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On Ask a Fancy Person: Consignment Shops, Gendered Pronouns and Leaving the Forever 21 Zone

High-end bargain shopping is the BEST. Find your staple pieces, know your size, and hit ebay. JBrand 811 Mid-Rise skinny jeans are my denim holy grail - and they usually retail for around $200. Some I've paid full price for, and some I've found (brand new, with tags) for $60-90 on ebay.

For shoes, spend a couple hours at Nordstrom or Saks trying on high-end brands and make note of your sizes (even $$$ shoes can have unexpected sizing quirks, though I've found they're more likely to be consistent within the brand and not vary too much between styles). Then, once again -- ebay. I've also found some great deals on Gilt, RueLaLa, and MyHabit. Just A) make sure the item is returnable if you're not certain about fit and B) ALWAYS do a quick search for the same item to see if it's available elsewhere for less. On "sale" at Gilt may not be the best price you can find.

Oh, also? YOOX. Oh my god, the shoes at Yoox. Who cares if it's last season? I got a pair of amazing woven Givenchy heeled sandals there for about 1/3 of their retail price. They've also got a ton of stuff you won't see at every single department store on earth, and have loads of brands that aren't even carried in the US. (I've had very little luck with their clothes, though.)

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On How to Enter Parties

@angermonkey @ fabel : I also thought "giant banana?" Though, huuuuuuge props to "pool noodle," omfg.

Posted on June 18, 2013 at 4:39 pm 1

On Additional PR-Friendlier Edible-Insect Renames

@SarcasticFringehead : Despite your excellent avatar, you are WRONG, because BUGS and OMG NASTY GET THEM OFF ME.

Seriously, I am afraid of moths and butterflies and bumblebees oh my god I'm going to have nightmares tonight.

Posted on May 16, 2013 at 11:11 pm 1

On Additional PR-Friendlier Edible-Insect Renames

@frigwiggin : FOR FUCKING REAL. That one just MURDERED me.

Posted on May 16, 2013 at 11:09 pm 1

On Additional PR-Friendlier Edible-Insect Renames

@aphrabean: Oh my god, this exchange made me snort-laugh.

Posted on May 16, 2013 at 11:08 pm 0

On A Chat With The Hairpin's New Editor, Emma Carmichael

There was an entire conversation about turning the place into a NASCAR fan site, and NOT ONE PERSON in the comments has made a "Hairpin Turn" joke? I am so disappointed.

Posted on May 9, 2013 at 10:37 pm 3

On A Chat With The Hairpin's New Editor, Emma Carmichael

@PDubs : NICE.

Posted on May 9, 2013 at 10:36 pm 0

On The Agony and the Ecstasy of Having a Mother

@hoo:ha : Me too, last September, of breast cancer that had already metastasized to her liver when they found it. So Sunday will be my first Motherless Mother's Day, and it also would've been her 63rd birthday. Hugs to all three of you.

Posted on May 9, 2013 at 10:21 pm 2

On The Least Appealing Foods I’ve Eaten in Eight Years of Travel Writing

@the roughest toughest frail : Oh my god oh my god oh my god. That is all just. Jesus, and it's that time of the month, too, so I'm super-easily-nauseated and why did I reaaaaad thiiiiiiiiis.

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 11:29 pm 0

On The Least Appealing Foods I’ve Eaten in Eight Years of Travel Writing

@Hellcat : Me too! I have a cucumber in the fridge right now. Kind of tempted to go see what kind of beverage I can make out of it.

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 11:26 pm 1