Monthly Archives: January 2014

Lovely Links: 1/31/14

Still have room in both the St. Paul and Chicago accessorization worshops! Would love to see you there.

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Jillian Mercado, a 26-year-old woman who was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy as a child, is now modeling for Diesel.

The Budget Babe rounds up some fun and affordable picks in radiant orchid, Pantone’s 2014 color of the year.

Female friendships are a place we can share experiences only women go through, and ask for feedback. They’re proven to critical in the success of life-long partnerships. They’re one of the best experiences you can have in a lifetime. And I can’t help but feel many of us never achieve this type of friendship because we’re too busy comparing our lives to each other.”

What a difference proportion and fit can make.

Erica pairs her gorgeous hand-sewn silk dress with over-the-knee suede boots and a sparkly jacket. Dynamite.

I’ve been disappointed in most of the Banana Republic designer collaborations, but I have the feeling I’ll be all over the BR/Marimekko line.

Melanie has some fun with Photoshop in reaction to the Lena/Vogue kerfluffle.

This post outlines three steps the media could take to move us all toward a more body positive space.

Related: Creative resistance to objectifying advertising.

In researching an article this week, I stumbled upon this amaaaaaazing illustrated glossary of fabric prints and patterns.

Marie has a blast styling her graphic knit set with trendy high-top sneaks.

“Years ago I was intent on losing weight. It was my goal for a long time (essentially a decade). Today, I realize that’s not what I wanted after all. What I really wanted was to feel better about myself. What I really wanted was to feel more comfortable, confident and secure in my own skin … What I really wanted was to be more adventurous and independent and easy-going. And happier. A whole lot happier.”

Apparently, scratch and sniff jeans exist. This post explains how they work.

Responding to rude or inappropriate remarks can be so challenging. This post offers some advice and examples.

Layered milk jug rings – such a fun DIY idea! (Via Dollar Store Crafts)

This comic explores one woman’s journey from body shame and confusion to love and acceptance through the world of burlesque dancing.

The “column of color” concept is one that I use just about every day with clients.

Audrey looks lovely and elegant in her ballet-inspired dress.

“I knew I had told pregnant women before, ‘You look so tiny still!’ and meant it to make them feel good, so hearing that this made women feel as though you were being judged about their baby-building abilities or eating habits was an educational experience for me, and this made me think about how we talk about weight and bodies in general, to pregnant and non pregnant women (and men) alike.” (Via Yes and Yes)

This post rounds up more than 50 resources for tall and long inseam jeans. (Also see my specialty size resource roundup.)

A wonderfully uplifting read: Seven things to remember when you think you’re not good enough. (Via Yum & Yuk)

The Style Crone looks elegant as ever in her spiral maxi skirt and red hat.

We had a lot to say about deodorant use and rotation over on Facebook this week. Swing by and weigh in!

Thoughts on the idea of the “handsome woman“?

Great ideas for color pairings that bring out the best in navy blue.

Not financially sound, but hilarious no less: Hannah K. Lee’s Shoes Over Bills project. Yep. Been there.

And in other shoe news, this week’s Fox 9 Buzz segment was on boot height and leg flattery.

Mustard, black, and chambray is one of my favorite combos.

LPC reviews four pairs of boyfriend jeans, and proves they’re a trend that women of all ages can explore.

And from the Department of Random: Here’s a black tie moment for the ages. Wish I could’ve been there.

Additionally: I once asked my friend Andy if he could get me a copy of the song “Baby You’re a Rich Man,” which was somehow missing from my beloved Beatles collection. Never one to under-deliver, he created a two-disc mix set for me titled “Das Kapital” that included everything he had with money, rich, poor in the title. It included several that are included in this list of songs about money to listen to while you prep your taxes.

Finally: Driving around the Twin Cities over the past few weeks, this scene and music have been on an almost continuous loop in my head. Hats off to Carter Burwell for composing a beautiful, haunting melody that perfectly captures a Minnesota winter. (P.S. The King of Clubs, shown at the end of this clip? Actually in Northeast Minneapolis. Or used to be. Bulldozed years ago. FACT.)

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Insomniac Sale Picks: Plus-sized Maternity Wear

*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?*

Michelle requested a few picks for work-appropriate plus-sized maternity wear, so here we go:

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Ma Cherie Plus-Size Maternity Long-Sleeve Dress – was $32.99, now $13.18

This print may be a little loud for some offices, but put a black blazer or cardigan over it and it’ll simmer right down. The fabric is stretchy and machine-washable for easy wear and care. Available in maternity sizes 1X – 3X. (This sleeveless B&W print dress is fabulous, too, though not currently on sale.)

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Plus Size Bi-stretch Suiting Maternity Pant$39.98, buy one get one 50% off

A very basic work pant, but classic and versatile. And washable! Dress these up with some metallic flats (as shown), a fun black and white print top, and a bold, bright necklace for a fun work look. Available in black and heather gray in maternity sizes 1X – 3X.

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Jessica London Maternity Poplin Shirt – was $39.99 – $44.99, now $24.99 – $29.99

Although button-fronts might not be the most comfy options during pregnancy, they’re a great staple for more conservative workplaces. This one comes in this pale blue and green stripe as well as solid white. Available in maternity sizes 14 – 36. Size availability varies by color. (This coral top features the collared look, but is stretchy jersey knit. Also in blue.)

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Plus Size V-neck Convertible Sleeve Maternity Shirt – was $44.98, now $29.99

LOVE the print on this gorgeous blouse. And it has just a little bit of black in it, so it can pair with basic pants and skirts. Another dressy option, but potentially less stiff than a traditional button-front. Available in maternity sizes 1X – 3X.

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for plus-sized maternity wear:

  1. eBay – Mostly used, of course, but with over 4,000 options you’re bound to find a piece or two that appeal.
  2. One Stop Plus – Not much, but a few office-friendly offerings from Jessica London.
  3. Kohl’s – The Oh Baby line has several fun pieces, both casual and dressy.
  4. Motherhood – Slighty more on the casual side, but some work-appropriate offerings, too, like this versatile printed dress.

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Dressed for: Brights and Braids

Already Pretty outfit featuring pink wool moto jacket, Nanette Lepore dress, ECCO Sculptured 65 boots, Rebecca Minkoff Logan crossbody, cashmere scarf

Wool moto – Gap (no longer available) – a few on eBaysimilar look
Dress – Nanette Lepore courtesy Dalitka
Tights – Spanx
Boots – ECCO Sculptured 65
Cashmere scarf – gift – similar
Bag – Rebecca Minkoff Logan Crossbody via eBay
Earring – BGB Jewelry

I’m trying my best to bring some bright colors back into rotation as we plow through the dead of winter, and this nearly neon moto is definitely helping. It’s several months old, but since it is constructed from a sturdy, lined, boiled wool it is earning its keep as a great option for subzero days.

I was also thrilled to find a scarf tie that made this oversized, incredibly long cashmere scarf a bit more manageable. Check out this simple braided scarf tutorial. SO fun! And always happy to add a new scarf tie to the arsenal.

Are you wearing lots of color these days? Sticking to neutrals till the weather turns?

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