Before we dig into the links, I’ve got lots of big announcements!
1. If you’re in the Twin Cities area, tune in to Fox 9 news tonight at 9 p.m. to hear me interviewed about Vogue’s new “health initiative.”
2. There are still a few spots in my community ed class for next Tuesday evening! Click for more details.
3. I’m partnering with FinnStyle for a fun event! On June 5, from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., swing by FinnStyle for “Pretty in Prints: Summer Marimekko Offerings.” There will be a short fashion preview at 5:15 p.m., then I’ll be on-hand for mini-consultations in case anyone wants advice on which Marimekko pieces work best! This event is free, so come on down. (I’ll post another reminder later this month.)
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I fell asleep last night with this song in my head, and was reminded that it is one of the great anthems of individuality. (Also filed under “Songs that Will ALWAYS Make Me Cry.”)
Have you ever broken up with a brand of clothing? Did you change, or did the brand shift its design aesthetic? Maybe a bit of both?
This incredibly simple positive body image activity will change your life. Seriously.
Can’t say I’m wild about pastels, but seafoam and pale yellow really do make a lovely pair.
“Simply expressing disgust over what is posted online is missing the point. We should be talking about how we can create a more realistic world for young women and start asking why it is acceptable that an 42% of 1st-3rd graders think they need to lose weight.”
This idea is fascinating to me: The antidote to rampant consumerism isn’t less stuff, it’s ART. Thoughts? (Via Yum & Yuk.)
A patterned pencil skirt is such a fun way to add energy and movement to a structured outfit.
“Regardless of age, if you’re fat, Society, either openly or covertly, wants you to hate yourself thin. Except we can’t hate ourselves thin, at least not in the long term. Sometimes only thing that sticks from years of being hit in the head with the anti-fat hammer until our ears ring with self-hate is…guess what? Self hate.”
Do you have narrow heels? Here’s a great list of cute flats for women with narrow heeled feet.
Summer is on the way, people. Check out these fantastic tips for thrifting your summer wardrobe.
“Feminism is a necessary movement – a life-line even – demanding social, economic and political equality for women. I believe absolutely that achievement of full equality will empower women everywhere and that this empowerment will work towards improving female self worth. But good self esteem also comes from within – from taking good care of ourselves and making positive choices that serve our own best interests even when it is difficult to do so; and as a feminist I’m not necessarily any better at that than anyone else.”
Girl With Curves offers up a few recommendations for maxi dresses that work for curvy women.
I’m always on the lookout for bold new color combinations, and now I’m thinking I’ll have to tackle turquoise, navy, and emerald together. Gorgeous!
“The good news is that once you get to self-acceptance once, it is easier to get back there. It’s like riding a bike. You fall off or wobble but you can jump right back on, if you decide to, because there is muscle memory.”
Black and denim benefit from a few bold brights.
“Is it really reasonable to describe your body type in fruits and common objects? Is it really that simple? We are all so different. I’m not a fan of labels in general and labels for body shapes are no different. As soon as we start labeling ourselves, we start putting ourselves in boxes.”
Marzipan offers this important reminder: The world won’t celebrate you unless you can celebrate yourself.
I’ll admit that many of the manicure pins I see just intimidate me, but Keith Haring nails? Love.
Franca offers an interesting counterpoint to anti-Photoshop sentiment. “… They filmed the photoshoot and it was still done in a studio, with lots of complicated lighting, and her hair and makeup was being done by an army of professionals … What is more ‘fake’, an unedited but highly set up photo that 20 people have worked on producing, or a naturally lit, spontaneous photo with some spots photoshopped out?”
Just say yes to ombre polka dots.
This post serves up another good reminder that language about “real women” hurts more than it helps. (Via Yum & Yuk.)
How do you stay stylish in a conservative office environment? Alison knows.
And from the Department of Random: Otter Race!