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Lovely Links: 9/18/15

Weekly Kitty:


That blue sheet she’s under? Yeah. That’s the flat sheet we put on TOP of the quilt to limit the amount of cat hair that gets into the bed. Harriet is unimpressed by this little “system” we’ve created and loves a good under-sheet burrow.

Sometimes all you need to perk up an all-black outfit is a colorful scarf and eye-catching heels. Or try cobalt accessories on an all-neutral background.

Why Americans dress so casually, according to the Washington Post

On I gave tips on where to shop for Fall’s fashion trends, and advice for finding a great bra in person or online.

Seeing Monique in her blue jumpsuit among the sunflowers makes me pine for the summer that’s sliding away as we speak.

Local folks, the 2015 Curvy Divas Expo – an event that focuses on new and gently used clothing in sizes 14 to 34 – is coming up on September 26!

UN Women asked artists to create cartoons related to or commenting on gender inequality: Here are a few of the winners.

“I’d also internalized the idea that my breasts were supposed to look a certain way: round, perky, evenly sized, and perfectly spaced apart. Clothed or otherwise, we see women’s breasts everywhere. Sprawled across billboards, advertisements, in movies, and on tv, we’re often looking at breasts that have been manipulated so much that they resemble breasts that only a small percentage of women naturally have.”

Marianne looks utterly ravishing in her LBD, and adds a kick of quirk with her handprint clutch.

Anyone following or aware of #ThighReading? It’s a tag meant to foster acceptance of stretch marks, but the author of this post has mixed feelings about it.

Apparently also trending: #thighbrows

Brittany is clearly both gorgeous and elated in her slouchy, comfy drop-crotch pants.

Flattering is subjective. Flattering is in the eye of the beholder. Flattering is blending the viewer’s opinions and personal preferences with societal norms and maybe a pinch of what they know about the wearer of the piece. What one may find flattering may leave another flabbergasted.”

John Oliver gives his two cents on fast fashion.

10 awesome women in 10 awesome bow-tie-centric outfits

“I realize now that all of my mom’s self-criticism and hate of her own body was her own way of confiding in me. She trusted me enough to be honest, and in turn I should have been supportive of her feelings like she has always been supportive of mine. It was never about me, it was about her. Still, every time I see her suck in her stomach when she stands in front of a mirror or try and smooth out the wrinkle between her eyes, I feel a twinge of sadness. ”

I’m with Gracey: My belt knots always look lumpy and bizarre, but a pre-knotted belt might be just the thing.

The impossible standards of a smile

Related: The demo for the iPad Pro involved a man Photoshopping a woman’s face to make her smile more

Grechen recaps a year of her Minimal Closet project, honestly and openly.

Oh those BOOTS. Well played, Directrice.

When I hear words like ‘disgusting,’ which is such an awful word but an unrelenting fan favorite, my stomach drops. I hate that word. Because I’ve felt disgusting before. I hate when my friends use it, I hate when family members use it, I hate when women I don’t even know use it. Because I know exactly what they mean when they use it on themselves.”

New York Fashion Week may be over, but comedian Ryan Raferty’s one-man Anna Wintour musical goes on.

Just like Margot, I’m a sucker for a star print.

And from the Department of Random: Miserable Tambourine Players in Western Art History

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Lovely Links: 9/11/15

Weekly Kitty:


I’m a total pushover for this cat. Can you see why?

The feminism of culottes

It may be September, but summer dresses like Megan’s teal and navy halter-neck will have staying power into the fall.

On I rounded up some stylish denim skirts and dresses for fall, and offered advice for curbing impulse buys.

Rose McGowan is making waves by quitting acting and calling out the rampant sexism in Hollywood.

I had never considered the possibility that drag might be offensive to some people, but this post explains how a practice that exists primarily to bend and break heteronormative ideas of identity and performance can also veer off into phobia and privilege abuse.

A truly uplifting read: 29 Lessons I’ve Learned About My Body in 29 Years

H&M is one of the worst perpetrators of the fast fashion model, but they are desperately trying to combat their toxic reputation with moves like this: Offering a massive prize for ideas that will help to effectively recycle clothing and textiles.

Related: Where do your old clothes go?

Ranti’s steel blue dress and snake print heels work together beautifully in this minimalist outfit.

