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Lovely Links: 8/21/15

Weekly Kitty:

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Simon and his human. First seen on Instagram

Have you checked out Melissa McCarthy’s Seven7 line yet? There are some incredibly original pieces in there. A few are also available at Nordstrom.

Anyone else going to the Riveter-sponsored book event on Monday with Rachel Hills and Kate Harding? I’ll be there!

On About.com, I highlighted some resources for buying tunics and suggested a few fall accessories that will update your look.

“In many ways, it’s great that women are no longer restricted to nineteenth-century ankle-length skirts, but do we just keep pushing toward a world with no boundary of what’s acceptable to show? Will women always be encouraged to become more and more naked for others’ regular judgment?

How to wear white jeans without being a a stain magnet

The Washington Post illustrates the absurdity of women’s clothing sizes with a couple of simple charts.

Joi shows us a vibrant print mix with pops of summery turquoise.

I am dreading the end of summer and the onset of cold weather … but at least cooler temps will allow me to wear this fun, flattering, unbearably chic Neon Buddha Zip Car Jacket from Lissa the Shop. Quite possibly the coolest piece of clothing I currently own.

What a fun way to style cropped, summery kick flares.

“Men can pay women compliments. People can appreciate things about others and let them know. This kind of interaction does not come from moving vehicles, isn’t shouted, and doesn’t make anyone feel unsafe.”

Phenomenally talented “Orphan Black” star Tatiana Maslany talks about her experiences with sexism in Hollywood and how she pushes back by leaving her lady moustache in tact.

A great breakdown of what fat shaming is and why it’s harmful and misguided

I own the small version of this handmade waxed canvas messenger bag, and can say for certain that this sale price is a GREAT deal.

“Having an older woman in a fashion campaign is the new having an overweight pop star appear in your fashion show, which was a very popular schtick about five years ago. It doesn’t mean the fashion industry actually thinks older women, or bigger women, are attractive, a point underscored by the fact that all the models on the runway are still themselves notably young and thin.” (Via YLF)

Design Crush rounds up some sleek, modern, and decidedly arty backpacks. This post pointed me to Accompany, a site full of artisan-made fair trade styles.

I adore everything about Allison’s outfit, from the hat to the tasseled loafers to the Bambi clutch.

14 outlet stores you can shop online – including Desigual! I had no idea! (The link doesn’t work – access the Desigual outlet through the dropdowns at the top.)

“Studies have shown that around age 10 girls begin to decrease their assertiveness in the classroom. It’s important to note that this behavior does not occur in a vacuum. A lack of role models, gender bias exhibited by adults, media messages and the hypersexualization and pinkification of girlhood greatly impact a girl’s sense of self and agency.”

I tried out the Born Crown Sabrina this week, and it is a dream to wear – soft, comfortable, and a sturdy walkable heel.

On Mad Mimi, I talked about ways to make your online writing voice quirky and fun.

Amber mixes dot prints artfully in this retro summer ensemble.

I totally love Smart Girls at the Party, but will admit to being a little perplexed by the site’s new series Experimenting with Megan Amram. Absurdist satire about STEM … aimed at tween girls? I’m all for critiquing the rampant sexism in the sciences, but wonder if this is the most effective way to do that.

I so wish I could’ve attended the Rosie Rally.

The print on Kellie’s skirt is simultaneously bright and watercolor-y. Love it with that pale blue slouchy top.

Accepting an unhealthy body means that there is no such thing as an ideal anymore. I don’t bother comparing myself to models and actresses or even that fashionable woman walking down the street. Those people are like aliens, and in a way my decline has removed many of the body image pressures of my youth.”

These gray cropped jeans are a new favorite – comfy, cute, versatile, and made in the U.S.

Carmen Miranda was a fascinating woman.

In my Star Tribune column, I answered questions about print mixing, wedding attire, and bodycon clothing.

If you love black but worry about wearing it in the summer heat, take a page from The Directrice’s book and do black silk. Or try an outfit like this with a column of black and a floaty olive third piece.

And from the Department of Random: I don’t even care if this is staged. A man tortures his sister with endless lip synching on a 7-hour car ride. Including Enya. And Alanis. And Sisqo.

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Lovely Links: 8/14/15

Weekly Kitty:

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Flashback! Harriet is about three months old in this photo. It’s probably my favorite of the two cats together. Cracks me up every time.

Debbie asked for closet downsizing and wardrobe minimalism tips from her readers, got tons in response, and shared them out.

Not sure I’m prepared to wear flares again quite yet, but Sheryl certainly makes hers look chic.

Five tips for easier print mixing

And here’s Lilli in my all-time favorite mix, stripes and florals.

“By storing your items before you really purge them out of your life, you are leaving open the option not to have to purchase again (which in the end costs you and the environment more), and allows you to discover how you really feel with a minimal wardrobe and if it’s the right decision for you to be making.”

Kat Blaque explains how important it is that we stop policing the gender of men who like “feminine” things. Kat also breaks down the differences between sex and gender.

