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Lovely Links: 7/3/14

We’ll do links a day early this week, since I’ll be holidaying tomorrow and hopefully many of you will, too!

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On the evening of July 24 I’ll be at Bella Boutique in South Minneapolis
for a free event! Join me to learn how to incorporate
various types and styles of jewelry into your own outfits.
Attendees will receive 15% off fashion accessories in the boutique during the event!

Complete Your Outfits with Jewelry

July 24
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Bella Boutique, 3100 50th St W., Minneapolis

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Weekly Kitten:

harriet dishwasher


Ashley shares style-related life lessons she’s learned before turning 30, all of which are incredibly insightful.

Orange, white, and tan work so wonderfully together for summer outfits.

“I will learn at 17 what it takes some people decades to accept: that pretty girls who play to patriarchy and ugly girls who never got asked to a school dance suffer just the same. That the same trick is being played on all of us. There is no way to play the perfect-girl game and win.” (Trigger warning for self-harm and eating disorders)

I’m embarrassingly lax about cleaning my brushes, but this formula for a natural makeup brush cleaner has me reconsidering my routine.

Like a French braid, but easier.

Dear GQ Writer Who Reinforced the Fallacy that Women Cannot Be Both Pretty and Smart: BITE ME. Olivia Wilde invites you to do the same.

Recently added this sunscreen to my daily routine. It is literally the only formula I’ve ever felt comfortable smearing all over my acne-prone face. Light, clean, and non-goopy.

Thrilled to hear that Nicolette Mason has designed a collection for Modcloth, and that all pieces will be available in sizes 0 – 4X!

Author Nichelle Gainer has a forthcoming book titled Vintage Black Glamour. Loved this interview with her on her research, family, and why she believes glamour is important.

Just plain brilliant: 10 Ways We Body Shame Without Realizing It

“It is not just the outside world whose attitude must change, it is ours as girls. If we want girls to be proud of their gender, we need to celebrate every aspect of it, never using it as a weapon. We must acknowledge the girly girls as much as we do the sporty book worms, we must stress that there is no difference between girls, whether they want to spend money on make up or on tough mudder entry fees.” (The ad highlighted was directed by Lauren Greenfield, whose entire body of work is STELLAR)

On the Fox 9 Buzz I offered some ideas for doing (understated) red, white, and blue in style.

Katha pairs a white shirt and handmade lilac skirt with black accents. So unexpected and chic.

A great and incredibly concrete reminder that clothing sizes are totally arbitrary.

This eShakti dress is rocking my world right now. And they’re doing a buy 2 get 1 free deal through Friday.

How do you choose a piece of clothing that will take your wardrobe in a new direction, while still working with what you already have? A great and tough question.

Adorable and totally do-able, even for DIY novices: Embroidery Floss-wrapped Sandals. (Via Dollar Store Crafts)

An eye-opening read about what it’s like to be an asexual woman in a culture that frequently equates womanhood with sex.

That pair of pants doesn’t look fabulous on you? Those must be someone else’s pants. (My thoughts on this topic here.)

An amazing intro to a series of posts about “Most Important Ugly”: “I believe makeup is magic – a chaotic neutral if you want to be precise about it. For so many people, it’s intimidating and scary and suffocating and heavy with the weight of expectations and failed fantasy. I was definitely one of those people for a long time. But somewhere along the way (read: my mall goth days at the age of the 13) I learned that blue lipstick could make boys recoil and make me look like an alien from Farscape. And so, I decided to change my tune.”

Such a centering, body- and person-positive mantra.

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This post highlights three retailers who are doing plus-size right, and reminds other manufacturers that their discriminatory practices aren’t going unnoticed.

Love Gracey’s mashup of stripes, speckles, and bold brights.

Instead of holding your breath until you lose weight, drop inches, get more or less muscular, change your hair color, change anything else, let it out. Exhale. Because once you exhale, you feel freer, calmer, more focused — and healthier, because let’s face it, holding your breath won’t do you any good!”

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Lovely Links: 6/27/14

The June 28 event at Eat My Words IS CANCELLED. Info on rescheduling when I have it!

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Weekly Kitten:


Angie of You Look Fab shares her top 10 style tips from the past eight years of blogging, and many years of stylist work before that!

Do you have a go-to outfit that you can just “throw on” and feel fabulous?

Power to the Older Ladies, courtesy singer-songwriter Donnalou Stevens. (Via Suzanne Carillo)

Thanks to Dressed Her Days Vintage for including me in this fascinating read that explores why bloggers pose in certain ways.

