Posts Categorized: lovely links

Lovely Links: 6/13/14

I am able to take clients in Milwaukee or Madison on June 21 and June 25
I have availability on in Chicago and surrounding areas June 22, 23, and 24.
If you’re in the Chicagoland area and interested in working with me, please drop me an e-mail.

On June 28 I’ll be doing a reading and signing at Eat My Words in Northeast Minneapolis! Join me at 2 p.m., won’t you?

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Weekly Kitten:


A little mid-afternoon spooning and grooming.

The world of comics is fascinating and renowned to be lousy with sexism. Which makes this examination of why the character She-Hulk actually has some feminist leanings all the more fascinating. (Cheers, Sewing Faille!)

This article explains why alpha sizing (small, medium, large vs. numerical) may be great for retailers, but not as helpful for shoppers. (Via YLF)

A glorious tribute to Solange Knowles, whose personal style is colorful, bold, and truly original.

Such a fun and unexpected mix of colors: Black, blush, and red on the gorgeous Ashley Rose.

Thanks to Danielle Dowling for interviewing me for her Making Magic Happen series!

If you’re still a little intimidated by the world of online shopping, take a peek at this post offering solid advice for making online shopping a snap.

“I don’t think anyone’s self image is perfect all the time, and improvements are not perfectly linear. There’s going to be ups and downs in your journey, especially as you go through big life changes, like falling in love, having a baby, getting fired from a job, etc. During your journey, don’t put pressure on yourself to never, ever think a negative thought about your body – focus instead on how you cope with those thoughts and how easily you can let them go. Remember – as with so many things in life – the goal of developing body confidence is PROGRESS, not perfection.”

Audrey’s accessories are stellar, from her cheeky yellow hat and satchel to her side-tied belt and multi-colored Mary Janes.

Patti shares a photo essay that illustrates the many reasons she loves secondhand shopping. And, in many cases, finds it more rewarding than buying new.

My latest piece for the Huffington Post provides a gentle reminder that everyone has bad hair days. Really. Everyone.

Loved reading these 25 points that Rosie does her best to impress upon her body image students each semester.

File under “Gorgeous Gals in Fabulous Frocks”: Psyche in her tomato red shift and Jean in her floral fit-and-flare.

“… by shopping local places, we vote ‘yes’ on the neighborhoods we love and frequent. By shopping at small businesses, we vote ‘yes’ on supporting small artisans, entrepreneurs, industry professionals, and consultants. By shopping for ethically-produced and ecologically-friendly clothing, accessories, and goods, we vote ‘yes’ on these practices.”

Let’s geek out, shall we? How Tolkien Characters Would Introduce Themselves in a Matriarchal Society.

This guide to analyzing garment quality is outstanding, and uses a thrifted wool coat as its example. Check the comments, too, for some great reader-submitted suggestions.

Summer brings out my inner cowgirl, so I’m swooning over Katha’s denim jacket, ditsy floral, and boots ensemble.

After tearing up my feet walking around SF, I was thinking I’d better stick to sneaks and socks in the future. But maybe I just need some of Angie’s standby, Bodyglide.

My most recent article for the StarTribune is an interview with the founders of Kidizen, an app that allows you to sell and buy kids clothes on consignment quickly and easily.

Hilarious and unexpected clothing tags. Always wash your butt! (Via Yes and Yes)

Typically, we dudes have a hellacious time confronting our role in sexism. We defensively backpedal all over ourselves, mewling like this is the sort of conversation that only happens among overly sensitive types worthy of oh-so-manly mockery, or mistakenly write off ‘sexism’ as something bigger than all of us—I, personally, am not the one refusing to pay women equally, after all!—when it’s actually all around us in not only obvious ways (like unequal pay), but in tougher-to-spot, more insidious ways, too.”

Never one to shy away from color, Thamarr pulls out the vibrant yellow from her multicolored dress and highlights it in her accessories.

Remixing inspiration galore in this post offering four ways to wear a classic navy sheath dress.

Imogen created a video that shows quite clearly how various top lengths impact your overall silhouette.

Boyfriend jeans and strappy sandals are a great warm-weather pairing.

This week on the Fox 9 Buzz, I offered some tips for wearing scarves in the summertime.

