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Lovely Links: 6/5/15

Weekly Kitty:

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A rare shared nap.

“Don’t wait for that magical moment to arrive because as far as any of us knows, it may never actually get here. If you want to try something, you should go ahead and try it. If you want to have an experience, go ahead and have it. You don’t need to wait for your body to be a certain way before you try cool, exciting things. Your life is yours to lead and yours alone, and the hell with anyone who tells you otherwise.”

This quote from Emmy-winning actress Gina Rodriguez is so inspiring.

Alice does matchy in the best possible way by using her printed top to create an outfit color scheme.

I’m tempted by these Custom Cover Drops – you add them to your own moisturizers or other products to create as much or little coverage as you want.

Some of these are old news, but this post has a few interesting tips for saving stained, scratched, or nearly ruined wearables.

Folake is the queen of midi dresses, and looks positively ravishing in this poppy-printed sleeveless frock.

The body is not wrong. The body is not immoral, dishonest, or unjust. The body is just the physical representation of ourselves in the world, and the body looks different for every individual. The body can be fat and healthy or thin and unhealthy or the other way around or anything in between. The body can be a lot of things – and if we were to legislate about how a body should look, it would be because we’re afraid of the associations we have with our own deeply rooted socio-religious beliefs, not because the body is actually harmful to others.”

I’m finding that some of the longer crop-tops on sale now are the perfect length to wear untucked with high-waisted skirts. This long-sleeved one from Topshop is affordable and versatile.

A reminder that culture is not a costume

In my most recent Star Tribune column, I talked about rocking pale skin, doing ankle boots for summer, and the basics of petites.

In case you missed it: The Cannes Film Festival won’t allow women wearing flats to walk the red carpet. Heels only.

Imogen offers some great tips – including ones about contrast, texture, and color – on how to dress for hot weather if you prefer to stay covered up.

On About.com, I suggested a few places to shop for the “athleisure” trend and rounded up swimwear shopping suggestions that include petite, mastectomy, retro, plus, and maternity options.

Kali muses on perfectionism, minimalism, adequacy, and the trap of attempting to curate the perfect wardrobe.

An interesting layering formula: Short, long, longer

Or just cropped with super-long. Also creates unexpected proportions.

This post digs deep into the causes of curly hair bias in the workplace, and offers a handful of ways to deal with it.

Erin told her daughter that wearing makeup was a choice. Then she realized she was wearing it every single day without fail, and contradicting her words with her behaviors.

A man wearing a dress and a transgender woman are both human beings. Slandering us as a group does not make us dangerous; it makes it dangerous for us to be ourselves.” (Via Unordinary Style)

Prepare to giggle: If Actors In Famous Movie Scenes Were Costumed From My Wardrobe

Eloquii is now stocking sizes 26 and 28, and the fabulous Sarah Conley of StyleIt was both the impetus for this change and the model for the new pieces.

Still loving all things fringed, so both Cathy’s show-stopping fringe jacket and Carelia’s vintage caftan caught my eye.

This article provides a fascinating peek behind the scenes of Buffalo Exchange, Beacon’s Closet, and other consignment stores.

Jewelry designer Eddie Borgo creates some fabulously edgy designs, so I’m thrilled to he’ll be doing a customizable line for Target that launches in July.

If you’re going to ComicCon in July, you’ll be able to purchase Tina Fey and Amy Poehler action figures. And I’m jealous.

Well, what do ya know: Fashion editors are starting to declare the comeback of nude hose.

Stephanie shows us how to make ankle boots work in summery mixes. Gotta try something similar myself soon!

“There are so many myths and rumors about the need for bras, and most of them are based on what people prefer to see, not what’s most comfortable for a girl or woman … Whether women need bras is debatable to some, but what’s clear to me is the need to shift the conversation from a focus on bras to a focus on our actual breasts.”

What are the differences between BB, CC, and DD creams?

Alison speaks candidly – and from personal experience – about the ever-changing landscape of retail.

Red accents make any black and white mix just a bit livelier.

On the GoDaddy blog, I wrote about whimsy versus clarity in business names.

Danielle Brooks created the role of Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson on “Orange Is the New Black” to thunderous critical acclaim in 2013. Here, the 25-year-old Julliard graduate (who also was the first black actress to play a starring role on HBO’s “Girls”) shares a very personal lifelong struggle to self-acceptance and love.

Such a perfectly laid-back summery look: Floppy hat, arty sunglasses, graphic tee, and midi skirt. LOVE.

