Inspired Outfit: Tough and Ladylike

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Cortnie of the blog Style Lust Pages mixes tough and ladylike elements in this fabulous outfit. The rugged utility vest plays off the chunky necklace, sleek sheath, and strappy heels so perfectly. Also love hrt cheeky graphic clutch. Check her original post for details about this inspired outfit!

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Lovely Links: 8/29/14

Weekly Kitten:

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Open-minded cats don’t limit themselves to PAPER bags.

“The people who say that ‘it’s what’s on the inside that matters’ are wrong. It all matters. We can’t divide our insides from our outsides; we are all the complicated, amazing marriage of the physical and ephemeral. If there wasn’t this body, there wouldn’t be this specific me writing these specific words.”

The Curvy Fashionista suggests five fall plus size fashion trends to thrift. My own recommendations for thriftable fall trends are coming up soon!

Are you a feminist and a graphic designer? Feminist Apparel is seeking designs for new tees. And unlike some similar calls for design, you’ll get both paid AND credited.

A woman’s relation to her body is often hesitant because she simultaneously experiences it as a thing and a capacity, whereas men tend to comprehend their bodies as the originators of motion rather than subject to it.”

I do believe Psyche has found the coolest eyelet dress ever made. And she paired it with zebra sandals because she’s awesome like that.

Labor Day is coming. And there is no need to put away your white jeans. (Unless you want to.)

Another thing you definitely don’t have to do? Wear traditionally figure-flattering clothing every single day of your life.

” … we apply technology to the fashion industry as well — what else would you call rapid prototyping, the rise of online shopping, and Pinterest? But when people talk about bringing technology to fashion, what we often mean is making it so a pair of jeans now needs batteries, and I’m not sure that’s really either a pressing need or an appropriate goal.”

I’ve become a little obsessed with online thrift store Twice and nabbed slouchy leather pants and a super cute metallic sweater over the past few weeks. And they ship to Canada! Rejoice!

Some ideas for cutting fatphobic language out of your life.

Holy moly: DIY new-sew neoprene circle skirt. My mind is officially blown.

Well hello, sassy cherry print dress.

A fascinating exploration of perceived value and beauty bargains.

We live in a culture where it is normal, even expected to be insecure—and where it is normal, even expected to scrutinize other people’s bodies, too. Just walk past a row of tabloid magazines and you’ll see celebrities being called out for being too fat, for being too thin, for getting plastic surgery, for not getting plastic surgery, for being too slow to get their ‘post-baby bodies’ back. No wonder we’re so hard on ourselves.”

V-shaped bib necklaces are incredibly useful if you’re a fan of the V neckline (as I am). Love this one and this one.

Filing away this look as a great way to make full, flippy skirts look a bit more badass. This one, too. Clearly, denim is a factor.

Bestselling author (and all-around amazing human being) Deanna Raybourn talks about how she researches clothing for her historical novels, and the choices she makes about their clothing shapes, fabrics and colors.

Muted tones are calling to me these days, so I loved this palette of neutrals and dusty shades.

How gorgeous is Kileen in her butterfly-print maternity dress?

“I do think the representation of minimalism in fashion — it’s so thin and boring and tall and white. But minimalism can be colorful and fat and disabled and all these valuable other realms of experience too. Right? … We need more critical dismantling of the aesthetics we valorize.”

It can be challenging, but always a good practice to realize that certain garments and looks can be loved and appreciated from afar and don’t need to be owned or re-created in your own closet.

An important message: When it comes to fellow women, you can choose support and connection over competition and alienation.

Always a dynamite combination: Hot pink, vibrant orange, and leopard print.

Fabulous advice for creating a versatile color palette within your wardrobe, including a whopping 36 sample palettes.

Newly smitten with these Lee skinny jeans. The rise is high on me and the washes are classic. And the style comes in petite and plus sizes!

Here’s why virtually every meme you’ll see about “real women” is both wrong and hurtful.

Sarah looks ever so chic in black ankle pants and a printed tee.

Such an important reminder about love and self-love.

“Baldness has a certain power to it. It’s not just freedom from the tyranny of hair products, unexpected rain clouds, and basic men in the street, but a liberation from other people’s notions of ‘womanhood.’

An amazing roundup of non-toxic and/or cruelty-free mascaras.

Many Canadian designers explored androgynous looks for the fall season, and did so with tremendous creativity.

Wow. SO much more politics and angst surrounding the dressing choices of women cyclists than I ever expected.

“There is no wrong way to be a body, and there are no wrong bodies. Every body is true, and right.”

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Insomniac Sale Picks: Printed Mid-height Heels

*In this late-night feature – which will run on Tuesday and Thursday of each week – I’ll gather up three fun items that are currently on sale online and share them with you! I would LOVE suggestions: Stylish wide-width pumps? Classic v-necked sweaters? Chandelier earrings? Petite dress slacks? What would you like to see featured?*

Raquel requested a few picks for printed mid-height heels, so here we go:

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Soft Style Fayth - was $59, now $39.95

This pretty pastel peeptoe might seem like it will have limited application going into fall, but pull out that rich burgundy in your outfit and it will feel more seasonally appropriate. This shoe has a 2.75″ heel and 0.25″ platform, so it’ll feel like a 2.5″ heel. Available in US sizes 6 – 12, including some wide widths.

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Bella-Vita Wow – was $95.95, now $36.99 – $71.99

This pump features autumnal tones in a floral cork print that includes subtle flecks of gold. If this version isn’t doing it for ya, also comes in a metallic herringbone, gold crosshatch, bronze snakeskin, black and white geometric, black snakeskin, and solid bronze. 2.5″ heel. Available in US sizes 5 – 12, including AA, D, and E widths. Size availability varies by color.

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C Label Vicky - was $50, now $34.95

Such a great option for retro or rockabilly looks, but would also be fabulous for adding some spice to funky workwear. This is a fabric shoe just like the Soft Style peeptoe, so beware of wet weather. Available in black with white dots and in blue with white dots in US sizes 5.5 – 10. Size availability varies by color.

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Johnston & Murphy Anita - was $188, now $79.99

Plaid! Plaid pumps with a low heel! How fun would these be with some dark tights and a leather skirt for fall? And the heel is only 2″ so incredibly walkable. These also come in black and white houndstooth as well as mustard with a burgundy bow, brown with a pink bow, and black with a teal bow. Available in US sizes 6 – 10. Size availability varies by color.

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for printed mid-height heels:

  1. Nine West - Everything from camo to herringbone mixed in there. Though some heels are definitely higher than mid …
  2. DSW - You’ll have to search by keywords like “polka dot” and “floral,” but there are lots of cute options in there.
  3. eBay- Lots of animal print in there, but other prints can be found. Be sure to refine your search in the left rail.

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