Posts Categorized: lovely links

Lovely Links: 12/19/14

Weekly Kitty:

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Sunbeams are always better shared.

Reader Ellie asked me if I knew of any centralized resources that list American-made brands. As a matter of fact, fellow Minneapolitan Rita Mehta’s blog, The American Edit, does just that! She includes home and decor resources, too, but plenty of fashion brands are highlighted.

An interesting take on both subtle and overt gender bias in the workplace. The intro reminds me of a Talking Heads lyric that I love to pieces: “Here come the doctor in charge, oh uh oh, she’s got some wild, wild life.” See that? SHE. Doctor in charge = she.

Joi expertly mixes buffalo plaid, polka dots, and animal print into one fun outfit.

“In this framework, gold’s beauty is evidence of its goodness. Its face evinces and is identical to its monetary value; its worth is incontrovertible and fixed. This is the same fantasy we have about the conventional American beauty standard, which shares many qualities with the gold bar: an ‘all-American beauty’ is sleek, blonde, expensive-looking, devoid of complicating layers. We have a fantasy of literal face value, which is why pageants keep trying to force an organic connection between beauty and goodness, why you can pick up a magazine in a checkout line and immediately find before-and-after noses, accusatory arrows, the falseness in every beauty ferreted out.” (Via Rookie)

A snippet of truth from Amy Poehler’s lovely new memoir.

This post articulates the dangerous link between pursuing a minimalist wardrobe and getting caught in the cycle of chasing perfection. (Via YLF)

My NYDJ cargo pants are incredibly comfy, but man do they ever stretch out after a couple of hours of wear. I ordered these Loft moleskin cargo “leggings,” and they’re a great alternative. Nice and high-waisted, comfy, true to size, and don’t grow several inches over the course of the day. And they’re much thicker than actual leggings, in my opinion. Available in 4 – 18, and petite sizes!

You adventurous makers might want to take a peek at this DIY for a simple tulle skirt. Or tackle this version for a circle skirt with tulle overlay.

My own cystic acne has been in check for quite a while (and I am unspeakably grateful), but I still get the occasional deep pimple. Belle recommends this old home remedy for deep acne. I’m intrigued. Anyone else tried it?

On About.com I rounded up eight gorgeous, gift-able scarves for $50 or less.

Lisa pairs a lovely lace dress and warm opaque tights for a holiday party outfit that’s both stylish and practical.

A great reminder that “flattering” doesn’t have to be the only goal. If something makes you dance with joy in the dressing room, that is reason enough to buy, wear, and love it.

Gendered clothing teaches boys that they’re supposed to be tough, strong and smart like their dads, while girls are reduced to glitter-loving princesses who are pretty like their moms. Compare those two sets of traits, and you can see why boys might conclude that girls are lesser, Orenstein said. That’s why doing something ‘like a girl’ is the classic insult that little boys hurl at each other.”

I have steered myself in a decidedly flat-centric direction, but holy moly these d’Orsay-esque heels are equal parts cool and sexy.

Unexpected jewelry trend: Lockets.

Not terribly surprising, but disappointing nonetheless: Out of 611 total fashion magazine covers printed in 2014, only 119 featured women of color.

In my Star Tribune column, I talked about tucking shirts, matching hem lengths, and signatures vs. ruts.

I always love reading semester-end thoughts from Rosie’s body image students. Putting “I celebrate the vessel that I have been given” in my back pocket.

20+ places to shop for plus-size hosiery and tights. Lots of great resources in there.

“I was filled with shame—but this time it wasn’t because of my body’s mere existence. It was because I wasn’t feeling great about myself every second of every day. Now that I knew what it meant to not hate my body, did it mean I was being a phony, or betraying my fat sisters, when I had negative feelings about it or wished I could look like someone other than me?”

Psyche’s two-tone midi skirt is so fun and unusual.

Reader Theresa wrote to ask me a great question: What is “resort,” and should she care about this made-up, mini season? Along the same lines is pre-fall, which is happening now. (Via The Fashion Law) You can also read some top designers’ thoughts on pre-fall.

On the Fox 9 Buzz, I shared ideas for holiday party outfits using items you might already have in your closet.

Producer Soojin Chung pitched her film idea – a story about two people who meet in New York and fall in love over food – and got some appalling pushback because she wanted to cast full-figured actors as the leads.

40+ Style pointed me to Accidental Icon this week. Blogger Lyn has impeccable minimalist style and is a fantastic writer.

I got in touch with CureDiva this week, and am so impressed. It’s a resource and community for women living with breast cancer that provides style solutions including wigs, breast forms and bras, non-toxic makeup and more.

Love the mix of neutrals and shades of burgundy in this outfit. Or is it “marsala” now?

And from the Department of Random: Neil Gaiman reads “Jabberwocky.” In a tulgey wood.

Also: A linguist explains the syntax of f*ck. Obviously, not safe for work reading. Also not recommended for those who blush at curse words. But FASCINATING. And Lyndon Johnson is involved!

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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.

EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FASHION QUESTION: Why do clowns wear big shoes?

“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

Weekly Kitten:

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

I am THRILLED to announce that I will be running the Shopping Tips channel for About.com! Swing by weekly for new content, or sign up in the left rail to have new posts delivered to your inbox.

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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