Here’s an innovative new way to cover your dark under-eye circles. Hee hee.

Additional giggles: Western Art History: 500 Years of Women Ignoring Men

Not so sure about the leg warmers suggestion, but these other tips for dressing professionally in a frigid, air-conditioned office are helpful. My own thoughts on the subject here.

“I’ve been blogging about food for 5 years, today. One thing I’ve learned on this journey is that there is no ‘common standard’ when it comes to diet. Between all the chefs, farmers, recovering anorexics, actors, food writers, and all that are in between who I talk to on a regular basis – nobody does it the same. And every body is vastly different. And the way we all feel about our bodies changes, daily, depending on what we eat. AND THERE IS NO NORMAL. So why give that word power?”

As someone who is unwilling to be a “fashion omnivore,” Rebecca outlines the challenges of seeking items that fit her needs and criteria.

And from the Department of Random: Relatively new news to me, Fleetwood Mac was a blues band before Stevie and Lindsey came on the scene. This is a super-slowed-down cover of an early song, done beautifully by Billy Gibbons. (AKA Angela’s dad.)

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Lovely Links: 6/6/14

I am able to take clients in Milwaukee or Madison on June 21 and June 25
I have availability on in Chicago and surrounding areas June 22, 23, and 24.
If you’re in the Chicagoland area and interested in working with me, please drop me an e-mail.

On June 28 I’ll be doing a reading and signing at Eat My Words in Northeast Minneapolis! Join me at 2 p.m., won’t you?

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Weekly Kitten:

harriet in basket

Harriet loves her basket. And her toys.

“… it wasn’t until I was pregnant and gave birth that I finally started seeing my body as something strong, powerful, and frankly awesome. And so, one very conscious aspect to raising my son is imparting how I use, display and talk about my body. Girls may have higher rates of eating disorders and more body image issues than boys, but I felt it was still important to tackle these issues as the mother of a son. After all, my son is going to grow up to be a man in this society. It would be great if he understood that the images we see in media and advertising are, for the most part, highly unrealistic.”

Such a fun DIY project: Whip up a mini wardrobe storage unit using two ladders, a couple of planks, and some easy-to-find tools and hardware.

Summer footwear unicorns: Sandals with arch support. And under $90! Those Merrells are my faves.

Masculine of Center offers loads of sartorial inspiration for those who embrace androgynous and tomboy aesthetics.

“I don’t deny that there are Muslim women or women in Muslim countries who are oppressed. But it is the state, and not a headscarf, that is oppressing them. Freedom is not just being able to feel the wind in your hair, it’s being able to make the choice between covering your hair or letting it free.”

Jessica looks chic and sophisticated in this simple outfit of white jeans, navy blazer, and chunky chain necklace.

Fashionista explores how “It” items become … it. Pink coats and wedge sneakers, anyone?

“Whether one thinks body fat jargon is helpful, detrimental, or even cute, Whorf’s theory shows that the media’s labels can affect what we perceive. By coining terms like ‘beer belly,’ ‘saddlebags,’ and ‘thunder thighs’ the media makes us more apt to discern and label these features in ourselves and others.”

A double dose of gorgeous: The curly hair double bun.

I keep forgetting to make you all look at this hilarious snap that LPC took at our recent lunch in San Francisco.

Bad Science Journalism: “Why having ‘blonde’ genes will not make you ditzy”

Gracey is officially my midi skirt icon.

When you fully embrace all that being in your skin means and hold yourself to it, your life is better. You naturally become more patient because you’re not hustling, or trying to be things you’re not, or worried about catching up with other people. You’re just you. And when you’re patient with yourself, you’re more patient with others.”

For those of you who thrive on hard facts and struggle to understand your figure’s unique proportions, Imogen has created a short video explaining how to measure your body proportions.

And for those of you who dig systems, check out this intro to color theory with some great examples of how to build outfits around various groupings.

Audi wore these leopard-print Clarks flats when I was out West visiting her, and I’ve been daydreaming of them ever since.

Yes, you can grow out a pixie cut without spending six months hiding your ‘do underneath various hats.

Lots of people ask Ragen how she learned to love her body. She shares five important realizations that led her down the path of body acceptance and love in this post.

