty inspired styles. I was absolutely in love with all of them. This kind of Japanese fashion is a huge influence on me and my own personal style. I see so many pieces in their outfits that I would totally incorporate into a more “Jen-style” outfit for sure – like those red polka dot tights or the adorable sailor style buttons on their pinafores or all the bows! It’s all so classically cute & kawaii!

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I don’t know if you heard about this, but during the convention, tattoo artists were giving away free Hello Kitty tattoos! They had a whole little studio set up. I unfortunately didn’t end up getting one but the designs they were doing were adorable. If you went and got one of them, I would love to see it!

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So there was an entire exhibit dedicated to Hello Kitty designer fashion called Lovely Kitty Wonder: A Hello Kitty Fashion Installation. Stephiee Nguyen of JapanLA curated the exhibit and it featured twelve different designer’s Hello Kitty inspired pieces. It was BREATHTAKINGLY AWESOME. This cage dress by Linda Friesen is my absolute favorite but there were SO MANY amazing pieces. I wish I could show them all to you. I could probably write a post on just this but you know, I’ll save you from me gushing over every picture. Unlike what I’m doing now…..

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I don’t know if you saw my video on Instagram but I also got to see a sneak peek of the Supercute Friendship Festival that’s is touring around the country in the Spring and Summer of 2015. The festival will feature a bunch of different Sanrio characters (I later saw Badtz Maru performing too!) and I really hope I can make it to the LA stop. If the sneak peek is anything to go by, it’s going to be adorable and well, supercute. ;)

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Ok, friends. If you’re a fan of Hello Kitty, you will probably know who this amazing woman is. Yuko Yamaguchi was present every day of Hello Kitty Con signing autographs and drawing personalized portraits. She has been Hello Kitty’s head designer since 1980. That’s only six years after Hello Kitty was originally introduced to the world – meaning Yuko has essentially been the one behind the kitty (I refuse to call her a girl, because CATS!) that we all know and love. Getting to hang out with her (even if just for a few minutes) and have her draw this picture of Hello Kitty and Tiny Chum gave me ALL OF THE FEELS. Yuko is a legend!

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You may have already heard about this but the first ever U.S. Hello Kitty Cafe is opening in Orange County next year! I obviously cannot wait to go. But in the meantime, I got to preview some of the goodies they will be serving in the cafe from this happy adorable Hello Kitty Cafe food truck. Like seriously, how amazing would it be to roll up to an event somewhere in LA (or ok, the OC) and see this parked outside? I don’t now what I would do!

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So there was a vintage shop full of real vintage Hello Kitty merchandise for sale. It was like your own personal live Ebay full of Sanrio stuff from the 70s-90s. I saw so many toys, wallets, and accessories that either I had as a kid or my older cousins did. It was super neat. Also, that photo you’re looking at above? It’s one of the original Sanrio Hello Kitty coin purses released in 1975, just a year after she was created. It was in a room all on its own inside a glass case. It was like a one-item Hello Kitty museum! The coin purse was on loan from Sanrio Headquarters in Japan and had never been in the U.S. before. Such an amazing piece of Hello Kitty history.

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My night ended shortly after getting to see Yoshiki perform Hello Kitty’s theme song, “Hello Hello” for the first time ever. You can see a video of the performance here. I’d love to hear what you think of her official theme song! The song is a cute and dreamy pop with a little EDM thrown in for good measure song. You have to listen to it to see what I mean.

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Thank you SO MUCH for letting me tell you all about the magic that was Hello Kitty Con! I had such an amazing time and had great company too (Hi Xenia!) which made the night just magical. Oh, and if you didn’t see it yet, I posted a fatshion post about what I wore the night of if you want to get in on that goodness too.

So! Did you go? Wasn’t it magic? If you didn’t get a chance to go, what would you have loved to see? ♥