Posts Categorized: lovely links

Lovely Links: 8/28/15

Weekly Kitty:

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World Champion Stretcher Harriet McGraw (First seen on Instagram)

I’ve got a burgundy leather skirt lurking in my wardrobe, and I’m seriously considering copying this sleek outfit.

“Feminism isn’t an underground club. Feminists don’t meet up in car parks and Brad Pitt isn’t our leader. The first rule isn’t that there are no rules, although close. Similarly, we don’t wear pink on Wednesdays, you CAN wear a tank top two days in a row and ‘fetch’ may or may not be happening. Contrary to popular belief, feminism is not exclusive.”

Kiah brackets her light graphic tee and slouchy pants with black sunnies and heels. Perfection.

The Curvy Fashionista gives us a peek at the fall collections for plus size lines Ava + Viv and Anna Scholz.

What a cool way to remix a maxi wrap dress.

On About.com I highlighted back-to-school deals that non-students can get, and picked out pieces that can be the foundation of a work wardrobe.

A Heartfelt Message for Everyone with Eating Disorders That Aren’t ‘Bad Enough.’ (Thinspiration, eating disorders discussed)

Wrap coats look so fresh for fall, and I’m eyeing this one and this one. Tahari seems to have the silhouette just right, in plus sizes, too.

“Practical reasons aside, I stopped myself before bringing a colorful cloth to my head, wrapping both sides into an intricate contraption and stepping into my office. Can I wear a headwrap to work? I asked myself, as I felt my hair itching for a break from being done every morning.”

Dietainment. Wow, that really hits the nail on the head.

Anett uses a gold belt and gold-accented shoes to complement her simple black jumpsuit.

Dazed Digital published an article highlighting self-portraits by female-identified photographers, including Cindy Sherman, Petra Collins and Jo Spence, and the piece shows how these artists use their medium to explore gender fluidity, identity, illness, and more. But as Rookie points out, not a single woman of color was included in the list. The Rookie post links to several influential women of color artists who focus on self portraiture, including Juliana Huxtable and Carrie Mae Weems. (Some images are nudes, others depict violence.)

I’ve become fascinated by Tarina Tarantino’s quirky, macabre jewelry, nearly all of which is made in the U.S.A. Because, ya know, skulls.

Blue gingham looks so fresh and fun with red and tan accents.

Angie offers four reasons to keep items that you seldom wear. That “donate after six months unworn” rule can bite you in the butt …

On the Fox 9 Buzz, I showed some alternate ways to wear button front shirts, plus gapping solutions like The Shirt and Pinx!

This post charts the media’s attitude toward pregnant women, pregnancy, and pregnant figures over the course of several decades.

Aarti rocks a sassy orange-print ruffle dress with cool studded flats.

This. Exactly this.

On the GoDaddy Garage blog, I reviewed five free Photoshop alternatives.

Crap like this makes me despair of the world: After a young woman engineer appeared in her company’s recruitment materials, she was trolled by men and women alike for “not looking enough like a real engineer.” In response, she launched #ilooklikeanengineer.

Pantone’s fall palette picks look luscious to me.

I’d never heard the phrase “others focused,” but Imogen breaks it down and explains how, if you’re others focused, it may impact your wardrobe and self care.

These gorgeous black and white layers hit me right where I live. Wow, that’s a strange idiom now that I see it written out. Still love the outfit, though.

They’re not really my style, but I’m still mesmerized by these elaborately embroidered Valentino ankle boots.

A few weeks ago & Other Stories released images from their gorgeous fall campaign, which was entirely modeled, shot and put together by a transgender creative team.

You might think a printed pencil skirt and graphic tee would be too busy together, but Jyoti proves they can work in harmony.

This tartan jacket is Vivienne Westwood-influenced and amazing.

“The poem was meaty and confrontational, unapologetic and searing as it deconstructed the stereotypes we have emblazoned in our minds when we see people of color, whether they are Black, Asian, Latino, or Native American. It was a poem that spoke to the almost incessant questioning I endured growing up by people, Black and white people — mostly white people — very interested in asking me about my entire family tree. My curly hair, my sometimes peach-colored, sometimes beige-colored skin, along with my African name, seemed to throw them for a loop.”

On the Style Encore blog I offered some color pairings for marsala and talked about what makes a bargain.

And from the Department of Random: No one can stop me.

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Lovely Links: 8/21/15

Weekly Kitty:

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Simon and his human. First seen on Instagram

Have you checked out Melissa McCarthy’s Seven7 line yet? There are some incredibly original pieces in there. A few are also available at Nordstrom.

Anyone else going to the Riveter-sponsored book event on Monday with Rachel Hills and Kate Harding? I’ll be there!

On About.com, I highlighted some resources for buying tunics and suggested a few fall accessories that will update your look.

“In many ways, it’s great that women are no longer restricted to nineteenth-century ankle-length skirts, but do we just keep pushing toward a world with no boundary of what’s acceptable to show? Will women always be encouraged to become more and more naked for others’ regular judgment?

How to wear white jeans without being a a stain magnet

The Washington Post illustrates the absurdity of women’s clothing sizes with a couple of simple charts.

Joi shows us a vibrant print mix with pops of summery turquoise.

I am dreading the end of summer and the onset of cold weather … but at least cooler temps will allow me to wear this fun, flattering, unbearably chic Neon Buddha Zip Car Jacket from Lissa the Shop. Quite possibly the coolest piece of clothing I currently own.

What a fun way to style cropped, summery kick flares.