Converse has redesigned the All Star after 98 years, and added some clever new features including footbed cushioning. Hallelujah.

I, too, am a huge fan of diagonal lines and asymmetric detailing.

On About.com I offered my picks for what to buy in the late summer clearance sales and talked about the difference between a knockoff and a “designer inspired” item.

White accessories make the print in this lovely blue wrap dress really pop.

“My hair is the result of a condition called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), which affects 5–10 percent or more of all women … Although diet and other lifestyle changes have helped me manage many of those symptoms, the hair on my face continues to grow thicker as the years go by. I have considered just letting it grow. I could embrace it, like other women with my condition have, and yet I find myself morning after morning with razor in hand stumbling through the motions of hair removal.”

There’s something so satisfying in finding your perfect slouchy white tee.

Three sweet ways to mix up your ponytails

A long-sleeved solid white dress and chunky black ankle boots are magically perfect together.

Elle declares that “the two-purse trend is officially a thing.”

So excited to learn that Grechen Reiter has launched a conscious closet consulting business! Rock on, lady.

AnaOno Intimates designs lush, sexy bras for women who have had mastectomies or reconstructive surgeries. The founder saw the need for this line since so many mastectomy bras either don’t meet the real needs of their wearers, or feel decidedly medical and impersonal.

Battling thin privilege in recovery (discusses disordered eating)

Bombshell curls and a sweet sundress make for a flirty late-summer look.

On the Fox 9 Buzz, I suggested a few items to include in your fashion emergency kit.

“Style goes beyond the clothes you put on your body. Style is how you carry yourself, how you interact with the world, and the relationship you have with yourself. Style is trusting your gut, listening to your inner voice, and supporting it even if it bucks the norm. Style isn’t fitting in, style is finding yourself.”

And from the Department of Random: I feel that most cat owners will recognize this dilemma. The hopping! It cracks me up!

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Lovely Links: 8/7/15

Weekly Kitty:

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Imperious Sunbathing Simon, at your service.

Jeniese spices up a classic look with a little pop of red.

JCPenney Employee Sent Home for Wearing Too Short Shorts from Penney’s Career Section. OY.

Cristen Conger from Stuff Mom Never Told You introduces me to the bellybutton challenge, and offers her two cents about how all forms of media impact body image and the importance of self love.

If male musicians were described the same way as female musicians

I loved this anecdote about the power of simple actions and how clothing does not make, define, or indicate gender.

Hilariously tongue-in-cheek: 12 Self-Care Tips to Transform Your Life! Includes, “Find the beauty in the world! If you can’t find any, grab some makeup and head over to that big rock you always see, the one that looks like a human face, and give it a Smoky Eye.”

A simple white blazer and chambray pants make the perfect backdrop for super bright shoes and accessories.

Thakoon’s designs for Kohl’s DesigNation line look chic and versatile.

Fascinating musings on the efficacy of trigger warnings

LISSA the shop – a great resource for stylish sustainably produced and natural fiber clothes – has some GREAT pieces in the sale section. And you can use code SALE25 for an additional 25% off the sale prices!

Angie shares 12 ways to dress stylishly in stifling summer heat. And bless her for doing so. [Wipes brow.]

“It’s very easy to be tempted by all these fabulous deals and buy things that are not really you. That is why it is important to understand your style and have a YES and NO list handy to remind yourself when you get tempted in the sales.”

Never doubt that size discrimination is real.

On About.com, I talked about shopping for eyeglasses online, fashion classics that can be thrifted, and what to look for in stylish sneakers.

Annette shows off an eye-catching asymmetric skirt and two-tone peeptoes, and also shares her summertime office dress code guidelines. She points out that she’s thinking of a typical German office environment. Do her suggestions apply where you work?

Another amazing black-and-white ensemble: Kiah’s spectacular tulle-lined dress and polka dot pumps.

The Beauty Department offers tips for keeping your undereye concealer from creasing.

Former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao believes the trolls are winning the battle for the Internet, and I’m sadly inclined to agree. (Related: Sociology of the Reddit Revolt)

Sharon proves that cropped pants can be worn in winter … at least, in Brisbane! Love everything about this outfit from layers to colors to proportions.

On the Fox 9 Buzz, I offered some tips for making the “white out” look work.

Pretty is a digital postcard from women around the world to women around the world as told through a weekly documentary series. It explores just how nuanced beauty can be by not only taking a look at how beauty standards vary from country to country but also how they might vary within a city.” (Via Fly)

Une Femme shares her thoughts on the misuse of the word “effortless” in fashion. (My thoughts on the topic here.)

The phrase “gran bod” was purportedly coined with body-positive intent, but has been twisted.

I finally dug into my Fall/Winter lookbook last weekend and was surprised and delighted by what I found. I’ve pinned my favorites here.

Turns out over-air-conditioned offices are a sexist plot. Maybe.

All of my vest-wearing dreams are realized in Ace’s two amazing outfits. (Her tumblr here.)

“There is no need to love your body with trepidation …”
(Contains swears)

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