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Lovely Links: 4/11/14

Registration is open for my Dress Your Best course on April 21!

I’ll be speaking with Nancy Rosenbaum as part of the Unlikely Entrepreneurs series at CoCo on May 5. Admission is free!

I’m looking at May dates for my San Francisco trip – likely available for consults May 19, 20, and 21. If you’re in the Bay Area and interested in working with me, please drop me an e-mail.

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I am a woman reclaiming trust in my body. My hunger, my appetites, my longings, my skin, my bones, my size are mine for the taking. I take back my worthiness, my belonging in the world of beautiful and diverse beings. I live without apology for the straight lines and curves, living tissue, vulnerable heart that hold my living, breathing manifested story.”

Need some DIY inspiration? Take a peek at these 10 sassy shoe craft projects for spring.

Such a fun colorblocked outfit in white, cobalt, and yellow.

Is a $5 lip and cheek stain really as good as a $30 fancy-pants one? Find out!

Some style advice from the 70s: “Sweaters give out nothing but negative impulses. They say ‘lower middle class’ and ‘loser.’” Harsh. Also deeply wrong. More bizarre tidbits from “How to Dress for Success” at Into the Gloss.

What a marvelous mix of prints and patterns, all of the black and white. With just a hint of color from the pale blue satchel.

Hosiery: The Final Frontier.

My body is wildly undisciplined and I deny myself nearly everything I desire. I deny myself the right to space when I am public, trying to fold in on myself, to make my body invisible even though it is, in fact, grandly visible. I deny myself the right to a shared armrest because how dare I impose? I deny myself entry into certain spaces I have deemed inappropriate for a body like mine—most spaces inhabited by other people. ”

If you’re in the Twin Cities, would love your input on a possible upcoming workshop with Carly of A la Mode Wardrobe Consulting!

Melissa reviews the Bike to Work Skirt, a pencil style that converts to pleated/a-line with zippers. I don’t bike commute anymore, and I’m STILL tempted by this!

Love this mix of red, pale pink, and cream. And, of course, Jean’s apple-print capris are adorable.

Across the country, children are being put on scales in school. They’re lining up in gym class to have their height and weight measured, their BMIs calculated. And if they miss certain numerical cutoffs, letters are being sent home (sometimes via the students—handed out in homeroom, or tucked into report card envelopes) chastising parents, and ultimately, shaming students.”

If you’re a color theory nerd maybe you already know about this, but I was so jazzed to find the Adobe Kuler color wheel. Pick your color grouping and spin the dial. (Via Into Mind)

The neckline on this floral dress is amazing. And so cute with that pastel moto.

One of my favorite reads of the week: The Care and Keeping of One Woman’s Short Hair. Great comments about the “bravery” aspect of the pixie.

Autumn muses on facial workouts, the placebo effect, and the ephemeral nature of beauty.

What a sophisticated take on a spring white out.

Ragen has some strong words for anyone who says fat people shouldn’t wear sleeveless clothes.

“I get weird looks when I shop in the men’s department because I’m quite obviously female, even with short hair and androgynous clothes on. People have been rude to me about this (salespeople, yes, but also people I encounter in school or in public.) Frankly, it’s stupid. It’s old-fashioned. Because the notion that objects we buy and sell must be attached to a specific gender (ie, male or female) is weird.”

This post does a great job of explaining some common misconceptions and misunderstandings about the Health at Every Size movement.

A yellow skirt and striped top look seasonal and fun together.

This event – I Am Everything – sounds amazing. Local designer Emma Berg will show a collection of prom dresses, inspired by, created for, gifted to, and modeled by 10 lovely ladies in their senior year of high school, representing the five Boys and Girls Clubs here in the Twin Cities.

The experts at Barking Dog Shoes have rounded up some stellar narrow-width sandals.

“What all this means is that Dermablend’s claim to liberate us from unattractive skin in order to reveal our True Selves is not the answer to a natural human problem. It’s the result of a hundred years of capitalism in which beauty has been constructed as the only way for women to become successful and happy, and the idea of a True Self has been created as a way of selling us stuff.”

Color me amazed: Using a tailor’s ham for ironing creates much better contours, especially on items designed to fit big busts.

And from the Department of Random: Big cats vs. toilet paper. DEATH TO TOILET PAPER.

Additionally: Jim Cummings, voice of Winnie the Pooh, reading Darth Vader’s lines.

