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we’re doing a challenge chain over at the youlookfab forums, where one member challenges the next, who challenges the next, and so on. forum member maya has challenged me to come up with a “sophisticated monochrome” ensemble, which made me giggle because i am a) not at all sophisticated, and b) more glorious technicolor than monochrome.

i approached my assignment with a great deal of trepidation (check me out with the SAT vocab skeelz), because i didn’t relish the thought of looking like a blob of color. but! – there’s always a but here at OHN – i think i managed to get enough play on color and texture and general visual interest to pull something off. at least, i think so. behold:

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now, were it me, i would celebrate MYSELF for being disciplined enough to get to 1,000 posts. but the lovely eyeliah at style symmetry is instead rewarding others for it, with the 1,000th post giveaway! i never have any luck with these things, but i figure it can’t hurt. 🙂

fingers crossed – and if you want to try your luck, do go ahead! there are some lovely prizes up for grabs.

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i’ve visited a few fashion blogs or personal blogs with an air of style snobbery – like if the blog had a face it would definitely be peering down at you imperiously and disdainfully – over a pair of designer glasses, obvi. i read a post recently that claimed that if you know ANYTHING about fashion you MUST know about so-and-so (underground, indie designer i’d never heard of) and if you didn’t you couldn’t POSSIBLY call yourself fashionable (that would be me, then).

i’ve said it before and i’ll say it again: i KNOW i’m not a fashion expert, but i don’t believe in this air of sartorial arrogance. fashion shouldn’t be some exclusive club that you have to pay a bouncer to get into; fashion should be inclusive, accessible. nobody should have to feel bad that they don’t know about random avant garde designers – if you read a post introducing you to these new designers, you should come away feeling interested and excited and inspired, not vaguely chastened and ashamed for being out of the loop.

i would never call oh honey no a fashion blog. i’m on a personal journey to hone my own style and get over some body image issues and feel better about myself, with some random thoughts on the world of fashion and pop culture. it doesn’t have to be your cup of tea, but if nothing else, i would hope that none of my posts ever, ever convey to you that you are unwelcome here. because you are. every single one of you. and if i could give every commenter and visitor a hug – yes, all 10,000+ of you – i would.

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dear santa,

i’ve been a good girl. i’ve pushed myself at work, i’ve been nice and patient with those around me albeit with oft-suppressed feelings of wanting to smack someone upside the head, i’ve tried to be frugal and save money, i’ve…er…recycled. i even gave money to panhandlers a couple of times. i’ve been good! i promise! so it would be really stinkin’ sweet if you’d take that ol’ sleigh of yours out for a spin and send me some of these, stat. the weather’s better anyway.

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hanna’s summer wishlist:

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Wild Diva Waltz70 Flats

Wild Diva Waltz70 Flats

look, i know, okay? i know i am, for some reason, craving a strange shoe-sandal-flip flop hybrid that look like they would make my feet really, really sweaty, okay? i’m aware that this, of all the gladiator-inspired shoe trends at the moment, is the one most likely to look dated next year – nay- next month, okay? I GET IT. I’M ACTIN’ ALL CRAZY-LIKE. IT’S REALLY HOT TODAY. STOP PRESSURING ME. GAWD.

but. i mean. it IS only $18.99. i’m just sayin’.


Wild Diva Waltz70 Flats at cutesygirl.com.

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today, i strive to love and appreciate my body for its 24 years of long-overlooked and underplayed service.

i will appreciate each step these two legs take me, and not berate them for not being more elle macpherson-like, because we cannot all have giraffe genes.

i will stop referring to myself as ‘fat’ or worry about the size of my stomach pooch. i am not fat. in fact, i would like to abolish the word fat altogether, for its obviously negative connotations. we are on a fat ban, people. i will not berate myself for every mouthful and morsel of food i give myself. i will remember that moderation is key, but i will not keep myself from indulging every so often. yet i will also be kinder to my body, with food that actually nourishes it instead of just tasting good. (yes, i am talking to you, doritos.)

i will realize that everyone jiggles. EVERYONE. thigh jigglies, stomach jigglies, arm jigglies, EVERYONE JIGGLES. i am not the only one, and i should not shake my pooch and then count the seconds, mesmerized, until the jiggling stops.

i will stop belittling the size of my breasts, and instead focus on the fact that they are completely in proportion with my body, and that one day, god willing, they will be used to nurture. and that push-up bras exist for a reason. (ha!)

i will focus on what i love about my body – my slim legs, dainty wrists, overall petite structure. i will maybe, stop referring to myself as a structure, as if i were some sort of barn or scientific experiment. oy, my verbiage is rough.

i will exercise. i will dance, i will play tennis, i will take walks. i will stop crumbling into a heap of self-loathing when that time of the month rolls around and i feel bloated and disgusting. i will remember that i am neither of those things, and that the poor, patient boy does not need to go through the motions of comforting me each and every month.

this body is my body, and it is a blessing. i will appreciate it for what it is, reward its strengths, accept its shortcomings. i will strive to wake up each morning feeling good about myself and thanking it, and god, for all it has done for me, today and in the days to come.

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* image courtesy of theinsider.com

* image courtesy of theinsider.com

nobody has a right to look this good riding a bike. i’m just sayin’.

summer wishlist:*
ethnic print dress
aviator shades
boho pendant necklaces
fringed sandals
rad bike
wavy model-esque locks
elle macpherson’s body
to be as apparently un-sweaty as elle macperson

* okay, so maybe just the first 3 things.

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