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Lovely Links: 12/12/14

Weekly Kitten

“Weekly Kitten” is starting to feel a little dishonest. In a few weeks, Harriet will be a year old. We didn’t adopt her until April, but she was born in January. Time. Ever noticed how it tends to fly? Just like Harriet, who, apparently, can also fly.

Angie shares the basics of staying warm in winter while wearing dresses or skirts.

Related: Tips on layering without adding bulk, and keeping your looks sophisticated.

Marsala is the color of the year for 2015. Looks an awful lot like oxblood to me, a color that was lauded as the best ever just a year or so ago. Which means it’ll be very, very thriftable!

Lest we forget that Janelle Monáe is a force of nature.

Super talented stylist Bridgette Raes asked a few style bloggers what’s on their holiday wishlist, and I shared my pick!

“Start doing things because they move you, not because it will look a certain way to your peers. Revel in the things that excite you. Forget the trends. Start celebrating what talents you have instead of focusing those that you don’t. Let go of the reins. Before long, you’ll be saying things because you believe in it, wearing things because you love [them] …”

This lovely poem muses on hair, rebellion, stereotypes, and identity.

I shouldn’t be surprised by my love for Rowan’s chunky sweater and twisted miniskirt outfit, since I’m wearing a nearly identical sweater as I type this.

Some of these hacks for fixing ruined clothes and accessories sound SUPER sketchy to me, but a few are brilliant like using moleskin to patch up a protruding underwire. But if there’s already lipstick on my shirt, I can’t quite imagine adding hairspray to the mix.

Molly shows another way to do ankle boots for winter, and shares recent discoveries from her mega-minimalist journey.

How can you tell which clothes will remain timeless and which ones will date? Interesting musings with a helpful slideshow at the end.

A new study suggests that overweight women and underweight men experience higher than average rates of workplace discrimination. Full study findings here.

Forest green is striking and unexpected worn with dusty, pale pastels.

The Closet Feminist rounds up seven resources for androgynous and tomboy fashion, including Future is the Future which sells secondhand clothes and accessories.

Did you know that many stores offer free personal shopping and tailoring services to their customers? Here’s a list of some of the biggies.

Mic rounds up the 39 most iconic feminist moments of 2014.


“StyleLikeU started in 2009 as a video blog of documentary-style interviews, during which people of all genders opened up about their bodies and the insecurities they’d been taught to harbor in conversations with SLU’s co-founders—mother-and-daughter team Elisa and Lily.”

Over on Mad Mimi I made the case for avoiding holiday content in your email newsletters.

54-year-old Tilda Swinton is GQ’s Woman of the Year, and this interview proves that she is just as magical as I’ve always believed her to be.

Grechen shows two equally cozy ways to winterize a lightweight shirtdress.

Simple tips for practicing self-compassion during the holiday season.

With 1.5″ heels and a sleek design, these rich cognac ankle booties approach perfection.

“Despite study upon study demonstrating that fit can also be fat, most of society can’t see past the media cues that are put in front of us by advertisers. As a result, athletes who fall outside of the athletic ‘norm’ take the brunt of society’s assumptions when attending races and working out in gyms.”

Well worth a listen: Growing Up Gender-Nonconforming Amid Scolding, Awkward Silences from NPR’s StoryCorps.

Apparently there is a 100,000-person waiting list for L.L. Bean Duck Boots. So, ya know, maybe next year.

Kirstin is an absolute knockout in her floor-length Igigi gown. Love her necklace, too.

“When I felt most unaccepted, most unloved, and most unwanted, my body became the war zone on which I channeled all that anger and resentment and pain. Most insidiously, through a constant stream of negative self-talk that led to destructive, abusive behavior. And all the while, I thought what I was doing was constructive, and that’s probably the worst illusion we’re sold: that we must always be fighting ourselves to be better – to be different, at any cost – because it’s so deeply associated with being loved.”

And from the Department of Random: Shetland ponies in sweaters promoting Scotland. I miss you, Scotland.

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Lovely Links: 12/5/14

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Harriet in the bedroom garbage can. Blurry, but hilarious.
(Do you see her lynx ears? DO YOU SEE THEM??!?!)

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This post on developing positive body image within your family offers helpful, gentle tips for re-routing negativity. (Cheers, Gloria)

A rich yellow cable knit and pleated leather skirt make a marvelous, unexpected pairing.

A new breed of high-performance wool clothing is creeping into the market, and folks who live in cold weather climates (like, I don’t know, ME) have some wonderful woolens to look forward to. (Via YLF)

These pumps may be wildly impractical, but they’re still gorgeous.

How many times have I told myself that I would be kinder to myself, more loving, happier, finally relax, when … the lump disappeared from my nose, when I weighed X, when I was skinny, when my cellulite went away, when I got X award, when I became someone important, when I could afford X, when I traveled to X, when I could fit in these pants, when, when, when… And then I’d be happy.”

Kileen is still rocking amazing looks at 31 weeks pregnant, including this cozy blanket scarf and jeans outfit.

Great tips for finding warm, waterproof boots for fussy feet.

Defining the well-fed woman.

“Some people question the power of words, perhaps disguising it all as a joke, a carless remark, or a ‘helpful’ comment. But bodies remember so much, even when the mind forgets, don’t they? I know mine does, and it keeps letting me know.”

Over on Mad Mimi, I offered bloggers some tips on monetizing email newsletters in helpful, non-sleazy ways.

A simple black maxi dress with tan and cognac accents can be utterly stunning.

Thrilled to see that the gr.Dano folks have teamed up with Shoptiques and have their latest offerings available online – including the tunic from this week’s outfit post.

