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Lovely Links: 7/24/15

Weekly Kitty:


So stylish.

Over on I explained how private online sales (Gilt, Ideel) really work, talked about brands that cater to older women that younger gals should check out, and highlighted some stylish companies that take sustainability seriously.

Bored with your wardrobe options? Estelle shows how creating names/personas for your outfits can add a little zest. Hers include “Björk’s sad assistant” and “rabbit-filled sack.”

How your makeup bag changes with age

Just looking at these towering carved skull heels from Safa Sahin makes my feet ache … but … but SKULLS!

Kendra shows us how to do quick, easy, and super pretty Goddess twists.

“What if we shifted our thinking and stopped suggesting that wanting to understand our visual identity isn’t an attempt to bathe oneself in egomaniacal glory and instead viewed it as a tool for which we can better understand our existence as humans? What if we stopped believing that wanting to see oneself wasn’t born out of narcissism but instead out of a deep need to connect to our being? And what if we challenged ourselves to view the very act of taking selfies as a step towards self love and acceptance?”

I interviewed Joy McBrien, founder of Fair Anita, for The Riveter. Her story is fascinating, but please be aware that sexual violence is discussed.

Saddlebag-style handbags are big this season, and this minimalist one from LeDonne looks just about perfect to me.

An interesting argument against “compassionate capitalism”

A new take on fashion as art: Australian designer Tiff Manuell uses strips of painted canvas to construct handbags and necklaces.

Sleek faux leather leggings and a sharp blazer balance out a ruffled blouse in Beth’s stellar outfit.

Three great but difficult reads from The Toast: Retail Therapy, Weight (disordered eating discussed), and How I Learned to Love My Skin Colour

In “Body As the Sky,” Lydia Havens ruminates eloquently on the pains of being asked if you’ve always been “like this.” Meaning fat.

On the Mad Mimi blog, I recommended shifting your editorial calendar for the summer.

A woman runner explains to a man runner why being “complimented” by strangers while she’s out on a run makes her terrified and furious.

Related: If catcalls were cheeseburgers (Not safe for work viewing)

Sandra’s custom skirt features a bold, colorful print and she styled it with simple black accents. Stellar.

And this is why we love Allie: How to shop for jumpsuits that fit, flatter, and let you pee

In a quest for classy-looking shiny gold earrings I found this elegant pair from T Tahari.

Love this reminder that all women should feel free to go sleeveless in summer … AND that opting for sleeves is completely fine, too, and not a signal of low self-esteem.

On the Fox 9 Buzz, I demonstrated some easy ways to repurpose your jewelry.

In Cuba, a performance artist named Susana Delahante is organizing beauty pageants for black and mixed race black women with natural hair to promote a collective sense of pride in Cuba’s African heritage. (Via Rookie)

Wendy Brandes’ new Punk Platinum collection is as gorgeous as it is fun.

Celebrity facialist Kate Somerville shaves her face at least once per week. So do I. This article provides a handful of perspectives on this practice, though all of them are decidedly pro and some women definitely feel that removing body hair is a wholly unnecessary practice.

Chambray, magenta, and olive make a marvelous trio.

I’ve got high-top sneakers on the brain, and am loving this Khrio pair and this classic Adidas pair.

10 DIY bag tutorials that go beyond basic totes

And for more DIY fun, here’s a list of eight refashioning ideas including a few no-sew ones.

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Lovely Links: 7/17/15

Weekly Kitty:



“I suppose ‘What does your tattoo mean?’ seems like a good ice-breaker—at least it’s more original than asking how the week’s been just to break the silence. ‘It means I have a tattoo’ seems like a perfectly good response to me, as does ‘What does your receding hairline mean?’ … Americans have been trained to assume that every tattoo has a story—a story we’re invited, simply by having seen a glimpse of someone’s body art, to hear.”

