Lovely Links: 8/1/14

Come on down to Eat My Words bookstore on
August 10 at 2 p.m.
for a reading and book signing!

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Weekly Kitten:

The amazing gals at Rhodesian of Edinburgh have just finished a photo shoot with Bethany Townsend, and the images are gorgeous.

Looks like Boden has created my perfect dress: Ponte, 3/4 sleeves, and full skirt. WANT.

Absolutely thrilled for AP contributor Cassie of Reluctant Femme, who has a post over at XOJane this week about crafting a pendant from your favorite nail polish. Congrats, gal!

“Of course, someone has touched all of the clothes we wear. Many someones. But we often forget that – they come to us magically, finished, in their hundreds, as if human hands had never been involved.”

Here’s a sneak peek at Mango’s plus size line, Violeta. Gorgeous stuff.

Fab tips for creating a capsule maternity wardrobe utilizing both maternity-specific pieces and items from your own closet.

How, specifically, can parents help their children develop a healthy body image? This post includes suggestions.

“Companies that offer custom-made clothing for transgender and gender non-conforming people are coming to the forefront, as more diverse models gain visibility in the fashion industry – and redefine the parameters of gender identity.” (Via Yum & Yuk)

It’s winter in Australia, and Ashley showcases a sophisticated way to wear pastels in winter.

Wow. Just wow. Simple tip for biking in a skirt. (Via Smart, Pretty & Awkward)

Bless The Onion: Maybelline Introduces New Ideal-Woman Rubber Mask To Use In Place Of Makeup

Imogen rounds up dozens of posts that will help you create more outfits from what’s already hanging in your closet. So many great tips!

OK, I did it. I joined Instagram. Slow going so far, but hope to post more regularly soon.

Although I’d add checking consignment shops for great buys, this list of tips for building a professional wardrobe on a budget is smart and savvy.

This roundup of bloggers rocking midi skirt looks is such fun.

If there’s someone in your life who believes that catcalling and casual sexual harassment of women isn’t an important and pervasive issue, please send them this comic.

Vivienne writes eloquently and tenderly about making peace with her belly, a step in her body image journey that has been a long time coming.

This post begins, “We all know that Nike is named after the Greek goddess of victory …” I did not know that. Did you? ANYHOO. Read the rest to find out how nine beloved sneaker styles got their names.

Quite possibly the classiest, most minimalist outfit ever created that features a denim vest. Well played, Jen.

And speaking of class acts, Lady of Style looks chic and elegant in her colorblocked dress and pearl necklace.

Huh. Interesting argument against the idea of vanity sizing. Love Une Femme’s response, too.

My favorite response to the bizarre/insidious tumblr Women Against Feminism? Confused Cats Against Feminism. COOKIE BELLY. (Via Skepchick)

Alison praises ASOS Curve for creating a lookbook that does NOT focus on making the models looking as thin as possible, but instead embraces fashion-forward and fun silhouettes.

The state of body image in the ballet world is tenuous and fraught with exceptions to the rule. There are different realities body image-wise for dancers of every stripe, recreational or professional, and I think it is time we acknowledged that no group of dancers, just like no group of people, is homogenous.”

Love Trystan’s tips for how to sew your own gothic clothing.

On the Fox 9 Buzz, I talked about working those skinny jeans regardless of your size or shape.

Esther Honig sent a photograph of herself without any makeup to designers in 25+ countries and told them, simply, “make me beautiful.” The results are fascinating.

My spider veins do not affect my fashion choices, and I still don’t cover them up. I’m grateful to be in a better frame of mind now than I was at age 29. We can’t stop or reverse the physical changes that accompany aging, but we can change the way we think about those changes. That is empowering.”

Leaders of Today and Tomorrrow (LOTT), the leadership program that I co-chair, is recruiting mentors and fellows! We’d love to have you!

Tanasha is ready for the weekend in her khaki shorts and chic hat.

An interesting perspective on how the capsule wardrobe method can be frustrating for certain folks trying to move toward closet minimalism. Grechen went for a total overhaul instead.

From the Department of Random: Are you an introvert, extrovert, or sea monster? (Via The Toast)

And because I am clearly not above putting two cat videos in one post: ENEMY CAT. I, too, utilize hopping and somersaulting when confronting a dangerous foe.