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Lovely Links: 4/4/14

Registration is open for my “Dress Your Best” course on April 21!

Women of color have been sidelined in eating disorder funding and research, and have therefore been underestimated in our perception of the affected demographic.”

The gents at Dappered explain why pursuing perfect fit and impeccable style is a losing battle … and possibly a waste of time and energy. The post focuses on menswear and mostly suiting, but I think the sentiment applies to women’s style and fashion, too.

Nobody does jubilant outfit shots quite like Cyn. She makes a tee, jeans, trench, and leopard scarf look like the funnest outfit ever worn, doesn’t she?

Well, I’LL be spending some cash over at Feminist Apparel soon. So hard to choose, but I’m leaning towards this tee.

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If you love the look of braids but have fine hair that slips out of your plaits, read this post.

Emmie looks utterly stunning in this firey print Igigi dress.

More spring thrifting inspiration! High Plains Thrifter tells us about spring looks she’s excited to thrift.

Rosie offers some great tips for continuing to practice self-care when life sucks.

They may not work for every lifestyle, but dang I’m thrilled that foofy tulle skirts are showing up in more funky-casual outfits. Because FUN. Garner pairs hers with a graphic tee in honor of the recent Kellis shoot. And I just found out eShakti is stocking several tulle skirt styles in sizes 0 – 36W!

Singer Lorde posts two photos of herself, one retouched and one unretouched, to remind her followers that “flaws are OK.”

Love this fun, bright take on animal print, offset by some tasteful neutral accessories.

In other color news, I would love to pile on every shade in this palette.

AND. These images show how the colors you pair affect each other, impacting perceived darkness and lightness.

“While doing some reading for a university paper, I came across a study that basically said that if we feel like our identity is threatened, we’re likely to go out and buy things that reconfirm that identity.”

Dani shows us four fabulous – and varied – ways to style a lightweight high-low top.

If you whip up this fabric infinity scarf, I will show you a cool way to tie it. OK, I’ll probably show you anyway. (Via Dollar Store Crafts)

This post offers an amazing amount of information about sheath dresses including tips on fit and dozens of layering and styling ideas. They’re classic for a reason!

“We each navigate our own personal hair politics all the time – should I go blonde, dare to get a fringe? – but the politics of hair are interwoven throughout social, sexual and economic history.”

You can get a preview of an amazing-looking encyclopedia of style titled World Clothing and Fashion right here. Book description here, and find it at a nearby library here! Cheers to Garrett for this great tip.

Such a classic look, combining an oxford, full skirt, and bold red heels.

Think it’s challenging to explain what makes something beautiful? Articulating ugly is just as tough.

I’m pretty jazzed about the InStyle What to Wear with Every Color app. And it’s totally free!

Katha rounds up her favorite plus sized shopping resources for women living in Germany, many of which may work for other European readers, too. (She typically posts in English, too, but if you open using Chrome Google will translate the page for ya.)

So this Snickers ad. A little piece of my soul died watching it.

New-to-me blogger Professionally Petite posts some wonderfully inspirational work outfits.

“Self-Love is a verb. It is the deliberate act of taking responsibility for meeting your needs and honoring your desires. And when your needs are met, you will feel the way you want to feel … Self-Acceptance is also a verb but is a different action. It is the deliberate act of choosing to be peaceful about yourself and your perceived flaws.”

Gabi is doing another round of collaborations with SwimsuitsForAll! And there was much rejoicing!

Fabulous tips for building your look from the inside out.

On the Fox 9 Buzz this week, we chatted about how to make the pastel palette work for you.

Still obsessing over the Rhodesian of Edinburgh satchels, which now come in two-tone. Gorgeous.

Sometimes I feel like my gender is an optical illusion: Light me from one angle, and you’ll see a pretty girl; from another, I look like a pretty boy. I am neither, and I am both. Many people will never understand how I feel, but what matters to me is that I understand myself, even if I can’t find myself in words. The possibilities seem endless.”

Young girls weigh in on the #banbossy campaign. I seriously wish I’d been invited to that sleepover party.

Your body is wonderful.

And from the Department of Random: Magic for dogs. (Don’t worry, everyone got treats.) Via Smart, Pretty & Awkward.

For you feline lovers: Cat high fives.

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Lovely Links: 3/28/14

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If buying boots is an exercise in frustration because of your narrow/wide calves, short toes, small feet, or other challenging-to-fit features, check out Poppy Barley, a company that does made-to-measure boots and shoes, complete with a fit kit that you use to measure your legs and feet. Read a review of the process here. Spendy, but potentially worth it for a truly custom fit.

