Posts Categorized: recommended reading

Lovely Links: 4/18/14

Registration is open for my Dress Your Best course on April 21!

I’ll be speaking with Nancy Rosenbaum as part of the Unlikely Entrepreneurs series at CoCo on May 5. Admission is free!

My San Francisco trip is booked and I have availability on May 16, 17, 18, and 20. If you’re in the Bay Area and interested in working with me, please drop me an e-mail.

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Legislation is making its way through Congress that would require any advertising that alters the human body through digital manipulation to be labeled as such.

Dear Lisa, please hand over your trompe l’oeil shirt right away and no one will get hurt. Love, Sally

“The actual beauty industry, the one in which I’m trying to be a major player … actively promotes conformity and self-fear. Our bodies are being micromanaged by men, by women, even by ourselves. Quite often we believe our eyelashes are shockingly short, our lips are problematically thin, and our hair has an unruly attitude (that’s code for curly).” (Cheers, Sarah)

Cool girl fave Alexander Wang will be the next designer to partner with H&M.

Classics always mix well, and I’m just swooning over Ela’s trench, blouse, skinnies, and heels.

These DIY gem-embellished cuffs are totally gorgeous, and super simple to create.

At Rewire I wrote about the evolution of nursing uniforms. Because, ya know, “Call the Midwife.”

More great jean jacket inspiration from Shey, who teamed hers with a full printed skirt and hedgehog brooch!

AND! Pretty Tall Style rounds up her faves for tall denim jackets.

“I have always had this ability to almost will things into my life, just by wanting them hard enough. What this really means is that I’m fortunate, and I know that, but with clothes it has always seemed more like casting spells. If I want something, I get a restless feeling, like heat in my body. Then I go out and find just what I am looking for, almost immediately.”

Fluevog is running their 10 Years of Free Shoes promo again – sign up at a local store, or enter automatically by ordering online.

Aarti looks just radiant in her striped top, skater skirt, and sassy hat.

San Francisco-based startup Thirdlove is trying to revamp the bra-shopping experience by letting women size themselves in the privacy of their homes. Think it’ll work? (Via Nubby Twiglet)

What if you don’t make your body wrong?

Sheila pulls together such a chic, bold print mix with a vibrant pop of yellow.

Can’t believe I didn’t think of this myself: Use a necklace to create a metallic halter for a convertible dress. Totally trying it come summer.

“By photographing people’s personal beauty rituals I attempted to capture this awareness, this intimacy that occurs only when one is forced to examine their own body, the most basic thing that is theirs, and build upon it.”

Love the contrasting print at the collar and cuffs of Heidi’s darling printed button-front.

Over at Huffington Post I wrote about how I don’t believe wearing makeup is a prerequisite for career success.

Emmie shares her plus-sized swimsuit picks for the season, including skirted, one-piece, and two-piece options.

“Is Barbie to blame for giving girls body image issues, or are there larger forces at work? The Doll Project explores the influence of visual culture and societal norms while caricaturing and satirizing unattainable standards of beauty.”

Totally amazed by how fantastic this lavender bomber jacket looks with a flippy full skirt. LOVE.

On the Fox 9 Buzz we talked about making pearls look modern.

Aya looks absolutely smokin’ in her thrifted, printed, full-skirted halter dress.

Tilda Swinton is a style icon and hero of mine. Here are some reasons why Swinton rocks.

Canadian-born musician Rae Spoon describes her style as “grunge prep.” Love everything about both of the subdued-yet-polished outfits featured in this post.

“What I can do is find a way to not be someone who perpetuates the myth of a lesser sex and even find ways to call bullshit on those who insist on reinforcing sexist ideas. And I’m lucky. I’ve been given an opportunity to fight this huge, historically insurmountable equality barrier. I have a daughter. With the help of my wife and all of the other women and men in our lives I get to teach this girl, from the very beginning of her life, that she’s a person first and foremost.”

You can view the first four minutes of the documentary film “The Illusionists” here. It explores how the beauty, fashion, and advertising industries seek to exploit our fears and insecurities to cultivate negative body image and sell products that claim they can “fix” our “flaws.”

With the changes over at Facebook, I’m trying to tweet more tips, ideas, and good reads. Follow me on Twitter, won’t you?

And from the Department of Random: 11 Product Names That Mean Unfortunate Things in Other Languages. Mmm, Pee Cola. (Possibly not safe for work.)