For me and many others, Zumba is about and feeling good about our bodies as they are rather than about altering them to fit in (pun intended). Students can shake and twist and roll as much or as little as they are comfortable with, and I always hope that if they are comfortable enough to give it their all, they feel confidence, pride, and love for their bodies.”

Yoiks. Check out the seven deadliest fashion trends of all time. (Via Skepchick)

Grechen really is the master of chic, minimalist layering.

“Understanding the myths that we’ve been taught about women and appearance makes it easier to be critical when we are exposed to yet another false idea or image. It makes it easier, though still difficult, to begin rejecting these ideas and to see ourselves and other women in a less judgmental light.”

Wondering how to style cascading and waterfall-front layers? This post shows 13 outfits and different ways to style a cascading vest that create interesting silhouettes.

I’m currently a bit obsessed with draped chain earrings. My own are from Corset, but I’ve also been eyeing these gorgeous gold ones and this splurge-worthy Alexis Bittar pair.

Or if you prefer chain drops, check out Gracey’s, paired with a vintage top and adorable speckled flats.

As if we needed a reason NOT to create body-image related Internet hoaxes: The “Bikini Bridge” thing has taken off. And gained steam with eating disorder-related hashtags.

No time to blow dry? Check out these seven easy hairstyle tutorials for wet hair.

Although I do use a store-bought product for mascara, grapeseed oil removes all other makeup for me. Check out these five all-natural makeup removers and see if one might work for you.

Bonus outfit over on Facebook this week, featuring Elvis.

Gifted writer and body image blogger Kate Fridkis is going to shut down Eat the Damn Cake. Her views on how important beauty really is have shifted, and she wants to move on. Hope she’ll continue contributing to the conversation, as hers is an insightful and valuable voice.

Ela looks classically chic in her floral swing dress and patent pumps.

I’ve recently had two makeup artists tell me to smile and apply at the apples then swirl back, but also liked this visual guide to blush application from The Beauty Department.

Love, love, LOVE Anna’s suggestions for talking about body image issues with friends and family.

I spotted these flat sandals with a funky studded footbed while in Chicago, and promptly added them to my wishlist.

“The simple fact is that unless you go around introducing yourself as such, ‘Hello, my name is Glenda and I’m 48,’ no one will really know just how old you are. Here is another fact, not all 48 year old women are cut from the same cloth. We each have our own style, essence, lifestyle, body types, etc, etc. So why on earth should we allow age to shackle us into some type of grid that tells us YES on one side and NO on the other?

A fascinating exploration of aging, anatomy, breast shapes, and sag probability by my girl K.Line.

Try styling your super-long skinny belt in a pretzel knot. Will likely work best with very supple belts.

Recently activist and author Mikki Kendall created the #NotJustHello hashtag to talk about how women experience street harassment. Geek Feminism added this wiki page due to the high level of “I can’t believe that happens” responses, mostly by men.

Chastity is absolutely radiant in her printed dress and retro updo.

“Your clothes should flatter your personal architecture, not what current fashion may dictate. Fashion is a tool in your style toolbox, nothing more.”

If you missed out on Kjerstin’s excellent book, Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall when it was released, you can nab a paperback copy on July 1!

Holy cats, Beth has THE COOLEST vintage wicker handbag I’ve ever seen. I would totally carry Harriet around in that.

Kerry Washington has contributed to design ideas for a line of clothes for The Limited inspired by her Scandal character, Olivia Pope. And we all squeeeeeeed in delight.

And from the Department of Random: Baby Leon discovers his eyebrows.

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Lovely Links: 6/20/14

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:

fridge cat

Every time I open the fridge. EVERY TIME. (First seen on Facebook.)

I’m thrilled to have been featured in Minnesota Monthly’s piece on Twin Cities style bloggers!

“‘Orange Is the New Black’ enters a landscape that labels non-thin bodies, at best, unattractive and, at worst, diseased, and inverts the resulting stereotypes with a slew of counterexamples … [The show offers] dozens of three-dimensional portrayals of women with bodies that fall outside the cultural norm. They all have complicated inner lives and diverse wants, goals and desires — both romantic and otherwise.”

Perhaps your luxury fiber of choice should be alpaca, not cashmere. Interesting points. (Thanks, Garrett!)

Fabulous and classy use of multiple neons. Kudos, Grown and Curvy Woman!