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Insomniac Sale Picks: Maxi Skirts

*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?*

Nicola requested a few picks for maxi skirts, so here we go:

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Old Navy Jersey Maxi Skirt - was $34.94, now $29.97 – $19

Basic, solid, and affordable. I love maxi skirts with a bit of swish to them, and this one has a gentle A-line shape. Available in cobalt, magenta, and teal for $19, bright red for $29.97, and navy, burgundy, black, and charcoal at full price in sizes XS – XXL. Size availability varies by color. Also in petite and tall sizes. ON has a slightly slimmer fitting maxi in prints and solids in sizes 1X – 4X.

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Bobeau Long Stripe Skirt – was $59, now $39.90

Striped maxis are pretty commonplace, but this one has such a fun asymmetric/ruched detail at the waistline! Fabulous for wearing with shorter or tucked tops, and easy enough to cover on days when you want a basic striped skirt. Available in sizes XS – XL, including some petite sizes. Also comes in solid red, black, charcoal, or gray in regular and petite sizes. This striped skirt is similar and available in sizes 0X – 3X, though it lacks the waist detail.

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Maison Jules Pleated Maxi Skirt – was $49, now $29.99

I’m swooning over this one. Pleated and lined with a wide waistband, and it’s machine washable! What a fun option for now, and in this color range can also work into fall and winter. Available in this olive as well as navy and black in sizes XS – XXL. This similar pleated maxi is available in two colors in sizes 12 – 22.

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for maxi skirts:

  1. Old Navy - 53 affordable options, including petite, tall, plus, AND maternity sizes
  2. Macy’s - Prints, solid, trendy side-slits and more. Some petite and plus size options available, too.
  3. eBay - Includes vintage and used, but with 100,000+ options there will be lots to choose from. Use the criteria in the left rail to narrow your search by size, color, material, etc.

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Two Stylists, Two Looks: Metallic Ballet Flats

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My friend and fellow stylist Carly Gatzlaff and I have extremely similar business models for consulting with clients, but we also have very different personal styles. Naturally, we put our own preferences aside when working with clients and focus on their tastes and needs, but we definitely bring different ideas and techniques to the table. So we thought it would be fun and interesting for us both to take items from our personal wishlists, style them into outfits, then post them side by side.

And since the two of us are collaborating on a workshop – How Shoes Work Within Your Wardrobe – this series will focus on footwear. During the workshop we’ll discuss footwear trends, talk about how to pick shoes for your outfits, and reveal each of our top 10 picks for timeless shoe styles. Today, we’ll look at one of my top ten - metallic ballet flats!

Carly’s Look

 

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Details on Carly’s set here

CARLY’S THOUGHTS: A metallic flat is a must-have for every women. They are comfortable, sleek, and simply match with everything! Whenever I am styling flats for clients, I try to keep the lower half or their outfit more tubular. For example cigarette leg pants, straight and pencil skirts ending above the knee, and dresses that are straight and do not flare out. For my look, I wanted to create a tailored outfit to help dress up the flat ever more. A fitted top and blazer give a more formal look, while the slightly distressed denim still reads fun. To transition the look for work, try swapping the denim for a navy slim ankle pant!

Sally’s Look

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Details on Sally’s set here

SALLY’S THOUGHTS: Although I find that metallic flats and sandals of just about any shade are incredibly versatile, bronze has been my go-to this summer. I wear my bronze flats with EVERYTHING, so I opted for a similar pair. They’d look marvelous with a neutral mix, but also add some zest to this colorful outfit featuring a turquoise floral dress and denim jacket. Black would look too stark with this frock and although you could pull out the pink or yellow with your footwear that might feel a bit matchy. The bronze is warm and subtle, and slightly more unexpected than tan or cognac. That said, a tan leather bag, tortoiseshell shades, and a couple of brass-toned bracelets unite the look with their earthy tones. This outfit would be great for weekend errands, a backyard party, or casual night out.

Definitely some overlap with these looks, but they’re quite different, too! Which one suits your taste? Or would you wear both?

Join us for our workshop,
How Shoes Work Within Your Wardrobe!

August 24
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Mall of America Executive Center, Boundary Waters Suite, Level 4
Tickets are $30 and must be purchased in advance

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