As much as I chafe at those women-over-x-shouldn’t-wear-y absolutist style rules, I do love the idea of sophisticated, elegant, grown-up dressing. We’ve lived, we’ve loved, we know a pinot from a merlot and I embrace that. I don’t want to look like a twenty-something version of myself; I’ve earned the right to be a woman of substance and dress that way. But ‘elegance’ has a new ease, ‘sophistication’ is tempered with a bit of softness. Fussiness is out, a bit of insouciance is in.”

Shoe designer Ffion Angharad Lloyd is about to graduate from London College of Fashion, and holy cats, does she ever design gorgeous shoes.

In the wake of #YesAllWomen, Reluctant Femme made a necklace, and the necklace made some people mad, and they accused her of being a (dun dun duuuuuuun!) “bad feminist.” In this passionate post, she explains how supporting women-run businesses – in her case, indie nail polish companies – is a form of feminism.

Mattie looks marvelous wearing a simple shirtdress that floats over her baby bump.

Such an interesting perspective on the all-black-all-the-time dressing philosophy.

The Closet Feminist highlights three women writers who loved fashion, even though it wasn’t their primary subject.

“Which brings me to the best part about beauty: It’s subjective. Some people don’t care for Linda Evangelista, and though this baffles the shit out of me, it’s also comforting, in a way. What’s beautiful to me might not be to you, and that just means there gets to be a lot more beauty in the world.”

Some people hate their thighs for unexpected reasons. Literary reasons.

Bookending your look with matched colors is a great way to create unity.

Knitting is one of those practices that makes my head spin. Who was the first person to look at a sheep and think, “Hey, if I shaved that thing and then spun its hair into a long tube and then used two sticks to pull a bunch of loops together I COULD HAVE SOCKS”? Answers here (kinda) in the Knitty history of knitting. (Via Final Fashion)

I do believe I’ve finally found my perfect denim skirt.

Since I, too, load about a half-cup of sugar into my coffee – when I can even be bothered to drink the stuff – I adored this article on the shame of sweetness and how food is encoded with gender and cultural messaging.

This week on the Fox 9 Buzz, I shared some tips for crafting monochromatic outfits.

“What research and real-life experience make very clear is that when we can begin to see ourselves for more than our parts and respect our bodies as instruments that can do amazing things for us and for those around us, we get much closer to finding health, fitness and happiness. But in the meantime, millions of us cannot break through the constant messages telling us to survey ourselves at all times and spend all the time, money, and energy necessary to perfect the parts of us in need of perfection.”

If you’ve ever looked at old photos of yourself and realized that how you looked and how you felt about your body were never aligned, this post is for you.

And from the Department of Random: Meet Millie, the mountain-climbing cat. Like housecat cat.

OK, might as well just make it a cat-themed roundup. After all, Hug Your Cat Day was earlier this week. (Cheers for the link, Andrea!)

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Lovely Links: 5/30/14

I am able to take clients in Milwaukee or Madison on June 21 and June 25
I have availability on in Chicago and surrounding areas June 22, 23, and 24.
If you’re in the Chicagoland area and interested in working with me, please drop me an e-mail.

Looking for an affordable way to re-vamp your style for spring? Take a peek at my mini-makeover PDF.

On June 28 I’ll be doing a reading and signing at Eat My Words in Northeast Minneapolis! Join me at 2 p.m., won’t you?

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Weekly Kitten:


I was all, “I’m getting some great shots of the nibblet with my phone!” And then HM swoops in with this one.

Also see Trinknitty’s post featuring both me and a squirming Harriet.

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I could go on and on about how beautiful you are and how you shouldn’t hate how you look in photos. But unless you want to believe it, you won’t. If you DO want to believe it, it really is as simple as making the choice to do so. Loving the way we look – loving our physical selves – is a choice and it is a practice. Nothing has to change in order to make that choice or in order to practice.” (Via Mara Glatzel)

These swimsuits were designed for women with post-mastectomy bodies, and they are stylish, bold, and likely NSFW. (Cheers to HM for this one.)

The Coveted shares six lovely everyday jewelry pieces for sensitive skin, and all under $50 apiece.

Interesting musings on investing in the hidden aspects of your style: Undergarments, PJs, loungewear, socks, and the like.