Brilliant on so many levels: 15 Lesser-Known Things To Say To A Dress

Yet another personal story highlighting how inappropriate it is to tell skinny and small people to eat more and/or judge them for their bodies.

Suzanne touches on the challenges of dressing when you have fibromyalgia, and also wonders why some bras look great on their own and awkward under clothing.

Here’s how the NYT describes the blog ladypockets:”This ‘ain’t it ridiculous we care about what power women wear, not what they do’ attitude is, as it happens, also being parodied in a new blog called that uses the tropes of women’s mags to mock both the forms themselves and the idea that anyone should pay attention to such things.” (Cheers, Alison)

Two classic combos that never fail: Black and white polka dots with bold red shoes and gorgeous white blouse and stately black pants.

This week the U.S. Senate launched a panel on weight loss consumer fraud. Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill is heading the investigation, and has already publicly scolded Dr. Oz for supporting “miracle in a bottle”-style weight loss remedies. Will be interested to see how this unfolds.

Kellie previews the Fall offerings from plus size line Carmakoma, and they are a fabulous mix of trendy and classic.

A woman who truly does not hate her own body explains three steps she took to growing into a positive body image. They might not work for you, but her journey is fascinating.

Great tips for picking sleeve style based on your own figure flattery priorities.

Thanks to Corporette for inviting me to guest post about what to wear for a presentation or TV appearance.

“Dawn Nadeau and Julie Kerwin are teaming up to offer boys and girls a play alternative that looks like a woman but not an object. Last month, they launched their own action figure company, IAmElemental, and have since raised over $160,000 on Kickstarter to jump-start a line of female action figures inspired by everyday “superpowers” like bravery, honesty, persistence, and fear.” (Cheers, Rachel!)

Totally stealing this outfit idea: Gingham shirt with tulle skirt and sparkly necklace. What a fun combo.

Color dictionaries were designed to give people around the world a common vocabulary to describe the colors of everything from rocks and flowers to stars, birds, and postage stamps.”

Erica looks utterly smashing in her cobalt blue short suit.

Wonderful advice on self-care and asking for what you need.

I would very much like to hang out with Grace Choi, who has built a 3D “printer” for makeup because she’s sick to death of the inherent racism of the cosmetics industry.

Reminder: It’s OK to wear fancy clothes for no reason.

Why do we insist on defining ourselves at the expense of another person or group? Is it a weird power dynamic or rather a pack mentality approach to dealing with a person or a group not the same as us? Maybe it’s just an inevitable consequence of all the media images we consume on a daily basis, which emphasize the ‘perfect’ body (which as we know doesn’t exist, see my previous post) that leads us to feel this need to defend ourselves by throwing one another under the proverbial bus.”

Adele is a hand model. She is also hilarious. Loved reading this interview with her about her profession.

It would make me unspeakably happy if Mia would lend me her Tom Waits necklace. Just sayin.

On the Fox 9 Morning Buzz this week we chatted about various ways to make the nautical look work for your tastes and figure.

I stumbled across Print All Over Me, this week, an online shop that provides simple white garments and accessories and allows you to upload your own images that will be digitally printed on them. You can also create your own fabric or buy items using prints that others have uploaded.

An all gray outfit is the perfect backdrop for punchy orange accessories.

A sobering reminder that pre-distressed denim is pretty awful for the environment. Consider thrifting some pre-loved jeans instead!

This one made my head spin: Reimagining Barbie: Villain or Victim?

“… we need to stop pretending that such-and-such is a feminist choice because feminism is about choice and if I’m a feminist then everything I do is automatically feminist. No. That’s not how it works. Wear dresses if you want to. Wear cute shoes and earrings and bright red lipstick. Shave off every hair on your body if that’s what feels right. But please recognize that you don’t do any of those things because you just happen to like doing them. ”

Queen Michelle reminds us that while it’s technically summer in Glasgow, that doesn’t mean it’s warm. Love her sheer black layers.

I fall on the side of being bold and brash in your self-declarations, but this take is interesting: Exactly how confident are you “allowed” to be?

Sad to say, but I agree: More strong female characters are showing up in Hollywood story lines, but they’re becoming tokens. And it’s aggravating.

Could writing help you move away from self-hatred and toward self-love and acceptance? It certainly helped Alex.

Watching Korean culture converge on a single ideal of beauty, Professor C.N. Le shows a process at work around the world. Sobering.

And from the brilliant team that brought you HelloFlo (Cheers Sarah):

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