Posts Categorized: lovely links

Lovely Links: 8/15/14

How do you style ankle boots? Which style of pant works best with flats? What are the trendiest shoe styles of the season? Join me and Carly Gatzlaff of A La Mode Wardrobe Consulting for all the answers on Sunday, August 24. Details and ticketing information right here.

August 24
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Mall of America Executive Center, Boundary Waters Suite, Level 4

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Weekly Kitten:


Pretty soon this is gonna become “Weekly Small Cat.”

“Is the idea that breasts are inherently sexual, even when the women in possession of them aren’t trying to do anything of the sort, and that their display must therefore be regulated?”

Psyche looks so sharp in her bold red blazer and skinny jeans.

Simple tips – that focus on leg elongation – for pairing flat footwear and dresses.

I’ve taken shoes to my leather experts to get dyed, but never tried treating them myself. Sheila shows us how she took a pair of olive green shoes and dyed them a gorgeous bright pink herself. A great experiment, since the pair in question had been brutally attacked by a vengeful cat and were already somewhat damaged. Always wise to try new repurposing/altering techniques on items you won’t sob over if the technique backfires.

“Nobody is addressing the fact that so many women wake up in the morning, look at themselves in the mirror, and, out of habit, attack what they see.”

So. Do we really need a “Swash” machine? (Via YLF)

If you’re wearing the same wardrobe items over and over again, playing around with these three questions can help you identify what you love about them and what works.

Florals are classic, but botanicals? Somehow edgy and soft all at once.

For anyone who’s ever been instructed to “Smile!” by a total stranger on the street, behold: Smile Bitch Training Camp. (Contains swears. Obviously.)

“I need to overcome my need for perfection and understand that THERE IS NO SUCH THING as the perfect wardrobe; I’m not going to do exercises to determine how to create it, and then get down to an ideal number of items.”

I’m slowly cooking up a new direction for my personal style, and stashing my inspiration here.

On a related note, I’ve been mining the Eileen Fisher site for images and somehow completely missed The Fisher Project, an EF offshoot that’s a bit edgier. These slouchy silk pants are from that line, and dang, they’re beautiful.

“I’m fat. I’ll always be fat, even if I’m in control of my fatness and you can’t see it. It’s still there. No matter how strictly I have dieted the best I’ve ever achieved is a VERY curvy size 12. I literally have no idea what it feels like to be skinny.”

On the Fox 9 Buzz, Alix and I chatted about working metallic clothes and accessories into your outfits.

Greetje sports matching orange accents with such chic.

Yes. Sunscreen. Every single day.

Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota is opening yet another cool concept store, gina + will, in Dinkytown.

Think neutrals are dull? Think again. This post offers several techniques for making neutral mix outfits interesting and chic.

Every Friday, the Curvy Fashionista highlights a plus-sized style blogger. I’ve found some fabulous reads through her recommendations!

On the importance of a quality headshot for professional women: “You’ve worked damn hard to get where you are, you should stand proud, not hide behind a company logo or an unprofessional blurry photo from your sister’s wedding or your summer beach vacation. I don’t care if you see clothing as just a way to stay warm and not arrested for indecent exposure and fashion to be frivolous … when you hide from the world while your male counterparts are proudly visible, I can’t abide. You’re doing no favors to yourself, your company, or your fellow woman.” YEP.

Good question: Why are the media so obsessed with female scientists’ appearance?

My monthly Star Tribune column launched this week! Read the first one here, and please send in your questions for next month.

Tanasha’s outfit of preppy classics is perfect for late summer.

After an extensive makeup lesson earlier this week, I sprung for this Tightline Cake Liner. Turns out that for my eye shape, tightlining is the way to go.

“Essentially, two of the avenues best suited to protect fashion tell us that offensive material is unacceptable. And yet offensive and/or derogatory content is pretty prevalent in fashion. From ads to designs to logos, there’s no shortage of offensive material to go around. Why is it that when the laws make it clear that offending content won’t be tolerated and history has told us that people will react, brands still rely on said content?”

Here’s a smart little quiz you can administer to yourself when you are trapped in a dressing room, stricken with indecision.

Recommended this vintage-y knit dress to not one, but two clients this week alone.

