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What Miss Plumcake is… | Manolo for the Big Girl

What Miss Plumcake is…

Happy Tuesday my little satellites of love, how’s every little thing?

Me? I’m grand. The charm offensive I launched against the Mexican family who lives downstairs from my best friend (I’m staying with her while in Virginia) paid off a few days ago when they took pity on the poor displaced Texan and gave me a fajita fix. I’m now rationing out my slices of delicious delicious baby angel meat like cigarettes in jail.

Anyhoodle, it’s Tuesday which means it’s time to find out What Miss Plumcake is…


Reading: Hellraisers: The Inebriated Life and Times of Richard Burton, Peter O’Toole, Richard Harris & Oliver Reed Exactly as good as you think it’d be, from the good old days when people really committed to drunken debauchery.

Watching: Amores Perros (Love’s a Bitch) This is not a happy film, but it’s beautiful, powerful and important. It’s pretty graphic but not gratuitously.

Hearing: Voice from Alison Moyet specifically Dido’s Lament. I have the import version so that’s what I’m linking to, but I’m pretty sure the tracklist is the same on the non-import edition, available here. Haunting.

Smelling: In The Library by Christopher Brosius of CB I Hate Perfume. I’m wearing the water perfume version which I bought as a decant from The Perfumed Court. I haven’t worn scent since I’ve been in Virginia, but I discovered a little vial of this in my bag and gave it a spritz for the sake of novelty. It’s supposed to evoke the scent of –you guessed it– an old library. It’s slightly more theoretical than literal, but if you or your fella loves the scent of old books and bindings, this might be right up your alley.

Loving: This ridiculous/fabulous Betsy Johnson nightie. It’s so Beach Blanket Bingo I could die. I don’t usually do camp, but how can I resist something practically ripped straight from Dawn Davenport’s closet (as played by Divine in John Water’s Female Trouble). Now all I need are cha cha heels!


Avenue discontinuing my beloved high-waist seamless bike shorts Alert Reader Marjean sent me a note letting me know Avenue is sending the long-line ones the way of the dodo and I’m pretty sure these are getting axed as well. I will be weeping (and possibly chafing) in a corner for a moment. Please, just ignore me.

Wanting: Kiyonna’s Desert Rain maxi/hostess dress I gotta say, I love a hostess dress. Granted, I’m a million feet tall which helps if you’re going to wear something long and flowy as a big girl, but seriously: One piece dressing, you don’t have to shave your legs or wear heels and you still look glamorous. Also, it practically BEGS for a cocktail ring the size of a basset hound. Need I say more?

Buying: The Criterion Collection on Hulu. I finally bit the bullet and signed up for Hulu Plus, where for $7.99 a month I’ve got access to a whole mess of stuff I don’t care about AND over 300 selections from the Criterion Collection with new films being added all the time. If you’re unfamiliar with the Criterion Collection, it’s an ever-growing library of artistically and historically important films, some hugely popular, some obscure but brilliant. For eight bucks a month I can scratch my French New Wave itch in the privacy of my own home (or wherever I have my laptop) and fill in gaps in my cinematic education whenever I want.

9 Responses to “What Miss Plumcake is…”

  1. ChloeMireille May 17, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

    First of all, I’ve only discovered Alison Moyet recently, and I love her voice. Can’t remember which song it was I heard, though.

    Second, what the hell, Avenue? You know what, though, that’s okay. The shaper from Fashion Bug is $5 cheaper, a smidge more lightweight, and isn’t too long for me to wear at 5’4″ with a knee-length skirt.

  2. Lisa from SoCal May 17, 2011 at 10:42 pm #

    Argh. Adding Hulu.com to my ever-growing list of things that I spend on, prodded on by Miss Plumcake. I’m still abusing the budget with the $5 downloads from Amazon. BRU-TAL.

    I am reading the most wonderful book. It’s called Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada. Absolutely amazing.

  3. ZaftigWendy May 18, 2011 at 2:34 am #

    Since I live in Hot Antonio, even bike shorts are too hot for me under a dress. I have discovered that underarm antiperspirant makes a wonderful, long-lasting, and CHEAP chafe preventer. Without making me feel like I’m going to melt like the Wicked Witch of the West.

  4. Josie May 18, 2011 at 3:41 am #

    Love the perfume, love AM, love that dress, will deffo look up Hellraisers. But what does hostess dress mean?! Is it different to maxi?

  5. Talbot May 18, 2011 at 8:55 am #

    Junonia makes great bike shorts in everything from cotton to some super-absorbing athletic fabric. I swear by the cotton ones with lace–worth checking out if you haven’t already.

  6. Thea May 18, 2011 at 10:25 am #

    The Junonia lace bike shorts were pretty but I got major chafage from them. Tho your chafe mileage may vary :-).

    I depend on Champion bike shorts for my summer under skirt shorts. They aren’t pretty but they are comfortable

  7. La Petite Acadienne May 19, 2011 at 9:30 am #

    I LOVE how on the Kiyonna site, they show not just the model, but a couple of regular big girls in the dressing room trying on the dress. One girlie is only 5’4″, and a 2X, and she is rocking the hell out of that thing. :) I wish more sites did that.

  8. Chicklet May 19, 2011 at 2:38 pm #

    Even an atheist like I am has to admit that the people at the Criterion Collection are doing the Lord’s work. (Although I am a traditionalist who rents or buys the actual DVD’s instead of watching them online.)

  9. Alex June 6, 2011 at 12:19 pm #

    That nightgown needs to get on my body this instant. Also yum, Criterion Collection.