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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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Personal Style Tools for You and Yours

The Already Pretty contributor roster is shifting right now, so you’ve got me today instead of Audi!

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The year is winding down. Gift-buying season is in full swing, and resolution time is just around the corner. If you’re pondering a personal style change for yourself, or know someone who would love help with hers, I’d be honored if you’d consider some of my personal style tools.

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Two-time client Sarah wrote about how her experience working with me helped her make huge changes in her life and style and client JW flew out to Minneapolis to work with me. Read more testimonials and discover the details of the process right here.

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