And in other fun vendor news, Silly Old Sea Dog creates handmade, vintage-inspired clothing for women, and just launched a plus-sized line that includes dresses, skirts, and petticoats though UK size 28. (Via Blog to Be Alive)

One of my favorite reads of the week: A Feminist Defense of Cinderella.

This bold, graphic outfit is incredibly striking and chic. Great use of black!

A little on the rambly side, but still a great reminder that no one should ever be made to feel shame about how she/he looks. And that when you say nasty things about how others look, your words have impact.

Amy Odell (of The Cut and now Cosmo) talks about what the print industry can learn from online writers about sharing resources. (Cheers, Katie!)

I doubt I’ll ever be able to afford a pair of Atalanta Wellers, but I’ll dream of them.

Did you know that the WPA once tried to create a standardized system for women’s clothing sizing? You probably DID know that the system they devised never went into broad use.

In her lecture “Silhouettes and Signals,” fashion illustrator Danielle Meder says, “Considering this biological instinct to favour ‘natural’ beauty, it’s fascinating how human beings have used fashion throughout the centuries to subvert our own proportions. We will use any technological means at our disposal, whether it’s padding, scaffolding, compression, surgery, propping, binding or prosthetics. We are hungry for novelty and constantly trying to transcend beyond our physical selves, which is why the fashionable ideal often diverges so dramatically from the more conventional ‘natural’ beauty ideal.”

I adore the look of tough, military-influenced pieces paired with floaty, blush-colored ones. Also love olive green and lace together.

Super simple way to instantly expand your wardrobe: Remember that you can wear many of your dresses as skirts.

This post offers 21 questions to help you consider what you’d like to know about your body image to help you build a more positive one.

Anyone else checked out the Isabel Toledo for Lane Bryant collection? Thoughts?

Fabulous tips for cleaning light and white leather bags and shoes.

“From that point forward, my eyebrows were a perpetual source of insecurity. I’ve clocked many hours hunched near my bathroom mirror, tweezers in hand, and had all manner and stages of brow shapes, including a full-blown unibrow and the much-maligned ‘tadpole brows.’”

Also from Rookie, this moving story about a woman who chose to have liposuction at age 18 thinking it would improve her body image, but found that it didn’t. This story is moving and upsetting, so read with care.

On the Fox 9 Buzz this week, we chatted about spring transitional dressing tips.

Model Erika Linder illustrates the performative aspects of gender by doing both masculinity and femininity in a commercial for JC Jeans Company.

Vaguely related: How to apologize for misgendering someone.

Zingy yellow and bold stripes make for an enviably spring-y ensemble. Love the pops of pastels, too.

Designer L’Wren Scott committed suicide recently, and she was one of the first designers I ever quoted on this blog – about body image, not fashion. Wendy’s post talks about Scott’s career, ideas about success, and the mixed response to her death.

This app turns your Instagram snaps into nail art. WOW.

Not Dressed as Lamb rounds up eight redheaded fashion bloggers to watch. Would’ve liked to see some size diversity here … Nicolette rocked the auburn a while back and Ana experiments with reds. Who else would you recommend?

I’m still dumbfounded by this. Elyse needed help adjusting her depression and anxiety medication, and her doctor did two preposterous things: Completely disregarded the sexual side effects of one medication and obsessed over the potential weight gain associated with another. A resounding WTF from me.

I now know more about why fabric pills and how to prevent pilling than I ever thought I would.

“While [internalized body dissatisfaction] does apply to men as well, in many ways it’s wrapped up in the conviction that women’s appearance is the most important thing about them, the idea that women’s bodies don’t belong to themselves, and the underlying message that women should always be taking up less space. These toxic ideas have serious effects on women’s mental health, and can affect their behavior to such an extent that they have physical repercussions as well.”

Two of my all-time favorite bloggers LPC of Privilege and Une Femme of Une Femme d’un Certain Age decided to style each other. I completely love the results – LPC here and Une Femme here. Always fun to get input on your choices from a friend with a different figure or aesthetic from your own.

And from the Department of Random: This vending machine makes pizza in less than three minutes. So I will be installing one in my kitchen.

Additionally: There’s a science to pop music, and don’t you doubt it. This Slate article explains, using music theory, why “Teenage Dream” hit #1.

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