Thank you all for being here with me for another year. It’s been amazing – all this practice at living is paying off, I think.

This is what 34 years old looks like, y’all!


Me, in a vintage dress, making a silly happy face

ETA: This dress is vintage 60s (I think – it might be 70s, I can’t remember) Lane Bryant. It is the first thing I ever bought from Re/Dress – before there was a Re/Dress. I totally bought this from Deb at the Brooklyn Flea Market. Dead stock, what’s not to love?

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  1. A
    Posted September 2, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    omg dress envy

    Happy birthday!

  2. Posted September 2, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    Heh – 34 looks amazing :) And that is a wonderful dress! Many happy returns!

  3. Posted September 2, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    You look FABULOUS! LOVE that dress! Happy Birthday Marianne! :)

  4. Posted September 2, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    Happeeee birthdaaaay, Marianne! Here’s to many more!

  5. lori
    Posted September 2, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    Ah to be thirty four again I just turned a big fat 35 btw adore your dress you look so happy. Happy Birthday and many many more x

  6. Posted September 2, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    You look fabulous!

  7. Posted September 2, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    Oh and Happy Birthday!

  8. Posted September 2, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    Thirty four looks pretty damn good if you ask me. Many happy returns! And many happy re-dresses!

  9. Christine
    Posted September 2, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    Happy birthday pretty lady! I guess if 34 looks that good, I have only good things to look forward to. xo

  10. Marie Burcham
    Posted September 2, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    Please support your sexy sisters by standing up for the Lane Bryant September catalog cover.

    5 full-figured women are featured on the Sept catalog. They are topless. You can’t see anything, but the fat-haters are out in full force.

    Why can’t fat women be as sexy as the Victoria’s Secret women?

    The comments on the LB FB wall are full of hate and loathing.

    The message should be empowering but the bullies are saying the photo is denigrating.


    They just don’t want so see fat women make strides in the sexy arena.

    We are beautiful!

    Please support the Sept. magalog cover!

    • Denise
      Posted September 4, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

      I just saw that cover this morning and thought it was great! Go, Lane Bryant! Fuck the haters.

  11. Posted September 3, 2011 at 12:24 am | Permalink

    Ah, I remember 34 well! It’s a good age. Enjoy it!

    Alas, I am far beyond 34 now. But still kickin’!

    Happy bday! Enjoy your 30s; they’ll fly by.

  12. charlie'sdaughter
    Posted September 3, 2011 at 2:59 am | Permalink

    Happy birthday! I’ll be 34 this year, too (November), and I’m kind of liking this age. And the mention of Re/Dress makes me want to ask you a question, but I don’t want to hijack you birthday thread. Hope you partied like it was 1999 (er, no….maybe 2012?)

    • TR
      Posted September 11, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

      Feel free to ask, please!

  13. martini
    Posted September 3, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday from a fellow 34-year-old fattie. :D

  14. Charlotte
    Posted September 3, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday! (again, since I sent you birthday greetings via Twitter). I hope to be as happy and fabulous as you are when I turn 34! (I’ve got 8 years!)

  15. thirtiesgirl
    Posted September 3, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    HBD! (Belated.) You look fab in that dress. …And ach! I *SO* wish I could be 34 again!

  16. Naamah
    Posted September 4, 2011 at 2:59 am | Permalink

    Happy birthday to you!
    Happy birthday to you!
    You’re fat and you’re awesome,
    And you’re beautiful too!

    You’re kickass, Marianne, and I am so glad that you are here. The world needs you.

  17. Denise
    Posted September 4, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday, Marianne, and thank you for your blog. It makes me happy to open my Google reader and see a new post at The Rotund.

  18. Jamie
    Posted September 5, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    Happy birthday to my favorite blogger! Keep spreading truth!

  19. Lonie Mc
    Posted September 6, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Hope you had a great day! And love the dress.

  20. Melody
    Posted September 6, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    Happy birthday. That dress is fabulouso! I love vintage at work!

  21. Lumi
    Posted September 12, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    Happy birthday, fabulous! Thank you for your thoughtful and inspiring blog and fatcast! Hope you have a marvelous birthday!

  22. Meg
    Posted September 13, 2011 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    Delurking to wish you a Happy Birthday and reiterate that you look fabulous. Dress = awesome.

  23. Posted October 8, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    There is NO way you are 34!! You look wayyyyyy younger. And rockin’ dress chica! I love it! I got linked to your blog through the blogroll of another I love. I hope you don’t mind if I do a post on you in the coming weeks on mine?

    It’s a bit late, but Happy Birthday! (sometimes belated ones help keep the good times going)

  24. Catherine
    Posted December 17, 2011 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    Obviously I missed your birthday, but happy belated! I just discovered your blog and I’ve spent the last few hours reading. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate reading about all the joy you find in life (and fashion!) that has nothing to do with arbitrary standards of health and beauty.

    34 looks terrific on you, as do your documented outfits. You’re an inspiration. I already feel a little more like maybe I can be beautiful too, without the ridiculous starvation diets that I tend to cycle through. Thanks so much for putting this out there, and so eloquently too.

    I’m sure that you get lots of comments like this, but I just couldn’t NOT tell you how much I love this blog.

  25. Anne
    Posted November 19, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Permalink


    I just had to comment- that dress is fantastic! It’s such a great thing to find fun, gorgeous vintage clothing in plus sizes! And you look marvelous in the dress, which is really what matters most.

    Just wanted to say, I’m a costume designer, and judging by length, collar, belt, and magnificent faux-pucci print I would place that dress in the early to mid 70s! It’s a late sixties kind of silhouette, but the pattern is so bold. I don’t think Lane Bryant was doing that till a few years later. So . . . Happy extremely belated birthday, and I have severe dress envy. Hooray!

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