Lovely Links: 10/24/14

Weekly Kitten:


Harriet is FASCINATED by the printer. As soon as it starts to whir and hum, she comes streaking into the office, jumps on my desk, and stares up at it. Last weekend, she finally attempted to get a closer look. (First seen on Instagram)

“Everyone told me — my family, my school, my church. When I got older, magazines and salesgirls and boyfriends (told me), even if they didn’t say so out loud. The world’s been telling me for 75 years that my body is bad. First for being female, then for being fat and then for being sick.” (This is a narrative about illness and death, and may be upsetting)

The fabulous gals at Rhodesian of Edinburgh are now selling a truly stunning messenger bag. Three gorgeous colors, and I want one of each.

The Dear Kate lingerie line is getting lots of love from plus sized fashion bloggers. They carry regular sizes, too!

I truly do NOT need another pair of tall black boots, but this moto/cowgirl hybrid from Born is calling to me nonetheless.

Kelly’s before and after alterations posts are always great, showing exactly how much a skilled tailor can do to change a garment.

This post explores why calling “How to Get Away with Murder” star, Oscar nominee, and all-around powerhouse Viola Davis “less classically beautiful” reinforces colorism.

Vaguely related: Mindy Kaling is constantly being asked to talk about being a Hollywood outsider because she isn’t tall, thin, and white. And she is starting to push back against that, saying she’d rather focus on keeping her show going than being some sort of industry pioneer due to her other-ness.

Despite my shift to neutral clothes, I’m still a sucker for multicolored scarves and these ones from Blazon are gorgeous.

Locals! Maiden Minnesota is coming up, and I can’t wait to go. I’ve also donated a personal shopping trip to the silent auction!

Angie explains the difference between wardrobe essentials and wardrobe basics, and lists out her current essentials.

Loved this interview with one of the “Advanced Style” movie stars Tziporah Salamon.

Green, black, and gray are such a chic combination, and an unexpected grouping.

Women in their sixth and seventh decades are enjoying the peace of mind and self-assurance that comes with growing older, but we are not sharing this. We should stick our noses over the barricades, stop being quite so prickly and defensive, and pirouette out to show the next generation that it’s all going to be just fine. And maybe take a selfie or two while we’re at it.”

On catcalling, personal space, respect, and more: Thank you so much for telling me I’m pretty.

A bold, beautiful all-white outfit.

Favorite badass outfit of the week: Callie in an oversized shirt, biker jacket, and pencil skirt. Her post also contains a great reminder that plus-sized women shouldn’t feel obliged to curve-flattering, shape-highlighting clothes every minute of every day. To which I say WORD.

Some of these won’t resonate with you, but I’m betting at least a few will: 50 simple ways to express self-love.

Unspeakably talented actress Frances McDormand speaks out against ageism. Love her even more now.

Imogen is doing a really eye-opening series on color undertones with great visuals: How to Pick Colour Undertones, The Undertones of Colours, How to Pick the Undertone of a Colour

This railroad spike bracelet has been on my wishlist for years. I should just bite the bullet already …

A great reminder of how important it is to allow yourself pleasures and failures as part of self-care.

“Recently, I’ve actually been single and that’s been one of the most liberating aspects of my journey. It’s meant not identifying my presentation with the needs or expectations of my romantic partner. It’s amazing to wake up in the morning and decide whether I feel like wearing men’s briefs or frilly lingerie and not worry about whether it will enforce or detract from my partner’s ideals about their own gender expression.”

Katha’s buffalo plaid dress and knit hat are so perfect together.

My latest Huffington Post piece is a reminder that if you want to, you should totally chop off all your hair.

It took years, but Ragini finally felt ready to ignore the chorus of voices telling her she was too fat to swim.

Loving Lisa’s leather sleeves. (If only I could find a word for sleeves that begins with L …)

As part of The Beauty Project series, director Kathryn Ferguson filmed five women, all over age 80, on the subject of beauty. (Via Not Dead Yet Style)

“Body shape trends that have gone viral on social media, like the thigh gap, have the power to influence the body image of young women globally.”

And from the Department of Random: According to scientists, sex was invented in Scotland.

Additionally: All of the “dudes” in “The Big Lebowski.” (Includes Walter swearing, of course.)

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Insomniac Sale Picks: Boots with Chunky 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?*

Marje requested a few picks for boots with chunky heels, so here we go:

clarks jolissa lapis

Clarks Jolissa Lapis – was $230, now $89.99 – $179.99

Burgundy. YUM. This pair sports a sturdy block heel at 2.75″ and a tough-but-classy wraparound buckle detail. And they’re a great option for folks with narrow calves, since they’ve got a 13.5″ circumference. Available in this burgundy and in black in sizes 6 – 10. Size availability and price vary by color. Also over on 6pm in sizes 9 -10. This pair has a shorter heel, but comes in burgundy with a 17.25″ calf circumference.

born shaylee

Born Shaylee – was $200, now $83.16 – $199.95

If you’re looking for a shorter chunky heel, this Born pair fits the bill. With a 15″ calf and 2.25″ heel, it will be as comfy as it is cute. Available in this gray-tan as well as weathered black leather in sizes 6 – 11. Size availability and price vary by color. This similar pair has a 16″ calf.

timberland stratham heights

Timberland Earthkeepers Stratham Heights – was $200, now $120

I own these and will continue to recommend them until there are no pairs left on earth. You can see how much I love my pairs here. These boots are comfy, cute, versatile enough for work or play and – wait for it – waterproof. YES! These have a 14.5″ calf and 3.5″ chunky stacked heel. Available in this cognac as well as black or chocolate brown in sizes 6- 11. If that calf is too narrow or heel too high, this style also comes in an ankle boot with a 2.5″ heel.

miz mooz noa

Miz Mooz Noa – was $220, now $145.94 – $219.95

Miz Mooz is an underrated brand that consistently churns out comfy, stylish shoes and boots. This cool pieced boot is a perfect example – such fun details and interesting construction. This style has a 2″ heel and 14″ circumference and gets high marks from customers. Available in this black as well as whiskey brown in sizes 6 – 11. Also available in wide calf.

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for boots with chunky heels:

  1. Clarks – Stylish, well-made options including booties and tall boots with chunky heels.
  2. Born – Short, mid-calf, and tall in gorgeous colors and all with walkable heels. These stacked-heel cowgirl-influenced boots are calling to me.
  3. Rieker – Comfortable, edgy designs including these badass lug-sole ankle boots.

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Dressed for: Girls Night

Already Pretty outfit featuring camel sweater, leather pants, Rebecca Minkoff Logan, black ankle boots

Sweater – BR via Twice
Pants – Not Your Daughter’s Jeans (last year’s so a few sizes left) – similar
Booties – Steve Madden (no longer available) – similar
Bag – Rebecca Minkoff Logan (no longer available) – similar
Earrings – Target (no longer available) – similar

Wore this for a night at my gorgeous friend Michelle’s gorgeous apartment (photos on Instagram), and at the bar near her place. Even though we’re having a surprisingly long and pleasant fall, I’ve been totally freezing lately – possibly due to this ridiculously prolonged cold/cough – so it felt great to be moderately bundled up. I’m sure I’ve mentioned this, but if my neck is cold, I’m cold. If my neck is covered, I’m toasty. Clearly, my personal thermostat is inside my neck.

Also these pants are so glorious. All leather/faux leather pants can be tough to fit and sometimes uncomfortable. Leather front/ponte back? THE BEST.


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