Lovely Links: 9/19/14

Weekly Kitten:

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 Let us not forget wonderful Simon, who helped me over-dye some clothes this week. He helped by being cute.

Wearable technology. Seems to be the next big thing, no? (Cheers, Garrett!)

“It’s not only highly annoying that in this day and age, St Ives think we could care less about whether anyone is judging us on our level of blush, but also that the assumption every time a lipstick touches our lips it must be to impress a man. It makes me think they did that survey in the 70’s and only just found it again now.”

What a marvelous mash-up of hot pink, animal print, and classic accessories.

Another creative and unusual animal print pairing: All white with a pop of leopard.

Bitchtopia offers four mantras that ring false and could be removed from circulation. I definitely agree that “real women have curves” is well-intended, but does more harm than good.

On a recent Ragstock visit, HM suggested a slightly boxy Alternative Apparel tee. I snapped it up for $6 and am now obsessed with the brand’s laid-back, thoughtfully designed basics.

Audrey looks radiant in her classic, slightly preppy outfit. Love that owl purse, too!

“…a generation ago, women needed to be good to meet society’s expectations, but good is no longer good enough. Now, girls need to be perfect.”

Back in July, I noted my disappointment in Meghan Trainor’s song “All About That Bass.” Unsurprisingly, I am not alone in my belief that this song isn’t exactly a body-positive anthem.

Zounds. Imogen shows us how to create 72 outfits from 12 garments. And then pack it all into a carry-on suitcase.

Three fun ways to wear white clothes and accessories into fall.

“So what happens when women draw their own bodies in a medium that has represented them so poorly? Here, 23 successful graphic artists share their illustrations and discuss how women are reshaping a form that has marginalized them nearly since its inception.” (Not safe for work/drawn nudity)

Masterful layering with suiting and denim. LOVE.

Totally dig this tutorial on reviving your dusty, neglected leather boots with a few simple steps.

On the Goodwill Easter Seals blog I shared three ways to dress up your thrifted cashmere.

“New Zealand photographer Jenny O’Connor photographed 60 women who were 60 in the year their photo was taken. She wanted to explore how women at 60 see themselves now, how society sees them, what’s important to them and how they feel about what lies ahead.” Also see a slideshow of the images here. (Via Not Dead Yet Style)

Always amusing: Lie Witness News heads out to New York Fashion Week. I, too, love the designs of Chandler Bing.

Tanasha has convinced me that gingham can be badass. And Rowan’s multi-buckle belt speaks for its own badassery.

An institution has emerged to put clothes on our back. The scoffer who inspires Streep character’s rant would like to think that she is outside of the fashion industry, that it has nothing to do with her. Likewise, many of us would like to think that we’re outside of the institutions that we don’t like. But we’re not. That’s the rub. No matter how enlightened or inspired we are to fight social convention, we can’t get outside the institutions that organize our societies. We’re in them whether we know it or not.”

On the Fox 9 Buzz, I offered some tips for working the Western trend.

My whip-smart, super talented, incredibly driven colleague Sarah shares the lessons she learned from watching photos of herself in her underwear go viral. They are hard lessons.

Talk about role reversal: Forever 21 has filed suit against an array of companies, alleging that they are copying its designs, as well as its name.

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Insomniac Sale Picks: Overnight Bags

*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?*

Karen requested a few picks for overnight bags, so here we go:

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LeSportsac Luggage Large Weekender – was $116, now $87

You all know how much I love me some Le Sportsac. If you’re looking for a super lightweight and/or vegan option, this roomy weekender fits the bill. It clocks in at 20.5″ x 10″ x 14″ with a 22″ strap drop. And yes, it comes with that darling matching accessory bag. Available in this floral as well as blue shibori, black eyelet, and a rather kooky cartoon print.