“Shortly after the [yoga] class began, the teacher chirped out the nail in the coffin for my friend — ‘Gotta get ready for bathing suit season!’ Now, I realize that this statement isn’t that unusual, but my friend is mindful about body image and didn’t want to be in this kind of environment. Bear in mind that no one would mistake the two of us for twins–she’s tall and thin while I’m short and curvy. But that’s the thing about body image, right? It’s coming for all of us, regardless of our size.”

Love Apple Charlotte’s black and white print mix. And the consistently gorgeous locales of her outfit photos!

Fabulous tips from Being Geek Chic for looking your best on camera.

FINALLY: Bike helmets that look like stylish hats.

My lovely friend Imogen of Inside Out Style had a breast reduction six weeks ago. She’s been writing posts about the physical and emotional experience, all of which are insightful and refreshingly honest.

If you ever believed that oxfords were boring, take a peek at this post. So many amazing, colorful, eye-catching pairs.


Psyche argues that a black-and-white geometric print blouse is a seasonless staple. And I agree.

Tanesha shares some simple but effective tips for cultivating body confidence, including “spend more time in front of the mirror … naked.” She makes a good argument.

Spolier alert: You already have a bikini body. Thanks to Bust Magazine for the reminder.

Related: How to Get Your Body Caftan-Ready for Summer. (Thanks, T!)

Quite possibly the most heart-warming thrift store story you’ll hear all year, and it’s local! Sixteen girls of East African descent have opened a clothes boutique called Sisterhood of the Traveling Scarf in the Cedar-Riverside area that is funded by a number of area businesses and schools.

“I have tried to get better on loving on myself throughout the years. I think the whole idea of loving yourself can seem like too much of an abstract thing but loving ‘on’ myself– and doing things for myself– is something I can implement into daily life.”

Next outfit idea I’m stealing: A blue and white striped top with a pleated yellow skirt. Fun, flirty, and spring-y.

Patti pays tribute to one of her favorite 50+ redheads, Felicia Milewicz, former beauty editor at Glamour.

“Tara Erraught is a young Irish mezzo-soprano. Over the weekend, she made her debut as Octavian in the Glyndebourne production of Strauss’ gender-bending comic opera ‘Der Rosenkavalier.’ This was viewed immediately by a bunch of male British critics as an occasion to comment on Erraught’s appearance.”

On this’ week’s Fox 9 Buzz segment we chatted about how to style your graphic tees. Love how Grown and Curvy Woman wore hers with a striped blazer and cobalt jeans.

Such a marvelous monochrome outfit of pale tones, and notice how it draws the eye to Jen’s flowing dark locks and bold red lips.

I’m as surprised as you: Aerie has a surprisingly wide variety of cute panties in various nude skin tones. Emily points out that they run through XXL, though sizing runs super small, from what I can tell.

Burberry’s newest face is Neelam Gill, a British woman of Indian descent.

“Sitting there on the couch with my friends, I suddenly realized that I had no idea how to be ‘a girl.’ More than that, I wasn’t even sure I wanted to be one.”

Cortnie’s skirt-like culottes look ever so perfect with a white top and bold yellow clutch.

Why is Melissa A. Fabello a body image activist? She’ll give you 50 compelling reasons right here, including, “Because companies are co-opting the language of body-positivity a la ‘real’ women in order to sell us products – and it’s working because the market is that desperate to have someone tell us that we’re normal.” (Contains swears.) Text with supporting links here.

Pink gingham can be awfully sweet, so Stephanie pairs hers with a bold, bright pendant necklace.

I’m madly in love with my leopard print Chuck Taylors. The spots are velvety!

A lovely quote about self-care from the incomparable Maya Angelou, who passed this week.

The microtrend of acne cream selfies has further convinced me that I am completely out of touch. And slightly OK with that.

No one does super-chic black and gold quite like Yen.

The ladies at Curvy Fashionista give a big thumbs up to eShakti’s petite plus offerings, and show some killer outfits using new and recent pieces.

Summer of Dresses is back! Play along, won’t you?

This post highlights five amazing projects fighting back against the body-related pressures placed on new moms. (Images are gals in bikinis and many links NSFW)

And from the Department of Random: Father’s Day is right around the corner. Get your dad a subscription to Dad Magazine. (The Toast has a Dads category, and you can cruise through past issues there.)

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