Show Off Your Fashionable Feminism

I’m very excited to announce an event created by Feminist Fashion Bloggers (FFB), a coalition of bloggers who are feminists. On March 16, 2011, we invite you to post in response to:

How do you express your feminism in the way you dress?

In honor of Women’s History Month in March, the Feminist Fashion Bloggers will host a series of discussions on pertinent topics to women and society. You can easily join FFB by leaving your name, email and blog address in the comment section of this post or by emailing me at courtney[@]thosegraces.com.

Roundtables, Icons and Lipstick, Oh My!

Throughout March, you can look forward to the following topics every Wednesday among others:

  • Virtual Roundtable Discussion
  • Our Personal Feminist/Fashion Icons
  • Hot Button Issues

Current Fashion Feministas

Feministified
For those about to shop
Mrs. Bossa Does the Do
Oranges and Apples
Those Graces

Anyone is invited to join in the conversation whether you are male or female, blogger or reader. Hope you enjoy the feisty conversation to come!

Remember, our group is still growing and we are always open to new ideas!

Feminist or Bust

For those who argue fashion and feminism are separate, they are wrong. The fashion and beauty industry** are a reflection of how society views equality between men and women. Those Graces will investigate the connection between fashion and feminism. Are you in?

The Post Heard Round the World

Two weeks ago, when I wrote On Being a Feminist Beauty Blogger, I never expected to get such a positive response. Many bloggers rallied around the topic by forming working groups, writing their own posts and speaking out on social media.

People are hungry for an examination of the link between fashion and feminism.

While there are blogs that focus solely on body image, feminism or fashion, there are none that combine the three. Until now.

Feminism, to me, isn’t about hating men and it isn’t about whether I choose to wear a bra or not. It’s about examining issues that challenge the equality between men and women. Whether it’s environmental issues, hazardous chemicals found in makeup or the lack of racial diversity in fashion magazines—it’s all feminism.

The content of Those Graces won’t change drastically as I’ve been progressively moving in this direction for quite some time. I remain “A woman on a mission to live passionately,” and that’s not going to change.

Future posts will feature a strong connection between important issues and feminism.

Why Feminism? Why Now?

I write what I like to read. And, as I’ve come to discover, there are no feminist fashion blogs. Try looking for them—they don’t exist. I want to read about this topic! And the only way that’s going to happen is if I write about it. I hope you’ll like reading it, too.

Please continue to comment, agree, and disagree. I look forward to this journey together!

**Deliberately broad terms to encompass many topics.

I’m a Feminist. Now What?

I did not create this image but could not find an original source.

Would you read this blog if it had a feminist slant? Meaning, this blog would potentially come to be considered feminist fashion and beauty blog.

The Why

Since writing On Being a Feminist Blogger, I’ve received an outpouring of support from other bloggers who have similar beliefs. The conversation on that thread was so compelling, respectful, and, most importantly, inspiring. It’s become my highest commented post to date.

In the past week, I’ve also gotten many people coming to my blog looking for “feminist fashion.” Google it–there’s nothing.

It’s also a subject I feel passionate about and ultimately I see feminism as social justice. I’ll be honest, I don’t read feminist blogs. Why? Because my eyes glaze over and I don’t care about arguments over shaving my legs. I’ve always said that as a blogger, I write what I like to read. I want to read more on feminism and social issues with a fashion and beauty slant.

Do you want to read it, too? Your input is so important! Please let me know what you think.

Pretty With No Makeup On

While flipping through the February 2011 issue of Elle, I stumbled upon this interview (above) with Dany Sanz, the artistic director for Make Up For Ever. My initial reaction? Is this sh*t for real?!

Designer brands and drugstore brands alike have “High Definition” foundations that “create the illusion of flawless skin,” (Elle 2011). Maybelline’s new foundation line is called “Fit Me.”

Did it ever occur to these cosmetic companies that maybe I fit myself just fine without a foundation to cover “me” up?

I learned from makeup artists like Bobbi Brown and Kevyn Aucoin, both proponents of natural and minimalist beauty, and never got the impression that makeup was supposed to cover you up and make you some sort of HD version of you.

The truth is: If you’re not happy without makeup, no amount of makeup will ever make you happy.

Being happy with yourself can’t be found in a lipstick or eyeshadow, but only after you get to the root of potential issues that are causing you to be unhappy with yourself.

When I was 15-years-old, I got my braces taken off . I knew I should have felt pretty but I didn’t. I told my older sister, “My teeth are straight, my skin is clear and my hair is nice. Why don’t I feel happy?” She responded that happiness had nothing to do with the way I looked.

And she was right.

As I got older, I realized that the way I chose to live my life and invest my passion in is what made me happy. Not orthodontics and drawers of makeup. Sure, I have my bad days and earlier I was balling my eyes out over my foster dog getting adopted.

Foundation isn’t going to make you feel better in the long term, no matter what any high-end makeup artist says. The cosmetics market is out to sell an idea of beauty and happiness, but in the end all you want is more products to make you feel better. You are beautiful just the way you are.

DIY Makeup Brush Organizer

After purchasing nine new makeup brushes, my old system of sorting them in jars quickly became outdated. I needed a quick solution that didn’t cost much and would allow me to sort my brushes by function. I’ll show you how to take you typical six pack beer carrier and turn it into the ultimate makeup brush organizer.

For this project, you’ll need

    • Empty six pack
    • Tape. Preferably duct tape, but scotch tape works as well.
    • Scissors
    • Wrapping paper or contact paper. You’ll be using this to cover the six pack.
    • 8 to 10 sheets of tissue paper

Optional: If you want, you can paint the container. You can also cut off the handle.

Step 1: Cover Bottom With Tape

Cover the bottom of the container with tape. This will give the box a stronger frame and prevent it from bending. Cut the strips so most of the pieces of tape extend up the side of box, which will reinforce the container.

Step 2a: If Using Wrapping Paper

If you’re using wrapping paper, place the container in the middle of paper as you would a present. Measure the paper and make sure it will cover all four sides of the container. Cut where necessary and tape.

Please note: Step 3 is for contact paper. If you are using wrapping paper, please skip to Step 4.

Step 2b:If Using Contact Paper

Using this method, you’ll want to cut paper for each side. Line up the grid to match each side of the container and cut. It is optional to cover the bottom.

Step 3: Lay Cut Piece Flat

Lay the contact paper flat against each side. Make sure you lay it all down at once, as this will prevent bubbling and creases. Press contact paper against cardboard.

Step 4: Crinkle Tissue Paper and Rip in Half

Ball up a sheet of tissue paper and rip the sheet in half. Next, roll each half into a ball. You’ll need about 4 to 5 balls per compartment.

Step 5: Insert Tissue Paper into Compartments

Push tissue paper balls into each compartment, making sure to compact them and push them down the bottom. The length of your brushes will determine how many balls you need. For example, if your brush handles are long, you’ll need less paper. However, if they are short, you’ll need them more so your brushes don’t fall to the bottom of the container.

You can mix and match the tissue paper colors to your choosing.

Step 6: Organize Brushes by Type

Makeup Brush Organizer

My brush categories:

  • Detail brushes
  • Flat brushes
  • Blending and fluffy brushes
  • Powder Brushes
  • Concealer brushes
  • Other face brushes

Finished Project

And you’re done! Now you have a cheap, easy and efficient way to organize your makeup brushes.