Yet more dress-code shenanigans, this time telling graduating seniors to keep “the girls” covered and that “we don’t want to be looking at sausage rolls.” Naturally, these messages were for girl students only.

And from the Department of Random: Prepare to get weepy.

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Lovely Links: 5/29/15

Weekly Kitty:

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How does she DO that?

“When you’re 25 you don’t wish to dress exactly how you did at 18. And likewise at 40 you tend to not really want to dress as you did at 25. You will change, naturally, almost imperceptibly, as the years go by, unless you are into some sort of niche clothing or whatnot. Right now, in this space and time, there are no real rules. I haven’t personally felt any pressure one way or another. It’s all so subtle, and quite painless, really.”

Kudos to Frankie for launching SHE Unleashed, a site and series of workshops/activities designed to help women find their power and passion through style.

Still adore the graphic tee-full skirt combo, and Chioma throws in a classic leopard clutch for good measure. Love Sheila’s take on the look, too.

Just like Tina Fey, I refer to my shapewear as “contraptions.” We must be long-lost sisters after all.

Vaguely related and mostly just included because she’s another of my crushes and besties with Tina, a heartening interview with Amy Poehler about her plans to revolutionize how women participate in the entertainment industry.

Now THAT’S a fabulous refashion. Well played, Melanie.

Some of you have asked for stylish solutions for work badges and ID cards. This Etsy shop has some really cool options. Or try this one for gemstone strand lanyards.

This chart offers some simple advice on finding a great shade of red lipstick based on your hair color and skin undertones. You lipstick lovers, do these recommendations ring true to you?

I’m a little chagrined to identify with so many entries on this complete list of insecurities.

Sometimes all you need to feel pulled-together is a floaty dress, long pendant, and killer sandals.

On About.com, I rounded up some great online consignment resources and talked about where to shop for normcore staples.

Old Navy has started carrying some high-necked tanks, which are fantastic if (like me) you’re trying to let a chest breakout heal. This one is a little lower in back, and this style has an A-line shape. Petite and tall included in some of those, plus versions here and here.

Such a fabulous neutral mix on Carelia. Those paperbag-waist pants are killing me.

What does SPF really mean?

Audrey accents her kick-ass white jumpsuit with a skinny red belt and pop-art clutch. Perfection.

The ever-awesome Kristen Schaal responds to the hypocrisy of the “dad bod” trend (with a little help from Jon Stewart).

“Every time a woman admits to having gained a few but to also not really giving a damn, the algorithm changes ever so slightly. And it’s these incremental shifts, these tiny victories, that will rescue us all from the time-consuming vacuum of hypercritical comparison. Every time one of us—famous or not-so-famous—balks in the face of a physical ideal, the myth that there’s only one way to be sexy takes a hit.”

This tutorial shows how to make your own map necklace, a piece I’ve seen everywhere lately. (Via Dollar Store Crafts)

Always say yes to houndstooth and bright red.

Gobs of scarf-tying and scarf-styling inspiration in this post

Gracey interviews Dan Lawson, costume designer for “The Good Wife.”

Great advice on looking past both specific model figures and collection-specific styling while shopping. Chastity points out that many plus-sized clothes lack hanger appeal, but spring to life when tried on.

“As a woman, I have learned that pretty is what we should all strive for. At the same time, being pretty is something we should never admit to and never strive for in public. We are supposed to be effortlessly pretty, and yet it is considered egotistical to ever say that we are.”

Darlene experiments with using a nude cami to make a plunging neckline less revealing on her full-busted figure. She also acknowledges that many women loathe this look and technique. Anyone else employ/avoid this technique?

There are some really solid points in this post that offers advice to people who are just becoming interested in fashion and aren’t sure where to start.

This black and gray printed dress is a perfect example of the soft, summery badassery I’m aiming for myself. (More inspiring images on my Pinterest board of the same name here.)

A pattern mix that’s practically perfect, and accented with a pretty turquoise tote

Just looking at those heels makes my feet ache, but damn these three pairs of shoes from Donna Karan’s Fall 2015 collection are stunning.

Blackout Day did not claim that non-black people are immune to body image issues, or that others don’t face societal pressures. But, without fail, any time a historically oppressed group asserts their equality by boldly denying any inferiority to someone outside their group, some member of the un-oppressed majority takes it personally.”

Black and white is an eternally chic combination, and Maria shows us a an elegant formal black and white look while Annette goes edgy with hers.

