This week I got a reader e-mail from a woman requesting hat/clothing advice for her best friend who is about to undergo treatment for breast cancer, and I remembered Chikara. I wrote about this company ages ago, and I’ll be damned if they haven’t churned out EVEN MORE gorgeous clothing in the meantime. And they’ve expanded into lingerie and swimwear, too! Check out Chikara for truly stellar clothing designed for post-mastectomy bodies.
And speaking of, Imogen posted three videos showing how to tie headscarves that are fabulous for chemo/radiation patients and non-patients alike!
Here’s some great advice for how to help when someone you love is struggling with negative body image.
On a more general note, these suggestions for supporting a friend going through a rough time are both smart and helpful.
Stéphanie’s gold bear paw necklace is killing me with its coolness.
Terri shares some thoughts, quotes, and ponderings on how women relate to food, and how it impacts our collective body image. A favorite snippet? “The slender body codes the tantalizing ideal of the well-managed self in which all is kept in order despite the contradictions of the consumer culture.” (From Susan Bardo’s Unbearable Weight)
Find out how to clean your thrifted jewelry.
I’m still reeling from this one, and unsure of my own stance, but it certainly made me think. Think so hard my head hurt, actually: Are fat acceptance and trans activism in conflict?
Charlie’s vibrant pink skirt is simply breathtaking.
Sarah’s tribute to her grandmother makes me miss mine.
Even though hitting the gym is good for you, those evil inner voices that compare your body to others can make gym trips unbearable.
I’ve already nabbed my little white dress for the coming summer. If you’re still on the lookout for one, College Candy has some adorable and affordable suggestions right here.
Keratin treatments are becoming increasingly popular, it seems, despite some evidence that they can damage your locks. Makes me so grateful that I’ve been oblivious to the whole “curly hair is unkempt hair” philosophy.
Joelle’s white-and-cream outfits are so inspiring. My mixed-white outfits always look more hilarious than chic, but I’ll keep trying …
Over at the Coffee Talk Community, I asked: Do you abide the unworn-for-one-year clothing donation rule?
This post on how pregnancy can both inspire positive feelings about your body and make you feel disconnected and objectified is rounded out with a really lovely interview with a psychologist who is currently expecting her third child.
Meet Mrs. Eddie Polk, a flapper from Venice, California. Doesn’t she just exude coolness?
And from the Department of Random: I was going through old photos on my phone and found this one from Christmas in Chicago with the ‘rents. In case you can’t see the type clearly, it says, “Oodles of noodles: Scientific research confirms it’s delicious.” Research was undoubtedly conducted at the world-renowned University of Tastiness.