Also: Prance, llama, prance.

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Lovely Links: 4/11/14

Registration is open for my Dress Your Best course on April 21!

I’ll be speaking with Nancy Rosenbaum as part of the Unlikely Entrepreneurs series at CoCo on May 5. Admission is free!

I’m looking at May dates for my San Francisco trip – likely available for consults May 19, 20, and 21. If you’re in the Bay Area and interested in working with me, please drop me an e-mail.

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I am a woman reclaiming trust in my body. My hunger, my appetites, my longings, my skin, my bones, my size are mine for the taking. I take back my worthiness, my belonging in the world of beautiful and diverse beings. I live without apology for the straight lines and curves, living tissue, vulnerable heart that hold my living, breathing manifested story.”

Need some DIY inspiration? Take a peek at these 10 sassy shoe craft projects for spring.

Such a fun colorblocked outfit in white, cobalt, and yellow.

Is a $5 lip and cheek stain really as good as a $30 fancy-pants one? Find out!

Some style advice from the 70s: “Sweaters give out nothing but negative impulses. They say ‘lower middle class’ and ‘loser.’” Harsh. Also deeply wrong. More bizarre tidbits from “How to Dress for Success” at Into the Gloss.

What a marvelous mix of prints and patterns, all of the black and white. With just a hint of color from the pale blue satchel.

Hosiery: The Final Frontier.

My body is wildly undisciplined and I deny myself nearly everything I desire. I deny myself the right to space when I am public, trying to fold in on myself, to make my body invisible even though it is, in fact, grandly visible. I deny myself the right to a shared armrest because how dare I impose? I deny myself entry into certain spaces I have deemed inappropriate for a body like mine—most spaces inhabited by other people. ”

If you’re in the Twin Cities, would love your input on a possible upcoming workshop with Carly of A la Mode Wardrobe Consulting!

Melissa reviews the Bike to Work Skirt, a pencil style that converts to pleated/a-line with zippers. I don’t bike commute anymore, and I’m STILL tempted by this!

Love this mix of red, pale pink, and cream. And, of course, Jean’s apple-print capris are adorable.

Across the country, children are being put on scales in school. They’re lining up in gym class to have their height and weight measured, their BMIs calculated. And if they miss certain numerical cutoffs, letters are being sent home (sometimes via the students—handed out in homeroom, or tucked into report card envelopes) chastising parents, and ultimately, shaming students.”

If you’re a color theory nerd maybe you already know about this, but I was so jazzed to find the Adobe Kuler color wheel. Pick your color grouping and spin the dial. (Via Into Mind)

The neckline on this floral dress is amazing. And so cute with that pastel moto.

One of my favorite reads of the week: The Care and Keeping of One Woman’s Short Hair. Great comments about the “bravery” aspect of the pixie.

Autumn muses on facial workouts, the placebo effect, and the ephemeral nature of beauty.

What a sophisticated take on a spring white out.

Ragen has some strong words for anyone who says fat people shouldn’t wear sleeveless clothes.

“I get weird looks when I shop in the men’s department because I’m quite obviously female, even with short hair and androgynous clothes on. People have been rude to me about this (salespeople, yes, but also people I encounter in school or in public.) Frankly, it’s stupid. It’s old-fashioned. Because the notion that objects we buy and sell must be attached to a specific gender (ie, male or female) is weird.”

This post does a great job of explaining some common misconceptions and misunderstandings about the Health at Every Size movement.

A yellow skirt and striped top look seasonal and fun together.

This event – I Am Everything – sounds amazing. Local designer Emma Berg will show a collection of prom dresses, inspired by, created for, gifted to, and modeled by 10 lovely ladies in their senior year of high school, representing the five Boys and Girls Clubs here in the Twin Cities.

The experts at Barking Dog Shoes have rounded up some stellar narrow-width sandals.

“What all this means is that Dermablend’s claim to liberate us from unattractive skin in order to reveal our True Selves is not the answer to a natural human problem. It’s the result of a hundred years of capitalism in which beauty has been constructed as the only way for women to become successful and happy, and the idea of a True Self has been created as a way of selling us stuff.”

Color me amazed: Using a tailor’s ham for ironing creates much better contours, especially on items designed to fit big busts.

And from the Department of Random: Big cats vs. toilet paper. DEATH TO TOILET PAPER.

