Author: Mercer Smith-Looper

The Bougie Baby

Nine months ago, I had a baby. I never thought I would have a baby, so when it actually happened I was pretty surprised. Not just surprised by the whole “oh wow, my vagina is ripped to pieces” but also the “oh, I own this thing now, and if something happens it’s my fault.” I’ve had a dog for a while, which I thought was pretty similar, but it turns out that it is not. This is especially true right now, as I listen to my baby sob over our heat-sensing baby monitor, and my dog lays calmly at...

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Forgetting to Not-Live

A decade ago this past August, I tried to kill myself and landed in a mental hospital for rehabilitation for the next month. After that, I kept my depression close to me, like a blankie or a best friend. I trusted it to always be there, unlike so many other things that had come and gone because, up to that point, it had been the only thing that had stayed. Every fall – ironically my favorite season because it meant the start of a new school year – I would inevitably fall into a spiral. I would start craving...

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Accidental Stylist: The Han Solo

The Accidental Stylist is a weekly post where Mercer, our residential clumsy hipster, tries out and writes about the newest and flashiest in alternative fashion. Were you curious about bubble nails, but didn’t want to have to try them yourself? This is the feature for you. We’ve all seen it. The first leaf turns slightly yellow and everybody is all up in a tizzy about sweaters, flannel and fall. The best way to tell what time of year it is is fashion: in spring, the short-shorts come out before the frost is gone and in fall, boots, spandex, long...

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Accidental Stylist: Rompers

The Accidental Stylist is a weekly post where Mercer, our residential clumsy hipster, tries out and writes about the newest and flashiest in alternative fashion. Were you curious about bubble nails, but didn’t want to have to try them yourself? This is the feature for you. Rompers; how do they work? If you, like me, have always thought that rompers looked like baby clothes—that’s because they are! Rompers were first advertised in 1904 in an issue of the New York Times which likened them to a pinafore, but with shorts instead of skirts. They were quickly adopted by mothers...

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The Accidental Stylist: Crop Tops

The Accidental Stylist: Crop Tops The Accidental Stylist is a weekly post where Mercer, our residential clumsy hipster, tries out and writes about the newest and flashiest in alternative fashion. Were you curious about bubble nails, but didn’t want to have to try them yourself? This is the feature for you. Crop tops have been everywhere lately, and I didn’t even know what they were called until the fiasco O Magazine brought down upon themselves a few months ago. To be honest, as a Size Ten, I had never thought about crop tops other than as something that I wore back...

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