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My Femme Isn’t Weak. Your Inability to Accept it is.

By Dannie Levine My Femme Isn’t Weak. Your Inability to Accept it is. In my teen and college years, I dated men. I know, the most vocal, confident, and proud lesbian of them all dated men. Would you believe it’s because I thought I was supposed to? Sure I knew I wasn’t entirely straight. I mean have you seen Kiera Knightley? [fans self] But I didn’t fit into any of the stereotypes I’d seen of queer women. I wasn’t the proud owner of a closet ...
Lifestyle, Queer Life and Culture, Style

Women’s History Month and Femme Identity | Celebrating ALL Women

By Dannie Levine It’s Women’s History Month! Over at Stile.Foto.Cibo we love celebrating Women’s History Month, but our team is made up of cisgendered women, so it’s a celebration created with us in mind. And that’s alright! Women’s history is definitely something to celebrate. It’s a long and arduous road that we’ve come down to get where we are, and there’s still a long road ahead of us  to get where we deserve to be. A large part of ...
Lifestyle, Queer Life and Culture

14 Valentine’s Day Date Ideas that Don’t Suck

  Real talk, Valentine’s Day kind of sucks, especially for queer couples. With all this corporate heteronormativity everywhere and the idea that you have to spend loads of money to do the day properly, expectations get unreasonably high too quickly and nobody has a good time. So throw away the fancy dinner, flowers, chocolates, etc. and plan a date you’ll both actually enjoy. 14 Valentine’s Day Date Ideas that Don’t Suck ...
Lifestyle, Style

Plus Size New Year’s Eve Look | Wife Life

Happy New Year! Almost. I’m back to talk about breaking those stupid “rules” us plus-size women have been held to for so many years. We’re beautiful and we know it (though sometimes it’s hard) and we’re gonna wear what we want! We’re told not to wear form-fitting clothes, but who cares if you can see my tummy in this, you can also see my waist and my boobs and that’s good enough for me. I like my body (most days) and I want to show it off! ...
Lifestyle, Queer Life and Culture

Finding Queer-Friendly Third Space in a Cup of Coffee | Ridman’s Coffee

It Always Comes Back to Coffee, Ridman’s Coffee There’s a new coffee shop on the North Side. Head West down Lawrence to Clark and you’ll stumble on new signage there on the Southwest side of the intersection. Ridman’s Coffee may be the new kids on the block but they certainly know what they’re doing. Beautifully yet simply designed space, Dark Matter coffee, vegan-friendly, and a whole mess of inclusivity. From the restrooms ...
Lifestyle

Depression Sucks | Real Talk about Mental Illness

  Giving you folks a content warning up front. This post is going to talk about depression. Getting real and speaking up. If that’s something potentially triggering to you, read at your own discretion. If you are suffering and need someone to talk to, know you can reach out. Sometimes, just knowing someone is in your corner can make a whole world of difference. DISCLAIMER: I am not a trained medical professional. If you think you are ...
Beauty, Lifestyle, Style, Travel

The 2017 Stile.Foto.Cibo Holiday Gift Guide | The LGBT Friendly Gift Guide You Never Knew You Needed

Okay, I know I said the holidays could wait but I am too excited to wait to share this with you all! It’s the 2017 Stile.Foto.Cibo Holiday Gift Guide, the LGBT Friendly Gift Guide You Never Knew You Needed! This baby has something for everyone on your list, from fashionistas to dog lovers, your LGTBQ crew, and the globetrotters. Plus, there’s some stuff just for you, dear reader, to get your holiday outfits looking as amazing as ...
Lifestyle, Style

How to Hygge – Create Coziness without The Holidays

What is Hygge and Why do I Need It? It’s November! Which means it’s officially that time of year when Christmas barfs all over everything and, even if you don’t celebrate or aren’t ready to celebrate yet, you have no choice but to be inundated with Rudolph and his crew from November 1st on. Enter hygge, a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary ...
Lifestyle

National Coming Out Day, My Story

It’s National Coming Out Day! A day where the community is united in support of those who have not been able to come out. I’m obviously out and proud – very much so – but I’ve never shared my story. So, for National Coming Out Day, read on. This is my story: I didn’t come out until I was 23 years old. Yes, you read that right. I did not come out to anyone until I was 23. Sure, I’d dated before then, but I had always dated dudes ...
Lifestyle

Impostor Syndrome | Being proud of being femme

In conjunction with the release of my episode of the Becoming Fearless Style Collective Podcast, I’m talking about Impostor Syndrome and how it applies to being femme. Impostor Syndrome is the inability to acknowledge one’s accomplishments without a fear of being exposed as a “fraud” of sorts. So often within our lives, we get conflicting messages from different communities and, as a femme, this can be incredibly damaging. For me, this came ...