Lovely Links: 3/27/15

Weekly Kitty:

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Internet, meet Black Mouse. Please be sensitive to the fact that Black Mouse is superior to all other cat toys, including the mechanical mouse that zooms around when you wind it up, the little machine that creates a feline-focused laser show, and, of course, other, sub-par, impostor black mice. In the event that Black Mouse should get swatted under a closet door, nearby humans will be suckered into opening said door by heart-rending squeaks from Harriet Kitty.

Kasmira shows how two black and white prints can be complemented by a third, colorful one.

I ADORE this post on how to be naked in places where you need to be naked (like a sauna). Great reminders about body diversity, judgment, unnecessary comments, and privilege. (Via Reading in Skirts)

Real Simple magazine is celebrating its 15th anniversary by publishing best ofs and master lists. The printed magazine has a great guide to removing all manner of stains, and a “what to wear for all occasions” grid that has some good tips. Neither are online, but this post on how to dress for any occasion has similar advice.

Never heard of this podiatrist-designed test, but definitely curious: How to measure for your ideal heel height.

Vibrant colors and muted neutrals can play well together in the same outfit.

I’ve become a little bit obsessed with jasper jewelry. This chunky red jasper pendant is right up my alley, as is this sesame jasper cluster charm.

No idea why, but “It” bags fascinate me. Maybe it’s because they’re such a straightforward example of purchasable, label-related status, and yet carrying an “It” bag isn’t generally considered gauche or tacky. Anyway, Paper rounds up the top 10 “It” bags of all time.

On the Fox 9 Buzz, I gave tips for fitting empire-waist dresses.

“The big thing I‘ve learned is that, regardless of the size of my actual butt there will always be some sort of problem. My thighs will never be the right thighs. My skin will never be the right skin. I accept those facts without giving them further thought. The other big thing I’ve learned is that my life is too short to not enjoy my body and how I decorate my body as much as I can.” (Via Balancing Jane)

Reminder about how your outfits relate to the opinions of total strangers

Stacy London’s new show “Love, Lust, or Run” provides makeovers for women with bold, unusual dressing styles. Then strangers get to “rate” their before and after photos. And yet somehow, she seems to be selling this show as being all about personal style and expression. Huh.

The floaty vibe of this chiffon floral maxi is balanced by Kileen’s moto-detailed jacket.

Speaking of moto detailing: eShakti sales are hazardous. With discount and coupon, this moto-detail dress only cost me $40, and that’s WITH customization. That sale is over, but sign up for their newsletter for an instant coupon and notifications of future sales. Sizes 0 – 36W!

Amber reveals 11 things redheads are sick of hearing. Some are UK-specific, but my redheaded Midwestern mom has heard a few of these, too.

On I shared resources for preppy style and stores with the best return policies.

In this episode of The Blind Life, Christine Ha demonstrates how she, as a visually impaired person, applies her own makeup.

“When a woman puts on a foot or a knee or an arm, she often finds that it’s not quite right. Knees are too tall and too stiff, feet don’t fit into shoes, hands are big, ankles don’t bend to accommodate heels. Every step a female amputee takes puts them face to face with the fact that prosthetics is still a male dominated industry.”

Five simple but important questions to ask yourself before purchasing a new wardrobe item

Tanasha is smashing in head-to-toe gray. And I mean head-to-toe: Gray hat and gray boots complete the look.

After decades of makeup artists doing their best to mask real freckles – which have long been considered some kind of “imperfection” that should be downplayed, especially on celebs – faux freckles have now become a thing. Because … oh hell, I don’t know why.  This article points out that naturally freckled Emma Stone appears to have covered her real freckles with makeup and then had fake ones drawn in. So now people without freckles want them and people with them … want non-real ones? The world is so WEIRD, you guys.

Don’t believe me about the weirdness? The Straw Hat Riots of 1922. Eesh.

Most articles that attempt to explain natural coloring – hair, eyes, skin, and the associated contrasts and undertones – are muddled and unhelpful. Here, Maria uses her own portrait as an example and does herself up in winter, spring, summer, and autumn colorings. She also points out that many people aren’t 100% in one season. (Just as most of us aren’t 100% in one body shape category.)

These eco-conscious brands are billed as fast-fashion alternatives. All are considerably spendier than Forever 21, but many fall into the Gap/Banana Republic price range.

Totally re-creating this look once the snow melts: Utility jacket, striped top, jeans, Chucks. Perfection.

Lest we forget the force of nature that is Janelle Monáe: “In general, I was inspired to start Wondaland Records after seeing there was a big absence of female entrepreneurs in the music industry who understand how to develop and market innovative artists, artists who truly care about community and redefining the creative waters in the music industry.”

