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Lovely Links: 1/2/15

Weekly Kitty:

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Kitty log. Like a Yule Log but, ya know, kitty.

Love how Jeniese layered a fuzzy vest over a tuxedo jacket for a funky and festive look.

Important feedback on the practice of telling disabled people that they shouldn’t let their disabilities “define” them. A reminder about how self image isn’t the same for all people.

Vaguely related: The short film “Impossible Shoes” stars paraplegic model and artist Sophie Morgan, and explores the dichotomy of shoes that are impossible to walk in and feet that cannot walk. View the film here.

I’m always surprised by how well pale pink and red can work together. Kileen adds some gold accents, which work beautifully.

This post offers some concrete, helpful resources for moving toward ethical shopping practices.

“For many people, even intelligent and brilliant ones, why does beauty count for more than anything else in their appreciation of other human beings—particularly of women? Why don’t other qualities count for more? And yet, am I not one of the culprits? For every scene expressing my disapproval of someone’s love of beauty, I wrote another scene in which I took great pleasure in imagining and describing that beauty. I revelled in my love of human beauty while frowning upon that love every step of the way.”

Erica made a stunning coat from a vintage Dior pattern that looks almost identical to the pattern image. And also cozy, unique, and fabulously chic.

I’m only a month in, but amazed by how effective this Gold Bond cream has been for the keratosis pilaris on my upper arms.

Like me, Gracey is digging sweater coats this year. (By the way, since some folks have asked sweater “coat” isn’t a name that’s literally accurate. It just means a thick and/or long cardigan. If you live in a cold or wet climate, a real coat will be worn over a sweater coat out of doors in winter.)

Patti muses on the trade-offs inherent to growing older.

This image shows how fit, proportion, and styling all contribute to how your figure looks in a particular outfit.

“The fact that you have a body — regardless of your appearance or ability level — means that you innately have access to physical power. Your body is an instrument to be used for your benefit, and not a burden to drag around, hiding and fixing along the way.”

Over on Facebook, I explained how I got sucked into the amazing customizable world of Zazzle.

Get a preview of the new looks from edgy, artistic plus-size line Zelie for She.

Any time we choose to enjoy and celebrate our bodies, it is a big middle-finger-up to all of the systems and people who would like us to hate ourselves instead, that would like us to be dead instead. Honoring and affirming our bodies by ornamenting them with adornment is a pleasure ritual. It is a freedom ritual to discover and express pleasure in a body that is under constant, severe, calculated, and systematic policing, surveillance, hyper-sexualization, demonization, marginalization and other forms of attack.”

Saga magazine highlights stylish women over 50 in their Saga Stylistas series.

New York Fashion Week has been booted out of Lincoln Center for good.

And from the Department of Random: Ice pancakes in Scotland.

Also: Charles Dickens’ Internet Search History

Additionally: HM and I were reminded of the genius of Ze Frank at the MIA last weekend, where we saw his video about the octopus as part of the “The Nature of Nature” exhibit. (It gets a little gross/dark at times. But is hilarious.)

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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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