Greyscale Goods is the first personal shopping service to blend expert styling with a gender-neutral approach to deliver a shopping experience that is sensitive to the styling needs of those whose style is not as simply defined as masculine or feminine. FANTASTIC. (Cheers, Allison!)

These 10 Pinterest boards offer loads of plus-size fashion inspiration, and some also lead to fantastic blogs. (I have a plus style board, too, but tend to pin plus and non-plus outfits and styles all over the place.)

It’s possible that this is the coolest ring ever created by humankind.

“If you look yourself in the eye in the mirror and you say ‘you are beautiful’ your brain thinks you are talking to someone else. Change it to ‘I am beautiful.’ Then your brain knows you are talking to yourself.”

I still haven’t figured out the sneakers and dresses look for myself, but dang if Kasmira doesn’t look fantastic in this trendy combo. Also reluctant to do overalls the second time around, but Sheryl makes hers look incredibly sexy.

Tips for buying cowboy boots

Elna Baker talks about her body image after losing 110 pounds and being left with lots of extra skin, saying, “I think there is this idea out there that you either love and accept your body, or you’re trying to fix it. I am in neither camp. Or, maybe I’m in both simultaneously. I try to accept myself, but I struggle.”

I received this necklace on Tuesday and gave a shout-out to Etsy vendor Jeweletto on Facebook. A great resource for curated necklace collections, ideal for layering, and many including eight or more pieces (including some vintage) for $45 or less.

When you’re buried in negative body thoughts, perhaps you could try these body-positive practices.

There are definitely pros and cons to online shopping. Angie shares her two cents on both.

The thing about heels is, they have always been about power and privilege. Even when they were co-opted by pornography in the 1850s and co-opted again by Hollywood in the 1900s, they were always about power. It’s just that the source of that power got a little twisted”

Related: Science Weighs In on High Heels

I can’t remember how I found The Rosenrot, but I’m a little obsessed with Gracia’s dark but adventurous aesthetic. This outfit took my breath away.

“I’m begging these officers of the body police: This summer, make yourself uncomfortable. Take a good look around you and soak in the cellulite, bacne, arm flab, and whatever else that surrounds you until these imperfections don’t scare you anymore. If, after that, you still can’t handle the existence of real, imperfect human beings, then feel free to hide in your basement and watch Netflix until cold weather returns. We’ll be out here having fun.”

On GoDaddy Garage, I wrote about blogging freebies and the importance of disclosure.

A professor in Waipu, New Zealand, is using garment construction techniques and pricing policies to keep her math students engaged.  (Cheers, Garrett!)

Love this badass look for late summer and transitional.

NPR’s Jacki Lyden has created a podcast (outside of NPR) about fashion as a lens through which to examine culture and society. Sounds fascinating.

A study has been released positing that fashion counterfeiters actually benefit the industry because they drive big designers to innovate and set the genuine article apart from the knockoffs.

Allison’s head-to-toe white look is pretty without being fussy.

A young woman describes what it’s like for her to be working to recover from an eating disorder during Ramadan

In a post explaining her “deviant” and “defiant” necklace designs, Cassie says, “All these unspoken, invisible walls, trying to hem women into a tiny little box of ‘acceptable.’ Acceptably sized, acceptably quiet, acceptably sexual, and acceptably small. Well balls to that.”

This collarless jacket from Boden is high on my fall wishlist.

Marvelous matchiness in this outfit: A scarf and pumps in the same print!

Mirrors do not tell us the truth about how others see us. They show us a backwards, two dimensional version of the world which we must interpret using our own eyes. And our eyes are not objective observers of our image; our brain is not an objective observer of our life. Looking to a mirror to discover how you look, is more or less like asking your brain if you are sane. The organ cannot diagnose itself.”

On I offered tips for finding your perfect handbag and a list of brands that cater to younger women but that can work well for stylish older gals, too. I’ll be doing the reverse – brands that target older women but can work for younger gals – shortly!