“Men can pay women compliments. People can appreciate things about others and let them know. This kind of interaction does not come from moving vehicles, isn’t shouted, and doesn’t make anyone feel unsafe.”

Phenomenally talented “Orphan Black” star Tatiana Maslany talks about her experiences with sexism in Hollywood and how she pushes back by leaving her lady moustache in tact.

A great breakdown of what fat shaming is and why it’s harmful and misguided

I own the small version of this handmade waxed canvas messenger bag, and can say for certain that this sale price is a GREAT deal.

“Having an older woman in a fashion campaign is the new having an overweight pop star appear in your fashion show, which was a very popular schtick about five years ago. It doesn’t mean the fashion industry actually thinks older women, or bigger women, are attractive, a point underscored by the fact that all the models on the runway are still themselves notably young and thin.” (Via YLF)

Design Crush rounds up some sleek, modern, and decidedly arty backpacks. This post pointed me to Accompany, a site full of artisan-made fair trade styles.

I adore everything about Allison’s outfit, from the hat to the tasseled loafers to the Bambi clutch.

14 outlet stores you can shop online – including Desigual! I had no idea! (The link doesn’t work – access the Desigual outlet through the dropdowns at the top.)

“Studies have shown that around age 10 girls begin to decrease their assertiveness in the classroom. It’s important to note that this behavior does not occur in a vacuum. A lack of role models, gender bias exhibited by adults, media messages and the hypersexualization and pinkification of girlhood greatly impact a girl’s sense of self and agency.”

I tried out the Born Crown Sabrina this week, and it is a dream to wear – soft, comfortable, and a sturdy walkable heel.

On Mad Mimi, I talked about ways to make your online writing voice quirky and fun.

Amber mixes dot prints artfully in this retro summer ensemble.

I totally love Smart Girls at the Party, but will admit to being a little perplexed by the site’s new series Experimenting with Megan Amram. Absurdist satire about STEM … aimed at tween girls? I’m all for critiquing the rampant sexism in the sciences, but wonder if this is the most effective way to do that.

I so wish I could’ve attended the Rosie Rally.

The print on Kellie’s skirt is simultaneously bright and watercolor-y. Love it with that pale blue slouchy top.

Accepting an unhealthy body means that there is no such thing as an ideal anymore. I don’t bother comparing myself to models and actresses or even that fashionable woman walking down the street. Those people are like aliens, and in a way my decline has removed many of the body image pressures of my youth.”

These gray cropped jeans are a new favorite – comfy, cute, versatile, and made in the U.S.

Carmen Miranda was a fascinating woman.

In my Star Tribune column, I answered questions about print mixing, wedding attire, and bodycon clothing.

If you love black but worry about wearing it in the summer heat, take a page from The Directrice’s book and do black silk. Or try an outfit like this with a column of black and a floaty olive third piece.

And from the Department of Random: I don’t even care if this is staged. A man tortures his sister with endless lip synching on a 7-hour car ride. Including Enya. And Alanis. And Sisqo.

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Lovely Links: 8/14/15

Weekly Kitty:

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Flashback! Harriet is about three months old in this photo. It’s probably my favorite of the two cats together. Cracks me up every time.

Debbie asked for closet downsizing and wardrobe minimalism tips from her readers, got tons in response, and shared them out.

Not sure I’m prepared to wear flares again quite yet, but Sheryl certainly makes hers look chic.

Five tips for easier print mixing

And here’s Lilli in my all-time favorite mix, stripes and florals.

“By storing your items before you really purge them out of your life, you are leaving open the option not to have to purchase again (which in the end costs you and the environment more), and allows you to discover how you really feel with a minimal wardrobe and if it’s the right decision for you to be making.”

Kat Blaque explains how important it is that we stop policing the gender of men who like “feminine” things. Kat also breaks down the differences between sex and gender.

Converse has redesigned the All Star after 98 years, and added some clever new features including footbed cushioning. Hallelujah.

I, too, am a huge fan of diagonal lines and asymmetric detailing.

On About.com I offered my picks for what to buy in the late summer clearance sales and talked about the difference between a knockoff and a “designer inspired” item.

White accessories make the print in this lovely blue wrap dress really pop.

“My hair is the result of a condition called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), which affects 5–10 percent or more of all women … Although diet and other lifestyle changes have helped me manage many of those symptoms, the hair on my face continues to grow thicker as the years go by. I have considered just letting it grow. I could embrace it, like other women with my condition have, and yet I find myself morning after morning with razor in hand stumbling through the motions of hair removal.”

There’s something so satisfying in finding your perfect slouchy white tee.

Three sweet ways to mix up your ponytails

A long-sleeved solid white dress and chunky black ankle boots are magically perfect together.

Elle declares that “the two-purse trend is officially a thing.”

So excited to learn that Grechen Reiter has launched a conscious closet consulting business! Rock on, lady.

AnaOno Intimates designs lush, sexy bras for women who have had mastectomies or reconstructive surgeries. The founder saw the need for this line since so many mastectomy bras either don’t meet the real needs of their wearers, or feel decidedly medical and impersonal.

Battling thin privilege in recovery (discusses disordered eating)

Bombshell curls and a sweet sundress make for a flirty late-summer look.

On the Fox 9 Buzz, I suggested a few items to include in your fashion emergency kit.

“Style goes beyond the clothes you put on your body. Style is how you carry yourself, how you interact with the world, and the relationship you have with yourself. Style is trusting your gut, listening to your inner voice, and supporting it even if it bucks the norm. Style isn’t fitting in, style is finding yourself.”

And from the Department of Random: I feel that most cat owners will recognize this dilemma. The hopping! It cracks me up!

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