And from the Department of Random: I’ve probably watched this 687 times since HM first showed it to me last weekend. I believe it is the best moment ever caught on film ever in the history of forever.

Of course, taking a close second:

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Lovely Links: 8/8/14

Come on down to Eat My Words bookstore on
August 10 at 2 p.m.
for a reading and book signing!

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Weekly Kitten:


I heard rustling. I found this: Harriet in HM’s office trash can. (First seen on Instagram)

So much to swoon over in this Missoni x Converse collaboration.

Ashley’s red and black minimalist look is so elegant. Also love this pared-down jeans look from Maren.

Unikitty is the best comedic representation of the limited emotional range women are allowed to express in media and in their lives. Every time Unikitty feels something other than what is expected of her, she literally has to fight herself to repress her angry feelings by reinforcing the most silly stereotypes of the peppy female.”

Just when IS “pre-fall” anyway? According to the New York Times, whenever you want it to be. Love the rebelliousness of wearing clothes that are “technically” out-of-season.

What a fabulous mix of pale pastels and dark accents. Well played, Sarah!

Gendered marketing: It’s RIDICULOUS.

“Please don’t spend one second of your beautiful life worried about the number on a scale or on the tag of your clothes. Numbers don’t define you. Your heart defines you and your beauty shines from the inside out.”

A great visual illustration of balancing volume on top with volume on the bottom – in this case, using a trumpet skirt.

Having just devoured season one of “Orphan Black,” I loved seeing this tribute to the personal style of character Cosima Niehaus.

‘Weighting’ shifts our attention away from our highest goals. The gym trumps our social life. Weight loss becomes the first necessary step to a better life. The dieting cycle puts our creative ventures on hold. It feels like focusing on weight loss is the right thing to do, and everything else is secondary. How many times have your plans for weight loss taken priority over your plans for your life?”

These pave studs from Noir have been a jewelry staple for me for YEARS, so I was thrilled to find them on Bluefly.

This week on the Fox 9 Buzz, I talked about my top five favorite shoe styles in advance of my shoe workshop!

Wonder Woman wasn’t the first female superhero — Black Widow and Bulletgirl beat her to the game — but she was the first molded from a distinctly proto-feminist perspective.”

This little phrase can cause such an amazing shift in body image perspective.

Totally fascinating: How “fear of missing out” or FOMO can drive compulsive shopping. (Via Recovering Shopaholic, whose post on the topic is also a great read.)

I’ve been craving neutrals lately, so I adore this gray and white ensemble with cognac accents. Also delighted to discover the blog Neutral Territory.

The Curvy Fashionista rounds up five French plus size designers to watch. Can’t … resist … OOH LA LA!

Thought-provoking musings on beauty work, skin-care, and inconspicuous consumption.

Fat-shaming is not about health. It literally can’t be – because there is no valid research to indicate that body-shaming makes people healthier; if anything, raising guilt and shame in people is considered in the public health sector to have the opposite effect. Fat-shaming is about the hatred our culture has taught us to have towards people of size. That’s it.”

These almost-flat sandals are my current go-tos for long days on my feet.

With four very different variations, this post illustrates how swapping out various bottoms can totally transform the feel of an outfit.

Wendy created a letter necklace that says LITERALLY, which I love. She informs me that one year ago, Merriam Webster added a second definition for “literally.” While the preferred definition is still “actually,” the secondary definition is “virtually.” Which I hate.

Oh, Nine West. “Anticipatory Walk of Shame” to sell shoes? Really? (Cheers, Lisa)

My latest foray into over-dyeing yielded some interesting results.

Sylvia’s printed pencil skirt and sculptural necklace are utterly amazing together.

“Basic self-care isn’t just an indulgence. It is an act of survival. It helps you function better, be better, feel better. Self-care improves your overall sense of wellbeing, allowing you to really give your best gifts to the world.”

Along the same lines: “Sometimes talking about self care in the midst of so many forms devastating forms of institutional violence seems like an indulgence. But then I’m reminded of Lorde’s wise words. They are not just platitudes, nor do they encourage selfishness. Lorde’s words compel us to consider that our selves matter, especially in a world where we were never meant to survive but where some of us do.”

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And from the Department of Random: Enormous Jenga.

