Publications

This an exhaustive, complete list of all my publications, for those who are curious, as well as for my own record-keeping. For my most prominent work, please see my portfolio.

PUBLICATIONS ✎

Cosmopolitan (click: one, two, three, five)

Seventeen (click: one, two, three, four, five)

Marie Claire (click: one)

The Establishment (click: one)

Everyday Feminism (click: one, two)

Good Housekeeping (click: one, two)

Redbook (click: one)

Woman’s Day (click: one)

BUST Magazine (click: one, two, three, four)

Her Campus (click: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, nineteen, twenty, twenty-one, twenty-two, twenty-three, twenty-four, twenty-five, twenty-six, twenty-seven, twenty-eight, twenty-nine, thirty, thirty-one, thirty-two, thirty-three, thirty-four, thirty-five, thirty-six, thirty-seven, thirty-eight, thirty-nine, forty, forty-one, forty-two, forty-three, forty-four, forty-five, forty-six, forty-seven, forty-eight, forty-nine, fifty, fifty-one, fifty-two, fifty-three, fifty-four, fifty-five, fifty-six, fifty-seven, fifty-eight, fifty-nine, sixty, sixty-one, sixty-two, sixty-three, sixty-four, sixty-five, sixty-six, sixty-seven, sixty-eight, sixty-nine, seventy, seventy-one, seventy-two, seventy-three, seventy-four, seventy-five, seventy-six, seventy-seven, seventy-eight, seventy-nine, eighty, eighty-one, eighty-two, eighty-three, eighty-four, eighty-five, eighty-six, eighty-seven, eighty-eight, eighty-nine, ninety, ninety-one, ninety-two, ninety-three, ninety-four, ninety-five, ninety-six, ninety-seven, ninety-eight, ninety-nine, one-hundred, one-hundred-and-one, one-hundred-and-two)

AfterEllen (click: one, two)

The Berry (click: one)

Germ Magazine (click: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen)

Luna Luna Magazine (click: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen)

The Mighty (click: one)

Ravishly (click: one)

Role Reboot (click: one)

Yahoo!News (click: one)

CollegeFashionista (click: one, two, three, four, five)

Culture: the word on cheese (click: one, and in the printed Winter 2015 Issue, which you can see here)

Focus Magazine (click: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven)

Women’s Rights News (click: one)

The Odyssey (click: one)

The Fem Literary Magazine (click: one)

Earn Spend Live (click: one)

Doll Hospital – Issue 3

Mother Should (click: one)

Style Equation Magazine – Jan/Feb 2016 Issue

The Daily Hampshire Gazette – note these articles were published under an alternate first name (click: one, two, three, four)

SharpHeels (click: one)

MassRealty (click: one, two)

Connecticut For Sale (click: one)

BeetlePress.com (click: one, two, three, four)

JaniceBeetle.com (click: one, two, three)

Dear Hope (click: one, two)

JourneysThroughGrief (click: one)

Persona, Westfield State University’s literary journal – 2012, 2014, 2015

WSU English Department Newsletter (click: one)

How To: Do-it-Yourself Multi Glitter Flats

Glitter is not the enemy, as the “Send Glitter to Your Enemies” movement would have you think. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. When used properly, glitter is the perfect companion. It can add color to a drab and dull outfit, or it can be the sparkling centerpiece on a gorgeous star-studded outfit.

For example – I wear my glitter shoes to work with a matching Katiebowhead glitter bow bracelet to match, because it dresses up my casual conservative dresses and skirts. I also wear my glitter shoes to formal events like my friends’ graduation parties, because it adds to the overall pizzazz of my outfit.

This summer, I set out to make myself a pair of glitter shoes, and after I perfected my technique, I used it to make a second pair of shoes, a glitter hat hair piece, and two glitter frames.

In this tutorial, I will show you how to apply glitter to a pair of flats to make the perfect sparkling flats – but this methodology can be applied to any type of shoe and to many other surfaces, such as fabric, paper, cardboard and more.

Glitter Shoes

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LGBThursdays: How to Come Out at Work

If you’re LGBTQIA*, coming out to your employers, coworkers, supervisors, and other staff on your team is definitely a personal choice. Some LGBTQIA* people may never feel the need to bring it up, for whatever reason. It may not ever come up in conversation or become an issue. However, many people feel the need to be honest about themselves, or may have specific reasons that require them to be honest – for example, if a transgender employee is facing discrimination for this reason by another coworker, and needs to tell their supervisor, or if a person in a same-sex relationship wants to invite their significant other to a work get-together.

Coming out at work is tricky business, because LGBTQIA* individuals still face workplace discrimination despite all of the community’s recent triumphs. Even in states, cities or counties where discrimination for reasons of sexual orientation or gender identity is illegal, employers can find other reasons to fire an employee to hide behind the truth: discrimination.

If you’re like me, and you want to enter a professional workforce, but you’re really looking to work long-term at a place where, if there’s a work party, you can invite your same-sex spouse, or if you mention your wife and kids, nobody throws up their arms, these tips are for you:

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Featured Small Business: Bow Bracelets, Glitter and More by Katiebowhead

Today’s post is more than a review of a product; it’s a shout out to a small fashion and accessories boutique that’s more of a kinship between customers and the owner, Kaitlin Kendall of Florida, than it is a company.

I found Katiebowhead a little over a year ago through a contest that was being hosted by my favorite tulle skirt shop, Space 46 Boutique. Space 46 asked readers to list and tag their favorite shops on Instagram for a chance to win a skirt. I was browsing through people’s responses in hopes of finding a new place to shop – and I found a brand that I would ultimately fall in love with.

