The new year brings a lot of people feelings of renews and fresh starts.... but for a teacher like myself it is the middle of the school year, so.... not so "new," ya know? Still, I did share some ideas for getting January started off right with this month's Why Don't You... list, and they are certainly taking about beginnings (and- gulp!- very permanent endings) in this month's Dog Eared Page, A Tale of Two Cities. If you were looking for books that were a bit less grisly, this month's Rec Five is talking about books on Hollywood's Golden Age. This month's Stationery Wishlist shared some quirky finds to give your desk sartorial pizzazz. If you want more pizzazz to your wardrobe, why not take a glance at how I remixed this vintage inspired skirt, or think about trying one of these clothing subscription boxes!
New Year; New Finds
I love the idea of capsule wardrobes but wonder if it really works. Fashion Pas shares her struggles and successes on the journey to a capsule wardrobe.
Whoa! Four new elements have been added to the periodic table!
The fascinating history of bone music
Loving this outfit from Melodic, Thrifty and Chic!
A boy invents something to help his best friend who'd been struck by lightening. The power of human innovation and compassion!
What fairytales tell us about language
Infographic about Sexism in Doctor Who
The satisfying symmetry of Hungarian buildings
A Girl created a new badge for those who learn about American Japanese Relocation Camps. It honestly scares me that most Americans are not taught about these, especially in light of the intolerance present in today's politics, because those who don't heed history's lessons are doomed to repeat it.
Star Wars toys leave our the protagonist of their latest movie because she's a girl. They are surprised people are upset. This may seem like a small thing, because its just toys, but this is how sexism perpetuates.
Relatedly Mattel lost the Disney Princesses toy line. Hashbro's remodeling of the brand focusses on girls' adventures and talents over boys and make-up! Plus, better body portions. One step forward, right?
And, so many toy-related links, but, BUT- BARBIE NOW COMES IN 4 BODY TYPES AND 7 SKIN TONES. Not sure what I think of this. Good? Bad? Too little, too late? (After all, studies show girls who play with Barbie are less aspirational in their career goals). Still, they are cute.