Minnie Mélange blogger Sinéad Burke writes about the challenges of being a fashionista who stands at 3’5″. (Cheers Leysia)

“Melissa McCarthy, everyone’s favorite comedic actress-turned-fashion designer, has become an outspoken advocate for plus-size shoppers, calling out the industry for neglecting shoppers and keeping the clothes ‘hidden by the tire section.’ Now, McCarthy has rightly taken a jab at the term “plus size” altogether, saying it’s an inherently problematic concept that devalues women. The actress, who recently debuted her own line, told Refinery 29: ‘You’re taking your biggest category of people and telling them, “You’re not really worthy.”‘”

Loads of yes to this skirt-purchasing guideline from Angie

26 Women Who Expertly Shut Down Their Body Shamers

“Oftentimes I feel as though I am playing a balancing act, always attempting to find the sweet spot between my desires. It is easy to find the time to be male, but I often struggle to find the time to be female. And for most of my life the balance of power is in favor of my maleness. When I don’t get enough time for femininity is when I become worried.”

These chain-embellished ankle boots have been a summer staple for me, and now I’m coveting them in moss.

Currently swooning over absolutely EVERYTHING Margot Meanie wears

Underutilized feminist secret weapon for creating instant personal space: Farting.

Dazed asks: Is disability fashion’s forgotten diversity frontier?

Related: The Fashion Spot’s advertising diversity study is always a fascinating, if disheartening, read.

The publication Business of Fashion will soon be offering free online fashion courses.

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Lovely Links: 9/4/15

Weekly Kitty:


Harriet says, “No pictures, please. I need my privacy.” (First seen on Instagram)

This minimalist take on the front-back pearl earring is so graceful.

On I gave some tips for leather jacket shopping and advice for shopping locally and stylishly.

Cathy shows off a chic denim mini dress, and also talks frankly about her anxiety about her knees and neck.

Gorgeous local blogger Amanda Williams of Bella Moxie will be hosting a plus-sized pop-up shop in St. Louis Park later this month – details here!

Why Affirming the Beauty of Blackness Is Not Same as Putting White People Down. Also a general reminder that people asserting that they deserve something doesn’t imply that others don’t deserve it, too.

The Budget Babe offers her picks for stylish maternity pieces that are budget-friendly.

What top fashion designers wore as high schoolers. Most are marvelously normal, a few are already fashionable fierce in their teen years.

These earrings have been on my wishlist for about three years. I should just pony up and buy ’em already …

Great suggestions for working the burgundy-blush combo in late summer

“As my skills grew, I started making clothes that actually fitted me well for the first time in my life, and my body image started shifting in parallel. As I shrugged off set clothes sizes and started making garments that precisely fit my dimensions, the feeling of abnormality and exclusion began to lift.”

I still love the look of a statement necklace worn in place of a tie over a button-front shirt.

If you dealt with body shaming as a child, this post may resonate with you.

There’s a treasure trove of an eBay shop called Linda’s Stuff, and it’s currently having a Labor Day sale with breathtaking deals. 25% off when you spend $100 or more. I’ve got my eye on this arty cardigan and this amazing blazer.

10 tips for making denim work at the office

Thanks so much to Beth from Style at a Certain Age for interviewing me as part of her Over | Under series!

It’s infuriating to note that anti-aging products are marketed to women exclusively. Ever seen a company try to sell neck cream to a dude? (Maybe this happens outside the U.S. … would love to know about it if so!)

Shop Adorn has the new fall Prairie Underground line, and it is spectacular.

Another woman learning to love her pale skin and resist the pressure to tan

The latest in her Literary Stylings series has Gracey wearing a chambray blouse and landscape-print skirt.

Everlane’s silk tank dress looks so perfect for late summer wear. And it’s sustainably made.

This week on the Fox 9 Buzz – at the Fair! – I offered tips for creating jewelry balance.

Yes, but which shade of pink?

“I love the ability to transform my face in 30 minutes, and emerge from my bedroom looking as if I have had way more hours of beauty sleep than I actually did. My obsession is often questioned, by feminists and non-feminists alike. Yet people rarely ask me why I love doing my makeup.”

I know it’s barely September, but I’m already scoping winter coats. This asymmetric closure one is a dream, and available in custom sizes!

6 annoying things you hear when you’re a tall girl

And from the Department of Random: See my MN State Fair photos over on Instagram. Including a very brave woman wearing a bee beard. ACK!

Also: In other bee news, Torch Songs Where The Word “Me” Has Been Replaced By “Bees”

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