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Lovely Links: 8/1/14

Come on down to Eat My Words bookstore on
August 10 at 2 p.m.
for a reading and book signing!

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Weekly Kitten:

The amazing gals at Rhodesian of Edinburgh have just finished a photo shoot with Bethany Townsend, and the images are gorgeous.

Looks like Boden has created my perfect dress: Ponte, 3/4 sleeves, and full skirt. WANT.

Absolutely thrilled for AP contributor Cassie of Reluctant Femme, who has a post over at XOJane this week about crafting a pendant from your favorite nail polish. Congrats, gal!

“Of course, someone has touched all of the clothes we wear. Many someones. But we often forget that – they come to us magically, finished, in their hundreds, as if human hands had never been involved.”

Here’s a sneak peek at Mango’s plus size line, Violeta. Gorgeous stuff.

Fab tips for creating a capsule maternity wardrobe utilizing both maternity-specific pieces and items from your own closet.

How, specifically, can parents help their children develop a healthy body image? This post includes suggestions.

“Companies that offer custom-made clothing for transgender and gender non-conforming people are coming to the forefront, as more diverse models gain visibility in the fashion industry – and redefine the parameters of gender identity.” (Via Yum & Yuk)

It’s winter in Australia, and Ashley showcases a sophisticated way to wear pastels in winter.

Wow. Just wow. Simple tip for biking in a skirt. (Via Smart, Pretty & Awkward)

Bless The Onion: Maybelline Introduces New Ideal-Woman Rubber Mask To Use In Place Of Makeup

Imogen rounds up dozens of posts that will help you create more outfits from what’s already hanging in your closet. So many great tips!

OK, I did it. I joined Instagram. Slow going so far, but hope to post more regularly soon.

Although I’d add checking consignment shops for great buys, this list of tips for building a professional wardrobe on a budget is smart and savvy.

This roundup of bloggers rocking midi skirt looks is such fun.

If there’s someone in your life who believes that catcalling and casual sexual harassment of women isn’t an important and pervasive issue, please send them this comic.

Vivienne writes eloquently and tenderly about making peace with her belly, a step in her body image journey that has been a long time coming.

This post begins, “We all know that Nike is named after the Greek goddess of victory …” I did not know that. Did you? ANYHOO. Read the rest to find out how nine beloved sneaker styles got their names.

Quite possibly the classiest, most minimalist outfit ever created that features a denim vest. Well played, Jen.

And speaking of class acts, Lady of Style looks chic and elegant in her colorblocked dress and pearl necklace.

Huh. Interesting argument against the idea of vanity sizing. Love Une Femme’s response, too.

My favorite response to the bizarre/insidious tumblr Women Against Feminism? Confused Cats Against Feminism. COOKIE BELLY. (Via Skepchick)

Alison praises ASOS Curve for creating a lookbook that does NOT focus on making the models looking as thin as possible, but instead embraces fashion-forward and fun silhouettes.

The state of body image in the ballet world is tenuous and fraught with exceptions to the rule. There are different realities body image-wise for dancers of every stripe, recreational or professional, and I think it is time we acknowledged that no group of dancers, just like no group of people, is homogenous.”

Love Trystan’s tips for how to sew your own gothic clothing.

On the Fox 9 Buzz, I talked about working those skinny jeans regardless of your size or shape.

Esther Honig sent a photograph of herself without any makeup to designers in 25+ countries and told them, simply, “make me beautiful.” The results are fascinating.

My spider veins do not affect my fashion choices, and I still don’t cover them up. I’m grateful to be in a better frame of mind now than I was at age 29. We can’t stop or reverse the physical changes that accompany aging, but we can change the way we think about those changes. That is empowering.”

Leaders of Today and Tomorrrow (LOTT), the leadership program that I co-chair, is recruiting mentors and fellows! We’d love to have you!

Tanasha is ready for the weekend in her khaki shorts and chic hat.

An interesting perspective on how the capsule wardrobe method can be frustrating for certain folks trying to move toward closet minimalism. Grechen went for a total overhaul instead.

From the Department of Random: Are you an introvert, extrovert, or sea monster? (Via The Toast)

And because I am clearly not above putting two cat videos in one post: ENEMY CAT. I, too, utilize hopping and somersaulting when confronting a dangerous foe.

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