Mary’s tips for how to glorify obesity properly are both hilarious and astute.

Reminder: You are not a number

This outfit shows how bright primaries work beautifully together when done up in classic shapes.

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Lovely Links: 5/22/15

Weekly Kitty:

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The love affair with Black Mouse continues. (First seen on Instagram)

Capsule wardrobes are all the rage, so it was especially interesting to read this post discussing six reasons a capsule wardrobe might not work for you. (Via YLF)

Loved this interview with Dorrie of Senior Style Bible – she’s an incredibly stylish 80-year-old woman who started her blog to address ageism. Totally added her to my reader.

How to accept compliments and handle praise

On the Goodwill blog, I talked about prints and patterns that you can always thrift.

Laura looks so elegant in her boldly printed maxi dress.

If you’re in NYC this weekend, swing by the Soho Gudrun Sjödén shop on Saturday, 5/23, to meet the designer in person! I’d love to know if she’s as earthy and fun as she seems in print, so do report back if you go.

What would happen if we treated male politicians like we treat female politicians?

Rebel Wilson will be designing a holiday capsule collection for Torrid!

And in other celebrity style news, Reese Witherspoon has launched Draper James, a company that offers clothes, jewelry, gifts, and products for the home, many with a Southern twist.

Husband Mike is currently reading my friend Traci’s book, Secrets From the Eating Lab, and keeps relaying mind-blowing bits of data. Can’t wait to dig in myself.

“I’ve found myself at an interesting place while watching the backlash to diets like the Whole 30 unfold. I’m not following the diet, but I have before. I’m not adhering to the principles, but I haven’t completely abandoned them as useless. I feel like I’m in a middle ground between two very set warring camps, ducking down in a foxhole while hand-crafted, gluten-free pizza crusts made of cauliflower and bottles of Roundup get lobbed over my head.”

Also of interest, The Fat Nutritionist’s thoughts on The Whole 30, referenced in Michelle’s post.

On Mad Mimi, I wrote about verbal pitfalls – like slang, acronyms, and jargon – in email newsletters.

Joi looks positively radiant in her turquoise pussybow blouse and flirty floral skirt.

This comic brings up some important points about the criticisms women may face if they have breast reduction surgery.

Sylvia read Diane Von Furstenberg’s memoir and saw her speak recently, and shares her thoughts on the designer’s amazing life and career path.

I love your selfies because I love seeing you feel good about yourself. I love how your face glows when you look like a million bucks and you know it. I love when you celebrate yourself. You deserve to be celebrated.”

I love the idea of applying the five love languages – generally used in romantic relationships – to your relationship with your own body.

Lar talks about how her experience dealing with endometriosis led her to … the gym.

Related: Four ways to make sure you’re exercising out of self-love, not self-hate

If you think skirt suits are dull, you haven’t seen Mattie’s.

On About.com, I wrote about mall brands that stars love to wear and tips for shopping while you travel.

I am perpetually on the hunt for necklaces that fit perfectly into V-shaped necklines. This smallish silver bib looks perfect.

Queer photographer Meg Allen didn’t see the images of masculine women she wanted and needed around her, so she took it upon herself to produce them. And her photo series BUTCH is varied and striking and inspirational.

Queen Michelle is an icon of creative badassery, and has been doing some spectacular flat lays recently.

Ten body-positive tips for plus-sized brides-to-be

This outfit shows how bright primaries work beautifully together when done up in classic shapes.

15 of the Queen’s best tiaras. Because tiaras.

If you check out this week’s Fox 9 Buzz segment on trends from the 80s and 90s that are hot again now, you’ll get to see me attempt a fauxhawk. And wear one giant earring, Madonna-Lucky-Star-style.

In a post about the counterproductive nature of style and body comparisons, Imogen says, “As I always tell my clients, dress your portrait first, as so many women when they dress are more concerned about their butt/hips/thighs/stomach/arms/boobs/etc. than their communication centre, their face. Yet when I communicate with you, I’m not spending my time speaking to your thighs, I’m looking in your eyes, and if you dress that area first, adding some detail to keep my attention there, I’m not even going to notice what you perceive as a flaw.”

This pie chart breaks down the contents of most women’s magazines pretty accurately, I’d say.

Citron, cobalt, and blazing white make this tennis-inspired outfit bold and perfectly summery. Also love white and baby blue on Tanasha and white and blush on Nashelly.

Next stop on the H&M collab train: Balmain.

This satellite gyroscope necklace is downright magnificent.

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