The designer of “normal Barbie” Lammily dolls is now producing stickers for the toys that include stretch marks, freckles, scars, acne, and tattoos. Many little girls love dolls that look like themselves or their family members, and adding features like these may make that even easier.

Australian TV host Karl Stefanovic wore the same suit on air every day for a YEAR and no one noticed. He did it to call out the dressing double standard applied to his co-host, Lisa Wilkinson.

“There are more women in the 50+ bracket than ever before and it’s abundantly clear that they have felt let down by the fashion industry.” (Via 40+ Style)

Some interesting scholarly input on normcore right here.

Matisse is such an underrated shoe brand. I love nearly all of their boots, but am just drooling over these studded ankle boots. Can’t justify the price, but also ogling these asymmetric ankle boots.

How do you balance a desire for novelty and variety in your wardrobe with a desire to shop less? (Via Recovering Shopaholic)

Not too long ago, Beverly moved from the West Coast to the Midwest. These outfits prove that a warm climate girl can learn to layer like a pro.

This roundup of glam plus size holiday dresses includes some gorgeous picks. Igigi is always a great resource, too.

Think of a size label as a very vague guide to a kind of approximation of how large or small a garment is. That’s it. It has no value, particularly nothing to do with what kind of person you are, and I know that you are fabulous.”

Can a new app help fight counterfeit fashion?

Natalie wears what is quite possibly the coolest, sexiest jumpsuit/playsuit/one-piece ever created.

Why it doesn’t make sense to call ourselves ugly.

Lindy West describes what it’s like to be a plus sized woman engaged to a thin man.

What does a “one size fits all” garment look like on a variety of body shapes and sizes? Answers in this post. (Thanks, Beth!)

This recent study on the motivations for and responses to the French burqua ban reveals some fascinating findings.

And from the Department of Random: Michelle MacLaren has signed on to develop and direct a Wonder Woman movie. FINALLY!!!!

Additionally: This week I remembered that I have a “liked” section to my Pinterest account where I put all my random, off-topic stuff. So many funnies in there. Including this seasonally appropriate one.

Also: Tassie devil populations are recovering. HURRAH!!!!

Finally: My new password

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Lovely Links: 11/21/14

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Just a normal day at Chez McGraw. Simon has a packing tape moustache, Harriet’s in a box, and my DVD of “Pitch Perfect” is on the dining room table for no reason at all.

Any other locals attending I AM MPLS or its new sister event I AM ST. PAUL? I’ll be there for the former at First Ave on December 4!

The best tall boots for bunions, thanks to the Barking Dog Shoes team.

“So, as weapons go, a tutu carries as much punch as, well, tulle, but being double-bound, double-loud in my style does makes me feel protected. It’s my childish scream into the clockwork street – I AM NOT YOU! DON’T MAKE ME!”

Lots of retailers offer plus sizes on their websites only, but it turns out Old Navy has several other discriminatory practices, including up-charging for plus-sized jeans for women but charging the same price for men regardless of size. (Via Capitol Hill Style)

Lexy looks smokin’ hot in her vintage cropped red suede jacket.

A reminder from Thick Dumpling Skin and Henri Matisse about the loveliness of women’s bodies. No Photoshop necessary. (Not safe for work viewing.)

Calvin Klein used a size 10 model in a recent underwear campaign. This interview with model Myla Dalbesio includes some interesting points about how the modeling industry still harbors some bizarre and unhealthy ideas about size.

Like Aya, I love, love, love thrifting handmade, one-of-a-kind clothes. The dress she nabbed is stunning.

Do check out #feministprincessbride for a marriage of two wonderful things. (A response to this ridiculousness.)

Andrea finds the most amazing designers. This week, painterly clutches from Tiff Manuell.

On the Fox 9 Buzz this week, we talked about making chunky knits work. And I poked fun at The Row.

CUT for EVANS is a collection born from competition between design students from Nottingham Trent and Kingston University. Two winners, Eve Turley and Ellie Northway, won the £1,000 cash prize and the opportunity to have EVANS include their pieces into the capsule collection.

Poodletail sent me this article about uniforms and decision fatigue. Definitely the perfect route for some, but not all.

Currently obsessed with cowl-neck tunics. I bought this one from Target last year and promptly shrunk it. Now it is reserved for lounge/home wear. I shall not shrink my new one! Also ogling this cool exposed-seam cowl tunic.

Such a marvelous mash-up of elements: Leather skinnies, floppy hat, Breton top, and oversized vest. LOVE.

Anjelica Huston interviewed Lauren Hutton. The two have been friends for decades, and chat about modeling, Diana Vreeland, feminism, and more. (Via That’s Not My Age)

Fairly sure mine would turn out clumpy and unwearable, but still intrigued by this DIY glitter pump tutorial.

These 3D-printed dresses will blow your mind. (Curious to see if a better term evolves. “3D printing” doesn’t quite fit since ink is rarely involved.)

How the Internet Talked About Women’s Bodies This Week. Not exactly an uplifting read, but proof that there’s still SO much work to be done.

Bright yellow pumps add a cheeky pop of color to an otherwise neutral mix. Love that sparkly clutch, too.

I laughed out loud several times, startling Harriet: What happens when you finally start wearing the right bra size?

A leopard-print scarf ties together this elegant outfit of camel and black.

I bought this mini set of Tarte Lipsurgence tints and glosses and am having ALL OF THE FUN trying new colors. The matte ones are surprisingly lovely on.

Huge thanks to my friends at Lee Jeans for this fabulous feature on their blog!

Is plus-sized minimalism possible? Allison responds with a resounding, “Yes.”

And from the Department of Random: Eight West Coasters try classic Minnesota foods. HILARIOUSLY.

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