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On Beauty Q&A: Cheap Creams, Jeans, and Long Hair Dreams

Tommy Hilfiger jeans was my savior for the butt-to-hip ratio issue, for what it's worth.

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On Light-ish, Hippie-ish, Side Dish Ish/Help

Roast Brussels sprouts.

Posted on December 9, 2012 at 3:12 pm 1

On Beauty Q&A: Mystifying Dress Codes & The Great Bra Hunt

@baked bean that method works for some folks (usually smaller boobs or broader backs) but not well at all for most people. i mean, it assumes the idea that basically everyone has boobs that extend no more than 3 inches from their rib cage. it's also based on when there was less stretch in bra bands and you needed the extra room to breath. there are a bazillion blogs around anymore about bra sizing that can go into even more detail. but i mean, logically, that system breaks down at a certain point. say my underbust measurement is 36". if i add 4-5", i get up to a 40"+ band size. and then say my bust measurement is 41" inches. that puts me in a 40A bra. but using a tape measure and measuring from my rib cage to my nipple, i guarantee you there's more than 1" of boob that needs to fit into a cup. what you end up with is a super loose band that does absolutely nothing to support or stabilize your boobs.

Posted on October 4, 2012 at 1:38 pm 0

On Beauty Q&A: Mystifying Dress Codes & The Great Bra Hunt

@Lu2 I think it's actually the opposite of vanity sizing. For years everyone was told to do the the underbust measurement plus 4 or 5 inches, and then subtract that from your bust measurement to get your cup size. The result is that everyone fits into cups A-C or maybe D or DD if we're getting CRAAAZEEEE. We've all vanity sized ourselves into *smaller* boobs for decades and are just now being more realistic about what's going on down there.

Posted on October 3, 2012 at 6:35 pm 1

On Ask an Archivist, Part Three

@squishycat Truth. I'm working right now on a fairly massive collection - photos of every building standing in my city in 1940 - and while they're certainly stored in their original order, they're going online with a mess of data. It's time intensive, and expensive - but hey, that's why my job is funded with a grant. We'll just keep slogging through, project by project.

Posted on September 7, 2012 at 12:39 pm 0

On Plus, Your Husband Won't Help You Pay Them Off

My husband totally paid mine off. I am grateful to the universe.

Posted on August 22, 2012 at 3:39 pm 2

On Beauty Q&A: Caftans, Baby Gifts, and What Is Up With BB Creams?

@sniffadee a ton of people make your size - i wear your size, and buy lots of underwear. they just don't make it for target or victoria's secret or the department stores. find any independent boutique that will fit you, and they'll have it. or buy some things on figleaves.com or somewhere where they have good sales on brands like freya, and you won't be able to believe your bounty.

Posted on May 31, 2012 at 10:56 pm 0

On The Return of the Archivist

Shortcut to hot guy pics - just search for 'portrait' in many collections. Then scroll through various portraits. Not all collections are going to employ precisely the same vocabulary... but sometimes!

Posted on May 30, 2012 at 12:16 am 1

On The Return of the Archivist

@Emma Peel As an archivist with a dust allergy, I can tell you that it can be a real pain in the ass.

Posted on May 30, 2012 at 12:14 am 1

On Ask an Archivist

@mlle.gateau Also, please do not use acidy tape.

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