For years, I’ve used this metallic paint pen to touch up dinged hardware. Mine ran out recently, but bless Amazon for still carrying it!

I agree with the assessment that capsule wardrobes are the new kale. Here are five ways to create a capsule, including Drew Barrymore’s. Did you guys know she’s an editor-at-large for Refinery 29?

The Directrice offers some tailoring tips, and a great reminder that virtually no one can wear everything right off the rack.

Good point: “Street style” is a lie.

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Insomniac Sale Picks: Colorful Pumps with 3″ or Shorter 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?*

Mary requested a few picks for colorful, quality pumps with heels 3″ or shorter, so here we go:

lifestride pumps

LifeStride Parigi Pump – was $60, now $15.99 – $54.95

Such a pretty, classic round-toe pump, and with a walkable 2.5″ heel and insole cushioning. Most available colors aren’t super bright, but this mint is fabulous for spring, and you can also nab this style in navy patent, burgundy reptile, coral reptile, wine croc print, gold leather, and an array of neutrals from black to cognac to white. Available in U.S. sizes 5 – 12, including A, C, and E widths. Size and width availability varies by color. Some colors and sizes also available at DSW.

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Nine West Swaymeso Pump – was $79, now $63.20
with code SHOESNBAGS

Although the listing says this color is blue, it looks mighty purple to me. Regardless, it’s a great bold shade for spring and summer with a rounded toe and 2.5″ heel. Available in this blue/purple as well as pink or white in U.S. sizes 5 – 12. Size availability varies by color. If you strike out size-wise, this Nine West pointed-toe suede heel is a great alternative in bright pink or emerald green, and can be protected with a little Timberland Balm Proofer. And this lovely yellow pump by Bandolino comes in wide widths.

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Hush Puppies Imagery Pump – was $80, now $24 – $47.40

If you prefer a block heel, these Hush Puppies are a fabulous option. With a stable 2″ heel and rounded toe, these will keep you comfy for hours. This bold red is my favorite, but the style also comes in navy and a variety of neutrals. Available in U.S. sizes 5.5 – 12, including some C/D widths. Size and width availability varies by color.

trotters navy pumps

Trotters Penelope Pump – was $130, now $31.20 – $104
with code SHOESNBAGS

Navy might not be the most thrilling color in the world, but it is versatile and I know some of you are on the lookout for classic navy pumps. This style has a 0.25″ hidden platform and 2″ heel for a perceived height of 2″. The toe is on the almond side of round and very elegant. Navy suede is also available, along with burgundy leather, burgundy suede, blush, and neutrals including cognac, taupe, and black. Available in U.S sizes 5 – 12, including A and C/D widths. Size and width availability varies by color.


Honorable mentions:

  • These suede pumps from Ara are only available in a few sizes, but chunky, funky, and cute. In yellow, purple, or orange
  • The Naturalizer Lennox is a classic, and available in this season in navy patent or teal suede.


Other not-currently-on-sale resources for colorful, quality pumps with heels 3″ or shorter:

  1. Nine West – As evidenced above. Prints, solids, pastels, and primaries. Love this bold red d’Orsay pair.
  2. Miz Mooz – Lots of fun options, and all of them comfy and well made. Check Amazon, too.
  3. Cole Haan – Top quality, and lots of great colors. Amazon has some prints and solids, too.

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Dressed for: Back and Forth

Already Pretty outfit featuring leather jacket, striped tunic, leggings, high top sneakers, Palladium shoes, Rebecca Minkoff Logan Crossbody handbag, long pendant necklace

Jacket – Wilson’s Leather (not available online) – similar
Tunic – Comfy courtesy LISSA the Shop
Leggings – Hue (no longer available) – similar look
Sneakers – Baggy courtesy Palladium
Bag – Rebecca Minkoff Logan (no longer available) – similar shape
Earrings – Betsey Johnson (no longer available) – similar look
Necklace – Kali Butterfly

Yep, more snow. It’s been coming down on and off for several days now, though I’m told it will be marvelously warm by next week. Spring in the Midwest, I tell ya. You can have snow on Thursday and 65 degrees and sun on Friday. So much back and forth.

This tunic hails from LISSA the Shop, a fantastic online boutique that focuses on comfortable, stylish clothes made by designers who insist on ethical manufacturing, fair trade practices, design using sustainable fabrics and coloring methods, and/or create their items here in the U.S. Just about every piece on the site is eye-catching and funky in the best possible way. I was familiar with Comfy already, but am excited to learn about some of Lissa’s other lines, including Raw Earth Wild Sky a brand that purposely leaves sleeves long and hems unfinished so you can customize lengths using just your scissors. BRILLIANT. I’ll have a coupon code for LISSA the Shop in my next newsletter, so if you’re not signed up already, now’s the time!


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