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Bellino Stefan – was $179, now $146.99

SO PRETTY. I have no use for an overnight bag and am still tempted by this beaut. A little smaller at 19.5″ x 12″ x 8.5″ but still roomy enough to pack the necessities for a short trip. And it features a super cool framed top for easy opening and access. Bellino does some lovely bags – this all-leather duffle is another gorgeous option.

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Aldo Ciccone – was $60, now $44.98

Such a sleek, classic bag at a ridiculously great price. Faux leather, of course, with a flat base for stability and a roomy 20″ x 9″ x 12″ interior. Strap drop is 27.5″ and the bag features two exterior slip pockets and an exterior zip pocket.

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Lipault Paris Weekend Satchel - was $99, now $59.99

Very pink, and also lightweight, durable, and water resistant. This bag doesn’t come with a shoulder strap, but does feature a clever strap that allows you to slip the tote over an upright case for consolidated travel. 22″ x 9.5″ x 13″.

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for overnight bags:

  1. eBags – In addition to the option above, a variety of bags from duffles to rollers.
  2. Cath Kidston – Cute and affordable in four prints.
  3. Zappos – Everything from gorgeous leather to lightweight nylon.

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Thrifting for Trends: Fall/Winter 2014 Edition

It’s time, once again, to examine the hot “new” trends for the season, and remind ourselves that fashion recycles EVERYTHING! Here are just a few of the garments, colors, and styles that are trending for fall and winter that you can easily track down at your local thrift and consignment shops. (Note that all of the on-trend items I’m wearing below have been thrifted. Already.)

Plaid

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Can a classic like plaid really be considered trendy? When it shows up in on dozens upon dozens of runway shows and subsequently FLOODS the mall stores, I’m answering with a resounding, “Yes.” But! Since plaid never really goes out of style, that means it’ll be plentiful on the thrift store racks, too. Classic tartans featuring red, black, green, and blue are always a safe bet, but feel free to spring for more modern iterations. Just be sure to pick a plaid that is dark-color dominant: White-backed plaids can work for fall and winter, but sometimes seem a bit to light for truly cold weather.

Dark Florals

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This trend took hold a few winters ago, and has swung back around once more. As with plaid. what you want here is a print that has a dark color as the background. Floral prints in which the blooms themselves are done in dark prints will look lovely, but a black, eggplant, burgundy, or navy background with botanicals of all kinds will capture the somber mood you want here. Dark florals will be mixed in among the brighter and lighter ones at your local Goodwill. When you can, opt for large-scale florals over ditsy styles.

Sangria

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Pantone’s color report for fall is all about the jewel tones, but sangria – a rich magenta – is a standout. This color is incredibly versatile and can pair with neutrals, bold brights, and other jewel tones. It also works well with a wide variety of complexions and skin tones. Choose a version that has warm or cool undertones to complement your own coloring. As is the case with all color trends, these ones will be among the easiest to thrift! This cardigan is a secondhand find from last year. (More of a neutrals person? Gray is the big one for the season.)

Leather Everything

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Another Autumn/Winter standby, but also a trend that showed up in virtually every ready-to-wear show. Leather jackets are always a great bet – I scored this pre-loved cropped cognac jacket last year – but feel free to splash out on leather skirts, pants, even dresses. All of which will turn up in most thrift stores.

Rich Embellishments

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Another great thriftable trend since it’s incredibly broad and can be interpreted in a million ways. On the runways we saw sequins, embroidery, velvet burnouts, textures, applique, and lace insets. When shopping the thrift racks look for anything that goes beyond a basic print: Texture, sparkle, detailed necklines, metallics, anything that makes a garment or accessory look vaguely royal. When examining secondhand items with sewn-on embellishments like beads or sequins, look closely for any missing elements. Some can be easily replaced with a quick trip to the craft store, but others may be trickier and require mending work-arounds.

What trendy items will YOU thrift for this season?

Runway images courtesy Style.com: Marc by Marc Jacobs | Erin Fetherston | Chanel | Louis Vuitton | Dolce & Gabbana

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