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Recent Graduates Seeking Jobs: Tips for Finding Jobs & Getting Hired

This topic doesn’t fit in with my usual posts about do-it-yourself sparkly projects, fashion guides or LGBTQIA activism, but it’s one that’s near and dear to my heart. Because I am a recent graduate, and I was recently on the job hunt.

If you’re like me, you like stability. You like the feeling of knowing: when this step is over, I have a plan for the next step. You go to college directly out of high school, and to graduate school directly after college. You don’t like taking time off, and you don’t like uncertainty.

But the job market is anything but certain. And with all the recent press about difficulties faced by recent graduates looking for jobs, all of us are more than normally anxious about the process.

That’s why I’m here to offer some honest, truthful tips for my fellow recent graduates. I’ve been out of school for a little over a month, and I’ve had 15 job interviews and 3 full-time job offers. My resume is still floating around out there to the point where every few days, without fail, I’m contacted by an employer or a recruiter about an interview.

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Meet the Owner of DamiAnimation, a Visual Arts Blog

I knew of Damian Alexander, who also goes by Dami, before I really even met him. I found his blog, DamiAnimation, while I was searching for my university on the blogging platform Tumblr in the hashtag ‘WSU.’ I was unaware that Damian was a transfer student in my year. I just thought his artwork was beautiful, and I enjoyed his movie reviews.

Fast-forward two years, and I finally interacted with Damian in person. We both became members of the campus literary journal’s editorial board. I was the Fiction Editor and he was the Layout Editor. Soon after, we started taking a course together called The Freelancer, based on learning about freelance writing, editing and design work.

I had a chance to sit down with Damian in the art studios of Parenzo Hall, where he was finishing up some work in his sketchbook. I was able to look through a proof copy of his children’s book, which he is looking to get published, called I Want a Kid and I Don’t Care. It was wonderful to sit down and get a look inside this artist’s mind, especially from the perspective of having read his blog for several years now.

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HairExtensionLove’s Hidden Halo Extensions: A Review of Miracle Wire Hair

Recently, I reviewed my Lord & Cliff hidden halo extensions in a post. I think miracle wire hair extensions, also known as halo, hidden halo, and hidden crown, are my favorite type of extensions. I’m a former user of clip-in’s, and I have to say–I can already tell I’m never going back!

I just got a new set from HairExtensionLove on Etsy, after looking into their options in detail. I really wanted a set that was thicker and double drawn, so that the ends of my extensions would be nice and thick. I talked with the shop’s customer service, and she suggested this set of halo extensions that she sells. The set is double drawn from amazing quality Remy hair. I also purchased the priority service so my extensions would be made quickly; I wanted to wear them to an event, and I wanted to have time to get them trimmed first.

Handmade

Why did I choose to look for a small, handmade shop in my search for another set of extensions? Don’t get me wrong, I really liked Lord & Cliff’s extensions. They came layered, and they fit in well with my layered hair. But what I love about small, handmade shops is that there are so many options for customization. Since their products are made-to-order, you know exactly what you’re getting and you can ask for changes.

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Pho & Sushi Recipe: Based on Vietnamese and Japanese Style Cooking

Growing up, I lived in a heavily Vietnamese area. Pho was my favorite thing. Then I moved out of the city and realized, to my dismay, that pho is not as accessible if you don’t live in a culture with a large Vietnamese population. I discovered sushi, which is much more mainstream (although based on Japanese dishes), and fell in love.

I got my first apartment as a senior in college, but it was by no means my first time in the kitchen. I’ve been cooking the household meals for my dad and I since I was a junior or senior in high school, born out of a desire to stop eating just baked chicken with bread crumbs and roasted pork. I’ve been experimenting with various cultural dishes and unique combos since.

Today I’ll focus on two recipes I often eat together: easy-to-make Philadelphia maki roll or crab meat maki roll sushi, and shrimp/chicken pho soup. These recipes are based on the Japanese and Vietnamese recipes found here (pho) and here (sushi). I’ve updated them according my taste and my abilities.

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Loud Hands: Avoiding Autistic Shutdown and Sensory Overload

Normally on a Tuesday, I’d be posting about crafts, fashion and DIY, but surprise–April is Autism Awareness Month! I’ve decided to post more “Loud Hands” series throughout this month for two reasons: 1. it will help me integrate my former blog onto here and 2. it will spread awareness and acceptance. April is a hard month for many autistic folks. There is lots of ableist rhetoric floating around, and I’d like my blog to be a safe space where they can avoid that.

Let’s take a look: what is autistic shutdown? It’s basically the autistic version of getting no sleep and not enough nutrition or water for several days. You know how you feel when you’re running on 3 hours of sleep for work, you didn’t take the time to eat breakfast or drink a glass of water, and you’ve already been sleep deprived for weeks? You don’t remember things. Where do you usually park? Who knows. Was that big project due today to my supervisor? Who knows. Maybe. You forget things. You’re unable to concentrate. Lights seem brighter and you can feel your eyes closing; your body wants to shut down.

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Loud Hands: Why “Coming Out” as Autistic is Important

As promised, I am adding autism advocacy as a component of this blog. Every other Thursday, I will post LGBThursdays on LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual) topics and alternating Thursdays I will post Loud Hands on autistic community topics.

Why am I adding autism advocacy to my blog? Most importantly, because I’m autistic. I used to run a side blog just on these issues, but it wasn’t very public and I didn’t feel comfortable sharing it with others. When I came out as bisexual in middle and high school, I never thought I’d have to “come out” again, but I do. I need to tell more people that I’m autistic.

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