I’m absolutely certain I can’t do this, but I’ll admire from afar: How to downsize your handbag

And from the Department of Random: Scientists explain exactly why honey badger don’t give a sh*t.

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Lovely Links: 7/10/15

Weekly Kitty:

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I’m so pleased I got Black Mouse in mid-air, even if Ms. Harriet is blurry. (First seen on Instagram)

This video, made by a woman who posts makeup tutorials on YouTube and gets scathing comments about her acne, made me cry. A lot. (Cheers, Elizabeth)

“In accordance to the unwritten rules of ‘weight loss success story,’ I have failed. This is the part where I am ‘supposed’ to start talking about ‘shaping back up’ and share the journey to ‘getting my body back.’ But that wouldn’t honor all the f*#^s I don’t give. I love my body, as is, today.”

Joi rocks a fan-freakin-tastic black and white print mix.

Rachel shares four points of rumination for Asian Americans who are struggling with cultural norms surrounding weight and body image. She also recommends this NPR story from 2011 as a resource.

I’ve been surprised by how unique and versatile the Sam Edelman jewelry line has become. On-trend, too – I’m drooling over these talon ear jackets.

This perplexes me: A recent study shows that using a product in a variety of circumstances and in a variety of ways makes consumers like it less.

The Curvy Fashionista recommends seven plus size activewear brands that are worth exploring.

Who says all black doesn’t work for summer? Rowan’s look is beautifully balanced.

A bit late, but over on the Goodwill blog, I showed some red, white, and blue outfits that won’t make you look like a giant American flag.

In an absolutely marvelous interview with BUST, Laverne Cox says, ” … there’s something almost binary that suggests either you are moving against cis-normative, hetero-normative, imperialist, white supremacist, capitalist patriarchy, or you’re complicit with it. That kind of binary is really, deeply problematic. I think it’s more complicated.” Among other amazing things. (Via The Closet Feminist)

Here are some simple tips to ensure your jewelry is balanced – and not overwhelming – within your outfits.

On I recommended some shops that take sustainability seriouslywhere to shop for shorts no matter your size or style, and how to shop if you’re headed off to college for the first time this fall.

Fashion activist Bethann Hardison talks about revolutionizing the industry for women of color

“Even assuming anti-ageing products have miracle properties that restore baby’s-bum qualities to your skin (which, SPOILER ALERT, they don’t), it’s up to an individual to decide whether they’re interested in any of that. Why are university students now being marketed a package deal in life-long insecurity at the till?”

Do you have a bikini body? This handy flowchart will let you know for sure.

I’ve professed my love of the Freebird by Steven line before, and some of the styles are on super sale right now.

This SheWired interview with photographer Miki Vargas pointed me to Handsome Revolution Project, a photography series showcasing the mind-blowingly fabulous personal styles of masculine-of-center women, masculine gender-nonconforming people, and trans men alongside their thoughts about gender identity.

Luciana’s pearl-embellished peep-toes are killing me.

Lucky Magazine is kaput. Yoiks.

In my Star Tribune column, I tackled questions about monochromatic looks, getting graphic tees tailored, and more.

If you’re looking for a middle-ground between $5 gas station sunnies and $200 designer ones, try Quay. Designs tend to be oversized and a bit statement-y, but so fun and under $50.

Such a cool tip for shortening a tee without hemming or tucking

On the Fox 9 Buzz, I spoke with the founder of the ARC’s Value Village stylist program about thrifting for summer trends and offered tips for subtle safari-influenced looks.

Brittany was targeted online by fat shamers after her appearance on Dr. Oz, and in response she posted this Fat Girl Job Clarification. (Contains swears.)

This post offers some tiered guidelines for smart ways to add formalwear to your wardrobe.

On Go Daddy Garage, I wrote about the importance of diversified income streams for bloggers.

Ever had anyone snap at you for offering a compliment on their style? Melanie has. (P.S. Melanie, LOVE the farked maxi.)

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