Additionally: Jim Cummings, voice of Winnie the Pooh, reading Darth Vader’s lines.

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Lovely Links: 4/4/14

Registration is open for my “Dress Your Best” course on April 21!

Women of color have been sidelined in eating disorder funding and research, and have therefore been underestimated in our perception of the affected demographic.”

The gents at Dappered explain why pursuing perfect fit and impeccable style is a losing battle … and possibly a waste of time and energy. The post focuses on menswear and mostly suiting, but I think the sentiment applies to women’s style and fashion, too.

Nobody does jubilant outfit shots quite like Cyn. She makes a tee, jeans, trench, and leopard scarf look like the funnest outfit ever worn, doesn’t she?

Well, I’LL be spending some cash over at Feminist Apparel soon. So hard to choose, but I’m leaning towards this tee.

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If you love the look of braids but have fine hair that slips out of your plaits, read this post.

Emmie looks utterly stunning in this firey print Igigi dress.

More spring thrifting inspiration! High Plains Thrifter tells us about spring looks she’s excited to thrift.

Rosie offers some great tips for continuing to practice self-care when life sucks.

They may not work for every lifestyle, but dang I’m thrilled that foofy tulle skirts are showing up in more funky-casual outfits. Because FUN. Garner pairs hers with a graphic tee in honor of the recent Kellis shoot. And I just found out eShakti is stocking several tulle skirt styles in sizes 0 – 36W!

Singer Lorde posts two photos of herself, one retouched and one unretouched, to remind her followers that “flaws are OK.”

Love this fun, bright take on animal print, offset by some tasteful neutral accessories.

In other color news, I would love to pile on every shade in this palette.

AND. These images show how the colors you pair affect each other, impacting perceived darkness and lightness.

“While doing some reading for a university paper, I came across a study that basically said that if we feel like our identity is threatened, we’re likely to go out and buy things that reconfirm that identity.”

Dani shows us four fabulous – and varied – ways to style a lightweight high-low top.

If you whip up this fabric infinity scarf, I will show you a cool way to tie it. OK, I’ll probably show you anyway. (Via Dollar Store Crafts)

This post offers an amazing amount of information about sheath dresses including tips on fit and dozens of layering and styling ideas. They’re classic for a reason!

“We each navigate our own personal hair politics all the time – should I go blonde, dare to get a fringe? – but the politics of hair are interwoven throughout social, sexual and economic history.”

You can get a preview of an amazing-looking encyclopedia of style titled World Clothing and Fashion right here. Book description here, and find it at a nearby library here! Cheers to Garrett for this great tip.

Such a classic look, combining an oxford, full skirt, and bold red heels.

Think it’s challenging to explain what makes something beautiful? Articulating ugly is just as tough.

I’m pretty jazzed about the InStyle What to Wear with Every Color app. And it’s totally free!

Katha rounds up her favorite plus sized shopping resources for women living in Germany, many of which may work for other European readers, too. (She typically posts in English, too, but if you open using Chrome Google will translate the page for ya.)

So this Snickers ad. A little piece of my soul died watching it.

New-to-me blogger Professionally Petite posts some wonderfully inspirational work outfits.

“Self-Love is a verb. It is the deliberate act of taking responsibility for meeting your needs and honoring your desires. And when your needs are met, you will feel the way you want to feel … Self-Acceptance is also a verb but is a different action. It is the deliberate act of choosing to be peaceful about yourself and your perceived flaws.”

Gabi is doing another round of collaborations with SwimsuitsForAll! And there was much rejoicing!

Fabulous tips for building your look from the inside out.

On the Fox 9 Buzz this week, we chatted about how to make the pastel palette work for you.

Still obsessing over the Rhodesian of Edinburgh satchels, which now come in two-tone. Gorgeous.

Sometimes I feel like my gender is an optical illusion: Light me from one angle, and you’ll see a pretty girl; from another, I look like a pretty boy. I am neither, and I am both. Many people will never understand how I feel, but what matters to me is that I understand myself, even if I can’t find myself in words. The possibilities seem endless.”

Young girls weigh in on the #banbossy campaign. I seriously wish I’d been invited to that sleepover party.

Your body is wonderful.

And from the Department of Random: Magic for dogs. (Don’t worry, everyone got treats.) Via Smart, Pretty & Awkward.

For you feline lovers: Cat high fives.

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